CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team dropped its 2014 Ivy League opener Saturday afternoon at Harvard, 16-7.
Playing their fifth straight game away from home to begin the season, the Big Green fell to 1-4 overall with the loss, while the Crimson improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in Ancient Eight play with the victory.
Seven different players recorded goals for Dartmouth in the game that was simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3.
Included in those individual scorers was freshman Jack McCormick’s first-career goal just seven seconds into the contest. Phil Hession won the opening faceoff, picked up the ground ball and sprinted toward the goal before making a quick, last-second pass at the side of the net to McCormick for the first strike.
After another Dartmouth goal, Harvard rattled off seven straight before Jake Weil scored a man-down tally with just one second remaining in the first half to make it a 7-3 contest at the intermission.
The Crimson would net nine more in the final two quarters to take the win and remain perfect in Ivy play.
Despite the score, the Green and White outshot Harvard, 36-35, and held a 30-28 advantage in ground balls.
Olentine added an assist on the Weil marker for his fourth straight multi-point game, while Hession had a solid day taking faceoffs, winning 14-of-26.
Goalkeeper Blair Friedensohn recorded 10 saves in the game, while the Crimson’s Jake Gambitsky also stopped 10 in picking up the win.
The Big Green will finally take to action at home next week when they host fourth-ranked Cornell on Saturday. Opening faceoff between the two Ivy foes at Scully-Fahey Field is set for 1 p.m.