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Homecoming: the one weekend where everyone cares about the football team. Sports Editor Abby Rubel, who’s been paying attention all season, tells you occasional fans what you need to know. Included: other sports!

Football: It’s Homecoming! The Lions (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) will take on Dartmouth’s Big Green (5-0, 2-0 Ivy) (yes, that’s the name of their team) on Saturday at 1:35 pm at Kraft Field in Wien Stadium in Baker Athletics Complex. Fan buses will depart from 116th and Broadway starting at 10:20 am, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the full schedule of events. Note the free food from noon to 1:30 pm. (If you’re over 21, there’s free beer, too!) Columbia and Dartmouth have been playing each other since 1899, but Dartmouth has won 68 of those games to Columbia’s 19 wins. A 9-7 win over Dartmouth in 2016 snapped the Light Blue’s 15-year long Homecoming losing streak. Columbia is still missing some key players to injury, including placekicker Oren Milstein, wide receiver Josh Wainwright, and defensive back Landon Baty. In good news, quarterback Josh Bean is back! He’ll be facing off against Dartmouth Derek Kyler, who has 878 passing yards on the season and nine touchdowns.

Field Hockey: Columbia (7-5, 2-2 Ivy) will face Dartmouth (4-8, 1-3 Ivy) on Friday at 2 pm to kick off their Homecoming weekend, then take on Villanova (6-8) for a non-conference game on Sunday at 1 pm. Both games are at home. Dartmouth is on a four-game losing streak and currently sits at sixth place in the Ivy League. Katie Spanos leads the Big Green with eight goals, while Columbia leader Jennifer Trieschman has nine, making Trieschman the fourth highest scorer in the Ivies. The top Villanova scorers have six goals apiece.

Women’s Soccer: The Light Blue (6-6-1, 2-2 Ivy) will play their final home game of the season on Saturday at 6 pm against Dartmouth (8-4-2, 2-1-1 Ivy). Although the Lions have won every match against October 25, 2014, including a 3-0 win in Hanover last year, they trail overall 6-22-4. The Big Green stand at fourth in the Ivies, while the Light Blue is fifth. Columbia’s Maddie Temares leads the team with four points. Dartmouth’s top scorer, Remy Borinsky, has five goals and three assists on the season.

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