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M-Lax: Despite Win, Warriors No. 3

For first time, they must play first-round Little East playoff match

cogliano_72_2854.jpgPLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team entered the final weekend of the regular season Saturday without control of its own Little East Conference post-season destiny.

At right: Jeremy Cogliano

And for that reason - despite a 13-9 victory over Plymouth State University - the Warriors will be required to play a first-round tournament match for the first time in 11 years of  LEC playoff competition.

Eastern (10-5, 5-2 little east) recorded double digits in overall victories for the 14th time in its 16-year history Saturday with its win over Plymouth (7-7, 3-4 little east), but as the No. 3 seed, must play a first-round tournament match Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The Warriors will face the No. 6 seed, which will be determined Sunday night based on the outcome of a makeup match between Western Connecticut and the University of Southern Maine.

Eastern and Massachusetts Dartmouth share second place in the final conference standings behind unbeaten regular-season champion Keene State College, but the Corsairs were accorded the No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye based upon their head-to-head 10-9 victory over Eastern 11 days ago at North Dartmouth, Mass.

A first-round playoff victory for Eastern would set up a re-match against UMass Dartmouth Thursday at North Dartmouth, Mass., with that winner advancing to Saturday's championship game.

Against Plymouth Saturday, junior  Jeremy Cogliano (Bedford, MA) scored a career-high three goals and chipped in an assist in his second start, and freshman Mike Devine (Cheshire) added  three  as the Warriors withstood three Plymouth extra-man strikes to down the Panthers for the 11th straight time in LEC regular-season play.

National faceoff and ground ball leader Eric Vasil (Southington) won 22-of-26 face-offs against two Plymouth faceoff opponents and sparked a four-goal Eastern run midway through the second quarter. Vasil tied the match for the final time, and sophomore Eric Kluge (North East, MD)  converted a pass from junior Mike Sullinger (Brookfield) less than a minute  to give the Warriors the lead for good, 7-6. Eastern went on to score eight of the final 11 goals of the match to finish with a winning (4-3) regular-season road record.

It was a tight battle for the first 30 minutes of the contest, with five ties and four lead changes.                       

Eastern players served five-and-a-half penalty minutes before being awarded their first extra-man opportunity with just 65 seconds left in the match. The Panthers capitalized on seven man-up situations with three goals, breaking an early tie with their first and netting their final two goals with the man advantage in the final ten minutes.

Eastern more than doubled Plymouth's shot output and ground ball total, with sophomore goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) needing only three saves (never more than one in a quarter) to post his tenth win of the season.


W-Lax: Comeback=Fifth Title, 14-13

Warriors erase five-goal defict to finish unbeaten in conference again

wlaxteam72_6950.jpgGORHAM, Maine - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team clinched  its fourth Little East Conference regular-season outright championship in unbeaten fashion Saturday afternoon against the University of Southern Maine .

But not without a few uncertain moments.

In a re-match of last year's LEC playoff championship game won by Southern Maine (7-10, 4-2 little east) at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex, Eastern (8-7, 6-0 little east) turned the tables on the Huskies by rallying from five goals back early in the second half  to win a conference match by a single goal for the third time this season, 14-13, at Paula Hodgdon Field.

By winning, the Warriors cliniched their fifth straight LEC regular-season title - fourth without a loss and fourth outright championship - and will host a playoff semifinal match Thursday at 3 p.m. against either fourth-seeded Western Connecticut or fifth-seeded Plymouth State University. The Warriors edged Western by a goal Wednesday by an identical 14-13 score , and downed Plymouth by six April 16, both verdicts on the road.

Coupled with Keene State's 18-8 win over visiting UMass Dartmouth Saturday, Southern Maine drops to the No. 3 seed  and will host sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a first round playoff game Tuesday.

As the No. 5 seed a year ago, the Huskies won three straight road games over higher-seeded club to capture their first LEC crown. Southern Maine upended third-seeded Eastern (which had shared the regular-season title), 15-14, in the final.

Trailing by five goals eight minutes into the second half, Eastern scored seven of the final eight goals of the match.  The Warriors scored six in a row to take their first lead of the match with nine minutes left, and after Shelby Turcotte evened the game with her third goal with six minutes left, junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield)  notched what proved to be the game-winner on an assist from sophomore midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) with just over five minutes left. Eastern was able to maintain possession throughout the final two minutes to nail down the win.

Prizio scored seven goals - including her 50th of the season in the final seconds of the first half - to spark the comeback. Prizio, who has 29 goals in the team's last five games, scored the team's last four goals and five of its last six, with Marchitto assisting on two of them and sophomore midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) on another.

A winner of 29 of 30 regular-season games en route to a piece of five straight titles, Eastern climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this year by ending the regular season with three straight wins. Southern Maine had entered play on a hot streak, having won five of its previous six.

Junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY), Prizio and Buchanan combined for 13 ground balls for Eastern and freshman attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won four draws.

Eastern outshot Southern Maine by a wide margin but sophomore goalie Samantha Kieselmade 24 saves to keep the Huskies in front most of the way. Senior Mary Vaughan led the Huskies scoring three goals and passing out four assists.  Eastern sophomore Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY)  stopped nine shots for her eighth win.

Baseball: Warriors Clinch Share of Title

Top four teams in LEC split twinbills, leaving Warriors two up with two left


Note: It was reported incorrectly to the Little East Conference office Saturday night that UMass Boston had swept Plymouth State, moving UMB to within one game of Eastern in the standings. UMass Boston and Plymouth State actually split their doubleheader, which allowed Eastern to clinch a share of the regular-season title.

MANSFIELD, Conn. -  Senior DH Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and senior utility player Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) each drove in two runs in a five-run sixth inning of the opener, but the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team stranded 16 runners in the nightcap in splitting a Little East Conference doubleheader with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. Eastern won the opener, 9-2, and dropped the nightcap, 7-5 in ten innings.

With the split, Eastern (27-7, 9-3 little east) clinches no worse than a piece of its tenth conference regular-season title in the 15-year history of the sport. With the split, UMass Dartmouth (13-19, 7-5 little east) retains a chance of finishing with a share of the LEC crown for the first time. 

The top four teams in the conference all split doubleheaders Saturday, leaving UMass Dartmouth, defending LEC tournament champion UMass Boston and Keene State still sharing second place, two games behind Eastern.

On the final day of the regular season this coming Friday, Eastern visits Keene State College - needing one win to claim the outright title and earn the No. 1 LEC tournament seed -- UMass Dartmouth travels to the University of Southern Maine, and UMass Boston hosts Western Connecticut.

Schult (7-1) won his fifth straight decision in the opener. He allowed nine hits and both UMass runs with five strikeouts and no walks before junior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and junior Andrew Petrucci (Branford) closed out the win with a scoreless inning each.

In the first game, the Warriors broke a tie with two runs in the fourth  with the help of  consecutive triples by freshmen No. 8 and No. 9 batters Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) and Mitch Plourde (Ellington), then broke it open with five runs in the sixth, scoring all of the runs with two out and senior first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) on third.  Schult had a two-run single and Turgeon a two-run triple in an inning where the Warriors sent ten batters to the plate.

Trailing 5-3 in the second game, Eastern scored single runs in the seventh and eighth on RBI singles by Dewing and senior outfielder Shane Kingsley  (Beacon Falls), but UMass scored twice in the tenth on two hits, two walks and an infield error.  Senior shortstop Ryan McDermott drove in the first run of the tenth inning with a ground ball and scored the second run  on a single by freshman second baseman Bedward Ortiz  and an infield error.

In the nightcap, Eastern stranded a season-high 16 runners aboard, leaving the bags full in the eighth and tenth. Down by two runs in the tenth, the Warriors loaded the bases with one out on singles by senior outfielder Robert Perry (Manchester) and Turgeon and an infield error, but winning pitcher Pat Lavey, a junior righty, got a called strikeout and game-ending infield pop. Lavey (5-1) gave up eight hits in 3 1/3 relief innings but only one run while fanning four.

Perry had six hits (two doubles) and two RBI in Eastern's 29-hit attack in the doubleheader , with Plouorde, O'Connell and Turgeon all collecting four each. Plourde doubled twice and tripled. Turgeon, who has 97 hits in his two-year Eastern career, also reached two additional times with walks.

UMass senior catcher Matt Ryan led the Corsair's 22-hit barrage with four hits and three RBI, with sophomore rightfielder Matt Worden  and  McDermott both collecting three.


Softball: Warriors Repeat LEC Title

They match last year's conference record with sweep of Keene State

soychak72_8192.jpgSTORRS, Conn. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 15th game without a loss in the opener and tied the Eastern Connecticut State University career save record in the nightcap to lift the Warriors to a 3-2, 13-5 softball sweep of Keene State College Saturday afternoon and their second straight outright Little East Conference regular-season championship. The second game was stopped in the sixth inning due to the eight-run rule

Above: Rachel Soychak (center) (Stephen Goomrigian photo).

Ranked No. 1 in the NCAA New England Region, Eastern (26-4, 13-1 little east) matches last year's conference regular-season record in nailing down the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which is scheduled this Thursday through Saturday at the site of the No. 2 seed.

Rathbun (15-0) pitched a complete-game five hitter with 12 strikeouts in the opener and saved sophomore Christine Akcer's (Milford) 11th win of the season in 13 decisions with two hitless innings in the nightcap, tying the program career save record of ten. In 14 LEC games this year, Rathbun is 9-0 with two saves, 111 strikeouts and 10 walks in 62 2/3 innings and a 0.34 ERA.manzocatch72_8062.jpg

Freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) had six hits in the doubleheader - three in each game - and drove in three runs, while Rathbun had five hits - including a double - and drove in three runs. Senior catcher Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY), playing her final regular-season home games, had four hits and helped Eastern rally from two runs down in the fourth inning of the second game with a go-ahead RBI double. Leading 6-5, Eastern batted around in the sixth inning of the nightcap, scoring seven runs on eight hits.

At right: Centerfielder Rosie Manzo tracks down this fly ball on the warning track in the first inning of Game 2. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

In the doubleheader, Keene (27-10-1, 9-5) sophomore catcher Nicole Dupuis had four hits and drove in two runs, while junior first baseman Sara Stocklinski  drove in two runs with two hits and junior DP Samantha Pratt knocked in two runs. Pratt 's two-run home run off Rathbun in the fourth inning of the first game - only the second home run allowed by Rathbun this year - pulled the Owls to within 3-2. Trailing by that score, Keene had runners aboard in the fifth and sixth but could not push across the tying run. Rathbun got No. 3 hitter Laura Chandler  on a swinging strike to strand a runner at first in the fifth and retired three straight batters to strand the tying run on third in the sixth.

In the first game, freshman centerfielder Courtney Jobin (Oxford, MA) homered to give Eastern a 1-0 lead in the second inning and the Warriors added two more in the inning on an RBI double by junior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) and RBI single by Godwin.

In the second game, Keene scored five consecutive runs to erase Eastern's early 4-0 lead, taking the lead in the fourth on consecutive RBI singles by junior shortstop Haley Chandler and Stocklinski.

Leading 6-5 in the sixth, the Warriors scored seven times, with sophomore first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) driving in two with a bad-hop single and five additional batters driving in one run each.

The game was a re-match of last year's LEC tournament final, won by Eastern, 1-0 in eight innings on Rathbun's game-ending home run.

Softball/Baseball: Alone at the Top

Both programs rated No. 1 in respective NCAA regional rankings

sbteam72dpi2011_7229.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  With the end of the regular season looming, the Eastern Connecticut State University softball and baseball teams are in a very good place -- atop the NCAA New England regional rankings.

Ranked No. 2 all season long in the New England coaches' poll behind the  U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the softball team (24-4) was ranked first in New England this week by the NCAA regional committee. The No. 1 ranked team all season long in the New England baseball coaches' poll, the Warriors (26-6) matched that rank in the NCAA regional rankings. Both regional rankings considered games played through this past Sunday.

bb team72_7774.jpgIn the regional rankings - which determine post-season selection and seedings - a team's record against regional competition and its regional strength of schedule takes precedence over overall records.

The softball team has  an 18-1 record against regional opponent s--its one loss coming in eight innings against Williams College in Florida a month ago. Coast Guard, 32-2, was ranked second among the eight ranked teams, with Endicott College third. Half of the regional poll was comprised of Little East Conference teams. Joining Eastern in the poll from the conference were No. 5 Rhode Island College, No. 6 Keene State College, and No. 8 Western Connecticut State University. Eastern  swept Rhode Island last Friday in Providence and hosts Keene State Saturday in a doubleheader. A Tuesday split at Western came after this week's regional rankings had been submitted.

The softball team is all but assured of qualifying for its fourth straight NCAA tournament when bids are announced Monday. The Warriors defeated Coast Guard in last year's regional tournament and placed third in the national tournament.  They are a five-time national champion, last winning in 1990.

Eastern junior pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) and Coast Guard junior Hayley Feindel - last week's New England co-Pitcher-of-the-Week selections - rank 1-2 in the nation in earned run average. Last week's national co-Player-of-the-Week, Rathbun also ranks fifth in strikeouts per game and third in least hits allowed per game. The two-time All-America is 14-0 with a 0.48 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 103 innings. Junior outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) is batting .419 and Rathbun .386 with a team-high seven home runs. DP/catcher Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY), the team's only senior, is batting .368 and sophomore third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) .355.

Having already clinched a share of the conference regular-season softball title, the Warriors can win their second outright title and own a piece of the title for the third time in four years with a split against visiting Keene State Saturday. The Warriors defeated Keene in last year's LEC tournament final on Rathbun's tournament-ending home run.

 After winning eight straight games in Arizona in March, the baseball team has been the No. 1-ranked team in the New England coaches' poll all season long.  The Warriors  were 25-4 in the region through games of Sunday. Tufts University, which defeated  Eastern season in the second round of last year's regional tournament, was ranked second among the ten ranked teams, with Wheaton College third and Keene State fourth.

Among teams in the top ten, Eastern has split two games - defeating No. 9 Babson and losting to No. 6 Western New England College - but will play four games against three other ranked teams before the end of the regular season this coming Friday. Eastern, which had a game rained out against Wheaton  Thursday, hosts Tufts Monday and No. 5 Amherst College Wednesday and closes out with an LEC doubleheader at Keene Friday.

This year, Eastern shoots for its 39th post-season tournament appearance - 32nd in the last 36 years as part of the NCAA  -- under 43rd-year head coach Bill Holowaty

Senior All-America candidate Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) tops the team  with  a .429 batting average, eight home runs, 43 RBI and 102 total bases. He has also won six of seven  decisions as a right-handed pitcher with a 3.54 ERA. Junior outfielder/catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) is batting .382, senior utility player Tyler Turgeon (Norwich)  .352 with 37 RBI, freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA)  .345, and senior leftfielder  Robert Perry (Manchester) .344.

Sophomore righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) is 3-0 with a staff-best  3.07 ERA and junior righty Jim Dimon (Seymour) is 5-1 with a 3.76 ERA and senior righty Chris Wojick (Unasville) 5-0 with a 3.95 ERA. Sophomore righty Mike Riemer (Ellington) is 2-1 with three saves in 11 2/3 innings.







Track: Second Season Looming

Warriors kick off post season  Saturday at Little East Championships

quinones_72lecpreview_6601.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Baseball has its World Series, basketball its World Championship, hockey its Stanley Cup Finals and football its Super Bowl.

Beginning Saturday, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's track and field programs begin their Second Seasons at the 14th Annual Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships at the Elliot Athletic Center on the campus of Fitchburg State University.

At left: Amanda Quinones

The meet is the first in a series of post-season meets which for some, could mean competing in the New England Division III Championships, New England Open and NCAA Division III national championship.

Competitors need to reach qualifying standards for all post-season championships, based upon their performances during the regular season. For the first time this year, standards were enacted for the LEC/NEA Championships. A total of 23 Eastern men and 21 Eastern women qualified for Saturday's championships in the sprints, distance, throws, and relays.

The Little East Conference and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) each conduct their outdoor track and field championships under the umbrella of the 11-team New England Alliance Championship. The Little East is represented by Eastern, Keene State College, Massachusetts Boston, University of Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, and the University of Southern Maine, while the MASCAC is comprised of Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University. The championship meet will be scored three separate ways to determine a New England Alliance, Little East, and MASCAC champion, respectively.

Beyond the conference meet next month, a total of Eastern eight women and seven men have qualified for regional competition. For the women, junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) may have the best chance for success in post-season by running the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) has qualified for post-season competition in the triple jump and heptathlon, freshman Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), sophomore Maggie Gibeault (Brooklyn) and freshman Amy Huhn (Hebron) in the pole vault, and sophomores Denica Gagnon (Colchester)  and Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and freshman Tacia Bryant (Guilford) in the relays.

lowe_72lecpreview_6578.jpgThe men's post-season strength will come in the sprints, with senior Brian Lowe (Kingston, Jamaica), junior Nick Pates (East Haven) and sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) headlining the list.  Saturday, Lowe and Simpson will run the 100 and 200 and relays, and Pates will compete in the 400 and with the relays.

At right: Brian Lowe

Others who have qualified for post-season championships in May are sophomore Tim Callahan (Portland) in the 400 and in the relays, sophomore Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor) and sophomore Prince-Michael Marston (Kingston, Jamaica) with the relays.

At last year's LEC/NEA Championships, Quinones won the LEC 10,000 meter race and Lowe the LEC and NEA 100 meter sprint and the LEC 200 meter sprint. At the NEA/LEC indoor championships  this past February, Quinones earned all-LEC and NEA honors at 3,000 meters and Gingras (high jump), Huhn (pole vault), and Hultzman (high jump) were All-NEA achievers. For the men indoors in the 55, Simpson outran a field of 31 to win the NEA and LEC titles.

"I think that we've got some really talented people on this year's team," says Quinones. "We have some new young people who have gotten a lot faster, a lot stronger (over the course of the season). Everyone's been working really hard, and they all deserve (to establish PRs at the meet). I think that we're peaking at the right time, all of us. I hope so, I really do."

Since transferring to Eastern in the fall of 2009 after competing in cross country and track at Division I Rider University, Quinones has proven herself to be one of the top distance runners in the history of the women's track and field and cross country programs.

A Communication major at Eastern, Quinones has been the No. 1 runner on the cross country team and has achieved All-NEA honors in each of her two seasons. Last fall, she finished among the top 30 percent at the New England Division III Championships.

In track, she set the program outdoor record at 1,500 meters (4:58.15) at the Eastern Invitational earlier this month, and ranks among the top five all-time in the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Her times at 3,000 (10:40.20) and 5,000 (18:36.90) meters this season have been second only to former Eastern All-America and Hall of Fame runner Carla Brown on the all-time list.

Quinones's personal-best record at 5,000 meters set this year is 76 seconds faster than her time at last year's NEA/LEC Championships and just 13 seconds off the LEC Championship outdoor record of 18:24.08, set last year by Keene State's Paige Mills, a junior this season.

Despite the significant improvement at 5,000 meters from a year ago, Quinones fells that her best still lies ahead. "I could have run faster than 18:36 (earlier this season), but I was only trying to get a good time in," she points out. "So, I feel that I haven't really given it my all yet, that I still have a lot left."

At last year's NEA/LEC outdoor meet, Quinones ran a grueling 5,000-10,000 double, winning the 10,000 and taking third place several hours later in the 5,000.

Saturday, she will compete only at 5,000 meters, conserving her energy for the 10,000 for the New England meets. "Even though I won the 10,000 last year (at the LEC meet), I guess Brent (assistant coach Terry) and I are just trying to go after the bigger titles this year," said Quinones. "(Because) you can only run so many 10k's in a season before you get really tired."

By building a solid running foundation last summer, Quinones has enjoyed injury-free and successful cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons this year. According to head coach Frank Poulin, Quinones has the potential to qualify for national competition in her career in cross country and in indoor and outdoor competition. Her current best time of 18:36.90 at 5,000 meters is about a minute short of qualifying for the Division III national championships on a provisional basis, and her  PR of 39:14.62 at 10,000 meters set at the first outdoor meet of the season - the third-best time at that distance in program history - is just under two minutes shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.Says Quinones, "I'm not sure  if  (qualifying for the nationals ) is an immediate goal, but it's definitely something I think about."

Women's LEC/NEA Championships Qualifiers

Wendy Bouton     5,000
Tacia Bryant     200, 400, LJ, Relays
Christine Charpentier   200, 400 Relays
Amanda Ericson    3000 SC
Katie France     10,000
Denica Gagnon    800, Relays
Maggie Gibeault    PV
Cora Gingras     400H, Jumps, Relays
Melisssa Healy     5,000
Devaney Henderson    Throws
Amy Huhn     PV, Relays
Lauren Hultzman    Jumps
Ashlee James     Hurdles, TJ, Relays
Sarah Krulicki     Throws
Brittany Lane     3000SC, Relays
Alexa Palasky     10,000
Amanda Quinones    5,000
Haley Smith     5,000
Katherine Tomasco    400
Megan Wallace     Throws
Elise Zarcaro     Relays

Men's LEC/NEA Championships Qualifiers

Tom Balestracci    LJ
Sam Buczek   10,000
Tim Callahan   800, Relays
James DiBeneditto  Throws
Josh Fish    PV
Ryan Franklin   3000 SC, Relays
Ryan Hughes   5,000
Bryan Jorge   5,000
Ken Landry   5,000
Brian Lowe   100, 200, PV, Relays
Prince-Michael Marston 400, Relays
Casey McGarvey  800, Relays
Nick Miller   5,000, 10,000
Nick Pates   400, Relays
Joey Perucki   5,000
Brody Secore   800, Relays
Corey Simpson   100, 200, Relays
Rob Sisson   100
Tom Takacs   400
Alex Verrill   Jumps, Relays
Colin Whiston   800
Stephen White   1,500
Ryan Wood   Jumps












M-Lax: Warriors Maintain Share of 2nd

 Against Western, Warriors retain hope of LEC first-round bye

bolivar_wcsu72_3442.jpgDANBURY, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team utilized a critical scoring run in the third quarter to pull away from Western Connecticut State University, 11-8 Wednesday night in a Little East Conference match at the Westside Athletic Complex

At left: Salieu Bolivar.

Eastern's (9-5, 4-2 little east) 11th straight win over Western (8-6, 3-3 little east) in this series and third road victory in six contests ni 2011 keeps it locked in a two-way tie for second place in the conference with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which dumped visiting Salem State University, 11-5, Wednesday night. Keene State (6-0) nailed down its second straight LEC regular-season title and the No. 1 playoff seed with an 18-9 victory over visiting Plymouth State University Wednesday afternoon.

In the final regular-season conference matches Saturday, Eastern visits Plymouth State University (3-3) and  UMass Dartmouth hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston (0-6). If Eastern and UMass Dartmouth win Saturday, UMass Dartmouth unofficially receives the No. 2 seed and second first-round playoff bye based on its 10-9 regular-season victory over Eastern April 19. The Warriors will be accorded the No. 2 seed if they win Saturday and UMass Dartmouth loses. In Tuesday's first-round playoff games, the No. 3 seed hosts the No. 6 seed and No. 4 seed entertains the No. 5 seed.

Trailing against Western by a goal in the opening minute of the second quarter, Eastern  outscored the hosts 6-1, getting goals from six different players and assists from four different players.  The burst, which carried into the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, vaulted Eastern into a three-goal lead with five-and-a-half minutes left.

Junior Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) scored four goals to take over the team goals lead with 29, and added an assist and first-year sophomore Eric Kluge (North East, MD) added two goals and were Eastern's two multiple-goal scorers. Sophomore goalie Donald Berube (Chelmsford, MA) made 11 saves, eight in the second half when the Warriors gave up only four goals. Junior Mike Sullinger (Brookfield) had four ground balls and senior Eric Vasil (Southington) won 12 of 21 faceoffs.


Baseball: Schult Powers Warriors, 11-7

Against Cards, senior hits 24th and 25th career HRs, drives in seven runs

schultHRwes72_7866.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior DH Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to an 11-7 non-conference victory over Wesleyan University Wednesday night at the Eastern Baseball Stadium

At left: Jim Schult is congratulated by third base coach Bob Wojick for his third-inning grand slam..

Ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 5 in Division III, Eastern (26-6) won for the first time in three games and for the 16th consecutive time over Wesleyan (15-16), which has lost three straight.

Schult moved into ninth place all-time with his 24th and 25th career home runs (fourth and fifth in his last six games) and took over the team lead with 43 RBI. The seven runs batted in constituted a personal game high for Schult, besting a six-RBI showing March 24, 2009 against the University of Chicago when he also had six hits and six runs scored.

A pre-season Division III All-America, Schult  hit a two-run home run in the first, drove in a run with a double in the second, and smacked a grand slam well over the left field fence in a six-run third inning . All of the runs in the third were unearned, as were seven of the ten runs charged to Wesleyan (15-16) freshman right-handed starter Chris Law (0-1), making his second collegiate start. In the six-run third inning that gave Eastern a 10-3 lead, there were three hits, two Wesleyan errors, a walk and sacrifice fly.
Junior righty Mike Hepple (Southington)  won his first game this year as a starter and second overall in three decisions in 2011 by allowing three runs over the first five innings. Junior righty Evan Chamberlain (Hebron) did not allow a hit while striking out two over the final three innings to earn his first career save.

Junior rightfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had two hits -- including a triple -- and scored twice and senior leftfielder  Robert Perry (Manchester) reached four times with three walks and a triple  and scored three times. In Eastern's six-run third, Perry's high infield pop  with two out fell between two Wesleyan infielders, and Schult made the error pay by following with his grand slam.

Justin Freres and Julian Sonnenfeld homered for Wesleyan, which scored three runs in the seventh on two hits and two walks before Chamberlain slammed the door. Chamberlain retired nine straight after entering the game with two runners aboard and two runs in.

Sonnenfeld's two-run home run in the third accounted for Wesleyan's first two runs and Freres followed with a solo shot that cut Eastern's 4-0 lead to one.

Perry has now hit in 16 straight games while Schult hit safely in his tenth in a row against Wesleyan.

Eastern visits Wheaton College Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Lyons are ranked No. 2 in New England, No. 22 nationally.


W-Lax: Over time, Warriors Prevail,14-13

       They clinch share of fifth straight LEC  title by edging Western


MANSFIELD, Conn. - In a Little East Conference women's lacrosse match which featured nine ties and three lead changes, Eastern Connecticut State University scored the final two goals in the final minutes of overtime to post a 14-13 double overtime victory over Western Connecticut State University that assured the Warriors of at least a share of the LEC regular-season title.

At right: Daniela Marchitto and goalie Nancy Ibrahim.

The overtime conference home victory is the second this year for Eastern (7-7, 5-0 little east), which moves to within one win of its fourth undefeated regular-season conference record in the last five years, The Warriors shoot for their fifth reguar-season title Saturday when the visit the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. Eastern shared last year's title after capturing outright the previous three.

Neither team lead by more than two goals in the match. Western (7-8, 2-3 little east). junior midfielder Jessica Bouwman's only goal  of the match with 57 second left forced overtime, and sophomore defender Emily Brooks' only goal of the match gave Western its final lead, 13-12, with 70 seconds left in the six-minute overtime session. The Warriors evened the match at 13-all with 49.7 seconds left on freshman attack Erin Conn's (Moriches, NY) second goal of the game, and won it with 13.7 seconds remaining on sophomore midfielder Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) fifth goal of the match.

Eastern sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) made consecutive saves on free-position shots inside the final two minutes of overtime before Brooks finally broke the tie with an unassisted goal with 70 seconds left.  Eastern junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) won her third draw control on the important faceoff after Brooks' go-ahead goal to set the stage for Conn's game-tying goal with 49.7 seconds left.

With the second tied 13-13 with 50 seconds left, Western won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over. Marchitto scooped up her fifth ground ball of the match and scored her fifth goal of the game (39th of the season) Conn gained possession of her own faceoff with eight seconds left and the Warriors ran out the clock.

Western freshman goalie Karli Portnoy stoned Eastern with 12 saves in the first half and finished with 18 in the game. Ibrahim stopped 13 shots.

Top Little East goal leaders Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) of Eastern and sophomore attack Nicole Perrone (Brookfield) of Western were limited to three goals each. Perrone managed only four shots, and Portnoy made saves on five of Prizio's ten shots.

In transition, the Warriors were able to clear 18 of 20 tries and forced 30 Western turnovers.

Barrett matched Marchitto with five ground balls, as every started picked up at least one.  Junior midfielder Lauren Poppe of Western picked up six ground balls and won four draws.

While Eastern visits Southern Maine Saturday, Western travels to face Plymouth State University at noon in its conference finale.  The Colonials are already assured of an LEC playoff spot.





Softball: Split Pushes Warriors to Brink

        First-game win guarantees them a piece of third title in four years




DANBURY, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team had a 17-game winning streak ended Tuesday night with a second-game  loss to Western Connecticut State University, but clinched a share of the Little East Conference regular-season title with a first-game win at Westside Field.

At right: Rachel Soychak

In the first game, junior Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 14th straight game this season and 60th of her career in 69 decisions by pitching a four-hitter and striking out 11 in a 6-1 victory. With the chance to clinch its second outright regular-season LEC crown in the second game, Eastern (24-4, 11-1 little east) lost for the first time up north, 10-2 in five innings. The Warriors managed only three hits off junior Magen Dargon and the top four hitters in the Western (21-8, 6-4 little east) combined for nine hits (two home runs, and eight RBI and scored six runs.

Already assured of at least a share of its third LEC regular-season title in four years,  Eastern can clinch its second straight outright championship Saturday when it hosts Keene State College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the University of Connecticut. Keene, second to Eastern in last year's LEC championship tournament, has three losses with four regular-season games remaining. Rhode Island College also has three conference losses with six to play.

In support of Rathbun in the opener, Eastern reached two Western pitchers for 11 hits and benefitted from two Colonial errors which accounted for two unearned runs. Senior DP Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY), freshman second baseman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) and Rathbun all had two hits, with Soychak driving in two runs.

In the first game, Eastern took a 2-1 lead with a run in the fourth on a leadoff double by Soychak and one-out double by Tamindzija. In the fifth, one-out singles by Rathbun, sophomore third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) and freshman leftfielder Stephanie Johnson (Southington) and an error made it 4-1, and  an error and singles by Cooper, Soychake (two RBI) and Tamindzija off Dargon clinched the verdict.

Western prevented Eastern from clinching the outright title on the host's field by racking two Eastern pitchers for 12 hits in the five-inning decision. Three straight one-out walks and  freshman centefielder Courtney Jobin's (Oxford, MA) two-run single vaulted the Warriors into an early 2-1 lead in the second but the hosts countered with two in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth.


Baseball: Key Tilt Goes WNEC's Way

Ranked first in region, Eastern can't climb out of early hole in 9-4 loss


MANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Western New England College baseball team recorded the first nine hits and first seven runs of the game and held off Eastern Connecticut State University, 9-4, Tuesday night in a non-conference game between highly-ranked New England teams.

At right: Mitch Furber

Ranked No. 1 in New England, Eastern (25-6) lost for the fourth straight to Western New England (29-8) after capturing 33 of  the first 34 games in this series. Ranked No. 5 in New England, the Golden Bears have won six straight and even their record against Little East Conference opponents at 2-2 this year.

Western New England chased Eastern freshman starter Greg Porter (Mystic) in a six-run fourth inning - collecting the first nine hits of the game -- that pushed its lead to 7-0, and senior starter Matt Rogers kept the Warriors without a hit through four innings. Eastern scored its first two runs on junior catcher Steve Cammuso's (Rutland, MA) second home run of the year in the fifth, then added single runs in the sixth and seventh on four hits in chasing Rogers and cutting the gap to three, 7-4.

The visitors were unable to solve Eastern junior reliever Mitch Furber (Oakdale) - the righty pitching 4+ middle innings of one-hit scoreless relief - until senior cleanup hitter Tony Trubia slammed his second home run of the season with a runner aboard in the ninth to provide his team with two insurance runs.

A two-out solo home run by No. 8 hitter Kyle McKelvey  gave WNEC the early lead in the second and the visitors exploded for six runs in batting around in the fourth on four hits - three doubles - and two walks. No. 9 hitter Andrew Fatse drove in the first two runs with a bases-loaded double and senior catcher Jason Leclerc added a bases-clearing triple with two out.

Rogers gave up only six hits while fanning four and walking one, and junior relief ace Mike Lawlor recorded the final four outs to wrap up the win. Three WNEC pitchers walked only one batter.

Having pitched only nine innings all year, Furber gave up only three hits in 4 1/3 innings as the third of four Eastern pitchers.

Sophomore second baseman Mike Rubino and Fatse each had three of  WNEC's 12 hits. Rubino scored two and Fatse drove in two runs with his fourth-inning double.

Sophomore third baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) was Eastern's only hitter with more than one. He had two and scored a run. Senior first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this season and established a program record of 40.

Eastern hosts Wesleyan University Wednesday at 6 p.m.






Baseball: Lead Slips Away in LEC Loss

 Western Connecticut scores final six runs to top conference leader, 10-9


DANBURY, Conn. --   Reserve first baseman Tim Nelson's single drove in the game-ending run with no one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Western Connecticut State University baseball team to a come-from-behind 10-9 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday afternoon at Westside Field in the makeup of an April 19 game.

Above: Andrew Dewing

Looking to move out to a three-game lead in the conference standings with four games remaining, Eastern (25-5, 8-2 little east)  used a five-run fourth inning to take a 9-4 lead before Western (15-14, 4-6 little east)  bounced back to score the final six runs of the game. Trailing 9-8 entering the ninth against sophomore righty Mike Riemer (Ellington), Western tied the game when starting pitcher Conor Bierfeldt tripled in David Simone (leadoff walk). After two intentional walks loaded the bases, Nelson singled in Biefeldt to end the gme. Nelson had entered the game in the seventh inning as a replacement for starting first baseman Chris Smith.

Eastern and Western have split the regular-season series between the teams each of the last two years. The Warriors had won easily the previous four times the teams had met at Westside Field.

Making his first start of the season in left field, Eastern senior utility player Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) had a 27-game hitting streak halted - four shy of the record. After walking and scoring the team's first run in the second, Turgeon grounded out to the infield three times and lined out to left.

Western scored four times in the first to take a 4-0 lead before the Warriors responded with three in the second and the tying run in the third on junior rightfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) first home run of the season. In the fourth, the Warriors batted around and scored five runs, with senior DH Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and freshman second baseman Mitch Plourde (Elllington) belting two-run home runs and freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) driving in one with a single. Batting eighth, Plourde drove in the first two runs of the inning with his first career round-tripper, and Schult's  team-leading sixth home run (23rd of his career) chased Bierfeldt.

While Western relievers Zack Philippas and Bill Armstrong were shutting out Eastern on three hits, Western reached three Eastern relievers for four runs on four hits and four walks (two intentional) to climb back into the game.

Aiming for his fourth win without a loss, first-year Eastern sophomore tarting righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) allowed only three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings but an outfield error (along with three hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly) helped Western score its four first-inning runs, and an infield error and two hits helped account for the Colonials' two runs in the fourth that cut Eastern's lead to three, 9-6.

Plourde had three hits and three RBI and senior first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) three singles and two runs scored. Senior leadoff hitter Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls), O'Connell (named the LEC Rookie-of-the-Week today for the third time), and Cammuso each had two hits, witih Cammuso scoring twice. Cammuso entered the game with exactly 100 career hits. The multiple-hit game was the seventh this year for Dewing, the team's cleanup hitter who has been limited to 80 at-bats this season due to a muscle pull.

Eastern hit three home runs in a game Monday for the first time this season.

Shooting for its 11th LEC regular-season title in 15 years (second straight), Eastern plays two more LEC noon doubleheaders in the regular season. The Warriors host UMass Dartmouth Saturday and visit  Keene State College May 6. Beginning Tuesday with a 6 p.m. non-conference home game against No. 5 Western New England College, Eastern plays six of its final nine regular-season games against ranked opponents.  Selected as the unanimous No. 1 pick in New England today for the fourth straight week, Eastern visits No. 2 Wheaton College Thursday, No. 3 (tied) Tufts University May 2, No. 7 Amherst College May 4, and closes out the regular season at No. 3 (tied) Keene State.


Little East: Six from Eastern Honored

Athletes in sports of lacrosse, softball and baseball are recognized


NO. DARTMOUTH, Mass. -  Six Eastern Connecticut State University student-athletes in the sports of men's and women's lacrosse, softball and baseball have been recognized today in the Little East Conference's weekly awards program for their performances for the week ending April 24.

Above: Megan Godwin

In lacrosse, junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) and first-year sophomore defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) were recognized on the women's side as Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Week picks, respectively, while senior faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington) was selected for a weekly honor for the eighth time in the last three years when he was tabbed Defensive Player-of-the-Week on the men's side.

In softball, junior right-handed pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) received a weekly honor for the 13th time in her three-year career when she was selected Pitcher-of-the-Week, and freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) was singled out as Rookie-of-the-Week for the second time (in three weeks) this season.

In baseball, freshman shortstop Dnnny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) was voted Rookie-of-the-Week for the third time in 2011.

The weekly honors for Prizio and Meotti were the first in their careers at Eastern.

In a 2-1 week which included two Little East Conference wins and a loss at No. 3 Trinity College, Prizio had 19 of the team's 45 goals and added two assists and also contributed six draws.  The second-year Long Island University transfer tied her career high with seven goals in a 19-7 LEC home win over UMass Dartmouth Tuesday, then set a career high of nine goals (one shy of the program record) in a 21-10 LEC road win over Rhode Island College which kept the Warriors unbeaten (4-0) in the conference. In that game, she scored the first three goals, her team's first five, then scored the final three goals of the match over the final seven minutes. Against Rhode Island, Prizio reached the 40-goal plateau for the second straight and  has totaled a conference-high 46 goals through 13 matches for the 6-7 Warriors, now 4-0 in the conference. Her 53 points rates her in a tie for second in the conference.

A transfer from Division II St. Michael's, Meotti  won a team-high 12 draws and picked up eight ground balls this past week In a 19-7 home win over UMass Dartmouth Tuesday, she won five draws and picked up four ground balls. On the season, Meotti is second on the team in ground balls (36) and draws (29) and leads all players by causing 16 turnovers.

The women's lacrosse team can earn at least a share of its fifth straight conference regular-season title with a win against visiting Western Connecticut Wednesday at 4 p.m.

In a 1-1 week which included a 17-0 home shutout of Salem State University, Vasil won 33 of 42 faceoffs and picked up 33 ground balls. Against Salem, he captured 17 of 19 faceoffs with 16 ground balls. On the season,  Vasil leads Division III and the conference in faceoff percentage (.784) and ground balls per game (15.1).

The men's lacrosse team is 8-5 overall and tied for second in the conference with Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth at 3-2. The Warriors visit Western Wednesday at 5 p.m.
In a 6-0 week which extended the softball team's winning streak to 16  (16-0 up north), Rathbun (13-0) won three games and saved another, allowed only ten hits and one earned run (0.26 ERA), striking out 49 and walking four and threw his fourth career no-hitter.  Rathbun opened the week with her fourth career no-hitter, striking out a program-record 18 in a 5-0 Little East Conference road win over UMass Dartmouth and later avenged her only career LEC regular-season loss with six-hit, 18-strikeout 4-2 road win over Rhode Island College. Rathbun also tossed a complete-game four-hitter in a  1-0 over host Trinity College, then recorded the final four outs with strikeouts in the nightcap to save a 3-0 win.  Offensively, she batted .333 with a team-high seven RBI, 14 total bases and two home runs, and collected her 100th career hit.

In Eastern's ten conference wins this year (10-0 record), Rathbun is 7-0 with a save and 0.15 ERA (one earned run), 85 strikeouts and eight walks in 46 2/3 inning and teams are batting .089 against her. A three-time Pitcher-of-the-Week this season, Rathbun leads the LEC in ERA (0.51), wins, winning percentage (1.000), strikeouts (144), strikeouts per game (10.5), and innings (96.0) and has limited opposing batters to a .114 average.

This past week, Godwin led the Warriors with a .444 batting average, .500 on-base percentage and .611 slugging average. She had three multiple-hit games during the week and led the Warriors with five runs scored.  In an LEC doubleheader sweep of host UMass Dartmouth Tuesday, Godwin had four hits (two doubles) and scored two runs. The team's starting shortstop, Godwin led Eastern with 13 assists during the week, with five coming without an error in the final game of the week against host Rhode Island College. Godwin struck out only once in 20 plate appearances and also contributed three successful sacrifice bunts. In ten conference games this year, Godwin is batting .433 with four doubles, seven runs scored, six RBI and 17 total bases and has not made an error on 23 chances.This season, Godwin is batting  .364 -- fourth on the team and tenth in the conference. Having batted in every spot in the order but first, third and ninth, Godwin has 30 total bases, 11 runs, 13 RBI and a .941 fielding percentage on 68 defensive chances.

Ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 17 nationally, the women's softball team (23-3) visits Western Connecticut Tuesday at 5 p.m. in an LEC doubleheader.

The women's lacrosse team can earn at least a share of its fifth straight conference regular-

Batted a team-leading .636 (7-for-11) in a 3-0 week with a team-leading .714 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage, O'Connell also handled 11 chances in the field with only one error. Now batting .355 through 29 games for the 25-4 Warriors, O'Connell had three hits in a 3-2 second game win against Rhode Island College Friday, and three hits in an 11-6 road win at Trinity Wednesday. O'Connell also stole three bases during the week and reached via walk three times. He scored three runs and drove in two.

Batting primarily seventh and eighth in the lineup this year, O'Connell has started 27 games at shortstop this yer and has 38 hits, 27 RBI, 46 total bases and a team-leading 60 assists. He is fielding .941 on 101 chances.

In pursuit of their second straight and 11th title in 15 years of LEC regular-season baseball competition, the Warriors lead the LEC by 2 ½ games with five regular-season games remaining.

Ranked first in England and No. 7 nationally, Eastern was schedule to visit Western Connecticut in an LEC makeup game Monday at 4 p.m. 

Through games of Sunday, Eastern's four team sports in the spring have a combined record of 25-3 in conference competition this year, with softball and women's lacrosse undefeated and joining baseball atop their respective conference standings.



M-Lax: Warriors Gain Ground in LEC

They earn share of second place in conference with win, and UMD loss


Above: Seniors honored prior to their final regular-season home match included (from left) Grant Albertson, Sean Leary, Vinny Tornatore (second row), Morty Bouchard, Eric Vasil, Brian Fechtmann, Michael Glennon, Lee Mascolo, Ryan Schneeloch, and Daniel Dowling.

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University defense limited Salem State University to 15 shots as the Warriors halted a three-game losing streak with a 17-0 Little East Conference men's lacrosse verdict Saturday afternoon on Seniors' Day at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern  (8-5, 3-2 little east) entered play in a four-way tie for third place in the conference and finishes the day in a three-way tie for second with Western Connecticut and Massachusetts Dartmouth  after Western upended visiting UMass Dartmouth, 10-9 in overtime Saturday.

Salem State (6-7, 1-4 little east) ends the day a half-game ahead of eighth-place Massachusetts Boston, which had its match at Plymouth State postponed to Monday.

Every Eastern field player in uniform saw time against Salem, with 11 players  collecting a point with either a goal or assist. Senior All-America Eric Vasil (Southington) won 17 of 19 faceoffs against four different Salem faceoff opponents to up his nation-leading percentage to .784 and  won 16 ground balls to improve his nation-leading ground ball average to 15.1.

Eastern outshot the Vikings by 28 in the game and scored three man-up goals in the second half  Salem senior goalie Brendan Gill, the LEC leader in save percentage, was lifted from the game after one half after making only two saves while giving up a dozen goals.

.First-year sophomore defenseman Nick Stoop (Crofton, MD) scored his first career goal with five minutes left in the first half for Eastern while junior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) scored twice in the first seven minutes and finished with a game-high four goals.

The shutout is the fourth in program history, second against Salem State.

Eastern's ten seniors -- the largest senior class in the program's 16-year history -- were honored along with their family members before the game and represented the Warriors' starting lineup against Salem..

Eastern visits Western Connecticut Wednesday at  5 p.m. and closes out the regular season Saturday at Plymouth State University in LEC play. The top two teams in the final conference standings are awarded byes in the LEC playoffs, which get underway with first-round games Tuesday, May 3.


W-Lax: Warriors Still Unbeaten in LEC

Prizio nets nine goals as they pull away from Rhode Island, 21-10

prizio_72ric_6770.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored Eastern Connecticut State University's first five goals and the game's final three  to help the Warriors pull away  from Rhode Island College and remain  unbeaten in Little East Conference with a 21-10 victory Saturday afternoon.

At left: Ashley Prizio

Prizio scored a career-high nine goals on 13 shots and finished with 11 points, which equals the second-most goals and equals the second-most points  in a match in program history. Leading 13-10, Eastern (6-7, 4-0 little east) scored the final eight goals to pull away. Five different players contributed to those final eight goals, with Prizio sealing the victory by scoring the final three over the final seven minutes.

Freshman attack Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) added a career-high four goals and six points and led  all players in the match by winning five draws The Warriors claimed 22 of 33 draws, with Prizio winning four, sophomore midfielders Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) winning three each, and sophomore midfielder Christina Rully (Orange) picking up seven of Eastern's ground balls and junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauken, NY) scooping up five.

In the game, Prizio eclipsed the  40-goal mark in a  season for the second straight year at Eastern after scoring 37 at Division I Long Island University in 2009. In four LEC games this year, Prizio has 26 goals and 30 points and in 49 overall collegiate matches,  has 132 goals and 158 points, with 46 goals and 54 points coming in  13 matches this season.

Erin Byrnes holds the Eastern record for goals in a match with ten (April 23, 1998) and Mo Deegan is the record-holder with 12 points (April 23, 2003 against Rhode Island College).on nine goals and three assists.

Rhode Island (5-8, 0-5 little east) got six goals from Nicky Drolet and 16 saves from goalie Taryn Carbone.

Eastern remains as one of two unbeaten teams in the conference and has two regular-season conference matches remaining. The Warriors have won or shared the last four regular-season titles.  The win is the 51st in 58 regular-season games in ten years of conference completion.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut in a conference match Wednesday at 4 p.m. before closing out the regular-season by visiting the University of Southern Maine Saturday. Southern Maine, which defeated Eastern in last year's LEC title game,  is 3-0 this year but had its conference contest Saturday against visiting Keene State College postponed.


Softball Moves ThisClose to LEC Title

Warriors sweep RIC to improve to 10-0 in Little East Conference


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University softball team broke a tie with three runs in the top of the tenth inning and junior Molly Rathbun (Hebron) tied the season record of 18 strikeouts that she set three days earlier as the Warriors defeated Rhode Island College, 4-2 in ten innings in the first game of Friday's Little East Conference doubleheader on the way to a sweep.

At right: Christine Akcer

In the second game, sophomore Christine Akcer (Milford) won her tenth game in 11 decisions and Eastern scored four times in the fifth to break a 1-1 title en route to a 7-3 victory  and its 16th consecutive victory.

Ranked No. 2 in New England, Eastern (23-3, 10-0 little east)  opened up a three game lead in the conference race over Keene State College with four regular-season conference games remaining. Eastern needs one win to gain at least a share of its second straight regular-season title and two  to win its second straight outright championship and a share of its third title in four years. The Warriors are 16-0 since returning from Florida.

Ranked No. 4 in New England, Rhode Island (25-6, 5-3 little east) had entered play having won 25 of 26 since an 0-3 start.

In the first game, Rathbun (13-0) allowed six hits, one walk and one earned run and the Warriors scored three times in the tenth on singles by junior outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) and Rathbun's 100th career hit, an infield error and sacrifice bunt by freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester). Trailing 1-0, Rhode Island had tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Marisa Jandreau, who was later erased at the plate trying to score on a comeback to Rathbun.

Rathbun outdueled RIC senior Amanda Berard, who lost her first game after nine wins. Berard also tossed a complete game, allowing six hits and only one earned run while fanning five and walking two.

Godwin drove in two runs in the second game with two hits and No. 9 freshman hitter Stephanie Johnson (Southington), Alicea and Rathbun drove in runs in a four-run fifth inning. 

Akcer won her sixth straight decision, allowing nine hits and three runs before Rathbun came on to record the final five outs of the game.

In the doubleheader, Godwin, Alicea, and Rathbun all had three hits, with Rathbun driving in three runs and Godwin two. Johnson scored three times and Alicea and freshman infielder Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) twice each.

Eastern travels to Western Connecticut in an LEC doubleheader  Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Baseball:Warriors Complete LEC Sweep

Schult, Dimon go the distance; Turgeon pushes hitting streak to 27


PROVIDENCE, R.I. --  Senior Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and junior Jim Dimon (Seymour) became the first Eastern Connecticut State University pitchers to throw complete games in a doubleheader in eight years as the Warriors swept a Little East conference baseball doubleheader from Rhode Island College, 8-2, 3-2, Friday afternoon at Anchormen Field.

At right: Jim Dimon

Schult (6-1) and Dimon (5-1) each pitched three-hitters as Eastern (25-4, 8-1 little east)  added a half-game to its conference lead over Keene State College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. With five regular-season LEC games left, Eastern leads by 2 ½ games. Ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 7 nationally, Eastern has won 21 of its last 23while Rhode Island (12-15, 3-6 little east) has lost its last four.

Senior outfielder/first baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) had one hit in each game to extend his hitting streak to 27 - four shy of the program record shared by Joe Funaro in 1995 and Dwight Wildman in 2003 and 2004. Turgeon has kept the streak alive 14 times with just one hit in a game.

A winner of his last four starts,  Schult fanned eight and walked three and gave up only one earned run to post his second complete game in eight starts this year.. Leading 8-0, Schult lost no-hit and shutout bids when the Anchormen scored twice in the eighth on two doubles and in infield error.

A first-year transfer from the Community College of Rhode Island, Dimon struck out five and walked two. Dimon carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh when the hosts  broke through for a run on a hit, walk and sacrifice fly, and cut the gap to one run with a run in the eighth on a walk, stolen base and two-out single. Dimon stranded the tying run on first in the eighth, then sealed the win with a 1-2-3 ninth, getting the first two batters on strikeouts.

In the first game, Schut hit a two-run home run in the first to make it 1-0, freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) and junior catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had consecutive leadoff doubles and senior centerfielder Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls) a single in a two-run second. The Warriors moved out to an 8-0 lead with four runs in the fourth on four hits, with Schult plating one with a double and Turgeon stroking a two-run single.

Schult also gave Eastern a lead in the first inning of the second game with a single, O'Connell drove in Cammuso with the fourth of the team's four straight singles in the fourth, and the Warriors made it 3-0 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Kingsley.

In the doubleheader,O'Connell, Cammuso and senior leftfielder Robert Perry (Manchester) all had four hits in the Warriors 22-hit attack  off five RIC pitchers.  Schult had three hits and an RBI and scored two runs. Cammuso's final hit of the day - a one-out single in the eighth inning of the second game - was th 100th of his three-year career.

Until Friday, Adam Czerwinski and Joey Serfass were the last Eastern pitchers to toss  complete games in a doubleheader in a conference split with visiting University of Southern Maine in 2003. Czerwinski lost the first game, 1-0, and Serfass shut out the Huskies in the nightcap, 6-0.

Eastern hosts Western New England College Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Golden Bears are ranked fifth in New England.


W-Lax: No. 3 Trinity Drops Warriors



Above: Rachel Meotti

 Match closes out non-conference schedule; Warriors prepare for final LEC push

HARTFORD, Conn. --  In her first career start, freshman midfielder Sarah Edelman (Stonington) won nine faceoffs and scored two goals when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team dropped an 18-5 decision to Trinity College Thursday afternoon at Robin L. Sheppard Field. Ranked No. 3 nationally, Trinity (12-0) remained one of only two undefeated teams in Division III  while Eastern (5-7) lost after two straight wins. Making her first start in place of injured freshman Christine Lillis (Waterford), Edelman took all 25 of Eastern's faceoffs, winning five of her first eight attempts in the first half. Eastern junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) had a hand in four of Eastern's goals by scoring three -- giving her a team-leading 37 on the season -- and assisting on the first of Edelman's two goals in a span of three minutes midway through the second half. First-year sophomore defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) won six of Eastern's nine draws and picked up three ground balls.  while sophomore midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) also added three ground balls. Sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) made nine saves. The Warriors were successful on seven of their 11 clear attempts in the second half. The match was the final non-conference one this season for Eastern, which begins the second half of its Little East Conference slate Saturday at Rhode Island College at noon. Halfway through the LEC regular season, Eastern shares the top spot with the University of Southern Maine, which defeated the Warriors to win last year's LEC playoffs. After this Saturday, the Warriors host Western Connecticut Wednesday and visit Southern Maine next Saturday. Eastern is the winningest team in nine years of LEC play while Rhode Island has managed only three wins in 58 matches. Also this Saturday, Southern Maine hosts Keene State and Western entertains UMass Dartmouth. Eastern has won or shared the last four regular-season LEC titles and has reached the conference championship game each of the last six years, winning three times. . 

Softball: Warriors' Winning Streak at 14


HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a four-hit shutout for her 12th straight win this year in the first game, and struck out the final four batters and hit her 20th career home run in the nightcap in a 1-0, 3-0 softball sweep of Trinity College Thursday afternoon.

At right: Kelly Paterson

Ranked No.2 in New England and 17th nationally, Eastern (21-3) remains undefeated since returning from Florida with its 13th and 14th straight wins. Trinity (17-9) had a five-game winning streak halted in the opening loss

In the first game, Rathbun allowed only four hits (three of which were doubles), striking out seven and walking one and protected the only run the Warriors scored in the top of the fifth when freshman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) drove in sophomore Kelly Paterson (Southington) with an infield ground ball.

With Eastern clinging to the 1-0 lead in the seventh, junior rightfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) threw out pinch runner Melanie Orphanos trying to advance from second to third on a fly ball for a game-ending double play - the first assist of the season for Alicea.

The Warriors survived several anxious moments with key defensive plays in the first-game win. With Eastern leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Eastern freshman catcher Megan Bondy (Mystic) picked off a runner at third base and Rathbun got a ground ball to short to end the threat.

With the game scoreless in the fourth and a runner on second with one out, Rathbun got a strikeout and ground ball to end the inning.

Eastern managed only four hits off Trinity senior Kristen Anderson (9-3), who did not allow an earned run. Sophomore  Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had two of those hits.

In the second game, Rathbun struck out the final four batters to earn her fourth save (ninth of her career),  and hit her 20th career home run - a two-run shot in the seventh -- to add insurance. The homer was the 98th career hit for Rathbun, who had an eight-game hitting streak by going 0-for-3 off Anderson in the first game.

Sophomore Christine Akcer (Milford) won her ninth game in ten decisions this year and 15th of her career, allowing only two hits before giving way to Rathbun on the long end of a 1-0 lead with two outs in the sixth and two runners aboard.

An infield ground ball drove in freshman Megan Godwin (Manchester) to give Eastern a 1-0 lead in the first inning and that margin remained intact until Rathbun's seventh-inning home run. 

Alicea had two of Eastern's three hits and Godwin scored two runs.

Eastern brings a conference-leading 8-0 record into Little East Conference action Friday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Rhode Island College. The twinbill was originally scheduled to be played Saturday.


Baseball: Warriors Thump Trinity, 11-6

Tyler Turgeon hits in his 25th straight game; Merritt improves to 3-0

plourde_jersey_72_8117.jpgHARTFORD, Conn. - Batting consecutively in the order, seniors Robert Perry (Manchester), Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) combined for eight hits, seven runs and four RBI to help lift the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to an 11-6 non-conference victory over Trinity College Wednesday afternoon.

At left: Mitch Plourde

The win is the 20th in the last 22 outings for Eastern (23-4), ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 7 nationally in Division III. Trinity (13-13) dropped its eighth straight and is 4-10 since winning nine of its first 12 contests.

First-year sophomore transfer Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) won his third game in as many decisions, pitching into the sixth inning and departing with a 6-3 lead. Merritt allowed seven hits while striking out three and walking one.

 After scoring single runs in the first two innings against Trinity sophomore righty Ben Goldberg (0-2), Eastern maintained the lead by answering with at least two runs in its next at-bat after Trinity scored a run. The Warriors had hits and scored runs against all six Trinity pitchers that they faced.

Batting cleanup, Turgeon had two doubles to push his consecutive-game hitting streak to 25, while No. 2 hitter Perry and No. 3 hitter Schult each had three hits and two runs scored. Schult  had an RBI double in the seventh and launched his 21st career home run with one out in the ninth.

In aa two-run sixth inning that gave the Warriors a 6-1 lead, Turgeon stroked an RBI double after Schult opened the inning by reaching safely on an outfield error, and freshman Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) plated Turgeon with a single.

O'Connell added three hits and two runs to the 16-hit attack as one of six players in the lineup with two or more hits. Sophomore Joe Balowski (Berlin) and freshman Mitch Plourde (Ellington) also contributed two hits each. Plourde reached safely four times with two singles and two walks and knocked in two runs as the No. 9 batter with a two-out single in the third that gave Eastern a 4-1 lead. At second base, Plourde was making his first career start.

Michael Rueger came off the bench for Trinity to drive in three runs with a double when the Bantams scored three times in the eighth after there were two out on four hits and a walk.

Eastern visits Rhode Island College Saturday for a Little East Conference noon doubleheader.


All-America fans program-record 18 en route to fourth career no-hitter 


NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched her  fourth no-hitter in her last 17 starts with a program-record 18 strikeouts when the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team blanked the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the first game en route to two shutout Little East Conference victories Tuesday afternoon.

At right: Molly Rathbun

Rathbun (11-0) allowed only two walks and broke the game strikeout record of 16 that she shared with Cindy Chodkowski in Tuesday's  5-0 first-game win and also hit her 19th career home run in the first inning to move her to within three of  a program career record in that category.

 In the second game, sophomore Christine Akcer (Milford) pitched a six-inning, 8-0, four-hit shutout for her eighth win in nine decisions, and sophomore Arielle Cooper (Mystic)  hit her ninth career home run as Eastern (19-3, 8-0 little east) won its 12th straight game and remained the only unbeaten team in the conference The game was  stopped after six innings.

Having now won its last ten against UMass Dartmouth (7-16, 17 little east), Eastern improved to 40-2 against the Corsairs in the series. The Warriors are rated No. 2 in New England and No. 16 nationally in Division III.

Unbeaten since returning from Florida, Eastern gave Rathbun a five-run cushion in the first game by scoring four times in the fourth, then staked Akcer to a quick three-run lead after one inning of the second game.

In the fourth inning of the first game, sophomore Danielle Bourne (Branford) plated two runs on a single tand later scored along with Cooper on infield errors, and freshman Megan Godwin (Manchester) had two hits and scored a run.

In the nightcap, Cooper had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice, senior Rachel Soychak (Mahopace, NY) had two hits and an RBI, and Rathbun singled and walked twice. Godwin and Rathbun doubled for the first run and  Cooper homered to deep center field to make it 3-0.Two innings after Akcer escaped from a bases loaded jam, Godwin doubled again - this time sending home junior Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) with Eastern's fourth run In a two-run fifth that pushed the lead to 6-0, Cooper scored on a single by Soychak and sophomore pinch runner Katie Sokolowski (Eastford) scored on a wild pitch.

 Rathbun faced only three batters over the minimum en route to her second no-hitter of the year, striking out the side four times. She struck out the first six batters she faced before hitting No. 3 hitter and losing pitcher Brittany Eldridge, who was then thrown out stealing by freshman catcher Megan Bondy (Mystic) for the final out of the third inning. Rathbun walked a batter with one out in the fourth and a batter reached on an infield error with two out in the sixth. In the seventh, Rathbun issued her second walk after striking out the first two batters, but got catcher Diane Barry on strikes for the third time to close the books.

This season, Rathbun is 6-0 with a save in conference competition. She has not allowed  a run in 35 innings and has struck out 65 and walked only seven. In three seasons of conference regular-season play, Rathbun is 21-1 with four saves, a 0.36 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 33 walks in 138 innings.

Eastern visits Trinity College Thursday at 3 a non-conference doubleheader.



M-Lax: Corsairs Join Exclusive Club

UMD  becomes only the second different LEC opponent to beat Eastern

Albertson Lacrosse72_5100.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Until Tuesday, the list of Little East Conference men's lacrosse opponents able to beat Eastern Connecticut State University in 11 years of conference regular-season competition was a short one.

Tuesday, the names on that list doubled.

Coming off a disheartening 19-17 loss at Keene State College Saturday night, Eastern (7-5, 2-2 little east) dropped a second straight regular-season conference match for the first time ever in a 10-9 setback to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at Cressy Field.

At left: Grant Albertson

Through the first three conference matches of this year, Eastern had won 60 of 64 regular-season LEC verdicts, with the four losses coming in 11 matches to Keene State.

A winner of 14 straight against the Corsairs - ten coming in LEC regular-season play and only one closely contested - Eastern  dropped its third straight overall decisions this year when the hosts erased an early four-goal deficit to score three straight down the stretch on the way to its third conference win in four decisions and 11th overall victory in 13 tries.

In a sloppy game which featured 50 turnovers (30 by Eastern) but only six penalties (the first five against Eastern), the Warriors got early fourth-quarter goals from senior Grant Albertson (New Canaan) and first-year sophomore Eric Kluge (North East, MD) to take their final (one-goal lead) before the hosts countered with three in a row over a span of six minutes to go ahead, 10-8. Albertson got Eastern within a goal with his third goal of the match with 2:28 left on a pass from junior Mike Sullinger (Brookfield), but UMass was able to hold of Eastern in the final minutes.

Leading 5-1a minute into the second quarter, Eastern gave up goals to AIC junior transfer Nick Brett and freshman  Jordan McPherson within 16 seconds and had to settle for a 5-3 halftime lead. UMass took its first lead in the third quarter when it limited the Warriors to just one goal and answered with four of its own.

Eastern matched the Corsairs in total shots but was able to put only half of its attempts on net.National leader Eric Vasil (Southington) won 16 of 23 faceoffs against UMass freshman Jordan McPherson and picked up 17 ground balls. Eastern sophomore goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) made 12 saves while UMD freshman Nick Thayer was credited with nine.

Eastern  hosts  Little East Conference opponent Salem State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in its regular-season home finale.


W-Lacrosse: Warriors Subdue UMD,19-7

Ashley Prizio provides early spark in team's third straight LEC victory


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MANSFIELD, Conn. -  Junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored four goals in the first 17 minutes and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team allowed a season-low goal total in posting a 19-7 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Christina Rully (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Eastern (5-6, 3-0 little east) retains a share of first place in the conference with its tenth straight win over UMass (4-7, 0-3 little east). Defending LEC playoff champion University of Southern Maine also remained unbeaten in three LEC matches with a 13-3 home win over Rhode Island College Tuesday..

Prizio tied her career high with seven goals and former high school teammates Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and Christina Rully (Orange), both sophomores, each had four goals. 

Eastern scored six straight goals - four by Prizio - after UMass scored the first, and pulled away with a seven-goal burst over ten minutes in the second half to move  out to an 18-5 lead. Prizio had three more in that run and Marchitto and Rully added one each.

Prizio and Marchitto each reached the 30-goal mark for the season six minutes apart in the first half., with Prizio recording her 100th career point on her fifth goal ten minutes into the second half.  Prizio now has 17 goals in three conference games, Marchitto nine goals and six assists. The goal total was a career-high for Rully, while Marchitto also set up three goals with assists.

Eastern had not limited an opponent to as few as seven goals since a 20-5 victory over UMass Dartmouth in the opening round of last year's LEC playoffs. Entering play ranked last in the LEC in goals-against average and save percentage, Eastern sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) stopped half of UMass's 14 shots on goal to improve her LEC record to 3-0.

Sophomore Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) won five draws and picked up four ground balls for Eastern while sophomore Samantha Barone (Plainedge, NY) caused three turnovers and came up with four ground balls.

Prizio, Marchitto and Rully combined for 28 of Eastern's shots as the Warriors outshot the visitors, 42-19.

A game total of 29 turnovers helped account for UMass' inability to clear the ball consistently, with the Corsairs failing on 17 of 27 tries.UMass season scoring leaders Stephanie Kinchla, a senior, and junior Allison O'Rourke combined for only three goals on nine shots. Sophomore Selina Houghton led the Corsairs with six ground balls, senior Larissa Basque collecting five and junior Britany Partridge four Houghton and Kinchla each won three draws, while sophomore goalie Angelina Donovan made 14 saves.

Eastern visits Trinity College Thursday  at 5 p.m.

W-Lacrosse: On Tuesday


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Tuesday's Little East Conference women's lacrosse match between Eastern Connecticut State University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will be streamed live on Littleeast.TV beginning at 3:55 p.m. from the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Having won or shared the last four Little East regular-season titles, Eastern (4-6) stands atop the conference following victories over Plymouth State University and pre-season conference favorite Keene State College. UMass (4-6) is 0-2 in the conference, having lost back-to-back home conference contests to defending playoff champion University of Southern Maine and Plymouth State last week.

At right: Megan Barrett (dark jersey)

Eastern is led offensively  by sophomore Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and junior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield), defensively by junior Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) and sophomore Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) and in goal by sophomore Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY). Marchitto and Prizio have combined for 56 goals and  68 points and Barrett and Meotti for 58 ground balls. Ibrahim has played every minute in net with a 14.73 goals-against average and .390 save percentage. In two LEC wins, Ibrahim shows an 11.45 GAA and .457 save percentage.

Prizio needs five points for 100 in her Eastern career. She also netted  41 points in 17 matches as a freshman at Division I Long Island University in 2009.

Junior Allison O'Rourke and senior Stephanie Kinchla have combined for 50 goals and 67 points for the Corsairs and sophomore Selina Houghton has picked up a team-high 42 ground balls.  Sophomore Angelina Donovan has started all ten matches in goal for UMass, with a 10.84 goals-against average and .512 save percentage. 

On Monday, Kinchla was named LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week and freshman Taylor Corsano Rookie-of-the-Week when UMass won two of three non-conference games. Kinchla had ten goals and four assists and Corsan eight goals and ten assists.

The call of the game on will be provided by veteran Eastern webcaster Steve Piro.

Baseball: Schult a Four-Time Winner

After three weeks as its No. 1 player, LEC selects him as Pitcher-of-Week

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the fourth time in as many weeks, Eastern Connecticut State University senior pitcher/designated hitter Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) has been recognized in the weekly Little East Conference awards program.

At right: Jim Schult

A four-year starter and 2011 team tri-captain, Schult was named LEC Pitcher-of-the-Week Monday after being named LEC Player-of-the-Week in each of the previous three reports.

This past Saturday, Schult  led Eastern to an 8-1 win against defending LEC tournament champion Massachusetts Boston in the second game of a doubleheader at Waltham, MA  by pitching a four-hitter through eight innings. In that game, he allowed one earned run while striking out ten and walking two. In the team's 4-1 week last week, Schult also batted .263 with six RBI as a rightfielder and DH.

In winning his last three (LEC) starts, Schult has struck out at least ten batters in each game. In those three games, he has fanned 33 and walked four with a 2.74 ERA  in 23.0 innings with one complete game and has allowed only two extra-base hits (both doubles). Teams are batting .182 against him in those three games.

This season, Schult is 5-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a staff-high 53 strikeouts in a staff-high 47 innings, with his strikeout total leading the conference and his win total sharing the top spot with senior teammate and tri-captain Chris Wojick (Uncasville).  In nine appearance (seven starts), he has walked only14 batters.  In a 9-1 complete-game conference win over visiting Plymouth State University April 2, Schult gave up only two hits while strikeout out a career-high 13 batters.

Schult is batting a team-leading .434 this season (43-for-99) with 11 doubles, five triples and three home runs and 28 RBI.  He shares the team lead by with 12 multiple-hit games this year and is second with nine multiple-RBI performances. He has hit safely in all but five games this spring and has not gone as many as two straight games without a hit since the first two games of the season.

Schult is a two-time all-conference selection in the outfield and was additionally voted second-team all-conference at pitcher as a junior. He will earn a spot on the LEC All-Academic Team this spring for the maximum third time.

In his career as a pitcher, Schult is 14-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 163 innings over 34 appearances (25 starts). Offensively, he has 209 hits (ranking him 16th all-time) and is batting .375 (tenth all-time) with 20 home runs and 153 RBI (eighth all-time).

A winner of ten of its last 11, Eastern (22-4) was ranked No. 1 in New England Monday for the fourth straight week. Rated  No. 7 nationally in Division III, Eastern leads the LEC with a 6-1 record and returns to conference play Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University.

Softball: Sunday Doubleheader PPD.

Sunday's softball doubleheader at Brandeis University has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. No makeup date has been announced. The Warriors are scheduled to return to action Tuesday in a Little East Conference doubleheader at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m.

M-Lax: Warriors Sizzle, then Fizzle

It's a tale of two halves as Keene rallies for stunning 19-17 LEC win



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KEENE, N.H. - The visiting team has had little success in recent years when the Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College men's lacrosse teams have met in Little East Conference play.

In 11 games over the last six years, the visiting team has won only once each when the teams have squared off in LEC regular-season and playoff competition.

At left: Mike Devine

Saturday night in an early-season battle between of conference unbeatens and regionally-ranked foes, Eastern (7-4, 2-1 Little East) made a bid to reverse that trend, but the visiting Warriors let an eight-goal first-half lead slip away as host Keene (8-2, 3-0 Little East) stormed back in the second half for a wild 19-17 triumph at the Owl Athletic Complex.

The win is the fifth in a row for Keene, which won for the third straight time in this21-game series. Eastern, which was outscored 9-1 in the third quarter, lost its second straight game.

The Owls, who trailed 13-5 late in the first half, scored eight unanswered goals to tie the game at 13-all and took the lead for good 15-14 on a goal by junior Taylor Jettte with 18 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Leading 7-5, Eastern netted six consecutive goals to take a 13-5 lead.  Keene came out of the locker room like a different team, scoring the first seven goals of the third quarter, tying the game (13-13) on a goal by senior Mike Araujo. Schairer was the catalyst of the comeback, scoring three of the Owls goals in the flurry.

Jette scored an even up goal at the end of the third quarter and a man-up goal to start the fourth quarter to put Keene  up 16-14.  Junior Sailieu Bolivar (Norwalk) got the Warriors within a goal (17-16) with 7:31 to play, but goals by juniors Matthew Crimmins and Griffin Meehan  pushed the Owls lead back up to three goals (19-16).

True to form, Eastern  senior All-American Eric Vasil (Southington) was virtually unstoppable in the circle, winning 28 of 37 faceoffs and scooping up 23 ground balls. 

Meehan, who kept Keene in the game in the early going, finished with five goals and two assists while Jette found the back of the net four times.

Freshman Mike Devine (Cheshire) had four goals and sophomore Eric Kluge (North East, MD) and junior Mike Sullinger (Brookfield) and Boliver each finished with three goals for the Warriors.

Keene junior goalie Jason Leser, who made a key stop against Kluge in the closing minute, finished with 10 saves.  Eastern sophomore goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) finished with 13 saves.

 Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 4 p.m.


Baseball: Eastern Gains LEC Split

In Game 2, Schult shuts down UMB; Turgeon hits in 24th straight


WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY)  limited the University of Massachusetts Boston to four singles and one run in eight innings and senior Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) hit safely in his 24th consecutive game as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team earned a split of Saturday's Little East Conference doubleheader with an 8-1 victory at Yetton Field.

Above: Tyler Turgeon

 In the opener, UMas junior lefty James Dalton stopped No. 7 nationally-ranked Eastern on eight hits through 7 1/3 innings as UMass Boston (9-14, 4-3 Little East) stopped Eastern's nine-game winning streak, 8-3.
In the second game, Eastern (22-4, 6-1 Little East) scored seven times in its final three at-bats to break from a 1-1 tie. Turgeon had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to extend his hitting streak to 24 -- seven shy of the program record.
Eastern began the day as the only unbeaten team in the conference. The 2011 pre-season conference favorite, UMass won last year's LEC tournament while Eastern was the regular-season conference champion.
Schult (5-1) struck out ten and walked two before sophomore Mike Riemer (Ellington) closed out the win with a scoreless ninth. The top four hitters in the lineup -- all seniors -- all had two hits: Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls), Robert Perry (Manchester), Schult and Turgeon. They combined to drive in four runs and score five.
Eastern junior starter Jim Dimon (Seymour) lost his first game after four wins in the first game. He was knocked from the game in the fourth inning when the Beacons scored three timesw to move out to a 6-0 lead.
Kingsley, Robert Perry, and sophomore Joe Balowski (Berlin) all had two hits for Eastern and Turgeon  had one hit to extend his hitting streak to 23.

 Junior centerfielder Mark McCormack collected three hits and scored two runs in support of Dalton (4-2) in UMass' first-game win. The Beacons got on the board early with a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt, plating McCormack who was on-base via a single to right. Senior second baseman Ryan Walsh added to the lead with a two-RBI single up the middle in the third inning to drive in McCormack and junior third baseman Mike Mattei to make it 3-0.

In the fourth inning of the first game, sophomore shortstop Matt Consiglio belted a two-RBI single to make it 5-0 in favor of the Beacons and eventually came around to score to make it a 6-0 game. UMass Boston added another run on an RBI single by junior designated hitter Wilberto Sanjuro to push its lead to 7-0. Meanwhile, Dalton held the Warriors bats at bay, surrendering only five singles over the first six innings.

The Warriors got on the board in the seventh, plating an unearned run on an RBI single by  Perry to make it 7-1 but the Beacons would get it right back when freshman catcher Taylor Kapulka came across to score the eighth UMass Boston run and make it 8-1.

Eastern knocked Dalton out of the game in the seventh after plating two runs to cut the Beacons lead to 8-3. Junior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA)  led off the frame with a walk and came around to score on an RBI double by Balowski.  Balowski advanced to third on the throw to the plate and score the third Warrior run on an RBI groundout by freshman  Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA), ending Dalton's outing. Sophomore right-hander Daniel Heefer  came on in relief to record the final five outs of the game to preserve the 8-3 UMass Boston victory.

 Dalton  has now won his last four decisions. The southpaw allowed three runs (two earned) while scattering eight hits to go along with seven strikeouts. Dimon surrendered six earned runs on eight hits.

Game two was a close contest until the Warriors broke it open with three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to pull away from the 8-1 win.

With the game knotted at 1-1 in the seventh, senior Chris Cannata (Southington) led off the frame with a walk and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run for the Warriors on an RBI single to centerfield by Kingsley. The run would prove to be the game-winner as Schult and company were able to hold the Beacons scoreless over the final three frames.

Eastern added on to its lead with three runs in the eighth inning, two coming as a result of UMass Boston miscues as both O'Connell and Canata notched RBI's in the frame. The Warriors added insurance in the ninth with three more runs to help them take a commanding 8-1 lead. Turgeon connected on a two-RBI double to left and came around to score on an RBI triple by Balowski to cap the game's scoring.

The Warriors got on the board first with a run in the third inning on an RBI double by Schult to drive home Perry before UMass Boston tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth on an RBI single up the middle by Kapulka, platting Walsh who reached via a walk.

 For UMass Boston, sophomore Tom Cole (2-3) tossed seven innings while allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six in the second-game loss.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday in a 4 p.m. Little East Conference game.

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W-Lacrosse: Warriors Top Plymouth

Fast start propels them to 17-11 verdict and second LEC victory

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Eastern Connecticut State University won the early-season battle of Little East Conference women's lacrosse unbeatens by racing to a 9-1 lead, then responding with five goals in a row  after Plymouth State University had pulled to with four goals eight minutes into the second half in a 17-11 victory Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.

Eastern (4-6, 2-0 Little East) scored 12 goals in the first 36 minutes of the game to knock from the game  Plymouth (6-4, 2-1 Little East) freshman goalie Lorin Field, the LEC leader in goals-against average.and save percentage.

Junior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) and freshman Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) both scored four goals for Eastern, with Prizio also assisting on two. Sophomore Daniela Marchitto (Orange) had three goals -- all on free-position shots -- and three assists and won four draws and first-year sophomore transfer Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) won four ddraws and picked up five ground balls. Senior Lauren St. Pierre (Southington) picked up four ground balls, and sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) made eight saves.

Eastern and Plymouth are the two most successful programs in the history of the LEC lacrosse championships. Last Saturday, the Warriors emerged with a four-overtime home win over Keene State College, the pre-season LEC favorite.




Softball: Rathbun Sparks LEC Sweep

She fans 18 in ten innings, hits winning HR in final inning of Game 2


Sunday: at Brandeis U., PPD.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) struck out 18 batters in ten scoreless innings to gain both wins, and hit the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh to snap a tie in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team took over sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference with 8-0, 5-3 wins over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at D&M Park. The first game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

At right: Molly Rathbun

Rathbun (10-0) pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts in the opener, and struck out nine over the final five innings of the second game as the Warriors gained sole possession of first place in the conference due to Rhode Island College's split at Keene State College Saturday.

A winner of ten straight, Eastern (17-3, 6-0 Little East)  trailed 3-1 in the second game but got one back in the fourth and scored three in the seventh on a one-out double by No. 9 hitter Stephanie Johnson (Southington) and junior All-New England outfielder Priscilla Alicea's (Stratford) two-out, game-tying single. Rathbun followed Alicea's single with her fifth home run of the year to left-center field to snap a 3-3 tie.

Until the seventh, the Warriors had been neutralized by Plymouth freshman Nora Galvin (4-6) throughout much of the game. They had managed only two unearned runs through the first six innings on just two hits. While Eastern was unable to solve Galvin's deliveries, the hosts took a 3-1 lead with three runs on four hits in the third, knocking sophomore starter Christiine Akcer (Milford) from the box. Rathbun entered and left the bases loaded to prevent further damage, and retired nine straight to keep the Warriors close until being touched for a one-out double in the sixth.   

In the doubleheader, Rathbun and Alicea each had four hits. Rathbun drove in five runs and Alicea drove in two runs and scored three. Rathbun's third strikeout of the nightcap was the 600th of her three-year career.

Playing its first home games of the year, Plymouth (11-12, 1-5 Little East) had won four in a row. The Panthers feature four starting freshman position players, with both starting pitchers also in their first seasons. 

Ranked No. 2 in New England, Eastern is 10-0 since returning from Florida. The Warriors visit Brandeis University Sunday at 1 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader.

Men's Track: Simpson Double Winner



Above: Ken Landry (background) was third and Ryan Franklin (foreground) tenth in Friday's 1,500 meter race.

Sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich) won at 100 and 200 meters and a total of 14 personal records were set by Eastern Connecticut State University male competitors Friday afternoon at the Fourth Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Track & Field Invitational at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Simpson finished first in a field of 12 in both events, clocking a personal-record time of 22.77 at 200 meters and a winning time of 11.23 at 100 meters. Additional Eastern winners included first-year junior Ryan Wood (Southington) in the triple jump (PR of 41-9 1/4)  and the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. Wood also established a PR in the long jump while 12 additional Eastern competitors set one PR each. Three individuals set PRs at 400 meters -- junior Casey McGarvey (Bozrah) and freshmen Prince-Michael Marston (Kingston, Jamaica) and Tom Takacs (Trumbull) and three set personal bests at 1,500 meters: senior Ken Landry (East Hampton), sophomore Nick Miller (Norwich) and freshman Stephen White (Rochester, NY). Joining Eastern in the non-scoring meet were Trinity College and Connecticut College.Eastern competes at Springfield College a week from tomorrow.

W-Track: Quinones Excels at 1,500


quinones150072dpi_6588.jpgAbove: Amanda Quinones (far right) at the start of the 1,500 meter race Friday

In only her second outdoor race at 1,500 meters, junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) fell just .15 shy of breaking the 23-year-old program record Friday at the Fourth Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Outdoor Track and Field Invitational at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Quinones broke her previus best by nearly ten seconds in easing to a 12 second victory in a field of 11 Friday with a time of 4:58.15 Quinones was one of four Eastern women to win individual titles and one of 18 to set a personal record at the meet, which included Trinity College, Connecticut College, and Mount Holyoke College. Other Eastern individual winners included sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) in the triple jump (PR of 34-1 1/2)and freshmen Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) in the high jump (4-11) and Amy Huhn (Hebron) in the pole vault (9-0). Among those establishing more than one personal record were freshman Sarah Krulicki (Torrington)  in the disus, hammer and javelin, freshman Tacia Bryant (Guilford) in the 200 and 400 meters and long jump and senior Ashlee James (Franklin) in the 100 and 400 hurdles.Eastern competes at Springfield College a week from tomorrow.

Baseball: Winning Streak Reaches Nine

Two pitchers combine on four-hitter for Warriors, ranked No. 1 in NE

dewing72USE_6334.jpgBRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Freshman righty Greg Porter (Mystic) and junior righty Michael Hepple (Newington) combined on a four-hitter and senior DH Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and senior first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) drove in two runs each late in the game as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team pulled away from Bridgewater State University, 9-1, Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Above: Andrew Dewing (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

The win is the ninth straight for Eastern (21-3), ranked first in New England and No. 7 nationally. Bridgewater (10-11) has lost five of its last six.

With the score tied at 1-1, Eastern scored eight runs in its final three at-bats to defeat the Bears for the tenth time in the last 12 meetings in the series. Schult knocked in two runs with a single in a three-run seventh and Dewing drove in two in a three-run ninth.

In his first northern road start, Porter allowed just one run on three hits while fanning five and walking three. Hepple (1-1) gained the victory with 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. He struck out three without a walk. Porter brought a 1-0 lead into sixth but left after surrendering Ian Williams' game-tying opposite-field RBI triple to right. Hepple ended the frame with a pair of ground balls and went on to mow down ten straight before Tyler Dennis' two-out triple in the ninth.

In the seventh, senior leftfielder Robert Perry (Manchester) stroked his 100th career hit with a single and senior third baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) hit safely in his 22nd straight game with a single.

Freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintre, MA) had two doubles  and scored twice for Eastern.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Boston Saturday in a Little East Conference noon doubleheader at Yetton Field in Waltham, Mass. Eastern won last year's LEC regular season title and the Beacons their first LEC tournament championship.




Baseball: Warriors Trim Western, 3-1

Four pitchers combine on seven-hitter as they remain unbeaten in LEC

riemer72dpi_6386.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior righty Chris Wojick (Uncasville) pitched five scoreless innings for his fifth win without a loss and  senior first baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) extended his hitting streak to 21 with a second-inning single as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team won its eighth straight game, 3-1, Thursday afternoon in a Little East Conference game against Western Connecticut State University at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Mike Riemer

Ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 7 nationally, Eastern (20-3/5-0 Little East) finishes 8-1 in a stretch of nine straight home games before playing its next seven game on the road.  Western (10-10/2-3 Little East) had a four-game winning streak ended in dropping its 67th decision to the Warriors in 73 games in this series.

Wojick fanned five and walked three and escaped in the second after loading the bases on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts and a foul fly. Facing the tying run in the ninth, sophomore righty Mike Riemer (Ellington) recorded his third save with a game-ending strikeout. 

Since going 0-for-6 in the first two games of the year, Turgeon has had at least one hit in 21 straight games - ten shy of the program record. Against Western, he had one hit for the tenth time in the streak.

Leading 1-0 after sophomore third baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) drove in Turgeon with a second-inning single , Eastern added an insurance run in the fifth when senior centerfielder Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls) was hit by pitch with one out, stole second, and rode home on a two-out double down the left field line by Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY). Schult's sacrifice fly plated senior pinch runner Joe Cousineau (Newington) to push Eastern into a 3-0 lead in the seventh.

Western had runners aboard in every inning before finally breaking through in the eighth on a leadoff walk from David Simone off junior reliever Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and a two-out RBI single by Conor Bierfeldt. Facing the tying run, Chamberlain struck out Chris Smith to end the threat. Trailing 2-0, Western ran itself out of the inning when Mike Yates  was called out for missing second base on an apparent triple with two outs. Bierfeldt had three of Western's seven hits and Yates two. Simone reached twice on walks, as did Bill Eannotti.

After allowing ten earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against Eastern last spring, Western senior righty Michael Baccaro pitched an eight-inning complete game Thursday. Having pitched only 13 prior innings this season, Baccaro (1-2) gave up only six hits and two walks but hit four batters - three in the seventh that set up Schult's sacrifice fly. He fanned one - the final batter he faced.

Eastern senior leftfielder Rob Perry (Manchester) reached safely three times with a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. His first-inning single was the 99th hit of his three-year Eastern career. In 10 2/3 innings over nine relief appearances this year, Riemer has three saves and a 2-0 record.

The four combined runs represent the least number of runs in a game between the teams since Eastern's 2-0 victory at the Eastern Baseball Stadium on April 7, 2002 - a stretch of  22 games.

Eastern visits Bridgewater State University Friday in a 3:30 p.m. makeup game.



W-Lax: Goal Drought Against Camels

Warriors look to Saturday's important LEC tilt at Plymouth State


Above: Rachel Meotti

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team scored the first eight goals and went on to its eighth win over Eastern Connecticut State University in  as many years, 17-3, Wednesday afternoon.

The home win was the first this year for Conn (4-7), which has lost six of its games this year to teams ranked nationally, including its last three. Eastern (3-6) lost to a nationally-ranked team for the third time this season.

The Camels scored the first eight goals of the match until Eastern  sophomore midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) converted a free position shot  nine minutes into the second half. After failing to clear  nine of its first 15 attempts, Eastern was successful on its final ten tries of the match. The Warriors  were able to win only five of 21 draws in the match and spent a large portion of the 60-minute contest playing defense.

Freshman Sarah Edelman (Stonington) came off the bench to win five of 12 faceoffs. Sophomore Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored her team-leading 25th and 26th  goals of the year and matched sophomore Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) with three ground balls. Sophomore goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) made ten saves.

Beginning Saturday at Plymouth State University,Eastern  plays five of its final six regular-season matches within the conference. Having won or shared the last four Little East Conference titles, the Warriors  return to Plymouth after upending the Panthers, 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals of last year's LEC playoffs.

Eastern and Plymouth are the two winningest programs in the 12-year history of the conference, having combined for ten outright or shared regular-season LEC crowns and seven of nine playoff championships.

Plymouth has beaten Eastern in 15 of the 24 meetings in the series and three of the five times that they  have met in the LEC playoff title game. Plymouth's last playoff championship came in 2006 and its last title occurred the next year. Both times, the Panthers faced the Warriors.

Ranked in a tie for second in the LEC coaches' pre-season poll, Eastern outlasted pre-season favorite Keene State College, 15-14 in four overtimes Saturday in its conference opener. After sharing last year's LEC regular-season title with Eastern and Keene, Plymouth has defeated Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth on the road in its first two LEC games. The Panthers have played their first eight matches away from home and were scheduled to open their home season Thursday against Bridgwater State University.

Eastern and Plymouth feature three of the top four goal-scorers in the conference in Caitlin Swanson of Plymouth and Marchitto and junior Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) of Eastern. Kathryn Rogers and Eastern freshman Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) rate 1-2 in the LEC in draw controls per game and Marchitto and freshman Emily Buckle of Plymouth are the conference leaders in free position goals.Defensively, Plymouth features the LEC leader in goals against average and save percentage in freshman Lorin Field.

Eastern has come out on top against Plymouth the last three times the clubs have met at Arold Field on the PSU campus. The three victories have come by a total of four goals, with two of the contests extending into overtime.




M-Lax:Wesleyan Contains Warriors,13-8

Penalties shackle team in battle of clubs ranked in New England Top 10

berube72_5737.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. --  Wesleyan University scored five straight goals in an 11-minute span to move out to a six-goal lead six minutes into the second half and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team never got closer than four  thereafter in a 13-8 loss Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Eastern goalie Donald Berube defends against Wesleyan's Teddy Citrin Tuesday night. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Eastern (7-3) had a three-game winning streak ended and lost for the first time after five consecutive home victories while Wesleyan  (8-3) won for only the second time in its last five games.

In a battle of the No. 6 (Wesleyan) and No. 10 (Eastern) ranked teams in New England, Wesleyan was awarded six more man-up opportunities than Eastern and capitalized on four of its ten extra-man tries. The Warriors were whistled for all four of the penalties in the first half - two of them locking Eastern in for the full one-minute penalty. Eastern also played two men down for a minute midway through the fourth quarter, but was able to successfully kill off that penalty.

Five different players scored for Wesleyan in that four-goal stretch. During their run, the Cards kept the Warriors from scoring for over 16 minutes when it pushed a one-goal lead to six, 10-4, with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Trailing by seven, the Warriors got late goals from junior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) in a man-down situation, and from senior attack Grant Albertson (New Canaan) inside the final four minutes against backup goalie JD Dieterich.

Eastern senior All-America Eric Vasil (Southington), ranked No. 1 nationally in faceoff percentage and No. 2 in ground balls per game, won 16 of 23 attempts and had ten ground balls against three different Wesleyan faceoff opponents.

As a team, Wesleyan turned the ball over only ten times and outshot Eastern by 11. The Cardinals' defense never allowed Eastern to score more than two goals in a row and never gave up more than two goals in a period.

In his 26th consecutive start, sophomore goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) made 13 saves while Wesleyan junior goalie Grant Covington made five saves before departing in the final five minutes.

Junior midfielder DJ Bernatavitz had three (second half) goals and an assist for Wesleyan, with two of his goals coming in man-up situations. Two of Bernatavitz's goals came in succession and killed any Eastern comeback hopes after  Bolivar and  freshman Tyler Fresen (Newington) had scored  less than two minutes apart to pull the Warriors to within four, 10-6, with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

Bolivar scored three of Eastern's goals but was the only player on the team with more than one, with  Fresen assisting on three Eastern goals. Junior defenseman Tommy Flynn (Mineola, NY) picked up six ground balls.

The victory is the second straight for Wesleyan over Eastern and evens the all-time series at 4-4 after the Warriors had claimed four in a row. In the most previous meeting, Wesleyan had posted an 8-4 victory over the Warriors in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament at Middletown.

Eastern visits Keene State College in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 6 p.m.


Baseball: Merritt Pitches In for 5-4 Win

Sophomore surrenders one earned run; Turgeon hits in 20th straight

Merritt_72_5115.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  Sophomore righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) allowed only one earned run over seven innings and senior Robert Perry (Manchester) and sophomore Drew Accomando (Monroe) each drove in two runs in a four-run fourth inning that lifted the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 5-4 win over Babson College Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Above: Andrew Merritt

The win is the seventh straight for Eastern (19-3), ranked No. 1 in New England. The game was the eighth of eighth of nine straight home games for the Warriors. Babson (20-9), in the midst of a stretch of eight games in seven days, is ranked No. 3 in New England.

Making his second career start, Merritt  (2-0) allowed eight hits while fanning seven and walking  two in a career-high seven innings before departing on the winning end of a 5-4 lead.After junior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) pitched a scoreless eighth, first-year sophomore transfer Mike Riemer (Ellington) stranded the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position by striking out freshman Chris Warren to end the game to earn his second save. After retiring the first two batters of the ninth, Riemer hit cleanup hitter Chris Kucher, who then advanced to third on a single by sophomore Conor Kortmann.  Pinch runner Joe Nixon then took second on defensive indifference before Riemer struck out Warren on a game-ending 1-2 pitch.

Merritt, a first-year transfer, loaded the bases in the first without an out but worked out of the jam by striking out two batters and ending the inning on a ground ball to short. Leading 1-0, Merritt gave up a game-tying solo home run in the fourth to Kortmann before Eastern  touched complete-game loser Trevor MacNeill  for four runs in the fourth after there were two out on four this and two walks. Batting ninth, Accomando plated the first two runs with an opposite-field single to right, and Perry drove in two more with a two-run single to left-center to make it 5-1.

Babson cut the deficit to one run with three unearned runs in the sixth and seventh on a total of three hits (two infield hits), a walk and infield and outfield errors.Sophomore Trevor Boyce's infield single plated the first run and two scored on a dropped outfield fly ball.

Perry, Accomando, senior Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) and junior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) each collected two hits off MacNeill (3-2), who allowed only one other hit in the game. A junior lefty, MacNeill fanned two and walked two in his first complete-game effort of the season.  Turgeon extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a leadoff single in the second.

No. 3 hitter Billy Miller had three of Babson's ten hits, with senior Dave Ahern, Kortmann and Boyce each adding two. Kucher scored twice.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference game Tuesday at 4 p.m.


Softball: Homer Happy against USM

Tamindzija, Cooper help Warriors back from late deficit and LEC sweep

tamindzija_head_72_9161.jpgSTORRS, Conn. - Freshman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) and sophomore Arielle Cooper (Mystic) hit late home runs to help carry the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team back from a three-run deficit after five innings and to a 6-5, eight-inning victory over the University of Southern Maine  and a sweep of a Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday at the University of Connecticut softball field.

At left: Jen Tamindzija

In the first game, junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a one-hitter, drove in two runs and scored two runs in Eastern's (15-3, 4-0 little east) 8-0, five-inning victory.

Trailing 5-2 in the nightcap, Eastern  scored twice in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by freshman centerfielder Courtney Jobin (Oxford, MA) and Tamindzija's pinch home run, tied the game in the seventh on Cooper's one-out solo home run, and won its eighth straight game in the eighth when sophomore infielder Kelly Paterson (Southington) raced home from second on an infield ground ball by sophomore leftfielder Danielle Bourne (Branford). The homer was the first in the career of Tamindzija.

Freshman Samantha Morse had handcuffed Eastern in the second game on four hits through the first five innings and Southern Maine (2-22, 0-4 little east) scored twice in the first, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth off sophomore starter Christine Akcer (Milford) to move out to its 5-2 lead.

Sophomore second baseman Anna Allard's leadoff double in the fifth - one of five doubles in the game by Southern Maine -- knocked out Acker, but Rathbun kept the game close by striking out eight over the final four inning in place of Akcer and keeping the deficit at three runs.

Allard had four hits and scored two runs for Southern Maine in the second game, with senior leftfielder Sarah Deroche driving in a run with a single and scoring in the first inning,  Morse doubling in a run and scoring and No. 9 hitter Stefanie Stockwell singling in a run in the fourth.

Cooper struck her game-tying home run in the seventh - her third of the year - on a 1-2 pitch. Eastern won the game in the eighth when Paterson reached on an infield error, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when neither Morse nor her left-side infielders could make a play on Bourne's squibbler to the left side.

In the opener, Rathbun (8-0) allowed only two baserunners while fanning eight. Rathbun struck out the first five batters before walking senior catcher Melissa Caiazzo  to lead off the third. Deroche managed the only hit when she legged out a ground ball to short with two out in the fourth.

Eastern batted around in the first inning of the first game and scored four runs on two hits, two errors and two walks, and added three more runs in the fourth on two hits and three walks. Rathbun's fourth home run of the year leading off the fifth ended the game, due to the eight-run rule.

In the first game, Paterson and freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) each had two hits and matched Rathbun with two RBI.

The second-game win for Rathbun was the 54th in 63 decisions and moves her into second place all-time in career pitching wins, ahead of former All-America Lisa Kirk '84. Rathbun needs 19 victories to become the program's all-time winningest pitcher

In a battle of last year's New England regional finalists and this year's top-ranked New England teams, Eastern  hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Tuesday in a 3 p.m  doubleheader at the University of Connecticut. -

Men's Lacrosse: Tuneup for Warriors



Above: Eric Vasil

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Seventeen players contributed a goal or assist and senior All-America Eric Vasil (Southington) pushed his nation-leading faceoff percentage over .800 as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team tuned up for next Saturday's Little East Conference showdown at Keene State College by dismantling the University of Massachusetts Boston, 21-2, in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.  Led by senior captain Vinny Tornatore's (Norwalk) five goals, Eastern led 18-0 early in the fourth quarter on the way to its 18th straight win over UMass Boston in as many games in the series. Vasil won 14 of 16 faceoffs to improve his faceoff percentage to .801 (145-of-181). He also picked up  15 ground balls and is now averaging 14.4 ground balls per game -- second in Division III. Eastern and defending LEC champion Keene State will both bring 2-0 LEC marks into Saturday's  6 p.m. contest at the Owl Athletic Complex. Keene edged Western Connecticut, 11-8, Saturday at Danbury. On Tuesday, the Warriors host Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match. Wesleyan is rated No. 6 in New England, Eastern No. 9 and Keene State No. 10.

W-Lax:Sudden Victory over Keene,15-14

      After 11 minutes of OT, Warriors emerge with opening LEC triumph


MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Sophomore midfielders Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) scored overtime goals to cap a late rally by the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team and send it to a 15-14 four-overtime Little East Conference triumph over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Taylor Buchanan

The team scoring leader, Marchitto went 59 minutes between goals before scoring her team-leading 24th  with 2:11 left in overtime that forced sudden death, and Buchanan ended the longest game played in program history by scoring an unassisted goal with 5:03 expired in sudden death.

The contest was the fourth decided by a single goal in the last five meetings between the programs.

Keene State (4-5, 1-1 little east) was ranked No. 1 in the LEC pre-season coaches poll and Eastern (3-5, 1-0 little east) shared second place. The Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak at the hands of Keene, which edged the Warriors in overtime in the 2009 LEC playoff title game at Mansfield.

Keene scored six of the game's seven goals  to move out to an 11-7 lead eight minutes into the second half and the Warriors had to rally with three strikes in a span of just under six minutes to take a 13-12 lead  with seven minutes left. Junior attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) scored two of her game-high six goals and Buchanan the third one to lead that charge.

Keene, which had a three-game winning streak stopped, forced overtime when junior midfielder Caitlyn Corace scored her third goal of the match with just 32 seconds left in regulation on an assist from senior attack Jill Kirk.

With 2:14 gone in overtime, Kirk potted her team-high fourth goal of the match and team-leading 20th  to give the Owls a 14-13 lead, but Marchitto answered with 2:11 left in the six-minute (non-sudden death) session to force sudden-death overtime. Neither team scored in the first three-minute sudden-death OT period before Buchanan tallied the game-ending goal with 2:03 gone in the second sudden-death period.

Prizio won six draws for Eastern,  sophomore defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) and Marchitto combined for nine ground balls and junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) caused three turnovers.

Conference assist leader Lauren Sawyer of Keene was limited to two assists and three points but won a team-high seven draws. Senior defender Annie Brown led Keene with five ground balls and senior midfielder Emily Persano had four.  Sophomore midfielder Lauren Brown won 19 of 30 faceoffs for Keene.

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

Softball: Warriors Open Title Defense

Cooper droves in three runs and Rathbun pitches one-hitter in opener


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STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had two doubles and drove in three runs and junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched a one-hitter in the opener and saved the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team opened its Little East Conference season with 3-0, 11-3 victories over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the University of Connecticut. The second game was stopped in the sixth inning   due to the eight-run rule.

Above: Arielle Cooper

Ranked second in New England, Eastern (13-3, 2-0 little east) extended its northern winning streak to six with its 29th and 30th victories over UMass (13-7, 0-2 little east) in this 30-game series as it opened defense of last year's regular-season title..

In the first game, Eastern scored twice in the third inning and once in the fourth on five hits, two erros and a walk. Junior outfielder Priscilla Alicea (Stratford), Rathbun and senior catcher Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY) had consecutive singles in the two-run third and freshman infielder Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) and Cooper doubles when Eastern made it 3-0 in the third.

Rathbun (6-0) face two batters over the minimum in the first game and fanned 11. She allowed a leadoff walk in the second  and a two-out triple in the fourth.  Facing the tying run in the fourth after the triple, Rathbun got a swinging strikeout to end the inning.

In the second game, Eastern scored five times in the sixth on four hits and two infield errors to break the game open. No. 8 and 9 hitters Tamindzija  and freshman leftfielder Stephanie Johnson (Southington) drove in three runs in the inning with a single and two-run double, respectively.

Sophomore righty Christine Acker (Milford) did not allow an earned run over the first four innings, giving up seven hits and departing with a 6-3 lead after giving up two opening singles in the fifth.  Rathbun recorded her third save without allowing a hit.

In the second game, Cooper  singled to drove in a run and scored once when the Warriors moved ahead, 4-2, with two runs in the second. Freshman centerfielder Courtney Jobin (Oxford, MA) drove in two runs with a first-inning single.

Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Sunday at 1 p.m. at the University of Connecticut.

Baseball: Warriors Thump So. Maine

Cammuso drives in ten runs; Schult wins second game and homers twice

Cammuso Baseball 300DPI.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior rightfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) drove in ten runs and senior Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) pitched the first six innings of the nightcap and hit two home runs and scored eight times in the doubleheader as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team swept the University of Southern Maine, 15-5 in seven innings and 15-8 in Little East Conference play Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Above: Steve Cammuso

A winner of six straight, Eastern (18-3, 4-0 little east), collected 27 hits off eight Southern Maine (11-9, 2-2 little east) pitchers -- nine of them for extra bases -- and also was issued 13 walks and was hit by pitches nine times.

In each game, Cammuso drove in five runs and doubled  and matched senior first baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) and Schult with five hits in the doubleheader. Schult homered in each game and reached base  eight times in the doubleheader while Turgeon reached safely nine times on the afternoon and scored seven runs and extended his hitting streak to 19 games with three hits in the opener and two in the second game.

In his ninth varsity appearance in the first game, sophomore Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) recorded his first collegiate victory. Purnell pitched the final two hitless innings and earned the win when the Warriors broke a 5-5 tie with ten runs over the final two innings on five hits, six walks and two errors. Sophomore third baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) had the big hit in the sixth with a two-run single and freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) had a bases-clearing double and Turgeon a two-run single in the seventh.

Schult's solo home run in the third inning of the first game snapped a 2-2 tie and represented the 200th hit of his four-year career.

The Warriors put together their second six-run inning of the day in the third inning of the nightcap to erase a 3-0 deficit. and make a winner of Schult (4-1). Eastern had four hits in the inning - with Cammuso delivering a two-run single and Balowski following with a two-run double - but a two-out error made all of the runs unearned against starter and loser Brennan Perry.

For Southern Maine in the doubleheader, senior second baseman Josh Mackey had five hits and drove in four runs, senior outfielder Mike Eaton tripled and homered among his four hits, scored four runs and drove in four, freshman third baseman Forrest Chadwick had three hits and scored three runs and junior shortstop Anthony Pisani  had three hits and scored four runs. Those four were the top four hitters in the order and  accounted for all but four of the team's hits on the afternoon.

Eastern hosts Babson College Monday at 4 p.m.

Baseball: No. 7 Warriors Dump Salve

Kingsley has four hits and Turgeon hits safely in 17th in row in 6-2 win


Above: Shane Kingsley (Stephen Goomrigian photo)


At left: Senior tri-captain Jim Schult addresses a variety of subjects in Thursday's pre-game conversation (6:07) WATCH

Replay of Thursday's 6-2 win over Salve Regina WATCH

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior Chris Wojick (Uncasville) pitched the first five innings for his fourth win in as many decisions and senior first baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) extended his hitting streak to 17 with two hits and two RBI to power the No. 7 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 6-2 non-conference victory over Salve Regina University Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Eastern (16-3) pulled away from a one-run lead by scoring twice in the seventh inning on a leadoff home run by senior leftfielder Rob Perry (Manchester) and RBI single by Turgeon, and added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by senior centerfielder Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls).

Wojick (4-0), who ranks third all-time at Eastern with 68 pitching appearances, allowed seven hits and two runs over the first five innings. He fanned four without a walk and hit two batters.

With four hits, Kingsley recorded his fourth game this year of at least three hits to raise his batting average to .356. Kingsley led off the Eastern first with a single and scored the first run of the game  on senior DH Jim Schult's (Wappingers Falls, NY) sacrifice fly, doubled with two out in both the second and fourth innings and stroked his RBI single in the eighth.  Kingsley had his four hits against three different pitchers.

The first of Turgeon's two RBI singles   in the first extended his hitting streak to 17. Perry and senior catcher Chris Cannata (Southington)  also had two hits each in Eastern's 12-hit attack. In addition to his first-inning sacrifice fly, Schult reached safely three times, scored twice and stole three bases to make him 11-for-11 this season. Schult doubled to lead off the third and scored, walked leading off the fifth, and walked and scored in the seventh. His double was the 199th hit of his four-year career.

Trailing 3-0, Salve scored both of its runs after there were two out and none on in the fifth to trim the Eastern lead to one on consecutive hits by the top three hitters in the order: senior shortstop Alexander Melcher, sophomore rightfielder Devin Flynn , and senior third baseman Tom Glynn before Wojick got a ground ball to freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) to strand the tying run at second.

Eastern fielded without an error for the seventh time this season and upped its season total to 20 double plays with four.  In the first, sophomore third baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) fielded a ground ball to begin an around-the-horn double play, and Kingsley caught a fly ball and doubled off a runner at second in the fourth before pitchers Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) and Evan Chamberlain (Amston) induced comebackers to initiate 1-6-3 twin killings in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Salve utilized seven pitchers, none of whom worked more than two innings. Senior righty Brandon Bursie sustained his third loss in four decisions by giving up Eastern's first two runs on five hits over the first two innings.

The meeting was the first regular-season one ever between the programs. In the only other contest, Eastern downed Salve (9-12) in the opening round of the 2001 NCAA New England Regional Tournament at Harwich, Mass.

Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday in a noon doubleheader in Little East Conference play.



W-Lax: Wellesley Surges Past Warriors

Blue outscore Eastern 8-2 in 13-minute stretch to post victory, 16-10


WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College scored eight of the game's ten goals in one 13-minute span and went on to a 16-10 non-conference women's lacrosse victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon.

At right: Taylor Buchanan

With the score tied 12 minutes into play, Wellesley (7-3) scored four straight to open up a four-goal lead, then broke from a three-goal halftime lead by scoring three goals in the opening 78 seconds of the second half to move out to a 12-6 advantage.

Eastern (2-5) sophomore midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored five goals for the second straight game and Eastern had a 33-25 advantage in shots,  but Wellesley senior goalie Mary Mattia made a season-high 18 saves.

Sophomore midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) had three goals and won five draws and freshman attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won four draws for the Warriors, who dropped their fourth straight to Wellesley in this series.

Defensively, junior defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) and freshman attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) each  scooped four ground balls, while Marchitto and sophomore defender Samantha Barone (Orange) added two caused turnovers apiece. 

Wellesley's offense was keyed by five goals and an assist from Jenny Holland and four goals and two helpers from Meredith Roy. Britt Mscisz added three goals and an assist, while Allison Robbins added two goals and three assists.

The Blue defense was led by Nicole Labbee and Alyssa Andres who each picked up three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kayla Bolton also added a pair of caused turnovers.

Eastern hosts Keene State College in its Little East Conference opener Saturday at 1 pm. Keene was ranked first in this year's LEC pre-season poll despite being upset in last year's LEC tournament semifinals. The Warriors share second place in the pre-season poll after reaching the playoff finals last year for the sixth straight time and eighth time in nine years



Softball: Regional Battle to Eastern

Rathbun extends streak in opener; Akcer posts first shutout in nightcap


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 17th consecutive regular-season northern decision in the opener and sophomore Christine Akcer (Milford) threw an eight-hitter for the first seven-inning shutout of her two-year career in the nightcap to power the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 5-4, 4-0 sweep of Springfield College Wednesday afternoon at Potter Field.

At right: Christine Akcer

A winner of seven straight over Springfield, Eastern (11-3) is ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 16 nationally. Springfield (13-10), swept for the first time this season, is rated No. 4 in New England.

Rathbun (5-0) allowed only one earned run in lowering  her ERA to 1.02. She  fanned ten and walked two and carried a 5-1 lead into the seventh before Springfield scored three unearned runs after a two-out infield error. Rathbun led 4-0 before allowing her first home run of the season in the fourth on  No. 4 hitter  Amanda Novak's two-out solo opposite-field home run to right. The HR was the team-leading fifth of the year for the senior first baseman.

Rathbun, who has struck out 48 and walked six this year, has not lost a regular-season northern decision since dropping a 2-1 decision to homestanding Rhode Island College April 25 of her freshman season.

In support of Rathbun, freshman Courtney Jobin (Oxford, MA) doubled and homered and among her three hits and drove in three runs. The Warriors scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead in the third on a two-out infield error and Jobin's run-scoring single. Jobin gave Eastern a 1-0 lead with a one-out opposite-field solo home run to right in the second and pushed Eastern's lead to 5-1 with an RBI double that scored senior Rachel Soychak (Mahopac, NY), who doubled to lead off the inning.

In the second game, Soychak  drove in two runs with a third-inning two-run homer - her first of the season -- and freshman Megan Godwin (Manchester) had her second three-hit game in her last six.

Godwin gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the second with a a two-out RBI double and scored the second run on No. 9 hitter Jen Tamindzija's  (Malden, MA) single - her first career RBI.

Akcer (6-1) walked two without a strikeout. She stranded five runners through the first three innings and benefited from a sixth-inning double play.

Eastern opens its Little East Conference season Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Boston at the University of Connecticut.


Little East: Warriors Own Weekly Report

Seven athletes recognized for excellence for week ending April 3


Above: Eleven-time LEC weekly honoree Molly Rathbun

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Led by four track and field athletes, Eastern Connecticut State University led all eight conference institutions with seven selections in the weekly Little East Conference spring awards program, released today.

With seven selections in four sports, Eastern athletes garnered nearly one-third of the conference-wide total of 22.Both Eastern track and field programs had two representatives on the weekly honor roll, with nationally-ranked baseball receiving two and nationally-ranked softball one.

In women's track and field, junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) and freshman Amy Huhn (Hebron) were tabbed as Track and Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Week, respectively, in the second weekly report. In men's track and field, sophomore Tim Callahan (Portland) and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor) were picked as Track and Rookie Track Athlete-of-the-Week. In baseball, senior pitcher/DH Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) repeated as Player-of-the-Week (he shared the award last week) and freshman shortstop Danny O'Connell (Braintree MA) repeated as Rookie-of-the-Week in the third weekly report. In softball two-time junior right-handed All-America pitcher  Molly Rathbun (Hebron) was  recognized with a weekly award for the 11th time in her two-plus year career when she was selected Pitcher-of-the-Week in the third weekly report.

The Eastern baseball team was voted the top team in New England for the second straight week Monday and entered last week rated No. 7 nationally. The softball team entered last week ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 12 nationally.

The women's and men's track and field programs competed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Saturday. Quinones qualified for next month's New England Division III and ECAC championships with a personal-best time of 18:36.90 in placing second among 19 competitors. Her time bested her previous best time by more than a minute.

Huhn qualified for next month's New England Championhips in the pole vault with a personal-record height of 9-0 ¼ in finishing a tie for second among 11 participants. Callahan qualified for next month's New England Championhips at 400 meters, bettering his previous best by four seconds with a time of 50:38 in placing third in a field of 27. Secore ran to a fourth-place finish in a field of 59 at 800 meters in a personal-best time of 1:57.98.

The track and field programs compete at the Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.

In a 4-1 week, Schult batted .421 and had a .563 on-base percentage and  a 2.61 ERA with 16 strikeouts and no walks in two appearances on the mound. In a Little East Conference doubleheader home sweep of Plymouth State Saturday, had four hits and four runs scored and two doubles. In the second game, pitched a complete-game two-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts and no walks retired the final 19 batters in order, and faced only four batters over the minimum. Schult has moved to within two of  becoming the 18th player in program history to reach 200 career hits.

O'Connell drove in a team-high ten runs and led the team with ten assists as the starting shortstop. Against Plymouth State, he drove in four runs with just one hit. He is second among regular players this year with a .397 average and is second with 19 RBI. He is fielding .945 with a team-high 33 assists, and is second on the team this year in multiple RBI games and multiple hit games.

The baseball program, 15-3, visits Montclair State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The 2009 LEC Rookie-of-the-Year and 2010 LEC Pitcher-of-the-Year, Rathbun tossed her third no-hitter in her last 16 starts, 7-0 at Wesleyan University last Wednesday. Facing one batter over the minimum, she missed out on a perfect game by issuing a one-out fourth-inning walk. In that game, Rathbun struck out seven in recording her 50th career win in 59 decisions. She also hit three home runs in the doubleheader sweep - including a grand slam on her own behalf in the opener - and drove in seven runs.

Rathbun was named LEC Player-of-the-Week once and Pitcher-of-the-Week five times last year and Pitcher-of-the-Week and Rookie-of-the-Week twice each in 2009.

With a 4-0 record this year, Rathbun has 38 strikeouts and four walks with a 1.03 ERA for the 9-3 Warriors.  Teams are batting .113 against her.

The softball team hosts Springfield College in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the University of Connecticut.


W-Track: Three Qualify at Coast Guard

Eleven personal records are established by eight individuals


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NEW LONDON -  Junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and freshman Amy Huhn (Hebron) all qualified for post-season competition and eight individuals set a total of 11 personal records Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring Track & Field Invitational.

At right: Devaney Henderson

Quinones broke her own personal record at 5000 meters by more than a minute, clocking an 18:36.90 which placed her second among 19 competitors and qualified her for championship competition at the New England Division III and ECAC meets next month.

Gingras and Huhn qualified for the New England Championships in the triple jump (33-10) and pole vault (PR of 9-0 ¼), respectively. Gingras was fourth among 16 and Huhn tied for second among 11.

Other top finishers incuded freshman Sarah Krulicki (Torrington) in the javelin, Huhn at 200 meters, freshman Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) and Gingras in the high jump, freshman Tacia Bryant (Guilford) in the long jump, and sophomore Maggie Gibeault (Brooklyn) in the pole vault.

Krulicki was fourth among 16 in the javelin (PR of 93-6), Huhn 12th among 39 in her first attempt at 200 meters (29.42), Hultzman fourth among 16 in the high jump (4-11), Bryant sixth among 19 in the long jump (14-10 ¾), Gingras sixth aong 16 in the high jump (4-11) and Gibeault fifth among 13 in the pole vault (8-6 ¼). Gibeault's height was more than a foot better than her previous best.

Additional personal records were set by freshman Devaney Henderson (Plainfield), Krulicki, and freshmen Haley Smith (Mystic) and Brittany Lane (Colchester). Henderson broke her previous best marks in the shot put (26-11 ¼), hammer (91-8) and javelin (73-9), Krulicki in the hammer (99-3), and Smith (21:24.03) and Lane (21:40.54) in the 5000.

Eastern placed tenth in a field of 12 with 43 points in the meet, won by Westfield State University (120).

Eastern competes at Wesleyan University Saturday at 10 a.m.

Men's Track: Ten PRs Set at USCGA

Callahan qualifies for post-season competition; Warriors place sixth

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NEW LONDON -  A total of eight Eastern Connecticut State University athletes set a ten personal records and sophomore Tim Callahan (Portland) qualified for post-season competition at 400 meters Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring Track & Field Invitational.

Above: Secore (far left), and Callahan (right)

Callahan bettered his previous best by four seconds with a time of 50.38 that placed him third in a field of 27 at 400 meters and qualified him for the New England Division III Championships next month.

Other top finishers for Eastern were freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor), and sophomore Corey Simpson (Norwich), as well as sophomore Alex Verrill (Hirman, ME), senor James DiBeneditto (Enfield) and  freshman Stephen White (Rochester, NY).

Secore was fourth in a field of 59 with a time of 1:57.98 at 800 meters, Simpson second in a field of 42 at 200 meters (23.17), Verrill second among seven in the high jump (5-9 ¼) and seventh among 18 in the long jump (19-7 ½)), White 21st among 56 at 5000 meters (17:56.34), and DiBeneditto fifth in a field of 14 in the javelin (146-3).

DiBeneditto set personal bests in the javelin and shot put (38-10 ½), Secore in the 800, freshman Josh Fish (Bozrah) in the pole vault (12-1 ½), sophomores Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) in the 1500 (4:20.87), Nick Miller (Norwich) in the 5000 (15:40.17), and Rob Sisson (East Lyme) in the 100 (12.0) and 200 (24.59) and first-year junior Ryan Wood (Southington) in the long jump (17-11 ¾).

Eastern placed sixth in a field of 11 with 37 points in the meet, won by host Coast Guard (204 points).

Eastern competes at Wesleyan University Saturday at 10 a.m.


Baseball: Schult Masterful in 9-1 Win

Senior pitcher retires final 19 batters in order as Warriors complete sweep

schult72_8291.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  Senior Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) threw a complete-game two-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts, retiring the final 19 batters in order to complete Eastern Connecticut State University's sweep of Plymouth State University with a 9-1 victory Saturday on the opening day of the Little East Conference baseball season at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Above: Jim Schult

In the first game, Eastern's (15-3, 2-0 Little East) first-year junior righty Jim Dimon (Seymour) won his fourth decision without a loss in five starts by stopping Plymouth on six hits over eight innings before first-year sophomore righty Mike Riemer (Ellington) recorded his first save by leaving the bases loaded in the ninth with a game-ending ground ball to Turgeon at first in a 6-4 win.

Senior Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) extended his hitting streak to 16 with one hit in each game for Eastern, ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 7 in Division III. He drove in three runs in the nightcap with a two-run single and sacrifice fly. Eastern's three pitchers in the doubleheader allowed only nine hits and walked only one.

In pitching his third complete game, Schult (3-1) faced only four batters over the minimum 27 - three of them coming when Plymouth scored its only run in the third. Ryan McIntosh reached on an infield error in the first, and in the third, Grant Livingston doubled to lead off the inning and scored the team's only run on leadoff hitter Steve Beard's single. Bryant Lausberg later reached on an infield error in the inning before Schult fanned No. 4 hitter Luke Merrill to strand two runners.

Lausberg was the last batter to reach base against Schult, who set down the final 19 in order, with only two of those final 19 reaching the outfield. Schult fanned eight over those final seven innings, including two in the eighth and two in the ninth. After getting two swinging strikeouts in the ninth, Schult sealed the win by throwing out Merrill at first on a game-ending comebacker.

Schult's  final strikeout total exceeded by two his previous best effort, which came in a route-going performance against Husson University in an elimination game of the New England regional tournament two years ago at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Eastern led 5-0 in the first game when it got RBIs from four different players before Plymouth (5-12, 0-2 Little East) battled back with three runs in the sixth on three hits and an outfield error. Dimon got swinging strikeouts to leave a runner on second in the inning, however, and Eastern took a 6-3 lead in the eighth on a leadoff single by junior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and two ground balls.

Senior Chris Cannata (Southington), Cammuso and Schult (two doubles) all had four hits in the doubleheader. Turgeon drove in four runs and Schult scored four and drove in one.  Senior Robert Perry (Manchester) drove in three runs with three hits  (two doubles) and scored four and freshman Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) drove in four runs on an RBI double and three run-producing ground balls.

Matt Koban and Bryan Lausberg were Plymouth's only two hitters with more than one hit, picking up two each. In the second game, relief pitchers Jeff Runnals, Spencer Webb and Kevin Allard pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only four hits.

Sophomore Joe Balowski (Berlin) had a 12-game hitting streak stopped when he went hitless in four trips to the plate in the first game.

Freshman Jon Palmer (Raynham, MA) made his varsity debut when he was a late-inning defensive replacement in center field in Game 2. He did not have an at-bat or a chance in the field. 

The Warriors are now 27-3 all-time against Plymouth in LEC regular-season competition.

Eastern visits Montclair State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse: Warriors Prevail, 11-7

Their penalty-killing unit put to test again in LEC opening victory


MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team padded a slim three-goal halftime lead by killing off a penalty early in the second half, then followed by scoring twice in a span of less than two minutes - the second on an extra-man opportunity - and went on to trim the University of Southern Maine, 11-7, Saturday afternoon in the Little East Conference opener at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Goalie Donald Berube (29) joins his teammates on the bench after leaving the game with an 11-5 lead Saturday against Southern Maine.

A seven-time conference regular-season champion, Eastern (6-2, 1-0 Little East) limited Southern Maine (2-5, 0-1 Little East) to two goals on ten extra-man tries. The Warriors, whistled for five straight penalties in the second half, have killed off 34 of their opponents' 38 man-up tries over the last five matches.

The Warriors trailed twice by a goal in the opening quarter but were able to open up some room by scoring three straight goals in the second quarter, then began the second half with the goals by freshman Mike Devine (Cheshire) and senior Grant Albertson (New Canaan). Senior Vinny Tornatore's (Norwalk) man-down strike in the opening minutes of the second quarter sparked that three-goal run, with junior Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) and Albertson adding even-strength goals two minutes apart to push Eastern's lead to 7-3.

In the second half, Eastern's defense allowed only one goal on seven Southern Maine man-up opportunites. The Huskies managed only that one man-up goal from Tim Bryant in the second half against sophomore netminder Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) until scoring twice in the final 89 seconds after the starting goalie had retired to the bench.

Albertson and Bolivar each had three of Eastern's goals, Albertson maintaining his team lead with 18 goals. The pair combined to take more than half (24) of the team's 45 shots.

Senior All-America Eric Vasil (Southington) won 16 of 18 faceoffs and scooped up 16 ground balls. Vasil leads Division III with a .794 faceoff percentage and an average of 14.4 ground balls per game.

Southern Maine sophomore goalie Kyle Dussault  kept his team within striking distance all afternoon by making 18 saves, while Berube turned back 12 shots to improve his season mark to 6-2.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference game Saturday at 4 p.m.-