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During the end of April as the Ivy League was handing out their yearly distinctions, Jason Liu ’21 had the honor of being named Rookie of the Year in men’s golf. The prize came after his performance during the Ivy League tournament, where he finished tied for 13th after playing the lowest round of the tournament on day three.
Honorable Mention: Big Bad Vlad
Since 1877, rugby has been part of the College’s athletic landscape. The Dartmouth Rugby Football Association was founded in 1880 and later transitioned into traditional American football in the 1890s, but returned to the roots of the sport with the establishment of Dartmouth Rugby Football Club in 1951.
Micah Schroder ’20, second baseman for the softball team, was named to the All-Ivy second team after a stellar season. She was one of several members of the softball team honored by the Ivy League. The team went 16-5 in the Ivy League in the regular season to secure first in the Ivy League, and will host Harvard University in the Ivy League Championship Series this upcoming weekend.
On Apr. 30, Dartmouth Football announced that tri-captain and quarterback Jack Heneghan ’18 and safety Colin Boit ’18 were on their way from the Ivy League to the National Football League. It was later confirmed that Heneghan had signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, while Boit had been invited to the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini camp this upcoming weekend in hopes of earning a contract with the team. It is an exciting time for Dartmouth Football, which adds two prospects, as well as most-recently drafted Ryder Stone ’18, who was selected on Friday, May 4 as the 38th overall pick to the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, to the professional sports realm.
Since 1977, the Dartmouth Ultimate Frisbee Team has been one-upping the rest of us by tossing around a disc on the Green. Players with various experience join one of the College’s four teams every year: the DI women’s Princess Layout or Princess B-Ride or the DIII men’s Pain Train or Disco Trolley. While they aren’t considered a varsity sport, the athleticism of these players and the competition of the game is by no means lesser.
On Apr. 22, the Dartmouth tennis tam concluded its regular season after falling to Princeton University, finishing with a 4-3 mark in the Ivy League to tie for third in the Ivies. The match also marked the approaching end of Kristina Mathis ’18’s illustrative four-year tennis career at Dartmouth, as she has just one final NCAA Championship singles appearance remaining.
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Abigail Chiu ’21 has made an immediate impact on the Dartmouth women’s tennis team since joining the team this past fall. With her doubles partner Julia Schroeder ’18, Chiu has won many victories for the Big Green this season, going 10-3 in singles and 10-7 in doubles Ivy League play and ending the doubles season on a four-game winning streak. Chiu was recently named to the first team All-Ivy for doubles with Schroeder.
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Following the end of college basketball season, the NFL Draft has come and gone, giving sports pundits something else to talk about for the next few weeks. This year’s installation of the draft featured a lot of firsts, such as the first draft held at an NFL stadium, the first draft since 1999 to have five quarterbacks taken in the first round (Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen) and the first draft to feature two brothers taken in the first round (Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds of Virginia Tech).
On Sunday, Apr. 22, the Dartmouth men’s tennis team defeated Princeton University 4-1 to finish 6-1 in the Ivy League and clinch its first Ivy League title since 1997.
Youth fades quickly, or so I’ve learned in the past few years. A little under two years ago, I was tasked to write a sophomore summer sports column titled “First Team.” Every week, I walked into The Dartmouth’s offices, sat down next to the editors and typed out 800 words of pure energy the night the column was due.
While baseball co-captain Dustin Shirley ’18 has filled the stat sheet and impressed with his sheer athleticism in his time at Dartmouth, his impact off the field and his journey to get there reflect an intriguing story as well.
Nathalie Ferneau ’18, an intermediate flat and novice fences rider, will be the sole representative for the Big Green at the 2018 Teresa L. McDonald IHSA Scholarship Challenge National Qualifiers, in which she previously competed in 2015. Ferneau will be joined at another Nationals event by teammate Olivia Champ ’19,who is entered in the Open Equitation Over Fences event.
A force on the front line for the Dartmouth Big Green, Corey Kalk ’18 led the men’s ice hockey team this year as an alternate captain during a thrilling season. The men’s hockey team finished with a record of 16-17-2, and 11-0-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Kalk had a very productive season himself, with eight goals and 21 points, but statistics can’t begin to explain what Kalk meant to this hard-working group. Kalk is a natural born leader, and the “A” stitched on his jersey represented his knack for motivating others.
Dartmouth’s softball team is having a great season so far. The team currently stands at 10-5 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference behind Harvard University who sits at 13-5. Last weekend, the softball team not only added another win to its total, but did so while breaking an Ivy League record and earning recognition from the national media.
When approaching the season, most athletes agree that there is nothing that beats the feeling of being home. After a stretch of away games, things seem to come together effortlessly competing at home with an adoring crowd, playing on a familiar field or court and being surrounded by known officials. This week, The Dartmouth examines how that home field advantage affects the performance of the Big Green’s various athletic teams.