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Dartmouth men’s and women’s track and field teams ushered in 2016 with two dominant team victories at the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Leverone Field House. With a sweep of the mid-distance and distance events by the women and a record set by the men, the wins at home marked the sixth straight team victory for the women’s team, which scored a total of 177 points, and the fifth straight team victory for the men’s, which scored 164 points.
The women’s hockey team’s losing streak stretched to nine games following back-to-back losses to No. 10 Colgate University and unranked Cornell University at Thompson Arena on Friday and Saturday. The Big Green (4-11-2, 4-5-2 ECAC) struck first in both contests before falling 4-2 and 5-3, respectively. The team feels that every weekend it comes closer to restoring the form they showed earlier in the season, said head coach Mark Hudak. The Big Green’s first win since its 2-0 Nov. 14 victory against Union College, however, remains elusive. “They’re frustrated,” Hudak said. “They’re upset. They want to win. We’re there. We’re close and getting over that hump is the hard part. You just have to keep on working on it. I think they’ve done a good job of sticking together and believing that it’s going to happen.” Working through the frustration is a focus of the team, co-captain Catherine Berghuis ’16 said, adding that the key is keeping faith in one another. “We need to stay together,” she said. “Coach was saying after the game that at a time like this, we’ve had a losing streak or whatever you want to call it even though we’ve been playing a little bit better, you can’t break up. As a team, you need to play together. You can’t lose each other and you can’t try to do it yourself. You can’t have one line doing one thing and the next one playing off a different sheet of music. We need to stay together and still be positive moving forward.” Kennedy Ottenbreit ’17 opened the scoring on Friday night with her seventh goal of the season coming with under two minutes to play in the first period. Olivia Whitford ’16 and Brooke Ahbe ’18 assisted the goal. The game was Ahbe’s first since the Nov. 14 match-up with Union, having missed nearly two months due to injury. The Big Green held the lead until the 18:53 mark of the second period when Raiders’ center Breanne Wilson-Bennett beat Dartmouth goaltender Robyn Chemago ’17. The Raiders tallied another goal less than a minute later to take a 2-1 lead before heading into the locker room for the second intermission. Early in the third, Wilson-Bennett struck again and the Big Green trailed 3-1. Just under ten minutes later, Lindsey Allen ’16 scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season to cut the lead in half. However, the Raiders notched an empty-net goal with only fifteen seconds to play, which cemented the Big Green’s eighth straight defeat. On Saturday afternoon, co-captain Laura Stacey ’16 tallied an unassisted goal just 30 seconds into the team’s match-up with Cornell, and, at least for a moment, the team appeared poised to snap the streak. Stacey, coming off a gold medal for the Canadian National Women’s Development Team in the Nations Cup, had returned to the Big Green lineup against Colgate. “It’s definitely pretty tough just with the time change and the long day of travel, but it’s totally worth it to come back to play with your teammates,” Stacey said. “I’m glad I made it back in time for both these games.” Despite these difficulties, Stacey registered an assist in the Colgate game and two goals and an assist against Cornell while generating several other quality scoring opportunities for her team. The Big Green lead was barely two minutes old when Cornell center Taylor Woods scored to tie the game. After one successful Dartmouth penalty kill, Christian Higham was able to beat Shannon Ropp ’19 for a power play goal on Cornell’s second opportunity of the afternoon. Ropp was making her first career start and had not appeared at all since an exhibition game against McGill University. She appeared tentative early in the game but found her stride and eventually authored a twenty-four save effort. Hudak said he thought Ropp did a really good job and competed well. “Early on, it almost looked like she might be a little bit nervous, but I thought she settled right in and did a really nice job for us in net,” Hudak said. Early in the second frame and trailing 2-1, Emma Korbs ’17 set up Stacey beautifully at the bottom of the circle, and Stacey roofed the puck past Cornell goalie Marlene Boissonnault to tie the game. As had been the story of the weekend for the team, the Big Green was unable to build on their momentum and instead surrendered a late second-period goal while on the power play, making the score a 3-2 Cornell at the second intermission. “We felt like we were out-battling them, out-playing them in the second and then for them to score a goal like that on a rush, especially a short-handed goal, it’s definitely tough,” Berghuis said An early Cornell goal was immediately answered when Ailish Forfar ’16 found the net, bringing the score to 4-3, but that was as close as the Big Green would get. Higham scored again with just over six minutes to play and the Big Green’s attempted rally came up short. In the defeat, there were no tremendous lapses, but rather several smaller mishaps that ultimately proved highly detrimental. “I thought the effort on our part was really great tonight,” Hudak said. “We played aggressively. We went after them, but it was death by paper cuts. We make one mistake here and they always seemed to take advantage of it, or we lose momentum. I really thought that was the tale of the game.” Berghuis noted the difficulty in always attempting to come back from behind. “It’s tough to go back and forth like that,” she said. “They get one goal and we fire back and then they get another one right back. It’s hard to play from behind like that. You’re trying to get the team going on the bench, and it’s definitely hard to come back from that.” The team will go on the road next weekend, with match-ups against Clarkson and St. Lawrence Universities for its next opportunity to snap the skid.
In the Ivy League opener for both schools, the Dartmouth men’s basketball team seized control early on in Saturday afternoon’s contest against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. Surrendering a nine-point lead from its early run, the team kept the game close throughout the second half, until the Crimson (7-8, 1-0) pulled away in the final three minutes of the game to topple the Big Green (4-9, 0-1) by a score of 77-70. For almost the entirety of the game, guard Miles Wright ’18 led all scorers, finishing with 23 points off an efficient 8-14 shooting clip and 5-8 from three-point land. Evan Boudreaux ’19 added support throughout the game, totaling a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. “It was just a heck of a college basketball game and unfortunately they made some shots down the stretch,” head coach Paul Cormier said. “We got good shots, we weren’t quite able to put them down. They get a couple timely breaks that we weren’t able to bounce back from.” Cormier said that he was very proud of the team and thought that the players played hard and compete. He added that if the team continued to play like it did on Saturday night, it would continue to improve and become a very good basketball team in the near future. The effort of the Boudreaux-Wright duo, however, could not outlast what the Crimson put up on the other end. Agunwa Okolie scored a game and career high 29 points on the day, shooting 9-11 from the field and 10-10 from the charity stripe, with seven of those points coming in the final minute of play. Fellow senior Patrick Steeves provided a lethal contribution from deep, netting four of his five three-point attempts on his way to posting 20 points, also a career best. Moreover, Harvard — a five-time defending conference champion, but picked to finish fourth in the preseason media poll — generated most of its scoring opportunities near the rim on Saturday, accruing a dominant 38-22 edge over Dartmouth in points in the paint. Perhaps a product of this focus on high-percentage shot-taking, the Crimson shot .528 from the field — well above their .458 season average entering Saturday. At the start of the opening half, almost all of the offensive chances for both squads came near the rim, making for a struggle inside the paint early on. That changed shortly thereafter, when Wright began to get hot from the field — the start of an excellent day for the sophomore. Having thrown down two dunks, netted a three-pointer and added a steal in under a one-minute span, Wright began to establish early signs of control for the Big Green. Boudreaux helped in this early effort as well, as the freshman contributed a seven-point burst in less than three minutes at one point in the middle of the first half. Wright and Boudreaux combined for 18 of Dartmouth’s first 20 points. Furthermore, over the first 10 minutes of action, the Big Green was shooting .643 from the field. “First league game, an away game, it’s always fun playing at Harvard, they got a good crowd, so we were just really inspired to play,” Wright said about the early success. At the 5:40 mark, the Big Green dominance reached its apex thanks to two Kevin Crescenzi ’16 free throw makes, culminating in a nine-point lead, the largest the team would hold all afternoon. An in-game defensive improvement by Dartmouth factored heavily into this result as well. After Harvard scored near the rim at will in the early going — almost all off post-ups, lay-ins, dunks, or short shots — the visitors gradually sharpened up on defense as the first half went along. The Big Green refused to yield any easy shots, either notching more blocks or fouling Crimson players. For a 5:11 minute stretch during the first half, Harvard scored just one point. “It was more of a team effort, especially on defense,” Boudreaux said after the game. “We knew they had some really good post players and we had to use some different schemes to slow them down, and for a good majority of the game it worked.” But what was once a nine-point advantage with four minutes left in the half evaporated by the break, as Harvard reeled off a 13-4 run to close out the first 20 minutes of play. Freshman sharpshooter Corey Johnson capped the swift comeback with a three-point jumpshot — several feet off the line — at the buzzer. For as much as Dartmouth controlled the opening half, their rival quickly stripped a critical, comfortable lead in an away game environment. At the half, Wright led all scorers with 15 points with a sharp 6-8 shooting from the field bolstered by three long-range conversions. On the other end, two Crimson players reached double digits at the break, with hot-shooting Steeves — also three long balls to his name — paving the way with 13 points. While the two teams posted similar overall stats by the halftime break, Harvard had left five points on the board — missing four of nine free throws — but benefited from 15 points from bench players. To commence the second half, it seemed as though Harvard would run away with the game after springing out to a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. Yet following a Steeves three-pointer as part of this spurt, Wright quickly and decisively responded with another three-ball of his own — just 19 seconds later — to strike back. For nearly the remainder of the contest, the two teams were inseparable. Forward Brandon McDonnell ’16 made two free throws to grant Dartmouth its first lead of the second half eight minutes in, but Harvard fought back to regain a slim lead. From the 15:11 mark until 3:06, no more than three points ever stood between the two schools. This precise juncture three minutes left in the game proved the most pivotal. An and-one play by Steeves made it a two-possession lead for the Crimson and 53 seconds later, off a quick 7-0 run, Harvard had grown its lead to 70-62 with minutes remaining. A spirited effort by the Big Green cut the deficit to three on two separate occasions in the dying embers of the game, but the Crimson’s Okolie canceled out Dartmouth’s gains both times. The senior could not have fulfilled closeout duties any better on Saturday in netting seven points in the last 0:52, as well as scoring 14 of his 29 points in the final 5:13 of the contest. Cormier said that Okolie drilled the open three at the end of the game while being double teamed as part of the Big Green’s defensive scheme. The bucket put the Crimson up five and forced the Big Green to play catch up. Okolie was just 1-5 from three leading up to Saturday’s game. “[Harvard] missed some shots in the first half they normally make,” Cormier noted, “and in the second half, they made them. Down the stretch, they made some shots sometimes they don’t make. Okolie really hurt us. He hit a huge three, it was probably the backbreaker of the game.” The Big Green takes on Canisius College on Tuesday in Leede Arena. Last season Dartmouth qualified for the postseason for the first time in 56 years, only to fall to the Golden Griffins in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The rematch tips off at 7:00 p.m.
The women’s basketball team fell to Harvard University 43-56 in its conference opener Saturday night at Leede Arena. Despite a late game surge, the Big Green could not regain early ground lost, dropping to 5-12 overall, while the Crimson improved to 6-8.The Big Green was out-scored every quarter by the Crimson, despite Lakin Roland ’16 reaching double figures for the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds, giving her her fourth double-double of the season.“You see us work really hard and compete at a high level in spurts,” head coach Belle Koclanes said. “You don’t see us do it for 40 minutes straight and it’s hard to compete at our level when you don’t compete the whole way through. We’re going to continue to change that and find solutions.”While Roland was the top scorer and rebounder for both sides, Harvard had four players score double figures compared to Dartmouth’s one.“Lakin needs help,” Koclanes said. “She has to bring it every single day and she knows that, but the bench and her fellow starters have to bring it more as well.”In less than a minute into the first quarter, Roland scored five points, putting Dartmouth over Harvard 5-0. Harvard quickly answered with a 12-0 run, ending the sole Big Green lead of the game.By the end of the second quarter, Harvard led 28-18 with Roland leading the team in points despite being stuck at the five points she made early in the game.The Big Green came out of the locker room with more fervor in their play, closing the margin to six points. The Big Green’s rally, however, soon lost steam as Harvard tallied up quick points, giving the Crimson a 41-29 heading into the last period.In the fourth quarter, Harvard went on a 7-0 run, creating a 19-point lead over the Big Green. Dartmouth still looked poised to strike back after back-to-back three pointers from Roland and another three from Andi Norman ’18.Dartmouth rallied further with tight defense leading to a Harvard shot clock violation with 2:42 left.Sticking true to a game of sporadic excellence, Dartmouth once again petered out when Roland received her fifth foul with 1:23 left to play, allowing Harvard to answer with three more points before the final buzzer.“We had good looks, but they just didn’t fall,” Roland said of the game.Dartmouth’s late game comebacks fell short for a combination of reasons. Harvard outrebounded the Big Green 45-36 and forced more turnovers. Dartmouth converted the same number of three pointers as its opponents, but could not match Harvard’s overall totals in shots made.“We didn’t play as hard as we could have in the beginning of the game,” Kate Letkewicz ’18 said. “We didn’t compete as much in the beginning which made a comeback difficult.”Letkewicz finished with eight rebounds, the team’s second highest, and four points.The loss to Harvard comes after Dartmouth went 3-1 in its last four games, with a recent 46-39 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 31.Roland said that despite the loss, she hopes to instill confidence in her teammates.“We all believe in each other and trust in each other, we just need to make that apparent on the court,” Roland said. “I want to show [the team] that we can make mistakes and be okay, but obviously we need to minimize them overall.”Minimizing mistakes, especially early in the game, will be key for the Big Green if they hope to improve upon last season’s 5-9 record in the Ivy League and sixth place league finish.“[For the rest of the season], we have to compete consistently,” Letkewicz said. “It starts with practice and that will translate into the games.”The team will take the court again on Saturday, Jan. 23 when they will take on Harvard again in Cambridge, Mass. Players say the keys in their next matchup with the Crimson will be defense and transitions.
The 47th Annual Dartmouth Relays will bring over a thousand high school and collegiate track and field athletes from around the United States and Canada to Hanover, to compete at the Leverone Field House this weekend.
Kicking off competition for the winter and spring seasons, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s Nordic ski team traveled to Sovereign Lake, British Columbia for two days of training from Dec. 12 to 13 and to compete at the Haywood NorAm on Dec. 14. This week, the team is competing at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. Corey Stock ’16 was the top Dartmouth finisher in the women’s 20-kilometer freestyle coming in at 27th. Leading the Dartmouth men, Jan Ketterson ’17 took 31st in the men’s 30K freestyle.
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The men’s basketball team totaled a season high of 85 points in an explosive affair featuring uninhibited shot-taking and swift possession changes that contributed to more scoring opportunities for both teams.
The women’s hockey team (4-9-2, 4-3-2 ECAC) is in the midst of a trying seven-game losing streak that began on Nov. 27 against then No. 1 University of Wisconsin.
After opening the season with two early losses, Dartmouth men’s basketball earned a 4-5 record over the winter interim to move its current status to 4-7 on the season. Playing all non-conference matchups, the Big Green notched wins over Long Island University Brooklyn, the University of Hartford, the University of Maine and Longwood University, but fell to the University of Vermont, Stanford University, California State University, Bakersfield, the University of New Hampshire and Bryant University.
The men’s squash team stormed into the new season with a strong 4-1 start, highlighted by a historic win over Harvard University on Dec. 1. The 5-4 win was the Big Green’s first against the Crimson in 73 years. In addition to playing Harvard over interim, the team also faced Franklin & Marshall College, the United States Naval Academy, George Washington University and Trinity College, winning in every matchup except the last.
On Dec. 12, Dartmouth’s track and field team competed at the seventh annual Jay Carisella Track and Field Invitational hosted by Northeastern University.
This past winter break, four members of the Dartmouth women’s rugby team participated in the National All-Star Competition. Co-captain Yejadai Dunn ’16, Audrey Perez ’17, Milla Anderson ’19, and Kat Ramage ’19 received invitations to compete at Tigertown in South Florida from Dec. 28 through Jan. 3.
The Big Green won the 27th Annual Ledyard Classic on Sunday night when the team defeated No. 20 Merrimack College 3-0.
On the back of a significant improvement in the 2014-15 season — including a nine-win increase and avoiding a losing season for the first time in six years —the women’s basketball team entered their current campaign with an optimistic outlook.
For 19 long years, the most successful program in Ivy League history lay dormant.
The men’s soccer team (11-5-1, 6-1 Ivy) lost its final Ivy League game this past Saturday to Brown University (10-5-2, 4-1-2 Ivy) in a tight 1-0 contest that was decided by a penalty kick.
After a victory over Brown University in five sets on Friday helped move the team into a tie for first in the Ivy League, the women’s volleyball team followed with a five-set loss against Yale University in its final game of the season on Saturday, dropping the team out of Ivy League title contention and an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament.
With basketball season getting underway, The Dartmouth sat down with men’s basketball head coach Paul Cormier to get a look at how this year’s team will look to build on last season’s performance. The Big Green (0-1,0-0 Ivy) ended last season on a strong finish, recording a 7-7 record in conference play and earning a postseason bid for the first time in 56 years. They played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Canisius College. The preseason media poll picked the Big Green to finish sixth in the conference, but with a strong freshman class and several experienced seniors, the team looks primed to turn some heads in the Ivy League.
The women’s hockey team recorded a pair of shutout victories this weekend, knocking off Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4-0 on Friday and Union College 2-0 on Saturday, to improve its record to 4-2-2 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play.