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Men's Soccer: Moving on from LEC Title to NCAA Tournament

by Matt Kalmin

 

Hey everyone!

As many of you all know we recently won the Little East Conference post-season tournament last weekend! We played Keene State at home for the final game.  We were very confident in ourselves because we had everyone back for the game, even Mike Radlbeck who was injured for five weeks straight.  We played a hard-fought game and in the end won on a penalty kick by Matt Esposito in the first few minutes.  For myself and the other seniors, it is our second LEC tournament title in the four years that we have been here.

For the third consecutive year, we have made it to the NCAA Division II Tournament.  Everyone on the team is extremely excited for the opportunity that is in front of us.  We will be playing Springfield College on Saturday at 11 a.m, in the first round.  If we win, we will play the winner of Amherst-Husson on Sunday at 1 p.m..  The games are being held at Amherst College in Massachusetts 

Please come up and support us as we attempt for a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16  for the first time in school history!

Men's Soccer: Redemption in LEC Semifinals is Sweet!

By Matt Kalmin

 

Hey everyone!


It's Matt again here to update you all on our progress.  
 
As most of you know, we sustained  a tough defeat last Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.  The elements ended up getting the better of us and we lost 1-0.  But, after a few days of physically and mentally preparing ourselves, we took them on again in the LEC semifinal game Wednesday.  We started off the game with high intensity because we knew our season was on the line.  Carl Stensland put in the first two goals for us with great composure.  In the second half, Zach Kice connected with Mitch Power two more times to total four goals for us.  The game ended 4-0 and we are moving onto the conference championship this Saturday home against Keene State!  We also will have everyone back and healthy for Saturday's game.  That's right folks, Sean Collins and Kyle Suprenant will be back and we will have everyone healthy for the first time this year!  The future is looking brilliant!

Everyone come out and support us in our conquest of the NCAA title... one game at a time.

"Make them remember the night, forever, that they played the Warriors"

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!
 
Matt

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!

 

Jen

Men's Soccer: Depth is Paying Dividends in our Success

by Matt Kalmin

Hey everyone! It's Matt again, here to update everyone on our last week. 

We are back on track to start of the week!  Last Wednesday we suffered a tough loss to Trinity College at their home field.  It was one of those games where everything seemed to go wrong at the worst times.  But, this weekend we went up to Plymouth State University to play our second conference match of the season.  Chris Giustina started off the scoring for us by smashing in a header off of a corner kick.  It was his first goal of his career here at Eastern..  Later in the game Matt Furman crossed the ball into the box and the ball ricocheted off a Plymouth State defender and ended up in their goal.  To finish off the day Nick Demo put home a header off of another corner kick in the second half.  It was also his first goal of his career here at Eastern.  Those two games put a dent in our starting back four by knocking Mike Radlebeck and Aaron Smiles out of our match this Tuesday.  But, because of our deep bench and team work we managed to rout Salem State University at Thomas Nevers field Tuesday.  Mitch Power scored his first goal this past Tuesday against Salem State.  He didn't stop there and decided to put home two more.  Matt Furman and Luke Capezzone also scored for us. 

Looking to the future, we aim to continue our run in the Little East conference with a home game this Saturday against Western Connecticut State University.  We should have everyone back healthy and ready to play by this weekend. 

 Talk to you all soon and hopefully see you at the game this weekend!

Field Hockey: Against Wheelock, Our Hard Work Paid Off

by Jennifer Mitteness

 

Hey everyone,

 

In the two weeks, we have come together as a team and worked hard at each and every practice and game. We had our first non conference victory against Wheelock College (3-1). Since then, we had three close games against Westfield State University, Manhattanville College, and Framingham State University. Although we didn't win, we fought our hardest until the last second on the clock.

 

Lately, we've been working hard on team encouragement. The team chemistry has been developing better than ever. Our next game is home against Fitchburg State University this Wednesday at 4 pm. Come support field hockey on our home field as we take on Fitchburg State!.

 

Talk to you soon!

Jen

Men's Cross Country: Fast Times at UMass Dartmouth

By Ryan Franklin

 In its second meet of the year, Eastern entered UMass Dartmouth, the site of the Little East Conference championships, with high hopes, knowing its reputation as a flat course and fast times.

Three Eastern runners finished the 8 kilometer course in under 28 minutes, with Eastern's most versatile runner, junior Tim Callahan of Portland, leading the way in 27:33, finishing 107th out of 255 total runners in the varsity race. Shortly after Callahan came standout freshmen Dave Klein (New Milford) in 27:53, good for 129th place, and Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) in 27:56 for 133rd place. Less than a minute later, junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) avenged a poor first race at Fitchburg and ran his first 8k under 29 minutes, finishing in 28:53 for 166th place. Rounding out Eastern's top seven  were senior Bryan Jorge (Bristol) in 29:22 for 177th place, senior Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) in 30:11 for 205th place, and talented senior mid-distance specialist Casey McGarvey (Bozrah) in 33:08 for 235th place.

We will be competing at the Codfish Bowl in Boston this Saturday, where we finished 16th last year in a field of 25 team.