LYNDONVILLE – This season isn’t simply business as usual for the Lyndon State College Men’s Basketball team. The team finished in fourth place in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) standings as they head into the playoffs. But the Hornet’s play on the court hasn’t been the only thing turning heads this season. The team has been very active in the community. They have held autograph sessions after games for fans and even visited local schools to discuss paying for college and what it’s like to be the first in their family to go to college.
Dorsey played basketball during his career at Lyndon State and recalled that the team didn't participate in any community service activities then. Regarding how it impacts the players to have the kids come and watch the team play Dorsey said, "It's rewarding for the players to see the kids at the games. They hold themselves to higher expectations because they know they're there."
Back on the court, the top six teams advance to the NAC tournament. The Hornets finished fourth out of the 10 teams in the conference. With playoff seeding hanging in the balancing the Hornet’s stumbled and lost a close game to Castleton last thursday 69-68. A victory in that game, along with some help from other teams winning, could’ve resulted in Lyndon State jumping up to grab the number two seed, but the Hornets are just happy to be heading to the tournament. Vargas said, "That was our main goal. We are just trying to get in. We know we can beat any team. So it doesn't matter who were playing." The Hornets ended the regular season on the road as they defeated Green Mountain College over the weekend.
The Hornets have already improved on their record from last season, (10-15), as they currently sit at 11 wins and 13 losses. Their record in conference play, 10-8, is also better than that of last years, of 8-10, as well.
Dorsey discussed that it's about much more than just winning a conference championship. "My goal is for us to improve as a team." He continued to say "If we play together, winning will be the end result."
Lyndon State will begin it's postseason push Tuesday as they host Umaine-Farmington in the first round of the NAC tournament. The Hornet’s will be playing for more than just themselves. The team enjoys succeeding and the support they receive from their community.