Not your usual spring break: Norwich men’s rugby faces tough tournament in Bermuda

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team. Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team.
Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Each year during spring break, a few Norwich sports teams get the chance to travel and compete outside of Vermont. Of those teams, the university’s Men’s Rugby program is one of the only ones to compete internationally on a consistent basis.

“Playing outside the U.S. definitely gives us the ability to really test our skills,” said left side second row James Rowan, a 20-year-old junior construction management major from Fairfax, Va. “We are able to see different styles of rugby used by other countries.”

For the last 20 years, the Cadets have been participating in an annual match against the men’s team from Bishop’s University, a school in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The sides balance the travel between one another, rotating visits each year. The game has become a solidified tradition – held at the end of fall training camp as a kickoff to the regular season.

“The Bishop’s game is probably one of our most fun and friendly matches; they’re a good group of guys,” said second row right side Jack England, a 21-year-old senior criminal justice major from Weymouth, Mass. “It’s also a wakeup call for our team so we know what to expect and what we can work on for the rest of the year.” [Read more…]

Norwich soccer coach Kyle Dezotell left a historic legacy, and his players will miss him

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

“Ten years is a long time to be in a college coaching job in this day and age, and I am incredibly proud of the consistent excellence that our program established over that time period.” – Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell

After a decade as head coach, Norwich University has said goodbye to Kyle Dezotell, who has the most wins as coach in Norwich men’s soccer history.

He compiled a 131-63-18 record and took over the head coach position when he was only 24-years-old.

Dezotell is stepping down as head coach at NU to take up another challenge at Manhattenville College men’s soccer program, where he will also be the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. He also held that position at Norwich since 2013.

“It will be hard to find a replacement for such a great coach like Kyle,” said Anthony Mariano, the Athletic Director at Norwich University. [Read more…]

Airsoft Club gets go-ahead from Norwich to offer military mock combat game

After several failed attempts by students at Norwich University to form an Airsoft Club, or Airsoft Division as they are also known, recent efforts have finally succeeded, thanks to improved planning and presentation.

“The Airsoft Club did a terrific job preparing their presentation (this year). They learned over the course of their last few attempts the issues that we (the safety committee) were worried about,” said Dave Magida, Norwich’s chief administrative officer as well as the chair of the safety committee.

Before a club can start at Norwich, there is a process it must go through to become university sanctioned. One step in that process is getting approved by the safety committee. [Read more…]

Club hockey is a favorite spectator sport at Norwich, but fans’ behavior is under watch

Club hockey games are a scene on campus where students and rooks come to be rowdy and cheer on their team and friends. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere to play in front of,” said one of the club hockey players.

But things may have gotten a little too rowdy one too many times, and this season’s end may have brought rook attendance to a close after concerns were raised by school officials about fan conduct.

Club hockey is one of the top club sports on campus, and it competes with the varsity level teams when it come to fan attendance.

“Not playing on the varsity team here, it’s pretty awesome to get the number of fans we do at this school for just a club sport,” said Jacob Boylan, a 20 year old junior from Manchester, N.H., majoring in criminal justice, and a forward on the team. [Read more…]

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…]