By: Charlotte Brackett
QUEENS, N.Y. – Dartmouth men’s lacrosse suffered a 15-8 loss to St. John’s in a mid-week road contest at DaSilva Field.
The Big Green (2-4) were led by Ben Martin with two goals and two assists, while Matt Paul and Harlan Smart had a pair of points apiece.
All three of Dartmouth’s goalies saw time in net. Daniel Hincks played the first 38 minutes and made three saves during that time before making way for George Christopher, who made one stop. Alex Burnley made his season debut, playing the final minute.
Despite a 12-6 shot advantage in the opening quarter, the Big Green found themselves trailing, 3-1, midway through due to some strong goaltending by Brody Agres. Fast forward to the final 1:42 and goals by Smart and George Prince less than a minute apart had tied things up, but a Red Storm (3-4) tally with 13 seconds to go put the home team up after the first 15 minutes, 4-3.
St. John’s took off in the second quarter, scoring three more markers in the first eight minutes to jump further ahead. Trevor Ballantyne ended the Red Storm’s run at 3:12 with his third goal of the season to get the Big Green within three (7-4) to end the first half.
Dartmouth made it a one-goal game following tallies by Martin and Paul (7-6) at the start of the third, but an 8-2 St. John’s rally over the next quarter and a half gave the win to the Red Storm. Smart and Martin added one more goal apiece in the fourth.
The Big Green outshot the Red Storm, 38-31. Foster Burnley led the team with a season-high seven ground balls.
Dartmouth will open Ivy League play on Saturday when it hosts Harvard.