Dartmouth vs. Holy Cross
May 2, 2006
The Game Story:
HANOVER, N.H. - Holy Cross may have outscored Dartmouth in the first period and the last period, but the Big Green dominated the middle two stanzas and that was enough to propel Dartmouth to a 15-12 victory on Tuesday evening in a steady rain at Scully-Fahey Field. Dartmouth evens its record at 7-7 overall (3-3 Ivy), while Holy Cross finishes its season at 0-14 (0-6 Patriot).

Junior Nick Bonacci (Crofton, Md.), who led the team with six points on three goals and three assists, opened the scoring for Dartmouth, but Holy Cross surprised Dartmouth by scoring the next four goals, including two by Billy Klotz. Bonacci answered to make it 4-2 when he stuffed in a shot from close range after receiving a pass from Ryan Danehy (North Billerica, Mass.). The teams traded goals before Grant Cowherd spun and deposited a shot in the top left corner to give the Crusaders a 6-3 edge at the end of the first period.

Dartmouth, which had never lost in 24 previous meetings with Holy Cross, was a bit stunned, but responded brilliantly over the next two periods. The Big Green outscored the Crusaders 6-1 in the second frame and 5-0 in third to take control of the contest and grab a 14-7 lead at the end of three periods.

Tri-captain Brad Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) started the scoring barrage with a diving goal to open the second period and then Brian Koch (Rye, N.Y.) added his second and third goals of the game to tie the score at 6-6. Tri-captain Jamie Coffin (Greenwich, Conn.), who led the team with four goals, scored two straight to give the Big Green an 8-6 advantage. Paul LeBlanc tallied the second of his three goals to bring the Crusaders back within one, but Heritage tallied with six seconds left in the half to give Dartmouth a 9-7 margin at the half.

Heritage opened the third period with his third goal of the game to make it 10-7. Bonacci, who was stationed behind the net, passed to Danehy who cut in front and scored to give Dartmouth an 11-7 lead. Bonacci then assisted on a goal by Ryan Orr (Great Falls, Va.) before tallying another one himself. Coffin scored the final goal of the third quarter when he raced in and fired a shot to the low right corner.

The Crusaders came back to outscore the Big Green 5-1 in the final period, but the comeback fell short. In goal, Dartmouth's Andrew Mayer (Hingham, Mass.) played the first 48:36 and allowed nine goals and made 10 saves. He was relieved by freshman Pat Marshall (Lutherville, Md.) who allowed three goals and made three saves in 11:24 of work. Matt Fallon played 58:38 for Holy Cross and allowed 14 goals and made 12 saves, while Jimmy Harrison played 1:22 and allowed one goal and did not record a save.

The Big Green will return to Ivy League play on Saturday, May 6, when it travels to Cambridge to face Harvard. Game time is 6:00 p.m.