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VICTOR, N.Y. – Dartmouth men’s lacrosse opened 2017 against Canisius in a neutral-site game, falling to the Golden Griffins, 13-8. Both teams were playing in their first games of the season.

Junior Richie Loftus led the Big Green with three goals and one assist for four points, while senior Wiley Osborne was right behind with three points from one goal and a pair of assists.

Freshman goalkeeper George Christopher made his collegiate debut, making 10 saves throughout 60 minutes.

"I thought our effort tonight was good," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "We fought hard for 60 minutes. There are a lot of positives that we will take away from tonight. We dug ourselves too big a hole to climb out of. Our focus this week will be on finishing and on attention to detail. We generated enough opportunities to give ourselves a chance, but we could not put those chances away."

It was Dartmouth that got on the board first with a Loftus tally with 10:45 to go, but three in a row by Canisius gave the Golden Griffins a 4-1 edge heading into the first intermission.

The Big Green got stronger in the second and third quarters, scoring three goals in each. After returning for the second, Dartmouth scored twice in a row – courtesy of goals by Osborne and freshman Ben Martin – to get within one (4-3). This was the closest the teams were all game.

At the end of the third, three in a row for the Big Green by Loftus, junior Jack Korzelius and freshman Harlan Smart got Dartmouth within three, making it a 10-7 game. That was Smart’s first goal of his career and it was scored with just nine seconds to go in the quarter.

Loftus netted the first goal of the fourth to get Dartmouth within two (10-8), but that was the last tally Canisius goalie Liam Ganzhorn would allow in the remaining 10 minutes of the contest.

The Big Green outshot the Golden Griffins, 42-33, and went 11-for-25 in faceoffs and grabbed 32 ground balls to Canisius’ 24.

Dartmouth will open its six-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a non-conference game against Sacred Heart. Three days later, the Big Green will host Vermont.