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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Talented men’s soccer squad having a fine year, tied for first in GNAC standings

Sophomore Jeff Purdy moves the ball upfield in a recent game. Norwich Athletics photo.

Sophomore Jeff Purdy moves the ball upfield in a recent game.                                         Norwich Athletics photo.

As the leaves started to change and the fall sports season got underway, the Norwich Men’s Soccer team had many reasons to feel optimistic, according to their head coach.

“Our group is as good as it has been just in terms of being a positive group,” said Kyle Dezotell, head men’s soccer coach. “There’s no bad apples, it’s 28 guys who are legitimately on the same page.

With a 10-3-1 record to date, the team has definitely lived up to its coach’s billing, proving itself by amassing scores such as 5-1, 9-0 and 12-0, but also winning tough 1-0 games against rivals like Middlebury and Plattsburgh State.  [Read more…]

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…]