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Chargers Chosen Atop Northeast-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll

by Charger Athletics | September 3, 2014

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The two-time defending Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven women’s volleyball team was voted atop the 2014 NE-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced today by the conference office. The Chargers have won four NE-10 Championships and six consecutive NE-10 regular season crowns in their six seasons as a member of the conference.

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

The Chargers acquired 10 first-place votes from the conference’s 15 head coaches and received 191 total points to head the poll. Three first-place tallies went to second-place Bentley, while Adelphi and Saint Rose each received one first-place vote to put them at third and fourth place, respectively.

New Haven enters the 2014 season – the 21st campaign for Head Coach Robin Salters ‘91 – with an all-time record of 88-0 in the Northeast-10 regular season.

The Chargers begin their 2014 slate with four non-region matches at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic hosted by Florida Southern on Sept. 5-6. Action comes to Charger Gymnasium for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 13 as New Haven opens its NE-10 slate against Franklin Pierce as part of a tri-match that also features non-conference opponent Queens

Softball Honors Four Seniors, Sweep Double Header

by Sean Malone | April 30, 2014

Today was the last pair of regular season home games for a couple of Chargers. The four players were seniors, Brandy Dianno, Meghan Charmoff, Brooke Fisher and Lindsey Couturier. All four players ended their careers on a high note with a solid afternoon.

Women's Softball (Charger Athletics Photo)

Women’s Softball (Charger Athletics Photo

Game one had sophomore Victoria Cabral on the mound and in control from start to finish, keeping Dominican in check, not allowing a run the entire game.

In the bottom of the second inning, Dianno hit a one-out triple to center and was brought home by junior Jess Spivey later in the inning.

Freshman Gabby DeLeo had a fantastic game one, scoring sophomore Jen Palase in the second inning, and hitting a solo shot homerun in the fifth to give New Haven a 3-0 lead.

Later in the fifth, Couturier doubled to left center scoring Dianno and giving the Chargers a 4-0 lead, and the overall final score; UNH taking game one easily.

Game two had sophomore Nicole King on the mound for the New Haven, and gave all four seniors a solid game to round off a couple of great careers.

Fisher reached on a single and was brought home by Cabral to take a 1-0 lead. Later with two on, Couturier hit a monstrous home run to right-center field scoring Dianno and Devline, taking a 4-0 lead.

That homerun was Couturier’s eleventh on the season, putting her one shy of tying the conference record.

In the fourth, Dianno scored two runs off a single to right, giving UNH a 6-0 lead.

King allowed one run in the fifth and sixth inning respectively, but secured the win in the seventh. The final score was 6-2, New Haven.

UNH secured the southwest division in the NE-10 and will host the NE-10 postseason tournament.

Chargers get revenge, beat Owls 4-1

by Sean Malone | April 30, 2014

After suffering a frustrating 1-0 loss to Southern earlier in the year, the Chargers knew they had to get out ahead early, and they did just that.

Men's Baseball (Charger Athletics Photos)

Men’s Baseball (Charger Athletics Photos)

The game on April 16 began with the Chargers putting three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. Senior Chris DeMorais started things off with an RBI single scoring freshman, Tom Walraven.

Two batters later, junior Zach Collett hit an RBI single himself extending the Charger lead to 2-0. Right after that, sophomore TJ Riccio hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring senior Brendan Buckley.

Due to poor field conditions, the Chargers got to face the Owls on Frank Vierra field at UNH; however, Southern was second to bat, and played as the home team.

Later in the third, the Chargers added another in off the bat of Collett. He hit into a double play, but junior Brendan O’Reilly scored and put New Haven up 4-0.

UNH senior starter, Derek Drag, rolled from the start and kept the Owls in check. Drag held the Owls to six hits across seven innings and strike out four. Later senior Frank Villacha came in and threw the final two innings, allowing only one run to score. UNH won 4-1

Through 19 innings, the Chargers have held the Owls to only two runs scored. The next time these two teams face off will be April 29 at Southern, and will be the game that determines the season series between the two rivals.

 

Pair of late game winning goals keep Chargers perfect

by Sean Malone | April 9, 2014

For the first time since joining the Northeast-10, the University of New Haven Chargers Women’s Lacrosse team are 10-0 to start the season.

Women's Lacrosse Player/ Charger Athletics Photo

Women’s Lacrosse Player/ Charger Athletics Photo

On Wednesday, April 2, they had a tough road trip as they faced the number four Le Moyne Dolphins up in Syracuse, NY.

At halftime, the Chargers found themselves trailing the Dolphins 6-2 at the end of the first half.

New Haven Chargers began the second half with a huge response, going on a 5-0 run to take a one-goal lead.

The rest of the game continued with both teams trading punches, until Le Moyne’s Victoria Nies tied the game at 10 apiece with 7:11 minutes remaining.

What had been a high scoring second half slowed down for the next 6:30 minutes with neither team scoring a goal. However, with 19 seconds remaining in the game, senior Nicole McKee scored her third goal of the game to give the Chargers a one-goal lead.

The Chargers preserved the lead and win the game 11-10.

On Saturday, April 5, the Chargers faced Saint Anselm who was undefeated and receiving votes in the rankings.

Once again, the Chargers found themselves in a back and forth game. With 4:32 minutes left in the game, the Hawks took a one-goal lead; their first lead since the middle of the first half.

Senior Marissa Fisher scored to tie things up, and later, with nine seconds left in the game, sophomore Courtney Ackland scored and put the Chargers on top.

Junior Kathryn Campbell won the next draw and scored one last goal in the final second to give UNH an 11-10 lead.

 

Softball Sweeps Owls in Midweek 3-game series

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

The UNH Softball team is off to a strong start to the season so far, and continued to play strong as they faced cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State University in a rare mid-week, three game series.

Charger Athletics Photo

Charger Athletics Photo

The Chargers began March 25 with a record of 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Owls entered play a decent 7-6 overall, but lost five of their last six games played.

The Chargers were shut out in the first two innings by Southern’s Jessica Val Alphen, but scored three runs in the third inning, knocking her out of the game.

UNH scored three more in the fifth and another in the sixth, making it a 7-0 lead for them going into the final frame.

Nicole King allowed one run in the final inning by walking in a run. The nine walks and one earned run were the only blemishes on the box score for King, as she threw a no-hitter to lock up the 7-1 victory for UNH in game one.

Game two would begin with a much faster start from UNH, as they scored three runs in the first inning. In the fourth, freshman Gabby DeLeo hit a solo shot homerun to give UNH a 4-0 lead.

After adding another two runs in the fifth, the Chargers hung on and, behind the pitching of Victoria Cabral, shut out the Owls for a 6-0 victory.

The Chargers outscored the Owls 13-1 on the March 25 double-header and looked to be in good shape heading into their March 27 matchup with the Owls. However, in a rivalry like the one between the Owls and the Chargers, anything could happen.

The game began scoreless until the fourth, when the Chargers took a 2-0 lead. It began to look a lot like the first game played on March 25 with Nicole King on the mound again for the Chargers.

Southern had other ideas, however, and pulled off a huge four-run fifth inning. This put the Chargers in a two-run hole, and it was also be the first time they trailed Southern all series.

In the seventh inning, the Chargers tied things up off an RBI single by Lindsey Couturier, tying the game up at four each.

Neither team scored again until the tenth, when Southern took a two-run lead off an RBI double by Julie Muscarella, who would later score that inning. Down two again with their backs against the wall, the Chargers stepped up.

Couturier hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Julie Delvin to cut the Southern lead to just one. The next at bat, Jess Spivey, slapped a single up the middle and scored Brandy Dianno once again, tying the game at six.

Southern didn’t go away, however, as Nicole Buch doubled to left center, bringing home Kelly Mitchell. The top of the eleventh ended with Southern up 7-6, but the game ended half an inning later with a different score.

Jen Palase scored because of an error by Southern’s second baseman Giuliana D’Arcangelo, and tied the game at seven a piece.

Couturier came up later in the eleventh, and after being a major part in both the seventh and tenth inning runs, there was no surprise she would play a big role this time at bat. She singled to left field, bringing home Meghan Chamoff for the walk of victory at North Campus.

The Owls had multiple chances to put away the Chargers, but UNH showed great resilience by not going down no matter how many times they fell behind in the final game.

Charger Chat

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

 Senior women’s lacrosse player Marissa Fisher

Charger Athletics Photo

Charger Athletics Photo

Sean Malone: You and your team are off to a great start , 7-0 so far. Talk about this experience.

Marissa Fisher: This year, we have come out with such a great first half of the season, and like you said, we are 7-0. I have never been on this team when we are 7-0. It is a happy place right now.

SM: You beat both Stonehill, who was ranked ninth in the nation, and Dowling who is very good as well. Talk about those wins.

MF: All teams within the North region are amazing; they are always [good] competition. The fact that we beat both of them is incredible, and I am proud of my team for doing that. Both are very hard teams; all four of my years here they have been such good competition, and again it was a great feeling that we beat them.

SM: What was the key in those games?

MF: It starts with defense and goes all the way through to attack. We work really hard to make sure that on both ends everyone feels comfortable with what they are doing. We trust everyone on the team holding the ball. We have three freshman and we still trust them all to hold the ball. It is a really good feeling, and the fact that we are all comfortable with each other makes the team what it is.

SM: You mentioned the youth on this team. There are a lot of young players on this team with sophomores like Courtney Ackland and even your sister, Corrine Fisher. How is it playing in college with your sister? Is it cool or do you have a rivalry with each other?

MF: My sister is incredibly talented. The only rivalry we have is when we run during practice and she tries to beat me.

SM: Can she beat you?

MF: Oh yeah, she is so fast. Even through high school, playing with her has always been so much fun. I think we connect really well and I trust her completely with every decision she makes.

SM: You mention the speed of your sister. Who is faster, her, Kathryn Campbell, or Brittany Ast?

MF: Brittany Ast.

SM: Do you guys ever consider moving her up to midfield where you can take advantage of her speed more?

MF: No, she is a phenomenal defender. We need her on defense, and we need her speed on defense. What if we are playing against an attacker who has speed too? We need speed there. She does a really good job of running up and down the field though, don’t get me wrong; she transitions the ball for us a lot, which is such a good asset for us.

SM: Talk about how it feels to be a leader on the team when there are a lot of young players on the team.

MF: We actually have a bunch of leaders on the team. It is not just one or two people, the whole team is pretty good at leading. Any of the underclassmen can ask any of the upperclassmen any questions, and we all have the same answers, which is great because it means we are all on the same page. That’s a really, really good thing with such hard competition coming up.

Women’s lacrosse upsets number nine Stonehill, 16-7, jumps to number seven in the rankings

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

After beating number 14 Pfeiffer down in Arnold, Md., the Chargers looked to continue their winning streak as they faced number nine Stonehill back in West Haven. The game began with Maya Syzmanski and Courtney Ackland scoring a goal each, the fourth of the season for both of them.

Kelsey Shannahan cut the lead in half, making it a one-goal lead.

Courtney Ackland scored again unassisted, followed by Nicole McKee scoring back-to-back goals in less than twenty seconds time. Ackland and Campbell provided assists on the play.

Mikayal Couch scored a goal, but for the third time in the first half the Chargers went on a multi-goal run against Stonehill. This run consisted of four goals coming from Nicole Belanger, McKee, Marissa Fisher and Kathryn Campbell.

After trading one goal each to start the second half, the Chargers ran off three goals, going on another run with two of the three goals being scored by Nicole McKee once again.

Stonehill scored a goal, and UNH answered with one of their own. For the first time in the game, Stonehill would string together a few goals and go on a three-goal streak, cutting the lead to 14-7. However, with five minutes remaining after the third goal, there was not enough time left to comeback. Kathryn Campbell and Nicole McKee added two more goals before the final whistle, as the Chargers dominated the Skyhawks and won by a final score of 16-7.

Following that strong win over Stonehill, the rankings placed the Chargers seventh. On April 2, they face number four Le Moyne on the road in Syracuse, N.Y., in what is expected to be a tough matchup.

 

Lacrosse’s New Beginning

by Sean Malone | March 12, 2014

The women’s lacrosse team is starting this season off as 12th in the nation.

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Last season, the women’s lacrosse team did not start off on the right foot. This season, being ranked number 12 in the nation, Coach Jen Fallon and the Chargers wanted to begin the season better than they did the last, and they did just that.

Like last year, the Chargers’ schedule began with a game against Molloy College, March 7. They found success at home facing Molloy in last season’s opener winning 13-4. They found themselves in a similar game this time at Molloy. The game began with the Fisher sisters making the game a 2-0 lead after Marissa and Corinne scored the first two goals of the season for UNH. Molloy’s Casey Naab would score to cut the lead to 2-1, but UNH would blow the game open not long after that.

Thirteen seconds after Naab’s goal, Kathryn Campbell would score her first of three goals of the game. Then, Campbell would score again three minutes later to start a UNH 11-0 run to put the Chargers up 13-0 that would continue into the second half. She would score three goals and five assists on the Chargers monster run.

Molloy would finally end the run with Katie O’Brien scoring a goal with 10:26 remaining, but New Haven would hold Molloy to only one more goal for the remainder of the game while adding two more of their own. The final score would be 15-3, Chargers.

Fisher and Campbell would score three goals apiece, while Campbell would also be the main facilitator adding five assists to her stat line, giving her eight points in the season debut.

 

Charger Chat

by Sean Malone | March 12, 2014

This week, Sports Editor Sean Malone sat down with The University of New Haven’s baseball head coach, Chris Celano. Coach Celano is entering his third season as head coach of the Chargers and is looking to repeat with UNH as NE-10 Champions again.

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Sean Malone: You lost a lot of talented players from last season; on offense you lost Stephen Clout and Joe Romanelli. How do you plan on replacing those players in the lineup and on the field?

Chris Celano: I think it will be a challenge; they were staples in the lineup since I got here two years ago. The right field situation will be a combination of Chris DeMorais who was our DH last year and is fully healthy this year and will be able to get out there and play the outfield. There are a couple of freshmen in the mix as well, Eddie Tamarro and Rob Petrillo that could see time as well. We also have Senior Timmy Geer who could mix in for time in right field. Behind the plate I think it will be a mixture of Jason Lewicki who was our set up man last year but as everybody knows is also very good back there behind the plate and Sophomore TJ Riccio who did get some time last year behind Joe. He will also figure in and we’ll see how that plays out.

SM: Jason Lewicki is interesting because seeing him last year as the set up man and the kind of season he had I thought he was right in line to take over for Peter Jay, one of the pitchers that left, as the closer. He had an ERA of zero by the end of last season. Why take him out of the bullpen when you are losing a great reliever in Peter Jay?

CC: To be honest we are not going to. [Jason Lewicki] is going to get the first crack at closing I also can see him getting behind the dish. It is something we are going to have to manage, something we are going to have to strategically do. I think he can do both, [catch and close] we have kind of done it in the fall. This preseason [we] kind of really tried to do it, and get that experience before we start playing through practice and things like that.  So he will get a crack at closing. It is pretty hard to go through a season and not allow a run, especially over 18-20 innings which he did last year. So by all accounts he definitely deserves that chance [at closing] and he is going to do it and I can see him figuring in[to] basically both roles.

SM:  Two pitchers who have also left, Taylor Candage and Henry Hirsch, have moved on.  How do you plan to replace those guys on the back end of your rotation?

CC:  Again those will be difficult shoes to fill but we have quite a bit left from last year.  Guys that figured in and threw a lot of innings for us, Frank Villacha, Joey Royer, John Melville [are] guys who have made starts for us in the past. [They] will definitely anchor which will add to our number one pitcher who has rightfully earned the “Ace” position for us.  I can see a couple of freshman figuring in to as well as Derek Drag. Who is a senior as well and has a lot of experience. Those five spots we feel pretty good about.

SM: What is going to be the key this year to repeat as NE-10 Champs?

CC: The one thing you hit on the most was repeating as champs. First of all I think it is going to be a very different felling because there is going to be a target on our back. We have never really experienced that not ever having won the conference before last year.  Last year we did it on pitching, it started there and as you know we had a guy that we could run out there in the 7th inning of every game and really close it down. It really shortened the game to six or seven innings on a daily basis. If we can figure that role out it will really help us get back into that groove from last year. Your starting pitching is and has to be your starting pitching if you are going to be successful so I am going to put it all on those guys’ shoulders. Without good starting pitching, no team is going to win.  In our level with the wood, the most of it is going to come down to starting pitching.

Chargers defense can’t get one more stop, fall to Owls 71-73.

by Sean Malone | March 12, 2014

The UNH men’s basketball came into their first ever Northeast-10 Championship game a team on fire. They had beaten their previous two opponents by an average of over 22 points; however, they were facing Southern Connecticut State University, who they had lost to twice this season already.

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

The game began with SCSU taking an 18-10 lead early on, but UNH would not go away. Through grit and grinding they would slowly eat at the lead until they finally led for the first time since the 17:24 mark of the first half.

After some back and forth play with both sides holding the lead for short periods of time, Southern would have the final possession of the first half after a pair of made free throws by Ashanti DePass. Jeff Atkins would stop Tylon Smith from driving to the rim after he killed the clock down to about six seconds left. Tylon kicked it out to Greg Langston who found himself across from two-time NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Eric Anderson. Langston was forced to back it out to 30 feet from the rim and throw up a prayer that would fall short, leaving the score at halftime 36-35 Southern.

In the first half the Chargers would out rebound Southern 23-19 in the first half, as their play on the defensive glass would be the reason why they would come back down eight. However their poor shooting is the reason why Southern was able to keep pace with them, the Chargers as a team shot 39% in the first half from the floor, and a poor one of eight from three point range.

The second half would begin with both Chargers and Owls fans trying to out-shout each other. In a game with the crowd being the way they were, momentum can easily change and the crowd can play a huge factor in that.

Later in the second half the Chargers would be up seven with just under nine to play but that is when things would get interesting. Southern would score six unanswered and cut the lead two only one. UNH’s Justin Exum would make a layup to give the Chargers a three point lead but Owl’s DeShawn Murphy would hit a three pinter after a tough Luke Houston offensive rebound over the much taller Eric Anderson and Cyrus James to tie the game at 60 apiece. The back and forth play would continue with the two more ties before the end of the game. The final tie would come with 1:48 remaining in the game. Cyrus James would make a layup on the next Charger possession giving UNH a two-point lead.

On the next possession, Owl Luke Houston would hit a three pointer to give Southern a one point lead. Jeff Adkins would score a layup with 46 seconds left in the game to give the Chargers a one-point lead. DeShawn Murphy would miss a three pointer with 34 seconds remaining. However, UNH would let the rebound slip through their hands as well a chance to seal the victory. Tylon Smith would grab the ball and pass it to NE10 Player of the Year Greg Langston. He would size up his defender one on one and off the dribble pull up from three. As the ball would soar through the air, Moore Field House would go quite for the first time all day. That silence would be broken by the swish of the ball going through the net as he drained the go ahead shot with six seconds left in the ball game.

The Chargers, out of time-outs, would inbound the pass to Jeff Adkins. The senior would drive down the court himself and put up a shot through traffic. Before that shot he was shooting ten of thirteen in the game but could not make an eleventh shot as the Chargers would fall by a final score of 73-71 and lose all three games against the Owls they would play this season.

 

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