Matt Glass' 3 pointer to force overtime took an eternity to come down. When it did, the Vermont Catamounts season came down with it. The shot barely missed, and Vermont suffered an admirable 60-63 loss at the hands of the Cleveland State Vikings. Vermont fans could not have asked for a better ending to this season (after we were out of the running for the NCAA tournament, of course), nor could they have asked for a better preview of next season.
Tonight's starting lineup for the Catamounts was one we might see for some time to come:
Sandro Carissimo (Freshman)
Brendan Bald (Sophomore)
Ben Crenca (Sophomore)
Brian Voelkel (Freshman)
Luke Apfeld (Freshman)
The biggest game of the night came from Junior Pat Bergmann, who had 16 points in 16 minutes of playing time. Bergmann averaged 1.1 points a game in 3.4 minutes of play this season.
Evan Fjeld was out for tonight's game, presumably due to the injuries he was wrestling with the weekend of the America East tournament. He was unable to complete the game against Stony Brook, and unable to go tonight.
So if tonight marked the beginning of life without Evan Fjeld, that life is not looking as bad as we might have expected. The Cats played the Vikings tight for the entire game -- holding a lead as late as 57-55 inside the last four minutes -- and never seemed to be playing afraid, despite not having their senior leader on the floor.
The future looks bright, and the present does not hurt so much.