HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team fell behind Hofstra 3-0 in the first quarter and never made up the difference in a 9-5 loss on the road on Tuesday night. The defeat marked the sixth straight for the Big Green and moved the team to 2-6 on the year. The Pride improved to 5-5 overall.
Hofstra took a 1-0 lead seven minutes after the opening faceoff when Mike DeNapoli netted his ninth goal of the season. The Pride stretched the gap to 2-0 just over two minutes later, and extended it to 3-0 on DeNapoli's second goal of the game with 3:11 left in the first quarter. From that goal on, Hofstra held at least a three-goal advantage for the rest of the contest.
The Pride were the aggressors in the game, taking 39 shots compared to 33 for Dartmouth. The home team grabbed 28 ground balls with the Big Green picking up 22. Dartmouth finished 2-for-7 in extra-man opportunities with Hofstra ending the game 1-for-4.
Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) kept the game within reach for the Big Green with 12 saves in the loss. The total moved Campbell into seventh on the Dartmouth all-time saves list with 456 in his career.
Senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) led the team in points with three on three assists, and junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) was the team-leader in goals with two. For the Pride, DeNapoli finished with four goals and Lance Yapor added a hat trick of his own with three goals and an assist.
DeNapoli secured the hat trick and pushed the Hofstra lead to 4-0 just 44 seconds into the second quarter. Dartmouth scored its first goal of the contest with 10:39 left in the period after Tunney passed to senior Colin Delaney (Darien, Conn.) for his eighth goal of the year. The Big Green would score one more goal in the frame on sophomore Brendan Rotanz's (Westport, Conn.) 10th goal of the season, but only after Hofstra upped its total to six through two periods.
The Pride held a 6-2 lead coming out of intermission, but it was Dartmouth who struck first in the second half. Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) scored the unassisted goal to bring the Big Green within three. Hofstra responded with two goals to give the team a five-goal advantage with 1:50 left in the third.
Costabile closed the gap to 8-4 with 48 seconds left in the quarter, and scored the first goal of the fourth quarter with 9:23 left in the game. Hofstra secured the victory on an extra insurance goal with 5:28 remaining in the stanza to give the team a 9-5 advantage.
Dartmouth gets back into conference play when it hosts Yale on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.