By: Justin Lafleur
Dartmouth (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League) at #13 North Carolina (4-2, 1-0 ACC)
Dates: Sunday, March 19, 2023 – 12 p.m.
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dorrance Field
All-Time Series: North Carolina, 12-3
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Dartmouth (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League) at Hampton (2-4, 0-0 CAA)
Dates: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 – 3 p.m.
Location: Hampton, Va. – Armstrong Stadium
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Following 12 days without a game due to final exams, the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team will return to action on Sunday when the Big Green head to No. 13 North Carolina to face the Tar Heels. Opening faceoff is set for 12 p.m. on ACC Network. Dartmouth will then travel to Hampton two days later to face the Pirates at 3 p.m. Following their 20-16 win at Hobart on Mar. 7, the Big Green are one of just three undefeated teams in the nation and receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Last time out, Dartmouth erased a 7-1 second-quarter deficit to pull even at seven, then eight at the half. The Big Green wound up scoring 12 second-half goals and 19 over the final three quarters, scoring 20 for the first time since 2008 (a 21-12 win over Holy Cross on Mar. 25). Freshman Emmett Paradine was the story offensively, finishing with 10 points behind seven goals and three assists. He became the first rookie in the nation to record double-figure points in a game this season. After one goal and two assists in the first half, Paradine recorded six goals and an assist in the second, including one stretch of four goals in the span of 9:32 bridging the third and fourth quarters. He became the first Ivy League freshman to post double-figure points in a game since Cornell’s Jeff Teat in 2017.
With the Big Green’s first victory against the Statesmen since 1995, they also handed Hobart its first-ever loss in the Poole Family Sports Dome. The attention kept coming after the win, as Paradine was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. The Big Green have won the award each of the four weeks so far this season (Sam Cooper after the Merrimack win and Max LaTorre following the Holy Cross victory). Paradine was also named to the USILA National Team of the Week, becoming Dartmouth’s second honoree this season (along with Tommy Rogan following the season-opening win).
As a team, Dartmouth’s votes are increasing in the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Big Green are also No. 6 in this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll. Dartmouth came in at No. 20 in Quint Kessenich’s Top 20 and in the Lacrosse Network Poll.
Junior Colin McGill had five goals at Hobart, the third time in four games with 5+ points this season. Senior Mitchell Myers impressed, winning 21-of-39 faceoffs against a strong opponent in Hobart’s Adam Shea.
The Big Green, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2003, will be looking for a breakthrough win at UNC, which would be the program’s first win against the Tar Heels since 1954 (North Carolina has won 12 straight). The last time Dartmouth was 5-0 was in 1995 (when the Big Green began the season 5-0).
Sunday’s game at UNC will feature two of the nation’s best defenses in the Tar Heels who are No. 1 (7.67) and Big Green who are 14th (10.0) in scoring defense. Following Sunday’s game, Dartmouth will travel to Hampton and face the Pirates for the first time in program history on FloSports.
With a Win on Sunday…
– Dartmouth would improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1995 (when the Big Green began 6-0).
– The Big Green would snap a 12-game losing streak against UNC and beat the Tar Heels for the first time since 1954.
– The Big Green would win their ninth nonleague game in their last 11 tries dating back to last season, and 12th in their last 16 tries dating back to 2020.
Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina enters a Friday showdown against Duke at 4-2, 1-0 in the ACC, standing No. 13 in the USILA Coaches and No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Tar Heels own wins over Mercer (25-3), Johns Hopkins (11-7), Syracuse (19-13) and Brown (19-6) while falling at Ohio State (8-5) and at home vs. Denver (9-8). The Tar Heels are coming off a rare season in which they didn’t make the NCAA Tournament last season, but are only seven years removed from winning the 2016 National Championship.
Logan McGovern, who was on the most recent USILA National Team of the Week (along with Dartmouth’s Emmett Paradine and eight others) leads the Tar Heels in goals (14), assists (10) and points (24). Lance Tillman isn’t far behind, tallying 18 points via nine goals and nine assists. Sean Goldsmith’s 12 goals are second on the team, while he’s added five assists for 17 points. Antonio DeMarco (eight goals) and James Matan (six goals, two assists) are fourth on the team with eight points apiece. Paul Barton leads the defense with eight caused turnovers, to go with 15 groundballs. Andrew Tyeryar owns a team-leading 32 groundballs while winning 55.8 percent of his faceoffs (67-of-120). Collin Krieg has started all six games in goal, recording an 8.16 goals against average and 58.9 save percentage, which is good for third and fourth in the nation, respectively. As a team, UNC is first nationally in scoring defense 7.67) and third in scoring margin (6.83).
All-Time Against The Tar Heels
UNC leads the all-time series with Dartmouth, 12-3, winning the last 12 spanning 1972 to 2017. The Big Green won the first three meetings, in 1952 (16-2), 1953 (14-5) and 1954 (12-4). All 15 games in the series have come at Carolina.
Hampton, the only HBCU in Division I men’s lacrosse, stands 2-4 on the season heading into a Saturday CAA showdown against Stony Brook. The Pirates have beaten St. Andrews and Wabash College, each by equal 16-4 finals, while falling to Queens (17-10), at VMI (20-10), at High Point (27-9) and against Lafayette (18-9).
Ellison Burt-Murray leads the Pirates in goals (14), assists (9) and points (23) while Darius Stanley is second in points with 15 behind nine goals and six assists. Lonnie Jones has tallied 12 points via 10 goals and two assists. DyJae Pearson leads the team in groundballs (28) and caused turnovers (14). Two faceoff specialists have split time, with Ian Groom winning 49.3 percent and Trevor Tran winning 43.0 percent. Paxtin Powell has started all six games in goal, recording a 16.51 goals against average and 37.3 save percentage.
All-Time Against The Pirates
Tuesday will mark the first-ever meeting between Dartmouth and Hampton.
Paradine Named Rookie of the Week Again & Named to USILA Team of Week
One day after earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, freshman Emmett Paradine was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Team of the Week on Tuesday, Mar. 14. Paradine is one of 10 student-athletes nation-wide recognized. He follows senior Tommy Rogan as Big Green named to the team this season; Rogan received the honor following the season opener at Merrimack.The two honorees are tied with Cornell for the most in the Ivy League through four weeks this season. Brown, Penn and Yale have all had one honoree thus far.
The honor came after Paradine was named Dartmouth’s fourth straight Ivy League Rookie of the Week to begin the year (and Paradine’s second in a row). He finished the 20-16 win at Hobart on Mar. 7 with 10 points via seven goals and three assists. Paradine became the first freshman nationally to reach double figures in a game this season and the first Ivy League freshman to reach 10 points in a game since Jeff Teat of Cornell during the 2017 season. Paradine had a hand in half of Dartmouth’s 20 goals for the game, with all of his points proving important in a high-scoring affair. Following a goal and two assists in the first half, Paradine exploded for six goals and an assist in the second half. There was one stretch in which he scored four goals in the span of 9:32 bridging the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters, helping the Big Green turn a 9-9 tie into a 16-12 lead.
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.
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.
Sunday’s game can be seen on the ACC Network while Tuesday’s will be streamed on FloSports.
Following the upcoming games, the Big Green return home on Saturday, Mar. 25 to host Harvard in their Ivy League opener. Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN+ and NESN.