SCHENECTADY

Business as usual for Union

Monday, March 24, 2014
They let a freshman, Michael Pontarelli, carry the big ECAC Hockey championship trophy off the bus. Actually, they ordered him to carry it. “Everyone had their own stuff, so one of the rookies, grab it …” senior captain Mat Bodie said. “… yeah, freshman,” junior Shayne Gostisbehere finished the sentence. The Union College hockey team’s return to campus on Sunday will not go down in the annals of triumphant pomp and parade.
 
LAKE PLACID

Union imposes its will

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wait, which was the team that played the early game on Friday, and which played late, and later still, because of two overtimes? Perhaps it's a measure of how great a team this is that the Union Dutchmen could sleepwalk through one period of a conference championship game against the only ECAC team they hadn't beaten all year and still win going away.
 
LAKE PLACID

Union keeps on working

Saturday, March 22, 2014
It’s hard to believe this was once the site of the Olympics, at least when viewed against the gargantuan bloat of modern-day Games.
 
ALBANY

Fans got their money's worth

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Q: When is a meaningless game in a parasitic tournament not a meaningless game in a parasitic tournament?
A: When one of your players shoves an opponent, a fight nearly breaks out, the fans get in a lather and give the home team a standing ovation after a hard-earned victory.
 

Keep the madness flowing

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
One team got stuck with what used to be called the dreaded play-in game.
One team got stuck with a No. 15 seed.
One team’s thin bowl of alphabet soup came up C-B-I”.
So why are all these people smiling?
 
GLENS FALLS

Raised to be champions

Monday, March 17, 2014
On Sunday, it was water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink for East High, which was drowned in the fourth quarter by the Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team.
 
GLENS FALLS

This one was over almost from the start

Sunday, March 16, 2014
t was all a blur. The ball zipped around like an electron, and a nearly flawless crystal formed that John Glenn could not scratch. The five pieces of Scotia-Glenville’s zone were in perfect alignment, as much a formation from which each piece could shoot downcourt as it was a defensive framework.
 
SCHENECTADY

It's time for Union to get serious

Saturday, March 15, 2014
In the end, it was the Dutchmen who were the lucky ones, because they let 10th-seeded Dartmouth hang around, took two bad penalties that led to a dangerous five-on-three in the third period and won by a misleading 3-0 score.
 
SCHENECTADY

Is that a smirk I see

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
There are enough potholes on the short winding road that leads to Messa Rink that you could name each one after a Dartmouth player and have one left over for head coach Bob Gaudet. Union and RPI ain’t exactly best pals, but the Engineers indirectly did the Dutchmen a big favor by letting Game 3 against Dartmouth — and their season — flush down the sewer on Sunday.
 
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.

Patsos grades out well

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Is there another coach on the planet who starts a season-ending postgame press conference by glumly disclosing that he’s signed up for a yoga class?
No. None.
 

Poole needs to step up

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Siena didn’t fly to Springfield on Friday, but coach Jimmy Patsos was looking to avoid turbulence nevertheless.
 

Gaels' defense is a liability

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Manhattan coach Steve Mas­iello concluded the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball conference call on Monday thus: “Frankly, I hope we never play them again.”
Frankly, I hope they do.
 
ALBANY

The buzz is back at Siena

Monday, March 3, 2014
It was a tale of two seniors.
Last year, Siena graduated just one, the magnificent O.D. Anosike, one of the best players in school history. And the program had rarely been in such bad shape.
On Sunday, Senior Day consisted of just one again — Steve Cruz, generously listed at 5-foot-8 and the least-used player on the roster. A walk-on, he had appeared in just seven games for a total of six minutes. And the program is buzzing again.
 
GLENS FALLS

LeMorta gives all for team

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Scotia-Glenville didn’t have any cheerleaders on Saturday night. Well, they had one.But not a pretty one.Blood still trickling from under a bandage over his left eye, Dom LeMorta freely let tears join the mix in front of the TV cameras after the Tartans survived double overtime and tenacious Troy for a 77-75 Section II Class A championship victory at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
 
GLENS FALLS

Cremo always has help

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
The old wine commercial came to mind: “What are you saving it for?”
Scotia-Glenville junior Joe Cremo picked up a charge on the Tartans’ first possession of the game on Thursday night, and, bang, was whistled for another charge a few minutes later.
 
 

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