Saints Prepared to Host Opening Carnival of 2011
Dec. 20: The snow has begun piling up all over the northeast, including Lake Placid, NY, the site of the 2011 St. Lawrence University carnival, which will officially open the EISA season. The Saints Nordic teams each return veteran squads that will look to compete alongside some of the best competition in the country.
The women's Nordic squad will be anchored by junior Leah Hart, who logged four top-30 finishes in 2010 including a career-best 16th place showing at the St. Michael's carnival. The Meredith, NH native had an exceptional training season this fall and enters 2011 in the best shape of her college career. Hart will be looking to compete for an individual bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
"The women's team has a great deal of potential this season and should be consistently in the top-5 in the team results," said St. Lawrence head Nordic coach Ethan Townsend, who was named the EISA Coach of the Year last season. "Leah has put a tremendous amount of time and effort into preparing for the season and is focused on an NCAA Championship berth."
St. Lawrence expects to be competitive within the EISA season thanks to a solid blend of returners and newcomers. Caroline Carpenter, who spent the fall semester studying abroad, will be back for her junior season along with teammates Elizabeth Hayden, Sophie Allen and Kelsey Nichols. Meanwhile, additions such as first-year students Amanda Moreland and Amy Cymerman will add both talent and depth to the roster.
Moreland, the Liberty League's 2010 Rookie of the Year for cross country running, was one of the premier skiers in New York State coming out of high school. Cymerman, also a member of the nationally-ranked cross country program, was another solid skier in high school and will compete for a spot on the team's travel squad. Other newcomers to the women's Nordic team include Ally Baier and Bridget Shea-Gander.
On the men's side, the Saints graduated their top three skiers from last season, Eric Wolcott, Zach Wetherell and Ben Knowles. Though the Scarlet and Brown will be rebuilding, the upperclassmen, including senior captain Steven Vargo, senior Kyle Marvinney and junior Adam Terko, will look to step into the lead roles.
"While it will be difficult to repeat last year's tremendous success, I really like this group of guys and the effort they've all put forth in their training," said Coach Townsend. "Our goals remain the same for both the men's and women's programs and I believe we can compete with the best teams in the east."
Connor Hunt and Hollis Keith join Teo Jackson and Ben Ogden as veterans who will be looking to secure spots on the team's 2011 travel squad. Meanwhile, the additions of first-year students Eric Lustgarten and Bill Prescott should help in both the short and long terms. Lustgarten, a native of Burlington, VT, is a stand-out recruit who has the potential to make an immediate impact this winter. Prescott, a Lenox, MA native, will be looking to develop his skills throughout the campaign.
St. Lawrence will kick-off the 2011 carnival season on familiar territory at Mt. Van Hoevenberg at the Olympic Complex in Lake Placid. The carnival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 14 and 15, and will attract a very impressive field of athletes as it is a USSA Supertour event. The Scarlet and Brown will compete in five other carnivals, including Colby, UVM, Dartmouth, Middlebury and the EISA Championships.