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Men's Soccer Welcomes Harvard for Homecoming

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Dartmouth takes on Harvard for its annual Homecoming game on Saturday at 3 p.m.     By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, Oct. 27-
vs. Harvard (Burnham Field), 3:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth College men's soccer team hosts rival, Harvard, in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday (Oct. 27). The Big Green and Crimson will kick off at 3 p.m. just ahead of the Big Green vs. Harvard football game at 5 p.m.

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Big Green Rolling Through the Ivy League Slate - The Big Green have taken it up a notch in Ivy League action and with Saturday's win over Columbia have won three consecutive Ivy League games and enter Saturday's game with Harvard with a 3-0 record at Burnham Field.

Ivy League Race is TIGHT - As is the case most years the Ivy League race looks like it might come down to the final weekend of play. After Brown snapped Cornell's 12-game winning steak on Saturday, the Bears moved into first place while Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton are all tied for second place. Cornell and Dartmouth have identical 3-1-0 records while Princeton is 2-0-2.  The Big Green are somewhat in control of their own destiny, with games remaining against both Brown and Cornell, putting them in a similar situation as last season!

Homecoming on Tap - Saturday's game is a part of Dartmouth's annual Homecoming festivities. The Big Green is going for their third consecutive Homecoming win after defeating Columbia, 2-0 last season. Dartmouth last played Harvard for Homecoming in 2010, a 2-1 Dartmouth victory.

Patrick Murray is Streakin' - Junior Patrick Murray (Lakewood, Ohio) has been on a roll in the last two games. Murray enters the Harvard game on a two-game scoring streak and has started each of the last two games. For the season, Murray has six points on three goals.

Finally Got A W on The Road - The road hasn't been kind to the Big Green this season but the squad finally picked up a road win with its 2-1 win over Columbia. 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.

Adelabu Back on the Scoresheet - Leading scorer Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) reclaimed is place in the scoresheet with a goal in Dartmouth's win over Columbia. The sophomore was held without a goal in each of Dartmouth's previous three games but did pick up an assist against Penn. At one point, Adelabu has a four-game scoring streak this season. Adelabu leads the Dartmouth offense with 16 points on seven goals and two assists.

Gorini Back in the Lineup  - Freshman Alberto Gorini (Incisa Valdarno, Italy) was back in the starting lineup against Columbia (Oct. 20). The freshman, who missed four games with injury following the New Mexico Tournament, came off the bench against Boston College and Penn. Prior to his injury, Gorini started in four games and has played in each game.

Alnas Stepping Up -Sophomore Robin Alnas (Gothenburg, Sweden) has been an offensive sparkplug the last two games. He scored his second goal of the season, the game-winner, against Penn and followed that with an assist in the win over Columbia. He also earned his seventh start of the season against the Lions.

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 Harvard- Harvard enters Saturday's game with a 2-8-3, 0-3-1 Ivy League record after falling to Princeton 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Crimson are 1-3-2 in their last six games. Oliver White and Zach Wolfenson lead he offense with three goals each. Wolfenzon leads the way with seven points on three goals and an assist. Aside from White and Wolfenzon only three other Crimson players have scored goals this season. Despite the low number of goals, the Big Green have five players with double digit shots. Dartmouth trails the all-time series 43-37-9 but have won the last two home games against the Crimson. Harvard is playing a pair of freshmen in goal this season. Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have split time in net. Festa has a 0-4-2 record in 600:44 in net with a 1.50 goals against average while Mendez has a 2-4-1 record in 679:16 and a 1.72 goals against average. Mendez has made 36 saves while Festa has made 25 saves.

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 - vs. New Hampshire (Burnham Field), 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 - at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.), 6;00 p.m.