Four Spring Athletes Recognized in Little East Conference Weekly Awards Program

Four Spring Athletes Recognized in Little East Conference Weekly Awards Program


Little East Conference
Weekly Awards Program
Through games of Sunday, April 8 

Women’s Lacrosse  – Report #6 

Tristan Kijak, So., M, Windsor 

First-year midfield transfer Tristan Kijak (Windsor) – the team-leader in ground balls and caused turnovers – led the Warriors to a 3-0 week in non-conference games with eight goals (4-of-6 on free-position attempts), 12 ground balls and five caused turnovers en route to her first weekly LEC selection. In an 11-10 win over Worcester State University to start the week, Kijak had a career-high five goals and added an assist, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. On the season, season, Kijak leads the Warriors with 35 ground balls (second-most in the LEC) and 17 caused turnovers (tied for fourth in the LEC) and is third on the team with 22 draw controls. Eastern (5-5, 1-0 LEC), a winner of four straight, visits Fitchburg State University in a non-conference match Tuesday at 6 p.m.   

Jessica Purick, Jr., Riverhead, NY

Playing all but five minutes, junior Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) – a first-year starter –backstopped the team to three non-conference wins and allowed the Warriors to stretch their winning streak to four. During the week, Purick had two straight 12-save games and in three games, had a .589 save percentage and 7.89 goals-against average. In a 16-5 win over Wellesley College, Purck held the Blue off the board for nearly 30 minutes, stopping 12 shots in 55 minutes, and followed two days later with 12 saves in a 13-9 victory over Mount Holyoke College. Purick has started all ten matches this year for Eastern (5-5, 1-0 LEC), and has played all but 87 possible minutes with a .453 save percentage and 13.67 goals-against average. A winner of four straight, visits Fitchburg State University in a non-conference match Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

Men’s Lacrosse – Report #7 

Chris Gorman, Jr., Shrewsbury, MA 

Junior goalie Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, MA) evened his season record at 4-4 with 11 stops – equaling his second-most in a match this year – as the Warriors won their first Little East Conference match of the year with a 16-8 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday. A first-time honoree, Gorman shut out the Huskies over the first 13 minutes, allowing Eastern to race to a 6-0 lead, and gave up two consecutive goals only once – Eastern having built a 12-3 lead early in the fourth quarter at that point. Gorman has started eight of ten matches this year with a .503 save percentage and 10.46 goals-against average.

Eastern (5-5, 1-1 LEC) visits Massachusetts Boston in a conference match Saturday at 3 p.m.

Softball – Report #5 

Sara Pisanelli, So., SS, Wallingford

In a 5-1 week, sophomore shortstop Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford) batted .400 with eight hits, 13 total bases, seven RBI and six runs scored – all team-bests. Pisanelli, who extended her on-base streak to 16 in a first-game win over Western New England University Sunday, also handled 21 chances at shortstop with only two errors. In a sweep of Little East Conference opponent Rhode Island College Saturday, Pisaneli had three hits and three runs and drove in five runs, four of the RBI coming in the first game on a sacrifice fly and three-run home run. She had two hits in the nightcap against RIC eighth multi-hit game of the year. In a mid-week home sweep of Wesleyan, Pisanelli had two hits (including a double) in each game, and on the day, scored three runs and drove in two. She becomes the program’s third weekly LEC honoree, following Morgan Bolduk (Vernon), who twice previously was named Rookie-of-the-Week. She becomes the program’s first LEC Player-of-the-Week since Alyssa Hancock on April 27, 2015.

Last year’s top freshman hitter with a .320 average, Pisanelli is third on the team this year with a .361 average, having started every game at shortstop and has batted third in the lineup in all but two games. She leads the team in hits (26), RBI (19), total bases (42), slugging (.583), doubles (7) home runs (3), and 43 assists. Her on-base streak of 16 and hitting streak of ten are also team-highs this season. Pisanelli leads the LEC in total bases and assists, shares the lead in hits and is second (by one) in RBI.

Sara Pisanelli Chris Gorman Tristan Kijak Jessica Purick