Daily Archives: Feb 5, 2014

Women’s Hoop: Catamounts Fall to Maine, 69-52

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

BURLINGTON – Sam Simononis led three Vermont players in double figures with a team-high 12 points, but Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood scored 17 points each to lead the Maine Black Bears past the Catamounts, 69-52 in America East women’s basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.

Maine improves to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in league play. Vermont falls to 6-17 on the year and 3-7 in America East.

Kristina White added 11 points off the bench and Kylie Atwood chipped in a season-high 10 points to round out UVM’s double-digit scorers. Niki Taylor grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass, and was one point shy of a double-double with nine.

The Catamounts led 7-4 in the opening minutes of the first half, but Maine responded with a 16-2 run to take a 20-9 lead with 13:20 remaining in the half. Vermont countered with a 13-2 run of its own sparked by a 3-pointer from Atwood and capped with a 3-pointer by White, to climb back and tie the score up 22-22 with 5:02 left in the half.

The Black Bears out scored Vermont 10-4 over the final 3:46 of the stanza and took a 34-26 lead into halftime.

Maine shot 58.3 percent from the field, but the Catamounts went 5-for-9 from 3-point range (55.6%) to only trail by eight at the break.

The Black Bears pushed their lead to 10 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Vermont climbed back within eight on a pair of free throws by White at the 16:36 mark.

Maine opened the game up with a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes to pull out a 59-37 lead with 8:02 remaining in the game. The Black Bears maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the way to post their second straight victory.

“Our defense is still a work in progress and we will regroup this weekend before heading into the final stretch of conference play,” said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.

Maine finished the game shooting 53.2 percent from the field, while UVM shot 30.4 percent from the floor.  The Catamounts dominated the boards, out rebounding Maine 45-23 and 22-2 on the offensive glass.

Vermont returns to action on February 12 when it makes its first-ever visit to America East newcomer UMass Lowell. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen online via AmericaEast.tv.

Boy’s Hockey: SB Tops Essex 3-2 in Overtime

Essex —  Mike Blauvelt’s goal at the 1:11 mark of overtime game the South Burlington Rebels a 3-2 win over the Essex Hornets on Wednesday night at the Essex Skating Facility. Blauvelt corralled the loose puck after defenseman Mike Camardo’s shot was blocked, and fired a shot from down low over the shoulder of Essex goaltender Brock Paquette, allowing the Rebels to salvage the victory.

South Burlington scored first, as Camardo blasted home a shot from the right point at the 8:40 of the first period. It was the only goal of a period in which Essex outshot SB 11-6. The Rebels then extended their lead at the 2:03 mark of the second, as Brendan LaHue scored just seconds after an Essex penalty had expired.

But the Hornets reponded. At 7:25 of the second center Brody Almeida won a faceoff and drew the puck back to Joey Robertson who fired a shot past Rebels goaltender Ben Greenstein, reducing the SB advantage to 2-1. That was where things stayed through two, with Essex outshooting SB 11-9.

Essex tied the game at the 54 second mark of the third, as Cole Sheffert put away the rebound of a point shot by Jacob Gaboriault. The Hornets would outshoot the Rebels 10-6 in the period but could not find the goal to finish their comeback, and Blauvelt then won it for SB in the OT.

Greenstein finished the night with 31 saves. Paquette made 19 stops for Essex.

With the win the defending champion Rebels improve their record to 10-7. Essex slips to 11-4.


George Commo’s Blog – Wednesday 2-5-14

Impressive … Not much more needs to be said about the Vermont men’s basketball team’s performance last night. The Catamounts exploded out to a 51 point first half and rolled over Maine at the Patrick Gym. UVM has now won eleven of their last twelve games, with the only loss being the game at Stony Brook where they had a bad first half but still nearly came back to pull out the win. Overall they are 15-9 after starting the season 4-8. I guess all the pre-season hype about how good this team was going to be was spot on …

Impressive … The Mt. Mansfield boys basketball team needed an impressive win to show they belonged among the elite in Division One. Well they got that last night, rolling over Burlington 53-42 up in Cougar Country. In the process they shutout the Seahorses in the second quarter. St. Johnsbury, Rice, Burlington, unbeaten Burr and Burton … and now MMU joins the list of contenders when the tournament rolls around next month.

Impressive … The St. Michael’s mens hockey team really struggled through the first two thirds of this season … they went the longest time with just one win …  but the Knights persevered, and now they are getting rewards for it. St. Mike’s has won four of their last six games and last night’s 4-1 win over Franklin Pierce at Cairns Arena guarantees them a spot in the Northeast 10 conference playoffs. Persistence pays off.