Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will play its final non-conference game of 2017, hosting UMass Lowell under the lights of Scully-Fahey Field on Tuesday night. Just three contests remain on the schedule for the Big Green.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth played a strong second half against No. 17 Yale, ultimately falling by a score of 13-6 at Reese Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Richie Loftus led the team with two goals and an assist for three points, while Ben Martin had two points from one of each. Four other Dartmouth players ended the afternoon with one point apiece. Jack Richardson was first on the team with his four ground balls.
Both of the Big Green’s goalkeepers saw playing time; George Christopher played almost 59 minutes and made 15 saves, while Griffin Miller played the final minute and did not have to make a save and did not allow a goal.
Three Bulldog tallies in the first quarter and another five in the second gave the home team an 8-0 edge heading into the half. The first goal of the third five minutes in was credited to David Gallagher – his first of his collegiate career – with Harrison Lane getting his first assist of the season (8-1). Loftus added an unassisted marker a few minutes later, but five more Yale goals made it 13-2 going into the fourth.
The Big Green found their stride in the fourth quarter, scoring four times and holding the Bulldogs to zero (13-6). Martin netted his 12th of the year at 10:11 and, by the final minute of play, Harlan Smart, Loftus and Jack Korzelius had all added one of their own.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
UMass Lowell enters Tuesday’s game with a 2-10 mark. The River Hawks’ first win of the season came in the third game of 2017 as they took down Siena (18-13) and, following two more losses, they took down Manhattan (13-6). Since then, UMass Lowell has dropped six straight, most recently narrowly falling to Vermont (12-11). Sean Tyrell leads the team in assists (19) and points (32), while Jon Phillips is first with his 18 goals.
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
On April 19, 2016, Dartmouth dropped an incredibly close, aggressive game to UMass Lowell, falling by a score of 11-10 at Cushing Field. The Big Green were led by Korzelius with his four goals and one assist, while both Wiley Osborne and Loftus had a pair of goals apiece.
Early in the second quarter, Osborne gave the lead back to the visitors, but four straight by the River Hawks made it 6-3 in their favor. Korzelius netted two in a two-minute span, separated by a UMass Lowell goal, to make it 7-5.
The River Hawks made it a three-goal game a minute into the third, but were held scoreless for almost 10 minutes while Korzelius completed his hat trick and Osborne got his 20th of the season to get the Green within one (8-7).
Any time UMass Lowell would begin to pull away with another goal, Dartmouth would counter and, following one goal by the home team and one by Loftus, the score was 9-8. Just 10 seconds after Loftus’ goal and with 3:35 to play in the third quarter, another River Hawk marker gave them a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth.
A Dartmouth face-off win resulted in Korzelius’ fourth of the contest and 15th of the year just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter and one by Loftus with 9:06 remaining tied the score at 10-10. That, however, did not last long, as UMass Lowell netted another goal a minute later to once again take the lead. Dartmouth would take six shots after that, but the home team was able to hold on to that edge.
The Big Green outshot the River Hawks, 39-26, and both teams went 12-for-24 at the X. Joe Balaban played the entirety of the game in net and had six saves.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played 59 minutes against Yale on Saturday, allowing 13 goals while making 15 saves. Through 539 minutes this season, he has made 107 saves while allowing 111 goals and has a .491 save percentage and 12.35 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goalkeeper, Miller, played the final minute of the game against the Bulldogs and did not allow a goal or have to make a save. He has appeared in three games this season, has allowed two goals and has not made a save.
LEADING THE WAY
Five players have now made it to double-digit points. Loftus is first on the team in both goals (16) and points (23), while Osborne is first with 12 assists and second with 20 points. Korzelius has netted 13 goals and tacked on one assist for 14 points, while Martin has scored 12 goals and added two assists for 14 points and Smart has five goals and six assists for 11 points. Timmy Burke is first with 43 ground balls and Jack Richardson leads in faceoffs (14-31, .452). Tucker Brown has been the Big Green’s main faceoff specialist, going 53-132 (.402).
On Saturday, April 15, Dartmouth will host No. 13 Princeton at 12 p.m.