Around the horn: Sports briefs from around Vermont

Catamounts indoor track post great results at Indoor Games
BOSTON Senior Carmen Lagala (Montpelier, Vt.) and sophomore Justin Scricca (Wethersfield, Conn.) led the Vermont mens and womens indoor track and field teams at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games hosted by Northeastern University. Lagala picked up her first win of the 2007-08 season with a first place finish in the 800m. Lagala ran a time of 2:21.41 to pick up 10 points for Vermont. Sophomore Leah Tansey (Windsor, Vt.) scored for the Catamounts in the 400m, finishing eighth overall. Freshman Allison Chamberlain (Scarborough, Maine) placed third in the 500m with a time of 1:17.16 and sophomore Kailey Japser (Whitby, Ontario) finished eighth in the event to score for UVM. The Catamounts also received points from senior Diana Purtz (Powell, Ohio) and Aly Millett (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) in the mile. Purtz finished seventh and was followed by Millett in eighth place. Millett also earned eighth place in the 800m. In the field events, freshman Lindsey Guldin (Frackville, Pa.) finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.20m (40-00.50) to earn four points for Vermont. In the mens competition, Scricca placed second in the 500m and was three-tenths of a second off the school record. Senior Cameron Grant (Perrineville, N.J.) and newcomer Aaron Campbell (Bend, Ore.) combined for 11 points in the 55m. Grant finished third with a time of 6.62 and Campbell followed in fourth with a time of 6.63. The distance medley relay team of Charlie Schaefer (Blue Bell, Pa.), Colin Lyons (Elizabeth, Colo.), Matt Miclette (Baltic, Conn.) and Doug Maisey (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.) placed third in the event with a time of 10:28.50. The Catamounts return to action on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Dartmouth. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm. Florent named to All-Academic Second Team
COLCHESTER Saint Michael's College junior Anna Florent (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic Second Team, it was announced on Wednesday. Florent, second on the team in points and rebounds per game, current has a 3.68 grade point average while majoring in journalism and mass communications. UVM mens hockey skate to tie AMHERST, Mass. Vermonts line of Viktor St_erg (Gothenburg, Sweden), Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawake, Quebec) once again provided the offense and senior Joe Fallon (Bemidji, Minn.) made 31 saves to lead the Catamounts to a 2-2 tie against No. 14 Massachusetts in front of a crowd of 3,861 in Hockey East action at the Mullins Center on Saturday night. Vermont picked up three points on the weekend and moved to 6-9-7 (5-5-5 HEA). Roloff had a goal and an assist, Stacey registered his fourth goal of the season and St_erg added an assist. The trio has combined for seven goals and 14 points in the last four games since being united on Vermonts third line. Lady Cats shock Providence
BURLINGTON A late third period goal by Celeste Doucet (Memramcook, New Brunswick) and strong goaltending by Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) lifted Vermont to a 2-1 win over third-place Providence in women's Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday night. The victory was the first for the Catamounts in league play this season and stopped an 18-game overall winless drought. It also is UVM's first-ever win in 15 tries over the Friars, one of the charter members of Hockey East. Olychuck was outstanding in goal stopping 30 of 31 shots including all 12 in the deciding third period. Vermont took the lead with 3:09 to go as strong forechecking by Teddy Fortin (Brunswick, Maine) forced a loose puck behind the PC goal. Doucet, a freshman, grabbed the puck and her wrap-around stunned Providence goaltender Jennifer Smith for her fourth goal of the season and her first career game-winner. Lady Knights victorious in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team (11-7, 7-6 Northeast-10 Conference) erased a 12-0 deficit with a 24-6 run to close the first half, and earned a 51-41 win at American International College on Saturday. Freshman Logan Pintka (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) netted a season-best 17 points off the bench for the Purple Knights, who forced 24 Yellow Jacket turnovers. Saint Michael's returns to action with a 5:30 p.m. game versus Le Moyne College at the Ross Sports Center. Mens hoopsters hold off BU
BOSTON Sophomore Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J.) recorded his second straight double-double with 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the University of Vermont mens basketball team to a 70-57 victory over Boston University in America East action at Agganis Arena on Friday night in a game that was televised on ESPNU. The Catamounts have now won four straight and improve to 10-9 overall and 5-2 in league play with the win. Blakely had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the deciding second half, while the Cats welcomed back senior Kyle Cieplicki (Shelburne, Vt.) who scored nine of his 11 points in the second half after missing the last two games due to injury. Vermont shot 57.1 percent after halftime and went 5-for-10 from three. UVM wins fourth straight game
BURLINGTON, Vt. Sophomore Courtnay Pilypaitis (Ottawa, Ontario) scored a 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half and led five UVM players in double figures as Vermont cruised to an 82-62 victory over Maine in America East womens basketball action on Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium. The Catamounts extend their win streak to four games, the longest of the season, and have won six of the last seven contests. Vermont improves to 14-5 overall and sits atop the America East standings with a 5-1 league mark. Maine falls to 5-13 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Saint Michaels falls short of victory
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team (6-11, 4-9 Northeast-10 Conference) couldn't rally from a 12-point halftime deficit, falling at American International College, 71-67, on Saturday. Sophomore Ryan Rodrigues (Acushnet, Mass.\New Bedford) netted a team-best 17 points off the bench for the Purple Knights, who return to action on Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. contest versus Le Moyne College at the Ross Sports Center.

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