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Seasons are coming to a close this week, as some of the Big Green’s fall teams are making a push for the postseason. This weekend, the football team, men’s soccer team and women’s soccer team take on Cornell University in high-stakes games with major Ivy League title implications.
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What do those teams mean to you? Probably not much. These development teams, however, provide the building blocks for three of the four major sports we enjoy today. Coming out of college, many players are not yet ready to jump into the highest level of their respective sport. They therefore go through a grooming process, obtaining professional experience and working with professional coaches to refine their skills until they are ready to make the final jump to the top tier of their sport. By now, you might be wondering: if these development leagues are so important, why doesn’t professional football — America’s most popular sport by far — have one?
The men’s and women’s tennis teams finished strong at Harvard’s UTR Metro Open and the Big Green Invite, their final weekend of fall season play. The men saw six singles wins the first day and the women finished 15-3 overall, losing only one singles match.
The women’s rugby team hosted the Ivy League tournament over the weekend, finishing second after falling to the Bears in the final game. The men’s rugby team won the Ivy League title for the eighth consecutive year after its Homecoming win over Brown University in October.
The field hockey team was officially eliminated from Ivy League title contention this weekend after a 3-1 loss to Harvard University on Saturday. The team (5-11, 3-3 Ivy) also fell to the University of New Hampshire on Sunday for its fourth straight loss.
The season has been full of streaks — the team started out 0-5 before winning three in a row, and traded two-game winning and losing streaks before dropping the last four.
Dartmouth skated onto the ice in the second period of Saturday’s game against Harvard University and finished off a penalty kill — a notable accomplishment, as in the team’s exhibition matches, the Big Green went 2-6 on penalty kills.
The women’s hockey team moved to 3-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC after a 3-0 shutout win over Union College and a 5-2 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Big Green offense continues rolling, having scored 14 regular season goals this year.
It was billed as Dartmouth’s biggest game since the two met as undefeated teams in 1997. The game unfolded differently from the 24-0 contest 17 years prior, but ended in the same result: a Crimson victory.
Dartmouth (5-2, 3-1 Ivy) fell short of achieving its first undefeated Ivy League season since 1996, and Harvard (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) managed to parry another challenge from the developing Big Green squad, 23-12.
The women’s cross country team won the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships title for the second consecutive year with 47 team points, defeating runner-up Princeton University by 20 points. The men’s team finished fourth overall in the Saturday race at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, New Jersey.
I sat down with Wyatt Omsberg ’18 of the men’s soccer team before the team’s Saturday game against Harvard University. Omsberg is the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week thanks to his game-winning overtime goal in the Big Green’s 1-0 win over Columbia University last week.
The final scene at Burnham Field on Saturday night could not have been more telling. In the waning seconds of the overtime clash between the Ivy League’s top soccer teams, Dartmouth and Harvard University (9-4-2, 2-1-2 Ivy), the final whistle left Big Green players sprawled out on the pitch, completely spent after a grueling 1-1 (2OT) draw, and a particularly draining final sequence.
The women’s soccer team won its last home game of the season Saturday, beating Harvard University 2-0 at Burnham Field. Corey Delaney ’16 scored both goals, one in each half, to keep the Dartmouth women alive in the Ancient Eight.
On Nov. 1, 1997, Dartmouth’s starting quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 was 3 years old. Days earlier, the five-year-old Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in an 11-inning classic to win the World Series in seven games.
That Saturday in Hanover was also the last meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth as undefeated football teams, and was the last time the Big Green opened a season 3-0 in the Ivy League. The game ended in a 24-0 Crimson victory and ended Dartmouth’s bid for back-to-back league titles.
In potentially the team’s most important game of the season, men’s soccer takes on Harvard University at Burnham Field Saturday night, looking to make up for last season’s matchup. The teams are the top two in the Ivy League standings, and Dartmouth enters the competition in a much better position than last year.
This weekend is arguably the biggest of the year for Dartmouth athletics, rivaling last spring’s baseball and softball Ivy League Championship Series weekend. Four teams -— football, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country — will compete for a chance at Ivy League titles this weekend, while women’s soccer and field hockey look to play their way back into the conversation. Saturday will be enormous, with 16 of Dartmouth’s 34 varsity teams taking the field. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
This Saturday, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in Princeton, New Jersey for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The women’s team will try to defend its title from last season, Dartmouth’s first since a four-peat that ended in 1997. The men’s side looks to claim its first championship since 2005.
One of our favorite sportswriters is ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who loves to host guests on his podcasts. Since this is a great way to introduce new perspectives and keep things interesting, we’re following his lead and bringing in our first guest author, Tyler Fisher ’17. If this article turns out to be any good, he won’t be our last. We picked Tyler because a nickname of his is “Fish,” which we thought was a nice touch. He doesn’t get that joke, but we’re going to leave it in here anyway.
Dropping temperatures signal that the fall sports season is winding down, but the threat of snow means it’s just the beginning for the Big Green men’s ice hockey team, which will open the regular season at Harvard University on Saturday.
A 6-2 win against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday meant that the women’s hockey team scored a combined 10 goals in two consecutive games — an accomplishment it did not achieve all of last season.