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Men's Soccer Travels to UMass for Saturday Matinee

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By Doug Austin
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Saturday, Sept. 22 -
at UMass  (Amherst, Mass.) 1:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team continues its nearly month long road swing with a Saturday matinee at UMass. The Big Green and Minutemen will kickoff at 1 p.m. at UMass's Rudd Field.

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Road Swing Continues - The Big Green are in the midst of a five-game, 26-day road swing that is keeping them away from the friendly confines of Burnham Field. Dartmouth has three games left in the swing including Saturday's game at UMass as well as trips to Princeton (Sept. 29) and Vermont (Oct. 3).

Coach Cook Hits the Century Mark - In Dartmouth's 1-0 double overtime win over Missouri State on Sunday (Sept. 16),  head coach Jeff Cook picked up his 100th win at Dartmouth. Cook joins former head coach Thomas Dent as the only two coaches in program history to record at least 100 wins.  Dent is Dartmouth's all-time winningest coach with 143 career wins over 43 seasons at Dartmouth. Congrats coach Cook!

Adelabu Earns Ivy League Player of the Week Honors - Sophomore forward Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) picked up his first career Ivy League Player of the Week award on Monday (Sept. 17) after scoring two goals in Dartmouth's 3-2 loss to No. 7 New Mexico and adding the game-winner against Missouri State. Adelabu is on a four-game scoring streak and currently leads the team with 11 points and a team-best four goals. 

Close, But No Cigar Against No. 7 New Mexico - Dartmouth has played well against ranked foes this season and opened the season by taking then-No. 4 UConn to overtime in a 2-1 loss. Dartmouth again showcased its strength by scoring two goals, including one in the first minute of action against, No. 7 New Mexico. Unfortunately, the Big Green has been on the wrong end of both contests, going 0-2 against ranked foes.

Streakin' - The Big Green have several players with active streaks entering Saturday's UMass game. Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) is riding a four-game scoring streak while Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) has picked up assists in each of his last three games.

Speaking of Streaks - The Big Green were able to snap Missouri State's undefeated streak with its double overtime win on Sunday (Sept. 16). The Bears were undefeated in seven-games before the win.

Adelabu To Heffron Connection - Classmates Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) and Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) have developed quite a connection on the field. Heffron has assisted on three of Adelabu's four goals this season and leads the team with four assists.  

Sean Donovan Sees Time in Net - Senior goalkeeper Sean Donovan (Burr Ridge, Ill.) saw his first action this season in Dartmouth's win over Missouri State. Donovan played 105:33 and didn't make any saves. Donovan was a key piece in Dartmouth's 2011 run to the NCAA quarterfinals, playing 939:17 and sporting a 1.25 goals against average.

Gabe Hoffman-Johnson Back in the Mix - Junior midfielder/defender Gabe Hoffman-Johnson (Falmouth, Maine) saw his first action of the regular-season over the weekend. He came off the bench against New Mexico and made his first career start against Missouri State. Hoffman-Johnson only saw action in five games in 2011 due to injury.

Jayne Makes First Career Start - Hanover native, Eric Jayne (Hanover, N.H) made his first career start in the Big Green's game against Missouri State. Jayne, who played in two games during his rookie season in 2011, has seen action in four games this season.

Captain, My Captain - Seniors Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) and Teo Larsson-Sax (Kalmar, Sweden) will wear the captain's armband for the Big Green this season. Dzierzawski is coming off an outstanding 2011 season where he led the team with seven assists and earned first team All-Ivy honors as well as ECAC All-Star second-team honors. Larsson-Sax is a staple in the Big Green backfield and in 2011 started 15 games for the Big Green. He showcased his offensive skills with one goal and four shots, two of those shots reaching frame. It will be the first time Dzierzawski or Larsson-Sax has been a captain. Keep up-to-date with all the things that are happening with the Dartmouth men's soccer team with the Captains' Corner blog. You can access it HERE.

TV Time - Dartmouth's final regular-season game against Brown (Nov. 9) will be broadcast to a national television audience as the Fox Soccer Channel Game of the Week.  The game will be Dartmouth's lone TV contest of the season and marks the second time the Big Green have appeared on Fox Soccer Channel. Dartmouth last played in a televised game in 2008 when they also took on the Brown Bears, earning a 2-0 victory.

A Look at UMass  -- UMass enters Saturday's game with a 2-3-2 record after falling to Siena, 3-1, in a midweek matchup on Wednesday. The Minutemen are winless in their last five outings with ties against Harvard and New Hampshire and losses to Adelphi, Hartford and Siena. UMass's two wins this season have come in Amherst. Dartmouth leads the all-time series 22-5-4 and this will be the third consecutive meeting between the regional foes. Prior to the 2010 season, the last time the squads met was in 2007. Josh Schwartz leads the offense with six points on three goals while teammates Brett Canepa and Connor Devivo each have three points on a goal and an assist each. Brian Frame has been tending net this season and in 687:04 of action he has a 1.18 goals against average and a .786 saves percentage.

Keep Up With the Big Green -- Stay current with everything going on with your Big Green by following Dartmouth men's soccer on twitter (@DartmouthMSoc) and "liking" the Big Green men's soccer team on Facebook.

Saturday, Sept. 29 - at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.), 5:00 p.m. - Ivy League Opener
Wednesday, Oct. 3 - at Vermont (Burlington, Vt.), 3:00 p.m.