Hat-Tricks and a pair of Pick-Sixes highlight the action for this week's Athletes of the Week. Ali Savage scored her 4th hat-trick of the year and Will McNamara returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a victory over Columbia.
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.
Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) Jr, F, Field Hockey
Savage was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, earning at least a share of the honor for the third time this season. She did so thanks in large part to her fourth hat trick of the year, tying the Dartmouth single-season record in the process as well as the career mark with her sixth. The three goals also accompanied an assist for seven points, matching her season-best output as the Australian native helped Dartmouth to a 6-2 win Sunday against visiting Columbia. Savage's 15 goals and eight assists both rank second in the Ivy League this season, but she leads all players with 38 points, a figure that is just four shy of tying the Big Green's single-season record of 42 set by Kelly Hood in 2009. She also moved into fifth place all-time in career goals (37) and fourth in points (91) at Dartmouth.
(Chicago, Ill.), So., LB, Football
McNamara, a 6-0, 225-pound sophomore out of Chicago, Ill., led a defensive effort that held the visiting Lions to a mere 95 yards of offense on just 49 plays. While he tied for the team lead with four tackles (with one going for a loss), his biggest contributions came in the form of two interceptions. Not only did he record the first two picks of his career, he became the first Big Green player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. His first one was a 24-yard return in the second quarter to make the score 28-0, and the second occurred in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring outburst as he weaved his way 51 yards into the end zone.
McNamara was also selected as the National FCS Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Former Athletes of the Week