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W-Lax Finds Winning Formula, 15-7

After losing by seven goals six days ago to Western, Warriors rebound in playoffs

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DANBURY, Conn. - Six days after falling behind by five goals early and never catching up against Western Connecticut State University, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team moved ahead by five goals early against the Colonials and never looked back en route to a 15-7 victory in the opening round of the Little East Conference playoffs at the Westside Athletic Complex.

At left: Taylor Shannon

As the No. 5 seed - its lowest seed ever in the playoffs - Eastern (5-11) advances to face No. 1 Plymouth State University (12-2) in the its 12th consecutive semifinal-round berth Friday at 3:30 p.m. Plymouth, which was upset by visiting Western in last year's semifinals as the No. 1 seed, drew a first-round bye.

In  the other semifinal Friday at 3:30 p.m., No. 3 Keene State College (11-6) visits No. 2 University of Southern Maine (11-6). Keene routed visiting Rhode Island College, 16-5, Tuesday. Southern Maine drew a bye.

The conference championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the site of the highest remaining seed. Eastern cannot serve as the final host. Eastern has appeared in nine championship games, winning three.

After losing to Western (7-10) for the first time ever in this series in its final regular-season match last Wednesday, 17-8, Eastern countered by scoring the first five goals and six of the first seven on the way to a 7-2 halftime lead. The Warriors got out strong again in the second half, with Eastern winning its eight draw in 11 tries behind junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY), and senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) striking 23 seconds into the frame. Conn added another less than five minutes later to boost the lead to 9-2 and the Warriors were never threatened the rest of the way.

Season scoring leaders Marchitto and Conn, who combined for only three goals in last week's loss to Western, each had four goals this time, which junior midfielder Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) chipping in three and junior attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) coming off the bench for two goals. Junior attack Alexa Foldy (Brookfield) added two assists and a goal.

Junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) won five ground balls and three draws and forced four turnovers, Conn won six draws, senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) forced five turnovers and picked up three ground balls, and senior defender Samantha Barone (Plainedge, NY) forced four turnovers and won three ground balls.

Eastern allowed its least number of goals since a 17-6 LEC victory at Rhode Island College a month ago.

Two weeks ago, Plymouth sent the Warriors to their fourth straight loss with an 11-7 victory at Plymouth, NH. The win over Western snaps a three-goal losing streak and gives Eastern its second road win of the season in  seven contests.

 

Baseball: Warriors Trump Tufts, 12-8

Balowski drives in four runs as team rallies from early five-run deficit

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MANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team erased an early five-run deficit by sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on eight hits in the bottom of the third inning, then broke a tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 12-8 non-conference victory over Tufts University Monday evening at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Joe Balowski knocked in four runs in Monday's 12-8 win over Tufts at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Hitting safely in his sixth consecutive game, senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) drove in the first two runs of the third inning with a triple, and his two-run, two-out single on a 3-2 pitch plated the first two runs of the seventh which snapped an 8-8 tie. Senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) drove in three runs with a first-inning single, a third-inning sacrifice fly, and followed Balowski's two-run single with a run-scoring double -- also on a 3-2 pitch -- in the seventh. Accomando also closed out the win by fanning the final three batters of the ninth after a leadoff walk.

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At left: Tyler Cyr pitched two scoreless innings early in the game which allowed the Warriors to remain within striking distance of Tufts Monday night.

Sophomore righty Tyler Cyr (Bristol) allowed only one hit in two innings as the third of seven Eastern (24-11-1) pitchers, starting a 1-6-3 double play in the third before the Warriors' seven-run third inning. Appearing in his 25th game of the season in relief (one shy of the record for relief appearances in a season), senior righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) left the bases loaded with a swinging strikeout to end the seventh after Tufts had tied the game with two runs, then pitched a 1-2-3 eighth (fanning two) before Accomando closed  out Purnell's fourth win in five decisions and preserved Eastern's fifth win over Tufts (21-12) in the last seven meetings.

Junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), Eastern's leading hitter, reached safely four times with three walks and an RBI single and scored twice. The top five hitters in the Eastern order - junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield), Vaccarelli, senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington), Balowski and Accomando, combined to reach safely 13 times with eight hits (three for extra bases), and five walks, drive in nine runs, and score seven. With two hits, Balowski inched to within .300 for the first time since April 10.

Eastern played without an error for the ninth time this year.

Sophomore second baseman Joe Harrington, batting eighth in the order, drove in three runs for Tufts with an RBI single in a four-run first inning and a two-run single in the third that pushed Tufts' lead to 6-1.

The three hour and thirty four minute game included  20 runs, 23 hits, 11 different pitchers, seven hit batters and 11 walks. Eastern's eight hits in the third inning were two shy of the program record.

Eastern hosts Amherst College in a 3 p.m. non-conference makeup doubleheader on Seniors' Day Wednesday in the final regular-season home games of the year. Eastern closes out the regular season Friday with a Little East Conference noon doubleheader at Keene State College before opening up in the conference tournament a week from thisWednesday at Gorham, ME.

 

M-Lax: Gillotti is LEC's Rookie Pick

gillottiB_300_4017.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University freshman goalie Brendan Gillotti (Danbury) has been selected Rookie-of-the-Week in the Little East Conference for the week ending April 28.

Making his first start of the season since the opening game, Gillotti made 19 saves in a 12-9 Little East Conference victory at Western Connecticut State University this past Tuesday. Seven of the saves came on Western's 13 first-quarter shots when the Colonials took a 4-2 lead after 15 minutes. Gillotti allowed only three goals in the second half .

The 19 saves are the most by an Eastern goalie this year. Of the 26 goals allowed by Gillotti this year, 14 came in the opener against nationally-ranked Stevens Tech, when he faced a season-high 44 shots.

This year for the 8-7 Warriors, Gillotti has appeared in five matches with two starts, a 10.78 goals-against average and .600 save percentage.

Gillotti becomes the program's second weekly honoree this year, following junior attack Mike Jordan  (Cheshire), who was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week April 1. Prior to today, the program's last Rookie-of-the-Week was freshman goalie Donald Berube in May of  2010.

As the No. 2 seed in the Little East Conference playoffs, Eastern hosts a semifinal-round match Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.


 

Track: Hultzman Wears HJ Crown Again

Amy Huhn in the pole vault and the men's 4x100 relay also win titles

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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. --  Junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) won her second consecutive high jump title - breaking her own program record in the process --  at the 2013 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the Edward C. Swenson Complex on the Bridgewater State University campus.

At right: Lauren Hultzman

Hultzman, who captured last year's outdoor alliance and conferences titles and the 2012 alliance and conference indoor high jump championships, broke her own program record by ¾ of an inch with a winning jump of 5-5 ¾. Hultzman qualified for the New England Open Championships with that height and also placed her among the national leaders for a spot in next month's NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconson-La Crosse.

After placing second in the conference and third in the alliance with a ten-foot jump last year, junior Amy Huhn (Hebron) won the conference pole vault championship Saturday with a mark of 9-6 ¼. She was third in the alliance scoring.

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At left: Fredrick Hewett

The fourth title of the day was turned in by the men's 4x100 relay, which won the Little East championship with a time of 43.02. The relay, which was .15 off the program record, was made up of  freshman John Boisette (East Hartford), sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), junior Andrew Prince (Orange) and junior Fredrick Hewett (New London).

The top eight individuals and top three relays are accorded All-New England Alliance honors, while the first three individuals and first two relays are awarded All-Little East Conference honors.

Additional honorees among the women included senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) and freshman Erica Andrasi (Trumbull). Gingras competed in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. In the triple jump, she was second  in the LEC and fourth in the alliance and was seventh in the high jump in the alliance. Chambers was second in the LEC and third in the alliance in the 800, where her time of 2:19.16 was .33 seconds off the program's outdoor record. Andrasi placed sixth in the high jump.

For the men, Hewett was second in the conference and third in the alliance in the 200 and placed third in the conference and alliance in the 400. He time in the latter event was .33  shy of the meet record, which was set in 2006 by Eastern's David Nicholson.

Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) also earned individual honors by taking second in the conference and sixth in the alliance in the 110 hurdles. Senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME) was third in the conference and sixth in the alliance in the long jump, and sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) was seventh in the 400 hurdles in alliance scoring.

In addition to conference honors, Hultzman qualified for the New England Open in the high jump, Chambers for the ECAC Championships in the 800, and Andrasi met  the qualifying standard in the high jump for the New England Division III meet. The 4x100 relay of  juniors Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and Tacia Bryant (Guilford), freshman Sherry Gilronan (Darien) and senior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) also qualified for the ECAC meet.

For the men, Hewett met the New England Open and ECAC standards in the 400. Sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) in the 400 and Rosado in the 400 hurdles also qualified for the New England Division III meet.

The New England Alliance is comprised of institutions from the Little East Conference and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).


 

Softball: Warriors Split with Brandeis

On final day of regular season, Miller tosses opening-game shutout

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WALTHAM, Mass. --  Sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) won her fifth straight decision - tossing her third shutout in that stretch - to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 3-0 first-game victory on the way to a non-conference doubleheader split with Brandeis University Sunday afternoon at Marcus Field.

Above: Mattie Brett

In the second game, Brandeis (23-15) won for the first time over Eastern (26-12) in this six-game series, 7-3, scoring four times in the fourth on four hits and two infield errors to snap a tie in Eastern's final regular-season game.

Eastern ended the regular season having split its last four and five of its last seven doubleheaders after sweeping its first six twinbills of the season. The Warriors were not swept in the regular season and lost twice on one day only once -- on the fourth day of the season in Florida.

Senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) extended season and career records for home runs with her 16th  of the season and 40th of her career - a solo shot leading off the fifth inning of the first game which gave Eastern a 2-0 lead.  Cooper also broke her third season record of the year when she scored the team's third run after singling with one out in the seventh. The run was her 57th of the year, breaking a 25-year-old record set by Mariann Shumbo.

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At right: Erin Miller

Miller (11-2) scattered four singles en route to her fifth consecutive victory of the season. She fanned two and walked one. The righty retired the first nine batters in order -- seven of them on infield ground balls. Brandeis' hits came in their final three at-bats, a leadoff infield single in the fifth their first off Miller. The shutout was her third of the season - tops on the staff.

Junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) singled and scored on senior second baseman Kelly Paterson's (Southington) two-out single to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Brandeis batting leader and leadoff hitter Amanda Genovese (.447) was hitless against Miller in the first game but collected three of her team's 11 hits and drove in two runs off three Eastern pitchers in the second game.  Genovese ripped her first home run of the season for the first run of the second game with two out in the third inning and also stole her 50th and 51st bases of the season after reaching on a two-out infield throwing error in the fourth inning. The error  accounted for the final two runs of the Judges' four-run inning.

Paterson's first home run of the year with one out in the fourth tied the second game and her sacrifice fly and an RBI single by sophomore pitcher Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) pulled Eastern to within 5-3 in the sixth. Brandeis added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning when all five batters reached safely on a walk and four singles.

Brett had two hits in each game for Eastern and scored twice. Freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) had three hits and Paterson and Cooper two each.

Top-seeded Eastern hosts the Little East Conference Tournament Thursday through Saturday, facing Massachusetts Boston in the first of four first-day games at noon at the Eastern Softball Field.

Softball: Eastern Rallies for LEC Split

 

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Above: Seniors Christine Akcer (42), Kelly Paterson (9), Arielle Cooper (15) and Katie Sokoloski (16) were honored on Seniors' Day Saturday. (Photo by Courtney Weber).

At left: Shannon Martin gave up only one run on four hits in two relief appearances Saturday against Keene State.

LEC Tournament Central

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Freshman Alyssa Hancock's (Waterford) suicide squeeze bunt allowed Megan Godwin (Manchester) to score the go-ahead run from third base in the bottom of the sixth inning, and freshman Taylor Smyth (Meriden) socked a three-run home run later in the frame to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 10-6 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College and a split of Saturday's doubleheader at the Eastern Softball Field. Keene won the opener, 2-1.

Western Connecticut State University's win over Plymouth State University in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday - prior to Eastern's second-game win -- guaranteed Eastern (25-11, 11-3) of the No. 1 seed in  the LEC tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the Eastern Softball Field. Eastern plays No. 6 seed Massachusetts Boston at noon in the first of four games on the first day. The double-elimination tournament includes six teams. The Warriors are three-time defending champions.

After Keene (21-14, 8-6 LEC) handed the Warriors their first home loss in 11 games in the opener - snapping a seven-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern - the Warriors dug out of an early 5-1 hole in the nightcap by scoring five times in the fourth. Keene tied the game with a run in the sixth before Eastern answered with four in the sixth on three hits, two walks and Hancock's suicide squeeze.

 

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At left: Arielle Cooper and Katie Sokoloski were presented the 2013 Jeffrey W. Anderson Memorial Award between games of Saturday's doubleheader. At left is Keith Anderson, brother of the late Jeff Anderson, and at right is head coach Diana Pepin. (Photo by Courtney Weber).

Sam Rossetti (Shelton) and  Godwin each drove in two runs in the second game. Rossetti had a two-run single in the fie-run fourth and Godwin singled in Eastern's first run in the bottom of the first after Keene had scored three times in its first at-bat, and also singled in the final run of the five-run fourth.

No. 3 hitter Jessica Fiorenza had four of Keene's ten hits - all singles -- in the second game. She scored the final run of the three-run first and added run-proudcing singles in the second and fourth.

Erin Miller (Waterford)  won her fourth straight decision and tenth in 12 decisions this year for Eastern in the nightcap. Miller returned to start the third inning - and went the rest of the way --after being driven from the mound with two out in Keene's three-run first inning.

Batting .352 as a team, Eastern managed only four singles off Keene freshman Mariah Crisp in the first game. The Owls, who will open the LEC tournament at 4 p.m. against No. 3 Western Connecticut State University as the No. 4 seed, scored runs in the first and second innings in support of Crisp (17-3). Crisp did not allow a hit and only one baserunner through three innings. She fanned seven and walked one, allowing Eastern's run in the fifth on Shannon Martin's (Wethersfield) RBI single.

Sara Bracken's one-out double and No. 4 hitter Meryl Ragaini's two-out single gave the Owls a 1-0 lead in the first, and freshman leadoff hitter Stephanie Long's RBI single made it 2-0 in the second and spelled the end of the day for Eastern starter Christine Akcer (Milford).

Baseball: Lefty Darby on Mark Again

 

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Above: Tom Darby

He combines on four-hitter to give Warriors 3-2 win in eventual split

MANSFIELD, Conn. --   Senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI)  pitched into the seventh inning of the opener to gain his third straight Little East Conference baseball victory in Eastern Connecticut State University's 3-2 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

In the second game, UMass Dartmouth (13-20, 5-7 LEC) scored ten runs in its final three at-bats to post a 13-5 victory as the teams split their conference regular-season twinbill for the fourth time in the last five years.

Darby combined on a four-hitter with Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks) and Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs). Darby gave up all four of the hits in 6 2/3 innings, taking a 3-0, two-hit shutout into the seventh before the Corsairs scored twice on Luke Bomback's RBI single and Tyler White's sacrifice fly. Vogt stranded the go-ahead runs on base with an inning-ending ground ball.

Eastern (23-11-1, 8-4 LEC) staked Darby to the lead with two runs in the second and another in the third against righty Karney Boff, who surrendered just six hits in seven innings in the loss.  First-year senior Tyler Caserta's (Stratford) first home run in an Eastern uniform gave Darby a 2-0 edge in the second inning, and Joe Balowski (Berlin) sent home Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) with Eastern's third run of the game in the third when he hit into a double play.

During his stint, Darby threw 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes and has now struck out 59 and walked only 13 in a staff-high 54 2/3 innings.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Medeiros  followed a first-game 0-for-4 performance with two hits and five RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap, and George Aggostini and White each had two hits and two RBI and combined for three runs scored. Medeiros walked and scored in the second inning of the second game to help UMD back from an early 4-0 deficit, belted a three-run home run to give his team its first lead, 6-5 in the seventh inning, and doubled home two runs in a six-run eighth that expanded a one-run lead to seven.

Starting pitcher Greg Porter (Mystic) retired the first nine batters in the second game, but faltered in the fourth when the first four batters reached safely on two hits, a walk and hit batter. Porter left with a 4-3 lead (although he did not pitch long enough to get the win), but UMD scored runs off of each of Eastern's five subsequent relievers.

Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) led Eastern in the doubleheader with four hits, with Balowski and Lynch collecting three hits each and Caserta driving in three runs.

Eastern's split, coupled with Keene State College's doubleheader loss to conference leader University of Southern Maine, gives the Warriors sole possession of second place in the conference, two games behind USM.  The Corsairs remain in fifth place.

The top six teams qualify for the LEC double-elimination tournament, which runs May 8-11 at the site of the top seed.


 

M-Lacrosse: Rout Punctuates Finale

Warriors gear up for Friday's conference semifinals by blitzing UMB

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The Warriors concluded the regular season on a high note, celebrating Seniors' Day prior to their shutout of UMass Boston.

LEC Tournament Central

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Fourteen different players contributed a goal or assist and senior goalie Drew Deane (Vernon) posted his first career shutout as one of nine Eastern Connecticut State University seniors playing the final regular-season home matches of their careers as the Warriors wrapped up the regular season with a 20-0 Little East Conference men's lacrosse victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

The team's fifth straight victory - all in the conference - pushes Eastern (8-7, 6-1 LEC) over the .500 mark for the first time this year and represents the 12th time in 13 years of LEC competition that the Warriors have lost less than two regular-season conference matches in a season.

"Our guys have really meshed well in the last few weeks," noted sixth-year head coach Justin Axel of the Warriors, who gained a first-round playoff bye as the No. 2 seed and will host a playoff semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors will play the winner of a Tuesday first-round match between No. 3 Massachusetts Dartmouth and No. 6 Western Connecticut State University (Eastern edged both of those teams on the road recently by a total of five goals).

UMass Boston (6-11, 3-4 LEC) entered the day sharing fourth place in the conference but fell to the No. 5 seed and will meet No. 4 Plymouth State U. Tuesday in a first-round match at Plymouth.

"I think that our difficult out-of-conference schedule has gotten us ready for the Little East playoffs," added Axel of his team, the defending LEC playoff titlist. "We've gotten better and better each game, and we look forward to riding this momentum into the Little East playoffs. Everyone must play to their level, though, not just one or two guys. It will take everyone hitting on all cylinders."

In Eastern's 20th straight victory over UMass Boston in this 20-game series, Eastern outshot the Beacons 2-to-1, cleared 20 of 21 attempts and turned the ball over only 15 times - six below its average.

Making his seventh start - tops among the four goalies to have seen time this year - Deane stopped 11 shots for this third victory of the season.

The Warriors scored six times in the final 7:33 of the first quarter and five more in the final eight minutes of the second to ease to a 12-0 halftime lead.  Juniors led the way for Eastern, with Tyler Fresen (Newington) contributing five assists and three goals, junior Mike Jordan (Cheshire)  four goals and Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) three goals and three assists. Senior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won 12 of 14 faceoffs, scopping the ground ball each time.

 

Baseball Coach Bill Holowaty Retires

Holowaty_300dpi_small2284.jpgWILLIMANTIC,Conn. --  Head Baseball Coach and Health and Physical Education Professor  William Holowaty has announced his retirement from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Coach Holowaty has left a legacy of loyalty and commitment to student athletes, which will be hard to follow. 

 "The University thanks Professor Holowaty for his 45 years of service to Eastern and wishes him the best in his future endeavors," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.

For further information, contact Edward Osborn, Director of University Relations

(860) 465-5043; (860) 558-7285 (cell) 

or Osborne@easternct.edu

 

 

 

Softball: Miller's Time Has Come

Sophomore righty gives Warriors split for second time in two days

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Above: Erin Miller; Below: Alyssa Hancock

hancockLEC72_5995.jpgNEW LONDON, Conn. -  For the second consecutive day, sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) earned a complete-game victory to help the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team salvage a doubleheader split.

Thursday, Miller (9-2) went the distance for her eighth win in her last nine decision, allowing eight hits and no walks to guide  Eastern (24-10) to an 8-2 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard (20-15) Academy at Nitchman Field and a split of a doubleheader between two of last year's NCAA regional tournament qualifiers.

In the opener, Coast Guard batted around and scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning, and freshman Kristine Kahl (13-6) pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the Bears' 3-1 victory.

In the second game, freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) and senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) each drove in two runs and freshman ceneterfielder Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) reached safely three times with two hits and a walk, scored twice and knocked in one run.

Eastern scored three of its second-game runs on sacrifice flies by Paterson in the first inning and by junior shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester) and junior second baseman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) in the third.

On the day, Hancock and junior outfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) each had three hits, with Hancock reaching four times and scoring three runs. Brett's double in the fourth inning of the nightcap was the only extra-base hit by either team.

Batting leadoff in the first game and third in the second game, senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) was intentionally walked seven times in eight plate appearances.  Cooper entered the game as the national leader in slugging , ranked second in home runs per game and on-base percentage and third in batting average. The seven freebies improved her on-base percentage to .674. 

Miller had thrown a two-hit shutout in Wednesday's 4-0 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State University to give the Warriors a split. This season, she has a 3.15 ERA and 30 strikeouts in a staff-high 73 1/3 innings after appearing in only four games in relief with a 1-0 record in 5 2/3 innings as a freshman.

In the first game, she was given an intentional pass leading off the game, another with two out and none on in the third inning of a scoreless game, bounced back to the mound with one out and none on and Eastern trailing 3-0 in the fifth, and was walked intentionally again with two out and a runner on first when the Warriors scored their only run in the seventh.

In the nightcap, she was walked with two on and none out when Eastern scored a run in the first inning, again with one on and none out in a four-run third inning when she scored her only run of the afternoon, was given a free pass with two on and one out in the team's two-run fourth, and was again walked with one on and one out in the sixth.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Little East Conference doubleheader.

 

 

 

Baseball: Warriors Falter Again, 8-3

They fall to 0-5 against teams ranked in this week's New England poll

Riemer72.jpgNORTON, Mass. - Against teams ranked in this week's New England poll, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team remained winless in five games, digging an early hole for the second straight day against a top opponent and losing an 8-3 decision to Wheaton College Thursday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.

At left: Mike Riemer

One day after falling behind by seven runs after two innings to Western New England University (ranked third in New England), fourth-ranked Eastern (22-10-1) trailed 5-0 after three innings against No. 2 Wheaton (25-10) and ended up with its second straight loss on the heels of a nine-game winning streak. The Lyons are ranked No. 13 nationally after reaching last year's NCAA national title game.

Wheaton, which defeated Western New England in the New England Regional Tournament championship game last year at the Eastern Baseball Stadium, knocked out Eastern senior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) in the third inning by scoring five runs on eight hits.

The Lyons led 6-0 after four innings before the Warriors answered with three in the sixth. Eastern threatened for more in the seventh by loading the bases on a one-out double by junior catcher and No. 9 hitter Nick Ververis (Plainfield), single by junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) and walk to junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), but Corey Laliberte got All-New England senior first baseman on a 1-2-3 doubleplay to leave the tying runs aboard.

As it prepares for the start of its conference tournament Saturday, Wheaton utilized six relievers after freshman righty Jared Clement stymied Eastern on one hit through the first three innings.

Trailing 6-0, Eastern sliced the lead in half with three runs in the sixth on a leadoff walk by Ververis, singles by Vaccarelli and senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington), two walks, an infield throwing error, and a wild pitch.

Riemer was the only Eastern player with more than one hit, recording two, while Vaccarelli, Balowski and Ververis all reached safely twice.

Senior rightfielder Paul O'Neill was 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Wheaton, which presented 17th-year head coach Eric Podbelski with his 500th coaching victory. Sophomore catcher Zach Horton added three hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in one, and freshman leadoff hitter Matt Lavanchy was 2-for-5 and knocked in his team's first two runs with a single in the second.

Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday in a Little East Conference noon doubleheader.

 

 


 

Soccer Kicks in for Worthy Causes

 

impactphotoraw_9381.jpgFor two reasons, the morning of Saturday, April 20 was a special day in the lives of many people at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. That day, the Eastern Connecticut State University soccer program not only raised $2,000 for the national Be The Match Marrow Donor Program through a Goal-A-Thon Event, but the Warriors welcomed Tyler Belfleur as a permanent member of the program in conjuction with the Team IMPACT! program. Members of the team soliciated sponsorship for the Goal-A-Thon from family, friends and members of the Eastern and surrounding community. Members and former members of the program were divided into teams of 4-6 players and the teams played time, small-sided games until a combined total of 100 goals were scored. Prior to the event, team members were introduced and mid field, along with the 15-year-old Belfleur, who, earlier in the day, was "drafted" as the newest member of the program. A native of Canterbury, Belfleur continues his recovery from a brain injury sustained in an ATV accident last June. In recent months, he has progressed from being wheelchair-bound to using a walk, and then a crutch. When meeting the team for the first time Saturday, Belfleur was able to walk on his own. Accompanying Tyler Saturday were his parents, Steve Ball and Danielle Laguerre.

Softball Splits, Gains LEC Title Share

Miller's two-hitter in nightcap provides 4-0 victory over Western Conn.

smyth72_6324.jpgDANBURY, Conn. -- Sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) pitched a two-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader and freshmen Alicia White (Colchester) and Taylor Smyth (Meriden) hit home runs as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team clinched a share of  its fourth straight Little East Conference regular-season title with a 4-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University Wednesday night at Westside Field. Western won the opener, 7-4.

At left: Taylor Smyth

Unofficially, Eastern (23-9, 10-2 Little East) can clinch the outright title and the No. 1 seed in the LEC tournament with a split of Saturday's home doubleheader with Keene State College.

Miller (8-2) fanned one and walked three in going the distance for the fifth time this year and White drove in two runs with two hits - a single that gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the first and a leadoff home run that made it 3-0 in the fifth. Smyth's first career home run was pulled down the left field line and made it 2-0 in the second.

In the win, senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) and junior leftfielder  Megan Godwin (Manchester) had two hits for Eastern, Cooper also walking and scoring a run. 

Freshman Alexandra Sabith pitched a complete-game four-hitter for Western (18-20, 7-5 Little East) in the opener, giving up only one earned run.  Cooper reached twice with an intentional walk and her 15th home run of the season with one out in the seventh.  With her 39th career roundtripper, Cooper broke her own season record of 123 total bases.

Senior Christine Akcer (Milford) was saddled with her first loss in eight decisions in the opener when Western reached her for five runs (four earned) in the third to wipe out  a 3-0 Eastern lead that Eastern forged in the second on a one-out single by Godwin, sacrifice bunt by Smyth and two errors.  

Eastern visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday at 3 p.m. for a non-conference doubleheader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball: Early Hole Sinks Warriors

Eastern rallies in middle innings but can't catch Golden Bears, 8-6

kosterich72_0175.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- The Western New England University baseball team scored five runs on six hits in the first inning, added two more on two errors in the second and held off Eastern Connecticut State University's middle-inning rally to post an 8-6 non-conference victory Wednesday evening at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Sam Kosterich (Photo by David Santerre).

Ranked third in New England, Western New England (25-8) has won 17 of its last 20 and defeated Eastern (22-9-1), ranked fourth, for the sixth straight time after dropping 36 of the first 38 meetings in this series. Eastern had brought a nine-game winning streak into action.

Steve Ambrosino and Tim Clark poked two-out, two-run singles to highlight WNEU's five-run first inning, and errors allowed the first two batters to reach safely and Kyle McKelvey's sacrifice fly helped stake the Golden Bears to an early 7-0 lead.

Eastern freshman Sam Kosterich (Stamford) and junior Pat Barnett (Windsor) held WNEU to one run on one hit over the final seven innings and Eastern reached Golden Bear starter Trevor Breton for three runs in the fourth and chased him in a two-run fifth to cut the gap to 7-6.

While Kosterich and Barnett were stellar in relief for Eastern, Nick Salerno (3-0) and Kevin Jefferis combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Breton. The pair fanned five and was touched for only two hits.

Clinging to its one-run lead, Western New England added an insurance run in the seventh on McKelvey's second home run of the season with one out in the seventh, and Jefferis struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.

No Western New England batter had more than one hit, but third baseman Mike Rubinio, McKelvey, Clark and Ambrosino all drove in two runs.

Junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) drove in two runs for Eastern with a fourth inning ground ball, but had a six-game hitting streak snapped.

Batting consecutively in the order,  senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe), junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford), junior leftfielder Tommy McKenna (Lexington, MA) and senior rightfielder Tyler Caserta (Stratford) all had two hits for Eastern.  Lavallee knocked in two runs, doubling in the team's first run in the second and singling in Accomando (walk) with the second run in the fifth. Accomando reached three time, scoring on each occasion.

First-team All-New England first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) cracked his first home run of the season leading off the fifth to slice the visitors' lead to 7-5.

The Golden Bears managed only one hit and one earned run off Kosterich over six innings and Barnett buzzed through six straight batters in the final two innings. Kosterich lowered his ERA to 3.00 in 18.0 innings, Barnet to 2.11 in 21 1/3 innings.

Eastern visits Wheaton College (MA) Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Lyons, ranked third in New England and 13th nationally, won last year's NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament at the Eastern Baseball Stadium and reached the national title game.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

W-Lax: Western Strikes Early, Cruises

Eastern can't seize opportunity to earn first-round LEC playoff home game

conn_wcsu72_0171.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior Emily Brooks scored three goals when Western Connecticut State University scored six consecutive goals over a 12 minute span in the first half and the Colonials went on to their first women's lacrosse win ever  over Eastern Connecticut State University, 17-8, Wednesday in a Little East Conference match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Erin Conn (Photo by Jen Catone)

Eastern (4-11, 2-4 Little East) managed as many as two unanswered goals only once in the match in concluding the regular season with seven losses in its final eight matches.  The Warriors are currently in fifth place in the seven-team conference and are the only team to have finished its conference slate. With the victory, Western (7-8, 3-2 Little East) moves into a two-way tie for third place in the conference with 2012 LEC playoff champion Keene State College, which was idle Wednesday.

Unofficially, Western is guaranteed a first-round playoff home match Tuesday while Eastern, unofficially, will be the No. 5 seed and will visit the No. 4 seed, which will be the winner of Saturday's noon matchup between host Western and visiting Keene. A victory over Western Wednesdasy would have, unofficially, guaranteed Eastern a first-round playoff home game.

Plymouth won the battle of LEC unbeatens and gained the No. 1 playoff seed Wednesday with a 15-5 victory over visiting University of Southern Maine Wednesday.  The Panthers are guaranteed a share of the LEC regular-season title and can finish unbeaten in the conference for the second straight year with a win at Rhode Island College Saturday or a Southern Maine loss at UMass Dartmouth. Seeded fifth in last year's LEC playoffs, Western upset Plymouth in the semifinals before losing to Keene State in the final.

Wednesday, Brooks and sophomore Kelsey Heaton combined for 12 of Western's goal total on just 14 shots. The Colonials connected on ten of 12 free-position attempts in the game, with Brooks 4-for-5 and Heaton 2-for-2.

Down by five goals after Brooks ignited the run of six straight in the first half, Eastern answered with three in a row, but that surge over two minutes was the only sustained one for Eastern. Western answered with the final five markers of the first half, then got a goal from Heaton 34 seconds into the second half to move out to an 11-4 lead.

Western junior goalie Karli Portnoy made eight of her 11 saves in the first half, but was not tested in the second, needing only three to preserve the lead.

Senior Nicole Perrone, the second-leading goal-scorer in the conference, recorded her 200th career goal by converting a free-position opportunity with 7:30 left in the first half. Perrone led Western with five draw controls, while Portnoy won five ground balls and freshman Emma Theiler four.

Eastern senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored both of her goals in the final four minutes, recording goal No. 50 with 25 seconds left. Junior Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won five draws and  junior Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) four for Eastern, with senior Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) leading all players with seven ground balls and Wolk adding five. Senior Christina Rully (Orange) collected four caused turnovers, senior Samantha Barone (Plainedge, NY) three for Eastern.

 

 

M-Lax: Eastern Downs Western, 12-9

Surging Warriors even overall record, close in on LEC playoff bye

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DANBURY, Conn. -  Freshman Brendan Gillotti (Danbury) made 19 saves - the most by an Eastern Connecticut State University goalie this season -- to win his first collegiate decision as the Warriors remained undefeated against Western Connecticut State University with a 12-9 Little East Conference men's lacrosse victory Tuesday night at Westside Athletic Complex.

At right: Brendan Gillotti

A winner of four straight -all in the conference --  Eastern (7-7, 5-1 LEC) moves to within a win in its regular-season finale or a loss by Plymouth State University in one of its two remaining regular-season matches to securing a first-round bye in the LEC playoffs, which get underway Tuesday with first-round matches.

Making his first start since the season-opener, Gillotti set the tempo by making seven saves when Western (8-7, 2-4 LEC) amassed a 13-5 shooting advantage over the first 15 minutes. He then preserved Eastern's three-goal edge by coming up with six more saves in the final quarter.

For the third straight match, the Eastern defense surrendered just one goal in the important third quarter and has outscored its last two opponents 11-2 in that frame.

Down 4-1 late in the first quarter, Eastern finally took its first lead on junior attack Mike Jordan's (Cheshire) team-leading 34th goal of the season midway through the second quarter. The Warriors took the lead for good, 10-6, by sending in the first five goals of the third quarter. Five different players contributed in that run, with senior midfielder Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) assisting on the first, scoring the second and assisting on the fourth. Junior All-America midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) capped the decisive five-and-half-minute spurt with his second goal of the match -- 100th of his career.

Sophomore midfielder Zach Thresher (Somers) led Eastern with three goals, junior attack Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH),  Jordan  and Devine adding two each. Senior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won 12 of 21 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls, with sophomore midfielder Steven Nixon (Foxborough, MA) picking up four and Fechtmann and senior long-stick midfielder Merrick Smith (Stonington) corraliing three each. Nixon also caused three turnovers,

Western is in sixth place in the conference, one match ahead of the University of Southern Maine for the final LEC playoff berth.

The defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion, Eastern hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. in its conference and rgular-season finale at 1 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Baseball:Warriors Unleash Offense,18-6

Top third of order drives in nine runs in LEC triumph over Western

lynch72_7609.jpgDANBURY, Conn. - The top three hitters in the starting lineup combined to drive in nine runs with eight hits and score six runs as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team swept the Little East Conference regular-season series from Western Connecticut State University for the first time in four years with an 18-6 victory at Westside Field Tuesday afternoon.

At left: Brendan Lynch (Photo by David Santerre)

With its ninth straight win, Eastern (22-8-1, 7-3 LEC) retains a two-way tie for second place in the conference with Keene State College and moves to within a game of leader University of Southern Maine, which dropped a 4-0 home decision to University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday. Keene knocked off visiting Plymouth State University, 5-1.

In a season-high 19-hit attack, junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield), junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott) and All-New England senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) - batting 1-2-3 in the order - led the assault against six Western (11-17, 2-6 LEC) pitchers.

Lynch drove in five runs with a ground ball in a six-run second inning, a two-run, two-out single in the third, an RBI single in a seven-run eighth and a two-out double in the ninth. Vaccarelli plated two with a two-run single when Eastern batted around in the second and Balowski followed Vaccarelli in the second with a two-run double. Each of the three also scored twice.

Batting eighth and ninth, respectively, senior rightfielder Tyler Caserta (Stratford) and junior catcher Nik Ververis (Plainfield) also drove in two runs each and scored two. Caserta was hit by a pitch and scored in the second and belted a two-run double in the seven-run eighth; Ververis was hit with the bases loaded in the second and followed Caserta's two-run double with an RBI double in the eighth.

The first of five pitchers, senior righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) won his second straight start by pitching the first five innings. He gave up six hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts and no walks.

Ranked No. 4 in New England, Eastern hosts No. 3 Western New England University Wednesday at 6 p.m.


 

 

 

Eastern Athletics Weekly: Wed./noon

 

pepinEAW72dpi_6100.jpgaxel_EAW272dpi_7997.jpgEAWlogo72dpitightWEB.gifHead softball coach Diana Pepin (above, left)  and head men's lacrosse coach Justin Axel (above) will be the guests of host Nick Aconfora on Eastern Athletics Weekly, which will air in a half-hour segment for the final time this semester on Wednesday, April 24 beginning at noon on LittleEast.tv. The coaches will discus their respective seasons as they approach the Little East Conference playoffs and will talk about their senior class, which will be honored Saturday prior to their final regular-season home games of the year.  The softball team hosts Keene State College in a 2 p.m. LEC doubleheader Saturday at the Eastern Softball Field and the men's lacrosse team entertains the University of Massachusetts Boston at 1 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The men's lacrosse team will recognize this year's nine outgoing seniors and their families at 12:15 Saturday. Prior to the softball doubleheader, a Special Olympics & Unified Sports Softball Clinic will be staged from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by members of the Eastern softball team. A special ceremony dedicated to Eastern soccer senior Jon DeCasanova -- diagnosed with aplastic anemia last fall -- is scheduled immediately prior to the start of the doubleheader. The Jeff Anderson Memorial Award will be presented in-between games of the doubleheader, and at the conclusion of the twinbill, Eastern's four outgoing seniors will take the ceremonial final lap around the bases.

Softball: Paterson is LEC Choice Again

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Senior first baseman is recognized as         conference's top player for second time

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the second time in a month, Eastern Connecticut State University senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) has been voted as the Player-of-the-Week in the sport of softball by the Little East Conference, for the week ending April 21.

A second-team All-LEC utility player as a junior, Paterson was recognized as Player-of-the-Week for the second time in her career. It marks the eighth time in six weeks that an Eastern softball player has been honored by LEC as either its top player, pitcher or rookie.

Last week, Paterson batted .667 in a 4-0 week which included a home sweep of UMass Dartmouth and road sweep of Rhode Island College which improved Eastern's record to 9-1 in the Little East Conference. Paterson, who has hit safely in 17 of her last 21 games to raise her average to .417, was 8-for-12 with three walks and two doubles for a .733 on-base percentage and .833 slugging percentage.

Paterson knocked in a team-high nine runs and scored four last week, and the first baseman was perfect on 30 defensive chances to raise her fielding percentage to .990 this year. Paterson had a hit in all four games and recorded her fourth three-hit game of the of the season and drove in five runs for the third time this year in the second-game win over Rhode Island. In that game, Paterson walked with the bases loaded in a five-run run fourth inning and had a two-run double in a six-run fifth.

Eastern batted .366 during the week and outscored its opponent 38-7, with six of the runs allowed coming in a 14-6 victory over Rhode Island in the final game of the week.
This year, Paterson is one of five players to start all 30 games for the 22-8 Warriors, and is one of four regulars with a .400-plus batting average. The right-handed hitter and fielder, who has also started four games at second base in 2013, is tied for third among regulars with a .417 batting and is first in fielding and first in putouts (170). She has 46 total bases, and a .490 on-base percentage.

In addition to Paterson this year, senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) has also twice been named LEC Player-of-the-Week, senior pitcher Christine Akcer (Milford) once as Pitcher-of-the-Week, freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) twice as Rookie-of-the-Week and freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) once as Rookie-of-the-Week.

When named LEC Player-of-the-Week for the first time this year on April 1, Paterson batted .563 with a .611 on-base percentage and .938 slugging percentage and fielded at 1.000 on 38 chances in a 4-2 week which concluded with four consecutive victories. She had 15 total bases and a team-leading 12 RBI and drove in five runs twice during the week and had consecutive three-hit games. When Eastern opened its Little East Conference season with a home sweep of UMass Boston, Paterson reached safely six times with four hits and two walks and handled 13 defensive chances without an error.

The three-time defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion, Eastern holds a two-game lead over Plymouth State University in the conference standings. A winer of nine of its last ten overall, Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University in an LEC doubleheader Wednesday at 4 p.m.


 

Track: Men Own Sprints, Relays at SC

Women set personal records at Springfield College Invitational

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Above: Kylie McCartney (left), Fred Hewett

Eastern Men's Results.pdf             Eastern Women's Results.pdf

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Fred Hewett (New London) won the 100 meters and was second by .05 in the 200 and was part of both winning relays and freshman John Boisette (East Hartford) was third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 and ran the anchor of the winning 4x100 relay  to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at Blake Track.

The Eastern men dominated the sprints, placing three among the first five and five among the top 14 in the 100 and two among the first six and five among the top 15 in the 200 en route to their fourth-place finish among  ten teams. The Warriors collected 84 points and were only 14 points shy of third place in the meet, won by WPI (229).

On the women's side, freshman Emily Kohn (Columbia) took fourth place in a field of 16 in the shot, and junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) was eighth among 33 in the 200 as the Warriors finished seventh in a field of eight teams, scoring 27 points. Host Springfield  totaled 159 points, edging WPI by two points for the team title.

Depth in sprints carries men in meet

Boisette_72_8631.jpgRunning the 100 for the first time this year, Hewett qualified for next month's  New England Division III and New England Open championships with his winning time of 11.13 -- .11 seconds faster than sophomore Ken Toal of Springfield in a field of 29 competitors.  Boisette (11.33) and  junior Andrew Prince (Orange) (11.39) both qualified for the New England Division III Champinoships with their times. Prince was fifth overall.

At right: John Boisette

 In a field of 43 in the 200, Hewett fell just .05 shy of becoming a double winner. He was timed in 22.76, just behind American International College freshman Gordy Dufresne. Boisette followed as the second freshman across the line, and Prince was 11th in a time of 23.47.

Senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME) was 13th in the 100 and 24th in the 200, and freshman Brandon Sullivan (Coventry, RI) 14th in the 100 and 15th in the 200.

The 4x100 relay edged Westfield State University for first. Eastern was timed in 43.44, the Owls in 43.56. Joining Hewett and Boisette on that squad were sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) and Prince. The 4x400 outran Springfield College by just under five seconds, checking in at 3:27.04. Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) ran the opening leg, with Chambers second, Hewett third and Kruppa assuming the anchor position.

Eastern also dominated the long jump competition, with sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington), Verrill and Reynolds all breaking 20 feet and claiming the 3-through-5 spots with marks of 20-8 ½, 20-7 ¾ and 20-1 ½, respectively.

The Eastern men compete in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.


Women establish personal bests

bryant_72_8555.jpgRunning the 200 for the first time this year, McElveen established a PR of 27.36, while Kohn's fourth-place throw in the discus  was measured at 113-6.

At right: Tacia Bryant

Others establishing personal bests were junior Tacia Bryant (Guilford), sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton), and freshman Kylie McCartney (Manchester). Bryant reached 16 feet for the third time in her career, posting a PR of 16-3 ¾ in taking seventh in a field of 19 in the long jump; running the 400 for the first time this year, Chambers was timed in 1:03.14 and crossed the line fourth overall among ten participants; and McCartney recorded PRs in the 800 (2:36.14) and 1,500 (5:19.81), taking 11th among 24 and seventh among 19, respectively.

Junior Amy Huhn (Hebron), the outdoor pole vault record-holder, was fifth among 11 Saturday with a jump of 9-0 ¼ and was also sixth among 12 in the shot put (29-8).

At the two-day College of Holy Cross Multi-Event in the middle of last week, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and freshman Erica Andrasi (Trumbull) qualified for post-season competition in the heptathlon. Hultzman led the trio with 3,401 points, with Gingras, the program heptathlon record-holder, scoring 3,392 points, and Andrasi, in her first heptathlon competition, totalling 2,767 points.

Hultzman qualified for next month's Division III New England Championships with her javelin throw (107-2) and 100 meter hurdle time (16.50).

 The Eastern women compete in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.


 

Women's Soccer Alumni Day

 

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Softball Unloads in 7-0, 14-6 LEC Sweep

 

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paterson72USE_8508.jpgPROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Christine Akcer (Milford) allowed one run in ten innings - tossing her second shutout in her last five starts in the opener and pitching the final three innings of relief for her second win of the day in Game 2 - and senior All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) tied her program season record for total bases as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept a Little East Conference doubleheader with 7-0, 14-6 victories over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Dayna A. Bazar Stadium.

With the sweep, Eastern (22-8, 9-1 Little East) strengthens its hold on first place in the conference over idle Western Connecticut State University (6-2 LEC), which visits UMass Dartmouth Sunday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

The three-time defending LEC regular-season and tournament champion, Eastern has won 61 of its last 64 regular-season and playoff conference contests after defeating Rhode Island (15-17, 4-4 Little East) for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings. Eastern and Rhode Island have won the last seven LEC post-season tournaments and have captured every regular-season title since 2005.

Akcer (7-0) threw a complete-game four-hit shutout with six strikeouts and one walk in the first game, and Cooper and senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) each had two hits and two RBI and freshman Alicia White (Colchester) also drove in two runs with a pinch two-run single in a three-run fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie.

Eastern, ranked among the top ten teams nationally in batting average, banged out 16 hits against three Rhode Island pitchers in the second game, with Akcer pitching the final three innings to gain the victory.

Trailing 2-0 in the second game, Eastern pushed across 11 runs in the middle two innings on ten hits, two errors, three walks and two wild pitches. Junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford), White, junior utility player Megan Godwin (Manchester), sophomore leftfielder Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) and Paterson each reached safely and scored (or their pinch runner did) in each of those two innings. Brett tripled and singled, White doubled and singled and drove in  a run, Godwin singled and walked, Martin walked and singled in a run, and Paterson walked to force in a run and doubled in two.

Cooper had four singles on the day to tie the season record of 123 total bases that she set as a junior. Her third single of the afternoon made her the first player in program history to record as many as 60 hits twice in a career. She did it for the first time last year, when she tied Trish Wodatch's season record of 69 hits. Cooper now has 61 hits in 30 games in 2013.

Paterson led Eastern with five hits, reached safely seven times, and drove in seven runs on the day - five coming in Game 2  with her bases loaded walk, and two-run doubles in the fifth and seventh.  Brett also had four hits  and matched Godwin with four runs scored. White and Cooper each knocked in three runs.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut Wednesday in a 5 p.m. doubleheader

 

 

Baseball: Eastern Capitalizes in Sweep

Solid pitching and five unearned runs spell 4-1, 4-3 Little East wins

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At left: Chuck Vogt (Photo by David Santerre)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team scored five unearned runs and senior righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) pitched a final inning of hitless relief  to save both games as the Warriors swept Rhode  Island College, 4-1, 4-3, in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at Anchorman Field.

Eastern (21-8-1, 6-3 Little East) has won eight straight since being swept in an LEC home doubleheader to conference leader University of Southern Maine two weeks ago -- giving up only 11 runs in those eight contests -- and moves into sole possession of second place in the conference behind the Huskies (7-0), a game ahead of Keene State College and UMass Boston, who meet in a noon doubleheader at Keene Sunday. Rhode Island (8-23, 2-7 Little East) has been beaten in eight of its last ten, falling to 9-9 at home.

Junior righty Pat Barnett (Windsor), sophomore righty Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks) and Purnell allowed a total of only one run on five hits over the final six innings after senior starter Evan Chamberlain (Amston) was lifted after three innings with the Warriors trailing 2-0 in the first game. The Warriors tied the game with two unearned runs in the fourth on a walk, two infield errors, junior DH Gavin Lavallee's (New Milford) sacrifice bunt and No. 9 hitter Tyler Caserta's (Stratford) RBI single.

Eastern went ahead in the fifth inning of the first game on a walk, singles by senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) and senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) and another infield error.

Vogt and Purnell combined to retire the final eight batters in order. Eastern four pitchers struck out nine and walked only two, none of the walks coming over the final seven innings.

Eastern improved to 18-4 against Rhode Island in the last 22 meetings when senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown), Vogt and Purnell combined on a six-hitter without a walk in the nightcap, and Eastern wiped out an 1-0 deficit. The Warriors went ahead with two runs in the sixth on three consecutive singles from No. 9 hitter Nik Ververis (Plainfield), junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) and junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), a passed ball and Balowski's run-producing ground ball. Eastern tacked on two more in the eighth on a walk, Caserta's sacrifice bunt, and RBI singles from Ververis and Vaccarelli.

Darby (5-1) fanned nine and spaced six  singles and Darby, Vogt and Purnell retired the final eight batters in order. Vogt pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the twinbill, giving up one hit and no walks.

Vaccarelli and Lynch - batting at the top of the order - each had four hits in the doubleheader and Ververis had two hits and scored two runs. Purnell's two saves give him seven on the season in a staff-high 21 appearances. With the exception of the Southern Maine doubleheader - where the staff allowed 17 earned runs in 18 innings - Eastern pitching has a 2.29 ERA in the other seven conference games.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

W-Lacrosse: Road Kills Eastern Again

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Warriors drop 16-10 LEC decision to Southern Maine, now 1-5 this season away from home field

GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine scored three extra-man goals, outscoring Eastern Connecticut State University by six goals to snap a halftime tie in a 16-10 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

At left: Erin Conn

The loss is the sixth in the last seven games for Eastern (4-10, 2-3 Little East) and only the second loss in 16 LEC contests to Southern Maine (10-5, 4-0 Little East) for the Warriors, who dropped their fifth road game in six tries.

Southern Maine's only previous win in the series came in a 15-14 road victory over the host Warriors in the 2010 LEC playoff final. The Huskies had won their three previous LEC games this year by a total of five goals.

Southern Maine never trailed after tying the match in the first eight minutes, and Eastern tied the match once, 6-6 on senior midfielder Daniela Marchittos' (Orange) unassisted goal two minutes into the second half.

Leading 10-8, the hosts pulled away by scoring five straight goals in a span of 11 minutes, two coming on free-position shots when the Huskies held the man advantage.. Sarah Pelligrinelli converted two of her team's goals in that stretch.

Rosie Forster and Cyr helped USM to a 16-10 advange by combining to win 12 draw controls.

Marchitto and  junior attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) led Eastern with three goals apiece, Lillis coming off the bench in the match and also adding an assist. Junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won five draws and senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) three. Marchitto and senior midfielder Christina Rully (Orange) each had four ground balls.

. The top six teams in the final conference standings qualify for the LEC playoffs, which get underway a week from Tuesday. Plymouth State University and Southern Maine share the top spot in the conference, with Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College at 2-2. UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island College at winless.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut  in its final regular-season match of the season.

 

 

M-Lax: Eastern Pulls Away from USM

Third quarter is decisive as Warriors maintain a share of second, 16-9

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Sophomore midfielder Dan Vasquez (above) was one of 39 players to see action in Saturday's 16-9 Little East Conference home victory over the University of Southern Maine (Photo by Frank Poulin).

thresher_usm_FRANK_721W7B0329.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team limited the University of Southern Maine to one goal in one 26-minute span and went on to post a 16-9 Little East Conference victory Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

 At right: Sophomore midfielder Zach Thresher (Photo by Frank Poulin).

Eastern (6-7, 4-1 Little East) got goals from four different players in a four-goal run to break  from a halftime tie and win its third straight conference game. With two conference matches remaining in the regular season, Eastern maintains a share of second place in the conference with Plymouth State University, which downed homestanding Western Connecticut State University, 17-10, Saturday.

Twelve different players contributed a goal or assist for Eastern, which scored the first three goals of the match and never trailed in defeating Southern Maine (5-9, 1-4 Little East) for the12th time in as many games in this series. The third quarter was decisive, with Eastern's 14-4 advantage in shots resulting in a 6-1 advantage in goals.

The score was tied three times in the first half before junior All-America Mike Devine (Cheshire) and junior Mike Jordan (Cheshire) - the team's scoring leaders this season - scored 37 seconds apart in the opening miniutes of the third quarter, and senior Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) and sophomore Zach Thresher (Somers) followed with strikes of their own to make it 10-6 with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Huskies never got closer than three the rest of the way. Devine and Thresher's goals were scored while the Warriors were in a man advantage.

After sophomore midfielder Burleigh Desjardins scored an unassisted goal to tie the match,  6-6, with two minutes left in the first half, the Huskies managed only one goal over the next 26 minutes and were outscored 9-1 by Eastern in that stretch.

Jordan led Eastern with four goals and an assist, junior Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) adding three, and Thresher two goals and an assist. Freshman Angus Deane (Vernon) recorded his first career goal with 2:27 left in the match. Devine's goal moves him to within two of becoming the 11th 100-goal scorer in program history.

Eastern's penalty-killing unit stopped all five of USM's extra-man opportunites, improving the team's success rate this year to .805.

Freshman goalie Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) made eight saves through the first 50+ minutes and left on the winning end of a 14-7 lead to gain his  fourth victory in six decisions, with freshman Brendan Gillotti (Danbury) and senior Drew Deane (Vernon) combining for five saves  over the final 9+ minutes.

Junior defenseman Chris Brown (Cohasset, MA) and senior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) combined for 11 ground balls, Brown leading players on both clubs with six. Dubinsky won ten of 21 faceoffs.

Southern Maine senior attack Kyle Baker, the LEC leader in goals and points, unloaded nine shots but connected on only two - the first coming with his team down 10-6 and the second proving to be the final goal of the contest inside the final two minutes.

Senior midfielder Zach Blauvelt won 15 of 27 faceoffs for Southern Maine and picked up four ground balls, while junior defenseman Dylan Kenney led the team with five ground balls.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University in a conference match Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

W-Lax: Wacker Engineers MIT Victory

She connects on ten of her 13 shots to frustrate Warriors, 16-15

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     Neither Molly McShane (21) nor Erica Du (22) are in a position to slow down Eastern's Rachel Meotti,           who  won six ground balls and four draws and forced five turnovers Thursday. (Photo by Adrian Joyner).

MANSFIELD, Conn. - In a women's lacrosse game of shifting momentum, the only constant was the spot-on shooting of MIT senior midfielder Laura Wacker, who, in addition to everything else, saved her best for last.

Wacker reached the 50-goal mark of the season by racking up ten goals on 13 shots - all of her attempts either finding the back of the net or being saved - to power MIT to a 16-15 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

shannonMIT72dpi_9309.jpgBoth teams entered play having ended four-game losing streaks with victories Tuesday, but MIT (6-9) won its second straight by beating its first Little East Conference opponent after two home losses. It was the Engineers' second road win against five losses and dropped Eastern (4-9) to 4-4 at home.

At left: Eastern's Taylor Shannon moves the ball upfield in Thursday's 16-15 loss to MIT at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Shannon had two goals, an assist, four ground balls and caused two turnovers. (Photo by Adrian Joyner).

With eight goals already to her credit, Wacker delivered the knockout blow by snapping the seventh and final tie with her 49th and 50th goals of the season inside the final five minutes.

Thirty-four seconds after Eastern senior midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) pulled Eastern even with five minutes left, Wacker connected twice in 1:22, first on a feed from senior midfielder Molly McShane  and then again on a free-position goal - her third such goal of the match and fifth free-position marker for the Engineers in the game.

The goal gave MIT its fifth and final lead in a game where MIT used a run of fifth straight goals to start the second half and move out to the largest lead by either team - four goals - eight minutes into the second half. In that spurt, Wacker contributed three goals and freshman midfielder Isabella DiDio two.

Down by that four-goal margin, Eastern put together a four-goal run for the second time in the match, with junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) scoring once and assisting on one, and senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange), junior midfielder Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) and sophomore midfielder Sandy Scarpa (Waterford) netting one each.

Eastern appeared to gain momentum for the second half when  sophomore attack Meg Eremita (South Windsor) beat the first-half  clock with a strike at the horn off a pass from Wolk to push Eastern into a slim one-goal halftime lead, but the visitors opened the second half creating their own momentum by scoring five straight.

Behind Wacker's marksmanship, MIT put 25 of its 31 shots on net, forcing Eastern junior goalie Haley Heslin (Hartford) to come up with a career-high nine saves. Freshman Paige Kennedy earned the win by making six saves.

Marchitto was Eastern's top scorer witih four goals, Shannon, Buchanan, Wolk and junior midfielder Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) finishing with two each. Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) led players on both teams with six ground balls and five caused turnovers, and shared the game lead with four draw controls. McShane led MIT with five ground balls and DiDioi and senior midfielder Kira Schott each caused three turnovers.

As reflective of a game decided by one goal, the shots, draw controls and turnovers were virtually identical.

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

 

M-Soccer: Goal-A-Thon Saturday

Charity to benefit Be The Match is combined with Team IMPACT

Eshield72dpi.jpgdecasanovashirtIMG951083.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team and alumni will sponsor a Goal-a-Thon to benefit the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

All proceeds from the Goal-a-Thon will benefit the Be The Match program in the name of Eastern soccer senior Jon DeCasanova, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia this past fall and has spent most of the past eight months in the hospital.

The Goal-a-Thon involves Eastern players and alumni divided into teams of 4-6 and will play timed, small-sided games until a combined total of 100 goals are scored.The minimum sponsorship is 5 cents per goal.

Prior to the Goal-a-Thon,  15-year-old Tyler Belfleur of Canterbury will be outfitted in a team uniform and will join team members during official introductions as part of the Team IMPACT! Program.  In June of 2012, Tyler was involved in an ATV accident and sustained brain injury. Since then, he has advanced from a wheelchair to a walk and now needs only a crutch. Prior to the injury, Tyler was active in soccer and basketball, among other sports.

Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The goal of the organization is to harness the power of teamwork by matching those courageous kids with college athletic teams. Team IMPACT children are "drafted" onto local college athletic teams and to the greatest extent possible, become "official" members of the team for the duration of their treatment, and beyond.

Tyler will be "drafted" by the Eastern soccer team prior to the Goal-a-Thon.

To support the Goal-a-Thon through a financial contribution, contact Eastern head men's soccer coach Greg DeVito at  860-465-4334 or at devitog@easternct.edu.

 


 

M-Lacrosse: Eastern Trims UMD, 7-5

Freshman goalie Smaldone backstops team's solid defensive effort

Box score.HTM

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Above: Tyler Fresen

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Two years ago, Eastern Connecticut State University's one-goal, regular-season loss at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth necessitated a return trip two weeks later to play a first-round match in the Little East Conference men's lacrosse playoffs.

And even though the Warriors earned a measure of revenge for their only loss ever to the Corsairs with that first-round playoff victory, it was not an experience that Eastern cares to repeat.

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At left: Blake Smaldone

Wednesday, in its first regular-season return to Cressy Field since that loss, Eastern never trailed, but needed junior Tyler Fresen's (Newington) fourth goal of the match to open up a two-goal lead with six minutes on the way to a 7-5 Little East Conference victory over the Corsairs which goes a long way in assuring that there will not be a return trip to North Dartmouth when the LEC playoffs commence in two weeks.

The win is the fourth in the last six matches for Eastern (5-7, 3-1 Little East) and 18th against one loss in the all-time series with UMass Dartmouth (8-3, 2-2 Little East), whose four LEC matches have been decided by a total of five goals.

Freshman goalie Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) made double-digit saves for the fourth time in five starts, making five of his ten saves in the third quarter. Smaldone never gave up more than one goal in any of the first thee periods -- stopping eight shots -- before the Corsairs broke through with two to twice cut a two-goal Eastern lead to one. in the final seven minutes.

After Fresen scored his fourth goal to give the Warriors a two-goal edge for the fourth time, UMass pulled to within a single goal for the fifth time before senior Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) connected on his first goal since the first quarter on a pass from sophomore Zach Thresher (Somers) to deflate the Corsairs, and all but ice the win with just over three minutes left.

A winner of just under half of his faceoffs this year, senior Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) captured 11 of 15 at the faceoff X for the Warriors.

Tight defense by both teams and strong goaltending dominated a match where each team's top three goal-scorers were held in check, managing just one goal apiece.

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


 

Softball:Against UMD,A Coup for Arielle

In sweep, senior All-America establishes career record with 207th hit

cooper72_8440.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior All-America Arielle Cooper (Mystic) broke the softball program's career hit record with a two-run triple in the sixth inning of the first game as Eastern Connecticut State University swept a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday evening by scores of 8-1 and 9-0 in five innings at the Eastern Softball Field.

Cooper tied the Eastern (20-8, 7-1 Little East) career hit  record with her 14th home run of the season leading off the first inning, then broke the year-old hit mark with her 207th hit in a four-run sixth inning.

Sophomore DP Sam Rossetti (Shelton) led a 16-hit attack in the doubleheader with four hits and four RBI, belting her fifth home run of the year and driving in two runs in the first inning of the nightcap.

Senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) added three hits and two RBI in the doubleheader and Cooper finished with three RBI. Junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) reached five times with two hits and three walks and scored five runs, and Cooper scored four times. Junior  leftfielder Megan Godwin (Manchester) also reached five times with four walks and a hit.

Sophomore Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) pitched four innings of scoreless relief to win her fifth game in seven decisions in the opener, and sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) was credited with her first career shutout in the nightcap, allowing only three hits and no walks and fanning one. Martin gave up four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the first game.

Through this past weekend, Cooper leads Division III in home runs per game, runs per game and toughest to strikeout (no strikeouts this year). She is second in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, and fourth in total home runs. As a team, the Warriors rank fourth in slugging percentage, seventh in doubles per game, and ninth in batting average.

Freshman rightfielder Rachel Carey, senior catcher Breanna Marcyoniak, sophomore second baseman Samantha Gregoire and junior shortstop Emily Pontes all had two hits for UMass Dartmouth (9-21, 1-7 Little East). Marcyoniak and Carey doubled in the first inning of the opener to produce the only run for UMass, which stranded eight, including two in the fourth and fifth when they trailed by only two runs.

Baseball: Warriors Rally, Top Western

They erase three-run deficit to win sixth straight, move over .500 in LEC

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MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University scored four runs in the fourth inning on four singles, a walk and sacrifice fly, and junior shortstop Brendan Lynch's (Wethersfield) sacrifice fly in the eighth drove in junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) with the go-ahead run as the Warriors won their sixth straight game with a 6-5 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Brendan Lynch

Trailing 5-4, Western (8-14, 1-4 Little East) tied the game with a run in the sixth on freshman No. 9 hitter James Annello's two-out double which plated sophomore leftfielder John Kelly, but Annello was thrown out at the plate by Eastern (19-8-1, 4-3 Little East) senior rightfielder Tyler Caserta (Stratford) trying to score the go-ahead run on a single by Jeff John.

Ranked fourth in New England, Eastern escaped a jam in the top of the eighth when the Warriors turned a double play on a sacrifice bunt attempt - begun by sophomore relief pitcher Chuck Vogt (Windsor Lock) - and senior reliever Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) left the go-ahead run on third  when he came on to record an inning-ending strikeout.

The Warriors pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Lavallee and junior pinch hitter Tommy McKenna (Lexington, MA) singled and a walk to junior catcher Nik Ververis (Plainfield) loaded the bases for Lynch, who plated Lavallee with a fly ball to left.

The fourth of four Eastern pitchers, Purnell recorded the final six outs to gain his third win in four decisions and lower his ERA to 1.38. Vogt contributed 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

In his second start of the year, senior Conor Bierfeldt went the distance for Western. Last year's New England Player-of-the-Year, Bierfeldt gave up nine hits and three walks and fanned eight.

Lavallee led Eastern with two hits and two runs and Lynch, batting leadoff, reached on a hit and walk, scored twice and drove in two runs.

John, batting leadoff, reached safely three times for Western with two hits and a walk and drove in two runs with a two-out single in the fourth when the Colonials moved out to a 4-1 lead.

 

W-Lacrosse: Marchitto Lifts Warriors

She ties her season high with seven goals in 18-10 victory over UMD

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team limited the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to one goal through the first 26 minutes, stopping a four-match losing streak with an 18-10 Little East Conference victory Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Daniela Marchitto

In downing UMass Datmouth (6-6, 0-3 Little East) for the 12th straight time, Eastern (4-8, 2-2 Little East) moves into a two-way tie for third in the conference with defending champion Keene State College, which was beaten by visiting Plymouth State University, 10-9, Tuesday.

Senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored four straight Eastern goals to spark Eastern to an early 7-1 run, and the Corsairs never got closer than five thereafter.  UMass Dartmouth turned the ball over 30 times in the match and was outshot by better than 2-to-1.

In addition to tying her season-high with seven goals, Marchitto also topped the Warriors with four ground balls, with senior midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington), junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford), junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) and senior defender Samantha Barone (Plainedge, NY) all picking up three. Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) improved her team-leading total of draw controls to 32 by winning five. Buchanan also caused three turnovers for Eastern, which caused 15 turnovers as a team - its highest total in ten matches.

One of the top scorers in the Little East, junior midfielder Taylor Corsano notched six of UMass Dartmouth's game total and also led the Corsairs by winning six draws. Freshman attack Colleen Kane won four draws.

With her goal total, Marchitto moved from a tie for third place ahead of Eastern Hall of Famer Erin Byrnes into second place all-time with 184 goals and moved into second place ahead of Stephanie Altman with 235 career points.

Eastern hosts MIT Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a re-scheduled match from March 19.

Holowaty on EAW Tuesday at 2 p.m.

 

holowatyEAW72_5605.jpgEastern head baseball coach Bill Holowaty, who recorded his 1,400th coaching victory Monday in a 6-2 win at Trinity College, will appear on Eastern Athletics Weekly with host Nick Aconfora Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Eastern Baseball Stadium. Holowaty will reflect upon his many memories along the way to No. 1,400. The 45th-year coach is the winningest active coach in Division III and ranks tenth all-time among head baseball coaches at all NCAA levels. The half-hour show will air on LittleEast.tv and will be archived immediately upon its conclusion on LittleEast.tv. Eastern will host Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference game at 3 p.m. at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. The game will be streamed live on LittleEast.tv beginning with the pre-game show at 2:45 p.m. 

Baseball: Holowaty Wins 1,400th Game

By beating Trinity, he becomes tenth coach all-time to reach milestone

Holowaty_300dpi_small2284.jpgHARTFORD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University head coach Bill Holowaty became the tenth head baseball coach at any collegiate level to win as many as 1,400 games when the Warriors won their fifth straight game in a 6-2 non-conference victory over Trinity College Monday afternoon.

The winningest collegiate coach of any sport at any level in New England history, Holowaty (1,400-523-7) is currently the winningest active coach in NCAA Division III and the third-winningest coach of all time in NCAA Division III history, trailing only retired coach Gordie Gillespie and the late Don Schaly. Gillespire won 1,893 games in a 59-year coaching career with three different institutions between 1953 and 2011. Schaly won 1,438 games in 40 seasons at Marietta College between 1964 and 2003.

As the tenth-winningest head baseball coach in collegiate history, Holowaty joins such notable 1,400-game winners as current Texas coach Augie Garrido, Gene Stephenson of Wichita State, Mike Martin of Florida State, Mark Marquess of Stanford and Cliff Gustafson, formerly of Texas. Holowaty is one of five active coaches on that list.

In 44 full seasons, Holowaty's teams have won four national titles (most recently in 2002) and qualified for 14 national tournaments and have averaged 31.4 wins.

balowski72_4347.jpgAgainst Trinity, Eastern (18-8-1) managed only six hits but scored four unearned runs against five Trinity (14-13) pitchers and senior righty Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) pitched into the sixth inning to gain his first win since the opening weekend of the season. Merritt (2-1)  allowed two runs on 11 hits but did not walk a batter and struck out six as Eastern lowered its staff ERA to 2.78.

At left: Joe Balowski

All-Region senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) had a tying RBI double (the only extra-base hit of the game by either team) and scored the go-ahead run on a two-run outfield error  as part of a three-run Eastern fourth inning, which included two walks.

Leading 3-2, Eastern added an insurance run in the sixth on a leadoff single by senior rightfielder Tyler Caserta (Stratford), a sacrifice bunt by senior centerfielder and cleanup hitter Mike Riemer (Ellington) and an RBI single by junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford), and tacked on two unearned insurance runs in the seventh on singles by senior rightfielder Tyler Caserta (Stratford) and junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), an infield error and a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield).

Balowski is hitting .357 in his last ten games to raise his batting average 37 points to .299.

Senior rightfielder Alex Almeida, batting leadoff, had four hits for the Bantams, who have lost five straight his season and four in a row to Eastern.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Tuesday when it hosts Western Connecticut State University at 3 p.m.

 


 


 

LEC Recognizes Pitchers Akcer, Darby

Akcer wins two in softball; Darby one-hits UMB for 8 innings in baseball

akcer_head_72_9841.jpgdarby_jersey_72_1241.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior right-handed softball pitcher Christine Akcer (Milford) and senior lefty baseball hurler Tom Darby (Middletown, RI) have been named Pitcher-of-the-Week in their respective sports by the Little East Conference, it was announced Monday.

The honor is the second this year for Darby and third by an Eastern baseball pitcher in six weekly reports this season, and is the first in the career of Akcer and first by an Eastern softball pitcher in five weekly reports in 2013.

Akcer raised her season record to 5-0 and lowered her ERA to 1.39 by holding three opponents to two earned runs and winning both of her decisions. She fanned 12 and walked four and kept opponents to a .200 batting average. Akcer began the week Tuesday shutting out homestanding Trinity College on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks for the first shutout of her career and first complete-game shutout by a pitcher this season.

In the first game of an LEC doubleheader at Plymouth State University Saturday, Akcer allowed only one run in a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts and one walk as the Warriors won their 29th straight conference game over three years.

This year, she is 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 23 strikeouts and nine walks in 45 1/3 innings for Eastern (18-8), which is second in the LEC with a 5-1 record.

Eastern softball hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday in a 5 p.m. LEC doubleheader.
Coming off his first career loss last Saturday against defending LEC champion University of Southern Maine, Darby tossed a one-hitter with ten strikeouts and no walks in his eight-inning stint as the Warriors completed their first LEC shutout sweep in nine years Saturday with a 4-0 win over UMass Boston at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.

Now 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 13 walks in 41.0 innings in 2013 and 10-1 in his career, Darby faced two batters over the minimum. He  retired the first eight batters of the game before No. 9 hitter Bryan Falla singled  on a 2-2 offering with two out in the third for the Beacons' only hit. Darby followed by retiring the next 14 in order before hitting a batter. He struck out the side in the fifth during that stretch. The victory concluded a 4-0 week for Eastern.

Coming off Monday's 6-2 road win over Trinity College which netted 45th-year head coach Bill Holowaty his 1,400th coaching victory, Eastern (18-8-1) baseball hosts Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 3 p.m. in a conference game.   
 

Track: Six Win at Eastern Invitational

McElveen qualifies for NE Division III Championships at 400 meters
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mcelveen72_8624.jpgMANSFIELD --  Junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) qualified for the New England Division III Championships at 400 meters with a winning time of 1:00.64 to headline six individual and one relay winner Sunday at the 6th Annual  Eastern Connecticut State University Track & Field Invitational at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Akaya McElveen

McElveen won by nearly three seconds over Taylor Donaldson of Salve Regina University, qualifying for the New England meet next month.

Also for the women, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) won the long jump (16-4 ½) and high jump (4-11 ¾).

For the men, junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) captured the 400 in a time of 50.15 to outrun a field of 12, while junior Andrew Prince (Orange) claimed the 200 (23.17) in a field of 17 and sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) was first in the long jump (20-8 ½) in a field of nine.

Freshman John Boisette (East Hartford), sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), Hewett and Prince teamed to lead the men's 4x100 to first place in a time of 43.85.

reynolds72_8608.jpgOther top performances for the men included Chambers in the 200 (fourth among 17), sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) in the 400 (third among 12) and long jump (second among nine), Reynolds in the 110 hurdles (second among seven) and senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), who was fifth in a field of 17 in the 200 and third among nine in the long jump.

At left: Andre Reynolds

For the women, sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) was second in a field of 11 in the 800, and freshmen Sherry Gilronan (Darien) third among 13 in the 100 and Emily Kohn (Columbia) second among 11 competitors in the discus.

Joining Eastern in the non-scoring meet were Trinity College, Lasell College, Bridgewater State University and Salve Regina University.

Eastern competes in the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.


 

M-Lax: Warriors Down Pesky PSU, 9-8

Warriors kill late penalty on way to LEC decision over Panthers

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At right: Trevor Morrissette works against Plymouth defenseman Pete Gottlieb in the second half Saturday.

PLYMOUTH, NH - Freshman midfielder Marcel Abonyi (Norwalk) won his only ground ball of the game, but it cost Plymouth State University  an opportunity to tie the match with a minute left as defending Little East Conference champion Eastern Connecticut State University held on for a 9-8 victory Saturday afternoon at D&M Park.

With its seventh straight win over Plymouth (6-2, 2-1 LEC), Eastern  (4-7, 2-1 LEC) ends Plymouth's four-game winning streak and hands the Panthers their first conference loss.

Eastern had only led by as many as two goals in the match once until the Warriors scored three consecutive goals in a span of less than one minute in the fourth quarter in a match which featured five ties and four lead changes.

Eastern junior attack Mike Jordan (Cheshire) tied the match on a strike off a feed from sophomore midfielder Zach Thresher (Somers), then assisted when junior attack  Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) gave the Warriors the lead for good eight seconds later. That go-ahead goal was set up after senior Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won the ensuing faceoff thanks to a ground ball pickup by senior long-stick midfielder Merrick Smith (Stonington).  The goal by Morrissette was his only one of the match, but gave the Warriors their first lead  in since the opening minutes of the half, and junior All-America Mike Devine's (Cheshire) only goal of the contest made it 9-7 less than a minute later.

After the Panthers sliced a goal off the lead with seven minutes left, Eastern had an opportunity to preserve the victory by maintaining position, but instead turned the  ball over with 1:40 left. Following a timeout, Plymouth's  Stephen Patch lost possession on the perimeter, and Aboyni scooped it up with a minute left. Eastern commited its 27th and final turnover in the final seconds, however, but freshman goalie Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) made his 13th save on a shot by defenseman Justin Vercruysse to preserve the win.

Eastern commited three penalties in the final quarter, killing off the first one before the Panthers scored their second extra-man goal that pulled them to within 9-8 with 7:13 left. Nineteen seconds later, however, Eastern was able to kill off a three-minute unreleasable penalty when it was cited for illegal equipment.

Jordan scored six of Eastern's goal (on seven shots) - a career high which gave him a team-high 28 points and gives him 13 goals in three conference matches this year. Making his fourth straight start, Smaldone recorded double-digit saves for the third time in that stretch, evening his personal record at 2-2.

Zach Frank, the Little East leader in assists per match, recorded five for Plymouth, giving him 26 on the season.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth in a conference match Wednesday at 7 p.m.

W-Lax Trails Early, Can't Recover

Warriors challenge, but can't make up early five-goal deficit in LEC

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At left: Senior defender Samantha Barone advances the ball in the second half of Saturday's LEC loss.

PLYMOUTH, NH - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team had more turnovers than shots in losing an 11-7 Little East Conference decision to Plymouth State University Saturday.

The win is the second straight for Plymouth (7-2, 2-0 LEC over Eastern (3-8, 1-2 LEC) after the Warriors had won seven in a row. Eastern has dropped its last four while Plymouth has won three in a row. It was the Panthers' home-opener.

Plymouth raced to a 5-0 lead in the first ten minutes before the Warriors answered with four straight, pulling to within a goal on Taylor Shannon's (Waterford) goal midway though the  first half.

All but four of the goals in the match were scored in the first half, with the teams splitting the four second-half goals. Seven Eastern players each scored once, with senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scoring once and contributing one assist. Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) won three draws and three ground balls and caused two turnovers for Eastern. Junior Haley Heslin (Hartford) stopped a career-high eight shots for the Warriors.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Softball: LEC Streak Snapped by PSU

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Second-game loss to Panthers is Warriors' first in conference in 30 games

At left: Sam Rossetti

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - First-year sophomore Whitney Roberts was projected as a reserve outfielder  for the Plymouth State University softball team in 2013.

After Saturday's performance, she can be officially labelled as the bonafide ace of the staff.

Facing the nation's second-ranked offensive team, Roberts (8-3) pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the second game as Plymouth snapped Eastern Connecticut State University's 29-game Little East Conference softball winning streak, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Panther Park.

In the first game, senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic), junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) and sophomore first baseman Sam Rossetti (Shelton) all had three hits, Rossetti driving in five runs to lead Eastern (18-8, 5-1 LEC) to an 8-1 victory over Plymouth (16-11, 3-3 LEC).

In the first game, Eastern  went ahead for good, 4-1, with three runs in the second inning by scoring all of its runs after the bases were empty with two out. Freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford), batting ninth, homered to start the rally, and Cooper, Brett and Rossetti followed with singles, Rossetti plating two runs.

In addition to the two-run single, Rossetti drove in Cooper with the first run of the game in the first and later drilled a two-run double in the fourth. Cooper led off the game with a single, singled and scored in the second and had an RBI double and scored in the sixth.

godwin72_100th_8402.jpgSenior Christine Aker (Milford) won her fifth game in as many decisions in the  opener, tossing a complete-game five-hitter. She fanned three and walked one. After surrendering a two-out RBI single in the first, Akcer gave up only three hits the rest of the way. In the fourth, Plymouth had a one-out single, then a double, but Akcer got an outfield fly ball and line drive to first to end the threat.

At left: This fourth-inning swing in Game 2 produced Megan Godwin's 100th career hit.

Roberts, a 5-foot-5 inch righty, shut down Eastern in the nightcap,  outdueling Eastern sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) to hand the Warriors their first LEC loss after 29 straight victories (21 in the regular season) dating back to 2011.

Cooper opened the second game with Eastern's only run --  her 13th home run of the season - but Roberts shut out Eastern the rest of the way, retiring the final 11 batters in order.

 

Batting .372 as a team entering the  doubleheader, Eastern managed only freshman DH Alyssa White's (Colchester) two-out double later in the first inning, a two-out single by Brett in the third, and a one-out double by Megan Godwin (Manchester) in the fourth. The hit was the 100th in the three-year career of Godwin.

Given a 1-0 lead before taking the mound, Miller surrendered three straight singles in the bottom of the first as the Panthers scored the only runs they needed. After the first, Miller allowed only two singles in the fifth (one was a bunt) and two hits in the sixth.

Roberts fanned two and walked one, while Miller pitched a complete-game seven-hitter. She struck out three and hit a batter.

Neither team made an error in the doubleheader.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth in a conference doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Baseball:Pitching,Defense Rule the Day

Warriors post two shutouts, play perfect defense in 2-0, 4-0 LEC sweep

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At right: Tom Darby

BROCKTON, Mass. --  Senior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston) struck out ten in seven innings of the opener and senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI) followed with ten of his own and allowed only one hit in eight innings of the nightcap to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 2-0, 4-0 doubleheader sweep of Little East Conference leader University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium.

A winner of four straight, Eastern (17-8-1, 3-3 LEC)  did not commit an error on the day, and five pitchers combined for 23 strikeouts and only one walk in handing UMass Boston (10-13, 4-2 LEC) its fifth loss in its last six outings.

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At left: Evan Chamberlain

 It marked the first Little East doubleheader shutout since All-America pitchers and eventual professional players Ryan DiPietro and Joey Serfass started in a 7-0, 13-0 blanking at UMass Dartmouth April 17, 2004.

Both Chamberlain (5-1) and Darby (4-1) were coming off their first losses of the season last Saturday against 2012 LEC champion University of Southern Maine, the setback the first in the career of Darby.

Against UMass Boston, Chamberlain scattered three hits while striking out ten, walking one and hitting one batter, and sophomore transfer Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks) and Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) pitched one scoreless inning apiece to nail down the win. Purnell gave up two hits in the ninth but was credited with his fifth save.

In the second game, Darby fanned ten and hit one batter without a walk in facing two batters over the minimum before Purnell closed it out with a hitless ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.52. Darby retired the first eight batters of the game before No. 9 hitter Bryan Falla singled  on a 2-2 offering with two out in the third for the Beacons' only hit. Darby followed by retiring the next 14 in order before hitting a batter. He struck out the side in the fifth during that stretch.

In the opener, Eastern scored once in the third and once in the fifth against complete-game loser Kyle Szatrowski (4-1), who lost his first decision despite giving up only six hits and one earned run. With one out in the third, junior transfer Nik Ververis (Plainfield), batting ninth, reached on an error and later scored on junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli's (Wolcott)  two-out double. In the fifth, Ververis again got things going with a leadoff single, moved to second on Vaccarelli's single, and scored on senior first baseman Joe Balowski's (Berlin) sacrifice fly. Vaccarelli finished with three hits.

In the nightcap, Eastern scored three times in the third. Ververis walked and rode home with the first run on Lynch's double. Vaccarelli followed with a single and Lynch raced home from third on senior second baseman Drew Accomando's (Monroe) sacrifice fly. Senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) plated Vaccarelli with a double.

Lynch (two RBI) and Vaccarelli each had two hits in Eastern's ten-hit attack and Ververis matches his first-game production with two runs.

Eastern visits Trinity College Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Softball: Warriors Power Past Salve

Cooper reaches 200-hit plateau, also breaks her season HR mark

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NEWPORT, R.I. --  Senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) became the second player in Eastern Connecticut State University softball history to record 200 career hits and also broke her own season home run record as the Warriors improved their north record to 14-2 with a 16-5, 8-4 sweep of Salve Regina University Wednesday afternoon at Toppa Field.

At right: Arielle Cooper (Photo by Katie Dulz)

Eastern (17-7) raised its team batting average to .372 - fifth-best in Division III - with 29 hits, ten of them for extra bases,  in improving to 11-3 all-time against Salve Regina (16-12). The Seahawks had won 11 of 14 entering the non-conference doubleheader and had not been swept since March 24.

Batting leadoff, Cooper had six hits - including a double and her record 12th home run of the season (36th of her career) - and scored seven runs and drove in three. In the doubleheader, sophomore rightfielder Shannon Martin (Wethersfield), junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) and sophomore DH Sam Rossetti (Shelton) all had four hits, with junior catcher Megan Bondy (Mystic) and freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) chipping in three each.  Hancock scored four runs and Brett (5) and Rossetti combined for nine RBI. Brett recorded two doubles and a triple and Rossetti two doubles and her fourth home run in the past 11 games. Bondy smacked her first career home run with two outs in the fourth inning of the first game.

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At left: Kelly Paterson (Photo by Katie Dulz)

Eastern used a five-run fifth inning to break a tie in the first game and posted another five-run inning in the fourth inning of the second game to overcome a two-run deficit.

In the opener, Cooper was 4-for-5 with five runs scored and two RBI and hit her record home run with a two-run shot in the third.  She reached the 200-hit plateau with a two-out single to center in the fourth inning of the nightcap and scored on Brett's two-run triple to right-center.  With 201 career hits, Cooper needs six hits to break the career record set by former teammate Priscilla Alicea. Cooper raised her season average to .638 - second-highest in Division III - and her career average to .408.

Last week's NFCA national Player-of-the-Week, Cooper has hit safely in 23 straight games this year (she walked four times in the other) and in 60 of her last 61 dating back to last season (she set a program record with hits in 33 straight games last spring).

Senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) stroked her 100th career hit with a run-scoring single in a five-run fifth inning in the first game. Junior second baseman Megan Godwin (Manchester) pulled to within one of 100 with an infield single in that same inning.

Eastern's 18-hit attack in Game 1 made a winner of Martin (4-2), who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of senior starter Christine Akcer (Milford). She gave up three hits and no walks and had two strikeouts. Akcer allowed only five hits in the first 3 2/3 innings but was victimized by four unearned runs when the Seahawks scored all of their runs to tie the game in the fifth. The Warriors played perfect defense in the second game and backed freshman Emily Komornik (Shelton) and  sophomore Erin Miller (Waterford) with four extra-base hits among their ten hits. Miller (6-1) won her fifth straight decision by replacing Komornik with one out in the second and Eastern trailing 2-1 and going the rest of the way. She allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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

 
 

M-Lax:Cards Seize Momentum,Win 13-9

No. 19 Wesleyan capitalizes on man-up to score three in 70 seconds

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MANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team scored three extra-man goals in a span of 70 seconds to wrestle away the momentum at the start of the second half and went on to a 13-9 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Blake Smaldone

The contest was completed Thursday after lightning forced a suspension of play Wednesday night immediately after Wesleyan's (9-2) third extra-man goal with a minute and 30 seconds into the second half gave the Cardinals an 8-4 lead.

The win is the fifth straight for Wesleyan and fourth straight in this series. Eastern (3-7) has lost two in a row after winning two straight. The Cardinals are ranked No. 19 in Division III and No. 4 in New England.

Wesleyan gained the momentum for good after Eastern was whistled for two penalties - one a three-minute unreleasable infraction - while Wesleyan senior Brendan Hanley was scoring a goal with 21 seconds left in the first half that put the Cardinals up for good, 5-4.

Sophomore David Murphy and juniors Aidan Daniell and Remy Lieberman followed by scoring extra-man goals in a span of 70 seconds in the opening minutes of the second half - Murphy's coming on a two-man Wesleyan advantage. The goals came in a stretch where Wesleyan scored nine unanswered goals - two ending the first half and seven in the opening 12 minutes of the third quarter.

Down by eight goals in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Eastern held Wesleyan in check the rest of the game, totaling four goals over the final 12 minutes to make the final margin four goals.

Trailing by two goals after one period, Eastern took over the momentum in the second quarter, scoring the first three goals to move into its only lead of the match, 4-3, with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Junior All-America Mike Devine (Cheshire) scored had a goal and assist in that stretch and the Eastern defense forced Wesleyan into seven of its game total of 16 turnovers.

With time running down in the first half, however, Wesleyan tied the match with 3:29 left on junior Graham McNab's second goal of the half, then assumed the momentum for good when Hanley was roughed up while scoring the goal which put the Cards up for good, 5-4, with 21 seconds left in the half.

Senior Jeff Giocondi won 11 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls for Wesleyan.

Sophomore Quentin DellaFera led Wesleyan with four goals - scoring two in succession in the first quarter and two more in a row 17 seconds apart in the third quarter to cap the visitors' run of nine unanswered goals. Macnab followed with three goals and Hanley and Murphy chipped in a goal and two assists each.

Wesleyan enjoyed a 2-to-1 advantage in shots, with Eastern freshman goalie Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) turning back 14 shots in his third consecutive start.

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


 

M-Lax: Match Resumption Thursday

 

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Above: Faceoff specialists Josh Dubinsky (white uniform) of Eastern and Wesleyan's Jeff Giocondi battle for this second-quarter ground ball Wednesday night.  The players had split 12 faceoffs before the contest was suspended due to lightning early in the third quarter.

Wednesday night's non-conference home men's lacrosse match with Wesleyan University was suspended due to lightning 1:30 seconds into the third quarter and will be resumed Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Wesleyan, ranked No. 19 nationally,  had scored five consecutive goals to erase Eastern's only lead of the match to take an 8-4 lead with 13:30 left in the third quarter. The Cards scored their last three goals in that stretch on extra-man opportunities after two Eastern players accumulated four minutes worth of penalties on a Wesleyawn goal with 21 seconds left in the first half.

Baseball: Barnett, Purnell Spell Relief

Pair allows only one hit in 6 1/3 innings in team's 3-2 comeback win

barnett72dpi_7430.jpgBRIDGEWATER, Mass. -The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team got 6 1/3 scoreless innings from righty relievers Pat Barnett (Windsor) and Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs), and  rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 3-2 non-conference victory over Bridgewater State University Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Park.

At left: Pat Barnett (Photo by Katie Dulz)

Bridgewater (11-9-1) scored single runs in the first two innings and chased junior righty starter Greg Porter (Mystic)  in the fourth before Barnett (2-0) got a strikeout to leave runners at the corners, then pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit base to set up Eastern (15-8-1) with an opportunity to win.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, the Warriors loaded the bases with nobody out on singles by senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) and senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) and a bunt single by junior second baseman Tommy McKenna (Lexington, MA), and junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs with a one-out single through the left side.

Purnell protected the team's fourth straight victory over Bridgewater and 13th in the last 16 games by retiring the final six batters in order, striking out the side in the eight and ending the contest with his fourth strikeout to record his fourth save. Purnell lowered his ERA to 1.66 and now has struck out 33 and walked only two in 21 2/3 innings. Barnett's ERA dropped to 1.32 - best among relievers.

Balowski was 4-for-5 to push his season batting average over .300 to .305. He is 12 for his last 30 (.400). Junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) and Lavallee  each had three hits, with Lavallee's extending his hitting streak to seven.

Eastern took a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat on singles by Lynch leading off the game and Balowski and Riemer's sacrifice fly, but the hosts tied the game in the bottom of the first on three singles, a throwing error and wild pitch and moved out to a 2-1 lead with another run in the second when leadoff hitter Sean Riley's double plated No. 9 hitter John Garabedian, who had walked with two out.

Eastern's three pitchers combined on an eight-hitter and struck out nine with three walks.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday with a noon doubleheader against Massachusetts Boston at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.

 

Softball: Cooper, Hancock LEC Picks

Cooper also named ECAC and NFCA national Player-of-the-Week

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Cooper (left), Hancock (below, left)

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the third straight week, Eastern Connecticut State University softball players have been recognized as the Little East Conference weekly Player and Rookie-of-the-Week, respectively.

In the fourth weekly report released today, senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) was named Player-of-the-Week for the second time in three weeks, and freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) was named Rookie-of-the-Week for the first time.

On Wednesday, Cooper was additionally honored as the ECAC New England and NFCA national Division III Player-of-the-Week. She becomes Eastern's second national Player-of-the-Week, joining pitcher Molly Rathbun last year.

Two weeks ago, Cooper was cited as Player-of-the-Week and freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) as the LEC's Rookie-of-the-Week. Last week, senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) earned the top player honor, and White repeated as the No. 1 rookie.

In a 6-2 week ending Sunday, Cooper batted .714 (15-for-21) to raise her career average to .400 with an .818 on-base percentage and 1.619 slugging percentage. She was walked 12 times, drove in nine runs, scored 15, stole three bases and handled 31 defensive chances with one error.

During the week, the 2012 second-team NFCA All-America  homered in five straight games, with her first home run of the week setting a program career record of 29. After setting a program record with a 33-game hitting streak last spring, Cooper has hit safely in 19 straight games this year (she also walked four times in four plate appearances in one game), recording more than one in all but six games.

hancockLEC72_5995.jpgOn the season, she is hitting .641 with 25 RBI, a 1.297 slugging percentage and .699 on-base percentage and nine home runs, which are two shy of the season HR record which she shares. To establish program career records, she needs two runs, four doubles and 16 hits.

One of two starting freshmen in the lineup, Hancock batted .348 (8-for-23) in eight games last week and led the team with 27 assists. She had a .522 slugging percentage and .360 on-base percentage and hit safely in six games during the week. Against No. 6 Tufts Sunday, Hancock had a career-high six assists and in an LEC home sweep of Southern Maine, had eight assists without an error. In a sweep of Lesley, she had four hits, including a triple, with a sac bunt and sacrifice fly.

Hancock has started all 20 games this year - 15 at shortstop - and has batted second in the lineup behind Cooper 13 times. At .311, she is one of seven regulars batting over .300 for a team hitting at a .372 clip and leading the country in doubles per game (2.1). Hancock is second on the team in runs (19) and is first in assists (49).

Eastern visits Trinity College for a 3 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday.
 


 

W-Lax: Westfield Takes Down Eastern

Owls seize momentum midway through second half in 16-13 win

griffin72dpi_7906.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - The Westfield State University women's lacrosse team won four of five draws and scored five consecutive goals in a seven-minute span midway through the second half to seize the momentum for good and post a 16-13 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Taylor Buchanan (far left) chases Westfield's Megan Griffin in Tuesday's match at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Griffin won 12 draws for the Owls, who dropped Eastern, 16-13. (Photo by Katie Dulz)

The win is the fifth straight for Westfield (7-2) - in only its seventh season on the intercollegiate level - and is the third straight loss and fifth in the last six outings for Eastern (3-7), now 2-4 at home.

It was a game of streaks as Westfield put together scoring streaks of three straight to open the game, five in a row to end the first half and open the second, and later five in a row which stretched a two-goal lead to seven, 14-7, with ten minutes left. After giving up the first three goals of the match, Eastern answered with four straight - two by senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and two by junior Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) - to move out to its only lead of the game, 4-3 midway through the first half.

As has been their pattern this year, the Warriors fell behind early before rallying to close the gap in the final minutes.  Down by that 14-7 score, the Warriors scored six of the next seven goals, finally pulling to within two on sophomore Meg Eremita's (South Windsor) unassisted goal with just over four minutes left.

Eastern won the ensuing draw which followed a Westfield timeout, but promptly turned the ball over and the Owls turned it into the clinching goal when Blair Smith scored her only goal of the match on an assist from Amanda Bouchard with 2:41 left. Eastern again won the ensuing draw but again turned the ball over and Westfield ran out the clock.

Maura Stock (five goals) and Bouchard (three) - Westfield's top scorers this year - led the Owls offensively. Conn scored nearly half (6) of Eastern's goals, with Marchitto scoring three goals, winning three draws and picking up three ground balls.

Meg Griffin added to her team-leading total by winning 12 of Westfield's 18 draws. Sadie Graham and Griffin also picked up five ground balls each.

After Eastern had pulled to within two, 9-7, 12 minutes into the second half, Griffin won three draws and Bridget Everett one and Westfield capitalized by scoring  five straight goals, three by Stack.

Easten returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Plymouth State University at 2 p.m.

Softball: Eastern Sweeps Trinity

Cooper ties own season home run record of 11, breaks career runs record

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) tied her own season record with her tenth and 11th home runs of the season, and broke the career record for runs scored to power the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a sweep of Trinity College for the fifth straight year, 9-0, 11-7 Tuesday afternoon.

At right: Sam Rossetti (Photo by Katie Dulz)

A winner of 12 of its last 14, Eastern (15-7) collected 22 hits and capitalized on seven Trinity (8-11) errors to score 11 unearned runs in posting its fifth doubleheader sweep since returning from Florida. The Warriors entered the afternoon ranked fifth nationally in batting average (.372) and sixth in slugging percentage (.554).

Cooper pushed her career batting average over .400 to .403 by going 4-for-7 with a double, a home run in each game, four RBI,  four runs scored and two walks. The second run that she scored in the first game established a program career record of 151, and her home run leading off the fifth inning of the second game equalled the program record of 11 that she shares with Rachel Denny.

Cooper entered the game ranked among the national Top Ten in eight individual categories, including first in toughest to strikeout (no strikeouts), and second in batting average (.641), slugging (1.297) and on-base percentage (.699).

The first-game victory was the 300th in the 12-year head coaching career of Diana Pepin (now 301-165-1), who became the program's winningest head coach late last season.

Senior righty Christine Akcer (Milford) tossed her first shutout of the season in the opener, improving to 4-0 and lowering her ERA to 1.41 with the complete-game three-hitter. She fanned five and  walked two. Four Eastern pitchers saw time in the nightcap, when the Warriors scored four runs in each of their first two at-bats, then traded runs in the late innings after the Bantams countered with three in the bottom of the third in chasing sophomore starter Shannon Martin (Wethersfield). Sophomore righty Erin Miller (Waterford) was credited with her fifth win (fourth straight) against a loss by pitching a scoreless seventh inning, fanning one.

Eastern rapped eight extra-base hits, with Martin and sophomore Sam Rossetti (Shelton) both doubling and homering and junior catcher Megan Bondy (Mystic) tripling. Rossetti scored three runs and knocked in five, three coming on a home run that staked the Warriors to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of the opener. Martin and senior Kelly Paterson (Southington) also drove in three runs, with Rossetti scoring three times and junior Mattie Brett (Waterford) reaching four times with two singles and two walks and scoring three runs.

Eastern visits Salve Regina University Thursday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.

Baseball: Warriors Break Out, 10-1

Against Babson, DeMedeiros, Lavallee swat first career home runs

By Jonathan Mizger/Sports Information Staff

pelellaBAB72_7692.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. -- In the tenth baseball meeting between non-conference foes, the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors (14-8-1) stormed by the Babson Beavers (11-10), 10-1, with the help of first career home runs from two players Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At left: Brent Pelella (Photo by David Santerre).

Up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning and hitting in the ninth spot in the lineup for the eighth time this season, Warrior sophomore catcher Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, MA) hit his first home run of his career with a solo shot to right field. DeMedeiros finished the game 2-for-4 and had one stolen base.

Leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning and hitting in the sixth spot in the lineup for the second time this season, junior designated hitter Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) hit his first home run of his career with a two run blast to left field. Lavallee went 1-for-3 in the game with two RBI and scored a run. Lavallee's current hitting streak is at six games this season.

Eastern senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) went 3 for 4 with an RBI double, two singles, and scored twice. Eastern sophomore leftfielder Kyle Hart (Guilford) went 2-for-2 in the game with two RBI and a run scored and also set the tone defensively when he turned completely around while chasing a long drive and snagged it for the final out of the second inning which preserved Eastern's early 1-0 lead.

Eastern sophomore right-handed pitcher Brent Pelella (Southbury) went seven innings allowing five hits, one unearned run, and two walks and struck out five. With runners on first and third in the top of the second inning with one out, Pelella (2-0) forced Babson designated hitter Sean MacPhee to fly out to first and second baseman John Botelho to fly out to the infield. With the help of its defense, the Warriors held the Beavers scoreless in the first five innings. In his third game as a starting pitcher, Pelella lowered his earned run average to a staff-best 0.71.

In his first start of the season, Babson sophomore lefty Nick Malatos  went four innings allowing ten hits, six earned runs, four walks, and struck out one. Babson freshman pitcher Bennett Deady lasted three innings, giving up four hits, three runs, one walk, and struck out one.

Babson third baseman Chris Kucher went 2-for-3 in the game with a double and a run scored.

Eastern has now won four straight games against Babson and leads the series, 8-2.

Eastern snapped its three-game losing streak after falling to Salve Regina University and the University of Southern Maine in a doubleheader.

Eastern starts a four-game road trip Wednesday when it  travels to Bridgewater State University at 3:30 p.m. Eastern's next home game is on April 16th against Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University at 3 p.m.

 

Softball Forces Tufts' Hand, But Falls

Down to their final out, No. 6 Jumbos tie game in seventh, win in eighth

akcerr_72_6280.jpgWELLESLEY, Mass. - The Tufts University softball team was hoping to rest the right arm of first-team All-America pitcher Allyson Fournier Sunday afternoon against an Eastern Connecticut State University team riding a ten-game winning streak.

At left: Christine Akcer

Choosing to start freshman Erica County in a re-match of last year's NCAA regional championship game won by Fournier and Tufts, 5-0, the No. 6-ranked Jumbos opted to turn to Fournier to keep the team close after  five innings and emerged with a come-from-behind, 5-4, eight-inning triumph.

Second Game of Day

Trailing 4-0, Eastern scored three runs in the sixth but stranded the tying run on second in losing its second one-run game of the day, 4-3 to host Wellesley College.

 

Eastern (13-7), which lost for the first time to the Blue after four wins in this series, scored its runs on an error and three consecutive two-out RBI singles by Shannon Martin, No. 9 hitter Stephanie Johnson and Arielle Cooper. Alicia White opened the seventh inning with a single but was erased on a double play and a foul fly ended the game.

Cooper had two hits and has hit safely in 19 straight games, while Martin (3-2), the losing pitcher, also had two hits.

 

Wellesley (15-7) was beaten, 6-2, by Tufts in the first of the day's three games.

 

Junior centerfielder Mattie Brett's (Waterford) first home run of the season with one out in the fifth inning lifted Eastern (13-6) into a one-run lead before Fourier was summoned to pitch the final three shutout innings and Tufts (22-2) rallied to tie the game with a run in the top of the seventh after there were two out and none on, and scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the eighth inning on pinch hitter Kris Parr's two-out single to center that scored freshman Christina Raso from second.

Utilizing their fourth successful sacrifice bunt of the afternoon in the bottom of the eighth, Eastern pushed the tying run to third base with one out, but the potential tying run was cut down on a throw to home from Tufts second baseman Emily Beinecke on junior pinch hitter Jen Tamindzija's (Malden, MA) ground ball.

Averaging over seven runs per game, Tufts managed only three earned runs against the Eastern pitching duo of senior starter Christine Akcer (Milford) and sophomore reliever Shannon Martin (Wethersfield). With the score tied in the fifth, Akcer surrendered three consecutive singles to open the inning, and her first wild pitch of the season scored Michelle Cooprider from third to provide Tufts with its first lead.

The Warriors re-gained the lead in the bottom of the inning when freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) walked to get things started. Freshman pinch runner Taylor Smyth (Meriden) then stole second and with one out, Godwin circled the bases with an inside-the-park home run.

Protecting a 4-3 lead, Martin retired the first two batters in the seventh on an infield pop and strikeout, but Beinecke kept her team's chances alive with a single to left, and first baseman Kayla Holland, who had led off the fourth inning with a game-tying home run, drove in her 24th run of the season with a double to left center.

Eastern senior third baseman and leadoff hitter Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had three of Eastern's seven hits to extend her hitting streak to 18. Cooper singled and scored to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the first, reached on an infield single with one out in the second, and singled with two out in the fourth.

Junior second baseman Megan Godwin (Manchester) was credited with an RBI when she was walked with the bases loaded in the first, forcing in Cooper. Brett following the walk to Godwin with a sacrifice fly to the opposite field in right to help the Warriors to an early 2-0 lead.

Akcer gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings without fanning or walking a batter. Martin was touched for only three hits and two runs (one earned) over the final 3 1/3 innings. Tufts never scored more than one run in an inning, and was able to send as many as six batters to the plate in only one inning.

The loss ended Eastern's streak of 37 consecutive regular-season northern wins, which dated back to 2011.

Fournier gained her tenth win against a loss by pitching the final three scoreless innings. She allowed only a single by Hancock with two out in the sixth while fanning two and walking none.

Track: Eastern's Gingras Has Field Day

Senior leads women's team with 19 points at Corsair Invite

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At left: Cora Gingras

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) recorded 19 points in three field events and also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay Saturday at the Corsair Track and Field Invitational, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Gingras won the high jump (4-11), was second in the triple jump (34-5 ¾) and eighth in the long jump (14-5) and helped the 4x400 relay to a fourth-place finish (4:16.62) and five additional points.

For the men, junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) qualified for next month's New England Division III Championships with a time of 50.60 in the 400, which netted him second place in a field of 32. Hewett also ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay (44.28) and a leg of the 4x400 relay which was second in a time of 3:29.35

The Eastern men and women both finished seventh overall. The women amassed 59 points in a field of 14 teams, while the men picked up 46 points among 13 competing institutions. Other teams competing from the New England Alliance were host UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Rhode Island College and Massachusetts Boston.

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Luisantonio Rosado (far left), and Andre Reynolds

Other top performers for the women included juniors Akaya McElveen (New Haven), Tacia Bryant (Guilford), Katie France (Portland), and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), sophomore Kelly Labanara (Chaplin) and freshmen Emily Kohn (Columbia), Kylie McCartney (Manchester) and Chelsea Morsey (East Hampton).

McElveen was second in a field of 21 in the 400, Bryant 13th among 45 in the 200 and sixth among 15 in the long jump, France sixth among 17 in the 1,500, Hultzman sixth among 21 in the javelin, Labanara ninth among 17 in the 1,500, Kohn third in a field of 26 in the discus, McCartney seventh among 17 in the 1,500, and Morsey 11th among 24 in the 800.

For the men, sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford)  matched Hewett with eight points in a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.82 -- .71 seconds off his program record. He was also 12th in a field of 28 in the long jump.

Additional top performers for the men were seniors Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury), Nick Miller (Norwich) and Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), junior Andrew Prince (Orange), sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) and freshmen John Boisette (East Hartford) and Brandon Sullivan (Coventry, RI).

Franklin was sixth among 15 competitors in the 400 hurdles, Miller seventh among 17 in the 5000, Verrill tenth among 28 in the long jump, Prince seventh among 42 in the 100, Rosado seventh among 17 in the 110 hurdles and seventh in a field of 15 in the 400 hurdles, Boisette eighth among 42 in the 100 and Sullivan 12th among 46 in the 200 and 12th among 42 in the 100.

Boisette, sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) and Prince joined Hewett on the winning 4x100 relay and Boisette, Reynolds and Chambers teamed with Hewett on the second-place 4x400.

Eastern hosts its annual invitational Friday at 3:30 p.m. Competing institutions include men's and women's teams from Bridgewater State, Gordon College, Lasell College, and Trinity College and the Salve Regina University women's team.

 

 

 

 


 

Women's Lacrosse Alumni Photo

 

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W-Lacrosse Subdued by Keene, 10-7

 

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Players honored on Seniors' Day prior to the start of the match were (from left): Taylor Buchanan, Sam Barrone, Daniela Marchitto, Rachel Meotti and Christina Rully. (Photo by Katie Dulz).shannonKSC72_7125.jpg

MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Keene State College women's lacrosse team won 12 of 19 draws and never trailed in a 10-7 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Celebrating Taylor Shannon's third goal of the match in the final minutes were Christina Rully (26) and Ashley Wolk (11). (Photo by Katie Dulz).

The two-time defending LEC playoff champion, Keene (5-5) defeated Eastern (3-6) for the fourth straight time and sixth time in the last seven meetings. The Owls have won three straight and four of five this year, the loss in that stretch coming by one goal in their LEC opener at the University of Southern Maine last Saturday. Eastern has dropped four of its last five.

Keene, which has allowed an average of only 8.4 goals per match this year, limited Eastern to just two first-half goals and never surrendered more than two unanswered goal in a row.

Five different players scored first-half goals for Keene, which led by three goals at halftime, and after the Warriors opened the second half with a goal, the Owls scored three in a row over  a span of three minutes to move out to a 7-3 lead ten minutes into the second half.

Nicole Curry won six draws and Kaitlin Nolan three for Keene while Morgan Markley picked up five ground balls. Eliza Witherbee led Keene with four goals, three coming in the second half.

Erin Taylor made seven stops in net for Keene, five coming on Eastern's 11 first-half attempts.

Junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) led Eastern with three goals, senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) contributing two, but no other Eastern player had more than one. Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) had three of Eastern's seven draw controls. Shannon and junior attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) each had three ground balls.

Eastern hosts Westfield State University Tuesday at 7 p.m.

M-Lacrosse: Keene Prevails in LEC

The crucial regular-season conference showdown goes to Owls, 7-6

smaldone_jersey_72_9090.jpgKEENE, N.H.   - Fans attending Saturday's men's lacrosse tussle between rivals Keene State College and defending Little East champ Eastern Connecticut State University expected a hard-fought and emotional game and that's exactly what they got. 

Goalie Blake Smaldone's (at left) 17 saves are the most by an Eastern goalie this season. 

Freshman Tyler McKelvie  and senior Ian Hart scored late fourth quarter goals 19 seconds apart and the Owls were able to regain possession after a crease violation by the Warriors in the final minute of play to hang on for the 7-6 Little East Conference victory in front of a packed bleacher crowd at Owl Athletic Complex. McKelvie broke a five-all time with a goal in the fourth quarter. 

For the sixth time since 2006, this game was decided by three or less goals and was the third decided by a single goal. Keene has won five of the last seven meetings between the clubs, with both of Eastern's coming last year by three goals at Mansfield, when the Warriors won the regular-season confrontation, 14-11, and the playoff championship, 13-10. Eastern is 0-4 in its last four trips to Keene.

These teams have met in the LEC championship playoff match nine of the last ten years, with the home team winning each time.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Keene State (7-2, 2-0 LEC) grabbed a 1-0 lead when Hart, coming in from the left side scored at the 13:59 mark.  Eastern (3-6, 1-1 LEC), which defeated Keene in last year's LEC playoff championship game,  maintained possession for most of the first quarter, tied the game on a man-up goal by junior Mike Jordan (Cheshire) with 3:08 remaining in the quarter.

Set-up by junior Mackenzie Heimert, senior Taylor Jette put the Owls up 2-1 at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter. The Warriors got the goal back when junior All-America Mike Devine (Cheshire) beat Sharp with a goal form 25 yards out.

Keene, which has split its last four matches after winning its opening five, scored the next two goals to take a 4-2 halftime lead.  Jumping on a rebound, McKelvie fired a low shot into the cape to give KSC a 3-2 lead. 

After Sharp stopped sophomore Zach Thresher (Somers), who had broken in alone, Hart made a quick move up front and put a low shot past freshman goalie Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) to give the Owls a 4-2 lead.

Thresher and Devine scored consecutive goals in the third quarter to tie the game at 4-all. 

After Smaldone denied sophomore Ryan Hart and senior Taylor Wicke with nice saves, Wicke was able to find the back of the net from the right side to give KSC a 5-4 lead with 4:54 to go in the half.

The see-saw game was decided in the final quarter. 

Set up in front, junior Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) tied the score (5-5) with a goal at the 12:19 mark.

McKelvie and Ian Hart gave the Owls the lead for good.  Falling to the turf, McKelvie scored an unassisted goal with a low shot to make it 6-5 and seconds later set up Ian Hart, who blasted a low, hard shot past Smaldone to give Keene State a 7-5 lead with 6:37 to play

But the game was far from over.  One minute later, Jordan shoveled in a pass from Morrissette to make it a one goal game (7-6).

Gaining control of the ball with 2:19 to play, the Owls appeared to be in the driver's seat.  However, the warriors forced an Owl turnover, giving the ball back to Eastern with 1:28 to go.  The Owls defense came up big.

 Unable to get the equalizer, the Warriors turned the ball back over to the Owls on a crease violation with 38 second left on the clock.

McKelvie scored twice while Wicke and Jette  tallied single goals.

Jordan and Devine each had two goals for the Warriors.

Smaldone finished the game with 17 saves for ECSU.

Keene State won the game despite losing the battle in the face-off circle, Eastern senior Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) winning 11 of 17. 

Eastern still leads the overall series, 16-11.  Eastern (seven titles) and Keene (four) have combined to win 11 LEC championships. 

 

Baseball: Stumbling Warriors Swept

Undefeated pitchers both absorb losses in 7-5, 14-4 setbacks to USM

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At right: Cory DeMedeiros (Photo by Katie Dulz)

MANSFIELD, Conn. - The University of Southern Maine scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning of the opener, then handed the Eastern Connecticut State University its worst regular-season loss in this series in 17 years in the nightcap en route to a 7-5, 14-4 Little East Conference sweep of the Warriors Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Southern Maine (15-3, 2-0 LEC), last year's conference regular-season and tournament champion, has won nine straight. The Huskies have played all but one game this year away from home. Eastern (13-8-1, 1-3 LEC) is 1-4-1 in its last six. The Warriors have played 12 of their last 14 at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Junior lefty Logan Carman (5-0) allowed only two earned runs in pitching the first seven innings of the opener, and sophomore righty Andrew Richards tossed two scoreless innings for his second save as the Huskies won a game which featured undefeated starting pitchers in Carman and Eastern senior righty Evan Chamberlain (Amston), now 4-1.

The Huskies took the lead for good by scoring three runs in the seventh inning with two outs on four hits, with senior leftfielder and No. 3 hitter Tucker White plating the tying run with a sacrifice fly, and senior third baseman and cleanup hitter Nick Grady and junior DH and No. 5 hitter Chris Bernard following with two-out RBI doubles. Grady (.493) and White (.463) are the leading hitters for a team batting .349.

Southern Maine pounded out 17 hits in the nightcap, chasing senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI)  after moving out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. The loss was the first for Darby (3-1) in ten career decisions.

The top six hitters in the USM lineup accounted for 15 hits, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI in the nightcap as Southern Maine posted its most lopsided victory against Eastern in the regular season since a 17-4, seven-inning verdict in 1996.

Five of Southern Maine's hit went for extra bases in Game 2, with freshman  leadoff hitter Sam Dexter doubling three times among his four hits, scoring three runs and driving in one. Junior catcher Matt Verrier was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Grady and starting pitcher Bernard each had two hits, two RBI and both scored a run.

On the afternoon, freshman outfielder Peter Gonski (East Lyme), junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) and senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) all had two hits for Eastern, with Lavallee and sophomore catcher Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, MA) each scoring twice.

Bernard had three doubles in the first game and finished with five hits, four RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader. Verrier, Dexter, Grady and junior first baseman Forrest Chadwick all finished the day with four hits, Verrier matching Bernard with four RBI.

Eastern hosts Babson College Monday at  4 p.m.

Softball: Win Streak Reaches Ten

Warriors roll past Southern Maine in Little East play, 9-3, 10-0

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At left: Mattie Brett unloads one of her two first-game hits Saturday. (Photo by Katie Dulz)

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior outfielder Stephanie Johnson (Plantsville) and senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) each drove in three runs and senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) hit her ninth home run of the season as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team stretched its winning streak to ten with 9-3, 10-0 Little East Conference victories over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field. The second game was stopped after Southern Maine batted in the top of the fifth due to the eight-run rule.

Senior righty Christine Akcer (Milford) and sophomore righty Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) combined on a six-hitter in the first game and the Warriors scored six unearned runs on two Southern Maine (1-17, 0-4 LEC) errors to wipe out the Huskies' early 3-0 advantage. Akcer improved to 3-0.

Trailing 3-1, Eastern (13-5, 4-0 LEC) scored three unearned in the second after there were two out and none on, two coming in when a fly ball was dropped in the outfield. Leading 4-3, the Warriors pulled away with five runs in the fifth (three of them unearned) on a a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Johnson and a two-run single by freshman pinch hitter Alyssa Dumphy (Southington).

Cooper, the program's all-time home run leader, belted her 33rd career homer leading off the first inning of the opener after the Huskies had scored three times in the top of the first on two hits, a walk and two Eastern errors. Lindsay Somerset plated two with a two-out single down the left field line after Kristen Duross had made it 1-0 with a run-scoring single.

The Warriors scored all of their runs in the second game on just six hits, as they were aided by eight walks and three Southern Maine errors. In a six-run fourth which sealed the win, Paterson had a two-out, bases-clearing double down the left field line.

Sophomore righty Erin Miller (Waterford) and freshman righty Emily Komornik (Shelton) combined on the second-game shutout, the third for Eastern this year and second in three games. Miller (4-1) allowed three hits over the first four innings.

Eastern, which posted the first perfect regular season (14-0) in LEC softball history last season, has won 20 consecutive regular-season conference games dating back to 2011 and is 44-2 in its last 46 regular-season conference matches. The Warriors also extended their regular-season winning streak up north to 37, dating back to the end of the 2011 season. Eastern won its final two regular-season northern games that year, all 27 last year and the first eight this season.

The victories give 12th-year head coach Diana Pepin 299 career wins (against 161 losses and a tie). Pepin took over as the program's winningest coach a year ago.

Cooper, batting .621 this season, reached base seven times in the doubleheader on her home run and six walks, and scored five runs. She was walked four times in the nightcap, one shy of the Eastern record.

Sunday, Eastern faces 2012 New England regional champion and No.6-ranked Tufts University at 1 p.m. and Wellesley College at 3 p.m. at Wellesley, MA.

 

 

 

 


 

Baseball: Warriors Come Up Short, 7-6

Down by four runs early, Warriors twice close gap to one in setback

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MANSFIELD, Conn. --  The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team spent Thursday afternoon trying to climb out of an early hole, but was never able to get over the hump, losing for the first time to Salve Regina University, 7-6, at the  Eastern Baseball Stadium.

At right: Freshman rightfielder Pete Gonski records the first out of the game in Thursday's 7-6 loss to Salve Regina at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. (Photo by Frank Poulin)

Trailing by four runs after three innings, Eastern (13-5) twice closed the gap to one, but couldn't pull even in the non-conference as Salve (13-5) won for the eighth time in ten games and first time after three losses in their series with Eastern. Playing at home for the ninth time in their last ten games, the Warriors dropped to 6-4 overall on their home field.

Down 4-0, Eastern scored two runs in the fourth on a two-run, two-out single by senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) and added an unearned run in the fifth on a two-out single by sophomore leftfielder Joe Perez (North Branford) which was made possible by the only error of the game when an outfield fly ball was dropped.

After the Seahawks responded with three runs of their own in the sixth, Eastern answered with in the eighth, batting around and getting a two-run home run to left-center with none out by senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) - his team-leading third of the season. Down by two, the Warriors proceeded to load the bases on singles by junior shortstop Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield) and junior DH Gavin Lavallee (New Milford), and Perez was hit by a pitch to force in the team's sixth run. Junior righty Kevin Lambert, who entered the game to face Lynch,  got an inning-ending ground ball, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save.

Freshman righty Alex Croce was credited with his first collegiate win in his first start, pitching into the sixth. He allowed five hits without a walk and three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts.

 Batting .350 as a team, Salve collected 13 hits, seven coming through three innings when it burst to a 4-0 lead. Eastern junior righty Pat Barnett (Windsor) kept the Warriors close, however, pitching three scoreless innings after replacing junior righty Greg Porter (Mystic) with two runners aboard and none out in the third. Barnett surrendered a one-out double to Joe Haley, but settled down to pitch two scoreless innings beforevaccarelli72Poulin_6375.jpg departing with the Warriors trailing 4-3 after five.

At right: Mike Vaccarelli dives back to first ahead of Alex Croce's fourth-inning pickoff attempt. (Photo by Frank Poulin)

 The top four hitters in the Salve lineup combined for nine hits and four RBI and scored four runs. Junior catcher and cleanup hitter Dominic Di Sano had three hits and drove in two runs with a two-out, two-run double in his team's three-run  sixth inning. Junior leftfielder Tyler Colby reached base four times with three hits and a walk and scored two runs.

Senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin), Riemer and Accomando - batting 3-4-5 in the Eastern order - each had two hits. Riemer scored twice as Eastern fell to 3-3 in one-run games this season.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference play Saturday, hosting defending LEC champion University of Southern Maine in a noon doubleheader.


 

Three From Eastern Cited by Little East

Paterson, White (softball) and Jordan (m-lax) cited for weekly awards

LEC LOGO PARE72dpi.jpgNORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) and freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) from the softball team and junior attack Mike Jordan (Cheshire) from the men's lacrosse team have been recognized in the Little East Conference weekly awards program, released Monday.

A second-team All-LEC utility player as a junior Paterson was recognized as Player-of-the-Week for the first time in her career, while White repeated as Rookie-of-the-Week. Jordan was cited with a weekly award for the first time in his career as he was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Paterson batted .563 with a .611 on-base percentage and .938 slugging percentage and fielded at 1.000 on 38 chances in a 4-2 week which concluded with four consecutive victories. She had 15 total bases and a team-leading 12 RBI and drove in five runs twice during the week and had consecutive three-hit games. When Eastern opened its Little East Conference season with a home sweep of UMass Boston, Paterson reached safely six times with four hits and two walks and handled 13 defensive chances without an error.

White batted .545 and shared the team lead with 12 hits and shared second place on the team with 17 total bases and also scored eight runs in a 4-2 week. In a Little East Conference home sweep of UMass Boston, White had five hits, scored four runs and drove in four runs and in the second game tied the program record with three doubles. She ended the week batting .500 on the season with ten runs, 15 RBI and 27 total bases and has not yet struck out.

Eastern ended the week with a 7-5 record, 2-0 since returning from a 5-5 trip to Clermont, FL.

Jordan led Eastern to a 2-0 week with seven goals and seven assists, recording a career-high seven points in a 10-7 at FDU-Florham and matching that with seven points when Eastern opened its Little East Conference season with a 21-5 home win over Salem State University.  Contributed a career-high five assists against FDU and scored a career-high five goals against Salem.  With 14 points, he had a hand in nearly half of the team's 31 goals in the two wins.

Five of Jordan's goals came on extra-man opportunities. His  14 points during the week nearly equaled his entire total of a year ago and his 29 points this year exceeded his career total of his first two seasons combined.

A winner of two straight, Eastern (3-5) is 1-0 in the Little East and the defending LEC regular-season and playoff champion visits Keene State College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a re-match of the 2012 title match.

Softball Plays Hardball, Sweeps Lynx

Warriors engineer 25-hit attack and mercy Lesley twice, 9-1, 8-0

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Freshman Taylor Smyth (at left)  was one of nine players to join the hit parade in Wednesday's sweep of Lesley. (Photo by David Santerre)

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) continued her offensive onslaught this season with  two home runs, two doubles and a triple as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept its fourth consecutive doubleheader, 9-1 in six innings and 8-0 in five innings against Lesley University Wednesday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

Cooper was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run, scored three runs and drove in three in the opener, and was 4-for-4 with a homer and double, scored three runs and drove in two in the nightcap. She improved her season batting average by 42 percentage points  to .625 and has eight home runs, nine doubles, three triples, 74 total bases and a 1.321 slugging percentage this year for Eastern  (11-5), riding an eight-game winning streak.

Cooper has 12 multiple-hit and seven multiple-RBI games this year. After setting a program record with a 33-game hitting streak last year, Cooper has hit safely in every game this year. She has homered in each of the  last four games and has extended her program career home run record to 32.

The game was a re-match of the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division III regional tournament, won 10-1 in five innings by Eastern at the Eastern Softball Field.

Ranked first nationally in doubles per game (2.75), Eastern collected seven against Lesley (4-12) to go along with three home runs and two triples and recorded 25 hits to up its season batting average from .379 to .391. The Warriors are ranked ninth nationally in that category.

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Sophomore Shannon Martin (at right) pitched four scoreless innings as the Game 2 starter to lower her ERA to 3.04. (Photo by David Santerre)

Sophomore rightfielder Sam Rossetti (Shelton) was 5-for-7 and freshman shortstop Alyssa Hancock (Waterford) 4-for-5. Rossetti homered for the second time in two days, and also doubled twice, drove in four runs and scored two. Hancock drove in three runs with two doubles and a triple and scored three. Freshman  infielder Alyssa Dumphy (Southington) drove in her first career run with a run-producing ground ball as a pinch hitter in the second game.

Senior righty Christine Akcer (Milford) pitched a complete-game five-hitter without allowing an earned run in the opener with two strikeouts and no walks, and sophomore righty Shannon Martin (Wethersfield) and freshman righty Emily Komornik (Shelton) combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap. Martin allowed three hits over the first four innings without a walk or strikeout and Komornik  gave up one hit and one walk in one inning. All nine of Lesley's hits were singles.

Junior centerfielder Maria Nazzaro had three hits and freshman rightfielder Jodee Doka and sophomore catcher Allison Fountain two each.

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

W-Lacrosse: Quiet Second Half Costly

Warriors can't find net for first 24 minutes after break in loss to Wellesley

 

marchitto_72_4165.jpgWELLESLEY, Mass. -  It was feast to famine for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team, which went scoreless for the first 24 minutes of the second half and watched a one-goal halftime lead dissolve in a 13-9 non-conference loss to Wellesley College Wednesday afternoon.

At left: Daniela Marchitto

The loss follows Saturday's 17-6 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College and drops Eastern (3-5) to 1-3 away from home this year.

Eastern held an 8-7 edge at the break, but Wellesley (6-4) shut down the Warriors in the second half. Blue keeper Tori Hysko saved eight of the nine shots she faced in the period, while the Blue defense forced 12 turnovers. Meanwhile, Wellesley scored six of the half's seven goals.

Eastern senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) accounted for over half of the Warriors' offense, recording five goals on the afternoon, but was the only player with more than one.  Junior midfielder Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) and junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) each recorded four draw controls to power Eastern held a 15-9 edge in the category.

On the other side of the ball for the visitors, senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury)  recorded three caused turnovers and four ground balls, while junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) had a team-high six ground balls. Junior goalie Haley Heslin (Hartford) notched five saves.

Brit Mscisz paced the hosts with five goals and two assists for seven total points, while Meredith Roy recorded four goals and an assist for five points. Roy also led Wellesley with team-highs of six ground balls and three draw controls.

Defensively for Wellesley, Kaitlyn Kirkaldy led the way with three caused turnovers, while also picking up two ground balls. Alyssa Andres recorded two caused turnovers while Meagan Fuchs scooped up three ground balls.

Eastern  hosts Keene State College Saturday in an 11 a.m. Little East Conference tilt.

EAW Airs from Softball Field Wed./2:30

 

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Tamindzija (left), Paterson (above, left), Godwin (above, right)

LittleEast.tv Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Joining host Nick Aconfora for the half-hour show will be softball players Kelly Paterson and Megan Godwin, who will discus the team's current six-game winning streak and that afternoon's 4 p.m. doubleheader against Lesley University. Also joining Aconfora will be Jen Tamindzija, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. A junior member of the softball program, Tamindzija will discuss the activities scheduled for the second annual NCAA Division III Week (April 8-14). The Eastern-Lesley softball game pre-game with Aconfora and Matt Bossi show gets underway at 3:30 p.m. on LittleEast.tv.

 

Relievers Komornick, Martin stymie Pride; Cooper sets HR record

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - All-America senior  third baseman Arielle Cooper  (Mystic) broke the program record with a leadoff home run in the first inning of the opener, then hit her 30th career roundtripper leading off the bottom of the seventh  inning that ended the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team swept Springfield College, 8-5, 5-4, Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Field.

At right: Freshman Emily Komornik's  stellar relief pitching stemmed the tide for the Warriors in the first-game win over Springfield College Tuesday. (Photo by Krysta Valerio).

Ranked No. 23 nationally, Eastern (9-5) recorded its third straight sweep of the season in extending its winning streak to six straight and defeating Springfield (6-12) for the tenth and 11th straight times.

The Warriors came from behind in both victories, wiping out a 5-1 deficit in the opener with seven runs in their final three at-bats and coming from a run down three times in the nightcap. Springfield tied the second game in the top of the seventh on a leadoff double by Kelly Blake and sacrifice fly by Johanna Burke before Cooper drove a 2-1 pitch over the right-center field fence for her 18th RBI of the season to make a winner of sophomore reliever Shannon Martin (Wethersfield).

Freshman Emily Komornik (Shelton) was instrumental in Eastern's first-game come-from-behind win when the righty pitched five scoreless innings in place of sophomore starting right Erin Miller (Waterford), allowing six hits and two walks while fanning three in evening her record at 3-3.

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At right: Senior Arielle Cooper's leadoff home run in the first inning of the opener was the 29th of her career and established a program record. Her second HR of the day was a walk-off blast leading off the seventh inning of the nightcap.  (Photo by Krysta Valerio).

Down 5-1 in the opener, Eastern cut the margin to one when it scored three times in the fourth on sophomore rightfielder Sam Rossetti's (Shelton) first career home run - a blast to left-center which plated junior second baseman Megan Godwin (Manchester) and senior pinch runner  Katie Sokoloski (Eastford). The Warriors tied the game with two out in the fifth when the right-handed-hitting Godwin poked an 0-2 pitch through the right side to plate senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington), who had opened the inning with a single. A three-run sixth inning broke the tie, with junior centerfielder Mattie Brett (Waterford) scoring the go-ahead run on a one-out infield single, a two-base infield error on a sacrifice bunt, and Paterson's suicide squeeze. No. 9 hitter Alyssa Hancock (Waterford), a freshman, singled in two insurance runs with two out.

Martin (2-0) allowed only one hit and one run while fanning one and walking two  in pitching the final three innings in relief of senior starting righty Christine Akcer (Milford).

Brett and Rossetti each had three hits for Eastern, with Paterson finishing with three and Hancock, Godwin, Cooper and freshman DP Alicia White (Colchester) contributing two each. Rossetti, Hancock and Godwin all drive in three runs. Cooper, who has hit safely in every game this year after setting a program record with a 33-game hitting streak last year, reached safely six times with her two hits and four walks and she scored three runs. She is now batting .583 and has 22 runs scored.

Komornik and Martin combined to allow only one (earned) run in eight innings of relief. They fanned four and walked four and spaced seven hits.

Springfield, swept for the first time in four northern doubleheaders, was led by Burke, who drove in four runs with a double, home run and single. She also walked twice. Christina Leader and Blake also had three hits apiece and Blake and leading hitter Jenna Web both drove in two runs.

Eastern hosts Lesley University in a 4 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday.

Baseball: It's Warriors, Dramatically

They come up big in final innings to trip Montclair in ten, 9-8

riemer72_6238.jpgMANSFIELD, Conn. - All-New England senior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) broke out of a 3-for-36 slump with two hits - including the game-ending two-out RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning - to boost the No. 23 Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 9-8 victory over Montclair State University Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Two-out doubles by Mike Riemer (left) and Joe Perez (below, left) played major roles in the Warriors' come-from-behind win over Montclair State Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Krysta Valerio).

Balowski's game-winning hit - which followed a two-out double by senior centerfielder Mike Riemer (Ellington) --  capped a late surge by Eastern (13-5-1) as the Warriors scored three runs in the eighth to tie the game at 6-all, and a two-run rally in the ninth which forced extra innings.

It marked the seventh time in the last nine meetings between these nationally-competitive rivals that the game was decided by two or less runs. The two teams have combined for six national titles.

Montclair (9-6) had knocked out Eastern sophomore starter Brent Pelella (Southbury) in a five-run sixth inning  to move out to a 6-3 lead, collecting three hits and three walks and aided by an Eastern error, but the Warriors tied the game in the eighth by scoring three runs after there were two out and none on. Two walks got the inning going, and sophomore leadoff hitter Joe Perez (North Branford) doubled in two runs and later scored on a double steal.

perez72_6229.jpgCleanup hitter Stephen Nappe's leadoff home run in the ninth gave Montclair a 7-6 lead, and a walk, sacrifice bunt, two infield errors and a passed ball gave the Red Hawks a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Eastern tied the game for the second time on a leadoff walk, run-scoring triple by junior Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) and sophomore Cory DeMedeiros' (Fall River, MA) pinch, game-tying single.

Josh Manto - the sixth of seven Montclair pitchers - retired the first two batters he faced to start the tenth, but Riemer lashed his third hit of the game - a double to left-center on an 0-2 pitch. Balowski, who had driven in Eastern's first run of the game in the second, then pulled a single down the right field line to send home Riemer with the winning run.

Perez and Riemer each had three hits in Eastern's 14-hit attack, with junior third baseman Mike Vaccarelli (Wolcott), Balowski and Lavallee all contributing two. Riemer reached four times and scored three runs.

Michael Rizzo, Montclair's No. 3 hitter, drove in the final two runs of the Red Hawk's five-run sixth with a two-out single.  Cody Pace reached five times with an RBI single, three walks and a hit-by-pitch, but did not score a run. Louis Martini was the only Montclair batter with more than one hit. He had two singles and walked.

Eastern hosts Salve Regina University Thursday at 4 p.m.

Baseball: Warriors, Cardinals Tie, 3-3

Teams trade three-run innings in game stopped after eight due to darkness

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --  The No. 23 Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team extended its unbeaten streak against Wesleyan University to 18 when the teams played to a 3-3 tie called after eight innings due to darkness Monday afternoon at Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field.

At right: Matt Purnell

Wesleyan ended a 17-game losing streak against Eastern Connecticut that dates back to 1994 when Wesleyan last won, 7-6, in the nearly unbroken series that began in 1984.  But the Cardinals could not start a winning streak of their own as Eastern (12-5-1) , ranked sixth in New England, made it 18 straight without a loss against Wesleyan. Eastern leads the series, 24-4-1.

The tie is only the seventh in 1,921 games for Eastern in 45 years under head coach Bill Holowaty.

The scheduled 4 p.m. start was pushed back a half-hour due to earlier rain.  That prevented the teams from getting in at least nine innings in the otherwise briskly moving contest.  Each team scored all its runs in one inning as the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second and Wesleyan rallied to make it 3-3 in the bottom of the third against Eastern senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI). The teams played five scoreless innings from that point on until the game was called.

Eastern took advantage of three Wesleyan errors to plate three unearned runs in the second to put Darby in position to run his career record to 10-0.  Eastern had just one hit in the frame, that a leadoff infield single by senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe), who extended his hitting streak to eight, tops on the team this season.  He was the only Warrior with two hits in the game as Eastern managed six safeties in the contest.  The Warriors had no RBI as the first run scored on a passed ball and the next two on Wesleyan errors with two outs. 

Wesleyan picked up four of its seven hits in the third inning as freshman Jordan Farber knocked in the first run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right.  When the relay throw attempted to get a Wesleyan runner going to third went wide of the bag, the Cardinals got their second run.  An RBI single up the middle by senior Stefan Sundseth brought in the tying unearned run.  Wesleyan had two players with a pair of hits in the contest - sophomores Andrew Yin and Donnie Cimino.  Each scored a run in the third inning.

After Eastern wasted a two-out double by Accomando in the top of the seventh, Darby was lifted with the score tied and was replaced by junior righty Pat Barnett (Windsor) to start the seventh. Barnett encountered immediate trouble but was bailed out when sophomore catcher Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks) threw out his first baserunner in an Eastern  uniform by gunning down Donnie Cimino attempting to take third with one out.

Most effective for Eastern out of the bullpen was senior righty Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs) as he got the final five outs in order, striking out one and lowering his ERA to 1.69. He has fanned 23 and walked only one in 16.0 innings this season.

Allowing two earned runs, Eastern's staff lowered its ERA to 2.50

 Wesleyan got excellent relief work from sophomore Sam Elias.  He went 3 1/3 innings to finish the game, giving up two hits and no runs with four strikeouts.  Freshman Peter Rantz began the game and logged 4 1/3 innings of work, allowing four hits and three unearned runs with two strikeouts and four walks.

Eastern stranded six runners over the final five innings while Wesleyan left four on base. 

Eastern hosts Montclair State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

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