Dartmouth Men’s Soccer
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Holy Cross (Burnham Field), 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9 – Boston College (Burnham Field), 5:00 p.m.
The Dartmouth College men’s soccer team opens the 2013 season with four straight home contests. The Big Green start the season at home for the first time since 2010, when they topped Holy Cross, 4-1, at Burnham Field. The first weekend of non-conference action sees the Crusaders and Boston College making the trek north to Hanover.
Sideline Shakeup – In the spring, top assistant Chad Riley was promoted and named the 10th head coach of the Big Green men’s soccer program. Assistant Chase Wileman was promoted and the team added Ryan Fahey to the staff.
Strong Recruits – The Class of 2017 has eight members joining the Green and White this fall. Ricardo Gomez, James Hickok, Nick Ford, Devin Pierre, Brendan Barth, Jett Oristaglio, Alexander Marsh and Emmanuel Arteaga look to help Dartmouth claim another Ivy League Championship.
Returning Firepower – The Big Green return three All-Ivy players from last season, including leading goal-scorer Alex Adelabu. Adelabu netted nine goals in 2012 and added a trio of assists. Colin Heffron and captain Colin Skelly are the other returnees who boast conference accolades as they look to solidify the midfield and defensive backline, respectively.
Extra Time – A year ago, six of Dartmouth’s games went into overtime. The daunting slate also saw 11 games decided by one goal. In overtime the squad went 2-4 and in one-goal games they were 5-6.
Non-Conference Action – Over the past two seasons, the Big Green are 12-9-1 in out of league tilts. Dartmouth went 4-5 last season with triumphs against Holy Cross, Colgate, Missouri State and Vermont.
Home Sweet Home – The team from the Upper Valley has seen plenty of success at Burnham Field the last three years. The Big Green have won at least six games at home during each of those campaigns and over that span they’ve amassed an impressive 20-5 record.
Oh Captain, My Captain – Colin Skelly will wear the captain's armband for the Big Green this season. Skelly is coming off his most successful season with the Big Green as he tallied three points on a goal and an assist in 2012. The Wrightstown, Pa., native scored the game-winner against Brown on Nov. 9 and earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention recognition. His .625 shots on goal percentage was tops for a Dartmouth player.
Looking at Holy Cross – The Crusaders head to Hanover for their third game of 2013. Holy Cross is still in search of its first win, having lost a pair of one-goal games. The Crusaders fell to Hartford on the road in their season opener, 1-0, and dropped a 2-1 decision in Worcester against Providence. Joey DeVivo is the lone goal scorer for the team while Ty Goncalves leads the squad one assist. Kevin Wright has made 12 stops between the pipes and has a save percentage of .800.
A Glance at Boston College – The Eagles are 1-0-1 in 2013. Before heading to Hanover they host ACC foe Wake Forest in the Bay State. The game against the Big Green is the first of two straight road games. In their first two games the potent offensive attack has produced four goals. Cole DeNormandie and Chris Ager have each tallied a pair of goals and Isaac Normesinu leads the team with two assists. Keady Segel has played every minute in goal for BC and made two saves with a 1.29 goals-against average.
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Friday, Sept. 13 – vs. Lafayette (Burnham Field), 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 – vs. UMass (Burnham Field), 2:00 p.m.