CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The struggles against ranked opponents continued for the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team on Monday afternoon as it lost to No. 14 North Carolina, 13-5, at Fetzger Field in non-conference action.
In their first true road game in 2013, the Big Green (2-3) were outshot, 54-23, by the Tar Heels (4-3). The ACC-foe has now won 11 straight versus the team from the Upper Valley. The last triumph for Dartmouth against UNC came in 1972.
Over the past two seasons, the Big Green are 1-6 when squaring off with top-25 teams. Their last win against a ranked team came in the 2012 season opener at No. 19 Colgate.
Nikki Dysenchuk added the fifth and final goal for Dartmouth in the fourth quarter converting a pass from Costabile.
Costabile opened the scoring early in the first, netting his eighth marker of the season off a pass from sophomore Adam Fishman. The Tar Heels responded with three unanswered goals to hold a 3-1 advantage heading into the second.
The squads traded goals in the second quarter as North Carolina countered every goal the Big Green scored, holding at least a two-goal lead throughout the remainder of the contest.
After entering halftime with a 5-3 lead, UNC scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Senior Bernie Susskind had arguably the strongest performance of his collegiate career, stopping a season-high 18 shots for the Big Green. Freshman goaltender Ham Sonnenfeld saw his first action in net for the Green and White as well, making three saves over the final 3:33 of the contest in relief of Susskind.
Dartmouth returns to action on March 23, opening its Ivy League slate welcoming Harvard to Hanover. Opening faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.