By: Forrest Teutsch
Well, another year at Green Mountain has come and gone and with that we take a look at some of the defining moments of the athletic year.
The men’s team battled through much adversity as they integrated a slew of new faces onto the roster. Another major adjustment that will hopefully be solved by next season was the missing presence of former goalkeeper Nate Kishbaugh. Despite all this, the team looks poised for a much-improved season next fall, as Nate Laymon has taken the reigns of responsibility. The shinning moment of the season came in the first conference match of the season as Laymon led the squad to a 1-0 shutout victory. This instilled confidence in the young squad, precisely what they need to build upon as they begin training this summer for next years season.
The women compiled a 5-11 season as they too look to add depth to their squad by bolstering it with young legs. They finished with only one conference win but that is not reflective of their play. They fought tooth and nail as each game was a battle but the pinnacle of their season came in their senior game. On their last home game of the season the lady eagles pummeled Lyndon State 4-1, setting the bar for next year as their young guns will be primed to soar high.
The men rolled through another season with a senior heavy bunch. Instrumental runners Nick Parsons and Dan Fifield missed much of the season with the adventure education block course and injury respectively. Forrest Teutsch represented Green Mountain at the All-Conference level by nabbing second team with a 12th place finish at NAC championship race. The DIII regional meet is where it all came together as many runners set personal records including Teutsch with a 27:10, Parsons with 29:57, and Vila-Santana with a 35:42.
The lady eagles added a bundle of new talent with last years star Peyton Jones in Italy for the semester. Newcomers Kathleen Chappelear and Leah Kovitch made immediate impacts to the harriers. The team’s best finish was a 3rd place at the Johnson State Invitational, and captured 7th in the conference at the NAC championship meet.
Amid a growing period the volleyball team battled their way to a 2-4 conference record. Those two wins came from the same day where they pounced all over Lyndon State and Johnson State for 3-1 and 3-0 victories. The team will be looking to add more faces to the developing squad and certainly looks to grow on the pair of conference wins.
With returning all-star player Connor Braden and a revamped team the eagles looked to make a playoff run for the first time in school history. Newcomers Jack Hepburn and Grey McCampbell made rumblings around the league with stellar doubles performances. The team ended up with a 4-8 record, where just one win against Lyndon State would have altered the course of the season. The eagles narrowly lost that matchup and fell from playoff contention but not after impressing the league with Braden’s torrid campaign in both doubles and singles. If he remains with the tennis team they will be a real threat in the 2015 season.
The women entered the season with staggeringly low numbers but this did not hamper their morale. The team formed a special chemistry and really demonstrated how a team can play for so much more than winning. They ended the season 0-9 but impressed their audiences with their determination and ability to have fun on the field. Johanna Douglass also captured the recognition from the committee for second team all-conference; she has been honored all four years of tremendous career.
Entering this season the men’s team had a weight on their back that they were dying to rid themselves of. Over the prior two seasons they had failed to notch a win, which would change this year with the new-look band of brothers. New coach Mark Lange accompanied with new players Nick Parsons, James VanDueson, and old-new face Mike Smith (last played his freshman year) was able to put the losing streak to an end. The season climaxed during the final game in a double overtime thriller. With pressure mounting Parsons netted the game winner and subsequently was named to the all-conference second team.
The men’s team entered this season with a tenacious attitude and the goal of returning GMC to playoff contention. Lone senior Cassius Belfon set the tone for the team and guided the nine new freshmen through their first collegiate season. In the end they fell one game short of making the playoffs but they showed tremendous growth and poise. This was displayed during their first win of the season as they battled out a hard-earned overtime victory thanks to Robert Holloway’s 36-point performance. The eagles will gel into a complete and competitive team for next season after using this year to solidify the roster and give the rookies their first taste of the NAC.
The women’s program endured trials and tribulations as they ventured into the transition year with a new coach at the helm and a young squad eager to play. They are graduating only one senior this year so the core of the team will remain and continue to grow. The highlight of the season came at Unity College where they sealed their first victory of the year in a tight game. They were able to band together and outlast Unity 58-54. This moment showed them what they have the potential to accomplish when they put it all together. We look forward to watching them progress and amass more wins in the following seasons.
All in all, the future looks bright for the eagles as they continue to grow and improve with each passing season. Thank you to all senior athletes and good luck post graduation!