It’s been a semester full of excitement for the Spartans, with very little disappointment. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first.
The football team, under first year head coach, Marc Klatt, finished with an overall record of 4-6 and a conference record of 3-4. As the NFL analysts on ESPN would say, “C’mon man!” Sure the offense was scoring 34.1 points per game, but if your defense gives up 42.2 points per game, then it is very unlikely that your team will finish .500 or above.
Then we come to the volleyball team, which finished with a horrid record of 1-19 and 0-7 in the NAC. Last year the team went 8-13 overall and 3-3 in the NAC and made it all the way to the NAC semi-final. There was only one senior on the team last year, so not much changed besides that and the hiring of new head coach, Mary Kate Scardillo. All that’s left to say about the volleyball team is that it can only improve on its 1-19 record, unless they go 0-20 of course.
Now we come to the high points of the semester for the Spartans.
The field hockey team ended up going undefeated in the NAC for the first time in school history with a record of 9-0, but could not score any goals in their 1-0 NAC semi-final loss to eventual champion Husson University.
The men’s soccer team was the preseason favorite to win the NAC title but fell to Husson in the NAC final 3-2. The team made it as far as the ECAC semi-final where it lost 5-3 to Albertus Magnus.
Courtney Chadburn and the women’s soccer team won their second-straight NAC title with a thrilling 1-0 win over Husson. Then they lost to Amherst in the first round of the NCAA tournament 3-1. Chadburn was named the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American of the Year and the NAC Player of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
The men’s and women’s ice hockey teams are both having good starts to their seasons.
The men’s team started off 9-0 before losing to the much hated Norwich Cadets 3-2 at Kreitzberg Arena. Now 10-1-0, the Spartans are looking forward to getting revenge on Feb. 11, 2012 when they host the Cadets in a rematch of “The Battle for Vermont”.
The women’s team started off 0-3, but has gone 5-2 in its last seven games to bring its record up to 5-5 overall and 5-2 in the ECAC East. The Spartans have already matched their win total from last season and are poised to surpass the highest wins in a season record set in the 2005-2006 season with seven.
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