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2014 Eastern Connecticut Men's Soccer News

  • Summertime Symposium a Boon to Eastern Pair photo Summertime Symposium a Boon to Eastern Pair
    July 02, 2015
    /Caicedo, Cipriani reap benefits from NCAA Sports Forum
  • Memorial Service for Coach Nevers Set for May 2 photo Memorial Service for Coach Nevers Set for May 2
    April 27, 2015
    (Willimantic) Coach Thomas Nevers passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The 18 year head coach and pioneer of the Eastern men’s soccer program was 89. Tom was born in Watertown, CT on November 11, 1925 to Margaret (Ganavage) and Francis Neverdauski, where he lived until attending a semester at Bowdoin College. He entered the U.S. Army during this semester and was a member of the 10th Mountain Division and then the 605th Field Artillery Battalion where he served in the Philippines. Upon discharge Tom married Nancy, the love of his life, and they moved to Storrs, CT where Tom attended UCONN and received a bachelor’s degree in Education. While at UCONN Tom was an outstanding athlete, as he had been throughout his high School days. He was one of the last three-sport athletes, lettering in basketball, track, and soccer, and playing on the unbeaten, untied, 1948 national champion soccer team. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of West Virginia, Tom took a job in 1950 at Nathan Hale Ray High School in Moodus, CT teaching Social Studies and coaching baseball, basketball, and soccer. A true innovator in his approach to coaching soccer, Tom’s teams won seven state titles in ten years. In 1958, the ‘Little Noises’ not only won the state championship, but, were unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon, prompting sportswriters to dub them ‘The Zero Boys’. Tom moved on in 1961 as a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University (then Willimantic State Teachers College) where he coached basketball, golf, and his beloved soccer. Coach Nevers started the soccer program at Eastern in 1961 and compiled an overall record of 153-76-14. He is the winningest and longest serving coach in program history. He led the Warriors to fourteen successive winning seasons from 1965 until 1978 when he retired. The 1968 and 1969 teams went unbeaten through regular season, conference, and regional postseason play, and placed third and fourth in national championship play. Nevers’ teams won the 1974 ECAC Championship and were three-time NAIA New England Champions as well at two-time NESCAC Southern Division Champions. Tom had great love, respect, interest in all his ball players and was very proud of the men they became. In the past several years, Coach attended as many home matches at the field named in his honor, as he could. It became a ritual for current Eastern players to go across and shake his hand after each home match that he attended. Anyone who has ever played or coached men’s soccer at Eastern has Coach Nevers to thank for the program that he established and built into a nationally recognized power. Without Coach Nevers, none of these opportunities exist. In 1986, he was inducted into the Eastern E-Club Hall of Fame as soon as he became eligible and Nevers Nation, the name of the men’s soccer fan group will proudly wear his shirts and scarves with his name on them for years to come. “I thank Coach Nevers and I am so pleased that we reconnected him to Eastern Soccer in recent years. Without him, none of us have the opportunity that we have today,” acknowledged 9th year head Coach Greg DeVito. “A compliment from him meant so much to me, as well as when he would give me a hard time if we didn’t get a good result…I hope that we made him proud.” Coach Nevers was the recipient of many other accolades; fields have been named in his honor in Moodus, CT and at Eastern Connecticut State University, he was the Gold Key honoree by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance (pictured above Coach Frantz Innocent, Coach Nevers and Coach DeVito at the induction in 2006), and he is a member of the Nathan Hale Ray, Watertown Gold Circle, and Connecticut Soccer Halls of Fame. Tom was a founder of the CT Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group, served on the State of CT Developmental Disabilities Council, and was honored by former Governor Lowell P. Weicker who designated ‘Tom Nevers Day’ in the state of Connecticut. Tom’s love of sport and his competitive nature was with him throughout his life and he became an avid golfer, being a member of the Willimantic Country Club for decades. Tom was an honorable man with an innate sense of fair play who always stood up for the underdog. He had a terrific sense of humor and loved to tease and joke with anyone he met, stranger or friend. He loved the Boston Red Sox and, just as in his golfing, always had several wagers going with whomever would bet with him. A true character, Tom was known around town for wearing shorts year round, so “the ladies can appreciate my legs” he claimed. A memorial gathering is planned for May 2 at 1pm in the Betty Tipton Room on campus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mansfield Hospice Program, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield Center, CT 06250 in Tom’s name.
  • DeCasanova Recipient of CSWA Courage Award photo DeCasanova Recipient of CSWA Courage Award
    April 26, 2015
    /Eastern Soccer Captain Honored at Gold Key Dinner
  • Men's Soccer Goal-A-Thon a Success photo Men's Soccer Goal-A-Thon a Success
    April 20, 2015
    (Mansfield) On Saturday, the Eastern Connecticut State University Men’s Soccer team hosted its 3rd Annual Goal-A-Thon to benefit ‘The Be the Match Foundation.’ This organization raises money for bone marrow donations and helps patients and their families. The team has taken on the cause in support of teammate Jon DeCasanova and his fight against aplastic anemia and lymphoma. Fifteen Warrior alumni and twenty current players and coaches participated in the event that was held at the Mansfield Athletic Complex. The event started with a warm-up and players suited up wearing classic Eastern soccer jerseys. All players were divided randomly into two teams, Blue and White. Each team had a mixture of coaches, current players and alumni. Six versus six small sided matches were played until the combined total of goals exceeded 100. With Warrior Soccer warm-up mixes playing in the background, the final count was the Blue team 50 and the White team 51. All participants solicited donations of between .25 and $1 per goal scored. The final result was over $1,000 being raised to support ‘The Be the Match Foundation.”
  • DeCasanova Recipient of Award by the CSWA photo DeCasanova Recipient of Award by the CSWA
    April 08, 2015
    /Cancer Survivor to be Feted at Gold Key Dinner April 26
  • Calling All Alumni photo Calling All Alumni
    March 26, 2015
    (Willimantic, CT) The Men’s Soccer program and Eastern Foundation are planning Alumni Day 2015 for May 9. The day’s festivities include an 18-hole scramble at the Windham Club, Alumni only match and BBQ. The scramble will include breakfast, lunch, greens fees, prizes, and a gift and be a shot gun start at 8am at the Windham Club in North Windham. The alumni only game will take place at the Mansfield Athletic Complex at 3pm and be followed by a BBQ. To register return the form that was sent in the mail or go to http://www.ecsuyouthsoccercamp.com/golf-tournament.cfm. Contact Matt Esposito at espositom@easternct.edu with any questions.
  • In Fall, Freshmen at Forefront of Team Successes photo In Fall, Freshmen at Forefront of Team Successes
    January 08, 2015
    /WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The past fall was full of excitement for the intercollegiate programs at Eastern, and more than ever before, newcomers – primarily freshmen -- played starring roles in their team’s successes.
  • Eastern Soccer Programs are in Elite Class photo Eastern Soccer Programs are in Elite Class
    December 19, 2014
    WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University has been named as one of only two institutions nationwide at any collegiate level to have both its men’s and women’s soccer programs qualify for a National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award during the 2014 season.
  • Walton, D'Ambrosio are NSCAA All-New England photo Walton, D'Ambrosio are NSCAA All-New England
    December 11, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Warriors Cited for Eighth Straight Year
  • This Goal is Golden: 200+ Join Marrow Registry photo This Goal is Golden: 200+ Join Marrow Registry
    December 03, 2014
    /Eastern Community Answers Call Again
  • Ten From Eastern Gain Little East Recognition photo Ten From Eastern Gain Little East Recognition
    November 11, 2014
    /Sports of Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball Represented
  • Eastern Eliminated in Little East Semifinals photo Eastern Eliminated in Little East Semifinals
    November 05, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Owls Take Warriors Out, 1-0
  • Warriors Target Fourth Straight LEC Crown photo Warriors Target Fourth Straight LEC Crown
    November 02, 2014
    /This Time, They Will Not Be Favored
  • This Tie is Terrific for Playoff-Bound Warriors photo This Tie is Terrific for Playoff-Bound Warriors
    November 01, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Lombardo's Header Sends Team to LEC Tourney
  • Three from Eastern Named in LEC Program photo Three from Eastern Named in LEC Program
    October 27, 2014
    /All Repeat Little East Weekly Honors
  • Lost Weekend: Disappointment for Warriors photo Lost Weekend: Disappointment for Warriors
    October 26, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Eastern Facing Ultimatum Saturday
  • Corsairs Deal Blow to Eastern's Title Hopes photo Corsairs Deal Blow to Eastern's Title Hopes
    October 25, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: They Defeat Warriors by 1-0 for Third Time in Four Years
  • Warriors on Defensive, Tie Up Coast Guard photo Warriors on Defensive, Tie Up Coast Guard
    October 21, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Eastern Forces Standoff With No. 14 Bears
  • Four Selected in Little East Weekly Program photo Four Selected in Little East Weekly Program
    October 20, 2014
    /Becher, D'Ambrosio, McPhee and Smith Cited
  • Warriors Limp to 2-0 Win over Rhode Island photo Warriors Limp to 2-0 Win over Rhode Island
    October 18, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Eastern Pays Price in LEC Victory
  • Warriors Make One Goal Stand Up for Victory photo Warriors Make One Goal Stand Up for Victory
    October 14, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Multitude of Near Misses Not Costly
  • Eastern Soccer Rules LEC Weekly Report photo Eastern Soccer Rules LEC Weekly Report
    October 13, 2014
    /Four From Men's and Women's Teams Recognized
  • How Sweet it Is: DeCasanova S-C-O-R-E-S! photo How Sweet it Is: DeCasanova S-C-O-R-E-S!
    October 11, 2014
    /Senior Captain Sparks 4-0 Rout of Southern Maine
  • Warriors Conn Camels for 2-1 Home Triumph photo Warriors Conn Camels for 2-1 Home Triumph
    October 07, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Eastern Finds Right Formula at Nevers
  • For First Time, Warriors Fall at Home to Beacons photo For First Time, Warriors Fall at Home to Beacons
    October 04, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: Visiting UMass Prevails in Battle of Unbeatens
  • Warriors Punish Salem State by 6-0 Score photo Warriors Punish Salem State by 6-0 Score
    September 30, 2014
    /Men's Soccer: They Capture Fourth Straight Victory
  • Four From Eastern are Little East Honorees photo Four From Eastern are Little East Honorees
    September 29, 2014
    /Becher, Kallgren, Jones, Walton are Cited in Weekly Awards Program
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