Dartmouth vs. Notre Dame
April 2, 2005
The Game Story:
Senior Ben Grinnell (Waccabuc, N.Y.)scored four goals including the game winner to lead the No. 19 Dartmouth men's lacrosse team to an incredible 10-9 win over No. 9 Notre Dame.

With his four points today Grinnell needs just three more to move into tenth place in Dartmouth career records.

"Ben did a nice job for us," said head coach Bill Wilson. "This whole team has shown what it takes to get a big win."

Senior Andrew Goldstein (Milton, Mass.) turned aside eight shots for the Big Green (4-2) while Joey Kemp had 23 saves for the Irish (5-2).

Notre Dame led by as much as two late in the first quarter before Brad Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) scored at 2:51 and Grinnell tied the game at 1:50.

The Fighting Irish pulled ahead again, 4-2, early in the second quarter but with a man-down at 9:21 Nick Bonacci (Crofton, Md.) pulled the Big Green within one and Jamie Coffin (Greenwich, Conn.) tied it up at 4:59. Bonacci gave Dartmouth its first lead at 3:55 but Notre Dame was able to counter finishing the scoring for the second quarter, tying the game at 5-5.

In the third Dartmouth scored twice and held Notre Dame to two goals as the Big Green had its second lead of the day. A goal by Ryan Danehy (North Billerica, Mass.) and two by Grinnell gave Dartmouth an 8-7 lead to start the final quarter of play.

Notre Dame tied the contest at 9-all, with 7:11 on the clock in the fourth. Grinnell pulled the Big Green ahead at 2:54 in what proved to be the game winner and Alec Hufnagel (Scarsdale, N.Y.) gave Dartmouth some insurance at 1:27. With :19 left in the contest the Irish fought back scoring a late goal but Dartmouth held the ball for the waning seconds to grab its first-ever win over Notre Dame.

The Big Green held a remarkable 51-32 advantage in shots and had 26 ground balls to Notre Dame's 16. Jim Morrison and Matt Ryan each scored twice to lead the Irish.

"This is a big win for us," Wilson said. "It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride so far this season. We've been playing to the level of our opponent and sometimes that's hurt us so we just need to continue executing, there's room for us to grow."

Dartmouth takes to the road next week as the Big Green begins Ivy League play in an April 10th contest at Penn.