HANOVER, N.H. – In a game dominated by strong defense on both sides, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team fell, 9-3, to No. 10 Penn Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
The final Ivy League home game of the season for the Big Green ended in favor of the visiting Quakers, dropping the team’s record to 1-9 overall and 0-5 in league contests. Penn improved to 4-2 in Ancient Eight play and 7-3 overall.
“Credit to Penn for coming in here and playing a good, clean game,” head coach Andy Towers said. “We made too many unforced errors today that cost us a shot at winning this one.
“I think we have a tremendous senior class and group of captains,” Towers continued. “Our record isn’t indicative of the type of team we are and the mentality we have every time we step on the field. We are a hard-working group with a lot of effort, but just haven’t had things fall our way this year.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Blair Friedensohn had a career-high 14 saves in the game, including nine in the second half alone for the Green and White.
Penn had three players with a pair of goals in the win as Chris Hupfeldt, Nick Doktor and Zack Losco all had two tallies on the afternoon. Losco led all players with four points as he also chipped in with a pair of assists.
Brian Feeney earned 12 saves in the Quakers’ goal while allowing just the three past him in notch the victory.
The visitors outshot the Green and White, 37-27, while also holding slim advantages in both ground balls (37-36) and man-up goals (1-1/0-1). The two teams combined for 42 turnovers in the game with Dartmouth committing 23 to Penn’s 19.
Prior to the start of the tilt, the Big Green men’s lacrosse program honored nine members of the Class of 2014 playing in their final Ivy League home game on Saturday. Those players were: Evan Bloom, Eric Clemmenson, Todd Bracken, Austin Cohen, Dennis Foster, Mike Olentine, Patrick Resch, Jeff Perkins and Brendan Rotanz.
Dartmouth is back in action next Saturday when it heads to Brown for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Bears in the Ivy finale for both teams.