Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Riley Top Ivy Men’s Soccer Coach Again

  • Dartmouth College men's soccer coach Chad Riley watches his team play on Sept. 6, 2015. Riley is once again the Ivy League's Coach of the Year. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Mikaela Shiffrin gets low in her turn during training runs Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Copper Mountain, Colo. The women trained with the men in the Downhill. (AP Photo/Vail Daily Chris Dillmann)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Princeton, n.j. — Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Dartmouth men’s soccer coach Chad Riley was named the Ivy League’s coach of the year on Thursday, the third time in four years in which Riley has copped the award. The Big Green also walked away with two major player awards, as senior Wyatt Omsberg was chosen as the Ivies’ top defensive player and freshman Dawson McCartney walked away with the rookie of the year nod.

Riley, in his fifth season in Hanover, has reeled off four consecutive league title and four straight visits to the NCAA tournament, including Sunday’s upcoming second-round match. This season’s Big Green dropped season-opening decisions to NCAA tourney teams Michigan and Michigan State, then went 12-1-1 the rest of the way to claim an outright league crown.

The Notre Dame graduate has gone 51-26-13 as Dartmouth coach, with a 23-9-3 league mark and a 30-11-4 record at Burnham Field, where the Big Green will host its NCAA second-round match on Sunday.

Omsberg, a native of Scarborough, Maine, contributed four goals and an assist when moving forward, but his play near his own goal drew the league’s notice. The back helped the Big Green, ranked 17th in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Division I poll, hold foes to just 12 goals all season. Dartmouth has recorded nine shutouts in its 16 matches to date.

McCartney, of Voorhees, N.J., made his presence felt out of Dartmouth’s midfield. The rookie shared the team and Ivy League lead in assists with eight, four of which set up game-winning goals for the Big Green. McCartney also scored a pair of goals this season, one of them at New Hampshire last month.

In all, Dartmouth placed five players on the all-Ivy first team: Omsberg and fellow seniors Matt Danilack and Tyler Dowse along with juniors Justin Donawa and Eduvie Ikoba. Like Riley’s coaching plaudit, Danilack and Omsberg were unanimous selections.

Junior Noah Paravicini and freshman Christopher Palacios made the all-league second team. McCartney earned a spot on the honorable mention squad.

Columbia striker won offensive player of the year honors.

UNH 3, Fairfield 0

Durham, n.h. — Robin Schmidt, a graduate student from Germany, struck for a pair of first-half goals as the Wildcats (13-3-4) solved the Stags (12-5-3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The win sends UNH to Dartmouth for a second-round match on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Burnham Field. The Wildcats, who won their first NCAA tourney game in history by besting Fairfield, beat the Big Green at Wildcat Stadium on Oct. 17, 4-2, in the teams’ only regular-season encounter. Kimball Union Academy graduate Jack Doherty served the assist on Schmidt’s opening goal in the 13th minute. Schmidt added a second with 10 seconds left in the half, and Kristian Piippo finished a Doherty rebound in the 85th minute for the clincher.


Killington a Go For World Cup

Killington, Vt. — The International Ski Federation on Thursday gave the Killington resort the OK to host women’s World Cup skiing on Thanksgiving weekend.

The FIS gave Killington the official snow control notice, which confirms that slalom and giant slalom racing will go on as planned on Nov. 25-26. The announcement assures race team and fans that the competition will be held.

Information on the schedule of events can be found at www.killington.com/worldcup.