DARTMOUTH MEN'S SOCCER
New Mexico Tournament
Friday, Sept. 14 - at No.7 New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.) 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, Sept. 16 - vs. Missouri State (Albuquerque, N.M.) 12:30 p.m. (ET)
The Dartmouth College men's soccer team opens a five-game road swing at the New Mexico TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Lobo Invitational. The Big Green will square off with host and seventh-ranked New Mexico on Friday at 9:00 p.m. (ET) and close tournament action with Missouri State on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Hit The Road Jack - The Big Green will open a five-game road swing that will take them away from the friendly-confines of Burnham Field for the next 26 days. Dartmouth will take on some stiff competition in that time, traveling West to take on Mountain Pacific Sports Federation powerhouse, New Mexico, as well as trips to regional rivals UMass (Sept. 22) and Vermont (Oct. 3). The Big Green will also open Ivy League action at Princeton on Sept. 29.
Cook Heading Toward Win No. 100 at Dartmouth - Dartmouth head coach Jeff Cook picked up his 99th win as the man in charge of the Dartmouth program with the Big Green's 1-0 win over Colgate on Sunday (Sept. 9). Cook, who can earn the milestone with one win in upcoming games against New Mexico or Missouri State, will become just the second coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark. Thomas Dent earned 143 wins over 35 seasons as head coach.
Tournament Time - This weekend's trip to New Mexico marks the seventh consecutive season the Big Green have played in an in-season tournament. Last season, Dartmouth hosted the Dartmouth Classic and also traveled to the SMU Tournament in Dallas. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons Dartmouth played in a program-high three in-season tournaments.
Another Day, Another Ranked Opponent - Friday's matchup with No. 7 New Mexico marks the second ranked foe for the Big Green this season. Dartmouth opened the 2012 slate at current No. 4 UConn. The Big Green also took on an SMU squad that was receiving votes in the top 25.
Native Son Takes Field - Hanover native Eric Jayne (Hanover, N.H.) saw some quality minutes on the field this weekend. Jayne, who only saw time in two games during his freshman season, saw time off the bench against both SMU and Colgate, giving the Big Green a lift in the midfield.
Adelabu Provides Offense - Sophomore Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) lifted the Big Green offense this weekend with goals against SMU and Colgate. His two goals tie his goal output from a season ago. Not only has the Kimball Union Academy product scored two goals this season but he's also added an assist for a team-best five points on the year. His efforts earned him a spot on the Ivy League honor roll this week.
Another Heartbreaker against SMU - The Big Green and Mustangs seem to always play nail biters so Friday's 2-1 loss was par for the course. Dartmouth went ahead, 1-0, early in the second half and after SMU equalized in the 63rd minute, the Mustangs sealed the win with a penalty kick. Last season, the Mustangs also won, 2-1, in overtime.
Freshmen in the Lineup - The Big Green have had two freshmen emerge as starters through the early part of the season. Freshman Sten Stray-Gundersen (Frisco, Texas) has started each of Dartmouth's four games while Alberto Gorini (Incisa Valdarano, Italy) has started in three of Dartmouth's four contests.
Captain, My Captain - Seniors Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) and Teo Larsson-Sax (Kalmar, Sweden) will wear the captain's armband for the Big Green this season. Dzierzawski is coming off an outstanding 2011 season where he led the team with seven assists and earned first team All-Ivy honors as well as ECAC All-Star second-team honors. Larsson-Sax is a stable in the Big Green backfield and in 2011 started 15 games for the Big Green. He showcased his offensive skills with one goal and four shots, two of those shots reaching frame. It will be the first time Dzierzawski or Larsson-Sax has been a captain. Keep up-to-date with all the things that are happening with the Dartmouth men's soccer team with the Captains' Corner blog. You can access it HERE.
TV Time - Dartmouth's final regular-season game against Brown (Nov. 9) will be broadcast to a national television audience as the Fox Soccer Channel Game of the Week. The game will be Dartmouth's lone TV contest of the season and marks the second time the Big Green have appeared on Fox Soccer Channel. Dartmouth last played in a televised game in 2008 when they also took on the Brown Bears, earning a 2-0 victory.
A Look at No. 7 New Mexico -- The host Lobos come into the weekend's tournament winners of two straight after defeating No. 25 UAB, 2-0, on Friday (Sept.7). Sporting a 3-1 overall record after wins over UCLA and SMU, the Lobos are ranked No. 7 in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll. This will be the second meeting between the teams, with the Big Green owning the 1-0 series advantage. New Mexico made the trip to Hanover back in 2010 with Dartmouth taking the 1-0 win. The Lobos advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season and were picked to win the Mountain Sports Pacific Federation (MPSF) title this season. The lone opponent the teams have in common is SMU. The Big Green dropped a 2-1 contest to the Mustangs, while New Mexico posted a 3-1 win over SMU at the Tulsa Invitational. Devon Sandoval leads the Lobo offense with seven points on three goals and one assist; his seven points also leads the MPSF. Patrick Poblete and Victor Rodriguez have both seen time in goal this season.
Scouting Missouri State- Missouri State will take on UC Irvine in its opening game of this weekend's tournament. The Bears enter the weekend with a 4-0-2 record after tying Green Bay, 0-0, in double overtime on Sunday (Sept. 9) in their final game of the University of Dayton Tournament. The Bears will be playing in their third consecutive tournament this weekend. The meeting will be the first between the Big Green and Bears. Cole Alexander leads the Bear offense with six points on three goals. He has one game-winner and is placing 44 percent of his shots on frame. Jared Gain is also an important piece of the Missouri State offense with a team-best two assists. Gain also has one goal this season. In net, Andrew Riggs is boasting a 0.16 goals against average with 21 saves and five shutouts to his credit. Riggs was voted Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts last weekend. The Big Green and Bears have a common opponent in SMU. The Big Green dropped a 2-1 contest to the Mustangs last Friday (Sept. 7) in Hanover, while the Bears will travel to Dallas in October.
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Saturday, Sept. 22 - at UMass (Amherst, Mass.), 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 - at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.), 5:00 p.m.