This Saturday, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in Princeton, New Jersey for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The women’s team will try to defend its title from last season, Dartmouth’s first since a four-peat that ended in 1997. The men’s side looks to claim its first championship since 2005.
In potentially the team’s most important game of the season, men’s soccer takes on Harvard University at Burnham Field Saturday night, looking to make up for last season’s matchup. The teams are the top two in the Ivy League standings, and Dartmouth enters the competition in a much better position than last year.
One of our favorite sportswriters is ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who loves to host guests on his podcasts. Since this is a great way to introduce new perspectives and keep things interesting, we’re following his lead and bringing in our first guest author, Tyler Fisher ’17. If this article turns out to be any good, he won’t be our last. We picked Tyler because a nickname of his is “Fish,” which we thought was a nice touch. He doesn’t get that joke, but we’re going to leave it in here anyway.
On Nov. 1, 1997, Dartmouth’s starting quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 was 3 years old. Days earlier, the five-year-old Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in an 11-inning classic to win the World Series in seven games. That Saturday in Hanover was also the last meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth as undefeated football teams, and was the last time the Big Green opened a season 3-0 in the Ivy League. The game ended in a 24-0 Crimson victory and ended Dartmouth’s bid for back-to-back league titles.
This weekend is arguably the biggest of the year for Dartmouth athletics, rivaling last spring’s baseball and softball Ivy League Championship Series weekend. Four teams -— football, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country — will compete for a chance at Ivy League titles this weekend, while women’s soccer and field hockey look to play their way back into the conversation. Saturday will be enormous, with 16 of Dartmouth’s 34 varsity teams taking the field. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
Dropping temperatures signal that the fall sports season is winding down, but the threat of snow means it’s just the beginning for the Big Green men’s ice hockey team, which will open the regular season at Harvard University on Saturday.
Dartmouth’s three crew teams competed in the three-mile Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie over the weekend, with the men’s lightweight first varsity eight finishing sixth. After a disappointing outing at the Head of the Charles earlier this month, the women’s first eight rebounded with a better finish, coming in 13th of 50 boats.