It was a tough weekend for the College.
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It was a tough weekend for the College.
I don’t want to write this column. I’d rather write about LSU-Bama from Baton Rouge, reflect on the Red Sox’s fourth title in my lifetime or break down another week of Connor McDavid showing his otherworldly speed and skill against the best hockey players in the world. But in light of recent events on a campus about 20 miles on the Beltway from where I grew up, it seems impossible to talk about anything else.
“It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced before.”
Men’s hockey opened its season in exciting fashion on Saturday night, defeating Harvard University 7-6 in overtime. Quin Foreman ’21 tipped in a cross-ice pass from Shane Sellar ’20 for the game-winning goal just 18 seconds into overtime. Sellar, the recipient of the Manser Award for most improved player last year, finished the game with a team-high two goals in addition to the overtime assist. He is a member of “The Timber Line,” Dartmouth’s top offensive line with Foreman and Will Graber ’20. Sellar has high expectations for the Big Green this year, including an Eastern College Athletic Conference championship and National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament appearance.
Pewter Bowl for Berry Sports Center (1987)
In September of 1992, a young Brett Favre replaced injured fan-favorite Don “Majik Man” Majkowski and led the Green Bay Packers to a come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. From that point on, whether in Favre or his successor Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have had one of the three best quarterbacks in football. And yet, during that time, Green Bay has brought just two titles home to Title Town, the same number earned by the Baltimore Raven duo of Trent Dilfer and Joe Flacco. Obviously, there are more variables at work here than just one position, but the simple fact is the Packers have failed to leverage the National Football League’s steadiest quarterback situation over the past 30 years into the kind of consistent championship level success one would probably expect.
The Ivy League football title will most likely be decided next week, as undefeated Dartmouth takes on undefeated Princeton University in central New Jersey. Princeton and Dartmouth are currently ranked atop the Ivy League statistically; the teams are ranked first and second, respectively, in both total offense and total defense. Both teams will be looking to capture their first outright Ivy League football title in over 20 years; Princeton has not won the title outright since 1995, while Dartmouth hasn’t won outright since 1996 (Dartmouth split the title with Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and Princeton split it with Penn in 2016).
At a college that prides itself on being on the cutting edge, it’s only natural that the Dartmouth football program fosters a culture that stands out from the rest. In the last decade, head coach Buddy Teevens ’79 has implemented multiple changes to benefit his team on and off the field.
This past week, the Dartmouth women’s soccer team faced both Marist College and Ivy League rival Columbia University in two key matchups for the Big Green as their season begins to wind down.
On Saturday, the Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team started its season by finishing with boats in first and third place at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For Emma Alter ’20, the coxswain of the winning team in the Men’s Club 4+, the race was the pinnacle of a lengthy expedition. After a high school concussion that prevented her from rowing in college, Alter made the switch to coxing when she walked onto the heavyweight team at Dartmouth.
Formula Racing Team
On Friday, Oct. 12, the Dartmouth Athletics Department announced the hiring of Jennifer Williams as the seventh head coach of the Dartmouth softball team. Williams steps into the position to replace Shannon Doepking, who took the head coach position at Syracuse University on Sept. 14th.
On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugged their way past the Milwaukee Brewers to clinch the National League Pennant and set the stage for a World Series match-up with the Red Sox, beginning on Tuesday night in Boston. For Major League Baseball, it seems hard to imagine a better match-up. You have the massive Los Angeles market going up against the Red Sox and their vast national fan base: two of the league’s most storied and wealthy franchises getting together in baseball’s biggest event.
I admittedly am a bit angry writing this column.
The Dartmouth volleyball team has had an up-and-down 2018 season so far. The team has experienced some high peaks, including a thrilling five-set victory over Harvard University, but has had some lows as well, such as a tough road trip at Cornell University and Columbia University. Ultimately, the Big Green stand at 7-10 overall and 3-4 in Ivy League play.
After being picked in most preseason polls to finish in the bottom half of the Ivy League standings, the Dartmouth football team has shot off to a dominant start with a 5-0 overall record and 2-0 Ivy League conference record, demonstrated most recently by a 41-18 bludgeoning of defending conference champions and preseason favorites Yale University in New Haven last Saturday and a 42-0 shutout of Sacred Heart University at home on Saturday. The performances by the Big Green so far have been textbook examples of offensive and defensive power. Under the leadership of head football coach Buddy Teevens ‘79, the team has averaged 38 points a game on offense—13th highest in the Football Championship Subdivision—while the 249 yards allowed per game on defense puts them fourth in the country among the teams at their level. Since the disappointing 2016 campaign, where the team went 4-6 on the year and 1-6 in conference, the Big Green has gone 13-2, and the reasons behind this start go beyond simple statistics.
The college football playoff picture is slowly starting to take shape and some familiar faces are in the driver’s seat. With the season half over, teams are slowly starting to show if they have what it takes to win a national championship, or if the preseason hype was unfounded.