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Big Green's Rally Falls Short in 13-10 Loss at No. 14 UNC

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Sophomore Eric Clemmenson     By Tim Cowie

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored three goals in the fourth quarter but lost, 13-10, at 14th-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday. The loss dropped the Big Green to 2-3, while the Tar Heels improved to 6-3.

Dartmouth trailed at halftime, 9-5, but scored the first goal out of intermission with senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) cutting the lead to three at the 11:28 mark. Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) scored a minute later to bring the score to 9-7 with 10 minutes to go in the quarter. UNC scored the final two goals of the third to stretch its advantage to 11-7 heading into the fourth.

In the final frame, the Big Green again cut the lead to three on Tunney's second goal of the game. With 8:42 left in the contest, Dartmouth closed the gap to two on senior Kip Dooley's (Minneapolis, Minn.) second goal of the game and season. North Carolina pushed its lead back to three with 5:59 left. Junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) responded with a goal with five minutes remaining to bring the score to 12-10. North Carolina ended the Dartmouth rally with the final score of the contest with 3:19 left in the fourth.

Thomas Wood of UNC led all players with four goals on six shots. Tunney had two goals and four assists to lead Dartmouth with six points. The Big Green had two other players besides Tunney with multiple points. Dooley finished with two goals and Costabile had a goal and an assist.

Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) kept Dartmouth in the game with 15 saves and five ground balls. UNC's Steven Rastivo matched Campbell with 15 saves and had three ground balls. The Big Green went 0-for-3 in man-up situations while the Tar Heels finished 1-for-5.

North Carolina took 58 shots and grabbed 37 ground balls. Dartmouth finished with 32 shots and 34 ground balls.

The Big Green play their third game in six days on Saturday when they open Ivy League play at Harvard on Saturday at 2 p.m.