Winter sports have come to an end and there were a lot of things that this school can be proud about its athletic program moving forward.
To start off, the men’s basketball team won its first-ever North Atlantic Conference Championship and they can only get better next year.
Mark Comstock was named the NAC Player of the Year, and he is only a junior. It would not surprise me if the Spartans won back-to-back NAC titles, eventhough they are losing three seniors (five in all) who provide a lot of offense in Greg Hughes, Keith Schneider and David Cochrane.
The Spartans have a lot of young talent, especially at the point and shooting guard positions.
The women’s basketball team also won the NAC Championship this year and with such a young team, you can only think that they’ll be right in the thick of it next year.
Next season they won’t have three-point specialist Christine Jacques or Vanessa Powers, who is a force in the paint.
They do have some key young players who can pick up the slack. Alyssa Leonard is going to be a junior, and she can put double-digits in points up any night.
Tarryn Bolognani will be a strong senior presence for the girls along with two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kelly Conway. Bolognani and Conway can also provide jolts to the offense for the Spartans.
Don’t overlook the importance of Meghan O’Sullivan, a sophomore next year, but she can knock down the mid-range jumper all day.
The women’s hockey team had a surprising season under coach Bill Bowes this year, finishing the regular season with a 9-13-2 record, breaking the previous record of seven wins in a single season.
The Spartans also won their first-ever playoff game with a 3-2 victory over Salve Regina. They also gave Norwich a bit of a game before falling to the Cadets 5-2. The women can only get better from here.
Sure the men’s hockey team got dismantled 11-1 by Norwich in the ECAC East final, but look at the positives: they made the ECAC East Final for the first time in school history and have only gotten better in each of the past four seasons.
They do graduate four seniors this year, but the Spartans also have plenty of young talent just like the rest of the Spartan teams.
Be sure to check out Spartan Sports Weekly this Friday where we recap all of the Spartan playoff games and give you previews of upcoming games.
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