ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Friday, April 29, 2011

Quinnipiac moves to the NEC title game

The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team rolled past Sacred Heart in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament Friday.

Quinnipiac will face Mount St. Mary's in the championship game on Sunday at Hamden.

Here's what Quinnipiac's Devon Gibney had to say after the game along with some game action.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yale's Mangano enters NBA draft

By Bill Cloutier
Assistant Sports Editor
Yale junior center Greg Mangano has declared himself eligible for the NBA. Mangano, from Orange, has not hired an agent in order to retain his with the school.
Mangano had a breakout junior season in which he finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0). The former all-stater from Notre Dame-West Haven averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Mangano said that at this time he fully intends on returning to Yale for his senior season.
"Coach (James) Jones told me there were some teams thta expressed some interest and he said that this path was the best thing for me to do right now," Mangano said. "It's get's me some exposure.
"I fully intend on pulling my name out by the May 8 deadline. There is a form I have to send into the NBA offices by May 8. I haven't hired an agent and that will get me fully reinstated by the NCAA."
Mangano didn't disclose which teams have shown interest.
"The most important thing to me right now remains the fact that I came to Yale to get a first class education and graduate from this university," Mangano said. "The decision to declare for the draft is just something we decided would be beneficial for my future. Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, and this may help my cause.
"It's definitely exciting. It's exciting to know there is some interest."
Mangano said his decision wasn't impacted by the commonly-held belief that this is a weak NBA draft.
"I've looked at the mock drafts but I haven't really studied them," he said. "I've read that it really isn't a strong draft this year. Next year could be a stronger draft but it really doesn't make a difference. My plan right now is to get some exposure and then come back to Yale and have a really big season next year.
"I fully intend on graduating from Yale and that’s why I went there in the first place."
Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He is the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.
Mangano, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games is a new Ivy record. He scored 20 points or more in nine games this season, including tallying a career-high 30 in a victory at Dartmouth. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding in all but four games and grabbed a career-high 17 at Brown.
"Greg had a tremendous junior campaign which is worthy of NBA interest," said Jones. "His ability to defensive rebound and his shot blocking ability makes him an outstanding candidate for the next level."
Underclassmen who have declared for the draft, but have not hired an agent, have until May 8 to withdraw their names from consideration and retain their eligibility.

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Langston transfers to SCSU

One area school’s loss will turn out to be a big gain for another one.

Quinnipiac guard Dominique Langston has decided to transfer to Southern Connecticut State University.

Langston is the second player to transfer from Quinnipiac following the 2010-11 season. Forward Tevin Baskin also decided to transfer to Chipola College earlier in the month. While Baskin saw limited action, Langston started six games for the Bobcats, averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in his freshman season.

Langston’s cousin, Greg Langston, is a freshman at SCSU, and Dominique attended several of the Owls’ games last season.

“I never realized he was in the stands watching our games last year but he told me went to a couple,” SCSU coach Mike Donnelly said. “Having his cousin here turned out to be a bonus. They are very good friends and support each other. They get to play together for three years now.

“Dominique told me he wanted to go to a place that he could play right away and he’s going to make a major impact here. He’s a team guy. He makes other players better and he’s such a good athlete.”

Donnelly didn’t get a chance to watch him play at Quinnipiac but remembered Dominique Langston from Kolbe Cathedral two years ago.

“I liked how he could take a game over,” Donnelly said. “I was really impressed with his floor game and his athleticism.”

Quinnipiac also lost seniors Justin Rutty, Deontay Twyman and Sean Light to graduation. The Bobcats have already signed two players for next season: Zaid Hearst, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard and Ousmane Drame, a rail-thin 6-7 left-handed post player described to have good hands and feet.

Evan Conti, a 6-3 guard from Flushing, N.Y., with ability to shoot the three, also verbally committed to the school recently.

Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore said he has two more scholarships to offer.

“I’m real disappointed that things didn’t work out for Dominique at Quinnipiac,” Moore said. “I think he’s a real good kid and a real good player and hope he has success.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jim Mandich passes away at 62

There was sad news Tuesday as Jim Mandich, a former All-American tight end at Michigan, died after a fight with bile-duct cancer. Mandich was 62.

Mandich served as a captain for Michigan in 1969, as the Wolverines upset Ohio State and advanced to their first Rose Bowl in five seasons. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowl championships with the Miami Dolphins and one with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mandich, inducted into Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 1994 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, played for the Dolphins’ undefeated 1972 championship squad.

Mandich is the father of current Southern Connecticut State tight end Nick Mandich.

“Jim was a Michigan Man in every way,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a prepared statement. “He did so much for our football program and our University as a student-athlete, supporter, donor and ambassador of positive energy. ... He was a legendary player and an even better person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they grieve the loss of a great husband and father.”

Mandich was part of the Dolphins’ broadcast crew for 17 years after his playing career ended.

“I was sad to hear about Jim’s passing,” former Dolphins coach Don Shula said in a statement. “I know he fought a courageous battle, but that was typical of his fighting spirit. When I think about Jim, I always looked at him as a guy who was bright, well prepared, and competitive. He was someone who I could count on as a player and was instrumental in the success we had during his time with the Dolphins. Mary Anne and I want to pass along our condolences to his wife, Bonnie, and the rest of his family.”

Mandich was diagnosed with cancer in early 2010. Asked by The Detroit News last November if he still had time to follow Michigan during his cancer fight, Mandich replied, “Are you kidding me? Of course I care about that stuff. To the point of irrationality. It will always be Michigan first, cancer second.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SCSU announces football schedule

Here is the tentative 2011 football schedule for Southern Connecticut State University.

9/3 - at CCSU
9/10 - at West Liberty State
9/17 - at St. A’s
9/23 or 9/24 - Pace
10/1 - at Assumption
10/7 - New Haven
10/15 - at Bentley
10/22 - at AIC
10/29 - Stonehill
11/12 - Merrimack

Some of the dates are subject to change. Southern hosts New Haven on Oct. 7, a Friday night.


Holy Cross edges Yale in baseball

After digging a big hole early, the Yale University baseball team found itself one key hit away from a come-from-behind win. Unfortunately, that hit never came in a non-league game at Holy Cross on Tuesday.
Yale fell behind in the fourth inning when Holy Cross used two hits, three walks, a hit batter and an outfield error to plate five runs, four of them unearned. The Crusaders scored one more run in the sixth, which turned out to be just enough insurance in a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs at Fitton Field in Yale's final non-league game of the season.
Yale had things working in its favor early on. After two walks and a hit batter, Trey Rallis, the Ivy League Player of the Week, belted a one-out single to right-center field to drive in Cale Hanson for the first run of the game. Yale loaded the bases with two outs in the inning but could not score again.
All of the damage done by the Crusaders in the fourth inning came with two outs. The first two batters in the inning were retired before Nick Ciardiello started the Crusaders' rally with a single through the right side. Chris Sintetos was hit by a pitch and then Josh Olson reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. Jordan Enos then walked to drive in the first run of the inning. An outfield error on a fly ball by Patrick Puentes allowed two more runs to score. Another walk loaded the bases and the third walk of the inning drove in the fourth run. A wild pitch allowed Puentes to score the final run of the inning. By the time the dust had settled, Yale saw its 1-0 lead turn into a 5-1 deficit.
Yale cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth inning when Andrew Moore drove in Andy Megee with an RBI groundout.
Holy Cross added the insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Andrew Barry's RBI single with one out drove in Olson to give the Crusaders a 6-2 lead.

Henderson the new skipper at Princeton

In case you missed it, former Princeton guard Mitch Henderson (1998), who served under Bill Carmody the past 11 seasons as an assistant with Northwestern University, is the new Princeton basketball coach.
Henderson replaces Sydney Johnson after a 16 day search for the Tigers’ next head man.
Princeton assistants Martin Bahar and Tony Newsom have both followed Sydney Johnson to Fairfield.
Bahar had already been working out of Connecticut for roughly the past 10 days.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Quinnipiac meets Sacred Heart in NEC tourney

Earlier in the year the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team hammered Sacred Heart 14-5 at Hamden. They led the game 9-0.
It was the first time the Bobcats had beaten the Pioneers in the past five meetings.
Friday's game will be the 17th time the two sides face each other, and Sacred Heart owns the all-time series lead 12-4. Sacred Heart won the 2010 NEC Championship game over Quinnipiac 12-7 and have continually knocked the Bobcats out of the playoffs season after season.
You'd figure the two teams would meet again and that rematch will take place Friday in the Northeast Conference semifinals at Hamden. History may be on Sacred Heart's side but the talent level is certainly on the Bobcats' side this time.
Quinnipiac is the No. 1 seed in the tournament. They wrapped up the conference title with a resounding 13-8 win at Monmouth in their regular-season finale.
Robert Morris faces Mount St. Mary's in the second game at 2:30 p.m.
The winners will meet on Sunday at noon at Hamden.

Yale annouces football schedule

2011 Yale Football Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Sept. 17 Georgetown noon
Sept. 24 Cornell* noon
Oct. 1 at Lehigh 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 Dartmouth* noon
Oct. 15 at Lafayette 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 at Penn TBA
Oct. 29 at Columbia 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 Brown noon
Nov. 12 at Princeton TBA
Nov. 19 vs. Harvard noon

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Vanderbilt's Esposito streaking

The hits keep coming for a pair of former Amity standouts.
On Sunday, Yale’s Katie Yanagisawa finally had her 23-game hitting streak snapped against Harvard in an Ivy League softball contest.
Now the attention turns to Vanderbilt’s Jason Esposito who is riding a 21-game hitting streak for the nation’s third-ranked Commodores’ baseball team.
Esposito had two hits in all three games against LSU over the weekend. He has nine RBIs in his last five games and moved into a tie for eighth place with Pedro Alvarez in Vanderbilt history with his 51st career double on Sunday.
Vanderbilt is 35-5 on the season and carries a three-game hitting streak into today’s game at Western Kentucky.
Esposito, a junior, is batting .340 with five homers and a team-high 36 RBIs.
The longest hitting streak in NCAA Division I baseball history is 58 games by Robin Ventura.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Haven's Rossomando talks scheduling

WEST HAVEN — When a school starts a football program from scratch, you can expect it to take its share of lumps. It’s supposed to take years to become competitive.
Apparently, Peter Rossomando doesn’t prescribe to the practice of patience. His University of New Haven football team shared the Northeast-10 Conference title last season, just the second since the school reinstated a program eliminated due to budget concerns several years earlier.
On the heels of an 8-2 season and a share of the NE-10 title, New Haven will play its annual spring game on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium. There is no charge for admission.

The Chargers appeared headed for the NCAA Division II playoffs last year and the outright conference title but lost a stunner at Saint Anselm 35-26 on the final week of the season. The loss ended their hopes of a payoff berth.
“It was bitter for a about a week,” Rossomando said. “But then the guys looked back at it and we realized what we had accomplished.”
Rossomando said he figured it would take at least three years for his team to challenge for a conference title. They were one year ahead of schedule.
“I thought when they were all juniors that it could happen,” he said. “We had some things go our way last year. We could have easily been 5-5 but we were 8-2 because of the work we put it into it.
“I cautioned the kids that they were going to have to work even harder this year. I told them they couldn’t become complacent. They all know all these players are coming back, but I told them, ‘You’re not going to be better just because you’re a year older’.
“We really hammered them this offseason and they’ve responded. I’m really happy how practice has gone and we’re going to have to be ready this year. Everyone’s going to be gunning for us.”
See UNH, D3
While there are 21 starters returning, Rossomando said that several incumbents are getting pushed for playing time in the spring.
“The biggest thing we have to develop is depth,” Rossomando said. “That’s what killed us down the stretch last year. We didn’t have the depth and we paid for it.”
Rossomando also tried to increase his team’s strength of schedule to help qualify for the postseason. It wasn’t easy.
“No one wants to play us,” he said. “We’ll play anyone. We called everyone in the (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) and no one called us back. We called Indiana-Pa. We called Edinboro. They never called us back.”
The Chargers did schedule an interesting and challenging game against William & Mary, but because they are a Football Championship Subdivision program, it won’t count for Division II playoff considerations.
“That will show that we’ll play anyone,” Rossomando said. “The PSAC doesn’t want to play home-and-homes. You just have to go to their place.”
Rossomando said he was fortunate to get a late game against West Chester, a PSAC shool, after it had an opening because of a scheduling conflict. That became the Chargers’ season opener, giving them 11 games this season.
“That’s a great game because we know they’ll have wins,” Rossomando said. “The two non-conference teams we played last year had a total of two wins.”
Rossomando is rightfully concerned about boosting the schedule to earn a berth in the Division II playoffs. Last year no team from the NE-10 reached the playoffs.
Rossomando said the biggest battles for spots in the preseason are coming on the interior. With Raheem Stanley, a dominant 315-pound defensive linemen back from suspension, the Chargers hope that part of the team will become their strength.
There are also interesting battles developing at safety. Rossomando feels the team needs to bulk up its depth at linebacker behind Bridgeport’s Charlie Hatchett.
And even quarterback Ryan Osiecki has a bit of competition from impressive sophomore Ronnie Nelson. Osiecki is a senior from Seymour who threw for 1,861 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Nelson was 7-for-7 passing last season with two touchdowns.

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UNH football sked

2011 UNH Football Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Sep. 3 West Chester Univ. (Pa.) 1 p.m.
Sep. 10 Saint Augustine’s 1 p.m.
Sep. 17 at William & Mary 7 p.m.
Sep. 24 at Assumption College 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Stonehill College 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 at SCSU 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 AIC 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 Bentley 1 p.m.
Oct. 29 at Merrimack 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 Pace University 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 at Saint Anselm TBA

New Haven football scrimmage previews

WEST HAVEN — Anthony Tillman knows this is his chance.
With a backfield loaded with returning stars on one of the best offenses in the region, Tillman, a freshman running back, hopes he can catch the coaches’ eyes in Saturday’s spring game.

Tillman will get a ton of touches as New Haven, fresh off an 8-2 season and a share of the Northeast-10 Conference title, caps its spring practice session with its annual intrasquad game at DellaCamera Stadium at 11 a.m.
“This is important for me because it’s the last stage where I really get to show my stuff,” Tillman said. “I’ve had a good spring and I want to show them what I’ve got in a game.”
Tillman saw limited action last season but with starting tailback Victor Jones still recovering from a knee injury, he has assumed his valuable spot.
“He’s done well,” New Haven coach Peter Rossomando said. “He’s playing like we thought he would when we recruited him. He catches balls out of the backfield ... and that will give (quarterback Ryan Osiecki) another option.”
Tillman scored a dozen touchdowns in his final year of high school at Piscataway (N.J).
“I caught the ball a lot in high school, and in this offense that could be valuable,” Tillman said.
While Tillman hopes to earn some playing time with his performance on Saturday, linebacker Charlie Hatchett is using the game to fine-tune some things. Hatchett is the top linebacker on a team that has set its sights on reaching the NCAA playoffs this year. Last year a loss to Saint Anselm in the final game of the regular season ended the Chargers’ postseason hopes.
“To me, I feel it was a heck of a season, but it left a bitter taste in my mouth,” Hatchett said. “We wanted to get to the next level. We played real hard. That last game, they were just a little better than us.”
Hatchett, a 5-foot-11, 240-pounder out of Stratford High, feels New Haven is the favorite to win the conference this season.
“We definitely should win the whole thing. We got all our starters coming back. We’ve got our whole defense back. Our offense is more mature. Everybody got a lot stronger and definitely a lot faster.
“We’re comprehending what we should do and we’re more enthusiastic. We cant wait to get back out there and make another run for the national tournament.”
Hatchett said the schedule will be tough. The Chargers open the season with West Chester and play Football Championship Subdivision member William & Mary later in the season.
“It’s going to get us ready for the conference,” Hatchett said. “We know they’re tough teams but we’ve gotten a lot better from last year. I see so much improvement already.”
Hatchett made 83 tackles and picked off one pass last season. He’s looking to make a bigger impact this year.
“I know we’ve got more depth coming in this year, but I’m not looking to get any plays off,” he said. “This is my last year and I want to play them all.”
UNH marrow drive
Nearly 275 people turned out for the football team’s marrow donor registry drive titled “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” on Wednesday at Bartels Hall.
The Chargers joined thousands of college football players and student-athletes from across the country participating in a program aimed at boosting the ranks of potential marrow donors on the Be The Match Registry.
The “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” program is the first step for individuals to become potential marrow donors.
It expands on the efforts of Villanova coach Andy Talley, who began encouraging his team members to sign up as potential donors 15 years ago. Since then, he’s enlisted the help of other football teams to help grow the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest registry of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UConn to play in Bahamas next season

National champion Connecticut will enjoy Thanksgiving in the Bahamas next season.
The Huskies are among the eight teams scheduled to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis, a new early-season holiday tournament organizers hope will become the East Coast version of the Maui Invitational.
UConn will be joined by Harvard, Florida State, Utah, Massachusetts, Central Florida, College of Charleston and North Carolina-Asheville at the Nov. 23-27 tournament.

Duke lacrosse accuser faces murder charges

A few years ago the Duke lacrosse team was in the news after a women accused members of the team of rape.

Well, while that grapped national headlines, it's only fair to report what the players' accuser has been up to since.
According to a Reuters report, the woman whose has been indicted on a murder charge after the death of a man she allegedly stabbed.

A grand jury indicted Crystal Gail Mangum, 32, in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday. She will have her first hearing on the charge the week of May 2, the Durham District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday.

Mangum has been held in the Durham County jail since her April 3 arrest following the stabbing of boyfriend, Reginald Daye. She originally faced a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Daye, 46, died April 13 at Duke University Hospital, where he was being treated for multiple stab wounds to the torso.

Woody Vann, an attorney appointed to represent Mangum in the stabbing case, was replaced this week by private attorney Chris Shella. Shella declined to say who retained him.

The delay in Daye's death may complicate the murder prosecution. Vann said there has been speculation about the cause of death, which won't be known until an autopsy report is released.

Shella would not comment on the cause of death.

"All I can tell you is my client asserts her innocence, and I plan on mounting a vigorous defense on her behalf," Shella said.

The murder charge comes five years after Mangum accused three Duke lacrosse players of sexually assaulting her at a team party she attended as a hired stripper on March 13, 2006.

The case drew national attention, mixing explosive elements of race, sex and class. But it fell apart as players effectively rebutted Mangum's claims and were declared innocent after a review led by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

In December, Mangum faced felony arson and lesser charges related to a domestic dispute. She was convicted on the lesser charges and sentenced to the 88 days in jail she had already served awaiting trial.

Willhite named Yale captain

Just days before the Yale men’s basketball team was scheduled to open the 2010-11 season they learned that captain Mike Sands had left the school.
The Bulldogs were suddenly not only left staring down the throat of a demanding schedule but they had to do so without their leading returning scorer and team-voted leader.
It truly looked like Yale was in for a long season. Instead, the Bulldogs banded together, and made a run at the Ivy League title.
That group’s resiliency brings a smile to Reggie Willhite’s face and makes him eager to take the reins of captain for the upcoming season.
“It’s actually surreal,” Willhite said. “(Being named captain) is something that I feel so blessed about.
“We’re a close-knit team. When you see one of us you see three of us. We’re always together and I want to it remain that way.”
Willhite said losing Sands actually made the team closer because they knew the immense challenge that was in front of them. And it was also Sands’ goal to improve the team’s camaraderie.
“I’ve always seen myself as a leader by example,” Willhite said. “Now I need to be the leader in weight room. I need to be the leader on the court and off the court.
“I want to be the voice of the team especially for the younger players who are sometimes afraid to speak to the coaches.”
Willhite said he will bank on the experience that he’s gained in several roles on the team. He is a dynamic athlete capable of scoring in bunches but often defers his offense.
Willhite posted career-highs in points (9.4 ppg.), rebounds (4.4 rpg.), assists (68) and steals (40) this year as a junior.
“I hear a lot of times, ‘Why don’t you score more?’” Willhite said. “But those comments come from people who don’t understand what we’re doing on the court. Everything I do comes from within the framework of the team’s plans.”
One thing that is a constant in the game plan is that Willhite will guard the opposition’s best offensive player. And most nights he shuts them down. Combining with junior center and first team All-Ivy selection Greg Mangano, who set the school mark for blocked shots, Yale finished first in the league field goal defense and third in scoring.
The Bulldogs finished with 15 wins, their most since the 2005-06 season. One of the most impressive victories came at Boston College in November. Yale was 8-6 in Ivy play, including a 70-69 win over league co-champion Harvard. The Bulldogs have now finished fourth or better in league play in each of the last 11 years.
“(Willhite’s) the best athlete on the team,” Yale coach James Jones said during the season. “And he’s always going to get the other team’s player.”
Willhite was named the team’s most improved player award, started all 28 games and finished third in the Ivy League in steals (1.4 per game) and seventh in field goal percentage (.448).
Willhite said that he feels the team overachieved last year, especially after losing Sands.
“We’ve discussed all the little things that need to take place for us to contend for the Ivy League title next year,” Willhite said. “We know we have the talent and we expect to be right there.”
Yale is tentatively scheduled to open the 2011-12 season on Nov. 12 against Central Connecticut in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Junior forward Michelle Cashen was named captain of the women’s team. Cashen helped the Bulldogs earn a berth in WNIT last season.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Rombilus reaches milestone

University of New Haven's senior Tom Rombilus collected his 200th collegiate career hit placing him 7th on the UNH Chargers all-time hit list.
Rombilus, of Monroe and a former Masuk High School baseball standout, reached the milestone against NE-10 rival Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire recently.

Notre Dame's excuse: Blame it on the weatherman

Accroding to a published report, Notre Dame said Monday that the football staff responsible for advising whether it was safe to practice outside used out-of-date weather information the day a student videographer fell to his death when the hydraulic lift he was on toppled over in high winds.

Declan Sullivan, a junior film student from Long Grove, Ill., was killed when the 40-foot lift fell over in a 53 mph wind gust on Oct. 27.

The investigation found that staff members likely depended on readings from the National Weather Service provided at 1:54 p.m. that day showing 23 mph winds in the area with 29 mph gusts. Although practice didn’t start until 3:45 p.m., the staff was unaware that at 2:54 p.m. the weather service reported winds of 29 mph with 38 mph gusts.

At the time of the accident at 4:54 p.m. the weather service was reporting 33 mph winds with 51 mph gusts.

That is total irresponsibility on the ND coaching staff. Anyone with any common sense would have pulled Sullivan down from the stand when they felt how hard the wind was blowing. You don't need a weather report for that.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yale baseball team takes over Ivy League lead

The Yale baseball team entered the weekend two games out of first place In the Ivy League’s Red Rolfe Division. Thanks to dominant pitching from all four starting pitchers, the Bulldogs ended the weekend all alone in first place after a four-game sweep of two-time defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth.
Sophomore hurler Christopher O’Hare threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out six and walking only two in leading Yale to a 3-0 victory in the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Yale Field.
Junior pitcher Pat Ludwig was even better in the second game, striking out 12 Big Green batters over seven innings to lead Yale to a 5-1 victory to complete the sweep of the four-game series.
Yale swept a doubleheader from Dartmouth on Saturday, winning the games 6-1 and 5-1. In the four games, Yale pitchers held Dartmouth to a total of three runs on 24 hits while striking out a total of 31 Big Green batters.

In other action on Sunday:
AIC 4, New Haven 1: At Springfield, Mass., Andrew Johnson had the lone RBI and the Chargers got just four hits in the NE-10 loss. New Haven fell to 18-13 overall and 7-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Long Island sweeps Quinnipiac: Kyle Nisson, Mickey Amanti and Chris Migani all had four hits in the doubleheader but the Bobcats were swept by LIU 5-1 and 10-9 at Brooklyn, N.Y.
LIU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth in the second game off loser Ryan Walsh.
UConn 10, Villanova 2: LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-6 with three runs scored as the Huskies won at Storrs. It was the fourth straight win for UConn.
Quinnipiac sweeps pair: Heather Schwartzburg picked up both wins on the mound as the Bobcats defeated Central Connecticut State 5-0 and 8-3 at Hamden.
Schwartzburg pitched a complete game in the opner and four more innings in the second game combining for 11 striekouts.
Southern Conn. sweeps Bentley: At New Haven, Jayme Larson threw a no-hitter in the first and Brittany Hill threw a one-hitter in the second as the Owls swept Bentley 5-0 and 6-0.
Larson had 14 strikeouts and improved to 10-4 on the season.
The Owls are 17-14 overall on the season with a 10-6 conference record.
Yale splits: Katie Yanagisawa scored the game-winning run on passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning as Yale split a pair of Ivy League games against Dartmouth at Dewitt Field.
The Bulldogs (14-18, 6-6 Ivy) had 15 hits in the two games but left 18 runners on base. McKynlee Westman had three hits on the day for Yale.
Women’s Lacrosse
Quinnipiac 21, Long Island 7: Marissa Caroleo and Devon Gibney both tallied six goals, and Sarah Allen has seven assists to lead the Bobcats to the Northeast Conference win at Hamden. The Bobcats improve to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the NEC, while the loss drops Long Island to 1-13 overall and 1-6 in NEC action.
track and field
New Haven’s Shannon Gagne took fourth in the 200-meter dash at the University of Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Aya Udaya placed ninth in the 200-meter with a time of 24.36 seconds, while following it up with a 17th place finish in the 100-meter with a time of 11.89 seconds.
Both sprinters provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championship meet in the 100-meter, crossing the provisional time of 12.05 seconds.
Gagne automatically qualified in the 200-meter dash as well, while Udaya hit the provisional time.

Guilford's Moffitt ready for NFL draft

John Moffitt had the opportunity to enter the NFL draft last year. He decided to wait.
So if Moffitt is not selected on the first day of the draft (April 28) when only one round is chosen the wait won’t be too agonizing. After that, however, he hopes his name is called soon.
The Guilford native who played his high school football at Notre Dame-West Haven is regarded as one of the top five collegiate interior offensive linemen eligible for the 2011 draft.
“It’s exciting and it’s nerve-wracking too,” Moffitt said. “I’ve done all I can and now I just have to wait.”
Moffitt could have ended this waiting game after his prized junior season at Wisconsin. He says he’s glad he didn’t make the leap to the NFL then.
“The biggest thing is that we had a good season,” Moffitt said. “But I also think I improved my stock by staying. I’m projected to go higher in the draft and I got stronger and I got better technique-wise.”
Moffitt, a 6-4, 320-pounder, is a rare breed of NFL hopefuls who said his biggest attribute at the NFL Scouting Combine over the summer was his intelligence.
“I actually think I did the best in the interview process,” he said. “And that’s what impressed most people. I didn’t think my workout was that great. I didn’t have a great day on the bench (where he did 23 reps of 225 pounds) and I don’t remember my speed but it wasn’t great. But I know I did well in the interviews and got some good feedback.”
Moffitt said he doesn’t know where he’ll get selected. Several mock drafts have slotted him in the fourth round and another has him going in the third round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to the combine, projections had him ranked as a possible second-round pick, but he ran a 5.55 40-yard dash and the bench press was subpar.
But Moffitt’s personality is such a positive that he could go anywhere in the draft.
“I try not to look at the mock drafts,” Moffitt said. “I don’t worry about any of that. I have an agent and I’ve worked out for some teams. I had a good pro day (at Wisconsin) and that helped.”
Moffitt did the body of his work anchoring a powerful offense at Wisconsin for four years. This season the Badgers went 11-2 and earned a berth in the Rose Bowl.
Moffitt worked out privately for some NFL clubs but didn’t say which ones. That’s as much a secret as what teams are thinking about him.
“They like to keep those things close to the vest,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll get selected, I just don’t really know when.”
Moffitt said the current NFL lockout will not impact any of the draft day routines.
“The only thing that’s going to be affected is after the draft I can’t go to rookie camp until the lockout is settled,” Moffitt said. “I’d like to be able to report to my team and learn the playbook and begin working with the team. But that will have to wait.”
Moffitt said he will watch the draft at his grandmother’s house. He expects to be selected as a left guard, but his versatility on the line is another positive as he can play center.
“I don’t care where I play,” he said. “I’ll do whatever they need me to.”
Moffitt was a Register All-Stater and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this season.
He started 36 of the last 37 games for the Badgers, including all 13 this season, and was a key part of an offense that ranked fourth in the nation scoring 45.2 points per game, the second highest in Big Ten history. Wisconsin ranked 12th in the country in rushing and also featured Gabe Carimi, an offensive tackle, who is projected to go in the first round.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Baskin to play at Chipola (juco)

Stamford’s Tevin Baskin will continue his basketball career at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., next year.
Baskin, who left Quinnipiac after the season, is a former Register All-State selection at Trinity Catholic where he scored 1,869 points in his career.
Baskin, a 6-6 swingman, spent two years at Quinnipiac but was only eligible for one semester of basketball. He averaged 2.9 points and 2 rebounds in 14 games. He missed the final five games of the season with a broken finger.
Chipola is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association where it has been ranked among the nation’s best teams opver the past decade. Chipola went 23-5 last season. Chipola lost in the national championship game in 2007 and was third in 2009.
Quinnipiac (22-10) finished second in the Northeast Conference standings this year and was eliminated in the opening round of the tournament.
— Bill Cloutier

Sophomores hook up for winning TD

UConn's Blue-White Scrimmage
Sophomore Blaise Driscoll (Avon) connected with classmate Teddy Baker (Longmeadow, Mass.) on a two-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lead the Blue team to a 16-14 win over the White in the annual Blue vs. White Spring Game at Rentschler Field on Saturday.
Lyle McCombs had 66 rushing yards in the game. Driscoll was two-for-three for 43 yards on the day, while senior Johnny McEntee was four-for-eight for 29 yards with one interception while playing for the Blue and two-for-eight for 22 yards with the White.

SCSU baseball splits pair
No. 5 Southern split a doubleheader with Stonehill on Saturday. Kevin Pettine notched the win in the opener 4-2 but the Owls dropped their third game of the season, 5-4 in the second game.
Hamden's Kyle Cummings homered in the first game.
For as amazing as Southern has been thus far, it is a half-game behind Franklin Pierce for the conference lead. FP is 14-3 while Southern is 13-3. New Haven is sixth in the conference.

New Haven baseball splits
The Chargers also split a twinbill on Saturday against Merrimack. New Haven lost the first game 1-0 but posted a 3-2 win in 11 innings in the second game.
New Haven moved to 18-12 overall and 7-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Senior Day for Quinnipiac women's lacrosse
While the Bobcats hope to host the Northeast Conference tournament, Sunday is the final regular season at home for seven seniors on the roster.
Quinnipiac (8-4, 5-1 NEC) hosts Long Island (1-12, 1-5 NEC) Sunday at noon. Prior to the start of the game, Quinnipiac will honor its seven seniors with an on-field ceremony.
The Bobcats seniors are: Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.), Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.), Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.), Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Kelley McDonough (Mahopac, N.Y.), Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.), and Stephanie Tuorto (Kings Park, N.Y.).
Quinnipiac is tied with Monmouth at 5-1 for the NEC lead. The Bobcats lost at upstart Bryant recently and play at Monmouth in the final game of the regular season.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Yale crew up for busy weekend

The Yale women's crew is ranked 11th as they compete for the Eisenberg Cup on Saturday.
Yale will face top-ranked Princeton as racign begins at 8 a.m. No. 10 Ohio State is also in the field.
The Bulldogs won four races in last weekend against Dartmouth and Boston University with the closest margin of victory seven seconds.
"Both Princeton and Ohio State are ranked above us, so this will be a hard race," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "This is what it is all about - racing fast crews and trying to do our best. I saw Princeton last week in Boston, and they are awesome. It is hard to imagine anyone in the country being within a length of them."
Princeton won the Eisenberg Cup last year, finishing four seconds ahead of the Bulldogs. Yale, though, rebounded to edge the Tigers at Eastern Sprints.
Ohio State will be making its first road trip of the season, though it owns wins over Top-15 programs Clemson and Michigan.

Race Schedule

8:00 W3V8

8:15 WV4

8:30 W2V

8:45 V8

9:00 V4B (no yale entry)

Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight - C: Sarah Brownlee (Sr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Caroline Nash (Sr., Darien, Conn.); 7: Dara Dickson (Jr., Lafayette, Calif.); 6: Stephanie Madner (Sr., Kew Australia); 5: Natalie King (So., Weston, Conn.); 4: Armine Afeyan (Jr., Lexington, Mass.); 3: Maddie Lips (Fr., Parker, Colo.); 2: Catherine McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.); 1: Eliza Hastings (So., Berwyn, Pa.)

2nd Varsity Eight - C: Kristen Brownlee (Fr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Elizabeth McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.); 7: Amber Anderson (Fr., Richmond, United Kingdom); 6: Kathleen O'Keefe (Jr., Washington, D.C.); 5: Jen Stockwood (Fr., Winchester, Mass.); 4: Kathryn D'Andrea (So., Darien, Conn.); 3: Georgia Separovich (Jr., New South Wales, Australia); 2: Nikki Grigg (Jr., Washington, D.C.); 1: Emily Tormey (So., Seattle, Wash.)

Varsity Four - C: Margaret Ayers (So., Portland, Maine); 4: Alexandra Fields (Sr., Rock Island, Ill.); 3: Elizabeth Kalina (Sr., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; 2: Lauren Ross (Sr., Princeton, N.J.); 1: Brittany Bowman (Jr., West Grove, Pa.)

3rd Varsity Eight - C: Elisa Visher (Fr., Malibu, Calif.); 8: Mary Barrosse-Antle (Sr., Hockessin, Del.); 7: Lily Blair (Sr., Seattle, Wash.); 6: Abby Loucks (Fr., Dover, N.H.); 5: Sabrina Malak (Fr., Mullica Hill, N.J.) ; 4: Reynolds Ostrover (Greenwich, Conn.); 3: Madeleine Faucher (So., Boise, Id.); 2: Melissa Weigel (So., Annapolis, Md.); 1: Jane Kozey (Fr., Ansonia, Conn.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Haven trims Southern in extra innings

New Haven scored a run in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Southern Connecticut 7-6 in a see-saw affair Friday afternoon.
Ryan Geffert homered in the contest and A.J. Rouleau had a big two-run single in the eighth inning to put the Owls in front.
But Dave Wirkus drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th innin to hand the Owls its second loss of the season.
Southern is ranked 5th in the nation.

Lentz honored
Southern's Logan Lentz, a senior guard on the women’s basketball team, has been named to the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. It’s the third straight year that Lentz has received this honor.

Friday's get out and go
Women's lacrosse: Wagner at Quinnipiac, 4 p.m. A key Northeast Conference contest.

Friday's Pick of the day
Philadelphia over Florida: Vazquez has been getting pounded in the early going.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

UConn parade in jeopardy

According to an Associated Press report, there may not be a victory parade for the Connecticut men’s basketball team.
The AP said that organizers have only raised about half of the $50,000 needed to put on a parade and rally at the state Capitol this weekend.
The parade is slated for 3 p.m. on Sunday.
There have traditionally been parades for UConn national championship teams in the past.

Thursday at Southern; Birdsall honored

Rainouts on Wednesday
After another day of rain, the SCSU baseball and softball games were both postponed.
The SCSU softball team will meet C.W. Post in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Owls' baseball team will finally face New Haven at 2:30 p.m.

Birdsall honored
Quinnnipiac junior Kyle Birdsall, of Milford, was named the National Pitcher of the Week.
Birdsall was previously named the Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week and the Collegiate Baseball News/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after he pitched the first no-hitter in Quinnipiac history in a 6-0 win against Monmouth on Saturday, April.

Today's get out and go:
New Haven at SCSU baseball, 2:30 p.m.

Pick of the day
Oakland over Detroit: Gio Gonzalez has been super so far.
Tuesday: Pick-Minnesota (loss)

SCSU baseball game postponed

First it never stopped snowing.
Now it never stop raining.
Today's Northeast-10 Conference baseball contest between No. 5 nationally ranked Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven has been postponed. The game will now be played tomorrow, April 14. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

All day at SCSU

Wednesday will be a great day for sports at Southern Connecticut State. That is, barring more rain.

The Owls baseball team will meet New Haven in a NE-10 game at 3:30 p.m.
The Owls' softball team will host AIC at 3 p.m. also Wednesday.

Southern's baseball team continues to state its case as one of the best DII teams in the country. SCSU is No. 5 in the latest National College Baseball Writers Associaton National Poll. They are currently 27-1, 12-1 in Northeast-10 Confernce play. Southern is No. 1 in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Poll.

The Owls also continue their spring football practices at Dow Field with the annual Spring Game slate for May 7.

If you're in the area it will be great day to check out the action at Southern.

Wednesday's game to watch:
New Haven at SCSU baseball, 3:30 p.m.

Best bet of the day
Minnesota over K.C. : Liriano gets his first win of the season.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

No-hitter a first at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac junior Kyle Birdsall threw a seven-inning no-hitter, the first in program history, as the Bobcats’ baseball team defeated Monmouth 6-0 in the first game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader Saturday at Hamden.
Monmouth bounced back to win the second game 8-2.
Birdsall was masterful as he struck out a career-best 10 batters. In his sixth start of the season, Birdsall went the distance for just the second time this year. The right-hander was perfect through 5 2/3 innings before he walked Josh Boyd and hit Anthony Lawrence with a pitch to put two runners on before striking out Jake Gronsky to end the inning.
For the day, Mickey Amanti ran his team-best hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of hits in each game, while Ben Farina was 3-for-6 with three runs for Quinnipiac (13-13, 9-6).

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hamden Hall's Rich enjoys NCAA run

Freshman Ellen Rich, who played at Hamden Hall, helped the Muhlenberg College women’s basketball team win its record sixth Centennial Conference championship and qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament for the seventh time in school history.

Rich played in 14 games and grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked nine shots for the Mules.

After knocking off the top seed to win the conference title, Muhlenberg won two dramatic games to advance to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Mules fell to the eventual national champion and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll with a 23-6 record.

Harold on a roll at New Haven

WEST HAVEN — With the long list of things that Chelsea Harold has mastered, changing the way she batted for the University of New Haven softball team was just a brief fork in the road.

While she was surprised when her coach, Jen Starek, told her she was going to convert her from a right-handed power hitter to a left-handed slap hitter, Harold made the change for the good of the team. After two years it’s pretty safe to say she’s perfected it.

Harold enters play today in a doubleheader at American International ranked ninth in the nation with a .481 average.

“Two weeks before we went to Florida in my freshman year, (Starek) said I was going to hit from the left side,” Harold said. “I still miss hitting from the right side but looking at my batting averages and seeing how they’ve risen every year, I guess its paid off.”

Harold batted .342 last season exclusively slapping the ball and led the team with 45 runs and 33 stolen bases. She has a 3.7 GPA studying criminal justice, and also taught herself to play the violin, where she plays at weddings and other events.

Harold also is an artist, having sold one of her paintings. She also rides horses and, with her sister Lindsay, competes in rodeo barrel racing events.

Harold’s success at the top of the Chargers’ lineup is one of the main reasons that New Haven currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference. Picked fourth in the preseason standings, the Chargers were supposed to be in the process of rebuilding after losing all-conference pitcher Breanne Gleason and slugger Nicole Downs to graduation. But New Haven (16-7 overall) leads the conference with a 6-2 mark.

“It’s about using her speed,” Starek said. “She’s so fast. And she’ll do anything the team needs her to do. We needed her to get on base and score runs.”

Last season New Haven (42-8) won the NE-10 regular-season title but lost two straight games in the postseason tournament. The Chargers then hosted two rounds of play in the NCAA Division II championships before losing to Molloy 1-0 in eight innings in the super regional.

That loss still stings.

“That last loss was pretty hard and obviously I thought that was the team to go (to the College World Series) with,” Harold said. “Coming into this season with so many young players I thought this might be an adjustment year, but I hadn’t really seen these girls yet. Our lineup is actually deeper this year. Last year we relied on Gleason and Downs but this year we have the whole lineup to depend on.”

In fact, despite New Haven’s start, Harold, who played at Seymour High and lives in Oxford, thinks the Chargers could play much better.

“The fact that we’re winning the way we’ve been playing, I believe that we can stay (in first),” Harold said. “Getting off to the good start was great for the confidence. We’re solid but it was hard to judge what type of team we would be.”

Harold is the team’s spark plug and leader. During a recent game, she climbed atop the new six-foot fence in left field to snare a foul ball. She’s also hit two home runs just by slapping the ball through the hole and motoring around the bases.

“That was my goal,” Harold said. “I still think of myself as a power hitter so I wanted to hit a home run. I saw a tape of it and it was actually just a check swing.”

Harold was an all-conference pick last year. The senior said she is supposed to slap the ball into the shortstop hole and beat the throw to first base. She said that when she was learning the new style she struck out quite a bit. This season she’s fanned just once while walking twice.

The Chargers have also gotten a major boost from several other area products. Sophomore pitcher Alana Wesche, of Oxford, is 8-3 on the mound with a 1.96 ERA. While Harold leads the team in hitting, Derby’s Christina Gelardi is second at .409.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SCSU Spring Football game on May 7

Southern Connecticut State University football coach Rich Cavanaugh has announced that the Owls’ annual spring game will be held on May 7 at Jess Dow Field. Game time is set for 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for all fans.

The Owls finished the 2010 season with a 6-4 record, good for their 10th consecutive winning season.

In defense of UConn

The UConn men's basketball team won the NCAA title on Monday night.
It almost seemsn like you have to repeat that to some people.
While all the pundits called it ugly, UConn, which shot 35 percent in the game, did everything it needed to win the title ...just like it has for the past 11 games.
Had Butler shot better than 18 percent from the floor and scored 50 or 60 points you can bet that Kemba Walker could have scored more points.
Everytime that UConn needed a basket in this amazing run Kemba made sure it happened.
After UConn beat Kentucky, analysts bemoaned the fact that the Wildcats shot 4 for 12 from the free throw line. But I still feel that if they made more and took a lead UConn would have scored on the other end.
In that game Kentucky never had the lead and possession of the ball in the second half. In the title game as soon as Butler took six-point lead at the beginning of the second half, UConn, paced by Jeremy Lamb went on its game-changing run.
They did it all March long and continued it in April.
They won this title and could have beaten Duke, Ohio State and Kansas if they had to.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fairfield hires Princeton's Sydney Johnson

The Fairfield Stags announced Monday night that the school has hired Princeton coach Sydney Johnson to become the 12th coach in program history.

Johnson replaces Ed Cooley, who left after five seasons to become the head coach at Providence. Cooley led the Stags to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his final two years, including a school-record 25-8 record this winter that led to the program first MAAC regular-season title since 1996.

Johnson, 36, led the Tigers to their first NCAA appearance since 2004 after beating Harvard in a one-game playoff for the Ivy league title at the Le Amphitheater. Princeton (25-7) went lost to Final Four participant Kentucky 59-57 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Johnson was 66-53 overall, including 34-22 in the Ivy League.

UConn the favorite, but ...

In Las Vegas, UConn is currently a 3.5 point to win the national title game.

Rick Pitino has a different idea:

"I think Butler will win the game, and it won't be at the buzzer. It'll be by seven or eight points." Rick Pitino, coach of the Louisville Cardinals, told ESPN on Sunday.

Also: according a popular gambling on the Internet, 56 percent of their followers are picking Butler to win the game.

Quinnipiac's Schwatzburg Pitcher of the Week

At 12-6 on the season, Quinnipiac's junior softball pitcher Heather Schwartzburg was named the Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Schwartzburg picks up her third NEC weekly accolade of the year after leading Quinnipiac to four wins last week, including its first three conference wins of 2011.

After the right-handed junior led the Bobcats to a 7-3 victory over Connecticut, she helped Quinnipiac win three-of-four games in its first weekend of conference play. Schwartzburg pitched two complete games as the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 6-2, and Monmouth, 2-0. She also pitched four innings in the team’s 4-1 win against the Hawks in Quinnipiac’s final game of the week.

Overall, Schwartzburg struck out 22 batters across 24 innings, allowing 12 hits and three runs. She maintained a 0.88 ERA as she improved her record to 12-6 on the year. Currently, Schwartzburg leads the Bobcats with a 1.56 ERA, while holding opponents to a .183 batting average.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sad news from Yale

Heroic women's hockey player Mandi Schwartz, from Yale, died Sunday Sunday following a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia

The Register's Dave Solomon recaps her fight against the disease which inspired the community for over two years.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

SCSU loses its first of the season

SCSU split a doubleheader with Franklin Pierce on Saturday to suffer its first loss of the season.
The Owls won the opener to move to 22-0 on the season before dropping the second game 3-1.
Southern is ranked fifth in the nation.

Nick DeProspo blasted a two-run homer in extra innings to provide the winning margin in the opener.

Chris Zbin took the loss in the second game pitching eight strong innings allowing three runs.

With the split, the Owls improve to 22-1, 7-1 in Northeast-10 Conference Play. The Owls next game will be Tuesday at Assumption at 3:30 p.m.

Another award for Kemba

Walker Named State Farm NABC All-American
Walker is a Consensus First Team All-American

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today that UConn’s Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) is a First Team All-American. Walker leads UConn against Kentucky in the Final Four at 8:49 p.m. Eastern time tonight on CBS.

With today’s honor, Walker becomes a Consensus All-American. Walker has now been named First Team All-American by the NABC, USBWA, Sporting News, the Associate Press and the Los Angeles Athletic Club which will present the prestigious Wooden Award next week. Earlier this week, Walker was named the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award presented to the nation’s top point guard.

The junior guard has been sensational for UConn this season, leading the Huskies to a 30-9 overall record, including the BIG EAST Tournament Championship.

Walker enters the Final Four averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 three pointers made per game. Over four games in the NCAA Tournament, Walker has taken his domination to another level, averaging 26.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 three pointers made per game.

UConn’s point guard enters tonight’s Final Four matchup against Kentucky as Connecticut’s single-season record holder with 931 points, 705 field goals attempted, 247 free throws made, 302 free throws attempted, 1466 minutes played and an average of 37.6 minutes per game. He needs just three field goals made to take over the single-season record and seven free throws made to become UConn’s career leader.

Walker looks to lead UConn to its third National Championship with two more victories this weekend. The Huskies face Kentucky tonight (Saturday) at 8:49 p.m. Eastern time. A Connecticut victory will see the Huskies take on the winner of Virginia Commonwealth or Butler in the NCAA Championship at 9:23 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 4. All remaining games will be televised on CBS.

NABC First Team All-Americans
G Kemba Walker – Connecticut
G Nolan Smith – Duke
G Jimmer Fredette – BYU
F/C Jajuan Johnson – Purdue
C Jared Sullinger – Ohio State

Second Team All-Americans
G Ben Hansbrough – Notre Dame
F Kyle Singler – Duke
F Marcus Morris – Kansas
F Derrick Williams – Arizona
F Jordan Hamilton – Texas

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quinnipiac routs Sacred Heart

The Bobcats' women's lacrosse team hammered rival Sacred Heart 14-5 Friday in a Northeast Conference game at Hamden.

Marissa Caroleo scored six goals as Quinnipiac snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pioneers and takes over first place in the NEC with a 4-0 mark.
The loss puts SHU in tough shape in the conference.

At 1-2 they are near the bottom of the standings and the top four spots earn postseason berths. Quinnipiac practically locked up a spot in the tournament with the win but wants to host the tournament. They are a full game ahead of second place.

Caroleo talks about the win:

Jimmer wins AP Player of the Year

Jimmer, not Kemba is Player of the Year

Jimmer Fredette is The Associated Press’ player of the year after leading the nation in scoring and BYU to one of its best seasons.

The senior guard averaged 28.5 points. The Cougars won the regular-season title in the Mountain West Conference and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Fredette received the award Friday. He drew 48 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. The voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

Kemba Walker of Connecticut was second with 11 votes. Nolan Smith of Duke had five and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State one.

Fredette is the first BYU player to win the award and the first from the Mountain West since Andrew Bogut of Utah in 2005.

Quinnipiac baseball postponed

The Quinnipiac University baseball team's Northeast Conference game against Sacred Heart University scheduled for today (Friday, April 1) has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Bobcats and Pioneers will instead play a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. on both days, with a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game on Saturday and a seven-inning game and nine-inning game to be played on Sunday.