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Charging Into Spring

by The Charger Bulletin | March 12, 2014

By Caitlin Duncan

Contributing Writer

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The University of New Haven women’s softball team has spent months preparing for their 2014 season. The team has been training throughout the entire fall and winter. They’ve been working on conditioning, as well as perfecting their techniques, and brushing up on all of their skills. It’s no doubt that the Chargers are ready to slide into the 2014 season.

Head coach Jen Starek leads the Chargers. This is Starek’s eighth season with UNH. She has helped the team pave a path to success since she joined the Charger family in 2007. The team has had seven straight winning seasons since Starek has been with the team, including multiple appearances in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) postseason. Last season, the Chargers made it to the NCAA regional playoffs, and earned their first national rank.


Along with head coach Jen Starek, are assistant coaches Ryan Griffin and Devon Kelly. This is Griffin’s second season, and Kelly’s first season with the Chargers. The coaching staff is highly qualified and determined to continue to lead the team to another successful and winning season.

This season will be just as strong as the previous seasons. Between the returning members of the team, especially seniors Lindsey Couturier and Brandy Dianno, and junior Erika Williams, and the five new, talented freshmen; Julie Devlin, Katia Bagwell, Kim Rodriguez, Julie Schneidenbach, and Gabby DeLeo, the Chargers are sure to have another successful season.

Their season began with an away game at Dowling, Tuesday, March 11. Their first home game will be Thursday, March 13, against Dominican. The team then travels to Florida for a nine game tournament throughout the week of spring break.

The Chargers have a long season ahead of them, but with all of their hard work and talent, it is sure to be another successful year for them.

Chargers Got Talent

by Samantha Mathewson | February 26, 2014

The University of New Haven held the first annual Chargers Got Talent competition Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Charger Gymnasium at North Campus. The event was sponsored by SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and raised over $1400 for the Make a Wish foundation.

Photo By Annalissa Berardinelli

Photo By Annalissa Berardinelli

The event was set up like the traditional talent show with a panel of judges consisting of Alexa Seidenfeld; the women’s vice president of SAAC, Ric Baker; the associate dean of students, Daryeal Murphy; manager of Marketplace, Faculty Dining and NRgize, and Lynn DeRobertis; the associate director of educational programs in the office of academic services.

The MCs of the night were Aquillan Hayes, from the women’s basketball, and Zach Guy, from the men’s football team. A UNH student band also accompanied performances and played throughout the night.

The night was full of performances ranging from singing, dancing, short skits, and poetry readings. Each athletic team had a routine respectively, along with members of the poetry club, the dance team, monsoon dance team and the step team. There were both solo and group performances. During two brief intermissions there was a dance contest where audience members were able to show off their moves too. The coaching staff also got to showcase their talent and dance with Charlie the Charger in a short video that was played during a break between performances titled “Evolution of Hip Hop Dance.”

After the event concluded and judges collaborated their scores, they announced that the women’s softball team, who had sung their own rendition of Royals, including humor in their lyrics relatable to all athletes. Judge Murphy said, “It was one of the two tens I gave out all night.”


Chargers Roll Pace 75-52

by Chris Schnabel | February 19, 2014

The University of New Haven Men’s basketball continued its great season beating Pace 75-52 on Saturday to move to 17-7 (12-6 Northeast-10) on the season.

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Although struggling early, the team was really able to turn things around after half time to take a commanding lead and eventually a win.

The first half had the Chargers with great ball control, as they did not turn the ball over once in the first 20 minutes of play. Junior Eric Anderson hit every shot he attempted in the first half, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jeffery Adkins put on a show as he drove to the lane and mad shots over the Pace defenders as he finished with 17. They shot the ball well all game, shooting 48% from the field in the first half, but could not hit from three, going 1-10 in the first half.

The second half was a tale of two quarters as they started hitting every shot they took. Anderson and Adkins keep it going in the second half, trading buckets back and fourth helping the Chargers pull away, but the second half also showcased senior Justin Exum from three, as he hit four straight three-point buckets as the Chargers pulled away from Pace, he finished with 16 points.

“Its always great to win, I thought in the first half we played well, we just fouled too much giving them 12-27 from the free throw line,” said coach Ted Hotaling, “In the second half we cleaned it up, didn’t give them as many shots.”

Senior Ashanti DePass finished with tight points, while junior Cyrus James had four. Junior Jonny Ocasio came off the bench and had 11 points, sophomore Joshua Guddemi had three, and freshman Jemal Mosley had two, to round out the scoring.

The Chargers set a season best by only allowing Pace to hit 16 from the field and making them the 13th opponent they have held under 60 points. Pace shot 2-13 from three and 18-22 from the free throw line.

UNH will host American International for senior night Wednesday, February, 19 at 7:30 p.m.. They will recognize the seniors on the squad before the game.

Hayes Leads the Women’s Basketball to a Win 56-42

by Chris Schnabel | February 19, 2014

Junior Aquillin Hayes will never be down and out, and she proved that on Saturday. After falling hard three times and even being taken out of the game at a point in the game when fouled hard, she came back to help lead University of New Haven Chargers to a 27-8 run to get the win over Pace. New Haven improves to 16-8 (11-7 Northeast-10) with the win.

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Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Hayes finished the game with 16 points, seven boards and four blocks, included one that put a dagger in the hearts of Pace. With the game winding down and time running low for Pace to mount a comeback, they try to hit an easy layup, unfortunately for them, Hayes was not having any part in that as she sent the lay up into the first row of the stands for a block which capped off a strong end of the game for her.

The Chargers struggled to shoot the ball early as the game went to half with Pace leading 25-23, but found their stride as they hit the second half outscoring Pace 33-17. The Chargers shot 31% from the field in the first half, but raised that to 47% in the second to break away with the win.

Pace’s Margo Hackett had a game high in points with 18, while center Kirsten Dodge assed eight points and 11 boards.

The second half was almost a completely different game for the Chargers as they took off with the game, led by Hayes converting and one after and one. She could not miss the way she was playing, really helping the Chargers who needed a spark.

“She brings so much energy,” said coach Ty Grace, “When she plays at a high level the entire team plays off of that.

The Chargers will play their last home game of the season this Wednesday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. and will recognize the seniors before the game.

Anderson Reaches his 1000-Point Plateau

by Chris Schnabel | February 19, 2014

Junior Eric Anderson of The University of New Haven’s men’s basketball team came into the season as a highly regarded player on the Chargers, and on Saturday he printed his name into Charger history as he reached the 1000-point plateau.

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When asked who he would like to thank, Anderson responded, “Well first and for most God. Also my mother for supporting me at every home game she can make it to,” said Anderson, “and last but not least my teammates and coaches.”

Anderson was a three point shooter coming out of NJ when he first got to New Haven, but over the years he developed into a threat in every aspect of the game.

“I never expected to get the 1000 points so early, but I did expect to get it,” said Anderson, “It feels great couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Anderson was the defensive player of the year in the Northeast-10 last year along as the leading rebounder and second in the nation in double-doubles, but with all of this he still feels like he has more to prove.

“I feel as I have a lot more to work on and keep improving my game and getting better.”

Anderson is considered not only one of the top players in the conference, but the entire nation. He averages a double-double this season with the Chargers.

The Sochi Games: Raising The LGBT Flag

by Kardelen Akkus | February 12, 2014

The University of New Haven’s Institution for Social Justice along with UNH Pride held an informative social on Thursday, Feb. 6, in light of the harsh treatment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender society in Russia, where the Winter Olympics commenced Friday.

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Photo Provided by Leila Dutton

The event attracted about 25 people, including students, faculty members, and people outside of the UNH community. Guests were welcomed by the organizer and director of the ISJ, Dr. Tracy Tamborra, an associate Professor at UNH in the Criminal Justice department.

Dr. Tamborra said, “Anytime a political system or institution oppresses one group, it’s not far until they start with other groups.” The powerful words refer to the oppression of the LGBT community in Russia, who are being hunted down and punished for a victimless “crime.” She clarifies that standing together as a group employs diversity and raising the LGBT pride flag symbolized a moment of solidarity and celebration of infusion.

The next speaker, Dr. David Schroeder of the Criminal Justice department, spoke on behalf of Dean Gaboury of Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. “On a personal note, it’s kind of amazing to see this. When I was in college, this didn’t happen,” he said. Dr. Schroeder expressed that sexuality should play no part in the discussion as it is happening in Russia at the moment. Groups are being separated on the grounds of sexual preference; and policies have been put into place to maintain the separation. He hopes to see continued change of conditions and laws in this country and set an example for other countries.

The campus minister, Dr. Martin O’Connor of the Fire Science and Professional Studies department, introduced his speech by quoting Amos 5:21, “ Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” As he elaborated, Dr. O’Connor mentioned how remarkable it is that people have used the phrase for centuries as a reminder for social justice.

Junior Brittany Bauch, criminal justice major and member of UNH’s victimology club, emphasized the importance of awareness of victimization. She specifically discussed sexual assault, of which anyone is capable of, and the higher rates of such in the LGBT community. Somewhat related, Bauch relays actress’ Cynthia Nixon’s statement, “Gay people don’t want to redefine marriage, but simply want to be invited to the table,” to the discussed topic.

Sophomore Mary Merena, forensic psychology major and member of UNH Pride, said even though people have changed their attitudes towards the LGBT mindset, “we still have a long way to go to achieve equality.”

Freshman Robyn McBurney, member of the Institution for Social Justice, reminded the audience of what the Olympics stand for, “unity,” “peace,” and “celebration.”

McBurney mentioned President Putin’s Gay Propaganda bill and Adoption, which resulted in violent crimes against the LGBT community. Many renowned Olympic athletes, celebrities and Nobel laureates have spoken out. President Obama, Vice President Biden, German President Gauck, French President Hollande and EU commissioner Reding have all declined their invitations to the games as their own form of boycott.


Chris Pincince Named New Football Coach

by Chris Schnabel | February 12, 2014

On Thursday, Feb. 6, a new era in The University of New Haven football started. Chris Pincince took over as head football coach for the Chargers, and everyone got their first look during his welcoming press conference.

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Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

“It truly is a homecoming for me,” said Pincince, who has had two previous stints at New Haven before under head coach Tony Sparano in the 1990’s. “It’s great to go home, especially when you’re away for a little while… There’s truly no other place I call home like the University of New Haven.”

“We wanted a dynamic leader, who’s going to continue in our proud and winning ways,” said Athletic Director Deborah Chin about hiring Pincince, “We found our guy.”

Pincince brings almost 20 years of collegiate coaching experience including two stints at Div. I FCS schools and three stints at Div. I-AA schools, all as offensive coordinator. He also served as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator for UNH, which is one of the reasons that he fits in so well. He was on staff for the 1995-1996 team that went undefeated and won their opening round match in the NCAA playoffs. When he was offensive coordinator, the Chargers averaged 350 yards per game and 30 points per game in the three-year stint.

“I think Chris is absolutely the right person for us at this time,” stated Ralph F. DellaCamera Jr., whose fathers name is on the field, “I think he will be a terrific addition to the UNH football program.”

“We got to scheme it toward the talents of our kids,” said Pincince, when asked about how the scheme will change, “The first thing we have to do is figure out the talent of our kids… If we can throw it 50 times a game because that’s when our kids are best that’s what we will have to do, if we can run it 50 times a game because that’s when our kids are best that’s what well have to do.”

He also said that he’d have a lot of control over the defense and the offense, “as the head coach I’ll definitely be in charge of all three phases of the game… I’m going to be my offensive coordinator.”

He was very emotional during his press conference, for both coming back to UNH, where his career started, but also because he was away from his family, stating that’s the most important part of his life, and that he’s been with his wife since his first stint at UNH. “I was very excited [when I got the call] I almost drove off the road… It’s been something I’ve been waiting a long time for.”

He will take over a Chargers team that finished 8-3 and third in the NorthEast-10 conference. Since Rossomando rebooted the Chargers in 2009, the team has gone 42-13 and won three NE-10 conference championships, and he will look to keep the success and tradition of Charger football going.


Hockey Season Wrap-Up

by Chris Schnabel | February 12, 2014

One year ago, the University of New Haven hockey club team made it to the top, winning the championship and earning a sport in American Collegiate Hockey Association.

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After a championship, they move up to a higher level of hockey, which is a huge step in the program. The season did not turn out the way they would have hoped, but as previously stated, it’s a huge step.

They finished the season with a 4-11 record. The last couple games for them have not been great for the Chargers, but as you build a program, there will be some bad years.

Even with 11 losses, they have played close games, only losing by one to three goals most games. The future looks bright for UNH puck, as they have a young team that should develop over this offseason and will be better with one years experience under their belt.

Six years ago when this program was first put together, no one would have thought that this is where the program would be today, as it’s one of the most popular sports on campus, and even though they don’t play their home games directly on this campus, they still get a huge student turnout; showing not only that UNH Chargers love their hockey, but they have school pride and UNH puck pride.

With everything looking in such a positive direction, I don’t see this program doing badly or having to fold for many years to come. You never know, maybe one day they will get moved up to be an official sport on campus.

Coach Rossomando Leaving for CCSU

by Chris Schnabel | February 5, 2014

In 2007, Pete Rossomando came back to the University of New Haven to serve as the head coach of a team that was just getting back into form. Football had not been at UNH since 2003. Rossomando was the man that was set to bring it back, and he definitely delivered.

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Rossomando helped UNH to three straight NE-10 conference wins (2010-2012), held a record of 42-13 and was voted Coach of the Year in 2012. Now, he is expanding his horizons and taking on new challenges as he has accepted a head coaching job at Central Connecticut State University after five years with the Chargers. A new coach should be named soon, and updates will be provided once that information becomes available.

“He’s going to a division one program” said Athletic Director Deborah Chin about Rossomando leaving. “The goal of all coaches is to professionally grow and coach. Rossomando did a great job for us… we’re all rooting for him.”

With a new coach, many suspect a whole new staff to be brought in as well, which is the usual case since new coaches like to bring in people they can trust.

“The coaching staff will greatly change with Coach Rossomando leaving for Central Connecticut,” said assistant head coach Jon Leible, “I would expect they try to keep a few of the guys on staff right now for some continuity.”

“Anyone that is interested [in returning] will interview with the new head coach,” stated Chin.

When asked about Rossomando leaving, Chin had nothing but kind words to say about the departure, stating they left on good terms and that he “he accomplished some things that’s just really unheard of in football.”

Rossomando’s departure comes at a tough time for the Chargers, as national signing day is right around the corner and it’s hard to get players interested in coming to a school with no current head coach.

“Whenever you lose your coach two weeks before signing day, it definitely doesn’t help recruiting,” stated Leible, “but here on the division II level, a lot of times it’s a wait and see game anyway to see if a recruit gets that division I offer. And most of the time when he doesn’t, then they come to us, so I don’t think it hurts.”

Leible also went on to say in the programs “heyday” (or before football was dropped) they had many great coaches like Tony Soprano who went on to coach the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs in 2008, and Mark Whipple who is the all-time wins leader in Charger history. “So there’s no reason they can’t do it again,” Leible concluded.

Leible is currently exploring his coaching options.

Deborah Chin stated that they have talked about his coaching options before, so this was not something that came out of nowhere. “We talked about how they were interested in talking to him about the position and I said I certainly understand that,” stated Chin. “In athletics, we’re used to this. Coaches move on to professional opportunities and we all understand that.”

Rossomando could not be contacted for questioning.


Super Blowout

by Chris Schnabel | February 5, 2014

Sunday, Feb. 3, marked the biggest football game of the year in America, Super Bowl XLVIII.

AP Photo

AP Photo

The league’s best offense, the Denver Broncos, took on the best defense, the Seattle Seahawks; it was a match made in football heaven.

Then, shortly after 6:30 p.m., the first snap happened. Before that snap, even the Broncos looked out of sync. The kickoff was taken out of the end zone by Trindon Holliday only to get to about the 10-yard line.

The crowd roared so loud the microphones could barely pick up the sound on the field. As Peyton Manning leaned in to change the play, the center snapped the ball, going over his head and into the end zone where it was recovered by running back Knowshon Moreno for a safety (which equals two points) and Seattle got the ball.

From there, it was all downhill for the Broncos. For anyone who sat through the entire game, it’s safe to say they were bored half to death after watching the Seahawks score touchdown after touchdown, while the Broncos struggled to push through the opposing team’s defenses.

This hyped up game became a laughing stock for the Broncos. Peyton Manning further proved to the world he cannot play in cold weather, putting up stats that made him look like Eli Manning this year (although if it was Eli, he might have won the Super Bowl.) The Broncos did not score a single point until the third quarter when Manning hooked up with wide out Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown and then hit Wes Welker for a two point conversion, making the score 36-8.

By game’s end, Manning, who set almost every passing record this season including passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55), had only 280 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions (one of which was taken back for a touchdown by the Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith), and lost a fumble. A game that many said would set Manning in history did just that, but not in a good way.

One bright note for the Broncos was Thomas actually putting up a good game, having 13 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, but he also lost a fumble.

However, this game was not all about disappointment. Seattle played like the dominant team they have been all year. After getting the ball from the safety, they drove downfield for a field goal to make the score 5-0. They then forced a 3 and out, getting the ball back and doing the same thing, making the score 8-0. After an interception by safety Cam Chancellor, the Seahawks drove downfield to get the game’s first touchdown on a one- yard run by Marshawn Lynch, making the score 15-0.

The next Bronco drive would end with the pick six by Smith, making the score 22-0, and that’s how the game went into half time.

This is a perfect time to look at the only good part of the entire game: Bruno Mars. Even non-Bruno Mars fans can’t deny they enjoyed the halftime show, because Mars’ performance was so well executed. He started with a drum solo on a stage that gradually moved to midfield; as he played, a swarm of people followed. After that, Mars played some of his hits, starting with “Locked Out Of Heaven” then “Treasure,” and finishing with “Runaway Baby.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers then joined Mars on stage, playing their hit song “Give it Away.” Then it went back to Bruno, as he finished up with the song “Just the Way You Are.”

Following halftime, the opening kick for the second half went to the Seahawks, and former Gator great Percy Harvin earned every dime of what he makes as he took the kickoff back 87 yards to the house for a touchdown, making the score 29-0. As time wound down in the third quarter, the Seahawks scored again as quarterback Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse on one of the worst defensive plays in Super Bowl history. Six Broncos missed tackles, allowing him to go 15 yards for the score. Wilson would hit receiver Doug Baldwin one more time as the Seahawks cruised to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory.

What was supposed to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in the history of football turned out to be just one big disappointment and embarrassment to the Broncos. Manning will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, but after this game, his legacy will definitely be questioned.

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