Local Roundup: April 6, 2014

Hanover — Sophomore Morgan McCalmon went 5-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs, as the Big Green continue to mow down Ivy foes with its fourth straight league sweep, defeating Penn 3-2 and 12-1 (5 innings) on Saturday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park.

McCalmon was a force in the second game of the day, as she aided her team with its first mercy rule defeat of an opponent this season. In a rematch of the 2013 Ivy League Championship Series, the Big Green outscored the Quakers, 15-3, scoring 10 runs in the third inning of the second game.

Pitching has been a strong point this season for the Big Green during the eight-game winning streak, as the team has only allowed more than two runs once. Junior Kristen Rumley and McCalmon picked up wins against the Quakers and McCalmon secured her first collegiate save in the opening contest.

Dartmouth improves to 17-13 on the season and 8-0 in the Ivy League North Division. The eight-game league winning streak is the best start in program history.

In the opener, Rumley fanned nine, and is now 11-6 on the season. She allowed five hits and struck out seven batters before the fifth.

In the second game, McCalmon and sophomore Katie McEachern both went 3-for-3, but it was McCalmon who had six RBI. McCalmon hit her first of two homers in the opening frame to get a quick lead.

In the third, Dartmouth unleashed its largest output with 10 runs on eight hits.

Baseball Splits With Columbia

Hanover — Senior Jeff Keller doubled home junior Matt Parisi from first base with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Dartmouth (5-14, 2-4 Ivy) to a 3-2 victory in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader against visiting Columbia (9-15, 3-3 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.

The Lions rebounded in the nightcap, however, after falling behind by three runs to earn the split with a 5-4 triumph.

With two out in the 10th inning of the opener, Parisi drew a full-count walk. Keller followed by also working the count full. With Parisi running on the pitch, Keller lined a double into the left-center gap. Parisi never hesitated and easily slid across the plate well ahead of the throw to end the Big Green’s three-game skid.

Sophomore Nick Ruppert led off the sixth inning with a long home run to left to give Dartmouth a 2-0 lead.

Beau Susler fanned 11 in his start, allowing just four hits before being relieved in the seventh inning where Columbia scored a pair of unearned runs to tie the game.

Keller led the Big Green offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Parisi scored two of the three runs.

In the second game, Louis Concato (0-2) was stuck with the loss for yielding four runs in a career-long seven-inning stint. Columbia had six hits and drew threw walks while the right-hander struck out four.

Men’s Lacrosse

Yale 16, Dartmouth 10

Hanover — Freshman Jack McCormick registered career highs with two goals and two assists, but it was not enough as the Big Green (1-6 overall, 0-3 Ivy) fell to No. 14 Yale Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.

“I’m proud with the way we competed and I told the players that after the game,” head coach Andy Towers said. “It just seemed that every time we got close, there was something that stopped us from getting over the hump.”

Dartmouth had a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the first quarter before Yale answered back with eight straight goals through the opening 2:50 of the third.

Following that stretch, the Big Green responded with a much better second half, scoring seven goals in the final two quarters.

Mike Olentine and Patrick Resch each had a goal and an assist in the game, while KC Beard matched McCormick with two tallies of his own. Cam Lee, Billy Heidt, Adam Philie and Brandon Rotanz all had one goal apiece as well.

Sophomore Blair Friedensohn recorded eight saves.

Women’s Lacrosse

Cornell 11, Dartmouth 10

Ithaca, n.y. — The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team fell, 11-10, in a sudden-victory second overtime Saturday afternoon at Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field.

The Big Green scored two goals in the final minute of the first OT period to force the second session, but the Big Red’s Lindsey Toppe notched the winner with 1:17 remaining.

The result leaves both teams with identical 5-5 overall records and 2-2 marks in Ivy League play.

Dartmouth sophomore Jaclyn Leto netted five goals in the loss, including the tying free-position goal with 24 seconds left in the first overtime period. The sophomore also scored 17 seconds earlier to pull the Green to within one and set up for the equalizer.

“I think today was one of the best games we played all year, we just weren’t able to come away from it with a win,” head coach Amy Patton said. “Our re-defend was really strong and we played some very tough and good defense, but we just had some unlucky breaks go against us.

“The way we fought back in overtime — to score two goals in the final minute — shows a lot of character,” Patton continued. “Now we have to rebound and get ready for Penn next weekend.”

KUA 12, Tilton 4

Meriden — The Kimball Union Academy girls lacrosse team opened its season with a convincing win over Tilton School.

KUA benefited from a balanced attack, with 7 different players scoring, led by Aurora Braswell (3 goals), Ellie Harrigan (2 goals, 2 assist), Alison Pollard (2 goals, 1 assist), and JoJo Schafer (2 goals).

Angela Augusta, Caitlyn Lowe and Laura Robertello each had one goal a piece.

Kate Fowler had 10 saves in goal. The Wildcats will be back in action Monday hosting St. Paul’s.