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The forecast for kickoff is 51 degrees and partly cloudy with the sun breaking through and the temperature rising a few degrees during the game.
*Dartmouth athletics notched Ivy League championship No. 2 of the 2010-11 school year last night as the women's lacrosse team overpowered Harvard, 14-7, to grab a share of the crown along with Penn. A loud and enthusiastic Freshman Parents Weekend crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to watch the Big Green knock off its archrival under the lights. (link) In a game that would reward the winner with a piece of the championship Dartmouth took the early lead and was never really challenged.
At halftime of the contest the Dartmouth women's tennis team was recognized for winning the first Ivy League title in program history.
Among those at the contest was former Athletic Director Josie Harper, the onetime Dartmouth women's lacrosse coach.
*More good news for Dartmouth yesterday as Brown swept a baseball doubleheader with Yale in New Haven. The Big Green and Bulldogs had come into the final weekend of the season tied atop the Rolfe Division standings. Dartmouth will play host to Harvard in a twinbill today while Yale visits Brown. The Big Green will close the Ivy season tomorrow with two games in Crimsonland.
Here's what yesterday's results mean: Any combination of Dartmouth wins and Yale losses today that adds up to three would give the Big Green the Rolfe title. And regardless of what happens, Dartmouth can do no worse than go into the final day of the season tied for the Rolfe lead.
Find the 2011 Ivy League baseball standings here.
*Now it is the Providence Journal's chance to point out the one that got away. From a story about the New England Patriots' top draft pick, Nate Solder of Colorado:
Solder looked all of 6-foot-8 as he dwarfed team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft, who spent the day showing him around the facility. Solder clearly has a body that will allow for more weight. His relatively lean frame obviously is one reason he considered playing basketball in college, not football.
“It would have been at Dartmouth,” the Colorado native said. “But I chose football. I’m so glad I did.”
*And finally, a thank you to Dartmouth video coordinator/assistant director of football operations Chris Feller, who wraps up his time in Hanover today. Patiently answering my emails and questions while also sharing the occasional tidbit the past several years, Chris has been a big help to me in covering the team. Best of luck to Chris and his beloved Cincinnati Reds (and Pittsburgh Steelers) as he returns to his native midwest.