Dartmouth Big Green (2-6, 0-2 Ivy League) at
No. 16 Yale Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2 Ivy League)
Saturday, April 6 – 2:30 p.m.
New Haven, Conn. – Reese Stadium
End of the Road
Dartmouth heads to New Haven, wrapping up its three-stop road trip this weekend in search of its first win outside of Hanover this season. The Big Green are 0-4 away from home in 2013. 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 5-17 outside the Upper Valley.
Scouting the Bulldogs
After losing back-to-back games to open its Ivy League slate, Yale has won two straight games, outscoring its opponents, 20-12. Saturday’s matchup is the second of four consecutive home tilts for the Bulldogs. At Reese Stadium this year Yale is 2-1, with the lone setback coming against No. 2 Cornell on March 16. Offensively, Yale is led by reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Brandon Mangan. Mangan leads the team in goals (21), assists (16) and points (37). Other offensive weapons for the Bulldogs are Conrad Oberbeck (20 goals) and Kirby Zdrill (17 goals). The trio have combined for 58 of the team’s 89 goals. In net, Eric Natale has started all eight games recording 73 saves with a goals-against average of 8.16 and a save percentage of .529.
Against Yale Last Season
Dartmouth lost, 13-11, to Yale at Scully-Fahey Field in 2012. The win was the third straight for the Bulldogs against the Big Green. Nikki Dysenchuk netted a hat trick for Dartmouth and the duo of Brendan Rotanz and Mike Olentine each scored a pair of goals in a losing effort, while Oberbeck scored a pair of goals and Mangan tallied a marker and dished out an assist for Yale.
All-Time Series Record
This weekend’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Green and White will be the 83rd in the series history, with Yale holding a 48-34 edge. The Ivy League rivals first played in 1927, and have met annually since then, taking a hiatus from 43-46 due to World War I. The Big Green have had some recent success, winning six of the last 10 contests.
Last Time Out
In their first Ivy League road game of 2013, the Big Green fell to No. 3 Cornell, 21-5, at Schoellkopf Field. For the third straight season, Dartmouth fell to the Big Red. Dartmouth produced a season-low five goals and two assists in the matchup, as Cornell scored nine unanswered goals to pull away in the second half.
Rank and File
Against ranked opponents the last two seasons Dartmouth is 1-8. The lone win came against No. 19 Colgate on Feb. 25, 2012. After the win in Hamilton, the Green and White lost eight straight to ranked opponents, while being outscored, 119-59. The game with Yale marks the third consecutive game against a top-20 team for the Big Green.
Sophomore Adam Hull and senior quad-captain Chris Costabile are the lone members of the Big Green to receive Ivy League recognition in 2013, both were named to the weekly honor roll earlier this season. Hull leads the team in assists (11) and Costabile has netted a team-best 14 goals. Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk has chipped in 10 markers, while junior Brendan Rotanz and Jake Weil each have six goals. The game against Cornell last weekend marked the first time all year a single player didn’t register more than one goal.
Led by Adam Fishman and Adam Hull, the Class of 2015 is proving the old adage of sophomore slumps wrong. Fishman, Hull, Phil Hession, Patrick Campbell, Robert Osgood, Jake Becker and Jake Weil have scored 15 of the team’s 68 goals and dished out 21 of the team’s 42 assists. Hession is also 74-160 on faceoffs.
For the first time during the 2013 slate, Dartmouth didn’t tally a man-up goal against the Big Red. The Big Green went 0-for-4. This season the Green and White are 12-32 (.375) when a man up.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all eight contests during the 2013 campaign making 83 saves with a save percentage of .480 and a goals-against average of 11.71. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against the Tar Heels on March 18.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact combining to score 12 goals and add four assists. Cam Lee has scored six goals in five games, while KC Beard has a goal and 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 Bulldogs the Big Green return to Scully-Fahey Field to face Hartford in non-conference action on April 9 at 3:00 p.m. The two squads meet for the first time since 2009, and Dartmouth enters the contest leading the all-time series, 6-0.