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 Trio combines to swim fastest times in seven events in 140-119 win

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University swam the fastest times in ten of 14 events in posting a 140-119 women's swimming victory over Assumption College Friday night at the Sports Center pool.

 

All-New England sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford),  who repeated as the individual champion of the Saint Joseph College Pentathlon in the team's season-opener last Saturday, won the 50 and 100 yard butterfly and the 100 individual medley and also swam the third leg of the victorious record-setting 200 medley relay.

 

All-New England junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington) captured the 50 breaststroke and also swam the fastest time on an exhibition basis in the 100 breaststroke. Wilson swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay.

 

The record-setting relay chopped nearly four seconds off of its time last Saturday at Saint Joseph, finishing in a time of 2:00.97. Sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) swam the first leg and freshman Liza Welling (Marlborough) the final leg. The old record of 2:01.22 had held since Feb. 22, 2003.

 

In addition to swimming the opening leg of the record-setting relay, Curran won the 50 and 100 backstroke and also swam the third leg of the 200 free relay which posted the fastest time on an exhibition basis. Welling, freshman Andzelina Chmielewski (Enfield) and junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) also teamed on the 200 free relay.

 

Junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) claimed the 500 freestyle in a personal-best time of 5:58.49.

 

Freshmen Jill Capadanno (Dracut, MA) and Kristen Norris (Ansonia, CT) combined for all four of Assumption's firsts. Capadanno won the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley and Norris the 50 and 100 freestyle.

 

Eastern visits Smith College Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY TAKES ROAD FINALE

Warriors overpower Anna Maria on two goals by Joslin Wells, 2-0

PAXTON, Mass. - Senior forward Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) scored two second half goals to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team past Anna Maria College, 2-0, at Alumni Field Thursday afternoon.
 
The win is the first in the last four matches for Eastern (4-13), which concludes it record away from home at 4-7. Anna Maria (3-15) had won two of its last four. The  match was the final one for the Amcats, which fall to 0-2 in this series against Eastern.

Wells scored her third and fourth goals of the season - all in the last five matches - in a span of less than four minutes midway through the second half  as the Warriors were able to surge in front after dominating the match throughout. Eastern outshot Anna Maria 16-4 and amassed a season-high total of 18 penalty corners - 11 more than the hosts.
 
Wells finally broke through with the game's first goal in the 56th minute of action off a feed from freshman forward Ali Chapman (Watertown) to put the Warriors ahead, 1-0. Wells struck again just over three minutes later, taking a beautiful pass from freshman back Liz Bolduc (Stonington) and finding the back of the goal. The assist was the team-leading third of the season for Bolduc.

The shutout was the second this year for Eastern and the ninth for Anna Maria. Freshman Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) and junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) combined in net for Eastern. Reichardt gained her third win in seven seven decisions without making a save while Mucciarone recorded both saves.

Eastern closes out the season Saturday when it hosts Worcester State College at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.
 
                            Eastern Conn. 2, Anna Maria College 0

Eastern Conn. (4-13)       0   2 -- 2
Anna Maria (3-15)           0   0 -- 0

Scoring: Joslin Wells (Ali Chapman) 55:02; Wells (Liz  Bolduc) 58:58)
Shots: E-16, A-4; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 0 (35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 2 (35:00). Penalty corners: E-18, A-7.

 

 

 


 

IBSEN, JAQUES POWER WARRIORS PAST SMITH IN FOUR GAMES

With win, women's volleyball improves to 10-3 in last 13 matches

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 17 kills and senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) 29 digs to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to its tenth win in its last 13 matches with a four-game victory over Smith College Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14.

After attacking over .300 in just one of its first 27 matches, Eastern (18-11) recorded its second straight match  above that mark. The Warriors attacked at .351 in gaining their seventh home win in ten outings.

Ibsen recorded her 18th match of double-digit kills, leading both clubs and also topping the Warriors with three blocks. Jaques led Eastern with 29 digs, chipped in seven kills and a .353 attack percentage, and was also successful on 26 of 28 reception attempts. Freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) followed Jaques with 19 digs. Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) set 34 assists and had two blocks, and junior middle hitter Courtney Sims (Manchester) and freshman outsider Molly Rathbun (Hebron) each added six kills. Sims attacked at .294.

Ranked No. 14 in New England, Eastern scored the first three points of Game 1 and held the lead the rest of the way. Jaques had four of her match total of seven kills in that game.

Smith (12-81) led by five points in the late stages of Game 2 and withstood a mild Eastern threat over the final points to hold on for a tow-point win. Ibsen had nine of her game-high total of kills in Game 2, including three straight and a block that helped pull Eastern to within 24-23.  Sophomore outside hitter Alexandra Rissi's kill ended the game in Smith's favor.

The Warriors had the upper hand throughout most of Game 3. The teams traded five-point runs midway through the game that left the Warriors with an 18-15 lead. With Eastern down 15-13, Jaques and Braswell came through with kills and Abelli served an ace to make it 18-15.

Eastern clinched the win with the Game 4 victory. A six-point burst extended a three-point lead to nine, 18-9 and the Warriors were never threatened thereafter. Abelli had her third ace of the match and Jaques and Slonski each contributed kills in the run.

Junior libero Brianne Connizzo handled 34 receptions with one error for Smith.
Junior outside hitter Mikal Minarich added eight kills and sophomore setter Laura Martinez  had 14 assists.

 Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday at noon when it hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 3, Smith College 1

Smith College (12-18)     14    25    17    14
Eastern Conn. (18-11)    25    23    25    25

 

W-VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS SALVE

Winners of nine of their last 12, Warriors post 26-24, 25-19, 25-21 wins

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 14 kills and freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had 18 digs to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a sweep of Salve Regina University Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Game scores were 26-24, 25-19, 25-21.

It was the second win this year for Eastern (17-11) over Salve Regina (11-13) and gives the Warriors nine wins in their last 12 outings. Eastern ended a brief two-match losing streak with its fifth win without a loss in this series with Salve.

As they did in the four-game win over Salve Sept. 6, Ibsen led Eastern offensively and Abelli defensively. Ibsen had 13 kills and attacked at .346 in the earlier victory and Abelli picked up a a team-high 21 digs when the teams met on the first weekend of the season at the Endicott College Invitational. Ibsen attacked at .458 Tuesday and also added three service aces. Abelli was perfect on 18 serve receptions to go along with her digs and senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) commited only one error on 16 receptions.

Freshman outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) followed Ibsen with eight kills and a .400 attack percentage. Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) collected 28 assists.

Six-foot one inch freshman middle hitter Julianne Barry led Salve with 11 kills, a .421 attack percentage, and two blocks. Junior middle hitter Natalie Rubenoff had eight kills, junior outside hitter Deanna Salter  ten digs and two blocks, and freshman setter Jessica Meyer 23 assists.

Ranked No. 14 in New England, Eastern led throughout Game 1 until the Seahawks took their first lead, 22-21 on an Eastern error. With the score tied 24-24, Ibsen put the ball

down for her fourth kill of the game and junior outside hitter Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) served her only ace to give the Warriors the two-point win.

The Warriors led throughout Game 2 after jumping to a 5-1 lead. Leading 16-12, Eastern ran off six straight points behind two kills from Rathbun, one from Slonski and an ace from Ibsen.

The Seahawks owned the first half of Game 3, moving out to a 17-10 lead before the Warriors again reeled off six straight to gain the momentum. Ibsen accounted for three of those points with kills, Jaques one with an ace and Slonski one with a block.

Eastern scored the final eight points of the game to top off a final 15-4 scoring run.
Ibsen had five kills in the final game, Jaques and Slonski contributing three each and sophomore defensive specialist Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) coming off the bench to serve three aces.

Eastern hosts Smith College Thursday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Salve Regina U. 0

Salve Regina (11-13)      24    19    21
Eastern Conn. (17-11)    26    25    25

 


 

Sophomore wins four of five pentathlon events to capture title

 

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. --  For the second straight season, Amy Arisco (Wallingford) won  four of five events to capture the individual pentathlon title and help lead the Eastern Connecticut State University swim team to its tenth straight Saint Joseph College Blue Jay Pentathlon championship Saturday in its season-opener.

 

Eastern totaled 100 points to easily outdistance Western New England College (22), Saint Joseph (17), Husson University (7) and Wheelock College (0).

 

A sophomore, Aricso captured the 100 yard events of the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley for the second straight year to repeat as individual champion of the pentathlon.  A sixth-place finisher in the 100 breaststroke as a freshman, Arisco placed eighth this year in that event to total 36 points.

 

For the second straight year, Arisco and teammate Jessica Wilson (Torrington) copped the top two places in the pentathlon. Wilson won the breaststroke, was second in the individual medley, third in the freestyle, seventh in the backstroke, and 15th in the butterfly in totaling 16 points, ten ahead of Saint Joseph sophomore Sarah Wheeler. 

 

In this competition last year, Wilson won the 100 breaststroke and was second in the 100 IM.

 

Despite missing half of last year due to sickness, Arisco earned Alll-New England recognition in three individual events, including the 100 IM and 100 butterfly. Wilson gained All-New England recognition in three events, including the 100 breaststroke.

 

Eastern hosts Assumption College Friday at 7:30 p.m.. in its home-opener.

 

 

OWLS SURGE PAST FIELD HOCKEY

In LEC action, Westfield State rolls to sixth straight victory, 3-0

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Ashley Wojnarowski  scored her third goal of the season in the third minute of play and the Westfield State College field hockey team went on to a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon.

The win is the sixth straight for Westfield State (10-5, 5-4 little east), and is  the fourth in a row in the conference. The Owls posted their fourth shutout win over Eastern (3-13, 1-9 little east) in as many years. The Warriors, who have been unable to score in eight of their losses this season, were eliminated from LEC playoff contention this past Wednesday in a 4-1 loss here to UMass Dartmouth.

Westfield entered play in a four-way tie for sixth place in the conference with Bridgewater State, Framingham State and Salem State Saturday. Bridgewater was beaten by the University of Southern Maine while Salem was tied at 1-1 with Western Connecticut and Framingham was hosting Massachusetts Dartmouth. at 3:30 p.m. Seeded seventh in last year's playoffs, Westfield was eliminated in the first round by No. 2 Southern Maine, 3-1.

The top eight teams in the 12-team conference qualify for the LEC playoffs, which get underway with first-round matches Nov. 4

Wojnarowski, a junior midfielder, gave Westfield the early lead just 2:54 into play. The Owls held to that one-goal lead before adding another 17 minutes later when sophomore forward Amanda Burns scored her sixth goal of the season. Burns' goal total is second only to freshman forward Jessi Gould, who has 15 goals but did not see action.

Junior forward Katie Moss had a goal and assist for Westfield while senior midfielder Vicky Winson had a pair of assists.

Eastern hosts Anna Maria College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference match.

Westfield State College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Westfield State (10-5, 5-4 little east)     2    1 -- 3
Eastern Conn. (3-13, 1-9 little east)      0     0 -- 0

Scoring: Ashley Wojnarowski (Vicky Winson) 2:54; Amanda Burns (Kate Moss) 19:58; Moss (Winson) 62:01.
Shots: W-6, E-4; Saves: W-Amanda McCarthy 3, E-Danielle Reichardt 1 (2 goals allowed, 35:00 min), Tia Mucciarone0 (1, 35:00). Penalty corners: W-6, E-11.

 

W-SOCCER MAINTAINS SHARE OF LEC

Warriors remains unbeaten in LEC by scoring  first five goals in 6-2 win

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior forward Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) and junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) each had two goals and an assist as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team maintained a share of first place in the Little East Conference with a 6-2 victory over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

With the win, Eastern (9-4-1, 5-0-1 little east) keeps pace atop the conference with defending champion Western Connecticut State University, which blanked visiting University of Southern Maine, 3-0, Saturday for its fifth win in conference play against a tie. Eastern and Western played to a scoreless overtime draw October 13 at Nevers Field.

In their LEC regular-season finales Nov. 1, Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth and Western visits Keene State. UMass Dartmouth is 2-2-2 in the conference and Keene State 5-1-0.  A Keene win over Western and an Eastern win over UMass Dartmouth gives the Warriors their third regular-season LEC title in six years.

Gaudette scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season to give the Warriors a 2-0 halftime lead against Rhode Island (1-15-1, 0-5-1 little east) and Swann sandwiched two second-half goals around one from senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) to provide Eastern with a 5-0 cushion en route to their fifth home win against a tie. The Anchorwomen cored twice in a little more than three minutes late in the match  against sophomore reserve keeper Caitlin Cravens (Ellsworth, ME), who was making her third career appearance.

Gaudette scored both of her goals on hard linedrive shots inside the box, while Swann converted a penalty kick for her first goal two minutes into the second half after she was taken down making a run in close. Gaudette worked a give-and-go with Ryczek for the second goal, taking a return pass and dribbling down the middle of the box past Rhode Island  freshman back Claire Harris.

Swann's second goal was a one-timer and came on a pass from Ryczek. It was scored into an open net when Rhode Island sophomore keeper Maddie Pirri came off her line.

Eastern sophomore reserve forward Alicia DeMaio (Vernon) scored her first collegiate goal on her first shot inside the final four minutes.

Gaudette leads Eastern with nine goals, seven assists and 25 points, while Ryczek has seven goals, three assists 17 points and Swann six goals, four assists and 16 points.

Ryczek finished with a goal and two assists. Ryczek, Gaudette and midfielder Christa Eadie (Clinton) were recognized before the game on Seniors' Day.

Eastern closes out its home season Tuesday by hosting Wesleyan University at 3 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 6, Rhode Island College 2

R.I. College (1-15-1, 0-5-1 little east)        0     2   -- 2
Eastern Conn. (9-4-1, 5-0-1 little east)      2     4   -- 6

Scoring: E-Nicole Gaudette (Christine Lemieux) 2:07; E-Gaudette (Meghan Ryczek) 38:42; E-Sarah Swann (penalty kick) 47:05; E-Ryczek (Swann, Gaudette) 50;42; E-Swann (Ryczek) 59:03; R-Kayla Fleming (VanessaDiDomenico) 78:23; R-Christina Tavana (Chelsea Creamer) 81:48; E-Alicia DeMaio (Lauren Greeney) 86:34.
Shots: R-8, E-19; Saves: R-Maddie Pirri 8, E-Kim Church 2 (0  goals allowed, 61:38), Caitlin Cravens 1 (2, 28:22). Corner kicks: R-2, E-6.

 

 

 


 

M-SOCCER EXTENDS WIN STREAK, 1-0

On heels of first national ranking, Warriors win fourth straight by a goal

FITCHBURG, Mass. - For the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team, something new - a national ranking -- produced something old - a one-goal win -- in Wednesday night's 1-0 non-conference victory over Fitchburg State College.

One day after earning its first-ever national ranking (13th) in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 poll, the Warriors posted their fourth straight one-goal victory of 2008. The triumph came courtesy of  junior defender/forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), who cashed in his fifth goal of the season with less than three minutes remaining to snap a stalemate and give Eastern its 14 straight match without a loss (11-0-3).

The win is  Eastern's fourth this season against three ties away from home and marks the fourth straight time  in a span of 11 days that Eastern has emerged from a one-goal game with a win. A week ago Sunday, Eastern edged Bridgewater State, 2-1 at Nevers Field, then trimmed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1-0, last Wednesday before recording a crucial 4-3 Little East Conference verdict over the University of Southern Maine Saturday at home.

Although Eastern was without senior backs Kyle Bedini (Manchester) and Jimmy McConville (Manchester) - both nursing pulled muscles - freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) needed to make only two saves in order to register his seventh shutout of the year - fourth in the last six starts. To replace the two defenders, Boretti began the evening on defense, and was joined there by regular midfielder James Picarelli (Brewster, NY).

Early in the match, Boretti joined all-region forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) up front. After 87 minutes of action, the move eventually paid dividends when Fantl found Boretti alone in the box with just under three minutes left. Boretti's initial shot was blocked by a Fitchburg (4-9-1) defender but bounced back to Boretti, who delivered his fifth game-winning goal in two years inside the near post, past junior keeper Matt Carey.

Eastern doubled Fitchburg's shot total (16 to 8) and was credited with six of the game's eight corner kicks.

For the second time in a week, Eastern will be involved in a battle of conference unbeatens when it faces Rhode Island College at noon. Eastern is 3-0-2 in the conference, Rhode Island 4-0-1.  The Anchormen lead the LEC with 13 points, with the University of Southern Maine next with 12 points and Eastern third with 11.

Eastern Conn. 1, Fitchburg State College 0

Eastern Conn. (12-1-3)        0    1 -- 1
Fitchburg State (4-9-1)        0    0 -- 0

Scoring: Nicholas Boretti 87:07.
Shots: E-16, F-8; Saves: E-Carl Appel 2, F-Matt Carey 7. Corner kicks: E-6, F-2.


 

SUNY NEW PALTZ POWERS PAST WARRIORS IN FOUR GAMES

Experience trumps youth as Hawks stop Warriors in women's volleyball

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - A veteran SUNY New Paltz team - a winner of its first 17 matches this season - got 15 kills from junior  Brittany Coyle and 14 from senior Samantha Prudente in rolling to a four-game win over the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team Wednesday night at the Health and Fitness Center.

After dropping the first two games (25-8, 25-17), Eastern (16-11) responded by scoring six late points to overcome a four-point deficit and win Game 3 (25-22). SUNY New Paltz (22-6), which recently wrapped up the East Division championship of the competitive State University of New York Athletic Conference, raced to a 13-3 lead in Game 4 and posted a 25-14 decision to defeat Eastern for the second time in as many years.

Four of Eastern's six starters were freshmen in the match, while New Paltz countered with two seniors and three juniors among its starters.

Senior right side Jen Braswell (Wilton) had two kills and senior middle hitter Alexandra Silvestros (North Branford) and junior outside hitter Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) one in the late stages of Game 3 that wiped out a 21-6 deficit and carried the Warriors into a 22-20 lead. Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) led the Warriors defensively in the Game 3 win with eight digs, senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) contributing seven and sophomore libero Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) six. Slonski also had nine assists in that victory.

Slonski concluded the evening with  17 digs and 19 assists, with freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) leading the way with nine kills, four service aces and two blocks. Braswell added six kills and seven assists and Jaques six kills and 16 digs. Ruta had 14 digs, freshman defensive specialist Nicki Anderson (East Lyme) eight. Jaques also received 27 serves with only two errirs.

In addition to her kills, Coyle served seven of the Hawks' 15 aces and Prudente complemented her kills with 11 digs. Senior Nicole Mercadante led New Paltz with 12 digs and junior setter Stephanie Bova finished with 36 assists.

The loss drops Eastern to 3-2 this year against opponents located outside New England. Despite the loss, the Warriors have won eight of their last 11 since splitting its first 14 matches of the year.

Eastern is idle for five days until hosting Salve Regina University Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (16-11)        8    17    25    22 
New Paltz (22-6)              25   25    22     25

 

WARRIORS CAN'T CASH IN, FALL 3-0

They allow two goals in early stages of game, can't capitalize on chances

HARTFORD, Conn. --  It was an afternoon of failed chances for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team,which gave up two goals in just over three
minutes in the early stages and dropped a 3-0 non-conference decision to Trinity College Wednesday afternoon.

Four days after a convincing 5-0 Little East Conference verdict over the University of Southern Maine, Eastern (8-4-1) couldn't capitalize on numerous chances in suffering the second-most lopsided margin in this series (second only to Trinity's 4-0 win in 2004). The shutout win is the fourth straight for Trinity (8-4-0), which follows three straight victories in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Trinity reserve keeper Lily Pepper, a freshman made nine saves to record her second shutout in three starts and lower her goals-against average from 0.80 to 0.57 in a modest 315 minutes in net.

 Trinity capitalized on an Eastern mistake in its own end to take an early 1-0 lead less than 12 minutes into play, and made it 2-0 three minutes later. The Bantams closed out the win with their final goal with 6:28 left in the match.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. The Warriors are undefeated both in the conference and at home this year, winning four and tying one on both counts.

Trinity College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (8-4-1)     0    0     --   0
Trinity (8-4-0)                 2    1     --   3

Scoring:; Jenny Ley (Delia Deblois) 11:23; Erika Maciaszczyk 14:35; Morgan Sackman (Ley) 83:32.
Shots: E-9, T-21; Saves: E-Kim Church 8, T-Lily Pepper 9. Corner kicks: E-3, T-3.

 


 

FIELD HOCKEY ELIMINATED FROM LITTLE EAST PLAYOFF RACE

Picked for ninth in the pre-season, UMass Dartmouth still among leaders

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scored three times in 13 minutes midway through the second to break a tie and post a 4-1 Little East Conference field hockey win over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon.

Picked to finish ninth in the pre-season in the 12-team Little East, UMass (11-5, 5-3 overall) has won four of its last five to remain among the conference leaders. The Corsairs entered play in a five-way tie for fourth place in the conference. With its third loss in as many years to UMass, Eastern (3-12, 1-8 little east) is elimination from playoff contention. The Warriors entered play sharing last place. The top eight teams qualify for the LEC playoffs, which get underway Nov. 4.

UMass Dartmouth entered the match ranked third in the LEC in scoring but was locked in a 1-1 tie with the Warriors before striking for three goals in a span of 13 minutes midway through the second half. Sophomore forward Natalie Brown sandwiched her first two goals of the year around a goal from junior midfielder Kylie Treat's fifth goal of the season to allow the Corsairs to pull away. Sophomore midfielder Linee Mello-Frost assisted on the first two goals in that stretch.

UMass conference scoring leader Stephanie Kinchla, a sophomore forward with 17 goals, was held off the board but assisted on the the team's first and last goals.

Trailing 1-0, Eastern tied the match with eight minutes left in the first half when senior forward Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) knocked home freshman forward Ali Chapman's (Watertown) penalty corner.  Wells' second goal of the season --  the 13th of her three-year career -- beat LEC junior goalie Seana Golden. Golden is the conference's top-ranked goalie in goals-against average and is second in save percentage.

Ten minutes into the second half, Brown gave UMass the lead for good on the third shot in a sequence. Eastern junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) turned away the first two shots before Brown slipped in her first goal of the season. Treat made it 3-1 seven minutes later when she knocked in a loose ball, and Brown put the game away seven minutes after that when she slipped behind Mucciarone on Kinchla's initial bid.

With Eastern trailing by a goal 13 minutes into play, senior midfielder Drew Gomes (Thomaston) had an opportunity, but couldn't convert a penalty corner sent in by Chapman, with the UMass defense stealing the ball and clearing it out. On another of Eastern's nine penalty corners in the match, Gomes got off a shot with 15 minutes left in the first half that was saved by Golden, minutes before Chapman tied the match. Four minutes into the second half, Wells stickhandled the ball into the circle, where Golden turned aside successive shots to keep the game tied.

Eastern hosts Westfield State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a conference match.

 
Massachusetts Dartmouth 4, Eastern Conn. 1

UMass Dartmouth (11-5, 5-3 little east)      1 3   --   4
Eastern Conn. (3-12, 1-8 little east)           1 0   --   1

Scoring: MD-Rebecca Stephens (Stephanie Kinchla) 10:59; E-Joslin Wells (Ali Chapman) 26:45; MD-Natalie Brown (Linee Mello-Frost) 45:12; MD-Kylie Treat (Mello-Frost) 51:55; MD-Natalie Brown (Kinchla) 58:34.
Shots: MD-13, E-13; Saves: MD-Seana Golden 9, E-Tia Mucciarone 9. Penalty corners: MD-4, E-9.

M-SOCCER MAKES FIRST-EVER APPEARANCE IN NSCAA POLL

    Riding a 13-match unbeaten streak, Warriors rated No. 13 in Division III

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the first time since joining the NCAA Division III ranks in 1974, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team has earned a national ranking.

Unbeaten since Sept. 8, Eastern (11-1-3) jumped from sixth to second in the eighth weekly New England rankings, released today, and debuted in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 rankings at No. 13. The Warriors stretched their unbeaten streak to 13 matches (10-0-3) this past week with a 1-0 road win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a 4-3 Little East Conference home verdict over the University of Southern Maine. The Huskies were 4-0-0 in LEC play prior to the loss to Eastern, now 3-0-2 in the LEC.

Among New England programs, only defending national champion Middlebury College (8-1-1) is ranked higher than Eastern. The  Panthers are ranked first in New England and fifth nationally.

"Obviously, we're very happy and pleased, but at the same time, we realize that it doesn't necessarily mean anything for another month," points out head coach Greg DeVito, who has a  22-8-6 record in two years. "It's something that we're very proud of, but we realize that there are other things that we want to achieve."

Eastern won last year's Little East Conference regular season and playoffs and qualified automatically for its first NCAA Division III tournament, where it lost a first-round contest to Williams College.

The Warriors first appeared in this year's regional poll in the third week, when they "also received votes" after defeating Ramapo College, ranked regionally in the Metro Region. Eastern jumped to No. 6 on Sept. 23, fell to No. 9 and No. 10 (tie), respectively,  the next two weeks after tying Western Connecticut, Salem State and Keene State  (all on the road). Two weeks ago, three wins improved their record to 9-1-3 and moved them to No. 6, before two more wins last week vaulted them to No. 2.

Western New England College, Williams College, Trinity College and MIT - all teams ranked ahead of Eastern last week - all either lost or tied matches this past week.

Eastern is a veteran team this year which has been strengthened by several talented newcomers. Four seniors, three juniors and three freshmen have have primarily comprised the starting lineup. The starting backfield features three seniors and a freshman. Senior backs Kyle Bedini (Manchester), Jimmy McConville (Manchester) and Bill Constantine (Glastonbury) all average better than 83 minutes of action per game.

Freshman Carl Appel (West Windsor) has started all 15 matches in net with six shutouts and a  0.86 goals-against average and .812 save percentage.

All-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) has recorded 13 of the team's 36 goals this season and also has five assists for a conference-leading 31 points. He has been named conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week three times in the last five weeks. Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) has chipped in four goals and four assists and freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) has collected a team-high seven assists.

"I think the guys have (the ranking)  in perspective," noted DeVito "Obviously, they are excited about it, but I have the feeling that it's put into perspective. We talked about it for a total of about a minute (Tuesday). We have three regular-season games left and we're not even in first place in our conference. We still have a lot of things that we want to accomplish."

The Warriors have overcome a number of injuries to put together their longest unbeaten streak since a 15-0-0 start in 1969. Junior midfielder Sean Capezzone (Colchester) was lost for the season after five matches due to a knee injury; first-year  freshman transfer Kyle Wallace (Storrs), a midfielder, has played in only four matches due to a broken nose, and sophomore midfielder Justin Millette (Plainfield) has sat out four matches with a wrist injury. A number of nagging injuries  have also limited the effectiveness of senior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich), last year's second-leading scorer 4-6-14. He does not have a point this year.

"The kids have worked hard. The respect (of being ranked) is not undeserved, and I think they realize that they are getting some respect," said DeVito. "They're not overly cocky about it, but it's there, and it's kind of a good feeling."

Ranked first in the conference in overall scoring and second in defense, Eastern winds up its regular season Nov. 1. The Warriors visit Fitchburg State College Wednesday and are at conference leader Rhode Island College Saturday before hosting Massachusetts Dartmouth a week from Saturday. The conference playoffs feature the top five finishers in the regular season and get underway with a play-in game Nov. 3

M-SOCCER UNBEATEN STREAK IS 13

In battle of Little East unbeatens, Warriors emerge with 4-3 win over USM

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - All-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) had two goals and an assist as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 13 with a 4-3 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

In a showdown between two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the conference, No. 6 regionally-ranked Eastern (11-1-3, 3-0-2 little east) broke a tie by scoring twice in a span of eight minutes midway through the second half to hand Southern Maine (9-6-1, 4-1-0 little east) its first conference loss. Now 10-0-3 in its last 13 matches, Eastern has lost only two of its last 23 conference matches (13-2-8) in improving to 8-1 at home this year. The Huskies are the last team to defeat Eastern in conference play, winning a 3-2 decision last October 13 at Gorham, Maine.

Eastern remained in third place in the conference but pulled to within two points of Rhode Island College and one point of Southern Maine. Rhode Island tied Plymouth State Saturday to move a point ahead of Southern Maine in the standings.

With the score tied 2-2 in the 61st minute, Eastern freshman midfielder Matt Esposto (East Haven) took a cross from freshman midfielder Scott Mishley (Trumbull), touched it once, and beat Southern Maine junior keeper David Kreps to give Eastern the lead for good. Fantl, who entered play sharing the LEC goal and point lead with USM junior midfielder Peter McHugh, scored his conference-leading 13th goal of the season eight minutes later. Fantl gathered a loose ball in the six-yard box that was misplayed by the USM defense and beat junior keeper David Kreps to make it 4-2.

Southern Maine, which lost out to Eastern for the conference regular-season title on the last day of last year, had tied the match 2-2 eleven minutes into the second half. Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) saved a penalty kick by McHugh, and also turned away a second shot off the rebound before senior midfielder Derek Peters finally beat the keeper by scoring his first goal of the season.The save on a penalty kick was the third this year for Appel, who had knocked aside two penalty kicks to preserve Eastern's 1-0 win over Ramapo Sept. 13. The score remained tied for less than five minutes, however, before Esposito put the Warriors ahead for good.

The teams traded early goals to open the match. Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) headed in a cross from Fantl in the eighth minute, and USM responded less than two minutes later when senior midfielder Greg Cox scored from in the box on sophomore midfielder Alex Burnham's free kick. Midway through the half, senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) played a ball over the USM defense to Fantl, who carried into the box and beat Kreps with a shot into the lower left corner.Peters' rebound following the missed penalty kick tied the match again 11 minutes into the second half before Esposito and Fantl scored eight minutes apart to give Eastern a two-goal cushion.

McHugh's 12th goal of the season pulled the Huskies to within one with 14 minutes left, but the visitors could not gain the equalizer. McHugh's goal into the upper right-hand portion of the net, followed a USM free kick that was deflected to the top of the 18-yard box. The shot eluded the dive of Appel.

Southern Maine's best opportunity to tie the match came with five minutes left, when Cox received a cross from junior back Brian King, but his shot was headed away by Eastern junior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson).

Eastern visits Fitchburg State College Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, U. of Southern Maine 3

Southern Maine (9-6-1, 4-1-0 little east)      1     2 --  3
Eastern Conn. (11-1-3, 3-0-2 little east)      2     2 --  4

Scoring: E-Nicholas Boretti (Maxim Fantl) 7:26; S-Greg Cox (Alex Burnham) 9:16; E-Fantl (Kyle Bedini) 22:18; S-Derek Peters 56:00; E-Matt Esposito (Scott Mishley, Mike Vekakis) 60:25; E-Fantl 68:18; S-McHugh 76:26.
Shots: S-6, E-13; Saves: S-David Kreps 4, E-Carl Appel 2. Corner kicks: S-1, E-7.


 

W-SOCCER ROLLS PAST USM, 5-0

Gaudette nets hat trick as Warriors remain unbeaten in Little East

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgGORHAM, Maine -- Senior midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) scored three times in  the first 26 minutes to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 5-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday at the USM Soccer Field.

With its ninth straight win over Southern Maine (4-8-1, 0-4-1 little east), Eastern (8-3-1, 4-0-1 little east) will at least retain a share of the top spot in conference pending the results of tonight's match between Western Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts Boston (Western led 1-0 midway through the contest).

The Huskies, who ended a seven-game winless streak Wednesday with an overtime victory over Colby College for their first victory in a month, had no match defensively for Gaudette, who contributed to four of the team's goals by scoring three and assisting on the final one with 16 seconds by senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam).

Gaudette gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with her fifth goal of the season, made it 3-0 15 minutes later and pushed Eastern's advantage to 4-0 26 minutes into play. Gaudette became the 17th player in program history with as many as three goals in a match and her final total of seven points is the fifth-highest in a match. She is now ranked seventh all-time in goals (23), eighth in points (62) and tied for tenth in assists (16).

Ryczek and junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) each had a goal and assist, with freshman midfielder Sam Konopka (Hebron) collecting her first career point when her cross was headed in by Gaudette in the 26th minute.

The goal for Ryczek, which was a rebound of a shot by Gaudette in the waning seconds, was her sixth of the season - equaling her career total entering the season. Gaudette took ten of Eastern's 21 shots, putting six of them on net.

Junior Kim Church (Farmington) dropped her goals-against average to 0.86 by combining on the shutout with sophomore Caitlin Cravens (Ellsworth, ME).Church made three saves before giving way to Cravens, who did not allow a goal over the final 20:30 in her second appearance.

Eastern Connecticut visits Trinity College Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 5, U. of Southern Maine 0

Eastern Conn.  (8-3-1; 4-0-1 little east)         4    1    --   5
Southern Maine (4-8-1; 0-4-1 little east)        0    0    --   0

Scoring: E- Nicole Gaudette 5:14; E-Sarah Swann (Meghan Ryczek) 10:32; E-Gaudette (Swann) 20:17; E-Gaudette (Sam Konopka) 25:59; E-Ryczek (Gaudette) 89:44.
Shots: E-21, S-6; Saves: E-Kim Church 3 (69:30), Caitlin Cravens 0 (20:30); S-Alison Bradley 7; Corner kicks: E-7, S-1.

 

 

EASTERN M-SOCCER PUSHES UNBEATEN STREAK TO 13

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008


In battle of Little East unbeatens, Warriors emerge witih 4-3 win over USM

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - All-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) had two goals and an assist as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 13 with a 4-3 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

In a showdown between two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the conference, No. 6 regionally-ranked Eastern (11-1-3, 3-0-2 little east) broke a tie by scoring twice in a span of eight minutes midway through the second half to hand Southern Maine (9-6-1, 4-1-0 little east) its first conference loss. Now 10-0-3 in its last 13 matches, Eastern has lost only two of its last 23 conference matches (13-2-8) in improving to 8-1 at home this year. The Huskies are the last team to defeat Eastern in conference play, winning a 3-2 decision last October 13 at Gorham, Maine.

Eastern remained in third place in the conference but pulled to within two points of Rhode Island College and one point of Southern Maine. Rhode Island tied Plymouth State Saturday to move a point ahead of Southern Maine in the standings.

With the score tied 2-2 in the 61st minute, Eastern freshman midfielder Matt Esposto (East Haven) took a cross from freshman midfielder Scott Mishley (Trumbull), touched it once, and beat Southern Maine junior keeper David Kreps to give Eastern the lead for good. Fantl, who entered play sharing the LEC goal and point lead with USM junior midfielder Peter McHugh, scored his conference-leading 13th goal of the season eight minutes later. Fantl gathered a loose ball in the six-yard box that was misplayed by the USM defense and beat junior keeper David Kreps to make it 4-2.

Southern Maine, which lost out to Eastern for the conference regular-season title on the last day of last year, had tied the match 2-2 eleven minutes into the second half. Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) saved a penalty kick by McHugh, and also turned away a second shot off the rebound before senior midfielder Derek Peters finally beat the keeper by scoring his first goal of the season.The save on a penalty kick was the third this year for Appel, who had knocked aside two penalty kicks to preserve Eastern's 1-0 win over Ramapo Sept. 13. The score remained tied for less than five minutes, however, before Esposito put the Warriors ahead for good.

The teams traded early goals to open the match. Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) headed in a cross from Fantl in the eighth minute, and USM responded less than two minutes later when senior midfielder Greg Cox scored from in the box on sophomore midfielder Alex Burnham's free kick. Midway through the half, senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) played a ball over the USM defense to Fantl, who carried into the box and beat Kreps with a shot into the lower left corner.Peters' rebound following the missed penalty kick tied the match again 11 minutes into the second half before Esposito and Fantl scored eight minutes apart to give Eastern a two-goal cushion.

McHugh's 12th goal of the season pulled the Huskies to within one with 14 minutes left, but the visitors could not gain the equalizer. McHugh's goal into the upper right-hand portion of the net, followed a USM free kick that was deflected to the top of the 18-yard box. The shot eluded the dive of Appel.

Southern Maine's best opportunity to tie the match came with five minutes left, when Cox received a cross from junior back Brian King, but his shot was headed away by Eastern junior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson).

Eastern visits Fitchburg State College Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, U. of Southern Maine 3

Southern Maine (9-6-1, 4-1-0 little east)  1  2 --  3
Eastern Conn. (11-1-3, 3-0-2 little east)  2  2 --  4

Scoring: E-Nicholas Boretti (Maxim Fantl) 7:26; S-Greg Cox (Alex Burnham) 9:16; E-Fantl (Kyle Bedini) 22:18; S-Derek Peters 56:00; E-Matt Esposito (Scott Mishley, Mike Vekakis) 60:25; E-Fantl 68:18; S-McHugh 76:26.
Shots: S-6, E-13; Saves: S-David Kreps 4, E-Carl Appel 2. Corner kicks: S-1, E-7.

 

FIELD HOCKEY DROPS 1-0 DECISION

Warriors lose by single goal for fifth time this season in LEC play

 

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SALEM, Mass. - Freshman forward Lynda Santasuosso scored the only goal 15 minutes into the second half to lift the Salem State College field hockey team to a 1-0 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Santasuosso one-timed a pass from sophomore forward Karen Atkinson to break up the scoreless duel and give Salem (7-6, 4-3 little east) its third 1-0 win over Eastern in the last four years. Eastern (3-11, 1-7 little east) downed Salem 1-0 a year ago.

The Warriors share last place in the 11-team conference with Western Connecticut. Salem is in a five-way tie for fourth place, but has played one less match than three of those teams.  Defending conference champion Keene State remained undefeated in eight conference matches by beating Worcester State, 4-0.

Of Eastern's last eight losses, six have come by a goal. The Vikings were playing their seventh straight one-goal decision, winning for the third time.

Making her tenth start, junior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) made eight saves. It was the sixth time that Eastern has been shut out with Mucciarone serving as the starting goalie. Mucciarone lowered her goals-against average to 3.39 and raised her save percentage to .746 in the loss.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Corsairs share fourth place in the conference with a 12 points (4-4 reocrd).


Salem State College 1, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (3-11, 1-7 little east)    0   0 -- 0
Salem State (7-6, 4-4 little east)        0   1 -- 1

Scoring: Lynda Santasuosso (Karen Atkinson) 49:38.
Shots: E-3, S-13; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 8, S-Jessica McKenna 2.
Penalty corners: E-6, S-15.

 

AMHERST HAS ENOUGH FOR 2-0 WIN

Ranked No. 9 in DIII w-soccer, Lord Jeffs break though late in first half

AMHERST, Mass. - The No.9 nationally-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team ended a first-half stalemate by scoring with less than five minutes left before intermission and went on to a 2-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State University in a non-conference match played in the rain Thursday night at Gooding Field.

In a battle of regionally-ranked teams, second-ranked Amherst (7-1-2) extended its unbeaten streak to nine (7-0-2) since losing its opener by a score of 5-1 to the College of New Jersey. Ranked in a tie for ninth in New England, Eastern (7-3-1) brought a modest three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) into the match and remains winless against Amherst in the last six meetings (0-3-3) between the programs.

Amherst made a serious scoring bid 15 minutes into the match when sophomore Kyla Woodhouse crossed the ball to freshman Livia Rizzo, whose header was punched out of bounds on an impressive play by junior goalkeeper Kim Church (Farmington).

The Warriors took advantage of Church's great play and went on a quick counterattack, finding junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) streaking up the left wing. Swann took the ball straight to goal but couldn't get enough power behind her shot, as freshman keeper Allie Horwitz dropped to her left to make the save. It was one of only two shots that Eastern managed as the Warriors were outshot by a 17-2 margin.

Eastern had another prime scoring opportunity on a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining in the first half of a scoreless match, but Amherst senior Stephanie Yesnik was able to head the ball out of bounds. 

The Jeffs broke the scoreless tie in the 41st minute when junior Meg Murphy found junior Kathy Nolan running up the right wing. Nolan got off a solid cross that  found Rizzo, who sent a one-timer toward the net. Church made an athletic play and was able to get a hand on the ball, but it bounced in the right direction for Amherst and slowly trickled over the goal line to put the hosts ahead, 1-0.

The Warriors placed a dangerous corner kick in the box with 30 minutes remaining in regulation, but Horwitz rose above the crowd to punch the ball away. Rizzo got herself open for a shot in the box five minutes later, but Church was once again able to smother the ball. She finished with eight saves.

The hosts added to their lead just three minutes later when sophomore Jackie Hirsch  flicked the ball ahead to Woodhouse, who used the outside of her foot to sneak a shot inside the near post, giving Amherst a 2-0 lead. The Jeffs nearly made it a 3-0 game when senior Mary Marvel drilled a shot straight for the back of the net, but a Warrior defender was perfectly placed on the inside post and was able to clear the ball.

In her first career start, Horwitz made two saves to improve her unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) and lower her goals-against average to 0.27.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday at the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. The Warriors are 2-0-2 in LEC competition.

Amherst College Sports Information contributed to this game account.

Amherst College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (7-3-1)         0     0 --   0
Amherst College (7-1-2)      1     1 --   2

 Scoring: Livia Rizzo (Kathy Nolan) 40:18; Kyla Woodhouse (Jackie Hirsch) 68:27.
Shots: E-2, A-17; Saves: E-Kim Church 8, A-Allie Horwitz 2. Corner kicks: E-2, A-7.

 

IT WAS IN THE CARDS: VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS VISITING WESLEYAN

Cardinals are swept for first time this year, fall after eight straight wins

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 13 kills and six blocks as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team snapped the eight-match winning streak of Wesleyan University with 25-22, 25-20, 25-11 wins Wednesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Eastern (15-9) has won seven of eight since splitting its first 16 matches. Ranked No. 6 in New England, Wesleyan (15-5) had not lost since dropping a five-game decision to Smith College Sept. 26, The Cardinals lost for the first time on their opponents' home court after wins and were swept for the first time this year. Eastern is 4-2 at home.

The 5-foot-10 inch Ibsen led all players on both teams in kills and attacked at .440, commiting only two errors on 25 attempts. Three of her blocks came in the final game.

Senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshman outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) each chipped in six kills. Rathbun was 4-for-7 in kills in Game 3 without commiting an error.Jaques and freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) shared the team lead with 11 digs each. Freshman defensive specialist Nicki Anderson (East Lyme) dug up eight balls and freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had 27 assists. Jaques commited only one reception error on 29 attempts.

With the score tied 19-all in Game 1, Eastern scored three straight points to take the lead for good.  The Warriors trailed 18-17 in Game 2 but rallied for four straight points and ever trailed Jaques had a kill and Ibsen and senior right-side hitter Jen Braswell (Wilton) combined for a block in that stretch. Eastern raced to a 10-3 advantage in Game 3 and was never threatened. Wesleyan commited two serve errors and two attack errors in that span, while Rathbun had two kills and Ibsen a kill and two blocks and Abelli a service ace.

Senior outsider hiter Lisa Drennan, ranked second nationally in kills per game (4.8), had ten kills for Wesleyan but attacked at only .115. Junior middle hitter Ashley Farrow added nine kills, sophomore libero Ruby Hernandez 17 digs and handled 29 receptions with only one error. Junior setter Ellie Healy had 30 assists.

Eastern hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (10 a.m.) and Colby-Sawyer College (2 p.m.) Saturday.

Eastern Conn. 3, Wesleyan U. 0

Wesleyan U. (15-5)        22   20   11
Eastern Conn. (15-9)     25   25    25 


 

M-SOCCER BEARS DOWN TO RECORD 12th STRAIGHT WITHOUT A SETBACK

Sixth shutout of season provides Warriors with first win at CGA since 2002

NEW LONDON, Conn. --  Senior back Jimmy McConville (Manchester) scored his second goal in five matches in the 61st minute and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches with a 1-0 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday night.

Ranked No. 6 in New England, Eastern (10-1-3) scored its first goal against Coast Guard (7-5) since beating the Bears by an identical score at New London in 2002. It was only Eastern's second win at Coast Guard in its last eight tries (2-5-1). The one-goal decision was the fifth straight for Coast Guard, which had won its last two (in overtime) after losing two straight by 1-0 scores.

Eastern's defense - backstopped by freshman Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) - made McConville's header off a corner kick by freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA)  15 minutes into the second half stand up.  The assist was the team-leading seventh of the year for Smiles, who has a helper in each of the team's last three matches and in four of the last five.

The Warriors controlled play throughout much of the match, withstanding several Coast Guard bids to tie the match in the final minutes. Recognized as the Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Week Monday, Appel recorded his sixth save in 14 starts, lowering his goals-against average to 0.71 - the lowest since Sept. 28. Appel has posted three shutouts in his last four starts, allowing only one goal in that stretch.

The unbeaten streak is Eastern's longest since the 1969 New England champions took a 15-0 record into the NAIA national tournament. Prior to this year, Eastern had not won as many as ten matches after 14 contests since 1973, when it was 10-3-1 after the same number of matches and eventually qualified for its last (NAIA) national tournament.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday when it hosts the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. The Warriors, last year's LEC regular-season and playoff champ, is 2-0-2 in conference play this year. Southern Maine and Rhode Island College stand atop the conference with perfect 4-0 records.

Eastern Conn. 1, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0

Eastern Conn. (10-1-3)  0 1 -- 1
Coast Guard     (7-5-0)  0 0 -- 0

Scoring: Jimmy McConville (Aaron Smiles) 60:17.
Shots: E-9, C-7; Saves: E-Carl Appel 4, C-Tim Olah 3; Corner kicks: E-5, C-2.

 

IN RETURN, WELLS BOOSTS FIELD HOCKEY PAST LASELL COLLEGE, 3-2

In first appearance in three weeks, senior  has goal and assist

NEWTON, Mass. - Senior forward Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) had a goal and assist in her first match in three weeks as the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team trimmed Lasell College, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference match.

The win is the first for Eastern (3-10) since beating Western Connecticut in overtime by an identical score Oct. 1 at Danbury and is the Warriors' fifth without a loss in this all-time series with Lasell (5-7).  The Lazers were coming off a 9-2 win at Elms College six days ago.

With the help of Wells, Eastern held a 2-0 lead late in the first half, but needed freshman midfielder Liz Bolduc's (Stonington) first career game-winning goal  midway through the second half to nail down its third road win of the season.

After joining the team following pre-season in September, Wells started four games with a point before sustaining an injury when she was hit in the face by the ball prior to a Sept. 27 game against Southern Maine. She missed six games with the injury, Eastern winning only one.

The program's active scoring leader in a three-year career, Wells came off the bench to score the first goal of the match - the first time the Warriors have struck first since the win over Western Connecticut - on a penalty stroke in the 17th minute. She followed less than four minutes by assisting on senior midfielder Drew Gomes' (Thomaston) second goal of the season to give the Warriors to make it 2-0 with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Despite having scored only one goal in 11 games this year, Lasell sophomore Tia Pratt got a goal back for the Lazers five minutes before intermission, then tied the match with her second unassisted goal 18 minutes later. The score remained tied for only four minutes, however, before Bolduc swept in her second goal of the year, an unassisted strike in the 53rd minute. Eastern's defense made the lead stand up.

Freshman goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) was credited with four saves to gain her second win in five decisions. Reichardt, who came off the bench to earn the win over Western Connecticut, has allowed more than tow goals in a match only once in eight appearances this season. She has lowered her goals-against average in each of her last three starts to 2.11.

With 12 goals and 29 points, Wells is ranked sixth all-time in both categories.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Salem State College at noon.

Eastern Conn. 3, Lasell College 2

Eastern Conn. (3-10)     2 1 -- 3
Lasell College (5-7)       1 1 -- 2

Scoring: E-Joslin Wells (penalty stroke) 16:53; E-Drew Gomes (Wells) 20:33; L-Tia Pratt 29:51; L-Pratt 48:08; E-Liz Bolduc 52:05.
Shots: E-13, L-12; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 4, L-Christine Thornton 5. Penalty corners: E-12, L-8.


 

LEC UNBEATENS STILL UNBEATEN

Eastern and Western still without an LEC loss after double OT deadlock

 

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Little East Conference women's soccer unbeatens Eastern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University traded goals 13 minutes apart in the second half and settled for a 1-1 double-overtime draw Monday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

With the tie, the regionally-ranked opponents remain the only unbeaten teams in the conference. No. 7 ranked Western (7-3-1, 3-0-1) had a three-game overall winning streak and three-game winning streak against No. 9 Eastern (7-2-1, 3-0-1) stopped with the tie. Eastern, 2-0-1 in its last three, is unbeaten in its last 18 home matches (14-0-4) since losing to Western, 4-0, two years ago at Nevers Field.

Following a  scoreless first half  dominated by Western, first-team All-America forward Catherine Nathans gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute with her sixth goal of the season before Eastern junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) pulled the Warriors even 13 minutes later with her third goal of 2008.

Nathans, who has 45 goals in her three-year Western career, settled a loose ball in the middle of the field and sent a quick 25-yard blast at goal, above the late leap of Eastern junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington). The ball caromed straight down off the crossbar and over the goal line.

In the 67th minute, all-region senior midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) sprung Swann with a long ball ahead of the field. Western senior keeper Shannon Cawley hustled off her line in an attempt to win the ball, but Swann outraced her and chipped it over the hard-charging goalie from just inside the box. The ball rolled into the empty goal.

Three of Cawley's four saves in the game came against Swann, two coming in succession from in close in the first overtime that prevented the Warriors from winning. Swann was also robbed by Cawley in a 1 v. 1 situation in the overtime. With just over four minutes

left in overtime, Swann was then taken down in the box after beating the Colonials' last defender on an apparent breakaway, but no penalty kick was awarded.

After giving up 11 shots in the first half to the conference's No.1-ranked offense, Eastern's top-ranked defense stiffened after the break, allowing only five shots over the final 65 minutes. Each of the team's four starting defense of junior Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) and sophomores Stephanie Norell (Stratford), Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and Lauren Freer (Southington) played all 110 minutes.

Western had a handful of chances to score additional goals. Late in the first half, Victoria Copozziello carried alone up the middle before unloading a point-blank shot that was hit right at Church. With 18 minutes left in regulation, top Western scorer Lauren Matthews found herself unmarked on the right wing, but sent her hard shot just wide of the right post.  Six minutes later, Nathans set up junior midfielder Angela Wozniak with a feed at the top of the box, but Church came out to haul in the shot.

Eastern visits No. 13 nationally-ranked Amherst College Thursday at 8 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 1, Western Conn. 1, 2 ot

Western Conn. (7-3-1, 3-0-1 little east)     0    1    (0)    (0) -- 1
Eastern Conn. (7-2-1, 3-0-1 little east)      0    1    (0)    (0) -- 1

Scoring W-Catherine Nathans 54:05; E-Sarah Swann (Nicole Gaudette) 67:00.
Shots: W-16, E-8; Saves: W-Shannon Cawley 4, E-Kim Church 8. Corner kicks: W-8, E-5.


 

M-SOCCER CLAMPS DOWN FOR WIN

Warriors score both of their goals in 72 seconds to run unbeaten streak to 11

 

                                                                              Maxim Fantl (below) celebrates his go-ahead goal

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Th e Eastern  Connecticut State University men's soccer team used a  72-second window to score both of its goals on an afternoon dominated by near-misses and the Warriors emerged with a 2-1 non-conference victory over Bridgewater State College Sunday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

 

Both teams entered play sharing tenth place in the most recent NSCAA New England regional poll and boasting long unbeaten streaks. Eastern (9-1-3) stretches its unbeaten streak to 11 matches (8-0-3) - its longest streak since a 15-0 start in 1969 - while Bridgewater (9-2-2) had a nine-game unbeaten streak ended.

 

Outside of that 72-second span, the Warriors were unable to capitalize on numerous opportunities, many of them coming when they spent most all of the first 45 minutes in their offensive end.

 

The Warriors trailed 1-0 until tying the game 1-1 with 31:50 left in the match on

senior midfielder James Picarella's (Brewster, NY) first goal of the season. Just over a minute later, they went ahead for good on all-region forward Maxim Fantl's (West Hartford) team-leading 11 goal of the season.

 

After Bridgewater struck first in the ninth minute on senior back Jon Machado's (Weymouth, MA) second goal of the season, Eastern could not cash in on at least five legitimate bids throughout the rest of the half. Among the lost chances was a penalty kick which was first awarded after a clash in the box, then negated following a consulation between referee Randolph Croteau and his linesmen.

 

Also in the first half, Picarella had two near-misses, hammering one shot directly at Bridgewater senior keeper Ryan Seifert (Ludlow, MA) and sending another shot on the ground inches wide of the post. Fantl also volleyed a pass from freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) right at Seifert with 12 minutes leftf. With time running out in the half, Fantl found freshman midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) all alone in front of the goal with a backward volley, but Esposito's unmolested attempt hit the outside netting of the goal as time was running out.

  

Picarella finally tied the score with 31:50 left in the match with a perfectly-placed 25-yarder on a pass from freshman midfielder Sean Collins (Bristol). Picarella drove the shot to the far left post, where Seifert's perfectly-timed dive to the right came up inches short.  Seventy-two seconds later, Fantl leaped to head in a free kick from Smiles, who was credited with his team-leading fifth assist of the season on the play.

 

 Bridgewater's first-half goal began with a free kick from just outside the box by sophomore midfielder Donald Flores. Machado controlled the pass and sent a low shot through a crowd toward freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ). Appel appeared to have smothered the attempt, but the momentum of the ball carried through his legs and rolled into the net. It was only the fourth goal given up this year in the first half by Appel, who has an overall 0.76 goals-against average and .833 save percentage.

 

Eastern had a number of additional chances in the second half to pad its lead, and had to withstand one Bridgewater flurry in the final minutes that nearly forced overtime. The best second-half chance for Eastern came  on senior back Kyle Bedini's (Manchester) free kick from just outside the box, but Seifert was able follow the flight of the ball through a crowd and with an all-out dive, knock the shot heading inside the left post away with his fingertips.

 

Bridgewater was held without a shot in the second half until collecting two inside the final two minutes.

 

Eastern improves to 7-1 at home this year. The loss was the first for Bridgewater away from home after  six wins and a tie. By defeating the Bears by a goal in each of the last three meetings, Eastern has tied the all-time series at 6-6-4.

 

Eastern visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 

Eastern Conn. 2, Bridgewater State College 1

 

Bridgewater State (9-2-2)       1          0          --          1

Eastern Conn. (9-1-3)            0          2          --          2

 

Scoring: B-Jon Machado (Donald Flores) 8:32; E-James Picarella (Sean Collins) 58:10; E-Maxim Fantl (Aaron Smiles) 59:22.

Shots: B-5, E-12; Saves: B-Ryan Seifert 4, E-Carl Appel 1.Corner kicks: B-2, E-9.

 

FANTL, WARRIORS ARE AN EVEN 10

Warriors remain undefeated in Little East with 2-0 men'soccer victory

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University all-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) became the program's first ten-goal scorer in 15 years when the Warriors blanked the University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-0, Saturday in a Little East Conference men's soccer match at Thomas Nevers Field.

With its sixth home win in seven contests this season, Eastern (8-1-3, 2-0-2 little east) ran its unbeaten streak to ten (7-0-3). Eastern remains one of three unbeaten teams in the conference along with the University of Southern Maine and Rhode Island College. Both are 4-0-0.

After coming off the bench in a scoreless first half, freshman midfielder Sean Collins (Bristol) started the second half and needed only 85 seconds to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead with his second goal of the season. With a final 22-4 advantage in shots, Eastern was able to maintain that lead until Fantl recorded his team-leading tenth goal of the season with just over four minutes left. Both Eastern goals were set up on head balls by junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), who is one of three players on the team with four assists.

Fantl, who has 26 career goals in 51 matches, becomes the first Eastern play with as many as ten goals since all-region forward Stephen Chirgwin totaled 14 for a 9-10-1 team in 1993.

The win is the ninth straight for Eastern over UMass (4-8-0, 0-4-0 little east) - the last eight coming by shutout. Eastern is 12-2-8 in its last 22 conference regular-season and post-season contests.

Freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) lowered his goals-against average to 0.74 with his fifth shutout in 12 starts. Appel needed only three saves, all coming in the first half.

Eastern hosts Bridgewater State College in a makeup game Sunday at 2 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 2, Massachusetts Boston 0

UMass Boston (4-8-0, 0-4-0 little east)     0   0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (8-1-3, 2-0-2 little east)      0   2 -- 2

Scoring: Sean Collins (Nicholas Boretti) 46:25; Maxim Fantl (Boretti) 75:49.
Shots: M-4, E-22; Saves: M-Domenick Persuitte 7, E-Carl Appel 3.Corner kicks: M-7, E-3.

M-CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES TENTH AT JAMES EARLEY INVITATIONAL

Warriors' top four runners finish within 30 seconds of each other

WESTFIELD, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University's top four runners ran within 30 seconds of each other as the Warriors improved four spots from a year ago Saturday at the 13th James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park.

Freshmen Andrew Orum (Griswold) and Steve Clayton (North Haven)  led the way for Eastern while running the course for the first time, and were followed closely by junior Sam Buczek (Milford) and senior Sean McLaughlin (Branford) over the 8,000 meter layout. Orum was 55th  (28:30) overall in a field of 235 and Clayton 57th (28:37). Buczek, Eastern's top runner at the season-opening UMass Dartmouth Invitational back on Sept. 20, was Eastern's third finisher. He was 63rd overall (28:53), 55 seconds faster than last year. McLaughlin was 67th (29:00), nearly two minutes faster than a year ago.

Junior David Tignonsini (Vernon) completed  Eastern's five scorers. He was 98th overall in a time of  29:54, nearly minute faster than his time in 2007.

Trinity put all of its five scoring runners in the Top 10 in cruising to the team title with a 48-point win over Vassar.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

Team Results
Top Ten

1. Trinity College 27; 2. Vassar College 75; 3. Gordon College 142; 4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 147; 5. Westfield State College 172; 6. Masschusetts Dartmouth 178; 7. Bridgewater State College 179; 8. Mass Maritime academy 212; 9. Salem State College Alumni 280; 10. EASTERN CONN. 297

EASTERN'S FINISHERS

55. Andrew Orum 28:30; 57. Steven Clayton 28:35; 63. Sam Buczek 28:53; 67. Sean McLaughlin 29:00; 98. David Tignonsini 29:54; 102. Bryan Jorge 20:02; 121. Nicholas Noheimer 30:50; 127. Joey Perucki 31:06; 147. Ryan Hughes 31:45.

 

W-VOLLEYBALL WEARS CRABTREE CROWN; SLONSKI TOURNEY MVP

 Warriors overcome Friday loss, hand J&W first loss in 11 matches, 3-1

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshmen Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) keyed the offense and defense, respectively, that lifted the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a four-game win over Johnson & Wales University Saturday and the championship of the 28th Annual Crabtree Classic at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

The Crabtree Classic title is the third in the last seven years and fourth overall
for Eastern (14-9), which overcame a five-game loss to Bates College in its second tournament match Friday night. Johnson & Wales (16-10) had stretched its winning streak to ten by winning its first three matches of the tournament, losing only one game in the process.

Against the Wildcats, the 5-foot-10 inch Ibsen had 14 kills, attacked at .262, and added six blocks, and Abelli had a season-high 38 of the team's season-high 120 digs and also handled 22 of 24 receptions. Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) had nine kills, 29 digs and handled 32 of 34 receptions. Junior Courtney Sims (Manchester) provided a spark off the bench by adding eight kills on a .304 attack percentage. Abelli and Jaques combined to make just one error on 32 serves.

After losing to Johnson & Wales in each of the last two seasons in the Crabtree Classic, the Warriors emerged Saturday from a tight match where every game was decided by four or less points. Game scores were 25-23, 26-28, 25-21, 25-22. With the match knotted at 1-1, the Warriors  scored ten of the final 13 points in Game 3 after trailing by three points, 18-15. Senior right-side hitter Jen Braswell (Wilton) pulled Eastern into a 20-20 tie, and consecutive Wildcat attack errors gave the Warriors the lead for good.

In the decisive fourth game against Johnson & Wales, Ibsen was nearly unstoppable offensively. She had six kills on ten attempts and Abelli dug up eight balls. Eastern scored five straight points to move in front, 15-10 and led by four until the Wildcats made a run to get back to within one, 22-21. After a timeout, Johnson & Wales threw away a chance to tie the game by commiting a key service error to give the Warriors a 23-21 lead. Ibsen and freshman Samantha Slonski (Griswold) then teamed for a crucial block that brought the Warriors to within a point of the win, and Ibsen's tournament-ending kill settled the issue.

The team's 5-foot-7 inch setter, Slonski was named tournament Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Jaques, who won her second Crabtree title in her four-year career.

In the tournament, Slonski amassed 138 assists (8.62 per game), served 63 balls with just one error, matched Ibsen with 11 blocks and added 37 digs. Offensivley, Ibsen led Eastern with 42 kills, Jaques adding 41, Sims 28, Braswell 27, and freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) 26. Sims attacked at .292, Jaques at .266 and Ibsen .246. Defensively, Abelli collected 100 digs (6.25 per game), and Jaques 74 (4.62 per game). Sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) picked up eight service aces, Jaques six and Slonski and Abelli five each.

In a three-game sweep of the University of New England earlier Saturday, Jaques and Braswell each had ten kills, Slonski 31 assists, Abelli 17 digs and Jaques 11. Braswell, who had a strong all-around tournament, attacked at .600 against the Nor-easters and Jaques .444.

Friday, Eastern opened the tournament with a four-game win over Bridgewater -- beating the Bears for the second time this year - that gave them one more win than all of last year. Jaques had 11 kills and Ibsen nine against UNE, Abelli 24 digs and Jaques 18 and Slonski 38 assists.

In their second match Friday, the Warriors were upset by Bates College in five games. Eastern won two of the first three games in convincing fashion before the Bobcats remained alive with a 25-14 in Game 4. Bates carried its fourth-game win into Game 5 (played to 15 points) by racing to an 8-0 lead. Eastern bounced back, however, with Ibsen and Jaques combining for five kills to make it 8-7. Leading 9-8, Bates responded with four straight points, three coming on Eastern errors, to post the 15-10 victory. Four Eastern players recorded double figures in kills against the Bobcats: Ibsen (13), Rathbun (12), Jaques (11) and Sims (11). Slonski (41) reached 40 assists for the first time this year. Abelli led the defense with 21 digs and had four of the team's 13 aces.

Eastern hosts Wesleyan University Wednesday at 7 p.m.
 

RYCZEK'S GOAL in 78TH MINUTE LIFTS W-SOCCER OVER KEENE

Gaudette has goal and assist in early-season battle of LEC unbeatens

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Seniors Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) and Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) combined for two goals and an assist to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 2-1 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Gaudette knocked in a corner kick to give Eastern (6-2-0, 2-0-0 little east) a lead in the 14th minute of play, and after sophomore Katie Bradford tied the match seven minutes into the second half with her conference-leading 12th goal - eight more than her nearest competitor --  Ryczek converted the game-winning goal with 13 minutes left in regulation on an eight-yard blast just beyond the dive of Keene freshman keeper Megan Dempsey.

The win is the third straight and sixth in seven meetings for Eastern over Keene State (9-3-0, 2-1-0 little east), which had an overall four-game winning streak snapped. Eastern remains undefeated at home with its fourth win in as many contests.

The top defensive team in the conference, No. 7 regionally-ranked Eastern did not allow the No. 1-ranked offense to take a shot until just five minutes remained in the first half. That shot from the middle of the box by Keene sophomore Jana Berthiaume was right at Eastern junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) and was one of only two saves made by Church in the match.

All four of Eastern's starting defenders - junior Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) and sophomores Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA), Lauren Freer (Southington) and Stephanie Norell (Stratford) - played the entire 90 minutes. The team's center back, Hickey was mostly responsible for limiting Bradford to just three shots - all in the second half. The goal by Bradford, last year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, was her only one on net, although she just missed giving the Owls a 2-1 lead 13 minutes after tying the match when her drive from the right wing rolled just wide of the far post.

Dempsey made only one save for Keene, but it was a big one as she batted down a point blank shot by Eastern junior Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) that was cleared

away by freshman Bridget Hennessey and kept the Owls from falling behind by two goals. Minutes earlier, Hennessey had come off the bench to clear a shot by Eastern junior Sarah Swann (Oxford) off the goal line following an Eastern corner kick.

Eastern freshman Lauren Greney (Bethel) created the game-winning goal. She won a ball in Eastern's defensive end and outmuscled two defenders to maintain control. After carrying acrosse midfield, she found Gaudette near the top of the box. Gaudette, who had re-entered the game just moments earlier, also kept her feet and control of the ball as she was jostled in the box by the Owl defense. Gaudette dumped  the ball off to her left to Ryczek, who one-timed a line drive from in close beyond the dive of Dempsey and inside the left post. The goal was a career-high fourth in a season for Ryczek and was her third career game-winner.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m.


Eastern Conn. 2, Keene State College 1

Keene State (9-3-0, 2-1-0 little east)         0    1 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (6-2-0, 2-0-0 little east)      1    1 -- 2

Scoring: E-Nicole Gaudette 13:02; K-Katie Bradford (Molly Brunelle) 52;26; E-Meghan Ryczek (Lauren Greeney, Gaudette) 77:10.
Shots: K-7, E-13; Saves: K-Megan Dempsey 1, E-Kim Church 2. Corner kicks: K-5, E-4.

W-SOCCER RALLIES PAST UMB, 3-2

In Little East, Warriors get late goals to hold off surprising Beacons

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston has long been the pushover in Little East Conference women's soccer play. This year, they have been pushing back.

Despite having outscored UMass Boston (5-6-1, 2-1-1 little east) by a 61-1 margin in 12 conference wins over the Beacons dating back to 1995, the Warriors  needed a game-tying goal from senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) with 6:54 to play to tie the match, and a go-ahead one from freshman forward Lauren Greeney (Bethel) with 3:46 left to win a surprising battle of conference unbeatens.

. Eastern and Western, last year's conference playoff titlists, are the lone remaining unbeatens in the conference, both standing at 3-0. Those teams meet Monday in a makeup game at Willimantic at 3:30 p.m.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Eastern outshot UMass 20-8 and allowed only one corner kick but trailed 2-1 after Kristin Mulry scored her ninth goal of the season midway through the second half. Sophomore centerback Lauren Hickey's (Southwick, MA) first career goal on a pass from all-region senior midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) had pulled Eastern even six minutes into the second half before Mulry's goal allowed the hosts to re-gain the lead.

In its conference-opener Sept. 20, UMass had shut out  Rhode Island College for its first conference win since 1995.

Eastern Conn. 3, Massachusetts Boston 2

Eastern Conn. (7-2-0, 3-0-0 little east)      0    3 --   3
UMass Boston (5-6-1, 2-1-1 little east)     1    1 --   2

Scoring:  M-Kristi Morales (Samantha Place) 3:23; E-Lauren Hickey (Nicole Gaudette) 54:03; M-Kristin Mulry 74:38; Meghan Ryczek 83:06; Lauren Greeney (Chrstine Lemieux) 86:14.
Shots: E-20, M-8; Saves: E-Kim Church 1, M-Courtney Haroules 6.
Corner kicks: E-6, M-1.

AT EARLEY, JUNCADELLA, JULIANO FINISH 1-2 FOR W-CROSS COUNTRY

In second meet of season, Warriors 12th at James Earley Invitational

WESTFIELD, Mass. -  Senior Clara Juncadella  (Guilford) led all Eastern Connecticut State University runners at the finish line for the first time in her four-year career and she was followed by sophomore Krista Juliano (Granby) when the Warriors finished 12th in a field of 22 teams at th 13th Annual James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park Saturday.

Juncadella was 91st overall in a field of 206 in a time of 22:54 over 5,000 meters, with Juliano 94th in a time of 23:00. Sophomor Melissa Healy (Naugatuck) was Eastern's third runner, taking 107th in a fime of 23:17. Rounding out Eastern's five scorers were sophomore Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and first-year sophomore Chelsie Lawson (Sandwich, MA). Ericson was time in 23:47, Lawson in 23:51.

Carleton College  took four of the top six spots and eased to a 50-point win over host Westfield State College.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 10:45 a.m.


Team Results
Top Ten

1. Carleton College 25; 2. Westfield State College 75; 3. Trinity College 80; 4. Vassar College 86; 5. Gordon College 129; 6. Bridgewater State College 205; 7. Union College 207; 8. Castleton State College 279; 9. Clark U. 313; 10. Western New England College 374.
12. EASTERN CONN. 297

EASTERN'S FINISHERS

91. Clara Juncadella 22:54; 94. Krista Juliano 23:00; 107. Melissa Healy 23:17; 122. Amanda Ericson 23:47; 126. Chelsie Lawson 23:51; 132. Jessica Maciolek 24:18; 158. Ashlee James 25:15; 190. Becky Knapp 27:59; 195. Ellen Devlin 28:44.

 

 

EASTERN DOMINATES SECOND HALF IN LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE LOSS

For third straight match, Warriors tie game but lose by score of 2-1

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - For the third straight match, the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team erased a one-goal deficit before eventually losing a 2-1 decision. The most recent time came Saturday in a Little East Conference loss to Framingham State College.

Having beaten Framingham (7-3, 3-3 little east) six of the previous eight times the teams had met, Eastern (2-10, 1-6 little east) tied Saturday's game at 1-1 on freshman forward Ali Chapman's (Watertown) third goal of the season 80 seconds into the second half. The Warriors dominated throughout the second half, but couldn't break through again, then went on to  their fourth straight loss (third by a 2-1 score) after  Framingham  junior forward Kali Barrett (North Attleboro, MA) scored her 11th goal of the season with 12 minutes left.

Last Tuesday, Eastern tied the match 1-1 with a goal midway through the second half, but Fitchburg scored the game-winner in overtime in a Little East Conference match. Two days ago, Eastern wiped out an early 1-0 deficit on junior midfielder Dana McLaughlin's (West Hartford) first career goal but lost  2-1 to Wesleyan on a goal early in the second half.

Barrett gave the Rams a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute of play Saturday when she beat Eastern junior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) from in close on a rebound of a shot by junior midfielder Jade Franzen. Chapman tied it in the opening minutes of the second half after the Warriors put a pair of close shots on Framingham sophomore goalie Allesha Kenyon, but Barrett put Framingham up for good when she solidly re-directed a free hit by senior forward Cailyn Morgan high into the cage.

Inside the final three minutes, Eastern made a bid to tie the match on consecutive shots by sophomore forward Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) and freshman midfielder Michelle Tebbets (Pawcatuck), but Kenyon knocked both of them aside. The Warriors

were also scuffling to score inside the final 30 seconds but Framingham freshman back Kayleigh Force was able to clear out an attempt  from inside the circle by  Eastern freshman midfielder Liz Bolduc (Stonington) with 20 seconds left.

In the second half, Eastern had  9-3 advantages in both shots and penalty corners. Eight of the shots were on net, with Kenyon collecting seven saves and giving up the one goal.

Eastern visits Lasell College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Framingham State College 2, Eastern Conn. 1

Framingham State (7-3, 3-3 little east)    1   1 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (2-10, 1-6 little east)        0   1 -- 1

Scoring: F-Kali Barrett 15:51; E-Ali Chapman 36:20; F-Barrett (Cailyn Morgan) 57:41.
Shots: F-7, E-14; Saves: F-Allesha Kenyon 12, E-Tia Mucciarone 3; Penalty corners: F-5, E-13.

 

WESLEYAN HAS ENOUGH TO EDGE FIELD HOCKEY IN NON-CONFERENCE

 Frosh O'Brien records first career points with assist and winning goal

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Wesleyan University freshman forward Claire O'Brien recorded her first collegiate points by contributing an assist on her team's first goal and scoring the game-winner three minutes into the second half  in a 2-1 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon.

The road win is the first this year for Wesleyan (2-7) in five tries and snaps an overall five-game losing streak,  and keeps Eastern (2-9) winless in three home matches this season. The Warriors have lost three straight, two of them by 2-1 scores.

O'Brien's game-winning goal came on her 16th career shot as she re-directed a hit by sophomore forward Lila Creighton past Eastern freshman keeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) just three minutes into the second half.  O'Brien also contributed to her team's 1-0 lead in the 13th minute of play when her hit from the top of the circle was tipped past Reichardt by senior forward Hailey Sarage.

The Warriors answered Sarage's goal less than four minutes later when junior midfielder Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford) swept in her first career goal from the left of the cage on a short pass from freshman forward Jaime Mugavero (Clinton). Wesleyan junior goalie Breen McDonald had turned away Mugavero's initial attempt but Mugavero pushed the loose ball to McLaughlin at the left post. The goal was only Eastern's second in this five-game series with Wesleyan.

Reichardt and the Eastern defense was tested consistently thoughout the first half, as the Cardinals outshot the Warriors 14-3. Reichardt, who lowered her goals-against average to 2.13 with the performance, made ten saves in the half and got a defensive save from sophomore sweeper Rachel Cocola (South Windsor). Sarage and O'Brien were credited with a combined total of seven shots in the half, forcing Reichardt to kick out five of them. Wesleyan also had an 11-0 advantage in penalty corners in the first half.

With the score tied 1-1 in the first half, O'Brien and Sarage each had bids from in close kicked away by Reichardt, and Cocola came up with her defensive save a minute later to keep the match tied.

One game after making a season-high 16 saves, Reichardt made 12 against Wesleyan, with McDonald making six in winning her second decision.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday, hosting Framingham State College at 1 p.m.

Wesleyan U. 2, Eastern Conn. 1

Wesleyan U. (2-7)       1 1 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (2-9)     1 0 -- 1

Scoring: W-Hailey Sarage (Claire O'Brien) 12:42; E-Dana McLaughlin (Jaime Mugavero) 16:33; W-O'Brien (Lila Creighton) 38:11.
Shots: W-18, E-7; Saves: W-Breen McDonald 6, E-Danielle Reichardt 12. Penalty corners: W-14, E-3.

 

M-SOCCER SMOTHERS BECKER, 3-0

  For Warriors, one loss after 11 games gives them their best start since '69

WILLIMANTIC, Conn.--  After challenging for goals throughout the first half, the Eastern Connecticut State University  men's soccer team was rewarded in the second half in a 3-0 non-conference victory over Becker College Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

In the second half, Eastern (7-1-3) unloaded 15 shots and accumulated nine corner kicks, finally breaking through 13 minutes into the half in extending its unbeaten streak to nine (6-0-3) and running its home record to 5-1. Unbeaten for nearly a month, the Warriors have lost only one of 11 matches this season - their least number of losses after 11 games since winning their first 15 matches and winning the New England championship in 1969.

All-region junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) scored twice in a span of 43 seconds against first-time opponent Becker (5-5-1) to provide the only cushion that the Warriors would need. The goals were the eighth and ninth of the season for Fantl, who now has 60 points (25 goals, ten assists) in a 50-game career. Junior midfielder Mike Vekakis (Colchester) converted a 25-yard blast for his second goal of the year with 15 minutes left to round out the scoring.

Freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) did not make a save to net his fourth shutout of the season in 11 starts and lower his goals-against average to 0.81  Becker's only shot on goal - one of only two shots it had in the match -- came with Eastern leading 3-0 with 11 minutes left. The shot by Becker leading scorer Dircilino DeBrito was cleared off the goal linie by senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester). DeBrito had beaten Appel  to the ball at the edge of the box and chipped it over the keepers head toward the goal, where Bedini steered it away.

Fantl's first goal was a one-timer off a cross from Bedini. Bedini's cross to the top of the box was headed straight up in the air by a Becker defender to the foot  of Fantl, who beat Becker junior keeper Aaron Fill to give Eastern a 1-0 lead.

Eastern had two prime opportunities in the first half but could not break through and two more in the opening minutes of the second half before Fantl finally broke the stalemate. Freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) was involved in all four of those scoring chances with two crossing passes and two corner kicks. Fantl's header went wide on a corss from Smiles with nine minutes left in the first half. Minutes later, Smiles sent a corner kick to the far post, where unmarked freshman midfielder Sean Collins's (Bristol) failed header bounced off his leg and out of bounds.

In the opening ten minutes of the second half, the Warriors made two more unsuccessful attempts to get on the board. Five minutes into the half, Fantl was able to one-touch on net  Smiles' bouncing cross into the box, but Fill dove to his right to make one of his ten saves. Three minutes later, senior midfielder James Picarella's (Brewster, NY) header off a corner kick by Smiles sailed wide right as the Hawks dodged another bullet.

In the match, Eastern outshot the visitors, 21-2, and didn't' allow a corner kick while accumulating 13 of their own.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday when it hosts Massachusetts Boston at 1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Becker College 0

Becker (5-5-1)              0    0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (7-1-3)   0    3 -- 3
 
Scoring:
Maxim Fantl 57:51; Fantl (Scott Mishley) 58:34; Mike Vekakis 76:32.
Shots:B-2, E-21; Saves: B-Aaron Fill 10, E-Carl Appel 0. Corner kicks: B-0, E-13.


 

TEAM EFFORT CARRIES VOLLEYBALL TO LITTTLE EAST CONFERENCE WIN

In Little East Conference re-match, Warriors down Western in four games

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DANBURY, Conn. - In a re-match of last year's Little East Conference tournament championship match, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team got key contributions from a number of players in a four-game victory over Western Connecticut State University  Tuesday night at the O'Neill Center.

In the first meeting between the programs since fifth-seeded Eastern (11-8, 3-2 little east) swept second-seeded Western (10-5, 2-2 little east) in last year's championship match, senior Jen Braswell (Wilton) and freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) each had 13 kills and sophomore Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) provided a lift off the bench as the Warriors survived with a 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 victory.

The victory was the fourth in the last five meetings for the Warriors over the Colonials after Western had reeled off 11 straight win in the series. Western was picked to finish second in the pre-season coaches poll while the defending playoff champion Warriors were selected to place six in the seven-team conference. With its fourth win in the last five matches, Eastern equaled its win total of 2007.

Trailing 2-0 in games, Western built an early lead on the way to the Game 3 win, and appeared headed to tying the match with a 23-21 lead in Game 4. Ibsen helped carry Eastern back in that game, however, with three kills and a block, closing out the win with two consecutive kills.

The Warriors attacked under .100 in each of the first three games, but responded in Game 4 by attacking at .333. Ibsen put down  four of her last five attacks and Braswell four of her final six tries to key the decisive victory.  Ruta, a defensive specialist, came off the bench to make important contributions in the back row. In the match, she served 16 balls with just one error (putting her first 14 in play), dug up nine balls, and was successful on five of six reception attempts.

Behind the serving of Ibsen, Eastern never trailed after taking a 17-16 lead in Game 1, and Braswell came through with a critical kill that made it 23-20. With the help of a number of Western attack errors, the Warriors moved out to a 24-17 lead in Game 2 before surviving a late Western bid. A Western kill and an Eastern reception error drew the Colonials towithin 24-22 but another Western attack error close out the Eastern win. The Warriors trailed 11-3 in Game 3 but later rallied to tie the game  before the Colonials avoided the sweep in a four-point win.

Defensivley, senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshman Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) combined for 40 digs and handled 56 receptions with only three errors. Abelli dug up 21 balls while Jaques had 19 digs and was perfect on 34 serve receives. Abelli leads the LEC this year with 354 digs (5.71 per game), with Jaques next on the team with 275 (4.37).

On the right side, Braswell attacked at a team-leading .364 and had two blocks. She teamed with Ibsen on one of her blocks that gave Eastern a 24-23 lead in Game 3. Ibsen attacked at only .150 but came up big in Game 4 with a mark of .385.

Setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold), one of four freshman starters for the Warriors, produced another strong all-around game with 32 assists, eight digs and four blocks. She also commited only one error on 24 serves.

Becca Stein, the LEC leader in attack percentage, led Western with 17 kills, six coming on as many attacks in Game 3. Kara Masciangioli had five service aces and six digs, freshman Kelly Collins 22 digs, and Samantha Hathaway had 44 set assists. The Colonials entered play as the LEC leader with a .227 team attack percentage.

Defending regular-season champion Keene State moved to within a win of a  second straight unbeaten conference season and secured the top playoff seed and hosting rights, surviving a scare in a 3-2 win over host Plymouth State Tuesday to improve its LEC mark to 5-0.  Eastern closes out regular-season LEC play Nov. 1 by hosting UMass Dartmouth. With a 1-1 conference record, only UMass Boston can catch Keene for a share of the regular-season title.

Eastern returns home for the first time since the season-opener this weekend by hosting the 28th Annual Crabtree Classic.

Eastern Conn. 3, Western Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (11-8, 3-2 little east)     25    25    21    26
Western Conn. (10-5, 2-2 little east)    21    22    25    24

GOAL IN OT SINKS FIELD HOCKEY

Fitchburg scores 17 minutes into sudden death to claim LEC win, 2-1

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgFITCHBURG, Mass. - Heather DiTerlizzi scored the game-ending goal 17 minutes into sudden death overtime to spoil a 16-save effort by Eastern Connecticut State University freshman Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) as Fitchburg State College posted a 2-1 Little East Conference victory Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Jaime Mugavero's (Clinton) first career goal 15 minutes into the second half on an assist from junior Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford) tied the match for Eastern (2-8, 1-5 little east) before DiTerlizzi scored on a pass from Paula Bartalamia in overtime. The teams were scoreless through the first 15-minute overtime session, and DiTerlizzi. Fitchburg held a 9-1 advantage in shots in overtime.

Although Fitchburg (6-4, 4-2 little east) was winless in 11 conference matches last year and missed the post-season tournament, the Falcons stand in a tie for third place this year. Fitchburg snapped a two-year losing streak at the hands of the Warriors. Eastern fell to 1-2 in overtime game this year, having lost to Bridgewater and beaten Western Connecticut  back on Oct. 1.

Making her second career start (sixth appearance), Reichardt made a career-high 16 saves, six coming in overtime before the game-winner.

Eastern hosts WesleyanUniversity Thursday at 4 p.m.

Fitchburg State College 2, Eastern Conn. 1, ot

Eastern Conn. (2-8, 1-5 little east)     0 1 (0) (0) -- 1
Fitchburg State (6-4, 4-2 little east)   1 0 (0) (1) -- 2

Scoring: F-Kaylee Bergeron (Heather DiTerlizzi) 21:24; E-Jaime Mugavero (Dana McLaughlin) 49:41; F-DiTerlizzi (Paula Bartalamia) 86:40.
Shots: E-9, F-24; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 16; F-Taylor Van Ahnen 6. Penalty corners: E-7, F-10.

 

 

W-VOLLEYBALL DISCOVERS SILVER LINING AT FDU FLORHAM CLASSIC

At Devils' Classic, Warriors capture three of four matches to win Silver

MADISON, NJ - Freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had a team-high 41 kills and classmate Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) dug a team-high 82 balls to help power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to three wins in four matches and the Silver Bracket championship at the FDU Florham Devils' Classic over the weekend.

The only New England team in the nine-team tournament, Eastern (10-8) won both of its matches Saturday after opening Friday with a three-game sweep of St. Joseph's College, of Long Island (25-15, 25-19, 25-17) and a four-game loss to eventual tournament champion Lebanon Valley College (22-25, 15-25, 25-23, 12-25).

In Silver Bracket play Saturday, the Warriors bounced back from a first-game loss to outlast SUNY Plattsburgh (23-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19), then swept Baptist Bible College (25-15, 25-15, 25-23) to win the bracket.

Ibsen, a 5-foot-10 inch middle hitter, represented Eastern on the all-tournament team. In addition to leading the team in kills, she also led the Warriors in attack percentage (.348) and blocks (9). Abelli, a libero, averaged 5.9 digs - just above her season average - in 14 games to lead all Eastern players. Against Plattsburgh, Ibsen had a season-high 19 kills and commited only one error for a .514 percentage.

As a team, the Warriors amassed 48 points on aces, led by Abelli, senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford) and sophomore defensive specialist Katie Dinihanian (Stratford). Abelli led the way with 13 aces, six  coming in the loss to Lebanon Valley, with  Jaques adding ten and Dinihanian seven. Dinihahian also chipped in 32 digs in the tournament.

In addition to ten aces and 45 digs, Jaques added 28 kills and successfully passed 89 of 94 serves for a .957 percentage.

After struggling offensively Friday night, freshman outside hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron) had 15 kills and attacked at .452 Saturday, committing only one attack error on 31 attempts on the day. She also finished the tournament with 21 digs.

Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) collected 119 assists (8.5 per game) in the tournament and added 31 digs, seven blocks and six service aces.

Jaques' final dig of the tournament was the 1,484th of her career moved her into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time chart, one ahead of Karen Ann Sweet (1994-97). Marcella Davis (1990-93) is fifth with 1,642.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference competition Tuesday at Western Connecticut State University at 6 p.m. in a re-match of Eastern's three-game sweep in the last year's conference tournament title game.

Saturday's Results
Eastern Conn. 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 1

Eastern Conn. (9-8)    23   26   25   25
Plattsburgh (6-200     25   24   17   19

Eastern Conn. 3, Baptist Bible College 0

Eastern Conn. (10-8)  25   25  25 
Baptist Bible (7-14)    15   15  23

 

 

NO SURPRISE: WARRIORS, OWLS TIE

In Little East men's soccer title match re-match, Eastern gains point

 

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KEENE, NH - The Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College men's soccer teams played to two overtime draws last year, the second coming in the Little East Conference championship match. To the surprise of few, the teams shared the top spot in this year's conference pre-season coaches' poll. So, it came as little surprise that the teams played to a 2-2 overtime draw Saturday.

 

 It was the fifth straight time that the match between the clubs has extended into overtime and the fourth straight time it has ended in a draw.

 

The tie keeps No. 9 regionally-ranked Eastern (6-1-3, 1-0-2 little east) unbeaten in the conference and gives it five points. Keene State (3-5-3, 0-2-1 little east) remains winless in LEC play but picks up its first point.

 

Junior forward Nicholas Boretti's (Marshfield, MA) third goal of the year gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead with 19 minutes left in regulation, but Keene freshman midfielder John Fothergill answered with his second goal of the year with 11 minutes left to force overtime. In Tuesday's 3-3 overtime draw at No. 4 regionally-ranked Salem, the Warriros took a lead into the final three minutes before the Vikings gained the equalizer.

 

It is Eastern's third straight overtime tie this year. The Warriors have not lost any of their last 15 overtime matches (3-0-12) and have now lost only two of their last 21 conference matches (11-2-8/10-2-7 in the regular season). The Warriors also remain unbeaten (2-0-3) away from home this season. The overtime match was the sixth in 11 outings for Keene, which is 1-2-3 in ot games.

 

Sophomore midfielder Matt Johnson's first goal of the year on a free kick in the ninth minute gave Keene the early lead before senior back Jimmy McConville (Manchester) answered with his first goal of the season with a diving header on an assist from freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) 46 seconds before halftime to pull the Warriors even at the break.

 

Both keepers turned in a number of standout saves to keep the match tied. Keene junior Peter Kersker came up big with diving saves twice to keep Eastern's leading scorer, all-region forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) off the board. One came at in the closing minutes of regulation and the other coming at the 2:35 mark of the first overtime. Fantl took seven of Eastern's 17 shots, putting three on Kersker.

 

Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made a season-high ten saves, three in the second ten-minute overtime session. His best came in the second overtime, when he left his feet to stop a shot by Fothergill, barely getting an  outstretched hand  on the ball. Fothergill and freshman forward Quinton McMillian proved to be Keene's most dangerous offensive weapons. The pair combined to take 11 of the Owls' 16 shots, striking nine of them on net.

 

Keene, which had lost four straight, played without two starting defenders who were sitting out with red card suspensions, then lost senior forward Alex Horne in the first half due to injury.Horne is a three-time all-conference selection and has been second in conference scoring the last two years.

 

Eastern hosts Becker College Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

Eastern Conn. 2, Keene State College 2, 2 ot

 

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

Keene State (3-5-3, 0-2-1 little east)          1        1        (0)      (0)       --    2

 

Scoring: K-Matt Johnson 8:29; E-Jimmy McConville (Aaron Smiles) 44:14; E-Nicholas Boretti (Mike Vekakis) 71:04; K-John Fothergill (Alex Larson) 78:42.

Shots: E-17, K-16; Saves: E-Carl Appel 10, K-Peter Kersker 5. Corner kicks: E-3, K-5.

FIELD HOCKEY QUIET IN LEC LOSS

         Warriors outshot by wide margin against PSU, shut out for sixth time

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 PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kerry D'Ambroise scored her first two goals of the season and assisted on another Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 5-0, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

Plymouth (5-3, 4-1 little east)  outshot the visitors 24-4, and the PSU defense posted its fifth shutout in the last six games, handing Eastern (2-7, 1-4 little east) its sixth shutout loss in nine starts.   By winning, Plymouth remained one-half game behind LEC leader Keene State, which dumped Western Connecticut, 5-1, Saturday.

Senior Ashley Gutowski put the Panthers on the board less than 13 minutes into the game with her sixth goal of the season.  D'Ambroise and junior Sarah Smith  then scored goals 20 seconds apart with just over 11 minutes left in the first half and PSU had a 3-0 lead at intermission.

D'Ambroise added her second goal of the game midway through the second half to make it 4-0, and sophomore Kristina Conroy  rounded out the scoring with her second of the year with less than four minutes remaining.

Eastern played without starting sophomore sweeperback Rachel Cocola (South Windsor), who missed her first career game (second start).

Freshman Sam Reuss made her first career start in the Panther goal, and made two second-half saves to post her first shutout. Junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) made 13 saves in net for Eastern - her fourth game this year in double figures.

Eastern visits Fitchburg State Tuesday for a conference match at 4 p.m.


Plymouth State U. 5, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (2-7, 1-4 little east)    0   0 -- 0
Plymouth State (5-3, 4-1 little east)  3   2 -- 5

Scoring: Ashley Gutowski 12;46; Kerry D'Ambroise 23:32; Sarah Smith (D'Ambroise) 23:52; D'Ambroise (Lauren Bergeron) 56:33; Kristina Conroy (Betsy Renauld) 66:09.
Shots: E-4, P-24; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 13, P-Sam Reuss 2. Penalty corners: E-5, P-14.

 

GOAL STANDS TALL, WARRIORS FALL

W-soccer can't capitalize on 12-4 advantage in corner kicks against Conn

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Connecticut College freshman forward Brigi Palatino came off the bench to score the only goal of the match with 16 minutes left in the first half as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team couldn't capitalize on a number of chances in a non-conference loss on Tempel Green Wednesday afternoon.

Playing its first game after a ten-day layoff, Eastern (5-2-0) couldn't break through against Conn (4-2-0) despite holding a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks and a slim 12-9 edge in shots. The loss stops a three-game winning streak this year for Eastern and is the Warriors' first loss to Conn after wins in each of the last three meetings. It was the third straight time that only one goal was scored in the match.

Conn junior keeper Jenna Ross made five saves to win her second decision without a loss. Ross extended her scoreless streak to 271 minutes with 90 shutout minutes. Ross made two of her three first-half saves against Eastern junior forward Sarah Swann (Oxford) in a three-minutes span late in the first half to preserve the Camels' one-goal lead. Ross smothered Swann's header off a corner kick with 11 minutes left in the first half, then grabbed Swann's one-timer minutes later.

While Eastern prevented Conn from putting a shot on junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) in the second half, the Warriors had two legitimate opportunities to tie the game. The first came 14 minutes into the half. On the play, Swann sent a pass from the wing to freshman midfielder Laura Violette (Wallingford), who unloaded a shot from inside the box toward the net. The ball was redirected high off a Conn College defender, but Ross reacted quickly, leaping to punch the ball over the crossbar. The second chance came with two minutes left in the match Junior forward Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) sent a corner kick over the Conn defense into the middle of the box to an unmarked Swann, whose one-timer bounced off her thigh and over the crossbar.

Palatino's game-winner came from the 20 yards out, when she collected the ball on the right of the goal and ground the ball  inside the far left post, beyond the dive of Church.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. The Warriors, 3-0 at home and 1-0 in the conference, eliminated the Owls, 1-0 in overtime, in the semifinals of last year's LEC playoffs at Nevers Field.

Connecticut College 1, Eastern Conn. 0

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

Scoring: Brigi Palatino 28:49.
Shots: E-12, C-9; Saves: E-Kim Church 4, C-Jenna Ross 5. Corner kicks: E-12, C-4.

FIELD HOCKEY AN OT WINNER, 3-2

Melanie Proud nets game-ending goal as Warriors end six-game skid

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DANBURY, Conn. -- Sophomore forward Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) scored the game-winning goal with just over ten minutes gone in sudden death overtime as the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State University Wednesday night at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Proud, who has come off the bench since sustaining an eye injury two games into the season, received a pass from freshman midfielder Liz Bolduc (Stonington) five feet in front of the goal mouth and deposited the ball by a diving Jaimie Kenealy. A forward, Kenealy was making her first appearance in net due to the loss of the team's starting goalie earlier Wednesday.

The win is the first after six straight losses for Eastern (2-6, 1-3 little east) this year and also is the first after six straight LEC losses, dating back to a 1-0 win over visiting Salem State College last October 13.

All four of the goals in regulation came in a span of 16 minutes into the first half, the Warriors scoring the first two and Western (2-7, 1-3 little east) the next two. Freshmen Ali Chapman (Watertown) and Melissa Goffe (Newington) scored unassisted goals ten minutes apart to make it 2-0 before freshman Melissa Berardi scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to tie the match (the first goal came on a penalty stroke). The goal was the first collegiate one for Goffe, who was making her first start.

The goal was the team-leading third of the season for Proud and her first since she scored twice in a 5-0 season-opening victory at Wheelock College.

Freshman Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) was credited with her first collegiate win in net after taking over for junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) to start the second half. Reichardt made one save to even her personal record at 1-1. Reichardt, who made one save to even her personal record at 1-1, had recorded 41 scoreless minutes in relief in Saturday's LEC loss at Southern Maine and has lowered her goals-against average to 2.04 in four appearances.

The match was the third straight  between the two teams that has advanced into overtime, the Warriors winning in the extra session for the second straight time at Danbury. Two years ago, 2008 senior Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) scored with 28 seconds left in sudden death in Eastern's 2-1 victory.

Eastern continues conference play Saturday when it visits Plymouth State University at 12:30 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Western Conn. 2, ot

Eastern Conn. (2-6, 1-3 little east)    2  0  (1) -- 3
Western Conn. (2-7, 1-3 little east)  2  0  (0) -- 2

Scoring: E-Ali Chapman 10:06; E-Melissa Goffe 19:37; W-Melissa Berardi (penalty stroke); W-Berardi 26:52; E-Melanie Proud (Liz Bolduc) 80:29.
Shots: E-18, W-13; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 3 (2 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Danielle Reichardt 1 (0, 45:29), W-Jaimie Kenealy 4.
Penalty corners: E-7, W-9.