Vermont Guard Down

Bad news came to the UVM men’s basketball program last week when they learned that Joe Trapani, the team’s freshman sensation and leading scorer, had sustained a fracture in his left foot.”Joe Trapani has an incomplete fracture of the third metatarsal in his left foot,” UVM Athletic Trainer Allison Shephard stated in a release.Trapani was able to play 11 minutes in the first half of the Cat’s last home game against Maine, but had to remain seated for the second half.An X-ray the following morning would show the fracture, and confirmed that Trapani would have to sit out four to six weeks.”We need guys like Martin Kilmes, Chad Powlovich and Colin McIntosh to step up their game and so far they have,” said Head Coach Mike Lonergan. “It is important that it’s a team effort, not just one person to try and make up for what Joe averaged a night.”Trapani was averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game before the injury. “We have a great team that if one guy goes down, another one steps up. Our depth has been a big factor to our success this season,” Trapani said.The big question remains whether or not Trapani will return in time for the playoffs.”We are hoping that Joe can make it back before the America East Championships,aiming towards our last few regular season games,” Lonergan said.The absence of Trapani on the court has not affected the team’s high hopes for playoffs. With UVM’s recent win over Hartford, their record is now 14-6 overall and 6-1 in the America East.”The most important thing right now is to finish first in our league because if we make it to the championship we would then have home court advantage,” sophomore and newly appointed captain Mike Trimboli said. “We hope to have Joe back for that but if not we will have to just keep on playing the way we are.”The team is currently on the road, but will return to Patrick Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 7:00 p.m. to take on the UNH Wildcats.