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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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.


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