February 2009 Archives
Third-seeded Huskies end Eastern's 16-game winning streak in final, 64-59
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Nicole Paradis and sophomore guard Kaylie DeMillo hit consecutive three-point field goals in the final two minutes to spark the third-seeded University of Southern Maine to a 64-59 victory over No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut State University in the finals of the 2009 Little East Conference women's basketball tournament before a vocal crowd of 800 Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
At right: Amanda Pierlioni
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The win is the 19th LEC title in the 23-year history of the tournament for Southern Maine (22-6), which receives the automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament, which gets underway Wednesday with first-round game. Ranked 14th nationally and fifth in the NCAA Northeast Region, is expected to receive an at-large bid to the tournament when the entire field is announced Monday at 11 a.m. at www.ncaa.com. Eastern was looking to win the Final Four tournament on its home court after a semifinal loss to Western Connecticut in 2001 and a title game loss to Southern Maine in 1991.
The loss for 2008 conference tournament champion Eastern (25-3) ends a program-record 16-game winning streak. The streak began after the Warriors were beaten by Southern Maine, 72-64 in overtime Jan. 10 at Gorham, ME.
Coming off its worst conference regular season ever (9-5), Southern Maine knocked off sixth-seeded Rhode Island College, 61-49, in Tuesday's quarterfinals, then erased an 11-point deficit with 11 minutes left to eliminate No. 2 seed Western Connecticut State University, 56-51, in Friday's second semifnal game. Eastern had topped No. 8 seed UMass Dartmouth, 60-40, in Tuesday's quarterfinals, then defeated No. 4 seed Keene State College, 61-56, Friday night to advance to its 13th final.
The meeting was the 13th between Southern Maine and Eastern in the final, with the Huskies winning ten times. Eastern was attempting to become the first team other than Southern Maine to win consecutive LEC tournament titles.
Although Southern Maine led by as many as nine points late in the first half, there were seven lead changes and six ties.
All three LEC tournament Final Four games were streamed live by LittleEastTV.
Sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) came off the bench to score five points on two field goals to help cut an eight-point Eastern deficit to three with six minutes left, and a pair of free throws by senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) three minutes later gave the Warriors their first lead since the opening minute of the second half, 57-56, with three minutes left.
An off-balance baseline shot by Eastern senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) gave Eastern a three-point, 59-56 lead before the visitors scored the final eight points to post its 55th win over Eastern in 68 meetings since 1986-87. Paradis hit a corner three-pointer with two minutes left to tie the game for the final time, and tournament Most Outstanding Player DeMillo followed by grabbing a missed shot by Eastern and following with what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer with 66 seconds left that gave the Huskies a 62-59 lead.
In three tournament wins, Southern Maine shot 74.3 percent from the foul line. It sank 40 of 51 tries from the stripe in its two weekend wins, including 16 of 18 in the final. The conference leader in three-point field goal percentage, USM canned 10 of 25 from behind the arc in the tournament, including eight of 18 against Eastern. The Warriors are ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense.
At right: Dr. David Yeo sang God Bless America prior to the start of the game.
In the two Final Four victories, DeMillo had five three-point field goals and totaled 20 points and seven rebounds. She committed only six turnovers in 98 minutes in the three tournament games, none of which came in more than 30 minutes of Tuesday's opening win over UMass Dartmouth. The LEC leader in three-point field goals and three-point field goal percentage, DeMillo broke the USM season record for three-pointers during the game, and brings a total of 74 into NCAA tournament play.
In USM's overtime win over Eastern in January, DeMillo scored all 17 of her points after the break and converted two four-point plays - the second coming in overtime and giving her team the lead for good. Paradis sent that game into overtime with a field goal as time expired in regulation.. USM was 26-for-30 from the foul line in that game.
Despite playing the final 14 minutes of the game with four personal fouls, senior forward Stacey Kent led USM with 15 points in the final, with DeMillo scoring 14 (11 in the second half), 12 of the points coming on four three-pointers. Sophomore forward Kristi Violette, who scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Huskies back against Western Connecticut Friday night, added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Paradis' game-tying three-pointer was the only "three" that she converted in the game. A 56.9 percent free-throw shooter during the season, Violette was 6-for-6 from the stripe in the game and 16-for-17 on the weekend. Junior forward Ruthie Briggs was also perfect in the final at the free throw line, coming off the bench to connected on all five of her tries Saturday.
Eastern senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) led Eastern with 15 points, with Pierlioni coming off the bench for 14 points (5-for-8 FG). McFetridge added ten points and ten rebounds and Morey finished with ten points and seven rebounds.
Top-seeded Warriors fend off Keene; No. 3 Huskies upend Western Conn.
Below: Kate Brunet
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior guards Nicky Morey (Columbia) and Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) each sank two free throws in the final 14 seconds to help No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut State University fend off No. 4 seed Keene State College, 61-56, in the semifinal round of the 2009 Little East Conference women's basketball tournament Friday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnsium.
Defending conference tournament champion Eastern (25-2) faces No. 3 seed and 18-time champion University of Southern Maine (21-6) in Saturday's LEC title game. Trailing by 11 points with 11 minutes left, the Huskies outscored No. 2 seed Western Connecticut State University (21-5) 24-9 the rest of the way to avenge to regular-season losses to the Colonials and post a 56-51 victory.
Eastern set a program record with its 16th straight victory, completing a three-game sweep of Keene State (20-7) to move into the tournament final for the 13th time in the tournament's 23-year history. Eastern and Southern Maine will be meeting in the final for the 13th time. The Huskies have won nine times, but the Warriors recorded an overtime victory over USM in last year's championship game at Gorham, ME. Eastern has lost both times to Southern Maine when the title game was played in Willimantic.
Eastern 61, Keene State 56
Keene led by eight in the first half and Eastern by seven with 11 minutes left in the game. The Owls used a five-point run to surge into a four-point, 53-49 lead with six minutes left on Sarah Laudano's three-point field goal, but the Warriors answered with eight straight points of their own to to take a four-point, 57-53 lead with 33 seconds left. Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol), who had only two first-half ponts, scored five of those points.
Freshman guard Courtney Cirillo's only three-point field goal of the game with 18 seconds left pulled Keene to within one, 57-56, but Morey swished two free throws with 14 seconds left, and Amato canned two to seal the win with one second left.
Morey led Eastern with 14 points, sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) and senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) adding 12 each and Brunet 10. McFetridge, who was 6-for-9 from the floor, led all players with nine rebounds. Amato had seven assists and five rebounds and Moriarty dished off five assists.
Junior guard Kristen Degou, who had score 31 points in two regular-season meetings with Eastern, had just seven points on 2-for-9 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Nicole Simmler, second to Degou this year in scoring for Keene, was held scoreless (0-for-7 from the floor) by Eastern, ranked in a tie for fifth nationally in scoring defense. Senior forward Jenn Kinney came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points and grab six rebounds. Senior guard Michele Boudreau had ten points and Laudano came off the bench to total ten. Cirillo had nine points and six rebounds off the bench as the Owls' reserves outscored Eastern's non-starters, 34-9.
Southern Maine 56, Western Conn. 51
Southern Maine remained perfect against Western with its fifth win over the Colonials in LEC tournament play, avenging two regular-season losses by a total of 20 points.
Western, which had not lost to any team other than Eastern since the opening week of the season, scored the first eight points of the game, led by ten at halftime and by 11 with 11 minutes left before the Huskies rallied.
Southern Maine won the game at the foul line, outscoring Western by 20 points. The Huskies were 24-for-33 from the stripe, sinking ten of 11 at one point over the final 5:22.Sophomore forward Kristi Violette was 6-for-6 from the foul line over the final two minutes and led all players in the game with a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Violette was 10-for-11 from the stripe, and junior guard Nicole Paradis 8-for-10. Western was 4-for-5 from the foul line in the game.
Western started the second half of the game as cold as it was hot at the game's outset. The Colonials did not score a point in the second half over the first six minutes, a stretch which allowed Southern Maine to quickly cut eight points off a ten-point deficit.
Sophomore guard Heather Lee led Western with 12 points and five assists and junior forward Katie Moffo had ten points and eight rebounds.
Despite sufficient offense, Warriors can't stop Owls in 100-75 loss
Below: Courtney Simmons
KEENE, NH - Tyler Kathan, Nate Anderson and Derek D'Amours combined for 66 points and 27 rebounds to power the fourth-seeded Keene State College men's basketball team to a 100-75 victory over fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in a loss which eliminated the Warriors in the opening round of the Little East Conference Tournament Tuesday night before a reported crowd of 1,200 at Spaulding Gym.
Since a buzzer-beater gave the Warriors an 80-79 first-round LEC tournament win over the Owls in Willimantic in 2000 en route to the conference title, Eastern has been eliminated in the opening round of the tournament nine straight seasons. All but one of those games has been played on the road.
The game Tuesdsay was in sharp contrast to the one won by Eastern (12-14), 73-53, exactly a week ago, when the Warriors shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half and held Keene State (12-13) to 19 first-half points and 34.6 percent shooting from the floor. Kathan and Anderson had a combined 25 points and 11 rebounds in that game - well below their averages - and were just 9-for-26 from the floor.
The 6-foot-5 inch All-America Kathan tossed in a game-high 32 points tonight and grabbed ten rebounds, and the 6-foot-6 inch Anderson and 6-foot-5 inch D'Amours scored 17 points each. Anderson led all players with 13 rebounds. None of the three turned the ball over in a combined 87 minutes.
Keene, a woeful 3-for-12 from three-point range in last Tuesday's lethargic loss to the Warriors, nailed ten of 22 from behind the arc Tuesday night and shot 55.1 percent in all from the floor. Kathan was 12-for-20 from the floor with four three-pointers, Anderson 7-for-10 from the field, and D'Amours 7-for-14 with three three-pointers.
In the first of two LEC tournament semifinals Friday night , Keene meets two-time defending champion and No. 1 seed and host Rhode Island College (22-4), which eased past eighth-seeded University of Southern Maine (5-21) Tuesday, 73-57. In the second semifinal, second-seeded UMass Dartmouth (23-3) faces sixth-seeded Western Connecticut State University (14-11). The tourney final is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at Rhode Island College.
The Owls pulled away from the Warriors with a 22-5 run that started and ended with top of the key three-pointers by Kathan. His last one put Keene up by 20, 35-15, with five minutes left in the first half. Kathan, who finished the half with 22 point on 8-of-12 shooting, had 12 of those points during the run.
Sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) led Eastern with 25 points, senior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) adding 13. Sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) and freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) each had six rebounds.
After first round win, top-seeded Warriors to host Little East Final Four
Box score.htm Brittany Whiteley (below)
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Undermanned University of Massachusetts Dartmouth matched the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team basket for basket for 25 minutes before the top-seeded Warriors pulled away for a 60-40 win over the eighth-seeded Corsairs in the quarterfinal round of the 2009 Little East Conference tournament Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
Ranked No. 14 nationally, Eastern (24-2) tied the program record with its 15th consecutive victory and will host the LEC Final Four Friday and Saturday. The Warriors, 13-1 at home, face No. 4 seeded Keene State College (20-6) Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the first of two semifinal-round games. No. 2 Western Connecticut (21-4) faces No. 3 University of Southern Maine (20-6) Friday at 7:30 p.m. The tournament final is set for Saturday at 4 p.m., with the winner gaining an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament March 6.
In other first-round games Tuesday, all of the home teams and higher-ranked teams won. Keene eliminated No. 5 Plymouth State University, 66-50; Western eliminated No. 7 Massachusetts Boston, 71-51; and Southern Maine eliminated No. 6 Rhode Island College, 61-49.
UMass Dartmouth led throughout much of the first half and trailed by one only, 33-32 in the opening minutes of the second half before Eastern finally began to wear down the Corsair s, who have only six players. Five different players contributed to a 13-2 run over a span of five-and-one-half minutes as the Warriors surged to a 12-point, 46-34 lead with ten minutes left. The lead dipped only double figures once (nine points) the rest of the way.
Sophomore point guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) gave a struggling Eastern team a lift in the first half by coming off the bench to hit all three of her field goals (2-for-2 from three-point range) and both of her free throws and hand out two assists in nine minutes. The Corsairs led by as many as five in the first seven minutes of the game and only a three-point field goal by Whiteley in the final seconds allowed Eastern to take a (two-point) lead into the locke rroom.
Senior post player Ashley McFetridge (Canton) and sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) - who shot a combined 31-for-45 with 22 rebounds in two regular-season wins for Eastern over UMass - were held to 2-for-5 shooting, six points and two rebounds in 24 combined first-half minutes Tuesday.
Ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (49.5 ppg. allowed) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (32.2), Eastern surrendered only 11 second-half points to the winded Corsairs. Junior forward Kaylin Nelson, who kept UMass in the game in the first half by scoring 14 points (6-for-8 from the floor) and grabbing five rebounds, was shut out in the second half on 0-for-6 shooting from the floor).
Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) scored eight of her ten points in the second half on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor, with McFetridge and senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) helping the Warriors to a +13 advantage on the boards in the second half with five rebounds each.
Whiteley led all players with a career-high 19 points. She was 5-for-7 from the floor (3-for-4 from three-point range) and 6-for-6 from the foul line. Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had 13 points, four assists and three steals and Morey eight points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) had a team-high eight rebounds, along with four assists and three steals.
As a team, Eastern sank 12 of 13 free throws and finished with a +13 rebounding margin.
The UMass starting five played all but three minutes in the game. Freshman forward Rayven Tillman led UMD with 15 points and also grabbed seven rebounds, with Nelson grabbing a game-high nine rebounds to go along with her 14 points.
The win was the 30th straight for Eastern over UMass as the Warriors remain undefeated against the Corsairs in five conference tournament games since 1988.
The defending conference tournament champion, Eastern last hosted the LEC tournament in 2001. That year, the Warriors won 15 straight and had captured 19 of their last 20 before bowing out in the semifinals against Western Connecticut. Last year's LEC tournament crown was the third for Eastern in 22 years of conference play. All three of Eastern's LEC championships have come against Southern Maine - twice on the Huskies' floor and once on a neutral floor.
Arisco breaks all three of her IM records, All-NE four times
At right: Amy Arisco
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. (Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009) - Sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford) broke all three of her program records in the individual medley and contributed to two new relay records, as well, for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team this weekend at the 30th Annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Division II-III Championship at the Tripp Athletic Center Pool on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Arisco became only the second Eastern swimmer to gain All-New England status as many as three times in the competition by winning the 400 IM (4:49.84) and swimming to second-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:17.09) and 100 IM (1:04.03). She also swam the final leg of the record-setting 200 freestyle relay which placed third in a time of 1:44.91 in the finals. Arisco missed out on a second first-place finish Sunday night when Bentley University freshman touched in .06 seconds faster in the 100 IM.
A total of six program records fell in the competition - one more than a year ago - and six individuals combined to earn All-New England laurels a record 11 times.
Nine different individuals contributed to Eastern's total of 468.50 points -60.5 more than a year ago when the Warriors finished a program-best sixth in a field of 21 institutions which scored points. Eastern was seventh among 22 teams which scored points. Keene State College out of the Little East Conference won the meet for the second straight year after ending Division II Bentley University's six-year reign last year. The Owls totaled 899 poiints, besting the Falcons by 69 points.
Nineteen Division III institutions -- including all five members of the Little East Conference -- and three Division II institutions were involved in the meet. Institutions from the two strongest New England Division III conferences - the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference and New England Small College Athletic Conference - choose not to compete in the NEISDA Championship.
Also gaining All-New England status in individual events for the first time in their career were juniors Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) and Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) and first-year sophomore transfer Maria Altieri (Hamden). Doheny was sixth in both the 50 freestyle (26.50) and 100 freestyle (56.59), Altieri third in the 400 IM (4:59.92) and Dombrowski sixth in the 400 IM (5:08.60). Joining Dohney and Arisco on the All-New England 200 freestyle relay were junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington) and first-year junior Liza Welling (Marlborough).
All six program records were broken during preliminary competition, with Arisco further improving upon two of those records in the final. Arisco set a new 200 IM record in the preliminary round (2:16.72). She broker her 400 IM record with a time of 4:52.13, and bettered that in the final with her mark of 4:49.84. The new record of 1:04.23 in the 100 IM which she set in the preliminaries didn't' last long, as she lowered that to 1:04.03 in the final.
Doheny, which had won the 100 freestyle in each of the team's last three dual meets, broke the seven-year-old record of 56.27 with a time of 55.98 in the preliminaries. .In the 200 medley relay, the team of sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA), Wilson, Arisco and Welling broke the record of 2:00.22 that it had established six weeks ago at the Little East Conference Championship. The new record of 1:58.85 was established
in the preliminaries of the event (1:58.85).
By earning All-New England honors four times, Arisco matched the identical accomplishment of current assistant coach Amy Golas. Golas swam to All-New England honors in the 50 and 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay in 2002. As a freshman, Arisco was a three-time All-New England achiever in the 100 IM (second place), 50 butterfly (fifth) and 100 butterfly (sixth). Wilson has achieved All-New England status sixth times in her career: once this year, three times last year, and twice as a freshman.
Arisco, Altieri and Doheny combined to total 166 of Eastern's points in the meet. In three individual events each, Arisco had a team-high 70, Altieri 50, and Doheny 46.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
Running together for first time, relay gains All-New England honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's distance medley relay broke the program record in earning All-New England honors at the New England Division III Championship Saturday at the Howard W. Johnson Athletic Center on the campus of MIT.
Dave Hunt (center, at right) closed out the record-setting relay by running the final 1,200 meters Saturday.
Running together for the first time, the relay of senior Nicholas Noheimer (Willimantic), sophomore Mike D'Elia (Windham), freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven) and first-semester junior transfer Dave Hunt (New Milford) were timed in 10:54.39 en route to an eight-place finish in a field of 14. The relay distance is 4,000 meters. Noheimer ran 1,200 meters, D'Elia 400, Clayton 800 and Hunt 1,600.
The DMR's previous best time this year had been 11:28.47 in the opening meet of the season Dec. 6. The previous program record was set in last year's New England Championship, with Noheimer also running the opening leg.
The point accorded for the eighth-place finish was the only one produced in the meet by Eastern.
Also competing in the meet: freshman Nick Pates (East Haven) was 14th and D'Elia 19th in the 400 in times of 52.09 and 53.29, respectively; senior Matt Pyne (Wallingford) tied for 15th in the pole vault (13-0 ¼), freshman Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY) 17th in the 55 (6.76) and freshman Alex Springer (Willimantic) 20th in the long jump (19-9). The 4x800 relay placed 13th in a time of 8:34.74. Competing on that relay were junior David Tignonsini (Vernon), freshmen Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) and Andrew Orum (Griswold) and junior Sam Buczek (Milford).
In the 55, Ricketts will compete in the ECAC Division III Championship March 6-7 at Tufts University. Ricketts qualified for that meet in his collegiate debut Dec. 6 at Springfield College.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
Junior is All-New England in two events; Petrizzo All-NE at 400 meters
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Eastern Connecticut State University junior Brittany Kitt (Bloomfield) saved her best performances of the season for the New England Division III Championship Saturday at the William Farley Field House on the campus of Bowdoin College.
At right: Brittany Kitt
Kitt, who missed all of last season while rehabilitating an injury, set personal records in the shot put and 20-pound weight in the meet, placing fifth in a field of 25 and seventh in a field of 20, respectively, to earn All-New England honors in each event. She becomes the first female under eighth-year head coach Frank Poulin to win All-New England Division III honors in two different individual events in the same season. Kitt was seeded tenth in the shot and 12th in the weight throw.
In last week's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship, Kitt placed second in the shot and fourth in the weight. Saturday, she came out on top among LEC/NEA competitors with throws of 38-11 in the shot and 45-9 ½ in the weight. Saturday, she qualified for the ECAC Division III Championship in the former event by nearly a foot, and fell less than four inches shy of attaining the ECAC standard in the latter event.
As a freshman in 2006/07, Kitt placed 13th in the weight and 20th in the shot put in the New England Division III Championship.
Competing in only her third indoor meet of the season, sophomore Amber Petrizzo (Plainville) ran to All-New England honors at 400 meters. Petrizzo, who set the program record of 59.70 in that event in the preliminaries of last year's New England Open, was timed in 1:00.75 Saturday in capturing eighth place in a field of 31. Her time qualified her for the ECAC Division III Championship next month. Petizzo was second in last week's New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championship in a time of 1:01.00. Last year, Petrizzo finished 16th in the New England Division III Championship in a time of 1:03.17.
Additional Eastern competitors in the meet: junior Erika Barber (Portland) was 13th in the pole vault (9-2); junior Monica Mills (East Hartford) 17th in the triple jump (33-3) and 18th in the 200 (28.19); sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) - the LEC/NEA champion - was 20th in the 800 (2:30.22); junior Kelsey Watson (Bristol, NH) 23rd in the preliminaries of the 55 (7.94); and junior Sandra Brautigam (Scotland) 13th in the preliminaries of the 55 hurdles (9.35).
Also, the 4x800 relay was 12th in a time of 10:25.93; the 4x400 relay 13th in a time of 4:18.72; and the 4x200 relay 16th in a time of 2:01.16. The Little East Conference champion 4x200 relay was seeded ninth with a time of 1:51.89 but dropped the baton Saturday.
The ECAC Championship is scheduled for march 6-7 at Tufts University.
As No. 5 tourney seed, men will visit No. 4 Keene State Tuesday
Below: Jeremy Thompson
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team cut a 13-point defcit to seven before Rhode Island College scored eight in a row to pull away over the final seven minutes as the Warriors dropped a 78-65 decision in a Little East Conference game that was the final regular-season game for both teams.
Already assured of the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament which beginsTuesday, No. 18 nationally-ranked Rhode Island (21-4, 13-1 little east) closes the regular season with 12 straight wins and finishes with its best LEC regular-season record. The win wraps up RIC's second outright LEC regular-season title in three years and opens defense of last year's tournament title Tuesday against No. 8 University of Southern Maine.
Having won four of its previous five entering the game, Eastern (12-13, 6-8 little east) matches its LEC record of a year ago and finishes in a two-way tie for fifth place in the final conference standings with Western Connecticut State University.
Eastern was awarded the No. 5 seed, based on a better conference road record, and will visit No. 4 seed Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors were 4-3 in LEC road games during the regular season, Western 2-5.
Trailing by 11 points with eight minutes left, the Warriors crept back to within seven and had possession of the ball with the chance to cut deeper into the deficit. While Eastern missed two shots and turned the ball over three times over on its next five possessions, however, the hosts scored buckets on their ensuing four possessions to push their lead to 15, 70-55, with four minutes left.
The win was the ninth in the last ten games for Rhode Island over Eastern, which commited its second-most turnovers this season (21). The Warriors, however, excelled at the foul line for the second straight game. Shooting under 60 percent from the stripe this year, the Warriors sank 11 of 13 against Rhode Island and is 29-for-37 (78.4 percent) in their last two games and 63-for-86 (73.3 percent) in their last four.
Eastern was down by only two with two minutes left in the first half before Rhode Island ended the half with an 8-2 run to take an eight-point, 39-31 advantage into the lockerroom. The Warriors scored the first two baskets of the second half to make it 39-35, but the hosts again answered the call with a 10-2 scoring burst that upped the RIC lead to 12, 49-37, eight minutes into the half.
In a season-high 26 minutes, freshman forward Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) led Eastern with 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds and sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) 12 points and four rebounds. Team scoring leader Edwin Ortiz (Hartford), averaging 20 points over the last eight games, had only two points on 1-for-8 shooting. As a team, the Warriors missed nine of 11 three-pointers.
Rhode Island senior guard Bobby Bailey, the MVP of last year's conference tournament, led all players with 16 points, with senior forward Kaseem Johnson adding 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Anchormen turned the ball over only 11 times and nailed 20 of 23 free throws.
Women complete LEC regular season with 14th straight win, 68-48
Morey LEC Player-of-Week.pdf
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball
outscored Rhode Island College 12-3 in a span of five minutes early in the second half and went on to its 14th consecutive win, 68-48, in its Little East Conference regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center.
Kate Brunet (above) scored six of her 11 points to spark a decisive 12-3 Eastern run early in the second half.
Already assured of the top seed in the conference tournament which begins Tuesday, No. 14 nationally-ranked Eastern (23-2, 13-1 little east) closes out the regular season by equaling its best conference regular-season record in 23 years of conference play. The win also gives the Warriors their most regular-season wins in program history and the 14 straight win equals the second-most in succession in program history, one shy of the all-time record.
Eastern opens defense of last year's tournament title by hosting No. 8 seed Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in one of four first-round tournament games. With a win, Eastern would host the tournament semifinals and final Friday and Saturday. Eastern has won three LEC tournament titles since 1992, but never at home.
As the No. 6 seed, Rhode Island College (10-15, 5-9 little east) visits No. 3 seed University of Southern Maine Tuesday in a first-round game.
With Eastern leading by five, 37-32 two minutes into the second half, seniors Kate Brunet (Bristol) and Nicky Morey (Columbia) sparked a 12-3 run by scoring six points each as Eastern moved out to a 14-point, 49-35 lead with 13 minutes left. The second of three straight three-point field goals moments later by RIC junior guard LaSheena Boyd had the hosts threatening to cut the deficit to single digits, but sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) answered with her only three-pointer of the game to restore a 13-point lead, 54-41, with 11 minutes left.
Morey led all scorers wth 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Sophomore Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) came off the bench to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds in 20 minutes. Moriarty and Brunet each added 11 points. Moriarty had six rebounds and three steals and Brunet four rebounds and four assists. Senior Ashley McFetridge (Canton) led all players with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Ashley Abrahamson led RIC with 16 points, Boyd adding 13. Rhode Island freshman Stephanie Coro, ranked second in the LEC in scoring, had just three points on 1-for-14 shooting from the floor. The Anchorwomen shot just 25.0 percent from the floor in scoring only 22 second-half points. In the game, they missed 16 of 20 three-pointers.
Eastern is ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense, with opponents averaging less than 50 points per game. In 14 conference games this year, opponents have averaged 51.4 points and shot 32.4 percent from the floor (29.9 percent from three-point range).
Senior first baseman second-team selection by The Newsletter
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University first baseman Rachel Denny (East Haddam) has been named 2009 second-team pre-season All-America by
Division III Softball -- The Newsletter .pdf. Fourteen players were chosen to the first and second teams and 15 were listed as honorable mention selections. Denny was one of five players from New England institutions listed, three of whom came from the Little East Conference.
Last year, Denny was named second-team All-New England by the ECAC, New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) and by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association. She also repeated all-conference honors as a second-team pick and was one of three Eastern picks to the NCAA Division III New York Regional all-tournament team.
Denny helped Eastern to a share of last year's conference regular-season title and a berth in its NCAA tournament since 1998 by setting program season records for home runs (11), RBI (50) and slugging percentage (.783). She led the conference in home runs and RBI and was second on the team with a .408 batting average. Heading into her final season, Denny ranks first in program history in home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.631), is third in RBI (110) and fourth in batting average (.369). The Warriors finished 28-14 last year - their winningest season since 1994.
Eastern opens the 2009 season with 10 games in Clermont, FL March 21-26.
Warriors post most decisive win in series with Keene State with 73-53 win
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team limited the third-most prolific offensive team in the Little East Conference to 19 first-half points and snapped a four-game losing streak at the hands of Keene State College with a 73-53 victory Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
A winner of four of its last five, Eastern (12-12, 6-7 little east) moves into a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference with Keene (10-13, 6-7 little east) and Western Connecticut State University (13-10, 6-7 little east). The top four seeds in the upcoming conference tournament host first-round tournament games.
After giving up 73 points and losing by ten points at Keene three weeks ago, Eastern held the Owls to 19 first-half points Tuesday on the way to a 17-point, 36-19 halftime lead. Keene shot just 28.6 ercent from the floor over the first 20 minutes, missing six of seven three-pointers.
The winning margin is Eastern's largest in the 28-game series.
The Warriors led by 21 five minutes into the second half before Keene battled back to within ten, 49-39, with 12 minutes left. At that point, the Warriors used a 10-3 spurt to re-gain a 17-point advantage, 59-42, with nine minutes left. Junior Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) scored eight of Eastern's points in that run. He hit a driving layup, then sank both of his three-pointers. A 1,000-point scorer at Eastern, Ortiz also holds program season and career records for threes. The Warriors shot 61.l5 percent from the floor in the second half.
The worst free-throw shooting team in the LEC, Eastern won the battle at the stripe. The Warriors converted 18 of 24 (16-of-18 in the first half) while Keene, the conference's free-throw leader, was 14-for-19.
Playing their final regular-season home games, Eastern seniors Kris Johnson (Sturbridge, MA), Daryl James (Waterbury) and Michael Brady (Southbury) made their first starts of the season (it was the first career starts for Brady and James).James had a career-high 11 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, Brady contributing five points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes. The trio was honored in a ceremony prior to the start of the game.
Ortiz led all players with 14 points, sophomore Courtney Simmons (Middletown) adding 13, sophomore Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) 12 points and a team-high six rebounds and James 11. In the second half, Sawyer hit all four of his field goals while James was 4-for-5.
All-conference seniors Tyler Kathan and Nate Anderson were Keeene's double-digit scorers. Kathan had 13 points, but only two on 1-for-5 shooting in the first half. Anderson scored 11 of his team's 19 points in the first half. Starting point guard Tavonne Reid picked up his third and fourth fouls in the opening two minutes of the second half and had only two points in eight second-half minutes before fouling out with four minutes left and his team trailing by 15.
Kathan scored 11 points in the second half despite playing most of the half with four personal fouls.
Eastern visits conference leader Rhode Island College Saturday at 3 p.m.
Warriors pull away from Keene State for 13th consecutive triumph, 69-45
Below: Seniors honored following the final regular-season home games of their careers included (from left) Nicky Morey, Christina Amato, Ashley McFetridge and Kate Brunet (Photo courtesy of MJ Images).
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team
shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away from Keene State College with a 69-45 Little East Conference win Tuesday night at Francis E.
The win assures Eastern (22-2, 12-1 little east) of the top seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament. If it wins its LEC tournament opener Tuesdsay against No. 8 seed UMass Dartmouth, Eastern would host the LEC Final Four Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.
A winner of 13 straight (two shy of the season record), Eastern ties the program record for regular-season wins in completing the season sweep of Keene State (18-6, 8-5 little east), which has lost its last two after a four-game winning streak.
The victory also assures Eastern of at least a share of the regular-season title with Western Connecticut (19-4, 11-2 little east), which kept within a game of Eastern with a 60-56 home win over Rhode Island Colledge. Keene's loss, coupled with the University of Southern Maine's 74-66 win at Plymouth State University, drops the Owls into fourth place. Keene is assured of finishing no lower than fourth, however, and will host a first-round LEC tournament game Tuesday.
Seniors Kate Brunet (Bristol), Ashley McFetridge (Canton) and Nicky Morey (Columbia) combined for 43 points for Eastern, which shot 51.1 percent from the floor and canned 20 of 24 fhree throws. Brunet had a team-high 15 points, McFetridge and Morey 13 each. Senior Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) had had game-highs of six rebounds and five assists.
Junior Kristin Degou of Keene led all players with 16 points. Degou was 4-of-6 from three-point range for the Owls, the LEC leader in three-point field goal percentage and second-rated team in total three-point field goals.
Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday at Rhode Island College at 1 p.m. With a win in that game, Eastern would equal its previous best conference regular-season record of 13-1, set in 2001/02.
Warriors win twice last week to extend streak to 12; now ranked No. 14
Top 25 poll.pdf
The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team continues to climb in the weekly D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll, moving up one spot to No. 14 in the 11th weekly ranking, announced today.
At right: Amanda Pierlioni
Photo courtesy of MJ images
Eastern (21-2, 11-1 little east conference) made its debut in the poll at No. 25 three weeks ago, then jumped five spots in each of the next two polls to No. 15 last week. The Warriors won twice on the road last week in Little East Conference action to extend their winning streak to 12 games with two regular-season games remaining. Eastern reached the 20-win plateau last Tuesday for the seventh time in the last nine years with a 72-60 win over Western Connecticut State University that pushed the Warriors into sole possession of first place in the conference.
Eastern's 12-game winning streak is three shy of the program record for consecutive wins, set during the 2000/01 season.
The Warriors host Keene State College Tuesday in a conference game at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.. A win would guarantee Eastern the top seed in the LEC tournament and would also tie the program record for regular-season wins. Eastern came from behind to defeat Keene (18-5, 8-4 little east) by a score of 64-61 three weeks ago at Keene, NH. The Owls share third place in the conference.
Eastern's balanced lineup includes starting seniors Ashley McFetridge (Canton), Nicky Morey (Columbia), Kate Brunet (Bristol) and Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) and sophomore Jessica Moriarty (East Haven). First-semester sophomore transfer Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) is the first player off the bench. During the 12-game winning streak, Eastern is averaging 70.5 points per game, outrebounding its opponent by 10.6 per game, is shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 68.5 percent from the stripe and is holding its opponent to an average of just 51.1 points and a shooting percentage of .330 (28.2 percent from three-point range).
In the last 12 games, McFetridge averages 16.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots, and is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor; Morey 13.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds; Moriarty 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds; Brunet 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds; Amato 7.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists; and Pierlioni 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in an average of 18.3 minutes.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Forty-one gain individual honors, 13 contribute points
Little East results.htm
GORHAM, Maine - Eastern Connecticut State University performers collected individual honors a total of 41 times and 13 contributed points when the Warriors equaled their team finish from a year ago at the 2009 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at the Costello Sports Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus.
At right: Monica Mills
As a team, Eastern repeated its finishes from a year ago by placing fifth in the New England Alliance and fourth in the Little East Conference scoring. The Warriors totaled 81 points in alliance scoring among 11 teams and 91 points in a field of six in conference scoring. The alliance is comprised of teams from the Little East Conference and Mass. State College Athletic Conference.
Host Southern Maine maintained its dominance by winning both competitions. The Huskies won by 13 points over runner-up Westfield State in the alliance and by 30 over Rhode Island College in the conference. USM has won both competitions the last nine years and has captured ten of 11 LEC championships. Westfield State won the first three alliance team titles prior to Southern Maine's run.
The top eight individuals in the NEA scoring and top three finishers in LEC scoring are recognized with All-Alliance and All-LEC honors, respectively. The top three relays in each competition gain identical honors. The top eight finishers in the NEA and top six individuals in the LEC earn points.
At left: Amber Petrizzo
By capturing the 800 meters for the second straight year, sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) became the first Eastern female ever to win the same individual event more than once. Johnson, who set the current LEC record of 2:20.79 as a freshman, was timed in 2:23.97 Saturday to claim both the NEA and LEC crowns and qualify for Saturday's New England Division III Championship at Bowdoin College. Johnson set the Eastern record of 2:16.00 in last year's New England Open, but her best time this year prior to Saturday had been 2:30.03.
In addition to Johnson's individual title, Eastern also captured championships in two of the three relays that were contested, winning in season-best times of 1:51.89 in the 4x200 and 10:35.52 in the 4x800. The 4x800 won both the NEA and LEC and the 4x200 claimed the LEC. Eastern had won the 4x200 and 4x800 relays two years ago, as well. Gunning to win LEC and NEA championships in the 4x400 relay for the third straight year, Eastern gave up a lead in the final 100 meters and was beaten by just over a half-second.
Comprising the winning 4x200 relay were sophomore Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester), junior Monica Mills (East Hartford), sophomore Amber Petrizzo (Plainville), and junior Kelsey Watson (Bristol, NH). Johnson ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x800 relay, erasing a significant deficit after accepting the baton for the final 800 meters to provide the Warriors with a four-second triumph over Westfield State. Also competing in that relay were junior Alex Cavanaugh (Cheshire), sophomore Ashlee James (Franklin) and junior Nicole Stefanik (Coventry, RI).
In addition to Johnson, others contributing double-digit points to the team's Little East Conference total in individual events were junior Brittany Kitt (Bloomfield), Petrizzo, and Mills. Kitt, the 2007 LEC shot put champion, totaled 14 points, Petrizzo 12 and Mills ten. Kitt was second in the shot and third in the weight; Petrizzo second in the 400 and fourth in the 200; and Mills, the 2007 LEC and NEA triple jump champ, was third in the 200 (qualifying for Saturday's New England Division III meet) and fourth in the triple jump.
A total of 13 individuals combined to garner All-NEA and All-LEC honors a total of 41 times. In two individual events and two relays, Mills was named All-NEA and All-LEC a total of seven times. Petrizzo was a six-time honoree in the 400 and two relays. Kitt, Johnson and Watson were four-time honorees and Cavanaugh and Stefanik three-time all-alliance and all-conference achievers.
In eight years under current head coach Frank Poulin, Eastern men's and women's indoor track have now totaled 232 All-LEC and 320 All-NEA awards.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Twelve individuals contribute points, three qualify for post season
Lirttle East results.htm
GORHAM, Maine - Ten Eastern Connecticut State University individuals gained honors, 12 contributed to the team's scoring, and three qualified for post-season competition at the 2009 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at the Costello Sports Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus.
At right: Alex Springer
As a team, Eastern placed eighth among ten scoring teams in New England Alliance scoring with 24 point and fourth in a field of six scoring teams in the Little East Conference competition with 56 points. Eight of the individuals scoring points were first-year performers (seven freshmen) for Eastern, which had won two of the previous three NEA titles and three of the last seven LEC crowns. For the first time in this competition, Eastern did not feature an individual winner.
Host University of Southern Maine won both team titles with a 36-point win over Westfield State College in the NEA scoring and a 55-point advantage in the LEC scoring over 2008 champion Keene State College. The championship was the Huskies' fourth in the 12-year history of the NEA meet and their sixth in the 11-year history of the LEC scoring.
The top eight individuals in the NEA scoring and top three finishers in LEC scoring are recognized with All-Alliance and All-LEC honors, respectively. The top three relays in each competition gain identical honors. The top eight finishers in the NEA and top six individuals in the LEC earn points.
Freshmen Nick Pates (East Haven) was named All-Alliance and All-LEC in the 200 and All-Alliance in the 400. Earning All-Alliance and All-LEC honors once each were senior Matt Pyne (Wallingford) in the pole vault and freshmen Alex Springer (Willimantic) and Milan Sands (Springfield, MA) in the long jump and shot put, respectively. In the 1,000, freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) was the tenth individual to gain laurels.
At left: Nick Pates
Springer, Pyne and Pates (200) landed top honors for Eastern with second-place finishes in the LEC. Pyne and Springer's third-place performance in NEA scoring were the highest for Eastern competitors.
Springer and Pates combined for 25 of Eastern's LEC point total. Springer (13 points) was second in the long jump, fourth in the 55 and sixth in the triple jump. Pates (12) was second in the 200 and fourth in the 400 and also ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay which recorded one point with a six-place finish in LEC scoring.
Springer, Pates and sophomore Mike D'Elia (Windham) all used the final regular-season meet of the year to qualify for Saturday's New England Division III Championship at MIT by posting personal best showings. Springer qualified in the long jump (21-0) and Pates (51.81) and D'Elia (51.90) in the 400.
Top performances in NEA competition: Pates was sixth among 44 and eighth among 32 in the 200 and 400, respectively and Springer third among 32 in the long jump.
In eight years under current head coach Frank Poulin, Eastern men's and women's indoor track have now totaled 232 All-LEC and 320 All-NEA performers.
New England Alliance/little east conference
Indoor Track and Field Championship
at Costello Sports Complex
U. of Southern Maine
New England Alliance Scoring
1. U. of Southern Maine 180; 2. Westfield State College 144; 3. Fitchburg State College 79; 4. Keene State College 66; 5. Massachusetts Dartmouth 61; 6. Worcester State College 44; 7. Rhode Island College 27; 8. EASTERN CONN. 24; 9. Bridgewater State College 20; 10. Massachusetts Boston 17.
little east conference Scoring
- U. of Southern Maine 244; 2. Keene State College 89; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 73; 4. EASTERN CONN. 56; 5. Rhode Island College 39; 6. Massachusetts Boston 22.
No Eastern Conn. winners
New England Alliance Scoring
1. U. of Southern Maine 125; 2. Westfield State College 112; 3. Rhode Island College 109; 4. Worcester State College 101; 5. EASTERN CONN. 81, 5. Keene State College 81; 7. Massachusetts Dartmouth 36; 8. Salem State College 22; 9. Fitchburg State College 14; 10. Bridgewater State College 9; 11. Massachusetts Boston 8.
little east conference Scoring
1. U. of Southern Maine 163; 2. Rhode Island College 133; 3. Keene State College 102; 4. EASTERN CONN. 91; 5. Massachusetts Dartmouth 43; 6. Massachusetts Boston 13.
800 meters Karina Johnson 2:23.97 NE Alliance and Little East
4x200 meter relay 1:51.89 Little East
Roxanne Atterbury, Monica Mills, Amber Petrizzo, Kelsey Watson
4x800 meter relay 10:35.52 NE Alliance and Little East
Alexis Cavanaugh, Ashlee James, Nicole Stefanik, Karina Johnson
Following win over UMD, Warriors within a game of top LEC seed
Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The 12th straight victory by the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team - a 70-50 Little East Conference win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at the Tripp Center -- moved it to within one conference win of clinching the top seed in the conference tournament.
Ranked No. 15 nationally, Eastern (21-2, 11-1 little east) needs one win in its final two regular-season conference games to clinch the top seed in the LEC tournament for the first time since 2001. Western Connecticut remained a game off the pace with a 51-48 home win over Keene State College Saturday. A tie in the final regular-season standings between Eastern and Western would give the Warriors the top seed, based on their two regular-season wins over Western.
Saturday against UMass (3-20, 0-12 little east), Eastern led at halftime, 32-18, and later scored 13 unanswered points to thwart a Corsair comeback and take a 56-41 lead with 7:48 remaining. The Corsairs had opened the second half on a 25-7 run, as a three-pointer from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz and a layup by junior forward Kaylin Nelson cut the lead to 43-41 with 12:01 to play.
In a key conference win at Western Connecticut State University Tuesday, the Warriors gave away an 18-point lead early in the second half before bouncing back for a 12-point win.
ECSU regained control behind consecutive layups by sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven), sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) and senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton), a jumper by senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA), a three-pointer by sophomore guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) and a jumper by McFetridge.
The Corsairs led early, 12-9 with 12:19 to go in the first half, before the Warriors rallied behind nine points from Pierlioni that propelled them into the halftime break on a 23-6 run. UMD would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way against the Warriors, who put the game away with another run of 10 unanswered points late in the contest.
McFetridge and Pierlioni combined for 41 of the Warriors 70 points, as McFetridge had 21 points and Pierlioni finished with a double-double off the bench, scoring a career-high 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Pierlioni joined the team at mid-year after transferring from the Division I level.
The Corsairs were led by sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade, who poured in a team-high 21 points. Andruszkiewicz joined her in double figures with 11 points, and Nelson led the way off the glass with 10 rebounds.
Eastern hosts Keene State College in the final regular-season home game of the season at 5:30 p.m. The Owls share third place in the LEC with the University of Southern Maine, both teams at 8-4 in conference play. Eastern, Western, Keene and Southern Maine have clinched the four first-round tournament home games.
Junior Edwin Ortiz reaches 1,000-point plateau in 100-88 LEC setback
Courtesy UMass Dartmouth Sportst Information
NO. DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's basketball team used a 15-0 run early in the first half to erase an eight-point deficit and went on to defeat visiting Eastern Connecticut State University, 100-88, in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
At right: Edwin Ortiz
With the win, defending regular-season champion UMass (20-3, 10-2 little east)) ends Eastern's (11-12, 5-7 little east) three-game winning streak and remains one game off the pace behind defending playoff champion Rhode Island College. Eastern is in sixth place in the eight-team conference, one game behind Western Connecticut and Keene State College, both at 6-6. The top four teams in the final LEC standings host first-round tournament games later this month.
UMass, which completes a season sweep of Eastern with its sixth straight win over the Warriors, entered the game ranked 15th nationally in the d3hoops.com poll.
Eastern took an early eight-point lead behind three-pointers by sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown), freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford).
Ortiz became the 22nd player in program history to score 1,000 points. He entered the game with 990 and reached and went over 1,000 points with a three-point field goal with 13:45 left in the game. The three-pointer was his third of five in the game. Ortiz had a three-poiinter and two free throws in the first half, then pulled to within two of 1,000 with a three-pointer four minutes into the second half.
UMass Dartmouth fought back. A jump shot by junior forward Brandon Shelton and a three-pointer by junior guard Jeff Macchi helped them cut the lead to 14-11. After senior guard Reece Freeman hit a pair of free throws, sophomore forward Brandon Stephens scored eight consecutive points on a jumper and a pair of treys to make it 21-14 with 13:21 remaining. A jumper by Eastern freshman forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and a free throw by freshman center Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) allowed Eastern to tie the game at 23-23 midway through the first half. But Shelton sandwiched a pair of a pair of jump shots around a three-pointer by freshman guard Alex Klepadlo, and the Corsairs built a 30-23 advantage and never trailed again.
A 9-0 Corsair run, which included a pair of layups by junior forward Matt Walker, a three-pointer by Macchi and a driving layup by Freeman, allowed UMass Dartmouth to claim a 52-38 lead at intermission. The Warriors outscored UMD in the second half, 50-48, but Walker's jump shot in the final minute capped the scoring for the Corsairs, who scored 100 points for the first time this season.
Stephens led all scorers with 27 points, Freeman added 18, and Walker, Shelton and Macchi contributed 15 points apiece. Ortiz led Eastern Connecticut with 17 points. Kohn added 16 points -- his first double-digit game since Jan. 17 -- and Thompson scored 11. Walker had nine rebounds and Freeman for the Corsairs, but sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) had 10 for ECSU -- one shy of his career high -- as the Warriors out rebounded UMass Dartmouth, 36-35. Freeman also had nine assists, while Simmons had 13 for Eastern.
Eastern hosts Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of the year.
Junior scores 18 in second half as Warriors prevail in Little East game
DANBURY, Conn. - Junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) scored a season-high 28 points to
lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team to a 79-76 Little East Conference decision over Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night at Feldman Arena.
At left: Edwin Ortiz
Eastern's (11-11, 5-6 little east) third straight win equals its longest of the year and moves the Warriors to the .500 mark for the first time in three weeks. Western (12-9, 5-6 little east) had a four-game winning streak snapped in losing to the Warriors for the second straight time at home after winning six in a row over Eastern at Feldman Arena.
With Eastern defeating Western and Plymouth State downing homestanding Keene State in overtime Tuesdsay, four teams contending for the final two first-round home berths in the LEC tournament are now separated by just one game. Keene and Plymouth are 6-5.
Against Western, Eastern scored six straight points to take a 77-73 lead with 15 seconds left. Ortiz contributed three of those points with free throws - the final two coming with six seconds left that rounded out the scoring. The worst free-throw shooting team in the conference, Eastern converted six of eight free throws over the final two minutes and finished with 21 free throws on 28 attempts. The free total was its highest of the year and its 75.0 percent was its third-best of the season.
Western's Daquan Brooks had pulled the Colonials to within one, 77-76, when he sank his only three-point field goal after eight misses with 11 seconds left, but after two timeouts sandwiched around a foul, Ortiz converted two free throws with 15 seconds left to make it a three-point Eastern advantage.Trailing by three points after Ortiz' free throws, Western missed three potential game-tying free throws in the final seconds.
Ortiz, who scored 18 points in the second half, moved to within ten points of 1,000 in his career. He was 8-for-14 from the field (4-for-8 from three-point range) and 8-for-9 from the stripe. Sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) added 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the floor and 3-for-4 shooting from the stripe. Sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) added ten points and four assists. Sophomore forward Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) and freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) led a balanced rebonding effort with seven each. Roveto had six.
Since returning to the starting lineup over the last six games, Ortiz is averaging 20.5 points and 4.0 rebounds and is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, 46.7 percent from three-point range (21-for-45) and 74.1 percent (20-for-27) from the stripe.
Western, which was 10-for-15 from three-point range in a five-point win at Eastern Jan. 20, missed 17 of 22 from that range Tuesday and was just 13-for-26 from the foul line.
Gary Robinson led Western with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Tyshawn Gillespie had 15 points. Gillespie had dropped in two free throws and added a bucket in the paint to pull Western even, then give the Colonials their last lead, 73-71, witih 2:39 left.
Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 3 p.m.
Warriors alone at top of Little East by completing sweep of Colonials
DANBURY, Conn. - The Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team rallied from 18 points back early in the second half but Eastern Connecticut State University recovered over the final six minutes to post a 72-60 Little East Conference win Tuesday night at Feldman Arena.
At left: Ashley McFetridge
Ranked No. 15 nationally, Eastern (20-2, 10-1 little east) moves ahead of Western (17-4, 9-2 little east) in the chase for the LEC regular season regular-season title. The teams entered play sharing the top spot in the conference. The Warriors have won 11 straight. Western is 16-2 in its last 18 games, both losses to Eastern.
Western went scoreless from the floor for 11 minutes in the first half as Eastern used a 17-4 run over the final eight minutes of the half to move out to a 16-point, 32-18 halftime lead.The Warriors scored the first four points of the second half as the lead ballooned to 18, 36-18. The second-ranked team in the conference in three-point field goals, Western shook off 1-for-10 three-point shooting in the first half to connect on five three-pointers in the first six minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to single digits, 43-35.
In all, Western outscored Eastern 26-8 over a ten-minute stretch in the second half, finally taking its first lead since the opening minutes of the game, 47-46, on a pair of free throws from Stacey Roberts. With the score tied at 51-51, Eastern shook free again, outscoring the hosts 8-1 to pull away, 59-52, with five minutes left. After senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) sank two free throws after being fouled while grabbing an offensive rebound to put Eastern up for good, the Warriors got consecutive three-point plays around a Western free throw from senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) and sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) to make it 59-52. Morey stole the ball and completed a three-point play with a free throw, and Moriarty sank her only three-point field goal on her only try 30 seconds later.
McFetridge tied her season high with 24 points (9-for-16 FG, 6-for-8 FT) and recorded her fourth double-double in the last six games with a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots.. Morey had 16 points (7-for-9 from the foul line) and seven assists; Moriarty had 12 points (10 in the second half) and nine rebounds, sinking five of six from the floor; and senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) 11 points and five rebounds.
The top defensive team in the conference, Eastern held three Western starters to a total of seven points on 2-for-14 shooting from the floor. Karli Spera was Western's only starter in double-figure scorer, netting 13 points, Roberts had nine points and six rebounds. Melissa Teel came off the bench for ten rebounds, six points and four blocked shots in 18 minutes and Isabella Henry came off the bench for ten points in 19 minutes.
The win gives Eastern at least 20 wins and at least ten regular-season conference wins in a season for the seventh time in nine years.
Eastern visits UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.
Amato for women and Ortiz for men honored for first times in careers
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) and junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) of Eastern Connecticut State University have been selected as the Player-of-the-Week by the Little East Conference in the sports of women's basketball and men's basketball, respectively, for the week ending Feb. 8.
The Player-of-the-Week honor is the first in the careers of both players. Ortiz was named Rookie-of-the-Week three times in 2006/07 en route to LEC Rookie-of-the-Year honors that season. Ortiz becomes the first player from the Eastern men's basketball team to be named top player this season, while Amato is the second for the women, following sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven), who achieved the honor Dec. 1. Amato was also honored when the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) selected her for its weekly honor roll as one of Division III's top players.
Amato helped No. 15 nationally-ranked Eastern (19-2) raise its current win streak to ten games with a 2-0 mark this past week by averaging 14 points, six rebounds, 5.5 assists, and two steals, while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor (9-for-13) and 80 percent (8-for-10) from the foul line. In a 68-65 home win over Southern Maine Saturday, she had 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Amato was clutch down the stretch, scoring the Warriors' final five points of the game, while also pulling in the defensive rebound on the Huskies' potential game-tying three-pointer at the final horn. Earlier in the week, the point guard netted 15 points in a non-conference victory over Salem State College.
One of four starting seniors and a team tri-captain, Amato is averaging 6.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and a team-leading 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game this year.
Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night in a battle of teams sharing the LEC lead with 9-1 records. Eastern won, 62-51, when the teams met Jan. 20 at Willimantic.
In a 2-0 week, Ortiz shot 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from the field and 50 percent (nine-for-18) from three-point range to average 21.5 points for the men. Ortiz matched his season-high with six three-pointers en route to scoring 27 points against Wesleyan University on Wednesday night. He netted 16 points and pulled in five rebounds in a Little East win over Southern Maine on Saturday.
Ortiz leads Eastern this season in points (267) and scoring (12.7), having moved to within 38 points of 1,000 in his career. The program's all-time leader in three-pointers, he also tops this year's club in that category, with 47. Ortiz is shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 40.9 from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the foul line. Since returning to the starting lineup over the last five games, he is averaging 19.0 points and 3.8 rebounds with ten steals and six assists and is shooting 50.0 percent from the floor.
Riding ten-game streak, Warriors up to No. 15 in D3Hoops.com poll
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For the second straight week, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team has jumped five spots in the weekly D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll, climbing to No. 15 in the tenth weekly ranking, announced today.
Eastern (19-2) won two (home) games last week to stretch its winning streak to ten, defeating perennial NCAA tournament qualifiers Salem State College, 76-51, Thursday, and edging defending Little East Conference regular-season champion University of Southern Maine, 68-65, Saturday.
In this week's poll, the Warriors jumped ahead of No. 16 ranked Tufts University (17-3), which beat Eastern, 68-55, in the championship game of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 23. The Jumbos dropped from No. 15 after a 2-1 week. Ninth-ranked Amherst College (21-1) is the third New England school in the poll.
Eastern made its debut in the Top 25 two weeks ago at No. 25 before jumping to No. 20 last week on the strength of three straight wins.
Through games of yesterday, Eastern was ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense, 11th in scoring margin, 12th in field goal percentage defense, and 13th in three-point field goal percentage defense. Eastern allows an average of 49.3 points per game and has a scoring margin of +18.7. Eastern's opponents are shooting 32.3 percent from the floor and 24.2 percent from three-point range.
Eastern's starting lineup consists of four seniors and one sophomore: seniors Nicky Morey (Columbia), Ashley McFetridge (Canton), Kate Brunet (Bristol) and Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA), and sophomore Jessica Moriarty (East Haven).
Amato had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Saturday's win over Southern Maine, earning conference Player-of-the-Week honors and be named to the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Division III weekly honor roll. Southern Maine is the only team to defeat Eastern since the Warriors' loss to Tufts, the Huskies prevailing by a score of 72-64 in overtime Jan. 10 at Gorham, ME.
Last year's LEC tournament champion, Eastern plays two games this week, visiting Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 5:30 and Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in conference play. Western (17-3) has won 16 of its last 17, the loss coming to Eastern, 62-51, Jan. 20 at Willimantic that stopped an 11-game winning streak.
In Little East Conference game, Warriors open with 10-2 run
WILLIMANTIC, Conn.--The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team scored ten of the game's first 12 points and capitalized on 19.2 percent first-half shooting by the University of Southern Maine to post a 65-50 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
In losing its fifth straight, Southern Maine (4-17, 1-9 little east) managed only 12 first-half points as it missed 21 of 26 field goals (0-for-8 from three-point range). Eastern (10-11, 4-6 little east) won for the second straight game, completing a regular-season sweep of Southern Maine.
Junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) opened the game with a three-pointer and sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) capped the game-opening 10-2 run with his only three-pointer of the game four minutes into play.
At right: Jeremy Thompson
The Huskies cut a 13-point halftime deficit to six on a three-point field goal by junior guard Andy Tracy (Ellsworth, ME) with nine minutes left, before the Warriors countered with freshman forward Jamie Kohn's (Columbia) inside hoop off a pass from freshman forward Hanilton Levy (Woodbury), and a three-point field goal by career three-point field goal leader Ortiz that restored an 11-point lead with eight minutes left.
Eastern's backcourt trio of Ortiz, Simmons, and freshman Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) were the Warriors' three double-figure scorers. They combined for 36 points , five assists and six steals and evenly divided 15 rebounds.
Ortiz shared game-high scoring honors with 16 points, moving to within 38 of 1,000 points in his three-year career. Since returning to the starting lineup over the last five games, Ortiz is averaging 19.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. He is shooting 50 percent from the floor, including 17-for-37 from three-point range. Simmons and Nedwick each had ten points.
In a starting role, sophomore forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) grabbed seven rebounds. Off the bench, freshman forward Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) had his highest rebound total (7) in the past 11 games, helping the Warriors to a +14 advantage in that category. He also cashed in four free throws in six attempts.
Four players - three of them starters - scored all of the points for USM, which does not have a senior on the roster. Junior forward Greg Whitaker matched Ortiz with 16 points. He was 7-for-10 from the floor. Tracy totaled 12 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Mike Poulin had 11 points. Sophomore guard John Sewall came off the bench to play 30 minutes and score 11 points.
Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Warriors avenge OT loss with key conference victory over Huskies
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) scored the final five points for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team, which avenged its only Little East Conference loss with a 68-65 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
The win is the tenth straight for No. 20 nationally-ranked Eastern (19-2, 9-1 little east) as the Warriors maintain a share of the conference lead with Western Connecticut State University, which downed host UMass Boston, 63-47, Saturday. Southern Maine (16-5, 6-4 little east) lost for the first time after three straight wins.
The loss drops the defending conference regular-season champions into fourth place, a game behind Keene State College. The Owls downed host UMass Dartmouth, 71-45, Saturday.
In a game which featured eight lead changes and five ties, Southern Maine stayed within striking distance by canning five of its nine three-point field goals over the final nine minutes, allowing the visitors to wipe out a seven-point deficit and surge into a four-point lead, 62-58, with four minutes left. At that point, the Warriors went on an eight-point run. Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) hit a jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound to give Eastern the lead for good, 63-62, and Amato's three-point field goal made it 66-62, with 1:20 left. First-semester sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) then grabbed a missed USM three-point attempt, and Amato swished two free throws to make it 68-65 with 21 second left.
After a timeout, USM drove the length of the floor looking to push the game into overtime for the fourth straight game between these teams. A potential game-tying three-pointer from the top of the key with the clock winding down bounced off the iron, and Amato pulled down the rebound as time expired.
Fifteen of Southern Maine's final 19 points came on five three-point field goals. Eastern entered the game ranked sixth nationally in three-point field goal defense, but gave up a season-high nine threes to the Huskies, ranked first in the LEC in three-point field goal percentage. USM was 9-for-24 from behind the arc, but Eastern countered by sinking a season-high six in 11 tries.
The starters for both teams combined for all but five points in the game, with Eastern's starters scored all of its points.
Trailing by five at halftime, Eastern shot 52.0 percent from the floor and was 10-for-12 from the foul line in the second half.
Moriarty tied her career-high with 20 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) had 15 points, and senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) 14 points, five rebounds and a career-tying five blocked shots. Amato, limited to five points, two rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes of the team's 72-64 overtime loss at Southern Maine Jan. 10, had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Pierlioni came off the bench to grab eight rebounds in 25 minutes.
Forward Stacy Kent, USM's only senior, led all players with 24 points and also had six rebounds and four steals. She was 5-for-7 from three-point range and 7-for-8 from the foul line. Sophomore guard Kaylie DeMillo, who converted two four-point players against Eastern and scored a game-high 23 points in the first meeting, had 14 points, but missed eight of ten three-point field goals. Sophomore forward Kristi Violette, the LEC's top rebounder, had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points.
Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore Amber Petrizzo qualifies for New England meet at 400 meters
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University women's track and field juniors Erika Barber (Portland) and Brittany Kitt (Bloomfield) each won individual events and sophomore Amber Petrizzo (Plainville) qualified for post-season competition in her first meet of the season Saturday at the non-scoring Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at the Bacon Field House.
At left: Amber Petrizzo
Barber cleared ten feet in the pole vault for the third straight meet and remained unbeaten in four meets this year. Her ten-foot mark topped a field of four competitors; Kitt captured the weight throw for the first time in her career with a personal-best toss of 44-1 ¼ and she also placed third among 12 competitors in the shot put (35-10); Competing in her first indoor meet of the year, Petrizzo attained the qualifying time at 400 meters to compete in the New England Division III Championship. She was timed in 1:02.80 in taking fourth place in a field of 35. She also sprinted to a ninth-place finish among 35 competitors at 200 meters (28.13).
Freshman Alex Barner (Woodstock) posted a personal-best mark of 39-3 ¼ in the weight throw to finish fourth. Her distance was only nine inches shy of the New England Division III Championship standard.
Kitt (shot and weight) and Barber (pole vault) have already qualified for New England Division III competition.
Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Saturday at Gorham, ME.
In final tuneup for LEC meet, D'Elia, Hunt, Lungren individual winners
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Junior Dave Hunt (New Milford), sophomore Mike D'Elia (Windham) and freshman Ben Lungren (Niantic) all won individual events for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team at the non-scoring Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at the Bacon Field House.
At left: Mike D'Elia
In the team's final tuneup before next Saturday's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship, D'Elia set a personal record of 52.32 in besting a field of 23 at 400 meters. Competing at 3,000 meters for the first time since transferring from the Division I level, Hunt outran a field of eight in a time of 9:25.14. Lungren cleared 13 feet for the third straight time, reaching that exact height to out-jump two other competitors.
Many of the additional impressive performances were turned in by first-year participants, all of whom but one are freshmen: Steve Clayton (North Haven) at 800 meters, Nick Pates (East Haven) at 200 and 400 meters, first-year sophomore Connor Patros (Columbia) and Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY) at 55 meters, Milan Sands (Springfield, MA) in the shot put, and Alex Springer (Willimantic) in the long jump.
Clayton was third among 14 competitors in his event, Pates sixth among 29 in the 200 and third among 23 in the 400, Rickets fourth and Patros fifth in a field of 19, Sands third among 15 and Springer fourth in a field of 15.
At 400 meters, D'Elia fell .32 shy of qualifying for the New England Division III Championship At 200 meters, Pates (23.80) missed the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Meet by just more than a half-second; Patros' personal record time of 6.79 in the qualifying heat of the 55 was one-hundreth of a second shy of the New England Division III qualifying standard. Springer (20-3 ¾) was just more than two inches shy of the New England qualifying mark in the long jump with his personal record distance. Sands also set a personal best in the shot.
Lungren has already qualified for the New England meet in the pole vault and long jump and Ricketts at 55 meters.
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.--The Little East Conference and EZStream.com
will partner to video broadcast the University of Southern Maine at Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's basketball conference doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 live from the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium in Willimantic, Conn.
The first-ever LittleEast.tv broadcast of a Little East Conference basketball doubleheader will feature a full production shoot: a high quality video resolution with audio and visual graphics.The link for the broadcast can be found on the Little East Conference web site (http://www.littleeast.tv/)
The Eastern Connecticut State University tandem of Tristan Hobbes and Nick Magoulas - the voices of Eastern internet athletic broadcasts throughout the academic year -- will provide the play-by-play call and color commentary, beginning at 12:50 p.m.
Southern Maine (16-4, 6-3 LEC) will square off against the Warriors (18-2, 8-1 LEC) in women's basketball at 1 p.m., while the Southern Maine (4-16, 1-8 LEC) and Eastern Connecticut (9-11, 3-6 LEC) men's teams will follow in the second game of the doubleheader.
In women's action, defending regular-season conference champion Southern Maine looks for the season sweep of Eastern, which unseated the Huskies in overtime in last year's LEC tournament title game at Gorham, ME. Southern Maine is the last team to defeat Eastern this year (in overtime at Gorham, ME Jan. 10). The Warriors, ranked No. 20 in this week's D3Hoops.com national poll, have won nine straight since that loss. Eastern shares first place in the conference with Western Connecticut State University, which visits UMass Boston Saturday. Southern Maine, which has won three straight since dropping three of four, is tied with Keene State College for third place in the LEC. Keene visits UMass Dartmouth Saturday.
The men's game features teams scuffling to finish in the first division of the eight-team conference, which provides those teams with a first-round LEC tournament home game Feb. 24. Eastern is in sixth place in the conference, one game back of Western Connecticut. The Huskies are tied for last with UMass Boston. Western visits UMass Boston Saturday. Backed by 61.3 percent shooting, Eastern prevailed, 89-74, when the teams met Jan. 10 at Gorham, ME.
Each Little East Conference will be archived on LittleEast.tv at the conclusion of each contest.
LittleEast.tv made its debut on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team defeated Tufts University from the Tripp Athletic Center. The semifinals and final of the LEC men's and women's basketball tournaments scheduled for later this month, will also be streamed live by LittleEast.tv.
No. 20 Warriors down Salem State in non-conference contest
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team used an eight-point run late in the first half to take control, then cemented its ninth straight win with another eight-point burst midway through the second half in a 76-51 non-conference win over Salem State College Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
At left: Jessica Moriarty
(Matt Judd photo)
The win is the third in the last four years for Eastern (18-2) over Salem State (7-13). Both teams competed in last year's NCAA Division III tournament, the Vikings reaching the second round in its 24th NCAA appearance.
Leading by five with just over four minutes left in the first half, the No. 20 nationally-ranked Warriors scored eight straight points and ten of the final 14 of the stanza to take an 11-point, 42-31 advantage into the lockerrrom.
Eastern pushed its lead to 17 through the first seven minutes of the second half. After the Vikings closed to within 11 with ten minutes left in the game, sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) scored the first five points of another eight-point run that re-stored the lead to 19, 62-43, with eight minutes left. Moriarty sank two free throws (Eastern's 10th and 11th without a miss to that point) to start the decisive second-half run, and after Salem missed two shots and turned the ball over on its ensuing three possessions, Moriarty nailed a three-point shot to make it 59-43.
Ranked second nationally in scoring defense (48.4 ppg. allowed) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (.319), Eastern limited Salem to just 13 second-half points in building a 25-point lead with four minutes left in the game. Salem shot 33.9 percent in the game, 28.6 percent in the second half.
Senior forward Ashley McFetridge (Canton) recorded her third double-double in four games with game-highs of 19 points and ten rebounds. Senior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) had 15 points, six assists, five rebonds and three steals and Moriarty 12 points and five rebounds. McFetridge, Amato and Moriarty combined to convert 17 of 28 shots from the floor.
Salem junior center Danielle Jenkins, who had 20 points and nine rebounds when the Vikins beat Eastern, 64-54, a year ago, was hampered by foul trouble throughout. Saddled with three fouls in the first six minutes of the game, Jenkins did not score (taking only three shots) and had just three rebounds in 17 minutes before fouling out with 6:17 left.
Junior guard Jakoya Wilkins led Salem with 13 points and did not commit a turnover in 34 minutes. Junior guard Kerry Stokes added 11 points and freshman forward Lindsey Burke came off the bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds.
Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference game Saturday at 1 p.m. The Warriors share the conference lead with Western Connecticut. Southern Maine is the last team to defeat Eastern, winning in overtime when the teams met Jan. 10 at Gorham.
Ortiz (27 points) sparks Eastern to first home win in nearly two months
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford) sank six three-point field goals - a key one coming with three minutes left - to help lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team to a 75-69 non-conference win over Wesleyan University Wednesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
At left: Edwin Ortiz
The home win is the first for Eastern (9-11) in nearly two months and drops Wesleyan's (6-14) road record to 1-8. Eastern had lost by an identical score Saturday to UMass Boston.
Wednesday, Eastern led by eight with seven minutes, and after the Cardinals pulled to within one, the Warriors went on a critical 9-2 run to build an eight-point, 70-62 lead with 1:19 left. Ortiz drilled his final three-pointer after Wesleyan had pulled to within one, freshman post player Jeremy Thompson (Berlin) swished two free throws 40 seconds later, and sophomore guard Courtney Simmons (Middletown) hit a 15-foot jumper in the lane to make it 68-61 with 1:39 left. After Thompson converted two free throws to make it 66-61, Ortiz stole the ball to set up Simmons' jumper that made it 68-61 with 1:39 left.With Eastern leading by four with 19 seconds left, Simmons sank two free throws, and Ortiz added a pair with three seconds left to ice the win.
Having struggled all season long at the free throw line (54.8 percent), the Warriors responded Wednesday down the stretch. Beginning with Thompson's two freebies with 2:21 left, Eastern connected on seven of nine the rest of the way to seal the win.
Ortiz led all players with a season-high 27 points and also chipped in seven rebounds. Since returning to the starting lineup over the last four games, Ortiz is averaging 19.8 points and is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from three-point range. His point total moved him to within 54 of 1,000 in his career.
Ortiz was 9-for-17 from the floor (6-for-11 from "three"). Freshman guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) added 14 points (6-for-10 from the floor) and Thompson totaled ten points in ten minutes. He was 4-for-5 from the floor.Sophomore post player Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to help Eastern to a +10 advantage on the boards. The hosts nearly doubled Wesleyan's second-half rebound total.
Eastern equaled its third-lowest turnover total of the season with 12.
Wesleyan shot 57.1 percent in the first half - scoring the majority of its points from close range - but trailed by four at the break. Eastern commited only five first-half turnovers, scored 12 points off 11 Wesleyan turnovers, and cashed in with eight second-chance points.
Jason Mendell led Wesleyan with 23 points. He was 8-for-15 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from three-point range. Stan Grayson added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Grayson was 8-for-13 from the floor.
Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.
Arisco (below) swims fastest times in three events, breaks 400 IM record
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomores Amy Arisco (Wallingford) and Maria Altieri (Hamden) each won two events and swam the fastest times on an exhibition basis in one additional event each as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team closed out the regular season with a 152-102 victory over Western New England College Wednesday night at the Sports Center pool
The win is the fifth straight for Eastern (8-2) over Western New England (4-7). The meet was the final in the regular season for both teams, which prepare for the New England Championships Feb. 20-22 at North Dartmouth, Mass.
Eastern swimmers posted the fastest times in 13 of 14 events Wednesday. They won ten events and recorded the fastest times while swimming on an exhibition basis in three others. Ashley Peterson captured the 200 yard backstroke for Western New England.
Competing in the 400 indiviudal medley for only the second time in her collegiate career, Arisco chopped over six seconds off her previous best, breaking Sarah Barber's four-year old record by more than two seconds. Arisco was timed in 4:52.68, besting junior teammate Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) by 25 seconds.
Arisco also won the 100 butterfly and had the fastest time in the 100 individual medley. Altieri claimed the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke and swam the fastest time in the 50 butterfly.
Junior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) was also a double winner, taking the 50 and 100 freestyle. .Other individual winners included Dombrowski in the 1,000 freestyle, junior Jessica Wilson (Torrington) in the 50 breaststroke, and junior Liza Welling (Marlborough) in the 50 backstroke.
Sophomore Katie Curran (Norwood, MA), Wilson, Arisco and Doheny combined on the winning 200 medley relay, and Doheny, Wilson, freshman Jessica Berg (Groton) and Welling teamed on the 200 freestyle relay which posted the fastest time on an exhibition basis.
Warriors also make first appearance in USA Today/ESPN Top 25
After making its first appearance in this year's D3Hoops.com Division III Top 25 last week, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team has jumped five spots to No. 20 in the ninth weekly rating, announced today.
Eastern (17-2) won three games last week to stretch its winning streak to eight. The Warriors posted a come-from-behind 64-61 win at Keene State College last Tuesday before routing the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 68-33, Thursday, and UMass Boston, 66-41 Saturday. The Warriors entered last week ranked third nationally in scoring defense and 13th in scoring margin.
In addition to jumping five spots in the D3Hoops.com poll, the Warriors made their first appearance of the season in the ninth weekly USA Today/ESPN Top 25, released Tuesday. Eastern is the only new entry into the USA Today/ESPN poll, debutting at No. 25. Three teams from a week ago dropped out of this week's poll.
Tte D3Hoops.com poll is voted upon by a nationwide panel of coaches, media members and Sports Information Directors. A total of 11 Division III coaches comprise the USA Today/ESPN Board of Coaches. G.P. Gromacki, head coach at Amherst College, is the New England region's voting representative.
Eastern is ranked third among four New England schools in the poll. No. 15 Tufts defeated Eastern, 68-55, in the championship game of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 23
Eastern's starting lineup consists of four seniors and one sophomore: seniors Nicky Morey (Columbia), Ashley McFetridge (Canton), Kate Brunet (Bristol) and Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA),and sophomore Jessica Moriarty (East Haven).
The Warriors host Salem State College Thursday and Little East Conference opponent University of Southern Maine Saturday. Southern Maine is the last team to beat Eastern. Ranked No. 20 nationally at the time, Southern Maine emerged with a 72-64 overtime triumph. At 8-1, Eastern shares first place in the conference with Western Connecticut, with Southern Maine sharing third place at 6-3. The Warriors ended Western's 11-game winning streak Jan. 20.
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
Against UMass Boston, Brunet records first career double-double
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team ran off 19 of the first 23 points of the second half to bolt from a seven-point halftime lead and record a 66-41 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
At left: Kate Brunet
Leading 30-23 at halftime, Eastern (17-2, 8-1 little east) outscored UMass (3-16, 1-8 little east) 19-4 over the first ten minutes of the second half to run away with a 22-point, 49-27 lead. Ranked second nationally in scoring defense, Eastern allowed only one field goal over those first ten minutes. On their first 20 possessions of the second half, the Beacons missed ten shots and turned the ball over eight times.
With its eighth straight win, No. 25 nationally-ranked Eastern maintains a share of first place in the conference with Western Connecticut State University, which whipped visiting Plymouth State University Saturday, 75-49. The top four teams in the conference all defeated the lower four teams Saturday.
Eastern allows an average of only 48.4 points per game this year and has given up less than 50 points in a game 11 times this season, including three of its last four.
Senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol) had her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and didn't turn the ball over in 28 minutes. Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia) - the team scoring leader -- led the Warriors in scoring for the eighth time this year. She equaled her season average with a team-high 14 points.
Five different players contributed points in that decisive 19-4 rush. Morey had seven points -completing a three-point play with a field goal that boosted Eastern's lead to 16, 43-27, with 13 minutes left. Brunet also hit consecutive inside shots in that span and sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) swished the second of her two second-half three-pointers. Brunet reached double figures in points and rebounds with her tenth rebound five minutes into the second half.
Freshman guard Laniece Langford scored nearly half of UMass Boston's points. She led the team witih 20 poitns and eight rebounds but also turned the ball over seen times.
In outscoring UMass 36-18 in the second half, Eastern sank 20 of 25 free throws and UMass missed ten of 11 three-pointers and shot just 22.2 overall from the floor. Eastern did not allow the Beacons to score a field goal off of its 14 turnovers in the game,
outscoring UMass 26-1 in that department.
Eastern hosts Salem State College Thursday at 7 p.m.
UMass Boston snaps long losing streak with help of 19-2 scoring run
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Leading by eight points with eight minutes to play, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team went scoreless from the field for seven minutes and was outscored 19-2 by the University of Massachusetts Boston in a 75-69 Little East Conference loss Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
Kris Johnson (at right) re-gained his three-point shooting touch Saturday by canning six from behind the arc.
The loss is the seventh in the last nine outings for Eastern (8-11, 3-6 little east), which is also 2-7 at home this season. UMass (3-16, 1-8 little east) snapped a 13-game overall losing streak and defeated Eastern for the first time after three straight losses. Eastern routed UMass by 20 when the teams met in mid-December at the Clark Athletic Center.
Shooting under 40 percent from the floor this year, UMass shot 55.1 percent from the floor Saturday, including 60.0 percent in the second half when it wiped out an 11-point halftime deficit. In the second half, UMass outscored Eastern by 17 points in the second half, when it outrebounded the Warriors by 16.
The Beacons overcame 27 turnovers in the game, outscoring Eastern 16-3 on second-chance opportunites.
Eastern senior guard Kris Johnson (Sturbridge, MA) came off the bench to convert a season-high six three-pointers -- all of them coming in the first half on nine attempts. Johnson, who holds the program record for three-pointers in a game (9), had managed only 16 threes this season. He finished with a season-high 18 points, matching the total of junior guard Edwin Ortiz (Hartford). Both players shot 50 percent from the floor.
Eastern outscored UMass 18-6 over the final six minutes of the first half to take an 11-point, 37-26 advantage into the break. Johnson contributed nine of those points with three three-pointers in four tries. Each of Johnson's first four three-pointers in the game gave Eastern a lead. His fifth bucket from beyond the arc stretched the Warriors' lead to eight with just under two minutes left in the first half, and his final one provided Eastern with its largest lead of the game (13 points) a minute before the half.
Ranked last in the Little East Conference in free throw percentage, Eastern failed to convert at least half of its tries for the seventh time this year, missing 15 of 29 (48.3 percent).
Senior guard A.J. Titus of UMass led all scorers with 21 points, ten coming on 15 free throw attempts. Titus was 10-for-14 from the stripe in the second half. Sophomore forward Pat Joseph added 20 points and junior forward Ernst Jean 15. The duo combined to shoot 15-for-24 from the floor. Joseph grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds before fouling out with 44.1 second left, helping UMass outrebound the Warriors by 18.
Eastern hosts Wesleyan University Wednesday at 7 p.m.