Dartmouth Big Green (3-9, 1-4 Ivy League) at
Holy Cross Crusaders (6-8, 2-4 Patriot League)
Tuesday, April 23 – 4:00 p.m.
Worcester, Mass. – Holy Cross Field
Dartmouth heads to the Bay State for its final road game of the 2013 regular season to square off with Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon. The game against the Crusaders closes the non-conference slate as the Big Green are 2-5 outside of the Ivy League this season. The Green and White are 0-1 against the Patriot League this year, falling, 13-10, to Colgate in the season opener. Away from Scully-Fahey Field in 2013, the Big Green are 0-6 while being outscored, 73-35. The last road win came against Vermont on April 24 of last season.
Scouting the Crusaders
After a 5-4 start, Holy Cross has dropped four of its last five. During their current three game losing streak the Crusaders have been outscored, 36-22. At home in 2013, Holy Cross is 1-4 with its lone win coming against Hartford on Feb. 23. Tuesday’s game is the home finale for the Crusaders and they have lost three of their last four final home games dating back to 2009. The Crusaders are led offensively by James Kennedy and Clay Haarmann. Kennedy leads the team in points (36), assists (16) and game-winning goals (3), while Haarmann has netted a team-high 25 goals. n and Terry McKenna are offensive threats as each has tallied over 20 goals this year. Michael Ortlieb has seen a majority of the action between the pipes this season, making 113 saves with a save percentage of .518 and a goals-against average of 10.85.
All-Time Series Record
This week’s matchup between the Crusaders and the Big Green will be the 32nd in the series history. The non-conference rivals first met back in 1960 and have played annually since 2006. Dartmouth owns a 30-1 edge, having won two straight. Holy Cross snapped Dartmouth’s 28 game win streak in the series with a 13-8 win in Hanover in March of 2010.
Last Time Out
The Big Green dropped their second straight Ivy League road game, falling, 11-2, to Penn at Franklin Field. Freshman KC Beard opened the scoring with 6:21 remaining in the first quarter as he converted a pass from sophomore Adam Fishman. Beard’s tally was his third of the season and the lone marker in the opening 15 minutes. The Quakers responded with six consecutive goals in the second and third quarters to hold a 6-1 edge heading into the final quarter. After brought Dartmouth within four with a goal, Penn ended the game with a five-goal surge.
Sophomore Adam Hull, senior quad-captain Chris Costabile and senior goaltender Bernie Susskind have each received Ivy League recognition in 2013. All three were named to the weekly honor roll earlier this season.
Player of the Week
Last week, junior Mike Olentine became the first member of the Big Green to earn Player of the Week honors since Fergus Campbell in March of 2011. In two games last week, the Princeton, N.J., native scored five goals and scooped a pair of groundballs. In the weekend finale, Olentine had arguably the best performance of his career netting his second career hat trick, leading Dartmouth to a 10-9 come-from-behind win against No. 9/10 Princeton. All three of his markers were unassisted and came in the first half as the Big Green snapped a six game losing streak.
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 20 of the team’s 92 goals and dished out 24 of the team’s 53 assists. Hession is also 105-231 on faceoffs.
The Big Green have scored at least one man up goal in 10 of the 12 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. In their last contest, Dartmouth went 1-5 when a man up as KC Beard netted a man up marker to open the scoring.
Four different players have tallied hat tricks this season for the Green and White. Nikki Dysenchuk opened the season with a three-goal effort against Colgate and Jake Weil netted his first career multi-goal game and hat trick against Hofstra on Mar. 26. Chris Costabile earned his fourth career hat trick, with a trio of tallies against Yale. Most recently, Olentine potted three against the Tigers. 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 12 contests during the 2013 campaign making 132 saves with a save percentage of .518 and a goals-against average of 10.56. The Highland Beach, Fla., native made a career-high 18 saves against No. 14 North Carolina on March 18.
The class of 2016 has made a big impact combining to score 16 goals and add nine assists. Cam Lee has scored seven goals in eight games, while Beard has three goals and seven 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 Crusaders, the Big Green return to Hanover for their final game of the year against Ivy League foe Brown on April 27 at 6 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 10-8 defeat last season in Providence. The Bears have won five straight in the all-time series.