Wednesday, December 26th
2012 started in a ballpark built in 1912. Three of our local college teams got the chance to skate at Frozen Fenway in early January. From an Alumni skate to a Fan party on gameday, Cat Country invaded Boston as UVM went head to head with Umass. An overtime loss by the Cats couldn't spoil the week. The Dartmouth women won a wild 3-2 game over Providence. The a few days later it was the Norwich Men leaving their mark by beating Babson.
Mike McShane would make news with his Cadets later in the season picking up career win number 600. A week later, Plattsburgh's Bob Emery got career win number 500.
The winter playdowns saw one of the more epic showdown's ever. Essex and Colchester playing 5 overtimes in a D-1 boys semi-final. Ryan Francis scoring the game winner for the Lakers just days after his Aunt passed away. A 5-4 final in the state's third longest game ever.
As the Mount Anthony wrestling team was beating all of Vermont on the way to capturing a 25th straight state title...
The UVM ski team beat everybody out in Bozman Montana in Early March capturing a 6th national title. The Cats had a couple of individual national champions as well, Kate Ryley in the Alpine and who could forget the incredible finish by Amy Glenn in the 15K nordic championship. Her only win of the season coming in a photo finish.
On the same day that the Ski team was making history, the Vermont Men's basketball team was punching a ticket to the NCAA tournament winning at Stony Brook to capture the America East Tournament. From there it was onto Dayton for a first four game with Lamar. One win later. Greensboro to be exact as the season ends with a tough loss to number one seed UNC.
Middlebury basketball was supposed to be doing some dancing as well. In fact, the Panthers were supposed to make it all the way back to the D-3 national title game. Scranton had other ideas. In one of the more shocking games of the year, the Panthers lose on a buzzer beater at home in the round of 16, signifying the end of a remarkable career for Middlebury senior Ryan Sharry.
There was also heartbreak on the ice, as the Norwich womens hockey team came up one win short in their quest for a second straight national championship. But as we'll see it wasn't the last we'd see of women's hockey this year..
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