Big Green Holds Off St. Lawrence, 3-2

Canton, n.y. — The No. 19 Dartmouth men’s hockey team continued its dominance at St. Lawrence’s Appleton Arena and came off the ice with a 3-2 win over the hometown Saints. The Big Green won its sixth straight game in Canton.

The Big Green has not lost at St. Lawrence since Feb. 21, 2009, a stretch of six straight victories, including two during last season’s first-round match-up.

In a very physical battle that was littered with post-whistle scrums, two goals from freshman Tim O’Brien in the second period and another from senior captain Mike Keenan in the third made the difference.

A spirited comeback bid by the Saints in the final minutes nearly tied the game after Dartmouth led 3-1 following Keenan’s blast at the 3:46 mark. However, freshman goalie Charles Grant was up to the task of stopping the most dangerous offensive team in ECAC Hockey, finishing the night with 25 saves and his fifth win of the year (5-4-1).

The victory improved the Big Green’s mark back over .500 in league play at 9-8-3 (21 points, fourth place), while 13-10-4 overall.

St. Lawrence is 16-12-4, 9-7-4 ECAC.

The Saints’ Greg Carey scored his national-leading 25th goal of the season to put his team up 1-0 just 1:03 into the second period while on a 5-on-3 power play. Riley Austin scored the only other goal on this night for the home team, cutting into the Green’s 3-1 lead with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation.

The Big Green outshot the Saints, 40-27, and held Kyle Flanagan, among the top five in the nation in scoring, without a point for just the eighth time this season in 32 games.

Dartmouth was 0-for-6 with the power play, while the Saints managed one goal on five chances with the man-advantage.

Women’s Hockey

Dartmouth 7, St. Lawrence 2

Hanover — Senior Sasha Nanji and sophomore Karlee Odland each netted a pair of goals for Dartmouth (16-8-5) in a victory over St. Lawrence.

The seven-goal outburst is the Big Green’s highest since scoring 10 against Yale on Feb. 17, 2011.

Dartmouth will be seeded sixth heading into the upcoming ECAC Hockey Tournament.

Senior co-captain Reagan Fischer scored her team-best 15th goal of the season. Laura Stacey and Morgan Illikainen also scored for Dartmouth.

Goalie Lindsay Holdcroft picked up her 15th win of the season, stopping 20 shots, while senior Whitney Woodcox saw her first action of the season, playing six minutes.

The Big Green return to the ice on Friday afternoon, when it heads to Boston to take on Harvard in the ECAC quarterfinals. The puck drops at 4 p.m.

Men’s Hoop

Brown 59, Dartmouth 50

Providence, r.i. — Matt Sullivan scored a game-high 16 points to lead Brown (10-14, 4-6 Ivy) over Dartmouth (6-18, 2-8). The Bears opened up a double-digit lead in the first four minutes of play, then never let the Big Green within five the rest of the night.

Junior Tyler Melville was the lone Dartmouth player to score in double figures with 14 points. Sophomore Gabas Maldunas chipped in eight points while grabbing nine rebounds to lead the Big Green, which shot just 35.7 percent from the floor for the game.

Sullivan was joined by teammates Sean McGonagill and Tucker Halpern in double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively, with the former also dishing out seven assists. Rafael Maia led Brown on the boards with 13 rebounds, although the Big Green had the advantage overall on the glass, 39-35.

Women’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer
Reaches NCAA Tourney

Castleton, Vt. — Colby-Sawyer (23-5) went on a 16-1 run midway through the second half, then withstood a last-minute rally to earn a 65-59 victory over Castleton (26-2) to clinch the program’s first North Atlantic Conference championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Chargers’ Taylor DeSanty was honored as NAC Tournament MVP after scoring a game-high 27 points on 9-for-16 shooting, including five 3-pointers. He also added seven rebounds and three steals. Teammate Cailin Bullet finished with six points, five rebounds and five assists and earned all-tournament honors.

Castleton struggled shooting in the opening minutes and the Chargers took advantage, opening with a 5-2 lead and then taking a 14-10 advantage with 12:43 left in the half.

Skiing

Dartmouth 2nd Again

Rumford/Newry, Maine — Dartmouth ski team won four of eight events at the EISA Championships, hosted by Bates College, but Vermont won the other four to win the title by 31 points, 939.5 to 908.5. The Catamounts completed a season sweep of the carnivals, with Dartmouth finishing second in each one. The Big Green won three of the four events on the first day, but Vermont won three of four yesterday.

For the second straight day, Dartmouth freshman Mary O’Connell won the women’s Nordic race, this time in the 10-kilometer free. The race came down to the wire with O’Connell going toe-to-toe with Vermont’s Anja Gruber, and O’Connell won the photo finish by a mere tenth of a second in 28:29.2. Teammate Annie Hart was a fifth.

While the Dartmouth men didn’t have the individual champion in the 15K Free, they did win the event by claiming the next three spots, led by senior Sam Tarling in second place. He was followed by teammates Silas Talbot in third and Scott Lacy in fourth.

With Dartmouth gaining just two more points than Vermont in the cross country races, the Green went into the second run of the slalom — a discipline that the Catamounts had dominated during the carnival season — clinging to a lead of just 11.5 points. Both the men and women posted two top-10 finishes, the best by freshman Lizzie Kistler in second place for the Dartmouth women in 2:00.92. But Vermont put two on the podium with Kate Ryley earning individual honors with a time of an even 2 minutes. For the men, Dartmouth’s Hunter Black was just 0.15 seconds shy of standing on the podium, but settled for fifth.

The Big Green will now prepare for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Middlebury College, in two weeks.

Women’s Lacrosse

Dartmouth 8, Oregon 7 (2ot)

Eugene, Ore. — Liz Calby scored with 1:03 remaining in double-overtime to lift No. 12 Dartmouth over Oregon.

Calby’s second goal of the day marked the sixth and final lead change of the contest as the Big Green (1-0) was able to hold off the Ducks (0-1) in the final minute of the second extra period. The junior’s game-winner came on Dartmouth’s lone shot of either overtime.

The Big Green’s Hana Bowers scored three times and assisted on another, notching her first two tallies of the season just a minute apart in the first half. Dartmouth’s Frances Bird scored to tie the game at 7 with 9:08 remaining.

Dartmouth goalie Kristen Giovanniello made six saves.

Men’s Lacrosse

Colgate 13, Dartmouth 10

Hanover — Dartmouth (0-1) dropped its season opener to No. 10 Colgate (3-0) at Scully-Fahey Field.

Nikki Dysenchuk scored a trio of goals for Dartmouth, and freshman teammate Cam Lee added a pair in his collegiate debut. Classmates KC Beard and Billy Heidt each added a tally. Sophomore Jake Weil scored a pair of first half goals for the Big Green, while Patrick Resch netted a goal.

For the fourth straight season Dartmouth opened up against Colgate and for the fourth straight time, the road team was victorious. The loss was also the fifth straight for the Big Green against a ranked opponent.

The Raiders led 5-4 at halftime. In the third, Colgate pulled away from Dartmouth, netting five goals to take a 10-6 lead heading into the final 15 minutes.

The Big Green returns to action on Tuesday against Vermont at Scully-Fahey Field.

Softball

Big Green Splits

Deland, Fla. — Dartmouth (2-2) split in second day action at the Stetson Hatter Classic. The Big Green cruised in a 6-2 win over Florida A&M to open the day and dropped a 9-8 game to Bethune-Cookman in eight games.

Dartmouth’s Hillary Hubert and Kristen Rumley each had three hits on the day, while Kara Curosh added a team-best three runs. Hubert tallied a team-high four RBIs and Katie McEachern three.

In the circle, the Big Green used three pitchers. Rumley picked up her second win of the season in the first game against Florida A&M and relieved against Bethune-Cookman. Morgan McCalmon saw time in the nightcap and threw 61/3 innings with five strikeouts. Rachel Hein also saw action against Bethune-Cookman tossing a half inning.

Dartmouth closes out action at the Hatter Classic today when it faces Bethune-Cookman at noon.

Men’s Squash

W. Ontario 5, Dartmouth 4

New Haven, Conn. — No. 9 Dartmouth fell No. 13 Western Ontario in a semifinal match at the Hoehn Cup, hosted by Yale.

Chris Hanson, Kyle Martino and Mark Funk each won their respective matches 3-0 for the Big Green, and Michael Mistras, who won 3-2.

The Big Green wraps up the tourney today against Columbia in the third-place match at 3 p.m.

Women’s Track

Dartmouth Junior Three-Peats

Boston — For the third straight year, Dartmouth’s Janae Dunchack proved herself to be the best in the Ivy League in the women’s pentathlon. The junior claimed her third individual Ivy League Heptagonal Championship title in the event in as many tries with another championship performance yesterday at Harvard.

Dunchack finished no lower than third in any of the five events and set a Dartmouth record for points in the pentathlon as the junior posted 3,940 points.

The Big Green women has 22 points to sit fourth in the standings after day one. Cornell leads the way with 35 team points.

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino avenged last year’s second-place finish in the 5,000 meters by winning the this year’s title in the event in record time. Her 15:47.02 set a Heps record in the 5K.

Men’s Track

Dartmouth Senior Sets Mark

Boston — Dartmouth senior Connor Reilly set a program record in the 60 meters yesterday at the first day of competition at the Heps meet at Harvard’s Gordon Track.

Reilly broke his own record in the event by six-hundredths of a second as he ran a 6.77 to earn the top qualifying spot in yesterday’s preliminaries. Reilly’s previous best time of 6.87 set last season fell on this day as the Big Green senior sprinter beat out the next-fastest competitor by a tenth of a second.

After one day, Dartmouth is fourth with 20.5 points. Harvard leads the pack with 32 as a majority of final events still remain for this afternoon.

Classmate Brett Gilson made the biggest splash on the first day as he earned seven points in the pole vault, tying Cornell’s David Kim for second place. Both cleared 15-5.0/4.70 on the first try before both missed at the next height increment.

Sophomore Thomas Servino earned six of Dartmouth’s points in the weight throw with a toss of 59-4.75/18.10m.

Freshman Edward Wagner moved on to today’s final in the 400 after posting the seventh-fastest qualifying time in the event, crossing the line in 49.47.

Sophomore Luke Decker will move on in the 1000 as he ran a 2:29.09 in the event’s prelims.

The men’s team will be back in action this morning with the high jump set to begin at 10:30 a.m.