With just three games remaining on the schedule for the 2017 season, Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will host No. 13 Princeton on Saturday, April 15 at 12 p.m.
Loftus had one goal and seven assists for eight points, almost doubling his yearly assist total, while Martin netted seven markers, which is four more than his previous game-high and puts him first on the team. Jack Korzelius scored two goals and added three assists for four points, while four other players had a goal apiece. George Christopher had a great game, making 14 saves to earn his second collegiate win.
Dartmouth had a great start to the game, scoring five consecutive goals before UMass Lowell could get on the board. Korzelius came off the bench to net the first goal and Martin followed that up with four in a row in a five-minute span (5-0). Eight seconds after Martin’s fourth goal at 6:27, the River Hawks scored a pair of markers within 18 seconds to cut the Big Green’s lead to three, and the Big Green would remain slightly ahead for five minutes until UMass Lowell got one closer (5-3).
It took three and a half minutes, but Dartmouth got its stride back early in the second, scoring a trio of goals to make it 8-3. Loftus was the player of the quarter, assisting on all three markers, while Martin, Korzelius and David Gallagher were credited with a goal each. The River Hawks cut the Big Green’s streak short with their only tally of the quarter, and Dartmouth headed into halftime with an 8-4 edge.
A combined four goals were scored in the first three minutes of the third quarter, with all but one of them being netted by a Big Green player. Martin got his sixth of the game, while Harlan Smart and Jack Richardson added one each, only to have the River Hawks find the back of the net a few second later to make it an 11-5 game. Christopher was great in the remaining 10 minutes of the quarter, making some huge saves to keep UMass Lowell off the board.
After six assists, Loftus scored his first goal of the game 30 seconds into the fourth to further increase Dartmouth’s lead, and it took five minutes for another tally to make its way into the back of the net, this time in UMass Lowell’s favor (12-6). At 8:08, Martin and Loftus paired up for the fourth time that night, while Cormac Dugan scored his first goal of the season and the second of his collegiate career soon after (14-6). The River Hawks got two back, but ran out of time before they could do any more damage (14-8).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton enters the weekend with a 7-4 overall record and 2-1 Ivy League mark, which has it tied for second in the conference with Brown. After a close loss to undefeated Yale (16-13), the Tigers won two straight against Brown (21-11) and Stony Brook (13-11) before falling to Lehigh (15-10) on Tuesday. The Tigers are led by Michael Sowers with his 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points and Gavin McBride, who has 37 goals and 13 assists for 50 points. McBride is first in the country in man-up goals (7) and third in goals per game (3.36), while Sowers is fourth in both assists per game (2.82) and points per game (5.36).
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
On April 16, 2016, after leading Princeton for the entirety of the first half, Dartmouth fell to the Tigers by a score of 7-3 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Sherrer Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
The first half was very low scoring, as just three goals were netted during the opening 30 minutes, with all three being credited to Dartmouth. Loftus broke the scoreless draw with 6:45 to play in the first quarter following a pass from Korzelius, and Evan Key followed that up with a goal of his own three minutes later.
A combined 12 shots and 15 minutes later, KC Beard made it 3-0 in favor of the visitors with his fourth of the season with 3:55 to play in the second.
The Tigers got their first marker of the afternoon three and a half minutes into the quarter and, nine minutes later, Princeton had scored three more unanswered tallies to take a one-goal lead over Dartmouth heading into the fourth.
With the home team sporting a 4-3 edge at the start of the final 15 minutes, Princeton went on to score three more times to take a 7-3 lead which would last until the end of the game.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played the entirety of the game against UMass Lowell on Tuesday, allowing eight goals while making 14 saves to earn his second collegiate victory. Through 599 minutes this season, he has made 121 saves while allowing 119 goals and has a .504 save percentage and 11.91 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goalkeeper, Miller, played the final minute of the game against Yale on Saturday 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
After an impressive seven goals against UMass Lowell, Martin is now the team leader in goals with 19, while Loftus is right behind with 17 and leads in both assists (14) and points (31). Christopher is first with 49 ground balls and Jack Richardson leads in faceoffs (19-42, .452). Tucker Brown has been the Big Green’s main faceoff specialist, going 56-141 (.396).
On Saturday, April 22, Dartmouth will hit the road one last time, traveling to Philadelphia to face Penn at 1 p.m.