No. 19 Dartmouth Big Green (11-3-1, 5-0-1 Ivy) vs.
Brown Bears (8-5-3, 2-2-2 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, November 11 at 5 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I. – Stevenson-Pincine Field
Ivy League Network
The No. 19 Dartmouth men’s soccer team heads to Rhode Island to take on Brown Saturday evening, in the final game of the regular season.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown enters the game with a season record of 8-5-3 with a conference record of 2-2-2, the only two Ivy League wins against Penn and Princeton. Most recently, last Saturday, the Bears played to a draw against Yale on the road. Junior Toby Howell is leading the Brown offense with five goals and is followed by senior Quinn English who has three goals, but also leads the team in assists with five. Howell also has the most game-winning goals in the league with four. The Bears’ goalkeeper, senior Joey Cipicchio, has played all 16 games for them this year recording a goals-against average of 0.76, third best in the Ivy League, and is second best in the conference in save percentage with .800.
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
Last November, Dartmouth took down Brown 2-0 at home to conclude the regular season. Noah Paravicini got the Big Green on the board in the 41st minute and in the 67th minute Matt Danilack scored an insurance goal, while the defense held the Bears offense at bay. The win secured the third-straight Ivy League title for Dartmouth. Brown leads the series, 38-33-5.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend the Big Green defeated Cornell 1-0, on a header goal by Eduvie Ikoba in the 74th minute, assisted by Danilack and Dawson McCartney. Saturday’s win clinched the fourth consecutive conference title for Dartmouth, and also celebrated the class of 2018, who is the first class in program history to win four conference titles.
FOURTH IVY CROWN
While the Big Green has already clinched the Ivy League title, this weekend determines whether they will secure it outright. The scenarios where Dartmouth wins the title outright are:
- A win and Columbia loss or tie
- A tie and a Columbia win, loss, or tie
- A loss and a Columbia tie or loss
Since the Big Green have already defeated Columbia, they have won the automatic qualifier to the NCAA College Cup, but a loss to Brown and a Columbia win would mean both teams share the Ivy League title for 2017. The No. 25 Lions are facing Cornell on the road on Saturday.
THE BIG PICTURE
While Dartmouth is finishing the regular season, the squad will quickly be thinking about the not-so-far-away future in the NCAA tournament, as the selection show is Monday. Currently the Big Green is ranked No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and is 16th in the RPI rankings, the highest ranked Ivy League team in both rankings. The team is currently 18th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 2 goals per game, is 13th in shutout percentage, 20th in assists per game and 21st in goals against average.
A TEAM EFFORT
Dartmouth’s leading scorer, Ikoba, has eight goals on the season and three assists, with a shot-on-goal percentage of .600. Junior Justin Donawa is leading the team in assists with eight, where he is also ranked 10th in the nation in assists per game, and has scored three goals this year. The trio of seniors, Danilack as well as Tyler Dowse and Wyatt Omsberg, have recorded 10 goals and six assists. Along with these upperclassmen leading the offense, freshmen Dawson McCartney and Tiger Graham have scored a combined seven goals, and McCartney has three assists.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Freshman Christopher Palacios has led the team to eight shutouts, with the help of the defense, and is 15th nationally in goals-against-average with 0.643. The Arlington, Virginia native is second in the conference in goals-against, and shutouts per game. His eight clean sheets are also 21st nationally.
The NCAA selection show for the College Cup will take place on Monday afternoon. Follow @DartmouthMSoc for live tweet updates of the show, and there will be more information on the Big Green’s activity in the tournament on DartmouthSports.com as soon as it becomes available.