Dartmouth Big Green (1-6, 0-3 Ivy) vs.
Hartford Hawks (4-7, 0-2 America East)
▶ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 ▶ 4 PM ▶ West Hartford, Conn.
▶ The Yousuf Al-Marzook Athletic Field (2,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 6-1-0 (8th All-Time Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting:  April 9, 2013 / L, 8-7 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 0-1

The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will travel to Hartford for a Tuesday afternoon non-conference matinee. The Big Green and Hawks will meet at 4 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field.

The Big Green fell, 16-10, Saturday afternoon to visiting Yale at Scully-Fahey Field. Despite the score, the home team battled back several times in the late stages to make the score close. For every strong surge by Dartmouth, however, Yale seemed to have an answer, holding on for the six-goal victory.

Like the Big Green, the Hawks enter Tuesday’s affair having lost their last four outings. The most recent of those losses came Sunday afternoon at home to Albany, 15-11.  Hartford is 4-7 overall and 0-2 in America East play to this point and has struggled mightily at home with a 1-5 mark as compared to its 3-2 record in road contests. Sophomore Kevin O’Shea leads the team in goals (26) and points (36), while sharing the lead in assists with Conner Yatauro as both have 10 helpers. Goalkeeping duties have fallen on Frank Piechota as the redshirt senior has started all 11 games and played in 99 percent of the action. In those 668 minutes of play, Piechota has put together a 9.97 goals against average and a save percentage of .476.

Tuesday’s meeting with Hartford will mark just the eighth between the two programs all-time. All seven previous contests have come since 1999 with Dartmouth winning the first six. In last season’s match-up, Hartford escaped Hanover with an 8-7 win as Garrett Dollard’s man-up goal with 15 seconds remaining gave the visitors the victory.

Date               Home/Away    Result
4/3/99             Away                W, 18-12
3/30/02           Home               W, 8-7 (OT)
3/29/03           at Trinity           W, 10-6
3/9/04             Home               W, 16-2
2/23/08           Home               W, 10-6
2/21/09           Away                W, 11-10 (OT)
4/9/13             Home               L, 8-7

For the first time in five years, a Dartmouth player was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Freshman Jack McCormick was tabbed as the conference’s top first-year player after recording career highs with two goals, two assists and four points Saturday against the Bulldogs. The last Big Green player to earn the honor was Fergus Campbell on March 30, 2009.

Eight different players recorded goals against the Bulldogs, matching the team’s highest single-game output of 2014. Leading the way was McCormick and KC Beard who each had a pair of tallies in the win. Mike Olentine, Patrick Resch, Cam Lee, Billy Heidt, Adam Philie and Brendan Rotanz all adedd one markers in the loss. Dartmouth also had eight different goal scorers in the 14-10 win against Sacred Heart in Dallas on March 1.

Head coach Andy Towers is now in his fifth season as the bench boss of the Big Green. Prior to his stint as a Dartmouth assistant from 2005-09 and head coach from 2010 on, Towers served as the Hartford head coach for the 2004 campaign.

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Dartmouth will travel to Princeton this weekend for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Tigers at 1 p.m.