Top seed Daemen handles UMFK in USCAA women’s quarterfinals

Posted Feb. 28, 2013, at 5:36 a.m.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Top-seeded Daemen College of Amherst, N.Y., defeated the University of Maine at Fort 98-36 in a USCAA Women’s Basketball Div. 1 National Championship quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon.

UMFK (16-12 and the No. 8 seed) will play a consolation game at 8 a.m. Thursday against No. 5 Virginia Lynchburg. Daemen advances to play No. 4 Rochester College at 1 p.m. Friday.

Daemen was led by Ellie Allen with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Lindsay Stoddard added 14 points and six rebounds. The Wildcats shot 59 percent from the field in the second half and 54 percent for the game. They also held a 63-27 advantage in rebounds and a 27-6 edge in assists.

Taylor Boucher and Jennifer Colpitts each had nine points to lead UMFK in the program’s first appearance at the USCAA national championships.

Men’s Basketball

Anna Maria 76, So. Maine 62

At Paxton, Mass., senior forward Brad Peterson (North Kingstown, R.I.) led all scorers with 22 points and nine rebounds and paced four players in double figures as the second-seeded Anna Maria College AMCATS defeated the No. 7 University of Southern Maine Huskies 76-62 in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 ECAC Division III New England men’s basketball championships Wednesday night.

The loss concludes Southern Maine’s season at 15-13, marking the Huskies’ first winning season since the 2007-2008 when USM finished with a 14-13 mark. The AMCATS will face the winner of the game between No. 3 Eastern Connecticut and No. 6 Johnson & Wales.

Peterson was 9-for-14 from the field as the AMCATS (21-8) shot 47 percent (31-for-66) from the field as a team. Senior guard Anthony Click had 16 points, while senior guard Javier Bristol and junior guard Joseph Barillo chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Huskies were led by 15 points from freshman guard Cole Libby. Libby was 5-for-13 from the field in a strong performance off the bench, adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior guard Mike Poulin added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore center Tyler Penney added 10 points.

Men’s Lacrosse

St. Joseph’s 14, Husson 4

At Portland, Husson led early 4-2, but St. Joseph’s rallied in a nonconference game at Deering Memorial Stadium on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.

With the help of goals from Jake Ricciardi and freshman attackman Austin Watts, the Monks held a 2-1 edge five minutes into play. The Eagles responded with three straight scores, including a pair from junior midfielder Chris Delgiudice, and carried a 4-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the last Delguidice marker — scored 11:42 into the contest — would be their last goal of the evening.

Senior Monks midfielder Jordan Grant drew his team within one with his first goal of the season, off a Jake O’Brien feed, and Ricciardi knotted the contest at four-apiece with a man-up tally over eight minutes later. With the clock winding down toward intermission, Saint Joseph’s proceeded to net four goals in the closing three minutes of the second quarter to secure an 8-4 lead heading into the break.

The third quarter featured little offense, as sophomores Max Meserve and Dalton Eldridge found the back of the cage for the Monks to make it a 10-4 contest going into the final frame. Saint Joseph’s managed to ice the game with four insurance scores in the fourth quarter, as Eldridge scored twice while Ricciardi and Hamill added a goal apiece to account for the 14-4 final.

For Husson, Delgiudice scored twice and junior defender Mark Nardelli scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Senior goalkeeper John Hooper III made 13 saves in 56:54 between the pipes and suffered the loss, while junior keeper Eric Lund did not face a shot in 3 minutes, 6 seconds of play.

For Saint Joseph’s, Eldridge tallied a hat trick with three goals, Meserve had a goal and four assists, and Hamill added two goals and a pair of assists. Ahmed Dorghoud also played a vital role in the victory, winning 15 of 19 face-off attempts while collecting a game-high seven ground balls on the evening. Senior goalkeeper Christopher Driscoll came up with four stops.

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