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Women’s Basketball Falls In Home Opener

by Patrick Gustavson

A slow start doomed the Central Connecticut women’s basketball team in their home opener against Brown by a score of 78-55. The Bears started the game on an unprecedented 23-0 run, leaving the Blue Devils in a hole that couldn’t recover from.

Despite many open looks, the team was unable to convert, missing their first 14 shots from the field. The physical play of the Bears thwarted most opportunities in the paint in the first quarter.

Head coach Beryl Piper said of her team’s struggles: “We needed to be a little more aggressive getting to the rim, trying to put a little more pressure on them, instead of settling for jump shots when we weren’t making them. We also gave them a lot of offensive rebounds early in the game.”

On a lighter note, the fire alarm went off inside Detrick Gymnasium following the conclusion of the first quarter. No one was evacuated, and following a brief delay, play resumed. “I wish we could have had that happen when they were on a 20-0 run,” said Piper.

The Blue Devils play improved slightly in the second quarter, only being outscored by the Bears by two, but still only managed to muster up 11 points of their own.

Coming out of the half, it appeared the tide had turned in favor of the Blue Devils, who started the quarter on a 10-0 run, and even cut the lead to just eight points with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.

However, the final quarter was all Bears, who shot an astounding 67 percent from the floor, and 50 percent from beyond the arc. “They started pressing us a little bit,” Piper said. “They made a lot of big baskets, and that really kills your momentum.”

Not all went poorly for the Blue Devils, though. Junior forward Andi Lydon scored 23 points while shooting 45 percent from the field. This comes after scoring just eight points in the first two games combined. In total, eight different Blue Devils put points on the board.

Reigning NEC Player of the Week Kiana Patterson tallied another strong performance, scoring eight points with two three-pointers.

Piper also praised the performance of freshmen Ashley Forker and Emma McCamus, and emphasized that her team, with six newcomers, are still learning and improving.

The Blue Devils started their season with two tough road games against twelfth ranked West Virginia and Virginia, games that saw them lose by a margin greater than 40. Things don’t get much easier, as they travel to Penn State on Monday, their third major conference opponent in four games.

Now at 0-3 on the season, Piper believes the message for her team is to stay positive, saying: “We just have to keep our heads high and keep on working. We have to realize that it’s a work in progress. We have to learn from our mistakes. We ask: ‘what did they do today that beat us?’ Then next game, we have to try and work on that adjustment.”

She continued: “We’re trying to figure out who are going to be our go-to kids. For us, it’s about getting better every game. We’ll keep working; we’ll watch some film, so the kids can see our mistakes, and we’ll get better. That’s what this is all about.”

Marshall, Anderson Will Miss First Two Games Of Season

by Tyler Roaix

CCSU head men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall and assistant coach Anthony Anderson will not be available to coach for the opening weekend of the team’s season, a school official confirmed to The Recorder.

The two coaches are still under investigation for what the University has described as a “confidential personal matter.”

School officials originally announced on Nov. 2 that Marshall and Anderson would be suspended for the team’s exhibition game against Nyack that night.

The team will be coached by assistant coaches Mike Witcoskie and Anthony Ross. They were also at the helm for Central’s exhibition game, which they won 65-62.

Neither Marshall or Anderson were available for comment.

A previous report from the Hartford Courant said that the situation stemmed from a verbal altercation between the two at a practice prior to the Nyack game.

The University has kept details on the investigation internal thus far. Officials declined to comment, beyond Marshall’s and Anderson’s status for this weekend.

Marshall was hired in April of 2016 and entering his second season at CCSU. Anderson was brought on, by Marshall, in May of 2016.

Central opens up the season tonight when the play at the University of Hartford at 8 p.m. They will then travel to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Men Fall Short Of NEC Tournament

by Evan Sobol 

The Central Connecticut State University Men’s Soccer team ended their season with a 0-0 draw at NEC opponent Bryant on Friday in a game that lasted two overtimes. Central finished the season 5-8-4 overall with a 2-3-2 record in the Northeast Conference.

The Blue Devils got off to a good start offensively, recording 10 shots in the first half and forcing four saves. Andres Albino, Sean Gannon and Ryan Taylor each recorded a shot on goal. Junior forward Louis Beddouri recorded three shots on the day and five total.

Bryant recorded a total of 17 shots, including two in the second overtime.

Central’s Carson D’Ambrosio sealed the shutout with a save on a shot by Bryant’s Felipe Cypriano in minute 107. D’Ambrosio finished the day with six saves. It was his second clean sheet of the season. He finished the season with 54 total saves in 14 games played after replacing the injured Nick Velleca in goal. The junior finished the season with a 3-5-3 record as goalkeeper.

Sophomore midfielder Andres Muriel Albino finished the season as the Blue Devils’ highest scorer. He totaled 16 points after scoring six goals and recording four assists. His best game of the season was in CCSU’s lone home victory on Oct. 8 against St. Francis when he scored two goals and had an assist. The Sevilla, Spain native looks to come back strong for his junior year.

This was the last game for seniors Luke Albertini, DeShawn Parker, Ryan Taylor and Nick Velleca. Albertini started every game for the Blue Devils the past two seasons at the midfield position. He finished his career at Central with two goals. Parker finished the season with five goals and one assist. He played midfielder in 30 games total for the Blue Devils over the past two seasons. Taylor finished the season with three goals and six assists. It was one of the forward’s best seasons as a Blue Devil. He appeared in 67 games total for Central, recording 13 goals and 11 assists. Velleca finishes his career at CCSU with 34 total games in goal. He had a goal allowed average of 1.86. He also had 141 total saves.

Central finishes the regular season at tied for sixth in the Northeast Conference. Their 2-3-2 conference record is tied with Bryant’s. No. 1 seed St. Francis Brooklyn plays No. 4 Robert Morris and No. 2 LIU Brooklyn will take on No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson in Friday’s conference tournament. The finals will be played on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Marshall Suspended, Under Investigation

by Tyler Roaix

Central Connecticut men’s head basketball coach Donyell Marshall, was suspended along with assistant coach Anthony Anderson as both become subject to an internal investigation by the University.

Neither coach was available in the team’s exhibition game against Nyack last Thursday. The team was run by assistant coaches Mike Witcoskie and Anthony Ross.

The school describes the situation a “confidential personal matter” and has denied releasing any further details. After the exhibition game, no coaches or players were made available to the media.

According to CCSU Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Mark McLaughlin, there is no indication as to when more information will be made available.

“Any further information will be made available pending the investigation,” McLaughlin told The Recorder before the exhibition game.

Marshall, who was hired in April of 2016, posted a 6-23 record last year in his first season with the Blue Devils. His 15-year career in the NBA sparked a lot of excitement when he was brought on.

Marshall hired Anderson in May of 2016, highlighting Anderson’s abilities as a coach, including saying he was “a talented evaluator” and “a pitbull in recruiting.”

The team open up the regular season Friday, Nov. 10 at the University of Hartford. The school has not said whether or not Marshall or Anthony will be able to coach the game.

Wrapping Up A Wild World Series

by Patrick Gustavson

For the first time in their 65-year history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions. This is the same team that was a laughing stock just four years ago, losing 100 games each season from 2010-2014. But they stuck to their rebuilding plan, and had it pay off even sooner than expected.

This World Series was filled with excitement, close games, big plays and even a bit of controversy, and for the second straight year, came down to a do-or-die game seven.

The Dodgers roared into the series, only losing one game in their previous two series, as opposed to the Astros, who were down 3-2 against the Yankees, and had to stage an epic comeback to even reach the Fall Classic.

The series featured two of the most exciting games in recent memory, starting with game two. The Astros clung to a 1-0 lead, when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Rich Hill in the fourth inning, having only thrown 60 pitches. This would prove fatal in what would become a back-and-forth battle. The Dodgers then managed to pull ahead 3-1 when Joc Pederson and Corey (neither of whom were on the NLCS roster) homered off Justin Verlander. The Astros scored two in the top of the ninth to tie things up at three.

The Astros then went up by two in the tenth, but were thwarted when the Dodgers tied things up. But it was future World Series MVP George Springer with the go-ahead two-run homerun in the top of the eleventh, leading the ‘Stros to a 7-6 victory. Game two saw a World Series-record eight homeruns. This was not even the best game of the series.

Game three was the source of some controversy. Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel homered off Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. He proceeded to make slant-eyes towards Darvish from the dugout, a clearly racially insensitive gesture. It was clear that this deserved punishment. Commissioner Rob Manfred opted to suspend Gurriel for five games. However, this would not be implemented until the start of next season, allowing him to continue to play in the World Series. This decision was highly criticized. However, Gurriel would get what he deserved when he was viciously booed when the series returned to Dodgers’ Stadium.

On to game five, with the series tied at two games apiece. The Dodgers jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind ace Clayton Kershaw. The Astros got to him for four runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by a three-run homerun from Gurriel. The Dodgers responded with a three-run homerun of their own from struggling star Cody Bellinger, but the Astros responded when likely AL MVP Jose Altuve hit yet another three-run homerun. The game was now tied at seven after five.

Things continued to escalate with the Astros ahead 12-9 following the eighth inning. Only needing three outs, it appeared they would gain the advantage in the series. But a two-run shot from Yasiel Puig topped off by a base hit from Chris Taylor, tied the game yet again.

The game ended on an RBI single by Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman in the bottom of the tenth, capping off what might be the best game of all-time. Social media blew up, with fans of all teams sharing their enthusiasm for the game, and the series in general.

Following a game-six Dodger win, the series was heading to game seven. In a less-than exciting game, the Astros took the series with a 5-1 win, aided by four strong innings of relief from Charlie Morton. Following the game, shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his long-time girlfriend, and it was revealed that Verlander would be marrying model Kate Upton. Those two got multiple rings in one night they will never forget.

The future looks just as bright for the World Champions. They have most of their offensive core under control for the next few years, and they won’t be losing any significant pieces this offseason. Led by Altuve, Springer, Correa and Bregman, among many others, this will be a team with a chance to return to many more Fall Classics.