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Fall Season Kicks Off With Scrimmage

merhebT72dpi_2772.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University intercollegiate athletic season kicked off with a women's soccer scrimmage against Southern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Ranked first in the Little East Conference pre-season poll, the Warriors tied the Owls, 1-1, behind sophomore midfielder Tamar Merheb's (shown above) free kick with just under ten minutes left. The men's soccer team visits Roger Williams University Thursday for a 7 p.m. scrimmage. On Friday, the field hockey team hosts Elms College at 4 p.m. and the women's soccer team hosts Oakwood Soccer Club at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Also in Mansfield Sunday (weather permitting), women's soccer plays its Alumni Team and men's soccer hosts Mitchell College at 7 p.m. In next week's season-openers Thursday, women's volleyball visits Roger Williams University at 7 p.m., and field hockey hosts Ramapto  College at 6 p.m. Women's Soccer hosts the Warrior Classic next Friday and Saturday and men's soccer competes in the Lotto Tournament Saturday and Sunday at St. Lawrence University. The cross country team participates in the Jim Sheehan Memorial Classic Sept. 9 in its season-opener at 4 p.m. at Coggshall Park in Fitchburg, MA.

Little East: Warriors Atop Soccer Polls

Men's and women's squads are favorites to win regular-season titles

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WATCH: The coaches' perspectives on their No. 1 rankings..

 

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  For the first time in the same season, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's soccer teams stand alone atop their respective Little East Conference pre-season polls.

At right: Head men's and women's soccer coaches Greg DeVito (left) and Chris D'Ambrosio have their respective teams as the ones to beat this year in the Little East Conference.

For the fourth straight year under fifth-year head coach Greg DeVito (56-20-10), the men's team earned at least a share of the top spot. The Warriors were the outright top selection for the second time in three seasons, edging 2010 LEC regular-season and  playoff champion Keene State College by a single point in this year's balloting.

Both Eastern and Keene State equally split six first-place votes in the men's balloting, with Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth each receiving one of the eight first-place votes. Second-seeded Eastern was eliminated by third-seeded Rhode Island on penalty kicks in last year's LEC semifinals after posting a 6-1-1 regular-season LEC mark.tobler72dpi_3095.jpg

At right: Cory Tobler (white uniform).

Ranked 14th nationally in the 2011 NSCAA Division III pre-season national poll, the Eastern women garnered six of eight first-place and 62 total points - eight more total points than 2010 LEC playoff champion Western Connecticut State University. Last year's LEC regular-season champion, Eastern was awarded the top spot on its own for the first time in the pre-season rating after sharing the No. 1 ranking with Keene State both last year and in 2004 and with Western Connecticut in 2006.

Under 12th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio (135-61-21) - last year's LEC and regional Coach-of-the-Year -- the Eastern women's soccer team returns all but two regulars from last year's record-setting 16-1-5 combine which won its second outright LEC regular-season title (it has also shared two) a year ago. The Warriors were ranked No. 1 in New England for four straight weeks in 2010 and has high as No. 8 nationally and remained undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

petrizzoaction72dpi_3065.jpgThe Eastern women return five of last year's seven all-conference players in first-team  junior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and four second-teamers in senior midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel), senior back Amber Petrizzo (Plainville), senior keeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) and junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange)

At left: Amber Petrizzo.

The two key losses from a year ago are two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and 2010 second-team All-America defender Lauren Hickey and first-team all-conference forward and third-team all-region pick Taylor Buchanan (Ellington). A junior, Buchanan will miss the 2011

season after sustaining an ACL injury this summer. Buchanan topped last year's team in goals (13) and points (28) while Pagnozzi was the LEC's best in save percentage (.870).

A three-time LEC playoff titlist, the Eastern women did not win either the LEC regular season or playoff titles when it shared the top spot in the LEC pre-season polls in 2004 and 2006.

The Eastern women open their 2011 home season hosting the Warrior Classic Sept. 2-3 and visit Rhode Island College in their conference opener Sept. 17.

The Eastern men return every key player from last year's 14-4-3 finisher which has won one outright and shared one LEC regular-season title and claimed two LEC post-season championships under DeVito. In four years under the current head coach, the Warriors are 20-4-4 in regular-season conference competition.

All six of last year's LEC performers return for the men in first-team seniors Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), a defender, and forward Matt Furman (Montville) and second-team selections Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ), a senior keeper, junior back Bradley Fletcher (Middletown), junior midfielder Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury), and sophomore back Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook). Smiles (first team), Appel and Furman (second team) were additional all-region selections a year ago.

Despite missing six matches with injury, Furman led the LEC in points (26) and shared the lead in assists (8) while Appel led the loop in goals-against average (0.72), save percentage (.877) and shutouts (8).

As the pre-season favorite in 2009, Eastern shared the LEC regular-season title and went on to claim the post-season championship as well. Rated third in the pre-season in DeVito's first season in 2007, Eastern  won its first LEC regular-season crown in 15 years before defeating LEC pre-season favorite Keene State on penalty kicks for its first-ever LEC post-season title.

The Eastern men compete in the Lotto Tournament at St. Lawrence University in its 2011 debut Sept. 3-4 and host Rhode Island College in its conference opener Sept. 17 at Thomas Nevers Field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hall of Fame: Paul Martineau Gets Call

Freshman on '82 national title baseball team to be honored Oct. 30

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Ranked seventh all-time in career batting average upon graduation, Paul Martineau will become the seventh player from Eastern Connecticut State University's 1982 national championship team to gain induction into the E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection committee chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Willimantic native batted .349 in a 152-game career between 1982 and 1985. Batting and throwing left-handed, Martineau platooned in left field as a freshman member of the 1982 NCAA Division III national championship team before starting in left field as a sophomore, and later moving to first base and designated hitter in his final two seasons. He was a member of four NCAA tournament teams, two of which won regional championships and competed for national championships.

The 18th E-Club Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Dr. Yeo at 860-465-5166 or at yeo@easternct.edu or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

Limited to just over 500 official at-bats in his career because of numerous walks (74) and a major injury which cost him 21 starts as a senior in 1985, Martineau still collected 176 hits, 16 home runs, 272 total bases and 133 RBI. A three-year starter, Martineau managed less than 100 official at-bats as a freshman on the 1982 national championship team which included seven (six of whom were position players) eventual E-Club Hall of Famers.

Martineau  is one of six E-Club Hall of Fame inductees comprising the class of 2011. Previously announced selections were Joe Funaro '95 (baseball), Missy Kowolenko Angle '94 (women's basketball) and Shannon Sligo '00 (men's lacrosse).

diving_back72dpi.jpgMartineau improved his batting average every season, from .304 as a freshman in 1982 to a career-high .396 as a senior in 1985. After earning second-team All-New England honors at designated hitter and first base as a sophomore and junior, respectively, Martineau gained first-team honors as a senior DH on the way to third-team All-America accolades.

Martineau brought power (a team-high seven home runs as a senior tri-captain), consistency (career .349 average), speed (23 stolen bases as a junior) and fielding ability (.986 career fielding average) to the lineup in helping the Warriors to an average of 34.3 wins per year and an overall winning percentage of  .757.

Martineau, who still holds the program game record of ten RBI and shares the game home run record of three, appeared in 19 NCAA post-season games in his career. In those games, he reached base 26 times with 14 hits, 11 walks and a hit-by-pitch and drove in 12 runs. As the starting leftfielder as a sophomore in the 1983 national tournament, Martineau reached base nine times in three games with four hits (two doubles) and five walks.

Batting cleanup and playing first base as a senior in 1985, Martineau set the current program game record of ten RBI and tied the current record of three home runs in the eighth northern game of that season against the University of Bridgeport. In that game, he drove in eight runs with homers in the third, sixth and eighth innings, and two more with  a sacrifice fly and ground ball.

Two days after his record-setting performance, however, Martineau sustained a compound fracture of the right index finger diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt at Brown University. The injury cost him 21 starts and upwards of 90 plate appearances. He returned to the starting lineup for the final doubleheader of the regular season, then contributed five hits and five RBI in four games when the Warriors reached the championship round of the Northeast Regional tournament at the old Alumni Field before being eliminated.

As a junior in 1984, Martineau was joined in the starting lineup by four former high school and American Legion teammates in Willimantic residents Sean Risley, E-Club Hall of Famer Stan Harris, Randy Luciani and Chris Dumas.

At the time of graduation, Martineau  ranked seventh all-time in batting average and tenth in total hits, as well as sixth in RBI and tie4 for 11th in home runs. He was named to both head coach Bill Holowaty's Team-of-the-Decade and to his 25th Anniversary Team.

Martineau was selected in the 11th round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft by the Montreal Expos and spent two seasons with Jamestown (NY) of the Class A New York-Penn League.

Martineau holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree and is employed as a Children and Families Support Manager at Alternative Services CT, Inc. in South Windham. He resides in Willimantic with son Aaron, 16.


 

 

 

 


 

Baseball: New Date for '22' Golf Classic

dino72dpi_3676.jpgOpenings remain in the  "22" Golf Classic, which has been re-scheduled to Sunday, Aug. 28 from Friday, Aug. 19 at the University Club of Connecticut. The 11th annual golf tournament is a four-person scramble and will be held rain or shine beginning with a 1 p.m. shotgun start (11:30 a.m. registration). The $125 entry fee includes greens fees, cart, dinner, prizes and gift. Individuals who do not wish to golf can join the group for dinner at a cost of $30. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Eastern baseball program, which is under the direction of 43-year head coach Bill Holowaty. For more information about the tournament, contact Coach Holowaty at 860-465-5135 or at holowatyb@easternct.edu.

Above: Lighting mogul Dean R. Scinto tees off on the first tee at the 2010 event.

 

W-Soccer: Warriors Debut at No. 14

Nationally ranked in the pre-season, they return all but two starters

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Returning all but two starters from the most successful team inprogram history, the 2011 Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team has been rated 14th nationally in the NSCAA Division III pre-season national rankings.

At right: Kelly Wallace (12)

Under 12th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio (135-61-21 in 11 years) - last year's Little East Conference and NSCAA New England Region Coach-of-the-Year - Eastern returns all but two regulars from last year's record-setting 16-1-5 combine which won its first regional championship ever and captured its second outright LEC regular-season title (it has also shared two) a year ago.

The Warriors were ranked No. 1 in New England for four straight weeks in 2010 - their first-ever top regional ranking -- and as high as No. 8 nationally and remained undefeated through two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Eastern was ranked in all ten New England polls last year and spent more time in the national rankings (six weeks) than any previous season in program history.

Eastern made its 2010 national poll debut at No. 13 with an 11-0-1 record on Oct. 12 and peaked at No. 8 (its highest national ranking ever) three weeks later with a 15-0-3 mark prior to the start of the conference playoffs. Seeded first in the LEC playoffs, Eastern was eliminated on penalty kicks in the semifinals but rebounded nine days later in the NCAA regionals to shut out Worcester State University, 1-0, and advance to the third round with a penalty-kick decision over Wheaton College (MA) following 110 minutes of scoreless play.

Eastern had a 21-match unbeaten streak end in a 2-0 season-ending loss to Williams College in the NCAA sectional tournament at Geneva, NY.

The Eastern women return five of last year's seven all-conference players in first-team  junior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and four second-teamers in senior midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel), senior back Amber Petrizzo (Plainville), senior keeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) and junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange).

The two key losses from a year ago were the club's top defensive and offensive players, respectively, in two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and second-team All-America defender Lauren Hickey and first-team all-conference forward and third-team all-region pick Taylor Buchanan (Ellington). A two-year letterwinner, Buchanan will miss the 2011 season after sustaining an ACL injury this summer. Buchanan topped last year's team in goals (13) and points (28) while Pagnozzi was the LEC's best in save percentage (.870) in her first starting season.

Eastern is one of only three New England teams ranked among the pre-season Top 25. Williams is sixth and Wheaton 22nd. Hardin-Simmons University, last year's national champion, is ranked first after defeating No. 2 Messiah College in last year's national title game in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Eastern opens its 2011 home season hosting the Warrior Classic Sept. 2-3 and visit Rhode Island College in their conference opener Sept. 17.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Softball: Training Videos Available

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At left: Head coach DIana Pepin

Two  softball instructional videos produced by the Eastern Connecticut State University softball program in conjunction with Iowa-based Championship Productions are now available.  The videos were created under the supervision of Eastern ten-year head coach Diana Pepin and her staff -- the 2010 and 2011 NFCA regional Coaching Staff-of-the-Year -- and players. The first 92-minute DVD is entitled Running a Successful Indoor Team Practice and includes sessions on dynamic stretching, baserunning, swing mechanics, ground balls, throwing, infield and outfield drills and team defense. The second is a 67-minute DVD entitled Physical & Mental Tools To Develop a Successful Swing. and is devoted to hitting drills, hitting mentality and live hitting challenges.   The DVDs can be purchased for $39.99 each or as a set for $69.99. Ordering information can be obtained at ChampionshipProductions.com

Golf Tournament Scheduled Sept. 25

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The Second Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Golf Tournament to benefit the softball and women's soccer programs is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at the University Club of Connecticut in Willimantic. The four-person scramble will be conducted rain or shine with a shotgun start beginning at noon. Registration is scheduled for 11 a.m. A dinner and awards will follow. Cost of the tournament is $135 per golfer and includes greens fees, cart, prizes, dinner, and a gift.  Anyone wishing to compete and/or contribute a Tee Sponsorship.should.CLICK HERE.pdf for registration forms. All proceeds will benefit Eastern's nationally-recognized intercollegiate softball and women's soccer programs, both of which won regional titles last year and were ranked among the national leaders.

Hall of Fame: Kowolenko Angle In

Former women's basketball great went to back-to-back Final Fours

_kowolenkoheadcropped72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The only post player to start all four games in consecutive NCAA Division III women's basketball Final Four appearances, Missy Kowolenko Angle has been selected for induction into the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection committee chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

The 5-foot-10 inch Killingly native was the key inside player when the Warriors advanced to the NCAA Final Four in consecutive seasons beginning in 1990-91 for the only time in the program's 40-year history.
 
The 18th E-Club Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Dr. Yeo at 860-465-5166 or at yeo@easternct.edu or Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

kowolenkoactioncopystand72_2489.jpgKowolenko started all 85 games in which she appeared after her first season, missing only one game in her entire four-year career between 1989 and 1993  She graduated as the program's all-time leader in points  (1,429) and games (110) and was also rated first in field goals and free throws made and attempted and was third in steals and rebounds at the conclusion of her career.

Kowolenko is one of six members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Previously announced for induction were Joe Funaro (1992-95), the first four-time All-New England recipient in the history of the Eastern baseball program who led the Warriors to two regional championships in his four-year career; and Shannon Sligo (1997-00), a two-time men's lacrosse All-America and only four-time All-New England selection in program history.

Three times in her career, Kowolenko led or shared the team lead in games, field goal percentage, and three throw attempts in a season, and twice led or shared the team lead in rebounds, free throws made, field goals attempted and starts.

As a sophomore in 1990/91, Kowolenko stepped into a starting position vacated by the graduation of first-team All-America and E-Club Hall of Famer Robin Gaby and helped the Warriors win their first Little East Conference regular-season championship, and later, three straight NCAA tournament games to reach the Final Four for the first time in program history.

As a junior, Kowolenko was the only player to start all 31 of the team's games. She helped the team capture 15 straight games, a share of the LEC regular-season title, its first LEC post-season championship, and three NCAA games in a row to advance to its second straight Final Four. The club's 25 wins (against six losses) established a season record to that point/

The trio of Kowolenko, guard Wendy Rogers and forward Bernice Laferriere each started all four games at those two Final Four tournaments.

In her career, Kowolenko averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds -- marks which today rank her seventh and 11th all-time, respectively. Her career point total still rates her third all-time and her rebounding total of 767 is currently the seventh-highest total in program history.

Named to the LEC all-conference and LEC tournament all-tournament teams in each of her three starting seasons, Kowolenko capped her four-year career as a senior in 1992/93 when she led the team in virtually every individual statistical category. That year, she was named to two All-New England teams, including first team by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA).

Kowolenko established program season records as a senior for points (521), points per game (19.3) steals (107), free throws (126) and free throw attempts (200). Her scoring average that season remains the top mark in the program's 40-year history, with her point and steal totals from 1992/93 currently ranking second all-time.

With three starters - among them E-Club Hall of Famers Rogers and Laferriere - gone in 1992/93, Kowolenko played the central  role in leading the team to its 11th consecutive post-season tournament that season. That year, she scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games and recorded 13 double-doubles (four straight in early February) in points and rebounds. Four times, she amassed at least 30 points, with a program-record 36 points complementing 16 rebounds in a 99-81 LEC win at Rhode Island College Feb. 11.

Kowolenko holds a B.S. Degree in Marketing and Management and serves as Director of Marketing for United Natural Foods, Inc. in Providence, RI. Kowolenko and husband Ray reside in Brookyn with son RJ and daughter Ashleigh.


 

 

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