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Local roundup: Big Green women’s lacrosse coach departs for Stanford

HANOVER — Danielle Spencer is leaving as head coach of the Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team to take the same post at Stanford University, the schools announced on Wednesday.

Spencer replaces Amy Bokker, who went 151-59 over 11 seasons and reached eight NCAA tournaments before she accepted the top job at Ohio State last week.

This past season, Spencer guided the Big Green to an Ivy League regular-season title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, its first since 2013.

Spencer, who was a Stanford assistant in 2012, was 29-19 in three seasons at Dartmouth, 13-8 in Ivy play.

She replaced Amy Patton, who won nine Ivy League titles, but whose last winning season was in 2013 before her ouster three years later following a college investigation that concluded she “engaged in conduct inconsistent with the standards of Dartmouth Athletics.”

Under Spencer’s guidance, six players earned All-Ivy League first team honors in the last two years, with Kiera Vrindten earning 2018 Goalkeeper of the Year honors.

Additionally, Kathryn Giroux earned a pair of All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse, including a spot on the third team in 2019.

Spencer was named Ivy League coach of the year in each of the last two seasons. She is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern University, where she played for three national championship teams.

Stanford was 13-6 overall in 2019 and 7-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. The Cardinal lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinal returns its top four scorers, as well as nine of 11 starters and its starting goalkeeper.

A national search for Spencer’s successor will begin immediately.

COLLEGE EQUESTRIAN Big Green names coach

HANOVER — Tenley Struhs was named head coach of Dartmouth’s equestrian team and its director of riding, Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on Wednesday.

Struhs comes to Hanover after serving as the head coach and riding instructor at her alma mater, Otterbein University in Ohio, for five years, before moving on to serve as the assistant executive director at the Florida Agricultural Center Horse Park Authority in Ocala for the last three.

A 2012 graduate from Otterbein with a degree in equine business and facility management before getting her MBA there in 2016, Struhs was hired to assume the reins of the program immediately after completing her undergraduate career.

Struhs will officially begin her new role with Dartmouth in mid-July.

While coaching, Struhs led Otterbein to three regional championships and a pair of top-10 showings at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in those appearances. The team’s 2013 IHSA appearance was the first in school history.

A decorated competitor herself, she has two regional (2010 and 2012) and two zones (2009 and 2011) appearances to her credit as a member of the varsity hunt seat equestrian team.

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