Dartmouth Hosts Harvard in Ivy League Opener
Harvard Crimson (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League) at
Dartmouth Big Green (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, March 23 - 1 p.m.
Dartmouth returns to Hanover to open its 2013 Ivy League slate, facing Harvard. In the Upper Valley the Big Green are riding a two game winning streak inside the friendly confines of Scully-Fahey Field. After dropping the home opener to No. 10 Colgate, the Green and White defeated regional rival Vermont, 13-8, and NEC-foe Robert Morris, 11-9.
Saturday’s matchup between the Crimson and the Big Green will be the 84th in the series history, with Harvard holding a 45-37-1 advantage. Dating back to 2009, Dartmouth has lost three of four to its southern rival. The lone win during that stretch came at home in 2011. Head coach Andy Towers is looking for his second career win against the Crimson and his team is looking to avenge a 15-10 loss a year ago in Cambridge.
Last Time Out
In their first true road game of the season, the Big Green fell for the 11th straight time to North Carolina as the Tar Heels scored a 13-5 win at Fetzger Field. Dartmouth entered halftime trailing 5-3, but UNC controlled the pace over the final 30 minutes and outscored the Big Green 8-2 in the third and fourth quarters.
On the Offensive
Sophomore midfielder Adam Hull became the first member of the Big Green to receive Ivy League recognition this season as he was named to the honor roll two weeks ago. The Saint James, N.Y., native leads the team in assists (10) and is tied for a team-high 13 points with senior Chris Costabile. Costabile has netted a team-best nine goals, while classmate Nikki Dysenchuk has eight markers. After being shutout in the season opener, Costabile has scored at least two goals in four straight games for the Big Green, while junior Brendan Rotanz has scored two goals in three consecutive contests.
A Tale of Two Halves
Through the first five games this season, the Big Green have been outscored, 23-15, in the first half and outscored opponents, 33-30, in the final 30 minutes of action. Both of Dartmouth’s wins have come when trailing by at least two goals at halftime. In both wins the Green and White scored just two goals in the opening half.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is coming off a 7-5 triumph against Bryant at home on Wednesday. In 2013, like the Big Green, the Crimson haven’t won back-to-back games. Every win has been followed by a loss and every loss has been followed by a win. Offensively, Harvard is led by Alex White who has a team-best 11 goals and Devin Dwyer who leads the team in assists (10) and points (20). The duo have produced 21 of the squad’s 51 goals. In net, Harry Krieger has started all six games recording 69 saves with a goals-against average of 8.67 and a save percentage of .570.
Against the Crimson Last Season
Dartmouth fell, 15-10, to Harvard at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Rotanz scored a pair of goals for the Big Green, while Daniel Eipp netted four markers for Harvard.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has played well in the first five contests during the 2013 campaign making 57 saves with a save percentage of .518 and a goals-against average of 10.73. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against the Tar Heels on Monday in just his fourth career start.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact early in the year combining to score 10 goals and add four assists. Cam Lee has scored four goals in three games and is fifth on the team with five points, while KC Beard is second on the team with three assists. Jack Connolly has added three markers and Billy Heidt has netted two tallies.
Youth on the Roster
Dartmouth has 13 freshmen on the roster to begin its 2013 campaign. The newcomers make up nearly 31% of the squad. The youth movement is a trend for the Big Green as they also have 10 sophomores on the team. The underclassmen outnumber the upperclassmen 23-19, and total 57.1% of their lineup.
The class of 2016 aren’t the only fresh faces on the sidelines for Dartmouth, as Towers added two new assistants in the offseason. Tim McIntee joins the staff after coaching at Manhattan for the past 15 years. McIntee is a 1989 graduate of LIU, where he received national recognition as a three-time All-American. Michael Bocklet will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator. Bocklet comes to Hanover after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. Bocklet is a 2007 graduate of Fairfield and he earned All-New England honors twice at attack.
What’s on Tap
Following the game with the Crimson, the Big Green head to Hempstead, N.Y. to face Hoftsra in midweek action at James M. Shuart Stadium on March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 9-5 road loss to the Pride a year ago.