Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as Dartmouth's Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
A memorable Ivy Championship
debut and a pair of dominant performances have placed Athlete of the Week
distinction on swimmer Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.) and lacrosse player Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.). Roth, a freshman, broke three Dartmouth records at his
first-ever Ivy Championship meet. Meyer, a junior, earned Ivy and national
recognition after a 13-point week with wins over Vermont and #8 Notre Dame.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.), Women's Lacrosse, Midfield, Junior
Greta Meyer, a junior midfielder, had a 13 point week with five goals and eight assists, leading the #20 Big Green to wins over Vermont and #8 Notre Damewith efficient and unselfish playmaking. She put all but one of her seven shots on goal and converting on five of those for scores. She also dished out a total of eight assists, grabbed four ground balls and had four caused turnovers. Meyer started the week with a career-best eight-point effort in Dartmouth's 22-2 win over Vermont on including three goals and a career-high five assists. She kept up her impressive play in a 12-8 win over the Irish, tallying five points on two goals, including the game-winner, and three assists along with three caused turnovers. On the season, Meyer leads Dartmouth with 16 points and a sizzling 84.6 shot on goal percentage.
So far this season
you're leading the team in scoring and a lot of points are coming from assists.
To what do attribute your success?
Really all the success is coming from my teammates who are getting open. I have the easy job, I just have to make sure I get the ball to them.
The team has
presented a really balanced offensive threat so far, especially in the last two
wins, can you talk about being able to spread out the scoring?
We have so many great players on attack this year. Every person is a threat this year and I think that is the main reason for our success. If one person is getting shut down, there are six other people that can take care of the ball and score. I also think we finally have an experienced attack compared to years past. Everyone has played in tough games before and feels confident with the ball and dodging to goal.
What was the mindset
of the team heading into the Vermont game after the UNH loss? How about going
out to #8 Notre Dame?
Going into Vermont we were determined to show what our team really was capable of. I think the loss to UNH was a wakeup call that we had to take our season one game at a time and we couldn't expect anything. The UNH loss really helped us come together as a team and realize that to win we need to play as a team and not 12 individuals. It's always fun to travel and play teams on their fields. Everyone was especially excited to play Notre Dame because of the close game we had the last time we played them. Going into Notre Dame we had a great game plan and knew that if we followed it we could win and that's exactly what we did.
What is the biggest
challenge for the team now that you have 10 days between games (for exams),
especially with that next game as the Ivy opener?
The biggest challenge will be to stay focused. Everyone will be stressed and busy over finals and we need to make sure we stay focused on lacrosse when we are at practice and continue to get better. The good thing is that our next game is an Ivy opponent and I think most of the team would agree that these are the best games. We have so much history, and these are the games we practice all year for so I'm sure that we will all try our hardest to stay focused and prepare for this game!
While it's still
early in the season, do you see your team developing an identity?
I think we already are. It's hard to say what exactly our identity will be, but this year we have more of a fight than ever before. We focus on winning the small things such as ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers and I think if we continue to focus on these we will develop an identity as a team with a ton of fight that will not easily give in.
Athlete of the Week:
Albert Rothr (Aurora, Ill.), Swimming, IM, Fly, Back, Freshman
Albert Roth (Aurora, Ill.) stole the show at his first career Ivy Championships, breaking three school records and advancing to two Championship finals. Roth's best finish was fourth place in the 200 butterfly Championship Final, breaking the school record with a preliminary time of 1:49.55. His finals time of 1:49.87 would have also broken the record. He also advanced to the Championship Final in the 400 individual medley, finishing sixth and breaking the 15-year-old school record twice, bettering his mark with a finals time of 3:57.64. Roth also broke the school record in the 200 individual medley (1:50.11) and took fourth in the B Final, 12th overall.
How did it feel to
fare so well and get your team big points at your first college championship
It felt really good to contribute to the team points.
You also broke three
school records including two that were more than a decade old. Was that a goal
for you heading into the weekend?
It was definitely a goal for me. It's hard to look at the record board at practice everyday and not think about breaking them
Was there a big
difference to this championship event than others in which you've raced?
This meet actually felt a little different than most meets. For one thing, my parents were able to come and watch it so that was a huge motivator. I also got to take my first ice bath. It was terrible.
What did you
personally and, if you can speak for the team as a whole, take away from this
event and this season?
We posted a lot of Dartmouth top-10 times, which is a good sign. We have a lot to look forward to next season with some pretty quick distance swimmers that will join the team.