HANOVER, N.H. - As announced by the NCAA Monday afternoon, the Dartmouth men's soccer team earned the 15 seed and a first-round bye in the College Cup tournament. The Big Green will host the winner of the New Hampshire-Fairfield game, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. at Burnham Field.
This is the team's fourth consecutive trip to the College Cup, after advancing to the second round last year and losing to Syracuse. Dartmouth has had 11 appearances in the tournament in the last 14 years, this is the first time earning a seed since getting the 16 seed in 2008 and 2005. This is the third time earning a seed since 2001 when the format changed to 48 teams. While seeded 15th in the tournament, the Big Green is still 19th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll entering this week, which will be updated tomorrow. As of Monday afternoon, Dartmouth is still 16th in the RPI rankings.
"We are certainly thrilled to be representing Dartmouth in the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Chad Riley. "The team has worked hard to get to this point and we are excited to compete. They are a hungry bunch and we are all excited to get our preparation started."
Dartmouth is coming off a 1-0 win over Brown, which secured the outright Ivy League title, the fourth-straight for the team, an accomplishment which had not happened in the conference in 32 years. The Big Green finished with 19 points, six wins and one tie in conference play, to take the crown.
At the end of the regular season, Dartmouth is 22nd in the nation in scoring offense with 31 goals recorded through 16 games, a 1.94 average. Junior Eduvie Ikoba leads the team with 19 points (eight goals, three assists) and is second in the league in goals. Junior Justin Donawa and freshman Dawson McCartney are tied for leading the team and conference in assists with eight apiece, and are both tied in the 23rd spot nationally for their total assists.
The New Hampshire vs. Fairfield game will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16. Fairfield just won the MAAC Championship over the weekend and holds a 12-4-3 season record. The Wildcats lost to UMass Lowell in the America East tournament, but finished the year with a 12-3-4 record including four conference wins, and a win over Dartmouth earlier this season.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network at no charge for fans who would like to watch the action.
Ticket information for Sunday's game will be released as soon as it becomes available.