NCAA College Cup Second Round
15-Seed Dartmouth Big Green (12-3-1, 6-0-1 Ivy League) vs.
New Hampshire Wildcats (13-3-4, 4-2-1 America East)
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Burnham Field
Ivy League Network
The Dartmouth men’s soccer team was awarded the 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which gave the team a first-round bye. Sunday the Big Green will host New Hampshire at Burnham Field for a second-round game.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
New Hampshire enters the contest following a 3-0 win over Fairfield at home on Thursday night, the Wildcats’ first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament. Forward Robin Schmidt scored two goals in the first half to take the 2-0 lead into halftime, and Kristian Piippo tallied the third goal for UNH in the 85th minute. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a record of 12-3-4 after falling to UMass Lowell, 1-2, in the America East semifinals, and now have 13 wins after defeating Fairfield.
LAST TIME AGAINST NEW HAMPSHIRE
In October, the Big Green traveled to Durham to take on New Hampshire and fell to the Wildcats 4-2. Matt Danilack scored the first goal of the game in the 36th minute and Dartmouth held the 1-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, UNH came out strong and Schmidt scored a goal in the 46th minute to tie it up, and he scored again in the 65th to take the lead. The Wildcats scored a third goal in the 78th minute, followed by a goal from Dawson McCartney in the 84th to cut the lead, but New Hampshire continued rolling and scored in the 88th minute to seal the win.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth finished the regular season with a 1-0 win over Brown on the road to clinch the outright Ivy League title. While the Big Green had already won at least a share of the title after defeating Cornell, one more win was needed to have the crown outright as Columbia was one game back. In Providence, Dartmouth and Brown played 75 minutes without scoring, although there were several shots taken. In the 75th minute, senior Matt Danilack found himself in position to score on a header from a free-kick taken by freshman Dawson McCartney. The Big Green were able to hold off any scoring from the home team, taking the win.
ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE
Dartmouth is preparing for its fourth-straight tournament appearance following one of the best seasons in program history. After winning the Ivy League title, members of the Big Green received a handful of honors. Head coach Chad Riley was named Ivy League Coach of the Year, senior Wyatt Omsberg was named Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Dawson McCartney was named Rookie of the Year. Five members of the Big Green were named to First Team All-Ivy, two to Second Team All-Ivy and one honorable mention.
SHOOTING ON TARGET
This season the Big Green have scored 31 goals, completing a team average shot-on-goal percentage of .468. Opponents of Dartmouth have taken somewhat significantly more shots this season, because more of the Big Green’s shots have been on goal or scored. Junior Eduvie Ikoba is leading the offense with eight goals, followed by Danilack with six goals and Omsberg with four.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Freshman Christopher Palacios has finished nine shutouts for Dartmouth this season, grabbing 24 saves with a .727 save percentage, while the defense has helped him to a 0.60 goals against average as well.
Fans are invited to cheer on the Big Green at Burnham Field, with ticket prices of $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the Berry Ticket Office in person, or by calling 603-646-2466. For fans who cannot make it out on Sunday, the game will be broadcast for free, live on the Ivy League Network, and live stats will be provided by DartmouthSports.com.
The winner of Sunday’s game will take on the winner of the Indiana vs. Old Dominion game, which is slated for the same time, Sunday at 1 p.m.