HANOVER, N.H. - Coming off an Ivy League Tournament Championship last May and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight spring, the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team will once again battle with the nation's top teams in 2013.
As it has become a regular occurrence over the last decade, head coach Amy Patton continues to compile a tough and challenging slate of games for her program to help prepare for competition on a national level.
Beginning with a trip to Eugene, Ore., for a meeting with the Ducks, the Big Green will kick off its 41st season of existence on Feb. 23.
Returning to Hanover and Scully-Fahey Field for a Feb. 27 meeting with in-state rival New Hampshire marks the team's 2013 home opener. Last year, the Green went 7-0 at home and are 20-2 in Hanover since this year's seniors stepped on campus.
Road Ivy League games at just Yale (Mar. 3), Columbia (Mar. 23) and Penn (April 12) mean that Dartmouth will have the advantage of playing four of its seven conference match-ups at home. Making the trip to the Upper Valley this spring will be Brown (Mar. 30), Cornell (April 6), Princeton (April 20) and Harvard (April 26).
That meeting with the Crimson will come under the lights of Scully-Fahey on a Friday evening (7 p.m.), marking the first night game at home in two seasons for the Green and White.
However, it's not just tough Ivy foes that will test the Big Green. As always, Patton fills her non-conference schedule with the nation's toughest competition with this year being no different.
Starting with the Ducks, Dartmouth will travel to square off with non-league teams from Boston University (Mar. 6), Duke (Mar. 17), Davidson (Mar. 19), and Maryland (April 14).
Beyond UNH, Vermont (Mar. 27) and defending national semifinalists Florida (Mar. 9) will make up the non-conference home portion of the schedule.
The Ivy League Tournament will take place at the home of the regular season champion and is scheduled to start on Friday, May 3 with the two semifinal match-ups before the title game takes place on Sunday, May 5.