No. 14 Yale and Big Green Set to Square-Off Saturday at 1 PM
Dartmouth Big Green (1-5, 0-2 Ivy) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2 Ivy)
▶ Saturday, April 5, 2014 ▶ 1 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Scully-Fahey Field (1,600)
▶ All-Time Series: 34-49-0 (84th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: April 6, 2013 / L, 7-5 (New Haven)
▶ Streak: 0-4
The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team is back in action on Saturday, April 5 at home against 14th-ranked Yale in a game set to begin at 1 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.
LAST TIME OUT
It will have been a week since the Big Green last took to the field for game action, falling at home to unbeaten and second-ranked Cornell, 19-4. The Big Red stormed out of the gate early and, despite a resilient effort from the home team, continued its winning ways as the only undefeated team in the nation.
The reigning Ivy League Tournament champions, the Bulldogs come to Hanover with a 5-3 overall record and the No. 14 ranking in both national polls this week. Despite the record and the national ranking, the team is just 1-2 in Ivy games this season with losses to Penn and at Cornell and a 16-15 win at home against Princeton. Conrad Oberbeck leads the team in both goals (20) and points (28) with Brandon Mangan second in all three major offensive statistical categories (13-11—24). Eric Natale has been the goalkeeper of record and has been in the circle for 97 percent of the action. In that time he has amassed a .536 save percentage and an 8.12 goals-against average.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Saturday will mark the 84th all-time meeting between the two Ancient Eight rivals dating back to 1927. Yale leads the series, 49-34-0, including wins in the last four seasons. Prior to the current stretch, Dartmouth had won six-of-seven match-ups from 2003 through 2009.
After five straight games on the road or in a neutral setting to start the season, the Big Green will play its second straight home contest. The affair with Cornell last week was the 2014 home opener; marking the latest such contest for the Green and White since the 2000 campaign began on Mar. 25.
FISHMAN PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
After missing the first five games of the season, junior Adam Fishman picked up where he left off in 2013. The Phoenix, Ariz., native scored two goals against the Big Red last week, the lone Dartmouth player with multiple markers in the loss. Fishman ended last year with goals in four straight games, a figure he stretched to five over the course of two seasons with his tallies against Cornell.
TWO IN THE CIRCLE
For just the third time this season, head coach Andy Towers used more than one goalkeeper in a game as both Blair Friedensohn and Ham Sonnenfeld saw time against the Big Red. Friedensohn started and played 24:02 before giving way to classmate Sonnenfeld for the final 35:58 of action. Both keepers had six saves in their time in the circle.
AT OR NEAR THE TOP
Dartmouth remains the best team in the Ivy League when it comes to forcing opponents into making mistakes. The team is averaging 9.0 caused turnovers per contest, the best among the seven Ivy programs so far this season. The Big Green are second when it comes to collecting ground balls, averaging 32.33 a contest, trailing only to Cornell. Helping that cause is Phil Hession’s 6.83 ground balls per game, another figure that ranks second among all players in the conference. Mike Olentine, who leads Dartmouth in scoring, also ranks ninth in the league with 6.17 shots per game.
AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE
With the win in Hanover, Cornell improved to 3-0 in league play and remains atop the standings. Harvard is second at 2-0 and the only other team without a blemish on its Ivy record. Brown is 1-1, while Yale, Penn and Princeton all have just a one-game lead on the Green and White.
WATCH IT LIVE
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans who have purchased a subscription to the league’s new online video streaming service will not only get all home games, but all Ivy League road contests as well.
The Big Green will have a short break before traveling to Hartford for a Tuesday afternoon match-up with the Hawks at 4 p.m. at Yousof Al_Marzook Athletic Field.