FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team battled back from a 7-2 deficit, but couldn't close the gap to less than two as they fell to Dartmouth, 9-7, at Campus Field, Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 1-2, while the Big Green improved to 1-1.
Junior attack Kip Dooley posted the lone score of the first quarter to put Dartmouth up 1-0, three and a half minutes into the game. In the second quarter, freshman midfielder Alex Miller (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored the first goal of his career to bring the teams even and sophomore attack Bryan Badolato (West Islip, N.Y.) put SHU on top with his first score of the day, nearly six minutes into the quarter.
The Big Green attack took over for the remainder of the second as it would score four unanswered goal to go into the locker room on top 5-2. Dooley took the lead back for Dartmouth with his second goal of the contest on a man-up opportunity, midway through the frame.
Coming out of the break, the Big Green extended the lead to 7-2 with goals by senior midfielder Rhett Miller and senior midfielder Jack Steele, only 1:20 apart.
Midway through the third quarter, freshman attack Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) ended Dartmouth's 6-0 run with his first goal of the game. Off the ensuing face-off, won by sophomore Stephen Kontos (Danvers, Md.), freshman Tim Caton (East Rochester, N.Y.) picked up the groundball and went in for the immediate score. With 3:37 left in the frame, Mawdsley tallied his second of the day to trim the score to 7-5.
With 1:23 left in the third, Big Green sophomore midfielder Chris Costabile found the back of the net for the eventual game-winner, to push the lead to 8-5.
Mawdsley completed his second straight hat trick, on the man-up, to cut the lead back down to two early in the fourth quarter. Dartmouth responded with a man-down goal less than four minutes into the frame by sophomore Nikki Dysenchuk.
Dartmouth junior goalie Fergus Campbell was spectacular in the cage throughout the entire game as he totaled 17 saves. In the fourth quarter, he came up with six saves, including four straight from point-blank range. SHU was finally able to punch through for one more as Badolato registered his second of the afternoon.
For the Pioneers, senior goalie Zach Frank (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) stopped 15 shots between the pipes.
Sacred Heart outshot Dartmouth 44-42 for the game, while the teams were dead even in groundballs with 41, apiece. SHU dominated the face-off circle, winning 13 of 19.
The Pioneers return to action this Tuesday as they host Mercer at 3:00 pm on Campus Field.