HANOVER, N.H. - As the calendar changes to the second month of 2013, Dartmouth head coach Amy Patton took time to sit down and discuss the upcoming women's lacrosse season.

As part of her weekly 'Coach's Corner' segment, Patton used the first installment of the 2013 campaign to talk about her team's fall and winter scheduling as well as the current preseason stretch leading up to the Feb. 23 opener at Oregon.

The fall, as it usually does, consisted of exhibition match-ups with other local collegiate teams. However, the most exciting facet of this past offseason came when the team made a trip halfway around the world to Australia.

Practices and three games against the Australian National Team accompanied the experience of a lifetime for the entire team during the two weeks in mid-December. In this week's interview, Patton discusses the positives and bonds created between players as the Big Green prepare for this year's slate of challenging games.

Ranked No. 11 by Lacrosse Magazine and fresh off an Ivy League Tournament Championship as well as a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row in 2012, the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team is on solid ground with the opener just over three weeks away.

Check back with DartmouthSports.com each week as Patton continues her previews of the 2013 Big Green. Next week, the head coach in her 21st season will break down the attack and midfield play she expects to see from her team this spring.