HANOVER, N.H. – The future is bright at Burnham Field for the Dartmouth women’s soccer program.

The 2012 season served as a tremendous foundation for the Big Green’s re-birth and ascension up the Ivy League standings under head coach Theresa Romagnolo, now entering her third season at the helm of the program.

The nine-game turnaround from the 2011 season saw the Green and White put together a 13-4-0 overall mark and a 6-1-0 record in Ivy League play, good for second.

Eight players earned All-Ivy honors with Corey Delaney unanimously winning the league’s Rookie of the Year accolade, the first by a Dartmouth player since 1996. Four first-team players from a year ago will be back this fall to help the Big Green continue their run towards an Ivy League title as Delaney, Emma Brush, Chrissy Lozier and goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders all return.

Brush led the team in scoring with 19 points, while sharing the lead in assists with Delaney as each had five. Her seven goals in 2012 ranked second amongst her teammates only to Lozier’s eight.

Saunders proved to be one of the top goalkeepers in the region last year as she boasted a 0.72 goals-against average in 17 games and led the Ivy League with seven clean sheets. Allowing just 12 goals all season, Saunders turned in a career-high 60 saves in her second year.

In addition to the four first-team players, all three members of the Big Green to earn second-team recognition in 2012 will be back in uniform this fall. Seniors Kim Rose and Marina Moschitto and sophomore Jackie Friedman were all honored by the league’s head coaches and should continue to make an impact in the upcoming campaign.

Romagnolo and her assistants Kelly Kuss and Brittany Cameron will also have the luxury of a talented group of incoming players as the Class of 2017 includes Casey Cousineau, Piper Curtis, Claire Goss, Meredith Gurnee, Jessica Lukas, Holly Patterson, Hannah Petrone and Hayley Snyder.

Patterson comes to Hanover from New Zealand where her skills earned her a spot on the national team, becoming one of the youngest players ever to secure a roster spot in her home country. Her 2012 call-up at age 17 came after a standout performance at the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.

Recently, Romagnolo took the time to discuss her team and the upcoming season with DartmouthSports.com. Click on the video above for her complete interview.