BOSTON, Mass. – Dartmouth men’s lacrosse fell to Boston University, 10-4, in its first road game of the season at Nickerson Field on Tuesday evening. The Big Green are now 1-1, while the Terriers improved to 2-1.
"Tonight, we didn't execute at a high enough level to beat a very good BU team," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "Their defense and goalie were excellent. We had too many turnovers that led to second chances for their offense. I thought tonight was a great test for our group. One that we have a lot to learn from. We will need to learn quickly as we prepare for Sacred Heart on Saturday."
BU controlled play in the first quarter, out-shooting Dartmouth, 5-0, in the opening minutes. Goalie Alex Burnley – starting his first collegiate game – had a great save early on, but the Terriers tried again and found the back of the net soon after. Following some promising chances by Jack Korzelius and David Gallagher, it was Matt Paul’s third tally of the season that got Dartmouth on the board. A pair of unanswered goal gave BU a 4-1 advantage heading into the second.
George Prince went one-on-one with the Terriers’ netminder early in the second and had a great attempt, but Joe McSorley made the save. After BU scored once more five minutes in, a handful of saves by Burnley and good defense kept the home team out of the net for the remainder of the quarter.
The Terriers further increased their lead less than three minutes into the third quarter, but Dartmouth put together a nice play in front of BU’s net and Korzelius got the Green back within four a minute later (6-2). Paul and Gallagher had good looks in the final two minutes, but McSorley managed to grab them both.
The Green played well in the fourth and had some good opportunities by Ben Martin to get another goal on the board, but it was BU that scored three in a row to start the quarter (9-2). Martin was back a few minutes later and was finally able to solve McSorley, with the first assist of the game going to Richie Loftus. Korzelius scored his team-leading fifth goal to end the game.
BU outshot Dartmouth, 42-25. Burnley played a good game, making 11 saves in all. Austin Meacham led the team with five ground balls and went 5-for-10 at the X.
On Saturday, Feb. 24, Dartmouth will remain on the road, facing Sacred Heart at 4 p.m.