SVC to play Wesleyan in NCAA tournament

BENNINGTON — With Saturday's 67-62 win in the New England Collegiate Conference championship game against Becker, the Southern Vermont College men's basketball team punched its ticket to the Division III NCAA tournament.

Monday afternoon, SVC found out how its tournament road will begin.

The Mountaineers will travel to play Wesleyan in the first round of the tournament this Friday.

Coming into the tournament, SVC stands at 22-5 on the season and have won 11 of its past 12 contests.

The Mountaineers have been led all season long by senior guard Mike Pierre, who was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the NECC tournament. He's started in all 26 games he's played and is averaging 19.1 points per game.

SVC made it to the tournament in 2016, after winning the NECC title that year. They lost to Tufts in the first round that season.

Mountaineers honored

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Coaches from around the league have selected Southern Vermont College senior guard Mike Pierre as the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year as announced on Monday.

He joined classmate Daemond Carter and Mountaineer fifth-year head coach Dan Engelstad in garnering major accolades as they were tabbed the Conference's Defensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Junior Rohan Piple was chosen to be SVC's representative on the NECC All-sportsmanship Team.

Pierre's honor comes on the heels of an outstanding 2017-18 campaign, and it is SVC's second Player of the Year award in the last four years (DeShawn Hamlet `16, 2015).

Carter picks up the league's first-ever Defensive Player of the Year laurel, while Engelstad was chosen by his fellow coaches as the top coach in the NECC for the third time in the last four seasons (2015& 2016).

Pierre amassed 451 points in 24 games during the regular season to average 18.8 per contest. He had nine games in which he scored 20 or more, including his 47-point performance against Mass. College of Liberal Arts on January 3 which broke SVC's single-game record. The Mountaineer senior also had 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game prior to the playoffs.

Carter is collecting his second major award of his career ashe was named the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015. He was solid on the defensive side of the ball—notching 1.6 steals per game to rank sixth in the NECC. The SVC senior has 99 career steals heading into the NCAA Division III tournament to sit at eighth on the program's all-time record list; that mark is just two shy of tying the school's sixth-place total. Not all of his efforts howed up in the steals line as he helped a Mountaineer unit that forced its opponents to commit the 18th-most turnovers per game (19.1) in Division III.

Engelstad, who was already Southern Vermont's all-time winningest coach, recorded his 100th career victory on February 8 to become the first Mountaineer coach of any program to hit the milestone. He was just the second men's basketball coach in league history to notch triple digits in the career win column, while leading SVC to its fourth-straight number one seed.

Main, Harvey honored

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced on Monday its 2017-18 all-conference teams and major award winners with Southern Vermont College junior Maddy Main being selected to the league's All-Third Team.

Additionally, junior Bentleigh Harvey was chosen to represent SVC on the All-sportsmanship squad.

Main's accolade comes after a terrific rookie season which saw her rack up 15 double-doubles. She averaged 16.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1steals, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game for SVC. The Mountaineer junior pulled down the 19th-most boards per game in NCAA Division III prior to the start of the national tournament, and her endurance was thoroughly on display as she played in 38.8 minutes per game throughout the season to rank fourth in the country.

Main broke the Southern Vermont single season rebounds record withher 296 caroms, and she was named the NECC Rookie of the Week six times acrossthe campaign.

Cambridge at state qualifier

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Cambridge track and field team competed in the New York state qualifying meet this past weekend.

The Indians 4x200 girls relay team of Helen Mooney, Fiona Mooney, Miranda Seacord and Anna McNulty placed 12th in their race. Seacord also competed in the 55 meter dash and placed 11th in the preliminary round.

Brenden Holcomb placed sixth in the finals of the boys shot put competition.

VPA sets Tourney prices

The admission price for Wednesday's Division I girls basketball playdown game at Mount Anthony at 7 p.m. will be $6 for adults and $5 for students.

These admission prices, for playdown and quarterfinal games, are set by the Vermont Principals Association. Faculty and Season passes can not be used for VPA Tournament games.

Tickets will go on sale at 6:15 in the cafeteria and the gym will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m.


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