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 pair of sophomore middies -
Sarah Plumb and Kip Dooley - paced the lacrosse teams against top-20 foes en
route to Dartmouth Athlete of the Week honors. Plumb led the now 9th ranked women to victories over #6 Syracuse and Yale, moving the Big Green's
winning streak to nine games. Dooley broke out offensively with six points in a
close loss for the men at #16 Harvard.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.), Women's Lacrosse, Midfield, Sophomore
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) had a stellar week for #16 Dartmouth, showing her diversity by filling the statsheet in both wins over #6 Syracuse, 17-10 and Yale, 12-5. The Big Green jumped to a #9 national ranking following the wins. At Syracuse, Plumb tallied four points on two goals and two assists, all at critical times, and paced the offense with four draw controls. With the Big Green down 2-0 early, she scored her team's first goal of the game and assisted on its second just 33 seconds later. She did the same in the second half, as Dartmouth opened on a 5-0 run to extend a four goal halftime lead into an insurmountable advantage. Plumb was all over the field against Yale, scoring two goals to build a first-half lead, grabbing four ground balls and three draw controls. Defensively, Plumb caused four of the Bulldogs' 21 turnovers on the day to help move her team to 2-0 in Ivy play.
Since the loss at UNH
to start the season, this team seems to be getting stronger each game. Do you
think that ultimately was a good thing to go through?
Ideally we would have come out of our first game with a win but yes, I think it was ultimately a good thing looking back. That loss forced us to realize that no game can be overlooked or taken lightly, and I think it is something we can continue to capitalize on as we move forward in our season.
What was the Syracuse
game like for you on the field and how did it feel to help your team break
through against a top-10 team after close calls last year?
The win over Syracuse last week was one of the most exciting games that I have ever been apart of. On and off the field our team was connected and energized and so confident in each others play. As a team I think we all knew what we could be capable of this season, but to finally come out on top against one of the best teams in the country really solidified that belief.
How does your team
get pumped up and excited for every game? How important is it to have that
energy from the players not on the field?
I think that the bench energy we had at the Syracuse game really speaks to the character of our team. Our team tends to generate its enthusiasm through our connection on the field in pre-game warm-ups. We are constantly celebrating the little accomplishments that each player makes, whether it is a good ground ball or a nice goal, and it is this type of positive energy, on and off the field, that we rely on when we hit lulls during a game or are faced with difficult situations.
nearly matched a lot of your numbers from last season already. How have you
grown as a player since your freshman year? What have you worked on in
Coming off of freshman year, I feel like I gained a better understanding for what it means to be a member of the lacrosse team here at Dartmouth. At the beginning of this year I had a better idea of what would be expected of me and I think that that gave me a lot of confidence to really push myself to improve. Something I really focused on from last season was improving my stick skills, which I think has allowed me to be more composed and to handle the ball with more confidence on the field.
What is the mindset
of the team after the sweep last week and heading into a two-week stretch with
two games each week?
Coming off of last week, I think our team is really excited about what we have already been able to accomplish this year but we know that many more challenges lie ahead of us. Instead of resting on those laurels and being complacent, we want to make sure that we continue to push ourselves over these next couple of weeks. I think that everyone on the team is really excited to see how much we can improve and build off of our previous successes.
Athlete of the Week:
Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.), Men's Lacrosse, Midfielder, Sophomore
In a week that saw a lot of improvement from the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team, sophomore Kip Dooley (Minneapolis, Minn.) was one of the leaders with six points on four goals and two assists, coming off the bench. The biggest game of his career so far with the Big Green came on Saturday at Harvard with a career-high four goals and five points. Three of the goals came during an eight-goal run by the Big Green that gave them a 9-3 lead early in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the Crimson went on a run of its own and beat the Big Green by a 13-11 score. Dooley kept Dartmouth in the game till the end with a goal to cut the lead to 12-11 after Harvard went up by a pair of goals.
Despite dropping a
tough game on Saturday, the team made some strides during the game. Where do
you think your team is at right now?
I think the team is at a big turning point. Despite two disappointing losses on our spring break trip we played with a lot of energy and emotion on Saturday, and unfortunately we didn't get the result we wanted. The key is keeping the physical energy level and excitement up while mentally focusing on what we need to do better as a team. If we can do that then I think we're in good shape for Saturday's game with Cornell.
When a team is on a
run, like Harvard or yourselves on Saturday, what do you try to do offensively
to keep the run going or on the other side, what do you do stop it?
Lacrosse is definitely a game of runs. I think offensively against Harvard we got too tentative and nervous once we built a big lead. I think as an offense the best way we can help the defense deal with our opponents' runs is by continuing to play fast and apply pressure of our own. Coach Towers has been really emphasizing that over the past few days
You guys are getting
set for a big game against No. 6 Cornell on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. What
is the one thing you are looking forward to in Foxboro?
Playing at Gillette will be a unique experience for us. It's not often that lacrosse is played on that big of a stage, so I think we're all really looking forward to it. We had great fan support at Harvard last weekend from students and alumni and I think Dartmouth has a pretty good fan base in the Boston area. So the fan support combined with the thrill of playing in an NFL stadium should make for a really fun game.
What are some of the
changes you have experience from your rookie year to now?
The biggest difference from last year to this year is just general comfort and confidence. Last year if I made a mistake or missed something I'd get a little over-worried about it, but this year we all have enough confidence in each other and our abilities to shake things off, learn from mistakes, and move on.