Ah summer,a time
to stop, relax, and prep for the next season. All three
big teams will look to learn from both the successes and
failures of last season. With football just around the
corner, let's take a look at what's in store for RPI this
Hockey: Pre-Season Preparation
It’s hard to know until the pucks start dropping
exactly how good the rest of the ECAC is going to be next
season, but part of the off-season fun is prognostication,
so let’s take a quick gander at what’s in store
for “ECAC Hockey” (as the league will now officially
be known as, or as I like to say, “get the L out”).
Three of the top scorers in the league who were supposed
to be coming back have flown the coop – Dartmouth’s
David Jones, Clarkson’s Shawn Weller, and Union’s
The top returning scorer in the league is Quinnipiac’s
Brandon Wong, who scored 27 goals and added 17 assists
to tie Jones among ECAC skaters with the most points nationally.
The Bobcats have a big loss to make up for in d-man Reid
Cashman, easily the best player in QU history, but they
have a very strong team and are bringing in another good
class, so maybe this is their year.
Clarkson loses Weller
and not much else, so they should still be a force, especially
bringing back much of the
and last year’s top goaltender in the league, David
Leggio. This is the year for the Knights to accomplish
something because there’s a good chance they might
need to spend 08-09 in a “reload” phase.
is probably going to be a complete mess. They lose goaltender
Justin Mrazek, Fox, and Olivier Bouchard.
They do have guys like Josh Coyle, Matt Cook, and Mario
who hit the net with frequency last year, but they seem
to have a weak incoming class and will be leaning on
Elsewhere, SLU still has a balanced team and
should still be solid. Dartmouth may take a step back but
easily hosting a playoff series in the first round.
show any signs of improvement at all, but Colgate might
get better based on a decent recruitment class. Princeton
to be getting better every year since their current
coach took over, and Yale’s new coach is getting his
team into better shape as well. Cornell is Cornell,
be in the thick of things by the end even after losing
some good players, and Harvard could bounce back to
after a weak year last year.
Here are my way-too-early
3. St. Lawrence
Expect places 4-10 to be fairly close, as it seems
to be every year.
In other news, the NCAA will be
moving the men’s game
in the same direction as the women’s game in
the near future, adding a second referee to the ice
to replace one
of the linesmen. This gives us the exciting possibility
of seeing two Murphys in one game. The ECAC has also
new director of officials in long time and practically
legendary NHL referee Paul Stewart, so maybe he’ll
finally be the one to whip them into shape.
Hockey: Engineers Look To Recruits
With just over two months until the start of the 2007-2008
women's hockey team recently announce their recruits for
Joining the Engineers this fall are three ladies, one at
Up front, Kendra Dunlop from Granum, Alberta, joins the
squad after playing
last season for Warner Hockey School. In 49 games for the
had 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points.
Blueliner Victoria Germuska, who comes from Brownsville,
Ontario, joins RPI
after playing for the London Jr. Devilettes last season.
Germuska tallied 5
goals and 22 assists in 30 games for London. She also
picked up 2 assists in
6 playoff games for the Devilettes.
The final recruit for the Engineers is goalie Sonja van
der Bliek. Van derBliek is from Toronto, Ontario and
last season played for the Toronto Jr.Aeros. In 16 games,
she accrued a 10-2-2 record with a 1.38 goals against
RPI open play September 29 with a home exhibition game
against Dawson, The ladies begin the 2007-2008 season
on October 5 at Boston College, the first of only three non-conference
road games the Engineers play this season. The other two
come November 16-17 when the ladies travel to Detroit to
on Wayne State in a weekend series. The home non-conference
schedule includes games against North Dakota (2),
Maine (2), UConn, Northeastern, and Robert Morris (2). The
series against Maine occurs on Homecoming weekend (October
The Engineers begin their ECAC schedule October 26-27
with a home stand against Yale and Brown. RPI's
first league road trip is up to the North Country to take
on Clarkson and St. Lawrence November
9-10. Senior Appreciation Night is February 16
against Cornell. The ladies finish the
season on the road February 22-23 at Brown and
Building on Success
Engineers return to the field this September after
finishing last season on a high note. They ended the
regular season a mildly disappointing 6-3, but then
rebounded and dismantled a highly-ranked Cortland State
in the ECAC Northeast Bowl 26-7.
The Engineers will be looking to replace some key
players from last season’s team, most importantly
Jay Bernardo. He rushed for over 3500 yards and scored
48 touchdowns over the course of his career at RPI,
the latter mark tying him for the school record with
Dan McGovern. Isaac Williams and Jason Sgarlatta look
to pick up some of the slack created by the departure
of Bernardo, and expect freshmen Luke Bartnik and Nick
Costa to push for playing time.
Despite losing two-time
All-American Jon Branche, the
Engineers seem to be set through the air, as prolific
combination QB Jimmy Robertson and WR Brendan McGowan
both return, along with solid contributors Eren Savasli
and Chris Graef. Playing time for the freshmen will
be hard to come by in this group.
The defense returns
to the field looking to build on their opportunistic
ways of last season. Despite giving
up close to 300 yards in offense, they only averaged
a little over 17 ppg allowed. This is due in large
part to the 31 turnovers that RPI’s defense forced
last season. Cornerback John Tesiero led 11 Engineers
in interceptions with 4, and Tom Rayhill led all returning
defensemen with 74 tackles, including 11 in the ECAC
Northeast Bowl against Cortland. James McLaughlin and
Vince Scicchitano led the harassing defensive line
with a combined 16 sacks of opposing quarterbacks.
The Engineers should be able to rely on their defense
this year, especially early on as they try to establish
an offensive identity.
The team is led by Joe King,
in his 19th year at RPI. The schedule is a little unkind
this year, as the big
rivalry games with WPI and Union are both on hostile
turf this year. Good luck to the Engineers, and Let’s
With the men's hockey schedule out, it's time to start planning
for our two in-season events: Pep Band Alumni Night (PBAN5)
and Freakout 2008!
PBAN5 will take place om November 3rd vs. Brown. This will
put us back in line with our previous (though unofficial)
tradition of having PBAN the Saturday after Black Friday.
Expect to see some details over the next few weeks, and we're
looking for volunteers to host this year's student/alumni
Freakout! will feature the Engineers facing off against
Princeton on February 2nd. Though it's too early to have
any serious details, get your travel plans set as we're gonna
do this thing right.
If you're interrested in helping out for either of these
events e-mail Chris at email@example.com and
let us know how you'd like to help.
With summer break already half over and Student Orientations
about to begin,
we're well underway with preparations for the band's
upcoming year. But first, a quick recap of the events
that occurred since our last column.
In April, the band once again played at Accepted Students
several thousand visiting students and family members
throughout the morning
and handing out flyers while talking with potential
new band members. The
incoming class seems very promising from an instrumental
we'll see come August and September how things pan
We also performed for the second time at the opening
ceremony of Relay for
Life, and fielded a team to participate in the Relay,
raising $1,485 for the
American Cancer Society. It was a great experience
that we expect to repeat in years to come.
We also lost several members and former officers to
the draw of graduation
and paid employment, an unfortunate occurrence we face
each summer. We hope (and expect) to see them at Freakout
and Alumni nights for years to come. :P
We'll be performing at two Student Orientation sessions
this summer, on July
14th and 21st, to help promote the group among incoming
students in an
atmosphere that isn't as chaotic and full of groups
vying for attention as
NRB is. The jury's out on how effective it is as a
recruiting tool, but
it's also as much a fun excuse to get together over
the summer as anything else.
We'll once again be performing at the Welcome Fest
during NRB week as well as organizing the second annual "100%
Natural Noise" event
for new students to come meet the band and play some
music on the Saturday of NRB. It was a fun event last
and drew in a lot
of freshmen without the stress of the crowded first rehearsal,
so we hope
to build on the success this year.
The band plans on traveling to Colgate and Cornell for
the men's overnight
road trip this coming season (so start planning now
if you want to meet us
there!) The other trips are still undecided, though
with all 3 teams'
schedules set, it's only a matter of trying to figure
out how to fit in
another 3 or more road trips while skipping as few
games as possible. Look for a better idea of our other
in the fall newsletter.
That about sums it up for now. As always, feel free
to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
have any questions or comments for us.
-Natalie and Gary
So, to recap:
issue: Summer time, student orientation, football preview, and event news!
- Keep an eye
out for electronic versions of the team schedules.
An e-mail will go out to the list when they are posted
to the Files section of the Yahoo Group.
- PBAN5 - November 3rd vs Brown!
- Freakout! 2008 - February 2nd vs Princeton!
- If you haven't already done so, please go to the APB
Wiki at apbwiki.rpipepbandalumni.org
and contribute your stories.
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.