CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Dartmouth men’s lacrosse fought hard against No. 10 Virginia, falling by a score of 12-6 at Klöckner Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Big Green dipped to 2-4, while the Cavaliers improved to 7-2.
Ben Martin led the team with a hat trick, while George Prince also had a multi-point game with one goal and one assist and was first with four ground balls. Two other players had a point each from a tally. For the second game in a row, goalie George Christopher made 12 saves while allowing 12 goals.
"Today was a step forward for us," head coach Brendan Callahan said. "We responded well after last Saturday and I thought we competed hard for 60 minutes. Ultimately, we didn't make enough plays and had too many turnovers to get the result we wanted. I give George credit. He stood on his head in the first half to keep them off the board. Defensively, Austin was great off the ground and I was impressed with Kellen, who made a lot of plays in the clear against the UVA pressure ride. On offense, Ben played tough and got us going in the second. Today was a good test for us as we look to raise our bar for league play this weekend."
After spending the majority of the opening two minutes deep in Dartmouth territory, the Green took control and got on the board first thanks to a nice play by Martin and Prince, but Virginia answered two minutes later to make it a tied game five minutes in. Dartmouth and Christopher (with five saves) held their own against the Cavaliers for the next nine minutes until UVA scored one more goal to take a 2-1 lead into the second.
Trevor Ballantyne’s second tally of the season came just over two minutes into the second, shooting while falling to even the score at two. A pair of Cavalier goals at 7:05 and 4:33 put Virginia up by two heading to the half (4-2).
The home team further increased its lead early in the third, but Dartmouth responded a minute later when Martin wrapped around the net and evaded a UVA defender to score his second of the game. Over the next 10 minutes, Virginia outscored Dartmouth, 2-0, but a late goal by Liam O’Connell got the Green back within three with one quarter to go (7-4).
Four tallies over the course of four and a half minutes put the Cavaliers up, 10-4. Prince and Martin got past goalie Alex Rode 52 seconds apart to make it a much closer contest (10-6). Two more quick goals for UVA ended the game.
Dartmouth will open Ivy League play on the road on Saturday, taking on Harvard at 2 p.m.