‘I kind of fly under the radar’: Equipped with only a shovel, Dartmouth’s winningest football coach grooms his own field
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This article is featured in the 2023 Winter Carnival special issue.
Men’s basketball lost some ground in the Ivy League standings last weekend after dropping home games to Brown University and Yale University. The Big Green put up its fifth and sixth worst shooting nights of the season in these two games, a frustrating encore to its previous two contests, which saw the team put up its second and third best shooting nights.
When Dame Adelekun ’23 finally exited Leede Arena Saturday night — after autographs had been signed, alumni greeted and the media addressed — he did so wearing a rather odd piece of jewelry.
Up 76-72 with 1:11 remaining, history was on the minds of the Big Green basketball team. Better yet, it seemed history was about to be made.
When laundry is done properly, clothes and linens come out clean. But that is not always the case at Dartmouth, with students reporting issues ranging from damp clothing to moldy washers in College dormitories.
It was a look that only athletes could understand. A look that possessed power largely because of how insignificant it seemed.
Dusan Neskovic ’24 stopped Justin Gallantly, the ESPN play-by-play commentator for Dartmouth’s Friday night game against Yale University, halfway through his first postgame question — prefaced by a reference to Yale’s recent success against the Big Green.
When Cornell University’s guard found separation on a give-and-go just nine seconds into the second half of Dartmouth’s New Year’s Day Ivy League opener, it was understandable that Dame Adelekun ’23 wanted a breather. Cornell’s offense leads the Ivy League in nearly every offensive statistic, averaging 84 points a game and, as displayed in that moment, continuing to mystify opponents with its passing wizardry.
Despite finishing 3-7 this season — and second-to-last in Ivy League play with a conference record of 2-5, — Big Green football did not conclude the season without accolades. Several players were selected for the Academic All-District I University Team, the All-Ivy teams, and the All-New England Division I Team.
As the sky flirted with freezing temperatures Saturday evening, women’s rugby faced off against Harvard University at a jam-packed Burnham Field. The match culminated in a Big Green victory, capping off its perfect season with a second consecutive Division I National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Title — its third in four seasons. In the 15-10 victory, the Big Green looked sharp; strong defense held Harvard to its season-low in scoring, and the offense was equally as feisty. Kristin Bitter ’23 converted an early penalty kick before Ariana Ramsey ’22, under a crowd of more than 3,000 fans, completed two tries.
“Winning is nice,” head coach Buddy Teevens ’79 said after Dartmouth football defeated Brown University 30-7 in Saturday’s season finale. For a team that split the Ivy League championship the last two seasons, winning was a surprisingly rare commodity for the Big Green this year — the team finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in Ivy play, just barely evading a last-place conference finish.
When Ryan Bloch ’23 hung up his cleats last spring for what he thought would be the final time, he was the furthest from football he’d ever been. The thought of kicking a game-winning field goal, in other words, was a mere dream, if that. And yet, in the Big Green’s matchup against Columbia this season, that’s exactly what Bloch did.
In the 105th annual football matchup between Dartmouth and Cornell University, the Big Red defeated the Big Green 17-13 in a battle that came right down to the wire. Cornell went up early, and two lead changes occurred before Dartmouth began its final drive of the game.
In another effort to increase access to mental health resources on campus, the College announced last month that it will soon feature the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline on all student identification cards, following a statewide mandate passed in August which stipulated that all public schools in New Hampshire must add the number.
Despite being the team to blemish Princeton University’s 7-0 record in 2021 and at Yankee Stadium in 2020, Dartmouth could not complete the Tiger three-peat this year, leaving New Jersey with a narrow three-point loss to the Ivy League’s top dog. Three of Dartmouth’s four conference losses have been one-score defeats, but this one — a chance to play spoiler against an old-time rival — was arguably its most disappointing.
In a battle that was closer than the final score indicated on Saturday, Harvard University defeated Dartmouth 28-13, putting a damper on the Big Green’s Homecoming weekend. Beneath sunny skies and a stadium packed with 8,735 fans, the Big Green kept it close early on — scoring both of its touchdowns in the second quarter before failing to score again.
In its matchup against Columbia on Saturday, football finally found itself on the better end of a one-score game, defeating the Lions 24-21 to end its four-game losing streak. Despite losing its 21-9 lead, the Big Green rallied and claimed the victory thanks to Ryan Bloch’s ’23 game-winning field goal with four seconds left in the game.
This article is featured in the 2022 Homecoming special issue.
On Oct. 12, Jennifer Carlson ’04 was named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow for her research on American attitudes about guns. The MacArthur Fellowship is given annually “to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits,” according to Dartmouth News. After graduating summa cum laude from Dartmouth with a double major in mathematics and sociology, Carlson earned her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She then went on to a distinguished teaching career at the University of Toronto and then at the University of Arizona. The Dartmouth sat down with Carlson to discuss her research, her time at the College and what she’ll do with the award money.
In this year’s rendition of the Granite Bowl, Dartmouth fell 14-0 to the University of New Hampshire, extending its losing streak to four games and dropping its record to 1-4. The game was more lopsided than the score alone indicates, with the Wildcats possessing the ball for nearly twice as long as Dartmouth, while the Big Green was held to 198 offensive yards – the team’s lowest output in 11 years.