ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Wiley Osborne had his second hat trick of the season in the 14-5 loss to Cornell at Schoelkopf Field on Saturday afternoon. The Big Green fell to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red improved to 2-6 and 1-1.
Freshmen Ben Martin and Harlan Smart, and juniors Jack Korzelius and Richie Loftus all ended the day with one point each. Senior Timmy Burke had a team-leading seven ground balls. In net, freshman George Christopher had 16 saves, which is just one off a career-high.
"We continue to see different bright spots from units or individuals every week," head coach Brendan Callahan said, "but we are still searching to put all the pieces together on the same day. Coming into the game today, I thought the team was ready to play. However, we struggled to handle Cornell's pressure, allowing them to jump on us early in the game. When you add up turnovers versus the pressure, a deficit at the faceoff X and losing the ground ball battle, we were in an uphill battle, and that was the different on the day."
Osborne netted Dartmouth’s first goal with 1:46 to go in the second quarter, making it a 7-1 game. Loftus passed to Osborne right in front of the net and, while goalkeeper Christian Knight was covering his left, Osborne fired into the unmanned right corner. Less than 30 seconds later, Cornell got one more to end the quarter (8-1).
The score remained 8-1 in the Big Red’s favor until five minutes into the third when Martin scored his 11th of the season, an unassisted tally. Cornell increased its lead with its only goal of the third quarter in the final three minutes, but Osborne countered a minute later (9-3).
In the most eventful quarter of the afternoon, a combined seven goals were scored. Three Red tallies opened the fourth before Korzelius got his 12th goal of the season at 7:38 (12-4). The Big Red netted two more, and Osborne followed that up with his third, a man-up tally assisted on by Smart, to close scoring.
"I liked our resilience coming out and winning the third quarter, but we were unable to sustain that for a comeback effort," Callahan continued. "Heading into this week, we will continue to work on our consistency, from a mindset and execution standpoint."
Cornell outshot Dartmouth, 52-30. The Big Green went 1-for-2 with the extra man, while holding Cornell to 0-for-2.
On Saturday, April 8, Dartmouth will travel to New Haven to face Yale.