Local athletes have played key roles for Eastern Connecticut State University in numerous sports this past season and for the coming winter season.
The Warriors participate in the Little East Conference (LEC), a Division III conference.
Of the local talent, there are representatives in soccer, cross country, track and field and basketball.
Madison Lewicki (’21, exploratory stem) of Newington was part of the 9-8-3 Eastern Connecticut women’s soccer team as a back/midfielder.
The Warriors completed LEC play unbeaten and it is the third consecutive season in which Eastern Connecticut advanced as far as the LEC tournament championship game.
On the men and women’s track and field team are a pair of Bristol natives, Haley Knox (’19, mathematics) and Matthew Viarengo (’20, physical education).
Also participating in track and field are John Meade (’20, biology) and Raquel Romano (’20, mathematics) of Southington.
Kevin Russell (’20, exploratory prof. studies), of Berlin, rounds out the local athletes on the Eastern Connecticut track and field team, a younger group which is expected to be in the thick of things in the spring playoff race.
For the Warriors’ swim team, Kerry Buchanan (’21, health sciences) of Southington has been competing for Eastern Connecticut.
The Warriors have seven meets remaining on their schedule that will take place during the spring semester of 2018.
Four local athletes are represented on the Eastern Connecticut women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Jacob Collins (’19, sociology) of Bristol is a forward for the men’s team. His teammate Matthew McKinnon (’21, exploratory arts & humanities) is a forward as well.
Both are reserves for a Warriors team that is off to a strong start at 9-2 on the season.
For the women’s program, two Bristol products are on the roster and Eastern Connecticut is currently 3-6 on the season.
Jamilla Shoultz (’20, pre-early childhood education and psychology) is a guard for the Warriors and hasn’t played this year.
Diana Wnuk (’21, criminology) is also of Bristol and is a forward reserve for Eastern Connecticut.
The men’s program brings back a strong core of returning veteran players while also having young players capable of stepping up for the Warriors.
Eastern Connecticut was ranked 24 on the top 25 list done by D3hoops.com.
On the other hand, the women’s team did not receive a preseason ranking and is off to a rough start.