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Of the scores of Dartmouth students who walk across the stage at Commencement, only a small handful try to pursue careers in professional athletics. The Dartmouth sat down with three recently graduated Dartmouth athletes who discussed the timeline, process and hurdles faced while attempting to go professional.
This week I sat down with Melissa Matsuoka ’14, a four-year starter for the women’s tennis team, to look back on the highlights of her career, challenges she faced and what lies ahead.
I sat down with Kelsey Miller ’16, the starting third baseman for the softball team, to chat before the team’s big weekend. Miller helped keep the team’s hopes alive with a walk-off home run against Harvard University on April 27 in game two of the home doubleheader. In this weekend’s Ivy League Championship Series she scored two runs in the Big Green’s 2-1 series win over the University of Pennsylvania.
This week I sat down with men’s tennis player Dovydas Sakinis ’16. Sakinis has been a driving force behind a resurgent Big Green (18-6, 5-2 Ivy) that saw its best Ivy record since 1998.
This Friday I sat down with the baseball team’s second baseman Thomas Roulis ’15 to talk about the team fighting out of an early-season slump, his professional idol and his ideal superpower.
This week, I sat down with Robbie Anthony ’14, a center on the men’s rugby team and former wide receiver on the football team. Anthony transferred to Dartmouth after his freshman year at Clemson University and joined the rugby team after the Big Green’s football season ended with a win over Princeton University. Anthony recently helped the rugby team defeat Harvard University for the Ivy League Championship and his former squad in the Champions Cup.
This week, I sat down with softball pitcher Kristen Rumley ’15, who has 11 wins on the year for the 18-13 Big Green. The Texas native leads the Ancient Eight in wins, strikeouts and saves. Rumley has 128 strikeouts in the early season, 51 clear of University of Pennsylvania junior Alexis Borden. After two two-game sweeps this weekend, the Big Green leads the Ivy League at 8-0. Last week, Rumley was awarded her second Ivy League Pitcher of the Week award of the season.
This week I sat down to talk to the women’s lacrosse team’s four-year starting goalie Kristen Giovanniello ’14 to talk about her consistent play, the trials of being a goalie and her plans after Dartmouth.
This week, I sat down with Nick Ruppert ’16 of the baseball team. Nick missed almost all of last season with a broken hand, but has returned strong and earned the starting job in center field for the Big Green. The team posted a 2-7 record during its nine-game road trip over spring break. It played tough opponents in the Midwest, facing off against the No. 27 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the No. 18 University of Kansas Jayhawks, as of the latest College Baseball poll.
This week, I sat down with forward John Golden ’15 of the men’s basketball team — which went 5-4 over the break — to talk about the team’s success during the interim and what it’s like to be an athlete at the College. The team’s break included trips to Indiana and Illinois, as well as a four game win streak that helped keep them above .500 and propel them to the fourth-best record in the Ivy League entering play in the Ancient Eight.
This week, I sat down with Brandon McNally ’15, a forward on the men’s hockey team, before the Big Green traveled to Princeton University and Quinnipiac University, where they lost both games to fall to 0-8-0, 0-6-0 ECAC on the season. Last year, the team started 5-0-1 before losing its first game.
This week, I sat down with Lucielle Kozlov ’16 and Jackie Friedman ’16 of the women’s soccer team to discuss the season’s end and what lies ahead for the team during the offseason.
This week I sat down with linebacker Will McNamara ’16, who last week earned Ivy League defensive player of the week, as well as Northeast Credit Union player of the week and Fox College Sports defensive player of the week for his two interception performance against Columbia University.
This week, I sat down with Gabas Maldunas ’15, a center and power forward on the men’s basketball team. Maldunas hails from Lithuania but went to high school in the Granite State at the Holderness School. The team kicks off its season on Nov. 10 at home against Lyndon State University.
This week, I sat down with Dominick Pierre '14, the starting running back and one of the football team's three captains, to reflect on his career at the College and his hopes for the remainder of the season. Last week, he was named the Ivy League player of the week for his efforts in the Homecoming game against Yale University, in which he totaled 167 yards on the ground and eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
This week, I sat down with field hockey player Maggie Scanlon '14, who was recently named the Northeast Credit Union athlete of the week for her performances against Brown University, the College of the Holy Cross and Bryant University. In the team's three games, Scanlon had two game-winning goals and helped the team post a 2-1 record.
This week, I sat down with Duncan Robinson '16, a reliever on the baseball team. Although the season does not begin until the spring, the team is already hard at work, returning to Hanover for its abbreviated fall schedule.
This week, I sat down with Cody Fulleton '16, a defensive tackle from Seattle. Fulleton trained at Athletes Performance in Carlsbad, Calif., a facility geared toward college and professional football players. The sophomore had an impact as part of the defensive line rotation last season and looks to continue that trend as he assumes a larger role on the team.
This week, I sat down with men's soccer goalie James Hickok '17, fresh off his Ivy League rookie of the week honors. In the last week, Hickok went 2-0 in the net and had an assist in a 2-0 win over the University of Massachusetts. This interview has been edited for clarity.
The star of the weekend at Bucknell was Joey Maziar '14, who placed second in the tournament, his best finish at Dartmouth.