Tuesday, December 31st
October started with a visit from the Boston Bruins. The B's in Waterbury for a couple of days of team building before the start of the season. It also meant a return to Vermont for former Catamount Kevan Miller.
As the Bruins left for Boston, so did we. A trip to Fenway Park before the Red Sox run to a world series. A journey that ended at little Fenway Park in Essex and a Red Sox championship in late October.
Dartmouth played the longest football game in IVY league history on October 5th, falling to Penn, 37-31 in 4 overtimes. But it wasn't all rough outings for the Big Green. Running back Dominick Pierre became the third dartmouth player to rush over 2,000 yards for a career. Speaking of Dartmouth runners, senior Abbey D'Agostino won her first cross country national title in late november and the 5th ncaa championship for her career.
Barre's Nick Sweet had one win at Thunder Road all season and it came in the final event of the season. It was also Sweet's first ever Milk Bowl championship.
The UVM men's hockey team was dealt a huge blow in its first action of the season. Kyle Reynolds going down for the season with a knee injury in an exhibition win. The Cats would rebound from that and other injuries to go on a 5 game winning streak through November and december. Their longest since the 08-9 season.
As the peoples girls soccer team won it's 50th straight game and a third striaght division 3 state title, The Woodstock football team was adding to a winning streak of its own. The Wasps with their 31st straight victory on super saturday, an overtime win with freshman niko davis kicking the championship winning extra point. The game came with controversy as Mill River fans felt the refs missed a fumble into the endzone which would have restulted in a game ending touch back and a Minuteman win. Mill River's protest to the VPA was denied.
No denying the success of The Middlebury women's soccer team. The Panthers advancing to their first national semifinal in early December finishing the year with a program best 17 wins.
Heartbreak for the Norwich football team, losing the GNAC north atlantic bowl game on a blocked extra point. The Hockey team had its worst performance in the Primelink tournament in years. A tournament won by an undefeated Plattsburgh team. Both the Cardinals men's and women's teams finishing 2013 ranked first in the country.
While UVM forward and Montpelier native Amanda Pelkey became the women's hockey program's all time points leader, the UVM men's basketball team was making a bid for the program's biggest regular season win. Despite a couple of key injuries, the Cats had a second half lead on then 6th ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium before Thanksgiving. Vermont just ran out of time to make history.
Tim Thomas returned to Boston, but as a member of the Florida Panthers. He practiced, but did not play.
The Boston Bruins suffered some key losses to the main roster, allowing former Catamount Kevan Miller to get the call up scoring his first NHL goal on december ninth. Former Dartmouth star Nick Johnson was called up as well.
The Lake Monsters have a new look and in 2014 will have a new manager as Rick Magnante steps away after 3 seasons.
We stepped right into the action in 2013. And with local athletes qualifying for the Socci, Olympics in February, the new year should bring plenty of prosperity.
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