Sunday, March 05, 2017

Valley Boys

You'll have to excuse them if a couple of Illinois-bred classmates playing in the Upper Valley do some scoreboard watching next fall to see what's happening in Happy Valley.

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Dartmouth defensive lineman Rocco Di Leo will be keeping an eye on Penn State games as a senior because his brother, Frank, is a walk-on linebacker for the Nittany Lions.

Fellow Big Green defensive lineman Brennan Cascarano will have reason to pay attention to Penn State as well with news that older brother Sean, a former University of Virginia offensive lineman and graduate assistant, will serve in the same role with the Nittany Lions per a note on the PennLive website.
"Princeton Tigers Football" takes a good look at 2017 personnel as the Tigers begin spring practice.
STATS continues its spring previews of the various FCS conference with a look at the Patriot League, including a Holy Cross team that visits Dartmouth on Sept. 23. (LINK) Senior editor Craig Haley sees the Crusaders as a potential title contender, thanks in no small part to a potentially "explosive" offense. He writes:
They have fifth-year seniors in dual-threat quarterback Peter Pujals, running back Gabe Guild, and offensive linemen James Murray and Nick Piker. In addition to Guild's return from injury, the top three rushers from last season are back in senior Diquan Walker and sophomores Domenic Cozier and Miles Alexander. While the defense was a strength two years ago, the Crusaders allowed 32.3 points and 414.6 yards per game last season.
As noted in this space before, Dartmouth isn't afraid to toss its hat in the ring with scholarship schools when it comes to recruiting. From a 247Sports story on New Jersey quarterback Nick Patti of St. Joseph Regional and Montvale, N.J.:
Pittsburgh, Boston College and Dartmouth are showing interest.
Saturday was an interesting night in Big Green sports to be sure, with three teams seeing their seasons come to an end and one seeing a game come to a bizarre end.

The men's ice hockey team lost its playoff series at Yale, falling for the second night in a row, this time in overtime. The Big Green closed out the year 10-18-3. (LINK)

The men's basketball team came into its finale at Princeton with a shot at the final spot in the four-team Ivy League tournament but fell behind the league-leading Tigers by as many as 43 points in an 85-48 loss. Dartmouth finishes 7-20. (LINK)

The women's basketball team had been eliminated from tournament contention a while back but finished on a high note with a 58-56 victory over Princeton. The Bg Green ended the year 8-19. (LINK)

The controversial ending came in baseball's 3-2 loss at national power Miami, which won the game on a walk-off balk, the second balk of the final inning. The teams play the rubber match of the series today. (LINK)

The local daily takes a look at Dartmouth's performance in Ivy League sports so far this year HERE.
It wasn't many days ago that the mercury hit 60 degrees in these parts. It was 3-below zero last night. Quite a swing ;-)