Dartmouth vs. Wagner
March 11, 2010
The Game Story:
HANOVER, NH The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the second quarter and never looked back as the Big Green cruised to an 18-9 victory over Wagner on Thursday afternoon.

Dartmouth (2-1) got an amazing game from junior Joshua Etzion (Boca Raton, Fla.). He played the first half only and registered a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists. It was the most points scored by a Big Green player since teammate Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn) tallied eight back in 2007. Sussman had an impressive game as well with three goals and two assists for five points.

Sophomores Colin Delaney (Darien, Conn.) and Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) notched a pair goals and an assist apiece, while rookie Nikki Dysenchuk netted two goals. Dartmouth finished the day with nine different goals scorers. Senior Mike Novosel (Somers, N.Y.) got the start and made two saves in the win. Each netminder earned time in front of the cage as sophomore Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) posted a team-high four stops and freshmen Bernie Susskind (Highland Beach, Calif.) and Ryan Alexander (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) saw action with Susskind making a pair of saves.

Wagner (0-4) had its largest goal output of the season with nine. The previous high was four which came in a couple of games. Will Macumber led the way with three goals and Cody Isdaner netted two scores and added an assist for three points. Brian Faughnan also tallied a pair of goals for the Seahawks. Michael Gutkin saw all 60 minutes in the cage and made 12 saves in the defeat.

Dartmouth got the scoring going four minutes into the contest as Dooley added his first of the season, coming from Etzion for one of his three helpers on the day. Dysenchuk and Sussman increased the lead to 3-0 with 3:37 remaining in the opening quarter. Macumber cut the lead down to 3-1 for Wagner with 1:30 left, but Etzion posted his third point of the frame with his fourth goal of the season with 13 seconds remaining to make it 4-1.

The second quarter belonged to the Big Green as Dartmouth outscored Seahawks 10-3, led by Etzion and Sussman, who lit it up for the Big Green. The two factored in seven of the ten goals with Etzion scoring four times, including three consecutive tallies late in the second. Two of the three goals by Etzion came off the stick of Sussman as he put up two assists and also added a pair of scores for four points in the quarter. Dysenchuk, Dooley, freshman Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) and senior captain Christopher Root (Houston, Texas) also scored in the frame for the Big Green.

Faughnan, Macumber and Mike Hurley posted the goals for the Seahawks with Faughnan's coming on a man-up situation to stop a six-goal streak for Dartmouth. The Big Green took a commanding 14-4 lead into the locker room at the half.

Senior Andrew Peisch (Wellesley, Mass.) got Dartmouth rolling again in the second half with his first of the season and second of his career, coming just 15 seconds in the third quarter. Junior Jack Steele (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Delaney helped build the lead up to 17-4 after posting back-to-back goals five minutes apart. Macumber netted the fifth goal for the Seahawks to end the quarter to make it 17-5 with one frame remaining.

The final frame was all Wagner as the Seahawks outscored the Big Green 4-1. Delaney added the lone goal for Dartmouth. Isdaner posted a pair goals for Wagner, while Sean Travis and Faughnan recorded the others to close the scoring at 18-9.

Surprisingly the Big Green only outshot Wagner by five shots with a 43-38 shot advantage. The Seahawks scored on two of their nine man-up opportunities and Dartmouth went 1-for-5 with extra attacker.

The Big Green will be back in action on March 19 as Dartmouth travels to No. 3 North Carolina for a 7 p.m. start.