After 6-4 season that ended with disappointing playoff loss, football team is already training for next year

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Cadet’s hockey will kick off new year with a tournament featuring unfamiliar opponents

The Norwich Men’s Hockey team will be taking on some top-ranked teams to kick off the new year in the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament this January.

“Its fun to bring in different teams and play someone different,” said head coach Mike McShane.

The two-day tournament Jan. 2-3 features Norwich, Trinity College, Manhattanville, and Wesleyan. Trinity is number three in their league and could cause some trouble for the cadets, but their coach said they’ll prepare like always. “We just focus on the job at hand,” said McShane. “If you get too far ahead of yourself you end up getting it handed to you.” [Read more…]

Norwich’s Shaw Outdoor Center boosts its activities, adds ‘Fat Bikes” for winter use

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O'Neil shows off the new "Fat Bikes" at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O'Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O’Neil shows off the new “Fat Bikes” at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O’Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Feeling that the Shaw Outdoor Center is underused and more students could benefit from its programs, the center’s manager is introducing several new and improved outdoor activities, as well as boosting efforts to attract visitors.

“Nowhere near enough people know about the Shaw Outdoor Center. We’re working with the (Norwich) Office of Communications right now in an effort to get the word out about our existence and to establish tools to communicate with the student body easily and effectively on a regular basis,” said Collin O’Neil.

O’Neil, who has a background in recreational activities, including previous ownership of a rock climbing gym, came on board this year to run the center. He said there are many new features, one of which is the addition of wide-tire mountain bikes, called Fat Bikes, that will now be available for use and riding on snow. The center also has snowshoes, skis and offers disc golf. [Read more…]

For cross-country coach Nick Cooper, another top honor and successful season

This year coach Nick Cooper led the men’s cross country team to the Great Northeast Conference Championship (GNAC) and he was awarded GNAC Coach of the Year honors two years in a row.

“Coach Cooper is an excellent cross country coach, understands how to prepare his athletes for competition,” said Anthony Mariano, Norwich University’s Athletic Director. “He has the respect of not only his athletes but all of the coaches at Norwich.”

But his accomplishments and recognition this year were almost not to be.

After five years of coaching at Norwich, Coach Cooper had decided last summer “to leave and take another position” to further his law career, said Mariano. It was not a choice he made easily. [Read more…]

Cadet hockey has some key injuries, hoping to get healthy as Christmas break approaches

Sophomore forward Kevin Salvucci makes a move with the puck. The Cadets have struggled through a rash of injuries but still own a 7-4 record before the Christmas break.

Sophomore forward Kevin Salvucci makes a move with the puck. The Cadets have struggled through a rash of injuries but still own a 7-4 record before the Christmas break.

The Norwich University men’s ice hockey team  battled its way to its third 5-0 start in its last three seasons, but it hasn’t come easy. Injuries have proven to be a problem for the Cadets in their young season.

“It’s obviously not easy or ideal losing key guys early in the season, but that only means other guys need to step up,” said Austin Surowiec, 22, who plays forward for the team and is a junior business management major from Louisville, Ky. “I think it’s a real testament to our depth that we’ve been able to start the way we have.”

The Cadets have seen seven players fall victim to injury so far this season, ranging from a torn MCL to a concussion, The first five games have all been tight scoring affairs, with four out of the first five games being separated by two goals or less. Still, the team has found ways to win hockey games despite having a shortened roster. The last two weeks have been tough with the team hitting a three game losing streak and now standing at 7-4. [Read more…]

Hanging tough, Norwich football turned its season around to end up in playoffs

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

The Norwich University football team had a tough start to its season, losing the first three games by big margins. The Cadets were outscored by their opponents 106 to just 38 points, a disheartening start to the 10-game season.
Head coach Mark Murnyack, looking at his 0-3 team, was honest: “At the time this particular football team wasn’t ready to compete with the higher caliber teams,” he said.
What a difference today. How did a team that stumbled out of the gate end up clinching its third Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title by knocking off Husson University 20-17 at Sabine Field on Saturday, Nov. 7? [Read more…]

Women’s hoops looks to win GNAC after an impressive finish last year

The past two seasons the Norwich women’s basketball team has fallen short of being conference champions. This year, the women are preparing to come out on top. “We can be more than competitive within and outside of conference,” according to the women’s head coach. [Read more…]

Lacrosse prepares for spring season

Norwich University’s men’s lacrosse team has started practicing in their 2015 fall season. The condensed fall season is an opportunity for the Cadets to prepare and evaluate for their spring season, according to the head coach. “These guys are really responding well, in terms of a team effort, I think there is a positive atmosphere,” said head coach Neal Anderson. [Read more…]

Women’s rugby hopes young team can jell

Last year was a year of achievement and a year of disappointment for the Norwich Women’s Rugby team. The team came in second overall in 7’s and 15’s. This year they are looking to go all the way. “We are throwing everything into it,” said head women’s coach Austin Hall.

“We are running like crazy this year,” said Hall. “We’re trying to up our work rate. Workouts have been harder than they have been in the last couple of years.”

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Women’s cross-country trains to take GNACs

Last season, the Norwich University women’s cross country team finished first in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). With a new roster, they were “hoping for the double wins” with the men’s team this season, according to the women’s team captain.

With five meets in hand, the team has a first, 2nd and fourth in three in-state meets,and came in 11th out of 39 teams at the big Westfield State Invitational on Oct. 10

The new runners have brought “a lot of energy” and it has been “really motivational to see them,” said Captain Rebecca Sweem, 21, a senior mathematics major from Richmond, Maine. “They are putting a lot of competition between the upperclassmen.”

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