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Charity to benefit Be The Match is combined with Team IMPACT
WILLIMANTIC, 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 email@example.com.
By Jonathan Mizger/Sports Information Staff
The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has designated the month of March as National Athletic Training Month.
The theme of the second annual NATA month is Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer. From the NATA toolkit, the goal is "to continue to reach those individuals and organizations that can help make a difference for athletic trainers when it comes to legislation, employment and public health."
At right: Athletic trainer Julie Alexander works recently with baseball catcher Ben Richards, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. (Daniela Marchitto photo)
Promoting the awareness of athletic training to people who do not know what athletic trainers do is a key goal that the NATA looks to achieve. Educating people of the importance of athletic trainers and establishing relationships between student-athletes and athletic trainers are things to consider in promoting the awareness.
Eastern Connecticut State University has athletic trainers who work hard without needing any recognition or high praise. The athletic trainers at Eastern are people who are helpful to the student-athletes and make sure each are cleared to play based on the guidelines on handling a specific injury.
Below (from left): Eastern athletic trainers Julie Alexander, Stevie Clines, Tom Holton, Jarrett Sorge.
Athletic trainer Julie Alexander, who graduated from Eastern with a B.S. in Psychology and went on to earn a M.S. in Athletic Training at Old Dominion University, expressed her feelings on the importance of this month and beyond.
"I think that we will carry out our day-to-day functions the same way we always have," said Alexander. "Any athlete that comes in with an illness or an injury that's athletically-related, we care for the same way regardless of whether it's March, April, May, August or September. I think this month of March is more to promote the field of athletic training to people who don't understand what it is that we do. A lot of people think athletic trainer, they think personal trainer, a strength coach, and while we do have some function in teaching strength and conditioning and techniques, we're also on the field emergency care, injury evaluation, treatment rehabilitation, returning to play concussion management, the list goes on and on."
Alexander, who was hired at her alma mater this past summer after many years at Division I Sacred Heart University, has been proud of helping out the people she has met in her field.
"After 20 plus years, I can tell you that anytime we have an injured athlete, the best day is the day that they return to their field of play," said Alexander. "That is probably the most exciting thing about what we do, especially if it's an athlete that's been injured, had surgical interventions, has gone through post surgical rehabilitation in our room; returning to play is those days I look forward to. I enjoy every day but those are the days that are special."
As there are upsides, there are downsides for being an athletic trainer. Athletic trainer Tom Holton, who earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Eastern and an M.S.S. in Sports Medicine from the U.S. Sports Academy, noted that he loves his job but dislikes when he lets the student-athlete know the bad news.
"I love doing my job it's just part of the job you hate saying 'you can't play'," said Holton. "I really wish I could come into work every day and not have to do that.. The reality of the fact is that there's people we have to hold out and tell them 'you're season's over, you got to have surgery' and deal with the emotions of that athlete and how they're going to handle 'my career is over'."
Holton, a staff member since 1999, noted how being able to get the student-athlete to get back in his or her field of play and watching him or her succeed is one of his proudest moments as an athletic trainer.
Eastern director of athletics Dr. Jeff Konin, another Eastern alum, has been an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. Konin mentioned how the importance of athletic trainers is not just for the collegiate level, but for all levels of competition.
"The purpose is to bring awareness to the general public, to bring awareness to the public of the importance of athletic trainers and the injury prevention care of the numerous student-athletes that participate in sports in all levels," said Konin. "At the high school level, less than 50 percent of high schools have an athletic trainer, and when every high school has programs but less than half of them have proper ways to care for the kids, that's why an awareness month is there to inform people of what they should be doing to provide appropriate programs. You wouldn't put them out there if you didn't have the fields, you wouldn't put them out there if you didn't have the coaches and you really shouldn't put them out there if you don't have the appropriate medical care for them."
As the spring season is starting to get into full-swing, so are the athletic trainers at Eastern working hard to make sure every student-athlete is evaluated and cleared to play. The month of March will be busy at Eastern with lacrosse, baseball, softball, and track & field. The Eastern athletic trainers will be the unsung heroes in helping our student-athletes, not only during national NATA month, but every month of the academic year.
"I have the best job in the world," said Alexander. "In this job, you don't sit behind a desk or do the same thing every day . Every day is different , and you get to work with amazing people who you want to see get better when they get injured.. What's better than that?"
France, Hughes, Palasky, achieve academic status in all three seasons
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University continued its reputation as one of the top academic institutions in the Little East Conference by amassing 75 selections to the conference All-Academic Team in 2011/12.
Eastern, which has never finished lower than third among conference institutions in total All-Academic selections in any year, brought its total to 335 All-Academic selections in the five-year history of the award - a total which is second among all LEC institutions, just 16 behind the leader.
At right: Ryan Hughes
Eastern ranked second in the fall of 2011 with 32 selections, tied for second in the spring with 25 and third in the winter with 18. All 17 of Eastern's intercollegiate programs were represented on the All-Academic Team.
To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must have achieved sophomore athletic and academic status with a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 3.30.
Senior Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and sophomores Katie France (Portland) and Alexa Palasky (Griswold) all gained All-Academic status for the maximum three times in 2011/12 in the sports of cross country and indoor and outdoor track.
Hughes became only the fourth Eastern student-athlete to conclude a career by earning a spot on the All-Academic Team for the maximum nine times, following Sam Buczek (2007-11) and Amanda Ericson and Ashlee James (both 2008-11). All four participated in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hughes earned a B.A. in History and Social Science with a Secondary Education certification who student taught at Tolland High School this past spring. A member of the Dean's List over his final two undergraduate years, Hughes has also been a member of the National Honor Society, and qualified for an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete in both years of eligibility and has been a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for four years
In cross country, Hughes competed in all five regular-season meets, ran the 1000, 5000 and mile during indoor track and field competition and participated in the 5000 and 10,000 meters outdoors.
.Additional seniors earning All-Academic status are Brian Jorge (Bristol), Casey McGarvey (Bozrah), Amanda Quinones (Trumbull), Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield), Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ), Matt Kalmin (Burlington), Sam Konopka ( Hebron), Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel), Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton), Gianna Trombino (East Moriches, NY), Jamie Kohn (Columbia), Samantha Armitage (Bristol), Megan Wallace (Trumbull), Nick Pates (East Haven), Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) and Rosie Manzo (Hudson, MA).
At left: Rosie Manzo
In addition to their academic accomplishments, 14 of the 75 All-Academic selections either were recognized in end-of-season awards balloting by LEC head coaches, or earned spots on their all-conference teams as a result of their performances in their respective championship meets.
All-Academic recipients who were multiple all-conference selections were junior Daniela Marchitto (Orange) and sophomore Laura Hultzman (Putnam). Marchitto was first-team all-conference in both women's soccer and lacrosse, gaining Offensive Player-of-the-Year accolades in soccer; Hultzman won the conference high jump title in women's indoor and outdoor track and field and was third outdoors in the 100 hurdles.
In men's soccer, Appel was named first-team and junior Cory Tobler (Portland) second team all-conference; in men's basketball, Kohn was picked to the LEC All-Defensive Team, in women's swimming, sophomores Marissa Colley (East Haven), Colleen King (Barkhamsted) and Amanda Rivers (Meriden) swam to All-LEC honors by helping relay teams to second-place finishes in the LEC Championships; in softball junior Arielle Cooper (Mystic) was named first-team all-conference; in women's lacrosse, Prizio repeated as first-team All-LEC and Offensive Player-of-the-Year, and junior Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) was second-team all-conference; and in women's outdoor track, junior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and sophomores Amy Huhn (Hebron) and Alexa Palasky (Griswold) garnered All-LEC recognition in the conference championship meet. Huhn was second in the pole vault, Charpentier second with the 4x400 meter relay and Palasky third at 10,000 meters.
Quinones achieved All-Academic status six times in her three-year career in women's cross country and track & field after transferring from the Division I level, with Jorge also a six-time recipient in men's cross country and track, Pates a five-time winner in men's track and Ibsen a four-time recipient in women's volleyball, indoor track and lacrosse.
Seniors reaching the All-Academic standard the maximum three times in one sport in their careers were Appel (men's soccer), Konopka and Merheb (women's soccer), Kohn (men's basketball) and Manzo (softball).
Eastern programs led all conference institutions by claiming five post-season tournament titles in the sports of men's and women's soccer, men's basketball, men's lacrosse and softball. Four of the five also captured regular-season titles, with second-seeded women's soccer rebounding from its only regular-season conference loss to Keene State College to defeat the top-seeded Owls on their home field in the LEC playoff final.
One of six original members of the 26-year-old Little East Conference, Eastern sponsors competition in all but two of the LEC's 19 championships: men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's and women's cross country and women's volleyball in the fall, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track & field and women's swimming in the winter, and men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's outdoor track & field, baseball and softball in the spring.
Team's No. 1 hitter and pitcher an ESPN The Magazine District 1 choice
Jim Schult (at left and below)
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the fourth straight year, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program has been represented on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.
Junior utility player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) has been named a second-team choice to the 2010 District 1 College Division Team, which includes Division II and III players from institutions located in New England and New York. A right-handed pitcher and rightfielder, Schult was named as one of two outfielders on the second team.
Schult was only one of only ten New England Division III players - and one of only two from the Little East Conference -- chosen to the team, which included 12 first-team selections and ten second-team picks.
Eligible student-athletes needed to have reached their sophomore years and needed to have accumulated at least a cumulative 3.30 GPA through the fall semester.
Through six semesters, Schult has earned an overall 3.72 GPA. During the past spring - which began with pre-season workouts in early February and whose 41-game schedule concluded May 21 in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament -- Schult amassed a 3.82 GPA. A member of the Honors Program, Schult is majoring in Business Administration with a Marketing minor.
"Jim was probably the most consistent, most vicious competitive ballplayer that we had on our team (in 2010)," praised head coach Bill Holowaty. "He was possessed to be the best in academics and baseball. He's truly focused. He gives 100 percent-plus on and off the field."
In addition to his academic accomplishments this year, Schult was a first-team ABCA Division III All-New England Region Team selection at the utility position, which qualified him to be considered as an All-America selection. The 6-0, 200-pound right-handed hitter and pitcher was also voted as a second-team outfielder on the ECAC Division III New England Team and was named first-team All-Little East Conference as an outfielder and second-team all-conference at pitcher. He was named to the regional tournament all-tournament team after batting .462 (6-for-13) with a .533 on-base percentage, three RBI, two runs, two doubles, and two RBI. He also started the team's third and final game of the tournament on the mound, pitching the first six innings without a decision.
Schult finished the season as the team's top hitter and most productive pitcher.
As the team's starting rightfielder and No. 3 hitter in the order, Schult led the Warriors this season with a .377 batting average and 109 total bases, and shared the team lead with 66 hits and 19 doubles. He stole 12 bases without being caught. As a pitcher, Schult was 5-1 with a save and a staff-leading 3.52 ERA. He also topped the staff in starts (10) and innings (61 1/3), and was second in strikeouts (53). Schult won five straight decisions after an opening loss in Arizona, pitching eight innings in the team's second-round win over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference tournament. Schult pitched into the seventh inning of the team's third-round regional tournament loss to Wheaton College, allowing only one earned run before departing with a 4-2 lead in an eventual 9-4 season-ending defeat.
"Jim is so driven, '(with the attitude of) get out of my way, I'm coming through,'" notes Holowaty. "He's such a hard-working son-of-a-gun, athletically and academically. He might be one of the strongest students, academically, that we've had here in a long time," added the 42-year head coach, who insists that Schult's productivity both in the classroom and on the field this past year merited him All-America honors in both arenas.
Schult has a .362 career batting aveage in 130 games, with 17 home runs, 279 total bases, 125 RBI, 143 runs and 21 stolen bases. As a pitcher, he is 9-1 with two saves and a 3.18 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 116.0 innings. His 44 doubles rank him eighth all-time.
Schult has played the last two summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League - one of the top wood bat leagues in the country. After spending the summer of 2009 at North Shore as a starting outfielder and spot starter, he has signed this summer with the Sanford Mainers, who reached the Eastern Division championship round a year ago after finishing four games ahead of North Shore for the second and final playoff spot in the division. Through five games for the 4-1 Mainers thus far, Schult is batting .400 (8-for-20) with a home run and four RBI.
Prior to joining the NECBL, Schult spent summers playing AAU in 2004 and 2005 with the Hudson Valley Bombers and New York Hurricanes, respectively, and on the semipro level with the New Rochelle Robins the past two summers. Both of his AAU teams reached national tournaments, with the Robins capturing the initial World Baseball Association championship in 2007.
Schult follows former two-year teammate Tristan Hobbes '09 (now a graduate student at Boston University) as a selection to the CoSIDA academic team. Hobbes was a first-team all-district pick in all three seasons of his eligibility, and as a senior last spring, was tabbed as a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-America.
Eastern men's soccer all-conference goalkeeper Carl Appel (far right) and his father, Carl (far left), posed with US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard recently at the national team's training site in Princeton, NJ. Said Appel, a native of West Windsor, NJ, " I had the privilege to watch the team train during the last session before final cuts. The team was very appreciative of the U.S. fans that supported them. Showing their thanks they all greeted the loyal fans as they left the facility, signing autographs and taking photos. I was lucky enough to meet big name stars such as Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, and Tim Howard. It was a great experience and very entertaining to see the intensity and passion for the game at the highest level and the appreciation the players have for those who are supporting them this summer in South Africa."
The U.S. faces England in its World Cup opener Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Africa at 2:30 p.m.ET.
Complete listing of recipients (2001-10).pdf
Note: Student-athletes were nominated by coaches and the recipients were selected by a committee of athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes.
BONNIE 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.
Recipient: COURTNEY BEDOCS (Hamden)
Bedocs was a four-year member of the lacrosse program and an English and Education major who was a member of the Education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi, and the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Bedocs served as chair or associate chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years , attended the NCAA Leadership Conference and Little East Conference meetings as a representative of SAAC, and was awarded
the lacrosse program's scholar-athlete award on National Student-Athlete Day. As a member of the lacrosse program, Bedocs earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility. In the summer of 2008, she studied abroad at Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, Italy and was a student-worker in the Sports Information Office for three years. As a volunteer, she organized an on-campus relief effort to aid the Republic of Haiti following this past January's earthquake, assisted at the Windham Special Olympics, served as a volunteer coach for the Windham youth lacrosse program and coordinated the annual SAAC Haunted Happening for area youth on Halloween.
Praised head lacrosse coach, Christine Hutchison, at the time of her nomination:
"Courtney is a very hard working and dedicated student athlete who gives a 100 percent effort in everything and maintains a positive and enthusiastic attitude. She never had an unexcused absence from practice and attended every practice and game with a smile on her face and ready to work hard, and works to improve her performance at every opportunity. She is very well liked by her fellow teammates and peers, is respectful, polite, and accepting of everyone. While being involved in community service and everyday activities her positive attitude and outgoing personality are contagious."
Award finalists: Kim Church (Farmington), Monica Mills (East Hartford), Jessica Wilson (Torrington).
FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
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.
Recipient: MAXIM FANTL (West Hartford)
In ten years of balloting for these major institutional awards, the four-year soccer/lacrosse standout became the first male to receive both this award and Athlete-of-the-Year Award in his career. The two-time team soccer captain and 2010 team lacrosse captain earned a multitude of individual athletic and academic awards at the institutional, conference, regional and national level. Last fall, Fantl was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America first team and was a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District choice. He earned a spot on the Little East Conference academic
honor roll in all three years of eligibility in both sports (minimum 3.30 overall GPA) and received an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 overall GPA) in both years of eligibility. Fantl was a member of the Dean's List every semester and graduated this May with an overall 3.55 GPA as a Physical Education major. Fantl has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has contributed many hours as a clinician at soccer and lacrosse youth camps and clinics throughout his collegiate years.
Offered head soccer coach Greg DeVito: "Max has been a leader by example and vocally throughout his career and makes sure that the Eastern soccer program represents the school in a positive way by holding himself and his teammates to a high level of accountability. He displayed the maturity not often seen in college-age athletes, set the tone for hard work in every facet of his life, and carried himself as a respectful hardworking individual both on and off the field. Despite being a four-year starter, Max never received a yellow card in his career and was continually complimented for his behavior on the field by both referees and opposing coaches."
Head lacrosse coach Justin Axel described Fantl as "the true definition of a student-athlete who represented two programs in a first-class manner. His work ethic is second-to-none as he has become one of the best lacrosse and soccer players in Division III. Max is such a special leader, role-model and inspirational person. His ability to make everyone around him better both on the field and off the field has helped multiple sports program. Between the two sports, he has impacted the lives of over 70 male student-athletes. His character, success in the classroom, and desire to be the best has made it a true honor to coach him.
Award finalists: Melvin Castillo (Danbury), Nick Noheimer (Willimantic)
Recipient: MOLLY RATHBUN So. (Hebron)
Rathbun became only the third person to receive the award prior to their junior year. As Division III's most dominant pitcher, the first-team All-America and ECAC and Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year led the Warriors to a program-tying 39 wins, their first regional championship in 18 years and a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Rathbun won 30 and lost only two with two saves and 305 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA in
205 innings, leading Division III in least hits allowed per game (3.07) and shutouts (17). The 5-foot-8 inch righty won the team's last 11 games and set a slew of season records, including those for wins, consecutive wins (27), complete games (26), shutouts, strikeouts, strikeouts per game (10.4) and consecutive scoreless
innings (48 2/3). In addition to tying the 33-year-old record of 16 strikeouts in a game, she also threw two no-hitters and seven one-hitters. In her first nine post-season games, she allowed runs in only one inning. In 12 post-season games and starts, she was 11-1 with a 1.03 ERA, eight shutouts, nine complete games and 107 strikeouts. She walked only 21 batters and allowed only six extra-base hits and limited opposing batters to a .138 average. Rathbun also doubled as the team's top hitter this year, recording a .402 batting average and also leading the team in RBI (38), doubles (10) and home runs (9). Her walk-off eighth-inning home run was the only run of the game in the conference title game against host Keene State College.
Award finalists: Amy Arisco (Wallingford), Erika Barber (Portland), Sarah Swann (Oxford), Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA)
Recipient: MAXIM FANTL Sr. (West Hartford)
Soccer * Lacrosse
This year, Fantl put the finishing touches on a remarkable four-year career on the soccer and lacrosse fields and in the classroom. In soccer, Fantl became the program's first three-time selection to the NSCAA All-New England Region Team when he repeated as a first-team selection and also repeated as the Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and was named ECAC New England Offensive Player-of-the-Year for the first time. In helping the Warriors to their second conference playoff title in three years, he led the Warriors in goals and points for the fourth time in his career, repeated as the Little East Conference goals
champion and was second in the conference in points after topping that category as a junior. With Eastern equaling the program record of 16 victories, the two-time team captain set a personal season mark this year with 17 goals and matched his personal season best from a year ago with 40 points. He concluded his career ranked third all-time in program history in scoring (49-20-118) as one of only four players in program history with as many as 100 points. In lacrosse, he started all 17 matches and finished second on the team in assists (15) and points (35) and was fourth on the team with 30 ground balls. In soccer, he was a first-team NSCAA/adidas Men's College Scholar All-America and a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division All-District 1 selection.
Award finalists: Mevlin Castillo (Danbury), Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY), Eric Vasil (Southington)
Recipient: DANIELA MARCHITTO Fr. (Orange)
Soccer * Lacrosse
A two-sport starter, Marchitto helped the soccer team to the Little East Conference playoff championship and the lacrosse team to a share of the conference regular-season title and a berth in the playoff finals. In soccer, she became the program's first Rookie-of-the-Year since 2001 and only the program's fifth first-team freshman all-conference selection in 20 years of LEC women's soccer competition. One of only two freshmen among the 24 all-conference picks and the only first-team first-year player, Marchitto averaged 62.0 minutes per match, and started the final 15 matches of the season. She was second on the team in goals (8) and game-winning goals (3) and third in points (17). Only seven players in the conference managed more than her goal total. In lacrosse, she was the only freshman field player to start all 19 matches. Marchitto led the team in free-position goals (16) and free-point scoring percentage (.762), was third in goals (37), fourth in points (42) and ground balls (43), fifth in draw controls (33) and tied for fifth in caused turnovers (10).
Award finalists: Tanisha Carter (East Hartford), Arielle Cooper (Mystic), Cora Gingras (East Hampton), Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport)
Recipient: JOSHUA FITZPATRICK Fr. (Beacon Falls)
Track & Field
Competing in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump, Fitzpatrick earned All-Little East Conference and All-New England Alliance in all three events indoors and outdoors. Indoors, he was second in the LEC and third in the alliance in the triple jump, second in the LEC and fifth in the alliance in the long jump, and fifth in the LEC and eighth in the alliance in the pole vault. Outdoors, he was also second in the LEC in the long jump and triple jump, sixth in the alliance in the triple jump and eighth in the alliance in the long jump and in the pole vault fourth in the LEC and tied for sixth in the alliance. In his second collegiate meet, he broke the program indoor triple jump record and followed that up in the next meet (six weeks later) by breaking that standard with a current record of 44-10 ¾ that earned him conference Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Week accolades. Indoors, Fitzpatrick competed in the New England Open and ECAC Championships in the triple jump and participated in the Division III New England Championships in the long jump indoors and outdoors and in the triple jump outdoors. Indoors, he never finished lower than third in a meet in the triple jump prior to the Open Championships.
Award finalists:Donald Berbue (Tewksbury, MA), Benjamin Church (Rochester, MA), Mike Garrow (Terryville).
Each program features three major award-winners and six all-LEC picks
Below: Maxim Fantl, repeats as top offensive player
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference playoff champion men's and women's soccer teams have dominated the balloting for major award-winners and all-conference selections.
Each Eastern soccer team featured three major awards and six all-conference selections. The women's team, which captured its third playoff title last weekend as the No. 2 seed, had the Offensive, Defensive and Rookie-of-the-Year while the men's squad claimed the Offensive and Rookie-of-the-Year and was also named recipient of the inaugural Team Sportsmanship Award
The Eastern women's volleyball team was also represented with a first-team all-conference selection in sophomore middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton), while the field hockey team matched the men's soccer team by earning the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Each conference coach voted in the selection for the all-conference teams and major award. Balloting is completed prior to the start of the conference tournaments.
Swann, Hickey and Marchitto major awardees for w-soccer
Below: Sarah Swann
Senior midfielder Sarah Swann (Oxford), junior back Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) and freshman forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) were recipients of major awards. The trio was joined on the all-conference first team by senior back Christine Lemieux (South Windsor). Senior goalkeeper Kim Church (Farmington) and senior forward Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) were second-team selections.
Swann becomes the program's second Offensive Player-of-the-Year, while Hickey becomes the program's third Defensive Player-of-the-Year (in four years). Marchitto is the program's third Rookie-of-the-Year. All-conference balloting began with the 1990 season.
A total of 12 players were named to the all-conference first team and 12 to the second team. Prior to the 2002 season, only one player-of-the-year was selected.
Swann and Lemieux repeated first-team all-conference honors while MacDonald was a second-team selection for the third time in four years and Church a second team pick for the second straight season Hickey was a second-team selection last year.
Through the conference tournament, Swann was leading the conference in game-winning goals (6) and was second in points (33). More importantly, Swann scored nine goals and added three assists in seven conference matches (5-1-1 record). She scored both goals in a 2-1 road win over three-time defending conference champion Western Connecticut.and recorded her first career hat trick Oct. 10 in a 6-1 home win over the University of Southern Maine. Last Saturday, she scored the only goal of the match in a win at top-seeded Keene State College that gave the Warriors the conference championship and bid to the NCAA Division III tournament Swann's goal total this year is the sixth-highest in a season in program history and her point total equals the sixth-highest mark.
A three-year starter, Hickey started 19 of the team's 20 matches this year and is the team-leader in minutes (1,841) and minutes per game (92.1). She also contributed seven points. Behind Hickey, Lemieux, Church, and junior defender Stephanie Norell (Stratford), the Warriors surrendered a conference-low 17 goals in 20 matches (0.85 per game), giving up less than two goals 16 times.
Marchitto, one of only two freshmen among the 24 all-conference and the only first-team first-year player. Marchitto is second on the team in goals (8) game-winning goals (3) and third in points (17). Only seven players in the conference managed more than Marchitto's goal total.
Lemieux was named LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year last year, becoming the first player in program history to win that award outright. This year, she started all 19 matches in which she appeared and added four assists.
A two-year starter in goal, Church started all 20 matches this season. Nine of her starts resulted in shutouts, posting four full-match shutouts in all. In the LEC title game she stopped six shots to preserve the shutout win. Church cuttently leads the conference in goals-against averaged (0.86) and is second in shutouts and among starting keepers, is second with a .789 save percentage.
Along with Swann, and Norell, MacDonald started all 20 matches, averaging over 70 minutes per match and contributing a goal and five assists. She is also a three-time all-conference pick and two-time conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year in lacrosse.
Both Eastern and regular-season conference champion Keene State had six all-conference selections (four first-teamers each).
Ranked in a tie for tenth in New England, Eastern (12-5-3) visits Amherst College
Saturday at 11 a.m. in its NCAA tournament opener.
Fantl program's first four-time all-conference selection
Senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) repeated as the conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Year and his selection to the first team made him the program's first four-time all-conference pick in the 21-year history of all-conference balloting.
The major award was the first of three for Eastern. Freshman back Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) became the program's fourth Rookie-of-the-Year - first since Fantl in 2006. As a team, the Warriors were selected as recipients of the inaugural Team Sportsmanship Award.
Joining Fantl on the all-conference first team was fellow senior co-captain Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) and sophomores Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), a back, and goalkeeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ).
Second-team selections from Eastern included Fletcher and senior midfielder Chris Bourdeau (Thompson).
The all-conference selection was the third in the career of Boretti, who re-gained the first-time recognition that he was awarded as a sophomore. Smiles and Bourdeau moved up from the second-team laurels each received a year ago. Appel was named to the all-conference team for the first time.
Fantl and Boretti are the top scorers this season for Eastern, ranked third in New England and No. 20 nationally. After leading the conference in scoring as a junior, Fantl brings a conference-leading total of 40 points into post-season play, with his 17 goals one behind Plymouth State senior Semir Mehmedovic, who took over the conference lead in an ECAC tournament season-ending loss to Daniel Webster College Wednesday. In seven regular-season conference matches, Fantl collected six goals (two of them game-winners) and 15 points and added one goal in a 2-0 LEC tournament semifinal-round victory over Rhode Island College.
Fletcher was one of three freshman starting defenders this year, joining classmates Dan Fish (Marlborough) and Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) and Smiles in front of Appel. The Warriors lead the conference in goals-against average (0.92) and share the conference lead with nine shutouts and in least average goals allowed (0.95).
Fletcher has started all 21 matches to date and leads all players in total minutes (1,769) and minutes per game (104.1). Smiles has started all 20 matches in which he has appeared and leads the conference in assists, with 10. He assist total is the highest at Eastern since Alex Patino recorded 12 in 1992. Appel is the LEC leader in goals-against average (0.94), the co-leader in complete-match shutouts (5) and is second in save percentage (.814). All of Appel's shutouts came in conference competition, the final two coming in the conference tournament, when he made five saves in each.
Boretti has scored all eight of his goals and registered 18 of his 20 points in the team's last 13 matches. In seven regular-season conference matches, he had four goals (one game-winner) and 11 points, then earned LEC playoff MVP honors by scoring the game-winning goals in victories over Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth. His goal against UMass Dartmouth was the only one of the game and provided the Warriors with their second title in three years.
Bourdeau has copped all-conference honors and started every possible match in each of his two seasons at Eastern after transferring from the Division II level. Two of his three goals came on the opening weekend of the season and helped account for victories over top New England tournament contenders MIT and Babson College at the Babson Invitational.
The Warriors' selection for the Team Sportsmanship Award was due in large part to its low foul and yellow card warning totals this season. In 21 games, Eastern had the least number of fouls and yellow cards of any of the conference's eight clubs. The Warriors averaged less than seven fouls per game - five fewer per game than their nearest competitor - and were assessed only six yellow cards. The yellow card total was eight less than their nearest competitior and 35 fewer than the conference leader.
Below: Kristianna Ibsen
Both Eastern and regular-season conference champion Keene State College had six all-conference selections (four first-teamers each) on the squad, which consisted of 12 first-teamers and 12 second-teamers
Having equaled the 40-year program record for wins in a season, Eastern (16-4-1) opens play in its 15th post-season tournament Saturday at Troy, N.Y. against host RPI.
Ibsen volleyball first-teamer
Ibsen was named the program's first first-team selection in three years when she was one of six players named to the first team, which represented five of the conference's eight teams. The second team also consisted of six players. Players received votes regardless of position.
Theh 5-foot-10 inch Ibsen was one of five middle hitters chosen to the first team, which was rounded out by outside hitter Kate McWhorter of regular-season and playoff champion Massachusetts Boston. The second team was comprised of three setters, two outside hitters and a middle hitter.
Through the conference playoffs, Ibsen was ranked fourth in the conference in kills per game (3.44), fifth in points per game (4.04), and sixth in attack percentage (.297). In seven regular-season conference matches, Ibsen attacked at .319 and totaled 12 blocks and 30 digs.
In 12 years of conference volleyball, Eastern has had 33 all-conference selections, four Player-of-the-Year and one Rookie-of-the-Year selections and six conference tournament Most Outstanding Player picks.
A four-time conference regular-season and seven-time LEC tournament champion, Eastern (12-20) finished sixth this season and was eliminated in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Field hockey team recognized
Despite losing all 11 of its conference matches and finishing 3-15 overall, the Warriors were the top vote-getter for the inaugural Team Sportsmanship Award.
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FALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Lauren Hickey Jr. B First Team
Christine Lemieux Sr. B First Team
Daniela Marchitto Fr. F First Team
Sarah Swann Sr. MF First Team
Kim Church Sr. GK Second Team
Taylor MacDonald Sr. F Second Team
Carl Appel So. GK First Team
Nicholas Boretti Sr. MF First Team
Maxim Fantl Sr. F First Team
Aaron Smiles So. B First Team
Chris Bourdeau Sr. MF Second Team
Bradley Fletcher Fr. B Second Team
Team Sportsmanship Award
Kristianna Ibsen So. MH First Team
Team Sportsmanship Award
Warriors hope to surprise again after second-division projection
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's volleyball team looks to surprise Little East Conference opponents again in 2009 after being projected to finish in the second division for the second straight season in the 2009 LEC pre-season coaches' poll, released Wednesday.
At left: Taylor Abelli
.A winner of three straight regular season and three straight post-season tournament championships earlier this decade, Eastern was tabbed to finish fifth this year in the eight-team conference. Coming off their third straight tournament championship in 2007, the Warriors were selected to finish sixth among seven teams last year under first-year head coach Peter Viteritti. Eastern surprised many, however, capturing third place in last yaer's final standings - looking down upon three programs picked for a higher finish in the pre-season poll.
The University of Massachusetts Boston, once the doormat of the conference, rose from a fifth-place pre-season projection last year to finish second in the final regular-season standings, and is favored to win its first LEC title in this year's poll. The Beacons came within a whisker of posting their first LEC tournament title, losing to first-time titlist Keene State College, 3-2, in last year's championship match.
UMass Boston received four of eight first-place votes in the poll and totaled 59 points. Keene State College, which parlayed its second straight perfect regular season in conference play last yearinto its first tournament title, was accorded three first-place votes and amassed 56 points. Western Connecticut, fourth a year ago in the conference standings, corralled the final first-place vote but fell 12 points shy of Keene in the poll.
A four-time regular-season and seven-time LEC tournament titlist, Eastern has never finished as low as fifth in 11 seasons of LEC regular-season competition (the Warriors shared fifth place in 2003 before winning regular-season championships the next three seasons).
The Warriors (20-12) won at least 20 matches last year for the sixth time in eight years, posting a 4-2 regular-season conference mark. For the second straight year, Eastern returns seven letterwinners, and will again rely upon a talented freshman class for its success. One all-conference player from a year ago returns in sophomore second-team defensive specialist Taylor Abelli (Cheshire), last year's team leader in digs and serve percentage who was second in reception attempts.
Additional key returning sophomores coming off impressive first seasons are Samantha Slonski (Griswold) and Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton). Slonski was last year's No. 1 setter and assist leader but may move to outside hitter this season. Ibsen was the Warriors' leader last year in kills, attack percentage, service aces and blocks.
Eastern opens its 35th intercollegiate season Sept. 5 at Salve Regina University at noon.
Little East Conference
2009 Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank, Institution (First place votes) Pts. 2008 Finish
1. Massachusetts Boston (4) 59 2nd
2. Keene State College* (3) 56 1st
3. Western Conn. (1) 44 4th
4. Plymouth State U. 41 5th
5. EASTERN CONN. 40 3rd
6. Massachusetts Dartmouth 22 6th
7. Rhode Island College 16 7th
8. U. of Southern Maine 10 --
*-2008 playoff champion
Softball player with most career starts at shortstop will be inducted Oct. 25
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - No player in the 33-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University fastpitch softball program has started more games at shortstop than Tammy Schondelmayer, who has been selected for induction into the University's E-Club Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by committee co-chairmen Dr. David G. Yeo and Scott Smith.
A member of four straight regional championship teams and one national titlist, Schondelmayer made 153 of her 165 career starts as a shortstop between 1986 and 1989, departing the program as the all-time leader with 279 assists.
The 16th E-Club Hall of Fame Ceremony and Social Hour is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. Schondelmayer is the first of six members of the Class of 2009, which will be announced throughout the months of September and October.
Recruited to play for Eastern off the intramural flag football field in the fall of her freshman year, the New London native and St. Bernard High School graduate took over at shortstop after starting the first nine games of her career in center field. Schondelmayer started 27 games at shortstop that year as the Warriors successfully defended their 1985 national championship. All of her starts over the final three seasons of her career were at shortstop, including the final 100 of her 165-game career.
Offensively, Schondelmayer's batting average improved every season, from .250 as a freshman in 1986 to a team-leading .411 as a first-team all-region selection as a senior. As the program's first all-region selection ever at shortstop that season, Schondelmayer topped all Eastern players in 11 individual categories, among them batting, slugging and on-base average, total bases and assists.
During her senior season, Schondelmayer set the current program record with an 18-game hitting streak, when she batted .507 between March 23 and April 23. The streak began with two hits against Hawaii-Hilo on the team's spring trip and concluded with two hits against Cortland State during a four-game weekend sweep of the Red Dragons and Ithaca in upstate New York. In one four-game stretch during the streak, she was 11-for-14 with seven runs scored. That year, the 5-foot-9 inch, 145-pounder led the Warriors nto the national tournament championship round and was named to the national all-tournament team The No. 3 hitter in the lineup, Schondelmayer hit safely in four of five national tournament games and committed only one error on 15 chances.
As a junior in 1988, Schondelmayer batted .305 with a team-high 14 stolen bases (in 15 tries) on a team considered perhaps the most dominant in program history. That team won a program-record 27 consecutive games, including a 26-1 mark in the regular season up north and set six team records, among those for hits, total bases and runs.
As a freshman on the 1986 national championship team - the program's fourth national title in six years - Schondelmayer played perfect defense in eight post-season games, sharing the team lead with 11 assists.
In Schondelmayer's four-year career, Eastern averaged 34.5 wins per season, compiling an overall record of 138-36 for a winning percentage of 79.3. Against regular-season competition up north in those years, the Warriors were 96-12 (88.9 percent), losing only two games to Division III opponents.
Twenty years after the completion of her career, Schondelmayer still ranks among the program's all-time Top 10 in nine career categories, among them first in triples (22), third in games, fourth in assists, fifth in stolen bases (51), and sixth in total bases (23).
Schondelmayer becomes the 11th individual (seventh player) associated with the 1986 national title team to gain E-Club Hall of Fame induction.
A Dean's List student, Schondelmayer was the only female athlete in 1990 to earn an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award. She was also named Outstanding Physical Education Major that year.
Schondelmayer currently serves as director of athletics and coordinator of physical education and health at Bloomfield High School.
Since its establishment in 1986, the Eastern/E-Club Hall of Fame has enshrined a total of 85 former athletes, coaches and administrators and has also recognized the contributions of 13 "friends" with the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service Award and has honored 20 individuals as "Pioneers" for their efforts in helping to establish the tradition of the Eastern athletic program.
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