Maine college roundup, baseball: Western Michigan 7, Maine 3

Posted March 06, 2013, at 8:13 p.m.
Last modified March 06, 2013, at 10:23 p.m.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Western Michigan scored seven runs in the first inning Wednesday night on its way to a 7-3 baseball victory over the University of Maine.

Maine falls to 6-8 on the season with the loss, while Western Michigan improves to 3-10.

Western Michigan struck first with seven runs in the top of the first inning. Jared Kujawa walked and Andrew Sohn followed with a double. Both runners scored when Patrick Duncan doubled. Hunter Prince single to right field. Caleb Caton walked to load the bases. Kurt Hoekstra followed with a single to left field and Duncan scored. Prince scored when Brooks Beilke singled. Caton scored when Vinnie Booker grounded out to third base. Theo Piccirilli then singled to left center scoring both Hoekstra and Beilke.

Maine chipped away at the lead a little at a time. In the bottom of the second inning, Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) doubled.

Maine added a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) walked and then stole second base. He scored when Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) singled through the right side. Fransoso scored when Doran singled to left field.

Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) got the start on the mound and allowed all seven runs. He falls to 0-2 on the season. Heath was replaced by Charlie Butler(Marlborough, Mass.) who scattered six hits over 5.2 innings. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) went the final three innings and did not allow a run.

Patrick Borlik went 5.2 innings for Western Michigan and allowed three runs on seven hits. He improves to 1-1 on the season. He was replaced by Pat Haynes who pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit.

Men’s Lacrosse

Anna Maria 8, Husson 6

BANGOR, Maine — Husson men’s lacrosse came out ready to go Wednesday afternoon at Boucher Field, but their early momentum wouldn’t hold up against the Anna Maria AMCATS falling 8-6.

Mitch Heaps (York, PA) put Husson on the board quickly in the first few seconds of the game, from a Dillon Shaw (Augusta, ME) pass, to put the Eagles up 1-0. Three minutes later the AMCATS answered back when Scott Henry snuck one past goalkeeper John Hooper III (Wakefield, RI) to tie it up 1-1.

Eagle Dustin Brett (Loudon, NH) found the back of the net off an Alex Ryan (Northfield, NH) pass making it 3-1 just seconds later and Brandon Corbo (Merrimack, NH) took it in for a goal unassisted with a little over 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter to put Husson up 3-1.

Unfortunately for the Eagles the 2nd quarter was all AMCATS. Anna Maria scored 4 times in the 2nd quarter, first when Jason Baker connected to Justin Edson for a scoring play to make it 3-2. Chris Summers sank a pass from Rod Henriques tying it up at 3-3. Then Baker and Henriques both added their own unassisted goals making it 5-3 AMCATS.

The 3rd saw Ryan scored his own unassisted goal, closing the lead down to 5-4 and then Kevin Nolan(Norwood, MA) tossed one in from Corbo tying it up at 5-5. The AMCATS weren’t content relinquishing the lead. Baker scored his second goal of the game unassisted putting Anna Maria up 6-5 heading into the 4th quarter.

Heap countered with his second goal of the game after a pass from Chris DelGiudice (Oakland, ME) making it 6-6. Anna Maria silenced the Eagles cry scoring two unanswered goals to solidify the victory, Scott Henry and Lucas Stralka added the last two points for the AMCATS, both on Chris Summer assists.

Husson lead the game in ground balls (33-20), and face offs won 15 to 1. Anna Maria edged out the Eagles in shots, 26-24.

Joshua Giarrantano earned the win in goal for the AMCATS, and Hooper falls to 0-2 on the season with this loss in net.

The Eagles fall to 0-2 overall on the season.

Men’s Hockey

Bowdoin 5, UMass Dartmouth 2

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years with a 5-2 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday evening at Watson Arena.

With the win, the fifth-ranked Polar Bears (23-3-2) establish a new single-season school record for victories and move on to play seventh-ranked Utica in the quarterfinals on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. in Utica, N.Y. More information on the game will be available on Thursday.

The win came despite the efforts of UMass Dartmouth goaltender Ryan Williams, who stopped 51 shots in the loss. The Corsairs end their campaign with a record of 12-8-7.

The Polar Bears dominated the opening period, taking the first 17 shots of the game, but could only break through for a single goal. On the power play, Jay Livermore blasted a low slap shot from the point that slipped through the pads of Williams at 9:21. Williams kept his team in the game, however, making 18 saves in the frame to keep it a 1-0 Bowdoin lead after one period.

UMass Dartmouth drew even on just their sixth shot of the game just six minutes into the second period. A shot from above the right circle by William Colclough handcuffed Bowdoin goaltender Steven Messina. The rebound bounced left to the waiting stick of Evangelos Stefanou, who deposited the game-tying score at 6:19.

Bowdoin regained the lead just three minutes later when Livermore took a hard shot from the blue line that deflected to the right of Williams. Dylan Shamburger pounced on the rebound and backhanded it into the goal at 9:40 to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 edge.

The Corsairs drew even again with under six minutes left in the period as a scramble in front of the Bowdoin net saw Casey Skolnik slide a backhanded rebound past Messina at 14:32. The Polar Bears took advantage of a late hooking call to grab the lead before the second intermission, however, as Kyle Lockwood snapped a shot from above the left circle that slipped inside the left post with just 25 seconds left in the stanza.

UMass Dartmouth opened the third period on the power play but it was Bowdoin who converted for a key insurance goal. Colin Downey picked off a pass at the blue line, skated to the slot and fed John McGinnis in front. McGinnis flipped the puck under the crossbar at 1:18 to make it a 4-2 game. With 7:53 remaining, Bowdoin created more breathing room as Colin Downey won a faceoff back to Al Milley. Milley snapped a shot that skipped through traffic and into the cage for a 5-2 Polar Bear lead.

Livermore and McGinnis had a goal and an assist apiece for Bowdoin while Downey pitched in two assists. Messina finished with 20 saves and improved to 13-3-1 on the season. Williams’ 51 saves were just shy of the Division III Tournament single-game record of 54.

The victory was Bowdoin’s second all-time in NCAA Tournament play as the team improved to 2-0 in NCAA games at Watson Arena. UMass Dartmouth falls to 1-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

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