By: Justin Lafleur
HANOVER, N.H. — Following a strong 10-save performance in Saturday’s season-opening win at Merrimack, Dartmouth men’s lacrosse freshman Sam Cooper was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Cooper stopped four-of-six shots sent his way in the fourth quarter to help the Big Green turn an 8-7 deficit after three quarters into an 11-10 victory.
Cooper becomes Dartmouth’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Colin McGill won the award last Mar. 21.
After allowing two goals in the game’s first 56 seconds, Cooper and the Dartmouth defense allowed just eight the rest of the way. The 10 goals allowed tied for the fewest Merrimack has scored this season. Cooper also collected two groundballs.
Congratulations to Sam Cooper, who was named @IvyLeague Rookie of the Week today following his first collegiate game! He made 10 saves in Saturday’s big 11-10 win at Merrimack.
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— Dartmouth Men’s Lacrosse (@DartmouthMLax) February 20, 2023
The victory was over a Merrimack team that was 3-0 (one of just three 3-0 teams in the nation entering the day) and receiving votes in the national Inside Lacrosse/Media Poll.
The Big Green will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday when they travel to Holy Cross to face the Crusaders. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.