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Men's Soccer Plays to 0-0 Draw With Lafayette

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with visiting Lafayette Friday night at Burnham Field.

For the Big Green (1-0-2), Friday night marked the third straight game to start the 2013 season in which they played into a second overtime. And for the second time, the extra 20 minutes of play did not result in any scoring.

Like Dartmouth, the Leopards (1-0-4) are no stranger to overtime this season as the contest in Hanover was their fourth of the year and the third straight.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland finished the evening with six saves, including a point-blank stop on Lafayette's Chandler Fraser-Pauls midway through the second overtime session. His counterpart in Leopards' keeper Nathan McDonald was credited with three saves in the game.

The best chance of the contest for either team came when junior Gabe Stauber split the defense and beat McDonald in the 73rd minute only to see Lafayette defender Brandon Turner come out of nowhere to knock the ball out of mid-air and out of harm's way.

Cleveland and the Big Green were saved on three occasions by shots bouncing off the crossbar or off the inside of the goalposts, leaving both teams without a goal through 110 minutes of play.

Dartmouth will wrap-up its four-game season-opening homestand on Sunday afternoon with a 2 p.m. tilt scheduled against UMass at Burnham Field.