Dartmouth Big Green

Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth Big Green logo.png
University Dartmouth College
Conference(s) Ivy League, ECAC Hockey
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Harry Sheehy
Location Hanover, NH
Varsity teams 34 varsity
Football stadium Memorial Field
Basketball arena Leede Arena
Baseball stadium Rolfe Field
Lacrosse stadium Scully-Fahey Field
Other arenas Thompson Arena
Mascot Indian,[1] Keggy the Keg,[2] and Dartmouth Moose[3] (all unofficial)
Nickname Big Green
Fight song Dartmouth's in Town Again[4]
Colors Dartmouth green and White


Homepage DartmouthSports.com

The Dartmouth College Big Green are the varsity and club athletic teams of Dartmouth College, an American university located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth's teams compete in the Ivy League conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, as well as in the ECAC Hockey conference. The College offers 34 varsity teams, 17 club sports, and 24 intramural teams.[5] Sports teams are heavily ingrained in the culture of the College and serve as a social outlet, with 75% of the student body participating in some form of athletics.[5][6]


Nickname, symbol, and mascot

Keggy the Keg posing on the Dartmouth College Green with Baker Memorial Library in the background.

The students adopted a shade of forest green ("Dartmouth Green") as the school's official color in 1866.[7] Beginning in the 1920s, the Dartmouth College athletic teams were known by their unofficial nickname "the Indians," a moniker that probably originated among sports journalists.[8] This unofficial mascot and team name was used until the early 1970s, when its use came under criticism. In the 1974, the Trustees declared the "use of the [Indian] symbol in any form to be inconsistent with present institutional and academic objectives of the College in advancing Native American education."[9] Some alumni and students, as well as the conservative student newspaper, The Dartmouth Review, have sought to return the Indian symbol to prominence,[10] but no team has worn the symbol on its uniform in decades.[11] The new nickname was inspired by The Dartmouth Green in the center of campus.

Varsity teams


Dartmouth has a long and illustrious baseball history. Historically, the teams home games were held at Red Rolfe Field, named in honor of alumnus and former major leaguer, Red Rolfe. In 2009 the field underwent construction and improvements thanks to the generosity of the Biondi family, to found Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. The team marked the completion of the new field with a first Ivy League Championship in 2009, and repeated the feat in 2010.


Dartmouth College competed in two NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games but came up short both times. In 1942, Dartmouth was runner-up to Stanford University and lost to the University of Utah in 1944.


The Dartmouth Cycling Team was founded in 1961 and has become one of the most successful club sports at the College. The team races in Division II and has won three national titles, most recently in 2004. Additionally, Dartmouth Cycling has had several Individual National Champions most recently in 2010. Throughout its history, the Dartmouth Cycling team has won the Ivy League Title seven times, most recently in 2010. The Team is a group of students (undergrad and graduate) who enjoy cycling. The team rides and races together on a regular basis, and runs the gamut of skill experience from expert to Cat. 5. While the spring Eastern Conference Road season is the main focus, Dartmouth cycling also regularly sends riders to Fall Mountain Bike and Cyclocross races.


The Dartmouth co-ed Equestrian team is based at Morton Farm in Etna, New Hampshire. They have frequent success at regional and national levels.


In 1925, Dartmouth was recognized as a national champion by completing an 8-0 undefeated season.[12] Dartmouth won the Ivy League title in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1996 [13]


In 2003, Dartmouth's Men's Lacrosse team posted one of the most famous upsets in lacrosse history when unranked Dartmouth played #2 Princeton at Princeton's Class of 1952 Field. Dartmouth, having finished last in the Ivy League in 2002, were ten goal underdogs against Princeton, the defending Ivy League champs going into the game. Nevertheless Dartmouth prevailed and stunned the Tigers 13-6. Dartmouth went on to win the Ivy League title and qualify for the NCAA tournament.

In 2006, Dartmouth Women's Lacrosse lost to Northwestern University, the defending national champion, at the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Darmouth Men's Lacrosse has a mature team with all except for one starter returning from last year's 7-7 season. Last year's team included attack players Ari Sussman and Brian Koch who each scored 27 goals. Sussman was Ivy League rookie of the year in 2007. The defense will be led by Casey Hingten and Andy Gagel, both 3 year starters (Hingten received honorable mention in the Ivy League last year) and Tim McVeigh, a senior. Mike Novosel, a 3 year starter, will start in the goal. Last year Dartmouth won the last two games of the season against highly ranked Princeton and Harvard. Four of their 7 losses were to top 10 ranked teams (Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, and Cornell). Dartmouth is ranked 28th in the preseason by Inside Lacrosse magazine.

Ice hockey


Boat racing since 1932, the Dartmouth College Sailing Team continues to hold its spot as one of the best in the country. They sailing team has won 3 National Championships and has over 52 All-American sailors. They compete in the fall and spring. The sailing team practices on Mascoma Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire.[citation needed]


At the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships, the Big Green captured their first NCAA national championship in team sports of any kind since 1976 (The figure skating team has won four consecutive national team championships, the cycling team won national collegiate titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and in 1992, the men's heavyweight crew team won the varsity 8 at the IRA national championships, but these sports aren't NCAA affiliated). The ski team also captured NCAA titles in 1976 and 1958.[citation needed]


The school fields men's and women's teams.


The squash courts are home to the Dartmouth Men's and Women's Squash teams, both of which are perennial competitors in the ivy-league and consistently ranked in the top ten nationally. Thirteen Big Green men and eight women have earned All-Ivy honors since the 1970s. Additionally, with the teams' training and hosting matches on ten international courts in the John Berry Sports Center, Dartmouth has hosted the men's and women's Intercollegiate Squash Association Championships four times - in 1988, 1991, 1997, and 2005 - as well as the national junior championships three times, most recently in 1996.


Students first began rowing at Dartmouth in 1833 and it has since grown to be the most popular sport at Dartmouth, with over 200 participating. Today, Dartmouth Rowing Club consists of three varsity programs: Men's Heavyweight, Men's Lightweight, and Women's Open-weight. The men's teams compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) while the women's team competes in the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC).

All teams train out of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse, located on the Connecticut River and less than a 10 minute walk from campus. The river provides more than 15 miles (24 km) of flat rowable water, but teams must deal with the river's late winter thaw. Other facilities include two smaller boathouses, rowing tanks, the varsity weight room, and two erg-rooms.

Teams train for and race in long distance 'head races' in the fall. Because of the frozen river, winter training consists of intense indoor training. The main season is the spring, which consists of shorter 2000m sprint races. The season for both men's heavyweight and lightweight programs culminate in the Eastern Sprints and IRA regattas. The women's team competes in the Women's Eastern Sprints with hopes to qualify for the women's national championship.

Men's Varsity Swim Team

The men’s varsity swim team at Dartmouth College began in 1920, making it one of the oldest continuous collegiate swim programs in the United States. The swim team competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League, which includes all eight Ivy League schools and the US Naval Academy. The team’s season begins in mid September and continues until late March, during which the EISL Championships take place. During the season the team has weekly competitions, against EISL member teams as well as several other New England college teams. The team practices and hosts meets in the Dartmouth College Aquatic Facilities' Karl Michael Competition Pool & the Spaulding Pool, both located in Alumni Gymnasium.

The team has a long tradition of success within the league as well as nationally. During the 1930s, the team rose to prominence within the league, garnering multiple championship titles and sending several swimmers and relays to the NCAA Championships. More recently, its 200 freestyle relay team was ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

In 2002, Dartmouth College was forced to cut both the men’s and women’s swim teams as a result of the schools financial troubles and forced budgetary cuts. The cutting of the swim teams received national attention after a member placed the team on EBay in an effort to raise money for the team. After significant lobbying and fundraising by students, alumni, and supporters, both the men’s and women’s teams were reinstated under the John C. Glover Fund for the Support of Swimming and Diving. The fund was named after John C. Glover, an all America swimmer for Dartmouth in the class of 1955, who died while training for the Olympics at Yale University in 1956.

Dartmouth Rugby Football Club

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club (or DRFC) was established in 1951 at Dartmouth College. In 1965, the first XV was undefeated and was declared the unofficial national collegiate champion. More recently, the club has enjoyed continued success on a national stage. Dartmouth has reached the Final Four of the national collegiate championship three times since 1980 and narrowly lost in two championship games. Dartmouth first won the New England Championship in 1980 and has repeated numerous times. Dartmouth has also won the Ivy League cup 12 times since it was established in 1969.[14] The Dartmouth Women's Rugby Club (or DWRC) was established in the spring of 1978 and has had nine Ivy League titles.

The clubs dedicated the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse in September, 2005 with matches against Army (DRFC) and Radcliffe (DWRC). The Clubhouse was built into the hillside at the halfway line of Battle Field and Brophy Field, which are separated by a twenty-foot bank. Spectators view games from the deck of the Clubhouse and from the hillside that runs the length of the fields.

The team comprises more than 100 students and often fields more than four sides on a given weekend during the fall term. Most of the members of the club have never been in a rugby game prior to going to Dartmouth, and many have never seen a game.

One of the strengths and strongest traditions of the two clubs are the Annual Tours, the first of which occurred during the 1958-1959 school year when the DRFC toured both England and Southern California. The former team was the first U.S. college rugby team to invade England (one English newspaper describing the event as "the nastiest upset since Bunker Hill"), and Sports Illustrated covered the 7-game tour in its January 19, 1959 issue. In 1962 DRFC toured in Ireland. In 1964 the team toured both Germany and Scotland. Recently the teams have traveled to Ireland, South Africa, Argentina, England, California, and Spain. The DRFC played in the USA Rugby Collegiate Championship game in 1986 and 1988. See the DRFC site here or the Dartmouth Women's Rugby site here.

Dartmouth defeated Army 32-10 for the men's championship in the 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship. In November 2011 the team captured the Ivy League Sevens Championship.

Ultimate Frisbee Team

The Dartmouth Ultimate Frisbee team was first established in 1977 at Dartmouth College, originally named "The Blossom Brothers." The team's origins and development in many ways parallel the development of the sport of Ultimate itself. The initially relaxed, informal sport gave way to a more competitive sport, with rules and procedures outlined by the Ultimate Players Association. In the same way, the Dartmouth team now trains with a combination of track workouts, weight-lifting, plyometrics, and Ultimate strategies. Although the team is not a varsity or NCAA-recognized team, the intensity of their practices and workouts is similar to that of many varsity sports teams.

The Dartmouth men's ultimate team first gained recognition when it competed in the college National series in 2003. Dartmouth placed low in the series, but since has been a leading presence in the Northeast region. The team's current rivals in the Northeast region are Brownian Motion, Zoo Disc, and Redline, from Brown University, University of Massachusetts, and Harvard University, respectively. In 2008, the team qualified for UPA College Nationals a second time and tied for 13th place.

The Dartmouth women's ultimate team, named Princess Layout, competed in the national series for the first time in 2004 where they tied for 9th place. Since then, they have become a force to be reckoned with in the Northeast region, placing first at Regionals and tying for 11th at Nationals in 2005, and placing first at Regionals and tying for 5th at Nationals in 2006. In 2009, Princess placed second at Regionals and placed 13th at Nationals.

The men's team has experimented with several names over the past two decades: before attending Nationals in 2003, Dartmouth's team name was the Dartmouth Pirates. When attending Nationals in 2003, the team renamed itself "Pain Train," taken from the Terry Tate: Office Linebacker Reebok ads. Current cheers, however, are exceedingly hostile and violent, such as "WOO WOO!", and are sometimes followed by spastic movements that resemble ancient Mayan battle dances[citation needed]. Currently, three or so members of the men's team are disillusioned with this needless anger, and hope to rename it the "Dartmouth Love Train" for the 2010 season.[15]

Current funding is provided in small part by Dartmouth's club sports fund, while the majority of funds are raised by members and fundraising activities.


Building Image Constructed Notes Reference
Berry Sports Center Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Berry Sports Center.JPG 1987 Berry Sports Center holds racquetball and basketball facilities (Leede Arena). [16]
Boss Tennis Center Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Boss Tennis Center.JPG 2000 The Alexis Boss Tennis Center, located behind Thompson Arena, contains six regulation tennis courts. The attached Alan Gordon Pavilion provides locker rooms and a lounge. [17]
Burnham Field 2007 Burnham Field, located next to Thompson Arena, hosts men's and women's soccer teams in the 1,600-seat stadium. [17]
Davis Field House Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Davis Varsity House.JPG 1926 Davis Field House, which overlooks the Memorial Field track, is a facility for varsity athletic teams. [18]
Floren Varsity House Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Floren Varsity House.JPG 2006–2007 Floren, expected for occupancy in the fall of 2007, will contain a strength training center, a sports classroom, meeting rooms, locker rooms, equipment storage, and team offices. [19]
Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse.JPG 1985–1986 The Boathouse sits on the banks of the Connecticut River, just north of the Ledyard Bridge. [20]
Leverone Field House Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Leverone Field House.JPG 1962–1963 Designed by Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, Leverone contains an indoor track and tennis courts. [21]
Memorial Field Dartmouth College campus 2007-06-23 Memorial Field 02.JPG 1921–1923 Memorial Field, Dartmouth's football and track & field stadium, was built on the site of previous athletic grandstands. It is named in memory of the Dartmouth alumni who died in World War I. [22]
Thompson Arena Dartmouth College campus 2007-10-03 Thompson Arena.JPG 1975 Thompson Arena, Dartmouth's hockey facility, was also designed by Pier Luigi Nervi. [23]
The Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse 2005 The CFRC is the home of the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club and the Dartmouth Women's Rugby Club. [24]
Jonathan Belden Daniels Climbing Gym [image needed] 1995 The Jonathan Belden Daniels Climbing Gym houses annual intra- and inter-collegiate bouldering competitions as well as a collection of elite-level sport and trad climbers. [25]


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