Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Swann Named Top Ivy Defender

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  • Dartmouth College cornerback Isiah Swann, left, slaps a pass away from receiver Drew Estrada during an Oct. 30, 2018, practice on Memorial Field. Swann has intercepted seven passes and broken up eight others this season. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

New York — The Dartmouth College football program added to its award-winning history when junior cornerback Isiah Swann was named the Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner as the Ivy League’s defensive player of the year on Monday at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Swann, the eighth Big Green player to earn Bushnell Cup honors, was a unanimous first-team all-league corner after helping Dartmouth to a 9-1 overall record and a 6-1 league mark, good for second place behind undefeated and nationally ranked Princeton. Tigers quarterback John Lovett took home the offensive player of the year award.

Swann led the Football Championship Subdivision with nine interceptions during the season. The 6-foot, 190-pounder also recorded 39 tackles, recovered a fumble and returned one of his pickoffs 54 yards for a touchdown in a 41-18 win over Yale.

Swann will enter his senior year having played in every Dartmouth contest in his career. His 13 interceptions share a career program record. He’s the second Big Green player to take league defensive honors in three years, following Folorin Orimolade’s win in 2016.

“To be a Bushnell winner, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Swann said at Monday’s ceremony. “I was here as a freshman when Flo won it, and just looking back on it, I couldn’t help but envision myself being up there in his place. It was only something that I dreamed of. I never thought that something like this could happen, that I could have a season like this past one.”

A product of Chandler High School out of Queen Creek, Ariz., Swann was twice chosen the league’s defensive player of the week, following victories over Georgetown and Holy Cross. Swann registered three interceptions in the latter contest to become the first Big Green player to do so in 28 years.

“Isiah has been the embodiment of what an Ivy League football player should be,” Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said. “His skill set on the field is obvious, but his mentorship, leadership and compassion, as well as his understanding with our squad and our community makes him something special. I am very, very proud of him, very happy for him, and he will be one of the most appreciative guys of an award like this.”

Dartmouth’s six other Bushnell winners came from the offensive side of the ball: quarterbacks Jim Chasey (1970), Teevens (1978) and Jay Fiedler (1992), along with running backs Shon Page (1990), Al Rosier (1991) and Nick Schwieger (2010). Orimolade recently won the CFL’s Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders.

Men’s Hockey

Clark Takes Goalie Honor

Albany, n.y. — Dartmouth junior Adrian Clark was named the ECAC men’s hockey goaltender of the week on Monday.

Clark backstopped the Big Green to a 1-0-1 weekend, beating Cornell and tying Colgate, both at Thompson Arena. The Toronto native made a career-high 38 saves in Friday’s 3-2 win over the 16th-ranked Big Red, following up with another 19 in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Raiders.

Clark owns a .914 save percentage and 2.70 goals-against average for Dartmouth, which sits behind only Quinnipiac in the ECAC standings. The Big Green hosts New Hampshire to kick off a two-night, home-and-home series with the Wildcats on Friday evening.