UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team fell to 12th-ranked Penn State Tuesday afternoon, 10-6, in the first meeting between the two programs in eight years.
The loss at the Penn State Lacrosse Field drops the Big Green to 1-3 overall this season, while the Nittany Lions move over .500 to 4-3 with the victory.
The two teams traded goals in the first half before heading into the break tied at 3-3. Senior Mike Olentine scored both of his goals in the opening half, netting one in each quarter.
After each squad added a tally in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Penn State began to put some distance between itself and the visitors, scoring the final three goals of the frame. Two of those three markers came in the last minute as the Nittany Lions seized the momentum headed into the fourth.
KC Beard and Jibran Ahmad came off the bench to add the other Big Green goals in the game. Phil Hession won 9-of-19 faceoffs in the contest and was tied for game highs with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Sophomore goalkeeper Blair Friedensohn finished with seven saves for Dartmouth, while Penn State’s Austin Kaut stopped 13.
The Green and White outshot the Nittany Lions, 39-30, for the game, but the home team held advantages in ground balls (36-34) and faceoffs (10-19/9-19) while committing one fewer turnover (17-16).
Penn State also managed one man-up goal (1-2) with its defense successfully holding the Big Green off the board in any of their three opportunities (0-3) with the extra player.
Tuesday marked just the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs with Penn State claiming victories in 1929, 1956 and 2006 prior to the four-goal win in the 2014 meeting.
Dartmouth is back in action Saturday in Cambridge against Harvard in its Ivy League opener. The 1 p.m. game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network as well as ESPN3.