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Soccer Closes Season with Brown on Fox Soccer Channel

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Dartmouth closes out the 2012 slate with a showdown with Brown on Fox Soccer Channel on...     By John and Matt Risley
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Friday, Nov. 9-
vs. Brown (Burnham Field), 7:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team closes out the 2012 regular season in a nationally-televised contest against Ivy League foe, Brown, on Friday (Nov. 9). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Burnham Field. The Big Green will also honor the Senior Class in a postgame ceremony.

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Military Appreciation - All Veterans will receive a buy one, get one free ticket to the game with a valid military ID.

$1 Ticket For Kids - All children will receive $1 admission 

Ivy League Race is Down to the Wire - Much like last year, the 2012 Ivy League race is coming down to the final weekend and much like the last several years the Big Green are still in the hunt. This year's title comes down to Cornell, Brown and Dartmouth. Cornell has an inside track needing just a win over Columbia to earn the title, Brown would be the winner if they won and Cornell lost and should Brown and Cornell lose, Dartmouth and Cornell would share the title with Cornell earning the automatic bid by way of its win over Dartmouth on Nov. 3.

TV Time - Dartmouth's game against Brown will be broadcast to a national audience on Fox Soccer Channel as its "Game of the Week" This is the second time the Big Green and Bears have met in a televised matchup. In 2008, the teams met on Fox Soccer Channel with Dartmouth winning, 2-0.

Lookin' For Some Home Cookin' - The Big Green are hoping for a little "Burnham Magic" on Friday night. Although Dartmouth had its four game Ivy League win streak snapped with the Cornell loss, the Big Green are a perfect 3-0 at Burnham Field this season and are looking to close the season with a perfect Ivy League home record. Dartmouth hasn't dropped more than one Ivy League contest at its home field since the 2003 season and is looking for its second consecutive perfect Ivy League home slate after going, 3-0, last season.

Thank You Seniors! - Friday's game marks the final home game at Burnham Field for seniors Brad Jacobson (Larchmont, N.Y.), Stoian Nedelchev (Sofia, Bulgaria), Sean Donovan (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and Teo Larsson-Sax (Kalmar, Sweden). This senior class has led the Big Green to two Ivy League titles and four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Thanks for your hard work and dedication Class of 2013.

Overtime Hasn't Been Kind to the Big Green - Dartmouth seems to always be on the wrong end of things when it comes to overtime contests this season. The Big Green have played five overtime contests and have a 1-4 record with the lone win coming against Missouri State back on Sept. 16.  In fact, Dartmouth's last three losses have come in overtime. The Big Green has yet to play an overtime contest at Burnham this season. 

NCAA Streak in Jeopardy - Dartmouth, who has advanced to each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, is in danger of missing the field for the first time since 2006. Dartmouth's streak of five consecutive NCAA appearance makes it one of only 12 programs in the country to reach the postseason five consecutive seasons. The Big Green joins the likes of Virginia, UCLA and Indiana and is the lone Ivy League squad with the distinction.

Heffron Nets a Goal - Sophomore midfielder Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) has been the Big Green's assist man this season but against Cornell (Nov. 3) he scored Dartmouth's lone goal. It was his second goal of the season and coupled with his team-leading four assists gives him eight points.

He's A Brick ... Wall - Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) has been turning away shots left and right for the Big Green this season. He's made 59 saves this season include recording more than five saves on five occasions. He turned away a season-best eight saves against Penn (Oct. 13) and made seven in the Big Green's overtime loss at Cornell (Nov. 3). He has two shutouts to his credit this season and has a 1.33 goals against average.

Big Green in the National Rankings - Dartmouth is ranked nationally in several categories. This week, as a team, the Big Green check in at No. 712 in scoring offense (1.53) and are No. 84 in win-loss percentage (0.533) and No. 90 in save percentage (0.759). Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) 35th in goals per game (0.6), 40th in points per game (1.4), 44th in total goals (9.0) and 59th in total points (21). Goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) is 80th in saves per game (4.21), 91st in saves percentage (0.756) and 98th in total saves (59).

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. Cook currently has 105 wins entering the Brown game.

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 Glance at Brown- The Big Green and Bears will meet for the second consecutive season with the Ivy League title on the line. Last season, the squads played to a 0-0 double overtime tie that eventually led to Dartmouth's ninth Ivy League title. This year, Brown needs a win and a Cornell loss to earn the Ivy League title while Dartmouth needs a win and a Cornell loss for the Ivy League title.  The Bears enter Friday's game with a 12-1-3 record after a 1-1 draw with Yale on Saturday (Nov. 3). Ben Maurey leads the offense with five goals and two assists for 12 points while nine other Bears have scored goals this season. Thomas McNamara has a team-high 47 shots and is one of 10 players with double-digit shots. Sam Schloss-Kernan leads the defense and in 1507:27 of action has allowed just eight goals and boasts a 0.48 goals against average with 47 saves. Brown has yet to lose a road game this season and its lone draw came at Princeton. Brown leads the all-time series, 37-31-5, but is looking for its first win in Hanover since the 2000 season.

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Monday, Nov. 12 - NCAA Selection Show, - 5:30 p.m.