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Teevens awarded Ivy League coach of the year

  • Buddy Teevens

  • Niko Lalos

Published: 11/26/2019 9:52:25 PM
Modified: 11/26/2019 9:52:23 PM

Staff Reports

HANOVER — Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens was named the Ivy League’s coach of the year Tuesday. It’s the first time he’s won the honor since the league inaugurated the award five years ago.

Teevens guided the Big Green to its second straight 9-1 season, including a 6-1 mark in league play that netted the program’s Ivy-record 19th league championship. Additionally, Dartmouth’s 29-23 win at Brown on Saturday to secure a share of Ivy honors with Yale was also Teevens’ 105th at his alma mater, making him the winningest football coach in Dartmouth history, surpassing Bob Blackman.

Under Teevens’ leadership, the Big Green ranked in the top 25 nationally in multiple categories this season. Dartmouth was second in scoring defense (12.4 points per game), 14th in total defense (320.9 yards per game) and 25th in scoring offense (33.3 points per game). Teevens is also one of 15 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the coach of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Dartmouth also placed a league-best 13 players on the all-Ivy League team, which was released Tuesday. The group is headlined by senior defensive back Isiah Swann, one of 26 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top FCS defensive back in the country, and senior linebacker Jack Traynor. Both were unanimous first-team choices.

The Big Green’s remaining first-teamers were senior offensive lineman Zach Sammartino, senior linebacker Nigel Alexander and senior defensive linemen Jackson Perry and Niko Lalos. Second-team selections included junior offensive lineman Evan Hecimovich, senior quarterback Jared Gerbino, senior wide receiver Drew Estrada, senior defensive lineman David Chalmers and a pair of defensive backs, senior Ryan Roegge and junior Darren Stanley. Estrada was also a second-team honoree as a kick returner.

Three Dartmouth players earned honorable mentions: senior wide receiver Hunter Hagdorn, junior tight end Jake Guidone and junior defensive back Niko Mermigas.

The league’s rookie of the year award went to Harvard freshman running back Adam Borguet. The offensive and defensive finalists for the Bushnell Cup most valuable player awards will be announced Tuesday, with the winners to be unveiled on Dec. 9. Swann won the defensive Bushnell Cup last year.

Another recognition for Lalos

HANOVER — Lalos closed out the Big Green’s football season by winning the Ivy League defensive player of the week award Monday, the second time in three weeks the Akron, Ohio, native has been so recognized.

Lalos made a number of key plays to secure the Big Green’s 29-23 win over Brown on Saturday. Lalos, 6-feet-5 and 270 pounds, twice sacked Brown quarterback E.J. Berry in the fourth quarter, the first on a third-down-and-10 play with Dartmouth holding a six-point lead in the final five minutes of the game, the other a 15-yard loss with the Bears deep in Big Green territory late. The latter sack forced a Brown timeout, and Dartmouth intercepted a Berry pass in the end zone on the next play to clinch the victory.

Lalos finished the game with seven tackles, five of them solos and three for losses, to go with the two sacks and one quarterback hurry.

The Big Green concluded its campaign ranked 20th in the AFCA national coaches poll and 21st in the Stats national survey.

BASEBALL Dartmouth releases schedule

HANOVER — Big Green baseball will make a pair of trips to Florida split around a trip to former NCAA champion Virginia to kick off its 2020 season.

Dartmouth will start its campaign on Feb. 21 in Port Charlotte, Fla., with three games in three days against Indiana State, Chicago State and Omaha. The trip to Charlottesville, Va., for three games with the 2015 national champion Cavaliers comes Feb. 28-March 1, followed by four games — three against Hofstra — at the RussMatt Invitational in Kissimee, Fla., on March 14-17.

Ivy League play begins at Penn the weekend of March 21-22, and Dartmouth’s Biondi Park at Red Rolfe Field home opener is March 25 against Quinnipiac. The Big Green went 15-26 overall and 8-13 in the Ivies last year, breaking an 11-year run of winning records within the league.

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