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Nov. 19, 2005

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HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth wrapped up its season this afternoon at venerable Memorial Field, falling to Princeton, 30-0. Senior Josh Dooley (Tuttle, Okla.) provided the lone highlight for the Big Green, making his 300th career tackle, becoming just the ninth player in team history to reach that milestone.

"Defensively we played pretty well, we shut people down, made some plays and forced some turnovers," head coach Buddy Teevens said. "Offensively, we just couldn't get going."

Dooley not only earned the milestone this afternoon, but also finished with a career-high 17 tackles. He set his previous high back in 2002 when he was credited with 16 stops in a game against Harvard.

Dartmouth fumbled on its first offensive possession deep in its own territory, but the Big Green defense was able to hold the Tigers to a 21-yard field goal that gave Princeton the early lead, 3-0. Just 12 seconds into the second frame, the Tigers capped a 15-play, 69-yard drive with another field goal by Derek Javarone to make the score 6-0.

On the following drive, Dartmouth had a pass intercepted by defensive end James Williams, who lateralled the ball to safety Tim Strickland during the return. Strickland was brought down at the one-yard line, but three plays later senior Steve Jensen (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) was able to pick-off a pass that bounced off several players to keep the Tigers from scoring. After Princeton recovered a fumble on the Dartmouth 26-yard line, the Tigers punched it in with 11 seconds remaining in the half to take a 13-0 lead into the break.

In the third quarter, Dartmouth attempted a 43-yard field goal that ended up falling short. Princeton's Jay McCareins caught the ball on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. After the Big Green fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Princeton punched it in one play later to take a 27-0 lead. The Tigers capped the game with a 20-play, 83-yard drive that took 11:44 off the clock to make it 30-0.

"We've got good people who worked hard," Teevens said. "I told the seniors they laid the ground work with the attitude that we need."

The Big Green finished the year 2-8, 1-6 in the Ivy League, while Princeton finished 7-3, 5-2 in conference play.