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									                                                            UNITED STATES COLLEGIATE SKI ASSOCIATION
                                                                    Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference
                                                                  Nordic :: MacConnell :: McBrine :: Thompson :: Reynolds
                                                                              Christopher Eder, ECSC Secretary
                                                                      christopher.eder@castleton.edu  www.uscsa.com

                                                            FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE

  February 2, 2009

  ECSC WEEKLY HONORS

                                                       ECSC ALPINE SKIERS OF THE WEEK

  MEN: Nicholas Vornle, Boston University                                         WOMEN: Kia Mosenthal, Brown University
  Boston University’s Nicholas Vornle extended his overall lead in the            Kia Mosenthal of Brown University claimed the individual giant
  ECSC Thompson Division individual standings over the weekend                    slalom title and placed second in the slalom event at the MIT
  with a pair of third place giant slalom finishes. Vornle has led his            Carnival in USCSA action at Loon Mountain. Mosenthal’s victory
  team all season in USCSA competition, as Boston University sits in              guided Brown to a second-place team finish in the giant slalom race,
  second place to Castleton State College with two races to go in the             as her team finished only .31 seconds behind Colby-Sawyer College.
  regular season.

                                                       ECSC NORDIC SKIERS OF THE WEEK

  MEN: Matt Delaney, Clarkson University                                          WOMEN: Melinda McAleese, Cornell University
  Matt Delaney of Clarkson University won this past weekend’s two-                Cornell University’s Melinda McAleese won the weekend’s USCSA
  day pursuit race to lead his team to victory at the USCSA Cornell               Cornell Invitational in convincing fashion, as she finished several
  Invitational at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY.                          minutes in front of her closest competitor to lead her team to victory
                                                                                  at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY.

MacConnell Division: Colby-Sawyer women’s back on track, while Charger men split weekend with Plymouth (1/31/09 – 2/01/09)
After finishing second in last weekend’s races to spoil an undefeated season bid, the Colby-Sawyer College women’s ski team got back on track by
taking both races this past weekend at the MIT Carnival in USCSA team action at Loon Mountain and Pat’s Peak. The Charger ladies were led once
again by Danielle Shannon, who finished in the runner-up spot to Brown University’s Kia Mosenthal in Saturday’s giant slalom. Emma Peck Coffin of
Smith College rounded out the podium in third. On Sunday, Shannon swapped spots with Mosenthal to earn the slalom victory. Kaitlyn Pawlak of
Plymouth State University continued her strong freshman campaign with a third place showing in the slalom. Mosenthal’s Brown team placed second to
Colby-Sawyer in the giant slalom race. Plymouth finished third in the giant slalom and second in the slalom competition. Boston College placed third in
Sunday’s slalom.

Colby-Sawyer’s Lawless brothers shared the weekend’s top individual honors, as Ryan Lawless won the giant slalom and Jeremy Lawless claimed the
slalom the following day. Ryan Lawless posted Saturday’s quickest second run time to win the giant slalom event over Plymouth’s Peter Ostroski. Alex
Zahoruiko of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) placed third. Jeremy Lawless took first over teammate Travis Plass, while Matthew
Small of UMass finished third. Plymouth edged out Colby-Sawyer for their third team victory of the season in the giant slalom. Babson College posted
their season best team result at third. In the slalom event, Colby-Sawyer placed first, while Plymouth and UMass finished second and third.

The ECSC MacConnell Division is back in USCSA action on February 7 and 8 at Wildcat Mountain, NH for the Boston College Carnival. A win for the
Colby-Sawyer women on Saturday would clinch the division team title. There is a lot on the line in the men’s races, as only one point separate first-place
Plymouth and second-place Colby-Sawyer.

Thompson Division: Schwartz wins giant slalom races, as Castleton ladies sweep podium in Sunday’s event (1/31/09 – 2/01/09)
Castleton State College’s Heather Patterson and Erica Luce traded the top-two podium positions over the weekend in a pair of giant slalom events at
Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, NH. Patterson won Saturday’s race, as Luce finished in the runner-up spot. Boston University’s Molly Zapata took the
third spot. On Sunday, Luce led Castleton to a podium sweep, as Patterson and Katie Martin placed second and third. Northeastern University placed
second in Saturday’s race, while Boston University took the second spot on Sunday. After eight races, Castleton remains unbeaten, while Boston
University and Green Mountain College sit in the next two spots.

In the men’s races, Castleton’s Justin Schwartz won his fourth and fifth races of the season to guide his team to victory in both giant slalom races. On
Saturday, Schwartz was followed by teammate Charles Robbins, who placed second, while Boston University’s Nicholas Vornle rounded out the
podium. Brian Bresee of Tufts University placed second behind Schwartz in Sunday’s competition, while Vornle snagged his second bronze of the
weekend. Tufts University placed second on both days in front of Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday and Boston University on Sunday. With
two races to go, Castleton has a commanding lead over runner-up Boston University, while Tufts sits in third in the 11-team race.

The ECSC Thompson Division concludes their regular season at Killington Ski Resort on February 7 and 8 in slalom and giant slalom action. Despite
Castleton winning all eight races thus far in the season, the Spartans do not have a racer leading in the overall individual standings. Marina Vornle of
Holy Cross College sits on top of the women’s standings with 92 points, while Boston University’s Teagan Lukacs is second at 89. Castleton’s Patterson
sits third with 83 points. On the men’s side, Vornle is first with 88 points, but has four Castleton Spartans close behind, as Robbins (79), Gregory Towle
(78), Schwartz (75), and Bobby Jones (70) sit second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.


Nordic Division: Clarkson men and Cornell women take top weekend honors at Cornell Invitational (1/31/09 – 2/01/09)
The Clarkson University men won the weekend-long pursuit race over runner-up Paul Smith’s College and third-placed finishers Army at the Cornell
Invitational in USCSA competition at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY. Clarkson’s Matt Delaney placed first in the weekend competition in
front of teammate Alex Benway. Matthew Piper of Paul Smith’s rounded out the podium.

Melinda McAleese won the women’s individual event by several seconds to lead the host team to victory. Cornell finished ahead of Hamilton College
and Clarkson, who finished in a tie for second. Hamilton’s McKayla Dunfey placed second in the race, while Clarkson’s Andrea Walsh finished third.

The ECSC Nordic Division will compete again at the Clarkson Invitation at Lapland Lake Nordic Center in Johnstown, NY on February 7 and 8 in
USCSA action.

Reynolds Division: Orono men dominate Nordic field, while women are handed first lost of season, as alpine races are close (1/31/09 – 2/01/09)
The University of Maine-Presque Isle women won over the University of Maine-Orono at Pineland Nordic Center this past weekend. For Orono, the
race marks their first Nordic loss of the season. Chandra Wisneski and Hannah Shepherd took the top two spots for Presque-Isle. The Orono men
continued to dominate behind the strength of Scott Lessard.

The Orono women won the slalom at Shawnee Peak in a close race with the University of Maine-Farmington. The Farmington Beavers are now clinging
to a one point lead in the season standings. Calle McCartney of Farmington was the winner, but Amy Tragert and Sam Brown from Orono finished
second and third as their team skied to victory. The Farmington men continued their winning ways with a new star, Jon Dennett, who finished third.
Tyler Doris notched his fourth win of the season to lead Orono to a close second place finish.

The ECSC Reynolds Division travel to Saddleback, as they compete in a giant slalom before heading to Sugarloaf.

								
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