Dartmouth vs. Cornell
April 3, 2010
The Game Story:
Men's Lacrosse Stuns No. 6 Cornell at New England Lacrosse Classic
Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 04/03/2010



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Sophomore Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) posted a career-high 23 stops, while senior captain Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.) netted four goals to lead the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team to an 8-6 upset win over sixth-ranked Cornell at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Dartmouth (3-4, 1-1 Ivy) also saw two goals from junior Joshua Etzion (Boca Raton, Fla.), along with single scores from classmate Rhett Miller (Dallas, Texas) and freshman Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.). The Big Green beat the Big Red for the first time in 13 years with the last win coming in April of 1997. The defense came up huge for Dartmouth, keeping Cornell off the board on four man-up opportunities, with Campbell being the focal point. Campbell was the first netminder to make 20-plus saves since Andrew Goldstein had 21 against Notre Dame back in 2004. This was the first win over a top-10 team since 2008, when Dartmouth beat 10th-ranked Princeton by a 13-6 score.

"I am really proud of our guys," said head coach Andrew Towers. "The team has been working hard this season and today it finally paid off with a great effort against a great team."

Cornell (7-2, 2-1 Ivy) got three goals from Rob Pannell, held three others two only one goal. Ryan Hurley, who leads the Ivy League in goals, came up with only one and it was an empty-netter with two seconds remaining. AJ Fiore earned the start in net and pushed aside six shots, while Mat Martinez got some time in the third and fourth quarters, making four stops.

Campbell was the story of the first quarter as he kept Cornell off the board with five saves, all coming from point blank range. He also got some help from the post with two shots finding the iron. The Big Red dominated the offensive side of the field with an 11-1 shot advantage. It was the first time this season for both teams to enter the second quarter scoreless.

Dartmouth got its best offensive possession with 11 minutes remaining in the second frame with multiple shots from Sussman, but Fiore wasn't stale after facing one shot in the first quarter.

Cornell broke through with the first goal at 9:34 of the second quarter with an unassisted goal from Chris Ritchie. He fought off a Dartmouth defender and snuck it inside the near post for the first lead of the game for either squad. Sussman answered a minute later with his 11th of the season and unassisted to tie the game at 1-1. He came from behind the net and beat Fiore on a side angle shot from the right side of the cage.

"Ari came up big for us today," said Campbell. "All four of his goals came on one-on-one dodges and individual efforts, which shows how good he is as a player."

Sussman struck again to give Dartmouth its first lead of the contest at 2-1 with 3:45 left in the first half. Once again he came from the right side of the cage and beat Fiore low to the far post. Costabile pushed the lead to 3-1 with a long-distance strike with 1:15 left and helped the Big Green to its second halftime lead in as many games.

Campbell kept Dartmouth in the game with 12 saves on 13 Cornell shots on net and the Big Green did not help itself with eight turnovers.

Cornell snuck a goal closer 2:20 into the third quarter with Pannell scoring his 13th of the season with the assist going to Roy Lang to make it 3-2. Unlike the first half the scoring picked up as Dartmouth answered right back with Etzion tallying his 11th of the year to push the advantage back up to two goals at 4-2. He circled from behind the net and put a shot on Fiore that he initially stopped but the rebound trickled into the back of the cage.

Pannell and David Lau scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 4-4 as Dartmouth dropped a pair of two-goal leads.

However, unlike previous games, Dartmouth did not fold up its tent and go home. Etzion gave the lead back to Dartmouth at 5-4 with his second of the game with the assist going to sophomore Jack Steele (Longmeadow, Mass.). Once again, Fiore got a piece of the shot from Etzion, but the ball crept over the line and away from the stick of a Cornell defender.

The Big Green built the lead back up to two goals with 11:48 remaining on Sussman's third of the afternoon, coming unassisted. After losing the ball momentarily, he deked a couple of Cornell long poles and beat Fiore just under the cross bar for a 6-4 advantage.

Miller gave Dartmouth its largest lead at 7-4 with a sniper shot from 20-feet that mixed up Fiore. The assist on the play went to sophomore Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.).

Sussman added his fourth and final goal with an empty-net strike with 1:56 remaining to close out the scoring for the Big Green at 8-4. Cornell added a pair of scores to end the game in the final minute to make it 8-6.

The Big Red outshot the Big Green by a 43-31 margin and picked up 27 ground balls to Dartmouth's 25. The Big Green posted more turnovers in the game with 16 to Cornell's 10, but were able to overcome the disadvantage.

Dartmouth will be back action at Scully-Fahey Field on April 10 at 1 p.m. It will be the first game in Hanover for the Big Green in a month.