The D Sports Awards: Female Athlete of the Year

by The Dartmouth | 5/22/16 6:21pm

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Last week, Kat Ramage '19 won the D Sports Rookie of the Year Award.

Yejadai Dunn '16, Rugby

Yejadai Dunn ’16, co-captain of the women’s rugby team, had one of the most prolific years in women’s rugby history. Dunn played number eight for the Big Green in the fall and filled in all across the field for spring sevens.

In the winter, Dunn was tapped to compete at the National All-Star Competition where she was evaluated for her potential at the international level. Last February, Dunn was named to the player pool for the USA Eagles along with 48 other female athletes from across the country. This spring, despite being a player primarily focused on 15s, Dunn was named alongside with a graduating senior at Brown University as the Ivy League MVP in sevens.

Dunn, though a strong player her entire tenure at Dartmouth, truly began to gain national notice during the past two seasons. She will continue to compete this summer for a chance to wear the stars and stripes.

In the coming weeks, Dunn will head to Colorado to play in the Senior NASC.

Jaclyn Leto’16, Lacrosse

Jaclyn Leto ’16 will be known as one of the greatest Dartmouth lacrosse midfielders to ever play for the Big Green. The Ivy League unanimously recognized her as the Ivy League Midfielder of the Year after her stellar senior season. She was also tabbed to the All-Northeast Region First Team and All-American Third Team by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Leto is deep in the records books at Dartmouth, scoring 175 points for fifth all time, netting 151 goals for third in program history and recording 131 draw controls for third all time. Her 53 goals this season was the sixth most by a Big Green player in a single season. She is one of four players to have scored 150 goals in her career. The Chatam, New Jersey native played in 47 games in her four years, starting 44 of them. She ranked third nationwide in goals scored per game.

Leto led the lacrosse team in goals her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was named to the First Team All-Ivy team three times during her career.

Katie McEachern ’16, Softball

After becoming the second Dartmouth softball player to ever win the Ivy League Player of the Year award last year, Katie McEachern ’16 picked up right where she left off, becoming just the first Dartmouth and third Ivy League player to win the award back-to-back. This season, McEachern blasted 12 home runs and collected 53 hits, building a .442 batting average in addition to drawing 25 walks.

After wrapping up her senior season, McEachern now holds Dartmouth career records in batting average, run, hits, RBIs and homes runs. She was recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I Northeast All-Region First Team after making the second team last season.

McEachern will be in contention for the NFCA Division I All-American team honors, to be announced June 1. Although Dartmouth did not reach the Ivy League Championship this season, McEachern’s prolific offense helped the team start the season with a 13-0 record against Ivy League opponents.

Laura Stacey ’16, Ice Hockey

While the 2015-2016 season saw the women’s hockey team finish with a disappointing 6-19-3 record, Laura Stacey ’16, one of the team’s co-captains, consistently asserted herself as an offensive force throughout the season. Stacey earned her first point of the season on an assist on the game-tying goal in a season-opening 2-1 upset over then-No. 5 Harvard University.

By season’s end, she tallied 10 goals and 13 assists for a team-leading 23 points and was named First Team All-Ivy and Third Team All-ECAC. On top of her contributions to the Big Green, Stacey joined the Canadian National Women’s Development Team for the 2016 Nations Cup, where she recorded a goal and an assist en route to winning the tournament title. In a moment that encapsulates her dedication to Dartmouth hockey, she flew home from the tournament in Germany on a Thursday night, arriving on campus Friday afternoon, and played in that Friday’s game. Her talent and hard work put her in contention to represent Canada in a future Olympics.

Kaitlin Whitehorn '16, Track and Field

Since arriving at Dartmouth, Kaitlin Whitehorn ’16 has been a force for the women’s track and field team, starring in both the high jump and short-distance sprints. Her senior year campaign has been no different.

During the indoor track season in the winter, Whitehorn had a stellar showing at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, winning her third career high jump title at 1.84-meters. She also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash. She capped off her season by qualifying for the NCAA National Championships, where she placed seventh and earned All-American accolades.

Whitehorn has continued her success in the outdoor season. She won her third consecutive Ivy League title in the high jump, making her the only woman in Dartmouth history to win not only three high jump crowns but also win them consecutively. Whitehorn will compete at the 2016 NCAA Track & Field East Regional this weekend with a mark of 1.78 meters and seeded 24th. Look for her to continue her stellar senior year and contend for the national title this June 8 to June 11.