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Wacky End to Dartmouth Loss

Dartmouth College running backs Dan Henggeler, left, and Kyle Bramble tow coach Chris Wilkerson yesterday during a drill designed to reduce fumbles. The Big Green practiced on Memorial Field and is scheduled to hold its spring game there next Saturday. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College running backs Dan Henggeler, left, and Kyle Bramble tow coach Chris Wilkerson yesterday during a drill designed to reduce fumbles. The Big Green practiced on Memorial Field and is scheduled to hold its spring game there next Saturday. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »

Hanover — One of the wildest finishes in Dartmouth College men’s lacrosse history unfolded last night at Scully-Fahey Field when Brown rallied for an improbable, 8-7 victory in triple overtime. The Bears trailed by two goals at halftime and by three with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Ivy League contest.

From that point, however, the visitors scored four consecutive goals for a 7-6 lead, only to see Adam Fishman’s tally with five minutes remaining in regulation time pull the Big Green into a 7-7 tie.

With seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Dartmouth attackman Chris Costabile received a feed roughly 10 yards from the Brown net and executed a leaping twist while flinging a shot past goaltender Jack Kelly. The Big Green student section emptied onto the field, its jubilant inhabitants mixing with Dartmouth players equally joyous at the apparent victory. A referee, however, ruled the senior’s strike had come after time expired.

A scoreless, four-minute overtime was played, followed by another. Three minutes into the third overtime, Brown’s Brendan Caputo cut from right to left across the Dartmouth zone, gained a step on defender Robert Osgood and whipped the winning goal past netminder Bernie Susskind. It was a cruel ending for the senior backstop, who finished with 17 saves in a valiant effort.

Fourth-year Dartmouth coach Andy Towers, whose team finished the season 3-11 overall and 1-5 in Ivy play, was gracious in defeat. Several Big Green fans felt differently, chasing the referees with angry shouts as the officials left the premises.

“It’s a judgement call,” said Towers, whose squad lost to the Bears (8-6, 2-4) for the sixth consecutive time. “Of course I disagree with the call. I felt like the referee who was behind the goal and who had his hands raised (signaling a goal) was in a better position to make it. But I respect those guys and they don’t have an easy job.

“I thought the shot went in and then I heard the horn. But I could be wrong.”

Fishman had two goals for Dartmouth while teammates Costabile, Brendan Rotanz, Nikki Dysenchuk, Mike Olentine and J.P. Garry also scored. Rotanz had two assists, while Kelly made 19 saves for Brown, where Towers was an All American player during the 1990s.

Dartmouth lost 10-8 at Brown last year, 13-12 in overtime in 2011 and 10-9 in extra time on the road during 2010. The Big Green has been 1-5 in league play each of the last three seasons but this spring’s overall mark is the worst since the 1993 squad finished 3-9.

— Tris Wykes

Softball

Dartmouth Splits

Hanover — The Big Green opened the final four-game series of the regular season with a split against Harvard at Dartmouth Softball Park. The Crimson earned a 4-1 victory in the first game while Dartmouth (23-18, 13-5 Ivy League) secured the split with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.

The Big Green looks to clinch its first Ivy North Division title since 2009 when its travel to Harvard for a twin bill today.

In game one, Harvard scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull away from Dartmouth. Big Green pitcher Kristen Rumley had 13 strikeouts, two shy of the single-game record, while Harvard’s Morgan Groom tossed nine of her own.

Kasey Lange belted a fourth-inning homer to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead.

Rumley was 2-for-3 to lead the Big Green, which out-hit the Crimson, 6-5.

In game two, Dartmouth scored two runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to earn a split with Harvard (22-20, 12-6 Ivy).

Katie Adams hit a two-run single in the fourth to give the Big Green a 4-0 lead, and teammate Hillary Hubert added a two-run homer in the sixth to put the game away.

Rumley tossed allowed one run on four hits while fanning three batters in five innings. Morgan McCalmon relieved and struck out six batters in two innings.

McCalmon was 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Rumley was 3-for-4. Dartmouth posted 11 hits to five for the Crimson.

Baseball

Chargers Sweep

Waterville, Maine — Colby-Sawyer swept Thomas in a North Atlantic Conference twin bill. The opener saw the Chargers hold on for a 1-0 win, then take the nightcap 7-3.

In game one, Vinny Monahan’s fourth-inning sac fly that scored Tyler Stotz was all Colby-Sawyer needed to top Thomas. Chargers pitcher Kevin Keith threw seven innings, yielding four hits with seven strikeouts.

In game two, Colby-Sawyer scored six runs on seven hits in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. PJ Singster tossed a complete game for the Chargers, allowing eight hits, striking out two and giving up two earned runs.

The teams face off in another doubleheader today at noon.

Track & Field

Dartmouth Women
Run at UMass

Amherst, Mass. — The Dartmouth women continued their weekend of competition at the UMass Invitational yesterday.

The Big Green’s 4x100-meter relay team breaking the school record, crossing in 47.28 second to earn first place. The all-freshman team of Toni Aguiar, Sara Kikut, Anna Kikut and Jennifer Meech broke the previous record of 47.42, set in 1987.

Sarah Kikut and Anna Kikut also took the top two spots in the 100 meters, with Sarah earning the win with a wind-legal 12.41 seconds. Her sister was second in the same heat and overall with a 12.53.

The sisters also went 1-2 in the 200 race with Sarah again edging out Anna for the top spot. Sarah ran a 25.00 to claim first, while Anna ran a 25.51 for second.

Also earning a first-place showing was junior Megan Krumpoch in the 400. Krumpoch ran a 54.92, the second-fastest time in program history.

Junior Corinne Kominkiewski was the top performer in the discus with a 135 feet, 4.0 inches (41.26 meters). Freshman Kaitlin Whitehorn posted a second-place showing in the high jump as she cleared 5-7.25 (1.71).

In the 1,500 meters, senior Arianna Vailas was second in 4:34.70. Sophomore Erica Hendershot took third overall the 100-meter hurdles as she ran a 15:33, while the 800 saw fellow sophomore Meggie Donovan claim fifth in 2:14.65.

Dartmouth Men
Pull Double Duty

The Dartmouth men split up yesterday between the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia and the UMass Invitational.

In the final day of the 119th Penn Relays, the Big Green ran in two relay events and had one field athlete compete. The 4xmile relay team finished ninth with a time of 16:41.21.

The 4x800m relay group took eighth in a field of more than 30 teams.

Thomas Servino was fifth in the college division of the hammer throw as he had a measured toss of 188 feet, 5.0 inches (57.4 4meters).

At UMass, Dartmouth’s Jalil Bishop took the top spot in the 200 meters, running in 49.07 seconds. Sophomore Brett Buskey was second in the 100 with a 10.98.

Former Lebanon High standout Josh Cyphers won the pole vault with a height of 15-9.0 (4.80m).

Jacob Evanter took second place in the 110 hurdles.

Sophomore Dom Filiano, of Lebanon, was third in the discus with a measured toss of 146-1.0 (44.53m) and was second in the shot put (51-1.50/15.58m).

In the end, Dartmouth had 98 team points to claim fourth overall, behind Northeastern (140), UMass (117.50) and Vermont (107).

■ Also yesterday in Amherst, former Rivendell athlete Dylan Pelletier, competing for the University of New Hampshire, was eighth in the 100 meters and seventh in the long jump. Former Hanover High athlete Isaiah Fariel, now with UMass, was sixth in the long jump and 10th in the 100 meters.

Rowing

Big Green Heavies
Face Brown

Hanover — The Big Green heavyweight crew hosted Brown on the Connecticut River in the annual Atalanta Cup race.

Dartmouth’s varsity four took advantage of the conditions and used a strong finish to pick up a win over Brown. The Big Green boat crossed the finish line with a time of 6:29.9, just ahead of the Bears (6:30.4).

In the first varsity eight race, Brown took the victory with a time of 5:21.0 over the Big Green boat (5:32.9).

The third varsity eight race was fairly close, as the Bears just edged out Dartmouth by two seconds (5.38.4 to 5:40.7).

The second varsity eight race, which also featured Brown’s freshman boat, went to the Bears.

Tigers Take
Class of 1984 Plaque

Princeton, n.j. — The Big Green women’s crew traveled to Princeton for the annual Class of 1984 Plaque race. Dartmouth squared off with host Princeton, Penn and guest boat, Tennessee, on Carnegie Lake.

The host Tigers claimed the plaque by winning the first varsity eight race. Princeton crossed the finish line with a time of 6:24.2. The Big Green were the next boat across (6:39.1).

Penn was fourth with a time of 6:44.0 while Tennessee took fifth with a time of 6:46.0.

Dartmouth also took runner-up honors in the second varsity eight and the second varsity four.