UVM fall sports preview

Men’s soccer –

The Catamounts will look to gain their sixth conference playoff invitation in seven years this season, as head coach Jessie Cormier returns for his eighth season. With the America East Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll pegging them to finish sixth and the league’s third best defensive unit, UVM may very well make the cut.

Among the returners this year is junior goalkeeper David Ramada. Posting three shutouts in 11 games last season while sporting a 0.94 GAA, he will be complimented by senior leading scorer Nick O’Neill for his last shot at a title.

 

Women’s soccer –

            The women’s soccer team hopes to rebound this season after a 2-16 campaign last year and return to the league playoffs for the first time since 2006. At the helm is newly appointed head coach Kristi Lefevbre — the Cats’ assistant coach for the past three seasons.

            UVM will welcome back 19 letterwinners, among them are former America East All-Rookies, sophomore, Haley Marks and junior, Jess Herbst. Marks looks to repeat her lead-scoring season from last year while Herbst hopes to match her 2009 campaign after a hiatus last season due to injury.

 

Field hockey –

            UVM will have their work cut out for them in field hockey, as the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll places them fifth, with only the top four teams advancing to the America East Championship series. The team will need to improve interleague play this season, as they finished last season with a 0-5 record among other America East teams.

            Three of the four top scorers from last season will be returning, including junior Taylor Silvestro who scored a team-high seven goals last season.

 

Cross country –

            Vermont will hope to make another impressive run this season, as they rounded out 2010 in good form. The men took sixth place and the women finished seventh in the America East championships last year, while moving on to finish 23rd and 18th respectively in the NCAA Northeast Regionals.

            Top-time runners Morgan Powers, Connor Jennings and John Little will all return for their senior year with the Catamounts, as junior Debbie Isen will look to repeat her successes throughout the season —highlighted by the September 17 UMASS Invitational .