January 12, 2011

Dartmouth Women Release 2011 Schedule

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. - Head coach Amy Patton has announced the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team's 2011 schedule, featuring five teams ranked in the preseason top-20 and the second annual Ivy League Tournament.

Dartmouth, which ranks 14th in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason poll, takes on three of the preseason top five squads including #4 Duke, #5 Syracuse and defending national champ #1 Maryland. The Big Green will enjoy playing eight of its games on Scully Fahey Field including six of the last seven regular season contests.

Entering her 19th season as Dartmouth's head coach, Patton enters the 2011 campaign just two wins shy of 200 for her career, sporting a 198-93 all-time record. She could also reach her 100th Ivy League win, boasting a 94-27 mark against the Ancient Eight. Patton has led Dartmouth to eight of its 11 Ivy League titles and 10 of its 11 NCAA Tournaments, including four final four appearances.

The Big Green brings back 10 starters from a team that went 11-5, 5-2 in the Ivy League and was just a goal short of winning the first-ever Ivy League Tournament. This season's tournament will be played from May 6-8 at the home field of the Ivy regular season champion, featuring the top four teams in the standings. The winner of the tournament will receive the Ivy's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Dartmouth opens the season against instate rival New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Scully Fahey. Last season, the Wildcats snapped a 15-game losing streak to Dartmouth with a 9-8 win and went on to a 10-win season. Following that home opener, Dartmouth hits the road for four straight, starting at Vermont on March 2 before its Ivy debut on March 5 against Yale. The Big Green stays in New England to take on perennial America East champ Boston University on March 9 and then travels south for spring break, capped with a March 19 showdown at #4 Duke. After a year off, the Big Green and Blue Devils are renewing what has traditionally been a spirited rivalry.

The Big Green returns to Hanover to host Oregon for a midweek tilt on Wednesday, March 23 before a trip to Ivy foe Columbia that Saturday, March 26. Dartmouth rolled Columbia last season, 15-1, for its 13th straight against the Lions. Following that trip, Dartmouth is home for three games in seven days when it hosts a pair of Ivy opponents in Brown on April 2 and Cornell on April 9 around a showdown with #5 Syracuse on April 4. The Big Green popped the 6th ranked Orange on the road last season, 17-10.

Dartmouth's final road game of the regular season should be one of the biggest games of the Ivy slate when the Big Green faces #8 Penn in Philadelphia on April 18. Dartmouth lost its regular season battle to the Quakers, 9-6, before falling in heartbreaking fashion in the Ivy Tournament championship game, 9-8, at Franklin Field.

The Big Green closes out the season with a three game homestand, starting with Ivy rival #18 Princeton on Saturday April 23. Next up is some Friday night lights action on April 29 as Dartmouth hosts Harvard for a 7 p.m. tilt at Scully Fahey. Dartmouth wraps up the regular season against defending national champ and preseason #1 Maryland on Sunday, May 1.

Dartmouth women's lacrosse has won 11 Ivy League Championships and made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, recently advancing to the final four in 2005 and 2006, when it made a run to the national championship game.

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