With the season quickly winding down, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will play its penultimate road game of 2017, traveling to New Haven to take on No. 17 Yale at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
Last Saturday, Wiley Osborne had his second hat trick of the season in the 14-5 loss to Cornell at Schoelkopf Field. Ben Martin, Harlan Smart, Jack Korzelius and Richie Loftus all ended the day with one point each. Timmy Burke had a team-leading seven ground balls. George Christopher had 16 saves, which is just one off a career-high.
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.
Cornell outshot Dartmouth, 52-30. The Big Green went 1-for-2 with the extra man, while holding Cornell to 0-for-2.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale enters this weekend with an overall record of 6-3 and is alone at the top of the Ivy League standings with a perfect 3-0 mark. The Bulldogs opened conference play with an easy 17-8 win over Cornell, while their games against Princeton (16-13) and Penn (14-12) were a lot closer. On Tuesday, Yale faced St. John’s (N.Y.) in a non-conference road game, defeating the Red Storm, 23-7. Statistically, Ben Reeves is far ahead of the pack with his team-leading 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points. He’s fifth in the country in assists per game (2.5), eighth in points per game (5.25) and 13th in goals per game (2.75).
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
On April 9, 2016, after a close first half, No. 1 Yale scored nine goals in the third to lead the Bulldogs to a 15-5 victory over Dartmouth at Scully-Fahey Field.
Dartmouth kept Yale off the board for the first five minutes of the game, thanks in part to a handful of big saves by Joe Balaban. With 9:45 to go, Michael Keasey got past Balaban for the first goal of the day. An unassisted tally by Osborne with 2:45 left in the first tied the score at one-all, and that is how it would stay for the remainder of the quarter.
A minute into the second, the Bulldogs broke the tie and soon made it 3-1. There was a five-minute quiet period, but a man-up goal by the Bulldogs with 6:15 remaining gave the visitors a three-goal lead. Will Randell cut that edge to two with his third of the season following a pass from Osborne, but a huge save by Balaban resulted in another goal for the Bulldogs when the ball rebounded directly to Michael Bonacci, making it 5-2 in Yale’s favor.
The Bulldogs scored nine unanswered goals and kept the Big Green scoreless for the entirety of the third, giving Yale a 14-2 advantage. Late in the quarter, Blair Friedensohn made his first appearance of the afternoon, replacing Balaban in net.
Dartmouth outscored Yale, 3-1, in the third. After 20 minutes of scoreless play, Jack Korzelius picked up the ball behind the net and, while falling, shot to the left of the goalie (14-3). Yale got one of its own shortly afterwards, but Korzelius scored his second unassisted marker of the quarter with 11:02 to play (15-4). Exactly 10 minutes later, Osborne got his second of the day and 18th of the year – a man-up marker – with the assist going to Randell.
Yale outshot Dartmouth, 48-27. Balaban had 12 saves, Friedensohn stopped three, and Griffin Miller – who appeared in net for the final 2:33 – did not have to make any saves.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played 59:28 against Cornell, allowing 14 goals while making 16 saves. Through 480 minutes this season, he has made 92 saves and has a .484 save percentage and 12.24 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goalkeeper, Miller, played the final 30 seconds of the game against the Big Red and did not allow a goal or have to make a save.
LEADING THE WAY
Five players have now made it to double-digit points. Loftus and Osborne are tied for first with 20 points. Loftus has a team-leading 14 goals, while Osborne is first with 12 assists. Korzelius has netted 12 goals and tacked on one assist for 13 points, while Martin has scored 11 goals and added an assist for 11 points and Smart has four goals and six assists for 10 points. Burke is first with 41 ground balls, while Jack Richardson leads in faceoffs (14-28, .500). Tucker Brown has been the Big Green’s main faceoff specialist, going 53-128 (.414).
Dartmouth will host UMass Lowell under the lights on Tuesday, April 11, playing its final non-conference game of 2017. After this weekend, only four games remain on the schedule for the Big Green.