Hockey team continued a winning legacy

 

The Norwich University Men’s Ice Hockey Team won big, accomplishing its goal of winning an NCAA Division III National Championship. It is the fourth in school history.

There is no doubt in the minds of Norwich fans that this year’s team is special – but this team was not the first to turn out a championship level performance. Over the course of the program’s history, three other teams have had special seasons and won it all, taking the national title.

At the 6:19 mark of the third period, under the lights of the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Paul Russell scored the most important goal of his career by giving the Norwich Cadets Men’s Ice Hockey team a 3-1 lead over the Trinity College Bantams in the title game of the NCAA Division III Frozen Four. In seconds, the lights flashed red, the train horn sounded, and the building shook with the cheers from the hundreds of Norwich fans in attendance. [Read more…]

In men’s hockey, forward Kevin Salvucci has found his stride

Kevin Salvucci at practice in Kreitzberg arena.

As the Norwich University men’s ice hockey team heads into playoffs for the 2016-2017 postseason, many players have contributed to a fine season and had an impact on the team. Each class year has had players that have been key components to the Cadets’ impressive 21-1-3 record. But few on the Norwich roster have stood out to students, community members, and hockey fans as much as Kevin Salvucci. [Read more…]

For 10 men’s hockey seniors, camaraderie and high hopes for playoffs

William Pelletier, #20, one of the 10 seniors on the men’s hockey team, celebrates a goal with fellow senior Tyler Piacentini, #21. A close-knit senior class has matured to create a dynamic and powerful offense for the Cadets.

The Norwich University Men’s Ice Hockey Team has clinched three regular season championships over the course of the last four years. This kind of success is largely unheard of in NCAA Division III hockey and showcases the impressive ability Norwich puts on the ice every game.

Much of this success over the last four years has come from this year’s current senior class of ten players who have dedicated thousands of hours to building a successful team over the course of their four-year Norwich career.

“We’ve got nine four-year players that [were honored] on Senior Night, and one three-year transfer player,” said head coach Mike McShane. “We’ve all had our ups and downs, but this has got to be one of my absolute favorite classes.”

McShane added that good team leadership was a natural byproduct of this veteran crew, and a key element to winning any games. [Read more…]

Men’s lacrosse ready to make another GNAC title run

After leaving the season with a loss to Lasell College in the GNAC semifinals last season, Norwich University men’s lacrosse team has been preparing for this upcoming season unlike ever before.

“We try to hold ourselves to a little bit higher of a standard each year and this year especially,” said midfielder Jimmy Warden, 22, a senior elementary education major from North Andover, Mass.

Warden is one of this year’s team captains – a role he tries to fill both on the field and in the classroom. “As a captain, I just wanted to take some of the nuances that previous captains have instilled into the program,” Warden said, things like stressing to his fellow teammates that academics do in fact come before lacrosse. He believes this creates a culture for the players to manage their time better and a healthy balance between lacrosse and academics.

While most of the team has carried over from the previous spring, some key players left at the end of the 2016 season. “We lost an all-around great team player, Ryan Dart, who was a fantastic captain,” said Joshua Jenkins, a junior health sciences major, from Denver, Co. “He was just a great fundamental player, and who was a pronounced player defensively and truly knew how to encourage the other teammates.”

Many new players from the freshmen class are expected to step up this year. “I am looking to get on the field and gain the experience needed to be able to play college lacrosse,” said Russell Gilligan, a freshman computer security and information assurance major from Fountainhills, Ariz. “Being a part of a team that has a chance at winning the title is a great deal of pressure but I hope I will succeed.” [Read more…]

Women’s swim team breaks a long drought, hopes for more

Record-breaking freshman Elaine Dudley concentrates before a race in a swim meet against St. Michaels. She has been one of several freshmen who are bringing a new attitude and working to change the fortunes of the women’s swim team. Norwich Athletics Photo

Record-breaking freshman Elaine Dudley concentrates before a race in a swim meet against St. Michaels. She has been one of several freshmen who are bringing a new attitude and working to change the fortunes of the women’s swim team.
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For the first time in six years, the Norwich University women’s swim team pulled off a win, 120-110, against Babson College. It was the women’s first win since 2009, and it was greeted by surprise and elation, spurring hopes of a turnaround for the program.

“I was double, triple checking the results after (the) meet…I was really surprised we won,” said the head coach of the Norwich University swim team, Andrew Bretscher. “The score was very close coming down to the end there in the points and I wasn’t sure till the very end if we won or not … Figuring out the points was challenging first, I thought we had it won but I didn’t want to tell the team and end up being wrong.”

Then the final score came up and it had the women’s swim team beating Babson by 10 points.

“The win definitely provides momentum moving forward,” said Bretscher. “This was one of the team goals this year, and being able to do it this early at this point in the season really helps providing confidence,” Bretscher said, adding that it would give the team a boost to “go out there compete against some of the top teams we compete against.” [Read more…]

Men’s and women’s cross country teams reflect on dual championships

The men and women’s cross country teams both took home the conference championship title for this year’s cross-country season, a remarkable accomplishment, according to head coach Nicholas Cooper.

“Both our men’s team and our women’s team each won their conference championship this year. It was the first time that Norwich had won a men’s and women’s GNAC cross country championship in the same year, which was one of our team goals for the year.”

According to Cooper, the men’s team ran over a total of 12,000 miles during the 13-week season and the women’s team ran over 7,000 miles – in addition to lifting and fulfilling the needs for their Corps of Cadets and ROTC training.

When it comes to conditioning for the sport, the runners need to prep for longer than just a preseason. “The cross country team prepares for their season by running a lot. Running is a sport that you can only get better at by putting in the work and in general the more work you put in the faster you will be. So we plan in terms of years and not in terms of seasons or weeks,” Cooper explained. [Read more…]

After 16-0 year, club hockey team has moved up and faces tougher competition

 

The men’s club ice hockey team is hoping to continue its success from the 2015-2016 undefeated campaign, but it faces tougher competition in a higher league this year.

“Last season we went undefeated and never played a team that challenged us,” said Mike Moschella, a junior criminal justice major, from Melrose, Mass. “The new league and playing better teams will definitely be a challenge but should help us improve. We’re excited for the challenge.”

The Cadets are now a Division II member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), playing in the East Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) after leaving the ranks of Division III. They compete with other Division II schools and prep school teams from across the Northeast such as Harvard University, Maine, University of Vermont and West Point in a fairly rigorous schedule that usually includes two weekend games.

“Playing teams like [West Point] and Harvard is completely different than the competition from last season,” said Cody Moore, 19, a sophomore forward and electrical engineering major from Canton, N.Y. “Going undefeated last season was nice but it’s more rewarding playing teams that can challenge us, like the schools in our league.”
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Bringing the “Sap Bucket” back was a key goal for Cadets this year

The Norwich University football program ended its 2016 campaign with a 35-27 victory over their archrivals Castleton University in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket trophy. “We have always had this game circled on our schedule,” said quarterback Nolan Aurelia, a junior business management major from Stratford, Conn.
The rivalry game is beyond an ordinary game for NU football. “It’s a battle for the state of Vermont and determines who holds bragging rights for a whole year,” said defensive end David Heinsohn, a junior international studies major from Lorton, Va, “It is so important to us, it gives the team all the momentum going into next season’s matchup.”
After losing their last two games against Castleton University, the Cadets were eager to end their rival’s win streak. “Losing three years in a row to an archrival … we needed to avoid at all cost,” Aurelia said. “We have all the momentum right now, things are on our side and it is up to us to keep it that way.”
The two previous losses to their rivals was more than enough to drive the team.
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Former Norwich rugby star Joya Clark returns as coach of an opponent

Joya Clark was a star player with the Norwich women’s rugby team during its incredible run of six national championships. She was back at Norwich recently as a coach leading her Central Washington team to a big victory over her former coaches and team.

Joya Clark was a star player with the Norwich women’s rugby team during its incredible run of six national championships. She was back at Norwich recently as a coach leading her Central Washington team to a big victory over her former coaches and team.

On Oct. 1, Norwich’s Joya Clark came back to her home pitch on the opposite side of the field as an alumna, and as an opposing coach – and a winning one too.

Clark, a class of 2014 alumna, spent her time academically as a civilian criminal justice major at Norwich University, and in athletics as a leading member of a tough and historic women’s rugby team.

Clark graduated in 2014 in Norwich as one of the most decorated players in collegiate rugby history. She helped guide Norwich to a combined six national championships between 7s and 15s over her four-year career.

“The reason I was attracted to the school was that it was small and tucked away Vermont,” Clark said, “It all of what I was looking for, in a higher education, and then when you paired that with the opportunity to compete at the highest level of rugby it had to offer at the time.”

Her main goal besides academics was to play rugby at a varsity level.

“I believed it to be important to be a part of the University that supported rugby through its athletic department,” Clark said. “As for someone who always struggled to focus in the classroom, it was important to be a name, not a number, to a professor. The relationships I soon then formed with my professors not only encouraged me to succeed in their courses, but this enabled me to perform my best on-field as well.” [Read more…]

Finishing what they started

Forward Kevin Salvucci chases the puck behind Endicott College’s net in the first game of the season. His goal in the last seconds salvaged a 3-3 tie so Norwich remained undefeated early in the season.

Forward Kevin Salvucci chases the puck behind Endicott College’s net in the first game of the season. His goal in the last seconds salvaged a 3-3 tie so Norwich remained undefeated early in the season. NU Sports photo.

The Norwich University Men’s Ice Hockey Team has unfinished business after last year’s disappointing season. Last season led the team to snap a 17-year-long win streak by failing to finish the regular season on tops of the GNAC standings. After sporting a 17-8-2 overall record (11-5-2 conference record), the team would have had a successful season by the standards of most schools. For Norwich, however, anything less than a perfect season is considered unacceptable.

“We know that we have the potential and the ability to be the best in the nation. Last season we fell short on that goal,” said defenseman Brian Rowland, 23, a senior business management major from Waltham, Mass.

With victories over Southern Maine and a 9-1 whitewashing of Daniel Webster, and a 3-3 draw against Endicott thanks to a goal with 1.6 seconds left in the game, the Cadets are off to a strong start.

To ensure that the players’ heads were in the right place, Mike McShane, head coach for the Cadets, scheduled a leadership seminar with Dr. John Yeager, the director of Center for Character Excellence at Culver Academy (Culver, Indiana). During this seminar, players were split up into groups and were encouraged to share information in order to improve and meet their goals for the season. As a product of the seminar and resulting attitude shift in players, the men’s ice hockey team has embraced a motto for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

“We all agreed that the motto, “Leave nothing behind,” embraces our mentality as a whole. With 10 seniors on the team this year, we all want to do our absolute best so they can say goodbye to this program on the highest note possible. The seniors have put a huge amount of time and effort into Norwich hockey, and the rest of us want to succeed to see their time and effort pay off,” said forward Kevin Salvucci, 23, a junior health science major from Plymouth, Mass. [Read more…]