Providence, RI – With the season on the line, senior All-American attackman Thomas Muldoon scored 1:11 into sudden death overtime to complete a hat-trick and lift #18 Brown to a 10-9 victory over Dartmouth and gain a berth in next week's Ivy League Playoffs.
The win lifts the Bears to 4-2 in the Ivy League, 8-5 overall, staying in contention to win the Ivy League title. A Cornell win over Princeton this afternoon (5:00 p.m.) would create a four-way tie for the Ivy League Championship between Brown, Princeton, Cornell and Yale at 4-2 in the league standings
Brown held a 9-8 lead on junior Andrew's second goal of the game with 7:56 remaining. Dartmouth's Chris Costello sent the game into overtime with an unassisted goal with 1:57 left in regulation.
The Big Green got off the first shot in overtime, but Kip Dooley's shot went wide and was backed up by the Bears, giving Brown possession.
After Brown cleared, Muldoon went one-on-one and scored the game winner, setting off a wild Brown celebration as Brown grabbed one of four berths in the first ever Ivy League Playoffs, and kept its Ivy title hopes alive.
“I just went to the goal,” said an ebullient Muldoon of his game-winning score. “I struggled getting shots off in the fourth quarter and just cleared my mind and took it to the goal. Dartmouth is a great team and very dangerous team. Both teams played exceptionally well today.”
Brown never trailed in the game and opened up an early 2-0 advantage following goals by Muldoon and junior David Hawley. Dartmouth scored two of the game's next three goals to cut Brown's lead to 3-2 after one quarter.
The Bears out-scored the Big Green by a 3-1 margin in the second quarter to grab a 6-3 lead at intermission. Senior midfielder Reade Seligmann, Muldoon and junior Matt Greenberg scored for the Bears in the 3-1 spurt.
The two teams exchanged goals for the third quarter with Dartmouth's Dooley scoring an unassisted goal late in the quarter to cut Brown's lead to 8-6.
Senior Ari Sussman scored a man down goal for the Big Green and Rhett Miller scored with 10:23 remaining to draw Dartmouth even for the first time, 8-8.
In addition to Muldoon's game high three goals, Seligmann and Feinberg scored two goals, and each added an assist for the Bears. Junior Matt Chris registered nine saves in goal for Brown.
The Big Green was led by Miller and Sussman with two goals each. Fergus Campbell made five fourth quarter saves to finish with 13 saves for Dartmouth.
The Ivy League Playoffs will be held next week, May 7 and 9 at the highest seed. First round games on Friday, May 7 will be at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Pictured: Thomas Muldoon '10. photo by dspics.com