3. The Vermont Lake Monsters had some memorable moments this season, but nothing beats what happened on Saturday, September 1st at Centennial Field. Coming into the game, JC Menna was 0 and 9 on the season, 2-16 in his 2 year Lake Monster Career. In his final start of the season and maybe career, Menna went 6 innings without allowing a hit. When a walk, error, and hit batter loaded the basses in the 6th, Menna got the 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Deyvi Jimenez would come in and pitch hitless ball for 2 more innings taking us to the ninth. Ryan Dull got the first 2 batters out, setting up a historic at bat. The final strikeout was mishandled by catcher Bruce Maxwell, but he was able to throw to first in time. Three pitchers combine for the first no hitter in Lake Monsters history and my pick for third best game of the year.
2. The Plattsburgh and Norwich Women's hockey teams have played some great games over the past few years, but it didn't come any wilder than on February 8th in Plattsburgh. Norwich scored the first goal of the game 3 minutes in. From there, they we were off to the races. 15 goals were scored between the two teams. The largest lead came in the second period when the Cardinals went up 4-2. Of course, that didn't last long. 8 of the 15 goals were scored on the power play. The Cardinals Shannon Stewart had 2 goals and 4 assists. The Cadets Jillayne DeBus had 3 goals and just one assist, but that helper came on the game winning goal scored by Renee Lortie 45 seconds into overtime. The 8-7 win by Norwich over rival Plattsburgh in overtime, lighting the lamp as my pick for second best game of the year.
1. In a story book season for the UVM men's basketball team, one of the later chapters was epic. On March 4th, the Cats tangled with Hartford in Hartford with the winner advancing to the America East Championship. The Cats were on fire to close out the first half going on an 11-0 run. It was only to be countered by an 11-0 run from the Hawks in half number 2. With the Cats down 2 in the closing seconds, Luke Apfeld would break in and throw down the tying hoop. We'd head to Overtime tied at 62. With under twenty seconds left in OT and the Cats again down two, Sandro Carissimo scored a huge hoop to tie the game. After Hartford missed a heave at the buzzer. It would be on to a second overtime. That's when the combination of Carissimo and Matt Glass took over. The two made big shot after big shot. UVM would hold on for a 77-73 double overtime thriller in the America East semis. A game for the ages and my pick for the top game of 2012.
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