CASTLETON, Vt. - The Castleton University Department of Athletics honored the 2015-16 winter sports teams at an awards ceremony on Monday, March 14. Castleton President Dave Wolk presented the President's Cup for Academic Excellence, while MVP's were also honored for each sport.
The event kicked off with the presentation of the President's Cup for Academic Excellence. This coveted award is given out each season to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average. For the third consecutive year women's hockey won the award, after posting an impressive 3.56 team GPA. Men's hockey was close behind with a 3.45 GPA, while women's basketball and women's track both had a cumulative GPA of 3.28.
Men's Alpine Skiing
Castleton had another impressive season, including winning the USCSA Eastern Regional Championship for the first time since 2012. In the USCSA National Championships, the team placed sixth overall. Team MVP Connor Kelly was a key contributor all season long, finishing 20th in the combined standings at the National Championships and then also winning the giant slalom at the Eastern Regional Championships.
Women's Alpine Skiing
The Spartans had one of their best seasons, ending Brown's 46-race win streak in February and then claiming the program's first-ever USCSA Eastern Regional Championship less than a month later. They capped off the season by placing sixth at the USCSA National Championships. Simona Croccolo was named team MVP, after earning All-Region and Academic All-America honors for the fourth straight year.
The Spartans went 9-17 this past season, including an 8-10 mark in conference play, the program's first losing season in eight years. Senior Rob Coloutti was named MVP after he surpassed the 1,000 point mark and then finished his career second all-time in three-pointers with 253.
Castleton went 20-5 during the regular season and reached its eighth straight NAC Championship game. The Spartans fell in the title contest but finished with its fifth straight 20-win season. Team MVP Bryanna duPont was a NAC Second-Team All-Conference selection and averaged 14.2 points per game over the final 12 games of the year.
Men's Ice Hockey
The Spartans started the season slow but went 7-4-1 over its final 12 games, including 3-1 victory over Norwich in Spartan Arena at the end of January. Senior Will Laking was named team MVP after leading the team with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists.
Women's Hockey captains Jess Camerson and
Women's Ice Hockey
Castleton set a school record by going 17-8-2, including the program's first wins over Norwich and Middlebury. The team was also ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point during the year. Senior goalie Jess Cameron was named team MVP, after earning NEHC Goaltender of the Year honors and ranking fifth in the nation in save percentage.
Men's Nordic Skiing
In their inaugural season, the Spartans reached the USCSA National Championships after a strong showing at the Regional Championships. Team MVP Evan Hill was the team's top finisher at the National Championships.
Women's Nordic Skiing
In the team's first season, Hannah Saroff was the team's top performer all year long. She qualified for the USCSA National Championships but was unable to ski due to an injury.
In its first season, men's track competed in five meets over the course of December and January. Matt Donlon was named MVP after setting four school records over the course of the season.
The Spartans compete in five meets during their first season as a varsity program. Elizabeth Bassette was honored as the team MVP after setting seven school records during the year.