April 27, 2010

Dartmouth's Sussman Earns NEILA Honor

from press release

- Senior captain Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.) stepped up for the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team in two big victories last week over Vermont and Penn and earned New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week honors.

The Big Green attackman tallied 13 points in the two wins, which was the first back-to-back victories Dartmouth put together this season. The effort from the senior captain couldn't have come at a better time with three of the four spots in the Ivy Tournament up for grabs.

In the non-conference tilt with Vermont, Sussman tied a career-high with five goals and added two assist for seven points, which was a season-high for the leading point man for the Big Green. Dartmouth stopped a two-game skid with the 18-13 victory. Sussman score three of his five goals during a streak of eight unanswered goals to open up a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The first two scores for Sussman came in the first quarter and helped build a early 3-1 lead.

Against Penn on Senior Day and in one of the biggest games in recent memory at Scully-Fahey Field, he scored once, but his five assists were huge in the 15-11 win over the Quakers. Penn was the only Ivy team that the Class of 2010 had yet to beat until Saturday. Two of his five assists came during a man-up situation and three were to junior Rhett Miller (Dallas, Texas), who netted six goals on the day.

He jumped to second in the Ivy League in points per game at 3.82 per contest. He is also in the top-10 in the other two offensive categories.

Dartmouth plays this afternoon against Bryant at 4 p.m., but the big game comes on Saturday at 1 p.m. down at No. 17 Brown with a spot in the Ivy League Tournament on the line. The Big Green must win in order to stay alive in the race.

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