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Golden Knights Serve a Shutout to Big Green

Potsdam, n.y. — For the second season in a row, the Dartmouth men’s hockey team made the trip to Clarkson’s Cheel Arena, only to come out on the wrong end of a 4-0 score last night.

With the win, Clarkson (9-15-4, 8-8-3) moves into a tie with Dartmouth (12-10-4, 8-8-3) in the ECAC Hockey standings with 19 points apiece. The loss means that the 19th-ranked Big Green failed to win consecutive games once again, having not accomplished it since victories on Jan. 12 and 18 against Harvard and Brown. The Big Green outshot the Golden Knights, 10-3, in the first period, but the home team held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes and never looked back.

After Mike Garlasco’s goal 2:11 into the first period gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 advantage, both teams settled in and the Green seemingly took over. But Clarkson’s Jarrett Burton made it 2-0 at the 5:43 mark of the middle period, and Dartmouth goalie Cab Morris was pulled in favor of freshman James Kruger.

Making his collegiate debut, Kruger allowed a goal to Alex Boak just over four minutes into his first appearance on a screened shot from the top of the circle as the home team took a 3-0 lead.

Kruger became more comfortable and eventually turned aside 12 shots in 33:11 of action, but an empty-net goal while killing a 6-on-4 power play with 1:16 left sealed the win for Clarkson.

Morris stopped five shots in 25:43 of action and was saddled with the loss. Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis made 28 saves in earning the win. The visitors were 0-for-5 on the power play, while Clarkson was 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.

The Big Green fall to 2-7-3 in road games this season, while boasting a 10-3-0 mark at Thompson Arena.

Men’s Basketball

Yale 78, Dartmouth 67

New Haven, Conn. — Dartmouth feshman Alex Mitola drained seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points, but Yale scored 50 points in the second half to pull away from the Big Green and avenge its loss in Hanover three weeks ago, 78-67.

Three reserves scored in double figures for Yale (11-15, 5-4 Ivy), led by Michael Grace and Sam Martin with 12 points apiece and Brandon Sherrod adding 11 as the bench scored 48 of the Bulldogs’ points on the evening. Justin Sears led Yale’s dominating effort on the glass with eight rebounds. The Bulldogs as a team snared 40 boards to just 26 for Dartmouth (6-17, 2-7 Ivy).

Although the Big Green lost its fourth straight contest, the 5-11 Mitola enjoyed the finest shooting night of his young career, draining 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, five in the first half alone. His 3-pointers and point total are the highest for Dartmouth since R.J. Griffin matched those numbers last season in a victory over Bryant. As a team, Dartmouth had 19 field goals, 11 from 3-point range, matching a season high.

Junior Tyler Melville was the only other Big Green player to score in double figures with 11, surpassing 500 career points in the process. On the boards, sophomore Gabas Maldunas equaled a career high with 13 rebounds — half of the Big Green total — plus blocked a career-best six shots.

Dartmouth played its second consecutive game without sophomore forward Jvonte Brooks, who dislocated a thumb last weekend against Princeton and is out for the remainder of the season.

Women’s Basketball

Yale 66, Dartmouth 55

Hanover — Yale (10-13, 5-4 Ivy League) went 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the game’s closing minutes to seal a win over Dartmouth (6-16, 4-4).

Faziah Steen led the Dartmouth offense with a team-high 12 points, while teammate Tia Dawson added 10 points and eight rebounds. Lakin Roland pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.

Yale drilled seven 3-pointers while Dartmouth mustered just two. The Big Green won the battle of the boards, 43-38, and had five blocks.

The Big Green shot 36.1 percent (22-of-61) for the contest. Despite allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 43.3 percent (13-of-30) in the first half, clamped down on defense in the second half and held them to just 25.7 percent (9-of-35).

Dartmouth used a bucket from Steen at the 17:16 mark of the second half that ended a nearly 10-minute scoring drought for the Big Green, but Allie Messimer drilled another 3-pointer on Yale’s next trip down the floor to stop any momentum.

Colby-Sawyer 62, NEC 52

Castleton, Vt. — Colby-Sawyer advanced to its second straight North Atlantic Conference title game after defeating New England College in last night’s semifinal.

The Chargers will play Castleton in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Tip is at 2 p.m. today. The teams split a pair of games this season, each winning at home.

Colby-Sawyer (22-5) held New England College (18-9) to 28.1 percent shooting from the floor. The Chargers were led by senior Cailin Bullett, who scored 20 points and had eight rebounds. Senior Taylor DeSanty was the only other Charger to reach doubl -figures with 10 points. Junior Mari Meserve collected six points and six rebounds off the bench.

Skiing

Dartmouth in Front

Rumford/Newry, Maine — Dartmouth won three of the four events at the EISA Championships hosted by Bates to take a 9.5-point lead over Vermont. Both Nordic squads and the women’s alpine team were victorious, and freshman Mary O’Connell claimed the top spot on the podium in the women’s 5-kilometer classic.

On the trails of Black Mountain, O’Connell had her hands full with Middlebury’s Annie Pokorny, as the two were neck-and-neck down the stretch. The Dartmouth rookie was able to skate across the finish line in 15:04.1, just 1.7 seconds ahead of Pokorny to claim the second carnival victory the season. Teammate Emily Blackmer took third. Dartmouth and Vermont had 11 of the top 13 times.

For the men, senior Sam Tarling came close to giving Dartmouth the victors in both cross country races, but could not quite catch up to Vermont’s Scott Patterson, who had opened up a lead of nearly eight seconds after the first of two laps in the 10K classic. With his teammates staking a claim on fourth, fifth and sixth places, Dartmouth managed to win the event by seven points, 127-120, over the Catamounts.

The Big Green women’s alpine team enjoyed the slopes at Sunday River with three top-10 finishes in the giant slalom, led by sophomore Abby Fucigna in fourth with two runs that totaled 2:39.96. Freshman Sara Kikut was eighth and junior Annie Rendall 10th. The top three combined to earn 104 points for Dartmouth, good for first.

Senior Ian Macomber paced the Big Green men by taking ninth in the giant slalom in 2:36.12.

The championships conclude today with the freestyle races and the slalom.

Softball

Dartmouth Splits

Deland, Fla. — Dartmouth opened the season with a 3-2 win over Bethune-Cookman in the first game of the Stetson Hatter Classic. The Big Green dropped its second game of the day, 7-0, to host Stetson.

In the opener, Dartmouth freshman Morgan McCalmon belted a home run in her first collegiate at bat to help her team to victory.Teammate Kelsey Miller added a two-run double, and pitcher Kristen Rumley allowed two runs on nine hits while striking out seven.

In the nightcap, the Big Green couldn’t get any anything across the plate. Stetson opened the game with two runs courtesy of two doubles, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Brianna Lohmann had two hits for Dartmouth.

The Big Green returns to action today at the Hatter Classic when it faces Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M.

Crew

Dartmouth to Participate In Prestigious Event

Seattle — Dartmouth is set for this year’s running of the 27th anniversary of the Windermere Cup, the annual spring rowing event on the Montlake Cut that signifies opening day for boaters in Seattle. The Big Green and Ivy League foe Cornell will compete against the Washington Huskies. Races will begin at 10 a.m. on May 4.

Traditionally the event has featured one domestic crew and one international crew; however, this year Windermere has attracted two domestic programs in Dartmouth and Cornell. The schools were scheduled for a dual race on Windermere weekend, but now both will be making their way to Seattle to compete against the Huskies.

Another twist in format has the men and women competing against the same universities. Generally, the men and women face crews from different schools.

The Dartmouth men’s heavyweight crew, coached by Topher Bordeau, is coming off a 2012 season in which they reached the IRA National Championship for the 14th consecutive season after earning an at-large bid at the Eastern Sprints.

The Big Green women, who reached the NCAA championships in 2011, are coached by Wendy Bordeau. The women are coming off a season in which they claimed the Class of 1985 Cup with wins over Yale and Boston University and had a strong showing at the Ivy League Championship.

Men’s Squash

Dartmouth 8, Brown 1

New Haven, Conn. — No. 9 Dartmouth (8-8) cruised to a victory over No. 16 in the opening round of the Hoehn Cup, hosted by Yale.

Chris Hanson, Chris Jung, Alexander Greer, Kyle Martino, Alex Kurth, Fletcher Pease, Mark Funk and James Fisch each scored perfect 3-0 triumphs for the Big Green.