Local Roundup: Big Green Announces Stadium Renovations
Hanover — Change is coming to Dartmouth College’s venerable Memorial Field.
At its March 8 meeting, Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees approved the replacement of the 91-year-old west stands with an improved and accessible seating structure for the historic stadium. Plans call for preservation of the historic ivy-covered, brick façade, but an otherwise complete overhaul.
“We are very grateful to President (Phil) Hanlon and the Board of Trustees for their endorsement of this important project,” said Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth’s Director of Athletics and Recreation. “The new stands will provide a safe, comfortable environment for our loyal fans to enjoy the exciting action for many decades to come.”
The project will feature wider aisles and concourses, handrails, modern restrooms, a premium chairback section on the 50-yard line, and accessible seating on three levels connected by an elevator.
The new press box will also be accessible by elevator, and include upgraded technology for video streaming, television and radio broadcasts, and video scoreboard operation.
The west stands were originally completed in 1923, and the structure has been deemed by engineers to be nearing the end of its useful life. The Trustees originally approved the replacement project in 2008, but it was suspended along with several other campus projects because of the economic downturn.
Pending appropriate approvals from the Town of Hanover, demolition will begin immediately following the last home game of the 2014 football season, and construction will be completed prior to the 2015 fall season.
Title Games Come to UNH
Durham, n.h. — The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Athletics and the NHIAA formed a partnership that will bring all three state high school football championship games to Cowell Stadium in November.
The games on Nov. 22 will consist of the Division III final at 11 a.m., the Division II title matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the Division I championship game under the lights at 6 p.m.
Tickets will be sold on game day at the Cowell Stadium ticket office.
NHIAA football championships, which had been contested at the home field of the highest remaining seed, join NHIAA Division I and II boys’ basketball championships and D-I and D-II swimming championships that are currently decided on the UNH campus.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with UNH athletics to include this Super Saturday of high school football at Cowell Stadium,” NHIAA executive director R. Patrick Corbin said. “Many of our high school championships are already decided at our state’s university, and we look forward to giving our football athletes an opportunity to play at what will soon be the state’s premier football facility.”
Dartmouth Junior Earns ECAC Honor
Albany, n.y. — Thanks to his five-point weekend at Rensselaer in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament, Dartmouth junior Eric Neiley was named the conference player of the week on Tuesday afternoon.
Neiley was instrumental in the 10th-seeded Big Green’s upset of the seventh-seeded Engineers. The Warminster, Pa., native scored two goals in Saturday’s Game 2 victory, including the game-winner on a beautiful toe drag at the top of the circles with 6:14 remaining in regulation to force Sunday’s deciding third contest.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the third period, Dartmouth looked to its leading scorer for a late-game push. Neiley delivered, scoring 2:10 into the final frame to cut the deficit to one. Neiley finished the weekend with three goals and two assists.
Currently this season, Neiley has established career highs in goals (16), assists (12) and points (28). He leads the team in scoring, goals and power-play tallies (5), while his 12 assists rank second only to Brandon McNally (14).
Dartmouth’s Mitola Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore guard Alex Mitola was honored as the recipient of the A.D. “Dolly” Stark Award as the Big Green’s most valuable player at the team’s end of season banquet.
Mitola led Dartmouth in scoring at 11.8 points per game, and was even better against the Ivy League at 12.8 points a night. He scored in double figures in 15 of the Big Green’s 28 games, including a career-best 33 points against Cornell, the most by a Dartmouth player in 13 years.
Mitola also led the squad with 66 3-pointers made — knocking them down at a rate of 41.8 percent — 75 assists and a free throw percentage of .868, which was also the second best figure in the league.
The Alvin F. “Doggie” Julian Award for spirit and enthusiasm was given to sophomore Connor Boehm, a 6-7, 235-pound center. Boehm led the Big Green in field goal percentage (.529) and rebounds (5.6 per game) while averaging 10.9 points.
Junior wing John Golden received the John DiIorio ’56 Award for hustle, drive and determination. Utilized as a defensive stopper, Golden was generally assigned to cover an opponent’s top scorer.
But he also provided offensive production in the form of 8.7 points a game while ranking second on the team with 51 assists.
The Rudy LaRusso ’59 Award went to sophomore Matt Rennie as the most improved player.
Dartmouth finished the season 12-16 overall, its best record in 15 years, and 5-9 in the Ivy League.
BF-H Athletes Named All-Stars
Three members of the Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team were named to the all-Marble Valley League team. Austin Viens (113 pounds), Brendon Kendall (126) and Nolan Veins (145) made the team. Nolan Viens is a two-time state champion.
Hartford Alum Heads to Pro Camp
Former Hartford High lacrosse player Kyle Sminkey has joined the Boston Cannons professional team for its upcoming training camp and will compete for one of 25 roster spots. The Cannons open play April 27 at Harvard Stadium.
Sminkey joins a group of roughly 40 players currently on the Boston roster. He was an all-state player for Hartford before playing at Hofstra and finishing his college career at Vermont. He is currently an assistant coach at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.