Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors
The Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors finished the 2012 season with a 12-6 record. The Warriors were the regular season and conference tournament champions in the Little East last spring, earning them an automatic bid to the division III NCAA tournament. Their season ended on a sour note, losing to Trinity College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 13-9. Heading into the 2013 season, the Warriors are looking to continue to build from last year’s successful season, according to Head Coach Justin Axel. Coach Axel is entering his sixth season as the head man at Eastern Connecticut State. They only graduated six seniors and return a strong nucleus from a team that made the NCAA tournament last spring.
Looking to lead the charge for the Warriors in 2013 are: Mike Devine, Tyler Fresen, Trevor Morrissette, Nick Stoop and Josh Dubinsky.
Mike Devine is a junior midfielder. He finished 2012 with 46 goals and 12 assists; 8 of his goals were man-up tallies. Devine was a 1st team all-Little East selection last spring, as well as the Little East offensive player of the year. He also was an honorable mention All-American in 2012, as well as a pre-season honorable mention All-American heading into the 2013 season.
Tyler Fresen is a junior midfielder. He had 16 goals and 21 assists in 2012. Fresen was a 2nd team all-Little East selection last spring.
Trevor Morrissette is a junior attackman. He finished 2012 with 23 goals and 14 assists; 6 of his goals were man-up tallies.
Nick Stoop is a senior defenseman. He didn’t play last spring due to injury but he started every game as a sophomore.
Josh Dubinsky is a senior face-off midfielder. He finished last season with 4 goals and 3 assists, as well as 196 groundballs and a .635 face-off win percentage. Dubinsky was a 1st team all-Little East selection in 2012.
An interesting tidbit about the Warriors – Coach Axel mentioned to us that his team always preaches “family;” and this season they have three sets of brothers. Stay tuned for more on this topic.
In the Little East, the championship will come down to Keene State and his squad, according to Coach Axel. The Warriors are the 2012 regular season and conference tournament champions. A dark-horse in the Little East in 2013 looks like UMass-Dartmouth. Coach Axel continues to say, “they return a lot of talented players on a team that was very underrated last season.”