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HANOVER, N.H. — After two years of watching the Dartmouth Big Green football team win 17 of its 20 games and earn a share of the Ivy League championship last year, defensive end Brennan Cascarano finally got his opportunity to make an impact on the field. And he made the most of his first varsity action, earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the season-opening, 22-21 victory over 22nd-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday evening at Memorial Field.

A junior from Glenview, Illinois, Cascarano provided some of the biggest plays by the Dartmouth defense against the Wildcats. Early in the second quarter, he pounced on a fumble at the UNH 14 to give the Big Green a golden opportunity to pad their 7-0 lead. To start the second half, Cascarano broke free on the left side of the defensive line on a third-down play and dropped the Wildcat quarterback for a sack, forcing the visitors to punt.

But it was his final play of the game that sealed the victory after Dartmouth had rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to take a 22-21 lead. New Hampshire faced a 4th-and-6 play with 34 seconds showing on the clock, needing only to maneuver into field goal range to have a chance to steal the game from the Big Green. Yet Cascarano provided another sack to thwart the drive and seal the one-point win, ending a 20-game winless streak against Dartmouth’s in-state rival spanning 40 years.

Cascarano finished the game with four tackles, two of which were the sacks, and his fumble recovery.

He wasn’t the only Big Green defender recognized for his play against UNH; senior Folarin Orimolade (Burtonsville, Maryland) not only was named to the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll, but he also was selected by College Sports Madness as its Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. The linebacker led Dartmouth with nine tackles and forced two fumbles, plus broke up a pair of Wildcat passes.

Junior quarterback Jack Heneghan (Atherton, California) also earned a spot on the Honor Roll, particularly for his play in the fourth quarter when he completed 10-of-15 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns to complete the comeback. For the game, he was 22-of-46 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, plus ran for 80 yards on 14 carries.

This is the third consecutive week that a Dartmouth player has earned the weekly defensive award from the Ivy League office, dating back to last season. Graduates Vernon Harris and Cody Fulleton picked up the honor against Brown and Princeton, respectively, in the final two weeks of the 2015 campaign.

The Big Green hit the road this Saturday when they travel to Holy Cross (1-2) to take on the Crusaders at Fitton Field at 1:05 p.m. The game will be streamed live online for free on the Patriot League Network, and Dartmouth fans can listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 call the action locally on 94.5 ESPN Radio (94.5 FM, 1230 and 1400 AM) or online around the globe at www.945espn.com.