Sunday, March 09, 2014

Finishing Strong

You would have to say it's been a pretty good year for Dartmouth senior Cole Marcoux.

Last spring the former quarterback began the transition to tight end, and when the season rolled around he caught 15 passes for 206 yards (a solid 13.7 yards per) with one touchdown to lead the tight end corps. The one-handed TD grab he made that saw him tap dance his toes just before his momentum carried him out of the Memorial Field end zone deserved a spot on any 2013 Ivy League highlight reel and helped propel the Big Green to a 20-13 win over the Yale Bulldogs.

Marcoux finished the season being selected to the All-Ivy League honorable-mention team. And absolutely no one would be surprised if he is called up to accept an award or two at the Dartmouth football banquet next month.

Last summer Marcoux interned in New York City for Madison Square Garden Sports President Dave Howard '82, himself a former Dartmouth football player.

Marcoux said during his final college football season that he hoped to work in pro sports after graduation and he'll be taking another huge step in that direction over the next couple of years after being selected for a position in the NFL's Junior Rotational Program in New York City. According to the NFL website job description, Marcoux will be involved in
. . . a series of work assignments which will provide participants with an opportunity to contribute to the organization's success while receiving an unparalleled learning experience. Program participants will complete several rotations over a defined period. During each rotation, participants are placed in a department for 6 to 12 months with project-based assignments.
Interestingly, Marcoux will begin his stint in the NFL just as former Big Green quarterback Dan Rooney '12 completes a couple of years in the same role.

About the only thing that hasn't gone right for Marcoux this year was the half-court basketball shooting promotion he was selected for at Leede Arena. One of his two shots to win an iPad looked good on the way . . . but rimmed out.
Speaking of Dartmouth winter sports . . .

This hasn't been a very good winter on the ice or the hardwood for the Big Green but the men's basketball team certainly finished on an up note last night, completing a weekend sweep at Brown and Yale with a 69-61 win over the Bulldogs. Alex Mitola poured in 29 points as Dartmouth (12-16, 5-9 Ivy League) closed the season with a three-game winning streak by posting its first win in New Haven in 15 years. The Big Green had won just one game on the Brown-Yale trip since 2000 and doubled that total over the weekend.

Dartmouth, which lost All-Ivy League caliber center Gabas Maldunas at midseason, graduates only guard Tyler Melville.

While the Dartmouth men's basketball team was beating Yale, the men's ice hockey team was knotting up its opening round series in the ECAC hockey playoffs with a 3-2 win at RPI. Eric Neily's second goal of the night with 6:14 remaining forced a deciding game at 7 tonight. The Big Green is now 9-18-4.