1999-00 DARTMOUTH

BIG GREEN SPORTS NEWS

Young Big Green

Football Team

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By Jack DeGange

 

COLGATE 35, DARTMOUTH 3

 

Dartmouth knew quarterback Ryan Vena would be trouble. The cornerstone of Colgate's football team burned the Green last year with 356 passing yards.

In less than 30 seconds late in the second quarter of Dartmouth's Memorial Field opener, Vena introduced sophomore wideout Joe Parker as another weapon in the arsenal that makes Colgate a co-favorite with Lehigh (Dartmouth's foe in Game Four) for the Patriot League title this fall.

Vena, the two-time Patriot League MVP who orchestrated 1,127 yards of total offense between this game and last year's 'Gate win over the Green, made Parker the stiletto that tore the heart from Dartmouth which had played highly favored Colgate to a 3-3 standoff for most of the first half.

Colgate skewered Dartmouth with two Vena-Parker thrusts in a span of 22 seconds, then twisted the knife deeper seven minutes into the third period to nail its third win in four games.

Dartmouth, showing moderate week-over-week offensive improvement (despite the lack of points), continues the quest for better days.

The Green had to be at its best to stay with the Red Raiders and did that for awhile. It was a moral victory when the defense, led by senior linebacker Marshall Hyzdu (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore linebacker Matt Mercer (Barrington, Ill.), stuffed three runs inside the five-yard line. That made Colgate settle for three points after 18 plays of their first possession ate up half of the opening period.

The Green countered in kind, using nearly seven minutes to move 71 yards in 15 plays to knot the game with a 30-yard field goal by senior Alex Csizinszky (Bradenton, Fla.) three minutes into the second period.

That drive showed Dartmouth's promise. Sophomore QB Brian Mann (Canton, Mass.) rewarded Coach John Lyons' confidence by wedging to a fourth-and-one first down from the Dartmouth 25.

He passed twice to soph wideout Damien Roomets (Sudbury, Mass.) for 33 yards. Junior fullback Matt Dunning (Terrace Park, Ohio) had runs of three and 11 yards and took a Mann pass for 12 more.

Indeed, there is light at the end of the tunnel - now that the Colgate's Vena Express has passed into history.

Vena caved Dartmouth's hopes in typical fashion. He flicked a nine-yard pass to Parker on third down to break the 3-3 tie with 2:12 left in the first half. Vena's backup, freshman Tom McCune, turned a bad snap into a two-point conversion run and an 11-3 lead.

On Dartmouth's first play after the kickoff, Mann was the victim of a whack-and-sack fumble.

Vena immediately fired to Parker on a 22-yard pitch at the goal line. Five seconds. 18-3. With Vena, that's how it happens.

Erich Kutschke's second field goal, a 38-yarder, made it 21-3 at 9:23 of the third period, another moral victory for the Green defense that made Colgate's 12-play drive from the second half kickoff falter.

Dartmouth's next possession netted nothing but Wayne Schlobohm's (Spring Hill, Fla.) 51-yard punt and a Colgate holding penalty pushed the Red Raiders back to their own 20.

One play: Vena hit Parker on a play similar to the earlier crossing pattern. Parker did the rest. He was sandwiched by two Green defenders but took the ball at the Colgate 35, escaped the tackles, and cruised untouched to complete the 80-yard scoring play. 28-3. Lights out.

"We've got two guys there," said Lyons, a defensive back in his playing days at Penn. "We're supposed to be hitting those receivers. The guys didn't do it and he runs clean down the middle."

These are frustrating days for Dartmouth. Caleb Moore (Appleton, Wis.), the junior captain and offensive guard, said it all for both the offense and defense:

"It comes down to being a player. We need to step up and make plays. Until we do that, it's going to be rough."

PENN 17, DARTMOUTH 6

 

"Youth will be served," wrote 19th century English author George Borrow. He wasn't talking about Dartmouth's youthful football team against the Penn Quakers.

As has been the case so often during the decade that closes this century, the season-opening game between Dartmouth and Penn once again was defined by opportunities - those taken and others not.

A crowd of 9,377 on a sunlit September afternoon at Franklin Field in Philadelphia watched Penn launch defense of its Ivy League title by squeezing out a victory over a young Green team.

The eleven-point margin was the widest difference between these teams in the last seven games. Penn has now won five of these games and the Green again must assume a catch-up role in the Ivy race.

Dartmouth's defense disrupted Penn and its new quarterback, Gavin Hoffman (a summertime transfer who was a starter last year at Northwestern), by recovering three fumbles and intercepting two passes. But Dartmouth's sophomore quarterback Brian Mann (Canton, Mass.) and the Green offense showed its relative inexperience by failing to take advantage, especially when early Quaker miscues created openings that might have thoroughly altered the flow of the game.

"It was there for the taking," said Coach John Lyons. "Early on, we had really good field position but we came up empty both times.

"If we had scored early and built some momentum and confidence it really would have helped us."

Sophomore linebacker Matt Mercer (Barrington, Ill.), who had tipped Hoffman's pass to defensive end Kyle Schroeder (Wayne, N.J.) on Penn's first possession, recovered Hoffman's fumble at the Quaker 18 on the next Penn series.

After three plays netted three yards, a 32-yard field goal attempt by senior Alex Csizinszky (Bradenton, Fla.) was wide right.

"It was a game we could have had if we had just stepped up and made some plays when we needed to," mused Lyons.

Dartmouth's attack, which totalled 163 yards in the game, was stung badly late in the first quarter when Mann's most seasoned target, senior wide receiver Mike Poncy (Jupiter, Fla.), was disabled. Upended as he made a catch across the middle, Poncy landed upside down, injuring his neck. After a long delay in play, he walked off the field but his loss further deflated Green aspirations.

Even so, it was only a 10-0 game at halftime. Penn used a 37-yard pass in the first period to set up a field goal and tailback Kris Ryan broke three tackles on a 48-yard scoring run early in the second period.

It remained that way until the last six minutes of the game when Penn added some insurance on Hoffman's 17-yard pass to tight end Ben Zagorski on a pattern that many, including Lyons, felt was an illegal (but uncalled) pick maneuver.

Sophomore Greg Smith (Laurel, N.J.), took over for Mann for the last six minutes and directed a nine-play, 35-yard drive capped by Smith's 18-yard scoring pass to tight end Lee Roach (Kettering, Ohio).

"Our defensive kids played really well," said Lyons, noting that five turnovers should be enough to win a game. "They made mistakes (three big plays) but it wasn't for lack of effort. They defended bad field position and forced some turnovers but they were just on the field too much.

"We've got a lot of things to straighten out on offense," he added. "My biggest fear coming into the game was the number of young and inexperienced players we have on offense."


Ivy League Football Standings

 

Team Ivy Overall

Brown 1-0 2-0

Cornell 1-0 2-0

Harvard 1-0 2-0

Pennsylvania 1-0 1-1

Columbia 0-1 1-1

Yale 0-1 1-1

Dartmouth 0-1 0-2

Princeton 0-1 0-2

 

In the second week of the Ivy League season, Brown spotted Lafayette a 7-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage, but rebounded to score 28 straight points before halftime. The Bears went on to win, 35-28, as Brown has won eight straight games dating back to last year.

Yale's Joe Walland completed 16 of 23 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns to pace a 48-2 victory over Valparaiso.

In New York City, Norman Hayes and Chris Schaefer scored 10 seconds apart as Columbia converted two fourth-quarter turnovers into touchdowns. Hayes rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries as the Lions defeated Towson, 28-13.

Cornell quarterback Ricky Rahne threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Big Red to a 42-14 win over Fordham. Halfback Deon Harris had 143 yards on 21 carries, including a 53-yard breakaway.

Brad Wilford threw two TD passes and ran for a third to pace Harvard to a 25-17 victory at Holy Cross. The Crimson, which trailed 14-3 after one quarter, fought off a final drive in the last minute to ensure the win.

Villanova defeated Penn, 34-6, in the first meeting of the two schools since 1980. The Quakers struggled, producing only 215 yards of total offense. Penn's Jason Feinberg was two-for-four on FG attempts, connecting from 28 and 45 yards.

Lehigh shutout the Tigers, 31-0, in the first home night game in the 130-year history of Princeton football. The Tigers fell to 0-2 for the first time since 1986. Meanwhile, the Mountain Hawks extended their Division 1-best regular-season winning streak to 15 games.

Week 1 finished up with the two preseason favorites on top, but the Brown Bears needed an improbable play to defeat Yale, 25-24.

Yale's Ben Blake blocked a Brown extra point attempt with 14 seconds left and then watched as Brown's Rob Scholl ran the ball into the end zone for two points.

At Princeton, Cornell sophomore Ricky Rahne threw two touchdowns in his first start and Deon Harris rushed for 113 yards as Cornell defeated the Tigers, 20-3.

At Harvard Stadium, Crimson quarterback Brad Wilford completed 12 of 22 passes for 190 yards and rushed 71 yards on 10 carries to pace a 24-7 victory over Columbia.


Field Hockey Off to Fast Start

 

The Dartmouth field hockey team started slowly in 1998, winning just twice in its first six games. To add insult to injury, the Big Green was shutout twice in four of those early season losses.

What a difference a year makes.

Today, the Dartmouth field hockey team has turned things completely around and boasts a 4-2 overall record after a 3-0 whitewash against the University of Rhode Island.

And the Big Green has two shutouts to its credit already this year.

"We are off to a great start," goalkeeper Brittany D'Augustine (Auburn, Maine) said. "And I know if we keep working just as hard as we are now that we have a chance to win every game on the rest of our schedule. Each game is a new opportunity and a new challenge."

Leading the way for Dartmouth is senior co-captain Lauren Scopaz (Pelham, N.Y.). She entered her final year already the Big Green's all-time leading scorer with 71 points. Well, in just six games, you can add another 18 points (7g, 4a) to that total.

Scopaz has been on a tear in the early season. She scored four goals in a season-opening win at Maine, and she netted two in a win at Lehigh.

Aiding Scopaz on the attack is sophomore Kim Jenkin (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) with 13 points (6g, 1a). She has scored a goal in five of the six games this year.

Senior co-captain Kristen Leadbeater (Blue Bell, Pa.) is third on the team with seven points (3g, 1a). She also leads the Big Green with four Ivy League points (2g).

In the Dartmouth cage is D'Augustine, a starter since setting foot on campus. She has lowered her goals against average to 1.56 and recorded her 11th career shutout against Rhode Island.

"Our defense is really stepping up," D'Augustine said. The junior credited the experience and speed that Becky Sangster (East Falmouth, Mass.) and Lindsay Bowen (Barrington, R.I.) contribute to the lineup.

D'Augustine also acknowledged Kate Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa.) and Carolyn Steele (Clinton, N.Y.), both strong defensive players. (Bill Garfield)


Dartmouth Soccer Update

This season, the Dartmouth men's and women's soccer teams are finding out that sometimes, expectations can be as tough an obstacle as any they will ever face on the field of play.

It's been a disappointing fall so far for the Big Green - the women are 1-4 (0-2 Ivy League) and the men are winless at 0-3-1 (0-1-1 Ivy League).

Those are slow starts for any program, especially one with a combined five Ivy titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances in the 1990's alone. So it's safe to say that Dartmouth players and fans expect more than just the average.

Both teams turned in what may have been their best efforts of the season on Sunday in a doubleheader with Princeton on Chase Field, but the Tigers came away with a pair of 2-1 victories.

On a men's squad (which returns just three of last year's starters), Mike Lewis (Edina, Minn.) has the only goal of the season while goalkeeper Ben Gebre-Medhin (Cambridge, Mass.) has made 16 saves in four close games. Both Hofstra and Vermont topped the team by 1-0 scores, and Dartmouth and Penn tied, 0-0.

The women, meanwhile, have struggled to make the big plays - the Green has dropped four one-goal games, two of which were overtime heartbreakers. Jessica Post (Northridge, Calif.) has scored twice, including the gamewinner in a 1-0 victory against Vermont. (Sarah Hood)


New Faces Join Athletic Staff

 

In recent months the Big Green athletic department has welcomed many new coaches and administrators to a variety of positions.

Probably the most notable of these changes came when Ron Keenhold, the diving coach for the past 37 years, retired in June. The opening was filled by Christopher Hamilton, a veteran of 12 years of coaching in the high school, collegiate and club ranks. Most recently, Hamilton worked as assistant diving coach at Brandon (Fla.) Swim and Tennis Club working with the U.S. diving team as well as junior and senior Olympic qualifiers.

Jennifer Callen, a former standout at the University of Virginia and WTA professional player, is the women's tennis coach at Dartmouth. Callen was ranked among the top 20 in NCAA Division 1 singles for three years, including the No. 1 singles ranking in the NCAA East region in 1993. Callen spent last year as an assistant coach with the Harvard women.

Brian Doyle is back for his second stint as the chief skipper of Big Green sailing. Doyle led the Dartmouth program from 1993-1998 before taking a one-year hiatus to direct the institutional sales staff for the Vanguard Sailboat Co.

Diane Armento, manager of events and championships at the University of Michigan, has been appointed assistant director of athletics for intercollegiate programs. In her new position, Armento is responsible for intercollegiate program management, including events, facility scheduling and other general administrative support for Dartmouth's comprehensive athletic program. A 1992 graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a gymnast, Armento earned her master's degree at American University in 1995. In 1996, she was appointed to the Michigan staff where her duties involved coordinating championships (including three NCAA and five Big Ten events) and game event operations for 16 sports.

Dave Peters has joined the Big Green men's hockey program as an assistant coach after spending last season as GM and head coach of the Danville (Ill.) Wings of the North American Hockey League. Prior to his stint with the Wings, Peters was the top assistant coach with the Providence College Friars. During his time in Providence, Peters helped the Friars to two consecutive trips to the Hockey East finals, falling to Boston University in 1995 and capturing the title in 1996.

The volleyball team has named former Dartmouth standout Maria Stutsman y Marquez '98 as assistant coach. She holds Dartmouth records for both service aces and digs. The men's basketball team has promoted Jay Tilton from volunteer coach to second assistant and has named Michael Lombard '92 the volunteer assistant.

Joining the football staff this year were Andy Drude, assistant defensive line coach, and Adam Hollis, tight ends coach. Drude is a 1998 graduate of Colby College and spent last season assisting with the linebackers at his alma mater. Hollis joins the Big Green after stints with Concordia, University of Chicago and most recently the University of Rhode Island. He has been responsible for coaching running backs, tight ends, and defensive backs over the years. Field hockey has a new assistant for fall. Lucinda Tokarski comes to Hanover after spending last year assisting at Oberlin College. Tokarski was a standout player at Woodstock High School and the University of Vermont, graduating as one of the Catamounts' top 10 scorers. Women's lacrosse has also added an assistant. Sarah Martin joins the staff after eight years with Middlebury College, four as an athlete and four as an assistant. While coaching she helped take the Panthers to four NCAA Division 3 Tournament appearances, claiming the championship in 1997 and 1999. Men's lacrosse has added Patrick Finn as an assistant coach. A graduate of Notre Dame, he played on Irish teams that appeared in three NCAA tournaments (1990, 1992, 1993). The Dartmouth track and field program has added John Wallin as an assistant for the upcoming year. Wallin is a 1999 graduate of Southern Connecticut State and a two time All-America in the decathlon. Wallin will work with the multi-eventers.

New members to the administrative staff include Ernest Kiefer, who has been hired as athletic facilities assistant; Kristen Hawn, assistant athletic trainer, and Kelly Bromley, athletic training intern. Kiefer has held similar positions at Western Kentucky, Wisconsin-LaCrosse and the University of Buffalo. Hawn has been an athletic trainer for Bentley College football as well as Mankato State men's hockey, men's and women's basketball and baseball. Bromley is a graduate of St. Bonaventure and has worked in both hospitals and athletic facilities.

Finally, in sports information, Bill Garfield was promoted to assistant sports information director and Adam Catalano, a recent graduate of Colby-Sawyer, has joined the office as an intern.