HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth softball coach, Shannon Doepking has announced the 41-game schedule for the upcoming 2017 season, as the Big Green look to make another run at the Ivy League championship.
Should Dartmouth capture the North Division crown it will meet the winner of the South Division in a three-game series to determine the conference champion and who will get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Big Green open the season on Feb. 24 in Lafayette, Louisiana with the Mardi Gras Classic. Dartmouth squares off with Drake before facing the host school, Louisiana-Lafayette. On Feb. 25 the Big Green take on Bradley and Mississippi Valley State before concluding the tournament with the ACC’s Maryland on Feb. 26.
Dartmouth will remain south of the Mason Dixon Line when the Big Green compete in the Kennesaw State Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia. There the Green will face UAB, Akron and will play a pair of games against Kennesaw State.
On March 17, Dartmouth will travel to Los Angeles, California for the LMU Tournament, opening up with DePaul and Cal Poly, before a pair of games against Sacramento State. The Big Green will face the host school, Loyola Marymount in a double header on March 21 to wrap up the tournament.
Dartmouth will remain on the West Coast for two games against Brigham Young on March 24-25 before facing Pacific and UC Riverside. The Big Green will conclude their Golden State swing with the PAC 12’s UCLA on March 26.
On March 31, Dartmouth opens up Ivy League play with two games in New York City at Columbia and a doubleheader at Penn on April 1. The 2017 home opener will take place on April 7 when Cornell comes to Hanover for a pair of games, while Princeton will travel to the Granite State on April 8 for a doubleheader.
The Big Green host division foe Brown for four games on April 15-16, before Dartmouth plays its final non-conference game of the regular season at UMass Lowell on April 19. From there, the Big Green travel to Yale on April 22-23 for a four-game series before playing a home-and-home series with rival Harvard the last weekend of the regular season.