PSU Skiers finish in middle of pack in giant slalom races at Loon

LINCOLN, N.H. - Plymouth State University suffered falls from some of its top skiers Saturday and finished in the middle of the pack in giant slalom races at the MIT Winter Carnival at Loon Mountain.

The Panther men had two of the top four individual finishers to lead the team to third place among nine teams, while the Panthers were shut out of the top 10 in the women's race and finished fifth among 10 schools.

Juniors Vinnie DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) and Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) turned in strong performances for the Panthers, finishing 3-4 among the 80 racers in the men's GS. DiNapoli has finished in the top three in five out of eight races this winter, while Hey has finished no lower than ninth in all eight starts. Senior Matt Prendergast (Westminster, Mass.) was the next Panther finisher in the men's race, coming in 13th. He's been in the top 15 five times this season.

Boston College captured the men's team title on Sunday, with Colby-Sawyer College second and PSU third. The University of Massachusetts, MIT, Saint Anselm, the University of Connecticut, Babson and Brown rounded out the men's order of finish.

Sophomore Katie Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine) and junior Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) were the top Panther finishers in the women's race, taking 11th and 13th, respectively, out of 70 skiers. Van Riper has been in the top 11 in five of eight races this winter, while Marvelli's finish was a season-best. Freshman Shelley Bowen (Gilford, N.H.) was the next Panther finisher in 24th.

BC also won the women's team standings, with Brown finishing runner-up and Colby-Sawyer third. Smith, PSU, Saint Anselm, UMass, Babson, MIT and UConn rounded out the women's order of finish.

The ski teams wrap up the regular season next weekend at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont, with the slalom scheduled for Saturday and the GS for Sunday.

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