The Weekend Roundup: Week 6
This weekend, the sailing team competed at the NEISA championships at Bowdoin College, qualifying for nationals with its third-place finish. The Big Green’s Division A boat placed in the top five teams in 10 out of 14 races, claiming two first-place finishes and four second-place finishes. The Division B boat added on four top-five finishes, including one first-place finish and one second-place finish. Following the races, Rebecca McElvain ’19 and Christopher Williford ’19 were named to the All-NEISA First Team, while Jack McGraw ’20 and Alyssa Berger ’19 earned Second Team honors.
In its final game of the regular season, the women’s lacrosse team annihilated Yale University 23-9 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2011. Michelle Yu ’21 and Kierra Sweeney ’19 led the Big Green with five goals apiece, and Elizabeth Mastrio ’19 recorded three goals of her own to move into 15th overall on the Dartmouth scoring list.
The Big Green looks to continue its strong play against the University of Pennsylvania on Friday in the Ivy League semifinal at Columbia University. A win Friday would send Dartmouth to the Ivy League championship game next Sunday. Dartmouth finishes the regular season 11-4 overall and 6-1 in Ivy play.
In its final road game, the Big Green had a great bounce back win against Siena College on Wednesday, taking it 6-4. Dartmouth recorded 10 hits, including a four-run fourth inning to power them to victory. Nate Ostmo ’19 led the Big Green with 3 RBIs, including a homer in the first inning.
Dartmouth had a thrilling comeback win on Senior Day against Yale University on Friday, taking the first game of the series 7-5. After trailing 5-3 heading into the sixth inning, the Big Green answered back with three runs in the seventh and held on to the lead through the ninth. The Big Green seniors — Matt Feinstein ’19, Steffen Torgesen ’19, Sean Sullivan ’19 and Ostmo — combined for 10 of the 14 hits, and fellow senior Cole O’Connor ’19 pitched eight full innings.
The Big Green dropped both games on Sunday, losing 7-4 and 4-0. In the earlier game, Dartmouth was down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth and despite rallying back for four runs and bringing the tying run to the plate, the Big Green simply didn’t have enough left in the tank. The Bulldogs’ pitching overwhelmed Dartmouth in the final game of the series, recording nine strikeouts and allowing just two hits.
The Big Green is now 14-23 overall and 7-11 in Ivy play. The team looks to bounce back against the University of Maine on Wednesday.
Track and Field
Men’s and women’s track sent a combined 29 athletes to the University of New Hampshire Pre-Conference Invitational as a final tune-up before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.
Freshmen Myles Schreck ’22 and Andrew Palermo ’22 had strong outings, taking first and third, respectively, in the hammer throw, while teammate Lucas Ribeiro ’20 placed first in the discus. Big Green freshmen also saw impressive performances from Thomas Lingard ’22 who won the 800m run and Isaac Weber ’22 who took fourth in the 1500m. Will Marx ’22 placed third in the long jump.
For the women, Brook Brunet ’21 took first in the pole vault and Diana Vizza ’20 placed fourth in the 1500m run. Lily Lockhart ’21 took fourth in shot put and third in discus while Rachel Donner ’22 took fifth in both events. Amelia Ali ’19 and Alexandra Collins ’19 took first and second place, respectively, in hammer throw.
Track and field will compete in Ivy League Hepts next weekend at Princeton University.
Men’s lacrosse was bested by Brown University this weekend 11-7 on Senior Day. The Big Green put up a strong first half, leading 5-3 going into halftime, but four consecutive unanswered goals secured the lead for Brown going in to the fourth quarter. This marks the 29th consecutive loss for the Big Green against an Ivy League opponent.
Dartmouth had almost as many shots on goal as Brown and half as many turnovers, but the Big Green struggled in its matchups, winning just nine percent of faceoffs and 36 percent of groundballs. Four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the Big Green.
Matt Paul ’21 posted two goals while teammate Peter Rizzotti ’22 netted the final Dartmouth goal of the game to end the Bears’ scoring run.
After the game, head coach Brenden Callahan said, “I am appreciative of our seniors’ efforts. They taught us what it means to work hard and enjoy every day.”
The Big Green fell to Boston University 9-1 on Thursday. The Terriers jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first three innings and never looked back. Morgan Martinelli ’19 was the only bright spot for Dartmouth, going 3-3 at the plate and homering in the fourth.
Dartmouth split the first tow games of its series against Brown University taking the first 3-1 and dropping the second 6-4. The Big Green came out swinging in the first game, recording all three of its runs in the first inning. Shelby Wilkison ’21 dominated on the mound through five innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits. In the second game, it was Brown who had the hot start, scoring six runs in the first two innings. The Big Green rallied for four runs in the final innings but came up just short.
On Sunday, the Big Green shut out the Bears 2-0 behind a dominant pitching performance by Heather Turner ’21. Turner went for five innings, allowing just three hits. Brooke Plonka ’22 closed with three strikeouts through the final two innings. Taylor Ward ’19 homered and singled to score both runs.
Softball plays its final non-conference game of the year against Boston College on Wednesday.
In the final game of its regular season — one that had serious NCAA Tournament implications — Dartmouth rose to the occasion against No. 34 Harvard University, winning 4-1. Dartmouth took the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots to take an early lead heading into singles. Dan Martin ’21, Charlie Broom ’20 and Peter Conklin ’21 all had huge wins in singles play, winning at the No. 1, 2 and 4 spots, respectively.
The No. 41 Big Green finish the regular season 15-8 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League as it looks to continue their strong play in NCAA regionals. Dartmouth will find out who its opponent for the first round will be during the NCAA selection show today at 6 p.m.
Lightweight rowing traveled to Ithaca, NY this weekend to compete for the Baggaley Bowl, where the Big Green was swept by Cornell University. The First Varsity 8 was bested by a 13-second margin while Dartmouth’s Second Varsity boats fell to both Cornell’s Second and Third Varsity boats.
Men’s heavyweight rowing competed against Brown for the Atalanta Cup in Fairlee, VT, and at Syracuse University for the Packard Cup this weekend. The Big Green split with Brown University with each team winning two races. The Big Green’s First and Second Varsity boats were edged out by five seconds and nine seconds, respectively, while Dartmouth’s Third Varsity boat beat out Brown by a seven-second margin. The Fourth Varsity 8 won by four seconds. The race was meant to be held at home on the Connecticut River, but dangerously fast currents forced the two teams to relocate the race to Lake Morey, 20 minutes north of Hanover.
The heavyweight team won three out of races at Syracuse. The First Varsity 8 tallied the Dartmouth’s only loss of the day when the Orange made a late comeback to edge out the Big Green by less than one second. Dartmouth’s Second, Third and Fourth Varsity 8 all won within a less than ten second margin, with the Third Varsity 8 crossing the finish line just .4 seconds before the home team.
Women’s rowing traveled to New York to compete against Cornell in the Parents Cup, with Syracuse rowing as a guest. The Big Green clinched the Cup with its First Varsity 8 victory over the Big Red, finishing in 6:56.99 to Cornell’s 7:01.76. Dartmouth finished ahead of Cornell in all races except the Second Varsity 8.
The lightweight, heavyweight and women’s teams will all travel to Worcester, MA for the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints Regatta — the women’s team next weekend and the lightweight and heavyweight teams on May 19.