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Big Green Sports Scene

Events at Thompson Arena Come to a Head 

It was a tough weekend for the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team, what with losing its first two ECAC games of the season to Union and RPI by a combined 14-3. This is a proud program that draws fans from throughout the Upper Valley and the Big Green players and coaches have to be embarrassed to have put up such little resistance. The best part of the weekend’s action? The apperance at Friday’s game of a huge, cardboard cutout of Phil Hanlon’s head. Hanlon, of

Men’s Soccer Sagging

The Dartmouth College men’s soccer team has three chances remaining to avoid the second winless Ivy League season in program history. The 1971 squad finished 0-7. The Big Green, 5-5-4 overall and 0-4 in Ivy play, visits Harvard (4-7-3, 3-1) on Saturday before hosting Cornell (6-4-4, 0-3-1) next weekend. The season concludes at Brown (5-6-3, 1-2-2). This is strange territory for a program that has won five Ivy titles since 2002. The 2003 team was 1-6 and finished last in the league before rebounding for

Mac Attack

I was sitting in the ground-floor lobby of Dartmouth College’s Floren Varsity House earlier this week when football coach Buddy Teevens introduced me to William and Mary McNamara, parents of sophomore linebacker Will McNamara, who last weekend became the first player in Big Green history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. The McNamara parents told me that Mary missed the first return because she was paranoid about receiving a Hanover parking ticket and had left Memorial Field to feed the meter.

Those Poor, Poor Lions

I’ve watched a lot of football in my 42 years. From high school and Dartmouth College games while growing up in the Upper Valley to five seasons as a student manager at the University of Minnesota and 19 years as a sports writer. But I’ve never seen a college football team as overmatched as the Columbia Lions (0-6) were last Saturday during their 56-0 loss to the Big Green (3-3) at Memorial Field. I covered a few seasons of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football when I

Where Are They Now?

Dartmouth College’s hockey season officially kicks off this weekend. So where are some former Big Green skaters these days? Connor Goggin is in his own private Idaho, having skated in one game so far for the ECHL’s Steelheads. Nick Johnson has three goals and two assists in his first six games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Teammate Matt Lindblad has played in one game for the same team. The pair were among the last cuts by the parent Boston Bruins during the preseason. Mike Keenan

This ‘N That

Random Dartmouth College sports thoughts on a Monday... * Chris Wilkerson, Dartmouth’s former associate head football coach, is certainly enjoying his fall more thoroughly that those on the staff he left this summer. While the Big Green has stumbled to a 2-3 start, Wilkerson’s University of Chicago team is 5-1, despite its new head coach arriving only weeks before the season started. The Maroons visit Pacific (Ore.) University, also 5-1, this weekend in a clash of strong NCAA Division III programs. * I think former

Stand or Fall?

Around 2007-08, there was a plan in the works to refurbish the older, west grandstand at Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field. That’s where most Big Green fans sit, the side of the field on which the home team benches are situated and where the press box is located. Then the economic downturn struck and that plan was put on indefinite hold. The aging structure has continued to slide downhill, however, and athletic director Harry Sheehy said this week that the situation is coming to a head.

How Many More Victories?

We’re almost halfway through another Dartmouth football season and the annual parlor game of speculating on Coach Buddy Teevens’ future is well underway. It’s the ninth season of his second stint at the Big Green helm and the common man’s thinking is that five victories this season will get him fired, six could have the same result and seven is needed to realistically stave off a pink slip. Teevens was brought back after the 2004 season and with the program in a real rut. After

Teevens Makes the Tackle

Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens, whose given name is Eugene Francis Teevens III, got to visit with his grandson, Eugene Francis Teevens V, after Tuesday’s practice. The tyke, who goes by the nickname “Five” may look like cartoon character Tweety Bird, but he’s got that trademark Teevens intensity around the eyes. Buddy Teevens was credited with a solo tackle on the 50-yard line in what was definitely the cutest scene of the current season.

Savage a Star

A year after going 11-6 overall and finishing second in the Ivy League at 6-1, the Dartmouth College field hockey team is struggling at 3-6 and 1-2 in the Ancient Eight. The Big Green is in a six-way tie for third place, behind Pennsylvania and Princeton. One highlight, however, is junior forward Ali Savage, a Australian and first-team All-Ivy honoree last season who’s second in the league this fall with 10 goals, or 1.1 per game. Savage put up the fifth hat trick of her