Two Big Green teams clinched Ivy titles this past weekend, led by the outstanding play of Chris O'Dowd and Sarah Parks. O'Dowd was a force on offense and defense as the baseball team clinched their fourth straight Red Rolfe title. Parks became the third active player for women's lacrosse to reach 100 points in her career.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Cross High Performance Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.), Women's Lacrosse, Junior, Attack
Junior Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) produced some big time moments in the midst of a tremendous week for the women's lacrosse team. Now #10 Dartmouth put together arguably the most exciting weekend for Big Green athletics in recent memory, first defeating Harvard on Friday night to win a share of the Ivy League Championship and then knocking off #1 Maryland less than 48 hours later on Sunday. Dartmouth, ranked 14th at the time, doubled up the Crimson, 14-7, and snapped Maryland's 28-game winning streak in overtime, 9-8, on Sunday afternoon.
Parks became the third active player on the Dartmouth roster to reach the 100-point mark for her career with a goal and an assist on consecutive possessions against Harvard. Against Maryland she matched her season high with three goals, including arguably the biggest of her career when she scored the game-winner with eight seconds left in overtime.
Chris O'Dowd (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), Baseball, Sophomore, Catcher
O'Dowd (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) was a force on offense and defense for the Big Green, hitting safely in each of the five games while clubbing the ball at a .444 clip (8-for-18) with a pair of doubles, a home run, six runs and three RBIs with three stolen bases as well. After contributing three hits, a run and an RBI to a 7-1 non-conference win over Hartford last Wednesday, he began a three-run rally with a single in the seventh inning of a scoreless duel against Harvard in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The next day at Harvard, he ripped a double in a 3-1 triumph, then went 2-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season, three runs and two RBIs as Dartmouth rallied from a five-run deficit to win, 10-8. Behind the plate, last year's Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year gunned down five of the eight Crimson runners that attempted to steal against him.