HANOVER, N.H. – After an eight-year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament, the Dartmouth women’s soccer team under the tutelage of first-year head coach Ron Rainey has unveiled the 2014 schedule, which features five NCAA Tournament squads and eight teams in the top-100 PRI from last season.
“This schedule has some awesome non-conference opponents which will get us ready for Ivy League competition. The team and staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead,” said Rainey.
Rainey’s 17-game slate sees the Big Green make seven appearances at Burnham Field, hosting three postseason opponents. Dartmouth will welcome the University of Montreal and NCAA D3 semifinalist Middlebury for exhibition matches on August 24 and 30, respectively.
The regular season starts in The Emerald City, as the Big Green will meet Portland and Washington in Seattle, Washington on September 5-7. Portland finished the season ranked 11th and won 17 games en route to a second round match with Illinois.
Dartmouth makes its home debut as part of a three-game homestand on Sept. 10 against Albany. The next two contests are against NCAA Tournament teams St. John’s (Sept. 14) and Northeastern (Sept. 19). Last season, the Big Green and the Red Storm played to a scoreless tie in Jamaica, New York on Sept. 20.
The Green and White will make a short trip over the Connecticut River into Vermont to take on the Catamounts in an afternoon contest on Sept. 21.
Ivy League play will begin on Sunday, Sept. 28, when Brown, a 10-win team from last season meets the Big Green. The team from the Upper Valley will head back into non-league play for four more road contest before seasons end. All four-road games will be played against Sacred Heart (Sept. 30), NCAA Second Round foe Boston U. (Oct. 14), Marist (Oct. 27) and UMass Lowell (Nov. 4).
Dartmouth will split the remaining six Ivy League meetings, at home against Yale (Oct. 11), Penn (Oct. 18) and senior day against Harvard (Nov. 1). The three road games will be at Princeton (Oct. 4), Columbia (Oct. 25) and Cornell (Nov. 8).
The Big Green plan to return 15 players from last season’s squad. Rising junior Corey Delaney returns as the team’s top scorer with five goals and five assists from the 2013 season.