The Weekend Roundup: Week 5

by Matt Krivan and Emily Lu | 10/14/19 2:20am

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The field hockey team lost 4-3 to Penn on Saturday.

by Gracie Goodwin / The Dartmouth

Football

The football team kept its perfect season intact with a decisive 42-10 victory over Yale University on Homecoming Saturday. The Big Green is now 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Ivy League play.

Dartmouth jumped ahead early on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jared Gerbino ’20 to Drew Estrada ’20 on just the second play of the game’s opening drive. The connection between the two seniors was effective throughout the game, as Estrada became just the fourth player in Dartmouth history to record 200 yards receiving in a single game. After a couple of punts, an interception by safety Niko Mermigas ’21 set up the Dartmouth offense in Yale territory. Gerbino ran for a six-yard touchdown four plays later to put the Big Green up 14-0. On Yale’s ensuing drive, another interception, this time by safety Quinten Arello ’23, put the Dartmouth offense in the red zone. Derek Kyler ’21 ran for a 12-yard touchdown on third and goal to give the Big Green a 21-0 lead heading into the second quarter. 

Yale got on the board early in the second quarter with a 42-yard field goal, but a Yale missed field goal followed by a Dartmouth 80-yard touchdown drive essentially put the game out of reach, as Dartmouth entered halftime with a commanding 28-3 lead. 

Another long touchdown reception by Estrada and a Dakari Falconer ’21 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter extended Dartmouth’s lead to 42-3. Yale finally found the end zone with 47 seconds left in the game to make it 42-10.

The win marked the 100th victory for Buddy Teevens ’79 in his tenure as Dartmouth’s head coach. The Big Green takes a break from conference play next Saturday as they travel to Poughkeepsie, NY to take on Marist College, before concluding the season with five straight Ivy League matchups.

Men's soccer

The men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to the University of Vermont on Tuesday and fell short against undefeated Yale University 3-1 on Saturday, despite having more shots than its opponents in both matches. The loss against Vermont marks the end of the Big Green’s home unbeaten streak of 23 games. The team falls to 4-5-1 and 1-1 in Ivy League play.

Dawson McCartney ’21 led the team with seven of the team’s 21 shots against Vermont. Shots on goal came midway through the first half from Tiger Graham ’21 and Jordan Bailon ’22. Clayton Molter ’23 also had a solid look on goal before halftime, but the UVM goalkeeper was able to keep the game scoreless. The difference came in the 63rd minute, when a Vermont player slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Against Yale, scoring began in the first minute after an own goal from the Big Green; the Bulldogs’ free kick deflected off a Dartmouth defender to put Yale on the board. The team finished the first half with three shots on goal — two from Mothibi Penn-Kekana ’22 and one from Molter. It wasn’t until the second half that the ball found the back of the net again, but two goals within four minutes put Yale up 3-0. In the 58th minute, the Big Green earned a promising free kick taken by McCartney. Henry Baldwin ’20 found the ball and scored his second of the season to cut the deficit down to two. The team maintained pressure until the end of the game, outshooting Yale 7-2, but the effort was not enough.

The Big Green continues on the road, taking on the University of Pennsylvania next Saturday.

Women's soccer

After a dominant 4-0 performance against Merrimack College, the women’s soccer team finished the week with a 3-1 loss against Yale University in its third conference game. The team is now 8-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Ivy League.

Allie Winstanley ’23 scored three consecutive goals against Merrimack in the first half for her first career hat trick. The freshman already has seven goals this season, which is the most the program has seen in four years. The fourth goal came from Charlotte Esty ’20 in the 76th minute with an assist from Ellie Geier ’23.

While facing the Bulldogs, Winstanley led the team with four shots and three on goal. Her penalty kick in the 24th minute was stopped by a diving save from the Yale goalkeeper. The Bulldogs found the back of the net first in the 29th minute, however Dartmouth equalized in the 39th. A long cross from Zoe Enright ’20 found Erin Kawakami ’21, who was able to slip past her defender to score. But Yale added two more in the second half to put the game out of reach.

The Big Green finishes its road stretch against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Men's tennis

The Dartmouth men’s tennis team sent Charlie Broom ’20 and David Horneffer ’20 to the University of Tulsa to compete in the ITA All-America Championship this week. The two teamed up for doubles, while Broom also took part in the singles draw.

The duo started the tournament strong, winning both of their matches on Wednesday. Broom won his singles match 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 against the University of Illinois, battling through cold and wind which eventually forced play to move inside. Later in the day, Broom and Horneffer took down the University of South Carolina 7-6, 6-2 to move into the round of 16.

Broom and Horneffer saw their runs come to an end on Thursday, however, with a pair of losses. In a singles match against the University of Tennessee, Broom dropped the first set 6-1 and made it closer in the second, but ultimately lost 6-4. The doubles match went the distance, but the team fell 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 against Duke University in a tight match for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Next week, Broom and Horneffer will join the rest of the men’s tennis team as they travel to Philadelphia to compete in the ITA Northeast Regional Championship hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Field hockey

The field hockey team was unable to capture its first conference win of the season, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. It was the Big Green’s third consecutive loss, dropping the team to 3-8 on the season and 0-3 in Ivy League play.

Dartmouth opened the scoring in the second quarter on a goal by Katie Spanos ’20, her fifth of the season. But Penn scored shortly after and added another coming out of halftime to jump ahead 2-1. The Big Green regained the lead with goals from Carmen Braceras ’20 — her team-leading sixth of the season — and Katie Persin ’20. A Penn goal early in the fourth quarter was enough to take the game to overtime, and Penn claimed victory with a goal just three and a half minutes later.

Dartmouth struggled to create opportunities on offense, but managed to capitalize on three of its six shots on goal. Goalkeeper Isabella Santucci ’22 had a busy day, as Penn had 17 shots on goal; Santucci recorded 13 saves, her second-highest total of the season, for an impressive save percentage of 76 percent.

The Big Green will travel to New Haven on Saturday to take on a struggling Yale University team that has lost its last five games.

Women's rugby

Celebrating Senior Day, women’s rugby defeated Quinnipiac University Saturday afternoon 52-38 to complete its regular reason competition. Dartmouth started out strong and capitalized on that momentum the whole game. 

Seven different players scored for the Big Green during the match. Kristin Bitter ’23 continued her season of great play and was the team’s leading scorer for the day with 12 cumulative points. Idia Ihensekhien ’21’s two tries made her the second highest scorer for the Big Green. Marin Pennell ’21, Alison Tong ’20, Sophia Haley ’22, Abigail Schill ’22 and Anyoko Sewavi ’23 all walked away from the team’s last home game with their first tries of the season. Despite a late charge from Quinnipiac, the Big Green was able to win the game handily by 14. The win evens the team’s record to 2-2 for the regular season. 

The defending national champions will face a challenging postseason that begins with the Ivy Rugby Championships against Harvard University on Oct. 26.

Volleyball

The volleyball team fell 3-0 to Cornell University on Friday and held onto a series of close sets against Columbia University Saturday but were unable to come out on top, losing 3-1. After four consecutive losses on the road, the Big Green falls to 1-4 in the Ivy League and 5-9 on the season.

Beginning neck-and-neck in the first set on Friday, the league-leading Big Red slipped away with a 5-1 run. The Big Green’s defensive presence put the team within two points in the second set, but Cornell gained six points at the end to claim the set. Makenzie Arent ’23 began the third with consecutive aces to put the Big Green in front before Cornell nabbed the close last set. Nicole Liddle ’22 led the team with 9.5 points, nine kills and nine digs.

Against Columbia, both Liddle and Arent recorded double-doubles; Liddle finished with 13 kills and 11 digs while Arent set a career-high 44 assists and 13 digs. Francesca Meldrum ’22 showed her versatility by leading the team with 18.5 points and a season-high seven blocks. The Big Green secured a win in the second set (25-23) but was unable to hold off the Lions in the third and fourth sets.

The team will play the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University next weekend, the first two of a six-game home stretch. 

Cross country

The volleyball team fell 3-0 to Cornell University on Friday and held onto a series of close sets against Columbia University Saturday but were unable to come out on top, losing 3-1. After four consecutive losses on the road, the Big Green falls to 1-4 in the Ivy League and 5-9 on the season.

Beginning neck-and-neck in the first set on Friday, the league-leading Big Red slipped away with a 5-1 run. The Big Green’s defensive presence put the team within two points in the second set, but Cornell gained six points at the end to claim the set. Makenzie Arent ’23 began the third with consecutive aces to put the Big Green in front before Cornell nabbed the close last set. Nicole Liddle ’22 led the team with 9.5 points, nine kills and nine digs.

Against Columbia, both Liddle and Arent recorded double-doubles; Liddle finished with 13 kills and 11 digs while Arent set a career-high 44 assists and 13 digs. Francesca Meldrum ’22 showed her versatility by leading the team with 18.5 points and a season-high seven blocks. The Big Green secured a win in the second set (25-23) but was unable to hold off the Lions in the third and fourth sets.

The team will play the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University next weekend, the first two of a six-game home stretch.