Dartmouth vs. Bryant
February 24, 2009
The Game Story:
HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth menís lacrosse team made a late run against Bryant with five fourth quarter goals, but the Bulldogs held on to defeat the Big Green, 12-9, in Dartmouthís 2009 home opener on Tuesday at Scully-Fahey Field.

For Dartmouth (1-1), senior captain Brian Koch (Rye, N.Y.) led the Big Green with five unassisted goals, while classmate Jimmy Mullen (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) followed his four-goal output at Hartford with a pair of scores. Sophomore Joshua Etzion (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman John DeChiaro (Port Jefferson Station , N.Y.) each tallied goals for the Big Green.

For Bryant (2-1), graduate student Zach Greer tied Koch for the game-high in goals with five of his own and he also added two helpers for a game-high seven points. Bryan Kaufman had an impressive game for the Bulldogs with two goals and two assists, while John Truscello added a pair scores in the win.

Greer got things started for the Bulldogs with his seventh of the season coming 1:20 into the game and Truscello gave Bryant a 2-0 lead just under a minute later in the first quarter. Dartmouth got on the board with 2:49 remaining as Koch netted the lone Dartmouth man-up goal on the afternoon to cut the lead to one at 2-1. Bryant closed out the quarter with 39 seconds remaining as Greer posted his second of the frame to push the lead back up to three for the Bulldogs.

Dartmouth made a push at the lead in the beginning of the second quarter with back-to-back goals from Mullen, including a great individual effort, beating the defense and tucking the ball inside the near post. With the game now tied at 3-3, Bryant reeled off three-straight scores to close out the half with a commanding 6-3 lead.

In the third quarter, Bryant added to its lead as Travis Harrington netted the only man-up goal of the game for the Bulldogs, just 30 seconds into the final half. After Koch got one back for the Big Green, Bryant once again went on a scoring streak. The Bulldogs pushed the lead up to 11-4 by the end of the third quarter with two goals from Greer and one from Truscello.

The Big Green woke up in the final quarter with five goals, including three from Koch, but it was too little too late as Dartmouth came up short in the comeback with the Bulldogs taking home a 12-9 win.

Junior Michael Novosel (Somers, N.Y.) got the start and took the loss with five saves, while Jameson Love for Bryant stopped six shots. Senior Pat Marshall (Lutherville, Md.) replaced Novosel in the final quarter, but failed to make a save on the two shots faced.

Darmouth struggled all afternoon controlling the ball as the Big Green posted 21 turnovers, including 18 in the first three frames. Face-offs were another area of concern with Dartmouth only coming away with the ball eight times in 25 chances.

The Big Green will be back in action on Saturday as Dartmouth heads to the Midwest to play eighth-ranked Notre Dame at 11:30 a.m. from South Bend.