HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth’s Scully-Fahey Field will be the host for two nationally televised Big Green men’s and women’s lacrosse games in the next week. Fox College Sports will begin its coverage with a noon match-up this Saturday.
The Ivy League women’s lacrosse game between Dartmouth and Princeton on Saturday, April 20 is the first scheduled broadcast. Just a week later on April 27, the men’s team will take on visiting Brown with the opening faceoff set for shortly after 6 p.m.
Including both lacrosse games, Fox College Sports will have broadcast five Dartmouth home events since the start of 2013 as the men’s and women’s hockey programs as well as the baseball team have seen games aired on the network.
The Dartmouth women are currently third in the Ivy standings at 4-1, trailing just Penn (6-0) and Princeton (5-1). The winner of Saturday’s game between the Big Green and the Tigers will earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament which will take place in Philadelphia the first weekend of May.
The first broadcast will see Eric Frede handle play-by-play duties with Sonny Watrous adding color commentary. The contest marks the first women’s lacrosse home game broadcast in more than a half decade, while Scully-Fahey Field has not hosted a televised game since the men’s team played Notre Dame in 2007.
Senior Hana Bowers leads the women in goals (32), assists (11) and points (43) this season and is one of the Big Green’s tri-captains that also includes classmates Courtney Bennett and Kelsey Johnson. Bennett is the team leader with 41 draw controls, while Johnson has picked up a Dartmouth-best 30 ground balls this season.
Saturday’s contest also marks the start of a two-game homestand to wrap-up the 2013 regular season for the Green. After the meeting with Princeton, Dartmouth will play host to Harvard next Friday night (April 26) under the lights at Scully-Fahey Field in the regular season finale at 7 p.m.
Heading into this weekend, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team has a chance to play its way into the Ivy League Tournament. If the Big Green win out the remainder of their conference schedule and get a little help, the squad will be poised to make its first postseason appearance under head coach Andy Towers.
The Green are coming off their biggest win in recent memory, knocking-off perennial Ivy and national power Princeton, 10-9, on April 13. The win against the ninth-ranked Tigers was the first of the year against a league opponent for Dartmouth, helping it get back in the hunt for a spot in the postseason with a road game against Penn on the horizon this weekend.
The men’s team is currently 1-3 in conference play and tied for sixth with Brown. Through the first 11 games, senior Chris Costabile has led the offensive attack, tallying a team-best 19 goals.
More information regarding the men’s game broadcast will be announced next week.