November 2010 Archives
By Jessica Blodgett
Smoove is back...
Coming out of Thanksgiving break we have a record of 4-0. We've had a great start but we have a long road ahead of us, and ya'll, we are ready! Our first four games we have been playing well or as we like to say, as a "we". We've been capitalizing on our team defense, rebounding, and decision making, so if ya'll want to see some good basketball come check us out.
One of our top team goals is to make a statement every game. We play every possession as if the score is 0-0. Thanks to our team chemistry our future looks promising. We need all of ya'lls support; hope to see you there!
by Jamie Kohn and Bill Roveto
Well, we finally got to play our first games, and now they are coming fast and furious!
We started on a great note with a convincing victory over Berkeley College of New York Friday in our first game in front of a great crowd. We knew coming into the final on Saturday that it was going to be a battle against SUNY Purchase, and it definitely was. We did not play as well as we had hoped in the first half and fell behind, but we regrouped at halftime and came out charging in the second half. We erased the deficit and then went back and forth with them right until the end. Unfortunately, some clutch plays on their part and missed opportunities on our part led to a very tough 1-point loss.
Although it certainly did not end the way we wanted it to, there was a lot of good and promise that came out of that first weekend, as everyone played very hard throughout and we worked well together as a team overall. Nick Nedwick and Jamie Kohn were named to the all-tournament team, but there were contributions from everyone that led to us coming within a bucket of winning the tournament.
Although it was difficult, we knew we had to move on from our loss and focus on bouncing back on Tuesday against a very good Trinity team, and we certainly did. Although we again had to come from behind, we stayed together throughout the game and kept coming at them until the end. The game went down to the wire again, but this time we made the clutch plays to pull out a five-point win. Again, this was a great team-effort and everyone contributed, but we were especially happy to see Chris Robitaille and Mike Garrow come off the bench and break out with some huge contributions!
Well, now we're at 2-1 and have a chance to improve to 4-1 in the next two days with back-to-back home games on Sunday at 1 p.m. against The College of New Jersey, and on Monday at 7:30 against Connecticut College, whom we beat in overtime last season.
Hope to see you at the games and talk to you soon!
Jamie and Bill
By Jessica Blodgett
Hi ya'll, JB $mooove in da house...
First time blog here and what a thing to blog about... TIP-OFF TOURNEY CHAMPIONS! Coming into the season we set high expectations for our team knowing our capabilities. Winning our own tip-off tournament was our first goal and man what a feeling it is to come out on top.
It was a long pre-season and we were very anxious for our first game to come about. So needless to say we were counting down the days for the tourny to arrive. We knew we had a tough challenge ahead facing Tufts but our confidence and determination to prove ourselves as a top team in the nation was our driving force.
Personally, I'm very proud of our team and how we stuck together. With all returners and a few new additions we've formed a close and unbreakable bond, so don't mess. I love ya'll!
Stay classy Willimantic - Smoove
By Jamie Kohn and Bill Roveto
We have gone through a long month of practice and hard work, and now game-time is finally here! This weekend, we have the chance to achieve our first goal of the season - to repeat as the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament champions! We are tipping off the tournament and our regular season on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Geissler Gymnasium against Berkeley College of New York.
This season, we are excited to return 12 players from last year's team that went 20-10 and finished tied for second in the Little East Conference. We will be led by our two senior captains Bill Roveto and Broderick Sawyer. We are also excited to welcome three newcomers in freshman guards Brian Salzillo and Justin Nunez, as well as junior guard Chae Phillips.
We hope and are confident that this year's group will build upon last year's success and take that next step, namely winning the Little East Conference and earning an NCAA Tournament bid.
We hope to see you all this weekend and throughout our season's home games - we will be sure to give you a good show!
See you soon,
Jamie Kohn and Bill Roveto
By Rick Emery and Sean Capezzone
Hey guys, Rick and Cakes checking in for the last time!
A few days ago, I wrote a post describing our first NCAA tournament game against Nichols College and how we would be traveling to Bowdoin College to battle in the second round. Unfortunately, it did not seem to make it's way onto the website, so I apologize to those of you that follow our blog. Hopefully, it will be posted along with this one to keep you all updated on how our season turned out. (Sorry Mr. Smiles)
After a long three months, our season has officially come to a close. We lost our second round contest to the No. 6 team in the nation, Bowdoin College, by a score of 2-1. We left everything we had on the field and we were able to walk away with our heads held high knowing that we can compete with the top teams in the country.
With twenty-two of the twenty-four players hopefully returning in the fall, the possibilities are endless and the team has potential to challenge for a national title. It seems that all of the freshmen have a strong desire to work hard this off-season to get bigger, stronger and faster, and they understand the work that needs to be done in order to make the goal of being a national champion a reality.
As seniors, we wish the team all the best in the coming years, and we hope to see them continue to propel the program into the ranks of the elite. Do all of the little things this off season to help make this program the best it can be. Next season is closer then you think and even though we will not be there with you, we will be supporting you all 100% of the way.
Also, we wanted to thank all of the parents, families, friends, and fans for their unprecedented support throughout the years! Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts!
-Cakes and Rick
By Stephanie Norell and Lauren Hickey
Steph and Lauren here. In disbelief, but we're here!
If you would have asked us during pre-season if we thought the season was going to turn out like this, we would have told you you were crazy. 16-0-5, two NCAA wins under our belt, hosted first and second round NCAA games, and now we're in the Sweet 16??
Yeah, we would have looked at you pretty funny if you asked us that three months ago.
This entire season has been surreal. After our double OT loss in penalty kicks in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference tournament to UMass Boston, we weren't sure how things were going to go with the NCAA. But now that we are in the third round of the NCAA tournament and have the possibility of going to San Antonio, TX, for the Final Four, we now have a lot more to play for.
The farther we go, the more we know how much support is behind us at Eastern.
Now more than ever we're playing for the name on the front of our jerseys. Wish us luck in the tail-end of our season!
Steph and Lauren
By Rick Emery
Sorry it took so long getting this new post up, but we've been busy WINNING OUR FIRST EVER NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME! After a devastating penalty kick loss to Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference semis, we were fortunate enough to receive the school's first ever "at-large" bid. For those of you who aren't aware of what that means, it is basically the a spot in the tournament for the seventeen strongest teams that did not automatically qualify by winning their conference tournament.
On Thursday, we made the most of the NCAAs decision to allow us into the tournament by beating Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Nichols College away by a 1 - 0 decision. The game was a nail-biter and even though we were outshot by Nichols, Jon DeCasanova came up with a clutch goal (first NCAA tournament goal for Eastern) in the 28th minute and that was all we needed to pull out a win.
Now that we got the monkey of winning of an NCAA tournament, off of our backs it's time to re-focus and get prepared for Bowdoin College this coming Sunday. It's a long trip up there and we don't want to come home with anything less then a win. It's going to be a tough test, and they are a quality side, but if we play our game and come out strong we have a good chance of taking the game to the "polar bears".
Thank you all for the continued support!!
Wish us luck!
Hey all, Ashlee here again...
This past Saturday, the women's cross country team competed at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI at the ECAC Championship meet. It was an unusual meet as only five of our women competed. Also, the ECAC (and New England) meets are a 6k, unlike the normal 5K distance we have competed at all season.
Freshman Katie France led the way for us running her first ever 6K. She was followed by Cora Gingras, who was only 11 seconds behind. The other three runners who raced Saturday (in order of finish) were Haley Smith, Brittany Miskell and Wendy Bouton. This was the first 6k for freshmen Haley Smith and Wendy Bouton, as well.
Seven runners will compete at New England's this coming Saturday in Williamstown, MA. Those runners are seniors Melissa Healy and Amanda Ericson, junior Amanda Quinones, sophomores Cora Gingras and Denica Gagnon and France and freshman Alexa Palasky.
Look forward to a report in from Melissa Healy next week, as I will be taking Praxis 2 instead of attending the meet :(
GOOD LUCK LADIES!!!
by Rick Emery
13-3-2. After eighteen games, we have finally reached the end of our regular season and it time for Little East Conference tournament play!
We begin the second half of our season on Wednesday with a home field semifinal matchup with Rhode Island College. This past Saturday we defeated Plymouth State in a 1-0 fashion after Jon DeCasanova decided to blast a ball off the far post and into the back of the net with four minutes remaining. The goal, and eventually the win, gave us the advantage in points over RIC.in the final conference standings, and we were able to secure home field for the semifinals of the Little East Conference tournament. It is not clear where we will be playing on Saturday in the finals, but if we do what we are capable of, it should not make a difference where we play. The guys are all excited to repeat as LEC champs and are all working hard this week to make that goal a reality.
Besides beating Plymouth State this past weekend, we absolutely crushed Becker College last Wednesday. 8-1 was the final score and so many of our teammates were able to place their name on the scoresheet. Romaro Johnson scored his first (and second) collegiate goals, Tommy Vear netted his first collegiate hat trick, Cory Tobler got a tally on the sheet and so did Jon DeCasanova and Luke Capezzone.
The rout was a huge confidence booster for the team and it definitely helped our team's offense get a good warm-up for the upcoming weeks. Our defense also played extremely well, only conceding two goals over our last four games. The defense, which consists of Brad Fletcher, Jordan Munsell, Aaron Smiles, Mike Radlback, and keeper Carl Appel, have been consistent all season and been the backbone of this team. We hope that they keep up the great job in the back and help bring the title back to Eastern next weekend.
Finally, I feel like this guy is never on the stat sheet, but he is such a big piece of this team, Matt Esposito has been stepping up big time and his versatility and smarts on the field have been a major factor in the success of this program. Besides the guys I just mentioned, everyone is a unbelievable player and as a team we are just as talented (across the board) as many of the "top teams" in the country and we look forward to proving that in the weeks to come.
Do your best to come down and support us in our semifinal contest on Wednesday versus Rhode Island at 6pm on the turf field!
Hope to see you all there,
By Ashlee James
It always tends to be RIC that we're competing closely against in the Little East Conference.
They beat us by ONE point at our home meet, and we tend to finish closely at big meets. So this weekend, everyone was determined to beat any RIC girl who was anywhere near them, and we did just that, beating RIC by two points in New England Alliance scoring and by one point in the LEC scoring. We beat them when it counted the most!!!
The course at Moore State Park in Paxton, MA was tough with unforgiving rolling hills. If you weren't powering up a hill, you were powering down one. There were no flat areas to relax, only hills to prove your strength. One hill in the first mile of the race is comparable to High Street, and anyone who has had to walk or run up that hill back to campus from the baseball field or track, knows that is not an easy hill. The hills did not stop us as we raced to a very respectable seventh place finish in the Alliance and a fourth place finish in the LEC.
Amanda Quinones ran to a 12th place finish in Alliance and 10th place finish in the LEC. Rounding out our top seven were Katie France, Cora Gingras, Alexa Palasky, seniors Melissa Healy and Amanda Ericson (running their last conference xc championships) and Denica Gagnon. Every runner put in a super effort and we are excited to compete in the ECAC Championships at Colt State Park (Bristol, RI) this weekend!