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Big Green Travel to Cornell to Close out 2012 Regular Season

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at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.) 3:00 p.m.

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team closes out the 2012 regular-season with a trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to face the Big Red. The squads will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. at Cornell's Charles F. Berman Field.

Big Weekend on Tap - The Dartmouth women's soccer team's six-game win streak and current four-game Ivy win streak has placed them second in the Ivy League rankings heading into the final weekend of play. Princeton is undefeated at 6-0-0 while Dartmouth and Penn are siting at 5-1-0 in the standings.  Dartmouth lost to Princeton and defeated Penn while Penn will travel to Princeton to close the season on Saturday. Should Penn defeat the Tigers and Dartmouth defeat Cornell there will be a three-way tie for first place.  Should there, in fact, be a tie, the teams will each share the Ivy League title and there will be a random draw to determine who will earn the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  That will take place on Saturday Nov. 3 at the Ivy League office.

Wilkins Ivy League Player of the Week - Sophomore forward Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) picked up her first career Ivy League Player of the Week accolade after scoring both of Dartmouth's goals in a 2-0 win over Harvard on Sunday (Oct. 28). Wilkins has picked up points in each of Dartmouth's last three contests, including back-to-back game-winners against Columbia (Oct. 20) and Harvard (Oct. 28). She also assisted on the game-winner against Boston University (Oct. 17).

Brush Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team - Senior Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) earned a spot on the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District first team. The senior English major boasts a 3.80 GPA and becomes the first women's soccer player to be named to the All-District team since Colleen Kelly was named to the third in 2006. Brush is now eligible for the Academic All-America honor that will be announced later this month.

Dartmouth Remains No. 7 In the Region - Behind the strength of its current six-game winning streak and its strong non-conference slate, the Big Green remain at No. 7 in this week's Mid-Atlantic regional rankings. Dartmouth joins Princeton, who is No. 31in the rankings, as the Ivy League's only teams in the rankings. Dartmouth first entered the rankings on Sept. 25 at No. 8.  The No. 7 ranking is the highest in the last four seasons.

Moving Up the RPI Scale - The Big Green have steadily climbed the RPI scale this season and this week check in at No. 29. The ranking is Dartmouth's highest ranking since the 2005 season when they concluded the season at No. 27. 2005 was also the last time the Big Green played in the NCAA Tournament. Dartmouth's highest RPI was during the 2001 and 2000 seasons, when they concluded the season ranked No. 14 and No. 13, respectively.  The RPI is used by the NCAA to help aid in the NCAA Selection process.

Streakin' - The Big Green have been on a mission and are currently sporting a six-game winning streak, the longest win streak since the 2006 season when they also posted six consecutive wins. The current streak matches streaks by both the 2005 and 2006 squads.  The longest win streak in program history is 12 games during the 1998 season.

Dartmouth in the NCAA Rankings - The Big Green are ranked in several NCAA categories. As a team, Dartmouth is ranked No. 57 in scoring offense (1.94), No. 47 in goals against average (0.805) and No. 25 in win-loss percentage (0.75).  Goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) checks in at No. 43 in goals against average (0.747) and No. 71 in saves percentage (0.826).

12 Wins and Counting - Dartmouth's 12 wins this season are the most for the Big Green since the 2006 season, when they went 12-4-1. The Big Green has posted double digit wins 12 times in program history. Should the Big Green win at Cornell it would give them 13 wins on the season, the most since the 2000 season when they had 14 victories. The program record for wins is 16 set in 1998.

Leaving Burnham in Style - The Class of 2013 closed its home career at Burnham in style with a 2-0 shutout of Harvard on Senior Day on Sunday (Oct. 28). The senior class of Grace Best (Downington, Pa.), Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), Paige Dekker (Albuquerque, N.M.), Libby Hamlin (Vernon, Conn.), Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) and Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) helped Dartmouth to 33 wins and 15 Ivy League wins over their four-year career.

Home Field Advantage  - The Big Green closed the home slate with a 7-2-0 record and a perfect 4-0 home Ivy League record. The Big Green's seven home wins are the most since 2006 when the team went a perfect 7-0-0 at Burnham. This season, Dartmouth's two home losses have come in the form of one-goal games at the hands of ranked foes, Rutgers and Pepperdine. Dartmouth's winning home record is the 25th consecutive record of .500 or better for the Big Green. Dartmouth's hasn't posted a losing home record since the 1987 season and has only had two losing home records in 32 years. Hail Burnham!

Wilkins on a Roll - Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) has stepped her game up in the last four outings. She has posted points in each of the Big Green's last three games, including game-winners against Columbia (Oct. 20) and Harvard (Oct. 28).  She also assisted on the game-winning goal against Boston University (Oct. 17).  Wilkins, who was Dartmouth's leading scorer with three goals last season, has seen action in nine games off the bench this season.

Big Green Has Depth- While it may seem that leading scorers Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) and Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) are leading the charge in terms of scoring, Dartmouth is loaded with talent. Eleven of the Big Green's 25 players have scored goals and 12 have tallied assists. Just means you can't sleep on the Big Green!

Defense wins Championships - The Big Green defense has kept opponents at bay throughout the season and has the statistics to prove it. The Dartmouth defense spearheaded by goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) boasts a 0.81 goals against average and is limiting opponents to just 9.8 shots per game. Saunders has six shutouts to her credit this season and made a season-best seven saves against Penn (Oct. 13).

Close Calls - In Dartmouth's 16 games, three of the four losses have come by a single goal. On the flip side, the Big Green are outscoring opponents 28-6 in wins and haven't allowed an opponent to score more than two goals in a single game. In all, the Big Green have played nine games decided by one goal and have been winners in six of those games.

Granite State Bragging Rights - When the Big Green took on New Hampshire on Friday (Sept. 14) bragging rights were on the line and Dartmouth made sure that all those bragging rights stayed in Hanover with a 3-0 victory. The Big Green picked up their third consecutive win over their in-state rival and in dominating fashion. The three goals scored by the Big Green were the most since a 5-0 win over the Wildcats in 2005.

UCF All-Tournament Players - Senior tri-captain Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) and freshman Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) were named to the UCF All-Tournament team for their efforts throughout the weekend. Solomon also earned All-Tournament honors as a sophomore at the Dartmouth Nike Tournament.

Brittany Cameron Joins Staff - Dartmouth also added a staff member in the offseason. Assistant coach Brittany Cameron joins the staff after spending the 2011 season at Niagara.  Cameron spent three years as a professional player in the Women's Professional Soccer league with the Los Angeles Sol, Bay Area FC Pride and the Western New York Flash. In her stints with the Western New York Flash and the FC Pride Gold, she won the WPSL Championship and was a finalist in 2009 with the LA Sol. She played collegiately at San Diego leading the Toreros to a No. 9 ranking and a trip to the NCAA second round in 2009.

Trio to Wear Captain's Armband - This season, a trio of upperclassmen will lead the Big Green. Seniors Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) will wear the captain's armband. Solomon and Brush will be donning the armband for the first time, while Rose will be making a return appearance after serving as captain in 2011.  The trio will also pen a blog on throughout the season. You can follow the blog here.

Looking at Cornell - Cornell enters Saturday's regular-season finale with a 1-13-1, 0-5-1 Ivy League record after falling to league leader, Princeton, 5-1, on Saturday (Oct. 27). The Big Red have dropped their last three contests but picked up their first win of the season against Lafayette on Oct. 2. Maneesha Chitanvis and Xandra Hompe lead the offense with 10 points each. Chitanvis has a team-best four goals and two assists while Hompe has three goals and four assists. Chitanvis leads the squad with 44 shots and 21 shots on goal. In net, Tori Chris has a 2.55 goals against average in 1268:53 of action. She has made 77 saves and has a .681 saves percentage. Caroline Quentin has also seen time in net playing three games with one start. She has a 2.67 goals against average with one save. The Big Green lead the all-time series 22-7-5 and have won each of the last seven meetings and are undefeated in 15 contests dating back to the 1996 season.

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Monday, Nov. 5 - NCAA Selection Show,, 4:30 p.m.