HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth men's soccer team, fresh off its 2011 Ivy League title, will travel to Providence for the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Big Green will take on the Friars on Thursday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. in Providence.
Providence (10-7-1), an at-large selection out of the BIG EAST, fell to 2010 NCAA College Cup participant , Louisville in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The winner of Thursday's game will advance to take on UC - Santa Barbara, a finalist in the Big West Tournament, on Saturday Nov, 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT).
The Big Green and Friars will meet for the 15th time and for the first time since the 2001 season in Thursday's game. Dartmouth (8-5-4) owns an 11-2-1 series advantage and has won each of the last two meetings.
This marks Dartmouth's fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its seventh appearance in the last eight years. This is the first automatic bid for the Big Green in the last four seasons and is the eighth appearance in the tournament under head coach Jeff Cook.
Last season, the Big Green advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins over Monmouth and Notre Dame before falling in double overtime to No. 8 seed UCLA. Dartmouth is looking to get back to the NCAA Sweet 16, a place they have been in two of the last three seasons.
Overall, Dartmouth is 6-10-4 in NCAA Tournament play with Elite Eight appearances in 1990 and 1992 and Sweet 16 runs in 2008 and 2010.The Big Green are one of only12 teams in the country to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of the last five years, joining the likes of soccer powehouses, Virginia, UCLA and Indiana.
Joining Dartmouth from the Ivy League is co-Ivy League Champion, Brown. This marks the second consecutive season the Ivy League has sent more than one team to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, there were four Ivy League squads in the championship field.
Six of Dartmouth's 2011 opponents also reached the postseason. Dartmouth opponents, South Florida , SMU, South Carolina, Brown, Colgate and Boston College are also in the field of 48.
For ticket information please refer to the Providence website.