Daily Archives: Feb 11, 2014

Women’s Hockey: #1 Plattsburgh Tops #2 Middlebury, 5-2

Courtesy Plattsburgh State Sports Information

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – In a showdown between the top two teams in Division III women’s hockey, the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team emerged victorious with a 5-2 win against the No. 2 Middlebury Panthers in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.

The Cardinals  (19-1-1) came out strong with a 6-0 edge in shots on goal early in the first, but the Panthers (16-2-3) came firing back to test Plattsburgh State goaltender Sydney Aveson and outshoot the Cardinals, 11-10, in the period.

After 10 minutes on solid offensive pressure, Middlebury finally broke through when Sara Ugalde found Victoria Laven just inside the blue line. Laven’s shot from the right point was denied by Aveson but Jane Freda gathered the loose puck and scored top shelf to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 2:38 left in the first.

A reenergized Cardinal squad hit the ice at the start of the second as Tyne Gove took a backhanded pass from Jenny Kistner and beat Middlebury goaltender Madeline Marsh to tie the game at 1-1 with just 2:25 gone in the period. Katelyn Turk also added an assist on Gove’s second of the season.

Plattsburgh State took grabbed the lead at 16:39 of the second when Alyssa Parke worked her way around a pair of Middlebury defender and ripped a shot through a screen from the top of the near circle to make it a 2-1 game. Chelsea VanGlahn and Bridget Balisy assisted on Parke’s team-leading sixth power-play goal of the year.

Just 1:10 later the Cardinals struck again when Ali Vakos set up Giovanna Senese for a one-timer that sailed past Marsh, giving Plattsburgh a two-goal lead to take to the second intermission.

The Cardinals killed off a Panther’s power-play to start the third before Katelyn Turk netted her fourth of the year at the 6:08 mark. Turk hit Gove with a pass in the right circle and Gove sent a shot just wide of Marsh but the puck deflected off the skate of Turk and into the back of the net to put Plattsburgh State up by three.

Middlebury cut the Cardinals’ lead down to two when Jennifer Krakower scored on a power-play goal on a shot from the point at the 13:38 mark but an empty-net goal from Vakos in the final minute of play sealed the 5-2 final for Plattsburgh State.

Plattsburgh State outshot Middlebury 38-18, including a 28-7 advantage thorough the final two periods. Both sides went 1-for-3 on the power play.

Aveson made 16 saves in the win to improve to 15-1-1 on the year. Marsh recorded 33 stops in the loss for the Panthers.

The Cardinals hit the road for the final four games of the regular season, beginning Saturday night with a weekend series in Chatham. Saturday’s contest is set for 8 p.m. before the same two teams meet Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

Men’s Hoop: St. Mike’s Falls to St. Anselm 86-85

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The nationally-regarded Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team erased an eight-point deficit in the final three-plus minutes before yielding the go-ahead hoop with fewer than 30 seconds left during a back-and-forth 86-85 loss to Saint Anselm College on Tuesday in the Ross Sports Center.

 

The Purple Knights, who had a winning shot at the buzzer fall off the mark, are 16-6 overall and 11-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, and received a vote toward this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) national poll. The Hawks are 15-6 and 13-4 while staying tied for first place in the Northeast Division.

 

Junior Mike Holton Jr. notched 27 points for the Purple Knights, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and snagging seven rebounds. During the game, he improved his career point total to 1,279, passing Brendan Mullins ’07 (1,263) for 21st in program history and closing in on Bob Toner ’74 (1,282) and Monroe Blakes ’92 M’93 (1,288) for the next two spots. Junior Corey Crawford II had 19 points behind 5-of-6 three-point shooting in addition to 10 rebounds and six assists, and classmate James Cambronne notched 15 points and seven boards. First-year Matt Bonds tacked on 11 points.

 

Against the top three-point shooting team in the league, Saint Michael’s knocked down 10-of-18 (55.6%) from beyond the arc while keeping the Hawks near their average (40.8%), as the visitors were 13-of-32 (40.6%). The Purple Knights held the 13th-ranked scoring offense in Division II (87.9) a little lower than their average.

 

Junior Roy Mabrey totaled 27 points for Saint Anselm, shooting 5-of-10 from deep and handing out four assists, while sophomore Mike McCahey had 19 points and nine boards. Senior John Nielsen shot 6-of-10 from deep for 18 points while picking up seven rebounds, and junior Chris Santo had 13 points and four steals.

 

The teams exchanged the lead 16 times during the contest, including on four occasions in the final 1:25 alone. Down 82-74 with a little more than three minutes left, the Purple Knights scored nine straight points in a matter of 1:37, with Crawford netting the middle five and Cambronne providing four, including the go-ahead jumper at 1:25. After Santo’s lay-up gave the Hawks an 84-83 edge at 43 seconds, Holton’s difficult lay-up put Saint Michael’s back on top 13 ticks later. However, the ball found a wide open Santo under the hoop at 27 seconds for the winning bucket. The Purple Knights’ final shot with three ticks left from in the paint hit back rim and bounced away.

 

On the strength of five three-pointers, Saint Anselm led 15-7 by the 14:51 mark of the first half before extending its lead to 25-15 on its seventh triple, at 11:33. After a Cambronne jumper trimmed the deficit to 31-28, Nielsen finished his perfect 6-of-6 start from beyond the arc 53 seconds later, immediately preceding a 10-0 Saint Michael’s run during which four different players scored. The hosts carried a 42-40 edge into halftime.

 

Eleven lead changes occurred in the second half alone, with neither team leading by more than five points until 12:36 remained, when Bonds made it 63-56 with a lay-up. The Purple Knights continued to lead by six with less than 10 minutes to go before Saint Anselm used an 8-0 run to jump in front on a Santo bucket at 7:24, which kicked off a 19-3 run that put the visitors ahead 82-74 with 3:15 left, leading to the wild finish.

 

The Purple Knights host Bentley University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Women’s Hoop: Cadets Cruise to 70-39 Win against Johnson State

Courtesy Norwich Sports Information

JOHNSON, Vt.—Juniors Aliah Curry and Kelsey Lotti combined for 56 points to lead the Norwich University women’s basketball team to a 70-39 win against the Badgers of Johnson State College on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

 

With the win, the Cadets improve to 12-10 overall, while the loss drops the Badgers to 7-14.

 

Curry totaled 26 points on 8-28 shooting from the floor (28.5 percent), including a 5-11 performance (45.4 percent) from three-point range. Lotti netted 20 points on a 5-12 effort from the floor (41.6 percent) with two three-pointers and a perfect 8-8 effort at the free-throw line. Both Curry and Lotti added six rebounds apiece.

 

Nine additional players scored for Norwich, led by sophomore Donovan Driscoll with four points. Freshman Heather LeBlanc paced the Cadets on the boards with seven rebounds, while senior Kristin Brown dished out a game-high four assists.

 

The Badgers were led by Ashley Goddard with eight points and seven rebounds. Kirsten Rand scored six points and added a game-high 10 rebounds, while Eliannie Sola dished out a team-best three assists.

 

Norwich scored the first three points of the game on a trifecta of free-throws by Lotti 1:23 in the game and would never trail, building an 11-0 lead before the Badgers managed to get on the board on a free-throw at the 11:54 mark. Norwich continued to extend their lead, due in part to a 17.9 percent shooting from the floor by the Badgers, while shooting 35.7 percent on their own offensive end. Norwich would 36-17 at halftime.

 

The Badgers opened the second half with a 4-0 run, but Curry would respond by nailing back-to-back three-pointers. Johnson State totaled 22 points in the second half on 34.4 percent shooting from the floor, while the Cadets netted their 34 second-half points on a 31.4 percent effort from field goal range. Norwich’s largest lead of the day came on the final basket of the game, a three-point shot by junior Kaitlyn McMullen .

 

The Cadets held advantages in points off turnovers (9-1) and second-chance points (11-8), but the Badgers edged the Cadets in points in the paint (15-8). Both teams received 19 points from their respective benches.

 

Norwich will return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they host Albertus Magnus for a 1:00 p.m. game. The Cadets will honor seniors Brown, Tylita Butler and Erin Clark for their contributions to the program in a brief ceremony prior to tip-off.

 

Women’s Hoop: St. Mike’s Falls to St. Anselm 64-60

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

COLCHESTER – The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team suffered its 11th single-digit loss of the season on Tuesday, narrowly dropping a 64-60 contest to Saint Anselm College in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are now 3-18 overall and 2-15 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Hawks moved to 12-10 and 8-9.

 

 

 

First-year Indira Evora led the hosts with 18 points and four steals, and sophomore Makenzie Burud posted 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench. Senior Alexa Long added nine points and two blocks, with her four rebounds moving her into 14th in school history in career rebounding (574), passing Karen Monahan ’92 (572). Junior Maggie Sabine notched eight boards, while senior Cara Deroy totaled eight points, six caroms and three assists.

 

 

 

First-year Candace Andrews paced Saint Anselm with 17 points, five steals and four assists, while senior Tori Lehr posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Briana Jones notched 13 points and seven rebounds, and senior Allie Jones collected 12 points.

 

 

 

The Purple Knights forged a 13-point first-half advantage and still led 30-23 on a Long three-point play 1:48 into the second stanza. Saint Anselm edged within one point three times, but junior Kelly Frappier’s bucket with 13:10 remaining put the hosts back up by five at 40-35. From there, the Hawks used an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the night, with Andrews scoring seven of the points. After consecutive Lehr hoops made it 50-42, Saint Michael’s used a 9-1 run to knot the game at 51 on sophomore Megan Gaudreau’s three-pointer with 3:17 to go.

 

 

 

Five straight Hawk points were countered by a Purple Knight four-point possession at 1:41, with Sabine nailing a jumper and Burud hitting two free throws after being fouled away from the play. Saint Anselm added the next five points, but Saint Michael’s created a 60-59 deficit on Deroy’s drive at 26.1 seconds and, after two Hawk freebies, Evora hit one free throw at 8.7 seconds to produce a 62-60 game. However, a teammate was called for a lane violation on the second free throw, and Briana Jones hit two ensuing free throws to create a four-point cushion.

 

 

 

The Purple Knights led 4-3 before Evora dropped in five straight points, burying a three-pointer at 15:35 of the opening half to make it 9-3. After the Hawks crept within 11-7, the hosts rattled off 12 of the next 15 points to forge a 23-10 advantage on Sabine’s lay-up at 4:33. Six different players scored during the run, which included Saint Michael’s holding the visitors to just one free throw and no field goals during a 7:59 span. Saint Anselm was held to a 4-of-23 start from the floor before scoring nine straight points in a matter of 2:29, with Andrews tallying the final eight to bring her team within 23-19 at 1:50. However, Long and Burud scored in the final 1:32, and the Purple Knights took a 27-19 edge into the locker room.

 

 

 

The Purple Knights host No. 1 Bentley University, which is atop the USA TODAY national poll, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The undefeated Falcons have qualified for 30 of the past 32 NCAA Tournaments, including the last three Elite Eights.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Hoop: Middlebury Drops Home Finale to Suffolk 56-53

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – Suffolk held off a late surge by Middlebury, as the Rams earned a 56-53 win over the Panthers (7-15) in their season finale in Pepin Gym. Middlebury wraps up its season this weekend when they travel to Trinity Friday and Amherst on Sunday, while Suffolk hosts MCLA on Thursday.

            Middlebury jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, including a put-back from Elizabeth Knox at the 16:50 mark. Suffolk answered with an 11-2 run, taking an 11-8 lead when Chelsea Campellone converted a conventional three-point play at the 11:30 mark.

            Suffolk’s Jennifer Ruys hit a jumper with 6:23 remaining to tie the game at 16-16. The Panthers went ice-cold for the remainder of the half, shooting 0-11 from the floor.  The Rams were only able to score six points during the stretch, entering the half with a 22-16 advantage.

            The Panthers came out of the break by scoring the first seven points of the second half, including four from Sarah Marcus to come within one at 23-22 with 16:31 remaining. Suffolk answered with a 6-0 spurt before Middlebury later tied the game (35-35) on a hoop from Scarlett Kirk with 8:05 left to play.

            A three from Iliana Quadri put Suffolk back on top by a score of 44-39 with 5:54 remaining, but the Panthers would not go away. A steal from Knox and a hoop from Laura Lowry made it a 48-47 game with 2:44 left on the clock.

            Ruy knocked down a pair of free throws for Suffolk with 58 seconds left, giving her team a five-point advantage at 54-49. Alexis Coolidge fed Marcus for a hoop with 41 seconds left and later scored from the paint on her own to bring her team within one at 54-53 with 19.6 seconds remaining.

            Following a missed free throw from Suffolk, the Panthers called a timeout with the ball at midcourt with 14.1 seconds on the clock, trailing by one. Middlebury worked the ball around the perimeter before losing the ball out of bounds for a turnover. Ruys knocked down a pair of free throws on the other end of the court to seal the win for the Rams with 2.9 seconds left.

            Kirk earned her seventh double-double of the season for Middlebury with 12 points and 17 rebounds in the game. She has now hauled down 17 or more rebounds in three of the last four contests. Marcus led Middlebury with 18 points, Coolidge added eight, while Knox had seven points and 10 rebounds. Lowry finished the contest with a game-high seven assists.

            Ruys paced Suffolk with 18 points to go along with seven boards, Quadri scored 16, while Campellone added 10. Katie Murray finished with eight rebounds and three blocks.

            After shooting 18.9 percent in the first half, the Panthers shot 53.3 percent in the second to finish at .343 for the night. Middlebury struggled from long-range, going 0-10 from behind the arc.

            Suffolk finished the contest shooting 31.1 percent from the floor, but knocked down 14-17 (.824) from the charity stripe.

 

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

Girls Hoop: Redhawks Remain Unbeaten, Shake Off BHS, 61-36

Burlington — The unbeaten CVU Redhawks put away stubborn Burlington with a 15-2 fourth quarter, and earned their 42 consecutive win in the process, topping the Seahorses 61-36 on Tuesday night inside Buck Hard Gym. Although CVU led virtually all the way, Burlington hung with the Redhawks deep into the third quarter before the visitors were able to finally pull away.

Burlington opened well, but CVU surged through the final minutes of quarter number one to lead 18-10 after one. Burlington hung in in the second quarter, climbing within six on several occasions before leaving the court down seven, 30-23 at the break. Emily Kinneston led CVU in the first half with 10 points, while Laurel Jaunich added eight and Amanda Beatty chipped in seven. Playing on Senior Night at Buck Hard, Senior Shakylah Morris helped keep the Seahorses within striking distance with eight.

Burlington continued to hang around in the third quarter, down just eight into the final couple of minutes, but led by the hot shooting of Kaelyn Kohlasch (a two and a pair of threes) CVU took charge late , pushing the lead to twelve after 24 minutes, and the Redhawks then blew the game wide open down the stretch.

CVU displayed their usual scoring balance. Starters Kinneston, Kohlasch and Launich each scored 12 points, starter Sadie Otley added ten and fifth starter Beatty finished with nine.  Morris led Burlington with 12, and fellow senior Ilona Maher contributed eleven.

CVU improves to 19-0 in 2013-2014 and wins their 42nd in a row overall. Burlington slips to 10-9.

 

Mainely Sports

By Jim Toomey

High School Basketball Tourney Is Here
One of the great “Cabin Fever Relievers” will soon be upon us in the State of Maine.

It comes in the form of the annual High School basketball tournament which will be contested during the next 2 weeks.

Fans return every year to root on their favorite teams and will be entertained by bands and organized cheering sections.

I always equate the atmosphere of tournament basketball within the state to be like the intensity as portrayed in the movie, “Hoosiers.”

Maine has two regions with four classes in each, based on enrollment.
67% of the teams qualify for the post season with preliminary games being played the week of February 10.

Beginning on the 14th the remaining teams will begin quarter final action at the three tournament sites of Portland, Augusta and Bangor.
Regional finals are set for the 22nd with state championship games being played on February 28 and March 1.

The Maine Principal’s Association is the sponsor of all Maine High School sports and all tournament information is on their website:MPA.cc (Fan Central link)

Manwaring, Dukette And Bernheim December Athletes of the Month

Courtesy Vermont Sports Media Association

VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has picked Williamstown High School senior basketball player Jason Manwaring, Northfield High School junior hockey player Kristen Dukette and Norwich University senior rugby player Rose Bernheim as its December athletes of the month.

In statewide balloting, VSMA members elected Manwaring the Male High School Athlete of the Month, Dukette the Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Bernheim the Open Division Athlete of the Month. Each was nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in December.

Manwaring netted 95 points in the Blue Devils’ 4-0 December. He scored 24 points and added 13 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in a 52-50 win over U-32, sealing the victory with a late 24-foot three-pointer. He notched 16 points and 14 rebounds at Winooski; 33 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks against Hazen; and 22 points against Randolph. All four games were on the road and pushed Williamstown’s winning streak to 31 games.

Manwaring outpolled five other high school seniors for the honor: hockey players Max Major of Rutland and Ross Delabruere of North Country Union, basketball players Tyson Boudro of Windsor and Kyle Johnson of Danville, and wrestler Jakob Trautwein of Middlebury Union.

Dukette was the driving force as the Marauders went 7-1-1 in December, scoring 16 goals in the Marauders’ nine December games and adding eight assists. Dukette reached the 100-point milestone against Rice on Dec. 12, and she broke the school scoring record, which had been set by her sister, with her 69th career goal on Dec. 23. Dukette finished the month with 114 points and 76 goals in two-plus seasons.

Also nominated were two senior basketball players, Emily Kinneston of Champlain Valley Union and Morgan Raiche of West Rutland.

Bernheim, a fullback for Norwich women’s rugby, scored in both the American Collegiate Rugby Association Division I semifinal and final to help Norwich win the first-ever ACRA National Championship in Florida on Dec. 7 and 8. She scored two tries in NU’s 32-15 win over Army in the final and one try in the Cadets’ 43-30 win over Northern Iowa in the semi. She was named the rugbymag.com National 7s Player of the Year and the This is American Rugby Player of the Year.

Also nominated for the Open Division honor was Middlebury College senior basketball player Joey Kizel.

The three December winners will receive plaques from Initial Ideas, sponsor of the VSMA Athlete of the Month program.

More information about the VSMA is available from organization president Josh Kaufmann of the St. Albans Messenger at josh@samessenger.com.

Round Two to the Green Knights

George Commo’s Blog – Tuesday 2/11/14

Round two of the Rice/St. Johnsbury boys basketball series came off last night on Bernie Cieplicki Court, and this round clearly belonged to the Green Knights. Rice’s inside trio of James Wells, Kendrick Gray and Matt Maynard owned the glass at both ends of the floor all night in a 49-38 Rice win. When these two met two weeks ago in St. J. Wells didn’t play and Gray got into early foul trouble. Last night they were forces the Hilltoppers just could not handle. Does that mean the Knights have taken over the series? Not necessarily. If they meet again in the playoffs I’m sure the Toppers will have come up with a plan to counter … but last night at least Rice had them covered.

Athletes Of The Month From December

The Vermont Sports Media Association has picked Williamstown High School senior basketball player Jason Manwaring, Northfield High School junior hockey player Kristen Dukette and Norwich University senior rugby player Rose Bernheim as its December athletes of the month.

In statewide balloting, VSMA members elected Manwaring the Male High School Athlete of the Month, Dukette the Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Bernheim the Open Division Athlete of the Month. Each was nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in December.

Manwaring netted 95 points in the Blue Devils’ 4-0 December. He scored 24 points and added 13 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in a 52-50 win over U-32, sealing the victory with a late 24-foot three-pointer. He notched 16 points and 14 rebounds at Winooski; 33 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks against Hazen; and 22 points against Randolph. All four games were on the road and pushed Williamstown’s winning streak to 31 games.

Manwaring outpolled five other high school seniors for the honor: hockey players Max Major of Rutland and Ross Delabruere of North Country Union, basketball players Tyson Boudro of Windsor and Kyle Johnson of Danville, and wrestler Jakob Trautwein of Middlebury Union.

Dukette was the driving force as the Marauders went 7-1-1 in December, scoring 16 goals in the Marauders’ nine December games and adding eight assists. Dukette reached the 100-point milestone against Rice on Dec. 12, and she broke the school scoring record, which had been set by her sister, with her 69th career goal on Dec. 23. Dukette finished the month with 114 points and 76 goals in two-plus seasons.

Also nominated were two senior basketball players, Emily Kinneston of Champlain Valley Union and Morgan Raiche of West Rutland.

Bernheim, a fullback for Norwich women’s rugby, scored in both the American Collegiate Rugby Association Division I semifinal and final to help Norwich win the first-ever ACRA National Championship in Florida on Dec. 7 and 8. She scored two tries in NU’s 32-15 win over Army in the final and one try in the Cadets’ 43-30 win over Northern Iowa in the semi. She was named the rugbymag.com National 7s Player of the Year and the This is American Rugby Player of the Year.

Also nominated for the Open Division honor was Middlebury College senior basketball player Joey Kizel.

The three December winners will receive plaques from Initial Ideas, sponsor of the VSMA Athlete of the Month program.