Dartmouth (2-8, 0-3) at Princeton (5-5, 0-3)
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Princeton, N.J. – Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium
All-Time Series: Princeton leads, 56-9
Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will play its penultimate road game of the 2018 season, heading to New Jersey to face Princeton in a noontime Ivy League contest.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green played a strong second half – netting three straight to tie the score late in the fourth quarter and send it to overtime – but ultimately fell to UMass Lowell by a score of 9-8 in double overtime on Tuesday.
Two UMass Lowell goals in a minute put the home team in control early in the first quarter, but George Prince’s tally 32 seconds later cut the River Hawks’ lead to one. Good defense over the next six minutes kept the contest close, but two more in a row put UMass Lowell up by three. Dartmouth dominated the remaining four minutes and Ben Martin netted his 19th of the year to make it a two-goal game (4-2).
Defense was the name of the game in the second quarter and neither team could find the back of the net for 15 minutes until the River Hawks broke through with four minutes to go. Martin, Prince, Paul, Liam O’Connell and Will Randell all tried their luck, but were stopped by Hunter Braun in net, and UMass Lowell took their 5-2 edge into the intermission.
After a one-goal second quarter, the third saw Dartmouth with the 2-1 goal advantage, started early on by Richie Loftus – and Paul with his first collegiate assist – and followed by Korzelius halfway through. Burnley was key, making five saves to keep the game close heading to the fourth (6-4).
As they had done for the majority of the game, the teams traded goals. The River Hawks got their three-goal advantage back three minutes in, and that was followed by Paul’s man-up tally two minutes later, another UMass marker at 8:04 and Loftus’ second of the game a minute after (8-6). Korzelius’ second goal and third point got the Big Green within one for the first time all game with just four minutes to go.
Paul’s second of the night tied the score at 8-8 with 1:52 remaining in the fourth. When neither team could score the go-ahead, the game headed to overtime, a first for the Green in 2018. Dartmouth outshot UMass Lowell, 4-2, in the first overtime period, but the River Hawks’ first shot of the second resulted in the game winner.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton enters the weekend on a two-game winning streak after taking down Stony Brook (16-8) and Siena (17-11). The Tigers have struggled in conference play and are winless after falling to Brown (14-13), Yale (16-8) and Penn (14-7). Michael Sowers leads the team in assists (41) and points (62), while Austin Sims is first with 23 goals.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
On April 15, 2017, Dartmouth led for the majority of the first half, but fell to No. 13 Princeton, 16-6, at Scully-Fahey Field. Korzelius and Loftus both had a pair of goals to lead the team. Griffin Miller made his first collegiate start, playing the opening five minutes and having his first two saves of the season before being replaced by George Christopher, who had 13 saves in 48 minutes. Miller made his way back into the net for the final six minutes, making two more stops.
LEADING THE WAY
Prince leads the Big Green in assists (15) and points (30), while Martin is first with 19 goals and second on the team with 25 points. Korzelius and Liam O’Connell are tied for first with three man-up tallies each, while Austin Meacham is first with 29 ground balls, just one ahead of Chris Bacotti, who is first in faceoffs (17-35, .486).
AND IN NET
Burnley has played every minute of the last three games. In 303 minutes, he has made 46 saves while allowing 72 goals for a .390 save percentage and 14.23 goals against average. Christopher has appeared in six games and started five and, in 302 minutes, has made 60 saves and allowed 57 goals for a .513 save percentage and 11.31 goals against average.
Live stats for the game against the Tigers can be found on dartmouthsports.com, while fans can purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) to watch the contest. For live updates, follow the team’s official Twitter: @DartmouthMLax.
On Saturday, April 21, Dartmouth will play its final home game of the season, taking on Penn at 12 p.m.