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Dartmouth Rolls Past Hampton, 18-9


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History { element.remove(); }); } else{ let elementsToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(‘.postgame_3_nextgame’); elementsToRemove.forEach(element => { element.remove(); }); } ]]> HAMPTON, Va. — The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team bounced back from its first loss of the season in a big way, picking up an 18-9 win at Hampton on Tuesday in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. Five different Big Green players scored multiple goals to improve to 5-1 on the season, good for their best record after six games since the 2004 season. Sophomores Brandon Ventarola and Quinn Moore each tallied five points to lead the offense, both scoring four goals and dishing an assist.

While Dartmouth improves to 5-1, Hampton falls to 2-6 on the season.

Just halfway through their 12-game regular-season schedule, the Big Green’s five wins mark their most since 2015. Dartmouth picked up its fourth road win of the season as well, already marking its most since 2003.

Ventarola’s four goals and five points marked career highs while Moore’s five points tied a career high. Freshman Cameron Brown scored three goals for his first-career hat trick while other multi-goal scorers included senior Tommy Rogan and junior Nate Davis, who had two apiece. Sophomore Colin McGill finished with a goal and three assists, and junior Peter Lapina recorded a goal and two assists.

Defensively, senior Andrew Johnston was stellar with two groundballs and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Griffin O’Neil recorded two groundballs and three caused turnovers. In total, the Big Green caused 18 of Hampton’s 28 turnovers on the afternoon.

Senior Mitchell Myers won 3-of-8 faceoffs, but Vincent Gandolfo and T.J. Bryan had career games, winning 7-of-10 and 6-of-10, respectively. The faceoff win totals were career highs for both the sophomore and senior.

Dartmouth opened a quick 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter behind unassisted goals from Ventarola, Lapina and Rogan. After Hampton pulled within 3-1 late in the first quarter, the Big Green reeled off nine in a row. Included was a 6-0 second quarter and the first three of the third. Brown scored all three of his goals in that run, with his hat trick coming in the span of 12:17 of game action (from 5:12 of the second quarter to 7:55 of the third).

With the Big Green leading 12-1, Hampton rallied by scoring seven of the next 10 goals, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Dartmouth surged with three in a row, coming in the span of 28 seconds (at 2:16, 2:07 and 1:48 of the fourth quarter) for an 18-8 lead, on the way to the 18-9 victory.

For the game, Dartmouth held a 54-30 edge in shots and 38-30 advantage in groundballs. The Pirates turned the ball over 28 times to the Big Green’s 22 turnovers. Each team had a pair of extra-man goals. Freshman Sam Cooper made nine saves in goal, across Hampton’s Paxtin Powell, who tallied 14.

The Big Green now turn their sights to the Ivy League opener set for this Saturday at Scully-Fahey Field. Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m. on NESN and ESPN+.

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