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Ski Teams Take Second At Colby Sawyer/Anslem Carnival Over Weekend
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Rush and Eliza Hawkins were named the MacConnell Division MVP's after closing out the regular season.

Rush and Eliza Hawkins were named the MacConnell Division MVP's after closing out the regular season.

Feb. 23, 2005


PAT'S PEAK, N.H. - After leading their respective teams to second-place finishes this past weekend at the Colby Sawyer/Anslem Carnival, the brother/sister duo of sophomore Rush and freshman Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) were named the MacConnell Division MVP's after closing out the regular season.

The sibling standouts each finished as the league's best skiers as determined by their total race points. Rush finished the season with 248 of a possible 250 points after winning eight of 10 races this season. Topher Harlow of Plymouth State was second in the conference with 185 points.

Rush Hawkins was one of three men's skiers to be named to the league's all-conference team as well. Freshman Jason Small (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) and senior Pat Hofer (New Canaan, Conn.) were also named to the all-conference team.

In Friday's giant slalom event, Hawkins took first in 1:58.80 followed by Small and Hofer. Small took 16th in 2:03.38, while Hofer captured 19th in 2:04.20.

Saturday's slalom action saw four Minutemen finish among the top-15 led by Hawkins win (1:26.74). Small finished fourth in 1:28.03, followed by junior Pat Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) in ninth-place (1:29.67). Hofer rounded out the top performers with his 13th-place finish of 1:30.88.

The women's team was led by Eliza Hawkins who won the giant slalom and finished second in the slalom. Her performance gave her five first place and three second place finishes on the season as she earned the league's MVP honor. She edged out Plymouth State's Melissa Caflisch.

Joining Hawkins on the all-conference squad were juniors Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) and Caitlin Doughty (Quincy, Mass.).



The trio led UMass with top-15 finishes in the giant slalom on Friday. Hawkins won the race in 2:03.16, followed by Rauh (2:09.45) and Doughty (2:09.58) who finished ninth and 12th, respectively.

In Saturday's slalom race, Hawkins took second in 1:34.31. Rauh finished seventh overall in 1:38.24.

The weekend was the final regular season competition for the ski teams who will compete in the ECSC Regional Championships next weekend at Waterville Valley. Of the 20 teams competing in the regional races, five will advance to the USCSA National Championships held in Brundage, Idaho on March 7-12.

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