Big Green Head to the Empire State for Tilt with Hofstra
Dartmouth Big Green (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League) at
Hofstra Pride (5-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association)
Tuesday, March 26 - 4 p.m.
On the Road Again…
Dartmouth heads to Hempstead in search of its first road win of the season. The Big Green are 0-2 away from Hanover this season. Dropping a neutral site game 10-9 to Georgetown in Dallas and falling at North Carolina, 13-5, last week. The last road victory for head coach Andrew Towers’ team came against Vermont on April 24 of last year. Over the past three seasons, the Green and White are 5-15 outside the Upper Valley.
Scouting the Pride
After winning four straight games in late-February and early March, Hofstra has lost back-to-back one-goal contests. Last time out, the Pride lost a triple overtime thriller to Drexel at home. Offensively, Hofstra is led by Torin Varn who has a team-best 20 goals and Sam Llinares who leads the team in assists (10) and points (23). The duo have produced 31 of the squad’s 77 goals. In net, Chris Selva has started all eight games recording 85 saves with a goals-against average of 6.51 and a save percentage of .616.
Against the Pride Last Season
Dartmouth lost, 9-5, to Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium. The Pride jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Chris Costabile scored a pair of goals for the Big Green, while Lance Yapor netted three markers for Hofstra.
Tuesday’s matchup between the Pride and the Big Green will be the eighth in the series history, with Hofstra holding a 6-1 advantage. The rivalry started back in 1953, but this year’s game marks just the second time the teams have met since 1979. After Dartmouth won the inaugural meeting, Hofstra has won six in a row. All seven of the games have taken place in New York.
Last Time Out
In their Ivy League opener, the Big Green fell to Harvard, 9-6, at Scully-Fahey Field. For the second straight season, Dartmouth dropped its initial Ivy League game. After a low scoring first half, the two squads exploded for 10 goals in the final 30 minutes. Harvard thwarted Dartmouth’s second half rally answering each goal the Big Green tallied with a marker of its own.
Sophomore 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 earlier this season. The Saint James, N.Y., native leads the team in assists (10). Senior quad-captain Chris Costabile has netted a team-best 11 goals, while classmate Nikki Dysenchuk has eight markers. After being shutout in the season opener, Costabile has scored at least two goals in five straight games for the Big Green, while junior Brendan Rotanz has scored two goals in four consecutive contests.
A Tale of Two Halves
Through the first five games this season, the Big Green have been outscored, 26-17, in the first half and outscored opponents, 37-36, 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.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all six contests during the 2013 campaign making 67 saves with a save percentage of .519 and a goals-against average of 10.44. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against the Tar Heels last week 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 Pride, the Big Green head to Ithaca, N.Y. to face Cornell in Ivy League action at Schoellkopf Field on March 30 at 1:00 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 7-5 loss to the Big Red a year ago.