HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore Nikki Dysenchuk scored in the last second of regulation to push the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team past 18th-ranked Harvard, 9-8, on Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field. It was Dysenchuk’s only goal of the contest and his eighth goal on the season. The Big Green improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League. The Crimson dropped to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The loss also ended Harvard’s four-game winning streak.
The Big Green maintained possession for the last shot, but missed, and the ball went out of play with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. The officials discussed the play and reset the clock to 4.7 seconds for Dartmouth to try and score. Dysenchuk took the ball from behind the net and attacked from the right side. He blew past the defender and fired a low line drive that beat the goalie as time expired.
Dartmouth held an 8-6 lead with 3:47 remaining in the game but could not stop the late attack by the Crimson. Harvard cut the lead to one on a goal by Ryan Stevens and then tied the contest on a man-up goal by Jeff Cohen with 1:16 left in the game.
The scoring started quickly in the game with the Big Green netting a goal seven seconds into the first. After winning the opening face off, Dartmouth got the ball to junior John DeChiaro who beat Harry Krieger for the first goal. Harvard responded by scoring two goals in the quarter to take a 2-1 lead into the second. In the second quarter, the Big Green outscored the Crimson, 2-1, to push the game to a 3-3 tie heading into halftime. Dartmouth won the third quarter 3-2, and each team scored three goals in the final period.
Junior Fergus Campbell slowed down a Harvard offense that came into the game averaging 12.67 goals per game. Campbell tied a season-high by making 17 saves in the victory. Earlier this season, Campbell had 17 saves in a 9-7 victory at Sacred Heart. Sophomore Chris Costabile led the team with three goals to bring his season total to eight. The only other player with more than one point was junior Drew Tunney, who had a goal and an assist. In all, seven different Dartmouth players recorded a goal, including the first career goal for senior Adam Boardman.
Harvard went 1-for-4 in man-up situations, while the Big Green went 0-for-1. The Crimson grabbed 37 ground balls to Dartmouth’s 31.