Hartford Hawks (4-5, 1-1 America East) at
Dartmouth Big Green (2-7, 0-3 Ivy League)
Tuesday, April 9 – 3:00 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Scully-Fahey Field
Dartmouth returns to Hanover after facing three consecutive ranked opponents on the road. On the trip, the Big Green lost a pair of two goal games sandwiched around a lopsided defeat against Cornell. At Scully-Fahey Field in 2013, the Green and White are 2-2 and have won two straight non-conference home games heading into Tuesday’s contest with Hartford.
Scouting the Hawks
It’s been a season of ups and downs for Hartford. After opening the year with three straight losses, the Hawks won their next three. Over the last three games they are 1-2 while being outscored, 51-37. Goals have been a plenty in Hartford’s games as they average 10.00 a tilt and surrender 13.67. Offensively, Andrew Cacchio leads the team with 16 goals, while Jack Bobzien has a team high 26 assists and 33 points. The Hawks boast a balanced offensive attack as four players have at least 10 goals. In net, Frank Piechota has started eight games stopping 96 shots with a goals-against average of 14.66 and a save percentage of .471.
All-Time Series Record
This week’s matchup between the Hawks and the Green and White will be the seventh in the series history. It will mark the first time since 2009 that the two squads have met. Dartmouth has won all six of the matchups, while outscoring Hartford, 34-15, in Hanover.
Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped their third straight Ivy contest and fifth straight overall last week, falling, 7-5, at Yale. The game was the third straight against a ranked opponent for the Green and White. Trailing, 3-2, after the first 15 minutes, Dartmouth responded with three unanswered tallies throughout the second quarter and first 14 minutes of the third quarter to take a 5-3 lead. Yale ended the game netting four straight markers, thanks in part to a natural hat trick from Colin Flaherty to escape with its third straight triumph.
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 (12) and Costabile has netted a team-best 17 goals. Senior quad-captain Nikki Dysenchuk has chipped in 10 markers, while Jake Weil has seven goals and junior Brendan Rotanz has found the back of the net six times. The game against Cornell on March 30 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 16 of the team’s 73 goals and dished out 22 of the team’s 45 assists. Hession is also 81-176 on faceoffs.
The Big Green have scored at least one man up goal in eight of the nine games this season. Dartmouth has scored two or more man-up markers four times this season, with the biggest outburst coming in a 3-for-5 effort against No. 15 Hofstra.
Three different players have tallied hat tricks this season for the Green and White. Nikki Dysenchuk opened the season with a three-goal effort against No. 10 Colgate and Jake Weil netted his first career multi-goal game and hat trick against the Pride on Mar. 26. Most recently, Chris Costabile earned his fourth career hat trick, with a trio of tallies against Yale. All of the hat tricks for the Big Green this season have come against top-20 teams.
Between the Pipes
Senior Bernie Susskind has started all nine contests during the 2013 campaign making 94 saves with a save percentage of .492 and a goals-against average of 11.17. 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 13 goals and add six assists. Cam Lee has scored six goals in six games, while KC Beard has a goal and four assists. Jack Connolly and Billy Heidt have each added three markers.
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 Hawks the Big Green face yet another ranked opponent in Ivy League play as they welcome No. 9/10 Princeton to Scully-Fahey Field on April 13 at 1:00 p.m. The Big Green are looking to avenge a 21-6 defeat a year ago at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.