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Against Johnson & Wales, four-game match separated by 20 total points

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University and Johnson & Wales University WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpghave developed a hotly-contested women's volleyball rivalry in recent years, and Wednesday night's four-game match at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium was no exception.

facchini_72_4185.jpgIn four games that were separated by 20 total points, Johnson & Wales (8-10) emerged with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Eastern (7-8), which has dropped five of its last six and falls to 2-4 at home. The visitors have beaten Eastern three of the last four times and five of the last eight times the teams have met since the Warriors  won the first seven matches in the series.

At left: Ali Facchini

Last year, Eastern survived a tight four-game match which was decided by 11 total points to snap the Wildcats' ten-match winning streak in the championship of its own Crabtree Classic.

Wednesday, there were nine ties and four  lead changes in Game 1 before the Wildcats took the lead for good, 18-17, and a run of three straight points in the final stages provided them with the opening win. In Game 2, Eastern erased an early five-point deficit and later snapped an 18-all tie with a 4-1 spurt that put them in command. In Game 3, the teams traded points through the middle portion of the game (there were eight ties) before the visitors outscored Eastern 9-3 to post the victory.

Hoping to force a deciding game, Eastern climbed out of an early seven-point hole to finally pull even at 18-all. An ace and a kill helped the Wildcats counter with four straight points at that point, however, in closing out the win.

Freshman Ali Facchini (Niantic) led Eastern offensively with a career-high 13 kills and  a .650 attack percentage; sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington), who spent last season at Johnson & Wales as its No. 1 setter, had 11 kills and handled  22 receptions with a .955 percentage; sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) received 20 serves with a  a .950 success rate to go along with nine digs; sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) handled the setting chores, totaling 25 assists and eight digs; and freshman middle hitter Erin Moriarty (Higganum) had three blocks.

 Johnson & Wales' top offensive players this season -- seniors Ashley Constantino and Catherine Bravo and sophomore Audrey Warren -- combined for 40 kills and a .330 attack percentage. Constantino added ten digs and sophomore Katie Barrett a team-high 11 and freshman setter Kasey Higgins amassed 33 assists.

Sophomore middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) missed her first match of the year after suffering a head injury in Monday's home sweep of Mitchell College, Ibsen, who is expected to return to action Friday, had 14 kills and six blocks in last year's victory over the Wildcats.

Eastern visits Wheaton College Friday at 6 p.m.

Johnson & Wales U. 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Johnson & Wales (8-10)       25   22     25    25
Eastern Conn. (7-8)             20    25    19   19






All-conference senior posts third two-goal game in the last four matches

church72dpiCColl0035.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) scored the first goal midway WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgthrough the first half and the clinching goal midway though the second half to propel the Warriors to a 2-1 women's soccer victory over Connecticut College Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Keeper Kim Church and defenders Lauren Hickey (7) and Rachel Cutler (14). (Bill Church photo)

Eastern (5-3-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when the 5-foot-2 inch Swann headed in a well-placed corner kick from junior back Stephanie Norell (Stratford) at the far left post, and after Conn College (3-4-0) tied the match six minutes into the second half, Swann one-timed an end line pass from sophomore midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) from eight yards out with 19 minutes left in the match.

Brigi Palatino's second goal of the season on an assist from Candice Clark had tied the match for Conn. Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) came out to get a hand on Palatino's shot but the momentum carried the ball over her head and into the net.

After going scoreless in the first five matches of the season, Swann has had at least one point in the last four. Wednesday's two-goal effort was her third in that stretch. Two goals came in a 2-1 win over defending Little East Conference champion Western Connecticut State University 11 days ago and two were part of a 9-0 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy a week ago. This year, she has scored six of the team's 18 goals and her recent surge lifts her into eighth place all-time in career goals (24).

Eastern held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks in defeating Conn for the fourth time in the last five years. The one-goal decision was the seventh straight in this series.

This year, Eastern  holds a 57-17 advantage in corner kicks over its nine opponents, including a 43-5 margin in the last five (four of them wins).

Conn senior keeper Jenna Ross made several outstanding saves among her nine  to keep the match close, including one on a volley by Merheb with 15 minutes left   that kept the match close.  Church stopped six shots.

Soon after Swann's go-ahead goal, the Camels had an opportunity to tie the match for the second time, when Palatino took a pass from sophomore forward Kate Driscoll and found an open space before sending an uncontested shot high and wide of the goal.

Eastern played without all-conference senior wing back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), who missed her third career game with flu-like symptoms. She was replaced in the backfield by sophomore Laura Violette (Wallingford), who made her first start in four games after being slowed by injury.

Undefeated at home this year (2-0-1), Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 4 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 2, Connecticut College 1

Conn College (3-4-0)        0    1   -- 1
Eastern Conn. (5-3-1)      1    1   -- 2

Scoring: E-Sarah Swann (Stephanie Norell) 20:21; C-Brigi Palatino (Candice Clark) 51:01; E-Swann (Jo-Ann Merheb) 70:40.
Shots: C-10, E-15; Saves: C-Jenna Ross 9, E-Kim Church 6. Corner kicks: C-1, E-9.


Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Ranked No. 8 in NE, Warriors down Salem for first time since 1971

fantlheader_72dpi_6709.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Men's soccer returned to the winning track Tuesday afternoon, scoring WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgtwice in the first half and allowing only two shots in the second in a 3-0 victory over Salem State College at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Maxim Fantl

It marks the first win  for Eastern (6-2-1) over Salem State (4-3-0) since 1971, the Warriors losing 11 and tying four against the Vikings since that victory. The teams played to a 3-3 tie a year ago at Salem, MA in the resumption of the series for the first time in 13 years.

Eastern had slipped from second to eighth in this week's NSCAA New England Division III poll after losses last week to Trinity College and Keene State College.

Senior co-captains Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) scored  1:12 apart early in the first half, and sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) drove in a long free kick five minutes into the second half to account for all of Eastern's scoring. Fantl scored his 40th career goal (team-leading eighth of the year) inside the far left post from the right side of the net after a long run on a sideline pass from sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) with less than 20 minutes gone, and Boretti recorded his first goal of the season when he leaped to knock in a header off Smiles' free kick from the left side soon after.

Eastern dominated play with a 20-8 advantage in shots and a 12-3 margin in corner kicks. Sophomore Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made four saves - only one in the second half - to post his 20th career win in 29 career starts. Appel lowered his goals-against average to 1.24 and raised his save percentage to .771 this season. Making his first appearance of the season,  junior Rick Emery (Brewster, NY) played the final 17 minutes in net to preserve the team's third shutout win.

Salem, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, had two of its best scoring chances early in the match with the game scoreless. On the first, senior Andrew Angus made a short run through the box and fired a close, left-footed shot from the left post that Appel smothered for this first save. Seven minutes later, Appel collided with Angus in the box while both raced for a loose ball, which was eventually controlled by Eastern.

Eastern had a handful of additional chances to pad its lead, one coming in the 15th minute when freshman back Dan Fish (Marlborough) drove Smiles' corner kick wide of the right post.  In the second half, Salem freshman keeper Scott Hall made three brilliant saves to keep the game close. He denied Eastern sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) twice, once straining to tip a long drive over the crossbar. Hall also tipped a high shot by freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) over the crossbar, then dove to his left to snare a low shot by Fantl with 14 minutes left.

Fantl's goal gives him 97 points in his 70-game, four-year career.
Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at 2 p.m.. at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The match is the first of five straight on the road.

Eastern Conn. 3, Salem State College 0

Salem State (4-3-0)           0    0   -- 0
Eastern Conn. (6-2-1)        2    1   -- 3


Warriors end four-match losing streak with three-game victory

bourne_WEB_4528.jpgWILLIMANTIC, CONN. -Women's volleyball attacked at a season-high .280 and totaled 14 WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgservice aces in snapping a four-match losing streak with a 25-9, 25-9, 25-13 victory over Mitchell College Monday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Danielle Bourne

In the first meeting between the programs, Eastern (7-7) overcame early deficits in each of the first two games, then scored six straight points late in the deciding game to pull away. The Warriors used runs of ten and nine points after trailing 4-1 in Game 1, and put together runs of eight and seven points in Game 2. Eastern held a slim lead throughout Game 3 before finally scoring six straight points to turn a six-point lead into a 24-12 advantage.

First-year sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) and freshmen  Erin Moriarty (Higganum) and Danielle Bourne (Branford) combined for 22 of Eastern's 34 kills in the match.Carrier had a season-high eight kills and had a .300 attack percentage while Moriarty had seven kills and a season-high .700 attack percentage.

Moriarty, a 6-foot-1 inch middle hitter, added four of the team's 14 service aces and had two blocks. Bourne tied her season high with 12 digs and sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) collected 25 set assists and had four service aces. Junior Christina Schirone (Pelham, NY) had a season-high five kills and attacked at .308

Senior Heather-Renae Powers and junior Jennifer Bordonaro each  had 14 digs for Mitchell (1-3).

Eastern hosts Johnson & Wales University at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Mitchell College 0

Mitchell College (1-3)        9      9    13 
Eastern Conn. (7-7)         25    25    25 




Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

At Harkness Memorial Park, Johnson leads ten teammates across the line

Amanda Ericson (below)


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWATERFORD, Conn. - Junior Karina Johnson (East Hartford) led women's cross country at the finish line  for the 13th consecutive time as the Warriors placed 12th in a field of 15 at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park Saturday.

Johnson placed 63rd overall in a field 197 in  a time of 25:13 over the 6,000 meter layout, scoring in 54th place. She received support from  freshmen Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and Amanda Quinones (Trumbull). Gingras placed 80th overall (62nd in scoring) in a time of 25;56 and Quinones was 101st (72nd in scoring) in a time of 26:30.

Rounding out Eastern's scoring runners were juniors Becky Knapp (Naugatuck) and Amanda Ericson (Bolton). Knapp was 11th overall (77th in scoring) at 26:44 and Ericson 128th (85th) in a time of 27:26.

Eastern was represented with 11 competitors in the race, five of them freshmen.

Four of last year's top 13 team finishers in the NCAA Division III New England regional qualifier competed Saturday. Brandeis, 13th last year in the regional, won the invitational with a 34-point victory over RPI. Brandeis and RPI commanded three of the top eight places. Senior Laura Brustolon of Southern Connecticut took the individual crown with a 27-second victory.

For Eastern, Johnson, Ericson and junior Melissa Healy (Naugatuck) all competed at Harkness as freshmen. Ericson ran nearly three minutes faster this year, while Healy cut more than a minute off that time from two years ago.

Johnson has been Eastern's top finisher in all 13 races in her career in which she has competed. She missed the second race of last year,

Eastern returns to action Oct. 10 at the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State College at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA.

Run over 6,000 meters
Team Results
Top 10

1. Brandeis U. 56; 2. RPI 90; 3. Bowdoin College 92; 3. Conn College 92; 5. Tufts U. 101; 6. Southern Conn. 163; 7. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 173; 8. Salve Regina U. 226; 9. St. Anselm College 289; 10. Massachusetts Dartmouth 299.
                                                   Eastern's finishers

63. Karina Johnson 25:13; 80. Cora Gingras 25:56; 101. Amanda Quinones 26:30; 111. Becky Knapp 26:44; 128. Amanda Ericson 27:26; 135. Denica Gagnon 27:53; 136. Eileen Benway 27:54; 157. Melissa Healy 28:48; 171. Brittany Miskell 29:53; 176. Megan Frost 30:22; 183. Victoria Pemberton 31;46.



Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

In competitive 214-person field, Dave Hunt takes 20th to lead the Warriors

Dave Hunt (below, far right)


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWATERFORD, Conn. - In a competitive field which included four of the top 11 New England Division III programs from a year ago, men's cross country  finished 11th in a field of 16 Saturday at the Connecticut College Invtitational at Harkness Memorial State Park.

Senior Dave Hunt (New Milford), a first-year cross country runner at Eastern, easily led a young but strong contingent of 12 Eastern runners across the tape with an overall finish of 20th in a field of 214 competitors. Hunt, the team's top finisher in all three races to date, was timed in 26:06 over the 8,000 meter layout, averaging a 5:15 mile. At last week's UMass Dartmouth Invite, Hunt was timed in 26:04 and placed 46th overall among 262 runners, averaging 5:13 per mile.

Tufts University, which placed 11th as a team in last year's NCAA Division III New England qualifier, totaled 48 points to record a 16-point win over Bowdoin College. Bowdoin was fifth in last year's regional qualifier. Brandeis, which placed third Saturday, was fourth in last year's qualifier. Host Conn College finished sixth Saturday, the Camels placing tenth in last year's qualifier.

Senior Jesse Faller of Tufts won the individual title. Last year, he ran to a second-place finish at the New England regionals.

Behind Hunt, Eastern's additional scoring runners - three of them freshmen -- finished within 71 seconds of each other. Freshman Nick Miller (Norwich) was 76th overall (63rd in scoring), senior Sam Buczek (Milford) 86th (68th), freshman Tim Callahan (Portland) 91st (70th) and freshman Brad Beausoleil (Plainfield) 108th (79th).

Two years ago, Buczek, junior Ken Landry (East Hampton) and senior David Tignonsini (Vernon) competed on this course at the  Division III New England regional. Buczek chopped nearly one minute off that time, posting a time of 27;44 this year. Landry's time Saturday was nearly identical to his 2007 performance.

Also placing among the top five teams in the meet were Division I University of Connecticut (4th) and Division II Southern Connecticut State University (5th).

Eastern returns to actioin Oct. 10 at the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State College at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA.

Connecticut College Invitational
At Harkness Memorial State Park
Waterford, Conn.

Run over 8,000 meters
Team Results
Top 10

1. Tufts U. 48; 2. Bowdoin College 64; 3. Brandeis U. 111; 4. Connecticut 125; 5. Southern Conn. 153; 6. Conn College 172; 7. RPI 181; 8. Massachusetts Dartmouth 190; 9. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 194; 10. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 252.

Eastern's finishers

20. Dave Hunt 26:06; 76. Nick Miller 27:22; 86. Sam Buczek 27:44; 91. Tim Callahan 27:53; 108. Brad Beausoleil 28:33; 123. Casey McGarvey 28:57; 130. Ken Landry 29:09; 139. Andrew Orum 29:31; 147. David Tignonsini 29:45; 156. Ryan Hughes 30:02; 165. Alejandro Hernandez 30:27; 171. Stefan Skolozdra 30;53.


Win is Owls'  first in regular season over Eastern after four straight losses

Daniela Marchitto (8) battles Keene (Sheila Church photo)

marchitto_72dpi 183.jpgKEENE, N.H. - Sophomore Sia Karamourtopoulos scored two goals, including the game-winner in sudden-death  overtime to lead Keene State College to a 2-1 Little East LEClogo-1WEB.jpgConference women's soccer victory at Owl Athletic Complex  Saturday.

Winners of five of its last six games, Keene State (7-2, 2-0 little east), had lost seven of its previous eight games against Eastern (4-3-1, 1-1-0 little east), losing the last four times the teams had met in the regular season by a combined score of 9-2.  Eastern, ranked eighth in New England,  had shut out Keene the last two times the teams had met at Keene, NH.

Making her first start of the season, Karamortopoulos came up big for the Owls with her third and fourth goals of the season. With Warrior senior goalie Kim Church (Farmington) out of the net, Karamourtopoulos put the Owls ahead 1-0 on a shot from the corner of the box..

Eastern freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange) tied the score just over two minutes later when she took a loose ball inside the box and fired it just under the crossbar for her third collegiate goal in the last two games.

Keene sophomore goalie Megan Dempsey made sure that  the game would go overtime when she robbed Eastern sophomore Sam Konopka (Hebron) with a diving save ticketed for the corner with 59 seconds to play in regulation. 

That set the stage for Karamourtopoulos, who headed a crossing ball from senior Molly Brunelle into the net to give Keene  the win.  The assist was the conference-leading fifth for Brunelle.

Eastern had the better of play in the early going. In addition to having four corner kicks in the first eight minutes of play, the Warriors' also had a wide angle direct kick from junior Stephanie Norell (Stratford) which Dempsey was able to get a hand on and steer away from the net.

The two teams traded scoring chances off of headers early in the second half; sophomore Jo-Ann-Merheb (Bethel) had the shot by the Warriors and junior Katie Bradford  the opportunity by Keene.

Bradford, the second-leading goal-scorer in the LEC, was limited to two shots on net and no goals.

The Owls had several opportunities to break the stalemate later in the half, sophomore Britini Watkinson's drive just went over the net and a bid by sophomore Tara Nathan sailed just wide of the crossbar.

Eastern hosts Connecticut College Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Keene State College 2, Eastern Conn. 1, ot

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

Scoring: K-Sia Karamourtopoulos 60:18; E-Daniela Marchitto 62:42; K-Karamourtopoulos (Molly Brunelle) 98:49.
Shots: E-7, K-19; Saves: E-Kim Church 4, K-Meghan Dempsey 5. Corner kicks: E-9, K-1


Huskies score five goals in 11 minutes to post Little East Conference win

Amanda Farina (at left, below)

farina_72dpi_6505.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The University of Southern Maine field hockey team scored its first fiveLEClogo-1WEB.jpg goals in a span of 11 minutes beginning in the final six minutes of the first half and went on to a 7-2 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Coming off a decisive loss to No. 9 nationally-ranked Bowdoin College Tuesday, Southern Maine (5-4, 2-1 little east) broke a scoreless tie Saturday six minutes before the end of the first half that propelled them to a run of five goals in a stretch of 11 minutes and on the way to its 11th win over Eastern (1-6, 0-3 little east) in this series in 13 decisions.

Freshman Kailey Bubier took over the team scoring lead for Southern Maine with her fifth and sixth goals of the season. Bubier's goals late in the second half restored a four-goal advantage for the visitors after Eastern scored twice to cut the deficit to 4-2 with 16 minutes left.

Freshman Bethany Schleh matched her classmate with two goals and sophomore Whitney McDaniel contributed two for the Huskies.

With Eastern trailing 4-0 in the opening minutes of the second half, junior Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) netted her third goal of the season on a penalty corner, and freshman Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) chipped in her first collegiate point with an unassisted goal in the 55th minute. Sophomore Amanda Farina (Mahopac, NY) assisted on Del Vecchio's goal for her first collegiate point.

Southern Maine senior Allison Hill needed only three saves to record her fifth win in nine decisions.

Eastern looks for its first conference win when it hosts Western Connecticut State University Wednesday at 7 p.m.

University of Southern Maine 7, Eastern Conn. 2

Southern Maine (5-4, 2-1 little east)  3 4 -- 7
Eastern Conn. (1-6, 0-3 little east)  0 2 -- 2

Scoring: S-India Lowe 28:50; S-Bethany Schleh (Caitlin Albert) 31:55; S-Whitney McDaniel (Cristina Corson) 32:54; E-McDaniel (Lowe) 35:24; E-Ashley Del Vecchio (Amanda Farina) 39:39; E-Kristin Santanello 54:19; S-Kailey Bubier 54:38; Bubier 64:08; S-Schleh 68:26.
Shots: S-21, E-8; Saves: S-Allison Hill 3; E-Danielle Reichardt 7 (3 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 3 (4, 35:00).
Penalty corners: S-11, E-4.



Owls score three in second half to hand Warriors second straight loss

MANSFIELD, Conn. - The last time men's soccer hosted Keene State College, the Warriors LEClogo-1WEB.jpgrecorded a penalty-kick shootout win to claim their first Little East Conference post-season tournament championship.

That was ancient news to Keene State freshmen Joe Senecal and Shawn Shand,  who each scored twice Saturday to lead the Owls to a 4-1 victory. The Keene win is its first away from its home field this season after three losses, and the loss is Eastern's first this year at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex after three wins and a tie.

Keene (5-3-0, 2-0-0 little east) remains undefeated against Eastern (5-2-1, 1-1 little east)  all-time in conference regular-season play, improving to 10-0-3. Technically, the teams had tied the last four times they had met, with Eastern's penalty-kick shootout  win in 2007 giving it the LEC crown but being recorded as a tie.

With the score tied 1-1 early in the second half Saturday, Shand scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season on a 35-yard free kick that bounced in off the crossbar. Senecal made it 3-1 ten minutes later with his third goal of the year on his own rebound, and Shand rounded out the scoring in the 80th minute with his fifth goal.
Ranked second in New England and 13th nationally, Eastern trailed throughout the first half but finally gained the equalizer when sophomore back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) scored his first career goal after nine career assists. Smiles delivered a free kick from outside the box into the upper right corner, beyond the dive of Keene senior keeper Peter Kersker.

Senecal gave Keene the early momentum and forced the Warriors to play catchup the rest of the half when he walked right through the Eastern box and carried the ball from left to right before sending a shot into the left corner of the net beyond Eastern sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ).

Kersker stopped ten of Eastern's 11 shots on net to even his personal record at 3-3.

Eastern looks to bounce back from its first two losses of the season Tuesday when it hosts Salem State College at 4 p.m.
                            Keene State College 4, Eastern Conn.1
Keene State (5-3-0, 2-0-0 little east)           1       3    -- 4
Eastern Conn. (5-2-1, 1-1 little east)           0       1    -- 1
Scoring: K-Joe Senecal 1:02; E-Aaron Smiles 48:37; K-Shawn Shand 50:42; K-Senecal 60:33; K-Shand 79:37.
Shots: K-11, E-15; Saves: K-Peter Kersker 10, Carl Appel 5; Corner kicks: K-5, E-5.



Little East Conference Round-Robin

at Francis E. Geissler Gymasium

Massachusetts Boston 3, Eastern Conn. 0

 UMass Boston (12-2, 1-0 little east) 25 25 25
Eastern Conn. (6-6, 0-3 little east) 18 11 23             

Notes: UMass attacked at .411 and Eastern had 12 service errors. In Game 1, UMass broke from a 9-7 lead to score six of the next seven points and was never threatened thereafter. In Game 2, UMass never trailed, scoring seven straight points to  move out to a 12-3 lead. In Game 3, Eastern erased an early 9-1 deficit, finally tying the game at 21-21 before UMass scored the next two points

Statistical leaders: moriarty_72dpi_4534.jpg
UMass Boston
Kate McWhorter and 6-foot-2 inch freshman Shannon Thompson each had 13 kills. McWhorter attacked at .550 and Thompson at .346. McWhorter also had four service aces, all coming in succession as UMass built its 12-3 lead, and added ten digs. Cassy Hanneman had 31 set assists and  Bethany Rossoll a team-high 14 digs.
Eastern Conn.
Kristianna Ibsen 9 kills and a .250 attack pct. and Erin Moriarty (#13 at right) six kills and no errors.Britt Carrier (#9 at right) had 12 digs and 18 assists and Taylor Abelli nine digs

Massachusetts Boston 3, Keene State College 0

UMass Boston (13-2, 2-0 little east) 25 25 25
Keene State (6-8, 1-2 little east) 17 16 21

Notes: This match was a re-match of last year's LEC final, where Keene survived match point to prevail in five games to win its first LEC tournament title. UMass never trailed in winning the first two games. In Game 3, there were ten ties and five lead changes. UMass erased a two-point deficit and took the lead for good, 23-20.

Statistical leaders:
UMass Boston
Katie McWhorter recorded the 1,000th kill of her collegiate career (she played at Cal Bakersfield before transferring to UMass) with the seventh of her 11 kills in the match and also added 11 digs. Shannon Thompson led UMass with 14 kills and a .565 attack pct. Bethany Rossoll had 17 digs . Molly Rattigan and Alexa Sullivan combined for seven blocks.
Keene State
Bridget O'Bryant led Keene with nine kills, Tiffani Brooks and Ellyse Davis adding six each. Laurie Whalen was perfect on 11 reception attempts. Abby Rosen  and Wahlen each had nine digs and Jordan Pokryfki had 25 set assists.

Keene State College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Keene State (7-8, 2-2 little east) 25 26 27
Eastern Conn. (6-7, 0-4 little east) 21 24 25

Notes: In a re-match of the 2007 tournament semifinalists, Keene emerged with three close wins. In Game 1, Keene erased a three-point deficit by scoring five straight and taking a 17-15 lead and never trailing thereafter.In Game 2, Keene gave up the first six points and trailed 8-1 before chipping away and finally pulling even at 19-all. Kristianna Ibsen of Eastern had 7 kills and only two errors in the game. Eastern couldn't capitalize on a Keene attack error to record game point. With the score tied 24-all, Tiffani Brooks had a kill and another Keene kill closed out the win. In Game 3, Eastern led throughout the early to middle stages before Keene tied the match at 20-20.
Statistical leaders:
Keene State
Tiffani Brooks 17 kills, Abby Rosen 22 reception attempts with 0 errors and Bridget O'Bryant 12 reception attempts with 0 errors and 9 kills; Jordan Pokryfki 37 set assists; Ellyse Davis 7 blocks and 10 kills.
Eastern Conn.:
Kristianna Ibsen 20 kills and a .357 attack pct.; Alyssa Ruta 13 digs and Samantha Slonski 12 digs; Taylor Abelli handled 26 receptions without an error and had 21 digs; Britt Carrier 29 set assists.


Below: Cory Tobler battles Joe Buckley of Trinity

tobler72dpi_6673.jpg In a battle of unbeaten regionally-ranked teams, Peter Marlette scored his first goal of the season midway through the first half in No. 5 Trinity College's 1-0 win over No.2 men's soccer Wednesday afternoon.

Marlette finished off a header from sophomore Dan Mayernick, heading the ball off an Eastern defender who attempted to clear the ball off the goal line with a leaping head ball try.

Eastern is ranked No. 13 nationally and was shut out for the first time this year.

Eastern first-year sophomore transfer Matt Furman (Montville) hit the crossbar once and the left post once and Eastern freshman keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) made five saves in the second half in place of sophomore starter Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ).

Trinity was one of only two teams to defeat Eastern in the regular season last year, posting a 2-0 victory in the Warriors' home-opener.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.


Trinity College 1, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (5-1-1)     0 0 -- 0
Trinity College (3-0-1)     0 1 -- 1

Scoring: Peter Marlette (Dan Mayernick) 66:10.
Shots: E-12, T-14; Saves: E-Carl Appel 3 (0 goals allowed, 45:00 min.), Jordan Munsell 5 (1 goal allowed, 45:00), T-Grant Schonberg 4. Corner kicks: E-8, T-5.







Warriors move up three spots in third weekly NSCAA Division III ranking

boretti WEB_3054.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team equaled its highest national ranking ever when it moved up three spots to No. 13 in the third weekly NSCAA Division III national ranking, released Tuesday.
On the strength of home wins over Tufts University (3-2 in sudden death) and Western Connecticut State University (4-0), the Warriors reached their highest ranking every, which was set during last year's 14-game unbeaten streak. Eastern remained as the No. 2 ranked team in New England, behind No. 2 nationally-ranked Amherst College.

Eastern (5-0-1) has outscored its six opponents this year by a combined 16-6. Twelve different players have contributed either a goal or assist this season, led by first-team all-region forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), first-year sophomore forward Matt Furman (Montville) and senior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson). Fantl has seven goals and 17 points, Furman three goals and seven points and Bourdeau three goals and six points. Defensively, three keepers have seen action, among them sophomore Carl Appel  (West Windsor, NJ). Appel has a 0.45 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage.

Last week, Fantl, Furman, and freshman midfielder Cory Tobler (Portland) each scored two goals to lead the Warriors to two victories. Furman scored with 22.7 seconds left in overtime against Tufts.

Eastern returns to action Wednesday afternoon at Trinity College. The Bantams were one of only two teams in the regular-season to beat Eastern.








  Behind Reichardt's goaltending, Warriors allow only one goal in first half

reichardt72dpi_6388.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn. - Sophomore keeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ)  made seven of her ten saves to keep field hockey within a goal at halftime before Connecticut College tacked on four in the second half in a 5-0 victory over the Warriors Tuesday afternoon at the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field.

At left: Danielle Reichardt

Making her third start this year, Reichardt kicked out seven shots over the first 35 minutes as Eastern (1-5) withstood heavy Connecticut (2-2) pressure to remain within a goal at the break.

As many as four Conn offensive players threatnened throughout the first half, but only junior forward Abby Hine was able to get one by Reichardt. That goal came in the 12th minute of play and stood up until the Camels made it 2-0 two minutes into the second half. Eastern re-grouped late in the first half, spending considerable time in Conn's defefnsive third, but the Warriors were unable to put any shots on net. Eastern managed only three shots in the match, none of which were on the cage. The Warriors did not earn their first penalty corner try until there were 43 minutes gone in the match.

Applying continual pressure after the half, Conn pulled away by scoring twice in a span of two minutes and 40 seconds late in the match. In all, Conn got its goals from five different players, with eight different players contributing either a goal or assist.

 Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday at noon.

 Connecticut College 5, Eastern Conn. 0

 Eastern Conn. (1-5)               0          0          --          0

Conn College (2-2)                 1          4          --          5

Scoring: Abby Hine (Kelsey Nickerson) 11:33; Jen Wallace (Hine) 37:07; Hanna Wagner (Sierra Olney) 46:41; Sarah Knowles (Brittany Fitzgerald) 64:10; Kelsey Fredericks (Fitzgerald) 66:50.

Shots: E-3, C-16; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 10, C-Kelly Brennan  0 (35:00), Steph Quinn 2 (35:00). Penalty corners: E-3, C-13.








 Freshmen Marchitto and Buchanan each total five points for Warriors

Megan Pavia (below)

pavia_72dpi_6660.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn. - Starting freshmen forwards Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and  Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) each totaled five points with two goals and an assist as women's soccer rolled past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 9-0, Tuesday night at the Track & Field Complex.

The win is the third straight for Eastern (4-2-1) after a 1-2-1 start while Coast Guard (2-5-0) had a two-game winning streak snapped. Eastern returned to the New England rankings today, moving into eighth place after a 2-0-0 week last week.

Eleven different players contributed a goal or assist for the Warriors, who led 6-0 at halftime and took only seven of their 27 shots after the break.

Senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) also scored twice for Eastern netting goals on head balls each time. Nine different players contributed one assist each, with junior back Stephanie Norell (Stratford) and sophomore back Laura Violette (Wallingford) each gaining credit for their first career points, with assists.  Senior starting goalkeeper Kim Church (Farmington) played 22 minutes in the field in the second half, scoring her second career goal on the second of her three shots. Swann has now scored two goals in two consecutive matches.

Freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made her debut in net as one of three Eastern keepers, making all three of the team's saves.

The goal total equals the program record, set on Sept. 11, 2005 and equaled on Oct. 10, 2007.

Eastern visits Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.

                               Eastern Conn. 9, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0
Eastern Conn. (4-2-1)             6         3       -- 9
Coast Guard (2-5-0)                0        0      -- 0
Scoring: Sarah Swann (Daniela Marchitto, Stephanie Norell) 9:38; Taylor Buchanan 11:50; Marchitto (Christine Lemeiux, Kelly Wallace) 16:58; Wallace (Buchanan) 25:57; Buchanan 29:26; Marchitto 37:07; Kim Church (Jo-Ann Merheb, Laura Violette) 59:00; Swann (Taylor MacDonald, Lauren Hickey) 78:47; Own goal 89:12.
Shots: E-27, C-3; Saves: E-Kim Church 0 (34:00), Theresa Pagnozzi 0 (29:00), Mackenzie MacLeod 3 (27:00); C-Mary Mills 5.
Corner kicks: E-8, C-0.




Warriors cited in sports of cross country and men's and women's soccer 

Photos (from top): Swann, Lemieux, Gingras, Furman


swann_head0972dpi_3796.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Four Eastern Connecticut State University athletes in the sports of cross country and men's and women's soccer have been recognized in the Little East Conference's weekly awards program for the week ending Sept. 20.

Seniors Sarah Swann (Oxford) and Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) were recognized as LEC Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Week, respectively, in women's soccer, while freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was named lemieux_head0972dpi_3797.jpgfemale Rookie-of-the-Week in cross country and first-year sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) was selected Rookie-of-the-Week in men's soccer.

The weekly honor is the first in the four-year career of Swann and second in the four-year career of Lemieux, while Gingras and Furman were both named for the first time. Lemieux, last year's LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, was previously honored on Oct. 8 of her sophomore year.

A midfielder, Swann scored both goals in Saturday's 2-1 win over three-gingras_head0972dpi_3903.jpgtime defending LEC playoff champion Western Connecticut - Eastern's first win ever against Western at Danbury after eight losses and two ties. The goals were the first of the season for Swann, who becomes the program's first Offensive Player-of-the-Week since Caitlin Buzzell on Oct. 23, 2005. She was named co-winner of the award this week.

With Lemieux at wing back, last week's two opponents scored only one goal - a second-half penalty kick by Western - and put only three shots on net (including the PK).  Eastern has allowed more than one goal in a match only once this season en route to a 3-2-1 record. The match against Western was its conference opener.

furman_jacket0972dpi_3755.jpgRecognized prior to this week was freshman forward Kelly Wallace (South Windsor), selected LEC Rookie-of-the-Week Sept. 7.

On Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational, Gingras was Eastern's second runner across the line, placing  125th overall among 301 finishers. She led all Little East Conference freshmen in the race, where Eastern placed 28th in a field of of 42. Gingras becomes only the second Eastern female runner to earn a weekly honor in the eight-year history of the LEC weekly awards program. She is the first Eastern female to be named as the conference's top rookie (rookies began being recognized last year).

A first-year transfer forward from the University of Rhode Island, Furman had the game-winning goals in a 3-2 home win over Tufts University and a 4-0 home victory over Western Connecticut State University in its LEC opener.  Against Tufts for the No. 16 nationally-ranked Warriors (5-0-1), Furman ended the match by scoring his second goal of the year with 22.7 seconds left in sudden-death overtime. He had also assisted on Eastern's first goal midway through the first half when the Warriors cut an early two-goal deficit in half.  Against Western, Furman gave Eastern a 1-0 lead midway through the opening half. Since moving from midfield to forward, Furman has two goals and an assist in the last three matches. This season, he has found the back of the net on three of the six shots that have been on goal.

Furman becomes the fourth Eastern player to be recognized in three weeks by the conference. On Sept. 7, sophomore midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) was named Defensive Player-of-the-Week and freshman keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) Rookie-of-the-Week, and last week, all-region senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) earned Offensive Player-of-the-Week accolades.





Righty dominated as both a starter and closer between 1981 through '83


HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -   One of only three pitchers in Eastern Connecticut State University baseball history to make his mark as both a dominant starter and closer, Jeff Brewer has been selected for induction into the University's E-Club Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by committee co-chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

The 6-foot-4 inch 220 pound righty won 16 games in 26 career starts and chalked up 12 more victories and added eight saves in 34 appearances out of the bullpen in a three-year career between 1981 and 1983 that produced a 28-11 pitching record with 247 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA in 266 2/3 innings.

In each of his three years, the Rutland, VT native helped lift the Warriors into the NCAA Division III tournament. Eastern reached the regional championship round in each of those years, winning two regional crowns  and  the program's first national championship in 1982. The Warriors won 104, lost 35 and tied one in three years for a winning percentage of .748.

The 16th E-Club Hall of Fame Ceremony and Social Hour is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

Brewer pitched in 13 of the team's 19 post-season tournament games in his career, winning six games and saving two of the team's 14 victories. In 1983, he was named MVP of the Northeast Regional Tournament, coming out of the bullpen to win two of the team's three games and save another as the Warriors won back-to-back regional titles for the first time in program history.

In one span of 23 appearances during his career, Brewer won 15 games and saved two without a loss. For Brewer, eight of his 11 career losses came against Division I, II or NAIA opponents. He was 12-1 against Division III competition in three years.

As a freshman in 1981, Brewer tossed the first nine-inning no-hitter in program history, facing only two batters over the minimum with a career-high 13 strikeout (later equaled), three-walk performance against Western Connecticut State University at the old Alumni Field.  After losing a relief decision against Division II Quinnipiac University in his sixth collegiate appearance, Brewer did not absorb another loss until the final regular-season game of 1982.

In 1981, Brewer set program freshman records for wins (11) and innings (81.3), and also led the staff in ERA (1.77), and was second or tied for second in three additional categories. He led all freshmen in Division III that year in wins and ERA, ranking in a tie for fourth nationally in wins and seventh in ERA.

As a junior, Brewer led the staff in virtually every pitching category, among them strikeouts (104), innings (99 1/3), ERA (5.35), and a program-record (to that point) five saves. By appearing in 25 of the team's 48 games that year (one shy of the season record), Brewer became the first pitcher in program history to appear in 20 or more games in successive seasons (only two others have done it since).

On the 1982 national championship team, Brewer won nine, lost two and saved three, with 78 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA in 85 2/3 innings. He saved one game in the regionals that year and came on in relief to gain victories  in one-run elimination-round wins over North Carolina Wesleyan and California-Stanislaus.

In a limited role, Brewer also made a number of timely offensive contributions. In 69 at-bats in 1982 and 1983 primarily as a pinch-hitter, he batted .377 with 23 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage. In addition to gaining the pitching win with 3 1/3 shutout innings in a 6-5, 10-inning win against Ithaca College in the 1983 regional championship game, Brewer helped the Warriors back from a 5-0 deficit by driving in a run and scoring a run in a four-run seventh inning, and then tying the game in the eighth with a ground ball that drove in 2008 E-Club Hall of Famer Stan Harris. As the starting DH in the regional-opening, 11-10 win over Worcester State, Brewer scored twice after doubling and singling.

A two-time first-team All-New England selection, Brewer was named third-team All-America as a sophomore in 1982.

The only other pitchers in program history to carve out measurable career success in both starting and closing roles are John Caneira '74 and Joey Serfass '04. In four-year careers, Caneira won 37 games and saved nine and Serfass won 34 and saved seven.

In the summer following the 1982 national title, Brewer pitched a complete-game four-hitter for Chatham in the championship game of the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs. The following June, he was drafted in the tenth round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs - becoming the program's highest-drafted right-handed pitcher in the regular phase of the draft until 1998.

Previously announced as a 2009 Hall of Fame selection was New London native Tammy Schondelmayer. Schondelmayer was  a four-year softball starter at shortstop between 1986 and 1989 who played on four straight regional championship teams, including the 1986 national championship club as a freshman.

Since its establishment in 1986, the Eastern/E-Club Hall of Fame has enshrined a total of 85 former athletes, coaches and administrators and has also recognized the contributions of 13 "friends" with the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award and has honored 20 individuals as "Pioneers" for their efforts in helping to establish the tradition of the Eastern athletic program.

Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Dr. David G. Yeo at 860-465-5166 or at or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at



 Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Top three for Warriors across the line within five seconds of one another

wxcrunners72dpiP9190004.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The top three women's cross country runners crossed the finish line within five seconds of one another to lift the Warriors to 28th place in a field of 42 Saturday at the 37th Annual University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners Cross Country Invitational.

Junior Karina Johnson (East Hartford), freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and first-year sophomore Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) all placed within the top 42 percent of the 301 finishers. Johnson was timed in 20:42 over the 5,000 meter campus layout, taking 117th place overall. She was followed closely by Gingras (125th/20:46) and Quinones (127th./20:47), the latter a first-year transfer from Division I Rider University.

As a team, Eastern totaled 801 points. MIT won the meet with 60 points, 15 less than Brandeis University.

Rounding out the team's five scorers were junior Becky Knapp (Naugatuck) and freshman Denica Gagnon (Colchester), with junior Amanda Ericson (Bolton) rounding out the team's six varsity racc competitors. Knapp was 216th in a time of 22:15, Gagnon 242nd in a time of 22:52 and Ericson 247th in a time of 22:59.

Eastern competes in the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.


37th Annual
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Shriners Cross Country Invitational
At North Dartmouth, Mass.

Run over 5,000 meters

Team Results
Top 10

1. MIT 60; 2. Brandeis U. 75; 3. Keene State College 115; 4. Stonehill College 158; 5. Adelphi U. 168; 6. Colby College 206; 7. Rowan U. 209; 8. Massachusetts Lowell 212; 9. Springfield College 216; 10. Conn College 271.
     28. EASTERN CONN. 801

Eastern's Finishers

117. Karina Johnson 20:42; 125. Cora Gingras 20:46; 127. Amanda Quinones 20:47; 216. Becky Knapp 22:15; 242. Denica Gagnon 22:52; 247. Amanda Ericson 22:59




Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Three freshmen among Warriors' scorers at UMass Dartmouth Invitational 


 NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior Dave Hunt (New Milford) led men's cross country at the tape and got plenty of support from three freshman teammates Saturday at the 37th Annual University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners Cross Country Invitational.

Hunt, a first-year senior cross country runner at Eastern, finished among the top 18 percent of the 262 runners in the race, which was won by Keene State College. As a team, Eastern placed 21st in a field of 37 with a total of 582 points.

Last week, Hunt won the individual title at the Fitchburg State Invitational in his Eastern cross country debut. Saturday, he was timed in 26:04 over the 8,000 meter campus layout. Three of Eastern's other four scoring runners were first-year members of the program. Freshman Nick Miller (Norwich) was 107th overall, senior Sam Buczek (Milford) 135th, freshman Tim Callahan (Portland) 156th, and freshman Brad Beausoleil (Plainfield) 161st. Eastern runners 2-5 crossed the line within 1:21 of one another.

Rounding out Eastern's top seven runners were sophomore Andrew Orum (Griswold) and junior Ken Landry (East Hampton). Orum was 163rd, Landry 193rd.

Three of the top eight team finishers are members of the Little East Conference. Behind Keene State was the University of Southern Maine (3rd) and host UMass Dartmouth (8th).

Eastern competes in the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.

37th Annual
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Shriners Cross Country Invitational
At North Dartmouth, Mass.

Men's Results
Run over 8,000 meters

Team Results
Top 10

1. Keene State College 68; 2. Stonehill College 96; 3. U. of Southern Maine 107; 4. Brandeis U. 114; 5. Adelphi U. 127; 6. MIT 145; 7. Massachusetts Lowell 181; 8. Massachusetts Dartmouth 255; 9. WPI 329; 10. Sprigfield College 341.
     21 EASTERN CONN. 582

Eastern's Finishers

46. Dave Hunt 26:04; 107. Nick Miller 27:19; 135. Sam Buczek 27:49; 156. Tim Callahan 28:35; 161. Brad Beausoleil 28:40; 163. Andrew Orum 28:40; 193. Ken Landry 29:26; 202. Bryan Jorge 29:53.




Field hockey's sticks quiet in Little East loss to Bridgewater State

Tia Mucciarone (below)

mucciarone WEB_3191.jpg

LEClogo-1WEB.jpgBRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The good news for field hockey  is that it has scored seven goals in its first five matches this season. The bad news is that all of them have come against one opponent.

Saturday, Eastern was limited to only two shots - none of which found the cage - as Bridgewater State College handed the Warriors their fourth shutout loss, 2-0, in Little East Conference action.

The shutout loss is Eastern's (1-4, 0-2 little east) third in the last four years at the hands of Bridgewater, (4-0, 2-0 little east), one of three LEC teams to win its first two conference matches this season. The Bears were seeded eighth (last) in last year's LEC playoffs and were eliminated with a first-round loss to top seed and eventual champion Keene State College. The Warriors did not quality for conference playoff competition last season.

The Warriors were coming off a promising 7-1 verdict over Wheelock College Tuesday at Mansfield, amassing 29 shots in the one-sided win. Saturday's loss featured only those two shots, both in the first period.

Against Eastern, freshman Shelby Farland notched the second and third goals of her career. She scored an unassisted goal in the 15th minute to make it 1-0 and scored off a penalty corner 16 minutes into the second half to provide insurance.

In her third start of the year, senior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) kicked out six Bridgewater shots. Bridgewater junior Katie Weber gained the shutout without a save.

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

Bridgewater State College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (1-4, 0-2 little east)  0 0 -- 0
Bridgewater State (4-0, 2-0 little east) 1 1 -- 2

Scoring: Shelby Farland 14:08; Farland (Bethany Bush) 51:35.
Shots: E-2, B-11; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 6, B-Katie Weber 0. Penalty corners: E-3, B-11.







Sarah Swann scores both goals for Warriors in 2-1 victory at Danbury

  swann_scoreboard_72dpi035.jpgDANBURY, Conn. -- All-Little East LEClogo-1WEB.jpgConference senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) may not exactly have been a Colonial-killer in her four-year career, but she's certainly had her share of success against Western Connecticut State University.

At right: The scoreboard told the story as the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. (Sheila Church photo)

Saturday night, Swann scored her first goals of the season less than ten minutes apart in the first half as women's soccer edged three-time defending conference playoff champion Western at the Westside Athletic Complex.

The win is the first for Eastern (3-2-1, 1-0-0 little east) over Western (3-3-0, 0-1-0)  since 2004 (0-5-3 since then) and represents Eastern's first win ever over the Colonials at Danbury (0-8-2 since 1995). Over the last four years, Western has compiled a 24-1-3 record in LEC regular-season play and as this year's pre-season favorite to claim the LEC title. The teams shared last year's LEC regular-season title with identical 6-0-1 records but Western defeated Eastern for the second straight year in the tournament finals at Danbury, both by 2-1 scores.

Western is ranked sixth in New England.

 Swann's first goal off a corner kick by senior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA)  in the 20th minute swung the early momentum Eastern's way.   Less than ten minutes later, Swann used her quickness to split two defenders and head a pass from freshman midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor, CT) under the crossbar and into the left corner of the net to make it a two-goal game.


 At left: Sarah Swann


The goals give Swann 20 in her career and 50 points. Four of her career goals have come against Western for Swann, who has scored four of Eastern's five goals against the Colonials the last four times the teams have met. Last year, Swann tied the regular-season match midway through the second half in the Warriors' 1-1 overtime tie at Thomas Nevers Field. As a sophomore in 2007, Swann also provided Eastern with its only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Colonials in the LEC championship game at the Westside Athletic Complex.

The teams played on near-even terms. Both teams had three corner kicks and recorded nearly identical shot totals. However, with the exception of a penalty-kick goal in the 65th minute on a hand ball violation, Western managed only one other shot on goal, with Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) registering the save. The Warriors put five of their shots on net, scoring twice and forcing Western freshman keeper Amanda Simon to come up with three saves.

Eastern's starting defense consisted of senior Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), juniors Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and Stephanie Norell (Stratford) and freshman Rachel Cutler (Guilford). Sophomore starters Laura Violette (Wallingford) and Lauren Greeney (Bethel) were absent from the starting lineup due to injuries, although Violette came off the bench to play 22 minutes Violette is a back, Greeney a forward.

Eastern visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 2, Western Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (3-2-1, 1-0-0 little east)      2    0    --- 2

Western Conn. (3-3-0, 0-1-0 little east)     0    1    --  1

Scoring: E-Sarah Swann (Taylor Buchanan) 19:17; E-Swann (Kelly Wallace) 28:41; W-Amanda Genova (penalty kick) 64:03.

Shots: E-11, W-12; Saves: E-Kim Church 1, W-Amanda Simon 3.

Corner kicks: E-3, W-3.


In two Little East opening losses, Warriors drop three after opening wins

Britt Carrier (below)

carrier_72dpi_4684.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. --   Women's volleyball won its opening game in both matches but followed with three straight losses both times when it opened its Little East Conference season against Rhode Island College and Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center.

A loser of five of its last seven since four opening wins, Eastern (6-5, 0-2 little east) dropped four-game decisions to host Rhode Island (25-13, 18-25, 19-25, 22-25) and Plymouth State University (25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 22-25). Plymouth improved to 11-0 after sweeping Rhode Island College (8-7) in Saturday's final match.

Three of Eastern's six losses Saturday were by a combined total of ten points, with the largest losing gap just eight points.

It marks the second time in three seasons that Eastern has been swept in its LEC openers against these two opponents. Last year, the Warriors won both matches at Plymouth, NH after dropping both matches in 2007 at Geissler Gym.

Eastern has been rated fifth in the LEC coaches' pre-season poll, while Plymouth was fourth and Rhode Island seventh.

Sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and freshman Danielle Bourne (Branford) connected on a combined five kills without an error in the opening 12-point win over Rhode Island. In Game 2, however, Eastern attacked at .000 (6 kills and 6 errors) on the way to three straight wins.

In the two-point opening win over Plymouth, sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) and Ibsen each had four kills and just one error and Slonski and sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) led the defense with six digs each. Ibsen had six kills without an error in Game 2 and Abelli and Slonski combined for 17 digs in the four-point loss.

In eight games on the afternoon, Ibsen had 30 kills, Abelli 48 digs, Slonski 18 kills and 42 digs, sophomore setter Britt Carrier (Southington) 33 digs and 47 assists and freshman Ali Facchini (Niantic) 16 kills.

Saturday, Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston at noon and Keene State College at 4 p.m. Keene defeated UMass in five games to win last year's LEC tournament title.

Rhode Island College 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (6-4, 0-1 little east)      25 18 19 22
R.I. College (8-6, 1-0 little east)          13 25 25 25

Eastern statistical leaders:
Kristianna Ibsen  (Shelton)  
12 kills, 17 serves with 1 error, 10 digs
Britt Carrier (Southington)  16 receptions with 1 error, 21 digs, 2 blocks, 14 assists
Taylor Abelli (Cheshire)       26 reception attempts with 2 errors, 15 digs,
                                            2 service aces
Ali Facchini (Niantic)           6 kills with a .278 attack pct., 3 blocks
Erin Moriarty (Higganum)     6 kills with a .500 attack pct.
Samantha Slonski (Griswold)   6 kills, 14 reception attempts with 1 error, 8 digs,
                                                13 assists
Claudia Radziszewski (East Haddam) 5 kills

                                  Plymouth State U. 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (6-5, 0-2 little east)        25 21 17 22
Plymouth State (10-0, 1-0 little east)    23 25 25 25

Eastern statistical leaders:
Kristianna Ibsen  (Shelton)     18 kills with a .311 attack pct.
Britt Carrier (Southington)      12 digs, 33 assists
Taylor Abelli (Cheshire)          18 serves with 3 aces and 1 error, 33 digs
Ali Facchini (Niantic)               10 kills with a .273 attack pct.
Samantha Slonski (Griswold) 12 kills, 17 serves with 1 error, 29 receptions with 2 errors; 34 digs
Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY)     17 serves with 2 aces and 0 errors; 21 receptions with 1 error, 8 digs  













Warriors score twice in 11 minutes to pull away from Western, 4-0

Bradley Fletcher (below)

fletcher_72dpi_6346.jpgMANFIELD, Conn. - Nine different players contributed a goal or assist as men's soccer LEClogo-1WEB.jpgremained unbeaten this season with a 4-0 win over Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 16 in Division III, Eastern (5-0-1, 1-0-0 little east) got goals 11 minutes apart early in the second half from senior Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) and freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) and went on to its highest goal total against Western Connecticut (2-4-0, 0-1-0 little east) since a 7-1 victory at Danbury in 1987.

The pre-season favorite to win its second conference title in three years, Eastern carried a 1-0 lead into the half before erupting in the second half. Bourdeau scored his third goal of the season nine minutes into the second half on a header following a corner kick from sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) to make it 2-0, and Tobler recorded his first collegiate goal 11 minutes later when he fired into an open net after sophomore Sean Collins (Bristol) found him unmarked on the left side of the cage.

First-year sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) scored his third goal in the last four matches to give Eastern a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Furman, who scored the game-winning goal with 22.7 seconds left in sudden death overtime Tuesday against Tufts, drilled an open 12-yarder from the middle of the box on a pass from senior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford). The assist gave Fantl at least one point in five of six matches this season.

Tobler finished off the scoring with 1:34 left when he swooped in to finish off a shot by senior Sean Capezzone (Colchester), which had been saved on a dive by Western freshman keeper Angelo Tsingerliotis.

Capezzone was credited with his first career assist on the play and freshman Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) gained his first career point with an assist on Furman's go-ahead goal.

Sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) shut out Western for the second time in as many career starts. He made three saves to post his eighth career save in 26 starts. Appel's most difficult save came with eight minutes left in the first half and preserved a 1-0 lead. After Western junior Daniel DaSilva split two defenders and carried inside ten yards on the right side, Appel  rejected the shot with a dive to his right, and the ball was cleared away by sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA).

Western starting junior back Luis Duque hobbled from the field just three minutes into play with a pulled hamstring and did not return to action.

Western has not scored against Eastern in the last three meetings, since a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Danbury in 2006.

The home match was the fourth straight for Eastern, which visits Trinity College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, Western Conn. 0

Western Conn. (2-4-0, 0-1-0 little east)       0    0   --   0
Eastern Conn. (5-0-1, 1-0-0 little east)        1    3   --   4

Scoring: Matt Furman (Bradley Fletcher, Maxim Fantl) 22:58; Chris Bourdeau (Matt Esposito, Nicholas Boretti) 53:37; Cory Tobler (Sean Collins) 64:51; Tobler (Sean Capezzone) 88:26.
Shots: W-9, E-12; Saves: W-Angelo Tsingerliotis 4, E-Carl Appel 3.
Corner kicks: W-1, E-4.




In late stages of fifth game against WNEC, Ibsen contributes four  kills

                                                                                                            Kristianna Ibsen (below)

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) contributed four kills late in the decisive fifth game and sophomores Britt Carrier (Southington) and Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) combined for 11 digs in that final game to lead women's volleyball to a five-game win over Western New England College Thursday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Eastern won by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 17-25, 16-14.

After getting swept in its home-opener Tuesday, Eastern (6-3) had to re-group in Game 5 after Western New England (6-5) overcame losses in the first two games to capture the next two and force a final game. The Warriors evened their record in five games this year to 2-2. The Golden Bears lost their second straight after a five-match winning streak.

Eastern never trailed in Game 5 and was finally able to break the seventh tie of the game with a pair of kills. Ibsen recorded four of the team's final seven points with kills, contributing three in a row to help the Warriors to a 12-10 lead. Leading 14-12, Eastern was called for a net violation on an apparent match-ending kill, and senior Rachel Cervone tied the game with a kill down the line.

Defensively in the final game, sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) and Ibsen combined for a block to give the Warriors an early 3-1 lead, and freshmen Erin Moriarty (Higganum) and Ali Facchini (Niantic) teamed for another block that broke an 8-8 tie. Cervone kept the Golden Beares in contention with kills that tied the match at 9-9 and 10-10.

Ibsen led all players with 24 kills and a .353 attack percentage. She also added five blocks. Carrier set for 32 assists  and added 16 digs and three service aces; Slonski had a game-high 27 digs and was also perfect defensively on 31 receptions attempts and had eight kills;  freshman  Danielle Bourne (Branford) handled 22 receptions with only one error and added 12 digs; Abelli followed Slonski with 22 digs, and was 23 for 25 on reception attempts; senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) chipped in 11 digs and Moriarty totaled three blocks.

As a team, Eastern had a .946 reception percentage, commiting only five errors, none in the final game. The Warriors also had a season-high 13 blocks.

Cervone led the Golden Bears with ten kills and added 17 digs; junior setter Katharina Boes had 38 assists, 23 digs, 5 blocks, and two service aces; freshman Jennifer Mears contributed nine kills, sophomore Kristen Jordan five  blocks, and senior Christina Longto four blocks.

Eastern improves to 18-3 all-time with Western New England in this series.

Eastern opens Little East Conference play Saturday at Providence, RI, facing Rhode Island College at noon and Plymouth State University at 2 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Western New England College 2

Western NE (6-5)          23    21    25    25    14
Eastern Conn. (6-3)       25    25    17    17    16



Merheb scores only goal on Warriors' 20th shot for non-conference win

                                                                                                   Jo-Ann Merheb (below)


  WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) scored her first goal of the season with 21 minutes left, Eastern Connecticut State University finally capitalizing on its 20th shot of the game in a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer win over Fitchburg State College Wednesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern (2-2-1) was finally able to break though following a flurry of activity in the Fitchburg State (2-3-0) 18-yard box in the latter stages of the second half. On consecutive Eastern corner kicks, Fitchburg senior keeper Emily Swan made saves on shots by Eastern freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) and Merheb, before Merheb finally collected a loose ball off her own miss near the right post with 11 minutes left and placed it perfectly inside the far left post, just beyond Swan's all-out extension to her right.

Eastern dominated play with 23 shots and 14 corner kicks, but Swan made 12 saves to keep the match close. The Falcons' only shot came on a free kick with 11 minutes left by senior back Elise Gallagher, with Eastern sophomore keeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) making the easy save at the right post. Pagnozzi was credited with her first collegiate win in her third appearance. She started the second half of a scoreless match after the Warriors were unable to pierce the Fitchburg net despite taking 13 shots.

Eastern's best chance of the first half came with nine minutes left, but Swan saved a shot near the end line by senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford). With 16 minutes gone in the second half, Buchanan was stuffed by a charging Swan at the right post to keep the match scoreless, and the keeper performed a similar move to take away an opportunity by freshman forward Christine DeFilippo (Ronkonkoma, NY) with seven minutes left, after Eastern senior back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) created the chance with a perfect through-ball from the left flank.

Eastern played the match - the first meeting ever between the programs -- without three starters, among them injured sophomore defender Laura Violette (Wallingford) and injured sophomore  forward Lauren Greeney (Bethel). Unavailable for duty for Fitchburg, an ECAC tournament qualifier last year, were starting sophomores Carissa Kennedy and Julie Dowson.

Eastern visits defending Little East Conference champion Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 6 p.m. Western has beaten Eastern in the final of the LEC playoffs each of the last two years.

Eastern Conn. 1, Fitchburg State College 0

Fitchburg State (2-3-0)        0     0   -- 0
Eastern Conn. (2-2-1)          0    1   -- 1

Scoring: E-Jo-Ann Merheb 69:06.
Shots: F-1, E-23; Saves: F-Emily Swan 12; E-Kim Church 0 (45:00 min.), Theresa Pagnozzi 1 (45:00). Corner kicks: F-0, E-14.




Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

 Visiting Bantams prevail in three tight games, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22

WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 13 kills and a .393 attack percentage and sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had 12 kills and dug up 16 balls but women's volleyball was swept by Trinity College in its 2009 home-opener Tuesday night. Game scorers were 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.

It is the first time that Eastern (5-3) has been swept this season, the two previous losses coming in five games. Trinity (3-2) defeated the Warriors for the fifth time in the last six meetings. Last year, the Bantams won the first two games before Eastern rallied for the five-game victory.

Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) recorded 25 set assists and sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had a .920 reception percentage on a team-high 25 attempts.

Trinity sophomore Alexandra Pell had 19 digs and four service aces, with Danielle Isaman collecting 13 kills and sophomore Jennifer Low 26 assists.

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

Trinity College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Trinity (3-2)                  25    25    25
Eastern Conn. (5-3)      21    18    22



 Melissa Goffe ties program  records with three goals and seven points


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore forward Melissa Goffe (Newington) tied Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey records with three goals and seven points as the Warriors recorded their first win of the season with a 7-1 verdict over Wheelock College Tuesday  at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Goffe unloaded nine of the team's 29 shots, scoring the last of the team's four first-half goals, the first goal of the second half, and capping the offensive onslaught by completing the hat trick with bad-angle marker  from near the end line with four minutes left.

At right: Melissa Goffe

Goffe also set up Eastern's (1-3) first goal of the season when she found sophomore forward Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) at the left of the cage with a baseline pass in the sixth minute of play. Del Vecchio made it 2-0 11 minutes later on a feed from sophomore forward Ali Chapman (Watertown), and the Warriors went on to post their second-highest goal total in program history.

Goffe's performance marks only the second time in the program's 12-year history  that an Eastern player has collected as many as seven points in a match, the first since Nicole Otterspoor against Lasell College on Sept. 18, 1999. It is the fourth time that an Eastern player has scored as many as three goals in a match, the first since Mo Deegan on Nov. 2, 2003.

Chapman finished with a goal and assist, as did junior forward Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ). First-year sophomore transfer back Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield) netted her first collegiate point when she set up Proud to make it 3-0 midway through the first half.

Sophomore goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made four saves in the first half to register her fourth career win. She made her best save with four minutes left in the first half and Eastern leading 3-0. Reichardt extended her right leg to make a pad save when Wheelock's (0-4) Jacquilyn Hull deflected a pass from teammate Milbrey Hendrix.

Eastern's goal total is the second-highest in a match in program history, one behind the mark set in a 2004 season-opening 8-0 home win over Stevens Tech, a first-year program at the time.

Eastern visits Bridgewater State College Saturday at 4 p.m. in Little East Conference play.

Eastern Conn. 7, Wheelock College 1

Wheelock (0-4)              0    1 --    1
Eastern Conn. (1-3)        4    3 --    7

Goals: E-Ashley Del Vecchio (Melissa Goffe) 5:29; E-Del Vecchio (Ali Chapman) 16:08; E-Melanie Proud (Lyndsey Savisza) 23:38; E-Goffe 33:07; E-Goffe (Proud) 55:00; W-Jacquilyn Hull (Milbrey Hendrix) 58:03; E-Chapman 58:34; E-Goffe 66:00.
Shots: W-10, E-29; Saves: W-Meredith Race 9; E-Danielle Reichardt 4 (0 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 3 (1, 35:00).
Penalty corners: W-3, E-7.





Ranked No. 16, men's soccer digs out of early hole for sudden death win

Below: Matt Furman (21)


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - First-year sophomore transfer Matt Furman (Montville) scored on a low drive from the left of the goal with 22.7 seconds left in sudden death overtime to carry men's soccer back from an early deficit and into a 3-2 victory over Tufts University Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Ranked No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in New England in the most recent NSCAA Division III polls released Tuesday, Eastern (4-0-1) erased a 2-0 deficit midway through the first half to stun Tufts (0-2-0) in the first meeting ever between the programs.

First-team All-New England Region senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) helped carry the Warriors back by answering Tufts' second goal less than a minute later to get the Warriors on the board, then tying the match two minutes into the second half when he finished off a run down the left flank by sending a low shot across the goal and inside the far post.

With time expiring in the 20-minutes sudden death overtime period, Furman took a pass from sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) in traffic from 15 yards out, turned, and unloaded a hard, left-footed shot that carried inside the near left post with 22.7 seconds left in overtime. The play originated when an Eastern defendersent a ball into the Tufts defensive third. A Tufts defender tried clearing it but one-timed straight up. Esposito chested it down and volleyed it in the same motion to Furman, who chested it down with his back to the basket, whirled, and fired his ground ball inside the post, setting off a wild celebration.

A  first-year transfer from the University of Rhode Island, Furman also assisted on Fantl's first goal of the match midway through the first half.

The goals were the sixth and seventh of the season for Fantl, who now has 39 goals in 66 career games. He was last year's Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year.

Tufts had taken the lead in the 12th minute when junior Ron Coleman finished off a long kick by senior keeper Pat Tonelli, and junior Alex Lach pushed the Jumbo lead to 2-0 11 minutes later when he beat Eastern sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) on a long drive.

Lach couldn't cash in on two prime opportunities to end the match in the first four minutes of overtime, however,  He first sent a ground ball from the right flank just wide of the left post. Two minutes later, Appel responded with the first of his two best saves in the match when he stretched full out, diving to his right to knock away Lach's bid from the middle of the box. With one minute left in the first overtime, Appel timed his leap perfectly to flick a shot by junior Ben Green (Burlington, VT) over the cross bar.

Tufts nearly broke a 2-2 tie with 15:39 left in regulation, when Lach was unmarked directly in front of the goal and one-timed a pass from Green that sailed over the top.

Tonelli of Tufts matched Appel with several sparkling saves. Twelve minutes into overtime, Furman found space on the right side and sent a high shot that Tonelli knocked over the cross bar.

Appel made three saves to improve his record to 3-0-0 this season, 18-4-3 in his 25-game career.

Eastern lost starting sophomore midfielder Sean Collins (Bristol) seven minutes into the match with a nose injury. He was replaced by sophomore Scott Mishley (Trumbull), who played 91 minutes.

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

Eastern Conn. 3, Tufts U. 2, 2 ot

Tufts U. (0-2-0)                  2     0     (0)   (0)    --   2
Eastern Conn. (4-0-1)        1     1      (0)   (1)   --   3

Scoring: T-Ron Coleman (Pat Tonelli) 11:37; T-Alex Lach (Ben Green) 22:40; E-Maxim Fantl (Matt Esposito, Matt Furman) 23:17; E-Fantl (Jon DeCasanova) 46:40; Furman (Esposito) 109:37.
Shots: T-10, E-13; Saves: T-Pat Tonelli 6, E-Carl Appel 3.
Corner kicks: T-4, E-6.



Slonski repeats honors; Fantl recognized for first time this season

Below: Slonski, Fantl

slonski_head0972dpi_3841.jpg fantl_shir72dpit09_3711.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Two  athletes have been recognized by the Little East LEClogo-1WEB.jpgConference for the week ending Sept. 13 during the weekly fall awards program.

Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) repeated as the LEC's Defensive Player-of-the-Week in women's volleyball, and senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) was recognized as the Offensive Player-of-the-Week in men's soccer. Dating back to the 2008 season, the honor is the fourth in the last eight weeks for Fantl, a team co-captain and 2008 LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year and first-team All-New England Region choice.

The 5-foot-7 inch Slonski represented Eastern on the Endicott College Invitational all-tournament team this past weekend. In that tournament, she received 115 serves with a .957 success rate and was second on the team with an average of 4.14 digs per game. In addition to her defensive accomplishments, Slonski averaged 2.93 kills per game in that four-match tournament .

Slonski ranks second in the conference in digs per game (4.54), helping the Warriors to the conference's top ranking in that category. She also is rated fifth in kills per game (3.38) and sixth in points per game (3.83).

Eastern won three and lost two last week, splitting four matches at Endicott. The Warriors open their home season Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Trinity College.

Named LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week three times in the final six weeks of last season, Fantl scored the first and last goals and assisted on another goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over visiting Westfield State College, then converted a penalty kick late (his second in as many tries this year) in the first half to tie the match in an eventual 1-1 double overtime draw with visiting Ramapo College of New Jersey.

This year, Fantl has contributed to seven of nine goals for Eastern (3-0-1), ranked No. 4 in New England. He has five goals and two assists and leads or shares the LEC lead in five offensive categories.

In 65 career matches, Fantl has 37 goals and 16 assists for 90 points.

Eastern host Tufts University Tuesday at 7 p.m.






Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009

Nation's No. 3-ranked finally team shakes free 15 minutes into second half

buchanan_head09_72dpi_3804.jpgWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Sophomore Brett Eisenhart scored a hat trick and Williams College outshot women's soccer by 20 in a 4-1 victory in a match featuring two of New England's top programs Sunday at Cole Field.

At left: Taylor Buchanan

Ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 3 nationally, Williams (2-0) put the game away 15 minutes into the second half when Eisenhart scored her third goal of the match to provide her team with a 3-1 lead. Eastern (1-2-1) freshman Taylor Buchanan's (Enfield) first career goal and point had pulled the Warriors to within 2-1 five minutes before the half.

In all, Williams outshot Eastern, 27-7, but the Warriors' defense surrendered only four corner kicks. Senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) came through with eight saves over the first 80 minutes to keep Eastern within striking distance most of the way.

It was the first meeting ever between the programs, with the Warriors bringing a No. 7 regional ranking into play. The match was the second in as many days for Williams, which blanked conference opponent Wesleyan University, 5-0, Saturday at Cole Field in its 2009 debut.

An NCAA Division III national semifinalist a year ago, Williams returned 17 letterwinners from a record 19-1-1 season. The team was 13-0-1 in last year's regular season, sustaining its first loss to Wheaton (IL) College after three NCAA tourney wins.

For the second straight match, Eisenhart scored the first goal of the match. When Eastern was unable to clear a Williams corner kick with a head ball, Eisenhart sent the ball into opposite back corner of the net in the tenth minute of play. Ten minutes later, Eisenhart made it 2-0. In full stride heading toward goal, she accepted a cross from teammate Sarah Walmsley and slipped the ball past Church, whose couldn't spear the shot with a dive.

hickey_closeup_72dpi_0046.jpgAt left: Defender Lauren Hickey (7) looks to clear the ball away from two Williams College offensive players Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Sheila Church).

Buchanan came off the bench to cut the Williams lead in half, ripping a long ball over Williams junior keeper Julia Schreiber five minutes before the half. Schreiber compiled a 0.62 goals-against average last year behind first-team All-America keeper Lauren Sinnenberg, but was able to stop just one of two shots against Eastern. Sinnenberg turned away two shots in the second half Sunday to preserve the win.

Eastern sophomore keeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) saw her first action of the season (second of her career). She was inserted with the score 4-1 and made one save over the final ten minutes.

Eastern played without sophomore starting back Laura Violette (Wallingford), who injured her left ankle early in the second half of Wednesday's scoreless overtime home tie with Bridgewater State College. She was replaced in the lineup by freshman Rachel Cutler (Guilford).

Eastern hosts Fitchburg State College Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first meeting ever between the programs.

Williams College 4, Eastern Conn. 1


Eastern Conn. (1-2-1) 1 0 -- 1
Williams College (2-0-0) 2 2 -- 4

Scoring; W-Brett Eisenhart 9:56; W-Eisenhart (Sarah Walmsley) 19:04; E-Taylor Buchanan (Jo-Ann Merheb) 40:10; W-Eisenhart (Tyler Rainer, Brianna Wolfson) 60:23; W-Annelise Snyder (Bridget Gallaher) 78:05.
Shots: E-7, W-27; Saves: E-Kim Church 8 (4 goals allowed, 79:53), Theresa Pagnozzi 1 (0, 10:07); W-Julia Schreiber 1 (1, 45:00), Lauren Sinnenberg 2 (0, 45:00).
Corner kicks: E-1, W-4.


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

All-region Maxim Fantl scores teams' first and last goals and adds assist

Freshman defender Joe DeCasanova (11)

decasanova72dpi_5883.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Men's soccer WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpg  responded to Westfield State College's game-tying goal by scoring twice in less than two minutes late in the match and securing a 4-2 non-conference victory Wednesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Minutes after Westfield State (0-3-1) sophomore Tim Parsons scored his second goal of the match to knot the count at 2-all, Eastern (3-0-0) countered with the go-ahead marker on first-year sophomore Matt Furman's (Montville) first collegiate goal and an insurance goal by all-region senior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford)  in a span of under two minutes.

Fantl, the returning Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and a 2008 first-team all-region selection, got the Warriors off to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute with the help of freshman Dan Fish's (Marlborough) first collegiate point and assist, and he later assisted on Furman's go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute.

Eastern collected 25 shots in the game, with Eastern's starting defense of sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) and freshmen Kyle Smith (Ledyard), Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) and Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) limiting Westfield to only five shots. Parson's second goal midway though the second half stood as the team's only shot in the second half until the final stages of the game. Backed by the strong defense, sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) was credited with his 17th career win in 24 starts, making two saves.

The victory is Eastern's fourth straight in the series with Westfield and allows the Warriors to tie the all-time 47-game series.

Eastern hosts Ramapo College Saturday at 3 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, Westfield State College 2

Westfield State (0-3-1) 1 1 -- 2
Eastern Conn. (3-0-0)  2 2 -- 4

Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (Dan Fish) 11:34; W-Tim Parsons (Ben Berthiaume) 20:53; E-Sean Collins (Nicholas Boretti) 43:30; W-Parsons (Justin Hilchuk, Kyle Yelin) 67:41; E-Matt Furman (Fantl) 71:54; E-Fantl (Aaron Smiles) 73:27.
Shots: W-5, E-25; Saves: W-Jeff Pepoli 9, E-Carl Appel 2.
Corner kicks: W-2, E-6.


Warriors threaten often, outshoot Bears 15-6 but can not break through

                                                                        Freshman Rachel Cutler (below)


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Bridgewater State College freshman keeper Allison Dexter made a kick save on the best scoring chance by women's soccer with 5:32 left in regulation as the teams played to a scoreless double overtime draw Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The scoreless tie is the first between the teams in this 18th-game series dating back to 1991 and only the second tie between the clubs, first since a 2-2 score in the first match in the series in 1991.

Eastern (1-1-1) had a number of scoring chances - especially in the second half - but could not break through despite a 15-6 advantage in shots. The biggest of Dexter's ten saves came with 5:32 left in regulation when she denied Eastern sophomore Lauren Greeney (Bethel) with a right-footed kick save on Greeney's bid from the right post.

Bridgewater starting backs Yasmina Carvalho  and Alyson Johnson played large roles in keeping Eastern off the board inside 18 yards. With 13 minutes gone in the second half, Greeney made a long run toward goal on a pass from freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield), but Johnson came across to clear the ball away on Greeney's baseline bid.

Six minutes after Greeney's chance, Eastern's Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) sent a header off Stephanie Norell's (Stratford) corner kick wide of the right post. With nine minutes left, Buchanan was alone near the right post but her hooked shot was saved by Dexter.

Bridgewater nearly won the game six minutes into overtime when an Eastern defender knocked the ball off the left post and the rebound was cleared away by senior Sarah Swann (Oxford).

Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) made three saves to notch her sixth career full-match shutout,  fifth in two years.

Eastern lost sophomore starting back Laura Violette (Wallingford) to a left ankle injury in the opening minutes of the second half.

Eastern visits Williams College Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the first meeting between the programs. Williams was ranked No. 3 nationally in Division III in the pre-season poll after reaching last year's NCAA national semifinals.

Eastern Conn. 0, Bridgewater State College 0, 2 ot

Bridgewater State (1-0-1)  0 0 (0) (0) -- 0
Eastern Conn. (1-1-1)   0 0 (0) (0) -- 0

Shots: B-6, E-15; Saves: B-Allison Dexter 10, E-Kim Church 3
Corner kicks: B-2, E-5.



Behind Slonski and Radziszewski, Warriors claim critical second game

Below: Slonski (left) and Radziszewski


WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWORCESTER, Mass. - In the important second game, sophomore Samantha Slonski  (Griswold) had six kills and only one error and freshman Claudia Radziszewski (East Haddam) added five digs to help the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team gain momentum and dump Clark University in four games Tuesday night at the Kneller Center. Game scores were 20-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.

After losing the first game by five points, Eastern took control in Game 2 behind Slonski and Radziszewski.  Slonski contributed six kills with just one error in the second game and Radziszewski dug up five balls in the nine-point win, and the Warriors went on to two additional victories to post their  sixth straight win over Clark (0-1) in the series.

Eastern earned 19 points in the match with service aces, with Slonski netting five and junior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) and Britt Carrier (Southington) four each.

In addition to team-highs in service aces and digs (16), Slonski had 11 kills and was successful on 21 of 23 reception attempts (.905). Sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) followed Slonski with 15 digs and handled 25 of 29 reception attempts (.862). Sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) led all Eastern players with 12 kills and a .320 attack percentage., while Carrier dug up 12 balls and recorded 38 assists, and 6-foot-1 inch freshman Erin Moriarty (Higganum) had ten kills and a .286 attack percentage to go along with four blocks.

Eastern competes in the Endicott College Invitational this weekend, facing Emmanuel at 4 p.m., and Endicott at 6 p.m. Friday.

Eastern Conn. 3, Clark U. 1

Eastern (3-0)  20 25 25 25
Clark U. (0-1)  25 16 15 18




In first match on turf field, Warriors outshot by 26-7 count in setback

delvecchio72dpi_5836.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Juniors Sarah Fredlund and Colleen Kelly each had two goals and  sophomore Courtney Weaving contributed two assists to power Babson College past field hockey, 6-0, Tuesday evening in the first intercollegiate match played on the new $1.4 million turf field at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Ashley Del Vecchio (white jersey)

Coming off a 5-1 loss to nationally-ranked Skidmore College Saturday, Babson (2-1) scored twice in less than six minutes to move out to a 3-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half to roll past Eastern (0-2) for the sixth time in this six-game series.

elsa_speak72dpi_5822.jpgWeaving picked up her third and fourth assists in three matches this year, setting up freshman Kelly Walsh for her

Eastern President Dr. Elsa Nunez (at left) provided remarks during pre-game ceremonies.

second career goal to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, and feeding Fredlund ten minutes later to make it 2-0. Fredlund  added her team-leading fifth goal of the year with three minutes left in the first half to give Babson a 4-0 advantage.

The visitors outshot Eastern, 26-7, with sophomore Jessica Pashos and senior Emily Cohen combining for six saves on the shutout.

Eastern sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) stopped seven shots in the second half.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at noon in its Little East Conference opener.

Babson College 6, Eastern Conn. 0


Babson College (2-1)               4          2          --         6

Eastern Conn. (0-2)                  0          0          --         0


Scoring: Kelly Walsh (Courtney Weaving) 13:12; Sarah Fredlund (Weaving) 23:22; Colleen Kelly 29:14; Fredlund 31:39; Jess Paladino 41:59;  Kelly (Annaliese Brosch)69:06.

Shots: E-7, B-26; Saves: B-Jessica Pashos 4 (50:09 min.), Emily Cohen 2 (19:51); E-Tia Mucciarone 5 (35:00 min., 4 goals allowed), Danielle Reichardt 7 (35:00, 2).

Penalty corners: E-5, B-11.



Young defense leads Warriors to 1-0 shutout victory over host Babson

                    Head Coach Greg DeVito critiqes the weekend victories.wav (1:55)


WELLESLEY, Mass. - The odd team out when it came time for NCAA tournament selections a year ago, men's soccer made it clear this weekend that it will not be going away any time soon.

At right: Matt Esposito

Sunday, Eastern (2-0) completed a sweep of top New England competition with a 1-0 win over 20-time NCAA tournament qualifier Babson College (1-2) at the Beavers' own Hartwell-Rogers Field, riding a fluky early second-half goal by senior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) to the title of the Third Annual Babson College Classic.

On Saturday, the Warriors opened their season with a 3-1 victory over MIT, the Engineers only avoiding a shuout by scoring with 18 seconds left against an Eastern reserve keeper.

Last year, Babson and MIT reached the championship game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference playoffs, the Beavers winning the match and securing the automatic bid awarded the conference champion. MIT and Clark joined Babson in the NCAA tournament, those two teams receiving at-large bids out of the NEWMAC. Rhode Island College was the only  Little East Conference representative to participate in the NCAA tournament, the Anchormen gaining the automatic bid awarded the champion. Eastern was the top seed in the ECAC tournament after being eliminated in the LEC tournament semifinal round.

In last year's final NSCAA Division III New England regular-season poll, Eastern was rated third, Babson tied for fourth, and MIT sixth.

The victory over Babson is the most significant regular-season victory for Eastern in the brief third-year coaching career of Greg DeVito.

Eastern was able to keep Babson off the board despite starting three freshmen defenders and a freshman keeper in backs Kyle Smith (Ledyard), Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) and Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and goalkeeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford). The fourth defender, sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven), is a midfielder by trade who replaced injured sophomore starter Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) in the starting lineup. In all, seven of Eastern's 11 starters in the match were first-year collegiate players (six freshmen and a first-year sophomore transfer).

Seven minutes into the second half, Babson's Eric Anderson - the team's No. 1 scoring threat on the afternoon - knocked a head ball from inside the box over the net. Three minutes later, Eastern countered with the only marker of the match.Eastern came away with the win when Bourdeau's low corner kick with just under ten minutes gone in the second half bounced between Babson defenseman Sean Gleason and keeper Ian Siekman  and rolled  untouched inside the left post.

fantl72dpi_5666.jpgSenior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) set up the winning corner kick with a run through the box, the Beavers needing to knock the ball over the end line to diffuse the threat. Bourdeau, who scored the second goal in Saturday's win, sent the ensuing corner kick from the left flag toward the near post, and Babson's defensive miscommunication produced the only goal.

At left: Maxim Fantl

In his collegiate debut, Munsell recorded the shutout, making four saves.  Three of the saves came in the second half, when Babson applied steady pressure over the final 20 minutes. Two of Munsell's diving saves came on head balls, the first occurring midway through the second half and the second with just over four minutes left.

With Eastern leading 1-0 and pressing to add insurance, a goal on a head ball by Eastern senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) off a cross from Esposito was disallowed with 10:30 left due to an offside violation. Fantl had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win.

Neither club could capitalize on first-half chances. Boretti one-timed a volley over the net on a cross 18 minutes before the break. Four minutes later, he took a feed from freshman midfielder Cory Tobler (Portland) and hit the right post. The hosts had no less than four prime opportunites of their own to break through in the first half. Munsell made a diving stop on one, and the other three were dangerous chances that carried either wide or high of the net.

The meeting between Eastern and 20-time NCAA tournament participant Babson was only the second one ever, the first since the Warriors posted a 1-0 win over the Beavers in the 1969 NAIA New England Regional Tournament in Willimantic for their 14th straight win that season.

Eastern opens its home schedule Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Westfield State College at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern Conn. 1, Babson College 0

Eastern Conn. (2-0-0)         0    1 -- 1
Babson College (1-2-0)       0    0 -- 0

Scoring: Chris Bourdeau 54:36.
Shots: E-18, B-20; Saves: E-Jordan Munsell 4, B-Ian Siekman 4.
Corner kicks: E-7, B-8.



 Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

Behind Slonski and Ibsen, Warriors hold on for five-game victory

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carrier_head0972dpi_3835.jpgWELLESLEY, Mass. - Sophomores Kristiani Ibsen (Shelton) and Samantha Slonski (Griswold) combined for three kills and a block to allow women's volleyball to snap a tie late in the deciding game of a five-game non-conference victory over Babson College Saturday afternoon at the Webster Center.

After winning the first two games by a total of five points, Eastern (2-0) eventually prevailed in five games, taking a 15-11 decision in the fifth game. The Warriors led 6-1 in Game 5, but twice had to erase one-point deficits to remain perfect against Babson (0-2) in six matches in this series.

With the deciding game tied at 10-all, Ibsen had two consecutive kills, then teamed with Slonski on a key block that gave the Warriors a 13-10 lead. Slonski made it 14-11 with her team-leading 19th kill and an unforced error gave Eastern the final point.

In Game 5, Eastern did not commit a reception or service error and commited only two attack errors. Ibsen had four kills without an error in Game 5 to give her 15 kills in the match, sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had five receptions without an error, and sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) served five balls without an error, contributing a service ace in the team's early 6-1 opening run.

For the second straight match, Slonski paced Eastern both offensively and defensively. Last year's starting setter, Slonski topped all players with 19 kills and handled 47 receptions without an error. Her first 27 attacked balls resulted in 12 kills and no errors. Slonski followed Abelli's team-high dig total of 24 with 21. Carrier set 39 assists and totaled 14 digs and three service aces.

Eastern visits Clark University Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Babson College 2

Eastern Conn. (2-0)  25   25   17   18   15
Babson (0-2)            23   22   25   25   11





 Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

Twelve seconds from tie, women's soccer loses in sudden death


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior Maria Evans scored the only goal of the match on a header with 12 seconds left in sudden-death overtime that carried the Springfield College women's soccer team past Eastern Connecticut State University in the championship game of the Springfield College Invitational Saturday night at Brock-Affleck Field.

The overtime tournament win is the second in as many nights for Springfield (2-0-0), which defeated Eastern (1-1-0) for the second straight year in the title game.

With the clock winding down, Springfield sophomore Jackie Moscardelli sent the ball into the Eastern end, where the ball deflected to Evans, who sent in the game-ending goal from six yards.

Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) had preserved a scoreless tie midway through the second half when she saved a penalty kick attempt by Springfield junior Brittany Collins.

Eastern hosts Bridgewater State College Wednesday at 4 p.m. in its home debut at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Springfield College 1, Eastern Conn. 0, ot

Eastern Conn. (1-1-0)         0     0     (0)     (0) -- 0
Springfield (2-0-0)               0     0     (0)     (1) -- 1

Scoring: Maria Evans 1:09.48.
Shots: E-6, S-7; Saves: E-Kim Church 4, S-Hanna MacDougall 3.
Corner kicks: E-6, S-4.


Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

          Goalies combine for 22 saves  in season-opening 4-0 setback

NEWPORT, R.I. -  Senior goalie Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) and junior Danielle WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgReichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) combined for 22 saves but Salve Regina University scored three times in 14 minutes in the second half to break open a close game in a 4-0 non-conference win over the Warriors Saturday the Lawrence Avenue Fields. The match was the season-opener for Eastern.

Mucciarone stopped ten of Salve's (2-1) 11 shots on goal in the first half  to keep Eastern (0-1) in contention, but the Seahawks finally broke free by scoring three goals in 14 minutes with 15 minutes gone in the second half.

The meeting was the first since 2001 between the programs, Eastern having won two of the three previous meetings.

Freshman Kelly Allan scored her first two collegiate goals and classmate Kelly Burke potted her team-leading third goal of the season to lead the hosts, who posted their second straight shutout after an opening loss.

Salve outshot the Warriors 28-3 and held a 7-2 edge in penalty corners.

Eight veterans were in the starting lineup for Eastern, with first-year sophomore transfers Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield) and Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor)  and freshman Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) making their Eastern debut in the starting lineup.

Eastern opens play on its new turf field Tuesday, hosting Babson College at 6 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.  Pre-game ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.

Salve Regina U. 4, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (0-1)         0 0 -- 0
Salve Regina (2-1)           1 3 -- 4

Scoring: Kelly Burke (Brittany Lopes) 1:21; Kelly Allan (Lindsay Burt) 50:15; Allan 62:00; Lopes (Andrea Michel) 64:10.
Shots: E-3, S-28; Saves: E-Tia Mucciarone 10 (35:00 min., 1 goal allowed), Danielle Reichardt 12 (35:00, 3); S-Devin Eppley 2.
Penalty corners: E-2, S-7.


Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

With six new faces in starting lineup, Warriors race past Engineers

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WELLESLEY, Mass. - Something new WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgand something old produced an impressive 3-1 win for men's soccer over first-time opponent MIT in the Warriors' 2009 season-opener at the Babson College Classic Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Above Carl Appel stopping a penalty shot in the second half of Saturday's win.

With a lineup featuring six new faces from last year's ECAC qualifier, the Warriors dominated play from start to finish in an early-season test between teams expected to compete again for post-season honors. Eastern and MIT (2-1) were among the top candidates for an NCAA tournament at-large berth a year ago, with the Engineers receiving the nod over the Warriors after reaching the championship game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) playoffs before losing to Babson.

Eastern faces 20-time NCAA tournament qualifier Babson Sunday at 1 p.m. in its second tournament game. The teams have met only once previously, with the Warriors prevailing, 1-0, in the first round of the 1969 NAIA New England tournament in Willimantic.

 bourdeau goal72dpi_5281.jpgFor Eastern, the familiar faces from a year ago played large roles in Saturday's  victory. All-conference senior forwards Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) and Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) spent the afternoon creating havoc in MIT's

At right: Chris Bourdeau (8) celebrates his goal which gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

defensive end (combining for 15 shots), senior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) controlled midfield, and sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West  Windsor, NJ) kept the Engineers off the board before giving way to freshman Tyler Edwardsen (Ledyard) with five minutes left with the Warriors in firm control of a 3-0 lead.

Fantl, last year's Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year, contributed to all three goals by scoring  two and setting up Bourdeau for a third. He converted a penalty kick to give Eastern a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second half after first-year sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) was tripped up in the box. Bourdeau finished off a run through the box ten minutes later by sliding a shot inside the far left post to make it 2-0, and Fantl put the game out of reach with eight minutes left when he ripped a line drive from inside the box past MIT sophomore keeper Dylan Rankin.The program's active scoring leader, Fantl has 34 goals and 83 points in his four-year career.

In between Eastern's second and third goals, Appel kept the momentum on Eastern's side when he dove to his right to knock away a penalty  shot by MIT junior Christian Therkelsen. Appel, who amassed seven full shutouts as a freshman last year, made a number of quality saves to stymie the Engineers. Six of his seven saves came in the second half. Fourteen minutes into the second half, he left his feet to make a save on a header off an MIT throw-in that kept Eastern's 1-0 advantage. Less than two minutes later, Bourdeau left MIT  junior back Cameron McCord in his wake before launching the third goal of his two-year Eastern career to make it 2-0.

Appel also got help from his defense. Freshman Jon DeCasonova (Glastonbury) hustled back to clear a certain goal off the goal line to keep the match scoreless midway through the first half, and sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) performed a similar move midway through the second half with Eastern leading, 2-0.

Soon  after Appel turned away the penalty kick, Fantl and Boretti nearly cashed in with goals. First, Fantl hit a bullet at Rankin with 18 minutes left. Six minutes later, Boretti took a feed from freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) and hammered a shot that required a miraculous, leaping save by Rankin to keep from finding the back of the net. Rankin's heroics prevented Tobler from recording his second assist of the game.

Sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), the only returning starting defender from a year ago, left the game with a leg injury. His status for Sunday's match is uncertain.

Eastern Conn. 3, MIT 1

Eastern Conn. (1-0-0)          0   3 -- 3
MIT (2-1-0)                          0   1 -- 1

Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (penalty kick) 49:58; E-Chris Bourdeau (Fantl) 60:39; E-Fantl (Cory Tobler) 81:38; M-Peter Bojo (Chris Hamnond) 89:42.
Shots: E-21, M-18; Saves: E-Carl Appel 7 (84:35 min., 0 goals allowed), Tyler Edwardsen 0 (5:07, 1); M-Dylan Rankin 9.
Corner kicks: E-5, M-6.



Warriors face stiff opening tests this weekend at Babson College Classic

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The men's soccer team fell just short of its first at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament last year, with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) runner-up MIT getting the nod instead.

At right: Maxim Fantl

Saturday, the Warriors open their 49th intercollegiate season, beginning their quest for a second NCAA tournament berth in three years against that same MIT squad at 3:30 p.m. in an opening game of the Babson College Classic at Hartwell-Rogers Field. The competition will not get easier Sunday, when Eastern faces host Babson at 1 p.m.

Last year, Babson gained the automatic bid awarded to the NEWMAC tournament champion, defeating MIT in the title match. Both teams lost first-round NCAA decisions and finished with outstanding 16-4-2 overall record., Babson falling to Little East Conference champion Rhode Island College. Eastern settled for the top seed in the ECAC tournament, winning its first two tournament matches by a combined 11-0 count before dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 3 seed Coast Guard. When heavy rains made Eastern's Thomas Nevers Field grass surface unplayable, the title game was moved to Coast Guard's turf field.

The meeting with MIT will be the first ever against the Enginees for Eastern. The Warriors and Beavers have met only once, Eastern coming away with a 1-0 win in the opening round of the 1969 NAIA New England Tournament (its 14th straight win without a loss) at the old Alumni Field. Babson has appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments.

 The Warriors return ten letterwinners (six starters) under third-year head coach Greg DeVito (26-11-6 record) and are the pre-season coaches' favorite to capture their second conference title in three years. Last year, they were ranked as high as second in New England and 13th nationally during a 14-game unbeaten streak -- one better than an unbeaten produced by MIT a year ago. Eastern's 15 wins overall last year equaled the second-most in a season in program history. The Warriors (15-4-3) were the No. 1 seed in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament, marking the first time since 1975 that they qualified for post-season play two consecutive seasons.

This year, Eastern is led by seniors Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), and Chris Bourdeau (Thompson), and sophomores Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) and Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). Last year's LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Fantl is a three-time all-conference pick at forward and a two-time all-region pick.  Boretti is a two-time all-conference pick at midfield and forward. Bourdeau was named to the all-conference team in his first season last year after transferring from Assumption College. Appel finished second in the conference in goals-against average and save percentage and was third in shutouts. Smiles was named all-conference in his first season and is the lone returning starter on defense

Top losses include second-team All-America defender Kyle Bedini and all-conference defenders Jimmy McConville and Bill Constantine.

Joining centerback Smiles defensively this year will be four freshmen: Jon DeCasonova (Glastonbury), Bradley Fletcher (Middletown), Dan Fish (Marlborough) and Kyle Smith (Ledyard). Bourdeau will be in the middle at midfield and will be joined by sophomore Sean Collins (Bristol), freshman Nick Miller (Northborough, MA) and Fish. Senior Sean Capezzone (Colchester), sophomores Matt Esposito (East Haven) and Scott Mishley (Bridgeport) and freshmen Cory Tobler (Portland) and first-year sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) will share time on the wing. Capezzone appeared in only five games last year due to an early-season injury.

Fantl and Boretti will return up front and will get help from Capezzone, Tobler, Furman and freshman Glenn Melzen (Glastonbury).

Four keepers are on this year's roster, with freshman Jordan Munsell (Waterford) the best bet to back up Appel.



Wallace contributes to both goals as Warriors move into SC Invite final


wallace_head0972dpi_3814.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman forward Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) came off the bench to score the tying goal and assist on senior forward Taylor MacDonald's (Oak Bluffs, MA) winning one 42 seconds apart late in the match that lifted the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a season-opening 2-1 win over Utica College Friday night in the opening round of the Springfield College Invitational at Brock-Affleck Field.

At left: Kelly Wallace

Eastern meets host Springfield in Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. championship match. The Pride edged Westfield State College, 2-1 in overtime, in Friday's first semifinal. In this tournament last year, Eastern defeated Utica in the first round and lost to Springfield in the final, both by 2-0 scores.

One of five freshmen to see time in the match, Wallace scored her first career goal in the 76th minute to tie the match at 1-1. Forty-two seconds later, she set up MacDonald's third career game-winning goal.

Eastern's veteran defense of senior Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), juniors  Stephanie Norell (Stratford), and Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and sophomore Laura Violette (Wallingford) limited Utica (0-1) to just three shots. The only shot the Pioneers put on goal came in the eighth minute of play and  resulted in the team's only goal against senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington).

Eastern peppered Utica senior keeper Kindra Fiveash with 23 shots, but was held scoreless through the first 76 minutes. Fiveash made six saves.

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Eastern Conn. 2, Utica College 1

Saturday's Schedule

Utica College vs. Westfield State College, 5 p.m.
Eastern Conn. at Springfield College, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 2, Utica College 1

Utica College (0-1)  1 0 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (1-0)  0 2 -- 2

U-Danielle Smith 7:24; E-Kelly Wallace 75:51; E-Taylor MacDonald (Wallace) 76:33
Shots: E-23, U-3; Saves: U-Kindra Fiveash 6, E-Kim Church 0.
Corner kicks: U-2, E-2.













Listen to head coach Chris D'Ambrosio's synopsis on the 2009 season.wav (1:20)


Women's soccer  opens its 24th intercollegiate season tonight at the Springfield College Invitational. For the second straight year, the Warriors will face Utica College in its tournament lid-lifter at 7 p.m.  and will meet either host Springfield or Westfield State College Saturday in either the consolation game (5 p.m.) or championship (7 p.m.).

At right: Sarah Swann

Under the direction of tenth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio -- the program's all-time winningest coach -- Eastern is coming off an 11-5-1 season a year ago and its second unbeaten Little East Conference regular season (6-0-1) in four years.

Eight of the Warriors' 13 returning letterwinners were starters last year for Eastern, which reached the championship game of the LEC playoffs for the fifth time in the last six years.

Four of last year's six all-conference selections are back in seniors Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), Sarah Swann (Oxford), and Kim Church (Farmington) and junior Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA). A defender, Lemieux is a two-time all-conference pick and last year's LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year; Swann is a midfielder and the team's top returning scorer; Church is the conference's No. 1 returning keeper in goals-against average; and Hickey, a defender, led all Eastern position players last year in minutes played.

Additional returning starters are senior Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA), a returning forward who was named all-conference at midfield as both a freshman and sophomore; junior back Stephanie Norell (Stratford), junior midfielder Megan Pavia (Stamford), and sophomore midfielder/back Laura Violette (Wallingford). Last year, both Lemieux (first team) and Swann (second team) were All-New England picks.

This year's defense returns virtually intact with Hickey and Violette opening the season at centerback, with Norell on the right wing and Lemieux on the left. Only Violette did not start last year among the four defenders. MacDonald and sophomore Lauren Greeney (Bethel) will open the season up top, with Swann anchoring the midfield in the middle. The duo will replace all-conference strikers Nicole Gaudette and Meghan Ryczek, who combined for 20 of the team's 36 goals goals and ten assists a year ago.

Junior Amber Petrizzo (Planville) returns to the team after a year's absence and joins Swann at midfield, as does sophomore Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) and freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange). Merheb will miss the season-opener after a gash in her knee suffered in a pre-season scrimmage required eight stitches.

Sophomore Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) will back up Church in net.

In addition to Marchitto, several of the team's other seven  freshmen will contribute immediately, among them forward/midfielders Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and Taylor Buchanan (Enfield), and defender Rachel Cutler (Guilford).

At Springfield last year, Eastern shut out Utica, 2-0, then was beaten by Springfield by the same score in the final.Utica went on to a 5-9-2 overall record last year, 3-2-2 in the Empire-8 Conference.

The Warriors were ranked as high as seventh in New England last year and were rated second in the LEC pre-season coaches' poll.


       Men's lacrosse program and physical education professor join fight

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and Brian escort Charlie Chatterton Friday morning.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The help heighten the concern for those living in poverty conditions, Dr. Charlie Chatterton recently turned to the Eastern Connecticut State University community for assistance.

Many responded, among them the men's intercollegiate lacrosse program, to help the cause.

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Under the directioof third-year head coach Justin Axel, virtually all 50 healthy members of the lacrosse program will join ranks with Chatterton - a former collegiate lacrosse player himself - who aims to complete his 34th marathon run in 36 months Friday morning.

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All of Chatterton's marathons, which began with the Adirondack Marathon in mid-September of 2006 -- have been used in order to bring attention to the problems of poverty and hunger which plague numerous communities throughout Connecticut and the entire U.S.

An associate professor of Physical Education, Chatterton's ultimate goal is to run 1,000 miles and take over One Million Strides to help Brake the Cycle of Poverty. In addition to bringing attention to poverty, the Eastern community will be collecting canned goods on Friday to be distributed to the disadvantaged. Moreover, the Eastern Foundation has pledged to donate $1 for every canned good contributed, with the money being used to purchase additional food items. The food will be donated to a local pantry in Willimantic, to be distributed locally to a number of shelters, soup kitchens, and church organizations.

Below: Members of the men's lacrosse team with Charlie Chatterton during the speaking program which followed the marathon Friday morning.

charlie_team_behind72dpi_5032.jpg"I thought that it would be neat to get the campus community involved," says Chatterton, who has run marathons to support poverty awareness from New Orleans to Boston and including Hartford, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Disney World. "I extended the offer to our coaches, and Justin (Axel) responded. It's nice to go out and run and do these different things, but it's nice to try to involve people that you work, and to also get the students involved." 

Chatterton and his lacrosse relay partners will circle the Eastern campus a total of 26 times Friday morning. The first one-mile loop - as well as a subsequent number to follow - will be run through the early-morning darkness. Axel will join Chatterton at 5:30 a.m. for the first ten-minute leg of the marathon. Joe Ailamo and Kevin Wade - newcomers to the lacrosse program - will form the first two-man team of players, with 24 two-man sets to follow throughout the morning.

The players will be outfitted in an assortment of old Eastern lacrosse jerseys, many wearing those worn by the original Eastern men's lacrosse team more than a dozen years ago.

"I'm a former lacrosse player, so I think that it's kind of a neat connection (with the current Eastern lacrosse team)," observed Chatterton. "They should be able to keep up with an old lacrosse player - I was out of college by the time most of them were born," he laughs. The Eastern coach agrees. "If my players can't run a ten-minute mile, then (I say) don't waste my time on Monday," joked Axel, in reference to the start of the team's non-traditional season this coming Monday.

As an undergraduate, Chatterton was a four-year lacrosse letterwinner at the University of Delaware in the mid-1980s. It was an experience that he reflects upon often.  "A lot of times, you want to give back to something that's been very good to you," said Chatterton. "I know with athletics, and lacrosse in particular, I owe a lot to that for where I am today. So perhaps some of those players, right now, maybe they start a lacrosse clinic somewhere in some area that doesn't have the resources - giving those youngsters another positive  thing to do in a community that is in poverty. So, maybe the players look for opportunites to use their talents at what they're good at, to give back to their communities in some way that is meaningful."

If all goes according to plan, Chatterton expects to reach  the makeshift finish line adjacent to the University's athletic complex sometime after 10 a.m. Barring unforeseen circumstances, he plans to be in front of his sports marketing class by 11 a.m.

A speaking program in front of the campus's Student Center, will follow the completion of the marathon. The program, coordinated by Kim Silcox - Eastern's Director for the Center of Community Engagement - will include Eastern Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Pernal; Ellen Paul, representing Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney; Windham First Selectman Jean deSmet; Deb Poulin, Connecticut's Commissioner on Aging; and Victoria Nimirowski, the Executive Director of the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.

A total of 26 placards located around the marathon circuit will provide various facts about poverty.

In late August, Chatterton contacted coaches in the Eastern athletic department, inquiring about their interest in having their teams support the initiative. Axel realized the opportunity that his project afforded his student-athletes, and immediately responded in the affirmative.

At the team's first organizational meeting of the year on Wednesday night, Axel informed his student-athletes of their role in the marathon run and had each player sign up for a ten-minute running slot. The players will run in pairs and carry a lacrosse stick, handing off  "the torch"  to their teammates at the conclusion of their run  In involving all 50 of his student-athletes, Axel "wanted to make sure that Charlie has support through all 26 miles."

In addition to shadowing Chatterton on the run, each student-athlete has also been asked to donate two canned goods to the cause.

"I think that it's going to be a great experience for my kids," noted Axel, who came to Eastern in the fall of 2007 after serving as assistant coach at Salisbury University. "When I saw Charlie's invitation to get involved, I thought that it would be a great event to be part of. When Charlie said that he was doing something here on campus, it was a no-brainer. It's a great cause to be running for, and is a great way for us to kick off the semester on a positive note. It's the kind of experience you look for as a coach because it's a first-hand and true life-learning experience. We have a great group of kids," noted Axel, "and they'll have fun with this."

In addition to his ties with the lacrosse community as a former Division I player, Chatterton has also formed a special bond with the Eastern student-athletes while serving as their NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. In that role each year, Chatterton also identifies one of Eastern's 17 intercollegiate programs for academic excellence and awards the Faculty Athletic Representive Team Academic Award.

Chatterton's goal is to complete 38 marathons by the end of the year. The marathons are dedicated to the more than 38 million Americans who struggle against poverty. In addition to running, Chatterton has lobbied in Washington and also participated in the Brake the Cycle of Poverty Bicycle Trip earlier this summer. While he has focused on raising awareness, he has also raised $10,000 for five organizations dedicated to the fight against hunger and poverty.

"These people (living in poverty) only want a chance. They don't want to be worrying about putting food on the table, worrying if their kids have enough. They don't want to live like that," says Chatterton. "It comes down to basic dignity of all people, and that's why we try to be a voice for them and to help them."



Pair combines for 39 kills as Warriors down Roger Williams in opener


BRISTOL, RI - Sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had 17 kills and 23 digs and handled 48 receptions with only two errors to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a four-game win over Roger Williams University Tuesday night in its 2009 season-opener at the Campus Recreation Center.

Above: Samantha Slonski (far right) and Taylor Abelli sparked the Warriors defensively.

After the teams traded opening wins, Eastern recorded consecutive two point victories to gain the season-opening victory. The Warriors won by scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 28-26.

Slonski, last year's starting setter, teammed with sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) offensively and with sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) defensively to help career the Warriors to the season-opening victory.

Eastern won its season-opener against Roger Williams after bowing in four games to the Hawks in the first game coached a year ago by current second-year head coach Peter Viteritti. The Warriors have now beaten Roger Williams the last eight times the teams have met in Bristol, RI and improved to 18-3 all-time in the series with the Hawks.

Slonski and Ibsen combined for 39 of the team's 52 kills. Ibsen led the way with 22 kills and a .300 attack percentage. Defensively, Slonski and Abelli combined for nearly half of the team's 83 digs and teammed to handle 77 receptions with just three errors. Abelli had 18 digs and was successful on 28 of 29 receptions.

Stepping in for Slonski as this year's starting setter, first-year sophomore setter Britt Carrier (Southington), amassed 44 of the team's 47 assists and added 16 digs -- one of three players with at least that many. It marked the sixth career game of at least 40 assists for Carrier, who led Johnson & Wales to the No. 2 seed in last year's ECAC tournament.

Ibsen had six kills (four in a row) and Carrier six digs to key the go-ahead Game 3 victory, and the Warriors survived game point three times in Game 4 to avoid facing a decisive fifth game. Slonski had a kill to tie Game 4 at 26-all, then contributed her only service ace of the match to give the Warriors a one-point lead. The hosts later commited errors on the final two possessions of the game to give Eastern the win.

Having lost half of last year's six starters, Eastern started four sophomores and a freshman against Roger Williams, which featured seven seniors and juniors and 11 players standing 5-foot-9 inches or taller.

Eastern visits Babson College Saturday at 1 p.m.