Dartmouth men’s lacrosse will host its second game in the past three days, taking on Vermont in a mid-week, non-conference tilt at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
LAST TIME OUT
Jack Korzelius netted four goals in Dartmouth’s 15-8 loss to Sacred Heart at Scully-Fahey Field on a warm, yet rainy, Saturday afternoon.
Korzelius led the team with four points, while Wiley Osborne was right behind with a hat trick. Cameron Nolting netted his first of the season, and Ben Martin got the team’s lone assist. In net, George Christopher played the entire game, making a career-high 12 saves.
In a low scoring first quarter, Osborne got Dartmouth on the board first less than two minutes in, giving the Big Green a 1-0 lead that would last a full five minutes until the Pioneers netted three in the span of three minutes, giving them a 3-1 advantage. With 21 seconds remaining in the quarter and just two seconds left on the shot clock, Osborne scored his second to make it a one-goal game heading into the second (3-2).
Two Sacred Heart goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter – including one just seven seconds in – put the Pioneers ahead, 5-2. Korzelius got one past Brooks Dutton in net with eight minutes to play to get Dartmouth within two (5-3) and, thanks to Christopher’s quick feet between the pipes, the Big Green ended the first half trailing by two.
With zero goals scored for a 12-minute span, Sacred Heart got two in a 10-second span in the third and added one more before Nolting got his first goal of the season and the second of his career to pull Dartmouth within four (8-4). The Pioneers scored two more to make it a 10-4 game.
The Big Green opened the fourth with a flurry of shots, but none proved to be too much of a threat for Dutton. Their perseverance paid off and Korzelius’ unassisted tally three minutes in and Osborne’s third of the game a few minutes later got Dartmouth back within four (10-6). The Pioneers scored five consecutive goals to take a 15-6 lead, but Korzelius scored two more to end the game (15-8).
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Vermont enters Tuesday’s game with a record of 3-1. The Catamounts opened the year with two 13-12 OT victories in a row against Furman and Mercer two days apart at the beginning of February. Vermont then defeated Holy Cross, 14-8, before suffering its first loss of the season in the form of an 8-6 defeat by Providence. Cam Milligan leads the team in both assists (9) and points (19), while Ben French has 13 markers to lead the Catamounts.
LAST TIME AGAINST VERMONT
On March 29, 2016, Dartmouth played its penultimate non-conference contest of the season, falling to Vermont by a score of 15-9 under the lights of Virtue Field on Tuesday.
Richie Loftus had a good game, netting four of the Big Green’s nine goals. KC Beard was right behind Loftus with three points from a pair of goals and an assist, while Cam Lee and Osborne both ended the night with two points apiece.
Dartmouth came out aggressively and went on to score the first goal in each of the four quarters. Loftus got the visitors on the board with 12:44 to play in the opening quarter, but a Catamount tally less than 50 seconds later tied things up and one more in the late stages of the first put Vermont on top.
Like in the first quarter, just three goals were scored in the second and the Catamounts sported a 4-2 edge heading into halftime.
The third and fourth quarters were where the game picked up, as a combined 18 markers were scored during those final 30 minutes. In the fourth, Loftus had a trio of goals in the span of nine minutes, Don Stephan had an unassisted tally with two minutes to go and Beard closed the game, but six Vermont goals during that final quarter gave the win to the Catamounts.
Vermont outshot Dartmouth, 53-40. The Big Green went 10-for-26 in faceoffs and grabbed 24 ground balls. Joe Balaban played his first full game and made 19 saves.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher now has two full games under his belt. Through 120 minutes, he has made 22 saves, has a .440 save percentage and 14.00 goals against average. The Big Green’s other goalkeeper, Griffin Miller, has not yet seen any playing time this season.
LEADING THE WAY
After his four-goal performance against Sacred Heart, Korzelius is on top with seven points (6G, 1A), while Osborne is right behind with six (4G, 2A).
Almost the entire month of March will be spent on the road as Dartmouth plays a trio of non-conference contests, starting with a 1 p.m. game against Wagner on Saturday, March 4.