Game 2
Dartmouth Big Green (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) at
Vermont Catamounts (0-2, 0-0 America East)
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – 3:00 p.m.
Burlington, Vt. – Virtue Field

The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team returns to the northeast to square off with regional rival Vermont on Feb. 25. After the midweek tilt with the Catamounts, the Big Green will head to Texas to compete in the Patriot Cup on Mar. 1, for the second year in a row. In the Lone Star State, the Green and White will square off with Sacred Heart. On Tuesday, both Dartmouth and Vermont will be looking for their first win of the season, which also was the case last year when the two teams met.

A year ago, the Green and White were 0-7 away from the Upper Valley and they will begin this year with five straight contests away from the friendly confines of Scully-Fahey Field. Dartmouth will not play in front of its home crowd until March 29 versus No. 19 Cornell. The Big Green are 0-1 on the road in 2014. The last win outside of Hanover for head coach Andrew Towers’ squad came on April 24, 2012 at Vermont (10-5). 

In the season opener, Dartmouth lost to No. 3 North Carolina, 18-5. The Tar Heels jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first period. With UNC leading, 5-0, early in the second quarter, freshman Adam Philie put Dartmouth on the board. Philie took a pass from classmate Don Stephan and buried his first collegiate tally with the Big Green a man up. Philie’s goal was the lone tally for Dartmouth in the opening half as North Carolina entered the break with an 8-1 advantage. In the second half, the Tar Heels outscored the Green and White, 10-4.

Vermont enters Tuesday afternoon’s tilt on a three-game losing streak dating back to last April. Through two games, the Catamounts have been outscored, 21-9. UVM fell 13-3 in its season opener to Colgate and lost, 8-6, on Saturday to Providence. Offensively, Nick Bartlett leads the attack with three goals, while Graham Horvath has netted a pair. Ian MacKay has a team-high two assists and Andrew Muscara is 12-for-24 on faceoffs. In net, Justin Rosenberg has started both games making 26 saves with a .553 save percentage.

Thanks to a seven-goal surge in the fourth quarter, Dartmouth topped Vermont, 13-8, in a border battle in February at Scully-Fahey Field. Jeff Perkins and Jack Connolly each scored two goals for Dartmouth, while Adam Fishman and Adam Hull both added three assists apiece. Perkins had a season-best four points (2g-2a) in the contest.

Dartmouth holds an 18-4 advantage in the all-time series versus Vermont and is currently riding a four-game winning streak.

The Big Green and the Catamounts have played each other every year dating back to 2006. During that time, Dartmouth has won seven of the eight matchups. During Towers’ tenure, the Green and White have outscored UVM, 50-33. All four of Vermont’s wins in the series have come in Burlington.

All four of Dartmouth’s goal scorers against North Carolina were playing in their first collegiate game. After not appearing in any games during his freshman campaign, sophomore Jibran Ahmad led the attack with two goals. Don Stephan had a goal and an assist, while Christian Guinchard and Adam Philie each netted their first career markers as well.

The Big Green went 2-for-3 with a man advantage against North Carolina. A year ago, Dartmouth scored 16 man-up markers, highlighted by a season-best three versus No. 15 Hofstra on March 26. The Green and White scored two or more goals with the extra man on four separate occasions.

Sophomore Blair Friedensohn made his first collegiate start for Dartmouth last time out. The Boston, Mass., native turned aside 12 shots and had a save percentage of .429 in the tilt with the Tar Heels. Freshman Jake Landman came on in relief of Friedensohn in the second half of the opener. In just over 11 minutes of action, Landman made one save and allowed a pair of goals.

Towers has announced a quintet of upperclassmen who will serve as team captains for the 2014 season. A trio of seniors, Patrick Resch, Clemmenson and Rotanz are joined by juniors Hession and Osgood as the Big Green’s selected leaders for the spring season. Osgood, who was second on the team with 63 groundballs a year ago, is the lone member of the team to earn preseason NEILA honors, being named a second-team defenseman.

The Class of 2017 features 11 players for Dartmouth. Making their collegiate debut this year will be Wiley Osborne, Stephan, Justin Harvey, Dylan Key, Philie, Guinchard, Timmy Burke, Jesse Brown, Landman, Jack McCormick and Krieg Greco.

Following the border battle with Vermont, the Big Green will travel to Dallas, Texas to square off with Sacred Heart at the 2014 Patriot Cup. The last meeting between the two was in 2012 as Dartmouth netted an 11-10 victory at home.