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Men's Lacrosse Looks to End Streak with Win at Hofstra

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By John and Matt Risley

Tuesday: Dartmouth (2-5, 0-2 Ivy) at Hofstra (4-5, 1-2 CAA)
Hempstead, N.Y.
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Series Record: Hofstra leads, 5-1

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Game Notes

HANOVER, N.H. —Dartmouth made a late charge in the game against fourth-ranked Cornell on Saturday, outscoring the Big Red 4-1 in the final 19 minutes, but came up short in the 7-5 loss.

Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) led the Big Green with three goals for his first hat trick of the season.
Dartmouth enters the game at Hofstra with a 2-5 record overall and a 0-2 mark in the conference. After starting the season 2-0, the Big Green have dropped five straight with three of the losses coming against ranked opponents. Dartmouth is 1-3 on the road this season.

Through six games, the team has five players with double-digit points, 14 who have recorded a point and nine 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.) and Dysenchuk are tied for second with 13 points. Costabile has 12 goals and one assist, and Dysenchuk has seven goals and six assists. Sophomore Mike Olentine (Princeton, N.J.) is fourth with 12 points on six goals and six assists. Sophomore Brendan Rotanz (Westport, Conn.) is fifth with nine goals and one assist for 10 points. 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 seven games for Dartmouth this season. He has an 11.63 goals against average, a 2-5 record, 69 saves and a .473 save percentage in 397:18 minutes.

The team is averaging 9.14 goals per game, while allowing 11.86 goals against. The Big Green take 34.1 shots per game and grab 27.86 ground balls per game. The team is 7-for-30 in man-up situations for a conversion rate of 23.3 percent.

Through seven regular season games, the Big Green have two players who have scored in each game. Dysenchuk leads the duo with 13 points on seven goals and six assists. He has had a season-high three points twice.

Rotanz is the other member of the group, totaling 10 points. He has registered a goal in each game and had two goals against Bellarmine and Harvard.

With his eight saves against the Big Red, Campbell moved to eighth on the Big Green’s all-time saves list with 444. He passed Andrew Dance ’99 who ended his career with 440. Andrew Goldstein ’05 is seventh all-time with 451 saves. Mitch Whiteley ’73 holds the all-time record with 673.

Dysenchuk recorded his first hat trick of the season on Saturday against Cornell. All three of his goals came in the second half with two coming in the final four minutes of the third quarter.

It marked the fifth time this season a Dartmouth player has had a hat trick. Tunney and Costabile both had one against Sacred Heart, Olentine had one against Bellarmine and Dooley had one in the loss at Harvard.

Without a point in the loss against Cornell, Tunney fell in the national rankings, but stayed in the top 15 in the country in assists. The senior is averaging 2.0 assists per game, which puts him 12th in the nation. Steele Stanwick of Virginia leads the country at 3.3 assists per game.

The Big Green’s loss on Saturday was the third against a ranked opponent this season. All three of the losses (Duke, North Carolina and Cornell) came against teams currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation. In all, more than half (four) of Dartmouth’s games this year have come against teams ranked in the top 20 in both national polls.

The lone victory over a ranked team came at the start of the season when the Big Green defeated Colgate, 9-6. The Raiders are currently ranked 16th and 17th in the national polls.

Hofstra enters Tuesday’s game with a 4-5 record overall and are 1-2 in the CAA. On Saturday, the Pride lost at home to Towson, 10-9, in double overtime. Hofstra held a 7-3 lead entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored, 6-2, in the final frame to force overtime.

Junior Adrian Sorichetti leads the team with 31 points on 20 goals and 11 assists. Sophomore Lance Yapor is second with 14 goals and five assists for 19 points. Senior Mike DeNapoli is third with 11 points on eight goals and three assists.

Senior Andrew Gvozden has started all nine games for Hofstra. In 556:24 minutes, he has a 7.98 goals against average, 97 saves, a .567 save percentage and a 4-5 record.

The Pride average 8.78 goals per game, while allowing 8.22 goals against. The team takes 29.6 shots per game, and is 9-for-27 in man-up situations for a 33.3 percent conversion rate.
Tuesday marks the seventh meeting between the two schools, but the first since 1979. The Pride lead the all-time series, 5-1. The two teams first met on March 31, 1953, with Dartmouth winning at Hofstra, 6-4. The squads played four games from 1954-57 with the Pride winning each contest. After a 22-year break, Dartmouth once again traveled to Hofstra in 1979 with the Pride winning 12-10. It has been 33 years since the two schools played each other.