College Roundup: Big Green Defender Picked in MLS SuperDraft

  • 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)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Philadelphia — Dartmouth College senior defender Wyatt Omsberg made Ivy League history on Friday when he was chosen by Minnesota United FC with the 15th pick of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Omsberg became the first Ivy player to be chosen in the first round of the draft in its current format. Omsberg completed his four-year career last fall by leading the Big Green to its fourth straight league title and fourth consecutive NCAA tournament second-round visit.

A co-captain and native of Scarborough, Maine, Omsberg marshalled a defense that allowed only 12 goals in 17 matches with seven shutouts.

“I am thrilled for Wyatt,” former Big Green men’s soccer coach Chad Riley said in a news release. “Minnesota has made a wise pick, and Wyatt has a great future ahead of him.”

Omsberg joins a franchise that entered MLS last year and is in need of a defensive upgrade. The Loons allowed a league-high 70 goals in 34 matches and had the second-worst goal differential last season (minus-23).

Omsberg is a two-time Ivy League defensive player of the year and three-time all-league first-teamer. He also possessed a scoring touch with the Big Green, netting 10 goals — including six match-winners — in four seasons.

He becomes the fifth player in program history to be drafted by MLS, following Chicago’s selection of goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland in 2017.

Men’s Hockey

Dartmouth 3, St. Lawrence 2

Canton, n.y. — The Big Green (5-6-1, 7-10-2) scored the game’s first two goals and never trailed in an ECAC Hockey win at Appleton Arena.

Charley Michalowski put Dartmouth on the board midway through the first period. Shane Sellar doubled the edge early in the second. The Saints cut the gap before the game’s midpoint only to have the Big Green’s Alex Jasiek re-establish the two-goal cushion on a power play at 5:44 of the third.

Devin Buffalo made 20 saves for the win. The Big Green visits Clarkson tonight.

Women’s/Men’s Swimming

Dartmouth Leads Ramsden Invitational

Hanover — The Dartmouth College women hold a 34-point lead through the first day of the Tate Ramsden Invitational.

Hayley Winter (500-yard freestyle), Maggie Deppe-Walker (200 IM) and Sophie Smith (50 free) picked up race wins, and Maggie Pionzo took fourth on the 1-meter board to produce the Big Green’s most diving points. Dartmouth (229 points) leads UMass (195) and SUNY New Paltz (62).

The Big Green men (206.5) trail UMass (250.5) through the first day. Connor LaMastra (500 free), Henry Senkfor (200 IM) and Justin Sodokoff (3-meter diving) won for Dartmouth.