October 2010 Archives
By Stephanie Norell and Lauren Hickey
Steph and Lauren here, with a little update for our dutiful supporters.
We are now 13-0-3, following a convincing 6-1 win over RIC last weekend and then two double overtime ties, 0-0 at Trinity College and 1-1 at UMass-Dartmouth.
Our 25th Anniversary weekend game against RIC was an awesome day for alumni and family and friends alike, as we served up a show on a very special anniversary for the women's soccer program. Trinity is always a good game, and even though we were clearly tiring them out in the second half, we couldn't put one in the net. Happens! We did not expect the tie against UMass-Dartmouth this past Saturday, but a tie is better than a loss. And no matter how you look at it, we're still undefeated!
So with only two regular season games left, we hope to come out victorious on Wednesday's Senior Night against Manhattanville College at 7 p.m. and Saturday's tough conference match at Plymouth State at 1 p.m..
Wish us luck,
Steph and Lauren
By Sean Capezzone and Rick Emery
We've finally started to get the wheels to start turning and get a streak going. To be honest, the timing couldn't be any better. We started the week off with a 3-0 victory over the U.S.Coast Guard Academy, where we took advantage of our early chances and drove back to Willi with the 'W'. In the game, Matt Furman, who seems to be unstoppable after coming back from his injury, put two past Coast Guard's keeper and freshman Tommy Vear buried his first chance to get his second game-winning goal of the season. Coast Guard is always a difficult team to play on the road, and we really had to bring our best game to come away with a result like that.
On Saturday, we had a replay of last year's Little East Conference final, in a battle between ourselves and UMass Dartmouth. We made the game a little tougher then it had to be with a lot of missed chances, but we were able to get two outstanding finishes out of Jon DeCasanova and Mike Radlbeck in order to secure a 2-1 conference win. Also, I'd like to give a shout-out to Ryan "bash-bro" McCormack who gave us some big time minutes off the bench by helping us control the midfield.
We picked up a few knocks during the contest, as the Corsairs picked up two red cards. With the knocks came a hefty toll as Aaron Smiles fractured his arm in a harsh challenge. We are not sure as to how long he will be out, but it looks like he will be able to play sooner, rather then later. Get well soon, bud!
Also, the win secures at least a three seed in the upcoming Little East tournament. We have to make sure we win this upcoming Saturday and hope that RIC slips up in order for us to have home field advantage for at least one of the games.
Be sure to come and support us not only this weekend, but also on Wednesday when we host Becker College at 3:30pm down on the turf.
See you all there!
Rick and Cakes
By Ashlee James
We had our home meet Saturday at Mansfield Hollow against Rhode Island College. We were all super-stoked about the amount of supporters who showed up to cheer us through the race. Not only did many of our families show up but also friends, alumni and some of our track & field teammates as well. It was exciting to see alumni showing up to support us and I'm sure I am not only speaking for myself when I say I will be there in future years cheering on my former teammates as an alum.
We weren't really sure what to expect going into this race, except for that we had a better chance at beating RIC this year than we did last year. It turned out that we didn't have quite enough to overtake the rival and lost by only one point. Amanda Quinones led off the team running to a second place finish, followed again by freshmen Katie France (third place) and Alexa Palasky (sixth place). Rounding off the top five were Cora Gingras and Chelsie Lawson. Freshman Haley Smith entered our top 7 for the first time this year, finishing sixth for the team and 13th overall, which was very exciting! Although disappointed by the slim loss, we will all be ready to go and beat RIC at the conference meet in two weeks at Worcester State.
Until then we will work hard this week and then greatly enjoy taper week next week as the workouts get a little easier to rest our legs for the big day at the conference meet.
See you all in two weeks!
By Sean Capezzone
Hey all, Cakes here!
We had an interesting week this past week. We had an entire week of practices without a game which we have not had this entire season. All those practices were in preparation for the Rhode Island College showdown this past Saturday.
The meeting with RIC was just like any other, it consisted with hard play and a lot of hard fouls. The game was a tale of two halves for us. We spent the first half (going against the heavy winds) defending, and came out with a 1-0 deficit. But in the second half, we came out much more compsed and played our style. We battled back to tie the game (Tommy Vear had his second career goal off a beautiful assist from Mike Radlbeck) and had a few opportunities to get a game-winner.
It was a good result to go into Providence and come away with one point in the Little East despite all the injuries accumulated from RIC's physical play. I myself, re-injured my left knee during pregame warmups on the wet field. Other notable injuries include those to Matt Furman, Corey Tobler, and Romaro Johnson, all on fouls from the opposing side. But all in all, it was a good result for our side.
Other positives that occurred on Saturday was that we participated in the Relay-For-Life after our game. As a team, we walked the baseball field where the event took place and raised over $1,000 dollars for the fight against cancer.
We'd also like to congratulate the women's soccer team on all of the success they've had so far, being undefeated this year and being ranked No. 1 in New England this year.
That is all for this week. Keep checking back in week-to-week!
By Casey McGarvey
It has been a great learning experience for us these past two weeks.
We had a strong week leading up to the Westfield Invite (October 9) but it was a rough day for most, few running their best and leaving a lot to be desired. One highlight of the meet was Tim Callahan battling through what was later diagnosed as sports-induced asthma and finishing the race showing an immense amount of courage. We took the Westfield meet as motivation for our week of training and killed our thousand meter workout that week.
Everyone was excited and pumped for our annual home meet against our rival, Rhode Island College. We ran hard but fell five points short. It was excellent to see all our family members there to cheer us on. RIC will not escape us at the conference meet (October 30), and we are looking for all of our work during the season to pay off. RIC, along with the rest of the conference, better watch out.
We are excited for the end of the season and post-season meets. Another week of training awaits us this week, with an off weekend this weekend.
Talk to you all soon, stay classy Eastern.
By Stephanie Norell and Lauren Hickey
All we're going to say is that Eastern women's soccer team is doing some serious work right now.
12-0-1?! Really? Believe us, even we need to pinch ourselves to believe that it's real.
This past weekend, a hard-fought 1-0 decision over Southern Maine continued our unbeaten LEC streak on a beautiful Maine day. And again on Wednesday, while playing at #8 New England-ranked Amherst College, we avenged last year's NCAA tournament knockout on the same grass field with a 2-1 victory against an always hard opponent in the Lord Jeffs. The team is playing very well together and we continue to weather the storms of our difficult schedule.
But with five regular season games left, we need some serious drive and motivation to go into playoffs with our heads still held high. The target on our backs just got that much bigger.
We have a home game against RIC this weekend, and since everyone is going to be gunning for us here on out, we hope to report back with still more great news.
Thanks for the support,
Steph and Lauren
By Rick Emery
It's been a busy week for the team with three games in a five day span, but we were able to work hard and come away with a 2-1 record (9-3-1 overall).
We started the week with a tough loss to a strong Montclair State team, and realized that we had to pull ourselves together for a crucial match against conference opponents Southern Maine and a regionally ranked Kean University (New Jersey). We played extremely well for both games and took down Maine by a score of 3-0 and then after a long night's rest defeated Kean by a score of 3-1. Our offense turned up the heat with the return of Matt Furman, who had been out recovering from a facial injury. Matt had four of the six goals this weekend, registering his first hat-trick during the match against Kean. He is a real game changer and we are ecstatic to have him back in the line-up terrorizing defenses.
Outside of the matches; this past Saturday was our annual "Youth Day" where the NECONN youth players were involved in a morning clinic with myself, Rysuke Imamura, Romaro Johnson, Matt Janco, and Coach Phaiah. During that time, we taught them how to dribble players one on one and finish chances with confidence. The clinic was a huge success and we thank all of those players who were able to come out and show us the future of Connecticut soccer. Keep up the good work guys!
On Sunday prior to the game, we had the honor to enjoy a late lunch with over seventy past players and coaches of the program where we celebrated the 50th reunion of men's soccer at Eastern Connecticut. It was a great experience to meet the alumni who have shaped the program into what it is today, and I wanted to thank them all for coming out and celebrating the 50th year of the program with us!
**We are organizing a team for Relay for Life which is coming up this weekend. For those of you that don't know what Relay for Life is, it is a walk to show awareness to cancer and cancer survivors while raising money for cancer patients and future research. As a team, we have raised hundreds of dollars, but there is still time to donate if you want to join our cause! If you are interested in donating to our team please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a slow week because our next game is at Rhode Island College this Saturday at 1p.m. We are currently both tied in second place in the conference so you know it will be a great contest...wish us luck! I'll be sure to let you know how we did in the game and how Relay went next week.
Thanks for checking in!
By Ashlee James
"Not Afraid" by Eminem resounded in my head during the entire race yesterday at Westfield's James Early Invitational, getting me through the 3.1 mile course. I can't say what it was that got everyone else through the race, but I can say that we all helped each other through it, running great times and running in packs of 2-4 pushing our teammates to "take a stand" and run a great time.
Westfield's course is what I would call a true cross country course. We run across a field to start and then almost immediately into the woods for a primarily trail course. Then its up a hill and about a half mile of flat field to kick and pass lots of runners. Usually the course is very muddy, but yesterday it was dry making it a fast course.
Everyone ran great and we are all very proud of each other. Amanda Quinones broke the 20 minute barrier running to a 20th place finish overall. Our top five was rounded off by freshmen Katie France and Alexa Palasky, both running collegiate personal bests, Cora Gingras, running minutes faster than at Franklin Park, and finally, Denica Gagnon, who broke into the top five for the first time this season. The rest of our team, the 6-through-12 runners, were within 1 minute and 26 seconds of each other, very tight finishing and evidence of the pack running throughout most of the race.
We are very excited for our home meet this Saturday at Mansfield Hollow. Men race at 10:30, women at 11:15. We would love to see as many supporters out there as possible! This is our last race before our conference meet and it is absolutely crazy how fast this season is going by!
Until next time.... Ashlee
By Rachael Joy
Hey guys, sorry we havent posted anything in awhile its been a long draining stretch of games...We've had some good competitions that resulted in a few Ws as well as a couples losses. No matter what happens we have kept our heads high and moved on to the next game! (Friday night's) game vs UNE was a shock to all of us. We won the first two games...not as well as we would have liked but we'll take a win...then the third and fourth game we gave to UNE. Even though we all were so frustrated we came out and won the fifth game 15-13 which was still too close! (Saturday) we continue our home crabtree tournament starting at 11 a.m. and ending with a game at 2 p.m. Would we love the support for our team as well as for our dig pink fundraiser. we hope its a great turnout for our team as well as donations to fight breast cancer.
By Stephanie Norell and Lauren Hickey
Who would of thunk? 10-0-1? We can't rely solely on our record, but we have worked for every win.
Eastern women's soccer is starting to mesh and play like one cohesive unit. With two back-to-back 2-0 wins against formidable foes UMass Boston and Wesleyan, we are progressing forward with our season. Taylor Buchanan has had some big goals for us, and our balanced scoring attack is still on fireeee.
Only time will tell if we continue to take care of business on and off the field. But with the ever so far away Southern Maine opponent coming up this weekend for our Little East Conference trip, anything can happen. We need to continue showing up for every game. And Coach needs to keep us doing P90x.
And "Disturbia" needs to keep playing before games.
Wish us Luck,
Steph and Lauren
The field hockey girls are working as hard as ever. Still trying to overcome some minor issues, the desire to win is in all of us. With many team bonding activites, such as pasta dinners at coach Lester's house, and circling up and sharing our thoughts, the team is closer than ever, we truly are a family.
We're also due to win some games. With up coming games this week against Wesleyan and Framingham, the hockey girls are ready to fight to get the ball to the back of the cage and win.
Let's get um' girls!!!
By Rick Emery and Sean Capezzone
This past week we really fought hard as a team and overcame a lot of adversity to walk away with two big-time wins!
The week started off against Salem State, where after hitting an unreal amount of traffic driving through Boston, we literally ran off of the bus in order to try and make our kick-off time of 7p.m. We had just been on a bus for four hours and were now expected to prepare for a regional contest in under thirty minutes (Salem State's coach was understanding of our issue so he gave us thirty minutes). Luckily, the team knew what had to be done and we immediately took the game to Salem.
Tom "the witch-hunter" Vear (Salem, Mass = Witch Country) missed an early opportunity, but slid home a great one timer from Matt Esposito in the first half. Salem never really had any quality chances to recover after Tom put away the first, but Cory Tobler wanted to make sure it was going to stay like that. His hard-fought, speedy run in the beginning of the second made heads turn as he single-handedly dribbled through Salem's defense and slotted it past the keeper. The scored remained 2-0 and it was a huge boost for the team after being defeated twice prior.
The game this past weekend also showed the character of the team, as after going down 1-0 to UMass Boston with under twenty five minutes to play, the boys pushed hard for the win. Jon DeCasanova started the scoring with a chip over the keeper to tie it up, and Mike "Rattlesnake" Radlbeck sealed the win with a late knee ball to far post (sent in by Ryan McCormack) with five minutes remaining. The game proved that no matter how far down we are in a game, we have the character and perseverance to overcome.
This week we play a strong Montclair State team (Tuesday - 7pm), and have two contests this weekend against Southern Maine and Kean University so come on down to the turf field and check out the action! We'll keep you all updated the best we can, but we would love you to come cheer us on Tuesday night under the lights!
Hope to see you there!
-- Rick and Cakes
By Casey McGarvey
Its been an exciting two weeks for the men's cross country team. We traveled to Boston's Franklin Park for the famous Codfish Bowl race on September 25. We not only raced other colleges, but also some club runners. It was hot day and at the start of the men's race it was well above 80 degrees. There was a strong breeze in the air which made the heat deceiving. The course had some difficult spots and made the running somewhat difficult, but everyone powered through the heat and showed an incredible amount of perseverance battling through the heat and high-level competition.
The Wednesday after the meet, the team had a memorable workout. Some people were still a little down about not running their best on Saturday. We traveled to a trail near Storrs and warmed up for a hill workout. It was a very difficult hill but everyone battled through and had an excellent workout. It boosted a lot of peoples' confidence again. We had a well deserved weekend off this past weekend and are off to race again this weekend at Westfield State.
Don't forget, October 16th is our home meet at Mansfield Hollow. Come out and support us as we battle RIC.
Signing off till next time.