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THREE FROM W-SOCCER ALL-NEWISA

Lemieux, Gaudette, Swann cited by NEWISA; Gaudette Senior Bowl pick

gaudette WEB_3708.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the second consecutive season, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer has placed three players on the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Division III All-New England team.

At left: Nicole Gaudette (5)

Junior back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) and senior forward Nicole Gaudette (Colchester) repeated as NEWISA picks from last year and were joined by junior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford). Lemieux was named to the first team while Gaudette and Swann were second-team selections. Gaudette was also one of 14 players named to the NEWISA Senior Bowl, earning the most votes among the seven players chosen at forward.

Eastern was one of six institutions represented with as many as three players on the NEWISA All-New England team. A total of 20 institutions were represented with at least one pick to the 38-player team. There were 11 players named to the first team, 13 to the second, and 14 to the third.

An outside back, Lemieux was a second-team pick last year and Gaudette a third-teamer in 2007.

Last month, Lemieux was named Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year and repeated as a first-team all-conference pick. Swann joined her on the first team and Gaudette was named to the second team.

Behind Lemieux, 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, to Western Connecticut in the LEC title game.

Lemieux started all 17 matches and played every minute of 11 matches, averaging 83.4 minutes.

Gaudette led or shared the team lead in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27), while Swann added seven goals and 19 points. Gaudette equaled her 2007 total of seven goals in posting a season-high total for points. Swann delivered the game-winning goal against Keene State in the conference playoff semifinals for the second straight season.

Gaudette, who played her freshman season at the Division I level, finished her three-year Eastern career ranked sixth in points (69), tied for sixth in goals (26), and tied for ninth in assists (17). Eight of her goals were game-winners. Swann has scored 15 goals and added nine assists for 39 points in the last two years after totaling seven points as a freshman.

A total of 18 Eastern players have been named to the NEWISA All-New England team since 1988, with Lemieux becoming the sixth first-team pick.  Gaudette's selection to the NEWISA Senior Bowl gives Eastern 12 such selections since 1990. The date of this year's Senior Bowl has not yet been determined.

 

 

 

BEDINI OF MEN'S SOCCER NAMED TO DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Senior defender is second such selection in 48-year history of program

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Senior defender Kyle Bedini (Manchester) -- who helped lead the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to its winningest season in 39 years this past fall -- has been selected to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division III All-America Team as a second-team choice.

 

 A four-year member of the program and a three-year starter, Bedini joins forward Glenn Judge

as the only All-America selections in program history. A member of the Eastern/E-Club Hall of Fame, Judge was named to the All-America second team after leading the Warriors to a 13-6-0 record under former head coach John Fitzgerald in 1986.


"Improved fitness, combined with soccer smarts and excellent technique, made Kyle a complete player."

-- Head Coach Greg DeVito


The 6-foot-2 inch, 195 pound Bedini served as a co-captain this past year for Eastern (15-4-3), which equaled thesecond-highest win total in a season (highest since 1969) in the program's 48-year history, forged a 14-match unbeaten streak and earned rankings as high as No. 2 in New England and No. 13 nationally.

"Kyle was a rock in the back for us this year," praised second-year head coach Greg DeVito, who indicated that he did not see a more effective defender than Bedini this season - including those teams which Eastern played and those teams which the head coach scouted or watched in the NCAA Division III tournament. "As an opposing player, you just couldn't get behind him. He was never out of position on the field. He was just solid. He did a great job reading the game and using his body to shield (opponents) off.

Bedini was one of only six players - and one of only three defeners -- from New England institutions named to the All-America team. A total of 40 players represented 30 different institutions on the All-America team. Twelve players were named to the first team and 14 to the second and third teams.

 

As Bedini improved throughout his career, so did the Warriors. As a freshman in 2005, Bedini appeared in only eight games off the bench, averaging 20 minutes per outing on an 8-7-1 team which failed to qualify for the Little East Conference tournament; in 2006, Bedini moved into a starting role, starting 16 games and averaging 68.1 minutes for the 7-5-6 team which missed out on an LEC playoff bid on the final day of the regular season; last year, Bedini started 19 games and averaged 87.3 minutes and gained first-team all-conference honors for the 11-7-3 squad which won the LEC regular season and playoff titles and qualified for its first-ever NCAA tournament; as a co-captain this past fall, Bedini started 21 games, averaging 83.7 minutes and repeating first-team all-conference honors for the Warriors, who earned the No. 1 seed in the ECAC New England Tournament and reached the tournament championship match.

 

Last week, Bedini and junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) were named to the NSCAA/adidas Division III All-New England Region Team as first-team selections, marking the first time in program history that two Eastern players were named to the first team in the same season.

 

According to DeVito, drastic improvements in fitness and attitude transformed Bedini from a little-used bench player to one of the top defenders in Division III. "I thought Kyle made a huge improvement each year," praised DeVito, who served as an assistant for two seasons under former head coach Frantz Innocent before taking over the head job in 2007. "Every year, Kyle got himself more and more fit. I remember telling (Innocent) that Kyle would

struggle, because of fitness. Improved fitness, combined with soccer smarts and excellent technique made Kyle a complete player. I look at the (graduation) of Kyle as big of a loss as (goalkeeper) Jay Barney was," added DeVito, noting the graduation loss after the 2007 season of the two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Behind Bedini this past fall, Eastern's defense ranked in a tie for first in the conference in overall shutouts (10) and second in least goals allowed overall (20) and least number of keeper saves (87). Bedini played every minute of 12 matches, three of which extended into overtime. Offensively, Bedini  was a threat as well, taking the team's re-starts and contributing  four goals and four assists.

The 2007 Little East Conference regular-season and playoff champions, the Warriors finished 4-1-2 in the conference regular season in 2008 and lost to eventual champion Rhode Island College, 2-1, in the conference tournament semifinals at Providence. Seeded No. 1 in the ECAC New England Division III tournament, Eastern won two tournament home games by an 11-0 margin before losing the title game to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1-0. A winner of 11 straight home games after an opening loss during the season, Eastern was required to play on Coast Guard's home field in the final after weekend rain made Eastern's home grass field unplayable for the final.

 

 

TWO FROM M-SOCCER ALL-REGION

Fantl and Bedini named first team 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-New England

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  In a season of firsts for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer program, senior back Kyle Bedini (Manchester) and junior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) have given the Warriors two first-team NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division III All-New England selections for the first time.

The Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Fantl was one of four forwards chosen to the first team while first-team all-conference selection Bedini was among four first-team defenders. Fantl and Bedini served as co-captains this past year for Eastern (15-4-3), which equaled the second-highest win total in a season (highest since 1969) in the program's 48-year history, a 14-match unbeaten streak and rankings as high as No. 2 in New England and No. 13 nationally.

It marked the third time since 1985 that as many as two Eastern players have been chosen to the all-region team, but first time that the Warriors have been represented with two first-team picks to the NCAA Division III team. Last year, Fantl was named as a third-team forward and was joined by fourth-team goalkeeper Jay Barney.

Fantl was named to the all-conference team for the third straight season this past fall, receiving first-team accolades for the second straight season. Fantl was the conference's Rookie-of-the-Year in 2006 when he was also named as a second-team all-star. Bedini repeated as a first-team all-conference selection.

A three-time choice as LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week during the season, Fantl led the conference in overall scoring with 16 goals and in overall points with 40. The goal and points were the most by an Eastern player in a season since 1991, when second-team all-region forward Jason Brasher collected 17 goals and 41 points. Behind Fantl, Eastern led the LEC in overall goals (57) - 14 more than its nearest LEC competitor. The team goal total was more than twice as many as 2007 and the highest since the 1987 team totaled 66 behind All-America Glenn Judge.

Fantl started all 22 matches and had a point in 14 of the 19 matches in which Eastern scored. He  recorded two goals and five points three different times. His 16 goals equaled the combined total of his first two seasons and his eight assists eclipsed the total of his first two seasons. He has 32 goals (nine game-winners) and 78 points in 61 career games.

Behind Bedini, Eastern's defense ranked in a tie for first in the conference in overall shutouts (10) and second in least goals allowed overall (20) and least number of keeper saves (87). A centerback, Bedini started all 21 matches in which he appeared and averaged 83.7 minutes per match. He played every minute of 12 matches, three of which extended into overtime. Offensively, Bedini  contributed four goals and four assists.

Since 1985, Eastern has had 11 NSCAA all-region selections. Joining Bedini and Fantl as first-teamers were Demian DeVega in 1992 and Glenn Judge in 1986. In 1986, Judge went on to become the only All-America in program history when he was selected to the second team.

The 2007 Little East Conference regular-season and playoff champions, the Warriors finished 4-1-2 in the conference regular season in 2008 and lost to eventual champion Rhode Island College, 2-1, in the conference tournament semifinals at Providence. Seeded No. 1 in the ECAC New England Division III tournament, Eastern won two tournament home games by an 11-0 margin before losing the title game to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1-0. A winner of 11 straight home games after an opening loss during the season, Eastern was required to play on Coast Guard's home field in the final after weekend rain made Eastern's home grass field unplayable for the final.

A total of 44 players representing 24 New England institutions were represented on one of the four all-region teams. Middlebury, Western New England College and Eastern - teams ranking 1-2-3 in the final NSCAA New England Division III poll -- were the only institutions with as many as two first-team selections.  Eastern was the only Little East Conference institution to earn a first-team pick. Rhode Island College was awarded two third-teamers. Conference regular-season champion University of Southern Maine had one fourth-team pick as did LEC playoff runner-up Plymouth State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASTERN W-SWIMMING POSTS TOP FINISH EVER AT LITTLE EAST MEET

Behind Arisco, Wilson and Doheny, Warriors claim second

 

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -  Sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford), and juniors

Jessica Wilson (Torrington) and Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) combined for 100 points in leading Eastern Connecticut State University to a program-best second-place finish at the Eighth Annual Little East Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at the Tripp Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

 

Eastern totaled 308 points - its second-highest total in the meet - to record a solid second-place finish in the five-team meet which was won for the third straight time and sixth time in eight years by Keene State College. Keene swimmers won all 14 swimming events and totaled 508 points.

 

Thirteen Eastern swimmers compiled a total of 21 personal records on the day, with the 200 yard medley relay breaking its own record of 2:00.37 which it had established three weeks ago at Smith College.

 

The first 12 finishers in each event earned points, with all five relay teams also receiving points.

 

In individual events, Arisco and sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) swam to All-Conference honors in two events each, with first-year junior transfer Liza Welling (Marlborough) earning All-LEC accolades once. Curran and Welling also gained All-LEC honors twice each with the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Arisco,

first-year sophomore transfer Maria Altieri (Hamden), and Wilson were also members of one All-Conference relay. The top three individuals and top three relays in each event are accorded All-Conference honors.

 

Arisco, who missed this meet as a freshman with mononucleosis, chalked up a team-best

37 points in three individual events, while Wilson collected 33 in three events and Doheny 30 in three. Other top scorers for the Warriors included junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington), Curan, freshman Nadine Menard (Woodstock), and Welling.

 

Arisco was second in a field of 22 in the 100 freestyle, second in the 200 butterfly, and fourth in the 100 butterfly, missing third place in the latter event by nine hundredths of a second. Wilson, a four-time All-Conference honoree in her first two years, was fourth in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 breaststroke; Doheny was fifth in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events.

 

Dombrowski was fourth in the 1,000 freestyle, sixth in the 200 breaststroke, and seventh  in the 400 IM for 27 points; Curran collected 24 points by placing third in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, posting the fastest times on the team this year in both events; Menard registered 21 points by placing sixth in the 200 butterfly, seventh in the 100 butterfly, and eighth in the 400 IM; and Welling contributed 21 points with a third-place finish in the 50 free and sixth-place time in the 100 free.

 

Dombrowski's times in all three of her events represented personal-bests, as were Curran's in her two events and Welling's in her two events. Menard also recorded two personanl bests, as did Arisco, and freshmen Samantha Armitage (Bristol),and Andzelina Chmiewlewski (Enfield).

 

With a time of 56.79 in the 100 freestyle, Arisco was just off the program record of 56.27. Wilson also fell just shy of her own program records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She was timed in 1:12.56 (her record is 1:12.44) in the 100 and 2:38.46 (her record is 2:37.58) in the 200.

 

Until this year, Eastern's highest finish in the meet was a third-place finish which it had attained three of the last four years.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARBER, BRAUTIGAM INDIVIDUAL WINNERS AT SPRINGFIELD INVITE

In women's track opener, four from Eastern qualify for post-season

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Four individuals qualified for post-season competition and two won individual events Saturday when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's indoor track and field team opened its 2008/09 indoor season at the Springfield College Invitational at the SC Field House in a non-scoring meet.

 

Junior Erika Barber (Portland) won the pole vault with a mark of 9-5 ¼ and junior Sandra Brautigam (Scotland) captured the 55 meter hurdles in a personal-record time of 9.34 as both qualified for the New England Division III meet. Also qualifying for the New England meet were juniors Monica Mills (East Hartford) and Kelsey Watson (Bristol, NH).  Mills posted a mark of 33-2 ½ in the triple jump in placing third, Watson was timed in 7.92 in a fifth-place finish at 55 meters.

 

Both Barber and Brautigam established facility records, as the SC field house was hosting its first collegiate meet. Brautigam outran a field of 16 competitors in the 55 hurdles, bettering her previous personal best by three-tenths of a second. Barber, who was first among ten pole vaulters, came up just an inch shy of her program indoor record, set last Jan. 19 and equaled five weeks later.

 

In addition to their first-place finishes, Eastern athletes also recorded three second-place finishes: first-year junior Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire) in the mile, sophomore All-New England performer Karina Johnson (East Hartford) at 800 meters, and the distance medley relay of Cavanaugh, Watson, sophomore Ashlee James (Franklin) and Johnson. Cavanaugh was timed in 5:50.82, Johnson in 2:30.03, and the relay in 13:55.00.

 

Eight of Eastern's 17 athletes were competing in their first indoor meet at Eastern. Five of them are freshmen.

 

Eastern is idle until Jan. 24, when it competes again at Springfield.

 

 

IN SEASON-OPENER, FOUR QUALIFY FOR POST-SEASON TRACK COMPETITION

 

Pyne, Spranzo win titles at Springfield College Invitational

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Four individuals qualified for post-season competition and two won individual events Saturday when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's indoor track and field team opened its 2008/09 indoor season at the Springfield College Invitational at the SC Field House in a non-scoring meet.

 

All-New England junior sprinter Chris Gemske (West Hartford) qualified for the New England Division III meet at 55 and 200 meters, while junior Matt Pyne (Wallingford) and freshman Ben Lungren (Niantic) each qualified for the New England Division III meet in the pole vault, and freshman Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY) met the qualifying standards for both the New England Division III and ECAC Division III meets.

 

Ten of Eastern's 19 competitors were competing in their first indoor meet.

 

In the first meet held in Springfield's new field house, Pyne and freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) set facility records by winning the pole vault and 1000 meters, respectively. Pyne out-jumped a field of 12 with a mark of 12-11, with Spranzo outrunning a field of ten in a time of 2:42.22 in his first collegiate meet. Lungren shares the facility record with Pyne with a mark of 12-11in the pole vault (Pyne won the event based on jumps).

 

In his first collegiate met, Ricketts was second among 26 athletes at 55 meters. He qualified for the New England Division III meet with a time of 6.64 in the preliminaries, and attained the ECAC standard when he was clocked at 6.62 in the final.

 

In qualifying for post-season competition, Gemske was third in a field of 35 at 200 meters (23.41) and eighth among 26 at 55 meters (6.77).

 

Freshman Nick Pates (East Haven) was second at 400 meters (52.54) and fifth at 200 meters (23.54) and just missed qualifying for the New England Division III meet in both events. He fell one-tenth of a second shy in the 200 and a half-second shy at 400 meters.

 

Eastern is idle until Jan. 24, when it competes again at Springfield.

McFETRIDGE NETS 1,000th POINT IN EASTERN W-BASKETBALL VICTORY

Senior becomes 11th player to reach milestone in an Eastern uniform

 

 BRISTOL, R.I. -- Senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton) became the 11th player in Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in an Eastern uniform Thursday night in the Warriors' 66-40 non-conference win over Roger Williams University at the RWU Campus Recreation Center.

 

The 6-foot-2 inch McFetridge scored her 1,000th and 1001st points on a put-back of senior forward Kate Brunet's (Bristol) missed jumper with 7:50 gone in the first half that gave the Warriors a 15-7 lead. McFetridge entered the game six points shy of becoming the sixth player under 15th-year head coach Denise Bierly to score 1,000 points.

 

McFetridge's sixth and seventh points of the game gave her 1000  and 1001 points in her career. She missed her first two shots from the floor in the game before hitting a turnaround shot in the paint with 16:27 left in the first half for her first bucket, and completing a three-point play with a free throw with 15:10 left to give her five points. She missed her next two shots before hitting the milestone shot with 12:10 left after grabbing a missed shot.

 

McFetridge finished the game with her first double-double of the season. She had a game-high 18 points and shared game-high honors with 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. She was 8-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line, and also had three assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

 

Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) followed McFetridge with 17 points (7-for-8 from the stripe), which sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had 11 points and 11 rebounds. A four-year starter, Morey moved to within 36 points of 1,000 in her career.

 

McFetridge totaled double figures in points and rebounds for the 19th time in her 82-game career. She now has 1,012 points in her career, an average of 12.3 per game.

 

Eastern (3-1) led from start to finish in the game to improve to 9-0 all-time against Roger Williams (2-4), which has lost three in a row.  Eastern hit two three-point field goals and McFetridge completed her three-point play with a free throw as Eastern led by ten, 13-3, five minutes into play. The Hawks made one run in the second half by scoring two quick hoops that cut a 16-point deficit to 12 six minutes into the half. At that point, McFetridge swished a turnaround shot from the baseline on a pass from Morey that put the lead at 14. McFetridge then altered a shot on the defensive end, grabbed the rebound, and sunk a shot in the paint on the offensive end with 12:30 left that pushed the lead back to 16, 47-31.

 

Eastern opens Little East Conference play Saturday by hosting Plymouth State University at 1 p.m. The Warriors are the pre-season conference favorite after winning last year's LEC tournament.

 

SIX ARE VICTORIOUS FOR EASTERN SWIMMING AGAINST UMASS DARTMOUTH

Warriors remain undefeated this season with 137-90 triumph

 

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Six Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimmers combined to win seven individual events as the Warriors remained undefeated this season with a 137-90 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday night at the Francis Tripp Athletic Center.

 

Now 4-0 in dual meets this year, Eastern swimmers won seven of nine individual swimming events and one relay in its win over its Little East Conference rival. UMass (0-6) recorded more than a quarter of its points in two diving events (Eastern does not offer diving).

 

Sophomore All-New England butterflyer Amy Arisco (Wallingford) won the 200 yard individual medley in a personal-best time and the 100 butterfly and also swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay. Junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) recorded two personal-best times in winning the 1,000 freestyle and taking second in the 500 freestyle. Junior All-New England breaststroker Jessica Wilson (Torrington) won the 50 freestyle, was second in the 100 breaststroke, and swam the second leg of the victorious 200 medley relay.

 

Others winning events were junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) in the 100 freestyle, sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) in the 100 backstroke, and freshman Maria Altieri (Hamden) in the 200 freestyle, Curran also contributed to the winning relay.

 

Additional personal bests were turned in by first-year junior Liza Welling (Marlborough) and freshmen Nadine Menard (Woodstock) and  Jennifer Dufraine (Somers), Welling's came in 100 freestyle, Menard in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, and Dufraine in the 200 IM.

 

Eastern and UMass Dartmouth compete in the Little East Conference Championship Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Tripp Center. Eastern finished third in the five-team field last year, UMass Dartmouth second. Keene ran away with the team title.