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Men's Soccer Travels to Cornell For Crucial League Contest

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Dartmouth will battle Cornell for second place in the Ivy League standings on Saturday.      By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, Nov. 3-
at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.), 6:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell in the battle for second-place in the league standings. The Big Green and Big Red kickoff at 6 p.m. at Cornell's Berman Field.

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The Race is ON - As we head toward the home stretch of the 2012 regular-season, the race is getting tighter and tighter. Brown continues to hold the top spot with a 4-0-1 record while the Big Green and Cornell are both at 4-1.  Cornell's lone loss is to Brown. Dartmouth controls its own destiny with its final games of the regular season coming against the Big Red (Nov. 3) and Brown (Nov. 9). The Brown game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

Streakin' Through The Ivy League - The Big Green picked up their fourth consecutive Ivy League victory with its 3-1 win over Harvard (Oct. 27). Additionally, Dartmouth moves to 3-0 in Ivy League contests at Burnham Field. The Big Green hasn't dropped more than one Ivy League contest at home since the 2003 season. Last season, the Big Green went 3-0 in league action at Burnham Field.

Speaking of Streaks - Dartmouth is currently on a three-game win streak and has won five of its last six games. The lone loss for the Big Green in the last six games came at the hands of Boston College in overtime. 

Adelabu Named Ivy League Player of the Week - Sophomore forward Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) picked up his second career Ivy League Player of the Week after picking up five points with two goals and an assist against Harvard (Oct. 27). Adelabu also won the award on Sept. 17. He joins Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) as Big Green players to earn Player of the Week accolades. He also earned College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week, joining teammate Brad Jacobson (Larchmont, N.Y.) who also won the award earlier this season.

Looking to Make it Two Road W's - The road hasn't been kind to the Big Green this season but the squad finally picked up a road win with a 2-1 win over Columbia (Oct. 20). The win was the first Ivy League road win and the third overall. The Big Green has a neutral site win over Missouri State and a true road win over Vermont in addition to the Columbia win.

Big Green in the National Rankings - Dartmouth is ranked nationally in several categories. As a team, the Big Green check in at No. 71 in scoring offense (1.57) and are No. 76 in win-loss percentage (0.561) and No. 88 in save percentage (0.757). Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) is 30th in points per game (1.5) and goals per game (0.64). He's 37th in total goals (9) and 47th in total points (21)

Gorini Notches First Career Goal - Freshman Alberto Gorini (Incisa Valderno, Italy) picked up his first career goal in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Harvard (Oct. 27). The freshman, who missed four games with an injury following the New Mexico Tournament, came off the bench against Boston College and Penn before jumping into the starting lineup against Columbia (Oct. 20). Prior to his injury, Gorini started in four games and has played in each game he's been dressed for.

Adelabu Can "Assist" You - Not only is Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) scoring goals, he's also assisting! In addition to scoring goals in Dartmouth's last two games, he's picked up assists in two of the last three contests. He has three assists this season, tied for No. 2 on the team.  Teammate Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) leads the squad with four assists.

Nedelchev Earns Assist - Senior Stoian Nedelchev (Sofia, Bulgaria) picked up his first point of the season with an assist on Dartmouth's first goal against Harvard (Oct. 27).  It was his first career point.

Patrick Murray in Starting Lineup - Junior Patrick Murray (Lakewood, Ohio) has started each of the last three games for the Big Green. He entered the Harvard (Oct. 27) game on a two-game scoring streak. For the season, Murray has six points on three goals.

Coach Cook Hits the Century Mark - In Dartmouth's 1-0 double overtime win over Missouri State on 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. Cook currently has 105 wins entering the Cornell game.

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 Glance at Cornell- Cornell enters Saturday's game with a 13-1-0, 4-1-0 Ivy League record after defeating Princeton, 1-0, on Saturday (Oct. 27). The Big Red opened the season on a 12-game winning streak and has been ranked as high as No. 10. Cornell has yet to drop a game at home this season, sporting a 7-0-0 record at Berman Field. Daniel Haber leads the offense with an astounding 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists, he also leads the team in shots with 71 and four game-winning goals. Joining Haber with double-digit points are Conor Goepel (14), Tyler Regan (12) and Nico Nissi (10).  The Big Green leads the all-time series 34-26-5 and has won each of the last five contests. Dartmouth's last loss to the Big Red in Ithaca was during the 2006 season - a double overtime contest. In goal for Cornell is Rick Pflasterer. He sports a 13-1-0 record ands has a 0.79 goals against average in 1246:45 of action. He's backstopped Cornell to four shutouts and has faced 115 shots.  Backup Zach Zagorski has seen action in two games.

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.

Friday, Nov. 9 - vs. Brown (Burnham Field) 7:00 p.m. - Televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel