Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will play its first home game in almost a month, opening Ivy League play against Harvard at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Big Green have kicked off conference contests against the Crimson every season since 2010 and Dartmouth is the only one of the seven Ivy teams to have not yet played a conference opponent. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 3 p.m., but was moved back an hour. Fans can catch all of the action on both the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) and ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
On Tuesday, the Big Green fought hard and put a lot of pressure on their opponent, falling to Navy by a score of 11-6 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
For the second game in a row, Richie Loftus led the team, scoring two goals and tacking on three assists for five points. Ben Martin was right behind with his hat trick. In net, George Christopher had seven saves.
Halfway through the first quarter, Navy had a 2-0 lead. Dartmouth soon turned things around and, by the three-minute mark, had tied the score at 2-2. Both goals were scored in the same way: Loftus had the ball behind the net, passed to Martin in front and the rookie outsmarted goalkeeper Ryan Kern with a quick flick into the corner. The Midshipmen scored one more 40 seconds later, making it a 3-2 game heading into the second.
Six goals were netted in the second quarter, with Navy outscoring Dartmouth, 4-2. The teams traded tallies, starting with a Midshipmen marker just 10 seconds in. Three minutes later, Wiley Osborne got the Big Green back within one (4-3) following a pass from Dylan Key, who got his first point of his senior year. Loftus picked up his third point and first goal of the game 30 seconds after another Navy goal to keep the score close (5-4), but two in a row gave the Midshipmen a 7-4 advantage.
It took 11 minutes and 10 shots for the first goal of the third quarter to be scored, netted by Loftus and assisted on by Osborne. Apart from a pair of faceoffs, the next two plays were Navy goals scored less than 30 seconds, making it 9-5 in the home team’s favor.
Martin completed his hat trick at the start of the fourth quarter, with the assist going to Loftus, giving the latter his fifth point of the evening and getting Dartmouth within three (9-6). The Midshipmen went on to score two more to end the game.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters the weekend with a record of 4-3 after starting the season on an impressive four-game winning streak, defeating UMass Lowell (14-9), Holy Cross (12-9), UMass (11-7) and Vermont (13-10). Since the Crimson’s game against the Catamounts on March 4, however, they have been winless, falling to Penn State (15-12), Brown (13-8) and Boston University (13-8). Just two players have made it to double digits, but that is probably because those two account for almost 50 percent of the team’s points. Morgan Cheek leads in all three categories: goals (22), assists (15) and points (37). He is sixth in the country in both goals per game (3.14) and points per game (5.29). Joe Lang is second on the team with nine goals, seven assist and 16 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
On March 26, 2016, the Big Green opened Ivy play with an 18-8 loss to the No. 14/15 Crimson at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard opened the game by scoring four unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes, but a tally by Loftus with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter got Dartmouth on the board and made it 4-1 in favor of the home team.
The Crimson outscored the Big Green 6-2 in the second. Cam Lee netted the first goal of the quarter, a man-up marker scored 20 seconds after a Harvard penalty. Like he did in the opening quarter, Loftus waited until almost the last second to strike, getting goal number two of the game with just nine seconds to go.
Joe Balaban replaced Blair Friedensohn between the pipes in the third and, during that quarter, Harvard scored five goals to Dartmouth’s two; Jack Korzelius got the Green’s second man-up tally late in the quarter, while Austin Duncan scored his first goal of the season with 54 seconds left on the clock. The Crimson sported a 15-5 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Harvard got a pair of goals 20 seconds apart to open the fourth, but Dartmouth scored three unassisted goals in a row to slightly lessen the Crimson’s lead. Korzelius netted his second of the contest and his eighth of the season with 11:43 to play, while Osborne got a pair of tallies in the final seven minutes of play. Harvard scored once more with 4:36 remaining to end the game.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played all 60 minutes against Navy on Tuesday, making seven saves while allowing 11 goals. Through 360 minutes this season, he has made 70 saves and allowed 70 goals, has a .500 save percentage and 11.64 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goalkeeper, Griffin Miller, played the final four minutes of the game against No. 7 North Carolina, allowing two goals.
LEADING THE WAY
Four players have now made it to double-digit points. After a five-point performance against Navy, Loftus is now in the lead with 18 points from 13 goals and five assists, while Osborne is second with five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. Korzelius and Martin have both netted nine goals and tacked on one assist for 10 points. Timmy Burke is first with 32 ground balls, while Jack Richardson leads in faceoffs (12-25, .480).
The Big Green will be on the road for two Ivy League games in a row, heading to New York to face Cornell on April 1 before going down to New Haven to take on Yale on April 8.