Miller the Unsung Hero of Big Green's Big Win
Nikki Dysenchuk got the glory for Dartmouth's dramatic 9-8 win over Harvard for knowing he had enough time -- 4.7 seconds -- to score the game-winning goal himself rather than launch a prayerful feed in front of the cage.
But the unsung hero was Rhett Miller. A team captain, Miller was the one who approached officials when he saw the game clock whittle down to 2.5 seconds well after an errant shot crossed the end line.
Officials convened and agreed, adding 2.2 seconds to the clock, just enough time for Dysenchuk to drive right, get topside and slip a buzzer-beater by Harry Krieger.
"The time added on was right, no question about it," Dartmouth coach Andy Towers said. "I've never seen a finish like that before."
It was on par with a weekend of high drama for the Ivy League, which saw Cornell and Yale edge Penn and Princeton, respectively, in overtime.
Princeton coach Chris Bates breathed a little easier Monday after learning that he will not, in fact, lose yet another starter to injury.
Bates, whose team's injuries were documented in the Monday Morning Midfielder, had said in a phone interview there was a chance he could lose another starter due to a "mind-boggling" injury from a "freak incident." He declined to identify that player or his injury, but said it was sustained off the field.
In a follow-up email, Bates wrote, "He's okay, may be limited this weekend."
Bates won't get any sympathy from Towers. "I don't put too much emphasis on their hard luck," the Dartmouth coach said, "especially with six national championships hanging in the office. So much of winning and losing in the Ivy League is directly linked to how tough you are."
Towers referenced his own injury report, which includes 11 players. JP Garry, one of Dartmouth's best midfielders, redshirted the 2010 season and has been limited to three, mostly inconsequential appearances. Josh Etzion, the Big Green's top scorer returning, pulled his hamstring in the opener against Colgate and has yet to return.
"He's a lot like Jack McBride," Towers said of Etzion, comparing him to the Princeton star shelved with a groin injury. "Josh Etzion is our version of that guy."
Chris Costabile missed games against Duke and UNC. Defensemen Todd Bracken and Stephen Greene, midfielder Colin Delaney, attackman Jeff Perkins and top freshman prospect Zac Koufakis (knee) also appeared on the report.
Some have returned already, others will and others won't, Towers said. "You take nine or 10 guys off a team of 35 or 40, and it changes the dynamic, no question about it," he said. "Credit the rest of our group. Some people have stepped up and played really well."