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As the groundhog saw his shadow and declared six more weeks of winter, all I could do was think of spring and better weather coming our way. However, with all the slew of storms hitting our way, who knows when spring is going to start.

All I know is its 40 days until opening day for Major League baseball. 40 days until the Red Sox taking the field to defend the World Series Trophy. Think Spring People!

While thinking of spring, that means it’s almost time for tennis, baseball, softball, and men’s and woman’s lacrosse to hit the fields. Winter sports are getting into the best part of the season; postseason play.

Both the men and women’s ice hockey teams finished off the regular season this past Saturday.

The men played hard on senior day at Spartan Arena earning a 4-0 victory over Skidmore.

Seniors scored three of the goals, and senior net minder Eric Cinotti had 35 saves for the shutout. With the win it puts the men in fifth place, which means they will play away in the ECAC East playoffs.

With that being said, the men played one of their best games of the season against Skidmore, which means they may be peaking just at the right time.

The woman suffered a 4-0 loss to fourth-ranked Norwich on Saturday. Despite the loss the women are having a record year.

They have 14 wins, which is the most in program history. The Spartans will also finish in the top-three in the ECAC East and host a home playoff game.

If they have to play Norwich again, remember how the old saying goes; third time is a charm.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams have one more regular season game against Green Mountain College (GMC) before the NAC playoffs begin. Both teams are coming off a pair of weekend wins in Maine against Thomas and UMaine-Farmington.

The men currently hold the second seed in the NAC standings behind Husson, who have beaten the Spartans twice to this season.

The men have been on fire since losing to Husson Jan. 31, winning six straight while averaging 119.5 points per game during that win streak.

As they play GMC and transition into the playoffs look for Castleton to be a very dangerous team. If they play Husson again, you can expect it to go a different way.

The women’s team sits in first and will host the NAC playoffs this year. The women have won two straight since losing their first conference game of the season at home against Colby-Saywer 66-56.

Look for the Spartan women to have a chip on their shoulder as they go into the playoffs, hoping they see Colby-Sawyer again, so they can avenge that previous loss.

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