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kitt raw_8126.jpgNORTON, Mass. - Junior Brittany Kitt (Bloomfield) collected 16 points in two events and junior Monica Mills (East Hartford) added eight points in two individual events and also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay which placed second Saturday afternoon as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's track and field team captured third place at the Wheaton College Invitational.


At left: Brittany Kitt


In a field of 12 teams, Eastern totaled 47 points, just two points back of second-place Worcester State College. Host Wheaton College piled up 207 points en route to the easy team victory.


Kitt was second among 22 in the shot put and second in a field of 12 in the weight throw. Mills was fourth in a field of 24 in the 200 and fourth among eight competitors in the triple jump. Joining her 4x400 relay which picked up eight points were junior Nicole Stefanik (Coventry, RI), sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford), and junior Amy Gould (Redding).


For the second straight meet, junior Erika Barber (Portland) pole-vaulted ten feet. Last week, she broke her own program record with a mark of 10-2 in qualifying for the ECAC Division III Championship. She was the only competitor in the event at Wheaton.


Additional strong performances were turned in by junior Kelsey Watson (Bristol, NH), sophomore Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester) and freshman Alex Barner (Woodstock). Watson was fifth in a field of 24 at 200 meters and ninth among 28 competitors in the 400. Her time of 1:05.09 in the 400 was less than a second off the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championship. Barner captured sixth place in a field of 22 in the shot put and was fifth among 12 in the weight throw. At 200 meters, Atterbury was among four Eastern runners to finish among the top 12. She was eighth.


Sophomore Amanda Ericson (Bolton) posted a personal-best time of 22:54.82 at 5,000 meters. Her previous best was 23:46.95.


Eastern competes at the Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.


Eastern's Finishers.pdf



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NORTON, Mass. - Competing for the first time on consecutive weekends this season, individuals on the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team compiled nine personal bests in a fourth-place finish Saturday in its first-ever appearance at the Wheaton College Invitational.


At left: Nick Pates


Eastern totaled 57 points in a ten-team field which was won by host Wheaton College (118 points) by a single point over Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Warriors finished eight points back of Worcester State and eight ahead of Assumption College.


Running the 4x200 meter relay for the first time, freshman Nick Pates (East Haven), sophomore Mike D'Elia (Windham), and freshmen Alex Springer (Willimantic) and Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY) outran a field of six teams by just under two seconds with a winning time of 1:35.12. Springer was competing in his first collegiate race.


Freshmen Cody Blair (Thomaston) and Ben Lungren (Niantic) each recorded two personal-bests in the meet: Blair in the long jump and triple jump and Lungren in the long jump and pole vault. Three runners also registered personal-bests in the mile: junior David Tignonsini (Vernon), senior Anthony Mendes (North Windham), and freshman Ryan Hughes (Cheshire).


In addition to running the second leg of the relay, D'Elia was eighth in a field of 24 in both the 200 and 400. First-year Divison I junior transfer Dave Hunt (New Milford) led a contingent of seven Eastern participants in the mile with a sixth-place finish in a field of 26 in his first race at Eastern. Other top performances included Pates at 200 meters (fourth among 24), Ricketts in the 55 (fifth among 26), and freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven) in the mile (seventh).


Eastern competes at the Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.


Eastern's Finishers.pdf 


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University sophomores Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) and Maria Altieri (Hamden) each won two individual events but Roger Williams University claimed eight firsts - including  both relays -- in a 142-120 women's swimming victory over the Warriors Friday night at the Sports Center pool.

The dual meet win is the seventh straight for Roger Williams (7-2) and the dual meet loss is Eastern's (7-2) second in nine decisions.

After Roger Williams won the opening  400 yard medley relay, Eastern got first-place finishes from Altieri in the 1,000 freestyle, junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) in the 200 freestyle and Curran in the 100 back before the Hawks won the next four events to move out to an 85-65 lead.

Curran won the 100 and 200 backstroke and Altieri the 500 and 1,000 freestyle.  In addition to Doheny, All-New England sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford) won an event for Eastern, taking the 200 individual medley.

In the closest races of the evening, Dohney edged RWU senior Erin Leonhardt by 17 hundreths of a second in  the 200 freestyle, and Curran edged junior Brigit Houlihan of Roger Williams by five hundredths of a second in the 200 backstroke. Senior Jill Mackey of Roger Williams nipped Doheny by 25 hundreths of a second in the 50 freestyle, and sophomore Caitlin O'Connor of Roger Williams beat Arisco to the wall by four hundredths of a second in the 100 butterfly to prevent that Eastern duo from becoming double winners.

O'Connor also claimed the200 butterfly for Roger Williams and freshman Ursula Nickerson captured the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Eastern junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington) took seconds in both of the breaststroke events. O'Connor and Nickerson also helped the Hawks to a two-second win over Eastern in the 400 medley relay, and the Hawks closed out the meet by winning the 200 freestyle relay by nearly three seconds..

Eastern hosts Western New England College Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Warriors dominate second half by outscoring Bears 40-12   


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven)  had five points and four rebounds to spearhead a run of 11 straight Eastern Connecticut State University points in the first five minutes of the second half and the Warriors went on to a 68-33 non-conference win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

The win is the seventh straight for Eastern (16-2), ranked 25th nationally in Division III and third nationally in scoring defense. Coast Guard (1-15), which lost four starters from last year's 25-5 ECAC New England championship team, dropped its ninth in a row to Eastern in this series.

At left: Jessica Moriarty


Leading by only seven at halftime, Eastern scored the first 11 points over the first five minutes of the second half to build an 18-point, 39-21 lead and went on to outscore the visitors, 40-12 after the break. While the Bears were missing their first eight attempts of the second half, Eastern was converting five of its first seven shots. Moriarty hit a three-point basket and an inside bucket in the streak, and also pulled down four rebounds and had a steal.

In Eastern's balanced second-half charge, five players contributed between six and eight points and four players had between four and seven rebounds. Eastern shot 52.9 percent in the second half and limited Coast Guard to just four field goals and two free throws and a 13.8 second-half shooting percentage. In the second half, Eastern outscored Coast Guard 18-2 in the paint and didn't give up a point off a turnover over the final 20 minutes.

In the second half, Eastern senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) had eight points and seven rebounds,  senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) eight points, six rebounds and two blocks and Moriarty seven points, four rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block.

In the game,  Eastern shot 47.7 percent and held the  Bears to its lowest field goal percentage (19.0) and least points in a game this season. Coast Guard missed 22 of 26 three-point field goals in the contest.

Eastern, which allows an average of only 48.8 points per game, has surrendered 45 points or less to half of its opponents this season. Coast Guard became the seventh team to score 40 or less against the Warriors.


The 6-foot-2 inch McFetridge (7-for-11 from the floor), who was limited to six minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls in the first five minutes, had her seventh double-double of the season (third in five games) with 14 points and ten rebounds. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia)  led Eastern 16 points and Brunet ten points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA)  totaled four points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. It was the seventh time this year that Morey - the team scoring leader--topped Eastern's scoring chart.

Coast Guard never led in the game but  never trailed by more than six points through the first ten minutes of the game. Junior forward Melissa Martinelli led Coast Guard with seven points and nine rebounds, with all of her points and six of her rebounds coming in the first half

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game. The Warriors share first place in the LEC with a 7-1 record.

Box score


KEENE, N.H. - Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) blocked a shot and hit the go-ahead jump shot with 38 seconds left to cap a final 14-2 run which vaulted No. 25 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University past Keene State College, 64-61, in a key Little East Conference women's basketball game Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.

With its sixth straight win, Eastern (15-2/7-1 little east) maintains a share of the conference lead with Western Connecticut State University, which downed Rhode Island College, 59-54, Tuesday night at Providence. Keene (14-4/5-3 little east) slips into a two-way for third place with defending LEC regular-season champion University of Southern Maine, which routed visiting Plymouth State University, 66-51.

Keene took a two-point lead with its first bucket of the second half and never trailed until 2:38 remained, when Eastern sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) took and converted her only three-point field goal of the game to shoot the Warriors into their first lead of the second half, 60-59.

With 50 seconds left and Eastern trailing 61-60 Morey blocked a three-point attempt by Keene's Michele Boudreau. Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) grabbed her career-high 12th rebound and fed Morey at the other end of the floor. Morey buried a jumper with 38 seconds left to give the Warriors the lead for good, 62-61. Keene missed an attempt in the paint on its next trip down the floor, and after senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) grabbed her 12th rebound of the game, Moriarty sank two clinching free throws with 14 seconds left. The Owls failed on a potential game-tying three-pointer at the final horn.

The final three-point margin equaled the largest lead of the game for Eastern, which had gained its first Top 25 national ranking Monday when it was rated 25th in the eighth poll.

After building its nine-point, 59-50 lead with just under five minutes left, the hosts missed their final five shots from the floor and turned the ball over twice on their final  nine possessions. McFetridge, Moriarty, Pierlioni (four points each) and Morey (two) combined for all of Eastern's points in its decisive 14-2 run.

With her four points, Pierlioni was the only non-starter to score for Eastern, with each of the  five starters logging at least 32 minutes.  McFetridge posted her sixth double-double of the year with a game-high 16 points to go along with her 12 reobunds. Moriarty registered her fourth double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and also added five assists. Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) had 13 points and five rebounds and Morey overcame a poor shooting night (4-for-19) to finish with 12 points and four assists. McFetridge and Moriarty both corralled nine of their rebounds to spark the second-half rally.

A winner of nine of its previous ten entering play, Keene got 15 points  from its top two scorers, Nicole Simmler and Kristin Degou and ten off the bench from Jenn Kinney, who was 5-for-5 from the floor.

Eastern hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday at 7 p.m.


Owls' four double-figure scorers overcome Simmons' 27 points


KEENE, N.H. - Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) scored a career-high 27 points but proved to be a one-man gang against Keene State College's top four players as the Owls captured a 73-63 Little East Conference men's basketball decision Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.


The win is the fourth in the last six outings for Keene (10-8/6-2 little east) following a four-game losing streak and is the fourth straight for the Owls over Eastern (8-10/3-5 little east). The conference loss was Eastern's first on the road after three victories this year but the setback is the Warriors' sixth in their last eight outings.


The top four teams in the conference all won games Tuesday night against the second-division clubs. Keene remains a game behind LEC co-leaders Massachusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island College, while Eastern remains locked in a two-way tie for fifth place with Western Connecticut State University. The top four finishers in the final conference standings host first-round LEC tournament games Feb. 24.


After trailing by 13 points midway through the first half, Eastern outscored the hosts 24-10 the rest of the way to assume its first lead since the opening minute, 31-30 at halftime. Led by 6-foot-5 inch senior Tyler Kathan - a returning first-team all-conference forward - the Owls broke quickly in the second half, however. Kathan had seven early points  that helped Keene score 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to move out to an eight-point, 41-33 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the second half.


Simmons capped a modest 7-2 Eastern run with an inside basket that cut the Keene lead to three, 43-40 five minutes into the second half, but Kathan set up three straight Keene baskets with two defensive rebounds of Eastern misses and an assist that pushed the Owl lead back to nine, 49-40 with 13 minutes left. The Warriors were unable to get closer than six the rest of the way.


.Simmons (4-for-7 from three-point range) was 11-for-23 against Keene to exceed his previous game scoring high by three points en route to his game-high scoring total. Only junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) joined Simmons in double figures, however. Ortiz netted 12 points, collecting his 900th career point in the process.


Simmons, who has scored at least 20 points in three of the last six games, also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.


Eastern was able to limit two Keene starters to a total of only four points, but Kathan led four double-figure scorers with 21 points and also teamed with freshman forward Cody Snow for 24 rebounds. Kathan had 14 rebounds and Snow ten as the hosts outrebounded Eastern by 11. Kathan, Snow, and 6-foot-6 inch senior forward Nate Anderson connected on 20 of 35 field goals (57.1 percent).


Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 3 p.m., aiming for a sweep of the home-and-home regular-season series.  The Beacons are winless in eight LEC games this season.

Panthers scoreless for first seven minutes, held to 16 first-half points


PLYMOUTH, N.H. -Eastern Connecticut State University - the top defensive team in the Little East Conference -- did not allow a point over the first seven minutes, scoring the first 18 points of the game and sailing past Plymouth State University, 70-43, Saturday afternoon in a conference game at Foley Gymnasium.


The win is the fifth straight for Eastern (14-2, 6-1 little east), which maintains a share of first place in the conference with Western Connecticut State University. The Colonials routed visiting UMass Dartmouth, 76-39, Saturday. Plymouth (12-5, 3-4 little east) has lost two in a row on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The Panthers have dropped 13 in a row to Eastern.


While Plymouth was missing eight field goals and commiting five turnovers on its first 13 possesssions over the first seven minutes of the game, Eastern converted seven of ten field goals to grab an 18-0 lead. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first half. The Warriors canned half of their first-half shots while forcing Plymouth into 18.5 percent shooting from the floor and 11 turnovers.


Eastern kept its opponent under 50 points for the ninth time this year and to a shooting percent of 35 percent or less ten times. The Warriors allow an average of only 49 points per game this year, tops in the conference.


Morey was 5-for-7 from the floor and  6-for-6 from the line in the game and also had five rebonds, five assists and five steals; Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA)  had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals and sophomore guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) came off the bench to contribute ten points (one shy of her career high). Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) grabbed a season-high total of  nine rebounds, which was one shy of her career high.


Junior forward Laura Kent was the only Panther to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds


Eastern visits Keene State College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Owls, coming off Saturday's 64-51 home win over defending regular-season conference champion University of Southern Maine, are one game off the pace in the LEC. Keene is second only to Eastern this season by allowing an average of only 50.3 points per game.



Warriors start strong,  regain shooting touch from foul line


PLYMOUTH, NH --  Junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) scored 19 of his team-high 22 points in the second half to help the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team protect a 13-point halftime lead and record a 74-66 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.


Eastern (8-9, 3-4 little east) snaps a three-game (conference) losing streak with its fourth win over Plymouth (7-10, 4-3 little east) in the last six meetings, avenging a 12-point loss to the Panthers in its conference-opener in early December. The Warriors regain a share of fifth place in the eight-team conference - one game behind Plymouth for fourth place. The top four teams host first-round tournament games Feb. 24.


Making his first start of the season in two months, Ortiz converted seven of ten field goals in the second, sinking three of four from three-point range as he scored nearly half (19 of 42) of the Warriors points after the break. Ortiz is the program leader for three-pointers in a season and career, upping his career total to 162 and moving to within 11 points of 900 in his career.


The worst free-throw shooting team in the conference, Eastern set a season best for made free throws (22-for-29) and its FT percentage of 75.9 was its second-best of the year.


The Warriors never trailed after the first three minutes -- opening the game with a 14-4 scoring run - and took a double-digit lead midway through the first half. Eastern took its first double-digit lead eight minutes into the contest, maintained the advantage the rest of the half and took its 13-point margin into the break.  Eastern held Plymouth to 19 first-half points on 30.0 percent field goal shooting over the first 20 minutes. Eastern connected on nine of 11 free throws in the half.


The Warriors scored six of the first eight points of the second half to build their largest lead of the afternoon, 38-21, and Plymouth could get no closer than ten  points until there were just two minutes left in the game.


Plymouth's comeback attempt came up short as the Panthers made just 3-of-20 attempts from three-point range and missed a chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Plymouth cut a 17-point second-half deficit to nine with 38 seconds left and missed four consecutive three-pointers in the final 15 seconds after pulling to within eight.


Sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) had 15 points, with sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) adding ten points, five rebounds and three assists. Roveto was 6-for-8 from the foul line. Sophomore forward Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) led Eastern with six rebounds before fouling out with less than a minute left. . Freshman forward Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) had fouled out with two minutes left in a game which featured 53 fouls and 55 free throw attempts.


In Plymouth's 12-point win over Eastern earlier this year, the Warriors shot just 36.0 percent from the floor. Ortiz managed only eight points in that game and Simmons was held to one point in 13 minutes after returning from an injury. Both players came off the bench in that game.


Junior forward Mike Chergey of Plymouth led all scorers with 24 points for after making 9-of-13 shots from the field.  Classmate Junior guard Jason O'Keefe added 15 points, despite going 0-for-5 from three-point range, and junior forward Bryan Tracy contributed 12 points.  O'Keefe also collected a game-high nine rebounds and Chergey grabbed seven as Plymouth won the battle on the boards by a 35-29 count.


Eastern visits Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


            Many make contributions for Eastern women's track


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Erika Barber (Portland) broke the Eastern Connecticut State University women's indoor pole vault record for the fifth time in her career when the Warriors returned to action following a six-week layoff Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational at the SC Field House.


Barber won the pole vault event for the fourth time in her career, becoming the first female to break ten feet indoors with a mark of 10-2. In a field of 11, she was nearly two feet better than her nearest competitor. Barber's previous indoor record was 9-6 ¼, which she reached twice last year. She also owns the outdoor record of 10-3 1/4, set last April 5.


Eastern totaled 67 points to place fourth in a five-team field which was won by host Springfield College (219). Following the Pride were Westfield State College (113), UMass Dartmouth (88), Eastern, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy (54).


In addition to Barber, the 4x800 relay team also posted a first-place finish (10:48.63), winning by  47 hundreths of a second over Westfield State. Runners were juniors Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire), Amy Jo Gould (Redding), Nicole Stefanik (Coventry, RI), and sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford).


Contributing second-place finishers were Cavanaugh in the mile and junior Monica Mills (East Hartford) at 200 meters. Cavanaugh chopped 28 seconds off her previous-best time set in her first collegiate meet Dec. 6. Mills was timed in 28.42. Junior Sandra Brautigam (Scotland) was third in the 55 hurdles (9.45).


In her first meet of the year, junior Brittany Kitt (Bloomfield) qualified for the New England Division III Meet in both the weight throw (41-4 ¼) and shot put (35-7 ¼). She earned fourth place in both events.


Eastern competes at the Wheaton (MA) College Invitational Saturday at 10:30 a.m.



Freshman is second in long jump, third in pole vault


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman Ben Lungren (Niantic) finished second in qualifying for post-season competition in the long jump and also claimed third in the pole vault Saturday when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team returned to action after a six-week layoff at the Springfield College Invitational at the SC Field House.


After qualifying for the New England Division III Meet in the pole vault his first collegiate meet December 6, Lungren qualified for the same championship Saturday with a mark of 21-2 in the long jump that placed him second in a field of 17. he was also third in pole vault with a mark of 13-3 - four inches better than his previous attempt.


As a team, Eastern placed fifth in a field of five. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (186 points) edged Springfield College (178) for the team title. UMass Dartmouth was third (78), with Westfield State College (66) fourth.


Eastern's 4x200 meter relay team won the Warriors only championship, trimming UMass Dartmouth by 48 hundreths of a second. The team of freshmen Nick Pates (East Haven), freshman Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY), sophomore Mike D'Elia (Windham) and junior Chris Gemske (West Hartford) were timed in 1:35.03.


Additional top performances included senior Matt Pyne (Wallingford) in the pole vault, freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven) in the 800, senior Nicholas Noheimer (Willimantic) in the 1,000,  and Pates in the 200. Pyne was fourth (12-9), Clayton fourth (2:04.34), Noheimer fifth (2:45.22), and Pates sixth (24.01).


Eastern competes at the Wheaton (MA) College Invitational Saturday at 10:30 a.m.




Arisco, Wilson establish records as Warriors ease past Western Conn.


DANBURY, Conn. - All-New England performers Amy Arisco (Wallingford) and Jessica Wilson (Torrington) broke program records when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team eased to a 106-89 victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the O'Neill Center pool.


Arisco broke Sarah Barber's two-year-old record by two seconds in winning the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:19.40. Wilson broke her own record set a year ago December by just under a minute in taking second place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:37.00.


Eastern (7-1) swimmers had the fastest times in nine of 11 events in the meet. Western scored 18 of its points in two diving events (Eastern does not have a diving team) and added more 42 points when Eastern swam the final four swimming events on an exhibition basis.


Arisco and junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) were double winners, with first-year junior transfer Liza Welling (Marlborough) and junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) also claiming firsts. In addition to the 200 IM, Arisco won the 200 butterfly. Doheny captured the 100 and 200 freestyle events, Welling the 50 freestyle, and Dombrowski the 1000 freestyle.


With Eastern swimming on an exhibition basis, sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) had the fastest time in the 200 backstroke, and first-year sophomore transfer Maria Altieri (Hamden) the fastest in the 500 freestyle. The 200 freestyle relay also posted the fastest time on an exhibition basis. Comprising the winning relay were Welling, Altieri, Doheny and Arisco.



Senior scores 13 first-half points in Warriors' 72-57 victory


WORCESTER, Mass. --  Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) scored 13 of her season-high 20 points in the first half in helping lead the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 72-57 victory over Clark University in a non-conference game Thursday evening at the Kneller Center.


The win is the fourth straight for Eastern (13-2) this year and ninth in the last nine games against Clark (6-10), which lost for the fifth time in seven home games this season.


Eastern never trailed in the game, took a ten-point 30-20 lead into the lockerroom and pushed its advantage to 18 with three minutes left. Brunet scored half of Eastern's first 16 points to spark the Warriors to an early eight-point lead. The Warriors broke from an early tie to outscore Clark 17-2 on the way to a 23-8 lead with eight minutes left in the first half. Clark turned the ball over 11 times and missed 14 of 18 shots in the first 13 minutes of the game, eventually reaching its season average of 22 turnovers in the game. Eastern turned the ball over only once through the first 13 minutes and totaled less than ten (9) for the first time in a game this year.


After the hosts closed to within nine with 12 minutes left in the game, first-semester sophomore transfer forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) sank consecutive three-point field goals around a Clark turnover to make it 52-37. Pierlioni was just 1-for-6 from behind the arc through her first five games this year.


Failure at the free throw line prevented Eastern from pulling away and Clark from pulling closer. The Warriors were just 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) and Clark 13-for-22 (59.1 percent.


Brunet led both teams with 20 points - just two shy of her career-high. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) added 19 points and senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton) 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior  guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) matched McFetridge with seven rebounds and handed out a season-high nine assists. Brunet was 7-for-12 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the stripe.


Clark senior forward Sarah Roderique led three double figure scorers with 19 points. Nine of her points came on 11 free throws. Junior forward Jillian Camilleri grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.


Eastern visits Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference game Saturday at 1 p.m.












































Thirteen individuals record a personal best in dual meet


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Thirteen different individuals recorded a personal best as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team downed Saint Joseph College, 129-102, Wednesday night at the Sports Center pool.


Eastern (6-1) swimmers had the fastest times in 11 of 12 individual events and in both relays. The Warriors swam the final five events on an exhibition basis after amassing an overwhelming lead through the first nine events against Saint Joseph (1-5).


Twelve different swimmers registered one personal best each in the 14-event meet, with sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) posting personal bests in two events (200 freestyle and 50 butterfly).


Three of Eastern's four swimmers in the 50 butterfly established personal records: Curran, freshmen Nadine Menard (Woodstock), and Katelyn Peacock (Torrington); setting personal bests in the 200 freestyle were Curran and sophomore Ericka Piccochi (Waterbury); in the 200 breaststroke juniors Maureen Cop (Southington) and Katie Redman (Wallingford); in the 500 freestyle sophomore Maria Altieri (Hamden) and junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven), and in the 50 backstroke junior Liza Welling (Marlborough) and freshman Lina Chmielewski (Enfield). Freshman Stephanie Carroll (Hamden) established a best in the 100 freestyle, freshman Samantha Armitage (Bristol) in the 1000 freestyle and junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) in the 200 butterfly.


All-New England sophomore  Amy Arisco (Wallingford) had the fastest times in the 200 butterfly, 50 butterfly and 100 IM (swimming the latter two events on an exhibition basis) and also swam the last leg of the winning 200 medley relay. All-New England junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington) won the 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and swam the final leg of the 800 freestyle relay which swam on an exhibition basis. Altieri, a first-year transfer from Division I, had the fastest times in the 1000 and 500 freestyle (swimming the latter as exhibition) and swam the third leg of the 800 freestyle relay.


Altieri has swum the 500 freestyle only twice this year (Wednesday and last Saturday) and has recorded the two fastest times of any swimmers on this year's team. Her first try in the 1000 freestyle Wednesday netted her the career best time (by nearly 17 seconds) of any of this year's swimmers.


Arisco and Wilson just missed breaking their own program records in the 100 IM and 50 breaststroke, respectively. Arisco was 58 hundreths of a second shy, Wilson 23 hundreths of a second off the mark.


Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 1 p.m.


Warriors end Western Connecticut's 11-game winning streak


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Little East Conference team leader in defense and rebounding margin, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team limited Western Connecticut State University to to 34.0 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Colonials by 12 in snapping their 11-game winning streak, 62-51, Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.


Western (12-3, 5-1 little east) entered play as the only unbeaten team in the conference and a winner of its last 11 games since opening the season by losing two of its first three games to teams with combined records of 26-4. Eastern (12-2, 5-1 little east) re-gains a share of the conference lead with its seventh home win in eight outings The Warriors have won three in a row and eight of the last 12 with Western, which lost for the first time in eight games this year on its opponent's home court.


Senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) posted her fifth double-double of the season for Eastern with game-highs of  16 points and 13 rebounds in leading four double-digit scorers. Eastern's four double-figure scores combined for all but seven of the team's points - shootintg 54.1 percent from the floor -- as the Warriors' starters outscored Western's first unit by nearly 2-to-1 (60-31).


Eastern, which never trailed, led by 11 points five minutes into the game, and by 16 with 8:30 left. Leading by 14 with seven minutes left, the Warriors scored their final nine points from the foul line to secure the win. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) and senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) each canned four of those free throws. The Colonials cut Eastern's lead to seven with just under two minutes left, but Morey hit one of two free throws and Brunet added a pair with 1:13 left to push the lead to ten, 58-48.


Morey had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, Brunet 13 points (5-for-5 from the foul line), and a season-tying seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) 12 points, four rebounds and four steals.


Western outscored Eastern by nine from three-point range, but took 16 more shots from beyond the arc and managed only a 23.8 percentage. The conference leader in rebounding margin, Eastern held a 42-30 advantage in that department. The Warriors gave up only seven  offensive rebounds that accounted for only four second-chance points.


Sophomore guard Karli Spera had 12 points and junior forward Katie Moffo came off the bench 11 for Western, which managed only 31points from its starters. Sophomore guard Heather Lee, last year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year had only three points on 1-for-9 shooting from the floor.


Eastern visits Clark University Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game.













Colonials can ten of 15 three-pointers to post Little East victory


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Western Connecticut State University outscored Eastern Connecticut State University by 21 points from three-point range in sending the Warriors to their third straight loss, 80-75, in Little East Conference men's basketball action Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.


Senior guard Dewayne Dickens had a game-high 25 points and junior guard Tyshawn Gillespie came off the bench for 17 points to power Western (8-6, 3-3 little east) to its third straight win and hand Eastern (7-9, 2-4 little east) its third straight conference home loss and fifth setback in the last six games. The Warriors drop to 2-6 at Geissler Gym this year.


Three of Western's four second-half three-pointers came in a span of just over a minute. Western scored eight straight points to wipe out a six-point Eastern lead and take a 64-62 lead with eight minutes left. Dickens swished a three-pointer on a pass from Gillespie, then hit an inside basket before Gillespie hit his own three-point to give the Colonials the two-point lead. 


Two free throws by Eastern sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) tied the game for the 14th time, 74-74 with two minutes left, but Eastern missed five shots and turned the ball over once on its final seven possessions, managing only a free throw in that span. Senior guard Dashon Jennings gave Western the lead for good with his third three-pointer of the game with 1:30 left, and Gillespie swished three free throws down the stretch.


In all, Western outscored Eastern by 21 points from three-point range, sinking ten of 15 in the game. From three-point range, Dickens connected on all four of his tries, and Jennings on each of his three.


Eastern freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) converted his first eight shots of the game and finished 9-for-14 from the floor on the way to a career-high 19 points and

career-high seven rebounds. Nedwick's eighth straight field goal gave Eastern a three-point lead five minutes into the second half. He did not miss a shot until clanging a three-point try a minute later with the Warriors clinging to a one-point, 50-49 lead.


Behind Nedwick (7-for-7), Eastern shot 60.0 percent from the floor in the first half. The Warriors led by as many as seven points in the half but came up with only six points over the final six minutes of the stanza and led by only one at the break.


Ranked second in the LEC in field goal percentage, sophomore post player Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) muscled in eight of 12 field goals and finished with 17 points - just two shy of his career-high. Sawyer grabbed seven rebounds, as did freshman forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury). Levy's total represented a career-high and helped the Warriors to a slim 36-35 advantage in that department. Simmons added 11 points.


Eastern looks for a split of its home-and-home conference regular-season series with Plymouth State University Saturday at 3 p.m. The Panthers defeated Eastern, 71-59, Dec. 6 at Geissler Gym.


In first competition in five weeks, Warriors drop 156-106 decision


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore  Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) won both of the team's individual events and classmate Amy Arisco (Wallingford) claimed two second-place finishes and swam the final leg of the winning 400 yard freestyle relay when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team dropped a 156-106 decision to Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center pool.


The loss is the first for Eastern (5-1) in dual-meet competition this season, the Warriors returning to competition Saturday following a five-week layoff. Keene (5-4) and Eastern finished 1-2 in this past December's Little East Conference Championship. The Owls went on to win last year's NEISDA Division II-III championship.


Curran won the 100 and 200 backstroke events and Arisco captured second place in the 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle, and 100 butterfly, and helped Eastern hold on for a two-and-a-half second win in the 400 freestyle. Curran defeated Keene runner-up Bridget Kline to win both events. She won by three-and-a-half second in the 200 backstroke after edging Kline by a half-second in the 100 backstroke. In the Little East meet, Curran was third in both events, which were won by Keene junior Kristine Trutor, who did not compete Saturday.


In the 100 butterfly, Arisco was locked in a dual with Keene freshman Maureen O'Leary, with the first-year Owl swimmer touching in 53 hundreths of a second faster. O'Leary edged Arisco in the 200 butterfly in the conference championship.


Leading Eastern to victory in the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay were junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven), sophomore Maria Altieri (Hamden) and All-New England junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington).


In addition to Arisco, other Eastern swimmer taking second places were Doheny in the 50 freestyle, Wilson in the 200 breaststroke, Altieri in the 500 freestyle, freshman Nadine Menard (Woodstock) 200 butterfly, and junior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) in the 200 individual medley. After being edged by one-tenth of a second for second place by freshman sister Meghan in the 100 breaststroke, Jessica Wilson captured second place by more than eight second over her sister in the 200 breaststroke.


Three Keene swimmers won three events each in helping the Owls to 12 individual titles.


Eastern hosts Saint Joseph College (CT) Wednesday at 7 p.m.


McFetridge, Moriarty and Pierlioni combine for 54 points in win


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Three Eastern Connecticut State University players combined for all but 14 of the team's points as the Warriors pushed past Rhode Island College, 68-54, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.


With the win, Eastern (11-2, 4-1 little east) takes over sole possession of second place in the conference, a game ahead of defending regular-season conference champion University of Southern Maine. The Huskies lost their second straight conference game in a 61-44 road loss to unbeaten conference leader Western Connecticut State University Saturday. Rhode Island (6-9, 2-3 little east) falls into sixth place, a game behind Keene State College and Plymouth State University, both of whom won road contests Saturday. The Anchorwomen were coming off Tuesday's 82-74 conquest of visiting Southern Maine.


Eastern used runs of 12 straight points to give it an eight-point lead late in the first half and nine in a row late in the game to turn a five-point lead into a an insurmountable 14-point cushion, 65-51 with a minute left in the game. First-year sophomore transfer Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) converted four free throws to bookend that late nine-point run that spelled the difference in the game. Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) assisted on the first bucket of the run, then stole the ball and cashed in a conventional three-point play that pushed the lead to a dozen with 1:30 left.


Coming off the bench for the fourth game after transferring from the Division I level, Pierlioni and senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) both had 12 of Eastern's 37 second-half points, with Amato contributing five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the second half.


McFetridge, Pierlioni and sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) combined for 54 of Eastern's points in the game. McFetridge led all playes with 20 points, Pierlioni adding a career-high 18 and Moriarty 16. Amato had five points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals and senior guard Nicki Morey (Columbia) seven points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds.


Morey scored five of her points in a minute that sparked the Warriors to their late first-half run of 12 straight points that gave them an eight-point, 22-14 advantage. Eastern led by seven at halftime but missed its first three shots and turned the ball over once on its first four possessions of the second half as the visitors cut the gap to two two minutes into the half.


As a team, Eastern forced a season-high 31 turnovers by equaling its season-high with 16 steals.


Senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) and freshman forward Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led RIC with 12 points each, but also combined for 14 turnovers.


Eastern hosts Western Connecticut Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


Anchormen score ten straight points late in game to post victory


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -Sophomore forward Darius Debnam sparked a run of ten straight Rhode Island College points over a four-minute stretch late in the game that carried the Anchormen to a 67-56 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.


The two-time defending LEC tournament champions, Rhode Island (10-4, 4-1 little east) broke from a tie with eight minutes left in the game by scoring ten straight points, as Eastern (7-8, 2-3 little east) missed four shots and turned the ball over four times on eight points in that stretch that allowed the Anchormen to surge into a 61-51 lead with three minutes left.


In that 10-0 run, Debnam had four rebounds and a steal and contributed the final three points of the spurt. Freshman forward Mason Choice converted two inside buckets in that ten-point run, and sophomore guard Antone Gray swished his only three-point field goal of the game. Debnam and Choice both came off the bench in the game.


Rhode Island forced 11 second-half Eastern turnovers with eight steals, and turned them into 13 points.


A winner of five of its last six, Rhode Island got a team-high 18 points from senior guard Bobby Bailey, who also had seven rebounds. Gray had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Eight of his points came from the free throw line (seven in the second half). Debnam came off the bench for nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds that helped RIC to a nine-point advantage on the boards.


Eastern sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) tied his season-high with 22 points and added a team-high seven rebounds, freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) adding 11 points  and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) chipping in ten. Ortiz' second three-point field goal of the game with 11:48 left made him the program's all-time leader with 157 three-pointers.


With the win, Rhode Island keeps pace among the LEC leaders. The Anchormen are tied for second place with Keene State, a game behind UMass Dartmouth. Eastern shares fifth place in the eight-team conference with Western Connecticut, which edged the University of Southern Maine, 80-77 Saturday in Danbury.


The loss is Eastern's fourth in its last five games and drops the Warriors to 2-5 this year at home.


Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


Program's first soccer coach to be honored by Connecticut Sports Writers

nevers.jpg WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Tom Nevers, the winningest soccer coach in the  48-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer program, has been selected to receive a Gold Key by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.

Joining Nevers as a Gold Key recipient are: Dr. Ray Cieplik, Coast Guard Academy athletic  director and a former men's soccer coach; Brian Leetch, former NHL defensemen with the New York Rangers; and Stan Ogrodnik, former Trinity College  men's basketball coach.

The Gold Key Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. 

In 1961, the Mansfield native took over Eastern club  soccer team and wasted little time developing it into a winner on the  intercollegiate level, compiling an overall 18-year record of 152-76-14 (65.8 percent) as the winningest coach in program history. The 1965 campaign marked the first of 14 straight winning seasons under Nevers, and the club qualified for 10 straight postseason  tournaments between 1966 and 1975. The 1968-69 clubs finished unbeaten (28-0-1) through the regular season, conference and regional postseason play, reaching the NAIA national tournament both seasons.

The Warriors also won the New England championship to reach  the NAIA national tournament in 1973. Nevers' 1969 club outscored its 11 regular-season opponents, 88-4, and finished with a national record 101 goals. As a student, the Mansfield native  led the UConn men's soccer team to the 1948 National Championship. Becoming the  boys soccer coach at Hale-Ray High School in Moodus soon after, Nevers' clubs  won seven state titles in 10 seasons. The Little Noises also established state  records for consecutive unbeaten games (57) and least goals allowed in one season (0).  Nevers was inducted into the Eastern Hall of Fame as a charter member  in 1986, and was also enshrined in the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001. Eastern's soccer field was also dedicated in Nevers' honor that year.

Since 1940, the Alliance has awarded those from Connecticut who have made their stamp on the sporting world on the youth, high school, college and professional levels.

Past recipients of the Gold Key Award include Eastern head baseball coach Bill Holowaty  (1989) New York Giants football  great Ken Strong (1945), and St. Joseph boys basketball coach Vito Montelli (1998). 

Tickets are $75 apiece and can be purchased by mailing  a check to Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance, P.O. Box 70, Unionville, CT  06085.  


Team of athletes represented Eastern at NEACSM College Bowl

collegebowl.jpgDr. Dan Switchenko has always appreciated the academic capabilities of Eastern's student-athletes.

 A member of the Health and Physical Education staff since 1981 and a former 13-year head men's basketball coach at the University, Switchenko describes Eastern's female student-athletes as "a cut above" when it comes to academic prowess. So, when it came time to select the top three students from his anatomy and physiology and physiology of exercise classes to represent Eastern at a regional academic competition this past November, he did not even blink when all three of those students turned out to be student-athletes, as well.

In mid-November, seniors Meagan Puzacke of Thomaston and Christina Amato of Marlboro, MA and junior Kim Church of Farmington represented Eastern at the Fifth Annual "College Bowl", sponsored by the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) at its annual fall meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.

Puzacke was a four-year member of the field hockey program through this past fall; Amato is in her fourth season with the basketball and is serving as a tri-captain; and Church completed her third season with the soccer program this past fall and is also a two-year softball letterwinner. Each have cumulative grade point averages well above 3.50, have qualified for an Eastern/E-Club "Outstanding" Scholar-Athlete Award (3.50+ GPA) and are members of the Little East Conference All-Academic Team.


"The choice wasn't difficult, you know who your best (students) are, almost immediately," said Switchenko of his selections of the three student-athletes. "All three of these young women are "A" students across the board. They are our best. This year, all three of the selections were student-athletes, which is truly unique. That's a statement," emphasized Switchenko, who worked closely with Eastern's basketball student-athletes as head coach from 1981 through 1994. "That's a statement about the qualify of female student-athletes that we have. Our female student-athletes are a cut above."

Accompanying Eastern's three-person team to Providence for the NEACSM College Bowl were Switchenko and Dr. Charlie Chatterton, both members of the Health and Physical Education staff. Switchenko teaches the three exercise science classes offered at Eastern - Applied Anatomy and Physiology (328), Physiological Basis of Movement (329) and Physiology of Exercise (413). Chatterton heads up the Sports and Leisure Management major under department chairman Dr. Robert Horrocks.


The NEACSM College Bowl is an exercise and science and sports medicine trivia game based upon the television quiz show Jeopardy. This year, there were a total of 16 three-person teams representing a variety of institutions located in New England. Subject matter was drawn from exercise physiology, anatomy, nutrition, cardiac physiology, environmental physiology, and pharmacology, as well as other related areas.

It marked the first time that Eastern's three-person team was comprised exclusively of student-athletes.  Eastern, which won the title in 2005, represented itself well again this year. The contest was won this year by the University of Connecticut, which will represent the New England chapter of the ACSM at the Second Annual "Student Bowl" May 28 at the 56th Annual ACSM national convention in Seattle.

For the students involved in the quiz show, knowing the material does not necessarily ensure success at the competition. When a question was presented, teams were given only 15 seconds to formulate an answer and write it on their white board. This time restriction may have actually proven to be an advantage for the three student-athletes, who must develop the ability to make instantaneous decisions in the athletic arena.


 "All three of them did a very, very nice job," praised Switchenko. "We finished right in the middle of the pack. Our students aren't taking 7-8-9 classes in exercise physiology like students at some of the other (competing) institutions are, but yet, we were extremely competitive. It was pressure-packed, pressure-packed. The excitement is unbelievable."

Puzacke, Amato and Church have all learned under Switchenko in the three exercise science courses. As SLM majors, Puzacke and Amato have also taken a number of courses taught by Chatterton.

"Doctor Switch wanted someone who is able to understand the foundation of a topic, and use that foundation to apply it to a more detailed situation," was Church's explanation of the Switchenko's selection process. Church relished the "underdog" label at the competition, where the Eastern trio was going head-to-head with students majoring in sports science and exercise physiology (Eastern does not offer this as a major). "It's kind of cool, because those kids at school who have those majors learn all of that information (throughout their four-year undergraduate careers). We learn it in three classes from Doctor Switch. That's why his classes are so intense."

Puzacke and Amato are both Sport and Leisure Management majors concentrating in Health and Fitness, while Church is majoring in Physical Education. Puzacke is leaning toward a career in public health, Amato a teaching career at the college level, and Church a career in coaching and teaching. While the ambitions of the three vary slightly, they have one thing in common. Or more accurately, several things in common.

"They are all terrific students. Obviously, they wouldn't have been (chosen for the College Bowl) if they weren't," concurred Chatterton, a former president of the NEACSM. "They are the type of students who seek out opportunities to learn. When they come to the classroom, they're prepared, and they're engaged. (But) they're not content with just the classroom. They look for learning experiences outside of the classroom. They all have very bright futures."


Behind LEC scoring leader, No. 15 Corsairs post eighth straight


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Little East Conference men's basketball scoring leader Brandon Shelton posted game-highs of 24 points and ten rebounds and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's pressing defense forced 11 first-half turnovers in an 81-64 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnsium.


The win is the eighth straight and fourth without a loss in the conference for UMass Dartmouth (12-1), ranked 15th in this week's Division III national poll. The loss is the fifth in a row at the hands of the Corsairs for Eastern  (7-7, 2-2 little east), which falls to 2-4 this year at home.


A first-year junior  transfer from the Division II level,the 6-foot-4 inch Shelton scored seven points above his conference-leading average, totaling all of his points from the floor (he did not attempt a free throw). He had 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor in leading the Corsairs to an 11-point, 42-31 halftime lead. In the game, he was 11-for-21 from the field. Eastern never threatened in the second half, falling back by 20 points four minutes into the half and never cutting the deficit into single figures.


UMass collected 12 steals and forced 18 turnovers, scoring 13 points in the first half and 22 in the game off Eastern turnovers. The Warriors also hurt themselves at the free throw line, where they missed 14 of 20, including their first seven. The conference co-leader in rebounding margin (+3.8), Eastern was outrebounded by eight by the Corsairs, rated seventh in the eight-team conference  in rebounding margin (-3-4).


Junior forward Matt Walker and sophomore forward Brandon Stephens chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, with senior point guard Reece Feeman collecting nine points, six rebounds and five assists.


Eastern, which got just five total points in the first half from three starters, was led by freshman reserve forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury). Levy exceeded his entire season total for points with a team-high 15 on 50 percent field goal shooting and also grabbed in a career-high five rebounds and had a career-high five steals in 21 minutes. Sophomore post player Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) had ten points (5-for-8) and five rebounds


Eastern hosts two-time defending conference tournament champion Rhode Island College Saturday at 3 p.m.



In LEC, Warriors down Corsairs for 28th consecutive time, 90-47


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team scored the first 12 points of the game and eased to a 90-47 Little East Conference victory over undermanned University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.


Eastern (10-2, 3-1 little east) regains its winning ways after No. 15 natioanlly-ranked University  of Southern Maine snapped the Warriors' eight-game winning streak Saturday at Gorham, ME with a 72-64 overtime conference win. UMass (2-11, 0-4 little east) lost its tenth straight game this year, falling to Eastern for the 28th time in this series.


Western Connecticut State University (4-0)  took over sole possession of first place in the conference Tuesday. The Colonials downed host Keene State College (2-2), 55-51, while Southern Maine (3-1) was upset by host Rhode Island College, 82-74. The Warriors remained tied for third place in the conference.


Senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) pushed her season's field goal percentage over .500 to 51.5 by canning eight of 12 field goals and leading five Eastern double-figure scorers with 17 points. Six Eastern players connected on at least half of their shots from the floor as the Warriors shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the first time this year. Eastern shot 56.7 percent from the field and forced UMass into 36.4 percent shooting.


Playing in her third game at Eastern after transferring from the Division I level, sophomore transfer Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) had a collegiate-high 14 points (6-for-10 from the floor), while senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) enjoyed a perfect shooting night (5-for-5 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the foul line) on the way to 13 points. She also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) had 11 points and was matched in points by sophomore guard Brittany Whiteley (South Windsor), whohad double figures in points for the first time in her career. Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had nine points, eight rebounds, three blocks shots, two assists and two steals.


Senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA), one of only six players on the UMass roster, led all players with 18 points. Sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA) added 15 points,. Each played the entire 40 minutes.


Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 3 p.m.

No. 20 Huskies force overtime, sink foul shots to seal key victory


GORHAM, Maine -- Kaylie DeMillo's second four-point play of the game gave the University of Southern Maine women's basketball team the lead for good in overtime and the Huskies converted all eight of their free throws in the final minute to maintain the overtime lead to turn back Eastern Connecticut State University, 72-64, in a battle of top Little East Conference teams Saturday afternoon at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.


The game was the third in a row that went into overtime between these two teams at Gorham, Southern Maine (12-1, 3-0 little east) winning for the first time after two losses to the Warriors last year. Eastern's (9-2, 2-1 little east) second overtime win at Gorham last year gave it the Little East Conference tournament title.


With Eastern leading by three in overtime Saturday, DeMillo was fouled as she swished a three-poinit field goal and hit the free throw to give Southern Maine the lead for good, 60-59, with three minutes left.


The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for Eastern, whose only previous loss came to No. 15 nationally-ranked Tufts University in the second game of the season.


Southern Maine, ranked No. 20 nationally forced overtime when Nicole Paradis connected on a field goal with 3.2 seconds left in regulation after the Warriors missed a potential clinching shot with 20 seconds left. The Warriors had the ball and a three-point lead with 65 seconds left in regulation, but missed a field goal. Kristin Violette rebounded for the hosts, and DeMillo hit one of two free throws with 42 seconds left to cut Eastern's lead to two, 53-51. Eastern missed again on its final possession of regulation, setting up Paradis' game-tying field goal.


Eastern wiped out an eight-point deficit with eight minutes left in regulation by scoringnine points in a row to move into a 44-43 lead with 5:30 left. Senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) had four points in that run, and senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) sank a field goal to give the Warriors the lead.


While both teams shot well below their season percentages from the floor, Southern Maine won the game at the foul line. The Huskies were 26-of-30 from the stripe, including 17-for-19 after halftime. Shooting .645 from the foul line through its first ten games, Eastern missed 11 of 24 tries Saturday. The Warriors were 4-for-11 from the stripe after the break.


Paradis was held scoreless in the first half but finished with 17 points. DeMillo led USM with 23 points. Southern Maine's conference scoring leader Stacey Kent, a 5-10 inch senior forward, was limited to nine points (eight shy of her season average) before fouling out with just over a minute left in overtime.


Morey scored a season-high 23 points - three shy of her career-high, with McFetridge adding 14 points and ten rebounds (her fourth double-double of the season), and sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) ten points, a career-tying 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals.


Eastern hosts UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.





Against Southern Maine, Simmons and Sawyer combine for 40 points


GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomores Courtney Simmons (Middletown) and Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) combined for 40 points and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team never trailed in posting an 89-74 Little East Conference men's basketball victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.


The win is the fourth in the last six games for Eastern (7-6, 2-1 little east), which was swept by Southern Maine (3-10, 0-3 little east) in last year's two regular-season conference games. Both teams entered play Saturday having lost two in a row.


Simmons, who totaled only ten points in the team's last two losses, led Eastern with 21 points while Sawyer, who scored only two points in a Thursday loss, totaled a career-high 19. Sawyer scored all of his points in the first 30 minutes of play, while Simmons divided his team virtually evenly between both halves. The pair converted 16 of 26 field goals.


"We came out ready to play today, mentally and physically," noted Eastern head coach Bill Geitner afterward of the Warriors, who improved to 5-3 away from home this year. "We got off to a good start and shot the ball very, very well -- something that we have struggled with all year. I was apprehensive coming into this game, because Southern Maine is a very talented team. We knew that we were going to have to compete for 40 minutes."


In all, five players totaled double figures for Eastern, which shot a season-high 61.3 percent after failing to shoot better than 45 percent in seven of its first 12 games. Eastern equaled its best three-point shooting of the season, matching its season-opening 7-for-13 (.538) performance against Berkely College. The Warriors entered the game shooting just .291 from three-point range, including a mark of .218 in their last four. This year, Eastern is 3-1 in games where it has taken less than 15 threes.


Simmons was 7-for-12 from from the floor (3-for-4 on threes) and sank all four of his free throws. He also had six rebounds and five assists. Freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) added 15 points (7-for-11 from the floor) and a game -high eight rebounds

for Eastern, with freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) chipping in ten points each. Ortiz was 5-for-7 from the floor, 5-for-5 from two-point range.


The 5-foot-10 inch Simmons and 6-foot-5 inch Sawyer sparked a 17-7 scoring spurt over the final six minutes of the first half that helped Eastern pull away from the only tie of the game and take a ten-point, 46-36 lead into the lockerroom. In that burst, Sawyer and Simmons each had six points. Eastern had scored the first seven points of the game (Simmons scoring the first five) before the Huskies rallied behind nine points from junior forward Greg Whitaker to pull even for the only time, 29-29.


After Southern Maine made its final push to cut the Eastern lead to seven with 2:07 left, Kohn hit a jumper with one second left on the shot clock, and Ortiz stole the ball and took it in to score to push the lead back to 11, 83-72, with 1:11 left.


Whitaker, first-year junior guard Andy Tracy, and freshman forward Sean Bergeron combined to score 58 of the points for the Huskies, who feature nine newcomers on their 13-player roster. Whitaker led both teams with 23 points and also added six rebounds, while Tracy had 18 points and six rebounds and Bergeron 17 points.


Eastern plays the first of three straight home conference games Tuesday, hosting defending LEC regular-season champion UMass Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m.





BIDDEFORD, Maine - The University of New England  men's basketball team held Eastern Connecticut State University at bay with timely three-point shooting in the second half, then sank 12 of its final 14 free throws over the final four minutes to post a 74-68 victory in the championship game of its own Jim Beaudry Classic Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center.


The win is the seventh straight for New England (8-3) and stops Eastern's (6-5) three-game winning streak. The Warriors lost in a tournament title game for the third time this year, losing on the road for only the second time in six games this season.


With Eastern threatening to pull away in the second half, New England nailed all four of its second-half three-pointers in a six-minute stretch, the final one pulling the hosts even, 60-60, with 3:29 left. The hosts scored their next four points and 12 of their final 14 from the foul line to pull away for the win.


As it did in Friday's 87-84 overtime win over Maine at Fort Kent, Eastern was forced to play come-from- behind against New England.  The Nor'easters scored six straight points to break from a 13-all tie midway through the first half and connected on five of six free throws in the final three minutes of the half to take a nine-poiint, 37-28 lead into the lockeeroom  -- their largest lead of the game.


Trailing by six with nine minutes left, the Warriors put together a seven-point streak to move into a one-point, 54-53 lead with six minutes left. Sophomore center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) keyed the run by dropping in a driving layup on an assist from sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown), and later blocked a shot that set up an inside hoop by senior guard Saliym Wilson (Manhattan) at the other end of the floor that gave the Warriors their one-point lead.


For the second tournament game, Eastern faultered at the free throw line. The Warriors missed 12 of 20 attempts against New England after missing 11 of 28 in Friday's first-round win. In two tournament games, Eastern was 25-for-48 from the foul line and 8-for-37 from three-point range.


After playing only 14 minutes Friday, sophomore center Sawyer led Eastern Saturday with a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds and two blocked shots. He was 8-for-10 from the floor.


Simmons and Jared Willis (New Britain) represented Eastern on the all-tournament team. In two games, Simmons had 28 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Willis had 13 points, 16 assists and ten rebounds. In the tournament, freshman post player Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) added 23 points and 11 rebounds and freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Coventry) team-highs of 32 points  and 15 rebounds. Kohn converted 14 of 25 field goals in two games.


Eastern visits Union College Wednesday at 7 p.m.


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