HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team fell, 19-4, Saturday afternoon to No. 2 Cornell in the 2014 home opener at Scully-Fahey Field.
The loss dropped the Big Green to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red remain the nation’s lone unbeaten team at 9-0 and are 3-0 in Ancient Eight games.
“They're a really good team and everything we anticipated, they proved true. Cornell played really fast and well together and won a lot of the matchups all over the field, particularly when we were on offense,” head coach Andy Towers said following the contest.
“As talented as they are, I think their greatest trait is that they play really well together and their whole is greater than the sum of their parts,” Towers continued. “That's one of the greatest programs in Division I lacrosse and they played with a lot of pride and our hats are off to them.”
Cornell stormed out to a 4-0 lead before Adam Philie got the home team on the board with his second of the season with 5:08 left in the opening quarter.
Junior Adam Fishman scored his first of the season with 2:09 remaining in the second period before the visitors responded with a Connor Hunt goal just 13 seconds later to take a 10-2 lead into the intermission.
A barrage of scoring opened the second half as four goals were recorded in the opening 3:48 of play. Fishman’s second of the day capped that stretch before Jack McCormick found the back of the netting nearly four minutes later with his fourth of the spring.
However, the stifling defense of the second-ranked Big Red held the Green and White without a goal the rest of the way to pick up the conference victory.
The most dominant player in the affair was Cornell’s Connor Buczek who scored six times and added two helpers for an eight-point effort. The Red also had three tallies from Dan Lintner who came into the game as the Ivy League’s best goal scorer. Eight other players had one tally in the win, while Jack Malloy came off the bench to notch a pair.
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend when it hosts Yale on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.