The Weekend Roundup: Week 8

by The Dartmouth Sports Staff | 2/25/19 2:25am

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The men's and women's track and field teams participated in the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.

by Michael Lin / The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Men's basketball

The Dartmouth men’s basketball team had another tough road trip, losing 77-59 to Yale University on Friday night and 68-65 to Brown University on Saturday night. 

The Yale game ended the same way the the team’s earlier matchup against Yale did, with the Bulldogs winning in a blowout. Miye Oni, Yale’s star forward, only scored 10 points in this game compared to 31 in the first contest, but Yale’s Alex Copeland scored 23 to carry the load. Brendan Barry ’20 led the way for Dartmouth with 17 points. 

The game against Brown also followed an almost identical script to the team’s earlier game this season, with Dartmouth taking a sizable lead midway through the second half before surrendering it and losing in a close contest. James Foye ’20 led all scorers with 25 points on the night.

With the loss, the Big Green dropped to 11-15 overall and 2-8 in Ivy League play. It has lost six of those eight Ivy League games by five points or fewer, continuing with the season’s theme of tough losses in winnable games.

Women's basketball

On Friday and Saturday, the Dartmouth women’s basketball team’s success in Leede Arena helped them hold on to the chance of an Ivy League tournament berth. 

Friday night, the Big Green beat Yale University at home for the first time in 10 years on a buzzer-beating put-back from Paula Lenart ’20. In its first full game without Cy Lippold ’19, the Big Green’s starting point guard, assists leader and second-leading scorer, a team effort propelled the Big Green past the Bulldogs 56-54 just three weeks after the same Yale team beat the Green and White on its own home court, 64-49. The Big Green struggled in the first quarter, scoring eight points to Yale’s 18. However, they held the Bulldogs to just two in the second, and headed to halftime tied 20-20. A solid third quarter put Dartmouth in good position for the fourth, and when the Bulldogs fought back and took the lead with less than four minutes on the clock, the Big Green stepped up to reclaim the lead before the final buzzer. Isalys Quinones ’19 paced the Big Green in points with 18. Katie Douglas ’22 added 13 off the bench, and Lenart contributed 10.

After finishing the first half up by just six against the last-place Bears the following evening, a 47-point second half sealed a convincing 78-43 victory. Meanwhile, Yale’s 83-69 loss to the Crimson threw the Big Green back into the mix as contenders for the Ivy League tournament. Four members of Dartmouth’s squad scored in double figures, with three of them setting career highs. Quinones again led the Big Green’s scoring effort with 23 points and Douglas added 20, while Kealy Brown ’19 and Lenart scored 14 and 11 points respectively.

Next weekend, the Big Green will leave New England to take on league leaders University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University on the road, two critical matchups in determining the Big Green’s postseason fate.

Men's hockey

The men’s hockey split its final two home games in the regular season and secured a home playoff series in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Big Green completed a season sweep of Yale University on Friday, but fell to Brown University on Saturday night.

The Big Green started the weekend with a 2-0 win over the Yale Bulldogs. Less than one minute into the game, Dartmouth defender Brendan Less ’21 found the back of the net for his first career goal off of a backhand pass from Matt Baker ’21. Baker found the back of the net himself in the second period to extend the Big Green’s lead. The Big Green, which was outshot 28-26, improved its record to 6-0-0 when recording fewer shots on goal than its opponents. The story of the night was the goaltending of Adrian Clark ’20. Clark recorded his fifth shutout of the season, stopping all 28 of the Bulldogs’ shots. Clark’s five shutouts are the most for a Big Green goalie in 99 seasons and are tied for second-most in the nation. Clark also shut out Yale in New Haven during Dartmouth’s 3-0 win on Nov. 10. Friday’s game was the first shutout for Clark at Thompson Arena, and Clark’s six career shutouts are tied for second-most in school history.

The Big Green reversed roles in another 2-0 game on Saturday, failing to find the net in a loss against Brown. The Bears scored on the power play in the second period and added a second goal in the third period. The Big Green struggled offensively and failed to score on four power play opportunities. Following the game, the team’s seniors were honored for Senior Night.

The Bears’ victory places Brown and Dartmouth into a tie for sixth place in the ECAC standings with two games left in the regular season. Brown owns the tiebreaker over Dartmouth due to its season sweep of the Big Green. Colgate University’s overtime win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ensured that the Big Green will return to Thompson Arena this postseason in a playoff series. The Big Green sits four points out of the fourth place spot necessary for a first-round bye and will likely host a three-game series in the first round of the ECAC tournament on Mar. 8-10. 

The Big Green (10-13-4, 9-8-3 ECAC) travel to play Union College and RPI to conclude its regular season before beginning play in the conference tournament.

Women's hockey

Coming off a thrilling upset of No. 4 Clarkson University last week, the women’s hockey team took both its weekend games to overtime for the second week in a row. The result: a 1-0 loss at Yale University on Friday and a 1-1 tie at Brown University the following day. 

Against Yale, goalie Christine Honor ’19 was able to shut out the Bulldogs through regulation, but in overtime, Dartmouth was tagged with a penalty with 22 seconds in, and Yale took advantage with a power play goal to secure the victory. The Big Green could not find the back of the net despite 25 shots on goal, including seven from Tess Bracken ’19. 

Dartmouth skated to a 1-1 tie with Brown the next afternoon in a game that featured 19 penalties and two special-teams goals. The Bears are one of just two teams ranked below Dartmouth in the ECAC standings, and the Big Green had the advantage early. Dartmouth outshot the host 16-9 in the first period. Five minutes through the second period, that pressure paid off as Bracken fired home a puck from the blue line. However, Brown’s Hayley Kliczko kept the Big Green off the board for the rest of regulation. With four minutes remaining, and a Dartmouth player in the box, the Bears pulled their goalie and found the back of the net. Dartmouth outshot Brown 8-0 in the extra period but came away empty.

The Big Green finish the season with a record of 5-21-3, 4-16-2 ECAC.

Skiing

Under balmy 30-degree temperatures at Bates College, Dartmouth won its third straight Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association title on Saturday. The Big Green took 11 podium steps, including event wins from James Ferri ’19, Tanguy Nef ’20 and Katharine Ogden ’21, en route to a 12-point win over the University of Vermont.

Friday began with the final women’s 5-kilometer freestyle of the season. The Catamounts’ Lina Sutro took first, completing her season sweep of the skate races, but the Dartmouth women had a strong day. Lydia Blanchet ’19 finished 2.9 seconds behind Sutro, with Katharine Ogden ’21 and Lauren Jortberg ’20 in third and fourth, both within 10 seconds of Blanchet. All six women’s Nordic skiers who made the trip to Bates finished in the top 10. In the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle, Friday marked the first time this season that all three of the Big Green’s scorers were among the top 15 finishers. Callan DeLine ’18 paced the group in seventh, while Gavin McEwen ’19 took 11th and Adam Glueck ’21 was 15th.

Friday’s giant slalom course took skiers over an icy, rhythmic top section followed by an extended downhill covered in soft snow. Ferri stole the show for the Big Green, as he edged UVM’s Guillame Grand by .17 seconds to win his first collegiate race and make his first podium appearance in the green and white. Drew Duffy ’21 took third, .41 seconds back of Ferri, and a trio of Dartmouth names finished behind him in fifth, sixth and seventh. On the women’s side, Dartmouth skiers and Catamounts fought it out over the top five spots. UVM’s Mille Graesdal won, while Patricia Mangan ’19 took second followed by Alexa Dlouhy ’19 in fourth, with a UVM skier on either side of Dlouhy.

Ogden was back in her NCAA championship-winning form in Saturday’s mass start 15-kilometer classic, which she won by more than a minute in 42:48.7, followed by Jortberg, who took second in a photo finish with UVM’s Anna Bizyukova. Blanchet rounded out the scoring in sixth. DeLine broke up a Catamount lead pack in the men’s mass start 20-kilometer classic and finished in third place. McEwen and Glueck also cracked the top 15. 

UVM and Dartmouth were neck and neck again in the women’s giant slalom, taking the first seven spots between them. Mangan took second again while Dlouhy and Steph Currie ’20 were fourth and fifth, with Claire Thomas ’21 finishing seventh. On the men’s side, Nef put more than a second between him and UVM’s Grand, who finished second. Duffy nabbed the last podium spot, with David Domonoske ’20 right on his heels in fourth.

With that, the 2019 carnival season is in the books, and the Big Green remains on top. Dartmouth will look forward to having the NCAA Championships on familiar snow at UVM in two weeks.

Women's track and field

The women’s track and field team got off to a fast start at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships, ending the first day of competition in first place before settling back to third place by the end of the weekend. The University of Pennsylvania won for the third straight year and Harvard University finished second.

Julia Valenti ’20 defended her title in the pole vault with a jump of 3.91 meters, becoming the first Dartmouth woman to win the event twice. Brooke Brunet ’21 finished third in the same event. Cha’Mia Rothwell ’20, who won the indoor long jump each of her first two seasons, jumped 5.85 meters to finish third on Saturday. Elsewhere on the field, Dartmouth grabbed points in the multis as Maria Garman ’19 and Anoush Krafian ’22 went 3-4 in the pentathlon, while Amelia Ali ’19 and Lily Lockhart ’21 were fourth and sixth in the weight throw.

On Sunday, Rothwell took first for the third year in a row in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.37, earning her All-Ivy First Team honors. Claire Dougherty ’20 finished second in the 800m with a 2:08.79, and Garman tied for second place in the high jump. 

Men's track and field

The Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships got started on a sour note as the Big Green failed to score any points on the first day of competition, but the team was able to pick up 50 points on Sunday to finish sixth out of eight teams. Tim Zepf ’21 finished second in the 800m with a time of 1:50.61 and earned All-Ivy League Second Team honors. Meanwhile, Donovan Spearman ’21 finished in third place in both the 60m hurdles and 200m with times of 6.85 and 21.77, respectively. The Big Green also received a big boost in the 4x800 relay, finishing in second with a time of 7:41.62.

Women's swimming and diving

The women’s swimming and diving team won two individual titles on its way to a sixth-place finish at the Ivy League Championship meet, the team’s best-ever performance under head coach Jamie Holder. Harvard scored 1,500 points for the second straight year, while the Big Green bested Cornell University and Columbia University.

A pair of underclassmen put the exclamation mark on the meet by winning individual titles in consecutive events on Saturday, the fourth and final day of the championship meet. Mackenzie Stumpf ’21 won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:11.94, 0.7 seconds faster than her second-place time at last year’s championship meet. Stumpf is the Big Green’s first 200-yard breaststroke champion since 1997. Not to be out-done, Mia Leko ’22 won the very next race, the 200-yard butterfly, in 1:57.62, making her the first Dartmouth champion in the event since 1996.

More program records fell elsewhere during the meet. Sarah Minnigh ’22 took third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:30.60) to beat the previous program record by nine seconds. Stumpf broke her own 200-yard IM record twice, first in prelims and then with a time of 1:59.79 to win the B final.

Other strong performances included Minnigh’s third in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:51.68), Stumpf’s third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.14) and Leko’s fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.03) and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle.

Women's squash

Ninth-seeded women’s squash played well at the College Squash Association finals this weekend, defeating Amherst College and Brown University but falling to Cornell University to come in second in the Kurtz Cup.

Sweeps from Anne Blasberg ’20, Darden Gildea ’22, Ellie Gozigian ’21, Emma MacTaggart ’22 and Sandra Reiss ’21 powered the Big Green to a 7-2 win against Amherst as Gozigian surrendered just 10 points. Junnat Anwar ’20 was the only Dartmouth victor who went to four games. The Big Green moved on to face Brown, which the team had played to a 5-4 win earlier this month, and this time came out ahead 7-2. Blasberg, Brynn Bank ’21, Gozigian and Emma Roberts ’19 came away with sweeps, while Gildea, MacTaggart and Julia Potter ’20 gutted out five-game wins. But the Big Green couldn’t keep up the momentum against Cornell on Sunday, dropping the match 6-3, with wins coming from Bank, Reiss and Roberts.

With team play concluded for the season, the Big Green (7-8) will participate in the Ivy League individual championships next weekend in Providence, Rhode Island.

Men's tennis

The No. 28 Big Green went 2-1 in three games at home this weekend, defeating No. 36 University of Memphis on Friday and the next day splitting a pair of matches against Wichita State University and Boston University. 

The team’s 4-0 victory on Friday was kicked off by a doubles win from 19th-ranked pair Charlie Broom ’20 and David Horneffer ’20 and then from John Speicher ’21 and Dan Martin ’21. Peter Conklin ’21, Horneffer and Casey Ross ’21 followed up with singles victories to secure the sweep.

Unranked Wichita State dealt the Big Green a stinging defeat on Saturday. Dartmouth won the doubles point, but Horneffer retired from his match at the No. 3 spot to pull Wichita State level. After a win from Conklin at No. 4, three consecutive straight-set Shocker wins sealed the deal. BU proved to be easier competition. With Horneffer out of the lineup, Conklin/Ross and Broom/Pierce Widdecombe ’22 secured the doubles point. Though Ross surrendered a point at No. 4, Dartmouth cruised to victory with singles wins from Broom, Conklin, Sid Chari ’22, Speicher and Widdecombe.

The Big Green (7-5) has an extended break before its next match on March 19 against Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. That weekend, the team will head to Houston to participate in the Rice University invitational. 

Women's tennis

Michigan State University hosted the Big Green this weekend for a pair of games against the Spartans and Marquette University. The Golden Eagles got the better of Dartmouth on Saturday by a score of 6-1. First-year duo Jingyi Peng ’22 and Nina Paripovic ’22 won a doubles match, though Dartmouth lost the point), and Allison McCann downed Marquette foe Lesley Foe, the only wins of the afternoon. Stalwart juniors Chuyang Guan ’20 and Racquel Lyn ’20 kept their matches close, each falling in three sets. 

Michigan State University dealt Dartmouth another 6-1 defeat the following day, grabbing the doubles points and reeling off four straight singles wins to nearly put the match out of reach. Paripovic got the one win in straight sets.

The Big Green will take on the University of Massachusetts at home next weekend.  

Baseball

The Big Green kicked off its season in the Lone Star state with a four-game series against the University of Texas at San Antonio, finishing the series 1-3. 

The team started off with a 4-3 victory on Friday, with Steffen Torgersen ’19 going 3-4 with one RBI triple and Cole O’Connor ’19 picking up the win on a three-run, 7.1 inning performance. 

Things took a turn for the worse the next day, with Dartmouth dropping both games in 10-0 and 12-3 routs. In the first game, UTSA scored early and often, bagging five runs in the first two innings alone, while the Big Green managed to get off only two hits. The next game didn’t turn out much better, with Michael Calamari ’20 providing most of the offense for the Big Green, knocking in a solo shot in the fourth and another RBI in the sixth. Pitchers Justin Murray ’22 and Chase Jeter ’22 were both tagged for losses in the first starts on the team.

The eighth inning of Sunday’s 9-5 loss began with the Big Green in an 8-1 hole. Dartmouth brought the tying run to the plate but was unable to complete the comeback. Nathan Skinner ’22 took the loss with Michael Parsons ’20 coming on in relief.

The team will hit the road again next weekend to play in the USA Baseball tournament in Cary, North Carolina. 

Softball

The women’s softball team opened its 2019 season with five games this weekend at the Holy City Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina, coming out with a 2-3 start to the season. 

On Friday, the team started out the day with a 2-1 loss to Appalachian State University, but then rebounded with a 5-3 win over Charleston Southern. In that game, Bryce West ’22 hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Calista Almer ’20 picking up two more RBIs, and Shelby Wilkison ’21 picked up the win with two runs and five hits over five innings. 

Saturday saw a split for the Big Green as well. The team started out the day with a resounding 7-0 win over Radford University, seeing strong performances from West with two hits, two runs and two RBIs and Morgan Martinelli ’19 with two hits and two runs, while Madie Auguto ’22 picked up the victory on 5.1 shutout innings. Later that day, however, the team suffered a 7-6 loss to College of Charleston. After building a 4-2 lead in the fourth, Charleston responded later that inning with five runs, and although the Big Green would claw back with two more late in the game, they came out just short. 

To close out the weekend on Sunday, the Big Green fell in a 12-0 thrashing by Iowa State University. Dartmouth was only able to put one hit on the board from Abby Shipley ’21, and Augusto was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings.

The team will travel again next weekend to play five games in the University of Central Florida Invite in Orlando.

Men's lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team fell to 0-2 with a 6-5 loss to Bryant University on Saturday. It was a close game throughout, with both teams scoring two goals apiece in the first and third quarters and one goal each in the fourth, but the difference came from a lone Bryant goal in the second. Jimmy Heidt ’21 scored two goals, with Ben Martin ’20, George Prince ’21 and Jack Richardson ’20 providing the other three. 

The Big Green will be on the road again next weekend to take on Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.

Women's lacrosse

Kierra Sweeney scored seven goals, the most by a Dartmouth player since last year, as the Big Green rolled over the State University of New York at Binghamton 19-6. The game was as close as 5-3 in Dartmouth’s favor at the 15-minute mark before the Big Green outscored the Bearcats 12-2 down the stretch. The team will face a much tougher test on Monday when it faces No. 1 Boston University.

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