Hawks Clip Big Green
Dartmouth’s Dennis Foster (32) reacts as the University of Hartford regains possession of the ball with a minute left yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Dartmouth’s Johnny Carson (22) passes the ball to teammate Robert Osgood (44) yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — A tough season got a little tougher for the Dartmouth College men’s lacrosse team with yesterday’s 8-7 nonconference loss to visiting Hartford. The Hawks scored with 15.6 seconds remaining while up a man because of an Eric Clemmenson tripping penalty on the outer edge of the Big Green’s defensive zone. The loss was the hosts’ sixth in a row and dropped them to 2-8 with No. 9 Princeton arriving in town Saturday for an Ivy League game.
“We played three really good quarters (last weekend) at Yale and we talked about letting that be a new start for us,” said Dartmouth coach Andy Towers. “For us to come out here and not respect the opportunity to compete in a Division I lacrosse game is extremely disappointing.
“Hartford was the much tougher team across the board today. They wanted to be here and they got the win they earned. They outworked us and they deserved it.”
Dartmouth led 3-1 early in the second quarter before intermission brought a 4-4 tie. The Big Green then trailed 7-5 with six minutes to play but received goals from Nikki Dysenchuk and Mike Olentine to forge a 7-7 deadlock in the next two minutes.
Dartmouth’s Jack Connolly took a shot with less than a minute to play, but Hartford won the foot race to the end line and took possession. Clemmenson’s penalty was called with 36 seconds remaining and Hartford’s Jack Bobzien passed from the left post and across the crease to an unguarded Garrett Dollard, who quick-sticked home the winning goal.
“We were in the situation we deserved to be in and that penalty was just one part of the 60 minutes,” Towers said. “It had no more impact than the 6-to-8 passing mistakes we made in the first half that created transition opportunities for them. Offensively we couldn’t pass and catch very well and we didn’t execute with consistency or do what we had practiced.”
Olentine had two goals while K.C. Beard, Chris Costabile, Dysenchuk, Brendan Rotanz and Patrick Campbell also scored for Dartmouth. Bernie Susskind made 15 saves. Hartford improved to 5-5.
— Tris Wykes
BC 9, Dartmouth 5
Hanover — Boston College (6-25) defeated Dartmouth (17-6) to end the Big Green’s 20-game home winning streak against nonconference teams.
Blake Butera and Matt Pare each had three hits for the Eagles, and Gabriel Hernandez drove in a team-high three runs.
Sophomore Matt Parisi led the Dartmouth offense by going 3-for-4, including a triple and his first collegiate home run, while driving in two of the team’s five runs. Teammates Dustin Selzer and Jeff Keller had two hits apiece.
Boston College had at least two base runners in every inning except the ninth and scored in each frame from the second through the eighth.
Freshman reliever Beau Sulser (0-1) took the loss for Dartmouth. He came on in the fourth in place of sophomore starter Adam Frank.
Dartmouth is back in action this afternoon at Holy Cross (14-17).
Bow 9, Kearsarge 0
North Sutton, n.h. — Kearsarge (0-3) was shut out by Bow, but the Cougars received encouraging performances from some of their younger players.
Sophomore Charlie Bossi, in his varsity debut, lost 8-4 at No. 6 singles, and the freshman doubles team of Jack Van Etten and Sam Bourcier lost 8-3.
Kearsarge greets Pelham today.
Lebanon 7, Goffstown 2
Lebanon — The Raiders (3-0) swept their doubles matches and remained undefeated.
Lebanon’s Nabeel Khan (8-3), Jeff Purdy (8-2), Wyatt Goodwin (8-6) and Jacob Ryder (8-0) won in singles, and the duos of Max Reed/Khan (9-8), Purdy/Goodwin (9-8) and Will Sanborn/Ryder (8-2) prevailed in doubles action.
The Raiders visit Plymouth today.
Lebanon — The Lebanon girls topped Merrimack Valley 71-66 in a meet yesterday, while the Raider boys were edged 76-75.
In the girls events, Annabella Vice-Van Heyde (800 meters), Moriah Morton (1,600, javelin), Kelly Ludew (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Lauren Anikis (high jump), Kelsie Atwater (pole vault) and Heater King (triple jump) were victorious.
Nevin Kapuscinski (100, 200), Matthew Stebbins (200), Martin Gradijan (800), Teddy Bessette (1,600), Josh Fontaine (3,200), Craig Telder (110 hurdles), John Cioffredi (high jump) and Will Merchant (pole vault, long jump) won for the Raider boys.