Daily Archives: Feb 12, 2014

Men’s Hoop: O’Day Leads Vermont Past UMass Lowell, 83-58

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

.BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore Ethan O’Day scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 83-58 win over UMass Lowell in America East men’s basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday.

The Catamounts improved to 10-1 in America East and 16-9 overall.  Vermont earned its fifth straight win and has won 12 of its last 13 games. UMass Lowell fell to 8-16 on the year and 6-6 in league play.

UVM trailed 7-6 at the 17:27 mark, but used a 13-2 run, over a span of 3:47 and eight points from O’Day, to take a 19-9 lead and never looked back.

The River Hawks climbed back within five, 23-18, with 9:39 remaining in the half, but Vermont used another 13-0 spurt to push its lead to 18 with just over five minutes left in the stanza.

Sandro Carissimo capped the first 20 minutes with a half-court shot at the horn to give UVM a 49-22 lead at the break.

Vermont shot 56.3 percent in the first half and limited UMass Lowell to seven field goals and 30.4 percent shooting.

The Catamounts made their first five shots of the second half and saw its lead grew to 31 with 7:11 left in the contest. Vermont cruised the rest of the way to remain unbeaten at home in America East games (5-0).

Carissimo finished the night with 13 points and Candon Rusin added 14 points.  Brian Voelkel added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Akeem Williams scored a game-high 22 points to pace the River Hawks.

Vermont closes out a three-game homestand hosting UMBC at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 15).  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game as the Catamounts will be wearing special pink uniforms for the Rally For Cancer/Play 4 Kay initiative the UVM Athletic Department supports each year.  The game worn jerseys are being auctioned off online at auction.uvmathletics.com.  Proceeds will go to the Vermont Cancer Center.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com/tickets, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office located 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 for free in HD.

NOTES: Tonight was just the second meeting between the two teams as UMass Lowell is the newest member of America East and transitioning from Division II to Division I … The Catamounts swept the season series … UVM improved to 25-1 when holding opponents under 60 points over the last two years and is 12-0 this season … The Catamounts are 77-4 when scoring 80 points or more since the 2000-01 season … Vermont is 11-2 when the bench scores 19 or more points (25 tonight) … UVM is 17-4 when Candon Rusin scores 10 or more points in a game … He has reached double figures in five straight games and is averaging 13.2 points per game during that stretch … UVM has allowed an America East opponent to score more than 60 points just twice in the last 11 games … Brian Voelkel played in his 126th consecutive game tonight, tying the UVM record for consecutive games played which is held by Martin Klimes (2003-07) … Vermont improved to 118-31 at Patrick Gymnasium since the 2002-03 season and is 58-15 at home over the last five seasons … UVM is 71-22 in America East since 2008-09 and 39-9 at home in league games … O’Day was three shy of his career high of 21 points (vs. Binghamton, 1/26/14).

Men’s Hoop: Castleton Escapes with 110-109 Win

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

CASTLETON – The Spartans shot nearly 54 percent from the floor in the second half to erase an early deficit and hold on for a 110-109 victory over Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday evening in Glenbrook Gym.

Leading by 110-105 Castleton fouled Wol Majong following an offensive rebound with just 1.9 seconds left. The sophomore made the first free throw and missed the second intentionally but grabbed the rebound and hoisted a three from the near corner as time expired to give the Spartans the one-point victory.

Castleton earned the win despite allowing Colby-Sawyer to shoot 58 percent from the field and 7-for-15 from downtown. The Spartans did manage to force 24 turnovers and turn it into 39 points as they improved to 15-7 overall and 13-2 in the North Atlantic Conference with the win. The Chargers impressive shooting was nullified by the fact they gave up 23 offensive rebounds and dropped to 11-10 overall and 10-5 in conference play.

In addition to owning a 43-40 rebounding edge, Castleton also finished the game shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and hit 14 threes, ten of which came in the final 20 minutes. The team also recorded 13 steals and dished off 25 assists.

Logan White matched a career high with eight shots from downtown and finished with 32 points, just one short of his career high. He also added two rebounds and five steals. Steve Rosemond poured in 19 points, four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes while Chad Copeland had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Tyler Ackley didnt score bud dished off nine helpers while turning the ball over only three times.

Mike Dias owned the inside on Wednesday, shooting 12-for-16 from the field and finishing with 33 points and ten rebounds. Stephen Thorpe, meanwhile, got into the lane at will as he scored 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and dished off eight assists. Peter Donato added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Castleton jumped out to a 6-2 lead just 1:20 into the game and two minutes later Rob Coloutti drilled a triple for a 14-6 advantage. Rosemond added a layup at 15:46 for the ten-point lead but Donato ended the run with a pair of free throws ten seconds later. The Spartan lead stretched to 12 but an 11-2 run by the Chargers cut the Castleton lead to 22-19 with 12:23 left. Carnelius Green stopped the run and Brandon Bergeron followed with a three for the 27-19 advantage at 11:36.

Colby-Sawyer came back once again and closed within four, 29-25, on a 4-0 run by Dias. However, over the next three minutes Castleton kept the Chargers at bay and a three from White made it 39-31 with 6:35 remaining. A 7-2 run by Colby-Sawyer pulled them within three and after a pair of Troy Davine free throws made it 43-38, the Chargers went on an 11-1 run to grab a 49-44 lead. Castleton climbed back to tie with six straight in the final 80 seconds of the half, but a layup from Majong gave Colby-Sawyer a 55-53 lead at the break.

The Spartans opened the second half on a 7-1 run to take back the lead, however, the Chargers countered with a 6-3 run for the 64-63 lead. The teams traded baskets until a 5-0 run gave Castleton a 74-69 advantage with 13:42 left. Colby-Sawyer tied it up one minute later, but an 11-4 Spartan run pushed them in front 83-76 with 11:02 left.

The Chargers tied it up 86 apiece at 8:33, but Copeland countered with a layup. The Spartans continued to hold a slim lead over the next five minutes, with a White triple giving Castleton a 103-98 lead with 3:48 left. Jahnathan Mitchell made it 108-99 a minute later on a three and Copeland pushed the Spartan advantage to 110-103 with 41 seconds left. Thorpe closed the deficit to 110-105 with 14 seconds but Castleton held on despite Majongs late heroics.

The Spartans return to action this weekend when they travel to face Thomas at 7:30 pm on Friday.

Women’s Hoop: Catamounts Fall at Lowell, 87-71

Lowell, MA. — Kylie Butler buried four three pointers on route to 27 points, but it was not enough as the University of Vermont Catamounts were beaten by UMass-Lowell 87-71 on Wednesday night inside the Costello Athletic Center. Kayla Burchill also hit four shots from beyond the arc in a 15 point effort, but the Catamounts turned the ball over 24 times in suffering their 18th defeat of the season and falling to 3-8 in America Easy conference play. Lowell led by ten points at halftime and then rolled up 49 points in the second twenty minutes to secure their5th win of this, their first Division One season. They are now 4-8 in conference play.

Women’s Hoop: Spartans Suffer First Conference Defeat

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

CASTLETON – Down by 15 in the second half, Castleton fought to trim the lead to one with 3:52 left in the game. Colby-Sawyer buried their foul shots down the stretch, handing the Spartans their first conference loss of the year, 66-56 at Glenbrook Gym on Wednesday night.

Alyssa Leonard led Castleton with 13 points, while Shelby LaBarge came off the bench to score 11 points and bring down a team-high seven rebounds. Jade Desroches also notched 11 points, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing off four assists.

Kelsey Cahill was dominant inside for the Chargers and tallied a double-double with a game-high 21 points, as well as a game-high eleven rebounds. Katie McCarthy scored 14 points for Colby-Sawyer, including a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe.

The first half was a hard-fought, back and forth contest with six ties and no team leading by more than four. After a Kelsey Cahill layup put the Chargers up 22-19 with just under five minutes left in the half, sophomore Ali Jones put home a three-pointer to tie the game. The next Castleton possession, with the Spartans down by two , Jones came back down and swished another three to give the Spartans a 25-24 lead. Colby-Sawyer buried a pair of late shots to earn a 29-25 halftime lead.

In the second half the Chargers opened up the first five minutes by going on a 15-4 run. The Spartans answered in the next eight minutes by going on a 15-1 run of their own. Desroches made it a one-point game when she swiped a pass and took it coast-to-coast for a layup, cutting the Colby-Sawyer lead to 45-44.

The Chargers responded by scoring five straight points off a Katie McCarthy three-pointer and a Kelsey Cahill layup. Castleton continued to battle and brought the lead within one again after an Alyssa Leonard triple made it 50-49.

Colby-Sawyer held onto the lead outscoring the Spartans 16-7 in the final four minutes to bring the game to its final, 66-56. The Chargers went 12-for-12 from the foul line in the final 3:30 to seal their 12th conference victory of the year.

Castleton shot just 31.3 percent from the floor and 6 of 21 from the three-point line; While Colby-Sawyer was 42 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Colby-Sawyer had twenty turnovers in the contest, but outrebounded the Spartans 40-34.

With the loss, Castleton now falls to 19-3 overall and 14-1 in the NAC, while Colby-Sawyer improves to 13-9 and 12-3 in the NAC. The Spartans return to action on Friday when they travel to face Thomas at 5:30PM.

Boy’s Hockey: Redhawks Top Bobwhites 2-1 in Overtime

South Burlington — Junior Dan Mathon scored the first goal of his high school career 1:39 into overtime on Wednesday night, giving the CVU Redhawks a 2-1 win over the BFA-St. Albans at Cairns Arena.

CVU’s Elliott Mitchell stole the puck at the BFA net and went to the net. His shot was stopped by Bobwhites goaltender Sean Hengemuhle, but Mathon picked up the rebound and backhanded it home for the game winner.

After a scoreless first period the Redhawks took the lead late in the second. With a pair of Bobwhites sitting in the penalty box, Ryan Keelan won the faceoff in the BFA zone and drew the puck back to defenseman Drew Pitcher, whose shot beat Hegenemuhle … a 5 on 3 powerplay goal for a 1-0 lead.

It stayed that way deep into the third, but BFA found the equalizer at 12:43 when Carl Laroe redirected a point shot by Owen Ladd past CVU keeper Greg Talbert.

Talbert made 18 saves and Hegenemuhle made 22 as CVU outshot BFA 24-19. With the win CVU, which has clinched the top seed in the Metro Division state tournament, improves their record to 16-1-1. BFA slips to 11-5-2.

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#1 vs #2 on Ice – All Over the Place

George Commo’s Blog – Wednesday 2-12-14

As I’m writing this the U-S and Canadian women’s hockey teams are battling it out in the first of two expected meetings in the games in Socchi … but that is not the only number one vs number two hockey battle going on … last night the #1 Plattsburgh Cardinal women topped the #2 Middlebury Panthers 5-2 at Stafford Ice Arena and coming up tonight the top ranked CVU boys will meet the number two BFA-St. Albans Bobwhites in a key late season Vermont Metro Division Showdown. You can see that one tonight right here on NSN Sports.