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Ivy Opener at Princeton on Tap For Men's Soccer

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Dartmouth opens Ivy League action at Princeton on Saturday afternoon.      By John and Matt Risley

Saturday, Sept. 29 -
at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.) 5:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team opens up its Ivy League title defense with a trip to Princeton in its lone contest of the week. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Princeton's Roberts Stadium.

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Ivy League Opener on Tap - The Big Green opens the 2012 Ivy League slate when they take on Princeton on Saturday (Sept. 29). The Big Green are looking for their second consecutive Ivy League opening win after defeating the Tigers, 4-1, last season. In the last seven seasons, Dartmouth has a 3-1-3 record in Ivy League opening contests.  Dartmouth hasn't won an Ivy League opener on the road since 2004 when they defeated Princeton 1-0 in overtime.

Ivy Streak - Dartmouth enter the 2012 Ivy League campaign undefeated in its last five Ivy League contests dating back to last season. Yale handed the Big Green its lone loss in Ivy League action last year in New Haven. 

Still on the Road - The Big Green are at the tail end of its five-game road swing, which has kept them away from the friendly confines of Burnham Field. The road swing will conclude with a trip to Vermont (Oct. 3).  The last time Dartmouth spent this much time on the road was during the 2006 and 2007 seasons when the Big Green played four consecutive road games.

Tough Loss at UMass - Dartmouth had a tough time with the Minutemen in a 2-0 loss in Amherst, Mass., on Saturday (Sept. 22). The loss was the first time this season the Big Green had been shutout. Despite outshooting the Minutemen, 18-9, Dartmouth couldn't find the back of the net in the loss.

Streaks Snapped at UMass - Big Green leading scorer Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) had his four-game scoring streak snapped in Dartmouth's loss at UMass (Sept. 22). The sophomore was held without a shot in the contest. Additionally, Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) was held without an assist for the first time in the last three games.

Colin Skelly Showcases His Offense - Junior Colin Skelly (Wrightstown, Pa.) was a bright spot in the UMass game. He posted three shots, all three on target, to lead the offense. For the season he has seven shots.

Soko Makes Debut  - Freshman Elijah Soko (Hare, Zimbabwe) made his collegiate debut in the UMass game. He saw 30 minutes of action off the bench.

Jayne Starts Last Two - Hanover native, Eric Jayne (Hanover, N.H) has started each of Dartmouth's last two contests. He made his first career start against Missouri State (Sept. 16). Jayne played in two games during his rookie season in 2011.

Rosner Stepping Up - Junior Justin Rosner (Brunswick, Maine) has seen time in the backline in each of Dartmouth's last two games, including earning a start in the Big Green's overtime win against Missouri State. Rosner has posted shots in both of the games.

Coach Cook Hits the Century Mark - In Dartmouth's 1-0 double overtime win over Missouri State on Sept. 16) head coach Jeff Cook picked up his 100th win at Dartmouth. Cook joins former head coach Thomas Dent as the only two coaches in program history to record at least 100 wins.  Dent is Dartmouth's all-time winningest coach with 143 career wins over 43 seasons at Dartmouth.

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 staple 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 Princeton  -- Princeton enters Saturday's Ivy League opener with a 4-3 record and winners of three straight after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday in the final game of the Princeton Invitational. The Tiger leads the all-time series 36-20-7 but Dartmouth won the last meeting between the squads, 4-1, en route to the 2011 Ivy League Championship. The Big Green are looking for their first win at Princeton since 2002, when they took a 1-0 overtime victory. The series between the Big Green and Tigers has traditionally been a tough one with five overtime games since the 2002 season. The Sanner brothers, Thomas and Matt, are leading the Princeton offense. Thomas has two goals and four assists for a team-best eight points while Matt is just behind him with four points on two goals. Matt has taken 20 shots while Thomas has 14 on the year.  In goal, Seth MacMillian and Max Gallin are splitting time. MacMillian owns a 3-1-0 record and has played 360 minutes. He is sporting a 0.50 goals against average with 15 saves and two shutouts. Gallin has played 270:00 minutes and has a 2.00 goals against average and a .727 saves percentage.   

Keep Up With the Big Green -- Stay current with everything going on with your Big Green by following Dartmouth men's soccer on twitter (@DartmouthMSoc) and "liking" the Big Green men's soccer team on Facebook.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 - at Vermont (Burlington, Vt.), 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 - vs. Yale (Burnham Field), 7:00 p.m.