Dartmouth men's lacrosse will play its final game of the 2017 season on Saturday when it hosts Brown at 4 p.m. on Scully-Fahey Field. After the game, the Big Green will recognize Timmy Burke, Jack Connolly, Dylan Key and Wiley Osborne for their four years of dedication to the team.
LAST TIME OUT
In its last road game of the year, Dartmouth fell to Penn by a score of 9-4 at Franklin Field on Saturday. Richie Loftus led the way with two of the team's goals, while four other Big Green players had a point apiece. In net, George Christopher played the entire 60 minutes, making 13 saves while allowing nine goals, ending up with a .591 save percentage.
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 Harlan Smart, while Jack Richardson netted his second collegiate goal following a pass from 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 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).
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown still has one more road game to play after Saturday's matchup with Dartmouth, this time facing Princeton – which is second in the league – in an important regular season finale. The Bears enter the weekend on a three-game winning streak after winning very close games against Providence (13-12), Cornell (13-10) and Bryant (14-12). Dylan Molloy leads the way with 38 goals, 25 assists and 63 points. He's fifth in the country in goals per game (3.17).
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
Dartmouth closed the 2016 season on April 27, falling to No. 2 Brown by a score of 16-3 at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Dartmouth trailed Brown, 3-1, after the first quarter. The Bears opened scoring 49 seconds in, but that was followed three minutes later by a man-up goal by Korzelius, with the assist going to KC Beard in his final game in a green uniform. After that, Brown found the back of the net twice in a five-minute span to take a two-goal advantage.
It took over 10 minutes for another goal to be scored. With 6:17 to play in the second, the Bears further increased their lead with another tally and, three and a half minutes later, they made it 5-1 with one more.
Nine Brown goals scored in the third quarter made it 11 unanswered markers, giving the Bears a 14-1 edge. With six seconds to play, Blair Friedensohn – who replaced Joe Balaban in net halfway through the quarter – sent the ball clear down to the other end of the field and connected with Osborne, whose shot hit the post.
Brown got its 15th of the game early in the fourth quarter, but both teams were held scoreless for six minutes after that following a combined eight shots. With 6:34 to play, Loftus scored his 16th of the season, with the assist going to Korzelius to give him his second point of the day. After that, back-to-back shots by Cam Lee and Korzelius had to be saved by the Bears' goalkeeper.
With two and a half minutes remaining, Ty Vandenberg made his season-debut between the pipes. The Bears scored once more with 57 seconds to go and, with 17 ticks left on the clock, Cameron Nolting scored his first collegiate goal following a pass from Cody George.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played all 60 minutes of the game against Penn last weekend, making 13 saves in all. Through 708 minutes this season, he has made 147 saves while allowing 142 goals and has a .500 save percentage and 12.03 goals against average. Dartmouth's other goalkeeper, Griffin Miller, has appeared in four games this season and started one, has allowed four goals and made four saves, giving him a .500 save percentage and 14.30 goals against average.
LEADING THE WAY
Loftus leads the team in all three categories with his 21 goals, 14 assists and 35 points. Ben Martin is second in goals (20) and is tied with Korzelius for second in points (22). Christopher is first with 56 ground balls and Richardson leads in faceoff percentage (19-45, .422). Tucker Brown has been the Big Green's main faceoff specialist, going 61-154 (.396).
CELEBRATING THE SENIORS
Playing one last game on home turf are Burke, Connolly, Key and Osborne.
Burke has appeared in and started all 12 games so far this season and has netted one goal, which was scored against Harvard on March 25. He is second on the team with 52 ground balls and is first with 17 caused turnovers.
In his fifth year, Connolly has played in seven of the team's games and has started all but one. He has one goal and one assist for two points, finding the back of the net against Wagner on March 4. He has also grabbed five ground balls and six caused turnovers.
In 10 games this season, Key has tallied one assist, which came against Navy on March 21. He also has grabbed 12 ground balls and has five caused turnovers.
In eight games and eight starts, Osborne is fourth on the team with 20 points from eight goals and 12 assists, which is good for second among the Big Green. He's tied for second with two man-up markers and has grabbed nine ground balls. He has scored at least one point in each game he has appeared in, tallying a season-high five assists against Vermont on Feb. 28.