Dartmouth roundup: Men’s hoop keeps up winning ways

Staff reports

Published: 01-17-2023 8:28 PM

ALLSTON, Mass. — Two days after defeating Ivy League preseason favorite Penn at home, the Dartmouth College men’s basketball team raced out to an early double-digit lead, then hung on for dear life to defeat Harvard, 60-59, at Lavietes Pavilion.

The Big Green are 3-2 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2009 and have beaten both Yale and Harvard on the road for the first time since 1999.

Sophomore guard Ryan Cornish led Dartmouth (7-12, 3-2 Ivy League) with 16 points, senior forward Dame Adelekun had 14 to go along with nine rebounds, and freshman forward Brandon Mitchell-Day — who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week — added 11 points. Mitchell-Day is the Big Green’s first player to win the award since Taurus Samuels in 2019.

Junior guard Izaiah Robinson nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half. Chris Ledlum, the Crimson’s leading scorer, played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble and was held to seven points.

“(Harvard) is a really good team,” Big Green coach David McLaughlin said in a postgame interview. “They made us work for everything in the second half. I’m really proud of our guys, especially through some adversity at the end, to keep their composure, take care of the basketball, get some good looks. That poise and composure allowed us to come out on top.”

Dartmouth is in third place in the Ivy League standings, in position for a spot in the four-team conference tournament. The Big Green are at first-place Princeton on Saturday.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dartmouth still winless in league

HANOVER — The Big Green fell, 69-57, at first-place Penn on Saturday, then returned to Leede Arena on Monday and suffered a 68-52 loss to Harvard.

Sophomore guard Victoria Page led Dartmouth with 17 points against the Quakers and junior guard Mia Curtis added 15, all from 3-point range. Junior guard Mekkena Boyd had 11 points and senior forward Emma Koch chipped in with eight, along with 10 rebounds. The Big Green never led in the game.

The only lead Dartmouth enjoyed against the Crimson was at 3-2, and the Big Green trailed by 18 at the half. Boyd had 14 points, and Curtis added 10.

Dartmouth (2-17, 0-5 Ivy League) hosts Princeton on Saturday.

MEN’S HOCKEY Big Green drops one-goal games

HANOVER — Dartmouth came back twice to tie Friday night’s game against the St. Lawrence before losing, 3-2, in overtime. On Saturday against Clarkson, the Big Green faced a four-goal deficit and nearly came all the way back but came up just short in a 5-4 defeat.

Freshman Alex Krause scored Dartmouth’s first goal against St. Lawrence in the final minute of the second period. After the Saints retook the lead, senior Tanner Palocsik evened things with 3:17 to go in the third. Mason Waite won it for the visitors with under a minute to go in overtime. Freshman Cooper Black made 29 saves.

Black added 30 saves against Clarkson, but the Big Green trailed just 1:19 into the game. Down by two late in the first period, freshman Cooper Flinton put Dartmouth on the board before the Golden Knights continued their onslaught in the second with three more goals. Sophomore Sean Chisholm and freshman Tucker McRae helped bring the Big Green back within two before the second stanza ended, and Krause scored his second goal of the weekend in the third, but it was too little, too late.

Dartmouth (2-15-1, 1-9-1 ECAC Hockey) heads to Brown and Yale this weekend.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY Harvard 3, Dartmouth 2 (OT)

HANOVER — Dartmouth twice led by a goal on Friday afternoon, but Harvard answered both times before taking its only lead of the game in overtime.

Sophomore Lauren Messier opened the scoring for the Big Green in the second period, assisted by freshman Shae Messner. Harvard tied it on a power play late in that period, but Dartmouth took the lead again when freshman Meredith Jensen and sophomore Laura Fuoco set up junior Jenna Donohue for her team-high seventh goal of the season in the third. This time, though, it took the Crimson just 41 seconds to come up with an equalizer, and they ended things after nearly three minutes in the extra session.

Sophomore Maggie Emerson made 31 saves for Dartmouth (5-14-0, 1-11-0 ECAC Hockey), which hosts Union and RPI this weekend.

SKIING Big Green second at Bates Carnival

NEWRY/RUMFORD, Maine — Dartmouth was in first place after each of the first two days before being overtaken by Vermont on Saturday.

The Big Green swept the men’s Alpine events, winning both the slalom and giant slalom, and won the women’s giant slalom as well. Dartmouth finished with 797 team points, good for second out of 14 teams. Its best individual finishes came from Cooper Puckett, who was second in the men’s slalom, and Allie Resnick, who was third in the women’s slalom.

Dartmouth heads to the Saint Michael’s Carnival this weekend.

SQUASH Big Green fall to Trinity, Yale

HANOVER — Both the men’s and women’s teams were shut out, 9-0, at Trinity (Conn.) on Friday. The men also lost all nine matches at home Sunday against Yale, while the women lost 8-1, with the only victory coming from freshman Callie Worth at the No. 8 position in five sets.

Against the Bantams, the women failed to win a set, while two men’s matches went the full five sets and three others went four. Freshman Felix Feldman, at No. 8, took a 2-0 lead but could not close it out. Senior Chris Zachary also went the distance at the No. 4 position, and sophomore Christian Shah (No. 3), sophomore Quinten Campbell (No. 5) and sophomore Auggie Bhavsar (No. 9) each took one set.

Campbell took his match to five sets against the Bulldogs. Shah, senior Lucan White (No. 6), sophomore Aryan Khandelwal (No. 7) and Bhavsar all took theirs to four.

Besides Worth’s win, women’s sophomore Chelsea Cho went five sets against Yale at No. 5. Senior Claire Aube (No. 1) and sophomore Aubrey Lennon (No. 6) each took one set.

Both teams are 4-4 overall and 0-2 against Ivy League foes. Dartmouth hosts Penn on Saturday and Princeton on Sunday.

MEN’S TENNIS Big Green sweep Mids

HANOVER — Dartmouth took on Navy twice on Saturday, picking up a 5-2 win in the morning and sweeping the afternoon match, 7-0.

Navy took the doubles point in the first match, although the Big Green’s No. 3 team of sophomore Hikaru Takeda and junior Logan Chang posted a 6-1 victory. Dartmouth won five of six singles matches, with freshmen Miles Groom (No. 2), Waleed Qadir (No. 3) and Henry Ren (No. 4) joining Chang with straight-sets wins. Sophomore Alex Knox-Jones won with a super-tiebreak after splitting the first two sets.

Later that day, the Big Green swept the doubles matches and did not drop a set in singles. Sophomore Carlos Guerrero Alvarez won his first match of the year at the No. 1 position.

Dartmouth hosts Binghamton and Siena on Sunday.

SWIMMING AND DIVING Big Green fall to Penn and Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Tim Park took first in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and Alexander Ye won the men’s 200 individual medley, but those were the only individual victories for Dartmouth. The Big Green (1-6, 0-6 Ivy League) host the Tate Ramsden Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

TRACK AND FIELD Dartmouth competes at non-scoring invitationals

BOSTON — The Big Green men broke the program record in the 4x400-meter relay at the Suffolk Ice Breaker Invitational on Saturday, with the team of senior Nils Wildberg, freshman Liam Murray and sophomores Mason Childers and Karl-Oskar Pajus finishing in three minutes, 13.70 seconds.

Dartmouth also won nine men’s individual events at the meet. Sophomore DJ Matusz won the 800, tying the third-best finish in program history at 1:51.81. Senior Myles Epstein was first in the 60-meter dash in 6.92 seconds, senior Eric Gibson won the 1,000 in 2:25.47 and senior Seth Weprin won the mile in 4:11.91.

In the field events, freshman David Adams won the pole vault, clearing 4.95 meters. Wildberg won the long jump with a mark of 6.76 meters, and junior Rahul Batlanki won the triple jump at 14.3 meters. Sophomore Ben Pable won the weight throw and freshman Max Klein the shot put.

The women’s team won seven events Saturday. Freshman Jada Jones set a personal record in winning the 60-meter dash and took first in the 200 as well. Sophomore Maya Grudman won the pole vault, clearing 3.72 meters, and junior Bridget McNally tied her indoor PR in the long jump at 5.79 meters. Sophomore Julia Reglewski won the shot put and sophomore Maeve Conneely won the high jump, keeping her undefeated mark this season intact.

The women also competed Sunday at the UMass Flagship Indoor Invitational. Senior Julia Fenerty won the 500 in 1:14.04, the third-fastest time in school history. Senior Anya Hirschfeld took first in the 1,000 with a PR of 2:52.68, the second-best time for an Ivy League athlete this season.

Dartmouth returns to Leverone Field House on Saturday to host Columbia and Yale.