Practices for winter, spring athletics start Monday; winter teams’ game schedules announced


The Cadets are back!

The Norwich University Athletics Department announced its planned 2021 winter sports schedules, noting that all may change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Norwich athletics paused Jan. 28 because of an increase in the Norwich campus community’s COVID-19-positive case count. Starting Monday, Feb. 15, all seven winter sports athletics teams and the seven spring sports will begin practice. 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is expected to decide the status of spring-sport league schedules and championship tournaments next week. 

Norwich University has worked with state and local health officials to formulate return-to-play guidelines that prioritize health and safety for student-athletes, coaches, staff and the campus and local communities. The Vermont Health Department has approved the plan. 

All colleges and universities that the Cadets will compete against must follow the same COVID-19 testing guidelines and health protocols that Norwich established for its student-athletes and campus community.

All colleges and universities that the Cadets will compete against must follow the same COVID-19 testing guidelines and health protocols that Norwich established for its student-athletes and campus community.  

The Norwich men’s and women’s hockey programs are set to start competition Friday, Feb. 19, when the men travel to New England College and the women host Plymouth State. 

The men's hockey team is scheduled to compete in 10 games against four schools, including intrastate rival Castleton University; Plymouth State University and New England College in New Hampshire; and Skidmore College in New York. 

The women's hockey program has eight games currently scheduled against Plymouth State University, New England College and Castleton University.  

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will also return to action this month. The men's program has four games scheduled and could add more; its first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 20 against Northern Vermont University, Lyndon in the Andrews Hall Gym.  

The women’s basketball team has contests against NVU Johnson scheduled for Feb. 23 and March 3. Both men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete solely in Vermont except for games against New England College. 

Other contests

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are working to schedule competition against the University of Maine (men only), the University of Vermont (women only) and St. Michael's, along with other schools. 

The wrestling team will begin practice Monday. More information on its schedule will be available later. 

On Feb. 3, the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee announced the cancellation of all winter championships. 

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, no fans will be allowed at home Norwich winter sports events. Contests on Norwich University’s campus will include only essential game managers and athletic staff. 

Although fans are barred from attending games in Kreitzberg Arena this winter, the Norwich Blue Line Club is offering the chance to show support for the men’s and women’s hockey programs. Fans may buy cardboard cutouts with their pictures on them to be placed in the seats as proxy spectators. Click here for more information. 

Norwich University’s athletic communications team plans to livestream as many home winter athletic contests as possible. Stay tuned to and @NorwichCadets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on schedules and live streaming information.

Here are the schedules.

Men's hockey:
Feb. 19 at New England College, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 New England College, 4 p.m.
Feb. 26 Skidmore, 5 p.m.
Feb. 27 at Skidmore, 4 p.m.
Mar. 5 at Castleton, 5 p.m.
Mar. 6 Castleton, 4 p.m.
Mar. 12 at Plymouth State, 4 p.m.
Mar. 13 Plymouth State, 4 p.m.
Mar. 19 at Skidmore, 5 p.m.
Mar. 20 Skidmore, 4 p.m.

Women’s hockey:
Feb. 19 Plymouth State, 5 p.m.
Feb. 20 at Plymouth State, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 at New England College, 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 New England College, 2 p.m.
Mar. 5 Castleton, 5 p.m.
Mar. 6 at Castleton, 1 p.m.
Mar. 12 Plymouth State, 5 p.m.
Mar. 13 at Plymouth State, 1 p.m.
Mar. 19 TBA
Mar. 20 TBA

Men's basketball:
Feb. 20 NVU Lyndon, 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 at NVU Lyndon, 2 p.m.
Mar. 6 New England College, TBA
Mar. 7 at New England College, TBA

Women's basketball:
Feb. 23 NVU Johnson, 6 p.m
Mar. 3 at NVU Johnson, 5:30 p.m.

Swimming and diving:
UMaine men, TBA
UVM women, TBA
St. Michael’s, TBA

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