For Dartmouth coaches and athletes, the only thing better than one sell-out is two. In late December, the hot tickets were for all the tournament action in Thompson and Leede arenas.
In Thompson, the Big Green men's hockey team hosted ECAC opponents St. Lawrence, the University of North Dakota from the WCHA, and ninth-ranked Boston University of Hockey East for a showdown. The NCAA champion in 2000, North Dakota showed a return to form, as UND knocked off Dartmouth, 4-1 in the first round, and then defeated St. Lawrence, 4-2 in the final game, claiming victory of the Ledyard National Bank Classic.
For fans who preferred the hard court, there was plenty of big-time women's basketball in Leede, featuring No. 3 Duke, the NCAA runner-up in 2006. With Dartmouth, Dayton, and Boston University rounding out the field, the Blue Sky Restaurant Group Classic title went to Duke in front of a packed house.
During the four-game set, three players reached the 1,000-point plateau, while another was honored for reaching that milestone earlier in the season. The Big Green's Ashley Taylor '07 was recognized in a pretournament ceremony after hitting her 1,000th in a Dec. 9 victory at Northeastern. Joining her were Katie Meinhardt of Boston University, Lindsey Harding of Duke, and Dayton's Jennifer Strong.
From January 5-7 at Leverone Field House, the 38th annual Dartmouth Relays took center stage with nearly 2,500 master's, high school, collegiate, and open competitors. Highlights included 72-year-old Flo Meiler's world record in the master's pole vault and 17-year-old Walter Henning's national high school record in the 25 lb. weight. The Big Green's Natalie Todd-Zebell '09 won the pole vault, helping Dartmouth women's track and field to its fourth straight collegiate team title.
At the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., Dartmouth was well represented with two former student-athletes earning prestigious awards. Recognized at the NCAA Honors Dinner on Jan. 7 were Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82 (women's basketball) and Alison Crocker '06 (skiing).
Along with Brown University's Steve Jordan and Yale's Patricia Melton, Boudreaux was one of six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented 25 years after graduation to top student-athletes who have gone on to achieve great success in their professional lives.
Crocker was tabbed for the NCAA's Top VIII Award in recognition of her athletic success, academic achievement, and community service.
At the All-Ivy Football Association dinner in New York, a gridiron notable was honored. Reggie Williams '76, the three-time All-Ivy linebacker and veteran of two Super Bowls with Cincinnati, joined Hank Paulson '68, Jeff Immelt '78, and Bill King '63 as Dartmouth's honorees.
By ROB CORNELL
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