Panthers suffer disappointment at Loon

LINCOLN, N.H. - After dominating the conference the opening two weekends, the Plymouth State College's skiing teams finished off a disappointing weekend Sunday in the giant slalom at the Brown University Winter Carnival at Loon Mountain.

The Panther men's squad finished second out of 10 teams, the first time in six races this season that PSC did not win the team title. Colby-Sawyer finished first, followed by PSC, Boston College and UMass.

The Panther women's squad, which had won the first four races of the season and placed third in Saturday's slalom, dropped to fifth in Sunday's giant slalom. Brown captured the team title, followed by Boston College, Colby-Sawyer, UMass and PSC.

Despite the disappointing team finishes, PSC had the individual winner in both races. Senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) turned in his best outing of the season with his first individual win this year. He was the winner six times in 10 races last season. Sophomore Cher Murphy (East Northport, N.Y.) captured her first individual victory of the season and second of her career with a win in the women's race.

Two other Panther men registered top 10 finishes. Junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) placed ninth and senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) took 10th. Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.), who has been PSC's top skier this season, won the second of the two runs but suffered a fall in the first run and finished 62nd overall.

After Murphy, the next highest finisher for the Panther women was sophomore Janine Iannillo (Monroe, N.Y.), who placed 19th.

The Panthers will be back in action next weekend at the Boston College Winter Carnival at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont.