|HANOVER, N.H. - Despite a valiant comeback effort, the No. 11 Dartmouth men's lacrosse team dropped a tough 8-7 decision to No. 8 Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. The win helps the Big Red remain the only undefeated team in the Ivy League at 4-0 and improves Cornell's overall mark to 7-2. Dartmouth, meanwhile, suffers its first conference loss and is now 1-1 in the Ivies and 5-3 overall.|
Cornell jumped out to a 4-0 lead with 12:24 left in the second quarter before the Big Green started to fight back. Goals by Ryan Danehy (N. Billerica, Mass.) and Jamie Coffin (Greenwich, Conn.) cut the deficit in half, but Kevin Nee scored the second of his team-leading three goals to give the Big Red a 5-2 edge with just over two minutes left in the half. Senior captain Ben Grinnell (Waccabuc, N.Y.) tallied with two seconds remaining in the period to bring Dartmouth within two again. The goal gave Grinnell the 126th point of his career, tying him with Mike Herriott '64 for tenth place on the Dartmouth career scoring list.
The Dartmouth defense clamped down in the third period and held Cornell scoreless, while Coffin added another goal to bring the Green within one. The comeback was complete when Brad Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) tied the score early in the fourth quarter.
After being held scoreless for 20:22, the Big Red broke through with three consecutive goals in just over three minutes and held an 8-5 lead with 8:40 remaining. Once again, Dartmouth mounted a comeback. Danehy's low shot found the back of the net at 4:52 and then Coffin tallied his third goal of the game to cut the lead to one and put the pressure on Cornell. Unfortunately, the Big Green ran out of time and couldn't get the equalizer.
Dartmouth's Andrew Goldstein (Milton, Mass.) made 11 saves, including five in the third period, while the Big Red's Matt McMonagle stopped 10 shots, including five in the fourth quarter.