Eastern Eagles’ legendary Volleyball head coach, Mark Birtwistle, looks to have another fantastic season. The Eagles opened up the 2015 season with a five game winning streak. The Eagles’ winning streak started off against Muhlenberg College. Losing the first set, 25-19, the Eagles came back out on the floor and won the next three sets. Senior Erin Hillman help guided the team to victory with 16 kills, while Michelle Paulsen and Morgan Shemonski played a huge role at the net, producing 6 blocks each. The Eagles’ winning streak continued through into the Moravian College Tournament. They opened up the tournament against Ursinus College, winning in three sets, before taking on Carroll University, who posed as a tougher challenger. The Eagles won in four sets.
Next was Dickinson College. The Eagles breezed past the Red Devils in three sets, behind Stephanie Elechko’s ten kills. Finally, they capped off the tournament with a win over Stevens. The Eagles won the first set 25-20, then 25-12, and finally the last set 25-13. The Eagles won the Greyhound Premiere Title, and Rylie Haas was named MVP. However, the Eagles winning streak came to an end in the UMass Boston Tournament. Tufts University came out on top of the Eastern Eagles. The Jumbos won in four sets. Out of the four sets, three of the sets were close. The first set was 25-22; the second set was 26-24 and the fourth set ended 25-22. The Eagles finished the tournament with two wins and two losses.
Eastern University’s Field Hockey team is starting off the season hot. Coach Azzarano has her team off to a better start this season. Last season they started with a four game losing streak; however, this season they opened up with a loss, but turned it around with a current 5 game-winning streak. The Eagles’ first win was against Stockton University as they won 2-0. Lauren Gay and Hayley Williams played phenomenally, as they both scored a goal to seal up a victory for the Eagles. The Eagles’ defense was superb, making Nicole Berger’s job in goal easy. Berger, on the other hand, made eight saves, which was key in this win for the Eagles. That win ignited the Eagle. The Eagles sent their neighbors, Haverford College, back down the road with a loss, and then dominated Albright College winning 4-1. The Eagles’ Lauren Gay scored two goals against Albright playing an impressive game. The Eagles will be taking on Desales University, a Freedom Conference opponent, on Saturday on the 26th of September.
The Bulldogs are off to slow start this season. They lost the first five games of the season, and one of the teams the Bulldogs lost to was Albright College. The Eagles look to have the upper hand against the Bulldogs, as they are certainly the hotter team. The key for the Eagles this season is their defense. Look for seniors Megan Bolt and Alyssa Rowe to take charge of the defense, as that has been the key to the Eagles’ victories.