Big Green Head to Chapel Hill to Face North Carolina on ESPN3
ESPN 3 Coverage
Dartmouth Big Green (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League) at
No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (3-3, 0-1 ACC)
Monday, March 18 - 4 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Hittin' the Road
Dartmouth heads to Chapel Hill to square off with North Carolina in its first true road game of the season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 3. Earlier in the year, the Big Green traveled to Dallas, Texas, to face Georgetown in the Patriot Cup. Dartmouth was 2-6 outside of Hanover last season and coach Andy Towers' team is looking to improve on that number in 2013.
Breaking the Habit
Monday's matchup between the Tar Heels and the Big Green will be the 14th in the series history, it also marks the fourth straight year the two have met. UNC holds the series edge 10-3. Dartmouth won the first three games in the early 50's, but the Tar Heels have won 10 straight against the team from the Upper Valley. During the winning streak the average margin of victory for North Carolina is 7.60.
Last Time Out
Dartmouth scored its second straight come-from-behind victory at home, exploding for nine goals in the second half en route to an 11-9 triumph against Robert Morris in non-conference action. It was a balanced offensive attack for the Green and White once again as eight players found the back of the net. At least six players have scored in each of Dartmouth's four games this season. It was also a day of firsts as Patrick Campbell and JP Garry found the back of the net for the first time this year. Campbell's goal tied the game at nine in the fourth quarter and less than 30 seconds later Garry scored the game winner.
On the Offensive
Sophomore midfielder Adam Hull became the first member of the Big Green to receive Ivy League recognition this season as he was named to the honor roll last week. The Saint James, N.Y., native leads the team in points (13) and assists (10). Seniors Chris Costabile and Nikki Dysenchuk are tied with a team-best seven goals. After being shutout in the season opener, Costabile has scored at least two goals in three straight games for the Big Green.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact early in the year combining to score 10 goals and add four assists. Cam Lee has scored four goals in three games and is fifth on the team with five points, while KC Beard is second on the team with three assists. Jack Connolly has added three markers and Billy Heidt has netted two tallies.
A Tale of Two Halves
Through the first four games this season, the Big Green have been outscored, 18-12, in the first half and outscored opponents, 31-22, in the final 30 minutes of action. Both of Dartmouth's wins have come when trailing by at least two goals at halftime. In both wins the Green and White scored just two goals in the opening half.
Rank and File
Against ranked opponents the last two seasons Dartmouth is 1-5. The lone win came against No. 19 Colgate on Feb. 25, 2012. After the win in Hamilton, the Green and White lost five straight to ranked opponents, while being outscored, 74-40. Dartmouth is also 0-2 against teams that received votes in the week leading up to their game.
Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina may be 3-3 through six games, but all three of its losses have come against ranked opponents. Two of the three losses have been by a goal. UNC hosts the Big Green for the fourth straight season. Offensively, Marcus Holman leads the team in goals (14), assists (13) and points (27). Other weapons on attack for the Tar Heels are Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey. Bitter has 12 goals and 10 assists, while Sankey has 12 markers. In net, Kieran Burke has made 60 saves and posted a record of 2-3.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has played well in the first four contests during the 2013 campaign making 40 saves with a save percentage of .494 and a goals-against average of 10.00. Susskind is the only netminder on the roster who's seen collegiate action, appearing in two games last season and making seven saves. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 14 saves against the Hoyas two weeks ago in his third career start.
Youth on the Roster
Dartmouth has 13 freshmen on the roster to begin its 2013 campaign. The newcomers make up nearly 31% of the squad. The youth movement is a trend for the Big Green as they also have 10 sophomores on the team. The underclassmen outnumber the upperclassmen 23-19, and total 57.1% of their lineup.
The class of 2016 aren't the only fresh faces on the sidelines for Dartmouth, as Towers added two new assistants in the offseason. Tim McIntee joins the staff after coaching at Manhattan for the past 15 years. McIntee is a 1989 graduate of LIU, where he received national recognition as a three-time All-American. Michael Bocklet will serve as the team's offensive coordinator. Bocklet comes to Hanover after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. Bocklet is a 2007 graduate of Fairfield and he earned All-New England honors twice at attack.
What's on Tap
Following the game with the Tar Heels, the Big Green return to Hanover to open their 2013 Ivy League slate squaring off against Harvard at Scully-Fahey Field on March 23 at 1:00 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 15-10 road loss to the Crimson a year ago.