Wow, Q3 is turning
out to be pretty busy! New men's hockey coordinator, lots
of recruit info, some life updates, and the annual student
orientations are mking things pretty exciting.
Hockey: A Look Ahead
I had originally meant to take some time and review the
incoming class in this newsletter, but I looked back and
realized that Tom had some pretty thorough coverage of them
in the final column of last season. As such, I'm going to
keep this mostly to a preview of the season ahead, and what
we can expect from the Engineers as we pass the halfway point
of the offseason.
On paper, RPI is looking like a team on the
upswing. Some good talent is joining the ranks this year,
and draft picks such as those last month can only strengthen
our recruiting position in coming seasons, as Seth Appert
can market RPI to prospective players as a place to get an
while still being noticed by the NHL.
The Engineers should be
strongest on defense, where the returning sophomores
(with a year of experience under their belts) should step
day one and both continue and improve the strong play they
showed much of last year. With the addition of the incoming
Mike Bergin and last year's transfer Mark Zarbo on the blue
line, RPI will have 9 very capable D-men fighting for the
regular 6 spots on the ice, and the competition should help
everyone on top of their game.
Up front, the addition of some skilled
freshmen will remind the upperclassmen that they're going
to have to work if they want to keep their ice time. Players
like Andrei Uryadov, who took some bad penalties last year
but were needed on the ice for experience - and just to fill
out the roster - may be hitting the stands in favor of the
young blood if they don't smarten up their game.
Between the pipes, newcomer and Columbus
draft pick Allen York will come in to replace graduate
Jordan Alford. A walk-on goalie to replace Will Neubert will
probably be seen close to the beginning of the season. York
will likely split playing time with Mathias Lange early
in the season while Appert gets a feel for his goalies'
capabilities. Lange has been inconsistent in seasons past
can expect York to see plenty of ice if Lange doesn't find
Elsewhere in the ECAC,
last year's regular season champion Clarkson loses their
top goaltender David Leggio, who is replaced by two underclassmen
and an incoming freshmen (also a draft pick, in the
seventh round), none of whom have seen significant
D-I ice time. With the loss of some other impact players
like Clitsome, Dodge, and Zalewski, Clarkson may not be quite
the powerhouse they were last year, but George Roll
will most likely keep them in the upper end of
ECAC champions Princeton retain
much of their top talent, including Goalie Zane Kalemba.
This season will be a test for the Tigers to see if last
season's success was a fluke or if they really are a top-tier
team. Dartmouth, Colgate, and Harvard all bring in
good recruiting classes this year, while Brown
and St. Lawrence will be hoping their incoming players are
enough to help get them out of the gutter they ended up in
year. Union and Quinnipiac's recruits look questionable at
this point - they may have a tough time this
coming season if some returning players don't step up to
fill the shoes of last year's graduates.
I'm no good at
predictions, especially preseason ones, so I'm not going
to make many here. I am going to say that RPI has
the talent this year to get home ice in the
playoffs without a doubt, as long as they don't fall victim
to the constant letdowns that plagued the team last year.
schedule is solid again, with nonconference games including
Vermont, UNH, UMass, Miami, BU, and possibly
Denver. A year of experience under their belts should be
key for this year's returning sophomores, and I'm expecting
to step up and take charge from day one this season.
I'll be back in
October with the early season review and more thoughts
on what's coming down the pipe as the season continues.
Hopefully I'll see some of you in Quebec
City as RPI takes on Vermont in their season opener on October
Hockey: Here Come The Recruits
The women's hockey team recently announced
that seven ladies will be joining the Engineers as the class
of 2012. These ladies will look to help the Engineers improve
on a 13-15-5 record overall (6-12-4 ECAHL) last Year. Of
the seven recruits, three are forwards, three are defensemen
and one can play both positions. The recruits with a comment
Coach John Burke (taken from the RPI Athletics website) are:
Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous Team
Amanda Castignetti D 5-4
Anchorage, AK/Shattuck St. Mary's (MN) - "Amanda is
a strong, defensive-minded defenseman. Her positional play
and first pass instinct will be very helpful at our level.
She has won
three National Championships at the U19 level with Shattuck
and this winning attitude will help our program."
Daniels D 5-3 Rockton, IL/Chicago Mission
is an offensive minded defenseman who moves the puck
extremely well. As a captain for the 2007-08 U19 National
Championship team, she brings leadership
qualities that will be invaluable to our program."
F 5-3 Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, PQ/Notre Dame
is a smooth skating, skilled forward who comes from a storied
program at Notre Dame, Saskatchewan. Her solid hockey
sense will allow her to have an impact at our level."
Alisa Harrison F 5-5 Vienna, VA/Washington
is a complete player who is competitive and has good
puck skills. Her leadership qualities will benefit Rensselaer
and our hockey program."
Jakubowski F/D 5-11 Lake Placid, NY/The Northwood School
Kristen will add size and strength to our class. Her versatility
to play both forward and defense will make her an asset
to our program."
Sierra Vadner D 5-6 Apple Valley,
Sierra is another offensive minded defenseman whose skating
ability will add to our team's speed. We believe she will
benefit us on even-strength and on special teams."
Jill Vandegrift F 5-5 St. Paul, MN/Minnesota
Jill is a hard working, skilled forward
that will add offense. She was captain of a successful
Minnesota Thoroughbred program and will make a strong two-way impact
on our team."
The ladies kick off the 2008-2009
season September 26 and 27 with exhibition games against
the Toronto Aeros and Stoney Creek at the Houston Field House.
The regular season begins on October 3 at HFH against Northeastern.
The next day is hockey packed with the women taking on BU
by the men's Red/White game and Skate with the Engineers.
The Engineers first road game is to Chestnut Hill, MA where
they will face Boston College on October 11. Last year's
game against BC was also suppose to take place in Chestnut
Hill but had to be moved to Troy because of too much fog
in BC's arena. After a two game road trip to Mercyhurst
and a two game home series with Niagara, the ladies dive
into ECACHL play with home games against Brown and Yale on
October 31 and November 1 followed by road games at
Dartmouth and Harvard and a home-and-home series with
rival Union. After a two game road series with Robert Morris,
RPI finishes the 2008 portion of their schedule December 5
and 6 at Quinnipiac and Princeton.
The 2009 portion of
the schedule sees the ladies competing in their first
ever in-season tournament when they travel to St Cloud, Minnesota
for the Easton/St. Cloud State Showcase on January 2 and
3. The Engineers will face host St Cloud the first
night and North Dakota the second night. RPI finishes the
season with 14 straight ECACHL games including the finale, February
21 at home against Colgate.
The Engineers return to the field this
September looking to build on last season’s NCAA berth.
RPI finished the season 8-2, winning both trophy games (on
the road, no less), but losing in the first round of the
NCAA tournament to the College of New Jersey on a last second
The offense this year looks to be set, with almost all
of the key contributors returning. Bob Munier, Nick Costa,
Isaac Williams all return to headline a balanced rushing
attack. Prolific quarterback Jimmy Robertson is back for
his senior season, flanked by Eren Savasli. The Engineers
will be looking to replace Brendan McGowan and Chris Graef
at wideout, but there look to be a number of promising
freshmen receivers to vie for playing time, led by Odonel
Ray Pasco, and Chris Perry. The offensive line looks to
be a strength again this year, with a solid returning cast
number of promising recruits to push for playing time.
Nick Lalumia will likely handle all of the kicking duties
On defense, the Engineers might have a tougher
go of it this year, as they need to replace the dynamic
duo of Anthony
Casale and Tom Rayhill at linebacker. Standout Tim Acker
returns to solidify the defensive backs, and Anthony’s
brother Nick returns to anchor the defensive line. Joe
King has never had trouble finding linebackers who could
so we have faith that he’ll mold another good group
out of the youthful athletes he’ll have at his
The schedule may be RPI’s best friend
this year, as both WPI and Union rivalry games are on
the ’86 Field.
Union’s game has been moved from its traditional
end of season spot to the first weekend of November.
Rochester look to be tough contests on the road. The
team will be led again by Head Coach Joe King, returning
20th season at RPI. Let’s Go Red!
Looks like the
hockey schedule is official, and thus the dates of our
events for this year are all set. We're looking for some
new ideas this year, especially as they relate to PBAN6.
To recap, the dates for this year are:
Pep Band Alumni Night 6: Saturday, November 8th vs. Dartmouth
Big Red Freakout 2009: Saturday, February 14th vs. Yale
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for either of next
season's events, please let us know!
as alluded to in the intro, there's been a few life updates
the last couple of months that have kept us pretty
busy. The one that's kept Chris and Terry the most busy
(and caused this newsletter to be just a hair on the late
is the early addition of one Ryan Farrar (Class of 2029?
2030?). Those interested in pictures can find them at azhrei.net
Other life updates come from Troy, as Sarah and Brenden
Conte tied the knot in May. Several pep band alums were
in attendance who (mostly) behaved themsleves
One last update for this quarter, as we send our congratulations to Nick DiLiberto and Jen Keeley. Nick and Jen celebrated their marriage on June 21st this year
have a life update you'd like to share, please e-mail us
So it's summertime and although the band isn't playing
at the moment, we had a pretty good end of the year and
are looking forward to an even better start in the fall:
finished the spring '08 semester with two events, Accepted
Students Celebration and Relay 4 Life. The band
had a good time playing in the morning at Accepted Student's
day—President Jackson even stopped and listened
to us for a song (142 “Gimme Some Lovin”).
In the afternoon we met a lot of interested students
at the activities event. The pep band had easily twice
as many members volunteering as any other club, let's
just hope our enthusiasm will translate to lots of new
musicians in the fall. The band also played for the opening
ceremony of Relay 4 Life, as well as organizing a team
to walk all night help raise money for the American Cancer
Student orientation is coming up soon and the
band is attending SO4 on July 25-26 to pep up the place
interest for new students. Hopefully we will meet some
future members, as well as see some older members. Maybe
some of our recent graduates will show up and play with
us if they can make it. :-)
In the fall we are anticipating
a good start to the hockey season with an early road
trip to Quebec City on October
11th to see our men's hockey team play Vermont and the
USA under-18 team. Football and women's hockey open in
September, and we are excited about playing for as many
home games for both sports as possible. As usual we are
planning on a few additional road trips later in the
year at times TBA.
For now we hope you are all enjoying
your summers, and hope to see some of you in the fall
-Bonnie & Kevin
So, to recap:
issue: Hockey season approaches, football underway, and PBAN6.
- RPI Musicfest 2008 will be held on October 17th & 18th as RPI opens up EMPAC. If interested, please contact Peter Pedone in the Alumni House.
- Congrats to the Contes and the DiLiebrtos!
- RPI Pep Band Alumni and Friends is looking for a new
Women's Hockey Coordinator. Due to personal commitments,
Yuri Koester will be stepping down once a replacement
can be found. Interested candidates should reach out
to Yuri or Chris.
- APB Wiki wants your stories and updates. If you have
something to share please be sure to post it at apbwiki.rpipepbandalumni.org
- Electronic schedules are coming! Be sure to check out
the FIles section
of the Yahoo Group.
- Please send
any other ideas/comments/suggestions/whatever to Chris
and Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.