PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team put together prolonged stretches of dominating play Saturday afternoon in the rain at Brown’s Stevenson Field, but was unable to sustain those runs in a 12-8 defeat.
The game marked the conclusion of the 2014 Ivy League season for the Big Green, who finished the year 0-6 in conference games and are now 1-10 overall. Dartmouth will wrap up the regular season Tuesday afternoon at home against non-conference Holy Cross with the opening whistled slated for 4 p.m.
The Bears finish the season 2-4 in Ancient Eight games and 8-6 overall with the victory Saturday.
Falling behind 4-0 through the first quarter of play, the Big Green seemed to finally wake up and get their legs under them in the second period after the start of the game was delayed an hour due to bus issues.
It was in the second where the Green and White rattled off four unanswered goals from Jack Connoly, Heidt and two from Rotanz to tie the game. The Bears scored once more before intermission and twice to open the third quarter to build its advantage back up to three at 7-4.
Though Brown would never relinquish the lead again in the game, Dartmouth would not go quietly as Jake Weil, Mike Olentine and Patrick Resch all added tallies over the course of the final two quarters to make it a four-goal contest.
For the second-straight game, sophomore goalkeeper Blair Friedensohn turned aside 14 shots from the opposition’s sticks. His 14 saves Saturday matched the career-high total he set last weekend at home against No. 10 Penn.
At the other end of the field, Brown used two goalkeepers who combined for 19 saves with Jack Kelly (14) and Will Round (5) both seeing action in the final game of the year for the Bears. Dylan Molloy led all players with four goals in the contest.
Dartmouth managed the lone man-up goal as it held Brown to 0-for-1 in a game that saw just three penalties. The home team did hold advantages in shots (48-41) and ground balls (44-26), while the Green committed seven fewer turnovers in the tilt (22-15).