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Big Green Surrender Fourth Quarter Lead in Ivy Loss at Yale

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By Doug Austin
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NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team surrendered a late lead to No. 16 Yale in a 7-5 loss in Ivy League action at Reese Stadium.

The Big Green (2-7, 0-3), who are still in search of their first road win of the season, dropped their fourth straight contest, while the Bulldogs (6-3, 2-2) won their third in a row.

The struggles against ranked foes continued as the Green and White lost their ninth straight to top-20 opponents.

After falling behind 3-1 in the first quarter, Dartmouth scored two unanswered to tie the game at three heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, Chris Costabile and Jake Weil scored for the Big Green to give the team from the Upper Valley a 5-3 edge. Yale’s Conrad Oberbeck netted his 21st goal of the year to bring the Bulldogs within one with 55 seconds left on the clock.

In the fourth quarter Yale’s Colin Flaherty took over, tallying three unanswered goals to seal the victory.

Offensively, Costabile paced the Dartmouth attack netting his first hat trick of the season. Weil and freshman Billy Heidt scored the other goals for the Big Green. The tally was Heidt’s first since Feb. 26 against Vermont.

The Bulldogs outshot the Big Green, 44-19. Dartmouth was 1-for-2 with the man advantage and Yale was 0-for-2.

Bernie Susskind (2-7) made 11 saves in a losing effort, while Eric Natale (6-3) turned aside six shots to pick up the win.

Dartmouth returns to action on April 9 welcoming Hartford to Scull-Fahey Field in midweek non-conference action at 3:00 p.m.