MEN'S SOCCER DROPS 2-1 DECISION TO RIVAL DARTMOUTH IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE
HANOVER, N.H. – Senior goalkeeper Chris Devine (Hampton, N.H.) tallied a season-high 10 saves, but a pair of late goals by the home team proved to be the deciding factor, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Dartmouth College, 2-1, Tuesday evening at Burnham Field.
For New Hampshire, it is just the second time this season it has given up more than one goal, as the 'Cats fall to 7-5-5 overall and 2-3-2 in America East play. As for the Big Green, they improve to 8-6-1 on the season.
The Wildcats struck first in the contest when Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) tallied his first collegiate goal, firing a rocket from 30 yards out and blasting it into the upper left corner of the net in the 28th minute, giving UNH the early 1-0 lead.
New Hampshire would hold onto that lead for more than 52 minutes, until the Big Green rebuttled with a pair of goals less than a minute apart, giving the home team the 2-1 lead late in the second half.
Lucky Mkosana delivered the first blow for Dartmouth, stepping up to take a free kick and arching a shot over a six-man UNH wall and past Devine, knotting the score at 1-1 at 79:11.
Dartmouth was back at it again 31 seconds later when Gabe Hoffman-Johnson delivered a cross pass in the box to Daniel Keat, getting off a one-timer in traffic to give the Big Green a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Devine has appeared in four games, including three starts for the Wildcats this season, compiling a 1-1-1 record. While in net he has been remarkable, posting a 0.83 goals against average, a .864 save percentage and 19 saves.
The fifth-seeded Wildcats return to action Saturday, November 6 (7 p.m.) when they take on fourth-seeded Binghamton in the first round of the 2010 America East Men's Soccer Championship at the Bearcats Sports Complex.