Falmouth High School Baseball
Catching Up with Dartmouth's Matt MacDowell
by Falmouth Baseball on May 1st, 2015

​What was the process of being recruited to Dartmouth?
I first started getting recruited by Dartmouth when one of our assistants saw me play in a high school game my junior year. I sent them my recruiting video and he saw me play soon after. The coaching staff followed me through legion ball in the summer and a few showcases and I attended the Dartmouth camp before committing in August.

How has it been to be a student athlete at Dartmouth?
It’s been tough and it’s definitely not for everybody. Balancing baseball on top of academics is a struggle and it definitely comes with sacrifices. There is no real down time during the year, as the fall and winter consist of practices, individual work and morning conditionings and practices and the spring obviously is full of practices, traveling and games.

What is your proudest moment playing Dartmouth baseball?
I’ve had a lot of great memories with my teammates and its hard to pick my proudest moment. My first college series was at LSU and this year we nearly won our opener on the road at current #2 Texas A&M. We went on a trip for a week my sophomore fall to the Dominican Republic and played some really good professional teams. But I’d have to say my proudest moment was winning the Dairy Queen Classic in Minnesota my sophomore year at the Metrodome. We’ve had some really good teams in my time here and we will play for an Ivy Championship for the 4th time since I’ve been here next weekend. There’s no doubt that if we were to win this that it’d be my proudest moment.
​What are you doing after graduation?
I’m still not sure what I’m going to be doing, but I plan on staying in the northeast. I’ll come home after graduation and look for something either in the Portland area or even outside the state.

What did you major in and why?
I’m a government major and I really just took some classes that I found interesting and it ultimately became my major.

Any advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
For high schoolers looking to play at the next level: It’s not necessary to go south or even play Division 1 to play good college baseball. There are some really good D1 and D3 programs right in New England. I think any kid looking to play at the next level can benefit from going and watching local D1 and D3 teams play to better understand just how good baseball is in New England.
#29 Matt MacDowell
Position: Catcher
Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
High School: Falmouth
Major: Government

JUNIOR (2014)
Started exactly two-thirds of the games behind the plate (26 of 39) ... gunned down two runners trying to steal at No. 30 FIU ... twice recorded three-hit games, the first in a 10-3 win over Nebraska Omaha with two singles and a double ... reached base three times with a single, double and walk in the second game against 18th-ranked Kansas ... went 3-for-7 in the series against the Jayhawks ... picked up his first career stolen base against Penn ... hit safely in eight of nine games in the first half of April ... capped that stretch with a two-run single in a 12-3 win over Yale ... was a perfect 3-for-3 in the opener at Brown ... produced RBIs in three straight games without the aid of a hit ... drove in two of the four runs in a 4-2 win over Harvard to start a series sweep of the Crimson ... reached base three times with two walks and a single, plus scored a run and threw out a would-be base stealer in the 11-4 win over Yale in the Rolfe Division playoff.
Chosen for first-team All-Ivy League and All-New England at catcher ... one of five regular starters to hit better than .300 ... was 25-for-43 (.372) with runners in scoring position ... caught six of the team’s nine shutouts ... stroked two doubles in the season-opening 10-3 win at the Metrodome against Minnesota ... broke a 2-2 deadlock in the ninth with his third hit of the game — a two-run triple — in a 5-2 win over Army ... produced a career-high four RBIs and drilled first career homer the next day in an 11-4 victory over LIU Brooklyn ... selected as Dartmouth’s Northeast Credit Union Male Athlete of the Week on March 20 ... banged out three hits in the first contest against Bradley, an 11-8 Big Green win ... gave Dartmouth lead for good with a three-run triple versus Siena as he went 3-for-4 with two runs as well ... in the second game against Yale, he hit a solo homer for a 2-1 lead in the third, an RBI single for a 3-2 lead in the ninth, then brought home the final two runs in the 10th with another single to match his career high of four RBIs in a 7-3 triumph ... went 7-for-16 (.438) with six RBIs in the series against the Bulldogs ... doubled home two runs in a 3-1 win over Harvard and had five RBIs in three games versus the Crimson ... drove in at least one run in eight of his last 10 games.
Gunned down 5-of-14 (35.7 pct.) would-be base stealers ... Singled in first college at-bat, coming at #13 LSU ... in first start, delivered a pair of RBI singles as the DH in a 12-4 win at Sacramento State ... caught the second game of the doubleheader against the Hornets, going 1-for-4 with a run as the Green completed the sweep, 6-1 ... stroked two singles and drove in a run in the final game at UC Irvine ... posted a season-high three hits and drove in two at Hartford to help Dartmouth cruise to a 14-5 triumph ... lone double of the year came at Boston College.
Two-sport athlete at Falmouth earned four varsity letters in baseball, two for coach Dana Dresser and two more for coach Kevin Winship ... also earned four letters playing hockey ... two-time captain of the baseball team, and senior captain for hockey ... All-Western Maine Conference First Team as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore ... played in Maine Underclass All-Star Game ... WMC All-Academic team ... first-team all-state hockey player three times by Maine Class A Hockey Association, twice by Portland Press Herald Telegram ... National Honor Society.
Son of Steve and Karen has one brother and one sister ... born Sept. 24, 1993 in Portland, Maine ... father played baseball at St. Joseph’s, and uncle Ed Flaherty played at Maine in the 1970s and is a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame as one of the top Division III coaches in the country at Southern Maine ... cousin Ryan Flaherty was an All-American at Vanderbilt and is currently in the Orioles organization after being taken in the Rule 5 Draft from the Chicago Cubs ... considering a major in economics ... enjoys lazy days on the beach.

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