HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A second half rally came up short for the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon as it fell, 11-9, to No. 16 Hofstra in non-conference action on James M. Shuart Stadium.
The Big Green (2-5) dropped their third straight, while the Pride (6-3) snapped a two-game skid with the victory.
The woes continued against ranked opponents for the Green and White as they have now lost seven consecutive contests to top-25 programs.
Hofstra got off to a quick start scoring just eight seconds into the contest as Ryan Reilly found the back of the net to give the Pride the early advantage.
The two squads traded goals throughout the first two quarters, before Hofstra scored five unanswered from the 8:02 mark of the second to the 8:34 mark of the third to stretch its lead to 10-4.
Late in the third quarter, the Big Green answered with a scoring run of their own, netting four straight to cut the Pride lead to just two. Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk started the surge with an unassisted marker and freshman Cam Lee followed suit less than a minute later. Sophomore Jake Weil capped the run with a pair of goals.
With 2:30 remaining in the game, Hofstra’s Adrien Sorichetti scored an insurance goal to bring the Hofstra advantage back to three. Dysenchuk brought the Big Green back within a pair with 25 seconds remaining tallying his second goal of the game, but it was too little too late as Hofstra held on for the win.
Offensively, Weil paced the Dartmouth attack netting his first hat trick of the season, while senior quad-captain Chris Costabile scored two goals for the sixth straight game. Dysenchuk had his first multi-goal game since Feb. 26 against Vermont as Lee and Adam Fishman capped the scoring for the Big Green.
Costabile had his first multi-assist game of the 2013 campaign, while Dysenchuk and Adam Hull also picked up a helper each.
Bernie Susskind (2-5) made seven saves in a losing effort for the Big Green and Chris Selva (6-3) picked up the win for the Pride turning aside 14 shots.
Dartmouth returns to action this weekend traveling to Ithaca to square off with Ivy League rival, No. 3 Cornell March 30 at 1 p.m. The Big Green are looking to avenge a 7-5 loss last year.