Is Here! So what does that mean? It's the start of a brand
new era for RPI hockey, combined with both new and long
running events at which alumni gather. Add in a summer
of personal happenings, anticipation of on-ice events,
and the approaching start of our fifth year of alumni mania,
and you've got yourself a newsletter!
Grows for Men's Hockey
Although the RPI Engineers do not come into the 2006-07
season with a great deal of expectation on the outside as
far as impact is concerned, it is clear that RPI students,
alumni, and fans are very excited about the prospects of
the team for the upcoming season. Ticket sales for the season
are reported to be higher than anything experienced thus
far in the 2000s, including both student and season ticket
sales. In addition, single game tickets for certain games
are reported to be hard to come by.
Most of the excitement focuses on the addition of Seth
Appert to the program as the 9th head coach in the modern
Engineer Hockey. Appert’s arrival has seemingly infused
the program with life and hope for the future despite most
pundits predicting RPI to be either one of the lower first
round home seeds or in the bottom four of the ECACHL this
Reaction to Appert’s hiring has been overwhelmingly
positive on all fronts, and although he may not bring the
Engineers back to glory in his first season, it is fully
expected that he will bring the team back to respectability
in the near future. With a new, young coach at the helm,
expect the pundits and fans alike to be more patient, yet
more hopeful than they were over the last several seasons
under Dan Fridgen.
Returning to the team this season is
captain Kirk MacDonald, who missed all of last year while
recovering from his treatment
(which was successful) for testicular cancer. Forward
Kevin Broad will be the assistant captain and returns his
chippy play up top. The defensive corps is the big question
for RPI, which returns only two seniors (Jake Luthi and
Ryan Swanson) and one sophomore (Reed Kipp) on the blueline.
freshmen Erik Burgdoerfer, Christian Jensen, Jason Fortino,
Peter Merth, and Garrett Vassel can step up immediately,
the Engineers’ fortunes will be significantly better
than what everyone has been predicting.
officially kicks off in mid-October when the traditional
first-game against Boston University
returns to Troy. The Terriers, always among the best
in the nation,
should be out for revenge after RPI stole a victory in
first game between the two schools at BU’s new
Agganis Arena last season.
The team then travels to Colorado
to face Appert’s
former team, the Denver Pioneers. RPI will be a big underdog
in both games as the Pioneers have two national championship
wins in the last three seasons, but they should help
to steel the team for the ECACHL schedule, which begins
Black Friday this season is against Princeton on
the 3rd of November, and Freakout! is early this season,
St. Lawrence on January 20th. Expected to be among the
better teams in the ECACHL this year are Dartmouth, Colgate,
and even Quinnipiac. Cornell and Harvard, the beasts
of the league for several years, are expected to have “off” years
compared to their recent fortunes. Princeton, Yale, and
Brown should likely bring up the rear, and SLU and Union,
RPI, should finish somewhere in the muddled middle.
All-Time Record against Non-Conference Opponents
- Boston University – BU leads 32-27-2 (last
- Denver – DU leads 10-0-0
(last game: 1981-82)
- Mass-Lowell – UML leads
10-9-1 (last game: 2005-06)
- Merrimack – RPI
leads 17-9-2 (last game: 2005-06)
- Niagara – NU
leads 2-1-0 (last game: 1999-2000)
- Ohio State – Series
tied 0-0-2 (last game: 1977-78)
- Sacred Heart – Series
tied 1-1-0 (last game: 2005-06)
- St. Cloud State – RPI
leads 4-2-0 (last game: 2003-04)
- Vermont – RPI
leads 32-29-7 (last game: 2004-05)
RPI’s Current ECACHL Streaks
- Brown – Won two
straight, last loss Mar. 2005
- Clarkson – Unbeaten
in last six games (5-0-1), last loss Feb. 2003
- Colgate – Winless
in last nine games (0-8-1), last win Mar. 2002
- Cornell – Unbeaten
in last two games (1-0-1), last loss Feb. 2005
- Dartmouth – Lost
six straight, last win Mar. 2004
- Harvard – Lost
last meeting, last win Jan. 2006
- Princeton – Unbeaten
in last two games (1-0-1), last loss Feb. 2005
- Quinnipiac – Winless
in last three games (0-2-1), last win Nov. 2005
Lawrence – Lost two straight,
last win Jan. 2005
- Union – Winless
in last four games (0-3-1), last win
- Yale – Won last meeting,
last loss Jan. 2006
Promising First Season, Women's Hockey off to Rocky Start
The women's hockey team began it's second season in Division
I Sept. 29 with a tough 2-1 loss at home to the tenth-ranked
team in the nation, Boston College. Despite the loss, head
coach John Burke feels it was a good
experience and will only help RPI in the coming weeks as
the Engineers gear
up for their first ECACHL conference schedule.
With 14 ladies returning from last years squad, the women
are looking to use a fabulous 18-6-2 record in its first
Division I season to springboard right to the top of one
of the toughest conferences in women's hockey. Leading the
way for the Engineers up front is senior captain Sarah
Daniel and sophomore Nicole McDonald. Daniel, a 2006 ESPN
the Magazine National Academic All-America Women's University
Division At-Large Third team selection, lead the team with
25 points last season. She scored 14 goals and had 11 assists.
McDonald lead the team with 17 goals and eight assists to
with 25 points.
On defense, junior Kelly Barbera and sophomore
Melanie Guillemette lead a young but experienced back line.
Barbera was a key figure for an RPI defense that allowed
only 1.38 goals a game last season, posting one goal and
six assists for seven points. Guillemette led the Engineer
defenders in scoring with six goals and a team high 14
assists for 20 points. In goal, the Engineers return the
sophomore duo of Emily Ford and Ashley Mayr. Both saw limited
action last year behind arguably
the best female goaltender to pass through RPI, Rosina
Schiff. But despite the lack of play time, Ford (4-0-0, 1.24
GAA, .921 save %) and Mayr (5-2-1, 1.99 GAA, .913 save %)
should take the experience from last year and build on it
for this season.
Along with seven incoming freshman, the Engineers
also are looking for big things from returning junior Julie
Aho. Aho led the team in scoring in the 2004-2005 seasons
with 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points. She took last
year off for a year-long co-op. I look forward to reporting
on the women again this
year for you. I also hope to see you all the weekend
of Oct 13, for RPI Alumni Music Fest. It should be a great
weekend of friends and hockey.
Starts Well, Takes Nosedive for Engineers
The season started well for the Engineers, even though their
first two games were on the road. Convincing non-league wins
over Endicott and Utica, 27-7 and 34-10 respectively, appeared
to bode well for RPI. For their performances in the Utica
game, Adam LoGiudice and Jay Bernardo were recognized by
the Liberty League, and Bernardo was placed on the D3Football.com
National Team of the Week. With the league schedule starting
the following week, these two non-league games seemed to
be the perfect preparation.
Hobart was the first game on the league slate, and although
RPI won the battle of statistics, they couldn’t top
the Statesmen in the battle of the scoreboard. The 24-17
setback was disheartening, but with plenty of games to
go, all was not lost. The Engineers pointed to their one
non-league game against Becker for a rebound, and they
got it in a big way. The 56-6 victory looked to put RPI
on track for another strong season. Unfortunately, as it
often does in hockey, the road trip to the North Country
proved to be most troublesome. RPI seemed to have the game
in control against St. Lawrence, but a stunning 28-point
fourth-quarter comeback by the Saints, propelled by an
interception return for a touchdown, was the team’s
Now 0-2 in the Liberty League, and coming off
of their bye week into the meat of the league schedule,
out the season strong. Trophy games with WPI and Union
are still on tap, and both of those games will be played
on the ’86
Field. Road games remain with the Merchant Marine Academy
and the University of Rochester. If they’re able
to win out the remainder of the season, a 7-2 record may
enough to get them into the postseason for the 6th time
in the past 8 years. However, an NCAA bid seems out of
the Engineers’ grasp
- Music Alumni Weekend
This past weekend
was a first for RPI - a reunion specifically for members
of the various music groups. While a majority of the alums present were from the 1950's, there was a significant representation of more recent alums. Let me tell you, these folks could sing. Friday night's festivities included a trip through the old song books. Saturday included the usual Pep Band rehearsal, along with a music alumni rehearsal and jam session. At the game, the music alumni sang a wonderful rendition of both anthems, with the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by the Pep Band.
Plans are already underway for a second Music Alumni event, tentatively scheduled to occur around the time that EMPAC opens up. The alumni house would like to thank everyone that participated and hopes that the turnout will be even better when the next one comes around.
for Freakout 2007
Since Freakout is early this year, we've had to start all
of our Freakout planning early as well. First off, Freakout
takes place on January 20th, 2007 against St. Lawrence University.
Pre-Freakout Breakfast -
Latham 76 Diner - 9:00am
Why mess with success? Despite the fact that many of us can barely keep our eyes
open at 9am on a Saturday, breakfast always seems to be well attended. So with
that in mind we'll continue our tradition of starting the day at Latham 76 Diner.
Pep Band Rehearsal - West Hall 326 - 10:30am
Warm-up time! This will be our opportunity to meet and greet with the current
band, learn some new music, and generally relax before the rest of the day's
festivities. Rehearsal normally lasts 'till 12:30pm.
Hockey Alumni Game - Houston Fieldhouse - 12:00pm
This is an annual tradition for alumni of the men's hockey team. Many old favorites
will attend, as well as some of the newer alums that may not be playing professionally.
It's a fun game to watch and will certainly bring back memories. This event
is free to the public.
Alumni Lasagna Dinner - Conte Residence (1584 Tibbits
Ave) - 3:15pm
Brendan Conte '02 and loveable hostess Sarah Bennet have again decided to fatten
us up at their home. If you attended last year's events, you know the kind
of spread the two of them can put out. There is no cover,
but donations will not be turned away. Plan on heading to the field house between
5:30 and 6. Directions are listed below.
Freakout 2007 vs St. Lawrence! - Houston Fieldhouse
The first Freakout of the Appert era begins. Be sure to get there early as
parking will be a challenge. Conductors wishing to take a turn on the podium
let conductor Dan know (and
by broomball/ice soccer/kick-the-stuffed-animal-around-the-ice-while-trying-not-to-fall-and-break-anything.
After Party! - Conte Residence (1584 Tibbits Ave)
Once you've screamed yourself horse (oh wait, that's me), head back to the
Conte residence for drinks, party food, and deserts. Again, there is no cover,
but donations will not be turned away.
Other Assorted Information
Please RSVP no later than 1/12/07. To RSVP , simply go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RPI_Pep_Band_Alumni/surveys?id=2077323 Here you can indicate what events you'll be attending, if you want in on the
group ticket purchase, if you need to borrow an instrument, and if you're a
conductor that wants a turn on the podium.
There will be another group purchase of tickets.
However details for this have not yet been worked out.
If you are not purchasing tickets as part of the group,
a block of 75 tickets has been reserved for
Pep Band Alumni through the fieldhouse. This block will be
to the general public at 5:00pm on 1/12/07. Pep Band alumni
will need to contact the Houston Field House Box Office directly
at (518) 276-6262 to purchase tickets. Be sure to indicate
that you are a "Pep Band Alumnus." Cash and Visa
or MasterCard sales will be permitted. There is a $3.00 handling
fee for credit card purchases. Tickets will be assigned on
a first-come, first-served basis, and can be picked up at
the Houston Field House Will Call Window or if time allows
(10 days minimum) the tickets can be mailed.
Directions To The Conte Residence
Coming from the field house, take a left at the light onto Burdett Ave. Burdett
will dead end into Tibbits. Take a Right onto Tibbits and it's the second
house on the right (look for the blue Mini in the driveway).
Be sure to sign up for the online Photo
Gallery so you can share your Freakout pictures. This will be much easier
than what was tried in the past.
The last couple of months have been very busy for various members of the
Pep Band Alumni family. We've gotten several e-mails with news
that we'd like to share with everyone.
To start off, in June James Lauser '05 popped the question to ex-conductress
Sarah "Arrr, Save Erin" Toner '06. This is just one event
in a busy series for the couple, as both have just started
new jobs as well. No date has been set.
Also getting set to march down the ailse is long-time trombone and trouble
maker Jacob Berry '00. After taking his girlfriend Jessica
Leone '06 on a walk up Thatcher Park, Jake surprised her with
the question with the usual anticipated results. The couple
is looking at an August wedding.
Yet another couple will be tying the knot this weekend, as Sousaphone
Spinmaster Karen Landry '03 marries Charlie Hayden. The ceremony
will be held in New Hampshire.
More happy news comes from VIctoria "How do you do a Vicki?" Myers who
was married in August. Also recently announced, ex-manager
Jennifer (Bernfeld) Miller '02 got a new job, found out she's
expecting, and found out she's moving to England all within
a couple of weeks.
If you have a life update you'd like to share,please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hockey and football are both getting into full swing,
and with that so is the band! It looks to be a busy schedule
this year as we attempt to balance playing both men’s
and women’s home games as well as the odd football
game here and there – with 3 road trips, a tournament
at Pepsi Arena, and two trips to Union thrown in for good
After Family Weekend and PBAN4, our next big event
is the Governor’s Cup at the Pepsi Arena on October
28/29, which the entire band has been invited to free of
courtesy of the Pepsi’s GM. As such, if any of you
are in the area and want to dig out an instrument and shirt
and get in for free, let us know and we’ll keep you
up to date on the details as the tournament approaches.
that, we have two trips between now and winter break – we’ll
be traveling to Quinnipiac with the women’s team
on November 10th and Union (also with the women) on December
9, just before finals kick
in. Also mark November 11 on your calendar as our football
team faces Union at home on the ’86 field.
news, recruiting went pretty well this semester, and we’re
glad to actually have a real percussion section now! It’s
a nice change to have to tell the percussion to quiet down
so we can hear ourselves play
during rehearsals. Music is coming along nicely and we’ve
started pulling out some songs that haven’t been
touched in quite a while, and best of all, they’re
actually sounding pretty good!
Ken Ralph is still working
with the Athletic Department to find funding to get the
stage raised – he can’t
make any promises yet but he’s definitely trying.
His hope is to eventually take down the current stage and
replace it with a permanent structure that puts us further
over the top of the glass and also has storage underneath
that we would split with the Field House. Not a small project
by any means, but one with awesome potential if it can
actually be managed.
That’s about it for now. As always,
if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, email
us at email@example.com.
Gary & Chris
So, to recap:
issue: FREAKOUT! Plus, more on both hockey teams, the football
recap, and the start of RPIPBA(aF) Year 5!
- Pepsi Arena
has offered free tickets to any pep band member or alum
who wishes to attend the Governor's Cup ECACHL tournament.
If interested, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY.
- Freakout will be early this year, taking place 1/20/07.
Be sure to RSVP at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RPI_Pep_Band_Alumni/surveys?id=2077323
- Want to get involved in making RPI Pep Band Alumni (and
Friends) a success? If so, be sure to e-mail Chris at email@example.com.
- Be sure to take a look at the Message
Boards and Photo
Gallery! Both can be
accessed using the same account. To sign up, check out
the instructions in
the files section of the Yahoo Group.
- Speaking of
photos, we have no photos from the 2000 and 1999 Freakouts!
If you have any, please post them to the Photo Gallery.
- Please send
any other ideas/comments/suggestions/whatever to Chris
and Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.