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Dartmouth Trio Set to Play in NEILA East/West Game

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By John and Matt Risley
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On Wednesday, the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced the teams for its annual East/West game with a trio of Dartmouth seniors being selected.

The game is set for Friday, May 31 at Merrimack College and features players from all three conferences the NEILA encompasses. The three members of the Big Green selected were attackman Chris Costabile, midfielder Nikki Dysenchuk and goaltender Bernie Susskind.

Costabile concluded a stellar career in Hanover in 2013 with a team-best 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists. The Sykesville, Md., native scored at least 20 tallies in a season for the third time in his career. The 6 foot 3 inch graduate to be ended his tenure at Dartmouth with 94 points in 53 contests.

Dysenchuk was the lone member of the team to earn NEILA postseason honors after being named to the second team earlier in the month. Dysenchuk was second on the team with 14 goals during his final season of collegiate lacrosse. Early in the year against NEILA foe and regional rival Vermont, Dysenchuk netted a pair of markers and added a helper to lead Dartmouth to a 13-8 triumph.

In his first season between the pipes full time, Susskind recorded 160 saves with a save percentage of .530 and a goals-against average of 10.23. Susskind shined for the Big Green in a season flooded with top-20 opponents, earning All-Ivy honorable mention recognition. In just his fifth career start, the Highland Beach, Fla., native made a season-high 18 saves against No. 14 North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The Big Green trio will play for the west squad made up of players from Tufts, MIT, UNE, Fairfield, UMass, Trinity, Western New England and Sacred Heart.