Some sports are deceptively simple, just throw the ball and catch (or stop) the ball. This week's athletes of the week are outstanding examples of playing their sport correctly. On the mound for the Big Green baseball team, senior Kyle Hunter threw a career high 11 strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over Princeton. On the lacrosse field Kristen Giovanniello stopped 10 balls thrown at her by the Cornell offense, including five in a row at point blank range to lead the Big Green to a 9-5 win on Saturday.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named the Northeast Credit Union Athletes of the Week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Northeast Credit Union Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Giovannielo was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career and the first time this season after stopping 10 shots and helping Dartmouth to a 9-5 win over Cornell Saturday afternoon in Hanover. The third-year goalkeeper made six of her saves in the second half, including on five straight Big Red possessions that also featured one breakaway rush by a Cornell attacker. With the game still just separated by two goals, Giovanniello's play in the defensive zone served as the spark plug the team needed to secure its fourth straight Ivy League win to remain unbeaten and atop the conference standings.
Kyle Hunter dominated the Princeton lineup in the second game of a doubleheader on April 6, striking out a career-high 11 batters while surrendering just four hits and one run over eight-plus innings to send Dartmouth to a 6-1 victory. The left-hander from Palm City, Fla., threw 112 pitches in subduing the Tiger lineup and improved his record to 2-1 on the season and 12-8 in his career. During one stretch, he retired 16 of 17 batters, including 12 straight, and not a single runner advanced past second base after the first inning. For the season, Hunter is fourth in the Ivy League with a 1.57 ERA and sixth with 30 strikeouts.