Brown Bears (7-6, 1-4 Ivy League) at
Dartmouth Big Green (3-10, 1-4 Ivy League)
Saturday, April 27 – 6:00 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Scully-Fahey Field
Dartmouth returns to Hanover, welcoming Ivy League rival Brown to close out the 2013 regular season. Although both teams will not be playing in the Ivy League Tournament, there’s still much at stake. The Bears and Big Green are currently tied for sixth in the conference standings. At home this year the Green and White are 3-3 highlighted by a come-from-behind, 10-9, victory against No. 9 Princeton on April 13. Dartmouth has not won more than one home conference game in a season since 2008. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on Fox College Sports, it’ll be the first men’s home lacrosse game televised since a 2007 tilt against Notre Dame.
Scouting the Bears
After a five game winning streak early in the season, Brown hit a tough part of its schedule dropping four straight to ranked opponents. Down the stretch the Bears have won two of their last three. Both of those wins have come in non-conference action on the road in the Ocean State. Brown won its Ivy opener, 11-9, against Harvard, but has since lost four conference games in a row. The Bears are led offensively by Henry Blynn and Sam Hurster. Blynn leads the team in points (32), shots (79) and goals (24), while Hurster has netted 22 goals and dished out eight assists. George Sherman is another offensive threat, leading the team with 17 assists. Will Round and Jack Kelly have split time between the pipes for the Bears this season. Kelly leads the team with 78 saves and a 6-4 record, while Round has a .571 save percentage and a 9.47 goals-against average.
All-Time Series Record
This weekend’s matchup between the Bears and the Big Green will be the 58th in the series history. The conference foes first met back in 1926 and have played annually since 1964. Dartmouth won seven of the first eight games, but Brown leads the series 37-20. Recently, the Bears have had the edge winning five straight tilts.
Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped their road finale, falling, 11-10, to Holy Cross at Holy Cross Field. After the first 30 minutes the Big Green trailed the Crusaders, 5-3. Dartmouth opened the second half with two unanswered goals to tie the game at five, before Holy Cross responded with five unanswered goals to close out the third quarter. In the fourth, the Green and White’s five goal surge wasn’t enough as James Kennedy scored what proved to be the game winner for the Crusaders late in the fourth.
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
Last 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 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 26 of the team’s 102 goals and dished out 27 of the team’s 60 assists. Hession is also 116-253 on faceoffs.
The Big Green have scored at least one man up goal in 11 of the 13 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 1-2 when a man up as Costabile netted a man up marker to open the scoring for the Big Green.
Five 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. Olentine potted three against Princeton. Most recently, Brendan Rotanz registered his first career hat trick in the loss against Holy Cross. Four of the five hat tricks for the Big Green this season have come against top-20 teams.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all 13 contests during the 2013 campaign making 143 saves with a save percentage of .516 and a goals-against average of 10.60. 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 16 goals and add 11 assists. Cam Lee has scored seven goals in eight games, while Beard has three goals and eight assists. Jack Connolly and Billy Heidt have each added three markers.
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.