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Men's Lacrosse: Motivation Fueled Win over Conn

By Michael Glennon

 

Hello everyone,

Since I had last informed all of you we have had three more games, and  we are about to begin conference play. 

We played Mount Ida at home March 19 and from the opening face-off never looked back.  I was a great victory for us that not only did we come out with a win we were able to get everyone in the game, which is important for the future success of our program.  We have a lot of talent in our younger guys and it will be very exciting to come back watch this team and a alumni and see the success of these guys in the next years to come. 

Against Mount Ida,  we had more scoring coming from underclassmen than from the upperclassmen.  We knew that the Mount Ida game was a good confidence game going into a ranked Amherst College team right before the start of our spring break.  We traveled to Amherst to take on another good team to prove our worthiness as national contenders.  Unfortunately, after battling back and  forth in a high-paced game we entered our spring break without a victory.  I will tell you though that we learned a lot from that loss about the character of our team.  Although we lost, we battled every second of that game, we hustled, hit hard, and were fearless against a good team.  I know that they will be scared to play us again.  A team that gives its all and loses is a very dangerous team because we know the lengths that we are capable of. 

After all returning home for home-cooked meals, clean laundry, and some "gas money" we all returned  to Eastern Saturday for practice ready to take on Connecticut College the following Tuesday under the lights.  Let me first start by saying that when a visiting team walks into your own locker room on gameday,  interfers with your space, and pregame rituals, nothing gets you more angry and salivating for a win.  With Conn College using our space we all headed down on our walk to the field with that fire in our eyes.  We knew we were about to face a good team but this one became personal.  We faced off and to their credit they battled back and forth with us never giving up.  We as a team fought adversity with penalities, and the cold night's weather.  It came down to the the last minutes when all of you that attended helped with your cheers, and home-field advantage support made us realize we knew we were going to score the game winning goal with only 30 seconds to go in regulation play.  With the cheers of our fans, lacrosse under the lights, and our powerful defense, Conn College was not even able to get off a shot in the final seconds of play.

We now look to start our conference play this Saturday when we take on Southern Maine, and for those who were there remember, it was a chippy game. So be sure to come check this game out as once again the Warriors take on a team that even chippiness and toughness don't stand ground to our desire to win.   Thank you all for your continous support and I look forward to updating you again. 

GO WARRIORS!!!!

 ECSU vs. Southern Maine, Saturday April 2, 1 pm @ ECSU

Women's Track & Field: Persevering Through the Cold

Hey everyone,

Sorry I missed updating about last week, so I'll do it now...

Last weekend the track & field team competed at Northeastern's Husky Open Invite. Most of our distance crew took on the challenge of the 10k, quite a hurdle to overcome, 25 laps, first meet of the year. First time participants in the 10k were freshman Katie France, Alexa Palasky, Haley Smith and Wendy Bouton. After the race most of them said it was one of the hardest races they've ever run!!!

Coming back for another shot at the 10k were Amanda Quinones, setting a PR of 39:14, Amanda Ericson, setting a PR of 45:37. Melissa Healy also joined in running a 10k time not far from her PR time. Denica Gagnon also ran a first time race, running her first 5k on the track at a time of 21:58.

On the jumping side, Lauren Hultzman placed fiftth in the high jump and Amy Huhn placed fourth in the pole vault.

This past weekend we competed at Bridgewater State's Bears' Invitational. Once again we faced the cold weather, but managed to persevere with some good times, and distances.

On the distance side, Amanda Quinones placed eigthth in the 1500 with a time of 5:07 while Brittany Lane debuted in her first 5k ever and Amanda Ericson PR'ed in the 5k running a time of 21:38.

In sprints and jumps, Lauren Hultzman placed second in the high jump, while Cora Gingras placed fifth. Cora also placed in the 400m hurdles coming in fifth place, while Ashlee James finished seventh. Ashlee also placed fiftth in the triple jump and Amy Huhn placed second in the pole vault.

In the throws, Sarah Krulicki placed fourth in the hammer and Devany Henderson placed fifth.

Next week we compete at Coast Guard Academy.

Right now the weather looks cold and snowy... let's cross our fingers the weathermen are wrong!!!!

-Ashlee James

Men's Track & Field: Warriors Open at Northeastern

The 2011 outdoor season began in Dedham, MA last weekend with the 10k at the Northeastern University Husky Spring Open
 
In a last minute decesion, the event organizers at Northeastern's track broke up the men's and women's heats.  Nick Miller and Sam Buczek worked together to run times of 35:03 and 35:06 in the 10k respectively.  Ken Landry posted a strong time of 4:25 in the 1500 along with Stephen White in 4:37. In the 800, Tim Callahan ran a strong 2:02 for his first race of the season and which later followed 15 minutes later with a 54 second 400.   In the field events, Alex Verill posted a 5th place finish in the long jump and an 8th place finish in the triple jump.
 
Eastern picks up next week at Bridgewater State

Softball: Warriors Hop Into 2011 Season

by Rosie Manzo and Molly Rathbun

How bout that ride in? It's finally here! Softball season!

Upon arriving to Florida..out of all the magnificent places to go..what's our first stop? IHOP!, where we got 27 2x2x2's (delicious) and 27 individual bills...what an event.

We had our first practice on a real softball field today! it felt great to be outside and we are all loving this 85 degree weather. :)

After a long indoor six-week preseason, our first two games of the season are against in-region opponent, Wellesley College, and D'Youville College.

 In these past few weeks we've had our ups and downs. the worst would be losing two teammates to injuries (Kassondra Silva-knee, Taylor Cournoyer-shoulder)..even though they are not here with us in florida, due to them both having surgery this week, their still here with us in spirit and we still have high hopes for success this week. LOVE YOU GUYS!

 That's all for now. we'll check in after a couple games and let you know how things have been going. thanks for the support! Lets get it East!

 Rosetta Manzoni & Molly Ratburn

P.S....in case you missed the news a few weeks ago..we will be getting a softball fieldd!!!!! yayyy!!! :)

 

 

Women's Lacrosse: Early Season Returns

By Megan Barrett and Lauren St. Pierre

 

Hey Everyone!

 

We kicked off our season at Babson College on March 3. Unfortunately, the cold weather and short warmup did not make the loss any easier on us. But we seemed to get our first game jitters out of the way. Our next opponent was Wesleyan University, which would be our first home game. This game was extremely exciting for our team because this was the closest we have ever been to beating a NESCAC team. At halftime we were trailing the Cardinals 7-1. In the second half we stepped up our game and outscored Wesleyan 7-3.  Although we ended up losing 10-8, this definitely gave us positive motivation heading into our next game. Next up was Salve Regina. After a gaining a quick four- goal lead on Salve, our level of play seemed to drop and we found ourselves only being up by two goals at halftime. In the second half we both scored seven goals, and we were able to get our first win of the season. Our final game before leaving for Spring break was against Roger Williams. Although we put up a tough fight, we ended up losing 16-10.

 

This Friday we will be leaving for Spring break and travelling to Florida. The team could not be more excited. We are looking forward to the warm and sunny weather, playing a couple games, spending time at the parks, and some team bonding. When we return from spring break, our first game will be at Mount Holyoke on March 30. 

 

Talk to you all after spring break!

 

Lauren and Megan

Men's Lacrosse: Fast Start to the Season

by Michael Glennon

Since I had last spoken to all of you we were a day away from our first game of the season.  We are now 3 games in and despite a close loss to Stevens Tech in the season opener we are sitting at 2-1 on the season so far.  We battled Stevens  really hard throughout the entire game and the last few minutes of the fourth quarter handed us a loss.  Although the disappointing loss we knew we played hard and stuck around with a very good team.  It was a good judge of talent and character foreshadowing the rest of the season.  

A few days later we took a Gordon College also at home.  We registered our first win on the season battling back and forth with them.  We eventually pulled away and was no turning back from there.  Last Wednesday, we traveled to Massachusetts to take on Babson College. We got to wear our new jerseys for the second time which we were all pumped about but more importantly we were excited about the intensity of the game and watching the away numbers on the scoreboard rise.  We registered nine different scorers with also a very strong defensive performance.  This really is a team which will turn a lot of heads this season.  

With a week off from play, as a team we travelled to Norwich Free Academy this past Saturday to help with a lacrosse clinic to benefit a late Norwich lacrosse player who lost his life to cardiac arrest.  We will return play mid week when we travel to Worcester to play Becker College looking to become 3-1 on the season.
 
As always we thank you for your continuous support to our program and look forward to seeing you at our next outing.  

GO WARRIORS!

     

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