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The winners at the 2010-11 Celebration of Excellence.

Dartmouth Athletics Hosts Its Celebration of Excellence

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Release: 07/07/2011
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth College Department of Athletics honored eight student-athletes this evening at the annual Celebration of Athletic Excellence, highlighted by the presentation of the Kenneth Archibald Prize to senior men's soccer co-captain Daniel Keat.

Dartmouth's highest athletic honor, the Kenneth Archibald Prize is presented annually to "the member of the graduating class who has been four years in attendance, who has been the best all-around athlete, regard also being had to moral worth and high standing in scholarship." The winner traditionally exemplifies all that we hope and expect of the men and women who put on the Dartmouth uniform and take to the field of play. This student-athlete is to be of exemplary athletic skill, of great academic prowess and of high moral character.

During his career, Keat experienced unprecedented success, leading the Big Green to four NCAA Tournament appearances and an Ivy League Championship. He was named All-Ivy four times, including first team honors in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and achieved All-America status in 2009. Keat graduates fifth all-time at Dartmouth in career scoring with 54 points including 20 goals, which ranks ninth all-time along with 14 assists, ranking fifth. His career was not without adversity, as he missed his entire junior year with an injury that also cost him the opportunity to compete in the Olympics after having earned a spot on the New Zealand National Team. Keat responded to those challenges with grace and courage and continued to be an integral member of Dartmouth's team. A government major with a 3.11 GPA, he is an example of excellence in the classroom, in the community and in athletic competition.

"While he left Dartmouth as one of the most decorated and succesful players in the history of our program, Daniel's character and leadership qualities are exemplary, and set a standard of professionalism and commitment that never wavered and could be trusted by teammates and coaches alike," said head coach Jeff Cook.

The Class of 1948 Scholar-Athlete Award given "to one male and one female of the junior class, who have combined outstanding performance in athletics and significant achievement in academics" was presented to Erika Flowers of the Dartmouth ski team and Adam Rice from men's soccer. Flowers, a biology major has balanced her success on the field and in the classroom during her three years. She was named to her sport's Coaches Association All-Academic team while also earning first team All-East status. Flowers was ranked fourth overall in her events within the league and she finished fourth at the NCAA Championships to garner a spot on the All-America First Team. Her performance helped her team place third at the NCAA Championships, their best finish in four years. "Erika is not only a motivated, hard-working and focused athlete, she is also a great teammate and has become a solid athlete for the team this past season," said her coach Cami Thompson.

Rice earned the men's Class of 1948 Award after earning a high grade point average as a government major and an outstanding performer for the Big Green. He has been a significant contributor to the team's success since his freshman season, earning three consecutive NCAA appearances and twice advancing to the Sweet 16. Off the field, Rice is involved in numerous community service initiatives, including serving as the director of Athletes United. He is truly a selfless young man who represents the ideals of a Dartmouth student-athlete. Head coach Cook described Rice as "a great example of how to balance academic and athletic commitments without compromising one's standards in either area."

Men's lacrosse junior Kip Dooley received the Class of 1950 Award for the "student-athlete who has demonstrated the most extraordinary commitment to community service." His resolve and selfless drive are the characteristics that every coach looks for in one of their student-athletes. Dooley's presence in the Dartmouth community includes his work with The Prouty Bike Ride, the Dartmouth Peer Leadership Campus Dialogues, Dartmouth Students Stand with Staff, Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, the Men's Forums and Norwich Youth Lacrosse. Besides his work in the Dartmouth community, he attended the Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program in South Africa. "Not only is he the team's leading scorer, he is also very involved in all of our team's community service projects," said head men's lacrosse coach Andy Towers. "Kip is extraordinarily selfless and thoughtful."

The Timothy Wright Ellis Award for the man who best shows the ""extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability which made Tim such a well-known member of the community" went to men's football senior Tanner Scott. Head coach Buddy Teevens said, "In my opinion, he is the most exemplary male athlete at Dartmouth and possibly in the Ivy League in terms of his commitment to excellence in every area of his life. One thing about him that cannot necessarily be recorded in a statistical column is his character. Tanner is one of the most genuine, confident yet extremely humble, and disciplined people on this campus, which is why he's respected by all who know or meet him." Scott joined the team in the spring of his freshman year as a walk-on and quickly worked his way up the depth chart to eventually become an All-ivy Honorable Mention his junior year. An economics major and a double minor in mathematics and Asian & Middle Eastern language and literature, he boasts a 3.83 GPA and was an Academic All-District honoree as well as a two-time FCS Academic All-Star. In addition, he was a finalist for the prestigious postgraduate scholarship from the Athletic Directors Association.

Senior Katie Horner of the women's hockey team was the recipient of the Agnes B. Kurtz Award, presented to the "woman who best combines proficiency in athletics with dedication to the furthering of women's athletics." The award is nominated and voted on by the captains of the women's teams and given to that woman who best combines proficiency in athletics with dedication to the furthering of women's sports. Horner has been a leader for women's athletics in her four years. She played in 112 career games, helping her team to the NCAA Tournament three-out-of-the-four years she played. This season, the Big Green exceeded expectations, and finished the year ranked eighth in the nation. Besides captaining her team, Horner can often be seen and heard at various athletic events and she serves as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. "I can't think of a more polished and well-rounded individual who is respected and looked up to by the entire athletic community," said women's hockey coach Mark Hudak. "She has led the athletic community in advancing campaigns to improve school spirit through her enthusiasm, leadership skills and charisma."

The Alfred E. Watson Trophy for the finest male athlete of the year went to junior James Mello of the men's hockey team. After playing in only 17 games prior to his junior season, Mello became the Big Green's starter in net early in the year and played in 30 of Dartmouth's 34 games, starting in the final 21 contest of 2010-11. He finished the season first in save percentage and second in goals against average in ECAC Hockey, arguably one of the most competitive hockey leagues in the country this past year. Mello was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and was named second team All-ECAC for his first-ever postseason awards. He helped the Big Green advance to the ECAC Hockey playoffs in Atlantic City for the first time in four years as the Big Green finished with a final national ranking of 15th. "James was the backbone of our team and clearly his play had a major impact on our team's success," said head coach Bob Gaudet.

The Class of 1976 Award for the outstanding female athlete of the year was presented to women's tennis captain Molly Scott. She helped her team to historical heights this season and helped push the squad to its first-ever Ivy League championship. Scott was named first team All-Ivy in singles for the third consecutive year and was recently named the ITA Northeast Region Senior of the Year while earning the region's Cissie Leary Award for sportsmanship. This season, Scott set the Dartmouth record for career singles wins with 77, career doubles wins with 88 and total wins with a 165-86 career mark. Head coach Bob Dallis stated, "Teams take on the personality of their best player, and this one is very tough-minded while exhibiting the highest level of sportsmanship."

The Big Green Cup in its second year is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Cup is awarded to the winning varsity program in a year-long competition. Points are earned as athletes are encouraged to support one another at athletic events, achieve high academic standards, compete at the highest level in their sports, and serve the community. The second-annual winner of the Big Green Cup was the Dartmouth women's soccer team.

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