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Local roundup: Schuler out as Dartmouth women’s hockey coach

  • Laura Schuler

  • Dartmouth Head Coach, Laura Schuler, gives directions to players in the box during the second period of the game against Quinnipiac. Dartmouth lost to Quinnipiac at home on Friday night, November 11, 2016, with a final score of 2-1. (Valley News - John Happel) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth College women's hockey coach Laura Schuler addresses her troops Friday during a time out at Thompson Arena. The Big Green beat ECAC rival Union, 2-1, for its second consecutive victory. Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

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Published: 8/12/2020 9:51:55 PM
Modified: 8/12/2020 9:51:47 PM

HANOVER — The exodus of coaches from Dartmouth College athletics continued Tuesday with Laura Schuler’s departure after three years in charge of the women’s hockey program.

Schuler’s Big Green teams struggled to compete in ECAC Hockey, despite her pedigree as a coach within the Canadian national team system. Joining Dartmouth in 2016, Schuler recorded a 19-61-6 overall record and a 13-48-5 mark in league play over three seasons with the Big Green. Although last winter’s squad showed signs of improvement, a 7-19-3 overall mark and 4-15-3 conference record meant the Big Green missed the ECAC playoffs for a fifth straight year.

Schuler took a year’s sabbatical during her Dartmouth tenure to guide the Canadian national team in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. A silver medallist on the Canada roster for the inaugural Olympic women’s hockey tournament in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, Schuler coached Canada to four straight wins before a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States in the gold-medal final.

She adds to a list of exiting Dartmouth bench bosses that has grown in recent months. That group includes men’s hockey coach Bob Gaudet (retired in April), longtime cross country and track coach Barry Harwick (retired in July) and the coaches of five sports programs eliminated in a collegewide budget-reduction move last month.

GOLF Pelletier second at Stroke Play Championship

ENFIELD — Two-time defending champion Pat Pelletier sits in second place through the first day of the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Montcalm Golf Club.

Pelletier opened the latest defense of his title with a 2-under-par 70 at Montcalm, which is hosting the event for the first time. The 32-year-old out of Lebanon’s Carter Country Club offered a combo platter on Tuesday, posting three birdies and two bogeys on the opening nine and a bogey, birdie and 11th-hole eagle on the back side.

Pelletier won last year’s Stroke Play at Green Meadow Golf Course in Hudson, which followed a victory at Canterbury Woods Country Club in 2018. Pelletier also won the championship at Green Meadow in 2010.

A slew of other Upper Valley golfers sit near the top of a leaderboard that has Beaver Meadow’s Mark Stevens (6-under 66) on top. Eastman’s Stephen Goodridge is in a four-way tie for third (71), Dartmouth College graduate and recent New Hampshire Amateur champ James Pleat is with two others tied for seventh (72), and Newport’s Steve Haselton is deadlocked for 10th (73).

The 54-hole tournament continues through Thursday, with the low 40 scores and ties after Wednesday’s second round advancing.




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