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W-Soccer: Warriors Back Over .500

MacLeod stops Salem State to make Wallace's early goal stand up

macleod72dpi_2814.jpgSALEM, Mass. - Junior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) scored her fifth career game-winning goal in the eighth minute for the only goal of the match as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team defeated Salem State University in a non-conference match Wednesday night at Alumni Field.

At left: Mackenzie MacLeod

With its third victory over Salem (4-4-2) in the last three meetings, Eastern (5-4-0) gets over the .500 mark for the first time since it was 2-1 on Sept. 10.

Junior forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester) was credited with her fourth assist of the season (pulling her into a share of the team lead) on Wallace's 12th career goal. The game-winning goal was the first of the season for Wallace, who was second on the team a year ago with four. ) Wallace took a cross from Downer in front of the net and redirected the ball past Salem State senior keeper Leah Potcner at the 7:55 mark.

Opportunities to score were limited, but the Vikings had a couple of chances to tie the game. At the 29:55 mark Salem State had a chance to tie the game, but were unable to connect on a throw-in down the right side. In the 89th minute the Vikings had a final rush on goal, but Kelsey Delaney's shot was blocked in front of the net.

Junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made five saves to earn her second shutout of the season. It marks the fifth time this year that Salem has been shut out this year, although one shutout resulted in a scoreless overtime draw in the third match of the season at Babson College, ranked seventh in New England with a 7-1-1 record. A week ago, the Vikings had also beaten the University of Southern Maine, like Eastern a member of the Little East Conference.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. Western is ranked No. 10 in New England


 

Field Hockey: Falcons Fly Past Warriors

They score twice in each half for 4-1 Little East Conference victory

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made double figure saves for the second time in three matches but could not contain the high-powered Fitchburg State University offense in Eastern Connecticut State University's 4-1 Little East Conference field hockey loss Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Chelsie Rizzo moves the ball against Fitchburg Wednesday afternoon.

Sharing the conference leading in goals entering play, Fitchburg (5-4, 2-2 Little East) got a goal and assist from All-LEC forwards LEC Megan Jacobs and  Jamie Kelley to defeat Eastern (1-8, 0-4 Little East) for the fourth straight season.

A returning first-team All-LEC performer and current conference scoring leader, Jacobs gave Fitchburg the lead less than seven minutes into play with her 13th goal of the year and later had her drive re-directed by up senior forward Kaylee Bergeron past Reichardt  early in the second half to make it 3-0.

Averaging just under ten saves per match this year, Reichardt made seven saves in each half. She kept the Warriors within striking distance in the first half, when the Falcons mustered 14 shots and amassed eight penalty corners. Eastern, a loser of four straight, was not able to put a shot on Fitchburg senior goalkeeper Taylor Begin until the 19th minute of play.

Jacobs unloaded nine of Fitchburg's 24 shots, putting five on net and getting the first one past Reichardt.  Kelley and Bergeron combined for ten shots, all ending up on cage. Reichardt was able to kick out eight of those shots.

Eastern avoided the shutout when senior forward Chelsie Rizzo (Bethel)  connected on her team-leading third goal of the season with a strike from the left post on her only shot inside the final five minutes.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m. The Panthers were scheduled to visit  Keene State College Wednesday at 6 p.m. Plymouth and Keene entered the match sharing first place in the conference, both at 3-0.

 

 

W-Volleyball: Road Warriors End Slide

They improve to 8-2 away from home with victory over Gordon

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWENHAM, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team left home to end a three-match losing streak and post a four-set victory over Gordon College Tuesday night.

At right: Katie Wilson

A winner of seven of its first nine matches away from Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium, Eastern (8-5) snapped a season-high three-match losing streak with its eighth road victory in 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-12 wins over Gordon (9-5). The win is the fourth straight for the Warriors over the Scots and 21st in 28 meetings all-time in the series.

Senior Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had 12 kills and 19 digs for Eastern, junior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) nine kills, ten digs and four service aces and senior Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) 17 digs.

Eastern is idle until visiting Western Connecticut State University Tuesday in a 6 p.m. Little East Conference match. Eastern has already faced Massachusetts Boston and Keene State in its two previous LEC contests, losing both. Western (2-0 in the conference to date) was rated fourth in the pre-season coaches poll, two-time defending LEC tournament champion UMass Boston (2-0) first (unanimously) and Keene (2-0) second.

 

M-Soccer: Sophomore Powers Warriors

 Mitch Power scores first three goals of his career in non-conference win

power su72dpi_4877.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - With each team having allowed only four goals in eight matches this season,  the  Eastern Connecticut State University-Salem State University men's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field figured to be low-scoring and tightly contested.

It didn't quite work out that way.

At left: Mitch Power

Eastern (6-2-1) broke through for two goals in the first 12 minutes and rode a breakout game by sophomore forward Mitch Power  (Douglas, MA) as the Warriors dismantled Salem (6-3-0), 5-0, in a faceoff between two programs which have qualified for NCAA  tournament  play in each of the past two years.

Power, who had managed only two assists in his first 23 matches after scoring 80 goals in a four-year high school career, found his goal-scoring touch with the first three goals of his career (along with an assist) as the Warriors rode to their fourth win without a loss this year at Nevers Field. They have outscored those four opponents, 15-0,

Since resurrecting a rivalry which lay dormant for 12 years, Eastern is unbeaten (3-0-1) and has posted shutouts each of the past three seasons against the Vikings, who had lost only seven of the first 26 times the teams had met through 1995. The win over Salem the last three years has left Eastern with an identical record of 6-2-1

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Having dropped from No. 5 to a tie for No. 7 in New England in this week's poll after a 2-1 loss at Trinity College six days ago, Eastern scored the only goal it would need Tuesday in the sixth minute of play when 2010 Little East Conference scoring leader Matt Furman (Montville) headed in his team-leading fifth goal of the season on a long cross from sophomore forward Kyle Surprenant (Coventry).

At right: Matt Esposito (6)

Power's first career goal six minutes later made it 2-0, and Eastern put the match away with 16 minutes left in the first half when Power set up sophomore midfielder Luke Capezzone's  (Colchester) second goal of the season. Power worked a give-and-go with sophomore back Christopher Giustina (Enfield) to make it 2-0, and Capezzone popped in the rebound of Power's shot to all but seal the game at 3-0.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, sophomore forward Tom Vear (Monson, MA) found Power alone in the box with a crossing pass from the right flank, and Power's hard shot hit the crossbar and bounced in to push the lead to 4-0. Power completed the hat trick with 6+ minutes left when he beat Salem junior keeper Scott Hall one-on-one after receiving a through-ball from sophomore midfielder Zach Kice (Denver) in stride.

Senior Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ), who shares the program career record with 23 full shutouts, and junior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) combined on their second consecutive shutout. Appel made six saves in the first half and Munsell came on to leave his feet for three saves to preserve the shutout in the second half. Appel has started all four matches in net in his career against Salem and stretched his scoreless streak against the Vikings to 211 minutes and 14 seconds with Tuesday's 45 shutout minutes.

The five goals was the most scored by either team in this series since the Vikings' 5-0 win at Nevers Field in 1995. The Warriors had last scored at least five goals against Salem during their undefeated regular season in 1969 in a 9-0 verdict at the old Alumni Field.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match at Nevers Field.

 

Field Hockey: Familiar Foe (the 1-0 loss)

Warriors outshoot Framingham but are held scoreless in loss

framingham72_3724.jpgLEC LOGO PARE.jpgFRAMINGHAM, Mass.  - The Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team has missed out on qualifying for the Little East Conference playoffs seven times in the last nine years. Many of those near-misses can be attributed to 1-0 losses.

Saturday, Eastern (1-7, 0-3 Little East) was beaten by the slimmest of margins - 1-0 - in a conference regular-season match for the 17th time in the last nine-plus years, falling by that score to Framingham State University at Maple Street Field.

For the second time this - first time in a loss -- the Warriors outshot their opponent (11-10), but that moral victory went for nothing after sophomore Demi Miskiv scored the only goal of the match midway through the second half for Framingham (3-5, 1-2 Little East).

The 1-0 win over Eastern is Framingham's  second in as many year and fourth in this 12-match LEC series by that score. Eastern drops to 0-4 on the road this year while Framingham won for the first time in  six games since opening the season with a 2-0 win at Regis College (MA).

The Warriors had several chances to tie the score in the second half, but Framingham  junior goalkeeper Sarah Ryan stood firm and finished the game with eight saves to record her second shutout of 2011. Eastern senior Ali Chapman (Watertown)  sent three of the team's 11 shots on net that were turned away by Ryan.

Eastern senior goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made six saves.

Eastern plays its fifth home match in nine outings when it hosts Fitchburg State University in an LEC match Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Falcons placed fifth in the 12-team conference last year, losing in overtime in the opening round of the LEC playoffs. Eastern looks to end a three-match losing streak against Fitchburg.


 

M-Soccer: Eastern Wins Second in LEC

Newcomers net two goals as Warriors win second in two tries in LEC

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. -  First-year sophomore transfer Christopher Giustina (Enfield) and freshman Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) headed in corner kicks for their first goals in Eastern Connecticut State University uniforms and the Warriors broke open a tight match with two second-half goals in a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Panther Park.

At right: Christopher Giustina

Eastern (5-2-1, 2-0-0 Little East) posted its fourth straight win over Plymouth, with the three-goal margin the largest winning margin in the series since the Warriors won 5-0 15 years ago at Thomas Nevers Field. Plymouth (1-6-0, 0-2-0 Little East) was coming off its only win of the season in overtime three days ago.

Leading 1-0 at halftime when Giustina headed in junior Jon DeCasanova's (Glastonbury) corner kick for his sixth collegiate goal (five coming last year at Sage College of Albany), Eastern broke the match open with two goals in a span of seven minutes midway through the second half.

It was still a one-goal game 15 minutes into the second half when a defensive breakdown in the Panther end of the field led to an Eastern "own" goal.  Demo made it 3-0 with a beautiful header off a corner kick taken by first-year junior transfer Carl Stensland (Storrs) that went into the far side of the goal with 21 minutes remaining.

Senior Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ)  and junior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) combined on the team's fifth shutout this year. Appel made five saves, Munsell two.

Plymouth held a slim +2 advantage in shots but Eastern was awarded 11 of the 15 corner kicks in the match.

Eastern hosts Salem State University Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Nevers Field. Since the resumption of the series after a 13-year hiatus, Eastern is unbeaten (2-0-1) against the Vikings, winning by shutout each of the last two seasons.

 

Women's XC: 18th at Codfish Bowl

The Warriors' No. 8 runner at race last year, Gingras is second Saturday

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BOSTON --  Eastern Connecticut State University junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) improved her lot on the team by six spots from a year ago Saturday when the women's cross country team placed 18th in a field of 23 teams at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park.

At right: Cora Gingras (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Running over 5,000 meters, Gingras was second only to senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) among Eastern runners, scoring 75 points and finishing 121st overall in a field of 251 with a time of 21:50. Last year, Gingras was Eastern's eighth finisher in a time of 25:49.

Quinones scored a team-low 35 points, crossing the tape 44th overall in a time of 20:19 (53 seconds better than 2010). She was the 11th Division III runner at the finish in a race which was a mix of Division I, II and III programs, local running clubs and high school prep schools, and community colleges, along with several unaffiliated runners. The top 12 runners across the line were either members of Division I or II program or local racing clubs or ran unattached.

wxcfranklinpark72P9240100.jpgQuinones was the second Little East Conference participant at the end, following only UMass Dartmouth senior Courtney Testa, who was 33rd in a time of 20:04. Quinones had run two seconds faster than Testa at last Saturday's UMass Dartmouth Invitational.

At left: Warriors prepare for the start of the race at Franklin Park (Frank Poulin photo).

In addition to Gingras and Quinones, others improving their times of a year ago included sophomores Alexa Palasky (Griswold) and Wendy Bouton (Stratford). Palasky was Eastern's fourth finisher, scoring 102 points in a time of 22:31, and Bouton was its No. 7 finisher, scoring 141 points in a time of 2539.

Sophomore Katie France (Portland) followed Quinones and Gingras at the tape, scoring 96 points in a time of 22:20. Freshman Emily Sniffin (Danbury) was Eastern's final scorer with 137 points in a time of 25:10, with junior Denica Gagnon (Colchester) sixth among Eastern competitors  in a time of 25:22.

Eastern competes in the James Early Invitational Oct. 8 at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA.

Run over 5,000 meters
Top Ten

1. Boston U. 47; 2. Greater Boston Track Club 50; 3. Stonehill College 72; 4. Tufts U. 101; 5. Bates College 155; 6. Adelphi U. 213; 7. Merrimack College 234; 8. Bentley U. 243; 9. Massachusetts Dartmouth 284; 10. Philips Exeter Academy 335;
18. EASTERN CONN. 445  (23 teams scored points)


Eastern's Finishers
(251 runners finished race)

44 (35)  Amanda Quinones 20:19;121 (75) Cora Gingras 21:50; 153 (96) Katie France 22:20; 163 (102) Alexa Palasky 22:31; 224 (137) Emily Sniffin 25:10; 225 (138) Denica Gagnon 25:22; 228 (141) Wendy Bouton 25:39; 233 (--) Brittany Lane 26:01.

Men's XC: 14th Place at Codfish Bowl

Despite difficult conditions, Warriors show improvement over 2010

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BOSTON --  Despite slogging through unfavorable running conditions, three members of the Eastern Connecticut State University men's cross country team showed significant improvements over a year ago Saturday at the 44th Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park.

At right: Ryan Hughes

In a field which included one more team than a year ago, Eastern improved two spots to  place 14th overall in a field of 26 teams. With their No. 1 runner finishing 44 spots lower than the top runner of a year ago, the Warriors totaled  29 more points from last year, recording 474 points.

The meet was run over 8,000 meters in extremely humid conditions and on a slow course with high, soggy grass.

Seniors Bryan Jorge (Bristol) and  Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury)  all showed significant improvement over a year ago. Running third, Franklin improved by 1:14 over a year ago with a time of 30:17; running sixth, Jorge's time of 30:45 was 23 seconds faster than a year ago, while Hughes checked in  2:31 faster as the team's No. 7 finisher.

Ledy by David Klein (New Milford), Eastern freshmen took the top two and four of the five scoring spots for Eastern. Klein scored 77 points with a time of 28:56, Austin Baldour (Newtown) 90 points (29:32), Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) 104 points (30:35) and Lee Cattanach (New London) 106 points (30:37).

The 26-team field was a mix of Division I, II and III programs, local running clubs, community colleges, along with several unaffiliated runners.

Eastern competes in the James Early Invitational Oct. 8 at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA.


Top Ten

1. Bates College 49; 2. Boston U. 77; 3. Stonehill College 86; 4. Adelphi U. 154; 5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 176; 6. Greater Boston Track Club 177; 7.  Tufts U. 219; 8. Bentley U. 234; 9. Molloy College 262;  10. Bridgewater State U. 278.
14. EASTERN CONN. 474 (26 teams scored points)

Eastern's Finishers
 (286 runners finished race)

110 (77) David Klein 28:56; 135 (90) Austin Baldour 29:32; 161 (97) Ryan Franklin 30:17; 170 (104) Kyle Shaw 30:35;  172 (106) Lee Cattanach 30:37; 175 (108) Bryan Jorge 30:45; 206 (124) Ryan Hughes 31:45; 234 (--) Tim Callahan 32:56;253 (--) Casey McGarvey 34:45;        255 (--) Stephen Spranzo  34:54.

W-Soccer: Warriors Find Their Rhythm

They extend regular-season LEC unbeaten streak to 14 with 3-1 win

leonard_4825.JPGMANSFIELD, Conn. --  Little East Conference scoring leader Daniela Marchitto (Orange) broke a tie 13 minutes into the second half with her team-leading seventh goal of the year to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 3-1 conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Nicole Leonard (6) and Kelsey Marvin of Plymouth battle for possession in Saturday's Little East match.

After the teams played without scoring through the first half and early minutes of the second, the squads combined for three goals in less than eight minutes.

Eastern (4-4-0, 2-0-0 Little East) junior Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and Plymouth (3-4-0, 0-2-0 Little East) senior Sammi Jo Saltalamacchia scored a little more than three minutes apart in the second half before  Marchitto  knocked in a left-footer from close range to give the Warriors  the lead for good, 2-1, 13 minutes into the second half. Marchitto was able to maintain possession in traffic  in the box after receiving a short pass from sophomore Tamar Merheb (Bethel), and sent a quick shot at Plymouth senior keeper Angelina LaBroad. LaBroad left her feet to knock the shot down, but the momentum of the shot allowed the ball to roll inside the left post.

The win is the 13th straight for Eastern over Plymouth and extends Eastern's regular-season conference unbeaten streak to 14 (12-0-2). The Warriors ended the 2009 season with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and were 6-0-1 a year ago en route to the regular-season LEC title.

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At right are Eastern senior JoAnn Merheb (11) and Plymouth's Anna Lozano. (Liz Cutler photo)

Wallace's second goal of the year had given the Warriors the lead less than five minutes into the second half.  Junior Chelsea Downer (Colchester) set up the play with a pass from the right side into the box. Marchitto led the cross travel untouched through her legs to the far side to Wallace, who buried a hard shot above the leap of LaBroad. Saltalamacchia converted Plymouth's second shot of the match to tie the game, taking a pass from sophomore Molly Todd and beating Eastern junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) with a high shot that sailed inches inside the left post.

Eastern added an insurance goal midway through the second half when sophomore Nicole Leonard (Rutherford, NJ)  was credited with her fourth goal of the year on a crossing pass from the right wing from sophomore Blair Church (New London). Tamar Merheb won the ball and sent it ahead to Church, who found Leonard unmarked on the left side of the box. Leonard one-timed the perfect pass from the left post.

In the final 20 minutes, Church was denied a goal when she hit the cross bar, and LaBroad robbed Marchitto and freshman Rachael Skinner (Uncasville) with sprawling stops.

LaBroad made eight saves and also got one at the post from senior back Sarah Pandiscio (Simsbury) early in the second period.  Five of LaBroad's saves came in the first half when the Warriors came up empty despite a 9-1 advantage in shots. MacLeod made two saves to record her fourth victory.

Eastern visits Salem State University Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Challenge Owls

But they can't avoid a three-set Little East setback to visiting Keene

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  All-Little East Conference performers Bridget O'Bryant, Ellyse Davis and Kristen Girard combined for 27 kills to lift the Keene State College women's volleyball team to a sweep of Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.  Game scores were 25-17, 25-15, 25-22.

At right: Samantha Slonski

Since being upset by Eastern in five sets in the semifinals of the 2007 Little East Conference tournament Keene State (8-4, 2-0 little east) has swept Eastern (7-5, 0-2 little east) the last four times the teams have met.

A first-team all-conference outside hitter as a junior last year, the 5-foot-10 inch O'Bryant led all players on both teams with 17 digs and shared team-high honors with Davis with 11 kills.

Keene rattled off eight straight points midway through the first set to set the tempo for the match and post its fifth straight win.The Owls trailed by one before moving out to a 21-14 advantage. A 10-4 run in the second set sent the Owls to a comfortable 17-8 lead. In the final set, Keene raced to a quick lead but Eastern chipped away, pulling as close as two points in the final stages before the visitors  gained the tight decision.

Senior setter Laurie Whalen collected 34 assists for Keene, which returned nine letterwinners from its first ECAC New England championship a year ago.  Whalen also chipped in three assists and first-year junior transfer Alex Lehocky totaled a game-high four.

Eastern has lost its last three - all at home against top competition. Senior Samantha Slonski (Griswold) enjoyed her finest offensive outing the year with 12 kills and a .556 attack percentage.  She also totaled a team-high nine digs and ten assists.  Junior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) followed with seven kills, four digs, six assists, and a block.  Seeting her first action of the year after recovering from a pre-season injury, senior Gianna Trombino (East Moriches, NY) came off the bench to give the Warriors a lift in the second set. She served nine balls with an ace and no errors and recorded eight digs.

As a team, the Warriors passed slightly better than their season average. Senior Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) handled 24 serves with a single error and Wilson was perfect on 15 tries.

Eastern visits Gordon College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Marathon Effort: Athletes Chipping In

 

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Eastern's student-athletes were among the dozens of members of the University community in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement which lent support to Dr. Charlie Chatterton's Poverty Awareness Marathon during wet and rainy conditions. Dr. Chatteron and his friends spent the better part of Friday morning running laps around the Eastern campus as they took strides "to break the cycle of poverty.". Many participants also donated non-perishable food items to help Dr. Chatterton reach his goal of 462 canned goods, which represent the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty.

Baseball: Elite Clinic Now on Sunday

The Eastern Connecticut State University Elite Baseball Clinic, originally scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 24), has been re-scheduled for Sunday (Sept. 25) at the Eastern Baseball Complex in Mansfield. The change was made due to expected rains on Saturday.

The schedule planned for Saturday will remain intact for Sunday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The day's events will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at approximately 6 p.m.

For further information, contact Eastern associate head coach Bob Wojick at 860-881-6833 or at wojickr@easternct.edu.

 

 

By Jonathan Mizger '13

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Amanda Quinones, the only senior on the Eastern  women's cross country team, has done many things to further reach her goal for the year of qualifying and competing in the NCAA Division III national championships.

A third-year transfer from Division I Rider University, Quinones has said that she wants to be really competitive in the Little East Conference championships in late October, get close to placing in the NCAA Division III New England Regional, and get as close as she can to qualify for nationals meet, scheduled for Nov. 19 at Winneconne, WI.

In cross country last year, Quinones came in first  in the Fitchburg State University Jim Sheenan Memorial Classic with a time of 21:18. This year, she was on top of her game against and finished first again with a time of 21:02. Quinones_feature72dpi4644.jpg

Amanda Quinones (at right in photo at right)

Also an indoor and outdoor track participant, Quinones says that has trained harder from last year to this year. "This summer I ran twice as much as I did last summer", she pointed out, "I ran a little less than 70 miles a week (this past summer). I ran a lot to improve my endurance". Her training is starting to pay off, and this has the coaches interested in her performance for the season. 

"I think she's doing great," says 11th-year head coach Frank Poulin, "She had a great summer, she put a lot of miles in,  and it is paying off."

Quinones ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Rider following high school graduation in 2008. After deciding to leave the Lawrenceville, NJ school after one year, she happened to visit the Eastern campus unannounced while visiting the area one day in the summer of 2009. She liked what she saw, enrolled that fall, and eventually changed her major from Biology to Communication. . 

Along with her talent comes great responsibility as a leader. While there are no "officlal" team captains, the Trumbull native is making quite an effort to lead her young teammates as the lone senior, and have them give it their all as much as she does.  "(Amanda) gets the whole team believing in themselves as much as Amanda believes in herself," said sixth-year assistant coach Brent Terry. "She goes beyond just being talented; she works hard and gets everybody to succeed as well".

Quinones has been inspired to run by Terry. "Honestly, I have  never had a coach believe in me as much as Brent does," she says. "He is probably the biggest inspiration, here, ever, really."

Last Saturday, Quinones became the first Eastern female in 18 years to break 20 minutes at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational in leading the team to its highest team placing since 2003. She clocked in with a time of 19:23, finishing 27th  overall. Quinones's time was better by 52 seconds from her time last year at the same event, and also improved her finish placement from 90th last year to 27th this year.

Quinones's hard work in the offseason is paying off with success in her first two events. She hopes to build off each event with an added confidence boost in her next events this year. Quinones and her teammates will be competing at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park in Boston on Saturday in their third and final meet of September.

Women's Soccer: Road Remains Rocky

After two one-goal losses to Warriors last year, Westfield turns tables

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WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team dropped to 1-4 in a five match road trip, falling to Westfield State University, 2-1, Wednesday night in a non-conference match.

At right: Kelly Wallace

Since winning its first two matches at home, Eastern (3-4-0) has lost four of five on the road. The Warriors were 8-1-3 away from home in 2010. With the win, Westfield (6-1-1) equals its entire victory total of last year, when it lost twice to Eastern by a goal each time.

Westfield (6-1-1) scored twice in the second half to erase Eastern's (3-4-0) lead which was forged on junior midfielder Kelly Wallace's (South Windsor) first goal of the season with eight minutes left in the first half. Junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) assisted on the goal, giving her at least one point in five of seven matches this year.

Junior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made nine saves in net for Eastern, which hadtrimmed Westfield in the season-opener last year at the Springfield College Invitational and later at home. Freshman Nicky Stasz played the second half in net for Westfield and earned her first collegiate win by making four saves.

Of Westfield's win this year, one has come against nationally-ranked Springfield, 1-0 at Springfield and one was a 3-2 home verdict over Keene State College, one of the top teams in the Little East Conference.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex in its first home match in three weeks. The Warriors have won the last 12 times the teams have met. The pre-season LEC favorite, Eastern opened its conference slate Saturday with a 7-0 road win over Rhode Island College. Plymouth (3-3-0) was beaten by visiting Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2-1, in its conference opener Saturday.

Men's Soccer: Tripped by Trinity, 2-1

In non-conference play, winner comes midway through second half

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HARTFORD, Conn. - In four years, the seniors on the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team will have attained numerous accomplishments which include conference championships and post-season appearances.

At right: Matt Esposito

Unless the Warriors and Trinity College meet in the 2011 NCAA tournament, however, it is certain that one of those accomplishments will not have been a win over the Bantams.

Wednesday afternoon, Dan Mayernick scored both of Trinity's goals as the Bantams defeated Eastern for the fourth straight season, 2-1, in a non-conference match on the Trinity campus.

Ranked fifth in New England, Eastern dips to 1-2-1 away from home this season. Trinity is unranked in New England, but owns a 1-1 tie with Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The Ephs are ranked second in New England, 11th nationally,.

Since dumping the Bantams on their own field under then first-year head coach Greg DeVito in 2007, Eastern has played Trinity virtually on even terms but has only four losses to show for it.

Wednesday, Eastern snapped a string of three straight shutouts against Trinity when senior midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) put a game-tying penalty kick past Trinity senior keeper Grant Schonberg midway through the first period. The goal was the fourth of the year for Esposito, tying his total of each of his three previous seasons.

Mayernick had lifted the hosts to an early 1-0 lead, and later registered the game-winning goal after a string of 45 consecutive minutes midway through the second half.

Eastern senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) was credited with seven saves but sustained his fourth career loss (29 percent of his career total of 14) in as many starts against Trinity. Schonberg was Trinity's starting keeper for the third straight season against the Warriors.

Eastern looks to remain undefeated against Plymouth State University under DeVito when it returns to Little East Conference action on the road Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Ranked first in the LEC pre-season coaches' poll, Eastern opened LEC play Saturday with a 1-0 sudden death double overtime home win over Rhode Island College. Plymouth (1-5-0, 0-1-0 LEC) won its first match of the season Wednesday  with a 3-2 overtime non-conference home victory over Castleton State College, gaining the winning goal three minutes into sudden death. The Panthers lost 1-0 Saturday at Massachusetts Dartmouth in its conference opener.

 

Field Hockey: Early Hole Too Deep

Warriors manage only one second-half goal in non-conference loss

chapman72dpimc_3710.jpgPURCHASE, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Megan Greene scored twice in the second period to lift the Manhattanville College field hockey team to a 4-1 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon at GoValiants.com Field.

At left: Ali Chapman

Greene's first goal 32 seconds into the second period pushed the Manhattanville (5-1) lead to 3-0, and Greene added her team-leading seventh goal eight minutes after Eastern senior forward Ali Chapman (Watertown) to re-store the Valiants' three-goal cushion. Last year's leading scorer, Chapman  recorded her second goal of the season on an assist from senior midfielder Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield).

Eastern senior Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) stopped 13 shots for Eastern (1-5), while Manhattanville sophomore Amy Hilton made five saves.

The loss is Eastern's second straight after  a 3-1 home win over Wheelock College eight days ago. The match was the first between the programs since 2007. The Valiants  have won four in a row against Eastern in this series. Their only loss this season for Manhattanville came by a 5-0 margin over nationally-ranked William Smith College four days ago.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday when it visits Framingham State University at 4 p.m. Senior Erika Malito (Killingly) scored off the team's first penalty corner six minutes into the second half of last year's 1-0 home win over the Rams for its only LEC victory of the year.

 

 

Hall of Fame: VB Star Kimball Gets Nod

Program's only first-team All-America will be an October 30 inductee

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The only first-team All-America in the

Kathleen Tredwell12x16edit1FORMAL.jpg36-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University women's intercollegiate volleyball program, Kathy Kimball Tredwell has been selected for induction into the E-Club Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by selection committee chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.

A 5-foot-11 inch middle hitter from North Stonington, Kimball was a three-time all-region and All-New England selection and a first team AVCA Division III All-America as a junior in 1993 when she ranked second nationally in attack percentage (.413) and ninth with an average of 4.08 kills per game.

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.

The program's second Hall of Fame selection from the 1990s, Kimball 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), Paul Martineau '85 (baseball), and Shannon Sligo '00 (men's lacrosse).

Kimball helped the Warriors to two NCAA and two ECAC tournament berths in her 155-match career and an overall four-year record of 126-49 (72.0 percent) under E-Club Hall of Fame coach Floretta Crabtree. She was a three-year starter as a sophomore in 1992 and junior in 1993 and as a fifth-year senior in 1995 (she missed all but the first match of 1994 with a back injury).

Appearing in all but one of the team's matches in her final three healthy seasons, the two-time team captain was the Warriors' leader in kills and attack percentage in each of those seasons and in block solos, block assists and total blocks twice.

With Eastern facing the top Division III teams on the East Coast throughout her career, Kimball amassed 1,362 kills and a career .384 attack percentage, 383 blocks, and 607 digs. 

En route to becoming only the second first-team collegiate All-America from New England at any level in 1993, Kimball led the Warriors in kills, attack percentage and block solos, assists and total blocks. That year, she led Eastern to a 23-4 record against New England completion, with three of the losses coming to a Bates College team which was undefeated through the regular season.

Nine times in her final two healthy seasons, Kimball recorded at least 20 kills in a match, with a career-high 29 coming on a career-high 66 attack attempts for a .364 attack percentage in a five-game loss to Springfield College.

As a senior in 1995, Kimball was named MVP of the first Little East Conference Tournament with 45 kills and ten blocks in three matches (11 games). She earned All-New England Region (only one team is chosen) and first-team New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) All-New England honors and was named to the NEWVA Senior Classic that season, when she also earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award.

In her 1993 All-America season, Kimball  collected at least ten kills in 28 of 44 matches and twice totaled ten blocks. Eight of her double-digit kill matches came in succession, with the first four coming against Division III national powers Springfield, Juniata, UW-Whitewater and Thomas More. In two matches against East Coast power Stony Brook that season, Kimball totaled 39 kills, a .440 attack percentage, and eight blocks. In the first round of the NCAA tournament against Bates, Kimball had 21 kills and a .378 attack percentage with seven kills.

After seeing limited time as a freshman on a veteram team which won 40 of 49 matches in 1991, Kimball immediately picked up the slack in 1992 following the graduation of Katie Nichols, the 1991 New England Player-of-the-Year and an eventual E-Club Hall of Famer. That season, Kimball gained AVCA All-East Region and second-team All-New England honors, led the team in five major categories, was named to two all-tournament teams, and ranked sixth nationally in Division III with what proved to be a career-high.430 attack percentage.

Kimball was named to all-tournament teams six times in her three starting seasons.

Sixteen years since the final match of her career, Kimball still ranks first all-time in program history in total blocks and block solos, second in kills and attack percentage and fifth in total attack attempts. (Among players who have played more than one season, Kimball's career attack percentage ranks first all-time.)

Additionally, Kimball still holds the second and third-highest totals for block solos in a season, third-highest total for blocks in a season, and the third-highest attack percentage in a season.

In 2002, Kimball became the first of only two Eastern alumni to gain induction into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame

Kimball holds a B.S. Degree in Physical Education from Eastern and an M.S. in School Health Education from Southern Connecticut. She formerly taught middle school Physical Education in the Stamford and Darien public school systems and currently resides in Flower Mound, TX with husband  Pete and daughters Caroline, 5, and Allison, 3.

 


 

Men's Soccer: LEC Recognizes Furman

Junior named LEC's Offensive Player-of-the-Week in 1-0-1 week

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NORTH DARTMOUTH,  Mass. --  For the fifth time in his three-year career, Eastern Connecticut State University junior forward Matt Furman (Montville) has been recognized by the Little East Conference in its weekly awards program.

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A returning first-team All-LEC men's soccer performer, Furman was named the conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Sept. 18 after scoring both goals in Eastern's 1-0-1 week.

Furman, a second-team All-New England Region pick in 2010, scored his ninth career game-winning goal and 20th goal of his three-year career 10:38 into overtime in a 1-0 Little East Conference home win over Rhode Island College Saturday, scoring on a header at the right post on a cross from senior midfielder Sean Collins (Bristol).  This past Wednesday at Wheaton College (MA), Furman forced overtime by scoring with 22 seconds left in regulation in a 1-1 double overtime draw.

For the 4-1-1 Warriors, Furman has a point in five of Eastern's six matches to date and ranks second in the LEC with ten points.

Furman's selection gives Eastern four weekly honorees of a possible eight in the two reporting weeks of the LEC program. Last week, junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland) was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week, senior back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) Defensive Player-of-the-Week and senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) Goalkeeper-of-the-Week.

Last year, Furman led the conference in scoring (9-8-26) despite missing six matches with injury. Previously, Furman was cited  as LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week twice last year. In his first season in 2009 after transferring from the University of Rhode Island, he was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week once and Rookie-of-the-Week once.

Ranked seventh in New England, Eastern visits Trinity College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Women's XC: Warriors Excel at UMD

Behind Quinones, they post highest finish in eight years at meet

quinonesUMD72dpiP9170082[1].jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --   Senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) became the first Eastern Connecticut State University female to break 20 minutes at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners' Cross Country Invitational Saturday in at least 18 years in leading the Warriors to their highest team finish since 2003.

At left: Amanda Quinones at UMD (Frank Poulin photo)

In a field of 37 teams, Eastern placed 20th overall with 533 points, with MIT cruising to the easy team win in totaling only 25 points by capturing five of the first nine places.

Over the 5,000 meter campus course, Quinones became the first Eastern female to break 20 minutes since Caroline Johnson was clocked in 19:33 in 1993 in a 39th-place finish among 94 competitors. Quinones' 27th-place finish in a field of 258 Saturday is the highest by an Eastern female on record in this race.  Quinones knocked 52 seconds and 63 places off her performance from her  junior season last year. As a first-year sophomore in 2009, she was timed in 20:47 in a 127th-place finish.

Sophomore Katie France (Portland) ran an almost identical time from her freshman season. She was timed in 20:43 in a 106th place finish, with junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) 118th in a time of 20:53, sophomore Alexa Palasky (Griswold) 143rd in a time of 21:14, freshman Melissa Zablonski (Colchester) 169th at 21:43 and junior Denica Gagnon (Colchester) 206th in a time of 22:56. Palasky and Gagnon both improved by 25 seconds over their efforts of a year ago.

Quinones, who won the individual title last Friday at Fitchburg State, was the second Little East Conference participant to cross the line Saturday, following University of Southern Maine sophomore Morgan Beede, who was 20th overall in a time of 19:17.

The team finish is the highest since 2003 when it was 19th overall. However, only 28 teams competed that season.

Eastern competes in the Codfish Bowl at historic Franklin Park in Boston Saturday at 11 a.m.

    Top Ten Teams

1.MIT 25; 2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 209; 3. Wellesley College 114; 4. Brandeis U. 148; 5. Salisbury U. 160; 6. UMass Lowell 179; 7. Bentley U. 264; 8. College of the Holy Cross 282; 9. WPI 286; Conn College 314.
20. EASTERN CONN. 533.

Eastern's Finishers

27. Amanda Quinones 19:23; 106. Katie France 20:43; 118. Cora Gingras 20:53;  143. Alexa Palasky 21:14; 169. Melissa Zablonski 21:43; 206. Denica Gagnon 22:56.

 

Men's XC: Callahan Leads Way at UMD

He leads the team at the finish line for first time in three-year career

callahanumd72dpiP9170091[2].jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University's top three men's finishers crossed the finish line within 23 seconds of each other as the Warriors placed 24th in a 34-team field at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Shriners' Cross Country Invitational Saturday.

At left: Tim Callahan at UMD (Frank Poulin photo)

In a field of  255 runners, junior Tim Callahan (Portland) placed within the top 42 percent over the 8,000 meter campus layout, leading all Eastern runners for the first time in his three-year career. Callahan was timed in 27:33for a 107th-place finish and was followed at the stripe by freshmen David Klein (New Milford) and Kyle Shaw (Lebanon). Last week's Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Week, Klein checked in at 27:53 in 129th place and and Shaw at 27:56 in 133rd place.

Eastern totaled 641 points for a solid 24th-place finish in the 34-team field won easily by defending regional champion MIT (31 points). which corralled five of the top 11 places in a 48-point triumph over  Brandeis University.

Rounding out Eastern's scorers were  junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) and senior Bryan Jorge (Bristol), with  seniors Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and Casey McGarvey (Bozrah) completing Eastern's contingent. Franklin was timed in 28:53 in 166th place, Jorge at 29:22 at 177th, Hughest at 30:11 at 205th and McGarvey at 33:08 in 235th place.

Eastern competes in the Codfish Bowl at historic Franklin Park in Boston Saturday at 11 a.m.

                                                       Top Ten Teams

1.MIT 31; 2. Brandeis U. 79; 3. Bentley U. 134; 4. Salisbury U.143; 5. Springfield College 151; 6. UMass Lowell 180; 7. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 192; 8. WPI 254; 9. Babson College 281; 10. Assumption College 283.
  24. EASTERN CONN.641.

Eastern's Finishers

107. Tim Callahan 27:33; 129. David Klein 27:53; 133. Kyle Shaw 27:56; 166. Ryan Franklin 28:53; 177. Bryan Jorge 29:22; 205. Ryan Hughes 30:11; 235 Casey McGarvey 33:08. 

Field Hockey: Westfield Edges Warriors

For fourth time in five years, Warriors drop one-goal decision to Owls

zaviszawest72dpi_0123.jpgWESTFIELD, Mass. - In the last five years, there have been many near-misses for the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team against Westfield State University. Count Saturday's result as another

At left: Lindsey Zavisza works against Westfield's Danielle Grenon

Coming off its first victory of the season Tuesday, Eastern (1-5, 0-2 little east) held Westfield State (4-1, 1-1 little east) to one goal despite being outshot by a wide margin in a 1-0 Little East Conference setback .
The Owls outshot Eastern, 22-1 and were awarded 15 of the 17 penalty corners in the match in edging the Warriors by a single goal for the fourth time (third year in a row) in the last five season.
Sophomore forward Sarah Pliszka  redirected a shot by senior forward Jessi Gould about five yards in front of the goal for the game-winner with four minutes left in the first stanza for her second goal of the year. Gould, the team-leader with six goals, unloaded eight shots, but the only two that were on cage were knocked away by senior goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ), who made five saves.

Eastern visits Manhatanville College Wednesday for  a non-conference match
beginning at 4:30 p.m.

W-Soccer: Warriors Breeze to 7-0 Win

In LEC opener,they record most goals ever against Rhode Island

slivinski RIC 72dpi169.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. - Eight different players contributed to the scoring and junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) recorded her second career shutout when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team routed Rhode Island College, 7-0, Saturday afternoon.

At left: Maggie Slivinski's teammates help her celebrate the final goal of the match. (Liz Cutler photo)

With Eastern's (3-3-0, 1-0-0 little east)  fourth straight win over Rhode Island (2-4-0, 0-1-0 little east), the Warriors posted their highest goal total and largest winning margin against the Anchorwomen in this18-match series. RIC is winless in its last four.

Ranked No. 5 in New England, Eastern ends its longest losing streak (three games) since late September of 2007. The Warriors are the pre-season favorite to win the LEC regular season after going unbeaten in LEC play a year ago.

Junior forward Daniella Marchitto (Orange) scored two goals and assisted on another, junior forward Christine DeFilippo (Ronkonkoma, NY) came off the bench for the first two goals of her career and freshman midfielder Rachael Skinner (Uncasville) came off the bench to registered her first career goal to highlight the Warriors'  41-shot attack.

MacLeod made four saves, three in the second half. The Anchorwomen had a couple of scoring opportunities in the second half on a pair of free kicks from senior midfielder Jenna Childs  but couldn't capitalize. One of which went in and out of the arms of MacLeod and rolled free in front of an empty net, but none of the Anchorwomen forwards could finish.

Marchitto improved her LEC-leading totals to six goals and 15 points and moved into a three-way tie for first with three assists.

Eastern visists Westfield State University Wednesday at 7 p.m.

W-Volleyball: Warriors Drop LEC Debut

Warriors make run in second set but are swept by No. 19 Beacons

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Since the University of Massachusetts Boston began tapping the West Coast for volleyball talent several years ago, opponents in the Little East Conference have had to be content with moral victories against the Beacons.

At right: Erynn Miller (Cristina Danielson photo)

For Eastern Connecticut State University, one of those moral victories may have surfaced Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium as the Warriors battled the Beacons in a three-set loss - the 19th consecutive regular-season LEC victory for UMass since 2008. UMass won by 25-10, 25-20, 25-14.

Against a UMass Boston team ranked first in New England and No. 19 nationally, Eastern (7-4,  0-1 little east) rebounded from a 15-point first-set loss to  keep pace in the second set until UMass (5-2, 1-0 little east) scored the final four points to break from a one-point contest.

Eastern entered the match with ten Connecticut players on its 12-person roster against a UMass team featuring only two Massachusetts natives. The Beacons have six Californians and additional players from Florida, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada.

Having reached last year's Elite Eight, UMass has captured the last two LEC post-season tournament and was the unanimous No. 1 pick to repeat as the regular-season titlist for the third straight year.

In Saturday's second set, Eastern led 6-5 and later rallied from a six-point deficit in the late-going with four straight points that pulled it to within one, 21-20. With senior middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) serving, junior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) had a block assist and block solo and UMB commited an attack error to fuel Eastern's comeback.

After pulling away for the seond-set victory, UMass scored six of the first seven points of the third set with the help of a couple of kills, two Eastern attack errors and an Eastern service error. The Warriors never recovered from the early 6-1 hole as UMass solidified the victory with a 9-1 run that ballooned the margin to 12.

Six-foot-two-inch junior Shannon Thompson,  a Division III All-America selection in each of her first two seasons, had 16 kills and attacked at .636 for UMass. She also had four  block assists and two service aces.  Sophomore Corrine Porter added 13 kills and a .385 attack percentage to go along with, ten digs, a block solo and two block assists.  Six-foot senior Molly Rattigan chipped in nine kills and four block assists, and senior setter Cassy Hanneman had 35 assists and nine digs.

Eastern, which attacked at .058 thanks in large measure to 14 blocks by UMass, got three kills, four digs, a block solo and block assists from Wilson. Ibsen totaled five kills and two service aces, senior libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) 11 digs and senior setter/hitter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) eight assists.

As a team, Eastern had nine reception errors, its most in three sets since a season-opening loss to Roger Williams but had six service aces against just three errors.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. 

Men's Soccer: Overjoyed in Overtime

 

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The pre-season favorite, Warriors prevail against RIC in LEC opener


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior  midfielder Sean Collins (Bristol)  set up junior forward Matt Furman (Montville) for the only goal of the match 11 minutes into overtime to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 1-0, double-overtime victory over Rhode Island College in the 2011 Little East Conference opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

The game-winning goal came on Eastern's third shot of overtime and just 38 seconds into the second ten-minute sudden death OT period. The Warriors won the kickoff to start the second OT period and sent the ball back to senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ). Appel played the ball to  senior defender Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), who boomed a long ball from Eastern's defensive third down the left wing.  Collins caught up to the pass in perfect stride and one-timed a cross from the left side to the far right post. Hustling down the right wing, Furman headed the ball from the right post to the right of RIC senior keeper Nick Clark, who was stationed at the near post to cut down Furman's angle. The game-winning goal was the ninth of Furman's three-year career.

 Rhode Island (2-4-0, 0-1-1 little east) had extended the match five minutes into overtime when Clark saved a penalty kick by Eastern junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland) . The penalty kick resulted when Tobler was taken down in the box while working a give-and-go with Furman.

Less than three minutes before PK, Eastern (4-1-1, 1-0-0 little east) could not convert a prime  opportunity when freshman midfielder Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) fired an unmolested shot from the middle of the box right at Clark.

Last year's LEC scoring leader, Furman has 20 career goals and 55 points. The game-winner was his third of 2011.

Appel made three saves for his  third shutout of the season, lowering his goals-against average in thte process to 0.32 and raising his save percentage to .929. The shutout ties the Eastern career record of 23.

One of RIC's best scoring opportunities came with five minutes left in the first half, when  senior forward Bruno Costa send a crossing pass from junior back Donald Dane off the post.

The contest was  a re-match of last year's LEC semifinals at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex, when the third-seeded Anchormen advanced on penalty kicks against the second-seeded Warriors.

Ranked No. 7 in New England and the LEC pre-season favorite to win the regular-season title, Eastern extended its unbeaten streak against Rhode Island to five (3-0-2). The contest has gone into overtime the last three times the teams have met. Eastern is 6-0-1 against RIC the last seven times the teams have met on the Warriors' field, hree of those being decided by 1-0 scores.

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


 

Women's Soccer: Warriors Stumble, 3-0

Cardinals defeat Warriors for first time in last five matches between teams

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -  Coming off an unbeaten regular season in 2010, being picked to win the 2011 Little East Conference championship and opening the season with a national ranking, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team was fully aware  of the target that had been applied to its back.

At right: Junior back Rachel Cutler (blue jersey) applies pressure against Wesleyan Wednesday. (Liz Cutler photo)

Wednesday, Eastern (2-3-0) dropped its third straight match after two opening victories, falling by a score of 3-0 in a non-conference meeting with Wesleyan University. The Cardinals  scored twice in a span of seven minutes late in the first half and made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half.

Behind seven saves from freshman goalkeeper Jessica Tollman, Wesleyan  (2-0-0) rolled to the victory over the Warriors, ranked No. 5 in this week's NSCAA New England ratings.
The victory gives the Cardinals their first 2-0-0 start in 14 years and snaps their four-game winless (0-2-2) against the Warriors dating back to 2007.

After a scoreless 35 minutes,Laura Kurash put the Cardinals on the board at the 35:44 mark. Kerry Doyle  sent a corner kick into traffic in front of the net, and Kurash headed it in for her second goal of the year.

Wesleyan extended its lead to 2-0 late in the first half. A shot by freshman Clare Ashforth was blocked by an Eastern defender, and Kaylin Berger took control of the ball 35 yards out. Berger sent a rocket that deflected off the underside of the crossbar and past Eastern junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) 2:07 left in the half for her first goal.

The Cardinals made it 3-0 just over five minutes into the second half. Emma Nitzberg  sent a pass from the left side to Doyle in the box. Doyle beat an Eastern defender and sent a shot into the right side of the net at the 50:10 mark for her first goal of the year.

Down by three goals, Eastern's best scoring chance came in the 69th minute. Junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) hit the crossbar with a shot from the top of the box, but Wesleyan was able to clear the ball before Eastern could get off a second shot. Eastern managed 16 shots but put only seven of them on net.

Tollman made seven saves for her first collegiate shutout in two starts while MacLeod finished with five.

Eastern opens its Little East Conference season Saturday at Rhode Island College at noon

Wesleyan University Sports Information contributed to this report.

Men's Soccer: Late Goal Nets OT Tie

Furman and Surprenant team up for game-tying goal with 22 seconds left

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NORTON, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team forced overtime with 22 seconds left in regulation on a goal by junior forward Matt Furman (Montville) as the Warriors managed a 1-1 double-overtime non-conference tie withWheaton College Wednesday afternoon at Keefe Field.

At right: Matt Furman

Last year's Little East Conference scoring champion, Furman scored his third goal of the season on a 15-yard blast  on a pass from sophomore midfielder Kyle Surprenant (Coventry). With time winding down, Surprenant attempted a crossing pass to Furman that was deflected. Surprenant collected a rebound and sent another pass to Furman, who took one touch and sent the ball inside the far post.

Will Nesbitt's header 13 minutes into the second half had provided Wheaton (1-2-2)  with the first goal of the match.

In overtime, Wheaton possessed the two best scoring chances but shots by Travis Blair and David Turina went wide of the goal.

Senior Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made eight saves for Eastern in net, with Wheaton's goal only the second allowed by the All-New England Region keeper in 458 minutes this year. Appel has a 0.39 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

Eastern (3-1-1)  is ranked No. 7 in this week's NSCAA New England rankings, up two spots from last week.

After going 1-8-1 against Wheaton in the first ten matches of the series, Eastern tied the Lyons in overtime for the second straight season.

The pre-season favorite to win the LEC regular season, Eastern opens conference play Saturday at 1 p.m. against Rhode Island College at Nevers Field. The match is a re-match of last year's LEC semifinals, which ended in a scoreless overtime tie. Rhode Island advanced to the final on penalty kicks.


 

W-Volleyball: Home-Opening Loss

Despite late leads, Warriors can't nail down victories in sets 2 and 3

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WATCH: Post-game interview (3:21) with senior Taylor Abelli (at left)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - In a match decided by nine total points, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team couldn't nail down wins despite holding slim leads in the second and third sets as it was swept by Trinity College in its 2011 home-opener at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Trinity won, 25-20, 27-25, 25-23.

Ranked No. 13 in New England, Trinity (4-0) defeated Eastern for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, sixth by shutout. Eastern (7-3) was ranked 15th in the first New England poll after winning three of four matches last weekend at the Brandeis University Invitational.wilsonbournetc72_3977.jpg

At right: Katie Wilson (13) and Danielle Bourne (7) defend against Trinity's Alexandra Pell. (Cristina Danielson photo)

Trinity never trailed in the first set after a 5-1 start and later used a 9-3 run to move out to a 15-6 lead. Eastern got as close as 20-17.In the second set, Trinity scored the first four points but the Warriors rallied to take its first lead at 11-10 and led by four, 18-14. Eastern couldn't convert set point with a 25-24 lead. In the third set, the Warriors couldn't hold a slim late lead again as Trinity scored six of the final seven points after trailing by three, 22-19.

Six-foot-2 inch junior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) had 13 kills and a 370 attack percentage and handled 24 reception attempts without an error; senior  Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) added seven kills with a .385 attack percentage; senior Samantha Slonski (Griswold) had 19 digs and 18 set assists; sophomore  Erynn Miller (Stratford) nine digs and 20 reception attempts with a .950 percentage; and senior  Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) nine digs and a .933 reception percentage on 15 tries.

Trinity, which starts five seniors, was led by senior Sarah Blagden with 19 digs,
sophomore Hannah Brickley  with 19 kills and 15 digs, junior Danielle Isaman with 13 kills, and senior setter  Jennifer Low with 35 set assists.

Eastern opens Little East Conference play Saturday, hosting nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts Boston at 1 p.m.

 

Field Hockey: Warriors in Win Column

Against Wheelock, Malito's penalty stroke in 11th minute sets tempo

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Head Coach Christine Hutchison (below) summarizes the first win.WATCH (2:10)

hutchison head201172dpi_2584.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. --  Senior forward Erika Malito  (Killingly) converted a penalty stroke in the 11th minute and the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team went on to a 3-1 non-conference victory over Wheelock College Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Erika Malito (white jersey)

Eastern (1-4) controlled possession throughout much of the contest, outshooting Wheelock (0-5) 15-3 and collecting six of the penalty corner awarded in the match. The Warriors remain unbeaten in five matches against Wheelock in the all-time series.

Eastern assumed its second lead of the season in the opening minutes when Malito was awarded a penalty stroke after Wheelock sophomore goalie Michelle Greene coverted up a loose ball in the circle. Malito beat the goalie high into the left-hand corner of the cage.

First-year junior forward Hannah Collier (Watertown)  nine minutes later with her first career goal off a rebound of a shot that was saved by Greene on Eastern junior midfielder Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor).

Senior forward Ali Chapman (Watertown), the team's top returning scorer, broke through for her first goal of the season ten minutes into the second half when she cleanup a loose ball following a long run into the circle by senior midfielder Amanda Farina (Mahopac, NY).

Eastern senior goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ)  was denied her second career shutout when junior forward Despina Savvoulides scored on a 1-on-1 opportunity with just under four minutes left in the match.

The Warriors' starting defense which made Reichardt's night uneventful included  junior Lauren DeLuca (South Windsor), sophomore Kelly Gawron (Ramsey, NJ) and first-year sophomore Jennifer Mitteness (Waterford).

Eastern returns to Little East Conference competition Saturday at noon against homestanding Westfield State University. The Warriors look to snap a six-game losing streak at the hands of the Owls, having scored just one goal in that stretch.
 

Little East: Five from Eastern Cited

Men's soccer snares offensive, defensive player and goalkeeper honors

LEC LOGO PARE.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Five Eastern Connecticut State University athletes have received honors by the Little East Conference in the first weekly report of 2011.

Freshman David Klein (New Milford) was named male cross country Rookie-of-the-Week and junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) copped honors as women's soccer Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Members of the men's soccer team earned three of the four weekly awards: junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland) was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week, senior back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) Defensive Player-of-the-Week and senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) Goalkeeper-of the-Week.

Klein excels in first race

In his first collegiate race, Klein led the Warriors at the finish line with an overall finish of eighth in a field of 43 this past Friday at the Jim Sheehan Memorial at Coggshall Park at Fitchburg, MA. Klein was timed in 27:37 over the 4.75 mile course. As a team, Eastern finished second in a field of four.

Trio leads men's soccer to 3-1 mark

Tobler contributed to five of Eastern's 12 goals in a 3-1 start with three goals (two game-winners) and two assists. He  scored twice in a season-opening 3-0 win over Clarkson University, added two assists in a 4-0 win over Fitchburg State in the home-opener and the first goal in a 5-0 home win over Ramapo College.

Appel posted two full shutouts, combined on another and gave up only one goal in 350 minutes (0.26) in the team's 3-1 start. The All-New England Region keeper and NSCAA Scholar-All-America recorded full shutouts over Clarkson in the season-opener and Ramapo College and played all but the final 12 minutes of a 4-0 home-opening victory over Fitchburg State. The full shutout against Ramapo was the 22nd of his career, one shy of the program career record. Thus far, he has made 15 saves for a .930 save percentage.

A 2010 All-New England Region defender Smiles played all but 30 minutes of the team's first four matches. He anchored the defense which gave up only one goal, with only 17 of the opponents' shots ending up on goal. He also added assists in the team's two home shutout wins over Fitchburg State and Ramapo College.

The weekly LEC honor is the sixth in the career of Appel and second for Tobler. Appel was named top goalkeeper twice in 2010 and once in 2009 and top rookie twice in 2008. Tobler was Rookie-of-the-Week once in 2009.

Marchitto bright light for women's soccer

A two-time all-conference player and former LEC Rookie-of-the-year, Marchitto contributed to nearly half of the team's  13 goals in a 2-2 start with four goals and two assists. She had three goals and two assists when No. 10 nationally-ranked Eastern opened its season with home wins over Fitchburg State and Saint Joseph (CT) College at the Warrior Classic and scored the first goal of the match in a 5-2 loss to SUNY Geneseo in the second match of the Manhattanville College Valiant Classic.

The weekly LEC honor is the third in the career of Marchitto, who was selected top offensive player once last year and No. 1 rookie once in 2009.

 

 

W-Soccer: Warriors Falter, Lose 5-2

At Valiant Classic, Geneseo scores twice in 13 minutes to break tie

merhebt72dpi_3246.jpgPURCHASE, N.Y.  - Having never before played its two opponents at this weekend's Manhattanville College Valiant Classic, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team got more than it might have expected.

At left: Tamar Merheb

Sunday, Eastern (2-2-0) tied the match at 2-all 45 seconds into the second half, but SUNY Geneseo answered with the final three goals  -- getting the go-ahead goal and an insurance one 13 minutes apart early in the second half  -- to down the No. 10 Warriors, 5-2, at GoValiants.com Field.

The tournament loss was the second in as many days against an unranked team for Eastern, which had lost only once all of last year - in the third round of the NCAA tournament.  Saturday, Haverford College ended the Warriors' 21-match regular-season unbeaten streak, 2-1, in the first meeting ever between the programs.

Until Sunday, the Warriors had not allowed an opponent as many as five goals since dropping a 5-1 decision to Western Connecticut in the semifinals of the 2004 ECAC tournament at Thomas Nevers Field. The last time that Eastern had lost two in a row occurred late in September of 2007 in road setbacks to Wheaton (MA), Western Connecticut and Bridgewater State.

For Geneseo (4-1-0), senior forwards Anne Beinetti and  Kelly Bergin and junior forward Shannon Spusta combined for four goals and two assists, with Spusta snapping the 2-2 tie when she converted a loose ball in the box into what proved to be the game-winning goal ten minutes into the second half.

Junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and sophomore midfielder Tamar Merheb (Bethel) netted Eastern's goal. Sophomore transfer midfielder Blair Church (New London) ) set up Marchitto for the first goal of the match less than nine minutes into action, and Merheb nailed a 25-yarder to tie the match 45 seconds into the second half.

The Blue Knights, coming off a 12-6 record a year ago, outshot Eastern, 16-6 and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made four saves for Eastern.

Half of the team's starting position players against Geneseo are new to the team this year: Church and freshmen Maggie Slivinski (Wallingford), Whitney Mantel (Stamford), Rachael Skinner (Uncasville) and Angela Asres (East Granby). Slivinski, Skinner and Asres were making their first starts. 

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the third of five consecutive road matches.

W-Volleyball: Warriors Capture Pair

They win three of four matches in tourney; improve to 7-2 overall

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WALTHAM, Mass. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team continued its encouraging start this weekend at the Brandeis University Invitational, winning both of its matches Saturday afternoon and three of four in the tournament.

At right: Katie Wilson

Saturday, senior middle hitters Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) combined for  46 kills and a .337 attack percentage in wins over Babson College (3-1) and Bates College (3-2). Eastern (7-2)  downed Babson by scores of 25-17, 16-25, 25-12, and 25-12. Against Bates, Eastern rebounded from consecutive two-point losses for a 25-20, 23-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-10 victory.

Host Brandeis University, Trinity College and Tufts University each won all three of their matches in the tournament, with Eastern at 3-1, Wellesley College 2-1, Haverford College 2-2, Babson College 1-3, Emmanuel College 1-3, Bates College 0-4 and Rhode Island College 0-4.

On Friday, Eastern lost a four-game decision to Wellesley before sweeping Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College.

Against Babson (4-3), Ibsen attacked at .571 with eight kills and Wilson had 11 kills and a .310 attack percentage. Senior setter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) set 18 assists and freshman Allie Henry (Middletown) ten.

Against Bates (0-4), Ibsen had a team-high 15 kills and .407 attack percentage and four service aces and Wilson collected 12 kills and four aces and Slonski ten kills and 19 assists. Henry chipped in 15 assists.

Under first-year head coach Pete Maneggia, the Warriors are off to their best start after nine matches in ten years - since an identical record in 2001 under Wayne Sombric.

Eastern opens its home season Wednesday, hosting Trinity College at 7 p.m. In its season-openers at Brandeis, Trinity swept Rhode Island College Friday and Saturday swept Haverford and dumped Babson in four games. The Warriors open Little East Conference completion against defending champion Massachusetts Boston next Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beacons are ranked No. 22 nationally.

W-Soccer: Haverford is Streak-Stopper

At Manhattanville Classic, Fords end Warriors' regular-season streak

PURCHASE, N.Y. -Manhattanville College has not been good to the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team in recent years. Even if the Warriors are not playing the host Valiants.

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In the first match of the Manhattanville College Classic Saturday afternoon, Haverford College outshot the Warriors 15-4 on the way to snapping their 21-game regular-season unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory at GoValiants.com Field.

Unbeaten through two rounds of the NCAA tournament last year, No. 10 nationally-ranked Eastern (2-1-0) had not lost a regular-season match since a 2-0 setback against Manhattanville College October 28, 2009 in Purchase, NY. Eastern ended the regular season that year three days later with a 5-1 home victory over Plymouth State University, was 15-0-3 in the regular season last year and a winner of both of its matches last weekend at the Warrior Classic in Mansfield.

Coming off a 12-5-1 record last year, Haverford (2-0-1) remains unbeaten through the early going this year. Featuring ten freshmen on their roster, the Fords scored all three goals in the match, but the second (game-tying) one was credited to the Warriors when a Haverford defender inadvertently knocked the ball into the team's own net.

The first two goals of the match came less than a minute apart, and Haverford finally capitalized for the game-winner three minutes into the second half on sophomore Megan Boyer's third goal of the season.

Eastern  junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made a career-high saves but sustained her first collegiate loss after five wins and a tie. Freshman Robin Chernow needed only three saves for Haverford.

Eastern faces SUNY Geneseo Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Manhattanville.  The Blue Knights (3-1-0) pummeled Manhattanville, 6-1, Saturday, outshooting the Valiants (0-4-0) 46-4.

 

M-Soccer: Warriors Celebrate Return

Back on Nevers Field, Warriors swamp Ramapo, 5-0, in inter-region match

furmanram72dpi_3818.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Five players scored goals and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team broke open a tight first half  with four second-half goals in a 5-0 inter-regional and home-opening victory over Ramapo College Saturday afternoon in the first match at Thomas Nevers Field since 2008.

Above: Matt Furman gets position on Ramapo's Brett Tracey in the first half of Saturday's win.

Eastern junior forward Cory Tobler's (Portland) third goal of the year in the 11th minute was the difference until Eastern (3-1-0) exploded for four goals in the second half, senior midfielder Matt Esposito's (East Haven) third goal of the season 2:32 into the second half igniting the onslaught.

The victory extends Eastern's unbeaten streak against previously-unbeaten Ramapo (3-1-0 to four (3-0-1) and the five-goal decision is the largest by either team in the13th-game series (Ramapo leads, 8-4-1). The Warriors are rated No. 9 in New England. Ramapo is unranked in the South Atlantic Region but is coming off last year's 11-3-4 record (5-1-3 in the NJAC).

The match was the first on Thomas Nevers Field since November of 2008. While a new drainage system was being installed, the Warriors played their home games at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex in 2009 and 2010. Tom Nevers, the first coach in program history and an Eastern and Connecticut Hall of Famer, was in attendance at the match and was presented an Eastern soccer polo shirt prior to introductions of starting lineups.

Junior midfielder Jon DeCsanova (Glastonbury)  scored the second goal of the second half - his first of the season -- to push Eastern's lead to 3-0 and chase Ramapo sophomore staring keeper Steve Monaghan, and he assisted on senior midfielder Sean Collins' (Bristol) first of the year just over seven minutes later to make it 4-0.

Sophomore forward Tom Vear (Monson, MA) came off the bench to assist on each of Eastern's final two goals and first-year transfers Carl Stensland (Storrs) and Christopher Giustina (Enfield) were both credited with their first points in Eastern uniforms on assists. Stensland set up Tobler with a chip on the first goal, with Tobler sending a ground ball from the left side through the box, where it caromed off the left post and in ahead of the charge of a Ramapo defender. Giustina's corner kick set up DeCasanova's early second-half goal, with DeCasanova finishing senior back Aaron Smiles' (Bedford, MA) header. The corner kick was awarded to Eastern after Monaghan leaped to bat Tobler's high drive over the cross bar.

The Warriors received two goals and three assists from non-starters Luke Capezzone (Colchester), Collins and Vear.

Senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) came off his line to diffuse several Ramapo bids, but he needed only one save to record his 22nd career full shutout - one shy of the program career record. The save was a key one and came following Tobler's game-opening goal.  Appel dove to knocked away a point-block shot from the middle of the box by junior midfielder Danny Walsh. On their  next possession, the Warriors had an identical opportunity but Monaghan came up big against Eastern junior forward  Matt Furman (Montville).with 90 seconds left in the first half, Smiles had a chance at the top of the box but his open try sailed over the cross bar.

Eastern was able to limit Ramapo top scorer Rob Santaniello - last year's New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year - to one shot, the Warriors outshooting the visitors by a margin of 15-7.

All 23 healthy players saw action, seven of them first-year players.

Eastern visits Wheaton College (MA) Wednesday at 4 p.m.

M-Cross Country: New Look in 2011

Fitchburg shuts out four-team field to capture Sheehan Memorial title

Below: David Klein

klein head 72_3624.JPGFITCHBURG, Mass. - By winning three of the top eight places a year ago at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's cross country team challenged Fitchburg State University for the team title.

With the team's top two runners no longer competing in 2011, the Warriors were no match for the host Falcons, who swamped the four-team field by commanding the top seven places en route to a shutout over the 4.75 mile layout Friday afternoon at Coggshall Park.

Freshman ruled the day for Eastern, with four newcomers among the team's five scoring runners as the Warriors recorded 59 points to hold off Worcester State University for second place. The third-place Lancers had 71 points.

Freshmen David Klein (New Milford), Lee Cattanach (New London), Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) and Austin Baldour (Newtown) finished among Eastern's top five, with senior Bryan Jorge (Bristol) filling in as the lone upperclassmen among the top five. Klein was eighth overall (27:37), Cattanach 11th (28:04), Jorge 12th (28:21), Shaw 13th (28:23) and Baldour 15th (28:26).

Chris Kibler (26:00)  of Fitchburg successfully defended his individual title, winning by 39 seconds over teammate Eric Ouellette. Fitchburg's seven runners were within 75 seconds of each other at the tape.

Eastern competes in the Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

W-Cross Country: Quinones Breezes

Senior runs away from 37-person field to pace Warriors in opener

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FITCHBURG, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) easily defended her individual title at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Cross Country Invitational, breezing to a two-minute victory in a field of 37 women's cross country runners Friday afternoon at Coggshall Park.

At right: Amanda Quinones

Quinones was one of four Eastern runners finishing in the Top Ten in the season-opener, posting a time of 21:02 over the 3.1 mile layout, winning by just under two minutes over Chelsey Peso of Worcester State. Quinones was timed in  21:18 a year ago when she outran  a field of 41 in a 36-second victory

Joining Quinones in the Top Ten from Eastern were junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), and sophomores Katie France (Portland), and Alexa Palasky (Griswold). Gingras was fifth in a time of 23:28, France seventh at 23:45 and Palasky ninth at 24:03.

Worcester State University defended its team title by edging Eastern by six points in the five-team field.

With freshman Melissa Zablonski (Colchester)  finishing 11th overall as Eastern's fifth scoring runner, Eastern put its five scorers ahead of Worcester's fifth, but the Lancers dominated the front of the pack behind Quinones by grabbing the 2-3-4 positions.

Eastern competes in the Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

Field Hockey: Lapse Costly in Loss

For Camels, three goals in six minutes break early second-period tie

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MANSFIELD,Conn. - Sometimes, scores can be misleading. Thursday's 6-1 field hockey setback at the hands of Connecticut College falls into that category.

At right: Rochelle Normandin (far right) and Deisy Naranjo (1) team up against Connecticut College Thursday night.

Conn (1-0) shook free from a tie early in the second half by scoring  three times in less than six minutes and went on to a 6-1 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

After being shut out by Conn each of the past three seasons, Eastern (0-3) tied the Thursday's match, 1-1,  70 seconds into the second period on senior forward Chelsie Rizzo's (Bethel) second goal of the season.

Managing only one goal despite taking 12 first-half shots, Conn finally found its rhythm with three goals six minutes apart in the early stages of the second period.  Top returning scorer Brittany Fitzgerald, a junior, answered Rizzo's goal six minutes later to give the Camels the lead for good, 2-1, and junior forward Hanna Wagner and sophomore forward Laura Sanderson followed with goals 18 seconds apart to make it 4-1 14 minutes into the second half.

Conn tacked on two late insurance goals in a span of 37 seconds inside the final two minutes to account for the five-goal differential.

Eastern senior goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ), coming off a program-record 32 saves in the team's home opener a week ago, stopped five shots to keep the first half close and finished with nine.  The Warriors spent most of the first half inside its defensive circle but the starting defense in front of Reichardt of  junior Lauren DeLuca (South Windsor), sophomore Kelly Gawron  (Ramsey, NJ) and freshman Jennifer Mitteness (Waterford) withstood the visitors' advances. Conn freshman goalie Maureen Smolskis gained her first collegiate win in her first appearance, thanks to Conn's five-goal second half onslaught. The second-half starter in cage, Smolskis allowed Rizzo's game-tying goal on the first collegiate shot she saw, which coincided with Eastern's first shot of the match.

Rizzo was removed from the field with an injury with 13:18 left and Conn leading 4-1, and did not return.

Conn outshot Eastern 23-3 and was credited with 12 of the 16 penalty corners in the match.

Eastern opens its Little East Conference season Saturday, hosting the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. The Huskies were picked for fourth among 12 teams in the LEC pre-season poll and have posted four straight wins over Eastern since the Warriors' last victory over USM - a 2-1 victory at Mansfield in 2006.


 

Men's Soccer: Home Debut=Shutout

Warriors surrender only five shots in 4-0 victory over Fitchburg State

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Above: Christopher Giustina clears the ball in the second half while teammates (from left) Aaron Smiles, Luke Capezzone, Mike Radlbeck and keeper Carl Appel prepare to defend Wednesday night against Fitchburg State.

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Junior forward Matt Furman (Montville) recorded his 50th career point with bookend goals as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team opened its 2011 home season with a 4-0 non-conference victory over Fitchburg State University Wednesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Ranked No. 9 in the first NSCAA New England rankings, released Tuesday, Eastern (2-0-1) outshot Fitchburg 19-5, including 15-2 in the first half when it posted a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The win is the eighth straight for Eastern over Fitchburg. In five victories under current head coach Greg DeVito, the Warriors have surrendered only one goal to the Falcons.

Sophomore back Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook) sprung Furman for the first goal of the match less than two minutes into the competition, and Furman later closed out the scoring with the 18th goal of his 39-match career and 49th and 50th points on assists from senior midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) and junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland).

Sophomore midfielder Kyle Surprenant (Coventry) was credited with his first career goal when a Fitchburg defender deflected Surprenant'hard serve into the box past Fitchburg k freshman keeper Aidan Hanratty and inside the near post midway through the half.

Despite Eastern's significant advantage in shots, the Warriors did not break through again until Esposito one-timed Tober's end-line pass past Hanratty from six yards nine minutes into the second half to make it 3-0.

vearFSU72dpi_3660.jpgSenior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) and junior Jordan Munsell (Waterford)  needed only one save apiece to register the combined shutout in net - Eastern's second shutout in three outings this year. Joining Radlbeck on the back line which kept thngs uneventful for the two keepers were senior Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), junior Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and first-year sophomore transfer Christopher Giustina (Enfield)

Above: Tom Vear.

All 25 players saw turf time for the Warriors. First-year sophomore  Dan Eisenmann (Burlington) and freshmen Trevor Ouellet (Chaplin) and injured Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) saw their first action in an Eastern uniform while senior Matt Kalmin (Burlington), Munsell, and injured Luke Capezzone (Colchester) made their 2011 debut

At this past weekend's Lotto Tournament at Canton, NY, Eastern blanked Clarkson University, 3-0, before losing 1-0 to host St. Lawrence University. Ranked No. 22 nationally in the pre-season, St. Lawrence vaulted to No. 5 in Tuesday's national poll after its two tournament wins. Having lost its expected starting keeper in pre-season, Fitchburg was soundly beaten by Brandeis University (No. 5 in New England) and the College of New Jersey at the Keene State Invitational this past weekend.

Eastern hosts Ramapo College of New Jersey Saturday at 2 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field.

 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Down Clark, 3-1

Ibsen is dominant with 23 kills and a .611 attack percentage

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At left: Kristianna Ibsen

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) contributed seven consecutive kills in the second and third games on the way to a career-high 23 kills and .611 attack percentage as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team downed Clark University, 3-1, for its fourth straight victory Tuesday night at the Kneller Center.

Eastern (4-1) defeated Clark (0-2) for the seventh straight time and 25th time in 31 meetings in the series, posting a 25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 25-16 decision.

Ibsen had five kills in the first-game loss, eight in Game 2, seven in Game 3 and three in Game 4 and commited only one error on 36 attempts.

Ibsen was 23-for-36 with only one attack error while junior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) had 13 kills, and 14 digs and senior outside hiter Samantha Slonski (Griswold) eight kills, four service aces, 22 assists and 16 digs. Junior outside hitter Danielle Bourne (Branford) added a team-high 18 digs and two blocks.wilsonbourne72dpi_3568.jpg

As a team, the Warriors commited only three reception errors, with Wilson, Bourne and senior Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) commiting only two errors on 64 attempts.

At right: Behind Danielle Bourne (foreground) and Katie Wilson, Eastern recorded a team reception percentage of .958 against Clark

After the Cougars scored six of the final seven points to steal Game 1 (reeling off three in a row to tie the the game after Eastern's apparent game point was disallowed),  Ibsen, Wilson and Bourne all connected on kills to move the Warriors to within one point of game point in Game 2, and  Wilson and sophomore outside hitter Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) sealed the win with block assists. Ibsen had three consecutive kills for the Warriors  to snap a 20-20 tie in Game 3, and sophomore Erynn Miller (Stratford) chipped in a game-ending kill. Eastern wrapped up the match in Game 4, where it never trailed.  Eastern scored five straight points  to expand a two-point margin for a 20-13 lead before the hosts called time out. Wilson served Eastern into that lead and added an ace and a kill in that stretch.

Eastern competes in the Brandeis University Invitational Friday and Saturday.

 

 


 

 

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Men's Soccer: No. 22 Saints Survive, 1-0

St. Lawrence hits Lotto again, edges Warriors on tourney's second day

smiles jersey 72_2531.JPGCANTON, N.Y. -  In a match which featured proven senior goalkeepers, the St. Lawrence University men's soccer team emerged with a 1-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State University on the second day of the Lotto Tournament  at  Sandy MacAllaster Field.

At left: Aaron Smiles

St. Lawrence senior Sean Scott chipped a shot over the charge of Eastern keeper Carl Appel  (West Windsor, NJ) ten minutes into the second half for the only goal of the game and SLU senior goaltender Brian Abernethy registered a shutout in his first start since September of 2010.

Scott took a pass from All-America Sam DeMello and worked past an Eastern defender as Appel  came off the line to challenge. Scott's chip shot looped over the on-coming defender, landed with overspin and rolled into the net.

It was the eighth Lotto Tournament title in nine tries for No. 22-ranked St. Lawrence, who also edged Eastern by a goal (in overtime) in the 2005 tournament opener.  Both teams enjoyed banner seasons last year and won NCAA first-round tournament matches by shutout before losing by a goal in the second round. The unbeaten national champion in 1999, St. Lawrence rode a 17game unbeaten streak  to a final record of 17-3-2 a year ago while Eastern went nine matches without a loss through the first round of the NCAA tournament and recorded a final 14-4-3 mark.

Eastern had beaten Clarkson University, 3-0, Saturday behind Appel's 21st career full shutuout and two goals from junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland). The Saints beat College at Oneonta, 3-2,  in Saturday's first round.  In Sunday's second game, Clarkson trimmed Oneonta, 1-0.

Appel has been a four-year starter in net for Eastern while Abernethy missed most all of 2010 with injury after winning two of his first three decisions by shutout.

Sunday, the Saints outshot the Warriors  18-4 (10-1 in the first half ) and allowed Eastern just one corner kick.  Appel came through with seven saves while Abernethy needed only three to gain his fourth career shutout. In the match, the Warriors started nine returnees plus first-year transfers Christopher Giustina (Enfield) and Carl Stensland (Storrs). Similarly, all of St. Lawrence's starters were upperclassmen, five of them seniors.

Tobler, All-New England Region senior back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA)  and junior midfielder Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) represented Eastern on the 12-person all-tournament team. DeMello was selected tournament MVP.

Eastern plays the first of nine scheduled home matches Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Fitchburg State University at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.  The Warriors routed the Falcons, 5-1, last year at Fitchburg, MA.

Women's Volleyball: Sweep After Swept

First-year head coach Pete Maneggia gains first victories at Eastern

maneggia vb head 72_2658.JPGNORTON, Mass. - Being swept by Roger Williams University Thursday in the 2011 season opener was disappointing for first-year head coach Pete Maneggia and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team.

At left: Pete Maneggia

Saturday, a sweep of three opponents at the Wheaton College Invitational at the Haas Athletic Center was exhilarating for the rookie coach and the Warriors.

In the toughest test of the afternoon, Eastern emerged with a five-game win over Emerson College in the second of its two matches. The Warriors won by scores of 19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-6. Eastern opened the day with a four-game win over Western New England University (25-14, 25-21, 18-25, 30-28) and closed action with a tight sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-23) of host Wheaton College.

While several teammates struggled against Emerson, seniors Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) and Samantha Slonski (Griswold) and junior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) combined for 36 of the team's 42 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Wilson also had four service aces and combined with Slonski and senior Taylor Abelli (Cheshire) for 53 digs. Abelli's 22 digs led all players.

Wilson and Ibsen represented Eastern on the five-person all-tournament team, with the Warriors the only team with more than one selection.

In the opening four-game victory over Western New England, Slonski and Wilson combined for 22 kills and Wilson, Abelli and junior Danielle Bourne (Branford) amassed  48 digs.

Against Wheaton, Ibsen and Wilson combined for 24 kills and Abelli, freshman Allie Henry (Middletown) and Slonski for 31 digs.

In three wins, Ibsen and Wilson were decidedly the team's best attacking players. Ibsen had 28 kills and a .355 attack percentage and Wilson 36 kills and a .255 attack percentage. Slonski had 31 kills. Bourne commited only two errors on 52 serves (96.2 percent) and Wilson, Henry and Slonski combined for 18 service aces.  Wilson was also successful on 95.5 percent of her 44 reception attempts while Abelli led all players with 53 digs, Wilson adding 34 and Slonski and Bourne 31 each. Slonski and Henry shared setting duties in the tournament, Slonski collected 51 assists and Henry 36.

Eastern visits Clark University Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 


 

Women's Soccer: Warriors Dump SJC

At opening Warrior Classic, they outscore two opponents by 10-2

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Forwards Nicole Leonard (Rutherford, NJ) and Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored three minutes apart midway through the first half and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team rolled to a 6-1 win over Saint Joseph College (CT) for its second win in two days Saturday night at its own Warrior Classic at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Tamar Merheb (right) celebrates her first goal with Megan Godwin. (Cristina Danielson photo)

Ranked No. 14 nationally in the pre-season, Eastern (3-0) stretched its unbeaten regular-season streak to 21, dating back to the final regular-season match of 2009.

In the first meeting between the programs, Eastern outshot Saint Joseph (1-1) by nearly 2-to-1 and limited its opponent to just one corner kick for the second straight game.

Seven different players contributed to the scoring for Eastern, with Marchitto scoring twice and assisting once and Leonard scoring once and assisting once. Sisters Tamar and Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) each contributed a goal and freshman Rachael Skinner (Uncasville) recorded her first career point when she set up Jo-Ann Merheb's goal in the 69th minute with a give-and-go.

In two tournament wins, Eastern outscored its opponents 10-2 and more than doubled their shot total. Marchitto had three goals and two assists, Leonard two goals and an assist and Jo-ann Merheb two goals. Junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) played all 180 minutes in net to improve to 5-0-1 in her career. She made eight saves, all coming against Saint Joseph.

Coming off Friday's 1-0 overtime win over Manhattanville College, Saint Joseph scored its goal in the 58th minute on Nicole Mendelson's free kick which hit the cross bar and settled over the goal line.

This year marked the return of the Warrior Classic, which had run between 1987 (the second year of the program) through 1989. In those three years, the Warriors won five of six matches (all by shutout) and two titles.

Men's Soccer: Warriors Open with Win

They blank Clarkson at Lotto tourney; face No. 22 St. Lawrence Sunday

tobler shirt 72_2539.jpgCANTON, N.Y. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team repeated its 2005 Lotto Tournament victory over Clarkson University Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the Warriors hope to change their luck from that tournament of six years ago against host St. Lawrence University.

At left: Cory Tobler

In the season-opener for both teams Saturday, Eastern all-region senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) posted his 21st career shutout with six saves and junior midfielder Cory Tobler (Portland) scored the 11th and 12th goals of his three-year career as the Warriors dumped Clarkson University, 3-0, at Sandy MacAllaster Field.

On Sunday, Eastern faces No. 22 St. Lawrence, a 3-2 winner over SUNY College at Oneonto Saturday.  The Saints got a goal and assist from second-team All-America Sam DeMello against the Red Dragons.

In its only other visit to the Lotto Tournament in 2005 in its season-opener, Eastern couldn't hold a one-goal lead in the final minutes as the hosts rallied to force overtime with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, and won it with just under six minutes gone in sudden death overtime. Freshmen scored their first career goals in that match for St. Lawrence, which ws rated No. 12 in the pre-season after reaching the Round of 16 in the 2004 NCAA tournament. The Warriors were coming off a 6-11-3 record in 2004.

Saturday,sophomore midfielder Kyle Surprenant (Coventry) and junior forward Matt Furman (Montville) set up Tobler's first two goals, and senior midfielder Matt Esposto (East Haven) put the game away with a goal off an assist from sophomore forward Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) midway through the second half.

Tobler's first goal gave the Warriors a quick lead in the sixth minute and Appel protected the slim advantage until Tobler tracked down Furman's long lead pass and beat Clarkson keeper Saverino Spagnolo on a breakaway.

Eastern is now 5-0 in openers under fifth-year head coach Greg DeVito, with the shutout in the season's first game the first since a 2-0 home victory over Westfield State in DeVito's head coaching debut in 2007.

Appel made six saves to post the 21st full shutout of his career - the second-most by an Eastern goalie in the last 21 years.

The Warriors are coming off last year's NCAA tournament appearance and a final  14-4-3 record. Clarkson was 6-8-2 a year ago under second-year head coach Nick Hillary.

 

Field Hockey:Late Lead Slips Away

Salve scores three goals in 12 minutes to erase Warriors' advantage 

normandin head raw_2595.JPGMIDDLETOWN, R.I. - The Salve Regina University field hockey team scored three goals in 12 minutes to wipe Eastern Connecticut State University halftime lead in the Warriors' 3-1 non-conference setback at Gaudet Field Saturday  night.

At left: Rochelle Normandin

Junior midfielder Rochelle Normandin's (South Windsor) second career goal on  senior midfielder Elise Zarcaro's (Enfield) second career assist with five minutes left in the first half staked Eastern (0-2) to a 1-0 lead. That lead held up until Salve (2-0) scored twice in less than three minute midway through the half, and added an insurance goal with three minutes left.

Freshman Alexandria Rizzo paced the Seahawk attack with two goals, while senior Samantha Dalton  scored the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute.

Eastern senior goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) made five saves.

With the win, Salve ties the all-time series at 3-3. The Warriors had opened last year's home season with a 3-1 victory over the Seahawks, scoring two late goals to forge the win backstopped by Reichardt.

Eastern hosts  Connecticut College Thursday at 6 p.m.

Men's Soccer: A Seasoned Side in '11

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Eighteen Letterwinners Returning

WATCH: Greg DeVito (below) assesses the season ahead (5:31)

deVito head 72_2526.JPGWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - It was business as usual a year ago for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team, which challenged again for Little East Conference honors and qualified for a post-season tournament for the fourth time in as many years under head coach Greg DeVito.

Above: Carl Appel

In essence, last year's starting unit returns intact in 2011 for the Warriors, the pre-season conference favorite to snag their third LEC regular-season title under DeVito. For the fourth straight season last year, Eastern lost only one LEC regular-season game and qualified for the four-team conference tournament.

As the No. 2 tournament seed, Eastern was eliminated in the first (semifinal) round on penalty kicks after battling Rhode Island College to a scoreless overtime draw.

Eastern begins its quest for a fifth straight post-season tournament berth - its most extensive tournament stretch since the mid-1970s - this weekend at the Lotto Tournament when it faces  Clarkson University Saturday and host St. Lawrence University (ranked No. 22 nationally) Sunday.

It may not be a reach to point out that this year's team is the most seasoned of any previous one in program history. .Every key player returns from last year's 14-4-3 edition (18 letterwinners overall) which became only the second team in the 50-year history of the program to win at least ten games four consecutive years.

The only state school ranked in the NSCAA regional ratings every week, Eastern posted its first NCAA tournament victory a year ago (1-0 at Nichols) and battled New England's top-ranked team (Bowdoin) in a 2-1 season-ending road loss to snapped a nine-game unbeaten streak.

All six of last year's all-conference selections return in All-New England seniors Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) and Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), and junior Matt Furman (Montville), as well as All-LEC juniors Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) and Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and sophomore Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook). 

In his third starting season, Appel led the LEC in save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts, and is on the cusp this season of setting a number of program career goalkeeper records. Furman topped the conference in scoring last year despite missing six matches with injury. Smiles finished among the LEC leaders in assists once again.

"I feel that we may have a little more depth than last year," noted DeVito, who had to mix and match his starting lineup in the final weeks of last year due to a number of  injuries to starting players. Because of those injuries, however,  "we have a lot of options this year. All 18 returning players got significant experience last year."

Additional experienced players in 2011 are senior s Matt Esposito (East Haven) and Sean Collins (Bristol),  juniors Cory Tobler (Portland) and Jordan Munsell (Waterford) and sophomores Tom Vear (Monson, MA) and Luke Capezzone (Colchester).

The team's fifth senior is Matt Kalmin (Burlington)

Newcomers expected to make immediate impacts are Division I junior transfer Carl Stensland (Storrs) and Division III sophomore transfer Christopher Giustina (Enfield).

The Warriors host Rhode Island College in a re-match of last year's LEC semifinals in their conference opener Setp.1 7.

Women's Soccer: Warriors Take Opener

In their own tournament, they are in control in a 4-1 victory over Fitchburg

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WATCH: Chris D'Ambrosio (below) previews the 2011 season. (10:22)

dambrosioformal72dpi_0797.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) had a goal and assist to help her team to a two-goal halftime lead and the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 20 with a 4-1 victory over Fitchburg State University on the first day of the Warrior Classic Friday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Sam Konopka (Cristina Danielson photo)

In the first match of the evening, Patricia Nolan scored on a ground ball inside the far right post 2:35 into sudden death overtime to snap a scoreless battle and lead Saint Joseph College (CT) to the victory over Manhattanville College.

The matches were the season-openers for all four squads.

Ranked No. 14 nationally in the pre-season, Eastern outshot Fitchburg 17-2 and limited the Falcons to one corner kick in posting its 20 straight unbeaten match in the regular season. The Warriors were 15-0-3 in the regular season last year prior to conference and NCAA play after winning the final regular-season game of 2009. Manhattanville is the last regular-season team to defeat the Warriors, taking a 2-0 decision Oct. 28, 2009 at Purchase, NY.

In defeating Fitchburg for the third time in as many meetings over the last three years, Eastern broke from a scoreless tie to strike twice in just over three minutes late in the first half, then made it 3-0  a minute into the second half sophomore midfielder Nicole Leonard's (Rutherford, NJ) fifth career goal on a pass from first-year sophomore midfield transfer Blair Church (New London). Freshman midfielder Maggie Slivinski (Wallingford) came off the bench in the second half to total her first career goal on a long blast which deflected off a Fitchburg defender and past sophomore keeper Jillian Kirouac.

Primarly a midfielder last year, senior forward Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel) put Eastern ahead for good in the 31st minute when she one-timed her 12th career goal inside the left post from the left side on an end-line pass from Marchitto. Marchitto had chased down a lead pass from senior back Laura Violette (Wallingford) on the right side of the net and sent a line drive across the box to Merheb. Marchitto's 19th career goal came less than three minutes later when she capitalized to send in a loose ball that Kirouac knocked down but could not control.

Saturday, Manhattanville meets Fitchburg State at 5 p.m. and Eastern faces Saint Joseph at 7:15 p.m.


 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Swept by Hawks

They are beaten by Roger Williams in 2011 season opener

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BRISTOL, R.I. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team attacked at .000 in dropping its 2011 season-opener to Roger Williams University by scores of 25-11, 25-18, 25-20 Thursday night at the Campus Recreation Center on the RWU campus.

The loss is the second in as many years for Eastern against Roger Williams (1-0) after winning five straight in the series. The Hawks were last year's Commonwealth Coast Conference champion. Eastern was playing its first match under first-year head coach Pete Maneggia.

The Warriors  never led in the first two games but led by a pair early in Game 3 and clung to a slim  one-point lead midway through that game before the hosts reeled off six straight behind the serving of Marybeth Torpey, four Eastern errors and a Hawk service ace to move out to a 19-15 advantage.

Eastern attacked at .000 in the match, with 23 attack errors against 23 kills and also recorded 14 reception errors for a .791 percentage.

Senior Samantha Slonski (Griswold)  led the way for Eastern with nine kills and a .280 attack percentage, nine assists and 13 digs, while sophomore Danielle Bourne (Branford) handled 14 receptions with only one error. Freshman setter Allie Henry (Middletown) followed Slonski with eight assists and junior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) added seven kills and served 15 balls without an error.

Krystie Luczynski led the hosts with nine kills and a .238 attack percentage and Emily Lebowitz totaled 22 assists.

Eastern competes at Wheaton College (MA) Saturday, facing Western New England U. at noon, Emerson College at 2:30 p.m. and Wheaton at 7 p.m.

 

Field Hockey: Reichardt Breaks Mark

Senior goalie kicks out 32 shots in 4-1 season-opening loss to Ramapo

reichardt_726388.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior goalie Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) kicked out a program-record 32 shots when the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team opened its 2011 season with a 4-1 loss to Ramapo College of New Jersey Thursday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Danielle Reichardt

A four-year member of the program making her 40th career appearance, Reichardt made saves on 32 of Ramapo's (1-0) 36 shots on cage. She allowed only one goal in the second half and none after the opening minutes of the second half.

Coming off a 9-10 season, Ramapo dominated over the first 35 minutes, scoring three times in a span of ten minutes. In the first meeting between the programs, Ramapo unloaded 25 shots in the first half before the Warriors answered with all eight of their shots and all eight of their penalty corners over the final 35 minutes.

Returning scoring leader Amanda Barretta, a senior forward, scored three of Ramapo's goals, opening the scoring in the 16th minute and making it 4-0 in the opening minutes of the second half.  Barretta put nine of her ten shots on cage, while  senior midfielder Jayne Manigrasso collected 11 of her team's 41 shots, putting all of them on goal and knocking one in to make it 2-0 with the 20th minute.

Eastern senior forward Chelsie Rizzo (Bethel) connected on her second career goal midway through the second half on an assist  from junior midfielder Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor).

Reichardt's save total broke a 13-year old record of 26 set by Stacey Bulkeley against Plymouth State University on October 17, 1998.

Eastern  visits Salve Regina University Saturday at 5 p.m.

 

Field Hockey: Experience a Bonus in '11

Seven seniors will lead the way this year for Warriors, who open Thursday

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Numbering seven, the largest senior class in the 15-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey programpursues both its first winning season and first Little East Conference tournament berth when the Warriors open the 2011 season hosting first-time opponent Ramapo College of New Jersey Thursday.

At right: Senior Ali Chapman

Eleven players on the 19-person roster are returning from a year ago, with seven of those players closing out careers as seniors. Six of the seniors are four-year members of the program and five of them have earned three varsity letters each.
 
Thus, experience will be a major plus for the 2011 team, under the direction of sixth-year head coach Christine Hutchison.

Given a healthy season, senior Danielle Reichardt (Ocean Township, NJ) should break goalkeeper career records for appearances and starts this season. In front of Reichardt or sophomore goalkeeper Marissa Poplawski (Wallingford) are five players who started last year's season finale: seniors Amanda Farina (Mahopac, NY), Erika Malito (Killingly), and Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield) and juniors Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor) and Lauren DeLuca (South Windsor).

Senior Ali Chapman (Watertown) started all but four matches last year and returns as the team's leading scorer with four goals and three assists, while seniors Elise Zarcaro (Enfield) and Chelsie Rizzo (Bethel) also returns with three seasons of experience each.

Additional returnees include sophomores Kelly Gawron (Ramsey, NJ), Finley Ahearn (Wallingford) and Nicole Vitello (Wallingford).

Six newcomers will contend to add balance and depth.

While experience is in abundance, there will be large holes to fill, among them four-year starter Rachel Cocola, the sweeper, and goalkeeper Tia Mucciarone Mucciarone graduated as the goalie leader in appearances and Cocola ranks fourth all-time in appearances by a position player.

The Warriors  host the University of Southern Maine in their Little East Conference opener Sept. 10.


 

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