For the first time since 2013, Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will open its season on home turf, facing Canisius on Saturday.
2017 IN REVIEW
The Big Green went 2-11 last season, defeating Vermont (11-9) and UMass Lowell (14-8). Dartmouth played an incredibly close game against Wagner a few days after taking down the Catamounts, but narrowly fell to the Seahawks, 7-6, in the second overtime.
BEHIND THE BENCH
Brendan Callahan returns for his fourth season at the helm after being named the 10th head coach in the program’s 90-year history in August of 2014. For the first time since Callahan arrived in Hanover, there are no new faces on his staff. Scott Hackett-Dalgliesh is back for his third season as an assistant coach and Nate Norbo is entering his second year in the same capacity.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
The Griffs will also be kicking off their season on Saturday. They wrapped up 2017 with a 6-9 mark, defeating the likes of Cleveland State, Marist, Manhattan, Detroit Mercy and Quinnipiac. Canisius made it to the semifinal of the MAAC Championship, falling to Marist, 8-5.
LAST TIME AGAINST CANISIUS
On Feb. 18, 2017, Dartmouth opened its campaign against Canisius in a neutral-site game, falling to the Golden Griffins, 13-8. Richie Loftus led the Big Green with three goals and one assist for four points, while Wiley Osborne was right behind with three points. Freshman goalkeeper George Christopher made his collegiate debut, making 10 saves throughout 60 minutes.
All but one of the team’s five double-digit point scorers will be returning this season. Now a senior, Loftus led the Green in 2017 with 35 points from 21 goals and 14 assists, while he was also first on the team with four man-up tallies. Also netting 21 markers was Ben Martin, who was second with 24 points. Rounding out the remainder of the returning players in double digits are Jack Korzelius (17G. 6A) and Harlan Smart (6G, 7A). Christopher was first on the team with 63 ground balls, while Jack Richardson went 21-for-48 at the X.
CLASS OF 2021
Thirteen of the 39 players on the roster will be wearing the Green and White uniform for the first time. Making up the Class of 2021 are George Prince, Matt Paul, Mike Connolly, Westy McLaughlin, Kiernan Gunn, Trevor Ballantyne, Parker Joyce, William Stonestreet, Jimmy Heidt, Alex Burnley, Will Gibeley, Kellen Paradine and Matt Erfle. For two rookies, Dartmouth lacrosse is a family affair: Connolly’s older brother, Jack, played for the Green from 2013-17 and even wore the same number (No. 7). Heidt’s brother, Jimmy, played at Dartmouth from 2013-16.
AND IN NET…
Christopher is returning for his second season as a Big Green goalie. Last season, he appeared in all 13 games and started all but one, making 156 saves in 755 minutes and ending up with a .505 save percentage and 12.39 goals against average, Callahan has also added a rookie to the mix to split the duties. Burnley will look to get some time in net during his first year in Hanover.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DARTMOUTH?
The Green will be on the road for two games in a row, playing Boston University on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Sacred Heart on Saturday. Feb. 24.