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Mens Soccer Travels to Columbia

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Noah Cohen and the Big Green travel to Columbia for an Ivy League matchup on Saturday.      By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, Oct. 20-
at Columbia (New York, N.Y.), 7:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team travels to New York City for an Ivy League matchup with Columbia on Saturday (Oct. 20). Kickoff between the Big Green and Lions is set for 7 p.m. at Columbia's Soccer Stadium.

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Big Green Move to 2-1 In Ivy Action - The Big Green got in the win column with a 3-1 win over Penn on Saturday (Oct. 13). The win was Dartmouth's second consecutive Ivy League win and extends its home Ivy win streak to seven consecutive games. The last time Dartmouth dropped a home Ivy League game was a 1-0 loss to Penn in 2010.

Another Close Call at Boston College - The Big Green dropped a 1-0 overtime contest at Boston College (Oct. 10). Dartmouth was playing its fourth overtime contest and the result was its third overtime loss. This season, five of Dartmouth's six losses have come by a single goal and two in overtime.

Tight Ivy League Race - The top five spots in the Ivy League are really all up for grabs. Cornell is the lone team with an unblemished record at 3-0-0 while Brown is sitting at 2-0-1 and the Big Green are just behind with a 2-1-0 record. There will be some changes over the weekend as Cornell and Brown will play each other. The Big Green closes the season with games against Cornell and Brown.

Alnas Named to Ivy League Honor Roll - Sophomore midfielder Robin Alnas (Gothenburg, Sweden) earned a spot on the Ivy League honor roll after picking up the game-winning goal against Penn, his second goal of the season. 

Hitting the Road- The road hasn't been kind to the Big Green this season and they are looking for their first Ivy League road win after dropping a 2-1 overtime contest at Princeton in the opener on Sept. 29. This season, the Big Green has a 2-7 road record with wins over Missouri State at the New Mexico Tournament and Vermont.

Flood Gates Open Against Penn - Dartmouth's offense was on point against Penn and it showed as the Big Green exploded for three goals, the most goals for the team this season. Dartmouth has scored three goals on three occasions, wins over Penn (Oct. 13), Vermont (Oct. 3) and Holy Cross (Sept. 2). 

Bench Comes Up Big Against Penn - Dartmouth received help from its bench in the win over Penn. Reserves Andoni Georgiou (London, England) and Robin Alnas (Gothenburg, Sweden) added two goals while Patrick Murray (Lakewood, Ohio), who was starting for just the third time this season, added the go-ahead goal.

Adelabu Back on Track - Big Green leading scorer Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) had been held without a point in games against Yale (Oct. 3) and Boston College (Oct. 13) but got back on track with an assist against Penn. He leads the team in points with 14 on six goals and two assists.

Cohen Makin' Stops - Junior goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) has stepped up big in the last several games. He made a season-high eight saves against Penn (Oct. 13), two shy of his career best of 10. The netminder has posted six games of five or more saves this season and in five of Dartmouth's last six games.

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.

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 Columbia- Columbia enters Saturday's game with a 3-6-3, 1-1-1 Ivy League record after tying Princeton 0-0 on Saturday (Oct. 13). The Lions are winless in their last two outings picking up ties against Providence in non-conference action and Princeton. Columbia's Kofi Agyapong and Nick Scott lead the way with five points each. Scott is the Lions leading scorer with two goals while Agyapong has a team-best three assists.  Three players have double-digit shot attempts with Henning Saurbuer leading the way with 15 while Agyapong and Scott have 13 and 10 shots, respectively. Dartmouth leads the all-time series 224-22-7 but is looking for its first win at Columbia since the 2008 season when they posted a 3-1 win. The Big Green has won six of the last eight meetings, including a span of five straight from 2004-2008.

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Saturday, Oct. 27 - vs. Harvard (Burnham Field), 3:00 p.m.