Dartmouth vs. Bellarmine
March 6, 2012
The Game Story:
HANOVER, N.H. — The Bellarmine men's lacrosse team used five goals in the fourth quarter to pull away from Dartmouth on Tuesday and win 12-10 at Scully-Fahey Field.

The Knights (2-2) broke a 7-7 tie early in the fourth, scoring three goals in the span of 14 seconds to take a three-goal lead with 11:37 left in the game. The first goal came with 11:51 left in the quarter, and then Bellarmine scored directly after the next two faceoffs to take a 10-7 lead. Dartmouth started to cut into the Bellarmine lead a minute later with freshman Brandon Rotanz (Westport, Conn.) scoring from 10 yards out to cut the lead to 10-8.

The Big Green (2-1) moved to within one on a score by Mike Olentine (Princeton, N.J.). The sophomore received a long pass on the near sideline from keeper Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.), and then cut straight to the cage and netted his second score of the game. Dartmouth would get no closer as the Knights scored two empty-net goals with the Big Green trying to force turnovers. Olentine would put the final goal on the board with 47 seconds left in the game, but Dartmouth overcome the deficit.

Olentine led the Big Green with five points on three goals and two assists. Dartmouth had three other players with two goals each in Rotanz, junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) and senior Colin Delaney (Darien, Conn.). Campbell finished the game with nine saves and senior Alex Del Balso (Huntington, N.Y.) led the team with five ground balls.

Dartmouth outshot the Knights, 42-29, and was 2-for-7 on extra-man opportunities. Bellarmine finished 0-for-5 in man-up situations, but won 15-of-26 faceoffs. The Knights grabbed 39 ground balls compared to 22 by the Big Green, but Dartmouth only committed eight turnovers to Bellarmine's 12.

The Big Green controlled the ball for the first five minutes of the opening quarter. Delaney scored the first goal of the game off a pass from junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.). Delaney fired the ball from the near side and beat keeper Dillon Ward to the far post.

The Knights responded with a goal of their own off an outside pass from Will Cary to Michael Ward who beat Campbell inside the near post. Bellarmine took a 2-1 lead after Lance Robinson came from behind the net on the far side and flicked a shot into the back of the net. The goal would be the last of the first quarter with the Knights taking a one-goal lead into the second quarter.

Bellarmine took a 3-1 lead early in the second off a 15-yard shot from Cary. Colton Clark set up the goal with a pass from the left side to feed Cary in the center of the field. Both teams had six-to-four advantages midway through the second quarter but couldn't score a goal with the extra players.

The Big Green received another man-up opportunity later in the stanza and took advantage with Rotanz catching Dysenchuk's pass and quickly taking a shot from the right side to beat the keeper.

The Knights regained the two-goal lead a minute later when Jay Desnoyers spun through the Big Green defense and scored his first goal of the season. With time winding down in the second quarter, Delaney picked up his second goal of the game. Once again with the man advantage, Olentine made a pass from behind the cage to Delaney who was standing in front of the net between three Knight defenders. Delaney made the difficult catch and quickly beat Dillon Ward to bring the score to 4-3 at halftime.

Bellarmine scored the first goal of the second half when Michael Ward scored unassisted to give the Knights a 5-3 lead. Olentine responded when he came sprinting from behind the Bellarmine cage on the near side and jammed the ball into the net to cut the lead to one.

Dartmouth tied the game, 5-5, with 6:21 left in the third, when Olentine made a pass from directly behind the cage to Costabile who was cutting in front of the net and beat the keeper high and to the right. The Big Green scored seven seconds later when after winning the faceoff, Del Balso passed to Costabile who netted his 10th goal of the year.

The Dartmouth lead didn't last for long with the Knights scoring with 5:50 left in the third. Trevor Timmerberg evened the game at six with the man-down goal. The Big Green regained the lead when sophomore Patrick Resch (Flourtown, Pa.) scored his first goal of the game from point-blank range as he was being pushed in the back by the Bellarmine defense. The third quarter ended with a bang as the Knights scored as time expired to even the game at seven.

The Big Green take a week off before heading out on their Carolina road trip. Dartmouth plays at Duke on March 18 and at North Carolina on March 21.