Dartmouth vs. Duke
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
STONY BROOK, N.Y. The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team committed 21 turnovers and gave 10th-ranked Duke too many scoring opportunities as the Big Green fell, 12-6, to the Blue Devils at Stony Brook.

Dartmouth (2-5) was led by freshman Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.), who made a career-high 17 saves in front of the cage and it was his second-straight game with at least 13 stops. Senior Jimmy Mullen (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) led the offensive attack with three goals, while senior captain Brian Koch added a pair of scores.

Duke (8-3) was paced by Zach Howell as he finished five a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Brad Ross also tallied three goals for the Blue Devils and Ned Crotty handed out four assists. Rob Schroeder wasn't tested for most of the game, making just six saves.

Duke jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after Ross connected on his 10th of the season, followed by Max Quinzani with his 28th of the year. Dartmouth fired back to knot the score at 2-2 with 5:20 left in the opening quarter. Koch got Dartmouth on the board with his team-leading 11th goal of the season with the assist going to junior Christopher Root (Houston, Texas). Freshman Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) got Dartmouth back into the game with his ninth of the year.

Senior Tim Daniels (Duxbury, Mass.) won the faceoff following Dooley's tally and streaked in all alone, but could not convert as he sailed a shot high wide of the cage.

The Blue Devils got the lead back with a man-up goal from Ross coming at the 4:13 mark of the first frame as the score was 3-2 at the end of one. Duke outshot the Big Green in the opening quarter, but Campbell came to play and made five stops between the pipes.

After the two teams went scoreless for the first six minutes, Ross earned the hat trick at the 7:58 mark of the second quarter to get Duke's lead back up to two goals at 4-2. Koch cut the deficit back down to 4-3 with his second of the afternoon coming with 5:04 remaining. Dooley was credited with the assist for his second point of the game.

Duke continued to deny the Big Green a chance of tying the score as Howell put the Blue Devils back on top by two goals with his ninth of the year coming with 3:17 left in the half. Duke added two goals in the final minute to give the Blue Devils their largest lead at 7-3 at the half. Mike Catalino netted his eighth of the year, while Quinzani tallied his second of the game. The two goals came just seven seconds apart in the final minute.

In the first half, Duke held a 24-11 shot advantage over the Big Green and the Blue Devils also led in the ground ball department with a 14-10 margin. Campbell finished with nine saves between the pipes, while Schroeder denied three shots from Dartmouth.

Mullen opened the second half with his 10th of the year at 13:06 in the third quarter. He was able to spin his way to a clear shot and beat Schroeder on the bounce to cut the lead to 7-4.

Duke went back up by four goals at 8-4 on Howell's second of the contest with 8:45 left in quarter. Crotty found an open Howell just above the crease with a behind-the-head pass and Howell beat Campbell. For Crotty, it was his second helper of the afternoon to give him 27 on the season.

Dartmouth finally capitalized on a man-up opportunity as Mullen added his second of the game at the 3:48 mark to cut the Blue Devil lead to 8-5. Junior Josh Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) found an open Mullen across the field and beat Schoeder to the top of the goal. Duke answered right back with its second man-up goal of the game as Justin Turri netted his 10th of the year and second in a man-up chance to push the back to 9-5. Crotty added to his assist total with his third of the contest.

The Blue Devils hit double-digits as Sam Payton added his second of the season at the 7:15 mark of the final period and first for either team in the final quarter of play. Howell added to his goal total for the afternoon with his third of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the game to give Duke a commanding 11-5 lead. The Blue Devils increased the lead to 12-5 with 2:28 left as Steve Schoeffel netted his first of the game. Mullen posted his third of the game with 27 seconds remaining to close out the scoring at 12-6.

Duke had a 40-31 shot advantage over Dartmouth and the Blue Devils also posted a 32-22 margin in ground balls. The biggest stat from the game came in the turnover department. Duke committed just 13, while Dartmouth had 21, including 14 in the second half.

The Big Green will be back in action on April 3 at 4 p.m., as the Big Green travels to Penn to play its first Ivy game on the road.