Men's Lacrosse Opens Ivy Season at Harvard on Saturday
Saturday: Dartmouth (2-3, 0-0 Ivy) at Harvard (3-3, 1-0 Ivy)
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Series Record: Harvard leads, 44-36-1
HANOVER, N.H. — The Big Green lost at 14th-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday, 13-10. Senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) led the Big Green with two goals and four assists.
Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) kept the game within reach for Dartmouth with 15 saves and five ground balls. The 15 saves tied a season high for Campbell.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters its first Ivy League game of the season on Saturday with a 2-3 record overall. After starting the season 2-0, the Big Green have dropped three straight with two of the losses coming against ranked opponents. Dartmouth is 1-2 on the road this year.
Through four games, the team has three players with double-digit points, 13 who have recorded a point and seven with a goal and an assist. Tunney leads the team in points with 22 on eight goals and 14 assists. Junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) is second with 12 points on 11 goals and one assist. Sophomore Mike Olentine (Princeton, N.J.) is third with 11 points on six goals and five assists. Junior Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) has nine points on four goals and six assists for fourth. Sophomore Brendan Rotanz (Westport, Conn.) and senior Colin Delaney (Darien, Conn.) are tied for fifth with six points. Rotanz has six goals and Delaney has five goals and one assist. Adam Hull (Saint James, N.Y.) leads the freshman class with two points on two goals.
Campbell has started all five games for Dartmouth this season. He has an 11.90 goals against average, a 2-3 record, 49 saves and a .471 save percentage in 277:18 minutes.
The team is averaging 9.80 goals per game, while allowing 12.20 goals against. The Big Green take 35.8 shots per game and grab 29.20 ground balls per game. The team is 6-for-21 in man-up situations for a conversion rate of 28.6 percent.
Through five regular season games, the Big Green have two players who have scored in each game. Dysenchuk leads the group with nine points with his season high (three points on a goal and two assists) in the loss at Duke.
Rotanz is the other member of the group with six points. He has registered a goal in each game with a two-goal performance against Bellarmine.
With his 15 saves against the Tar Heels on Wednesday, Campbell moved to ninth on the Big Green’s all-time saves list after passing Peter Harter ’70 (415).
The senior now has 424 in his career and 16 saves behind Andrew Dance ’99 (440) for eighth. Mitch Whiteley ’73 holds the all-time record with 673.
TUNNEY’S ASSISTS & POINTS
Tunney totaled three assists in a game for the third time this season in the loss at North Carolina. He had two goals and four assists on Wednesday.
The attackman entered the week fourth in the country in assists per game at 2.5. Steele Stanwick of Virginia leads the nation at 3.13.
Tunney is 15th in the nation in points per game at 4.0. Tucker Hull of Navy leads the country with 5.71 assists per game.
Dartmouth freshman Jake Weil (Katonah, N.Y.) registered his first collegiate point on Wednesday when he scored a goal with 55 seconds left in the second quarter against UNC. He is the third Big Green rookie to tally a point after Hull and Adam Fishman (Phoenix, Ariz.).
RETURNING FROM INJURY
After getting injured in the first quarter at Colgate to start the season, senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) played his second game of the season on Wednesday against the Tar Heels. Dooley returned with two goals in the loss.
Dooley led the team in assists (19) and points (33) last season, after scoring in each of the Big Green’s 14 games in 2011.
For the first time this season, Dartmouth won more faceoffs than the opposition on Wednesday. The Big Green won 15 compared to 12 for the Tar Heels.
Senior Alex Del Balso (Huntington, N.Y.) won all 15 for the Big Green. It was the most faceoffs won by a single Dartmouth player since Del Balso won 16 in the overtime loss to Brown to end last season on April 30, 2011.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters the weekend with a 3-3 record and a 1-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson are receiving votes in both national polls and ended their three-game losing streak with an overtime victory over Brown on March 17.
Senior Jeff Cohen leads the team in points with 26 on 23 goals and three assists. Sophomore Daniel Eipp is second with 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. Senior Kevin Vaughan is third with 14 points on six goals and eight assists.
Junior Harry Krieger has started four of the six games for Harvard. In 234:42 minutes, he has a 7.41 goals against average, 37 saves, a .561 save percentage and a 2-2 record.
The Crimson average 9.83 goals per game, while allowing 8.46 goals against. The team takes 21.5 shots per game, and is 7-for-26 in man-up situations for a 26.9 percent conversion rate.
The two teams will meet for the 83rd time on Saturday with the Crimson leading the series, 44-37-1. The teams first met in 1926 at Harvard with the Crimson winning, 16-4. Dartmouth won last year’s contest, 9-8, with Dysenchuk scoring the game-winning goal as time expired. The Big Green last won at Harvard on May 3, 2008.