The Weekend Roundup: Week 5

by Caitlyn McGovern , Lili Stern and Mark Cui | 10/15/18 2:00am

Field Hockey

Despite out-shooting Yale University (6-6, 2-2 Ivy) 25-9, the Dartmouth field hockey team (4-7, 1-3 Ivy) fell to the Bulldogs 4-3 at home on Saturday. The Bulldogs opened the game with two goals in the first four minutes after a flat start by the Big Green, leaving the green and white to battle back from an early deficit. A goal from Gemma Bautista ’19 in the 13th minute and another from Gracyn Campbell ’22 evened the score in the 26th minute. Just three minutes later, however, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead heading into intermission. The second-half scoring all came in the final 10 minutes of the match. Yale took a 4-2 lead with a goal in the 61st minute, followed by a quick answer from Katie Spanos ’20 to bring the Big Green within one with just over seven minutes to play. Despite four penalty corners in the final minutes of play, the Big Green could not convert and fell to the Bulldogs in a back-and-forth contest.

On Sunday, the Big Green fell 5-1 at home to the Northeastern University Huskies (6-8) in a nonconference matchup. Despite 10 saves from goalie Hailey Valerio ’19, the Big Green could not control the aggressive Husky offense. The Huskies got off 15 shots on goal to the Big Green’s four, and five of them netted. The Huskies blanked the Big Green in the first half, 3-0, and tacked on two more goals after the intermission. A goal from Kira Koehler ’21, assisted by Lia Constantine ’21, put the Big Green on the board in the 53rd minute, but the Huskies answered with less than five minutes to play to round out their 5-1 victory.

The Big Green will take on Columbia University and University of Massachusetts Lowell on the road next weekend seeking to end their four-game slide.

Volleyball

In their final games of the first round of Ivy League play, the Dartmouth volleyball team went 1-1 on the road — falling to Yale University but defeating Brown University — giving the Big Green a 3-4 Ivy and 7-10 overall record heading into round two.

The Big Green started their away stand at Yale (11-4, 5-1 Ivy) on Friday, losing all three sets 19-25 to the formidable Ivy League defending champions. Despite playing the Bulldogs evenly for the first half of the second set and even earning a five point lead early in the second set, the Big Green could not sustain their early success and dropped both of these sets. In the third set, the Bulldogs jumped ahead early and the Big Green could never quite recover. Elise Petit ’21 and Corinne Cox ’20 led the Big Green’s offensive efforts with eight kills and 13 assists, respectively, and Zoe Leonard ’19, Tola Akinwumi ’21 and Francesca Meldrum ’22 held down the defense, with Leonard racking up 10 digs and Akinwumi and Meldrum contributing three blocks apiece.

On Saturday, the Big Green traveled to Providence to face the Brown University Bears (8-9, 1-6 Ivy) and beat them 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 28-30, 25-19), bookending the first round of Ivy League play with a win. After a back-and-forth opening set, the Big Green pulled away with a 7-3 run to close. In the second set, Dartmouth opened with a 5-1 run, and then didn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the set. The third set, however, was much closer, with even play throughout until the Bears got the two point advantage necessary to close the set. With a 2-1 match lead, the Big Green fell to a 1-5 deficit to open the fourth set, but battled back with a 9-1 run to take a 12-8 lead shortly after. The Big Green dominated the rest of the match, and finished off the Bears in the fourth set.

Dartmouth will seek its second victory over Harvard University next weekend in Cambridge.

Equestrian

On Saturday, the Dartmouth equestrian team participated in its second show of the season in Vermont. The team placed third out of 11 teams, with first and second claimed by the University of Vermont and the University of New Hampshire, respectively. It was a team effort for the impressive overall finish, with some notable performances including Olivia Champ 19’s first place finish in Open Fences, Sabrina Jain’s 22’s first place finish in Novice Flat and Sophia Kocher ’21’s first place finish in Novice Flat. With the win, Kocher continues a streak of undefeated performances.

Cross Country

Friday morning, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at Pennsylvania State University’s National Open. Both teams finished in the top half, with the men’s squad finishing ninth of 21 competing teams and the women finishing fifth of 28.

The men’s team scored 245 points, finishing just ahead of the hosting Nittany Lions. Five Big Green runners scored, led by Pat O’Brien ’21, who placed 30th out of 206 runners with a time of 25:40. Quinn Cooney ’20 finished just two seconds later to earn 33rd place. Marco Pompilj ’19 (58th, 26:01), Owen Ritz ’21 (60th, 26:03) and Henry Raymond ’20 (64th, 26:05) rounded out the Big Green’s scoring for the day. The University of Virginia took first place in the 5.2 mile race.

The women’s team posted 186 points en route to a top-quarter finish. The Big Green ran a tight race, with the top three placing runners finishing within two seconds of one another. Georgia Fear ’20 led the Green and White with a 23rd- place outing, finishing in 21:11. Lauren Sapone ’20 came in right on her heels, also in 21:11, but was granted 26th place. Julia Stevenson ’20 finished two seconds later, placing 30th with a final time of 21:13. Lillian Anderson ’19 (53rd, 21:30) and Olivia Lantz ’19 (54th, 21:31) were the Big Green’s final scoring runners. The hosting Nittany Lions won the 6K race with a 62-point showing.

Both teams will compete next weekend at Central Connecticut State University’s Short course meet on Friday.

Men's Soccer

This past Saturday, the men’s soccer team took on the University of Pennsylvania at Burnham Field with 716 total in attendance. Tiger Graham ’21 opened up scoring for the Big Green with his third goal of the season at 22:47, assisted by Dawson McCartney ’21. Off of an assist from Noah Paravicini ’19, Graham tallied his fourth goal of the season later on in the game at 56:00. Kota Sakurai ’21 scored his first goal of the season and the Big Green’s last goal of the game at 65:03 with the help of Jonny Nierenberg ’18. UPenn scored a penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the game, but Dartmouth came away with a 3-1 win. The team will host Lehigh University next on Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m.

Women's Rowing

On Saturday, the women’s rowing team traveled to Hadley, Massachusetts, to open its season and compete in three of the races at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Hadley Chase. The team took the top six spots in the 2s, and finished in second, eighth and ninth in the 4. The Big Green took home first place in the 8 with a time of 15:46.3 compared to second place Marist’s 16:03.3. The team also competed with other boats in the race, which placed fourth and sixth respectively. Next weekend, the team will travel to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles.

Men's Tennis

The men’s tennis team competed from Thursday through Sunday in the ITA Northeast Regional Championship in Princeton, New Jersey. John Speicher ’21 and Sid Chari ’22 went undefeated in the qualifying round on Thursday. The team carried their momentum forward on Friday, winning every single one of their matches once again for a 6-0 record. On the third day of the tournament, the team walked away undefeated in the round of 32 doubles, while also tallying five wins in the round of 64 singles and one win in the round of 16 doubles.

The team will be competing next in the Dartmouth Invitational this upcoming Friday to Sunday.

Rugby

On Saturday, Dartmouth women’s rugby finished the regular season with a victory over No. 4 Army West Point 26-20. The win was the team’s closest match of the season, giving the team an overall record of 6-0. The Big Green raced off to a quick start, leading the home team 19-0 with 14 minutes left in the half. Ale Ada ’22 was the star of the first half, recording her first double-digit performance after scoring on the Big Green’s first and third tries. While the Big Green scored again near the start of the second half to maintain its lead at 26-5, the home team scored on three consecutive tries to cut the lead down to five. However, time ran out before they had another shot, giving the Big Green the close win.

On Oct. 27, Dartmouth will host the Ivy Championship at Brophy Field, and will look to defend its title after winning the championship title the past three years.

Sailing

Over the weekend, the sailing team competed in three events, including the Captain Hurst Bowl at home and two women’s showcases at Brown University and Colby College. The results for the races were not available at the time of publication.

Women's Soccer

On Saturday, the Dartmouth women’s soccer team fell to the University of Pennsylvania 1-0. The two teams came in tied for first place in the Ivy League, but the loss left Penn on top and dropped the Big Green’s overall record to 7-4-2 and Ivy conference record to 2-1-1. After a scoreless first half, the Quakers scored six minutes into the second half after a header by Megan Lloyd off of a corner kick. The Big Green out-shot Penn in both total shots and shots on goal with 14 to 11 and seven to five respectively, but the team was unable to find the back of the net.

The team will only have two days to rest before hosting its next opponent, Marist College. This will be its final non-conference game, as the Big Green will then face Columbia University, Harvard University and Cornell University in the following weeks to close out the season.