Lacrosse Rivals Team Up for a Cause
The Norwich and Castleton men’s lacrosse teams joined forces this past February for the second annual Climb for Connor fundraiser in memory of late NU lacrosse player Connor Roberts ’16.
Roberts, who passed away in June 2014 from a sudden heart attack the summer after his sophomore year, had strong ties to Castleton: His older brother Ben played lacrosse and hockey for the Spartans before graduating in 2014, while his sister Danielle was a member of the Castleton women’s hockey team from 2011 to 2013.
Taking place over 24 consecutive hours, the event teamed Castleton men’s lacrosse players with Norwich men’s lacrosse players, and included Castleton faculty, staff, and students.
Last year, more than 75 individuals made at least one trip up the 30-foot wall, totaling 1,543 climbs. This year’s goal focused on increased participation: More than 130 participants totaled more than 2,000 climbs.
Wrestling Earns Off-the-Mat Honors
Jacob Forsman has been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic team. A criminal justice major who boasts a 3.24 GPA, Forsman is the first NU wrestler in program history to be selected to the NWCA All-Academic Team as a freshman. In addition, the Voorhees, N.J., native was named to the 2015–16 All Northeast Region Team after winning 72 percent of his matches and finishing fifth in the 125 lbs. bracket at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in February. Norwich had a combined 3.35 GPA among the 10 starters this season, placing fifth for NCAA Division III wrestling.
Men’s Swimming Makes a Splash at New Englands
The men’s swimming and diving team broke seven school records, including four individual and three more relay records, at this year’s New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships.
Junior Mark Walleshauser had a hand in all seven of the record-breaking performances, including first in the 50-meter butterfly. He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet, marking the first time a Norwich swimmer has won the award in program history. Freshman Matt Clark also won the 500-yard freestyle as he and Walleshauser became the first New England individual event champions for Norwich since Lance Webster won the 1650-freestyle in 2012.
Women’s Hockey Earns Accolades
Women’s hockey standout Bryn Labbe ’19 has been named New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Rookie of the Year.
Labbe scored a team-high 14 goals and dished out 7 assists for 21 points, becoming the second straight Cadet to win the award following Sarah Schwenzfeier ’18 in 2015. Labbe earned NEHC Rookie of the Week honors four times this past season and was Norwich’s inaugural selection to the d3hockey.com Team of the Week.
The Cadets also won their sixth straight regular season title and have compiled an astonishing 97-3-4 record in league play over the past six years.
Adam Pfeifer Named 10th Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Adam Pfeifer has taken over the reins of men’s soccer following Coach Kyle Dezotell’s departure for Manhattanville. Pfeifer comes to the Hill from Middlebury, where he assisted the legendary David Saward. For eight seasons prior, he served as an associate head coach at Northeastern.
As a Boston College student, Pfeifer was a four-year starter, leading the Eagles to two Big East tournament titles and three NCAA tournament appearances. Upon his 2003 graduation, he finished in the top 20 on the school’s all-time points list and top 10 in all-time assists.
Pfeifer takes over a program that has made the GNAC tournament semifinals for 12 straight seasons, winning it in 2008. In his decade on the Hill, Dezotell guided the Cadets to a 131-63-18 record and left Norwich as the all-time winningest men’s soccer coach. This is Pfeifer’s first head coaching position.
Cross-Country Runners Earn Academic Honors
Brody Hale is the first male runner in Norwich cross-country history to receive U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Individual honors.
To qualify, a runner must finish in the top 25 percent of his or her NCAA Regional Championships and post a 3.30 or higher GPA. Hale finished 84th in 26:18.5 in the New England Regionals in November, setting a new personal record. The freshman also finished third at the GNAC Championship meet, helping the Cadets to their first title since 2012.
The women’s cross-country team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors with a combined 3.36 GPA.
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