HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team battled through in-game adversity several times, but eventually fell, 16-10, to No. 14 Yale Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
Freshman Jack McCormick registered career highs with two goals and two assists for four points as the Big Green dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs improved to 6-3, while evening their Ancient Eight mark at 2-2 with the win.
“I’m proud with the way we competed and I told the players that after the game,” head coach Andy Towers said. “It just seemed that every time we got close, there was something that stopped us from getting over the hump.
“To come out and play the way we did after some really tough losses, I was pleased with how we responded. That wasn’t a six-goal game today, but there are some areas we need to work and improve upon that will help us change that,” Towers added.
Dartmouth had a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the first quarter before Yale answered back with eight straight goals through the opening 2:50 of the third.
Following that stretch, the Big Green responded with a much better second half, scoring seven goals in the final two quarters.
Mike Olentine and Patrick Resch each had a goal and an assist in the game, while KC Beard matched McCormick with two tallies of his own. Cam Lee, Billy Heidt, Adam Philie and Brandon Rotanz all had one goal apiece as well.
Yale’s offense ran through a group of five players who all had two or more markers, led by Shane Thornton’s three-goal, four-point effort.
Sophomore Blair Friedensohn recorded eight saves in the game, while his counterpart in the Bulldogs’ Eric Natale stopped 10, including making several key saves as the Big Green fought to get back into the game late.
The visitors held a slight 38-32 advantage in shots, but were 5-for-5 in man-up situations, while the home team managed just one goal in five man-up scenarios of its own. The Green did force Yale into making 11-of-20 turnovers, while themselves giving away possession just 13 times.
Dartmouth will have little time to dwell on the setback as it travels to take on the Hartford Hawks Tuesday at 4 p.m.