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Local Roundup: Dartmouth Polo Team Heads to Oregon for Nationals

Hanover — The Dartmouth College men’s water polo club team returns to the 16-team national championships for the first time since 2008 tomorrow in Corvallis, Ore., when the No. 2 Big Green faces No. 15 Illinois State in the first round.

Should it advance to the quarterfinals, Dartmouth will face either No. 7 Texas or No. 10 Oregon.

A paragraph on the collegiatewaterpolo.org site reads: “Teams are not seeded by ability, (because) there is no equitable means to determine the respective strengths of the teams. Too few teams play outside their (region) to be able to create an accurate seeding. Matchups are therefore based upon the 2011 National Collegiate Club Championship results.”

Dartmouth was the eighth seed in 2008 and finished in that position at the tournament’s conclusion, but coach Randy Budner, a former player at the University of Richmond, said this year’s team is better.

“In (2008), we used maybe three substitutes at the most,” said Budner, who starts two freshmen. “This year, I can run a full roster with six substitutes, without impacting our performance in the water. With experienced guys around the freshmen, we can really wear other teams down.

“In the past, if we fell behind early, the bench would shorten and we’d need to grind out goals to catch up. This year… the starters can catch a breather, while the play of the team improves with fresh players in the water.”

Dartmouth bested fellow Ivy League club programs Columbia and Cornell this season and also beat Boston College, Wesleyan and Middlebury to win the New England Championships.

The Big Green is led in scoring by Ben Reasons (48 goals) and Will Derdeyn (44), while goalkeeper Dan Harnish averages 12 saves per game.

Dartmouth first fielded a water polo team in 1926, but the sport came and went from campus several times before it stuck in 1985. The arrival of varsity swimming coach Jim Wilson, a former water polo player, in 1993, led to his also guiding that sport at Dartmouth, and the team finishing third at the club nationals in 1995.

The Big Green captured the 1997 national title and Wilson turned the team over to Budner in 2006.

COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY

DARTMOUTH PLAYERS NAMED ALL-IVY

Princeton, N.J. — Four Darmtouth players were named to the All-Ivy League team yesterday.

Senior Lisa Masini, junior Olivia Quaglia and sophomore Ali Savage were all tabbed to the first team, while senior co-captain Maya Herm was recognized with a spot on the second team.

Savage, a member of the All-Ivy second team as a freshman in 2011, was one of four players to earn a unanimous selection. Her 10 goals and 26 points in 2012 led the Big Green, while both figures also ranked fifth overall in the league.

Masini racked up a career-high nine goals, matching her combined total of the previous three seasons. Quaglia anchored the Big Green’s defensive unit, and Herm finished the year with four goals and four assists.

H.S. BOYS SOCCER

KUA 1, PHILLIPS EXETER 1

Meriden — Diego Rossi scored a goal and Peguy N’Gatcha assisted as Kimball Union (9-4-2) tied Phillips Exeter.

Exeter led 1-0 after seven minutes. KUA evened the score in the 23rd minute after a nice run by N’Gatcha into the Exeter penalty box, where he slipped a pass to Rossi, who took a touch and finished into the far corner.

H.S. GIRLS SOCCER

KUA 6, CUSHING 2

Meriden — Kimball Union scored five first-half goals on its way to a win over Cushing Academy, its 11th straight victory.

Shannon Walsh and Mackenzie Frazier scored twice, and Katie Decker and Greta Hulleberg also added goals.

The Wildcats host Vermont Academy on Saturday.

H.S. FIELD HOCKEY

PHILLIPS EXETER 2, KUA 1

Exeter, N.H. — Maya Karosas scored in Kimball Union’s loss to Phillips Exeter.

Miranda Judd, of Lebanon, had an assist. Alana Corrado made nine saves for the Wildcats, who host Cushing Academy on Saturday in their last regular season game. The girls will be sporting pink for the school’s annual Play for a Cure Day.

PROCTOR ACAD. 4, BREWSTER 0

Andover, N.H. — Kate Pattison, of Hanover, scored twice as Proctor defeated Brewster. Fallon Adair and Kim Gosselin also scored.