Yale vs. Dartmouth
April 20, 2005
The Game Story:
Turnover problems finally caught up to the No. 16 Yale men's lacrosse team as its four-game win streak came to an end in a 15-10 loss to No. 11 Dartmouth before 975 at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

The Bulldogs, who had the early lead, had 11 turnovers by halftime and finished with 21 and 10 failed clears on the game.

Dartmouth attackman Jamie Coffin hit the net four times and had three assists as the Big Green (6-3, 2-1 Ivy) scored six straight goals between the second and third quarters to put the game out of reach. Goalie Andrew Goldstein made a game-high 15 saves and was quick to get the ball up field with pin-point passing.

Goals by Chris Kempner and Daniel Brillman midway through the first period put Yale up 2-0 and were the only scores of the frame. Brillman finished with a team-high four goals, while Colin Neville chipped in a pair for the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2).

Dartmouth did not find the net until 11:15 of the second period thanks to the great play of Yale freshman goalie George Carafides, who finished with 10 saves in the first half and 11 overall. Alec Hufnagel's goal, the first of six straight for the visitors, put the Green on a run that allowed them to not look back.

"Offensively, we did not move the ball fast enough, and we tried to force it a few times," said midfielder Dan Kallaugher, who is leads the nation in ground balls (12 today) and is ranked second in faceoffs (15 for 23). "They took advantage of every mistake, which was probably the difference in the game."

Nick Bonacci, Ryan Danehy and Ben Grinnell each had two goals for the Green, which had a 4-2 lead at intermission. Dartmouth, which outshot Yale 44-37 but had seven fewer ground balls, also hit the net at the right times. Scoring goals with 13 seconds left in the second and 20 seconds on the clock in the third were big momentum boosters for the visitors.

Yale tallied twice midway through the third and cut the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as it would get. Dartmouth, which had 16 turnovers of its own, followed that with five straight goals, including a pair by Coffin to put the game away.

A six-goal fourth quarter by the home team - including three by Brillman - brought the Elis back but was not enough to put a scare into Dartmouth.

"In the second quarter they won every ground ball and turned everything into quick goals," said senior defenseman Gray Eklund. "Things started piling up and got away from us and not many breaks went our way."

Captain D.J. Barry, a defensive midfielder, tallied his first career goal, while Seth Goldberg and David Schecter had the other Elis goals.