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NHL Playoff Preview

Carmine Vetrano / Special to The Recorder

The end of the regular season in the NHL is the most exciting time for hockey fans and other sport fans because it means only one thing. We get to embrace the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The 82 game schedule is finally done and now the remaining 16 teams only have to win 16 games to earn the most prized trophy in all of sports, the Stanley Cup.  Here are my first round predictions for both the Eastern and Western conference.

East
Boston vs. Montreal – The Boston Bruins seem to be cursed when facing the Canadiens in the playoffs, but Boston is way beyond Montreal this year. The Bruins are all-around better than Montreal and have the scoring, defense and goalie to pull this series out. Canadiens goalie Carey Price is not having the season they expected of him, and I think that he will be the Achilles heel for them. Boston is the top seed for a reason and will win this series. Boston in 5

Washington vs. New York Rangers- The Rangers snuck into the playoffs with big wins toward the end of the season. New York needs their top guns to come out in Chris Drury, Scott Gomez and Nik Antropov if they want to move on to the next round. Washington, like Montreal, does not have the goaltending to make them as dangerous in these playoffs. Alex the great cant do it all by himself. Rangers in 6

Carolina vs. New Jersey- The Devils did not have future hall of fame goaltender Martin Brodeur for most of the season, but still found ways to win. Devils forward Zach Parise lights the lamp with help from guys like Jamie Lagenbrunner and Travis Zajac. With a playoff hungry Brodeur, the Devils can be dangerous. Carolina rides the offense of Eric Staal, and if goalie Cam Ward plays the way he did in 2006, Carolina can be just as dangerous. I like Carolina just for the fact that the Devils defense has been non-existent down the stretch.  Carolina in 7

Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia- The battle of Pennsylvania was not a likely matchup midway through the season. However, the beauty of hockey draws these two rivals together in a first round matchup. Both of these teams have great offense and goaltending, but it comes down to two men. No, not Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin; Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Daniel Briere. If these two are clicking Philadelphia should have no problem dispatching the flightless birds.  Philly in 6

West
San Jose vs. Anaheim- San Jose just wrapped up the President’s Trophy for the first time in team history, and should be the team to beat in the West. They have the key ingredients to win it all with their scoring and goaltending. Anaheim squeaked their way into the last playoff spot with solid play in the last couple of games and should play San Jose tough. The Sharks are just too good though, and should take this series.  San Jose in 5

Detroit vs. Columbus- This is bittersweet for Columbus fans. Their team makes the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and they draw the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first round. We all know how good Detroit is with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsuyk, but Columbus does have soon to be Rookie of the Year goalie Steve Mason. Detroit is too much for Columbus to handle, though.  Detroit in 5

Vancouver vs. St. Louis- Who would have thought of St. Louis to jump into the playoffs based on their early season performance? The Blues went from cellar-dweller to 6th in a blink of an eye. With the way they are playing combined with forwards David Backes and the return of Paul Kariya, St. Louis can make this series interesting. Vancouver has star goalie Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins though, which should carry them through a tougher test than expected.  Vancouver in 6

Chicago vs. Calgary- Chicago makes the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and can thank the pair of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for that. Calgary has an X-factor goalie in Miikka Kiprusoff who can take his team on his back and carry them for several rounds. Jarome Iginla and newly arrived Oli Jokinen help Calgary move on as well.  Calgary in 7.

Stanley Cup Finals: Vancouver over Boston in 7.

Other staff picks:

Sports Editor Kyle Dorau:

Boston over Montreal in 5

Washington over New York in 6

New Jersey over Carolina in 4

Philadelphia over Pittsburgh in 6

Anaheim over San Jose in 7

Detroit over Columbus in 6

Vancouver over St. Louis in 5

Chicago over Calgary in 5

Stanley Cup Finals:

Boston over Detroit in 6

Asst. Entertainment Editor Michael Walsh:

Boston over Montreal in 6

New York over Washington in 7

Carolina over New Jersey in 6

Pittsburgh over Philadelphia in 6

San Jose over Anaheim in 6,

Detroit  over Columbus in 5,

St. Louis over Vancouver in 7,

Chicago over Calgary in 7

Stanley Cup Finals

San Jose over New York in 6

Blue Devils Baseball Suffers Two Losses

Kyle Dorau / Sports Editor

Giving up 36 runs in a span of 24 innings is generally not a recipe for success, even in a pitching-starved Northeast Conference.

The Blue Devils pitchers were rescued by timely hitting as they avoided a sweep at the hands of in-state rival Sacred Heart last weekend at Beehive Stadium.

Central was able to win the middle game of what became a three-game series with the Pioneers due to rain. After getting pounded 18-4 on Thursday afternoon, CCSU responded with a 10-9 victory in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

The nightcap went to Sacred Heart, as they once again lit up the scoreboard in a 9-5 win.

Pat Epps was the offensive star for the Blue Devils, going 8-11 over the course of the series with a double, triple, home run, and five RBIs. His two-run triple tied up game one on Friday in the bottom of the sixth, helping extend the game beyond the scheduled seven innings.

Following a Jeff Hanson home run in the top of the eighth, Epps’ RBI double once again tied the game and allowed Central an opportunity to win.

The Blue Devils had Richie Tri on first and Jay Schillaci on second with two out and the score knotted at 9-9 in the bottom of the eighth. 

Tommy Meade hit a ground ball to Pioneers shortstop Phil Tantillo, who opted to go the short way to second to try and force out Tri. The throw was late, and Jay Schillaci’s aggressive base running paid off as he rounded third and came home on the play, narrowly avoiding a tag by Sacred Heart catcher Jeff Heppner to give Central a 10-9 win.

CCSU Head Coach Charlie Hickey recognized the efforts of Epps, but was left unsatisfied by the offense as a whole.

“These guys, we need them to become better,” he said. “And more consistent to have days like today.”

Pitching struggles have been the focus of the season for Central, and this weekend’s efforts were representative of such.  The only hurler to escape the weekend without giving up a run was junior Tyler Riordan, who gave the Blue Devils two innings of relief, allowing no base runners and striking out two.

Junior Chris Chagnon was able to secure the lone victory on the weekend, improving to 4-0 on the season. The rest of the staff did not look sharp against a dangerous lineup, and they were aided by an inconsistent defense.

Tremendous outfield catches were juxtaposed against six errors by Blue Devil infielders. Those miscues resulted in 13 of the 36 runs given up by Central pitching on the weekend being unearned.

Half the runs given up by CCSU during the series came on Thursday night alone. The Pioneers combined for 22 hits off six different Central pitchers.  Sacred Heart went deep three times in the game, driving in nine of their 18 runs via the longball.

In one of the few bright spots in defeat, Blue Devils freshman infielder Angelo Buscemi notched his first collegiate hit in the loss.

The problem for Central was giving up one big inning in each contest. In the first game, a nine-run eighth was the nail in the coffin. In game two, a five-run sixth inning allowed the Pioneers back into the ballgame. In the series finale, a five-run second inning put the Devils behind the eight ball.

“When the game’s not coming that easy, you’ve got to out-work, out-hustle, and out-scrap the other team,” said Hickey. “We were fortunate to get one today. They were the better team today, they were the better team yesterday.”

The Blue Devils travel to Quinnipiac this weekend for another scheduled four-game set against their in-state rivals. 

The teams will play a nine-inning game at 3 p.m. on Friday, a seven-inning doubleheader at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and a nine-inning series finale at Noon on Sunday.

Quinnipiac is currently in last place in the Northeast Conference at 2-6.

Blue Devils Claim Win Against Pioneers in First Spring Match

Christopher Boulay / Asst. Sports Editor

CCSU was led by two goals from Eddie Floyd as the Blue Devils defeated the Western Massachusetts Pioneers 3-2 in the first match of the spring season.

CCSU dominated most of the possession in the match, and opened up the scoring in the 24th minute, when Floyd received a corner from midfielder Robert Cavener and struck a glancing header past the Pioneers goalkeeper.

Floyd was happy with his team’s collective effort. 

“For our first spring game, it went well,” he said. “The Pioneers are a good team and we expected a good game out of them. I give a lot to our guys, there was a lot of effort all around. They all pulled their weight and got the job done.”

Floyd put CCSU up 2-0 in the 38th minute when he rocketed the ball past the keeper to finish his scoring for the evening.

“I had to take my opportunities. You only get so many chances, so you have to make the best of them,” Floyd said. “We did well to create a lot of chances, we had a lot of opportunities.”

Junior goalkeeper Paul Armstrong kept a clean sheet for his work in the first half.

CCSU Assistant Coach Paul Wright, was proud of the score line and effort put forth by his team.

“It was a great result. But what was more important was the confidence a lot of young players could gain from a result like this,” said Wright.

In the second half, Western Massachusetts, a United Soccer League Division Two club, the third level in the United States Soccer Pyramid, cut into the Blue Devil lead, when Argentinean midfielder Federico Molinari scored on the 59th minute a free kick that bent away from junior goalkeeper Chris Jones.

The game was put beyond all doubt in the 66th minute when freshman midfielder Eduardo Davila Ortiz struck the ball off of the hands of the Pioneers goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net.

Defender Mike Lima was able to pull one more back for the Pioneers in the 82nd minute to finish out the scoring during a point in the game where CCSU looked to be their most vulnerable.

“Apart from the last 15 minutes, we definitely deserved the win,” Wright said. “I was very happy with the level of communication, something we really tried to focus on in practice.”

Former CCSU co-captain and star forward, Yan Klukowski, played up front for the Pioneers, playing against his former Blue Devil teammates.

“I am sure it was difficult for Yan, but there was extra motivation from our guys to try to step up and defend better,” Wright said. “ Yan is a fantastic player, but we are still a team. We are not going to fall apart.”

As a native of Bristol, Floyd has the ability to play in front of a home crowd, literally.

“My parents were there at the game,” he said. “It is great to get a good result in front of them.”

John Webster, the first coach of the CCSU soccer team, and the founder of the team, was honored at the match.

CCSU plays their next spring match on April 18, home against Assumption College at Arute Field.

Dorau The [Sports] Explorer: Rules Meant to be Broken in Baseball, Golf, CCSU

Kyle Dorau / Sports Editor

Forgive me if this column isn’t entirely about sports this week. By rule, generally I’m supposed to concentrate on athletics, and those of Central Connecticut State University in particular. However, I’m a believer in the adage that rules were made to be broken. Although, the inspiration for this column did occur during a CCSU baseball game this past weekend.

During Sacred Heart’s victory over Central on Thursday, Pioneers junior pitcher Chris Zaccherio earned his second save of the season. What’s so interesting about that?  He was credited with a save in a game that SHU won by a score of 18-4. While the save might be nothing more than a subjective statistic, the only thing he actually saved was the sanity of those of us in the press box by helping end the game a little faster.

The rules of baseball credit a save to a pitcher on the winning team who didn’t get credit for the victory, but finishes the game. That is, of course, provided one of a few specific criteria are met. If the pitcher enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches at least an inning; enters the game with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck; or pitches for at least three innings.  

True, at the time of his entry into the game, he met two of the three criteria, but Sacred Heart went on to back him up with a three-run seventh inning and tacked on nine more in the eighth for good measure.  That takes a lot of pressure off the pitcher and drastically alters how the rest of the game is played.

Maybe saves should be altered to omit ones in which the game’s outcome is decided by more than ten runs. There’s something inherently wrong about earning a save simply by pitching four innings in what quickly became a blowout. Those 14 run leads really are difficult to protect, aren’t they?

No game is perfect in its rules and design, but man, have you ever read the rules of golf? Yikes. Let me cite rule 19-2 of the 2008 United States Golf Association rulebook: “If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.”

I think that rule is pretty stupid and doesn’t make much sense. If the numbskull caddy of the person you’re playing with doesn’t have enough sense to get out of the way of your shot and it hits him, you’re the one penalized. Sadly, more often than not, fixing faulty rules like the ones mentioned above just ends up with more rules. Trying to tweak these would just create more addendums and sub-sections and thicker manuals.

All too often, we as a society let rules and procedures get in the way of common sense.  If they are indeed as serious as they claim to be about improving their six year graduation rate, maybe some changes in how transfer credits are handled would be in order.  CCSU refers to itself on its Web site as a “learning institution.” What we learn is that us students lose out on credits faster than an 80-year-old at a penny slot machine.

This is where our good friends in the communication department come in. I’ve taken Advanced Television Production at two other schools, including a four-year university a short drive away from Central.  Despite getting an A in that class, I’m still being forced to take Basic Video Production.  I’m not saying everyone should be able to jump right into the toughest class in each department and if they pass that one, they can skip all the rest. But let’s be honest. I’ve done production assistant work for a network broadcast of an NCAA Championship game. I can navigate my way around broadcasting and production, and have more than enough credits to graduate simply in terms of number.

Far more than just my personal axe to grind, there are plenty of students out there who are frustrated by the lack of classes offered, inconvenient times and questionable advising. However, it goes both ways. A clear and mutual understanding needs to be met. Students need to be willing to eloquently present their individual situations to those in charge and understand that they may not always be victorious.

In no way do I mean any disrespect to the instructors in that department in particular, or any professor on campus. I’ve had a number of teachers in the communication department, and enjoy their classes. This is more of an affront directed at antiquated policies and an inability to change perpetuated by this institution. I have a sense of loyalty and emotional investment when it comes to this university.

When a student puts on an article of clothing with the CCSU name or Victor E. Blue Devil logo on it, they should feel that same sense of pride. But when decision-making is left in the hands of those in power who are not even willing to hear a case in opposition of their stance, it’s hard to muster up that school spirit. It becomes a situation similar to the rules in sports that I explained earlier: awkward, outdated and embarrassing to see from a governing body.

CCSU Soccer Receives Some Traditional Football Influence

Christopher Boulay / Asst. Sports Editor

CCSU men’s soccer has begun their spring season, and with the recent success of the team, the Blue Devils are expanding their fan base as well as instilling a traditional “club football” atmosphere.

According to Head Coach Shaun Green, the match against the Western Massachusetts Pioneers was as much of a marketing event as it was to keep the players fresh and prepared for the fall season.

“Fall is our traditional season, but the NCAA allows us to have five competitions in the spring season,” Green said. “[During the Western Massachusetts game] we had as good of a turnout as in the fall. It is a great experiment.”

Coach Green has used Facebook, as well as his CCSU soccer Web site, www.soccerccsu.com to promote the spring season, and continue to build a fan base for the team, who only are two years removed from the Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

According to Green, he believes that between him and the players that are on Facebook, they have about 6,000 friends on Facebook, and hopes that if they can get around 10 percent of that on a regular basis, they would have a very solid start.

The match against the Pioneers is being broadcast on CPTV to further help CCSU’s quest to gain more soccer fans.

“This is an opportunity to bring back alumni and former players,” Green said. “We are trying to create a soccer culture here. In college, usually students just watch the game and go home.”

A big way that the team tries to build a culture around the team is to have post-game celebrations at Chili’s on Hartford Road, where the team goes after every home match.

“We like to create a social event afterward.” Green said.

CCSU has been ranked 14 times in three different polls in the past three seasons. These polls are NSCAA, Soccer America and College Soccer News.

Many former players attended the Western Massachusetts match, including former captain and Center Back, Gareth Wilkinson. Wilkinson, the native of Belfast, Northern Ireland who played from 1999 to 2003, now lives in Connecticut, is quite excited to be present at the match and post-game festivities.

“It is good to be back, but it is strange to be back and not recognize anyone anymore. This is the first time since I have left that something like this has happened. There was quite a few people [at the match,]” Wilkinson said. “It seems like it was last year [when I played].”

“I am still pissed that I wasn’t on that team,” Wilkinson said with a smile, regarding the team that reached the Sweet Sixteen two years ago.

The CCSU men’s soccer spring season continues until May 3. The fall season will begin on September 4 away against Vermont.

Crazy Costume Cardboard Canoe Race

Sean Fenwick / Staff Writer

What would you say if some one were to ask you to make a boat in thirty minutes out of cardboard, two garbage bags, and a roll of duck tape?

On April 21 RECentral is hosting their Crazy Costume Cardboard Canoe race in Kaiser at 6:30 p.m. Teams of two are given 30 minutes to build a canoe out of cardboard, two plastic bags and a roll of duck tape but in order to participate the team members must be wearing crazy costumes.

RECentral staff will oversee the construction of the boats and after the time is up, teams are selected to race against each other in the pool. There are two teams racing at a time for awards in fastest time, best boat and best capsize. At the end of the day teams will have created a water-worthy boat, raced it in the pool and most likely get soaked in the process.

The Appeal of the Boston Marathon

Nick Kane / Special to The Recorder

Hopkinton, Mass.: to most people it’s nothing more than a place with less than 13,000 people and represents a quintessential New England town.

But for one day a year, it is transformed into the Mecca of a sport. For one day a year it is the center of the sporting world. Hopkinton, Mass. is home to the starting line of the Boston Marathon.

To most people, the Boston Marathon is nothing more than a spectacle that goes quicker than the runners who take on the 26.2-mile course. But for those who look to toe this hallowed starting line, it can indeed consume their lives, causing people to border on obsession until the goal is reached.

There are many differences between your everyday weekend race and the Boston Marathon. The qualifications, the course itself, the passion that even spectators bring on race day, the competition which is only rivaled by the Olympics and of course the lore which has built over the years is something that no other race in the world can contend with.

Boston is one of the oldest road races in the world, inspired by the first modern Olympic marathon in 1896. It has been called the “Peoples Olympics” since it is the only race besides an Olympic trial, which requires a qualifying time.

For anyone between the ages of 18-34, you must run a 26.2 mile certified marathon in under three hours and ten minutes. That is equal to a 7:15 minute per mile pace for 26.2 miles. This time increases with age; however for most people (like me) people start their quest to qualify as soon as possible.

Obviously this type of competition will attract the best runners in the world, usually attracting multiple Olympic marathon winners and medalists, including marathon record holders. This is especially true in 2009 since the 100-meter gold medalist Usain Bolt will be pacing the lead group of runners for the first 15 miles.

This year’s field boasts numerous world record holders all vying for the coveted title of Boston Marathon Champion. Everyone from world record holder Robert Cheuriyot of Kenya to the U.S. national Champions Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher will take part. Joining them will be 20,000 of their closest friends.

The passion that this race brings is echoed not only by those who hope to conquer the grueling course, but those who cheer from the sides. People who have never ran a day in their lives will pour out by the thousands for this incredible race.

One of the most passionate groups is the girls of Wellesley College, who have become famous for their demonstrations of fanaticism throughout the course of the race, since the course itself passes right by their campus. The ladies of Wellesley are only one of the many different attractions that the race boasts, even though some are not exactly what runners would call attractive.

Heartbreak Hill, has indeed earned its namesake by ruining personal records and even stifling world class runners in their tracks. This brutal climb on mile seventeen has reduced even the most seasoned veterans to tears by its steep climb at such an integral part of the race. However, once a runner has conquered this part, there is nothing but relatively flat road standing between them and the finish line on Boylston Street.

To most people, the Boston marathon is something that people look at as more of a spectacle than anything else. Something so far out of the realm of their lives that it doesn’t even penetrate their thoughts other than at the passing glance at the news that night.

But for some of us it is the realization of a dream, a dream that is earned through many miles through all weather conditions, all conditions of the body, as well as the mind. But once that dream is realized and the finish line is crossed, it is an experience that few can describe. As Amby Burfoot, a top runner in the 1980’s and a leader in the research of the sport famously said, “Once you cross that finish line, whether it’s in world record time or just your time, it will change your life forever.”

Dorau The [Sports] Explorer: Women’s LAX at a Crossroads

Kyle Dorau / Sports Editor

Ombudsman is a position in which complaints, inaccuracies and fairness are part of an overall evaluation of an entity. Most commonly utilized in journalism, it’s a position that every media outlet should have, especially us here at The Recorder.

As an observer of CCSU Athletics, it’s hard not to assess the state of each program. Being in this position as Sports Editor is about as close to being a Blue Devils ombudsman as one can get.

That is what brings me to an evaluation that has been ten years in the making. Something needs to be done about the women’s lacrosse team here at Central.

While this could be considered kicking them while they’re down, it is evident that there is something lacking in the program. Whatever the issue may be, it has firmly implanted itself into what has become an entire decade of losing.

Obviously, growing pains are expected when a sport is introduced at any school. It was no different here at Central, where the team won a single game in each of their first two seasons. Improvement was shown, as CCSU won four games each of the following two seasons. Unfortunately, four victories is the plateau for winning in a single season when it comes to Blue Devils women’s lacrosse.  

Last year, the team went 1-13 overall with a 1-7 record in the Northeast Conference. That lone victory came over an even worse St. Francis (PA) program that just broke a 49-game losing streak this season. The problem is, nearly half of those losses were by ten goals or more. It is clear that this is not a team that was just a couple of good bounces away from contending for a conference championship.

This is the fourth season in the tenure of head coach Rachel Tringali. Currently, the Blue Devils stand at 0-12 following a loss to her alma mater, Monmouth. Her playing career for the Hawks was impressive, to say the least: four-year starter, two years as a captain, was third in the nation in assists in 2000.

But does that success as a player carry over as a coach?  With the results of the last four years, it is enough to make one wonder.  While she helped lead Springfield College to an 11-5 record in 2004 as an interim head coach, there isn’t much of a tangible background to draw from outside of a stellar playing career.

I’m not saying we all rise as one and march up to Kaiser Hall with pitchforks, torches and pink slips.

Earlier this semester, in response to the Jim Calhoun paycheck brouhaha, I wrote, “These coaches, just like the coaches here at CCSU, are motivating the athletes to do their best in every aspect of their lives. The impact of such mentors cannot be measured in a paycheck.” True as that may be, there comes a point where mediocrity and accountability collide.

Make no mistake, a coach’s guidance and influence is an important factor in their profession, but winning is the primary objective. Why has the women’s lacrosse program seemingly regressed in recent years? In what other industry does someone with a success rate of less than 13 percent still have a job?

Whether the team’s inability to win is a problem with the coaching, recruiting or just the athletes themselves, it’s surprising to see that there have not been any changes made.

This is more than just a couple bad seasons.  This is a program that has never reached the postseason. Never finished higher than a tie for fifth in the NEC.  Never had a winning record.  It has been a decade of disappointment.

Building a program has never been easy. Ask any good college coach, and they will tell you it takes hard work and patience. The problem is, the program has been mired in disappointment for ten years now. Four of those years should be enough time to at least see some improvement. The building process is not going as planned.  Maybe it is time for a new architect.

Split with Wagner Gives Blue Devils Winning Week

Kyle Dorau / Sports Editor

The Central Connecticut Baseball team went 3-2 overall in a wild week.

The Blue Devils won a non-conference thriller against Rhode Island on Tuesday, and followed it up with a split against Northeast Conference foe Wagner.

Tuesday’s slugfest resulted in a 10-9 walk off win for CCSU over the URI Rams. Central overcame deficits of 5-0 and 9-5 to come back for the victory. With the game tied at nine and Sean Allaire on third base, URI hurler Luke Demko uncorked a wild pitch that snuck under the legs of the catcher. While the ball rolled to the backstop, Allaire scored to win the game as the Blue Devils dugout emptied.

Offensively, CCSU was led by Casey Walko. The senior outfielder went 3 for 5 on the game and was a double short of the cycle, netting five RBIs in the process. His fifth inning two-run home run was his first of the season and gave Central some much needed offensive momentum.

Allaire contributed three RBIs in the victory, and Tommy Meade got his tenth of the season with a sacrifice fly, one of two on the day for Central.

Central received an abbreviated start from Pat Robinson, who went just three innings, but did not allow an earned run. He struck out three batters and walked none. The Blue Devils’ bullpen was strong when it needed to be, getting quality performances from Dan Markoya and Chris Chagnon, who held URI off the board in the last two innings as the offense was generating its comeback.

Chagnon got the win, improving to 3-0 on the season. He retired all three batters he faced and kept his ERA on the season unblemished for the time being. Central improved to 9-6 with the victory, while Rhody fell to 14-7 with the loss.

As exciting as the victory was, the four-game conference opener against Wagner loomed large this past weekend. Central lost each end of the series, while sweeping the Saturday doubleheader.

On Friday, CCSU suffered a 10-1 loss at the hands of the Seahawks. Blue Devils starter Todd Savatsky was shelled in his third start of the season, giving up fourteen hits in just four and a third innings of work. Bright spots despite the lopsided score included an inning and two thirds of hitless relief from Donny White, and Richie Tri’s third home run of the season.

Central was able to snag a pair of games on Saturday. The victory in game one was thanks in large part to a complete game effort by Ken Kerski, the senior lefty’s first win of the season.  He received offensive support from infielders Mitch Wells and Sean Allaire, who each drove in a pair of runs.

In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Central hung on for their second 10-9 win of the week.  Wagner scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Blue Devils were able to hold off the rally for their second win of the day. Casey Walko and Tommy Meade each hit home runs. Taylor Kosakowski earned the victory on the mound for CCSU.

In the series finale, Central led 4-1 at one point, but ten unanswered runs by the Seahawks were the Devils’ undoing. Markoya took the loss, his second of the season, suffering five earned runs in just two thirds of an inning. Anthony Scialdone went 3-4 with an RBI in a losing effort.

The Blue Devils return home for a four-game set against Sacred Heart this weekend. All the games take place at Beehive Stadium in New Britain.

Game times are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at noon and a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.

Women’s Lacrosse Continues Freefall

 Christopher Boulay / Asst. Sports Editor

The CCSU women’s lacrosse team fell to 0-12 on the season after being embarrassed at home by NEC rivals Monmouth 21-5 Sunday at Arute Field.

On a windy afternoon, the Blue Devils were down 9-3 at halftime, only to be outscored in the second half 12-2 in what was the worst loss of the season.

Goaltender Alice Lee made nine saves and gave up 14 goals in just over 47 minutes of work before she was pulled in favor of backup Erin Delancey, who gave up seven goals and made two saves for the remainder of the game.

Ashley Mara, Stephanie John, Ashley Perkoski and Lyndsey Mastandrea all had a goal for the Blue Devils, while Michele Conway had a goal and an assist in a losing effort.

Conway scored with 26:35 remaining in the first half to tie the game at 1-1, but this would be the closest that CCSU would come the entire game.

For Monmouth (6-6), Molly O’Brien, Shawn Evans and Megan Brennan all had four goals for the Eagles, while Ali Pollock added three and a whopping seven assists. Kaitlin Feeney added two goals, while Sam Lillo, Brit McLaughlin, Perry DeWitt and Carissa Franzi all added a goal.

Monica Johnson saved seven and gave up three goals for the Eagles in the first half, while Kirby Mundor made a save and gave up two goals in the second half. Monmouth outshot CCSU 37-15. CCSU committed 20 turnovers to Monmouth’s 10.

Next up for the Blue Devils is Thursday at Robert Morris at 4 p.m. They will play again at home against Manhattan on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.