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Women's Soccer to Head to Dartmouth Looking to Even Ivy Mark

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/03/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Jesse McDonough and the Tigers will head to Dartmouth Saturday.
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With each of the seven games in the Ivy League season holding great importance, the Princeton women's soccer team will head to Dartmouth Saturday after opening the Ivy League season last weekend with an overtime loss to Yale. Dartmouth will also be battling with a sense of urgency, having lost its Ivy League opener to Brown.

If you're attending: Ticket information can be found here. A campus map including Dartmouth's Burnham Field and the Thompson Arena parking lot in the southeast corner of the main campus can be found here.

Princeton Head to Head: Princeton vs. Dartmouth
    Dartmouth    
4-2-3, 0-1 Ivy
Record 3-4-1, 0-1 Ivy
NCAA Second Round Postseason 2012 N/A
1.02
GAA  1.22
1.33
Goals Per Game  1.34
Tyler Lussi (6)
Leading Scorer Emma Brush (4)
Darcy Hargadon (3-2-3 W-L-T, 1.03 GAA)
Top Goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (3-4-1 W-L-T, 1.31 GAA)
16-15-1 All-Time Record vs. Opponent 15-16-1
2012 Last Win vs. Opponent 2011


On Dartmouth: The Big Green took a three-game unbeaten streak into Sunday's visit to Brown before the Bears used a 77th-minute goal to take a 1-0 win. Emma Brush leads the team with four goals, including a goal in each of the two games prior to the Brown matchup. Tatiana Saunders has started all eight games in goal and had a three-match shutout streak prior to giving up the goal against Brown. The Big Green has scored all 11 of its goals in four games (Fordham, UMass-Lowell, Maine, Purdue) while being shut out the other four times (Brown, St. John's, Connecticut, Northwestern).

On the series: The Princeton-Dartmouth series has seen one-sided stretches back and forth since it began in 1981. Princeton was 6-3-1 against the Green from 1981-90, but Dartmouth won eight in a row from 1991-98. From 1999 to the present, Princeton leads 10-4. The only tie in the series came in 1985 at Dartmouth, and Princeton holds a 16-15-1 all-time edge.

Home sweet home, indeed: The home team has won the last five games in the Princeton-Dartmouth series. The Tigers will be looking for their first win in Hanover since 2007.

League-leading Tigers: Heading into the beginning of the Ivy weekend Friday night, Princeton rookie Tyler Lussi co-led the Ivy League with Yale's Melissa Gavin with 14 points and six goals. Lussi's three game-winning goals led the Ivy, as did junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon's five shutouts.

More Lussi: Tyler Lussi won her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award Monday after two goals and two assists in last week's games against Fordham and Yale. She is the first Tiger to win two Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors since Lauren Lazo in 2011 and the first to win two non-shared ROW awards since Diana Matheson '08 in 2004. No Tiger has won three ROW honors.

League-leading Green: Tatiana Saunders enters the Ivy weekend with a league-best 38 saves.

Last meeting: Tatiana Saunders also played last season against the Tigers at Roberts Stadium, holding a shutout until Lauren Lazo scored goals less than four minutes apart beginning in the 75th minute. Claire Pinciaro '13 had a shutout of her own until Chrissy Lozier scored just 52 seconds after Lazo's goal in the 79th minute. After three goals in 4:25, that's where the scoring ended in a 2-1 Princeton win.

Common foes: Outside of the Ivy League, Princeton and Dartmouth have only Fordham as a common opponent. The Tigers beat Fordham 3-1 last week in the Bronx while Dartmouth won 4-0 earlier last month in Hanover.

Rookie record: Tyler Lussi's six goals are the most for a Princeton freshman in seven years, since Vicki Anagnostopoulos '10 scored six times in 2006. Diana Matheson '08 had seven in 2004. The Princeton freshman scoring record is 13 by Sue Mooney '85 in 1981. If Lussi ends the season as the team's leading scorer, she'd be the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jen Hoy '13 (three goals) in 2009.

Come join us: As recently as Sept. 21, Tyler Lussi and Lauren Lazo were the only Tigers to have scored a goal this season. Over the last four games, four Tigers have joined them, including Gabrielle Ragazzo, Erika Hoglund, Haley Chow and Jesse McDonough.

Rookies: Six of the nine total freshmen have seen action in at least three of Princeton's first nine games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all nine games. McKenna is the only one to have started all nine.

The coach: Julie Shackford is in her 19th season leading Princeton and has 193 wins as the Tigers' coach. Princeton has played in eight NCAA tournaments under Shackford, who, in addition to being the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history on the men's or women's side, is the third-longest tenured coach in an Ivy League where long tenures are more rule than exception. Only Brown's Phil Pincince (37th season) and Columbia's Kevin McCarthy (20th season) have been at their posts longer among active Ivy women's soccer coaches, and Yale's Rudy Meredith is also in his 19th season.

Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.

Between the posts: Princeton junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon is in her first year as the starter and had just one start, as a freshman, prior to this season. She has authored five shutouts this season. Senior Cecilia Di Caprio got her first career start Sept. 24 at Fordham as the only keeper other than Hargadon to have played this season.

Up next: Princeton will not have a midweek game next week and will head to Brown next weekend. The Bears, at 6-2 overall, are at Columbia Saturday night and will also have no midweek tune-up before facing the Tigers.

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