I don’t know what’s in the water in that neck of the woods, but something about Carthage Senior High School produces world-class talent. From the need-no-introduction Powell brothers to certified double-platinum recording artist Khalid, Comets have turned out to be some absolute game-changers. Ian Dingman is no exception. A 2002 graduate of Carthage, Dingman took his lacrosse skills to the U.S. Naval Academy to play for the legendary Richie Meade and made an immediate impact. His play spoke louder than anything, but the highest of socks always adorning his giant frame, Dingman was a guy you could spot from a mile away,
As a freshman at Navy, came off the bench in 11 of 13 games to lead Midshipmen scoring, 23 goals and 17 assists. The breakout debut earned Dingman the William H. “Dinty” Moore Award for finishing as Navy’s top offensive player, an award he would claim again the following season. As a sophomore he buried 36 goals and gathered 26 assists on the path to the 2004 NCAA championship game appearance. In the finale, the Navy lost to Syracuse, 14-13, while Dingman would collect a pair of goals and assists in the defeat to fellow Carthage-product Mikey Powell, the game’s MVP.
Dingman wouldn’t participate in college lacrosse the following season, returning to Navy for a junior year in 2006, once again leading the Midshipmen on offense to claim the Dinty Moore Award for 33 goals and 11 assists. By the time his senior season would come to a close, Dingman would finish second all-time in school history with 125 goals and fourth all-time in points with 188.
Drafted in the third round of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, Dingman would only suit up for two games in his professional career, notching five total goals for the Philadelphia Barrage.
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