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Men's Lacrosse Prepared for Yale on Saturday

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By Doug Austin

Saturday: Yale (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) at Dartmouth (2-6, 0-2 Ivy)
Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Series Record: Yale leads, 47-34-0

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Game Notes

HANOVER, N.H. — The Big Green played a non-conference midweek game at Hofstra on Tuesday and lost, 9-5. Senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.) had three assists in the loss, and senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) had 12 saves.
Dartmouth returns home to Scully-Fahey Field with a 2-6 record overall and a 0-2 mark in the conference. After starting the season 2-0, the Big Green have dropped six straight with three of the losses coming against ranked opponents. Dartmouth is 1-2 at home this season.

Through eight games, the team has five players with double-digit points, 14 who have recorded a point and nine with a goal and an assist. Tunney leads the team in points with 26 on nine goals and 17 assists. Junior Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) is second with 15 points on 14 goals and one assist. Junior Nikki Dysenchuk (Darien, Conn.) is third with eight goals and six assists for 14 points. 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 10 goals and one assist for 11 points. Adam Hull (Saint James, N.Y.) leads the freshman class with two points on two goals.

Campbell has started all eight games for Dartmouth this season. He has an 11.28 goals against average, a 2-6 record, 81 saves and a .485 save percentage in 457:18 minutes.

The team is averaging 8.62 goals per game, while allowing 11.50 goals against. The Big Green take 34.0 shots per game and grab 27.13 ground balls per game. The team is 9-for-37 in man-up situations for a conversion rate of 24.3 percent.

Through eight regular season games, the Big Green have two players who have scored in each game. Dysenchuk leads the duo with 14 points on eight goals and six assists. He has had a season-high three points twice.

Rotanz is the other member of the group, totaling 11 points. He has registered a goal in each game and had two goals against Bellarmine and Harvard.

With his 12 saves against the Pride, Campbell moved to seventh on the Big Green’s all-time saves list with 456. He passed Andrew Goldstein ’05 who ended his career with 451 saves. Jeff Bennett ’75 is sixth all-time with 485 saves. Mitch Whiteley ’73 holds the all-time record with 673.

On the second of his three assists at Hofstra on Tuesday, Tunney recorded the 50th point of his career in just his 28th career game. In the 28 games, he has 24 goals and 27 assists. In his four years, he is averaging 1.82 points per game.

Costabile registered his 50th point earlier this season in the win over Sacred Heart. The junior now has 58 points on 47 goals and 11 assists.

Dysenchuk is just one point away from totaling the 50th of his career. The junior has 34 goals and 15 assists in 35 games.

The active career leader for Dartmouth is senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.). The midfielder has 42 goals and 37 assists for 79 points in 48 games.
Entering the week, Tunney was in the top 15 in the country in assists at 2.0 assists per game, which put him 12th in the nation. With his three assists at Hofstra, the senior improved his average to 2.13 assists per game. Steele Stanwick of Virginia leads the country at 3.3 assists per game.

Yale enters Saturday’s game with a 4-4 record overall and are 1-2 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs have played two games in the past week. The team won at home against Penn last Saturday, 10-9, and then won at Providence on Tuesday, 9-6. The two victories ended a four-game losing streak.

Senior Matt Gibson leads the team in points with 26 on 13 goals and 13 assists. Sophomore Brandon Mangan is second with 14 goals and six assists for 20 points. Freshman Conrad Oberbeck is third with 18 points on 14 goals and four assists.

Sophomore Jack Meyer has started the last five games for Yale.  In 330:35 minutes, he has an 8.17 goals against average, 43 saves, a .489 save percentage and a 2-4 record.

The Bulldogs average 10.75 goals per game, while allowing 8.43 goals against. The team takes 35.4 shots per game, and is 13-for-39 in man-up situations for a 33.3 percent conversion rate.
The two teams will meet for the 82nd time on Saturday with Yale leading the series, 47-34. They first met in Hanover on April 23, 1927 with the Bulldogs winning, 12-3. The Bulldogs won last years game at New Haven, 9-7. The Big Green won the last time the teams played at Scully-Fahey Field, 14-13 in overtime, on April 15, 2009.