Game 1: Dartmouth (0-0) vs. California Bears (1-1)
Date: Friday, September 6, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif. - Maxwell Family Field
All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1
Television: Pac-12 Network

Game 2:
Dartmouth (0-0) vs. UC Davis Aggies (1-0)
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 2 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif. - Maxwell Family Field
All-Time Series: First Meeting

The Dartmouth field hockey team returns to action this weekend as it opens the season with a pair of games in northern California. The Big Green will play both of its contests on the University of California Berkeley campus against the Bears and the UC Davis Aggies.

Friday marks the start of the 2013 campaign as Dartmouth and Cal square off for the third time in program history. The two will meet at 7 p.m. ET in the Bears’ home opener that will air live on the Pac-12 Network.

The Green and White won’t have to travel for their second game as the Aggies will make the short trek to Berkeley to play Dartmouth on Cal’s Maxwell Family Field. That match-up is set for a 2 p.m. ET start time. It will mark the first time the two teams have ever played one another.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Friday will serve as the home opener for the Bears who are 1-1 overall this season after a triple-overtime win against Michigan State and a one-goal loss to UConn. Both games were played at nearby Stanford. Leading the way for Cal is Andrea Earle and Jordan O’Reilly with one goal apiece. Courtney Hendrickson has played all 170 minutes of action and boasts a 1.24 goals-against average with a .786 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Sunday’s game with UC Davis will also be the third of the year for Dartmouth’s opponent after defeating Missouri State, 4-0, and a Friday evening game with Liberty. In that meeting with MSU, Danielle Koehne led the Aggies with two goals, while Stephie Sabraw and Cloey LemMon each added one. Goalkeeper Danielle Herrington needed to make just one save in earning the season-opening shutout.

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW
Fresh off one of the best seasons in recent program history, the 2013 Dartmouth Big Green will bring back many of the players that made them a success a year ago. Finishing the season with an 11-6 overall mark and a 6-1 league record, the Green were a dangerous team every time they took to the field in 2012, something head coach Amy Fowler would like to replicate in her 14th season along the sidelines.

LEADERS
Picked to lead the Big Green in 2013 is a pair of seniors in Olivia Quaglia and Jenn Weissbach. The duo will be tasked with helping lead the team against another slate of challenging opponents, including 2012 National and Ivy League Champion Princeton.

NEW FACES
Quaglia and Weissbach will have to help five new players get acclimated to the team’s system and way of doing things as freshmen Paige Duffy, Natalie Ludwig, Joanne Nazareth, Jenna Schwenk and Heather Zezzo make up the Class of 2017 set to make their debuts this weekend in California.  Also joining the team this season is  assistant coach Kate Heineman after graduating from UMass this past spring after a strong four-year career with the Minutewomen.

RETURNING FIREPOWER
Leading the way in terms of returning scorers is junior Ali Savage. A First Team All-Ivy League player last fall, Savage led the team in scoring with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Classmate Janine Leger and senior Sam Anderson will also be back after 17- and 16-point campaigns, respectively, in 2012.

TV TIME
Friday’s televised game will mark the second in the last two years for the Big Green. Dartmouth defeated Providence, 3-1, in a game shown on Cox Sports on Oct. 3, 2012.

WHAT’S AHEAD?
Following the games against teams from the Golden State, Dartmouth will be back on the East Coast next week for a Friday night game at Northeastern in Boston. Game time against the Huskies is set for 6 p.m. The team will make its 2013 home debut on Saturday, Sept. 21 when it hosts the defending national champion from Princeton (12 p.m.).