By Andrew Beardsley, Director of Athletic Communication
The men’s basketball team had a strong start in their 2011–2012 campaign, winning 10 out of their first 12 games. During this stretch, the Chargers enjoyed an eight-game winning streak, including a dramatic 80-73 overtime victory vs. Saint Rose on November 16th. Sophomore guard Justin Exum scored a career-high 36 points, including eight three-pointers, to lead the team to a 90-62 victory over Molloy on December 31st. Freshman Eric Anderson, named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team, helped lead the Chargers to several key wins as well. In one of his most impressive performances, the rookie led the team to a 66-56 win over Saint Anselm on January 25th, scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and recording seven assists. The Chargers won a spot in the conference tournament for the first time since 2007 and defeated Pace on February 24th in the first round. The win was the program’s first postseason victory since 2005. New
Haven concluded its season in a heartbreaking 54-51 loss to Adelphi on February 26th in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship tournament quarterfinals. UNH finished the season with a 15-13 overall mark and a 10-12 conference record.
The women’s basketball team endured a difficult 2011–2012 campaign, experiencing several close losses that included a heartbreaking 86-83 loss at Adelphi on January 31st. Nearing the end of their season, the Chargers showed a strong performance in their 74-62 defeat over American International on February 14th.
In the game, freshman Bria Moore offered a stunning performance by scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Among her numerous Northeast-10 Conference honors, Moore received several Rookie of the Week accolades, was named to the All-Rookie Team, and ultimately was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year.
Sophomore Anh-Dao Tran also fared well throughout the season, leading in several statistical categories for the Chargers. She finished with 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. New Haven concluded its season at Saint Rose on February 21st. The Chargers recorded a 3-23 overall mark and a 3-18 conference record.
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field
The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams enjoyed a very successful indoor season. The Charger men were led by a pair of jumpers, Matt Jeune and David Thomas, throughout the season. The two posted marks in the high jump and long jump, respectively. Both qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship in March at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jeune won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the high jump with a record height of 2.20 meters— over seven feet! Thomas won the New England Championship in the long jump with a distance of 7.23 meters. The pair also led the Chargers to an 11th place finish at the New England Championship. Both also finished in 11th place at their first ever NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship appearances at Minnesota State University Mankato.
On the women’s team, Alissa Howell and Tiara Mitchell helped lead the Chargers to a fifth place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Mitchell won the triple jump with a distance of 11.35 meters, while Howell finished second in the long jump with a distance of 5.43 meters. After the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Chargers got the outdoor track and field season under way at the UConn Invitational on March 31st in Storrs, CT.
The University of New Haven spring sports teams officially kicked off the 2012 season in March. The teams include baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s tennis.
As of April 6, the baseball team currently holds a 13-6-1 overall record after defeating cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State 4-2 in their last performance. The women’s lacrosse team is now nationally ranked No. 7, remaining undefeated on the field until their 12-13 loss against Stonehill College on March 31. The team returned to defeat nationally ranked No. 13 Dowling College 21-10 in their last action. Softball currently holds a 17-3 overall record, recently sweeping their East Region rival C.W. Post in a doubleheader. The women’s tennis team collected their first win of the season when they swept AIC 9-0. The outdoor track & field teams officially opened their season March 31. For the women, Ada Udaya collected a first place finish in the 200m dash. Matt Jeune and Kevin Downing led the men in the opening meet. For all the latest schedules and scores, stay posted to the home of Charger Athletics, www.NewHavenChargers.com.