HANOVER, N.H. – Playing at Scully-Fahey Field for the last time in 2016, the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team fell to Penn, 11-4, on Senior Day Saturday. The Big Green are now 1-12 and 0-5 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers improved to 8-5 and 4-2.
"I thought today was a good effort from the men," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "Our focus coming off Tuesday was on the finishing aspect of the game. Unfortunately, we struggled again to get the ball past the keeper. Penn is great in the middle of the field, and scored six or seven times in those transition situations. That was the difference in today's game. Now that we have started to figure out how to bring effort consistently, we need to bring the execution up to another level."
Dartmouth got a handful of shots off to start the game, but Penn goalkeeper Reed Junkin made some big saves to keep things scoreless. The Quakers' first two shots of the day both resulted in goals to give the visitors a 2-0 lead five minutes in. A goal by sophomore Jack Korzelius and a career-first for freshman Harrison Lane tied the score at two-all, but Penn got one more 13 seconds later to give it a 3-2 edge.
The only goal of the second quarter was scored seven and a half minutes in after both teams spent a considerable amount of time passing the ball behind each net, making it 4-2 in favor of the Quakers.
During the early parts of the quarter, freshman goalie Joe Balaban had a number of saves to keep Dartmouth in the game. Unlike the second quarter, during which a single marker was scored, the third was more eventful, as four goals were netted. Penn got the first three to give the Quakers a five-goal advantage, but a great pass from sophomore Evan Key to classmate Richie Loftus right in front of the net cut the visitors' lead to four (7-3).
A Penn faceoff win led to its eighth goal of the day just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter. A behind the back shot by Loftus with 11 minutes to play put the Green back within four (8-4), but that did not last long, as the Quakers netted two in a row. Senior Blair Friedensohn made his way into net and had a huge save to keep the score at 10-4 while Dartmouth was man-down. An empty netter by Penn with 21 seconds to go ended the game.
Both teams took 36 shots and Dartmouth went 10-for-19 at the X. Balaban had nine saves while being saddled with the loss and Friedensohn had one.
The Big Green will conclude the 2016 season on Wednesday, April 27 with a 7 p.m. game at No. 3 Brown.