Previewing Dartmouth's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Dartmouth Big Green are the 17th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the Ivy League. Due to restrictions and challenges caused from the COVID-19 pandemic, a shorthanded Dartmouth played one regular season game last season, a loss to Division III Tufts. They also scrimmaged Division II Saint Anselm. The Big Green went 3-1 in 2020.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Siena Saints (3/5)
St. John's Red Storm (3/19)
Ohio State Buckeyes (3/22)
Stony Brook Seawolves (4/5)
UMass Lowell River Hawks (14-5 W)
Dartmouth was supposed to play North Carolina, St. John's, Hartford, and Holy Cross in nonconference play in March and April of 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season in March.
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2/26 at Bryant: Dartmouth defeated Bryant, Merrimack, and UMass Lowell in their shortened 2020 season. Their best win was against a Bryant team that has started slow in February but can be a scary team to play later in the season, look at what they nearly did a month later against North Carolina. The 2020 showdown was a three-goal decision, but the Bulldogs didn't even have faceoff studs Jacob Alexander and Nathan Laliberte on campus yet. That might play a big role in this year's matchup.
3/8 vs. Vermont: The lone loss in 2020 came against Vermont, a team that went on to win the America East last season. Despite the loss, that was another eye-opening result toward Dartmouth and who they were (or could have been) moving forward. Are expectations slightly heightened with the on-field result as well as recent recruiting success? I'd think so.
3/12 at Rutgers: Does Rutgers have what it takes to reach Championship Weekend? They had a historic season in 2021 and were a goal away from reaching East Hartford. They lose some pieces such as Adam Charalambides, but they used the transfer portal to their benefit for the second straight season. Should be a fun one for the Meistrell Cup in Piscataway.
3/26 at Harvard, 4/2 vs. Cornell, 4/9 vs. Yale, 4/16 at Princeton, 4/23 vs. Penn, 4/30 at Brown: That's a lot of dates for a bullet point. That's also Dartmouth's entire Ivy League schedule. Sure you could pick out one of these dates to really look forward too, but every one of these teams (including Brown and Penn who also played a game last year) is a huge question mark. We should start to have answers before Ivy League play begins in mid-March, but to predict who could be good or how the Ivy League unfolds unless you've seen every team in the fall is foolish. Dartmouth would love to record at least one conference win this year.