HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Jack Korzelius netted four goals in Dartmouth’s 15-8 loss to Sacred Heart at Scully-Fahey Field on a warm, yet rainy, Saturday afternoon. The Big Green, who were playing at home for the first time this season, are now 0-2, while the Pioneers improved to 2-1.
Korzelius led the team with four points, while senior Wiley Osborne was right behind with a hat trick. Sophomore Cameron Nolting netted his first of the season, and freshman Ben Martin got the team’s lone assist. In net, classmate George Christopher played the entire game, making a career-high 12 saves.
“That was a tough, physical game and, as things got chippy, we played a little more of their game than ours,” head coach Brendan Callahan said. “We lost our focus and Sacred Heart took advantage of that and made us pay. It was a great experience, being in that physical a game, and it is one we will learn and grow a lot from.”
In a low scoring first quarter, Osborne got Dartmouth on the board first less than two minutes in, giving the Big Green a 1-0 lead that would last a full five minutes until the Pioneers netted three in the span of three minutes, giving them a 3-1 advantage. With 21 seconds remaining in the quarter and just two seconds left on the shot clock, Osborne scored his second to make it a one-goal game heading into the second (3-2).
Two Sacred Heart goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter – including one just seven seconds in – put the Pioneers ahead, 5-2. Korzelius got one past Brooks Dutton in net with eight minutes to play to get Dartmouth within two (5-3) and, thanks to Christopher’s quick feet between the pipes, the Big Green ended the first half trailing by two.
With zero goals scored for a 12-minute span, Sacred Heart got two in a 10-second span in the third and added one more before Nolting got his first goal of the season and the second of his career to pull Dartmouth within four (8-4). The Pioneers scored two more to make it a 10-4 game.
The Big Green opened the fourth with a flurry of shots, but none proved to be too much of a threat for Dutton. Their perseverance paid off and Korzelius’ unassisted tally three minutes in and Osborne’s third of the game a few minutes later got Dartmouth back within four (10-6). The Pioneers scored five consecutive goals to take a 15-6 lead, but Korzelius scored two more to end the game (15-8).
Dartmouth will be back on Tuesday, hosting Vermont in a non-conference tilt at 4 p.m.