HANOVER, N.H. — Despite holding a 3-0 lead early in the first and scoring five goals in the fourth, the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team lost to Yale on Saturday, 13-11, at Scully-Fahey Field. The loss dropped the Big Green to 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in the Ivy League. It was the seventh straight loss since the team opened the year with two victories. Yale improved to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Dartmouth entered the fourth quarter down 10-6, and the Bulldogs stretched the lead to five on a score by Matt Gibson with 10:53 left in the game. Senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) cut the lead to four before Yale's Conrad Oberbeck brought it back to five with 7:18 left in the quarter.
After Oberbeck's goal, the Big Green started to make their run. With 6:37 left in the fourth, the Dartmouth attack made a couple quick passes with sophomore Mike Olentine (Princeton, N.J.) ending the play by scoring his seventh goal of the season. A minute later, Dooley notched his third goal of the game off a pass from senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) to bring the Big Green within three, 12-9.
Yale scored with 3:56 left to push the lead back up to four, 13-9, but Dartmouth did not go away quietly. Sophomore Brendan Rotanz (Westport, Conn.) scored his second goal to bring the Green within three, 13-10, with 2:05 remaining, and Olentine picked up a ground ball behind the net 45 seconds later and circled around the cage to stuff the ball past the keeper to cut the deficit to 13-11. It was as close as the Big Green would get with Dartmouth committing a slashing penalty with 1:10 left to seal the game.
Turnovers were issues for both teams with Dartmouth committing 21 and Yale finishing with 19. The Bulldogs took 40 shots in the game and the Big Green had 29. Dartmouth only had two man-up advantages, scoring once, while Yale went 3-for-6. The Bulldogs controlled the faceoffs, winning 18-of-28.
Dooley finished with a team-high five points on three goals and two assists. Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) had three goals. Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) made nine saves in the loss.
Dartmouth opened the scoring in the first after blocking a Bulldog shot. The Big Green quickly moved the ball into Yale territory and junior Anthony Fulham (Newton, Mass.) fired a shot from 10-yards out directly in front of the cage for the goal.
The Big Green added to their 1-0 advantage when Dooley found Dysenchuk for the game's second goal. Dartmouth stretched the lead to 3-0 when senior Colin Delaney (Darien, Conn.) passed from behind the cage to Dysenchuk who was eight yards in front of the net. Dysenchuk took a step and zipped it past the Yale goalkeeper, Jack Meyer, for the score.
Yale got its first goal on the board with 53 seconds left in the first. The team added another goal with .4 second left in the stanza to cut the gap to 3-2. The three goals by Dartmouth were the most in the opening period for Dartmouth since the team had four in the victory over Sacred Heart.
The Bulldogs tied the game with 10 minutes left in the half, but Dartmouth regained a one-goal lead on Dysenchuk's third goal of the game and his second hat trick of the season.
The back-and-forth action continued with Yale knotting the game at 4-4. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game when Gibson circled behind the Dartmouth cage and took a low shot, which found the back of the net. Yale extended its lead to 6-4 lead with 2:48 left in the half.
It looked like the Bulldogs would take a two-goal lead into intermission, but Dooley slipped a shot past Meyer with 1.4 seconds left in the second. In the third quarter, Yale took control of the contest when it outscored Dartmouth, 4-1.
Dartmouth heads back out onto the road next Saturday, April 14, at Princeton at 1 p.m.