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W-Basketball: Warriors Polarized, 65-45

Eastern holds its own for 16 minutes before Bowdoin pulls away

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BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College needed a 12-2 run over the final four minutes of the first half to shake free and move on to a 65-45 women's basketball victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night. Bowdoin (15-5) has won four straight and Eastern (6-14) has lost its last seven.

At left: Kristina Forsman

Eastern freshman point guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) scored more than half of Eastern's points with a career-high 23, with senior center Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown) pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Bowdon senior Jill Henrikson led all players with 25 points, 15 of which came on three-point field goals. In addition, Henrikson pulled down nine rebounds and stole the ball nine times.

More than half of Bowdoin's shots came from behind the arc, with the hosts sinking nine of 35 attempts.

The Warriors bounced back from an early deficit, scoring nine straight to tie the game at 15-all midway through the half, with four different players contributing points. Freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) set up one with a defensive rebound , then stole the ball on Bowdoin's next possession and scored inside.  Sommers put back an offensive layup to cap the run and tie the game at 15-all.

Eastern trailed by only one before the Polar Bears ripped off  their 12-2 spurt over the final four minutes of the first half to take an 11-point lead into the locker room.

Eastern hosts Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference game Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

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M-Basketball: Warriors Play Longball

Led by Salzillo, they connect on 13 three-pointers in 77-52 win

salizllo 72Marcello Cutti Jr 6B3.jpgJAMAICA, N.Y. --  Sophomore guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven) came off the bench to convert a career-high seven of the team's season-high 13 three-point field goals as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team  downed York College (NY), 77-52, Monday evening.

At left: Brian Salzillo shoots over Devon Lynch in Monday's 77-52 victory over York. (Photo courtesy of Marcello Cutti Jr../Starlight Illustrated.)

Now 9-1 away from home this year, Eastern (16-3) sank nine of 14 three-point goals in  racing to a 38-21 halftime lead and went on to hand York (7-14) its third straight loss. The Warriors, rated fourth nationally in field goal defense (56.4), had lost two of its last three and were coming off their first road loss of the season Saturday at Rhode Island College and had dropped a 20-point decision two years ago to York in the only previous meeting between the programs.

Salzillo canned five (of nine) three-pointers in the first half and his final total of seven is just two shy of the game record of nine, which was attained twice by current assistant coach Kris Johnson in his career.  While the Warriors were scoring 39 points from behind the arc, the Cardinals managed only three points on 1-for-11 shooting from distance.

Eastern led by ten points five minutes into play and after the hosts closed the gap to onphilips 72_1087.jpg midway through the frame, the Warriors ended the first half with a 17-4 burst that put their margin at 17, 38-21, at the break. Five of Eastern's six field goals in those final six minutes of the first half came from beyond the arc, with Salzillo connecting on three and senior guard Chae Philips (West Haven) and junior guard Joe Ives (Avon) nailing one each.

At right: Chae Philips. No turnovers in 31 minutes in first career start.

Salzillo led all scorers and four Eastern double-figure scorers with a career-high 23 points - two more than his previous best when he sank six three-pointers in a season-opening home win over Worcester State University.  Salzillo, who outscored York's five reserves by 15 points, was 8-for-13 from the floor, 7-for-11 from long range.

Senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds, Ives 12 points, enior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) 11 points and three assists and junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) led the team with eight rebounds. Philips, making  his first career start while senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) missed his second game with a sprained ankle, had six points, five rebounds and three assists without a turnover in 18 first half minutes. He added another rebound and two assists and finished the game without a turnover in a career-high 31 minutes.

Eastern shot better then 50 percent from the floor for the ninth time this year, checking in at  53.2 percent. The Warriors were good on 59.1 percent of their 22 three-point field goals.

Eastern visits Wesleyan University Wednesday at 7 p.m

 

W-Track: Two Qualify at Coast Guard

Hultzman, Huhn and McElveen win individual events at invitational

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NEW LONDON, Conn. -  Eastern Connecticut State University senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) and sophomore Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) qualified for post-season competition  and three performers won individual events Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Invitational at the Roland Field House.

At right: Lauren Hultzman clears the final hurdle of the 55 meter hurdle event Saturday en route to a third-place finish. Hultzman totalled a team-best 11 points in three events and qualified for post-season competition in the high jump.

In her first attempt at 3,000 meters this season, Quinones posted the second-fastest time of her career (10:47.91) in placing second in a field of ten and qualifying for next month's New England Division III Championships.  Hultzman attained the qualifying standard for the ECAC Division III Championships in March with a personal best and winning mark of 5-2 ¼ in the high jump.

In addition to Hultzman, sophomores Amy Huhn (Hebron) and Akaya McElveen (New Haven) posted winning performances. Huhn registered a height of 9-0 14 in the pole vault and McElveen raced to a time of 1:04.38 at 400 meters.

quinones 72_1018.jpgHultzman totaled 11 of Eastern's 37 points as the Warriors shared third place in the four-team field which was won by Westfield State University (93.50 points). Coast Guard was second (77.50) and Trinity College tied Eastern.

At left: Amanda Quinones closes in on the finish of the 3,000 meters, where she placed second and qualified for post-season competition.

In addition   to five points in the high jump, Hultzman added three points in the 55 meter hurdles and three points in the long jump with third-pace finishes. Junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) contributed seven points by placing second in the triple jump and third in the high jump and McElveen had six points with her winning time in the 400 and a fifth-place finish among 17 competitors in the 200.

Behind Quinones' four points, freshman Whitney Allen (East Lyme) collected three points by taking fourth in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put. Allen improved by 3 ½ feet in the weight from her first meet last Saturday.

Eastern visits Springfield College Saturday at noon.

 

 

M-Track: Hewett Excels at USCGA

He wins two individual events and runs lead on winning relay

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Fredrick Hewett (New London) won the 200 and 400 meter dash and ran the lead leg on the winning 4x200 meter relay Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Invitational at the Roland Field House.

At left: Nick Pates (foreground) receives the baton from Fredrick Hewett (background) to begin the second leg of the 4x200 meter relay which won in a time of 1:35.91.

Hewett remained undefeated in three meets this season at 200 meters, and captured the 400 for the first time. Hewett, in his first season at Eastern, collected ten points by winning two individual events for the Warriors, who37 points for a third-place finish in the four-team event. Westfield was first with 109 points, Coast Guard second (80) and Trinity College (20) fourth.

Joining Hewett on the winning 4x200 relay were senior Nick Pates (East Haven) and freshmen DVonte Chambers (West Haven)  and Andre Reynolds (Hartford). In the 200, Hewett was first in a field of 13 with a time of 23.31 that was .68 faster than runner-up Brendan Corcoran of Westfield. In a field of eight in the 400, Hewett (51.75) bested Ben Hannon of Coast Guard by just under a second.  The 4x200 relay outkicked two opponents in a time of 1:35.91 thatchambers reynolds 72_1105.jpg bettered Coast Guard by nearly four seconds.

At right: Freshmen D'Vonte Chambers (left) and Andre Reynolds both qualified for the final of the 55 meter dash and finished fourth and sixth, respectively, Saturday at Coast Guard.

Additional top performances included freshman Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) in the long jump, junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) at 1000 meters, Chambers in the 55 and 200 and senior James DiBeneditto (Enfield) in the weight and shot. Kruppa was second in a field of 12, Franklin third among ten competitors, Chambers fourth among ten at 55 meters and fifth among 13 at 200 meters and DiBeneditto fourth in a field of 13 in the shot and fifth among 13 in the weight.

Eastern visits Springfield College Saturday at noon.


 

M-Basketball: RIC Knocks Warriors Out

Kohn scores 1,000th but team tumbles out of first place, 66-48

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WATCH: Jamie Kohn (at left) reflects upon 1,000 career points. (7:20)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a game which featured two nationally-ranked teams rated among the nation's Top 10 in defense, the No. 24 Rhode Island College men's basketball team knocked No. 18 Eastern Connecticut State University into second place in the Little East Conference with a 66-48 triumph Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center.

At right: Hamilton Levy

Keene State College, which ended Eastern's 13-game winning streak this past Tuesday and tied Eastern (15-3, 7-2 Little East) for first place in the conference in the process, moved into sole possession of first place with an 86-70 home win over Massachusetts Boston Saturday. Rhode Island (15-3, 6-3 Little East), which  avenged a 70-59 loss to Eastern in Willimantic Dec. 10, stands in a two-way tie for third place with Western Connecticuth, which was upended, 85-84, Saturday at the University of Southern Maine. The conference loss is the second straight this season for the Warriors after seven opening victories.

Trailing 12-10, two-time defending LEC tournament champ Rhode Island ripped off 15 straight points over a six-minute span beginning eight minutes into the game and pushed the advantage to 23 with nine minutes left in the game to remain unbeaten (10-0) at home and hand Eastern its first loss (8-1) away from Geissler Gymasium this season.

Eastern senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) scored the 1,000th point of his four-year career with a free throw with 1:19 left in the first half. Needing three points to become the fourth 1,000-point scorer under tenth-year head coach Bill Geitner and the 26th in the program's 72-year history,  Kohn converted an inside basket three minutes into play to give him 999. Kohn had five points in the game to give him 1,002 in his career.

Eastern senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY), a two-time first-team all-conference player and two-time Defensive Player-of-the-Year, missed the first game of his career with a sprained ankle.  Nedwick is averaging a team-leading 16.4 points to along with a 3.9 rebounding average, 18 three-pointers and a 3.6 assist average.

Eastern is ranked third nationally in defense and Rhode Island is ninth.The game also featured two of the top ten field goal shooters in Division III in Eastern junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) and RIC senior center Mike Akinrola. Robitaille, Eastern's second-leading scorer, was 2-for-4 from the floor and finished with six points; Akinrola was 8-for-14 with a game-high 21 points.

Akinrola, the LEC tournament MVP when the Anchormen defeated the Warriors in last year's championship game, scored five points in RIC's 15-0 first-half run.

Eastern shot only 26.1 percent in the second half  but converted 11 of 13 free throws. Rhode Island sank more than half of its first-half field goals in building its 16-point halftime cushion.

Senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) totaled double figures for the fifth straight game but was the only Eastern player in double figures as the Warriors were held to their lowest point total of the season. Levy had 19 points but the team's other four starters managed only 17. Sophomore guard Brian Salizillo (North Haven) had eight points in 26 minutes off the bench. Robitaille  grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, Kohn and Levy five each.

In his first career start -- in place of Nedwick -- junior forward Tyler Hundley (Cheshire) contributed four points, three assists, two assists and two blocks in 17 minutes.

Eastern visits York College (NY) Monday at 7 p.m.

 


 

W-Swimming: Warriors Overpower RWU

 They win 11 of 14 events; Rivers sets program record in 100 freestyle

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BRISTOL, R.I. -- Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Amanda Rivers (Meriden) broke the program's two-year old women's swimming record in the 100 yard freestyle in Saturday's 157-134 victory over Roger Williams University.

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Rivers won the 50 and 100 freestyle and swam the fourth leg of the winning 200 medley relay and lead leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay as Eastern improved to 6-1 in dual meets this season. Rivers' record-setting time in the 100 freestyle was 54.63, bettering the two-year-old record of 54.70. Rivers won the event by over two seconds and captured the 50 freestyle by nearly two seconds in a time of 24.95 - a half-second slower than her program record.

Rivers won both the 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle for the sixth time this season, and in both events, was also second against Keene State and third in the Little East Conference Championships in her other attempts.

Senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) captured three events for the Warriors, who won nine of 12 individual events and both relays. Menard won the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and sophomore Erin McVeigh (Windsor) captured the 500 and 1,000 freestyle and sophomore Michelle Schapp (Torrington) the 100 and 200 backstroke. Sophomore Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY) was second to Scahpp in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

In addition to winning individual events, Schapp swam the opening leg of the victorious 200 medley relay and McVeigh swam the final 50 yards of the winning 200 freestyle relay which wrapped up the meet.

Rivers becomes the first record-breaker of the season. Last year as a freshman, Rivers set a new record in the 50 freestyle and Schapp took over possession of all three backstroke marks. Both were also members of four record-breaking relays.

Twenty-nine of Roger Williams' points came in two diving events (Eastern does not sponsor diving).

Eastern visits Western New England University Wednesday at 6 p.m.
 

W-Basketball: Warriors Run Out of Gas

Unbeaten in LEC, Anchorwomen score 50 second-half points in 83-52 win

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island College women's basketball team remained the only undefeated team in the Little East Conference with an 83-52 triumph over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday at the Murray Center.

Leading by only four points at halftime, Rhode Island (17-2, 9-0 Little East) more than doubled Eastern's (6-13, 2-7 Little East) second-half total by scoring 50 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor en route to its 14th straight victory.

In search of its first LEC regular-season title in the 26-year history of the sport (RIC has finished as high as second or tied for second three times), Rhode Island remains two games ahead of the University of Southern Maine and Keene State College, which share second place. Eastern remains in a two-way tie for sixth place with Massachusetts Boston, which was beaten by visiting Keene State, 75-33. 

Eastern's starters played all but eight minutes in the game, with freshman guard Danyelle Rodriguez (Willimantic) erupting for a career-high 17 points (her first game in double figures) and freshman point guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) adding 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds for the fourth consecutive game and handing out six assists with three steals.

Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet - the second-leading scoer in the LEC - paced the winners with 19 points, senior forward Rachel Riley adding 16. Riley, ranked second in the conference in rebounding, had seven rebounds to help the Anchorwomen to a +8 advantage over Eastern in that department.  Senior guard Nicole Girard had ten points, seven rebounds, four rebounds and three steals for the hosts and  senior guard Stephanie Coro shared game-high rebounding honors with Forsman with eight.

With the win, Rhode Island  sweeps the regular-season LEC series with Eastern for the first time in 14 years.

Eastern visits Bowdoin College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Zimmerman Award: Recipients Honored

zimmerman72dpi_2691.jpgThe 2012 recipients of the Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award -- junior softball player Katherine Sokoloski (fourth from left) and junior soccer player Mackenzie MacLeod (far right) -- were recognized following Tuesday' night's women's basketball home game. Sololoski and MacLeod became the 30th and 31st recipeints of the award since 1994. The award is named after the late softball and basketball player and student athletic trainer who attended Eastern between 1989 and 1993. Candidates for the award are female student-athletes or student trainers majoring in Physical Education or Sport & Leisure Management who have attained junior status with an overall grade point average of 2.70. The award is presented to commemorate the spirit and love of Holly Zimmerman and exemplifies Holly's qualities of loyalty, thoughtfulness and academic determination, her commitment to helping others, her love of copetition, and her zest for life. Appearing in photo (from left) are committee chairman Dr. David Yeo, head softball coach and committee member Diana Pepin, Steve Sokoloski (father of Katherine), Katherine Sokoloski, head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio, Marsha Sokoloski (mother of Katherine), Carol MacLeod and Bruce MacLeod (parents of Mackenzi), and Mackenzi MacLeod.

M-Basketball: Warriors Roar Past Lions

Yarborough comes off bench to spark early run in non-conference win

yarborough 72dpi_2109.jpgEWING, N.J. --  The No. 18 Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team took control with a seven-point run and went on to score 19 of the final 23 points of the first half in posting a 73-56 non-conference victory over The College of New Jersey Thursday night at Packer Hall.

At left: Brandon Yarborough (Photo from the archives of Nicholas R Noheimer).

Eastern (15-2) returns to the winning track after Keene State College halted the Warriors' 13-game winning streak Tuesday in a 64-56 decision at Geissler Gymnasium. New Jersey (8-12), which lost a three-point decision to the Warriors a year ago in Willimantic, has dropped nine of its last 12 decisions.

Freshman forward Brandon Yarborough (Stamford) came off the bench to give Eastern the lead for good with eight minutes left in the first half. The bucket fueled a quick 7-0 run over the next  two minutes and Eastern went on to outscore the Lions, 19-4, the rest of the way to take a 14-point, 35-21 lead into the break.

The second half lead never dripped below double figures and crested at 22 on a three-point field goal by senior gurad Chae Philips (West Haven) midway through the second stanza.

Yarborough scored seven of Eastern's points in that 19-4 run, with seniors Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) and Jamie Kohn (Columbia) adding five each and senior Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) two. Yarborough's sank his first three-pointer of the season in that 19-4 spurt, and a minute later, grabbed an offensive rebound of Levy's missed three-pointer, and swished two free throws. Nedwick sealed the first-half rush by completing  a conventional three-point play off his own steal.

Nedwick  led all players in the game with 18 points, and has now reached double figures in every game this year. Junior Chris Robitaille (Canton), the national leader in field goal percentage, connected on five of seven field goal to improve his season mark to 69.1. Kohn recorded double figures in rebounds for the fourth straight game, finishing with a game-high 11 to go along with nine points and six assists. Levy added 11 points. Yarborough equaled his season high with nine points - all in the first half.

For the fourth time this year, the Warriors canned at least half of their three-pointers. Against the Lions, they were 8-for-16, with seniors Nedwick, Levy and Philips each hitting two from behind the arc.

Kohn moved to within three points of his 1,000th career point, while Nedwick overtook former teammate Edwin Ortiz to move into fourth place all-time with 1,450 career points, three behind E-Club Hall of Famer  Lou Chartier (1969-73), who is in third place..

Eastern visits Rhode Island College Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

 

W-Basketball: Keene Gets Past Warriors

Owls ride late first-half momentum to second win in last 11 games vs. Eastern

forsman ksc72dpi_2687.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior forward Courtney Cirillo scored her 1,000th career point midway through the first half and went on to lead all players with 21 points and 13 rebounds and pace the Keene State College women's basketball team to a 58-38 decision over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night at francis E. Geissler gymnasium.

At right: Kristina Forsman

Keene (11-5, 6-2 Little East) won its third straight and handed Eastern (6-12, 2-6 Little East) its fifth straight loss. The Owls remain two games off the pace in the conference behind unbeaten leader Rhode Island College, which edged host Western Connecticut State University, 56-54 Tuesday evening.

Keene, which had lost nine of the previous ten to Eastern - including two regular-season games and one playoff matchup last year - scored the final eight points of the first half to take an eight-point halftime lead, then got two inside buckets from Cirillo to open the second half and move out to a 12-point lead. After the etams were tied at 25-all with four minutes left in the first half, Keene outscored the Warriors 18-2 to pull away to a 16-point lead six minutes into the second half.

Cirillo's 1,000th point came on her third basket of the game. Senior forward Meghan Farrell stole the ball and fed Cirillo alone underneath with 10:20 remaining for the milestone point.  Cirillo shot 50 percent from the floor (8-for-16) in the game and 5-for-6 from the line and helped her team to a +10 advantage on the board s with 13. Junior forward Siobhan Carnell added ten points and five rebounds and Farrell six points and eight rebounds for Keene.

Eastern freshman Kristina Forsman (Newington) led Eastern with 16 points - her second-highest total of the year - and grabbed eight rebounds for the third straight game. Freshman forward Shannon McCourt (Newington) added 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. McCourt left the game with 15:30 remaining after picking up her fourth foul and Eastern trailing by 12, but he Owls were only able to tack on two additional points in McCourt's six-minute absence. Senior center Jamie Sommers (Voluntown) led the Warriors with 11 rebounds and freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) had five assists.

Eastern visits Rhode Island College Saturday at 1p.m.

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Drop 1st in LEC

Owls hit final five shots to halt Eastern's 13-game winning streak

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior guard Ryan Martin and junior center Rashad Wright combined for six points on three straight jump shots in the final three minutes as Keene State College broke a tie and went on to a  64-56 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University that has forged a two-way tie for first place in the Little East Conference in men's basketball.

Keene (13-4, 7-1 Little East) used a late first-half run to cut a 12-point deficit to two at halftime, and the teams battled throughout the second half, with neither team leading by more than four points until the final three minutes.

Martin, who scored ten of his team-high 13 points in the second half, put the Owls up for good with a jumper with just over three minutes left that snapped the eighth and final tie. After an exchange of turnovers, Martin sank another jumper coming out of a timeout to make it a four-point lead, and after Eastern missed a three-pointer, the 6-foot-10 inich Wright scored again for Keene to make it 60-54.

Keene, which snapped a five-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern, canned its final five field goal to move out to its six-point lead, then swished four straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to ice the decision.

robitaille ksc72dpi_2721.jpgKeene's win snaps Eastern's (14-2, 7-1 Little East) 13-game winning streak - the longest streak for the Warriors in 70 years and second-longest in program history. The Warriors are ranked No. 18 nationally in Division III.

At left: At 6-foot-5, Eastern's Chris Robitaille (white jersey) won the inside battle with 6-foot-10 Rashad Wright Tuesday night. Robitaille had eight points, a career-high 13 rebounds and two blocks, Wright.eight points and five rebounds.

 Eastern and Keene now share the top spot in the conference at 7-1, with Western Connecticut a game back. Western took over sole possession of third place in the LEC with a 93-87 home win over Rhode Island College.

The game featured the No. 3 defensive team in Division III in Eastern (55.3 ppg. allowed) and the No. 16 offensive team in Division III in Keene (84.4 ppg.). The Warriors limited Keene to only 15 points through the first 16 minutes of the game and led by 12  before the Owls scored 12 of the final 14 points of the half to pull to within a pair at the break, 29-27.  Senior forward Ollie Hunter scored six of those points and Martin connected on his only three-pointer to fuel the comeback.

Martin was the only Keene starter in double figures, but Keene's bench out-scored Eastern's bench 25-5. The Owls shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the second half and cashed in 11 points off seven Eastern turnovers over the final 20 minutes.

Senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) led Eastern with  a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds, junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) adding eight points and a game and career-high 13 rebounds, senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) contributing 15 points and senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) ten points, five rebounds and four assists.

Eastern visits the College of New Jersey Thursday at 7 p.m.


 

Little East: Two from Eastern Recognized

McVeigh (swimming) and Nedwick (men's basketball) honored  by LEC

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore swimmer Erin McVeigh (Windsor) and senior men's basketball player Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) have been honored by the Little East Conference in its eighth weekly awards program for the week ending Jan. 22.

McVeigh was named Swimmer-of-the-Week after helping the Warriors to a pair of home dual meet victories last week, while Nedwick was named Player-of-the-Week after leading the Warriors to two conference wins. McVeigh was named for the first time and became the program's second Swimmer-of-the-Week this year; Nedwick was recognized as Player-of-the-Week for the first time in his standout four-year career. As a sophomore, he was selected to the LEC honor roll (which is no longer selected) on Jan. 25, 2010.  Nedwick becomes the team's first individual honoree this season.

McVeigh, who spent her freshman semester at the Division I level, won four individual races this past week. She captured the 100 (56.83) and 200 yard freestyle (2:07.26) races against Saint Joseph College (CT). On Saturday, she won the 500 (5:38.18) and 1000 yard freestyle (11:34.71) against UMass Dartmouth.  This year, McVeigh holds the fastest time on the team in the 500 freestyle, second-fastest time in the 100 and 200 freestyle and third-fastest time in the 50 freestyle and 1000 freestyle. In the conference championships in early December, she placed fifth in the 200 and 500 freestyle and seventh in the 100 freestyle.

Eastern (5-1) visits Roger Williams University Saturday at 1 p.m.

Nedwick averaged 22.5 points and six rebounds per game to help lead No. 25 Eastern  (14-1) to its 2-0 week. The  6-foot-1 inch shooting guard  shot 46.7 percent (14-for-30) from the field to reach double digits in scoring in each contest. On Jan. 17, Nedwick scored 20 points and pulled in seven rebounds to lift the Warriors past Western Connecticut. Four days later, he poured in 25 points, including 10 points during a 19-2 second half run, to help Eastern  earn a come-from-behind victory at Southern Maine.

Against the Huskies, Nedwick  became the sixth player in program history with at least 1,400 career points. This year, Nedwick has reached double figures in scoring in all 15 games. He leads Eastern with a 16.3 scoring average and also averages 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals and is second with 16 three-pointers.

A winner of 13 straight and with a conference-leading 7-0 record, Eastern hosts Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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W-Track: Six Set PRs at Wesleyan Invite

 Quinones qualifies for New England meet with 19:00.44 at 5,000 meters

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --  Despite a layoff of over five weeks from official competition, six members of the Eastern Connecticut State University  women's track and field team established personal bests Saturday at the Wesleyan University Invitational at Bacon Field House.

At left: Katie France

In the non-scoring meet, senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) easily qualified for next month's New England Division III Championships and placed third in a field of 20 at 5,000 meters. Competing at that distance for only the second time, Quinones was clocked in 19:00.44, bettering her previous best by 28 seconds and exceeding the qualifying standard by 17 seconds.

Others establishing personal bests were  first-year sophomore transfer Akaya McElveen (New Haven), and sophomores Katie France (Portland), Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), Sarah Krulicki (Torrington), and  Tacia Bryant  (Guilford), with sophomore Amy Huhn (Hebron) equaling her personal best of 9-6 ¼ in the pole vault.

McElveen was timed in 28.81 in the 200 and 1:03.54 in the 400, Bryant 1:07.44 in the  400, and France 5:33.23 in the mile (bettering her previous best by nine seconds). Hultzman recorded a mark of 32-3 ½ in the triple jump and Krulicki a distance of 33-0 ½ in the weight throw. France raced to a third-place finish in a field of 21, less than three seconds behind the winner. Quinones was third in a field of 20 in the 5000, Hultzman shared fourth place in a field of 16 in the high jump, and McElveen took tenth among 33 in the 400.

Eastern visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Saturday at noon.

Men's Track: Hewett Wins 200 Again

First-year sophomore outruns a field of 45, qualifies for post-season

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --  First-year Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore transfer Fredrick Hewett (New London) outran a field of 44 other competitors and qualified for the New England Division III Championships at 200 meters Saturday during men's competition at the Wesleyan University Indoor Track and Field Invitational at Bacon Field House.

At right: Fredrick Hewett

After  a five-week layoff, Hewett won the 200 for the second time in as many tries at Eastern with a time of 23.20 which exceeded the qualifying standard by .04 and was a second off the 12-year Eastern record. In his first meet Dec. 3, Hewett was first in a field of 18 at Springfield College in a time of 23.40.

Other top individuals in the non-scoring meet included first-year sophomore transfer Mark Jolley (East Berlin), who shared third place in a field of 18 with a mark of 6-1 ¼ in the high jump. In his first collegiate meet, Jolley had qualified for the New England Division III meet with a winning mark of 6-4 Dec. 3 at Springfield College

Freshman D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) was 11th  at 200 meters and 13th in a field of 37 at 400 meters and set a personal best with a time of 7.35 in the preliminaries of the 60 meters.

Additional individuals establishing personal bests in addition to Hewett and Chambers were senior James DiBeneditto (Enfield) in the shot put, where he was seventh among 31 with a mark of 41-4 ½; and freshman Dylan Kruppa (Torrington), who had a long jump of 20-6 ½ which placed him seventh in a field of 26. Kruppa was also 11th in a field of 29 at 600meters.

Eastern visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Saturday at noon.

M-Basketball: Warriors Still Unbeaten

  They rebound from sluggish first half to win 13th straight game

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GORHAM, Maine - Ranked fifth nationally in defense, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team got a dose of its own medicine before re-grouping in the second half for its 13th straight win, a 58-44 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium.

At right: Nick Nedwick

Limited to 22 points and trailing by four at halftime, Eastern (14-1, 7-0 Little East) responded with 36 second-half points and kept Southern Maine (7-9, 1-6 Little East) to 18, thanks to 12 Husky turnovers and 35.3 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.

With the top four teams in the eight-team conference winning, Eastern maintains a one-game lead over Keene State College at the halfway point of the season. The Owls edged host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 70-68, Saturday to maintain a one-game lead of Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut.

The win is the 13th straight for Eastern -- which can tie the program record of consecutive wins when it hosts Keene State Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium --  and is the eighth in a row (second this year) for the Warriors over the Huskies. The hosts' final point total equals the second-lowest by either team in a game in this 59-game series.

After trailing by seven points in the opening minute of the second half, Eastern finally pulled even eight minutes into the half on senior forward Jamie Kohn's (Columbia) three-pointer , then stifled the Huskies on just two points over the final ten minutes of the game in a 19-2 run that finalized the game.

Senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) scored 16 of his game and season-high 25 points in the second half, two less than Southern Maine. In one five-minute stretch, Nedwick totaled ten of the team's 12 points on a pair of three-pointers, a layup and two free throws.

After allowing ten points on ten first-half turnovers, the Warriors had a +8 differential on points off turnovers in the second half. The Warriors also sank all seven of their second-half free throws, and  Kohn and Nedwick combined for fifth of  Eastern's nine steals in the period.

Junior guard Alex Key, who did not see time in Eastern's  67-62 win over USM Dec.  3 at Geissler Gymnasium, led the hosts with 14 points but was the only Husky in double figures.

Nedwick, who shot 50 percent from the floor, also had five rebounds and five steals. His 25 ponts give him 1,417 in his four-year career as he becomes only sixth player in program history to reach 1,400 points. He ranks sixth all-time in scoring, one behind E-Club Hall of Famer Kevin Barboza for fifth place.

Junior forward Chris Robitaille  (Canton) helped the Warriors to a +14 advantage on the boards with ten rebounds to go along with eight points. In addition to grabbing seven rebounds, Kohn netted ten points to move to within 28 points of becoming tenth-year head coach Bill Geitner's fourth 1,000-point scorer.

Eastern entered the game ranked fifth nationally in defense (56.1) in Division III and fifth in scoring margin (18.4). The Warriors are ranked No. 25 nationally in Division III.

 

W-Basketball: USM Sacks Warriors

After absorbing 18-point loss in first meeting, Huskies turn tables 

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GORHAM, Maine - The University of Southern Maine women's basketball team outscored Eastern Connecticut State University 37-9 to close out the first half and went on to a 94-52 Little East Conference rout Saturday afternoon at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium.

At right: Danyelle Rodriguez

Without three starters who combined for  52 points in a 75-57 victory over Southern Maine (13-4, 5-2 Little East) Dec. 3, Eastern  (6-11, 2-5 Little East) trailed by 34 points at halftime as the Huskies put an end to a three-game losing streak at the hands of the Warriors.

With the top four teams defeating the bottom four in the LEC standings, Southern Maine remains in a three-way tie for second place, two games behind undefeated Rhode Island College.  Eastern remains in a three-way tie for fifth place with UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston in the eight-team conference. The top six finishers earn a spot in the LEC tournament in late February.

Saturday, Southern Maine shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half and held the Warriors to a mark of 27.6 in turning the game into an early rout. The Huskies outrebounded Eastern by 19 in the game. The team's five starters combined to shoot 22-for-33 (66.7 percent) from the floor in the game.

Eastern freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) led all players with 21 points, Freshman point guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) had 14 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds for the second straight game. First-year senior center Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown) shared game-high rebounding honors with nine.

Freshman guard Danyelle Rodriguez (Willimantic) had nine points and two steals in 33 minutes in her first career start in place of junior Samantha Riccio (Avon). Riccio injured her knee in the final minutes of Thursday's home loss to Williams College.

Eastern has lost its last four. Southern Maine is 9-1 since sustaining its 75-57 loss to Eastern at Geissler Gymnasium in the LEC opener for both schools.

Only two Southern Maine players logged as many as 20 minutes in the game, with 13 players seeing court time and all but one garnering at least ten minutes.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the first of two regular-season conference contests between the clubs.


 

W-Swim: Warriors Overpower UMD

Four are double winners for Warriors in 148-106 victory over Corsairs

thatcher 72_2496.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Sophomore Amanda Rivers (Meriden) won the 50 and 100 freestyle events in the same meet for the third time this year and sophomore Erin McVeigh (Windsor) captured the 500 and 1000 freestyle to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team to a 148-106 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center pool.

Above: Rachael Thatcher

Eastern (5-1) won 13 of 14 events, with seven different swimmers winning at least once as the Warriors improved to 4-0 in home dual meets this season. UMass (2-5) lost for the sixth straight time to Eastern in dual competition after winning the first five in this series.

Rivers has won the 50 and 100 freestyle ten times this season, placed second twice in dual meets and finished third in both events in the Little East Conference Championships in December. McVeigh has won the 500 freestyle four times to go along with a fifth-place finish in the Little East meet. She was swimming the 1000 for the first time.

Senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) and sophomore Michelle Schapp (Torrington) were also double winners, Menard in the 100 butterfly and on an exhibition basis in the 100 individual medley and Schapp in the 50 and 100 backstroke. Schapp captured the 50 for the third time in as many outings this year.

Other individual winners were freshman Rachael Thatcher (Newington) in the 100 breaststroke and sophomore Colleen King (Barkhamsted) on an exhibition basis in the 50 butterfly. Thatcher won the 100 breaststroke for the second straight time and third in four tries. She has lowerd her time every time out this year.

Menard clocked a personal best time of 1:07.62 in the 100 individual medley and Rivers swam her fastest time of the year (25.29) in the 50 freestyle.

Eastern swimming garnered at least the top two spots in seven of 12 individual events, going 1-2-3 in the 50 and 100 backstroke.  Freshman Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) was second to Schapp in both backstroke events.  Sophomore Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY) was third in the 50 backstroke and sophomore Marissa Colley (East Haven) third in the 100 backstroke.

Junior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA) registered UMass's win in the 50 breaststroke and was second in the 100 freestyle. Senior Kim Moore (Billerica, MA) was second in the 1000 freestyle and junior Lindsay Days second in the 100 breaststroke.

Eastern visits Roger williams University Saturday at 1 p.m.


 

W-Swimming: Warriors on LittleEast.tv

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a dual meet which will be broadcast live on LittleEast.tv. from the Sports Center pool.

Eastern (4-1) is coming off Wednesday's  134-96 win over Saint Joseph College (CT) in its first home dual meet in over a month. UMass (2-4) dropped a 128-97 decision at Simmons College Tuesday.

Against Saint Joseph, Eastern won all 13 events, with senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) winning three events and sophomores Michelle Schapp (Torrington) and Erin McVeigh (Windsor) two each.

Since losing the first five dual meets against UMass, the Warriors have bounced back to win the last five, including last year's 165-120 triumph at the Tripp Athletic Center pool.

Eastern closes out its home season Feb. 4 against Rhode Island College at 11 a.m. before competing in the NEISDA Division II-III Championships Feb. 17-19.

W-Basketball: Early Hole Sinks Warriors

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team  cut a 23-point second-half deficit in half with a 17-5 run before dropping a 63-47 decision to Williams College Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Freshman guard Taylor McBride (23) defends Williams senior Jill Greenberg in the first half of Thursday's loss.

Eastern  (6-10) spotted Williams (15-2) the first 12 points of the game and trailed by 23 three minutes into the second half before outscoring the Ephs by 12 over seven minutes to pull to within a bucket of slicing the deficit to single digits. Williams is ranked No. 23 nationally.

After shooting 26.1 percent and turning the ball over 11 times in the first half, Eastern outscored the visitors by five in the second half by shooting 48.0 percent from the floor. Shut out in the first half and limited to just three field goal attempts, Eastern freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) responded with 15 points (6-for-10 from the floor) and eight rebounds in the second half to lead the Warriors. McCourt led all players with 13 rebounds for her eighth double-double in as many starts and ninth in 15 games this year.

On its first ten possessions of the game, Eastern missed six shots and turned the ball over four times. Williams' first three field goals came from beyond the three-point arc, with freshman forward Kellie Macdonald sinking the first two and senior guard Jill Greenberg the third.

Freshman point guard Kristina Forsman (Newington)  had seven points and a career-high eight rebounds as the Warriors battled Williams - which features six six-footers on its roster - to a standstill on the boards.

Freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) followed McCourt by tying her career high with ten points to go aloing with six assists and five rebounds.

Junior guard Grace Rehnquist came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points which included three three-pointers, and grab a team-high seven rebounds in 20 minutes for Williams, which evens the all-time series with Eastern at 2-2 with its second straight win. Junior forward Danny Rainer added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Ephs and Macdonald and Greenberg chipping in ten each, and Greenberg also had five assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Eastern junior guard Samantha Riccio (Avon), the team's only returning player from a year ago, left the game with 2:29 left after injuring her knee. She did not return.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.


 

W-Swiming: Menard a Triple Winner

Senior captures 50 and 100 butterfly and 200 IM in dual meet victory

menard72sjc_2444.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) won three events and sophomores Michelle Schapp (Torrington) and Erin McVeigh (Windsor) two each as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team eased to a 134-96 victory over Saint Joseph College (CT) Wednesday evening at the Sports Center pool.

At left: Nadine Menard swims the second leg in winning the 200 individual medley Wednesday.

Eastern (4-1) won all 12 individual events as well as the 200 freestyle relay, with eight different individuals capturing at least one individual event.  Eastern swam the last four events on an exhibition basis in posting its  27th straight dual meet win over Saint Joseph (2-2).

Menard won the 50 and 100 yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley, Schapp the 50 and 100 backstroke and McVeigh the 100 and 200 freestyle. Also winning events were junior Jen O'Leary (West Suffield) sophomores Colleen King (Barkamsted) and Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY), Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and freshman Rachael Thatcher (Newington). Comprising the winning 200 freestyle relay were McVeigh, Rivers, and sophomores Marissa Colley (East Haven) and Becky Odgers (Shelton).

Taking seconds to go along with winning at least one individual event were King in the 100 breaststroke, Tromp  in the 500 freestyle, Schapp in the 50 freestyle, O'Leary in the 200 freestyle, Thatcher in the 50 breaststroke, and Rivers in the 50 backstroke.

Recording their fastest times of the season in winning efforts were Menard in the 200 individual medley, Schapp in the 50 backstroke, McVeigh in the 100 freestyle, King and Tromp. Thatcher touched the wall first  in her first try at that distance.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m.

W-Basketball: Warriors Battle in Loss

Undermanned team races to 15-4 lead before dropping LEC decision

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  With four first-year players in the starting lineup, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team raced to an early 11-point lead before Western Connecticut State University chipped away and finally posted a 61-57 Little East Conference victory Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

The win is the fourth straight for Western (12-4, 4-2 Little East) over Eastern in the last two yaers and its fifth in six outings this season. Eastern (6-9, 2-4 Little East) has lost seven of its last nine. With the top four teams in the LEC defeating the bottom four teams, Western maintains a share of second place, two games behind leader Rhode Island College. Eastern remains tied for fifth with Massachusetts Dartmouth and Massachusetts Boston.

Tuesday, the Warriors kept Western from scoring a field goal for the first nine minutes in building a 15-4 lead. The visitors clanked their first 11 attempts from the field before finally chipping away and moving into their first lead with four minutes left. In that  run of nine straight points, junior forward Carly Murphy tossed in five with a bucket and two free throws.

Above: Eastern's Jaymie Sommers (44) defends Western's Melissa DiNino in the first half of Tuesdsay's LEC loss.

With the Warriors trailing  by only two with 5:30 left in the game, Western sophomore forward Caroline Brasa sank a three-pointer and later added a jumper to give Western its largest lead at seven, 57-50, with 2:30 left. The Warriors had a chance to cut the Colonial lead to one when the Colonials missed a free throw with a four-point lead with 18 seconds left, but sophomore forward Sciarra Brandt grabbed the miss and junior guard Taylor Nkonoki swished a pair of clinching free throws nine seconds later.

The conference leader in three-point field goals with an average of seven per game, Western managed only one in the second half (four in the game) but capitalized on ten Eastern second-half turnovers to score 13 points.

Murphy scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for Western, and Brasa came off the bench for 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes.

Freshman guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) led Eastern with 14 points, freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) recording her seventh double-double in as many starts this year with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  First-year senior center Jamie Sommers (Voluntown) had her first double-double in seven games with a career-high 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Eastern hosts No. 23 nationally-ranked Williams College Thursday at 7 p.m.

M-Basketball: Warriors Take Key Victory

They are now 6-0 in the Little East following 74-61 win over Western

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WATCH: Head Coach Bill Geitner (at left) reviews the key LEC win Tuesday.(4:31)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Four Eastern Connecticut State University players contributed points during a 12-1 run in the second half as the Warriors remained undefeated in the  Little East Conference with a 74-61 men's basketball win over Western Connecticut State University before 800 fans Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Ranked No. 25 nationally, Eastern (13-1, 6-0 Little East) won its 12th straight game while Western (13-3, 4-2 Little East) lost its second straight after winning 11 in a row. Eastern remains a game ahead of Keene State College, which downed visiting Plymouth State University, 71-61 Tuesday night. Western slips two games off the pace and is now tied with two-time defending LEC tournament champion Rhode Island College, which trimmed visiting Massachusetts Dartmouth, 61-57.

 

Above: Hamilton Levy (44) scored ten of his 12 points in the second half in Tuesday's 74-61 LEC win over Western Connecticut.

In a re-match of last year's LEC tournament semfinal, won by Eastern,  the Warriors erased a ten-point first-half deficit with a 15-2 burst that gave the hosts their first lead since the opening basket. Leading by three at halftime, Eastern pushed the lead to eight before holding the Colonials scoreless from the floor and to just one point in over five minutes to open up a 15-point, 51-36 lead with nine minutes left.

Trailing by double digits most of the second half, Western got as close as six with 2:30 left when senior guard DaQuan Brooks scored all of his team's nine points in a 9-0 run before the Warriors  iced the game with seven straight points on five free throws and an inside bucket by senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY).

During the decisive 12-1 run early in the second half, Nedwick scored five points, senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) four and senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) two each. Robitaille improved his nation-leading field goal percentage to 71.6 by canning  seven of eight field goals.

Nedwick led Eastern with 20 points - sinking all nine of his free throws, seven of which came in the second half - and also pulled down seven rebounds. Robitaille added 19 points and Kohn and Levy 12 each. Kohn also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. The Warriors, who shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the second half, commited only ten turnovers in the game, equaling their second-lowest total of the year.

Brooks, the two-time LEC Player-of-the-Year, improved his LEC-leading scoring average with 33 points (16-for-26 from the floor), but scored 16 of his points in the last eight minutes with his team down by as many as 15.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 3 p.m.

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M-Basketball:Warriors Move into Top 25

On strength of 12-1 start, they appear for first time in 13-year history of poll

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- For the first time in the 13-year history of the D3Hoops.com Division III men's basketball Top 25 poll, Eastern Connecticut State University has earned a national ranking. With a 12-1 record and 11-game winning streak, the Warriors were rated 25th in the seventh weekly poll, released Monday.

Above: With head coach Bill Geitner are seniors (from left) Hamilton Levy, Chae Philips, Nick Nedwick and Jamie Kohn.

Eastern is one of five nationally-ranked teams from New England and the only one from the Little East Conference. With losses Saturday, Western Connecticut and Rhode Island College from the Little East both dropped out of the Top 25 and both received votes in this week's poll. Rhode Island was 20th last week and Western 23rd.

Among the highlights this season have been a 70-59 home win over Rhode Island Dec. 10 and wins over Hunter College and Springfield College in winnning the Naismith Classic at Springfield, MA on New Year's weekend. Rhode Island has won four of the last five LEC titles and the Naismith title represented Eastern's first in-season road tournament title in 18 years.

Under tenth-year head coach Bill Geitner, Eastern's current winning streak is the second-longest one in program history following the 1941-42 team which won all 14 of its games.The team has won all 11 of its games against New England opponents this season. The loss came to St. Joseph's College-Long Island, 90-76, in the final of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament Noov. 19.

The Warriors are ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (currently 55.8) and junior post player Chris Robitaille (Canton) is the national leader in field goal percentage (currently 70.2).

Eastern features four seniors in guards Nick Nedwick (Irvinigton, NY) and Chae Philips (West Haven), post player Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and swingman Jamie Kohn (Columbia)

The top seed in the ECAC New England tournament and a 20-game winner each of the last two years, Eastern leads the conference with a 5-0 record. The Warriors host Western Connecticut (13-2, 4-1 LEC) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

W-Basketball: McCourt Rookie Repeater

She is named top LEC freshman again; also receives NEWBA honors

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  For the second consecutive week, Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) has been named Rookie-of-the-Week in the Little East Conference, it was announced today.

At right: Shannon McCourt (Photo courtesy of Nicholas R. Noheimer archives).

The former first-team All-Southwest Conference selection at New Fairfield  HS had double-doubles in each of three games for the week ending Jan. 15, giving her six in as many starts this year and seven times in 13 games this season.

The 5-foot-10 inch McCourt averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 1-2 week to gain the honor in the seventh reporting week.  McCourt reached double figures in each contest, including scoring at least 20 points twice.  Last Tuesday, McCourt posted a double-double against Little East foe UMass Dartmouth, scoring 22 points and pulling in 11 rebounds. Two days later, she was dominant in the post against Maine Presque Isle, recording 19 points and collecting 12 caroms. On Saturday, McCourt registered her third double-double of the week--22 points and 13 boards--against UMass Boston.

In addition to the LEC honor, McCourt was named to the five-person New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) weekly honor roll this week after garnering New England Rookie-of-the-Week accolades a week ago.

In her six starts this year, she has led all Eastern players every time and in rebounding five times. She leads active players on the team in scoring (12.2) and free throw percentage  (72.5) and is second in rebounding (7.7). In four Little East games, she averages 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds and is shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 87.5 percent (14-for-16) from the stripe.

In being named Little East and New England Rookie-of-the-Week for the first time last week (for the week ending Jan. 8),  McCourt posted a double-double in each of the three road games in the first three starts of her career, averaging  22.3 points and 13.7 rebounds with a 79.3 free throw percentage (23-for-29). She became the program's  first Rookie-of-the-Week in the Little East in nearly two that week and the first Eastern player recognized as either NEWBA's top weekly player or rookie this year.

Eastern hosts defending conference champion Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at  5:30 p.m. The Colonials defeated the Warriors in last year's LEC title tilt.


 

W-Swim: Rivers Shines for Warriors

In first outing in over a month, they are beaten by Keene, 140-111

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KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's swim team captured at least the top two sports in eight of the 11 events that were not exhibitioned in handing Eastern Connecticut State University its first dual meet loss of the season, 140-111, Saturday afternoon.

At right: Amanda Rivers

Keene's Maureen O'Leary, Jill Whitaker and  Diana Pimer - each of whom won Little East Conference individual championships at the LEC Championships in December - won their specialties Saturday in the 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, respectively.
The Warriors' best event was the 100 freestyle, where they claimed the 2-3-4 slots behind sophomores Amanda Rivers (Meriden), Becky Odgers (Shelton) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington), trailing only LEC champion Whitaker.

Rivers was also second in the 50 freestyle and recorded the second-fastest time in the 50 butterfly  for Eastern, competing for the first time after a layoff of over a month. Sophomore Erin McVeigh (Windsor) had the second-fastest time in the 500 freestyle and was third in the 400 individual medley  Others copping thirds were senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) in the 200 butterfly, sophomore Colleen King (Barkhamsted) in the 50 breaststroke, Schapp in the 200 freestyle and freshman Kayla Smoragiewicz  (Norwalk) in the 50 backstroke.

Eastern's 200 freestyle relay recorded the fastest time in the final event of the day, with Keene's top relay being disqualified.

Prior to swimming the last four events on an exhibition basis, Keene went 1-2-3 in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke and 1-2 in the 400 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and 200 butterfly.

Keene (5-1) is the five-time defending LEC champion, with Eastern (3-1) having placed second to the Owls in each of the last four seasons.

Eastern hosts Saint Joseph College (CT) Wednesday at 7 p.m.


 

M-Basketball: Depth, Defense Key Win

Warriors take over sole possession of first place in LEC with 82-52 victory

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Junior forward Tyler Hundley (Cheshire) came off the bench to convert four of four three-point field goals in the first half and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team took over first place in the Little East Conference with an 82-52 victory over University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Tyler Hundley (Photo by Nicholas R. Noheimer)

The 6-foot-6 inch Hundley replaced starter Chris Robitaille (Canton) -- the national leader in field goal percentage -- five minutes into the game when Robitaille picked up his second personal foul. Hundley, who had scored 54 points in his first 28 career games, connected on all five of his shots in the half to help Eastern to a 20-point halftime lead.  After netting an inside bucket, Hundley drilled three successive three-points from the top of the key in a span of five minutes to spark Eastern's 27-7 run that put the game away.

The victory is the 11th straight for Eastern (12-1, 5-0 Little East) and the triumph, coupled with Western Connecticut's  82-72 loss at Plymouth State University, moves the Warriors into sole possession of first place in the conference. The winning streak is the second-longtst  in program history behind the 1941-42 team which won all 14 of its games.

Hundley scored 16 of his career-high 17 points in the first half and senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) totaled 13 of his game-high 22 over the first 20 minutes. Nedwick also handed out a season-high seven assists.

The Warriors made their decisive first-half run with starters Robitaille, senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and junior point guard Joe Ives (Avon) all on the bench with two fouls accumulated in the first  seven minutes. The starting trio left the game in a span of two minutes. Soon after Levy left the game, UMass Boston (5-10, 1-4 Little East) freshman forward Carl Joseph gave the visitors their last lead (12-10) before Nedwick scored seven points  and Hundley connected on his first three-pointer to give the hosts a six-point lead midway through the half.

Seven Eastern players came off the bench to combine for 32 points while UMass  got points from only one of its seven reserves, freshman forward Cody Edmond  scoring all seven of the reserves' points (along with seven rebounds).

kohnumb72USE_2128.jpgRanked seventh nationally and first in the LEC in scoring defense, (moving ahead of Rhode Island College, which allowed 92 points Saturday in a one-point loss to Keene State), Eastern forced 18 UMass turnovers that translated into 29 points (20 in the first half).

At left: Jamie Kohn's (white jersey) defense on UMB top scorer Isaac Jenkins (with ball) set the tempo for Saturday's Little East Conference win.(Photo by Nicholas R. Noheimer)

As one of four freshman starters, Joseph tossed in 20 points for UMass to go along withi seven rebounds, and freshman forward Brian Clarke grabbed a game-high ten rebounds.

Senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) pulled down nine rebounds for Eastern and senior guard Chae Philips (West Haven) grabbed a career-high seven, five coming n five second-half minutes. In addition to his rebounds, Kohn effectively shut down UMass senior guard Isaac Jenkins, the third-leading scorer in the LEC with a 17.6 average. Jenkins managed only six points on seven shots in 31 minutes before fouling out with 5:59 left and the WarriorssmittyPA 72_2004.jpg cruising, 71-36.

The win is the fifth straight and eighth in its last nine meeting for Eastern against UMass.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

W-Basketball:Morrison Wrecks Warriors

 In Little East contest, Beacon freshman scores 31 points in 68-55 win

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  The University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team outscored Eastern Connecticut State University  15-3 over the final  six minutes of the first half and went on to a 68-55 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Two of the top rookies  in the conference squared off Saturday in Eastern's Shannon McCourt (white jersey) and UMass Boston's Kirsten Morrison (44). McCourt had her sixth straight double-double with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and only one turnover in 38 minutes while Morrison led all players with 31 points to go along with nine rebounds, also in 38 minutes. (Artwork courtesy of Nicholas R. Noheimer)

UMass (5-10, 2-3 Little East) snapped a seven-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern (6-8, 2-3 Little East) with the most lopsided of its six wins over the Warriors in this 59-game series. The road win was just the second this season for the Beacons and first since Dec. 1

UMass Boston freshman center Kirsten Morrison dominated play inside with a career-high 31 points (13-for-23 from the floor) to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks. Morrison was the only player in double figures for UMass, which got eight points and 12 rebounds from senior forward Molly Rattigan. Rattigan entered the game shooting 3-for-23 from the floor but connected on four of five chances from the field against Eastern.

UMass sank half of its ten field goals in the final six minutes of the first half when it outscored the Warriors 15-3 to break from a tie.  Sophomore guard Shelley Buck came off the bench to convert two three-pointers and  freshman guard Lauren Perra dropped in one in that spurt, where Eastern missed ten of 11 shots from the floor and turned the ball over three times on its final 15 possessions of the first half.

Although it shot only 38.7 percent from the floor in the first half, UMass turned the ball over only four times and they resulted in only two Eastern points.

Morrison scored eight points in the first six minutes of the second half and junior guard Elisa Ogawa to spark a 16-7 run that boosted the Beacons' lead to 21, 50-29. UMass led by 27 points midway through the frame and coasted the rest of the way.

Morrison scored 18 of her points in the second half and Eastern freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) poured in 16 of her team-high 22 points (10-for-22 from the field) in the second half for Eastern. McCourt added a game-high 13 rebounds to post her sixth straight double-double in as many starts and seventh this season.  Junior guard Samantha Riccio (Avon) added 14 points for Eastern.

Eastern hosts defending LEC champion Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

M-Basketball: Win Streak Reaches 10

Robitaille (10-for-12), Warriors dominate inside game against UMPI

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Norwich Bulletin game account

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Junior post player Chris Robitaille (Canton) converted ten of 12 shots from the floor as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team rolled to its tenth straight win, an 83-51 non-conference victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Chris Robitaille

Robitaille scored a career-high 21 points while senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and senior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) grabbed 12 and ten rebounds, respectively to lead Eastern (11-1) to a 40-24 advantage on the boards. The Warriors outscored Maine (2-9) 60-12 in the paint, outscored the visitors 16-4 on second-chance tries and totaled 21 points on turnovers.

Eastern's ten-game winning streak is the club's longest since an identical streak in 1968-69 and the 11-1 start is the best in 69 seasons, since the 1942-43 team (the second in program history) won 15 of 16 games during the season en route to the New England Teachers' College championship.

Leading by nine at the break, Eastern scored seven straight points early in the second half during a 24-8 run that pushed the lead to 25, 58-33, eight minutes into the frame. During the decisive run of seven points, Levy turned a UMPI turnover into an inside basket, then scored  two more following an offensive rebound by Kohn. Senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) then completed a conventional three-point play after a missed Owl jump shot.

All 11 of the Warriors baskets during the 24-8 run that opened the second half  were inside baskets and came on 14 shots.  The Warriors shot 61.8 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes and in the game connected on 68.1 percent of their shots inside the three-point arc.

Nedwick tallied 11 of his 18 points in the second half (4-for-6 from the floor), with Eastern's five starters combining to convert 11 of 15 attempts in the second half. Robitaille, who has shot at least 60.0 percent from the floor in every game this year, is shooting a remarkable 71.3 percent from the field this year (62-for-87).

All 15 Eastern players saw time, with freshman guard Brandon Jones (Stratford) scoring his first collegiate basket inside the final 30 seconds. Freshman guard Ray Melvin (New Haven) distributed four assists and first-year sophomore transfer Tim Quinn (Vernon) had three assists and two steals to go along with a basket.

Sophomore guard aaron Hutchins led UMPI with 18 points (7-for-12 from the floor).

Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

 

W-Basketball: Warriors Race to Victory

They erase early deficit with 19-2 run; Sommers has 20 boards

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Norwich Bulletin game account

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team outscored the University of Maine-Presque Isle 15-2 over the final six minutes of the first half to erase an eight-point deficit and went on to a 63-45 non-conference victory Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Kristina Forsman (20) defends against UMPI's Liron Albag in the second half of Thursdasy's win.

In its first home appearance after a 1-3 road trip, Eastern (6-7) got points from five different players in the 15-2 run that turned an eight-point deficit into a five-point halftime lead. The Warriors maintained the momentum in the second half by connecting on the first two buckets of the second half to push the advantage to ine, 32-23. The lead swelled to 11 minutes later and Presque Isle (4-9) never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Led by first-year senior center Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown), Eastern outrebounded the Owls 51-30, including 22 on the offensive boards when the Warriors  outscored the visitors 14-1 on second-chance opportunies.In her fifth start, Sommers grabbed a season-hgih 20 rebounds to go along with eighth points.

Freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) recorded her fifth double-double in as many starts (sixth of the season) with 19 points and 12 rebounds, with freshman guard Kristina Forsman (Newington) adding 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) had eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals without a turnover in 38 minutes.

Thanks in part to 1-for-11 three-point shooting, Eastern shot under 30 percent from the floor before re-grouping in the second half to shoot 42.4 percent from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line McCourt totaled 13 of her points in the second half and McBridge handed out six of her assists.

Presque Isle, coming off a loss at nationally-ranked Williams College Wednesday night, had won four of its previous six after an 0-5 start. Sophomore forward Rashell Saucier had 15 points and 13 minutes for the Owls. No other player had more than seven points, however.

Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

 

W-Soccer: Marchitto Academic Winner

Junior complements all-region selection with scholar all-region honors

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WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  For the second consecutive year, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer program has landed a student-athlete on the prestigious National Soccer Coaches' Association of American (NSCAA)  Women's College Scholar All-East Region Team.

Junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) was one of 43 players named to the regional team as the only representative from the eight-team Little East Conference. Marchitto is an Elemenary Education major who was selected to the third team based upon a cumulative 3.72 grade-point average through last spring.

Division II and III student-athletes who have attained junior eligibility are eligible for scholar all-region honors. The East Region is comprised of New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,  Ohio, Virgina, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky.

"Daniela has evolved into the student athlete that we all want to work with here at Eastern Connecticut State University," praised 12th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio. "Her combination of a tireless work ethic, academic achievement and athletic excellence makes her a leader on and off the field for our women's soccer and lacrosse programs."

In addition to being the only conference representative, Marchitto was one of only five selections from a New England Division III institution.

Marchitto follows former teammate Lauren Hickey, a first-team all-region and first-team scholar All-America selection a year ago. Last month, senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) was voted as a second-team College Scholar All-Region pick from the Eastern men's soccer program.

Marchitto as been named to the Little East Conference Academic Honor Roll in both seasons of eligibility thus far in soccer and in her first season of eligibility in lacrosse last spring. She will also be honored with an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in May in her first season of elibility.

On the field this past fall, Marchitto was named conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year, to the all-conference team for the third time (second time as a first-teamer) and as fourth-team NSCAA All-New England Region selection.

Also a first-team all-conference selection in lacrosse last season, Marchitto was second in the conference this season in soccer in points (37), goals (15) and game-winning goals (4) and shared second place in assists (7). She contributed a point in 14 of 20 matches, including seven straight heading into the LEC championship game, won on penalty kicks by Eastern over top-seeded Keene State College at Keene, NH. Marchitto's goal was the only one of the match in a semifinal-round home win over Western Connecticut.

Marchitto's final point total this year was the fourth-highest in a season in program history and her goal mark equalled the fourth-highest.  With one year remaining, Marchitto ranks third all-time in goals (33), tied for fifth in points (79), and sixth in game-winning goals (10).

Seeded second, the women (11-9-1) qualified for their third straight (fifth in nine years under D'Ambrosio) NCAA Division III tournament this past year by virtue of a 3-2 penalty-kick shootout win in the championship game of the  Little East tournament  The LEC tournament title was the fourth in nine years for Eastern., whose 6-1-0 LEC regular-season record this past year gave it a 62-9-6 mark - with more than one loss occurring in a season only once -- in regular-season conference play the last 11 seasons.

 

M-Basketball: Warriors Roll Over UMD

They win ninth straight and are 4-0 in Little East for first time

salzillo 72_0992.jpgLEC LOGO PARE.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to 17 points in the first 14 minutes of the second half on the way to its ninth straight win, an 83-70 Little East Conference victory Tuesday night at the Francis Tripp Athletic Center.

At right: Brian Salzillo

The top-ranked defensive team in the conference, Eastern (10-1, 4-0 Little East) held the third-highest scoring team in the conference to just 17 points through the first 14 minutes of the second half after building an 11-point halftime lead. The Warriors have beaten UMass the last five times the teams have met.

Eastern and Western Connecticut finished the night sharing the top spot in the conference standings. The Colonials dropped Keene State into a third-place tie with pre-season favorite Rhode Island College with a 94-87 win over the Owls at Keene, NH. Eastern hosts Western a week from tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern last began a season 10-1 in 1992-93 on the way to a 21-7 overall record and berth in the championship game of the NCAA sectional tournament. Eastern had never before won its first four games in conference competition.

The nine-game winning streak is the longest in 42 years, since the 1969-70 squad under Hall of Fame Clyde Washburne won ten in a row through the semifinals of the New England State College Athletic Conference tournament and finished at 21-4.

Led by sophomore guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven), Eastern featured four players in double figures as the Warriors improved to 6-0 away from home with their fourth straight road victory. Salzillo finished with a game-high 19 points - his highest total since a career-high 21 in the season-opener. Junior guard Joe Ives (Avon) had 15 points, senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) 14 and senior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) 12. Kohn had all of his points on 6-for-8 field goal shooting in 19 minutes before leaving the game two minutes into the second half after being struck in the face.

Junior post player Chris Robitaille (Canton) added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Every Eastern player but two shot at least 50 percent from the floor. Led by Kohn, Robitaille (4-for-5) and senior guard Chae Philips (West Haven) (3-for-3), the Warriors shot  56.3 percent from the field in the game, 62 percent in the first half. With Ives at 7-for-8, Salzillo 6-for-6 and Nedwick 6-for-8, Eastern sank 21 of 28 free throws and was 8-for-19 from three-point range. Salzillo had three three-pointers on seven tries, Philips 2-for-2 and Ives 2-for-4.

UMass Dartmouth (7-7, 1-3 Little East), which shared fourth place with Eastern in the LEC coaches' pre-season poll, got 19 points and six rebounds from 6-foot-7 inch senior center Lance Greene.

Eastern hosts the University of Maine at Presque Isle Thursday at 57:30 p.m.

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W-Basketball: Corsairs Snap Streak

 Warriors drop to 2-2 in LEC with first loss to UMass Dartmouth since 1995

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LEC LOGO PARE.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team opened the second half with a 17-6 run that pushed a seven-point halftime lead to 18 and the Corsairs went on to break a 34-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern Connecticut State University with a 79-61 victory in a Little East Conference game Tuesday night at the Tripp Athletic Center.

At right: Samantha Riccio

With its fifth win in the last six decisions, UMass (9-4, 2-2 Little East) remains unbeaten in six home games. Eastern (5-7, 2-2 Little East) lost its fourth road game this season in five tries. The win is the first for UMass over Eastern since Valentine's Day, 1995 in a 65-58 win at the Tripp Center in 18th-year Eastern head coach Denise Bierly's first season - her only losing one.

A late Eastern run sliced UMass' first-half 15-point lead to seven at halftime (UMass scored 12 points off ten Eastern turnovers), but the hosts got out quickly in the second half with its 17-6 spurt, with five  players contributing to the scoring, led by junior guard Shannon Singletary's five points.

Eastern freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) -- last week's New England Rookie-of-the-Week -- had her fourth straight double and fifth this year with a game-high 22 points (10-for-20 from the floor) and team-high 11 rebounds, with junior guard Samantha Riccio (Avon) adding a season-high 11 points (3-for-4 from three-point range) and freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) handing out six assists senior post player Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown) grabbing eight rebounds.

Down by 16 with 11 minutes left, Eastern scored six in a row on a free throw by Sommers and consecutive hoops by McCourt on a steal and jumper and fast-break jumper that cut the deficit to ten, 55-45, with 9:48 left. Coming out of a UMass timeout, first-semester transfer junior Erica Batchelder canned her third three-pointer of the game for UMD, and after Riccio answered for Eastern, freshman guard Kelsey Garrity swished a corner three-pointer for the hosts and junior forward Colleen Moriarty scored four quick points with a free throw and conventional three-point play that restored a 17-point lead for the Corsairs, 65-48, with 7:19 left.

UMass' balanced attack was led by the 6-foot-1 inch Moriarty and 6-foot-2 inch sophomore forward Erika Bornemann with 14 points each and Garrity with 12. Bornemann posted a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds, Garrity adding seven rebounds and nine assists and Moriarty six rebounds (and five blocked shots) to help the hosts to a +7 margin in rebounding. Batchelder added nine points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Eastern hosts the University of Maine at Presque Isle Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


 

W-Basketball: McCourt Gains Honors

Freshman named Rookie-of-the-Week in New England and by LEC

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) has been named Rookie-of-the-Week in New England and in the Little East Conference, it was announced today.

In the first three starts of her career in a 1-2 week last week, the 5-foot-10 McCourt posted a double-double in each of the three road games, averaging  22.3 points and 13.7 rebounds with a 79.3 free throw percentage (23-for-29).

McCourt was honored by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) in its fourth weekly awards program and became the Warriors' first Rookie-of-the-Week in the Little East in nearly two years in the sixth weekly LEC report of the season. She becomes the first Eastern player recognized as either NEWBA's top weekly player or rookie this year.

In her first career start last Monday against Connecticut College, McCourt led all players with a career-high 21 points and game-high 11 rebounds. She was 8-for-15 from the floor in that game.  Against SUNY New Paltz Wednesday, McCourt led all players with 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. She sank eight of nine free throws in that game. In a Little East win Saturday over Plymouth State University that ended an overall four-game losing streak, McCourt led all players with a career-high 28 points and game-high 13 rebounds. She was 9-for-20 from the field and 10-for-12 from the stripe.

The three double-doubles give her four in her career. In her collegiate debut Nov. 19, she had 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in 23 minutes in a season-opening home win over Johnson State College in the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament.

In ten games for the 5-6 Warriors this year, McCourt averages 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds -- tops among current players - with a team-leading 71.4 free throw percentage (30-for-42). She ranks eighth in the LEC in free throw percentage, ninth in rebounding and tied for 19th in scoring.

McCourt has fashioned two of the top five scoring games this year with 28 and 21 points, the top rebounding mark with 17 and has the top two marks for free throws made with ten and eight.

Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. looking to even its conference record at 2-2.

 

E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2011-12

inductees72dpi_1660.jpgThe E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2011-12 was inducted during the 18th induction ceremony January 8 at the Student Center. From left: Amy J. Keane Steed '90, Shannon D. Sligo '00, Kathleen Kimball Tredwell '96, Paul Martineau '09, Melissa J. Kowolenko Angle '94, and Joseph J. Funaro '95. Keane Steed was a member of the first intercollegiate women's soccer program in the fall of 1986; Sligo was a two-time All-America and a member of the second intercollegiate men's lacrosse program in 1997; Martineau was a freshman member of the 1982 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team; Kowolenko led the women's basketball program to consecutive NCAA Division III Final Four tournaments in the early 1990s; and Funaro was a first-team All-America baseball shortstop and starter on two national tournament qualifiers. 

W-Basketball:Freshmen Power Warriors

Eastern buries four-game skid with 73-58 Little East win over PSU

mccourt 72dpi_1432.jpgPLYMOUTH, N.H -- Freshmen Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) and Kristina Forsman (Newington) combined for 48 points and first-year senior center Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown) pulled down 13 rebounds as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with its 18th straight win over Plymouth State University, 73-58, in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.

At left: Shannon McCourt

Eastern (5-6, 2-1 LEC) never trailed in the game and lead by 18 with nine minutes left before Plymouth rallied to within in eight with 6:44 left. The Warriors then held Plymouth (2-9, 0-3 LEC) scoreless from the floor over four minutes during a 10-1 run that pushed the lead back to 17 with just over three minutes left. McCourt sank four free throws in that run and Forsman scored on a jumper and inside bucket.

With the win, Eastern moved into a four-way tie for second place in the conference with the University of Southern Maine, Western Connecticut and Keene State. Pre-season favorite Rhode Island College remained unbeaten (3-0) with a 60-37 home win Saturday over UMass Boston.

The 5-foot-10 inch McCourt, now averaging 22 points and 14 rebounds as a starter over the last three games, scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double, fourth this year. She was 10-for-12 from the foul line. A point guard, Forsman finished with a season-high 20 points and Sommers matched McCourt with 13 rebounds.

Junior guard Samantha Riccio (Avon) and freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) each had seven assists, with Riccio following McCourt and Forsman with nine points as the Warriors won their first road game of the year after three losses.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game. The Corsairs (8-4, 1-2 LEC) dropped a 61-54 road verdict at Western Saturday.

M-Basketball: PSU is 8th Straight Victim

In 76-62 Little East Conference victory, Warriors are never headed

levy 72dpi_0987.jpgPLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior guard Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and junior guard Joe Ives (Avon) connected on three-point field goals in the first three minutes to give the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team an early lead over Plymouth State University and the Warriors never trailed in posting their third Little East Conference victory without a loss, 76-62, Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.

At left: Hamilton Levy

The win is the eighth straight for Eastern (9-1, 3-0 LEC)  and fourth in a row over Plymouth (4-7, 0-3 LEC), which has lost its last three. The Warriors remain undefeated (4-0) away from home this year.

Kohn scored five points and Ives three in the opening minutes to boost the Warriors to a quick 8-2 lead and a 10-2 spurt over seven minutes later in the half pushed the advantage to 15 three minutes before the end of the half. After Kohn and Ives sank early three-pointers, the Warriors managed only one more the rest of the game.

Keeping its opponent to an averaging of 54.4 points per game this year, Eastern held the hosts to just 22 points in the first half in building a ten-point, 32-22 halftime lead. Eastern shot 62 percent from the floor in the first half, with senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury), Ives and junior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) combining to sink nine of 11 shots from the field over the first 20 minutes.

Levy finished with a career-high 23 points (9-for-12 from the floor) and added seven rebounds, while Ives scored a season-high 12 and Robitaille and senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) ten each. Seventeen of Levy's point came in the second half on the strength of 6-for-8 field goal shooting.

Eastern outscored Plymouth by nine from the foul line. The Warriors set season-highs of 21 free throws made and 32 attempted.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

Women's Basketball: Warriors Dumped

Warriors shoot 20.3 percent from floor in losing fourth straight

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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - The State University of New York at New Paltz women's basketball team scored the first ten points of the second half to open up a 25-point lead on the way to a 72-41 non-conference win over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday night at the Hawk Center.

Eastern (4-6) freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) scored a game-high 18 points (8-for-9 from the foul line) and grabbed a season and game-high 17 rebounds to post her third double-double (second straight) as Eastern lost its fourth straight and third in as many decisions on the road this year.

Playing all 40 minutes, freshman point guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) was held scoreless from the floor but had nine assists and five rebounds. Making her first career start, first-year sophomore guard Saige Johnson (Guilford) had 11 points and first-year senior Jaymie Sommers (Voluntown) had seven points and six rebounds.

Eastern shot just 20.3 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 21 times.

Eastern played without starting freshman point guard Kristina Forman (Newington).

Freshman forward Monique Myers led New Paltz (4-7) with 18 points and six rebounds, senior point guard Kaitlin Clifford 14 points and ten rebounds and senior forward Shanay Bradley seven points and 11 rebounds.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Plymouth State University at 1 p.m.



 

W-Basketball: Conn College Prevails

mccourt 72dpi_1629.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn. -- What the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team lacked in experience and depth it made up for with heart and hard work as the undermanned Warriors battled once-beaten Connecticut College before dropping a 57-47 decision Monday night at the Charles Luce Field House.

At left: Shannon McCourt (42) drives to the basket against Conn College Monday night.

Starting four newcomers - three of them freshmen - and utilizing only two reserves, Eastern (4-5) cut a double-digit deficit to nine points with three minutes remaining before Conn (9-1)  went on to its sixth straight victory and first win over Eastern after five straight losses.

In its first outing following a three-week layoff, Eastern cut an 18-point deficit in half in less than three minutes late in the game before senior Kim Horne swished a perimeter shot from the left side and season scoring leader Tara Gabelman sank two free throws after Eastern was whistled for an offensive foul to push the Conn lead back to 12 with 71 seconds left.

In the first half, Eastern led on several occasions and never trailed by more than five until the hosts scored the final ten points to break a tie with four minutes left and carry that ten-point cushion into the locker room.  The Warriors, who missed ten of 15 free throws in the first half, missed three field goals and four free throws and turned the ball over three times on their final eight possessions of the opening half. Four consecutive free throws allowed the Camels to break the tie and take the lead for good, and sophomores Caitlin Cimino and Dana Albalancy came off the bench to connect on their only three-pointers of the game in the final two minutes to account for Conn's ten-point halftime lead.

The Warriors featured superior quickness - amassing six steals and scoring 14 points in the second half on 12 Conn turnovers -- but Eastern couldn't overcome the Camels' overall size which accounted for 15 points on offensive rebounds in the game and depth (nine players saw at least ten minutes of action). Conn outrebounded Eastern 48-29, 16-5 on the offensive glass.

Eastern freshman forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) recorded her first double-double since the season-opener with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman guard Taylor McBride (Willimantic) added  a season-high ten points.

Gabelman, a 5-foot-10 inch sophomore, had 16 of her team-high 18 points and nine of her game-high 11 points in the second half after sitting out all but the first five minutes of the game due to foul trouble. Gabelman scored four second-half buckets on her own put-backs, two coming a minute apart midway through the frame.

With her 482nd game, 18th-year head coach Denise Bierly has now coached more games than any other individual in the program's 41-year history.  Late last year, Bierly had become the program's winningest head coach.

Eastern visits SUNY-New Paltz Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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M-Basketball: Warriors Lock Down SC

They shut down Springfield's offense to win Naismith Classic, 59-46 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team used stifling defense for the second straight game in a 59-46 victory over host Springfield College Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the 25th Annual Naismith Classic at Blake Arena.

At right: Tournament MVP Nick Nedwick (22)

After allowing only 35 points in a four-point first-round win over Hunter College and holding the Hawks 31 points under their season average,, Eastern (8-1) never trailed after the first basket in downing Springfield (8-4) for only the second time in eight games in this series and for the first time on the home court of the Pride. Springfield, which was denied a tenth tournament championship Sunday, is averaged 76 points per game.
 
The title marks Eastern's first in an in-season road tournament under tenth-year head coach Bill Geitner and the two victories give Eastern its best start after nine games since an identical start in 1993/94. Prior to this weekend, Eastern had last won an in-season road tournament in 1993 under Hall of Fame coach Dr. Dan Switchenko. That year, the Warriors won two titles in a month, capturing the UMass Boston Harbor Invitational over Thanksgiving break and following up a little more than a month later by claiming the Salem State Christmas Tournament title.

Eastern opened up an 18-point lead after only 12:30 had expired and took an 18-point margin into the locker room by shooting 50 percent from the floor and limiting Springfield to a mark of 23.1 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes.
 
Springfield's only prolonged scoring run came in the final nine minutes, when a nine-point streak cut Eastern's 21-point lead to 12, 48-36, with four minutes left. Coming out of a timeout, Eastern regained the momentum when senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) found junior center Chris Robitaille (Canton) down low for uncontested layups on two successive trips down the court that restored a 15-point advantage with just over three minutes left.
 
robitailleSC72_1066.jpgRobitaille scored a career-high 16 points in each game - shooting 14-for-20 from the floor -- and totaled 18 rebounds to land a spot on the all-tournament team. Eastern senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) was named the tournament's MVP.  In two games, Nedwick had 30 points (12-for-27 from the floor), 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists.

At left: Center Chris Robitaille (40) capitalizes on this second-half mis-match with Springfield guard Jordan Rote (14) to score two of his game-high 16 points.
 
Against Springfield, Robitaille led both teams in points and  rebounds (a career-high 11), added two blocked shots, and turned the ball over only once in 32 minutes. Nedwick had 13 points and Kohn ten points, seven rebounds and four assists with only one turnover in 30 minutes. Senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) had seven points, a career-high seven assists, three rebounds and drew two offensive fouls.
 
The Warriors turned to successful free throw shooting in the final minutes to thwart Springfield's late run to get back into contention. Junior guard Joe Ives (Avon) and Nedwick each canned a pair a little more than a minute apart to prevent the Pride from slicing the Eastern lead to single digits with 70 seconds left.

Eastern won the tournament without starting forward Mike Garrow (Terryville), who is out indefinitely with mono.
 
Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Plymouth State University at 3 p.m.
 

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