Jack Petrucci Staff Writer
The Women’s basketball team opens up their season on Friday, where they will face Trinity College at 5:00 pm in Hartford in the first round of the Trinity College Tip-Off Tournament. The Warriors look to defend their Little East Conference (LEC) Championship title after a 77-72 win on the floor of UMass Dartmouth last season.
Eastern is returning one of the most dominant players in the Little East Conference: Mya Villard. Villard averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds last season for the Warriors, earning a 1st-Team All – LEC Selection. On top of that accolade, Villard was also named the LEC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was a 4th-Team All-New England Region selection.
Through just three years with the program, Mya has already made her name known in the Eastern Connecticut record books. Through just three seasons, Villard has 1,259 career points, which is currently 10th All-Time in ECSU Women’s Basketball History. Villard’s career average of 14.5 PPG is second All-Time, trailing only Eastern Basketball All-Times points leader Allison Coleman (17.0 PPG). Mya also holds the single-season scoring record when she averaged 19.9 points in sophomore year (2017-18).
Villard and the Warriors will open up at home on Nov. 23 when they host Western New England at 1:00pm.
The Men’s Basketball team opens up their season on Friday when they take on Elite Eight finisher from a year ago Nichols College in the first round of the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament (hosted at WPI). The Warriors had their two-year championship run come to an end last season, when they fell to Keene State 72-69 in Keene, NH. Although the Warriors came up short last season, they are pre-season favorites in the LEC Conference.
The Warriors top two scorers returning from last season are junior Cory Muckle (16.4 PPG) and senior Jake Collagan (16.3 PPG). For Collagan, it was a junior year to remember, as Jake broke the Eastern record for points in a half (32 on 2/8/19 at Castleton) and tied the program record for 3-pointers in a single game (10 on Nov. 28, 2018 vs Conn College). Eastern Connecticut head Coach Bill Geitner has 295 career wins and is looking to become the first Men’s Basketball Coach in Warrior history to reach 300 career wins. The Warriors open up at home on Nov. 26 against Wesleyan.