Saturday: Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) at #19/20 Colgate (2-0, 0-0 Patriot)
Location: Hamilton, N.Y.
Date: Saturday, February 25, 1 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 17-3-1
HANOVER, N.H. —The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team enters the 2012 season looking to improve upon its records from the past two years. In 2010, the team finished 5-8, and in 2011 the Big Green ended the year 5-9.
The team opens the 2012 season at nationally-ranked Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 12:30 p.m. It will mark the third consecutive season the Big Green open against the Raiders. Last season, Dartmouth lost to Colgate at home, 13-8, but beat the Raiders in Hamilton in 2010, 7-3.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth is coming off a 5-9 season where it finished seventh in the Ivy League with a 1-5 record. The team returns its leading scorer from last season in senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.), who finished 2011 with 33 points on 14 goals and a team-high 19 assists. Dooley was also the only player to record a point in every game.
The team also returns All-Ivy performers in Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) and Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.). Campbell was named second team All-Ivy at goalkeeper for the second consecutive season last year. He finished the season with 162 saves and a .528 save percentage. Dysenchuk, a junior, was named honorable mention for the Ivy League in 2011 at the midfielder position. Dysenchuk played in 14 games and recorded 18 goals and eight assists for 26 points. The goals, assists and point totals were all career highs.
The team will also have a new addition to the staff with the hiring of assistant coach Paul Schimoler. He most recently was the head men’s lacrosse coach at Saint Michael’s College.
Dartmouth will be playing Colgate for the seventh time in the last 13 season openers. In the last five meetings, the Big Green are 4-1 against the Raiders. Overall, in the last 10 season kickoffs, Dartmouth is 7-3. Last season the Big Green lost at home to Colgate, 13-8.
Dooley enters the season with the longest point-scoring streak on the team. He tallied a point in every game last season to bring his streak to 14 games.
Junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) has the team’s second-longest streak at two games. He registered a point in the final two games of 2011.
SAVING HIS WAY UP THE RECORD BOOK
Campbell has been a standout for the Big Green in his three seasons at goalkeeper. After last season’s 162 saves, the senior has 375 career saves, which is 10 saves away from tying for 10th on the Big Green’s all-time saves list. Mike Gault ’03 is currently in 10th with 385 saves. Mitch Whiteley ’73 holds the all-time record with 673.
LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Dooley was named a candidate for the men’s lacrosse Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Dooley is one of only 20 men’s lacrosse players in the country to earn this honor. The award spotlights those student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom and community, while staying in school all four years.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot.
TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Campbell was recently selected to be put on the 2012 men’s lacrosse Tewaaraton Award watch list. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.
NEILA PRESEASON GOALIE
Campbell was also recently picked as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Preseason Goalie of the Year. He was the only Dartmouth player selected on the preseason team after earning second team All-Ivy the past two seasons.
The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team continues to recruit multi-sport athletes and this year the squad has one player that competes in two sports for the Big Green. Junior RC Willenbrock (Englewood, Colo.) is in his third season with Dartmouth after competing on the football team as a kicker.
FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Junior JP Garry (Mamroneck, N.Y.) is in his third season with the Big Green, and is the son of Bob Garry, who was a captain for Dartmouth in 1980 and 1981. JP played in three games in his second season. Bob tallied 53 goals and totaled 80 points with a season-high 25 as a senior. JP comes to Hanover from Mamroneck, N.Y. and Rye Country Day.
Dartmouth has four captains on this year’s team, with three coming from the senior class. Senior’s Campbell, Del Balso and Dooley are three of the four captains. Junior Pat Flynn (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) rounds out the quartet from the junior class.
Campbell started all 14 games for the Big Green in goal last season and totaled 162 saves. Del Balso played in all 14 games, tallying four goals and one assist for five points. He also won 139 out of 292 faceoffs.
Dooley returns as the teams leading scorer after totaling 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 2011. Flynn a standout on defense, played in 12 games and grabbed 23 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers.
CONNECTICUT HALL OF FAME
Dartmouth head coach Andy Towers was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame this past year for his contribution and performance to the sport of lacrosse in Connecticut.
Towers played for Howard Benedict at New Canaan High School where he led the Rams to three straight State Championship game wins over Wilton, set a single season scoring record with 98 points as a midfielder, won 90 percent of his face-offs, and was named All FCIAC, all-state and High School All American.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate enters the weekend with a 2-0 record overall after winning its first two games at home. The Raiders topped Bryant on Feb. 11 to start the season,10-8, and then beat Vermont on Feb. 18, 10-6.
Peter Baum leads the team with eight points on seven goals and one assist. Jeff Ledwick is second with five goals and two assists for seven points. Colby Wilson is third with five points on four goals and one assist.
Jared Madison started both games for Colgate at goalkeeper. In 120:00 minutes, he has a 7.00 goals against average, 19 saves, a .576 save percentage and a 2-0 record.
The Raiders average 10.00 goals per game, while allowing 7.00 goals against. The team takes 40.5 shots per game, and is 5-for-11 in man-up situations for a 45.5 percent conversion rate.
This will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools. Dartmouth holds a 17-3-1 advantage and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings, dating back to 1961. In 1960, the teams played to the only tie at 16-16. Colgate’s win last season was the first over the Big Green since a 12-10 victory in 1957. The first meeting between these two academic schools came in 1931 with Dartmouth winning 8-1 over the Raiders.