Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter Sports Season Preview

Will Walthall ’14

Malcolm Lloyd ’14

Sports Editors 

With the undefeated Trinity College Football team ending the fall season on a perfect note, it’s time for another robust winter season of Bantam sports. The men’s and women’s basketball, ice hockey, swimming and diving teams will all kick start their competitive schedules this upcoming weekend. Here’s a quick preview of how Trinity’s winter athletes are gearing up.

Led by third year coach James Cosgrove, the Trinity men’s basketball team is poised for another season with hopes of improving last year’s 10-14 record. The team is returning a vast majority of their 2011-12 roster including junior standout Eric Dean. Dean had a very strong sophomore season, leading the team in both scoring (10.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Like Dean, Senior Mick Distasio is another returning starter who finished last season as the Bantams second leading scorer (9.5 ppg) and best lockdown defender, averaging nearly two steals a game. The team is also returning eight sophomore players, including 6’8” center George Papadeas who showed a lot of promise in his first season as a Bantam. The boys in blue and gold will open their season this Friday when they take on Worcester State at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

With no seniors returning, the Lady Bantams basketball team will rely on a nucleus of experienced juniors to lead the young squad. Returning starters Abby Hancock ’14 and Taylor Murtaugh ’14 will play alongside fellow juniors Emily Dixon, Shantel Hanniford and sharpshooter Moriah Sweeny. Additionally, second-team All-NESCAC volleyball star Hannah Brickley ’14 was a late addition to the Lady Bants’ new-look roster. The remaining ten players on the team are all underclassmen including Taylor Higgins ’15, who logged the most floor time among freshmen last season. The women’s basketball team will open their season this Friday, Nov. 17 at the Brandeis Invitational where they will face-off against Springfield College.

The men’s ice hockey team looks to improve from an unfulfilling 9-13-2, 2011 season. The Bantams look strong, however, returning four out of their five top point leaders, senior Chris Menard ’13 leading the pack with eleven goals and sixteen assists last season. Following right behind, his brother Jeffery Menard ’13 put up strong numbers with twelve goals and thirteen assists. Trinity will look to the Menard brothers to bring the senior leadership necessary to combat an always-strong NESCAC conference. Goaltender Ben Coulthard ’14, who started 19 out of 21 games, will lead the defense coming off of a 92 percent save percentage from last season. Trinity will look to start the season off strong by continue their last season success away at Tufts in their season opener this weekend.

Although having a strong record of 15-11 in 2011, the women’s ice hockey team was unable to take home the NESCAC champion, until losing to Middlebury in the league semifinals 4-1 to close the season. The Bantams lose their leading point scorer Payson Sword, who tallied five goals and twelve assists. Trinity will have to look upon younger shoulders to lead the offense. Lauren Glynn ’14 finished last season with nine goals and four assists, while Lucy Robinson follows closely behind with five goals and eight assists. Goaltenders Alexa Pujol ’14 played 21 games and Kristen Maxwell ’14 played eight games in net and will compete for the starting spot this upcoming season. The Lady Bants will kick off their season this Saturday against Conn. College.

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