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Men's Lacrosse Returns Home to Face 4th-Ranked Cornell

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Release: 03/30/2012
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Saturday: #4/5 Cornell (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) at Dartmouth (2-4, 0-1 Ivy)
Location:
Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m.
Series Record: Cornell leads, 46-15-0

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Game Notes


HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth opened the Ivy League portion of its schedule on Saturday at Harvard. The Crimson used a strong first and third quarter to secure the 15-10 victory.
    
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters its first home Ivy League game of the season on Saturday with a 2-4 record overall and an 0-1 mark in the conference. After starting the season 2-0, the Big Green have dropped four straight with two of the losses coming against ranked opponents. Dartmouth is 1-1 at Scully-Fahey Field this season.

Through five games, the team has four players with double-digit points, 14 who have recorded a point and eight with a goal and an assist. Senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) leads the team in points with 23 on nine goals and 14 assists. Junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) is second with 13 points on 12 goals and one assist. Sophomore Mike Olentine (Princeton, N.J.) is third with 11 points on six goals and five assists. Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) has 10 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 eight points. Rotanz has eight goals and Delaney has seven goals and one assist. Adam Hull (Saint James, N.Y.) leads the freshman class with two points on two goals.

Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) has started all six games for Dartmouth this season. He has a 12.45 goals against average, a 2-4 record, 61 saves and a .466 save percentage in 337:18 minutes.

The team is averaging 9.83 goals per game, while allowing 12.67 goals against. The Big Green take 35.8 shots per game and grab 28.00 ground balls per game. The team is 6-for-25 in man-up situations for a conversion rate of 24.0 percent.

EVERY-GAME SCORERS
Through six regular season games, the Big Green have two players who have scored in each game. Dysenchuk leads the duo with nine points and had a season high three points on a goal and two assists in the loss at Duke.

Rotanz is the other member of the group, totaling eight points. He has registered a goal in each game and had two goals against Bellarmine and Harvard.

The Big Green have four players who have scored in all but one game. Sophomore Patrick Resch (Flourtown, Pa.), Tunney, Delaney and Costabile have each scored a point in five out of six games.

TUNNEY'S ASSISTS & POINTS
Tunney continues to be one of the top performers in the nation in assists and points. The senior is averaging 2.33 assists per game, which puts him eighth in the nation. Steele Stanwick of Virginia leads the country at 3.11 assists per game.

Tunney slipped to 21st in the nation in points per game at 3.83. Peter Baum of Colgate leads the country at 5.44.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Campbell did something rarely seen on the lacrosse field on Saturday for the Big Green. Late in the third quarter, Campbell made a long pass to Delaney who turned and scored his seventh goal of the season. The score gave Campbell his first assist of the season and the first assist and point of his career in his 40th career game.

CAMPBELL'S SAVES
With his 12 saves against the Crimson, Campbell improved his career total to 436 saves. He is now only four saves behind Andrew Dance '99 (440) for eighth on the program's all-time saves list. Mitch Whiteley '73 holds the all-time record with 673.

GROUND BALLS
With his 19 ground balls last week in three games, senior Alex Del Balso (Huntington, N.Y.) improved his ground balls per game average to 5.50. Entering the week, he is 15th in the country. Kevin Massa of Bryant leads the nation at 8.14 ground balls per game.
    
HAT TRICK
Senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the team in goals and points at Harvard on Saturday. He had a hat trick and an assist in the 15-10 loss. It was only his second game back after getting injured against Colgate in the first game of the year.

Dooley made his return from injury on March 21 against the Tar Heels. Dooley tallied two goals in the loss.

NEW ADDITION TO STAFF
Dartmouth added John Keysor as a volunteer assistant coach last week. He will be helping with the defensive scheme and be in control of the box during game days.

Keysor was a four-year letterwinner at Hofstra, playing midfielder from 2003-06. In his four years there, he tallied 69 goals and 55 assists for 124 points.

ALUMNI DAY
The Dartmouth Big Green will once again host its annual Alumni Day. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21, as the Big Green face Ivy League rival Penn.

All Alumni and Friends are welcome to join the Dartmouth Big Green who will be playing their final Ivy League home game of the season. We will be honoring the All-Americans, All-Ivy and captains from the 1970’s during a special halftime ceremony.

SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell enters the weekend ranked fourth in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and fifth in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Big Red have a 6-1 record overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League. Last weekend, the team defeated Penn at home, 16-11. Cornell’s only loss came against Virginia on March 10.

Steve Mock leads the team in points with 22 on 16 goals and six assists. Matt Donovan is second with 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points. Connor English is third with 17 points on 12 goals and five assists.

Andrew West has started six of the seven games for Cornell. In 363:30 minutes, he has a 7.76 goals against average, 54 saves, a .535 save percentage and a 5-1 record.

The Big Red average 13.46 goals per game, while allowing 8.22 goals against. The team takes 42.3 shots per game, and is 12-for-25 in man-up situations for a 48.0 percent conversion rate.
   
SERIES HISTORY
Saturday’s game will be the 62nd meeting between the two schools with the Big Red leading the all-time series, 46-15. The teams first met in 1946 at Cornell with the Big Red winning 8-7. Cornell has won 14 of the last 15 meeting, but Dartmouth upset sixth-ranked Cornell in 2010 at Gillette Stadium. The teams last played in Hanover on April 11, 2009. Dartmouth last won at home against the Big Red in 1997.

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