Big Green Upended In Playoff Opener

Troy, n.y. — Playoff hockey always has an extra sense of intensity and that’s what was on display Friday night at Houston Field House between the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team and seventh-seeded Rensselaer.

Unfortunately for the 10th-seeded Big Green (8-18-4), game one of the ECAC first-round series against the Engineers (15-14-6) went the way of the home team, 4-1.

Dartmouth will now look to overcome a 1-0 series deficit in the first round of the league’s postseason tournament for the second straight season after beating Harvard in three games in 2013 following a Game 1 loss.

Game 2 in this year’s best-of-three series is set for tonight at 7, with the Big Green looking to extend its season and force a decisive third game on Sunday evening.

Though he finished the night with 33 saves, Big Green goalie Charles Grant had to battle, as he was bombarded with shots from all over the ice, including 18 in the first period alone.

Ryan Haggerty scored two first-period goals for the Engineers.

After a reviewed goal by Jacob Laliberte at the 2:09 mark of the second was deemed not to have gone in as the result of a kicking motion, the Big Green was down 3-0.

Dartmouth’s goal came on the power play in the second period. After Josh Hartley and Andy Simpson exchanged passes at the point, Jesse Beamish buried a loose puck into top right corner of the net over Scott Diebold’s glove at 8:53.

Rensselaer’s Zach Schroeder wasted little time in putting his team back up three, sneaking one in off Grant’s elbow just 1:06 into the third.

Diebold made 29 saves for RPI.

 Dartmouth junior Eric Neiley and sophomore Charles Grant were named to the All-Ivy League second team, the conference office announced Friday.

It was the first All-Ivy honor for both the third-year forward and second-year netminder. The two combined to help lead the Big Green to a second-place finish in the Ivy standings with 12 points and a 5-3-2 record.

College Skiing

NCAA Meet Postponed

Park City, Utah — Because of unsafe course conditions at Park City Mountain Resort, the men’s and women’s slalom races at the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships have been postponed. The slalom has been rescheduled for today beginning at 11 a.m. (EST), while the cross country freestyle races will take place as planned at Soldier Hollow at noon.

The University of Denver leads the field at the halfway point of the championships with 299 points while host Utah sits in second with 248. After Colorado (240.5) and New Mexico (231), Vermont holds a 55.5-point edge on Dartmouth for fifth place, 186.5-131.

Women’s College Hoop

Brown 46, Dartmouth 43

Hanover — Milicia Toskovic sank a free throw with a minute remaining that would have tied the game, 42-42. The shot was nullified, however, when teammate Daisy Jordan was whistled for a lane violation and the Big Green fell to 5-22 overall and 2-11 in Ivy League play.

Freshman guard Fanni Szabo didn’t start for the first time but still led the hosts with 11 points. Nicola Zimmer had nine points and Lakin Roland and Abbey Schmitt each had eight for Dartmouth, which trailed, 19-8, at halftime and committed 17 turnovers during the contest.

The Big Green trailed, 42-41, when Toskovic, a 63 percent free-throw shooter was fouled while going up under the Brown hoop and missed the first of her two awarded shots from the charity stripe. After Jordan’s violation, Brown sank two free throws and Zimmer made a basket to bring the score to 44-43 with 12 seconds to play. The Bears then drained both ends of a 1-and-1 to close the scoring.

Brown (10-18, 4-9), capitalized on 10-of-13 free throw chances while Dartmouth got to the line only four times, hitting twice. The Big Green must win Saturday’s season finale against visiting Yale (12-15, 6-7) to avoid having the program’s fewest victories in a season since the 1976-77 squad went 5-8. Dartmouth was 6-22 during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns.

Men’s College Hoop

Dartmouth 75, Brown 68

Providence, r.i. — Tyler Melville scored 23 points and Connor Boehm added 22 as Dartmouth made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 16 seconds to upset Brown.

The Big Green (11-16, 4-9 Ivy League) had an eight-point lead with 6:40 and came up with a clutch play every time the Bears (15-12, 7-6) got close.

Alex Mitola added 17 points for Dartmouth, which finished 19 of 30 from the foul line.

Leland King led Brown with 18 points, but he only had six in the second half, and Sean McGonagill had 16 with 10 rebounds before fouling out. The Bears were only 9 of 17 from the foul line.

The game was tied 34-34 at the half. Brown took a 47-44 lead on McGonagill’s 3 at 14:53 but the Big Green responded with a quick basket and John Golden’s free throws at 14:05 put them up.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 44, Goffstown 35

Hanover — Down by six points at the half, third-seeded Hanover (19-3) outscored No. 10 Goffstown 26-11 in the second half to defeat the Grizzlies in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

“We played with more intensity, we moved the ball on the offense, but the key was defense,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “I was very proud of how aggressive they played, and the will and the heart they showed. They battled back, and they held their composure throughout the fourth quarter.

“Every kid stepped up tonight.”

The Marauders were 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth.

Lexie Hamilton led the Marauders with 18 points, with all five of her field goals coming from beyond the 3-point line. Teammate Eileen Daley added 11 points and Holly Schlosser nine.

The Marauders will face No. 6 Coe-Brown, a 44-39 winner over No. 3 Souhegan on Friday, in the semifinals on Monday at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. Hanover won their only regular-season meeting, 46-40.

Boys Basketball

Derryfield 65 Woodsville 28

Manchester — Ninth-seeded Woodsville was eliminated by top-seeded Derryfield in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA D-IV tourney.

The Engineers end their season at 12-8.