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Dartmouth Storms Back To Beat Harvard in Overtime, 10-9


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History { element.remove(); }); } else{ let elementsToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(‘.postgame_3_nextgame’); elementsToRemove.forEach(element => { element.remove(); }); } ]]> HANOVER, N.H. — Trailing 9-5 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team scored four goals in the span of 5:23 to force overtime, where sophomore Colin McGill was the hero, as his fourth goal of the game gave the Big Green a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory over visiting Harvard on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. The win was Dartmouth’s first Ivy League victory since 2015, also coming against Harvard at home (and also coming in overtime). All five of McGill’s points on Saturday came over the game’s final 26:12, as he had a hand in five of the Big Green’s final six goals of the contest.

“It feels great,” said Dartmouth head coach Brendan Callahan. “I’m especially happy for the guys in the locker room and our alums who had been working hard towards this day even before these guys had a chance to make it happen. For everybody who’s been involved in the program, I know this means a lot.”

With the win, Dartmouth improves to 6-1 overall, its best record after seven games since 2003, and 1-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2003. Harvard falls to 3-4 and 1-1 in the league. The victory comes over a Harvard team which made an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. The Crimson were ranked 13th nationally in the Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll.

All 10 Dartmouth goals came from four different players. Along with McGill’s four, senior Tommy Rogan, junior Nate Davis and sophomore Quinn Moore all scored twice. Rogan and Davis also dished an assist for three points apiece. McGill has recorded five points or more in five of the seven games so far in 2023.

The Dartmouth defense was stellar in allowing a season-low nine goals to Harvard, who were 10th nationally in scoring offense (averaging 14.33 goals per game) entering the day. Saturday marked the first time Dartmouth has allowed single-digit goals to the Crimson since 2013, and first time allowing single digits in a win vs. Harvard since 2011. 

Freshman Thomas Goguen and sophomore Griffin O’Neil each caused two turnovers. Making his first-career start, sophomore Mason Morel impressed with 11 saves, five groundballs and a caused turnover. After Harvard took a 9-5 lead with 2:12 left in the third quarter, Morel stopped the final four shots sent his way.

Dartmouth jumped out to a quick 2-0 first-quarter lead behind goals from Rogan and Davis at the 11:41 and 8:36 marks, respectively. 

It was then the Teddy Malone show as he scored the game’s next four goals, giving the Crimson a 4-2 advantage with 11:09 left in the second quarter. Rogan ended a nearly 20-minute Dartmouth scoring drought, but the Crimson responded to take a 5-3 halftime lead.

The Harvard run extended to 3-0, with goals from Sam King and Hayden Cheek before the third quarter was three minutes old, to make the score 7-3. The rest of the quarter saw both sides trade goals, with the Crimson taking a 9-5 lead into the fourth.

After winning just 5-of-17 faceoffs through three quarters, senior Mitchell Myers stepped up in a big way in winning five of the final six over the fourth and overtime. That helped give the offense a chance, and the Big Green took advantage.

McGill opened the fourth-quarter scoring at 10:29. A few minutes later, he found Moore at the 6:43 mark, beginning a run of three goals in 1:37 to pull even. McGill followed with a man-up tally before Davis took it all the way to make it 9-9 with 5:06 left in the fourth.

Both teams had chances down the stretch, but Morel made a big stop at the 2:47 mark and the Dartmouth defense didn’t allow a shot in the final seconds of regulation.

Each team had an empty possession early in overtime, setting the stage for McGill’s heroics. After sophomore Brandon Ventarola’s shot was saved, McGill one-timed it over the goal line, setting off the celebration.

Final shots were 40-37 in favor of Harvard while the Crimson held a 35-30 edge in groundballs. After clearing just 12-of-22 through three quarters, the Big Green were 6-of-7 over the fourth quarter and overtime. Harvard finished 18-of-20. The Crimson were 0-for-4 on the extra man while Dartmouth was 1-for-1.

“In the fourth quarter, the message coming out of the timeout was if we want to get back in this thing and have a chance to win it, we’ve got to start winning some of those 50-50 groundballs, especially at the faceoff X,” said Callahan. “We won four or five in the fourth quarter there and that gave us enough possessions to be able to put the ball in the net.” 

The Big Green will return to action next Saturday at No. 5 Cornell. Gametime in Ithaca is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN+.


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