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Big Green’s Turn to Rally

Hanover — Four goals in the third period was the difference last night as the No. 12 Dartmouth men’s hockey team knocked off Clarkson, 5-1, at Thompson Arena.

A night after surrendering three in the final frame to St. Lawrence, the Big Green (11-7-2, 7-4-1 ECAC) bounced back in a big way with four of its own against the Golden Knights (5-13-6, 4-6-2 ECAC).

Tyler Sikura, Eric Robinson, Dustin Walsh and Alex Goodship all netted tallies in the third to put a game their team controlled out of the reach of a resilient Clarkson squad looking to build off of its own 5-1 win Friday night at Harvard.

The Big Green was dominant, putting 49 shots on goal. In contrast, its team defense allowed only 21 shots to reach junior netminder Cab Morris, who turned aside all but one in improving to 8-3-1.

The victory helps Dartmouth keep pace in the ECAC Hockey standings as the 15 points moves it back into a third-place tie with Union (6-4-3).

Dartmouth is back in action on Friday against Union in a league contest. broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

Women’s Hockey

Clarkson 5, Dartmouth 0

Potsdam, n.y. — Dartmouth (12-7-3, 7-6-2) struggled mightily on power play as No. 7 Clarkson (20-6-0, 12-2-0 ECAC) handed the Big Green its seventh straight loss.

Dartmouth had its chances as Clarkson committed a season-high 10 penalties. The Big Green was unable to capitalize, going 0-for-10 with the man-advantage. Over the last two games the Big Green failed to score on the power play, going a combined 0-for-18.

The struggles against ranked opponents continued for the Big Green, as it is now 0-4-1 against top-10 programs this season.

Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft (11-6-3) stopped 17 shots she faced.

Women’s Hoop

Dartmouth 58, Harvard 45

Hanover — Dartmouth opened its Ivy League home slate in style with a win over rival,Harvard, in Leede Arena last night. The win snaps Harvard’s six-game win streak and gives the Big Green its first win over the Crimson since the 2009-10 season.

Harvard (10-6, 1-1 Ivy League) made a push in the final 1:20, cutting a 13-point Dartmouth lead to six points thanks to 15 second-half points from Christine Clark. The six points was as close as the Crimson would get, as the Big Green went 11-of-12 from the free-throw line to seal the victory and move to 1-1 in Ivy League action.

“From the get-go, our defense was unbelievable,” head coach Chris Wielgus said. “Harvard is one of the top two or three 3-point shooting teams in the nation so we had the concept that if the ball went inside it was ours and it wasn’t going to come back out again. It worked for us tonight.”

Dartmouth (3-13, 1-1 Ivy League), which picked up its first home win of the 2012-13 season, was led by co-captains Nicola Zimmer and Faziah Steen. Zimmer tied her career-high with 18 points while Steen added 13 points while also recording four assists and three blocks. Tia Dawson led the way on the glass with seven rebounds while also contributing eight points.

The Big Green took advantage of Harvard turnovers, scoring 31 points off Crimson giveaways. Dartmouth also had 11 steals and had 11 assists on 16 made baskets.

Colby-Sawyer 81
Johnson St. 53

Johnson, Vt. — Kelsey Cahill had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Colby-Sawyer (11-4, 11-0 NAC) defeated Johnson State (3-15, 1-11) to win its 11th straight game and remain undefeated in league play.

Taylor DeSanty added 15 points for the Chargers and Cailin Bullett 13,

Men’s Hoop

Colby-Sawyer 82
Johnson St. 61

Johnson, Vt. — Kyle Nelson had 21 points and five rebounds as Colby-Sawyer (8-9, 8-3 NAC) topped Johnson State (7-11, 5-7).

Freshman Peter Donato added 14 points for the Chargers, and teammate Corey Willis had 11.

Swimming

Dartmouth Wins Invitational

White River Junction — Dartmouth swept the third annual Dartmouth Invitational, held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center yesterday. The Big Green men posted 1,109 points, while the women scored 1,007.

Boston University claimed second on both sides. Over the course of the two-day event, the Big Green claimed 19 event titles and set seven Upper Valley Aquatic Center pool records.

The Dartmouth divers had a great weekend, highlighted by sophomore Ryan Shelley’s wins in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Shelley took the 3-meter with a score of 284.80. On the 1-meter, Shelley scored the identical score for a win on the 1-meter board.

The men claimed the 200-medley relay title. James Verhagen, Nejc Zupan, Will Derdeyn and Daniel Whitcomb took the event with a time of 1:33.71.

The Big Green went 1-2 in the men’s 100 fly with Zupan taking top honors with a time of 49.92, while senior co-captain Derdeyn was second. Farnham was the women’s top finisher, taking third place with a time of 58.30.

In the 200 free, Dartmouth’s Jun Oh claimed his second event title with a time of 1:42.08. Verhagen won the 200 back with a time of 1:52.11, while Nangle took second.

Dartmouth highlighted the afternoon session was a sweep of the 100 free. On the men’s side the Big Green went 1-5, led by sophomore Ian Woon with a time of 46.50. Zupan claimed the 200-breast title with a time of 2:01.65 while Jay Schulte took third place, touching the wall with a time of 2:07.20.

In the 1,650 free, Oh and Samson led the way. Oh claimed the men’s title with a time of 15:59.91, nearly a minute ahead of the second-place finisher. Samson placed second.

Dartmouth closed the meet by winning the 400 relay on both sides. The women’s time of 3:30.12 was a pool record.

Skiing

Big Green
Jumps Into Second

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — With a victory in the men’s 10K Classic and second-place finishes for the women in both the 5K Classic and the slalom, Dartmouth vaulted up two spots in the team standings into second at the Colby Carnival yesterday. The Big Green trails Vermont by 104 points, 731-627, with the final day of Nordic events to come today.

Although Middlebury’s Benjamin Lustgarten won top honors in the men’s 10K Classic at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, Dartmouth had the other two skiers on the podium with senior Scott Lacy and sophomore Silas Talbot in second and third, respectively. Junior Steven Mangan also finished among the top 10 with a time of 25:58.1, good for ninth.

In the women’s 5K, senior Emily Blackmer (got her first opportunity to ski in a carnival in her collegiate career and made the most of it, taking a podium spot in third place. New Hampshire was able to just nip the Big Green in the event, however, with skiers in second, seventh and eighth for 115 points to Dartmouth’s 112.

Over on the slopes of Sugarloaf, Vermont’s women swept the podium with the Big Green taking second overall thanks to the efforts of the Kikut sisters. Freshman Sara Kikut posted the fourth-fastest times both times down the mountain to take fourth with a combined time of 1:30.70, while freshman Anna Kikut skied to a 10th-place finish in 1:32.22.

Like the women, the Dartmouth men had their top finisher take fourth as well with sophomore Hunter Black posting a combined time of 1:26.44..

Dartmouth Men
Shine at BU

Boston — A day after the women ruled the Boston University Track & Tennis Center, the men took their turn on the second day of the BU Terrier Invitational yesterday.

Leading the way for the Dartmouth was junior John Bleday in the 3,000 meters. Last season’s indoor Heps champion in the event bested a field of 146 last night by taking the top spot, running a 7:59.33.

In the 5,000, senior Jonathan Gault was second out of 70 runners with a 14:25.81.

Senior Connor Reilly had a strong showing in the 60, a common theme this season. Reilly was fifth in the finals, crossing in a 6.93. Junior Jalil Bishop ran in two events, taking second in his heat of the 500 (1:06.55) and first in his section of the 200 (22:30).

In the mile, freshman Tim Gorman claimed 29th, posting a 4:12.00. The field in the event featured nearly 200 competitors.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Rex Woodbury, Joe Chapin, Kevin Stanko and Gorman ran a 3:29.87 to take third in its section.

Women’s Tennis

Dartmouth 7
Binghamton 0

Hanover — Dartmouth (1-1) swept Binghamton (0-1) yesterday fir its first win of the winter season.

The Big Green bounced back from its season-opening loss to Boston College last weekend.

with a strong effort in doubles play, dropping just six games overall in three matches.

The duos of Melissa Matsuoka/Sarah Bessen and Suzy Tan/Julienne Keong Si Ying scored 8-1 victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

In singles action, Keong was the first player off the court, making quick work of Binghamton’s Jesse Rubin as she won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles. Freshmen Katherine Yau and Suzy Tan also coasted to victories at No. 1 and No. 5 singles, respectively.

Sophomores Janet Liu and Akiko Okuda won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3, and Matsuoka dropped just three games at No. 4.