Dartmouth Big Green (1-3, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
Harvard Crimson (4-3, 1-0 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, March 22, 2014 ▶1 PM ▶ Cambridge, Mass.
▶ Harvard Stadium (30,323)
▶ All-Time Series: 37-46-1 (85th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: March 23, 2013 / L, 9-6 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 0-2
The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team opens up its 2014 Ivy League schedule Saturday at Harvard. The Big Green and Crimson are set to meet at 1 p.m. inside Harvard Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
In its most recent outing, Dartmouth fell, 10-6, Tuesday afternoon at 12th-ranked Penn State in University Park, Pa. The Green hung with the Nittany Lions for much of the game, playing to a 3-3 score at the intermission, but seven second-half goals from the home team pushed it over the top in the fourth-ever meeting between the two programs.
WATCH IT LIVE
Fans can follow Saturday’s action in Cambridge via two online video streaming options. The contest will mark the first appearance on the Ivy League Digital Network for the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse program. It will also be carried live on ESPN3, an online-only video service provide by the network.
The Crimson return to Cambridge after battling No. 6/7 North Carolina to a three-goal loss Wednesday evening, 13-10. The defeat dropped Harvard to 4-3 overall this season, while a 16-10 win over Brown in Cambridge on Mar. 15 gives it a 1-0 mark in Ivy games. Will Walker leads the team with 13 goals and Peter Schwartz is tops in scoring with 18 points. They are just two players who help the Crimson rank third in the conference in scoring at 11.43 goals per game. Junior Jake Gambitsky is the go-to goalkeeper and boasts a 10.04 goals-against average to go along with a .531 save percentage. As a team, Harvard’s trio of goalies is second in the Ivy League with 11.57 saves per contest.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE CRIMSON
Saturday will mark the 85th all-time meeting between the two Ancient Eight rivals dating back to 1926. In those previous contests, Harvard owns a 46-37-1 advantage, including wins in each of the last two seasons. The Crimson came to Hanover on Mar. 23, 2013 and edged the Big Green, 9-6, in the most recent match-up.
OPENING IVY PLAY
Dartmouth will begin its Ivy schedule Saturday in Cambridge. The Green and White are the only team without a conference game under their belt at this point. Cornell, Princeton and Harvard are all 1-0, while Penn, Yale and Brown have all dropped their first Ivy contest.
With 11 caused turnovers on Tuesday at Penn State, Dartmouth continues to lead all Ivies in the category. Forcing opponents into a league-best 9.75 turnovers per game this season, the Green sit alone at the top. Yale’s 8.60 rank second with Cornell’s 8.57 a close third.
ON THE ROAD… AGAIN
Dartmouth continues its early-season road stretch with its third true road game of 2014 on Saturday. All six other conference foes have played at least two home games to this point with Princeton and Cornell having hosted four already.
The Big Green outshot the Nittany Lions, 39-30, Tuesday. In the previous game against Sacred Heart on Mar. 1 in Dallas, Dartmouth had 50 shot attempts, the program’s most in nearly three full years. So far this season, the Green are averaging 37.25 attempts per game, fourth best in the league.
Senior Mike Olentine once again was the Big Green’s leader in scoring on Tuesday afternoon. Olentine recorded a team-best two goals, marking his third straight outing with a pair of tallies. He currently leads in goals (6) and points (8), while his two assists are second only to KC Beard’s three.
ANOTHER FOR OSBORNE
After scoring the first three goals of his career at SMU against Sacred Heart, freshman Wiley Osborne added another goal against PSU. His fourth of the year came as the Big Green tried to mount an early fourth-quarter comeback against the Nittany Lions. He found the back of the net 1:54 into the final frame.
ONE AND ONE
Beard was the lone Dartmouth player to register a goal and an assist in central Pennsylvania earlier in the week. The sophomore scored 1:29 into the game, before setting up Olentine’s goal with 2:40 left in the opening half.
The Big Green will have a bit of a break before returning to action on Saturday, Mar. 29. Dartmouth will play host to Cornell in its 2014 home opener at Sculley-Fahey Field with game time set for 1 p.m.