After being on the road for almost the entirety of March, Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will return to Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday to host Cornell on the Ivy League Network (ILN).
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green played very well against a tough Harvard team, playing through seven ties before ultimately falling by a score of 10-8 in their conference opener at Harvard Stadium last Saturday.
Ben Martin and George Prince both scored a hat trick, while Jack Korzelius ended the game with two points from a goal and an assist, and Richie Loftus and David Gallagher had a point apiece. In net, George Christopher had a season-high 15 stops and Kiernan Gunn was first with five ground balls and was 10-21 at the X.
Just as it did against No. 10 Virginia on Tuesday, Dartmouth got on the board first when Prince beat goalie Robert Shaw through the five-hole just 57 seconds into the first quarter. It took almost five minutes, but Harvard answered with a pair of goals scored two minutes apart to take a one-goal lead. Martin tied things up with 3:43 to go, but a waved off Big Green goal with under 10 seconds to go made way for one more Crimson marker with four ticks remaining on the clock (3-2).
Martin was back two and a half minutes into the second to, once again, make it a tied game. After five minutes of back-and-forth play, Harvard got the go ahead, but a man-up goal by Loftus at 5:01 and one for Korzelius – who assisted on Loftus’ tally – less than a minute later got Dartmouth ahead for the first time since the start of the game, and the Green took a 5-4 edge into the half.
Stats were very even after the first 30 minutes: Harvard led in shots, 16-15, while Dartmouth won seven faceoffs while only losing four and had grabbed 15 ground balls to the Crimson’s 12. Both Christopher and Shaw had five saves apiece.
Two Harvard goals within a minute put the Crimson up by one, but Prince’s backhanded shot directly in front of the net a few minutes later made it a 6-6 game. That did not last long, though, as Harvard broke the tie a minute later and, one more in the latter parts of the quarter gave the home team its first two-goal lead of the game (8-6). Prince completed his hat trick with 11 seconds remaining to get Dartmouth back within one.
After being outscored 4-2 in the third, the Green came back in the fourth and tied the score at eight-all thanks to Martin’s third of the game with under 10 minutes to play in regulation. Shaw had a pair of huge saves to keep the contest knotted, while a nice play by the Crimson put Harvard ahead by one with 5:57 to go. Harvard added an insurance marker with two minutes left on the clock to end the game.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell enters the weekend with an overall record of 4-3 and a 1-1 mark in Ivy League play. The Big Red opened conference play on March 17 with a 13-11 loss to Yale before taking down Penn, 20-13, over the weekend. Playing a non-conference home game against Air Force on Tuesday, Cornell downed the Falcons, 23-5. Jeff Teat leads the team in all three categories and, in the conference, is tied for first in goals (25), third in assists (24) and first in points (49).
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
On April 1, 2017, Wiley Osborne had his second hat trick of the season in the 14-5 loss to the Big Red at Schoelkopf Field. Martin, Korzelius, Loftus and Harlan Smart all ended the day with one point each, while Timmy Burke had a team-leading seven ground balls. Christopher had 16 saves, which was just one off a career-high.
LEADING THE WAY
Prince is first in assists (10) and points (20), while Martin leads in goals (15) and is a close second in points (18). Christopher and Austin Meacham are tied for first with 19 ground balls apiece, while seven other players are in double digits. Kyle Clampitt leads with seven caused turnovers, while Chris Bacotti is 12-24 (.500) at the X.
AND IN NET
In 302 minutes, Christopher has appeared in six games and started five. He has made 60 saves while allowing 57 goals for a .513 save percentage and 11.31 goals against average. Alex Burnley has played in three games and started two in his rookie season. He has made 19 saves while allowing 24 goals for a .442 save percentage and 12.24 goals against average.
Live stats for the game against the Big Red can be found on dartmouthsports.com, while fans can purchase a subscription to the ILN to watch the contest. For live updates, follow the team’s official Twitter: @DartmouthMLax.
Dartmouth will remain at home next weekend, hosting Yale at 3 p.m.