Remembering Connor “Cheech” Roberts

Connor Roberts

Connor Roberts

Connor Roberts, a Norwich University lacrosse and football player, passed away on June, 17, from an apparent heart attack, according to final health reports. [Read more...]

NU ranked 9th fittest college in country

Norwich University creates physically fit students in both the civilian and military life style on campus. “We do have a very active student body,” stated the N.U. Director of Athletics, Tony Mariano.
Staying physically active “is something they enjoy doing,” said Mariano. “Many of our college students here at Norwich value fitness.” [Read more...]

From turf to the battlefield: commissioning linebackers

For the 2014 season campaign, the Norwich University football team has four commissioned officers suiting up. Two of which are the starting inside-linebackers for the Cadets. [Read more...]

Freshmen to be key factor in women’s hockey success

Last years Norwich University’s Women’s Hockey team made an appearance in the NCAA Championship and will attempt to make a return with a staggering 15 freshman on a team, which will “rely on teamwork and general leadership,” according to some of the team’s freshman.
This year’s number of freshman “makes it difficult to get a greater connection with the team,” said 20 year old freshman forward Christine Bouchat, an exercise science major from Montreal, Quebec. “There are usually three to five freshman skaters each year,” Bouchat added, which is three times less the amount of freshman on this year’s NU team than last year’s. [Read more...]

Wrestling looks to raise bar for upcoming season

The graduation of seven senior starters would be detrimental to any collegiate wrestling team, but the coaching staff does not believe that is the case for the Norwich University squad.
“Our upperclassmen have grown into the roll they should be,” said Head Coach Alex Whitney, NU ’08. They have big shoes to fill, but the team is not one-dimensional. With names like Will Burns, Steve Maldonado, Alex Stewart, Nick Smith and Cody Gladstone the team looks balanced and strong. [Read more...]

Danny Triplett gives the NFL a shot

DannyMaking it to the National Football League is something that many young boys dream about from a young age, while throwing the ball around with dad and wearing their favorite jersey every Sunday sitting around the television.

When they grow up they may continue to play football even to a college level, but often times this is the end of the line. They may play in community leagues or go on to coach their son’s team, however making it to the NFL is rarely realistic.

“I actually decided I hated football after I passed out from asthma doing drills for my Pop Warner team in the second grade,” said Danny Triplett, a 24 year-old football running back, and criminal justice major from Haverhill Mass. “I quit the next day, but a week later the challenge of the sport drew me back in.” <!–more–>

But on March 30th, Triplett, a senior, was in Baltimore, Md., taking part in the regional NFL combine with Baltimore Ravens. Players can sign up for the program to show their potential, if they feel they have any and were not selected for the NFL National Scouting Combine. While at these events, players are trained and reviewed by professional scouts.

According to nflregionalcombines.com, any player may apply and register for the combine, if they meet the requirements and can “perform at a high skill level.” At any time during the combine, the NFL holds the right to turn away any player they feel is “unqualified or unfit to compete.”

Triplett found out about the combine from a scout at an event he participated in over a year ago. “He said I had potential, but needed to tune up my skills, and that I should try for a regional combine,” Triplett said. “ From there I transformed my perspective of hard work, and after a year and three months later of relentless training, I participated in the Baltimore combine.”

Mark Murnyack, the head football coach here at Norwich University, remembers Triplett’s arrival as running back recruit his freshman year. “When he got here he worked extremely hard,” Murnyack said. “I think one of the things that had impressed us physically was his size.”

Teammate Louis Delgado, a 24 year-old senior from Stone Ridge, N.Y., agrees that Triplett’s physical size and strength are important. But he says recent adjustments to his mind-set have also been beneficial in his progress. “He’s strong as an ox,” Delgado said, “but even better than that, he’s willing to put in the hours it takes to be a standout.”

Delgado goes onto say that lately Triplett has become more of “a student of the game” and this has helped him in Delgado’s opinion, because he believes that the more effort you put into learning something, you get that much more out of it.

Muryack definitely agrees that he has seen Triplett learn and grow into the player he is now over the past four years. “There are certain characteristics that I will always remember Danny for,” Murnyack said. “He is tough, hardworking, and his never-give-up attitude are unforgettable.”

Triplett said his hard work ethic is “fueled by doubt.” His peers telling he couldn’t play football only made him “strive to put it in their face,” and from there he wanted to prove to his teammates and coaches he was good enough as well; he wanted everyone’s respect. “Next I was told I was good enough to play college ball, but not for Division I or Division II schools because they didn’t want a kid who was getting in trouble and arrested,” said Triplett. “I didn’t want to be known for my mistakes so I stopped hanging out with the wrong crowd and worked on rebuilding myself, on and off the field.”

Senior Nicholas Pulaski, 22, a teammate from Stratford, Conn., admits that Triplett did face some adversity while trying to reach his goals. “No one really thought he would make it,” Pulaski said. “He had a lot of haters, but he had a lot of supporters too, but he proved everyone wrong, and that he could go above and beyond.”

According to lockerreport.com, Triplett displayed great ability, good speed and power. Most impressive was his ability to catch the ball and how “fundamentally sound” his techniques were.

Murnyack said he was particularly proud of the comment on Triplett’s ball-catching abilities, which the coach noted was a struggle for him when he first arrived.

For his part, while Triplett performed well at the combine, he attributes that to his experiences here at NU. “Coach really pushed me and helped me better myself on and off the field,” Triplett said. “ He inspired me and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a goal as big as pursuing a career in the NFL.”

Spring sports teams post some good records, but fall short in playoffs

 

The end of the spring semester is always an extraordinarily stressful time for Norwich students. With finals exams, extracurricular activities, and sunny weather, it is certainly a challenge to finish out the school year.

However for student-athletes, this time of year is especially daunting due to the end of the spring sports seasons, and the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) playoffs. Here’s a rundown on how the teams have fared. [Read more...]

On baseball team, underclassmen are stepping up to the plate

Norwich Baseball opened its season over spring break in Vero Beach, Fla., with aspirations of improving from last year’s Cinderella run to the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) playoffs, for the first time since 2010.

Last season marked a huge step in the right direction for the Cadets, as the previous two seasons (2011 and 2012) combined for a mere 6 wins. In the 2013 season, the Cadets finished with an overall record of 9-20, and a conference record of 7-9.

Strong senior leadership from players like Dustin Shimkus and a strong freshman class are two major reasons why the Cadets had an improved performance last season.

However, the largest reason many cite for the increased success was the addition of former Northfield High School coach Frank Pecora. [Read more...]

Long winter, big snows force spring athletes indoors, delaying practice, season

Snow around Sabine field tells the story - spring sports have had a slow start thanks to the cool, snowy spring.

Snow around Sabine field tells the story – spring sports have had a slow start thanks to the cool, snowy spring.

When winter decides it wants to hang around for a few more weeks, it is generally met with distaste, especially in Vermont, where the winters are already brutal and frigid. However, no group has to deal with this problem more than spring season athletes.

It is not an easy thing to be a softball, baseball, or lacrosse player for Norwich. The idea of a home-field advantage, a key aspect of any organized sport, is severely compromised year after year because of the weather.

Most years, the winter season in central Vermont is long, but this year seems particularly excessive, with snow lasting well into April. [Read more...]

Wrestling Coach Alex Whitney is turning to ‘The Cadet Way’ to revamp program

A Norwich wrestler goes for a pin in a match this winter.

A Norwich wrestler goes for a pin in a match this winter.

The Norwich University Wrestling team has overcome great obstacles over the last decade. From 10 years of decline, to nearly having the program canceled as a whole, the team is making a comeback.

This past 2013-2014 season has shown the first glimmering signals of hope of what the program once was, and can be again. Clear signals of a change in culture, and an improved 5-7 record and individual honors mark the changes. [Read more...]