Baseball team hopes off-season work and new attitude can improve on last year

As a member of the Norwich baseball team, Chris Davis knows that in order for the team to be successful this year, they have to be gritty and really grind it out this season.

The team has to do the little things right and make the simple plays out on the field and take the season one game at a time – and everyone has to do their part to contribute.

“Baseball is a rhythm game, and its players are those of habit so we kind of fall into a routine that helps us prepare and compete,” said Davis, a 20-year-old junior and pitcher from South Berwick, Maine.

Some of the struggles the team faced last year came from people not knowing their roles or what was expected from them, Davis said. “On any given day there could be position changes or lineup changes with really no explanation,” he said.

He sees a difference this year that gives him hope of a turnaround, despite the youth and lack of collegiate experience by much of the pitching rotation.

“Jake Ryan, our senior captain, is the ace of our staff with the most in-game experience out of our small group,” he said, but he also see promise for the rest of the pitchers. “Nick Landis, Jon Grasso, and Tanner Raymond round out our rotation and have their own strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the table,” Davis said.

But where he also draws some optimism is from the competitive drive that the pitchers have, which he thinks gives the team the best chance to win when they take the mound.

“Our bullpen is young, and we all have our roles, it might be to close a certain game, get a big out or simply bridge from the starter to the closer,” Davis said.

The pitching staff is a tight-knit group that supports each other and picks each other up when they’re down said Davis. “That’s all we can do for now.”
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As the only senior on men’s basketball team, providing leadership was key for Haimes

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Senior captain Daniel Haimes. Picture by Norwich Athletics

Every season has its ups and down. The Norwich men’s basketball team started off the year with a couple big wins, but then slowly started to lose momentum throughout the season and ended up 7-18 on the year.

However, there were signs of progress when Norwich hung on to win its last game against the Raiders of Rivier University by a 95-81 final score – with the team’s lone senior, Daniel Haimes going out on a high note on Senior Day.

The biggest struggles of the team this year were putting it all together for 40 minutes and competing the entire game – not unexpected for a very young team, said Haimes, 21, a shooting guard from Capistrano, Calif.

What often caused the team to lose games this year has been not being able to overcome adversity and continuing to fight to till the buzzer goes off. The best parts of the season have to be “simply making winning plays,” said Haimes, who was captain of the team. But he was encouraged by what he saw in 2018-19.

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Strength and conditioning coach gives athletes a lift

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New head strength and conditioning coach Greg Cox. Picture by Andrew Thomas

Lucian Cascino has lifted his fair share of weights in the past decade. He has competitively and non-competitively trained under numerous coaches and programs, but recalls really making that jump in strength in college.

Cascino, a recent Trinity graduate from the class of 2018, was under the leadership of Norwich’s new strength and conditioning coach Greg Cox. He credits Cox for really helping his training while in college.

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For Shock Platoon, every drill counts


Senior Shock Platoon commander Joseph Kim leads the drill through practice. Photo by Anthony Rodriguez.

On a brisk February afternoon at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory Gymnasium, the regimental drill team conducted a strenuous and intense three-hour practice.

Sweat, cuts, and bruises are left on team members as they take a quick break. The commander soon calls the members to “form up the block.”

“I remember the day they called out my name after try outs, and I was just so excited,” said Gabby Caouette, a sophomore engineering major in the Drill Company. “Look at me now – spending one of my Saturday’s to prepare for the biggest collegiate drill competition in the nation.”

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Remembering Connor

Norwich and Castleton climbing event honors lacrosse player who died his sophomore year


Connor Roberts, #9, and his brother Ben                      

The youngest of four siblings, an engineering management major, and an athlete.

Connor Roberts came to Norwich in the fall of 2012. A Vermont native, hailing from St. Albans, Connor spent two years at Norwich, while the rest of his siblings attended Castleton University.

He played two seasons of lacrosse and one season of football in those two years here, and left a strong impression. However Connor didn’t know that he had a condition that would lead to him passing away the summer after he finished his sophomore year.

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Men’s hockey riding high as playoffs begin

Sophomore forward Cody Downs looking for someone to pass the puck to. Photo by Norwich University

The Norwich men’s hockey team is busting into the playoffs with a strong win streak that makes some early season issues seem ancient history.

“Some struggles we have had were just adopting to a brand-new system, but that lasted for about three weeks,” said TJ Dockery, 23, a defenseman who hails from Lockport, N.Y.

Since those early season issues and losses, the team has done a great job of executing better with each game, Dockery said. At this point the team must be at its best to make the playoff and conference push, he said – and that appears to be the case as the Cadets have now won 14 straight with a 6-2 win over Southern Maine on Senior Day.

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The Norwich mens rugby team saw yet another strong undefeated 6-0 season in their conference, earning their 3rd berth in a row in the nationals by defeating Bentley University 35-0. Their regular season ended with them going 9-2. Unfortunately, their championship run was ended by the Queens University of Charlotte,N.C., who barely defeated the Cadets 29-26. In the 3rd place consolation match the team beat Marquette University 7-0.

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For seniors, last football game marked bittersweet end to 4 years as teammates

Senior offensive linemen Paul Bielo (61) and Jared Barton (70) right before the snap against a game again Morrisville State. Picture by Norwich University

There isn’t much like tying your cleats and putting on your jersey knowing it’ll be the last time. The seniors on the Norwich football team did just that on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Sabine field.

No more kickoffs, no more touchdowns, and no more wins.

For the past four years, 11 seniors on the football team have given all their time and energy to training for football – and just like that their athletic career is over. They will take with them the memories they made and teammates that became family, as well as lessons that go far beyond the athletic field.

Even though their final game was a close 20-17 loss to WPI, they gave it their all on their last time on the field, appreciating the opportunity they had to play the sport they love at Norwich.
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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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