Local Roundup: Big Green Skiers 9th at NCAA Meet
Park City, Utah — Dartmouth College is in eighth place after the first day of the NCAA Skiing Championships with 54 points in the giant slalom. The host Utah Utes took full advantage of their home course to lead the field with 165 points, 35 ahead of Denver and New Mexico.
Warm weather throughout the week left the course a bit soft, and the competing teams had very little opportunity to practice on the slopes prior to Wednesday’s competition. Sophomore Lizzie Kistler enjoyed the best run for Dartmouth in 1 minute 1.89 seconds, good for ninth. Junior Abby Fucigna was 4th in 1:02.77, and sophomore Maisie Ide was 20th in 1:03.53.
All 34 women completed their first run, but the mountain claimed a few the second time down the slopes. Unfortunately for Dartmouth, Kistler was one of the five who lost control, taking her out of the running for a spot in the top 10. Fucigna struggled a bit on her second run and fell a few spots to 18th (2:00.99), while Ide improved enough to rise one spot to 19th (2:01.02), giving the Big Green 25 points.
Denver’s Kristine Gje Haugen won the race with a combined time of 1:56.39.
For the men Big Green sophomore Robert Overing was 12th on his first run at 58.54 seconds, while freshman Dylan Brooks had the 19th-best time (58.89) and junior Ben Morse 26th (59.46). The second runs were all a bit slower for the field, as no one broke 1:01. Overing dropped back to 19th with a combined time of 2:01.92, Brooks was next in 20th (2:02.13) and Morse climbed one spot into 25th (2:02.78).
Utah’s Mark Engel ripped through the course with the best time on each run to beat the competition by more than a full second in 1:58.56. The only school from the East to crack the top 14 was Vermont, with one in sixth and another in ninth.
Saint Michael’s College sophomore Brad Farrell, a West Windsor native and Sharon Academy graduate, was 27th.
The championships continue today at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, with the women’s 5-kilometer classic at noon and the men’s 10K classic at approximately 2 p.m.
Dartmouth 9, BU 7
Hanover — With both snow flurries and temperatures falling at Scully-Fahey Field, Dartmouth (3-1) battled through the conditions to earn a hard-fought victory over Boston University (0-4).
The Big Green’s Sarah Byrne scored three times in the opening half to set the tone and boost her team-leading total to 16 goals.
After missing all of the 2013 season, senior Anjalie Christie returned the lineup and scored her first goal since April 16, 2012 against Niagara.
Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello made just two saves, while BU’s Caroline Meegan turned aside nine.
Woodstock Girls Second
East Burke, Vt. — The Woodstock boys took second place out of 13 teams in the Vermont state slalom championship at Burke Mountain Resort, finishing behind a dominant effort by state champion Burr & Burton.
Charlie Kelly paced the Wasps in the boys event, finishing eighth in 1 minute, 28.10 seconds in a combined time after two runs down the course. Burr & Burton’s Tanner McGrath won the boys individual with a time of 1:22.39, one of four Bulldogs in the top 10 in an event with skiers from all the top programs in the state.
Jake Kelly finished just back of Charlie Kelly, taking ninth in 1:28.39. Woodstock also had strong showings by Hartley Walker-Money (1:31.09) in 16th and Gordon McMaster (1:33.57) in 18th. Erik Weiss (21st) and Andrew Borden (25th) also placed high for the Wasps.
The Woodstock girls also had a strong day, finishing fifth out of 12 teams.
Kathleen Sheppard led the way in 14th place overall with a time of 1:37.88. Holli Olson (1:42.31) added a 25th place finish followed by Anna Dieffenbach (1:45.28) in 33rd and Amelia Sheppard (1:49.66) in 44th. State champion Mount Mansfield was led by Ali Shivers in first with a time of 1:30.40. Haley Noble had a DNF in her second run for the Wasps to finish out of the points.
Hartford’s Mariah Palmer, competing as an individual, finished 12th with a time of 1:35.99. Both Palmer and Kathleen Sheppard were named to the all-state team. On the boys side, Charlie Kelly, Jake Kelly and Ian Clarke (who skied only in the giant slalom) will join the girls in representing Vermont at the eastern championship at Attitash in Bartlett, N.H. on Saturday.
The Woodstock boys have no seniors, already looking ahead to a strong season in 2014-15. Both Sheppard sisters and Haley Noble will graduate on the girls side.
Boys Team Scores: Burr & Burton 49, Woodstock 100, Mount Mansfield 140, South Burlington 187, CVU 233. Girls Team Scores: Mount Mansfield 47, Burr & Burton 121, South Burlington 142, Rutland 154, Woodstock 174.
Pinkerton 5, Hanover 2
Hooksett, n.h. — The Marauders (10-13-1) saw their season come to an end in the opening round of the New Hampshire D-I playoffs.
Gus Lyons scored an equalizer for Hanover in the second period, knotting the score at 1-1 with assists going to Andrew Huizenga and Gavin Ratliff. Pinkerton scored the next three though before Shawn Cavallaro scored with assists to Lyons and Ben Carson-Turner in the third period. Goalie Luke Ratliff finished with 23 saves.
Lebanon 3, Oyster River 1
Durham, n.h. — Sophomore Cal Darland had a pair of goals as the Raiders scored three unasnwered to win on the road in the first round of the New Hampshire D-II playoffs.
The Bobcats scored just 92 seconds into the game to take the early lead. Darland answered at the 9:41 mark of the first period, with an assist to Cam Perron. Darland then added the go-ahead goal five minutes later as TJ Barber and Dylan Gaudette picked up assists. Tanner Simms capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the final minute.
Coach Gary Smith praised the play of goaltender Joe Grout, who finished with 23 saves. “He was awesome, he played very, very well for us tonight,” Smith said.
The Raiders (9-12-1 overall, 8-10-1 D-II) now visit undefeated No. 1 seed Bedford in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Kennett 44, Hanover 40
North Conway, n.h. — The No. 9-seed Marauders (13-8, 11-8 Division II) dropped a tight matchup to the No. 8-seed Eagles, who scored the game’s last eight points, in the first round of the New Hampshire D-II playoffs.
Kennett trailed 40-36 with 46 seconds left, but two 3-pointers sandwiched around a turnover gave the Eagles a 42-40 lead. Kennett made two free throws to seal the win.
John Flory, who shared the captain’s role with Noah Huizenga, scored 10 points for the Marauders.