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Winter Wrap Up

Men's hockey

Dan Shribman '07
Dan Shribman '07 (Photo by David Silverman)

For the Dartmouth men's hockey team, the road to the NCAA Frozen Four runs through Albany, N.Y.

The ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL) Tournament has found a comfortable home at the Times Union Center (originally the Pepsi Arena) in New York's capital city. For the past five years, Dartmouth has advanced to the tournament semi-finals four times.

Despite some outstanding play, the Big Green has been unable to hoist the ECACHL tournament trophy, falling just short—including this past year—by the slimmest of margins. Is it an Albany curse?

"No, I don't think it's a curse," says Head Coach Bob Gaudet. "When I look at what we did accomplish this season, the only disappointment I had in that weekend was the score. I am, and have been, really proud of this team."

In the semifinal opener against Clarkson, Dartmouth fought back to a 4-4 tie, only to suffer a heartbreaker when the Golden Knights scored with eight seconds left in regulation. With their NCAA hopes on the line, Dartmouth and St. Lawrence battled hammer and tong as the Saints scored the clincher with nine minutes to go.

But the Big Green still has plenty to brag about. Dartmouth won a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 1980, All-Everything player David Jones '08 became the school's first Hobey Baker finalist, and Dan Shribman '07 won the inaugural Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.

The award was established by the Hockey Commissioners' Association to honor Derek Hines, a "consummate team player and team builder." Hines, a former Army captain, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2005.

"Winning an award named in honor of Derek Hines is a huge honor," says Shribman, who has also twice been awarded Dartmouth's Smoyer Unsung Hero Award, given to the player who has made an unusual contribution to Dartmouth hockey. Dartmouth and the Hines family are familiar with each other as Derek's younger sister, Ashley Hines '09, is a member of the both the Big Green field hockey and women's lacrosse teams.

"Obviously the season didn't end as we had hoped, but looking back it was definitely a successful year," says Shribman.

Women's basketball

Ashley  Taylor '07
Ashley Taylor '07 (Photo by Mark Washburn)

For the women's basketball team, extending the season is more of an expectation than a goal, and Dartmouth did just that—with a Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) bid. After NCAA tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006, the Big Green was awarded a first-ever bid to the WNIT.

Despite a 60-39 loss to Seton Hall in the opening round, Dartmouth can take pride after playing one of the nation's most difficult non-conference schedules that included Duke and Vanderbilt.

Women's hockey
The women's hockey team was denied a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four after a heartbreaking 3-2 double overtime loss to Boston College in the tournament's opening round. The Big Green's season wrapped up with a 13-game win streak from January 20 through March 4, the ECACHL regular season and tournament titles, the Ivy League crown, and a sparkling record of 27-5-2. As the season ended March 10, Cherie Piper '06 said, "We believed in ourselves and in each other, and that's what got us here today."

Best of the best
Three student-athletes were voted Ivy League players of the year. From the men's hockey team, David Jones '08 grabbed the honor, and Gillian Apps '06 of women's hockey shared it with Harvard's Julie Chu. Ashley Taylor '07 rounded out the trio, representing women's basketball. It's the first time that Dartmouth has earned a trio of Ivy players within the same season.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08