Men’s XC Sets the Pace
Men’s cross-country put in one of the most dominant efforts in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship history, placing 7 runners in the top 10, and 9 in the top 14, en route to claiming its eighth GNAC title. Freshman Korey Leonard won the race in 28:09, capturing GNAC Rookie and Runner of the Year honors. Freshman Brody Hale (3rd, 28:24), juniors Cameron Connelly (5th, 28:29) and Robert Greene (7th, 28:47), as well as sophomore Connor Lafontaine (8th, 28:56), rounded out Norwich’s top-five scoring runners. They, along with freshman Ryan Gilligan (9th, 28:58) and sophomore Jarrett Cavanagh (10th, 29:10), each earned GNAC All-Conference honors for placing in the top 10 overall. Head coach Nick Cooper was named GNAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, having led the women’s squad to the team title in 2014.
Lyons a Tiger at the Net
Senior outside hitter Tara Lyons of the Cadets’ volleyball team wrapped up her standout four-year career for the Maroon and Gold with a memorable senior season. The Pocasset, Mass., native recorded her 500th career kill on September 16 in a 3-1 win over Southern Vermont. Lyons went on to lead the team in kills (177), hitting percentage (.195), service aces (29), and blocks (23). She capped her Norwich career with 638 kills—third on the all-time NU career kills list behind Lisset Magdaleno ’10 (670) and April Byllaardt ’12 (661).
A Norwich legacy student, Lyons is the granddaughter of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Victor Kim ’60.
Basketball Coach Surpasses Milestone
Cadets’ women’s basketball head coach Mark Zacher became the program’s all-time winningest coach after the Cadets defeated Mount Holyoke 83-29 in nonconference action on November 21, 2015, in Andrews Hall. The victory marked Zacher’s 98th career win at Norwich, surpassing the previous record held by Laura Merrit, Cadets’ mentor from 1992 to 1999. Zacher, who just completed his eighth season, compiled a 99-70 record in his first seven years at the helm. He has guided the Cadets to two GNAC Championship game appearances and coached 15 GNAC All-Conference selections.
Taylor Arena Remembered
Norwich’s hockey community recently honored the bygone Taylor Arena with the unveiling of a new plaque. The former riding hall, which served as the beloved home of Norwich hockey from 1950 to 1997, was named in memory of Lieutenant Moses Taylor Jr., Class of 1920, who died from wounds suffered in combat in World War I. Prior to 1950, the brick edifice housed Norwich’s equestrian and polo programs. Before unveiling the plaque, Senior VP for Information Technology and Student Affairs Frank Vanecek (above, right) spoke of the impact that Taylor Arena—and now Kreitzberg Arena—have had on Norwich’s successful hockey programs over the years. The plaque now graces the wall beside the main entrance to Kreitzberg.
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