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Graduation has Come and gone in Vermont. College hockey is OVER! Laura has continued to excel at all levels of her hockey career MVP in highschool 4 years, Miss Hockey for Michigan high school hockey. MVP in college hockey junior and senior year. Most goals scored in womens hockey for Castleton. It's been a fun 4 years. Laura is living in New Jersey and working for Rutgers college austic adult program.

Here is a tribute to Laura's hockey career NEW!....Highschool video tribute College video tribute Comming soon! The book The history of the Szwed family Page one Page two


Laura was at the 2010 Worlds Barefoot Championship in Brandenburg Germany this past August, Skiing with the Elite US National Barefoot Team.

Laura Szwed

High School: During her four years at Ladywood High School in Michigan, Laura earned Michigan Miss Hockey, First team all -state twice, Second team all-state, honors to the All Catholic Team, and team MVP three out of her four years.

Personal: Laura is the daughter of Patty and Chris Szwed and is attending Castleton College. Currently featured in the October 2008 issue of The Waterskier Magazine.


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11/07 04:00 PM Women's Hockey - New England College

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Me.11/14 7:00pm

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Cortland St. 12/13 1:00pm

Potsdam college

The starting line up.............................Penalty........Too rough?

The first shift ......................................Running with the puck

The first goal......................................Penalty Kill

The Second Goal........Nailed from behind......Game stats

St Michael's College.....

The First shift..............Ouch Ow!...........Run witht it.....SLAM Ouch

The Second shift..........Power Play..........Nice!

Good Effort..................Power Play 2.......Power Play 3

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New England College

Laura's Goal........Game stats

University of Southern Maine ......A special hello to Dad

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The Courtland Game on December 13th 2008

Welcome to the Castleton webcast ....The first shift....1st goal of the game

Courtlands first Power Play goal.....Courtland's 2nd goal..Courtland's 3d goal

Courtlands 4th goal... Castleton's (Laura's Goal) Happy B-day Dad

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Do to the purchase of our web hosting provider we have had to make changes to the URL redirection and have been updating all our links. Some links may not have been fixed yet but come back and I hope to correct all dead links.

Walking on Water
alison clark
Issue date: 5/4/11 Section: News









When Laura Szwed was 2 years old, she often went out on her family's motorboat on the lake near their White Lake, Mich. home. She would dangle her feet over the edge into the water while watching her father practice barefoot waterskiing.

Because she seemed curious, her father made a safety harness from a rock climbing harness and put her behind their boat with him to see if she could stand.

She could. And did. And the act of walking on water has been a staple in Laura's life ever since.

Szwed, AKA 'Sweeds,' a senior at Castleton State College, has been to the World Barefoot Competition three times and this past August was ranked third overall in the world at the Competition held in Germany.

"It's like regular water skiing just faster," said Szwed with a shrug of her shoulders.

The petite athletically built blonde nonchalantly describes a sport that requires being pulled behind a motor boat at speeds up to 45 mph with nothing between her and the water than the souls of her feet.

Known as 'barefooting' to those in the sport, it is similar to regular waterskiing minus the skis.

"All I can feel is the waterline right here," Szwed said pointing to the balls of her bare feet. "You have to know where the waterline is and keep your toes up. Unless your going backwards, then keep your heels up."

Not only does Szwed turn backwards, she flips, she turns, she stands on one foot, and flies over jumps.

It's a little scary to watch admits Chris Szwed, Laura's father, who first set her feet on the water all those years ago.

"I throw up in my mouth when I watch her!" he said with gusto in a phone interview from his Michigan home. "I'm a nervous wreck."

Her dad may be nervous from the shore, but on the water his daughter is far from it.

"I find it relaxing," Szwed said. "I thrive under pressure."

And any fear of falling she brushes off, after all "it only stings for a minute."

She's had some nasty falls; two resulted in concussions and a trip to the doctors, others may have resulted in concussions but no trip to the doctor so they don't count. The worst though, was in 2003 at the National Championship.

"I fell on the first trick," Szwed recalls. "I had jinxed myself. I'd fallen at the same place doing the same trick earlier and I psyched myself out."

Her mental block taught her something about the sport: relax.

"I always remind myself to have fun and smile, because I am having fun."

Chris Szwed knows to watch for the smile.

"When she was in Germany I would wake up at 1 a.m. to watch the broadcasts. I was so nervous for her," he said. "But the only thing that would make me feel better was if I saw her on the boat and she smiled. If she smiled I knew she'd be all right."

Some of the ease Szwed feels when competing she attributes to her time spent on the ice.

In addition to being a barefooter, Szwed also plays ice hockey. And she's good at that, too. In high school she was Michigan Miss Hockey and MVP three out of her four years.

At Castleton she's continued to shine. She was ranked number one on team in goals with 10 and first in points with 15. She was voted MVP for the last two seasons and was the team's captain.

"She's been a huge part of the team since I've been here," said Jen Hitchcock, the Women's Hockey Graduate Assistant Coach. "We've been moving forward and with her leadership and steady, consistent level of play, she sets a great precedent for what we want to achieve at Castleton."

As a two-sport athlete, Szwed has been asked many times, which she likes best.

"It depends on the season," she said. "If its hockey season I'll say hockey. If it's ski season I'd say skiing."

Comparing them is tough, she says, because one is a team sport and the other falls completely on her shoulders.

"There's more pressure in skiing; it's worse because I can't blame anyone else if I mess up. In hockey it's a team effort to fail. In skiing it's all me."

The two sports also require completely different training programs and use different muscles. During the three months of the year in the summer when she usually trains she spends about 42 hours a week on the water.

During the off seasons, she keeps in shape by spending hours at the gym, according to Ashely Filmore, one of Szwed's friends.

"For people who don't know [that she's in training] they probably think; why is the skinny girl always at the gym: get out of there," said Filmore, a senior business marketing major.

Away from her sports, Szwed is totally normal, Filmore said. She's just a normal barefooter who doesn't like to brag about her accomplishments.

"She doesn't like people to talk about it," Fillmore said. "She'd rather have someone else in the spotlight; she's more interested in what other people are doing. It's not all about her."

Hitchcock agrees.

"That's just the kind of person she is. She's very proud but she doesn't want to brag," she said.

Szwed admits she doesn't like to boast.

"I don't really go around saying 'Hi, I'm Laura and I barefoot ski and I went to Worlds last year,'" she said. "I don't want to be that person."

It's not part of her standard self-introduction but it has brought many opportunities. Competing has taken her to South Africa, England, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.

Over Spring Break she was invited to train at a ski school in Florida run by the number one and number two men's skiing champions. She has been offered a full time position at the school in Florida to train for free. She's excited about the prospect, but it's only one option she has after graduation.

"I want to mainly work with kids who are affected by autism," said Szwed a Developmental Psychology major. "A friend of my family has a son with autism; that was how I really got interested in the subject."

As far as skiing, that will always be a part of her life.

"I'll probably be the person skiing when I'm 90 years old."

Women's Ice Hockey: Laura Szwed. Szwed earns her second Most Valuable Player award in her third and final season at Castleton. Szwed ranked first on the team in goals with 10 and first in points with 15 to lead the Spartans to a berth in the ECAC East Tournament








Laura's last goal on the last game of the season has set the record for the most goals scored for the women's hockey program Ever! Now that's the way to end you hockey career.

February 26, 2011

Nonis sends no. 2 seeded Valiants to semifinal round of ECAC East Tournament with hat trick

RYE, N.Y. – Senior forward Holly Nonis (Brampton, Ont.) notched a hat trick and assisted on another score to lead Manhattanville over Castleton, 8-1, in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Division III Women’s East Tournament on Saturday night at Playland Ice Casino.

The Valiants improve to 17-7-2 overall on the season and advance to the semifinal round against no. 5 seeded UMass-Boston on Saturday, March 5 at 12:00 or 3:00 pm. The Spartans’ season closes at 5-19-2.

Manhattanville scored three times in the opening period to claim a comfortable lead and never looked back.

Haleigh Hutchinson (Southgate, Mich.) opened up the scoring at 11:56 of the period tallying her 13th goal of the season on feeds from teammates Charlotte Hotaling (Southfield, Mich.) and Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgfield, Conn.) for a 1-0 lead.

Nonis followed with two of her three goals on the night striking first at 13:14 and again at 15:55 for her sixth and seventh goals of the season. Sophomore forward Jessica Kehoe (Kemptville, Ont.) assisted on both markers.

In the second, Hutchinson and Nonis each found the back of the net again with Hutchinson burying her 14th of the season past Castleton senior goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) only one minute and 32 seconds into the period. Nonis followed at 7:49 on the power play to complete her hat trick.

Ella Hubley (Santa Monica, Calif.) added sixth goal of the season at 10:59 while Kehoe got in on the scoring at 15:18 of the period on assists from Nonis and Jess Scioli (No. Reading, Mass.).

After Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Que.) made it 8-0 at 10:16 of the third period, senior forward Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) potted her team-leading 10th goal of the season on feeds from Kaitlin Hayes (Burlington, Vt.) and Christine Newton (Ogden, Utah) at 13:17.

Emy Cote (Saint-Hubert, Que.) made 12 saves in net to improve to 10-5-2 overall on the season. Hoy turned away 44 shots on the night in the loss.

February 5, 2011

Valiants stop losing skid with 4-1 win over Spartans

RUTLAND, Vt. – Manhattanville used four different goal scorers to defeat Castleton, 4-1, in ECAC East action on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

The Valiants improve to 13-6-2 overall and 10-3-1 in the ECAC East. The Spartans fall to 5-13-2 (3-10-1).

Manhattanville opened up the scoring at 8:52 of the first as Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Que.) fed a tape-to-tape pass to Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgefield, Conn.) in slot and the sophomore forward roofed a wrist shot over Castleton goaltender Katharyn Dembowski’s (Elkridge, Md.) glove side for a 1-0 lead.

Dembowski kept the deficit to 1-0 at 11:02 of the first robbing senior forward Shannon Coffey (Malden, Mass.) on a breakaway bid. Coffey, who received a cross ice pass from the Valiants blue line, skated quickly into Castleton’s defensive zone and attempted a deke move going post-to-post versus Dembowski but the netminder flashed her right pad against the post and made the save.

In the second, Manhattanville scored two goals just one minute and 31 seconds apart to take a commanding 3-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Ella Hubley (Santa Monica, Calif.) tallied her fourth goal of the season at 9:30 with a backhander over Dembowski’s glove for a 2-0 gap. Moments later (11:01), freshman defenseman Mallory Watts (Bloomfield, Mich.) notched her first-collegiate goal backhanding a shot just in front of the crease past Dembowski for a 3-0 lead.

Castleton responded at 14:44 on the power play as senior forward Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) potted her team-leading eighth goal of the season firing home a loose puck in front of the net past Manhattanville goaltender Mary Evans (Detroit, Mich.) for a 3-1 deficit.

In the third, Lynsey Schill (Waterloo, Ont.) tallied her second goal of the season at 14:40 putting Katie Little’s (Victoria, B.C.) rebound into the back of the net for a 4-1 lead.

Evans (6-2-0) made 13 saves for the Valiants while Dembowski turned away 48 shots for the Spartans.

Castleton returns to action on Friday, February 11 as the Spartans travel to Southern Maine for a 7 pm start.

Spartans lose to Norwhich
Kayla Miller
Issue date: 2/2/11 Section: Sports

The Castleton women's hockey team fell short against Norwich Saturday, Jan. 29, 8-1. Laura Szwed scored a goal less than three minutes in with, leaving powerhouse, Norwich a little bit shocked. The assists came from Sterling Nelson and Christine Newton

The last time the Spartans faced the Cadets on Nov. 5, 2010, Castleton lost 11-1. But losing against last year's NCAA Championship runner-up gave the Spartans more desire to defeat Norwich during this encounter. Unfortunately, the Spartans couldn't pull through.

"We're in a little bit of a slump," coach Bethany Torrice said. "We get into a situation where you forget about the success we've had."

Senior goalie, Amanda Hoy, stopped 38 of the 46 shots on goal. Hoy and Katharyn Dembowski have shown great talent, with save percentages better than .900 on the season.

However, seven minutes into the first period the Cadets' Sophie Leclerc, scored their first goal with the help of Jillayne DeBus and Meaghan Papagno. Not too long after, Julie Fortier put them in the lead with the assistance of Melissa Rundlett and Renee Lortie. The tally was Fortier's 51st career goal and 100th career point.

Norwich's crowd grew louder when Papagno scored with Leclerc and DeBus guiding her to the goal.

Although Hoy made 12 first-period saves, it wasn't enough because Castleton finished the period down, 3-1.

Eight minutes into the second, Fortier scored on a slap shot from Lortie. Seconds later, Castleton's Meagan Hulbert got a penalty for hooking, which the Spartans killed off, but they still couldn't keep up with Leclerc, DeBus, Guay's fast skates, which resulted in another goal for the Cadets.

"We ran out of gas towards the end," Torrice said. "I think we played tough though."

The frustration showed in the third period when Jade Werger received a penalty for body checking 12 seconds in. Leclerc netted a hat-trick goal from Papagno five minutes later.

The score was now 6-1, slowly putting Castleton at a slight disadvantage.

Sarah Scardino stepped onto the ice and scored, assisted by Kelsey Cone and Baylie Lamarre.

After that, Sarianne Lynn's goal for Norwich happened during a scramble in front of the net. Elle Kadel and Mollie Fitzpatrick had the helpers.

After Norwich scored to lead it 8-1, a little over seven minutes into the third period, Torrice called a timeout and huddled the girls in to try and encourage them to keep pushing.

The Spartans have another game coming up on Friday, Feb. 4 against Nichols, to which they lost 3-2 at Nichols, Dec 4. The game will be the second annual "Pink the Rink" night to benefit breast cancer awareness.

"Special night, a lot of excitement, a lot more fans. Good energy!" said Torrice.

January 29, 2011

Fortier notches 100th career point, Cadets defeat Spartans 8-1

RUTLAND, Vt. – Junior forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Que.) became the second Cadet to record 100 career points as Norwich skated to a 8-1 victory over Castleton in ECAC East action on Saturday night at Spartan Arena.

Fortier tallied the milestone point at 10:08 of the first period with a wrist shot that beat Spartans’ goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) top-shelf glove side. Junior forward Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) set up the goal with a tape-to-tape pass from behind the net while freshman forward Renee Lortie (Cornwall, Ont.) also assisted on Fortier’s 12th goal of the season and 51st of her career.

The Cadets improve to 14-3-1 overall on the season and 11-0-1 in the ECAC East. The Spartans fall to 5-11-2 and 3-8-1 in ECAC East play.

Castleton was first to crack the scoreboard early in the first period at 2:24 as senior forward Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) cleaned up Sterling Nelson’s (Madison, Conn.) rebound in front of the net past Norwich goaltender Joanie Plamondon (Pont-Rouge, Que.) for a 1-0 advantage.

The Cadets responded with five unanswered goals over the next two periods and never looked back. At 6:40, senior forward Sophie Leclerc (Barre, Vt.) tied the contest at 1-1 with a wrister through Hoy’s five-hole for her team-leading 16th goal of the season.

After Fortier’s milestone goal, freshman forward Meaghan Papagno (Wakefield, Mass.) achieved a milestone of her own potting her first-collegiate goal at 14:26 on assists from Leclerc and Jillayne DeBus (Howell, Mich.).

In the second, Fortier tallied her second goal of the game at 7:56 receiving a feed from Lortie who was stationed behind the net for a 4-1 advantage. Leclerc made it 5-1 at 12:28 putting home a loose puck in front of the net.

Leclerc capped an impressive night at 5:35 of the third period tallying her third goal of the game on a feed from Papagno in the slot for a 6-1 score. Senior forward Sarah Scardino (Stoughton, Mass.) notched her fourth goal of the season a minute later and junior defenseman Sarianne Lynn (Wethersfield, Conn.) potted her fourth marker of the season at 7:13 to round out the scoring for Norwich.

Plamondon (3-1-1) turned away seven shots for the Cadets while Hoy made 38 saves.

Castleton returns to Spartan Arena on February 4 for an ECAC East matchup with Nichols College at 7 pm. The Spartans, along with the Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) and the Foley Cancer Center will join forces to “Pink the Rink” and raise breast cancer awareness.

Castleton will wear collectors’ edition pink jerseys donated by RRMC during the game. All jerseys are available for purchase via an online auction, currently being held here. All proceeds will be donated back to the Breast Care Program.

Burlington Free Press

Tuesday, January 26, 2011

Williams 6, Castleton 1: At Williamstown, Mass., Jacqueline Berglass posted two goals and one assist in Williams’ four-goal first-period outburst and the Ephs rolled to victory over Castleton.

Laura Szwed netted the Castleton goal on assists from Jade Werger and Stephanie Bardell. Katharyn Dembowski (seven saves) and Amanda Hoy (32) shared goaltending duties for the Spartans (5-9-2).

January 25, 2011

Castleton drops road contest at Williams
Courtesy of: Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Castleton State College women's ice hockey team dropped a 6-1 road contest to Williams Tuesday evening, falling behind 4-0 in the opening 13 minutes and never recovering.

Williams received two goals apiece from senior Jacqueline Berglass and sophomore Sam Weinstein paved the way for the Williams win.

The Ephs notched the first score of the game about halfway through the opening period, when Berglass put home her first goal of the evening. After carrying the puck into the offensive zone and wristing a shot that was turned away by Castleton goalie Katharyn Dembowski, Berglass circled behind the cage to wait by the right post. Senior captain Lauren Zurek centered a hard pass from the left circle across the goal, which Berglass redirected for the score with 12:13 to play in the period.

Less than two minutes later Berglass recorded her second goal of the night, giving the Ephs a 2-0 lead. Freshman Haena Lee and classmate Gabrielle Vukasin worked the puck around the edge before Vukasin sent a pass into the low right corner, which Berglass again tipped past Dembowski.

Williams increased their cushion to 3 goals with 9:42 to play in the period, when Weinstein notched her fourth score of the season. Berglass and Vukasin teamed up for the assists, sliding the puck out to a waiting Weinstein on the blue line. Weinstein wound up and rocketed a hard slapshot in for the goal.

But the Ephs were not done with their first period scoring yet. With help from sophomore Becca Nichols and Weinstein, junior captain Hannah Systrom weaved through traffic and sent a wristshot from the slot that eluded Dembowski to give Williams the 4-0 advantage with just over 6 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

Castleton cut the Ephs’ lead back down to three with 1:54 left before the end of the first period. Sophomore Jade Werger and freshman Stephanie Bardell moved the puck quickly through Williams’ offensive zone, before Bardell ripped a shot. Ephs sophomore goalie Catherine Tremble turned away the initial attempt, but senior Laura Szwed was there to put home the rebound to give the Spartans a goal.

The second period featured back-and-forth play, with both teams creating good scoring opportunities. However, strong goaltending by Tremble and senior Amanda Hoy kept the middle period goalless until Vukasin notched Williams’ 5th goal of the evening. In traffic, Vukasin picked up a loose puck in the low slot to make the score 5-1.

Weinstein notched her second goal of the game for the third period’s lone tally. With 1:31 to play in the contest, sophomore Becca Nichols won a faceoff in the Spartans’ offensive zone and sent the puck back to junior Kristen Tubbs. Tubbs gave the puck to Weinstein on the blue line, who fired a slapshot that bounced off the crossbar for a powerplay goal.

Tremble made 17 saves in net for the Ephs, while Dembrowski and Hoy combined for 37 stops for the Spartans.

With the win, Williams improves their record to 3-9 overall, while Castleton drops to 5-9-2. The Spartans will host St. Michael's on Friday at 4 p.m. in ECAC East action.

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Szwed Named ECAC East Player of the Week
(January 24, 2011) - Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich./Utica Laura SzwedCollege) has been named the ECAC Division III Women's East Player of the Week. Szwed paced Castleton's offense in a 1-1 week tallying the only assist on the game-winning goal on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Salve Regina.



January 23, 2011

Castleton falls to Holy Cross
Courtesy of: Holy Cross Sports Information

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) broke a stalemate with two goals in the third period to lead the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Castleton State College Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 12-6-0 (9-2-0 ECAC East), while Castleton falls to 5-8-2 (3-6-1 ECAC East).

With the game tied at two goals apiece, Hochkins took advantage of the power play to net her 17th goal of the season just past the four minute mark of the third period. Hochkins' second goal of the game came just over three minutes later, when a pass from senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) and sophomore Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) resulted in a shorthanded goal, giving the Crusaders a two goal lead. Sophomore Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) confirmed the win for the Crusaders with a goal at the 19:34 mark in the third period.

Junior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) recovered her own rebounding shot seven minutes into the first period to score the first goal of the game. Castleton tied the game, 1-1, after Laura Szwed fought off Holy Cross defenders in front of the net to sneak one by Holy Cross senior goaltender Lindsay Atkinson (Westbank, British Columbia). Holy Cross didn't stay down long, scoring its second goal of the game just 30 seconds later when freshman Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) found the back of the net and ending the period in favor of the Crusaders, 2-1. Castleton tied the game with the only goal of the second period when Szwed netted her second goal of the game at the 8:11 mark. After drawing Atkinson out of the crease, Szwed took advantage of the open goal for the score.

Atkinson gave up two goals and recorded 12 saves, while Castleton's Katharyn Dembowski allowed five goals and recorded 58 saves. Holy Cross went 2-5 on the power play, while Castleton converted on one. The Crusaders outshot the Spartans 63-14.

The Crusaders continue action at the Hart Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26 when they host ECAC East opponent Plymouth State at 7:00 p.m. [Boxscore]

January 22, 2011

Dembowski earns first-collegiate shutout, Spartans beat Salve Regina 1-0

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Sophomore goaltender Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) recorded her first-collegiate shutout turning away 48 shots, including 20 in the third period, to guide Castleton past Salve Regina, 1-0, in ECAC East action on Saturday afternoon at St. George’s Rink.

The Spartans improve to 5-7-2 overall and 3-5-1 overall. The Seahawks fall to 6-9-3 (5-4-2 ECAC East).

Junior defenseman Meagan Hulbert (Barre, Vt.) scored the game-winner at 13:43 of the first period on an assist from Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) beating Salve Regina goaltender Ali Muehlbronner (Glendale, Pa.) for her second goal of the season and Castleton’s first win over the Seahawks since February 6, 2009.

For the rest of the contest it was all Dembowski (2-3-1) as the sophomore netminder made 13 saves in the first, 15 in the second period and a game-high 20 saves in the third stanza. Muehlbronner (4-5-0) ended the contest with 23 saves.

Castleton travels to Holy Cross, tomorrow, at 2 pm for an ECAC East matchup.[Boxscore]

Castleton skates to 1-1 tie at Potsdam
Courtesy of: Potsdam Sports Information

POTSDAM, N.Y.. – The Castleton State College women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie at SUNY-Potsdam Tuesday evening at Maxcy Arena.

After winning last weekend’s Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton, the Bears (5-7-1 overall) continued their five-game unbeaten run in the New Year with a strong defensive effort and solid goaltending from sophomore Jen Conophy (Burlington, Ontario), who finished with 26 saves.

Junior Caitlin Manahan (St. Albans, Vt.) recorded the Bears’ lone goal just over two minutes into the contest, diving for a deflection in front of the crease off a pass from junior Annmarie Lewis (Newmarket, Ontario).

Castleton (4-6-2) evened the score in the third period with 12:55 to play on a power play opportunity, as Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) potted her third goal of the season.

Potsdam continued to pressure the Spartans in their defensive zone, peppering the Castleton defense with 21 shots in the third period. The two teams went back and forth in the five-minute extra period, but neither team was able to threaten.

Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) continued her solid play in between the pipes, stopping 45 shots on net after being named ECAC East Goalie of the Week on Monday.

Castleton travels to New England College on Saturday for a 1:00 pm ECAC East match-up. [Boxscore]

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Castleton 3, Plymouth 0: At Rutland, Laura Szwed scored twice, Amanda Hoy made 33 saves and Castleton beat Plymouth in the consolation game of the Rutland Herald Invitational.

Stephanie Bardell put Castleton (4-6-1) in front with 5:33 left in the second period before Szwed sealed the win with goals in the second and third.

Ali Ponte stopped 32 shots for Plymouth (0-12-1).

Potsdam beat Buffalo State 3-1 in the tournament’s title game.

January 8, 2011

Castleton wins its first-ever game in the Rutland Herald Invitational

RUTLAND, Vt. – Senior goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) turned away 33 shots, including 19 saves in the second period, to lead Castleton to a 3-0 shutout win over Plymouth St. in the consolation round of the Rutland Herald Invitational (RHI) on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

The Spartans improve to 4-6-1 overall on the season behind Hoy’s (3-3-0) third career shutout and first of the 2010-11 campaign. The Panthers fall to 0-12-1.

Freshman forward Stephanie Bardell (Erwinna, Pa.) opened the scoring for Castleton late in the first period at 14:27 with her third goal of the season. With a loose puck stationed around Plymouth State’s blueline, Bardell gained possession of the puck and skated in hard towards Ali Ponte’s (Richmond Hill, Ontario) left post and snuck the puck through the freshman goaltender’s five-hole for a 1-0 lead.

Earlier in the period, Hoy robbed Bri Davis (Framingham, Mass.) of a breakaway goal at 9:27 with a beautiful glove save after the junior forward exited the penalty box and gained possession of a loose puck near center ice.

Midway through the second, the Spartans took advantage of a turnover at center ice pushing the gap to 2-0. Senior forward Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) transitioned the puck into offensive zone and fed Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) with a tape-to-tape pass in the slot. Werger’s initial shot was stopped by Ponte but Laura Szwed (White Lake, Michigan) cleaned up the rebound with a wrister over Ponte’s glove for her second goal of the season.

Hoy stood tall in net in the second period making 19 saves total fending off four penalty kill situations including three penalties that were called during a span of 2:28 seconds apart from each other.

In the third, Szwed put the game on ice at 6:27 of the period stuffing home a puck in the crease behind Ponte for a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Nicole Ruman (Riverside, Calif.) assisted on the score.

For Plymouth St., Ponte (0-12-1) made 32 saves in net for the Panthers.

Castleton travels to Potsdam St. on Tuesday, January 11 at 3:30 pm.

Women look to play grittier
Kristie Dunchus
Issue date: 12/8/10 Section: Sports

The Women's Ice Hockey team traveled to Harrisville, R.I. on Saturday to face off against Nichols College. The Spartans fell 3-2 in ECAC Women's East action at the June Rockwell Levy Rink.

This was the first ECAC win of the season and the end of their three-game losing streak for Nichols who improved to 2-6-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play. The Spartans fell to 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league action.

Castleton took an early 1-0 lead just minutes into the first period on Sophomore Hannah Martini's goal. Martini was set up in the slot by Jade Werger's centering pass. Nichols held a 13-9 shot advantage in the opening period, registering seven shots in four power play opportunities.

The Bison scored in the opening minute of the second period to even the score at one a piece. Nichols finished 1-for-10 on the power play and killed off six of seven Spartan man advantage opportunities. The Bison finished the game with a 33-26 shot advantage.

"We have issues with discipline," said Head coach Bethany Torrice referring to the 11 penalties the Spartans gave up.

"You're not going to win games sitting in the penalty box," she said.

Senior Laura Szwed thought her team started out strong but failed to match that same intensity in the last two periods.

"We just didn't have the sense of urgency that we needed to win," said Szwed.

Torrice is happy with what her team has accomplished in the first semester but says the team needs to get tougher and be a more dominant presence in order to be successful.

"We have to play grittier hockey, and more physical [too]," said Torrice.

Szwed believes her team just needs to come together and believe in one another and the wins will eventually follow.

"We need to better our foundation as a team and then I think we will be able to connect better," said Szwed.

Torrice remains optimistic about the remainder of this season.

"We just need to keep it simple and do the little things," she said. "The sky's the limit as long as we work together."

The Spartans will close out the semester with a home conference game against New England College at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11.

December 4, 2010

Castleton drops ECAC East Contest at Nichols
Courtesy of: Nichols Sports Information

HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Junior forward Mandy Manopla (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had a goal and two assists as the Nichols College women’s ice hockey team defeated Castleton, 3-2, in ECAC Women’s East action Saturday afternoon at June Rockwell Levy Rink.

The Bison pick up their first ECAC win of the season and see their three-game losing streak come to an end while improving to 2-6-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play. Castleton dips to 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league action.

Nichols held a 13-9 shot advantage in the opening stanza, registering seven shots in four power play opportunities, but it was Castleton who took 1-0 lead at 14:47 on a Hannah Martini (Fayston, Vt.) goal. Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) centered the puck from behind the net to Martini who wristed the puck glove side.

Nichols had its best opportunities late in the frame, including a 14 second five-on-three power play that saw the Bison pepper Spartans goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) with three shots. Nichols’ best opportunity, however, came just after the first penalty expired when Manopla clanged a shot off the post from the left circle.

Nichols evened the score in the opening minute of the second period when Megan Gerein (Dubuque, Iowa) notched her third goal of the season. Gerein stripped a Castleton player of the puck and chipped it across to Manopla as the pair entered the neutral zone. Manopla touched it ahead and across to Gerein as she came in on net one-on-one on the Spartans net for the rookie to send over the blocker side shoulder of Hoy 51 seconds into the stanza.

The Bison took advantage of another Spartan defensive miscue just past the midpoint of the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead. Emily Larosa (Weymouth, Mass.) intercepted a clearing attempt inside the Castleton blue line and passed inside to Manopla, who slipped the puck through Hoy’s five hole at 12:52.

The Spartans threatened late on a 4-on-3 power play when Martini won the faceoff back to Kaitlin Hayes (Burlington, Vt.) at the right point for the defender to send it across the ice to Christine Newton (Ogden, Utah) who was waiting in the left circle to one-time it into the upper right corner with 18.8 seconds left in the game.

The Bison finished 1-for-10 on the power play, with Manopla drawing five calls. Nichols held the Spartans to one goal in seven opportunities and outshot the visitors, 33-26, in the game.

Nichols is s back in action on Tuesday in a 7 p.m. non-conference game at Wesleyan before ending the semester at home next Friday with their first-ever matchup against Neumann at 7:40 p.m. The Spartans close out the semester with a 3 p.m. home conference game against New England College on Saturday, December 11. [Box Score]

December 3, 2010

Castleton falls at Manhattanville
Courtesy of: Manhattanville Sports Information

RYE, N.Y. – Senior Captain Shannon Coffey (Malden, Mass.) led the Valiants with two goals and an assist as the Manhattanville women’s hockey team conquered the Spartans of Castleton on Friday evening in an ECAC East contest at Playland Casino.

Four other Valiants added to the scoring on the evening with goals coming from senior Holly Nonis (Brampton, Ont.) and sophomores Ella Hubley (Santa Monica, Calif.), Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Que.) and Erin Sidjak (Delta, B.C.). Nonis tied for the team lead with three points as she also added a pair of assist during the contest. The Valiants got points from five other players in the contest as the home team hled a 56-4 edge in shots.

The Valiants scored the only goal of the first period as they held a 19-1 advantage in shots, but Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) was equal to the task, turning away 18. The Valiants got on the board with 2:33 remaining in the first period as freshman Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.) fed a pass from the point to classmate Haleigh Hutchinson (Southgate, Mich.) on the wing and found Occhionero for her second goal of the season at the high slot with a wrist shot past Dembowski.

The Valiants added their first of two power-play goals in the second period to take a 2-0 lead at the 4:31 mark as Coffey jammed away at a loose puck in the goal crease that was placed by a streaking Nonis after she drove to the net only to have her initial shot saved by Dembowski. Coffey added her second goal of the contest at 11:59 with a nice crisp pass from Hubley.

In the final stanza, the Valiants put up three goals and continued their offensive pressure on Castleton. Nonis cashed in on her first goal of the season early in the period as she found the back of the net around the faceoff circle deep inside the visiting teams territory. Senior Erica Garcia (Highland, Calif.) and Hutchinson helped with the goal and were credited with assists.

Hubley added her second goal of the season off a rebound in the crease on a shot by Coffey, and Nonis was credited with the secondary assist as she found Coffey deep in the zone with 5:41 remaining in the contest. The Valiants scored their sixth and final goal on the power-play with 4:02 left in the contest as once again the team crashed the net and got a tally from Sidjak as the defender was standing at the goal mouth. Sophomores Katie Little (Victoria, B.C.) and Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgefield, Conn.) were credited with assists on the Sidjak goal.

In a contest where a combined 60 shots were taken, Manhattanville freshman netminder Mary Evans was asked to make four saves and was granted her first collegiate shutout and third victory of the season.

Dembowski was outstanding, making 56 saves on the evening.

Manhattanville special teams erased three man-advantages for the Spartans and capitalized on three chances of their own.

Castleton (3-3-1, 2-2-1 ECAC East) will continue their road trip at Nichols tomorrow at 1:40 pm. [Box Score]

Ladies turning it around
Mike DelDotto
Issue date: 11/23/10 Section: Sports

The women's ice hockey team is close to matching its win total of five from a season ago with an early-season record of 3-2-1, 2-1-1 in the conference.

The women have taken down Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes St. Michael's College 2-1 on the road and the University of Southern Maine 2-1 at home this past Saturday, Nov. 20.

The two losses on the season have come from national powerhouse, Utica and last season's national championship runner-up, Norwich.

Laura Szwed who led the Spartans in scoring a year ago has four points on one goal and three assists in six games and is tied for the team lead with Kaitlin Hayes (2-2-4) who had a total of four points all last season.

Senior goalie Amanda Hoy has two wins and a .817 save percentage, and sophomore backstop Katharyn Dembowski has one win and one tie with a .957 save percentage. Hoy took over for the injured Dembowski early in the season.

Castleton plays ECAC powerhouse Manhattanville on Friday, Dec. 3, and return home to Spartan Arena to play host to New England College on Saturday, Dec. 11.

November 20, 2010

Hayes nets game-winner, Castleton holds on for 2-1 win over Southern Maine

Rutland, Vt. – Junior defenseman Kaitlin Hayes (Burlington, Vt.) buried the eventual game-winning goal at 11:58 of third period to give the Castleton State College women’s ice hockey team a 2-1 victory over Southern Maine in ECAC East action on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

The Spartans improve to 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the ECAC East. The Huskies fall to 1-3-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the ECAC East.

Late in the third, Hayes possessed the puck just outside of the blue-line and carried it into the offensive zone firing a wrist shot over the blocker of Southern Maine netminder Jordan Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) into the top left corner of the net for the 2-1 advantage and her second tally of the season (unassisted).

The Huskies almost found the equalizer with less than five seconds remaining on the clock as Kailey Bubier’s (Auburn, Maine) wrister slid across the crease after an initial pad save by Castleton goaltender Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) and then was kicked out to preserve the victory.

Down 1-0 in the second period, Spartans forward Hanna Martini (Fayston, Vt.) tied up the game with a wrist shot, while falling to ground, beating Lee from the left faceoff circle at 18:43.

Katie Paradis (Rochester, N.H.) got Southern Maine on the scoreboard first at 8:23 of the second period sniping a shot from the right faceoff circle past Dembowski. Teammate Lauren Whiting (Hampton, N.H.) assisted on the score.

Dembowski was the difference for Castleton making 16 saves in the first period and 41 total in the contest. Lee turned away 21 shots for the Huskies.

The Spartans return to action on Friday, December 3, as they travel to Manhattanville for an ECAC East contest at 7:00 p.m.

November 19, 2010

Martini’s late third period power play goal forces overtime, Spartans tie Panthers 2-2

Rutland, Vt. – The Castleton State College women’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against Plymouth St. in ECAC East action on Friday night at Spartan Arena on Fall Sports Appreciation Night.

A ceremonial puck drop with Panthers’ forward Bri Davis (Framingham, Mass.) and Spartans’ forward Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) kicked off the festivities that honored several fall athletes in attendance.

Castleton moves to 2-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the ECAC East. Plymouth St. goes to 0-3-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the ECAC East.

The Spartans got on the scoreboard first as freshman Stephanie Bardell (Erwina, Pa.) beat Panthers’ goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond, Hill, Ont.) glove side at 3:42 of the first period for an early 1-0 advantage.

Plymouth St. answered back at 8:36 as Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.) put home a loose puck in front of the net behind Castleton netminder Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) to tie the score at 1-1.

After a scoreless second period, Davis put the Panthers ahead 2-1 at 9:49 with a wrist shot from the slot that slipped through Dembowski into the back of the net. Allison Collins (Murrieta, Calif.) assisted on the tally.

One minute and 10 seconds later, the Spartans evened the scored at 2-2 on the power play as Martini drove home a slapshot from the point on assists by teammates Costa and Eileen Coyne (No. Attleboro, Mass.).

With 3:45 remaining in the third, Ponte kept the score at 2-2 robbing Castleton forward Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) on a breakaway chance to eventually force overtime.

Plymouth St. outshot the Spartans 4-0 in overtime but Dembowski made all four stops to preserve the tie. Dembowski finished the night with 26 saves while Ponte turned away 28 shots on net.

Castleton returns to action tomorrow, at Spartan Arena, in an ECAC East contest against Southern Maine at 3:00 p.m

The Burlington Free Press

Monday, November 1, 2010

College women's hockey

Castleton 3, Buffalo State 2: At Rutland, Sterling Nelson scored the game-winner with less than a minute to play as Castelton edged Buffalo State.

Laura Szwed and Hannah Martini also scored for the Spartans (1-1) and Amanda Hoy stopped 19 shots.

Kailyn Murray and Courtney Carnes scored for Buffalo St. (1-1) and Alyssa Koniar stopped 21 shots.

Editors Note: It is worth noting that Laura scored Castletons first goal of the season and it was Castletons first win.

October 31, 2010

Nelson delivers game-winner, Spartans earn first victory of season

RUTLAND, Vt. – Junior forward Sterling Nelson (Madison, Conn.) netted the game-winning goal with under a minute remaining to give Castleton a 3-2 win over Buffalo St. in non-conference women’s ice hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

The Spartans improve to 1-1-0 on the season. The Bengals fall to 1-1-0.

With under a minute left-to-go, Eileen Coyne (No. Attleboro, Mass.) gained possession of a loose puck at the left faceoff circle and fed Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) in the slot. Then, Szwed set up Nelson near the right post and Nelson banged home her second opportunity past Buffalo St. goaltender Alyssa Koniar (New Berlin, Wisc.) for her first goal of the season.

In the first period on the power play, Kailyn Murray (Medicine, Hat, Alb.) opened up the scoring for the Bengals redirecting a shot from the top of the point by teammate Katie Olejarski (Rockford, Ill.) behind Castleton goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) for a 1-0 lead at 10:19.

In the second period in a 4-on-4 situation, Szwed found the equalizer at 13:58 stuffing home a second chance opportunity at the doorstep past Koniar.

Courtney Carnes (Winslow, Maine) regained the lead for Buffalo St. in the third period at 3:00 sniping a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle into the top corner of the net over Hoy’s blocker for a 2-1 advantage.

Just one minute and 45 seconds later, Hannah Martini (Fayston, Vt.) tied the contest at 2-2 slipping in a loose puck stationed in the crease behind Koniar.

Hoy finished the afternoon with 19 saves while Koniar stopped 21 shots.

The Spartans return to action on Friday, November 5 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action, on the road, against Norwich University at 7:00 p.m.

2 Bridgit Connors 0-0-0 11 Hanna Martini 1-0-1 19 Amy Costa 0-0-0
4 Sterling Nelson 1-0-1 13 Laura Szwed 1-1-2 20 Christine Newton 0-0-0
5 Marisse Lorenz 0-0-0 14 Jade Werger 0-1-1 21 Colleen Newcomb 0-0-0
8 Nicole Ruman 0-0-0 15 Meagan Hulbert 0-0-0 23 Rebecca Bragg 0-0-0
10 Kaitlin Hayes 0-1-1 17 Eileen Coyne 0-1-1
G 1 Amanda Hoy 0-0-0 G 30 Taylor Weaver DNP

1st Period (20:00)
BFS-1 Marina Meneakis (2-Roughing) CST 0x1 6:53
CST-1 Christine Newton (2-Tripping) BFS 1x1 9:11
CST-2 Eileen Coyne (2-Roughing) BFS 1x2 9:39
BFS 1 - 0 6x4 PP Kailyn Murray (1) (Courtney Carnes, Katie Olejarski) 10:19
2nd Period (20:00)
BFS-2 Alanna McMullen (2-Hooking) CST 0x2 1:02
BFS-3 Marissa McMullan (2-Tripping) CST 0x3 3:19
CST-3 Amy Costa (2-Body Checking) BFS 1x3 3:27
BFS-4 Tara Boliard (2-Roughing) 11:58
CST-4 Amy Costa (2-Roughing) 11:58
CST 1 - 1 5x5 Laura Szwed (1) (Kaitlin Hayes) 13:58
BFS-5 Rio Flynn (2-Roughing) CST 0x4 17:30
BFS-6 Nicole Laurel (2-Hooking) CST 0x5 19:24
3rd Period (20:00)
BFS 2 - 1 6x6 Courtney Carnes (1) (Melissa Ash) 3:00
BFS-7 Andrea Wing (2-Roughing) 4:28
CST-5 Laura Szwed (2-Roughing) 4:28
CST 2 - 2 5x5 Hanna Martini (1) (Jade Werger) 4:45
BFS-8 Alanna McMullen (2-Interference) CST 0x6 5:11
BFS-9 Courtney Carnes (2-Body Checking) CST 0x7 13:52
CST-6 Laura Szwed (2-Tripping) BFS 1x4 16:29
CST 3 - 2 6x6 GW LL Sterling Nelson (1) (Laura Szwed, Eileen Coyne) 19:14
Timeout - Buffalo State 19:14
End of Game

October 6, 2010

Castleton downs Saint Michael's on the road

WINOOSKI, Vt. – Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) and Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) each tallied goal as Castleton State College defeated Saint Michael's College 2-1 Saturday evening in ECAC Women's East action.

With the win Castleton improves to 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the ECAC East, while Saint Michael's falls to 0-3-0, 0-2-0.

Costa gave Castleton a 1-0 lead just four minutes and 31 seconds into the first period, notching a power-play goal off assists from Meagan Hulbert (Barre, Vt.) and eileen Coyne (North Attleboro, Mass.).

Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J.) made it 1-1 when she potted her second goal of the season, shorthanded just 23 seconds prior to the first intermission.

Werger provided the game winner, her first of the season, four minutes and 54 seconds into the second period, with Kailtin Hayes (Burlington, Vt.) picking up an assist. Hayes has now provided at least one point in each of the last three games.

Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) stopped 23 shots to earn the win, while Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn.) made 18 saves in the loss.

Castleton returns to action Friday, November 19 when the Spartans play host to Plymouth State in ECAC East action at Spartan Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 7 pm.



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