A nine-goal offensive explosion lifted the field hockey team above Brown University and Bryant University this weekend, its first two wins of the year. The Big Green (2-5, 1-1 Ivy) dominated Brown 6-1 Saturday, then edged out Bryant 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. Dartmouth’s offensive performance marked a great improvement for the team, and suggests that their early season woes might be over. The weekend ended a two-game goalless streak and a five-game losing streak.
I sat down with Tyler Sikura ’15, the captain of the men’s hockey team. After a disappointing first half last season, the Big Green surged to move up in the playoff standings. The team upset No. 7 seed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before falling in two games to No. 1 seed Union College. Last week, the team was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.
In the schools’ first meeting, the men’s soccer team beat Fordham University 2-0 at Burnham Field. After a deadlocked first half, the Big Green (3-2-1, 0-0-0 Ivy) reevaluated its strategy, then capitalized on a few key opportunities to seal a victory.
Madison Hughes ’15 already boasts a number of rugby accolades: two-time Big Green captain, three-time Collegiate 15s All-American, two-time Collegiate sevens All-American (he wanted a “rest” year), collegiate 15s All-American captain and two-time representative of the U.S. in sevens. Now, he is captain of the national team, which will head to the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia next month for the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The team plays Canada Oct. 11 and hopes to establish USA Rugby as force to reckoned with, Hughes said.
In the first meeting of the only two Division I football programs in New Hampshire since 2009, the Big Green fell short, losing to No. 7 University of New Hampshire 52-19 Saturday night in Durham. Dartmouth (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) fell behind early and could never fully recover from the Wildcats’ (3-1, 1-0 CAA) dominant start.
High temperatures and a persistent Brown University squad held the women’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie in the Big Green’s Ivy League opener at Burnham Field, which extended its home unbeaten streak to 16 games. Lucielle Kozlov ’16 scored midway through the first half for Dartmouth. The Big Green (3-2-2) held this lead until the 88th minute, when Brown junior Erin Katz scored to send it to overtime.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action this Friday at Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, where they will line up against some of the best teams in the Ivy League and around the country.