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Women's Swimming: It's Arisco, Again

For third time in last four reports, senior is selected LEC's top swimmer

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Note: Wednesday home meet vs. WNEC postponed to Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the third time in the last four reports, Eastern Connecticut State University senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) has been selected women's Swimmer-of-the-Week by the Little East Conference for the week ending Jan. 30.

Arisco, who has achieved All-New England status 14 times in three years, totalled 22 points in indivdual events and helped a relay add 11 more in a 137-125 dual-meet victory over visiting Roger Williams University Saturday on Seniors' Day. Arisco won the 100 yard butterfly (1:02.99) and 200 IM (2:18.21/her fastest time this year), finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:21.41) and swam the anchor of the meet-ending 200 freestyle relay (1:45.35) which gave the Warriors the win.

Arisco is undefeated (5-0) this year in the 200 IM and has won the 100 butterfly in two of the last four meets in which she has competed in the event. The 200 freestyle relay is 6-1 this season, having won six straight.

This season, Arisco has swum the fastest times on the team in all three butterfly and IM events and in the 200 and 500 freestyle and has claimed a total of 19 firsts in those three strokes.

The weekly honor is the third this year for Arisco (in the last four reports) and seventh in her career. As a sophomore, she was selected Swimmer-of-the-Week on Dec. 14 after earning Rookie-of-the-Year accolades three times as a freshman in 2007/08.

Arisco holds five individual program records in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley and as part of four relays. At the Little East Conference Championships Dec. 4, she won championships in program-record times in the 200 freestyle and 400 IM and also with the 400 freestyle relay with claimed second place. As a sophomore, she captured the 400 IM at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Divison II-III Championships.

Previous LEC weekly award-winners this season for Eastern other than Arisco include freshmen Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington). Rivers has twice been honored as Rookie-of-the-Week, Schapp once.

Eastern closes out the regular season Wednesday by hosting Western New England College at 6 p.m. prior to competing in the NEISDA Championships Feb. 18-20 at White River Junction, VT.

Soccer Scholar All-Americas Honored

NSCAA_S-A_72dpi8928.jpgEastern Connecticut State University's NSCAA Scholar All-Americas Lauren Hickey (third from left) and Carl Appel (second from right) were honored for their accomplishments this past fall.at halftime of a recent basketball game  A two-time Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Hickey is a senior majoring in Business Administration. This past fall, she became the first player in  women's program history to be named All-America and Scholar All-America in the same season. A junior goalkeeper majoring in Sport and Leisure Management,, Appel was named to the All-New England Region team this year and becomes the program fourth Scholar All-America in program history, second in as many years. In photo from left are Eastern Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Pernal; Janice Patry, Assistant Athletic Director of Student Development; Hickey, Head Men's Soccer Coach Greg DeVito; Appel, and Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko.

Track: Freshmen Lead Way at CGA

  France (3000) and Hultzman (high jump) are second in Warriors' return

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Eastern's Finishers.pdf

NEW LONDON, Conn. -  Freshmen Katie France (Portland) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) each picked up four points with second-place finishes in the 3000 meters and high jump, respectively, as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's and men's indoor track and field teams returned to competition after a seven-week layoff Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Winter Invitational at Roland Field House.

Hultzman also added another point by taking fifth in the long jump. Others contributing points for Eastern were  senior Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester), junior Maggie Gibeault (Brooklyn), and sophomores Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and  Denica Gagnon (Colchester). Atterbury added one point with a fifth-place finish at 200 meters, Gibeault and Gingras  three points each with third-place finishes in the pole vault and high jump, respectively, and Gagnon two points with a fourth-place showing in the 1000.

Both Eastern teams finished last in their respective four-team fields. Westfield State University captured the women's title with 104 points, Coast Guard totaling 80, Trinity 39, and Eastern 18. Host Coast Guard won the men's competition with 103 points, followed by Westfield State University (73 ½), Trinity College (45), and Eastern (28 ½).  The three institutions other than Eastern utilize their own indoor training facilities throughout  the winter months

On the men's side, junior Nick Pates (East Haven) won the 400 meter dash and sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) was second at 200 meters

Nine different individuals contributed to the men's point total. Pates collected eight points in the 400 and for a third-place finish in the 200; sophomore Alex Verrill (Hirman, ME) had 3 ½ points by sharing second place in the high jump; sophomore Colin Whiston (Brooklyn) and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor)  each added two points by taking fourth place in the 600 and 800, respectively; and sophomore Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) and freshman Andrew Prince (Orange) added one point each with fifth-place finishes in the 600 and 200, respectively.

For the men, two relays also totaled seven points. The 4x200 relay of Simpson, junior Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY), Prince and Pates totaled the maximum five points competing against itself, and the 4x400 of Secore, Whiston, Franklin and sophomore Tim Callahan (Portland) chipped in two points with a third-place finish.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track: Pates Wins 400 at CGA Invite

After seven-week layoff, nine individuals contribute to point total at CGA

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Eastern's Finishers.pdf

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior Nick Pates (East Haven) won the 400 meter dash and sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) was second at 200 meters when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams returned to competition after a seven-week layoff Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Winter Invitational at Roland Field House.

Both Eastern teams finished last in their respective four-team fields. Host Coast Guard won the men's competition with 103 points, followed by Westfield State University (73 ½), Trinity College (45), and Eastern (28 ½). Westfield captured the women's title with 104 points, Coast Guard totaling 80, Trinity 39, and Eastern 18. The three institutions other than Eastern utilize their own indoor training facilities throughout  the winter months.

Nine different individuals contributed to the men's point total. Pates collected eight points in the 400 and for a third-place finish in the 200; sophomore Alex Verrill (Hirman, ME) had 3 ½ points by sharing second place in the high jump; sophomore Colin Whiston (Brooklyn) and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor)  each added two points by taking fourth place in the 600 and 800, respectively; and sophomore Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) and freshman Andrew Prince (Orange) added one point each with fifth-place finishes in the 600 and 200, respectively.

For the men, two relays also totaled seven points. The 4x200 relay of Simpson, junior Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY), Prince and Pates totaled the maximum five points competing against itself, and the 4x400 of Secore, Whiston, Franklin and sophomore Tim Callahan (Portland) chipped in two points with a third-place finish.

On the women's side, freshmen Katie France (Portland) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) each picked up four points with  second-place finishes in the 3000 meters and high jump, respectively. Hultzman also added another point by taking fifth in the long jump. Others contributing points for Eastern were  senior Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester), junior Maggie Gibeault (Brooklyn), and sophomores Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and  Denica Gagnon (Colchester). Atterbury added one point with a fifth-place finish at 200 meters, Gibeault and Gingras  three points each with third-place finishes in the pole vault and high jump, respectively, and Gagnon two points with a fourth-place showing in the 1000.

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

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Rebound in LEC

They regain winning touch in conference with 63-56 win over Plymouth

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LEC25.jpgPLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) scored at least 25 points for the third time in the last five games to ignite Eastern Connecticut State University's  63-56 Little East Conference men's basketball victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.

At right: Nick Nedwick (Cris Yarborough photo)

Playing all 40 minutes, Nedwick converted 10 of 17 field goals and led all players with 25 points - his fifth game of 25 points this season. Conference  rebounding leader Jamie Kohn (Columbia)  reached his season average with nine and was Eastern's (13-5, 6-3 little east) only other player in double figures, with 13.

Rated second in the LEC in scoring defense, Eastern held Plymouth to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half in rolling up a ten-point lead and 17 points under its season scoring average. It marked the ninth time in 18 games this year that the Warriors have allowed 60 or less points.

The top four teams in the LEC standings all won their games Saturday, leaving the Warriors in a three-way tie for second place with Rhode Island College and Keene State. All three teams are two games behind leader Western Connecticut, which prevailed, 89-86, Saturday against visiting UMass Dartmouth.

Nedwick scored 17 of his points in the second half to help the Warriors protect their ten-point halftime lead. The Panthers scored seven straight points to take their only lead of the second half, 43-41, but the Warriors countered with a run of 12 straight points. Nedwick started the run by completing a conventional three-point play and totaled half of the points in that spurt, with junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) adding inside hoops and Kohn capping the run with two free throws with 4:37 left.

The teams played a tight game most of the first half.  It was tied 12-12 at the midway point after Plymouth senior Jesse Sabolis drained a three-pointer, but Eastern rattled off 11 unanswered points late in the half to take a 10-point advantage.  Robitaille had six points of his game total of eight in the spurt.

Plymouth chipped away at the deficit early in the second half, and actually came back to take that two-point, 43-4 lead on a Ryan Lambert three-pointer with 10:27 to play.  Plymouth never got closer than six points following the 12-2 Eastern burst that opened up a ten-point lead.

Sophomore point guard Joe Ives (Avon) helped the Warriors to a +5 edge on the boards by pulling down a career-high seven, with Robitaille grabbing six. Kohn and Nedwick combined to take and make all but one of the team's free throws, sinking ten of 13 from the stripe. For the third straight game, Eastern commited less turnovers than its opponent.

Although they are ranked second in the LEC in three-point field goal percentage defense, the Warriors were outscored by 23 points from three-point range. Matt Feehan,  Lambert and Ian Dempsey combined for seven of the Plymouth's eight three-pointers, the Panthers shooting 38.1 percent from behind the arc. The eight three-pointers were the second-most allowed by Eastern this season - the most since the second game of the season.

Eastern hosts Wesleyan University Tuesday at 7 p.m.

W-Basketball: Warriors Coast, 97-75

They run winning streak against Panthers to 17 with Little East win

moriarty slide_1403.jpgLEC25.jpgPLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team remained a game behind Little East Conference co-leaders Western Connecticut State University and the University of Southern Maine, snapping a two-game losing streak with a 97-75 victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymasium.

At left: Jessica Moriarty

With its seventh conference victory in nine games, Eastern (13-6, 7-2 little east) completes the season sweep of Plymouth (8-11, 1-8 little east) with its 17th straight win over Panthers. Plymouth was coming off a road victory over Johnson State that had snapped a nine-game losing streak. The Warriors won the first game at Plymouth, NH, Dec. 11, 107-60, scoring their most points in over five years. In two games with Plymouth this year, Eastern has averaged 102 points and won by an average of 34.5 points.

Five Eastern players combined for 78 of the team's points, with junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) scoring a career and game-high 22 points, senior guard  Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) pulling down a career and game-high 15 points and sophomore guard Jessica Blodgett (Niantic) handing out a career and game--high six assists. Chapman and Pierlioni both recorded double-doubles. Chapman had ten rebounds and Pierlioni scored 20 points.

The runaway conference leader in rebounding margin, Eastern pulled down at least 50 for the seventh time this year, outrebounding the Panthers by 22. Shooting 19.0 percent from three-point range in its last six games, Eastern canned 46.7 percent of its tries (7-of-15) and equaled its best free-throw shooting mark of the season (85.7) by sinking a season-high 24 in 28 tries.

The Warriors took control of the  game midway through the first half and were never threatened thereafter on the way to a 62-point first half. Pierlioni, Chapman, Blodgett and senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) combined for 47 of the team's first-half total when the Warriors shot 52.3 percent from the floor, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Pierlioni had a double-double (16 points/10 rebounds) before the second half began.

 Plymouth was within six points  midway through the first half, but a 12-3 burst by Eastern pushed the margin  to 15 with seven minutes remaining.  It was a 27-point margin at halftime, and Plymouth didn't get closer than 20 points in the second half.

Junior Alicia Doucet topped the home team with 17 points, while freshman Kellie Walsh scored 12 points and junior Michaela Galvin chipped in with 11.  Freshman Sammie Walker contributed seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Moriarty scored 12 points -- ten in the first half -- to move to within four of becoming the 14th player in program history to net 1,000 collegiate points.

Eastern hosts Salem State University Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first of three straight home games in a six-day period.

W-Swimming: Warriors Prevail, 137-125

They outscore Hawks by 12 over final four events for Seniors' Day victory

Meet archived on Littleeast.tv

seniors72dpi_9018.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team outcored Roger Williams University by 12 points over the final four events to post a 137-125 victory  on Seniors' Day Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center Pool.

Above: Honored on Seniors' Day prior to Saturday's meet were Amy Arisco (second from left), Ericka Piccochi and Carolyn Jenkins.

With the score tied after ten events, Eastern (6-2) freshmen Erin McVeigh (Windsor) and Becky Odgers (Shelton) went 1-2 in the 500 yard freestyle, senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) won the 200 individual medley and sophomore Lauren Curtis (Hamden) and freshman Colleen King (Barkhamsted) filled in with 4-5 finishes, and the 200 freestyle relay captured first and third to seal the win. Contributing to the relay team's  3.5 second win over Roger Williams (3-5) were freshmen Amanda Rivers (Meriden), Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington) and Arisco.

Eastern won seven of 12 individual events and the teams split the relays.

Eastern's depth accounted for 12 or more points in eight of 12 individual events, with 14 points coming in the 200 freestyle behind 1-3-4 finishes from McVeigh, Rivers and freshman Marissa Colley (East Haven).

McVeigh, Schapp, Arisco and Rivers combined for all eight of the team's individual victories, each claiming two firsts. McVeigh won the 200 freestyle in addition to the 500 and Arisco captured the 100 butterfly in addition to the 200 IM. Already the 200 backstroke program record-holder, Schapp added the 100 backstroke record with a winning time of 1:02.29 to go along with winning the 200 backstroke.  Rivers was the individual winner in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Adding four additional points with second-place finishes were Arisco in the 200 butterfly, McVeigh in the 100 freestyle, Schapp in the 50 freestyle and Odgers in the 500 and 1000 freestyle.

Three Eastern swimmers swam their fastest times of the season in five events: the 100 breaststroke, 50, 100 and 1000 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Junior Stephanie Carroll (Hamden) posted her fastest marks of the season in the 100 and 200 backstroke, sophomores Julie Pietrycha (Newington) and Curtis (also in the 200 IM) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, freshman Mackeznie Russo (New Milford) in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and McVeigh in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

On Seniors' Day, Eastern's two additional seniors in addition to Arisco --  Ericka Piccochi (Waterbury) and Carolyn Jenkins (Willington) -- recorded their fastest times of the year in the  100 breaststroke and 1000 freestyle, respectively.

Roger Williams freshman Kristen Grandonico  totaled 22 points by winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke and also swam the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay which opened the meet.. Freshman Heather Beardswoth won the 1000 freestyle and was second in the  200 IM and senior Caitlin O'Connor edged hometown opponent Arisco by 1.31 seconds to claim the 200 butterfly and was second in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Ashley Kichline swam the opening leg of the winning relay for Roger Williams and added eight points with second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Eastern closes out the regular season Wednesday, hosting Western New England College at 6 p.m.

W-Basketball: Warriors Can't Maintain

 No. 7 Williams uses 18-8 run in second half in 64-54 non-conference win


carter_72dpi_7495.jpgWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --  Nationally-ranked Williams College outscored the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team 18-8 over eight minutes early in the second half to break open a tight game and post a 64-54 victory Thursday night at Chandler Gymnasium.

At left: Tanisha Carter

Ranked No. 7 nationally in the most recent WBCA/ESPN Division III poll, Williams (18-1) won its sixth straight game since an 85-63 loss to No. 4 Amherst College and remained unbeaten this year in ten home games. Coming off Tuesday's loss to Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut, Eastern (12-6) has now lost two straight New England games for the first time this season.

Williams converted nine of 21 three-pointers in the game and shot 40.6 percent from the floor in the second half after shooting 29 percent from the floor in the first half that left the Ephs with a two-point halftime lead.

Leading by one point two minutes into the second half, Williams used an 18-8 run to move out to a 46-35 lead with ten minutes left. Despite turning the ball over only six times in the second half, the Warriors were never able to make a significant dent in that lead due to 25.0 percent field goal shooting and 11-of-17 free-throw shooting over the final 20 minutes. 

Despite featuring three starters at six-feet or better, Williams was outrebounded by six by the Warriors. Eastern sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) recorded her first double-double  in nine games with game-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even though she continued to struggle from the floor (9-of-50 in her last five games), senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) continued to contribute on the boards, grabbing  a season-tying 11. Senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.

Six-foot-one  inch Chessie Jackson (11 points-12 rebounds) and Jennie Harding (10-10) both posted double-doubles for Williams, whose last two losses have come against Amherst (the Ephs reached the NCAA sectional semifinals last year before losing by five to the Lord Jeffs en route to a 20-8 season). Six-foot-three inch Claire Baecher added 11 points but was limited to just two rebounds. Team rebounding leader Taylor Shea, a six-foot senior, grabbed nine rebounds but was held seven points below her scoring average of 11.0.

Williams tossed in three more three-pointers than its season average, getting production behind the arc from four different players (only one player shot less than 40.0 percent from three-point range).

Averaging 67.0 points through its first 15 games, Eastern has averaged just 53.3 points in the last three games, thanks largely in part to 18.2 percent shooting (8-of-44) from three-point range (30.5 percent overall).

Against quality opponents, the Warriors continue to struggle. While they are averaging 70.9 points with a 42.9 field goal percentage in 12 wins, they are  averaging only 52.5 points in their six losses. In those games, Eastern has averaged 18 turnovers and a 36.0 percent from the floor and 20.4 percent from three-point range. Half of the losses have come against teams ranked nationally (Amherst (No. 1 at the time), Williams and Western Connecticut).

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday at Plymouth State University at 1 p.m.
 

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Drop Two Back

With balanced scoring, Western holds them at bay for  86-78 LEC victory

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LEC25.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior guard David Addy scored 18 points on 9-of-10 field goal shooting for Western Connecticut State University, which opened up a two-game lead in the Little East Conference with an 86-78 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night in front of 1,000 fans at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Above: Bill Roveto looks for room against Western's David Addy. (Stephen Goomrigian photo).

The 6-foot-1 inch Addy also grabbed seven rebounds, handed out five assists and did not commit a turnover in 33 minutes for Western (16-2, 7-1 little east), a winner of 13 of its last 14 games. The Colonials move two games ahead of Eastern (12-5, 5-3 little east) and defending champion Rhode Island College. The Anchormen dropped a 75-70 road decision to Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Western trailed only once in the game and used an 18-4 run late in the first half to turn a two-point deficit into a 12-point, 35-23 lead two minutes before the break. Addy scored eight inside points in that decisive stretch.

Junior guard DaQuan Brooks, last year's LEC Player-of-the-Year and currently the second-leading scorer in the LEC, scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the second half . Brooks nailed three of his four three-point field goals in the second half and scored seven of his game total on as many free throw tries.  Addy finished with 18 points, senior forward Wilburt Jarrett adding 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Eastern senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) shared game-high scoring honors with Brooks with a season-high 23 points and added a team-high seven rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) added  16 points and eight rebounds and Eastern scoring leader Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) - the third-leading scorer in the LEC - contributed 13 points, four assists and three steals. Sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) came off the bench to grab seven rebounds in ten first-half minutes and finished with eight rebounds and six points in 13 minutes.

The loss is the fourth straight against Western for Eastern, which was eliminated in the semifinals of the LEC tournament by the Colonials a year ago.

The Warriors look for the regular-season series sweep of Plymouth State University when the clubs meet Saturday at 3 p.m. at Plymouth, NH in a Little East Conference game.

W-Basketball: Western's Teel Too Much

Six-foot-two inch senior has triple-double in Colonials'  58-50 LEC victory

kelleher_722464.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Six-foot-two inch senior MelissaLEC25.jpg Teel posted a triple-double with game-highs of 35 points, 15 rebounds and ten blocks to power the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to its first win on Eastern Connecticut State University's home court in ten years, 58-50, Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Lauren Kelleher

Defending conference champion Western (15-3, 7-1 little east) and runner-up Southern Maine maintain a share of first place in the conference while Eastern (12-5, 6-2 little east) drops a game off the pace following its first home loss of the season after seven opening victories. All three of Western's losses this year have come on their opponent's home court.

The win is Western's first over Eastern on the Warriors' home court in ten years, since a 63-54 triumph over the top-ranked Warriors in the 2001 LEC tournament.

Teel, last year's LEC Player-of-the-Year and LEC tournament MVP, improved her season averages in points, rebounds, blocks and shooting percentage following her performance. She canned 13 of 19 field goals to help Western rebound from its only LEC loss to date, a 74-53 verdict at Southern Maine Saturday.

Teel missed four of her first seven shots and her first two free throws but responded later in the half by sinking her final six field goals and  final three free-throws in totaling 21 of her team's 32-point first-half total.

In a game which featured eight lead changes in the first half, Western used a 7-2 run behind Teel to end the first half and take its five-point edge into the locker room. Teel sandwiched an inside basket and short jump around sophomore guard Taylor Nkonoki's only bucket of the game - a three-pointer. After Eastern had forged the eighth tie of the game with six minutes left, Teel scored six straight points in a 7-0 run that made it 52-45 with 44 seconds left.

Teel carried the load for Western, whose other four starters missed 23 of 30 field goals.

The top team in the LEC in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and three-pointers made, Western shot just 37.9 percent from the field and managed only two three-pointers on 13 attempts.

Senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) led Eastern with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting - her fifth game with at least ten points in the last seven - but was the only player in double figures as the Warriors were limited to 16 pointers below their season average and their second-lowest total of the season. Senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) grabbed a career-high ten rebounds for Eastern junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) eight, and Pierlioni and sophomore center Lauren Kelleher (Dartmouth, MA) six each.

Eastern visits No. 10 nationally-ranked Williams College Thursdsay at 7 p.m.
 

W-Swimming: Arisco Earns LEC Honors

For second time in three reports, senior named Swimmer-of-the-Week

arisco_72_7637.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the second time in the last three reports, Eastern Connecticut State University senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) has been selected women's Swimmer-of-the-Week by the Little East Conference for the week ending Jan. 23.

A four-year letterwinner, Arisco led Eastern to dual wins over Saint Joseph College (CT) and UMass Dartmouth this past week. In six individual events, she had five wins and one second-place finish in the 50 yard butterfly, 50 and 100 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medley. Arisco also swam the third leg of two winning 200 medley relay teams. She swam her fastest times of the season in winning the 100 freestyle and 200 IM.

This season, Arisco has swum the fastest times on the team in all three butterfly and IM events and in the 200 and 500 freestyle and has claimed a total of 17 firsts in those three strokes.

Arisco holds five individual program records in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley and as part of four relays. At the Little East Conference Championships Dec. 4, she set current records in the 200 freestyle  and 400 IM and with the 400 freestyle relay

The weekly honor is the second this year for Arisco and sixth in her career. On Dec. 13, she earned the honor for the first time this year. As a sophomore, she was selected Swimmer-of-the-Week on Dec. 14 after earning Rookie-of-the-Year accolades three times as a freshman in 2007/08.

Previous LEC weekly award-winners this season for Eastern include freshmen Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington). Rivers has twice been honored as Rookie-of-the-Week, Schapp once.

Eastern hosts Roger Williams University Saturday at 1 p.m. on Seniors' Day.

W-Swimming: Depth Sinks UMass

Four are double winners as Warriors rout UMD in dual meet, 165-120

Erin McVeigh (below)

mcveigh_head_72_8793.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Sixteen different Eastern Connecticut State UniversityWARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpg swimmers contributed points and four individuals won two events each Saturday in a 165-120 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the Tripp Athletic Center.

Eastern (5-2) swimmers captured ten of 12 individual events and also won the 200 medley relay and posted the fastest time in swimming the 400 freestyle relay on an exhibition basis as the Warriors defeated UMass (2-5) for the fifth straight time in dual-meet competition after losing the first five in the series.

Senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) and freshmen Colleen King (Barkhamsted), Erin McVeigh (Windsor) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington) all won two events each, with Arisco and King also adding a second place for 22 points each. McVeigh and Schapp netted 18 points each. Freshmen Becky Odgers (Shelton) and Amanda Rivers (Meriden) both won one event and claimed a third for 12 points each.

The Warriors compiled 16 of a possible 19 points  in the 50 backstroke and 400 individual medley with 1-2-3 finishes in each, 15 points in the 50 butterfly, and 14 points in the 50 and 200  freestyle  and 100 backstroke and breaststroke.

Arisco's points came in three different events: first in the 50 butterfly and 400 IM and secondin the 50 freestyle; King won the 50 and 100 breastsroke and was second in the 50 butterfly. A first-semester transfer competing in her third meet, McVeigh took the 50 backstroke and 500 freestyle for her first two career wins.

Eastern hosts  Roger Williams University Saturday at 1 p.m. on Seniors' Day.

 

 

 

 

 

W-Basketball: Warriors Survive Threat

They subdue Anchorwmen, 56-50; re-gain share of Little East lead

whiteley_72dpi2336.jpgWILLIMANTIC,Conn. -  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team scored six straight points  late in the game to finally shake free and post a 56-50 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Brittany Whiteley

With its seventh home victory in as many games, Eastern (12-4, 6-1 little east)  re-gains a share of first place in the Little East Conference, Eastern's win, coupled with the University of Southern Maine's 74-53 home win over previously unbeaten Western Connecticut, forges a three-way tie for first place in the LEC with Eastern, Western and Southern Maine.

Six weeks ago, Eastern had beaten Rhode Island by 24 points despite turning the ball over 22 times. This time, the Warriors gave it away a season-low nine times, and sank ten of 12 free throws to offset 32.8 shooting (2-of-18 from "three') from the floor.

Although Eastern never trailed by more than four points, the game featured ten ties and 12 lead changes before the hosts fashioned a modest six-point run which subdued the visitors, who have lost three of their last five after starting the season at 10-2.  The final six-point margin matched Eastern's  largest lead of the game.

With the score tied at 44-all with four minutes left, Eastern sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) scored an inside basket, then grabbed a rebound of a RIC miss to help set up junior forward Piper Chapman's (Portsmouth, RI)  inside bucket that made it 48-44. Chapman then rebounded another RIC miss and scored on a jumper on the other end of the floor to make it 50-44 with 2:39 left. Following an exchange of points, senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville)  all but sealed the verdict with a pair of free throws that made it 54-49 with 28 seconds left. Pierlioni delivered the decisive points after she was fouled while rebounding a teammate's missed three-point that prevented it from becoming a one possession game.

Behind nine rebounds each from Chapman, Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks)  and Pierlioni, the LEC leader in rebounding margin (+14.3)  outrebounded RIC by 11  Coming off a season-high 21-point effort in Tuesday's win at Keene State, Pierlioni led Eastern with 15 points and Chapman had 14 on 7-of-10 field goal shooting.

Carter contributed 12 points, six rebounds and three assists  and Whiteley ten points to complement her career-high rebounding total. Eastern's starting five totaled only six turnovers in an average of 32.2 minutes.

Averaging a double-double this year, 6-foot-1 inch junior forward Rachel Riley of RIC had game-highs of 22 points (7-of-14 from the floor, 8-of-9 from the line) and 16 rebounds, with conference scoring leader Stephanie Coro, a junior guard, adding 13 points. The pair combined for all but 15 of their team's points. Averaging 19 points per game, Coro missed 11 of 15 field goals, however, and sent to the line only twice.

Eastern has won eight of the last nine games between the teams and 23 of the last 26.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the first of two LEC regular-season games between the defending conference champion.

M-Basketball: RIC Bottles Up Warriors

Warriors miss 20 of their first 21 shots in 60-51 loss to defending champs

sawyervsric72_8824.jpgWILLIMANTIC,Conn. - The Eastern ConnecticutLEC25.jpg State University  men's basketball team missed 20 of its first 21 shots, falling behind by 19 points with five minutes left in the first half in a 60-51 Little East Conference setback to Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Broderick Sawyer (42) looks for room against Ashton Watkins in the second half Saturday.

The conference leader in field goal percentage defense, defending LEC champion Rhode Island (11-6, 5-2 little east)  limited Eastern (12-4, 5-2 little east) to 12 percent shooting in the field half and 26.9 percent in the game in defeating Eastern for the sixth straight time and handing the Warriors both of their conference losses..

Rhode Island, which has held Eastern to its two lowest-scoring games of the season, moves into a two-way tie for second place in the conference with Eastern, which had a four-game winning streak ended. The Warriors had entered play sharing first place with Western Connecticut, which moved a game up in the standings with a 111-78 victory at the University of Southern Maine.

Trailing by 14 at halftime, 28-14, Eastern scored 15 points in the first eight minutes of the second half and soon-after, cut the gap to 11, 42-31, with 11 minutes left in the game. The Warriors got as close as the final nine-point margin once earlier in the game, with 44 seconds left.

Senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) led the Warriors in scoring for the 12th time, equaling his team-high season average with a game-high 19 points to go along with four steals and four assists. Senior center while Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) scored 13 of his season-high 15 points in the second half. Junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia), the LEC rebounding leader, reached his rebounding average with a game-high nine, but was not able to score from the field until less than four minutes remained in the game.

Led by senior forward Carl Lee, the Anchormen used a deep bench to outscore the Warriors by 16. Lee was 6-of-6 from the foul line and contributed a team-high 12 points off the bench for Rhode Island, which offset 34.7 percent shooting from the floor to sink 19 of 24 free throws.

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


 

M-Basketball: Warriors Prevail in OT

Warriors get balanced contributions, re-gain share of first in LEC, 82-77

levyh_724913.jpgLEC25.jpgKEENE, N.H. -- Junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) came off the bench to connect on two go-ahead three-point field goals late in the game and junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) put the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball ahead for good with an inside basket with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors an 82-77 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College Wednesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium

Above: Hamilton Levy (Cris Yarborough photo).

With its fourth straight win this year and fourth straight in two years over Keene State (10-5, 3-3 little east), Eastern (12-3, 5-1 little east) keeps pace atop the conference with Western Connecticut, which had knocked defending champion Rhode Island College out of a share of first place Tuesday with an 82-77 road win.

Eastern trailed only three times in the game - each time by two points. After 6-foot-11 inch Division I sophomore transfer Rashad Wright had given Keene its first lead, 65-63, with 64 seconds left in regulation, Levy sank a go-ahead three-pointer with 32 seconds left. Levy vaulted the Warriors into the lead again with 2:33 left in overtime with another three-point that made it 73-72. Trailing 75-73, the Warriors tied the game on an inside basket by senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk), and after a Keene turnover, Kohn gave Eastern the lead for good, 77-75, with 42 seconds left.  Moments later, conference rebounding leader Kohn grabbed the rebound of a missed Keene three-pointer, and sophomore guard Joe Ives (Avon), senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) and sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) combined for the team's final five points over the final 21 seconds of overtime.

Five Eastern players finished in double figures. Nedwick, who averaged 21.3 points in three Eastern wins over Keene State last year (including a career-high 36 in a home win), led all players with 26 points in 43 minutes, with Levy netting a season-high 15, Sawyer equaling his season-high of 14, Robitaille 13 (one shy of his career-high) off the bench and Kohn 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds - his conference-leading eighth double-double (fourth in six games) this year. Nedwick has now scored at least ten points in the team's last 11 straight games and has found double figures in all but one game this year (scoring nine points in the fourth game of the year).

Keene, which had six players taller than Eastern's tallest, grabbed 17 offensive rebounds but was actually outscored by ten points (22-12) on second-chance opportunities.

Levy (6-of-9 from the floor/3-of-3 from "three") and Robitaille (5-of-8) combined for 28 of the team's 30 bench points. Nedwick sank ten of 15 field goals and also handed out six assists.

Keene, playing without second-leading scorer Derek D'Amours - an all-conference forward - had four players in double figures.Wright led the Owls with 14 points and eight rebounds. Fellow Division I sophomore transfer guard Ryan Martin added ten points and four assists but failed on 11 of 14 field goal tries.

Sinnce losing five of six to Keene, Eastern has captured the last four - two in convincing fashion and two games decided by five points each. The Warriors have won the last five times the teams have met in the regular season.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

 


 

W-Basketball: Second Half Decisive

Pierlioni's 19 second-half points lift Warriors to LEC victory over Owls

LEC25.jpgpierlioni slide_1274.jpgKEENE, N.H. -- Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) sank a three-point field goal to give the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team a six-point lead with 30 seconds left and the Warrior went on to a 67-59 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College Wednesday evening at Spaulding Gymnasium.

At left: Amanda Pierlioni

With its seventh win  in the last eight games against Keene State (6-9, 1-5 little east), Eastern (11-4, 5-1 little east) maintains a share of second place in the conference, one game behind conference leader Western Connecticut.

Eastern took the lead for good with three minutes left in the first half and led by as many as ten points early in the second half before Keene moved to within a point midway through the second half. The Warriors were not able to shake theOwls until senior guards Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) and Moriarty sandwiched three-point field goals around a Keene basket to give the Warriors a six-point, 62-56 lead with 30 seconds left.

Senior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) and Moriarty combined for 31 second-half points. Pierlioni led Eastern with a season-high 21 points, with all but two of her points coming in the second half. Pierlioni was held scoreless until sinking two free throws with eight seconds left in the first half to give the Warriors a 24-21 halftime edge.

Moriarty had 12 points - all in the second half -- to move to within 25 of 1,000 in her career. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and sophomore guard Jessica Blodgett (Niantic) both scored eight of their 11 points in the first half, with Chapman posting a double-double by also grabbing ten rebounds. Moriarty had seven rebounds to power the Warriors to a 44-29 advantage on the boards. Pierlioni was 7-of-11 from the floor (3-of-6 from three-point range) and 4-of-4 from the line and five rebounds and four assists.

After missing 25 of 28 three-pointers over their last three halves, the Warriors canned seven of 13 in their 43-point second half against Keene. The Warriors, who shot 57.7 percent from the floor in the second half, were also 10-of-13 from the foul line in the game, the 11th time this year they have nailed at least 75 percent of their free throws.

Each team scored ten unanswered points to open the game. Eastern missed its first seven shots and turned the ball over four times as Keene raced to a 10-0 lead, but the Warriors converted their next five shots - Blodgett scoring six points - to even the game at 10-all. The Warriors turned the ball over 13 times in the first half  but outrebounded the hosts 30-15.

Eastern hosts Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Softball: Clinics Set for March 6 and 13

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University fastpitch softball program will stage its annual Eastern Softball Clinic on consecutive Sundays in March at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium on the Eastern campus.

Under the direction of tenth-year head coach Diana Pepin - last year's Little East Conference, ECAC and New England Region Coach-of-the-Year -- the clinics are scheduled for March 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. and March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The clinic on March 6 will instruct youngsters on hitting, while the March 13 clinic will teach the basics of throwing and receiving, hitting, bunting and ground balls. In addition to Pepin, clinicians include assistant coaches Pete Maneggia and Bill Mullins this year's team members, among them two-time All-America pitcher Molly Rathbun of Hebron.

The Warriors won last year's New England Regional championship and finished third nationally in the NCAA Division III national softball tournament with a 39-6-1 record.

Cost of each clinic is $40. Checks should be made payable to "ECSU" and mailed to Diana Pepin, Head Softball Coach, Sports Center, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Conn. 06226.

For more information, contact Diana Pepin at 860-465-5182 or at pepind@easternct.edu

Basketball: Postponed Tuesday

The Little East Conference women's and men's basketball doubleheader between Eastern and Keene State College scheduled for Tuesday has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Spaulding Gymnasium on the KSC campus.

The women's game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the men at 7:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer: NCAA Qualifiers Honored

msocawards_8852.jpgThe members of the 2010 Eastern men's soccer team were honored at the annual men's soccer awards banquet Sunday night at the Betty Tipton Room. Receiving special recognition in photo are 2010 seniors Rick Emery and Sean Capezzone (front row), Bradley Fletcher, Aaron Smiles, Carl Appel and Matt Furman (middle row) and Jon DeCasanova and Mike Radlbeck (back row)..Smiles, Appel and Furman were recognized on the conference and regional level for their play this year, while Fletcher, DeCasanova and Radlbeck were  honored on the conference level. Appel was additionally recognized as an NSCAA Scholar-All-America. The Warriors competed in their fourth straight post-season tournament this season under fourth-year head coach Greg DeVito, winnning their first match ever in the NCAA tournament and gaining regional and national rankings and concluding with an overall record of 14-4-3.

Little East: Two are Weekly Honorees

Jamie Kohn and Michelle Schapp are recognized for period Jan. 10-16

kohn_723917.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University junior Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and freshman Michelle Schapp (Torrington) have been recognized with weekly honors by the Little East Conference for the first time in their careers for the week ending Jan. 16

At left: Jamie Kohn (white jersey)

A 6-foot-3 inch guard on the men's basketball team, Kohn became the program's first weekly honoree this year when he was named Player-of-the-Week in the seventh weekly report. A freshman, Schapp became Eastern's fourth weekly honoree in the sport of women's swimming this year when she was recognized as Rookie-of-the-Week in the fourth weekly report.

In two LEC wins during the week for the Warriors (11-3/4-1 little east), Kohn averaged a double-double with 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. He shot .615 from the floor (16-of-26) and was 4-of-6 from the foul line and 2-of-4 from three-point range. He totaled his conference-leading seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds in an 86-76 win at the University of Southern Maine Saturday as the Warriors retained a share of first place in the conference. In a decisive 15-2 Eastern run in the second half of that game, Kohn scored ten of the team's points and had 16 points and eight rebounds in a 49-point second half that helped the Warriors erase a five-point halftime deficit.

In  last Tuesday's 70-52 win over UMass Dartmouth, Kohn had 15 points and six rebounds and only one turnover in 31 minutes. He was 7-of-10 from the floor in that game with two blocked shots. Last year's LEC rebounding leader, Kohn improved his LEC-leading average to 9.1. He is second on the team in scoring (12.1) and has shot at least .500 from the floor in six of 14 games this season.

schapp_72dpi_7809.jpgKohn becomes the program's first Player-of-the-Week other than all-conference three-point ace Edwin Ortiz since Leon Martin twice received the honor in 2007/08. Ortiz was tabbed once last year as a senior and once as a junior.

Eastern visits Keene State College in an LEC contest Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

At right: Michelle Schapp

In Saturday's dual meet with Keene State in the first competition since Dec. 11, Schapp broke the program record with a time of 2:16.13 in the 200 backstroke and also won the 200 freestyle in a personal record time of 2:02.00 over Keene's Maureen O'Leary. O'Leary had defeated Schapp by nearly four seconds in last month's LEC meet.

The individual record was the first at Eastern for Schapp, who had previously swam the opening leg when the 400 freestyle relay broke the program record Dec. 4 at the Little East Championships.

This season, Schapp has posted the fastest time among all Eastern swimmers in all three backstroke events, has the second-fastest times in the 50 and 200 freestyle, and third-fastest clocking in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Schapp becomes the program's fourth LEC weekly honoree this winter. In the third weekly report Dec. 13, senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) was voted Swimmer-of-the-Week and freshman Amanda Rivers (Meriden) Rookie-of-the-Week. Rivers was also named Rookie-of-the-Week in the first weekly report Nov. 22.

The women's swim team returns to action Wednesday at Saint Joseph College (CT) at 7 p.m.

Soccer: Warriors feted by NSCAA

academicAAphoto72.jpgEastern Connecticut State University College Division Scholar All-Americas Lauren Hickey (second from left) of Southwick, MA and Carl Appel (second from right) of West Windsor, NJ were honored yesterday at the All-America Awards Luncheon during the 64th Annual National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) national convention at the Baltimore Hilton hotel. Hickey was a first-team Scholar All-America for the women's team and Appel a second-team choice for the men. Both were voted to their respective academic all-district first teams, as well. Hickey and Appel were the only academic all-district or All-America selections out of the LIttle East Conference. This year, Hickey also became the second All-America in the 25-year history of the women's soccer program, earning second-team honors while Appel was named to the men's all-region second team. Also shown in the photo are 11th-year head women's coach Chris D'Ambrosio (far left) and fourth-year head men's coach Greg DeVito (far right). D'Ambrosio was additionally honored at the Awards Luncheon as the New England region's Coach-of-the-Year after directing the Warriors to the No. 1 ranking in New England for four consecutive weeks and to an unbeaten record through the second round of the NCAA tournament.

M-Basketball: Nedwick, Kohn Catalysts

 Warriors' 15-2 run fuels 49-point second half and LEC win over So. Maine

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GORHAM, Maine - Junior guard Jamie Kohn's (Columbia) team-leading seventh double--double of the season sparked the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team to its third straight win as the Warriors maintained a share of the Little East Conference lead with an 86-76 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at the Warrren Hill Gymnasium on the USM campus.

Above Nick Nedwick (22)

Kohn scored ten points in Eastern's (11-3, 4-1 little east) 15-2 run over 5:30 midway through the second half as the Warriors expanded a two-point edge to 15, 75-60 with 3:39 left on the way to its fifth straight victory over Southern Maine (9-6, 1-4 little east).

Ranked third in the LEC in scoring, Eastern junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) equaled his season high with 29 points, with Kohn scoring a career-high 23 (9-of-16) and grabbing 14 rebounds to improve his conference-leading rebounding average to 9.1. Kohn has compiled seven of Eastern's nine double-doubles this season, with three coming in the last five games.

Trailing by five at halftime, the Warriors scored nine of the first 12 points of the second half - seven straight coming from Nedwick - to take a one-point lead two minutes into the half. The Warriors later broke from the 12th tie of the game by scoring seven straight points and 15 of 17, with a pair of free throws by senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) giving the visitors their largest lead, 75-60 with 3:39 left. The lead never fell into single digits the rest of the way.

Kohn had 16 points and Nedwick 12 in Eastern's 49-point second half, with sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) and Kohn combining for 18 rebounds to give Eastern a +14 rebounding edge over the final 20 minutes.

Robitaille came off the bench to tie his career high with ten rebounds and also contributed eight points in 14 minutes. Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) grabbed seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

Southern Maine senior guard Corteze Isaac poured in an LEC-record 25 first-half points, finally settling for a season-high 36 on 13-of-29 shooting to take over the conference scoring lead with a 22.2 average.Isaac, who took nearly half of his team's shots, has totaled at least 30 points in three of the team's last seven games. Isaac averaged 25.9 points in 15 games last year for the 2-23 Huskies, including a 41-point performance.

Eastern visits Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Owls dropped out of a four-way tie for first place Saturday with a 106-100 home loss to Massachusetts Dartmouth.

W-Basketball: Lead Dissolves, 73-66

 USM scores ten straight points down stretch to complete comeback

chapman_slide6327.jpgLEC25.jpgGORHAM, Maine - The University of Southern Maine  women's basketball team erased a 17-point halftime deficit, scoring ten straight points late in the game to win its fourth straight game, 73-66, and hand Eastern Connecticut State University its first conference loss Saturday afternoon at the Warren Hill Gymnasium on the USM campus.

At right: Piper Chapman

With the win, Southern Maine (9-6, 4-1 little east) moves into a second-place tie with Eastern (10-4, 4-1 little east), both clubs a game behind unbeaten conference leader Western Connecticut.

The Warriors led by 19 in the first half and by 17 at halftime before shooting 25.0 percent in the second half (0-of-11 from three-point range). The hosts matched Eastern's first half with 45 second-half points, shooting 65.2 percent from the floor in the second half.

Freshman guard Erin McNamara, junior forward Courtney Cochran and junior guard Renee Nicholas combined for 36 points (12-of-15 free throws) over the final 20 minutes. McNamara  finished with a game and career-high 26 points - 18 points above  her season average.

Trailing by three with four minutes left, Southern Maine scored the next ten points to move out to a seven-point, 69-62 lead with 44 seconds left. Nicholas scored the first four points in that run with a jumper and two free throws and McNamara the last six on a three-point field goal, layup and free throw. On seven possessions in that stretch, Eastern missed four field goals and commited three turnovers.

In racing to its 19-point first-half lead, Eastern got 14 points from senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks), 11 points and five rebounds from junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and eight points and seven rebounds from senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville). Chapman followed with eight points in the second half en route to a career-high 19 points, but Whiteley and Pierlioni were shut out over the final 20 minutes (0-of-10 from the floor). 

Thirteen of USM's second-half points came on 19 free-throw attempts. The hosts were whistled for four second-half fouls, leading to six Eastern free-throw tries.

Whiteley followed Chapman with a season-high 14 ponits, with freshman forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) adding 12 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) nine points, six assists and five rebounds.

Averaging over 17 turnovers per game this year, Eastern commited only 11 - its second-lowest total of the season - but shot just 33.8 from the floor and missed 17 of 21 three-points. The starters combined for only eight turnovers.

Both clubs relied predominantly upon their starters, with six reserves combining for only 58 total minutes.

Eastern visits Keene State College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

W-Swimming: Schapp Record-breaker

In loss, she wins 200 freestyle and sets record in 200 backstroke

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gamer72_7811.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore Kaila Umbarger won three events and junior Jillian Whitaker captured two to power the Keene State College women's swim team to a 132-105 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center poll.

Keene (2-0) swimmers had the fastest times in all 12 individual events and the meet-ending relay, but swam three of the final four events on an exhibition basis.

Umbarger won the 100 yard butterly (59.61) and the 50 (24.62) and 100 (54.73) freestyle events and Whitaker claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:07.41) and 100 individual medley (1:01.37) to lead the Owls.

Umbarger won Little East Conference championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle in record times this past December, while Whitaker set an LEC record in taking the 100 breaststroke at this year's meet.

Eastern (3-2) freshman Michelle Schapp (Torrington) broke the Eastern record in the 200 backstroke in her third career attempt with a time of 2:16.13, besting the mark of 2:17.08 set by Katie Curran at last year's NEISDA Division II-III Championships. Schapp was third in that event at the LEC meet in a time of 2:17.74.

Schapp also won the 200 freestyle for the second time in four attempts this year, posting a winning time of 2:02.00, edging Keene junior Maureen O'Leary by .13.

In the ten events that were not exhibitioned, Keene swimmers went 1-2 in five events and 1-3 four times.

Earning second-place finishes for the Warriors were senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) in the 100 butterfly and 100 individual medley and her cousin, freshman Amanda Rivers (Meriden) in the 50 and 100 freestyle.  Junior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) was third in the 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly for the Warriors and freshman Becky Odgers (Shelton) third in the 500 and 1000 freestyle. In her first collegiate race, first-semester transfer Erin McVeigh (Windsor) placed in the meet-opening 100 backstroke, just .34 shy of second place. Her time was the fourth-fastest by an Eastern swimmer this season.
 
Ten Eastern swimmers swam their fastests times of the year in at least one event, eight of whom established career personal bests. In addition to breaking the 200 backstroke record, Schapp set a PR in the 200 freestyle; sophomore Corri McDonald (North Haven) swam her fastest times of the season in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle; and Arisco, juniors Jennifer Dufraine (Somers), Mackenzie Robert (North Stonington) and Stephanie Carroll (Hamden) , sophomore Julie Pietrycha (Newington), and freshmen Annie Brennan (Waterbury), Mackenzie Russo (New Milford) and Marissa Colley (East Haven) also posted personal bests. Arisco's came in the 100 IM, as did Dufraine's , Carroll's and Robert's; Brennan recorded hers in the 100 freestyle, Colley in the 100 butterfly, Pietrycha in the 100 breaststroke and Russo in the 50 freestyle.  

Keene and Eastern finished 1-2 in this year's Little East Conference Championships and 1-3 in last year's NEISDA Division II-III Championships. The Owls are 14-0 all-time against Eastern in dual meet competition.

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

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 Six student-athletes earn spots on fall team for maximum third time

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University finished atop the listLEC25.jpg when the  Little East Conference office released the  2010 All-Academic team for the fall season.

At left: Rachel Cocola

.Thirty-one of the 186 student-athletes honored were members of Eastern's six fall intercollegiate teams - two more than runner-up Keene State College and three more than the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Keene also sponsored six intercollegiate teams in the fall while UMass Dartmouth fielded teams in all seven Little East falls sports.

Thirteen members of the Eastern cross country program (seven men and six women) earned all-academic distinction, with seven coming from the women's soccer team, four from men's soccer and women's volleyball and three from the field hockey program.

To earn a spot on the all-academic teams a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3, and be a full-time member of a varsity team.

Earning LEC fall academic honors for the maximum third times in their careers were
six seniors: Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and Ashlee James (Franklin) from the women's cross country program, Rachel Cocola (South Windsor) from field hockey, Stephanie Norell (Stratford) and Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) from women's soccer, and Christina Schirone (Pelham, NY) from women's volleyball.

The conference sponsors falls championships in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, women's volleyball and women's tennis. The conference began honoring  all-academic teams during the 2007-08 academic year.

Last fall, Eastern placed 25 student-athletes on the fall all-academic team - the second-most of any LEC institution. It had 25 on the 2008 fall team and 20 on the inaugural fall team in 2007.

In 2009/10, 64 Eastern student-athletes were named to the fall, winter and/or spring LEC All-Academic Team - a total which placed it just one selection behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the University of Southern Maine, which shared second place in the listing.  

Senior rightfielder/pitcher is honorable mention selection  

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior pitcher/outfielder Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) represents the Warriors on the 2011 D3baseball.com Pre-Season All-America team.

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One of nine seniors on this year's team, Schult was named first-team All-New England by the NEIBA and second-team All-New England by the ECAC and first-team All-Little East Conference as a junior.

A team tri-captain in 2011, Schult was an honorable mention choice to the D3baseball.com team at the utility position. Fifteen players were named to the first and second teams and 16 to the honorable mention unity. Schult was among eight New England players and four LEC selected to the team

As a rightfielder and right-handed pitcher, Schult led all regulars last year in batting (.377) and total bases (109) and shared the team lead with 66 hits. He also drove in 45 runs. As a pitcher, he led the staff with ten starts and 61 1/3 innings pitched. In 11 appearances, he was 5-1 with a save and a 3.52 ERA and was second on the staff with 53 strikeouts.

Schult was Eastern's only selection to last year's NCAA Division III New England Regional All-Tournament team after batting a team-high .462 (6-of-13) with two doubles and three RBI in three games.

Schult leads all returning players with 166 career hits, nine pitching wins, 116 innings, and a 2.47 ERA and is second with a .363 career batting average.

A business and marketing major, Schult was named to the CoSIDA College Division Academic All-District second team last spring and earned additional academic honors by earning a spot on the LEC academic honor roll for the second time in as many years and receiving an Eastern E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in his first season of eligiblity.

Eastern returns 12 letterwinners from last year's 31-15 team under 43rd-year head coach Bill Holowaty and is schedult to open the 2011 season Feb. 27 at Kean University.

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Clamp Down

They hold Corsairs to 15 first-half points and  overall 29.0 pct. shooting

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POSTPONED: Men's Basketball Thursday at Wentworth. NEW DATE: Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. at Wentworth.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut LEC25.jpgState University's pressure defense limited Massachusetts Dartmouth to 15 first-half points and a season-low point total as the Warriors equaled their longest winning streak against the Corsairs  in 25 seasons of Little East Conference men's basketball play, 70-52, Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Broderick Sawyer (Cris Yarborough photo)

Now 7-1 at home, Eastern (10-3, 3-1 little east)  used a 12-2 run early in the game to establish an 11-point, 18-7 lead and held UMass (5-8, 2-2 little east) to 15.2 percent shooting from the floor in building a 17-point, 32-15 halftime lead. UMass' final point total was its lowest against Eastern ever in LEC regular-season or LEC tournament competition.

The victory - coupled with losses by previously-unbeaten Western Connecticut and Rhode Island College - lifts the Warriors into a four-way tie for first place. Western lost at home to Keene State, 81-76, and Rhode Island dropped a 95-88 decision at previously-winless University of Southern Maine. Keene also shares first place with a 3-1 record.

The win is the third in a row for the Warriors dating back to last year's two regular-season games over the Corsairs --  the winningest team in conference history with 13 regular-season titles and 11 tournament championships. Eastern's only other three-game win streak over UMass came in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

Ranked first in the LEC by averaging 9.2 three-point field goals per game and third in three-point field goal percentage (.373), UMass missed 24 of 29 three-point tries (.172 percent) against Eastern's tight man-to-man defense. Until Tuesday, UMass's lowest scoring game had been 62 points in a 24-point loss to the nation's No. 5-ranked team (Middlebury College).

Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) posted the first double-double of his 91-game career with 13 points (5-of-10 from the floor) and a career-high ten rebounds and blocked two shots.  Sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) had 11 points and six rebounds off the bench and LEC rebounding leader Jamie Kohn (Columbia), a junior guard, contributed 15 points (7-of-10 FG), six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Ranked third in the conference in rebounding margin (+5.1), the Warriors enjoyed a 50-34 advantage on the boards, with the Corsairs' 12 offensive rebounds resulting in only six points.

Eastern visits Wentworth Institute of Technology Thursday at 6 p.m.

 

Women's Basketball: Warriors Breeze

Moriarty has 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 69-51 LEC victory

chapman_slide6648.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - One of the top defensive teamsLEC25.jpg in the Little East Conference, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team limited Massachusetts Dartmouth to 26.7 percent shooting in the first half en route to its 33rd straight win over the Corsairs, 69-51, Tuesday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Piper Chapman

With the win, Eastern (10-3, 4-0 little east) kept pace in the conference with defending champion Western Connecticut State University, which dumped visiting Keene State College, 70-51, Tuesday evening.

Nine of Eastern's ten eligible players saw action in the game, with everyone contributing at least one rebound and all but one reaching the scoring column as the Warriors improved to 8-1 against New England competition this year (the loss coming to No. 1 nationally-ranked Amherst College.

Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) scored a career and game-high 17 points (8-of-10 from the floor) to pace four double-digit scorers for Eastern while senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had her second double-double in five games with 15 points and 11 rebounds to move to within 46 points of 1,000 in her four-year career. Moriarty  also tied her season-high with eight assists and also contributed three steals and two blocks.

Eastern shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the second half to double a nine-point halftime lead. The second-leading team in the LEC in field goal percentage defense, Eastern limited UMass to 26.7 percent shooting from the floor and 21 points in the first half.

Sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) added 14 points (7-of-14 from the floor) and sophomore guard Jessica Blodgett (Niantic) came off the bench for 11 points. She converted all four of her three-point field goals.

UMass (3-9, 0-4 little east) got 13 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade and nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds from freshman guard Keneisha Debnman.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m. The Huskies eliminated the Warriors in the semifinals of the 2010 LEC tournament.

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Survive, 59-56

Despite being shut out from floor over final ten minutes, they deny UMB

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LEC25.jpgBOSTON -  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team got its final nine points of the game from the free throw line over the final ten minutes and held off the University of Massachusetts Boston, 59-56, in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.

At right: Joe Ives

The win is the fourth in as many years for Eastern (9-3, 2-1 little east) over UMass (6-6, 0-3 little east) on the Beacons' home court and is the Warriors' sixth in the last seven meetings over UMB. Eastern was picked to finish third in the LEC pre-season coaches' poll, UMass seventh.

Eastern moved out to its biggest lead of the game, 50-38, with 9:47 left, but went the rest of the game without a field goal as the hosts made it a one possession game three times over the final four minutes.  Michael Mitchell's three-point field goal - UMass' only basket behind the arc in the second half -- pulled the hosts to within three points for the final time with 0.7 seconds left. Following a UMass timeout, Eastern ran out the clock in the backcourt.

After senior guard Nick Nedwick's (Irvington, NY) bucket in the paint pushed Eastern into its 12-point lead with just under ten minutes left, the Warriors missed five shots and gave the ball away seven times (including four straight possessions after Nedwick's basket) on their final 20 possessions. Eastern matched its season free throw percentage over the final six minutes, however, to remain in front. The Warriors sank nine of 14 free throws over the final six minutes, with junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and sophomore guard Joe Ives (Avon) both sinking two in a span of 30 seconds. Kohn's pair made it an eight-point game with 53 seconds left and Ives swished one and rolled one in around an Eastern timeout with 24.1 seconds left that expanded a three-point lead to five, 58-53.

While Eastern struggled over the final ten minutes, UMass hit high gear by nailing eight of 12 field goals to outscore the Warriors by nine over the second half of the second half. The Beacons commited five turnovers on those final 17 possessions, but Eastern managed to capitalize on those miscues with only three free throws. After Eastern failed to turn any of the first three UMB turnovers into points, senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) dropped in one of two free throws following the fourth turnover to make it 53-48 with 90 seconds left, and Kohn nailed his pair with 53 seconds left as a result of UMass' fifth turnover to make it 56-48.

With the Warriors leading by eight, 50-42, with 7:13 left, senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) - the team's top defensive inside player -- left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. The hosts proceeded to score on six of their final eight shots from the floor while Roveto was sidelined.

Ranked third in the LEC in field goal percentage defense, Eastern watched UMass shoot .511 from the floor, but was still able to keep the Beacons 14 points below their season scoring average. The Warriors matched UMB by shooting .500 from the floor - equaling their best marksmanship this year.

Nedwick shared game-high scoring honors with 18 points (7-of-12 FG), with Sawyer equaling his season-high of 14 points (5-of-6 FG) and adding six rebounds and Ives adding ten points. Kohn had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. First-year junior guard Chae Philips (West Haven) and junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) combined to convert all three of their field goal tries and add eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, providing the Warriors with their only points off the bench.

Mitchell scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and came up with six steals for UMass, with Isaac Jenkins scoring 16 points and freshman Donreal Thomas 12. UMass's four substitutes were able to contribute just two points in 51 minutes.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.
 

 

W-Basketball: Defense Fuels Warriors

They allow only ten first-half points in 68-34 LEC win over UMass Boston

BOSTON - The Eastern Connecticut State University women'sLEC25.jpg basketball team allowed only ten first-half points and kept pace in the Little East Conference with a 68-34 win over Massachusetts Boston Saturday at the Clark Athletic Center.

At left: Rachael Armstrong (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

The second-best defensive team in the LEC, Eastern (9-3, 3-0 little east) held UMass (9-3, 1-2 little east) to a season-best 20.8 shooting from the floor en route to its sixth straight win over the Beacons as the Warriors maintained a share of the conference lead. Eastern held the hosts to two points over the first nine minutes, the Beacons missing eight of nine shots and turning the ball over seven times on their first 16 possessions.

The game was the 1,000th in the 40-year history of the Eastern women's basketball program, which has won 681 and lost 319 since 1971.

Leading by seven, 14-7, the Warriors scored 12 points in a row to move out to a  19-point, 26-7 lead with 4:31 left in the first half. Five different Eastern players contributed to the scoring in that run, which included three-point field goals from senior guards Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) and Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville).

Whiteley had ten of her 12 points in the first half. UMass commited 14 turnovers in the first half, most of them unforced. Whiteley connected on both of her free throw attempts in the game to improve her conference-leading percentage to ..889 (24-of-27)

All ten players in uniform saw action for Eastern, with senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) grabbing a team-high ten rebounds to help the Warriors to a +16 advantage in that department. Moriarty also had four assists, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore forward Rachael Armstrong (Fairfield) equalled her previous career scoring total by coming off the bench for nine points and also grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes. Armstrong was 4-of-6 from the floor.

Colleen Hooper was the only UMass player to score more than five points, the freshman guard scoring all 14 of her points in the second half. Three UMass starters combined to miss 25 of 28 shots from the floor and the Beacons also hurt themselves with .421 shooing from the stripe (8-of-19).

Eastern ended a two-game losing streak that it absorbed last week at the Grand Canyon Classic, while UMass has dropped two if its last three following a string of six straight wins.

Eastern looks for its 33rd consecutive win over Massachusetts Dartmouth when it hosts the Corsairs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.


 

M-Basketball: Stags Sink Warriors

 CMS uses 15-2 scoring run to stop Warriors' four-game streak, 73-57

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mhcalif72_8756.jpgCLAREMONT, Calif - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges began a 15-2 run late in the first half to break from a tie and went on to post a 73-57 men's basketball victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday afternoon at Ducey Gymasium.

Claremont's (4-6) victory halts Eastern's (8-3) four-game winning streak that had begun nearly a month ago and give the Warriors a split of two games at the Holiday Classic, co-hosted by Claremont-Mudd and Caltech.

The Stags never trailed after scoring the first eight points of the game but needed a 15-2 run to subdue Eastern, which scrapped back from a 12-point deficit midway through the first half and tied the game at 30-all on a three-point field goal by junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington,NY).

Claremont matched its game-opening run by ending the first half with eight straight points after Nedwick's game-tying bucket, then scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to move out to a 13-point, 45-32 lead three minutes into the second half.

The Warriors got as close as seven points twice thereafter on a jumper by junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and two free throws by junior Jamie Kohn (Columbia) but the Stags responded each time. The Claremont lead never dipped below double figures after Tyler Gaffaney and Kevin Sullivan responded to Kohn's free throws with consecutive three-point field goals - their only ones of the game - as the Stags moved out to a 13-point, 57-44 lead with nine minutes left in the game.

 Eastern tossed in five of its eight three-point field goals in the first half - three accounting for nine straight Eastern points - to dig out of the early eight-point hole. Nedwick and Kohn combined for 18 of Eastern's 30 first-half points. Nedwick finished with ten first-half points but did not score in the second half.

Eastern turned the ball over only eight times but shot just 32.2 percent from the floor in the game.

Kohn posted his fifth double-double (second in as many days), totaling 14 points and 11 rebounds to register 32 points and 24 rebounds in two tournament games.

Claremont inside players Joseph Anderson and Patrick Lacey combined for 31 points, sinking 12 of 19 field goals.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Massachusetts Boston at 3 p.m.

M-Basketball: Warriors Surge to Win

Kohn and Nedwick combine for 34 points in 72-49 win over Caltech

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgPASADENA - Five Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball players each contributed a basket in a ten-point run late in the first half as the Warriors emerged from a three-week layoff to post a 72-49 victory over the California Institute of Technology Sunday afternoon at the Braun Athletic Center.

At right: Jamie Kohn (dark  uniform)

In its first game since December 11, Eastern (8-2) shook free of a lethargic start to score ten consecutive points in a four-minute span and move out to a 12-point, 25-13 lead with 3:32 left in the first half. The Warriors led by 13, 31-18 at the half and staved off a mini Caltech (3-7) run by scoring eight in a row after the Beavers pulled to within seven 43-36 to open up a 15-point, 51-36 advantage with mine minutes left.

The win was the fourth in a row for Eastern and is Caltech's second in a row after posting its first three-game winning streak in 16 seasons.

Allowing 63 points per game through the first nine games of the year, Eastern held the hosts 14 points under that average by forcing 19 turnovers - equaling its second-highest total of the year - on 12 steals.  Only three Caltech players - the team's three season double-figure scorers -- managed to score from the floor against the Warriors, who kept 6-foot-7 inch sophomore Mike Edwards without a point and to only two rebounds in the first half.

Edwards, the team's second-leading scorer (13.8 ppg.) scored all 11 of his points in the second half. After his steal  and lay-in cut the Eastern lead to seven six minutes into the second half, Edwards scored only once more from the floor the rest of the way.

In a game where all 13 healthy players garnered minutes, junior guards Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) combined for nearly half of the team's points. Kohn notched his fourth double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds, sinking eight of 11 field goals. Nedwick followed with 16 points, five assists and three steals. Nedwick broke out of a season-long funk at the foul line by capitalizing on eight of 11 attempts from the stripe in moving to within a point of the 800th of his three-year career.

There were four ties in the first 11 minutes before the Warriors took charge. Leading 15-13, Eastern got scoring from five different players in a 10-0 run that produced a 12-point, 25-13 lead with 3;32 left in the first half.

Ninth-year head coach Bill Geitner praised Kohn's effort on both ends of the floor en route to his season-high point total. Kohn kept the Warriors afloat in the first half, tossing in a dozen points (6-of-8 from the floor) and grabbing eight rebounds (four offensive).

His status for the game questionable due to injury, sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) came off the bench for nine points and six rebounds, seven of the points coming in the second half. Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) set the tone in the second half by outscoring the Beavers 6-0 early in the frame with three inside hoops that pushed the Warriors' lead to 16, 41-25, midway through the stanza.

Caltech senior scoring leader Ryan Elmquist led all players in the game with 24 points, 15 coming in the second half. Elmquist kept his team in the game early in the second half by scoring nine points in the first five minutes.

Eastern visits Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Monday at 7 p.m. EST before returning to Little East Conference play Saturday at Massachusetts Boston at 3 p.m.