Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will open Ivy League play on the road Saturday, taking on Harvard at 2 p.m. The game can be watched on both the Ivy League Network (ILN) and NESNplus. The Big Green have kicked off conference action against the Crimson every year since 2010.
LAST TIME OUT
Facing its first nationally ranked opponent, Dartmouth fought hard against No. 10 Virginia, falling by a score of 12-6 at Klöckner Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
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.
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.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard has been having a great season, entering the weekend with an overall record of 6-1 and a conference mark of 1-0 after taking down Brown, 10-8, in the league opener last weekend. Most recently, the Crimson had a huge one-point victory over Boston University, taking down the Terriers, 19-18, in overtime after trailing by six in the fourth quarter. Morgan Cheek leads the team with 36 points (12G, 24A).
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
On March 25, 2017, the Big Green fell to the Crimson, 14-7, at Scully-Fahey Field. Wiley Osborne and Jack Korzelius led the team with two points apiece, while seven other Dartmouth players ended the game with a point. Christopher made six saves.
LEADING THE WAY
Prince is still first on the team in his rookie season with 17 points from seven goals and a team-leading 10 assists, while Martin is right behind with 15 points from a team-leading 12 goals and three helpers. O’Connell has two of the team’s man-up tallies, while Austin Meacham is first with 18 ground balls. Chris Bacotti has gone 11-23 (.478) at the X.
AND IN NET
Christopher has played in five games so far this season, starting all but one. In 242 minutes, he has made 45 saves and allowed 47 goals for a .489 save percentage and 11.64 goals against average. He has a 2-2 record. Alex Burnley has played in three games and started two and has made 19 saves while allowing 24 goals for a .442 save percentage and 12.24 goals against average.
Dartmouth will be back at home for two in a row, hosting Cornell on March 31 and Yale the following Saturday.