Dartmouth Squares off with Princeton in Search of First Ivy Win
No. 9/10 Princeton Tigers (7-3, 2-1 Ivy League) at
Dartmouth Big Green (2-8, 0-3 Ivy League)
Saturday, April 13 – 1:00 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Scully-Fahey Field
Home Sweet Home
Dartmouth wraps up a two game homestand on Saturday welcoming Ivy League foe No. 9/10 Princeton to Hanover. The game marks the fourth time in the last five games that the Big Green face a ranked opponent. At Scully-Fahey Field in 2013, the Green and White are 2-3 with both of their wins coming in non-conference action. The last Ivy League win at home against Penn on April 21 of last season.
Scouting the Tigers
Perennial national powerhouse Princeton has flexed its muscle in 2013 outscoring opponents, 125-93. All three of the Tigers losses this spring have been one-goal defeats to ranked foes. On the road this year Princeton is 3-2. Their losses have come at the hands of North Carolina and Penn, while they’ve topped Hofstra, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. Offensively, the Tigers are led by Tom Schreiber, who has a team best 20 assists and 41 points. Mike MacDonald and two-time Ivy League Player of the Week Jeff Frocarro are tied for the team lead with 26 goals. In net, Matt O’Connor has started all ten games making 99 saves with a save percentage of .521 and a goals-against average of 9.37.
All-Time Series Record
This weekend’s matchup between the Tigers and the Big Green will be the 60th in the series history. The Ivy foes have met annually since April of 1953. Princeton owns a 52-7 edge, having won eight of the last nine dating back to 2004.
Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped their sixth straight contest, falling, 8-7, against Hartford in non-conference action earlier in the week. The Hawks Garrett Dollard netted the game winner with 15.6 ticks to go off a nice pass from Jack Bobzien during a man up opportunity. The thrilling finish matched the tempo of hard fought, back-and-forth battle. From the opening faceoff the two squads battled, trading goals throughout the first half. Hartford scored two unanswered goals in the third quarter and held off a late rally by Dartmouth to win their first ever game against the Green and White.
Sophomore Adam Hull and senior quad-captain Chris Costabile are the lone members of the Big Green to receive Ivy League recognition in 2013, both were named to the weekly honor roll earlier this season. Costabile was named to the honor roll for the second time this season on Monday. Hull leads the team in assists (12) and Costabile has netted a team-best 18 goals. Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk has chipped in 11 markers, while sophomore Jake Weil and junior Brendan Rotanz have found the back of the net six times. The game against Cornell on March 30 marked the first time all year a single player didn’t register more than one goal.
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 17 of the team’s 80 goals and dished out 22 of the team’s 47 assists. Hession is also 92-195 on faceoffs.
The Big Green have scored at least one man up goal in eight of the ten 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 was held scoreless when a man up for the second time this season.
Three 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. Most recently, Chris Costabile earned his fourth career hat trick, with a trio of tallies against Yale. 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 ten contests during the 2013 campaign making 109 saves with a save percentage of .509 and a goals-against average of 10.84. 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 14 goals and add eight assists. Cam Lee has scored six goals in six games, while KC Beard has a goal and four 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 earlier in the 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 Tigers the Big Green head to Philadelphia to face No. 11/16 Penn in Ivy League action at Franklin Field on April 20 at 1:00 p.m. Heading into the contest the Big Green won two of the last three matchups against the Quakers, however, both of those wins came in Hanover.