Weekend Maine college roundup, baseball: USM 6, Old Westbury 0

Posted March 02, 2013, at 7:28 p.m.

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Junior Logan Carman and sophomore Andrew Richards combined to pitch a five-hit shutout as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the SUNY Old Westbury Panthers 6-0 in a non-conference game Sunday at Baseball Heaven.

The Huskies improve to 2-0 and the Panthers slip to 3-3.

Carman went the first six innings giving up three hits and one walk while striking out four to earn the victory. Carman did not allow a runner past second base, and helped his own cause picking off two Old Westbury runners. Richards came on to complete the shutout with three scoreless innings allowing two hits. He faced a one-out, first-and-third situation in his first inning of work, but escaped harm with a strikeout and comebacker to the mound.

Junior Forrest Chadwick led the Huskies’ offense with a pair of hits, including his first home run of the season, three runs scored and two RBI. Senior Nick Grady, junio rMatt Verrier and sophomore Jake Glauser each had two hits.

The Huskies grabbed a 2-0 lead against Nunez in the first inning. With two outs, senior Tucker White singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and took third on an error. Chadwick singled to drive in White, stole second, and scored on an infield error on Grady’s ground ball.

In the fifth, Verrier doubled, took third on a Glauser single, and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Sam Dexter. In the sixth, Chadwick hit a solo home run to right center.

USM 14, Mount Saint Mary 1

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) hit two home runs and pitched five shutout innings as the University of Southern Maine Huskies opened their 2013 season with a 14-1 victory over the Mount Saint Mary College Knights on Saturday.

Bernard hit a two-run homer during the Huskies’ five-run first-inning explosion and a second two-run round tripper in the fourth inning. On the hill, the right-hander surrendered only two singles and one walk while striking out four to pick up the win.

The Huskies scored five times in the first inning on junior Forrest Chadwick’s (Gardiner, Maine) two-run double, an RBI groundout from senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) and Bernard’s first homer.

USM added five more runs in the second frame to open up a 10-0 lead. Grady plated the first two runs with a double, and junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) cleared the bases with a triple.

Bernard accounted for the Huskies’ two runs in the fourth, and Verrier had a RBI double in the sixth inning. Sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) plated the final USM run in the sixth with an RBI groundout.

Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) led the Huskies’ 13-hit attack with three singles and two runs scored. Bernard and Verrier each had two extra-base hits and four RBI.

The Knights picked up their lone run in the sixth inning against USM sophomore right-hander Alex Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy). Junior Vinnie Carminati (Huntington, N.Y.) hit a one-out double and came home on a single off the bat of senior Alec Seidman (Poughquag, N.Y.).

Sophomore Matt Schumacher (Commack, N.Y.), the first of four hurlers used by the Knights, was tagged with the loss.

The game was the season opener for the Huskies while the Knights dropped their second straight game to fall to 0-2.

Southern Maine will play SUNY College at Old Westbury at Baseball Heaven on Sunday (10:30 a.m.). Mount Saint Mary will play a second game today against Ithaca College.

Women’s Basketball

Amherst 71, UNE 34

AMHERST, Mass. — Sixth-ranked Amherst College limited the University of New England to 19.6 percent shooting to advance to the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship with a 71-34 second-round win over the University of New England Saturday (March 2) evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Jeffs — one of last season’s semifinalists and national champions in 2011 — will face the winner of Tufts University and Babson College next Friday evening. UNE ends its season with a record of 25-5.

Amherst’s Bridget Crowley and Megan Robertson controlled the inside, combining for 29 points, 22 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Crowley went for a game-high 17 points, 11 boards and three blocks, while Robertson overcame early foul trouble to finish with 12 points, 11 caroms and five rejections.

Marcia Voigt scored all 11 of her points after halftime for the Jeffs, and Jasmine Hardy connected for a trio of three-pointers on her way to matching Voigt with 11 points. Haley Zwecker came off the bench to score 10 points and round out five Amherst players in double figures.

For UNE, senior Beth Suggs had 10 points and eight rebounds in her final collegiate game. Suggs ends her career with 1,128 points (14th all-time for the program) and 918 rebounds (3rd). Her 339 boards this season is the fifth-highest single-season total in program history.

Kelly Coleman chipped in nine points and eight rebounds for UNE, and Lauren Hayden added seven points and seven rebounds.

Amherst jumped out to a quick start in the first half, opening up a 7-2 lead three minutes into the contest.

UNE recovered by scoring seven straight points to grab an 8-7 advantage. Suggs and Coleman each had a layup and free throw to account for the run.

The two teams would trade baskets over the ensuing six minutes. Leading 19-16 at the third media timeout, the Jeffs would score six of the next seven points to take a 25-17 cushion. Zwecker and Crowley converted back-to-back fastbreak layups to cap the spurt.

Softball

Illinois 7, Maine 1

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The University of Maine softball team dropped a 7-1 decision to Illinois on Saturday morning at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) went 2-for-2 to lead the offense while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Alex Booker started the scoring for Illinois as her RBI single plated Allie Bauch with the games first run in the bottom of the second.

Maine knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Burk singled to right to start the inning before Jean Stevens(Albany, Ore.) worked a walk. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) would reach on an error, loading the bases for Maine. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) followed with a ground out to second which allowed Burk to sprint in from third.

A two run bottom of the fourth for the Illini gave them a 3-1 lead before they added four runs in the bottom of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, a lead they would not relinquish.

Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) takes the loss in the circle as she threw six innings while giving up seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits.

Florida Gulf Coast 8, Maine 0

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The University of Maine softball team closed out the USF Under Armour Invitational with an 8-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast Sunday afternoon. EmJ Fogel and Hilary Kane each recorded a hit for the Black Bears who fall to 1-8 while the Eagles improve to 12-5.

Florida Gulf Coast opened up the game with back-to-back four run innings, plating four runs in the first and second innings.

Hannah Hill takes the loss for the Black Bears as she went 1 ⅓ innings while giving up six runs on one five and five walks while striking out three.

Men’s Hockey

Brunswick 4, Middlebury 2

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Danny Palumbo scored a pair of first-period goals to lead the Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over Middlebury in the NESCAC Semifinals at Watson Arena on Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.

The top-seeded Polar Bears, who also got a goal and two assists from Daniel Weiniger, improve to 21-3-2 on the season and advance to the NESCAC title game for the third time in the last four years and sixth time overall. The fifth-seeded Panthers end their season with a mark of 13-11-2.

Bowdoin will face Williams in the NESCAC Championship game at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in Watson Arena. There are a limited number of tickets that will be available at the door beginning at 1:00 p.m . Sunday. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Bowdoin student tickets are free with/ID.

Bowdoin got on the scoreboard first when Tim Coffey won a race to the puck in the corner and centered a pass to Palumbo, who sat unchecked in front of the Middlebury net. Palumbo put home the wide-open chance over Mike Peters’ glove-side shoulder at 11:17.

Late in period, the Polar Bears added a goal in transition to double their lead. John McGinnis crossed the left side of the blue line and played a drop pass to Daniel Weiniger above the circle. Weiniger played a cross-ice pass to Palumbo, who was streaking down the middle. Palumbo redirected the pass inside the right post with just 39 seconds remaining in the frame.

Bowdoin added to their lead midway through the second period when Weiniger picked off pass in neutral zone, carried across blue line and deked a Panther defender. Weiniger snapped a shot from the slot that skipped past Peters inside the right post at 7:29.

Middlebury got one back with under four minutes to play in the period when an initial shot by Mike Longo was blocked in front. Robbie Donahoe pounced on the rebound and slapped home the rebound at 16:27 to trim the lead to 3-1 after two periods of play.

The teams traded goals within a 31 second span in the third period. Bowdoin converted on a power play at 3:42 as Ollie Koo put home a slapshot from the point. Moments later, Robbie Dobrowski answered for the Panthers by finishing off a scramble in front at 4:13.

The Panthers had one last chance to cut into Bowdoin’s 4-2 advantage with ten minutes to play, earning a 5×3 advantage. The Polar Bears were able make a defensive stand and goaltender Max Fenkell made 16 saves on 17 Middlebury shots during the third period to preserve Bowdoin’s lead.

Fenkell stopped 32 shots overall for Bowdoin. Peters made 25 blocks in net for Middlebury. The victory is Bowdoin’s first over Middlebury in NESCAC Tournament play after five prior losses to the Panthers, most recently a 6-3 setback in last year’s NESCAC Semifinals.

Women’s Hockey

Bowdoin 3, Amherst 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team skated into the NESCAC finals after defeating Amherst 3-1 this evening at Middlebury.

The Polar Bears (20-4-2) will make their sixth finals appearance, and first since 2006, on Sunday when they face Middlebury. The Jeffs end their season with a 13-11-1 mark.

Bowdoin got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead 6:06 into the contest. Madeline Lane took a shot from the right point that deflected in off a defender for her third of the season. The Polar Bears had a great look at the 14-minute mark, as Stephanie Ludy and Kenzie Novak worked a two-on-one before a great stop from Kerri Stuart. Amherst countered on the other end with a solid chance, but Erin Martin was denied on a breakaway with a big pad save from Kayla Lessard.

Neither team had great scoring chances in the second period, with Bowdoin getting the best look late in the period on a late power play. Stuart made a big glove save on Chelsea MacNeil, with the rebound being cleared off the goal line as time was expiring.

Amherst pressured the Bowdoin net midway through the third stanza on the power play, but Lessard stood strong to keep her team up 1-0. The Jeffs had a great look at 13:40, but Courtney Baranek was denied by Lessard after a two-on-one with Geneva Lloyd.

Bowdoin went on a power play at the 14:49 mark, gaining some much-needed breathing room with a power play goal 53 seconds into the advantage. Novak’s shot from the right point was tipped in front by Ludy for her 14th of the season.

Amherst came within one with 33 seconds remaining with a six-on-four goal. Ashley Salerno found Lloyd at the top of the zone before she ripped a shot into the back of the net for her 14th of the year. The Jeffs again pulled Stuart following the goal, but a turnover led to an empty-net goal by Rachel Kennedy to seal the win for Bowdoin with 10 seconds remaining.

Lessard finished with 27 saves in goal to earn the win, while Stuart made 26 stops for Amherst.

Women’s Lacrosse

Thomas 10, Becker 8

LEICESTER, Mass. — Senior midfielder Ceara DiBiase (Westbrook, Maine) scored three goals, all in the second half, to lead visiting Thomas College to a 10-8 win over host Becker College in non-conference women’s lacrosse action on Sunday at Alumni field. The Terriers of Thomas are now 2-1 while the Hawks of Becker open their season at 0-1.

Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Day (Gardiner, Maine) collected two goals and two assists for Thomas, while senior attacker Jasmine Ryan (Berwick, Maine) and sophomore midfielderBrittany Premo (Concord, N.H.) each had two goals and an assist. Premo racked up seven ground balls.

Becker freshman attacker Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.) scored four goals in the first game of her collegiate career, while junior attacker Samantha-Jo Dilkes (Little Falls, N.J.) had a hat trick with three scores. Junior attacker Ashley Mossey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) contributed a goal and an assist.

The first half went back and forth, with three lead changes. The Hawks went up 5-3 with 11:34 left when Ruyack took the ground ball and ran the length of the field, taking it in herself. But with 2:15 remaining in the period, Ryan found the back of the net, and the two teams went into halftime knotted at five goals each.

The trend continued early in the second half, with the Terrapins twice taking a one-goal lead, only for the Hawks to rally to tie. Thomas finally took a 9-7 lead with 15:16 left in the game off goals by Premo and DeBiase. Jo-Dilkes tried to rally Becker with her third goal with 6:39 remaining, but DiBiase provided the insurance goal in the closing minutes to clinch it for the visitors.

Thomas freshman goalkeeper Brittany Fox (Lovell, Maine) tallied ten stops for the Terrapins while Becker freshman goalkeeper Shelby Wicks (Shaftsbury, Vt.) finished the day with 13 saves.

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