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April 22, 2008 • Vol . 52 No . 8
Baseball Poised to Take Fourth Division Title
What a difference a year makes for the Big is also crushing the ball with six homers, nine doubles and 25 RBI. Green baseball team. Dartmouth has recorded 20 wins this season Dartmouth returned home for the first time after just eight all of last year. The team has on April 6 and took two from Penn to improve been able to step up both on the mound and in to 6-0 in the Ivy League and followed that with a split with the Lou Gehrig Division leader Cothe batter’s box for this spring season. "We have played with good balance this sea- lumbia. The Big Green was 7-1 after the first son." said head coach Bob Whalen. "Pitching two weekends of Ivy League play and well in has been great and that aspect has given us a control of the Red Rolfe Division. chance to win on any day. We are a better of- A new face that has opened some eyes around fensive team, which has allowed us to produce the ballpark opening is freshman second baseruns, while our defense has been impressive, man Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas). He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on April especially in our infield." It all started after a 19-18 slugfest with Army 1 after going 4-for-9 with four runs batted in at the end of the annual spring trip to IMG and two runs scored in the sweep of Cornell. Academy. That four-hour win sent the Big He is currently third on the team with a .374 Green into a seven-game win streak. After that average in 33 games played and started this victory, came another turning point as Dart- season. mouth got out to an early lead and held off Big Over the last two weeks, Dartmouth has Ten Northwestern for a 6-5 win. It was a great been staying ahead of its divisional opponents way to end the spring trip in which Dartmouth and going into the final Ivy weekend, the Big Green is 2.5 games ahead of Yale after taking took three games from quality opponents. In the Northwestern contest, senior Chase three of four from Brown and splitting two Carpenter (Bartlett, Tenn.) earned his first win days of doubleheaders with the Bulldogs. of the season and since then has not dropped a The series between the top two teams of the division was a grueling one with two game and holds onto a 5-0 record after dropextra inning games, including an ping two to begin the season. Another bright 11 inning marathon which Dartspot that came out of that game was mouth dropped to the Bulldogs, freshman right-hander Ryan Smith 8-7. The Big Green rebounded (Greenlawn, N.Y.). He went the final with 7-2 win in the nightcap be3.2 innings, giving up no runs and hind a complete-game win from only two hits to record his first career Carpenter for his fifthsave and first of six this season, which straight victory. ties a program record. The Big The Big Green took the momentum Green has one from the final days of the spring trip and conference turned it into a 4-0 start in Ivy League weekend replay after doubleheader sweeps at maining against Princeton and Cornell. Against the Harvard in a Big Red, Dartmouth got it done with home and home the bats as the Green crossed the four game seplate 29 times in the twin bill and ries to decide collected 34 hits. the Red Rolfe Division Title and The bats have been explosive for a spot in the best-of-three Ivy Dartmouth all season as the team Championship. has a combined batting average The winners of of .318, along with 31 long balls, the Red Rolfe and Gehwhich is just eight away from rig Divisions will meet the program record of 39. to play a best of three Senior co-captain Damon series to determine the Wright (Dallas, Texas) has Ivy League winner and had an impressive serepresentative into the nior season, leading NCAA tournament. As the team with seven Big Green Sports News homeruns and 32 Chase Carpenter '08 went to press Coruns batted in. lumbia held a three Junior Miover Princeton in the chael P a g l i a r u l o game lead an 11-5 Ivy record. ( Winchester, Mass.) Gehrig with – (Matt Faulkner) has also been a major contributor with a team-leading .396 average with eight doubles and five homers. Sophomore Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.)
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Current Dartmouth head coaches Jeff Cook and Angie Hind helped celebrate the dedication and opening of the Alden "Whitey" Burnham soccer field and Sports Pavilion on April 20. Cook and Hind are pictured with two former Big Green coaches, Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark and Virginia coach Steve Swanson. Special guests at the festivities included Whitey and Joanne Burnham along with Stan and Marjorie Smoyer. (Photo by Gil Talbot)
Sydney Scott Awarded WBCA’s Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) selected Dartmouth senior Sydney Scott (Houston, Texas) as the winner of this year's prestigious Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. The scholarship is named for Charles T. Stoner, a former legal consultant for the WBCA and it is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who has excelled on and off the court and intends to pursue a career in law. Sydney Scott pictured with Charles Stoner and head coach "I am pleased to present Chris Wielgus at the WBCA Awards Dinner held at the Sydney with the Charles T. Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Mary Gleason) Stoner Law Scholarship," said WBCA CEO Beth gus and Josie Harper, Director of Athletics, Bass. "Her efforts both athletically and academ- were in attendance as well. ically have prepared her for the next adventure "I am truly humbled by and excited about in life. We wish her nothing but the best as she this amazing honor," said Scott of the award. "I pursues a career in law." am supremely thankful to both those who be Scott was honored at the WBCA Awards lieved enough in me and my goal of attending Luncheon as part of the 2008 WBCA National law school to nominate me and to the WBCA Convention, held in Tampa Bay, Fla., in con- for providing this opportunity." junction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. Throughout her Dartmouth career, Scott deHer coaches, including head coach Chris Wiel- fined the term student-athlete. An English major with a 3.47 GPA, Scott served as co-captain for the Big Green and was selected as a 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist. On the court, Scott earned All-Ivy League Honorable Mention in 2008 and Second Team Online giving is now available for alumni, parents, and others who support Big Green teams through the Athletic Sponsor Program Honors in 2007. She was also a unanimous seand Friends Groups. By visiting DartmouthSports.com and clicking "GIVING" at the top of the page, supporters can view a variety lection to the All-Rookie Team for the league in of ways to help Dartmouth teams and can select "DONATE ONLINE" to initiate one or more contributions. 2005. With an extraordinarily broad-based athletic program for its 4300 undergraduates, Dartmouth's 34 varsity teams and 30 club This season, Scott sealed her mark in the sports rely on the generosity of its Athletic Sponsors and Friends Groups for vital resources totaling more than $1.5 million annuDartmouth record books. She has played more ally. games than any other player ever to wear the "We take great pride in the breadth of our offerings," commented Director of Athletics and Recreation Josie Harper. "But we green and white with 116 appearances and could never provide a thousand varsity athletes and another thousand club sport athletes with quality experiences without generranks fifth all-time in rebounding (740) and 16th in scoring (926). ous help from the extended Dartmouth family." During Scott's four seasons, the Big Green The new online giving site enables donors to make contributions to multiple funds with a single credit card transaction. has won three Ivy League Championships, "We've had many requests from loyal donors for an online giving option," said Deputy Athletic Director Bob Ceplikas '78, "so made two NCAA Tournament appearances we're really pleased to be able to offer it." and two WNIT appearances. Scott and class The Athletic Sponsor Program provides vital recruiting resources for all of the Athletic Department's varsity sports. It is the sole mate Kristen Craft (Marshalltown, Iowa) besource of funds for bringing approximately 300 top athletic prospects to the campus each year for a first-hand view of the Dartcame the first women's basketball players in mouth Experience. Additional funds are allocated for recruiting brochures, rental cars, and coaches' recruiting trips. both Dartmouth and Ivy League history to In addition, each varsity sport and many club sports have Friends Groups that provide important resources for that particular make four-straight postseason appearances. sport. Annual Friends donations often help cover assistant coaches' salaries, video equipment, out-of-region team trips, special Off the court, Scott has participated in a foreign language study abroad program in Mexiequipment purchases, and other vital needs that cannot be covered by the College's budget but are essential to operating a firstco, and interned with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey class program. Hutchinson (Texas). At Dartmouth, she served Donations may also be made online to the Athletic Director's Discretionary Fund. Those gifts are utilized at the discretion of the on the Council on Student Organizations and Director of Athletics and Recreation for the department's broad-based program of NCAA Division I varsity athletics, club sports, coordinated team community service events. intramurals, physical education, fitness classes, and other recreational offerings. – (Dara Ely)
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Most people have a comfort zone. Dartmouth senior Liz Spence has a natural habitat. A senior captain on the Big Green women’s lacrosse team, Spence belongs outdoors. Or so it seems: She retains vivid memories of her first wilderness excusion (visitLiz Spence ing bear sanctuaries in Alaska at age 10), can recall a four-week summer backpacking trip through the Yukon like it was yesterday and once spent an internship working for the World Wildlife Fund in Chile. This is the person who — in response to a team bio question about what she wanted to be when she grew up — once answered, “Not working in an office.” And yet her chosen sport, at which she’s gradually grown into a leadership role as a defender, is largely contested on plastic grass. That Dartmouth, and its penchant for good lacrosse as well as all things outdoors, ended up being Spence’s destination wasn’t chance. It was intent. “The thing about her is that she has always, even coming out of high school, been a really well-balanced person,” Big Green women’s lacrosse coach Amy Patton says. “She’s always taken her academics very seriously and challenged herself in the classroom. “It’s the same on the lacrosse field; she really challenges herself there and has her hands in a lot of other things. … She’s somebody that has great balance in her life.” It comes from having a father (Michael) and mother (Diane) who made sure the Concord, Mass., native spent as much of her young life in the outdoors as possible. Such as the Alaska trip. Spence and her parents visited The Last Frontier’s southern islands, travelling by boat and staying at bear refuges along the way. “We stayed in A-frame huts and hiked around to go to bear observatories,” Spence recalls. “We basically spent the days hiking around, watching grizzlies in natural habitats. It was seeing pristine wilderness.” The Yukon excursion was similar, done through the National Outdoor Leadership School when she was a teenager. “I was one of the younger people,” she says. “It was four weeks out in the backcountry. We were resupplied twice. We did about 10 miles (of hiking) a day, and we didn’t see another person, except for our group, for four weeks. “That far north, it never got dark and was summery all the time. We hiked when we wanted to hike, and slept when we wanted to sleep.” Chile came during the fall term of her junior year. During a three-month WWF internship, Spence translated publications from Spanish to English and occasionally joined teams in their field work with the indigenous population. “We would help them, interact with them on how to better use their resources, make them sus-
tainable,” describes Spence, who — naturally — is majoring in environmental studies. “When I was there, I did a bunch of travelling to Patagonia and Argentina.” From such adventures are leaders made. It’s a goal Patton developed for Spence as she grew within the framework of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse program. “I see a lot of times with Ivy League athletes that, if they’re not getting playing time, it’s easy to move on to other things at Dartmouth,” Patton notes. “It’s appeals in so many arenas. I’ve always been so impressed with Liz in that some freshmen can coast that freshman year, knowing they’re not ready to play. I think Liz was always striving to better herself.” Spence played in just seven games as a freshman, but the last was an NCAA semifinal loss to Northwestern in Annapolis, Md. The experience served her well: Spence saw time in 18 of Dartmouth’s 20 games in 2006, capped by a national championship loss to the Wildcats at Boston University. The success in her early Dartmouth seasons set Spence up for a leadership role the past two springs, where triumphs at the league and national level haven’t come as frequently for the Big Green. “Someone taught her to work hard to get somewhere,” Patton says. “There’s also value in teamwork. When you’re playing on a team you have to be unselfish, and that’s Liz. Team comes first for her; in so many other areas, that will help her for life. “We try to push (players) out of their comfort zone; that’s where they grow the most. We’ve pushed Liz to some limits that have surprised her, pushed her to do things that she couldn’t do. That sets them up for life; they can go after things.” And go Spence has, from learning undergraduate to everyday starter as a junior and co-captain as a senior. “There are some kids that come through the program that teach you a lot,” Patton points out. “Liz is very good at challenging and opening eyes to different sides of things. She’s pretty confident in herself. I’ve always valued that.” That self-assurance was nurtured by Spence’s parents, in such disparate locales as extreme North American and southern South America. She now employs it in her personal life — Spence spent last summer leading groups of kids between the ages of 7 and 10 on hikes among the 14,000foot peaks of the Colorado Rockies — as well as on the field. “My parents have always encouraged me to get out there and go travelling and do it for myself,” says Spence, who will visit India, Nepal, the Philippines and southeast Asia after graduation. “Their confidence in me to be able to do anything, pushing me outside of my limits, has made me feel confident.” It has been further grown by her time with Patton and the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse program. “By nature, I’m not one of those intensely competitive or intense people; by nature, I have a laid-back personality, which goes along with my outdoors interests,” Spence says. “But I think they pushed me to not be complacent, to always be competitive with myself and with others.” It’s only natural. – (Greg Fennell)
Damon Wright hadn’t been born when Willie Wilson made his debut with the Kansas City Royals’ in 1976, but the Dartmouth baseball standout has at least one thing in common with the former American League batting champion. Like Wilson, Damon Wright whose speed made him a natural for center field, Wright played a catcher every step of the way through high school. While it might be a bit much to compare Wright’s excellent speed and athletic ability to that of Wilson – legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler once called Wilson the best high school running back he ever saw – it was enough to convince Big Green baseball coach Bob Whalen that the 6foot-3, 205-pound Texan belonged somewhere other than crouching behind the plate. Whalen shared the story: “I can still remember the conversation we had when I brought him into my office and said, 'You are going to catch a little bit,' – because you always need depth at that position in the preseason – 'but if you are going to have any chance to play at the next level it will be as an outfielder.’ The look on his face was one of shock. He was convinced his future was as a catcher. “He respectfully did what I asked him to, but a little reluctantly. If you ask him now,” Whalen added with a knowing grin, “I'd be interested in what he would say about whether it was the right move.” Well, Damon? “It's been great,” Wright said. “It's worked out really well. It's been a transition process. Even now I find myself not always getting great jumps on the ball, but every day I'm trying to work and get better at it. “I'm really happy with the decision now. Coach Whalen was definitely right.” Right enough, it turns out, that the hardworking product of St. Mark’s School in Dallas is a legitimate pro prospect according to Whalen, who has sent more than a dozen of his former Dartmouth players on to professional baseball. “In my judgement, and I've told people in the baseball and scouting community this, he has earned the opportunity to play professional baseball,” Whalen said. “It only takes one guy in one organization out of 32 to think the kid is pretty good for him to get a shot. He deserves the chance.” Nothing he’s done this year has hurt that chance. He’s batting .387 with team-highs in home runs (seven) and runs batted in (32) while helping the Red Rolfe Division leaders to a 20-13 overall record and a 12-4 Ivy League mark. He leads the team in slugging percentage (.630) and with just 12 strikeouts in 119 at bats
is fanning once every 9.15 trips to the plate. Wright also leads Dartmouth with six stolen bases in nine attempts. Not bad for a kid who wasn’t entirely focused on baseball when he came to Hanover. Like his father Dale, who played baseball and basketball at Division III Pace University in New York, Wright drew recruiting interest in basketball and was interested in playing guard for the Big Green. “He's one of the best all-around athletes and gifted athletes I've ever coached at Dartmouth, but he did not have refined baseball skills when he first got here and that’s part of the reason why,” Whalen explained. “He didn't play baseball the summer before he came to college because he wanted to try out for the basketball team. He missed fall baseball because he almost made the basketball team. I didn't get to see him until we were indoors his freshman winter.” Still, Wright got into 18 games as a freshman, hitting .250 with one home run. He exploded on the scene as a sophomore, batting .377, leading the team in hits and RBI’s and stealing five bases in seven attempts after choosing the horsehide over the big orange ball. “I asked Coach Whalen and he thought my best chance was to just play baseball,” Wright said. “I listened to him because I respect him a lot. He's been here a long time and what he had to say mattered a lot to me. So I went with what he said.” Wright slipped to a .303 average and saw his RBI’s drop from 34 to 22 last spring, although his coach thinks the numbers deserve an asterisk. “Damon would never make an excuse and that's one of the things I really respect about him,” Whalen said. “But he had a torn meniscus in the fall of his junior year and had to have that taken care of. He just wanted to come back and help the team. The kid basically played on one leg all of last year. What people don't understand is when you are a hitter your ability to generate bat speed and power comes from your legs and he just wasn't able to do that.” Whalen was right. The kid wouldn’t make an excuse and wouldn’t even grudgingly accept his coach’s explanation. “It really didn't have to do with my leg,” he said. “It had everything to do with my mental approach. It was me trying to go out there and get six hits in four at-bats. Coach Whalen really helped me through it. Going into the last weekend I was batting two-something and I ended up over .300. I had to clear my head and let my ability take over and it did.” That ability may lead to his name being called when the baseball draft begins on June 5. Unlike Willie Wilson, who was headed to Maryland as a running back before signing with the Royals, Wright’s other option is outside of sports. “Right now I have an offer from Morgan Stanley in sales and trading on Wall Street,” he said. “But baseball is my first love. Hopefully I'll get a shot.” – (Bruce Wood)
Women's Lacrosse Scores Big Ivy Wins Wheaties Honors Spring Practice Has The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team took its down in Princeton on Saturday, April 19 that most Jarrod Shoemaker Begun for Dartlumps early in the season but its perseverance paid expected the Tigers to easily win. off this past week with a pair of big Ivy League vic- Dartmouth had other ideas, opening the game on New special edition package hits mouth Football tories. After a midweek win at Harvard on Wednes- a 5-0 run in the first 15 minutes. Princeton rallied to shelves this week day, April 16, the Big Green gained some confidence before heading to Old Nassau for a showdown with No. 2 Princeton on Saturday, April 19. The Tigers, who were undefeated before a midweek loss to No. 7 Penn, were stunned by the Big Green in a 13-12 Dartmouth win. The Big Green has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams and improved its overall standing to 16-18 against the Tigers. Veteran head coach Amy Patton has helped young teams blossom before and this year’s squad - with 15 freshmen and sophomores and just six juniors and seniors – has been no exception. Patton’s team started the season in the top-20, but after disappointing losses to Yale, Brown and Columbia, the Big Green had not been in the rankings since late March. Though the Ivy League title is out of reach for the Green, it has persevered and felt it was on the verge of a breakout week. Dartmouth had to undergo one more tough setback, an 8-5 home loss to the Quakers, before its big break. The Big Green went down to Cambridge and on the strength of five goals from senior All-America candidate Kristen Barry (Duxbury, Mass.), came away with an 11-7 win. That set the stage for a show-
tie it by halftime at 7-7, but the Big Green held a one goal advantage in the second half to stun the Tigers, 13-12. Rookies Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) and Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.) led the charge with Collins tallying seven points including five goals and Meyer adding five draw controls and five groundballs. “The Princeton game was our best overall team effort of the year,” said Patton. “All season our motto has been to keep getting better and we are doing that and the kids haven’t given up.” One player in particular who has stood her ground is sophomore goalkeeper Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) who, despite facing 24.1 shots per game, has an 8.71 goals against average and 95 saves on the season. In the win over Harvard, she made 11 stops and followed that with a 10-save outing against Princeton. Dartmouth (7-6, 3-4 Ivy) plays three-straight home games all against ranked teams (Boston University, Stanford and Duke) to close out the 2008 schedule. Though the competition will be stiff, the Big Green carries a great deal of confidence into the stretch run. “It’s been hard to take a young team on the road and we’re excited to finally be at home,” said Patton. – (Dara Ely)
Jarrod Shoemaker is being honored by Wheaties, with a new, limited-edition package featuring the former Big Green athlete. This marks the first time Shoemaker has appeared on a Wheaties box, and the second time a triathlete has appeared. Shoemaker's box is in stores now.
As Big Green Sports News went to press, fourthyear coach Buddy Teevens and the Dartmouth football team kicked off spring practice and was gearing up for the annual Green-White game on Saturday May 3. The Big Green (3-7 overall last fall and 3-4 Ivy League) is slated to hold practice four times a week. The 2008 Big Green will welcome back seven returning starters on offense, seven on defense and one on special teams. The top offensive returnees include senior Milan Williams (Mobile, Ala.), junior Alex Jenny (Wayland, Mass.), sophomore Tim McManus (St. Paul, Minn.) and senior Hudson Smythe (Menlo Park, Calif.). On the other side of the ball senior Joe Battaglia (Manlius, N.Y.) is the returning tackler along with junior Pete Pidermann (Hialeah, Fla.) and senior Andrew Dete (Marietta, Ga.). Dartmouth will open the 2008 season on Sept. 20 against Colgate. The Ivy League season starts Oct. 4 when the Big Green travels to the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dartmouth softball earned its first Ivy weekly award when freshman Devin Lindsay (Whittier, Calif.) was named the Rookie of the Week on April 15. Lindsay picked up two victories when the Big Green took three-out-of-four from Brown. She earned a shutout while pitching a total of 12.0 innings. She gave up just one run in her three appearances with two strikeouts. Her 0.00 ERA was the best she's pitched this season. For her play against Yale junior Katie Chifcian (Fullerton, Calif.) led the Big Green in hitting over the weekend with a .462 average, coming up with some clutch hits. In the first game of the weekend she went 3-for-4 with three RBIs with two doubles. On Sunday in the two games she was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBIs. In the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday one swing of her bat gave her team a lead it would not relinquish with a three-run home run. She recorded four putouts in the four games with two assists as she was key in the outfield to help snag several long balls, preventing any runs. She had four runs scored with six RBIs along with a slugging percentage of .846. Senior co-captain Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas) became one of two Dartmouth baseball team members to be named Ivy League Player of the Week after earning the award following a big series as the Big Green took three of four from Brown. He joined junior Michael Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) who earned the award on April 4. Wright drove in six runs, including two homers, while scoring six of his own in the series win over the Bears. Pagliarulo garnered CoPlayer of the week honors after a doubleheader sweep of Cornell, in which he recorded six hits, six RBI, two homers and four runs scored. Freshman Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) was also honored by the Ivy League with his first Rookie of the Week award. He hit his first collegiate homerun against Quinnipiac on March 26 and went 4-for9 in the sweep of Cornell with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Sophomore pitcher Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas), senior Erik Bell (Sierra Madre, Calif.) and senior co-captain Russell Young (Cleburne, Texas) have all been honored by the Ivy League with honor roll selections. Sophomore Josh Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) has been on fire for the men’s lacrosse team. He has been named to the Ivy League Honor Roll three straight weeks, scoring 14 goals and an assist in a three game span, following that with two goals and an assist in the Big Green’s first Ivy win of the season over Yale. Junior Brian Koch (Rye, N.Y.) extended his scoring streak to 28 games with four goals and assist against the Bulldogs. His streak began May 2, 2006 and includes 58 goals and 36 assists. Koch leads the team in scoring (21-15—36) with Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.) right behind with 21 goals and 13 assists. Senior Chad Gaudet (Burlington, Mass.) is getting national recognition. In the April 14 NCAA leaderboard, the 5-11 midfielder was listed 6th with 5.5 groundballs per game. He is the team leader with 65 on the season and is carrying the load at faceoff with a .560 win percentage. The Dartmouth equestrian team finished in a tie for second at the Ivy League Championships on April 19 and was named Reserve Champion along with Cornell. The Big Green had three first-place finishes, with senior co-captain Daisy Freund (New York, N.Y.) the top scorer in the Open Flat and sophomores Linda Cummins (Houston, Texas) and Lucretia Witte (Fairfield, Conn.) taking top honors in the Walk Trot Canter and the Walk Trot respectively. Virginia Deaton (Salvisa, Ky.) and Katherine Scovner (Manchester Center, Vt.) each finished second in the
Intermediate Fences, while Karelle Hall (Shaker Heights, Ohio) was the runner-up in the Intermediate Flat and Erica Anhalt (Guilford Conn.) took second in the Walk Trot Canter. The Big Green had several exciting shows during the season, winning its own Dartmouth Classic on the strength of 10 first place finishes and taking second out of 10 teams at the Mt. Ida show. The Big Green sent four riders to zones and Freund was the star again for Dartmouth. She won the Open Flat championship and was the fourth High Point rider. With her performance, Freund qualified for the IHSA Nationals as well as the Cacchione Cup for the top 30 riders out of 8000 nationally.
The Dartmouth men’s track and field team has had its share of exciting moments to date in the spring season. On March 29, the Big Green finished first out of 13 teams at the Snowfake Invitational and took first at the Brown Invitational on April 12. Brian Evans (Fairfield, Texas) led the charge at that meet, finishing first in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Dartmouth sent athletes to Arizona State to compete twice this spring. On
March 21-22, Tyler Koskenoja (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) finished second out of 14 athletes in the decathlon and met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Senior Charlie Stoebe (Westport, Conn.) and junior Julian Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) took Alex Lippai third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter while Randy McKnight (W. Windsor, N.J.) finished second in the triple jump. On the second trip west (April 12), Harry Norton (N. Reading, Mass.) qualified for NCAA Regionals with a fifth place finish in the 1,500-meters in 3:45.35. That meet also marked the return of Ben True (Yarmouth, Maine) to the Green for the first time this season. He finished fifth in the 5,000meter run. Evans was also the top performer at the Big Green's 5-Way Meet on April 19, winning the 100-m and 200-m dashes while anchoring the 4x100 relay team. Junior Alex Lippai (West Mifflin, Pa.) is also an NCAA provisional qualifier after a seventh-place finish in the hammer throw at Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational on April 5. Lippai made a throw of 57.13 meters to qualify in a field of 28 competitors. The men’s heavyweight crew team has seen marked improvement in its early races this season. On April 6 the first varsity eight defeated Holy Cross to kick off the spring racing season. Although the first varsity men finished second to Yale the next week, their rowing improved, leading to a solid performance against a very strong opponent. On April 19 the first varsity fell to both BU and Rutgers, but a powerful first-place finish by the freshman eight put Dartmouth at second overall. Dartmouth’s freshman boat has proven particularly strong this season, beating Holy Cross and crushing both BU and Rutgers. Men’s lightweight crew has had early success with two significant wins to start 2008. On April
Men's Lacrosse Hanging Tough The Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team brought a 5-6 overall record on the road to play at No. 4 Virginia, April 19. Despite going up quickly behind a hat trick by Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.), the Big Green was unable to overcome the Cavaliers, falling 11-7. An up and down season through its first seven games had the Big Green enduring its first losing streak, a three-game affair before garnering its first Ivy win of the season, downing Yale, 17-14, in a rare night game on Scully-Fahey field. Prior to the Yale victory highlights included a 21-12 scoring outburst against Holy Cross marking the first time since 2003 Dartmouth had scored 20 or more goals. The Big Green then played Duke in New York to raise money and awareness for Autism Research. Sophomore Josh Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) had a career high five goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as the Green fell, 16-9. Consecutive losses to Penn and No. 5 Cornell dropped Dartmouth to 4-6, 0-3 Ivy. Heading into the Yale game, Coach Wilson commented, “We have four games left and there are plenty of strong teams on the schedule that
can afford us the opportunity to get a big win under our belts,” said Wilson. “And to come out of the season above .500, we can do that. We are getting better and better as the season progresses. We just need to get one together for a full 60 minutes.” Dartmouth played its first game on the newly refurbished Scully-Fahey Field April 16. After a delay caused by bad weather the transition from Astroturf to FieldTurf was completed. “Scully-Fahey is one of the best facilities in the country, especially for lacrosse and it’s great to be back,” coach Bill Wilson said. “It’s a gorgeous field with a state-of-the-art surface.” The Big Green also moved into its new locker room in the new Sports Pavilion, a 4,200-squarefoot building featuring locker rooms for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams as well as public restrooms. A sports medicine room and additional locker room space may be added in the future. Dartmouth wraps up the 2008 regular season with games against Princeton, April 26 in Hanover and on the road at Harvard May 3. – (Cindi Mansell)
Heavyweight First Varsity 19 the lightweights brought home the Biglin Bowl for only the fourth time in the 59-year history of the competition against Harvard and MIT. The varsity eight saw a fantastic come-from-behind victory after finding itself down by seven seats with just 750 meters to go. In a photo finish, Dartmouth edged out Harvard by just .05 seconds, winning in 5:51.80. The second varsity also came out on top, finishing in 6:05.6, just under three seconds ahead of second-place Harvard. The victory at the Charles River comes one week after the Big Green lightweights defeated the University of Delaware on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Dartmouth beat out the Blue Hens by just over three seconds, finishing in first with a time of 6:15.3 to Delaware’s 6:18.4. The second varsity also saw success with an even greater margin over the Delaware boat. The Big Green finished with a time of 6:16.1, beating Delaware by nearly 12 seconds. The women’s rowing team has had a strong start to the spring racing season, as the first varsity eight has gone 6-5 against some very difficult opponents. On April 19-20 the crew traveled to Boston, Mass. to compete in the Charles River Challenge, where each boat rowed three races over the two-day event. Although the first varsity eight struggled with Radcliffe and matched up twice with the Crimson, it pulled out victories over Syracuse, Texas, and Notre Dame on the first day of racing. Sunday saw even more success for Dartmouth, as both the first and second varsity boats rowed to dominant victories over Gonzaga. On April 12, the freshman eight had a banner day, reaching the finish line nearly six seconds ahead of second-place Yale. The freshman four also dominated, with a winning margin of more than 13 seconds. Both boats had seen victories the week before against Northeastern, Boston College, and Rhode Island, and the second varsity eight also came away with a first-place finish. The first varsity was able to shut down the BC and URI boats, but lost to Northeastern by a mere twosecond margin. Some familiar faces from the indoor season have been making headlines for the women’s track and field team this spring. Dartmouth kicked off the season at Arizona State where the 4x400 relay team of Kaleigh Wood (Shortsville, N.Y.), Lauren Campfield (Temecula, Calif.), Alexandra Tanner (Baltimore, Md.) and Natalie Stoll (Portland, Ore.) took second. Caitlin Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) had a solid day on the track as well, highlighted by a third place finish in the 3,000-meters. The Big Green came back to the East Coast on March 30 for the Snowflake Invitational at Tufts, where the team took first out of 13 squads. Emily Daly (Hopkinton, Mass.) was dominant with wins in the hammer and shot put while Jacklyn Wypler (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the javelin. Daly was at it again at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational, where she finished first in the hammer throw, followed by Jessica Long (Lynn, Mass.) Tanner took first out of 15 competitors in the 400 meter hurdles and then joined her 4x400 relay team
including Stoll, Wood and Kara Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) to take second place. On April 12, Dartmouth took second out of seven teams at the Brown Invitational, highlighted by a pair of new faces for the spring season. Ali Smrcina (Falmouth, Mass.) took first place in the steeplechase while Kate Suchow (Flemington, N.J.) was first in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meter dash. On April 19 at the Dartmouth 5-Way Meet the Big Green's 4x400 relay team set a new school record in a winning time of 3:52.42 while the time of 48.79 in the 4x100 relay is now second all-time at Dartmouth. Dartmouth women's lacrosse freshman Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) was named the WomensLax. com Rookie of the Week on April 21 after helping the Big Green to its win over then No. 2 Princeton on Saturday. Collins had a big day on the biggest stage as Dartmouth faced its highest ranked opponent of the season in the Tigers and came away with a 13-12 win on the road. She posted eight points on seven goals and one assist. Sophmore goalkeeper Julie Wadland (Andover, Mass.) has earned back-to-back Ivy honor roll nods for her impressive play in goal of late. Most recently, Wadland put together a stellar week as the Big Green went on the road to defeat both Harvard and Princeton for a pair of Ivy wins. It was no small task for Wadand, who faced 54 total shots in the two games, but she came through in the clutch for her team, making 21 saves on the week while grabbing six groundballs and causing one The Big Green sailing teams have taken some tough breaks this spring, but the women’s team has carried the torch for much of the season. After a great first two days at the New England Dinghy Championships, the Dartmouth coed team struggled on Sunday and finished 13th, failing to qualify for nationals. At the Women’s New England Championships, the Big Green missed qualifying for the ICSA Women’s Nationals by a heartbreaking two points. Although Dartmouth’s Adele Wilhelm (Chicago, Ill.) and Sarah Johnston (Carson City, Nev.) gave a gutsy performance, successfully passing both BU and another boat, they were unable to pass the two additional boats that would have given qualification to the Big Green. Prior to the New England Championship, Dartmouth sent the women’s team west to Stanford for the St. Francis Intersectional on April 56. The Big Green finished an impressive fifth out of 31 teams against national competition. Sophomore skipper Becca Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) and junior crew Sarah Johnston (Carson City, Nev.) took first or second in five of 11 races, only once finishing out of the top-10 and were named New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sailors of the Week for their performance. Earlier in the season the Dartmouth coeds took a first-place finish in the Southern Series at Salve Regina on March 30. The week before, Kendall Reilley (Marblehead, Mass.) and Kathy Oprea (Berea, Ohio) finished fifth in A Division, leading the Big Green to a fourth place finish in a Southern Series regatta.
Christman Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Dartmouth men's soccer senior Nick Christman (Falmouth, Mass.) has been named the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarships, up to 174 annually, are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Christman is one of 58 NCAA student-athletes (29 men and 29 women) from fall sports to be awarded a one-time, nonrenewable educational grant of $7,500 through the postgraduate scholarship program. He is one of two Ivy League students to earn the award this fall. During his time at Dartmouth, Christman excelled on and off the field. He was twice named to the ESPN the Magazine National Academic AllAmerica First Team and was named All-District three times. As a senior, he was also named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Region First Team.
Christman is a computer science and mathematics major who has a 4.00 grade point average. In his senior season, he was one of just four Dartmouth players to start all 18 games, helping the Big Green to an 11-4-3 record and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. This past fall, he tallied one goal and three assists, bringing his career point total to 9 with two goals and five assists. On the defensive side, he helped Dartmouth to a 0.53 team goals against average on the season. For his career he made 55 appearances and 38 starts, won two Ivy League Championships and made three NCAA Tournaments. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. – (Dara Ely)
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Parsons, Team USA Win Gold at IIHF World Women's Championship
Dartmouth women's hockey forward Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) and Team USA earned the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship on April 14, surviving a late comeback by Canada to hold on for a 4-3 win. Parsons finished the event with a goal and three assists. Former Big Green standout Cherie Piper '06 was fifth in scoring with two goals and six assists for Canada, while Katie Weatherston '06 had two goals and Gillian Apps '06 finished with one score. The last time the Americans won the event was in 2005. Before that championship, Canada had won every world women's title. Team USA beat the Canadians twice dur- Sarah Parsons '10 with former Harvard ing the event and went 4-1 during the week. standout Angela Ruggiero at the IIHF The lone loss by the Americans came against Championships with their gold medals Finland, 1-0. and team trophy. (Photo by Paul Parsons) In the gold medal game, Canada got out to a quick start when Gina Kingsbury fed Sarah Vaillancourt the puck in the slot just 1:57 into the game. The Americans countered with a power-play goal six minutes later to even things up at one. Natalie Darwitz, a Patty Kazmaier finalist while at Minnesota, scored as Canadian goaltender Kim St-Pierre was screened to give the U.S. the 2-1 advantage with just over two minutes left in the first period. The contest was highlighted by back-and-forth action in the second stanza. But penalty problems popped up for Canada midway through the period and American defenseman Angela Ruggiero took full advantage, scoring a five-on-three goal to make it a two-goal lead. The Americans took a commanding 4-1 lead late in the second period when Darwitz struck with her second of the game. A solid shot by Darwitz went through the back of the net and was only ruled a goal after a video review. But the U.S. cushion didn’t last long as Canada’s offense sprang back into action, mounting a third-period comeback after nearly 50 minutes of silence. Weatherston sparked the Canadians with another four-on-four goal 8:38 into the period. Just 1:10 later, it became a one-goal game as Jennifer Botterill scored a power-play strike. Canada put heavy pressure on the net after the goal, but the Americans settled down and focused on defense, including killing off a five-on-three with less than five minutes to go in the game. While there was several tense moments late, the U.S. was able to thwart the comeback and hold on for its second World Championship crown. – (Matt Faulkner)
Members of the Dartmouth softball react to a play during a victory over Ivy rival Columbia at the Big Green's Sachem Field
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April 25, 2008
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Women's Tennis Stays Strong in Ivy Competition, Men Snap 10 Years of Princeton Dominance
With a record of 12-1 after its March 29 match against Army, the Dartmouth women’s tennis team had high expectations going into the challenge of Ivy League play. Although not quite dominating opponents to the extent of the early season, the Big Green has performed strongly, winning decisive victories over Columbia and Cornell at home and edging out Brown on the road. Against the Lions on April 4, Dartmouth won in convincing fashion, sweeping the doubles to take the team point while winning five of six singles matches in straight sets to push the final score to 6-1. The Big Green women proceeded to sweep Cornell the following week, preventing the Big Red from winning even a single set. After Dartmouth won the team point in doubles, freshman Molly Scott (Trabuco Cyn, Calif.) was first off the court for the Big Green in the singles matches with a 6-3, 6-0 win. Senior Megan Zebroski (Port Washington, N.Y.) clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 over Cornell’s former No. 1 player, Elizabeth Googe. While the women saw two tough losses over the next two weeks against Princeton and Penn, the men’s team experienced perhaps its most significant win of the season. After struggling against Columbia and Cornell, the Big Green men stormed back against the Tigers, taking the match 5-2. The win was Dartmouth’s first against Princeton since 1997. The margin of victory was the Big Green's largest in the series since 1992, when Dartmouth won, 6-3. After winning the doubles point against the Tigers, the Big Green took control of the singles matches, as Ari Gayer (Hollis, N.Y.) was victorious with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Charlie Brozens. Following Gayer was freshman Curtis Roby (New York, N.Y.) with a 6-2, 6-2 win, and the match was clinched for Dartmouth by captain Mark Brodie (Greensboro, N.C.), who defeated #3 regionally-ranked Peter Captovic 6-3, 6-2. The women bounced back against Brown on the road with a 4-3 victory over the Bears on Friday, April 18. The following Sunday, while the Big Green men faced Yale in New Haven, Conn., the women took a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs at home in Hanover. While the men will finish the season off on the road, the women will play host to Harvard on April 23. – (Sam Beattie) The Athletic Sponsor Program comprises more than 1,300 Dartmouth alumni, parents and supporters who are committed to helping Dartmouth coaches recruit exceptional student-athletes. The Program provides vital recruitment resources for all funded varsity sports at Dartmouth, and is the sole source of funds for bringing top athletic prospects to the campus for recruiting visits. For more information about the Sponsor Program, call (603) 646-2463 or write: Dartmouth Athletic Sponsor Program, 6083 Alumni Gymnasium, Hanover, NH 03755-3512.
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