HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men's lacrosse team ended the 2017 season on Saturday with a 20-5 loss to Brown at Scully-Fahey Field on Senior Day. At the end of the game, Timmy Burke, Jack Connolly, Dylan Key and Wiley Osborne were honored and thanked for their four years of dedication.
The Big Green concluded the season with an overall record of 2-11 and 0-6 in Ivy League play, while the Bears improved to 9-5 and 4-2.
Freshman David Gallagher had a great game, scoring four goals and tripling his season total of two. Classmate Ben Martin had two points from a goal and an assist, while junior Jack Korzelius ended up with an assist. Freshman George Christopher led the team with seven ground balls.
In net, Christopher played the opening 48 minutes, making 13 saves in all, before being replaced by sophomore Griffin Miller for the remaining 12 minutes. He had three saves and three goals allowed during that time.
“Today was unfortunately a similar story to other games this season: the tale of two halves,” head coach Brendan Callahan said. “Things snowballed in the second half and you can't give a Brown offense that many chances. We just didn't have the ball in the second half.
That being said, I am really proud of our seniors,” Callahan continued. “That small group had a big task this year with how many underclassmen we had on the roster, and I felt like they've done a great job helping our culture do a 180 in the last three years.”
Brown set the pace of the game right from the first whistle, winning the opening faceoff and taking its first shot just six seconds in, but Christopher came up big with the save. Dartmouth enjoyed an early 2-0 lead following a pair of goals by Gallagher, but the visitors had taken the lead by the 3:40 mark (4-2). Gallagher completed his hat trick to cut Brown's lead to one (4-3) heading into the second quarter.
The Bears' outscored the Big Green, 3-0, in the second quarter to make it a 7-3 game heading into the intermission. In the first 30 minutes of action, Christopher had six saves.
Brown scored five more unanswered goals in the third before Gallagher netted his fourth of the game with less than two minutes to play, with the assist going to Martin (12-4).
Early in the fourth quarter, Miller replaced Christopher in net. The Bears got eight more goals to end the game, while Martin and Korzelius paired up to give Dartmouth one more tally before time ran out.
“Heading into next year, it's about getting better and putting ourselves in a position to win,” Callahan said. “It's all about the X's and O's and the skills that go with it. We're excited about the group coming in next fall and to see where this group is headed.”