The Weekend Roundup: Week Ten

by Evan Morgan , Gayne Kalustian , Jonathan Katzman and Mark Cui | 3/6/17 2:00am

Sailing:

A week after the women’s sailing team placed fourth in the Charleston Women’s regatta, several sailors traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for the Bob Bavier Team Race on March 4 to 5. Dartmouth’s coed contingent included skippers Charles Lalumiere ’17, Jack McGraw ’20 and Christopher Williford ’19 and crews Rebecca McElvain ’19, Mary Amis ’19, Sophie Kerr ’17 and Nate Greason ’17.

The Big Green went 4-5 in the first round but picked things up with a 6-3 record in the second round, including a win in a matchup against the United States Naval Academy. The Big Green competed in the round robin event but lost to the University of Charleston, Georgetown University and the Navy to place fourth out of 10 teams.

Men's Hockey:

The men’s hockey team (10-18-3) ended its season by dropping a pair of road games to Yale University Bulldogs in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Big Green came out shaky on Friday night, losing to the Bulldogs 6-1, before skating to a 2-2 tie on Saturday and ultimately losing on an overtime goal by Yale sophomore Andrew Gaus.

Assistant captain Grant Opperman ’17 was the only senior to score — his eighth goal of the season — in what turned out to be the final weekend of play for Opperman, Troy Crema ’17, Josh Hartley ’17 and Kyle Nickerson ’17.

Crema, in 32 games played, lead the team with 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists. The Toronto, Ontario native is the only Big Green player on the team to earn All-Ivy honors this year, making the first team. Among Ivy League skaters, Crema took second in conference points, behind only Harvard University’s sophomore Ryan Donato, also a member of the first team.

Softball:

In the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Memorial Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia spanning from Friday to Saturday, the softball team finished 0-4. In its first match, the team fell to University of Alabama at Birmingham 11-5. While the Big Green rallied to come within three runs by the bottom of the fifth, the Blazers put the game away by keeping Dartmouth scoreless and scoring three of their own in the seventh inning. In the same day, the team also lost to Kennesaw State University 9-0. The home team’s Alley Cutting pitched a perfect game with eight strikeouts.

On Saturday, the team fell again to Kennesaw State 9-5. The home team scored six runs off of Morgan Ebow ’20 in the first inning. While the Big Green scored three in the second inning, fueled by Calista Almer ’20’s two-RBI double, the home team’s fast start was too much to overcome. In its final match of the tournament, the team fell to the University of Akron 4-0. Maddie Damore ’17 hit a double in the fourth with only one out to give the Big Green its best scoring chance of the game, but the team was unable to capitalize. After the weekend, the team is now 0-8-1.

Tennis:

The men’s tennis team downed Boston University 7-0 on Friday in its last dual match for two weeks.

The duos of George Wall ’17 and David Horneffer ’20 and Diego Pedraza ’17 and Roko Glasnovic ’19 secured the doubles point for the Big Green. Wall’s singles match against BU’s Mario Sandoval was the only one that needed a third set, but he defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The rest of the Terriers were dispatched in straight sets.

During spring break, the men will head south for a five-match road trip through Texas and Louisiana. The team will face ranked teams such as No. 34 Rice University and No. 20 Tulane University.

The women’s tennis team came closest to losing a set at the No. 3 doubles position, where Jacqueline Crawford ’17 and Allison McCann ’20 snagged a 7-6 win. That followed an easy 6-0 victory by Taylor Ng ’17 and Kristina Mathis ’18 at No. 1. The Big Green clinched the match early in singles after Ng, Racquel Lyn ’20 and Chuyang Guan ’20 triumphed in straight sets.

The women will spend spring break on the California coast with matches against the University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University, Long Beach and the University of Denver.

Basketball:

The women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2016-2017 season with a two-game homestand against the top two teams in the Ivy League standings.

League-champion University of Pennsylvania visited Leede Arena on Friday and dealt the Big Green a 60-47 loss. In the opening quarter, Dartmouth had an edge on the Quakers, and the quarter ended with a 19-14 Dartmouth advantage. But the visitors found life in the second quarter and led 31-24 at halftime. Down 45-30 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter, Dartmouth mounted a 15-0 offensive and tied things up at 45 apiece. That was the end of the upset bid as Penn’s Michelle Nwodeki scored the next eight points, putting the game out of reach for the home team.

Saturday was Senior Night and a fitting sendoff for Fanni Szabo ’17, the Big Green’s lone senior. In a 58-56 win over Princeton University, Szabo tallied 12 points, passing Liz Walter ’89 for 10th on Dartmouth’s all-time scoring list with 1,286 points. For the second night in a row, Dartmouth had a quality defensive start. The Tigers were just 6-of-34 from the field in the first half, while the Big Green sank 10-of-22 on its way to a 24-18 halftime lead. Dartmouth held the advantage for the rest of the contest, and though Princeton’s Taylor Brown brought the Tigers’ deficit down to two with 0:44 left, the Big Green defense held on for the win.

After splitting its last two games, the women finished the season 8-19 overall and 3-11 in the Ivy League, sharing the conference basement with Columbia University.

In order to make the first-ever Ivy League men’s basketball tournament, Dartmouth needed strong play and a lot of help. The Big Green got both on Friday night. Saturday was not so kind.

The single playoff scenario was straightforward: Dartmouth needed to win out, and Penn and Columbia each had to lose their remaining games. The Big Green kept its dream alive on Friday night in a thrilling 76-74 win at Penn. As usual, Evan Boudreaux ’19 was Dartmouth’s offensive leader, racking up 16 points and 12 boards for his Ivy League-leading 15th double-double of the season. In a back-and-forth affair at the Palestra, Dartmouth sank 13-of-27 from behind the arc while holding the Quakers to 26.7 percent on 3-point shooting. With 1:19 to play, a Penn jumper tied the game at 72. But the Big Green defense forced Penn’s Darnell Foreman into a difficult shot as time wound down, giving Dartmouth the win.

With the season on the line at Princeton, the Big Green’s miracle playoff bid went off the rails. The Tigers led by as many as 43 points on their way to the first perfect Ivy League season in nine years. Even with a win over Princeton, Penn’s victory against Harvard University would have denied Dartmouth a spot in the Ivy League tournament.

After losing 85-48 to the Tigers to end its season, the men’s team finished with a 7-20 overall and 4-10 in league play, tying with Cornell University and Brown University for last place in the Ancient Eight.

Lacrosse:

The women’s lacrosse team split the week, defeating Boston University 19-7 on the road Wednesday but falling to Columbia University 17-10 in the Ivy League opener on Sunday. The loss to the Lions was the Big Green’s first of the season.

Minutes into the game on Wednesday, the Big Green pulled ahead of BU and never looked back, scoring 10 goals in the first half alone. Elizabeth Mastrio ’19 and Taryn Deck ’17 led the team in scoring against the Terriers with five and four goals, respectively.

Against Columbia, Kathryn Giroux ’19 drew first blood, opening the scoring just seconds into the game. The two teams mostly traded goals, ending the first half at 8-6 with a two-goal advantage for Columbia. In the second half, the Big Green faded, scoring just four goals to Columbia’s nine.

The women’s lacrosse team will take a break from games until after finals when it will host the University of Southern California in Hanover on March 17 at 3:00 p.m.

The men’s lacrosse team emerged victorious over visiting University of Vermont 11-9 last Tuesday before dropping a heart breaking double-overtime road tilt 7-6 to Wagner College in Staten Island, New York this past Saturday.

Going into the fourth stanza on Tuesday, the Big Green led the Catamounts 10-5 with Dartmouth’s Richie Loftus ’18 leading the field with five goals. Vermont staged a comeback attempt in the final quarter, notching four goals — two from Ben French, who, by the final whistle had five goals of his own. Goalie George Christopher ’20 came up big for Dartmouth with seven saves in the fourth quarter of what was only his third collegiate game. Cameron Nolting ’19 tallied the Big Green’s final goal of the game, giving Dartmouth a bit of breathing room in the final minutes to stave off the surging Catamounts.

Against Wagner on Saturday, it was Dartmouth that staged a comeback in the closing quarter, knotting the score at 6-6 with three goals in the final ten minutes — two coming from Ben Martin ’20. After an overtime stalemate, the game pushed into double overtime when Wagner’s Paul DeVita found the back of the net to end the game.

The Big Green, now 1-3 overall, will fight through finals next weekend to play its next game at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday, March 18.

Squash:

Four members of the men’s squash team competed in the College Squash Association Individual Championship held at the Berry Squash Courts. On Day one, the Big Green split its matches 2-2. Carson Spahr ’19 and Sam Epley ’19 both claimed victories, while Brandon De Otaduy ’20 and Alvin Heumann ’18 both lost. Heumann was the only Big Green player to compete in the Pool Division of the top 16 seeds in the country.

On Day two, De Otaduy was the only Big Green player to advance, defeating both Hobart College’s Felipe Pantel and Josh Oakley. Heumann defeated Yale University’s T.J. Dembinski, who was forced to retire due to an injury, before barely falling to Trinity College’s Michael Craig 3-2. Epley fell to Yale’s Spencer Lovejoy. Spahr defeated the United States Naval Academy’s Jack Herold, then fell to Lovejoy as well.

On Day three, De Otaduy defeated Yale’s Pierson Broadwater 3-1 to claim the consolation round of the Molloy South Division.

On the women’s side, five Dartmouth players competed in Day one of the CSA Individual Championship. Jacqueline Barnes ’17 and Annie Blasberg ’20 both won with final scores of 3-1 and 3-0 to advance to the next round. Julia Potter ’20, Becky Brownell ’18 and Janel Gaube ’18 all lost.

On Day two, Barnes defeated Princeton University’s Madison Soukup 3-1 but was forced to retire against Alexandra Toth due to an injury. Blasberg lost to Trinity’s Jennifer Haley to conclude her rookie season. The three Big Green participants who lost on Day one all won on Day two. Potter defeated both her opponents to advance to the consolation round finals. After falling behind 2-0, Brownell rallied to defeat Drexel University’s Fiona Power 3-2 to advance to the consolation round. Gaube beat both Wellesley College’s Meera Nayar and Denison University’s Anandita Gupta to advance to the consolation round.

On Day three, all three Big Green members who advanced to the consolation finals lost. Potter dropped her match 3-2 while Gaube lost 3-1.