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Dartmouth football wins against Penn, partners with Upper Valley United Way

Dartmouth won its Ivy opener for the first time since 1997 on Sept. 29, breaking a nine-game losing streak to Penn.

Strong safety Ian Wilson '08 was named the Ivy League's defensive football player of the week after his role in the victory.

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Ian Wilson '08 (number 26) makes a tackle during the Sept. 15 home opener against Colgate. Wilson was named Ivy League defensive player of the week for his role in the Sept. 29 victory over Penn. The game marked Dartmouth's first win in an Ivy opener since 1997 and broke a nine-game losing streak to Penn. (photo by Mark Washburn)

Wilson's outstanding play included 13 tackles (seven solo), along with two pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for loss. In the third quarter, he had a big stop with Penn facing third-and-one at the 16. On that play, Wilson's tackle for a loss pushed the Quakers back a yard and they missed a critical field goal attempt.

Also recognized by the Ivy League was wide receiver Eric Paul '09. He earned a spot on the Ivy League honor role with five catches for 90 yards, including an important 29-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Earlier in the season, Dartmouth football and the Upper Valley United Way (UVUW) teamed up at the Big Green's Sept. 15 home opener against Colgate for Community Day at Memorial Field. Dartmouth athletics donated $2 for every adult ticket sold to the UVUW.

Since 1972, UVUW has supported direct human services in the local community, investing more than $15 million dollars in the Upper Valley. Dartmouth has supported the UVUW for over 30 years, conducting campus-wide campaigns that have raised, in total, over $4 million that directly benefits residents of Upper Valley communities. Susan DeBevoise Wright, wife of President James Wright and honorary chair of the Dartmouth campaign, says, "The Dartmouth community has a long tradition of stepping up to serve and assist. This partnership with Dartmouth football represents another wonderful aspect of the College's tradition of reaching out to neighbors in need."

Dartmouth soccer gets field upgrade

Big wins and talented recruits certainly give athletic teams a boost, so just imagine the momentum that Dartmouth men's and women's soccer now have from a new, first-class facility.

Alden H. "Whitey" Burnham '46A Field, named for the outstanding Dartmouth coach and longtime administrator, opened its doors on Sept. 3.

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The women's soccer team celebrates their home-opener shutout against Cal Poly (1-0). The Sept. 7 game was the team's first on the new Alden H. "Whitey" Burnham '46A Field.

The facility, supported by a generous gift from Marjorie and Stan Smoyer '34, includes stands for 1,600 spectators, a press box, field lighting, a scoreboard, and space for concessions. The field surface is a top-quality grass pitch, while a sloped berm on three sides for additional seating will provide fans with an up close experience.

Adjacent to Burnham Field will be a support facility (likely completed in spring 2008) that will house public rest rooms and locker rooms.

Men's soccer played the first official game on Burnham Field (dropping a hard-fought, 2-1 overtime decision to UMass Amherst) and the women followed suit shortly after, winning their home opener in a 1-0 shutout against Cal Poly at the Nike/Hypertherm Classic on Sept. 7.

"The overall environment is great for fans and our team," says Women's Soccer Head Coach Angie Hind. "From a recruiting standpoint we will be able to compete because it is one of the best fields in the Northeast and it would be a prime spot to host a round of the NCAA Tournament."

Last season, the Big Green women's soccer team was overlooked for the NCAA postseason and lost 10 players to graduation. For the 2007 campaign, Hind believes her younger players will step up and play a large role as the season unfolds.

She also expects returning impact players such as seniors Annie Stanley '08 and Amanda Webb '08, junior goalkeeper Laurel Peak '09, and sophomores Maggie Goldstein '10, Ali Hubbard '10, Kelsey Quick '10, and Myra Sack '10 to anchor the young squad.

With many returning core players, the men's soccer team is poised to make a run and get back to the top of the Ivy League. Head coach Jeff Cook welcomed 10 newcomers and a pair of assistant coaches who will provide new energy to the Big Green. Dartmouth won two Ivy League titles in the past three seasons, but missed out on a postseason trip in 2006.

Cook, in his seventh year, looks for leadership from his three senior tri-captains Brian Lappas '08, Ale Frischeisen '08, and Tom Lobben '08. The strength of this year's squad, according to Cook, will be the midfield, while the back line has always been a strong point.

True set to train for Olympic trials

Ben True '08, an All-America competitor in cross country, Nordic skiing, and outdoor track, decided to take a temporary break from his studies in June to pursue intensive training and potential national team opportunities in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Lake Placid, N.Y.

He's expected to return to Dartmouth for the spring term 2008 when he will compete in track and field for the Big Green. Among his goals will be to improve on his various school records, defend his Heptagonal titles in the 1,500 and 5,000, earn All-America honors, and qualify for the Olympic Trials.

True still has two terms of academic work to complete his Dartmouth degree after next spring and he will take them in fall 2008, when he intends to run cross country for Dartmouth, and in winter 2009, when he will ski for the Big Green.

Men's Cross Country Head Coach Barry Harwick says, "When we recruited Ben, we told him that he would be able to pursue running and skiing at the highest levels and that is exactly what he has done. He also said that he would run cross country for four seasons, ski for four seasons, and run outdoor track for four seasons."

He is right on pace to do that. True won the individual Heps cross country titles in 2005 and 2006. The annual event is scheduled for New York City's Van Cortlandt Park on Oct. 26.

By MATTHEW FAULKNER

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Last Updated: 5/30/08