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Irish dominate Big Green for third win

Dan Tapetillo | Monday, April 5, 2004

Notre Dame defeated Dartmouth 10-3 to earn its third victory of the year, breaking Dartmouth’s five-game winning streak.Goalie Stewart Crosland held off Dartmouth’s offense, recording 12 saves and allowing only one goal, good for a career best save percentage of .923 on the game.Before Crosland’s departure with 4:18 remaining in the game, the Irish held a 10-1 lead. Midfield Drew Peters praised Crosland’s stellar performance.”He was seeing the ball really well today,” Peters said. In his first collegiate appearance, Sean Quigley replaced Crosland to finish the game as the clock wound down, and recorded two saves and a ground ball.Other key players in the strong defensive effort were Brennan Creaney and Mickey Blum, who held Dartmouth to nearly 10 goals below its season average of 12.67. The team effort allowed the Irish to near their season goal of playing intense lacrosse for all four quarters.”Our goal of the entire season has been to play a hard game for the complete 60 minutes,” Peters said. “Today was our best showing of it.” Notre Dame’s intense, offensive-minded game discredited Dartmouth’s title of No. 7 in the nation for scoring offense. For the third consecutive game, the Irish got out of the gates quickly as Notre Dame out shot Dartmouth 4-0 in the first quarter and held a 15-4 advantage in shots. Dan Berger and Brian Hubschmann led the offense as both netted two goals for the Irish. Six other players scored for the team including All-American Pat Walsh who scored once and dished out three assists. Walsh is currently the Great Western Lacrosse League’s leading scorer and is ranked fourth nationally heading into the week. Walsh has registered 13 goals and 17 assists in 2004. Notre Dame also came out victorious in ground balls, 49-47 after trailing Dartmouth going into the fourth quarter. Dartmouth’s Andrew Goldstein led all players with seven. Brennan Creaney registered seven ground balls for the Irish.”We came out stronger than Dartmouth and we knew how important this game was to us,” Peters said. “We needed to win to feel confident, especially going into the heart of our league play.”