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Charger Chat

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

 Senior women’s lacrosse player Marissa Fisher

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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.

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.

Charger Chat

by Tyler Salovin | May 4, 2011

“The Obstacles In Our Path”

“In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – ‘Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.’”

- Unknown Author

Charger Chat

by Tyler Salovin | April 27, 2011

“Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

- Unknown Author

Charger Chat – “Pickup In The Rain”

by Tyler Salovin | April 20, 2011

“Pickup In The Rain”

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

- Unknown Author

Charger Chat – Know the Cleaning Lady

by Tyler Salovin | April 13, 2011

“Know The Cleaning Lady”

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

- Unknown Author

Charger Chat – Happy Earth Month

by Tyler Salovin | April 6, 2011

“The Charger Chat wishes everyone a Happy Earth Month.  Don’t forget to recycle this Charger Bulletin after you are done reading it!” - Tyler Salovin

Charger Chat – Formula for Living

by Tyler Salovin | March 30, 2011

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.” - Cary Grant

Charger Chat – Murphy’s Law

by Tyler Salovin | March 23, 2011

“Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.” – Murphy’s Law

Charger Chat – Personal Consequences

by Tyler Salovin | March 2, 2011

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

- Winston Churchill

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