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The Dartmouth men’s tennis team’s 2015-16 season has been rock solid, with the team currently sporting an impressive 15-8 record. The team has scored highlight wins over many quality opponents, including then No. 37 Drake University and then No. 32 Tulane University.
It may seem strange for a kid from D.C. to grow up a fan of the Chicago Cubs. In the summer before I started first grade while visiting my grandparents in Chicago, my grandfather took my brother and me to Wrigley Field.
Each week The Numbers Game will break-down one Dartmouth sports statistic.
Since leaving the Dartmouth fold, Monica Martin de Bustamante ’08 Th’09 has been forging ahead on her own terms. Her career has taken place on a global stage, focusing on global pharmaceutical pricing and market access issues for biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical products.
Women’s Track and Field
The Dartmouth men’s and women’s golf teams are entering into the full swing of their spring seasons, hoping to build on their strong fall seasons and continue on the path to respect and relevance in the world of Division 1 golf.
Growing up in Los Angeles, I always believed that Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were two inseparable terms in the world of basketball. It seemed almost as though Bryant would never leave the Lakers and that someday in the distant future the next generation of avid basketball fans would be able to walk through the glass doors of Staples Center with their friends and family to witness Bryant’s unstoppable fadeaway shot.
On the soccer team’s team photo posted on the Dartmouth website, one notable member is missing: Marcos Robertson-Lavalle ’17, the team manager. Working behind the scenes, Robertson-Lavalle plays an instrumental role in preparing the team and contributing to its overall success.
Justin Donawa ’19 began his collegiate athletic career with a bang. On a cool October night at Burnham Field in Hanover, the Dartmouth men’s soccer team was locked in a nail-biter against Ivy League rival Columbia University. Midway through the first half, Donawa made his second career appearance for the Big Green as a substitute, and in the 42nd minute, fired a bullet from 40 yards out that landed in the bottom back right corner of the net. In celebration, Donawa ran over to the sideline, exuberantly punching the air as he was mobbed by his teammates.
After winning two consecutive Ivy League titles to end a 22-year drought, the Dartmouth baseball team has met an identical end-of-season fate each of the last five years: winning its own Red Rolfe Division, only to lose in the ensuing Ivy championship series each time. With the Ivy League portion of the 2016 schedule on the horizon, the Big Green will now gear towards recreating the same success as in years past but overcome this final hurdle. Intentionally designed to provide some challenges, the team’s preseason has brought many more defeats than victories with a 5-13 record — and a troubling Ivy-worst -60 run differential — but generally produced a mixed bag of results.
Each week The Numbers Game breaks down one Dartmouth sports statistic.
Since appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old high school baseball prodigy, Bryce Harper has been one of the most polarizing figures in American sports. Some, like Tom Verducci, who profiled him for that Sports Illustrated cover, have billed him as a prodigy — “baseball’s Lebron [James].” Others, like Mike Wise of The Washington Post, have referred to him as immature and entitled.
The Big Green’s active players drafted by Major League Baseball since 2010 still have a shot to not only make it to the show, but star in it. For the players, making it from the minors and into the major leagues is the ultimate job promotion. Without further ado, here are my previews for upcoming profile features.Kyle Hendricks ’12: If you take away only one name and face, it should definitely be Kyle Hendricks. Drafted in 2011 during the eighth round by the Texas Rangers, he’s been one of the top flight talents the Big Green has sent to the majors in the past decade. Currently as a bottom of the rotation right-handed pitcher with promise for the Chicago Cubs, he continues to build on his early career success since his 2014 debut. He finished his rookie year with a 2.46 ERA in 80 innings pitched and a 3.95 ERA in 180 innings of work last year. This Spring Training, in 19 innings pitched, Hendricks has only allowed four runs (1.89 ERA) and a slick strikeout to walk ratio of 19 to 2. At this point in his career, I would most definitely advise hopping onto the Hendricks bandwagon and wouldn’t be surprised to see him pitching in the World Series this year.Chris O’Dowd ’13:Drafted just a year after Hendricks, during the 23rd round in 2012 by the San Diego Padres, O’Dowd currently plays catcher for the Double-A team the Mississippi Braves, an affiliate of the MLB parent club the Atlanta Braves. The son of Dan O’Dowd, the former longtime General Manager of the Colorado Rockies, O’Dowd has mostly spent his time as a professional baseball player bouncing around in the minor leagues. Despite showing flashes of potential such as during his 2015 campaign where he batted .304 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 79 at-bats in Double-A, O’Dowd hasn’t been without trouble as he received an 80 game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and therefore violating baseball’s minor league drug prevention and treatment program.Joe Sclafani ’12:Selected in the 14th round of the 2012 draft by the Houston Astros, Sclafani has proven himself to be a strong infield and utility player for the team. After his strong play last year in Double-A and Triple-A where he excelled in an utility role and batted .292 in 233 minor league at-bats, Sclafani was recently invited to Spring Training as one of 19 other non-roster invitees.Cole Sulser ’12:Sulser, another right-handed pitcher, joined professional baseball when the Cleveland Indians drafted him in the 25th round of the 2013 draft. He was derailed by injury last season, and Sulser’s last pitch in the minors came September of 2014 for the Akron RubberDucks, the Indians’ Double-A affiliate. Although Sulser has a challenging road ahead to pitch in the majors, he’s not unfamiliar with the process of coming back from serious injury. During his time at Dartmouth, he came back strong from Tommy John surgery and into the school’s baseball record books.Michael Johnson ’13:Currently a southpaw relief pitcher, Johnson was drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson’s career as a minor leaguer has been excellent as he sports a 2.63 ERA in 116 total innings. Recently assigned onto the Dodgers 40-man roster, Johnson currently plays for their Class A-Advanced affiliate the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.Mitch Horacek ’14: Also a lefty pitcher in a Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Frederick Keys, of his MLB organization, the Baltimore Orioles. Horacek was taken in the 9th round of the 2013 draft. Even though Horacek’s 4.90 ERA in 154 innings last season may not have been pristine, he showed off his talent by leading his league in strikeouts with 146.
Sunday night against Colgate University, men’s hockey head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 knew the game would come down to someone making a crucial play. Tim O’Brien ’16 made that play. In double overtime of game three of the best-of-three series against Colgate, O’Brien took a pass from linemate John Ernsting ’19 and proceeded to rifle a shot past Colgate goaltender Charlie Fin.The 4-3 win punched the Big Green’s ticket to an ECAC quarterfinals match-up with Yale University in New Haven. Finn had recently been named the ECAC’s Goalie of the Week after allowing just one goal in two games.
As the women’s basketball program wraps up the 2015-16 season, the team’s outlook is optimistic despite the impending loss of two dominant players, seniors Lakin Roland ’16 and Daisy Jordan ’16. The program has had its ups and downs over the past few seasons — its consistent year-to-year improvement, however, looks to continue under new emerging players and the continued efforts of the coaching staff. The current season marks Belle Koclanes’ third year as head coach. Her tenure has seen the team go from last place in the 2013-14 season to sixth place last season. This year, the team finished fourth place in the league with a record of 7-7. This finish is the team’s best since the 2008-09 season in which the Big Green took home the Ivy title.
The next week will be a big one for Big Green track and field and ski teams, as both teams head to the NCAA championship races hunting for strong results. The Big Green track and field team is closing one its top seasons historically after the men’s best finish in the five years at Ivy League’s Indoor Heptagonal Championship. On the slopes, the Big Green Ski team will head to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where the University of Colorado will host the NCAA Skiing Championship.
At the fourth game of the season, and the first home game, the men’s lacrosse team fell 7-6 to Wagner College at Scully-Fahey Field for the first time in program history. While the Seahawks improved to 2-3, the Big Green falls to 0-4.