The Weekend Roundup: Week One
The women’s hockey team dropped its first two contests of 2017, falling by a score of 4-0 at Princeton University on Friday evening and 3-1 at Quinnipiac University the next night. The team currently has a 2-12 overall record and is 1-8 in the conference.
Despite the shutout, goalkeeper Robyn Chemago ’17 remained alert against an aggressive Tiger offense, making 40 saves in the loss. She made key stops to keep the game scoreless until Carly Bullock deflected a shot home for Princeton on its first power play of the evening. Cassidy Turner put Princeton up 2-0 in the second, and the Tigers added two more in the third. Dartmouth was out-shot on the evening 44-10 and finished 0-2 on the power play, while Princeton capitalized on one of its three power play opportunities.
Despite Kennedy Ottenbreit ’17’s fifth goal of the season during the game against Quinnipiac, Dartmouth ended the weekend with a 3-1 defeat to the Bobcats. Chemago produced a 40-save effort for the second consecutive evening.
The early parts of the first period played out quietly. Dartmouth generated some chances, with most unable to find the net after Quinnipiac defenders blocked the shot. Randi Marcon broke the scoreless tie in the first period to put the home squad up 1-0.
Dartmouth registered four quality chances in the second yet could not capitalize. Taryn Baumgardt added to the Bobcat lead when she beat Chemago to make it a 2-0 game with under two minutes to go in the period. Ottenbreit’s tally was the perfect response to another Quinnipiac goal in the third period, but additional chances proved fruitless.
Dartmouth returns to Thompson Arena for three games next week. The women will play the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday, Union College on Friday and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.
The men’s hockey team started off 2017 by splitting a homestand, defeating Princeton University 5-0 on Friday night before losing 4-2 to No. 15 Quinnipiac University.
Propelled by a raucous student section and soldout crowd at Thompson Arena, the team clobbered Ivy League foe Princeton 5-0 in the first game of the weekend. After a hard-fought loss to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the Ledyard Classic final last week, the Big Green played with urgency from the beginning, with a series of big hits keeping the visiting Tigers on their heels from the beginning of the contest.
It was Cam Strong ’20 who got the tennis balls raining 9:13 into the game when he buried a Corey Kalk ’18 pass past Princeton goalie Colton Phinney to score his sixth goal of the season. Kalk made it 2-0 just minutes later when he beat Phinney high and glove-side after a nifty move in between the circles on a Dartmouth power play.
The second period would see Dartmouth add two goals to its lead when Daniel Warpecha ’20 deflected a Kevan Kilistoff ’19 pass past Phinney, and Graber, playing his first game of the season on defense, helped chase Phinney from the game with his second of the season.
Graber would add a tally in the third to finish off the scoring for Dartmouth and help preserve goalie Devin Buffalo ’18’s second shutout of the year at home. Despite facing Princeton scoring opportunities, Buffalo was sharp all night, turning aside all 32 shots. His counterpart Phinney turned aside 18 shots before being lifted for Ben Halford, who made 12 saves. Dartmouth finished 1-1 on the power play and was a perfect 2-2 on the penalty kill.
The next night, Dartmouth fell behind against Quinnipiac, the reigning ECAC Hockey Tournament Champions, and was unable to bounce back, eventually falling 4-2.
The Big Green played the visiting Bobcats evenly during a back and forth first period until Quinnipiac’s Alex Whalen snuck one past Devin Buffalo ’18 with 1:39 remaining in the opening frame. The visitors would add one more goal less than a minute into the second period to extend its lead to 2-0 just 38 seconds into the third.
Despite recording a 17-9 advantage in shots, Dartmouth only got two goals back in the final frame. Strong scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, beating Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge five-hole after collecting a Cam Roth ’19 pass in the neutral zone. After the Bobcats added an empty net goal, Troy Crema ’17 tacked on one final tally with 10.8 seconds to go.
The Big Green hung with a hot Harvard University squad on Saturday afternoon but ultimately lost 70-65. It was the Crimson’s 12th straight win.
Dartmouth answered a 9-0 Harvard opening with a 7-0 run of its own as the game entered the second quarter. The teams traded blows for the rest of the period, and Harvard led 38-35 at the half.
The Big Green came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders and took a 52-47 with an 11-3 run. Dartmouth held the advantage until the 1:28 mark in the fourth quarter, when a pair of free throws gave Harvard the 66-65 lead, and eventually the victory.
Fanni Szabo ’17, the lone Big Green senior, paced the team with 16 points, while Kate Letkewicz ’18 and Isalys Quinones ’19 added 12 apiece. The 65-point outing was one of the Dartmouth’s best offensive performances of the season.
The team will return to play on Jan. 21 with another game against the Crimson.
The Big Green dropped a pair of games last week, breaking its three-game win streak. Dartmouth lost 64-60 to California State University, Bakersfield on Tuesday and fell 74-58 in its Ivy League opener against Harvard University on Saturday.
Tuesday’s contest seemed out of reach until the closing minutes, as CSU Bakersfield maintained an edge of seven or more points for much of the game. The Roadrunners led by 12 with 3:21 to play, and while a Dartmouth rally brought the deficit down, the effort was not enough.
Miles Wright ’18 scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but his accuracy was not matched by the rest of the team, which shot just 33.3 percent overall.
On Saturday evening, Evan Boudreaux ’19 led both teams with 15 points. The game was tight through much of the first half, but the Crimson had opened up a seven-point lead by the break.
In the second half, Harvard widened the gap and cruised to its seventh win of the season. Dartmouth again struggled from the floor, converting just 19-of-50.
Currently, the Big Green is last in the Ivy League in field goal percentage.
Track & Field
At home in Leverone Field House, the Big Green won the Dartmouth Relays handily. The men finished with 189 points, besting the runner-up University of Massachusetts Lowell’s 126. Dartmouth’s women scored 202 points, 109 points ahead of the second-place finisher, the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
On the track, Dartmouth dominated the long-distance events. Dartmouth men, led by Connor Clark ’17, took the top six spots in the 3000-meter run, and Dartmouth women finished second, third and fourth in the same event. In the 800-meter run, both Dartmouth squads occupied scoring positions one through five, paced by Claire Dougherty ’20 on the women’s side and Henry Raymond ’20 for the men. Bridget O’Neill ’18 won the women’s mile run, and Dominic Carrese ’19 took the top spot in the men’s event.
Also on the track, Amos Cariati ’18 and Myles Holt ’20 placed second and third in the men’s 400-meter run, while Aliyah Gallup ’17 and Marissa Evans ’18 finished third and fourth for the women. In the 60-meter hurdles, Cha’Mia Rothwell ’20 took first place for the women, and Alec Eschholz ’19 took second on the men’s side. Rothwell also placed second in the 60-meter dash.
The Dartmouth women dominated the relay portion of the meet. Dartmouth’s A and B teams took first and second place in both the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays. Meanwhile, the men finished second in the 4x400-meter relay but did not finish the 4x800-meter event.
On the field, Dartmouth won four events: Rothwell the women’s long jump (5.95 m), Corey Muggler ’17 won the men’s long jump (7.24m), Max Consculluela ’17 won the men’s high jump (5.05m) and Tim Brennan ’17 won the men’s 35-pound weight throw (18.05 m). Folasade Akinfe ’20 took second place in the women’s triple jump (11.80m), and Dartmouth women also took second and third in the pole vault. In shot put, Melissa Dunham ’17 placed fifth for the women and Lucas Ribeiro ’19 was second for the men. Other top-five finishers were Amelia Ali ’19 and Dunham in the women’s 20-pound weight throw.
This weekend’s victories were the sixth-straight Dartmouth Relays triumph for the men and the seventh-straight for the women.
Swimming & Diving
The Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania in a tri-meet in New Haven, Connecticut on Jan. 7. The women lost 252-48 to Yale and 214-86 to UPenn, while the men fell by margins of 236-63 and 233-66, respectively.
The meet began with diving on Friday evening, when the Bulldog women swept the top six places in the 1-meter contest on the women’s side. Allison Green ’19 and Maggie Pionzio ’20 placed seventh and eight, respectively.
The Bulldogs also dominated the 3-meter contest, taking the top four spots. Pionzio, who placed in fifth, was the lone top-10 finisher for the Big Green.
Dartmouth fared much better on the men’s side. On the 1-meter board, AJ Krok ’19 had the top score with Ray Neistat ’20 right behind in third. Krok and Neistat also took second and seventh on the 3-meter board, while Taylor Clough ’17 placed fourth.
Yale and Penn continued their domination in the pool on Saturday afternoon in the swimming events. Caroline Poleway ’19 and Amy Sun ’17 had strong performances in multiple events. Poleway took fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, while Sun finished ninth in the 200-yard freestyle, eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle.
On the men’s side, Josh Hendell ’20 placed fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle as well as seventh in the 500-yard freestyle. Delaney Hall ’19 finished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke and William Belmont ’20 was seventh in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Big Green returns to the pool when it hosts the annual Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vermont.