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Resilient Dartmouth Team Hampered by Hartford's Strong 4th Quarter

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By Doug Austin

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team fell, 12-7, Tuesday afternoon at Hartford’s Al-Marzook Field in a non-conference match-up.

The Big Green continue to battle and be an incredibly resilient group each game, but that strong-willed style has not translated to the desired level of success on the scoreboard as the loss dropped the team to 1-7 this season. The Hawks move to 5-7 overall with the win.

Sophomore Cam Lee led the way with two tallies, while senior Mike Olentine and current Ivy League Rookie of the Week Jack McCormick each had a goal and an assist in the contest.

Dartmouth was dominant in several areas of the scoresheet, but an opportunistic Hartford group was able to capitalize on its own chances and earn the five-goal win. The visitors held advantages in shots (45-36) and caused turnovers (15-9), matching their season high in the latter, but were unable to overcome their opponent’s timely scoring.

Two goals in the third quarter brought the Green and White to within one at 6-5 heading into the final frame of regulation. However, six markers from the Hawks to just two from the Big Green sealed the game in the home team’s favor.

In addition to the three multi-point performers, Wiley Osborne, Phil Hession and Billy Heidt all had markers in the game for Dartmouth. For Hession, his goal with 6:46 left in the game was the first of the season. He would also add a team-high five ground balls in the mid-week effort.

For Hartford, the offense ran mostly through the stick of Jaedon Henderson and his five goals. Kevin O’Shea added to his scoring lead this season with another three points on one tally and two assists, while Greg Reynolds came off the bench to add two markers of his own.

Sophomore Ham Sonnenfeld made his first career start in the Dartmouth goal, turning aside eight shots in 60 minutes of action. At the other end of the field, Frank Piechota set a  career high with 18 saves as the Green’s offensive surges were repeatedly answered by the Hawks’ goalkeeper on this day.

The Big Green will return to Ivy League play on Saturday when they travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers at 1 p.m.