No. 14 Harvard Poised to Take on No. 21 Dartmouth
Alex Chi (pictured) has been a key component of the Crimson
midfield this season.
Photo courtesy of David Silverman Photography.
Ivy League Standings
No. 14 Harvard hosts No. 21 Dartmouth in a key Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon at Ohiri Field. The Crimson enters the game in third place in the conference with a 2-1-1 record, while Dartmouth is tied for first with a 3-1 mark.
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Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Last Time Out:
Harvard fell in double overtime to Princeton, 2-1. Andre Akpan got the Crimson on the board by converting a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Just twenty seconds later, the Tigers netted the equalizer. Princeton scored the game winner in the 102nd minute to steal the win.
Today’s contest marks the 83rd meeting between the Crimson and the Big Green. Harvard leads the series with a 41-33-8 record against Dartmouth. Last season, the Crimson dropped a 1-0 decision in Hanover, N.H.
The No. 14 Crimson enters Saturday’s match with an overall record of 10-3-1 and a 3-1 record in conference play.
Andre Akpan paces the squad with ten goals and five assists for 25 points. Brian Rogers has 14 points to his credit on five goals and four assists. Adam Rousmaniere has dished out five assists this season, which ties him with Akpan for the team lead.
Between the posts, Austin Harms boasts an 9-3-1 record in the 13 games he has started this fall. He has recorded five shutouts and boasts a 0.83 goals-against average, while owning a .800 save percentage.
The No. 21 Big Green enters today’s contest with an 8-4-1 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Ivy League. Dartmouth is tied with Brown at the top of the fixture with nine points. The Big Green is coming off two shutout losses to No. 8 South Florida and Columbia.
Daniel Keat leads Dartmouth with seven goals and five assists for 19 points on the season. Lucky Mkosana, the 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has chipped in six goals of his own and two helpers.
In goal, Sean Donovan has started 11 games for he Big Green and sports a 1.24 goals-against average with a pair of shutouts.
Three to Tie:
Andre Akpan currently sits in second-place in the all-time record books at Harvard for number of goals in a career. To date, Akpan has netted 44 goals for the Crimson. Akpan trails Chris Ohiri ’64 by just three goals.
Harvard has not dropped back-to-back games since losing to Penn 3-1, Sept. 23, and Rhode Island 2-1, Sept. 26 in 2006.
Harvard has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the last three seasons and is looking to make its fourth straight appearance. The three-year streak is the second longest in program history. The Crimson’s longest NCAA tournament appearance streak spans five years, from 1968-72.
The Crimson travels to Columbia Nov. 7 for a critical Ivy League match. The contest is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.