Dartmouth vs. Princeton
April 27, 2002
The Game Story:
Brad Dumont had a career-high five points, including a key assist on a Ryan Boyle goal as time ran out in the first quarter, to lead Princeton to a 13-7 win over Dartmouth at Scully-Fahey Field.

Fourth-ranked Princeton, who defeated Dartmouth for the 14th straight time, improved to 7-4 with its fifth straight win. Dartmouth fell to 6-6, 0-5 in the Ivy League. Princeton plays at Brown this Saturday (May 4) in what essentially is now an Ivy League championship game after the Bears defeated Cornell 9-8 in overtime. Princeton and Brown are both 4-1 in the league, which means the winner of the game Saturday in Providence will win the outright Ivy title and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. "We did what we had to do," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "We weren't completely sharp, and Dartmouth had some wrinkles for us. But we played well when we needed to and did the things we had to do to win."

Princeton's win came one week after a huge win over Cornell, a victory that Princeton had to have to remain in the hunt for an eighth-straight Ivy title. "It was a tough week for us mentally," Tierney said. "We were coming off a big win. It wasn't easy, but we'll take it."

Princeton led 2-0 on a pair of Dumont goals in the first eight minutes of the game, but the Big Green, using a patient ball-control approach, evened the score with goals from Tom Daniels and Casey Burlage.

It looked like it would stay 2-2 at the quarter, but Dumont fed Boyle as time was winding down, and Boyle beat Dartmouth's Mike Gault just as the clock hit 0.0. "We knew how much time we had," Boyle said. "I knew as I was calling for the ball from Brad that I'd have to let it go quickly. We've done a good job of that all year, if not getting goals at least getting good shots as time was running out in a quarter." Boyle's goal gave Princeton a big lift and sent Gault to the bench in favor of freshman Andrew Goldstein, who played the final 45 minutes after having played 12 all season.

"If we had been tied, then Dartmouth would have known that one quarter of the game was gone and they were right there," Boyle said. "Instead, it gave us a little momentum, and they knew that they had played very well for the first quarter and still were behind." Princeton scored three times in the second quarter, twice on Sean Hartofilis goals off Dumont feeds. Dumont had entered the game with two assists all season before going for three against the Big Green. He ran his season totals to 18 goals and five assists. Princeton built a 6-2 lead at halftime and a 9-2 lead during the 29:23 that Dartmouth did not score. It was 13-5 with three minutes left before Dartmouth scored two late goals. Julian Gould made 11 saves, eight in the first half, while allowing five goals in 50 minutes. Boyle had two goals and , while Daniels had three goals and two assists.

"Julian made some big saves in the second quarter," Tierney said. "It was 6-2, but I told the team it could have been 6-6 without Julian. Now we have another big week, and it's up to Providence to play for a championship."