Varsity sports see repeat championships, tough seasons this fall

by Danielle Okonta | 11/14/16 12:30am

Women’s Soccer

At the beginning of the season, the women’s soccer team defeated Iona College 3-0 at home on Burnham Field. Charlotte Easy ’20 shot the first goal less than 20 minutes into the game, and Meredith Gurnee ’17 scored shortly after. The team followed with another dominating performance in the second half, including a goal by co-captain Holly Patterson ’17. Overall, the team took 18 shot attempts to Iona’s five, maintaining the upper hand throughout the matchup.

On homecoming weekend and Senior Day, the soccer team fell to rival Harvard University 0-2. No team had the upper hand for most of the first half, but the Crimson broke the scoreless draw in the 36th minute when Rachel Garcia shot a loose ball past Dartmouth’s goalkeeper Casey Cousineau ’17. The women attempted five shots in the second half, but Harvard kept its defense strong and managed another goal from Margaret Purce. A year ago the women tied Harvard 1-1, but this season the team was unable to win and improve its conference record.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team earned its honorable share of its third consecutive Ivy League Championship title with the 2-0 win over Brown University. The men dominated most of the game, outshooting the Bears 10-5 with Justin Donawa ’19 and Emmanuel Arteaga ’17 taking several shots on goal respectively. Right before the end of the first half, Noah Paravinci ’19 gave the men the lead with a goal. In the second half, Matt Danilack ’18 added another goal to the scoreboard for the men. Similar to its 2014 season, the men will share the title, but will compete in the NCAA College Cup due to its win over Columbia University earlier this season.

While the men did not lose too many games overall this season, the team lost a pivotal game against Harvard University during Homecoming weekend, which could have ensured the team sole ownership of the Ivy League Championship. Both teams entered the game tied at the No. 1 position within the league. With the game scoreless late in the second half, the match appeared poised to go into overtime, a scenario which the Big Green has utilized to its advantage several times this season. However, in the 79th minute, the Crimson’s Sam Brown received a pass and fired a hard shot that passed James Hickok ’17. With the 1-0 loss, the men dropped to 3-1-1 in conference play. Although Harvard later had to end its race to the Ivy League title, the loss affected Dartmouth nonetheless.

Annie Duncan | The Dartmouth Senior Staff

The men's soccer team defeated Brown University to win its third consecutive Ivy League Championship.

Tennis

Racquel Lyn ’20 and Taylor Ng ’17 defeated Cornell University’s Priyanka Shah and Mariko Linuma 8-7 to qualify for the semifinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. On that same day, Ng also defeated Yale University’s Madison Battaglia in singles 6-3, 6-4.

At The Dartmouth Invitational, the men’s tennis team went 25-8 overall, with a 17-4 streak in singles and 8-4 in doubles. Max Schmidt ’17 and David Horneffer ’20 both went 5-0 while Max Fliegner ’18 and Joey Haig ’19 finished 5-1 in their matches. Included among the wins are Roko Glasnovic’s ’19 win over Amherst University’s Justin Sun 6-1, 4-6 and Horneffer and Schmidt’s 8-7 win over Yale University’s Ziqi Wang and Stefan Doehler.

Tiffany Zhai | The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Racquel Lyn '20 and Taylor Ng '17 represented the women's tennis team at the semifinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Associate Regional Championship.


Football

After finishing the first quarter four points below Towson University, the football team scored two touchdowns and a field goal in the second and third quarters and played solid defense in the first to defeat the Tigers 20-17. Charlie Miller ’17 and Jeremiah Douchee ’17 helped seal a Big Green win after blocking a 22-yard and a 56-yard field goal attempt, respectively, in the fourth quarter. Miller and Isiah Swann ’20 surprised the Tigers with some key interceptions and two fourth down stops. This game also marked Folarin Orimolade’s 19.5 career sacks, putting him at fifth all-time for Dartmouth’s football program.

In its opening Ivy League match against a team that shared part of last year’s Ivy League Championship title, the men suffered a devastating loss to the University of Pennsylvania 37-24. The Quakers opened the match by scoring twice in the first quarter alone before the Big Green put itself on the board with a 27-yard field goal by David Smith ’18. Penn maintained its dominating offensive performance, scoring another two touchdowns in the second quarter. Before the end of the first half, Ryder Stone ’18 scored a 2-yard touchdown to bring the score to 28-10. Despite scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Big Green could not salvage enough points before the clock ran out.

Hollye Swinehart | The Dartmouth Staff

In a non-conference match, the football team defeated Towson University 20-17 earlier this season.


Rugby

Defending its Ivy League title for the second consecutive year, the rugby team defeated Harvard University 14-5 on Nov. 6. The women headed with several wins behind them, including the semifinal matchup against Brown (45-14). Despite failing to score in the first half of the game, the women regrouped and managed to score two tries, one of which came from a penalty try from Isabel Boettcher ’20. Kat Ramage ’19 delivered a conversion to bring the score to 7-5 in favor of the Big Green. In the 70th minute, Ramage followed up with a key pass to Frankie Sands ’18, who ran 20 yards for the team’s second try.

The women suffered a tough loss against the United States Military Academy on Oct. 9. The Black Knights headed into the matchup 0-1 and soundly defeated the Big Green 12-63. Dartmouth scored an early try and conversion in the sixth minute but could not continue its offensive push before the Cadets responded with 46 points in the second-half of the game.

Tiffany Zhai | The Dartmouth Senior Staff

The women's rugby team defeated Harvard University to win its second consecutive Ivy League Championship.


Cross Country

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams posted a strong showing at the Dartmouth Invitational, where they both finished first, scoring 16 and 15 points respectively. In the Dartmouth Invitational, Quinn Cooney ’20 made his first collegiate appearance and led the Dartmouth pack, coming in third with his time of 25 minutes 16.01 seconds. On the women’s side, the Big Green dominated the field. Bridget Flynn ’18 led the pack of eight runners who finished the course first.

The men’s team finished 13th at the New England Championship Meet, posting 318 points for the 8-kilometer run. Dominic Carrese ’19 finished first for the Big Green, but failed to make the top-25. Despite competing against larger schools, the women did not perform as well at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational, finishing in 27th place with 679 points, 586 points behind the University of Colorado, who finished in first. Helen Schlactenhaufen ’17 finished 84th overall with a time of 21:19.2.

Field Hockey

This season proved to be a tough one for the Big Green as they finished last in the Ivy League Conference with an overall record of 4-13 and in conference 0-7. A highlight of the season was its non-conference win over the College of the Holy Cross on Oct. 26. Morgan Philie ’18 and Carmen Braceras ’20 each scored a goal to clinch the 2-1 win, one, on a corner play and the other on a redirect off of a rush. With this win, the Big Green broke its seven-game losing streak.

Sailing

The sailing teams started their seasons on a high, with Sailing World ranking them on its weekly poll. The team has performed fairly well this fall, including a first place finish in the Hoyt trophy race in Providence, Rhode Island, out of 18 teams. However, during the 74th Pine Trophy regatta, the Big Green, could not defend its title for a third consecutive year, finishing fourth with 68 points. Represented by Erik Weis ’18, Duncan Wiliford ’18, Charlie Lalumiere ’17 and Nate Greason ’17, the team finished behind Yale University, Harvard University and Roger Williams University.

Volleyball

Despite many close matches, a definite low for the volleyball team is its last-place standing in the Ivy League, based on its 2-12 conference record. Despite the season outcome, a highlight for the Big Green was its big win against Cornell University 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 15-13) on Oct. 14. With this victory, the women broke an eight-game losing streak. Additionally, during the first set of the Cornell match, Emily Astarita ’17 recorded her 1,000th kill, becoming the sixth Big Green volleyball player in program history to reach the milestone.