Dartmouth Big Green (0-0) at
No. 3 Delaware Blue Hens (1-1)

Date: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newark, Del. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium
All-Time Series: Delaware, 1-0
Last Time: Sept. 29, 2002 / L, 3-0 (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Dartmouth Big Green (0-0*) vs.
Longwood Lancers (2-0*)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Newark, Del. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium
All-Time Series: Dartmouth, 1-0
Last Time: Sept. 11, 2011 / W, 4-1 (Hanover) 

The Dartmouth field hockey team opens the 2017 season this weekend with a pair of games in Newark, Delaware. The Big Green kick off the campaign Friday night against the No. 3 ranked and defending national champion Delaware before a Sunday morning tilt on the Blue Hens’ home field against Longwood in a neutral-site game. 

The Green and White are coming off a 4-13 season a year ago that finished on a three-game down note. 

The Blue Hens are one of the top teams in the nation, coming off the program’s first-ever national title last fall. The first poll of the season saw Delaware picked third, but with seven first-place votes, trailing only No. 1 North Carolina (14) and No. 2 Duke (2). However, after a 7-0 win in the season opener, the team dropped a 3-1 contest on the road at No. 9 Louisville this past Sunday, snapping a 20-game win streak that dated back to Sept. 11, 2016 in the process.

Dartmouth and Delaware have just one all-time meeting, a 2002 contest played in Ithaca. That game went in favor of the Blue Hens, 3-0. 

The Lancers will make the trip to Newark for Sunday’s neutral-site contest and will serve as the home team. Prior to the game with the Big Green, Longwood plays host to VCU on Friday evening, bringing an unbeaten 2-0 record into the weekend with them. The team opened the year with a 2-1 overtime victory at home against Villanova thanks to junior Leonie Verstraete’s game winner in the 78th minute.

Like Delaware, Dartmouth has only ever faced off against Longwood one time in program history. That game was played in Hanover as part of the now-defunct Big Green Classic at the start of the 2011 season. That game was also the second of the year for Dartmouth. Tied at 1-1 at the half, three second-half goals from Meghan Everett, Kelly Hood and Sam McPherson proved to be the difference in a 4-1 Big Green triumph. 

The largest class on this year’s field hockey roster belongs to the rookie Class of 2021. Seven members make up the new grouping of players that will features three midfielders, three forwards and a back.

Morgan Philie is back for her senior year and once again will serve as the team’s captain after taking over in 2016. Fellow seniors Anna Ewasechko and Sarah Tabeek will serve as assistant captains with the former likely to miss the season due to injuries. Philie and Tabeek are both coming off a 2016 season that saw them both earn All-Ivy League Second Team honors.

To read a complete preview of the upcoing season with insights from head coach Amy Fowler as well as position-by-position breakdowns, please click HERE.

Those looking to follow the action this weekend in The First State can do so via live stats provided by Fans can also track all the action on Twitter by following the team’s official account: @DartmouthFH

The Big Green will open the home portion of its fall slate next weekend with a pair of games at Chase AstroTurf Field against Rider on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Bryant on Sunday (3 p.m.).