By Kaitlyn Beauregard
As the winter weather persisted outside this weekend, the Union College Men’s basketball team warmed up for what would turn out to be a disheartening weekend against two Liberty League rivals. The Dutchmen fell to Hobart College on Friday night and to Hamilton College on Saturday afternoon, leaving the weekend with an overall record of 9-12 and a 1-9 record in league play.
The Hobart Statesmen came into the weekend leading the Liberty League, and their victory over the Dutchmen improved their league record to 7-1, allowing them to keep their hold on first place. In spite of Hobart’s superior record, however, Union came out playing hard. Senior forward Matt Covucci had 13 points and ten rebounds, and sophomore Keven Donohue had 19 points and 8 rebounds. In spite of these preformances, however, the Dutchmen eventually fell to the Statesmen with a final score of 72-64.
Neither the loss to Hobart nor the freezing rain coming down outside the Viniar Athletic Center could dampen the spirits of the Dutchmen as they came out to face the Hamilton Continentals on Saturday afternoon. Once again, Union came out strong and, at one point during the first half, were leading 32-22. Keven Donohue gave another stellar performance, scoring 23 points for his 15th game of double figure scoring. Junior forward Rusmir Dzanko and Sophomore guard Evan Croll scored 14 points apiece, and for a while the Dutchmen seemed primed to win the game. This, however, was not to be. By the end of the first half the Statesmen had come back to take a 36-34 lead. The game remained close throughout the second half, but in the end the Statesmen prevailed winning 80-71.
With these losses the Dutchmen have fallen to a league record of 1-9. Head coach Bob Montana acknowledges that this record makes it virtually impossible for the Dutchmen to make it to the League playoffs saying, “We’ve put ourselves in a tough spot in terms of the Liberty League playoffs.” In spite of this, Monatna appreciates his team’s effort and competitive energy, saying that the team has “had some tough breaks,” but, in spite of everything, in every game, the Dutchmen are “still competing, and will continue to compete.”
The Dutchmen hit the road this weekend, traveling to play Vassar and RPI on Friday and Saturday respectively.