PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s basketball team to an 87-48 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in the final game of the Star City Classic in Presque Isle, Maine.
The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 2-0 on the season. UMPI falls to 1-1 with the loss.
Kee was 7-for-12 from the field and an outstanding 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Conor Sullivan(Scarborough, Maine) recorded his first double-double of the season with 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Sullivan was 7-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from
Senior center Patrick Manifold (Great Yarmouth, UK) led the Owls with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior guard Gerardo Vasquez (Houston, Texas) chipped in with eight points, while junior guard Claude Louis (Union, N.J.) added seven points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies were bolstered by a strong 47.5 percent shooting performance knocking down 29-of-61 shots for the game. Southern Maine was equally as successful at the free throw line making 23-of-29 attempts (79.3 percent). The Huskies played well defensive forcing the Owls into 21 turnovers and scoring 23 of their 87 points off of Owl miscues.
Ahead 39-35 with 14:05 left in the game, the Huskies shut the door on the Owls with an overwhelming 23-4 run for a commanding 62-39 lead with 8:00 to play. Seven different players scored for the Huskies in the decisive run, led by five points from Sullivan. From there the Huskies held the Owls to just nine more points the rest of the way for the win.
Lesley 65, UMFK 55
BRISTOL, R.I. – Lesley University took third place in the Courtyard By Marriott Tip-Off Championship on Saturday with a 65-55 win over the University of Maine-Fort Kent.
Lesley and UMaine-Fort Kent battled back and forth throughout the first half. The period saw six lead changes and four ties, culminating in UMaine-Fort Kent holding on to a slim 32-31 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the contest remained back and forth, with four lead changes and one tie in the opening five minutes. Justin Rosa (East Brunswick N.J.) put in a layup to give Lesley a 41-40 lead with 15:13 to play. Rosa’s bucket helped spark a 13-3 run for the Lynx to give Lesley a bit of breathing room.
UMaine-Fort Kent’s Andre Poux (Miramar, Fla.) hit a free throw with 2:13 to play to bring the Bengals within four (50-54), but six straight Ram points push the lead back to ten with just over a minute left, leaving the Bengal rally just short.
Rosa, who was also selected to the all-tournament team, finished with a game-high 27 points with four assists for Lesley. Brian Glodowski (Roseville, Calif.) finished with eight points and six rebounds, while Mike Kaufman (Quincy, Mass.) added eight points and five boards.
All-Tournament team selection Jorge Matesanz (Sevilla, Spain) led UMaine-Fort Kent with 19 points and four assists. Sean Doman (Queens, N.Y.) added 10 points and three steals, with Jeremy Bishop (Montreal, Quebec) chipping in with nine points and five boards.
Thomas 115, UMaine-Machias 111
WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas College (2-0) defeated University of Maine at Machias (0-2) 115-111, in non-conference men’s basketball contest on the second day of the Charlie Ryan Classic. Junior guard Stanley Greene Jr. () had a team high 21 points off the bench with four assists in the victory.
The Terriers managed to outlast the Clippers, who fought back from a double-digit deficit in the second half, thanks largely to freshman center Brian Getchell who had a game high 28 points, 16 of those coming in the second half, while also collecting a double-double with 10 boards..
Junior’s Garen Manzo (Millinocket, Maine) and Franklin Salvador(Somverville, Maine) both had 19 points, while Marquis Pollard(Philadelphia, Pa.) had a game high 11 rebounds nearly missing a double-double with nine points.
A.C. Ford (Glendale, Ariz.) had 19 points and six assists for the away side in the loss.
Colby 74, Wentworth Tech 61
BABSON PARK, Mass. —- Three first-year players scored in double figures and the Colby College men’s basketball team held Wentworth Institute of Technology to 33 percent shooting in a 74-61 season-opening win Saturday night in the Babson Invitational.
The Mules (1-0 overall) will play Babson in the title game Sunday at 4 p.m. WIT goes up against Salve Regina in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
Colby head coach Damien Strahorn got a chance to see his first-year players in game action for the first time and had to be happy with the results. John Gallego was 3-for-3 from the field and finished with 12 points and two steals in 15 minutes of play. Chris Hudnut played just 14 minutes and had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting and pulled down five rebounds, while Luke Westman saw 12 minutes of action and had 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from the field and a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line to go along with five boards.
In a balanced night for the Mules, no player scored more than 12 points or saw more than 26 minutes of action. Danny Chase added nine points and two steals, Connor O’Neill had eight points, Jack Crampton had five points and five rebounds, Shane Rogers had six points, and Patrick Stewart had seven boards.
While WIT (0-1) struggled from the field, Colby was 50 percent on field goals (24-for-48) and shot 76 percent (22-for-29) from the free-throw line.
WIT led for most of the first half and held a 27-19 margin with 3:43 to the break. The Mules, behind six points from Westman, had a 13-3 run to end the half and led 32-30.
WIT again came out quickly in the second half and led 42-38 with 15:53 remaining. Colby took the lead for good when Rogers hit a pair of free throws for a 46-44 margin with 12:56 left. Up just 50-48, Colby used a 14-6 scoring run to go up 64-54 with 4:35 to play.
Bates 66, Emerson 53
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates College men’s basketball team erased an early deficit of as many as 10 points with a 16-0 run in the first half, and outscored Emerson College 34-25 in the second half for a 66-53 victory in the championship game of the Bates Tipoff Tournament on Saturday.
Bates (2-0) senior center Ed Bogdanovich earned tournament MVP honors after collecting 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Mark Brust chipped in 13 points en route to a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
For Emerson (1-1), Michael Thorpe netted 18 points, including 16 in the first half, and was also named All-Tournament. Jon Goldberg chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds, along with a team-high four assists.
Saturday’s consolation game pitted Fisher College and the University of Maine Augusta, with Fisher prevailing 80-67 to rise to 4-1 on the season. The Moose of UMA dropped to 0-4. Tyler Shular led the Falcons with 30 points, including 22 in the first half, a day after being held scoreless in Fisher’s 62-48 loss to Emerson. Fisher’s Ryan McCorkle grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points, and was named All-Tournament. UMA’s Walker Cooper (21 points) rounded out the All-Tournament Team.
Emerson started the tournament championship game with a layup by Brian Hurley, followed by a three-pointer from Thorpe and a dunk by Hurley off a dish by James Rhodes for a 7-0 lead, prompting an early timeout from Bates head coach Jon Furbush. Rhodes canned a three after an offensive rebound by Patrick Lowndes to make it 10-0 at the 16:59 mark of the half.
Bates broke the spell with back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner by Mike Boornazian, and Brust made a pair of free throws to pull Bates within four at 12-8. But Emerson answered with a short jumper by Hurley, followed by a three-point play by Thorpe. Thorpe made a deep jumper, then drained another three on Emerson’s next trip down the floor, for a 22-13 Emerson lead with 12:31 left.
The Lions then went cold, however, and were held scoreless for the next 9:20 as Bates scored 16 unanswered points for a 29-22 lead. Derek Murphy fed Bogdanovich for a fast-break layup, and Sean Cunningham followed with a steal and a layup to close the gap to 22-17. Murphy found Billy Selmon alone in the corner for a three, and a pair of free throws by Bogdanovich tied the game for the first time at 22-22. Brust gave Bates its first lead with a free throw, and after a layup by Graham Safford, he scored three straight buckets for a 29-22 Bates lead. The Bobcats grabbed six offensive boards during the 16-0 run.
Lowndes made a free throw to break the streak, and Thorpe made a three and scored on a layup over the final 2:23 of the period to close Bates’ halftime lead to 32-28. The Bobcats shot only 11-for-35 (.314) in the half, but Emerson didn’t fare much better at 11-for-30 (.367).
Bogdanovich established a theme on the opening possession of the second half, collecting a missed three by Safford and making the putback for a 34-28 lead. It was the first of six offensive boards in the first six minutes of the period, helping Bates expand its lead to 46-38 even as Emerson made five of its first seven field goal attempts to begin the period.
Led by Goldberg, Emerson made a run to cut the margin down to three. Goldberg hit a three, then assisted on a layup by Tyson Hallowell. Lowndes sank two free throws to close the gap to 48-45 with 11:13 remaining in the game, which was as close as Emerson would come the rest of the way.
Selmon made a steal and missed the layup at the other end, but Safford rebounded the miss and found Taylor Gartley with a nifty no-look pass under the basket for a layup. Safford followed with a layup of his own, and a jumper by Brust following an Emerson turnover gave Bates some breathing room, compelling Emerson head coach Jim O’Brien to call timeout with Bates leading 54-45 with 9:07 left.
Rhodes fed Hurley for a layup to close it to 54-47 out of the timeout, but Bates responded with a putback by Bogdanovich and a layup by Safford for an 11-point cushion with 5:38 to go.
Emerson cut the deficit to seven again with consecutive jumpers by Goldberg, but on their next trip down the Lions missed two shots underneath. Brust hit a pair of free throws with 1:12 remaining to make it 60-51, all but sealing the victory.
Bates outrebounded Emerson 48-32, including a 21-9 edge on the offensive glass, which led to a 20-3 advantage in second-chance points.
Safford filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Matarazzo added nine points, five rebounds and three assists, and Boornazian pitched in with eight points and six boards.
USM 70, Maine Maritime 70-47
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) scored a game-high 14 points to lead four players in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s basketball team cruised to a season-opening 70-47 win over the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners in the second game of the Star City Classic hosted by the University of Maine Presque Isle Saturday afternoon in Presque Isle, Maine.
Playing in its first game of the season, USM starts its 2012-13 campaign at 1-0. Maine Maritime falls to 0-2.
Kee was 5-for-11 from the field as the Huskies shot a solid 49.1 percent from the field (26-for-53). Junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) added 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while junior forward James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich./Bottineau) and senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) each had 10 points. Poulin added six rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy senior Paul Campbell (Camden, Maine) was the only Mariner in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore guard Tyler Chaisson (Dixfield, Maine) added eight points.
After a closely contested first half, Southern Maine took a narrow 30-27 lead into the halftime break. Southern Maine trailed the Mariners for the majority of the first half and did not gain its first lead of the game until a jumper from junior guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) with 5:52 remaining in the half. Ahead 21-19 following Tomah’s jumper, both teams battled back and forth before the Huskies scored the final four points of the half on a jumper from Sullivan on a feed from Tomah and a jumper from Kee.
In the second half, USM slowly grew its lead and led the Mariners by 10, 45-35, following a Poulin jumper at the 14:35 mark, before breaking open the game with an 18-6 run to take a commanding 63-41 lead with 6:28 to play. Five different players scored in the run for USM, led by four points from Kee and sophomore Tanner Storey(Cumberland, Maine/Greely).
From there USM cruised to the win, closing the game by outscoring MMA 7-4 down the stretch.
UM-Farmington 60, UNE 58
WATERVILLE, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington (1-1) was able to hold off University of New England (0-2) for a 60-58 victory in a men’s basketball contest on the second day of the Charlie Ryan Classic. Devin Thompsons’ (Winthrop, Mass.) game-high 22 points was not enough for the Nor’easters to secure a victory.
A back and forth first half that ended 25-24 in New England’s favor, with the biggest lead being four points by the Nor’easters. Thompson led the pace for UNE with 13 points, while the Beavers scoring was evenly paced out with three players with a team-high five points.
The scoring picked up in the second half, as the game continued to be neck and neck. Garret Clemer (Windham, Maine) would have a strong second half for the Beavers, hitting two big three pointers in the closing minutes, and finished with 15 points in the closing half.
Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Clemer would both finish with double-doubles for UMF, while Ben Johnson(Manchester, Maine) added 16 points and nine boards. For UNE,Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) was second on the team in scoring with 12 points, while Jesse Dykstra (Douglas, Mass.) had a team high five rebounds.
Bowdoin 72, WNE 63
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team picked up its first win of the 2012-13 campaign in a 72-63 win over Western New England in the third-place game of the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (1-1) will return to action on Tuesday evening when they play at Saint Joseph’s at 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Madlinger was red hot from the field, shooting a perfect 6-6, including 3-3 from three-point range to finish with 15 points. Keegan Pieri led the Polar Bears with 17 points and six rebounds while Bryan Hurley tossed in 11 points and dished out ten assists in the win. Damon Alston had a game-high 20 points for Western New England.
Bowdoin held a 37-34 edge at halftime and extended its lead to as many as 15 points in the second half before Western New England chipped away late. The Polar Bears owned a slight 38-37 edge on the boards, but hit on 46.4% of its shots for the game while holding their opponents to just 35% for the contest.
Bridgewater 68, MMA 48
CASTINE, Maine — Bridgewater State used a suffocating defense to force 34 turnovers en route to a 68-48 win over Maine Maritime in the Mariner Classic Championship game. The Bears improved to 2-0 while MMA dropped to 1-1. Colby won the consolation game with a 63-51 win over Maine-Fort Kent.
Elisha Homich paced BSU with 17 points while teammates Megan Boutilette and Michaela Cosby pumped in 14 and 12. Boutilette and Cosby both pulled down eight boards which led to an All-Tournament selection for Boutilette and the MVP award for Cosby.
Bridgewater State took an early 10-2 lead, sparked by Homich’s four points, before the Mariners closed the gap to three, 10-7, with 14:15 left in the first half. Rachel Kusz’s layup at 13:05 put the Bears ahead 15-7 before MMA scored seven unanswered. Layups from Hannah Lyons and Campbell and a trey by Kari Jones put the Mariners within one, 15-14, with 10:10 left.
Bridgewater built its first half lead to 10, 24-14, at 5:03 on a pair of free throws from Boutilette and the Mariners answered with a 10-3 scoring run spanning nearly five minutes to trail by three, 27-24. Campbell dropped four points in the run while DuFour, Casey Everest and Jackson all netted two. BSU scored twice in the final 30 seconds, with a jumper by Cosby and a layup from Alana Watkins, to lead 31-24 at the break.
The Bears opened the second half 22-5 scoring run to lead by 24, 53-29, at 11:59 and never their lead dip below 15 in the remainder the game.
In the consolation game,
Colby’s Diana Manduca netted a team-high 16 points, added five assists and nine rebounds, to lead the Mules to a 61-51 win over Maine-Fort Kent in the consolation game of the Mariner Classic. Colby improved to 1-1 while the Bengals fell to 0-2.
Jen Nale and Mia Diplock added 15 and 13 points, respectively, while MFK was led by a double-double from Ericka Christensen (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Taylor Boucher’s 12 points. Manduca and Christensen were selected to the All-Tournament team.
Maine-Fort Kent jumped out to a short-lived 7-2 lead early in the contest behind three points from Jennifer Colopitts and two each y Ericka Christensen and Kendashia Myles. Colby responded with a 25-10 scoring run to take 27-17 lead with Jamie Wallace’s jumper at 3:33. Manduca’s layup with 33 seconds left in the half gave Colby a 36-24 halftime lead.
The Bengals clawed their way back early in the second half to close the gap to seven, 43-36, before Manduca netted seven straight points to put Colby ahead 50-38 with 11:26 left in the game. Brooke Chandor gave the Mules its largest lead with a layup at 6:49 and Colby’s lead would not fall below nine the rest of the game.
USM 74, Rivier 49
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) and junior forward Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) each scored 15 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 74-49 win over the Rivier University Raiders in the final game of the UMass Dartmouth Tip Off Classic Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The win was the second straight for the Huskies who improved to 2-0. Suffering its second loss in as many games, Rivier falls to 0-2.
Grant and senior forward Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) were named to the Fairfield Inn & Suites All-Tournament team. UMass Dartmouth junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton) was named to the team along with Rivier’s AJ Guidi (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and Maine-Farmington’s Holly Oliver (Belgrade Lakes, Maine/Messalonskee). Corsair senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton) was selected the tournaments Most Valuable Player.
Grant was an outstanding 7-for-10 from the field and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Biliew was a solid 5-for-7 from the floor in a strong performance off of the bench. She added four rebounds and two assists. Jordan added 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) was the fourth USM player in double figures with 12 points, three assists and three steals.
Guidi led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds for Rivier. Sophomore guard Deanna Purcell (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) added 10 points.
After a sluggish start, the Huskies trailed Rivier 11-10 with 12:34 remaining in the first half before stringing together a 23-4 run to grab a commanding 33-15 lead with two and a half minutes left. The Huskies started the 23-4 run with 12 straight points, including six from Biliew and four from Jordan. Rivier was able to close out the half with a 12-4 run to trail the Huskies by 10, 37-27. Guidi scored seven of her game-high 20 points in the run.
USM used a 12-6 run in the first four minutes of the second half to open up 49-33 lead with 16:02 on the clock. Grant and Jordan each scored four points in the run. Rivier battled back to stay within striking distance and trailed the Huskies by 12, 54-42, following a three-pointer from Guidi.
However, the Huskies’ quickly shut the door on the Raiders with an 11-0 run for a 23-point, 65-42, lead with 4:29 left in the game. Jordan connected on a pair of layups in the run, while Garland and junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) each hit a three-pointer.
Southern Maine finished the game shooting 45.5 percent (25-for-55) from the field. Defensively, USM held Rivier to a 14-for-42 performance shooting (33.3 percent) and forced the Raiders into 27 turnovers while grabbing 12 steals.
Southern Maine travels to Bates College on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.). Rivier hosts Daniel Webster on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).
UNE 46, Wellesley 43
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The University of New England women’s basketball squad scored the last seven points of its season-opener against Wellesley College to secure a 46-43 victory over the Blue on Saturday (Nov. 17) on day one of the Williams College Tournament at Chandler Gymnasium.
The Nor’easters (1-0) trailed 34-25 with a little over 11 minutes remaining in the match, but had things back level at 34-all by the 6:37 mark. After UNE moved in front by one (39-38), Wellesley’s Morgyne Weaver scored the next five to give her side a four-point cushion (43-39) with 2:34 on the clock.
Sophmore Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) answered right back for UNE to make the difference two, and free throw by first-year Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) cut the margin to one. A layup by first-year Meghan Gribbin (Windham, Maine) with 1:20 left — her only basket of the contest — gave Big Blue the final lead of the night, before Hayden added a pair from the charity stripe in the waning seconds to seal the deal.
UNE forward Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) began her senior season with a strong performance, going for game-highs of 16 points and 22 caroms. The rebounding total bested her career-high of 20 that she achieved last year, and ranks fourth among the program’s single-game efforts in the category — the largest since the 1993-94 season.
Coleman finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in support, while Hayden ended with eight and eight.
For Wellesley (0-1), Weaver registered 13 points and Meghan Sargent recorded 12 points to go with 10 boards.
The low-scoring affair was a result of a combined 25 percent shooting from the floor and 43 turnovers from the two sides, and started with just under six minutes of scoreless action following the opening tip. UNE broke the drought on a layup by first-year Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass.) and quickly made the lead 7-0 with a three-pointer from Coleman and layup from first-year Alanna Vose (Cushing, Maine).
It took two free throws from Suggs to put the Nor’easters up, 9-8, with 8:30 left in the first, before Wellesley rolled out a 9-2 run that was only interrupted by a basket from Suggs. The Blue carried a 20-17 edge into the halftime break.
Both teams play their second game at the Williams Tournament on Sunday. UNE battles the host Ephs — ranked at No. 23 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25 Poll — at 3 p.m., while Wellesley takes on Salve Regina University at 1 p.m.
St. Joseph’s 71, UMaine-Machias 43
STANDISH, ME – Saint Joseph’s College (1-0) defeated University of Maine-Machias (2-1), 71-43, in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Nicolette Kapothanasis (Westbrook, Maine) netted a game-and-career-high 14 points and made five of seven shots, including a 3-4 effort from three-point range, in the Monks’ season-opening win.
The Monks scored on their first possession of the afternoon as part of a 15-0 run to start the contest and would never trail in the one-sided triumph. Junior forward Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) opened the scoring when she hit a jumpshot off an Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) pass 15 seconds into the game and nailed a jumper to lift the hosts to a 15-0 cushion at the 14:01 mark.
St. Joe’s shot 41.7% (15-36) from the field in the first half and held a commanding 40-15 lead heading into intermission. The Clippers shot just 15% (3-20) from the floor and committed 18 turnovers in the opening stanza. The Monks scored nearly half of their points (17) off the Machias miscues in the first period.
The Clippers played better in the second half as the visitors shot 35.5% and almost doubled their first-stanza scoring with 28 points in the final 20 minutes, but the lackluster opening period proved too much for the visitors to overcome as the Monks cruised to a 71-43 opening-day victory.
St. Joe’s freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) kicked off her NCAA career with a double-double, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds while recording two blocked shots and a pair of steals on the afternoon. Moore enjoyed a solid game with 11 points and five boards while senior guard Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) added nine points and three steals and sophomore guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) registered five points, six caroms, four steals and three assists in the triumph.
Senior forward Alyssa Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) came off the bench to score eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 15 minutes and freshman forward Colleen Taylor (Lebanon, N.H.) contributed five points, three boards and a pair of assists in her first collegiate contest.
For the Clippers, Kay Parks (Washington, D.C.) tallied 10 points, three steals and a pair of rebounds and Jamyriah McPherson (Bradenton, Fla.) produced 12 points in a losing effort. Samira Cruz (Orlando, Fla.) registered seven points and seven caroms and Yvanessa Vicent (Tampa, Fla.) added six points and a team-high nine rebounds on the afternoon.
Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 41% (25-61) from the floor, 38.5% (5-13) from three-point distance, and 59.3% (16-27) from the free throw line while Maine-Machias shot 27.5% (14-51) from the field, 37.5% (3-8) from beyond the arc and 60% (12-20) from the charity stripe.
The Monks held advantages in rebounds (46-34), assists (15-3) and steals (22-13) and also topped the ledger in points off turnovers (28-6), second-chance points (25-8), fast-break points (12-0) and bench points (34-14) in the victory.
With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 28-4 in the history of the series with Maine-Machias and has now defeated the Clippers in 18 consecutive meetings dating back to the 1996-97 campaign. Today’s point total is the most scored by the Monks in a season-opener since St. Joe’s defeated Bridgewater State, 78-67, in the 2001-02 opener on November 16th, 2001.
The 28-point margin of victory is the most recorded by an SJC women’s basketball team since the Monks handled Becker College by an 81-31 score on November 19th, 1991.
UMass Dartmouth 71, UMF 50
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass-Dartmouth women’s basketball team defeated visiting UMaine-Farmington, 71-50, in the second round of the 2012 UMass-Dartmouth Basketball Classic, at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs’ Erica Batchelder came off the bench and ignited a 17-4 run, in which you started and ended it with a three pointer and buried one more in the middle to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 27-18 lead with just under seven minutes to go in the first half.
The Corsairs only turned the ball over once in the first half en route to a 37-24 lead at intermission.
The Beavers (0-2) opened the second half with a purpose, cutting the Corsairs’ lead to just 4 points at 41-37 with 15:25 left in the contest. UMaine-Farmington nailed three baskets from beyond the arc as part of a 11-2 run by the Beavers, leading to a Corsairs timeout. Holly Oliver (Belgrade Lakes, Maine/Messalonskee), Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine/Mt. Abram) and Rachel Clement (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) all nailed treys for the Beavers in their run.
UMD (2-0) answered right back with a jumper from Moriarty, a lay up from Shannon Singletary and a trifecta from Bornemann, swelling the lead back to double digits at 48-37.
Maine-Farmington would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way and the Corsairs locked in their second win of the young season when Beth Castantini drained back to back three pointers to give the Corsairs an insurmontable lead at 63-47 with just over four minutes left.
The Corsairs were led by Bornemann who had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Moriarty and Batchelder joined in her double digits in the scoring column with 17 and 16 respectively, while Kelsey Garrity joined her in the rebounding department with 10 boards.
Oliver led the Beavers with 14 points while Norton chipped in with 10 points. Lindsay Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine/Medomak Valley) led UMaine-Farmington on the boards with six rebounds.
Colby 63, UMFK 51
CASTINE, Maine —- Diana Manduca had 16 points and teammate Jen Nale added 15 to lead the Colby College women’s basketball team to a 63-51 win against University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday in the consolation game of the Maine Maritime Tournament.
Manduca shot 7-for-14 from the field, hit two 3-point shots, pulled down six rebounds and had a game-high five assists. Nale was 3-for-7 from 3-point range and had her 15 points in 18 minutes of play.
Colby (1-1 overall) also received 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting and four rebounds from first-year guard Mia Diplock. Manduca, Nale, and Diplock accounted for 44 of Colby’s 63 points. Desi Smith added seven rebounds and four points, while Gabe Donahue secured a team-high nine rebounds.
Maine-Fort Kent only trailed 27-22 with 2:33 left to halftime. However, the Mules went on a 9-2 run the rest of the way for a 36-24 halftime lead.
Maine-Fort Kent got as close as 43-36 with 14:20 left in the game. Nale’s basket with 4:27 left in the game gave the Mules their largest lead in the second half at 58-44.
Ericka Christensen finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Maine-Fort Kent.
W. Connecticut 69, Bates 62
SALEM, Mass. — Carly Murphy scored 13 of her team-high 16 points, and the Colonials withstood a pair of furious Bates rallies, as Western Connecticut defeated the Bobcats 69-62 in the opening round of the Salem State Tip-Off Tournament. It was the season opener for both teams.
Bates sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) scored a game-high 24 points for the Bobcats, shooting 9-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. The Bobcats will face MIT on Sunday at noon in the tournament’s consolation game.
Murphy led four Western Connecticut players in double figures, as the Colonials shot 44% from the field.
The Colonials led by as many 10 in the first half and entered halftime with a 35-30 advantage. Jackie Zilnicki and Murphy combined for nine points in an 11-4 run to open the half and give Western Connecticut a commanding 46-34 lead.
Senior captain Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) and Brown led a 9-0 Bates run to cut the deficit to three, at 46-43, but the Colonials jumped back on top 66-57 when Murphy hit a jumper with four minutes left.
Brown scored on a layup, then nailed a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining to trim the margin to four, 66-62, but the Bobcats would not get any closer.
Murphy finished 7-13 from the field and added five rebounds. Sciarra Brandt had 11 points and 8 rebounds, Caroline Brasa had 11 points, and Zilnicki finished with 10.
Beaulieu added 13 points for Bates, and junior Julia Rafferty(Reading, Mass.) finished with 10 points and a team-high three assists in her collegiate debut. Brown and senior captain Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) shared the team rebounding lead with six apiece.
Bowdoin 50, Framingham 37
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Bowdoin College opened the second half of play with a 14-0 run on its way to a 50-37 victory over Framingham State University in the consolation game of the 2012 Babson Invitational Tournament at Staake Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Polar Bears return home with a record of 1-1, while the Rams dip to 0-2. Senior guard Katie Donahoe scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Bowdoin, while sophomore forward Megan Phelps added six points, three blocks, and a game-high 14 rebounds. First-year Nina Hadzibabic chipped in with 11 points, sophomore Siena Mitman pulled down eight boards, and first-year Shannon Brady and sophomore Sara Binkhorst each collected six caroms for the Polar Bears, who enjoyed a dominating 52-29 rebounding advantage in the contest. Bowdoin also got back nearly half of its own misses, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds compared to the Rams’ 24 defensive caroms.
Framingham state was led in defeat by junior Kristen Hoffman, who netted a game-high 17 points, and senior Kia Minor, who contributed 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the contest.
After taking a 20-15 lead into the locker room, Bowdoin came out firing in the second half, scoring 14 straight points over the first six minutes to open up a commanding 34-15 advantage. Hadzibabic scored five of her 11 points during the decisive run, as Framingham State would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Williams 3, Colby 2
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Williams College goaltender Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, N.Y.) made 35 saves and kept Colby College from tying the contest for the final 28:41 of the contest as the Ephs held on for a 3-2 win in NESCAC men’s hockey Saturday at Alfond Rink.
Williams moves to 1-1 overall, while the Mules fall to 0-2.
Dougherty made 15 saves in the third period when Colby put the pressure on to get the tying goal. The Mules had cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:41 left in the second period when Brendan Cosgrove (Exeter, N.H.) scored on the power play from co-captain Scott Harff (Watertown, N.Y.) and Tyler Lingel (South Glens Falls, N.Y.), who had his first collegiate point.
Williams, which was blanked 2-0 at Bowdoin College on Friday night, came out strong when Tucker Dayton (San Francisco, Calif.) tallied just 2:22 into the contest from Matt Doyle (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Peter Mistretta (New Canaan, Conn.).
The Mules tied the game at 1-1 about five minutes later when Harff scored his first goal of the season from fellow co-captain Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.).
The Ephs took the lead for good at 12:19 of the opening period on Mistretta’s goal off passes from John Wickman (Dallas, Texas) and Greg Johnson (Dallas, Texas).
Eric Rubino (Woodbridge, Ontario) made it a 3-1 game at 9:09 of the second period off assists from Wickman and Nick Anderson (Port Coquitlam, B.C.). The goal came less than a minute after Colby’s Nate Morgan (Hamilton, Mass.) hit the post on a shot.
Jordan Nathan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) made 23 saves for Colby.
Bowdoin 4, Middlebury 4 (OT)
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin and Middlebury men’s ice hockey teams played to a 4-4 tie in a battle of nationally-ranked squads on Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
The Polar Bears and Panthers both stand at 1-0-1 following today’s contest. Tenth-ranked Bowdoin will return to action on Tuesday evening at the University of New England (7:00 p.m.) while 15th-ranked Middlebury will face Plattsburgh in the opening round of the Primelink Tournament at Norwich on Friday (4:00 p.m.).
Ollie Koo finished with two goals for Bowdoin while four different players recorded goals for the Panthers.
Bowdoin got on the board first as a shot from the point deflected off a Panther in front. Koo collected the rebound between the circles and wristed it into the top corner just 1:47 into the game. Middlebury gained a power play six minutes into the frame, but it was the Polar Bears who cashed in as Danny Palumbo forced a turnover on the forecheck and fed Connor Quinn in front for a shorthanded score at 6:27. The Panthers got one back with 3:30 left in the stanza as Robbie Donahoe intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated in on Fenkell, slipping a shot past the Polar Bear netminder to close the gap to 2-1 after one period of play.
After going scoreless on its first five power plays of the game, Middlebury was able to even the score with the extra man at 3:42 of the second period as Evan Neugold redirected a shot inside the right post to bring the Panthers even. Bowdoin regained the lead on the power play just minutes later as a failed Panther clear came to Gabriel Renaud at the blue line. Renaud fired a laser from above the right circle to give the Polar Bears a 3-2 edge at 7:55. Bowdoin then took advantage of a 5×3 power play late in the frame as John McGinnis found Koo wide open on the back post to make it 4-2 after forty minutes.
Middlebury drew within a goal on the power play at 4:11 of the third, as Connor Frick slipped a low shot from between the circles to make it 4-3. After a sustained Bowdoin possession resulted in no goal, a Panther push down ice tied the game. Chris Brown centered the puck into the crease, where Chris Steele crashed the net and poked the puck through the pads of Fenkell with 10:19 remaining. The teams traded good opportunities for the remainder of regulation, with the best chance for either team coming with under two minutes remaining when Neugold rifled a shot from between the circles that slipped through traffic and behind Fenkell, but was cleared off the line by Bowdoin’s Nick Wetzel to force overtime.
The teams traded good chances in the extra session, with the Panthers holding a 6-3 edge in shots, but neither team could find the game-winner as the squads finished in a deadlock.
Fenkell finished with 43 saves for Bowdoin while Nick BonDurant made 34 stops for Middlebury. The Panthers held a 47-38 edge in shots for the contest and went 2-7 on the power play. Bowdoin finished 2-6 with the extra attacker.
New Hampshire 2, Maine 1
Orono, Maine – The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team fell to the University of New Hampshire Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1. The Black Bears fall to 2-8-1 and 1-6-0 in conference while the Wildcats improve to 5-7-1 and 3-2-1 in hockey east.
Megan Armstrong capitalized on an early Wildcat power play, finding the back of the net at 12:46 of the first period. Kailey Chappell and Nicole Gifford notched the assist on the power play goal.
Brittney Redlick gave New Hampshire a 2-0 lead a little under four minutes later as she battled for the puck in front of the Black Bear goalie. Jenna Lascelle and Sara Carlson picked up the assist on the even scoring play.
The first period ended with a 2-0 lead by New Hampshire.
Tori Pasquariello (Mississauga, Ontario) scored the lone goal for the Black Bears just 2:33 into the second period. Pasquariello was able to net the rebound off an Audra Richards (Maplewood, Minnesota) shot attempt that rolled off the chest of the New Hampshire goalie. Richards and Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) were credited with the assist on the Black Bear power play goal.
The second period ended with a 2-1 New Hampshire lead.
Third period went scoreless. Maine pulled the goalie with 52 seconds left in the period but could not capitalize on the extra skater advantage.
Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) anchored the Black Bears in net as she allowed two goals with a game high 38 saves. Ott sees her record fall to 2-3-1 on the season.
Jenn Gilligan got the start for the Wildcats as she allowed one goal while notching 22 saves in the 2-1 win. Gilligan sees her record improve to 2-0-0 on the season.
The Black Bears went 1-3 on the power play opportunity while the Wildcats went 1-7.
Middlebury 5, Colby 1
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – A day after giving fifth-ranked Middlebury College a scare in a 3-2 setback, the Colby College women’s hockey team fell 5-1 to the Panthers on Saturday in NESCAC play at Kenyon Arena.
The Mules fall to 0-2 overall heading into Tuesday’s home opener against University of Southern Maine at 7 p.m.
The Panthers got on the board first 8:18 into the first period with a goal just one second after a power play had expired. Hannah Bielawski poked in a loose puck after a shot by Jennifer Krakower was denied. Colby’s best chance to score in the period came at 12:18 when Breanna Davis’ breakaway was saved by Lauren Pinsent. After winning a face-off, Sara Ugalde scored on a rebound after a shot by Molly Downey was saved at the 13:07 mark.
Middlebury made it a 3-0 game 9:56 into the second period when Carly Schaeder scored on a rebound. With just 16 seconds left in the period, Hannah Bielawski stole the puck before feeding Katie Sullivan who made it a 4-0 game. Colby had a pair of power play opportunities in the second period, but could not take advantage.
Lauren Greer scored her first of the season 4:34 into the third period, scoring from the face-off circle.
Colby broke up the shutout with a goal midway through the period at 10:43. Lauren Guarente made a pass from behind the net to Annie Papadellis, who finished to make it a 5-1 final.
Middlebury held a 27-14 shots advantage in the game with Laura Pinsent making 13 saves to earn the win. Brianne Wheeler made 12 saves in 44:34 for Colby, while Angelica Crites played 15:26 of scoreless hockey with 10 saves in the third period.
USM 1, Castleton 1 (OT)
RUTLAND, Vt. – Senior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine) scored midway through the second period and sophomore goalie Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) stopped 29 shots to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 1-1 overtime tie against the Castleton State Spartans in ECAC Women’s East action Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
The tie was the second straight for the Huskies who played to a 4-4, overtime draw at New England College on Friday. The Huskies are now 1-1-2 overall and in league play. The Spartans, unbeaten in their last three games (2-0-1), are 4-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in ECAC Women’s East games.
Bubier pounced on the rebound of a shot from sophomore Talya Bent (Cranston, R.I.) and put the puck behind Castleton State sophomore goalie Paula Stephens (Seattle, Wash.) at 12:03 of the second period for her second goal of the season. Bent and freshman Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) picked up the assists on the play.
Castleton tallied its only goal at 5:45 of the middle period. Rookie Nicoline Jensen (Hellerup, Denmark) potted her fifth goal of the season when she tapped home the rebound of classmate Samantha Pion’s (Easthampton, Mass.) shot for a power-play marker at 5:45. Senior Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) also earned an assist.
Bergstrom and Stephens protected the tie throughout the third period and overtime session. Castleton outshot USM in the third period, 10-8, and overtime period, 4-3, and finished the game with a 30-29 edge in shots on goal. Stephens recorded 28 saves for the Spartans.
Southern Maine travels to Colby College for a non-conference game on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) before taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Castleton is off until November 30 (4:00 p.m.) when travels to the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Plattsburgh 4, Bowdoin 1
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team suffered a 4-1 setback in its season debut at second-ranked Plattsburgh State University on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, Plattsburgh State (5-0-1) was able to break through with just 1:06 gone in the second period. Junior Allison Era skated around the Bowdoin defender at the top of the circle and fired a shot past Bowdoin goaltender Tara Connolly to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Shannon Stewart made it 2-0, picking up a rebound from Breanne Bennett and Melissa McIver. McIver later scored a goal of her own later in the period to give Plattsburgh a three-goal lead.
After calling a Plattsburgh penalty and a Bowdoin (0-1-0) timeout, the Polar Bears got on the board at the 14:44 mark of the second when Jay Greene’s shot from the point went through Sydney Aveson’s five-hole. Kenzie Novak and Ariana Bourque picked up assists on Greene’s power-play goal.
Plattsburgh’s Alyssa Parke rounded out the scoring in the third, netting a power-play goal with assists to Andrea Ziesmann and Emma Rutherford.
The Cardinals held a 36-19 edge in shots and both teams went 1-3 on the power play for the contest. Connolly made 32 stops for the Polar Bears. Aveson turned away 18 shots to improve to 3-0-1 for Plattsburgh.