Sport Report:
Spring 2018

Double-Doubles: Brothers on and off the courts.

For head basketball coach Paul Booth, this season is special. Not just because he marks a quarter century of coaching for Norwich with the most wins in Cadet men’s basketball history. And not even because the Cadets have flirted with their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) playoff appearance in four years.

Pictured (l-r): Kyle Booth ’21, Ryan Booth ’18, Coach Booth, Joe Bertrand ’18, and Dan Bertrand ’20. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Pictured (l-r): Kyle Booth ’21, Ryan Booth ’18, Coach Booth, Joe Bertrand ’18, and Dan Bertrand ’20. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Booth’s 25th season on the Norwich bench is special because he gets to coach both of his sons on the court. Ryan Booth ’18, a team captain for the Cadets, is joined this year by his younger brother Kyle ’21, a 6-foot-5 freshman who leads an impressive group of first-year student-athletes for the Cadets.

But the Booths aren’t Norwich’s only basketball brothers. This season, Dan Bertrand ’20 has joined his older brother, Joe ’18, on the court for the second season in a row. “I’m not sure I can recall having one set of siblings on the team, never mind two,” Coach Booth says.
Despite their last name, the Booth brothers earn their minutes on the court. Ryan was named co-Most Valuable Player by the team following last year’s season and has continued to lead Norwich in his senior season with 11.9 points and 5 rebounds per game. The younger Booth found his stride mid-season, putting up double-digit points in three straight games, including a career-high 17 points against Regis College on January 11.

The Bertrand brothers share a similar dynamic, with Joe leading the Cadets while Dan carves out his own role on this team. Joe sits first in the GNAC with 50.7 percent shooting success from 3-point territory as well as a solid 11.2 points per game. After seeing limited action as a freshman last season, Dan Bertrand has been steadily making his way into the playing rotation as he continues to improve, notching 5 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds in only 12 minutes on the court in the Cadets’ victory over Lyndon State on January 17.
The similarities between the two sets of brothers emerge in other ways, too. “Joe and Ryan are alike in that they have a similar style of play on the court and lead in the same quiet manner,” Coach Booth says. “Dan and Kyle are louder than their older brothers and have similar games on the court, as well.”

What can’t be underestimated is an older brother’s guidance through the difficult transition between high school and college basketball. “Both Dan and Kyle want to make their own mark on the program, but I do think they talk to their older brothers,” Coach Booth says, pointing to Dan Bertrand’s patience and work ethic while waiting for an opportunity to get on the court as a specific example of Joe’s helpful guidance.

“All four kids are all good players and really good people,” Booth says. “You’re always thankful for the opportunity to work with your sons and this is a year that is really, really special for me personally.” – Tyler Neville

The men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) team titles for the second straight year on October 28, 2017, in Bristol, R.I. The men scored a program-record 18 points to win their third straight title and tenth overall, the most in GNAC history. The women won their second straight team title and third in the last four years, edging out Simmons College for the second straight year by five points.

Junior Brody Hale and senior Haddie Lary swept the individual conference titles as well, a first for Norwich. Freshman Trenton Shimata earned GNAC Rookie of the Year honors as the top newcomer in the race. Head coach Nick Cooper won his third men’s Coach of the Year award and fourth overall. His teams have won seven GNAC titles in his seven years at the helm of the program.

Cooper retired from coaching after the 2017 season.

The men’s rugby team continued its recent string of national successes this fall, placing third in the country for the second straight year at the USA Rugby Division II Final Four in Greenville, S.C. The Cadets went undefeated for the second year in a row in conference play to qualify for the USA Rugby National Tournament. NU then won back-to-back games vs. NC State and Hartford to win its regional and advance to the final four.

In Greenville, Norwich battled VMI in arguably the greatest match ever in Norwich varsity rugby history, but ultimately fell 41-36 in sudden-death double overtime. The next day the Cadets bounced back to defeat North Dakota State, securing third place. Norwich compiled a 24-2 record in 15s action the last two fall seasons with their only losses coming in the national semifinals.

Senior Mike Hogervorst

Senior Mike Hogervorst of the men’s basketball team reached the 1,000-career-points milestone on January 20, 2018, at Rivier University in Nashua, N.H. The last player in Norwich men’s basketball history to reach that milestone was Evan Tullar ’15 in the 2014–15 season. Hogervorst was the GNAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and has been a three-time GNAC Third Team All-Conference selection.

Senior Sarah Schwenzfeier

Senior Sarah Schwenzfeier of the women’s ice hockey team became the seventh player in program history to reach the 100-career-points milestone in a 7-1 win over Trinity College on January 3, 2018. She has been a three-time New England Hockey Conference All-Conference selection and was named an American Hockey Coaches Association First Team All-American last season as a junior.

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