Dartmouth vs. Harvard
May 5, 2007
The Game Story:
Hanover, N.H. The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team dropped a 13-9 decision to Ivy rival Harvard in the final game of the season under the lights at Scully-Fahey Field this evening.

Harvard's Greg Cohen tallied six goals to lead his team to victory while Jon Livadas (Wilmington, Del.) and Wilson Handler (Weston, Conn.) each had two goals for the Big Green.

The Crimson struck early and often, taking a 3-0 lead by the 6:47 mark after Greg Cohen had an unassisted goal. The Big Green broke the drought when rookie Towny Swiggett (Huntington, N.Y.) scored the first goal of his collegiate career. Sophomore Jimmy Mullen (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) posted Dartmouth's second goal with 1:25 left in the first quarter to make it 3-2, Harvard.

Harvard's Evan Calvert scored off a feed from Brian Mahler at 9:12 in the second for the only goal of the period, giving the Crimson a 4-2 halftime advantage.

Mahler found Calvert again for the first goal of the third quarter at 11:55 before Dartmouth's Casey Hingten (Carlsbad, Calif.) scored off a pass from rookie Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.) just eight seconds later.

The Crimson rattled off three goals in a row, all from Cohen before Handler found the goal with an assist by senior Nick Bonacci (Crofton, Md.) at 5:59 to take it to 8-4, Harvard. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the period with Bonacci scoring in his final game. Harvard held a comfortable 10-5 lead at the end of the third period.

The high-scoring action continued in the fourth quarter, as the Big Green opened with a pair of goals from Handler and Livadas, cutting Harvard's lead to 10-7. The Crimson squelched the Big Green's comeback with a pair of goals, extending its advantage to 12-7. Bonacci found Brian Koch (Rye, N.Y.) at 5:21 and Livadas scored on a man-up opportunity with just 52 seconds left after Cohen's sixth tally for Harvard to take it to the 13-9 final.

Dartmouth's Hingten finished with eight groundballs along with his goal. Harvard's John Henry Flood had 13 groundballs, dominating the faceoffs by winning 19-of-26.

Harvard had 25 shots on goal to Dartmouth's 17 while Crimson goalie Joe Pike had eight saves and Big Green rookie  Michael Novasel (Somers, N.Y.) had 12 stops.

Dartmouth finishes the season at 5-10 (1-5 Ivy) while Harvard moves to 4-7 (3-3 Ivy).