College Roundup: Dartmouth Women in First After Day One of Heps
Hanover — After one day of competition, the Dartmouth women’s track & field team sits in first place with 35 points at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championship. The meet is taking place in the familiar confines of the Big Green’s home facility, Leverone Field House
For just the second time in league history, one athlete dominated the pentathlon for the entirety of her career. Dartmouth senior Janae Dunchack won the event for the fourth straight year on Saturday, joining Brown’s Lindsay Taylor (1998-2001) as the only woman to accomplish the career sweep.
The Northern Umbria, Pa., native recorded 3,895 points across the five events for the fourth-highest point total in meet history. That figure was thanks to a win in the 60-meter hurdles (8.79 seconds) and second-place showings in the high jump (5 feet-7.0 inches) and shot put (37-5.0/).
Dunchack also claimed second in the long jump.
Abbey D’Agostino defended her title in the 5,000 meters, winning her second straight Ivy championship in the event. The senior and defending NCAA champion at that distance ran a 16:08.70.
D’Agostino will also have a shot at taking her third straight title in the mile today after victories in 2012 and 2013. She qualified second on Saturday, running a 4:49.48 to win her preliminary heat.
On her second throw of the day in the shot put, senior Emmaline Berg posted the fourth-best mark with a 46-10.25, and Stephanie Brown also was fourth in the pole vault.
Men Start Strong
Hanover — Inside the familiar setting of Leverone Field House, the Dartmouth men sit in sixth place after the first day of the Heps.
The Big Green’s six points came from performances in the 3,000 meters by seniors Will Geoghegan and John Bleday. The pair went 2-3 in their extremely competitive heat, posting times of 8:24.97 and 8:25.82, respectively, for fourth and fifth.
Geoghegan (sixth, 4:12.22) was also part of a trio of Big Green runners to qualify for today’s finals in the mile. He will be joined by Tim Gorman (fourth) and Steve Mangan (fifth), who also moved on in the group of 10 headed to the final heat.
Both Daniel Katz (seventh, 8.33 seconds) and Alex Frye (eighth, 8.37) advanced to the finals of the 60 hurdles. John Abraham’s 6.96 in his preliminary heat of the 60 was the sixth-fastest time.
Through four events in the men’s heptathlon, freshman Nico Robinson is in fourth place with 2,888 points.
Colgate 2, Dartmouth 1
Hamilton, n.y. — A fevered comeback bid in the final minutes came up short Saturday night as Dartmouth fell to No. 16 Colgate in the regular-season finale.
The game was scoreless through 40 minutes, but the Raiders (17-12-5) netted a pair in the third period from Tylor Spink and Joe Wilson to take a 2-0 lead. Dartmouth’s Eric Neiley answered the second Colgate goal just 20 seconds later to cut the deficit to one with 6:05 remaining.
A fury of activity in the waning minutes ensued, but the Big Green (8-17-4) was unable to get anything by Raiders goalie Eric Mihalik and fell for the first time in six games, snapping a five-contest unbeaten streak.
A chance to host a home playoff series was in Dartmouth’s grasp when the game started, but the loss dropped the Green to 7-13-2 in ECAC Hockey play. The 16 points puts them 10th in league standings and earns a trip to play No. 7 Rensselaer next weekend in Troy, N.Y.
Harvard also finished with 16 points in the standings, but will be the No. 11 seed as Dartmouth owns the tiebreaker with the Crimson.
Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant continued stopped 26 shots.
Clarkson 2, Dartmouth 0
Potsdam, n.y. — Third-seeded Clarkson shut out No. 8 Dartmouth in the best-of-three ECAC quarterfinals to end the Big Green’s season.
The top-seeded Golden Knights swept the series, 2-0 to advance to and host next weekend’s semifinals.
Dartmouth concludes the 2013-14 season with a record of 9-20-1 overall, 8-13-1 in ECAC Hockey.
In her final game, Dartmouth senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 28 shots, 12 in the opening period. Clarkson’s Erica Howe (16 saves) registered her third shutout against Dartmouth this year.
Cayley Mercer and Christine Lambert scored for Clarkson.
Cornell 63, Dartmouth 50
Ithaca, n.y. — Cornell seniors Allyson DiMagno and Stephanie Long combined for 39 points as Cornell defeated Dartmouth.
Dartmouth sophomore Lakin Roland recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Milica Toskovic added nine points and eight rebounds.
The Big Green shot 42 percent from the floor and made nine free throws. The Big Red finished 48 percent from the field and connected on six 3-pointers.
NAC Championship Castleton 73 Colby-Sawyer 49
Castleton, Vt. — Castleton pulled away in the second half to defeated Colby-Sawyer for the program’s fourth North Atlantic Conference championship. Colby-Sawyer’s Kelsey Cahill scored a team-high 14 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.
Dartmouth 3, FIU 0
Miami — Beau Sulser and Michael Danielak combined for a nine-inning shutout as Dartmouth (1-1) shut out powerful Florida International (10-1), which suffered its first loss of the season.
Sulser (five innings) and Danielak (four) allowed three hits apiece.
The Big Green’s Thomas Roulis was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Jeff Keller had two hits and two runs scored.
Dartmouth scored one run apiece in the first, sixth and eight innings.
Dartmouth 14 Sacred Heart 10
Dallas — Dartmouth scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and defeated Sacred Heart (0-3) at SMU Stadium in the Patriot Cup.
Playing in the Lone Star State for the second year in a row, the Big Green (1-3) never trailed in the second half.
With 6:42 remaining in regulation, Wiley Osborne netted his third tally of the game to break a 10-10 tie. The goal was set up by senior Mike Olentine and was the first of a four-goal surge to put the tilt out of reach.
Over the final five minutes, Came Lee, Olentine and KC Beard added insurance tallies.
Osborne had a hat trick for Dartmouth, while Lee, Olentine, Beard and Don Stephan each added two goals apiece. Sophomore keeper Blair Friedensohn stopped eight shots to earn his first collegiate win.
Yale 12, Dartmouth 5
Hanover — Yale (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Yale outshot the Big Green, 31-16. Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello recorded 11 saves.
The Big Green’s Sarah Byrne scored three goals to boost her team-leading total to 13. Teammate Liz Calby chipped in with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Danielle Lisovicz scored the game’s first tally. Yale’s Kerri Fleishhacker scored five goals and added two assists.