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Men’s Lax; ND bounces back to blowout Dartmouth

Joe Meixell | Monday, March 17, 2008

Using a balanced attack that included 12 different scorers, Notre Dame bounced back from their first loss of the season by beating Dartmouth 19-7 last Saturday.

The Irish (5-1), ranked No. 7 in the most recent Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, came out firing early on in the contest, which was held at The Lovett School in Atlanta. Junior attack Ryan Hoff scored just 18 seconds into the first quarter and began a five-goal run for the Irish. Hoff’s goal, the first of his three, was followed up just over three minutes later by senior midfielder Michael Podgajny, who scored the first of his game-high four goals on an assist from junior attack Duncan Swezey.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the second quarter that the Big Green got on the board thanks to sophomore Josh Gillam. Gillam’s goal, his first of the season, sparked a 3-0 Dartmouth run which brought the score to 5-3. This was the closest Dartmouth would get, and the Irish separated themselves with a potent offensive attack.

The Irish began the second half much like they did the first, with three straight goals, one each for Podgajny, Hoff and senior midfielder Taylor Clagett. From there, the team was able to fend off three second half goals from the Big Green, thanks in large part to a 5-0 run to close out the fourth quarter.

All told, Notre Dame out-shot Dartmouth 49-30 and won 21 of the contest’s 29 face-offs.

The Irish will look to take their offensive balance to Colorado Springs. Colo., where they face Air Force next Saturday.