HANOVER, N.H. – After finding the back of the net late in the fourth to send the game to overtime, Dartmouth men’s lacrosse fell to Penn, 10-9 in double overtime, on Senior Day at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday. The Big Green fell to 2-10 and 0-5 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers improved to 7-7 and 3-3.
Richie Loftus led the team with four goals and two assists for six points, while Ben Martin was right behind with five points from four goals and a helper. George Prince and Mike Connolly both ended the game with a point. In net, Alex Burnley tied his career-high saves with 14.
“To compete in this league, your seniors have to step up and Richie definitely did that today,” head coach Brendan Callahan said. “I was impressed with Alex, too. He’s a talented goaltender who’s been trying to figure it out as a freshman, and it’s been good to see him put the pieces together and make some huge saves down the stretch.
“What comes to mind when I think of the seniors is work ethic,” Callahan continued. “The legacy they will leave shows what it means to work hard and be committed. I’m proud of our fight today. We’ve seen it in spurts before, but this was the first time we’ve seen it in all four quarters. It’s back to the basics for us this week. We’re looking to send our seniors off on a high note and to give our younger guys some more experience.”
Penn got on the board early in the first, but back-to-back unassisted tallies by Loftus put Dartmouth up by one. At 9:11, goalie Reed Junkin saved Prince’s initial shot with his leg but was not so lucky when the rebound went right to Loftus, and 90 seconds later, the senior faked a pass before firing past an unsuspecting Junkin. The Quakers tied things up and, after the Green killed off two straight penalties, Loftus completed his hat trick with one second left to give Dartmouth a 3-2 edge heading to the second.
It took almost seven minutes and three shots in a row for Penn to get the tying goal. The Quakers scored what would have been the go ahead, but a time out called a split second before waved the tally off. Martin’s marker gave Loftus his fourth point of the day and the lead went back to the Big Green (4-3). Burnley had a great first half, stopping three in the first and five in the second quarter.
Martin gave Dartmouth its first two-goal advantage of the afternoon, but that lasted just over a minute before the Quakers got another on the board. The teams played the remaining 11 minutes like that and, after killing off a combined three penalties, they headed to the fourth with Dartmouth still leading, 5-4.
The Green pulled ahead by two early in the fourth when Martin completed his hat trick, but Penn answered with four in a row to take its first lead since the beginning of the game (8-6). Dartmouth stormed back to score two straight thanks to another from Martin and Connolly’s second of the season, but the Quakers scored with 1:13 to go to take a 9-8 edge. Loftus’ fourth of the game – with the assist going to Martin – tied the score with 27 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
Both goalies made great saves in the first overtime period to keep things knotted at nine. Penn’s second shot of the second overtime resulted in the game winner.
On Saturday, April 28, the Big Green will close the 2018 season at Brown.