The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will play its final road game of the 2017 season on Saturday, heading to Philadelphia to face Penn at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field. The game will be available to be watched on both the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) and ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
On Saturday, Dartmouth played a great first half and led for the majority of the first two quarters, but fell to No. 13 Princeton, 16-6, at Scully-Fahey Field after a strong second half by the visitors.
Jack Korzelius and Richie Loftus both had a pair of goals to lead the team. Griffin Miller made his first collegiate start in net, playing the opening five minutes and having his first two saves of the season before being replaced by George Christopher, who made 13 saves in 48 minutes. Miller made his way back into the net for the final six minutes, making two more saves.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter, starting with a Charlie Durbin marker less than a minute in. Jack Forrest’s first of his career six minutes later tied the score at 1-1, but the Tigers made it 2-1 at 5:06. Forty-five seconds later, Korzelius’ 16th of the season once again tied the score up. Loftus gave Dartmouth its first lead of the game with just 4.2 seconds remaining, shooting into the middle of the net while goalkeeper Tyler Blaisdell was well off his mark.
Ben Martin made his first appearance on the scoresheet at 10:51 of the second quarter, giving the Big Green a 4-2 edge. The Tigers made it a one-goal game less than two minutes later, but Korzelius’ second of the game with five minutes to go made it 5-3 heading into the intermission.
Princeton had a great start to the second half, scoring two goals in the first 43 seconds of the third quarter to tie the score (5-5). Two more gave the Tigers a 7-5 edge with just over five minutes gone. With 6:24 left on the clock and five seconds remaining on the shot clock, Loftus scored Dartmouth’s only goal of the third to pull within one, only to have Princeton score four more by the end of the quarter (11-6).
The Tigers scored five unanswered goals in the fourth to give them a 16-6 advantage. With less than four minutes to play, Cormac Dugan gave the Big Green a good opportunity at a goal, but his shot hit the post.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn will be playing its final conference game of the season against Dartmouth, entering the weekend with an overall record of 5-5 and 2-3 in Ivy play. The Quakers are currently 1-2 in the month of April, dropping close games to Yale (14-12) and Brown (11-8) before getting a huge 14-10 win over Harvard. Simon Mathis leads the team with 36 points (19g, 17a), while Kevin McGeary (18g, 7a), Tyler Dunn (15g, 3a), Reilly Hupfeldt (13g, 4a) and Alex Roesner (8g, 3a) are all in double digits.
LAST TIME AGAINST PENN
On April 23, 2016, the Big Green fell to the Quakers, 11-4, on Senior Day.
Dartmouth got a handful of shots off to start the game, but Penn goalkeeper Reed Junkin made some big saves to keep things scoreless. The Quakers’ first two shots of the day both resulted in goals to give the visitors a 2-0 lead five minutes in. A goal by Korzelius and a career-first for Harrison Lane tied the score at two-all, but Penn got one more 13 seconds later to give it a 3-2 edge.
The only goal of the second quarter was scored seven and a half minutes in after both teams spent a considerable amount of time passing the ball behind each net, making it 4-2 in favor of the Quakers.
During the early parts of the quarter, Joe Balaban had a number of saves to keep Dartmouth in the game. Unlike the second quarter, during which a single marker was scored, the third was more eventful, as four goals were netted. Penn got the first three to give the Quakers a five-goal advantage, but a great pass from Evan Key to Loftus right in front of the net cut the visitors’ lead to four (7-3).
A Penn faceoff win led to its eighth goal of the day just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter. A behind the back shot by Loftus with 11 minutes to play put the Green back within four (8-4), but that did not last long, as the Quakers netted two in a row. Blair Friedensohn made his way into net and had a huge save to keep the score at 10-4 while Dartmouth was man-down. An empty netter by Penn with 21 seconds to go ended the game.
Both teams took 36 shots and Dartmouth went 10-for-19 at the X. Balaban had nine saves while being saddled with the loss and Friedensohn had one.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Christopher played 48 minutes of the game against Princeton, making 13 saves and allowing 14 goals. Miller got the start and played a total of 11 minutes, making his first four saves of the season. Through 648 minutes this season, Christopher has made 134 saves while allowing 133 goals and has a .502 save percentage and 12.31 goals against average. Miller has appeared in four games this season, has allowed four goals and made four saves, giving him a .500 save percentage and 14.30 goals against average.
LEADING THE WAY
Martin still leads the team with 20 goals, while Loftus is right behind with 19. The latter is first in both assists (14) and points (33). Martin is second with 22 points, Korzelius has 21 and Wiley Osborne has 20. Christopher is first with 56 ground balls and Jack Richardson leads in faceoff percentage (19-44, .432). Tucker Brown has been the Big Green’s main faceoff specialist, going 61-152 (.401).
On Saturday, April 29, Dartmouth will play its final game of 2017 against Brown. After the game, the Big Green’s four seniors (Osborne, Dylan Key, Burke and Jack Connolly) will be honored, having just played their final game at Scully-Fahey.