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Senior John Gallagher was one of 10 Big Green athletes to earn Academic All-Ivy.

Ten Big Green Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy for the Fall

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 12/21/2011
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League released its annual list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in fall sports on Tuesday and the Big Green had 10 starters or key reserves on a varsity team that were presented with the honor.

Each fall student-athlete that makes a major contribution to its team and is able to maintain a 3.0 grade point average is eligible for Academic All-Ivy honors. The Dartmouth squad features five seniors, three juniors and two sophomores with senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) earning her second selection.

Bryant, the libero for the volleyball team, earned the honor for the second time after also receiving it her junior season. The engineering major set the Dartmouth all-time digs record this year and finished her career with 1,550. She also holds the Big Green record for digs in a match and a season.

Senior Luke Hussey (Seattle, Wash.) of the football team made the academic squad for the first time. The engineering major was a Campbell Trophy semifinalist and made the Academic All-District I First Team. He finished 12th in the Ivy League with 71 tackles and ended his career with 132.

Hussey's teammate, senior John Gallagher (Salem, Ore.), also earned academic honors for the first time. An economics major, Gallagher made first team All-Ivy at tight end, and made the Academic All-District I First Team. This season, he caught 23 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

An anthropology major and a member of the field hockey team, senior Meagan Vakiener (Port Murray, N.J.) achieved her first Academic All-Ivy honor. The goalkeeper finished her career fourth all-time at Dartmouth in minutes (4,128) and victories (25). This past season, she posted a 2.71 goals against average and made 72 saves.

For the Ivy League Champion men's soccer team, senior Nick Pappas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made the team for the first time. An economics major, Pappas made All-Ivy First Team and helped lead the Big Green to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. He also was the Dartmouth Classic Most Valuable Defensive Player.

On the women's soccer side, junior Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) earned her first Academic All-Ivy honor. The English major made second team All-Ivy, and tallied her first collegiate goal against Yale on Oct. 8.

Junior Xander Centenari (Towson, Md.) made the squad for the first time from the men's tennis team. The psychology major was ranked fourth at the Northeast Regional this fall after winning the National Tennis Center Invitational. Last spring, he made first team All-Ivy in doubles and second team in singles.

For women's tennis, junior Sarah Leonard (Norwalk, Conn.) made the squad for the first time. A philosophy major, Leonard has made second team All-Ivy in each of her first two seasons and competed at second singles last spring.

Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) achieved the honor for the first time as a member of the women's cross country team. D'Agostino placed third at the NCAA Championships (highest finish ever by a Dartmouth runner) to earn first-team All-America honors. She also won the Northeast Regional and the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

Rounding out the team for the Big Green was sophomore John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) of the men's cross country team. Bleday placed 22nd at the Northeast Regional and 17th at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

Luke Hussey John Gallagher
Nick Pappas Xander Centenari John Bleday

 

Amber Bryant Meagan Vakiener Emma Brush Sarah Leonard Abbey D'Agostino

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