DARIEN, Conn. – Mercer University’s young men’s lacrosse team had its most productive output of its inaugural season, but lost a 17-10 decision versus Dartmouth University played in Darien, Conn. The Bears fell to 0-7 with the setback.
The Big Green improved to 2-1 on the year by topping the MU team in the 30-degree temperatures. Dartmouth held a 2-1 lead midway through the first quarter when Alex Baird knotted the game at 2-2, with an assist credited to Brett Eisenmann, at the7:56 mark of the opening period.
However, the Big Green had two runs of three unanswered goals – sandwiched around an MU goal by John Avent – as the host team grabbed an 8-3 advantage early in the third stanza. Dartmouth led 6-3 at the half.
Consecutive goals by Cole Branch to close out the third period and open the fourth got MU to within 9-7. A Harry Baker goal with 10:54 left in the game kept the Bears in striking distance at 10-8.
But any hopes Mercer had for its first win in program history were dashed as Dartmouth reeled off seven unanswered goals to go up 17-8 with 3:11 left to play.
Avent added the final two goals of the contest for the 17-10 final score.
Avent finished the day with three goals, as did Branch. Branch also had one assist to his credit to add four points to his season totals.
Baird and Baker had two goals apiece to account for all of Mercer’s tallies.
MU goalkeeper Justin Bateman had 16 saves in the game.
Dartmouth won 22 of 30 faceoffs and, conversely, out-shot the Bears by a 55-35 margin.