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Big Green Powers Up for Tie With Union

Schenectady, n.y. — Dartmouth sophomore Rick Pinkston scored a power-play goal with 4:55 left in the third period to force overtime and the eventual 2-2 tie with No. 18 Union last night at Messa Rink.

The second-year defenseman found space inside the right post from the point to pull the 16th-ranked Big Green (11-7-3, 7-5-2 ECAC) even late in regulation. The teams remain tied for third in the ECAC Hockey standings with 16 points apiece.

Goaltender Cab Morris was the story of the game, though, turning aside a career-high 37 shots. Troy Grosenick, his Union counterpart, had 24 saves.

Two of the top four penalty-kill units in the country with both averaging a success rate above 90.0 percent coming in combined to allowed three power-play markers in the game. Dartmouth had two of those man-advantage goals.

Union’s Kevin Sullivan started the scoring as he broke the scoreless tie early on in the second period, knocking a loose puck in the low slot passed the outstretched pads of Morris.

Sophomore Eric Neiley wasted little time after a second Kyle Bodie penalty, scoring five seconds into the Dartmouth power play with a one-time blast from the left faceoff dot. Sikura won the draw back to freshman defender Ryan Bullock at the point who made the pass to Neiley drifting in from the point for his fifth goal of the season.

The Dutchmen (13-8-5, 6-4-4 ECAC) answered back with a power-play tally of their own as Mat Bodie’s shot from the point hit the top right corner of the netting to regain the lead, 2-1.

That lead lasted until the late stages of the contest when Pinkston scored the game-tying marker as Daniel Ciampini sat in the box for a tripping infraction. Dustin Walsh and Mike Keenan were credited with the assists, working the puck around the outside of the box.

The Big Green needed to kill off a penalty of its own in a crucial situation, as just 20 seconds into the overtime Eric Robinson was whistled for an elbowing call. Solid play in the defensive zone and some shorthanded chances allowed Dartmouth to escape as the game ended in the 2-2 draw.

Union was 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Big Green converted on two of its three chances with the man-advantage. The home team outshot the visitors, 39-26.

The Big Green are back in action tonight down the road in Troy, N.Y., as it takes on Rensselaer at Houston Field House at 7.

Men’s Hoop

Brown 62, Dartmouth 50

Hanover — Rafael Maia matched his career high with 21 points while hitting 10-of-11 field goals to lead the Brown over Dartmouth. Brown (8-9, 2-1 Ivy) shot 52.2 percent as a team and never trailed, always leading by at least 10 in the second half. The Big Green (4-13, 0-3 Ivy) got 16 points from freshman Connor Boehm.

Joining Maia in double figures were Sean McGonagill with 12 points, and Tucker Halpern added 10. Brown won the battle in the paint, scoring 28 points from close range to just 14 for Dartmouth, plus out-rebounded the Green, 27-23.

Boehm went 7-of-11 from the floor with a 3-pointer and a free throw on a three-point play and was the only Dartmouth player to score in double figures. Big Green junior Tyler Melville handed out six assists to tie his personal best.

The Bears took control of the game from the opening tap, scoring the first seven points on a 3-pointer by Matt Sullivan sandwiched between two Maia layups, both assisted by Sullivan.

Melville broke the ice for the Big Green with a drive to the hoop and a soft, high shot off the glass to get the shot over the Brown big men. But McGonagill quickly answered with a three-pointer. Dartmouth twice more cut the deficit to five, but a 9-2 spurt — capped by a Halpern three — gave the Bears their first double-digit lead at 23-11.

A three-point play by Boehm briefly cut the lead back into single digits, but Maia provided another layup. A three-point by freshman Alex Mitola with 5:21 left in the half kept the Big Green within eight at 27-19, but when Sullivan laid one in on a pass from Maia, Dartmouth did not get closer than 10 points the rest of the night.

The Bears ripped the nets at a 61.9 percent clip (13-of-21) in the first half, while the Big Green managed just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the floor. Dartmouth committed just two turnovers and assisted on seven of its 10 field goals.

Dartmouth will attempt to earn its first Ivy win of the season this evening when Yale (7-13, 1-2 Ivy) makes the trek to Leede Arena for a game that tips at 7.

Colby-Sawyer 69
Maine-Farmington 62

New London — Mike Dias scored 21 points as Colby-Sawyer (9-10, 9-3 NAC) rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Maine-Farmington (15-5, 10-3).

Stephen Thorpe added 10 points, five assists and a game-high four steals for the Chargers.

Colby-Sawyer trailed 37-34 at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-0 spurt, including eight points from Dias.

The Chargers turned 24 UMF turnovers into 22 points and had a 31-7 advantage in bench scoring.

Colby-Sawyer will host Thomas College today.

Women’s Hoop

Dartmouth 49, Brown 41

Providence, r.i. — Nicola Zimmer and Faziah Steen scored 11 points each as Dartmouth (4-13, 2-1 Ivy) defeated Brown (7-10, 1-2) for its second straight win.

Tia Dawson pulled down 11 rebounds for the Big Green, which scored the game’s first nine points and led 22-19 at halftime. Dartmouth took the lead for good on Lauren Taiclet’s jumper with 5:47 left in the game.

Dartmouth shot 42.5 percent from the floor, compared with Brown’s 28.3 percent. The Bears were 5-for-27 on 3-point attempts. Playing all 40 minutes, Brown’s Lauren Clark scored 20 points.

Colby-Sawyer 70
Maine-Farmington 53

New London — Colby-Sawyer (16-4, 13-0 NAC) pushed its win streak to 13 games with a victory over Maine-Farmington (6-13, 6-7).

Colby-Sawyer senior Taylor DeSanty led all scorers with 22 points, while teammate Kelsey Cahill had nine points, a game-high 12 rebounds, a career-high five blocks and four steals.

The Chargers’ Cailin Bullett added 12 points.

The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties, but Colby-Sawyer pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Beavers 19-4 over the first 10 minutes.

Women’s Tennis

Dartmouth 6, Wisconsin 1

Hanover — Dartmouth upended Wisconsin, ranked 75th in the nation.

The duos of Kat Yau/Akika Okuda (8-5) and Sarah Bessen/Melissa Matsuoka (8-1) won the secure the doubles point for the Big Green, while the following won in singles: Janet Liu (6-4, 7-6), Yau (6-0, 6-4), Okuda (7-6, 6-0), Matsuoka (6-4, 6-4) and Bessen (6-0, 6-0).

Men’s Tennis

Dartmouth 4, ODU 3

Hanover — Dartmouth (1-2) picked up its first win of the season, topping Old Dominion (3-2).

The Big Green got off to a fast start, taking two of the three doubles matches. The duo of Brandon DeBot and Xander Centenari won their match at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, to move to 3-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannenbaum rallied from a 3-6 deficit to win, 8-7.

Chris Kipouras and Erik Nordahl won their matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to clinch the victory for Dartmouth.

Kipouras cruised past Jonas Kuwert in straight sets, while Nordahl scored a 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind victory.