Swim team staff expands
Cora Cummings Gauvin will be returning to UVM, this time as a voluntary coach. Gauvin, who graduated from Vermont in 2000, was a coach for Green Mountain Aquatics and also at the Burlington Tennis Club.
Gauvin will add experience and energy to the team, which is coming off its best season in school history. The Cats will dive into the season Oct. 9.
Field hockey drops to William & Mary
Vermont’s field hockey squad is still in search for a win after dropping to 0-2 by the score of 2-0 to William & Mary on Sunday, Aug. 30. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Heavens continued to perform strongly while only giving up two goals on 25 shots.
It was her second straight game with 12 saves, which is one short of her career high. Despite her excellent play, the Cats continue to look for firepower on the offensive end.
Men’s soccer assistant gets promotion
If you work hard, you rise fast. That’s surely the case for Wade Jean, who was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach on the men’s soccer team. The decision was made by athletic director Dr. Robert Corran and head coach Jesse Cormier.
Wade has an exceptional wealth of expertise and knowledge of the game that will only better our program.” Cormier said in e-mail from athletic communications. Wade has 10 years of head coaching experience in Divisions I and II.
Vermont picked seventh in cross-country preseason poll
The America East preseason rankings are out. Three-time defending champion New Hampshire sits at the top, followed by Stony Brook and Binghamton. Vermont was voted to finish seventh despite returning with senior Doug Maisey who performed well enough to finish in the top 10 of last years championships. He was the first Catamount to do so since 2001.
Women’s soccer wins TD Bank Classic
UVM women’s soccer team is on the rise quickly. It took three total overtimes but the Lady Cats won the TD Bank Classic after beating the University of Montreal 3-2 and tying Central Connecticut State University 2-2 and scoring a tourney-high five goals.
Junior Gabby Bonfigli was chosen as the tourney’s offensive MVP, while Cat goalkeeper Eliza Bradley won defensive MVP. Bonfigli was also named America East Player of the Week after racking up five points in the tourney on a goal and three assists.
Former hockey captain inks NHL deal
Torrey Mitchell, who wore the ‘C’ during the 2006-2007 season for the Catamounts, has signed a three-year deal with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
Mitchell left UVM with 35 career goals and 70 assists and ranked at 36 on the all-time scoring list. The former captain missed the 2008-2009 NHL season due to a leg injury but as a rookie in ’07-’08 he was named “Sharks Rookie of the Year.”
Women’s hockey gains a staff member
Jeff Cooper, the same volunteer coach who helped mentor former UVM star goalkeeper Tim Thomas — currently with the Boston Bruins — will be joining the women’s hockey staff as a volunteer goalies coach. Cooper played professionally in the IHL (International Hockey League) and was an All-American goalkeeper at Colgate University. Cooper will add depth to a coaching that that is trying to improve upon a 7-25-2 record.
NFL may not have salary cap in 2010
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell is in talks with the NFLPA about dropping the cap. This could potentially lead to more dynasties due to unlimited team spend.