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2010/11 Major Athletic Award-Winners

Major Award-winners -- All-time list.pdf                    

Scholar-Athlete Recipients -- All-time list.pdf

morrell72dpi_8216.jpgAt left: Morrell Service Award nominees (from left) Paul Gallagher, recipient Chris Wojick, and Lauren Hickey.

In addition to honoring nine student-athhletes (profiled below) during its Major Athletic Awards program at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet May 1, Eastern recognized a number of other student-athletes for their accomplishments. All seniors student-athletes and four-year letterwinners were recognized; the women's cross country team earned the Faculty Athletic Representative Team Academic Award (overall 3.51 GPA); senior Chris Wojick (Uncasville) was presented the Morrell Service Award for excellence in serving the athletic program as a member of the Equipment Room and Event Management staff; and 37 junior and senior student-athletes with minimum overall GPAs of 3.15 (through the fall semester) were presented with an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award.

BONNIE J. EDMONDSON
SENIOR FEMALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the Eastern alumnus  and  former track and field All-America and national champion and presented annually to a senior female athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not  factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.

Co-Winners

LAUREN HICKEY (Southwick, MA)

hickey head 72dpi_2040.jpgA four-year starter at back in women's soccer and a four-year member of the women's basketball program ... Business major... member of NCAA tournament teams in both sports... as a senior in soccer, was named first-team NSCAA Scholar All-America, first-team Co-SIDA Academic All-District, second-team NSCAA All-America, and ECAC and Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year and played every minute in the final 14 matches of her career... also earned an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA) for the second time in two years of eligibility and was named to the LEC Academic Honor Roll (3.30+ GPA) for the third time in as many years of eligibility.  as a senior, received the Todd Greenberg Memorial Scholarship through the Eastern Scholarship Foundation, was  a member of the University's Honor Program, served as a Peer Mentor for First Year Program students,  inductee into the Business International Honor Society, representated Eastern at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, and received the National Student Athlete Day Award for women's basketball... participated in Relay for Life walk to fight Cancer and as a Red Cross blood donor... as an undergraduate, also participated  on a missionary trip focusing on teaching and reading English to children in Belize in Central America at Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, Belize.

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At right: Edmondson award nominees with Bonnie Edmondson (far right) are (from left) Stephanie Norell, Rachel Cocola and Lauren Hickey.

Said head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio in nominating Hickey for the award: "Lauren has embodied what a complete student-athlete represents here at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has an outstanding academic background, excellent citizenship and leadership abilities and a superior athletic background. She is not only a leader in the classroom and the athletic field, but in the area of community service. Lauren has truly developed into an outstanding student-athlete who has learned to balance academics, community service, work, citizenship and athletics."


STEPHANIE NORELL (Stratford)

norell head72dpi_2041.jpgFour-year member of the women's soccer program on defense... Health and Physical Education major with a 3.96 GPA... three-year starter who missed most all of her senior season following off-season hip surgery... member of team this year which was undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament, ranked No. 1 in New England for four straight weeks, as high as No. 8 nationally and winner of the Little East Conference regular-season title... achieved LEC All-Academic status (minimum cumulative 3.30 GPA) in all three years of eligibility and earned an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (3.50+) in both years of eligibility... a member of the Alpha Upsilon Chi International Honor Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance... received the National Student-Athlete Day Award for women's soccer and the Shining Star Award for athletic and academic excellence...  involved in a research project working with "at-risk" students at the local high school... received the Capitol Scholarship and Competitive Scholarship from Eastern Connecticut State University... past recipient of the Holly Zimmerman Memorial Award, which identifies  a student-athlete majoring in Physical Education or Sport and Leisure Management who possesses Zimmerman's qualities of loyalty, thoughtfulness, academic determination., honesty, humility and work ethic...   has participated in the Relay for Life cancer walk, the Run for Hunger Awareness, the Christopher Martins run for underprivileged children, the American Diabetes Association Walk for Diabetes... in the summer, was involved in a missionary trip focusing on teaching and reading English to children in Belize in Central America... coached a U-14 girls soccer team for Northeast United Soccer Club...

 Noted head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio in nominating Norell for the honor: "This past season, Stephanie showed tremendous commitment, dedication and leadership in our program while rehabilitating from June hip surgery. She spent the entire regular season rehabilitating her hip and finally appeared in a game in late October. Stephanie was unable to play for the majority of the season, but her leadership was outstanding. She attended every practice and game, helping our younger players at our training sessions and in the areas of time- management, academic scheduling, and transitioning to college life and to our program.  As difficult as it was not to play, Stephanie put the program and team first and accepted her role as a leader, mentor and teacher. By the great sacrifice and commitment she made to her teammates and to the program, she distinguished herself as an outstanding role model."

FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR


sawyer jersey72dpi_4444.jpgNamed in honor of the late athletic director and coach and presented annually to a senior male athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not  factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.

 BRODERICK SAWYER (Norwalk)

Four-year member of the program and two-time captain... Psychology major... despite playing on balky knees, missed only one game over his last three years, starting all but one game in which he appeared in that span...led the Warriors to consecutive 20-win seasons and to the No. 1 ranking in the ECAC tournament the past two seasons... post player earned a spot on the All-Little East Conference second team as a senior...  in his career, scored 864 points, grabbed 394 rebounds, blocked 90 shots and shot 52.2 percent from the floor...sawyer_geissler_72dpi_8233.jpg

At right: Geissler award nominees with Donald Geissler (far right) are (from left) Sean Leary, Jim Schult and Broderick Sawyer.

Offered head men's basketball coach Bill Geitner about his Geissler nominee: "Broderick's commitment to excellence for four years has been contagious. He is keenly devoted to being successful in the classroom and on the court and has been an outstanding role model and team leader who has done a great job mentoring the younger players on the team. Early in his career, Broderick demonstrated that he understood what being a leader and team player was all about by always making sacrifices that would ultimately benefit the well-being of the team. For four years, he had the distinct ability to work through his own adversities while at the same time supporting others who were experiencing difficult times .In the classroom, Broderick has maintained an excellent GPA as an undergraduate. He values academics and has always strived to do his best. In addition to academics and athletics,Broderick has shown a strong commitment to the community. When speaking at local elementary schools, he is the first to profess the importance of school and academics to the young students with whom he works."


FEMALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

MOLLY RATHBUN   Jr.  (Hebron)
Softball

rathbun_head_72dpi_9145.jpgRepeat winner from a year ago... right-handed pitcher and DH repeated as a first-team NFCA first-team All-America and Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year... third-time All-America and first-team all-region choice and third-time first-team all-conference pick... led 35-7 Warriors to second straight conference regular-season, tournament and NCAA regional titles and fifth-place finish in national tournament... repeated as conference tournament MVP and regional all-tournament selection...  as a pitcher, was 24-2 with five saves in 35 appearances, with 280 strikeouts and 39 walks in 194 innings... had ten shutouts and 24 complete games in 26 starts and limited opposing batters to .163... ranked among the Division III Top 10 in six categories, among them third in strikeouts and saves and sixth in least hits allowed per seven innings (3.93) and shutouts... offensively, led Eastern  in seven individual categories, among them average (.426), home runs (10), total bases (84), RBI (42) and on-base percentage (.532)... one of three players on the team with a perfect fielding percentage, hers coming on 52 chances... ranked first or rathbunFAOW72dpi_8228.jpgsecond in the conference in eight major pitching and six major batting categories... was first in the LEC in pitching wins, appearances, starts, strikeouts, innings, ERA and lowest opposing batting average and was first offensively in on-base percentage... in winning her first 22 decisions, had a 0.66 ERA in 160.0 innings, ten shutouts, 238 strikeouts and 22 walks and four no-hitters, with opponents

Above: Nominees for the Female Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko are (from left) Lauren Hickey, Jessica Moriarty, Molly Rathbun, and Ashley Prizio.

batting .140... broke her own season records for consecutive scoreless innings (48 2/3), consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (51.0) and posted the second-most consecutive hitless innings (17 2/3) in program history... shared NFCA national Player-of-the-Week honors for week ending April 24 when she was 3-0 with a no-hitter and a save and a 0.28 ERA, 49 strikeouts and four walks... she batted .333 during that week with seven RBI and 14 total bases and her 100th career hit... her ten home runs was one shy of the season record... broke her own record for strikeouts in a game with 18 twice and broke the career home run record with her 22nd in the opening round of the national tournament and finished the season with 23... also tied the career save record of ten with her fifth of the season April 30 against Keene State College... opened the regional tournament with consecutive no-hitters... in nine conference and regional tournament starts, was 8-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 62.0 innings and two no-hitters...  given a healthy senior season, will break numerous program career record... concluded her junior season with a career 70-11 record and 791 strikeouts in 558 1/3 innings, 0.94 ERA, ten saves, 34 shutouts and six no-hitters... offensively, she has a career .371 batting average, 97 RBI, 126 hits, 219 total bases and .453 on-base percentage and shows a .981 career fielding average...

MALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

JIM SCHULT   Sr.  (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Baseball

schult_jersey_72dpi_8046.jpgSeventh different baseball recipient in the 11-year tenure of the award... utility player recognized with two major national awards for his hitting and/or pitching: ABCA Division III national co-Player-of-the-Year and first-team ABCA All-America and national Position Player-of-the-Year by the National Collegiate Basebll Writers' Association (NCBWA)... a  designated hitter and right-handed starting pitcher who also started eight games in right field, Schult batted third in the order in all 47 games this year for the 34-13 Warriors, who won 30-plus games for the 13th straight year, captured the LEC regular-season title and qualified for their 32nd NCAA tournament...  other accolades included New England Division III Player-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), Little East Pitcher-of-the-Year, third team All-America by D3Baseball.com, first-team All-New England at the utility position for the second straight year, first-team All-LEC at pitcher and schultMPOY72dpi_8226.jpgsecond-team All-LEC at DH...  pitched one scoreless inning in the annual NEIBA New England All-Star Game against a team of New England Division I all-stars... shared the team lead this year in 14 offensive categories as the only player to start every game... batted .392 with  76 hits, 11 home runs, 138 total bases, 64 RBI, 56 runs, and 20 stolen bases in 21 tries, ranking  second in

Above: Nominees for the Male Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Carl Appel, Nick Nedwick, Jim Schult, and Eric Vasil.

Division III in total bases, third in RBI, 12th in hits and tied for 12th in runs... total bases equaled the fifth-most in a season in program history and his RBI the sixth-most... became only the 15th player in program history to amass as many as 50 runs and 50 RBI in a season, with his combined total of 120 runs and RBI ranking him fifth all-time... also the team's top pitcher with a 10-1 record, 3.31 ERA, and 92 strikeouts in 87.0 innings,  allowing only one home run... ended his career on a nine-game hitting streak... collected four hits in a game three times during the year and three hits eight times... had the highest or shared the highest total of all players in a game this year in runs (5), RBI (7), home runs (2), total bases (10), and stolen bases (3).... in  a 15-8 Little East Conference tournament win over Keene State College May 13, hit a grand slam and two--run home run among three hits and drove in seven runs for the second time in his career - three shy of the game record... finished among the all-time Top 10 in program history in numerous categories... concluded with a career .371 batting average and was fifth in hits (242), third in total bases (417), fourth in RBI (189), tied for eighth in home runs (28) and games (177) and second (by one) in doubles (63)... on the mound, he won 19 of 21 pitching decisions with 190 strikeouts in 203.0 innings and a 3.24 ERA... was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District I All-Academic baseball team for the second straight year...

 

FEMALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

MEGAN GODWIN   Fr.  (Manchester)
Soccer * Softball

godwin_head_72dpi_9134.jpgStarter on two of the most successful soccer and softball teams in program history, both of whom won Little East Conference championships and qualified for NCAA tournament play... defender in soccer and shortstop in softball... in soccer, one of two freshmen to start as many as 19 matches for a 16-1-5 team which was unbeaten (6-0-1) in winning the LEC regular-season title and was undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament... team was ranked first in New England for four straight weeks and as high as No. 8 nationally on the strength of a 15-0-3 record... appeared in the first 19 matches with 18 starts before missing the first two NCAA matches due to illness, but returned to start the third-round match against Williams College... played the entire match 13 times, including the final six in which she saw action...  despite missing two games, was fourth on the team in minutes (1,714)...helped the Warriors to the second-best goals-against average in the conference and 29th-best in Division III... Warriors posted ten shutouts - one shy of the season record - and godwinFROY72dpi_8220.jpggave up as many as two goals only once in their first 21 matches and only twice all season... in softball, became Eastern's second Rookie-of-the-Year in three seasons, third overall for the Warriors who won 35 and lost seven and captured their second straight LEC regular season (13-1) and tournament titles... Eastern's first infielder to earn the LEC top rookie honor... third-team All-New England Region selection at the at-large position... started all 40 games in which she appeared... fourth on the team with a .339

Above: Nominees for the Female Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko are (from left) Erin Conn, Megan Godwin and Erynn Miller.

average and second with 53 assists... batted first or second in the order 21 times, recording the second-highest hitting streak (9) during the year and registering two or more hits in a game 13 times... batted .500 (16-for-32) with nine RBI during her nine-game hitting streak... went 14 straight games without an error, compiling 33 errorless chances... in four LEC tournament games, had five hits and five RBI, sharing or leading all Eastern players in both categories...  named to the regional all-tournament team after batting .333 (5-for-15) with four runs and an RBI, eight putouts and five assists in the field... in 18 conference softball games this season (14 in the regular season, four in the tournament), Godwin batted .421 with 14 RBI and six extra-base hits and handled 52 chances with only three errors (.942)...


MALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

DANNY O'CONNELL  Fr.  (Braintree, MA)
Baseball

oconnell_jersey_72dpi_8065.jpgBecomes first player from baseball program to earn the award since 2002/03... shortstop appeared in all but one game with 45 starts for the 34-13 Warriors and was named second-team All-Little East Conference shortstop, becoming only the program's third freshman shortstop to garner all-conference honors... one of only two freshmen among 24 all-conference selections... was fifth among Eastern regulars with a .333 batting average and fourth with 58 hits... had 72 total bases and a team-high 114 assists... three-time conference Rookie-of-the-Week...  averaged one strikeout every 12 at-bats... batted .488 (21-for-43) in the first 12 games prior to the start of the northern season... had two or more hits in 16 games, with a season-high four coming in his fifth collegiate game... was 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in that game against Springfield College in Arizona...  went hitless in as many as two consecutive games only once in the regular season...  playedoconnell72dpi_8218.jpg his first ten games  (34 chances) without an error...  drove in four of the team's nine runs in his home debut against Manhattanville College...  had strikeouts in just one of 17 games at one stretch... batted .364 in 38 regular-season games.. in 14 regular-season conference games, was fourth among regulars with a .345 batting average  to go along with a team-leading 32 assists. In five LEC

 

Above: Nominees for the Male Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far left) are (from left) Mike Devine, Danny O'Connell and Mike Radlbeck.

tournament games, handled 26 chances in the field with just one error... helped the Warriors to the top New England ranking through the first five polls of the season, their eighth outright regular-season conference title (they have also shared three), to the championship round of the LEC tournament for the eighth time, a 13th straight 30-win season and 32nd NCAA regional tournament berth...

INDIVIDUAL SPORT ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

AMY ARISCO   Sr.  (Wallingford)
Women's Swimming

arisco_head_72_4197.jpgInaugural award for which male and female members of the cross country, track and field and swimming programs are eligible... set five individual and four relay records this year in the 200 yard freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly  and 100 and 400 individual medley and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay... posted the fastest times among all swimmers this year in the 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 100, 200 and 400 IM... broke 12  individual and relay program records in 13 races at the Division II-III New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships, leading the team to a fifth-place finish among 21 teams...  earned All-New England accolades in all three of her events in the NEISDA meet by placing second in the 100 and 400 IM and fourth in the 100 butterfly...  broke her own program records in both the preliminaries and finals of the 100 and 400 yard individual medley and an eight-year-old ariscoIAOY72dpi_8230.jpgprogram record in the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly...  also swam a leg of the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays which established new program records in both the preliminaries and finals and a leg of the 800 freestyle relay which broke the program record in the finals... won the 200 freestyle  and 400 IM as the No. 2 seed in program-record times and swam the final leg of the record-setting 400 freestyle relay which finished second at the Little East Conference Championships, winning her first two individual titles ever in the

Above: Nominees for the Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Amanda Quinones, Amy Arisco and Corey Simpson.

meet... her winning time in the 400 IM also broke the conference championship.... was undefeated during the year in the 50 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 and 400 IM and 1000 freestyle... completed her career as the program's record-holder in seven individual events (all three butterfly and IM events and the 200 freestyle) and four relays... left the program having attained All-New England status a total of 20 times in four years...

INDIVIDUAL SPORT ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

MICHELLE SCHAPP   Fr.  (Torrington)
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Inaugural award for which first-year male and female members of the cross country, track and field and swimming programs are eligible... set program records in all three backstroke events and with four of five relays... one of five freshmen to gain All-New England honors at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, helping the team to a fifth-place finish among 21 teams... swam to All-New England honors in two of her three individual schappIROW_72dpi8223.jpgevents (missing out by .09 in the third individual event) and with the 200 freestyle (3rd), 400 freestyle (3rd) and 800 relay (4th)  relays... broke her own records in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke at the NEISDA meet and as part of all four record-setting relays... was fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 200 backstroke en route to All-New England honors... swam a leg of the All-Little East Conference 400

Above: Nominees for the Individual Sport Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Interim Director of Athletics Michael Stenko (far right) are (from left) Brody Secore, Katie France, Michelle Schapp, and Lauren Hultzman. Missing was Conor Hackett.

freestyle relay which placed second... won the 100 back in all four dual meets and the 200 backstroke in all three dual meets in which she competed during the season...


 

Softball: New 'Home of the Warriors'

 

sbfieldandsign72dpi_raw_2038 copy.jpgConstruction of the new Eastern Connecticut State University softball complex at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex is underway, with the project expected to be completed in time for the 2012 home-opener. The $3 million project was approved on February 24 by the State Bond Commission and construction began in May. The softball complex will be only the second one in the 35-year-history of the program, which called Howard Spector Field home for 33 years. The Warriors compiled a 12-0 record the last two years while playing its "home" games at the Burrill Family Field at the Connecticut Softball Complex on the campus of the University of Connecticut after the construction began on the second of two parking garages, which opened this past winter on the site of the former Howard Spector Field. The $3 million softball project will include a sodded outfield, lights, dugouts with bathrooms, bullpens, batting cage, six-foot-high chain-link outfield fence, and parking. The grandstand which bordered the third base line at Howard Spector Field was retained during the demolition of the field two  years ago and will be installed at the Mansfield sotball complex. The complex, designed by the architectural firm of BL Companies of Meriden in conjunction with members of the Eastern sbplak_72dpi2309.jpgathletic department, is under the umbrella of the Department of Public Works, with All-Phase Construction Enterprises of Stafford Springs serving as the General Contractor. A press box, public bathrooms and concession stand will not immediately be part of the complex. 

Above: A 2x10 inch plak commemorating the program's five national championships while playing its home games at Howard Spector Field is imbedded into a bench located adjacent to the entrance of the second north campus parking garage.

However, a support building located between the track at the Mansfield complex and the future softball complex is also currently under construction. The building will serve the softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and track and field teams with lockerrooms, multi-purpose room, bathrooms, showers,  training room and storage space.

LEC: Eastern is Academic Leader Again

wxcacademic72dpi_8215.jpgAbove: The women's cross country program was awarded the Faculty Athletic Representative Award in 2010/11 for accumulating the highest overall GPA among  all 15 of Eastern's intercollegiate programs.      

Eastern's All-Academic total in spring is 30, raising yearly total to 89

LEC25.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -  After winning the inaugural President's Cup for academic superiority in the Little East Conference last year, the Eastern Connecticut State University completed a three-season sweep of this year's academic awards by placing a conference-best 30 student-athletes on the 2010/11 spring season All-Academic Team.

Eastern became the first institution in the four-year tenure of the LEC All-Academic awards program to top all conference institutions in total number of All-Academic achievers in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Eastern totaled 31 selections in the fall and 28 in the winter prior to boasting 30 this past spring for a conference-high yearly yield of 89.

All-Academic Team qualifiers must be have reached sophomore academic and athletic status, be enrolled in their current institutions for one full academic year, and show a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30.

Seventeen members of the Eastern outdoor track and field program qualified for the All-Academic Team,  constituting 56.7 percent of Eastern's 30 overall selections. Moreover, 11of  the 17 student-athletes (64.7 percent) from the men's outdoor track program who met the eligibility standards (sophomore academic and athletic status) for All-Academic honors  did in fact earn the honor.
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Six members of the men's outdoor track program and four members of the women's outdoor track program qualified for the All-Academic Team in all three seasons this year (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track). For the men: seniors Ken Landry (East Hampton) and Joey Perucki (Newington), juniors Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and Bryan Jorge (Bristol) and sophomores Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) and Colin Whiston (Brooklyn). For the women: seniors Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and Ashlee James (Franklin), junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) and sophomore Denica Gagnon (Colchester).

At right: Joey Perucki

Of  Eastern's 30 spring  selections, seven seniors earned All-Academic Team status for the maximum third time in their respective sports: Ericson, James, Perucki  and Sam Buczek(Milford) in outdoor track, Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) and Chris Wojick (Uncasville) in baseball and Eric Vasil (Southington) in men's lacrosse. Vasil was previously honored this year as a USILA Academic All-America and Schult a second-team selection to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Team.

On the field, Vasil was an honorable mention USILA All-America and Schult a first-team ABCA All-America and ABCA national Player-of-the-Year.

ericson_slide_2700.jpgIn 12 playing seasons (fall, winter and spring) over four academic years since the LEC All-Academic Team was instituted in the fall of 2007, Eastern has featured the highest number of academic honorees in the LEC in six seasons and the second-highest number twice. Over those four years, 303 Eastern student-athletes have earned spots on the All-Academic Team - the second most of any LEC institution.  This year was the first in which Eastern has led all LEC institutions in total honorees (Eastern was second, one behind the leader, in 2008/09) over the course of one academic year

At left: Amanda Ericson.

As an institution, Eastern was awarded the inaugural President's Cup last year signifying the highest overall GPA among all Little East Conference institutions. In the 19 conference-sponsored championships, Eastern featured a cumulative GPA of 3.02 during the 2009/10 academic year. Eastern sponsors teams in 17 of the conference's 19 championships.

Over the course of the year, Eastern's 354 student-athletes recorded an average GPA of 3.02. Ten of the department's 15 programs (men's indoor and outdoor track is counted as one program, as is women's indoor and outdoor track) registered GPAs of at least 3.00 in 2010/11. Members of the women's cross country program earned a 3.51 GPA in 2010/11, with women's track and field at 3.37, women's soccer 3.30, women's volleyball 3.20, men's cross country 3.19, and softball 3.18, women's basketball 3.11. All 15 programs accumulated a minimum team GPA of 2.56.

In 2010/11,  37 Eastern student-athletes earned an Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award. Juniors and seniors with cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.15 are accorded such honors. Of the 37, sixteen received an Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award for an overall GPA of at least 3.50.

sbapplause72dpi_0983.jpgIn the race for the 11th annual Commissioner's Cup,  Eastern placed third, .019 percentage points behind second-place Massachusetts Dartmouth.

At right: The softball program produced Eastern's one LEC tournament title in 2010/11, winning its second straight championship. 

The Commissioner's Cup measures an institution's overall performance in the 19 sports sponsored by the Little East Conference. For sports in which the conference conducts in-season play (baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball), point totals are determined by the order of finish in the final regular season standings with bonus points awarded to the champion of the ensuing postseason conference championship tournament. For sports that do not conduct in-season play (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and swimming and diving) points are awarded based on the order of finish in the conference championship meet.

This year, Eastern won regular-season LEC titles in baseball, softball, women's soccer and women's lacrosse, and the women's swim program garnered valuable points with a second-place finish in the LEC Championships.

However, Eastern managed just one LEC post-season tournament title (softball). The Warriors failed to accumulate any bonus points when it placed second in LEC tournament competition in baseball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's basketball and women's basketball.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Center court logo returns to Geissler

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Above: The finishing touches are applited to the center court logo in Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium on Friday.   The current logo -- a shield -- was instituted in 2009. A logo returns to the floor after a five-year absence, when the Blue Cat was euthanized. .The gymnasium serves as home facility to the Eastern men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.

Track: Simpson is LEC's top performer

Conference's 100 and 200 meter champion voted top male athlete

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -Sophomore sprinter Corey Simpson (Norwich) has become the first Eastern Connecticut State University male to earn a Little East Conference major cross country or track and field award when he was voted as the LEC Male Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Year for 2011 Tuesday.

Simpson won the conference and New England Alliance individual titles at 100 and 200 meters at the conference championships April 30 and went on to place second in that event at both the New England Division III and New England Open championships last month.

A second-team transfer from Norwich University,Simpson becomes the first Eastern male to receive a major LEC award since the conference began presenting major season-ending awards in the sports of cross country, indoor and outdoor track in the fall of 2007.  In 2007/08, Eastern's Karina Johnson was named LEC Female Rookie-of-the-Year in cross country and Female Track Rookie-of-the-Year in outdoor track.

In addition to Simpson's honor, the Eastern men's outdoor track and field program was awarded the team Sportsmanship Award.

The conference presented a total of six major awards in both men's and women's outdoor track. In addition to the Track Athlete-of-the-Year and the team Sportsmanship Award, the conference named a Field Athlete-of-the-Year, Rookie Track and Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Year, and Coach-of-the-Year.

At the LEC/NEA Championships April 30, Simpson broke the 11-year championship and Eastern 100 meter record -- formerly held by Jason Edwards -- in a field of 30 with a time of 10.79 in the preliminaries which qualified him provisionally for the NCAA national meet. He clocked a winning time of 10.88 in the final.  At 200 meters, Simpson posted a personal record of 22.57 in besting a field of 22.

At the LEC/NEA Championships, Simpson also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay, which was timed in a season-best 43.25.

After winning his heat of the 100 meter dash in a time of 10.82 at the New England Division III Championships the next weekend,  Simpson was involved in a photo finish in the final but was relegated to second place because of a timing malfunction. He earned a second All-New England award by pacing the 4x100 relay to a third-place finish.

At the New England Open May 13-14, Simpson placed second by .04 in a field of 25 only to Darius Velez of Division I Northeastern University with a time of 10.94.
 

 

 

 

 

 

M-Lacrosse: Albertson a Hit in Finale

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Representing the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse program for the final time in his two-year career, Grant Albertson (above in red uniform) scored twice for the West team at the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game at Endicott College Sunday afternoon. A two-time Little East Conference all-star, Albertson started for the West and played the majority of his team's 18-10 loss to the East squad. Albertson scored on two of his four shots and hit the post on one. He scored his first goal on his first shot with 9:48 left in the third quarter, and rounded out the scoring with 65 seconds left in the match. The game featured the top Division I, II and III seniors in New England.

M-Lacrosse: Albertson a NE All-Star

He becomes program's 27th selection to Sunday's senior showcase

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albertson_jersey_72_0208.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior attack Grant Albertson (New Canaan)  will represent the men's lacrosse program at the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) East-West Senior All-Star Game Sunday at 2 p.m. at Endicott Stadium on the Endicott College campus.

Above: With a 6-foot-7 inch frame and a dangerous stick, Grant Albertston (24)  attracted plenty of attention during his two-year Eastern career.

The 6-foot-7 inch, 235-pound Albertson, a second-year transfer from Division I Butler University, will compete for the West squad as one of four players selected to the game from the Little East Conference.  A total of 47 players from 27 Division I, II and III New England institutions  are scheduled to compete in the game.

Albertson led Eastern in scoring for the second time in as many years in 2011, totaling 38 goals and 54 points for the Warriors, who won 12 of 18 matches and were ranked ninth in the final NEILA Division III poll.  Albertson was named to the all-conference team for the second season in a row - achieving second-team distinction in 2011. He ranked fifth in the LEC in goals per game and seventh in points per game.

As a member of the top attack line in 2011, Albertson had a point in 16 of the 17 matches in which he competed and a goal in all but one. In three LEC playoff matches, Albertson totaled ten goals and 13 points, with a career-tying five goals coming in a 12-5 opening win over visiting Plymouth State University. Albertson added four goals in the championship game loss - the tenth appearance in 11 years for the Warriors in the title game.

In his first season in 2010, Albertson led the Warriors with 39 goals, 18 assists and 57 points en route to first-team all-conference honors. In two seasons, he collected 77 goals, 34 assists and 111 points and left the program ranked 15th in goals, 16th in points and tied for 19th in assists. Given four seasons at his two-year pace, Albertson is projected to have finished second all-time at Eastern in goals and third in points.

Albertson was born in Santa Monica, CA and attended high school at Fairfield Prep (CT) and the Trinity-Pawling (NY) School, where he played lacrosse, football and hockey. He had 21 goals and 29 points as a freshman at Butler in the spring of 2005 before redshirting in 2006. After 14 years, Butler dropped its program as a cost-saving measure prior to the 2007 spring season.

Joining Albertson as teammates in the game from the Little East are midfielder Stephen Espinola from UMass Dartmouth and defenseman Justin Dube  from Plymouth State. Goalie Brendan Gill from Salem State University was chosen to the East team. All four players are all-conference honorees.

Albertson has become the 27th selection to the game from Eastern, which has had at least one player compete in 14 of the program's 16 seasons. In 2009, four Eastern players competed. Only players who verbally commit to playing in the game are selected to the roster.

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball: NCBWA Chooses Schult

Baseball writers present utility player with more national recognition

schult_72dpiNCBWA_5227.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University utility player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) has received major awards this season for his pitching excellence as Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year and for his all-around performance as the ABCA national Player-of-the-Year.

Thursday, Schult was  singled out for his offensive abilities when he was selected as NCAA Division III Position Player-of-the-Year in a balloting of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association (NCBWA). Listed on the eight-player national ballot as the District 1 (New England) Player-of-the-Year, Schult was either the first or second choice of  six of eight national voters and was listed among the top four by all eight individuals casting ballots. He received 54 of a possible 64 votes, six more than his nearest competitor.

A four-year starter, the 6-0, 200 pound Schult served primarily as a designated hitter and right-handed starting pitcher this year. He also started eight games in right field. Schult batted third in the order in all 47 games this year for the 34-13 Warriors, who won 30-plus games for the 13th straight year, captured the LEC regular-season title and qualified for their 32nd NCAA tournament.

A team tri-captain and one of nine seniors, Schult  led or shared the team lead this year in 14 offensive categories. The only player to start every game, Schult batted .392 with  76 hits, 11 home runs, 138 total bases, 64 RBI, 56 runs, and 20 stolen bases in 21 tries. He ranked second in Division III in total bases, third in RBI, 12th in hits and tied for 12th in runs. His total bases equal the fifth-most in a season in program history and his RBI are the sixth-most. He becomes only the 15th player in program history to amass as many as 50 runs and 50 RBI in a season, with his combined total of 120 runs and RBI ranking him fifth all-time.

Schult, who ended his career on a nine-game hitting streak, collected four hits in a game three times during the year and three hits eight times. He had the highest or shared the highest total of all players in a game this year in runs (5), RBI (7), home runs (2), total bases (10), and stolen bases (3).. In a 15-8 Little East Conference tournament win over Keene State College May 13, Schult hit a grand slam and two--run home run among three hits and drove in seven runs for the second time in his career - three shy of the game record.

Schult was also the team's top pitcher with a 10-1 record, 3.31 ERA, and 92 strikeouts in 87.0 innings. He allowed only one home run.

In addition to being named ABCA Player-of-the-Year and first-team ABCA All-America and Little East Pitcher-of-the-Year last month, Schult was named third team All-America by D3Baseball.com, New England Division III Player-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), first-team All-New England at the utility position for the second straight year, first-team All-LEC at pitcher and second-team All-LEC at DH, and as Eastern's Male Athlete-of-the-Year.  He also pitched one scoreless inning in Thursday's NEIBA New England All-Star Game against a team of New England Division I all-stars.

In his four-year career, Schult finished among the all-time Top 10 in numerous categories. He had a career .371 batting average and was fifth in hits (242), third in total bases (417), fourth in RBI (189), tied for eighth in home runs (28) and games (177) and second (by one) in doubles (63). On the mound, he won 19 of 21 pitching decisions with 190 strikeouts in 203.0 innings and a 3.24 ERA.

A Business major, Schult was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District I All-Academic Baseball Team for the second straight year in 2011.

Schult was the top vote-getter on a national NCBWA ballot which included outfielders John Snyder of national champion Marietta College, Brandon Rogalski of Washington University of St. Louis, Cody Koback of  Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Drew Leachman of Birmingham-Southern College, catcher Kyle Felix of Trinity University (TX), second baseman Michael Pascarella of the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, and third baseman David Kinney of Clarkson University.

Previous Eastern players recognized by the NCBWA have been outfielder Dwight Wildman, left-handed pitcher Ryan DiPietro and right-handed pitcher Joey Serfass. In 2004, Wildman was selected NCBWA national Player-of-the-Year when he set program season records with 93 hits, 20 home runs, 79 RBI and 174 total bases,  and DiPietro was accorded national Pitcher-of-the-Year accolades. In 2005, DiPietro was selected NCBWA District 1 Pitcher-of-the-Year and Serfass received the honor in 2003.

 

Baseball: Pair Helps College Team Tie

Perry and Schult play roles in team's 3-3 tie with University all-stars
 
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Above: Jim Schult (5) and Robert Perry (25)
 
LOWELL, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University seniors Robert Perry (Manchester) and Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) played roles when the College Division played the University Division to a 3-3 tie in the 37th Annual  New England All-Star Baseball Game Thursday night at  LeLacheur  Park, home of the Lowell Spinners.
 
perryNEIBA72dpi_1970.jpgPerry. a first-team All-New England leftfielder, started in right field for the College Division and reached base once in three at-bats. He was hit-by-pitch in the third inning when the College Division took a 1-0 lead on two walks and two hit batsmen.
 
At right: Robert Perry
 
Schult, a utility player and this year's Division III Player-of-the-Year, pitched a 1-2-3 fourth  inning  in protecting the College Division's 1-0 lead. Schult threw 11 pitches, seven  for strikes. In the fourth, the righty got a fly ball to left, a ground ball to  second base, and struck out Greg Annarummo of the University of Rhode Island  looking at a 3-2 pitch to complete the scoreless frame.
 
schultNEIBA72dpi_1990.jpgThe College Division led 3-0 after six innings but  the University squad scored once in the seventh and tied the game in the eighth on two doubles and a sacrfice fly.
 
All-America second baseman Ryan Walsh of UMass Boston  hit a two-run home run in the fifth  to help the College Division team to a 3-0 lead.
 
At left: Jim Schult
 
The tie was only the second one in this 37-game series between the Division I all-stars and the Division II-III all-stars. Only seniors are eligible to complete for the Division III all-stars.
 
The College Division team is now 7-5-1 in the last 13 games against the University Division since losing 14 straight in the series.
 
 
 
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