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UVM to cut baseball, softball after 2009 season

Originally published Feb. 2009

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n a press conference earlier today, UVM associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Dr. Robert Corran, announced that both the school’s baseball and softball programs would be discontinued after their respective 2009 seasons.

“As part of The University management effort, we have decided to discontinue varsity baseball and softball effective the end of the current season,” Corran said.

Corran cited a $1.1 million dollar gap in revenues versus expenses for the athletic department’s 2009-2010 budget.

A release from the athletic communications department stated that the athletic department will see a 6.5% budget cut for the upcoming year, which is why the decision to cut baseball and softball was made.

“This was an exceptionally difficult decision to make knowing the history and tradition of these programs, and the impact that it will have on the staff and student athletes involved,” Corran said.

“It became more and more clear that we could not close a $1.1 million dollar budget gap using across the board measures without seriously jeopardizing the quality of all of our programs,” Corran said. “Thus the decision to discontinue baseball and softball.”

When asked what other programs were considered in cuts, Corran said that skiing, field hockey, cross country, track and field and swimming were all potentially on the chopping block.

However, according to Corran and the release provided by athletic communications, because baseball and softball had a high expense-to-revenue ratio and taking into account Title IX and facility issues, they were the logical sports to cut in terms of the 2009-2010 budget.

“This decision in no way reflects any discontent or dissatisfaction with either of these programs,” Corran said, also noting that the school and national economic crisis is “bigger than us.”

No players or coaches were available for contact.

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Pfohl, MacDonald lead Lady Cats past Siena

Originally published March 6, 2009

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The women’s lacrosse team bounced back from a two-game skid to upend Siena at Moulton Winder Field on Wednesday, 19-14.

The Lady Cats were led by sophomore Megan MacDonald, who scored five goals and has started the 2009 campaign sizzling with 14 points already on the young season.

America East Rookie of the week, freshman Allison Pfohl, added four goals in the win for UVM. Pfohl is off to a torrid start to her career at UVM, with 14 points on 11 goals in just four games.

Despite giving up an early goal just 16 second in by Siena’s Lindsey Rosecrans, the Lady Cats settled down to take a 9-6 lead heading into the half from a buzzer-beating goal by MacDonald.

Siena would cut the deficit to one early on in the second half, but that was as close as they would get as UVM tallied seven unanswered goals to stretch the lead to 16-8.

Though Siena kept fighting, UVM’s underclassmen, along with senior Kristen Millar – who extended her consecutive games with a point streak to 51 – were too much to handle in a 19-14 decision.

The Lady Cats improve to 2-2 on the year as non-conference foe Siena falls to 1-1.

UVM will travel to Oregon this weekend to face off against the Ducks and will spend their spring break on the west coast with games against UC Davis and Cal to follow.

The team doesn’t return home until March 25 against BC.