Dartmouth Big Green (3-8, 1-3 Ivy League) at
No. 18 Penn Quakers (6-4, 2-3 Ivy League)
Saturday, April 20 – 1:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa. – Franklin Field
On the Road Again…
Dartmouth hits the road for its final road trip of the 2013 regular season, making the first of two stops in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 20, to take on No. 18 Penn in Ivy League action. The game against the Quakers marks the fifth time in the last six games that Andy Towers’ squad faces a ranked opponent. Away from Scully-Fahey Field in 2013, the Big Green are 0-5 while being outscored,62-33. The last road win came against Vermont on April 24 of last season. The last road conference win for Dartmouth came against Yale on April 15, 2009.
Scouting the Quakers
After a 5-1 start with victories against three top-20 teams, including Ivy League foe Princeton, Penn has dropped three of its last four. However, two of those losses have been by one goal. At home this year the Quakers are 3-1, outscoring opponents, 37-31. Their lone setback at Franklin Field came on March 30 against Yale in overtime. The Quakers are led offensively by Tim Schwalje and Zack Losco. Schwalje leads the team in points (34), assists (20) and shots (82), while Losco has netted a team-high 17 goals. Brian Feeney has played every second between the pipes for Penn this season, making 106 saves with a save percentage of .570 and a goals-against average of 7.95.
All-Time Series Record
This weekend’s matchup between the Quakers and the Big Green will be the 66th in the series history. The Ivy foes first met back in 1928 and have played annually since 1956. Penn owns a 38-27 edge, having won five of the last seven dating back to 2006.
Home Sweet Home
Each of the teams have won their two home games against one another. Penn was the last team to score a road triumph in the series, winning in Hanover, 9-8, in overtime on April 5, 2008. Dartmouth hasn’t won in Philadelphia since 2005.
Last Time Out
The Big Green snapped a six game losing streak with a thrilling 10-9 come-from-behind victory against No. 9 Princeton. The Green and White became the first team in 2013 to hold the potent Tigers attack to less than 10 goals en route to their first conference win of the season. The Big Green twice battled back from three-goal deficits and took their first lead of the game with 4:40 remaining in the contest as freshman Cam Lee converted a pass from classmate KC Beard for a man-up marker. Lee’s seventh goal of the season would prove to be the game winner.
Rank and File
Against ranked opponents the last two seasons Dartmouth is 2-9. Prior to the win over the Tigers last weekend, the Big Green had dropped nine straight to ranked opponents. Dartmouth opened the 2012 season with a win against No. 19 Colgate. After the win in Hamilton, the Green and White lost nine in a row to top-20 foes while being outscored, 126-64.
Sophomore Adam Hull, senior quad-captain Chris Costabile and senior goaltender Bernie Susskind have each received Ivy League recognition in 2013. All three were named to the weekly honor roll earlier this season.
Player of the Week
This week, junior Mike Olentine became the first member of the Big Green to earn Player of the Week honors since Fergus Campbell in March of 2011. In two games last week, the Princeton, N.J., native scored five goals and scooped a pair of groundballs. In the weekend finale, Olentine had arguably the best performance of his career netting his second career hat trick, leading Dartmouth to a 10-9 come-from-behind win against No. 9/10 Princeton. All three of his markers were unassisted and came in the first half as the Big Green snapped a six game losing streak.
Led by Adam Fishman and Adam Hull, the Class of 2015 is proving the old adage of sophomore slumps wrong. Fishman, Hull, Phil Hession, Patrick Campbell, Robert Osgood, Jake Becker and Jake Weil have scored 19 of the team’s 90 goals and dished out 23 of the team’s 52 assists. Hession is also 99-218 on faceoffs.
The Big Green have scored at least one man up goal in nine of the 11 games this season. Dartmouth has scored two or more man-up markers four times this season, with the biggest outburst coming in a 3-for-5 effort against No. 15 Hofstra. In their last contest, Dartmouth went 1-4 when a man up with Lee scoring the game winner late in the fourth.
Four different players have tallied hat tricks this season for the Green and White. Nikki Dysenchuk opened the season with a three-goal effort against Colgate and Jake Weil netted his first career multi-goal game and hat trick against Hofstra on Mar. 26. Chris Costabile earned his fourth career hat trick, with a trio of tallies against Yale. Most recently, Olentine potted three against the Tigers. All of the hat tricks for the Big Green this season have come against top-20 teams.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all 11 contests during the 2013 campaign making 119 saves with a save percentage of .511 and a goals-against average of 10.67. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against No. 14 North Carolina on March 18.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact combining to score 15 goals and add nine assists. Lee has scored seven goals in eight games, while Beard has two goals and seven assists. Jack Connolly and Billy Heidt have each added three markers. Beard is coming off arguably the best performance of his young career, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists against Hartford last week.
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 Quakers, the Big Green head to Worcester for their final road game of the year against Holy Cross on April 23 at 4 p.m.