The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will conclude its three-game road trip in Maryland, facing Navy under the lights of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.
LAST TIME OUT
On Saturday, the Big Green faced their first ranked opponent on the season, falling to No. 7 North Carolina, 17-6, at Navy Field.
Following a brief lightning delay, the teams took to the field for what was sure to be an aggressive game. The Tar Heels struck almost immediately, scoring twice in the first 57 seconds. The Big Green got one back less than two minutes later thanks to Loftus’ first of the quarter to make it 2-1. A combined 15 shots were taken in the next 12 minutes, but both goalkeepers were on point. With 43 seconds to go in the first, Loftus netted a man-up marker to tie the score (2-2) heading into the second.
North Carolina outscored Dartmouth, 5-1, in the second quarter to make it a 7-3 game. After the Tar Heels had netted three in a row, Smart snuck one past goalie Brian Balkman to cut the home team’s lead to two (5-3), but two more at the end of the quarter put North Carolina ahead by four goals. George Christopher had four saves in net to bring his two-quarter total to seven.
Loftus completed his hat trick halfway through the third (10-4) with an unassisted tally. Two more by the Tar Heels gave North Carolina a 12-4 edge as the teams made their way to the fourth quarter.
Martin started things off with his first of the day less than a minute in, adding another three minutes later (13-6), with the assist going to Smart. After two North Carolina goals in a row, Griffin Miller made his season debut in net. He spent the last four minutes between the pipes, allowing two goals.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy has struggled during the early part of its season, entering Tuesday’s game with a record of 2-6. The Midshipmen are currently on a three-game losing streak after falling to Penn (11-9), Lafayette (9-8) and, most recently, Loyola Maryland (18-7). Statistically, five players have double-digit points, with Ryan Wade leading the team with 24 points. He also has a team-leading 15 assists, while Colin Flounlacker is first with 13 goals.
LAST TIME AGAINST NAVY
Dartmouth and Navy will be meeting for the first time in 40 years, last facing each other on March 27, 1977, a game that the Midshipmen won, 17-7. The teams played each other 14 times between 1936 and 1977 and Navy won all of them.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played 55 minutes against North Carolina, ending up with 11 saves while allowing 15 goals. Through 300 minutes this season, he has made 63 saves, has a .516 save percentage and 11.77 goals against average. Miller played the final four minutes of that game, allowing two goals.
LEADING THE WAY
Three players have now made it to double-digit points. Loftus and Osborne are first with 13 points apiece; Loftus leads with 11 goals, while Osborne leads the Big Green with nine assists. Christopher and Timmy Burke are tied for first with 28 ground balls, while Jack Richardson leads in faceoffs (12-23, .522).
On Saturday, March 25, Dartmouth will return home for the first time in almost a month, opening Ivy League play against Harvard on Scully-Fahey Field.