Navy's Dingman asks for 5th playing year

November 03, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Navy senior attackman Ian Dingman, who was dismissed from the academy in the middle of the 2004-05 school year for academic and personal reasons, then returned and went on to lead the Midshipmen in goals scored last season, has requested a fifth year of eligibility.

Navy coach Richie Meade confirmed that the school has asked the Patriot League and the NCAA to designate the 2007 season as a hardship, redshirt year for Dingman.

Meade said Dingman's eligibility is under review because technically he used it up by playing in half of a scrimmage against Virginia in the fall of 2004, shortly before he left the academy.

"Ian's situation is going to get resolved, and I think he's got a very strong case," Meade said.

Dingman, 6 feet 4, 260 pounds, who is recovering from offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries, came off the bench to lead Navy in scoring with 40 points as a freshman, then scored a team-high 62 points - 36 goals, 26 assists - to lead the Mids to the NCAA title game as a sophomore in 2004.

Nearly seven months later, Dingman left the academy, then attended Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y. After he was re-admitted in August 2005, Dingman helped Navy finish 11-4 last spring by scoring a team-high 33 goals.

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