HANOVER, N.H. - Head Coach Andrew Towers and the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team recently announced the team awards for this past season. In all, nine awards were given out to eight players on the 2012 team.
Senior Fergus Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) earned the Tom Dent Award (MVP) and Defensive MVP honor. Campbell started every game at goalkeeper this year with a 10.38 goals against average, 136 saves and a .502 save percentage in 780:38 minutes. He had a season-high 15 saves three times the year, coming against Colgate, UNC and Vermont. He finishes his career fifth on the Big Green's all-time saves list with 511. He also ends his career with 48 games played, which is the third-most for a goalie at Dartmouth.
The Tom Dent Award is "To be awarded to the Senior player who by vote of the entire team, has demonstrated the ideals of Tom Dent through his aggressive play, his proven ability as a team player, and his enjoyment of the game, and who by his sportsmanlike conduct is a credit to the memory of Tom Dent and to Dartmouth."
Tom was one of the beloved figures of Dartmouth coaching. He died May 10, 1962. Born in Scotland, he came to this country to recuperate from a gassing suffered in WWI as a member of the Black Watch Regiment. He became soccer coach in 1924 and took on the task of coaching lacrosse in 1926 although he had no experience in the latter sport. A successful coach in terms of winning, he was also concerned with the characters of his charges.
The Inaugural Class of 1980 award, which is "To be awarded to one student athlete from both the men's and women's lacrosse teams, who best represents themselves, their team, the College and the community through their academics, athletics, and community involvement" was presented to senior Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.).
On the field, Dooley finished second on the team in scoring. He totaled 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. He registered four-or-more points in three games, while twice totaling five points in a contest. He finishes his career with 96 career points on 49 goals and 47 assists in 51 career games.
In the community, he participated in Big Green Readers, where Dartmouth athletes go and read to school children in the community, and he and the rest of the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team visit David's House. Dooley was a captain of the men's lacrosse team for the second year and he served as a writing tutor and teaching assistant for freshmen writing courses at Dartmouth.
The Offensive MVP went to senior Drew Tunney (Greenwich, Conn.). Tunney led the team in points and assists this season. He finished the year with 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. The senior had four man-up goals and one man-down score. He also grabbed 22 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. He had a career-high nine points and six assists in the 11-10 victory over Sacred Heart. Tunney became the first to tally six assists since Ari Sussman '10 had six against Harvard on May 3, 2008. Tunney is the first to have nine points in a game since Josh Etzion '11 had nine against Wagner on March 11, 2010.
The Dud Hendrick Award went to senior Thomas Mattimore (Tiburon, Calif.). The honor is "To be awarded to the player, selected by the coaching staff with input from team members, whose hard work, competitive spirit, and dedication to his teammates and to lacrosse, has led to the most improvement during his career at Dartmouth."
Mattimore played in all 14 games for Dartmouth, starting one. He had career highs in goals (5), assists (4) and points (9) along with two ground balls and one caused turnover. In his final season, it marked the first time he has scored more than one goal and had more than one assist.
The Jenkins C. Marshall 1984 Award for the most outstanding first-year player went to freshman Phil Hession (Canton, Mass.). Hession played in all 14 games for the Big Green, while grabbing eight ground balls and causing five turnovers. He was the only first-year player to see action in every game. Hession finished the season with one assist for one point, with his first collegiate assist coming in the victory over Penn.
Junior Pat Flynn (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) earned the Dedication and Sacrifice Award. It is "To be awarded to the player who displays the most outstanding dedication and overall team effort day in and day out." Flynn was a standout for the Big Green this season, starting all 14 games for Dartmouth on defense. He finished the year with a team-leading 16 caused turnovers. The team forced 9.00 turnovers per game, which ranked in the top 10 in the country. Flynn also helped the squad hold opponents to 10.93 goals per game, which marked an improvement from 11.00 in 2011. The junior also earned Second Team All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career on May 2, and Second Team All-NEILA honors.
The Blue Collar Award given "to the player that displays a daily work ethic that far exceeds most. While this player may not always make the showy or spectacular play, his efforts are always unassuming and dependable" went to sophomore Evan Bloom (Nesconset, N.Y.). Not only did Bloom give his all every day in practice, but also played in five games for Dartmouth.Senior Tim Root (Houston, Texas) was awarded the Dartmouth Coaches Award. The honor is presented "to the player who displays the spirit, camaraderie, enthusiasm, and loyalty to both his teammates and coaches." In his final season, Root played in four games, after suffering injuries throughout his career. In the last game of his collegiate career, he tallied his first career assist and his first career goal to help the Big Green defeat Holy Cross.