April 13, 2013

Not Easy Beating Green: Dartmouth Upsets No. 10 Princeton

from staff reports

Dartmouth freshman Cam Lee gave the Big Green its first lead of the game with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter.
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Dartmouth freshman midfielder Cam Lee scored the biggest goal of his young career, netting the game winner against No. 10 Princeton on Saturday afternoon as the Big Green scored a 10-9 triumph in Ivy League action at Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, N.H.

Dartmouth (3-8, 1-3 Ivy League) picked up its first win against a ranked opponent since Feb. 25 of last season, while Princeton (7-4, 2-2 Ivy League) dropped its second straight in Hanover.

The Big Green became the first team in 2013 to hold the potent Tigers attack to less than 10 goals as senior Bernie Susskind (3-8) turned aside 10 shots to pick up his first career Ivy League victory.

Dartmouth twice battled back from three-goal deficits and took their first lead of the game with 4:40 remaining in the contest as Lee converted a pass from classmate KC Beard for a man-up marker.

Princeton opened the game scoring three unanswered goals before junior Mike Olentine put Dartmouth on the board with his fifth tally of the season. The Princeton, N.J., native wasn't done there as he became the fourth member of the Big Green to net a hat trick this year.

The bulk of the scoring was done in the second quarter as the Ivy foes combined to score eight goals as the Tigers went into the half holding a 7-5 advantage.

Over the final 30 minutes, Susskind and the Big Green defense held Tom Schreiber and the Tigers attack at bay. Princeton's Jeff Frocarro was held scoreless for the first time in 23 games. The Tigers, who averages 12.50 goals per game, failed to reach double figured for the first time since last season's NCAA Tournament.

In the second half, Dartmouth outscored Princeton, 5-2, thanks to a three-goal surge in the fourth quarter started by sophomore Adam Fishman and capped by Lee. Lee, originally a Duke commit while at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) High, played a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy (Mass.), before arriving at Dartmouth.

Phil Hession had a strong game on both ends of the field for the Big Green, tallying his fourth goal of the season and playing stout defense.

Offensively, Olentine paced the Dartmouth attack as eight different players scored. Senior's Chris Costabile and Nikki Dysenchuk along with junior's Brendan Rotanz and Eric Clemmenson netted goals. Clemmenson's was the first of his career as the long pole defender raced end-to-end for the marker. Susskind picked up his first career assist, making the pass that started Clemmenson's run.

Dartmouth returns to action on April 20, traveling to Philadelphia to face Penn in Ivy League action. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start at Franklin Field.

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