17: Dartmouth Big Green (10-6, 5-1 Ivy) at
Cornell Big Red (8-8, 3-3 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3 - 12 p.m.
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. - Marsha Dodson Field
Last Time vs. Cornell: Nov. 6, 2011 - W, 2-1 (OT) (Hanover)
Last Win vs. Cornell: Last Meeting
All-Time Series: Dartmouth leads 21-11-1
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WRAPPING IT UP
The Big Green will travel to Ithaca this weekend for the final game of the 2012 season. After playing Harvard and New Hampshire on consecutive days, the meeting with the Big Red is the team's lone action on the last weekend of play for Ivy League programs.
Dartmouth comes into the weekend with a 5-1 Ivy League mark this season. Its lone defeat in league play came against No. 2 Princeton in the conference opener, 4-1, back on Sept. 15. Trailing the Big Green for a three-way tie for third place is Penn, Columbia and Cornell with 3-3 records, so no matter the outcomes this weekend, Dartmouth can finish no worse than second.
The last time Dartmouth finished as high as it will this year in the league standings was a second-place finish in 2005 (5-2) and before that in 2001 (5-2). A win would give the Green and White a 6-1 league record, it's best since the conference expanded to eight teams in in 1997 with the addition of Columbia.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are where they are because of a 4-1 win over Harvard last Saturday in Hanover. The victory pushed the team's record to 10-5 at the time, giving it its third straight 10-win season and the fifth under head coach Amy Fowler. Dartmouth would fall to UNH, 5-4, in overtime on Sunday afternoon in a game played at Chase Field, but considered a home game for the displaced Wildcats.
The Big Red host the Green in the season finale for both teams. Cornell defeated Holy Cross, 4-0, last time out, but fell to Princeton (4-0) and Brown (4-3, 2OT) in its two most recent Ivy League matchups. Hannah Balleza is one of the top offensive players in the league this season as she has racked up 14 goals and 34 points, both of which rank second in the conference. Goalkeeper Carolyn Horner has been a rock in goal this season, posting a league-leading five shutouts for the team, while her .801 save percentage is also an Ivy best.
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
These two met last November in Hanover on a cold and cloudy day out on Chase Field. After 70 minutes, the score was deadlocked at 1-1, but it did not stay that way for long as then-freshman Ali Savage scored her 12th goal of the season just 48 seconds into overtime. Senior Meghan Everett scored the opener 3:23 into the first, before Cornell's Kat DiPastina answered back for the Big Red a little over nine minutes later. Jenna Stearns made three saves in the game, coming in after Meagan Vakiener was given the start on Senior Day only to play one second of action.
SEEING RED AT THE END
Saturday marks the 10th straight season that these two teams will play one another in the final game of the year. Cornell holds a slight 5-4 advantage in that time, including five straight wins from 2006-2010.
Sophomore Janine Leger scored twice against Harvard on Saturday and followed up with another two-goal showing against UNH the next afternoon. The South Africa native now ranks third on the team in goals with seven in 2012 after scoring just three as a freshman.
SOMETHING ABOUT SENIOR DAY
Saturday will mark Cornell's Senior Day Celebration to honor the careers of three players in their final game wearing Red and White. However, taking on a team playing for its senior class is nothing new for Dartmouth this season as this will mark the third time this year it has happened. The Big Green knocked off Columbia, 5-2, in NYC on Oct. 21 before falling to UNH last weekend as the Wildcats honored their seniors. However, with the UNH game being played in Hanover due to field conditions in Durham, the meeting hardly felt like a road atmosphere for the Green and White. Dartmouth won its own Senior Day game last Saturday against the Crimson.
Savage scored once against the Wildcats to give her a double-digit goal total for the second straight season. As a freshman, she had 12 markers and now has 22 in 36 career games.
Junior Maggie Scanlon came off the bench Sunday against the Wildcats and made an immediate impact on the game, scoring the team's second goal of the afternoon. The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native is now fifth on the team with four goals this fall.
HERM TIES IT LATE
After UNH took a late 4-3 lead in the second half of Sunday's tilt, senior co-captain Maya Herm wasted little time in getting things all tied up again. Just 1:26 after falling behind, Herm's shot from the top of the arc beat the UNH keeper's outstretched right pad to force overtime with 2:13 left on the clock. It was Herm's fourth of 2012.
The loss to New Hampshire was just the second for the Green and White since Sept. 19. A loss to No. 2 North Carolina in early October was the only other defeat in the last 11 games for Dartmouth (9-2).