February 2011 Archives
By Michael Glennon
It has been a long pre-season having to deal with the weather but we are in full swing and out on the turf now. We are lucky to have much support from all of Eastern's athletic programs and supporters who have generously helped with snow removal so we can get out of the gym and on to the turf. After four weeks in the gym, we couldn't be happier to be outside. We open up our season in two days in a redemption game against Steven's Tech at home.
I know that everyone is anxious to see how we will be as we start this season returning all but three players from last year's team. We have a very talented freshman class that brings even more speed, strength, and knowledge of the game to our arsenal. We return a very talented midfield, attack group, and defense that as a group should make for a very intimidating team.
This is a team that will turn a lot of heads not only in the Little East, but nationally as we make it a historic season. We have all the right tools to be a successful team and knowing our goals, strength and support it should make for a great year.
We have two scrimmages under our belt already as we took on Springfield College for our first time on turf, and just a few days ago we showed Salve Regina what Eastern lacrosse is all about.
We would first like to thank you all for your support and dedication to the team and ask for your continuos support this season. I look forward to updating everyone as the season progresses and look forward to seeing you all support our program.
Eastern Connecticut vs. Steven's Tech: Wednesday March 2nd, 4pm @ ECSU
By Lauren St. Pierre and Megan Barrett
Time is flying by! Preseason is almost already over and games will be beginning shortly! Unfortunately we have not had much time out on the turf, but were hoping to be out there on a regular basis soon. Although we lost a number of key players from last year, our team has gained several newcomers and we are eager to start the season. Our team is not the only thing growing; coach's stomach is as well! Congrats coach!
We are looking forward to several things this season. For spring break, we will be travelling to sunny Florida for a few games and some fun in the sun! And this year we hope to make it back into the Little East Conference championship, and get the win. Our first scrimmage will be against UMass Amherst club team on February 26th. On March 3, we will be traveling to Babson College for our first regular-season game. We are all looking forward to this season and we hope to see you at the games!
Also, please help support Eastern Women's Lacrosse by purchasing an Eastern Warriors wristband, which will be available shortly!
We'll be back soon!
Lauren and Megan
By Ashlee James
The Women's Indoor Track and Field Team competed at the University of Southern Maine for our conference championships on Saturday. Some of us are still recovering from the 3 and 1/2 hour bus ride each way and getting back to Eastern around 12:15 Sunday morning. Our legs were achy after the bus ride to USM and the day was long but we all managed to run our hardest, leaving everything on the track.
Many of us broke our personal bests at the meet such as sophomore Christine Charpentier in the 400, cutting a second of her previous PR. Many PR's were broken in the 3K: Senior Amanda Ericson took four seconds off her PR while freshman Haley Smith cut over 20 seconds off of hers! Very impressive! Even more exciting, junior Amanda Quinones not only also PR'd in the 3K by about 25 seconds but also broke the school record!
This coming Saturday, Cora Gingras, Lauren Hultzman, Amanda Quinones, as well as various other runners on relay teams, will be competing at MIT at the New England Division III Championships. Good luck, ladies!
By Bryan Jorge
After a 3 1/2 hour drive, the men of Eastern indoor track and field arrived at the University of Southern Maine to prove their worth. As the day progressed, individual performances were in high demand. For the sprinters, Corey Simpson had the best performance of the day placing first out of 31 competitiors in the 55 meter dash, winning both the Little East Conference and New England Alliance titles, while Andrew Ricketts, with a bad knee, ran to a fifth place finish.
For the distance runners, Ken Landry provided the most exciting and inspiring performance of the year in the mile. Battling a severe cold, Ken went into the race not expecting much. Throughout the race, it became apparent that Ken's will to excel in big races was stronger than the common cold. Despite all odds, the senior standout cruised to a 4:33 mile, a second off the school record and a personal best.
While the stats might say that we finish last in the conference, the individual performances and personal bests from the greater majority of the team indicate a much different performance..one not measured by points, but by will
by Ashlee James
Sorry women's indoor track has not been represented in the blogs so far in our season...
This season, we have continued to get into better and better shape as a team. Before the break, we competed at Springfield and at Harvard and then after almost 2 months of no competition, we competed at Coast Guard and finally this past Saturday at Springfield.
This past weekend's meet gave us confidence and we are looking forward to conferences next week! The pentathlon record was broken by both Lauren Hultzman and Cora Gingras, Cora's name will go in the record book as she scored the highest, finishing second overall, Lauren finished fourth. Cora also qualified for D3 New England's with her final score of 2532 points. Lauren missed qualifying by only 22 points -- ery impressive for a freshman! The pentathlon is a very demanding competition that requires various skills as well as levels of endurance and speed as it includes the 55 hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m.
In the rest of the meet, freshman Amy Huhn also qualified for D3 New England's in pole vault with a vault of 9 feet and a quarter inch. Maggie Gibeault also scored in the pole vault. Amanda Quinones set a PR in the 3K, running to a second place finish. Other freshmen stepped up contributing to the score: Katie France (mile), Brittany Lane (1000) and Haley Smith (1000).
We now enter our "taper week," which includes the days before conference where we lessen the load of our workouts to ensure our legs are as ready as they can be for one of the most important competitions of the year. We look with confidence to the many underclassmen who were great this week and all the seniors are ready to kill it out there in our last indoor conference championship of our career!
Catch you next week after our long ride home from USM.
By: Bryan Jorge
Speed, endurance, and a little bit of luck came in handy for the men of indoor track and field team Saturday at Springfield College
For many of the athletes competing, this was their last chance to qualify for the Little East Conference meet next week at the University of Southern Maine. Nick Miller sped through the 3000 meters in a fast 9:36, well below the 9:42 qualifying standard with Sam Buczek, who previously qualified in December, not far behind. Stephen White, who broke the five minute barrier last week in the mile, was able to lower his time to well under the qualifying standard in the mile with a 4:53 mark. Ryan Hughes, Casey McGarvey, Brad Beausoleil, Alejandro Hernandez, and Bryan Jorge all qualified in the 1000, posting well below the qualifying standard. In the 800, Brody Secore secured his place in the Eastern record books with a 2:01.44 time, previously 2:01.64 set in 1995. Congrats to Brody!
By Jamie Kohn
Sorry it's been a while since the last entry. In the meantime, we are of course back from Cali and have been playing a ton of ball back home. We have definitely had some ups and downs and experienced some adversity of late, but we have battled through it and are still in a good position in the conference.
Our overall record now stands at 14-6. Unfortunately, we had to endure two tough losses to Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut, both of whom we are fighting with for the top spot in the Little East Conference. We will get another shot at Western before the regular season is over, and I hope we get another shot at RIC in the LEC tournament, because I am very confident we will get them next time.
Even with those losses though, we have managed to stay tied for second place with a 7-3 record by beating every other conference team we've played, including recent wins over Plymouth State and UMass Boston, whom we beat by 12 this past Saturday. We stumbled out of the gate a bit and were down in the first half, but we put together some big runs at the end of the first and beginning of the second to put the game away. As usual,, it was a great team effort - our "bigs" had a huge night, with Broderick Sawyer dropping 16 points on 8-12 shooting and Chris coming up with a big ten rebounds. Nick Nedwick had another great scoring effort with 22 points.
Well, now we have to try and keep rolling - hopefully over Keene State at home on Tuesday night at 7:30! Wow, I can't believe we only have five regular-season games left! This season has really flown by, but there is definitely plenty more basketball to play before it's over!
See you on Tuesday!