For the fourth year in a row, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will play its final game of the season against Brown, heading to Providence for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday. The contest can be viewed on the Ivy League Network (ILN).
LAST TIME OUT
After finding the back of the net late in the fourth to send the game to overtime, Dartmouth fell to Penn, 10-9, in double overtime on Senior Day at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday.
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.
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.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown enters its regular season finale on a four-game losing streak after falling to Yale (27-15), Providence (12-11), Cornell (19-5) and, most recently, Bryant (17-9). Luke McCaleb leads the team in assists (21) and points (42), while Michael Panepinto is first with 25 goals.
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
On April 29, 2017, the Big Green ended the year with a 20-5 loss to Brown at home. David Gallagher had a great game, scoring four goals and tripling his season to total of two. Martin had two points from a goal and an assist, while Jack Korzelius ended up with an assist. George Christopher led the team with seven ground balls.
LEADING THE WAY
Prince is still first on the team in assists (17) and points (32), while Martin is first in goals (24) and right behind Prince with 31 points, both of which are career highs for him. Korzelius and Liam O’Connell both have three man-up tallies, while Kiernan Gunn is first with 37 ground balls. Chris Bacotti is first in faceoffs (18-40, .450).
AND IN NET
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 Bears can be found on dartmouthsports.com, while fans who purchase a subscription to the ILN can watch the contest. It can also be viewed on NESNPlus. For live updates, follow the team’s official Twitter: @DartmouthMLax.