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Conn College scores final nine points of overtime in 83-78 win

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team came from ten points back and had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation before finally dropping an 83-78 overtime non-conference decision to Connecticut College Sunday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

Even though Eastern (3-3) wiped out a ten-point deficit in the opening minutes of the second half, had a chance to end the game in the final seconds of regulation, and scored the first four points of overtime, the Warriors could not put Conn College (3-2) away.

 

In overtime, Conn freshman forward Demetrius Porter  (Virginia Beach, VA) played a key role in the Camels' victory. He set up a three-pointer by freshman guard Eddie McGuinness (Pearl River, NY) by grabbing the rebound of a missed free throw that allowed Conn to tie the score at 78-all, then came up with a steal that set up an inside basket by senior swingman Ulises Veras (Lawrence, MA) that gave the Camels the lead for good, 80-78, with a minute left in overtime.

 

After Eastern scored the first four points of overtime on baskets by freshman center Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) and junior guard Edwin Ortiz  (Hartford) - both players having coming off the bench in the game --Conn ended the game on a 9-0 run.

 

On its final six possessions over the final two minutes of overtime, Eastern missed five shots from the floor and turned the ball over once. Trailing 80-78, Eastern missed a drive to the basket that was rebounded by freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) with 40 seconds left. The Warriors then missed a hurried three-point attempt as the shot clock was winding down, and senior guard Billy Karis (Potsdam, NY) sank the second of two free throws to give the visitors an 81-78 lead with 20 seconds left.

 

Conn  held Eastern without a field goal for nearly a five-minute stretch in the opening minutes of the second half in turning a one-point halftime lead into a ten-point bulge, 53-43 lead. Trailing by nine seven minutes into the second half, Eastern began chipping away and finally tied the score at 64-all with five minutes left on a seven-point run. Sophomore center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) scored

 five straight points with a conventional three-point play and another inside bucket 30 seconds later, and after Conn missed four straight shots - the first three coming from three-point range - Sawyer found junior point guard Jared Willis (New Britain) cutting to the basket for a hoop with tied the game at 64.

 

Porter's  inside basket put Conn back in front, 74-72, with two minutes left, but Willis tied the game again with a driving basket with 30 seconds later. With Eastern pressing the length of the court, sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) knocked down a Conn pass and Eastern recovered with 28.7 seconds left. After calling time out, Eastern inbounded in front of its own bench, but Conn finally pressured the Warriors into an off-balance, unsuccessful 18-footer at the buzzer that forced overtime.

 

Ortiz led five Eastern double-digit scorers with 16 points, and also added five rebounds and four steals. Roveto and Sawyer each had 12 and freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and Nedwick ten each. Roverto helped Eastern to a +6 advantage on the boards by grabbing a team-high seven. Sawyer scored all but one of his points after the break when he sank five of seven field goals.

 

Karis led the Camels with a game-high 19 points, Porter adding 15 (6-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the line) and Veras (4-for-5 from the floor) and junior guard Shavar Bernier (Dover, NH) 11 each. Karis collected four of Conn's 11 three-point field goals. Bernier led Conn with seven rebounds and Porter following with six.

 

After going 8-for-12 from three-point range in the first half, the Warriors missed all eight of their three-point tries after the break.

 

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in its Little East Conference opener Saturday at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL RALLIES AFTER BREAK TO SHOCK TRINITY COLLEGE

Behind Willis and Thompson, Warriors climb out of 19-point  hole

 

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior point guard Jared Willis (New Britain) made the most of his first career start and freshman center Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points and lead visiting Eastern Connecticut State University to a 75-72 win over Trinity College in men's basketball action Tuesday night at Ray  Oosting Gymnasium.

 

Trinity (1-3) shot nearly 60 per cent in the first half to take a 13-point lead into halftime, and was in possession of a comfortable 19 point lead in the opening minutes of the second half before Eastern (3-2) responded with a startling comeback that provided the Warriors with their first win at Oosting Gym since a 72-68 verdict six years ago.

 

Trailing by 18, Eastern launched a 26-8 run on the strength of 11-for-17 shooting from the floor over ten minutes to tie the game at 64-64 with six minutes left, then took its first lead of the second half, 69-67, on a bucket by sophomore forward Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) that was set up on a steal by freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) with 4:05 left. Five different players each contributed to the team's first five baskets in that stretch, with junior guard Jared Willis (New Britain) scoring seven points and Thompson adding a conventional three-point play.

 

Leading by those 18 points, Trinity went eight minutes without a field goal, scoring just three points from the foul line in that stretch as Eastern cut the deficit to seven, 61-54, with eight minutes left. 

 

Neither team led by more than three points over the final six minutes. Willis converted two free throws to give Eastern the lead for good, 73-72, with 39.9 seconds left. In a key sequence, Trinity then lost possession of the ball and the Warriors were granted a timeout after recovering the loose ball in a pileup with 31.6 seconds left. Eastern missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20.8 seconds left, but the Bantams missed a field goal on their next possession, and freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) contributed two insurance points with free threes after Aaron Westbrooks was whistled for a blocking foul near mid court with 11.9 seconds left.  Down by three and inbounding at half court with 7.7 seconds left, Trinity's  Luke MacDougall's off-balance three-point attempt at the horn bounced off the side of the rim as time expired.

 

Willis (11 points) and Thompson  combined for 21 of Eastern's 43 second-half points, including nine of its final 13. Sawyer added eight points and sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) six in the second half, with Willis and Kohn each grabbing four rebounds to help the Warriors to a 19-11 advantage on the boards over the final 20 minutes. Eastern shot 54.8 per cent in the second half, Trinity just 36.0.

 

Trinity had built a 45-32 lead at the half, shooting 59.3 percent from the field and sinking five out of seven tries from three-point land, and all eight of its free throw attempts.  Paul Rowe, Westbrooks and MacDougall each had 10 points at the break for the Bantams. 

 

Willis enjoyed his finest game in an Eastern uniform. Making his first start at point guard in place of injured sophomore Courtney Simmons (Middletown), just missed recording a triple-double. He had career-highs in points (11), rebounds (10) and assists (9), and turned the ball over only twice in a career-high 36 minutes. .  Kohn scored 14 points, Sawyer 13.

 

Trinity featured five players standing 6-foot-7 or taller. No Eastern player is taller than 6-foot-5.

 

Ford led the Bantams in scoring with 16 points, while Rowe and sophomore guard Salah Abdo each had 15 points, and MacDougall and Westbrooks 10 points apiece. MacDougall grabbed a team-high six rebounds and Rowe dished out five assists

 

Eastern had lost three straight and five of six to Trinity, including last year's 85-77 loss in the finals of the Trinity College Classic in early January. Eastern scored the final seven points of the game in its most recent win over Trinity at Hartford, during the 2002/03 season.

 

Eastern hosts Connecticut College Sunday at 3 p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

EASTERN RE-GROUPS FOR VICTORY AFTER 17-POINT LEAD DISSOLVES

In w-basketball, Moriarty and Morey combine for 26 second-half points

 

BOSTON, Mass. - Guards Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) and Nicky Morey (Columbia) combined to score 26 of Eastern Connecticut State University's 40 second-half points and the Warriors re-grouped after losing a 17-point lead to subdue Emmanuel College, 64-61, Tuesday night at the Jean Yawkey Center on the Emmanuel campus.

 

Eastern (2-1) used a 16-3 run over the first six minutes of the second half  to open up a seemingly invincible 17-point, 40-23, advantage before Emmanuel (2-2) chipped away. The Saints countered with a 17-4 run of their own and later led by two points twice, but missed three potential game-tying shots on their final possessions as the Warriors emerged with a victory in a battle of 2007/08 NCAA tournament teams.

 

Moriarty, a sophomore, and Morey, a senior, dominated play for Eastern in the second dhalf. Moriarty had 14 points while Morey had 12 after halftime. Moriarty was 5-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line with only one turnover in the second half.

Morey was 4-for-6 from the field and swished both of her free throws in the second half.

 

Moriarty continually penetrated the Emmanuel defense with drives that resulted in uncontested layups. Morey doubled her three-point total from all of last year by canning two attempts from behind the arc in a span of three minutes in the second half. Her first three-pointer pushed Eastern's second-half lead into double figures, 31-20, and her second one gave the Warriors their 17-point cushion six minutes into the second half.

 

After Emmanuel blew a chance to tie the score by missing consecutive layups with less than 20 seconds left, Moriarty connected on two key free throws with 16.7 seconds left to give Eastern a 63-59 lead.  Trailing by three in the final seconds, Emmanuel drove the length of the floor, and got the ball in the hands of top scorer Kristin LeBel, who could not sink a potential game-tying three-pointer from the corner as the horn sounded.

 

Moriarty (career and game-high 20) and Morey (17) combined for 37 points in the game while senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton) chipped in eight points and a game-high ten rebounds. McFetridge moved to within six points of becoming the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

 

Junior guard Iman Davis led Emmanuel with 18 points. LeBel, averaging a team-high 18.3 points per game this year, managed only seven points (2-for-11 from the floor). After sitting out her team's first three games with a back injury, sophomore guard Casey Shevlin came off the bench to score 11 points for Emmanuel. Shevlin scored nine of her points in the second half, eight coming in a row during Emmanuel's 17-4 charge.

 

Missing free throws proved costly to the Saints in the second half.Although LeBel sank two to give Emmanuel its second two-point lead of the second half, 57-55, with 2:07 left,  Shevlin failed on both ends of a two-shot foul with the game tied with 2:42 left. Twice in the final minute, a missed free throw prevented the hosts from tying the game.

 

With 2:01 left, Morey converted both ends of a one-and-one after being fouled in the back court to pull Eastern event at 57-57. A key play followed, when senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) forced an Emmanuel turnover, and Moriarty penetrated for a driving layup with the shot clock winding down that made it 59-57 with 1:15 left.. Eastern sank five of eight free throws the rest of the way to maintain the lead.

 

Eastern commited 25 turnovers in the game, but held decisive advantages in field goal and free throw shooting, and also outrebounded Emmanuel by ten. Amato collected half of Eastern's 14 assists and McFetridge blocked four shots. Freshman post player Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) grabbed nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench, Amato adding six, senior Kate Brunet (Bristol) and sophomore point guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) five each.

 

Eastern visits Roger Williams College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

In title game, Jumbos turn to bench for conquest of Eastern

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Three players combined to score 17 points off the bench in the second half as the Tufts University women's basketball team overcame four trouble to three starters and gain a 68-55 victory over host Eastern Connecticut State University in the championship game of the 29th Annual Eastern Tip-Off Tournament at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

With three starters saddled with foul trouble throughout, Tufts (2-0) got seven points off the bench from junior guard Vanessa Miller (Ciincinnati, OH) and sophomore guard Lindsay Weiner (Rockville, MD) and a three-point field goal from senior guard Stacy Filocco (Olney, MD) to foil Eastern's (1-1) attempt to win its third straight tip-off title and tenth in 12 years.

 

Both tourney finalists qualified for NCAA tournament play a year ago, with Tufts advancing to the Elite Eight before being eliminated by national finalist Messiah College. The meeting between Eastern and Tufts was the first between the programs.

 

Tufts never trailed after the opening bucket of the second half and used a decisive 8-2 run to push its lead to ten midway through the second half. Weiner sank her only three-point field goal attempt to give the Jumbos a seven-point lead, and Filocco converted her only three-point attempt of the game a minute later to give Tufts a ten-point, 57-47 lead with 9:30 left. Miller, Weiner and Filocco were a combined 7-for-10 from the floor  in 24 minutes in the second half. Each had a three-pointer, the team's only threes of the second half.

 

For Tufts, 6-foot-3 inch starting senior center Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) was charged with her third foul with Eastern leading, 31-25, with three minutes left in the first half, and picked up her fourth foul before the second half was three minutes old. Starting junior forward Julia Baily (Farmington) was whistled for her third foul with 30 seconds left in the first half and was given her fourth eight minutes into the second half.  Starting senior forward Kim Moynihan (West Hartford) also finished with four fouls, but her final two fouls came over the final seven minutes, when the Jumbos had the game in hand.

 

Eastern shot over 50 percent in the first half and led by eight three minutes before half before Tufts sliced the lead to three by halftime. While the Warriors were missing two of their final three shots of the half and turning the ball over twice, Tufts got a three-point field goal from tournament MVP Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) and an inside basket from Moynihan to get itself back in the game.

 

A sophomore point guard, Hart commited only two turnovers in 55 minutes in two tournament games. Against Eastern, she had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and gave the ball away only once in 34 minutes. In the tournament, Hart totaled 29 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and three steals. She was 10-for-18 from the floor (6-for-9 three-pointers) and 3-for-4 from the stripe.

 

Moynihan and Baily joined her on the all-tournament team. Moynihan led Tufts in the final with 16 points and blocked a shot and didn't turn the ball over in 33 minutes; Baily had 15 point, a team-high seven rebounds, and two blocked shots in the title game.

 

Eastern capitalized on a decisive advantage in fouls in the first half to sink 12 of 15 from the stripe, but missed seven of nine in the second half, turned the ball over ten times, and shot just 40.8 percent from the floor (0-for-6 on three-pointers).

 

Eastern's starters averaged 33 minutes, scored all but six of the team's points and recorded all but four of its 36 rebounds. Two reserves chipped in six points and four rebounds in 35 minutes.

 

Six-foot-two inch senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton) outscored her teammates 11-9 in the second half and used a strong finish to score a game-high 20 points, pull down a game-high ten rebounds, and block two shots. She moved to within 14 of her 1,000th career points. McFetridge was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven). Moriarty, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds in an easy 63-37 first-round win over Castleton State College Saturday, had nine points and five rebounds Sunday. Eastern senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) scored 17 of her 24 tournament points from the foul line (17-for-20).

 

Senior guard Mary Nienow (Middlebury, VT) had a game-high 19 points (5-for-7 three-pointers) with six rebounds and three assists to pace Castleton State College (3-1)  to a 75-48 win over Mount Ida College(1-4) in Sunday's third-place game. Nienow, named to the all-tournament team, also topped the Spartans Saturday against Eastern with 13 points and five rebounds.

 

Eastern visits Emmanuel College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

EASTERN W-SWIMMING DOMINATES SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE, 146-117

Warriors post fastest times in 11 of 14 events to remain undefeated

 

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - All-New England performers Jessica Wilson (Torrington) and Amy Arisco (Wallingford) combined to swim the fastest times in five events and contribute to a fastest relay in powering the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team to a 146-117 victory over Saint Joseph College Saturday afternoon at the Bruyette Natatorium.

 

Eastern swimmers won eight of 14 swimming events and also swam the fastest times on an exhibition basis in two individual events and one relay. Nine different Eastern swimmers set a total of 11 personal bests on the afternoon, with Wilson, Arisco and junior Kelsey Doheny (West Haven) also recording the fastest times by an Eastern swimmer this season in the 200 yard individual medley, 200 butterfly, and 500 freestyle, respectively.

 

After opening the season by winning the Saint Joseph College Pentathlon for the tenth straight season Oct. 25, Eastern (3-0) came  out on top in dual meets with Assumption in its home-opener and with Smith at Northampton, Mass.

 

Arisco won the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle and recorded the fastest time in the 50 butterfly on an exhibition bases. Wilson claimed the 200 IM, had the fastest time in the 50 breaststroke and was second in the 200 backstroke. Others claiming a top prize were  junior Carol Ann Smith (Newtown) in the 200 backstroke, Doheny in the 500 freestyle, first-year junior Liza Welling (Marlborough) in the 50 freestyle, and freshman Andzelina Chmielewski (Enfield) in the 50 backstroke. Dohney cut 13 seconds off her previous best with a winning time of 5:48.70 in the 500 freestyle.

 

Welling also registered second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke and junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke.

 

Dombrowski and freshman Katelyn Peacock (Torrington) each set two personal bests, Dombrowski in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly and Peacock in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly.

 

Sophomore Katie Curran (Norwod, MA), junior Maureen Copy (Southington), freshman Nadine Menard (Woodstock) and Doheny combined for a two-second win in the 400 medley relay which opened the meet. Wilson followed by winning the 200 IM, Curran the 200 freestyle and Chmielewski the 50 backstroke before Anne Weeks of Saint Joseph (1-3) captured the 50 breaststroke. Weeks also won the 200 breaststroke.

 

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

 

Pride erase seven-point halftime defict to win Eastern Tip-Off crown

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Tournament Most Outstanding Player Pat Crean scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as the Springfield College men's basketball team erased a seven-point halftime deficit to edge Eastern Connecticut State University, 75-71, Saturday in the championship game of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

The 6-foot-4 inch Crean sparked Springfield (4-1) to its second Eastern Tip-Off Tournament title in as many appearances ten years apart. Behind Crean in the second half, the Pride shot 62.5 percent from the floor, were 10-for-12 from the foul line, and turned the ball over only three times. Those factors overcame Eastern's (2-2) 23-9 advantage on the boards in the second half that gave the Warriors a 12-4 advantage in second-chance points over the final 20 minutes.

 

With Eastern leading by eight points in the opening minutes of the second half, Crean swished consecutive three-point field goals - his second one coming off his own steal - to pull the Pride to within two. After junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford)  gave Eastern a two-point lead with six minutes left, junior forward Ryan Blackmon scored six straight points for Springfield, hitting a jumper, a shot in the paint, and adding two free throws with just over two minutes left to make it a 70-64 Springfield lead. Ortiz' three-pointer later cut the Springfield lead to three, but Blackmon sank a free throw with nine seconds left to ice the win.

 

Eastern lost for the fourth straight time in the title game after winning back-to-back crowns in 2003 and 2004. It was Eastern's 24th title game appearance in 29 years. In 1998, Springfield downed Eastern, 72-56, to capture the title in its first appearance.

 

In Friday night's first round, Eastern defeated New England College, 87-47, and Springfield bested Mitchell College, 84-48.

 

In the tournament, Crean had 33 points and ten rebounds. He was 13-for-23 from the floor (2-for-3 from three-point range) and 5-for-7 from the foul line. Crean was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Anthony Epps and Danny White. A senior, White had six points and six assists and did not turn the ball over in 33 minutes against Eastern.. A freshman, Epps came off the bench in the title game for the second straight game. He had 16 points and four rebounds.

 

Sophomore Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) and freshman Jamie Kohn (Columbia) represented Eastern on the all-tournament team.  In the tournament, Kohn had a team-high 34 points and added 12 rebounds. He was 13-for-19 from the floor (4-for-6 from three-point range and added four assists. Sawyer had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament. He was 11-for-17 from the field.

 

Junior Eric Murray  represented Mitchell on the all-tournament team. Murray totaled 35 points and 11 rebounds in two games. In an 88-68 win over New England College in Sunday's third-place game - the Mariners' first tournament win in eight tournament games - Murray had a game-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was 9-for-18 from the floor in that game.

EASTERN, TUFTS TO MEET IN TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Warriors and Jumbos ease to first-round w-basketball wins

 

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University and Tufts University women's basketball teams - coming off 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament appearances -- will meet in the championship game of the 2008 Eastern Tip-Off Tournament after posting easy first-round wins in the first round Saturday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

 

Eastern (1-0) doubled Castleton State College's  (2-1) point total in the second half in a 63-37 win in the first first-round game, while Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) sank three-pointers on Tufts' first two possessions and the Jumbos routed Mount Ida College (1-3), 95-35 in their first Eastern Tip-Off Tournament showing in the women's nightcap.

 

The championship game is scheduled Sunday at 3 p.m. Castleton will face Mount Ida in Sunday's third-place encounter at 1 p.m.

 

The games  were the season-openers for both Eastern and Tufts. Tufts won 26 of 30 games last year en route to the NCAA Division III tournament Elite Eight. Eastern won 24 of 29 games last season and qualified for NCAA tournament play, losing a first-round game. The championship game matchup will be the first meeting between the programs.

 

Eastern outrebounded Castleton by 18 and forced the Spartans into 23 turnovers in advancing to the title game for the 12th straight year, 25th time in 28 years. The Warriors have won the last two titles, nine of the last 11, and 15 overall.

 

Backcourt starters Nicky Morey (Columbia) and Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds for Eastern. Moriarty led all players in the game with 11 rebounds and finished with 13 points. Morey sank ten of 12 free throws to total a game-high 17 points. Kate Brunet (Bristol), who missed all of last year and all but four games in 2006/07 following ACL surgery, added 11 points.

 

All 17 players saw time for Tufts, with 14 of them contributing a point and 16 at least one rebound. Hart was the team's only double-figure scorer. She had a game-high 16 points, sinking six of nine field goals (4-for-4 three-pointers) and also handed out seven assists. Six-foot-three inch Katie Tausanovitch (Lyme, NH) led Tufts with eight rebounds. The Jumbos forced 35 turnovers and held their opponent to 26.0 percent shooting from the floor. Tufts collected 17 steals and seven blocked shots, outrebounded  the Mustangs by 18, and converted 50.6 percent of its field goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT HANDS OF COAST GUARD, SOCCER DENIED CHAMPIONSHIP

Bears score only goal of men's match with 2:20 left to defeat top seed

 NEW LONDON, Conn. - The third-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Academy avenged its only home loss of the season by scoring the only goal of the match with 2:20 left to knock off top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in the championship game of the 2008 ECAC New England Division III Tournament Sunday afternoon.

Beaten by Eastern (15-4-3) by an identical score a month ago, Coast Guard avenged that loss when  senior back James Toohey scored in the box on a long serve from junior midfielder Brandon McMillan in the 88th minute of play following a throw-in. It was the only goal allowed by either team in five tournament games, as both clubs had posted shutouts in their previous tournament matches.

Coast Guard concludes the season with ten wins and a tie at home while Eastern finishes with a 4-3-3 record on the road. A winner of its final 11 home games after an opening loss Sept. 8, Eastern easily won its first two tournament games at home, but he title match was moved to Coast Guard's artificial turf field after the weekend rain made Eastern's Thomas Nevers Field unplayable.

 The top-rated offensive team in the Little East Conference this year (averaging 2.7 goals per game), Eastern re-grouped in the second half Sunday after spending the better part of the first half in its own end. Applying offensive pressure throughout, the Warriors outshot the Bears 10-4 over the final 45 minutes, but were unable to cash in on a number of near-misses. Coast Guard junior keeper Tim Olah was called upon for only four saves in the match, as the majority of Eastern's scoring bids either sailed over the crossbar or wide of the post.

 "We didn't finish our chances today, but I thought we played great soccer for most of the game," noted second-year head coach Greg DeVito, who led Eastern this year to only its second ECAC tournament since 1977. "I thought that we had the better of play. We sort of got beat today on a weird bounce and a lucky skim off someone's head or whatever the ball hit. But the defense was totally solid. We didn't really concede a solid scoring opportunity the whole match, and we probably had ten of our own."

 After Toohey scored his third goal of the season after getting behind the Eastern defense and picking up a deflected serve, Eastern had a corner kick headed over the end line in the final minutes, and with 31 seconds left, senior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich) sent a header off a serve from freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) over the bar.

 After a scoreless first period, the Warriors created no less than four opportunities to score the first goal of the match in the second half. Seven minutes into the frame, junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) found room in front of the net, but volleyed a pass from junior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) over the bar. Sixteen minutes later, Olah left his feet to knock away a re-directed shot, then found good fortune when  sophomore midfielder Stephen Bafumi (Meriden) sent the rebound off  the right post of an unprotected goal. Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), who missed 11 minutes of the second half with a knee injury after being knocked over the end line and onto the track, returned with 21 minutes left in the match. A minute later, he received the ball in front of the net following an Eastern corner kick, but sent it over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.

 With just under 16 minutes left, Fantl targeted freshman midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) with a crossing pass into the box from the end line. The ball squired loose when Olah collided with Esposito. Eastern regained possession and sophomore midfielder Justin Millette (Central Village) sent a back pass to the top of the box to Bourdeau, who hammered a left-footer over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Smiles drove a shot toward an open net that eluded Olah's dive to his left, but settled into the outside part of the netting.

 Freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made six saves, five coming in the first half when Coast Guard controlled the tempo and threatened to score first by serving long balls into the box.

 Appel started all 22 matches this year and had a 0.83 goals-against average and .811 save percentage and collected seven full shutouts and shared three additional ones. The opponent was limited to one or no goals 16 times.

 DeVito was disappointed that the championship game was moved to Coast Guard's home field but was not disappointed with his team's effort.

 "No matter where you play, you have to show up to play. You have to be sharp, and you have to finish your chances," pointed out DeVito. "We created a lot of  chances to score, and we felt like we played well enough to win. I think that our (home) field would have been a little too sloppy (to play there Sunday), but I would have liked to see (ECAC officials) wait one more day and play this game (Monday), to be honest with you, so that we could have the home field advantage... we worked our butts off all season long to get it."

 Ranked third in New England and 24th nationally in the final NSCAA regular-season polls, Eastern allowed only 20 goals in 22 matches this year and finished by equaling the second-highest win total in a season in program history. Only the 1969 New England championship team compiled more wins en route to a 16-2 record. This year's win total is the highest since 1969.

 Mike Vekakis (Colchester), who controlled play at center midfield throughout the match for Eastern , was one of six seniors who closed out careers. Other seniors were Ehwarieme, midfielder James Picarella (Brewster, NY) and backs Jimmy McConville (Manchester), Bill Constantine (Glastonbury), and Kyle Bedini (Manchester). All except Vekakis were four-year players.

 "The seniors brought this program a long way," praised DeVito. "We were in the (national) Top 25 and in the top five in New England most of the season. We accomplished a lot of things."

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

 Eastern Conn. (15-4-3)           0          0          --         0

Coast Guard (13-8-1)              0          1          --         1

Scoring: James Toohey (Brandon McMillan) 87:40.

Shots: E-15, C-10; Saves: E-Carl Appel 6, C-Tim Olah 4.

 

 

 

 

EASTERN M-BASKETBALL BATTLES RAMAPO COLLEGE IN LOSS, 70-63

At Roadrunner tourney, Warriors were within a FG of tying at end

MAHWAH, N.J.: Senior guard Tim Wesley had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the second half and the Ramapo College men's basketball team outscored Eastern Connecticut State University by 18 points from the free throw line in a 70-63 win in the title game of the Ramapo College Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament Sunday afternoon.

Wesley, a 6-foot-2 inch guard, led both teams in the game with 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Roadrunners successfully defended their title. Ramapo had pummeled Yeshiva University, 80-39, in Saturday's first round while Eastern routed Berkeley College (NJ), 82-61.

Against Ramapo, freshman forward Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) came off the bench to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds with just one turnover in 17 minutes. Thompson matched Wesley's second-half scoring with 15 points of his own in ten minutes. He was 6-for-8 from the floor in the second half and 8-for-11 in the contest. Thompson took only two shots and scored two points in Saturday's opening win.

Eastern limited Ramapo to 23.5 per cent shooting in the first half and trailed by only two points at halftime. A bucket by sophomore center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) pushed Eastern into its only lead in the opening minute of the second half before Ramapo went on a 13-2 run that opened up a nine-point lead less than three minutes into the half. Wesley scored four points in the run and set up all but two of the points with either a rebound or steal.

Eastern trailed by as many as ten points in the second half, but pulled to within three points in the final minute by scoring six straight points, and had possession of the ball in the final seconds with a chance to tie. A steal by sophomore point guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) set up Thompson for one basket in that stretch, and after the hosts commited an unforced turnover, sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) completed a three-point play with a free throw with 35 seconds left. Wesley then turned the ball over, but Simmons' potential game-tying three-pointer wouldn't drop. The Warriors were forced to foul after missing from the floor twice, and Wesley iced the win with four free throws.

Ramapo, which has won 20 or more games in five of the last seven years, was 25-for-35 from the foul line while Eastern was 7-for-12. Seven Eastern players finished the game with at least three fouls, with Simmons and Roveto charged with four each and Thompson fouling out in the waning seconds.

Eastern's starting lineup against Ramapo consisted of a junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.

After combining to convert 15 of 31 tries from the floor in Saturday's first-round win, Eastern's three starting guards missed 24 of 32 attempts against Ramapo. Thompson was the team's only double-digit scorer, while Sawyer and freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) led Eastern with eight rebounds each, Thompson adding seven.

Thompson and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) represented Eastern on the all-tournament team. Ortiz had a game-high 20 points (7-for-11 FG/6-for-7 three-pointers) against Berkeley and posted two-game tournament totals of 28 points, five rebounds and five assists. Thompson had 22 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes in the tournament, sinking 9 of 13 field goals.

Yeshiva dumped Berkeley, 65-48, in Sunday's consolation game.

Joining Wesley, Thompson and Ortiz on the all-tournament team were Ahmad Hassan of Ramapo, Chen Biron of Yeshiva, and Donovan Black of Berkeley.

Eastern hosts New England College Friday at 5:30 in the opening game of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament.

IN VICTORY OVER SMITH COLLEGE, SWIMMING SETS NINE PERSONAL BESTS

Jessica Wilson totals 18 points to pace Warriors to 148-132 win

 

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Nine swimmers notched personal bests as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team  took first place in seven events on the way to a 148-132 win over Smith College Saturday.

 

The win is the second in as many dual meetings for Eastern, which undefeated this season. The Warriors opened the season by winning the Saint Joseph College (CT) Pentathlon for the tenth straight season.

 

Leading the  team in points Saturday was All-New England junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington), who captured 18 points with the help of two first-places finishes (100 and 200 yard breaststroke). Wilson also combined with sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA), sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford), and first-year junior Liza Welling (Marlborough) on the 200 medley relay event which broke the program record in the 200 medley relay for the second straight week. The foursome combined for a time of 2:00.37, betting the previous standard of 2:00.97 set Oct. 31 against Assumption.

 

Eighteen of Smith's points came in diving. Eastern does not sponsor diving.

 

The team got major contributions from Arisco, juniors Kelsy Doheny (West Hartford), and Carol Ann Smith (Newtown), first-year sophomore Maria Altieri (Hamden), and junior Sarah Dombroski (Southington), all of which placed in three events.

 

Along with winning the 200 free, Arisco set a personal best in placing second in the 100  free and in the 100 butterfly to finish with a total of 17 points. Behind a second place and two fourth-place finishes Doheny, gathered eight points for the Warriors.

 

Smith recorded a personal best in placing fourth in the 400 individual medley and notched a third and fourth place while gaining seven points for the team total. Altieri placed third in the 400 IM, and the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, adding nine points to the team total. Dombrowski set personal bests in the 200 butterfly (third) and the 500 freestyle (first), as well as adding a second-place finish in the 400 IM on her way to amassing 16 points. Junior Maureen Cop (Southington) chipped in with 13 points of her own, placing first in the 1000 free and second in the 500 free.

 

Other swimmers that set personal bests were Curran (100 and 200 backstroke), Welling (50 free), freshman Jennifer Dufraine (Somers) in the 100 fly, senior Cara Bowles (Ledyard) in the 200 breast, and freshman Lina Chmielewski (Enfield) in the 100 back.

 

With the win, Eastern avenged last year's, 144-118 home-opening loss at the hands of the Pioneers.

 

Eastern visits Saint Joseph College (CT) Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND ORTIZ, M-BASKETBALL CHARGES PAST BERKELEY IN SEASON-OPENER

Ortiz sinks 7 of 11 field goals in 82-61 win at Roadrunner Tip-Off

 

MAHWAH, N.J. --  Junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) was 7-for-11 from the floor en route to a game-high 20 points and sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) scored a career-high 12 points off the bench as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team opened its 2008/09 season with an 82-61 victory over Berkeley College (N.J.) in the opening game of the Ramapo College Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament at the Bradley Center Saturday night.

 

Eastern advances to the tournament championship game Sunday at 3 p.m. against host Ramapo College, which pummeled Yeshiva University, 80-39, in Saturday's second first-round game. Berkeley meets Yeshiva in Sunday's 1 p.m. consolation game.

 

All 15 players on the roster saw action for Eastern, which used a 17-3 burst in the opening minutes to open up a 14-point, 23-9 lead seven minutes into action. Eastern's starting backcourt of Ortiz, sophomore Courtney Simmons (Middletown) and freshman Nick Nedwick  (Irvington, NY) combined for all 16 points in that run, hitting all six of their field goals Simmons opened and closed the spurt with jumpers, while Ortiz hit three three-pointers and Nedwick added a bucket.

 

Roveto, who scored 26 points in 25 games as a freshman, helped the Warriors maintain their 14-point halftime lead by sinking all five of his field goals and scoring 11 of his points in 11 minutes in the second half. The Warriors shot 63.0 percent from the floor in the second half in building a 27-point lead with seven minutes left.

 

Nedwick finished with 11 points, while freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) shared game-high rebounding honors with seven that helped the Warriors to an 11-rebound advantage.

 

Ortiz had six three-pointers (on seven attempts) to move into sole possession of third place all-time with 134 three-pointers in 53 career games.

 

Berkeley, which opened its season with two losses to junior college opponents, got a team-high 17 points from Donovan Black. Black missed seven of 11 field goals but was 10-for-13 from the free-throw line.

CLAYTON TOP FINISHER AT NEs

Freshmen take two of top three positions  for men's cross country team

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Freshmen Steven Clayton (North Haven) and Andrew Orum (Griswold) captured two of the top three spots for Eastern Connecticut State University at the 2008 NCAA Division III New England Men's Cross Country Championship Saturday morning at the Mt. Greylock High School Course.

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As a team, Eastern placed 29th in a field of 49. Williams College was the runaway team winner. Williams runners took three of the top five places in leading the Ephs to a 36-122 victory over runner-up Amherst College. Junior Edgar Kosgey of Williams recorded a ten-second victory over runner-up Jess Faller of Tufts to claim the individual crown.

Clayton, who led the Warriors at the finish at least week's ECAC Championship at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I., covered the 8,000 meter course Saturday in a time of 29:04 as one of three Eastern runners to break 30 minutes. He was 134th in a field of 331. In a race run in rainy and windy conditions, junior Sam Buczek (Milford) followed Clayton in a time of 29:38, placing 165th overall. Orme followed 12 seconds behind Buczek, posting a time of 29:50 and taking 173rd place.

Eastern's five scoring runners finished in the identical order from last Saturday's ECAC meet. Senior Sean McLaughlin (Branford) and freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) rounded out Eastern's five scorers. McLaughlin was 215th in a time of 30:52, Spranzo close behind at 220th with a mark of 31:08.

The meet was the final one of the season for Eastern.

NCAA DIVISION III
NEW ENGLAND MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
Run over 8,000 meters
at Mt. Greylock HS, Williamstown, Mass.

Team Results
Top 10

1. Williams College 36; 2. Amherst College 122; 3. Trinity College 143; 4. Brandeis U. 158; 5. Bowdoin College 204; 6. Middlebury College 217; 7. Keene State College 220; 8. MIT 227; 9. U. of Southern Maine 233; 10. Connecticut College 263. 29. EASTERN CONN. 907.

Eastern's Finishers

134. Steven Clayton 29:04; 165. Sam Buczek 29:38; 173. Andrew Orum 29:50; 215. Sean McLaughlin 30:52; 220. Stephen Spranzo 31:08; 222. Ken Landry 31:12; 227. Bryan Jorge 31:20.

M-SOCCER ADVANCES TO ECAC DIII TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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Top-seeded Warriors roll to 6-0 win, visit third-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Sunday

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University scored five goals in the second half on the way to a 6-0 victory over fourth-seeded Husson University Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2008 ECAC New England Division III Tournament at Thomas Nevers Field.

The win moves Eastern (15-3-3) into its first ECAC title match since 1977. The Warriors, who captured the 1974 ECAC Division II-III title, will visit third-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Academy (12-8-1) in the championship match Sunday at 1 p.m. Unplayable field conditions necessitated the move from Eastern's grass field to Coast Guard's artificial turf facility.  Coast Guard scored in the second minute of play and went on to a 2-0 win at second-seeded Curry College Saturday afternoon.

The first goal of the match against Husson was the first point  in the career of Eastern senior back Bill Constantine (Glastonbury), whose shot bounced off the leg of a Husson defender at the right post  to snap a scoreless tie with nine minutes left in the first half. Eastern scored twice in five minutes to make it 3-0 early in the second half, and added three more goals in eight minutes late in the match.

Sophomore midfielder Justin Millette (Central Village) followed Constantine's first career goal by scoring his first goal of the season to give Eastern a 2-0 lead 11 minutes into the second half, and junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) made it 3-0 five minutes later with his seventh goal of the season. Millette blasted in an 18-yarder on the rebound of a shot that bounced directly to him in the middle of the box, while Boretti finished off a pretty setup from junior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) and junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) following a short Eastern corner kick.

Senior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich) scored twice in the final ten minutes and junior forward Dustin Huguenin (Gales Ferry) scored, then assisted, on the final two goals of the match. Ehwarieme has five goals and an assist in the last four matches after failing to score a goal in his first 13 matches this season. Ehwarieme staved off a double team in the box  to slip the ball inside the far post, and Huguenin capitalized on a Husson turnover inside the box, sending in his fourth goal of the season into the net from the right post.


Eastern concludes its home season with 11 straight wins after losing its opener, defeating Husson (11-7-1) decisively at Nevers Field for the second time this year. On Sept. 21, the Warriors posted an 8-1 win over the Eagles. The Warriors are the only team to beat Coast Guard on its home field this season, recording a 1-0 win Oct. 15 when senior back Jimmy McConville (Manchester) knocked in a header off a corner kick from freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) in the 61st minutes.  The Bears are 9-1-1 at home, Eastern  4-2-3 on its opponents' home field.

Eastern has won one ECAC title, that coming in the Division II-III tournament in 1974 with one-goal wins over the University of Hartford and New England College.  In 1977, Eastern defeated Wesleyan University in overtime in the opening round of the tournament before losing to Middlebury in overtime.

An Eastern win Sunday would equal the program record of 16 wins in a season, set in the New England championship season of 1969.

Eastern Conn. 6, Husson U. 0

Husson U. (11-7-1)              0 0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (15-3-3)        1 5 -- 6

Scoring: Bill Constantine (Jimmy McConville) 36:32; Justin Millette (Nicholas Boretti) 56:23; Boretti (Chris Bourdeau, Maxim Fantl) 61:43; Rukevwe Ehwarieme (James Picarella, Scott Mishley) 79:58; Dustin Huguenin 83:50; Ehwarieme (Huguenin) 87:34.
Shots: H-9, E-23; Saves: H-Miguel Dominguez 9, E-Carl Appel 2 (79:58), Rick Emery 1 (10:02). Corner kicks: H-2, E-8.

JOHNSON PACES W-CROSS COUNTRY AT NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Sophomore runs to 130th place at NCAA DIII regional championship meet

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -  Sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) led the Eastern Connecticut State University women's cross country team  at the 2008 NCAA Division III New England Women's Cross Country Championship Saturday morning at the Mt. Greylock High School Course.

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After finishing 40th in a field of 289 at last Saturday's ECAC Championship, Johnson followed by taking 130th among 330 finishers Saturday at the New England qualifier, which was run over 6,000 meters.  She was timed in 26:09.

Eastern finished 37th among 49 teams in a race won by Middlebury College (57) in a two-way duel with Williams College (82). Amherst senior Elisa Tropiano (21:49) eased to a 39 second victory to claim the individual title.

First-year junior Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire) followed Johnson at the tape for the second week in post-season competition. She was 201st overall in a time of 27:46. Sophomore Melissa Healy (Naugatuck), the team's sixth runner a week ago, bettered last week's time by 16 seconds. As the Warriors No. 3 runner, she checked in in 234th place in a time of 28:49. Sophomores Krista Juliano (Granby) and Amanda Ericson (Bolton) completed the Eastern contingent, taking places 260 and 261st in times of 29:54 and 29:57.

The meet was the final one of the season for Eastern.


NCAA DIVISION III
NEW ENGLAND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
Run over 6,000 meters
at Mt. Greylock HS, Williamstown, Mass.

Team Results
Top 10

1. Middlebury College 57; 2. Williams College 82; 3. MIT 161; 4. Colby College 170; 5. Amherst College 174; 6. Tufts U. 197; 7. Bowdoin College 224; 8. Bates College 268; 9. Keene State College 274; 10. Wesleyan U. 299.
37. EASTERN CONN. 1086.

Eastern's Finishers

130. Karina Johnson 26:09; 201. Alexis Cavanaugh 27:46; 234. Melissa Healy 28:49; 260. Krista Juliano 29:54; 261. Amanda Ericson 29:57.
 

 

 

M-SOCCER BACK IN WIN COLUMN, 5-0

In ECAC opener, Warriors post first post-season win in more than 30 years

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Five different players contributed goals as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team won its first post-season game since 1977 with a 5-0 victory over Nichols College in the first round of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Top-seeded Eastern (14-3-3) advances to the tournament semifinals Saturday when it hosts fourth-seeded Husson College(11-6-1) at 1 p.m. In the other semifinal Saturday, second-seeded Curry College hosts the third-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In other quarterfinal-round matches Wednesday, Husson blanked fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine, 3-0, Curry downed seventh-seeded Laswell College, 1-0, and Coast Guard eliminated sixth-seeded Saint Joseph College, ME in overtime, 1-0. The tournament championship match is scheduled for Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) took a return feed from senior midfielder Mike Vekakis (Colchester) and scored on a one-timer from ten yards with just 4:06 elapsed to give Eastern a quick lead. Junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), the Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year, scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year five minutes before halftime, and the Warriors scored three times in 14 minutes in the second half.  Fantl's goal total is the highest in a season since Jason Brasher was credited with 17 in 1991.

Nichols (11-10-1), which reached the championship game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) tournament as the No. 7 seed, was held without a shot until sophomore midfielder Michael Schell sent a 25-yarder well over the crossbar  eight minutes into the second half. Eastern freshman keeper Carl Appel's (West Windsor, NJ) only save over his 71-minute stint came came with 25:36 left in the match.

Ranked third in New England and No.. 24 in Division III, Eastern improved to 10-1-0 at home this year with its seventh win without a loss to Nichols in this series. It was the first meeting between the clubs since 1987.

The post-season win was the first for Eastern since it outlasted Wesleyan University, 3-2, in eight overtimes  in the semifinals of the 1977 ECAC Division II-III tournament at Middletown. It marked Eastern's first post-season match at home in 35 years. If Eastern wins its next two matches and captures its second ECAC crown (first since 1974), the Warriors would tie the program record of 16 wins, set during a 16-2 season in 1969, when it won the New England championship.

Eastern defeated Husson College, 8-1, on Sept. 21 at Nevers Field.

Eastern Conn. 5, Nichols College 0

Nichols (11-10-1)                    0    0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (14-3-3)           2    3 -- 5

Scoring: Nicholas Boretti (Mike Vekakis) 4:06; Maxim Fantl (Kyle Bedini) 37:47; Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Boretti, Fantl) 57:35; Matt Esposito (Stephen Bafumi) 63:09; Dustin Huguenin 71:20.
Shots: N-5, E-23; Saves: N-Brendan Hamilton 6 (4 goals allowed, 63:09), Clayton Johnson 1 (1, 26:51); E-Carl Appel 1 (71:20), Pat Wagner 1 (9:20), Rick Emery 0 (9:20); Corner kicks: N-6, E-6.

 

 

 


 

M-SOCCER TOP ECAC TOURNEY SEED

Warriors to host post-season tournament game for first time in 35 years

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team will host a post-season tournament match for the first time in 35 years when it faces Nichols College in the opening round of the 2008 ECAC New England Division III tournament Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field.

Top-seeded Eastern (13-3-3) faces eighth-seeded Nichols College (11-9-1) in one of four quarterfinal-round matches Wednesday in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament semifinals are scheduled for Saturday and the final for Sunday. Eastern will play at home as long as it remains alive in the tournament.

The post-season tournament berth is the second in as many years for Eastern - competing in post-season play for the second straight season for the first time since 1974-75. The Warriors will be hosting a post-season tournament match for the first time in 35 years - since defeating Husson College (seeded fourth in this tournament) in the finals of the NAIA District 32 tournament Nov. 17, 1973. Nichols is competing in post-season play for the first time.

Ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 24 nationally in the most recent NSCAA rankings released last Tuesday, third-seeded Eastern  was eliminated by a score of 2-1in the semifinals of the Little East Conference tournament last Wednesday by eventual champion Rhode Island College. Seeded seventh in The Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament, the Bisons eliminated No. 2 seed Roger Williams, 1-0, and No. 3 seed Curry College, 2-1, on their opponents' home fields before bowing to top-seeded Western New England College, 3-1, in last Saturday's championship tilt - their first-ever appearance in TCCC title match. Western New England College is ranked second in New England.

A 2-0 loser to Williams College in its opening NCAA tournament match last year, Eastern is in search of its first post-season tournament win since outlasting Wesleyan University, 3-2, in eight overtimes in the semifinals of the 1977 ECAC Division II-III tournament at Middletown (the Warriors were beaten, 1-0, in overtime by  Middlebury College in the title match). The ECAC tournament appearance is the fifth for Eastern, first since 1992. The Warriors have won one ECAC title, that coming in 1974 when it defeated University of Hartford, 3-2, and New England College, 1-0 in the tournament played at Hartford.

While compiling a 14-game unbeaten streak (11-0-3) earlier this year, Eastern was ranked as high as No. 2 in New England and No. 13 in Division III. Nichols, which has won seven of its last nine since a 4-7-1 start, has posted its highest win total in a season this year since 1982. By beating Eastern, Nichols would tie the program records for wins, set in 1963 and equaled in 1965.

Eastern and Nichols have not faced any common opponents this year. The Warriors are 3-0 against teams in this tournament, two of the wins by a single goal. Eastern defeated third-seeded  Coast Guard, 1-0, on the road and fifth-seeded Little East Conference foe University of Southern Maine, 4-3, at home. Eastern also routed fourth-seeded Husson, 8-1, at Nevers Field. Eastern is 9-1 this year at home, having won nine straight since an opening 2-0 loss to Trinity College.

Eastern features seven all-conference players, including LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), a junior forward who tops the club in goals (15), assists (6) and points (36),  and first-team all-conference senior defenders Kyle Bedini (Manchester) and Jimmy McConville (Manchester). Additional all-conference performers are senior back Bill Constantine (Glastonbury), junior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), junior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) and freshman back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). Freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) has amassed seven shutouts in 19 starts and has a 0.89 goals-against average and .800 save percentage.

Freshman forward David Johnson, an honorable mention TCCC selection, has scored 12 of the Bisons' 45 goals, with senior forward Aaron Kelly adding seven goals, sophomore midfielder Mark Capitanio six and freshman forward Brian Sanz five. Freshman keeper Brendan Hamilton has handled the bulk of the netminding duties. His has a 10-5-1 record with two shutouts, a 1.26 GAA and .800 save percentage.

Eastern and Nichols have not met in men's soccer since 1987, when the Warriors posted a 4-0 victory at Willimantic. That win was the sixth in as many over the Bisons for Eastern, which has outscored Nichols 28-3 in the six-game series.

EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III
MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Seeds

1. EASTERN CONN. (13-3-3); 2. Curry College (15-4-3); 3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (10-8-1); 4. Husson College (10-6-1); 5. U. of Southern Maine (12-8-1);
6. Saint Joseph College, ME (12-6-3); 7. Lasell College (12-7-0); 8. Nichols College (11-9-1).

Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Nov. 12

Nichols College at Eastern Conn., 1 p.m.
Lasell College at Curry College, 4 p.m.
Saint Joseph College at U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 6 p.m.
U. of Southern Maine at Husson College, 1 p.m.

Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 15
at higher seeds

Final
Sunday, Nov. 16
at higher seed

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SIXTEEN FROM EASTERN REAP LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE AWARDS

 Christine Lemieux selected conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Women's soccer junior defender Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) and men's soccer junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) headline a list of 16 Eastern Connecticut State University fall athletes honored by the Little East Conference in its season-ending awards program.

At right: Christine Lemieux

Conference point and goal leader Fantl was singled out as the LEC's Offensive Player-of-the-Year in men's soccer and Lemieux was tabbed the women's soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Year. In all, the men's soccer team led the balloting with seven all-conference selections while the women's team trailed only LEC playoff champion Western Connecticut State University with six all-conference selections.  The women's volleyball team, which finished third in the final LEC standings after being picked for fifth in the pre-season, was represented with three all-conference selections.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

An outside back, Lemieux becomes the program's sixth player of the year, the second Defensive Player-of-the-Year in three years.  She repeated as a first-team defender and was joined on the first team by junior Sarah Swann (Oxford), a midfielder.

One-third of the 12-person second team was comprised of Eastern players. Eastern's top two offensive players - seniors Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) and Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) - were named at forward. Junior  Kim Church (Farmington) was selected at keeper and sophomore center back Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) on defense. Gaudette was a first-team choice on defense in her first season in 2006 and at forward last year. Swann, Ryczek, Hickey and Church were first-time selections.

Behind Lemieux, Hickey and Church,  Eastern (11-5-1, 6-0-1 little east)  gave up only seven goals in seven regular-season conference matches, shared the regular-season conference title for the third time in six years and advanced to the LEC playoff championship match for the fifth time in six years. The Warriors lost, 2-1, in Saturday's final at Western Connecticut.

 Lemieux, Hickey and Church all started all 17 matches. Lemieux played every minute of 11 matches, averaging 83.4 minutes. Hickey led all field players in minutes (1,462) and average minutes (86.0). She played every minute of 13 matches - the first ten games of the year and the last three. In her first season as the fulltime starter in goal, Church was in net for all but 78 minutes, registering four full shutouts and sharing two additional shutouts. In regular-season conference matches, she was third in goals-against average (0.75) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.800). In overall LEC statistics, Church was second in save percentage (.832) and second in GAA (0.98) among conference keepers. She concluded the season with a career-high 13 saves in Saturday's LEC title tilt.

Swann, Ryczek and Gaudette combined for 27 of the team's 36 goals and 69 of the team's 98 points. Gaudette led or shared the team lead in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27). Ryczek matched Gaudette with ten goals and finished with 23 points. Swann added seven goals and 19 points. The trio also combined for seven game-winning goals.

Gaudette equaled her 2007 total of seven goals in posting a season-high total for points. Ryczek exceeded her career goal and point totals in 2008. She spread her goals over ten games, scoring once in the last four matches of her career.  Swann delivered the game-winning goal against Keene State in the conference playoff semifinals for the second straight season.

Gaudette had all of her points in regular-season conference play, leading all LEC players in LEC regular-season matches in those three categories.

MEN'S SOCCER

Fantl was named to the all-conference team for the third straight season, receiving first-team accolades for the second straight season. Junior linemate Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) was a second-team pick, gaining all-conference mention for the second straight season after winning first-team honors at midfield last season.  Fantl was the conference's Rookie-of-the-Year in 2006 when he was also named as a second-team all-star.

All four of Eastern's starting defenders were named to the all-conference team: seniors Kyle Bedini (Manchester) and Jimmy McConville (Manchester) were first-team picks and senior Bill Constantine (Glastonbury) and freshman Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) to the second team.  Bedini repeated on the first team, and McConville moved up from the second team.

In addition to Smiles, a second Eastern newcomer earned all-conference recognition as junior transfer Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) represented the Warriors at midfield with second-team honors.

Fantl becomes the program's first Offensive Player-of-the-Year, fifth overall. In 2006 and 2007, keeper Jay Barney was named Defensive Player-of-the-Year. During the period when the conference picked just one conference MVP (before designating offensive and defensive players), Jason Brasher  was selected in 1991 and Demian DeVega in 1992.

As a team, Eastern (13-3-3, 4-1-2 little east) finished third in the LEC regular season and as the third seed in the conference tournament, lost a 2-1 semifinal-round decision at second-seeded and eventual champion Rhode Island College.  Overall, the Warriors compiled a 14-game unbeaten streak over a six-week stretch that vaulted them into the No. 13 spot in the national rankings. The 2007 regular-season and playoff champions were expecting an NCAA or ECAC post-season tournament bid Monday.

Fantl leads the conference in overall scoring with 15 goals and shares the lead with 36 points.
 In seven regular-season conference matches, he had six goals and two assists. The goal total shared the LEC lead in LEC matches and the 14 points ranked second in LEC matches.

Eastern's four starting defensemen were integral in a defense which gave up only eight goals in seven regular-season LEC matches and posted three shutouts. With that defense, freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) recorded only 32 saves in seven regular-season conference matches - equaling the third-lowest total in the conference. Constantine has started all 19 matches and averages 87.7 minutes, while Bedini and McConville have started all 18 matches in which they have appeared and average 83.1 and 79.9 minutes, respectively. Smiles has appeared in all 19 matches, with 17 starts. He averages 75.8 minutes.

In his first season at Eastern after two years at Division II Assumption College, Bourdeau has started all 19 matches, averaging 86.6 minutes and contributing two goals and an assists.

The versatile Boretti played all three field positions this season. He has appeared in 18 of 19 matches, with 17 starts and 76.2 average minutes. He is second to Fantl with 15 points (5 goals, 5 assists). Boretti recorded his one game-winning goal in the final three minutes of a 1-0 win over Fitchburg State College Oct. 22.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

All three all-conference selections from Eastern were named to the second team: senior right-side hitter Jen Braswell (Wilton), senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford), and freshman defensive specialist Taylor Abelli (Cheshire). Jaques repeated on the second team at outside hitter. The year-end conference honors were the first for Braswell and Abelli.

The all-conference trio helped Eastern (20-12, 4-2 little east) to a third-place finish in the regular season conference standings after being picked to place fifth in the pre-season coaches' poll. The three-time defending conference playoff champions were eliminated in the LEC playoff semifinals.

The 5-foot-5 inch Jaques exceeded 500 digs in a season for the second straight year, placing second on the team with 506. She entered the LEC playoffs rated fifth in the conference in overall dig average (4.70). Jaques led the Warriors with 829 reception attempts and with a .946 percentage and was second on the team with 217 kills and a .933 serve percentage. Entering the year ranked eighth in career digs, Jaques concluded her four-year career rated fourth with 1,734.

The 5-foot-6 inch Braswell withstood a knee injury as a sophomore in 2006 and a change of position this season to earn a spot on the all-conference team. The program's active career leader in assists entering the season, Braswell moved to right side in the third week of September. At that position, she exceeded her previous career total with 158 kills and posted a season-high in blocks (22).  In a key LEC regular-season win at Western Connecticut, she amassed a career-high 13 kills with only one attack error.

One of four starting freshmen, the 5-foot-3 inch Abelli served as the team's libero throughout the season. A starter in 31 matches, Abelli became the first freshman in 18 years to lead the team in digs (588). Entering the LEC tournament, she ranked first in the conference in overall dig average (5.69 per game). Abelli led the Warriors with a .933 serve percentage and was second to Jaques with 639 receptions and second on the team with 44 service aces. Three times, she collected more than 30 digs, with a season-high 38 coming Oct. 11 against Johnson & Wales in the championship match of the Crabtree Classic. In 11 matches, she did not commit a reception error, with three of those perfect showings coming in the final eight matches of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SIXTEEN FROM EASTERN REAP LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE AWARDS

Seniors Braswell and Jaques and freshman Abelli honored in volleyball

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Men's soccer junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and  women's soccer junior defender Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) headline a list of 16 Eastern Connecticut State University fall athletes honored by the Little East Conference in its season-ending awards program.

At right: Sandra Jaques

Conference point and goal leader Fantl was singled out as the LEC's Offensive Player-of-the-Year in men's soccer and Lemieux was tabbed the women's soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Year. In all, the men's soccer team led the balloting with seven all-conference selections while the women's team trailed only LEC playoff champion Western Connecticut State University with six all-conference selections.  The women's volleyball team, which finished third in the final LEC standings after being picked for fifth in the pre-season, was represented with three all-conference selections.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

All three all-conference selections from Eastern were named to the second team: senior right-side hitter Jen Braswell (Wilton), senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford), and freshman defensive specialist Taylor Abelli (Cheshire). Jaques repeated on the second team at outside hitter. The year-end conference honors were the first for Braswell and Abelli.

The all-conference trio helped Eastern (20-12, 4-2 little east) to a third-place finish in the regular season conference standings after being picked to place fifth in the pre-season coaches' poll. The three-time defending conference playoff champions were eliminated in the LEC playoff semifinals.

The 5-foot-5 inch Jaques exceeded 500 digs in a season for the second straight year, placing second on the team with 506. She entered the LEC playoffs rated fifth in the conference in overall dig average (4.70). Jaques led the Warriors with 829 reception attempts and with a .946 percentage and was second on the team with 217 kills and a .933 serve percentage. Entering the year ranked eighth in career digs, Jaques concluded her four-year career rated fourth with 1,734.

The 5-foot-6 inch Braswell withstood a knee injury as a sophomore in 2006 and a change of position this season to earn a spot on the all-conference team. The program's active career leader in assists entering the season, Braswell moved to right side in the third week of September. At that position, she exceeded her previous career total with 158 kills and posted a season-high in blocks (22).  In a key LEC regular-season win at Western Connecticut, she amassed a career-high 13 kills with only one attack error.

One of four starting freshmen, the 5-foot-3 inch Abelli served as the team's libero throughout the season. A starter in 31 matches, Abelli became the first freshman in 18 years to lead the team in digs (588). Entering the LEC tournament, she ranked first in the conference in overall dig average (5.69 per game). Abelli led the Warriors with a .933 serve percentage and was second to Jaques with 639 receptions and second on the team with 44 service aces. Three times, she collected more than 30 digs, with a season-high 38 coming Oct. 11 against Johnson & Wales in the championship match of the Crabtree Classic. In 11 matches, she did not commit a reception error, with three of those perfect showings coming in the final eight matches of the year.

MEN'S SOCCER

Fantl was named to the all-conference team for the third straight season, receiving first-team accolades for the second straight season. Junior linemate Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield) was a second-team pick, gaining all-conference mention for the second straight season after winning first-team honors at midfield last season.  Fantl was the conference's Rookie-of-the-Year in 2006 when he was also named as a second-team all-star.

All four of Eastern's starting defenders were named to the all-conference team: seniors Kyle Bedini (Manchester) and Jimmy McConville (Manchester) were first-team picks and senior Bill Constantine (Glastonbury) and freshman Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) to the second team.  Bedini repeated on the first team, and McConville moved up from the second team.

In addition to Smiles, a second Eastern newcomer earned all-conference recognition as junior transfer Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) represented the Warriors at midfield with second-team honors.

Fantl becomes the program's first Offensive Player-of-the-Year, fifth overall. In 2006 and 2007, keeper Jay Barney was named Defensive Player-of-the-Year. During the period when the conference picked just one conference MVP (before designating offensive and defensive players), Jason Brasher  was selected in 1991 and Demian DeVega in 1992.

As a team, Eastern (13-3-3, 4-1-2 little east) finished third in the LEC regular season and as the third seed in the conference tournament, lost a 2-1 semifinal-round decision at second-seeded and eventual champion Rhode Island College.  Overall, the Warriors compiled a 14-game unbeaten streak over a six-week stretch that vaulted them into the No. 13 spot in the national rankings. The 2007 regular-season and playoff champions were expecting an NCAA or ECAC post-season tournament bid Monday.

Fantl leads the conference in overall scoring with 15 goals and shares the lead with 36 points.
 In seven regular-season conference matches, he had six goals and two assists. The goal total shared the LEC lead in LEC matches and the 14 points ranked second in LEC matches.

Eastern's four starting defensemen were integral in a defense which gave up only eight goals in seven regular-season LEC matches and posted three shutouts. With that defense, freshman keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) recorded only 32 saves in seven regular-season conference matches - equaling the third-lowest total in the conference. Constantine has started all 19 matches and averages 87.7 minutes, while Bedini and McConville have started all 18 matches in which they have appeared and average 83.1 and 79.9 minutes, respectively. Smiles has appeared in all 19 matches, with 17 starts. He averages 75.8 minutes.

In his first season at Eastern after two years at Division II Assumption College, Bourdeau has started all 19 matches, averaging 86.6 minutes and contributing two goals and an assists.

The versatile Boretti played all three field positions this season. He has appeared in 18 of 19 matches, with 17 starts and 76.2 average minutes. He is second to Fantl with 15 points (5 goals, 5 assists). Boretti recorded his one game-winning goal in the final three minutes of a 1-0 win over Fitchburg State College Oct. 22.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

An outside back, Lemieux becomes the program's sixth player of the year, the second Defensive Player-of-the-Year in three years.  She repeated as a first-team defender and was joined on the first team by junior Sarah Swann (Oxford), a midfielder.

One-third of the 12-person second team was comprised of Eastern players. Eastern's top two offensive players - seniors Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) and Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) - were named at forward. Junior  Kim Church (Farmington) was selected at keeper and sophomore center back Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) on defense. Gaudette was a first-team choice on defense in her first season in 2006 and at forward last year. Swann, Ryczek, Hickey and Church were first-time selections.

Behind Lemieux, Hickey and Church,  Eastern (11-5-1, 6-0-1 little east)  gave up only seven goals in seven regular-season conference matches, shared the regular-season conference title for the third time in six years and advanced to the LEC playoff championship match for the fifth time in six years. The Warriors lost, 2-1, in Saturday's final at Western Connecticut.

 Lemieux, Hickey and Church all started all 17 matches. Lemieux played every minute of 11 matches, averaging 83.4 minutes. Hickey led all field players in minutes (1,462) and average minutes (86.0). She played every minute of 13 matches - the first ten games of the year and the last three. In her first season as the fulltime starter in goal, Church was in net for all but 78 minutes, registering four full shutouts and sharing two additional shutouts. In regular-season conference matches, she was third in goals-against average (0.75) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.800). In overall LEC statistics, Church was second in save percentage (.832) and second in GAA (0.98) among conference keepers. She concluded the season with a career-high 13 saves in Saturday's LEC title tilt.

Swann, Ryczek and Gaudette combined for 27 of the team's 36 goals and 69 of the team's 98 points. Gaudette led or shared the team lead in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27). Ryczek matched Gaudette with ten goals and finished with 23 points. Swann added seven goals and 19 points. The trio also combined for seven game-winning goals.

Gaudette equaled her 2007 total of seven goals in posting a season-high total for points. Ryczek exceeded her career goal and point totals in 2008. She spread her goals over ten games, scoring once in the last four matches of her career.  Swann delivered the game-winning goal against Keene State in the conference playoff semifinals for the second straight season.

Gaudette had all of her points in regular-season conference play, leading all LEC players in LEC regular-season matches in those three categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

CLAYTON PACES M-CROSS COUNTRY WITH 18TH PLACE FINISH AT ECAC

He is among three freshmen to score points as Warriors capture 18th place

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven) finished among the top 18 percent in a field of 322 runners to pace the Eastern Connecticut State University men's cross country team to an impressive 18th-place finish at the ECAC Division III Men's Cross Country Championship Saturday at Colt State Park.

Clayton ran to a 57th place finish over 8,000 meters in a time of 28:06 and led the team at the finish for the first time and was one of three freshmen to score points for the Warriors, who placed in a tie for 18th among 48 teams which scored points.

Clayton was followed by junior Sam Buczek (Milford) and freshman Andrew Orum (Griswold). Eastern additional scoring runners were senior Sean McLaughlin (Branford) and freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester). Buczek was 82nd, Orum 108th, McLaughlin 158th and Spranzo 159th.

Williams College runners took six of the first 18 places to withstand challenger Keene State College out of the Little East Conference to garner top team laurels. Williams totaled 64 points and Keene 100. Middlebury College was a distance third (144 points). Eastern totaled 553 points.

It marked Eastern's first showing at the ECAC meet since placing 12th in a field of 25 in 1995.

Eastern competes at the New England Division III Championship Saturday at Williamstown, Mass.

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Team Results
Top 10

1.Williams 64; 2. Keene State College 100; 3. Middlebury College 144; 4. Oneonta State 146; 5. Vassar College 183; 6. Amherst College 221; 7. Saint Vincent College (PA) 224; 8. Trinity College 249; 9. College of New Jersey 254; 10. U. of Southern Maine 354.
18. EASTERN CONN. 553.

Eastern's Finishers

57. Steven Clayton 28:06; 82. Sam Buczek 28:34; 108. Andrew Orum 28:59; 158. Sean McLaughlin 29:47; 159. Stephen Spranzo 29:50; 166. Ken Landry 29:57; 186. David Tignonsini 30:21.

W-SOCCER STRIKES FIRST, BUT FALLS IN LITTLE EAST FINAL

Western wins third straight title, repeats  2-1 title win over Warriors

                                                                                           Meghan Ryczek (below)

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  LEClogo-1small.jpgDANBURY, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University scored first, but Western Connecticut State University re-grouped to tie the match late in the first half, and scored the tie-breaking goal with nine minutes left on the way to a 2-1 win in the championship game of the 2008 Little East Conference women's soccer playoffs Saturday night at the Westside Athletic Complex.

The title is the third straight and sixth in the ten-year history of the championship for Western (15-3-2), which qualifies automatically for the NCAA Division III tournament. The Colonials advanced to the national semifinals a year ago after beating Eastern (11-5-1) by the same score at the same location in last year's LEC final. Eastern won titles in 2003 and 2005.

Neither of the conference's top-ranked defensive teams allowed a goal through the first 25 minutes Saturday, but the Warriors broke the deadlock with 19 minutes left in the first half when senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) scored her tenth goal of the season on the rebound of her own shot that was blocked by a Western defender. Minutes later, Eastern junior forward Sarah Swann (Oxford) was tripped up while carrying the ball in the box. A penalty kick was deemed necessary, and six minutes later, Western  junior midfielder Nicole Sieber pulled the Colonials even when she unloaded a booming 30-yarder into the upper right-hand corner of the cage.

Western owned the second half of play, unloading six shots in the first 12 minutes of the half and compiling a 15-1 advantage in the half. Western senior midfielder Amy Corchard threatened twice to break the deadlock in the opening minutes. The first bid was broken up by Eastern junior defender Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), the second by junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington), who pulled in a hard shot that was partially deflected.

With nine minutes left, Western filed away its 12th home win in 13 matches (the loss coming to No.1 nationally-ranked Williams College) when freshman forward Jillian Duran scored her fourth goal of the season on junior forward Kelli Veras's feed from the end line. Veras beat an Eastern defender to the end line and centered a pass to an unmarked Duran.

Church finished with a career-high 13 saves. Averaging only four saves per match this year, Church was called upon to make five through the first half of the first half to keep the match scoreless. Church made two saves in succession midway through the first half, the second robbing All-America senior forward Catherine Nathans of a rebound goal. Church took another one away from Nathans later in the half and the Warriors also dodged a bullet when sophomore forward Lauren Matthews missed wide with a wide-open try at the far post.

Eastern's top scoring trio of Ryczek, classmate Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) and Swann were limited to a total of four shots.

Ryczek and Gaudette ended their careers sharing this year's team lead with ten goals each. Gaudette totaled a team-high seven assists and 27 points and Ryczek finished with 25 points. Ryczek had managed only six goals in her first three seasons.

Second-seeded Eastern and top-seeded Western had shared the conference regular-season title with 6-0-1 records after playing to a 1-1 overtime draw Oct. 13 at Willimantic. Tie-breakers awarded Western the home field advantage. Eastern had blanked third-seeded Keene State College, 2-0, and Western routed fourth-seeded UMass Boston, 4-0, in Thursday's semifinals.

Eastern totalled double-digit wins for the eighth straight season under ninth-year head coach Chrisi D'Ambrosio and was making its fifth appearance in the final in the past six years.

Western Conn. 2, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (11-5-1)         1    0   -- 1
Western Conn. (15-3-2)        1    1   -- 2

Scoring: E-Meghan Ryczek 25:25; W-Nicole Sieber (Catherine Nathans) 32:51; W-Jillian Duran  (Kelli Veras) 81:02.
Shots: E-7, W-26; Saves: E-Kim Church 13, W-Shannon Cawley 1. Corner kicks: E-2, W-5.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

JOHNSON OF W-CROSS COUNTRY 40th AT ECAC DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP

Sophomore submits impressive finish in field of 298 at championships

BRISTOL, R.I. - Sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) raced to an impressive 40th-place finish in a field of 298 finishers Saturday at the ECAC Division III Women's Cross Country Championship Saturday at Colt State Park.

Johnson was timed in 25:10 over the 6,000 meter layout, nearly two minutes faster than second-place junior teammate Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire), who placed 140th.  Johnson's finish rated her among the top 13 percent of all runners who finished the race.

Among 42 scoring teams, Eastern placed 28th with 768 points. Williams College posted a 23-75 victory over Amherst College to capture the team title.

Additional scorers for Eastern were sophomores Krista Juliano (Granby), Becky Knapp (Naugatuck) and Amanda Ericson (Bolton). Juliano was 201st, Knapp 214th and Ericson 218th.

The appearance at the ECAC meet was the first for Eastern since it placed 16th in a 22-team field in 1995.
 
 Eastern's first showing at the ECAC meet since placing 12th in a field of 25 in 1995.

Eastern competes at the New England Division III Championship Saturday at Williamstown, Mass.

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Team Results
Top 10

1. Williams College 23; 2. Amherst College 75; 3. Middlebury College 104; 4. Connecticut College 217; 5. Bates College 228; 6. Colby College 244; 7. Springfield College 251; 8. Vasser College 254; 9. College of New Jersey 294; 10. Tufts U. 298.
28. EASTERN CONN. 768.

Eastern's Finishers

40. Karina Johnson 25:10; 140. Alexis Cavanaugh 27:20; 201. Krista Juliano 28:34; 214. Becky Knapp 28:54; 218. Amanda Ericson 29:01; 223. Melissa Healy 29:05.

 

 

UMB CLOSES OUT WARRIORS' VOLLEYBALL SEASON

Second-seeded Beacons sweep three-time defending playoff champions

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KEENE, N.H. -- Third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University was eliminated in the semifinal round of the 2008 Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament with 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 losses to second-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Friday night at Spaulding Gymnasium on the Keene State College campus.

A winner of 15 of its last 16 and 17 of its last 19, UMass (25-8) moves into its first final  Saturday at 1 p.m. against top-seeded Keene State College (28-8). The Owls won their 11th straight match earlier Friday with a four-game victory over fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University. The championship will be the first for either UMass Boston or Keene State.

Eastern (20-12), which won its third straight title last year despite only winning eight matches in the regular season, had a four-match winning streak snapped in being swept by UMass for the second time this year. The Warriors had won 12 of their last 15 entering play.

Against the Beacons, Eastern led only once in the match when it scored the first point of the first game on a UMass service error. UMass scored three straight points  on two kills and an ace to open up a four-point, 11-7  lead in Game 1. The Beacons scored five straight points in Game 2 on three kills and two Eastern attack errors to move out to a 16-9 lead. In the final game, the Beacons scored four of the first five points and the Warriors never got closer than one point after the early stages of the game.

With three starters standing 5-feet-11 inches or taller, UMass was credited with blocks on nearly one-third of Eastern's 26 attack errors. The Warriors attacked at only .019 in the match, as freshman middle hitter Molly Rattigan and junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter combined for 14 blocks. McWhorter, the top offensive player in the conference, also collected 16 kills and junior libero Megan MacAuley came up with 18 digs.

Eastern middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton), the team's top offensive player and blocks leader and one of four freshman starters, had six kills and two blocks but commited ten attack errors. Senior outside hitter Sandra Jaques (Milford), one of three Eastern players who closed out careers with the loss, led the Warriors with seven kills without commiting an attack error on 21 tries. Jaques also recorded 31 receptions with only two errors. Freshman libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) was successful on 24 of 26 receptions and matched Jaques with seven digs.  Senior right-side hitter Jen Braswell (Wilton) led all Eastern players with 11 digs, with freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) digging nine balls and setting for 22 assists.

Massachusetts Boston 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (20-12)     19    14   15
UMass Boston (25-8)      25    25   25

 

 


 

BEHIND SWANN, WARRIORS DIVE INTO LEC W-SOCCER TITLE GAME

 Swann scores game-winning goal again in playoff win over Keene State

                                                                          Sarah Swann (below)

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University junior forward Sarah Swann (Oxford) scored the game-winning LEClogo-1small.jpggoal for the second straight season against Keene State College in the Little East Conference playoff semifinals as the Warriors advanced to the championship match with a 2-0 victory Thursday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Second-seeded Eastern (11-4-1) will face top-seeded Western Connecticut State University (14-3-2) in the tournament title match Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex in Danbury. Western blanked No. 4 seed University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-0, Thursday night.Western is the two-time defending champion, having edged Eastern, 2-1, in last year's title tilt at Danbury.The Warriors and Colonials shared the LEC regular-season title this year with unbeaten 6-0-1 records. The teams played to a 1-1 overtime draw Oct. 13 at Nevers Field.

In the 78th minute of a  scoreless game, Swann collected a loose ball and hammered a 25-yarder off the hands of Keene State (15-7-0)  freshman keeper Samantha Hirsh that bounced up and hit the bottom of the crossbar and landed over the goal line. Sixty-two seconds later, Swann found senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) in the box and Ryczek added an insurance goal when she beat Hirsch from six yards. Swann's goal was her seventh of the year and Ryczek her ninth.

In last year's semifinals against Keene at Nevers Field, Swann gave Eastern a 1-0 win by scoring the only goal of the match 82 seconds into sudden death overtime.  Thursday's win was Eastern's fourth straight in the last two years over Keene and keeps the Warriors unbeaten (6-0-1) at home this year.

Eastern junior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) made eight saves in recording her fourth shutout of the season for Eastern, ranked eighth in New England. Church needed to make six of her saves in the first half in order to keep the match scoreless. The Owls, tied for tenth in this week's New England rankings, threatened a number of times in the first half. Their first chance came just seven minutes into play and came off a corner kick. The corner kick, taken by senior midfielder Michelle Boland, caromed off the head of an Eastern defender and off the post to an unmarked Kendra Spencer. From eight yards out, Spencer sent the ball over the crossbar.

With 18 minutes left in the first half, junior midfielder Molly Brunell threaded a pass up the middle to LEC scoring leader Katie Bradford, but Church won the ball with a dive and coverup before Bradford could unload a shot. Thirteen minutes into the second half of a scoreless match, Bradford took a ball from sophomore midfielder Nora Mahoney and had open space on the right wing but her open 12-yarder aimed inside the near post sailed high..

Ryczek and Swann each had opportunities in the first 12 minutes of play to put the Warriors in front, but neither chance materialized into a goal. Ryczek stole a ball dribbled inside the box, but missed wide left with her shot. Nine minutes later, Ryczek sent a through-ball to Swann from the top of the box but Hirsh cut down the angle and gathered in the blast. Swann also had a chance with ten minutes left in the first half but her header off a corner kick by senior midfielder Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) carried over the crossbar.

Eastern will be making its fifth appearance in the conference championship match in the last six years. The Warriors won titles in 2003 and 2005.

Eastern Conn. 2, Keene State College 0

Keene State (15-7-0)        0     0   --   0
Eastern Conn. (11-4-1)     0     2   --   2

Scoring: Sarah Swann 77:35; Megan Ryczek (Swann) 78:37.
Shots: K-13, E-13; Saves: K-Samantha Hirsh 7, E-Kim Church 8. Corner kicks: K-2, E-

M-SOCCER TRIPPED UP IN LEC SEMIS

For second time in 11 days, RIC posts a 2-1 home victory over Warriors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second time in 11 days, Rhode Island College defeated Eastern LEClogo-1WEB.jpgConnecticut State University by a score of 2-1 in a Little East Conference men's soccer match. The first time, it halted the Warriors' 14-game unbeaten streak. Wednesday night, it ended their bid for a second straight conference playoff title.

After 64 scoreless minutes, the teams combined for all of the game's goals in a span of five minutes. The teams traded goals two minutes apart before reserve junior forward Dan Rodrigues gave second-seeded Rhode Island College (11-5-4) the lead for good when he headed a free kick from senior midfielder Brandon Migliore inside the right post with 21 minutes left.

Third-seeded Eastern (13-3-3), which won its first LEC playoff title a year ago, awaits a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament when invitations are extended Monday. Eastern was ranked sixth in the most recent NCAA New England regional rankings, which is voted on by the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Committee. Rhode Island was unranked.

Rhode Island, which has lost only two of its last 17 following an 0-3 start, chases its first conference title in its second championship match appearance in four years when it hosts fourth-seeded Plymouth State University Saturday. The Panthers advanced to the title match for the fifth time with a 3-0 upset of top-seeded University of Southern Maine earlier Wednesday. Plymouth opened the tournament by eliminating fifth-seeded Western Connecticut, 6-0, Monday in a play-in game. Plymouth won its only title in 2000.

The match featured the conference's top-ranked defensive team in Rhode Island (the Anchormen have not given up more than one goal in their last 13 matches) against the loop's top-rated offense in Eastern (the Warriors were second in defense during the regular season) and featured freshmen keepers in Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) of Eastern and Justin O'Connor of Rhode Island.

Wednesday, freshman forward  Bruno Costa ended a stalemate with his team-leading seventh goal of the season when he capitalized on an Eastern turnover and beat Appel by drilling a shot inside the post in the 64th minute. Just over two minutes later, Eastern answered back when Eastern senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) unloaded a long free kick that tied the match. The match stayed tied for less than three minutes when Rodrigues knocked in a head ball off Migliore's corner kick that kept Rhode Island unbeaten (8-0-2) at home this season.

Eastern had a number of opportunities to tie the match and Rhode Island made several bids to add a goal to their cushion. After Rodrigues' go-ahead goal, Eastern uncorked six of its 15 shots, with O'Connor forced to make three saves. The Warriors also earned three corner kicks in a span of four minutes in their bid to gain the equalizer, but none resulted in a shot on goal.

Following a scoreless and evenly-played first half, Rhode Island applied pressure throughout most of the second half, collecting four shots in the first nine minutes of the stanza. Costa nearly scored the game's first goal but his uncontested shot off a goal punt skidded wide, and a shot by junior midfielder Ryan Kelley  less than a minute later hit the post.

Eastern junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), the LEC's leading scorer with 15 goals, was bottled up by the Rhode Island defense, which held him without a shot.

O'Connor was called upon to make nine shots. Appel made three saves and also got help from the defense, which cleared two balls off the goal line.

Rhode Island College 2, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (13-3-3)                 0     1 -- 1
Rhode Island College (11-5-4)       0     2 -- 2

Scoring: R-Bruno Costa 64:13; E-Kyle Bedini 66:17; R-Dan Rodrigues (Brandon Migliore) 69:03.Shots: E-15, R-16; Saves: E-Carl Appel 3, R-Justin O'Connor 9. Corner kicks: E-6, R-4.


 

WARRIOR DEFENSE EXPERIENCING HIGHS (GPA) AND LOWS (GAA)

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The  starting defensive unit of the 2008 Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team features the highest cumulative grade-point average (3.63) and the lowest goals-against average (0.88) in the Little East Conference. Four of the players have been nominated to the Co-SIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team and four have cumulative GPAs above 3.75. From left: sophomore Stephanie Norell of Stratford, Conn., sophomore Lauren Hickey of Southwick, Mass., junior Kim Church of Farmington, Conn., sophomore Lauren Freer of Southington, Conn., and junior Christine Lemieux of South Windsor, Conn. Lemieux is majoring in Accounting, Hickey in Sociology and Church and Norell in Health and Physical Education. Freer is undecided.

 

W-VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES IN LEC

Warriors get 28 kills and a .329 attack percentage from top three players

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) and freshmen Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) combined for 28 kills and a .329 attack percentage in leading the third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a sweep of sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the first round of the 2008 Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

A winner of 12 of its last 15, Eastern (20-11) meets second-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston in the first of two tournament semifinal-round matches Friday at 4 p.m. In the second semifinals, top-seeded Keene State College hosts fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University at 6 p.m. The tournament championship match is scheduled for Saturday at noon. All three matches will be hosted by regular-season champion Keene State.

Keene received a first-round bye while UMass Boston and Western Connecticut eliminated Rhode Island College and Plymouth State University by 3-1 scores, respectively, Tuesday night.

A winner of seven of 13 LEC tournament titles, including the last three, Eastern improved to 6-0 all-time in conference tournament play against UMass Dartmouth (12-14), which doubled its win total from last year's 6-20 showing.

Each team started four freshmen in the match, which was completed in 67 minutes.

Ibsen had 11 kills and attacked at .400, while Jaques added ten kills and a .321 attack percentage and Rathbun seven kills and a .250 attack percentage.  Ibsen also contributed four blocks and two service aces, and Jaques ten digs. Jaques and freshman libero Bcombined to handle 43 of 44 receptions. Abelli,the conference leader in digs, led the Warriors with 12 digs.

As a team, Eastern attacked at .259, and commited only one reception error in downing UMass for the second time in four days.

Freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) doled out 29 assists, freshman Nicki Anderson (East Lyme) adding nine digs off the bench and serving 12 balls with just one error.

For UMass, senior middle blocker Hilary Teichert had eight kills and attacked at .200; freshman outside hitter Allie Mastrocola added seven  kills and handled 20 receptions with two  errors; freshman outside hitter Cami Ascher chipping in six kills, senior setter Mellanie Staiger 23 assists and, nine digs, and freshman libero Shannon Brodie digs.

Eastern raced to an 11-3 lead in Game 1 before the Corsairs countered with a 13-6 run that pulled them to within a point, 17-16. Ibsen and senior right side Jen Braswell (Wilton) then teamed for a block and a UMD attack error gave the Warriors a 19-16 lead. UMass did not get closer than two points thereafter.

Eastern scored the first four points of Game 2 but later needed a 7-2 burst to pull away from a one-point lead. Ibsen had two kills, a block and a service aces in that decisive run. Rathbun got untracked in that game. After failing to record a kill in her first eight attempts, she collected four kills in her last six swings of the game, and chipped in three more in the final game. Jaques had kills on her final four attempts of Game 3.

The win gives Eastern its 20th victory in a season for the fourth time in five years and sixth time in eight seasons. Last year's team won only eight matches in the regular season before winning three straight to capture its third straight LEC title.

Eastern Conn. 3, UMass Dartmouth 0

UMass Dartmouth (12-14)     21   19   12
Eastern Conn. (20-11)          25   25   25


 

EIGHT HONORED AT E-CLUB ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Six individuals comprise Class of 2008, two others receive special recognition awards

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University Hall of Fame Class of 2008 was inducted into the Eastern/E-Club Hall of Fame during ceremonies Sunday afternoon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

At left: Cynthia Walker Noniewicz (with presenter Beth Regan) was the first member of the Class of 2008 to gain induction Sunday.

A luncheon was held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony -- attended by a crowd of 230 -- following from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Comprising the 15th induction class were Scott D. Budner (baseball), Stanley B. Harris (baseball), Frederick V. "Rick" McCarthy (men's lacrosse coach), Katie Nichols (women's volleyball), Cynthia L. Walker Noniewicz (women's soccer), and Cynthia J. (Walz) Washburne (softball).

Special awards were also presented to William L. Ayer and James J. Raynor. Ayer received the Hall of Fame's Pioneer Award while Raynor was recognized with the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award.

An eight-minute video presentation highlighting each inductee's career was shown, after which each inductee made an acceptance speech. Presenters who appeared on the video were John Castodio '80 (Budner), John Risley (Harris), Dan Campbell '00 (McCarthy), Kim Hanlon (Nichols), Beth Regan '79 (Noniewicz) and Clyde Washburne (Washburne). Castodio was a former teammate of Budner; Risley a former assistant coach; Campbell a former player and assistant coach; Hanlon is the sister of Nichols; Regan was the former women's soccer coach; and Clyde Washburne was the former head softball coach and is the husband of Cynthia Washburne.

Risley formally awarded the Pioneer Award to his longtime friend, Bill Ayer; Eastern head baseball coach Bill Holowaty and Helen Atkind -- mother of the late Michael Atkind -- presented the Atkind Award to Raynor.

Eastern President Dr. Elsa Nunez and Associate Director of Alumni Affairs Ryan Rose '00 offered greetings to the gathering prior to the presentation of the awards, and Director of Athletics Dr. Joyce S. Wong provided the closing.

Bonnie Edmondson '87 , a former All-America track and field athlete at Eastern, served as Master of Ceremonies for the second staright year.

ABOUT THE INDUCTEES:

A native of East Lyme, Budner made his mark as a left-handed pitcher between 1975 and 1977. In his career, hewas 15-3 with four saves, a 1.83 ERA  and 191 strikeouts in 152 1/3 innings. Possessing one of the most deceptive pickoff moves in all of baseball, Budner picked off 19 baserunners in his final two seasons alone. He was named to the All-America team and pitched the program's first no-hitter in 1977, and was a sixth-round draft choice of the San Franciso Giants following his junior season.

Willimantic native Harris (1983-1986) was the first shortstop to start for four seasons under current head coach Bill Holowaty. He batted .320 with 197 hits, 97 RBI and 72 stolen bases and was a freshman member of the 1983 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional championship team. He was a two-time All-New England selection.

McCarthy was the first coach for the men's and women's lacrosse programs. In a partime capacity, the Marblehead, Mass. native and Stonington resident coached the first seven seasons of the men's program on the intercollegiate level (1996-2002). McCarthy won 91 and lost only 19 for an 82.7 winning percentage and directed the Warriors to their first four post-season tournaments. His teams were 41-2 in conference regular-season and playoff play in that span. In addition, all 22 of his four-year letterwinners earned their degrees.

 

A Mystic native who played between 1988 and 1991, Nichols is generally considered to be the greatest all-around player in the 34-year history of the volleyball program. A 5-foot-11 inch hitter, setter and blocker between, Nichols was a three-time all-region selection and 13-time all-tournament pick who was named New England Player-of-the-Year as a senior in 1991. As a senior, she led the Warriors to a 26-1 record against New England opponents and to a program-best No. 7 national ranking in the first month of the season.

Noniewicz, a Waterford native, was the first goalkeeper to letter for four seasons in program history. She started each of the team's 52 matches beginning with her sophomore season, recording 13 full shutouts. In her career, she won 25 matches with a 1.21 goals-against average and .827 save percentage. As  a three-year starter, she played 95.6 per cent of the team's total minutes. She was selected as the inaugural All-Little East Conference goalie in her first season as a starter in 1990 when she posted six full shutouts with a 0.94 GAA and .824 save percentage.

Washburne contributed to six regional and three national championships as a player and coach between 1982 and 1987 and later returned to serve as the program's head coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The East Hartford native  established her niche as a right-handed cleanup hitter and left-handed fielding first baseman. She was a two-time All-New England pick at designated hitter and first base, respectively, and also was named to the national tournament all-tournament team in each of her three starting seasons. On the final day of her career in 1985 at Howard Spector Field, she led Eastern to its third national title by driving in the only run of both games with first-inning, two-out doubles in 1-0 national tournament wins over Trenton State.

M-SOCCER PREPS FOR LECs, 7-0

Warriors open defense of their conference playoff title Wednesday at RIC

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team put the finishing touches on its winningest regular season in 16 years with a 7-0 Little East conference victoryover the University of Masschusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Senior forward Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Norwich) scored his first two goals of the season and conference scoring leader Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) added his 15th for Eastern (13-2-3, 4-1-2), which opens defense of its 2007 LEC playoff championship Wednesday at Rhode Island College. The loss leaves UMass Dartmouth (7-10-1, 2-4-1)  out of the five-team LEC playoffs. The Corsairs entered play in a two-way tie for fourth place.

The Warriors are seeded third behind regular-season champion University of Southern Maine and second-seeded Rhode Island. USM won its first conference title by besting visiting Rhode Island, 1-0, Saturday. Rhode Island is the only team to beat Eastern in conference play this year, recording a 2-1 overtime victory at Providence last Saturday.  Fourth-seeded Plymouth State University will host fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University in a Monday play-in game. Western qualified with a 3-0 win over five-team conference playoff champion Keene State Saturday night.

Eastern scored three times in the opening 18 minutes Saturday in scoring as many as seven goals in a match for the first time since downing Westfield State College by an identical score Sept. 22, 1992. It is the most goals scored by either  team in the 42-game series  with UMass. The Warriors are 4-0-1 against the Corsairs in the last five meetings.

Ehwarieme and senior midfielder Mike Vekakis (Colchester) both scored on headers to spark Eastern to a quick 2-0 lead eight minutes into play, and senior midfielder James Picarella (Brewster, NY) made it 3-0 with his second goal of the season  in the 19th minute of play.

Eleven different players had either a goal or assist for Eastern, which is the top offensive team in the conference. Behind Ehwarieme, Vekakis and Fantl had a goal and assist each. No Eastern player has scored more than 15 goals in a season since Jason Brasher totaled 17 as a senior in 1991.

Freshman Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) and junior transfer Rick Emery (Brewster, NY) combined on six saves to help the Warriors to their eighth shutout of the season.

The loss to Rhode Island last week ended a 14-game unbeaten streak for Eastern, which shut out RIC, 1-0, in last year's playoff semifinals at Nevers Field.


Eastern Conn. 7, UMass Dartmouth 0

UMass Dartmouth (7-10-1, 2-4-1 little east)      0    0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (13-2-3, 4-1-2 little east)           4    3 -- 7

Scoring: Rukevwe Ehwarieme (Aaron Smiles)  2:58; Mike Vekakis (Nicholas Boretti) 8:19; James Picarella (Vekakis, Maxim Fantl)  18:15; Stephen Bafumi 37:58; Fantl (Chris Bourdeau) 48:17; Dustin Huguenin (Scott Mishley) 82:42; Ehwarieme (Kyle Wallace) 87:12.
Shots: MD-7, E-30; Saves: MD-Anel Brkic 12, E-Carl Appel 4 (75:00 min.), Rick Emery 2 (15:00).Corner kicks: MD-0, E-7.

BUCZEK LEADS M-CROSS COUNTRY

At championships, Warriors fourth in Little East, eighth in NE Alliance

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WESTFIELD, Mass. -  Junior Sam Buczek (Milford) led 12 Eastern Connecticut State University runners across the finish line in a time of 27:48 over 8,000 meters at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Men's Cross Country Championship at Saturday at Stanley Park.

Buczek paced the Warriors by placing 30th overall in a field of  77 runners in the Little East Conference scoring and taking 42nd in a field of  152 in the New England Alliance tabulations.

As a team, Eastern moved up one spot from a year ago by taking fourth in a six-team conference field, and jumped from 11th a year ago to eighth in a field of 12 in the alliance scoring.

Keene State College posted its tenth conference championship, displacing two-time team champion University of Southern Maine to win what was essentially a two-team race for the title. The top 11 runners across the line represented either Keene or Southern Maine. Southern Maine grabbed the top two spots but he Owls used superior depth to claim an eight-point victory over the Huskies. Keene's five scoring runners were among the top eight finishers. After having a ten-year alliance championship streak shelved by Southern Maine last year, Keene rebounded to edge the Huskies by 12 points to annex its 11th alliance title in 12 years.

The top seven conference finishers are awarded all-conference honors and the top 20 alliance finishers are named all-alliance.

Freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven) trailed only Buczek at the finish among Eastern finishers, falling just six seconds behind Eastern's front-runner in a time of 27:54 and taking  32nd in the conference and 44th in the alliance scoring.

 Sophomore Ken Landry (East Hampton), junior David Tignonsini (Vernon) and freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) ran as a pack for Eastern, with only seconds separating them at the tape. Landry (28:49.66) was 42nd in the conference and 69th in the alliance; Tignonsini (28:49/91), 43rd in the conference and 70th in the alliance and Spranzo (28:56) 45th and 73rd, respectively. They rounded out Eastern's scorers.

In 1995, Todd Lohrman was the last Eastern male to gain all-conference recognition. Michael Chilly is the most recent all-alliance honoree (2002).

Eastern competes in the ECAC Championship Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston.

 

Little East Conference/New England Alliance
Men's Cross Country Championship
Run over 8,000 meters
at Stanley Park, Westfield, Mass.

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Team Results

1. Keene State College 27; 2. U. of Southern Maine 35; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 75; 4. EASTERN CONN. 127; 5. Rhode Island College 150; 6. Massachusetts Boston 162.

Eastern's finishers

30. Sam Buczek 27:48; 32. Steven Clayton 27:54; 42. Ken Landry 28:49; 43. David Tignonsini 28:49; 45. Stephen Spranzo 28:56; 47. Andrew Orum 29:17; 48. Sean McLaughlin 29:22; 52. Bryan Jorge 29:54; 60. Joe Perucki 30:29; 64. Nicholas Noheimer 30:53; 66. Ryan Hughes 31:14; 67. Anthony Mendes 31:21.

New England Alliance
Team Results

1. Keene State College 32; 2. U. of Southern Maine 44; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 100; 4. Fitchburg State College 129; 5. Westfield State College 149; 6. Bridgewater State College 157; 7. Mass. Maritime Academy 207; 8. EASTERN CONN. 226; 9. Worcester State College 271; 10. Rhode Island College 276; 11. Massachusetts Boston 307; 12. Mass College 346.

Eastern's finishers

42. Sam Buczek 27:48; 44. Steven Clayton 27:54; 69. Ken Landry 28:49; 70. David Tignonsini 28:49; 73. Stephen Spranzo 28:56; 79. Andrew Orum 29:17; 81. Sean McLaughlin 29:22; 91. Bryan Jorge 29:54; 104. Joe Perucki 30:29; 111. Nicholas Noheimer 30:53; 115. Ryan Hughes 31:14; 117. Anthony Mendes 31:21.

 

WARRIORS END ON HIGH NOTE

Field hockey dominates play throughout in 2-0 win over Worcester State

                                                                                                            Ashley Del Vecchio (below)

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team dominated play from start to finish Saturday afternoon in posting a 2-0 Little East Conference season-ending victory over Worcester State College.

Eastern  (5-13, 2-9 little east) got goals from freshman Jaime Mugavero (Clinton) and sophomore Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) to close its 12th intercollegiate season with its first home win of the year after six losses. The victory also ends a six-game losing streak at the hands of Worcester State (11-8, 6-5 little east), which will be seeded No. 7 in the eight-team Little East Conference playoffs, which get underway with quarterfinal-round matches Tuesday. The Lancers visit No. 2 Plymouth State University in the first round.

Eastern outshot Worcester, 17-3, and had a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners. The visitors did not record their first shot until five minutes had elapsed in the second half, and were down by the 2-0 margin at the time.

Mugavero scored moments after entering the match midway through the first half, scoring into an open net for her second goal of the year after Worcester  senior keeper Erin MacDonald got tangled up with an Eastern player after charging out of the net to knock away a loose ball. Del Vecchio made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half when she worked a give-and-go with senior midfielder Drew Gomes (Thomaston). Junior Joslin Wells (Marstons Mills, MA) began the sequence by winning a loose ball near mid field and passing to Del Vecchio. Operating in the middle of the field, DelVecchio found Gomes on the right wing, the hustled to the front of the cage and took a return pass to score on a shot directly in front of MacDonald.

Freshman keeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) did not make a save in recording her third win in seven decisions. Junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) turned aside two shots to preserve the team's third shutout. Mucciarone made the duo's first save with 19 minutes left when she kicked out a bid by Worcester sophomore Erin Moore.

Eastern Conn. 2, Worcester State College 0

Worcester State (11-8, 6-5 little east)     1 1 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (5-13, 2-9 little east)        0 0 -- 0

Scoring: Jaime Mugavero (Ali Chapman) 20:14; Ashley Del Vecchio (Drew Gomes) 38:40.
Shots: W-3, E-17; Saves: W-Erin MacDonald 11, E-Danielle Reichardt 0, Tia Mucciarone 2; Penalty corners: W-3, E-10.

 

 


 

VOLLEYBALL WINS FINALE, WILL HOST LITTLE EAST FIRST ROUND

Warriors down UMD in four games, will be No. 3 in conference playoffs

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Freshmen Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Molly Rathbun (Hebron) combined for 30 kills to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a four-game Little East Conference win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-10, 19-25, 25-14, 25-16.

A winner of 11 of its final 14 regular-season matches, third-seeded and three-time defending tournament champion Eastern (19-11, 4-2 little east) will host sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth (12-13, 1-5 little east) in one of three first-round matches Tuesday night at Geissler Gym.

All seven teams qualify for the playoffs, with top-seeded and regular-season champion Keene State College being awarded a first-round bye. The three first-round winners advance to the semifinals, hosted by Keene Friday. Keene will host Saturday's final.

Ibsen led all players with 19 kills, Rathbun adding 11 kills and nine digs. Senior Sandra Jaques (Milford) had 20 digs, freshman Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) 13, senior Jen Braswell (Wilton) 11  and freshman setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) 35 assists. Rathbun  attacked at .286.

UMass, which has lost its last 31 straight to Eastern, was led by freshman Allie Mastrocola, who had 11 kills and eight digs and was successful on 27 of 29 reception attempts. Senior Hilary Teichert added 10 kills and eight blocks. Senior setter Mellanie Staiger had 23 assists.

Since an 8-8 start, Eastern has won 11 of its last 14 and stand 8-3 at home.

Eastern Conn. 3, UMass Dartmouth 1

UMass Dartmouth (12-13, 1-5 little east)     10    25    14    16
Eastern Conn. ( (19-11, 4-2 little east)        25    19    25    25

 

 


 

W-SOCCER SHARES THIRD LITTLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

Warriors defeat UMass to complete second unbeaten LEC season

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. The Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team  finished unbeaten in regular-season Little East Conference play  for the second time in four years and claimed at least a share of the regular-season title for the third time in the last six years with a 3-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.

Two-time defending playoff champion Western Connecticut State University, which finished ahead of second-place Eastern (10-4-1, 6-0-1 little east) the last two seasons in the regular season,  earned a share of its third straight  title with a 2-0 road win over Keene State College.

By virtue of a tie-breaker, regular-season co-champion Western is is awarded the No. 1 seed and will receive a first-round tournament bye, along with Eastern. The Warriors will host a tournament semifinal-round match Thursday afternoon against the winner  of Tuesday's first-round match between No. 3 seed Keene State College and No. 6 seed Plymouth State University. Fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth (4-9-4, 2-3-2 little east) visits No. 4 Massachusetts Boston in a first-round game Tuesday, with the winner facing Western Thursday in the semifinals

The tournament final will be staged Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The victory allowed Eastern to reach double figures in a wins for the eighth straight season under ninth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio.

Senior forward Nicole Gaudette's (Colchester) penalty kick awarded on a hand ball in the box  tied the match in the 20th minute and senior forward Meghan Ryczek (East Haddam) scored her second game-winning goal of the year 15 minutes into overtime. Gaudette tied her goal total of last year with her tenth and established a personal season record of 27 points. She has 26 goals and 17 assists in her 52-game Eastern career. Ryczek brought a three-year career total of six goals into the season and now has eight this year, trailing only Gaudette.

Eastern has beaten UMass the last 13 times the teams have met.

Eastern Conn. 3, Massachusetts Dartmouth 1

Eastern Conn. (10-4-1, 6-0-1 little east)          1    2 -- 3
UMass Dartmouth (4-9-4, 2-3-2 little east)      1    0 -  1

Scoring: M-Sarah Killingbeck (Cristal Peixoto) 4:15; E-Nicole Gaudette (penalty kick) 19:15; E-Meghan Ryczek 60:01; E-Lauren Greeney 77:20.
Shots: E-14, M-4; Saves: E-Kim Church 2, M-Tanya Braga 6. Corner kicks: E-0, M-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

IN W-CROSS COUNTRY, JOHNSON REPEATS ALL-ALLIANCE HONORS

Sophomore becomes third  female to go back-to-back  in program history

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WESTFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) became the third female in the 12-year history of the New England Alliance Women's  Cross Country championship to achieve all-alliance honors two consecutive seasons Saturday at the Little East Conference/NEA Championship at Stanley Park.

Johnson finished among the top 14 percent in a field of 116 runners in the alliance scoring, placing 16th overall in a time of 20:12 over the 5,000 meter course (the top 20 finishers are named All-New England Alliance).. She was fourth in the competition last year on the way to winning Little East Conference female Rookie-of-the-Year accolades.

Before Saturday, the only previous Eastern females to earn all-alliance honors in consecutive seasons were Monica Gallagher (1997-98) and  Erin Nolan (2004-05). Like Johnson, Nolan performed the feat in each of her first two seasons.

As a team, Eastern placed 8th in a 12-team field in the alliance scoring and fifth among six in the conference tabulation.

Keene State was unchallenged in winning its ninth straight alliance and conference titles. All five Keene scorers finished among the Top 10 in the conference and took five of the top six places in the conference scoring.

Among 53 runners in the Little East Conference scoring, Johnson ran to a 11th-place finish (the first seven across the line were named all-conference). As a freshman, Johnson gained all-conference accolades with a second-place performance.

Running in her first official college race, junior Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire) followed Johnson for Eastern. Cavanaugh was timed in 22:27 to place 56th in the alliance and 30th in the conference scoring.

Additonal scorers for the Warriors were sophomores Becky Knapp (Naugatuck), Krista Juliano (Granby) and Melissa Healy (Naugatuck), who finished within seven places of one another in the alliance scoring and within  five spots of each other in the conference scoring. A first-year runner, Knapp was timed in 22:39, Juliano in 22:42, and Healy in 22:53. Knapp was 60th in the alliance and 31st in the conference scoring, Juliano 64th and 34th, respectively, and Healy 66th and 35th, respectively.

Eastern competes in the ECAC Championship Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston.


Little East Conference/New England Alliance
Women's Cross Country Championship
Run over 5,000 meters
at Stanley Park, Westfield, Mass.

little east conference
Team Results


1. Keene State College 18; 2. U. of Southern Maine 53; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 82; 4. Rhode Island College 92; 5. EASTERN CONN. 123; 6. Massachusetts Boston 183.


                                                      Eastern's finishers

11. Karina Johnson 20:12; 30. 30. Alexis Cavanaugh 22:27; 31. Becky Knapp 22:39; 34. Krista Juliano 22;42; 35. Melissa Healy 22:53; 37. Chelsie Lawson 23:07; 38. Ashlee James 23:19; 41. Amanda Ericson 23:42; 47. Jessica Maciolek 24:43; 50. Ellen Devlin 27:32.

New England Alliance

Team Results


1. Keene State College 25; 2. Westfield State College 61; 3. U. of Southern Maine 84; 4. Bridgewater State College 134; 5. Massachusetts Dartmouth 141; 6. Rhode Island College 157; 7. Worcester State College 198; 8. EASTERN CONN. 205; 9. Fitchburg State College 221; 10. Mass College 280; 11. Massachusetts Boston 339; 12. Salem State College 347.

Eastern's finishers

16. Karina Johnson 20:12; 56. Alexis Cavanaugh 22:27; 60. Becky Knapp 22:39; 64. Krista Juliano 22;42; 66. Melissa Healy 22:53; 72. Chelsie Lawson 23:07; 76. Ashlee James 23:19; 83. Amanda Ericson 23:42; 95. Jessica Maciolek 24:43; 111.. Ellen Devlin 27:32.