Dartmouth Wins in OT 14-13

April 15, 2009

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Brian Koch's shot from 18 feet out hit the net with 2:57 left in overtime to give the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Yale at Reese Stadium that spoiled the final Ivy home game for the Bulldogs.

The Big Green (4-8, 1-3 Ivy) earned its first league win by scoring with 54 seconds left in regulation and then getting the game-winner a second after a Yale penalty expired in the OT.

The final Dartmouth comeback erased the celebration from a five-goal Yale run that erased an 11-6 deficit.

Yale (5-6, 1-4) had the edge in shots (38-35), faceoffs (19 to 10) and extra-man chances (3-for-6), but the Big Green had more ground balls (34-33) and fewer missed clears.

"We couldn't clear the ball in the second half, and every time we fail to clear we give up a goal," said Yale head coach Andy Shay, who felt his squad had the momentum heading into the extra session. "We showed a lot of heart to come back, but Dartmouth did a great job of possessing the ball.

Gregory Mahony had four goals while Michael Karwoski (3-1) and Brendan Gibson (3-2) added three tallies on a night when six Bulldogs found the net behind Dartmouth newcomer Fergus Campbell (9 saves).

Koch led the visitors with three goals and four points. Ari Sussman (2-2) also had four points around the Yale net manned by Jonathan Falcone (12 saves). Karwoski opened the scoring at 12:02 of the first with a pretty shot on an extra-man try.

Falcone, who had two great saves to keep the visitors off the board early and four in the opening frame, looked like he was seeing the ball well. He also got plenty of help at the other end. Mark Dobrosky's bouncer hit the net at 9:09 to make it 2-0 Yale. Mahony fired from 25-feet away at 2:56 to make it 3-1, while Gibson's wrap-around high shot at 1:56 upped the lead to three.

Everything was going Yale's way at that point, but the momentum was about to change. That turn meant six straight Dartmouth goals leading up to a 7-4 edge for the visitors at intermission.

The killer came during a wild end to the first half. After calling a timeout with three ticks on the clock, Koch flipped the ball to Ian Ferrell (only goal of the night), who turned and sent a high shot past Falcone from long distance that hit the net as time expired.

After Dartmouth's seventh straight goal at the start of the second half, the Elis got tallies from Karwoski and Brendan Gibson to cut the margin to 8-6 and seize the momentum again. However, three straight Yale defensive takeaways resulted in Bulldog turnovers and Dartmouth goals. The fourth Eli turnover of the third quarter helped the visitors go up 11-6, but there was another comeback to come.

Matt Gibson's only tally of the game came up a man at 14:34 of the fourth to cut the lead to 11-7. Colin Still's bouncer at 13:49 found the net to make it 11-8 before Mahony notched two straight, including a left-handed runner from 15 feet out to bring the Blue to within one.

Brendan Gibson sent a low wrap-around shot into the net at 10:07 that evened it at 11-11, but Jimmy Mullen got one past Falcone at 7:38 to take the lead back again. Big saves followed at both ends of the field before Karwoski's side-winder from the left flat sailed past Campbell at 4:18 to even it again.

The see-saw game took another turn for the Blue. Mahony fired a long shot from the left at 3:44 to give Yale its last lead at 13-12. The Bulldogs tried to run the clock out, but a turnover behind the Dartmouth net gave the Green another chance with 1:14 left.

Sussman, a New Haven native, bounced a shot over Falcone and off the top of the post that typically would roll over the goal. This time, the ball spun back and trickled over the goal line with 54 seconds left. The Elis bounced back with two chances at the other end after winning the draw, but could not get a grade-A chance.

A Nick Tsouris penalty with 3:28 left in the OT gave the Green a great opportunity. Dartmouth had a couple of good looks but did not find an opening until after the penalty expired. That's when Koch took a pass from Kip Dooley on the left side and flicked a high shot past Falcone.

The Bulldogs are next in action at Harvard on April 25.

Recap filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director

Video by David Dikranian