Best quote from
the last three months: "Is there hockey at Freakout?"
Yes friends, you read that right. Fortunately this quarter's
newsletter sets the record straight. With two seasons underway,
and one recently come to a close, let's take a look at
how fall 2007 has gone, and get ready for the big party
of the year.
Hockey: Tough Schedule Proves Trying for Engineers
This has been a strangely exciting season for the 8-10-3
Engineers so far – strange in the sense that the team
has actually been fairly predictable for the first time since
Here’s the quick and dirty version of the
half: they win games that they should win, and they go
toe-to-toe with teams they should have no business running
40 minutes before crashing in the third period.
0-8-0 against teams ranked in the USCHO.com poll as of
January 7th – two losses to #2 Miami and #6 Notre
Dame, and one each to #4 Colorado College, #12 Boston College,
#15 Minnesota, and #16 Quinnipiac. The only two losses
to unranked teams are Harvard and Maine.
On the flip side,
the Engineers are 8-2-3 against unranked teams, meaning
they are indeed defeating the teams that
they should beat. In the past, while the team may have “played
up” to the level of tough opponents, they could always
be counted on to “play down” to the level of
cupcakes. So far this season, that’s really only
happened in one game – a disastrous tie with perhaps
the worst program in Division I, American International.
finished is a run through the “gauntlet.” From
the beginning of December, RPI played consecutive games
with a then-ranked Harvard, two against Miami, Colorado
Notre Dame, and Maine. They emerged with only a win over
Harvard and come into the remainder of the ECAC schedule
with a five game losing streak.
The Puckmen are 3-2-2 in
ECAC Hockey play thus far, which puts them in striking
distance for home ice and a possible
first round bye if they can keep up their excellent play
in league, winning games where they were unable to win
them outside the conference thanks to the rough and tumble
they took on.
Some news and notes about the Engineers:
Individual efforts are not among the highest in the nation.
RPI has no one in the top 100 in national scoring, or national
goals per game.
Freshman Tyler Helfrich is tied for 33rd in the nation in
assists per game and is 16th among rookies in scoring. He
has 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 21 games, which
also leads the Engineers in assists and scoring overall.
Freshman Chase Polacek is also among the national leaders
in rookie scoring, tied for 28th with 5 goals and 9 assists
in 21 games.
Junior Mathias Lange is 19th in the nation in goals against
average, allowing 2.16 goals per game, and 14th in save percentage
at .927. Senior Jordan Alford, after a great start in which
he was in the top 10 in this category, has fallen to 42nd
and 52nd with a 2.72 and .902.
Out of 59 Division I teams, RPI are 42nd in offense, 25th
in defense, 16th in penalty minutes, 59th (dead last) in
power play, and 32nd in penalty killing. Given the result
of games, however, this team could still be quite a contender
if they were to improve at all on these numbers.
Four players are tied for the team lead in goals with 6 – seniors
Jake Morissette and Jonathan Ornelas, and juniors Matt-Angers
Goulet and Andrei Uryadov.
RPI won a shootout this season against American International,
boosting their all-time shootout record to 3-1.
Hockey: By the Numbers
The women's hockey team finished the 2007 portion of their
schedule with a 7-8-2 record overall and a 2-5-1 record in
ECAC play. Here is the first half
of the season:
1 - Times the Engineers have shutout their opponent so
far this season (4-0 over Northeastern by freshman Sonja van
2 - Times
the Engineers have been shutout so far this season (3-0
defeats to St Lawrence and Princeton)
3 - Losses in overtime
4 - Times the Engineers have scored
4 or more goals in a game (3 wins, 1 loss)
4 - Games the Engineers played on the road
5 - Losses in
ECAC play to teams above the Engineers in the standings
- Times the Engineers have given up 3 or more goals a game
7 - Losses to teams that are ranked nationally
or are receiving votes
7 - Goals by junior
Nicole McDonald (team lead)
9 - Games played at home to
start the season
11 - Assists by sophomore Whitney Naslund
13 - Power Play goals scored
by the Engineers (86 chances)
14 - Points by Naslund (team
16 - Power Play goals allowed by the
Engineers (72 chances)
37 - Number
of goals the Engineers have allowed
42 - Number of goals
the Engineers have scored
148 - Saves by van der Bliek
214 - Saves by junior Ashley
Looking to the 2008
portion of the schedule, RPI
four conference games
(1 home, 3 away) before finishing off
at home against Robert
Morris. The Engineers
the season with
six of their final
10 conference games on the road.
Currently the Engineers
sit in ninth place
in the ECAC
RPI has played every
team ahead of them
except Colgate and
Cornell. In the six games against teams
than them in the
standings, the Engineers
have only been able to
If the Engineers
hope to make the playoffs
year, they will need
to continue to take care of business
the bottom of the
standings and knock off some
teams in the
ECAC standings (as
of Jan 1, 2008)
/ Games Played / Points
1) Harvard / 9
2) St Lawrence
/ 8 / 14
2) Dartmouth /
9 / 14
4) Princeton /
11 / 11
5) Clarkson / 8
6) Cornell / 6
7) Yale / 10 /
8) Colgate / 6
9) RPI / 8 / 5
10) Brown / 10
/ 11 / 3
12) Union / 8 /
Great Season, Tough Ending
The Engineers had a superb year, winning both the Shot Glass
and Dutchmen shoes trophies, as well as winning the Liberty
League and earning a berth to the NCAA tournament. However,
the tournament ended abruptly with a first-round loss to
the College of New Jersey.
RPI opened the season with two
non-league games against Endicott and Utica. Defense ruled
the day in both games, as the Engineers
allowed a combined 10 points in home victories over the
Gulls and Pioneers. The offense looked impressive in the
half of both games, jumping out to 20-0 and 14-0 leads
and forcing the opposition to play catch up, which neither
proved they could do against the stout Engineer defense.
These looked to be good tune-ups for the start of the Liberty
Hobart was first up on the docket, and
they proved to be a much tougher fight than either Endicott
or Utica. Again,
RPI was strong in the first half, taking a 21-7 lead
into the break. However, the Statesmen managed to rally,
a 31-28 lead with only 48 seconds left in the game. The
Engineer offense managed to reawaken, though, as marched
field in four plays, capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge
by Isaac Williams to take this thrilling game.
Hobart come back against the defense, they decided that
they would take matters into their own hands
three games, making things easy for the offense and
providing three relatively easy wins. The Engineers dominated
on the way to a 37-14 win, they needed a sharp performance
from the offense in the fourth quarter of the St. Lawrence
game to come away with a 28-10 victory, and they trounced
the Merchant Marine Academy 41-3 behind two punt returns
for touchdown by Tim Acker.
The meat of the Liberty
League schedule would prove to define the Engineer season.
First up was WPI, and
which RPI has held for the past 10 years. After this
year, the streak is now 11, but not before another
comeback provided by Jimmy Robertson and his talented
time, a game-tying drive with 1:30 left on the clock
that covered 73 yards. The game went to double overtime,
the defense made RPI’s touchdown to open the
overtime hold up with a game-ending stand, providing
an exciting 21-14
The Engineers tried the same formula the
following week at Rochester, falling behind 25-21
the field. This time, though, the Engineers stalled
out 10 yards from another come-from-behind win. This
figured to rile up RPI, and make the game with Union
memorable. Also, the standings showed a three-way
tie at the top of the league, and an RPI victory
that much easier to win the league. After allowing
score to Union, RPI would put up 20 unanswered points
behind running back Nick Costa’s 160 yards,
basically putting the game out of reach. Union scored
late to close the gap,
but the Engineers finished with a 20-14 win and the
Liberty League title to go along with a nice pair
In the NCAA tournament against the College
of New Jersey, RPI saw their own strategy used to
them. The Engineers had a lead of 14-7 going into
quarter, but saw the Lions tie the game up with a
touchdown late in
the fourth quarter. Then, the third special teams
turnover of the game gave the ball back to TCNJ,
and they responded
by taking a 17-14 lead on a 27-yard field goal with
13 seconds left, handing RPI the first-round defeat.
All in all, a pretty rewarding season for the Engineers.
They have quarterback Jimmy Robertson and WR Eren
Savasli back, along with a full stable of running
should make for another year of exciting offense.
will need to replace most of the linebacking crew
as well as co-captain
John Tesiero in the backfield, but Coach King has
proved adept at recruiting student-athletes who
fit in well
at RPI, both academically and on the playing field.
looking forward to a great ’08!
alumni weekend! Though the outcome of the game might not
have been what we wanted, but it was still a fun time.
We also discovered that Mike Joseph puts on a great party
(with a little help - and
and Tim Fill). Nice to see more of the recent alumni at
Have to say, the
band sounded great too. And big thanks go out to co-manager
Natalie and Conductor Mike for their hospitality. Here's
looking forward to next year.
After an unusually early Freakout last year, this year's
event returns to February. Hope everyone has cleared 2/2/08
on their calendars, as RPI takes on Princeton
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
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
The Conte's have again opened their home (and especially their kitchen) to
RPIPBA(aF) for the Freakout lasagna dinner and after party. We'll have the
traditional Freakout spread, but if there are any special needs, make sure
to note those when you RSVP.
As usual, there is no cover, but donations will not be turned away. Plan on
heading to the
For those that may not have attended these events before, directions are listed
Freakout 2008 vs Princeton! - Houston Fieldhouse
The main event, where the band welcomes all us old-timers onto their stage
to scream our heads off. RPI takes on Princeton in coach Appert's second Freakout
(and hopefully his first
After Party! - Conte Residence (1584 Tibbits Ave)
You know the drill. Post game = after party. Again, there is no cover,
but donations will not be turned away.
Other Assorted Information
While the RSVP method is the same, we've added some of the options
this year to acount for our growing/changing membership. This includes dietary
needs and small children (and no those are not necessarily the same thing).
This is also your place to request an instrument or request to conduct a
song during the intermissions. Make sure you go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RPI_Pep_Band_Alumni/surveys?id=2300586
and RSVP by 1/24/08.
Anyone who has RSVP'd (anyone
sensing a theme here?) requesting to participate in the group
ticket purchase will get an e-mail from me this week confirming
the number of tickets being requested. I will also follow
up with anyone that RSVP's this week.
Ticket purchase will take place on Monday 1/21/08. Anyone
who has not RSVP'd by 1/20/08 will need to purchase tickets
on their own. More details regarding payment will be provided
to those participating in the group purchase.
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 released to the
general public at 5:00pm on 1/25/07. 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).
If you haven't been to campus in a while, be ready for some changes (both inside
and out). Between EMPAC and the East Campus renovations, RPI has a bit of a
new look. Unfortunately, these changes have made parking even more of an issue,
and there is alsmost none behnd the Fieldhouse.
Shuttles run from North Lot before and after each game,
and if you get there early enough, there is some street parking
on Burdett and nearby side roads. RPIPBA(aF) strongly recommends
that if you are going to the lasagna dinner and/or after
party parking near the Conte residence and walking to & from
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.
Wow, we actually have some updates this time. First piece of news comes
from Sarah Bennett and Brendan Conte '02. On Friday, December
21st, Brendan proposed (and of course Sarah said yes). The
two are looking at a Spring 2008 wedding.
Next piece of news this quarter comes from Chris and Terry, who are expecting
a future pep band member in late July. Little early to determine
gender (or instrument) yett at least the kid will have rhythm.
Finally, we got an e-mail from ex-conductor James "Tex Tunes It Ya'll"
"For starters, I just got married on 29 December. Yes, my wife is a former
band nerd who played the flute. She's from Nashua, NH and we met at Hanscom
AFB where I was stationed for the past 3.5 years.
"What's more is that I am no longer stationed at Hanscom. In
September, I got orders to go to Texas for 3.5 months of training
before going overseas to England for the next 3 years. Sooo,
now that the training is complete and we're finally married,
the 2 of us will be flying out next week to England for a
3 year stay. We'll be stationed at RAF Lakenheath which is
about 1.5 hours NNE of London. If you drive from London to
Cambridge and then keep going about 20 miles further, you'll
hit Lakenheath. It's out in the countryside of England.
"Anywho, as you can see life's been pretty crazy for the past
8 months with Air Force training, proposals, wedding planning,
moving/packing, and getting a new job. Oh, I forgot to mention,
my job at Lakenheath will be working as an aircraft maintenance
officer on F-15's. Pretty sweet deal in my humble opinion."
Thanks for the update Tex. Just remember not to insult the queen.
have a life update you'd like to share, please e-mail us
We've gotten deeper into hockey season and have had a
great success with a new Pep Band tradition! In November
we held our First Annual Pep Band Thanksgiving in the Union,
asking everyone to bring a dish of their choice. We had
a turnout of over 30 members and everyone had lots of fun
We went on a roadtrip to the Clarkson/St. Lawrence women's
games, as well as the Quinnipiac men's game a few weeks
later. We'll be putting together a small group to play
at Union for the women's game during winter break, and
will be driving the short distance to the men's game at
Union on 1/18.
Freakout plans are starting to get under way for the big
game on 2/2 against Princeton. Judging by the turnouts
we had in the band for Family Weekend and Black Friday,
there should be a great crowd for Freakout! After that
the band will be taking a roadtrip to the men's games at
Colgate and Cornell on the weekend of 2/15-2/16. Finishing
up February is the men's Senior Night game against Clarkson
on 2/23. Unfortunately, the band will be missing the women's
Senior Night game on 2/16 for the roadtrip. Following the
end of the men's and women's regular
seasons, we'll be traveling to as many playoff games as
we are able.
As always, feel free to contact us at email@example.com
if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
-Gary & Natalie
So, to recap:
issue: Freakout! recap, post-season news, and a look to the
- Thanks again
to Mike Joseph, Yuri Koester, and Tim Fill for their
efforts in making the alumni night after-party a sucess.
Thanks also to Natalie and Gary for being such gratious
hosts to us on stage.
- If you're in the area, go support the band
at Union on 1/18, or at Colgate and Cornell the weekend
- APB Wiki wants your stories and updates. If you have
something to share please be sure to post it at apbwiki.rpipepbandalumni.org
- Freakout 2008 is upon us! Be sure to go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RPI_Pep_Band_Alumni/surveys?id=2300586 and
- Welcome to the list 2008 Seniors!
- 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.
- Please send
any other ideas/comments/suggestions/whatever to Chris
and Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.