DARTMOUTH WOMEN'S SOCCER
Sunday, Oct. 28 - vs. Harvard (Burnham Field) 1:00 p.m.
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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team looks to make it six straight wins when it welcomes rival, Harvard, to Burnham Field for a Sunday afternoon matchup. The Big Green and Crimson kickoff at 1 p.m. and will close out the 2012 Dartmouth Homecoming festivities.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Big Green in The Hunt - The Dartmouth women's soccer team has put themselves in the hunt for the 2012 Ivy League title. The Big Green is one of three teams in the hunt. Princeton remains the Ivy League's lone undefeated team with a 5-0-0 record while the Big Green and Penn are tied at the No. 2 spot with identical 4-1-0 records. Dartmouth has already played both Penn and Princeton. The Big Green defeated Penn and fell to Princeton. Princeton and Penn won't meet on the field until the final week of the season and depending on the outcome could force a three-way tie. That being said, Dartmouth needs to keep its winning ways when it takes on Harvard this weekend.
Delaney Is Ivy League Rookie of the Week ... Again - Freshman forward Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) picked up her third Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor on Monday (Oct. 22). She becomes the first Big Green freshman to win the weekly award three times and it is the first time Dartmouth has earned three Rookie of the Week accolades in one season since 1998. Delaney is also the Ivy League's first three-time recipient since Penn's Kerry Scalora in 2010. The forward earned the honor for assisting on Tasha Wilkins' (Portland, Ore.) game-winner at Columbia, giving her a team-best five assists.
Wilkins Named College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week - Dartmouth players continue to rack up the accolades as Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) was named College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week for her game-winner against Columbia (Oct. 20). Wilkins has picked up points in each of Dartmouth's last two outings, as she had an assist on a goal against Boston University (Oct. 17).
Dartmouth Up to No. 7 In the Region - Behind the strength of its current five-game winning streak and its strong non-conference slate, the Big Green have moved up to No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic regional rankings. Dartmouth joins Princeton, who is No. 3 in the rankings, as the Ivy League's only teams in the rankings. Dartmouth first entered the rankings on Sept. 25 at No. 8. The No. 7 ranking is the highest in the last four seasons.
Thanks Class of 2013 - Sunday's game marks the final home game for the Dartmouth senior class of Grace Best (Downington, Pa.), Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), Paige Dekker (Albuquerque, N.M.), Libby Hamlin (Vernon, Conn.), Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) and Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.). The Class of 2013 has been a part of 32 victories and has a 14-11-1 Ivy League record. Thank you Class of 2013.
Moving Up the RPI Scale - The Big Green have steadily climbed the RPI scale this season and this week check in at No. 30. The ranking is Dartmouth's highest ranking since the 2005 season when they concluded the season at No. 27. 2005 was also the last time the Big Green played in the NCAA Tournament. Dartmouth's highest RPI was during the 2001 and 2000 seasons, when they concluded the season ranked No. 14 and No. 13, respectively. The RPI is used by the NCAA to help aid in the NCAA Selection process.
Home Sweet Burnham - Dartmouth's opponents have found that "Big Bad Burnham" is a tough place to play. The Big Green enter the final home weekend with a record of 6-2-0 on their home field and are a perfect 3-0 in Ivy League games at home. Dartmouth's hasn't posted a losing home record since the 1987 season and has only had two losing home records in 32 years. Hail Burnham!
Dartmouth Hits the 10-Win Mark - The Big Green's 2-1 win over Boston University (Oct. 17) gave the team 10 wins for the first time since the 2009 season. Dartmouth has posted double-digit victories 11 times in program history and posted a program-record 14 wins during the 2000 season. Dartmouth currently has 11 victories could conclude the regular season with 13 wins, the most wins since 2006 when the team ended with a 12-4-1 record.
Big Green Reserves Shine in the Spotlight- Dartmouth reserves played an important role in Dartmouth's wins over Boston University (Oct. 17) and Columbia (Oct. 20). Reserve Kendall Kraus (San Diego, Calif.) picked up her second goal of 2012 and the game-winner against the Terriers while Tasha Wilkins (Portland, Ore.) tallied an assist on Kraus' goal and added the game-winner against Columbia (Oct. 20). It has been a total team effort this season as 11 of the Big Green's 25 players have scored goals and 12 have tallied assists.
Defense wins Championships - The Big Green defense has kept opponents at bay throughout the season and has the statistics to prove it. The Dartmouth defense spearheaded by goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) boasts a 0.86 goals against average and is limiting opponents to just 10.3 shots per game. Saunders has five shutouts to her credit this season and made a season-best seven saves against Penn (Oct. 13).
Streakin' - The Big Green are on a roll, winners of their last five games. Dartmouth's current five-game streak is the longest since the 2006 season when they won six consecutive. Should the Big Green make it six straight with a win over Harvard, the team will match streaks by the 2006 and 2005 squads. Dartmouth has twice posted streaks of four or more wins this season.
Big Green Offense Getting It Done - This season Dartmouth is outscoring its opponents, 29-13, and has posted five shutouts. Additionally, Dartmouth is doubling up opponents in the second half, outscoring them 16-7. Big Green opponents are connecting on 8.4 percent of their shots while Dartmouth is averaging 1.93 goals per game and taking 16.5 shots per game.
Close Calls - In Dartmouth's 15 games, three of the four losses have come by a single goal. On the flip side, the Big Green are outscoring opponents 26-6 in wins and haven't allowed an opponent to score more than two goals in a single game. In all, the Big Green have played nine games decided by one goal and have been winners in six of those games.
Granite State Bragging Rights - When the Big Green took on New Hampshire on Friday (Sept. 14) bragging rights were on the line and Dartmouth made sure that all those bragging rights stayed in Hanover with a 3-0 victory. The Big Green picked up their third consecutive win over their in-state rival and in dominating fashion. The three goals scored by the Big Green were the most since a 5-0 win over the Wildcats in 2005.
UCF All-Tournament Players - Senior tri-captain Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) and freshman Jackie Friedman (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) were named to the UCF All-Tournament team for their efforts throughout the weekend. Solomon also earned All-Tournament honors as a sophomore at the Dartmouth Nike Tournament.
Brittany Cameron Joins Staff - Dartmouth also added a staff member in the offseason. Assistant coach Brittany Cameron joins the staff after spending the 2011 season at Niagara. Cameron spent three years as a professional player in the Women's Professional Soccer league with the Los Angeles Sol, Bay Area FC Pride and the Western New York Flash. In her stints with the Western New York Flash and the FC Pride Gold, she won the WPSL Championship and was a finalist in 2009 with the LA Sol. She played collegiately at San Diego leading the Toreros to a No. 9 ranking and a trip to the NCAA second round in 2009.
Trio to Wear Captain's Armband - This season, a trio of upperclassmen will lead the Big Green. Seniors Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Kim Rose (Seaford, N.Y.) will wear the captain's armband. Solomon and Brush will be donning the armband for the first time, while Rose will be making a return appearance after serving as captain in 2011. The trio will also pen a blog on DartmouthSports.com throughout the season. You can follow the blog here.
Looking at Harvard - Harvard enters Sunday's game with an 8-4-3, 2-2-1 Ivy League record after defeating Brown, 1-0, in overtime on Wednesday (Oct. 24). The game was a non-conference game. The Crimson have won three of their last four games and before a loss to Princeton were undefeated in their previous four contests. Meg Casscells-Hamby leads the offense with a team-best six goals while Elizabeth Weisman is next with five goals. Casscells-Hamby and Weisman are also leading the team in points with 15 and 11, respectively. They are the only Crimson players with double-digit points. Harvard has three goalkeepers on the roster but Bethany Kanten has started 14 games and is sporting a 1.25 goals against average with 51 saves. She is 7-4-3 on the year and has played 1226:11. Cheta Emba and Alexandra Millet have also seen time. Emba is 1-0-0 with a 2.13 goals against average. Dartmouth trails the all-time series 14-17-3 but hasn't dropped a home contest to the Crimson since 1997, a streak that is sitting at six games.
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Saturday, Nov. 3 - at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.) 3:00 p.m.