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The Week in Vermont Athletics

Release Date: 02-22-2010

Author: Lisa A. Champagne
Email: Lisa.Champagne@uvm.edu
Phone: 802/656-1818 Fax: 802-656-8328

The University of Vermont week in athletics is produced each week during the academic year. The week in athletics provides updates and recaps of all the action and upcoming events in Catamount Country.

TICKETS | Click Here for Ticket Info
Tickets for all Vermont games this season are available online at UVMathletics.com, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office in Patrick Gymnasium or by calling 802-656-4410.

Catamounts TV is the home of all of the video content produced by UVM Athletics. On the bottom of the right hand column of the video player box there is a playlist arrow. Click on the arrow and select the sport of your choice to see all the videos for the sport you selected.

Trading cards for the 2009-10 University of Vermont men's basketball, women's basketball, men's hockey and women's hockey teams are now available online at CatamountCards.com. Fans can print out their own versions of the keepsakes on their personal computers. The digital cards were created by Pack Network.

(13-11-6, 7-10-6 Hockey East)
* No. 17 Vermont dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to No. 13 New Hampshire on Friday and tied the Wildcats 3-3 on Saturday at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.
* Senior Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ont.) had a goal and three assists in the two games. Irwin is first on the team in scoring with 12 goal and 16 assists for 28 points.
* Freshman Sebastian Stlberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) had a goal and two assists in the two games. Stlberg has 13 points in the last 14 games. He leads all Vermont rookies in scoring with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.
* The Catamounts are 0-1-6 in seven overtime games this season. Vermont's six ties are one shy of the school record of seven that was set in 2007-08.
* No. 17 Vermont (13-11-6, 7-10-6 HEA) hosts No. 19 Boston University (14-13-3, 11-10-2 HEA) for a two-game set this weekend at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Friday's game is a 7:30 p.m. start and will be televised on NESN. Sunday's game will start at 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.
* Friday - The UVM Student Government Association will be giving out green and gold scarves in the student section to UVM students with a valid ID. Healthy Living will be sampling products and Comcast will be showcasing information about their products and services in the lobby.
* Sunday - 
Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors during the post-game senior ceremony in their final home game of the regular season!
The Chittenden Bank Coaches' Show with Vermont men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon will be on location on Monday's throughout the season from 8-8:30 p.m. at the Vermont Sports Grill located at 1705 Williston Road in South Burlington.
The show will also re-air on WVMT 620AM on Thursday's throughout the season from 9:30-10:00 a.m. during the Charlie and Ernie morning show. Audio of the show is also available online at http://www.newstalk620wvmt.com.

* Vermont finished second at the Williams Carnival with 890 points while Dartmouth was first with 892 points.
* Vermont had 14 top-10 finishes on Friday in the Williams Carnival at Jiminy Peak and Prospect Mountain.
* Junior Chris Colpitts (Squaw Valley, Calif.), junior Valerie Kechian (Tuxedo, N.Y.) and sophomore Franz Bernstein (Unterthingau, Germany) all earned first-place finishes on Friday. Colpitts took the men's giant slalom to win the first race of his career. Kechian earned her second win of the season with a victory in the women's GS. Bernstein won the men's 10k classic with a time of 28:40.9.
* Sophomore Meg Ryley (Toronto, Ont.) won her sixth race of the season by taking the women's slalom on Saturday.
* Vermont competes at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships hosted by Middlebury on Feb. 26 and 27 at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Rikert Touring Center.

SWIMMING AND DIVING (10-6, 2-3 America East)
* The Catamounts were off last week.
* The Catamounts travel to take part in the 2010 America East Championships in Boston from February 24-28.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (21-8, 11-3 America East)
* Vermont went 2-0 last week, defeating Hartford on the road 74-56 and then topped Fairfield at home as part of the ESPN BracketBusters series, 77-67. The Cats have now won seven in a row.
* Senior Maurice Joseph (Montreal, Quebec) scored a game-high 22 and classmate Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J.) added 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Cats continue to lead the nation by earning their 12th road win of the year at Hartford.
* Junior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C.) scored 17 and senior Nick Vier (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) added four three-pointers as UVM head coach Mike Lonergan earned his 350th career win on Saturday vs. Fairfield.
* Vermont has now won 35 of its last 44 games against teams from the state of Connecticut, as the match-up with Fairfield was the first meeting between the two teams since the 1982-83 season.
* The Cats are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to face Stony Brook in a battle for first place starting at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on NESN and MSG Plus. Vermont then returns home on Sunday at noon to host Binghamton in the regular season finale and Senior Day for Blakely, Joseph and Vier. A limited number of tickets still remain for the Binghamton game. The games can be heard live on 96.7 DOT-FM, The Zone 960 AM and WSTJ-1320 AM (Randolph), and on the internet at www.UVMathletics.com with the audio stream provided by SportsJuice.com.

* Tune in Monday nights when the men's basketball team is in town for the Cats Den, the weekly radio interview with Vermont mens basketball head coach Mike Lonergan, which takes place live at the Upper Deck Pub at the Windjammer in South Burlington. The Cats Den begins at 7:00pm and is hosted by Rob Ryan, the voice of Vermont mens basketball. Each week coach Lonergan joins Ryan in a 30-minute segment that recaps the previous week and talks about the upcoming games. Fans are welcome to attend and ask coach Lonergan questions. Questions are also welcome by email at: robryan@967dotfm.com. Fans in attendance will also have a chance to win UVM mens and womens basketball tickets during each show.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (22-5, 12-2 America East)
* Vermont won its sixth straight game with a 67-50 victory over UMBC before a season-high crowd of 2,001 on Senior Day at Patrick Gym on Sunday.
* UVM's starters accounted for 66 of the 67 points in the game for the Catamounts. All four seniors reached double figures in the win over UMBC. Courtnay Pilypaitis (Ottawa, Ontario) led UVM with 17 points and 10 assists for her 22nd career double-double, the eighth of the season and fourth in six games. Alissa Sheftic (Essex Junction, Vt.) and Sofia Iwobi (Fairfield, Iowa) chipped in season-highs of 16 and 13 points, respectively and classmate May Kotsopoulos (Waterloo, Ontario) added 12 points, all in the second half.
* Vermont finished the 2009-10 regular season with a record of 9-3 at Patrick Gymnasium. The Catamounts three losses all came against teams that are currently nationally ranked (No. 3 Nebraska, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Hartford). UVM's margin of victory at Patrick Gym this season in America East action was +25.7 points per game. The seniors went 43-13 in four years at Patrick Gymnasium and have won 86 games overall, the fifth most in school history by a four-year class.
* Pilypaitis also became the first Catamount to reach the 600-assist milestone and she moved into second among the all-time league leaders in assists.
* The Catamounts, who lead the nation in road wins with 13, will close out the regular season at Stony Brook on Tuesday (Feb. 23) and at Hartford on Saturday (Feb. 27). Both games can be heard on WVMT-620 AM and on the Internet at SportsJuice.com.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY (10-22-1, 5-15-1 Hockey East)
* The Catamounts closed out the 2009-10 regular season by dropping two games to Providence at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Vermont lost 4-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday.
* Vermont had a record breaking season, setting a school Division I record with 10 wins in a season and tying a school Division I record with five Hockey East wins.
* Senior Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) scored in Friday's 4-2 loss to Providence to give her 25 career goals as a Catamount. Her 25 goals is now the most for a Catamount at the Division I level in school history.
* Freshman Erin Wente (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished her rookie campaign on a tear finding the back of the net in both games this weekend. She finished her freshman year with nine points off of six goals and three assists.

* Vermont competed at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. The women's team finished sixth (60 pts), while the men's squad earned 29 points for an eighth place finish at the meet.
* Senior Aly Millett (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) was the runner-up in both the 1,000m and the mile. She posted an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:54.18 in the 1,000m and then set a new UVM mark in the mile with a time of 4:51.30, breaking the 29-year old record held by UVM Hall of Famer and Olympian Judi St. Hilaire. Hilaire ran a time of 4:52.79 back in 1981.
* The women's distance medley relay team of Kirsten Weberg (Rocky Mount, Va.), Julie McGilpin (Westfield, Mass.), Alexa Mazur (North Kingston, R.I.) and Millett, also turned in a record breaking performance with a time of 11:52.39 to finish runner-up in the event. The team broke the mark of 11:56.53 set by Diana Purtz, Carmen Lagala, Bethany Brodeur-Frost, Katy Jackson in 2005.
* UVM's distance medley relay team of Ryan Sleeper (West Windsor, N.J.), Nick Archer (Warwick, R.I.), Stillman and Doug Maisey (Gwynedd Valley, PA.) had a strong performance, setting a new school record, with a third place finish and IC4A-qualifying time of 10:00.56. The team's new school record was four seconds better than the time of 10:04.42 set in 2000 by Jake Hollenbach, Craig Wingate, Peter Raak, George Deane.
* The America East Championship marks the conclusion of the regular season for the Catamounts. Several student-athletes will move on to compete at the New England and IC4A/ECAC Championships on February 26-27 and March 6-7, respectively. Boston University will serve as the host for both championship meets.
Vermont's Track & Field and Cross Country Alumni are invited to join the coaching staff for an alumni breakfast gathering next Saturday (Feb 27). This special event will be held at T. Anthony's on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass. at 8:30 a.m., prior to the second day action at the New England Indoor Championships, hosted by Boston University. Please RSVP to the Victory Club office at 802-656-0956 or victory.club@uvm.edu. If you are a Catamount alum and did not receive the invitation please be sure to update your information with the Victory Club to receive future information about alumni events.

MEN'S LACROSSE (0-1, 0-0 America East)
* Vermont dropped a 7-4 decision to Bryant on Saturday.
* Senior Ryan Gillette (Lowville, N.Y.), junior Derek Lichtfuss (Lutherville, Md.), sophomore Geoff Worley (Coronado, Calif.) and freshman Zack Telander (Lake Forest, Ill.) each scored in the loss for the Catamounts.
* Sophomore goalie Alex Plavner (Arnold, Md.) made nine saves and had eight ground balls.
* Vermont returns to action this Saturday at Drexel at 1 p.m.

* The Vermont women's lacrosse season will open the 2010 season on Friday (Feb. 26) at No. 14 Penn State, the alma mater of head coach Jen Johnson '00. UVM will play its first five games of the year on the road.
* The University of Vermont women's lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the 2010 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll.
* In 2010, Vermont returns four of the six players that recorded 30 points or more in 2009, including two of the team's top goal scorers. UVM will add seven newcomers to the mix.
* UVM will play three teams that earned a national ranking in the IWLCA Preseason Poll and to others that are receiving votes.

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