BIG GREEN SPORTS
Women's Lacrosse - Spotlight
A funny thing happened to Heather McNulty on her way to three Ivy League women's lacrosse championships and a pair of NCAA National Championship Tournaments.
She lost all her classmates.
When McNulty first set foot on Chase Field, back in 1996, she was surrounded by seven classmates.
As the seasons went by, though, the Class of '99 gradually dwindled in size. Some decided to focus on other sports. Some decided to pursue other interests. And by the time the Big Green set foot on Chase Field for the first time in 1999, senior co-captain McNulty found herself looking around at 21 teammates - all of them freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
"It was really hard," she admitted. "I get along great with my teammates, but none of them truly understood what it was like to be going through things as a senior. Plus, the other classes are pretty large, so they can support each other. They're not going it alone.
"I just tried to focus on the team and being a leader," she continued. "As a result, I probably did not focus on my game as much as I should have."
Pay no attention to McNulty's self-deprecating manner - her numbers indicate a stellar season. She finished just one caused turnover shy of the team lead, with 44, and scooped up 31 ground balls. She even got forward on occasion, including a goal against Columbia, but defense was without doubt her forte.
It should be no surprise that the unit that boasted the Big Green's only senior also bore its greatest success. As a unit, Dartmouth surrendered less than eight goals per game - a number that dropped to a staggering 5.36 in Dartmouth's 11 wins. On the season, just four teams reached double digits against the Big Green defense.
In fact, it's been quite a heady experience for McNulty, who knew she wanted to go to Dartmouth but initially made the mistake of thinking she could play both lacrosse and tennis for the Big Green.
"I was pretty serious about tennis - I was on the varsity at my high school in seventh grade," she said. "I talked to Amy (Patton) about playing tennis and lacrosse during my recruiting trip. I didn't realize they were both spring sports here."
McNulty's freshman campaign was hardly one that foretold high times. Missing numerous key components from the previous year's NCAA semifinalist, the Big Green struggled to a 9-6 record and failed to defend its Ivy League title with a 3-3 mark.
Since then, there have been a lot of happy moments. That happens when you go a combined 19-1 in the Ivy League en route to three straight crowns, and 34-12 overall including a pair of NCAA appearances.
It makes for a boatload of memories.
"I'll always remember the Loyola game at home, when we came back and won and the fans were just swarmed around the field," she said. "This year, I finally got to play Princeton at home for the first time, and the way we ended up beating them is a wonderful memory.
"A lot of my memories come off the field, though," she continued. "It's hard to explain to someone what it's all about in the locker room, on the bus trips and sitting around in hotel rooms."
To end her career, McNulty got an even more precious memory. Weze Shorts, a three-year teammate who is also a classmate, was part of the Big Green's NCAA Tournament travel party as a team manager. Throughout the trips, coaches and teammates commented on how McNulty seemed noticeably lifted by her presence.
"Having Weze with us really made me happy," said McNulty in agreement. "She is one of my favorite people, and having her around made a huge difference.
"It was great to have someone from my class share the experience." (Mike Mahoney)
Heather McNulty's recruiting trip to Dartmouth was made possible by
the generosity of Irwin Facher '61 and Dave Bradley '58
through the Athletic Sponsor Program.
Men's Track and Field - Spotlight
For Dartmouth track and field standout Ray Long, triple jumping has been all about expectations.
When the Lynn, Massachusetts native first arrived in Hanover as a freshman three years ago, he had a lot of adjusting to do.
In high school, Long's toughest competition on the track was usually his own past performances, so he sought challenges by playing football.
"Even if it was a bad team, I still had to dodge a 250 lb. kid who was trying to sit on my face," Long said. "I loved track but I enjoyed football more because in my league it was more of a challenge."
Once in college, Long gave up football in favor of track after one season on the gridiron because the strength requirements for the two pursuits conflicted.
At Dartmouth, however, Long not only had to contend with quality track and field opponents, but he also had to face one of the best jumpers in the region every day in practice - teammate Lane Burks '97. That turned out to be a learning experience which gave Long the impetus to change his expectations. No longer the top dog in his league, he was forced to raise the bar for himself.
"I got beat all the time, but it was better like that," Long said. "I got to watch Lane in practice and see how he and others who were jumping 48, 49, 50 feet did it. It was just more motivation to want to be jumping as far as those guys."
But the changes didn't happen overnight. Long battled injuries and no longer sprints or long jumps because head field events coach Carl Wallin wants to keep him healthy for his specialty - the triple jump. Additionally, Long needed to get accustomed to the strength and conditioning demands of competition at the collegiate level.
"I wasn't used to how much lifting is done," he said. "When I got to the spring season I was crashing, but now I'm adjusted and this year I can really see the results."
So can everybody else. This spring Long had the best performance of his career at the Heptagonal Championships, placing fourth in the triple jump with a 49-11 1/4 inch leap, a personal best by eight inches.
Though he had improved steadily during the course of the season - increasing his jumps by about three feet during the 1999 outdoor season alone - Long did not expect the fourth place result at Heps. After he finished his final jump, he thought he was sixth. Teammate Adam Horst told the surprised Long that he actually was fourth.
Luckily for Long, he has the ability to continually expect more from himself and does not rest after reaching a goal.
"Last year if I had jumped 47-5, I would have thrown myself a party, calling my grandparents, cutting out any articles with my name in them," Long said. "But in my last few meets I've been consistently over 47-5 and it just changes expectations. It doesn't seem as far now as it once did."
With an outlook of that sort, it's little wonder that the coach speaks highly of his athlete.
"Ray has a great attitude," Wallin said. "He is wonderful to work with. He trains really hard, he listens and does everything that he is supposed to do.
"He's always cheering on his teammates, and he just does anything to help because he loves the sport."
There is not much more that you can expect from an athlete than that.
Highs and Lows Mark Women's Lax at NCAA's
The Dartmouth College women's lacrosse team's 1999 NCAA national championship tournament experience can best be summed up as Dickensian.
The Big Green played the best of games, then the worst of games.
As a result, Dartmouth's season closed down a week sooner than hoped. Instead of a second straight appearance in Baltimore for the semifinals, the Big Green closed out the 1999 campaign approximately 150 miles to the southwest, in Charlottesville, Va.
"I think it's natural to say we're disappointed," said head coach Amy Patton. "We had very high aspirations going into the year, and aside from the Princeton and Loyola games we never quite clicked."
The Big Green's tournament run made for a whirlwind 10 days. After winning a scintillating, 8-7 decision against Princeton on Chase Field on April 24, which gave Dartmouth its fourth Ivy League title in the last five years, the women closed out the regular season with a pair of 10-8 losses at North Carolina and Duke. As a result, Dartmouth was seeded 10th in this year's 12-team NCAA field and sent to Loyola College for a first-round game.
Another long trip aside, there was reason for the Big Green to be wary. The Greyhounds came to Hanover last year for an NCAA quarterfinal, but after building up a 5-0 halftime lead they saw Dartmouth come back and pull off a stunning, 9-8 overtime decision in the final seconds. As one Loyola scribe said, "To say that these guys are excited at the chance for redemption on their home field is an understatement."
Like last year, the Greyhounds broke out of the gates quickly for the first goal, taking just 1:43. Unlike last year, it was all Big Green after that.
By the time Loyola scored again, Dartmouth was up 5-1. And when the half ended, the scoreboard showed the Big Green leading by a 9-3 count.
Any chances of Loyola putting together a second-half comeback were quickly quelled by a Dartmouth team that, if anything, was guilty of second-half letdowns this year. During the regular season, Dartmouth fell twice - to Penn State and Duke - after leading by relatively comfortable margins at the break.
This time around, though, the Big Green scored nine goals in the first 12 minutes of the second stanza to make the score 18-3. By the time the final horn sounded, the Big Green had set a tournament record for goals and put the finishing touches on a 20-7 victory.
"We played smart when we got the ball today, and we finished the plays," said Kate Graw (Davidsonville, Md.), who tied a career high with six goals and added two assists. "The second half has been a mental thing with us all year, but it's a new season and we have to put those games in the past."
It was a day tailor-made for Dartmouth's balanced attack. Seven separate players had two or more goals, as Jacque Weitzel (Annapolis, Md.) and Alison Moulin (Alexandria, Va.) had three apiece.
"Last weekend against Duke, we played not to lose and it cost us, " said Emily Fenwick (Reisterstown, Md.), who had two goals and two assists. "Today, we came out and kept going right at them."
Three days later, the tables were turned almost exactly 180 degrees. On a Virginia turf field that felt like it might be 180 degrees, the Big Green wilted against a mid-Atlantic heat wave and a smothering Cavalier attack, 20-8, in the quarterfinals.
As good as Dartmouth looked against Loyola, the performance was that flat against UVA. Passes were off-target, catches were dropped and defense was a step behind too many times. The recipe proved disastrous.
"It was disappointing to end that way," said Patton. "I
thought we would be excited for Virginia, especially since they beat us
in the semis last year. But we have done a lot of traveling in the last
10 days and I think that took its toll. Our players were exhausted."
Women's Varsity Eight Rows to NCAA's
The Dartmouth women's varsity eight rowers are 11th in the nation after their finish May 30 at the third annual NCAA Championship.
"This proves we belong here," said coach Chris Schmidt. "It was a great experience, and I'm extremely proud of what we accomplished."
The Big Green was fifth in the petite final. Michigan (6:51.79) won the race by two seconds over Boston University (6:53.79), and Northeastern was third in 6:55.39. Michigan State was fourth (6:56.7, followed by Dartmouth (7:00.0) and Southern Cal (7:01.6).
"We were especially happy to beat USC because two of their rowers have the top college ergometer scores in the nation," said Schmidt.
In the grande final, Brown University defeated Virginia, and California was third by a seat over Princeton. Two-time defending champion Washington was a disappointing fifth, followed by Harvard.
On Saturday in the semi-finals, Brown defeated Washington, snapping the Huskies' 33-race win streak.
All told, it was a strong showing by the four Ivy League schools who were competing in a field of athletic scholarship programs.
The Bears won the team title by virtue of a tiebreaker. Dead even in points with Virginia, the overall championship went to Brown because of the victory in the varsity eight race.
"We're a little disappointed that Boston University and Northeastern finished ahead of us," said Schmidt, "but we put together a good race. Our best showing was in the repechage, and we really needed it there to advance. We had the smallest crew here, and four races in three days against a headwind took their toll."
Dartmouth started the competition with a third-place finish in one of four heats. The Big Green then nearly won the repechage (or "second chance" race), getting nosed out at the finish by Michigan State.
That sent Dartmouth to the semi-finals, where the Big Green was fifth, giving the varsity eight a berth in the petite final.
The event was hosted by Sacramento State at Lake Natoma.
Dartmouth also fielded a relatively young crew with three seniors among the eight rowers. Graduating are Anna Kate Deutschendorf (Aspen, Colo.), Cory Vogt (St. Louis, Mo.) and Kathryn Daly (Darien, Conn.). Five juniors return for next year, including cox Athena Maikish (New York, N.Y.).
The other four juniors are stroke Heather Wakeley (Gansevoort, N.Y.), Sarah Macarah (Billings, Mo.), Sarah LaPlante (Lancaster, N.H.) and Sandra Muller (Newton, Mass.). The other spot at the NCAA's was filled by freshman Anna Linzee (Stony Brook, N.Y.) who rowed novice most of the spring before moving up. (Kathy Slattery)
1999 Spring Sports Digest (April 19 to May 31)
BASEBALL (17-24 Overall, 9-11 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. N.H. College, W 11-2; vs. Plymouth State, W 22-10; at Yale, W 5-0, W 8-3; at Yale, W 7-6, L 5-4; at Holy Cross, W 4-3; vs. Harvard, L 5-3, L 13-7; at Harvard, W 4-1, L 9-0; vs. Middlebury, W 7-5; at Boston College, L 14-9.
Three Dartmouth players were voted first team All-Ivy this spring, led
by repeat selection Mike Conway (Englewood, Colo.) who was chosen for the
third straight time at third base. Joining him were sophomore catcher Mike
Levy (Atlanta, Ga.) and junior outfielder James Little (Portland, Ore.).
Named honorable mention were junior pitcher Conor Brooks (Plymouth, Mass.)
and junior first baseman Aaron Meyer (Cheshire, Conn.). Conway represented
Dartmouth on May 29 in the annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches
Association all-star game, held at Norwich, Conn. Junior Brian Nickerson
(Arcadia, Calif.) will captain Dartmouth in 2000.
WOMEN'S GOLF (0-0 Overall, 0-0 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Northeast Championship, 6th of 14.
Junior Lauren Epstein (Syosset, N.Y.) nearly won her second tournament of the spring, but had to settle for a runner-up finish at the Northeast Championship. Epstein (79-81) held a two-shot lead after one day, before being overtaken by Hartford's Kristy Finlayson (81-76). Three seniors concluded their Dartmouth careers - Samantha Sommers (Wiscasset, Maine) shot 93-88-181; Courtney Dill (Burr Ridge, Ill.) had 93-93-186; and Cara Mathews (Randolph, Maine) posted 100-90-190. Epstein was elected captain of next year's squad.
MEN'S LACROSSE (5-8 Overall, 2-4 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Yale, L 10-5; vs. Brown, W 7-6; at Vermont, L 14-13; at Princeton, L 16-1; vs. Harvard, W 10-9.
Freshman Ross Johnson (Mill Valley, Calif.) was named Ivy rookie of the week after a three goal, one assist performance against Harvard. Senior goalie Andrew Dance (Darien, Conn.) was voted to the Ivy honor roll for the Harvard game as he stopped 13 shots, including a late-game breakaway. The Big Green was 3-1 at home this season, the best since the 1982 team was 4-1. Six of Dartmouth's eight losses came to teams ranked in the USILA poll. Dance, sophomore Scott Kinum (Summit, N.J.), and junior Gregg Edell (Glenelg, Md.) were tabbed second team All-New England. Co-captains for the 2000 season are Edell and junior Jeremy Desor (Ellicott City, Md.).
WOMEN'S LACROSSE (11-5 Overall, 7-0 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. Harvard, W 17-5; vs. Princeton, W 8-7; at North Carolina, L 10-8; at Duke, L 10-8; at Loyola, W 20-7; at Virginia, L 20-8.
Dartmouth was well represented on the All-Ivy squad with three first
team selections, all juniors - Kate Graw (Davidsonville, Md.), Jacque Weitzel
(Annapolis, Md.) and Melissa Frazier (Berwyn, Pa.). Second team honors went
to junior Liz Merritt (Darien, Conn.), sophomore Amy Zimmer (Alexandria,
Va.) and freshman Sarah Hughes (Broomall, Pa.). Junior Emily Fenwick (Reisterstown,
Md.) rounded out the Big Green selections with honorable mention honors.
That wasn't it for Dartmouth, however. Weitzel and Frazier were voted Brine/IWLCA
first team All-Americans while Graw was named second team. The trio also
was voted to the Division 1 North Region All-America first team, while Fenwick
and Zimmer were tabbed second team. Frazier and Graw will captain the Big
Green for the 2000 season.
MEN'S LIGHT ROWING (4-4 Overall, 1-3 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Cornell, 1st; at EARC Sprints, 7th; at U.S. Nationals, 3rd.
At Cornell, Dartmouth won for the second year in a row, retaining the Baggaley Bowl. The Big Green's third varsity four finished the spring season without a single loss after defeating Cornell by a 12-second margin. Later at the Eastern Sprints, the Dartmouth varsity eight defeated Cornell again to win the petite final and finish seventh overall. The second freshman lightweight eight had the best showing, finishing third in the grande final behind Navy and Harvard. The freshman light eight was sixth, also in the grande final.
MEN'S HEAVY ROWING (4-4 Overall, 0-2 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. Brown and Virginia, 2nd; vs. Wisconsin and MIT, 2nd; at EARC Sprints, 10th; at Syracuse, 1st; at IRA Regatta, 14th.
The heavyweight varsity upset Syracuse to win the Packard Cup for the ninth straight year. SU led by almost a full-length halfway through the race at 1,000 meters, but Dartmouth used a power 20 to pull even with 500 meters to go. The Big Green won in the final sprint with a time of 5:43.1 while Syracuse finished in 5:45.3. The Orange had defeated Dartmouth one week before at the Eastern Sprints. At the IRA Regatta, the heavyweight eight was second in the third level final, beating Virginia, Rutgers, Cornell and Georgetown.
WOMEN'S ROWING (5-6 Overall, 3-3 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. Princeton and Penn, 2nd; at Cornell with Columbia, 2nd; at Eastern Sprints, 7th; at NCAA Championship, 11th.
Dartmouth's varsity eight won the petite final at the Eastern Sprints, and that was enough to get the Big Green a bid to the NCAA Championship for the third straight year. At the Sprints, Dartmouth bested Northeastern by one-tenth of a second after losing to the Huskies back on April 11. Ten teams (made up of a varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four) were selected for the NCAA's. In varsity eight competition, another nine schools - including Dartmouth - were chosen.
The Dartmouth women's sailing team was the runner-up at the ICYRA national championship May 26-28. Tufts won the three-day competition with 126 points, the Big Green was second with 140, and Connecticut College was a distant third with 189 in the 16-team field. Dartmouth held an eight-point lead over Tufts after the first day, and the two schools reversed positions on Day 2 with Tufts 14 points ahead. Going into the final race of the competition, the Big Green was only 10 points behind. Overall, Dartmouth won 15 of the 30 total races. Individually, Casey Hogan (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Katie Lyndon (Riverside, Conn.) combined to finish third of 16 in A division sailing, while Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Esther Freeman (Newton, Mass.) were second in B division. The event was hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
SOFTBALL (18-27 Overall, 2-10 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. Boston University, L 2-1, L 9-2; at Fairfield, L 2-1, W 5-4; vs. Cornell, L 11-0, L 8-0; vs. UMass-Lowell, W 3-1, W 8-5; at Harvard, L 4-2, L 4-1; vs. Central Connecticut, W 1-0, W 4-3; at Rhode Island, W 3-0, W 2-0; at Vermont, W 2-0, L 1-0.
Freshman outfielder Sarah Damon (Islip, N.Y.) became just the second
woman in Dartmouth softball history to earn first team All-Ivy honors, joining
Julia Doster (1996). Also named to the 1999 Ivy all-star squad were freshman
Kristin King (Piqua, Ohio), a second team selection at second base; sophomore
Carrie Sekela (Mississauga, Ont.), an honorable mention pick as a catcher;
and sophomore Chiara Grabill (Los Gatos, Calif.), honorable mention as a
utility player. Junior pitcher Laura Mills (Columbus, Ohio) is the captain
of next year's squad. Damon also was chosen for the first team of both the
New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association squad and the Northeast
MEN'S TENNIS (13-8-1 Overall, 3-4 Ivy)
Recent Results: vs. Yale, L 5-2; at Brown, L 4-3; vs. Harvard, L 7-0.
Senior Rob Simik (Essex Junction, Vt.) was voted first team All-Ivy in singles after winning four of his seven conference matches this spring. He was the only Dartmouth representative on the all-star team. Simik had an upset victory against Yale's Jon Beardsley, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. At the time, Beardsley was ranked 72nd in the nation and had a 5-1 record against players ranked in the top 100. The Big Green came close against Brown, as Simik, senior Erich Holzer (Houston, Texas) and freshman Jeff Sloves (Aspen, Colo.) won their singles matches.
WOMEN'S TENNIS (9-9 Overall, 2-5 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Yale, L 6-3; vs. Brown, L 5-4; at Harvard, L 6-3.
Junior Rebecca Dirksen (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) became the first Dartmouth woman to go undefeated in singles competition against Ivy opponents. In addition to earning first team All-Ivy recognition, she was voted Ivy League player of the year, the first Dartmouth woman to receive that honor. With one year of eligibility remaining, she already holds the school records in singles competition for single season and career victories. Junior Allison Taff (Weston, Mass.) was voted second team All-Ivy in singles, and she combined with Dirksen to earn second team recognition in doubles. Taff was elected captain of the 1999-2000 team, and sophomore Carolyn Roth (Lincolnshire, Ill.) received the Class of 1986 spirit award.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD (4-1 Overall, 2-0 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Penn Relays; Dartmouth Invitational; at Heps Championship, 6th of 9; at New England Championship, 2nd; at IC4A Championship.
Dartmouth had three individual winners at the New England Championship hosted by the University of Maine. Senior Greg Johnston (Kirkland, Que.) was first in the 110 hurdles. He broke the school record (14.28 held by William Boulware '90) with a time of 14.16 in the preliminary heat. Sophomore Matt Markell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) won the decathlon, and freshman Adam Wallace (Chicago, Ill.) was first in the 10,000. Dartmouth scored 99 points to finish behind UMass-Amherst with 121. At the Penn Relays, Johnston was runner-up in the decathlon, just 97 points behind the winner.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD (4-2 Overall, 0-2 Ivy)
Recent Results: at Penn Relays; Dartmouth Invitational; at Heps Championship, 5th of 9; at New England Championship, 4th; at ECAC Championship, 12th.
Senior Anne Devlin (Wantagh, N.Y.) was fifth in the 5,000 meters at the Penn Relays in a time of 16:40.26. Three Dartmouth athletes were second in their respective events at the New England Championship, hosted by Tufts. Senior Bethany Crenshaw (Wayne Valley, N.J.) was runner-up in the 5,000 meters with 17:16.26; sophomore Sarah Hayes (Stafford Springs, Conn.) was second in the discus with 140-9; and sophomore Allison Cardlin (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) took second in the shot with 47-2 1/2. As a team, the Big Green was fourth behind Northeastern, UMass and Brown.