HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 15/16 Harvard men’s lacrosse team scored two goals in the final 2:44 of regulation to force overtime at Dartmouth Saturday afternoon but it was the Big Green which prevailed, netting the game winner 1:39 into the second overtime period to take a 12-11 victory.
Ian Ardrey had a big day, matching his career-high of four goals while adding one assist for five total points. Deke Burns and Joe Lang each contributed two goals with Sean Coleman (1g), Devin Dwyer (1g, 1a) and Sean McDonagh (1g, 1a) also finding the back of the net.
Bryan Moore made 12 saves in goal, including two in the first overtime period to keep the score even. Moore also collected six ground balls with Ryan Norton adding five. Brian Fischer and Matt Ryan each caused three turnovers, and Ryan also tallied four ground balls.
Dartmouth (2-3, 1-0 Ivy League) won 22-of-27 face offs to dominate possession, and held a 39-34 edge in ground balls. The Big Green also converted on 3-of-4 man-up opportunities while Harvard (4-4, 0-2 Ivy League) was 0-of-6 on the man advantage.
Dartmouth scored three goals in 36 seconds to take a commanding 3-0 lead with 12:42 remaining in the first quarter. Harvard cut its deficit to 3-2 off scores by Burns and Lang, but a pair of Adam Fishman strikes extended the margin to 5-2. Burns scored his second of the day to make it a 5-3 game at the half.
Ardrey and Dwyer went back-to-back to open the third quarter, tying the score at 5-5. The Big Green responded with three straight goals for an 8-5 margin, however, and answered each time the Crimson found the back of the net to maintain its edge. Trailing 11-9, Ardrey made it a one-goal game with 2:44 to play, and added his fourth with just 14 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Dartmouth outshot Harvard 3-2 in the first overtime period but neither team was able to convert. The Big Green won the opening faceoff of the second overtime and fired two shots wide, maintaining possession after both. Dartmouth finally broke through on its third attempt, however, as Jack Korzelius netted the game winner with 2:21 on the clock, 12-11.
Harvard will be back in action Wednesday, March 25 when it hosts No. 13/11 Albany at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Face off is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game Notes: Ian Ardrey matched his career-high with four goals and totaled a career-best five points (4g, 1a) … Devin Dwyer totaled two points (1g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 27 games dating back to 2013 … Ian Ardrey (4g, 1a) and Deke Burns (2g) extended their respective point-scoring streaks to nine games … Joe Lang has scored at least one goal in seven of eight games to begin his career, and has turned in multiple-point performances in six of eight contests … Brian Fischer and Matt Ryan each matched their career-highs with three caused turnovers … Bryan Moore has posted double-digit saves in each of his last three starts.