Dartmouth Heads to Ithaca for Ivy League Tilt with Cornell
Dartmouth Big Green (2-5, 0-1 Ivy League) at
No. 3 Cornell Big Red (8-1, 2-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, March 30 - 12 p.m.
Empire State of Mind
Dartmouth heads to Ithaca, wrapping up its two-stop New York road trip this weekend in search of its first road win of the season. The Big Green are 0-3 away from Hanover in 2013. The last road victory for head coach Andrew Towers’ team came against Vermont on April 24 of last year. Over the past three seasons, the Green and White are 5-16 outside the Upper Valley.
Scouting the Big Red
After losing its first game of the season against No. 6 Bucknell, 9-8, on March 19, Cornell has reeled off back-to-back wins outscoring opponents 27-14. At home this year the Big Red are 4-1, while boasting dominant wins against then ranked Colgate (19-3) and Siena (17-9). Offensively, Cornell is led by two-time First Team All-American and two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Rob Pannell. Pannell leads the team in points (51) and assists (28). The Smithtown, N.Y., native is second on the team in goals (23) and third in the nation in points per game (5.75). Steve Mock leads the team and the Ivy League in goals with 28 as well for the Big Red. In net, AJ Fiore has started all nine games recording 80 saves with a goals-against average of 7.43 and a save percentage of .559.
Against Cornell Last Season
Dartmouth lost, 7-5, to Cornell at Scully-Fahey Field in 2012. The win was the second straight for the Big Red against the Big Green. Nikki Dysenchuk netted a hat trick for Dartmouth and Brendan Rotanz added a goal and an assist in a losing effort, while Mock scored a pair of goals and Matt Donavan dished out three assists for Cornell.
All-Time Series Record
Saturday’s matchup between the Big Red and the Big Green will be the 63rd in the series history, with Cornell holding a 47-15 advantage. The Ivy League rivals first played in 1946, and have met annually since 1956. After winning six of the first seven meetings, Dartmouth has lost 14 of the last 15 contests against Cornell. The lone win during that stretch came in 2010 when the team from the Upper Valley notched an 8-6 victory at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped their third straight game, falling 11-9 to No. 15 Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium. A four-goal surge in the second half came up short for Dartmouth as the Pride held on for their seven consecutive win against the Green and White.
On the Attack
Sophomore Adam Hull and senior quad-captain Chris Costabile are the lone members of the Big Green to receive Ivy League recognition this season, both were named to the weekly honor roll earlier this season. Hull, leads the team in assists (11) and Costabile has netted a team-best 13 goals. Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk has chipped in 10 markers, while junior Brendan Rotanz has six goals and a pair of assists. After being shutout in the season opener, Costabile has scored at least two goals in six straight games for the Big Green.
Sophomore Jake Weil is coming off his first career hat trick earlier in the week against Hofstra. The three-goal performance was the first-multi goal game of his young career. In his freshman season the Katonah, N.Y., native tallied two goals and picked up an assist.
Rank and File
Against ranked opponents the last two seasons Dartmouth is 1-7. The lone win came against No. 19 Colgate on Feb. 25, 2012. After the win in Hamilton, the Green and White lost seven straight to ranked opponents, while being outscored, 98-54. Dartmouth is also 0-2 against teams that received votes in the week leading up to their game.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all seven contests during the 2013 campaign making 74 saves with a save percentage of .503 and a goals-against average of 10.52. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against the Tar Heels two weeks ago in just his fourth career start.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact early in the year combining to score 11 goals and add four assists. Cam Lee has scored five goals in four games, while has KC Beard a goal and three assists. Jack Connolly has added three markers and Billy Heidt has netted two tallies.
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 Big Red, the Big Green head to New Haven, Conn. to face Yale in Ivy League action at Reese Stadium on April 6 at 1:00 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 13-11 loss to the Bulldogs a year ago.