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After productive summer league, Blakely inks deal with Clippers


After averaging 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting an efficient 65 percent from the field over four games in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, former Catamount star Marqus Blakely was signed to a partially guaranteed two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.  

Blakely recorded the most minutes of any Clipper who participated in the Vegas summer league, which was highlighted by a 14-point, six-board, two-steal performance.


Pilypaitis Competing for Spot on Team Canada


Former UVM women’s basketball standout Courtnay Pilypaitis has earned a spot on the 2010 Canadian Women’s National Team Training Squad. She is one of 17 players competing for the final spots on the Canadian National Team that will play in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 23-Oct. 3.


Douville gets invite to Canadian U-22 Camp


Roxanne Douville, an incoming first year on the women’s hockey team has been added to the 2010 Canadian National U-22 camp roster. Douville will compete against 39 other players to earn one of the 22 roster sports. Kotsopoulos Named America East Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year


Former women’s basketball standout May Kotsopoulos was named the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, being selected over 17 other finalists. Kotsopoulos was a three-time America East Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-American in 2010, making her the second straight Catamount to receive the honor after ’09 graduate Kristen Millar earned the award last season.  Kotsopoulos has signed with Greek basketball team the Dan Ano Liosa, located in Athens, Greece and will begin her professional career this fall.

Men’s, women’s soccer teams picked low in conference projections


After disappointing seasons for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams in 2009, the coaches of the America East do not project much improvement for either group this season. The women’s team was projected to finish eighth in the conference, with only UMBC picked lower. The men’s team was projected seventh out of eight teams, with only Albany separating them from last.


Men’s and women’s basketball teams announce 2010-2011 non-conference schedule


After an America East Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament last season, the men’s basketball team lost seniors Marqus Blakely, Nick Veir and Maurice Joseph to graduation and sophomore Garvey Young, who transferred.

The team will be looking to many new faces to fill the void of such a talented group of players, and those new faces will need to step up early as the Catamounts face a daunting non-conference schedule.

The most intriguing game is a Nov. 17 matchup in Storrs, Conn. against the UConn Huskies. Other interesting matchups include a good BYU team, always-tough Sienna and two Ivy League teams in the form of Dartmouth and Yale.

The women’s basketball team completed one of the best years in team history after earning a 10 seed in the NCAA tournament and winning their first-round game against Wisconsin. Like the men’s team, the women’s team needs new players to step up and fill big roles.

Highlighting the non-conference schedule for the women’s basketball team are games against Nebraska, Boston College, Marquette, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Michigan State.


Men’s hockey announces 2010-2011 schedule


After a first round exit in last year’s NCAA tournament, the men’s hockey team is looking to surpass last year’s achievement and make a deep tournament run this season. The Catamounts open the season with five games at Gutterson Fieldhouse, including two games against Denver University and one game against top Canadian team, New Brunswick, followed by games against Maine and Merrimack.

Midway through the year, the Catamounts will hold the Catamount Cup, which hosts Army, Ohio State and Harvard in a four-team tournament. The Hockey East playoffs begin March 13 and continue through March 19 in Boston, Mass.