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Orr hired as coach of women's soccer team

The Dartmouth College athletic department finally filled the void left by former women's soccer Head Coach Steve Sampson -- at least temporarily. The College announced on Tuesday that it had signed former professional soccer player and coach Neil Orr to a four-month contract as head coach of the Dartmouth women's soccer team. "After a long and extensive search, we feel very fortunate to have landed on our feet with an outstanding player and coach to lead us in 1996," Josie Harper, Dartmouth's associate athletic director, said in a release. "We are excited to have a coach the caliber of Neil Orr make the four-month commitment he has made to the Dartmouth women's soccer program." Orr, a Scottish native who is also an avid two-handicap golfer, retired from a professional soccer career in Great Britain which spanned three decades in 1995. Orr also is also no stranger to the Upper Valley area -- he has coached in a number of camps, including the Lightning Soccer Camps held at Dartmouth in the summer. "Through our camps, Neil has become familiar with the coaches and players at Dartmouth," Harper said. She added that Orr's primary mission will be "sustaining and raising the team's already-high level [of play], and leading the women to more national prominence." Following the end of the 1996 soccer season, the college athletic department will reopen its search for a permanent Head Coach of the women's soccer team.


N. H. scrapes out win in Shriners' game

Dartmouth's own Memorial Field played host to one of the oldest sports traditions in the Upper Valley on Saturday, as the best high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont lined up in the 43rd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. And in front of a near-capacity crowd of cheering fans on Dartmouth football's home field, the All-Stars didn't disappoint. Averting a major upset, New Hampshire squeaked by with a touchdown with just over four minutes to go to eek out a 13-7 win over the Vermont all-stars. Vermont had a chance to tie the game, but a fumble with two minutes to go inside the New Hampshire five-yard line ended the Green Mountain State's upset bid. New Hampshire, winner of the Shrine Bowl for the past eight straight years, upped their overall record to 30 wins, 11 losses and two ties against their neighbors across the Connecticut River. New Hampshire's game-winning tally came from the likes of Russell Massahos, a running back from Pinkerton High School, who galloped 72 yards past diving Vermonters to ice the win. For the last 40 years, Dartmouth has played host to the Shrine Bowl, a charity event staged by the Shriners Rotary Club, which raises money for children's hospitals across North America.


Bengals acquire Jay Fiedler '94

One of the best quarterbacks in the history of the Ivy League, Dartmouth's own Jay Fiedler '94 was acquired off NFL waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday. The move came just three days after the Philadelphia Eagles released the 24 year old quarterback when he requested permission to leave the team. The strong-armed former Dartmouth captain had asked for his release from the Eagles organization after he failed to get any playing time in the team's intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday. Fiedler rewrote the Big Green record book in his four years at Dartmouth, setting new marks in attempts (813), completions (456), yards gained (6,684) and touchdowns (58), while also bringing home two Ivy titles. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Fiedler occupied the number three quarterback slot for the Philadelphia Eagles. After the Eagles drafted Ohio State quarterback Bobby Hoying in the third round this season however, Fiedler's chances at a third year in the Eagles organization seemed slim. Fiedler will not be without Big Green influence in his new job at Cincinnati.


Disappointing finishes for Dartmouth alums

In the Olympic rowing eight with coxswain finals yesterday, the United States Olympic men's and women's rowing teams came up just short of medal finishes. The women's rowing eight team, led by Dartmouth graduate Anna Kakela '92, finished a disappointing fourth in the final 1,500 meter race with a time of 6:29.19. The powerful Romanian contingent grabbed the gold with a time of 6:19.73, followed by Canada and Belarus. After a first-place performance in the World Championships last year, the U.S.



Brislin named new women's swim coach

Dartmouth's search for a new coach of the women's swim team came to a halt on Monday, when the athletic department announced the hiring of Joann Brislin to head the team. Brislin fills the void left by Betsy Mitchell, who, after leading the women to a team-record sixth-place finish at the Eastern Swimming Championships this year, quit to pursue post-graduate work at Harvard University. "We are very excited to bring in a woman of Joann's caliber," athletic director Dick Jaeger said in a press release.


Disc has best finish in 10 years

Everyone has seen this die hard bunch with their multicolored flying saucers in hand, practicing "hammer" tosses and long cuts come rain or shine on the Green. But who has seen the rag tag bunch of ultimate Frisbee players actually compete? For those who don't know, the Dartmouth ultimate Frisbee team, a club sport supported by only a $500 per year stipend from the athletic department, wrapped up its best season in 10 years this spring ranked 30th nationally -- quite an improvement from 95th last year. This year's team is heavily manned by '99s who have been working hard to learn the tools of the trade.


Baseball ends season with losses to Harvard

The Dartmouth baseball team laid it all on the line against the red-hot Crimson of Harvard this weekend. For that reason, if nothing else, the outcome of this year's Dartmouth-Harvard four game season finale could not have been more painful. Needing to win three of four against the Crimson to tie them for the Red Rolfe Division Title, Dartmouth came up with none.



Yale baseball falls short in Hanover

When it mattered most, the Dartmouth baseball team got the job done this weekend, grabbing three of four games and, in the process, crushing the title hopes of Red Rolfe Division favorite and three-time champion Yale. When it mattered most, pitching, possibly the team's biggest question mark, hurled four near-flawless complete games against the Elis, allowing only six runs in 28 innings. And when it mattered most, the Big Green made the big play at the plate and in the field, vaulting them into a two-team race with Harvard for this year's Red Rolfe Division Title. "We had to do it," starting pitcher Matt Tarver-Wahlquist '98 said.


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