Dartmouth vs. Vermont
April 19, 2011
The Game Story:
HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored the last six goals of the game on Tuesday night to come from behind and beat Vermont, 9-7, at Scully-Fahey Field. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Big Green and improved the team to 5-7 overall. The loss dropped the Catamounts to 6-7.

After a sloppy first half by both teams with Vermont leading 7-4, Dartmouth came out of intermission with a mindset of not turning the ball over and attacking on offense. Neither team scored in the first 10 minutes of the third, but senior Rhett Miller (Dallas, Texas) cut the lead to two on his 16th goal of the season. A minute later, Miller scored again to bring the Big Green within one. On the ensuing faceoff, junior Alex Del Balso (Huntington, N.Y.) grabbed the ball, raced down the field and fired a shot into the net to tie the score with 3:01 left in the third.

The two teams remained tied for the next 11 minutes of game time before Dartmouth struck again. The Big Green had control of the ball, and junior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) flipped a pass to freshman Brendan Rotanz (Westport, Conn.). The ball sailed over Rotanz's stick, but junior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) was right behind Rotanz to catch the pass. Dooley quickly flicked a shot past the Catamount goalkeeper to give Dartmouth its first lead of the game, 8-7, with 6:57 left in the fourth. Tunney added an insurance goal four minutes later to put the game out of reach.

The first half saw both teams struggle to maintain possession of the ball. Dartmouth turned it over 14 times in the half and Vermont coughed it up 12 times. The Catamounts took the lead by scoring four goals in the first quarter and three in the second. The Big Green stayed close in the first half on goals by freshman Patrick Resch (Flourtown, Pa.), Rotanz, junior Thomas Mattimore (Tiburon, Calif.) and Dooley. It marked Mattimore's first goal of the season.

For the game, Tunney finished with three points on a goal and two assists, and Dooley tallied three points on two goals and an assist. Dooley has scored a point in every game for the Big Green this season. Junior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) made 12 saves in the victory. It marked the sixth straight game Campbell has made double-digit saves.

Dartmouth thrived in man-up situations in the game, going 3-for-4. Vermont finished the game 1-for-4 in extra-man opportunities. The Big Green took 41 shots in the contest compared to 36 by the Catamounts.