HANOVER, N.H. — The 49th-ranked Dartmouth men's tennis team travels to 23rd-ranked Harvard on Saturday, and with a victory the Big Green will earn a share of the Ivy League Championship. The two teams face off at 2 p.m. at the Beren Tennis Center.
Dartmouth enters the match 18-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The 18 wins marks a new high for wins in a season; the previous record was set in 1996 (17-5) and 1997 (17-5). The Crimson are 21-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ancient Eight. Harvard's only two losses came at Indiana on Feb. 4 and at Columbia on April 8. The Crimson are 11-0 at home this year.
If the Big Green pull off the upset on Saturday, it would be the first conference championship since 1997 and only the third in program history. Even with a victory against the Crimson, Dartmouth would not receive the NCAA Tournament automatic berth. The Big Green would share the championship with Harvard and Columbia (the Lions have already finished their conference schedule with a 5-2 record), but since Columbia beat both the Big Green and the Crimson this season they would earn the auto bid.
Dartmouth and Harvard already played once this season in Hanover during the ECAC Indoor Team Championship on Feb. 18. The Crimson earned a 4-2 victory, taking the doubles point and three of the singles matches. Senior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.) and sophomore Cameron Ghorbani (Lexington, Mass.) each won their singles matches the first time around.