Wednesday, April 27: Dartmouth (1-12, 0-5) vs. No. 2 Brown (12-1, 5-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I. – Stevenson-Pincince Field
All-Time Series: Brown leads, 40-20
Last Meeting: April 25, 2015 (L, 17-8)
Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will wrap up the 2016 season on the road, heading to Rhode Island to take on No. 2 Brown in a Wednesday night game scheduled for 7 p.m. on Stevenson-Pincince Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green fell to the Penn Quakers by a score of 11-4 on Senior Day Saturday, playing at Scully-Fahey Field for the last time this year. 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 Jack Korzelius and a career-first for 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, 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 Evan Key to 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. 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.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown is having one of its best seasons to date, entering Wednesday’s game with a 12-1 overall mark and a conference record of 5-0. The Bears’ lone loss this year came against Bryant at the beginning of the month, falling to the Bulldogs by a score of 11-10 in overtime. In its much-anticipated game against Yale, Brown handed the number one team in the country their first loss of the season with a 14-12 victory. Since then, the Bears defeated Providence, 16-10, and Cornell in a 22-5 blowout. Kylor Bellistri leads both the team and the NCAA with 44 goals, while Dylan Molloy is right behind with 43 and sits third in the country. Molloy also has 43 assists to go along with that to lead Brown and the NCAA with 86 points. The Bears also have the top scoring offense in the nation with 221 goals (17/game).
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
The Green closed out the 2015 season against the Bears, falling to the No. 10 team in the country by a score of 17-8 on April 25. Although the ball spent the opening minutes of the first quarter directly in front of the Bears’ goal, it was Brown that struck first, scoring twice within a two-minute span to take an early lead. At 7:28, Korzelius put Dartmouth on the board and, less than 20 seconds later, Phil Hession tied the score at two with 7:09 remaining. Henry Blynn put Brown one ahead with 3:51 to play, but Adam Fishman tied things at four 10 seconds later. Molloy’s second of the quarter with 2:37 left gave the visitors a 4-3 edge going into the second. Just four goals were scored in the second quarter, all of which were netted by players in brown uniforms. The Bears entered the third with an 8-3 advantage. After the home team was held scoreless for almost 20 minutes, Korzelius scored his second marker of the game and his 21st of the year to narrow Brown’s lead to four with 13:50 to play in the third, but Tim Jacob’s tally 45 seconds later put the Bears five ahead, once again, with a 9-4 edge. From there, the teams went goal-for-goal: Cam Lee found the back of the net with 8:51 remaining, which was followed by an Alex Tulett tally 13 seconds later. Brown got two more off goals by Blynn and Molloy, but so did Dartmouth following markers by Hession and Robert Osgood. One more by Molloy made it a 13-7 game heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, the Bears had a 4-1 advantage with two goals by Bellistri and one by Nick Piroli and Ted Ottens. With 45 ticks remaining in the game, Fishman scored the Green’s lone marker of the quarter to close out the game.
BEHIND THE BENCH
Brendan Callahan is in his second season at Dartmouth after being named the 10th head coach in the program’s 89-year history in August of 2014. Two new faces join Callahan on the sidelines in 2016: Scott Hackett-Dalgliesh and Brian Small. Hackett-Dalgliesh came to Hanover from UMass Lowell, where he was an assistant coach for the team’s first year as a Division I team, while Small served as head coach at John Carroll for the Blue Streaks’ first two seasons as a varsity program.
Fourteen of the 40 players on the roster are donning the Green and White uniform for the first time. Making up the Class of 2019 are Cameron Nolting, David Marshall, Lane, Will Randell, Bo Forsen, Jack Auteri, Austin Meacham, Balaban, Griffin Miller, Matt Tanenblatt, Landon McKenzie, Armin Mortazavi and Tyler Haskell. Also making his Big Green debut is sophomore Steve Satterthwaite, who played one season and red-shirted another at Hofstra. Leading the freshmen so far in 2016 is Randell with his two goals and two assists.
LEADING THE WAY
Osborne remains the team-leader in all three categories: goals (20), assists (13) and points (33). He has already surpassed his career-best 12 goals from last season and tied his career-high 33 points from last season. He is just 11 points away from breaking his point total from his first two years on the team combined. Korzelius is second on the team with 22 points (16G, 6A) and Loftus is not far behind with 18 points (15G, 3A). Meacham is first in ground balls (42) and Don Stephan leads in faceoffs (89-for-203, .438).
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Balaban played the first 55 minutes of the game against Penn, making nine saves while being saddled with the loss. Friedensohn replaced him for the final minutes and the senior made one save. So far this season, Balaban has played 387 minutes, has made 80 saves and has a .468 save percentage. Friedensohn has also seen 387 minutes of action, has made 62 saves and has a .473 save percentage. Miller has five minutes of time under his belt, has made a pair of saves and has a 1.000 save percentage. Dartmouth’s other goalie, Ty Vandenberg, has not seen time in net yet this season.
All five of Dartmouth’s home games will be carried live in HD on the ILDN this season. Nick Fogel will be the play-by-play commentator for all games played at Scully-Fahey Field. Select road games at Ivy League rivals will also be carried on the service for subscribers. Fans can also follow the action using live stats provided by DartmouthSports.com.