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W-Volleyball Drops Pair at USCGA

After opening season with victory Friday, Warriors are dumped twice

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Jess Patrizi (at left)

NEW LONDON - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team attacked at just .072 in managing to win just one set Saturday in two losses at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bear Invitational at Merriman Gym.

Coming off a season-opening four-set win over host Coast Guard Friday night, Eastern (1-2) was swept by Stevens Tech (2-0), 25-10, 25-15, 25-19), then lost three straight tight decisions to 2012 NCAA tournament qualifier Colby-Sawyer after taking the first set. Match scores were 25-18, 21-25, 19-25, 21-25.

On the day, freshman outside hitter Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury) collected 27 kills, senior libero Erynn Miller (Stratford) 41 digs and junior setter Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) 34 assists and 11 digs. Junior Allie Henry (Middletown) added 19 assists and eight digs and sophomore libero Allie Luppi (Tewksbury, MA) 15 digs.

Stevens attacked at .284 as a team, led by Katie Hall (.438), Mary Tobin (.321) and Mary Caulson (.381), while Jackie Keating attached at .500 for Colby-Sawyer.

Eastern played without senior outside hitter Nicki Gasch (New Fairfield).

Eastern visits Clark University Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Field Hockey: OT Loss in Opener, 2-1

 SJC ends match early in extra session with game-winning goal


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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior forward Rachelle Messuri converted a hard shot 1:36 into sudden death overtime to lift the Saint Joseph's College (ME) field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in the season opener for both programs Saturday afternoon.

At left: In her collegiate debut, freshman Elly Walker (6) assisted on the first career goal of first-year sophomore Brianna Passero. (Photo by Macaire Jones).

Messuri's first goal of the season early in the second half tied the match for Saint Joseph's, and Eastern  junior goalie Olivia Mullen (Bethel) sprawled out to make a number of saves the rest of the way until Messuri connected on a shot from just inside the left part of the circle for the game-winner. Mullen was screened on Messuri's shot. She managed to get a pad on it but could not prevent it from slipping over the goal line.

First-year sophomore forward Brianna Passero (Trumbull) came off the bench to score her first career goal late in the first half on a pass from freshman Elly Walker  (Scarborough, ME) and give the Warriors an initial lead, but Messuri and senior back Carley Denis hooked up for the tying goal three minutes into the second half.

The Monks dominated play after the break, outshooting Eastern 13-1 and forcing Mullen to come up with seven saves (in addition to defensive saves by junior back  Sam Rossetti (Shelton) and freshman back Alexandra Steward (Old Saybrook) to keep the contest tied. Saint Joseph's freshman goalie Emma Astbury  needed only one save to record her first collegiate win in her first start.

Four of Mullen's saves came in a span of five minutes (two on rebounds) on bids by Messuri, senior midfielder Theresa Hendrix, freshman midfielder Kelsey Dumond and sophomore midfielder Brenna Fitzgibbon. As time expired in regulation, Mullen also came up with a sprawling save on a drive by sophomore midfielder Amanda Celata.

The visitors amassed a 12-4 advantage in penalty corners en route to their second win over Eastern in as many years.

Eastern hosts Anna Maria College Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


W-Volleyball: Warriors Open on Top

Freshman play important roles in team's four-set victory over USCGA


At left: Kay Mullen

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NEW LONDON, Conn.--Freshman outside hitter Ashley Adams (Mystic) had a team-high 12 kills in her collegiate debut while senior libero Erynn Miller (Stratford) had a match-high 27 digs leading the Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a season-opening 3-1 win over the U.S.  Coast Guard Academy on the opening night of the Bear Classic Friday at Merriman Gymnasium on the USCGA campus.

Featuring five freshmen in their lineup, Eastern won by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22. The Warriors had lost to Coast Guard seven of the last nine times the programs had met.

Adams and freshman outside hitter Adrianna Mihalek (Woodbury) combined for nearly 60 percent of the team's attack attempts, combining for 81 of the team's 138 attempts. Mihalek followed Adam's team-high kill total with nine. Coast Guard had no answer for Eastern middle hitters Bry Kelly (Dunbarton, NH), a sophomore, and freshman Kay Mullen (Fairhaven, MA). The pair combined for a  .577 attack percentage. Mullen had nine kills and no errors and Kelly seven kills and only one mistake.

Juniors Allie Henry (Middletown) and Jess Patrizi (Beacon Falls) combined for 36 assists for the Warriors, Patrizi leading the way with 19. Mihalek followed Miller with ten digs, Patrizi and Henry adding five each.

Eastern attacked at only .152 in the match, but the Bears piled up 29 attack errors for a .126 percentage.

The Warriors won the first game by fighting off a Coast Guard game point and scoring the final three points for the win. Coast Guard led the entire game until the Warriors took their first lead at 25-24.

The third game was tied 15-all  before the Warriors ran off five of the next six points for a 20-16 edge and went on to a seven-point win.

Eastern closed out the match in the fourth game when it scored six straight to break a 15-15 tie opening up a 21-16 edge.

Senior Kelsey Deporto had a match-high 15 kills to lead Coast Guard while sophomore Kelsey Hickle added ten kills and 14 digs. Senior libero Samantha Marmolejo led the Bears wtih 18 digs while sophomore Maggie Hine registered a match-high 41 assists.

In the first match of the night, junior Katie Hall had a team-high 11 kills while freshman Mary Tobin added ten kills and 17 digs in her collegiate debut leading Stevens Tech to a 3-1 win over Colby-Sawyer College.

Senior Samantha Gates led the Ducks with a match-high 38 assists while junior Kirsten Salmins led the way with a match-high 23 digs in the win.

Saturday, Eastern faces Stevens Tech at 9 a.m. and Colby-Sawyer at 1 p.m.  The Warriors and Ducks meet for only the second time - first since Stevens posted a four-set victory in 2005. The Warriors hold a slim 4-3 series lead over Colby-Sawyer, but the Chargers have captured the last two and three of the last four.

Stevens Tech 3, Colby-Sawyer College 1

Stevens                                   25        21        25        25
Colby Sawyer                          16        25        22        17

Eastern Conn. 3, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1

Eastern                                     26        20        25        25
Coast Guard                              24        25        18        22


M-Soccer Blanked by Widener in Debut


The Eastern men's soccer team paid a visit to the Liberty Bell  at the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia prior to opening tournament play this weekend at Swarthmore College, located ten miles from the historic city.

Young team is credited with only seven shots in 3-0 loss at Swarthmore

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Starting six newcomers, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team allowed three goals on ten shots in losing a 3-0 decision to Widener University in its 2013 opener Saturday evening at the Swarthmore College Garnet Invitational.

Coming off a record 17-2-1 campaign in 2012, Eastern was credited with only seven shots. Widener (2-0-0) got two goals from Max Reid. Reid gave his team a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and that one-goal margin stood up until Troy Czapor and Reid connected seven minutes apart early in the second half.

The Warriors stated six newcomers, five of them freshmen. Freshman Greg Walton (Brunswick, ME) started in net for the Warriors, making one save in playing all 90 minutes.

Widener is looking for its first winning season in nine years.

Eastern  faces host Swarthmore Sunday at 4 p.m.

Live Stats and Video Available Saturday

WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgTo access live stats or live video for the Warrior Classic women's soccer tournament this weekend -- as well as for the field hockey's season-opener Saturday at noon --  click on the appropriate icon on the athletic main page or click live stats or live video. Live stats will be available for all matches in the Warrior Classic and for the field hockey match.  Live video will be available for Eastern's two classic matches  at 7 p.m. each night, as well as for the field hockey match.


Women's Soccer Opens With Victory


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MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Junior goalkeeper Rachel Skelton (East Lyme) recorded her first career shutout as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team scored eight minutes apart early in the match to down the University of Saint Joseph (CT), 2-0, for the second time in three years in the Warrior Classic in the team's 2013 season-opener Friday evening at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.


At right: Jamie Belden was one of three freshmen to make their collegiate debut in Friday night's season-opener. Belden came off the bench to play 56 minutes. (Photo by Macaire Jones).


Saint Joseph inadvertently knocked in the first goal in the seventh minute with a header off an Eastern corner kick, and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Kennedy (Burlington) made it 2-0 eight minutes later when her 12-yarder sailed into an open net. Senior midfielder Tamar Merheb (Bethel) crossed the ball from the right side and Nicole Leonard got a touch on it that bounded to Kennedy, who beat Saint Joseph keeper Ashley Hebert.


Skelton made five saves for her second career win in five decisions.


Manhattanville 1, Fitchburg State U. 0


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Christine DeMarco's ground ball shot from the right side found the inside of the far left post off a feed from Tori Lettieri in the 66th minute to lift Manhattanville College to its second win in the last two years over Fitchburg State University in the first game of Friday's Warrior Classic doubleheader.


Fitchburg had the better of play in the first half but could not break through. Rachel Jamieson's hard shot from the middle of the box with 17 minutes left in the first half was hit right at Manhattanville freshman keeper Dolores Diemicke and was the best opportunity of the first half. Manhattanville's Nicolette Diodati nearly gave the Valiants the lead but her open blast from 18 yards sailed over the crossbar one minute after Jamieson's bid.


The Falcons put two shots on net in the final two minutes but both were easily handled by Diemicke, who recorded the shutout in her debut.


 Saturday's Schedule


U. of Saint Joseph (CT) vs. Manhattanville College, 4 p.m.

Fitchburg State U. vs. Eastern Conn., 7 p.m.


W-Lacrosse: Warriors Make the Grade

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This past May, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team got it done in post-season play, winning three matches on the road against higher-seeded teams to claim its fourth Little East Conference championship in nine years. Recently, it was announced that the players also got it done in the classroom, when the team was named to the Division III National Academic Squad by the Intercollegiate Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) by accumulating a cumulative team grade-point average of at least 3.00. A total of 86 Division III women's lacrosse program nationwide accomplished the feat. In addition, senior Individualized major Daniela Marchitto of Orange, junior Psychology and Pre-Early Childhood Education major Kelsea Burkhardt of Old Saybrook and junior Biology major Erin Conn of Moriches, NY earned spots on the IWLCA Division III Academic Honor Roll. Candidates for the squad were nominated by their institutions and must have attained junior status and a cumulative GPA of 3.50. The women's lacrosse program is the third Eastern program this past year to be recognized by a national governing body for academic excellence. The women's swim program was named Scholar All-America both last fall and this past spring by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and the men's soccer program received a Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) last fall.

molly_diana_church.jpgaist-insider.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  It was softball and sightseeing  -- but not always in that order -- for Eastern Connecticut State University head softball coach Diana Pepin and assistant coach Molly Rathbun when the pair traveled to the Czech Republic this past summer to represent the US at the Prague Softball Tournament.

The cards may have been stacked against the Eastern pair on the field, but the 13th-year head coach and second-year assistant enjoyed a short two-day stop in Munich and a week-long stay in Prague, the 1,100-year-old capital of the Czech Republic.

At left: Head Coach Diana Pepin (far left) and former All-America Molly Rathbun.

Once she sized up her 11-player team on the team's one practice day, Pepin quickly realized that she would need to emphasize the "player" in Rathbun's player-coach designation if her team was going to be competitive against tournament opponents from the native Czech Republic, the US, Russia, and Austria.

Pepin inherited a "Stripes" team comprised primarily of Division III athletes, while the other US team competing in the tournament was made up mostly of  Division I college athletes and coaches from the west coast.

A year away removed from completing a fourth straight All-America season at Eastern and just three months since undergoing knee surgery, Rathbun batted third in the lineup and, out of necessity, was pressed into pitching service. Used mostly in short relief when the situation demanded a strikeout, Rathbun was given one starting assignment and she shut down Russia through five innings to give her Stripes team third place in the tournament.

Stripes won five of six games in the tournament - placing first in its pool  -- losing only to the Czech Republic national team in the semifinals. Stripes defeated Russia twice, Austria, and the Prague Junior National team, as well as their more talented counterparts from the US. Stripes won their pool

molly72dpi.jpgThe Eastern pair toured the city both as a group along with the other US softball team and a US baseball team, but also had time to tour and enjoy the city's active night life in smaller groups.

At left: Molly Rathbun.

Compared to the US, the living quarters were different. The Eastern pair roomed together in the Top Hotel Prague Congress Centre  - located in the heart of the city and  just minutes from Eagles Park - which lacked air conditioning (which proved to be irrelevant due to uncharacteristically cool temperatures) and showers (bathtubs only). Moreover, the hotel beds were unusually narrow and the morning and evening meals that were provided proved to be unappealing to most Americans' palates.

With Rathbun thrust into more of a playing role than expected, Pepin was helped in the dugout by Alan Schneider - the father of Alma College left-handed-hitting outfielder Amanda. Alan Schneider coached first base and spent hours discussing strategy in the lobby of the hotel before and after games.

In contrast to her three previous softball trips to Australia, Pepin was absolved of supervisory responsibilities once the day's competition ended, freeing her to relax and sightsee with Rathbun and other members of the US contingent.

molly_diana_72.jpgA bustling city of nearly two million people located in the northwest part of the country, Prague features numerous museums, theaters, galleries historic architecture, and landmarks such as the Prague Castle (the largest ancient castle in the world), Charles Bridge (built in the 14th century), Old Town Square, St. Nicholas Church, and the Astronomical Clock.  The Eastern pair was also part of a sunset boat tour down the Vitava River, and visited the local marketplace which sold fruit, art, and a variety of hand-made products.

"There were a lot of old buildings, but it is a young country in terms of the culture and the people," said Rathbun of Prague. "There is a big night life there."

En route to Prague, the US contingent touched down briefly in London, then arrived in Munich and enjoyed two days  of sightseeing before boarding a bus for a four-hour drive across the border to Prague. The Eastern pair looked back upon their short stay in Germany as a high point of the entire trip. The pair joined the group to visit the Dachau concentration camp - where thousands of Jews and political prisoners were detained and exterminated by Hitler in the 1930s and 40s-- and Olympic Stadium - where Palestinians massacred nine Israeli hostages at the Summer Olympic Games 40 years ago.

"It was a weird feeling, eerie, and very real," remembers Rathbun of the visit to the concentration camp at Dachau. "To think about the things that were done there..."

Although much of the city shut downs down on Sundays, Pepin and Rathbun spent the afternoon touring Munch on bicycle, and were touched by the friendly nature of the locals and the beauty of the city.

While the overall cultural experience served to temper the actual softball portion of the trip to some degree, Pepin's competitive nature kicked in once the balls and bats were hauled out each day. On the only day of practice prior to the start of the tournament in Prague, Pepin polled her players. Were they there simply to have fun, or was winning a priority?  Pepin says that she was amenable to either, and would taylor her coaching strategy to whichever way they chose.

To a woman , the players expressed a strong desire to be competitive, thus diminishing Rathbun's role as a coach and accentuating her rather formidable talents as both a pitcher and hitter.

"Since they said that they wanted to compete, I coached to that," remembers Pepin. "We only had 11 players, so I was trying to be creative with the lineup. Everybody was going to play, but we were going to use the best team that we could possibly use, and then fill in with the other kids that weren't quite as talented."

The only four-time All-America in Eastern softball history, Rathbun won 103 games as a pitcher and  compiled a career batting average of .390 between 2009 and 2012 in leading the Warriors to three  Little East Conference tournament and two regional championships. She holds virtually all of the program's career pitching records and many of its batting marks.

"Molly went there more to coach, but she became a player because we needed her to compete. We didn't have the pitching that we needed in order to compete at the highest level. She was the one that I would bring in if we needed to strikeout someone out, then I'd put the other pitchers back in.

In similar fashion to her Eastern career, Rathbun was, with few exceptions, always the best player on the field. "Molly was a little rusty, but she was the best pitcher there," noted Pepin, recalling that she was playfully cautioned by the highly-respected coach of the Czech Republic national team about pitching  "that Molly girl" against his team.

While the cost of the trip for each head coach is subsidized  by the trip's sponsor - the American International Sports Teams (AIST) - everyone else is charged in the neighborhood of $3,000 for travel, accommodations and meals.

For Rathbun, who previously traveled to Australia and the Caribbean on similar trips, the rewards of the experience are well worth the expense.

"You absolutely want to take advantage of the opportunity to travel outside of the US, in general," said Rathbun. "But then you get to play the sport that you love, as well. It seems like another world (oversees). I've had the chance to meet a lot of cool people on these trips that I've kept in touch with."
















Coleman is E-Club Hall of Fame Pick

Four-time All-America basketball player to be enshrined Oct. 19

Coleman Head_72_USEShot 11_12_7968.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --   The most acclaimed player in the 27-year history of the women's basketball program, Allison Coleman has been selected for induction into the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by Hall of Fame chairman Scott Smith.

The 5-foot-10 inch Jewett City native is the only four-time WBCA Division III All-America in history (just one ten-player team is selected each year) and concluded her four-year career in 2004 as the program's all-time leader in virtually every career category. The Warriors won just under 85 percent of their games with Coleman, qualified for four post-season tournaments and recording 20-win seasons each season, and capturing a program-record 28 games in 2002/03 en route to a berth in the national championship game.

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

In her 117-game career, Coleman averaged 17.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 3.2 steals and totaled 131 blocked shots and 152 three-point field goals.  With Coleman, the team won 101 of 119 games  - its winningest four-year stretch ever -- one Little East Conference regular-season title and shared another and claimed eight of 12 post-season tournament games in NCAA and ECAC tournament play.46_Coleman31_004_72dpi6x4.jpg

"There was no greater competitor than Allison," praised 20th-year head coach Denise Bierly. "She did have immense talent and a great work ethic, but the desire for winning is not something that can be taught. Allison had immense pressure to perform at an All-America level every day for four years, but she handled this pressure extremely well."

In Coleman's junior year, Eastern won five consecutive NCAA tournament games - four of them on the road - before dropping a two-point decision to Trinity University (TX) in the 2003 NCAA Division III national title game. In those games, Coleman averaged 20.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals with 13 three-point field goals and eight blocked shots. In the tournament opener against Farmingdale State, Coleman totaled 26 points and 19 rebounds and shot 52.6 percent from the floor. That year, Coleman was a finalist for the national Player-of-the-Year Award.

As a senior, Coleman was voted State Farm Player-of-the-Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) and was women's basketball's nomination as the Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete-of-the-Year. That year, Eastern opened the season ranked No. 1 nationally  and remained in the Top 25 into post-season play. In addition that year, she was

Division III's representative to the WBCA College All-Star Team, which competed against the USA Women's Senior National Team at the NCAA Division I women's basketball Final Four at New Orleans.

In her career, Coleman posted seven triple-doubles and 60 double-doubles, registering registered career-highs of 35 points, 22 rebounds, 14 assists, 11 steals and five blocked shots. She scored 30 or more points six times in a game and her assist and steal bests represent program game records, with her point total one shy of the game record.

As the only four-time Player-of-the-Year in the Little East Conference, Coleman was named to the LEC's basketball 25th Anniversary Team in 2011 and was inducted as one of the first two female athletes into the LEC Hall of Fame last October. In 2010, she was enshrined into the  Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Coleman joins two-sport athlete Kris Mach of Southington and lacrosse All-America John Rubano of Bethpage, NY as previously-announced  members of the E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2013.



Eastern Girls' Soccer Clinic Concludes


The Eastern Connecticut State University Summer Day Clinic for high school girls concluded a three-day session Friday. The clinic was under the direction of 14th-year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio, assistant coach Ken Goodale and current members of the program. The Warriors open their season with the Third Annual Warrior Classic Aug. 30-31 at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. For a high-resolution copy of the group photo, contact Bob Molta at






Eastern Announces Pet Policy


Hall of Fame: John Rubano Gets Nod

  Midfielder on early men's lax teams tabbed as Oct. 19 E-Club inductee


RubanoWeb72.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The first player in men's lacrosse program history to gain  All-America honors both on the field and in the classroom, John Rubano has been selected to the Eastern Connecticut State University E-Club Hall of Fame, it has been announced by Hall of Fame chairman Scott Smith.

A freshman on the second team in program history in 1997, Rubano was named to the USILA All-America team and to the USILA Scholar All-America team as a senior captain in 2000 after piling up a record 48 assists and team-high 69 points in leading the Warriors to their first-ever post-season tournament win in the opening round of the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.

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

rubano72_2550.jpgA 5-foot-7 inch, 160 pound midfielder, Rubano became the first of only three players in program history to record as many as 100 career assists. In a 64-match career, he totaled 80 goals and 100 assists for 180 points, marks which rank him 16th, third and eighth, respectively, in the program's 18-year history.

With the Bethpage, NY native in the fold, Eastern won 29 of 30 Pilgrim League matches. The Warriors were undefeated en route to four regular-season league titles and three league playoff championships and qualified for the first two post-season tournaments in their history. 

In all, Eastern won 55 of 65 matches between1997 and 2000, with its 2000 total of 15 triumphs remaining a season record (later equaled twice). Against New England opponents in the regular season, Eastern won 42 and lost only five during Rubano's career. Of the team's three overall losses in Rubano's senior year, two came in overtime in post-season play and one to four-time NCAA Division II national champion New York Tech.

Noted Rick McCarthy, Rubano's former college coach, "In many respects, John was the quintessential Eastern Connecticut lacrosse player --  an embodiment of the unique group of players who created the Warrior lacrosse program and made it a nationally-recognized program.  He was an intense competitor and a leader who made his teammates better," added McCarthy, a 2008 E-Club Hall of Fame inductee who averaged 13 wins per season through the program's first seven seasons of competition. "John understood and appreciated the responsibilities of being a member of a team and was a great representative on our campus."

As McCarthy's first high-profile recruit (as a senior, Rubano played on a New York State championship team which was rated No. 2 nationally), Rubano was named NEILA All-New England twice and All-Division in the Pilgrim League three times. In addition to being selected honorable mention All-America as a senior, he was picked as an alternate to the prestigious USILA/STX North-South Senior All-Star game, competed in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game and earned recognition on the New England and national All-Academic teams.

As a senior, Rubano collected at least one point in every match but one. He began the season with six assists against Keene State and after being shut out against New York Tech, responded a week later with eight assists against Wheaton College (MA). The eight assists were a program record and today are just one shy of the match record.

As a business major concentrating in marketing, Rubano earned an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility. He was also a member of the National Leadership Honor Society, National Honor Society in Business, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and was a recipient of the Student Government Leadership Award as a senior.

Rubano becomes the second player from the program to gain E-Club induction, following two-time All-America defenseman and classmate Shannon Sligo (2011).

He joins two-sport athlete Kris Mach of Southington as an announced  member of the E-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Rubano holds a B.A. Degree in Business and is currently employed by BARRX Medical as a Northeast regional manager. Rubano and wife Jeanee reside in Glastonbury with their son Landon.



Swimming: Eastern Scholar All-America

swimteam72dpi_0493.jpgFor the third straight year, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team has earned Division III Scholar All-America status from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches' Association of America.With a 3.06 cumulative grade-point average, Eastern was one of 137 programs nationwide to earn a team GPA of at least 3.00 in the spring. The Warriors also gained the award in the fall. This past year, six members of the program earned a spot on the Little East Conference All-Academic Honor Roll and five received an Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athelte Award.

Eastern Connecticut Camp Concludes

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The Eastern Connecticut State University Basketball Clinic -- under the direction of Eastern head men's basketball coach Bill Geitner and his staff -- concluded its second week Aug.2, with more than 200 youngsters involved. For a copy of the group photo above, please contact Bob Molta at


W-Lacrosse: Meotti Named All-Region

Senior defender of Little East title team is second-team pick

meotti_action72_8344.jpgmeotti_head_72_9749.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University senior women's lacrosse captain Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) has become only the second defender from the program to be named to the all-region team when she was a second-team pick to  the  Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division III All-Berkshire Region squad.

A three-year letterwinner and 2013 team tri-captain, Meotti was one of six defenders selected to the team, which was comprised of players from Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York.A total of 32 players were selected, 16 to the first team and 16 to the second team.

Meotti becomes the program's eighth all-region honoree in 11 years. Eastern's only previous all-region pick on defense was Kara Bradley, voted to the second team in consecutive seasons beginning in 2005.

This past spring, Meotti led the Warriors in caused turnovers (36) and ground balls 57) and was second in draw controls (45) - all personal season highs. One of three players on the team to start all 19 matches, Meotti turned the ball over only 15 times - the lowest total among starters.  In the Little East Conference, she ranked third in caused turnovers and fourth in ground balls.

In the LEC playoffs - where the fifth-seeded Warriors avenged regular-season losses against higher-seeded teams to win their fourth post-season title -- Meotti led Eastern with 13 ground balls and ten caused turnovers, won four draws and chipped in two assists. The Warriors finished 7-12 overall and competed in their fourth NCAA tournament.

Meotti was named to the All-LEC team for the third time in her three-year Eastern career, gaining first-team honors for the first time. She concluded her career ranked sixth all-time at Eastern in draw controls and tied for 15th in ground balls.


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