The Princeton men’s lacrosse team (8-4, 3-1 Ivy) traveled up to Hanover, N.H., to play in their second-to-last Ivy League game against Dartmouth (2-9, 0-4). Although Big Green men’s lacrosse led for the majority of the first two quarters, they fell to No. 13 Princeton, 16-6, at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday after a strong second half by the Orange and Black.
In just the first quarter, the Tigers started their momentum with a goal from sophomore midfielder Charlie Durbin less than a minute in. Despite the strong start though, the first half was not a sturdy showing for Princeton. The team is the nation's leader in team shooting percentage, but shot just 3 for 25 in the first half as a result of a combination of strong goalie play by George Christopher on Dartmouth and some bad luck for the Tigers.
The team ended the first half with a losing score of 5-3, but began the third quarter with the same momentum they started. Instead of letting the deficit get to them, senior midfielder Zach Currier swiped the ball away from Big Green and scooped up the ground ball in stride, finding record-breaking freshman attackman Michael Sowers for a goal just seconds into the half. This play marked the team’s turnaround for success in the second half of the game.
Not only was this a huge win for the Tigers, but an important milestone for Sowers’ collegiate career, as it marked his record-breaking tally of 65 points in a season. With 31 goals and 34 assists, he is now the third player in program history, along with Mike MacDonald ‘15 in 2015 and David Tickner ‘77 in 1976, with at least 30 goals and at least 30 assists in the same season.
Coming up, the team has a home game against Harvard next Saturday and a trip to Cornell on April 29 to end the regular season. Both games will be available to watch on the Ivy League Digital Network.