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With two dominating performances over the weekend, the women’s soccer team continued its hot start to the fall season, moving to 5-1-1 on the season. On Friday at Parsons Field in Boston, the Big Green came back from a one-goal deficit in the second half to beat Northeastern University by a score of 3-1. On Sunday, Dartmouth’s offense exploded at its home Burnham Field to take down Sacred Heart University by a lopsided score of 6-0.
Crucial plays from the Big Green defensive and special teams units paved the way for an 11-point halftime lead, topped off by a second-half offensive improvement, as the Big Green (1-0) convincingly defeated Georgetown University (1-2) 31-10. It wasn’t quite the dynamic offensive performance one might have expected from the football team, but that didn’t matter much in the team’s season opener against the Hoyas on Saturday.
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Long removed from its heights of Ivy League dominance in the 1990s, the football program has endured a lengthy revival period. After a 13-year drought between winning seasons that was snapped in 2010, the Big Green have steadily improved in nearly each subsequent season, only dipping down as far as a .500 winning percentage in 2011. With expectations higher than ever, that development could reach its zenith in 2015 with the potential for Dartmouth’s first Ivy League championship in 18 seasons.
Although the volleyball team began with a tough start to the preseason, ending 0-3 after losses in the San Diego State University and University of San Diego Invitational, the women quickly bounced back in their own tournament this past weekend, defeating both visiting teams, West Virginia University and the University of Connecticut.
The Big Green’s cross country teams opened their fall seasons in dominant fashion, taking first place in both the men’s and women’s races of the Dartmouth Invitational at the Hanover Country Club this past Saturday. Both the men and women recorded perfect team scores of 15 points in the home meet.
Highlighted by a double-overtime home win over the College of the Holy Cross, the men’s soccer team wrapped up its early four-game schedule before the beginning of the fall term with a 2-1-1 record.
The early season — that time when fall athletes and a few freshman are some of the only faces on campus, when entire days revolve around the sport and the team — is a time of development for each player, aided by teammates and coaches. Games are tough and each one matters, but the Ivy League games have yet to be played.
We’ve heard it before: to be the best, you’ve got to work harder, arrive earlier and stay later. Recruited athletes have proved they can do this, but they don’t stop when they sign their National Letter of Intent. Fall varsity athletes arrive up to three weeks before the rest of campus to work solely on their sports before classes begin, and freshman athletes are no exception.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since the first members of the Class of 2019 began to arrive on campus, but some Big Green athletes have already made names for themselves before they did the Salty Dog Rag outside of Robinson Hall. After competing with the United States national Under-19 Ultimate Frisbee league last year and representing the youngest player on this year’s U-23 team, Verzuh also toured the country with a group of female Ultimate players this summer to promote the sport. With such a reputation before entering official college play, I talked with Verzuh to discuss her accomplishments, the future of Ultimate and her upcoming first term at the College.
A group of students, under the guidance of women’s, gender and sexuality studies professor Pati Hernandez, spoke on the subject of what Hernandez calls Dartmouth’s “invisible walls” on Wednesday night through the program Telling My Story on Campus. The students shared testimonies from across the spectrum focused around one of the College’s most visible and pervasive social divides — those between the hierarchy of Dartmouth athletes, intramural through varsity, and Dartmouth “NARPs,” campus shorthand for non-athletes.
When the Ivy League released its 2015 Football Preseason Media Poll on Aug. 11, the Big Green found itself in an unfamiliar place — second on the list. A ranking this high has not been granted to the Big Green since 1996 when they were rated top of the League and eventually went on to win it all. Despite this new ascension to the upper echelon of Ivy rankings, the Dartmouth football team believes that it is destined for even greater heights.
Though Dartmouth women’s rugby co-captain Yejadai Dunn ’16 is spending the summer working in Boston, she has not taken a break from playing the sport she loves. In addition to being a member of the Boston’s women’s club rugby team, Beantown, Dunn was selected to the ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15s team to play against Ontario in late July and is now at USA Rugby’s National All-Star Competition camp in Denver.
Hunter Johnstone ’16 is the co-captain of the Dartmouth sailing team. Just last month, Johnstone was selected for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association 2015 All-Academic Team.
The Dartmouth women’s ice hockey team is familiar with excellence. Eight Olympians — Sarah Tueting ’98 (USA), Sarah Parsons ’10 (USA), Gretchen Ulion ’94 (USA), Kristen King ’02 (USA), Katie Weathersten ’07 (CAN), Gillian Apps ’07 (CAN), Cherie Piper ’07 (CAN) and Rachel Rochat ’95 (SUI) — have skated for the Big Green in Thompson Arena and likewise for their respective countries in the Winter Olympics. Together, they have earned nine gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches included three Dartmouth students on its 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, announced at the end of July. Alex Mitola ’16, Connor Boehm ’16 and Gabas Maldunas ’15 met the requirement of earning a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year. The NABC recognized Maldunas last year. The Dartmouth sat down with Maldunas to discuss balancing academics and athletics at Dartmouth.
It’s been a great year for Dartmouth football, and the Big Green’s success has only continued into the summer. Coming off second place finish in the Ivy League, last week, College Sports Madness named 16 Big Green football players to the 2015 All-Ivy League preseason football teams. Nine Dartmouth players were named to the first team, while three players were named to the second team and four players were named to the third team.
This week, The Dartmouth sat down with Yejadai Dunn ’16 to speak about her recent experience playing as part of the ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15’s team, as well as her rugby career at Dartmouth. Dunn will be competing in USA Rugby’s National All-Star competition on August 11.
Big Green athletes have been on top of their game recently — on and off the field. In the past week, the men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic teams and the men’s and women’s track and field program was recognized as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team. Seven members of the sailing team were also honored as members of the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) All-Academic team.
All summer long, herds of high school students fill College sporting facilities, dorms, dining halls and crosswalks as they participate in numerous athletic summer camps held on campus. More than 15 camps will be held on campus this summer, including the Elite Soccer Camp, Buddy Teevens Football School, Nike Volleyball Camp, Go Green Swim Camp, Bob Whalen Baseball School, Gold Medal Running Camp, Paul Cormier Basketball Camp, Iron Pine Lacrosse Camp, Elite Softball Camp and the Hansi Wiens Squash Camps, among many others.