Click here or hit the Enter key on your keyboard to go to our Text Only Site. Eastern's Mission   Search  
Athletics
Text Only Version

Eastern's Home Page

February 2011 Archives

Track: Simpson Ninth at Open

simpson_Open72_1559.jpgBOSTON -- Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich)  ran to a ninth-place finish in the 60 meter dash in a field of 28 Division I, II and III competitors -- missing out on All-New England honors by .004 -- over the weekend at the New England Open Men's  Track & Field Championships at Boston University''s Track and Tennis Center.

The Little East Conference and New England Alliance champion at 55 meters February 12, Simpson advanced through the preliminaries Friday with a ninth-place finish in a time of 7.10 to Saturday's semfinals. Needing to finish among the top ten among 16 semifinalists, Simpson was eighth overall  in a time of 7.12 -- second among Division III cometitors in a group which include three runners from meet champoin University of Connecticut.

In the finals, Simpson was clocked in 7.116, falling just .004 shy of eighth place and All-New England honors. Of the top eight finishers, six were from Division I, one from Division II and one from Division III. Aaron Radden of Central Connecticut edged Kashif Moore of Connecticut to win the individual title in a photo finish. Radden was timed in 6.865, Moore 6.866.

In last weekend's New England Division III Championships at the Springfield Field House, Siimpson achieved  All-New England status with a fourth-place finish at 55 meters.

Simpson is competing indoors for the first season after transferring from Norwich University last January.

M-Basketball Repeats Top ECAC Seed

Warriors host first-time opponent Regis in first round Wednesday

levyH_72_0753.jpg

Complete Pairings.pdf

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team has been selected as the top seed in the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Tournament for the second straight year and will host a first-round gameWednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Hamilton Levy

Eastern (19-9) meets eighth-seeded Regis College (15-11) for the first time ever in one of four tournament first-round games scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern will remain at home as long as it is alive in the tournament and with a first-round win would host the tournament semifinals and the final Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern would play the first of two semifinal-round games Saturday at 5 p.m.

The ECAC bid is the sixth for the Warriors since 1981. Eastern is 3-5 in five previous ECAC appearances, 3-2 at Geissler Gym. As last year's No. 1 seed in its first post-season appearance since 2000, the Warriors defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology and Becker College before losing a 94-71 decision to No. 2 seed Elms College in the championship game. Eastern was the home team throughout last year's tournament.

Under ninth-year head coach Bill Geitner, the Warriors reached the championship game of the Little East Conference tournament Saturday for the first time since winning the 2000 crown. After  routing nationally-ranked and NCAA qualifier Western Connecticut State University, 94-70, in Friday's semifinals, the third-seeded Warriors lost by a 62-49 score to top-seeded Rhode Island College.

If it wins its first ECAC championship this year, Eastern would establish the most wins in a season in the program's 69-year history.

Eastern's starting lineup is comprised of senior post players Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) and Bill Roveto (South Windsor), junior wings Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) and Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and sophomore point guard Joe Ives (Avon). Nedwick averages a team-leading 17.8 points and also 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals and has totaled a team-high 46 three-pointfield goals. The conference's leading rebounder for the second straight year, Kohn averages 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, Sawyer 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds with a 53.8 shooting percentage, Ives 6.0 points and 2.1 assists and Roveto 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and an 83.8 free throw percentage. Junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) are two of the first players off the bench.

As only a fourth-year program (th e school went co-ed in 2007), Regis is competing in its first post-season tournament after qualifying for its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament last week. The Pride lost in the opening round of the tournament to eventual  champion and NCAA qualifier Salve Regina University, 62-58, last Tuesday.

Nine players on the 11-player Regis squad are either seniors or freshmen. Senior guard Derrick Neal averages a team-best 13.5 points per game, with senior forward Phil Alibrandi averaging 10.5 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds. Freshman center Robert Edwards averages 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds and is shooting just under 50 percent from the floor. Freshman guard Ryan Chambers averages  8.6 points and is shooting 88 percent from the foul line.

Against three common opponents, Eastern was 2-3 and Regis 0-3. The Warriors defeated Trinity College, won one of three against Western Connecticut and lost to Wentworth.

W-Basketball: NCAA Tournament Pick

 Warriors face CUNYAC champ Baruch College in opening round Friday

whoop team72_9002.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team was named to its 13th NCAA Division III tournament this afternoon and will face Baruch College in a first-round game in the field of 64 Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium on the Amherst College campus.

In the other first-round game at Amherst Friday night, host Amherst College (26-1) faces Husson University (16-11). Eastern (20-8) meets  Baruch College (23-5) for the first time ever.. Friday's winners will advance to Saturday's championship game, with that victor moving on to a sectional tournament March 12-13. The national Final Four is scheduled for March 19-20 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Regional tournament times have not yet been announced.

Eastern received an at-large bid to the tournament after losing in the championship game of the Little East Conference tournament Saturday.  The other three regional teams qualified on an automatic basis by winning their conference post-season tournament championships. Baruch won the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) title,  Amherst the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and Husson the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title.

Forty-three teams earned automatic bids (up three from last year) as conference champions while 21 were selected on an at-large basis. Eastern  is among 11 institutions competing from the New England region.

Prior to this past weekend's tournaments, Eastern was rated seventh in the NCAA Division III Northeast Region and Amherst first. Baruch was rated No. 4 in the Atlantic Region. Husson was not ranked in the Northeast.

Since reaching the NCAA Division III  national title game in 2003, the Warriors have dropped first-round NCAA games in each of their last two appearances in 2008 and 2009. Baruch, which has compiled a 91-24 overall record over the last four years, is 1-3 in NCAA play the last three seasons. Last year, the Bearcats dropped a 67-53 at Bowdoin College in the tournament opener.

Eastern has won eight of its last ten heading into the NCAA tournament, both losses coming to Western Connecticut.  Four players average between 10.2 and 11.2 points for the Warriors, with those four players averaging between 6.4 and 8.0 rebounds. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) leads the club in both scoring (11.2),rebounding (8.0) and field goal percentage (50.0), with sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) next at 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) averages 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists and senior guard/forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds.

The Bearcats generally start two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.Like Eastern, Baruch is balanced in scoring with four players averaging between 10.6 and 14.2 points. However, it has two players averaging 10.1 and 10.5 rebounds, respectively and three players have combined to make 132 three-pointers (as a team, the Warriors have totaled 117).Six-foot senior center Megan Bouwens was named SUNYAC tournament  MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by senior guard Regina Washington. Bouwens  leads the team in scoring (14.2) and rebounding (10.5). and Washington averages 8.8 points and is second on the team with 42 three-pointers.

Eastern has lost its five games to NCAA qualifiers this year after winning its first two and is 1-2 on neutral courts. In the eighth game of this year, Eastern  lost a 79-55 decision at Amherst College. The Lord Jeffs are currently ranked third in the USA Today/ESPN national poll.

Baruch, which defeated Lehman College, 87-60, to capture its fourth straight CUNYAC title  this past Saturday, won 16 of its final 18 games this year. The Bearcats won all 13 of their regular-season conference games and are 5-0 this year on neutral courts. Baruch is 3-3 against NCAA qualifiers.

The post-season appearance is the ninth in 17 years under head coach Denise Bierly. The Warriors are making their seventh NCAA appearance under Bierly (the Warriors qualified for the ECAC tournament twice).

 

 

Baseball: Warriors Drop Season-Opener

 Bottom of Eastern order accounts for six of team's seven hits

cousineau72_2286.jpgUNION, N.J. --  Eastern Connecticut WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgState University senior centerfielder Joe Cousineau (Newington) scored the team's first run and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth but the Warriors were limited to seven hits in dropping their season-opening baseball game to Kean University, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium.

Above: Joe Cousineau

Ranked No. 4 nationally in the pre-season, Kean (4-0) won its fourth game this season in five days, defeating No. 26 Eastern (0-1) for the third straight time and fourth time in five contests in this series. Eastern is a four-time national champion, Kean the 2007 national titlist.

Kean sophomore righty Kevin Herget (1-0) pitched his first career complete game in his ninth career start, striking out ten and walking only one in his first start of 2011. As a freshman, Herget was 7-1 with a 4.38 ERA a year ago for the 39-12 Cougars, seeded second in the 2010 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.

After singling and later scoring Eastern's first run on an error in the top of the third inning, Cousineau,put the Warriors up 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single. With Eastern trailing 2-1 entering the inning, junior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore shortstop Drew Accomando (Monroe) and first-year junior transfer  second baseman Angelo Buscemi (Marlboro, NY) followed with singles ahead of Cousineau's RBI single. The hit was the first in the Eastern career of Buscemi, who had two hits in two years at the Division I level in 2009 and 2010.

Kean led 2-0 on two doubles and an Eastern throwing error before Eastern senior righty Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) retired a batter in the bottom of the first. After the Warriors tied the game in the top of the fourth, Kean scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the inning  against junior righty Michael Hepple (Newington), who sustained the loss despite retiring only one batter. Both runs were driven in on a single by Kean  sophomore shortstop Nick Ramagli before junior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) was summoned to get an inning-ending ground ball double play.

Denied his tenth career win, Schult was the first of six pitchers used by Eastern. Sophomore righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) and first-year junior righty transfer Jim Dimon (Seymour) made their Eastern varsity debuts without allowing a run. Purnell walked one without allowing a hit and Dimon gave up two hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Cammuso, Accomando, Buscemi and Cousineau - the bottom four hitters in the order - combined for six hits and an RBI and scored all three of the team's runs.

Eastern faces the College of Mount Saint Vincent Saturday at 1 p.m. at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY.
 

Baseball: 2011 Season Preview

In earliest opener, Warriors begin 43rd season under Holowaty Sunday

batterincage72_0524.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - With the 2011 Eastern Connecticut State University baseball season about to unfold, there remains more questions than answers.

But then again, what else is new?

Eastern head coach Bill Holowaty is not overly worried, but certainly concerned.

More often than not in 42 previous seasons at Eastern, those question marks have turned to exclamation points by the time post-season tournament time rolls around. For proof, consider that the program has qualified for 38 NCAA Division III and NAIA tournaments under Holowaty, and has won 14 regional championships, 14 Little East Conference regular-season and post-season tournament crowns, and four national championships.

Still, with the fall season in Division III having been reduced to a maximum of four weeks of practice (four days a week) and two competitions in recent years, Holowaty feels that he will not get an accurate read on the team until late March, when the Warriors open their northern season.

Until recently, the fall season served as a tryout time. By the time pre-season conditioning began in earnest in February, many of the questions had been solved.No more.

"We might have a different lineup come April 1, compared to February 27th," admits  Holowaty, eying the team's season-opener Sunday at Kean University at 1 p.m. "We probably won't have a set lineup until after the spring trip (March 18-25 in Arizona). "Not playing (much) in the fall and just jumping into the spring is difficult. So for us right now, a lot of the kids are about on the same level, they're all even.  But we have a lot of young potential."

captains72dpi_0466.jpg

At left: Senior tri-captains (from left) Jim Schult, Andrew Dewing and Chris Wojick.

This year, there are ten seniors - one of the largest such classes in program history - returning from last year's LEC regular-season champion and NCAA Division III tournament qualifier which won 31 and lost 15.  However,  those seniors constitute over 70 percent of the program's total of 14 letterwinners. Thus, nearly 70 percent (32) of the players on the 46-person roster are either freshmen, transfers or sub-varsity letterwinners.

As the season approaches and the team prepares for its first official start ever before March 1, Holowaty and his staff are still in the process of re-building the pitching staff and infield.  Seventeen of last year's pitching wins and 29 starts are gone, as are the starting third baseman (All-America Melvin Castillo), All-New England shortstop (Travis Bass) and All-New England second baseman (John Parke), all of whom collected 60 or more hits and at least 95 total bases. Last year's top hitter (outfielder Chris Thomson) has also graduated.

The seniors will bear the brunt of the load in 2011: Among the seniors, only four are three-year varsity letterwinners in the Eastern program but all are in the midst of their fourth collegiate seasons either at Eastern or elsewhere. 

Returning seniors regular position players from a year ago are outfielders Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY), Robert Perry (Manchester), Joe Cousineau (Newington) and Shane Kingsley (Beacons Falls), first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA), catcher Steve Cannata (Southington), and corner infielder/outfielder Tyler Turgeon (Norwich). The right-handed-throwing Schult -- last year's top starting pitcher and a 2011 pre-season All-America selection - and righty reliever Chris Wojick (Uncasville) are returning senior pitcher. Additional senior returnees are left-handed pitcher Bill Roveto (South Windsor) and outfielder Andrew Dyer (Topsfield, MA).Dewing, Schult and Wojick will serve as tri-captains this season.

Schult and Wojick are the only returning proven pitchers from last year's staff which struggled with a 5.01 ERA. Additional returning potential pitchers this year are junior righties Michael Hepple (Newington), Evan Chamberlain (Amston),  Mitch Furber (Oakdale), and Andrew Petrucci (Branford), with sophomore righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) a potential contributor up from the sub-varsity level. Sophomore righty Mike Buckley (Braintree) returns after missing most all of last year with an arm injury. Newcomers who Holowaty hopes can fill important slots in the rotation are  right-handed junior transfer Jim Dimon (Seymour), and sophomore righty transfers Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) and Mike Riemer (Ellington).

"We have a lot of question marks with our pitching," Holowaty contends. "We have a few veteran pitchers, but then we have guys who have not been here and who have got to step up and perform. Innings will tell, and time will tell.

The catching is solid with the return of Cannata and junior starter Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA).

 balowski72_0543 copy.jpg

The middle infield is young but promising, with sophomore Drew Accomando (Monroe), first-year junior transfer Angelo Buscemi (Marlboro, NY) and freshman Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) among the candidates to fill those holes, along with freshman Mitch Plourde (Ellington). Sophomore  Joe Balowski (Berlin) is also being counted upon at both third and first base, as well as being a possible contributor on the mound. Freshman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) can also see time at all three infield positions. Accomando and Balowski played primarily with the sub-varsity last spring.

Schult is expected to be the Opening Day starter on the mound and DH. With O'Connell currently sidelined for the opener with injury, Accomando (shortstop) and Buscemi (second base) may be the Opening Day middle infielders, with Turgeon at third and Dewing  at first.  Perry is the leftfielder, Cousineau the centerfielder and Kingsley the rightfielder and leadoff hitter. Cammuso will catch.

Perry, Schult, Dewing and Turgeon are expected to form the heart of the batting order.

Basketball: Warriors Second in LEC

In championship games, women fall to Western Conn.; men beaten by RIC

garrow72dpi_0599.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's basketball teams both lost in their respective championship games to the top seeds in the 2011 Little East Conference tournament Saturday afternoon.

At left: Mike Garrow

Making its fifth straight appearances in the finals, top-seeded and host Rhode Island College (19-7) won its fourth tournament men's title with a 62-49 victory over third-seeded Eastern (19-9). Eastern was making its first appearance in the tournament final since winning the 2000 crown.

In the women's final, third-seeded Eastern (20-8) led only once (by two points) as top-seeded  and host  Western Connecticut State University (23-3) defended last year's championship with a 74-58 win.  The Warriors were denied their second LEC tournament title in four yearrs.Western had not wown a championship until last year.

Western and Rhode Island are awarded automatic berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Both Eastern teams await possibl at-large bids to the NCAA, when the complete fields are announced on Monday.  If they are not chosen for the NCAA, they are both expected to be a top seed in the ECAC New England Division III tournament which gets underway with first-round games Wednesday.

The Eastern men entered the week ranked No. 9 in the region, while Rhode Island was seventh and Western Connecticut sixth.The Eastern women were ranked seventh in the region, Western sixth.

The Eastern men, who upended second-seeded Western Connecticut in Friday night's semifinals,94-70,  trailed by only three points at halftime against Rhode Island before the hosts gradually pulled away for their eight straight win this season -- third in a row this season over the Warriors. The Anchormen  outscored Eastern 14-6 over the first five minutes of the second half to build an 11-point, 34-23 lead.

carter_72dpi8492.jpg

As has been their custon all season, however, the Warriors did not go quietely. With Eastern down by 11 with 11 minutes left, sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) scored off his own offensive rebound, followed a minute later by sinkinig both ends of a one-and-one, and junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) canned a corner three-pointer in front of the Eastern bench to slice the lead to six, 44-38, with 8:28 left.

At right: Tanisha Carter

A three-pointer by RIC sophomore Tahrike Carter stemmed the tid for the  Anchomen, however, and the Warriors were unable to get closer than  six points again.

Garrow, Nedwick and junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) shared the Eastern scoring lead with ten points. Nedwick managed  only 2-of-14 from the floor and finished eight points shy of his season average. Garrow was coming off a career-best performance in Friday's win over Western Connecticut.

Sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) came off the bench to lead Eastern with nine points in 24 minutes, with Kohn pulling down eight. The Anchormen became one of the few teams to outrebound the Warriors (+10). 

Eastern forced Rhode Islandn into 36.4 percent shootiing from the floor, with top players Antone Gray and Carl Lee combining for just 7-of-25. Tournament MVP Mike Akinrola, a 6-foot-6 inch junior, had 12 points and nine rebounds for the winningers. Akinrola saved the day in Friday's semifinals when he forced a second overtime against Keene State by grabbing an offensive rebound, moving behind the three-poiint arc, and sinking the game-tying shot as the honor sounded.

In the women's title game, Western won its ninth straight game behiind 6-foot-2 inch senior All-America candidate Melissa Teel. After scoring 59 points and grabbing 17 rebounds with 15 blocked shots and a .750 shooting percentage in two Western wins this year over Eastern, Teel scored more than half of her team's points Saturday. She totalled 39 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots en route to unanimous MVP honors for the second straight year.

Eastern sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford)  led Eastern with a team-high 21 points and shared team-high rebounding honors with junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) with nine. Senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) added ten points for the Warriors, who were coming off Friday's 78-64 semifinal victory over 19-time tournament champion University of Southern Maine. 

 

 

Baseball: 2011 Coaching Staff Complete

Under Holowaty, Smith re-joins staff; Perry, Dunnack are new additions

dunnack_jersey_72_8131.jpgperryMcoach_72_9023.jpgsmithcoach_jersey_72_8084.jpg

From left: Dunnack, Perry, Smith

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Following a six-year absence, Scott Smith of Rockville has returned to the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball coaching staff as an assistant to 43rd-year head coach Bill Holowaty, it has been announced by the veteran head coach. In addition, Mike Perry of Manchester has joined the staff as pitching coach

Returning from a year ago to a 2011 staff which features 122 years of collegiate coaching experience are associate head coach Bob Wojick of Columbia, Willimantic native and Lebanon resident Len Reed, Dino Kapilotis of Norwich and Javier Madera of Willimantic. Additional students on the staff are Matt Pindar of Berlin and Jeremiah Dunnack of Willimantic.holowaty_assistants72_0436.jpg

At right: The coaching staff of 43rd-year head coach Bill Holowaty (far right in photo) features 122 seasons of collegiate coaching experience.

All of the assistant coaches with the exception of Perry and Kapilotis are former players in the program. Wojick is in his 35th year on Holowaty's staff, Reed in his 20th season, Kapilotis his fifth, Madera his fourth and Pindar his third.

"We have a group of coaches who are very dedicated to the program," says Holowaty, the winningest active coach in NCAA Division III.

A catcher, Smith played at Eastern in the spring of 1989, then spent the next 15 seasons as an assistant coach under Holowaty - the first three as a student-coach.  Most recently, Smith served under Bill Decker as an assistant coach at Trinity College for three seasons beginning in 2008. Smith has been an assistant coach on four NCAA Division III national championship teams - three (1990, 1998, 2002) at Eastern and one (2008) at Trinity.  Nine of those teams at Eastern and Trinity captured regional championships and participated in national tournaments.

A fotmer assistant program director for Bill Holowaty's Fundamental Baseball Camp, Smith  also served as field manager in 2000 and later as an assistant coach for the Manchester Silkworms - a former entry in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - and previously served as head coach with the Rockville American Legion.

Since 2005, Perry  has been employed as a pitching instructor with Swanson Professional Baseball Instruction in West Hartford, where he has taught fundamentals and advanced technical skills development. For the past three years, Perry has served as head coach at the AAU level with the West Hartford-based Connecticut Tide. Perry is a former four-year starting pitcher at Division II Post University in Waterbury, where he helped the Eagles compile a 93-85 record between 2007 and 2010 and qualify for one ECAC and one Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) tournaments. In 2009, he set a program season record with a 1.95 ERA.

"We're glad to have Smitty back," noted Holowaty of Smith. "In many, many ways, he has been a very important part of our program. This year, he's been working with the infielders and helping Bob (Wojick) with the hitters. And Mike Perry is a good young pitching coach who is developing an excellent work ethic with the pitching staff. "

A catcher, Dunnack spent last year as a member of the program on the sub-varsity level. He will take over head sub-varsity coaching duties this year from Kapilotis, who joins the varsity coaching staff.

A two-year outfielder in the program on regional championship teams in 2003 and 2004, Pindar is working with the hitters and also coordinating the conditioning program. Javier, who lettered on the 2000 team as a second baseman,
assists with the infielders.

In 42 years, Holowaty has coached 1,814 games, compiling a record of 1,319-489-6 (72.9). He had led the program to 38 NCAA and NAIA post-season tournaments, 14 regional titles and 16 Little East Conference regular-season and post-season tournament championships in 14 years.

Eastern opens its 63rd intercollegiate season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kean University in a battle of former national champions.

Basketball: Warriors Have Finals Say

Both third-seeded teams rout higher-seeded foes in LEC semifinals 

chapman_slide6648.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's basketball teams advanced to their respective Little East Conference tournament championship games in the same season for the first time in 18 years Friday with semifinal-round wins over higher-seeded teams.

At left: Piper Chapman

The third-seeded men (19-8) avenged two regular-season losses to rout second-seeded Western Connecticut State University, 94-70 at the Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College, snapping an overall five-game losing streak at the hands of Western with its most resounding victory over the Colonials in 17 years of conference play.

The third-seeded women (20-7) defeated third-seeded University of Southern Maine (17-9) for the second time in six days, 78-64, at Western Connecticut State University's Feldman Arena in Danbury. The Warriors move into the final for the seventh time under 17th-year head coach Denise Bierly, looking for their third title under the present head coach. The Warriors meet top-seeded Western Connecticut (22-3), which dumped fourth-seeded Rhode Island College, 77-68.

Men Back in Championship Game

levyJ72_0408.jpg

The Warriors face top-seeded and two-time defending LEC tournament champion Rhode Island College Saturday at 5 p.m. in their first finals appearance since winning the 2000 crown. Rhode Island surived a thrilling double-overtime contest to turn back fourth-seeded Keene State College, 102-92, forcing a second overtime when 6-foot-6 inch junior Mike Akinrola  corraled an offensive rebound, stepped back behind the three-point line, and swished the shot from the left side as the horn sounded. Eastern has lost two games by a total of 12 points to RIC this year and looks to snap a six-game losing streak at the hands of the Anchormen..

Sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) came off the bench for career-highs in points (23) and rebounds (11)  in 24 minutes -- sinking ten of 13 field goals -- to pace five double-digit Eastern scorers. LEC scoring leader Daquan Books scored nearly half of Western's (21-5) points, totaling a game-high 30.

Eastern tacked up a 53-point second half to break from a two-point halftime lead in the men's game, shooting 63 percent from the floor with an assortment of layups and dunks. Sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) joined Garrow with ten points and nine rebounds off the bench. In addition to harassing Brooks throughout the game, junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvinigton, NY) had 18 points and five assists, junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) adding 15 points and ten rebounds and senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) scoring 11 points..

As keys to the win, ninth-year head coach Bill Geitner cited the team's effective defense that forced Western into hurried, difficult shots, strong work off the boards (+16 advantage) that limited the Colonials to one shot, and the ability to execute offensively that resulted in a final scoring total nearly 30 points above its season average.

The conquest of Western serves as sweet revenge for the Warriors, who were embarrased a year go by the Colonials in the semifinals on the same floor, 81-67. Eastern trailed by 22 points at halftime of that game,

Women Seek Second Title in Four Years

Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and added eight rebounds to pace the Warriors over the 19-time LEC champion Huskies.  Senior guards Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) and Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) each added 19 points as the trio scored 63 of the team's points. Moriarty had eight assists and Pierlioni was 6-of-9 from the floor

The win for the Warriors over Southern Maine (16-10) was far and away their most resounding one ever over the Huskies in LEC tournament play. Until Friday, Eastern's last victory over USM in the conference tournament had come in a 65-60 overtime triumph in the 2008 LEC championship game at Gorham, Maine. The team had lost two tournament games to USM by a total of seven points since then.

A winner of three LEC titles in 24 years, Eastern finished second in 2009 and lost in the semifinals last year after winning its most recent title in 2008.

Western won both regular-season games over Eastern by a combined total of 27 points.

.


 

Basketball: LEC Semifinals Friday

At 8 p.m., women face familiar foe USM; Men meet state rival Western

Eastern head coaches Denise Bierly and Bill Geitner preview the tournament

(WATCH VIDEO)

bierly_head_72_4504.jpgGeitner head 72.jpgWomen's Bracket.pdf

Men's Bracket.pdf

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's and men's basketball teams take their second step toward a Little East Conference title Friday at 8 p.m. when they play in the semifinal round of the tournament. Both third-seeded Eastern teams will face second-seeded opponents in a repeat of last year's semifinal games that both Eastern teams lost.

Follow the action live in the Little East Conference tournament from your computer (LittleEast.tv) or your phone (LittleEast.mobi).

The Eastern women (19-7) face second-seeded University of Southern Maine (16-9) for the 21st time in the tournament's 25-year history in the second of two games at Western Connecticut State University's Feldman Arena. Top-seeded Western Connecticut (21-3) faces fourth-seeded Rhode Island College (20-6) at 6 p.m.

The Eastern men (18-8) take on in-state foe Western Connecticut State University (21-4) in the second of two men's semifinals at the Murray Center on the Rhode Island  at 8 p.m. In the first game at 6 p.m. top-seeded Rhode Island College (17-7) entertains fourth-seeded Keene State College (17-9).

Friday's semifinal winners in both tournaments move on to the tournament final Saturday, the women at 4 p.m. and the men at 5. The tournament champions are  awarded automatic berths in the 2011 NCAA Division III.

For women, rubber game is pivotal

whoopseniors_72_9003.jpgAfter they each won on their home court by seven points during the regular season, the Warriors and Huskies play the rubber game on a neutral floor.

At left: Hoping to end their careers with an LEC title are seniors (from left) Brittany Whiteley, Lauren Hickey, Jessica Moriarty and Amanda Pierlioni. with head coach Denise Bierly. 

The teams are meeting for the 21st time - fourth in a row -- in 25 seasons of LEC tournament competition. Eastern last won over Southern Maine in the 2008 LEC tournament title game at Gorham, ME by a score of 65-60 in overtime.  In 2009, the Huskies returned the favor by downing Eastern on its home floor in the championship game, 64-59. Last year, the teams played three games that were decided by a total of five points, with USM prevailing by a 58-57 score against the Warriors in the tournament semifinals at Feldman Arena.

Southern Maine has advanced to the tournament championship game 23 times in 24 years, winning 19 titles. Eastern has been a finalist 13 times - each time facing Southern Maine  in the title game --  winning three.

While Southern Maine has been idle since last Saturday as the No. 2 seed, Eastern survived a some anxious moments to advance past sixth-seeded Keene State College in overtime, 65-54, in a first-round game Tuesday at Geissler Gymnasium. The Warriors came from nine behind to eliminate the Owls, with senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) scoring the tying points with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Keene couldn't convert a potential game-winning shot as time expired in regulation, and the Warriors made the visitors pay in overtime by hitting all 11 of their shots (5-of-5 from the floor/6-of-6 from the foul line).

In this year's two regular-season games between Eastern and Southern Maine, the Warriors have averaged only 12.5 turnovers (four below their season average) and held a +4.0 rebounding margin, and shot 81.4 percent from the foul line, but have shot just 17.1 percent from three-point range.  Southern Maine has shot marginally better than Eastern from the floor in those two games.

In the win over Southern Maine on the final day of the regular season, Eastern scored the first seven points of overtime after  senior forward Becky Dixon forced overtime with a three-pointer ending regulation that capped the Huskies' return from a nine-point deficit. In the loss at Southern Maine January 15, Eastern owned the first half - building a 19-point lead - before faltering badly over the final 20 minutes.

Against USM this year, Eastern got balanced production out of its five starters. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and senior guards Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) and Pierlioni all averaged double figures in points and Pierlioni, Chapman and senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) were the top rebounders.  Chapman averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and combined with Whiteley for success on 23 of 25 free throws.

Junior forward Courtney Cochran and junior guard Renee Nicholas have led Southern Maine offensively against Eastern in two games. Cochran averaged 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds and was 13-of-15 from the foul line. Nicholas averaged 15.0 points  and 5.5 rebounds and shot 47.8 percent from the floor.

Heading into Friday, Southern Maine needs four victories to extend its national record of 30 consecutive 20-win seasons. A win Friday would provide Eastern with its eighth 20-win season in the last ten years, but more importantly, would improve Eastern's chance for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if it fails to gain the automatic qualifier.


Men look to break Western's hex

mhoopseniors_72_8998.jpgTo have an opportunity to extend its tournament life and play for its first LEC tournament title in 11 years, Eastern must stop a five-game losing streak at the hands of No. 17 nationally-ranked Western. After eliminating Eastern, 81-67, in last year's semifinals at the Murray Center, Western lost to top-seeded host Rhode Island College, 81-80, in the final in its bid for a fifth LEC title since 1996.

At right: Seniors hoping to extend their stay in the LEC tournament are (from left) Broderick Sawyer, Jordan Levy and Bill Roveto, pictured with head coach Bill Geitner.

While Western was awarded a first-round tournament bye, Eastern was tested in its 59-58 first-round home win over sixth-seeded Plymouth State. In order to advance, the Warriors were forced to come back from a 13-point deficit in the second half.

Eastern and Western are meeting in the tournament semifinals for the second straight year and for the fifth time overall since 1995. Prior to last year, Western had won two of three first-round LEC tournament encounters between the programs. The Warriors' lone tournament victory over Western came 14 years ago by an 85-81 verdict on Western's home floor.

For the third time this year, the top two scorers in the conference -- junior guards Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) of Eastern and DaQuan Brooks of Western --
will go head-to-head. Despite being held scoreless from the floor in the first half by Nedwick when the teams  last met ten days ago in Danbury, Brooks has averaged 25.0 points in his team's two regular-season wins over the Warriors. Nedwick has averaged 14.0 points in those two losses.

The conference's top offensive team (Western) will clash with one of the LEC's best defensive teams Friday. Against Eastern, the Colonials have been held six points below their season average of 86.4 points, but that number is still 15 points more than Eastern's seasonal defensive average. Western also leads the loop in free throw percentage and three-pointers made and three-point percentage.

Other key players for Eastern during the two-game series with Western were senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) and junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia). Sawyer averaged a team-high 17.5 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds and a 57.1 shooting percentage while Kohn averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and sank half of his field goal tries. Sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) has sparked the team off the bench against Western by averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He as 4-of-7 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the stripe.

In the elimination victory over Plymouth Tuesday, sophomore guard Joe Ives (Terryville) came through with a career-high17 points (hitting four three-pointers) and junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and Kohn sealed the win with clutch defensive plays down the stretch.

In addition to Brooks, Western features senior guard David Addy, as well as five players who average between six and seven points per game. In two games against Eastern, Brooks totaled one more three-point field goal than Eastern's entire team total of six. A third of Brookes'  points against Eastern came from foul shots, where he canned 17 of 19. Addy averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, shot 73.7 percent from the floor and added eight assists against Eastern.


 

 

W-Basketball: Warriors Persevere, 65-54

They climb out of nine-point hole to claim LEC tourney opener in ot

chapmanksc72dpi_9214.jpg

LEC25.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University  came from nine points back in the first half and later converted all 11 of their shots (5-of-5 from the floor/6-of-6 from the line) in overtime to turn back upset-minded Keene State College, 65-54, in the opening round of the 2011 Little East Conference women's basketball tournament Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasnium.

Above: Piper Chapman drew plenty of attention in Tuesday's LEC win over Keene State.

 Eastern (19-7)  advances to  Friday's tournament semifinals against No. 2 seeded University of Southern Maine at 7:30 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University.

After missing her first ten shots of the game, Eastern senior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) hit her final three attempts to help fuel the comeback win. Pierlioni forced overtime with a game-tying jumper with 29 seconds left that made it 49-all, and Keene (11-15) missed a potential game-ending jump shot as the horn sounded ending regulation.

Eastern and Keene had entered the contest having split four previous LEC tournament games, with the Warriors emerging with a  61-56 when the teams last met in the tournament semifinals two years ago in Willimantic. 

With the score tied 51-all in overtime, Pierlioni scored on an inside basket to give the Warriors the lead for good. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) then fed sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) for a short jumper to make it 55-52 and followed with a jumper of her own to push the lead to five, 57-52 midway through the extra session.

There were 11 ties and 17 lead changes in a game where  the hosts used a 12-2 run over the final five minutes of the first half to wipe out a nine-point deficit and take a one-point halftime lead. After junior guard Sara Laudano's three-point gave Keene a nine-point, 20-11 lead with five minutes left in the first half, the Warriors rallied behind Carter's eight unanswered points

Carter and senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) each registered a double-double  for Eastern, which advances to the tournament semifinal round  for the 12th straight year and for the 16 th time in 17 seasons under head coach Denise Bierly.

Eastern and Southern Maine split their two meetings this season with each squad protecting its own home court with slim wins. Coming on the heels of Saturday's 60-53 overtime win over Southern Maine here, Eastern has now won back-to-back overtime contests for the first time since defeating Plymouth State and Keene State three days apart in mid-January of 1999. Barring an NCAA or ECAC tournament home game, the Warriors will finish with a 12-1 home record this year. .

The Warriors used their front-court depth--accounting for 12 of their 16 points--in overtime to finally pull away from the visitors. Chapman scored six of her 14 points in the extra session, while  Pierlioni and Carter added four and two markers, respectively.

After trading baskets for the opening 40 seconds of the extra frame, Pierlioni knocked down a running layup to give the hosts a lead (53-51) they wouldn't relinquish. Keene was able to convert on the back-end of a pair of free throws to cut its deficit to one, but Carter and Chapman each connected on a jumper in the paint to give Eastern a five-point advantage. The Owls sank a pair of attempts from the charity stripe, however the Warriors held  scoreless over the final two minutes, 19 seconds of regulation and cashed in on six free throws to seal the tournament victory. 

In a closely-contest second stanza, neither team was able to build a lead greater than six points, while the advantage changed hands nine times. Eastern tried to seize control of the contest with five unanswered points to start the half (28-22), but the Owls answered with a mini seven-point run. The two squads went back-and-forth for the remaining 16 minutes of regulation with neither team being able to extend its lead to more than one possession. Keene  had an opportunity to advance to the the semifinals, but the attempt fell short on the front rim. 

After a defensive struggle over the opening seven minutes of action, Keene raced out to its largest lead of the evening. Junior forward Courtney Cirrillo and sophomore guard Siobhan Carnell  fueled the surge with nine-combined points, and Laudano capped the run with one of her three three-pointers to extend the Owls' lead to nine.

The Warriors used a balanced scoring attack with three players reaching double figures. Carter paced the Eastern attack with her fifth double-double of the campaign, scoring a game-high 17 points and pulling in ten rebounds. Moriarty notched her third double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 14 boards. Chapman posted 14 points, while senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) handed out five helpers.

Keene State was led by the double-double effort of junior guard Meghan Farrell, who had team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (10). Laudano was just a point off the pace, while Cirillo rounded out the Owls contingent in double figures with 12

Jack Holleran, Little East Conference Director of Communcations, contributed to this game account..

M-Basketball: Warriors Rally Past PSU

They move on to Little East semifinals after surviving opener by 59-58

kohnpsu72dpi_9319.jpg

LEC25.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Sophomore guard Joe Ives (Avon) scored a career-high 17 points - sinking  four of the team's season-tying eight three-point field goals -- as the third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team erased a 13-point second-half deficit for  a 59-58 first-round Little East Conference victory over sixth-seeded Plymouth State University Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Above Jamie Kohn looks to pass against Plymouth's Ian Dempsey in the second half of Tuesday's LEC tournament thriller.

With its 11th home win in 15 games, Eastern (18-8) advances to the tournament semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. For  the second straight year, Eastern will face Western Connecticut State University in the tournament semifinals at Rhode Island College.  Second-seeded Western and top-seeded and defending champion Rhode Island College drew first-round byes.

Owning two regular-season victories over Plymouth (11-14) this year, Eastern had to erase a 13-point deficit early in the second half to post a first-round tournament home game win for the second straight season.

Neither team scored in the game again after junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) swished the second of  a two-shot foul (his only point of the game) to give Eastern a 59-58 lead with 2:03 left. The Warriors came up with two key defensive plays in the final 73 seconds to defeat Plymouth in the LEC tournament after losing the last three post-season meetings with the Panthers.

 After his free throw,  Levy then drew a charging foul on Plymouth senior guard Ryan Lambert with 1:13 left, and junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) later preserved the victory when he stepped in front of a Plymouth player and stole a pass near the baseline as time expired.

Leading by a point with possession of the ball in the final 30 seconds, Eastern missed a jump shot that was rebounded by Plymouth senior center Bill Stowell with 12 seconds left. Plymouth pushed the ball over half court before calling time out with 2.7 seconds left. The Panthers inbounded the ball at midcourt, but Kohn picked off a pass in front of the Plymouth bench as time ran out.

Plymouth capitalized on a number of easy baskets to build a seven-point, 32-25 lead at halftime,  and Stowell capped a 10-4 run in the opening minutes of the second half that sent the Panthers to a 13-point 42-29 lead.

Ives and junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) then teamed for three consecutive three-point field goals that quickly put the Warriors back in contention. Ives nailed the first two off passes from Nedwick (completing a four-point play on the second one when he was fouled), and Nedwick made it a three-point game (42-39) five minutes into the half on a pass from Ives.

Eastern trailed by five with just under five minutes left, but Nedwick banged a long three-pointer from the left side on a pass from Levy, and Kohn later sank two free throws and a jumper to give Eastern a one-point, 58-57 lead with 2:36 left.

After hitting 54 percent of its shots in the first half, Plymouth managed only 36 percent in the second half.

Ives had five rebounds and three assists and just one turnover in 36 minutes to go along with his game and career-high 17 points. Kohn recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Warriors got strong play off the bench from  sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) and sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton). Garrow had six points and six rebounds in 17 minutes and Robitaille five points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.

Lambert and  senior guard Matt Feehan  each had 15 points for Plymouth, and senior forward Tom Dowd had eight points and eight rebounds.


 

Basketball: LEC Videostreamed

LEC25.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference, in partnership with EZStream, will provide its basketball fans with full coverage of the first round of the 2011 Little East Basketball Championships Tuesday evening on its three sponsored Web sites.  Fans will be able to watch each of the four contests from the comfort of their computers on LittleEast.tv or via their mobile smart phones on LittleEast.mobi.

TONIGHT (Tuesday)

Eastern Women vs. Keene State, 5:30 p.m.

Eastern Men vs. Plymouth State, 7:30 p.m.

The Little East Conference will sponsor two men's and women's first round tournament contests this evening. In the women's field, third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University will host sixth-seeded Keene State College at 5:30 p.m., while fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will travel to fourth-seeded Rhode Island College at 6 p.m.

In the men's bracket, fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will square off at fourth-seeded Keene State College at 7 p.m. Sixth-seeded Plymouth State University will visit Eastern Connecticut State University at 7:30 p.m. Each hosting institution will provide its viewers with real-time statistics as a compliment to the live video-stream.

For complete coverage of the Little East Basketball Championship, click on Tournament Central for updated brackets, as well as full box score and recap of each tournament contest.

LittleEast.mobi is an extension of LittleEast.tv which allows viewers to watch selected video-streamed conference contests free of charge on their mobile smartphones. The Little East is the first conference in any of the three NCAA divisions to feature this application. Viewers can watch selected contests on Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and Flash platforms.

EZStream prides itself as the easiest and most cost-effective way available to create and present streaming audio and video. Websites powered by the EZStream system provide some of the best content on the Internet today. In the past six years, EZStream sites have delivered over 120,000 audio and video broadcasts to millions of viewers and listeners worldwide.

Initially formed in 1986 as a six-team men's and women's basketball conference, the Little East Conference has since grown to its present eight-school membership, sponsoring championship play in 19 intercollegiate athletics: baseball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's cross country; field hockey; men's and women's lacrosse; men's and women's soccer; softball; women's swimming; men's and women's tennis; men's and women's indoor track; men's and women's outdoor track and women's volleyball.


 

W-Swim: Records Shattered at NEISDA

In 13 races, Arisco breaks records 12 times; Warriors fifth as team

IMG_9011.JPG

 

Scholar All-America Team.pdf

Eastern's Finishers.pdf

HARTFORD, Vt. -  Senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) broke 12 Eastern Connecticut State University individual and relay records in 13 races over the weekend at the 32nd Annual Division II-III New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Led by  Arisco, Eastern broke eight individual records and seven relay records as a team in totaling 805 points to finish fifth in the 21-team meet, won by Division II Bentley University (1,467 points). Eastern finished third among Division III institutions and second among five Little East Conference competitors.

Seven different Eastern individuals - five of them freshmen - earned All-New England honors a total of 25 times in 13 individual events and three relays. The top eight individuals and top four relays in each race were accorded such honors.

Arisco and her cousin, freshman Amanda Rivers (Meriden),  both earned All-New England accolades in all three of their individual events and as part of all three relays, while freshman Michelle Schapp (Torrington) swam to All-New England honors in two of her three individual events (missing out by .09 in the third individual event) and with all three relays.

In individual events, Arisco broke her own program records in both the preliminaries and finals of the 100 and 400 yard individual medley and an eight-year-old program record in the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly. She also swam a leg of the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays which established new program records in both the preliminaries and finals and a leg of the 800 freestyle relay which broke the program record in the finals (there are no preliminaries in that event).

Of the four broken relay records, three were established at the NEISDA Championships a year ago and the fourth - the 400 freestyle relay - was set this past December 4 by Schapp, Rivers, freshman Becky Odgers (Shelton) and Arisco at the Little East Conference Championships.

This weekend, Schapp broke her own records in the 100 and 200 backstroke and Rivers broke the program's  eight-year-old  record in the 50 freestyle. That freshman duo also participated on all four record-setting relays. Schapp was fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 200 backstroke. Rivers was third in the 50 freestyle, fifth in the 50 butterfly and sixth in the 100 freestyle.

None of the team's five relays finished lower than sixth, with the 200 freestyle relay of Rivers, freshman Erin McVeigh (Windsor), Schapp and Arisco capturing third place.

Arisco, who leaves the program having attained All-New England status a total of 20 times in four years, finished second in the 100 and 400 IM - first among Division III swimmers. She was also fourth in the 100 butterfly. In the 100 IM, Arisco posted the fastest time in the preliminaries  but fell .20 shy of first place in the finals.

Two Eastern swimmers earned All-New England honors in each of three different events: junior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) and Arisco in the 100 butterfly, McVeigh and Schapp in the 200 freestyle, and Rivers and freshman Colleen King (Barkhamsted) in the 50 butterfly.

In her first semester at Eastern, McVeigh earned All-New England recognition in two individual events and with two relays, Menard in two individual events, King in one individual event, and Odgers with one relay.

Arisco completes her career as the program's record-holder in seven individual events (all three butterfly and IM events and the 200 freestyle) and four relays. Also closing out their carers at the meet were seniors Ericka Piccochi (Waterbury) and Carolyn Jenkins (Willington), both of whom established personal-bests Sunday in the 1,650 freestyle. 

This year's fifth-place finish is the program's second-best performance, following last year's record third-place finish.

W-Track: New England Championships

 Gingras, Huhn, Hultzman and relays compete at Division III meet

hultzman_tight_72_1316.jpgAbove: Lauren Hultzman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) placed 15th in a field of 22 in the pentathlon competition at the New England Division III Women's Track and Field Championships Friday at the Shobrys and Aronson Track on the MIT campus.

As one of only two competitors in the event from the Little East Conference, Gingras totaled 2,430 points in the event, which was won by Kelly Curtis (3,240) of Springfield College.
Gingras was timed in 10.46 in the 55 hurdles and 2:41.96 at 800 meters, jumped 14-8 feet in the long jump and 4-9 ¾ in the high jump and had a throw of 24-11 ¼ in the shot put. Gingras had set a program record two weeks ago with 2,532 points at the Springfield College Invitational, which was also won by Curtis. Friday, she bettered her mark in the long jump from the Springfield Invitational.

On Saturday, Gingras,  freshmen Amy Huhn (Hebron) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) and the distance medley relay and 4x800 relay competed in the championships.

Among 17 competitors in the high jump, Hultzman was 12th (5-0 ¼) and Gingras (4-10- ¼) - the program record-holder - was  14th. Huhn shared 23rd place in a field of 33 with a mark of 9- 1/14 in the pole vault.

The DMR was 12th among 15 teams and the 4x800 was last in a 19-team field.
Competitors in the DMR were junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull), sophomores Christina Charpentier (Monroe) and Denica Gagnon (Colchester) and freshman Katie France (Portland). Participants in the 4x800 were Quinones, France, Gagnon, and freshman Brittany Lane (Colchester).


 

W-Soccer: Historic Season Recognized

Iteam_nscaapollplak_72_9155.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer program staged its annual year-ending banquet Sunday afternoon in the Betty Tipton Room. The Warriors were undefeated this past fall through the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, won the Little East Conference regular-season title and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament. In photo above, members of the team display the award given the team by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) for its No. 14 ranking in the final NSCAA Division III national poll. Numerous conference, regional and national awards were presented to team members at the banquet.  Senior Lauren Hickey was recognized as an NSCAA All-America and Scholar All-America, all-region selection, and ECAC and Little

lecallacademic_72dpi_9130.jpg

East Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Sophomore Taylor Buchanan was also recognized as an all-region pick, while Hickey, Buchanan, juniors Jo-Ann Merheb, Theresa Pagnozzi and Amber Petrizzo and sophomore Daniela Marchicco were presented with their all-conference awards. Pictured in photo above are the program's conference academic honor roll achievers. From left, Lauren Hickey, Daniela Marchitto, Mackenzie MacLeod, Jo-Ann Merheb, Sam Konopka, Stephanie Norell, and Kelly Wallace.

 

M-Track: Simpson All-New England

simpson_72_1685.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) earned All-New England honors at 55 meters Saturday at the New England Division III Men's Track and Field Championships at the Springfield Field House.

A third-semester transfer competing indoors for the first season, Simpson advanced to the finals as the eighth and final qualifier with a time of 6.63 among 26 participants in the preliminaries, then finished fourth with a time of 6.59 in the finals.  Last spring, Simpson attained All-New England distinction outdoors four times in the 100 meters and with the 4x100 meter rally in New England Division III and New England Open competition.

Simpson qualified for Saturday's championships with a time of  6.65 at the Springfield College Invitational two weeks ago.  Last Saturday, he won the New England Alliance and Little East Conference championships with a personal-best time of 6.58 in the finals.

The distance medley relay finished 14th in a 15-team field. Competitors included senior Ken Landry (East Hampton), junior Nick Pates (East Haven), sophomore Nick Miller (Norwich) and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor).

Simpson has additionally qualified for this coming weekend's New England Open at Boston University and the ECAC Division III Championships March 4-5 at the New York Armory.

W-Basketball: Final Game is Fitting

Against rival USM, seniors prevail, Bierly attains coaching milestone

seniors72dpi_8993.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Against their fiercest Little East Conference rival on Seniors' Day, four Eastern Connecticut State University seniors went out on a winning note, and 17th-year head coach Denise Bierly became the program's winningest coach following a 60-53 overtime victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday on the final day of the regular season.

At left: On Seniors' Day, (from left) Lauren Hickey, Jessica Moriarty, Amanda Pierlioni and Brittany Whiteley enjoyed a victory over conference rival University of Southern Maine.

The victory for Eastern (18-7, 11-3 little east) gives it a share of second place in the final conference standings with Southern Maine (16-9, 11-3 little east). Both  clubs finish a game behind Western Connecticut State University, which made its second straight regular-season title official with a 63-48 decision over host Massachusetts Boston Saturday.

bierly333rdball72dpi_8986.jpgWestern and Southern Maine are awarded first-round tournament byes while Eastern hosts sixth-seeded Keene State College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Geissler Gym.Despite losing to host Massachusetts Dartmouth, 57-53, Saturday, Keene slipped into the final playoff spot by virtue of UMass Boston's loss to Western. The top four seeds in the tournament had been already determined prior to competition Saturday

Above: After beating Southern Maine, head coach Denise Bierly became the winningest coach in the program's 40-year history. Shown with Bierly in photo are assistant coaches Allison Coleman and Stan Harris.

The win was the 333rd for Bierly, who moves ahead of former Eastern head coach Bob Miller (1974-1993) as the program's all-time winningest coach. Bierly has lost 135 games for a 71.2 winning percentage. In 17 years, Bierly has led the Warriors to 16 or more victories 15 times, 14 of them coming in the last 14 years.

Eastern has now beaten Southern Maine the last three times the teams have met in the regular season at Geissler Gym by a combined total of 12 points.

Eastern never trailed in the game but Southern Maine forced overtime when senior forward Becky Dixon swished a game-tying three-point field goal - her only one of the game --  in front of the USM bench at the horn ending regulation, making it 48-48. Eastern scored the first seven points of overtime, however, holding the Huskies off the board for the first four minutes to take a 55-48 lead. Eastern senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) - one of the team's four seniors suiting up for their final regular-season home contest -- capped the run with her only three-pointer of the game with 1:20 left in overtime.

Whiteley's decisive three-pointer was set up thanks to four consecutive offensive rebounds that kept the Warriors in possession. Sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) grabbed three of them, her final one setting the stage for Whiteley, who swished it from the top of the key following an Eastern timeout.

Southern Maine fell behind by nine at halftime by shooting just 16.0 percent from the floor, and Eastern was out-cored by nine in the second half when it missed 80 percent of its second-half shots.

After clanging  seven of its eight three-point tries in the first half, USM used the long three to scrap back into the game.Southern Maine wiped out a seven-point deficit over the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime, six of the points coming on consecutive three-point field goals by junior guard Nicole Garland. After the second three-pointer by Garland, Eastern juniot forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) sank two free throws with 23 seconds left to make it 48-45. Southern Maine inbounded with 17 seconds left after a timeout, and Dixon sank an off-balance three-pointer at the horn to send the game into overtime.

Junior forward Courtney Cochran  scored 16 of her game-high 25 points  in the second half and the LEC's second-leading rebounder pulled down a game-high 13 for Southern Maine. She was the Huskies' only double-digit scorer.

The top free-throw shooting team in the LEC, Eastern made good on 18 of 21 tries in a game where both teams dropped in at least 85 percent of their attempts from the stripe. Chapman and Whiteley combined to go 13-of-14 from the foul line. Senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had ten points, nine rebounds and five assists for Eastern, which improved to 11-1 at home.

Having split the regular-season home-and-home series, Eastern and Southern Maine could play the rubber match Friday in the LEC tournament semifinals at Western Connecticut, where the Huskies prevailed, 48-46, over the Warriors in last year's emifinals.

 

M-Basketball: Seniors Have A Day

Warriors post winningest LEC regular-season ever with 73-69 decision

mhoopseniors72_9004.jpg

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team concluded its winningest Little East Conference regular-season ever with its sixth straight win over the University of Southern Maine, a 73-69 decision Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Above: Seniors (from left) Jordan Levy, Broderick Sawyer and BIll Roveto.

Eastern (17-8, 10-4 little east)  never trailed after the first three minutes but needed a seven-point run to break from a 57-57 tie with seven minutes left. Junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) - the conference's second-leading scorer -- gave the Warriors the lead for good, 60-57 when he converted an conventional three-point play, junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) followed with two free throws after senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) rebounded a missed USM shot, and sophomore guard Joe Ives (Avon) connected on a jumper to make it 64-57 with just over four minutes left.

levyj72dpi_9125.jpgSeeded No. 3 in the six-team LEC tournament, Eastern hosts sixth-seeded Plymouth State University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers dropped a 97-67 decision to visiting Rhode Island College Saturday. Southern Maine (10-15, 2-12 little east) shares seventh place in the final standings with Massachusetts Boston and fails to qualify for the LEC tournament.

Above: Senior Jordan Levy

The ten conference regular-season wins are the most ever for the Warriors, breaking the nine they totaled a year ago. The Warriors conclude the regular season in sole possession of third place, one game behind regular-season co-champions Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut State University. All four of the Warriors LEC losses this year came against the co-champions.

Making his first career start on Seniors' Day, senior forward Jordan Levy (Woodbury) had a career-high eight points - six coming in the paint in the first  five minutes -- and added five rebounds and three steals in 13 total minutes. Senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) chipped in a season-high 11  points in the final regular-season home game of his career. The senior trio of Roveto, Levy and Sawyer sank 16 of their 23 field goal tries. 

Sawyer was 7-for-11 from the floor on the way to a team-high 16 points  and LEC rebounding leader  Kohn led all players in the game with 11 rebounds. Nedwick had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists and combined with Kohn to convert 11 of 12 free throws.

Six Eastern players grabbed at least five rebounds to power the Warriors to a +20 advantage on the boards which produced a +12 scoring advantage on second-chance points.

Junior forward Otis Smith -- Southern Maine's  season scoring leader -- scored 16 points but fouled out just seven minutes into the second half and his team trailing by five, 46-41. Junior guard Chris Pagentine of USM led all players in the game with 17 points and junior forward Jeremy Jackson added 14 points.

The Warriors were 17-of-22 from the foul line in the game, posting their second-best percentage (77.3) this season. Eastern shot 59.3 percent in the second half from the floor, but was nearly matched by Southern Maine (52.9).

LittleEast.Mobi Featuring Eastern

W-basketball game with USM Saturday can be viewed live on phone

LEC25.jpgmoriartyusmpromo72_1600.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University-University of Southern Maine women's basketball matchup Saturday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium will be featured on LittleEast.mobi

The Little East Conference office, in partnership with EZStream, launched its latest enhancement to its conference media campaign -- LittleEast.mobi -- this past Tuesday with the Eastern-Western Connecticut women's basketball game from Feldman Arena in Danbury. It followed later that evening with a men's game between the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island College from Providence.

LittleEast.mobi is an extension of LittleEast.tv which will allow viewers to watch selected video-streamed conference contests free of charge on their mobile smartphones. 

Commissioner Jonathan C. Harper said. "LittleEast.mobi will allow fans, parents, alumni and student-athletes to view selected contests on any smartphone free of charge.  Once again, EZStream has proved to be at the forefront of new media by providing video streaming to the most popular phones that LittleEast.tv viewers own.  No longer do our fans need to be in front of a computer to view these broadcasts."

The Little East is the first conference in any of the three NCAA Divisions to feature this application. Viewers will be able to watch selected contests on Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and Flash platforms. 

Eastern and Southern Maine are the most successful women's basketball teams in the conference's 25-year history. Saturday at 1 p.m. the two teams will square off for the second time this year on the final day of the regular season. Southern Maine has already been assured the No. 2 seed and Eastern the No. 3 seed in the upcoming LEC tournament, which gets underway with first-round games Tuesday. Southern Maine will receive a bye into Friday's semifinals and Eastern will host a first-round game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

These regular-season conference contests on LittleEast.mobi will serve as a prelude to the 2011 Little East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship. The semifinal and championship rounds of the men's and women's tournament will be broadcasted on both LittleEast.tv and LittleEast.mobi between Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27. The Little East champion will earn an automatic qualifier into the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament. 

The Little East debuted LittleEast.tv on Feb. 4, 2008, when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hosted Tufts University in a men's basketball non-conference game. Since its initial appearance, the Little East has expanded its coverage to all 19 championship sports. During the 2009-10 academic year, the conference office video-streamed a total of 16 Little East Championships.  The Little East in partnership with Eastern Connecticut State University broadcasted both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division III Baseball New England Regional Championships in Mansfield, Conn. attracting over 40,000 combined viewers.

EZStream prides itself as the easiest and most cost-effective way available to create and present

Men's Basketball: Warriors Fall to Third

Behind Brooks, Western comes from behind for 75-71 Little East victory

defensebrooks72dpi_8955.jpgDANBURY, Conn. - Quiet in the first half, Little East Conference scoring leader DaQuan Brooks made lots of noise in the second, scoring 11 of his team's final 12 points to carry Western Connecticut State University to a come-from-behind  75-71 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night at Feldman Arena.

Above: Surrrounding Western's DaQuan Brooks (23) are (from left) Nick Nedwick, Bill Roveto and Joe Ives.

By losing, Eastern (16-8, 9-4 little east) falls from a share of first place into third place in the conference with one game remaining and will unofficially be seeded third and host a first-round conference tournament game Tuesday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

While the Warriors can no longer entertain hopes of the tournament's No. 1 seed or an outright regular-season title, they can still finish with a share of first place for the first time in 25 seasons of LEC competition. To do this, Eastern must defeat visiting University of Southern Maine Saturday and hope that both Western loses at UMass Boston and Rhode Island College is beaten at Plymouth State. Rhode Island retained a share of the top spot in the conference Tuesday by routing visiting UMass Dartmouth, 75-54.

Against No. 20 nationally-ranked Western (20-4, 10-3 little east), Eastern  led by 14 points 12 minutes into the game, by five at the break and by eight with seven minutes left. The Colonials surged into their first lead since the opening minutes of the game, 66-64,  on Brooks' three-point field goal with 2:15 left. The three-pointer ignited Brooks, who scored 11 straight Western  points from that point on until teammate Wilburt Jarrett sealed the verdict by sinking the back end of a two-shot foul with 10.1 seconds left.

Brooks scored those 11 points on consecutive three-pointers, a drive from the left side of the basket, and three free throws. With Eastern leading by one, Brooks put his team up for good with 1:29 left, 69-67, with a three-pointer that resulted after the Colonials maintained possession with two consecutive offensive rebounds.

The conference scoring leader with a 20-point average, Brooks was not a factor in the first half, thanks largely to the defense of Eastern junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY), who also doubles as the LEC's second-leadiing scorer.  Last year's LEC Defensive Playrr-of-the-Year, Nedwick  didn't allow Brooks to score in the first half. Brooks missed all six of his field goals and needed two free throws to avoid being completely shut out over the first 20 minutes.

The 5-foot-9 inch Brooks made his presence felt immediately in the second half, however, scoring the first points of the half following an Eastern turnover on the way to 25 second-half points. He was 7-for-14 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the stripe over the final 20 minutes.

Eastern's pressure defense limited Western to just 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as the Warriors surged to a 14-point, 26-12 lead. Getting eight points from senior forwatd Bill Roveto (South Windsor), the Warriors nailed ten of their first 19 shots and amassed that 14-point lead on a drive from the left side by sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) off a rebound by junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and pass from  freshman guard Justin Nunez (Hartford).

The remainder of the half belonged to the hosts, however, who were able to chop eight points off that lead by the break by scoring seven of the final nine points.

In the second half, Western turned the ball over only three times, outscoring Eastern by six off turnovers and by eight on second-chance opportunities.  In the final four minutes, Western scored seven points as a result of offensive rebounds.

Nedwick led  Eastern with 15 points and Roveto grabbed a season-high ten rebounds to go along with eight points. Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) added 12 points and six rebounds. Garrow converted nine of ten free throws and finished with ten points, and seven rebounds and Kohn contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

W-Basketball: Teel Too Much in Loss

Warriors swept by Western, must settle for No. 3 seed in LEC tournament

teel72dpi_1838.jpg

DANBURY, Conn. -  In two losses to Western Connecticut State University this season, the Eastern Connecdticut State University women's basketball team has not found a way to neutralize  6-foot-2 senior center Melissa Teel.

But then again, neither has the rest of the conference.

At right: Eastern's Lauren Kelleher defends against Melissa Teel.

Tuesday, Teel sank 11 of 13 field goals for a game-high 24 points, blocked five shots and handed out four assists as the Colonials snapped the Warriors' five-game winning streak with a 74-55 Little East Conference victory at Feldman Arena.

With the loss, Eastern (17-7, 10-3 little east) will unofficially land with the No. 3 seed and a first-round LEC tournament home game next Tuesday. Western (20-3, 12-1 little east), last year's regular-season and conference tournament champion, will finish with at least a share of the conference title. The Colonials can win the conference outright and gain the No. 1 tournament seed  with a win at UMass Boston Saturday. Eastern can share second place in the final standings with a victory over visiting University of Southern Maine Saturday.

Tuesday, Eastern dominated the boards in the first half and trailed by only two at the break before the hosts  capitalized on numerous easy baskets to score 43 second-half points on 63.3 percent shooting from the floor and win going away.

Teel, expected to be voted the unanimous LEC Player-of-the-Year this season, scored 16 points in the second half, converting 8-of-9 shots from the floor. In two victories over Eastern this year, Teel had  50 points (24-of-32 from the floor), 17 rebounds, 15 blocked shots and five steals.

Trailing by seven points midway through the first half, Eastern put together its most effective stretch of the game with a 13-2 run that boasted it into a four-point, 24-20 lead with  six minutes left in the half.  Consecutive short jumpers by Teel tied the game, however.
Leading by four points five minutes into the second half, Teel scored eight points to fuel a decisive 20-8 run that made it a 16-point game with seven minutes left. With Eastern collapsing on Teel, Western also got production on the perimeter in that run, with Karli Spera, Stephanie Slonski and Chelsea Mone chipping in three-point field goals.

After missing 10 of 13 shots from the floor in this year's ealier loss to Western, Eastern sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) finished in double figures for a season-high fifth straight time but was the team's only player with at least points. Carter scored 16 points in 8-of-14 field goal shooting and also pulled down eight rebounds.

Senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville)  led all players on the floor with 14 rebounds in helping the Warriors to a +12 advantage on the boards.  Behind seven offensive rebounds from Pierlioni, Eastern out-rounded the Colonials 20-7 on the offensive glass, but managed only a +7 scoring edge in second-chance points.

Working head-to-head against Teel for most of the night, junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) managed eight points and five rebounds and helped limit Teel to only two rebounds.

Spring Cleaning: All Hands on Deck

justin_diana72_1746.jpg

Eastern Connecticut State University student-athletes from all sports and coaches and athletic staff and administrators were all pitching in the old fashioned way -- with shovels -- in order to clear more than a foot of snow off the synthetic track and turf field at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.Monday morning. The spring teams began pre-season workouts earlier this month but have been unable to practice outside due to this winter's heavy snowfall. . Pictured at right is head men's lacrosse coach Justin Axel. Volunteers were encouraged  to join in the fun.

W-Track: Quinones Sets Mark at LEC

quinones72lec_1252.jpg

At left: Amanda Quinones

Eastern's Finishers.pdf

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) shattered  the Eastern Connecticut State University record at 3000 meters and was among four indivduals to attain all-conference recognition Saturday at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance women's track and field championships at the Costello Athletic Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus. A two-time All-New England Alliance achiever in cross country, Quinones earned All-LEC and All-NEA honors with a third-place finish in both tabulations with a time of record-setting tiime of 10:44.20 at 3000 meters that also qualified her for ECAC competition.. She broke the  three-year-old record by over 18 seconds. In a field of 27, Quinones placed just more than a second out of second place and 12 seconds behiind the winner. Earning All-NEA honors along with Quinones  with eighth-place finishes or better were sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and freshmen Amy Huhn (Hebron) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam). In the high jump, Hultzman tied for fifth place (4-11 3/4) and Gingras was eighth (4-10 1/4). Huhn was fifth in the pole vault (9-0 1/2).  Eastern was fifth among six teams in the LEC scoring with 28 points and ninth in ten-team NEA field with 20 1/2 points. Host Southern Maine won its 11th straight LEC title and 12th in 13 years and 11th straight NEA championship (11th in 14 years).

M-Track: Simpson Wins at LEC

simpson72lec_1355.jpg

Corey Simpson (at left)

Eastern's Finishers.pdf

GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) became the seventh Eastern Connecticut State University athlete in the last 13 years to win the 55 meter dash at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance men's indoor track and field championships Saturday at the Costello Athletic Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus. Simpson ran to both the Little East and Alliance championships with a time of 6.58 in the final, outrunning a field of 31. Junior Andrew Rickets (Hartsdale, NY) was third in the 555 in a time of 6.70 in the final and like Simpson, was awarded All-LEC and All-NEA honors. They were the only such honorees for the Warriors, who finished sixth of six LEC teams with 24 points and ninth in a ten-team Alliance field with 18 points. Southern Maine won its third straight LEC title (eighth overall in 13 years) and third straight Alliance championship (sixth overall in 14 years).

W-Basketball: Warriors Dump UMD

Eastern earns share of second place in LEC; Bierly ties win record

LEC25.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - All five starters reached double figures in points as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team downed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the 34th consecutive team, 72-53, Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference game at the Francis Tripp Athletic Center.
 
Eastern's (17-6, 10-2 little east) win, coupled with the University of Southern Maine's 69-57 road loss at Rhode Island College, moves the Warriors into a two-way tie for second place in the conference with Southern Maine. With two regular-season LEC games remaining, Western Connecticut leads the conference by one game. The Warriors visit Western Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and close out the regular season Saturday by hosting Southern Maine at 1 p.m.

Still in contention to win the conference regular season and gain the No. 1 tournament seed and earn a first-round tournament bye, Eastern is guaranteed of no worse than hosting a first round tournament game a week from Tuesday. The top two regular-season finishers are awarded first-round tournament byes and the No. 3 and No. 4  finishers host first-round tournament games.

With the win, Eastern head coach Denise Bierly (17th year/332-134) ties former head coach Bob Miller (19 years/332-149) as the winningest coach in the program's 40-year history. Bierly needed 466 games to record No. 332, Miller 481. The victory also gives the Warriors at least ten regular-season conference victories for the fourth straight year and for the ninth time in 11 years. Bierly's teams have reached that number 11 times in 17 seasons.

Eastern had all five starters reach double-digit point totals during the contest. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) each scored 15 points during the contest. Piper grabbed nine rebounds while Whiteley added four. Senior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) registered a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) and sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) added 11 points a piece. Eastern shot 45.1 percent  (23-of-51) from the field and 80.6 percent  (25-of-31) from the free throw line. The Warriors out rebounded the Corsairs, 39-23.

UMass Dartmouth was led offensively by freshman forward Erika Bornemann with a game-high 16 points. Bornemann was 7-of-15 from the field with a team-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman dished out a game-high eight assists with 14 points while sophomore center Colleen Moriarty netted 12 points and four rebounds off the bench, seeing her first action since suffering an injury in December. UMass shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the floor and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.

The Warriors jumped out to an early 12-2 lead behind five points by Jessica Moriarty. At the 13:24 mark, Colleen Moriarty connected on a jumper to pull the Corsairs within six, 12-6. A jumper by Eastern's Moriarty with 10:12 left in the first half gave the Warriors their largest lead of the half, 20-10. The Corsairs closed the first half on a 12-10 run, fueled by eight points from Bornemann, making it 30-22 at the break.

With 16:03 left to play, Pierlioni converted a layup, pushing the Eastern  lead to 40-29. The Warriors maintained a double-digit advantage over UMass  the remainder of the game. A layup by Chapman with 5:18 on the clock gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game, 64-42. Eastern  made free throws down the stretch to keep their lead, eventually securing the 72-53 victory.

 

M-Basketball: Win Forges Tie at Top

Warriors complete season sweep of UMD, snag share of first  in Little East

LEC25.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team completed a regular-season Little East Conference sweep of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, moving into share of first place with a 79-76 victory Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.

Eastern's (16-7, 9-3 little east) win, coupled with conference leader Western Connecticut's 82-78 loss to host Keene State College, forges a three-way tie for first place between the Warriors, Western and Rhode Island College, and just as importantly, guarantees Eastern a first-round LEC tournament bye or at worst, a first-round tournament home game. With two regular-season games remaining, Eastern visits Western Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern had four players in double figures in the game. Junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) netted a team-high 20 points with six rebounds and six assists. Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, with five rebounds. Junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) added 16 points while sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton) registered 13 points and five rebounds off the bench. Eastern shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the floor, including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from behind the three-point arc and 56.5 percent  (13-of-23) from the free throw stripe.

UMass Dartmouth (10-13, 6-6 little east) was led offensively by senior forward Brandon Stephens with a game-high 21 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Junior guards Paul Rose and Alex Klepadlo chipped in 13 points and Rose also had a game-high eight assists. Junior center Justin Pulver scored ten points with four rebounds in the loss. UMD shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field, including 35 percent (7-of-20) from three-point range and 69.2 percent  (9-of-13) from the free-throw line.

With 15:51 to play in the first half, Eastern jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind three-pointers by Nedwick and sophomore guard Joe Ives (Avon). The Corsairs executed a 19-10 run over the next eight minutes and a layup by freshman center Kadeem Wint gave UMD its first lead, 23-22, with 7:22 remaining in the half. The Warriors jumped back ahead with an 8-0 run, fueled by five points from Nedwick. The Corsairs outscored the Warriors 12-5 to close out the second half, making the score 36-35 Eastern at the break.

The Corsairs opened the second half on a 9-3 run, to regain a 44-39 lead with 17:15 to play. A layup by Sawyer put the Warriors back up, 45-44, but Stephens answered with a three-pointer on the subsequent Corsair possession, taking back a 47-45 advantage. The teams played back-and-forth action over the next eight minutes and another three-pointer by Stephens tied the game at 61-61 with 7:09 on the clock.

The final eight minutes featured five ties and the highest lead was only five points.. The teams jockeyed for the lead on the free throw line, with the lead changing hands five times in a two-minute span. With 1:07 on the clock, Sawyer converted a layup, putting Eastern  up 75-74. Two free throws pushed the Warrior lead to 77-74. On their final possession, the Corsairs tried to get an open three-point look but the Warriors prevented that, forcing the Corsairs to settle for a layup by Paul Rose. On the ensuing inbound pass, Nedwick caught a long pass in Corsair territory and streaked for an uncontested layup, securing the  victory.

UMass Dartmouth Sports Information contributed to this game account.-
 

 

Noheimer is 2011 Zimmerman Recipient

 

zimmerman72_9235.jpgEastern Connecticut State University's Stephanie J. Noheimer, a senior physical education major from Willimantic, was recently selected as recipient of the 2011 Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award and was honored  between games of a recent Little East Conference basketball doubleheader.

In photo above (from left): Nicholas Noheimer (brother), Paul Noheimer (father), Stephanie Noheimer, Dawn Noheimer (mother), Dr. David G. Yeo (committee chairman) and committee members Denise Bierly and Diana Pepin.

A ten-person committee comprised of faculty, athletic administrators, coaches, and student-athletes selected Noheimer as the 29th recipient of the award. She was named on every ballot and became only the sixth sole recipient of the award. The award has been shared by as many as three individuals in one year in the past.

The award is presented to commemorate the spirit and love of the late Holly Zimmerman and is given to an individual who possesses Zimmerman's qualities of loyalty, thoughtfulness, academic determination., honesty, humility and work ethic. Zimmerman was commited to helping others and had a love of competition and a zest for life. Zimmerman was not a star player, but worked hard to be a member of the team, was positive and upbeat, quiet, unselfish, and humble.

Noheimer has lettered in indoor and outdoor track at Eastern since transferring from Rhode Island College in 2009. A health education minor, Noheimer carries an overall 3.90 GPA. She is described by her track and field coach, Frank Poulin, as someone who "immediately commanded the respect of her teammates by working hard when she joined the program. She has dedicated herself to learning, and is someone whio will do anything to help her team improve. She has added to our team in so many positive ways."

The Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award was instituted in 1994 in memory of Holly Zimmerman -- an Andover, Conn. native and Physical Education major who attended Eastern from 1989 through 1993  Zimmerman was a member of the women's basketball program and also served on the student training athletic staff.

Candidates for the award must be a junior or senior female athlete or student-athletic trainer majoring in Physical Education or Sport & Leisure Management with a minimum 2.70 GPA. Moreover, the indivdiual must have made a significant contribution to the athletic program.

 

M-Basketball: Eastern Held in Check

Leopards pounce quickly, are never threatened by Warriors, 69-55

WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgBOSTON, Mass. -  A month ago, a snowstorm postponed  the men's basketball game between Eastern Connecticut State University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. As it turned out, a complete cancellation of the contest would have served the Warriors better.

With Thursday's makeup date wedged in the middle of a final stretch of five straight Little East Conference games, Eastern trailed from start to finish, dropping an uninspired 69-55 non-conference decision at Tansey Gymnasium.

Wentworth (13-9) converted seven of its first eight shots from the floor, scored the first nine points of the game and forced 13 turnovers and led by double digits nearly the entire way in downing Eastern (15-7) for the first time in this four-game series. A stellar 6-2 on the road entering the game, Eastern is now 3-4 in its last seven overall, while the hosts have won five of their last six.

For the Leopards, jnior guard Adam Dombrowski went 9-for-15 from the floor, en route to a game-high 20 points, while senior forward Sam Herrick chipped in with 18 points on 9-for-14  Trailing by 11 at the break, Eastern was unable to make a serious run in the second half, thanks largely to a shooting percentage under 40 percent.
 
The Warriors never got closer than nine in the second half. After Eastern got that close for the second time, Wentworth answered with a decisive 8-2 run - capped by a Dombrowski trifecta - that pushed the Leopards' lead to 15, 45-30, seven minutes into the half. Wentworth expanded the lead to as many as 19 twice later in the half.

Poor free throw shooting accounted in some measure to Eastern's 11-poiint first-half deficit, and continued lack of success at the stripe in the second half prevented the Warriors from clipping substantial points off the Wentworth lead.  Eight times after the break, the Warriors went to the line with an opportunity to take two shots. They failed to connect on two free threes every time.

While Eastern shot 50 percent in the first half, its 13 turnovers translated into 13 more Wentworth shots. The Leopards turned those miscues into19 points, a +12 scoring advantage off turnovers. Eastern's final point total was its lowest this season in any game with the exception of its two losses to Rhode Island College.
 
Junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) led the Warriors with 13 points, but four additional starters accounted for a total of only 18.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game. A win gives the Warriors no worse than a first-round conference tournament home game a week from Tuesday.

M-Basketball: Kohn an Academic Pick

       Junior becomes program's first selection to CoSIDA team

kohn_cutout_4472.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Jamie Kohn (Columbia), a junior guard on the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team, has become the program's first selection to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One College Division Academic All-District 1 team.

As one of five choices to the first team, Kohn is eligible for consideration for the College Division All-America team, which will be announced later this month.

A total of 40 student-athletes were nominated from District 1. All active CoSIDA members are eligible to vote on the team, which was comprised of five first-team and five second-team picks. District 1 is comprised of Division II and III institutions located throughout New England and New York, Quebec and Canada's three maritime providences.

The 6-foot-5 inch Kohn was the only District 1 selection from the Little East Conference and one of only two first-team picks from a Division III institution located in New England.

"This is an award that is truly deserving," praised ninth-year head coach Bill Geitner. "Jamie has combined an unparalleled work-ethic, time management skills and a commitment to excellence to achieve success in the classroom and on the basketball court.  He epitomizes what a true student-athlete is all about.  It has been an  honor to work with Jamie the past three years."

A Health and Physical Education major with a 3.96 overall GPA, Kohn has been named to the conference academic honor roll in both years of eligibility and will be receiving an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award this May in his first year of eligibility.

Kohn, a member of the Dean's List in each of his five semesters, has received Dean's, ECSU Competitive and CTAHPERD scholarships. He has been named Eastern's outstanding first-year and second-year physical education major as a freshman and sophomore. He attended the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in 2009 and has been a resident advisor at Eastern the past two years.

Kohn has started all 21 games this year for the 15-6 Warriors and leads the conference with a 9.0 rebounding average and with eight double-doubles. He is second on the team in scoring (11.0) and is among the team leaders in assists and free-throw percentage. He began the season with double-doubles in the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament. In an 86-76 conference win at Southern Maine January 15, Kohn had a career-high 23 points and also had 14 rebounds,  and in a 71-61 overtime home win over Connecticut College Nov. 29, he pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points.

Kohn is the fourth Eastern student-athlete to earn regional or national academic honors in less than 12 months. Last spring, baseball player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) was named to the CoSIDA All-District second team. This past fall, women's soccer player Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and men's soccer player Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) were voted as National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Americas. Hickey was a first-team pick, Appel a second teamer.


 

M-Basketball: Warriors Trump Keene

Nedwick scores 1,000th career point en route to game-high 28 points

nedwick_72_yarborough_3772.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Nick LEC25.jpgNedwick (Irvington, NY) scored 12 first-half points to reach 1,000 in his career and finished with a game-high 28 points to power the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team to a 76-66 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymasnium and a sweep of the regular-season series.

At left: Nick Nedwick (Cris Yarborough photo)

A 6-foot-1 inch guard, Nedwick scored his 1,000th point with a jumper from the left side with 2:26 left in the first half that gave Eastern  (15-6, 8-3 little east) a 25-22 lead. The Warriors led by 20 on two free throws by senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) with 8:45 left in the game and withstood a Keene State (14-8, 6-5 little east) rush the rest of the way that cut the gap to five, 68-63, with 1:29 left.

After Keene junior forward Derek D'Amours missed the third of three free throws that would have trimmed another point off the Eastern lead, the Warriors responded with eight straight points -- four on free throws by  sophomore point guard Joe Ives  (Avon), a steal and layup by Nedwick and  inside bucket from senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) off a feed from Nedwick that made it 76-63 with 49 seconds left.

Eastern's win, coupled with Rhode Island College's 86-75 win at conference-leader Western Connecticut, keeps the Warriors sharing second place with Rhode Island and both clubs move to within a game of Western.  Eastern opened up a two-game lead over Keene State and UMass Dartmouth, which share fourth place.

The top two teams in the final conference standings gain first-round byes in the tournament, which gets underway two weeks from today. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host the No. 6 and No. 5 seed, respectively, in first-round games.

Nedwick and Sawyer combined for 30 of Eastern's 49 points in the second half, canning 11 of 19 shots from the floor. In the game, Nedwick  was 10-of-16 from the floor (4-of-5 from three-point range) and Sawyer 8-of-12 . Sawyer followed Nedwick with 20 points, the pair combing for 63 percent of the team's total.

Keene, ranked second in the conference by averaging 86.2 points per game, was limited to only 40 points through the first 32 minutes and trailed by 20, 60-40, with just under eight minutes left. However, the Owls chopped six quick points off the Eastern lead in 90 seconds and later used a 13-3 run to make it a five-point game, 68-65, with 90 seconds left. Beginning with Sawyer's two free throws with nine minutes left, the Warriors were  12-of-12 from the stripe the rest of the way.  Sawyer and Ives were both 4-of-4, and junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and freshman point guard Justin Nunez (Hartford) both converted two.

In 16 minutes, Levy came off the bench to hand out five assists and grab four rebounds. Conference rebounding leader Jamie Kohn (Columbia) led the Warriors with seven rebounds, Sawyer grabbing six, and Nedwick and sophomore  guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) each bringing down five.

Despite facing a team with six players standing at least 6-feet-6 inches tall, Eastern matched the Owls on the boards with 39 rebounds.

D'Amours was Keene's only player in double figures, coming off the bench for 19 points in 20 minutes, Ranked third in the LEC in free-throw percentage, Keene missed nine of 22 tries, connecting onl only 11 of 18 over the final 18 minutes.

Ranked second in the conference with an 18.6 scoring average, Nedwick now  has 1,016 points in 77 career games for a 13.2 average. Nedwick, whose career high of 36 points came as a sophomore in a win against Keene, scored 54 points on 64.5 shooting from the floor (7-of-11 from three-point range) with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals in two wins over Keene this year.

Eastern has beaten Keene the last five times the teams have met, sweeping the seasons series each of the last two year and eliminating the Owls in the first round of last year's conference tournament.

Eastern  visits Wentworth Institute of Technology Thursday at 7 p.m.

 

 

W-Basketball: Chapman Leads Way

Junior forward erupts for 19 second-half points in crucial LEC victory

LEC25.jpg

chapman slide_1302.jpg

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) scored 19 of her career-high 23 points and grabbed eight of her career-tying 11 rebounds in the second half to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a come-from-behind 50-42 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Piper Chapman

Eastern's  (16-6, 9-2 little east) victory, coupled with Rhode Island College's 74-53 loss at Western Connecticut, moves the Warriors three games ahead of RIC and keeps them a game behind co-leaders Western Connecticut and University of Southern Maine. Keene  (10-12, 3-8 little east) falls into a two-way tie for fifth place with UMass Dartmouth, which downed host UMass Boston, 57-44, Tuesday night.

The top two teams in the final standing earn first-round tournament byes, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host the No. 6 and No. 5 seeds, respectively, in first round action, set for two weeks from today.

Now 10-1 at home, Eastern did not score through the first seven minutes against Keene. Eastern spotted the Owls the first seven points of the game but never trailed by more than that margin. Down by four, the Warriors kept Keene scoreless over the final five minutes of the first half. Eastern's first lead came on an inside basket by Chapman with two minutes left in the first half and the Warriors never trailed thereafter.
 
The momentum changed for good with eight minutes left, when Eastern used a 7-1 run to take command, 48-39, with four minutes left. Sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) scored  an inside bucket after Chapman blocked a shot for the first points of the run, then hit a jumper to make it 45-39. Moments later, senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) pulled down a rebound off a Keene miss, and Chapman converted a conventional three-point play on a pass from senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) to make it a nine-point game with four minutes left.

Chapman led all players with 23 points and 11 rebounds - her second double-double in four games - with Carter adding ten points and five rebounds. Chapman was 8-of-14 from the floor. An 80.0 percent free throw shooter, Chapman was 7-of-8 from the stripe, taking all but two of Eastern's attempts in the game.

Ranked second in the conference with an 18.2 scoring average, Keene junior forward Courtney Cirillo led Keene with 15 points and also grabbed nine rebounds.  Junior guard Sara Laudano added ten points but missed ten of 13 field goals. Junior guard Meghan Farrell had a team-high ten rebounds and blocked three shots.

Eastern  visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.


 

 

 

Soccer: Spring Break Clinic April 18-22

 

2010 Summer Camp72.jpg

The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer program will hold a youth Spring Break Clinic over the April spring break (April 18-22, 2011) from 9 a.m. to noon on the turf at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.  The clinic is for boys and girls aged 5-14 of all skill levels.

The clinic will focus on technical skill training. Specifically, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and heading will be developed throughout the week.  The goal of the camp is to provide a positive soccer experience and teach all of the above in a developmentally appropriate and fun way for each camper.  Individualized goalkeeper training will also be available. 

The camp is run by men's soccer coaches Greg DeVito, Adam Phaiah and Jay Barney

Campers will be exposed to college coaches and players as their counselors for the week.   Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. Camp applications can be found by clicking on the link for camps or going directly to www.ecsuyouthsoccercamp.com.  For further information, contact Greg DeVito at 860-465-4334.

Little East: Three from Eastern Cited

Arisco named Swimmer-of-the-Week for fourth time in last five weeks


arisco_72_7637.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the fourth  timeLEC25.jpg in the last five 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 Feb. 6

Above:  Amy Arisco

In indoor track and field, sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was honored as the LEC's top female field performer and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor) was tabbed as the conference's No. 1 male rookie track performer. The honors were the first for track team members this year and the third in track in the career of Gingras, who was twice selected as the top female rookie field performer as a freshman last year. Both Gingras and Secore also competed this past fall in cross country.

gingras_s72_4534.jpgIn a 148-104 home win over Western New England College Saturday, Arisco won the 200 yard butterfly in a program-record time of 2:17.15, swam the fastest times in the 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley, and swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay. Her winning time in the 200 butterfly broke a seven-year-old program record by just over two seconds.The win in the 200 butterfly was her 20th victory  of the season.

At right: Cora Gingras

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 20 firsts in those three strokes.

The weekly honor is the eighth in Arisco's 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.

Below: Brody Secore (middle)

secore_72_4522.jpgArisco holds six  individual program records in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley and as part of four relays.  The 200 butterfly record Saturday was her third individual  record of the season. 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 closed out the regular season with a 7-2 dual-meet record and competes in the NEISDA Divison II-III Championships Feb. 18-20 at White River Junction, VT.

Secore broke the program's 16-year-old record in the 800 meters by .20, finishing second in a field of 15 in a time of 2:01.44 Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational.

Gingras broke the program's nine-year-old record in the pentathlon and qualified for the New England Division III Championships with  2532 points at the Springfield invite. She finished second among six competitors in the event.

The men's and women's teams participate in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at noon at the University of Southern Maine.

Softball: No. 2 in 2011 National Poll

Warriors return seven starters from 2010 regional championship team

sbcelebrate72dpiLEC Championship 111.jpg

Complete Poll.pdf

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  With the return of seven starters from last year's regional championship team, Eastern Connecticut State University has been selected second in the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division III pre-season poll.

One coaching representative from each of the country's eight regions votes in the poll, where 35 teams were ranked.

Eastern was ranked 12th nationally prior to last year's NCAA tournament and No. 3 in the final national poll after finishing third nationally in the eight-team national tournament field. The Warriors return 12 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2010 team which won 39 games, lost six and tied one, tied the program record for wins, and captured 14 consecutive games through the Wellesley, Massachusetts regional.

Last year's national runner-up -- Linfield College -- is rated No. 1 in the poll, while last year's national champion - East Texas Baptist University -- was picked tenth. Linfield returns eight starters and five All-Americas from a year ago, when they set an NCAA season record with 78 home runs. The Wildcats, who eliminated Eastern, 10-1, in the losers' bracket final in last year's national tournament, lost the opening game of the championship round to ETBU, 5-4, after giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

All eight of last year's regional champions are ranked among the pre-season national Top 10. Linfield received seven first-place votes and ETBU one.

Joining Eastern in the poll from New England are the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (tied for 18th) and Brandeis University (25th). Behind first-team All-America righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron), the Warriors shut out Brandeis, 7-0, in the third round of the regional tournament, and Coast Guard, 1-0 in nine innings, in the regional title game.

Last year, Eastern won three straight games after losing its national tournament opener, 8-0, to Christopher Newport. After missing the opener against Christopher Newport because she was hospitalized with the flu , Rathbun returned to shut out Moravian College, 3-0, avenge her only loss of the season with an 8-1 verdict against DePauw University, and eliminate Christopher Newport, 5-2. Making her fourth start in three days, Rathbun lasted only two innings against Linfield.

Two seniors, five juniors and five sophomores constitute Eastern's returning letterwinner group. Returning starters include senior Katie Dinihanian (Stratford), juniors Rathbun, Priscilla Alicea (Stratford), Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) and Kassondra Silva (Hamden) and sophomores Arielle Cooper (Mystic) and Kelly Paterson (Southington). Dinihanian and Alicea are corner outfielders, Silva a pitcher and designated hitter, Manzo a utility player and Cooper (third base) and Paterson (second base) infielders. Lost starters include centerfielder Ashley Sullivan, shortstop Kim Church, catcher Nikki Mustin, and first baseman Katie O'Toole.

Rathbun broke numerous season records last year on the way to repeating All-America honors. She was named Player-of-the-Year in New England, Pitcher-of-the-Year by the ECAC and Little East Conference, MVP of the conference tournament and to all-tournament teams in the conference, regional and national tournaments. After losing against DePauw in Florida, Rathbun won 27 straight decisions until losing to Linfield. She finished 30-2 with two saves and 305 strikeouts in 205 innings and also led the Warriors with a .402 batting average.

Alicea repeated all-region honors last year, following Rathbun with a .393 batting average, 84 total bases, 34 runs and 29 RBI; Silva (.316) and Dinihanian (.300) also batted .300. Dinihanian appeared in only ten regular-season games last year due to a pulled muscle but returned to appear in all nine NCAA post-season contests. Alicea (first team), Cooper (second team) and Silva (second team) join Rathbun as returning all-conference selections.

Under the direction of tenth-year head coach Diana Pepin (207-148-1) looks for its 18th NCAA tournament appearance (fourth straight) when it opens the 2011 season with ten games in six days March 19-24 at Clermont, FL. The Warriors host Coast Guard April 12 and visit Brandeis five days later in doubleheaders.

 


 

W-Track: Gingras Record-Breaker at SC

She qualifies for post-season with record-breaking effort in pentathlon

gingras_s72_4534.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. -  Sophomore Cora Gingras (EastWARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpg Hampton) qualified for post-season competition in the pentathlon in record-breaking fashion for the Eastern Connecticut State University's women's indoor track and field team Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational at the Springfield Field House.

At left: Cora Gingras

Both Gingras and freshman Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) broke the program record of 2033 points in the pentathlon. Ginas was second in the six-person competition with 2532 points and Hultzman fourth with 2278 points. Casey Kasenetz had the program's previous high total of 2033 points, set nine years ago at Tufts University.

In the process of breaking the pentathlon record, Gingras qualified for the New England Division III Championships in that event. Hultzman fell 22 points shy of the qualifying minimum of 2300 points.

The pentathlon is comprised of the high jump, 55 meter hurdles, 800 meters, long jump, and shot put. Gingras shared second place with Hultzman in the high jump, was second in the 800 and third in the 55 hurdles and shot put and fourth in the long jump. In addition to the high jump, Hultzman was third in the long jump, fourth in the shot put and fifth in the 800 and 55 hurdles. Springfield College junior Kelly Curtis won four of the five events in winning the pentathlon with 3118 points.

Eastern collected 44 points in the seven-team field, placing fourth. Oneonta State (198 points) edged Springfield (186) for the team title.

After clearing 8-foot-6 inches in the pole vault in her collegiate debut Dec. 4, freshman Amy Huhn (Hebron) attained 9-0 ¼ inches Saturday to qualify for the New England Division III Championships. Huhn was third in a field of seven to record six points.

In the pentathlon, Gingras totaled eight points and Hultzman four. Additional individuals contributing points in the meet were juniors Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) and Maggie Gibeault (Brooklyn) and freshmen Brittany Lane (Colchester), Katie France (Portland) and Haley Smith (Mystic). Quinones picked up eight points by running to a second-place finish - just  two seconds shy of the winner -- in a field of 17 at 3000 meters, establishing an indoor personal best (11:11.48) by ten seconds; Gibeault and Lane contributed four points each with fourth-place finishes in the pole vault and 1000 meters, respectively, and France and Smith added two points each by claiming fifth place in the mile and 1000, respectively.

The distance medley relay totaled six points with a third-place finish in a field of three. Runners were Quinones, Lane, sophomore Denica Gagnon (Colchester) and France.

Eastern competes in the  Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at noon at the Costello Field House on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.



 

M-Track: Secore Secures 800 Record

At Springfield, three qualify for post-season competition at 55 meters

secore_72_4522.jpg

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor) broke Eastern Connecticut State University's 16-year-old indoor track and field record at 800 meters Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational at the Springfield Field House.

At right: Brody Secore (middle) (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Competing in the 800 meters for the third time in his career, Secore was clocked in 2:01.44 to shave .200 off the previous mark of 2:01.64 that was set by Jim Jensen 16 years ago at Wesleyan University. Secore raced to a second-place finish in a field of 15, with his time less than two seconds off the qualifying standard for the New England Division III Championships, scheduled in two weeks.

At Springfield, three Eastern sprinters qualified for the New England Division III Championships at 55 meters: junior Andrew Ricketts (Hartsdale, NY), sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) and freshman Andrew Prince (Orange). The trio all finished among the top six in the preliminaries, with Prince advancing to place fourth in an original field of 18 runners. Simpson was timed in 6.65, Ricketts 6.70 and Prince 6.77 in the preliminaries.

As a team, Eastern scored 34 points for fifth place in the seven-team field won by host Springfield College (221).

In addition to Secore 's eight points in the 800, others contributing to Eastern's point total in individual events were Prince, sophomore Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), sophomore Colin Whiston (Brooklyn), and Pates. Prince garnered four points in the 55, Verrill three when he shared fourth place in the high jump, Whiston two points with a fifth-place finish in the 800 and Pates one point with a sixth-place finish in the 200.

Two Eastern relays also netted a total of 16 points: The 4x200 relay of Simpson, Prince, Ricketts and Pates won a two-team race for ten points and the distance medley relay of Secore, Whiston, and sophomores Nick Miller (Norwich) and Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) added six points when it placed third in a three-team race.

Eastern competes in the  Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at noon at the Costello Field House on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

W-Basketball: Warriors Crush Beacons

They are now 9-1 at home following LEC victory over UMass Boston

LEC25.jpgmoriarty1000thball_72_9228.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) contributed all four of her first half field goals to spark a decisive 12-2 run over the final five minutes of the first half and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team went on to a 73-51 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Above: Prior to Saturday's game, senior Jessica Moriarty was honored after scoring her 1,000th career point Thursday against Salem State.  Making the presentation is head coach Denise Bierly.

Now 9-1 at home this year, Eastern (15-6, 8-2 little east) was able to shake  free from  UMass Boston (11-9, 2-8 little east) in the final minutes of the first half, holding the Beacons to just one field goal in that stretch to build a 12-point, 34-22 halftime lead.

After UMass scored the first points after the break, the second half  proved to be  a formality after a run of nine straight points ballooned the lead to 25, 49-24, five minutes into the frame.  After shooting 52 percent in the first half, the Warriors connected on 53 percent of their second-half shots. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) did most of the second-half damage. The duo each had 12 points and five rebounds without a turnover over the final 20 minutes, combining to sink 11 of 18 field goals. Most of their points came in the paint, where the Warriors outscored the visitors by a 44-14 margin over 40 minutes..

With the top four teams in the conference all winning Saturday, the Warriors remain in third place, one game back of co-leaders Western Connecticut and the University of Southern Maine and two games ahead of Rhode Island College. Unofficially, Eastern's victory, coupled with Keene State College's loss to visiting Rhode Island College, guarantees the Warriors no worse than the No. 4 seed in the LEC tournament which gets underway in just over two weeks. The top two finishers in the conference standings receive first-round byes and the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host first-round contests.

Ranked first in the LEC in rebounding margin, the Warriors allowed UMass to score only one hoop following an offensive rebound in the game, while the hosts cashed in with 16 second-chance points.

After  averaging 98 points in its last two wins, Eastern used defense to turn back the Beacons. The Warriors held UMass to 27 percent shooting from the floor in keeping their opponent to 55 or less points for the 13th time in 21 games.

Carter led four Eastern double-digit scorers with a season-high 18 points, with Chapman finishing in double figures for the eighth time in the last ten games with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven) had 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots and Pierlioni 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Since winning its first seven road games of the season, UMass dropped its fourth straight away from home, sixth in a row overall to LEC opponents.

Freshman guard Kendra Mosley and sophomore forward  Elisa Ogawaa each had 13 points for UMass, with Mosley totaling a double-double with a game-high ten rebounds. Freshman guard Colleen Hooper came off the bench for 12 points

Eastern hosts Keene State College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m

 


 

M-Basketball: Team Effort Keys Victory

Warriors shoot 57 percent in second half, keep pace in Little East, 75-63

LEC25.jpg

garrow_72_yarborough_3734.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and sophomore center Chris Robitaille (Canton)  came off the bench to equal his career high of ten rebounds as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team kept pace in the Little East Conference with a 75-63 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Leading by only two at halftime, Eastern (14-6, 7-3 little east)  outscored UMass (8-13, 2-8 little east) by ten in the second half, shooting 56.7 percent over the final 20 minutes from the floor and holding UMass to 33.3 percent shooting.

Above: Mike Garrow (Cris Yarborough photo)

By sweeping UMass in the regular-season series, Eastern maintains a share of second place in the conference, two games behind leader Western Connecticut. The Warriors share second place with defending conference champion Rhode Island College, while Keene State fell into fourth place following a 78-69 home loss to RIC. The top two teams in the final standings earn a first-round tournament bye, with the third and fourth -place finishers hosting a first-round game.

A winner of seven of its last eight against UMass, Eastern never trailed in the second half, finally breaking free from a tight game with a burst of nine straight points in a span of less than three minutes to pull away to an 11-point, 52-41 advantage seven minutes into the second half. Nedwick began the run with a three-point field goal and Robitaille, senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) and junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) combined for the other six points. Roveto also contributed a steal and an offensive rebound which set up a pair of his own free throws. The Beacons turned the ball over three times in that critical stretch and each cost the visitors points.

The Warriors played catch-up throughout the first half against the taller Beacons , trailing by nine eight minutes into the game on a three-pointer by junior guard Isaac Jenkins. Down by six with just under four minutes to go in the first half, the Warriors re-gained the momentum by scoring eight points in a row to move out to their first lead, 31-29, with 1:20 left in the first half. Senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) scored four of his eight first-half points on consecutive trips down the floor to tie the game, and sophomore point guard Joe Ives (Avon) converted his only basket of the half off a steal by freshman guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven) and pass from Sawyer.

In addition to Robitaille's ten rebounds (and two blocks), the Warriors got valuable off-the-bench support from sophomore guard Mike Garrow (Terryville), junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and freshman point guard Justin Nunez (Hartford). Garrow had eight points and three rebounds in 13 minutes and Levy four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes. In a career-high 23 minutes in relief of Ives, Nunez played tight defense, grabbed three rebounds and turned the ball over only once.

Sawyer was 8-of-12 from the floor for Eastern in the game and had 16 points and Nedwick, who also handed out five assists, moved to within 12 points of 1,000 in his three-year career. He entered the game ranked third in the LEC with an 18.4 scoring average.

A loser of three straight, UMass was led by Jenkins' 13 points, with freshman guard Paul Anderson adding 12 points, freshman center Mbara Cisse 11,  and sophomore guard Michael Mitchell ten poinits and six assists. Ranked second in the LEC in rebounding to Kohn, senior forward Pat Joseph matched Robitaille with ten rebounds.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m

-

W-Swimming: Warriors Coast in Finale

In final dual meet of year, Arisco breaks program's 200 butterfly record

arisco 72_7862.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  The Eastern ConnecticutWARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpg State University women's swim team posted the fastest times in all 14 events and senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) broke the program record in the 200 yard butterfly in the final dual meet of her career as the Warriors closed out the regular season with a 148-104 victory over Western New England College Saturday morning at the Sports Center pool.

Above: Amy Arisco

Eastern (7-2)  officially won ten events and swam the fastest times on an exhibition basis in the final four events in downing Western New England (4-8) for the seventh straight time in dual meet competition.

Arisco broke her third individual record this year, eclipsing the program mark in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:17.15. Arisco, whose previous best in that event was 2:20.75, broke the seven-year-old record set by Julie Motolo at the New England Division II-III Championships in 2004 by over two seconds.

In addition to claiming the 200 butterfly by nearly 17 seconds, Arisco out-swam the field while swimming the 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley on an exhibition basis.

Six different freshmen combined to swim the fastest times in eight individual events:  Colleen King (Barkhamsted) won the 50 and 200 breaststroke; Michelle Schapp (Torrington) won the 200 IM and recorded the fastest time in the 500 freestyle on an exhibition basis; Becky Odgers (Shelton) captured the 200 backstroke; Amanda Rivers (Meriden) claimed the 50 freestyle; Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY) won the 100 freestyle and Erin McVeigh (Windsor) was the  individual winner in the 100 backstroke.

Senior Ericka Piccochi (Waterbury) won the 1000 freestyle in the final dual meet of her career.

Schapp, King, Arisco and Rivers also combined to provide the Warriors with the meet-opening 200 medley relay, and Rivers, McVeigh, Tromp and Schapp teamed on the meet-ending 200 freestyle relay which led the field on an exhibition basis.

Western New England junior Ashley Petersen  finished second in the 200 backstroke to Odgers and third in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Sophomore Courtney Fitzpatrick swam to a second-place showing behind Eastern's King in the 50 breastroke and junior Elise Carrington was third in the 1000 freestyle.

Eastern is now 32-11 in dual-meet competition over the last four seasons.

Eastern competes in the Division II-III New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships  Feb. 18-20 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, VT. The Warriors placed a program-best third in the competition a year ago.


 

W-Basketball: Moriarty Reaches 1,000

Senior becomes 14th player in program's 40-year history to perform feat

moriarty100th_72_9083.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Senior guard WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgJessica Moriarty (East Haven) etched her name into the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball recordbook by scoring her 1,000 career point on a three-point basket with 4:12 left in the first  half in the Warriors' lopsided 99-50 decision over Salem State University Thursday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Above: Jessica Moriarty (15) is congratulated by fellow senior captain Brittany Whiteley after scoring her 1,000th career point Thursday. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Moriarty, a four-year stater, becomes the 14th player in the program's 40-year history to score 1,000 points. She is the eighth player to score 1,000 points under current 17th-year head coach Denise Bierly. Kristen Brown was the first player to score 1,000 points under Bierly (in 1998), with All-America Ashley McFetridge and Nicky Morey becoming the last 1,000-point scorers  (both reaching the mark two years ago) until Thursday night.

Playing in her 104th game, Moriarty scored ten points against Salem (3-15) to give her 1,006. She entered play with 996 points.  A 5-foot-7 inch guard who is known mostly for her defense (she is the two-time Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-year),   Moriarty hit a layup 2:05 into the game for her first points, and a free throw with 14:38 left in the first half to give her 999. After her second free throw rimmed out, she  did not find the rim for over ten minutes, before connecting on a three-pointer from the left side with 4:12 left in the first half to reach and exceed the 1,000-point plateau. The basket gave Eastern (14-6)  a 35-13 lead on the way to its most one-sided victory ever over the Vikings.

The home victory was the eighth in nine tries this year for Eastern,  which ran off 22 of the game's 23 points in an eight-minutes stretch late in the first half to amass a 27-point, 40-13 lead withi three minutes left in the first half. The Vikings went nine minutes and 34 seconds between baskets during that stretch.

All 11 Eastern players saw time in the game, with seven reaching double figures and seven grabbing at least five rebounds. The Warriors held Salem to 25.8 shooting from the floor, forced 24 turnovers and out-rebounded the visitors by +24.

hickey72_9115.jpg

At left: Senior Lauren Hickey. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) followed up Saturday's 22-point barrage with a game-high 19 against Salem, with sophomores Tanisha Carter (East Hartford) and Jessica Blodgett (Niantic) adding 13 each, sophomores Rachael Armstrong (Fairfield) and Samantha Riccio (Avon) adding 11 each and Moriarty and sophomore Lauren Kelleher (Dartmouth, MA) ten apiece. Senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks) handed out six assists and senior guard Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville) led all players in the game with ten rebounds. In 15 minutes, senior Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) converted her only field goal attempt, handed out four assists, made three steals and pulled down two rebounds.

Eastern has captured six of the last ten decisions against Salem after the 1985-86 NCAA Division III national champions had won 11 of the first 14. The Warriors are now 7-6 all-time against Salem at Geissler Gym.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday, hosting Massachusetts Boston at 1 p.m.

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Lose at Buzzer

Sixteen-point lead late in first half dissolves in 66-65 loss to Wesleyan

nedwick_72_3996.jpg

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore guard Shasha Brown capped a 22-point second half by canning a jumper at the buzzer to lift Wesleyan University to a 66-65 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Thursdsay night at Francis E. Geissler Gymasium.

At right: Nick Nedwick's late-game heroics were spoiled by Shasha Brown's buzzer-beater Thursday night. (Cris Yarborough photo)

Eastern junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) blocked a shot by Brown from the right side of the basket with three seconds left and Eastern (13-6)  leading 65-64. On Wesleyan's  (10-11) ensuing inbound under its offensive basket, junior forward Jason Mendell passed to Brown, who caught the ball with his back to the basket in front of the Wesleyan bench. Covered tightly, Brown dribbled twice and swished a 15-footer as the horn sounded.

The second half was a showcase between the six-foot Brown and 6-foot-1 inch Nedwick. Brown wasv 9-of-12 from the floor over the final 20 minutes, scoring more than half of his team's points, and finishing with a game-high 30 points. Nedwick scored Eastern's last 11 points -- most of them on drives to the basket off feeds from his teammates. Held scoreless from the floor and to just one point in the first half , Eastern's leading scorer eruped for15 of Eastern's 33 second-half points. He was 7-of-11 from the floor over the final 20 minutes.

Wesleyan had an opportunity to go up by three points but missed missed two free throws with 19 seconds left. Senior forward Bill Roveto (South Windsor) rebounded the second miss and later found Nedwick alone under the basket for a layup to put the Warriors up, 65-64 with eight seconds left. Looking for the winning points, the Cardinals drove the length of the floor, but Nedwick swatted Brown's shot behind the backboard with three seconds left. Wesleyan called a timeout to set up what proved to be the game-winning basket by Brown.

Brown's jumper with 4:39 left lifted the visitors into Wesleyan's largest lead, 58-54, but Nedwick took control for the Warriors the rest of the way. He nailed his only three-point basket  following offensive rebounds by junior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and senior center Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk) to cut the Wesleyan lead to one, 58-57, with just under four minutes left. After the Cards missed a jumper and a free throw, Kohn came up with a steal and fed Nedwick to push the hosts into a one-point, 59-58 lead with 2:48 left. Wesleyan re-gained the lead on sophomore forward Mike Callaghan's inside bucket on its next trip down the floor and maintained the upper hand until Nedwick's go-ahead basket with eight seconds left.

Wesleyan, which has beaten the Warriors the last two times the clubs have met, shot 61.3 percent from the floor in a 43-point second half that helped the visitors back from a nine-point halftime deficit.

Behind 11 points and five rebounds from Sawyer, the Warriors moved out to a 16-point lead with three minutes left in the first half. Wesleyan got back into the game by scoring the final seven points of the first half to cut the gap to single digits by the break. Over those final three minutes, the Warriors turned the ball over three times and missed three shots on six possessions. Brown and Mendell combined for all seven of their teams points in that stretch, the final three coming on free throws.

Mendell finished with 11 points in the game, all but two coming in the first half. Sawyer followed Nedwick with 13 points and seven rebounds. Kohn added seven rebounds. Roveto had five points, three rebounds and two assists without a turnover in 15 second-half minutes.

The teams combined to turn the ball over only 16 times in a game which featured ten lead changes and three ties. The Warriors held a +9 advantage on the boards, outscoring the Cards by 12 on second-chance opportunities.

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

 

This Week's Schedule Changes

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Tuesday's inclement weather which is expected to extend into Wednesday has dictated revisions to Eastern's winter home schedule this week.

Tuesday night's men's basketball game against Wesleyan University has been re-scheduled as part of a Thursday doubleheader with the women. The men will play at 5:30 p.m. and the women will host Salem State University at 7:30 p.m.

The women's swimming meet scheduled for Wednesday has been re-scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Center pool. The meet is the final regular-season one of the season for the Warriors.

Schedule changes are always available on the Eastern Sports Hotline at 860-465-5756.