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 With 23rd straight LEC win, top-seeded Warriors to face No. 2 Keene

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Jessica Richards (below)

richards web_0069.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team LEClogo-1 WEB.jpgdominated every facet of play in rolling to a 16-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Thursday in the semifinal round of the 2009 Little East Conference playoffs at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

A winner of 23 straight conference games over the last three years, Eastern (9-8) will host second-seeded Keene State College in Saturday's championship match at noon. The Owls eliminated visiting Plymouth State University, 13-7, in Thursday's other semifinal.

The finals appearance will be the fourth straight for Eastern, which split a pair of championship games with Plymouth State before defeating the University of Southern Maine in last year's title tilt. Eastern is the two-time defending champion. Keene is making its second championship game appearance in the eight-year history of the championship. The Owls lost to Plymouth in the 2004 title game.

Eastern junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) scored five goals against UMass Dartmouth (6-11) for the second time this year, adding two assists this time. Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) added a goal and three assists, won 12 of 15 faceoffs, and captured five draws. She also caused two turnovers. As a team, the Warriors were successful on 12 of 13 clears and won 12 of 18 faceoffs.

With its eighth win in the last ten contests, Eastern climbs over the .500 mark for the first time this year. The Warriors are 7-0 against conference opponents this year, 2-8 outside the conference

The shutout is the third in the 14-year history of the program. In 2002, the Warriors outscored Southern Connecticut State University and Southern Maine 42-0 in posting consecutive shutouts in a span of three days.

Eastern Conn. 16, Massachusetts Dartmouth 0

UMass Dartmouth (6-11)       0    0 --   0
Eastern Conn. (9-8)             12    4 -- 16

Goals: Brooke Wayte 5, Ashley Del Vecchio 2, Jackie Bivona 2, Nicole Shusdock 2, Jessica Richards, Dana McLaughlin, Sara Barrett, Taylor MacDonald, Lauren St. Pierre.
Assists:  Jessica Richards 3,  Katie Beers 2, Wayte 2; Ashley Del Vecchio.
Shots: MD-7, E-31; Saves: MD-Liz Miller 8, E-Kristianna Ibsen 2.





Top-seeded Warriors have enough to subdue Plymouth State, 10-5

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Matthew Savage (10) (below)

savagem_WEB9074.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse LEClogo-1 WEB.jpgteam limited fourth-seeded Plymouth State University to just 18 shots and allowed the Panthers only three extra-man opportunities in a 10-5 win in the semifinals of the 2009 Little East Conference playoffs Thursday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

With the win, Eastern (13-3) moves into the LEC championship game for the eighth time in nine years and will host second-seeded Keene State College. The Owls eliminated third-seeded University of Southern Maine, 16-4, Thursday at Keene, NH.

Eastern shut out Plymouth in two of four quarters and held a 47-18 advantage in shots, but needed a strong fourth quarter to pull away. Plymouth managed only four shots in the first half but rebounded in the third quarter, outscoring Eastern 3-1 to make it a one-goal game heading into the final quarter.The Warriors outshot the Pantherse 15-3 in the final quarter, shutting out the visitors and getting goals from juniors Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and Zach Malouf (Norwich), sophomore Brian Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) and senior Matthew Savage (Southington) and two assists from sophomore Brendan Hoppey (Shoreham, NY) to secure the win. Fantl scored on Eastern's first possession off the fourth-quarter faceoff - beating  Plymouth sophomore goalie Kevin Hayes from the right of the cage with a low shot into the left corner. Malouf capitalized with the team's second extra-man goal less than five minutes later to make it 8-5, and Fechtmann followed less than a minute later on a pass from senior Ben Raccio (Hamden).

Averaging over eight penalties a game in the regular season, Eastern was whistled for only four penalties which gave Plymouth only three man-up tries. The Warriors held Plymouth scoreless while being two men down for 30 seconds late in the second quarter.

Eastern sophomore Eric Vasil (Southington), ranked first nationally in ground balls (11.47 per game) and third in faceoff winning percentage (.706), won 17 of 19 faceoffs and retrieved 14 ground balls. After winning all 16 of his faceoffs in a 18-3 regular-season win over Plymouth, Vasil won his first nine tries Thursday.

Matthew Savage scored four of Eastern's goals. Three of his goals came in the second quarter when the Warriors took the lead for good. Savage tallied goals two minutes apart to tie the game and provide Eastern with the lead for good four minutes into the second quarter.

Hayes made 23 saves in net for Plymouth and combined with defensemen Tim Nicholson and Logan Irish for 13 of the Panthers' 25 ground balls.

The win avenges the team's only conference home loss ever. Plymouth emerged with an overtime victory over the top-seeded Warriors in last year's semifinals before losing to Western Connecticut State University in the final.

Eastern and Keene will meet in the playoff final for the sixth time in seven years. Eastern has won three of the five, all of the victories coming at Nevers Field. Eastern has won five LEC playoff championships.

Eastern Conn. 10, Plymouth State U. 5

Plymouth State (7-8)  2 0 3 0 --   5
Eastern Conn. (13-3)  1 4 1 4 -- 10

Goals: P-Andrew Eriksen 2, Brian Giroux, Steve Engel, Dan Maiorana;
E- Matthew Savage 4, Zach Malouf 2, DJ Simmons 2, Maxim Fantl, Brian Fechtmann,
Assists: Giroux, Conor McCullough; E-Brendan Hoppey 2, Michael Glennon, Steve Lane, Malouf, Ben Raccio.
Shots: P-18, E-47; Saves: P-Kevin Hayes 23, E-Kyle Savage 5.




Freshman Dargon defeats Eastern for second time this season, 4-3

Box score.htm                                                       Priscilla Alicea (below)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University scored all of its runs in the third inning on four hits and two errors and freshman pitcher Magen Dargon beat Eastern Connecticut State University for the second time in as many starts this year in the opening round of the Little East Conference softball tournament Thursday at Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on the campus of Rhode Island College.

Third-seeded Eastern (25-10) will play top-seeded and three-time defending tournament champion Rhode Island College Friday at 10 a.m., needing a win to stay alive in the losers' bracket. Rhode Island defeated sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine, 5-2, Thursday. Western Connecticut (22-17) faces fifth-seeded Plymouth State University in a winners' bracket game Friday at noon.

Luigina Facchini homered in Western's four-run third inning, the first extra base hit other than a double allowed by Eastern freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) this season. Rathbun, rated second nationally in least hits allowed per seven innings (2.76) and third in ERA (0.50), answered in the bottom of  the third with a two-run home -- her team-leading fourth this year -- to to cut the Western lead to 4-3, but Dargon limited Eastern to three hits over the final four innings.Dargon had pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 3-1 win over Eastern on April 14 after Rathbun had tossed a five-inning one-hit shutout in the opener.

Two Eastern errors led to an unearned run in the third inning. After committing only seven errors in their first 18 northern games, the Warriors have been charged witih 12 in their last seven contests.

Freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) reached safely three times for Eastern with a single, walk and her team-leading seventh triple  to improve her team-leading batting average to .424. She also stole her 19th base of the year. Senior Rachel Denny (East Haddam)  had two hits, including a double for Eastern. Dargon and Rathbun both allowed seven hits in route-going performances. Dargon fanned four and walked two while Rathbun fanned six and walked three.

Eastern dropped 2-1, 6-4 decisions to Rhode Island College this past Saturday in Providence.


 Junior righty fans 13, allows only four baserunners in seven innings

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fontaine WEB_9845.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- Junior righty Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI) dominated Wheaton College by allowing only four baserunners and striking out a season-high 13 batters as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team topped the Lyons, 11-0, Wednesday night at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Matt Fontaine

Ranked No. 9 in Division III and third in New England, Eastern (29-6) moves to within a victory of  its ninth straight 30-win season. The Warriors have won at least 30 games in 25 of the last 36 seasons under 41st-year coach Bill Holowaty. Ranked fifth in New England, Wheaton (29-10) has dropped seven of its last 12 and is 12-9 since opening the season with a 17-1 record.  Eastern won its first 13 games this year but lost six of its next 14 before putting together its current eight-game winning streak.

Fontaine (5-1) faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. In seven innings, he allowed two hits and walked one and one also reached on an infield error. He struck out the side in the  fifth and sixth, fanning at least two in all but one inning. He has struck out at least ten batters in three of his last four starts.

Seniors Shawn Gilblair (Windham) and Andrew Magliola (East Haven) and junior Melvin Castillo (Danbury) all had two hits in Eastern's 12-hit attack which featured four doubles. Gilblair and No. 9 hitter Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls) each scored twice and senior Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) drove in two runs.

Sophomore Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and junior John Parke (Middlefield) extending current hitting streaks to 11 and ten, respectively, with one hit each. Schult doubled and scored in the third and Parke had an RBI single in his final at-bat in the seventh.

Cleanup hitter Sean Munley broke up Fontaine's perfect game witih a leadoff single cleanly through the right side of the infield in the fifth inning, and also reached on a walk with one out  in the seventh. Hadi Raad reached on an error leading off the sixth and Paul Malaguti singled with two out and Munley on first in the seventh. Munley was the only Wheaton to reach third  when he advanced on Malaguti's single, but Fontaine finished his night's work with an inning- ending strikeout on a 3-2 pitch.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University this weekend in a best-of-three series in the opening round of the Little East Conference tournament. The teams play twice Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. A third game, in needed, is scheduled for Sunday at time TBA.

Eastern Conn. 11, Wheaton College (MA) 0

Wheaton (29-10)         000     000     000 --- 0     3  1
Eastern Conn. (29-6)   021     400    31x  -- 11  12  1

Louie Bernardini (3-3), Kevin Calabro (6), Jared Barnes (7), Chad Kasik (8) and Jeff Lieneck. Matt Fontaine (5-1), Wes Dutton (8), Chris Wojick (9) and Andrew Magliola. 2B-Hal Landers (W), Jim Schult, Melvin Castillo, Andrew Dewing, Joe Cousineau (E).



Pitching holds Bantams without an earned run in 5-2, 1-0 home victories

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yeomans WEB_9759.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior Katie Pensiero (Stamford) and freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) held Trinity College without an earned run and the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team scored the deciding runs in its first at-bat in both games in posting a 5-2, 1-0 non-conference doubleheader sweep of Trinity College Tuesday night at Howard Spector Field.

At left: Christine Yeomans

Rathbun (16-3) pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with nine strikeouts in the opener and Pensiero (7-2) pitched six scoreless inning in the nightcap. Rathbun returned to get the final outs in the second game to record her third saves.

Third-seeded Eastern (25-9) opens play in the six-team, double-elimination Little East Conference tournament Thursday at Rhode Island College, facing fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University at 2 p.m. The teams split a doubleheader April 14 at Danbury.

Against Trinity, Rathbun was nicked for two unearned runs on eight hits in eight innings of work in lowering her ERA to 0.47. She struck out 11 and walked two and hit a batter.
In the first game, Eastern scored three runs in the first after there were two out and none on but was held scoreless before finally adding two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after Trinity (14-17) pulled to within a run with two unearned runs in the top of the inning.

Trinity stranded 18 runners in the doubleheader. Ten of the LOBs came in Game 2, when it left the bases loaded in the fifth and two runners aboard in the second and third.  In the fifth, the Bantams loaded the bases on two singles (one was an infield single) and a walk, but Pensiero got a strikeout on three pitches to leave the bags full.

Ranked No. 5 in New England, Eastern completed its eighth sweep up north when senior  Rachel Denny (East Haddam)  drove in the only run of the game with a first-inning single that scored freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford). Alicea led off the inning with a single, continued to second on an outfield error, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford).

In the first inning of the opener, Denny drew a two-out walk before the Warriors got three consecutive RBI extra-base hits by Rathbun (double), juniors Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) (triple) and Kim Church (Farmington) (double).  Church, Dinihanian and freshman Christine Yeomans (Durham) all had two hits in the opener. After the Bantams scored two unearned runs off Rathbun in the top of the sixth without the aid of a hit, the Warriors answered by adding two pad runs on four hits in the bottom of the frame.  Yeomans squeezed home Church from third for the first run and senior Courtney Caswell (Wakefield, RI) made it 5-2 by stealing home on a play initiated by Yeomans at first.

Alicea had two of Eastern's seven hits in the second game, including a triple (her team-leading sixth) in the third. She tried scoring when the relay got past the third baseman, but was thrown out at home.

Six different players scored Eastern's runs in the doubleheader, with Church and Dinihanian collecting three hits and Alicea and Yeomans two each. Eastern batters struck out only once, while Pensiero and Rathbun combined for 17.

Batting leadoff, Katherine Stoltenberg had five of the Bantams' 12 hits in the doubleheader. Ariana Mullin had three hits on the evening.

Game 1
Eastern Conn. 5, Trinity College 2

Trinity (14-16)              000 002 0 -- 2 7 0
Eastern Conn. (24-9)    300 002 x -- 5 9 2

Katherine Poulos (8-9) and Ariana Mullin. Molly Rathbun (16-3) and Nikki Mustin. 2B-Nicole Nardella (T), Rathbun, Kim Church (E); 3B-Ashley Sullivan (E).

Game 2
Eastern Conn. 1, Trinity College 0

Trinity (14-17)               000 000 0 -- 0 5 1
Eastern Conn. (25-9)    100 000 x -- 1 7 1

Kristen Anderson (1-5) and Ariana Mullin. Katie Pensiero (7-2), Molly Rathbun (7) and Rachel Denny, Nikki Mustin (7). Save-Rathbun (3). 3B-Priscilla Alicea (E). 





Bass homers and doubles twice, Tingley sharp in late relief

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MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Junior Travis Bass (West Hartford) and sophomore Robert Perry (Manchester) each hit second-inning home runs and drove in three runs in the game and junior lefty Mike Tingley (Rockville) provided timely middle relief as the Eastern Connecticut STate University baseball team held off Tufts University, 8-4, Monday night at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Travis Bass

The win is the seventh straight for Eastern (28-6), ranked No. 9 nationally and third in New England. Tufts (16-16) had won four straight, eight of nine and 11 of 13 entering play.

Perry and Bass hit home runs in a six-run Eastern second inning and Bass added an RBI double and scored when the Warriors tacked on two key insurance runs in the top of the eighth after the Jumbos had whittled the lead to two by scoring five unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning.

With Pat O'Donnell pitching effectively in relief, Tufts scored four unearned runs in the fifth
inning on on four hits (two of them infield hits) and three Eastern errorsto cut a six-run defficit to 6-4. Still trailing by two, Tufts threatened in the seventh by loading the bases with one out. At that point, Tingley took over for sophomore starter Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and ended the threat by getting cleanup hitter Nate Bankoff on a swinging third strike, and inducing a ground ball to second. Tingley struck out the side in the ninth before departing after walking the first batter of the ninth.

Schult (3-0) allowed seven hits, fanning six, hitting two and walking two before giving way to Tingley. Schult gave up only one free pass until the seventh, when he loaded the bases by walking the leadoff batter and hitting the next two. O'Donnell gave up only two hits with seven strikeouts in five innings to keep Tufts close at 6-4. In the eighth after there were two out, junior John Parke (Middlefield) singled and Bass plated him with a double to make it 7-4 and Schult singled to make it 8-4.

Bass and Schult each had three hits while Sam Sager and LeResche had two hits apiece for Tufts. LeResche had a two-run single in Tufts' four-run fifth.

Eastern hosts Wheaton College (MA) Wednesday at 7 p.m..

Eastern Conn. 8, Tufts U. 4

Tufts U. (16-16)             000    040    000 -- 4      7  2
Eastern Conn. (28-6)     060    000    02x -- 8    10   3

Chase Rose (0-3), Pat O'Donnell (3) and Alex Perry. Jim Schult (3-0), Mike Tingley (7), Wes Dutton (9) and Andrew Magliola. 2B-David LeResche, Rose (T), Travis Bass 2, Schult 2 (E); HR-Bass (3), Robert Perry (1) (E).


Rathbun equals collegiate high with 15 strikeouts in 2-1 first-game win

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rathbun WEB_9589.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) struck out 15 batters for the second time in her last three starts and senior Rachel Denny (East Haddam) hit a game-ending tenth-inning sacrifice fly as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team edged Keene State College, 2-1 in ten innings, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Howard Spector Field.

At left: Molly Rathbun

In the second game, Keene State (22-12, 10-4 little east) freshman Courtney Savoie twirled a two-hit shutout as the Owls salvaged a split with a 2-0 victory that handed Eastern (23-9, 10-4 little east) its third conference loss in two days.

Later Sunday night, Keene scored three times in the bottom of the tenth inning to upend regular-season champion Rhode Island College, 9-8, in the completion of a halted game from April 10. Keene denied Rhode Island a perfect conference season with the win  that also gave the Owls the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at Rhode Island College. Eastern is seeded third and will face fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University in an opening-round game at 2 p.m.

Denny's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth inning scored freshman pinch runner Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) to give Eastern the Game 1 win. Keene reached Rathbun for four of its game total of five hits in taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but Eastern tied the first game in the bottom of the sixth with an unearned run when Denny's two-out single was booted in the outfield, allowing freshman rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) to score from first.

Both teams ran into double plays in the late innings of the first game when runners were caught off the bag on routine fly balls to the respective centerfielders. Keene's running error cost them an opportunity in the top of the tenth and set the stage for Eastern's game-ending rally in the bottom of the inning. With a runner placed on second in the bottom of the tenth in accordance with tie-breaker rules, Eastern sophomore leftfielder Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) moved pinch runner Manzo to third with a sacrifice bunt. Two intentional walks loaded the bases for Denny. The program's career RBI leader, Denny sent the first pitch she saw from reliever Samantha Pratt to left field deep enough to send in Manzo with the winning run.

In the second game, Katie Bradford hit a two-out solo home run on a two-strike pitch to give Keene a 1-0 lead in the second, and Bradford walked and scored on an RBI single by No. 9 hitter Laura Chandler to make it 2-0 in the sixth. Senior Katie Pensiero (Stamford) lost for only the second time in eight decisions this year, recording her third complete game in 11 starts. Pensiero fanned seven and walked three and matched Rathbun by limiting Keene to only five hits.

Leading 1-0 in the second game, Keene put its first two runners aboard on errors in the fourth, but Pensiero got a swinging strikeout and line drive out to second to end the threat. Keene threatened again in the fifth but stranded runners on second and third (the Owls left nine runners on in the game) when Pensiero induced a ground ball and got an inning-ending strikeout. The Owls finally tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Bradford scored from second on Chandler's two-out RBI single.

In the first game, Keene leadoff hitter Jenna Patnode stole her 33rd and 34th bases of the season without being caught, but was stranded at second both times.

Savoie, one of four freshman pitchers that comprise the Keene staff, pitched a complete- fanned seven and walked four in the nightcap to post her seventh win in ten decisions. Eastern stranded two runners in the first and two in the fourth in the second game.





Top seed records seventh perfect conference season in nine years

Box score.HTMmlaxsrsWEB_0316.jpg                         Eastern's Class of 2009 was honored prior to the match

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Conecticut State University men's lacrosse team closed out its seventh perfect Little East Conference season in nine years of championship play with a 17-3 verdict over Salem State College Saturday on Seniors' Day at Thomas Nevers Field.

Eastern (12-3, 7-0 little east) finished unbeaten in the LEC regular season for the second straight season and has now won 14 straight conference regular-season matches dating back to the final regular-season contest of 2007.  The Warriors are 8-0 all-time against Salem State (6-9, 2-5 little east), which re-joined the conference this year after a five-year hiatus. The Vikings re-gained varsity status last year after four seasons on the club level.

Having clinched the playoffs' No. 1 seed during the week with a win over Western Connecticut, Eastern will host a playoff semifinal-round game Thursday against the winner of a Tuesday first-round game between No. 4 Plymouth State and No. 5 UMass Dartmouth. Salem is the No. 6  and final seed and will play a first-round road playoff game Tuesday at No. 3 U. of Southern Maine.

Every player in uniform saw action for Eastern, with 15 different players contributing a goal or assist and 19 picking up at least one ground ball. Sophomore midfielder Eric Vasil (Southington), the national ground ball leader, picked up seven ground balls by winning seven of eight faceoffs to improve his season faceoff percentage to .707 - sixth best in Division III. Senior attack Matthew Savage's (Southington) third of three goals in the game was his 40th of the season.

Eastern's defense limited Salem to just one goal an 13 shots after the first quarter.

Eastern's special teams recorded six goals - four in man-up and two in man-down situations. In a five-goal first quarter, sophomore attack Brian Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) and senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) both scored short-handed goals and senior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic) added a man-up strike.

Eastern remained undefeated all-time in 30 regular-season conference games at Thomas Nevers Field. Until this year, Eastern had not won 12 matches prior to conference playoff competition since capturing 13 of 14 games in 2001.

 Eastern Conn. 17, Salem State College 3

Salem State (6-9, 2-5 little east)            2    0   0   1 --   3
Eastern Conn. (12-3, 7-0 little east)       5    4  2    6 -- 17

Goals:  S-Jonathan Falls 2, Padriac Boscoe. E- DJ Simmons 4. Matthew Savage 3,
Brian Fechtmann 2, Vinny Tornatore 2, Eric Vasil, Steve Lane, Michael Glennon, Michael Sullinger, Parker Geane, John Carney.
Assists: S-Robert Mulroy. E- Simmons 2, John Epley, Maxim Fantl, Brendan Hoppey,
Lane, Will Lathrop, Zach Malouf, M. Savage, Vasil.
Shots: S-17, E-53. Saves: S-Brendan Gill 24 (10 goals allowed, 55:15 min.), Rick Melanson 0 (1, 4:45); E-Kyle Savage 8 (2 goals allowed, 40:00 min.), Jamie Tommins 0 (1, 6:00), Stephen Goomrigian 0 (0, 5:00).


With win over RIC, Warriors extend conference winning streak to 22

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team extended its Little East Conference winning streak to 22 and completed its third straight undefeated conference regular season with a 19-5 victory over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon.

At right: Brooke Wayte

 The No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs, Eastern (8-8, 6-0 little east) will host the winner of a Tuesday first-round game between No. 4 seed UMass Dartmouth and No. 5 seed U. of Southern Maine in the playoff semifinals. A semifinal win move Eastern into Saturday championship game at Mansfield.

Ten different players contributed to the scoring at Rhode Island (1-14, 0-6 little east) , with nine scoring goals.

Eastern closed out the regular season with a 7-2 record after losing six of its first seven. The Warriors have reached the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) had four goals and three assists for Eastern to give her a team-leading 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in six LEC regular-season games. Junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) added three goals to give her a team-leading 19 goals in six LEC games. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) contributed a career-high four goals. Senior defenders Sara Barrett (Bourne, MA) and Jackie Bivona (Middlebury) combined for 11 ground balls and MacDonald won seven draws.

Freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) lowered her LEC goals-against average to 8.00 and improved her save pct. in conference games to .520.

Eastern Conn. 19, Rhode Island College 5

Eastern Conn. (8-8, 6-0 little east)    10    9 -- 19
R.I. College (1-14, 0-6 little east)        3    2 --   5

Goals: E-Taylor MacDonald 4, Ashley Del Vecchio 4, Brooke Wayte 3, Katie Beers 2, Jackie Bivona 2, Courtney Bedocs, Jessica Richards, Megan Barrett, Lauren St. Pierre.
R- Nichole Drolet 3, Suany Almonte 2.
Assists: E-MacDonald 3, Sara Barrett, Bedocs, Beers.
Shots: E-42, R-21; Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 8, R-Hilary Switzer 18.




Southern Maine matches Warriors' sweep to nail down top  seed

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WALTHAM, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team tied a 27-year-old record with 29 hits in a 32-4 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the first game en route to a Little East Conference doubleheader sweep at Yetten Field.

At right: Robert Perry

Eastern (27-6, 11-3 little east) completed conference regular-season play with its eighth straight LEC win in the nightcap, racing out to a 7-1 lead and holding on for an 8-6 victory. The University of Southern Maine clinched its first outright LEC regular-season championship since 2001 by sweeping Rhode Island College, 3-0, 14-11 Saturday.

The top four seeds in the final standings will host first-round best-of-three series this weekend. The four series winners will advance to a four-team double-elimination LEC tournament May 7-9, hosted by the top remaining seed. Eastern will host No. 7 seed Western Connecticut State University Saturday in a doubleheader. If the teams split, a final game is scheduled for Sunday.No times have yet been announced. The teams split a pair of single games this year at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. Western won, 5-3, April 10 and Eastern, 14-5, Friday.

In the first game, Eastern tied a 27-year-old record by collecting  29 hits against six UMass Boston (14-20, 6-6 little east). The Warriors' run total fell one shy of the program record. Fourteen players had at least one hit in the first game, with sophomore Robert Perry (Manchester) tying the program record by recording three of the team's program-record 11 doubles. Senior Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) hit his second career grand slam in the eighth inning and junior Melvin Castillo (Danbury) unloaded a bases-clearing triple in an eight-run sixth. Batting 1-2 in the lineup, juniors John Parke (Middlefield) and Travis Bass (West Hartford) each had four hits and combined to score seven runs and drive in five. Perry had five hits, scored four runs and drove in three.

Sophomore lefty Bill Roveto (South Windsor) earned a three-inning save (his first career decision) in relief of senior lefty Shawn Gilblair (Windham). Roveto is the son of former Eastern pitcher Rob Roveto, who was credited with a three-inning save in the 1982 national champion game win over Cal State Stanislaus. 

In the second game, Parke hit a leadoff home run and the Warriors carried a 7-1 lead into the eighth inning. Sophomore Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) doubled home two runs and added an RBI single in the game. Junior Will Musson (Wethersfield) remained unbeaten in six starts this year, pitching into the eighth . He fanned nine and walked two. Senior James Kukucka (Vernon) allowed a sacrifice fly but stranded the tying run on first to record his first save.

In the doubleheader, Perry totaled eight hits (four doubles), scored six runs and drove in four. Bass and Parke (two doubles, a triple and home run) each had seven hits and four RBI and combined to score 11 runs. Hobbes drove in five runs, Castillo and Schult four each.

Eastern hosts Tufts University Monday at 7 p.m.



Looking for a repeat of 2008, Warriors drop two close games, 2-1, 6-4

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denny r WEB_5922.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island College softball team scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh of the opener and wiped out a one-run Eastern Connecticut State University lead with three runs in the fourth inning of the nightcap in posting a 2-1, 6-4 Little East Conference sweep Saturday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on the RIC campus.

At left: Rachel Denny

A year ago, Eastern (22-8, 9-3 little east) defeated Rhode Island (34-3-1, 11-0-1 little east) twice on the final day of the regular season to pull even in the final conference standings and gain the No. 1 seed in the LEC playoffs. This time, Michelle Perrin plated No. 9 hitter Donielle Mattoon from second base with the winning run to give RIC a 2-1 win in the first game. In the nightcap, the Anchorwomen answered a three-run Eastern third inning with a three-run inning in the fourth for a 6-4 lead in clinching the top seed and at least a share of the regular-season title.

Eastern freshman pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and RIC sophomore pitcher  Amanda Berard opposed each other as the starting pitchers in the first game, and both returned in relief in the nightcap. Berard (12-1) was credited with both wins while Rathbun (14-3) lost the opener and did not figure in the decision in the second game. Rathbun gave up only four hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts and three walks in the first game, and tossed 2 ½ shutout innings as the third of three Eastern pitchers in the second game.
Rhode Island will host the six-team, double-elimination conference tournament beginning Thursday. The Anchorwomen have won or shared the last five regular-season titles.
Trailing 3-1 in the second game, Eastern scored three times in the third inning on  a three-run home run by career home run leader Rachel Denny (East Haddam)
for a 4-3 lead - the 20th of her career -- but the hosts answered with three of their own in the fourth. Freshman Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) replaced senior  Katie Pensiero (Stamford) to start the fourth inning in a 3-3 tie, but did not last the inning. After getting the first out, she gave up singles to four of the next five batters. Rathbun got the final out with a strikeout and closed out with two scoreless innings.

Trailing 6-4 in the nightcap, Eastern left  four runners aboard over the final three innings. After Berard struck out the first two batters of the seventh, No. 9 hitter Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) singled and freshman outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) doubled before Berard stranded the tying run in scoring position by getting junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington) to line out to third to end the game. Church's first home run of the year had staked Eastern to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2.

Alicea had four of Eastern's 12 hits on the day, with Dinihanian, Church and junior outfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) adding two each. Alicea, who also stole two bases, upped her team-leading batting average to .449.

Eastern is scheduled to play its final regular-season conference games Sunday with a 2 p.m. home doubleheader against Keene State College.


Three hurlers combine on three-hitter in two LEC victories

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At right: Rosie Manzo

 NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior Katie Pensiero (Stamford) pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout in the opener and freshmen Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) and Molly Rathbun (Hebron) combined on a one-hit shutout in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2-0, 5-0 in Little East Conference action Friday afternoon at the UMD Athletic Complex.

The LEC doubleheader is the first of three scheduled doubleheaders in three days for  Eastern (22-6, 9-1 little east), which visits two-time defending playoff champion Rhode Island College Saturday in a 1 p.m. twinbill in Providence before returning home to host Keene State College in a 2 p.m. makeup doubleheader with Keene State Sunday. Rhode Island leads the conference with a 9-0-1 LEC mark. The Anchorwomen visit Western Connecticut Sunday in a conference doubleheader that closes out their season. Last year, Eastern swept RIC on the final day of the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs.

Now 36-2 all-time against UMass (7-21, 2-10 little east), Eastern has won six straight this year and has swept four of five conference doubleheaders.

Pensiero (6-1) won her 27th career game in the opener, allowing only two singles while striking out four and walking one. Manzo (2-2) allowed only one hit in six innings of the second game before Rathbun fanned two in a 1-2-3 seventh as the duo faced only two batters over the minimum 21 over seven innings.  Neither second-game pitcher walked a batter. After giving up a two-out single in the first inning, Manzo retired 14 straight before hitting the leadoff batter in the sixth.

Freshman rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford), last week's LEC Rookie-of-the-Week, reached base seven times and stole three bases in the doubleheader. Alicea had three singles and four walks and scored two runs. Junior centerfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) also had three hits, drove in two runs, and stole two bases. Alicea and Sullivan share the team batting lead at .429 and have combined to steal 27 of 29 bases. Senior first baseman Rachel Denny (East Haddam) reached four times with a single and three walks and scored two runs.

Eastern played perfect defense in each game, marking its 18 straight game of one or no errors. The Warriors have commited only one error in their  last five games and have improved their team fielding average to .977.



Warriors down UMass Dartmouth for 21st straight conference victory, 14-4

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Jessica Richards (far right in photo)

MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team forced its second-highest turnover total of the year, limiting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to one goal on five shots in the second half in clinching the top seed in the Little East Conference Tournament with a 14-4 win Friday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The conference win is the 21st straight over a three-year period for Eastern (7-8, 5-0 little east), which earned the top seed for the third straight year. The Warriors will host an LEC playoff semifinal Thursday. A loser of three straight after a five-game winning streak, UMass Dartmouth (5-9, 2-3 little east) drops into a two-way tie for fourth place in the standings. Eastern and Keene draw first-round byes as the top two finishers in the standings. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will host the No. 6 and No. 5 seeds, respectively, in first-round matches Tuesday.

Eastern can clinch its third straight unbeaten regular season Saturday at 1 p.m.when it visits winless Rhode Island College, which has been eliminated from playoff contention. UMass Dartmouth visits Western Connecticut and Keene State travels to the University of Southern Maine on the final day of the regular season.

Leading 6-3 at halftime, Eastern outshot UMass 16-5 and outscored the Corsairs 8-1 in the second half to pull away for the win. In the game, the Warriors recorded their second-highest total of caused turnovers (15) this season and forced their second-highest number of opponent turnovers (30). Eastern's defense also pressured the Corsairs into failing on 18 of 26 clear attempts.

Senior defenders Sara Barrett (Bourne, MA) and Jackie Bivona (Middlebury) combined for for 11 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Barrett had six ground balls and caused five turnovers, Bivona five ground balls and four caused turnovers.  Junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) picked up six ground balls. Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) won 11of 17 faceoffs and captured a career-high ten draws.

Senior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) and junior attack Courtney Bedocs (Hamden) tied their career-highs with five and four goals, respectively. Each scored three times in the second half. MacDonald improved her team assist lead to 26 with four assists to go along with two goals. Despite having only a .308 free-position percentage this year, Eastern converted four of five tries on the afternoon.

UMass team scoring leader Allison O'Rourke contributed to all three of her team's goals by scoring three and assisting on one. O'Rourke now has 35 goals this season.Freshman defender Katlyn Cleverdon and junior midfielder Gillian Carey  led UMass with six ground balls each, with junior defender Liz Stapleton causing three turnovers.

Freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) earned the win with ten saves, seven coming in the first half.

Eastern Conn. 14, Massachusetts Dartmouth 4

UMass Dartmouth (5-9, 2-3 little east)    3 1 --   4
Eastern Conn. (7-8, 5-0 little east)          6 8 -- 14

Goals: MD-Allison O'Rourke 3, Rachel Carlucci; E-Brooke Wayte 5, Courtney Bedocs 4, Taylor MacDonald 2, Jessica Richards, Ashley Del Vecchio, Sara Barrett.
Assists: MD-O'Rourke, E-MacDonald 4, Katie Beers 2.
Shots: MD-19, E-29; Saves: MD-Liz Miller 5, E-Kristianna Ibsen 10.



Coupled with loss by USM, Warriors' hopes for LEC's top seed alive

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magliola WEB_8935.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior righty Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI) struck out ten Western Connecticut State University batters for the second time in two weeks and junior third baseman Melvin Castillo (Danbury) lashed two home runs to power the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 14-5 Little East Conference victory Friday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Andrew Magliola

The conference win is the fifth straight for Eastern (25-6, 9-3 little east) since dropping a 5-3 decision here to Western (11-19, 3-7 little east). The Colonials have lost eight of their last nine since defeating Eastern two weeks ago.

Eastern's win, coupled with the University of Southern Maine's 5-0 home loss to Massachusetts Boston Friday, moves the Warriors to within a game of the conference-leading Huskies, Ranked No. 1 in Division III, Southern Maine is 10-2 in the LEC. An Eastern sweep at UMass Boston Saturday, coupled with one Southern Maine loss to visiting Rhode Island College in Saturady's doubleheader, would give Eastern the No. 1 tournament seed.

Pinned with the loss against Western two weeks ago, Fontaine (4-1) allowed two earned runs on eight hits Friday. He struck out ten and did not issue a walk. In his loss to Western, Fontaine was knocked out of the game while the Colonials were scoring the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. He fanne ten and walked only one in that game but gave up ten hits and five earned runs.

Castillo socked a solo home run to snap a 3-3 tie in the fifth and ripped a two-run home run in the ninth. He finished with thre of Eastern's  15 hits and scored four runs. Castillo now has a team-leading ten home runs this year and 35 in his three-year career. The homers moved him ahead of Mark Riemer into third place all-time on the Eastern home run list behind Don Fusari (38) and and Dwight Wildman (37).

Batting ninth in the order, senior catcher Andrew Magliola (East Haven) reached base five times with three hits (two doubles) and two walks. He drove in three runs and scored one. The top two hitters in the Eastern lineup -- junior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield) and junior shortstop Travis Bass (West Hartford) - each drove in two runs, as did senior DH Shawn Gilblair (Windham).

Leading 7-3, Eastern broke the game open with five runs in the eighth inning on five hits, a walk and hit batseman. Sophomore rightfielder Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) tripled and scored the first run on Gilblair's double. Gilblair scored on Castillo's single and Parke later plated one with a single.

Western junior righty Steve Bainer allowed only eight hits before being removed iin the seenth, but walked six and hit two batters.Senior first baseman Matt Perper had two hits and scored two runs for Western, with junior DH Dan Baccaro and freshman rightfielder Mike Yates also picking up two of the Colonials' game total of 13 hits. With Western trailing 3-0, No. 8 hitter Yates doubled and scored on a single by Baccaro for the Colonials' first run, and Western tied the game with two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Yates and No. 9 hitter Dan Amarante.

Eastern Conn. 14, Western Conn. 5

Eastern Conn. (25-6, 9-3 little east)        030    012  152 --  14   15   4
Western Conn. (11-19, 3-7 little east)      001   200   020 --   5   13   0

Matt Fontaine (4-1), James Kukucka (8), Chris Wojick (9) and Andrew Magliola, Steve Cammuso (8). Steve Bainer (1-5), Mike Baccaro (7), Billy Thompson (9) and Rob Bedard, Tommy Coppola (9). 2B-Magliola 2, Shawn Gilblair (E), Zach Dandrea, Mike Yates (W); 3B-Jim Schult (E); HR-Melvin Castillo 2 (10) (E).




Thursday, April 23, 2009

 Kyle Savage and MacDonald additionally recognized by ECAC

savagek jersey WEB_6831.jpg savagem jerseyWEB_6903.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  With the regular season winding down,  the Eastern Connecticut  State University spring athletes are gearing up.

 Monday, eight Eastern athletes were recognized with weekly honors from the Little East Conference for their play for the week ending March 19. With all

Kyle Savage (abve left), Matthew Savage (right)

spring teams heading into the final week of the season, Eastern has compiled a 24-4 won-loss record in conference play. Both the men's and women's lacrosse teams are unbeaten in LEC play and atop the standings, with softball and baseball currently in second place. Both lacrosse teams and the softball team are defending LEC regular-season champions and were rated as the pre-season favorites in the coaches' pre-season polls.

In addition to being honored by the conference, senior men's lacrosse goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) and women's lacrosse midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) were selected as the ECAC New England Division III co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week award-winners and freshman right-handed pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) was named as the New England Division III Pitcher-of-the-Week for the third time in four weeks by the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches' Association (NEISCA).

Kyle Savage was recognized as the LEC's Goalie-of-the-Week and was joined on the weekly team by hometown teammates Matthew Savage (Southington), his twin brother, and Eric Vasil (Southington). A senior, Matthew Savage was identified as the weekly Offensive Player-of-the-Week and Vasil was tabbed as the conference's Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

In women's lacrosse, MacDonald was named the Defensive Player-of-the-Week and freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) the Goalie-of-the-Week.   In softball, Rathbun was named Pitcher-of-the-Week and freshman outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) the Rookie-of-the-Week. Senior left Shawn Gilblair (Windham) was picked as the conference's Pitcher-of-the-Week in baseball.


Matthew Savage, Offensive Player-of-the-Week 
Savage led Eastern to a 3-0 week with team-highs in goals (nine), assists (six) and points (15) and was joined on the weekly honor list by twin brother Kyle, named the Goalie-of-the-Week. Savage led the Warriors to a 13-12 win over RIT (which received votes in the most recent national poll) with seven points -- one shy of his career-high. Earlier in the week, Savage recorded eight points in a pair of Little East Conference victories over UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston that extended Eastern's winning streak in LEC regular-season games to 12. He contributed three points against the Corsairs and five against the Beacons. The weekly honor is the first of the year for Savage, who reached the 100-career goal mark earlier this season and is rated sixth all-time.

Kyle Savage, Goalie-of-the-Week
Savage averaged 14 saves per game to backstop Eastern to three wins last week, including a pair in the conference circuit. Savage recorded a season-high 23 saves against UMass Dartmouth, while stopping 18 against perennial post-season qualifier RIT. A conference win Saturday against UMass Boston was the 39th of Savage's four-year career and made him the program's all-time goalie win leader. This weekly LEC honor is the second this year for Savage, who holds additional program career records for games, starts, minutes and saves.

Eric Vasil, Defensive Player-of-the-Week
In a 3-0 week, Vasil dominated the X with a .739 success rate (43-for-59) and averaged 12
ground balls per game. He won at least 10 face offs per game, including a 20-for-29 record against RIT. Vasil scooped up at least 13 ground balls twice, including a career-high 18 against the Tigers. Vasil, who has already doubled the program record for ground balls in a season, entered the week ranked first nationally in ground ball average (11.38) and sixth in faceoff percentage (.709). The defensive honor is Vasil's second of the season.


Molly Rathbun, Pitcher-of-the-Week
In the team's 5-1 week, Rathbun did not allow an earned run in 22 2/3 innings to extend her current streak to 33 innings without allowing an earned run. She was 3-0 in four appearances with three complete games in three starts. Four of the five hits against her were singles. Rathbun pitched her sixth one-hitter of the season in an 8-0 win over Western Connecticut State University and pitched consecutive two-hit shutouts against Wesleyan University and the University of Southern Maine. Against Southern Maine, she struck out a collegiate-high 15 batters - her seventh game of at least ten strikeouts. Rathbun held opposing batters to a .068 batting average. Rathbun (14-2, 0.46 ERA) has been selected LEC Pitcher-of-the-Week twice and Rookie-of-the-Week twice, having struck out 146 batters in 107.0 innings and limiting batters to a .111 average and only six extra-base hits. She ranks third nationally in ERA and second in least hits allowed per seven innings (2.55).

Priscilla Alicea, Rookie-of-the-Week
The left-handed hitting rightfielder earned her first weekly honor after helping Eastern post a 5-1 mark this past week. She batted .444 (8-for-18) with a .524 on-base percentage to push her season average over .400 to .407. The team's leadoff hitter registered multiple hits three times, including a three-for-four performance against Wesleyan University on April 16. She knocked in each of her runs on the week in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Southern Maine.  At 5-foot-2 inches, Alicea leads the team with 19 runs scored and has a team-high .610 slugging average - with five triples and two doubles among her 24 hits.


Shawn Gilblair, Pitcher-of-the-Week
In two appearances this past week, Gilblair posted a 1-0 record with a 2.40 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 15 inning to earn Pitcher-of-the-Week honor for the first team after earlier being named Player-of-the-Week. The All-America lefty limited Rhode Island College to just one hit and kept the Anchormen scoreless over eight innings of work, while striking out 11. On April 18, he punched out ten via the strikeout in a seven-inning performance at 2008 conference regular-season and tournament champion Keene State College. Gilblair limited his opponents to just a .151 batting average for the week. He is currently ranked first in Division III with a strikeout average of 14.66 per game. This year, Gilblair is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA  with 57 strikeouts in 35 innings with a win over 2008 national finalist Johns Hopkins to his credit. His loss camee to the University of Southern Maine, ranked No. 1 in New England.


Taylor MacDonald, Defensive Player-of-the-Week
In a 2-1 week, MacDonald collected 19 ground balls, caused nine turnovers and controlled six draws. The three-year letterwinner and two-sport standout scooped up a career-high ten ground balls and tied her career-best with five caused turnovers in a road victory at Southern Maine.  In 14 games, MacDonald leads the Warriors with 59 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers, while ranking second in draw controls (41). In addition to her defensive accomplishments, MacDonald is the Eastern team leader in all three offensive categories: goals (30), assists (22) and points (52). Previously this year, MacDonald was named the conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Week. She currently ranks 23rd nationally in ground balls per game (4.14).

Kristianna Ibsen, Goalie-of-the-Week
Ibsen gained her first weekly honor by posting a 10.0 goals against average and .531 save percentage in a 2-1 week for the Warriors, who have won 20 consecutive conference matches and are the two-time defending unbeaten LEC champions. She stopped at least nine shots in each contest, including a career-high 15 in a 16-11 loss at Connecticut College. Ibsen, the top offensive player on this past fall's volleyball team, stopped a total of 19 shots in conference wins over Western Connecticut and Southern Maine this past week Ibsen, who has played every minute of every match in net this year, has backstopped the team to five wins in its last seven matches.




Saturday, April  18, 2009

In final prep for LEC championship, six individuals set PRs at Springfield

                                                                                                      Sarah Joy (below)


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -  Freshman Sarah Joy (Stratford) set personal-best times  in the 100 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash - qualifying for post-season championship competition in the former -- as one of six individuals to establish new personal standards for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's track and field team Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational at Blake Track.

In its last scheduled meet prior to  Saturday's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship , Eastern placed sixth in a 12-team field. The Warriors totaled 35 ½ points in a meet won by MIT. The Engineers amassed 178 ½  points to edge host Springfield (163).

Joy set a personal-best time of 17.40 in the 100 hurdles in attaining the standard for participation in next month's New England Division III Championship. She was also one of four Eastern competitors in the 200 meter dash to post a personal-best time, along  with sophomore Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester), junior Sandra Brautigam (Scotland), and freshman Elise Zarcaro (Enfield).

Completing a strong performance on the afternoon was junior Kelsey Watson (Bristol, NH), who qualified for the New England Division III competition with a time of  1:01.62 at 400 meters, where she crossed the finish line in fifth place among 21 competitors. Watson also led five Eastern competitors   at 200 meters, posting a 12th-place finish.

 Senior Nicole Stefanik (Coventry, RI) and freshman Megan Wallace (Trumbull) also attained personal-best distances in the discus throw. Stefanik was sixth in the discus and fifth among 27 participants and fifth in the javelin in a field of 19. Stefanik has already qualified for the New England meet in the javelin.

In addition to Joy and Watson in individual events, the 4x400 meter relay eclipsed the New England Division III Championship barrier with a fifth-place time of 4:20.90.  Participants were Zarcaro, junior Monica Mills (East Hartford), Watson, and sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford).

Additional notable performances included Johnson in the 800, juniors Erika Barber (Portland) and Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire) and freshman Steph Canada (Cheshire). Johnson was seventh among 41 at 800 meters; Barber tied for third  in a field of 22 in the pole vault; Cavanaugh was fifth among 16 at 5,000 meters; and Canada shared fifth place in a field of 14 in the high jump.

Barber in the pole vault, Mills in the triple jump, Brautigam  in the 100 hurdles, and the 4x100 meter relay team had previously qualified for post-season competition.

Eastern enjoyed its most impressive team performance a year ago at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championship, when it placed second to the University of Southern Maine in both events. Westfield State College will host this year's event, beginning at 10:30 a.m.








Saturday, April  18, 2009

Seventeen personal bests fall for m-track at Springfield Invitational

                                                                                    Andrew Ricketts (below)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshmen Nick Pates (East Haven) and Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY) qualified for the New England Division III Championship and 14 individuals combined to establish 17 personal bests for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational at Blake Track.

In its final tuneup for Saturday's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Saturday, Eastern placed eight in a 13-team field by scoring 25 ½ points. MIT won the team title with 199 ½ points, significantly ahead of runner-up Westfield State College.

Pates and Ricketts both qualified for the New England Division III meet at 100 meters, and Pates additionally qualified in the 200. Ricketts shared fifth place among 37 competitors in the 100 in a personal-best time of 11.14. Competing in the event for the first time, Pates was timed in 11.40,  placing 15th.  In qualifying for the New England meet at 200 meters, Pates was clocked in a personal-best  time of 22.90 in racing to a 13th-place finish in a field of 45.

In addition to Ricketts and  Pates, a top performance was submitted  junior Dave Hunt (New Milford), who ran to an eight-place finish among 40 competitors at 1,500 meters.

Ricketts also posted a personal-best time at 200 meters, while  freshmen  T.J. Hair (Croton, NY) and Milan Sands (Springfield, MA) each recorded personal bests  in the throws. Both PR'd in the discus. Sands also established a personal standard in the hammer and Hair in the shot put.

Three Eastern runners at 800 meters and three at 5,000 meters also logged personal bests: Hunt and freshman Steven Clayton (North Haven)  and Andrew Orum (Griswold) at 800 meters and senior Anthony Mendes (North Windham) and  freshmen Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and Bryan Jorge (Bristol). Two additional personal bests were achieved by junior David Tignonsini (Vernon) and freshman Stephen Spranzo (Colchester) in the 3,000 steeplechase, and one was turned in by freshman Bryan King (New Milford) in the high jump.

Others having already qualified for post-season competition are Pates at 400 meters, Spranzo in the steeplechase, freshman Alex Springer (Willimantic) in the long jump, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Last year, Eastern had its six-year run of Little East Conference outdoor championships ended by the University of Southern Maine, the Warriors placing third in LEC scoring. Eastern was seventh in the New England Alliance scoring as Westfield State College remained the only champion with its 11 straight team title.




Warriors pull away from 2008 champion Western, clinch share of title


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Eric Vasil (at right)

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DANBURY, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team broke open a tight game by scoring five straight goals on the way to a 21-10 Little East Conference victory over 2008 champion Western Connecticut State University that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Warriors in the upcoming conference playoffs.

A winner of five straight matches this year and 13 consecutive LEC regular-season games over a three-year span, Eastern (11-3) can clinch its seventh unbeaten outright conference championship in nine seasons Saturday with a win over visiting Salem State College when the teams meet in the regular-season finale. Eastern will host a playoff semifinal-round match Thursday, April 30 at Thomas Nevers Field.

The win is the third in the last four days for Eastern, which scored the final five goals of the second quarter - five different players contributing to the run -- to erase a one-goal deficit and bring an 11-7 lead into the lockeroom. The Warriors outscored Western (3-11, 1-5 little east) 15-3 over the final two-plus quarters of the game to remain undefeated against the Colonials in this eight-game series.

Senior attack Matthew Savage (Southington) collected a career-high nine points with five goals and four assists, with junior midfielder Zach Malouf (Norwich) adding a career-high four goals and senior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic) adding four. Sophomore attack Brendan Hoppey (Shoreham, NY) contributed two goals and three assists.

Eastern cashed in with a season-high total of five extra-man goals in the game. Simmons had three, Matthew Savage and Hoppey one each. Senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made 11 saves to extend his program career record with his 41s victory.

Sophomore midfielder Eric Vasil (Southington), ranked first in Division III in ground balls per game (11.4) and sixth in faceoff percentage (.711), won 19 of 30 tries. His 18th win made him the fourth player in program history with as many as 200 in a season. Vasil, who has already doubled the previous season record for ground balls with 165, also had 17 ground balls (one shy of his season high set Sunday against RIT) to improve his national average to 11.8.

Senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) had four ground balls to move into third place all-time with 250 - one ahead of Pat Ammendolia. All-America Shannon Sligo is the all-time leader, with 282.

Western had won its first LEC playoff title a year ago, eliminating No. 2 seed Keene State College in the semifinals as the No. 3 seed and downing No. 5 seed Plymouth State in the final.








Warriors have just enough to hold on in non-conference match, 13-12

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Matthew Savage (at right)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team built a six-goal lead through three quarters and held on to post a 13-12 non-conference victory  over Rochester Tech Sunday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Eastern (10-3), which had lost to Rochester Tech (8-5) by 21 goals three years ago, has won four straight. Rochester Tech (8-5) had won two in a row and three of four entering the match.

Eastern took the lead for good with 65 seconds left in the first quarter and carried a six-goal lead into the final quarter before the Tigers made a late charge that left them one goal shy. RIT kept the Warriors off the board after Matthew Savage's (Southington) fourth goal of the match with 11 minutes left pushed Eastern's lead to 13-7. Rochester scored the final five goals of the match, cutting the gap to the final one-goal margin with 51 seconds left. Eastern sophomore Eric Vasil (Southington) won the ensuing faceoff -- his 20th in 29 tries on the afternoon - and the Tigers were whistled for a slashing penalty eight seconds later and with the help of an extra-man opportunity, the Warriors were able to run out the clock.

After the visitors scored the first two goals of the match, Eastern ran off six of the next seven to take a 6-3 lead one minute into the second quarter. Four of the goals came in a span of  two minutes late in the first quarter.  With Eastern leading 4-3 after one quarter, junior attackman Vinnie Tornatore (Norwalk) scored off the second-quarter faceoff o a feed from Matthew Savage, and junior midfielder Zach Malouf (Norwich) connected for his only goal 62 seconds later on a pass from junior midfielder Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) that gave Eastern a 6-3 lead.

Rochester was able to stage its fourth-quarter comeback despite losing six of eight faceoffs to Vasil, who entered the week ranked sixth in faceoff percentage and first in ground balls. Vasil had a career-high 18 ground balls in the match. In 13 games, he has collected 148 ground balls - 51 more than the previous season record - and has won 71.1 percent of his 256 faceoffs.

In addition to his game-leading total of four goals, Matthew Savage also set up three goals with assists and picked up six of the team's 54 ground balls. Senior defenseman Mike Silvestrini (Guilford) had five ground balls and senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) four.

Eastern senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made  18 saves - 11 in the second half - to post his 40th career win. Savage became the winningest goalie in program history Saturday in a 20-7 win over visiting UMass Boston.

Rochester was an ECAC tournament qualifier last year and received votes in this past week's national poll. Eastern's defense was able to limit the Tigers' top three season goal leaders to a combined three goals. Freshman a6ttack AJ Tingle led the Tigers with three goals, two coming in the final nine minutes. Junior defenseman Dan MacRae picked up nine ground balls to lead Rochester, with sophomore long-stick midfielderMJ Kiekebelt and junior midfielder Adam Lehmann collecting six each.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 13, Rochester Tech 12

Rochester Tech (8-5)      3    1    2    6 -- 12
Eastern Conn. (10-3)      4    4    4    1 -- 13

Goals: R-AJ Tingle 3, David Burke 2, Adam Lehmann 2,  Eric Bressler, Adam Vlassis, Tyler Russell, Sean Gillies, Christopher Cherami; E-Matthew Savage 4, Vinnie Tornatore 2, DJ Simmons 2, Eric Vasil, Brian Fechtmann, Ben Raccio, Maxim Fantl, Zach Malouf.
Assists: R-Dan MacRae, Vlassis, Gillies, Bressler; E- M. Savage 3, Fechtmann 2, Fantl 2, Mike Silvestrini, Brendan Hoppey, Malouf.
Shots: R-53, E-30. Saves: R-Robert Tonnessen 5 (8 goals allowed, 30:00 min.), Kevin Rattigan 6 (5, 30:00).; E-Kyle Savage 18.



Warriors remain unbeaten (27-0) vs. LEC foes in regular season at Nevers

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savage k WEB_7345.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University moved a step closer to its seventh unbeaten Little East LEClogo-1 WEB.jpgConference regular season men's lacrosse championship in nine years by routing the University of  Massachusetts Boston, 20-7, Saturday afternoon for its 27th consecutive regular-season conference win at Thomas Nevers Field.

Having gone undefeated in winning six of eight LEC regular-season titles, Eastern (9-3, 5-0 little east) needs one win in its final two conference regular-season conference matches to nail down at least a share of the regular-season title, and with it, the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs which begin a week from Tuesday with first-round matches.

Senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) became the program's all-time winningest goalie with his 39th career victory. Savage, who has compiled a 39-24 record in 63 career matches, played the first 23 minutes and left the game with a 13-2 lead. Savage has started every possible match and earned every possible decision in his four-year career.

Eastern sophomore Eric Vasil (Southington), ranked first nationally in ground balls and sixth in faceoff winning percentage, won 10 of 12 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls. In 12 matches, Vasil has won 162 of 227 faceoffs for a .714 percentage and has totaled a season-record 130 ground balls (10.8 per game).  Senior midfielder Will Lathrop (Plantsville) also dominated in the faceoff circle by winning 15 of 16. The Warriors won 27 of 31 faceoffs in the game and the man-down until successfully killed off seven UMass extra-man situations.

Vasil and Lathrop each corralled five ground balls, with  senior midfielder Ben Raccio (Hamden)  freshman long-stick midfielder Tommy Flynn (Mineola, NY) each picking up four of Eastern's game total of 44 ground balls.

Freshman midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) was credited with his first collegiate goal with an unassisted strike with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Eastern plays its only back-to-back matches this year when it hosts Rochester Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tigers (8-4) received votes in the most recent USILA Division III national poll.

Eastern Conn. 20, Massachusetts Boston 7

UMass Boston (1-9, 0-5 little east)      2    0   3   2 --   7
Eastern Conn. (9-3, 5-0 little east)       9   8    0   3 -- 20

Goals: MB-Al Craven 4, Peter Kovach 2, Eric Collins; E-Vinny Tornatore 4, Matthew Savage 3, DJ Simmons 3, Brendan Hoppey 2, Kyle Bainton 2, Eric Vasil,  Salieu Bolivar, Pat Gority, Michael Sullinger, Zach Malouf, Lee Mascolo.
Assists: MB-John Canty 2, Dale Nunn; E-Vasil 3, Hoppey 2, Matthew Savage 2, Salieu Bolivar, Gority, Henry Peterson, Ben Raccio, Sullinger, Tornatore.
Shots: MB-23, E-36; Saves: MB-Aaron Pollock 9; E-Kyle Savage 0 (2 goals allowed, 23:20), Jamie Tommins 1 (3, 21:40), Stephen Goomrigian 1 (2, 15:00).




In re-match of last year's LEC title game, Warriors race past USM, 15-6

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 GORHAM, Maine -- Junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) collected a career-high ten ground balls and equaled her career high by causing five turnovers as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team moved to within a win of locking up the top seed in this month's Little East Conference playoffs with a 15-6 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Hodgdon Field.

The win is the 20th straight  in conference play for Eastern (6-8, 4-0 little east), which has recorded consecutive undefeated seasons in conference regular-season and playoff play since losing to Plymouth State in the final of the 2006 championship. The Warriors are 11-0 all-time  against Southern Maine (4-7, 1-3 little east), including last year's 17-10 LEC playoff title match triumph.

With the win, Eastern remains a half-game ahead of Plymouth State (4-1) and a game up on Keene State (3-1) in the race for the LEC regular-season title and No. 1 tournament seed. By winning at least one of its two remaining conference matches this coming week against Massachusetts Dartmouth or Rhode Island College, Eastern is guaranteed of at least a share of the regular-season title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the tournament, which gets underway with first-round matches a week from Tuesday.

Eastern, which was perfect on all 19 of its clear attempts against Southern Maine,
led 8-1 midway through the first half and took an 11-2 lead into the lockerroom. Nine different players contributed to the Warriors' scoring, with five different players combining on the team's first six goals. In addition to defensive contributions, MacDonald, last year's LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and playoff MVP,  led Eastern with four goals. 

ibsen WEB_9943.jpgSenior defender Sara Barrett (Bourne, MA) had six ground balls and caused two turnovers for the Warriors, who collected 14 caused turnovers that played a large role in Southern Maine's 20 turnovers. Junior attack Courtney Bedocs (Hamden) added three goals and an assist.

At right: Kristianna Ibsen

 Freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) turned back ten shots in giving up her least amount of goals in a match this year.

Eastern hosts UMass Dartmouth Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


Eastern Conn. 15, U. of Southern Maine 6

Eastern Conn. (6-8, 4-0 little east)         11     4 -- 15
Southern Maine (4-7, 1-3 little east)        2     4 --   6

Goals: E- Taylor MacDonald 4, Courtney Bedocs 3, Brooke Wayte 2, Dana McLaughlin 2, Katie Beers 2, Nicole Shusdock, Rachael Joy; S-Jessica Knight 3, Jessica Martineau 2,
Mary Vaughan.
Assists: E-Bedocs, Ashley Del Vecchio, Jessica Richards, Wayte; S-Caitlin Albert
Shots: E-37, S-24; Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 10, S-Rachel Lolley 8.






Parke's bases-loaded double keys ninth-inning comeback in opener

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John Parke (below)

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KEENE, N.H. - Junior John Parke (Middlefield) doubled home three runs with two out in the  top of the ninth inning of the opener to give the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team a 6-4 come-from-behind win over Keene State College and the Warriors went on to a key Little East Conference doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon at Owl Stadium.

In the second game, Eastern (24-6, 8-3 little east) scored ten runs in an inning for the second time in three games as the Warriors rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to complete the sweep with a 16-5 victory. The second game was stopped after seven innings due to the conference's  ten-run rule which takes effect in the second game of doubleheaders.

Ranked No. 10 nationally, the Warriors have won five straight conference games in the span of six days. Keene (15-12, 4-6 little east) is the defending conference regular-season and playoff champion and eliminated Eastern from last year's LEC tournament with a 1-0 win.

With the sweep, Eastern remains one game behind conference leader  University of Southern Maine (8-1), but has played two more games. The Huskies face Western Connecticut State University Sunday in a doubleheader.

Senior righty James Kukucka (Vernon) pitched two hitless innings in relief to earn the first-game win in relief of senior left-handed starter Shawn Gilblair (Windham), while junior lefty Mike Tingley (Rockville) was credited with the second-game win with 5 1/3 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief. Tingley fanned five and walking two. Gilblair struck out ten over the first seven innings and left on the short end of 4-2 score.

The ten-run fifth inning in the second game blew open the game and vaulted the Warriors into a 16-5 lead.  Eastern had seven hits and two stolen bases in the inning and Keene walked three batters, hit one and commited an error. For the second time in three games, Parke had two hits in an inning. He drove in the first two runs with a single and plated the final run with a double. Sophomore Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY), Gilblair and junior Joe Cousineau (Newington) all doubled in runs in the inning, and sophomore Chris Cannata (Southington) tripled in another. Parke, sophomore Rob Perry (Manchester), Cousineau and Cannata all reached safely twice in the inning. Parke and Cousineau both had two hits, Perry walked twice, and Cannata tripled and was hit-by-pitch.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth inning of the first game, Gilblair and junior Melvin Castillo (Danbury) opened the inning with singles and senior Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) made it 4-3 with a double. With the bases loaded and two out, Parke cleared the bases with a three-run double to right-center on a 1-2 pitch.Parke has had at least two hits in each of the last four games. He is 9-for-18 with seven RBI and seven runs scored in that stretch.

In the doubleheader, Parke drove in six runs and Schult five. Schult hit a two-run home run in the third inning of the first game (his fifth of the year) to give Eastern a 2-0 lead. Gilblair and Parke each had four hits in the doubleheader, Schult, Hobbes and Cousineau with three each. Parke, Schult, Cannata and Perry all scored three runs. Twelve of Eastern's 21 hits on the day went  for extra bases.

Eastern visits 2008 national champion Trinity College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.





Sullivan has four hits and four RBI; Rathbun fans 15 in opening game

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 WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) had four hits and drove in four LEClogo-1 WEB.jpgruns and freshman right-hander Molly Rathbun (Hebron) struck out a career-high 15 en route to her third consecutive complete-game shutout as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team recorded a 2-0, 9-0 Little East Conference sweep of the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Howard Spector Field. The second game was stopped after USM batted in the fifth inning, in adherence with the LEC's eight-run rule.

The win is the 14th in 16 games up north for Eastern (20-6, 7-1 little east), ranked second in the NCAA Division III New England region. The Warriors  trail only defending conference champion Rhode Island College (7-0-1) in the LEC standings. The Anchorwomen, ranked fourth in New England, swept visiting Plymouth State University Saturday.

The Warriors have won at least 20 games for four straight seasons and in five of the last six years

Ranked among the national leaders in hits per game, ERA and strikeouts, Rathbun recorded 15 of 21 outs via the strikeout in the first game. She struck out the side in the first and second innings and retired  two batters on strikes in each of the ensuring four innings. Only two Southern Maine (5-27, 3-7 little east) batters reached base, both on hits. The Huskies had a one-out single in the second and a leadoff double in the fourth. With the game scoreless in the fourth, freshman Lauren DiCecco doubled to open the inning and move to third on a wild pitch. Rathbun subdued the threat with two swinging strikeouts and an infield ground ball.

Rathbun (14-2) outdueled USM freshman righty Alexandra Perdomo in the opener. Perdomo limited Eastern to just four hits and one earned run while fanning five and walking on. The Warriors broke through with a run in the fourth on Sullivan's sacrifice fly that plated senior pinch runner Stephanie Buchanan (Moosup). Senior first baseman Rachel Denny (East Haddam) extended her program record for doubles to 38 with a leadoff double, and Buchanan moved to third on a fly ball to center by Rathbun. Eastern added an insurance run in the sixth when sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. She scored on Sullivan's two-out single.

In the nightcap, freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) reached base three times with a triple, single and walk. She scored two runs and drove in two and also stole her 13th base in 14 tries this year. Sullivan was 3-for-3 with a double and triple, scored two runs and drove in two.

Senior righty Katie Pensiero (Stamford) benefited from Eastern's nine-hit attack. She recorded her first complete game and shutout in eight starts this year with a three-hitter. She fanned seven and walked two for her fifth win in six decisions.

Rathbun has gained consecutive shutout wins in her last three starts and has not allowed an earned run in the last 33.0 innings. She has 146 strikeouts and a 0.46 ERA in 107 innings this year and has given up an average of only 2.55 hits per seven innings.

Junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington) registered her 100th career hit with an infield RBI single in the third inning of the nightcap. She added a two-run , two-out single in the fourth inning.

Eastern faces host Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday in a 3:30 p.m. conference doubleheader.




Gilblair, Schult and Hobbes sock home runs against UMass Dartmouth

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Tristan Hobbes (below)

hobbes WEB_6480.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Shawn Gilblair (Windham) and Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) LEClogo-1 WEB.jpghit bookend three-run home runs in a ten-run first inning and Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) added a three-run shot in a seven-run fifth as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team routed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 18-1, Friday afternoon in a Little East Conference game.

Ranked No. 10 nationally, Eastern (22-6, 6-3 little east) collected eight hits in the first inning - sending 13 batters to the plate - and added five hits in the fifth in gaining a split of the regular-season series with UMass Dartmouth (6-17, 3-4 little east). Adam Gustafson and Kyle Merrill combined on a seven-hitter two weeks ago in the Corsairs' 4-3 win over visiting Eastern.

In the first inning Friday, Eastern hit for the cycle. Gilblair launched a three-run home run to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead, Joe Cousineau (Newington) had a two-run triple to make it 5-0, and Chris Cannata (Southington) had an RBI double to make it 6-0. Schult capped the inning with a three-run home run with two out in the inning. In the seven-run fifth inning, Hobbes stroked three-run home run on the first pitch to make it 17-0.

John Parke (Middlefield) batted twice in both the first and fifth innings. In the first, he singled twice and scored twice, and in the fifth he walked and scored. Travis Bass (West Hartford) also reached twice and scored twice in the first inning with a hit-by-pitch and RBI single. In addition to his three-run home run, Gilblair added a two-run single in the fifth. Cousineau finished with three RBI, adding an RBI single in the seventh after his two-run triple in the first.

Eight batters had at least two hits. Melvin Castillo (Danbury) led the Warriors with three hits and also scored three runs. Parke, Bass, Gillbair, Hobbes, Cousineau, Robert Perry (Manchester) and Cannata all added two hits in the 19-hit attack.

Junior righty Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI) pitched a season-high eight innings to gain his third win in four decisions. Fontaine allowed six hits and hit two batters while striking out three. Freshman righty Jeff Morris (Old Saybrook) walked one in a scoreless ninth inning in his collegiate debut.

Eastern visits 2008 conference regular-season and playoff champion Keene State College in a noon doubleheader. UMass visits conference leader University of Southern Maine for a noon twinbill.

Eastern Conn. 18, Massachusetts Dartmouth 1

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Eastern Conn. (22-6, 6-3 little east)      (10)00    070 10x --   18 19  1

Brian Pedrotti (0-4), Chris Contre (5), John Quigg (6), Pat Lavey (8) and Zac Talis, Eric Rodriguez (7). Matt Fontaine (3-1), Jeff Morris (9) and Chris Cannata, Steve Cammuso (8). 2B-Jeff Macchi, Dan DeMello (MD), Tristan Hobbes, Cannata (E); 3B-Joe Cousineau (E); HR-Jim Schult (3), Shawn Gilblair (5), Hobbes (5) (E).




Thursday,  April 16, 2009

Camels close first half with 8-1 scoring run on way to non-conference win

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At left: Ashley Del Vecchio

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team was unable to sustain an early burst of energy,managing only one goal over the final 12 minutes of the first half in dropping a 16-11 non-conference victory to Connecicut College Thursday afternoon.

After scoring four of the game's first six goals, Eastern (5-8) was outscored 8-1 over the final 11:33 of the first half in losing to Conn (4-8) for the sixth time in as many meetings.

Trailing by six goals with 16 minutes left in the match, the Warriors countered with three straight goals in just over two minutes to pull to within three goals with 11 minutes left. The Warriors could get no closer, however.

An inability to convert their free-position goals continued to plague Eastern, which missed eight of nine chances on these free shots and is now just 14-for-72 from that range this season.

Sophomore attack Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) and freshman attack Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk) each equaled their career-highs with three goals Junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) had a goal, two assists and six ground balls

Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) won eight of 13 faceoffs in the second half to help Eastern play the Camels to a 6-6 scoring standoff over the final 30 minutes.

Senior defender Jackie Bivona (Middlerbury) followed MacDonald witih  four ground balls, with freshman midfielder Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) leading the Warriors by winning four draw controls.

Freshman keeper Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) kept Conn at bay through much of the first half -giving up only two goals through the first 20 minutes. She finished with 15 saves. Freshman Ashleigh Kowtoniuk was strong in net for Conn, making 19 saves to even her record at 3-3. Kowtoniuk made saves on four of Eastern's free-position shots.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at noon in a Little East Conference match.

Connecticut College 16, Eastern Conn. 11

Eastern Conn. (5-8)      5    6 -- 11
Connn College (4-8)    10    6 -- 16

Goals: E-Ashley Del Vecchio 3, Nicole Shusdock 3, Brooke Wayte 2, Taylor MacDonald, Katie Beers, Megan Barrett; C- Emily Mason 3, Hope Barone 3, Abby
Hill 3, Sara Christopher 2, Paige Pascarelli 2, Ali McPherson 2, Katelyn Driscoll 1.
Assists: E-MacDonald 2, Beers; C-Christopher 2, Driscoll 2, Mason 2, Pascarelli.
Shots: E-40, C-39; Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 15, C-Ashleigh Kowtoniuk 19.





Denny sets career doubles record, Rathbun pitches two-hitter in Game 2

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denny r WEB_9379.jpgMIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Senior Rachel Denny (East Haddam) set a program record for career doubles in the first game and freshman righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a two-hit shutout in the nightcap to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 7-3, 3-0 sweep of Wesleyan University Thursday afternoon.

Ranked second in New England, Eastern (18-6) won for the 12th time in 14 outings since returning from Florida. Wesleyan (11-15) had beaten Eastern three of the previous four times the teams had met after the Warriors had won the first nine games in this series.

Denny, who drove in four runs with three hits in the doubleheader, broke the program's career record for doubles with the 36th and 37th of her four-year career in the first game, breaking Michelle Cunningham's ten-year-old record of 35. Denny already owns a number of program career records, including those for home runs, total bases and RBI.
Ranked third nationally in least hits allowed per game (2.82) and sixth in ERA, Rathbun (13-2, 0.49) lowered those marks in the nightcap when she faced only two batters over the minimum. Rathbun, who did not walk a batter and fanned five, retired 17 straight batters in between a two-out single in the first and a one-out single in the seventh. It was Rathbun's second shutout this year and the seventh time in 13 starts this year that she has given up two or less hits. She has allowed only one extra-base hit (a double) in her last eight outings.

Freshman righty Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) was credited with her first collegiate win in the first game in relief of senior righty Katie Pensiero (Stamford).  Manzo induced a come-backer for a double play to end the fifth inning with the score tied 3-3. She gave up only one hit with two strikeouts and a walk over the final 2 2/3 innings. The Warriors won the first game by scoring four times in the top of the seventh inning on three hits, a dropped fly ball in the outfield to snap a 3-3 tie.Junior Katie O'Toole (Waterbury) got the inning going with a pinch double. Rathbun drove in the go-ahead run with an infield ground ball, Denny doubled in two, and junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington) made it 7-3 with a two-out RBI triple. Church also singled leading off the second inning of the nightcap for her 99th career hit.

Freshman leadoff hitter Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) had three hits and reached twice by walk  and stole two bases and scored three runs for Eastern in the doubleheader. Alicea was thrown out stealing for the first time this year and is now 12-for-13.

Ranked seventh nationally in field percentage, Eastern commited only one error on the day to improve it's percentage to .975.

Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday in a 1 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader on Seniors' and Alumni Day at Spector Field.



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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rathbun WEB_9598.jpg  DANBURY, Conn. - Freshman right-hander Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched her fifth one-hitter in 12 starts in powering the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to an 8-0 Little East Conference softball win over Western C

onnecticut State University Tuesday evening and an eventual split of a doubleheader at Westside Field.

At left; Molly Rathbun

Eastern (16-6, 5-1 little east) was denied its first sweep of Western (14-10, 4-2 little east) in11 years when freshman righty Magen Dargon pitched a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts in the Colonials' 3-1 victory.

The second-game loss - coupled with Rhode Island College's doubleheader sweep of visiting UMass Dartmouth - knocked the Warriors out of first place in the conference. The Anchorwomen, who shared first place with Eastern in last year's final LEC regular-season standings -- are 5-0-1 in the conference.

The first game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

Rathbun faced only three batters over the minimum in the first game. In the first inning, she issued a one-out walk but induced an infield popout and got a strikeout of cleanup hitter Meghan Mammone end the inning. In command of a 7-0 lead, in the fourth, Rathbun gave up a leadoff single and a two-out walk but stranded two with an inning-ending ground ball to senior third baseman Courtney Caswell (Wakefield, RI).

 Eastern raked two Western pitchers for 11 hits, with seven starters collecting at least one each. The top three hitters in the lineup - freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford), sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) and junior Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) - each had two hits and scored two runs. Alicea and Dinihanian both tripled.

 Eastern batted around and scored four runs in the third on five hits and a walk. Career RBI leader Rachel Denny (East Haddam) and senior second baseman Kelly Finlay (Thomaston) each had two-run singles in the inning. Denny also plated a run with a single in the fourth.
After pitching a one-hitter in the five-inning first game, Rathbun came back in Game 2 to pitch 3 2/3 hitless innings with six strikeouts in relief of senior righty Katie Pensiero (Stamford). Two hits and a walk produced Western's first run in the first and two hits, a hit batsman and two stolen bases made it 3-0 after two innings. The Warriors scored an unearned run in the third on a leadoff walk by Finlay, a sacrifice bunt by freshman Nikki Mustin (Norwich), a single by Dinihanian and an infield error.

Ranked third nationally in least hits allowed per game (2.82) and sixth in ERA (0.58), Rathbun improved on both counts by allowing only one hit and no runs and fanning 14 in 8 2/3 innings on the evening. In 17 appearances this year, Rathbun is 12-2 with two saves and a 0.53 ERA.

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Thursday at 3:30 p.m.


In ninth inning, Warriors rally to tie game, then give it back to Bears

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BRIDGWATER, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team staged a two-out ninth-inning rally to tie the game, but handed the game over to Bridgewater State College in the bottom of the inning in a 5-4 non-conference loss at Alumni Park Wednesday afternoon.

At left: Jim Schult

Two-out RBI singles by junior Travis Bass (West Hartford) and Shawn Gilblair (Windham) pulled Eastern (21-6) even in the top of the ninth, 4-4. After the Warriors left the go-ahead run in scoring position in that inning, Bridgewater combined a double with a walk, two wild pitches and a passed ball to win its fifth straight and hand Eastern its sixth loss in its last 14 games. The Warriors had beaten Bridgewater eight of the last nine times the teams had met.

Sophomore righty Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) pitched six strong innings (one run, three hits, four strikeouts, two hit batters and a walk) for Eastern but departed with the score tied at 1-all. The Warriors took their only lead of the game by scoring a run with two outs in the top of the seventh on three hits, with junior Joe Cousineau (Newington) plating freshman Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) with a single on an 0-2 pitch.

Three Eastern pitchers could not prevent the Bears from scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth on four hits, two wild pitches, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-2 lead. Brian Medairos drove in two of the runs with a two-out single.

Bridgewater freshman righty Jim Balboni stopped Eastern on two hits over five innings. He carried a 1-0 lead into the fifth before Parke drove in sophomore Shane Kingsley (Beacons Falls) with a single to tie the game at 1-all.

Parke had three of Eastern's nine hits and Gilblair had two.

In the game, Eastern commited three errors and five pitchers combined to hit three batters and throw four wild pitches. The Warriors also had a runner thrown out stealing, was penalized for catcher's interference, and had a passed ball.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Friday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

Bridgewater State College 5, Eastern Conn. 4

Eastern Conn. (21-6)            000    010    102 -- 4 9 3
Bridgewater State (16-11)     001    000    031 -- 5 9 1

None out when winning run scored.
Jim Schult, James Kukucka (7), Wes Dutton (8), Chris Wojick (8), Matt Fontaine (9) and Steve Cammuso. Jim Balboni, Billy Blaisdell (6), Brian Guillotte (9) and Kelly LaDow. WP-Guillotte (5-0). LP-Wojick (2-2). 2B-Melvin Castillo (E), LaDow 2, Brad Koneski (B).




 After lackluster first half, Warriors break quickly in second for LEC win

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team put a lackluster first half behind it by scoring three goals in 34 seconds at the outset of the third quarter and went on to a 10-7 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday afternoon at Cressy Field.

The win is the 11th straight in regular-season conference play for Eastern (8-3, 4-0 little east), last year's undefeated regular-season conference champion. The Warriors moved up two spots this week to No. 9 in the New England Division III poll.

After being shut out in the second quarter and trailing 3-2 at halftime, Eastern scored the first four goals of the third quarter. The first three came in the first 1:08 of the third quarter in a span of  34 seconds. Sophomore faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington) - ranked first nationally in ground balls and second in faceoff percentage -- won the first three faceoffs of the third quarter, setting up those first three strikes. Senior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic) tied the game at 3-all by scoring the first goal of the second half with a one-handed shot 34 seconds into the third quarter. Vasil gained the ensuing draw and took it in himself ten seconds later to give the Warriors the lead for good, 4-3.  Simmons picked up a ground ball when Vasil captured the next faceoff, and scored on a pass from Matthew Savage (Southington) to make it 5-3.

Senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made a season-high 23 saves en route to his 38th career win between the pipes - equaling the most by any goalie in program history. Thirteen of his saves came in the middle two quarters. The only goals he allowed in that 30-minute stretch were a man-up marker by Josh Arsenault with 4:32 left in the first half that gave UMass (5-6, 2-2 little east) its last lead at 3-2 and an even-strength goal by Arsenault with 2:25 left in the third quarter that cut Eastern's  lead to two.

With Eastern leading 6-4 after three quarters, the Warriors jumped quickly again in the final frame, tallying twice in the first four minutes and making it 9-5 midway through the quarter. Simmons forced a turnover to set up the first goal of the quarter by Matthew Savage, sophomore attack Brendan Hoppey (Shoreham, NY) buried an extra-man goal on a pass from Vasil for the second goal, and junior midfielder Zach Malouf (Norwich) upped the lead to 9-4 with a goal on a feed from freshman midfielder Kyle Bainton (North Attleboro, MA) with 8:30 left in the contest.

UMass, which had a three-game win streak snapped, sent in two goals in the final two minutes to account for the final three-goal differential.

Senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) - this past week's conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week, had seven ground balls, Simmons five and Matthew Savage four.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m.

                             Eastern Conn. 10, UMass Dartmouth 7

Eastern Conn. (8-3, 4-0 little east)         2    0    4    4 -- 10
UMass Dartmouth (5-6, 2-2 little east)    2    1    1    3 --   7

Goals: E-Vinny Tornatore 2, Matthew Savage 2, Brendan Hoppey 2, DJ Simmons 2, Eric Vasil, Zach Malouf; MD-Josh Arsenault 3, Mike Lee, Matt Leary, Bobby Young, Steve Colella.
Assists: E-Simmons 2, Maxim Fantl, Vasil, M. Savage, Kyle Bainton; MD-Leary, Andrew Foster, Nick Campbell.
Shots: E-41, MD-41; Saves: E-Kyle Savage 23, MD-Kevin Pelsinski 16.


Warriors score 14 goals in second half in 20-8  LEC victory over Western

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior attack Courtney Bedocs (Hamden) scored four second-half goals and junior attack  Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) and freshman midfielder Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk) added three each after the break as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team rolled to a 20-8 Little East Conference victory ove r Western Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon.

A winner of four of its last five, Eastern (5-7, 3-0 little east) stretches its conference winning streak to 19 with its 13th consecutive victory over Western (6-6, 1-3 little east). A winner of four of its previous six entering the match, Western has already exceeded its overall win total from a year ago.

Leading 13-7, the Warriors scored seven of the game's final eight goals over the final 11 minutes of play to pull away. Five different players contributed goals in that late run for the two-time conference regular-season and playoff champions, with Bedocs potting the final three of the match over the final five minutes.

Ten different Eastern players contributed to the attack. Bedocs and junior attack Katie Beers (Trumbull) each had four goals, with Beers also adding two assists for a career-high six points. Beers converted four of her six shots in the game. Shusdock and Wayte added three  goals each and junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) contributed two goals and two assists.

Four of Western's goals came on eight free-position attempts. Only freshman attack Jessica Bouwman had more than one goal. She finished with two. Junior attack Jessica Majeski had a goal and two assists for Western.

Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) won 17 of 27 faceoffs for the Warriors, collecting a team-high six draw controls. MacDonald won four draws, picked up three ground balls and caused three turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) won three draws. Junior midfielder Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford), freshman midfielder Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) each had four of the team's 26 ground balls.

Junior midfielder Kara Kruczkiewicz led the Colonials by picking up seven of their 16 ground balls, winning three draws and causing two turnovers.

Eastern freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made nine saves, Western freshman Mercedes Koehler stopping  seven.

Eastern visits Connecticut College Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 20, Western Conn. 8

Western Conn. (6-6, 1-3 little east)      3     5 --     8
Eastern Conn. (5-7, 3-0 little east)       6   14 --   20

Goals: W-Jessica Bouwman 2, Kaitlyn Arconti, Kara Kruczkiewicz, Kaitlyn Mo, Jessica Majeski, Brianna Mitterando, Ashley Caruso; E-Katie Beers 4, Courtney Bedocs 4, Nicole Shusdock 3, Brooke Wayte 3, Taylor MacDonald 2, Ashley Del Vecchio, Dana McLaughlin, Jessica Richards, Lauren St. Pierre.
Assists: W-Majeski 2; E-MacDonald 2, Beers 2, Del Vecchio, M. Barrett, Wayte, Richards.
Shots: W-19, E-38; Saves: W-Mercedes Koehler 7, E-Kristianna Ibsen 9.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

    Seven individuals capture firsts, one qualifies for New England Meet

                                                       Below: Alex Springer (left), Nicholas Pates (right)

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Seven different individuals won events and one person qualified for post-season competition at the Second Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational in men's track and field Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

In a meet held in steady rain, Eastern hosted Colby-Sawyer College in a non-scoring meet.

In addition to the individual champions and post-season qualifiers, five different individuals established personal-best marks in the team's third meet of the outdoor season.

Competing in his first outdoor meet, freshman Alex Springer (Willimimantic) qualified for next month's New England Division III Championhip in the long jump with a mark of 20- 8 ½.

Individual winners included seniors Nicholas Noheimer (Willimantic) in the 1,500 (4:22.15), and Matthew Pyne (Wallingford) in the pole vault (10-0) and freshmen Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY)  in the 100 (11.59), Nicholas Pates (East Haven) in the 200 (23.75), Steven Clayton (North Haven) in the 800 (2:05.17),  T.J. Hair (Croton, NY) in the discus (81-2 ½) and Milan Sands (Springfield, MA) in the hammer (105-10 ½)

Rickets, Clayton and Sands all established personal outdoor bests, as did junior David Tignonsini (Vernon) in the 1,500, and freshman Bryan King (New Milford) in the long jump.

Eastern competes at Springfield College Saturday at 11 a.m.



Saturday, April 11, 2009

At second annual invite, three win titles and three establish personal bests

                                                                                                        Monica Mills (below)

mills head WEB_6237.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior Monica Mills (East Hartford) qualified for post-season competition in the triple jump for the third consecutive year at the Second Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational in women's track and field Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The non-scoring meet was held in a steady rain and included Smith College and Colby-Sawyer College.

Mills, who has qualified for New England Division III and New England Open competition in the triple jump in each of the previous two seasons, reached the New England Division III qualifying standard in the event with a winning jump of 35-3 ¼.

Additional Eastern individual winners included  sophomore Karina Johnson (East Hartford) at 800 meters (2:31.13) and freshman Steph Canada (Cheshire) in the high jump (4-10). Canada was competing in her first collegiate meet.

Establishing personal bests were sophomore Amanda Ericson (Bolton) at 5,000 meters, and freshman Megan Wallace (Trumbull) in the shot put and hammer throw.

Eastern competes at Springfield College Saturday at 11 a.m.


Neither Gilblair nor Musson allow an earned run in 6-1, 11-4 wins over RIC


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gilblair s action WEBdpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Behind standout starting pitching from senior lefty Shawn Gilblair (Windham) and junior righty Will Musson (Wethersfield), the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-1, 11-4 Little East Conference doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island College Monday evening at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Shawn Gilblair

Gilblair (4-1) gave up only one hit in  eight innings of the opener and Musson (5-0) surrendered only three hits in seven innings of the nightcap as No. 1 nationally-ranked Eastern (21-5, 5-3 little east) extended its winning streak over Rhode Island (16-10, 2-6 little east) to ten in a row.

Now 24-7 lifetime, Gilblair carried a no-hitter and a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning before senior centerfielder B.J. Doyan singled through the box on a 1-0 pitch with one out. Gilblair finished with double-digit strikeouts (11) for the second straight start. He walked three and hit two batters. Gilblair also became the 15th player in program history with as many as 200 hits when he singled and scored in the third inning of the opener.

After allowing two unearned runs in the second on two passed balls, a wild pitch and infield single, Musson gave up only one hit - retiring 17 of  his final 19 batters - before departing after seven innings with a 10-2 lead. He struck out seven and walked two.

In the doubleheader, junior shortstop Travis Bass (West Hartford) reached seven times with four hits and three walks, scored six runs and stole two bases. Junior third baseman Melvin Castillo (Danbury), junior centerfielder Joe Cousineau (Newington) and sophomore rightfielder Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) all had three hits. Castillo drove in five runs with a ground ball and single in the first game and double and triple in the nightcap.  Schult also walked twice and Cousineau walked once. Freshman catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had a two-out, bases-clearing triple in the top of the second of the opener. Junior second baseman John Parke's (Middlefield) 14-game hitting streak ended in the first game.

Senior catcher Jordan Amorin, senior shortstop Josh Cardoso and Doyon collected all six of Rhode Island's hits on the day. Each had two singles. The left side of the Rhode Island infield of senior third baseman Jeff Costa and Cardoso, handled 23 chances with just one error.

All five of Rhode Island's runs on the day were unearned, on account of six Eastern errors.

Eastern visits Bridgewater State College in a non-conference game Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.



     Warriors don't give up an earned run in splitting pair against top teams

pensiero WEB_9817.jpgWELLESLEY, Mass. - Three Eastern Connecticut State University softball pitchers held two opponents without  an earned run as the Warriors defeated Wellesley College, 3-0, after dropping a 2-0 decision to unbeaten Tufts University Sunday afternoon at Wellesley College.

At left: Katie Pensiero

The loss to No. 10 nationally-ranked Tufts (26-0) - the only undefeated team in Division III - was Eastern's (15-5) first after eight northern wins. The win over Wellesley (13-10) was the Warriors' second this season against the Blue.

The day featured three teams in their respective New England conferences. Eastern leads the Little East Conference at 4-0; Tufts shows an 8-0 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and Wellesley is second in the New England Womens' and Men's Athletic Conference with a 7-2 record.

Tufts U. 2, Eastern Conn. 0

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Eastern freshman righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and Tufts sophomore righty Izzie Santone (12-0) battled through six scoreless innings before the Jumbos scored two unearned runs after there were two out in the top of the seventh inning.

With two out and a runner on, an infield error prolonged Tufts' seventh inning, and senior second baseman Danielle Lopez drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run single to center. The error was only Eastern's third in its first nine northern games.

In the bottom of the seventh, Eastern's first two runners reached safely, but a  double play on an outfield fly ball erased the lead run and a fly ball to center to end the game.

Rathbun  lowered her ERA to 0.58 in the loss, which was her second in 13 decisions. In both losses, the opposing team has scored only unearned runs and they came in their  final at-bat. Against Tufts, Rathbun gave up seven hits while fanning two and walking five. Eastern managed only four hits off Santone, who fanned three and walked four.

Rathbun entered the week ranked first nationally in least hits allowed per seven innings, fifth in earned run average, and seventh in strikeouts per game.

Eastern Conn. 3, at Wellesley College 0

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Eastern scored two runs in the top of the first inning on three hits, two walks, an error and passed ball, with senior catcher Rachel Denny (East Haddam) driving in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Rathbun hit her third home run of the season with one out in the third.

Senior righty Katie Pensiero (Stamford) combined on the shutout with freshman righty Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA). Pensiero (4-0) gave up five hits with five strikeouts and two walks over the first six innings.

Rathbun was 3-for-3 and sophomore leftfielder Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) was 2-for-4 with a run scored for Eastern, which managed only six hits. Junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington) reached twice on walks. She led off the game with a walk, went to third on an infield single by Dinihanian, and scored the first run on Denny's sacrifice fly to center.

The win was the second in as many games this year for Eastern against Wellesley (13-10). Rathbun pitched a complete-game four-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over the Blue March 26 at Clermont, Fla.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday for a 5 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader.






 Behind defense, Warriors take over sole possession of first in LEC

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KEENE, N.H. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team shut out Keene State College for nearly 40 minutes, scoring 12 consecutive goals in the middle two quarters en route to a 14-10 Little East Conference victory in a first-place battle Saturday afternoon at Owl Stadium Complex.

At left: Steve Lane

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The win for Eastern (7-3, 3-0 little east) over Keene State (4-3, 2-1 little east) on the Owls' field is its first after four straight losses dating back to 2005. The Warriors (five titles) and Keene (two) have combined to win seven of eight LEC playoff titles.

While Eastern seniors DJ Simmons (Mystic) and Matthew Savage (Southington) were combining for ten goals, the Warriors' defense was limiting Keene point leaders Griffin Meehan and Tony Santa Fe to a combined one goal and two assists. Santa Fe, last year's conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year, was shut out.

Keene scored half of its goal total in a span of six minutes in the first quarter before the Warriors reeled off 12 straight goals. Eastern did not allow a goal for 38:45, a stretch which gave them a 13-5 lead heading into the final 15-minute quarter.

Simmons and Savage each recorded their 100th career goal in the match, making them the  9th and 10th players in program history to reach that plateau. Simmons totaled career-highs with six goals and seven points, while Savage had four goals.

Simmons scored three goals in three minutes, the third one giving the Warriors their first lead, 6-5, six minutes into the second quarter.   Eastern led  8-5 at halftime, but neither club was able to break through over the first six minutes of the second half. Simmons broke the standoff with an extra-man goal at that point, and Matthew Savage followed with three in a row over four minutes to push Eastern'e lead to seven, 12-5, with four minutes left in the third perid.

"At halftime, we told them that the first seven minutes of the second half would be critical," said second-year Eastern head coach Justin Axel. "We said that if we scored a couple of quick ones, instead of it being 8-5, it would be 10-5, and it would really be an uphill battle for (Keene)."

Keene scored five of the game's final six goals, but two came inside the final 2-plus minutes.

Eastern senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) marked Santa Fe tightly throughout most of the game, and also came up with a career-tying eight ground balls.

Axel praised the offensive play of Simmons ("Keene had no answer for him") and the defensive performance of Lane, as well as the overall execution of the penalty-killing unit. The win was the second in as many tries under Axel for Eastern, which survived a triple-overtime 11-10 decision a year ago at Eastern.

Senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made 17 saves - his second-highest total of the season behind the 19 he collected against defending national champion Salisbury University March 21. Eleven of his saves came when he shut out the hosts through the middle two periods. The win leaves Savage one shy of the career record for goalies, set by Mark Hayes earlier this decade.

After killing off  11 of its opponents' 14 extra-man opportunies earlier this week against Trinity College, Eastern's man-down unit blanked Keene on five tries after the Owls converted their first man-up try four minutes into the match. Eastern capitalized on three of its six extra-man opportunies, with Simmons and junior midfielder Zach Malouf (Norwich) scoring back-to-back extra-man goals that began the 12-0 scoring run.

For the first time in eight years of conference playoff competition last year, the championship match did not include Eastern or Keene or both. Both clubs were upset in the semifinals of the tournament, won for the first time by Western Connecticut. Last year's regular-season champion, Eastern was rated No. 1 in this year's pre-season coaches' poll and was followed closely in the balloting by Keene.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference match Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 14, Keene State College 10

Eastern Conn. (7-3, 3-0 little east)     1    7    5    1 -- 14
Keene State (4-3, 2-1 little east)        5    0    0    5 -- 10

Goals: E-DJ Simmons 6,  Matthew Savage 4, Zach Malouf 2, Brian Fechtmann, Maxim Fantl; K-Rodney Arganese 3, Ryan Shairs 2, Griffin Meehan, Jamie LeSage, Casey Brodersen, Tom Montano, Ryan Stewart.
Assists: E-Fechtmann 2, Tommy Flynn, Brendan Hoppey,  Simmons;; K-Meehan 2; Mike Borruso, LeSage.
Shots: E-39, K-52; Saves: E-Kyle Savage 17, K-Alex Corliss 8 (12 goals allowed, 41:22 min.), David Brochu 2 (2, 18:38).



Colonials score two in eighth to break third tie of game in 5-3 win 

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior righty Alex Zancan never allowed the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team more than one run in an inning in pitching Western Connecticut State University to a 5-3 Little East Conference victory Friday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Ranked No. 1 in Division III, Eastern (19-5, 3-3 little east) tied the game three times by scoring since runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before Western (10-11, 3-1 little east) pushed across the go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning on three hits and a sacrifice fly.

The win is the fifth for Western against Eastern in this 67-game series and is the first for the Colonials since they eliminated Eastern from the 2005 Little East Conference tournament at this field. Since winning their first 13, Eastern is 6-5.

Eastern entered the game with a team .349 team batting average and entered the week ranked among the national Top ten in slugging (3rd), home runs (5th) and doubles (8th).

Zancan (3-0), who had allowed two hits and two runs in an inning of relief a year ago in a 5-0 loss to Eastern at Mansfield, scattered eight hits and walked only one while striking out five in becoming only the second opposing pitcher to go the distance this year against Eastern. Zancan has walked only four batters in 33 2/3 innings this season to go along with 25 strikeouts and a 1.88 ERA.

Eastern senior first baseman Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) tied the game 1-1 for Eastern in the fifth inning with a solo home run to right-center, and tied it again 2-2 in the sixth with a two-out opposite-field RBI single to left. No. 9 hitter Andrew Magliola's (East Haven) ground ball plated junior centerfielder Joe Cousineau (Newington)  from third to tie the score again, at 3-3, in the seventh inning before Western mounted the decisive rally in the eighth against  Eastern junior righty Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI). Senior first baseman  Matt Perper and senior centerfielder Ryan Koschmieder singled to open the Western eighth inning. Perper came home with the go-ahead run on sophomore second baseman Zack Dandrea's sacrifice fly and Koschmieder scored an insurance run on freshman leftfielder Mike Yates'  opposite-field single to right.

Western had three hits and  a sacrifice bunt in scoring the first run of the game in the fourth; benefited from a botched pickoff attempt in taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth; had a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly in re-gaining a 3-2 lead in the seventh, and stole two bases in the two-run eighth inning.

By pitching into the eighth and striking out ten batters, Fontaine recorded season-bests.

Eight batters had at least one hit in Western's 12-hit attack, with junior DH Dan Baccaro, Perper, Koschmieder and No. 9 hitter Dan Amarante all recording two each.

Eastern junior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield) extended his hitting streak to 14 with a first-inning double and junior third baseman Melvin Castillo (Danbury) hit safely in his seventh straight when he reached on a two-out single in the sixth, stole second, and scored on Hobbes' single in the sixth. Hobbes, who has had hit safely in six straight games, joined Cousineau as Eastern's only hitters with more than one hit (they both had two). Cousineau also stole two bases.

Eastern visits Rhode Island College Saturday at 1 p.m. for a Little East Conference doubleheader. The doubleheader was originally schedule to get underway at noon.


Top four hitters drive in eight runs for No. 1 nationally-ranked Warriors

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Danny Schmiemann (below)

SCHMIEMANN_9571.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior All-America Shawn Gilblair's (Windham) leadoff home run in the eighth inning ignited a six-run rally as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team dropped Springfield College, 10-2, Wednesday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.

Gilblair doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored to give Eastern a 3-2 lead, then smacked his 23rd career home run leading off the eighth to ignite a six-run uprising. Ranked No. 1 in Division III for the last three weeks, Eastern (19-3) had five hits in the eighth inning and made the most of an infield error which accounted for five unearned runs. Sophomore rightfielder Jim Schult's (Wappingers Falls, NY) two-out bases-clearing double - his only hit of the game -- capped the six-run inning.

Sophomore righty Jim Morrison (Old Saybrook) and first-year sophomore lefty transfer Danny Schmiemann (Sea Cliff, NY) subdued Springfield (5-16) on five hits. Schmiemann pitched the final four hitless innings to gain his first save after taking over for Morrison (2-0) after the first two batters of the sixth had reached safely with singles. With the tying run on second. Schmiemann got two strikeouts and an outfield fly ball to leave the bases loaded. Morrison  allowed five hits while fanning four and walking two. One of the two runs he allowed was unearned.

The top four batters in the Eastern order combined to knock in eight runs with eight hits. They also scored five times.Batting second, junior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield) hit safely in his 12th consecutive game. Parke, who had a 21-game hitting streak last year, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Gilblair led all players with three hits, moving him to within three of becoming the 15th player in program history with as many as 200 hits. First-year sophomore outfielder Robert Perry (Manchester) and senior first baseman Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) matched Parke with two hits each.

The Warriors had 14 hits and no errors in the game, upping their team batting average to .353 and improving their fielding average to .947. The staff ERA also dropped to 3.13.

Eastern host Western New England College Thursday at 3 p.m.




Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's a tale of two halves as visiting Bantams overcome Warriors' early lead

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - An early-game feast turned into a lengthy famine for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team, which couldn't maintain the momentum of an early five-goal lead in a 12-9 non-conference loss to Trinity College Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Ranked No. 11 in New England, Eastern (6-3) owned the first half, racing to a 6-1 lead and taking a 6-2 advantage into the lockerroom. The second half belonged to Trinity (8-3), however. The Bantams, ranked No. 6 in New England, shut the Warriors out on five shots in the third period, holding the hosts off the scoreboard for 25 minutes in erecting a 9-6 lead midway through the final period.

After Eastern's man-down unit killed off a two-man Trinity advantage in the final minutes of the first period, Eastern scored the first three goals of the second period as its lead ballooned to 6-1. After junior midfielder Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) give the Warriors a 4-1 lead four minutes into the second period, both teams' defenses dominated until senior defenseman Steve Lane (Groton) and senior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic) scored 47 seconds apart in the final four minutes of the quarter to make it 6-1.

In the game, Eastern's man-down unit saw plenty of action, killing 11 of 14 of Trinity's extra-man opportunites. The Warriors spent 12 minutes and 30 seconds in the penalty box, while Trinity was whistled for only four penalties totaling three minutes.

Thirty-goal scorer Harper Cullen of Trinity was effectively contained by Eastern's defense - notably senior defenseman Mike Silvestrini (Guilford) - through the first half. Cullen managed only two shots in the first half - neither finding the cage. In the third period, however, the junior attackman finally broke through, scoring four times on six shots in the third period to spearhead Trinity's comeback.

Eastern sophomore faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington), ranked No. 2 nationally in faceoff percentage, won 16 of 24 faceoffs and corralled 12 ground balls to extend his season program record for ground balls to 105. Eastern senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made ten saves in the game. His sixth save - coming in the first minutes of the third period - made him the 25th player in NCAA Division III lacrosse history with 700 career saves.

Trinity senior goalie Graham Fadden made nine of his 13 saves in the second half.

The win for Trinity was its fourth straight over Eastern and allows the Bantams to tie the all-time series at 6-all.

A winner of its first two Little East Conference matches, Eastern visits Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. Both teams lost in the semifinals of last year's conference tournament, won by Western Connecticut State University.

Trinity College 12, Eastern Conn. 9

Trinity College (8-3)      1    1    5    5 -- 12
Eastern Conn. (6-3)      3    3    0    3 --   9

Goals: T-Harper Cullen 4, Thomas Rogers 2, Zachary Trudeau 2; Rob Mountain,  Andrew Williamson, Brad Hunnewell, Brendan Newland; E- DJ Simmons 3, Matthew Savage 2, Brendan Hoppey, Maxim Fantl, Steve Lane, Brian Fechtmann
Assists: T-Max Alderman 3, Connor Hustava 2, Art Schweitzer; E-Hoppey 3, Fantl 1.
Shots: T-33, E-31; Saves: T-Graham Fadden 13, E-Kyle Savage10 (11 goals allowed, 59:36), Sean Leary 0 (1, 0:24).






Warriors cause a season-high 16 turnovers but fall to Wellesley College

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WELLESLEY, Mass. -  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team caused a season-best 16 turnovers but Wellesley College scored three key goals  in the second half to post a 14-11 non-conference victory Tuesday afternoon.

The loss is the first for Eastern (4-7) after a three-game winning streak which included a one-goal Little East Conference win over Keene State College at home and its first two victories on its opponents' home field this year. Wellesley (5-4) climbs over the .500 mark after its second win over Eastern in as many years.

Senior defender Sara Barrett's (Bourne, MA) third goal of the year seven minutes into the second half created the seventh tie of the match, but Jenny Holland sandwiched unassisted goals around one from teammate Molly Morrow  to give the Blue the lead for good, 12-9. The teams traded goals over the final 13 minutes.

Junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) scored a career-high five goals and tied her career point total of five points, but no other Eastern player was able to score more than once. Wayte scored Eastern's first three goals  and later gave the Warriors a 7-6 lead less than two minutes into the second half.

 Senior defender Jackie Bivona (Middlebury) caused five turnovers and junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) four as the Warriors recorded their highest total this year in that department. Bivona also corralled a career-high seven ground balls, Barrett and senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) picking up four each. Richards also won 13 of 25 faceoffs and captured six draws.

Holland and Morrow each scored four goals and added an assist each for the Blue.

Mary Mattia made 12 saves to gain the win in net for Wellesley. Eastern freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made eight of her ten saves in the first half, when Richards, MacDonald and sophomore midfielder Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) combined for the final three goals to give Eastern a 6-5 halftime edge.

Eastern hosts Wheaton College Saturday at 2 p.m. on Seniors' and Family Day.

Wellesley College 14, Eastern Conn. 11

Eastern Conn. (4-7)  6 5 -- 11
Wellesley College (5-4)  5 9 -- 14

Goals: E-Brooke Wayte 5, Taylor MacDonald, Dana McLaughlin, Jessica Richards, Courtney Bedocs, Sara Barrett, Ashley Del Vecchio; W-Jenny Holland 4, Molly Morrow 4, Meredith Roy 2, Loretta White 2, Caitlin Meeker,  Briana Roberge.
Assists: E-Katie Beers, Jackie Bivona, MacDonald; Elizabeth Hays, Holland, Morrow.
Shots: E-33, W-28; Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 10, W-Mary Mattia 11.














At 8-0, Warriors off to best northern start since winning first 20 in 1988


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NORTON, Mass. - Freshman Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a complete-game two-hitter and hit a two-run home run as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team completed its first sweep of Wheaton College with 6-4, 9-1 victories Tuesday at Clark Field.

Last week's New England and Little East conference Pitcher-of-the-Week, Rathbun fanned six without a walk in winning her 11th game of the season against a loss in the second game, which was stopped after six innings due to the eight-run rule. She hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth - her second of the season -- to round out the scoring.

Rathbun faced only two batters over the minimum. With Eastern leading after a four-run second inning, Rathbun allowed a leadoff double in the third when the Lyons scored their only run. The only other hit was a two-out single up the middle in the fourth.

Rathbun has a 0.63 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 26 walks in 14 appearances this season.

Ranked second in New England, Eastern (14-4) improves to 8-0 up north, its best northern start since the 1988 team won its first 20 northern games on the way to the regional championship and national third-place finish. In four previous doubleheaders with Wheaton (11-17), Eastern had been swept three times and had split once. The Warriors had been swept each of the last two years.

On the day, Eastern had 26 hits and commited only one error, upping its team batting average to .296 and its fielding percentage to .975.

Freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford),  senior Courtney Caswell (South Kingstown, RI) and junior Kim Church (Farmington) all had four hits, with Rathbun, senior Rachel Denny (East Haddam), and junior Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) each collecting three. Rathbun drove in six runs and Church and Sullivan five each.

Senior righty Katie Pensiero (Stamford) and freshman righty Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) combined on the win, the third without a loss this year for Pensiero.

Leading 3-1 in the first game, the Warriors broke the game open by scoring three times in the fourth on leadoff singles by No. 9 hitter Alicea and Church, a sacrifice fly from sophomore Katie Dinihanian (Stratford), suicide squeeze from Denny and RBI triple by Sullivan.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Howard Spector Field. Keene eliminated Eastern from last year's LEC tournament at Spector Field.




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Red Hawks score five times in seventh to hand No. 1 Warriors setback

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- An inning-opening  infield error opened the door for a five-run Montclair State University seventh inning that lifted the Red Hawks to a come-from-behind 7-5 win over the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team Tuesday afternoon at Yogi Berra Stadium.

Eastern (18-3), ranked No. 1 in Division III, carried a 5-2 lead into the seventh before the hosts scored five times on an error, hit batter and four singles. No. 9 hitter Kevin Miller broke a 5-5 tie with a two-out, two-run single up the middle.

The meeting was the first between programs which have combined for seven national championships since Eastern eliminated the Red Hawks from the 2008 NCAA Division III New York Regional, 14-0. Montclair has beaten Eastern five of the last seven times the teams have met.

Junior John Parke (Middlefield) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits and two runs scored. First-year sophomore Robert Perry (Manchester) had three hits and scored a run and senior All-America Shawn Gilblair (Windham), freshman Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and senior Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) all had two hits.

Junior lefty Wes Dutton (Waterbury) allowed only two hits in four innings of middle relief after taking over in the third inning.

The third of three pitchers, Montclair senior righty Michael Streaman gained his third win without a loss. Streaman faced only one batter over the minimum after taking over in the sixth after junior Melvin Castillo (Danbury) drove in a Parke with a single that gave the Warriors a 5-2 lead. Streaman stranded two runners aboard by getting a fly ball to center field. Eastern reached Streaman for two hits in the seventh but couldn't add to its lead, and went down in order in the last two innings.

Eastern had several chances to blow the game open in the early innings but couldn't score after loading the bases on three singles in the second and putting the first two runners on the third.

Sophomore Mike Ercolano went 3-for-3 with two RBI as the Red Hawks moved past the .500 mark for the first time this season.  Eastern has dropped two of its last four.
Eastern scored three times in the fourth on four straight inning-opening hits and a walk to move out to a 4-2 lead., and added another in the sixth. A wild pitch plated the first run in the fourth and Bass stroked a two-run, opposite-field single to make it 4-2.
Eastern visits  Springfield College Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.



Earlier named All-America, she becomes program's fourth ECAC POY

mcfetridge 72_6639.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's  Ashley McFetridge (Canton) has been selected New England Division III women's basketball Player-of-the-Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The honor follows numerous ones this year for McFetridge, who was earlier named WBCA Division III All-America, Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year, first-team All-New by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) and to the NEWBA Senior Classic.

She becomes the program's third ECAC Player-of-the-Year, following two-time winner Allison Coleman (2000-01 and 2002-03), and Wendy Rogers (1991-92). McFetridge becomes the 15th All-ECAC selection, 12th first-team pick.

Five players were chosen to the ECAC first team and five to the second team. Also gaining an individual major award was Babson freshman forward Nicole Wurderman, named Rookie-of-the-Year.

Additionally, McFetridge was also named to the all-conference first team and to the All-Defensive Team for the third year in a row and earned a spot on the LEC Winter All-Academic Team for the second time in her second year of eligibility. She led the conference in points (404) and was third in scoring average (13.9) and rebounding average (8.1) and second in field goal percentage (.502) and blocked shots (1.8).

The 6-foot-2 inch McFetridge completed her 107-game career ranked fourth all-time in career points (1,364),  first in blocks (158), sixth in rebounds (777) and tied for ninth in games. She helped Eastern to three 20-wins seasons and an overall record of 86-27 (.761)

Eastern won 25 and lost four this year and captured the LEC regular season title. The Warriors earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III tournament, their 12th appearance in program history.



Fifteen extra-base hits are among their 39 hits in 20-0, 13-1 victories

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Gilblair, Musson Honored with LEC Weekly Awards.pdf (April 6)

Shawn Gilblair (below)

gilblair WEB 015.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior All-America Shawn Gilblair (Windham) had seven hits, drove in seven runs and scored six and won his 23rd career pitching decision to power the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to 20-0, 13-1 Little East Conference wins over Plymouth State University Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

The second game was stopped in accordance with the ten-run rule which applies to the second game of conference doubleheaders.

Ranked No. 1 in Division III, Eastern (18-2, 3-2 little east) compiled 39 hits - 15 of them for extra bases - in extending its winning streak against Plymouth State (5-11, 1-3 little east) to 18 straight. The Warriors were coming off Saturday's 4-3 conference loss at Massachusettts Dartmouth.

Gilblair (3-1), the 2007 national Player-of-the-Year, pitched seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball in the first game, when he was also 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI. Three of his hits were doubles, which ties an Eastern game record. As  the second game designated hitter, Gilblair was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk.

Junior Mike Palo (Brookfield) had six hits in the doubleheader, and senior Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) had four. Juniors Melvin Castillo (Danbury), Travis Bass (West Hartford) and John Parke (Middlefield), and sophomores Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and Robert Perry (Manchester) had three each. Junior Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) swatted a grand slam to highlight an 11-run third inning in the second game. In that inning, Paolo singled and tripled and scored a run, Castillo walked, homered and scored twice, Gillbair had two RBI singles and scored twice, and Schult doubled home a run and scored and hit a sacrifice fly.

Castillo scored six runs and drove in five and also reached twice by walk in the doubleheader. . He tripled and homered in the first game and hit his 33rd home run in the nightcap, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time, five behind all-time leader Don Fusari '78.

First-year junior transfer Will Musson (Wethersfield) improved his pitching record to 4-0 as the second-game starter. The righty gave up only two hits and one run over the first six innings.

Eastern hosts Western New England College Monday at 4 p.m.



 In opener, Rathbun pitches one-hitter and fans 12; Church drives in run

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 WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Freshman righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts for her tenth win of the year in the opener as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team posted 1-0, 6-5 Little East Conference wins over Plymouth State University Sunday afternoon at Howard Spector Field.

At left: Molly Rathbun

In the first game, Rathbun (10-1) allowed only two baserunners and recorded her 100th strikeout of the season, and junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington) drove in pinch runner Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) from second base with a double in the sixth inning for the only run of the game.

 In the second game, Eastern (12-4, 4-0 little east) scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to snap a 3-3 tie, and Rathbun struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn her second save and preserve the victory over Plymouth (11-6, 2-2 little east).

Plymouth tied the second game on sophomore cleanup hitter Andrea Pydynkowski's third home run of the season - a three-run blast on a 3-2 pitch over the 215 sign in left-center off Eastern senior righty and winner Katie Pensiero (Stamford). The Warriors re-gained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by No. 9 hitter Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) and sophomore pinch hitter Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY). The hits plated senior third baseman Courtney Caswell (Wakefield, RI) and Alicia, respectively.

In the opener, Rathbun faced only two batters over the minimum. Junior shortstop Sammi Romano walked with two out in the first and freshman leftfielder Allie Luisi singled leading off the fourth. Romano advanced to second on a wild pitch before Rathbun fanned Pydynkowski to end the inning.  Ratthbun got a strikeout, ground ball and infield popup to leave a runner stranded at first in the fourth.

Rathbun, who has four complete-game one-hitters this year, struck out at least ten batters for the sixth time in nine starts this year. She has 104 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings for an average of 10.2 this year. She lowered her season ERA to 0.59.

Plymouth senior righty Courtney MacFarland was locked in a duel with Rathbun until the Warriors scraped up the only run of the first game. MacFarland allowed only three hits without walking a batter and fanning five in a complete-game effort.

Senior centerfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) had three of Eastern's 13 hits on the day, with Caswell and Church adding two each. Church has hit safely in six straight games. Church and Alicea each scored two runs on the day and Sullivan remained perfect this season on seven stolen base attempts, swiping three. Eastern is 27-for-28 this year in stolen bases. The Warriors did not commit an error in the doubleheader, improving their average to .974.

Pydynkowski doubled and homered in the second game and matched Luisi with two of Plymouth's seven hits on the day. Both also reached on walks.

Eastern visits Wheaton College (MA) Tuesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.





A winner of five games last year, Corsairs upend No. 1 Warriors

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John Parke (below)

parke WEB7013.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team equaled its entire win total of a year ago by scoring the go-ahead run after there were two out and none on in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Corsair Park.

The win over No.1-nationally Eastern (16-2, 1-2 little east) follows UMass Dartmouth's (5-13, 3-0 little east)  doubleheader sweep of 2008 conference regular-season and tournament champion  Keene State College a week ago. The Corsairs sustained their worst overall  season in program history last year and finished last in the conference with a 2-12 record. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for UMass at the hands of Eastern.

The game was the makeup of Friday's washout.

UMass scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out rally prolonged by an infield error. With two out and none on, No. 9 hitter Zac Talis walked. An infield error on a stolen base attempt put him on second base, where leadoff hitter Ryan McDermott singled him in to give the hosts a 4-3 lead.

Eastern had tied the game at 3-3 by scoring an unearned run in the top of the seventh when junior Chris Thomson (Montville) reached on a fielder's choice, pinch runner Mike Palo (Brookfield) moved to second on a passed ball, to third on a fly ball, and scored on a wild pitch.

With one out in the ninth, senior first baseman Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) doubled, but relief pitcher Kyle Merrill snared Palo's line drive and doubled Hobbes' pinch runner to end the game.

Starting junior right-handed pitchers Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI) of Eastern and Adam Gustafson of UMass each allowed only one earned run among the three runs each was charged with. The win was the first after two losses for Gustafson who limited Eastern to seven hits before giving way to Merrill following Hobbes' double.  Fontaine gave up only four hits through six innings while striking out five and walking one, but left on the short end of a 3-2 score. Junior lefty Wes Dutton (Watebury) allowed one hit and one earned run. He sustained his first loss in his first decision, but lowered his ERA to 1.06. Fontaine's ERA also dropped under 2.00 to 1.99.

Junior middle infielders John Parke (Middlefield) and Travis Bass (West Hartford) each had two hits for Eastern, with Parke extending his hitting streak to eight.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in a conference makeup doubleheader Sunday at noon.



Warriors score four times in 9 minutes late in game to hold off Plymouth

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HOLDERNESS, NH - Four different players scored goals in a nine minute span late in the game that propelled the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to its 18th straight Little East Conference victory, 14-12, over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at the Holderness School.

The win is the third straight for Eastern (4-6, 2-0 little east), which has won the last two conference regular-season and playoff titles en route to 18 straight victories. Eastern has not lost a conference game since dropping a 9-5 decision to Plymouth (1-5, 1-1 little east) in the 2006 LEC title game.

There were six ties through the opening nine minutes of the second half before senior defender Sara Barrett (Bourne, MA) scored her second goal of the season and junior midfielder Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford) two minutes apart to give Eastern thelead for good, 10-8, 13 minutes into the second half. After the Panthers got one back, junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) and junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) scored less than two minutes apart as Eastern opened up a four-goal lead with 12 minutes left.  Plymouth scored twice late in the game to cut the margin two, but could get no closer over the final two minutes.

Eastern and Plymouth met in five of the first six LEC playoff title games through 2007 (Eastern winning twice), but Plymouth fell to last in the conference last season with only one win. In the 2009 coaches' pre-season poll, Eastern was the favorite and Plymouth was ranked fifth.

Since scoring only eight goals in the team's first seven games, Wayte has scored eight to spark the current three-game winning streak, two coming against Plymouth Junior attack Katie Beers (Trumbull) led Eastern with three goals and two assists and freshman midfielder Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk) scored a season-high three goals. MacDonald extended her team-leading goal and assist totals to 22 and 17 with two goals and two assists.

After giving up seven goals on 11 shots in the first half, freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made nine saves on 20 shots after the break, surrendering only five goals.

Eastern turned the ball over only 17 times in the match - its second lowest total of the year. Senior defender Jackie Bivona (Middlebury) had six ground balls, MacDonald five and McLaughline four. Bivona won three of the team's 11 ground balls.

Five Plymouth players combined for all 12 of the team's goals. Season scoring leaders Taylor Cambal, Katie Judd and Nicole Grover combined for nine goals. This year, that duo has combined for 32 of the team's total of 53 goals.

Eastern hosts Wellesley College in a non-conference match Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 14, Plymouth State U. 12

Eastern Conn. (4-6, 2-0 little east)         8     6 -- 14
Plymouth State (1-5, 1-1 little east)       7     5 -- 12

Goals: E-: Katie Beers 3, Nicole Shusdock 3, Taylor MacDonald 2, Brooke Wayte 2, Courtney Bedocs, Ashley Del Vecchio, Dana McLaughlin, Sara Barrett.
P- Nicole Grover 4, Taylor Cambal 3; Kalie Judd 2, Brianna Davis 2, Sarah Bryant,
Assists: E-Bedocs 2; Beers 2; MacDonald 2; Del Vecchio,  Jessica Richards.
P- Davis, Nicole Grover, Judd
Shots: E-37, P-31. Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 11; P-Nicole Provencher 16.



K. Savage, Vasil Gain Weekly LEC Honor (April 6).pdf

Kyle Savage, Vasil set records in Warriors' victory over Panthers

Kyle Savage (below)

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team raced to a 10-1 halftime lead and cruised to an 18-3 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Ranked No. 12 in New England, Eastern (6-2, 2-0 little east) is unbeaten in 27 regular-season conference matches at Nevers Field since the inception of conference play in 2001. Plymouth (2-4, 1-1 little east) is the only conference team to defeat Eastern at Nevers Field, recording an overtime win in the semifinals of last year's LEC playoffs. The Panthers, who qualified for ECAC play last year after losing to Western Connecticut in the LEC title game, had a two-game winning streak stopped and falls to 3-17 all-time against the Warriros.

Eastern senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) took over as the program's all-time leader with his 59th career appearance. He made six saves over the first three periods to record his 36th career win - two shy of the program record. His saves move him to within five of becoming the 25th goalie in NCAA Division III history with as many as 700 in a career. Savage holds Eastern career records for appearances, starts, minutes and saves.

 Eric Vasil (below)

vasil300_9078.jpgSophomore midfielder Eric Vasil (Southington) won all 16 of his faceoffs to improve his season percentage .770. Vasil needed only eight matches to break the Eastern season ground ball record set by All-America Shannon Sligo in 2000. Vasil broke the record of 87 with his eighth of 13 ground balls in the game. He now has 93 ground balls this year  for an average of 11.6 per game.

Seniors Matthew Savage (Southington) and DJ Simmons (Mystic) each scored four goals for Eastern, which outshot Plymouth 27-10 in building a 10-1 halftime lead. Junior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) contributed a career-high four assists. Freshman long-stick midfielder Tommy Flynn (Mineola, NY) scored his first career goal to give Eastern a 3-0 lead with just under two minutes gone in the match.

Eastern hosts Trinity College Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Bantams are ranked ninth in New England.

Eastern Conn. 18, Plymouth State U. 3

Plymouth State (2-4, 1-1 little east)    1    0    0    2 --   3
Eastern Conn. (6-2, 2-0 little east)      6    4    5    3 -- 18

Goals: P-Brian Giroux 2; Steve Engel; E- DJ Simmons 4, Matthew Savage 4,
Brendan Hoppey 2, Zach Malouf 2, Parker Geane, Pat Gority, Eric Vasil, Lee Mascolo, Tommy Flynn, Vinny Tornatore.
Assists: P-Andrew Eriksen, Conor McCullough; E-Maxim Fantl 4, Geane, Gority, Hoppey, Henry Peterson.
Shots: P-21, E-48; Saves: P-Kevin Hayes 5 (6 goals allowed, 15:00 min.), Bill Morgan 6 (9, 30:00), Jack Tyo 2 (3, 15:00); E-Kyle Savage 6 (1 goal allowed, 45:00 min.), Jamie Tommins 0 (1, 7:48), Stephen Goomrigian 2 (1, 7:12).




Weekend rains have forced postponement and the re-scheduling of many of Eastern's athletic events.

Men's lacrosse will host Plymouth State Saturday, as scheduled, but the start of the match has been moved back to 2 p.m. (from 1 p.m.).

Softball will host Plymouth State Sunday at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader, re-scheduled from Saturday. Softball's scheduled doubleheader at U.S. Coast Guard Academy Sunday has been re-scheduled for a later date.

Baseball's scheduled single game Friday at UMass Dartmouth has been postponed indefinetely. The Warriors will host Plymouth State Sunday at noon in a doubleheader, re-scheduled from Saturday.

Women's lacrosse and men's and women's track and field will compete on the road Saturday as scheduled.




Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Warriors use team effort to offset Lyons' one-person show in 12-8 win

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macdonald WEB_9333.jpgSOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Seven Eastern Connecticut State University players contributing to the scoring and the Warriors collected a season-high 14 caused turnovers in posting a 12-8 non-conference win over Mount Holyoke College Wednesday afternoon.

At left: Taylor MacDonald

Eastern (3-6) used a late rush to record its second straight win, scoring the final five goals of the match in a span of just over 11 minutes to overcome an 8-7 deficit nine minutes into the second half. Five different players contributed a goal in that decisive five-goal run, with junior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport) assisting on one and scoring one in that run.

Led by senior defender Jackie Bivona (Middlebury), Eastern's defense had a season-high 14 caused turnovers and forced Mount Holyoke (3-5) into 41 turnovers -15 more turnovers than any previous opponent this season. Bivona  caused four turnovers and scooped up seven ground balls. Junior attack Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford) had five ground balls and caused two turnovers to complement two goals.

Junior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) led Eastern with a career-high five goals and also picked up six ground balls, caused four turnovers, and won two draws. Senior midfielder Jessica Richards (Somers) won 11 of 21 faceoffs and captured eight draws.

Mount Holyoke did not score a goal over the final 21 minutes of the match. The Lyons played the final 6:27 without top scorer Peggy Wefald, a junior midfielder. Wefald, who figured in on all but one of the Lyons goals by scoring five and assisting on two, was banished from the game after being assessed her second yellow card with 6:27 left and her team trailing 11-8. Wefald has 33 goals this season.

Freshman goalie Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) made eight saves for her third win of the season.

MacDonald, last year's Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year, leads Eastern this year with 20 goals and 15 assists. She has drawn within one of her career-high goal total of 21 a year ago.

Eastern visits Plymouth State University for a Little East Conference match at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Eastern Conn. 12, Mount Holyoke College 8

Eastern Conn. (3-6)         6   6 -- 12
Mount Holyoke (3-5)        3   5 --   8

Goals: E-Taylor MacDonald 5, Brooke Wayte 2, Dana McLaughlin 2, Courtney Bedocs 2, Sara Barrett.; M- Peggy Wefald 5, Ava Gottschall, Taylor Hedges, Kristen Cody.
Assists: E-Katie Beers, Nicole Shusdock, Wayte; M-Wefald 2, Gottschall.
Shots: E-28, M-16; Saves: E-Kristianna Ibsen 6, M-Missy Hartley 9.




Warriors down Wheaton for ninth straight time, improve to 4-0 vs. NE

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NORTON, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team turned up the heat in the second period, scoring six goals and dominating all facets of the game on the way to a 16-11 non-conference victory over Wheaton College Wednesday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

At right: Kyle Savage

Eastern (5-2) remains unbeaten this season against New England competition in four outings as it keeps Wheaton (0-6) winless. After losing the first game to the Lyons in this series, the Warriors have won the last nine.

Leading by a goal after the first 15-minute period, Eastern hit its stride in the second period. The Warriors won seven of nine faceoffs, were successful on six of seven clears, earned a 16-2 advantage in ground balls and outshot the hosts 16-9. The result was a 6-2 advantage in goals that provided the Warriors with a 10-5 halftime lead. In the first half, Eastern owned advantages of 30-10 in ground balls, 30-14 in shots, and 13-4 in faceoffs. The Warriors also failed to clear only one of 17 attempts over the first 30 minutes.

Leading 10-7 midway through the third period, Eastern scored the final goal of the period and the first four of the final period in a span of less than five minutes to pull away. Senior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic) scored two of his team-leading four goals in that stretch, and senior Matthew Savage (Southington), junior Michael Glennon (Walpole, MA) and sophomore Brendan Hoppey (Shoreham, NY) adding one each.Simmons' first goal in that span came with two Eastern players in the penalty box, the Warriors needing just 21 seconds to find the back of the net in that man-down situation.

Beginning with Simmons' goal that opened the second period, the Warriors outscored Wheaton 11-3 through the first five minutes of the fourth period.

Sophomore Eric Vasil (Southington) won 21 of 25 faceoffs and picked up 14 ground balls for Eastern. Vasil recorded his 100th faceoff win of the season in the match and improved his season percentage to .743 (101-for-136). His ground ball total equaled his career-high and leaves him eight shy of establishing a season record in that category.

 Hoppey had three goals and three assists to match Simmons' point total in the match.

Senior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington) made 14 stops over the first 56 minutes. The match was his 58th, tying the program record for goalies.
 Wheaton's Chris Landers more than doubled his season total of four goals by scoring a game-high and career-best five.
Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 1p.m.

Eastern Conn. 16, Wheaton College (MA) 11

Eastern Conn. (5-2)              4   6   1 5 -- 16
Wheaton College (0-6)          3   2   2 4 -- 11

Goals: E-DJ Simmons 4, Brendan Hoppey 3, Matthew Savage 3, Zach Malouf 2, Eric Vasil, Michael Glennon, Pat Gority, Steve Lane; W-Chris Landers 5, Jeff Gomer 2, Drew Schaffer, Ben Cederberg, Billy McNamara, Conor Finn.
Assists: E-Hoppey 3, Maxim Fantl 2, Simmons 2, Vasil; W-Gomer 2, Cederberg, Landers, Schaffer, Tim Horan.
Shots: E-49, W-34; Saves: E-Kyle Savage 14 (9 goals allowed, 56:14), Jamie Tommins 3 (2, 3:46); W-Schuyler Horn 13.



Denny breaks one career record, ties another in 7-2, 5-3 wins

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denny WEB_9791.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior first baseman Rachel Denny (East Haddam) broke the Eastern Connecticut State University career record for RBI and tied the career record for doubles in the first game and freshman right-handed pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebon) won both games as the Warriors swept Springfield College, 7-2, 5-3 Wednesday at Howard Spector Field.

At left: Rachel Denny

Ranked second in New England, Eastern (10-4) collected 19 hits in the doubleheader in sweeping its second doubleheader in five days since returning from its spring trip. Springfield (7-13) was coming off two losses against No. 8 nationally-ranked Tufts University and falls to 5-7 up north.

Denny, a 2009 pre-season All-America, now has 119 career RBI, one more than previous record-holder Carrie Loring '94. She now has 35 doubles, tying the record of Michelle Cunningham (35). Denny had two RBI doubles in the first game.

Denny, freshman leftfielder Alicia Mangiafico (Manchester), junior shortstop Kim Church (Farmington), freshman rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) and sophomore outfielder Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) all had three hits in the doubleheader Five of Eastern's hits in the doubleheader were doubles. Church moved to within ten of her 100th career hit.

Church drove in three runs, Denny, freshman Rathbun and junior Michelle Lawlor (Brookline, MA) two each. Church also reached twice by walk and Alicea stole two bases, her sixth and seventh steals of the year in as many attempts.

Rathbun (9-1) pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the opener and gained the second-game win with 2 ½ innings of scoreless relief. In the doubleheader, Rathbun allowed five hits and two (earned) runs in 9 1/3 innings, fanning eight and walking five.

Springfield struck first with runs in its first at-bats in both games. In the opener, the Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the first on Denny's RBI double, then scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Denny and Alicea each had three of the team's 11 hits and drove in two runs. Denny drove in two runs with doubles and Alicia, batting ninth, singled and scored in the third and fourth innings and had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the fifth. Church drove in three runs in the first game with  a two-run single in the fourth and a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.

After Springfield scored once in the first inning of the second game, the Warriors exploded for four runs in the bottom of the inning by collecting four of their game total of seven hits. Rathbun and Lawlor each had two-run doubles in the inning. Lawlor's hit came in her first at-bat of the season.She was making only her second career start.

Trailing 5-3 in the second game, Springfield loaded the bases with two out in the seventh on two walks and a hit batsman, but Rathbun got a ground ball to Lawlor at third to end the game.

Senior first baseman Aimee Cassella had two of Springfield's four hits in the first game and drove in both of their runs.  Junior shortstop Jaime Moran and senior centerfielder Angela Atkins each had two of Springfield's eight hits in the nightcap, with Moran scoring twice.  Sophomore Amanda Novak came off the bench to reach three times in the nightcap. She had an RBI double in the third and walked twice.

The game featured teams which competed in last year's NCAA Division III New York Regional. Springfield dropped its first two games there while the Warriors reached the semifinals by winning twice before being eliminated.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.




Hobbes' two-run triple highlights five-run first inning; Warriors now 16-1

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hobbes WEB_6482.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior first baseman Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) slammed a two-run triple to highlight a five-run first inning as the No. 1 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team downed Amherst College, 9-6, Wednesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Tristan Hobbes

Eastern (16-1) led 8-1 after three innings before Amherst (8-7) scored five runs in the middle innings on seven hits, a walk and hit batsman to cut the gap to the final margin. Junior lefty  Wes Dutton (Waterbury) and junior righty Will Musson (Wethersfield) preserved sophomore righty Jim Schult's (Wappingers Falls, NY) second win this year without a loss by combining  on 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief. In 15 innings over eight outings this year, Dutton lowered his ERA to 1.20.

In the first inning, Eastern had six hits, including the two-run triple by Hobbes, an RBI double by Chris Thomson (Montville) and RBI singles by Shawn Gilblair (Windham) and Robert Perry (Manchester). The first four Eastern batters reached safely against Amherst starter Hayden Metz, a freshman righty, who sustained his first loss after two wins in his first collegiate start. Metz was lifted after the first three batters of the second inning also reached safely.

Senior first baseman Brendan Powers' second home run this year in 17 at-bats was a two-run shot in the fifth inning and pulled Amherst to within 9-4. The Lord Jeffs cut the deficit to 9-6 by scoring two more in the sixth when they chased Schult by recording three hits, including a leadoff double by pinch hitter Angus Schaller and RBI singles by sophomore leftfielder Brian Merrigan  and sophomore centerfielder Scott Shaffer. Dutton stranded two runners with a ground ball to first base to end the threat and Musson earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

After opening the first inning with a single, junior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield) recorded his 100th career hit with a leadoff single in the second inning.

Batting 1-2 in the order, Parke and Travis Bass (West Hartford) each had two hits and scored a run. Gilblair was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. He launched his second home run of the season leading off the fourth inning. Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) also had two hits and scored a run. He had an RBI double in the third.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Friday at 3:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.



Earlier chosen LEC's top rookie, Rathbun named Pitcher-of-the-Week

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The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team has risen from a tie for third into second place in the second weekly New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches' Association (NEISCA) Division III poll, released Wednesdy.

The Warriors won five of eight games last week, defeating Lawrence College, Elmhurst College and Wellesley College in Florida and opening their home and Little East Conference seasons with a sweep of UMass Boston.

After being named conference Rookie-of-the-Week Monday, freshman righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) was cited as NEISCA Pitcher-of-the-Week.

rathbun head WEB_8264.jpgIn a 5-3 week, Rathbun was 4-1 with a save and a 0.79 ERA, while batting .316 (6-for-19) from the cleanup spot with four doubles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly as the DP and first baseman. In the pitching circle, she appeared in six games with five starts and five complete games and two shutouts. Rathbun allowed 13 hits (11 singles) in 35 1/3 innings, fanning 58 and walking 11. In back-to-back pitching wins against Lawrence College and the University of Chicago, she fanned 24 batters, walked one and gave up two hits and an earned run.

A winner of her first four appearances (her loss came on an eighth-inning wild pitch), Rathburn shut out Wisconsin-Whitewater on three hits March 22. The Warhawks were ranked No. 1 in Division III at the time after reaching the 2008 national championship game.

In nine appearances (seven starts) this year, the righty is 7-1 with a 0.52 ERA in 54.0 innings. She has fanned 82 and walked 20 and has allowed only two doubles among the 19 hits allowed. Opponents are batting .110 against her. She is second on the team with a .333 batting average (11-for-33) and has a team-high 20 total bases. She has committed only one error on 37 defensive chances.


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Courtesy of Little East Conference Athletic Communications

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference office announced its annual women's swimming and diving major award winners and all-conference teams for the 2009 season this afternoon. Keene State College junior Kristine Trutor was named the swimmer of the year, while teammate freshman Jillian Whitaker  as selected the rookie swimmer of the year. Western Connecticut State University sophomore Heather Bodington was tabbed the diver of the year, while Eastern Connecticut's Maureen Fahey was honored as the coach of the year by her peers.

Trutor became the first Owl to score at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, earning All-American honorable mention honors with a 14th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (57.09).  She also competed in the 100-yard and 200 back events, but did not advance to the finals. Trutor was named the NEISDA swimmer of the meet after setting two individual pool records and two championship meet marks in the three-day event. She captured the 200-back (2:07.47-pool record), 100 back (57.63-meet and pool record), and 50 back (26.89-meet record) events. Trutor was also a member of the winning 200 free relay (1:39.65), 400 medley relay (3:57.68-pool record), 200 medley relay (1:48.66-pool record), and 400 free relay (3:35.77-pool record), which established new Keene State records.

 Earlier in the season, Trutor helped the Owls' capture their third straight Little East Conference Championship. She dominated the backstroke events, breaking two of her own personal championship records. Trutor set a new standard in the 100-yard event with a time of 58.24, shattering the previous mark set in 2006 (1:01.28). She posted a time of 2:08.52 in the 200-yard backstroke to shave 6.47 seconds off the meet record. Trutor broke the two-year benchmark in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in at 58.57 seconds. She also combined with her teammates to break the 200-yard medley relay. She was also named the Little East Swimmer of the Week four times on the campaign.

At the 2009 NEISDA Championships, Bodington placed seventh on the one-meter board with a season-high score of 317.15 points. She was the top Little East competitor in the regional field and earned All-Little East, first-team honors. Bodington won the one-meter event at the Little East Conference Championships with 208.95 points, while placing fourth in the three-meter event (148.80). She was selected the Little East Conference Diver of the Week three times, while earning top rookie honors once.

Whittaker won the 50 freestyle (24.95) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.96), while placing second in the 100 freestyle (54.63) at the 2009 NEISDA Championships to help Keene State College repeat as regional champions. She qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Gilford, N.H. product became the first Little East Championship swimmer to break 25 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 24.92. She also claimed the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events with a time of 1:08.50 and 2:30.74, respectively.

Fahey guided Eastern Connecticut to the program's best finish at the Little East Championship this season, placing second with 308 total points. The Warriors used the momentum gained at the Little East Championships to post the a sixth place result in the 21-team field at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 22. Sophomore Amy Arisco (Wallingford, Conn.) paced Eastern Connecticut by breaking three individual records in the individual medley. Fahey also mentored four student-athletes on the Little East All-Academic teams.

The 2009 Little East All-Conference teams are listed below. The all-conference honorees were determined by their finish at the NEISDA Championships.