The University of New Haven football team won its second straight Northeast-10 Conference title in 2011 with a perfect 8-0 NE-10 record and reached the NCAA Football Division II Quarterfinal Round with an 11-1 overall mark. The team had 18 All-Conference winners, three All-New England winners and five Daktronics All-Super Region I Team selections. New Haven’s only loss to date came against Division I-AA opponent No. 4/5 William and Mary by the score of 13-10. In the Chargers near upset, the team threw for 94 more passing yards than the Tribe and converted 14 first downs compared to their opponent’s 12.
Junior star quarterback Ryan Osiecki anchored an offensive attack that averaged 43.0 points per game, most in the Northeast-10 and fourth nationally in Division II. Individually, he led the nation in passing efficiency with a 183.23 passer rating, ranked third in passing touchdowns (35) and ranked 10th in passing yards (3,127). He received several postseason laurels including Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Year as well as a NE-10 First Team selection, New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team selection, a Daktronics Super Region I Second Team Offense selection and was also the third Charger in program history to earn the New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet Award. Osiecki spread the ball efficiently and had 10 receivers with 10 or more catches. Jason Thompson highlighted the receiving core with 995 yards and tied for fourth in Division II with 14 touchdown catches. Demetrius Washington-Ellison was second on the team with seven touchdowns and recorded 393 yards receiving.
On the defensive end, senior Charlie Hatchet led the team in tackles for the second straight season, compiling 87 total with 5.5 resulting in a loss. He also added one sack and broke up six passes for a defense that ranked within the top-three in the league in five categories. Controlling the line was defensive end Tom Herd who recorded 10 sacks in 11 games to lead the NE-10 and tie for 14th in Division II with 0.91 per game. The secondary was anchored by Desmond Anderson and Bernard Risco. Anderson was a Daktronics Super Region I First Team Defense selection and tied for second on the team with Risco, both finishing with 74 tackles.
The Chargers entered the season unranked in the AFCA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll but had climbed all the way up to the No. 5 spot by the end of the season. They also earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division II Football Championships and hosted a second round game against No. 3 seeded Kutztown. The Chargers won 44-37 behind Osiecki’s 433 yard, five touchdown, zero interception performance and Thompson’s 214 receiving yard, four touchdown game.
*Stats as of 12/1/11
The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team completed another perfect regular season in the Northeast-10 Conference and has not lost a regular season match since joining the league in 2008. The Chargers went 23-7 overall and 15-0 in the conference. The team earned the No. 1 seed in the East Region and hosted the regional round of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships where they reached the East Region Championship. New Haven fell short to Bridgeport in the game, 3-1.
Senior Chelsey Alpough earned her third straight Northeast-10 Conference Setter of the Year award and junior Keidy Candelaria was named the NE-10 Player of the Year as both players were named to the First Team. Alpough totaled 1028 assists and ranked second in the conference, averaging 9.92 per set. She was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-East Region Team for the third straight season. Candelaria, a Daktronics NCAA Division II Volleyball All-America Third Team selection, AVCA Division II All-America Honorable Mention and AVCA All-East Region Team selection, led the NE-10 with 4.48 kills per set and ranked second on the team with 323 digs, averaging 2.91 per set.
Joining the two with postseason NE-10 laurels were sophomore Amber Cannady and freshman Kaulana Ane. Cannady was named to the Third Team and Ane was an All-Rookie Team selection. Cannady also joined Alpough and Candelaria on the AVCA All-East Region Team. The Yonkers, N.Y. native ranked second in the NE-10 with 1.17 blocks per set and totaled 130 on the season. She also ranked second on the team with 232 kills, averaging 2.09 per set
The University of New Haven men’s soccer team finished the season with a 5-9-3 overall record and 4-8-1 Northeast-10 Conference mark. Despite early struggles, the Chargers ended on a good note as they went 5-2-1 in the team’s last eight games. The final stretch began with a non-conference win over Molloy, followed by four conference wins. The most notable match in that span was a 1-1 tie against the nationally ranked No. 2 Franklin Pierce Ravens.
Forwards Dave Ljungquist and Joseph D’Antonio anchored the Chargers’ offense with four goals each. D’Antonio added an assist as well and led the team with nine points. Sophomore Gui Dos Santos notched two goals and Firmiano Ribeiro, Tim Hines and Anastasios Petridis all added one goal each. Hines had a stellar season on the defensive end of the ball in his first year as a Charger and was selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team for his efforts.
The women’s soccer team finished the 2011 season with its third straight winning record, compiling a 9-8 overall mark and 7-8 Northeast-10 Conference record. They won their final two games over NE-10 opponents, narrowly missing a chance to play in their seventh straight NE-10 tournament.
The team was highlighted by the stellar play of sophomore Monica Yanez and freshman Amber Simms. The two forwards were honored by the NE-10 Conference, grabbing Third Team laurels. Simms, the team’s leading scorer with six goals, was also a NE-10 All-Rookie Team selection. Lucy Francisco received another postseason laurel and was named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 1 Division II Second Team selection. Senior goalkeeper Kim Taylor concluded an impressive career. She recorded 89 saves for a .817 save percentage and allowed 20 goals for a 1.15 goals against average.
Men/Women’s Cross Country
The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished seventh and 11th respectively at the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Championship. For the men, Joshua LeBlanc led all Chargers and finished 15th overall with a time of 25:06.92 in the 8k run. His performance earned him a Northeast-10 Third Team selection. Dominique Stasulli led the women’s team and finished 28th overall with a time of 18:57.85 in the 5k run.
Both teams competed at the NCAA Division II East Region Championships as well, with the men claiming 12 out of 25 teams and the women taking 15-of-25. Senior Matthew Dunham led the men’s team in his final cross country meet of his career. He posted a time of 33:27.0 and finished in 39th place overall. Stasulli posted a 25th place finish with a time of 23:47.1, averaging a 6:23 mile to lead the way for the women’s squad.