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We have a pair of articles for you for today's AotD:
First, we have Coach Cook's assesment of the Dartmouth men's soccer team's surprising run in the NCAA tournament in Coach Cook Reflects on Indians Soccer by Mene Ukueberuwa and The Last Word, compiled this week by Elizabeth A. Reynolds.
--Sterling C. Beard
After a hard-fought match-up against the #8-seeded UCLA Bruins, the men's soccer team came up just short in their quest to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. After 90 minutes of play, the game stood tied at 1-1. Dartmouth and UCLA battled it out inconclusively through two ten-minute overtime sudden death periods when, 8 seconds before the final whistle, UCLA midfielder Eder Arreola knocked it in off a throw-in. Another 8 seconds, and Dartmouth would have had the chance to take it to a penalty shootout.
It's too bad. Nevertheless, a tremendous accomplishment for this year's Indian squad to get as far as it did. And if you have to lose, best to lose to as good a team as UCLA, and in such a hard-fought fashion as tonight. Big kudos to the Indians' Bryan Giudicelli for the tying goal he scored early in the second half. Well done gents, and wah-hoo-wah!
-- Charles Dameron
As if you needed one for the men's soccer team, which faces off tomorrow in Los Angeles against UCLA in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, after two big playoff wins against Monmouth and 9th-seeded Notre Dame last week.
ESPN's Michelle Voepel yesterday chronicled the rise of goalkeeper Lyman Missimer IV '11, whose emergence this year as the Indians' starting goalie — and clutch performer — has been anything but expected. True, Missimer, who hails from the Houston area, has it in his blood. (His father, Lyman Missimer III '79, was a star keeper during his own time at the College, going all-Ivy for three consecutive years.) But it took Lyman IV a little longer for the star to emerge. For two years, he played second-fiddle to Sean Milligan '09; last year, Missimer was forced to watch from the sidelines as freshman Sean Donovan '13 took the starting position. Then, at the beginning of this season, just as he was beginning to get some starting time, Missimer was concussed during an October 6th game at Vermont.
Yet none of it has held him back. Returning to the goal for Dartmouth's game at Columbia in mid-October, Missimer has maximized his time on the field. Particularly impressive was a midseason homecoming performance against Harvard, with Missimer holding the Crimson to a single goal while pulling off two tough saves. He also ensured shutouts against Cornell and #14 Brown (the only other Ivy still in the NCAA tournament), where he pulled off four saves. And his performance against Notre Dame last week (12 saves, 1 goal allowed) left no doubt about the place he deserves on the squad. He's incredibly modest about all the attention, but it's clear that Lyman's comeback is on track to be the sounding note of this team's remarkable season.
Now, he and the rest of the Indians face their biggest challenge yet in their 8 pm EST game tomorrow against #8 UCLA. With a little luck, and an impressive performance like we saw at Notre Dame, the Indians may see their season stretch out still a little further.
-- Charles Dameron