“Gabas and Alex will be terrific captains and have demonstrated to their teammates a work ethic and a true concern for all,” said Cormier. “Their leadership will be another sign of our continued growth within our program.”
Dartmouth is hopeful that Maldunas, a 6-9, 230-pound center from Panavezys, Lithuania, will be ready to start his final season after a knee injury cut short his junior year, causing him to miss essentially the entire Ivy League slate. Maldunas was one of the country’s most efficient rebounders, hauling in 8.5 boards a game in his 15 games and was leading the nation in defensive rebounding percentage (.323) in mid-January shortly before suffering his injury. At the offensive end, was leading the Big Green with 11.2 points per game while shooting at a 52.5 percent clip when he went down, plus his 30 blocked shots were the most by a Dartmouth player despite barely playing half of the games. In his only game against an Ivy opponent, he single-handedly kept the Green in the game at the eventual league champion, Harvard, scoring 23 of his squad’s 45 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
Mitola, a 5-11, 165-pound guard from Florham Park, N.J., came on strong at the end of the season to lead Dartmouth in scoring at 11.8 points per game, and was even better against the Ivy League at 12.8 points a night. The team MVP scored in double figures in 15 of the Big Green’s 28 games, including a career-best 33 points against Cornell on March 1, the most by a Dartmouth player in 13 years. Mitola also led the squad with 66 three-pointers made — knocking them down at a rate of 41.8 percent — 75 assists and a free throw percentage of .868, which was also the second-best figure in the league. After the final weekend of the season, he was selected as the Ivy League co-Player of the Week, and in two years at Dartmouth is already eighth all-time with 131 three-pointers, putting him on pace to break the school record held by Jim Barton ’89 (242).
Dartmouth finished the season 12-16 overall, its best record in 15 years, and 5-9 in the Ivy League.