Dartmouth Baseball Swept In Ivy Opener

Philadelphia — Penn handed visiting Dartmouth a pair of 3-2 losses in the first two games of the Ivy League baseball season for both teams yesterday at Meiklejohn Stadium. Michael Vilardo hit a game-winning two-run double in the seven-inning opener, and Austin Bossart lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Quakers (15-7, 2-0 Ivy) the sweep.

Seniors Cole Sulser and Kyle Hunter went the distance on the mound for Dartmouth (12-3, 0-2 Ivy) as the Big Green suffered consecutive losses for the first time in almost exactly one year.

Freshman Joe Purritano gave the Big Green a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the opening game with his first collegiate home run, a solo shot to right-center. In the bottom of the fourth, however, Penn’s Ryan Deitrich tied the game with a four-bagger of his own.

Dartmouth quickly responded in the top half of the fifth as Jeff Keller doubled and scored on Nick Ruppert’s single. But Penn’s Vilardo ripped a double to right to score two runners and give the Quakers a 3-2 lead.

In the sixth, the Big Green could not take advantage of senior Ennis Coble’s one-out double, then stranded the tying run at second in the seventh and final frame as well.

Sulser (2-1) suffered just his fourth loss in 21 career decisions by surrendering the three runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batter while fanning eight over six innings.

■ In game two, the game was tied at 1 until the seventh, though Dartmouth had several chances to score, leaving two men on in the first, third, sixth and seventh and another in each of the fourth and fifth frames.

Penn took a 2-1 lead in the seventh, but Dartmouth’s Keller tied the game in the eighth with his third double of the doubleheader, scoring Purritano from first after he walked.

Hunter (1-1) finished game having thrown just 106 pitches in his 8.2 innings, yielding three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks while fanning four.

Coble was perfect at the plate in the second game, recording four hits for the sixth time in his career. Keller had two doubles.

Spartans Sweep Chargers

Castleton, Vt. — Castleton (4-4, 2-0 NAC) got some timely hitting in both games, as well a pair of solid pitching performances to sweep Colby-Sawyer (5-7, 0-2) in a conference season-opening doubleheader yesterday afternoon, winning 4-1 and 3-1.

Castleton was paced by pitchers Adam Greenlese and Patrick Riley, a Hartford High graduate. Greenlese allowed just three hits seven-plus innings. Riley was his equal in the nightcap, going seven innings and giving up an unearned while striking out three and walking a single batter.

For Colby-Sawyer, Andy Lapple went 3-for-6, earning half of the team’s six hits on the day.

College Softball

Dartmouth Splits

Philadelphia — Dartmouth (12-14 overall, 2-2 Ivy League) defeated Pennsylvania 4-1 in the first game of a twin bill before losing the nightcap 3-1.

Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley fired a four-hitter in game one, allowing one run on four hits. She struck out two batters and walked no one. At the plate, she was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Teammate Kara Curosh was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs, and the Big Green’s Kelsey Miller and Hillary Hubert added two hits apiece.

In game two, Penn scored three first-inning runs and never looked back. Rumley (11-5) was roughed up for four hits and all three runs in 2∕3 of an inning. Reliever Morgan McCalmon allowed three hits over 51∕3 innings. Dartmouth’s Katie McEachern belted a home run for the Big Green’s only tally.

Men’s Lacrosse

Cornell 21, Dartmouth 5

Ithaca, n.y. — The troubles against ranked opponents continued for the Dartmouth at it fell to No. 3 Cornell at Schoellkopf Field.

The Big Green (2-6, 0-2 Ivy League) dropped its fourth straight, while the Big Red (9-1, 3-0 Ivy League) recorded its third consecutive triumph.

Dartmouth has lost eight straight games to top-25 foes. The last win against a ranked squad for Dartmouth came against Colgate in the 2012 season opener.

Cornell jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, picking up its 15th win against Dartmouth in the last 16 contests.

Dartmouth sophomore Adam Fishman netted his fifth goal of the season and added a pair of assists. Cam Lee, Chris Costabile, Phil Hession and Jeff Perkins also scored for Dartmouth.

Bernie Susskind made nine saves for Dartmouth, while Cornell netminders AJ Fiore and Brennan Donville combined to make eight saves.

Track & Field

Big Green Sweeps

Hanover — In their lone home meet of the outdoor season, the Dartmouth men defeated Vermont and UMass-Lowell at Memorial Field.

The Big Green scored 99 points, while the River Hawks were second with 42 and the Catamounts third with 35 points.

Dartmouth’s Brett Buskey won the 100 meters in a personal-best time of 10.81 seconds, while Connor Reilly took the 200 in 21.62 in the 200 to take first place. Jalil Bishop won the 400 in a personal-best 48.90.

Sophomore thrower Dom Filiano, of Lebanon, had a dominant day with two first-place showings in the shot put (51 feet, 6.25 inches/15.70 meters) and the discus (147-3.0/44.88m), while classmate T.J. Servino was the top performer in the hammer throw (188-11.0/57.58m).

Other members of the team to finish first were: Jacob Evanter in the 110-meter hurdles (15.00), Tim Gorman in the 800 (1:55.96), Edward Wagner in the 400 hurdles (54.26), Ben Nollet in the javelin (186-4.0/56.80m), Brett Gilson in the pole vault (14-5.25/4.40m) and Daniel Katz in the triple jump (43-1.0/13.13).

The Big Green’s 4x400 relay team of Bishop, Wagner, Brendin Beaulieu-Jones and Jon Brady combined to run a 3:22.24 to take the top spot.

■ The Dartmouth women also prevailed against Vermont and UMass-Lowell yesterday.

The Big Green picked up 76 team points to take first with the River Hawks taking second (64) and the Catamounts finishing third (39).

Megan Krumpoch led a Dartmouth contingent in the 800 meters that claimed the top six spots. Krumpoch ran a 2:13.56 to finish first

Dana Giordano took the top spot in the 1,500 (4:28.84), while Erica Hendershot was the winner in the 100 hurdles (15.26).

Both Dartmouth’s 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams claimed first.

The field events saw first-place showings from Cathy Liebowitz, of Planfield, in the hammer throw (161-5.0/49.20m) as well as seniors Emmaline Berg in the discus (142-3.0/43.36m) and Cara Vernacchia in the triple jump (37-0.25/11.28m).

Men’s Tennis

Colby-Sawyer 8
Green Mtn. 1

New London — Colby-Sawyer (5-4) defeated Green Mountain (0-3) in the North Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

Colby-Sawyer’s doubles teams of Nathan Taschereau/Reeve Fidler. Sergio Spassof/Justin Pinard Clay Allen/Paul Holland prevailed.

Taschereau, Pinard, Allen, Fidler and Holland gave the Chargers the eight points by winning their respective singles matches in straight sets.

H.S. Boys Lacrosse

Tabor 6, KUA 5 (ot)

Meriden — KUA lost to Tabor Academy in an overtime thriller in the season opener for both teams.

After a slow start, KUA worked back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the score with 2:30 remaining in regulation. KUA’s Andrew Jarrett led the Wildcat offense with three goals, and teammates JD Dudek and Eric Megnia each scored a goal apiece. On defense, seniors Matt Michaud and Mike Powell forced outside shots and Santiago Morales, between the pipes, recorded nine saves for the Wildcats.