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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team will soon be headed on the trip of a lifetime. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Big Green will head to Australia for a 14-day excursion that will include three games with the National Team. 

During this time 'down under', the women will have the opportunity to explore Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, the Great Barrier Reef and other locales.

The end of the trip will see Dartmouth square off with the Australian National Team on three straight days on Dec. 20-22.

For the seniors approaching their final season in Hanover, this trip will be a nice way to begin their fourth campaign wearing the Green and White of Dartmouth.

"Australia is particularly special as a senior because it feels like the culmination of four years of hard work, commitment, and learning," senior co-captain Courtney Bennett said. "It's a privilege to be able to go to Australia, but to be able to go as a senior class, when we feel comfortable and at home with every aspect of the program, is icing on the cake."

A once-in a lifetime trip with friends and teammates should create a special bond as the team begins to really gear up in preparation for the 2013 season right around the corner.

"There are so many things to look forward to these next three weeks, and I think our team is so lucky to have this time to work together," co-captain Hana Bowers remarked. "I am most excited about having the entire 2013 team together for the first time this year.

"Thinking about the memories that will be made in Australia and unbelievable opportunity we have in playing the National Team has me really excited," Bowers continued. "Our juniors are just getting back on the field for the first time in a while, and I know they are going to bring so much charisma and energy on this trip."

However, despite the life experiences this trip should bring, the players realize that there is a solid opponent waiting for what should be three hard-fought and challenging games.

"While in Australia, we will be practicing as well as playing. Having this extra time as a team, especially now that the juniors are back from their off terms, is such a great opportunity and one that will help us come season," fellow co-captain Kelsey Johnson said.

"The seniors have high expectations for this team. If we go into all of our practices with the same intensity that we did this fall, there is no doubt in my mind that we will get better every day," Johnson continued. "Playing a program as strong as the Australian National Team is going to be a great challenge for us that will test our connection, grit, and perseverance, but I know that we will rise to the occasion and come together as a team because of this."

The Green will return to the US on Sunday, Dec. 23 before each player makes their way home for the Holidays. When they return in early January, fans can expect they will continue their rigorous training all with eyes on a Feb. 23 season opener in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks.