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Sports Roundup

Abdur-Rahim '04
Abdur-Rahim '04 (photo by Kathy Slattery)

Abdur-Rahim '04 Qualifies for U.S. Trials

With a career best and Dartmouth record score of 7,936 points in the decathlon, senior Mustafa Abdur-Rahim qualified for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials this summer in Sacramento, Calif.

Abdur-Rahim's performance broke an Ivy League record that lasted for 19 years. His score bested Penn's Kris Szabadhegy's total of 7,660 in 1985 by nearly 300 points.

Competing in Scottsdale, Ariz., Abdur-Rahim had career bests in the discus (145-2 1/4) the javelin (192-0), and the pole vault (14-7 1/4).

He still has his work cut out to qualify for the Olympics in Athens. To make the Olympics in track and field from the U.S., an athlete must be one of the three top "qualified" competitors from the Olympic trials. To be considered a qualified athlete, one must reach the Olympic "A" standard qualifying mark; the athletes have until early August to do that. The standard to go to Athens in the decathlon is 8,000 points.

Tampa Bay Picks Cramer '04 in NFL Draft

Dartmouth tight end Casey Cramer '04 will earn his shot at an NFL career after being drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 25.

The 6' 2", 245 lb. senior was just the second Big Green player drafted in more than 25 years. Dartmouth's last draft selection was linebacker Zack Walz, who was a sixth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998.

Cramer caught 180 passes for 2,405 yards in his Dartmouth career. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in 2001 and 2002, Cramer earned All-America recognition as a junior, including second-team honors by the Associated Press.

The Dartmouth senior was the first Big Green athlete since quarterback Jay Fiedler '94 to play in the East West Shrine game. Cramer is projected as an H-back in the NFL, a cross between tight end and fullback.

Stempniak '05
Stempniak '05 (photo by Mark Austin-Washburn)

Stempniak '05 Earns All-America Honors in Men's Hockey

After leading the Big Green hockey team with 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in his junior season, Lee Stempniak '05 was chosen first-team All-America by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Stempniak is the first Big Green player since 1989 to earn All-America status. Dave Williams '90, a second-team selection, was Dartmouth's previous honoree, and Ross Brownridge '80 was the last first-team selection for the Big Green.

Stempniak scored his 100th point on Feb. 21 and became the first Dartmouth player to reach the century mark as a junior since Brownridge. Stempniak was also chosen first-team All-ECAC and All-Ivy, and received Academic All-Ivy and All-ECAC honors.

He will captain the 2004–05 squad.

'04's M. Jenkins and K. Killen
'04's M. Jenkins and K. Killen (photo by David Silverman)

Women's Lacrosse and Baseball Advance to Post-Season Play

For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team qualified for the NCAA Tournament after a 10–5 regular season mark.

The season was highlighted by a seven-game winning streak that included victories against nationally ranked Syracuse and Ivy rivals Yale and Cornell. The Big Green played five games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

The Dartmouth baseball team won the Red Rolfe division and advanced to the Ivy League Championship Series for the third time in five years.

While the Big Green fell to Princeton in two games in the ILCS, the season was still a huge success. Dartmouth finished 25–17 overall and broke team records for hits, RBI, home runs, and doubles in a season. The 25 wins were the second-best most in program history.

Dartmouth Football Readies for '04 Season

In preparation for the 2004 season, the Dartmouth football team went through 13 days of spring practice, culminating with the annual Green-White intrasquad game on May 1.

Coming off a 5–5 season that included five wins in the final six games and a share of second place in the Ivy League, Dartmouth returns 46 letterwinners, including 19 starters.

Six All-Ivy players will return to lead the Big Green. All-Ivy honorees Ryan Conger '05 and Anthony Gargiulo '06 return on the defensive line, with Josh Dooley '06 back at linebacker, and Clayton Smith '05 and Chris Dodds '05 at the safety positions. Quarterback Charlie Rittgers '06 leads the offense after becoming just the fifth Dartmouth quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards last season.

Piper '06 and Apps '06 Help Team Canada Win World Championship

Dartmouth sophomores Cherie Piper and Gillian Apps played major roles in leading Team Canada to the Women's Hockey World Championship, with a 2–0 victory against the United States on April 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Piper finished tied for fourth on the team with seven points (one goal, six assists), while Apps tallied four goals, including one gamewinner. Piper's six assists tied for second in the tournament.

- By Matt Dougherty

Scoreboard

(as of May 28, 2004)

• Baseball

25-17

15-5 Ivy

• Softball

17-20

5-9 Ivy

• W. Lacrosse

11-6

6-1 Ivy

• Women's Crew

2-10

0-5 Ivy

• Men's Heavy Crew

4-3

0-2 Ivy

• Men's Light Crew

5-3

1-3 Ivy

• Women's Tennis

13-8

2-5 Ivy

• Men's Tennis

9-14

1-6 Ivy

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Last Updated: 5/30/08