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Ivy North Softball Showdown: Dartmouth vs. Harvard

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H.  –  The Ivy League North Division title is on the line this weekend, as the Dartmouth softball team will meet Harvard in a doubleheader home-and-home series. The Big Green will make the trek to Cambridge on Saturday (weather permitting) at 1:30 p.m., followed by the series finale in Hanover also at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Up until Sunday morning, both Dartmouth and Harvard had two of the longest winning streaks in the NCAA. The Big Green’s streak was ended in the finale at Brown Sunday afternoon, leaving the Crimson as the lone undefeated team in the Ancient Eight and the longest winning streak in Division I. Tuesday afternoon changed that image, as the Crimson fell to Boston U, 2-1, snapping their streak at 18.

In order for both teams to advance and claim the pennant, the left side of the standings is the most important.


 1. STREAK SNAPPED - Dartmouth’s 16-game winning streak was ended in the finale at Brown on Sunday. During the stretch, Dartmouth outscored the opposition, 90-25.

2. IVY NORTH SHOWDOWN -  Dartmouth’s Ivy finale will decide the fate of this season. If Dartmouth wins three-of-four against Harvard, they will win the Ivy North Division. If they split and Harvard drops one game against either Cornell (DH) or the continued Penn game, Dartmouth hosts a one-game playoff.

3. FIELDING PERCENTAGE - Dartmouth is ranked 28th in the NCAA and leads the Ivy in team fielding percentage at .972.  The Big Green have committed just 34 errors in 41 games. Senior Kara Curosh and freshman Maddie Damore have the least number of errors among the starting infielders.

4. McCALMON STREAK OVER - After setting the Ivy’s longest hitting streak of the season at 17 games, sophomore Morgan McCalmon went hitless in the fourth game against Brown.

5. CHAW’S STREAK ALIVE - Freshman Karen Chaw has reached base in 13-consecutive games. She is currently one of five players with a streak over 12 games.

6. MORGAN BATTING AVG. - By virtue of her 17-game streak, McCalmon has jumped into the Ivy lead and is 37th in the NCAA with a .429 batting average.  

7. SAVES - Junior Kristen Rumley is 19th in the NCAA and first in the Ivy with three saves this season. Used as a stopper usually in the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Dartmouth ace is 3-for-3 this season.

Dartmouth vs. Harvard Series - Harvard, 37-15
-Harvard is 37-15 against the Big Green since 1995. Last season, Dartmouth took three out of four against the Crimson and clinched the Ivy North Crown after game three.  In the last 10 games, the series is split 5-5.

Last TEN Meetings

Date       W/L   Score   H/A/N
4/28/13   W      13-1 (5) A
4/28/13   W      5-4 (8)   A
4/27/13   W      7-1         H
4/27/13   L       4-1         H
4/29/12   W      9-3         H
4/29/12   L       4-0         H
4/28/12   L       2-1         A
4/28/12   W      4-2         A
5/1/11     L       10-1       A
5/1/11     L       10-9       A         

Probable Big Green Starters

Pos      No.     Player
P             8       Kristen Rumley
DH       19       Morgan McCalmon
2B          2       Kara Curosh
SS        21      Katie McEachern
1B        26      Maddie Damore
3B        13      Kelsey Miller
C          15      Alex St. Romain
LF        24      Chloe Madill
CF         1       Megan Averitt
RF         9       Karen Chaw

This is the eighth consecutive season that Dartmouth and Harvard will finish 1-2 in the Ivy North standings. Harvard has won the divisional pennant  five times, with the Big Green claiming the remaining two.

Princeton leads the way with 17 total Ivy League titles, followed by Harvard with six. Of Princeton’s 17 titles, 16 have been won outright - also a top mark in the Ivy League record book.

The last team to play a perfect Ivy slate was Harvard in 1998. The Crimson  went 12-0 that season. In seasons with Ivy schedules containing 10 or more  games, there have only been three unbeaten seasons (Princeton in 1994 and 1995 and Harvard in 1998).

In a battle of the Ivies top pitchers, Dartmouth’s Rumley and Harvard’s Laura Riccardone, the division crown awaits the victor. Add McCalmon to the arsenal for coach Hanson to dispose this weekend and the Big Green matchup better than the Crimson. Harvard’s second pitcher Taylor Cabe is 7-6 with a 2.35 ERA in 22 appearances this season.

Harvard enters this weekend after snapping its 18-game winning streak on Thursday at Boston U, 2-1. At 27-12, the Crimson remain as the lone Ivy squad that has yet to drop a conference game with seven remaining.

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