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Little East: Three From Lacrosse Named

 Barrett, Conn, Vasil recognized in first weekly report for play this year


From far left: Barrett, Conn, Vasil

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Three members of the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's lacrosse programs have been cited for honors in the first weekly Little East Conference report of the season.

Senior midfielder Eric Vasil (Southington) and junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) have been chosen as the Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the men  and women, respectively, while freshman attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) has been picked as women's Rookie-of-the-Week. The weekly honor is the sixth in three years for Vasil while Barrett and Conn earned their first weekly citations.

The national leader in ground balls and faceoff percentage the last two seasons, Vasil has begun 2011 by winning 79.7 percent (55-of-69) of his faceoffs in the team's 2-1 start and set a program match record of 26 ground balls in a 16-11 non-conference win at Babson College Wednesday. He is averaging 18.3 ground balls per match. In addition to 26 ground balls against Babson, he won 23 of 28 faceoffs.

Against nationally-ranked Stevens Tech March 2, Vasil won 17 of 21 faceoffs with 16 ground balls, and was 15-of-29 with 13 ground balls three days later against Gordon. Against Stevens, Vasil broke the program career record for faceoff attempts.He is a 2010 USILA All-America and two-time pre-season All-America.

In the team's 1-3 start, Megan has averaged 4.8 ground balls and caused a total of five turnovers. In a 10-8 loss to visiting Wesleyan University March 5 and a 16-10 loss to visiting Roger Williams this past Friday, she had a career-high six ground balls in each match and also caused three turnovers against Wesleyan. Barrett is a team tri-captain this season and a first-team All-LEC selection on defense a year ago.

The only freshman on the team to start all four matches for the Warriors, Conn has scored goals on nine of her 13 shots, has won half of her 28 faceoff attempts and won 17 draws. In a 19-17 home non-conference victory over Salve Regina March 8, she scored a season-high four goals, won 20 of 36 faceoffs (55.6) and claimed a season-high 12 draws herself.Three of her four goals against Salve gave Eastern two-goal leads, including one with 1:37 left that sealed the win.

The women's team faces No. 7 nationally-ranked Colby College Sunday at 2 p.m. Clermont, FL while the men visit Becker College Tuesday at 4 p.m.