Little East Conference
Report #2 – Through Sept. 10, 2017
Freshman Abby Stern (Manchester), a 5-foot-10 inch outside hitter, repeated the honor from a week ago after leading Eastern to a 3-1 week which included a road sweep of Eastern Nazarene College and five-set victories over host Trinity College and Clark University at the Trinity College Invitational. In 16 sets, Stern led Eastern in kills (65), and kills per set (4.06). She had a .259 attack percentage, four service aces, 60 digs (3.75 per set) and two block assists. Stern helped Eastern end a six-match losing streak at the hands of Clark as the Warriors won the final three sets. In that match, Stern had season-highs of 29 kills (with a .368 attack percentage) and 18 digs as the Warriors posted their first 6-0 start in 16 seasons. She began the week against Eastern Nazarene with 11 kills and a .409 attack percentage and 14 digs, and only one error on 16 reception attempts. Eastern hosts Roger Williams University Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference match at Geissler Gym.
Returning first-team junior keeper Ryan Murphy (Cromwell) posted back-to-back, 2-0 non-conference home shutout wins over Framingham State University at midweek and against 2016 ECAC semifinalist Ramapo College Saturday. Murphy made six saves in each match to lower his goals-against average to 0.25 and improve his save percentage to .958. The shutouts were the tenth and 11th for Murphy in 40 career starts. Now 3-1 overall, Eastern hosts Anna Maria College Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a non-conference match at Thomas Nevers Field.
In his first year as a fulltime starter, sophomore center back Nick Starkowski (Marlborough) helped the Warriors to 2-0 non-conference home shutout wins over Framingham State University at midweek and against 2016 ECAC semifinalist Ramapo College Saturday. Starkowski did not come off the field in either game and helped limit opponents to 12 shots that reached net. This year, he has started all four matches and leads the Warriors in minutes (345) and average minutes (86.3), having played all 90 minutes three times. -30-