Chatham basketball and hockey set new records


Ally Nolan ‘24 with her team. Photo Credit: Chatham Athletics

Carson Gates and Haley Daugherty

Men’s Basketball

With a record of 19 wins, only three losses and a home playoff game secured, the Chatham University men’s basketball team is on the road to success. With a roster full of talent, including leading scorer Malik Potter ‘22, leading rebounder Ben Pollock ‘22 and three-time rookie of the week Blaine Gartley ‘25, the Cougars have their eyes on a PAC championship ring.

Gartley attributes the team’s success to its culture and the coaches’ constant support.

“We really focus on toughness and battling through mental blocks,” Gartley said. “Our coaches support us no matter what. …There’s an expectation to give it our all and leave it all out on the court every game.”

With players suffering from a medley of injuries, the team must depend on each other and their supporters to battle through playoffs.

“I’m really proud of our guys for playing through injuries, and we wouldn’t be anywhere without our trainer Sam,” Gartley said. “We have a great bench, and without the guys competing in practice every day, we would not be nearly as successful as we are now.”

Bouncing back from a loss against Washington & Jefferson College, both men and women’s basketball will enter the playoffs at home on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Women’s Ice Hockey

This season was already shaping up to be special for the women’s hockey team as players celebrate the 25th anniversary season. It was made even more special due to several team and individual records being broken during this season’s campaign. 

The team broke the program record for both total wins in a season and in the conference. The Cougars wrapped up their regular season with a 15-10 total record and a 12-8 record in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) play.  

The previous record for wins was back in 2015 with 10 overall.

Beside team records being broken, four individual accomplishments have also been broken. 

Ally Nolan ‘24 is the all-time leader in goals and in points for one season. 

Allison Corser-James ‘24 scored the fastest goal in program history in just 19 seconds, now ranking 12 of all-time in the NCAA for fastest goal scored in-game. 

Finally, Brooke Almond ‘23 is now Chatham’s leader in assists per season. 

“It’s amazing to see the individuals be recognized and the team this year with all the records we’ve been able to set,” said head coach Mike O’Grady. “It’s taken our team to do that.” 

The Cougars sit in fourth place heading into the UCHC playoffs and will host their second-ever playoff game. The first time came just last season, which saw them beat Alvernia University in the first round. This year will see the women’s hockey team square off against Stevenson University on Feb. 23 at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. 

Men’s hockey celebrates a win. Photo
Credit: Chatham Athletics

Men’s Ice Hockey

It wasn’t just the women on the ice who broke records this year. The men’s team also got in on the action. 

The men’s ice hockey team also surpassed its previous win record, as the players wrapped up this season with a 9-12-2 record and an 8-8-2 UCHC record.

This UCHC play is good enough for the Cougars to host their first-ever home game on Feb. 23 at Frozen Pond Arena. 

Last year was the men’s team’s first time making the playoffs, and players are looking to build off of last season’s success.

“Last year the goal was to make the playoffs for the first time ever. This year [it’s] to build off that. The expectations are to make the playoffs and we did that, and the first goal is to host a playoff game and get the first playoff win,” said head coach Michael Gershon.

The program record for all-time points was broken and is now held by Michael Lamison ‘22 with 46 points in 85 games played. The captain also now holds the record for most games played as a Cougar.

Tristan Simm ‘22 has been going back and forth with Lamison all season for being leaders in several stat categories. Simm now is the all-time leader in assists, assists in a season and total points in a season. 

Rounding out the individual accomplishments is Andrew Warhoftig ‘23 with goals in a season, and Zack Conner ‘25 with points per game.