Dartmouth Beats Brown, Princeton Defeats Penn
Dartmouth defeated Brown 5-1, while Princeton defeated Penn 4-1 on Saturday in the Ivy League men’s lacrosse playoffs. The Ivy League championship game, a first for Dartmouth, will be held on Sunday at 4:30pm at Maxwell Field, with Ivy League champion Princeton facing the winner of the Duke and Johns Hopkins match.
The three-way semifinal pit Ivy League champion Princeton against three-time defending NCAA champion Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth against Brown.
Dartmouth scored once in each quarter against Brown and its freshman goalkeeper sophomore Ryan Spano. With 52 seconds left, junior attackman Matt Arsenault scored on a pass from junior defenseman Dylan George to give Dartmouth a 5-0 halftime lead.
“We expected to beat them,” Arsenault said. “We wanted to get some of those goals in the first half. Getting goals early is a little easier when we’re behind.”
Brown outshot Dartmouth 14-5 in the first quarter and 16-11 for the game. Spano came up with 15 saves in the game. Junior long-stick midfielder John Carlsen scored the lone goal for Brown in the third quarter, but three second-half goals by senior midfielder Jack Stalmann gave Dartmouth a three-goal lead.
Dartmouth extended its Ivy League win streak to 22 games. The Green has an all-time record of 169-23-2 in its Division I history. The streak matches that of Duke for the longest winning streak in Division I lacrosse history.
The Dartmouth women defeated Penn 3-1 in the quarterfinals, led by senior attackman Natalie Valache’s first career goal at 6:24 of the second quarter. Penn sophomore attackman Lindsey Lee scored her team’s only goal, 20 seconds later.
Dartmouth plays Yale on Monday at Yale at 1:00pm. The winner of that game will meet Princeton in the Ivy League championship game on Sunday at 4:30pm at Maxwell Field.