Big Green Prepare to Play at No. 12 Penn State Tuesday Afternoon
Dartmouth Big Green (1-2, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
Penn State Nittany Lions (3-3, 0-1 CAA)
▶ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ▶5 PM ▶ University Park, Pa.
▶ Penn State Lacrosse Field (1,000)
▶ All-Time Series: 0-3 (4th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: March 8, 2006 / L, 11-10 (Baltimore)
▶ Streak: 0-3
The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team heads to University Park, Pa., for a date with Penn State Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. The Big Green and Nittany Lions play at the Penn State Lacrosse Field in the first meeting between the two teams since 2006.
LAST TIME OUT
The Green and White are coming off their first win of 2014, having defeated Sacred Heart in the Patriot Cup on Mar. 1 at SMU in Dallas. The two teams were deadlocked at 10 late in the fourth before four different Dartmouth players scored goals to help the team to a 14-10 triumph on neutral soil inside SMU Stadium.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are 3-3 overall after suffering two-straight setbacks in their most recent outings. Penn State fell at Denver, 15-11, on Mar. 10, while UMass won on the road Saturday, 8-6. Senior Shane Sturgis is having a nice start to his season as he leads the team in goals (23), assists (9) and points (32). TJ Sanders is the next closest in goals and points with 13 and 16, respectively. In the cage, Austin Kaut has started all six games, posting a 9.35 goals-against average and a .495 save percentage.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE NITTANY LIONS
This marks just the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams and the first since a game in Baltimore on Mar. 8, 2006. Penn State has won all three previous encounters, including games in 1929 (7-5), 1956 (6-4) and the 2006 meeting (11-10). No contest has been decided by more than two goals.
When the Big Green take to the field Tuesday afternoon, it will have been 17 days between games. The reason for the layoff was due to Dartmouth’s academic calendar and the players entering an exam period prior to Spring Break.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tuesday will mark the third true road game of the season for the Green. In all, the team has played four games away from Hanover with the neutral-site Patriot Cup contest in Dallas against the Pioneers. The Big Green will have played five opponents on the road before making its home debut on Mar. 29 against Cornell, a team ranked fourth in this week’s national polls.
Against the Pioneers and with the score even midway through the fourth quarter, the Big Green scored rattled off four unanswered goals. Wiley Osborne, Cam Lee, Mike Olentine and KC Beard all found the back of the net in the final 6:42 of play to take it from a 10-10 tie to a 14-10 victory.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Versus Sacred Heart, eight different players scored a goal. Osborne (3), Olentine (2), Lee (2) and Don Stephan (2) all scored multiple goals, while Billy Heidt, Jack Connolly and Jack McCormick all had one goal in the win.
DOWN AT THE HALF
The Pioneers scored four second-quarter goals to take a 5-4 lead into the intermission at SMU. In all three games this spring, the Big Green have trailed at the half, but thanks to Dartmouth’s 10-5 scoring advantage in the final two quarters of play, it was able to overcome that halftime deficit. It was the first win when falling behind at the break since April 13, 2013 when it trailed Princeton, 7-5, at intermission.
50 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE…
Dartmouth threw everything it could at Sacred Heart, finishing the game with 50 shot attempts. The Green had 32 shots in the second half with 19 coming in the fourth quarter alone. The last time Dartmouth reached the half-century mark in shots was in a 17-10 win against Mercer on Mar. 6, 2006. Interesting to note that the team the Big Green played the day before was Sacred Heart.
OSBORNE BREAKS OUT
For Osborne, the game in Dallas was a coming out of sorts for the freshman attacker. All three of his goals came in the fourth quarter with the first of not only the game, but his career, hitting net just 1:01 into the final frame. He wasted little time in getting another just 39 seconds later, before his third of the afternoon in Texas proved to be the game winner with 6:42 left on the clock.
Dartmouth is the final team to begin Ivy League play in 2014, doing so on Saturday at Cambridge. The match-up with the Crimson will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network.