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Golden Days

Dartmouth College guard John Golden scored 34 points last weekend during victories over Ivy League foes Pennsylvania and Princeton. (Valley News -  Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College guard John Golden scored 34 points last weekend during victories over Ivy League foes Pennsylvania and Princeton. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Wasn’t it last week that I wrote about how Dartmouth College basketball players John Golden and Alex Mitola weren’t the impact players the program had hoped they’d be? Check that.

Last weekend, Golden scored 15 points against Pennsylvania and 19 against Princeton in a shocking Ivy League sweep. Mitola came up with 25 points against the Tigers and six against the Quakers.

With All-Ivy center Gabas Maldunas out for the season because of a knee injury, those two guards have to be able to score consistently. Yale and Brown come to town this weekend and you can bet both will focus on No. 11 and No. 23.

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Men’s hockey took a kick in the teeth from Quinnipiac, losing 8-1 to a team that reached last year’s national title game. The Big Green (4-15-3) bounced back with a victory against Princeton but now faces a stretch in which it plays five of its last seven games on the road.

Charles Grant, who has been the clear starting goaltender, took the loss against Quinnipiac, while backup James Kruger earned the victory over Princeton. Senior Cab Morris, who arrived as a touted prospect, has slid into third place in the netminding competiton, a tough ending for the big lefthander.

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The women’s hockey team is 7-15-1 overall and 6-10-1 in the ECAC, which awards playoff berths to eight of its 12 teams. The Big Green is tied for eighth with RPI, five points ahead of 10th-place Colgate, and plays three of its last five games at home. Brown is the only one of those foes, however, who’s currently below Dartmouth in the standings.

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It’s lacrosse season. Really.

Dartmouth’s men’s team scrimmaged Boston University and Marist last weekend in Massachusetts and hosts Quinnipiac on Saturday and Amhest and Western New England on Feb. 16. The season officially opens Feb. 22 at North Carolina.

The Big Green women’s team scrimmages at Harvard on Saturday and at Middlebury 10 days later before opening the season Feb. 22 at New Hampshire.

In the past, Dartmouth lacrosse coaches have urged the sports information office not to publicize photos in which particularly large snowbanks are visible in the background. They fear it puts a damper on recruiting.