Big Green To Host Lafayette And UMass This Weekend
Dartmouth Men’s Soccer
Friday, Sept. 13 – Lafayette (Burnham Field), 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 – Massachusetts (Burnham Field), 2:00 p.m.
The Dartmouth College men’s soccer team will conclude its four-game homestand this weekend when they welcome Patriot League member Lafayette College and A-10 local rival Massachusetts to Burnham Field. The Big Green opened the home slate on Monday evening with an overtime 3-2 victory over ACC member Boston College.
Boston College Recap - Junior Robin Alnas slipped in a loose-ball rebound in the 105th minute to lift Dartmouth over Boston College, 3-2. The win was the first in the head-coaching career for Dartmouth’s Chad Riley, now in his first season at the helm of the program.
We Have Robin, But Who’s Batman? - Robin Alnas sits atop the Dartmouth leaderboard this season with four points. Senior Justin Rosner, junior Colin Heffron and freshman Alexander Marsh are tired for second with two points each. Marsh and Rosner have each added a goal.
Extra Time, Part Deux – A year ago, six of Dartmouth’s games went into overtime. The squad finished 2-4 in the extra frames. So far this season, the Big Green have forced OT twice ending with a win and a tie.
A Glance at Lafayette – Through four games this season, the Leopards have yet to drop a tilt. Sitting at 1-0-3, the Easton, Pa. school has a victory over Bryant and draws with Quinnipiac, Saint Peter’s and La Salle. Peter Adubato leads the squad with four points on two tallies. Ryan Dodds has also found the back of the net and was credited with an assist for three points. Nathan McDonald has held court in the cage and posts a 0.86 goals against average and a 0.765 save percentage. The Leopards will travel east for a second Ivy League non-conference match with Harvard on Sunday.
Massachusetts in A Minute - Heading into Sunday’s contest, the Minutemen are riding a four-game winless streak with one more contest against Hartford before meeting the Big Green. Prior to the Hartford contest, the Minutemen competed in a pair of tournaments to begin the season. At the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, UMass went 0-1-1 against Evansville and Bradley. The following weekend, at the Windjammer Classic at UVM, New Hampshire and host Vermont defeated UMass.
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.
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 Forward - Dartmouth will compete in the South Carolina Tournament next weekend, meeting SEC members Kentucky and South Carolina. Both squads finished in the middle of the pack last season, but are looking to improve. The Big Green will return to the Granite State for a three-game stand with Albany, Vermont and Princeton.
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Friday, Sept. 20 – vs. Kentucky (South Carolina Tournament - Eugene E. Stone III Field), 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 – at. South Carolina (South Carolina Tournament - Eugene E. Stone III Field), 2:00 p.m.