PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – In its final road game of the 2017 season, the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team fell to Penn by a score of 9-4 at Franklin Field on Saturday. The Big Green dipped to 2-10 overall and 0-5 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers improved to 6-5 and 3-3.
Junior Richie Loftus led the way with two of the team's four goals, while four other Dartmouth players had a point apiece. In net, freshman George Christopher played the entire 60 minutes, making 13 saves while allowing nine goals, ending up with a .591 save percentage.
"Today, we played really hard, but did not make enough plays to push us over the top," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "We generated enough opportunities to give ourselves a chance to win the game, but could not put our chances past their goaltender. Richie continues to pace us on offense and it was good to see some other guys get going. The defense stepped up against a good Penn offense behind some big stops from George."
The first and only goal of the opening quarter was scored just over a minute in by Alex Roesner. Over the next 13:50, a combined 14 shots were taken, but neither Christopher nor Reed Junkin allowed anything to get past them.
Penn made it 3-0 five minutes into the second, but back-to-back Dartmouth tallies pulled the Big Green within one. Loftus got the visitors on the board at 2:24, with the assist going to freshman Harlan Smart, while classmate Jack Richardson netted his second collegiate goal following a pass from junior Jack Korzelius with just three seconds remaining on the clock.
Dartmouth came out aggressively in the third quarter, taking six of the first 10 shots, but it was Penn that struck first, scoring a pair of goals within 45 seconds (5-2). A 30-second clock warning against the Big Green resulted in junior Cormac Dugan's second tally of the season with a minute to go, making it a two-goal game (5-3).
Three markers were netted in less than a minute and a half to start the fourth quarter; Loftus scored his second of the game, sandwiched between tallies by Simon Mathis and Tyler Dunn to give Penn a three-goal edge (7-4) with 10 minutes to go. Two more Quaker goals in the final three minutes closed scoring (9-4).
The Big Green will end the 2017 season on Saturday when it hosts Brown. Dartmouth's four seniors (Wiley Osborne, Dylan Key, Timmy Burke and Jack Connolly) will be honored at the conclusion of the game.