Men's lax edges out Harvard in OT
That seemed to be the word of choice used to describe the men's lacrosse team's dramatic 12-11 overtime win at Harvard on Saturday.
"It was a perfect way to finish off the season," co-captain Pete Fahey '94 said.
And what a season it was. Dartmouth finished with a 10-4 overall record. The 10 wins were the most for the Big Green since 1949, and were more wins than the last three seasons combined.
Dartmouth was 3-3 in the Ivy League, its best showing since 1983. The last time the Big Green defeated Harvard was in 1985.
Fahey completed a stellar collegiate career by providing the offensive heroics, scoring three goals, including the game-winner in sudden-death overtime.
"Pete Fahey scoring the game-winner was a perfect ending" to the season and his career, Coach Tim Nelson said.
The Big Green fell behind 5-1 in the first period, but managed to battle back to cut the Crimson lead to 7-5 at halftime.
"Being down 5-1 in the first quarter on the road is tough," Nelson said. "But we tightened up our defense, and the middies and attack picked it up."
Dartmouth depth and a balanced attack once again proved to be the saving grace.
"We played more guys than [Harvard] did, and we eventually wore them down in the second half," Nelson said.
John Schneider '96, Brian White '95 and Brian Merritt '97 each scored a pair of goals. Brendan Bowler '94 and Scott Hapgood '97 added one apiece.