Navy attackman Dingman gets fifth year of eligibility

January 04, 2007|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun reporter

Navy senior attackman Ian Dingman has been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the Patriot League and will begin practicing with the Midshipmen when they take the field Monday to start preparations for the 2007 season, Navy coach Richie Meade said yesterday.

"This is as good of an ending as [Dingman] could have hoped for," Meade said. "Ian is going to get a chance to graduate from the Naval Academy, which is the most important thing. And he gets one more chance to play lacrosse."

Dingman, who was dismissed from the academy in the middle of the 2004-05 school year for academic, medical and personal reasons, was readmitted in the fall of 2005, then went on to help the Mids finish 11-4 last spring with a team-high 33 goals.

But his eligibility for the 2007 season came under review because he played in one half of a scrimmage against Virginia in the fall of 2004. Shortly after that, Dingman left Navy and attended Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y. One semester later, he applied for reinstatement to the academy.

Meade said a compliance committee from the Patriot League reviewed and approved Dingman's request for a medical redshirt year in November. But the decision had to be ratified by the league's school presidents.

"If I don't put him in that Virginia scrimmage, we wouldn't have had to go through this," Meade said. "I'm happy for Ian, and I think it was the right thing to do."

Dingman, 6 feet 4 and 260 pounds, who is coming off shoulder and ankle surgeries in the offseason, came off the bench to lead Navy in scoring with 40 goals as a freshman. The next year, he scored a team-high 62 points - 36 goals and 26 assists.

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