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Dartmouth Earns At-Large Bid to 2013 NCAA Tournament

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By John and Matt Risley
HANOVER, N.H. – For the second straight year, the NCAA Tournament will go through the campus of Syracuse University for the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team as it was awarded an at-large bid Sunday night for the 2013 national postseason.

The Big Green will play Boston College in a First Round Game on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m., the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee announced. The game will not be held in the Carrier Dome as last year’s tournament match-up with the Orange was, but rather at the SU Soccer Stadium.

The winner of the Friday meeting between the Big Green and the Eagles will move on to play fourth-ranked Syracuse Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Second Round.

Both rounds will be played at SU Soccer Stadium.

This year’s selection to the NCAA Tournament was the 14th in program history and the 13th under head coach Amy Patton in her 21 years on the sidelines. Only eight of the 26 programs to qualify for this year’s tournament have made more all-time appearances than Dartmouth has.

In earning a bid, the Big Green have now qualified for national postseason play in each of the last three seasons, marking just the third time in program history they have achieved that feat (1998-01 and 2003-06).

Dartmouth comes into the weekend slate of games with a 10-7 overall mark after falling to Penn, 10-7, in Sunday afternoon’s Ivy League Tournament Championship Game at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

The Big Green have a distinct edge in the all-time series with Boston College, holding an 18-0 mark. The two teams last met back in 2007, with Dartmouth winning, 13-9, in Hanover. There have been just three meetings between the programs in the last 13 seasons.

The Eagles enter Friday’s contest with a 12-7 overall record and qualified with another of the 13 at-large bids.