UVM had another impressive win again Hartford, their 10th in a row against the Hawks. The 72-51 win was UVM's third in a row since losing to Maine at home. The win improved Vermont to 5-2 in America East play. Maine beat UNH to improve to 6-1 in the conference. It seems the two teams are headed for a two horse race for the regular season America East crown, barring Boston University (5-3) playing more consistent basketball. The rest of America East seems to be supremely mediocre.
Against Hartford, Evan Fjeld again led the way in the scoring department with 16 points, while Brian Voelkel did his usual impressive work on the glass with 10 boards, matching his average.
Vermont fans have to love the contributions they are seeing from freshmen Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo and Voelkel. All three have stepped up and provided serious minutes for the Catamounts. Carissimo started his third straight game in a row, and gave a steady presence at the point guard position. His starting allows Joey Accaoui to come off the bench, a role he seems more comfortable in. Or, at least, Coach Lonergan seems more comfortable with him coming off the bench.
Vermont travels to Albany on Saturday. They beat the Great Danes 60-48 earlier in the season, but road games are obviously tougher than home games. Logan Aronhalt and Tim Ambrose are two guards who create matchup problems for UVM. Expect a combination of Sandro Carissimo, Joey Accaoui, Brandon Bald, and Simeon Marsalis to split time on those two, who both average over 14 points a game. Vermont should have an advantage inside and on the boards. Look for them to exploit underclassmen Blake Metcalf (sophomore), John Puk (freshman), and Luke Devlin (freshman) down low to get the W at SEFCU this Saturday.