College rally: Norwich builds rugby clubhouse | Sports
NORTHFIELD – The University of Norwich men’s and women’s rugby programs will have a new home this fall.
The nearly $ 1 million new clubhouse is slated for completion in August, just in time for the 2021 fall seasons for the men’s and women’s rugby programs. It also serves as the centerpiece for the Norwich University Scrum Alums fundraiser as the rugby program celebrates its 51st anniversary in September.
The new clubhouse has an enlarged deck area, more windows and an improved layout. Full interior plans will include spacious changing rooms for men and women, washrooms, conference rooms, etc.
The old rugby building was demolished in early May and construction of the New Norwich Rugby House has already started.
Randy Gaetz and Alan DeForest, both graduates of 1975, contributed a total of $ 965,000 to the project. Scrum Alums have raised more than $ 665,000 since the launch of the fundraising campaign in October 2020.
The new club house will be inaugurated on September 11 during the 51st and 37th years of the celebrations of men’s and women’s rugby.
The men’s program is set to debut in the New England Wide Rugby Conference (NEWRC) this fall, while the women will play their second season in the Division III league of the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA).
Smith of Hartford honoredLYNDONVILLE – University of Vermont North-Lyndon baseball player Codi Smith was named to a New England pair on Tuesday.
Smith, a senior in sports management, was selected as a second team outfielder by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association in conjunction with Rawlings.
The Hartford native is the third Hornet to be honored by D3baseball.com. Pitcher Jake Jourdain was a second team selection in 2019 and outfielder Andre Eason Jr. was a second team selection in 2018. Smith is also Lyndon’s first ABCA / Rawlings winner since Eason took home honors. the second team in 2018.
Smith was recently named the North Atlantic Conference player of the year and was the first outfielder for the All-Conference team.
He also received the NVU-Lyndon Dudley Bell Award, awarded to the college’s outstanding male athlete. At home plate, Smith led the NAC in batting average (.478), base percentage (.557), stroke percentage (.955), homers (7) and runs batted (30). He is also tied for the lead in the conference in runs scored (24), doubles (9) and walks (16). He was fourth for hits (32).
Smith also made seven appearances on the mound, including five starts. He was 3-1 with a save. He led the NAC in strikeouts (53) and strikeouts by nine innings (14.91) and was fifth in earned run average (3.09).
Lyndon finished the 2021 season with an 11-11 overall record. The Hornets were 11-8 in NAC play and tied for second in the NAC East Division.
Lafrenz at NVU-Johnson
JOHNSON – Last week Northern Vermont University – Johnson announced that Andrew Lafrenz will be the Badgers’ next men’s soccer head coach.
Lafrenz has been the head coach of the NVU-Johnson women’s soccer team since 2016 and he was a men’s soccer coach at Newbury College in Brookline MA from 2009 to 2015.
Lafrenz is also the Sports Management Concentration Coordinator at NVU-Johnson, where he works as an Academic Advisor for all Sports Management students and as a part-time teacher.
While at Newbury College, Lafrenz took the men’s soccer program to historic heights, including two appearances in the NECC Men’s Soccer Championship game. Lafrenz was named NECC Coach of the Year in 2013. Lafrenz was also named Newbury College Coach of the Year after the 2013 and 2015 seasons.
Over the past five years and four seasons as an NVU Women’s Coach, Johnson has produced 13 NAC All-Star Players and three NAC All-Star Players.
Lafrenz played on the Johnson State College men’s football team in 1997 and 1998 and was a student assistant for the 1999 season. Lafrenz also worked as Johnson State College’s assistant coach for men’s and women’s football under the direction of the ‘Head Coach Brian Buczek during the 2007 season.
Lafrenz holds a Masters of Education from Boston University in Coaching and Physical Education and graduated from Johnson State College in 2000.
Ellis in Middlebury
MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury College announced the hiring of Dani Ellis as its assistant coach in women’s lacrosse last week.
She comes to Middlebury from Washington & Lee University (W&L), where she has been an assistant coach in women’s lacrosse for the past three seasons.
Ellis won a letter for four years on the Winthrop University women’s lacrosse team. She has played 75 career games, recording 75 goals and 85 assists.
Ellis spent the next two years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she received her Masters in Sports Leadership Education. She was a graduate assistant for the Rams women’s lacrosse team during the 2016-17 season and was promoted to director of player development for the team during the 2017-18 academic year.
In its debut season with W&L in 2019, the team totaled the second most wins in program history, ending the year 18-3. The Generals have advanced to the regional semi-finals of the NCAA tournament.