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Dartmouth will close out the non-conference slate with Boston University on Wednesday at 7...     By John and Matt Risley
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Wednesday, Oct. 17
- vs. Boston University (Burnham Field), 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 - at Columbia (New York, N.Y.), 4:00 p.m.

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The Dartmouth College women's soccer team puts its three-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Boston University in the final non-conference matchup of the 2012 season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Burnham Field. The Big Green will then travel to Columbia for an Ivy League contest on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Big Green and Lions take the field at 4 p.m.

Big Bad Burnham - The Big Green have really made Burnham Field a tough place for opponents to play in especially this year's Ivy League foes. In each of its last two Ivy League games, Dartmouth has defeated Yale (Oct. 6) and Penn (Oct. 13) both home games. Dartmouth hadn't defeated Yale since 2007, and hadn't posted a win over Penn in the last three meetings.

Big Green, Big Win - Dartmouth's 2-1 win over Penn, not only snapped the Big Green's three-game winless streak against the Quakers but handed the then-Ivy League leaders, their first league loss this season. Now the Big Green and Quakers are tied for second place with identical 3-1-0 records while Princeton leads the league as the lone undefeated at 4-0-0. Harvard is on Dartmouth's heels with a 2-1-1 record. Should make for an interesting final weeks of the season as Penn and Princeton don't play until the final weekend while Dartmouth and Harvard square off next Sunday (Oct. 28). 

Solomon Named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week - Big Green defender Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) picked up her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor on Monday (Oct. 15) after scoring the game-winner against Penn (Oct. 13) and adding an assist in Dartmouth's non-conference win over Brown (Oct. 9). Solomon is the third Big Green player to earn Ivy League recognition this season joining Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.).

Final Non-Conference Foe on Tap - The Big Green's midweek match up with Boston University will close out the 2012 non-conference slate. Dartmouth has taken on some tough competition during its non-conference slate with the likes of ranked opponents, UCF, Rutgers and Pepperdine.  The Big Green enters Wednesday's game with a non-conference record of 6-3 and a 2-2 record at Burnham. The only non-conference losses Dartmouth has posted at home were one-goal affairs against ranked foes Rutgers and Pepperdine.

Set Pieces Crucial - Dartmouth has been dangerous from set pieces this season, especially corner kicks. The Big Green have taken 80 corners this season nearly double what their opponents have taken and have also scored off corners on two occasions and added a goal on a free kick.

Thurber Into the Starting Lineup - Sophomore Laura Thurber (Belmont, Mass.) started her first game of the season in Dartmouth's win over Penn. Thurber made four starts as a rookie in 2011.

Solomon on a Roll - Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.), known for her defensive prowess, has been on a roll on the offensive side of the ball. She's tallied points in each of the last three games, two assists and a goal. Not too shabby for a defender!

Saunders Getting it Done in Goal - Starting goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.) has been a brick wall for the Big Green this season. She's sporting a 0.84 goals against average and has four shutouts to her credit this season. She has posted five or more saves four times this season, including making a season-high seven saves against Penn.

Streakin' - The Big Green are on a roll, winners of their last three games. This is the second streak of three or more wins this season as the squad posted four straight, including three consecutive shutouts earlier this season. The four-game streak was the longest for Dartmouth since 2010 when it closed the season with four wins. The Big Green won six straight in 2006 and also in 2005 the last time they advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Dartmouth Into the Regional Rankings - The Big Green remain in the NSCAA regional rankings this week. The Big Green are ranked No. 9in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dartmouth is joined by Ivy League foe, Princeton who checks in at No. 3.  The Big Green and Princeton are the lone Ivy League teams in the regional rankings.

Big Green Offense on Point - The saying goes "defense wins games" but for the Big Green, offense makes people happy! This season Dartmouth is outscoring its opponents, 26-12, and has posted four shutouts. Additionally, Dartmouth is doubling up opponents in the second half, outscoring them 14-7. Big Green opponents are connecting on 8.6 percent of their shots while Dartmouth is averaging 2.00 goals per game and taking 16.5 shots per game. The Big Green's offensive production has increased 250% from this point last season.

Close Calls - One thing that the Dartmouth squad can hang its hat on is that they have been in every game this season.  In Dartmouth's 11 games, three of the four losses have come by a single goal. On the flip side, the Big Green are outscoring opponents 23-5 in wins and haven't allowed an opponent to score more than two goals in a single game.

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 throughout the season. You can follow the blog here.

Looking at Boston University - Boston University enters Wednesday's match with an 11-5-1 record after taking a 1-0 win over Binghamton University on Friday Oct. 14. The win gave the Terriers their eighth straight win and at least a share of the America East regular-season title. Madison Clemens leads the offense with 14 points on seven goals. She is the lone player with double-digit points. Emma Clark is next with nine points on four goals and one assist. In net, Andrea Green leads the way with a 0.82 goals against average with 51 saves and seven shutouts. Alyssa Parisi has played one half and has made two saves allowing one goal. The all-time series between the teams is tied at 6-6-4 but the Terriers have won the last three meetings. Dartmouth is winless in the last five meetings between the teams with its last win coming during the 2006 season when the Terriers were ranked 10th. Expect a low scoring affair as there haven't been more than two goals scored by the winner of the contest in the last 11 meetings. Additionally, there have been five overtime games in the last nine meetings.

Glancing at Columbia - Columbia enters Saturday's game with a 6-7, 2-2-0 Ivy League record after dropping a 2-1 contest to league leader, Princeton, on Saturday (Oct. 13). The Lions have defeated Brown and Cornell in league action with losses to Princeton and Penn. Columbia is currently sitting in fifth place in the standings.  Dartmouth leads the all-time series 19-4-3 but dropped the last meeting between the teams in Hanover last season. Beverly Leon and Coleen Rizzo lead the offense. Rizzo has a team-best 14 points on six goals and two assists while Leon is close behind with 13 points on five goals and three assists. They are the lone Columbia players with over five points. Netminder Grace Redmon has started every game and has a 1.09 goals against average with 59 saves. Gabby Dubick has played in one game and has a 1-0 record. The Big Green are looking for their sixth win on the Lions home field since the 1999 season.

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Sunday, Oct. 28 - vs. Harvard (Burnham Field) 1:00 p.m. (Homecoming)