The Weekend Roundup: Week 3

by Devan Fink and Matt Krivan | 9/30/19 2:15am

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The Big Green football team's offense was dominant against Colgate, scoring 38 points on 440 yards.

by Kyle Spencer / The Dartmouth

Football

Dartmouth football continued its dominant start to the season on Saturday evening, blowing past Colgate University by a score of 38-3. 

Quarterback Jared Gerbino ’20 got the scoring started early, connecting with Hunter Hagdorn ’20 on a 30-yard touchdown pass to cap off a seven-play, 58-yard opening drive. The Big Green did not slow down from there, scoring two more touchdowns on each of the following drives thanks to a Caylin Parker ’20 four-yard run and a Drew Estrada ’20 40-yard reception. After a 39-yard field goal by Connor Davis ’22 as time expired in the second quarter, Dartmouth went into the half with a commanding 24-0 lead. 

Colgate drove 62 yards down field midway through the third quarter, but had to settle for a field goal after the Big Green defense forced a stop inside the 10. The Raiders couldn’t get much going offensively, only generating 281 yards of offense on the day, averaging just 4.1 yards per play compared to the Big Green’s 440 total yards and 7.9 per play. Colgate was aggressive on third and fourth down throughout, but the Dartmouth defense made many key stops throughout the night. Colgate went just six of 16 on third down conversions and two of six on fourth downs. 

Dartmouth capped off the scoring with two more scores in the second half. Gerbino found tight end Robbie Mangas ’22 for a 34-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third, and Keegan McHugh ’22 rushed one in from the one-yard line in the fourth. Gerbino finished the day 12 of 16, passing for 193 yards and the three touchdowns — a college career-high — without an interception. 

Dartmouth (2-0) heads to Philadelphia next weekend for its first Ivy League matchup of the year, facing the University of Pennsylvania on Friday night. 

Women's tennis

Dartmouth women’s tennis participated in the three-day Bulldog Invitational this weekend hosted by Yale University. The Big Green faced off against the University of Denver, Boston College, the University of Massachusetts and Brown University over the course of the weekend.

On Friday, the Big Green played singles against the Denver and doubles against BC. Dartmouth was unable to win any matches in singles, but all were closely fought. The doubles teams had much better results, winning three out of four matches with the only loss coming in a close tiebreaker.

After struggling on Friday, Dartmouth responded with 10 wins on Saturday. The singles players bounced back from a rough start to the tournament by going 7-3 on the day against the UMass. Racquel Lyn ’20 rallied to win her match convincingly in three sets after losing the first set 14-12 in a tiebreaker. The doubles teams also continued their strong play, winning three out of five matches against BC and Denver.

On Sunday, the Big Green picked up where it left off and went 7-2 in singles against Brown and 1-2 in doubles against UMass. In singles, younger players shone, with four out of the seven wins on Sunday coming from freshmen and sophomores. In doubles, however, a veteran duo of Catherine Cable ’20 and Chuyang Guan ’20 earned the Big Green its only doubles wins of the day.

The Big Green has the next few weeks off before traveling to West Point, NY to play in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships hosted by the United States Military Academy.

Field hockey

Dartmouth field hockey had a rough afternoon against Princeton University on Saturday, falling to the No. 10 Tigers 4-0, but bounced back with a thrilling 4-3 overtime winner on Sunday against the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The Princeton game was Dartmouth’s first in Ivy League play this season.

The Big Green struggled to get the offense ramped up against Princeton, generating just four shots and only two on goal. The team’s best chance to gain the lead came early in the game, with a shot on goal by Katie Spanos ’20 less than five minutes into the first quarter. The Big Green was held without a shot on goal for over 30 minutes, before Spanos again was denied by Tigers goalie Grace Baylis. The senior was the only Dartmouth player to generate a shot the entire game.  

On Sunday, the Big Green rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win in overtime on Spanos’ game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime. Holley Cromwell ’23, Carmen Braceras ’20 and Tatum Schultz ’21 added goals for the Big Green as well. 

The Big Green are now 3-5 on the season and will travel to Providence next weekend, taking on Brown University on Saturday and Providence College on Sunday.

Men's soccer

Dartmouth men’s soccer fell behind early and could not recover in a 4-2 defeat to the State University of New York at Albany (3-3-1) on Tuesday night. 

While the Big Green did record three of the first four shots within the first 18 minutes, the Great Danes opened the floodgates with a score in the 29th minute. Soon after, in the 31st minute, the Danes scored again, after a Dartmouth foul to set up a penalty kick. 

The Big Green did not surmount a comeback until it was too late, as Albany scored twice more within the first eight minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. Tiger Graham ’21 scored his first goal of the season in the 58th minute, and Dawson McCartney ’21 added another — his team-leading third of the season — in the 67th. 

Goalkeeper Alex Budnik ’22 had a difficult day, saving three of seven shots on goal and posting a season-low .429 save percentage. 

Now 3-3, with all three of its losses coming on the road, the Big Green returns to action on Tuesday against the University of Connecticut and then takes on Princeton University on Saturday.

Women's soccer

Women’s soccer opened Ivy League play Saturday with a 2-1 road loss at Brown University, just its second loss of the season. The Big Green fell to 7-2 while Brown improved to 7-1-1.

Dartmouth struggled to generate offense against one of the best defensive teams in the Ivy League, managing just eight shots and three on goal. Brown struck early with a goal in the seventh minute, snapping the Big Green’s streak of five consecutive shutouts. Dartmouth netted the equalizer in the 35th minute on a shot from outside the box by Erin Kawakami ’21, her second of the season, with Izzy Glennon ’22 picked up her first assist of the season on the play. The teams headed into halftime tied 1-1, but Brown jumped back in front in the 56th minute. Goalkeeper Mariel Gordon ’21 saved five out of seven shots on goal, but it was not enough as the 2-1 score held.

The Big Green returns to Hanover next Saturday for its conference home opener against Princeton University at Burnham Field.

Volleyball

Dartmouth women’s volleyball opened Ivy League play Saturday with a thrilling comeback win over Harvard University in five sets. The Big Green is now 5-5 on the season.

After dropping the first two sets 25-21 and 25-19, Dartmouth stormed back, winning the next two 25-20 and 25-19 before dominating the final set 15-6. A 7-0 run early in the third set provided momentum, and the team never looked back. 

Makenzie Arent ’23 led the way for the Big Green, racking up 27 assists and 12 digs on her way to a double-double. Bella Hedley ’22 had team highs of 15 digs and 4 aces while Francesca Meldrum ’22 led the attack with 14 kills.

This win marks the beginning of a long stretch of road games for Dartmouth, which plays its next four away from Hanover. The team will hope to carry the positive momentum into this weekend, when it travels to Providence to face Brown University on Friday and then New Haven to take on Yale the next day. 

Women's golf

Dartmouth women’s golf competed at the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club this weekend, tying for seventh place out of 13 teams. 

On Saturday, Kristen Chen ’22 led the Dartmouth group of five with a score of 75 (+3). Angela Zhang ’23 finished a stroke behind Chen at 76 (+4), Julianne Strauch ’21 finished at 77 (+5), Maddie Nelson ’20 put up a 78 (+6) and Kaitlyn Lees ’22 rounded out the day at 79 (+7). Samantha Yao ’23, playing as an individual, tied for fourth place out of the 80 golfers with a score of 70 (-2).

Yao was especially impressive on Sunday, finishing with a score of 74 (+2) and a highlight-reel play, a hole in one on the 11th pin. Chen also shot a 74 (+2), while Zhang and Lees shot a 75 (+3), Strauch put up an 80 (+8) and Nelson shot an 84 (+12).

The Big Green will conclude its fall season in three weeks at the Lady Blue Hen Invitational in Rehoboth Beach, DE on Oct. 19 and 20.

Lees is a member of The Dartmouth Staff.