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DAVE HUNT EARNS HONORS AT CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY MEET

In first try in race, senior's ninth-place finish is highest ever in alliance

Below: Dave Hunt

hunt72dpiPA310036.jpgKEENE, N.H. - Running cross country at Eastern  for the first season, senior Dave Hunt LEClogo-1WEB.jpg(New Milford) was named All-New England Alliance by finishing ninth overall at the 2009 Liittle East Conference/New England Alliance Men's Cross Country Championship, hosted by Keene State College Saturday.

Over the 8,000 meter layout, Hunt was timed in 27:08 as Eastern's top finisher. His ninth-place finish is the highest ever by an Eastern male runner in 13 years of alliance competition.

The top seven runners in the LEC scoring are named All-LEC and the top 20 in alliance scoring merit All-NEA honors. The LEC is comprised of six institutions which sponsor cross country and the New England Alliance is comprised of six LEC institutions and six members of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference.

The University of Southern Maine won its second alliance title in three years with a slim five-point win over 2008 champion Keene State College, and captured its third Little East title in four years witih a four-point win over 2008 champion Keene State.

Eastern was eighth among 12 teams in the alliance and fifth among six scoring teams in the Little East Conference.

Hunt, a second-semester transfer from Division I Central Connecticut, becomes the first Eastern male runner to achieve all-alliance honors since Mike Chilly in 2002. Chilly had previously been the program's top alliance finisher when he took 13th place in 1999.

Eastern competes in the ECAC Championship Saturday at Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown, MA.

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2009 Cross Country Championship
at Keene, NH
Run over 8,000 meters

Team Results
1. U. of Southern Maine 27; 2. Keene State College 31; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth
82; 4. Rhode Island College 112; 5. EASTERN CONN. 120; 6. Massachusetts Boston 188.

                                               Eastern's Top 7 Finishers
9. Dave Hunt 27:08; ; 21. Sam Buczek 28:25; 27. Nick Miller 28:51; 30. Andrew Orum 29:29; 33. David Tignonsini 29:42; 34. Tim Callahan 29:48; 37. Brad Beausoleil 30:33.


                                             New England Alliance
                                   2009 Cross Country Championship
                                                at Keene, NH
                                          Run over 8,000 meters

                                                       Team Results
1. U. of Southern Maine 27; 2. Keene State College 32; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 107; 4. Westfield State College 130; 5. Fitchburg State College 161; 6. Rhode Island College 166; 7. Bridgewater State College 184; 8. EASTERN CONN. 188; 9. Salem State College 230; 10. Massachusetts Maritime Academy 268; 11. Worcester State College 336; 12. Masschusetts Boston 338.              

                                                      Eastern's Top 7 Finishers

9. Dave Hunt 27:08; ; 32. Sam Buczek 28:25; 42. Nick Miller 28:51; 51. Andrew Orum 29:29; 54. David Tignonsini 29:42; 55. Tim Callahan 29:48; 62. Brad Beausoleil 30:33.

OVERTIME GOAL GIVES M-SOCCER SHARE OF LITTLE EAST CROWN

With Furman's game-winner,  Warriors come from behind for 3-2 win

Below: Matt Furman

Furman MSoccer SLIDE.jpgP LYMOUTH, N.H. -- Sophomore Matt Furman LEClogo-1WEB.jpg(Montville) scored his second game-ending  goal in sudden death overtime to lift men's soccer to a 3-2 double-overtime Little East Conference win over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Panther Field.

The victory gives Eastern a share of the conference regular-season title with Keene State College, both teams at 6-1-0. Having already secured the No. 2 seed in the LEC playoffs prior to Saturday's match, Eastern hosts No. 3 seed Rhode Island College Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Top seed Keene State hosts No. 4 Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday in the other LEC semifinal. The final will be staged at the site of the highest remaining seed Saturday.

The six regular-season conference wins are the most ever by Eastern, which is 15-3-4 in conference regular-season play under third-year head coach Greg DeVito.

With Plymouth needing only a tie to gain the fourth seed in the tournament, Eastern scored the game-winner 13 minutes into sudden-death overtime when Furman knocked in a crossing pass from the corner by freshman Cory Tobler (Portland).The overtime win is the second for Eastern over Plymouth at Plymouth in its last two tries. On September 15, Furman had scored with 23 seconds left in overtime to give Eastern a 3-2 win over visiting Tufts University. The game-winning goal is the fourth for Furman, who has seven goals.

Senior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year midway through the first half to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead, but Plymouth answered with the tying and go-ahead goals 80 seconds apart early in the second half. That lead stood up until Tobler scored an unassisted goal with 16 minutes left to force overtime.

Fantl equaled his season-best total of 16 goals which he had first scored last year on the way to LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors and first-team all-region accolades. Fantl, who has 17 points during the six-game winning streak, has collected 48 goals and 116 points in 80 career matches.

Fantl entered the match sharing the conference goal-scoring lead with Plymouth senior Semir Mehmedovic. Mehmedovic gave Plymouth its 2-1 lead early in the second half with his 16th goal

Sophomore keeper Carl Appel (New Windsor, NJ) made seven saves to earn his 29th career win in two seasons. The Warriors scored the tying and winning goals against Plymouth reserve keeper Dan Salzer after freshman starter Bjorn Ohlsson left the game in the 68th minute after colliding with Furman. Furman was issued a yellow card warning on the play, only Eastern's sixth of the year.

The win is Eastern's sixth straight and ninth in a row against New England competition while the home loss is the third straight for Plymouth, which awaits a possible bid to the ECAC New England Tournament.

The regular-season title is Eastern's second in three seasons under DeVito, who led the Warriors to the outright regular-season crown in 2007.

Eastern and Rhode Island College have met in the conference playoffs in each of the last two years, the teams trading semifinal wins. The Warriors claimed a 1-0 win at home in 2007 en route to its first LEC post-season championship. Last year, Rhode Island eliminated Eastern, 2-1, at Providence on the way to a championship-game win over Plymouth.

Eastern Conn. 3, Plymouth State U. 2, 2 ot

Eastern Conn. (14-4-1, 6-1-0 little east)      1   1   (0)   (1) -- 3
Plymouth State (9-8-0, 3-4-0 little east)      0   2   (0)    (0) --2

Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (Cory Tobler) 22:06; P-Dre Cabral (Parker Spear) 50:13; P-Semir Mehmedovic 51:33; Tobler 73:48; E-Matt Furman (Tobler) 103:21.
Shots: E-17, P-15; Saves: E-Carl Appel 7, P-Bjorn Ohlsson 3 (1 goal allowed, 67:30 min.), Dan Salzer 0 (2, 35:51).
Corner kicks: E-8, P-2.

 

 

 

 

WARRIORS PLAYOFF-BOUND

 

First two conference wins of season produce 15th straight tourney bid

 Below: Co-captains Ashley Tuggle (left) and Christina Schirone will lead the Warriors into the LEC tournament

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  LEClogo-1WEB.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Women's volleyball qualified for the Little East Conference playoffs for the 15th consecutive season by winning its first conference matches of the season Saturday at the Tripp Athletic Center on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, snapping an overall six-game losing streak.

In four games, Eastern defeated UMass Dartmouth for the 33rd consecutive time, and improved to 10-1 all-time against Southern Maine by sweeping the Huskies. The Warriors dropped Game 1 against UMass, 25-16, but bounced back with 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 triumphs. Game scores against Southern Maine were 25-17, 25-19, 25-19.

Eastern will visit No. 3 seed Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. first-round match, hoping to rebound from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Colonials Oct. 6 at Geissler Gymnasium.

In other first-round match, No. 5 Rhode Island College visits No. 4 Keene State College at 7 p.m.

In the key Game 2 win over  UMass Dartmouth Saturday that evened the match, sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had six kills without an error and sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had six (four straight) with only one error. After attacking at -.100 in Game 1, the Warriors responded with a  .361 percentage  in Game 2 and followed with a.256 mark in Game 3 and a .262 percentage in Game 4.

Ibsen and Slonski combined for  34 kills and 90 of the team's 147 attack attempts against UMass Dartmouth.

Defensively, the Warriors commited only three reception errors against UMass Dartmouth and Slonski, sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) and senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) combined for 60 digs. Freshman Ali Facchini (Niantic) had five block solos and Ibsen and freshman Claudia Radziszewski (East Haddam) four block assists apiece.

Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) collected 45 assists and ten digs and had two of the team's seven service aces against Dartmouth.

In seven games on the afternoon, Ibsen had 21 kills and a .370 attack percentage, Slonski 16 kills and Facchini ten.Abelli, Radziszewski, Tuggle and Slonski all had at least 20 digs, with Abelli leading the way with 29. Junior Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) had five of the club's 20 service aces, four coming early in the first game against Southern Maine. Carrier had 52 assists in five games on the afternoon.

Freshman enjoyed strong performances against Southern Maine. Kailyn Welling (Somers, NY) recorded 15 assists, Danielle Bourne (Branford) seven kills and 14 digs and Radziszewski 18 digs.

Top-seeded Massachusetts Boston will host the LEC tournament semifinals and final this Friday and Saturday at the Clark Athletic Center. The Eastern-Western winner will face No. 2 seed Plymouth State University Friday at 4 p.m. in the first semifinal and the Rhode Island-Keene winner meets UMass Boston at 6 p.m. The final is scheduled for Saturday at noon.

Keene is the defending tournament champion, having beaten UMass Boston, 3-2, in the 2008 final for its first conference championship.

As the No. 5 seed in 2007, Eastern won its third straight playoff championship, defeating three higher seeds in the process and sweeping Western, 3-0, in the final at Keene, NH.

Eastern Conn. 3, Massachusetts Dartmouth 1

Eastern Conn. (11-17, 1-5 little east)        16   25   25   25
UMass Dartmouth (17-9, 0-6 little east)    25   16   17   23

Eastern Conn. 3, U. of Southern Maine 0

Southern Maine (4-17, 0-6 little east)       17   19  19
Eastern Conn. (12-17, 2-5 little east)       25   25   25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

W-SOCCER SECURES FIRST-ROUND LITTLE EAST TOURNAMENT BYE

Warriors roll past Plymouth  to nail down No. 2 seed in upcoming playoffs

Seniors and their families were honored prior to the match

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) and senior Sarah Swann (Oxford) broke a scoreless tie midway through the first half with goals three minutes apart and women's soccer went on to a 5-1 victory over Plymouth State University Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex that ensured the Warriors of the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Little East Conference playoffs.

Eastern (10-5-3, 5-1-1 little east) shares second place in the final conference standings with Massachusetts Boston and was awarded the No. 2 seed based on a tie-breaker procedure based on the least goals allowed in LEC regular-season play. Eastern allowed five goals in seven matches, UMass Boston seven in seven.

For the ninth straight year, the Warriors receive a first-round bye and open play in the tournament semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m. when they host the winner of a Tuesday first-round match between third-seeded UMass Boston (13-4-1, 5-1-1 little east) and No. 6 seed Massachusetts Dartmouth (6-11-1, 2-5-0 little east). Eastern and UMass Boston played to a scoreless overtime draw Oct. 3 at Mansfield.  Eastern shut out UMass Dartmouth 4-0, last Saturday at home.

"Getting the (semifinal) home game and getting the (first-round) bye is huge at this point in the season," noted tenth-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio to WECS webcaster Matt Fontaine afterward. "You don't want to have to play that play-in game (on Tuesday), because anything can happen. And playiing three (playoff) games in one week is  really difficult. Being home and playing on this (artificial) surface is really big," added D'Ambrosio."We're really used to this surface, so it should be an advantage for us."

Keene State College (13-5-2, 6-0-1 little east) clinched its first regular-season title since 2004 with a 4-1 win over visiting University of Southern Maine (4-14-0, 2-5-0 little east). Top-seeded Keene awaits the winner of Tuesday's other first-round meeting between No. 5 Southern Maine and No. 4 Western Connecticut State University (9-9-1, 4-2-1).

The highest remaining seed hosts the tournament final Saturday. Western is the three-time defending conference champion, having beaten Eastern in the final each of the last two seasons. The Warriors last won the LEC playoffs in 2005, defeating Keene State on penalty kicks.

Coming off a non-conference win over visiting Fitchburg State Tuesday, Plymouth State (6-9-2, 1-6-0 little east) dropped its 11th straight to Eastern and is one of two teams to miss the conference playoffs.

Plymouth managed only four shots in the match but scored on one of its two first-half shots  seven minutes before the break to cut Eastern's early lead in half.  Although the Warriors controlled the tempo, they were unable to score the decisive fourth goal of the match until there were 12 minutes gone in the second half. Freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) helped Eastern re-gain the scoring edge by scoring on a corner kick. Aided by a stiff wind, Buchanan's serve from the left corner sailed to the far post and tipped off the right hand of Plymouth sophomore keeper Angelina LaBroad  to give the Warriors a needed 3-1 lead.

Buchanan's goal opened the floodgates for Eastern, with junior Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and Swann following with  goals that gave Eastern three goals in a ten-minute span. Buchanan set up Hickey's goal with a corner kick into the box. Merheb beat a defender to the ball and deflected it to the top of the box to Hickey, who hammered a one-timer inside the right post and under the cross bar to make it 4-1. Swann's 13th goal of the season in the 68th minute followed a long run down the left side. On the play, freshman Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) won the ball in the Eastern end and chipped it ahead to sophomore Sam Konopka (Hebron). Konopka touched it once on the midfield stripe and sent a long ball down the left sideline. Swann caught up to it near the box, fended off a Plymouth defender with her right arm and near the end line, slipped a shot inside the near left post beyond the reach of LaBroad.

Swann scored her 12th and 13th goals of the match, marking the sixth time in the last 13 matches that she has scored at least two in a game. Swann has not scored just one goal in a match this year.

Wallace, who has five assists in the last three matches, broke the freshman record for assists with her eighth and ninth of the season.  The previous record of eight was shared by Erica Figueiredo  (2001) and Kaytee Zielinski (2005).

"Plymouth was playing a pretty defensive formation against us," observed D'Ambrosio, "so we just wanted to keep possession, maintain our patience. We just wanted to try and be as consistence as we could, and work the ball in for a good shot every time."

Swann scored her 12th and 13th goals of the match, marking the sixth time in the last 13 matches that she has scored at least two in a game. Swann has not scored just one goal in a match this year.

Freshman Julie Behan came off the bench to score Plymouth's goal. Taking the team's only corner kick of the match, senior Lauren Lavery sent the kick to the foot of Behan, who settled the ball on the right side of the box and fired it across the box inside the left post.

Eastern concludes the regular season with a 6-1-2 record at home.

Eastern has now won ten more more matches the last nine years under D'Ambrosio and has posted a 50-8-5 record in LEC regular-season span in those nine seasons. The Warriors have lost as many as two conference regular-season matches only once in those nine years.

D'Ambrosio lauds senior class

The match was the final regular-season home one in the careers of Eastern's four seniors: midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA), back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor), keeper Kim Church (Farmington) and Swann, a midfielder.

"These seniors have been unbelievable," praised D'Ambrosio. "They have really fit the kind of student-athlete that we try to attract to Eastern. They're great people, No. 1, and have great academics. Athletically, they've taken their game to another level with their endurance training in the off season. They've done everything that we've asked them to do, and that's why they've been so successful.

Eastern Conn. 5, Plymouth State U. 1

Plymouth State (6-9-2, 1-6-0 little east)        1   0   -- 1
Eastern Conn. (10-5-3, 5-1-1 little east)        2   3   -- 5

Scoring: E-Jo-Ann Merheb (Stephanie Norell, Kelly Wallace) 20:47; E-Sarah Swann (Taylor MacDonald) 23:53; P-Julie Behan (Lauren Lavery) 36:49; E-Taylor Buchanan 57:05; E-Lauren Hickey (Buchanan, Merheb) 63:02; Swann (Wallace, Sam Konopka) 67:19.
Shots: P-4, E-21; Saves: P-Angelina LaBroad 3; E-Kim Church 1 (1 goal allowed, 75:37 min.), Theresa Pagnozzi 1 (0, 14:23).
Corner kicks: P-1, E-17.

 


 

FIELD HOCKEY FALLS IN FINALE

In battle of winless LEC teams, Lancers score three in first 15 minutes

Below: Ashley Del Vecchio

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Del Vecchio WEB_2373.jpgWORCESTER, Mass. --- Sophomore teammates Sarah Cozzens  and Kaitlyn Delisle  each netted a pair of goals to help propel Worcester State College to a 6-1 triumph   in the Little East Conference and season finales for both  teams this morning.

With the win,  Worcester State (4-15, 1-10 little east conference)  snaps an eight-game losing streak. Eastern (3-15, 0-11 little east conference) concludes its first conference season without a win since the conference expanded from its initial five-team makeup in 2000.

Both teams had been eliminated from LEC playoff contention prior to the match, the Warriors missing post-season action for the fifth straight year.

Trailing 4-0 at the break, Eastern outshot the hosts 10-9 over the final 35 minutes, but could finish off only one scoring opportunity when junior co-captain Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) potted her team-leading eight goal of the season just 61 seconds into the half on her only recorded shot of the match.  The goals are the most by an Eastern player in a season since Elena Lupone netted 11 in 16 matches in 2004.

Worcester State opened the game with three goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. Delisle started things off at 7:23 with an unassisted marker before Cozzens registered consecutive tallies less than three minutes apart. The second WSC marker was scored at 12:51 and adding the helper on the play was senior Lesley Hill, who picked up the first of her two assists in the game.

Hill handed out her second assist at 30:50 as junior Erin Moore put the Lancers up 4-0 just before the intermission.

Making her eighth consecutive start, Eastern sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made six saves before giving way to senior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) to start the second half. The duo combined on 11 saves, making the 13th time in 18 matches this season that Eastern goalies were called upon for ten or more stops.

Eastern had snapped a six-game losing streak at the hands of Worcester with a 2-0 win last year at home and was coming off Monday's 3-1 victory over Anna Maria College in its home finale.


                                  Worcester State College 6, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (3-15, 0-11 little east)        0     1 -- 1
Worcester State (4-15, 1-10 little east)     4     2 -- 6

Scoring: W-Kaitlynn Delisle 7:23; W-Sarah Cozzens (Lesley Hill) 12:51; Cozzens 15:15; Erin Moore (Hill) 30:50; E-Ashley Del Vecchio 36:01; W-Kaitlynn Delisle (Veronica Farell) 63:31; W-Karla Rotondi 66:30.
Shots: E-13, W-26; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 6 (4 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 5 (2, 35:00); W-Katherine Masterjohn 9.
Penalty corners: E-6, W-8

 


 

DOHENY, MENARD SPARK W-SWIMMING

Pair combine for three firsts and 38 total points in 136-126 loss to Greyhounds

Below: Kelsy Doheny totalled 22 points in three freestyle events

doheny 72dpi_5090.jpgWORCESTER, Mass. --  Senior Kelsy   WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgDoheny (West Haven) and sophomore Nadine Menard (Woodstock) combined to win three individual events and  total 38 points when women's swimming  lost a 136-126 decision to Division II Assumption College Saturday afternoon at the Plourde Center Pool.

Eastern (1-0) and Assumption (3-0) had shared the team title at the Saint Joseph College (CT) Pentathlon last Saturday, but the Greyhounds won nine of 12 individual events plus the 400 yard medley relay to emerge with a ten-point win this time around.

As a team, the Warriors collected 15 points in the 200 yard freestyle relay, 14 in the 50 yard freestyle and 50 yard butterfly and 12 in the 100 yard freestyle. A total of fourteen swimmers contributed points.

Doheny captured the 50 and 100 yard freestyle and Menard the 50 yard butterfly to lead the Warriors. Doheny added four more points by finishing second in the 200 yard freestyle and swam the first leg of the victorious 200 yard freestyle relay to total a team-best 22 points in individual events. Menard was also second in the 100 yard buttefly and third in the 200 yard IM to finish with 16 points. She also swam the third leg of the 400 yard medley relay which placed second.

Additonal top scorers were junior Amy Arisco (Wallingford), and juniors Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) and Maria Altieri (Hamden). Arisco contributed 12 points with second-place finishes in the 100 yard backstroke, 50 yard butterfly and 200 yard IM and also swam the final leg of the winning 200 yard freestyle relay. Curran and Altieri both added nine points. Curran was second in the 50 yard backstroke, third in the 100 yard backstroke and fourth in the 200 yard IM and swam on the 400 yard medley relay for nine points in individual events. Altieri was second in the 500 yard freestyle, third in the 1000 yard freestyle and fourth in the 50 yard freestyle.

Three Eastern freshmen set personal-bests: Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport) in the 100 yard breaststroke, and Caroline Boutwell (Mendon, VT) and Corri McDonald (North Haven) in the 100 yard freestyle.

Assumption freshman Jen Ryan, who won two events at last Saturday's Saint Joseph Pentathlon, led her team by winning three individual events and swimming on the winning 400 yard medley relay.

Eastern hosts Smith College Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.

 

HAUNTED HAPPENING A SUCCESS

haunted72dpi_8772.jpgThe Student Athletic Advisory Committee's Eighth Annual Haunted Happening Friday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium was attended by 150 area boys and girls. Youngsters were treated to candy, a Costume Parade and numerous games and activities at the event, which provded them with a safe environment in which to celebrate Halloween. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives of all 17 of Eastern's intercollegiate athletic programs.

THIS 2-0 SCORE FAVORS VALIANTS

Warriors shut out after recording shutouts in three previous matches

                                            Below: Former head coach Matt Paton (left) and current head coach Chris D'Ambrosio

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgPURCHASE, N.Y. -  The women's soccer match between the Warriors and Manhattanville College was decided by a 2-0 score for the third consecutive season. This time, Eastern was on the short end of the decision.

Wednesday night at GoValiants.com Field, Manhattanville (15-1-1) won its 11th straight, scoring once late in the first half and another in the final five minutes to hand Eastern (9-5-3) the shutout loss after the Warriors had won each game of a three-game winning streak by shutout.

Ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Manhattanville set a program season record for victories on Seniors' Night, breaking the previous mark set only three years ago. The only blemishes on the Valiants' record this year came consecutively in mid-September against Western Connecticut (1-0 loss) and Trinity College (0-0 overtime tie), teams which Eastern has beaten this season.

Manhattanville, which claimed the Freedom Conference regular-season title earlier this month, is under the direction of former Matt Paton, who won over 100 matches as Eastern's head coach between 1994 and 1999. Current Eastern head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, the winningest head coach in program history, served under Paton as an assistant coach before assuming the reins in 2000.

Manhattanville controlled play in the opening half against a very good Eastern Connecticut team, holding an 8-2 edge in total shots; however, both teams put three shots on goal and both sides had their chances to score.
 
The Warriors' best chance at goal in the first half didn't even come on a shot, as junior goalie Ali Bromson was forced to make a crucial save after an attempted clear from inside the six-yard box was deflected off an Eastern player and nearly found the near corner. Bromson, who has played every minute of the team's games this year, recorded her ninth shutout of the year and lowered her goals-against average to 0.50.
 
After both teams had their chances early in the half, it was an improbable play by senior Cybil Robinson that opened the scoring. Robinson took a long cross-field ball from sophomore Natalie Green and sent a cross toward the goal, but her floater just kept going and going before finally eluding leaping Eastern senior netminder Kim Church (Farmington) just beneath the crossbar for her fourth of the year.
 
The Warriors had opportunities to tie the score in the second half, but could not convert on its chances. The team's best shot came with 15:29 remaining in the match but a rocket from freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) caromed off the crossbar and out.
 
With Eastern looking for the equalizer, instead it was a pair of Valiant seniors who connected for a key insurance goal. With 5:09 left in the game, Kathryn Moore took a free kick from the right side of the field and sent the ball to the back post, where Flood was waiting to touch the ball into the netting for her fourth tally of the season.

 Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday when it hosts Plymouth State University at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. An Eastern win and a Keene State College tie or loss gives the Warriors the regular-season conference title and top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Manhattanville College Sports Information contributed to this game account.

 Manhattanville College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (9-5-3)      0    0 -- 0
Manhattnaville (15-1-1)     1   1 -- 2

Scoring: Cybil Robinson (Natalie Green) 34:35;Bailey Flood (Kathryn Moore) 84:51.
Shots: E-7, M-16; Saves: E-Kim Church 8, M-Ali Bromson 4.
Corner kicks: E-6, M-3.


 

VOLLEYBALL DROPS SIXTH IN ROW

Warriors battle in first two games in non-conference loss to Wesleyan

Below: Alyssa Ruta

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Wesleyan University women's volleyball team scored five straight points to wipe out women's volleyball's two-point lead midway through Game 1 and went on to sweep the Warriors Wednesday night at Silloway Gymnasium. Wesleyan won by scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-15.

The loss is the sixth straightr for Eastern (10-17), which had won four of the previous six against Wesleyan (13-12) which included a sweep a year ago at Geissler Gymnasium. Suring Wesleyan has won five straight and closed out with a perfect 6-0 regular-season record at home.

 Neither team was able to assert itself through the first half of the first two games. With the Warriors leading 17-15 in Game 2, Wesleyan put together a run of five straight points to open up a 20-17 advantage, and later scored the final four points in a row to close out the first-game win.

The Warriors never led in Game 2 after the third point of the game but pulled to within 9-8 on a kill by sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton). The hosts answered with three straight, however, on a kill of their own and successive Eastern attack and ball-handling errors.

Junior Rachael Joy (Huntington Station, NY) had all three of her match kills in Game 2 and junior Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) collected all five of her digs. Ibsen had two kills in her first three tries in Game 2 but did not have a kill on her final 11 attempts of the game.

Four  Eastern players combined for 39 of the team's 53 digs in the match. Sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had a team-high 13, with senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) and freshman Danielle Bourne (Branford) adding nine each and sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) eight. Abelli also handled 19 receptions with just one error.

Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) totalled 14 assists for Eastern.

Eastern attacked at .000 in Game 1 and just .076 on the evening and commited seven service aces and eight reception errors in three games.

Eastern wraps up the regular season Saturday, travelling to Massachusetts Dartmouth to face the host team at noon and the University of Southern Maine at 2 p.m. If UMass Dartmouth wins both of its LEC matches, Eastern will fail to qualify for the six-team LEC playoffs.

 

 

MEN'S SOCCER BLANKS FALCONS

Warriors win eighth straight against New England competition, 3-0

Below: Cory Tobler

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) scored his team-leading 15th goal to give the Warriors a quick lead in the 13th minute,and assisted on the final goal midway through the second  half as men's soccer defeated Fitchburg State College for the sixth consecutive time, 3-0, at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex Wednesday.

Eastern (13-4-1) closes out with a 7-1-1 regular-season home record. The win is Eastern's eighth in a row against New England opponents. In those eight games, keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) has a 0.31 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage and Fantl has eight goals and three assists, with four of his goals game-winners.

The Warriors could not convert three sure scoring opportunities in the first seven minutes, but Fantl stole the ball in Eastern's offensive end, took two touches, and beat Fitchburg goalie Matt Carey from in close with 12 minutes gone. The goal was Eastern's sixth straight that Fantl either scored or assisted upon.

Freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) made it 2-0 three minutes before the end of the first half. Eastern's Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) sent a corner kick from the left side into the box, where it was headed by a Fitchburg defender to the foot of Tobler, who one-timed his blast from the top of the box past Carey. Fantl totaled his sixth assist midway through the first half when he found Matt Furman (Montville) in the box on a cross from the end line. The goal was the sixth for Furman this year, first in seven games.

Appel made two saves before leaving in favor of freshman Jordan  Munsell (Waterford) early in the second half. Appel needed one outstanding save to preserve the shutout. That came in the first half when he dove to the right post to deny Fitchburg's Lionso Ventura on a shot from the left flank.

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday at Plymouth State University in a 4:30 p.m. Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 3, Fitchburg State College 0

Fitchburg State (6-8-2)     0    0 --  0
Eastern Conn. (13-4-1)     2    1 --  3

Scoring: Maxim Fantl 12:02; Cory Tobler 41:52; Matt Furman (Fantl) 66:22.
Shots: F-4, E-16; Saves: F-Matt Carey 3, E-Carl Appel 2 (56:30), Jordan Munsell 1 (33:30).
Corner kicks: F-3, E-4.

SAAC SPONSORS 'HAUNTED HAPPENING' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

By Courtney Bedocs
Sports Information Staff

fairywithstar.jpgEastern Connecticut State University will host its Eighth Annual Haunted Happening on Friday, October 30 from 6-8 p.m.. Come join Eastern's student-athletes  in Geissler Gymnasium of the Sports Center in playing fun games, making spooky arts and crafts, collecting candy, and even competing in the Costume Parade contest!

Children 12 years of age and younger can be involved in all of this excitement to encourage a safe and fun Halloween Holiday.

Eastern's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), comprised of student representatives from each of the department's athletic programs, created Haunted Happening in 2002 in order to provide a safe environment for children to celebrate Halloween.

If you would like to donate candy to Haunted Happening, or need further information, please contact Janice Patry in the athletic department at 860-465-5315.

Tell your family, friends, and neighbors! Hope to see you there!

MARCHITTO CITED BY LITTLE EAST

Below: Daniela Marchitto (Liz Cutler photo)

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Marchitto registered a pair of game-winning goals (the first of her career) this past week as Eastern defeated Trinity College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Marchitto  scored the only goal of the match  with 18 minutes left against the Bantams Wednesday, while finding the back of the net twice against the Corsairs in a 4-0 Little East Conference victory Saturday.

 In a three-game span, Marchitto set a program record by scoring four consecutive goals. She had the final goal in a 4-0 LEC win at Rhode Island College last Saturday, the only goal against Trintiy, and the first two goals against UMass Dartmouth.  In 15 matches for the 9-4-3 Warriors, Marchitto is second on the team with seven goals and second in total points (15). The goals are the most by a true freshmen since Meghann Booth recorded eight in 2002.

Since going scoreless in the first five matches of her career, Marchitto has compiled all of her points over the last ten matches since moving from midfield to the forward line.

Marchitto is the fourth Eastern female soccer player to be recognized by the LEC this week. On Sept. 21, senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) and senior back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor) were named Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Week, respectively.On Sept. 8, freshman forward/midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) was selected conference Rookie-of-the-Week.

 Eastern is currently tied for second in the conference with a 4-1-1 record and closes out the conference season Saturday at home against Plymouth State University prior to the start of conference tournament play Nov. 3

AGAINST ANNA MARIA, VICTORY CONCLUDES HOME SEASON

In home finale, Warriors dominant with 3-1 non-conference win

Below: Dana McLaughlin

mclaughlin72dpi_8529.jpg WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - In terms of wins  and losses, the 2009 season will not be a memorable one for field hockey. But the Warriors will remember their final home match of the season, a 3-1 non-conference victory over Anna Maria College at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern (3-14) won its third home match in ten tries, snapping a three-game losing streak and defeating Anna Maria (4-13)  for the third straight season. With the Warriros comfortably ahead by a 3-0 score, the Amcats avoided their third shutout loss at the hands of Eastern in the last three years with their only goal with 18 minutes left.

Senior Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford) recorded the first multiple-goal game of her career after junior Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play.

Proud scored her sixth goal of the season on an assist from sophomore Melissa Goffe (Newington) iin the eighth minute of play and McLaughlin made it 2-0 at halftime when she scored off a penalty corner with a blast from the right side. Seven minutes into the second half, McLaughlin made it 3-0 when she carried inside the circle and drilled a low shot inside the left post for her third goal of 2009. Proud's goal followed a re-start in the Eastern end. The free hit went to Goffe, who carried over mid field before sending it ahead on the right side to an unmarked Proud. Proud beat one Anna Maria defender and carried into the circle. As three defenders converged on her, she slid a shot inside the post from a difficult angle.

Sophomore Ali Chapman (Watertown) and freshman Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) were credited with assists on the goal, the first in the career of Santanello.

Anna Maria got one back with 18 minutes to play when freshman Marissa Cosenza scored her second goal of the season on a penalty corner off a hit-in by sophomore Katie Schebel.

Eastern was awarded a season-high 17 penalty corners, marking only the second time this season that the Warriors totaled more than their opponent in that department. The team's 19 shots equaled its second-most in a match this year.

Sophomore keeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made three saves in working the first half to gain her third win of the season.

Eastern played without injured starters Liz Bolduc (Stonington) and Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield), both backs. Both will miss the final match of the season due to sickness and injury, respectively.

In a battle of winless Little East Conference teams, Eastern and host Worcester State College close out their regular seasons Saturday at 11 a.m.

Eastern Conn. 3, Anna Maria College 1

Anna Maria (4-13)           0    1 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (3-14)       2    1 -- 3

Scoring: E-Melanie Proud (Melissa Goffe) 7:33; E-Dana McLaughlin (Ali Chapman, Kristin Santanello) 25:26; E-McLaughlin 42:21; A-Marissa Cosenza (Katie Schebel) 52:38.
Shots: A-6, E-19; Saves: A-Allyssa Boykin 9, E-Danielle Reichardt 3 (0 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 0 (1, 35:00).
Penalty corners: A-2, E-17.

M-SOCCER RE-GAINS SHARE OF FIRST PLACE IN LITTLE EAST

Once again, Max is major factor in Warriors' 3-1 win over UMass Boston

Below: Maxim Fantl

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgBOSTON - Men's soccer regained a share of the Little East Conference lead with its tenth straight win over the University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-1, in a makeup game Monday afternoon.

The conference's pre-season favorite, Eastern (12-4-1, 5-1-0 little east) can gain a share of the conference regular-season title Saturday with a win at Plymouth State University. By defeating UMass Boston (4-10-1, 1-5-0 little east), Eastern guaranteed itself no worse than the No. 2 seed in the LEC playoffs, which  involve the top four finishers in the final regular-season standings. Semifinal-round games are scheduled for Wed., Nov. 4 at the higher seeds.

Eastern has now won seven straight matches against New England opponents since losing a 4-1 home decision to Keene Sept. 26. The Owls share the top spot in the conference with Eastern and have an opportunity to claim the outright title and the No. 1 tournament seed  when they visit the University of Southern Maine Saturday.

If Eastern and Keene finish in a tie for first place, the teams will share the regular-season title, but the Owls will be awarded the No. 1 seed based upon their regular-season victory over the Warriors.

Against UMass, Eastern senior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) re-gained the LEC scoring lead from Plymouth senior Semir Mehmedovic by scoring the team's first two goals and assisting on the third. Fantl has five goals and two assists during the team's current four-game winning streak and has 14 goals and five assists this year for 33 points. In 78 career games, Fantl is third all-time in scoring at Eastern with 111 points (46 goals, 19 assists).

Fantl scored on the rebound of a shot by sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) in the 21st minute after senior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) played the ball over the top of the UMass defense to give Eastern a 1-0 lead, then scored an unassisted goal on a defensive mistake 12 minutes later to make it 2-0. After UMass scored its only goal against sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) late in the first half, Fantl set up senior Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) with a header 11 minutes into the second half. The goal was the sixth this year for Boretti, second only to Fantl. That scoring play originated with a corner kick by sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), who sent a drive toward the far post, where Fantl headed it down and Boretti sent the ball in on one bounce. The assist was the conference-leading eighth this year for Smiles, who matches his team-leading total of a year ago.

Appel recorded  seven saves to gain his 26th career in two years. The saves equal his highest total this season in a win and equal his second-highest total in any game.

Eastern is now 14-3-3 in regular-season LEC games under third-year head coach Greg DeVito.

Eastern hosts Fitchburg State College Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the final regular-season home game of the season.

Eastern Conn. 3, Massachusetts Boston 1

Eastern Conn. (12-4-1, 5-1-0 little east) 2 1 -- 3
UMass Boston (4-10-1, 1-5-0 little east) 1 0 -- 1

Scoring:E- Maxim Fantl (Matt Furman); E-Fantl 32:22; MB-Victor Costa (Mike Zaaaara, Alvin Qiriazi 41:22; E-Nicholas Boretti (Aaron Smiles, Fantl).
Shots: E-19, MB-18; Saves: E-Carl Appel 7, MB-Domenick Persuitte 10.
Corner kicks: E-4, MB-3.

FORMER GREATS SALUTED WITH INDUCTION INTO E-CLUB HALL

inductees72dpi_8379.jpgSix former athletic greats gained induction into the E-Club Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon during the 16th hall of fame ceremonies at the Betty R. Tipton Room at the Student Center.Comprising the Class of 2009 (from left) were Terry Hinesley (soccer), Susan Mullaney (volleyball), Jeff Brewer (baseball), Louis Canady (basketball), Tammy Schondelmayer (softbal), and Brian Murphy (baseball). Four additional individuals were honored. Patti Lawson and Steve Sylvester received a Pioneer Award for their contributions as students in the 1970s in the area of sports information, and Richard Ganoe and Dr. Ed Drew shared the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award for many years of service to Eastern athletics.  Dr. Bonnie Edmondson '87 served as Master of Ceremonies.

SENIORS TO LEAD SWIM TEAM

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With its largest roster ever (24 swimmers in the pre season) and six seniors, the women's swimming team looks to raach new heights in 2009/10 under 14th-year head coach Maureen Fahey. Serving as senior tri-captains this year are (from left) Maureen Cop of Southington, Jessica Wilson of Torrington and Sarah Dombrowski of Southington. Additional seniors this year are Kelsy Doheny of West Haven, Katherine Redman of Wallingford and Carol Ann Smith of Newtown. Last year, the Warriors recorded their tenth straight winning season (8-2 record) and placed seventh in the NEISDA Division II-III Championship. The Warriors open the season Oct. 24 at the Saint Joseph College Relays, a meet which they have won the last nine years.

W-VOLLEYBALL ALUMNI RE-UNITE ON E-CLUB HALL OF FAME WEEKEND

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Volleyball alumni gathered on campus this weekend for a luncheon and competition Saturday, and in celebration of the E-Club Hall of Fame induction of former great Sue Mullaney '90. At left in front of the photo is E-Club Hall of Fame coach Floretta Crabtree, who directed the program to over 600 wins in its first 22 seasons on the intercollegiate level. Mullaney will be inducted during the 16th induction ceremony Sunday at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

STREAKING M-SOCCER ROLLS PAST MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH, 3-0

Warriors pull into tie for first in LEC; Fantl moves up to third in scoring

Below: Nicholas Boretti

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The surging men's soccer team won its sixth straight match against New England competition, recordinLEClogo-1WEB.jpgg its sixth shutout of the season with a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.

Unbeaten against regional opponents  since losing to Keene State College Sept. 26 in its only conference loss of the year, Eastern (11-4-1, 4-1-0 little east) pulls into a tie for first place in the conference with Keene, both teams at 4-1-0. Keene hosts Western Connecticut Sunday at 3 p.m. while Eastern plays a makeup game at Massachusetts Boston Monday at 3 p.m. On Oct. 31, the Warriors visit Plymouth State University in its final regular-season conference game while Keene visits the University of Southern Maine in its final LEC regular-season match

Behind sophomore keeper Carl Appel's (West Windsor, NJ)  third complete-match shutout of the year, Eastern extends its unbeaten streak against UMass to seven (5-0-2). With a goal and assist, senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) moves into third place all-time in career points, one ahead of Jason Brasher, a four-year player whose career ended in 1991. Last year's LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Fantl has 106 points (44 goals, 18 assists) in his 77-game career.

Since winning eight of its first ten, UMass (8-6-1, 2-3-1  little east) is winless in its last five (0-4-1).

Behind  starting defenders Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury), Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and Dan Fish (Marlborough), Appel was called upon for only four saves to register his tenth career shutout in 36 starts.

With a goal and assist, senior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) reached and eclipsed the career 50-point mark. Boretti gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute with his fifth goal of the season, and assisted on Fantl's goal 12 minutes into the second half that made it 3-0. Boretti knocked in a free kick by Smiles to make it 1-0. Senior Sean Capezzone (Colchester) scored his second goal in as many games to make it 2-0 midway through the first half, with Fantl and sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) gaining assists on the goal. Esposito played the ball over the top to Fantl, and Capezzone buried the rebound of Fantl's shot.

Boretti now has 51 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in his four-year career while Smiles chalked up his 15th career assist in less than two full seasons.

Eastern Conn. 3, Massachusetts Dartmouth 0

Eastern Conn. (11-4-1, 4-1-0 little east)              2    1   -- 3
UMass Dartmouth (8-6-1, 2-3-1 little east)          0    0   -- 0

Scoring: Nicholas Boretti (Aaron Smiles) 7:58; Sean Capezzone (Matt Esposito, Maxim Fantl) 17:58; Fantl (Boretti) 56:50.
Shots: E-13, MD-14; Saves: E-Carl Appel 4, MD-Kellen Rauch 1 (2 goals allowed, 45:00 min.), Mike Phelan 3 (1, 45:00). Corner kicks: E-3, MD-5

 

W-SOCCER PULLS AWAY FROM UMASS DARTMOUTH BY 4-0 SCORE

 Offense and defense jell as Warriors maintain share of second in LEC

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buchanan72 952.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Freshman forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored the first two goals -- setting a program record for consecutive goals in the process -- to spark women's soccer to a  4-0 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Now 5-1-2 in its last eight matches, Eastern (9-4-3, 4-1-1 little east) remains tied for second place in the conference with the University of Massachusetts Boston, which blanked host Plymouth State University, 2-0,  Saturday. With one conference match remaining in the regular season, both Eastern and UMass Boston have 13 points.

Keene State College (5-0-1) clinched the top seed in the upcoming LEC playoffs and at least a share of its first regular-season LEC title since 2004 with a 1-1 overtime tie at Western Connecticut (3-2-1). Keene will clinch the outright regular-season title next Saturday with a win or tie against visiting University of Southern Maine. An Eastern win Saturday against visiting Plymouth State, coupled with a Keene loss, will give the Warriors a share of the title.

Marchitto scored the only goal of the first half midway through the half and made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half. The goals for Marchitto were her third and fourth straight, breaking the program record of three which has been done five times. Marchitto had scored the final goal in a 4-0 win at Rhode Island College last Saturday and the only goal in Wednesday's 1-0 home win over Trinity College.

After Marchitto scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season, senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) followed with her tenth and 11th goals of the current campaign. Swann made it 3-0 just 42 seconds after Marchitto's second goal, then rounded out the scoring midway through the second half when she finished off a long free kick by junior back Stephanie Norell (Stratford), collecting the ball on the third bounce and sending a shot from in close inside the near post. Norell's long clearing pass down the right sideline to freshman midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) had set up Marchitto's first goal, and sophomore midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) delivered the ball for Marchitto's second goal less than eight minutes into the second half.

Freshman Rachel Cutler (Guilford), returning to action after sitting out Wednesday win over Trinity with an injury, played the ball out of the back to classmate Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) to create Swann's first scoring opportunity. Buchanan played the ball down the right sideline to Wallace, who took two touches before finding Swann unmarked  in the box with a perfect cross.

Eastern led by only 1-0 at halftime but nearly scored two other times. Junior midfielder Amber Petrizzo (Plainville) hit the right post midway through the half on a pass from senior back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor). Eight minutes later, Lemieux and Wallace worked to set up Buchanan in front of the net, but her blast bounced off the crossbar.

The win is the 14th straight for Eastern over UMass Dartmouth (6-9-1, 2-4-0 little east), which trapped the Warriors into 13 offside violation. The Corsairs were outshot 16-6, however, and did not put their first shot on goal until eight minutes remained in the first half.

The goals give Swann 29 goals and 73 points in her career, tying her for fifth all-time in both categories. Wallace now has a team-leading six assists. Marchitto's seven goals are the most in a season by a true freshmen since Meghann Booth totalled eight in 2002.

The shutout was the third straight for Eastern's defense, which has not allowed a goal in the last 278 minutes and 12 seconds. All three Eastern goalies have contributed to the streak, with senior Kim Church (Farmington) starting all three. Church made three saves over the first 61 minutes.

Eastern visits Manhattanville College Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 4, Massachusetts Dartmouth 0

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

Scoring: Daniela Marchitto (Stephanie Norell, Kelly Wallace) 25:55; Marchitto (Jo-Ann Merheb) 52:37; Sarah Swann (Taylor Buchanan, Wallace) 53:19; Swann (Norell) 67:06.
Shots: MD-6, E-16; Saves: MD-Tanya Braga 0 (1 goal allowed, 45:00 min.), Jen Warren 2 (3, 45:00); E-Kim Church 3 (61:05), Theresa Pagnozzi 1 (27:08), Mackenzi MacLeod 0 (1:47).
Corner kicks: MD-3, E-6.

 

 

IN OPENER, SWIMMING SHARES FIRST AT SAINT JOSEPH PENTATHLON

Warriors win two relays and one individual event; Arisco second in pent

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arisco 72DPI_6519.jpgWEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgAmy Arisco (Wallingford) contributed points in five different events as women's  swimming shared first place at the Saint Joseph College Blue Jay Invitational in its season-opener Saturday.

Eastern totaled 62 point to share the top spot with Division II Assumption College. Saint Joseph  (12) was third, Husson University (7) fourth and Western New England College (6) fifth. Eastern finishes with at least a share of the title for the 11th straight season. The Warriors had won the previous ten titles outright.

Eastern won the 200 yard freestyle and 200 yard medley relays and captured first, second and fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke and second and third in the 100 yard butterfly. Trailing by nine points in the final event, the Warriors pulled even with Assumption by winning the 200 yard medley relay. Assumption was third, less than two seconds behind Western New England. College.

Arisco, a seven-time All-New England performer, swam the third leg of the winning 200 yard freestyle relay, was second in the 100 yard backstroke, swam the second leg of the second-place 400 yard freestyle relay, was third in the 100 yard butterfly and fourth in the 100 yard individual medley.

After winning the individual pentathlon in each of her first two seasons, Arisco was second this year, finishing only a little more than a second behind Assumption freshman Jennifer Ryan. Ryan totaled a time of 5:38.19 in  five pentathlon events, while Arisco checked in at 5:39.27. Arisco swam nearly five seconds faster than Ryan in the 100 yard backstroke, but Ryan recorded faster times in the 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard butterfly, 100 yard individual medley, and 100 yard freestyle. Arisco had just enough to edge Saint Joseph College junior Sara Wheeler, who produced a combined time of 5:39.29.

Senior Jessica Wilson (Torrington), a six-time All-New England  swimmer, won the 100 yard breaststroke and swam the second leg of the winning 200 yard freestyle relay and the final leg of the 200 yard medley relay.

Wilson and freshman Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport) were both members of the winning relays. Senior Kelsy Doheny (West Haven) swam the first leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay while junior Katie Curran (Norwood, MA) and sophomore Nadine Menard (Woodstock) joined O'Kelly and Wilson on the winning 200 yard medley relay.

In all, Eastern picked up 15 points in the 100 yard breaststroke. Behind Wilson, O'Kelly was second and senior Sarah Dombrowski (Southington) fourth. Seven points came in the 100 yard butterfly, with Menard capturing second ahead of Arisco's  third-place finish.

Arisco's second-place time of 1:07.08 was a personal best while Menard swam her fastest time ever in taking second in the 100 yard butterfly (1:05.89). Despite swimming her first race of the year, Wilson was only a little over one second off her program record in the 100 yard breaststroke. She was timed in 1:13.76.

Despite the early date of the opener, a remarkable 25 personal bests were established.Sophomore Andzelina Chmielewski (Enfield) set personal standards in the 100 backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley. Menard set PRs in the 100 backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley, Doheny in the 100 backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley, and sophomore Jennifer Dufraine (Somers) in the 100 backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Eastern visits Assumption College Saturday at 1 p.m.


 

 

WESTFIELD HANDS FIELD HOCKEY TENTH LITTLE EAST SETBACK, 2-1

Host Owls score twice early in second half to end four-game losing streak

Below: Danielle Reichardt

reichardt_head72dpi09_3942.jpgWESTFIELD, Mass. - Junior Kasey Bascetta and sophomore Jessi Gould scored early LEClogo-1WEB.jpgsecond-half goals and the Westfield State College field hockey team held on for 2-1 Little East Conference field hockey decision Saturday morning.

Westfield State (7-10, 3-7 little east) ended a four-game losing streak with its fifth win in as many years against Eastern (2-14, 0-10 little east), but was eliminated from conference playoff contention after Salem State College edged visiting Western Connecticut State University Saturday. Eastern had already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Westfield took a 1-0 lead when Bascetta scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season off a penalty corner, and Gould followed shortly after with her fourth goal of the year to make it 2-0. The Warriors got one back in the final minute on freshman Kristin Santanello's (Swampscott, MA) fourth goal of the season to avoid its fifth straight shutout loss at the hands of Westfield.

Eastern sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ), the conference leader in saves and saves per game, turned aside ten shots before giving way to senior Tia Mucciarone (Franlin, MA) with 13 minutes left.

Eastern hosts Anna Maria College Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Westfield State College 2, Eastern Conn. 1

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

Scoring: W-Kasey Bascetta (Alyssa Wesoly, Alicia Gardner) 43:42; W-Jessi Gould 43:45; E-Krisin Santanello (Rachel Cocola) 69:48.
Shots: E-6, W-21; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 10 (2 goals allowed, 57:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 3 (0, 13:00); W-Amanda McCarthy 3.
Penalty corners: E-4, W-5.

 

LIONS OVERPOWER VOLLEYBALL

In four games, Lions overcome early deficits to win eighth straight

Senior Ashley Tuggle was honored before the game on Senior's Night

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Lauren Zaniboni and Erin Connolly each had 17 kills to lift  Emerson College to a four-game victory over women's volleyball  Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. The Lions won by scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17.

 Eastern (10-16), which last lost five straight, led in the early stages of the first three games, but managed to win only one of them. In the final game, Emerson scored six straight points to break from a 14-14 tie on the way to its eighth straight victory. The match was the first ever between the programs.

The 5-foot-11 inch Connolly attacked at .368 and the lefty-swinging 6-foot-2 inch Zaniboni attacked at .292, with Maddie Breeland collecting nine kills and attacking at .300.

Five different Eastern players had double-figure digs. Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) led the Warriors with 16, sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) adding 15, sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) 13, senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) and junior Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) 11 each.

The Lions used a 7-1 run to wipe out an early seven-point Eastern lead and scored the final three points to break a 22-22 tie in Game 1. Zaniboni had consecutive kills and Eastern commited a service error to account for Emerson's final three points.

In Game 2, sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had a kill and ace to push the Warriors into the lead for good, 21-20. Slonski then scored a point when her dig landed on Emerson's side of the floor, and Carrier added a service ace to make it 24-21.

Tuggle served the first five points  to lift the Warriors into an early lead in Game 3, but Breeland and Connolly powered the Emerson offense, the Lions answering with ten of the next 11 points to  and Emerson was never headed in taking the critical 2-games-to-1 lead.

Emerson's Sara Rutan led all players in the match with 17 digs, setter Katie Bailey adding 14 digs and 26 assists. Rutan also had a .943 reception percentage on 35 tries.

In the match, Ibsen and Slonski each had nine kills.  Ibsen and Tuggle had three service aces each, Carrier 33 assists, and freshman Erin Moriarty (Higganum) three blocks. Tuggle, Ruta, Abelli and Slonski combined on a .973 reception percentage.Abelli was perfect on 25 tries and Tuggle did not commit an error on 18.

The match was the final regular-season home one for Eastern, which recognized  Tuggle as its only senior in a pre-game ceremony.

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Emerson College 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Emerson College (23-5)        25    22    25    25
Eastern Conn. (10-16)          22    25    17    17

 

FIELD HOCKEY ELIMINATED FROM LITTLE EAST PLAYOFF CONTENTION

 Warriors engage conference co-leader in scoreless first half before falling

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in Little East Conference field hockey competition is not significant..

Sharing the basement in the conference, field LEClogo-1WEB.jpghockey played conference co-leader University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a scoreless first half before falling, 2-0, Wednesday night at Cressy Field.

Eastern (2-13, 0-9 little east) and UMass Dartmouth (10-5, 9-1 little east) played 45 scoreless minutes before Kate Dorrance scored her first goal of the season go give UMass a 1-0 edge. Eastern remained within that one-goal deficit before Erica Allan scored with 15 seconds left to account for the final score.

With its sixth road loss in as many matches this year, Eastern is officially eliminated from conference playoff contention. UMass remains locked in a three-way tie for the conference leda with Framingham State College and Fitchburg State College.

The shutout loss is the eighth this year for Eastern, which failed to qualify for LEC tournament play for the fifth straight season. The Warriors dropped their fourth straight against UMass, which finished two games behind regular-season champion Keene State last year and was eliminated in the conference playoff semifinals. 

Eastern sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) stopped 12 shots, the eighth time in 14 appearances that she has made at least nine.

Eastern visits Westfield State College in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Massachusetts Dartmouth 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (2-13, 0-9 little east)           0    0   --   0
UMass Dartmouth (10-5, 8-1 little east)      0   2   --   2

Scoring: Kate Dorrance (Becca Festinger) 44:49; Erica Allan (Festinger) 69:45.
Shots: E-6, MD-17; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 12, MD-Seana Golden 3.

M-SOCCER STRIKES EARLY, ROLLS TO 3-1 WIN OVER COAST GUARD

Warriors put home scoring woes against Bears behind them with victory

Below: Freshman Jon DeCasanova

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's home fans had not seen the men's soccer team score a goal against U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 10 years. Wednesday night, they saw the Warriors score twice in the first 16 minutes as the Warriors rolled past the Bears, 3-1, at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

After being shut out by Coast Guard (5-9-0) four consecutive times at home going back to the 1999 season, Eastern (10-4-1) built a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half Wednesday and eased to a its second regular-season victory over the Bears in as many years.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss to Coast Guard in the championship game of last year's ECAC New England Division III Tournament at New London. The top-seeded Warriors lost the home field advantage in the title game after a drenching rain made Thomas Nevers Field unplayable following a 6-0 semifinal-round win over Husson University.

The win gives Eastern at least ten victories each year under third-year head coach Greg DeVito. Since losing at home to Coast Guard, 1-0,  in mid-October of 2007, the Warriors are 19-2-2 in their last 23 home matches. Eastern is 6-1-1 at home this year.

Coast Guard, which avenged its only home loss of last year (which came at the hands of Eastern in the regular season) in the ECAC final, has dropped seven straight on the road this season after an opening victory.

Wednesday, the Warriors dominated both halves, racking up a 22-5 advantage in shots and amassing an 8-2 margin in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) recorded a first-half shutout without making a save, and freshman Jordan Munsell (Waterford) ate up the final 45 minutes in his  sixth appearance of the season.

"We got two quick goals. It was awesome. It was exactly what we wanted to do," noted DeVito. "That's exactly what we needed to do. The guys came up big. They got two quick ones. We'e always had a lot of chances when we play Coast Guard, but we've never  been able to score three goals against them. Today," added DeVito, "we were able to finish some of those chances. which was very pleasing." 

All-New England Region forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) found plenty of room to maneuver against the Bears, putting seven of his team-high nine shots on net. Fantl's first shot found pay dirt, a 25-yard blast from a difficult angle that settled into the upper corner of the net. The goal was the 11th this season and 43rd in 76 career matches for Fantl, who became the first Eastern player in 18 years to total 100 career points in Saturday's 3-1 Little East Conference home win over Rhode Island College.

"It felt great, it's always nice to get a little revenge," said Fantl afterward to WECS webcaster Matt Fontaine. "At the same time, it's a new season. That was last year. This is a new season. But I'm oviously happy with the outcome against Coast Guard, because they're always a tough team to play, really physical. It's always nice to come out with a good result like that."

In all, six different Eastern players figured in the scoring. Last year's co-assist leader as a freshman last year, sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) was credited with his team-leading fifth and sixth assists of the season when freshman Dan Fish (Marlborough) and senior Sean Capezzone (Colchester) each converted Smiles' corner kicks into goals. The goal was the second in the career of Capezzone --  first since 1986 - and extended Eastern's lead to 3-0 five minutes into the second half. Freshman Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) set up Capezzone's blast from the top of the box when he got a head on Smiles' corner kick on the right side of the box.

After shutting out Eastern in last year's ECAC title match with four saves, Coast Guard senior keeper Tim Olah made seven saves  this time - several of them definite goal-savers - but was charged with all three Eastern goals over his 65 minutes of work.

Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 3, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1

Coast Guard (5-9-0)         0    1   --   1
Eastern (10-4-1)              2    1   --   3

Scoring: E-Maxim Fantl (Cory Tobler) 9:08;; E-Dan Fish (Aaron Smiles) 15:54; E-Sean Capezzone (Smiles, Jon DeCasanova) 50:03; C-Brett Godiksen 86:21.
Shots: C-5, E-22; Saves: C-Tim Olah 7 (3 goals allowed, 64:49 min.), Chris Tarbell 2 (0, 25:11), E-Carl Appel 0 (0 goals allowed, 45:00), Jordan Munsell 1 (1, 45:00).
Corner kicks: C-2, E-8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W-SOCCER USES STRONG SECOND HALF TO DOWN TRINITY COLLEGE, 1-0

Marchitto's goal helps team snap three-game winless streak vs. Bantams

Below: Warriors celebrate Daniela Marchitto's game-winning goal (Liz Cutler photo)

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored her first game-winning goal with 18 minutes left to cap a strong second half as women's soccer posted a 1-0 victory over Trinity College  Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The win is the first for Eastern's (8-4-3) seniors against Trinity (4-4-3) after two ties and a loss the last three seasons. The shutout is the second straight for the Warriors, who were coming off a 4-0 Little East Conference victory over host Rhode Island College Saturday.

Eastern has lost only one of its last seven (4-1-2), that setback a 2-0 home decision to No. 11 nationally-ranked Amherst College Thursday.

Marchitto scored her fifth goal of the season on her only shot of the match. Eastern senior Sarah Swann (Oxford) won a ball near midfield and sent it ahead to senior Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA). MacDonald slotted a perfect pass to the foot of Marchitto, who carried alone into the box before slipping a shot in close under Trinity junior keeper Emily Weedon.

"It finally worked out. We've been up top together most of the season, so it was nice that we finally got a combination play," MacDonald told WECS webcaster Matt Fontaine after the game.

MacDonald set up Marchitto with the only goal just two minutes after she was unable to capitalize on a golden opportunity which was set up on a pass by Marchitto. MacDonald crossed over to her left after taking the pass on the right wing but fired an eight-yarder right at Weedon.

Trinity had the better of play in the first half, but the Warriors took control in the second half. Eastern's defense allowed only two shots in the second half, with senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) making  saves to preserve the scoreless game. The Warriors had six shots and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half

"They like to swing the ball back there, and they were winning a lot of aerial balls (in the first half," said MacDonald of Trinity's defense. "In the second half, we were finally able to get the ball over them.".

Trinity's only real chance of the second half came four minutes into the second half of a scoreless game, when sophomore Jenny Ley stripped an Eastern player of the ball and unloaded an 18-yard shot which Church hauled in. Ley had nearly given Trinity a 1-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half when she left-footed an open shot from 12 yards over the crossbar.

Ley and sophomore Leigh Howard - Trinity's top two scorers - combined for five of their team's six shots, with Church coming up with saves on the three shots the duo put on net

"She's a left-footed player, so before the game, we told our defense to force her to her right every time," said Church of Howard. "All of her shots came with her right foot, so we were able to shut her down.".

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.

Eastern Conn. 1, Trinity College 0

Trinity (4-4-3)                 0   0    --   0
Eastern Conn. (8-4-3)     0   1    --   1

Scoring: Daniela Marchitto (Sarah Swann, Taylor MacDonald) 72:11.
Shots: T-6, E-9; Saves: T-Emily Weedon 4, E-Kim Church 3.
Corner kicks: T-1, E-8.


 

TWO RECOGNIZED BY LITTLE EAST

Hunt and Boretti honored by conference with weekly awards

Below: Hunt (top), Boretti

hunt_head0972dpi_3905.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Seniors Dave Hunt (New Milford) and Nicholas Boretti LEClogo-1WEB.jpg(Marshfield, MA) have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their performances for the week ending Oct. 18. Both were recognized for the first time this year.

Hunt was named the conference's cross country Runner-of-the-Week after winning individual honors when Eastern hosted a dual meet against Rhode Island College Saturday at Mansfield Hollow State Park. Boretti was selected as Offensive Player-of-the-Week in men's soccer after collecting a career-high five points with two goals and an assist in Sunday's 3-1 Little East Conference home win over Rhode Island College.

boretti_jacket72dpi_3710.jpgThe weekly honor is the first this season for Hunt, competing in cross country at Eastern for the first time after transferring to Eastern last spring from the Division I level. Saturday, he outran a field of 19 competitors to gain individual honors for the second time this season. In his first meet at Eastern Sept. 11, Hunt won the Fitchburg State Jim Sheehan Memorial Race, topping a field of 35.

The cross country honor for an Eastern runner is the third this season. Previously, freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was named Rookie-of-the-Week in back-to-back weeks.

Behind Boretti, Eastern moved into a share of second place in the conference Sunday with its victory over Rhode Island College  It was the second multiple-goal game in the career of Boretti, who gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when converted a sliding one-timer at the far right post on a perfectly-place corner kick from sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). After Rhode Island tied the match late in the half with an own goal, Boretti helped set up  senior Maxim Fantl's (West Hartford)  tie-breaking goal. Fantl's goal gave him 100 and 101 career points.

Boretti, who serves with Fantl as a team co-captain, finished off the scoring with an insurance goal midway through the second half when he  hammered his fourth goal of the year under the crossbar from the top of the box. In 14 matches this year, Boretti has four goals and three assists.

The weekly honor is the second in the career of Boretti, who was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week last Oct. 15 when he totaled four goals in a 2-1 week.

Boretti becomes the sixth different Eastern men's soccer player to be honored by the conference this season.

Eastern hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday night in a re-match of last year's ECAC New England Division III Tournament won by Coast Guard, 1-0, in New London.


 

 

LISTEN WITH TRISTAN... AT BU

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Former Eastern baseball captain Tristan Hobbes of Utica, NY will handle play-by-play duties on Boston University's WTBU Sports Radio station Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when the defending national champion BU Terriers host the University of Notre Dame in ice hockey at Agganis Arena.

A former four-year baseball player and 2009 ESPN/The Magazine Academic All-America at Eastern, Hobbes is a staff member in the BU Athletic Communications Office as a graduate student. Hobbes handles written and broadcast assignments for a variety of BU intercollegiate teams, among them women's soccer and ice hockey.

Last year's NCAA Division I national champion, BU is ranked third nationally and Notre Dame is ninth in the most recent USCHO.com/CBC College Sports poll. BU and Notre Dame were the top two seeds in last year's NCAA tournament.

At Eastern, Hobbes coordinated the athletic department's webcast broadcasts, handling play-by-play and color duties in the sports of soccer, basketball, lacrosse, softball and baseball.

To listen to the call of the game, click here, then click on Live Alternate Stream.

EASTERN HALL OF FAME TO HONOR TEN GREATS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Six to be enshrined at ceremony, four others recognized for contributions

HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Ten  individuals will be recognized by Eastern Connecticut State University - six of them being enshrined in the E-Club Hall of Fame - during ceremonies and a social hour Sunday, October 25 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the University's Student Center.

Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved by Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. by contacting Dr. David G. Yeo at 860-465-5166 or at yeo@easternct.edu or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

Comprisiing the 16th induction class are Jeff Brewer (baseball), Louis Canady (men's basketball), Terry Hinesley (men's soccer), Sue Mullaney (women's volleyball) Brian Murphy (baseball), and Tammy Schondelmayer (softball).

Four individuals will also join the Class of 2009 as special award recipients. Eastern will bestow a Pioneer Award upon Patti Lawson and Steve Sylvester, who served as student Sports Information Directors in the 1970s, and will present the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award to Richard Ganoe and and Dr. Edward Drew. Ganoe is the department's former Athletic Equipment Manager and Vehicle Coordinator and long-time member of the E-Club, while Drew is a retired faculty member and accomplished musician who has provided musical entertainment at each Hall of Fame ceremony.


Eastern graduate Bonnie Edmondson '87 will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Edmondson is a former Eastern track and field All-America who went on to win consecutive USATF  national championships in the hammer throw and qualify for the trials of  the Pan Am Games.


JEFF BREWER

brewerUSE72dpi_3061.jpgA native of Rutland, VT, Brewer was a three-year member of the baseball program between 1981 and 1983 and a member of the program's first national championship in 1982. He is one of only three pitchers in program history to make his mark as both a dominant starter and closer. As a starter, the 6-foot-4 inch, 220-pound righty won 16 games in 26 career appearances,  and chalked up 12 more victories and added eight saves in 34 appearances out of the bullpen. His three-year career produced a 28-11 pitching record with 247 strikeouts in 266 2/3 innings. Behind Brewer, Eastern won two regional
crowns and compiled an overall record of 104-35-1. In 1981.vA two-time first-team All-New England selection, Brewer was named third-team All-America as a sophomore in 1982, and the following June, was drafted in the tenth round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs.


LOUIS CANADY

canady72dpi .jpgA Waterbury native, Canady was a three-time team scoring and rebounding leader who was a force on both ends of the floor, utilizing quickness and speed and a soft fadeaway jump shot to average doubled figures in points and rebounds in a 92-game career between 1974 and 1978.
The 6-foot-6, 195 pound Canady  provided his teams with quiet, yet firm, leadership and a strong defensive presence in the paint, and served as a premier shot-blocker as a four-year starter. Born in Jacksonville, N.C., the "Candyman" led the Warriors in scoring,  rebounding and blocked shots in each of his final three seasons and in field goal percentage twice. Canady's controlled exterior and easy personality belied a fierce competitive nature and a workman-like approach to both practice and game competition. He averaged a double-double in his career in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds with a career field goal percentage of .520. The two-time team captain's career total of 1,306 points ranked him fourth all-time at the time of graduation and his final rebounding total landed him just 40 shy of 1,000 caroms in a career.  

 

TERRY HINESLEY

HINESLEY 72dpi.jpgA goalkeeper, Hinesley backstopped the team to shutouts in nearly half of his starts in a three-year varsity career between 1984 and 1986.  In his 56 starts, the Warriors posted shutouts 27 times en route to a record of 35-15-6. In each of Hinesley's three varsity seasons, the Warriors won at least a dozen matches and contested for post-season play each year. The Trumbull native started every match in which he appeared over three years (missing the first two matches of his senior season due to an ankle injury). In his career, Hinesley authored a goals-against average of 1.00 and an .850 save percentage in 5,138 minutes. Twenty-one times, he posted complete-match shutouts, including nine in his first varsity season in 1984. A two-time team captain, Hinesley was a third-team all-region selection and team MVP as a senior in 1986, when he recorded seven shutouts in one stretch of eight starts. He was also named to the prestigious New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) All-Star Game that season. For 21 years, the rugged 5-foot-10 inch, 175-pounder remained the program's only goalkeeper to earn either all-region or NEISL all-star honors. Hinesley concluded his career by winning his final seven decisions. 

SUE MULLANEY

Mullaney72dpi.jpgMullaney was a two-time all-region and team MVP selection and two-year team captain for the Warriors under Eastern Hall of Fame coach Floretta Crabtree between 1986 and 1989. The 5-foot-9 inch middle hitter from Billerica, MA led the Warriors into post-season competition each season - the team winning the 1988 ECAC tournament championship -- and graduated as the program's all-time leader in matches played (158), total blocks (257), block solos (143), and attack percentage (.320) and was second in service aces (189). As the team's only senior, Mullaney repeated as a first-team All-East Region selection and All-New England honoree after leading Division III with a program-record .459 attack percentage. Eight times in her career, Mullaney was named to all-tournament teams, garnering tournament MVP accolades at Roger Williams University as a senior. With Mullaney, Eastern averaged 32.8 wins per year and posted an overall .757 winning percentage, capturing 131 of 173 matches. In that span, the Warriors won ten in-season tournaments and were ranked nationally eight times, including a program-best third during a record 17-1 start in 1986.


 BRIAN MURPHY

murphy72dpi_3087.jpgMurphy was a left-handed pitcher who rose from the sub-varsity to stardom in two short years. After pitching exclusively on the sub-varsity level as a freshman in 1976 and seeing limited varsity action as a sophomore, Murphy developed into the team's stopper in his final two seasons. In his junior and senior seasons, the North Grosvenor Dale native won 20 of 25 decisions with 2.09 ERA in 176 2/3 innings, completed 14 of his 24 starts, and won all three of his decisions in NCAA regional tournament competition. In his career, Murphy was 24-8 with three saves and a 2.62 ERA in 209 2/3 innings. He completed more than half (15) of his 29 career starts with four shutouts, 178 strikeouts, and 81 walks. As a junior in 1978, Murphy led Division III with 12 victories and New England Division III with a 1.61 ERA (11th nationally) on the way to third-team All-America accolades. In winning one-third of the team's 36 games that season, Murphy lost only two, completed seven of his 13 starts with three shutouts, and fashioned a 3-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 95 1/3 innings. Following his senior year, Murphy was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1979 First-Year Player draft by the New York Yankees.
 
TAMMY SCHONDELMAYER

schondelmayer_head72dpi_3083.jpgThrough 2009, no player in the 33-year history of the fastpitch softball program has started more games at shortstop than Schondelmayer, a four-year starter between 1986 and 1989. A member of four straight regional championship teams and one national titlist, Schondelmayer made 153 of her 165 career starts as a shortstop, departing the program as the all-time leader with 279 assists. The New London native took over at shortstop after starting the first nine games of her career in center field. Schondelmayer started 27 games at shortstop that year as the Warriors successfully defended their 1985 national championship. All of her starts over the final three seasons of her career were at shortstop, including the final 100. Schondelmayer's batting average improved every season, from .250 as a freshman to a team-leading .411 as a first-team all-region selection as a senior. As the program's first all-region selection ever at shortstop, Schondelmayer topped all Eastern players in 11 individual categories, among them batting, slugging and on-base average, total bases and assists. That season, Schondelmayer set the current program record with an 18-game hitting streak, batting .507 during a month-long stretch.  That year, the 5-foot-9 inch, 145-pounder led the Warriors into the national tournament championship round and was named to the national all-tournament team


 

FANTL NETS 100th CAREER POINT IN 3-1 LEC WIN OVER RHODE ISLAND

Eastern men's soccer pulls into second-place tie with defending champs

Below: Maxim Fantl (13) got an assist on his 100th career point from Matt Esposito (6) and Nicholas Boretti (14)

max100th72_7917.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - On Seniors' Day, senior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) recorded  his LEClogo-1WEB.jpg100th career point and senior Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) totaled a career-high five points to lift men's soccer to a key 3-1 Little East Conference win over Rhode Island College Sunday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

With the win, Eastern (9-4-1, 3-1-0 little east) pulls into a tie for second place with Rhode Island (5-7-2, 3-2-0 little east), both clubs trailing Keene State College. Keene has 12 points and Eastern and Rhode Island nine each. Keene and Rhode Island have both played one more conference game than Eastern.

With the score tied 1-1 late in the first half, Fantl recorded his 100th and 101st career point in his 75th career match, pushing a shot from in close inside the right post for his team-leading tenth goal of the season. Fantl, who has led the Warriors in goals and assists in each of the previous three years, becomes the program's first 100-point scorer since Jason Brasher. Brasher had 105 points in a four-year career ending in 1991.

Boretti totaled a career-high five points with the second multiple-goal game of his career. Boretti gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when converted a sliding one-timer at the far right post on a perfectly-place corner kick from sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). After Rhode Island tied the match late in the half with an own goal, Boretti helped set up Fantl's tie-breaking goal. Boretti fed sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven), who carried and slipped the ball inside to Fantl, who found room right in front of Rhode Island junior keeper Helder Faustino. The goal came on the second of only two shots in the match by Fantl.

Boretti, who serves with Fantl as a team co-captain, finished off the scoring with insurance goal midway through the second half. Senior Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) won a ball in the middle of the field and sent a pass on the right flank to Esposito. Despite being tightly guarded by a Rhode Island defender, Esposito carried toward the end line before sending the ball to the top of the box to an unguarded Boretti, who hammered his fourth goal of the year under the crossbar.

With the Warriors already leading 1-0, Smiles narrowly missed scoring his third goal of the season with 18 minutes left in the first half when his long free kick glanced inside the far right post but bounced back onto the field. Three minutes after Smiles' unlucky attempt, Rhode Island had its best chance. It came when senior Ryan Kelley sent a pass all the way across the box to junior David De Melo on the week side, but De Melo's sliding effort at the left post came just a second too late, as the ball traveled over the end line.

Esposito's second multiple-assist game this year gives him a team-leading seven.

Rhode Island played the final 25 minutes of the match a man down after  junior back Brian Batalau was sent off for a red card violation - the third card of the afternoon issued to the visitors.

Despite being charged with the own goal, Eastern sophomore Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) gained his 23rd career win. Appel made two saves, both in the second half. Faustino  made four saves. One came on a point-blank shot by Eastern freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) with ten minutes left in the first half of a tie game.

The win avenges two 2-1 losses to Rhode Island last year, the second contest coming in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Anchormen went on to down Plymouth State University to capture their first conference playoff title.

Ranked No. 8 in New England, Eastern hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a re-match of last year's ECAC New England Division III Tournament won by the Bears, 1-0, in New London.

Eastern Conn. 3, Rhode Island College 1

Rhode Island (5-7-2, 3-2-0 little east)          1    0   -- 1
Eastern Conn. (9-4-1, 3-1-0 little east)        2    1   -- 3

Scoring: E-Nicholas Boretti (Aaron Smiles) 5:30; R-Own goal 37:19; E-Maxim Fantl (Boretti, Matt Esposito) 40;51; E-Boretti (Chris Bourdeau, Esposito) 63:36.
Shots: R-7, E-9; Saves: R-Heldr Faustino 4, E-Carl Appel 2.
Corner kicks: R-4, E-6.

 

 

 

QUINONES PACES WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AGAINST RHODE ISLAND

In loss to RIC, three of Warriors' top four finishers are first-year runners

Below: Amanda Quionones

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MANSFIELD, Conn. -  First-year sophomore Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) placed second overall as the Warriors' top finisher Saturday in a 23-33 loss to Rhode Island College at Mansfield Hollow State Park.

Quinones, a first-year transfer from Division I Rider University, led all Eastern runners for the second straight week, capturing second place overall in a field of 18 over the 5,000 meter layout.

Rhode Island sophomore Brittany Richer led all runners at the tape in a time of 21:19, 20 seconds faster than Quinones.

Rhode Island runners comprised five of the top eight finishers. Behind Quinones, freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was fourth, junior Becky Knapp (Naugatuck) seventh, first-year sophomore Eileen Benway (Uncasville) ninth and senior Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire) 11th. Last year's No. 2 runner, Cavanaugh was competing for the first time this year as she recovers from shin splints.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Oct. 31 at Keene State College at 11 a.m.


Women's Cross Country
At Mansfield Hollow State Park
Mansfield, Conn.

Run over 5,000 meters

Rhode Island College 23, Eastern Conn. 33

1. Brittany Richer ® 21:19; 2. Amanda Quinones (E) 21:39; 3. Katie Desrosiers ® 22:19; 4. Cora Gingras (E) 22:55; 5. Heather Feeney ® 23:03; 6. Jamie Nunes ® 23:15; 7. Becky Knapp (E) 23:23; 8. Nicole Poirier (RO) 23:29; 9. Eileen Benway (E) 23:37; 10. Lindsey Brisson ® 23:52; 11. Alexis Cavanaugh (E) 23:59; 12. Bianca Jones-Pearson ® 24:04; 13. Justyna Barlow ® 24:36; 14. Amanda Ericson (E) 24:45; 14. Denica Gagnon (E) 25:15; 15. Melissa healy (E) 25:34; 16. Brittany Miskell (E) 26:32; 17. Megan Frost (E) 26:32.
Records: R, 1-0; E, 0-1

HUNT WINS M-CROSS COUNTRY DUAL MEET WITH RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Senior leads field of 19 but Anchormen take five of first eight spots in win

Below: Dave Hunt

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 MANSFIELD, Conn. -  Senior Dave Hunt (New Milford) led 19 runners at the tape but visiting Rhode Island College placed its five scorers among the top eight in edging the Warriors, 25-30, Saturday afternoon in men's cross country at Mansfield Hollow State Park.

Hunt moved into the lead early over the 8,000 meter layout and eased to a nine-second victory over Rhode Island sophomore Michael Macedo as he led all Eastern runners at the finish for the fifth time in five races this season.

All five of Rhode Island's scoring runners were either freshmen or sophomores. The Anchormen put their five scorers ahead of Eastern's fourth finisher en route to the five-point win.

For Eastern, senior Sam Buczek (Milford) and freshman Nick Miller (Norwich) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, with sophomore Andrew Orum (Griswold) and freshman Tim Callahan (Portland) comprising Eastern's fourth and fifth runners. They placed ninth and tenth, respectively.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Oct. 31 at Keene State College at 11 a.m.

Men's Cross Country
At Mansfield Hollow State Park
Mansfield, Conn.

Run over 8,000 meters

Rhode Island College 25, Eastern Conn. 30

1. Dave Hunt (E) 26:26; 2. Michael Macedo ® 26:35; 3. Conor McCloskey (R) 27:05; 4. Sam Buczek (E) 27:12;  5. Shawn Stadnick ® 27:22; 6. Nick Miller (E) 27:24; 7. Kyle Mann ® 27:27; 8. Austin Pena ® 28:01; 9. Andrew Orum (E) 28:06; 10. Tim Callahan (E) 28;21; 11. David Tignonsini (E) 28:34; 12. Bradu Beausoleil (E) 28:55; 13. Ethan Leary ® 29:06; 14. Stefan Skolozdra (E) 29:25; 15. Kevin Carey ® 29:51; 16. Ryan Hughes (E) 30:35; 17. Chris Allegretta ® 31:07; 18. Richard McPhillips ® 31:15; 19. Casey McGarvey (E) 33:13.
Records: R, 1-0; E, 0-1

W-VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO

At quad meet, two opponents record their 20th wins of season

Below: Claudia Radziszewski

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman all-tournament selection Claudia Radziszewski (East Haddam) had eight kills and a .353 attack percentage in a four-game loss to St. Lawrence University Saturday as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team dropped a pair at the MIT Quad Saturday.

Playing its third straight opponent ranked in the New England region, Eastern (10-15) dropped 25-16, 25-15, 25-17 decisions to MIT before falling in four games to St. Lawrence University. St. Lawrence won by scores  25-13, 25-27, 25-16, 25-21.

Both MIT and St. Lawrence recorded their 20th wins of the season against four losses following their wins over Eastern. MIT is ranked fifth in New England. The Warriors were coming off three-game losses to regionally-ranked Amherst College at home last Saturday and against regionally-ranked Connecticut College this past Tuesday.

Against St. Lawrence, Radziszewski had eight kills in 17 attempts with a .353 attack percentage and in two matches totaled 11 kills on the day. She was joined on the all-tournament team by MVP Kate McWhorter and Kate White of UMass Boston, Jenny Li of MIT and Abigail Rose of St. Lawrence.

UMass Boston won the quad with wins over MIT and St. Lawrence, while MIT was 2-1 and St. Lawrence 1-2.

Eastern hosts Emerson College Thursday at 7 p.m. in its final regular-season home match of the year.

MIT 3, Eastern Conn.0

Eastern Conn. (10-14)          16   15   17
MIT (20-4)                            25   25  25

St. Lawrence U. 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (10-15)       13   27   16   21
St. Lawrence (20-4)          25   25    25  25


Eastern statistical leaders
vs. MIT

Britt Carrier   5 kills, 14 digs, 10 assists
Ali Facchini   4 kills
Samantha Slonski  4 kills, 8 digs
Taylor Abelli   21 digs, 17 rec. attempts, 1.000 pct.
Alyssa Ruta   7 digs
Ashley Tuggle   7 digs
 

vs. St. Lawrence

Kristianna Ibsen   13 kills, .357 attack pct.
Claudia Radziszewski  8 kills, .353 attack pct.
Ali Facchini   9 kills, .296 attack pct.
Samantha Slonski  8 kills, 15 digs
Ashley Tuggle   18 rec. attempts with a .944 pct., 13 digs
Alyssa Ruta   13 digs
Taylor Abelli   25 digs
Britt Carrier 
  11 digs, 34 assists

W-SOCCER FORGES SECOND-PLACE TIE IN LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE

Warriors dominate Rhode Island with 4-0 win to tie UMB for second

cutler72dpi_0071.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I.. - Six different players contributed to the scoring as women's soccer LEClogo-1WEB.jpgoutshot Rhode Island College by 20 in a 4-0 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.

At left: Rachel Cutler (blue jersey) battles RIC's Sara Lazar. (Church photo)

Eastern's (7-4-3, 3-1-1 little east) victory - which improves  its road record this year  to 4-3-1 - gives the Warriors a share of second place in the conference. While Eastern was beating Rhode Island for the eighth time in the last nine meetings, UMass Boston lost to conference leader Keene State College. Eastern and UMass Boston share second place behind Keene (5-0-0). The top two teams in the final standings are awarded first-round byes into the semifinals playoff semifinals next month.

In all, six Eastern players contributed a goal or assist and the defense recorded its fifth shutout of the season. The Warriors, who outshot Rhode Island (2-9-0, 1-4-0 little east) 28-8 (16-1 in the first half) scored twice in a span of four minutes in the first half  on re-start goals by junior Amber Petrizzo (Planville) and sophomore Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel). Freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield) made it 3-0 ten minutes before halftime and freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange) converted a penalty kick with 11 minutes left in the match to round out the scoring. It was the fourth goal of the year for both Buchanan and Marchitto.

Eastern scoring leader Sarah Swann (Oxford) had two assists to improve her team-leading totals of nine goals and four assists for 22 points

Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) needed only one save to record the combined shutout with freshman Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield). With her 26th career win, Church moves into second place all-time in wins by a keeper, one ahead of Eastern Hall of Famer Cindy Walker. The career record for keeper wins is 48, set by Stacey Schofield '04
 
Eastern's defense did not give up a corner kick and the Warriors collected 12 of their own. It marks the third time this year that the Warriors did not surrender a corner kick and the tenth time they have allowed two or less.

Five of Eastern's reserves saw action in the field, averaging over 40 minutes of time each.

On Petrizzo's first goal of the season,  junior Stephanie Norell (Stratford) lofted a corner kick into the box that Swann headed off the crossbar. In the ensuing scramble  for the ball, Petrizzo knocked in her first goal since the 2007 season.

Merheb scored her second goal of the year soon after to make it 2-0.. Sophomore  Laura Violette (Wallingford) took a free kick five yards into the RIC end  and put a perfect pass on to the foot of senior  Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA), who was streaking toward the far post. She settled the ball and fired a shot that beat RIC junior keeper Maddie Pirri, ricocheted off the near post and bounced right to Merheb.

Rhode Island senior Christina Tavana  took six of the Anchorwomen's eight shots, with a second-half shot forcing Church to make her only save.

Eastern hosts Trinity College Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


Eastern Conn. 4, Rhode Island College 0

Eastern Conn. (7-4-3, 3-1-1 little east)            3       1     -- 4
Rhode Island (2-9-0, 1-4-0 little east)              0       0    -- 0

Scoring: Amber Petrizzo (Sarah Swann) 21:20; Jo-Ann Merheb (Taylor MacDonald) 25:38; Taylor Buchanan (Swann) 34:59; Daniela Marchitto (penalty kick) 78:37.
Shots: E-28, R-8; Saves: E-Kim Church 1 (83:28), Mackenzie MacLeod 0 (6:32); R-Maddie Pirri 10.
Cornerkicks: E-12, R-0.
                

 

 

SALEM STATE KEEPS FIELD HOCKEY WINLESS IN LITTLE EAST PLAY

Vikings hold onto eighth and final playoff spot with 4-2 victory

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IMG_7844.JPGMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior Karen Atkinson came off the bench to assist on Salem State College's final three goals to power the Vikings to a 4-2 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Lyndsey Zavisza (white jersey) defends against Salem's Karen Atkinson

With its fourth win over Eastern (2-12, 0-8 little east) in the last five years, Salem State (6-6, 3-5 little east) maintains sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. With three regular-season conference matches remaining, Salem is one game ahead of Westfield State College and one game behind Plymouth State University. One of two winless teams in the 12-team conference, Eastern is in danger of missing the LEC playoffs for the fifth straight year.

Sophomore Melissa Goffe's (Newington) fourth goal of the year pulled Eastern even at 2-2 with 19 minutes left in the match, but the Vikings answered with the go-ahead goal  less than two minutes later when junior Sarah Quimby came off the bench to score her first goal of the season on a feed from Atkinson. Quimby scored on re-direct from in front of the net. Atkinson then set up sophomore Eryn Shea with an insurance goal with three minutes left when her blast from the middle of the circle was tipped by Shea past Eastern sophomore netminder Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ).

Goffe started the match at forward in place of injured junior Melanie Proud (Wall Township,NJ).

Eastern had snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday with a 9-2 win over visiting Lasell College and continued to surge with an early goal against Salem to take a 1-0 lead eight minutes into play. Junior Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) began the scoring play by gaining possession. She found Goffe down low, who got the ball to freshman Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) at the left post for her third goal of the season.

Salem junior April Rossetti assisted on Salem's first goal with an end line cross to Shea in the 20th minute, then scored the go-ahead goal nine minutes later to make it 2-1. On a penalty corner, sophomore Catherine Dowling sent the ball to the top of the circle to Atkinson, who fed Rossetti on the left side for the team-leading eighth goal of the year. Atkinson leads Salem with eight assists.

Junior Jessica McKenna made four saves to earn the win in net, while Reichardt stopped nine shots.

Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a conference match. The Corsairs are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the conference.

Salem State College 4, Eastern Conn. 2

Salem State (6-6, 3-5 little east)           2    2    --  4
Eastern Conn. (2-12, 0-8 little east)      1    1    --  2

Scoring: E-Kristin Santanello (Melissa Goffe) 8:26; S-Eryn Shea (April Rossetti) 19:04; S-Rossetti (Karen Atkinson) 28:24; E-Melissa Goffe (Liz Bolduc) 50:57; S-Sarah Quimby (Atkinson) 52:50; S-Shea (Atkinson) 66:57.
Shots: S-16, E-11; Saves: S-Jessica McKenna 4, E-Danielle Reichardt 9.
Penalty corners: S-9, E-8.

 


 

AMHERST HANDS W-SOCCER FIRST HOME SETBACK BY 2-0 SCORE

No. 15 Lord Jeffs score once in each half; 4-0-3 vs. Warriors in last seven

Below: Christine Lemieux

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior forward Kyla Woodhouse and senior midfielder Meg Murphy set up teammate freshman Emily Little  for goals in each half with perfect through-balls as the No. 15 nationally-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team handed unranked women's soccer its first loss of the season, 2-0, Thursday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Playing its first road match after four straight at home, Amherst (8-2-0) won its third straight match by ending Eastern's (6-4-3) home unbeaten streak. The Warriors had won three and tied two on their home turf prior to the match. Amherst,  ranked second in New England, reached the quarterfinal round of last year's NCAA Division III tournament.

Since upending host Amherst 1-0 in overtime in 2002, the Warriors are 0-4-3 against the Lord Jeffs in the last seven meetings.

Woodhouse sprung Little with a pretty pass midway through the first half that set her up for a 1-on-1 opportunity with Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington)  With Church charging out, Little sent a low shot from the right side inside the left post for the first goal of the match. Amherst added an insurance goal with eight minutes left when Murphy directed a pass near mid field through open space to Little, cutting diagonally to her right. Little carried through the first side of the box and slid a ground ball inside the far left post, beyond the dive of Church, for her third goal of the season.

Amherst sophomore keeper Allie Horwitz  did not make a save in posting her fourth shutout this year in eight starts. Eastern had two of its best chances in a six-minute span early in the second half. On the first,  senior back Christine Lemieux  (South Windsor) hit the cross bar from 20 yards. The rebound bounced directly in front of the cage but Eastern could not get a foot on the ball and it was eventually cleared. The second came on a shot by senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) with Horwitz off her line, but senior defender  Kathy Nolan steered the ball from in front of the net.

Swann, the team leader with nine goals, managed only two shot as she was marked closely by Amherst sophomore defender Jess Wall.Swann's second chance of the game came on a pass from freshman midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) with 19 minutes left. Swann received the pass in close on the left side of the net, but her shot never made it to the goal as junior midfielder Maureen Griffin stopped it in front of Horwitz.

Eastern junior back Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) came up big on several occasions in front of Church to clear the ball away after the Lord Jeffs served balls to unmarked teammates in the box.

Eastern visits Rhode Island College Saturday at 1 p.m..

Amherst College 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Amherset (8-2-0)               1    1  --  2
Eastern Conn. (6-4-3)        0    0  --  0

Scoring: Emily Little (Kyla Woodhouse) 26:07; Little (Meg Murphy) 82:12.
Shots: A-14, E-5; Saves: A-Allie Horwitz 0, E-Kim Church 4. Corner kicks: A-2, E-2.

 

BASKETBALL GREAT CANADY FROM 1970s AN EASTERN HALL OF FAMER

 Quiet leader produced at both ends of the floor as a four-year starter

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HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -   A three-time men's basketball scoring and rebounding leader at Eastern Connecticut State College in the 1970s, Louis Canady has been chosen for inclusion in the E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by committee co-chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

At 6-foot-6 inches and 195 pounds, Canady was a force on both ends of the floor, utilizing quickness and speed and a soft fadeaway jump shot to average doubled figures in points and rebounds in a 92-game career. Canady provided his teams with quiet, yet firm, leadership and a strong defensive presence in the paint, and served as a premier shot-blocker in a four-year career between 1974 and 1978.

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. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved by Wednesday, Oct. 21 by contacting Dr. David G. Yeo at 860-465-5166 or at yeo@easternct.edu or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

Canady's understated demeanor on and off the court provided stability in an unsettled era in program history that was characterized by a number of personnel changes and off-court disruptions. Born in Jacksonville, N.C. and raised in Waterbury, Canady led the Warriors in scoring,  rebounding and blocked shots in each of his final three seasons and in field goal percentage twice.

Teammates and coaches alike insist that Canady's controlled exterior and easy personality belied a fierce competitive nature and a workman-like approach to both practice and game competition. "Lou was a fierce competitor," noted former teammate Mike Cotela, who collected 162 assists as the regular point guard during Canady's senior season. "He worked hard to get into shape and he worked hard on his basketball game. And when it was time to practice and play, it was time to practice and play, and there were no alternatives to that."

The 1974 Wilby High School graduate  and prep all-stater averaged a double-double in his career in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds with a career field goal percentage of .520.His career total of 1,306 points ranked him fourth all-time at the time of graduation and seventh today.

A four-year starter and two-time team captains, Canady missed only one game in his final three seasons, Canady played his first three seasons under E-Club Hall of Fame coach Clyde Washburne, but did not share the floor or workload with any current Hall of Famers. Without a senior on the 1975-76 team, Canady was counted upon as a leader as early as that sophomore year. He averaged 16.2 points and a career-high 12.2 rebounding average that year and shot 53.8 percent from the floor. Ten times that season, he led the team in scoring, 13 times in rebounding, and seven times he led all Eastern players in both departments.

As a senior, Canady was most always the best player on the court. In the fifth game of that season he reached the 1,000-point plateau and also grabbed 20 rebounds in an overtime victory over Southeastern Massachusetts University.That team won six straight games after a season-opening seven-point loss to Division II New Haven (beating Central Connecticut by four points for the sixth victory) before academics claimed two starters before the start of second-semester play. Eastern won only six of its final 15 that year.

In that final season, Canady averaged a career-high 18.1 points to go along with a 12.1 rebounding average and shot 53.9 percent from the floor. Canady's 398 points and 267 rebounds represented one-quarter of the team's entire total in those categories.
 
On the surface, the "Canady Era" officially produced a non-descript record of 51-45, although the Warriors did qualify for the NAIA New England tournament during his freshman season. In that four-year span, however, the Warriors played 29 of their 96 games against Division I, II or NAIA opponents, resulting in a respectable 11-18 record. Eight of those games came against strong in-state Division II opponents Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. A Division III institution, Eastern split those eight games with Central and Hartord, with three of the losses coming by a combined total of 14 points.

Canady's selection rounds out the Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Previously-announced selections were  New London native Tammy Schondelmayer, Rutland, VT native Jeff Brewer, Trumbull native Terry Hinesley, North Grosvenor Dale native Brian Murphy. and Billerica, MA native Sue Mullaney.

 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; Brewer was a three-year baseball pitcher between 1981 and 1983 who won 28 games and saved eight and helped Eastern to the 1982 NCAA Division III national championship; Hinesley was the starting men's soccer goalkeeper when the Warriors posted 27 shutouts in a three-year stretch between 1984 and 1986; and Murphy won more than 20 games in a three-year varsity baseball career between 1977 and 1979 as a left-handed pitcher, leading Division III in victories as a junior; and Mullaney was a two-time all-region, team MVP and team captain selection between 1986 and 1989 who led Division III in attack percentage as a senior.

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.

 

 

FORMER VOLLEYBALL GREAT MULLANEY EASTERN HALL OF FAMER

Four-year letterwinner in '80s led DIII in attack percentage as a senior

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HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -   A four-year member of the women's volleyball team in the late-1980s, Sue Mullaney has been selected for membership in the E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by committee co-chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

The 5-foot-9 inch middle hitter from Billerica, MA was a two-time all-region and team MVP selection and two-year team captain for the Warriors in a four-year career between 1986 and 1989 under Eastern Hall of Fame coach Floretta Crabtree. Mullaney led the Warriors into post-season competition each season. Three times the team was named as an at-large representative to the NCAA Division III tournament. In her junior season, the club won the ECAC Division III New England/Upstate New York championship, downing top seed Rochester Tech in the finals at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

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


As both a junior and senior, the versatile Mullaney achieved a truly unique trifecta  by leading all Eastern players in attack percentage, total blocks and digs. She graduated as the program's all-time leader in matches played (158), total blocks (257), block solos (143), and attack percentage (.320) and was second in service aces (189). She remains the only player in program history rated among the all-time Top 10 in both service aces and blocks.

As the team's only senior in 1989, Mullaney repeated as a first-team All-East Region selection and as an All-New England honoree after leading Division III with a program-record .459 attack percentage. She recorded a personal season-best 317 kills on 560 attempts with only 60 errors en route to the national statistical championship. That year, Mullaney raised her attack percentage 23 percentage points in the final 23 games, winning out by 22 percentage points. Her percentage that season placed her fourth among all NCAA players behind two Division I and one Division II competitor.

During that senior season - when matches were contested as best-of-three series played to only 15 points - Mullaney posted numerous outstanding performances both offensively and defensively. In the season-opener, she attacked at .692 with ten kills and only one error on 13 tries; against upstate New York power Rochester Tech, she attacked at .733 with 11 kills on 15 tries and no errors; and against MIT, collected ten kills on 19 attempts with just one error for a mark of .474. Defensively, she amassed 21 digs against

Adrian College in the fifth match of the year, 17 against UMass Dartmouth, and 16 each against Eastern Nazarene and AIC (MIT was ranked second and Eastern Nazarene third in the final New England poll that season).  In a two-game win over Smith College at the ECSU Invitational, Mullaney had a career-high six block solos to go along with eight digs. She also contributed eight kills without an error in that match.

With Mullaney, Eastern averaged 32.8 wins per year and posted an overall .757 winning percentage, capturing 131 of 173 matches. In that span, the Warriors won ten in-season tournaments and were ranked nationally eight times, including a program-best third during a record 17-1 start in 1986. Eastern was ranked consistently in both the East Region and New England polls throughout Mullaney's career, earning the No. 1 New England rating in the final poll of 1987.

Eight times in her career, Mullaney was named to all-tournament teams, garnering tournament MVP accolades at Roger Williams University as a senior.

Through 2008, the Lake Oswego, OR resident was still represented in the program's all-time Top 10 in five categories, including third in matches played and block solos and fourth in attack percentage,

Mullaney becomes the fourth former Eastern student-athlete to gain E-Club Hall of Fame induction for accomplishments achieved solely in the sport of volleyball. She follows Laurie Alexander (1988), the late Linda Gottlieb (2002) and Katie Nichols (2008).

Previously announced as 2009 Hall of Fame selections were  New London native Tammy Schondelmayer, Rutland, VT native Jeff Brewer, Trumbull native Terry Hinesley, and  North Grosvenor Dale native Brian Murphy.

 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; Brewer was a three-year baseball pitcher between 1981 and 1983 who won 28 games and saved eight and helped Eastern to the 1982 NCAA Division III national championship; Hinesley was the starting men's soccer goalkeeper when the Warriors posted 27 shutouts in a three-year stretch between 1984 and 1986; and Murphy won more than 20 games in a three-year varsity baseball career between 1977 and 1979 as a left-handed pitcher, leading Division III in victories as a junior.

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.

 


 

FIELD HOCKEY ROUTS LASELL IN RECORD-SETTING 9-2 VICTORY

Team captains Del Vecchio and Proud combine for six goals and an assist

Below: Ashley Del Vecchio

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  Field hockey softened what has turned out to be a disappointing season Tuesday with a record-setting 9-2 non-conference rout of Lasell College at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

After scoring just 12 goals through its first 12 matches, Eastern (2-11) put an eight-game losing streak behind it with its goal total against Lasell (4-8), which breaks the previous mark of eight, set in a season-opening 8-0 home win in 2004 over Stevens Tech, a first-year program at the time.

A new alignment which featured four attacking players paid immediate dividends for the Warriors Tuesday, with the starting forward line combining for all but one of the team's goals and for two of its four assists. Team captains and starting forwards Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) and Melanie Proud (Wall Township, NJ) tied the program record for goals by potting three each. Del Vecchio also contributed an assist which tied the program record for points (7) in a match. Senior Dana McLaughlin (West Hartford), moved from midfield to forward to start the match, recorded her first points of the season with a goal and assist, and freshman forward Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) added a goal.

Until Tuesday, the last player to score as many as three goals in a match was Mo Deegan  six years ago. The only other time a player had totaled seven points in a match came  ten years ago, when Nicole Otterspoor had three goals and an assist in a 6-0 home win over Lasell.

The Warriors scored on five of their first six shots Tuesday, striking for  five goals before the game was nine minutes old. Proud started and ended the flurry with her third and fourth goals of the season, while Del Vecchio added a goal and assist in that onslaught. Two of Eastern's goals in the match came on penalty strokes, freshman Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor) posting her first career point to make it 4-0 in the eighth minute. Del Vecchio opened the second half with a penalty-stroke goal to make it 6-0. Del Vecchio's third goal of the match with ten minutes remaining was her team-leading seventh of the season.

Sophomore Erika Malito (Killingly) contributed her first point of the season with an assist on Del Vecchio's late goal - her third career helper.

Not to be outdone, Eastern's defense diffused all 15 of Lasell's penalty corners, the Lasers unable to score directly off that re-start during the entire match. Eastern defenders were also credited with four defensive saves, three by junior sweeper Rachel Cocola (South Windsor) and one by Santanello.

Sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) ended a personal six-game losing streak in the cage by making two saves in a scoreless first half. Senior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) stopped four shots over the final 35 minutes, and got additional help from Cocola's and Santanello's defensive saves.

Eastern hosts Salem State College in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 1 p.m. on Seniors' and Family Day.

Eastern Conn. 9, Lasell College 2

Lasell College (4-8)          0     2   --   2
Eastern Conn. (2-11)        5     4   --   9

Scoring: E-Melanie Proud 2:51; E-Ashley Del Vecchio (Dana McLaughlin) 6:00; E-Kristin Santanello (Del Vecchio) 7:00; E-Rochelle Normandin (penalty stroke) 7:49; E-Proud (Ali Chapman) 8:19; E-Del Vecchio (penalty stroke) 37:56; E-Proud 42:01; L-Kasey Looney (Concetta Nicoloro) 55:41; E-McLaughlin 56:10; E-Del Vecchio (Erika Malito) 59:30; L-Tia Pratt 65:16.
Shots: L-17, E-19; Saves: L-Christine Thornton 6; E-Danielle Reichardt 2 (0 goals allowed, 35:00 min.), Tia Mucciarone 4 (2, 35:00).
Penalty corners: L-15, E-2.

 

 


 

VOLLEYBALL BATTLES CONN IN COMPETITIVE THREE-GAME LOSS

Against No.5-ranked Camels, Warriors lose by a combined 13 points

Below: Ashley Tuggle

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn.-- Women's volleyball battled Connecticut College, but was ultimately felled by a poor attack percentage for the second straight match in a three-game loss Tuesday evening at Luce Fieldhouse.

Playing its second match against a team ranked in the New England Top Ten in four days, Eastern (10-13) dropped tight 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 decisions as Conn College (15-4) won its sixth straight. The Camels are ranked No. 5 in New England.

Although sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) improved her team-leading attack percentage to .305 by collecting eight kills without an error, the Warriors attacked at only .039, well below their season percentage of .172. Eastern attacked at .108 in the two-point Game 1 loss, then managed only a -.074 mark in Game 2 and a .051 percentage in Game 3.

The Warriors took a quick 5-2 lead in Game 1 but had to later rally to pull to within 23-22 behind the serving of Ibsen. Conn attained the win with a pair of kills to take the first game. With Eastern railing by six points late in Game 2, senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) served four straight point to cut the gap to two, but a service error and consecutive attack errors allowed the hosts to score the final five points. In Game 3, the Warriors erased an early six-point deficit, later scoring six in a row behind the serving of Ibsen to move out to a 14-11 lead. Leading by four, 20-16, Eastern was outscored 9-1 the rest of the way

Tuggle, who served as the team's libero for the first two games, finished with seven digs and two service aces. First-year sophomore transfer Britt Carrier (Southington), who went over 1,500 collegiate assists last week, had 17 assists and  added seven digs. Sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) led all Eastern players with nine kills but was unable to put down her last ten attempts. Freshman Erin Moriarty (Higganum) tied her career-best with six blocks, three coming in succession early in Game 2. As a  team, Eastern recorded 14 blocks, with Ibsen, Carrier and Slonski supporing Moriarty with two each.

Saturday at the Crabtree Classic, Eastern dropped a three-game match to Amherst College, ranked No. 9 in New England. After attacking above .200 in three of its previous four matches, Eastern managed just -.011 against the Lord Jeffs.

Rachel Schroff had eight kills and nine digs to lead Conon to its  seventh win in the last eight contests - second straight against Eastern after the Warriors won seven in a row in this series. Schroff was  last week's New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Sophomore Amy Newman and Lauren Wise chipped in with eight kills each for the winning side in the victory.  Junior setter Marissa DeMais dished out 31 assists.

Eastern visits MIT Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to meet the Engineers, ranked No. 6 in New England. The Warriors face St. Lawrence University at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Connecticut College 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (10-13)       23    18    21
Conn College (15-4)          25    25    25

M-SOCCER CAN'T CRACK KEAN IN 2-0 INTER-REGIONAL SETBACK

Cougars are outshot 22-12 by Warriors but get brilliant goalkeeping

UNION, N.J. - Kean University got production from unexpected sources to shut out men's WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgsoccer, 2-0, in an inter-regional matchup Monday night.

For Kean (6-5-3), sophomore keeper Brian Haines was brilliant in only his third start of the season in place of junior Alfredo Oquendo, and freshman Abner Denis scored the first two goals of his career as the Cougars gained revenge for their 3-1 loss to Eastern (8-4-1) last year at Thomas Nevers Field.

Haines made ten saves in all, at least four of them outstanding ones as the Warriors were shut out for only the second time this year. Haines lowered his goals-against average to 0.36 in four appearances this year. Haines also got help from his defenders, with one clearing the ball off the goal line on a bid by Eastern freshman back Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury).

Playing its fourth straight road game, Eastern had shut out its opponent in its previous two outings and in three of its last four. The Warriors had traveled to Portland, ME two days ago for a 2-0 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine.

Both of Kean's goals came on counter-attacks, with Denis finishing off one scoring chance midway through the first half and another nine minutes into the second half.

For the third straight match, Eastern held a sizable advantage in both shots and corner kicks. The Warriors outshot the Cougars 22-12 and did not allow a corner kick, recording a dozen of their own. In the last three matches, Eastern has outshot its opponent nearly 3-to-1 and has a 32-3 advantage in corner kicks.

"We possessed well and created chance after chance after chance," noted third-year head coach Greg DeVito. "We had at least 3-4 great chances, but (Haines)  was really quick and made two great saves in each half. But I'll give our kids a lot of credit. We never quit. We were just a little bit unlucky."

Eastern all-region senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), the team leader with nine goals and 21 points, took seven of Eastern's shots, with Haines saving all four that were on net. Fantl needs one career point to become the program's first 100-point achiever in 18 years.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference match Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kean U. 2, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (8-4-1)          0     0   --   0
Kean U. (6-5-3)                   1     1   --   2

Scoring: Abner Denis (Guilherme Argollo) 26:26; Denis (Michael Custidiano) 53:39.
Shots: E-22, K-12; Saves: E-Carl Appel 2 (2 goals allowed, 60:14 min.), Jordan Munsell 0 (0, 29:46); K-Brian Haines 10.
Corner kicks: E-12, K-0.


 

QUINONES, JOHNSON PACE W-CROSS COUNTRY AT JAMES EARLEY INVITE

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

Warriors match last year's finish with 12th-place showing in field of 25

Below: Amanda Quinones (Aniko Szabo photo)

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WESTFIELD, Mass. - First-year sophomore runner Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) led her team in a collegiate cross country race for the first time, placing 26th overall Saturday at the 14th Annual James Earley Cross Country Invitational at Stanley Park.

Behind Quinones and junior Karina Johnson (East Hartford), Eastern matched its 12th-place of a year ago, this year placing among the top half of the 25-team field. Teams from the New England Alliance - University of Southern Maine and host Westfield State College - placed 1-2 in the field with point totals of 58 and 88, respectively.

The team's fourth finisher across the line at the Connecticut College Invitational two weeks ago, Quinones set the pace for nine Eastern runners Saturday. Over the 5,000 meter layout, the Division I transfer averaged a 6:42 mile and was timed in 20:48 in scoring 25 points.  Johnson, who had led Eastern runners in the previous 13 meets in which she had competed, was 24 seconds off Quinones' pace. Johnson was timed in 21:12 and  totaled 35 team points.

Junior Becky Knapp (Naugatuck), freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and junior Amanda Ericson (Bolton) all scored points for the Warriors, with freshmen Denica Gagnon (Colchester) and Megan Frost (Fairfield) comprising the team's top seven. Knapp had a scoring place of 86th, Gingras 94th and Ericson 103rd. Knapp was timed in 22:50, five minutes faster than a year ago when she placed 190th in a field of 206.

Quinones ran competitively at Rider University last fall, where the Broncos took second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships  at Lake Buena Vista, FL. She was the team's eighth-place finisher in that meet.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Mansfield Hollow State Park in its final tuneup before the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Oct. 31 at Keene, NH.


14th Annual
James Earley Women's Cross Country Invitational
Team  Results
Top 10

1. U. of Southern Maine 58; 2. Westfield State College 88; 3. Trinity College 116; 4. Roger Williams U. 143; 5. Bridgewater State College 149; 6. U. of New England 191; 7. Gordon College 221; 8. Massachusetts Dartmouth 239; 9. Pace U. 245; 10. Rhode Island College 276. 12. EASTERN CONN. 343.

Eastern's finishers

26. Amanda Quinones 20:48; 36. Karina Johnson 21:12; 98. Becky Knapp 22:50; 113. Cora Gingras 23:13; 127. Amanda Ericson 23:36; 140. Denica Gagnon 23;51; 187. Megan Frost 25:37; 189. Melissa Healy 25:41; 192. Brittany Miskell 25:47.

 


 

DAVE HUNT SECOND AT EARLEY MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY INVITE

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

First-year senior becomes program's top finisher ever at competition

Below: Top three finishers Hunt (347), Buczek (343) and Miller (351) (Aniko Szabo photo)

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWESTFIELD, Mass. -  Senior Dave Hunt (New Milford) became the Warriors' highest finisher ever at the James Earley Cross Country Invitational  with a second-place finish in a field of 253 Saturday at Stanley Park.

Running cross country for the first season at Eastern after a three-year career at Central Connecticut, Hunt was less than five seconds off the time of individual winner Jonathan Joyce of Westfield State. Running at a 5:19 pace, Hunt was timed in 26:28 over the 8,000 meter layout. Joyce posted a winning time of 26:22.

With Hunt, senior Sam Buczek (Milford) and freshman Nick Miller (Norwich) placing among the top 50, Eastern claimed eighth place as a team in a field of 23 with a total of 204 points.  Buczek scored 36 points, Miller 42.

UMass Dartmouth, like Eastern a member of the Little East Conference, won the team title with 72 points, 24 less than runner-up Trinity College. All five of UMass's scorers placed among the top 21.

Hunt becomes only the third Eastern runner to finish among the Top 10 in the race. In 2000, freshman Kris Sortwell crossed the line in tenth place in a field of 159 and in 1999, freshman Mike Chilly was eighth.

Also among Eastern's top five scorers Saturday were freshman Tim Callahan (Portland) and senior David Tignonsini (Vernon).  Callahan scored 55 points, Tignonsini 69. Rounding out the top seven were sophomore Andrew Orum (Griswold) and freshman Brad Beausoleil (Plainfield).  Orum placed 79th and Beausoleil 87th.

It marks the seventh Top 10 finish in the race for Eastern, which has competed in all 14 James Earley meets. With two runners among the Top 20 in 2001, the Warriors recorded their highest finish ever, at fourth place  in a field of 22.

A former all-state cross country runner and Class "LL" 1,600 meter state champion in high school, Hunt added to his impressive finishes this fall. He began his Eastern cross country career Sept. 11 by winning the Fitchburg State College Jim Sheehan Memorial race at Coggshall Park in Fitchburg, was 46th in a field of 262 Sept. 19 at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational and 20th in a field of 214 Sept. 26 at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Mansfield Hollow State Park in its final tuneup before the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Oct. 31 at Keene, NH.

14th Annual
James Earley Men's Cross Country Invitational
Team  Results
Top 10

1. Massachusetts Dartmouth 72; 2. Trinity  College 96;
3. Westfield State College 102; 4. Roger Williams U. 126; 5. Bridgewater State College 140; 6. Gordon College 147; 7. Rhode Island College 154; 8. EASTERN CONN. 204; 9. Mass Maritime Academy 284; 10. U. of New England 319.

Eastern's finishers

2. Dave Hunt 26:28; 38. Sam Buczek 28:01; 44. Nick Miller 28:12; 60. Tim Callahan 28:50; 75. David Tignonsini 29:17; 85. Andrew Orum 29:33; 101. Brad Beausoleil 30:06; 108. Casey McGarvey 30:17; 137. Bryan Jorge 31:19; 156. Ryan Hughest 31:45.

 

USM IS FIFTH SHUTOUT VICTIM

 Men's soccer holds Huskies scoreless for fourth time in six years

Below: Dan Fish

fish_72dpi_5656.jpgPORTLAND, Maine -- Freshman back Dan Fish (Marlborough) scored his first career goal LEClogo-1WEB.jpgand senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) followed with the 41st of his four-year career as men's soccer shut out the University of Southern Maine, 2-0, Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference match at Memorial Field.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Eastern (8-3-1, 2-1-1 little east) has won its last four matches by shutout, posting its fifth overall this season. It marks the fourth shutouts for Eastern  in the last six meetings with Southern Maine (5-5-1, 1-2-0 little east).

Southern Maine lost for the first time after a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). Eastern held a 14-4 advantage in shots and 10-2 edge in penalty kicks.

Eastern capitalized on a corner kick to score the first goal with six minutes left in the first half and Fantl added an insurance goal midway through the second half. Fish's goal originated with a corner kick by sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) , with sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) feeding Fish as the Warriors broke the 39-minute stalemate. Furman also created the scoring chance for Fantl with his team-leading fourth assist of the season.

Fantl's team-leading ninth goal of this season  produced his  98th and 99th career points in 73 career matches.  With his next point, he will become the program's first 100-point scorer since Jason Brasher totalled 105 in a four-year career 18 years ago. Last year, Fantl totaled career-highs of 16 goals and 40 points and was named the conference offensive Player-of-the-Year and  first-team all-region.

Sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made one save for his ninth full shutout in 32 career starts.

Since late October of 2005, Eastern has now lost only four of 27 matches in conference regular-season play, winning 15 and tying eight.

Eastern visits Kean University Monday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Eastern Conn. 2, U. of Southern Maine 0

Eastern Conn. (8-3-1, 2-1-0 little east) 1 1 -- 2
Southern Maine (5-5-1, 1-2-0 little east) 0 0 -- 0

Scoring: Dan Fish (Aaron Smiles, Matt Furman) 39;11; Maxim Fantl (Furman) 68:23.
Shots: E-14, S-4; Saves: E-Carl Appel 1, S-David Kreps 3.
Corner kicks: E-10, S-2

 

 

 

RAMS BUTT FIELD HOCKEY, 6-1

Warriors lose eighth straight, remain winless in Little East competition

Below: Ali Chapman

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass . -- The Framingham State College field hockey team maintained a share of the lead in the Little East Conference LEClogo-1WEB.jpgSaturday with a 6-1 win over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday.

Framingham's (9-2, 6-1 little east) victory over a reeling Eastern (1-11, 0-7 little east) is the Warriors' eighth straight loss and allows the Rams to maintain a share of the conference lead. They share the top spot in the 12-team conference with Fitchburg State and UMass Dartmouth. Eastern and Worcester State are the only teams in the conference without a win.

 The victory is Framingham's fourth in the last five games since the Warriors won the first five matches in the series.

The Rams held a 20-5 advantage in shots and a a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners and were able to convert three corners into goals.

Junior Andrea DiTerlizzi scored the game winner in the 30th minute as she took a pass on a corner from senior midfielder Jade Franzen and connected for her first of the season. 

The Rams added two more goals before the half to extend their lead to 3-0 at the break.  Sophomore midfielder Kayleigh Force found senior Kali Barrett in the circle and Barrett connected for her ninth goal of the season at 30:55.  Less than three minutes later sophomore Kristin Gentili scored an unassisted tally which was also her first goal of the season.

Eastern avoided its eighth shutout loss when sophomore Ali Chapman (Watertown) scored with 1:31 left - her second goal of the season.

Sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made ten saves before departing 13 minutes into the second half on the short end of a 4-0 score.

Three of Eastern's remaining four conference matches are against teams residing in the second tier of the conference.

Eastern hosts   Lasell College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Framingham State College 6, Eastern Conn. 1

Eastern Conn. (1-11, 0-7 little east)  0 1 -- 1
Framingham State (9-2, 6-1 little east) 3 3 -- 6

Scoring: F-Andrea DiTerlizzi (Jade Franzen) 29:49; F-Kali Barrett (Kayleigh Force) 30;55; F-Kristin Gentili 33:36; F-Force 40:06; F-Katie Barry 53:23; F-Barrett (Franzen) 63:53; E-Ali Chapman 28:29.
Shots: E-5, F-20; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 10 (4 goals allowed, 48:01 min.), Tia Mucciarone 1 (2, 21:59); F-Allesha Kenyon 4 (0 goals allowed, 56:59), Stephanie Bourgeois 0 (1, 13:01).
Penalty corners: E-2, F-9.

 

SWANN NETS 3 GOALS IN 25 MINUTES IN 6-1 WOMEN'S SOCCER VICTORY

Warriors move into third place in LEC with win over Southern Maine

Below: Sarah Swann (2)

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. Senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) became the 18th player in women's soccer history to score as many as three goals in a match, punching in all three in a span of 25 minutes in the first half as the Warriors eased past the University of Southern Maine, 6-1, Saturday afternoon  in a Little East Conference match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The hat trick was the first in the 67-game career of Swann but was her sixth career multiple-goal game - fourth this season in the last seven matches. The three goals is one behind the match record of four, performed four times.

By scoring three goals in each half, Eastern (6-3-3, 2-1-1 little east) remains undefeated at home this year at 3-0-2. The victory, coupled with UMass Boston's 1-0 home win over defending champion Western Connecticut State University, moves Eastern one point ahead of the Colonials into third place in the Little East Conference. Keene State remained perfect at 4-0 with a 2-0 win over host UMass Dartmouth, giving the Owls 12 points.  UMass Boston has ten points with a 3-0-1 record, its only non-win a scoreless tie at Eastern last Saturday. The Warriors have seven points, Western six.

After missing her first shot against Southern Maine, Swann scored on her next two tries  in a span of less than three minutes, then scored her third goal on her fifth shot with seven minutes left in the half.  She becomes the seventh Eastern player to score at least three goals in one half. The record for goals in a half is four.

Junior wing back Stephanie Norell (Stratford) found Swann with a long free kick from just over mid field for the first goal of the match in the 13th minute. Swann was taken down near midfield, which set up Norell's free kick. The kick took one hop in the box and landed at the foot of Swann, who slid it into the goal. Senior Taylor MacDonald's (Oak Bluffs, MA) short pass on the right side less than three minutes later found Swann, who sent a shot inside the far left post to make it 2-0. The scoring play was made possible when sophomore Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) made a run into the box. She lost possession but Taylor was there to collect the ball when the Huskies were unable to clear.

Sophomore Katelyn Vaughan (Hamden) recorded her first career points by helping to set up junior Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) with the team's fourth goal in the 64th minute, then scoring her first goal with three minutes left on assists from freshmen Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and Christine DeFilippo (Ronnkonkoma, NY). The assist was the first career point for DeFilippo.

Merheb took over the team lead with her fourth and fifth assists of the season. After setting up the second goal, Merheb positioned Swann for the third goal with a pass that allowed Swann to beat Southern Maine senior keeper Alison Bradley to the ball and fire a shot which deflected off the charging keeper and rolled into the cage. On that third goal, Merheb took the ball away in Eastern's defensive third, carried briefly, and sprung Swann with a perfect through-ball through three USM defensers. Midway through the second half, Merheb then slotted a pass to Vaughan, who carried to the end line. Stationed unmarked in front of the goal, Hickey one-timed the perfect pass past Bradley from close range for her third career goal.

Senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) made one save in the first half to record the win in net, and contributed her third career goal after entering the match as a field player with 23 minutes left.

Swann leads Eastern in goals (9) and points (20) this year, and now has 27 goals and 12 assists for 66 points in 67 career matches. Her nine goals this year  is a season high and her 20 points ties her season high, both marks first set in 2007. The goals move her into sixth place all-time. She ranks ninth in points, one behind Pam Neff (97-00).

Eastern hosts Amherst College Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are ranked third in New England and No. 19 in Division III.


Eastern Conn. 6, U. of Southern Maine 1

Southern Maine (2-10-0, 1-3-0 little east)     0   1 -- 1
Eastern Conn. (6-3-3, 2-1-1 little east)         3   3 -- 6

Scoring: E-Sarah Swann (Stephanie Norell) 12:20; E-Swann (Taylor MacDonald) 15:04;  E-Swann (Jo-Ann Merheb) 37:37; S-Heidi DeHaan (Bridget FitzGerald) 50:56; E-Lauren Hickey (Merheb, Katelyn Vaughan) 63:00; E-Kim Church 71:56; E-Vaughan (Kelly Wallace, Christine DeFilippo) 87:06.
Shots: S-2, E-18; Saves: S-Alison Bradley 6 (5 goals allowed, 73:53 min.), Kat Rothe 0 (1, 16:07); E-Kim Church 1 (0 goals allowed, 45:00 min.), Theresa Pagnozzi 0 (1, 36:00), Mackenzie MacLeod 0 (0, 9:00).
Corner kicks: S-1, E-6.

KANOFF DIRECTS AMHERST TO CRABTREE INVITE CHAMPIONSHIP

Lord Jeffs sweep Warriors in final match to gain tournament title

Below: Britt Carrier

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - In a battle of the two tournament unbeaten teams, sophomore Katherine Kanoff had 16 kills without an error to help carry the Amherst College women's volleyball team to a three-game win over the Warriors Saturday afternoon and claim the team championship of the 29th Annual Crabtree Classic women's volleyball invitational at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-20, 25-13, 25-9.

Ranked No. 9 in New England Amherst (14-3) posted three three-game sweeps in the tournament. The Lord Jeffs defeated Emmanuel College Friday night and the University of New England Saturday afternoon before besting Eastern (10-12) in the final match of the tournament. Eastern was the defending champion and had won three of the previous seven titles.

Amherst gave up as many as 20 points in a game only twice, in Game Two against New England and against Eastern in the first game. It was Amherst's eighth straight win over Eastern after the Warriors took the first three decisions in this series.

Voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, the 5-foot-9 inch Kanoff attacked at .471 against Eastern and at .423 earlier Saturday against New England. She collected 32 kills in the tournament with just one error.

Kanoff was joined on the all-tournament team by junior libero Rachel Yorke, who had  20 of her tournament total of 45 digs against Eastern. In the tournament, Yorke posted a reception percentage of .962, making only two errors on 52 tries.

Against Eastern, junior Jackie Berkley and sophomore Cristy Meier combined for 18 kills. Senior Bethany Belisle followed Yorke with 11 digs and freshman Callie Neilson put up 30 set assists.

Earlier Saturday, Eastern emerged with a four-game win over Emmanuel College in a match which was decided by a total of ten points. Against Amherst, no Eastern player had more than six kills. Sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had 17 digs and commited only one reception error on 25 tries. Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington), who represented Eastern on the all-tournament team, had seven digs, three service aces and 13 set assists.

For New England Saturday in its win over Emmanuel and loss to Amherst, senior Claire Varner had 22 kills and freshman Paige Curran 13; junior Meghan Flynn totaled five blocks and all-tournament selection senior Ellen Choinski 55 set assists. In the win over Emmanuel, Varner had 14 kills and freshman Lindsey Cashell 11 kills and 12 digs and junior Angie Gust 11 digs. Gust also had a .947 reception percentage on 19 tries.

In Emmanuel's two tight losses Saturday, junior Megan Clary collected 63 digs and freshman Samantha Andazola 62. All-tournament pick sophomore Jenna Ross came up with 26 digs against Eastern. Offensively, senior Diana Grimaldi had 20 kills and attacked at .439, junior Megan Murray 19 kills and a .333 attack percentage, and senior Nicole McAllister a team-high 21 kills. McAllister and Grimaldi also each added five blocks. . In addition to her digs, Andazola handled 54 recpetions with just one error and Ross 41 with just one miscue. Sophomore Kathryne Olsen set for 70 assists.

Eastern, which had swept Emmanuel in September in the Saints' opening match of the year, had more difficulty this time around. After the teams traded two-point decisions in the first two games, there were ten ties in Game 3 before the Warriors scored four straight to go up 22-18 en route to the three-point win. In the final game, the Saints erased an early 7-1 deficit  The Saints led by five late in that game but couldn't finish off the Warriors on game point and Eastern scored the final three points to close out the victory.

Against Emmanuel, sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) had 16 kills and attacked at .389 and added four blocks,  freshman Erin Moriarty (Higganum) ten kills without an error and a .714 attack percentage, sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) 13 kills, 15 digs,  three blocks and three service aces, and freshman Danielle Bourne (Branford) had 12 kills and attacked at .478.. Carrier put up an Eastern-high 48 assists and added nine digs. It was the eighth time in her collegiate career that Carrier had at least 40 assists and was one behind her collegiate-high which was set last year at Johnson & Wales University. Abelli dug up 25 balls, junior Alyssa Ruta (Holbrook, NY) nine and senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) eight.

A first-year player at Eastern, Carrier was competing in the tournament for the second year. Last year at Johnson & Wales, her team lost to Eastern in the four-game final.

 

29th Annual Crabtree Classic
Women's Volleyball Invitational
At Willimantic, Conn.

FINAL STANDINGS

                                                     Match      Game
Institution (Overall Record)             W L        W L
Amherst College (14-3)                      3 0          9 0
Eastern Conn. (10-12)                        2 1          6 5
U. of New England (7-10)                    1 2          4 8
Emmanuel College (13-7)                    0 3         3 9

All-Tournament Team

  6 KATHERINE KANOFF*  So., Amherst College (Pacific Palisades, CA)
  3 Rachel Yorke, Jr., Amherst College (Los Angeles)
  9 Britt Carrier, So., Eastern Conn.  (Southington, CT)
  4 Ellen Choinski, Sr., U. New England (Saunderstown, RI)
15 Jenna Ross, So., Emmanuel College (Centerburg, OH)
*-Most Outstanding Player

Saturday's Results

U. of New England 3, Emmanuel College 2

Emmanuel College (13-6) 25 22 25 22   8
U. New England (7-9)  17 25 18 25 15

Eastern Conn. 3, Emmanuel College 1

Emmanuel College (13-7) 27 23 22 25
Eastern Conn. (10-11)  25 25 25 27

Amherst College 3, U. of New England 0

U.New England (7-10) 17 24 11
Amherst College (13-3) 25 26 25

Amherst College 3,  Eastern Conn. 0

Amherst College (14-3) 25 25 25
Eastern Conn. (10-12)  20 13   9

Friday's Results

Amherst College 3, Emmanuel College 0

Amherst College (12-3) 25 25 25
Emmanuel College (13-5) 17 19 13

Eastern Conn. 3, U. of New England 1

U. New England (6-9)  26 22 21 17
Eastern Conn. (9-11)  24 25 25 25


 

EASTERN, AMHERST WINNERS IN OPENING ROUND OF CRABTREE

In women's volleyball, Lord Jeffs sweep Emmanuel, Warriors down UNE

Below: Samantha Slonski

 

slonski_slide4021.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Cristy Meier had 20 kills and Rachel Yorke 12 digs as the Amherst College women's volleyball team snapped the ten-match winning streak of Emmanuel College with a sweep in the opening match of the 29th Annual Crabtree Classic Friday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymasium.

In the second of two matches, the host Warriors rebounded from a two-point first-game loss to down the University of New England in four games.

Amherst (12-3) posted 25-17, 25-19, 25-13 wins over Emmanuel (13-5) and Eastern (9-11) came back from a 26-24 loss to claim 25-21, 25-17 victories over New England (6-9).

The first match featured Amherst's power against the digging ability of Emmanuel. Amherst never trailed in the first game and was behind only once by a point in Game 2 before bouncing back from an early 4-1 deficit in Game 3 to pull away for the win. With the score tied at 10 in Game 3, the Lord Jeffs outscored the Saints 10-2 to opne up a 20-12 lead.Jackie Berkley had a kill and block assist  and Meier had three kills.

Eastern's Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) entered the match against New England in the second game, where she served and attacked the Warriors into an early lead. Ibsen was 6-for-8 without an attack error in that game. After losing the first game, Eastern trailed 21-20 in Game 2. At that point, Ibsen had three kills and Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor)  closed out the win with a service ace.

The Warriors scored the final four points of Game 3 en route to the four-point win. Ibsen broke the tie with successive kills, New England commited an attack error, and Samantha Slonski (Griswold) collected her eighth kill of the game to give Eastern a 2-1 lead. The Warriors broke to a 12-2 lead in the final game behind Slonski (four kills in the game) and the Nor'easters never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Eastern setter Britt Carrier (Southington) had 41 assists - her highest total since she recorded 44 in the opening match of the season.

New England scored the first four and last four points of the first game, with Kristen Edwards and Claire Varner contributing big kills in the final stages of that game.

Each team will play three matches in the four-team, round-robin tournament. Eastern is the defending champion. The Warriors won three of four matches in last year's five-team tournament,  and New England split four.

29th Annual Crabtree Classic
Women's Volleyball Invitational
At Willimantic, Conn.


Friday's Results

Amherst College 3, Emmanuel College 0

Amherst College (12-3) 25 25 25
Emmanuel College (13-5) 17 19 13

Statistical leaders:
Amherst College
Cristy Meier 20 kills
Katherine Kanoff 5 kills
Rachel Yorke 12 digs, 14 rec. attempts, 1 error
Kristin Keeno 7 digs
Callie Neilson 22 assists
Laura Hyman 6 kills, 3 blocks
Jackie Berkley 2 blocks

Emmanuel College
Megan Clary 16 digs
Jenna Ross 15 digs, 16 rec. attempts with 0 errors, 4 kills
Samantha Andazola 20 rec. attempts with 1 error
Kathryne Olsen 21 assists
Nicole McAllister 5 kills
Diana Grimaldi 5 kills

Eastern Conn. 3, U. of New England 1

U. New England (6-9)  26 22 21 17
Eastern Conn. (9-11)  24 25 25 25

Statistical leaders:
U. of New England
Lindsey Cashell 9 kills with a .389 attack pct., 8 digs
Kristen Edwards 7 kills with a .300 attack pct., 4 blocks
Angie Gust 19 digs
Ellen Choinski 17 assists
Paige Curran 4 blocks

Eastern Conn.
Samantha Slonski 18 kills with a .245 attack pct., 11 digs, 2 blocks, 18 rec. attempts with 0 errors
Kristianna Ibsen 11 kills with a .563 atack pct., 2 blocks
Britt Carrier 41 assists, 5 kills, 2 blocks
Taylor Abelli 11 digs, 4 aces
Ashley Tuggle 9 digs, 2 aces

Saturday's Schedule

U. of New England vs. Emmanuel College, 10 a.m.
Eastern Conn. vs. Emmanuel College, noon
Amherst College vs. U. of New England, 2 p.m.
Amherst College vs. Eastern Conn., 4 p.m.

 

BASEBALL PITCHER MURPHY GETS CALL TO EASTERN HALL OF FAME

Lefty was 20-game winner and led DIII in victories as a junior All-America

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murphy72dpi_3087.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - A left-handed pitcher who rose from the sub-varsity to stardom in two short years in the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program, Brian Murphy 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.

After pitching exclusively on the sub-varsity level as a freshman in 1976 and seeing limited varsity action as a sophomore, Murphy developed into the team's stopper in his final two seasons. In his junior and senior seasons, the North Grosvenor Dale native and 1975 Tourtellotte Memorial High School graduate, won 20 of 25 decisions with 2.09 ERA in 176 2/3 innings, completed 14 of his 24 starts, and won all three of his decisions in NCAA regional tournament competition.

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

In 39 career outings over three seasons, Murphy was 24-8 with three saves and a 2.62 ERA in 209 2/3 innings. He completed more than half (15) of his 29 career starts with four shutouts, 178 strikeouts, and 81 walks.

As a junior in 1978, Murphy led Division III with 12 victories and New England Division III with a 1.61 ERA (11th nationally) on the way to third-team All-America accolades. In winning one-third of the team's 36 games that season (the winningest regular season to that point in program history), Murphy lost only two, completed seven of his 13 starts with three shutouts, and fashioned a 3-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 95 1/3 innings. His innings pitched that season ranked second among the top 15 winningest pitchers in Division III and his strikeouts trailed the national leader by only eight.

Voted the team's Best Pitcher twice and its MVP once, Murphy had an 18-2 career record 
Up north in the regular season, In his career, he was 11-2 against Division III opponents, both losses coming during his first varsity season in 1977.

As a junior and senior, Murphy started the team's season and regional tournament openers and completed 14 of his 24 starts. He pitched a complete-game six-hitter in a 4-3 win that opened the 1978 regional tournament opener against Pace University. In 1979, he tossed a complete-game four-hitter in a 3-2 victory over Westfield State, then came back in relief the next day to gain a 4-2 win over Ithaca College in the losers' bracket final, allowing one hit in two innings.

In a five-game stretch midway through his 1978 All-America season, Murphy gave up only one earned run and ten hits in a stretch of 30 innings, fanning 44 and walking only ten and winning all four of his decisions. Murphy pitched a seven-inning, one-hit shutout over Rhode Island College in the second game of that span, fanning a career-high 12.

Murphy won the final six decisions of his career and repeated All-New England honors, earning a spot on the second team in his senior season. Following a 2-3 start which included losses to Division I East Carolina and Virginia Tech on the team's season-opening southern trip, Murphy did not lose after April 8, with a complete-game 9-1 victory at Division II power  University of New Haven among his top regular-season accomplishments that season. He finished a remarkable seven of his 11 starts that year.

Murphy won nearly one-quarter of Eastern's 102 games in his three-year varsity career and led the Warriors to three NCAA Division III tournaments and an overall winning percentage of .739.

Thirty years after graduation, Murphy still ranks among the all-time Top 10 in wins (8th),
complete games (3rd) and shutouts (tied for 6th). Among pitchers with at least 100 career innings, Murphy currently ranks tenth all-time by averaging 10.22 hits and walks per nine innings. He was the program's winningest left-handed pitcher at the time of his graduation, and ranked third  behind only Hall of Fame righties John Caneira and Steve Thomas in most career categories at the time of graduation.

Following his senior year, Murphy was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1979 First-Year Player draft by the New York Yankees. At the rookie level, he was 5-0 with seven saves and a 2.58 ERA and spent the next year rooming with Hall of Famer Don Mattingly at Class A Greensboro, NC.

Following his release from professional baseball in 1981, Murphy was hired by the Department of Corrections. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Operations and currently serves as Interim Commissioner.

Previously announced as 2009 Hall of Fame selections were  New London native Tammy Schondelmayer, Rutland, VT native Jeff Brewer and Trumbull native Terry Hinesley.

 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; Brewer was a three-year baseball pitcher between 1981 and 1983 who won 28 games and saved eight and helped Eastern to the 1982 NCAA Division III national championship; and Hinesley was the starting men's soccer goalkeeper when the Warriors posted 27 shutouts in a three-year stretch between 1984 and 1986.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FIELD HOCKEY FALLS BY 3-0 SCORE

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At right:: Danielle Reichardt

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Field hockey  continued to struggle on the offensive end, sustaning its seventh loss this year by shutout in a 3-0 setback at Wesleyan University Thursday night.

Since drubbing Wheelock College three weeks ago, Eastern (1-10), Eastern has dropped seven in a row, scoring only four goals in the process. Unbeaten against Eastern in six meetings in this series, Wesleyan (3-5)won for the first time after two straight losses.

Eastern sophomore goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ), the Little East Conference leader in saves per game, posted double-digit saves for the fourth time this year, stopping a career-high 13 shots before departing with nine minutes left on the short end of 3-0 score.

Eastern visits conference co-leader Framingham State College Saturday at 2 p.m.

Wesleyan U. 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (1-10)           0     0 -- 0
Wesleyan U. (3-5)              2     1 -- 3

Scoring: Liz Chabot (Taryn Murray, Jamie Thabault) 11:43; Morgan McCauley (Alexa David) 15:16; Murray (Emily Wenzel) 60:52.
Shots: E-2, W-23; Saves: E-Danielle Reichardt 13 (3 goals allowed, 60:52 min.), Tia Mucciarone 1 (0, 9:08); W-Tori Redding 2.
Penalty corners: E-1, W-9.

HICKEY'S LATE GOAL LIFTS SOCCER INTO OT TIE WITH WESLEYAN

Junior defender nets first goal of season with ten minutes left in regulation

Below: Lauren Hickey

hickey_72dpi_6276.jpgMIDDLETOWN, Conn. - By all rights,  women's WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgsoccer probably deserved a win in Wednesday's non-conference match against Wesleyan University.

As it turned out, the Warriors may have been fortunate to forge a tie.

Despite holding a significant advantage in shots on net, the Warriors needed junior back Lauren Hickey's (Southwick, MA) first goal of the season with 11 minutes left in regulation to force overtime, where the teams played 20 scoreless minutes in settling for a 1-1 tie.

The  tie is the fifth this season for Eastern (5-3-3) - second in five days - which has tied three of those matches and lost two. The Warriors did manage to extend their unbeaten streak against Wesleyan (5-3-1) to four games, having won two and tied two of those matches.

Hickey's second career goal was set up by senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford) with just over 11 minutes left in overtime. Swann rebounded from a missed penalty kick ten minutes earlier to contribute her second assist of the year and extend her team-leading point total to 14. Freshman Katrina Ellis-Ferrara's team-tying fourth goal of the year in the 16th minute of play had lifted the hosts into a quick lead, and that advantage stood up until Hickey's game-tying marker.

While there was only a two-shot differential in the game, Eastern peppered Wesleyan freshman keeper Kate Connolly-Smithwick with 11 shots, forcing the keeper to come up with ten saves to keep the match tied. Eastern senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) lowered her goals-against average to 1.03, making three saves.

Both teams had entered the match having played and lost to three opponents ranked in the most recent New England poll.  Two of Eastern's the losses come in overtime.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday, hosting the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 1, Wesleyan U. 1, 2 ot

Eastern Conn. (5-3-3)  0 1 (0) (0) -- 1
Wesleyan (5-3-1)  1 0 (0) (0) -- 1

Scoring: W-Kat Ellis-Ferrara (Dasha Battelle) 15:46; E-Lauren Hickey (Sarah Swann) 78:54.
Shots: E-18, W-16; Saves: E-Kim Church 3, W-Kat Connolly-Smithwick 10.
Corner kicks: E-5, W-3.

 

 

 

 

M-SOCCER ROLLS PAST BECKER, 5-0

Warriors use two scoring bursts to post non-conference victory

Below: Ryan McCormack

mccormack_shirt72DPI4845.jpgLEICESTER, Mass. -  Men's soccer scored twice in five minutes to break a scoreless tie and WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgthree times in the final nine minutes in rolling to a 5-0 non-conference victory over Becker College Tuesday afternoon.

It marks the sixth time in 11 matches  that Eastern (7-3-1) has scored at least three goals in a match. The Warriors recorded their fourth shutout of the season (second in the last three games) in handing Becker (2-9-1) its seventh shutout of the year, third in a row. Eastern is ranked ninth in New England.

Although Eastern could not break through with a goal until the final  minutes of the first half, the  prospects of a tightly-contested match between two teams selected to win their respective conferences this season never materialized. Although the game remained scoreless for over  40 minutes,  the Warriors were never threatened. Leading 2-0 at halftime, Eastern outshot Becker 11-2 after the break, finally breaking threw by scoring three goals in the final nine minutes. Eastern commanded a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks in the match.

Four first-year players contributed points for Eastern. Freshmen backs Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) and Ryan McCormack (Shelton) had their  first collegiate goals - McCormack's coming on his first collegiate shot. DeCasanova  also contributed an assist, as did freshman back Dan Fish (Marlborough). First-year sophomore midfielder Matt Furman (Montville) also scored his fifth goal of the year.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday at the University of Southern Maine at1 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 5, Becker College 0

Eastern Conn. (7-3-1)      1     4 --   5
Becker College (2-9-1)     0     0 --   0

Scoring: Own goal 42:36; Matt Furman (Dan Fish) 47:54; Nicholas Boretti (Jon DeCasanova) 81:09; Ryan McCormack (Sean Collins) 85:34; DeCasanova (Sean Capezzone) 89:50.
Shots: E-16, B-2; Saves: E-Carl Appel 0 (45:00 min.), Jordan Munsell 1 (45:00), B-Aaron Fill 4. Corner kicks: E-10, B-1.

 

 

WESTERN W-VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS

Colonials keep pace in race by keeping Warriors winless in LEC play

slonski_slide4456.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - First-team all-conference senior Rebecca Stein had ten kills with LEClogo-1WEB.jpga .529 attack percentage and collected six blocks to pace the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a three-game sweep  Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Samantha Slonski

Having lost four of the previous five matches against Eastern, Western (16-5, 4-1 little east) never trailed in the match, posting 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 victories over Eastern (8-11, 0-5 little east). Western has won ten of its last 12 and the Warriors have dropped eight of their last ten. The Colonials remain a half-game behind conference leader Plymouth State University, which needed only four games to defeat defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion Keene State College on its own court.

Rated second in the conference in blocks and attack percentage, the 6-foot-1 inch Stein commited only one error on 17 attack attempts in the match and added three block assists and three solo blocks. As a team, Western had five block solos and 13 assists.

Western scored six straight points to break from a 7-7 tie in Game 1, and scored six straight to pull away from a 3-3 tie in Game 2 to take an commanding lead in the match. Eastern trailed by four points early in Game 3 but pulled even at 14-all on a block by sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) and a kill by sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington). At that point, the Colonials answered with four straight points on two kills, a service ace and a block and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Freshman Paxton Thornton matched Stein with ten kills, junior Sammie Hathaway collected 33 assists, and sophomore Kelley Collins chipped in a game-high 18 digs.

Carrier and sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) combined for 13 kills for Eastern, with Carrier leading the Warriors with 13 digs. Slonski had four blocks and 18 assists and sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) had a .905 reception percentage on a team-high 21 attempts.

Eastern hosts its 29th Annual Crabtree Classic Friday and Saturday. The Warriors face the University of New England in their opener Friday night at 7 p.m.

Western Conn. 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Western Conn. (16-5, 4-1 little east)     25    25    25
Eastern Conn. (8-11, 0-5 little east)      17    14    16

FIELD HOCKEY DROPS SIXTH IN ROW

Surprising Fitchburg State maintains share of Little East lead with 6-1 win

Below: Dana McLaughlin

mclaughlin72dpi_7144.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior Megan Jacobs had two goals and senior Paula Bartalamia two LEClogo-1WEB.jpgassists as the Fitchburg State College field hockey team maintained a share of the Little East Conference lead with a 6-1 win Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Picked for tenth place in the 12-team conference in the pre-season coaches' poll, Fitchburg (7-3, 5-1 little east) held to a share of the conference lead with the victory. Fitchburg entered play having lost two of its last four after winning four straight. Eastern (1-9, 0-6 little east) was beaten for the sixth straight time, five of those setbacks coming in LEC play.

Jacobs needed less than six minutes to score her sixth and seventh goals of the season, tying Bartalamia for the team lead. Bartalamia, the conference's fifth-leading goal-scorer, was held off the board but chipped in two assists. Jacobs scored her first goal less than three minutes into play when she tucked in her own rebound, then scored on a pass from freshman Jamie Kelley, who took over the team lead with her sixth assist of the season.

Trailing 6-0 at halftime, Eastern did not allow a goal in the second half behind the goaltending of sophomore Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ). Reichardt, the LEC leader in saves per game, made four of her seven saves in the second half after taking over in net early in the match.

The Warriors avoided their seventh shutout of the season when junior Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) recorded her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a pass from sophomore Melissa Goffe (Newington) inside the final three minutes.

Fitchburg junior Taylor Van Ahnen  ranked among the top three in the LEC in goals-against average and save percentage, was not called upon for a save in blanking the Warriors in the first half.

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fitchburg State College 6, Eastern Conn. 1

Fitchburg State (7-3, 5-1 little east)      6    0   -- 6
Eastern Conn. (1-9, 0-6 little east)        0    1  -- 1

Scoring: F-Megan Jacobs 2:44; F-Jacobs (Jamie Kelley) 5:44; F-Eleni Aidonidis (Maria Roman, Paula Bartalamia) 8:26; F-Kelley (Bartalamia) 10:37; F-Heather Jerome 29:57; F-Hillary O'Kelly 34:05; E-Ashley Del Vecchio (Melissa Goffe) 67:31.
Shots: F-19, E-6; Saves: F-Taylor Van Ahnen 0 (35:00 min.), Abbie Brown 2 (1 goal allowed, 35:00); E-Tia Mucciarone 4 (3 goals allowed, 8:27 min.), Danielle Reichardt 7 (3, 61:33).
Penalty corners: F-8, E-7.

 

APPEL LEC GOALKEEPER-OF-WEEK

He becomes fifth different Eastern men's soccer player to be tabbed

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  LEClogo-1WEB.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) has become the fifth different men's soccer player to be recognized with a weekly award in five weeks when he was named Little East Conference Goalkeeper-of-the-Week Monday for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

A second-year starter in net for Eastern (6-3-1, 1-1-0 little east), Appel had a 1.03 goals-against average and .857 save percentage in a 1-1-0 week. He shared a shutout with junior Rick Emery (Brewster, NY) in a 3-0 win over visiting Salem State College Tuesday and lost a 2-1 double-overtime decision at Montclair State University Sunday. Against unbeaten Montclair, ranked No. 11 in the most recent NSCAA Division III national poll, Appel shut out the Red Hawks for 97 minutes between goals.

In eight starts this year, Appel shows a 1.32 GAA and .778 save percentage, ranking third in the LEC in both categories.  In addition to sharing Tuesday's shutout of Salem, he blanked visiting Western Connecticut State University, 4-0, in the team's conference opener Sept. 19. Prior to Sunday, his only loss was a 1-0 decision at Trinity College Sept. 23.

Eastern players previously recognized this year have been senior forward Maxin Fantl (West Hartford), sophomore midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven), sophomore forward Matt Furman (Montville) and freshman keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford). Esposito and Munsell  were named Defensive Player-of-the-Week and Rookie-of-the-Week, respectively, Sept. 7, Fantl Offensive Player-of-the-Week Sept. 14 and Furman Rookie-of-the-Week Sept. 21.

The weekly honor is the fourth in two years for Appel. He was selected Goalkeeper-of-the-Week in the second week of his freshman season after posting consecutive shutouts over Connecticut College and Ramapo College, and Rookie-of-the-Week Sept. 22 and Oct. 13.

Eastern visits Becker College Tuesday at 4 p.m.


 

MONTCLAIR WITHSTANDS M-SOCCER THREAT TO EXTEND NCAA STREAK

Looking to end Red Hawks' record home streak, Warriors fall just short

Below: Carl Appel

appelUSE_72dpi_5343.jpgMONTCLAIR, NJ. - On Wednesday, the Montclair WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgState University men's soccer team set an NCAA record with its 41st consecutive home victory. Sunday afternoon against Eastern Connecticut State University, the No. 11 nationally-ranked Red Hawks extended that all-division mark.

Barely.

Junior forward Larry Geraghty scored 48 seconds into the second overtime period as Montclair extended its NCAA record home winning streak to 42 games with a 2-1 victory at MSU Soccer Park.

In the first meeting between the programs in 16 years, Montclair  (10-0-1) remained unbeaten, winning for the second time in the last three home contests in double overtime keep its winning streak alive. Montclair set the new NCAA men's soccer mark on Wednesday with a 2-0 triumph over Kean University.

Montclair, which won its first 21 matches last year before losing in the second round of the NCAA, is ranked 11th nationally and second in the South Atlantic region. Ranked 13th nationally earlier this year, Eastern (6-3-1) entered the week rated eighth in New England.

After Montclair struck quickly to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play, Eastern (6-3-1) sophomore forward Matt Furman (Montville) scored the equalizer 15 minutes later when he came off the bench to score an unassisted goal - his fourth of the season. Looking to clear the ball out of their own end, the Warriors sent the ball back toward the box on the right side. Furman was able to wrestle the ball away from a defender before firing a shot inside the near post, beating Montclair senior keeper Teddy Ritter. The goal was only the fourth allowed this year by Montclair and Ritter, who brought a 0.33 GAA into action.

Montclair State outshot the Warriors 18-6 however several of Montclair's  attempts went either wide or high of the net. Midway through the second half, Eastern sophomore back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) came up with a huge backline save as he knocked away a  shot to keep the game tied.

After Eastern sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) came up with a save to extend play in the first overtime, Eastern senior all-region forward and scoring leader Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) nearly ended the game. He outraced  two defenders and had a virtual 1-on-1 with Ritter, who came off his line and made a sliding stop of the shot just inside the top of the box. That forced a second ten-minute overtime session, and the Red Hawks capitalized quickly, netting the winner less than a minute into play.

After shutting out Salem State College for 73 minutes Tuesday, Appel kept Montclair off the board for 97 straight minutes after surrendering the initial goal Sunday.The appearance in his home state was the second for Appel, who shut out Ramapo College in his fourth career start last Sept. 13.

After Eastern took the opening kick to start the second OT period, Montlciar gained possession and moved the ball down the field. Senior Michael Cullen received a pass at the top of the box and slid a ball through the left side, where Geraghty picked it up and got around Appel before knocking in the game-winner with his fourth goal of the season. The assist was the second of the game for Michael Cullen, who had set up brother Joseph's fourth goal of the season in the fourth minute.

Ritter finished with seven saves while Appel stopped eight shots for the Warriors. Appel's save total is a season-high and just two behind his career best.

Montclair outshot Eastern 29-14 but was able to put only three more shots on net than the Warriors. The hosts also held an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Eastern visits  Becker College Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Montclair State U. 2, Eastern Conn. 1, 2ot

Eastern Conn. (6-3-1)            1    0    (0)    (0) -- 1
Montclair State (10-0-1)         1    0    (0)    (1) -- 2

Scoring: M-Joseph Cullen (Michael Cullen) 3:24; E-Matt Furman 20:22; M-Larry Geraghty (M. Cullen).
Shots: E-14, M-29; Saves: E-Carl Appel 8, M-Teddy Ritter 7.
Corner kicks: E-5, M-11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ALUMNI PHOTO AVAILABLE

To view the video of the men's lacrosse alumni game, click here

 

mlaxgroup72dpi_7083.jpgFor a printable version of the Eastern men's lacrosse alumni team and the 2010 Eastern men's intercollegiate team from Sunday's Alumni Day, contact Bob Molta at molta@easternct.edu

 

VOLLEYBALL REBOUNDS, DUMPS SALVE REGINA IN FOUR GAMES

Warriors erase Game 1 loss to remain unbeaten against Seahawks

                                                                                 Below: Claudia Radziszewski

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgNEWPORT, R.I. -  Women's volleyball put a string of seven straight game losses behind it, winning three straight games after an opening loss to down Salve Regina University Saturday afternoon at Rodgers Recreation Center.

In a four-game victory over Salve Regina (5-12), freshmen Claudia Radziszewski (East Haddam) and Ali Facchini (Niantic) totaled collegiate-highs in kills and
sophomores Britt Carrier (Southington) and Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) and Samantha Slonski (Griswold) combined for 39 digs in 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-20 wins that kept Eastern (8-10) unbeaten in six matches in this series with the Seahawks.

The win over Salve in the second game of the match ended a string of seven straight game losses for the Warriors. Friday night, Eastern dropped the final three games in a five-game setback to Wheaton College in Norton, MA, then was swept by New England power U.S. Coast Guard Academy earlier Saturday in the tri-match. Game scores were 25-18, 25-12, 25-20.

Against Salve, Radziszewski and classmate Erin Moriarty (Higganum) combined to attack at .385. Radziszewski had 11 kills and attacked at .400 and Moriarty had six kills and attacked at .357. Facchini led all players in the match with 16 kills.

After submitting a sub-par .853 reception percentage Friday against Wheaton, Eastern responded with a season-high .985 reception percentage against the Seahawks, committing only one reception error on 67 tries. Abelli was perfect on 24 attempts and Carrier and senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) were flawless on a combined 29 chances.

Moriarty also had six blocks and Slonski had three blocks and three service aces to go along with 41 assists.

Radziszewski sparked the Eastern  comeback with five kills in the second game, and led by five kills from Carrier in the third game, the Warriors went on to record a .483 hitting percentage in game three. Facchini posted five of her 16 kills in the fourth game to seal the win.

Eastern looks for its first Little East Conference win after four losses Tuesday when it hosts Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy 3, Eastern Conn. 0

Eastern Conn. (7-10)      18   12   20
Coast Guard (13-1)        25    25   25

Eastern Conn. 3, Salve Regina U. 1

Eastern Conn. (8-10)       23    25   25   25
Salve Regina (5-12)         25    12   17   20


 

PLYMOUTH NOT THE ANSWER FOR STRUGGLING FIELD HOCKEY

Warriors remain winless against Panthers, dropping Little East contest

Below: Erika Malito (Chris Ganoe photo)

malito72dpi_6923.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  With field hockey having LEClogo-1WEB.jpgabsorbed two decisive Little East Conference home  losses in the past week, the timing couldn't have been worse as the Warriors Saturday entertained the only conference opponent it had never beaten.

Looking for its first win ever over Plymouth State University (7-3, 3-2 little east), the Warriors were instead shut out for the ninth time in 14 meetings with the Panthers, dropping their  fifth straight, 6-0 at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The second-winningest program percentage-wise in LEC field hockey history (also having won three post-season titles and five regular-season championships), Plymouth pulled away from a two-goal halftime edge by scoring twice more in the first 11 minutes of the second half on the way to the triumph over Eastern (1-8, 0-5 little east).

Senior Kerry D'Ambroise and junior Courtney McLaughlin scored two goals apiece
in support of freshman goalie Hannah Sawyer, who pocketed three saves to post the shutout in her first collegiate start.  The goals - the first and last of the match -- were the team-leading seventh and eighth of the year for D'Ambroise, while McLaughlin netted her first two of the season.

Trailing 2-0 late in the first half, Eastern couldn't ride the momentum of Plymouth's failed penalty stroke with 4:30 left in the half, as the Panthers sealed the win with a goal five minutes into the second half that pushed the lead to 3-0.

In place of sophomore starting goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ), senior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) collected four saves over the final 17 minutes, surrendering Plymouth's final two goals.

Eastern sophomore midfielder Erika Malito (Killingly) came off the bench to make two defensive saves in front of Eastern's netminders, while freshman midfielder Kristin Santanello (Swampscott, MA) took two of Eastern's three shots.

Eastern hosts Fitchburg State College Tuesday at 4 p.m., looking for its third win in the last four years over the Falcons.

Plymouth State U. 6, Eastern Conn. 0

Plymouth State (7-3, 3-2 little east)      2     4   --   6
Eastern Conn. (1-8, 0-5 little east)        0     0   --   0

Scoring: Kerry D'Ambroise (Morgan Lemmon) 17:57; Courtney McLaughlin 31:24; McLaughlin (Kristina Conroy) 39:59; Lemmon (Conroy) 46:31; Sarah Smith 57:58; D'Ambroise (Smith) 61:54.
Shots: P-18, E-3; Saves: P-Hannah Sawyer 3, E-Danielle Reichardt 2 (4 goals allowed, 52:56 min.), Tia Mucciarone 4 (2, 17:04).
Penalty corners: P-10, E-2.


 

DEFENSES DOMINANT AS W-SOCCER AND UMASS BOSTON PLAY TO 0-0 TIE

In tie, Warriors extend unbeaten streak against improved Beacons

Below: Laura Violette (left) and Rachel Cutler put the squeeze on Jocelyne LaBossiere

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team did not score a goal the first ten years it played Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Beacons were unable to score again against Eastern again Saturday, but were able to hold the Warriors off the board for the first time in 14 meetings as the teams played to a scoreless double-overtime  Little East Conference draw at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

With the tie, Eastern (5-3-2, 1-1-1 little east) extends its all-time unbeaten streak against UMass (7-2-1, 2-0-1 little east) to 14, but the Beacons snapped their 13-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern and remained one of only two unbeaten teams in the conference. Keene State remained perfect Saturday with its third win, a 5-0 thumping of visiting Rhode Island College.

Below: Daniela Marchitto (left) and Sarah Swann

swann72pdi_6938.jpgAfter failing to win a conference match through the first 12 seasons of LEC play, UMass was 3-3-1 last year, losing 3-2 to Eastern, which finished unbeaten (6-0-1) and shared the conference regular-season title.

Saturday, Eastern and UMass combined for only nine shots and keepers Kim Church (Farmington) of Eastern and Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) combined for just three saves.
The first save of the game did not come until 11 minutes into the second half on a shot by Eastern's Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel), which Cain hauled in for her only save of the match.
The tie on Cain's record comes after four wins this season.

The first of three UMass shots in the game didn't' come until midway through the first 10-minute OT session by Kristi Morales and forced Church to make the first of only two saves in the match. UMass's Brianna Cavanaugh followed up with the team's second shot less than two minutes later, forcing Church to make her final save.

Eastern's best chance to break the deadlock came with seven minutes left, when freshman Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) took a pass from Merheb with open area on the right wing, carried to the end line, and found freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange) unmarked in front of the goal, but Marchitto one-timed the shot over the bar.

UMass's defense  limited Eastern scoring leader Sarah Swann (Oxford) to one first-half shot.  Swann, who had scored all six of her goals this year in the previous four matches, was marked closely by UMass defender Taylor Massmann.

In posting her seventh career full shutout, Church lowered her goals-against average this year to 1.06

Eastern freshman Taylor Buchanan (Enfield), the team's second-leading scorer, left the match in the first half with an ankle injury after playing only three minutes. She did not return.

Eastern remains unbeaten (2-0-2) this year at home.

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Eastern Conn. 0, Massachusetts Boston 0, 2 ot

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

Shots: MB-3, E-6; Saves: MB-Michelle Cain 1, E-Kim Church 2. Corner kicks: MB-2, E-3.

 

VOLLEYBALL CAN'T PUT WHEATON AWAY, FALLS IN FIVE TO LYONS

Needing one win to clinch tight match, Warriors drop final three

Below: Ashley Tuggle

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgNORTON, Mass. - In a five-game match decided by a total of 22 points, women's volleyball couldn't capitalize on a two-game advantage in dropping a non-conference decision to Wheaton College Friday night at Emerson Gymnasium.

Eastern (7-9) was within one a game of the victory after taking the first two games, but Wheaton (10-8) battled back to force a deciding game by taking games three and four. There were ten ties in the final game before the Lyons scored the final two points to emerge with the victory in the first match in this series played on Wheaton's home floor.

Eastern won the first two games by scores of 25-19 and 25-22 and Wheaton captured the next three, 25-20, 25-19, 16-14. The five-game match was the eighth this year for Wheaton, which has won six times, including the last five straight.

The final two-point win in Game 5 equalled Wheaton's largest lead in the entire final game. Sophomore Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) gave the Warriors their last lead in the final game with a kill that made it 12-11. Trailing 14-13, Eastern momentarily avoided match point when junior Rachael Joy's (Huntington Station, NY) cross-court attack caught the top of the net and landed just inside the right sideline. With Esatern serving Wheaton got a kill to tie thte match, then won it with another off its own serve.

Eastern broke from the eighth tie of Game 1 to score six straight points and pull away for the win. Eastern jumped to an 8-1 lead in Game 2 behind the serving of senior Ashley Tuggle (South Windsor) before Wheaton battled back to assume its only lead at 21-20. Ibsen gave Eastern the lead for good with a kill and junior Alyssa Ruta's  (Holbrook, NY)  serving - which included an ace to make it a two-point advantage -- carried the team to the win. Sophomore Britt Carrier (Southington) had nine kills on 12 tries with only two errors and added eight digs  to key the Game 2 win, with Tuggle and sophomore Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) both digging seven balls in that game.

With Eastern eyeing a sweep, sophomore Samantha Slonski (Griswold) served Eastern to a quick 3-0 lead in Game 3, but the hosts reeled off eight straight points soon after and never gave up the lead. In Game 4, Tuggle served the Warriors to a 4-0 lead, but Wheaton countered with the next six on the way to tying the match with a six-point victory.

Carrier was Eastern's top player in the match. She had 16 kills and 24 digs. Ibsen had 11 kills and five blocks, Abelli had 21 digs and Slonski 44 set assists, 15 digs, four aces and three blocks. Tuggle added 13 digs and Ruta ten and freshman Ali Facchii (Niantic) ten kills. Ruta served 24 balls with only one error, and Slonski 18 with only one. Abelli was perfect on 17 serves.

Offensively, Eastern struggled, attacking at only .092.

Easten visits Newport, RI Saturday, facing the U.S. Coast Guard at 1 p.m. and host Salve Regina University at 3 p.m.

Wheaton College (MA) 3, Eastern Conn. 2

 Eastern Conn. (7-9)              25    25    20    19    14
Wheaton College (10-8)         19    22    25    25    16

FORMER SOCCER STALWART HINESLEY GETS CALL TO HALL

In three years, goalkeeper led Eastern teams to 27 shutouts

 

hinesleyhead_72dpi_6759.jpg HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -   Goalkeeper Terry Hinesley, who backstopped the men's soccer  team to shutouts in nearly half of his career starts in the mid-1980s, 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.

In Hinesley's 56 starts, the Warriors posted shutouts 27 times en route to a record of 35-15-6, amassing a three-year record of 37-15-6 during Hinesley's three-year career. Each of those three teams won at least a dozen matches and contested for post-season play. The 1984 team recorded a 9-1-2 mark in one stretch en route to a 12-4-3 mark; the 1985 and '86 clubs both won nine of ten decisions at one point on the way to respective records of 12-5-3 and 13-6-0, respectively.

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.

A Trumbull native, Hinesley made the jump from the sub-varsity level - where he played exclusively as a freshman in 1982 - to the varsity level in 1984. Under the direction of head coach John Fitzgerald, Hinesley started every match in which he appeared over the next three years (missing the first two matches of his senior season due to an ankle injury).

In his career, Hinesley amassed a goals-against average of 1.00 and an .850 save percentage in 5,138 minutes. Twenty-one times in his 56 starts, he posted complete-match shutouts, including nine in his first varsity season in 1984.

A two-time team captain, Hinesley was a third-team all-region selection and team MVP as a senior in 1986, when he posted seven shutouts in a stretch of eight starts in October. He was also named to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) All-Star Game that season. For 21 years, Hinesley remained the program's only goalkeeper to earn either all-region or NEISL honors.

In both 1984 and 1985, the Warriors shut out their opponents in ten of Hinesley's starts each season - program season records for shutouts by the team which were later equaled but never broken. With the team coming off its fourth straight losing season in 1983, Hinesley and starting senior backs Ed Roberge and John Evensen, and sophomores Audwin Joseph and Jay Silverman held 19 opponents to only 15 goals. Hinesley recorded personal season-highs that year for goals-against average (0.74), save percentage (.857), full shutouts (9) and minutes (1,822) as Eastern set a program record with its 12 regular-season victories. He played all but eight possible minutes in net that year.

In his career, Hinesley led the Warriors to eight wins in 13 matches against Division I and II opponents.

In 1984, Hinesley shut out all four of Eastern's Division II foes. In mid-October, he shut out two teams ranked among the top Division II teams in the Northeast Region: No. 3 University of Bridgeport, and No. 5 Quinnipiac University. In the first home match of his career, he blanked Division II Central Connecticut, a team which had blasted Eastern, 5-0, in 1983. Additional top performances in his first varsity season included a ten-save performance in an overtime shutout of 1983 national semifinalist Nazareth College, and a season-high 12 saves in a 1-1 overtime tie at unbeaten New England power Salem State College.

In 1985, four of Eastern's first six opponents were nationally ranked and eight teams in all were coming off post-season tournament play in 1984. Hinesley began the '85 season by making nine saves in a 1-1 overtime tie against the University of Scranton, ranked No. 14 nationally in Division III Two weeks later, he shut out Salem State, ranked sixth in New England, in the team's scoreless overtime draw. A six-game winning streak in mid-October catapulted the Warriors to the No. 7 ranking in New England Division III.

As a senior in 1986, Hinesley recorded five straight shutouts and seven in an eight-game span in October. Against Division III competition in that stretch, the 5-foot-10-inch, 175 pounder didn't allow a goal for 561 minutes and 50 seconds. Against the only team to score a goal in that stretch (University of New Haven), Hinesley registered a season-high 12 saves (one behind his career best), shutting out the No. 15 nationally-ranked Chargers through the first half in an eventual 4-3 loss. Hinesley concluded his career by winning his final seven decisions following the loss to New Haven.

Hinesley becomes only the second playing member of the program from the decade of the 1980s to gain induction, joining former All-America and national scoring champion Glenn Judge, who was inducted in the year 2000.

Previously announced as 2009 Hall of Fame selections were  New London native Tammy Schondelmayer and Rutland, VT native Jeff Brewer. 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.  Brewer was a three-year baseball pitcher between 1981 and 1983 who won 28 games and saved eight and helped Eastern to the 1982 NCAA Division III national championship.

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 yeo@easternct.edu or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

 

 


 

FIELD HOCKEY CAN'T CONTAIN WESTERN OFFENSE IN LEC LOSS

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009


Visiting Colonials score four goals in second half in 5-1 conference win

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proud_72dpi_6542.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Valerie Lupo and senior Meredith Stuart applied offensive pressure throughout the match as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team rode four second-half goals to a 5-1 Little East Conference victory Wednesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Melanie Proud

Both teams entered play chasing their first conference victories. The loss is the fourth straight for Eastern (1-7, 0-4 little east), which has surrendered 17 goals in its last three contests. Western (3-7, 1-3 little east) has won two of its last three following a six-game losing streak.

Lupo and Stuart combined to take nine of Western's 20 shots in the match, the Colonials' defense allowing only two shots.

Junior Melanie Proud's (Wall Township, NJ) second goal of the season gave Eastern hope, the shot from the left of the cage off a feed from sophomore Ali Chapman (Watertown) cutting Western's lead in half just over seven minutes into the second half.

Western, which had lost three of the four matches against Eastern in this series, got that goal right back two minutes later when sophomore Melissa Berardi was awarded a penalty stroke, and the visitors added two more goals in a span of six minutes when freshmen Elizabeth Vitale and Lindsay Gorman recorded their first career goals.

Eastern sophomore Danielle  Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) came through with nine saves in 52 minutes of work, with senior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, MA) making two stops.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a conference match.

Western Conn. 5, Eastern Conn. 1

Western Conn. (3-7, 1-3 little east)      1     4   --   5
Eastern Conn. (1-7, 0-4 little east)       0     1   --   1

Scoring: W-Valerie Lupo (Stephanie Szafran) 6:10; W-Szafran (Nicole Andreasen) 36;24; E-Melanie Proud (Ali Chapman) 42:32; W-Melisssa Berardi (penalty stroke) 44:58; W-Elizabeth Vitale 57:04; W-Lindsay Gorman 61:56.
Shots: W-20, E-2; Saves: W-Heather Stone 0, E-Danielle Reichardt 9 (3 goals allowed, 52:04 min.), Tia Mucciarone 2 (2, 17:56). Penalty corners: W-6, E-4.