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Against No. 4 Salem, No. 9 Warriors now unbeaten in last 14 OTgames

SALEM, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team ended a losing streak and maintained an unbeaten one Tuesday night at Alumni Field in a 3-3 overtime tie against Salem State College in a non-conference match featuring two of New England's Top Ten teams.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Eastern (6-1-2) extended its unbeaten streak in overtime play to 14 games (3-0-11) with the tie against Salem State (7-0-1). The Warriors fell three minutes short of their first win over Salem in 27 years when Salem senior Padraic Boscoe tied the match at 3-all by heading in senior All-America center midfielder Yuta Kizaki's corner kick in the 87th minute.

The tie ended a ten-game losing streak at the hands of Salem for Eastern, which is unbeaten (5-0-2) in its last seven matches.

The match was the first that the Vikings did not win this season. The Vikings had outscored their first seven opponents 19-4, with two of their shutout wins coming against Little East Conference foes Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Salem is off to its best start since 1997.

After Kizaki's 25 yard free kick staked Salem to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute,  Eastern senior forward Maxim Fantl's (West Hartford) team-leading seventh goal of the year in the 31st minute tied the match 1-1. Fantl broke free down the left wing and beat Salem senior keeper Pawel Brzykcy with a rising shot inside the near post.

The  Warriors took their first lead six minutes into the second half on freshman midfielder Scott Mishley's (Trumbull) third goal of the year. After the Vikings tied the score less than a minute later, senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) gave the Warriors the lead again on a penalty kick (awarded for a foul in the box) midway through the half. The lead stood up until Boscoe forced OT with his third goal of the season. Kizaki contributed to all three Salem goals with a goal and two assists.

Salem did not allow an Eastern shot in the second ten-minute OT session despite playing a man short after Boscoe was ejected after receiving his second yellow card with 16 seconds left in the first OT.

Eastern freshman Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made six saves. In his first eight matches, Appel had surrendered but four goals.

The goal was the 23rd in 48 career matches for Fantl, a returning All-New England performer. He also had seven goals as a freshman, when he won conference Rookie-of-the-Year accolades.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at 1 p.m. at Keene State College in a re-match of last year's LEC playoff title match, won on penalty kicks by Eastern.

Eastern Conn. 3, Salem State College 3, 2 ot

Eastern Conn. (6-1-2)       1 2 (0) (0) -- 3
Salem State (7-0-1)          1 2 (0) (0) -- 3

Scoring: S-Yuta Kizaki 15:33; E-Maxim Fantl 30:50; E-Scott Mishley 51:19; S-Matt Figueiredo (Kizaki) 51:22; E-Kyle Bedini (penalty kick) 66:59; S-Padraic Boscoe (Kizaki) 86:54.
Shots: E-9, S-16; Saves: E-Carl Appel 6, S-Pawel Brzyczy 2.
Corner kicks: E-7, S-4.





Warriors put 17 shots on net but must settle for scoreless LEC tie


DANBURY, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) improved upon his Little East Conference-leading goals-against average and save percentage by posting his third shutout of the season in the Warriors' scoreless overtime conference draw with Western Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon at the  Westside Athletics Complex. 

The scoreless deadlock leaves defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion Eastern (6-1-1, 1-0-1 little east) unbeaten in the conference and on the road (2-0-1) and stretches its unbeaten streak this season to six (5-0-1). Western (4-5-1, 0-1-1 little east) is winless (0-1-2) in its last three matches against Eastern.

Ranked No. 6 in New England, Eastern has lost only two of its last 18 LEC regular-season matches (10-2-6). The Warriors shared the top spot in the LEC pre-season coaches poll while Western shared sixth place after a last-place finish a year ago.

Appel took over this year for Jay Barney - the two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. He made seven saves against Western to post his third full shutout in eight starts, lower his conference-leading goals-against average to 0.52 and up his LEC-leading save percentage to .882. Appel has given up only four goals this season, just one coming in his last 522 minutes, 44 seconds over his last seven matches.

Sunday, however, Appel's play was overshadowed by Western senior keeper Dan Michalowski. Michalowski, the losing keeper in Eastern's 2-0 win a year ago in Willimantic, made seven of his 17 saves in the 20-minute, sudden death overtime session to preserve the scoreless tie. The Warriors outshot the hosts, 28-22, and tested Michalowski by putting 17 of their shots on net.

In the closing minutes of overtime, Eastern co-captains Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and Kyle Bedini (Manchester) produced three scoring chances that could have ended the game.   Fantl, the LEC leader in points per game entering the match, and Bedini, both evaded the Western defense for shots that appeared headed toward the net, but in both cases were robbed by a diving Michalowski.  With less than a minute to play, the fleetfooted Fantl again broke through defense, but again his shot was denied by Michalowski. Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) and Fantl combined take 13 shots and forced Michalowski to make ten saves on those tries in order to keep the Warriors off the board. That duo scored both of Eastern's goal against Western a year ago, with Boretti beating Michalowski for what proved to be the game-winner early in the second half of that win.

Western freshman Bruno Mendonca had the best scoring opportunity of the afternoon in the first overtime period, when he broke past the Eastern defense on the right side, but his potential game-ending goal sailed just inches over the crossbar.

Eastern visits Salem State College Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the first meeting between the programs in 13 years.

Eastern Conn. 0, Western Conn. 0, 2 ot

Eastern Conn. (6-1-1, 1-0-1 little east) 0 0 (0) (0) -- 0
Western Conn. (4-5-1, 0-1-1 little east) 0 0 (0) (0) -- 0

Shots: E-28, W-22; Saves: E-Carl Appel 7, W-Dan Michalowski 17; Corner kicks: E-8, W-3.



In closely contested games, Warriors beaten by UMB and Keene State

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgBOSTON --  In closely-contested Little East Conference play, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team lost all six games in falling to the University of Massachusetts Boston and Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the UMB campus.

Selected to finish sixth in the seven-team conference in the coaches' pre-season poll, Eastern (7-7, 2-2 little east) had a five-match winning streak stopped by UMass Boston (9-6, 1-0 little east), 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, then lost three tight games to Keene State (13-4, 3-0 little east), 25-21, 25-23, 25-21. UMass was picked fifth in the pre-season poll while Keene was the No. 1 selection after winning last year's LEC regular-season title. Eastern won its third straight LEC playoff title last year as the No. 5 seed, downing Keene in five games in the semifinals on the Owls' home court.

Although the Warriors attacked under .100 in all six games, managing just .091 against vastly-improved UMass and .083 against Keene State, they did not commit a reception error on 61 attempts against UMass. The loss was the first ever for Eastern against the Beacons after 12 victories.

Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had more than one-third of Eastern's total of 58 kills on the afternoon. Ibsen totaled 20 kills, with freshman outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) the only other Eastern player in double figures, with ten. Ibsen also collected four service aces aces and five blocks on the day. All of the aces and four of the blocks came against Keene.

Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshman Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) combined for 68 digs and handled 99 serve receives with only four errors on the day and served 44 balls with only three errors. Jaques had 40 digs (30 against Keene), Abelli 28. Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) was credited with 41 set assists.

In the first game against UMass, Eastern scored five straight points behind the serving of sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) to move in front, 14-13, but the Beacons

scored the final four points of the match on three straight kills and an Eastern attack error. The Warriors never strung together more than three straight points in Game 2, and played catchup throughout Game 3.

Junior outside hitters Kate McWhorter and Kate White helped the Beacons attack at over .300 in each of the first two games. McWhorter had ten kills and a .348 attack percentage in the match and White nine kills.

Senior middle hitter Brittany O'Bryant amassed nearly half of Keene's kills against Eastern, finishing with 17 kills and a .271 percentage.

Behind the serving of Ibsen against Keene, the Warriors ran off  seven straight points to erect a 20-15 lead, but immediately gave the points back as the Owls closed out the win with five straight points. Trailing 24-20 in Game 2, the Warriors closed the gap to one. Keene called a timeout after Eastern pulled to within 24-23, and posted the victory on the ensuing exchange. Down four late in Game 3, Eastern again made a run to get to within one, but a pair of kills and an Eastern error helped Keene score the final three points.

Eastern competes in the FDU-Florham Devils' Classic this weekend at Madison, NJ.

Massachusetts Boston 3, Eastern Conn.0

Eastern Conn. (7-6, 2-1 little east) 21 16 17
UMass Boston (9-6, 1-0 little east) 25 25 25

Keene State College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Keene State (13-4), 3-0 little east) 25 25 25
Eastern Conn. (7-7, 2-2 little east) 21 23 21



All of the game's scoring comes in the first half in 3-2 setback to USM

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgPORTLAND, Maine - The Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team scored twice in the first half to snap a long scoreless streak but the University of Southern Maine never trailed in posting a 3-2 Little East Conference victory over the Warriors Saturday afternoon in a match played at Deering High School.

Freshman Liz Bolduc (Stonington) and senior Drew Gomes (Thomaston) scored first-half goals for Eastern (1-6, 0-3 little east), but Southern Maine (3-4, 2-1 little east) never trailed after scoring the first goal of the match on a penalty stroke less than six minutes into play. Bolduc's first career goal tied the match in the 14th minute of play, giving Eastern its first goal after allowing 24 straight over the last five matches.

Southern Maine was coming off a 2-0 loss to Bowdoin College, the No. 1 ranked team in Division III.

The Warriors trailed 3-1 before Gomes knocked in her first goal of the season - fifth of her career - inside the final six minutes of the first half.

Freshman goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) contributed 41 scoreless minutes in relief of junior starter Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA). Reichardt made four saves in her third career appearance.

Eastern played the match without injured starting forwards Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) and Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ). They. were replaced in the lineup by freshmen Ali Chapman (Watertown) and Jaime Mugavero (Clinton). With assists, sophomore forward Jamie Frink (Colebook) and freshman forward Melissa Goffe (Newington) came off the bench to record their first career points.

Eastern continues conference play Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University.

U. of Southern Maine 3, Eastern Conn. 2

Eastern Conn. (1-6, 0-3 little east)          2    0 -- 2
Southern Maine (3-4, 2-1 little east)        3    0 -- 3

Scoring: S-Bethany Boogie (penalty stroke) 5:34; E-Liz Bolduc (Jamie Frink) 13:46; S-Rolinda Mitchell (Jenn Masessa) 19:54; S-India Lowe 25:39; E-Drew Gomes (Melissa Goffe) 29:28.

Shots: E-16, S-20; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 6 (3 goals allowed, 29:21), Danielle Reichardt 4 (0, 40:39); S-Allison Hill 9. Penalty corners: E-6, S-8.


 Ibsen leads streaking Warriors to second-best hitting percentage of year

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 14 kills and  attacked at .520 in leading the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to its fifth straight victory -- a three-game sweep of Western New England College Thursday night at the Alumni Healthful Living Center. 

The 5-foot-10 inch Ibsen helped Eastern (7-5) to its second-best hitting percentage of the season (.306) in 25-13, 25-19, 25-15 victories. Since bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Trinity College nine days ago, the Warriors have won 14 of their last 15 games in winning five straight matches.

Freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) set the tone by serving the first six points of the first game and  later served the first four points of the final game. Ibsen and freshman right-side hitter Rachael Joy (Huntington Station, NY) each had two kills in staking the Warriors to a quick 8-1 lead in Game 1. In Game 2, Western New England (5-5) commited four service errors to keep the first half of the game close, and the Warriors scored six of the final seven points in the six-point win. After Abelli's serving gave the Warriors a quick 4-0 lead in Game 3, the Warriors were never seriously challenged.

Ibsen was successful on nine of 11 kills at one point in the match, amassing six in a row. She also had three service aces. Classmates Abelli, outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) also played key roles in the victory. Abelli led the Warriors with 17 digs, and Rathbun seven kills and 12 digs. Slonski recorded her fourth straight match of more than 25 set assists, posting a career-high 29. Senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) followed Abelli with 15 digs and added six kills and two service aces. Jaques and Abelli combined to receive 32 serves without an error and to serve 35 balls without a miscue.

 Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Boston, Mass., facing UMass Boston at noon and Keene State College at 2 p.m. As the No. 5 seed, Eastern eliminated top-seeded Keene in the semifinals of last year's LEC tournament.

Eastern Conn. 3, Western New England College 0

Eastern Conn. (7-5)       25    25    25
Western NE (5-5)          13    19    15
















Eastern's SAAC sponsoring special night out for kids

By Courtney Bedocs

Sports Information Staff

fairywithstar_000.jpgEastern Connecticut State University will host  its Seventh Annual Haunted Happening on Friday, October 31. Come join Eastern's student-athletes from 6-8 p.m. in the Geissler Gymnasium of the Sports Center in playing fun games, making spooky arts and crafts, collecting candy, and even competing in the Costume Parade Contest! 

Children 12 years of age and younger can be involved in all of this excitement  to encourage a safe and fun Halloween Holiday.

Eastern's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), comprised of student representatives from each of the department's athletic programs, created Haunted Happening in 2002 in order to provide a safe environment for children to celebrate Halloween. Eastern's student-athletes want to give back to the community and share in Windham County.

If you would like to donate candy to Haunted Happening, or need further information, please contact Janice Patry in the athletic department at 860-465-5315.

Tell your family, friends, and neighbors! Hope to see you there!


Camels score twice inside final 4:24, Warriors drop fifth in row

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Freshman Sierra Olney scored her first career goal with 4:24 left to snap a scoreless tie and senior Lynne Stillings added her first goal of the year one minute and 24 seconds later to lift Connecticut College to its first win of the season, a 2-0 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon.

Conn (1-4), which has lost two of its matches this year to nationally-ranked opponents, dominated the second half with a 13-4 advantage in shots and had a decisive 15-6 advantage in penalty corner in the match, but could not break through until Olney scored in a scramble in front of the cage for her first collegiate goal. Stillings added an insurance goal with three minutes left when she scored inside the left post on a pass across the crease from senior Jenny Roe . Both of the Camels' goal-scorers came off the bench to send Conn to its second win over Eastern (1-5) in as many years.

Roe and Conn sophomore forward Abby Hine evenly split ten of Conn's 21 shots, five of which forced Eastern junior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) to save in order to keep the match scoreless. Mucciarone also got a boost in the first half from sophomore sweeperback  Rachel Cocola (South Windsor), who kicked out a potential goal by the visitors during a melee in front of the cage.

First-year sophomore goalie Robin Edwards made four saves to record her first win in a Conn uniform. Three of her saves came in the second half on four Eastern shots. Mucciarone was called upon for double-digit saves (11) for the third time in four starts this season.

The match marked the return of Eastern sophomore forward Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) and the first appearance of the season by sophomore midfielder Paige Booth (Hollis, NH), both of whom came off the bench. Proud had missed the last three matches with an injury while Booth saw action for the first time this season due to sickness.

The shutout loss was the fifth straight for Eastern after an opening shutout win.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday at 1 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine.

Connecticut College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Conn College (1-4)           0   2 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (1-5)         0   0 -- 0

Scoring: Sierra Olney  65:36; Lynne Stillings (Jenny Roe) 67:00.
Shots: C-21, E-7; Saves: C-Robin Edwards 4, E-Tia Mucciarone 11.

Penalty corners: C-15, E-6.







Warriors score four goals in final 12 minutes of first half in 8-1 win

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Nine different players contributed a goal or assist to power the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to an 8-1 non-conference victory over Husson College Sunday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

The win is the fifth straight this year and sixth in seven outings for Eastern (6-1-0), giving the Warriors their best start after seven games since the 1978 team opened 7-0 en route to a 9-5 final record. Husson (3-5-0) had won three of its previous four entering the match after an 0-3-0 start.

Eastern took a 1-0 lead into the final 12 minutes of the first half before exploding for four goals to build a 5-0 cushion at halftime. Juniors Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), Chris Bourdeau (Thompson), Dustin Huguenin (Gales Ferry) and Mike Vekakis (Colchester) each scored once in that span, with Vekakis also adding an assist and sophomore Justin Millette (Central Village) assisting on two of the goals.

Fantl, an all-region pick last year, finished the afternoon with his second five-point match in the last three. Fantl assisted on Bourdeau's first goal in the22nd minute that gave Eastern a 1-0 lead, scored the second 12 minutes later, and in the opening minutes of the second half, made it 6-0 with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Bourdeau also scored twice - his first and second goals in an Eastern uniform after scoring one goal in two seasons at Assumption College, while senior Kyle Bedini (Manchester) had a goal and assist. Fantl has a goal or assist in five of the six matches in which Eastern has scored this year.

In addition to Bourdeau, Huguenin, Vekakis and freshman Sean Collins (Bristol) found the back of the net for the first time this year. The goal was the first in the career of Collins, who scored on a head ball on his first career shot.

All three Eastern keepers saw the field, with freshman Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) playing the first 51 scoreless minutes to gain his sixth win in seven decisions. Appel, who has allowed only one goal in his last 412 minutes and 44 seconds, lowered his goals-against average to 0.62 and made three saves to improve his save percentage to.852. First-year sophomore Pat Wagner (Naugatuck) made one save over the final nine scoreless minutes in his collegiate debut.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Sunday at noon in a Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 8, Husson College 1

Husson (3-5-0)               0    1 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (6-1-0)     5    3 -- 8

Scoring: E-Chris Bourdeau (Maxim Fantl) 21:31; E-Fantl (Mike Vekakis, Kyle Bedini) 33:26; E-Dustin Huguenin (Justin Millette) 34:10; E-Vekakis (Millette) 38:53; E-Bourdeau (Matt Kalmin) 44:08; E-Fantl (Nicholas Boretti) 46:33; E-Sean Collins (Boretti) 51:27; E-Bedini 63:57; H-Justin Marks 64:42.
Shots: H-8, E-19; Saves: H-Brad Ala 3; E-Carl Appel 3 (0 goals allowed, 51:27), Rick Emery 0 (1 goal allowed, 29:44), Pat Wagner 1 (0 goals allowed, 8:49).
Corner kicks: H-1, E-8.


In opener, Buczek leads Warriors at the finish for first time in his career

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Junior Sam Buczek (Milford) finished in the top 43 percent of the field in leading all Eastern Connecticut State University runners at the tape for the first time in his career Saturday when the Warriors opened their 2008 season with a 22nd-place finish at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners' Invitational on the UMD campus.

Keene State (85 points), like Eastern a member of the Little East Conference, bested a field of 38 teams in capturing the event with a 30-point win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

In 2007, Buczek finished 146th in a field of 225 in a time of 29:20. Saturday, he captured 120th place among 278 finishers, cutting 1:44 off that time with a mark of 27:36.

All five of Eastern's scoring runners placed within 46 spots of each other, with freshmen Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) and Andrew Orum (Griswold) completing the five mile layout within 12 seconds behind Buczek.  In their first collegiate races, Spranzo was timed in  27:44, Orum in 27:48.

Four of Eastern's five returnees bettered their times from a year ago. Behind Buczek, sophomore Ken Landry (East Hampton) was timed in 28:20 (29:00 last year); senior Sean McLaughlin (Branford) came across in 28:33 (29:23 last year); and senior Nicholas Noheimer (Willimantic) was clocked in 29:24 (29:47 last year). Senior Anthony Mendes (North Windham) was Eastern's seventh finisher, earning a time of 30:23.

Eastern competes in the Connecticut College  Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.

Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners'
Cross Country Invitational
at North Dartmouth, Mass.

Run over 5 miles

Team scores
Top 10

1. Keene State 85; 2. U.S. Coast Guard 115; 3. MIT 118; 4. Amherst College 121; 5. Trinity College 137; 6. U. of Southern Maine 178; 7. Brandeis U. 186; 8. Northeastern U. 202; 9. UMass Lowell 204; 10. Springfield College 287.
 22. EASTERN CONN. 673


120. Sam Buczek 27:36; 128. Stephen Spranzo 27:44; 132. Andrew Orum 27:48; 155. Ken Landry 28:20; 166. Sean McLaughlin 28:33; 190. Nicholas Noheimer 29:24; 218. Anthony Mendes 30:23.


Picked for sixth in pre-season, defending champs down No. 3 and No. 4


PLYMOUTH, NH - Selected to finish sixth in the 2008 pre-season coaches' poll, defending Little East Conference playoff champion Eastern Connecticut State University opened conference play by defeating Rhode Island College in four games and sweeping Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.

Paced by a strong freshman class , Eastern (6-5, 2-0 little east) won six straight games on the afternoon after dropping its opener. The Warriors downed Rhode Island College (3-9, 0-1 little east) 17-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 and swept host Plymouth State (7-3, 1-1 little east) 25-21, 26-24, 25-17). Rhode Island was picked to finish fourth in the pre-season poll and 2007 ECAC tournament participant Plymouth third.

Although Eastern attacked at only .124 on the afternoon, it scored 20 points on service aces and commited only seven reception errors for a .935 success rate. The Warriors now have a four-match winning streak that has lifted them over the .500 mark.

On the afternoon, freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) led all Eastern players with 27 kills and added five service aces; freshman outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) had 18 kills, 24 digs and four service aces; senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) ten kills and 37 digs and handled 45 of 48 serve receptions (.938); freshman Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) topped all Eastern players with 54 digs and was successful on 41 of 43 serve receptions (.953); and freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) collected 53 assists.

The win for Eastern over Plymouth avenges a sweep a year ago at Geissler Gym and is the Warriors' fifth in the last six meetings with the Panthers.

Eastern visits Western New England College Thursday at 5 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Rhode Island College 1

Eastern Conn. (5-5, 1-0 little east)     17   25   25   25
R.I. College (3-9, 0-1 little east)         25   21   17   14

Eastern Conn. 3, Plymouth State U. 0

Eastern Conn. (6-5, 2-0 little east)     25    26   25
Plymouth State (7-3, 1-1 little east)   21    24   17


In Little East opener, Warriors defeat Plymouth for tenth straight time, 1-0


PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) scored the only goal of the match midway through the first half Saturday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University for the tenth straight time, 1-0, in the Little East Conference women's soccer opener for both schools at Panther Field.

An all-region player, Gaudette's unassisted goal was a beauty, as she collected the ball in the offensive end and fired a shot from about 30 yards out to the top right corner of the net. The goal came in the 31st minute, and was the third of the season and 19th in the 43-game career of Gaudette, a two-time first-team all-conference selection who played her freshman season at Central Connecticut State University.

The Warriors nearly got on the board 10 minutes earlier, but a strong shot by freshman forward Lauren Greeney (Bethel) bounced solidly off the crossbar.

Eastern finished with a 13-3 advantage in shots in the first half and 20-6 in the game, but could not get any more goals.  Freshman Angelina LaBroad made some nice saves in the Panther goal and finished with nine stops. 

Junior Kim Church (Farmington) needed just two saves to post her third shutout of the season in six starts. She lowered her goals-against average to 0.53 and improved her save percentage to .870.

A winner of three straight, Eastern hosts  defending conference champion Western Connecticut a week from Sunday. The Colonials are ranked No. 17 in Division III.

Eastern Conn. 1, Plymouth State 0

Eastern Conn. (5-1-0, 1-0-0 little east)      1    0   --   1
Plymouth State (2-1-2, 0-1-0 little east)    0    0   --   0

Scoring: Nicole Gaudette 30:23
Shots: E-20, P-6; Saves: E-Kim Church 2, P-Angelina LaBroad 9.
Corner kicks: E-11, P-2.


Mishley and Bedini score goals to snap tie against Plymouth State



WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Scott Mishley (Trumbull) scored the go-ahead goal 61 seconds before halftime and senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) added a second-half insurance goal as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team opened defense of last year's Little East Conference title with a 3-1 victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.


The win is the fourth straight this season for Eastern (5-1-0, 1-0-0 little east), which has lost only two of its last 17 LEC regular-season matches (10-2-5). Coming off a 9-0 non-conference rout of Green Mountain College last Sunday, Plymouth (2-4-0, 0-1-0) has lost four of five since edging Potsdam State, 3-2, in its season-opener.


All-region junior forward Maxim Fantl's (West Hartford) team-leading fourth goal of the season less than two minutes into the match boasted the Warriors into a quick lead. After senior midfielder Pat Connolly tied the match 14 minutes later. Mishley recorded his second goal (both game-winners) with 61 seconds left in the first half on a cross from freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). Bedini scored his first goal of the season on an indirect kick from just outside the box.


Connolly's game-tying goal in the 16th minute snapped Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ)   scoreless streak of 286 minutes and 27 seconds. It  was the first goal allowed by Appel since a 2-0 loss to Trinity College here 12 days ago.


The wins gives the Warriors two straight wins over Plymouth for the first time since 1991-92, when Eastenr posted 4-0 and 3-2 (overtime) victories.


Eastern hosts Husson College Sunday at noon.


Eastern Conn. 3, Plymouth State U. 1


Plymouth State (2-4-0, 0-1-0)                1          0          --         1

Eastern Conn. (5-1-0, 1-0-0)                  2          1          --         3


Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (Justin Millette) 1:37; Pat Connolly 15:10; Scott Mishley (Aaron Smiles) 43:59; Kyle Bedini (James Picarella) 82:26.

Shots: P-6, E-13; Saves: P-Tyler Shute 3, E-Carl Appel 1.

Corner kicks: P-2, E-4.



Behind leader, four runners finish within 33 seconds of each other

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Four Eastern Connecticut State University runners finished within 33 seconds of each other behind team leader Karina Johnson (East Hartford) as the Warriors opened their 2008 season Saturday with a 35th-place finish in a field of 41 teams at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners' Invitational on the UMD campus.

Johnson, last year's Little East Conference cross country Female Rookie-of-the-Year, led all Eastern runners at the tape for the seventh straight time in her career, clocking a time of 21:09  -- good enough for  154th place overall (139th among scoring runners) in a field of 310 finishers. Last year, Johnson was 66th in a field of 222 in a time of 20:00.

MIT (67 points) outdueled Amherst College (88) to claim the team title, with third-place Brandeis University well back with 130 points.

Behind Johnson, a pack of four Eastern runners (three of them sophomores) completed the 5,000 meter layout within 33 seconds of each other. Following Johnson were sophomore Krista Juliano (Granby), senior Clara Juncadella (Guilford), sophomore Melissa Healy (Naugatuck), and first-year sophomore Ashlee James (Franklin).  Juliano was 235th  overall (22:36), Juncadella 239th (22:43) ; Melissa Healy 243rd (22:46), and James 253rd ( 23:09). Among that group, Healy knocked nearly two minutes off her time from a year ago. Completing Eastern's top seven were sophomore Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and senior Jessica Maciolek (Ellington). Ericson was 274th overall (23:56) and Maciolek 28th (24:53).

Eastern competes in the Connecticut College  Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.

Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners'
Cross Country Invitational
at North Dartmouth, Mass.
Run over 5,000 meters

Team scores
Top 10

1. MIT 67; 2. Amherst College 88; 3. Brandeis U. 130; 4. Colby College 132; 5. Springfield College 153; 6. Keene State 196; 7. Conn College 224; 8. Holy Cross 239; 9. Westfield State College 299; 10. Trinity College 328.
35. EASTERN CONN. 1,001


154. Karina Johnson 21:09; 235. Krista Juliano 22:36; 239. Clara Juncadella 22:43; 243. Melissa Healy 22:46; 253. Ashlee James 23:09; 274. Amanda Ericson 23:56; 286. Jessica Maciolek 24:53; 301. Ellen Devlin 29:08.


In LEC field hockey, Barry scores only goal in sudden death overtime


MANSFIELD,, Conn. - Stephanie Barry knocked in the only goal of the match in a scramble in front of the cage in the 82nd minute of play that lifted the Bridgewater State College field hockey team to a 1-0 sudden death overtime victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon.

Bridgewater (2-4, 1-1 little east) snaps a three-game losing streak with the victory that sends Eastern (1-4, 0-2 little east) to its fourth straight shutout loss after an opening shutout victory.

The teams, which had combined for only eight goals all season, played through 70 scoreless minutes of regulation. With 11:24 gone in sudden death, Barry finally connected with a goal on her seventh shot of the match. Barry finished off a shot from in close by Bethany Bush, with Barry knocking it inside the post past Eastern junior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA).

Bridgewater, last year's ECAC New England champion, had a number of overtime opportunites before Barry recorded the game-ending goal - her first goal of the season. In a two-minute span in the OT session, Bridgewater forced Mucciarone to kick out four shots, two coming off the stick of reserve Shephanie Lannon.

Forward Ali Chapman (Watertown), one of seven freshmen to see action in the game for Eastern, made her first start in place of sophomore Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ). Proud missed her third game after being hit in the eye with the ball in warmups prior to last Saturday's LEC opener at Keene State.

Mucciarone, coming off a 13-save effort against No. 16 ranked Babson Thursday night, kicked out a penalty stroke by Kelly Downs with 24:55 left in regulation that kept the match scoreless to that point.

Eastern hosts Connecticut College Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Bridgewater State College 1, Eastern Conn. 0, ot

Bridgewater (2-4, 1-1 little east)         0    0   (1) -- 1
Eastern Conn. (1-4, 0-2 little east)     0    0   (0) -- 0

Scoring: Stephanie Barry (Bethany Bush) 81:24.
Shots: B-18, E-6. Saves: B-Katie Weber 4, E-Tia Mucciarone 9.
Penalty corners: B-4, E-9.





 In first meeting, Warriors ease past Trailblazers, 25-4, 25-23, 25-12

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) served 11 consecutive points to spark a first-game rout and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team breezed past Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts by winning three games in 56 minutes  Thursday night at the MCLA Campus Center. Game scores were 25-4, 25-23, 25-12.

In the first meeting between the programs, Eastern (4-5) attacked at .400 in the first game and finished the match with a season-best mark of .355.  Behind Dinihanian and senior middle hitter Alexandra Silvestros (North Branford), Eastern also added a season-high 14 service aces. Dinihanian and Silvestros had four apiece.

The Warriors raced to a 13-0 lead in Game 1, with Dinihanian serving the final 11 straight. Behind the serving of freshman Nicki Anderson (East Lyme) Eastern broke a 10-10 tie in Game 2 by scoring four straight points. Consecutive reception errors allowed the Trailblazers to pull to within a point late in the match before junior outside hitter Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) collected one of her season-high nine kills to end the match.

Silvestros served all four of her match aces in Game 3, three coming in a span of four serves that gave the Warriors a quick 11-5 lead. The hosts pulled to within three points midway through the match, but Anderson recorded both of her aces in the game later as the Warriors pulled away. Eastern was credited with eight aces in that final game.

Behind Tuggle, sophomore middle hitter Christina Schirone (Pelham, NY) had six kills on as many attack attempts, and senior setter Jen Braswell (Wilton) was 5-for-7 without an error. She also amassed 21 set assists. Sophomore right side Rachael Joy (Huntington Station, NY) had five kills without an error. Freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) led the way with nine digs despite playing only the first game. Dinihanian followed with six digs, Braswell, Tuggle and Anderson adding five each.

Four of Eastern's regular players saw limited or no playing time, as the Warriors set their sights on the 2008 Little East Conference openers Saturday at Plymouth, NH. Eastern faces Rhode Island College at 2 p.m. and Plymouth State at 4.  The Warriors were rated sixth in the pre-season coaches poll after winning last year's LEC playoff title.

Eastern Conn. 3, Mass College 0

Eastern Conn. (4-5)     25    25    25
Mass College (3-4)       4    23    12





Mucciarone makes 13 saves, but Beavers score three goals in 5:30 span

BABSON PARK, Mass. - The nationally-ranked Babson College field hockey team scored four times in the final 23 minutes to claim a 4-0 victory over visiting Eastern Connecticut State University in a non-conference matchup at MacDowell Field Thursday night. 

The win is the fifth in this series for Babson (5-1) without a loss against Eastern (1-3), which was shut out for the third straight match.

In a contest that was much closer than the final score indicated, Eastern kept Babson off the board for the first 45 minutes of play thanks in large part to junior goalkeeper Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA), who finished a strong effort with 13 saves. The Warriors also threatened several times at the other end but were held to just two shots by the Beavers' stalwart defense, which featured strong efforts from senior co-captain Megan Paglialunga and sophomore Sam Sulliman.

Babson finally broke through with 23 minutes left, as freshman Erika Hansen tipped a pass from sophomore Colleen Kelly just inside the right post for the game's first goal. The Beavers then erupted for three straight goals in a span of 5:30 later in the period, beginning when Kelly took a pass from junior Jess Paladino on a penalty corner and blasted a shot past Mucciarone at 63:03. Senior co-captain Nicole Cemelli added another when she redirected a Paladino shot into the cage at 67:12 and sophomore Sarah Fredlund tipped in a Kelly feed at 68:37 for the 4-0 final.

Mucciarone made nine of her 13 saves in the second half to keep Eastern close, while Babson freshman Jessica Pashos made her only save of the contest in the first half.

Eastern looks for its first Little East Conference win after an opening loss when it hosts Bridgewater State College Saturday in its home-opener at 1 p..m.

Babson College 4, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (1-3)   0  0 --  0
Babson (5-1)             0  4 --  4

Scoring: Erika Hansen (Colleen Kelly) 46:52; Kelly (Jess Paladino) 63:03; Nicole Cemelli (Paladino) 67:12; Sarah Fredlund (Kelly) 68:37.
Shots: E-2, B-25; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 13, B-Jessica Pashos 1.



 Warriors win final three games to snap four-game losing streak

HARTFORD, Conn.  - Freshmen Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Molly Rathbun (Hebron) each had 16 kills to help pace the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a five-game comeback victory over Trinity College Tuesday night at the Ferris Athletic Center.

After dropping the first two games by a total of seven points (25-23, 25-20), Eastern (3-5) got one back by taking Game 3, 25-18, evening the match with a 25-20 win in Game 4, and erasing an early 3-0 deficit by scoring five of seven points to break a 10-10 and go on to a 15-12 win in the decisive game that snapped a four-year losing streak at the hands of Trinity (4-3).

The team leader this year in kills and attack percentage, Ibsen attacked at a team-leading .214 against Trinity, with Rathbun collecting 11 digs to go along with her kills. Ranked sixth all-time at Eastern in digs, senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) combined with freshman Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) and Rathbun for 77 digs and was the third Eastern player in double figures with 12 kills. Abelli led all players with 31 digs, with Jaques adding 25 and Rathburn 21.

Freshman Samantha Slonski (Griswold) came off the bench for 26 set assists. Junior Courtney Sims (Manchester) had five blocks, senior Jen Braswell (Wilton) adding four and Ibsen and Rathbun two each.

Eastern visits Mass College of Liberal Arts Thursday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Trinity College 2

Eastern Conn. (3-5)         23    20   25   25   15
Trinity (4-3)                     25    25   18   20   12



Against Kean, freshman keeper extends scoreless streak to 271:17 minutes

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - All-New England Region forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) contributed to all of Eastern Connecticut State University's goal by scoring two and assisting on one in leading the Warriors to a 3-1 inter-regional victory over Kean University Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Unranked in New England, Eastern (4-1-0) defeated Kean (4-3-1) in the first meeting between the programs since 1994. The Cougars are ranked No. 6 in the Metro Region. The win is the second over a regionally-ranked Metro Region team for Eastern in four days. Saturday, the Warriors edged homestanding Ramapo College, 1-0. The Roadrunners were rated eighth at the time, and are currently ranked ninth in the most recent NSCAA regional poll, released today.

A co-captain, Fantl scored on one-on-one situations twice, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a pass from senior back and co-captain Kyle Bedini (Manchester). After setting up junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) for the second goal of the match 12 minutes later, Fantl scored his team-leading third goal of the year to make it 3-0 when he chased down a pass from senior midfielder James Picarella (Brewster, NY) and beat Kean sophomore keeper Alfredo Oquendo with a grond ball inside the far post.

Freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ), who stopped two penalty kicks in Saturday's victory over Ramapo, made three saves over the first 77 minutes to extend his personal scoreless streak to 271 minutes and 17 seconds. Appel had recorded shutouts in his last two starts and has not given up a goal since allowed the second of two goals with 14:30 left in a 2-0 loss against Trinity Sept. 8. Appel was named the Little East Conference Goalkeeper-of-the-Week Monday.

Kean did not put a shot on Appel until six minutes had expired in the second half, but forced the keeper to make two saves in a period of 30 seconds in an effort to cut into Eastern's 2-0 halftime lead. Kean broke through for its only goal against Eastern first-year junior keeper Rick Emery (Brewster, NY) with ten minutes left when freshman forward Sergio Marchuk scored on his only shot of the match.

Eastern opens defense of its 2007 conference championship Saturday against visiting Plymouth State University at 1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Kean U. 1

Kean (4-3-1)                   0   1 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (4-1-0)      2   1 -- 3

Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (Kyle Bedini) 24:22; E-Nicholas Boretti (Aaron Smiles, Fantl) 36:55; E-Fantl (James Picarella) 59:23; K-Sergio Marchuk 80:23.
Shots: K-8, E-10; Saves: K-Kyle Kemp 1 (2 goals allowed, 45:00), Alfredo Oquendo 1 (1, 45:00); E-Carl Appel 3 (0 goals allowed, 76:47), Rick Emery 1 (1 goal allowed, 13:13). Corner kicks: K-9, E-11.


Warriors run unbeaten home streak to 16 with win over Johnson & Wales

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team scored twice in a span of eight minutes early in the second half and went on to a 4-0 non-conference victory over Johnson & Wales University Sunday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field that represented ninth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio's 100th career coaching win.

Seniors Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) and Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) put Eastern (4-1-0)  in control by scoring less than eight minutes apart early in the second half, the goals pushing the Warriors into a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half.

Now 13-0-3 in its last 16 matches at home, Eastern's seventh straight win over Johnson & Wales (4-2-0) gave D'Ambrosio his 100th women's soccer coaching win - all of them coming at Eastern. Having taken over as the program's all-time winningest coach with his 54th career win in 2004, D'Ambrosio now stands at 100-50-12 in 162 matches for a program-best winning mark of .654.

Soon after freshman Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) had a headed rebound goal disallowed due to an offside call, freshman Lauren Greeney (Bethel) scored the only goal of the first half in the 9th minute. Gaudette gave Eastern a 2-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half when she drove a free kick from the top of the box to the left of the Johnson & Wales wall inside the left post. Sophomore Alicia DeMaio (Vernon) recorded her first career point with an assist when Merheb beat Wildcat sophomore keeper Kory Blythe with 12 minutes left that rounded out the scoring.

Johnson & Wales freshman forward Samantha Reynolds left the game with a knee injury with 21:23 left. Reynolds has scored six of her team's 16 goals to date. She took three of her team's eight  shots in the game, her one shot on net proving to be her team's best chance. Midway through the first half, Reynolds was 1-on-1 with Eastern junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) after collecting a long pass up the middle and splitting two defenders, but Church came up with the save to preserve Eastern's 1-0 lead to that point.

Church, who combined on the shutout with freshman Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) - who played the final 18 uneventful minutes in her debut- made her second outstanding save of the first half with 18 minutes left when she smothered a doorstep shot by junior Jennifer Paquin. Paquin was attempting to tuck a shot inside the left post after receiving a re-directed pass in the box from sophomore Colleen Marasco off a corner kick by freshman Caitlyn Albert.

D'Ambrosio was named head coach on a part-time basis in 2000 after serving two seasons as an assistant to former head coach Matt Paton. Despite his part-time status, the Coventry native and Andover resident has won more regular-season Little East Conference matches (39) and shares the best winning percentage (.827) among all  conference head women's soccer coaches in the last eight years. He has won or shared two regular-season LEC titles and captured conference playoff championships in 2003 and 2005.

"I think any kind of milestone like (100 wins) is good for the program. Personally, I don't' look at those kinds of things", noted D'Ambrosio. "The big picture is that we have good quality student-athletes who are strong academically, exhibit good citizenship, and have great athleticism.  We're certainly trying to teach the big picture by having our student-athletes going out in the world and making a difference in a positive light, not just athletically."

Eastern opens conference play Saturday at Plymouth State University at 1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, Johnson & Wales U. 0

Johnson & Wales (4-2-0)     0    0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (4-1-0)          1   3 -- 4

Scoring: Lauren Greeney 8:02; Nicole Gaudette 60:34; Meghan Ryczek (Taylor MacDonald) 68:26; Jo-Ann Merheb (Alicia DeMaio, Gaudette) 78:20.
Shots: J-8, E-26; Saves: J-Kory Blythe 9; E-Kim Church 6 (72:00), Theresa Pagnozzi 0 (18:00). Corner kicks: J-3, E-9.


In volleyball, Warriors swept by Wellesley, Middlebury and Amherst

WELLESLEY, Mass. -  In the most competitive invitational tournament of the regular season, the Eastern Connecticut State University  women's volleyball team was swept in weekend losses to Wellesley College, Middlebury College and Amherst College at the Wellesley College Quad at the Keohane Sports Center.

Eastern (2-5) dropped a 25-19, 25-10, 25-13 decision to host Wellesley (7-0) Friday night, and lost 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 to Middlebury (1-2) and 25-6, 25-16 , 25-17 to Amherst (6-1) Saturday afternoon. Eastern, Wellesley and Amherst all qualified for NCAA tournament play last year, with Amherst advancing to the national quarterfinals.

The Warriors put themselves in position to win the all-important first games against Wellesley and Amherst, but came up short in both games, and never recovered in the match. Against Wellesley, the Blue broke an 18-all tie to score seven of the final eight points. Middlebury snapped a 23-all tie by scoring the final two points on reception and attack errors by the Warriors. In Game 2 against Middlebury, Eastern was tied as late as 19-19 efore the Panthers scored the final six points. Three successive kills lifted Middlebury from the tie in that game.

In the three-game loss to Amherst, the Warriors put together a season-high .953 reception percentage. Senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) combined to receive 40 serves without an error in that match.

Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) topped all Eastern players in the tournament with 19 kills and four service aces; Jaques had 12 kills, 28 digs and had a .916 reception percentage on a team-high 83 attempts; freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron), one of three freshmen in the starting lineup, added 11 kills and 22 digs; senior setter Jen Braswell (Wilton) 49 set assists and 17 digs and served 22 balls with only three errors; and Abelli led all players with 30 digs, had an .889 reception percentage on 54 attempts, and served 21 ball without an error.

In nine tournament games, the Warriors attacked at only .043, received at .882 and commited 18 service errors.

Eastern visits Trinity College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Wellesley College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (2-3)     19  10  13
Wellesley (5-0)           25  25  25

Middlebury College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Middlebury (1-1)        25   25  25
Eastern Conn. (2-4)  23   19   18
                                     Amherst College 3,
Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (2-5)    6   16   17
Amherst (6-1)           25   25  25



Following 4-2 victory, Warriors now 12-0-3 in last 15 home matches

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sarah Swann (Oxford) scored twice and helped the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 25-5 advantage in shots in a 4-2 non-conference victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

With the win, Eastern (3-1) extends its home field unbeaten streak to 15 (12-0-3). It was the 99th coaching win at Eastern for ninth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio. Coast Guard (2-2) has lost to Eastern four times in five meetings alltime against the Warriors.

All of the scoring in the match came in the second half. Despite holding a 14-1 margin in shots in the first half, the Warriors could not break through until freshman Lauren Greeney (Bethel) took a through-ball from former high school teammate Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel), freed herself with a couple dribbles, and beat Coast Guard freshman keeper Erin Nolan from inside the box. Swann made it 2-0 less than three minutes later. Senior Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) sent a corner kick over Nolan's outstretched hands toward the far post, where Swann one-timed past Nolan.

Both of Coast Guard's goals came when the Bears played long balls over the top of the Eastern defense, with junior Katie Kurek beating the Eastern keeper to the ball each time. Despite the loss, Coast Guard has already exceeded its win total of a year ago, when it lost 14 of 15 matches.

After Kurek's first goal early in the second half cut the Eastern lead to one, Eastern senior Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) converted a penalty kick and Swann followed with her second goal on another pass from Gaudette to push the lead to 4-1 with 8:33 left. Ryczek took the penalty kick after Swann was taken down by Nolan on a one-on-one opportunity.

The Bears were outshot 25-5, but managed to score goals on two of the three shots which it put on net. Junior Kim Church (Farmington) made one save and allowed one goal over the first 78:30 to earn her third win of the year against a loss. In her collegiate debut, first-year ophomore keeper Caitlin Cravens (Ellsworth, ME) protected a 4-1 lead over the final 11:30. The goal she allowed came with 30 seconds left.

Eastern hosts Johnson & Wales University Sunday at 1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2

Coast Guard (2-2)        0     2 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (3-1)      0    4 -- 4

Scoring: E-Lauren Greeney (Jo-Ann Merheb) 45:50; E-Sarah Swann (Nicole Gaudette) 48:27; C-Katie Kurek 51:15; E-Meghan Ryczek (penalty kick) 70:49; E-Swann (Gaudett) 81:27; Kurek 89:30.
Shots: C-5, E-25; Saves: C-Erin Nolan 11; E-Kim Church 1 (1 goal allowed, 78:30), Caitlin Cravens 0 (1 goal allowed, 11:30).
Corner kicks: C-2, E-9.



Mishley,  Smiles combine for only goal and  Appel stops two PK's 


MAHWAH, N.J. - Freshmen Scott Mishley (Trumbull) and Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA)  combined to score the only goal and classmate Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) stopped  two second-half penalty kicks to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 1-0 inter-regional win over Ramapo College of New Jersey Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Center.

At right: Carl Appel

The win is only the second in this ten-game series for Eastern (3-1), which has been shutout out seven times by the Road Runners (3-3). Ramapo is ranked No. 8 in the Metro Region.

 Midway through the first half,  Smiles found Mishley  on a corner kick, and Mishley ripped a shot past Ramapo goalkeeper Brad Stockton for the only score of the match. It was Mishley's first career goal and Smiles' first career point. Mishley's first point had come on an assist in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Connecticut College.

In the second half, Appel made two game-saving saves on penalty kicks, the second coming with just 1:25 left in regulation. It was the second straight shutout for Appel, who collected five saves on 13 Ramapo shots. Stockton was called upon to make eight saves on an identical number of shots.

Eastern hosts Kean University Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The Cougars are ranked No. 5 in the Metro Region.

Eastern Conn. 1, Ramapo College 0

Eastern Conn. (3-1)     1    0   - 1
Ramapo (3-3)              0    0  - 0

Scoring: Scott Mishley (Aaron Smiles) 22:48.
Shots: E-13, R-13; Saves: E-Carl Appel 5, R-Brad Stockton 8. Corner kicks: E-5, R-11.



        In conference opener for both teams, Owls breeze to 8-0 victory 
LEClogo-1WEB.jpgKEENE, NH - In its initial quest to return to the Little East Conference playoffs for the first time in four years, the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team was soundly beaten by two-time defending champion Keene State College, 8-0, Saturday in the conference opener for both teams at the Owl Athletic Complex.
A winner of its last five straight after an opening loss, Keene (5-1, 1-0 little east) scored three first-half goals in a span of of under five minutes and went on to hand Eastern (1-2, 0-1 little east) its second 8-0 loss in its last two matches. Keene has downed Eastern the last seven times the teams have met.

Keene was led by junior forward Carly Benning and junior back Alyssa Rowell, who finished the game with two goals each. Senior forward Elizabeth Rand, junior midfielder Erin Dallas, senior back Heather McDougall, and freshman Sabrina Carey also found the back of the net for the Owls.

Eastern was outshot 29-7, with freshman Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) making six saves in the first half in her first collegiate start (second appearance). Junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA)  made four saves in the second half.

Eastern visits nationally-ranked Babson College Thursday at 6 p.m.

Keene State College 8, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (1-2, 0-1 little east)      0 0   -- 0
Keene State (5-1, 1-0 little east)        3 5  -- 8

Scoring: Carly Benning (Leigh Smith ) 13:48; Elizabeth Rand (Elizabeth Coffin) 17:36; Alyssa Rowell (Samantha Blanchard) 18:29; Benning (Chelsea Blackmer) 36:26; Erin Dallas 44:11; Rowell (penalty stroke) 44:43; Heather McDougall 57:31; Sabrina Cary (Tara Murphy) 57:31.
Shots: E-7, K-29; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 6 (3 goals allowed, 35:00), Tia Mucciarone 4 (5, 35:00).
Penalty corners: E-6, K-13.



Freshman Appel records first shutout in Warriors' non-conference win

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Freshman midfielder Kyle Wallace (Storrs) came off the bench to score his first collegiate goal and freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made three saves for his first collegiate shutout as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team blanked Connecticut College, 2-0, in a non-conference match Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak at the hands of Conn (0-1) for Eastern (2-1), which had scored only one goal in those four losses.

Wallace, a first-year transfer from Ohio Wesleyan University, gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead four-and-a-half minutes before the break when he buried the rebound of a shot by all-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) that was punched out by Conn senior keeper Ted Lane. Fantl helped Eastern put the game away with 20 minutes left when he sprung junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) for a breakaway goal. Boretti had moved up from his normal position to start at back in place of injured forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich).

Conn nearly took a lead in the first eight minutes of play but couldn't capitalize on bids from senior midfielder Chris Meinke and sophomore forward Trevor Prophet. Appel made a diving stop and covered up on Meinke's hard shot from the right of the goal. Minutes later, Prophet, who led Conn in scoring with six goals as a freshman, sent a header wide of the right post.

Two key second-half defensive plays by the Warriors kept their lead intact. Stationed on the right post, sophomore midfielder Justin Millette (Central Village) first cleared Prophet's potential tying goal off the goal line. Thirteen minutes into the second period, Appel robbed Conn freshman midfielder Oscar Brown's doorstep attempt with his best save of the afternoon.

With 12 minutes left, Boretti limped off the field with a sprained ankle and is expected to miss Saturday non-conference game at Ramapo College.

Eastern Conn. 2, Connecticut College 0

Conn College (0-1)       0    0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (2-1)     1    1 -- 2

Scoring: Kyle Wallace (Maxim Fantl) 40:24; Nicholas Boretti (Scott Mishley, Fantl) 70:08.
Shots: C-9, E-7; Saves: C-Ted Lane 2, E-Carl Appel 3. Corner kicks: C-3, E-8.



Bantams score second-half goals 14 minutes apart to blank m-soccer


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman forward Dan Mayernick and junior forward Samuel Wisner scored second-half goals 14 minutes apart to lift Trinity College to a 2-0 victory over the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team in the Warriors' home-opener Monday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.


Eastern (1-1) was shut out by Trinity (2-0) for the fifth time in the last six meetings. Last year, the Warriors snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) with a 3-1 road win on the way to winning their first Little East Conference playoff title.


Coming off its first winning season in nine years - as well as a season-opening 5-0 win over Albertus Magnus Saturday -- Trinity had several opportunities in the final minutes of the first half, but couldn't break through until Mayernick took a return pass from senior midfielder Michael Van Beuren after his own throw-in in the 62nd minute and beat Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) with a sliding shot in the box. Wisner, who nearly broke through for a goal midway through the first half, made it 2-0 when he one-timed a pass from sophomore midfielder Peter Marlette in the box inside the far left post.


All six of Trinity's second-half shots were on net as the Bantams scored twice and forced Appel to make four saves. Senior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich) proved to be Eastern's most legitimate threat against Trinity. Ehwarieme took nearly half (six of 14) of Eastern's shot, but forced Trinity senior keeper Zac Trudeau to make only one save on those attempts. Last year, Trudeau played the second half in net against the Warriors and was saddled with the loss after giving up two goals.


Eastern came up empty despite matching Trinity in shots, and holding a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Both keepers were credited with six saves.


Eastern hosts Connecticut College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.


Trinity College 2, Eastern Conn. 0


Trinity (2-0)                    0          2          --          2

Eastern Conn. (1-1)    0          0          --          0


Scoring: Dan Mayernick (Michael Van Beuren) 61:34; Samuel Wisner (Peter Marlette) 75:30.

Shots: T-14, E-14; Saves: T-Zac Trudeau 6, E-Carl Appel 6.

Corner kicks: T-2, E-7.



Warriors win two of three; freshman Ibsen all-tournament selection

BEVERLY, Mass. - Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) had 11 kills, 20 digs and handled 27 serves without an error to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Salve Regina University that guaranteed the Warriors third place in a field of eight teams at the Endicott College Invitational at the Post Center Saturday.

Eastern (2-2) put themselves in the winners' bracket with a three-game sweep of Bridgewater State College Friday night before losing in three games (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) to eventual tournament champion Endicott (5-1) in its first match Saturday. Eastern defeated Salve (1-3) 25-18, 19-25, 25-12, 25-13. After splitting the first two games with Salve, Eastern pulled away in the critical third game by scoring the final six points.

A returning second-team All-Little East Conference outside hitter, Jaques had 19 kills and 43 digs in the tournament and commited only two errors on 60 reception attempts (.967 percent).

One of three freshmen starters in the lineup, 5-foot-10 inch Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) represented the Warriors on the all-tournament team. Ibsen led Eastern with 26 kills in the tournament and also served nine aces. Freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron), who joined classmates Ibsen and Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) in the lineup, followed Ibsen with 21 tournament kills and also chipped in with 25 digs. Abelli, the team's designed defensive player, topped all Eastern players with 50 digs and 66 reception attempts and also had a .974 success rate on 38 serves.

Senior setter Jen Braswell (Wilton) collected 65 assists in the tournament, and also recorded 17 digs and served four aces.

Against Salve, Ibsen (13) and Jaques (11) combined for 24 kills and Abelli (21) and Jaques (20) teamed  for 41 digs and were perfect on a combined total of 46 reception attempts.

Jaques and Abelli each had ten digs against Endicott, which featured six players standing at least 5-foot-10 inches  after reaching last year's NCAA Division III regional title match. The Warriors attacked at -.010 against the Gulls, who went on to defeat Bowdoin in four games in the tournament championship game.

Eastern competes in the Wellesley College Quad this weekend, facing the host team in its Friday opener at 5 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Bridgewater State College 0

Bridgewater State (0-1)      18   20   18
Eastern Conn. (1-1)           25   25   25

Endicott College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (1-2)          13   18   17
Endicott College (5-1)       25   25   25

Eastern Conn. 3, Salve Regina U. 1

Salve Regina (1-3)           18   25   12   13
Eastern Conn. (2-2)         25   19   25   25



Springfield hands Warriors first loss of season, wins its own tournament

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A pair of second half goals - both of which were headers on re-starts - lifted the Springfield College women's soccer team needed to top Eastern Connecticut, 2-0, at a rain-soaked Irv Schmid Sports Complex Saturday evening in the championship game of the Springfield College Invitational.

The win is the first for Springfield (2-0) against Eastern (2-1) under ninth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, whose teams had beaten the Pride three times earlier this decade.
In a match hampered by constant rain and gusts of winds, the Pride and Warriors battled to a scoreless first half. With very sloppy conditions, both teams struggled to find their rhythm.
Springfield finally netted the first goal of the three minutes into the second half off a free-kick opportunity. From 30 yards out on the right hand side, Delaney Cantrall  lofted a high cross into the box. Courtney Price, a 5-10 sophomore, rose up above everyone else in the box and headed the ball past Eastern junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington). The goal was the first allowed this year by Church, who had posted consecutive 2-0 shutouts in the first two matches of the season.

Cantrall added her second assist of the night as her corner kick 12 minutes later found the head of Nicole Hanewich. Hanewich flicked the ball just inside the near post to give the home team a two-goal advantage.

Sue Jenney posted her second consecutive shutout as she recorded four saves. Church stopped five shots.

Friday, Eastern had advanced to the title game with a 2-0 win over Utica College  while the Pride downed Westfield State College 3-1. All-region midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) scored the only goal Church would need in that match 61 seconds into the match and senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) added an insurance goal ten minutes into the second half on an assist from freshman midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel).

Eastern hosts Bridgewater State College Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field.

Springfield College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (2-1)             0     0 -- 0
Springfield College (2-0)       0     2 -- 2

Scoring: Courtney Price (Delaney Cantrall) 47:58; Nicole Hanewich (Cantrall) 60:16.
Shots: E-5, S-11; Saves: E-Kim Church 5, S-Sue Jenney 4.



At Westfield, midfielders Esposito and Picarella team on game-winning goal

WESTFIELD, Mass. - Freshman midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) volleyed home a crossing pass from senior midfielder James Picarella (Brewster, NY) to break a tie with eight minutes left and send the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 2-1 season-opening non-conference victory over Westfield State College Wednesday night.

 In the season opener for both teams that was delayed 70 minutes because of lightning, the Warriors never trailed. They took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when co-captains Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and Kyle Bedini (Manchester) hooked up on the first goal of the 2008 season. Fantl, an all-region selection as a sophomore, scored his 17th career goal in his 40th career match on a ball served by Bedini over the top of the Owls' defense.

 The Warriors did not allow Westfield a shot in the first half and they were able to protect that lead until the hosts broke through with just under 17 minutes left. Senior midfielder Jeff Trudeau beat Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) after receiving a throw-in from junior back Justin Hilchuk.

 Esposito's go-ahead goal came minutes after Eastern had an apparent go-ahead goal nullified after being called offside.

 Appel was called upon to make only two saves in gaining a victory in his collegiate debut.

 Eastern opens its home season Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-conference match against Bridgewater State College.

 Eastern Conn. 2, Westfield State College 1

Eastern Conn. (1-0)                1          1 -- 2

Westfield State (0-1)               0          1 -- 1

 Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl 14:23; W-Jeff Trudeau (Justin Hilchuk) 73:01; E-Matt Esposito (James Picarella) 81:42.

Shots: E-11, W-7; Saves: E-Carl Appel 2, W-Michael Thompson 7.

Corner kicks: E-7, W-2.



In opener, Warriors get points from seven different players in win

BOSTON - The Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team opened the 2008 season with a convincing 5-0 non-conference victory over Wheelock College Wednesday night in a match played at the Winsor School.

Seven different players contributed a goal or an assist for Eastern, which potted goals on its first two shots of the season in dominating play throughout. Starting five freshmen, the  Warriors scored twice in a span of less than three minutes to open up a quick 2-0 lead 12 minutes into play. They made it 3-0 by halftime and tacked on two insurance goals late in the match.

Sophomore forward Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) scored twice, with freshman forward Devon Agule (Acton, MA) assisting on Eastern's first goal  and scoring its second. Freshman midfielder Erika Malito (Killingly) also had a goal and assist. Forward Ali Chapman (Watertown) and back Liz Bolduc (Stonington), both freshmen, also picked up their first career points with a goal and assist, respectively.

The Warriors outshot Wheelock (0-1) 17-6 in support of junior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA)  who turned back four shots to record the second full match shutout of her two-year career. The hosts were unable to record their first shot until just 11 minutes remained in the first half, with Mucciarone making a routine save on a bid by junior forward Kelsey McAuliffe.

Eastern set the tone early, outshooting the Wildcats 10-2 in the first half and limiting Wheelock to just two shots before the break.

Eastern stopped a string of four straight road losses dating back to last year. It was the team's first road shutout since mid-September of last year, when it posted a 2-0 Little East Conference victory at Bridgewater State College.

The Warriors open their home season Saturday when they host Manhattanville College in a non-conference match at 4 p.m.

                                       Eastern Conn. 5, Wheelock College 0

Eastern Conn. (1-0)         3        2   --  5
Wheelock (0-1)               0        0  ---  0
Scoring: E-Ashley Del Vecchio (Devon Agule) 9:22; Agule (Liz Bolduc) 12:08; Melanie Proud (Erika Malito) 25:33; Proud (Dana McLaughlin) 55:00; Ali Chapman (Malito) 55:42.
Shots: E-17, W-6; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 4, Meredith Race 8.


Roger Williams rebounds from first-game loss to win three in a row

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Rebekah Dion had 12 kills without an error and added seven blocks as the Roger Williams University women's volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak at the hands of Eastern Connecticut State University with a four-game victory in the Warriors' season-opener Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

In its debut under first-year head coach Peter Viteritti, Eastern emerged with an opening 25-21 victory before  Roger Williams (5-1) reeled off three straight, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 to post a rare win over the Warriors. Eastern had won 17 of 19 in this series against the Hawks.

The 5-foot-11 inch Dion attached at .667 (12-for-18 without an error) and also led her team with two block solos and five block assists.

Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) combined for 23 of the Warriors' 40 kills, but Eastern commited 31 attack errors and attacked at just .050. Jaques, a second-team All-Little East Conference pick last year, totaled a team-high 12 kills and Ibsen 11. Jaques also served 11 balls without an error, made just one error on 27 reception attempts, and collected a team-high 23 digs. Freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire), one of three freshmen in Eastern's starting lineup, served 19 balls with just one error, cleanly handled 27 of 30 receptions,  and followed Jaques with 22 digs. Senior setter Jen Braswell (Wilton) had 29 set assists and 13 digs and freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) 11 digs.

Setter Kirsten Bosworth set 28 assists for Roger Williams, Kristina Dolan following Dion with nine kills. Jill Hurd led the Hawks with 21 digs, Brittney Sullivan digging 17.

Eastern competes in the Endicott College Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Roger Williams U. 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Roger Williams (5-1)      21  25  25  25 
Eastern Conn. (0-1)       25  17  17  18




Warriors run home unbeaten streak to 14 with 2-0 victory over Valiants

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) needed only four minutes to record her first career goal  and junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) needed just three saves to post her second career full shutout as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team opened its 2008 season with a 2-0 victory over Manhattanville College Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

With the win, Eastern stretches its home unbeaten streak to 14 (11-0-3). Manhattanville (1-1), coached by former Eastern head coach Matt Paton, was coming off a 1-0 season-opening win over Ursinus Friday. Ninth-year Eastern head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, the program's winningest coach, moved to within three of his 100th coaching victory at Eastern.

After her first career shot sailed just high and landed on top of the net, Merheb took a pass from junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) minutes later and beat Valiant sophomore keeper Ali Bromson with 16 minutes left in the first half to give Church the only support that she needed.

The Warriors had the better of play after the opening 20 minutes of play. Eastern was unable to add to its slim lead until just 4:26 remained. At that point, junior forward Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) volleyed a crossing pass from sophomore back Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) on the left wing under the crossbar. It was Hickey's first career point and MacDonald's fifth career goal.

MacDonald was foiled by Bromson with a quick turnaround shot from 15 yards midway through the first half that kept the match scoreless at that point.

Church made two key saves to keep the Valiants off the board. The first came just five minutes after Merheb's go-ahead goal when she cut down the angle to save an open shot on the right wing by Manhattanville senior forward Lisa Rill.With the Warriors clinging to their 1-0 lead eight minutes into the second half, Church smothered a re-directed shot from in close by diving to the right post. Hickey also hustled back to steer clear a loose ball headed toward an unprotected Eastern goal with seven minutes left.

Eastern outshot Manhattanville, 16-4, forcing Bromson to come up with 11 saves in order to keep her team within striking distance. Eastern's entire starting lineup was comprised of veterans, but all six reserves were newcomers to the program.

Eastern competes in the Springfield College Invitational this weekend, facing Utica College Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 2, Manhattanville College 0

Manhattanville (1-1-0)        0    0 --   0
Eastern Conn. (1-0-0)       1    1 --   2

Scoring: Jo-Ann Merheb (Sarah Swann) 28:42; Taylor MacDonald (Lauren Hickey) 85:34. Shots: M-4, E-16. Saves: M-Ali Bromson 11, E-Kim Church 3. Corner kicks: M-3, E-4.