Dartmouth Men’s Soccer Gets First Round Bye in NCAA Tournament

  • Dartmouth's Wyatt Omsberg goes up for a header during their game against UMass in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 12, 2017. (Risley Sports Photography)

  • Dartmouth's Wyatt Omsberg reacts during the Big Green's 1-0 win over UMass on Sept. 12, 2017, in Hanover, N.H. (Risley Sports Photography)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hanover — The Dartmouth College men’s soccer team will get a week to warm up for the NCAA tournament, with the knowledge that one of the few squads to solve them could be waiting for them.

The Big Green earned the 15th seed in the 48-team NCAA Division I draw on Monday, meaning Dartmouth gets a bye through Thursday’s first round. Ranked 19th in the most recent national coaches’ poll, the Big Green will entertain the winner of a first-round date between No. 21 New Hampshire and Fairfield on Sunday at Burnham Field at 1 p.m.

Dartmouth won the Ivy League championship for the fourth consecutive season to earn the conference’s automatic NCAA bid. The Big Green (12-3-1) made it an outright crown by beating Brown on Saturday, 1-0, to conclude a 6-0-1 league slate.

After dropping back-to-back decisions to two other NCAA invitees, Michigan and Michigan State, to open the season, Dartmouth lost just once in its final 14 matches. That came in Durham on Oct. 17, when the Wildcats dropped a 4-2 decision on the Big Green en route to earning their second NCAA invitation in school history.

“We are certainly thrilled to be representing Dartmouth in the NCAA tournament,” Dartmouth head coach Chad Riley said in a news release. “The team has worked hard to get to this point, and we are excited to compete. They are a hungry bunch, and we are all excited to get our preparation started.”

Dartmouth is making its 11th tournament appearance in 14 years, and is a seeded squad for the first time since drawing the No. 16 seed in 2005. The Big Green fell in last year’s second round, 3-0, in a snowy affair at Syracuse.

UNH (12-3-4) earned an at-large berth into the tournament, going 4-2-1 in America East play. Fairfield (12-4-3) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and associated NCAA bid with a 1-0 defeat of Rider on Sunday following a 7-1-2 run through the conference. Game time at Wildcat Stadium on Thursday is 7 p.m.

Dartmouth enters the NCAAs with one of the nation’s more prolific attacks, averaging nearly two goals per game. Junior Eduvie Ikoba leads the way with eight goals, and junior Justin Donowa and freshman Dawson McCartney both have a team-high eight assists.

Ticket information for Dartmouth’s NCAA second-rounder will be announced later in the week.

Also of local interest:

Former Dartmouth coach Bobby Clark’s Notre Dame side drew the 12th seed and will play wither Wisconsin or Illinois-Chicago in Sunday’s second round.

Clark’s youngest son and former Hanover High standout, Jamie Clark, will guide Washington against crosstown rival Seattle in a first-round match on Thursday, with winner to visit fifth-seeded Akron on Sunday.

Former Dartmouth goalkeeper Brian Wiese’s Georgetown squad grabbed the 14th seed and will entertain either SMU or Central Arkansas on Sunday.

— Greg Fennell

College Sailing

Big Green Win Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship

Hanover — The No. 6 ranked coed Dartmouth sailing team came out of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Championships in Bronx, N.Y., its last regatta of the fall season, with a win.

Juniors Christopher Williford and Rebecca McElvain raced in the Division A, while senior Duncan Williford and sophomore Paige Clarke competed in the Division B, both finishing in the top-10 and with their combined 146 points.

The last time Dartmouth won the ACC’s was in 2006, with Erik Storck, Killarney Loufek, Andrew Loe and Betsy Bryant. Last fall, the Big Green came in fifth at the championship.

SUNY Maritime College hosted the championship, which featured an 18-team field. Following the Big Green in second place was Boston University, with 155 points, and MIT in third, with 157 points. The College of Charleston finished in first place in the Division A race, one spot ahead of Dartmouth, but fell behind in Division B ending in sixth place overall.

While the coed squad was in New York, a group of women sailors traveled to New London, Connecticut, for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship where they finished ninth overall out of 18. This fall the Big Green’s women group has been ranked No. 4 nationally and competed against the other top-25 ranked teams at the championship.

Junior Emma White and sophomore Peninah Benjamin sailed in the Division A while sophomore Audrey Giblin and senior Sophia Diserio competed in Division B. After finishing eighth in the Division A race, the B team came in fourth, tallying the total points to 148. Top-ranked Yale came in first place, winning the championship, with 69 points, followed by Boston College in second with 76 and U.S. Coast Guard in third with 110.

In 2016 Dartmouth did not compete in the Women’s ACC, but won the ACC’s in the end of the 2015 season.

The Big Green will return to the water in 2018 for spring action.