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Mens Soccer: Turning it on down the home stretch

By Matt Kalmin

Hello Everyone!

I know it's been a while since my last blog, but that's because we've been busy... busy BEATING KEENE STATE and then busy CLINCHING THE REGULAR SEASON LEC TITLE!!!!!!

Yes, as you all know two weeks ago we beat Keene State  for a the first time in a long time.  It was a hard fought game that we thoroughly prepared for and it showed.  We came out and played the full 90 minutes as hard as we could to solidify our victory against our rivals.  The game ended in a 3-0 win with Mitch Power, Tom Vear and Nate Mozian all putting in goals.  
We had a week off after that to prepare ourselves for UMass Boston at its home field.  It's tough for any team to go there and play because its field isn't in top shape, but once again we fought hard all game to pull out a 2-0 win.  Matt Furman and Tom Vear put away two good chances during the game.  Our next game after that was against Babson College, which scored late in the first half and early in the second to pull ahead 2-0 on us.  Most teams would have given up and took a whooping, but we fought back and Matt Esposito scored a PK to make it 2-1.  Unfortunately, we couldn't manage to put in a second goal and lost 2-1.  
Early last week we played the US Coast Guard Academy.  We controlled the game and put in a goal by Matt Furman to give us to win in the end of the day.  Our latest match against Southern Maine was a good example of what we are capable of.  We went in with the chance to clinch the regular season title with a win, and we did... in style.  The game ended 6-0 in favor of us.  Sean Collins put in two of the best goals of the year in the route.  Matt Furman also had two goals while Cory Tobler and Carl Stensland put in one each.

On a separate note, I would like to acknowledge Carl Appel, our goalkeeper for breaking the program's all time shutout record.  He is one of the best goalies Eastern has ever seen and it is the perfect cap to his career.  Next time you see him, congratulate him!

Well tune in next week, for the next installment of blogs.  
Take care everyone!

Men's Cross Country: Excelling at Historic Codfish Bowl

The Warriors went into Boston September 24th, looking to improve their team finish overall at the site of past world cross country championships. The Codfish Bowl, which is located near a zoo, features multiple uphill periods past animal cages and running through the forests overlooking the city.

Eastern ended up finishing 14th out of 26, placing better as a team than at UMass Dartmouth, with some impressive individual improvements from the same course last year.

Dave Klein (New Milford) led the pack and was the only Warrior to break 29 minutes, running 28:56 and placing 110th overall. Freshman Austin Baldour (Newtown) came next at 29:32 for a 131st place finished followed by junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) at 30:17 and 161st in the race. The next three runners came through the tape in a tight pack with freshmen Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) and Lee Cattanach (New London) and senior Bryan Jorge (Bristol) . The trio finished at 30:35, 30:37, and 30:45,  while the top 7 was rounded out by Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) in 31:45, cutting off a enormous two minutes and 31 seconds from last season's Codfish bowl, finishing 206th overall.

Women's Cross Country: Run-a-Thon a Success!

By Brittany Lane

The end of the season is fast approaching!

We were extremely successful in our Run-a-Thon fundraiser, raising about $2300. Thank you to all who donated money. After battling illness that struck many members of the team, we are back and looking strong for our home meet Saturday against Rhode Island College.

Come out at 10:30 a.m. to support men's and women's cross country at Mansfield Hollow State Park!!

Men's Soccer: Looking to Remain Undefeated in the LEC

By Matt Kalmin


Hey everyone!

Matt here again to tell you we are rolling through the conference!  We took care of business this past Saturday with a home win against Western Connecticut, bringing us to 3-0 in the conference.  That win pumped us up and we went into this Wednesday's game seeking a big win.  We came out on fire and took the game to Western New England University.  Sean Collins had a chipped shot that almost beat the goalie.  Shortly after, Carl Stensland took a dipping shot from the same spot and put in it.  But the soccer gods were not on our side that day.  WNEU  scored an unfortunate goal and tied the game.  We went into overtime and let up a soft goal 30 seconds in.  Well needless to say that really got us mad.  
We have been preparing hard for this weekend's big game against Keene State College and plan on continuing our dominance of the Little East Conference.  See you all this weekend at Thomas Nevers Field!
-- Matt

Field Hockey: We're Leaving it Out on the Field

By Jennifer Mitteness


Happy fall everyone,


With autumn here, comes the crisp 60 degree air. Theres no better weather than this to play some field hockey!


This past week our field hockey team gave it our all at our two games against Plymouth State University and UMass Dartmouth. Each and every person who stepped on the field went into the game saying,  "I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.":  And at the end of the game we didn't win, but at least we could tell each other that we left everything we had in ourselves out on the field.


Join us on the turf this Saturday  at 4 p.m. for our senior game against Salem State University. Were going to fight for our first conference win! 


See you guys there!



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