Daily Archives: Feb 1, 2014

Men’s Hockey Wrapup – Saturday 2/1/14

Manchester, NH. — Joey Agliato’s goal off a Norwich turnover broke a 1-1 third period tie and gave the St. Anselm Hawks a 2-1 over the Norwich Cadets on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena. Norwich scored first on a Paul Russell powerplay goal in the first period, but that was the only score the Cadets could muster despite a 22-6 shot advantage in the period. St. Anselm then tied the game on a three on one break late in the second, setting the stage for their third period win. Suffering their second loss on the weekend NU again ran into a hot goaltender as St. Anselm’s Nick Dries made 47 saves on 48 Cadets shots. The loss, combined the Babson’s 5-3 win over Skidmore dropped Norwich two points behind the Beavers in the ECAC East standings.

MIDDLEBURY Middlebury out shot Connecticut College by a 34-15 margin but could only muster up one goal in a 2-1 setback in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers fall to 8-8-2 overall and 6-5-1 in NESCAC conference play. Louis Belisle scored the only Panther goal in the third period and Liam Moorfield-Yee made 33 saves, but the story was Camels keeper Mike Petchonka who was credited with 33 stops in the win.

Boston, MA. – The Spartans fell short at No. 13 UMass-Boston, losing to the Beacons 5-1 on Saturday, Feb. 1. Five different Beacons found the net, while Ross Herzog scored the Spartans’ lone tally. UMass-Boston outshot the Spartans 35-30 in the contest, dealing Castleton their first loss in three games. Zach Andrews made 29 saves for the Beacons while Thomas Shelley and Mark Hochman split time in net for the Spartans. Shelley made 20 saves and allowed four goals in two periods, while Hochman stopped 10 shots allowing a goal in the third period.

HENNIKER, N.H. – The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team struck first but ended up falling to New England College, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon at Lee Clement Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action. The Purple Knights drop to 4-15-1 overall and 2-11-1 in league play, while the Pilgrims improve to 14-6-1 and 10-5. Purple Knight first-year Josh Dickman scored his seventh goal of the year as the team’s only tally, and sophomore Michael Comitini stopped 26 shots for his team, which outshot the hosts 39-31.


Men’s Hoop: Carissimo and Voelkel Hit Milestones in UVM Win at Albany

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sandro Carissimo scored a game-high 17 points and reached the 1,000-career point mark and Brian Voelkel became the all-time leader in assists at Vermont with eight helpers as the Catamounts posted a 55-45 victory at Albany in America East men’s basketball action on Saturday night.

Vermont improves to 8-1 in America East and 14-9 overall, while Albany falls to 11-11 on the year and 5-4 in league play.

Carissimo, went 3-for-7 from 3-point range, and scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half, including his 1,000th career point on a 3-pointer.  Candon Rusin also added 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting for the Catamounts.

Peter Hooley scored 11 points and added four rebounds to pace the Great Danes, while Gary Johnson added 10 points and six boards for Albany.

The Catamounts fell behind 6-0 to start the game, but after a UVM timeout, Vermont used a 16-2 run to take a 16-8 lead with 5:50 left in the half. The Catamounts limited Albany to just five field goals and 19.2 percent shooting from the field and led 21-12 at the break.

UVM pushed its lead to 13, 31-18 at the 13:19 mark of the second half after a layup by Rusin. The Great Danes were able to climb back within nine following a jumper by John Puk at the 11:18 mark, but Vermont was able to push its lead to 16 on a 3-pointer by Carissimo with 4:52 left and sealed the win by making 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch.

Vermont hosts Maine on Tuesday (Feb. 4) at Patrick Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com/tickets, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office in Patrick Gymnasium (M-F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), via the phone at 802-656-4410, or in person one hour before tipoff in the Patrick Gymnasium Lobby.

The game will be streamed online via CatamounTV.com.

Men’s D-2/D-3 Hoop Wrapup – Saturday 2/1/14

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A 7-of-12 three-point performance in the second half sent the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team to a 70-61 victory over Adelphi University on Saturday. The Purple Knights improved to 14-5 overall and 9-5 in NE-10 league play. In his 76th career game, junior Mike Holton Jr. tallied 21 points to move into 22nd in school history in scoring, with 1,212 career points. Junior James Cambronne turned in 12 points and nine rebounds, classmate Dom Ditlefsen tacked on 11 points, four helpers and two steals, and first-year Matt Bonds tallied eight points and 10 boards. Junior Mike Thompson also neared a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Nineteen of the Purple Knights’ 26 baskets were assisted, with eight different players lending at least one helper. Six different players also knocked down at least one trey in the game, with four hitting multiple threes.

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—The Norwich University men’s basketball team dropped a 62-52 loss to the Raiders of Rivier University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action in Andrews Hall on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Cadets fall to 4-15 overall and 2-10 in GNAC play, while the loss boosts the Raiders to 7-12 overall and 4-8 in league play. Norwich seniors Tom McDonald  and Nickolai Havoutis both scored 15 points for the Cadets, while Evan Tullar  finished with 11 points.

Castine, Maine – Castleton utilized a devastating full-court press and had six players score in double figures in its 104-68 blowout of Maine Maritime on Saturday afternoon in Smith Gymnasium.The Spartans forced an impressive 40 turnovers and shot 42.9 percent from the floor as they improved to 12-7 overall and 10-2 within North Atlantic Conference action. Castleton swiped a season-high 25 steals, the most for any Division III team entering this weekend and scored 37 points off turnovers. The 25 steals also matched the program record, set back in 1985 against Lyndon St. Logan White was one of six players in double figures and one of 14 to score at least two points. White had 15 points, four steals and two rebounds while Steve Rosemond recorded 11 points and 14 rebounds. Carnelius Green added 13 points, two rebounds and three steals and Cosrick McDonald chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

Women’s Hoop Wrapup – Saturday 2/1/14

ALBANY, N.Y. – Megan Craig scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first half and Tammy Phillips added 10 of her 14 points in the second half to lead the Albany Great Danes to a 69-52 victory over Vermont at SEFCU Arena in America East women’s basketball action on Saturday.
Kylie Butler scored a team-high 14 points off the bench to pace the Catamounts and Niki Taylor collected five rebounds, including the 500th of her career.  She is the 23rd Catamount to reach the 500-point/500-rebound milestone. Albany, the No. 9 ranked team in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, improved to 19-3 overall and remained unbeaten in league play with a 9-0 record.  Vermont falls to 6-16 and 3-6 in America East.

Castine, Maine – Castleton separated itself from the rest of the North Atlantic Conference with a 61-49 conference victory over Maine Maritime on Saturday afternoon in Smith Gymnasium. The Spartans shot 38.6 percent from the floor and went 13-for-14 from the charity stripe as they improved to 17-2 and 12-0 in the NAC. The win gives them a three-game lead in the conference standings with just one more game against teams with a winning record in the NAC. The Mariners, meanwhile, dropped to 8-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall with the loss. Meghan OSullivan scored a team-high 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting while Jade Desroches was in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Leading scorer Alyssa Leonard made just two field goals and had eight points but chipped in with seven rebounds and seven assists. Heather Murdough did a bit of everything with nine points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Adelphi University senior Sade Jackson hit a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining to snap a tie, and the Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer in falling shy of the 25th-ranked Panthers, 78-76, on Saturday in the Center for Recreation and Sport. The Purple Knights slipped to 3-15 overall and 2-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference.  Sophomore Megan Gaudreau turned in a career-high 17 points behind 5-of-9 three-point shooting, also setting a personal best for threes. First-year Indira Evora notched 13 points and two steals while going 6-of-6 on free throws, and juniors Kelly Frappier and Maggie Sabine tacked on 10 points apiece and sophomore Makenzie Burud posted 10 points and six rebounds.

NORTHFIELD, Vt.— Deanna Purcell and Ryan Baker of the Rivier University women’s basketball team combined for four free-throws with 3.7 seconds left to play en route to a 80-79 win over the Cadets of Norwich University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Andrews Hall.   With the loss, the Cadets fall to 9-9 overall and 2-4 in GNAC play. Junior Aliah Curry scored 31 points on 11-27 shooting from field goal range with four three-pointers and five free-throws for the Cadets. Junior Kelsey Lotti  added 19 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Heather LeBlanc chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds for her second straight double-double.



Women’s Hockey Wrapup … Saturday 2/1/14

BOSTON, MA– Katie MacSorley scored two second period goals to lead Northeastern to a 4-2 come from behind win over Vermont Saturday afternoon in Hockey East action at Matthews Arena.The Catamounts opened the scoring in their third consecutive game with a first period tally from freshman forward Bridget Baker at the 7:34 mark of the opening period.  was assisted by Brittany Zuback.  But the Cats didn’t score until Klara Myren lit the lamp with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Roxanne Douville made 20 saves as UVM slipped a game under.500 in Hockey East play.

NORTHFIELD – The Norwich University women’s ice hockey team recorded its second straight shutout on the weekend, downing Plymouth State 4-0 on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action. Junior forward Madyson Moore scored twice, while senior forward Meghan Papagno and senior defenseman Marie-Philip Guay also netted goals for the Cadets while frosh Celeste Robert needed just four saves to earn the shutout. With the win Norwich remains unbeaten in ECAC East league play.

CLINTON, N.Y. — Middlebury College’s Emily Fluke scored 17 seconds into the sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the nationally ranked Panthers to a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 1. Fluke finished with a pair of goals and has nine this season. Madeline Joyce assisted on the overtime goal and ended up with two helpers. Laura McConney tallied her first goal this season and Sara Ugalde , Jennifer Krakower and Carly Watson ‘added one assist apiece. Madeline Marsh , who entered the day with a 0.67 goals against average and .961 save percentage, made 18 stops.

Newport, R.I – It took 65 minutes for the Seahawks and Spartans to settle their differences. Even after three periods and an overtime, nothing seperated the two squads as they skated to a 0-0 tie on Saturday night. Paula Stephens made 48 saves in the draw, marking a new season-high for the Castleton backstop. The draw marks her second shutout of the season. Colleen Marcik made 22 saves for the Seahawks.

SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Saint Michael’s College women’s ice hockey team lost to the University of Southern Maine, 4-2, during Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Saturday at Cairns Arena. The Purple and Gold falls to 1-15-3 overall and 0-10-2 in the league, absorbing their 10th losses by two goals or fewer, while the Huskies move to 10-10-1 and 7-5.Senior Macey Thomas and junior Kristen Spulecki tallied the Saint Michael’s goals. and first-year goalie Tina Frasca recorded 34 saves in net, her seventh 30-save outing of the season.


Memo From Norwich Fans to Castleton Fans and From UVM Fans to Albany Fans … Thank You

George Commo’s Blog – Saturday 2/1/14

In case you missed it the Norwich men’s hockey team is still in first place in the ECAC East this morning … thanks to their good friends the Castleton Spartans. Norwich lost at New England College last night 4-3, opening the door for Babson to move into first place with a win. But in Massachusetts, Castleton scored with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker and tied the Beavers 3-3, leaving the Cadets and the Beavers in a dead even tie and Norwich in first place via their head to head win over Babson a few weeks ago at Fenway Park.

So again … now all together Norwich fans …. “Thank You Castleton!”. There, that wasn’t so hard now was it? Of course all of that civility will go away when the Cadets venture into Sparty Arena next Friday night.


Speaking of venturing in … and of thanking the big rival for helping you out … the Vermont basketball Catamounts owe a big thank you to their good friends the Albany Great Danes. Albany knocked off Stony Brook on Wednesday night, allowing UVM to move back into a first place tie with the Seawolves in America East.

So Cat fans, it is your turn … all together now … “Thank You Albany!” … there … oh that was hard! Kind of like swallowing nails. But we had to get it out of the way quickly … Vermont is at Albany tonight … the time for Kumbaya’s is OVER!

Men’s Hockey – Friday 1/31/14

MIDDLEBURY – Derek Pimentel scored two third-period goals and Liam Moorfield-Yee recorded his first career shutout, leading Middlebury to a pair of critical NESCAC points in a 3-0 win over Tufts Friday evening in Kenyon Arena. Louis Belisle added his 12th goal of the season in the win for the Panthers. Midd improves to 8-7-2 overall and 6-4-1 in conference play, while the Jumbos drop to 3-14-0 and 1-10-0 in the league.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Jeremy Wong’s game-winner with 25 seconds remaining came amid a three-goal flurry in the final 4:22 as the Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team rallied past Saint Anselm College, 4-2, on Friday evening in Sullivan Arena. Now 3-1 in their last four games, the Purple Knights improved to 4-14-1 overall and 2-10-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East. Saint Michael’s won at Saint Anselm for just the second time in the last eight meetings away from home, including earning its first victory there since Jan. 14, 2011. Wong and sophomore Kevin Altidor both finished with a goal and an assist, while senior Ryan Arsenault and sophomore Nick Potter also tallied. Potter was also 12-of-16 on face-offs. Junior William Côté dished off two assists, and classmate Dave Donzanti made 35 stops.

Babson Park, Mass. – Castleton earned an early lead, but found themselves in a 3-2 hole in the final minute of play. Derek Gingera buried a goal with 31 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime, where the Spartans earned a 3-3 draw at sixth-ranked Babson. Kevin Rosset and Nick Kovalchik also scored and Thomas Shelley made 29 saves for the Spartans, including one in the final minute of overtime to keep the Beavers from earning the win.

Henniker, NH. — Andreas Persson’s goal at the 14:23 mark of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and gave the New England College Pilgrims a 4-3 win over the Norwich Cadets on Friday night at Lee Clement Arena. The Persson goal ruined a third period comeback by the Cadets, who had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game on goals by Ryan Whitell (at 3:49) and Chris Duszynski (at 11:00). Travis Janke also scored for the Cadets and Chris Czarnota made 17 saves for Norwich, but the Cadets were stalled by the work of NEC goaltender Sebastian Anderson, who racked up 44 saves in getting the Pilgrims home with the win. The loss drops the Cadets record to 14-4-2, and drops them into a first place tie with Babson in the ECAC East at 10-2-1.