Stellar Spring: Three Sports Teams Finish #1 in Their Divisions


Throughout the spring season, and especially in the last two weeks, the women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and baseball teams have torn through the competition. All three defeated Harvard University at the end of their seasons to finish first in their respective divisions, and two of the teams—baseball and women’s lacrosse—are playing in Ivy League tournaments, beginning Friday, May 6. Below is a brief recap of the teams’ seasons.

Baseball, #1 in Red Rolfe Division

Following a four-game sweep against Harvard, and a win over Hartford on May 2, the baseball team has won 11 straight games and 24 straight at home. Both streaks are currently the longest in the country. The team finished first in the Red Rolfe Division for the fourth straight year, and they face Princeton May 7 for the Ivy League championship. (The Ivy League also includes the Gehrig Division, of which Princeton is a member.)


The seniors on the baseball team are the “winningest” class in baseball history, with a record of 106 wins and 64 losses. They are, from left, kneeling, Ryan Smith ’11, Jeff Onstott ’11, Sam Bean ’11; standing, Dan Ternowchek ’11, Jake Pruner ’11, Brandon Parks ’11, Jason Brooks ’11, and Colin Britton ’11.

The seniors, who have won two Ivy League championships, are now the “winningest” class in Dartmouth baseball history, with a record of 106 wins and 64 losses.

See the latest updates on the baseball website.

Women’s Lacrosse, #1 in Ivy League

Speaking of winning streaks, the No. 14 Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team stunned Maryland, the No. 1 team in the country, when it ended the Terps’ 28-game winning streak.


From left: Kelsey Johnson ’11 and Sarah Plumb ’12 celebrate after defeating Maryland, the #1 team in the country. (photo by Doug Austin)

The win, which may position Dartmouth to qualify for the NCAA tournament, came two days after women’s lax defeated Harvard to finish first in the Ivy League. Dartmouth shares the title with rival Penn, who also finished 6-1 in the Ivy League. The team faces Harvard again on May 6 at 4 p.m. in the semi-finals of the Ivy League tournament.

Learn more at the women’s lacrosse website.

Women’s Tennis, #1 in Ivy League

The women’s tennis team’s dominant season involved wins over every Ivy League opponent except one. Dartmouth, which was at one point ranked No. 75 in the country, climbed back to No. 54 after beating the higher ranked Harvard on April 23 in front of a huge crowd of Big Green fans in Cambridge.


The women’s tennis team and their coaches celebrate clinching the Ivy League title. From left, front row, Molly Scott ’11, Georgiana Smyser ’11, Ryan Reichel ’11, Carissa King ’12, Sarah Leonard ’13; second row, Christina Danosi ’13, Shelley Carpeni ’12, Rachel Decker-Sadowski ’14, Valeriya Tatisheva ’14, Jeri Reichel ’13, Melissa Matsuoka ’14, Sabrina Stewart ’14; standing, assistant coach Dave Jones and head coach Bob Dallis. (photo courtesy of Sukie Punjasthitkul)

Their exciting 4-3, come-from-behind victory gave the program its first-ever Ivy League title. Dartmouth shares the title with Yale, who also finished 6-1 in the Ivy League.

Learn more about the women’s tennis season.

Steven Smith