HANOVER, N.H. - The Penn men's lacrosse team kept trying to come back, but ultimately the Quakers could not catch Dartmouth and fell to the Big Green, 7-6, at Scully-Fahey Field.
Penn was down 5-1 late in the third quarter and 7-4 with four minutes left in regulation, but got goals from Anthony Adler and John Conneely in a span of 2:21 to make it 7-6 with 1:16 to play. However, that ended up being it for the scoring.
With the loss, Penn (3-9, 1-5 Ivy) was eliminated from Ivy League Tournament contention; the Quakers had to win in order to stay alive for the postseason. Dartmouth improved to 3-8, 1-4 in Ivy play.
Brendan Rotanz got Dartmouth started, scoring 2:49 into the first period. It took nearly nine minutes for another goal to be scored, before Tim Schwalje evened things up with an unassisted tally.
Dartmouth had the only score of the second period, as Chris Costabile scored off a Phil Hession feed. The Big Green then scored the first three goals of the third period as Jake Weil, Drew Tunney and Kip Dooley all scored in the first eight minutes. That 5-1 advantage held until just 18 seconds were left in the period, when Drew Belinsky scored unassisted.
Penn made it 5-3 just 2:18 into the fourth quarter, as Conneely finished a Schwalje feed. Dartmouth went back up by three when Thomas Mattimore scored just his second goal of the season, unassisted, but 11 seconds after that Zack Losco fed Schwalje and he scored to make the score 6-4. However, more than three minutes after that the Big Green went back up by three as Rotanz netted his second of the day.
Adler's goal came with Penn in a man-up advantage with 3:37 left, from a Conneely feed, and then Conneely finished a Schwalje feed with 1:16 left. Penn won the ensuing faceoff, and a Belinsky shot was saved by Fergus Campbell. The Quakers got the ball in the ensuing scrum, but then turned it over and Dartmouth was able to run out the clock.
It wsa an unfortunate result for the Quakers, who outshot the Big Green 35-25 on the day. Campbell had nine saves in the Dartmouth cage, while Brian Feeney made seven stops between the pipes for Penn.
Penn will close out the 2012 season on Friday night, taking on No. 4 Virginia in the first half of the Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. That game will face off at 5:30 in Denver (7:30 Eastern), and will be followed by Duke and Denver.