Men’s club hockey holds ‘Puck Cancer’ t-shirt fundraiser for Vermont’s Camp Takumta

Madhurance Muthukumaraswany and Matthew Dunn manning the fundraising table. Photo courtesy of the men’s club hockey team.

Norwich mens club hockey looks to “make an impact,” off the ice this year by creating a fundraising campaign to raise money for charity according to the club president.
“We’re definitely looking to make an impact on campus and in the community; it’s a goal of ours to be a well-represented team and do the most we can for our community,” said Peter Orlandella, 22, a senior computer security information assurance major from Wayland, Mass.
Orlandella serves as the club’s president, being tasked with organizing a majority of the teams scheduled practices, games and lifts, Orlandella also works hard to get the team as active in fundraising as possible.
“The entire team has tried to do as much as they can fundraising for cancer, we’re going to be starting a local charity for the holiday season as well,” Orlandella said.
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After hard work in off-season and practices, women’s basketball eager to improve record

Junior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio. Picture by Norwich University

New season, new team, and new goals. The Norwich Women’s basketball team began their new season on October 15. Although last season didn’t have the outcome they had hoped for, losing to the Emmanuel College Saints in the quarterfinals of last years’ GNAC tournament and finishing with a 10-16 record, the Cadets women’s basketball team hopes to have a successful season this winter in the GNAC conference.
With the addition of five freshmen and the experience of the 12 veteran ballplayers already on the team, Norwich women’s basketball team is working hard to achieve many of their season goals. While the official start of the season was Oct. 15, the ladies have worked incredibly hard in the off-seasons, both during the summer and fall. The team has used assigned summer workouts, as well as preseason fall pick-up games and lifting programs, to prepare for the schedule ahead and improve results since the end of last season.
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Mens soccer bows out after stellar season

Freshman midfielder Azma Issa looks downfield on the pitch. Picture by Norwich University

The Norwich University men’s soccer team enjoyed a record-breaking regular season after an extremely hot start.
The Cadets had a great season both in the GNAC and out, finishing with a record of 11-3-4, and making it to the semifinals of the GNAC tournament.
Although the team took a hit when last year’s class graduated, the freshman class did an excellent job of filling the spots that were needed.
“Anytime you have a lot of new player’s things are going to be different than the previous year,” Said Adam Pfiefer, the men’s soccer head coach. “I think guys pushed last year to start focusing on their daily jobs and have the focus at each practice and each game at the same levels at all times.”
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Norwich softball looks forward to strong season

This year, the Norwich Softball team is working hard and early on creating a “family-like atmosphere” when working on their fall season and working their way into their spring season, say members of the women’s squad.
For cadet Makenna Wade, team building is a key goal. “I’m cadre, but when I’m on the softball field I’m just Makenna,” said Wade, 20, a junior computer science major from Pensacola, Fla., who is a shortstop for the Norwich softball team.
Wade really wants to focus on the team bonding and the chemistry that this team holds, as well as making sure that the team looks professional in what they do.
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A light at the end of the football tunnel?

Junior halfback Connor Bourque runs past a defender. Picture by Norwich Athletics

The Norwich Cadets football team has been coming up short this season, recording just two wins against five losses so far.
But last weekend Norwich saw encouraging signs when it hit the road to take on Maine Maritime in a NEWMAC Conference battle in Castine, with the maroon and gold pulling off the 15-7 victory.
It’s been a year for rebuilding confidence and for a new game plan with new coaches. “Success and winning are hard, winning will always be hard,” said assistant and defensive backs coach Grantham Raymond. “Someone has to win and someone has to lose, and unfortunately we’ve been coming up a little short.”
The Cadets were able to pull off their first win, 40-0, against intra-state rival Castleton University, where the team was able to reclaim the Maple Sap Bucket trophy.
The team, which has only 11 returning seniors, is a young group and along with the team being young there are also several coaches that are new to Norwich’s staff.
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‘Don’t mess with the family’

Senior Jacob Forsman during a meet. Picture by Norwich Athletics

With a new, younger team, Norwich wrestling’s motto, stands out more than ever. “Don’t mess with family,” is a the message that head coach Alex Whitney tries to emphasize always to new and old wrestlers alike.
“In order for us to be successful we have to perform two vital behaviors, love each other like brothers, and hold each other socially accountable. These make up the idea of ‘Don’t mess with the family’” said Whitney.
Whitney believes that if the team focuses on these two things it will not only lead to success on the mat but off of it as well. “If your teammate is asking you why weren’t you in class, why were you late to training, why aren’t you going to lifts, instead of coming from a coach that’s going to create the most effective results,” he said.
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New weight room caters to athletes

Norwich mens lacrosse team working out in the new gym. Picture by Andrew Thomas

Preseason, in season, and postseason, no matter the time of year, athletes are in the weight room lifting. Both men’s and women’s teams at Norwich University know this first hand. Putting in work in the weight room with the strength and conditioning coach is a key component in succeeding as an athlete.
Take all those student-athletes with busy schedules, combined with non-athletes trying to work out, and put them all in the same gym: that is one extremely overcrowded gym in Plumley Armory. Norwich felt there needed to be a change and so did the student-athletes.
This past month Norwich’s athletic director decided to create a smaller but more effective weight lifting gym for varsity sports teams. The gym was created by taking two racquet ball courts and equipping the rooms with lifting racks and new dumbbells.
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Running Big in Honor of the 200th Year

For the first time in almost 200 years, Norwich University experienced a regimental run during rook week, planned by the commandant’s staff.

Norwich has a history of trying new ideas and techniques and adapting to the times with the Corps of Cadets. For example, the university recently restructured the corps to have upperclassmen live in rook barracks.

But the latest change came with a decision to try something new that had never been done before – and it was pulled off on very short notice.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John de Nagy, a cadet mentor here at Norwich, was the staff member who was put in charge of making sure that the project was completed, and that the correct people got the correct information.

The idea for having the whole Corps run was spawned last summer. “The regimental run came on the schedule at some point during the summer planning,” said de Nagy. He was assigned as the point of communication for the project, and he reached out to the regimental master fitness trainer Cadet Capt. Jake Drew, a senior physical education major from Houlton, Maine, to begin planning this run.
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From Norwich to the Pros: two former teammates face off

Defenseman Cody Smith during his career at Norwich. Norwich athletics photos

Tyler Piacentini on the ice in 2017.

Not a lot comes close to the feeling of winning a collegiate national championship as an athlete, but if one thing beats that feeling, it’s winning a championship as a professional athlete.

As Cody Smith, ’17, puts it, “being able to say that I am a national champion is a feeling that not a lot can top.”

Tyler Piacentini, ’17, also falls under the category of collegiate national champions, as he won the national championship at Norwich in 2017, along with Smith.

The two former team captains may share the special bond of winning a national title as teammates, but just one year later, they faced off as rivals in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) championship game which took place Sunday, April 29.

The SPHL is a professional hockey league made up of ten teams and is based out of Huntsville, N. C.

Smith, a 24-year-old from Hudson, Mass, currently plays defense for the Peoria Rivermen which is based out of Peoria, Ill. Piacentini, a 25-year-old from Weymouth, Mass., plays for the Huntsville Havoc, based out of Huntsville, Ala. These two teams took each other on Sunday afternoon for the championship title.

“There was just something off about playing my best friend and former teammate in the championship game of our professional career,” Smith said. “It’s awesome that we got to win a national title together as Cadets though, and that will always be something we’ll share, no matter where our career takes us in the future.” [Read more…]

Intramural sports looking to gain recognition

Intramural sports are a great way for students to stay active and play the sports they love. While many of the students at Norwich University played sports in high school, they choose to stop once they get to college, turning to intramural sports as an outlet for fun and exercise.

Intramural sports are set up by other students and brought to life with the help of the university. They give students who do not have a chance to play college sports a chance to say they are part of a team, whether it’s a club or for the varsity level. The sports take place year-round and change within the seasons. “We look to have at least one each season, and depending on interest, we consider planning more,” said Nolan Aurelia, 22, a business major from Hartford, Conn.

With many of the students at the university not participating on a varsity sports team, the intramurals help students meet others who have the same athletic interests as themselves. “Intramurals at Norwich have never been great, and it’s a huge challenge to try and get people aware of intramural activities available,” Aurelia said.

This season, the staff attempted to get a co-ed softball league going throughout the school, but the plans fell through because not enough people were aware of the opportunity. “Ice hockey is always a desirable activity, but it is next to impossible to get ice time,” Aurelia added.

With having all these sports, it brings up the question, is there being money made out of this, and where is it going? One possibility might be as a great way to raise money for charities, “No charities, but definitely something we would like to do. We have to establish intramurals first,” Aurelia said. “No one has to play in these tournaments … that is the beauty of it all, there is no commitment, if you sign up then realize you don’t want to compete there is no issue.” [Read more…]