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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Dartmouth men’s lacrosse played a strong second half against No. 17 Yale, ultimately falling by a score of 13-6 at Reese Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Big Green are now 1-8 overall and 0-2 in Ivy League play, while the Bulldogs improved to 7-3 and a perfect 4-0 in conference action.

Junior Richie Loftus led the team with two goals and an assist for three points, while freshman Ben Martin had two points from one of each. Four other Dartmouth players ended the afternoon with one point apiece. Freshman Jack Richardson was first on the team with his four ground balls.

"Today was the tale of two halves," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "In the first half, we didn't play much offense and dug ourselves a hole. We responded well after halftime and executed much better in the second. We have to find a way to start playing from the first whistle. It takes a full 60 minute effort in this league to compete. We will look to start much faster on Tuesday night."

Both of the Big Green’s goalkeepers saw playing time; freshman George Christopher played almost 59 minutes and made 15 saves, while sophomore Griffin Miller played the final minute and did not have to make a save and did not allow a goal.

Three Bulldog tallies in the first quarter and another five in the second gave the home team an 8-0 edge heading into the half. The first goal of the third five minutes in was credited to freshman David Gallagher – his first of his collegiate career – with sophomore Harrison Lane getting his first assist of the season (8-1). Loftus added an unassisted marker a few minutes later, but five more Yale goals made it 13-2 going into the fourth.

The Big Green found their stride in the fourth quarter, scoring four times and holding the Bulldogs to zero (13-6). Martin netted his 12th of the year at 10:11 and, by the final minute of play, classmate Harlan Smart, Loftus and junior Jack Korzelius had all added one of their own.

Dartmouth will host its final non-conference game of 2017 on Tuesday, taking on UMass Lowell at 7 p.m.