Daily Archives: Feb 9, 2014

Men’s Hockey: Wesleyan Holds On For Win Over Middlebury

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

Middletown, CT. — Wesleyan netted a pair of goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period on its way to a 2-1 win over Middlebury (8-10-2, 6-7-1) in a NESCAC road contest for the Panthers. The Cardinals (10-8-2, 5-8-1) earn just their third win over Middlebury in 42 all-time meetings, as the Panthers hold a decisive 37-3-2 advantage in the series.

Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead at 10:07 of the first period when Alex Carlacci took the puck deep into the right corner and hit Terence Durkin in the slot for a quick shot into the back of the net.

James Kline made it 2-0 as he took control of the puck in center ice, swept into the Middlebury zone and took a hard forehand shot from the slot while moving to his left that caught the net low inside the right post behind goalie Liam Moorfield-Yee.

The Wesleyan defense blocked numerous shots on the afternoon, complimented by 29 saves from Dawson Sprigings as he came close to his first career shutout.

Middlebury got on the board with 5:07 left in the third period when Tom Freyre lofted the puck from his own blue line toward the Wesleyan blue line. Wesleyan’s Robbie Harbison went down to knock the puck off its path with his glove and whiffed, leaving Jake Charles to collar the loose puck and skate in alone on Springings. He snapped off a high shot past the goalie’s glove to make it 2-1, earning his sixth of the season.

Middlebury pulled its goalie for the final 1:08 and kept the puck around the Wesleyan zone most of the time, but the Cardinals limited the Panthers to just one shot which Sprigings stopped to preserve the win.

Middlebury out shot its opponent 30-23, getting 21 saves from Moorfield-Yee. Up next for the Panthers is a game at travel partner Williams Friday.

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Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury edged by Bowdoin in a tightly-contested game by a 69-66 score Sunday afternoon and picked up a key NESCAC victory in its regular season home finale. The Panthers improve to 15-7 overall and move into a tie for third place in the conference with the Polar Bears at 5-3, while Bowdoin, ranked No. 18 nationally, falls to 18-3 and 5-3. The Panthers take to the road and will play Trinity on Friday at 8:00 p.m., while Bowdoin visits Bates at 8:00 p.m.

            The Polar Bears won the opening tip and scored the first basket of the game. A few possessions later, Middlebury answered with a three-pointer by Joey Kizel on an assist from Luis Alvarez. Over the ensuing minutes, the teams traded baskets before Bowdoin’s John Swords tied the game at 12-12 at the 12:38 mark. A 5-0 run thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play from Kizel and a jumper by Nate Bulluck gave the Panthers their largest lead of the opening half.

The Polar Bears continued to chip away at the deficit and turned a five-point Middlebury edge (21-16) with 8:43 remaining into a 28-26 lead on a jumper from Grant White at the 4:50 mark. At that point, the Panthers put together a 9-2 run over the ensuing 3:17 and again grabbed a five-point edge at 35-30 on a three-pointer from Hunter Merryman.

Out of the intermission, the hosts scored five of the first seven points and held their largest lead of the game at 42-34 on a three-pointer by Dylan Sinnickson with 18:45 left. Middlebury kept the Polar Bears at bay and again grabbed an eight-point edge at the 13:11 mark on a three-pointer by Kizel on an assist by Jake Brown. Not done, Bowdoin scored the next six points on threes by Lucas Hausman and Andrew Madlinger and sliced the Panther advantage to two at 50-48 with 11:27. Neither team held larger than a six-point edge as the two sides exchanged baskets down the stretch.

With the Panthers clinging to a three-point lead thanks to a Jack Roberts’ free throw with eight seconds left, the Polar Bears called a timeout and set up a final attempt. Racing the ball up the court, Matt Mathias found White in the left corner and he knocked down a deep three tying the game at 66-66 with 2.2 seconds left. Immediately after the basket, the Bowdoin bench called another timeout when they had none remaining, thus inducing an automatic technical foul with Middlebury shooting two free throws and gaining possession of the ball. With the game tied, Kizel stepped to the line and knocked down the first technical free throw but missed the second. Middlebury controlled possession of the ball and the Polar Bears fouled Kizel immediately after the ball was inbounded with 1.3 seconds left. This time, the Middlebury captain knocked down both charity tosses and gave the Panthers a 69-66 lead. A last-second game-tying attempt from halfcourt by Mathias was partially blocked by Jensen and fell short.

Kizel led four Panthers in double figures with 19 points to go along with five assists, while Sinnickson added 18 markers and a team-high eight boards. Roberts and Jensen both chipped in with 10 points apiece, while Roberts added seven rebounds.

Bowdoin was led by Swords’ double-double of 16 points and a game-high 13 boards. White also had 16 markers, while Madlinger added 15.


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


Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – On Senior Day at Pepin Gym, Bowdoin broke an early 6-6 tie with a 14-0 run and never looked back, running away from the Panthers for a 92-55 NESCAC victory. The 22nd-ranked Polar Bears (19-3, 6-2), who never trailed in the contest, connected on 19-33 shots from the floor in the first half, making 7-11 three-pointers. In contrast, Middlebury (7-14, 1-7) hit on just 10-28 field goal attempts, and was just  3-13 from behind the arc, as Bowdoin took a commanding 55-30 lead into the break.


            After a pair of free throws by Sarah Marcus knotted the game at six-apiece at 17:11, the Polar Bears started their run. Following a pair of buckets started the run, Kirsten Prue and Selena Lorrey each knocked down a three-pointer, while two more baskets bookended the 14-0 burst. Six different players scored during the run, giving Bowdoin a 20-6 lead at 13:43.


            Middlebury used an 8-2 run to counter, as Laura Lowry knocked down consecutive treys, cutting the deficit to 23-14 with just under 12 minutes left in the half. Lorrey answered with a three of her own, returning the Polar Bears lead to double-digits. Later, the lead bulged to 27 points in the half as Lorrey knocked down her fourth long-ball of the half, giving the visitors a commanding 55-28 lead in the final seconds before Lowry knocked down a jumper to cap the first half scoring.


            In the second half Bowdoin maintained its sharp shooting, connecting on 14-26 shots, netting 24 of their 37 second-half points from the paint. The Polar Bear defense kept up the pressure, holding the hosts to 9-30 shooting, on their way to the 92-55 win.


            Sara Binkhorst led all scorers with 16 points, adding 8-9 from the charity stripe, while Lorrey finished with 14 points off the bench, as the reserve connected on 5-9 from the field and 4-8 from downtown. Shannon Brady and Anna Prohl each finished with 11 points, while Megan Phelps chipped in with eight rebounds and five assists, both game-highs.


            Lowry finished with eight points, all in the first half, while Elizabeth Knox added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Scarlett Kirk also finished with 10 points, adding six rebounds. Over her last four games, Kirk collected 53 caroms for the Panthers.


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

Huge Sweep For The Hockey Cats

George Commo’s Blog – Sunday 2/9/14

It might have been the best weekend the University of Vermont men’s hockey program has had in years … the Hockey Cats going on the road and sweeping a weekend series with the UNH Wildcats. Durham, New Hampshire is a tough place to play, and to come out of there with four points is a huge accomplishment for Kevin Sneddon’s hockey club. Hey, Hockey East is a tough league. All you have to do is look at the schedule to understand that … next weekend the Cats get home for the first time in almost a month and a half but only just in time to host the likely #1 team in the country in BC. But this weekend was a huge step for a program trying to re-establish themselves in the best league in the game. It certainly appears that Vermont Hockey is back.

Meanwhile on the basketball side the UVM Catamounts are now in firm control of their own America East fate. The Hoop Cats have the weekend off, but had to enjoy the word out of Long Island where Stony Brook was knocked off by UNH yesterdat 73-69, giving Vermont sole possession of first place in the league standings. But that game also should serve as a reminder … if it can happen to Stony Brook it can happen to you. Vermont has six league games remaining … beware the trap games … like UMass-Lowell coming up on Wednesday night at the Patrick Gym.

The Norwich men’s hockey team is still alive for their 16th straight ECAC East regular season championship, but the pulse is a faint one. The Cadets took three of a possible four points over the weekend with a tie at Castleton and a win yesterday at Skidmore, but at the same time first place Babson took four at home against UNE and USM. It comes down to this for the Cadets … they trail the Beavers by three points with two games remaining. One of those is a head to head meeting between the two on Friday night in Northfield. Norwich must win that to stay alive. Then they must also beat UMass-Boston on Saturday and hope that their good friends the St. Michael’s Purple Knights can take at least a point from the Beavers  at Cairns Arena. Anything less and the amazing Norwich streak will be over.


Men’s Hockey: Catamounts Complete Sweep With 2-1 Win at UNH

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

DURHAM, N.H. – Pete Massar and Mario Puskarich netted second period goals less than three minutes apart, and Mike Santaguida stopped 28 shots as 19th-ranked Vermont held off New Hampshire for a 2-1 Hockey East victory on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.

The Catamounts swept the weekend series from the 20th-ranked Wildcats for the fourth win in their last five contests. Vermont moves to 15-9-3 and evens its Hockey East record at 7-7-0 HEA, while the Wildcats fall to 16-15-1 (8-8-0 HEA).

“Tonight was a much tougher game. UNH played extremely well,” said head coach Kevin Sneddon. “We had to be on our toes the whole game. They are an excellent team and it certainly made us better having to defend them and we got better as time went on.”

“Tonight was much tighter and we were well aware of how displeased they were with Friday’s game,” Sneddon said. “We talked all day about how we had to match their intensity and we did a good job.”

Santaguida made a pair of key glove saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless. The rookie robbed Dalton Speelman early in the contest from the low slot, then snagged a wrist shot away from Matt Willows on the power play. UVM held a 12-8 shot advantage heading into the first intermission as both teams went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Vermont took the lead less than four minutes into the second period as Jonathan Turk worked the puck to the right point for Yvan Pattyn. The sophomore fired a shot on target that Massar deflected through the pads of Casey DeSmith for his fifth goal of the season. Pattyn collected his second assist of the weekend on the play.

A few minutes later, the Catamounts doubled the lead as their top line continued to click. Chris McCarthy fed a pass to the right faceoff circle for Brendan Bradley, and the freshman quickly found Puskarich wide open with a backhand pass in the left slot. Puskarich delayed before lifting a wrist shot over DeSmith for his 13th tally of the year to lead all Hockey East freshmen. UVM’s top line finished the weekend with four goals and seven assists.

DeSmith registered two key saves to keep the Wildcats in the game before UNH went on its fourth power play of the contest. Kevin Goumas set up Nick Sorkin between the circles, and his shot changed direction into the lower left corner of the goal at 11:40 to put New Hampshire on the board.

UVM killed off a UNH power play to begin the third period and retained the lead into the closing minutes. The Wildcats called their timeout with 1:39 remaining for an extra skater, and Dan Correale had a clean look from the slot but missed the net to the left.

Santaguida stood tall down the stretch and the Catamounts blocked several shots in front of the rookie to seal the victory. Santaguida ran his personal winning streak to four games and collected the 10th win of his freshman campaign.

Vermont held a 30-29 shot advantage, including a 25-15 edge in the first two periods. The Catamounts haven’t been out-shot in a game since Dec. 28, a span of 11 consecutive contests.

UVM returns to Gutterson Fieldhouse next weekend for the first time since Jan. 4 to host No. 2 Boston College on Friday (Feb. 14) and Saturday (Feb. 15) at 7:05 p.m.  Live high definition video is available for free via CatamounTV.com.

On Friday, the Catamounts will wear special edition pink jerseys as part of Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer. Friday is The Bagel Place Night at Gutterson, while Saturday is City Sports Night. The UVM Student Government Association will also host a giveaway for all students on Saturday.

Saturday College Scoreboard – 2/8/14

Men’s Hockey

Vermont 2 New Hampshire 1

Norwich 3 Skidmore 0

Trinity 5 Middlebury 3

Castleton 4 St. Michael’s 1


Women’s Hockey

Vermont 2 Maine 1

Middlebury 3 Connecticut College 0

Norwich 3 Nichols 0

Castleton 4 Plymouth State 0

Manhattanville 5 St. Michael’s 0


Men’s Basketball

St. Michael’s 66 Stonehill 64

Castleton 137 Green Mountain 97

Anna Maria 63 Norwich 54


Women’s Basketball

Castleton 81 Green Mountain 24

Stonehill 85 St. Michael’s 61

Norwich 73 Anna Maria 64