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Monday, March 26, 2007


Carpenter, Gilblair, Re and Vara recognized with weekly awards


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Four athletes have been recognized for their play by the Little East Conference (LEC) in the first weekly report of the season, released Monday.

In lacrosse, senior attack Dave Carpenter (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow HS) was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week; in baseball, sophomore Shawn Gilblair (Windham, CT/Windham HS) was named Pitcher-of-the-Week and senior centerfielder Randy Re (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) Player-of-the-Week; and in fastpitch softball, freshman outfielder Samantha Vara (Boston, NY/Hamburg HS) was recognized as Rookie-of-the-Week.

Carpenter, last year’s LEC co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year and LEC playoff MVP, has contributed to 28 of Eastern’s 47 goals through the first five games (1-4 record).. A 2007 per-season All-America pick, Carpenter has 11 goals and 17 assists this year and has moved to within five assists of setting a program record of 127 assists. When Eastern outscored Wheaton College (MA) 6-0 in the third period of Saturday’s 13-9 win, Carpenter had two goals and two assists.

A returning first-team All-America, Gilblair is 2-0 in two starts for the Warriors (4-5). In 11.0 innings, he has amassed a 1.64 ERA with eight strikeouts. He has walked five and given up 12 hits. In a season-opening 8-4 win at Whittier College May 16, the lefty did not allow an earned run in five innings. Five days later, he allowed two earned runs on five hits over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk in the team’s second win, 18-4 over the University of Chicago. The victory was his tenth straight over two years, following a loss in his first collegiate decision last March 23.

Re led Eastern on the spring trip in batting (.528), runs (9), hits (19) and total bases (31), hitting safely in all nine games. He also handled 17 chances in the field without an error. In a 6-4 win over Williams last Tuesday, he was 4-for-5. The next day, in an 8-1 win over Calvin, he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He also hit his 16th and 17th career home runs during the week.

The only freshman to start all nine games for the Warriors (7-2), Vara hit safely in eight games and reached safely in all nine. Vara, who had four multiple-hit games, batted .375 with six runs, four RBI and three stolen bases. Starting games in center and left field, Vara had two hits in her season-debut March 17 in a 3-2 win over North Central College. Four days later against Calvin College, she hit a game-tying solo home run leading off the seventh in an eventual 3-2 victory.