By: Justin Lafleur
Dartmouth (3-0, 0-0 Ivy League) at Hobart (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – 3 p.m.
Location: Geneva, N.Y. – Stiles Field at the Thomas B. Poole ’61 and Family Sports Dome
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 7-5
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Standing 3-0 for just the second time since 2006, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will try to keep its undefeated record alive on Tuesday when the Big Green travel to Hobart to face the Statesmen. Please note, the location of the game has been moved indoors to Stiles Field at the Thomas B. Poole ’61 and Family Sports Dome, due to the forecast for Tuesday afternoon, which features gusty winds. There will be no general admission for the game; only spectators allowed will be those on the teams’ pass lists.
The Big Green used a big fourth quarter on Saturday to beat visiting Siena, 11-8. The Saints used a 4-0 second-half run to pull even at seven, but Dartmouth answered with four of the final five goals, including the final three, to pull away. Freshman Emmett Paradine played a key role in the victory, having a hand in three straight Big Green goals in the fourth quarter at a crucial moment of the game. He finished with game and career highs in goals (4) and points (5) to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Dartmouth’s third straight Rookie of the Week to begin the season — Sam Cooper and Max LaTorre were the others after Merrimack and Holy Cross, respectively.
Another big story on Saturday was senior faceoff specialist Mitchell Myers, who won 19-of-23 draws with 11 groundballs. For the season, his 75.7 percentage leads the nation. Most impressive about his Saturday performance was that it came against Siena’s Dylan Pape, who entered the day winning 65.7 percent of his faceoffs.
Offensively, junior Nate Davis added two goals and an assist while sophomore Quinn Moore followed up his five-goal performance at Holy Cross with a goal and assist. Junior Ben DiGiovanni had a career game, recording career highs in groundballs (6) and caused turnovers (3) while senior Andrew Johnston recorded five groundballs and two caused turnovers as well.
Dartmouth is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and comes in at No. 7 in this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll. As a team, the Big Green currently stand top 10 nationally in winning percentage (first, 1.000), faceoff winning percentage (second, 74.7), scoring defense (third, 8.00), groundballs per game (fourth, 39.33), caused turnovers per game (fifth, 11.0) and clearing percentage (seventh, 93.7). Dartmouth is now one of just five unbeaten teams in Division I men’s lacrosse, along with Virginia, Notre Dame, Cornell and UMBC. The Big Green are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. Dartmouth is eyeing its first 4-0 start since 2003, which was the last time the Big Green won the Ivy League Title.
With a Win…
– Dartmouth would improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 (which was the Big Green’s last Ivy League Championship season).
– Dartmouth would improve to 8-5 all-time against Hobart.
– The Big Green would snap a two-game losing streak in the all-time series and beat the Statesmen for the first time since 1955.
– The Big Green would win their eighth nonleague game in their last 10 tries dating back to last season, and 11th in their last 15 tries dating back to 2020.
A member of the new Atlantic 10 men’s lacrosse conference, Hobart is coming off a 7-6 season which saw it advance to the NEC Championship Game where it lost to Saint Joseph’s, 14-7. This came after a dominant 21-5 win over Bryant in the semifinals.
So far this year, the Statesmen are 3-2, alternating wins and losses. Their wins have come over Canisius (20-14), Colgate (10-8) and Robert Morris (14-12) while falling at Lehigh (19-13) and against Cornell (17-8). Anthony Dattellas leads the offense in goals (15), assists (5) and points (20). He stands ninth nationally in goals per game (3.75) and 17th in points per contest (5.00). Bradley Simas (six goals, three assists) and Will Delano (five goals, four assists) are second in points with nine apiece. Adam Shea has won 55.5 percent of his faceoffs (66-of-119) with a team-high 40 groundballs, while Michael Christiansen leads the team with four caused turnovers. Loukas Sotiropoulos has started all five games between the pipes, recording a 14.25 goals against average and 48.1 save percentage.
All-Time Against The Statesmen
Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Hobart, 7-5. The teams last met on Mar. 23, 1996 at Hobart, a 14-9 Statesmen win. The teams have only played twice since 1955, both Hobart wins. The last Big Green victory was on Apr. 29, 1955 via an 11-5 final. The teams first met on May 23, 1929, a 13-6 Hobart victory. Dartmouth’s first win was on May 14, 1934, winning 10-3.
Paradine Becomes Dartmouth’s Third Straight Ivy Rookie of the Week
For the third time in as many weeks to begin the season, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team features the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. This time, it’s midfielder Emmett Paradine, who received the award on Monday, Mar. 6 following a four-goal, five-point effort in Saturday’s 11-8 win against Siena. Paradine follows Sam Cooper and Max LaTorre, who received the honor following the first two games of the season. Paradine’s points came at critical moments on Saturday, as the Big Green improved to 3-0 for just the second time since 2006.
Paradine had a hand in three straight fourth-quarter goals at a critical time. He scored his third goal of the game at 11:31 to give the Big Green an 8-7 lead. After Siena pulled even, Paradine assisted on Quinn Moore’s goal at the 6:10 mark (to make it 9-8) then scored his fourth, unassisted, at 5:26 to put Dartmouth ahead 10-8. Paradine also scored the first goal of the game, at 10:58 of the first, then gave the Big Green a 7-3 lead early in the third quarter.
LaTorre Named Rookie of the Week After Holy Cross Win
After goaltender Sam Cooper won Ivy League Rookie of the Week following the Merrimack win, defenseman Max LaTorre received the honor after a dominant performance at Holy Cross. LaTorre was an integral part of the Big Green defense, which shut-out the Crusaders in the first half, on the way to a 17-6 win — the program’s largest margin of victory since 2004 and largest margin of victory on the road since 1994. The Far Hills, N.J. native finished with two groundballs, a game-high three caused turnovers and his first-career point (an assist). The Big Green were leading 12-0 at the half and 17-4 in the final minute of play. LaTorre helped lead a defense that allowed just seven first-half shots (only three on goal), with only 24 total shots for the game (only 13 of which were on goal). Holy Cross turned the ball over 31 times for the game and didn’t score for the first 36:17 of the contest. LaTorre’s assist came on Colin McGill’s goal as the first quarter expired.
Individual, Team Recognition After Merrimack Win
Dartmouth beat Merrimack, 11-10, in its season opener on Feb. 18. The win came over a previously 3-0 team, as Merrimack, Syracuse and Navy were the only 3-0 teams in the nation entering the day (with all ironically falling on Saturday).
The victory got some local and national attention, with three individuals earning weekly honors.
– Freshman goaltender Sam Cooper was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making 10 saves, including four in the fourth quarter.
– Sophomore Colin McGill was named Dartmouth Athletics’ Male Athlete of the Week following his four-goal, two-assist performance.
– Senior Tommy Rogan was named to the USILA/Dynamic National Team of the Week as one of just 10 players in all of Division I recognized. He finished with two goals and three assists, and had a hand in all four of Dartmouth’s fourth-quarter goals to play a critical role in the victory.
– The Big Green were also listed on Quint Kessenich’s top 20 among the teams “pollsters have their eyes on.”
Dartmouth will be road warriors in 2023, with eight of its 12 games coming away from home. Five of the Big Green’s six nonleague contests will be on the road, with the exception of a Saturday, Mar. 4 matchup vs. Siena. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field.
Tuesday’s game can be seen on the Hobart Athletics website.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Big Green will have a lengthy break of games due to final exams. Dartmouth returns to action on Sunday, Mar. 19 at No. 15 North Carolina.