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Dartmouth Leads in Graduation Success Rate

Hanover — Dartmouth College led all NCAA Division I institutions in Graduation Success Rate for the second straight year.

Dartmouth had a GSR of 99 percent for student-athletes who began college in 2006, tying the Big Green with Brown University and the University of Notre Dame.

“Our student-athletes’ academic efforts are nothing short of amazing,” Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy said. “Their ability to balance the rigors of a Dartmouth undergraduate education and a championship-driven Division I athletic experience is outstanding. Dartmouth students benefit from high engagement from our faculty, deans and campus colleagues. This approach to student success defines comprehensive excellence.”

The Ivy League also topped the survey for a third straight year, with the Ancient Eight combining for an average rating of 96 percent. After Dartmouth and Brown, Harvard and Yale came in a 98 percent, followed by Penn and Princeton at 96, Cornell at 95 and Columbia at 85.

This marks the third consecutive year that the Ivy League has been included in the GSR data, as the NCAA did not collect graduation rate data for student-athletes who were not receiving athletically-related aid until 2004.The average GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2003-06) climbed to 81 percent, still at an all-time high for the NCAA, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert. The most recent one-year GSR for the 2006 class is 82 percent, the highest rate ever. Since the NCAA first began tracking the GSR with student-athletes who entered college in 1995, the rate has increased 8 percentage points.

The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing. The GSR measures graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

Men’s College Soccer

Chargers in Title Game

Castine, Maine — Colby-Sawyer advanced to the North Atlantic Conference championship game with a shootout victory at No. 2-seed Maine Maritime.

Colby-Sawyer and Maine Maritime played 110 scoreless minutes and needed a best of five penalty kick shootout to determine the winner. With the score knotted 3-3 with one shot remaining, Charger freshman Andrew Clothier ripped a shot to the center of the goal and scored as the goalie dove to his left. The shootout clinching goal lifted Colby-Sawyer to a second straight upset in the NAC tournament.

Men’s Hoop

VTC 81, Fisher College 76

Lynn, Mass — Jamal Hughes scored 34 points as Vermont Tech (2-0) battled back from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Fisher.

Hughes, who pulled down 12 rebounds, was 13-for-13 fro mt he free-throw line.

Nick Ryan added 16 pts for the Green Knights, who visit Hampshire College on Saturday at 4 p.m.

H.S. Boys Soccer

KUA 1, Philips Exeter 1

Exeter, n.h. — Kimball Union (8-1-5) settled for a draw with Philips Exeter.

KUA took the lead early in the second half on Charlton Muhlauri’s goal, assisted by Conor Higgins. Philips Exeter scored on a header off of a corner 7 minutes later.

KUA keeper Max Matel saved two long-distance shots in the first half and Dylan Ward made two stops in the second half.

H.S. Girls Soccer

KUA 4, Cushing Academy 0

Meriden — Kimball Union (12-4) scored three first-half goals to secure a victory over Cushing Academy.

The Wildcats travel to Vermont Academy on Saturday.

H.S. Field Hockey

Philips Exeter 2, KUA 1

Meriden — Philips Exeter scored with 13 seconds left to defeat Kimball Union fell in the Wildcats’ home finale.

Maya Karosas scored an unassisted goal for KUA.Alana Corrado made 10 saves in goal for KUA, which visits Cushing on Saturday in its home finale.