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Ice Hockey

UVM Men top Merrimack on the road
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Senior Joe Fallon made 29 saves to help lift Vermont to a 2-1 win against Merrimack at Lawler Arena in Hockey East action last Saturday night. The victory was the first of the season for the Catamounts (1-4-1, 1-1-1 Hockey East) while Merrimack fell to 4-4-1 (1-4-1 Hockey East). Junior Peter Lenes, of Shelburne, and sophomore Brayden Irwin both scored goals for the Catamounts. The duo has combined for six of Vermonts 11 goals this season. Sophomore Patrick Kimball scored for Merrimack, who tied No. 7 Boston College 3-3 last night. Vermont took a 1-0 lead 5:34 into the first period when Lenes scored his third goal of the season. With the Catamounts on the power play, Lenes snapped a wrist shot from the top of the slot and beat Merrimack junior goalie Patrick Watson glove side. Sophomore Dean Strong setup the score and freshman Josh Burrows also earned the first assist of his career on the play. The Catamounts had been 0-for-22 on the power play this season prior to the goal. Kimball knotted the game at one for the Warriors with four seconds left in the first when he scored from the slot on a feed from sophomore J.C. Robitaille. Merrimack outshot Vermont 15-8 in the period. No. 8 UConn tops Lady Catamounts
STORRS, Conn. Amy Hollstein scored a goal and set up another as eighth-ranked Connecticut topped Vermont, 4-1, in a womens Hockey East game Sunday afternoon at Freitas Ice Forum. The Catamounts (4-7-0, 0-4-0 Hockey East) have now lost seven straight after opening the season with four straight victories. Sundays game was UVMs fourth against a nationally-ranked opponent in its last five contests. UConn improves to 10-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in Hockey East. After a scoreless first period, Hollstein opened the scoring with a goal at 9:07 of the second knocking home a rebound of a shot by Judy Sydor. Freshman Celeste Doucet (Memramcook, New Brunswick), on an assist from classmate Saleah Morrison, tallied her second goal in as many games just over three minutes later to tie it at 1-1. UConn took the lead for good with 2:49 left in the second stanza on a goal by Nicole Tritter. The Huskies added insurance tallies in the third period by Jennifer Chiasson, on an assist from Hollstein, and a short-handed goal by Dominique Thibault. Connecticut out shot the Catamounts, 28-11, as UVM goalie Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) finished with 24 saves. Jennie Bellonio made 10 stops for the Huskies. Saint Michaels men ranked fourth in preseason polls, Lady Knights ranked No. 8
COLCHESTER The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team, led by first-year interim head coach Chris Davidson, was picked to finish fourth in the 2007-08 Northeast-10 Conference Preseason Coaches' POll, released last Thursday. Saint Michaels' women's ice hockey, coming off a 4-22 season a year ago, are picked to finish eighth out of twelve teams in the ECAC East with 52 points, according to the pre-season coaches poll. Saint Anselm, the reigning ECAC East regular season champion, is picked to finish first with 143 points and eleven out of twelve first place votes.

Basketball

UVM Men top Purple Knights in exhibition
BURLINGTON Despite a game-high 30 points from senior Brian Monahan , the Saint Michael's College men's basketball team dropped a 98-67 decision to the University of Vermont in an exhibition contest on Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium. Monahan finished 12-for-20 from the field, and added a team-best six rebounds. Classmate James Sorrentine (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) was the only other Purple Knight to score in double figures, netted 10 points on just 2-of-14 shooting from the field. Saint Michael's shot just 32 percent from the floor in the contest, including 8-of-32 from beyond the arc. For the Catamounts, four players scored in double figures, led by Mike Trimboli's 24 points and five steals. UVM shot 56 percent from the field and out rebounded the Purple Knights, 47-37. Saint Michael's opens its 2007-08 regular season on Friday, Nov. 16, as the Purple Knights host Mercy College at 7 p.m. in the DoubleTree Doc Jacobs Classic at the Ross Sports Center. Catamounts lose to tough Virginia squad
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Sophomore Marqus Blakely tied a career high with 24 points and added 10 boards to lead three Cats in double figures but the University of Virginia was too much as it downed the University of Vermont in mens basketball 90-72 on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. The Catamounts fall to 0-2 with the loss, while Virginia moves to 1-0. Junior Mike Trimboli added 16, while senior Kyle Cieplicki, of Shelburne, chipped in with 13 for Vermont. Adrian Joseph and All-America candidate Sean Singletary led Virginia with 19 apiece. Virginia took a 46-32 lead into halftime after shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Cavaliers started the game on a 7-0 run before Blakely scored the Cats first bucket 2:53 in. Virginia was hot from the outside early as it hit six threes in the first half, including three by Joseph. Lady Cats defeat Holy Cross
WORCESTER, Mass. The Vermont Catamounts used an 11-0 second half run to open up a tight game and sophomore Courtnay Pilypaitis (Ottawa, Ontario) came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points to lead UVM to a 54-44 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Sunday afternoon. It was the season opener for the Crusaders and the first win for the Vermont (1-1). Back-to-back threes by Pilypaitis gave UVM a 23-16 lead with 5:12 left in the half, but Holy Cross countered with a 7-0 run to tie the game up with 1:47 remaining. A lay-up by Sy Janousek put the Catamounts up by two and Vermont would take the 25-23 lead into halftime. The Crusaders opened the second half with a 7-0 run to push ahead 29-25. Vermont climbed out ahead by six with 11:40 left in the game and Crusaders came back once again closing to one with 9:57 remaining. A three-pointer by Pilypaitis, one of her four in the game, ignited an 11-0 run and stretched Vermonts lead to 12, 46-34, with just over four minutes left and the Catamounts would maintain a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Junior Amy Rosenkrantz added 11 points and six rebounds and Sofia Iwobi (Fairfield, Iowa) had another solid performance scoring eight points and chipping in four rebounds and three assists. The Catamounts shot 34.7 percent from the field and were 15-for-18 from the foul line (83.3 percent).

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