Playoffs are finally among us, and the Spartans are on a roll, except one team who was expected to contend.
The men’s soccer team was expected to reach the NAC Finals. Instead, they are going to have to watch from the sideline, as they were defeated 2-1 vs. Maine Maritime on Saturday. Injuries on their trip to Maine plagued the Spartans late in the season. They lost senior Tanner LeCuyer to a concussion, but he came back. The biggest loss was to senior captain Ian Hunter who was lost for the season. There is no doubt that if the Spartans were injury free they would have been able to contend for a NAC title, but instead it cost them their chance to play in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans however may still have a chance to play soccer if they receive a bid to the ECAC tournament.
The biggest surprise of the fall is the woman’s volleyball team. After finishing the season 1-19 just a year ago the Spartans have bounced back to post a 9-11 record and even earned a playoff victory over Green Mountain College on Saturday. They now play Colby-Sawyer, who they lost to just over a week ago. The Spartans were only able to score ten points against the Chargers. Lets hope they can have a much better match and try to earn the victory against them.
While fall sports are still going winter sports have started as the woman’s hockey team took to the ice this weekend.
The team has done something already that hasn’t been done before–win its first two games of the season.
The team has been doing well already with veteran leadership and stellar freshman talent. Seniors Jade Werger and Dani Roberts played great over the weekend, with both picking up 3 points.
The emergence of Nicoline Jenson and Anna Daniels are going to pay huge dividends for this team. The two, who have traveled from Denmark and Sweden to play for the Spartans are already key players in the Spartans attack-as freshman.
With these two up front along with Jade Werger mixed with excellent defense provided by Dani Roberts and Eileen Coyne, the Spartans should surprise some people. That first step to surprise some people while be next weekend when they are on the road vs. No. 2 ranked Norwich.
The Spartan standout this week goes to Castleton field hockey senior Kealy Chipman. On Saturday’s 5-1 win over Thomas, Chipman had four points to raise her total to 59 points, breaking Castleton’s season record, which was previously 55 points.
Until next Castleton, Keep on Keeping on.