HANOVER, N.H. - Saturday morning will provide the Dartmouth men's cross country team an opportunity to defend its title won last season when it runs at the 2011 New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.

Last season, the Big Green won the race, finishing first in a field of 47 teams, just narrowly edging Boston College, 138-140, for the title.

Saturday morning will see Dartmouth use a different lineup as its seven runners will be freshmen Luke Decker (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Dylan O'Sullivan (Harrowsmith, Ontario), sophomores Will Geoghegan (Brunswick, Maine), Matthew Pierce (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and Henry Sterling (South Freeport, Maine) and seniors Jake Shoemaker (Sudbury, Mass.) and Matt Miner (Ashland, Ore.).

Last week, senior Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) led Dartmouth to an eighth-place team showing with his eighth-place individual finish (24:19) at the Paul Short Invitational.

Fellow senior Brad Kenimer (Alexandria, Va.) was the second member of the Big Green to finish at Lehigh, placing 49th (25:12). Following soon after was sophomore Steve Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) in 56th (25:15), junior Adam Doherty (Langrangeville, N.Y.) in 75th (25:23) and sophomore John Bleday (Westford, Mass.) in 76th (25:24).

Dartmouth also had two more runners in the top 100 as junior Jonathan Gault (Bedford, Mass.) and Phil Royer (Portsmouth, R.I.) were 80th (25:26) and 91st (25:30), respectively, at the Paul Short.

Race time is set for 1:15 p.m. on the 8K course.