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As ‘Madness’ descends

A survey of the horizon for Vermont’s teams

UVM men's basketball game
Photograph by Brian Jenkins

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CATAMOUNT SPORTS

As ‘Madness’ descends

A survey of the horizon for Vermont’s teams

March, the championship season in a number of college sports, was about to roll in as this issue of VQ went out the door to press. Read on for an overview of where various Catamount teams stood with crunch time approaching, and check uvmathletics.com for the latest.

Men’s Basketball

With a month to go in the regular season, hopes were high for a return to the NCAA Tournament. Vermont was 15-7 overall and 8-2 in America East, placing them just one game back of first place Stony Brook. In his second season leading the Catamount program Coach John Becker has assembled a balanced attack with a variety of players stepping up in different games. Brian Voelkel, Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Candon Rusin, and Clancy Rugg (pictured) are among those helping to lead the way on court this year.

Women’s Basketball

The Cats were 7-15 over the whole slate and 4-5 in conference, fourth place in America East with about a month to go before the conference tournament. Mid-season, a number of players were contributing to keep the Cats in the AE running. Among them: Niki Taylor reached double figures in four of five games; Annie Wheeler averaged ten points per game over the same span; and Lauren Buschmann continued to hit the boards each game on her way to surpassing six hundred career rebounds.

Men’s Hockey

In early February, the Cats stood at 7-14-4 for the season, ninth place in Hockey East with a 4-10-4 mark in conference. In late December, Coach Kevin Sneddon’s squad captured the annual Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup, rallying from two goals down in the championship game to defeat Princeton 6-3. It’s the third time in the past five years that UVM has won the Cup. Over the course of the season, freshman goalie Brody Hoffman has been honored three times as the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.

 Women’s Hockey

The Catamounts have put together a 7-16-3 record over the season, and stood sixth in Hockey East at 5-7-3. In a 3-1 win over rival New Hampshire, Brittany Zuback scored two goals, putting her at a school-record twelve for the season. Erin Wente also notched one for the record book. In a loss to Colgate, she slapped home her twenty-sixth career goal, the most by a Catamount during the team’s Division I era. Roxanne Douville has been a solid force in the net, and was honored by Hockey East as Goaltender of the Month in December.

Skiing

Following an NCAA Championship season, the men’s and women’s ski squads continued their winning ways, opening the EISA Carnival Circuit with wins at St. Lawrence, Colby, and on their home snow in Vermont. Alpine standout performances have come from Travis Dawson, Ellie Terwiel, and Kristina Riis-Johannessen in slalom and Jonathan Nordbotten and Kate Ryley in giant slalom. For the Nordic team, Scott Patterson and Anja Gruber have led the way, often earning the top step of the podium.

Highlight Reel

Katie Adams, Christa Weaver, Andie Blaser, and Diane Brown joined forces to set a UVM and a pool record in the 400 freestyle relay, helping lead a dominant UVM performance at the Central Connecticut Invitational. Seniors Kailey Gardner and Chelsea Krisanda won three events each to pace Vermont to a win in the swim team’s “Senior Day” home competition against Rhode Island. The men’s and women’s track and field team had three athletes win events at the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern University. Yolanda Ngarambe won the women’s 800, and Kirsten Weberg took the mile. For the men, Andy Stillman ran first in the 800.

And a closing note on classroom performances: UVM student-athletes posted a 3.071 GPA for the fall semester in 2012, marking the twentieth-straight semester the Catamounts have collectively earned a 3.0 GPA or better. Vermont, which has won eight America East Academic Cups including seven straight from 2005-2011, had eleven teams post GPA’s of 3.0 or better.  The men’s track and field team led all men’s teams with a GPA of 3.16, while the women’s ski team led all squads at UVM with a 3.55 team GPA.

For more sports news: uvmathletics.com

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