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HANOVER, N.H. – The Upper Valley may have just received 10+ inches of snow (thanks, Winter Storm Liam), but the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team is still outside in freezing temperatures preparing for its 2018 campaign.

The Big Green will officially open the season next Saturday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Canisius at 1 p.m. Dartmouth has been getting ready for that by playing a pair of scrimmages against Holy Cross (Feb. 3) and a Green & White game (Feb. 10). 

Dartmouth went 2-11 in 2017, defeating Vermont (11-9) and UMass Lowell (14-8). All but one of the team’s five double-digit point scorers will be returning this season. Now a senior, Richie Loftus led the Green in 2017 with 35 points from 21 goals and 14 assists. Also netting 21 markers was Ben Martin, who was second with 24 points. Starting goalie George Christopher is also returning in 2018. As a rookie last year, he played in all 13 games, making 159 saves. 

For the first time since 2013, Dartmouth’s first game of the season is being played at home. After that, the Big Green will head out on the road for two against Boston University and Sacred Heart.

Dartmouth will be back at home on March 3 to host Wagner, but three road matches – including the Ivy League opener against Harvard (March 24) – will keep Dartmouth out and about until a March 31st game against Cornell.

Dartmouth will remain at home to host defending conference champion Yale (April 7) and, a few days later, will play UMass Lowell (April 10) in its final non-conference tilt. From there, just Princeton (April 14) and Brown (April 28) on the road and Penn (April 21) at Scully-Fahey will remain on the schedule before the regular season ends.

Brendan Callahan returns for his fourth season at the helm after being named the 10th head coach in the program’s 90-year history in August of 2014. For the first time since Callahan arrived in Hanover, there are no new faces behind the bench. Scott Hackett-Dalgliesh is back for his third season as an assistant coach and Nate Norbo is entering his second year in the same capacity. 

Jack Korzelius will serve as captain his senior season, while Loftus will be assistant captain.

In addition to the two captains, the Big Green will have squad leaders, who are given extra tasks and duties to help lead the team. Serving as squad leaders in 2018 are Evan Key, Willis Bocock, Martin and Jack Richardson. They are responsible for day-to-day operations of team functions, organizing their group, communicating with the coaches and the team, and leading their squad of about 10 of their team members.

Callahan and his staff will look to the leadership of six seniors to help guide the team this year. Korzelius, Steve Satterthwaite, Key, Bocock, Loftus and Jase Davis will be playing in their final season at Dartmouth in 2018.

Thirteen of the 39 players on the roster will be wearing the Green and White uniform for the first time. Making up the Class of 2021 are George Prince, Matt Paul, Mike Connolly, Westy McLaughlin, Kiernan Gunn, Trevor Ballantyne, Parker Joyce, William Stonestreet, Jimmy Heidt, Alex Burnley, Will Gibeley, Kellen Paradine and Matt Erfle. For two rookies, Dartmouth lacrosse is a family affair: Connolly’s older brother, Jack, played for the Green from 2013-17 and even wore the same number (No. 7). Heidt’s brother, Jimmy, played at Dartmouth from 2013-16.

With Christopher returning for his second season as goalie, Callahan added a rookie to the mix to split the duties. Burnley will look to get some time in net during his first year in Hanover.

All of Dartmouth’s home games in 2018 will be broadcast live and in high definition on the Ivy League Network (ILN). Fans can sign up for the conference’s video streaming and on-demand content to follow the Big Green all spring. Ivy League road games (when available) will also be broadcast.