Sports Briefs

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Lalonde leaves women’s basketball program

            Junior guard Kristine Lalonde has announced that she will be leaving the Catamounts’ women’s basketball team and will not be returning next season.

Head coach Lori Gear McBride stated in a UVM Athletics release that Lalonde’s interest in leaving lies in her desire to be closer to her hometown in Canada. Returning to Canada to play will also give her two more seasons of eligibility, as opposed to one more if she was to stay in Vermont.

            Lalonde has been a key component to the Cats’ success in recent years, as she helped her team to an America East Championship, an NCAA tournament bid and the program’s first NCAA tournament game win in the 2009-2010 season.

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UVM championship parade set for April 15

            The Vermont ski team and men’s basketball teams will be honored April 15 with a championship parade down Church Street.

The ski team took the top spot in the country on March 10, winning the NCAA tournament by a record-breaking margin over second place Utah.

The men’s basketball team was named America East Champions on March 10, and went on to win their second NCAA tournament game in program history.

The parade will start at 12 p.m. and make its way down Church Street.

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Women’s world hockey championships to be held at UVM

            The 2012 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships will be held in the UVM sports complex.

            The tournament will feature teams from many countries, from Canada and the United States to Germany, Slovakia and Russia.

            Last year’s winner was the United States and they will look to defend their title, while second-place Canada will hope to add to their all-time lead of nine world championships to the United States’ four.

            The event will take place from April 7 to 14, featuring four matchups each day and a playoff series that will begin on April 11, primarily in Gutterson Fieldhouse.