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Washburne Appointed To Athletic Staff

Former athletic administrator at MCC named Associate AD

washburne 2008_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Cynthia Washburne, the former chief athletic administrator at Manchester Community College, has been appointed Associate Director of Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Dr. Jeff G. Konin.

Since 1998, Washburne had served as director of athletics, fitness and student activities, and since 2009 as director of student life at MCC.

"We are extremely excited to bring Cynthia on board," noted Konin. "Cynthia has been affiliated with Warrior athletics for many years and clearly understands and appreciates our vision." Washburne is a member of the Eastern/E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

An East Hartford native and 1985 Eastern graduate, Washburne formerly served as an adjunct faculty member and head softball coach at Eastern in 1996 and 1997 prior to being appointed at MCC. She played softball on two national championship teams at Eastern as a freshman in 1982 and senior in 1985 and served as an assistant softball coach in 1986 and 1987.

"Eastern is a great school, it's where it all started for me," said Washburne. "The quality of education that our students receive here is outstanding. I've always seen athletics as the vehicle to higher education. That's where my passion is. I'm excited to be here to work and support Jeff (Konin), and our coaches and administration in helping our student-athletes."

As Director of Student of Life at MCC, Washburne oversaw intercollegiate athletics, fitness, intramurals, recreation, student activities, health services, minority student programs, bookstore and cafeteria.

Of her tenure at MCC, Washburne explained that "I worked hard to develop solid strategies to uphold a high standard for an effective and credible athletic department." MCC was a Division III member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

While at MCC, Washburne served as NJCAA Region XXI assistant women's regional director, as chair of the men's soccer, women's basketball and softball committees, and as a member of the regional baseball committee and regional treasurer.

Washburne earned a B.S. in Elementary Physical Education in 1985 and an M.A. in Physical Education/Sports Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1995. From 1990 through 1995, she served as assistant director of athletics for facilities and event management and head softball coach at East Stroudsburg University, a Division II institution.

 


 

Kris Mach is 2013 Eastern Hall of Famer

All-America and national champ helped all of her teams into NCAAs

HallofFame_logo72.jpgMach head_72dpi Potrait 1 copy.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  One of only two Eastern Connecticut State University female athletes in school history to play key roles in advancing two sports to the final stop of NCAA Division III tournaments, Kristine Mach has been selected for induction into the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by selection committee chairman Scott Smith.

Unrecruited out of Southington High School, Mach was a first baseman on four straight NCAA Division III regional tournament championship teams at Eastern between 1988 and 1991 and a post player in her two seasons (1989/90 and 1990/91) with the basketball team. She was a starter on the program's last national softball championship team as a junior in 1990, and on the first women's basketball team to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four as a senior.

The 20th E-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 19  at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. A reception will follow the 5 p.m. ceremony. Tickets are priced at $50 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu.

final four 3rd place72dpi.jpgIn her 120-game softball career, the two-sport captain batted .356 with a .984 fielding percentage on teams which won 139 of 173 games (.803). In 53 career basketball games (47 starts), Mach averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and nearly 2.0 steals per game.

With all of 18 at-bats to her credit through her first two seasons, the Southington native stepped into a starting role on the 1990 national softball championship team, batting .348 with a .984 fielding percentage on a team-high 190 chances.  In her final at-bat of the season in the national championship game against Trenton State College (the team's third game of the day), Dawn Walmsley was doubled to third base by Mach in the fifth inning, and eventually scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly. With two out in the seventh, Mach then gloved the clinching final out on a throw from shortstop Brigitte Raczkowski.

Moving into the No. 3 spot in the order as a senior in 1991, Mach batted a team-high .377 and also led the club in slugging and on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles and total bases on the way to second-team NFCA All-America and first-team All-Northeast Region and All-England recognition.

The right-handed hitter hit safely in 28 of the team's final 32 games and in ten of 11 post-season games as a senior. In post-season play, she handled 94 defensive chances without an error and recorded a .369 average. In six games of the national tournament which was hosted at Eastern's Howard Spector Field, Mach batted .389   and fielded 46 chances en route to all-tournament honors as the Warriors reached the national championship round for the third straight year.

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Mach tried out for the Eastern basketball team during the Christmas holidays as a freshman, but was derailed by stress fractures. As a junior, the 5-foot-10 inch Mach tried again, and immediately stepped into a regular role in the post beside All-America and Eastern Hall of Famer Robin Gaby. The Warriors reached the Little East Conference tournament title game (losing in overtime), but qualified for the NCAA tournament and concluded the season with a win in the consolation game of the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament.

With a year under her belt, Mach was an integral part of perhaps the finest starting five in program history as a senior in 1990/91 (she becomes the fourth E-Club Hall of Famer from that starting unit). She started every game - averaging 33.8 minutes per game - and helped the program to its first berth in the NCAA Final Four. In the Northeast Sectional Tournament at home, Mach totaled 30 points, 23 rebounds (14 of them offensive), four assists and four steals in 75 minutes, shot .565 from the floor, and was named to the all-tournament team.

As she did with her clutch double in the national softball title game the previous spring and in her high school team's state title victory in her senior year (when she returned an offensive rebound at the buzzer for the winning points), Mach again made her biggest contribution when it mattered most - in the final seconds of the one-point sectional basketball championship game win over Southern Maine. After USM missed the front end of a potential game-winning one-and-one free throw situation with eight seconds left, Eastern rebounded. The wayward outlet pass sailed untouched over midcourt, but Mach chased it down, lunging to keep the ball inbounds, where  Hall of Fame teammate Missy Kowolenko gathered it in, then hoisted it toward the rafters as the final horn sounded to preserve the team's first trip to the Final Four.

Mach holds a B.S. Degree in Communication and resides in her hometown. She is employed as a Communications Director by MedServe of Connecticut, Inc.


 


 

M-Basketball:Ives is Academic Repeater

Senior represents Little East on NABC national Honors Court

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ives_tie_72_2788.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Eastern Connecticut State University senior basketball point guard Joe Ives (Avon) represents Eastern Connecticut State University and the Little East Conference as a repeat selection to the 2012/13 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

A total of 700 men's basketball players representing 285 Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions were recognized in the Honors Court for excellence in the classroom. Candidates must have reached junior status and have compiled a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester.

"Joe was a terrific role model on and off the court," said 11th-year head coach Bill Geitner. "His hard work, dedication to excellence, and willingness to give to others make him a truly special young man."

 A four-year letterwinner and 2012/13 tri-captain, Ives had also earned a spot on the team as a junior, along with 2011/12 senior Jamie Kohn. Ives graduated cum laude this past May with a B.A. Degree in Sociology. A three-time member of the Little East All-Academic Team and two-year Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Ives amassed a cumulative 3.52 GPA as an undergraduate. He had a 3.76 GPA in his major.
 
Twenty-one institutions from New England were represented with at least one player on the team, 13 from the Division III level. For the second straight year, Eastern was the lone representative from the Little East Conference.

This past year, Ives helped the Warriors to their first ECAC Division III New England Division  III championship (as the No. 3 seed) and their fourth straight season of at least 20 wins (22-8) and to a program-record 12 regular-season conference victories. Ives started the first 18 games of the season, sat out his first game since his freshman season with a shoulder injury against Rhode Island College Jan. 26, then was sidelined for the final ten games of his career after sustaining a career-ending knee injury Jan. 30 in the final minutes against Wesleyan University.

In 19 starts as a senior, Ives averaged 32.4 minutes, 9.1 points and 2.9 assists and shot a team-leading .861 from the free throw line. In four years (three as a starter), Ives' teams won 87 and lost 34 (.719) overall and were 42-14 (.750) in LEC regular-season play. With Ives, the Warriors won one LEC regular-season championship, finished second once, earned a share of second once, and placed third once. The team qualified for post-season play all four years, reaching the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 in 2011/12 and three times qualifying for the ECAC tournament (twice as the No. 1 seed).

Support Building Under Construction

support building72dpi_2431.jpgConstruction workers continue their framing project on the Athletic Support Building located at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The 6,000 square foot facility will included three male and three female lockerrooms equipped with showers and bathrooms, as well as an athletic training room. Coaches' lockerrooms and an external bathroom for public use are scheduled to be incorporated in the near future. The building will be utilized by all of Eastern's athletic teams which play their home contests at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The building was designed by Tecton Architects, Inc. of Hartford and Scope Construction Co., Inc. of New Britain is serving as the general contractor. The facility is scheduled for completion in mid-November.

Baseball: LaBranche to Lead Eastern

Former WNE mentor relishes challenge as Warriors' new head coach

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Matt LaBranche, the most successful coach in the history of the Western New England University baseball program, has been appointed head coach of the most successful program in the history of New England college baseball. LaBranche, 43, the former 14-year head coach at WNE, has been appointed the sixth coach in the 66-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University program.

He officially begins his duties July 31.

At WNE in his first collegiate head coaching assignment, LaBranche compiled an overall record of 429-187 (.696) and leaves as that program's all-time coaching leader in wins, winning percentage, seasons, and games (616).

A native of Windham, N.H. and a former catcher at Springfield College, LaBranche inherits one of the top three most successful baseball programs in Division III. In 65 seasons, Eastern has qualified for 39 post-season tournaments, competed in 14 national tournaments, and won four NCAA Division III national titles (most recently in 2002). Last spring, Eastern posted its 12th  season of at least 30 wins in the last 13 years and its 29th since 1973, finishing 30-13-1.

"I am honored to become part of a program that is synonymous with excellence in Division III baseball", noted LaBranche. "And I plan on working hard to add to an extraordinary history. I always saw myself as a person who would want a new challenge and a new opportunity," he added. "It's been an emotional couple of weeks, but I'm really excited making the transition and getting started. I met the people (at Eastern) and it's a great community. There are a lot of things to be excited about."

At WNE, LaBranche's teams competed in post-season tournament play every season. He led the Golden Bears to ten NCAA Division III Tournament berths, eight coming in succession through 2013. In each of the last two seasons after reaching its first national tournament in 2011, WNE has lost both of its regional tournament games to the eventual regional champion (Wheaton College in 2012 and University of Southern Maine in 2013), both of whom went on to reach the national championship round.

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In addition to his coaching duties, LaBranche served as coordinator of physical education at WNE for the last six years.

Photo courtesy of Western New England Sports Information.

"Coach LaBranche brings a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and community engagement which is in line with the University's  mission and core values," noted Kenneth M. Bedini, Vice President of Student Affairs at Eastern.

This past season, WNE recorded its sixth straight 30-win season (ninth in the last ten years), sharing The Commonwealth Coast Conference regular-season championship and finishing fourth in the final New England Coaches' Poll with a record of 34-13.  During its record 42-11 season in 2011, the Golden Bears never lost two in a row after a 4-4 start until reaching the national tournament.  That team concluded with a final No. 8 national ranking.

"With the hiring of Matt, we feel that Eastern's tradition as a perennial national competitor in Division III baseball will continue," said Dr. Jeff G. Konin, Eastern's Director of Athletics. "Coach LaBranche brings to our program a track record of tremendous success on the field, and is well-known for his recruiting capabilities throughout the greater New England region and beyond."

In 14 years of Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and TCCC play at WNE, LaBranche's team won 195 and lost 48 (.803), with17 regular-season and playoff championships.

LaBranche, who claimed his 400th career victory with the fifth win of 2013, entered this past season ranked third all-time among New England Division III coaches in winning percentage, 23rd overall. Among active coaches, he was also third in New England and was 18th in Division III.

LaBranche was the NEIBA Division III Coach-of-the-Year in 2011 and ECAC Coach-of-the-Year in both 2011 and 2012. Four times he was named  the premier coach in the conference. He has also served as chair of the NEIBA Division III All-New England Region Committee since 2007.

LaBranche and  wife Judi reside in Wilbraham, MA with their  two children, Matthew (15) and Dominique (10).

 

 

Nine Are 12/13 Major Award-Winners

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
2012/13 MAJOR ATHLETIC AWARD-WINNERS


Bonnie J. Edmondson Sr. Female SportsPerson-of-Year
Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield)

Francis E. Geissler Sr. Male SportsPerson-of-Year
Nick Stoop (Crofton, MD)

Female Athlete-of-the-Year
Arielle Cooper (Mystic)

Male Athlete-of-the-Year
Chris Robitaille (Canton)

Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year
Lauren Hultzman (Putnam)
Michelle Schapp (Torrington)

Individual Sport Rookie-of-the-Year
Katie King (Barkhamsted)

Female Rookie-of-the-Year
Gia Karahalios (South Windsor)

Male Rookie-of-the-Year
Trachone Preston (Enfield)

 


awardwinners_72_1663.jpgBONNIE J. EDMONDSON
SENIOR FEMALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the Eastern alumnus  and  former track and field All-America and national champion and presented annually to a senior female athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not  factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.

MACKENZIE MacLEOD    Northfield

macleod_head_award_720071.jpgMacLeod was a four-year member of the soccer program who served as the team's starting goalkeeper this season. Her resume of scholarship, volunteerism and awards was a lengthy one and includes the Holly Zimmerman Memorial Award, University Foundation Scholarship Award, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Outstanding Senior Award in the Physical Education Department, and President of the Health and Physical Education/Sport and Leisure Management Majors Club. She has received an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award the maximum two times and has earned a spot on the Little East Academic Honor Roll the maximum three times. MacLeod became the third member of the women's soccer program to win or share the award in the last three years. Said head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio: "Mackenzie embodies everything that a coach wants in a student-athlete here at Eastern. She has been a  positive role model for our program due to her outstanding academics, excellent citizenship and positive work ethic both on and off the field, and has been a great friend to her teammates." Last fall, Eastern shared first place in the Little East Conference with a 6-1-0 regular-season record, finishing 9-6-3 overall. MacLeod started 15 of the 16 matches in which she appeared with four full shutouts, a 1.11 goals-against average and a .781 save percentage. She posted full shutouts in her first three starts, then played the first half of a fourth straight shutout in her fourth start, holding opponents off the board for the first 355 minutes, 48 seconds of the season over a span of five matches.
 
FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON
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Named in honor of the late athletic director and coach and presented annually to a senior male athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.

NICK STOOP     Crofton, MD

stoop_tie_award_72_9126.jpgStoop was a three-year member of the lacrosse program after transferring from the Division 1 level. He returned to active competition and was named a team captain this past spring after missing all of 2011 with a back injury. Off the field, he was an Eastern E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete and Little East All-Academic qualifier as a high honors student as an Individualized Major concentrating in Exercise Science, Sports Nutrition, and Biology. He also served as a tutor in the area of exercise science and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Stoop became the third member of the program to win or share the award in the last five years. A close defenseman, Stoop was the only player on the lacrosse team to start all 18 matches this past spring for the Warriors, who won their second straight Little East Conference playoff championship and competed in the NCAA tournament, compiling a 6-1 regular-season LEC record and finishing 10-8 overall. With Stoop in the lineup,  Eastern allowed the least goals (43) in the conference in seven regular-season conference matches. Said head men's lacrosse coach Justin Axel:  "Nick embodies the definition of a student-athlete, and goes beyond the call of duty for his team and teammates. He  has impacted so many people around our program in a positive way, and spends endless hours giving back to the community. It has been a true honor to coach such a student-athlete who has the work ethic, integrity, and spirit of college athletics such as Nick Stoop.''

 

FEMALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

ARIELLE COOPER   Sr.  Mystic
Softball

cooper_head_award_72_9824.jpgThis year marks the fourth straight season that a softball player has received the top vote for the award. This past spring, Cooper become the first third baseman in program history to earn first-team All-America honors when she repeated national honors at that position by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA). A second-team All-America selection at third base as a junior, Cooper becomes the program's first first-team All-America selection at third base in the program's 37-year history and is the first full-time position player to earn first-team honors  since outfielder Leanne Shoop in 1990. A four-year starter at third base, Cooper set numerous season and career records this season en route to first-team NFCA All-New England Region honors for the second straight season and  Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year plaudits. Batting primarily leadoff, Cooper put the finishing touches on a sterling career and brilliant final season. She led Eastern in virtually every offensive category, among them batting (.538), slugging (1.076), total bases (142), on-base percentage (.629), runs (61), hits (71), RBI (43), home runs (16), doubles (13), and walks (34). Her marks for batting, slugging, total bases, on-base percentage, runs, hits and home runs represented program season records, and her final season batting average was 99 points above her previous-season best, set in 2012. After setting the program's current consecutive game hitting streak of 33 as a junior, Cooper hit safely in 26 games this year. After failing to hit safely in one game that stopped her 33-game streak in 2012, Cooper had a hit in each of the team's final four games that year and in the first 26 this year, giving her at least one hit in 63 of 64 games in that stretch. Cooper finished as the program's all-time leader in career batting (.406) and slugging average (.739), on-base percentage (.474), hits (221), runs (176), doubles (40), home runs (40), and total bases (403), was second in games (177), at-bats (545), and assists (310), third in RBI (129), and fourth in walks (68). Her assist total was the highest among fulltime third baseman. Cooper ranked second nationally in Division III in on-base percentage, third in batting and slugging, fourth in home runs and home runs per game, sixth in runs per game and toughest to strike out, and seventh in walks. Cooper fanned twice in 170 plate appearances this season for the Warriors, who  won their fourth straight Little East regular-season title (they were 51-5 in the LEC regular season in Cooper's career) and finish 28-14 overall. The four-year starter appeared in all 177 games in her career, starting all 89 in each of her two All-America seasons and all but two in her career.  She helped the team average 36.5 wins per game and compile an overall record of 146-30-1 (83.0 percent), qualify for three NCAA tournaments, win two regional titles and compete in two national tournaments, capture four Little East Conference regular-season (51-5 record) and three LEC tournament championships.


MALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

CHRIS ROBITAILLE   Sr.  Canton
Basketball

robitaille_tie_awards_72_2791.jpgA 6-foot-5 inch post player, Robitaille became the first basketball player to win the award in the 14-year history of the award.  This year, Robitaille became the first player from the program in 11 years to earn ECAC New England Division III All-New England honors when he was named as a second-team choice after leading the third-seeded Warriors to their first ECAC championship this past March. A team captain and a first-team All-Little East Conference selection, Robitaille   led the conference in field goal percentage (.573) for the second straight year and was first in the LEC in minutes (33.0), tied for second in rebounding (8.4), tied for fourth in scoring (14.6), tied for fifth in blocks (1.1) and tied for ninth in assists (2.3), all of those marks except field goal percentage representing season-highs in his career.  Robitaille concluded his career with 1,003 points, reaching 1000 points in his final game in a 74-60 road victory over top-seeded Westfield State University in the ECAC title game. A four-year letterwinner, Robitaille led Eastern (22-8) to its first ECAC championship by averaging a double-double (20.0 points/10.3 rebounds) with a .614 shooting in three tournament victories. During the year, Robitaille had 12 double-doubles (27th nationally and the most in the conference), with five of them coming in the final seven games. Robitaille concluded his109-game career with a 9.2 scoring average and 638 rebounds (5.9), 93 blocks and 136 assists and a .573 field goal percentage, ranking among the program's all-time Top 10 in rebounds and blocks and third in field goal percentage. Robitaille and fellow seniors  Joe Ives and Tyler Hundley paced the Warriors to four consecutive 20-win seasons in their careers - the winningest four-year period in the program's 72-year history -- one LEC regular-season and tournament crown, a berth in the 2011/12 NCAA Sweet 16 and to the No. 1 seed in the ECAC tournament in consecutive seasons.

FEMALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

GIA KARAHALIOS   Fr.  South Windsor
Soccer

karahalios_head_awards_72_0086.jpgKarahalios became the third member of the program in the last four years and fifth in the last eight to share or win this award outright. This past falls' Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and first-team All-LEC pick, the center back started every match and led all Eastern players in minutes per game with an average of 83.0, and was named Little East Rookie-of-the-Week in the fifth week of the season. She was the only freshman to gain first-team All-LEC recognition and was one of only two freshmen among 24 first and second all-conference players. She became the program's fourth LEC Rookie-of-the-Year  and sixth first-team freshman all-conference pick in program history. During the season, opponents averaged only 1.1 goals per match.  In seven regular-season conference matches, Eastern ranked second in goals-against average (0.81), giving up only six in seven matches. Last fall, Eastern shared first place in the Little East Conference with a 6-1-0 regular-season record, finishing 9-6-3 overall.

MALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

TRACHONE PRESTON  Fr.  Enfield
Basketball

preston_tie_awards_72_2796.jpgPreston became the third member of the program in the last six years to receive this rookie award. The 5-foot-9 inch left-handed combination guard was named Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and second-team All-Conference this past winter when he helped the Warriors to their first ECAC tournament championship and the No. 2 seed in the Little East Tournament, the club winning 20 games for the fourth straight year (22-8) and 12 of 14 regular-season conference contests. No Little East rookie was recognized on a weekly basis more often than Preston, who was named the conference's weekly outstanding rookie three times over the course of the season. Preston appeared in all but one game, starting (the final) 24 games and averaging 10.8 points with a .459 three-point percentage, team-leading 2.5 assist average and 29.0 minutes per game.   Preston contributed at least one three-point field goal in all but four games in which he appeared (including the final ten) and in a 93-84 overtime LEC home victory over Keene State, posted season-highs of 20 points, six assists and 43 minutes. In the ECAC championship win over No. 1 seed Westfield State, Preston contributed 12 points. He was 6-for-6 from the stripe and 2-for-3 from three-point range in that 74-60 road victory. In all, he ranked second in the conference among freshmen in scoring average, was second overall in three-point field goal percentage , tied for seventh in assists,  and seventh in free throw percentage . He led all Little East rookies in a total of three statistical categories.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORT ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR

Co-Winners

LAUREN HULTZMAN    Jr.  Putnam
Women's Track & Field

hultzman_head_award_72_5958.jpgSet program records indoors and outdoors in the high jump and also set the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon program records... record-setting high jump mark of 5-5 ¾ outdoors was the third-best among New England Division III competitors during the season and shared 27th place overall in Division III... named All-New England outdoors in the high jump by repeating a
second-place finish in the New England Division III Championships (5-4 ¼) and finishing with a share of third place in the New England Open (5-5)...was fifth in the New England Division III outdoor heptathlon with her program-record 4,028 point total...in that heptathlon, she won the high jump and was second in the long jump... repeated as both Little East Conference and New England Alliance champion in the high jump outdoors with her record-breaking mark of 5-5 ¾... in the ECAC Championships indoors, set program records with 2,885 points in the pentathlon (which earned her an eighth-place finish and All-ECAC honors), and a high jump height of 5-3 ¼   in the high jump pentathlon which earned her a tie for first in that event... also All-LEC and All-NEA indoors with a high jump of 4-11 ¾ which netted her a share of third place and fourth place, respectively... 


MICHELL SCHAPP     Jr.  Torrington
Women's Swimming

schapp_head_award_72_2316.jpgSchapp broke all three backstroke records during the season and swam a leg on three record-breaking relays at the NEISDA Division II-III Championships in February. She led the Warriors by collecting 75 points with a third-place finish and two sixth-place finishes at the NEISDA meet. In that meet, she set program backstroke records at 50 (28.56) and 200 (2:12.06) yards after setting the 100 record of 1:01.45 with a third-place finish among 27 competitors at the Little East Conference Championships in December. During the season, Schapp was named Little East Swimmer-of-the-Week once after winning two backstroke events and competing on two winning relays at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational. In the 100 backstroke, Schapp was undefeated in dual competition, winning that event at the Saint Joseph (CT) Pentathlon when she placed fifth overall among 34 pentathlon participants. A team captain, Michelle was voted team MVP.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORT ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR

KATIE KING    Fr.  Barkamsted
Women's Swimming

kingK_head_award_72_2317.jpgThe third member of the program to win this honor in the three-year history of the award, King  swam to All-New England honors in each of her three individual events and with two relays at the NEISDA Division II-III Championships this past February, and shared third place on the team by collecting 73 points in that meet (only two points behind the Eastern leader). The younger sister of  junior teammate Colleen, King broke the program's 50 (31.10) and 100 (1:08.95) yard breaststroke records in the NEISDA Championships - placing third and seventh, respectively --  and was part of  the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:52.52) - along with her sister -- in that meet. At NEISDA, King also placed seventh in the 100 individual medley in a time of 1:04.13. At the Little East Championships in December, King became the first freshman in eight years to win an individual event when she won the 100  breaststroke, and she was also named All-LEC with the second-place 200 medley relay. King was undefeated during the regular season in the 50 breaststroke and won the 100 breaststroke three times - at the Saint Joseph (CT) Pentathlon in her collegiate debut, the Little East meet and at Roger Williams - and was second in that event at the Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational. At the Saint Joseph Pentathlon, King was second in a field of 34 only to teammate Erin McVeigh. She won the breaststroke and was second in the IM in that meet.

 

 

 

 

 


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175 are Drawn to Youth Soccer Camps

soc_camp3photos.jpgThe Eastern Connecticut State University youth soccer camps concluded their five-day session Friday. Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Greg DeVito and assistant coach Adam Phaiah, the camps drew 175 boys and girls ages 5-to-14 to its day and evening sessions at Thomas Nevers Field and the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. Current Eastern players and alumni served as clinicians for the camp, which focused upon technical skill training, including dribbling, passing, receiving, shoot and small-sided games. For a copy of the team image below, please contact Bob Molta at molta@easternct.edu. The Eastern Connecticut State University High School Team Camp is scheduled for Aug. 14-16 and includes boys ages 13-to-18.For more information, contact Greg DeVito at devitog@easternct.edu, or log onto ecsuyouthsoccercamp.com.

 

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