Big Green Sports Scene

Bulldogs Appear to Have Bite

As crushing as its four-overtime loss at Pennsylvania was last weekend, the Dartmouth football team has to somehow shake it off and regroup to host Yale in its homecoming game Saturday. The buzz around the building and lighting of the traditional bonfire and the accompanying Dartmouth Night festivities will no doubt help, but here’s the rub: Yale could be better than Penn, which is gunning for its fourth Ivy League title in five years. The Bulldogs were down in their underbitten teeth last season, the

Fall Beard Foliage

Before I head down to Philadelphia for Saturday’s Dartmouth-at-Pennsylvania football game, I leave you with the spectacular colors of turning leaves and Cohle Fowler’s beard. Both are magnificent.

Ryan McManus Out Indefinitely

Dartmouth College football receiver Ryan McManus, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year and the team’s top returning receiver coming into the current campaign, is out indefinitely because of a concussion suffered last week against visiting Holy Cross. The junior, who also missed games because of a concussion suffered at Yale during his freshman year, snagged a pass along the sideline before being absolutely clobbered by a Crusaders defensive back. No penalty was called, although Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said after viewing Fox television footage

Downtrodden Defense

It was thought that the Dartmouth College football team’s defense would be stronger this season, but it hasn’t shown that so far. The Big Green has surrendered 480 yards at Butler in a victory and 525 against Holy Cross in a loss. Dartmouth ranks 108th out of 122 NCAA Football Championship Series teams in total defense. Looking for a silver lining? The best we can give you is that Ivy League rival Columbia is 119th. Dartmouth ranks 11th in total offense, which is obviously outstanding.

Jump for Joy: College Hockey is Back

Dartmouth College’s men’s and women’s hockey teams don’t open their seasons for another few weeks but the photo above should get you puckheads thinking about the upcoming campaign. That’s Nick Lovejoy (2), Taylor Boldt (5), Cab Morris (5) and Eric Robinson (19). Dartmouth sports information assistant Pat Salvas orchestrated this silliness and the photo is courtesy of his department. Apparently, they kept trying to get Morris to actually levitate but with little success. Forty pounds of goalie gear has a way of weighing a man

JV Football vs. Williams

Dartmouth hosted Williams on Sunday in a JV scrimmage. With only four quarterbacks on its roster, the Big Green had its signal-callers dressed in red and they weren’t allowed to be tackled. Also, kicking plays weren’t live, so the 18-12 Ephs victory came under altered circumstances. I always enjoy attending JV games, because you get to see developing players actually compete, as opposed to acting as foils for their varsity teammates at pratice. Plenty of current Dartmouth starters got their feet wet against the likes

Memorial Field's Old Scoreboard to Come Down

I was told at Dartmouth football practice earlier this week that Memorial Stadium’s old scoreboard will soon be taken down. That’s the one that’s stood in front of Davis Varsity House for decades and is pictured above. It seems as if fans would benefit from seeing the time, score and other details both on the new video board at the opposite end and on the old board, but that’s apparently not to be. *** Saturday’s home football game with Holy Cross will be televised by

From the Heartland

The Dartmouth College football team’s trip to play at Butler in Indianapolis, Ind., last weekend marked the first time I’d traveled with the squad in five years of coverage. Usually, I rent a car and drive myself to other Ivy League campuses and places such as Bucknell, Holy Cross, etc. That way, I have plenty of time to write and edit photos after the game. This time, however, the athletic department was kind enough to sell us a ticket on the team charter, so I

Women’s Soccer Injuries and Football Notes

Damaging Losses: The Dartmouth College women’s soccer team is a banged-up outfit as the Ivy League season approaches. The Big Green first lost the services of striker Tasha Wilkins for the season because of a lingering ankle injury suffered last year. Wilkins scored five goals last season. Defenders Kristen Vondrak and Laura Thurber have been out since the start of the season. Now, senior midfielder Chrissy Lozier, an All-Ivy honoree last season, could be out for a month with a lower leg injury suffered during

Here Comes the Prez

New Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon made his Big Green football practice debut Monday, unobtrusively meeting and greeting groups of players and coaches on the periphery of the Memorial Field workout. Whereas Hanlon’s predecessor, Jim Kim, was an avid football fan who would visit several practices per year, chuck passes to Dartmouth players while there and even embrace them on the sidelines during games, the current president was more understated. “It really was pretty cool,” said coach Buddy Teevens, who has previoulsy worked at places