Former Essex High School athletes Bryce Currier and Seamus Page have been named captains of their respective sport at Norwich University for the upcoming year.
Page, a senior from Westford, will be captain of the men’s rugby team for the upcoming fall. Currier, a senior from Essex Junction, will be one of three captains for the men’s hockey team in the winter.
Page will take over the reins of the Cadets’ captainship following Chad Wasson serving as last year’s team leader.
Page lettered as a sophomore and as a junior he earned New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (NECRC) All-Conference honors. He was also last season’s Ruggadillo Award recipient, which is given annually to the person who works at the highest level to represent Norwich rugby ideals.
“Seamus has been a valuable team member since he arrived at Norwich,” men’s rugby coach Bob Weggler said. “He got his first opportunity to play on the varsity early on during his sophomore year and never lost his spot since. He leads by example on top of possessing an excellent combination of work ethic and knowledge of the game.”
Page returns as one of the top try scorers from last year’s squad that went 2-5 overall and 2-4 in NECRC play.
“As a tight head prop or hooker his go forward part of the game is outstanding,” Weggler said. “This year’s squad will benefit greatly from Seamus’ style of leadership. I look forward to being his coach and collaborating practice plans and match schemes with him.”
Norwich opens the fall 2014 season with three exhibition matches at Iona (Aug. 23), Bishop’s (Aug. 30) and then hosting Brown (Sept. 6). The Cadets will then open up the NECRC regular season at rival Coast Guard on Sept. 13.
Currier is coming off an injury-shortened junior season, which saw him miss 12 games before returning in the middle of January and playing out the remainder of the year. He still managed two goals and three assists for five points. He scored both of his goals in a 6-0 win over Skidmore in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East Quarterfinals.
Currier has seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 73 games played.
“Bryce is a verbal leader that plays the game hard and physical,” said Norwich coach Mike McShane. “He competes and always gives 100 percent at practice that rubs off on the team.”— Staff reports