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Kate & Allie: Cut From the Same Cloth

 By Brent Pelella/Sports Information Staff

Mother and daughter act performed 20 years apart in women's volleyball program 

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Kate Nichols (above, left) and daughter Allie Henry.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Twenty-four years ago, Kate Nichols started what would turn into an illustrious four-year career filled with many awards, 115 victories, and a few eye-opening spots in the program's record books.

Nichols'  record-holding 1,381 kills best exemplify her dominance in the white and blue, as well as her top ten ranking in several other categories including assists and attack percentage. Nichols'  accolades as a player were solidified when she was inducted into the Eastern E-Club Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Aside from this impressive honor and all the numbers she tallied during her four seasons, Kate Nichols, the all-around superstar out of Fitch High School, surprised even herself with what her next contribution to the program would be.

Allie Henry, a sophomore setter on the Eastern women's volleyball team, understood what her mom had done as an athlete. After all, it was a few months after her 14th birthday that mom was celebrated as part of the University's Hall of Fame as one of the top all-around players in program history who was equally adept at attacking the ball as setting it.

Henry knew it would be inevitable for her to take some time to crawl out her mother's monumental shadow  However, when Henry, made the decision to come to Eastern in the fall of 2011, she didn't see it that way, "It definitely set a foundation for me to walk into from Day One, but I want to take steps that will make me unique."

Nicholas, whose career spanned the 1988-1991 seasons, was very appreciative of the way her daughter wanted to create her on spotlight and understood that throughout the college decision saying, "I didn't want to push Eastern, because I wanted her to create her own legacy."

It doesn't come as much of a surprise to those who know the sophomore setter that she reacted this way, considering her whole life has consisted of the utmost level of independence and maturity from a very young age, "Allie is very independent in a lot of ways. She has traveled the world since she was two and I've never had to bother her about staying on top of grades." Nichols expressed.

Although, Henry  spent her life shaping her own character,  she draw one or two genes that resembled her mother's traits. Ironically enough, one of those qualities was a love for volleyball.

"I didn't really pick up a volleyball until I was a freshman in high school, but once I did, I knew I loved it," she said.

Henry spent most of her adolescence playing basketball, which at the time was her only favorite sport. Once she began her volleyball playing career it took off, as did her skill set. This season, Allie has controlled close to 75 percent of the team's sets and is a pivotal part of what their team is able to accomplish.

Off the court, Henry has a deep admiration for animals, which she considers whole different side of her personality, "I have my own dogs and I love being around them all the time." Although, her major is Sport and Leisure Management, it will be likely that she will be involved with animals in some way throughout her whole life.

Henry  is the epitome of what Eastern Connecticut State University athletics is. She is independent, yet  team-oriented; passionate but respectful; and enjoyable but hard-working. Her identity has been set as a modest, caring and sensitive human being, who always puts others before herself.

Henry's mother claims that can't be credited to her own character, but those who know Nichols in the Eastern community beg to differ. Allie has embraced a saying her mom has given her to exist by, "Live every day. Live life to the fullest because once you get out of school it's about responsibility."

If you see Allie Henry around campus she is most likely dancing around with her teammates to their favorite tunes. Don't be afraid to say hello because there isn't anyone more willing to have a conversation.  It is a  characteristic in direct correlation to her mother. Their relationship goes beyond family members and can best be described as a friendship.

Hopefully, according to Nichols, that relationship could even transpire into teammates, "We really want to play in a tournament together one day. Nothing serious, but that would be my dream."

 

 

W-Volleyball: Eastern Ousted in LEC, 3-0

Anchorwomen put two regular-season losses to Warriors behind them

miller72_5291.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The fifth-seeded Rhode Island College women's volleyball team succeeded in closing out the all-important second set on its seventh attempt and went on to eliminate fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, 25-22, 32-30, 25-21 to advance through the opening round of the 2012 Little East Conference playoffs Wednesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Erynn Miller serves in the first set Wednesday night against Rhode Island College

Eastern (19-13), which had a season-high seven-match winning streak ended in its final match of the year, survived set point six times in the second set before  dropping the set on an attacked ball which carried long.

Rhode Island (14-15) looks to gain the .500 mark for the first time this year (after a 1-8 start) when it faces top-seeded host and three-time defending champion Massachusetts Boston (15-11) in the first of two semifinal matches Saturday at noon. Third-seeded Keene State College (17-15) meets second-seeded Western Connecticut State University (18-12) in Saturday's second semifinal.  Keene swept sixth-seeded Plymouth State University in Wednesday's other first-round contest.

The tournament final is set for Sunday at noon at UMass Boston.

Rhode Island overcame two regular-season four-set losses to Eastern this season to defeat the Warriors for the second time in eight LEC tournament contests between the clubs.

Breanna Boyer had nine kills and a .368 attack percentage in the crucial second-set victory for Rhode Island and Amanda Cabral added five to account for nearly half of the Anchorwomen's points in the set.

In the second set, Eastern took its first lead at 10-9 and had an opportunity to end the match after Samantha Browning's kill put them within a point, 24-23. Rhode Island tied it and went ahead on consecutive Eastern attack errors,  but the Warriors managed to survive six straight set points. The visitors  went up 31-30 on Michelle Malboeuf's kill and closed it out on Eastern's attack error.

Rhode Island trailed throughout the first set - and by four points, 20-16 - before scoring four straight to finally pull even. After trailing 20-16, RIC outscored Eastern 9-2 the rest of the way. Cabral and Malboeuf each had four kills in the set for the winners, and Morgan Stewart, Jessica Ho and Jasmyn Starr combined for 20 digs.

The Anchorwomen, who used only seven players on the evening, raced to a 12-3 start and survived a late Eastern rally to close out the third set.  Starr and Cabral combined for 13 digs in the deciding contest, and Eastern hurt its cause with 11 attack errors.

Boyer led RIC in the match with 16 kills, Cabral adding 11 and Lauren Palazzini seven. Ho had 33 assists and 12 digs, Starr 18 digs, Stewart 15, and Cabral 13. Palazzini also had three service aces. The Anchorwomen were charged with only one reception error.

Junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) led Eastern with 12 kills, Freshman Bryanna Kelly (Dunbarton, NH) adding nine and freshman Brooke Curran (Chelmsford, MA) eight. Junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) handled 24 serves with only two errors and freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) 17 with just one miscue and Miller topped all players in the match with 21 digs. Senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) collected 18 digs and sophomore Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls)  nine digs and eight assists.  Senior Shannon Burke (Manchester) had five blocks, sophomore Allie Henry (Middletown)  20 assists.


 

For Three, It's Little East Tournament Time

W-volleyball and both soccers begin quests for titles at home this week

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball and soccer and men's soccer have reached the point in their seasons where winning becomes a matter of survival.

With the regular season behind them, the three programs open play in single-elimination Little East Conference action this week. For each, their next win moves them a step closer to the LEC championship. For each, their next loss signals the end of the dream of winning the LEC championship.

While the men's soccer team is virtually assured of a berth in the NCAA tournament on the basis of its stellar 15-1-1 overall record - regardless of  the outcome of the LEC tournament -- the next loss spells the end of the season for the women's volleyball and soccer teams.

Women's volleyball begins its quest for an eighth LEC tournament championship since 1995 Wednesday at 7 p.m. when the fourth-seeded Warriors (19-12) host fifth-seeded Rhode Island College (13-15) in a first-round match at Geissler Gymnasium.   The home match will be the first for Eastern in LEC play in four years.

The top-seeded and defending LEC playoff champion Eastern men gun for their fourth title in six years when they host No. 4 Plymouth State University (7-10-1) Thursday at 2 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field. The Warriors have won the title game in each of the three seasons in which they have advanced that far, all three matches played at home. If alive, the Warriors will host the championship match Saturday at noon at Nevers.

The second-seeded and defending LEC playoff champion Eastern women (9-6-2) play a semifinal match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex Saturday at 11 a.m. against the winner of a Wednesday first-round contest between No. 3 Western Connecticut and No. 6 University of Southern Maine. If it wins Saturday, Eastern will host the title game Sunday at noon only if top-seeded Massachusetts Boston loses its Friday semifinal. If both Eastern and UMass Boston win Saturday, the Beacons will host Sunday's title tilt at noon.

The winningest LEC team under 13th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, women's soccer has captured four of the last nine conference playoff championships, most recently last year when it downed top-seeded Keene State on penalty kicks on its home field in the final. In the last 12 years under D'Ambrosio, the Warriors have lost more than one conference regular-season match

only once and has not been beaten in its first LEC tournament game since 2006 (in 2010, it officially played UMass Boston to a 1-1 overtime tie before being eliminated on penalty kicks).

Women's Volleyball

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Katie Wilson (at left)

Eastern won 11 of  its final 12 and 14 of its last 17 matches this year.

A first-round LEC tournament winner in 14 of the 16 years in which it has competed in the tournament, Eastern will visit top-seeded host and three-time defending tournament titlist Massachusetts Boston (15-11) in a tournament semifinal Saturday at noon if it can eliminate Rhode Island Wednesday.

In Saturday's final regular-season matches, Eastern won twice at Framingham's Athletic & Recreation Center, sweeping Suffolk (11-18), 25-8, 25-13 and 25-10, and emerging with a hotly-contested  21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 triumph over Framingham (22-9), this year's Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular-season champion. 

A victory Wednesday over Rhode Island would give Eastern its second straight 20-win season in as many years under head coach Peter Maneggia. In its last first-round home LEC tourney match in 2008, Eastern swept Massachusetts Dartmouth before being swept by UMass Boston in the semifinals at Keene State College. Eastern has won three of the last seven conference tournament titles, with UMass Boston having claimed the last three.

In two four-set victories over Rhode Island this year (the first coming in a non-conference match in the season-opener), senior middle hitter Kate Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) has 50 kills, a .412 attack percentage, five service aces, 14 digs and five blocks, junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) 21 kills and a .271 attack percentage, Henry 56 and first-year sophomore Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) 23 assists each, junior libero Erynn Miller (Stratford) 30 digs and freshman Allie  Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) 20 digs and freshman Bryanna Kelly (Dunbarton, NH) five blocks.

Eastern is 6-1 all-time in LEC tournament play against Rhode Island. Since losing to the Anchorwomen in the LEC first round on the road in 2003, Eastern has eliminated RIC once in the final, twice in the semifinals and once in the first round. The Warriors pulled out a five-set decision when the teams last met in the LEC playoffs in 2007 at Providence.

Men's Soccer

Jordan Munsell (below)

munsell_jersey_72_0021.jpgEastern is 5-1-2 in five seasons of LEC tournament play under sixth-year head coach Greg DeVito, winning titles last year and in 2007 over Keene State at Nevers Field and against UMass Dartmouth at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex in 2009.

Plymouth scored a late overtime goal to edge UMass Boston Saturday and secure its first berth in the four-team LEC playoff field since 2008. The Panthers and Warriors will be facing off in the playoffs for the first time.

In its highest-scoring LEC match ever, Eastern broke a tie on late goals by seniors Cory Tobler (Portland) and Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) for a 5-3 victory over Plymouth Sept. 22 at Nevers Field in the regular-season meeting. Senior Matt Furman (Montville) scored twice in the first 5+  minutes in that match and scored again four minutes into the second half after Plymouth had bounced back to tie.

Tobler and Furman each had a goal and assist - Tobler driving home the Golden Goal in overtime - when Eastern clinched its second unbeaten LEC regular season (first since 1991) and  fourth regular-season championship under DeVito with a 2-1 triumph over UMass Dartmouth Saturday at Nevers Field.

Furman is the LEC leader in scoring (13-4-30) and Tobler (6-5-17) and junior Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) are additional scoring and playmaking threats. Power has six goals and 15 points. Senior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) has a conference-leading eight shutouts in 16 starts and also leads all LEC keepers in goals-against average (0.59) and save percentage (.844).

Women's Soccer

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Cheslea Downer (at left)

Eastern finished with a share of the LEC regular-season championship for the fifth time in the last ten seasons under D'Ambrosio with UMass Boston but the Beacons' 1-0 win over the Warriors in the regular-season confrontation gave UMB the top seed for the first time. Eastern was picked first in the LEC pre-season poll, UMass Boston fourth.

While Southern Maine has never won an LEC tournament title, Western has won seven of the 13 championships contested - losing only once in the title game. Eastern had annexed titles in 2003, 2005 and 2009 prior to last season.

The Warriors have captured 13 straight against USM, including this year's 4-1 decision at Gorham. This year's Eastern-Western showdown fit the profile of the last several years, with senior Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) scoring on a counter late in overtime for the only goal of the match in Eastern's win at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.


After losing eight straight earlier in this series, Eastern has come out on top the last five times the teams have met, four times by one goal. The last three LEC tournament meetings between the clubs have been decided by one goal, Western winning in 2007 and 2008 at home and Eastern at home last year.

Since losing to UMass, Eastern has not lost, capturing three and tying one and amassing 13 of its season total of 33 goals in that stretch. Seniors  Daniela Marchitto (Orange), Chelsea Downer (Colchester) and Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and junior Tamar Merheb (Bethel) are the team's double-digit scorers, having combined for 26 goals and 28 assists. Marchitto has ten goals, Downer nine (five game-winners), Wallace a season-record-tying 13 assists and Merheb eight helpers.

Senior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield)  has started 14 matches in net with an 8-3-2 record and a 1.14 save percentage.

Despite a young defense anchored by freshmen Gia Karahalios (South Windsor) and Kaitlin Thibodeau (Tolland), Eastern has allowed only 19 goals all season, five coming against New England's top-ranked team, Amherst College.

 

 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Roll Into LECs

With two wins Saturday, Warriors end regular season on streak

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - A year ago, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team rode late momentum to a first-round victory in the Little East Conference Tournament.

At right: Erynn Miller

 (Photo by Courtney Weber)

The Warriors will be looking for more of the same in 2012, after sweeping Suffolk University and outlasting host Framingham State University Saturday to end the regular season on a season-high seven-match winning streak.

A winner of 11 of its final 12 and 14 of its last 17, fourth-seeded Eastern (19-12)  will host fifth-seeded Rhode Island College (13-15) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium in a first-round LEC match which will be streamed live on Littleeast.tv.

A first-round LEC tournament winner in 14 of the 16 years in which it has competed in the tournament, Eastern will visit top-seeded and host Massachusetts Boston (15-11) if it can survive against Rhode Island in a tournament semifinal Saturday at noon.

Saturday, Eastern won twice at Framingham's Athletic & Recreation Center, sweeping Suffolk (11-18), 25-8, 25-13 and 25-10, and emerging with a hotly-contested  21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 triumph over Framingham (22-9), this year's Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular-season champion. The latter triumph was the Warriors' second five-set triumph this year - first in six weeks - against three five-set losses.

The match was the first ever against Suffolk and was the Warriors' fifth victory without a loss against Framingham in this series.

Against Suffolk, senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) led the Warriors with nine kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore Allie Henry (Middletown) contributed 19 assists, while junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) added ten digs.  Senior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) and freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) had six and five aces, respectively.

Against Framingham in the final regular-season matches of their careers, Wilson had 25 kills and a .340 attack percentage, and Bourne chipped in 12 kills. Wilson is ranked sixth nationally in Division III in points per set and among the Top 20 in kills per set. Henry dished out 23 assists against the Rams and Miller once again led the Warriors back row with 23 digs.

A victory Wednesday over Rhode Island would give Eastern its second straight 20-win season in as many years under head coach Peter Maneggia. In its last first-round home LEC tourney match, Eastern swept Massachusetts Dartmouth before being swept by UMass Boston in the semifinals at Keene State College. Eastern has won three of the last seven conference tournament titles, with UMass Boston having claimed the last three.

In two four-set victories over Rhode Island this year (the first coming in a non-conference match in the season-opener), Wilson has 50 kills, a .412 attack percentage, five service aces, 14 digs and five blocks, junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) 21 kills and a .271 attack percentage, Henry 56 and first-year sophomore Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) 23 assists each, Miller 30 digs and Luppi 20 and freshman Bryanna Kelly (Dunbarton, NH) five blocks.

Cross Country: Cattanach All-Conference

He becomes men's first all-conference cross country runner in 17 years

cattanach_72dpi3653.jpgWESTFIELD, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University's  Lee Cattanach (New  London) has been enjoying a strong season for the men's cross country team in 2012.

At right: Lee Cattanach

Saturday, this year's hard work was evident when the sophomore ran to a fifth-place finish in a field of 62 competitors involving six schools at the Little East Conference Championships over 8,000 meters at Stanley Park, in the process becoming the program's first all-conference performer since Todd Lohrman placed third as a senior in 1995 in a four-team competitive field.

In addition to all-conference honors, Cattanach also recorded the highest finish ever by an Eastern male runner and third-highest finish by an Eastern male or female when he placed seventh among 156 competitors in a 13-team field in New England Alliance scoring.

The first seven LEC runners across the line are accorded All-LEC accolades and the top 20 in the alliance scoring are recognized as All-New England Alliance.

Cattanach, who was 33rd in the conference and 57th in the alliance as a freshman last year at Massachusetts Dartmouth, was clocked in 26:21 Saturday. He was 11 seconds shy of third place in the LEC competition in a race won by Rhode Island College senior Conor McCloskey (25:37).

Based on last year's outcome Cattanach said that he would have been happy with a Top 20 finish this year, but re-assessed his prospects as this season progressed.  "After running down into the low and mid (26:00s), I realized that most of the other top runners in the conference weren't running times that were beyond what I was capable of and I decided that all-conference was a completely reasonable goal," noted the second-year runner. "I was happy to put Eastern back on the podium -- I think it disrupted the status quo of the conference. Hopefully, this will bring some attention to our program."

Cattanach indicated that he trained as hard as he ever had this past summer, and that his success this fall makes him optimistic as the indoor and outdoor track seasons loom. "This  race  showed me I can compete with anybody in the conference come track season, and that I also have an enormous amount of space to improve."

Cattanach's strategy during the race:
"I knew that I would have to stick with the pack of Keene guys who would likely follow (eventual winner)  McCloskey of RIC and USM's (Julian) Gazzelloni and try to throw down a fast last mile to break them. We were packed together pretty well up until about 2k when things started stringing out and I gradually lost contact with the top five guys. I stayed in about 7th place (in the LEC, 9th overall) from 3k until about 6.5k when I caught up to two Keene guys just after the fourth mile . I had a feeling they were slowing down, perhaps saving for a fast finish, so I tried to catch and pass them by the time we got back onto the big field for the finish with about 800 meters left.

''I knew that if I could get in front of both of them with half a mile to go they wouldn't catch me, especially when I was feeling as good as I was. I edged past both of them by the beginning of the field and made sure that if they wanted to beat me they'd have to really work for it. On the second to last turn with about 200 meters left I looked over my shoulder and saw them about ten seconds behind me and I knew they weren't catching me anymore. I tried to sneak up on the Bridgewater guy (David Phipps) a few seconds ahead of me,  but ran out of room and crossed the line in seventh place overall, fifth for the conference. I don't think anybody expected to see me up there."

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As a team, the Eastern men were fifth in the conference and eighth in the alliance.

For the Eastern women, senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and junior Katie France (Portland) ran as a pair, crossing the line four seconds apart (19:57-20:01) in 19th and 23rd place, respectively, in conference scoring, as the Warriors  placed fourth among five teams in the conference over 8,000 meters. Eastern took seventh place in the alliance for the fourth straight year.

At left: Cora Gingras

France was Eastern's third runner a year ago at this meet and Gingras its second. Freshman Kylie McCartney (Manchester) was third for Eastern in a time of 20:25, posting an overall finish of 26th. Eastern's other scorers were junior Alexa Palasky (Griswold), who was 37th overall in the LEC race in a time of 21:13, and junior Kelly Labanara (Chaplin) , 47th overall in a time of 22:10.

The only Eastern runners to finish higher than Cattanach's seventh-place performance in the 16-year history of the alliance meet were female runners Karina Johnson, who was fourth as a freshman in 2007, and Monica Gallagher, fifth as a junior in 1997.

In LEC scoring behind Cattanach were sophomores David Klein (New Milford), the Warriors' No. 1 finisher in this race as a freshman last year, and Austin Baldour (Newtown), first-year junior Evan Glaude (East Hampton), and sophomore Kyle Shaw (Lebanon).

Klein and Baldour were just 15 seconds apart. Klein (28:39) was 40th overall, Baldour (28:54) 42nd, Glaude (29:48) 48th, and Shaw (30:15) 51st.

The Keene State College men and women swept the LEC and alliance championships. The Keene women edged the University of Southern Maine for their 13th straight LEC and alliance titles and the Keene men dominated it taking the LEC championship over runner-up and defending champ Southern Maine and the alliance crown over Bridgewater State. The Keene men grabbed six of the top nine spots in the LEC competition and the Keene women five of the top ten in conference scoring.

The Little East Conference field includes six institutions and the New England Alliance field includes six LEC schools and seven institutions from the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

The Eastern men and women race in the NCAA Division III national qualifier Nov. 10 at Stanley Park.


New England Alliance Championships
Men
Run over 8,000 meters
Team Results

1. Keene State College 36; 2. Bridgewater State U. 76; 3. U. of Southern Maine 83; 4. Westfield State U. 102; 5. Massachusetts Dartmouth 146; 6. Rhode Island College 174; 7. Fitchburg State U. 179; 8. EASTERN CONN. 239; 9. Worcester State U. 254; 10. Mass College of Liberal Arts 290; 11. Massachusetts Maritime Academy 307; 12. Massachusetts Boston 324; 13. Framingham State U.404.

Eastern Finishers
(Points in parentheses)

7. (7) Lee Cattanach 26:21; 66. (49) David Klein 28:39; 68. (51) Austin Baldour 28:54; 87. (64) Evan Glaude 29:48; 95. (68) Kyle Shaw 30:15; 129. (82) Steven LaFlamme 32:48.

                                  Little East Conference Championships
                                                              Men

                                                Run over 8,000 meters

                                                   Team Results


 1. Keene State College 28; 2. U. of Southern Maine 54; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 92; 4. Rhode Island College 102; 5. EASTERN CONN. 131; 6. Massachusetts Boston 162.

Eastern Finishers

(Points in parentheses)

5. (5) Lee Cattanach 26:21; 40. (28) David Klein 28:39; 42. (30) Austin Baldour 28:54; 48. (33) Evan Glaude 29:48; 51. (35) Kyle Shaw 30:15; 58. (38) Steven LaFlamme 32:48.

 

                               New England Alliance Championships
                                                         Women
                                              Run over 5,000 meters

                                                    Team Results

 
1. Keene State College 45; 2. U. of Southern Maine 52; 3. Westfield State U. 78; 4. Worcester State U. 142; 5. Massachusetts Dartmouth 167; 6. Bridgewater State U. 167; 7. EASTERN CONN. 196; 8. Fitchburg State U. 218; 9. Rhode Island College 262; 10. Framingham State U. 302; 11. Massachusetts Maritime Academy 310; ;12. Mass College of Liberal Arts 337; 13. Salem State U. 366.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eastern Finishers

                                         (Points in parentheses)

28. (27) Cora Gingras 19:57; 33. (30) Katie France 20:01; 42. (37) Kylie McCartney 20:25; 64. (44) Alexa Palasky 21:13; 90. (58) Kelly Labanara 22:10; 98. (61) Alexandra Maciolek 23:00;100. (62) Courtney Magario 23:10; 107. Wendy Bouton 23:27; 112. Ariel Dupont 23:34; 115. Emily Sniffin 23:37; 130. Brittany Miskell 24:50.

                           Little East Conference Championships

                                                  Women

                                    Run over 5,000 meters

                                            Team Results

1. Keene State College 33; 2. U. of Southern Maine 38; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 93; 4. EASTERN CONN. 110; 5. Rhode Island College 117.

 

                                       Eastern Finishers

                                 (Points in parentheses)

19. (18) Cora Gingras 19:57; 23. (20) Katie France 20:01; 26. (21) Kylie McCartney 20:25; 37. (23) Alexa Palasky 21:13; 47. (28) Kelly Labanara 22:10; 50. (29) Alexandra Maciolek 23:00;52. (30) Courtney Magario 23:10; 54. Wendy Bouton 23:27; 56. Ariel Dupont 23:34; 58. Emily Sniffin 23:37; 62. Brittany Miskell 24:50.

W-Soccer: Win Nets Share of Little East Title

  Downer's second Golden Goal in conference play sinks UMD

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Senior forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester) scored her fifth game-winning goal of the season - her second Golden Goal in Little East Conference competition - as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team finished with a share of first place with a 3-2 overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.

At right: Tamar Merheb (9). (Photo by Liz Cutler)

In stretching its unbeaten streak to 17 matches (16-0-1) against UMass Dartmouth (11-4-2, 4-3 LEC), Eastern (9-6-2, 6-1 LEC) finishes with a piece of first place in the conference for the fifth time in the last ten seasons. As the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, Eastern gains a bye through the first round of the six-team playoffs and will host a semifinal match -- tentatively set for Thursday at 6 p.m. - against either third-seeded Western Connecticut or No. 6 seed University of Southern Maine.

Top-seeded and regular-season co-champion UMass Boston hosts the winner of a first-round match between No. 4 Keene State College and No. 5 UMass Dartmouth in the other semifinal-round match.

Eastern was picked as the conference favorite in the coaches' pre-season poll while UMass Boston was picked for fourth. The Beacons earned the No. 1 seed on the stretch of their 1-0 regular-season victory over Eastern two weeks ago in Boston.

Eastern, which has lost more than one conference match in a season only once in the last 12 years under 13th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, gave away a 2-0 lead Saturday against UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs got two goals in a span of seven minutes from Jillian Van Ness, the second one tying the match with 8:30 left in regulation.

Downer ended the match with 52 seconds left in the first ten-minute sudden-death overtime period when she scored her ninth goal of the season. Three weeks ago, Downer's Golden Goal with six minutes left in overtime gave Eastern a 2-1 home victory over 2011 LEC regular-season champion Keene State.

Senior Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) team-leading 10th goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 12th minute gave Eastern an early lead and the Warriors made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half on Tamar Merheb's (Bethel) third goal on a pass from Kelly Wallace (South Windsor). Already the program's career assist leader, Wallace tied the season record with her 13th assist. Wallace has at least one assist in each match in the current four-match unbeaten streak and has totaled nine helpers in the last seven matches.

The Warriors conclude the regular season on season-highs of three straight victories and four consecutive matches without a loss.
 

Field Hockey: Seniors Strong in Swan Song

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Once-beaten Bridgewater can't shake Warriors until final minute

MANSFIELD, Conn. - An upset of monumental proportions had to be the dream of the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team and its three seniors when it faced Bridgewater State University in the final match of the season on Seniors' Day Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

And until the final minute of the 70-minute game, that outcome could not be ruled out.

Facing the Little East Conference's most potent offense in Bridgewater (16-2, 10-1 LEC), Eastern (6-12, 2-9 LEC) played the visitors on even terms - even getting the better of play in the first half - before the Bears finally broke through three minutes into the second half, then got a needed  insurance goal inside the final minute in a 2-0 victory.

chicorkaBSU72dpi_5186.jpgRanked fourth in the LEC pre-season coaches' poll, Bridgewater will be the No. 2 tournament seed behind UMass Dartmouth (the Bears' only LEC loss). Eastern misses the playoffs -- which include the top eight teams in the 12-team conference.

At left: Laura Chicorka

The conference leader in both goals (nearly four) and shots (nearly 20) per game, Bridgewater was held in check throughout the first half by Eastern's defense of senior Lauren DeLuca (South Windsor), junior Kelly Gawron (Ramsey, NJ) and Sam Rossetti (Shelton).

Bridgewater was limited to only four shots in a scoreless first half with just one forcing Eastern sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel) to make a saves. Conversley, Eastern totaled seven shots and forced Bridgewater junior goalie Kacie Sturgeon to kick out four of them in order to prevent the Warriors from scoring first. Sturgeon's best save with four minutes left in the first half on a drive from the right of the cage by senior forward Hannah Collier (Watertown), who was looking to split the goalie's pads.

Bridgewater junior Carissa Vizakis, her team's third-leading scorer, finally ended the stalemate three minutes into the second half with her 11th goal of the season. Mullen made consecutive saves on Vizakis and senior Beth Phillips prior to the goal. Eastern was in the process of clearing the rebound up the left side, but the ball was stolen by Bridgewater freshman Jennifer Arnold. Arnold quickly sent a crossing pass from right to left into the circle, where Vizakis was able to get enough of her stick on the ball to knock it past Mullen from in close.

Eastern had one legitimate chance to the match with 20 minutes left, but junior Morgan Osiecki's (Bethel) breakaway shot from the flank carried wide.

The Bears did not secure the win until the final minute, when freshman Emily Mosca drove a shot off a penalty corner to make it a two-goal differential with 47.6 seconds left.

Eastern freshman Hannah Keiser (Danbury) took four of Eastern's ten shots, forcing Sturgeon to made saves on three of them.

Bridgewater senior Shelby Farland and junior Demi Miskiv entered play with a combined 44 goals on 192 shots but managed only one shot each, neither of which were on net. Farland leads the LEC with 28 goals, 13 assists and 69 points, averaging just under 8.0 shots per match.

The match was the final one in the careers of DeLuca, Collier and Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor). Normandin did not appear in the final four matches of the year due to sickness.

 

M-Soccer: Seniors Revel In Their Day

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Arman Karbassioon (15) moves the ball against UMass Dartmouth Saturday.

 Pre-season conference favorites win fourth LEC title in six years

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- On Seniors'  Day,LEC LOGO PARE72dpi.jpg it was the seniors that led the attack for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team in capturing its  fourth regular-season Little East Conference championship in six seasons in a heated 2-1, come-from-behind overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Above: Junior Zach Kice presents Karen Plante, mother of senior Jon DeCasanova, with flowers during Seniors' Day ceremonies Saturday.

(Photo by Marissa Malouf).

An inspired effort on behalf of both teams was a fitting conclusion to the de facto regular-season championship match.  Rated first in the pre-season conference coaches' poll for the fifth straight year, Eastern (15-1-1, 6-0-1) fulfilled those expectations for the third time, defending its 2011 title. In the process, the the No. 25 nationally-rankedWarriors denied UMass Dartmouth (11-6-0, 5-2-0 LEC) its first LEC regular-season championship in the 24-year history of regular-season competition.

As the No. 1 seed, Eastern hosts No. 4 seed Plymouth State University in the playoff semifinals, that match scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Nevers Field (weather permitting). Five weeks ago, Eastern erased a two-goal deficit in a 5-3 triumph over Plymouth at Nevers Field. The Warriors have won the LEC playoff title in each of its previous two tries as the top seed.

The top two teams in the conference for the majority of the season, UMass Dartmouth and Eastern Connecticut put on a show for the ages. Needing a victory to garner the program's first Little East Conference championship in men's soccer, UMass Dartmouth came out guns a-blazin'.

Less than three minutes into overtime, senior Cory Tobler (Portland) notched his third gametoberl_72_0900.jpg-winner of the season after taking a pass from fellow senior Matt Furman (Montville) around midfield and racing the remaining length of the field to beat the UMass Dartmouth keeper, Mike Phelan,  in a one-on-one chance  From the time Tobler took the pass from Furman, all that could be heard was the voice of head coach Greg DeVito, instructing him to "go right to goal." He did just that.

At right: Cory Tobler

In their final seasons, four-year players Tobler and Furman have combined for half of the team's 38 goals and 47 of its 113 points in leading the program to its record 15th regular-season victory and 60th win overall in this four-year stretch.

After taking a clearing pass out of the air off his foot, Furman delivered a toe pass to Tobler on the outside of the field and left no doubt as the ball left his foot and struck the back of the net squarely. Following the Golden Goal, the Eastern bench flooded the playing field to mob Tobler as the fans cheered raucously, providing a fitting soundtrack to the championship celebration.

The first half was marked by a furious attack by UMass Dartmouth as the chippy visitors outshot Eastern, 8-4, and dominated the possession battle behind their trademark physical style of play. The first half barrage was withstood, anchored by the leadership of senior Bradley Fletcher (Middletown). But for all the shots manufactured by UMass Dartmouth, it managed to only put one on goal, which senior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) wrapped up to avoid any damage. The clubs each had two corner kicks in the first but no serious threats came off them in the scoreless first half.

While UMass had more opportunities to strike first in the first half, the hosts had the best, but were denied when one of their four shots caromed off a  UMass defender stationed on the goal line.

The second half started out heavily in favor of Eastern as they had two great opportunities within the first five minutes of the second half. Junior Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook) took a shot off a bouncing cross out of the air and missed high over the crossbar. Shortly after, Furman mis-hit on a ball inside the six-yard box and put that over the framework as well.

Despite the strong start to the second half by the Warriors, it would be the Corsairs that would put home the game's first goal. After corralling a loose ball, Jordan Sindo took a shot off the top left corner of the box and sent a hooking ball past the outstretched reach of Munsell at 64:28. After a myriad of substitutions by UMass-Dartmouth beginning at the 70th minute, Eastern was finally able to crack the scoreboard with only nine minutes left in regulation.  Furman collected a pass from Tobler just outside of the Corsair six-yard box and buried it for the equalizer. It may not have proven to be the game-winner, but it will be remembered as one of the most important goals in Furman's career.

The game was a chippy affair from the onset. A total of 28 fouls were issued in the match in addition to two cards. As a hand struck the face of  Tobler during a scoreless contest, a red card was immediately issued to UMass Dartmouth's Victor Ferreira early in the second half, forcing the Corsairs to play a man down for the remainder of the match. The UMass Dartmouth bench erupted in protest at what it felt was an unreasonable penalty. Shortly after the red card was issued, another melee took place under the gaze of the press box leading to a stoppage of play:  a constant theme throughout the contest. Just six minutes after the issuing of the red card, a second booking occurred against UMass, as Sindo was issued a yellow card at 58:19.

Prior to the game, five Eastern seniors were honored for their contributions to the program over the last four years. Honored in addition to Fletcher, Furman, Munsell and Tobler was Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury), whose mother, Karen was presented a bouquet of flowers. DeCasanova has been absent throughout the season due to illness.

 Notes:
-For the game Munsell had two saves for Eastern, while Phelan had five for UMass Dartmouth.


-The win marks the seventh consecutive season in which the Warriors have lost one or fewer regular season conference games. The Warriors are now 32-5-5 in LEC regular-season play in six seasons under DeVito.

-Eastern becomes the third different team to go undefeated in conference regular-season play since the current seven-game schedule in 1997. Keene has done it four times and Plymouth twice. Keene and Plymouth were each 7-0 twice, with Plymouth going back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

- Eastern was also undefeated in LEC play in 1991when it went 4-0-1 under former head coach Frantz Innocent and shared the regular-season title.

-Eastern has won or shared six LEC regular-season titles. In addition to 2011 and this year, the Warriors were outright winners in 1992 and 2007 and shared titles in 1991and 2009.

-Eastern's all-time record against UMass Dartmouth improves to 31-10-6

-Furman's goal, his 13th of the season, moves him into a tie with Vic Villacorta ('69) for fifth place on the school's all-time list, both with 38, four behind E-Club Hall of Famer Jason Brasher, who is fourth. Furman needs three points to reach 100.

- Barring a dramatic change of events, Furman will top the team in both goals and points for the third straight season.

-By assisting on the tying goal and scoring the game-winner, Tobler was voted Man-of-the-Match.

 

Softball: GPA Ranked by NFCA

By Brendan Driscoll/Sports Information Staff

sbgpa72dpi_0376.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's softball team has been ranked 58th on the NFCA Division III All-Academics Team for 2011-2012. The softball team recorded an overall GPA of 3.27 under 11th year head coach Diana Pepin.

Athletic Director Jeff Konin recognized the softball team's  tremendous effort on and off the field by saying, "Coach Pepin and her student athletes are to be applauded for their consistent achievements in the classroom.  They have not only led the way on the field, but collaboratively they have set the standard for others to follow."

Pepin said that the most important thing for her athletes is to be committed to their academics. The recruiting process has lead to the team's academic success because the athletes buy into academics first. She often talks to her players about their grades and midterms to make sure they are staying on top of them. In fact Pepin will allow an athlete a day off if needed in order to study or a big test or mid-term. Academics truly are a priority for the team.

This past season 18 of 23 student athletes had a GPA higher than 3.0, including four players on the Dean's List. Two notable standouts were senior Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA) with a 4.00 GPA and junior Katie Sokoloski (Eastford) with a 3.88 GPA. Pepin

The softball team has benefitted from having a permanent home field for the past two seasons at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Previously the team had been playing its  home games at the University of Connecticut. During those seasons the team maintained a GPA of 3.0. The ability to play games near campus has allowed the student-athletes more time for academics, which is proven by this high ranking.


 

It's Official: Coleman Little East Hall of Famer

 

colemanHOF72dpi_5236.jpgEastern Connecticut State University's Allison Coleman (2000-04), the only four-time women's basketball All-America in NCAA history and only four-time Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year selection, was inducted during  inaugural LEC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday evening at the Marriott-Providence Hotel. Coleman is shown accepting her Hall of Fame ring from LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper (left) and Western Connecticut State University President Dr. James Schmotter.

Field Hockey: Victory Wraps Road Schedule

         Defense surrenders only six shots in 2-1 non-conference win

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WESTON, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University defense allowed only six shots and sophomore Deisy Naranjo's (Washington Heights, NY) team-leading ninth goal of the year gave the Warriors the early lead in a 2-1 field hockey victory over Regis College in a non-conference match Thursday night.

At right: Hannah Keiser

The win in the final regular-season road match is the third in the last five outings for Eastern (6-11), which scored twice in a span of just over five minutes in the first half to down Regis (3-13) for the second time in as many years in this two-game series.

Naranjo's goal off a pass from freshman Laura Chicorka (Enfield) came in the 20th minute and gave the Warriors a  1-0 lead, and freshman Hannah Keiser's (Danbury) fifth goal made it 2-0 in the 26th minute. Senior Hannah Collier's (Watertown) team-leading fifth assist of the season set up Keiser.

Naranjo's goal total is the fifth-highest in a season in program history -- the highest in eight years.

Sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel) made three stops in goal.

Eastern outshot Regis, 13-6, and held a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners.

The sixth win of the season is the most by the program since an identical number in 2007.

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday by hosting Bridgewater State University in a Little East Conference match at noon.

  

W-Soccer: Seniors Sink Manhattanville, 4-0

Behind outgoing class, Warriors shut out Valiants in finale

 

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Eastern's seven outgoing seniors were honored at halftime of Wednesday night's 4-0 victory over Manhattanville College. (Photo by Courtney Weber)

shannon72_2413.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  It was Seniors' Night Wednesday when the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team hosted Manhattanville College in the final regular-season home match of 2012, and the seniors lived up to their top billing.

At left: Taylor Shannon gets position on Manhattanville's Rebecca Breve in the first half of Wednesday's match. (Photo by Courtney Weber)
 
Seniors Kelly Wallace (South Windsor), Daniela Marchitto (Orange), and Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) - four of the team's seven outgoing seniors -- combined for all four of the team's goals and two assists to lead the Warriors  to a 4-0 victory at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern (8-6-2) allowed only one shot and no corner kicks and broke a scoreless halftime tie by scoring four goals in just over five minutes to finish with a winning regular-season home record (5-4-1) in posting its fifth win over Manhattanville (6-10-0) in this six-game series.

The Warriors were unable to score in the first half despite a 7-1 edge in shots, but minutes after their halftime ceremony, the seniors sparked a quick turnaround of events. Wallace scored her third and fourth goals less than two minutes apart on assists from Marchitto and junior Tamar Merheb (Bethel)  to make it 2-0, Marchitto chipped in with her team-leading ninth goal of the season a little more than two minutes after Wallace's second marker on assists from Merheb and Wallace, and Buchanan scored an unassisted goal 80 seconds later to add insurance.

downer72_2424.jpgEastern spent much of the first half with possession inside its offensive 18-yard box, but couldn't break through. Buchanan provided Eastern with one of its best chances among several, when her free kick bounced off Manhattanville freshman keeper Grace Kraemer and off the crossbar before bounding away.  Junior Blair Church (New London) also had a good luck at the goal in the first half, but her drive also defelected off Kraemer.

     At right: Senior Chelsea Downer    (Photo by Courtney Weber)

Wallace, the Little East Conference assist leader, broke the program career assist record with her 12th of the season and 31st of her four-year career. She entered play locked in a three-way tie for career assists with Eastern Hall of Famer Robin Gaby (86-89) and Megan Taylor (02-04). Wallace's 12th assist equals the second-most scored in a season in program history, one behind leader Jen Ferrari (2004).

Manhattanville, which features 20 freshmen and sophomores on its roster, fell to 1-6 on its opponents' home field this year.

In addition to Buchanan, Marchitto and Wallace, additional seniors honored at halftime were Rachel Cutler (Guilford), Christine DeFilippo (Ronkonkoma, NY), Chelsea Downer (Colchester) and Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield).

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday in a Little East Conference match at Massachusetts Dartmouth at 1 p.m. By winning, the Warriors would guarantee themselves at least a share of the regular-season title for the fifth time in ten years. An Eastern win and Massachusetts Boston tie or loss gives the Warriors the outright regular-season title and the No. 1 tournament seed. UMass hosts Plymouth State University (winless in the conference) Saturday. If Eastern and UMass both win Saturday, the Beacons are awarded the No. 1 seed and Eastern the No. 2 seed (based on UMB's 1-0 win over Eastern 11 days ago) and Eastern gains a first-round LEC tournament bye into a Thursday semifinal home match.


 

W-Volleyball: Seniors Shine in Finale

On Seniors' Night, Warriors close out home regular season with victory

 

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Eastern's three outgoing seniors -- Shannon Burke (foreground), Katie Wilson (13) and Danielle Bourne (7) -- and their parents were honored on Seniors' Night Wednesday prior to the final regular-season home match against Wesleyan. (Marissa Malouf photo)

bourne72dpi_2659.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) had 27 kills and a .571 attack percentage as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team won for the ninth time in its last ten matches with a 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21 non-conference victory over Wesleyan University Wednesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At left: Senior Danielle Bourne battles at the net in the final set of Wednesday's 3-1 triumph over Wesleyan. (Photo by Courtney Weber).

A senior playing in her final regular-season home match, Wilson continued to pile up kills, upping her total in the last three matches to 84 with a .416 attack percentage in leading Eastern (17-12) to a current season-high five-match win streak. By winning, the Warriors defeated Wesleyan (8-14) for the second straight season. The Cardinals had won four of their previous five entering play.

Wilson had six consecutive kills to lead Eastern to the first-set win, the Warriors scoring four of the final five points of the set to erase a one-point deficit late in the match. A Wesleyan serve error tied that match and Wilson gave the Warriors the lead for good with her seventh kill of the match.

The Cardinals never trailed in the second set, scoring seven points in a row to break from a 6-6 tie.  Junior Kate Centofanti capped the run with her only two service aces of the match. Junior Kim Farris contributed four kills without an error in the set.

In the critical third set, Eastern freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) served five consecutive points - two coming on aces - as the Warriors raced to a 5-1 lead and Eastern never trailed. A run of four straight points later put the Warriors in command, 17-11, with freshman Melissa Godere (Norwich) coming off the bench to serve two more aces.

Wilson dominated the fourth set to wrap up the victory with 11 kills on 14 tries with only one error, and added nine digs, while junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) added four kills.

Eastern junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) handled 21 receptions without an error and also dug up a game-high 20 balls. Wilson finished with 15 digs, senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) and Gasch combining on 19 kills, Bourne recording ten. Luppi had 11 digs and made only one reception error on 19 tries. Shannon Burke (Manchester), Eastern's third senior honored before the match during Seniors' Night ceremonies, had ten digs and a block assist.

Farris  topped Wesleyan with 16 kills, attacking at .283 attack., with 6-foot-2 junior Monica Leslie attacking at .414 with 14 kills.Six-foot senior Laura Volgenau and 5-foot-10 inch freshman Abby Southam combined for 15 kills for the Cardinals, freshman setter Brenna Tharnstrom recording 31 assists and nine digs, Centofanti leading all Wesleyan players with 11 digs and senior Jeanne McPhee  chipping in eight digs.

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday against Suffolk University and host Framingham State before hosting a first-round match in the Little East Conference playoff as the No. 4 seed Tuesday at 7 p.m.

W-Volleyball:Eastern Surges to Four-Set Win

Warriors gain No. 4 seed and home game in LEC tournament

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Above: Katie Wilson (foreground) and the Warriors celebrated Tuesday's victory

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University's four-set Little East Conference women's volleyball match against Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday night followed virtually the same pattern throughout: the Warriors would fall behind early in three of the four sets and later give ground late, but in-between, just fed the ball to senior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA).

At left: Allie Luppi served three straight aces in the important second-set victory.

The 6-foot-2 inch Wilson continued to dominate the opposition at the Francis Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday night, amassing a career-high 27 kills on 59 attempts as the Warriors secured fourth place in the final LEC standings with 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 victories that provides them with their first conference playoff home match since the third-seeded Warriors swept sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in 2008.

After losing its first three conference matches, Eastern (16-12, 4-3 LEC) finished the regular season with four straight triumphs -- losing only two sets in the process -- to finish with at least a share of fourth place and earn the No. 4 seed in next week's conference tournament.

A winner of eight of its last nine matches since losing 11 of its first 19, Eastern  will host the No. 5 seed Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymasnium. The winner of Saturday's Plymouth-Rhode Island College will be seeded fifth. Plymouth, coming off Tuesday night's five-set home upset of previously unbeaten Massachusetts Boston, will share fourth place with Eastern if it downs Rhode Island. The Anchorwomen will finish in a two-way tie for fifrth if they defeat Plymouth Saturday and will warrant the fifth seed based on the head-to-head victory over Plymouth.

Eastern swept Plymouth this past Saturday morning at the Crabtree Classic and has beaten Rhode Island College twice this year, losing just one set.

Against UMass Dartmouth Tuesday night, Wilson sparked the Warriors to a 2-0 lead with 16 kills on 28 attempts with only four errors, then closed out the victory in the fourth set by going 7-for-14 with only one mistake. In the important second-set win, Wilson was 9-for-15 with only two attack error, contributing six straight kills at one point.

Wilson was just as effective defensively by receiving 22 serves without an error, collecting a team-high 18 digs and making a team-high five blocks.

As a team, the Warriors came up with 15 blocks and commited only one reception error through the first three sets before finishing with four.

Junior libero Erynn Miller (Stratford) followed with 17 digs and sophomores Jess Patrizi (Beacons Falls) and Allie Henry (Middletown) combined for 41 assists. Freshman Brooke Curran (Chelmsford, MA), a 6-foot-2 inch middle hitter, added four blocks, junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) and senior Danielle Bourne (Branford), combined for 15 kills, and freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) submitted three straight service aces to give the team the lead for good early in the second set. 

 Eastern closes out its regular-season home season Wednesday against Wesleyan University at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Cross Country: Last Tuneup Before LECs

Men and women compete in meet dominated by Division I institutions

By Brendan Driscoll/Sports Information Staff

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Gingras (far left), Klein

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and sophomore Lee Cattanach (New London) recorded the best times for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's cross country teams on a rainy Friday afternoon at the Central Connecticut State University Mini-Meet at Stanley Quarter Park.

The meet - the fifth of the season for Eastern and final one until the Little East Conference Championships schedule in nine days -- consisted of mostly Division I schools. It was also a short course, the women running 3,000 meters  and the men  5,000. The weather also had a significant impact on the runners. It rained heavily throughout the meet and the course became difficult to run. In one area of the course, there was a puddle that was ankle deep.

First-year head coach Kathy Manizza felt that the stiff competition did not show exactly how good the team is. She did feel like the race of this short length short benefit the team and it should put the team at peak performance for the conference championships on Saturday.

The women's team once again ran close together in the race, with all five of the scoring runners finishing within 73 seconds. The women's team finished 12th in the 14-team field, which consisted of 144 runners. Gingras ran first for Eastern with a time of 11:32 finishing 62nd (scoring 53 points). Gingras improved from a disappointing result in the previous meet at the New England Open Championships two weeks ago.

Junior Katie France (Portland) ran second for Eastern finishing just eight seconds behind Gingras, with a time of 11:40. Following France was freshman Kylie McCartney (Manchester) who finished just ten seconds behind, in 67th place. Junior Alexa Palasky (Griswold) and sophomore Kelly Labanara (Chaplin) were Eastern's fourth and fifth runners, recording times of 12:07 and 12:45, respectively.

Manizza believes that the women's team should have a very good performance in the upcoming conference championships. She hopes that four or five runners can run under 20 minutes when the team returns to Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusettsfor the second time this year on Saturday.

In the men's field of 12 teams, Eastern finished 11th. Cattanach was Eastern's first runner with a time of 16:25, finishing 38th in the 115 person field (scoring 33 points). Sophomores David Klein (New Milford) and Austin Baldour (Newtown) finished just 33 seconds apart to finish as the second and third runners of Eastern. Sophomore Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) scored 68 points while being Eastern's No. 4 runner with a time of 18:53. Eastern's fifth runner was freshman Steven LaFlamme (Moosup) with a time of 21:11. Juniors Evan Glaude (East Hampton) and Mike Singletary (Hartford) did not race in an attempt to be healthy and rested for Saturday.

Manizza felt that the men may not have ran very well due to the tough competition. In the 12 team field, ten teams are Division I programs. However, she remains confident that they will come back strong this weekend. The short race last week and a light training week should put the team in a good position for Saturday.

 

 

Eastern Community Responds With Support

bethematch logo.gif bonemarrowbanner_4945.jpgHundreds of Eastern Connecticut State University students, staff,  faculty and administrators  turned out to register during the bone marrow transplant drive co-sponsored by the Eastern athletic department Tuesday  at the Eastern Sports Center to help senior soccer player Jon DeCasanova of Glastonbury.

DeCasanova, 21, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia this past summer and has been receiving treatment as a patient at Hartford Hospital since early September.

The drive was conducted in conjunction with the National Marrow Donor Program®, which operates Be The Match. 

W-Volleyball: Wilson's Defense Recognized

The LEC's top offensive player the past two weeks, she is cited for defense

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -  After being named Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the previous two weeks, Eastern Connecticut State University senior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) has been chosen as the conference's top defensive player for the week ending Oct. 21.

The 6-foot-2 inch Wilson, a three-year member of the program, was successful on 70 of 72 reception attempts  for a .972 percentage during a 4-1 week, and led the team with 50 digs (3.12 per set) and 22 blocks (1.38 per set) in being named LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the first time.

En route to all-tournament honors at the Crabtree Classic - including a sweep of Plymouth State University in a conference match -- she recorded 20 blocks, 45 digs and five service aces, and amassed a .971 reception percentage by commiting only two errors on 68 attempts. Against Plymouth, she had nine digs, six blocks and a .955 reception percentage on 22 attempts.

The team's top all-around player, Wilson continued her dominance on the offensive end as well by averaging 4.88 kills in 16 sets with a .414 attack percentage. She also served 45 balls with six service aces and a .933 percentage and totaled 99.0 points. In 13 sets at the Crabtree Classic,  Wilson  totaled 88.5 points (the sum of kills, service aces and blocks) - more than one-third of Eastern's point total. She averaged 5.4 kills with a .432 attack percentage. Against Plymouth State, Wilson  attacked at .457 with 18 kills and three service aces.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, Eastern (15-12, 3-3 LEC) is alone in fourth place in the conference, a half-game ahead of Plymouth (13-16, 2-3 LEC) and Rhode Island College (11-14, 2-3 LEC), who share fifth place. The Warriors have won seven of eight - the only loss in that stretch to Elmira. Since losing four in a row in mid-September, Eastern has won ten of 13.

With the top six regular-season finishers gaining LEC playoff bids, Eastern can unofficially assure itself no worse than fourth place in the final standings with a victory when it visits UMass Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in its conference finale. At fourth place, the Warriors would likely host in the first round either Plymouth or Rhode Island College, teams which have combined to beat Eastern only once in seven sets this season.


 

W-Swim: Eastern Dominates USJ Pentathlon

McVeigh becomes fourth different Eastern swimmer to capture individual pent

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MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Junior Erin McVeigh (Windsor) became the fourth different Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimmer to capture the individual title at the University of Saint Joseph (CT) Pentathlon Saturday when the Warriors eased to the title in the three-team event in the 2012/13 season-opener.

At right: Erin McVeigh

Eastern claimed the team title for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons, swamping Western New England University, 131-15. Host Saint Joseph did not score.

Led by McVeigh, and freshmen Katie King (Barkamsted) and Macaire Jones (Danbury), Eastern swimmers captured the top three, nine of the top 11 and 13 of the first 20 spots in the pentathlon, which is comprised of the 100 yard backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.

McVeigh, second to senior teammate Nadine Menard in last year's pentathlon competition, bested Katie King by 12 seconds and Macaire Jones by 13 seconds by for the individual title. McVeigh was timed at 1:06.04 in the backstroke, 1:18.64 in the breaststroke, 1:04.43 in the butterfly, 57.64 in the freestyle and 1:06.86 in the IM for a total pentathlon score of 5:33.62. Katie King totaled 5:46.00 and Macaire Jones 5:47.06.

Others finishing in the top ten in the pentathlon scoring were junior Michelle Schapp (Torrington), sophomore Rachael Thatcher (Newington), and juniors Becky Odgers (Shelton), Marissa Colley (East Haven) and Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY). Schapp, Thatcher and Odgers placed 5-6-7 and Colley and Tromp 9-10.

McVeigh touched the wall first in the butterfly, freestyle and IM and was second in the backstroke (to program record-holder Schapp) and fifth in the breaststroke. Katie King led all swimmers in the breastroke, with her time of 1:11.56 less than two seconds off the program record.

Eastern went 1-2 in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, 1-through-6 in the backstroke, took nine of the top ten in the breaststroke, six of the top nine in the butterfly, 11 of the top 13 in the freestyle, and nine of the top 11 in the IM.

Macaire Jones, sophomore Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk), Schapp and Tromp combined on the winning 200 relay and Arisco, Colley, McVeigh and Odgers on the 400.

Previous Eastern individuals to claim the individual pentathlon title in addition to Menard last year were Sarah Barber in 2006 and 2007 and Amy Arisco in 2008 and 2009 when the Warriors captured four straight.

Eastern competes at Western Connecticut State University Saturday, Nov. 3.

 

 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Second at Crabtree

By beating PSU, Eastern positions itself for first-round LEC home match

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University Crabtree Classic this weekend did not produce a third straight tournament championship for the hosts, but one match in that two-day tournament might have served as a springboard to a first-round home match in the upcoming Little East Conference playoffs.

At right: Katie Wilson (Courtney Weber photo)

In a Saturday morning contest featuring the most important ramifications for Eastern at the 32nd Annual Crabtree Classic, Eastern (15-12, 3-3 LEC) emerged with a tight three-set sweep of Plymouth State University by a total of 12 points that could pave the way for the Warriors to host a tournament first-round match as the No. 4 seed a week from Tuesday at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, Eastern is alone in fourth place in the conference, a half-game ahead of Plymouth (13-16, 2-3 LEC) and Rhode Island College (11-14, 2-3 LEC), who share fifth place. The Warriors have won seven of eight - the only loss in that stretch to Elmira. Since losing four in a row in mid-September, Eastern has won ten of 13.

With the top six regular-season finishers gaining LEC playoff bids, Eastern can unofficially assure itself no worse than fourth place in the final standings with a victory when it visits UMass Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in its conference finale. At fourth place, the Warriors would likely host in the first round either Plymouth or Rhode Island College, teams which have combined to beat Eastern only once in seven sets this season.

As the No. 5 seed last year, Eastern upset No. 4 seed Western Connecticut in five sets on the road before being eliminated in the semifinals at Plymouth State in straight sets.

Saturday's win over Plymouth snapped a run of four straight losses to the Panthers, who swept three of those matches and lost only one set in all.

Against Plymouth State, all-tournament selection Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) attached at .457 with 18 kills, sophomores Allie Henry (Middletown) and Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) combined for 29 assists, and junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) and freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) teamed for 28 digs. Five different players also had a hand in the team's nine service aces, and behind Wilson, Luppi and Miller, Eastern commited only two reception errors on 58 serve receives.

Senior Casey Stoodley, one of the conference's top offensive players, accumulated 17 kills and junior Kaitlyn Tedeschi 12 for the Panthers, with freshman setter Kirsten Perrotta setting 35 kills and junior Cassie Pelton leading the way defensively with 16 digs.

After falling in four sets Friday night to tourney champion Elmira College (3-0 in the tournament), Eastern rebounded to sweep Plymouth Saturday morning and John Jay College later that day before closing out tournament play with a four-set victory over Salve Regina University.

Four tournament wins by Eastern would have made the 6-foot-2 inch Wilson the classic MVP. In 13 sets, the third-year transfer totaled 88.5 points (the sum of kills, service aces and blocks) - more than one-third of Eastern's point total. She averaged 5.4 kills with a .432 attack percentage and recorded 20 blocks, 45 digs and five service aces, and amassed a .971 reception percentage by commiting only two errors on 68 attempts.

Defensively, Miller averaged 5.5 digs per set in the tournament, Luppi 2.7 and Henry 2.6 digs per set, and 6-foot-2 inch freshman Brooke Curran (Chelmsford, MA) totaled 11 blocks. Senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) contributed 21 kills, five service aces and 1.6 digs. Junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) followed Wilson with 25 kills.

 

32nd Annual Crabtree Classic

Women's Volleyball Tournament

Hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University

at Willimantic, Conn.

Friday's Result

Elmira College 3, Eastern Conn. 1

Elmira College (14-10) 25 26 25 25

Eastern Conn. (12-12) 23 28 20 13

 

Saturday's Results

Elmira College 3, Salve Regina U. 2

Elmira College (15-10) 25 25 25 16 15

Salve Regina U. (13-11) 27 23 15 25 12

Eastern Conn. 3, Plymouth State U. 0

Eastern Conn. (13-12, 3-3 Little East) 25 25 25

Plymouth State U. (11-16, 2-3 Little East) 17 23 23

Elmira College 3, John Jay College 0

Elmira College (16-10) 25 25 25

John Jay College (1-16) 11 6 16

Eastern Conn. 3, John Jay College 0

Eastern Conn. (14-12) 25 25 25

John Jay College (1-17) 9 6 14

Salve Regina U. 3 Plymouth State U. 1

Salve Regina U. (13-12) 20 19 25 16

Plymouth State U. (12-16) 25 25 21 25

Eastern Conn. 3, Salve Regina 1

Eastern Conn. (15-12) 25 25 25 25

Salve Regina U. (13-13) 20 20 27 21

Plymouth State U. 3, John Jay College 0

Plymouth State (13-16) 25 25 25

John Jay College (1-18) 20 15 8

All-Tournament Team

SASHA ZAVADSKA* Sr. 5-7 Elmira College Bratislava, SVK

Molly Short Sr. 5-8 Elmira College Sterling, CO

Katie Wilson Sr. 6-2 Eastern Conn. Pittsburg, CA

Casey Stoodley Sr. 5-9 Plymouth State U. Salem, NH

Jennifer Duggan So. 5-7 Salve Regina U. Merrimack, NH

Ashley Diaz So. 5-7 John Jay College Jackson Heights, NY

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Junior transfer has been a vital asset to Warriors' success for two season

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn--- The strength of the defensive play of Eastern's men's soccer team has been the anchor of the squad. Not just the defensive play by a goalie or backs, but from midfielders. There is one center midfielder on the team who may be regarded as one of the key positions that a team needs to obtain. For the Warriors, that leader is second-year midfielder Carl Stensland of Storrs.

Heady play by Carl Stensland (at right) has made the junior transfer an indispensable part of Eastern's success the last two years.

Stensland has been with the team since his enrollment at Eastern in the fall of 2011. He originally played at Quinnipiac University in the fall of 2009, appearing in 12 of the team's 21 matches and averaging 65. minutes per game. After that year, he transferred to the University of Connecticut, where he did not compete.

"Eastern was an option before I even went to Quinnipiac," said the 5-foot-10 inch, 165 pounder. "I wanted to go to a smaller school, somewhere where I would start right away and make an impact on the team. I also wanted to be close to home," added Stensland, whose father Paul attended Eastern in the 1970s and mother Debra was an undergraduate at Connecticut.

Stensland and current Eastern head coach Greg DeVito have known each other for quite some time, as DeVito has coached Stensland in the past.

"I've known Carl since he was about eight or nine and I had the chance to coach him on youth teams," said Coach DeVito, who formerly taught accounting at Stensland's alma mater, E.O. Smith High Schoool. "I did not coach him at E.O. Smith because I was coaching girls at the time, but we go way back and we recruited him when he was a senior [in high school]."

With Stensland, Eastern has won 29, lost seven and tied two in two years and are in position to win its second straight Little East Conference regular-season championship this year and return to the NCAA tournament.

On this year's team, ranked No. 25 nationally and No. 4 regionally with a 14-1-1 record, Stensland has played 15  games with 13 starts, averaging  77 minutes per game. He has played  the full match in six of the last nine outings since recovering from a pre-season quad injury.

Stensland attributes his success under DeVito to a strict training regimen.  'It's a testament to the conditioning program that Coach DeVito gave us for the offseason and following it strictly," said Stensland. "Being in the weight room five times a week in the offseason I think it's a testament to that and it's a testament going to the trainer's  room and take care of those injuries. It's tough to play 90 minutes actively and that's what I've been doing the past six or seven games."

As he trains his body for long grueling and competitive matches, Stensland's best skill set on the field is not only his athleticism and endurance, but also his mind."My mind is my best asset," said Stensland. "Just knowing where to be, knowing where the next pass is going to be, playing quickly, and trying to outsmart the other team more than anything."

For his second year on the team, Stensland has risen as one of the leaders on the team.

After struggling through the pre-season with the injury sustained in a scrimmage against Roger Williams, Stensland came off the bench in the second game of the year in the championship game of the Western New England Soccer City Shootout to tie the match early in the second half in an eventual overtime victory over 2011 NCAA tournament team U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

Whether Stensland is recognized with all-conference or all-region honors does not affect DeVito's high opinion of his second-year midfielder, who has a modest two goals and two assists this year.

"He's kind of the guy that gets the offense going and he's definitely one of the more complete players I think in our conference and the teams we play against," said DeVito. "He understands the game and he sits in there as a holding center midfielder. He's not scoring goals and not getting a lot of assists or anything like that but he's involved in every play. He's kind of like an unsung hero."

As his second season with the team is winding down and having one more year left, the biology major is hoping to keep playing the sport he loves after graduating.

"I want to continue playing soccer no matter what I'm doing," said Stensland. "I hope to have a job as a biotechnician l, get a job right away and get some experience right under my belt."

A win Saturday over UMass Dartmouth guarantees Eastern as the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the second straight year.

"Our goal is to host the LEC tournament (semifinals), which will probably require beating UMass Dartmouth,  and our goal is to win the LEC tournament," said Stensland. "At this point we're hoping to host the NCAA tournament for the first two rounds. That's our goal. We don't have much control over that, but if we win out we look pretty good with an opportunity to do that."
 


 

M-Soccer: Warriors' Streak Ends at 15

Babson breaks Warriors long scoreless streak in battle of top programs

tobler_72pdi_5496.jpgWELLESLEY, Mass. - In 1982, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team had a 21-game winning streak halted in the final week of the regular season, then responded in post-season competition by winning its first national championship.

The Eastern men's soccer team is hoping for a similar fate after losing for the first time this year in this, the final week of the regular season, 1-0 in double overtime at Babson College Sunday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

At right: Cory Tobler

With two matches left in the regular season, Eastern (14-1-1) was bidding to become the third team in program history to record an unbeaten regular season - first in 43 years - but senior midfielder Salo Guindi scored the game's only goal in the 102nd minute as Babson (12-3-2) prevailed for its eighth home win in nine outings this season.

Eastern is ranked fourth in New England (25th nationally) and Babson eighth. The only blemishes on Babson unbeaten record thus far have come at the hands of teams ranked second, third and  seventh in New England. Until Saturday, the only mark against the Warriors' perfect record had been a 1-1 double-overtime Little East Conference road tie at Keene State College.

Each had was playing its second match in as many days Sunday, the Warriors having shot out the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match Saturday at home by a 3-0 score, and Babson having played Springfield College to a scoreless double-overtime draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play Saturday at Springfield, MA.

Babson ended the match one minute into the second ten-minute OT session. The play began when Babson hit a pass from deep on the left side back toward the right side of the goal mouth. Guindi then hit a rocket off the bounding ball that sailed past the outstretched arms of Eastern senior keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) and into the upper left corner for his third goal of the season. The goal snapped Babson's scoreless streak of over 324 minutes - the program's longest since 1986 - and it halted Munsell's shutout streak of 533 minutes and 53 seconds minutes spanning five games.

All five of the matches in this series have been decided by one goal, the Warriors winning the first three - the first coming in the 1969 NAIA New England Tournament during Eastern's most recent unbeaten season -- and Babson the last two.

Each team had a single shot in the first overtime session. Eastern's  came when junior midfielder Zach Kice (Denver, CO) got behind the Babson's backfield and hit a glancing shot from ten yards out, but Babson junior keeper Jackson Klein corralled it inside the right post at 93:29. Babson's lone bid came at 98:41, when Stento had his shot off a loose ball at the top of the 22-yard bubble sail over the net.

The Warriors had one final chance at the victory just seconds after the start of the second overtime, as junior midfielder Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) found space in the middle of the field off the opening kickoff. He then fired a shot from 25 yards away, but it deflected off a teammate and went wide of the left post.

Both teams missed opportunities on early corner kicks, as Eastern senior Matt Furman (Montville) had his glancing header off a Cory Tobler (Portland) corner snatched up by Klein at 4:55, and Beavers' senior captain Eric Anderson had his header go well wide of the far right post off a corner kick from sophomore Brenden Matthews at 7:24.

Babson's best chance of the opening period came during a flurry in the 16th minute, beginning when sophomore Justin Laurenzo had his shot blocked in front. Matthews then fired a close-range shot toward the lower right corner on the rebound, but Munsell made a diving save to his left to knock the ball beyond the post at 15:45.

Eastern had a golden opportunity less than 10 minutes later, as a deflected cross settled just outside the six-yard box. Eastern senior forward Matt Furman (Montville) came charging in from the left side and was the first to reach the loose ball, but his sliding shot sailed well over the crossbar at 24:31. The Warriors then threatened again in the waning seconds of the half, but Beavers' junior Dillon Ventura took the ball off the foot of wide open junior Power deep in the box and junior Salvatore Percival blocked Kice's shot moments later as the contest remained scoreless heading into the break.

The Warriors had the first strong chance of the second stanza, as junior Tom Vear (Monson, MA) collected a loose ball just outside the box and blasted a shot on net from 20 yards out. Klein was able to make a fantastic diving deflection to his right, and the rebound was cleared away by the Babson defense.

The Beavers threatened numerous times over the remainder of regulation but would fail to snap the scoreless deadlock. Junior Kevin Israel had the first chance when he took a pass from Laurenzo and fired a bending shot from 25 yards out, but his bid hit the crossbar and was cleared by the defense at 67:15. Six minutes later, Israel was the recipient of a long cross from Guindi, but his leaping header from point-blank range drifted just wide of the upper right corner at 73:04.

Babson's best opportunity of the second half came at 78:46, when Anderson's flick off a Guindi cross made it past a sprawling Munsell. However, Warriors' senior back Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) was there to block the shot on the goal line, and the rebound was cleared away to preserve the scoreless tie.

The overtime match was the fifth this season for Babson, which won for the second time after tying two and losing one. Eastern lost in overtime for the first time after two victories and a tie.

Eastern has qualified for NCAA tournament play four times in five years under current sixth-year head coach Greg DeVito, reaching the second round of the tournament the last two years. Babson has reached NCAA play the last four seasons, advancing to the third round in both 2010 and 2011.

Eastern needs a victory over visiting Massachusetts Dartmouth on the final day of the regular season Saturday to wrap up its fourth Little East Conference regular-season title in the last six years. DeVito.

Babson College Sports Information contributed to this game summary.

E-Club Inducts Five into Hall of Fame

 

groupbanner72dpi_4855.jpgThe 19th E-Club Hall of Fame class was inducted during ceremonies Sunday at the Betty Tipton Room. Pictured with their Hall of Fame plaques with Hall of Fame chair Scott Smith (far left) are Erin (Byrnes) Klemyk, Scott Chiasson, Norm Worthington, Michelle Cunningham, and Donna Poyant. Klemyk played lacrosse from 1996 through 1999, Chiasson baseball from 1996 through 1998, Worthington baseball from 1986 through 1990, Cunningham volleyball and softball between 1995 and 1998, and Poyant softball from 1990 through 1993. Everett Watson '54 and Gerard J. Lawrence, MD were also presented with the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award.

W-Soccer: Eastern Positioned for LEC Title

    Wallace ties career assist record in sparking 4-1 victory over USM

wallaceusm72 060.jpgGORHAM, Maine - Senior Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) had three assists to tie the Eastern Connecticut State University career record in that category and help the Warriors move into a share of first place in the Little East Conference with a 4-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies  Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

At right: Kelly Wallace (12) contends for possession with Southern Maine's Stefanie Stockwell in Saturday's LEC victory. (Liz Cutler photo).

In snapping a three-match winless streak, Eastern (7-6-2, 5-1-0 LEC) pulls even with the University of Massachusetts Boston atop the conference. The Beacons, who had edged Eastern last Saturday, 1-0, at Boston in a battle of conference unbeatens, dropped a 4-2 decision to host Western Connecticut State University Saturday for its first conference loss after five wins.

Next Saturday, Eastern visits  Massachusetts Dartmouth (4-2-0 LEC) and UMass hosts winless (0-6-0) Plymouth State University. A victory over UMass Dartmouth guarantees Eastern no worse than a share of the LEC regular-season title. If the Warriors and Beacons finish tied for first in the standings, UMB is awarded the top playoff seed due to its regular-season victory over Eastern.

Saturday, Eastern downed Southern Maine (2-13-0, 1-5-0 LEC) for the 13th straight time and 24th time in this 29-match series, the Huskies losing their fourth straight this season.

Wallace had a hand in the first three Warrior goals, giving her seven assists in the last five matches and a personal season-high of 11 this year. In tying the program record for assists in a match, Wallace caught Eastern career assist leaders Robin Gaby (1986-89) and Megan Taylor (2001-04), with 30.

Wallace  set up senior Chelsea Downer (Colchester) in the 15th minute for a 1-0 Warrior lead.  In the 33rd minute, Wallace and junior Tamar Merheb (Bethel) combined to set up senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange) for what proved to be the game-winning goal and a 2-1 Warrior advantage.  The marker was Marchitto's eighth of the season. Downer and Marchitto share the team lead with eight goals apiece.

In the second half, Wallace's corner kick in the 59th minute was right on target to Merheb who headed the ball back across goal into the top right corner for her second goal of the season.

Freshman Brianna Curcio (Southbury) netted the Warriors' final goal in 68th minute netting a set-up from sophomore Whitney Mantel (Stamford).

Southern Maine sophomore Mariah Cropley scored the lone goal for the home side knocking in a corner kick taken by freshman Brooke Lawrence  for her first goal of the season.

Senior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) and sophomore Rachel Skelton (East Lyme) split the goalkeeping duties for the Warriors.  MacLeod did not record a save before giving way to Skelton midway through the first half in a 1-1 tie. Skelton had one save and received credit for her first collegiate win in her seventh appearance.  Senior Katie Cobb made five stops for the Huskies.

Eastern Connecticut had a 19-3 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks during the match.

Eastern hosts Manhattanville College in a non-conference match Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Seniors' Night before closing out the regular season Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.

M-Soccer: Warriors Back on Top in LEC

 Now unbeaten after 15 matches, they overtake UMD for top spot

By Brendan Driscoll/Sports Information Staff

vear_72_0863.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team did not allow a goal for the fourth straight game Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine at Thomas Nevers Field, and because of that, moved into first place in the conference.

At right: Tom Vear

 Eastern's (14-0-1, 5-0-1 LEC) victory over Southern Maine (4-12-0, 1-5-0 LEC), coupled with Massachusetts Dartmouth's overtime loss at Keene State College, vaults the Warriors into the top spot in the conference, with 16 points. UMass Dartmouth (5-1-0 LEC) follows with 15 points.

Saturday's results set up next Saturday's home contest against UMass Dartmouth. A win or tie gives Eastern its fourth regular-season conference championship (third outright)  in six years under head coach Greg DeVito, and the top seed in the LEC playoffs. Eastern won both the LEC regular-season and playoff titles last year.

Against Southern Maine, Eastern controlled the ball for most of the game allowing only four shots in stretching its unbeaten streak to 15 matches with two remaining in the regular season and downing the Huskies for the ninth time in the last ten meetings. The Warriors visit No. 8 regionally-ranked Babson College Sunday at 2 p.m.

Senior keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) needed only two saves to post his eighth shutout in 14 starts this year and tenth in 19 career starts and extend his scoreless streak this season to 432 minutes and 44 seconds. He has not allowed a goal since giving up an early one in a 1-1 overtime LEC tie at Keene State College two weeks ago.

Eastern scored the first goal just 73 seconds into the game on Tom Vear's (Monson, MA) first goal of the season, on assists from  Matt Furman (Montville) and Cory Tobler (Portland). Furman started with the ball and passed it to Tobler who gave a great lead pass to Vear, who was able to beat the keeper in the box.

One of the limited opportunities Southern Maine had came in the 37th minute when Mazen Aljari had a shot on Munsell which would have tied the match. Alijari had an open look from the left corner of the box and attempted to beat Munsell on the near post but the shot was caught.

This missed chance to tie the game proved costly for Southern Maine when just three minutes later Eastern added its second goal. Carl Stensland (Storrs) scored from an assist by Zach Kice (Denver, CO) off a ball that had been batted out of the box by the keeper moments earlier.

In the second half, Eastern dominated possession to protect its two-goal lead. However in the 60th minute Conal Koppisch (Willimantic) and Stensland did not allow Southern Maine to send in two crosses from the corner of the field. The two separate plays protected the box and Eastern was eventually able to regain the possession to avoid giving up a goal. In the 84th minute, freshman Timothy Jennison (Coventry) scored the final dagger to extend the lead to three. Jennison scored unassisted as he put the ball off the mitt of the keeper before having it find the back of the net.

Field Hockey: Eastern Can't Finish Off WSU

Lancers bounce back twice, down Warriors in OT in Little East match

naranjo_worc_72dpi_4826.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. --  Megan Ripke tied the match with 7:32 left in regulation and Julie O'Rourke scored into an open goal six minutes into sudden death overtime to lift the Worcester State University field hockey team to a 3-2 triumph over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above Deisy Naranjo moves the ball in the second half of Saturday's LEC match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The conference win was the first of the year for Worcester (3-13, 1-9 LEC), which defeated Eastern (5-11, 2-8 LEC) for the fourth straight and tenth time in the last 11 meetings.

Eastern led twice in the match and held a 2-1 halftime lead before the Lancers gained the equalizer when Ripke blasted in a shot which was initiated on a penalty corner. In overtime, Ally Valencia found the seam in the Eastern defense from behind midfield and threaded a long pass straight up the middle. O'Rourke reached the ball at the same time as Eastern goalie Olivia Mullen (Bethel), who came off her mark in an attempt to clear. The ball dribbled behind the fallen Mullen and O'Rourke righted herself and steered it into an open net.

Eastern outshot Worcester, 16-8, but Worcester goalie Rebecca Mullen made four kick saves in the second half and in overtime - several coming on hard drives by Eastern's Hannah Collier (Watertown). Worcester' s Mullen finished with eight saves and Eastern's Mullen with three.

Collier's third goal of the season on a drive from the right inside circle off a penalty corner from Finley Ahearn gave the Warriors a lead in the ninth minute, and after Katelyn Abber countered for Worcester ten minutes later, freshman Hannah Keiser's (Danbury) fourth goal of  2012 put Eastern back on top five minutes before the half.

Eastern visits Regis College (MA) in a non-conference match Thursday.

Warriors open 17th intercollegiate season at Saint Joseph Pentathlon

schapp_72KEEP_7812.jpgmcveigh_head_72_2296.jpgWATCH: Junior Erin McVeigh (at left) previews the season (4:12).

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the last five years, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team has proven itself to be among the top handful of teams at the New England Division II-III Championships.

With 13 returning letterwinners - including seven of the nine individuals who swam to All-New England honors - there is no reason to assume that this pattern of success can't continue.

At right: Michelle Schapp

Saturday, the Warriors open their 17th season under head coach Maureen Fahey - the only head coach in program history - at the University of Saint Joseph Pentathlon - with visions of equaling or even improving upon last year's fourth-place finish at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming Diving Championships.

Thirteen swimmers on this year's 25-person roster earned varsity letters last year, with a 14th swimmer back after lettering as a freshman in 2009/10.

Eastern's depth will be a strong point this year, with many of last year's top performers in all four disciplines - freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and individual medley - returning.

"Our depth is much better than it ever has been," points our Fahey, who cites the breaststroke and backstroke in particular. 

Headlining the 2012/13 team is a talented junior class of Marissa Colley (East Haven), Colleen King (Barkhamsted), Erin McVeigh (Windsor), Becky Odgers (Shelton), Michelle Schapp (Torrington) and Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY).

"Through three weeks, everyone has been working really hard," says Fahey. "They're the best of friends and are serving the team as leaders. Many of them have exceeded expectation. They are taking their roles seriously."

Schapp posted the fastest times among all roster swimmers last year in both the 50 and 100 yard backstroke , Colley in the 200 backstroke, King in the 50 breaststroke, McVeigh in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Odgers in the 1,000 freestyle and Tromp in the 100 IM.

McVeigh earned All-NEISDA honors last year in two freestyle events and with three freestyle relays; Schapp in the backstroke and with three relays; Odgers and Colley with two freestyle relays and King in the butterfly and with the medley relay.

This year, Eastern must compensate for the loss of two productive members of last year's team: graduated senior Nadine Menard, an All-NEISDA swimmer in the IM and in two butterfly events, and Amanda Rivers, who achieved All-NEISDA recognition 12 times in her two-year career. Menard registered the fastest times on the team last year in two butterfly and two IM events, and Rivers in two sprint freestyle events and in the 50 butterfly.

Other returnees who are also expected to make significant accomplishments are senior Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport) and sophomores Abby Arisco (Wallingford), Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) and Rachael Thatcher (Newington),  the latter two helping the 200 freestyle and 200 medley to fourth-place finishes, respectively, in last year's NEISDA meet. O'Kelly was one of last year's top breaststrokers as a freshman three years ago.

A promising freshman class includes Katie King (Barkhamsted), Macaire Jones (Danbury), Heather Avery (Wethersfield), Rachel Borden (Milford) and Courtney Holzer (Cromwell). 

Julie  Pietrycha (Newington) - the only returning senior from last year - will serve as a team captain along with Colley and Schapp.

Fahey will be joined on the coaching staff for the ninth year by Amy Golas and for the eighth year by Bill Hassell. As an undergraduate, Golas won the Kay Fromer award as a senior for amassing the most career points in the NEISDA Championship, while Hassell formerly coached swimming at Windham High School.

"Amy and Bill are two of the best coaches ever," maintains Fahey. "I couldn't do this job (as a parttime head coach) without them. When I'm not here, they don't need to be instructed.  They just do it. They are so knowledgeable on so many fronts.  I have no qualms when I must leave the program in their hands."

 

 


 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Drop Opener, 3-1

Rumsey and Zavadska combine for 45 kills as Elmira wins in four

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Taryn Rumsey and Sasha Zavadska combined for 45 kills to carry the Elmira College women's volleyball team to a 25-23, 26-28, 25-20, 25-13 victory over host Eastern Connecticut State University Friday night in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Crabtree Classic at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

At right: Erynn Miller

After Elmira (15-10) and Eastern (12-12) split the first two sets, the Soaring Eagles took the lead for good early in the critical third set, finally scoring five of the final seven points to win their eight match in the last nine outings and snap Eastern's four-match winning streak.

 Zavadska led all players with 25 kills and Rumsey had 20 kills and a .292 attack percentage. The Eagles picked up eight points on service aces, Melanie Pershyn collecting four and Francene Cicia three. Molly Short had 51 assists for the winners, with Rumsey also adding 18 digs and Short 15 to lead five players with at least 12.

Senior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) led Eastern with 15 kills and attacked at .371, but the rest of the team attacked at just .010. Junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) led the Warriors with 25 digs and commited only one error on 21 reception attempts.

Elmira closed out the match with an impressive display in the final set, with Zavadska picking up eight kills on 11 tries with only one error, Short amassing eight digs and 13 assists.

Eastern, the two-time defending tournament champion, faces Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match in the first of its three matches Saturday. Elmira opens play Saturday by facing Salve Regina University at 10 a.m.


 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Drop Crabtree Opener

Rumsey and Zavadska combine for 45 kills as Elmira wins in four sets

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Taryn Rumsey and Sasha Zavadska combined for 45 kills to carry the Elmira College women's volleyball team to a 25-23, 26-28, 25-20, 25-13 victory over host Eastern Connecticut State University Friday night in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Crabtree Classic at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

After Elmira (15-10) and Eastern (12-12) split the first two sets, the Soaring Eagles took the lead for good early in the critical third set, finally scoring five of the final seven points to win their eight match in the last nine outings and snap Eastern's four-match winning streak.

 Zavadska led all players with 25 kills and Rumsey had 20 kills and a .292 attack percentage. The Eagles picked up eight points on service aces, Melanie Pershyn collecting four and Francene Cicia three. Molly Short had 51 assists for the winners, with Rumsey also adding 18 digs and Short 15 to lead five players with at least 12.

Senior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) led Eastern with 15 kills and attacked at .371, but the rest of the team attacked at just .010. Junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) led the Warriors with 25 digs and commited only one error on 21 reception attempts.

Elmira closed out the match with an impressive display in the final set, with Zavadska picking up eight kills on 11 tries with only one error, Short amassing eight digs and 13 assists.

Eastern, the two-time defending tournament champion, faces Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match in the first of its three matches Saturday. Elmira opens play Saturday by facing Salve Regina University at 10 a.m.

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W-Volleyball: Warriors Tune Up with Win

Eastern carries four-match winning streak into weekend's Crabtree Classic

luppi72dpi_2007.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University raced out to early leads and hit .253 for the match in a 3-0 victory over the Mitchell College women's volleyball team Thursday evening in non-conference action at the Yarnall Athletic Center. Set scores were 25-9, 25-17, 25-13.

At left: Allie Luppi contributed five points on service aces Thursday. (Courtney Weber photo).

Eastern's (12-11) season-high  four-match winning streak gives it seven wins in its last nine outings heading into this weekend 32nd Annual Crabtree Classic at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. The two-time defending tournament champion, Eastern faces Elmira College Friday night at 7 p.m. in its first of four weekend matches.
 
Senior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) - the Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week the last two weeks -- posted a match-high eight kills to lead the Warriors and exceed the 300-kill plateau for the season.  Freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA)  handed out 13 assists and added five aces while sophomore Allie Henry (Middletown) added ten assists and senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) finished with 14 digs to lead all players, junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) totaling ten.

In three sets, Eastern commited only three reception errors, and led by Luppi, collected seven service aces.

The decisive wins allowed second-year head coach Peter Maneggia to substitute freely, resting his starters and giving the reserves plenty of court time.
 
Junior Gloria Charles led Mitchell (6-11) with six kills while classmate Nicole Terni  recorded 13 assists. Senior Arianna Thomas had 11 digs while Charles and senior Kendra Erskine each finished with a pair of blocks.
 
In the opening set, Luppi served Eastern out to a 7-0 lead, recording two aces during the stretch. The Warriors finished with 12 kills in the set while holding the Mariners to single digits.  Wilson had four kills in the frame while senior Shannon Burke (Manchester) added three.
 
The second set was the most competitive of the night, and Mitchell took its first lead at 5-4. The lead wouldn't last long, as back-to-back kills by freshman Bryanna Kelly (Dunbarton, NH) and sophomore Sarah Howard (Tolland) put Eastern  back in front 8-6. The Warriors would never again trail in the match and closed out the set by winning 11 of the final 16 points.
 
Junior Samantha Browning (Mystic) served for five straight points as Eastern opened the third set with a 7-2 advantage. The Warriors pushed the margin to double digits on a kill by Browning that made it 14-4 and cruised to the finish. Browning registered two of her six kills in the final set. Browning attached at .417 in the match, recording six kills and but one error in 12 attempts.

Mitchell College Sports Information contributed to this match account.

"Haunted Happening" Set for Sunday,Oct.28

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The annual "Haunted Happening", sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3-5 p.m. in the Sports Center. The event is free of charge and open to youngsters of all ages. The event will include arts and crafts, candy, games and activities. For more information, contact Janice Patry at 860-465-5315.

Bone Marrow Drive Set for Tues., Oct. 23

To aid soccer player Jon DeCasanova, diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia

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bethematch logo.gifWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- A bone marrow transplant drive will be conducted by the Eastern Connecticut State University athletic department this coming Tuesday, Oct.  23 to help senior soccer player Jon DeCasanova of Glastonbury.

DeCasanova, 21, was preparing for his fourth soccer season this past summer when he began experiencing fatigue, headaches and nosebleeds this past July, and was twice admitted to the hospital. Later in the summer, a bone marrow biopsy revealed that he has Aplastic Anemia. Since Labor Day, he has been receiving treatment as a patient at Hartford Hospital.

Anyone between the age of 18 and 44 is asked to join the registry between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Eastern Sports Center. The test for bone marrow transplant candidates is painless and takes only a few minutes.

"Jon's condition has put everything in perspective for all of us," noted Greg DeVito, Eastern's sixth-year head men's soccer coach. "Jon's teammates are dealing with it the best that they can. For most of them, it's the first time they've seen anyone their age sick like this."

Aplastic anemia occurs when bone marrow - which is responsible for supplying the body with blood cells -- stops working effectively. Bone marrow is responsible for supplying the body with three types of blood cells: red blood cells which deliver oxygen to all parts of the body, white blood cells which protect the body from germs, and platelets needed for blood to clot.

It is not possible to predict whether the bone marrow drive will produce a match for DeCasanova, although the odds are not considered to be in his favor.  However, DeVito says that his senior player is hoping that the drive will benefit others.

"Jon feels that it's not about him," says DeVito of DeCasanonva, who has been a starting player in his program since being recruited prior to DeVito's third season. "Jon is hoping that maybe this can help someone else. He's thinking about others."

DeCasanova's teammates have provided the energy for the bone marrow drive by distributing flyers, and on the day of testing at the Sports Center, will assist with greeting potential donors and with the registration process.

For more information, contact "Be the Match" at 800-283-8385 ext. 720 or visit Be the Match".com

 

Hall of Fame: Byrnes W-Lacrosse Pioneer

Goal-scoring machine played on program's first four teams

HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgErin Byrnes Headshot72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  A player whose offensive capabilities transformed the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse program from a struggling one into a conference contender, Erin Byrnes Klemyk has been selected  for induction into the E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection committee chairman Scott Smith.
 
A member of the first four teams in program history between 1996 and 1999, Byrnes' move from defense - where she was a two-time team MVP -- to offense late in her sophomore year coincided with the program's immediate transformation from a losing one to a winning one. As the team's leading scorer in two seasons at attack, Byrnes  converted 45 percent of her shots , scoring 152 goals in 31 matches for an average of nearly  5.0 per match and leading the Warriors to 24 wins in 31 contests in that two-year span.

Byrnes rounds out the five-person E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Previously announced  as 2012 inductees were  right-handed pitcher Scott Chiasson, the closer on the 1998 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team who went on to pitch in the major leagues; right-handed pitcher Donna Poyant, a freshman on the 1990 NCAA Division III national softball championship team who helped the Warriors to three regional titles and spots in the national tournament championship round twice; right-handed pitcher Norm Worthington, a 20-game winner and member of the 1990 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team; and women's volleyball-softball star Michelle Cunningham, the only four-time all-region selection in volleyball program history and a 1998 softball All-America.

The 19th E-Club Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

At 5-feet-11 inches tall, Byrnes enjoyed a substantial reach over most of her defenders, which helped account for 177 goals in 53 career matches, with 14 of her goals in her final two seasons serving as game-winning ones.   

In the fifth match of her sophomore year, Byrnes's offensive career began to unfold. After starting the match on close defense, she moved to left attack wing during the game in order to help Eastern win more draws. In that role, she scored her first five goals of the season, then contributed at least one goal in the remaining seven matches, including four each in two season-ending victories.

As a junior in 1998, the South Windsor native generated nearly 30 percent of the team's offense as the club's primary attackman, recording a current season-record 85 goals for a team which established seven current program season records , among those for goals (287), winning percentage (.824), and consecutive wins (13). Byrnes ranked fifth nationally (first in New England) in goals as a junior and 16th nationally (third in New England) as a senior when she totaled 67 goals.

Byrnes graduated as the program leader in goals and points in a match, season and career and currently ranks third all-time in career goals and fourth in points (190) in the program's 17-year history. Her 85-goal junior season and 67-goal season as a senior captain remain two of  the top four offensive seasons in program history. Byrnes also owns four of the top nine marks for goals in a match - those four matches coming in a span of nine games in April of her junior season which fueled the record 13-game win streak.

After playing independently in its first two seasons on the intercollegiate level and losing 16 of 22 matches, Eastern became a charter member of the ten-team New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) where it won 12 of 15 regular-season matches in Byrnes' two seasons in 1998 and 1999, including the inaugural South Division regular-season title. Byrnes represented Eastern as its only All-NEWLA selection in both 1998 and 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Hockey: Locals Sink Western, 1-0

Bethel natives Osiecki, Mullen lead Warriors to Little East victory

osiecki72dpi_2624.jpgDANBURY, Conn. - There remains a very good chance that Wednesday night's  1-0 Little East Conference field hockey win may not be enough to get Eastern Connecticut State University into the conference playoffs.

At right: Morgan Osiecki

There is also a very good chance that if Western Connecticut State University does not qualify, either, then the Colonials will look back on their loss to the Warriors as a major reason.

With a chance to move into a share of sixth place with a win over Eastern (5-10, 2-7 Little East), Western  (5-9, 3-6 Little East) instead fell into a three-way tie for seventh, with two conference matches remaining. The triumph leaves the Warriors in a two-way tie for tenth place. The top eight teams in the 12-team loop will compete in the conference playoffs, which get underway Oct. 30 with first-round matches.

Eastern's victory Wednesday at the Westside Athletic Complex was orchestrated by junior Morgan Osiecki (Bethel)  and sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel), who played their high school field hockey eight minutes from Western's campus.

Osiecki, starting at midfield in place of injured senior Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor), scored her first career goal with eight minutes left, and Mullen recorded her third shutout of the season in net by making three saves.

The only goal of the match came off senior forward Hannah Collier's (Watertown) team-leading fifth assist of the year - equalling the fifth-most in a season in program history.

It was the sixth one-goal decision in the last seven meetings in this series. Eastern snaps a three-game losing streak against Western with its third victory over the Colonials in four tries in this series on Western's home field.

Eastern hosts Worcester State University Saturday at noon and later closes out its conference regular season a week from Saturday by hosting Bridgewater State University on Seniors' Day. Worcester is winless in the conference and Bridgewater is 8-1, a game back of leader Massachusetts Dartmouth.

 

M-Soccer: Eastern Prevails over CGA, 1-0

Furman  posts 15th career game-winning goal; Munsell extends streak 

furman_72_0984.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn.-- There were three completely unsurprising events when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team visited the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a non-conference match Wednesday night.

And all three favored the Warriors.

At left: Matt Furman

The first: senior forward Matt Furman (Montville) scored another game-winning goal; the second: senior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) notched another shutout, and the third: the teams combined for exactly one goal.

In the game, Furman scored his15th career game-winning goal, Munsell extended his  scoreless streak to 343 consecutive minutes with his third straight shutout, and the winning team won by a 1-0 score for the 12th time in the last 18 meetings between the programs.

Ranked fourth in New England and No. 25 nationally, Eastern (13-0-1) remained one of seven unbeaten teams in the NSCAA Top 25 - one of only two not among the national Top 10 among unbeaten teams. Coast Guard (9-4-1) lost for the first time in its last eight outings, having won six and tied one of its previous seven.

Furman scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute  on an assist from sophomore back Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) as the Warriors prevailed in the traditional 1-0 decision against Coast Guard in a series which has seen 12 such final scores in the last 18 meetings between the programs. Eastern won for the fourth time over the Bears and for the fifth time in the last six meetings.

Anticipating an offside call, the Coast Guard defense and sophomore goaltender Richie Burns let up, but it never came and Furman scored his 12th goal of the season,  37th of his 71-game career on the Warriors' only recorded shot of the half. The two points moved Furman within seven  of becoming the fourth 100-point scorer in program history.

Coast Guard had its best opportunity in the opening half when junior Matt Epperly hit the crossbar from 25 yards out in the 24th minute, and Coast Guard junior John Rendon almost tied the game in the 62nd minute when classmate Joe Bodzewski's shot ricocheted off Rendon, but Munsell made the stop at the post.

Munsell, who has logged 342 minutes and 44 seconds without allowing goal, made a sprawling save off a shot by freshman Alexander Lane with 1:30 left in the first half to preserve Eastern's halftime lead.

Eastern had the first chance in the second half and again it was Furman, but this time Burns made a sliding save just over 11 minutes into the second half.

The Bears had a pair of late opportunities late in the game, but Epperly misfired, sending his shot over the goal, from eight yards out with 12:15 left, and freshman Lukas Benedetto blasted a shot high-and-wide from six yards away with seven minutes left.

The shutout was the third straight, seventh in 13 starts this year and ninth in 18 career starts for Munsell, who lowered his season goals-against average to 0.58 and career mark to 0.52.

Eying the third undefeated regular season in program history, Eastern has three regular-season matches remaining. Eastern hosts the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference game, visits Babson (ranked No. 8 in New England) Sunday, and hosts conference unbeaten Massachusetts Dartmouth a week from Saturday on Seniors' Day.

W-Soccer: Eastern Ties Trinity in OT, 2-2

Wallace has goal and assist in Warriors' non-conference draw 

wallace 72_2749.jpgHARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) moved into third place all-time -- three behind the all-time leader -- with her 27th career assist and also scored a go-ahead goal as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team played Trinity College to a 2-2 double-overtime non-conference draw Wednesday afternoon.

Wallace set up Eastern (6-6-2) senior forward Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) seventh goal of the season in the fifth minute to give the Warriors an early lead but Trinity tied the match twice as the teams played to a tie for the fourth time in the last seven years and for the seventh time in this 18-game series.

At left: Kelly Wallace

Senior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) allowed both goals and made seven saves, and sophomore Rachel Skelton (East Lyme) made three saves, two coming on close-range shots early in overtime. Marchitto's goal - which was set up by Wallace and by a shot crossing pass from sophomore back Whitney Mantel (Stamford) -- moved her to within five points of becoming the third player in the program's 27-year history with 100. It was the first point of the season and second in the career of Mantel.

Eastern ended a two-game losing streak.

Freshmen Abbey Lake and Kelsey Thomas scored goals for Trinity, which extended its winless streak to three (0-2-1).

Thomas scored the first Bantam goal on a direct kick that sailed just over MacLeod's head and just under the cross bar in the 26th minute, but Wallace returned the favor with an almost identical shot off the same situation seven minutes later to give Eastern the lead for the second time. 

Trailing 2-1 at the break, Trinity tied the game in the 55th minute when Lake came up with the ball that had come free from MacLeod and quickly fired into net for her ninth goal in ten games. 

Trinity (4-6-1) sophomore midfielder Elisa Dolan accounted for the closest near miss of the game with just under six minutes left in the first half, nailing the cross bar with a shot from left corner of the box.

Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 3 p.m.

 

 


 

Little East: Wilson, Munsell Recognized

  Wilson repeats in w-volleyball; Munsell first-time honoree in m-soccer

munsellwes72_4482.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University seniors Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) and Jordan Munsell (Waterford) have been recognized for their contrasting contributions to their respective programd by the Little East Conference in its weekly award program for the week of Oct. 8-14.

A 6-foot-2 inch middle hitter, Wilson repeated as LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year in women's volleyball while Munsell was honored as the Defensive Player-of-the-Year in men's soccer. Last week, Wilson became the first player from the program to be named the LEC's top offensive player for the first time in six years. Munsell was cited with a weekly honor today for the first time in his career.

Wilson led Eastern to two conference wins and an overall 3-0 record as the Warriors returned to the .500 mark (11-11) for the first time in a month. In 11 sets, Wilson averaged 5.36 kills with a .442 attack percentage. On 43 serves, she had a .977 percentage and four service aces. Wilson totaled 69.0 points on the week, well over twice as many as her nearest teammate, with a career-high 31.5 points and 29 kills coming against Rhode Island.

wilsonhenry72_2013.jpgAgainst the University of Southern Maine Saturday when the Warriors won their second straight conference match after three losses, Wilson  had 13 kills with a .722 attack percentage.

In five LEC matches this year, Wilson is attacking at .310 with an average of 4.44 kills and a .962 serve percentage and has totaled 80.5 points.

Eastern volleyball visits Mitchell College Thursday at 6 p.m.

A first-year starter in goal, Munsell is the conference leader in goals-against average and shutouts didn't allow a goal in two starts in a 2-0-0 week to lower his GAA to 0.62 and give him six shutouts in 12 starts and improve his save percentage to .833.

Munsell made five saves in 90 minutes against Wesleyan, ranked fifth in New England. In his last five starts, Munsell  has a 0.40 GAA and .889 save percentage. Munsell has given up goals in only five of 12 starts and one or less in 11 of 12 starts.

Now 12-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the LEC, Eastern is ranked No. 4 in New England and No. 25 nationally and visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 


 

W-Volleyball: Warriors Regain .500 Mark

Against Southern Maine and UNE, Warriors register two significant wins

bourne_72_4134.jpgBIDDEFORD, Maine -- The  Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team attained two significant accomplishments Saturday, and because of that, it has returned to the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month.

At right: Danielle Bourne

In the first of two matches at the University of New England, Eastern (11-11, 2-3 LEC)  won its second straight Little East Conference match in four days with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-11 decision over the University of Southern Maine (8-15, 0-5 Little East). Later, the Warriors avenged a tight four-set loss to host New England  a week ago with a tight four-set win this time, 26-24, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19.

With the second victory of the day - perhaps not quite as significant as the first - Eastern is back at .500 for the first time since it was 5-5 on Sept. 15.  Since falling to a season-worst 5-9 three weeks ago, Eastern has won six of eight. By improving to 13-1 all-time against Southern Maine, the Warriors upped their record to 7-2 against neutral-site opponents in 2012.

On the afternoon, senior Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA)  continued her superb all-around play this year with  30 kills,  a .448 attack percentage., 20 digs, five blocks, three service aces, and 37.5 total points. In the last ten matches, Wilson is averaging 4.61 kills per set on a .346 attack percentage, with 23 service aces, a .935 reception percentage, 27 blocks and an average of 3.31 digs.

Saturday, senior Danielle Bourne (Branford) collected 20 kills with a .319 attack percentage and added two service aces. Sophomore transfer Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls), who missed the first half of the season with injury, added 38 assists and ten digs, sophomore Allie Henry (Middletown) contributing  24 assists and 11 digs, junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) 30 digs, a .907 reception percentage on 43 reception attempts, and three service aces, and freshman Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) ten digs and five service aces.

Against New England, Wilson registered 17 of the team's 44 kills, with five blocks and 11 digs, while  Bourne and junior Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) chipped in nine kills each, with Bourne attacking at .308.

Against UNE, Miller came up with 16 digs and served three aces and Patrizi was credited with 20 assists.  The Warriors commited only three reception errors and accumulated nine points on service aces.

Eastern visits Mitchell College Thursday at 6 p.m. before hosting the 32nd Annual Crabtree Classic next weekend at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Eastern Conn. 3, Southern Maine 0

Southern Maine (8-15, 0-5 Little East)    15   10    11
Eastern Conn. (10-11, 2-3 Little East)     25   25    25

Eastern Conn. 3, U. of New England 1

Eastern Conn. (11-11)  26    25    19    25
New England (11-6)      24    16    25   19

 

Field Hockey: Keene Pulls Away in LEC, 7-2

Ten-time Little East regular-season champs break from one-goal lead

keiser72dpi_4657.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -  Keene State College  scored four goals in  a span of 15 minutes to defeat Eastern Connecticut State University for the 11th straight time in a 7-2 Little East Conference verdict Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Freshman Hannah Keiser (10) and senior Rochelle Normandin (27) head upfield in the second half Saturday against Keene State. (Krysta Valerio photo).

 Eastern (4-10, 1-7 LEC) had cut Keene's (10-6, 7-1 LEC) lead to one with goals from freshmen Laura Chicorka (Enfield) and Hannah Keiser (Danbury) four minutes apart late in the first half, but the Owls answered by regaining the momentum with a goal before halftime and added  three  in the first 11 minutes of the second half to pull away.

Having won or shared ten LEC regular-season titles, Keene moved into a two-way tie for second place in the conference with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In a meeting of previously undefeated LEC unbeatens, UMass Dartmouth erased an early 2-0 deficit to tie the match before halftime and win it with one second left in regulation, 4-3.

Freshman Lyndsie Rabenius scored two goals on 11 shots for Keene, with Katlyn Simula also scoring two and Kalin Billert adding her 16th goal of the season - second-most in the conference -- and two assists.

Sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel) made 13 saves for Eastern, while  sophomore Caitlin Davino-Draper stopped three shots over the first 52 minutes to gain credit for the win for Keene.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University (3-5 LEC) Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first of four remaining regular-season matches.

 

W-Soccer: UMass Emerges Unscathed, 1-0

 In battle of Little East unbeatens, Beacons post first win over Warriors

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At right: Eastern senior Rachel Cutler (14) and UMass's Sam Cristoforo vie for a loose ball Saturday. (Liz Cutler photo).

BOSTON  - Since losing the first 13 games in this series against the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team - 11 by shutout - the University of Massachusetts Boston has played competitively, but without a win.

Until Saturday.

In a battle of the two remaining Little East Conference teams, UMass  (13-1-0, 5-0-0 LEC) got a late goal from LEC scoring leader Krista Ledin -- her 16th of the season -- with ten minutes left as the Beacons outshot the Warriors, 20-6, and did not allow a corner kick in a  key 1-0 victory.

Massachusetts Boston, which made its first appearance ever in the NSCAA regional rankings last Monday at No. 10 -- defeated Eastern (6-6-1, 4-1-0 LEC) for the first time ever after 16 losses and two ties. The Beacons were  winless (0-6-1) in conference play five years ago but had battled an undefeated Eastern team to a 1-1 overtime draw in the LEC playoffs two years ago, advancing past the Warriors on penalty kicks.

Eastern, which has lost two straight for the first time this year, drops  into a two-way tie for second place in the conference with Massachusetts Dartmouth, a team which it will visit on the final day of the regular season in two weeks UMass faces seven-time LEC playoff champion Western Connecticut this coming Saturday.

The shutout was the fourth in five conference matches for UMass, which has outscored LEC opponents, 13-1. Earlier, the Beacons swamped Keene State (5-0), one of the top three programs in LEC women's soccer history..

Senior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made nine save for Eastern UMass got five saves from Kristen Spain, who recorded her sixth shutout in 13 starts.

Ledin and teammate Tayla Andrews - ranked 1-2 in the conference in scoring - evenly split 14 of their team's shot, putting seven on net. Andrews was held scoreless, although her give-and-go pass set up Ledin's goal, which was partially deflected by MacLeod.

The top two finishers in the LEC regular-season standings are awarded first-round byes in the six-team playoffs which get underway with first-round matches Oct. 30.

Eastern visits Trinity College  in a non-conference match Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

 

M-Soccer: Eastern Crushes Beacons, 7-0

With LEC win over UMass Boston, No. 25 Warriors (12-0-1) still unbeaten

By Brendan Driscoll/Sports Information Staff

radlbeckumb72dpi_4663.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team struck early and often Saturday afternoon at Nevers Field against the University of Massachusetts Boston in a dominating 7-0 Little East Conference victory. It was the most goals scored by one team in this 26-game series.

At right: Eastern defender Mike Radlbeck (20) gets a head up on a UMass opponent in the second half of Saturday's 7-0 LEC victory. (Krysta Valerio photo)

Ranked No. 4 in New England and No. 25 nationally, Eastern (12-0-1, 4-0-1 Little East) Eastern remained two points behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Little East Conference with its 13th straight victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston (3-9-2, 0-5-0 Little East).  UMass Dartmouth defeated the University of Southern Maine in overtime to move to 5-0-0 in the LEC with two regular-season matches remaining.

The Warriors entered the week as one of 11 teams in the NSCAA Division III national rankings with unbeaten records.

Nine different players contributed a goal or assist for Eastern, led by LEC scoring leader Matt Furman (Montville) and Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) with two goals each. Christopher Giustina (Enfield) assisted on the first two goals and freshman Nicholas Carreira (Rocky Hill) came off the bench for his first career point with an assist on the final goal.

Eastern scored its first goal just 4:07 into the game when Power scored off an assist from Giustina. Giustina sent in a great cross right to the foot Power who blew it right past UMass keeper Bryce Menard.

While only up 1-0 Eastern's defense helped protect the lead. On a UMass  possession in the 13th minute, Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook) and Jordan Clark (Manchester) blocked back to back shot attempts to protect the net and the lead.

After that big defensive stop, Eastern extended the lead at the 22- minute mark. Off of a corner kick by Giustina, Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) knocked in the second goal while in the box.

Just twelve minutes later, Eastern extended the lead to 3-0 on Furman's conference- leading tenth goal of the season - giving him a season-high in his career.  The play started off on a great lead pass from freshman Timothy Jennison (Coventry) that led Furman perfectly. Furman beat the keeper on the ground, putting the ball just inside the far left post.

After finishing the first half with a three-goal lead, Eastern continued to pad its lead. Just five minutes into the second half, Furman scored his 11th goal - 36th of his 70-game career -- and second of the game thanks to an assist from Cory Tobler (Portland) off a two-on one-opportunity.

Power contributed his second goal in the 55th minute off a great run down the right sideline before he cut the ball into the middle to beat the keeper. The assist came from Radlbeck.

Eastern scored its sixth goal in the 78th minute when Jennison scored of an assist from Zach Kice (Denver, CO). Kice then added Eastern's seventh and final goal - his first of the year -- in the 80th minute on an assist from freshman Carreira.

Senior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) and freshman Jeremy Battye (Reading,MA) combined on the team's seventh shutout, Munsell making the only saves (two) over the first 67+ minutes.

Since going scoreless in the first four matches of the year, Furman has at least one point in five straight matches and in eight of the last nine.  Giustina's two assists give him a conference-leading seven this year.

Eastern visits U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Swim: Captains Leading Warriors in 12-13

 

captains72_4516.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team wrapped up its second week of pre-season training in preparation for the start of its 17th intercollegiate season next Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Saint Joseph (CT) College Pentathlon. Among the team's 13 letterwinners are captains (from left) Michelle Schapp of Torrington, Marissa Colley of East Haven, both juniors, and senior Julie Pietrycha of Newington. The Warriors set a  season record last year for regular-season winning percentage (.889) en route to an overall 8-1 record. Eastern has won 40 and lost 12 dual meets over the past five seasons with a Top 10 finish in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association  Championships. The Warriors are under the direction of 17th-year head coach Maureen Fahey (119-70 record) and assistant coaches Amy Golas '03, in her ninth year, and Bill Hassell, in his 8th season.

E-Club Hall of Fame: Cunningham Tabbed

Two-sport star remains volleyball's only four-time all-region pick

HallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgCunninghamMichelle72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn.- The most prolific setter in Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball history who also earned All-America honors at third base with the softball program, Michelle Cunningham has been selected for induction into the E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection chairman Scott Smith.

A four-year volleyball and three-year softball starter and letterwinner between 1995 and 1998, Cunningham is the only four-time all-region selection in the volleyball program's history, and compiled the third-highest batting average in a season en route to second-team NFCA All-America softball honors as  a junior in 1998

Previously announced as members of the E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2012 were right-handed pitcher Scott Chiasson, the closer to the 1998 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team who went on to pitch in the major leagues; right-handed pitcher Donna Poyant, a freshman on the 1990 NCAA Division III national softball championship team who helped the Warriors to three regional titles and spots in the national tournament championship round twice; and right-handed pitcher Norm Worthington, a 20-game winner and member of the 1990 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team.

The 19th E-Club Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at noon in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in the Student Center. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

The 5-foot-8 inch Cunningham amassed a current program-record 4,206 assists in volleyball- 1,400 more than her nearest competitor- in helping the Warriors to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, the first four titles in Little East Conference tournament history, and the first LEC regular-season title contested.

cunningham action_2527USE.JPGIn addition to becoming the only four-time all-region selection in the volleyball program's 37-year history, Cunningham was also a four-time All-New England pick by the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) - earning first-team honors as a junior and senior - and left the program as the New England leader in career assists. As a freshman, she was named NEWBA Rookie-of-the-Year and to the all-tournament team at the first LEC tournament. In her career, Cunningham was voted to all-tournament teams a total of 22 teams.

As a senior volleyball captain in the fall of 1998, the Barnstable, MA native enjoyed unparalleled success. She was voted Player-of-the-Year in the first LEC awards balloting, as well as MVP of the LEC tournament in leading the Warriors to the first LEC regular-season title with a perfect 7-0 record. That year, she set a season record for assists (1,220) for the second straight year-a mark which stood up until 2006. The LEC leader that year with an average of 10.25 assists per game, Cunningham was named either MVP or to the all-tournament team in all seven of the team's regular-season tournaments.

The catalyst for four straight LEC tournament titles and a perfect 11-0 tournament record in that span, Cunningham led the volleyball team to an overall .810 winning percentage (34-8) and a first-round NCAA tournament sweep of Middlebury College (avenging a loss to the Panthers in the final of the Eastern Invitational). That year, Eastern captured two in-season invitational titles, was twice ranked nationally in the AVCA national poll after getting off to a 16-1 start, and lost as many as two straight matches only once.

In softball, Cunningham was twice named to the All-LEC team, gaining first-team honors in 1998. She compiled a career .371 batting average - the highest average to that point in program history- and totaled 248 assists- the sixth-most to that point in program history. In three years, Cunningham led the team in 13 different categories at least once in a season. Twice, she was the team leader in RBI, triples, total bases, slugging and assists.

In her final softball season in 1998, Cunningham led the Warriors to the NCAA tournament by batting a team-leading .438 with season records to that point in program history in doubles (15) and on-base percentage (.534) en route to the first-team All-New England and second-team All-America accolades. As the team's No. 3 hitter in the order that year, she hit safely in 22 of the final 25 games of her career and struck out only three times in 131 plate appearances during the season. She also topped all Eastern players that year in runs, hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and assists and collected two or more hits 11 times. In the first-ever LEC tournament that year, Cunningham was selected to the all-tournament team at third base.

As one of nine freshmen on the 1996 softball team under first-year head coach Cynthia Walz, Cunningham started 37 of the team's 38 games and batted .351, leading the club in five individual categories, including RBI and total bases.

Despite appearing in only 112 career softball games and compiling only 310 at-bats, Cunningham today still ranks among the all-time Top 10 in doubles (tied for second/35), slugging (third/.590), batting average (fourth), home runs (tied for tenth/5) and assists (tenth).

Cunningham holds a B.A. Degree in Visual Arts and formerly coached three sports at Randolph College. She is currently employed as a Senior Loss Prevention Manager for J.C. Penney and serves in the Connecticut Army National Guard as a 1st Lt. and commanding officer with the HHD 118th Multifunctional Medical Battalion. She resides in Warwick, RI.

Men's Lacrosse: Playing for Cancer Cure

huddle mlax72_7172.jpg ribbon.jpgSPRINGFIELD, MASS. --This past weekend, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse program teamed with Western New England University and Skidmore College to raise $1,000 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Western New England hosted  Eastern and Skidmore  for a pair of exhibition games  Saturday during its non-traditional fall season, in conjunction with promoting the Lacrosse vs. Cancer event.

During the day, the teams wore purple Lacrosse vs. Cancer T-shirts to show their support for the cause and to help raise awareness of this devastating disease.  All three teams have been participating in independent fundraising events throughout the fall in order to bring a donation collectively to this weekend's event.  These donations will be presented by Western New England to the American Cancer Society next spring at the Flower City Cup, a Coaches vs. Cancer event. The Flower City Cup will be held in Rochester, N.Y., during the 2013 spring break and will include 24 lacrosse teams that have conducted fundraising campaigns to- date to make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

"This was a great event that Coach Klepacki and Western New England University spearheaded," noted sixth-year Eastern head coach Justin Axel. "When we were invited to the event we were extremely excited as it lined up with our current goals and mission with the Books for Breast Cancer initiative."

The fundraising event does indeed kick off the Eastern men's lacrosse program's Books for Breast Cancer initiative. Books for Breast Cancer is a grassroots effort that will be led by student-athletes to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.  Money will be raised by asking college students, at the end of each semester, to donate one gently used textbook at a Just 1 Event.  We realize textbooks are a major expense for a college education and selling these books helps defray that cost, so we will be asking for Just 1.  Funds are raised through the sale of these books by the KSAC Foundation.

The men's lacrosse program will allocate 25 percent of funds raised to go toward helping current breast cancer patients with uncovered medical costs.  Eastern works with several outreach programs to identify these individuals.  The other 75 percent of funds raised is earmarked for individuals or agencies who are applying for grants in an effort to research a cure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Country: Warriors' Times Dropping

At NE Open at Stanley Park, many runners submit personal-best times

By Brendan Driscoll/Sports Information Staff

palasky_723464.jpgWESTFIELD, Mass. - Junior Alexa Palasky (Griswold) and sophomore Austin Baldour (Newtown) recorded personal records for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's cross country teams at the New England Open Championships Sunday at Stanley Park.

At left: Alexa Palasky (center)

In a meet in which Division III athletes competed with those from Division I and II, several Eastern runners recorded their best times of the season, despite the fact that the course was challenging.

The 5,000 (women) and 8,000 (men) meter courses both began in an open field leading to woods, which contained a narrow path. This path may have slowed runners due to the amount of roots and rocks, which lead to careful stepping the runners. The course also contained a significant steep hill that the women had to handle once at the 2.5-mile mark and the men had to run twice at the 3 and 4.5-mile marks (Eastern will also run this Oct. 27 at the Little East Conference Championships and Nov. 10 at the NCAA Division III national qualifier).

Women's team runs as a unit

The women's team ran as a tight pack throughout the race. The five scoring runners all finished within 57 seconds of each other. The women's team placed 35th in the 38-team field, which was comprised of 251 runners. According to head coach Kathy Manizza, Palasky had a breakthrough race as Eastern's second runner, recording a personal record time of 20:24. She recorded this time not knowing that she had bronchitis for the race.

The fact that the women's team ran in a pack helped throughout the race for Palasky who admitted that "running so close to my team definitely helped me relax and settle into the pace." She also added that at the 1.5 mile mark, a teammate began to break away from the group so her competitive nature made her try to stay with her. Palasky also hopes to improve her personal record in upcoming races this season. She hopes to stay healthy the rest of the season and with two more races at Stanley Park in the next month, she feels that better times are definitely possible.

Junibaldour_723760.jpgor Katie France (Portland) finished first for Eastern with a time of 20:19, improving her time by 34 seconds from her previous run on this course last year. Another runner who recorded a personal record was freshman Kylie McCartney (Manchester) who was the third runner for Eastern with a time of 20:29, just 10 seconds behind France. Eastern's No. 4 runner was senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) with a time of 21:03, while freshman Courtney Magario (Voluntown) clocked a time of 21:16 as the team's fifth and final scoring runner.

At left: Austin Baldour

Klein nets best time of 2012

In the men's field of 37 teams, Eastern finished  35th. Sophomore Lee Cattanach (New London) was Eastern's first runner with a time of 26:37, finishing 163rd in the 261 person field. This time was a little slower than Cattanach's time at the UMass Dartmouth meet due to the more difficult course layout. Sophomore David Klein (New Milford) recorded his best time of the season, finishing with a time of 27:54. Baldour ran for the first time this season due to an early-season injury. He recorded a personal record time of 28:23. Junior Evan Glaude (East Hampton) was Eastern's No. 4 runner with a time of 29:19 scoring 239 points and Kyle Shaw (Lebanon), a sophomore, was the fifth runner with a time of 30:54.

Even though the men's and women's teams did not score well in this ultra-competitive field, numerous runners ran well individually. The meet was a good experience for the team because it competed against some of the best teams at all levels in New England. Division I teams claimed the top four team places in both the men's and women's races Sunday, with Dartmouth winning the men's face and Boston College the women's race.

Manizza is confident the team is just going to get better and better throughout the season. Also the team will run this course two more times during the season, so it will be interesting to see the improvement over the next few meets.

The next meet for the Eastern cross country team will be Friday, October 19th at the Central Connecticut State University Mini-Meet in New Britain.

 


 

M-Soccer: Defense Shines in 1-0 Victory

 Warriors deny Wesleyan, remain undefeated with non-conference win

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Goalkeeper Jordan Munsell reaches to make a second-half save Wednesday while surrounded by teammates (from left) Conal Koppisch (5), Luke Capezzone (4), Christopher Giustina (14) and Tom Vear (22)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior goalkeeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) was in the right place at the right time all day Wednesday afternoon, and largely for that reason, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak at the hands of Wesleyan University, 1-0, at Thomas Nevers Field.

In a battle of teams ranked in the top five in New England, fourth-ranked Eastern (11-0-1) remained undefeated despite being outshot by a 26-3 margin -- including 13-0 in the second half - in downing fifth-ranked Wesleyan (7-2-2) in the first meeting between the programs since 2003. The Warriors' last win over Wesleyan prior to Wednesday came in a 2-1 road win in 1999.

demowes72_4413.jpgA first-year starter, Munsell made five key saves and received plenty of help from a busy defense led by  senior Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and junior Christopher Giustina (Enfield).

At left: Sophomore back Nicholas Demo (18) defends against Wesleyan's Rory O'Neill in the first half of Wednesday's 1-0 victory at Nevers Field. (Courtney Weber photo)  

Senior forward Matt Furman's (Montville) team-leading ninth goal of the season in the eighth minute -the 34th goal of Furman's career - broke Wesleyan's streak of 501 scoreless minutes and stood up despite the final lopsided (26-3) shot differential.  It was only the fourth goal allowed this season by Wesleyan, which had recorded five straight shutouts after a 1-1 overtime tie at Framingham State September 19.

Furman, the Little East Conference leader in points and goals, drove a hard shot from 12 yards under the cross bar on a headed pass from senior forward Cory Tobler (Portland). The play originated with a long serve in the box. In traffic, the ball skimmed off Tobler's head and was redirected to a charging Furman, who blasted the ball past Wesleyan senior keeper Adam Purdy.

Munsell made four of his saves on perfectly-positioned dives at the post, with perhaps the best one coming with 6:32 remaining on a 22-yard free kick off the foot of Wesleyan senior midfielder Chris Kuehn.

Wesleyan began exerting heavy pressure at about the midway point of the second half, pinning the Warriors in their defensive end for long stretches.  Senior midfielder Ian Waldron had several opportunities from in close in the second half, one being deflected wide of the left post and one being smothered by Munsell.

The Cardinals relied upon long serves from freshman left midfielder Brandon Sousa  to create a number of opportunities in the second half. Munsell hustled off his line to punch out Sousa's long free kick with 22 minutes left, and three minutes later, left his feet to snare Sousa's chip at the right post.

With 15 minutes left, Munsell again left his feet to grab senior midfielder Rory O'Neill's bid from inside the box, and his stop of Kuehn's free kick with 6:32 left snuffed out the Cardinals' last serious attempt at forcing overtime.

Munsell, who had started only five matches through his first three seasons, lowered his goals-against average to 0.66 and raised his save percentage to .826 with his sixth shutout in 11 starts this season.

Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nevers Field.

 

 


 

W-Volleyball: Wilson (29 Kills) Leads Win

In LEC victory, four sets are decided by ten total points

wilsonhenry72_2013.jpgPROVIDENCE,  R.I. - Dethroning Massachusetts Boston senior All-America Shannon Thompson as the 2012 Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-year may be a nearly impossible task, but Eastern Connecticut State University 6-foot-2 inch senior middle hitter  Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) is making things interesting.

At left: Katie Wilson (13) and Allie Henry (Photo by Courtney Weber).

Wilson, last week's LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week,  had a career-high 29 kills to lead the Warriors to a thrilling four-set triumph over Rhode Island College Tuesday night at the Murray Center.

The four sets were decided by a total of ten points, Eastern (9-11, 1-3 LEC) emerging with three straight victories after dropping the opener. Scores were 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-22.

Eastern has beaten Rhode Island (8-12, 1-3 LEC) the last four times the programs have met, twice in sweeps in 2011 and twice in four sets this season.

In four conference matches this season, Wilson is averaging 4.46 kills with a .261 attack percentage. She has a .978 serving percentage, is averaging 3.00 digs and has totaled eight blocks. Her 66.5 points (kills, aces and blocks) in 13 conference sets are 29 more than her nearest teammate.

Rhode Island edged the Warriors in the first set of the night, 25-22, and quickly jumped out to an early lead in the second set. However, despite leading by as many as seven, RIC watched a 13-6 advantage disappear as Eastern came back to take a 22-21 lead and eventually took the set, 25-23.

After falling behind early in the third set, the Anchorwomen stormed back to take an 18-14 lead. Yet, after surging back to force a 25-25 tie, Eastern Connecticut recorded the final two points of the set to come out on top, 27-25.

In a back and forth set that featured seven ties and four lead changes, the Warriors eventually edged the Anchorwomen, 25-22, in the fourth and final set to pull out their first LEC victory of the season.

Wilson led the charge for the visitors with 29 kills, ten digs and two blocks, while hitting .436 along the way. Junior outside hitter Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) recorded 13 kills, while sophomore setters Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) and Allie Henry (Middletown) each handed out 22 assists.

Senior setter Jessica Ho dished out 47 assists in the loss, while senior outside hitter Breanna Boyer tallied 11 kills, nine digs, and two aces. Freshman right side hitter Lauren Palazzini and freshman middle hitter Adriana Ambari each registered 11 kills, while freshman libero Jasmyn Starr chipped in with a match-high 17 digs to go along with four aces.

Eastern faces the University of Southern Maine in a conference match Saturday at 11 a.m. before squaring off against the University of New England at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at New England.

 

 

 

Field Hockey: Warriors Bust Out, 4-1

Warriors strike for two late insurance goals to post 4-1 victory

gawronlasell72dpi_3866.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore forward Deisy Naranjo (Washington Heights, NY) scored her team-leading seventh and eighth goals of the season and freshmen forwards Marinna Emond (Seekonk, MA) and Laura Chicorka (Enfield) recorded their first career goals when the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team downed Lasell College, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Junior back Kelly Gawron (Cristina Danielson photo)

Eastern's (4-9) seventh victory over Lasell (4-9) in this eight-game series snaps a five-game losing streak for the Warriors, who scored a season-high goal total to end a string of four straight shutout losses.

Lasell, which has lost five of its last six, cut Eastern's lead in half when team scoring leader Kate Fabri notched her sixth goal of the season midway through the second half. Naranjo answered with her eighth goal of the season and Chicorka with her first in a span of less than a minute less than ten minutes later to provide Eastern with insurance.

After Fabri's goal gave the visitors late lift, Eastern countered by applying offensive pressure until Naranjo converted to make it 3-1. After the Lasers' goal, the Warriors collected five shots and three penalty corners over a four-minute span, capped by Naranjo's insurance goal. Chicorka set up that goal which made it 3-1 in the 65th minute with a blast from the left side that was blocked, but Naranjo was stationed at the left post to knock it in.

Naranjo's eight goals represent the fifth-most in a season in program history, four behind Sharon Kilpatrick's 2001 season record.

Lasell amassed 11 penalty corners but was unable to turn any of them into goals.

Sophomore goalie Olivia Mullen ( Bethel) made four saves for Eastern and Lasell freshman Cassie Aviles nine, seven coming in the second half.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at noon in a Little East Conference match.

W-Soccer: Warriors Can't Crack Amherst

Lord Jeffs get four goals and two assists off bench in 5-2 victory

buchanaAC72_4159.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Amherst College soccer team withstood an early Eastern Connecticut State University goal and a late bid to force overtime and went on to a 5-2 non-conference victory Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Senior forward Taylor Buchanan moves the ball against Amherst in the first half Tuesday night. (Cassie DeCourcey photo)

Ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 12 in Division III, Amherst (7-1-1) defeated Eastern (6-5-1) for the fifth time in the last six meetings by scoring twice in a span of three minutes late in the contest after Eastern senior Chelsea Downer's (Colchester) seventh goal of the season had pulled the Warriors to within 3-2 with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Amherst, which won its first 20 matches last year before being eliminated in the NCAA tournament, turned to a deep bench which accounted for four goals and two assists.

Senior Daniela Marchitto's (Orange) sixth goal of the season in the 20th minute lifted Eastern into an early lead, but the Lord Jeffs got a goal and assist each from senior  All-America midfielder Kathryn Nathan and junior forward Chloe McKenzie to move out to a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes left in the match.

McKenzie scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season  in 19 minutes off the bench and Nathan contributed her third goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1 six minutes before halftime, then assisted on junior midfielder Kate Sisk's first goal of the season that put the visitors up for good, 2-1, with two minutes left in the first half and on junior forward Sarah Duffy's third goal of the year that completed the scoring with 2:27 left.

The Warriors were limited to two shots in the first half, both by Marchitto. Marchitto's left-footed low drive forced Amherst freshman keeper Holly Burwick to make a save at the right post 17 minutes into a scoreless match, but Marchitto followed two minutes later with her 39th career goal on passes from senior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) and forward Taylor Buchanan (Ellington)  to vault the Warriors into an early lead. Marchitto outran Amherst senior back Emily Little on the left flank and unloaded a high drive . Burwick leaped to get a hand on the ball but managed only to bat it into the cage.

Wallace gained her second assist of the night - the 25th of her career - when her cross from the end line carried untouched across the box to Downer, who one-timed the ball past Burwick from the far post to cut the visitor's lead to 3-2.

Eastern senior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made two saves and was charged with Amherst's first four goals.Burwick also stopped two shots for her seventh win.

After allowing only one goal through their first seven matches and rising to No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in New England, the Lord Jeffs surrendered two goals for the second straight match. The Warriors were attempting to win as many as two straight matches for the first time this year. Eastern was coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory  over Keene State College, getting the game-ending goal late in OT by Downer.

Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match against two conference unbeaten teams.

 

W-Volleyball: Wilson is LEC's Top O-Player

Middle hitter becomes Warriors' first such weekly honoree in six years

wilson action_72dpi_5789.jpgwilson_head_raw_0121.JPGNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior middle hitter Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) has become the first player in the program to be named Offensive Player-of-the-Week in the Little East Conference in six years.

In ten sets over three matches for the week ending Oct. 7, the 6-foot-2 Wilson led the Warriors with 51 kills, a .311 attack percentage, seven service aces and 47 serve attempts and totaled 66.5 points (the sum of kills, blocks and service aces).

In addition to her stellar offense, Wilson topped the Warriors with 12 blocks, 67 serve receives and a .955 reception percentage.

A 2009 graduate of Norwich Free Academy, Wilson set career-highs during the week with 24 kills and 29.5 points and tied her career-high with 31 reception attempts in a four-set loss to the University of New England, and amassed the second-most digs of her career with 21 in a three-set loss to Western Connecticut in a mid-week conference match.

A third-year player at Eastern after transferring from the Division II level, Wilson is the team leader in 2012 in kills (241), serves (292), reception attempts (297), blocks (49) and points (320.0).

In becoming the first Eastern player to be recognized by the conference this season, Wilson was honored by the LEC with a weekly award for the first time in her career. The program's last weekly honoree came in 2010, when current junior Erynn Miller (Stratford) was recognized as the LEC Rookie-of-the-Week twice.

An Eastern player was last recognized as LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week in 2006, when Emma Sousa earned the award three times and Priscilla Dougherty once. Eastern was the LEC regular-season and tournament champion that season.

Eastern visits Rhode Island College in at 6 p.m. conference match Tuesday.

 

W-XC: France Leads Warriors at NE Open

france72_3451.jpg Junior Katie France (above) led the Eastern Connecticut State University women's cross country team at the 100th New England Open Championships Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. France ran to a 202nd place finish in a field of 251 over the 5,000 meter course as Eastern recorded a 35th place finish in a field of 37 Division I, II and III institutions. Following France for the Warriors were junior Alexa Palasky (206th) , freshman Kylie McCartney (210th), senior Cora Gingras (227th) and freshman Courtney Magario (233rd).

Men's XC: Cattanach Paces Warriors

cattanach72_3746.jpgSophomore  Lee Cattanach crossed the finish line first for the Warriors Sunday at the 100th New England Open Men's Cross Country Championships over 8,000 meters at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. Cattanach was 163rd overall in a field of 261 and Eastern placed 35th in a 37-team field of Division I, II and III runners. Following Cattanach for Eastern was sophomores David Klein (222nd) and Austin Baldour (226th), first-year junior Evan Glaude (240th) and sophomore Kyle Shaw. (253rd).

M-Soccer: Warriors Will Take The Tie

Defending LEC champs remain unbeaten in conference following OT draw

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KEENE.N.H. -  For the first time in 11 matches this season, the No. 24 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team did not come off the field with a win.

At right: Senior keeper Jordan Munsell leads the conference in goals-against average, having allowed only eight all season.

But under the circumstances, the Warriors  can find satisfaction in Saturday's 1-1 overtime tie with Keene State College at the Owl Athletic Complex. While Eastern (10-0-1, 3-0-1 LEC) is still looking for its first win on Keene's (6-5-1, 2-1-1 LEC) home field since 1969, the Warriors are now 0-1-3 at Keene in their last four tries and improved their regular-season conference record to 29-5-5 under sixth-year head coach Greg DeVito following Saturday's 1-1 double-overtime Little East Conference verdict.

Entering play with a share of the LEC lead, Eastern drops two points behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which upped its LEC slate to 4-0-0 by scoring twice in the five minutes in the second half to nip the University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-3, Saturday at Boston.  

 In a re-match of last year's LEC playoff title match won by Eastern, 1-0, at home, Keene State  ended a three-game losing streak with the draw.

Both goals came within a five-minute span early in the first half.  A marked man all game, junior Scott Douglas netted the Owls' goal - his fourth of the year -- at the 30:14 mark. The goal was only the ninth given up by Eastern in 11 matches this season -- four fewer than its nearest conference competitor. 

Senior forward Cory Tobler (Portland) tied the game for ECSU five minutes later with his fifth goal of 2012. Keene junior goalie Malcolm Cheney made the initial stop on a shot by senior forward Matt Furman (Montville).  Tobler pounced on the rebound and slipped the ball into the open net for his conference-leading 18th point of the year.

Both team had scoring opportunities in regulation play.  Near the end of the first half, Senior Ian Ferguson bodied off Furman long enough to prevent a breakaway and allow Cheney to come up and get the ball.

The Warriors had a golden opportunity to win the game with 2:40 to play in the second overtime, but an unmarked  Furman had a shot that went just wide of the net.

Furman, Tobler and junior forward Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) all had five of Eastern's 20 shots and the Warriors also finished with a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Early in the second half, Douglas and senior Kyle Leavitt combined on a give-and-go.  Douglas' shot went just over the crossbar.  With 11:20 to play in regulation, Douglas ripped off a shot that hit the inside of the post and bounced out. 

Senior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) needed only saves on two of Keene's 13 shots.
Eastern Conn. , ranked fourth in New England, hosts Wesleyan Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Cardinals are rated No. 6 in the region.
            
            
           

 

 

 

 


 

Field Hockey: One Goal Sinks Eastern

                   In Little East setback, they are shut out for fourth straight time

fh defense72dpi_2765.jpgSALEM, Mass. - For the Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team, the difference betweeThe difference between qualifying for the Little East Conference playoffs  and watching from theslidline has usually come down to one match in its 11-match conference season.

At right: For the fourth time this year, Eastern's defense limited its opponent to less than two goals. From far left are Kelly Gawron, Rochelle Normandin, Sam Rossetti and Lauren DeLuca.

A case in point was Saturday's 1-0 conference loss to Salem State University, which kept Eastern (3-9, 1-6 LEC  in 11th place in the 12-team conference.  With a win over Salem (8-3, 4-3 LEC), the Warriors would have grabbed a piece of seventh place with four other teams. The top eight finishers in the regular season qualify for the LEC playoffs, which get underway with first-round matches Oct. 30.

Saturday, Lauren Pazdziorny scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year early in the second half, and Salem State withstood a late flurry by the Warriors to trim Eastern by one goal for the fifth time in its last seven victories over Eastern.

The Vikings snapped a two-game losing skid with the win, while Eastern failed to score for the fourth straight match.

The teams played to a draw after thirty-minutes of action with neither team generating much on the offensive end. The Vikings did control play in their zone for most of the period, but thanks to the Warriors' defense, they were unable to take advantage of any scoring chances.

The second half began with Salem State again controlling the tempo, and this time
Pazdziorny took advantage of a small opening and rifled a shot in from three yards
out at the 46:13 mark to put the Vikings up 1-0. The home team made the score stand-up until the final minute when Eastern's  Jessica Oliveira (Danbury) almost tied the score off a corner, but thanks to the efforts of Salem goalie Michaela Boye,  she was turned away
twice from point-blank range.

Eastern sophomore scoring leader Deisy Naranjo (Washington Heights, NY) returned to the lineup after sitting out three matches with an ankle sprain but was not credited with a shot.Sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel) made two saves for the Warriors, lowering
her goals-against average to 2.42. Six of Mullen's eight losses have come by
shutout.

Eastern hosts Lasell College Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Women's Volleyball: Split Decision

wilsonune72dpi_3281.jpgAt left: Katie Wilson dominated play in Saturday's split, collecting 37 kills with a .323 attack percentage, 26 digs, nine blocks, six service aces and compiling a .941 reception percentage on 51 attempts. (Cristina Danielson photo)

At Willimantic, Conn.

Eastern Conn. 3, Worcester State U. 0

Worcester State (9-7) 12 23 23
Eastern Conn. (8-10) 25 25 25

Set 1: Eastern led from the start.

Set 2: Brooke Curran and Samantha Browning had consecutive kills to snap a 23-23 tie,  Worcester led by a slim margin throughout the first half  before the Warriors took the lead for good by snapping a tie with three straight points for a 23-20 lead.  The Lancers countered with three straight points on a kill, Eastern attack error and Vicki O'Brien's only service ace of the match.

Set 3: For the second straight set, Eastern broke a 23-all tie on a kill by Katie Wilson and a match-ending service ace from  Browning. Worcester had tied the match for the sixth and final time on a  kill from Becky Lebel.

Eastern leaders:
Katie Wilson 11 digs, 4 blocks, 13 kills,  .393 attack pct., 4 service aces
Erynn Miller 10 digs
Nicki Gasch 4 blocks, 7 digs
Allie Henry 27 assists
Allie Luppi 8 digs

Worcester leaders:
Alyssa Jasper   10 kills, 17 digs
Megan Brown 7 kills
Amanda Lewis 13 digs, 22 assists

U. of New England 3, Worcester State U. 0

New England (9-5)  25 25 25
Worcester State (9-8) 19 14 16

Set 1: Worcester scored the first five points but the set was close until the Nor'easters used a 7-1 run to move out to a 21-14 lead Maria Kuehl and  Paige Curran sparked the run with a pair of kills each.

Set 2: New England raced to a 6-0 lead and was never headed. The Lancers got to as close as four points (14-10) before the Nor'easters reeled off the next five, two coming on two of their 12 service aces.

Set 3: New England never trailed after the first point and built a ten-point lead, 22-12 on a pair of mistakes by Worcester, which had 17 attack errors.

Worcester leaders:
Alyssa Jasper   6 kills
Becky Lebel  2 service aces
Kaylee Leduc  13 digs
Megan Brown  11 digs
Amanda Lewis 14 assists

New England leaders:
Maria Kuehl  28 assists, 10 digs
Paige Curran  12 kills, .706 attack pct., 3 blocks
Angie Brunette 10 kills
Kirsta Addie  17 rec. attempts with 0 errors, 11 digs
Leah Janelle  15 digs

U. of New England 3, Eastern Conn. 1

New England (10-5) 23 26 25 25
Eastern Conn. (8-11) 25 24 23 20

Set 1: Eastern never trailed after scoring ten of the first 12 points but needed to break a late tie by scoring the final two points on a pair of  UNE attack errors.

Set 2: New England avoided falling behind by two sets by wiping out an early 5-1 deficit and finally taking its first lead, 21-20, on a kill by Paige Curran. The Nor'easterns scored the final two points on a kill and a block solo by Angie Brunette.

Set 3: New England erased a quick 5-1 deficit again and trailed by a slim margin throughout before tying the set for the first time on an Eastern attack error and securing the win on Kirsta Adie's set-ending kill.

Set 4: The teams exchanged slim leads throughout until a match-ending 7-2 run by UNE snapped an 18-all tie.Maria Kuhel had a service ace to give her team a 20-18 lead and Paige Curran teamed with Jackie Stone for a block and Curran added a kill over that final spurt.

Eastern leaders:
Allie Luppi  26 digs, 2 service aces
Katie Wilson  15 digs, 5 blocks, 24 kills, .292 attack pct.
2 service aces, 31 reception attempts with 2 errors (.935)
Jess Patrizi  19 digs, 23 assists
Erynn Miller  17 digs, 2 service aces
Danielle Bourne 19 digs, 10 kills
Allie Henry  15 digs, 3 blocks, 17 assists
Brynna Kelly  3 blocks

New England leaders:
Maria Kuehl  27 digs, 38 assists, 3 service aces
Kirsta Adie  27 digs, 17 kills
Leah Janelle  23 digs, 14 kills
Jalene Kanayurak 11 digs
Jillian Goldstein  10 digs
Angie Brunette 3 blocks, 8 kills

 

 

W-Soccer: Eastern repeats overtime magic

Warriors walk off with LEC victory late in overtime for second time in a week

downerceleb72dpi_3197.jpgAbove: Chelsea Downer (2) and several of her closest friends celebrate her game-winning overtime goal against Keene State College Saturday at Thomas Nevers Field. Eastern remained unbeaten in the Little East Conference with the victory. (Cristina Danielson photo)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester) scored the game-winning goal late in overtime as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team remained undefeated in Little East Conference play with a 2-1 victory over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Eastern's (6-4-1, 4-0-0 LEC seventh straight home win over Keene (8-6-0, 2-2-0 LEC) snaps the Owls' seven-game winning streak and keeps the Warriors with a share of first place in the conference with the University of Massachusetts Boston, which knocked homestanding University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 2-1 victory Saturday.

downershotting72dpi_3191.jpgAt right: Chelsea Downer  moves in for the kill before launching her fourth game-winning goal of the season Saturday in overtime against Keene State. (Cristina Danielson photo) 

It marks the second straight conference match in which Eastern has come away with a win by scoring in the final minutes of sudden-death overtime. Against Keene, Downer's team-leading sixth  goal of the season -- fourth game-winner -- on an assist from freshman back Kaitlin Thibodeau (Tolland) came with 5:40 left in overtime. In last Saturday's 1-0 LEC win over Western Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Outdoor complex, Downer helped set up the game-ending goal by senior forward Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) with 5:30 remaining in the 20-minute extra session.

The match featured last year's LEC regular-season champion in Keene State and the LEC playoff titlist in Eastern. The Warriors won on penalty kicks after scoreless overtime play at Keene in last year's final.

Saturday, the Warriors tied the match with nine minutes left in regulation on Buchanan's third goal of the season with a one-timer off the hands of  Keene sophomore keeper Torrie Crenson, and Downer blasted in the game-winner after touching the ball once off a cross from Thibodeau.

Eastern, unbeaten this season in overtime (2-0-1), trailed until the final ten minutes after junior midfielder Kristen Huckins put the visitors in front with six minutes left in the first half on a header which came from junior forward Brittany Boscarino's corner kick.

Eastern dominated the second half with an 11-2 advantage in shots but could not gain the equalizer against Crenson. The Warriors unloaded seven shots in the 20 minutes prior to Buchanan's game-tying goal, but only one of those bids forced Crenson to make a save.

Senior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) recorded six saves to run her season record to 6-1-1. Crenson stopped eight Eastern shots. 

Eastern hosts Amherst College Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The Lord Jeffs are ranked first in New England and No. 5 nationally.

 

Field Hockey: Conn Settles Things Early, 4-0

browerconn72dpi_2924.jpg Warriors hold Camels off board in second half in non-conference loss

NEW LONDON, Conn. - A young Eastern Connecticut State University field hockey team -- featuring newcomers at half of the starting positions -- played Connecticut College to a scoreless second half Thursday afternoon on the Artifical Turf at Silfen Field.

At right: Mackenzie Brower

An encouraging second half tempered a disappointing first half for Eastern (5-8), whose inability to settle in quickly was critical. Eastern allowed two goals in the first 18 minutes and couldn't overcome Conn's (5-3) four-goal first half in a 4-0 non-conference loss.

The loss was the third straight by shutout for Eastern, which has gone 240 minutes since scoring its last goal on a penalty stroke early in the second half in a 3-1 Little East Conference loss at Fitchburg State University eight days ago.

The scoreless stretch coincides with the loss of top scorer Deisy Naranjo (Washington Heights, NY), who had recorded six goals in the first eight matches of the season before going down with an ankle injury (she is expected back on Saturday).

Maggie Schroeder scored 5:10 into regulation and assisted on a second half scored to lead the Camels to their sixth win without a loss over Eastern in this series.
 
Maggie Rakovic chipped in with a pair of second half scores and Shaelin Gottlick contributed with a score for Connecticut, which out-shot the Warriors18-5 and generated a 13-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Sophomore keeper Olivia Mullen (Bethel) finished with ten saves and also benefited from three defensive saves by freshman back Jessica Oliveira (Danbury) and one by freshman midfielder Mackenzie Brower (Granby) Brower's defensive stop kept the ball out of the cage momentarily before the Camels followed up immediately with their second goal of the first half.

Eastern returns to conference action Saturday at noon at Salem State University. Looking for their first conference tournament berth since 2004, the Warriors have lost by one goal in four of their last six setbacks to the Vikings.

  

 

 


 

For Ives, Kenya Provided Reality Check

ives_travelbond_shirt72dpi_0388.jpgExposure to Third World country was an enlightening experience for senior cager

By Jason Tierinni/                                  Sports Information Staff

Eastern Connecticut State University senior basketball point guard Joe Ives recently got back from traveling 7,000 miles from his home in Avon to Nairobi, Kenya. 

Photo courtesy of Joe Ives

The experience is one which Ives will never forget.

Set for his fourth season with the basketball program this year, Ives was asked by Brian Murphy, CEO and founder of Travelbond to accompany him and four other local Division III basketball players on the trip. 

Travelbond is a non-profit organization which was founded this past April and its mission statement is "to create, provide, and sustain opportunities and good health for the women and children of poverty or disaster areas both locally and globally."  The organization was founded so that student-athletes and volunteers could embrace the idea of giving back to communities in need around the world. 

While in Kenya -- a country located in East Africa and home to a little over 43 million people -- Ives and the other members of Travelbond would wake up early to start their day exploring the beautiful, wild animal lands of Kenya. In addition to  staying in Nairobi -- the largest city and capital of Kenya -- Travelbond  made stops at Lake ives_kenya.pngNakuru, Sagam and Kolego. 

At left: Joe Ives bonds with a Kenyan youngster through the game of basketball. 

The group visited local orphanages in Nairobi, in an effort to give back to the community.  Each afternoon, Travelbond would run basketball camps for two high schools and two colleges. At night, it would scrimmage the players that the athletes helped hone their skills earlier in the day. 

Ives characterized the youngsters as "good, very athletic and extremely tall."  Upper Hill High School, the host site of the camp, was the best team that Travelbond faced, according to Ives.  

Ives, a six-foot point guard majoring in Sociology, observed after returning home that "we realize how lucky we have it over here. Complaining is something that just shouldn't be done."  While Americans complain over simple things like their phone not working or not being able to get into a showing of a movie, they  aren't faced with many problems like those who live in parts of Kenya. Some people over there don't have food to eat or running water to use.  In the orphanages, the young kids were sleeping three to a bed on the metal bedsprings. They didn't even have a mattress or blanket to sleep on. 

"Just to be able to help out over there was really special," Ives exclaimed. 

At the end of the trip,  all of the Travelbond players gave their basketball shoes away to five lucky players and Joe said of this that it was, "really rewarding to see the smiles on their faces."

One of the biggest things that Ives said he learned was about the culture in Kenya.  "You have visions of what it might be like,  and those visions are not even close to reality," Ives observed in regards to living in a third-world country. 

Ives summarized the entire experience as "a blast."  From site- seeing to experiencing a Safari, to helping out in the communities, there was never a dull moment in Kenya, he says.  

ives 72dpi_4865.jpgAs for his final season on the basketball court at Eastern, Ives wants to continue the success which has produced 20-win seasons in each of his first three years and a trip last year to the NCAA Sweet 16.

As a senior, Ives plans to continue to develop his leadership skills which will be vital to a team which has lost four veterans.

 "Joe is just a great kid, an all-around true student athlete," praises 11th-year head coach Bill Geitner of Ives, who last year gained institutional, conference and national recognition for his academic success. Geitner went on to say that he thinks Ives was fortunate to see first-hand the struggles that exist in an undeveloped country. 

Last year's starting point guard in 29 of 30 games, Ives averaged 4.2 points per game and only 2.8 turnovers per 40 minutes.

 "Joe is going to be one of seniors, one of leaders, one of our captains.  He will come every day to compete and play hard," Geitner predicts. "He handles the ball well and gets us into our offense, but the nice thing about Joe is that he makes the other four guys on the court better."

On a daily basis, Joe represents our program and Eastern the right way," emphasizes Geitner.

And even though Ives is back at Eastern, a piece of him remains in Kenya, and the bonds he created in Kenya will last a lifetime. 

W-Volleyball: West Beats East in Little East

Warriors remain winless in Little East after being swept by Western

1002cunningham_72dpi2224.jpgWILLIMANTIC,  Conn. - Nina Wojtkiewicz and Paxton Thornton combined for 17 kills to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a sweep of Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday evening at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Game scores were  25-17, 25-20, 25-20.

At left: Michelle Cunningham, the program's all-time leader with over 4,000 assists, was honored prior to Tuesday's match. Cunningham, a four-year letterwinner between 1995 and 1998, will be inducted into the E-Club Hall of Fame Oct. 21 With Cunningham is current head coach Peter Maneggia. (Courtney Weber photo)

With  the win, Western (11-8, 3-0 LEC) moves into a three-way tie for first place in conference with defending champion Massachusetts Boston and Keene State College. All three teams are 3-0.  Eastern (7-10, 0-3 LEC)  has dropped five of its last six to Western, the victory in that stretch coming in the first round of last year's conference tournament.

Western, which has won three straight and eight of its last 11, never trailed in the first set, using a run of five straight points to move out to a 14-8 lead. Thronton and  Melanie Lombardi both had kills in that stretch and  Caitlin Van Camp a block. Eastern led briefly in the second set but never by more than two points before the Colonials took the lead for good with five straight points that gave them a 14-10 advantage.There were 11 ties in the third set before the visitors broke the final one with a pair of points that gave them an 18-16 edge.

Wojtkiewicz led Western with nine kills and 15 digs, , Thornton and Shirley Rodriguez adding 13 digs. Thornton had eight kills. Jennifer Hogan set for 27 assists.

Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) and Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield) combined for 27 kills for Eastern and Wilson and Danielle Bourne (Branford) combined for 40 digs. Erynn Miller (Stratford) added 11 digs, Samantha Browning (Mystic) adding ten and Allie Henry (Middletown) nine digs and 35 assists.

Eastern hosts Worcester State University at noon and the University of New England at 4 p.m. Saturday.

W-Soccer: Conn's Lone Goal Enough

Warriors are shut out by Camels for third time in last four seasons

NWARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgEW LONDON, Conn.--Morgan Cowie-Haskell buried a header in the 36th minute of action to lead the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 1-0 blanking of Eastern Connecticut State University in the first home event played under the lights at the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Tuesday.

Sophomore Rebecca Parente assisted on the eventual game-winner with a nifty looking corner kick that sailed all the way through the box near the far post where Cowie-Haskell stuck the header to provide Conn (2-5-1)  with only its  second win of the year.

Eastern (5-4-1) was attempting to win as many as two matches in a row for the first time this year. The Warriors, who have been shut out by Conn in three of the last four years, were coming off Saturday's 1-0 Little East Conference overtime win over Western Connecticut.

All four of the Camel goaltenders contributed to the shutout and every active player on the roster participated in the win. Amy Lowitt  made one save in the first half. Blythe Gross-Hutton stopped four shots in second half action. Kirsten Manville logged 16:20 of action before Natalie Signor closed out the win, logging 5:40 of action.

First-year sophomore Rachel Skelton (East Lyme) made one save in the opening half in her third career start before departing on the short end of a 1-0 Conn lead, eventually losing for the third time in as many decisions. Senior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) stopped two Camels shots in the second stanza.

The Camels held an 11-to-6 edge in shots and a 3-to-2 advantage in corner kicks in a match played in heavy rain.

Eastern returns home to host Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a re-matchof last year's LEC playoff championship game, won on penalty kicks by the Warriors.

Connecticut College Sports Iniformation contributed to this game account

 

Field Hockey: Warriors Can't Contain UMD

Winners of two of last three LEC playoff titles, Corsairs overpower Eastern

LEC LOGO PARE72dpi.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was eliminated in the overtime in the semifinal round of last year's Little East Conference field hockey playoffs after winning championships in 2009 and 2010.

Tuesday afternoon against Eastern Connecticut State University (3-7, 1-5 LEC), UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 6-0 LEC) continued its search for a third championship in four years when the Corsairs outshot the Warriors 31-2 and scored two goals in each half in a 4-0 triumph in a match played in a driving rain at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

With their seventh win over Eastern in as many years, the Corsairs maintained a share of first place in the LEC with Bridgewater State University, which shut out Framingham State University, 2-0, on the road Tuesday.

Now 1-4 at home this year, Eastern fell a couple of notches in the conference standings into 11thplace in the 12-team conference. The Warriors entered play tied for ninth with the University of Southern Maine and Western Connecticut, both of which won their LEC contests Tuesday.

Erica Allann , one of four returning all-conference players, scored both of UMass Dartmouth's first-half goals less than two minutes apart (her fifth and sixth of the season) on assists from freshman  Cory Connolly. Connolly made it 3-0 with her sixth goal of the season in the opening minutes of the second half to put the game away.

Eastern got terrific play from its defensive group throughout the match but the Warriors eventually tired while defending against the Corsairs' consistent attack which generated 31 shots and 15 penalty corners. Allan finally broke through with ten minutes left in the first half for the only goal the visitors would need.

Eastern sophomore goalie  Olivia Mullen (Bethel) stopped a career-high 13 shots, one more than the dozen she made in the season and home-opener against SaintJoseph's College of Maine.

The Warrors visit Connecticut College Thursday  at 4:30 p.m. in a non-conference match.

M-Soccer: Warriors Hurdle Upset Bid

Power keeps No. 24-ranked team unbeaten with go-ahead goal

WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC,  Conn. - Mitch Power(Douglas, MA)  headed in Christopher Giustina's (Enfield) corner kick four minutes into the second half to propel No. 24 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University to a 2-1 non-conference men's soccer victory over  upset-minded Worcester State University.

One of only three undefeated, untied teams in this week's Division III national Top 25, Eastern  (10-0-0) and Worcester State (1-7-1) were locked in a 1-1 tie before Power knocked in Giustina's corner kick early in the second half for his fourth goal of the year - all of which have been game-winners.

Eastern repeated as New England's fourth-ranked team this week but made its first appearance in the national rankings at No. 24.

Team scoring leader Matt Furman (Montville) scored from eight yards in a scramble in front of Worcester freshman keeper Nick Zucco to give the Warriors the lead in the tenth minute but the Lancers countered two minutes later when Worcester scoring leader Brendan Whitson scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Eastern remained unbeaten in nine tries against Worcester in this series, with the team's meeting for the first time in 15 years. The Lancers competed in last year's ECAC New England Tournament but are now winless (0-5-1) in their last six outings.

The Warriors have won their first ten matches for the first time since capturing their first 15 en route to the 1969 New England championship and final 16-2 record.

Eastern visits Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m.  in a Little East Conference match in the first meeting between the programs since the Warriors posted a 1-0 home win in the LEC playoff finals last year.

Worthington Among 2012 Hall of Famers

Pitching ace rebounded from illness to serve as inspirational leader

Worthingtonformalcolor72dpi.jpgHallofFame_72dpilogo.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - A winner of a combined 20 of 22 decisions in three seasons of his four-year career,  right-handed baseball pitcher Norm Worthington has been selected for induction into the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection committee chairman Scott Smith.

The second member of Eastern's 1990 national championship team to gain E-Club induction, Worthington is one of 12 pitchers in the program's 64-year history to win as many 20 career games. The 6-foot-3 inch Narragansett, RI native won 26 games in 35 decisions, including  two in post-season play when the Warriors won the 1990 NCAA Division III national championship with a four-game sweep in Battle Creek, MI.

Previously announced  as members of the E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2012 were  Scott Chiasson, the closer on the 1998 NCAA Division III national baseball championship team who went on to pitch in the major leagues, and Donna Poyant, a freshman pitcher on the 1990 NCAA Division III national softball championship team who helped the Warriors to three regional titles and spots in the national tournament championship round twice.

The 19th E-Club Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. Tickets are priced at $45 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

In 48 career appearances from 1986 through 1988 and in 1990 - 41 as a starter - Worthington recorded 14 complete games, three of them by shutout. He had a 3.39 ERA and two saves in 273.3 innings, striking out 158. At the time of graduation, Worthington ranked third all-time in innings and starts and fourth in wins and complete games.

Worthington  lost more than one game in a season only once. He was 6-1 with two saves and a season-best 2.21 ERA as a freshman in 1986,; 6-0 with a 3.90 ERA as a sophomore in 1987, and 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA as a senior on the 1990 national title team.

After missing the entire 1989 season while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Disease, Worthington returned as the team's only captain and its inspirational leader in 1990. That year, he won a season-best eight of nine decisions with a team-leading 2.43 ERA when the Warriors won a program-record 40 games (later broken) en route to the program's second national championship. He was second on the staff that year in wins, starts and innings and won the second game of the regional tournament over defending regional champion and host University of Southern Maine and one week later the second game of the national tournament over UW-Oshkosh.

In the final start and appearance of his career in the 1990 nationals, Worthington recorded his seventh straight win of the year by limiting Oshkosh to nine hits and four runs over seven innings while fanning six in a 7-4 winners' bracket victory.  In that tournament, Eastern's four starting pitchers each won their respective starts, averaging 8 1/3 innings of work.

A two-time All-New England selection, Worthington helped the 1987 team win the Northeast Regional title by tossing a complete-game eight-hitter over Brandeis University in the first of the team's four straight elimination-round games that culminated with a pair of blowout wins over Southern Maine in the championship round of the tournament.

In 1987, Worthington netted complete games in three consecutive starts in the final weeks of the season, shutting out Massachusetts Dartmouth on seven hits and limiting Salem State University  to one earned run and eight hits before  eliminating Brandeis from the regional tournament.

While pitching with a pinched ulnar nerve in his right elbow (which would be corrected with surgery prior to the 1990 season) in 1988, Worthington absorbed seven of his nine career losses (three coming by one run) and had an atypical 4.77 ERA. Still, he managed to post solid regular-season numbers which included five complete games in ten starts and a 3.82 ERA. Including post-season competition that year, he led the staff in innings  (77 1/3) and strikeouts (59) and compiled the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3-to-1) of his career.

Although he averaged 10.3 starts per season in his career, Worthington also compiled a 1.35 ERA in 13 1/3 career innings as a reliever,  recording his two career saves as a freshman two days apart on the road against Amherst College and Quinnipiac University.

In seven post-season starts in his career, Worthington won four of six decisions. In addition to the post-season victories over Brandeis, Southern Maine and UW-Oshkosh, Worthington went the distance in an elimination win over Mass College of Liberal Arts in his first post-season appearance and start as a freshman in 1986, allowing only one run.

A long-time baseball coach on the college and high school levels, Worthington holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Athletic Coaching from Eastern and resides in Narragansett, RI. He has two sons, Jared, 18, and Ryan, 15.


 

 

 

 


 

Little East: Two from Eastern Soccer Cited

Fletcher and Karahalios named top defensive and rookie players,

fletcher_72_0887.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Two defensive  players who are members of undefeated Little East Conference soccer teams have been recognized for their play by the Little East Conference for the week ending September 30.

For the second time in the last three weks, senior Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) was named LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Week in men's soccer, and for the first time, freshman Gia Karahalios (South Windsor) was recognized as LEC Rookie-of-the-Week.

A  four-year starter, Fletcher backstopped the Warriors to a 2-0 week, where they allowed only one goal en route to improving their season record to 9-0.  Fletcher played all 180 minutes during the week when the Eastern defense allowed only 11 shots on goal. Fletcher leads all field players in minutes this season.

karahalios72_0733.jpgEastern, off to its first 9-0 start since 1969, ended last week ranked No. 4 in New England, having given up only seven goals. The Warriors are 3-0 in the conference, sharing the top spot with Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Men's soccer hosts Worcester State University Tuesday at Thomas Nevers Field.
Karahalios played all 195 minutes in a 1-1 week, with the Warriors allowing only one goal. One of two freshmen defenders to start all nine matches, Karahalios leads all players on the team in minutes, having played every minute of the last five matches and all but 17 of a possible 827 minutes.

Eastern has given up only six goals all season, with three of them coming in one match. The Warriors are 5-3-1 overall and share the top spot in the conference with a 3-0-0 record with Massachusetts Boston and Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Eastern visits Connecticut College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 


 

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