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Big Green Goalie Stonewalls Saints

Canton, n.y. — For the seventh straight time, the Dartmouth men’s hockey team went into St. Lawrence’s Appleton Arena and came out with a victory. The Big Green scored the final three goals of the night to defeat the Saints, 3-1, Friday evening in an ECAC Hockey matchup.

Dartmouth (5-16-3, 4-12-1 ECAC) earned its second win in its last three games. St. Lawrence, one of the nation’s hottest teams coming into the game, dropped to 11-15-3, 5-9-3.

Goals from Brandon McNally, Grant Opperman and Charlie Mosey provided the offensive outburst needed to win, but the star of the game was goalie Charles Grant. The sophomore netminder finished the night with 32 saves, many in spectacular fashion.

The Saints opened the scoring in the second period thanks to their power play, the best in the nation this season. Jeremy Wick beat Grant under the bar on an odd-man rush.

Grant’s play helped backstop the team to a 4-for-5 showing on the penalty kill, holding the nation’s best power-play unit below its season average of 30.3 percent coming into the affair.

The Big Green is back in action tonight up the road in Potsdam, N.Y., against the Clarkson Golden Knights at 7.

Men’s Basketball

Cornell 70, Dartmouth 67

Ithaca, n.y. — Dartmouth utilized a 16-point run to rally from a 15-point deficit in the second half, but Cornell managed to pull out a victory in the final seconds for its first Ivy League win of the season.

Devin Cherry hit the game-winning free throw with 4.1 seconds on the clock, and the Big Green came up short on a desperation three at the buzzer.

The Big Red victory ended a 25-game losing streak against Division I competition dating back to last year as Cornell improved to 2-19 this season,1-6 in the Ivy league.

Nolan Cressler led four Big Red players in double figures with 17 points while Dwight Tarwater registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Dartmouth’s Alex Mitola led the furious rally with three 3-pointers and a pair of free throws for 11 of the 16 points during the run.

Senior Tyler Melville led Dartmouth (9-12, 2-5 Ivy) with 14 points, and junior John Golden matched a career-high with 11 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

Cornell 78, Dartmouth 59

Hanover — With the game tied at 48 with 13:02 remaining, Cornell (12-9, 4-3) used a 30-11 run to defeat Dartmouth (3-18, 0-7).

Dartmouth finished with three players in double figures, led by sophomore Lakin Roland with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but she fouled out in only 18 minutes. Freshman Fanni Szabo added 14 points nd junior Abbey Schmitt contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.

Allyson DiMagno paced the Big Red with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nia Marshall scored 14 points and Nicholle Aston chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Dartmouth will remain at home for three more games during its four-game homestand and host Columbia this evening at 7. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and the first 200 to arrive will receive a Pink Zone shirt.

College Track & Field

D’Agostino Honored

New Orleans — For the second straight year, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Women’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year.

D’Agostino, the 2013 NCAA national champion, is a senior psychology major who carries a 3.70 cumulative grade-point average.

This is the fifth time in her career that D’Agostino has earned USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year honors. D’Agostino is the third woman to take home the award in consecutive cross country seasons since its inception in 2006.

Along with D’Agostino, three teammates were also named to the All-Academic team, including Dana Giordano (3.39), Sarah DeLozier (3.54 and Elizabeth Markowitz (3.58).

College Skiing

UVM Leads Dartmouth

Hancock, Mass./Bennington, Vt. — Dartmouth and Vermont finished the day dead even in the scoring of the freestyle relays, but the Catamounts utilized a strong alpine showing — including a podium sweep in the men’s slalom — to end the first day of the Williams Carnival atop the leaderboard with 497 points. The Big Green scored 420 points, well ahead of third-place Colby with 307.

The men’s Nordic squads battled itself for the top spot in the 3x5K free relay, taking first and second in the event with the two teams separated by less than two seconds. Dartmouth’s Silas Talbot posted the second-fastest time (9:25.1) in any of the 5K legs as the middle man to lead that trio to victory.

Teammates Fabian Stocek and Patrick Caldwell led off and anchored the team, respectively, as they combined to finish the race in 29:00.6. The senior team, consisting of Erik Fagerstrom, Cameron Woodworth and David Sinclair were narrowly nipped by the younger generation with a time of 29:01.9.

In the women’s 3x5K freestyle relay, the Catamounts evened the scoring as all three of their skiers performed their stretches in under 12 minutes. Dartmouth’s trio of senior Annie Hart — one of the other three under 12 minutes — and sophomores Emily Hannah and Corey Stock finished second in 36:27.7.

In both the men’s and women’s slalom, Dartmouth had a skier finish fifth. On the women’s side, it Maisie Ide earned 39 points for the Green with her combined time of 1:38.05.

For the men, junior Ben Morse recorded his best finish of the carnival season this year with his time of 1:35.72.

Vermont swept the podium to win the slalom, however, while the Big Green finished third with 98 points.

The Big Green return to each venue today to finish the carnival.

Men’s Tennis

Dartmouth Wins at ECACs

Hanover — Third-seeded Dartmouth opened the ECAC Indoor Tennis Championship with a 4-0 victory against No. 6 seed George Washington.

The Big Green duos of Brandon DeBot/Dovydas Sakinas and Chris Kipouras/Diego Pedraza won to claim the doubles point.

Pedraza and Sakinas won in singles, and George Wall clinched the victory with a two-set win a No. 5.

The Big Green continues play on Sunday against the winner of this morning’s Princeton-Columbia match. The Tigers are the seventh seed and the Lions are the second seed in the eight-team event.

H.S. Boys Hoop

Woodstock 47, Windsor 45

Woodstock — Curran McDonald’s 3-pointer with 52 seconds left gave Woodstock (12-6) its first lead of the game, and the Wasps held on to beat Windsor (10-8).

McDonald’s long-range shot put Woodstock in front 46-45. The Wasps trailed 17-4 after one quarter and 36-31 after three.

With five seconds left, Woodstock’s Doug Avellino (game-high 14 points) made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 47-45, and a late Windsor shot fell short.

Connor Fegard added 10 points for Woodstock. Tyson Boudro led Windsor with 12 points, followed by Nick Kapuscinski with 11.

Woodstock greets Proctor on Tuesday night.

Williamstown 61 Rivendell 44

Orford — Trailing 30-21 at the half, undefeated Williamstown outscored Rivendell (12-3) 40-14 in the second half to defeat the Raptors for the second time this season.

“Williamstown switched to man-to-man from a zone,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said. “We still had some good looks, but we hurried up a little bit.”

Luke Bell scored 10 points for the Raptors, while teammate Shamus Peyton added nine.

There’s little rest for Rivendell, which visits Oxbow today.