Daily Archives: Feb 4, 2014

Men’s Hoop: Second-Half Run Propels Middlebury Past Keene State

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

KEENE, N.H.— Dylan Sinnickson scored a career high 28 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead Middlebury to a 92-86 win over Keene State College in a non-conference men’s basketball game in Spaulding Gym on Tuesday night. Middlebury will host Colby College at 8 p.m. on February 7.

The Owls raced out to a quick 9-2 lead. Nate Howard started proceedings with a dunk off a pass from Tre’ Tipton, and Lucas Hammel fed Tom Doyle with a nifty pass for a layup that forced the Panthers into a timeout.

Keene State pushed the advantage to seven points (26-19) on Hammel’s drive to the hoop, but five straight points from Middlebury’s Hunter Merryman trimmed the deficit back to two points.  The Owls slowly restored their advantage, as Hammel scored again, and Howard converted a conventional three point play to stretch the lead back to 35-26. Tipton knocked down a pair of foul shots with 11 seconds left in the half, but Merryman responded with a three just ahead of the halftime buzzer. KSC led 48-41 at halftime, shooting a sizzling 52.6% (20-38).

The Owls ran the lead out to 10 points on Tipton’s jumper at the 16:09 mark of the second half, but the Panthers scored the next 17 points to take the lead for good. Kizel and Sinnickson combined for 13 points during that span.

Consecutive baskets by Jeff Lunn drew Keene State within 66-63 with 9:41 to play, but Middlebury pushed the lead back to 77-70 on a jumper by Sinnickson. Nick Gagliolo swished a three with 3:08 on the clock to pull KSC within 82-79, but Sinnickson iced the game with a triple of his own with 1:33 to play, and the Panthers went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to salt away the win.

Middlebury held a slight 44-43 edge in rebounds, and a big advantage at the charity stripe, where the Panthers connected on 29-40 attempts.

Keene State was led by 20 points and seven boards from Howard, and 18 points from Tipton. Lunn netted 16 points on 8-12 shooting, and Gagliolo scored a season-high 10 points.

In addition to Sinnickson, the Panthers got 23 points and five assists from Joey Kizel, 14 points from Merryman, and 10 from James Jensen.


Box Score : http://cat.middlebury.edu/~sports/winter_sports/mens_basketball/archive/2013-14/KEENESTM.HTM

Men’s Hoop: Records Fall in 138-89 Castleton Victory

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

CASTLETON – The Spartans used a devastating full-court press to hound Johnson St. all night and attempted nearly 100 shots on offense, blowing out the Badgers 138-89 in Glenbrook Gym on Tuesday evening.

Castleton put up 98 shots, including 47 from beyond the arc, and made 50 of them on the way to tying a program record with 138 points. It matches the record of 138 set back on Feb. 18, 1989 against Johnson St. in Glenbrook Gym. The Spartans also set the record for steals in a game (31) while forcing 38 turnovers.

As a team Castleton shot 20-for-47 from downtown, one shy of the school record of 21 set during the first game of the 2011-12 season against Springfield. The Spartans also went 50-for-98 from the floor and pulled down 52 rebounds. The Badgers grabbed 51 boards and shot just 34.8 from the field while connecting 9 of 20 shots from beyond the arc.

Logan White was one of seven players in double figures on the night and tied a program record with eight steals. It matched the mark set by Brian Bradley at Lasell in December of 2005. White finished with 16 points, including four triples while also dishing off a pair of assists.

Carnelius Green scored a team-high 22 points while hitting four threes and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Chad Copeland added 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Troy Davine added 11 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and one emphatic block. Casey McGraw added 14 points, including three shots from beyond the arc, two blocks and two steals.

Lester Alexander scored the Badgers’ last nine points on the way to 27 total off the bench. Asim Kham was also in double figures with 15 points while Ron Adrian had 14 points, six rebounds and five turnovers.

The Spartans connected on their first three shots from downtown and jumped out to a 24-3 lead in just the first 5:08. Bryan Hickey ended the run at 14:27 and the teams traded baskets before a three-point play by Copeland made it 35-17 with 10:31 left.

Castleton continued to sub in waves of four and five and less than three minutes later extended its lead to 32 on a three from Steve Rosemond off a feed from Tyler Ackley. Kham cut the lead to 20 at 6:32, but six straight made it a 60-34 contest with 5:41 left. Alex Homkey pushed the first-half lead as high as 30 at 72-42 with 2:56 remaining, before going into the break ahead 77-51.

McGraw led off the second half scoring with a three and just 4:02 in the period the Spartans extended their lead to 89-55 on a layup from Green off a steal by White. Castleton really put the game away a few minutes later with an 11-0 run, capped off by a pair of Cosrick McDonald layups for the 100-61 advantage with 12:39 still left in regulation.

The Spartans continued to push the pace and five minutes later extended their lead to 50, 118-68, on a layup by Copeland. Castleton’s lead climbed as high as 55 with 4:24 left before finishing with the 49-point victory.

Rosemond added 13 points and four rebounds off the bench while Coloutti had 11. Ackley dished off a team-high ten assists while turning the ball over just twice in 19 minutes of action. Jahnathan Mitchell added seven points, five rebounds and two steals.

Castleton’s 31 steals was the highest for any team in the NCAA this season, and broke the old record of 25, which was set both last game against Maine Maritime and in 1985 against Lyndon St. The team also finished with 31 assists, just one off the program record of 32. Eight different players recorded at least two assists in the contest while all 15 players scored at least two points.

The Spartans improve to 13-7 overall and 11-2 in the NAC with the victory while the Badgers drop to 5-14 overall and 2-10 in conference play.

Castleton returns to action on Saturday when the team travels to face Green Mountain on Saturday at 3 pm.


Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

KEENE, N.H. – Scarlett Kirk scored 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, as the Panthers received some clutch free-throw shooting and broke a five-game skid with a 59-55 non-conference road win at Keene State on Tuesday night. Middlebury returns to action on Friday night when they host Colby at 6:00 p.m.

The majority of the opening frame was a back and forth battle between the two teams. Keene’s Christan Wojta hit a three-pointer at the 13:42 mark to give the Owls an 11-4 lead, but the Panthers responded with a 9-2 run of their own to tie the game at 13-13.

The Owls responded with a 14-6 burst to end the first half with a 29-21 lead. Wojtas and Ryanne Williams were the high scorers at the half with eight points apiece.

The Panthers clawed back to start the second half. At the 10:40 mark, Laura Lowry caught fire hitting three-straight three-pointer to go along with a Rachel Crews’ jumper at 9:09 and gave the Panthers a 44-37 lead. The Owls appeared to regain momentum when they tied the contest at 44-44 on a Stephanie D’Annolfo coast-to-coast layup with 7:26 on the clock.

Each team went on a run over the last seven minutes of the game, but two Elizabeth Knox free throws with 59 seconds remaining put the Panthers back in front 55-54. Wojtas hit the front end of a double bonus, but the Panthers pulled down the rebound off the second attempt, brought the ball over halfcourt and called timeout with 37.1 seconds remaining. Kirk scored her biggest basket of the night on a layup with 18 seconds left to give the Panthers a two-point lead.

With 12 seconds remaining, Cognetta brought the ball over half and got a decent look at a layup, but the ball rimmed out. Nikki Stacy got an offensive rebound and found Carly Kiernan for another good look, but again the ball rolled out. Kirk pulled down the defensive rebound and was immediately fouled by Kiernan.

At the line for two shots, she hit the first but missed the second. Knox pulled down the rebound and was immediately fouled. Knox went 1-2 from the line, making it a two-possession game at 59-55.

Knox aided Kirk’s effort with 11 points, followed by Lowry and Crews with nine apiece.

Wojtas led the Owls with 15 points, going 4-9 from three-point range. Kiernan finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Keene State controlled the boards with a 53-36 advantage, while Middlebury led 21-6 in points off turnovers.

Box Score: http://cat.middlebury.edu/~sports/winter_sports/womens_basketball/archive/2013-14/KEENESTW.HTM

Women’s Hoops: Norwich’s Curry Nets 29 Points in 61-50 Win

Courtesy Plymouth State Sports Information

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Aliah Curry poured in a game-high 29 points Tuesday evening to lead Norwich University to a 61-50 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference women’s basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.


With the win, the Cadets improve to 10-9 on the season, while the loss drops the Panthers to 2-16.


Curry, who came into the game averaging 21.2 points per game, made 7-of-17 field goal attempts but did much of her damage at the free throw line, where she converted 14-of-17 shots. She was the only Cadet to reach double figures, as freshman Heather LeBlanc was the next leading scorer with nine points. Senior Erin Clark chipped in with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.


The Panthers had a balanced scoring attack with three players scoring in double figures. Sophomore Taylor Perry came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, including 11 in the second half, while senior Krystin Corliss and freshman Rosalie Edmonds scored 10 points apiece. Freshman DeAsia Lawrence added nine points in the setback, all in the first half.


PSU got off to a strong start and led the first 10 minutes of the game.  The Panthers held a 23-20 advantage with five minutes to go in the half, but Norwich outscored the home team 11-0 over the last five minutes to take a 31-23 lead into the locker room.  Clark made a pair of lay-ups and Curry scored seven points in the Cadet rally, including a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining. Curry led the way with 16 points in the first half.


Both teams struggled early in the second half, each missing their first six shots. Norwich controlled the lead the first 10 minutes, stretching the margin to nine points (38-29) with 12:35 to play and up to 11 points (42-31) with 10 minutes to go.


PSU would not go quietly, and the Panthers scored seven unanswered points on a three-pointer by Edmonds and a pair of jumpers by Lawrence. PSU whittled the margin down to three points (49-46) with 4:30 to play and again (51-48) with 2:48 on the clock.


Norwich clinched the game by making free throws down the stretch. The Cadets missed their last five field goal attempts but went 12-of-16 from the line in the final four minutes, including 9-of-12 by Curry.


The Cadets return to action on Thursday, Feb. 6, when they return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference action with a 7:00 p.m. road game against the University of Saint Joseph.


Men’s Hoop: Catamounts Cruise Past Maine, 93-65

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

BURLINGTON – Sandro Carissimo scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as four Catamounts reached double figures in a 93-65 victory over visiting Maine on Wednesday in America East men’s basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.

Vermont, which has won 11 of its last 12 games, improves to 9-1 in America East and 15-9 overall.  Maine falls to 5-17 overall and 3-7 in league play.

Carissimo missed just one shot on the night, going 8-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Clancy Rugg added 15 points and six rebounds, while Ethan O’Day grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and added 12 points. Candon Rusin chipped in 10 points in 14 minutes.

Zarko Valjarevic led three Black Bears in double figures with 19 points, including a 4-for-5 effort from 3-point range.

Valjarevic hit a 3-pointer at the 9:19 mark of the first half to tie the score up, 26-26.  Vermont responded with a 17-4 run, sparked by Rugg’s first 3-pointer of the year, to break open the game and push out to a 43-30 lead with 3:46 remaining in the half.

The Catamounts’ lead would grow to 18 following a three-point play from Brian Voelkel and a basket by Carissimo.  UVM took a 51-33 lead into the break.

UVM made three of its first four baskets coming out of halftime and its lead would balloon to 38 on a jumper by Kurt Steidl at the 11:13 mark of the second half. The Catamounts cruised the rest of the way to their third straight win.

Vermont finished the game shooting 60.3 percent from the field, 67.7 percent in the first half alone, and went 8-for-18 from 3-point range.  The Black Bears shot 42.1 percent from the floor and were 10-for-21 from beyond the arc.

Vermont continues a three-game homestand on February 12 when it hosts America East newcomer UMass Lowell at Patrick Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets to the game 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 can be seen online via CatamounTV.com.

NOTES: Prior to the game, Sandro Carissimo and Brian Voelkel were honored for reaching milestones in UVM’s win over Albany on Saturday … Carissimo became the 31st Catamount to reach the 1,000-point plateau and Voelkel became UVM’s all-time leader in assists … The Catamounts collected 10 blocks, with Ethan O’Day and Dre Wills picking up for each … UVM’s 93 points and 51 first-half points are the most this season by the Catamounts …Vermont improved to 76-4 when scoring 80 points or more since the 2000-01 season … The Catamounts are 10-2 when the bench scores 19 or more points (30 vs. Maine) and are 8-0 when scoring 17 or more points off turnovers (23 vs. Maine) … UVM improved to 16-4 when Candon Rusin scores 10 or more points.

Men’s Hockey: St. Mike’s Clinches Final NE-10 Championship Berth with 4-1 Victory

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team clinched the fourth and final Northeast-10 Conference Championship spot by knocking off Franklin Pierce University, 4-1, on Tuesday evening in Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights won for the fourth time in six games while moving to 5-15-1 overall and 2-3 in the league, while the Ravens are 4-14-2 and 2-6-1 and were eliminated from postseason contention.


 First-year defender Danny Divis (Media, Pa./The Gunnery) turned in a goal and two assists, and fellow first-year blue liner Stephen Inman (Coventry, R.I./Odessa Jackalopes) had a tally and a helper. Sophomore Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) and first-year Josh Dickman (Kapaa, Hawaii/Saint Paul’s School) tacked on one goal apiece, and junior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec/Tilton School) had two assists. Classmate Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 23 saves.


 Senior Dave O’Brien (Groton, Mass./Northern Cyclones) had 31 stops for the Ravens, and sophomore Brendan Glynn (Quincy, Mass./Bridgton Academy) tallied.


 During a first period in which they held a 9-4 edge in shots, the Purple Knights also scored the lone goal, their first of two on the power play. With more than seven minutes gone, Inman took a slap shot from the blue line that O’Brien turned away, with the rebound trickling back out front. Junior William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) pounced on the loose puck on the doorstep and, instead of shooting, slipped a pass to the right post and a crashing Dickman, who knocked home a one-timer for the go-ahead tally at 13:51.


 Saint Michael’s tacked on a pair of goals to extend its lead during the final 5:54 of the second period. After circling the net, Wong sent a pass from inside the left circle to Altidor, who drove a one-timer from the slot on net, which O’Brien slowed down with his glove hand, but the puck slowly flipped in the air and in at 14:06 as the goalie tried to locate the puck. Divis also assisted.


 Shortly thereafter, graduate student Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Mass./Vermont Academy) was denied on a breakaway before first-year Anthony Maiuri (Boxford, Mass./New Hampton School) was stopped on the follow-up attempt, but the puck remained loose and trickled toward a vacated net. Raven first-year Taylor Fletcher (Leominster, Mass./Boston Jr. Rangers) then cleared the puck off the line. However, Inman made it 3-0 at 17:43 on a close-range slap shot during a 5-on-3 advantage. Divis and Wong picked up helpers.


 Just 4:44 into the third period, Divis picked the upper right corner to extend his team’s lead to 4-0. Sophomore Nick Potter (Stoneham, Mass./Brooks School) and first-year Justin McKenzie (Hawthorne, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) lent assists. More than halfway through the frame, the Ravens entered the Purple Knight zone on an odd-man rush and, after Donzanti kicked away an initial shot with his right leg pad, Glynn flipped the rebound over the sprawling goalie at 12:23 to break the shutout. Donzanti made six saves down the stretch, including four after a late Saint Michael’s penalty, to avert further damage.


 The Purple Knights hit the road for their final Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East road games of the season this weekend, beginning on Friday with a 7 p.m. contest at Skidmore College.



Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – Emily Fluke recorded a pair of third-period goals lifting the second-ranked Panthers to an exciting 5-4 come-from-behind victory Tuesday evening in Kenyon Arena. Utica (13-6-0) held a 35-30 edge in shots over Middlebury (14-1-3) but the hosts converted on a pair of powerplay opportunities in the win. The Panthers remain at home for a game Friday with Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m., while Utica hosts Neumann on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.


Utica got on the scoreboard first at 11:08 of the first period. Megan Myers scored her team-leading 15th goal of the year. Nearly three minutes later, Emily Coope made it 2-0 when she rifled a shot from the left dot to the upper left corner of the goal after getting passes from Myers and Kristen Beckman off the left boards. Middlebury cut the lead Utica in half nearly two minutes later. Following a Pioneer penalty, Sara Ugalde won the ensuing faceoff back to Carly Watson who made a pass over to Jennifer Krakower for her first goal of the night and fifth of the season.


The score remained that way until just over midway through the second period. At 9:01, Utica gained a two-goal edge via a powerplay goal from Meredith Tice who shot a bouncing puck into the Panther net. Just 45 seconds later after a Utica penalty, the hosts notched their second powerplay goal for the game. Krakower sent a low line drive through many legs from the left side for her second score of the night with an assist from Watson after Ugalde again won the faceoff. Keeping the pressure up, the Panthers knotted the score at 3-3 following a turnover in the Pioneer zone. Pam Schulman and Katie Mandigo worked through the zone and Schulman put the puck away following a rebound of her initial shot.


The final period featured action at both ends of the ice. Utica looked to take the lead 90 seconds in but a shot by Nicole Kieffer hit the left post and caromed away. Near the midway point of the period, Middlebury goalie Laura Pinsent made a sprawling save when her momentum was carrying her to the left but she reached back to her right and made a glove save on a shot by Steele-Norton.


The Panthers took the lead when Emily Fluke scored at 13:58 when she deflected on a Watson shot from the point off a pass from Hannah Bielawski. Just over two minutes later, Fluke tallied her third game-winning goal of the season and second in as many games when she broke down the middle of the ice behind the Pioneer defense on pinpoint passes from Madeline Joyce and Krakower. Utica, who outshot the Panthers 22-5 in the third, kept the pucks going at the net and pulled to within one at 5-4 at the 16:35 mark. Gabrielle Schnepp scored on a shot from in front of the net. However, the Pioneers weren’t able to tie the score as the Panthers hung on for the win.


Pinsent (2-0-0) recorded 31 saves in the victory for Middlebury, while Jennifer Hamel (9-6-0) tallied 25 stops for the Pioneers.




Box Score: http://www.collegehockeystats.net/1314/boxes/wmidutc1.f04



Women’s Hoop: Spartan Lock Down on Johnson St. 63-34

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

CASTLETON – The Castleton Spartans held Johnson St. to just 13 made field goals and a meager 30.2 percent from the field on their way to a 63-34 victory over the Badgers Tuesday evening at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

 Four Spartans finished in double-figures with Jade Desroches leading the way with 16 points, including a 4-for-6 mark from beyond the arc. Meghan OSullivan tallied 14 points and Alyssa Leonard poured in 10 along with four rebounds and two assists. Shelby Labarge added 14 points off the bench for the Spartans.

 Sarah Voorhis and Domonique Carter-Stanley each notched eight points to lead the Badgers. Carter-Stanley also grabbed five rebounds, swiped three steals and dished off two assists. Kawy DeGreenia grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

 Castleton utilized a full court press to jump out to a 23-2 lead over the first nine minutes of action. Sarah Voorhis ended the run at 10:43 and a three from Eliannie Sola made it 23-7 with 7:44 remaining. The teams traded baskets over the next six minutes before back-to-back buckets by Meghan OSullivan and Alyssa Leonard gave the Spartans a 31-10 advantage at 1:33. The Badgers added a three in the final 75 seconds for the 31-13 Castleton edge at the break.

 The Spartans extended their lead in the final 20 minutes with an 8-2 run in the first 4:04 of the half. LaBarge then picked up eight of the Spartans next 10 points as the squad extended their lead to 49-17 with 13:28 left in the game. Alyssa Leonard added a five-point run for a 37-point Castleton advantage and the Spartans subbed liberally over the final 12 minutes as they finished with the 29-point victory.

Castleton swiped away 18 steals on defense while forcing 34 total turnovers on the night. Desroches and Liz Douglass shared the Spartan team lead with four steals apiece. The Spartans improved on their nation-leading scoring defense by allowing just 34 points, 11 points less than their season average (45.2).

 The Spartans improve to 18-2 on the year and remain perfect at 13-0 in the conference with their eighth straight win. Castleton returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the team travels to Green Mountain College for a 1 pm game.


No Snow … Barely

George Commo’s Blog – Tuesday 2/4/14

With balmy temperatures and little wind for the Super Bowl on Sunday night all kinds of cold weather locations are popping up looking to host the big game themselves sometime in the future. Yesterday’s weather might give them cause to pause. Did you see what they got yesterday at the Meadowlands … less than 24 hours after the big game?

… Five to eight inches of snow … . 24 hours earlier and it would have been ….

Like I said … cause to pause.

Where Was Robin?

I have gone to thousands of high school basketball games over the years, but I witnessed a first at least for me last night. It was a packed house at MSJ  as Rutland beat the Mounties 78-64 in boys basketball. The star of the game might’ve been the bat flying around startling fans, players and officials during the 2nd half. The bat might’ve been Rutland’s 6th man as the Raiders were leading by  only one point after 3, but pulled away in the 4th quarter to move to 9-7 on the year.