STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Dartmouth men's lacrosse played its first overtime game in two years, falling to Wagner by a score of 7-6 (2OT) at Hameline Field on Saturday. The Big Green dipped to 1-3, while the Seahawks improved to 2-3.
"We came out slowly today for the first three quarters," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "We found some fight in the fourth and had plenty of chances down the stretch to finish, and we couldn't capitalize. That was the difference today. Wagner had a lot to do with that and how organized they were on defense caused us to struggle to find a rhythm on offense. I thought our defense and goaltending was played tough today and kept Wagner off the board in the fourth to give us a chance."
Both teams’ defense was on point in the first quarter, allowing a combined 10 shots in the first 15 minutes. It looked as if neither team would break through, but Wagner’s William McMenamin found the back of the net with just three seconds remaining to put the Seahawks ahead by one.
The second was a lot more action-packed, with a total of five goals being scored. Halfway through, Wagner had a 3-0 edge, but an unassisted tally by Korzelius got Dartmouth on the board with 7:23 to go in the quarter (3-1). The Seahawks got their three-goal edge back, but Smart pulled the Big Green within two again with 21 ticks to go (4-2).
Korzelius made it a 4-3 game three minutes into the third, only to have Wagner score twice in a row to put the Seahawks back ahead by three (6-3).
Dartmouth found its stride in the fourth quarter, scoring a trio of goals to tie the score at 6-6. Martin got one just over five minutes into the quarter, with the assist going to junior Richie Loftus. Senior Jack Connolly followed that up with his first of the season a minute later, following a pass from fellow senior Wiley Osborne (6-5).
Martin’s second of the quarter came with 7:58 to go, tying the score. Smart picked up his second point of the afternoon by assisting on the play. Eight shots were taken in the remaining eight minutes, but none made it past the goalies and, for the first time since a 2OT victory over Harvard in 2015, the Big Green went to overtime.
Twelve seconds in, Martin’s shot hit the post, setting the pace. Both teams took two shots, but just one was saved by Christopher, and the game continued.
The first play of the second overtime period resulted in a goal. Fifty-two seconds in, Wagner’s Paul DeVita ended the game with his second of the afternoon.
Dartmouth outshot Wagner, 40-31, and grabbed 32 ground balls to the Seahawks’ 27.
"We continue to see improvement with this group and today was no different," Callahan said. "Good teams are consistent in their effort and mindset and we were not that this week. That is where our focus will be as we head into exams and the bye week."
The Big Green will have two weeks off, returning to action on Saturday, March 18, when it heads to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina.