Men’s ice hockey end-of-year banquet a last shot at remembering a great year

The men's 2015 hockey squad poses after a tournament win during their 25-win season. Coach Mike McShane also enjoyed his 600th win in 2015.

The men’s 2015 hockey squad poses after a tournament win during their 25-win season. Coach Mike McShane also enjoyed his 600th win in 2015.

Normally Kreitzberg Arena is filled with thousands of screaming fans and bright white ice. But on Sunday April 19, instead of ice and fans, the arena was warm and round tables were set on a concrete surface of the rink.

The maroon and gold balloons tied to the tables, along with the raised-up stage in front of the home team bench, meant only one thing: It was a sign of the end-of-the- year banquet.

For some people, it was their first banquet, and for others, like senior captain Alec Thieda, it was their last.
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Norwich football team will join NEWMAC Conference, renew some old rivalries

FOOTBALLLLLNorwich University Football has competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) as a founding member since 2009. In those years it has squared off with Castleton State College, Mount Ida College, Gallaudet University, SUNY Maritime, Becker College, Anna Maria College, and Husson University, winning the conference in the inaugural year in 2009, and in 2011.

Although Norwich has not hoisted a conference title trophy in the last three seasons, the Cadets have had their share of success including six-straight appearances in the post-season.

However a big change is in the works. On April 8, it was announced that Norwich has plans to join the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference), which is now sponsoring football. Norwich will join Maine Maritime, MIT, Coast Guard, Springfield, WPI, and the Merchant Marine Academy, with the latter five being former rivals in the Freedom Football Conference that existed from 1992-2003. [Read more…]

Mt. bikers can find fun, and pain, on Northfield’s Paine Mountain

Daniel Lupacchino finds a lot to fill his time in the winter here at Norwich. He enjoys going to the gym, hanging out with friends and sometimes going skiing.

Lupacchino does not mind the cold Vermont winters but “it is not my favorite season here,” said Lupacchino, 20, a political science major who hails from Maloney, Conn.

Lupacchino has a passion for mountain biking and waits all winter for the snow to melt so he can fly down Paine Mountain.

“It is just something about going as fast as you can down a hill with the spring air keeping you cool,” said Lupacchino, of his delight at the sport. [Read more…]

Men’s hockey says goodbye to six seniors

Four years ago, when Alec Thieda came to Norwich University for a recruiting visit, he knew Norwich was the place. Now he is ending his Norwich career on the Cadets hockey team, along with five other seniors.
If you ask a hockey player about playoff hockey, they will tell you there’s nothing better. The emotions in playoff hockey at any level are something special. Every team’s dream is to be holding up the championship trophy at the end of the year. It was not to be for the Cadets. [Read more…]

Norwich football pushes hard in off-season training

Though the fall sports season is far off, that has not stopped the Norwich University football team from preparing for next year. According to sophomore Jalen Belle-Walker, spring serves as an important time of preparation for the entire team. [Read more…]

For runners, spring brings welcome return outdoors

Running season never really dies in winter, but it tends to burrow itself into cozy, warm buildings where tracks lie.
As the cold, winter months subside, though, runners like Costa Routos begin transitioning back outside to get their daily run in. For Routos, a 20-year-old, history and education major, the transition is welcome and offers relief from indoor running. [Read more…]

Hockey players hope a little ‘Fury’ will lead to a championship

Walking around the campus, you may see hockey team captain Alec Thieda and other players going around with a “Brad Pitt haircut.”

For those who have seen the movie “Fury,” starring Pitt, this haircut is very familiar. The Norwich men’s ice hockey team has adopted the star actor’s haircut to help them in their playoff push.

Thieda explained that a couple of players got what they called “the Fury haircut” and all the others hopped on. The men have previously done mustaches in the playoffs and in the National Hockey League, teams often grow playoff beards. But Norwich being a military school, mustaches are all that is allowed for cadets. [Read more…]

Mixed Martial Arts club gives students valuable skills

They join for physical fitness and to learn self-defense skills and improve their sense of wellbeing.

That’s some of what draws participants to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which is taught by students at Norwich like Mike Heimall, a 20-year-old from Fort Bliss, Texas.

“MMA techniques come from three primary styles of fighting, which are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and wrestling,” explained Heimall, who is an officer of the MMA club, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the wrestling room at Plumley.

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For wrestlers, making weight is a struggle and constant sacrifice

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Wrestler Alex Stewart fills his ride like a clown car with his teammates and rushes off to the nearest fast food place as soon as the season ends.

“This goes on for about a week or two, before I feel the need to get back in the gym,” said Stewart, a 22-year-old senior psychology major from Ellicott City, Md.

After a five-month-long season, there’s a new-found freedom in not having to worry about stepping on a scale to make weight, according to Stewart.

Wrestling, just like any other sport, requires dedication. Not all sports, though, ask you to drop pounds. In wrestling, competitors will try to drop as much weight as the NCAA will allow them to gain an advantage in size. [Read more…]

Mens tennis hopes to beat last year’s record wins

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

With their first match only days away, the Norwich university tennis team has been hard at work to prepare for their opener against Castleton on March 4.

With the addition of four freshmen to the team, Marc-Olivier Tourigny, Jeffery Purdy, Hadley Ellis, and Mason Madison, the team is really working hard to beat the record-setting season it had last year according to the team’s captain.

“We finished last season 8-2 which is the best record the team has had in the last seven years” said senior Ryan Grindle.

“With the new freshmen that we have, they bring a lot of raw talent to the team which is going to make our line-up a lot stronger this year,” said sophomore co-captain Ian Hyte. [Read more…]