BENNINGTON >> Following the final games of the 2015-16 regular season, Southern Vermont College third-year head coach Dan Engelstad was selected as the HoopDirt.com Division III Coach of the Week for Week 14.
Engelstad led the Mountaineers to a 2-0 week, improving their winning streak to 14 games while finishing their second straight undefeated New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) schedule at 16-0. SVC is 22-3 heading into this week's NECC postseason tournament, hosting the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday as the No. 1 seed.
"This is such a great honor and tribute to the outstanding coaching staff and players that I'm able to work with on a daily basis," Engelstad said. "I'm really excited that we can be acknowledged on a national level."
With Thursday's 93-84 win over Elms College, Engelstad became the all-time winningest head coach for the SVC men's basketball program; he surpassed his predecessor and current Southern Vermont Director of Athletics Michael McDonough with a total of 62 victories in 79 games. Now with 63 wins after Saturday's big 110-57 downing of Daniel Webster College, Engelstad is just eight victories away from recording the most by any SVC head coach; the current mark of 70 is held by legendary coach, SVC/SJC Hall of Famer and 1979-94 Director of Athletics Bill Epstein, who set it while leading the Southern Vermont baseball team from 1979-93.
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Marauders finish season on Saturday
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> The Bennington Marauders finished their last regular meet of the season in Ballston Spa at the Cabin Fever Invitational. Twenty one swimmers competed at the event and 14 placed in the top 10. Placing for the Marauders were:
Phebe Hall: 3rd-100 fly, 3rd-100 free, 3rd-100 breast; Lexie Pedersen: 5th-25 back, 5th-50 back; Anthony Mazzola: 8th-100 free, 6th-200 IM,7th-100 back, 8th-100 breast; Perrin Marion: 9th-50 fly, 6th-500 free; Finn Healy: 9th-50 free; James Murphy: 4th-50 breast, 10th-50 free; Zoey Zazzaro: 10th-100 IM, 8th-100 free, 10th-50 free; Nolan Byer: 9th-200 free, 9th-100 back; Shay Callanan: 8th-50 fly; Grace Burhans: 1st-200 free, 3rd-100 free, 8th-100 IM, 7th-100 back; Logan Parizo: 6th-50 free, 10th-25 free, 3rd-100 IM; Lucy Poole: 10th-50 free, 9th-50 back; Emily Tibbetts: 3rd-50 free, 2nd-50 back; Elyse Altland: 2nd-100 IM, 1st-50 fly, 1st-50 breast, 6th-50 back
Also competing and posting best times for the Marauders was: Emily Barilone, Meghan Barilone, Rachael Bibens, Alyssa Byer, Isabel Mazzola, and Iris Nofziger.
The Marauders will compete again this weekend at the Short Course Qualifer meet at RPI in Troy.
SVC baseball wins in Virginia
LEXINGTON, VA. >> The Southern Vermont College baseball team grabbed its second straight win Sunday morning as the visiting Mountaineers shut out Washington and Lee University 3-0 at Dick Smith Field in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Torrential downpours then forced the back-end of the twin bill to be cancelled after the first inning of play.
Southern Vermont junior right-hander Dylan Angelo went the distance in Sunday's opener, throwing his second complete-game shutout of his collegiate career for the win (1-1).
SVC jumped on the board early in game one, tacking up two runs in the top of the first for a lead that would be big enough for Angelo to carry onto victory. The Mountaineers added an insurance tally in the fifth and preserved the shutout through the final frames for the 3-0 final.
Southern Vermont freshman center fielder Zack Stacey registered his first collegiate multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot while scoring two runs. Sophomore right fielder Niko D'Agnese was also 3-for-4 at the plate and added another run scored, and senior shortstop RJ Pingitore went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
Angelo gave up just five hits in his seven innings on the rubber, striking out four General batters while not walking any on the day. His control was solid with the start as 62 of his 86 pitches were strikes.
SVC improves to 2-3 on the year and now has two weeks to prepare for its next contest. The Mountaineers return to the diamond Saturday, March 5 when they visit St. Joseph's College Brooklyn for a pair starting at 12 p.m.