After kicking off its 2017 campaign last weekend, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will open its six-game home schedule on Saturday, taking on Sacred Heart in its annual non-conference tilt.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green opened the season on Saturday with a neutral-site game against Canisius, falling to Golden Griffins, 13-8. Both teams were playing in their first games of the year and were meeting for the first time in program history.
Richie Loftus led the team with three goals and one assist, while Wiley Osborne was right behind with three points from one goal and a pair of assists. Rookie goalkeeper George Christopher made his collegiate debut, making 10 saves throughout 60 minutes.
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 Ben Martin – to get within one (4-3).
At the end of the third, three in a row for the Green by Loftus, Jack Korzelius and 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.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Sacred Heart enters the weekend with a record of 1-1, dropping its first game to Stony Brook before rebounding to defeat Furman, 9-8, the following weekend. Brooks Dutton was named the NEC Rookie of the Week for his 8.67 goals against average in the Pioneers’ first two games of the year. Statistically, Julian Garritano and Joe Saggese lead the team with six goals apiece, while Saggese is first with eight points.
LAST TIME AGAINST SACRED HEART
After mounting a comeback in the second and third quarters following a scoreless first, Dartmouth fell to Sacred Heart, 10-8, in the season opener. Cam Lee scored the Big Green’s first goal of the year and was one of three Dartmouth players to end the day with three points.
It took exactly eight minutes for either team to get on the board in the first quarter – thanks to aggressive, back-and-forth action and good defense – but it was Sacred Heart that broke the stalemate. With 4:55 remaining, Saggese found the back of the net to increase the Pioneers’ lead to two.
Sacred Heart would make it 3-0 five minutes into the second, but Dartmouth soon turned things around to take the lead. With 9:15 left on the clock and just 44 seconds after the Pioneer goal, Lee found the back of the net. Tallies by Randell and Evan Key a minute and a half apart tied the score at three-all, which would be how the score would remain for the last six minutes of action.
Dartmouth kept the momentum going into the third and, before long, was sporting a 6-3 lead thanks to goals by KC Beard, Harrison McCarthy and Cody George, with Beard’s being the only man-up marker of the game for either team. After keeping Sacred Heart scoreless for over 20 minutes, the Pioneers got two in quick succession to lessen the Green’s lead (6-5).
The fourth quarter was where things got interesting. Sacred Heart outscored Dartmouth, 5-2, tying the score twice before taking a two-goal lead with 4:30 left on the clock, an edge the Pioneers would manage to hold on to until the end of the game.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher opened his collegiate career on Saturday as Dartmouth’s starting goalie, playing all 60 minutes. He made 10 saves while being saddled with the loss. After just one game, he has a .435 save percentage and 13.00 goals against average. The Big Green’s other goalkeeper, Griffin Miller, has not yet seen any action this season.
Dartmouth will host Vermont on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.