Maine college roundup, baseball: Husson wins 3 of 4

Posted April 27, 2013, at 8:36 p.m.
Last modified April 28, 2013, at 10:12 p.m.

HENNIKER, N.H. — Seven Husson University pitchers combined to allow only two runs Sunday as the Eagles swept a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader from the Pilgrims by scores of 4-0 and 10-2.

On Saturday, the Eagles from Bangor pounded out 17 hits in the second game en route to a 12-3 victory and a split of doubleheader. The Pilgrims took the opener 3-2.

In Sunday’s opener, Brandon Reilly worked four scoreless innings, while Pat McEwen (two innings) and Shawn Smith also threw up zeroes in the victory.

Dylan Foster hit a solo homer for Husson (23-17, 18-6 NAC), while J.T. Whitten singled twice with an RBI. Ben McLain and Jordan Carter had RBI singles.

Eric Johnson took the loss for New England College (6-23, 14-10 NAC).

In Sunday’s second game, Cody McInnis knocked in two runs with three singles behind starter and winner Tim Nason. Dan Whitney, Zachary Yates and Kyle McLain each pitched a hitless inning of relief for the Eagles.

McLain hit a single and drove in two runs, while Foster and Smith added two hits each.

Scott Fortune provided a run-scoring double for NEC.

In Saturday’s second game, Smith knocked in three runs with a home run and two singles to power Husson.

Josh Gaudette homered and doubled with two RBIs and Ben McLain had a double and two RBIs for the Eagles. Brandon Gendreau and Whitten each had a double, a single and an RBI.

Pat Thibodeau, Bishop and Andrew Curran added two singles apiece behind winning pitcher Dennis O’Neil, who scattered 10 hits in six innings.

Conor Crouse led NEC with two singles and an RBI while Francisco Dire doubled and singled to back losing pitcher Matt Valley.

In the opener, Dire walked and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice in the sixth to provide the winning run for NEC. Chris Wallace pitched a five-hitter for his first win of the season.

Thibodeau (RBI) and Smith each singled twice for the Eagles, with starter Thibodeau suffering the loss on the mound.

Thomas, Colby-Sawyer split

At Waterville, Eric Sucy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of the first game, lifting the Terriers to a 2-1 victory en route to a sweep of Sunday’s North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Thomas won the finale 8-2, but Colby-Sawyer swept Saturday’s twinbill, 1-0 and 7-3.

In Sunday’s opener, Jake Chamblee scattered six hits with four strikeouts for the Terriers (15-23, 13-11 NAC). Colby Averill singled three times and Tim Bradford had two singles.

Jeff Dunn doubled and singled for the Chargers (19-17, 14-10 NAC).

In Sunday’s second game, Tim Locke spread out six hits through six innings to earn the win for Thomas.

Jeff Richardson, Dillon Emerson and Thomas Cameron hit two singles apiece with an RBI to head the offense, while Zack Groat and TIm Bradford each had a single and an RBI.

Tyler Stotz singled twice for Colby-Sawyer.

On Saturday, Vinny Monahan’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning provided the only run of the game.

Kevin Keith spun a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks for the Chargers.

James McLamb was the tough-luck loser, allowing four hits and the run with five strikeouts and one walk.

In Saturday’s second game, Cameron Knight knocked in two runs with two singles and Sean Gavin had a double and two RBIs for the Chargers.

Andy Lapple collected three singles and Stotz had two to back winner P.J. Singster.

Cody Vigue paced Thomas with two singles and two RBIs, Emerson had two singles with an RBI and Richardson added two singles.

UM-Farmington, Lyndon split

At Lyndonville, Vt., Zach Keene knocked in five runs in Sunday with a double and two singles to power the Beavers to a 13-4 victory in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Lyndon State won the second game 9-8.

Ben Keene hit two singles with three RBIs, Colin Mello posted a double and two RBIs and Dale Winchenbach collected three singles for the University of Maine-Farmington (9-20, 8-16 NAC). Winchenbach went six innings on the mound to get the win.

Dylan Newton doubled, singled and drove in two runs for the Hornets (4-30, 4-20 NAC).

In Game 2, No. 9 batter Ian Sackett delivered a two-run single to cap a four-run seventh inning as Lyndon State pulled out the win.

Newton homered, doubled and singled (3 RBIs) to lead the Hornets, while Michael Cartularo hit a home run, a single and knocked in two runs. Sackett added another single to aid winning pitcher Sam Matthews.

Ben Keene drove in two runs with three singles to pace UMF, while Woodbury stroked three doubles and a single and scored three times. Winchenback added two singles.

Plymouth State sweeps Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) pitched a complete game in the opener and Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) pitched five innings for the victory in the nightcap to help the Plymouth State baseball team to 6-2 and 4-2 non-conference wins over Colby College on Sunday at Coombs Field.

The Panthers improved to 19-18 overall, while the Mules fell to 9-20.

Runnals struck out four, walked none, and allowed seven hits in the first game. Regan gave up both of the runs in the second game while striking out five and walking none. Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) worked the seventh inning for the save.

Plymouth State scored three runs in the first inning of the opener to take early control. Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to start the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After the second out of the inning, Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) walked, Rob Madonna (Cranston, R.I.) had a single to drive in Beard, Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) doubled to bring in Madonna, and Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) singled to score Hall. Beard had two doubles and two runs in the opener.

In the second, the Panthers scored two unearned runs when Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) reached by error to start the inning. Beard followed with a double to put Cosgrove over to third base. After a strikeout, Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.) singled to bring in Cosgrove and Cox had a sacrifice fly to score Beard.

In the top of the third, Thompson tripled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Cosgrove for a 6-0 margin.

Colby scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Starks (Milton, Mass.) led off with a single and later scored on the fifth triple of the season by Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.). Colin Cummings (Ashburn, Va.) had an RBI groundout to bring in Buco.

Cosgrove, Madonna, and Thompson all had two hits, one run, and one RBI for the winners. Starks and Alec Finigan (Milton, Mass.) both had two hits for Colby.

In the second game, the Panthers had a lone run in the first inning when a hit batter, a single, and a walk loaded the bases. Hall followed with a single to bring in McIntosh, but Colby was able to get out of the inning with no more damage.

Hall, who was 3-for-3 in the second game, had a two-out double in the third inning and Thompson followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 margin.

Plymouth State scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth after Madonna reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice by Hall. Thompson, who had three hits and two RBI in the game, smacked a double to plate Madonna.

The third run was big because Colby scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nathan Ellis (Milton, Mass.) singled to lead the inning off, moved to second when Daniel Csaplar (Winchester, Mass.) was hit by a pitch, and both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch. Christopher Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.) had a two-run pinch-hit single to cut the lead to 3-2.

In the sixth, Beard reached by error and later scored from third on a squeeze bunt by McIntosh.

USM sweeps Western Conn.

DANBURY, Conn. — The University of Southern Maine baseball team clinched its fourth outright Little East Conference regular season title on Sunday by sweeping Western Connecticut State University at Westside Field. The Huskies won the opener 10-0 before taking the nightcap 15-2 in seven innings.

The sweep extends the Huskies latest winning streak to four games and improves their record to 29-6 overall and 11-1 in LEC play. The Huskies have won the LEC regular season title the past two seasons, and three times in the last five seasons. In addition to their four outright regular season titles, the Huskies have also shared the regular season crown on four other occasions.

The Colonials have dropped their last three games to fall to 13-21 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

In the opener, senior John Carey and junior Matt Verrier combined for five hits, including two home runs, and five RBI to pace a 16-hit USM attack. Freshman southpaw Tyler Leavitt pitched eight shutout innings allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his fourth win of the season.

USM sweeps Keene State

GORHAM, Maine — The University of Southern Maine benefitted from two solid starting pitching outings by junior southpaw Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs) and senior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), and some timely hitting to sweep Keene State College, 4-1 and 15-1 (seven innings), in a Little East Conference doubleheader at USM Baseball Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With the sweep, the Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 27-6 overall and 9-1 in LEC play. The Owls had their seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss in the opener, and dropped to 18-18 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

Carman pitched 8.1 innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out five to get the win in game one. Carman improved to 8-0 on the season. Yates, who pitched 6.0 solid innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out four, earned the win in game two to improve to 5-0 on the year.

Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) was 3-for-4 with five RBI — all in the nightcap — to lead USM at the plate on the day. Chadwick relieved Carman with one out in the ninth and retired the two batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the season. Freshman Sam Dexter(Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) was 4-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI, and senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) went 4-for-9 with two RBI on the day.

Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H./Salem) led Keene State offensively going 3-for-8, including two doubles. Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H./Keene) went 2-for-6 with a home run, and sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) was 2-for-6.

Senior right-hander Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn./East Windsor), who pitched 1.1 innings giving up four runs — two earned — was tagged with the loss in game one and dropped to 1-2 on the season. Senior Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, N.H./Southern New Hampshire) pitched 1.1 innings giving up five runs on seven hits to take the loss in game two and dropped to 2-3 on the year.

Game One

Dexter finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Pisani and Grady each had a hit and an RBI as the Huskies took advantage of some early scoring opportunities. Although being outhit 6-5, Southern Maine was able to put two runs on the board in both the first and second innings to take a 4-1 lead, and Carman made it stand up while getting some timely help from his defense. Carman now has an outstanding 2.14 ERA in nine appearances this season.

The Huskies scored their two runs in the first inning with two outs. Grady got the scoring started with an RBI single to left center that brought around senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood). Chadwick advanced to third on the play and was awarded home plate when an errant Keene State throw went into the dugout, making the score 2-0.

The Owls got a run back in the second to cut the USM lead to 2-1. Sewards singled and freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, CT/RHAM) reached on a fielder’s choice as Sewards beat the throw to second base. Seawards then advance to third on a fly out and later scored on a successfully executed double steal with Dootson.

The Huskies answered right back with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. JuniorMatt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) doubled to lead off the inning and advance to third on a passed ball. After junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) walked, Dexter doubled down doubled down the left field line to drive in Verrier and make it 3-1. After a Keene pitching change, Pisani drove in Thibodeau from third on a RBI ground out to take the 4-1 lead.

Keene put a runner into scoring position when Bates doubled with one out in the third and advanced to third on a single by sophomore Tanner Luopa (Keene, N.H.), but Carman was able to escape as he got a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Owls’ freshman Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) relieved Hutchinson with one out in the second and pitched 5.2 solid innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two.

Game Two

Chadwick singled three times and drove in five to highlight the Huskies’ 18-hit attack as they defeated the Owls 15-1 in seven innings. Pisani also recorded three hits to go along with an RBI and two runs scored. Dexter and Thibodeau each went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Yates won his fifth straight game and now has a 2.73 ERA in six appearances this spring.

The Huskies went ahead 6-0 after two innings thanks to a five-run second.

Bowdoin, Tufts split

MEDFORD, Mass. — The Bowdoin College baseball team shut out Tufts, 4-0, in the opener of Saturday’s twinbill in Massachusetts, clinching a bid to the 2013 NESCAC Baseball Tournament.

The Polar Bears (22-11, 8-4 NESCAC), who dropped game two to the Jumbos, 6-1, qualify as the second seed out of the NESCAC’s Eastern Division and will open the NESCAC Tournament on Friday, May 10 at the NESCAC Western Division’s top seed, Wesleyan. More details on the championship will be available next week. Tufts (21-11, 7-5 NESCAC) needed a sweep of its weekend series with the Polar Bears to earn a spot in the tourney.

Southpaw Christian Martin was the story in game one, as Bowdoin’s starter did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and finished his 5.2 innings of work allowing just two singles, with seven strikeouts and no earned runs. The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when the Polar Bear broke through on a run-scoring single from Tim McGarry that scored Kyle LeBlanc to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin tacked on three runs in the sixth frame with RBI singles from Sam Canales, Duncan Taylor and a double-steal of home by Canales to make it a 4-0 game. Henry Van Zant worked out of a jam in the sixth and closed out the game by striking out the side in the seventh to seal the win.

Tufts starter Christian Sbily stymied the Bowdoin bats in game two, tossing a complete game and allowing one earned runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. Dan Findley doubled to open the fourth inning and eventually came around to score on a Canales groundout to give Bowdoin an early 1-0 edge. But Tufts answered with two runs in the seventh to take the lead. Tom Mitropoulis laced an RBI single and then came around to score on a groundout later in the frame to give the hosts a 2-1 edge. The Jumbos scored four runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach, with the big blow coming on a two-run single by Connor McDavitt. Drew LoRusso took the loss in relief for Bowdoin. Starter Erik Jacobsen tossed five strong innings of no-hit ball before giving way to the bullpen.

SOFTBALL

Boston U. sweeps Maine

BOSTON — Erin Schuppert pitched a five-hitter as the Terriers completed a three-game weekend America East sweep of the Black Bears, 7-1.

On Saturday, Boston University swept UMaine 2-0 and 9-5.

In Sunday’s game, Megan Volpano homered, doubled and singled with three RBIs to propel the Terriers (20-23-1, 7-6 AE). Jayme Mask had three singles and an RBI and Emily Roesch doubled and singled (RBI).

Hilary Kane stroked two doubles for the Black Bears (7-37, 3-12 AE). EmJ Fogel added a double behind starter and loser Beth Spoehr.

In Saturday’s opener, left-hander Lauren Hynes pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts to lead BU. Volpano’s RBI single in the first and a run-scoring grounder in the second by Haley King provided the Terriers’ only runs against Spoehr, who gave up five hits and struck out four.

UMaine collected six singles by different players.

In Game 2, Brittany Clendenny drove in three runs with a double and two singles to propel BU. Chelsea Kehr plated three runs with two singles and Mask tripled and singled to support Schuppert’s seven-hit pitching.

Jean Stevens belted a grand slam in the third inning for the Bears, who got a double and three singles from Fogel and two singles from Kane. Hannah Hill took the loss.

UMPI sweeps Fisher

At Presque Isle, the Owls celebrated their first home games of the season by sweeping the Falcons 8-0 and 4-1 in a Saturday doubleheader.

In the first game, Krista Coffin fired a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to lead the University of Maine-Presque Isle (7-22). She also posted a two-run single in the effort.

Megan Hannigan doubled twice and drovein a run, Ashley Laking hit a double and two singles with three runs scored and Taylor Cochran added a double and an RBI.

Andrea Martucci singled in the fourth for Fisher (2-27), which committed eight errors.

In Game 2, Coffin allowed only three hits and a run while piling up 10 strikeouts in her second win of the day. She also rapped two doubles.

Laking singled twice and drove in a run for the Owls.

Martucci provided a single and an RBI for Fisher behind losing pitcher Kaleigh Gilbert.

Tufts sweeps Colby

MEDFORD, Mass. — The Colby College softball team finished the season Saturday at 11-17 overall after dropping 2-0 and 7-0 games to seventh-ranked Tufts University on Saturday in a NESCAC East doubleheader.

Colby junior Kelsey Yardumian allowed just one earned run in a fine pitching effort in the opening game.

Tufts pitchers Rebecca DiBiase and Aly Moskowitz earned the shutouts for the Jumbos (35-3 overall, 12-0 NESCAC East).

DiBiase controlled the first game for Tufts, scattering four hits over seven innings. The Jumbos gave DiBiase all the runs she would need in the fourth inning when Emily Beinecke singled to left field and advanced to second on a passed ball. Following two fly outs, sophomore Gracie Marshall doubled to right to bring in Beinecke.

The Jumbos got on the board again in the sixth with an unearned run as Beinecke again singled to left and was sacrificed to second by Kris Parr. Marshall drove a line drive to left field that was bobbled and dropped, allowing Beinecke to score.

Meaghan Lewia had two of Colby’s four hits.

In the second game, Tufts scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Michelle Cooprider singled to center and Jo Clair doubled to right-center to score Cooprider. Beinecke followed that with a home run to left to give the Jumbos a 3-0 lead.

Colby threatened in the bottom of the second, loading the bases on a single by Brianne Wheeler and consecutive two-out singles by Tori Sansone and Lindsay Peterson. Sophomore Carolyn Bennett grounded to Moskowitz to end the inning.

Tufts loaded the bases in the third, but failed to score. The Jumbos then broke open the game in the fourth inning, scoring four unearned runs.

USM sweeps UMass Dartmouth

GORHAM, Maine – Seniors Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass./Woburn), Jessica Hayden (Madison, Maine) and Jesse Hutchins (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) each came up big to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a Little East Conference doubleheader sweep over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs on Senior Day at Towers Field Saturday afternoon in Gorham, Maine. Southern Maine took the first game 8-5 and then completed the sweep with a five-inning 9-0 win.

With the sweep, Southern Maine completes its 2013 season with a record of 9-31 overall and 4-10 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth concludes its season with a record of 11-27 and 3-11 in the conference.

Hutchins earned the win in the opener going the full seven innings allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk. Hutchins had four strikeouts in the victory. Helping out her own cause, Hutchins added an RBI double on a 1-for-2 effort at the plate.

Davis collected her team-leading eighth and ninth doubles of the season in the opener finishing the game 2-for-4 at the dish a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Hayden was 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the third, USM created some distance from the Corsairs plating four runs on three hits and one Corsairs’ error. Davis drove in one of the Huskies’ first run with an RBI line out to center field.

UMD battled back with two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the USM lead to 5-3. Jenna Sylvia had a sacrifice fly RBI to left field in the inning, but USM answered back in the home-half of the fourth with three more runs. All three of the Huskies’ runs were scored with two outs. Freshman Nicole Nutter (Westbrook, Maine) had a two-out single and then stole second before coming around to score on an RBI single from Hayden. Hayden advanced to second on a wild pitch and Davis doubled her in with a shot to center field, before Davis scored on an error for a 8-3 Huskies’ lead.

The Corsairs took a run back in the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as USM held for the win. Sophomore Shannon Gregoire (Dartmouth, Mass.) had an RBI in the fifth for the Corsairs, while sophomore Becky Williams (Hope Valley, R.I./Chariho) finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI single to left field for the RBI in the seventh.

UMass Dartmouth freshman Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) took the loss. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks. She had five strikeouts.

In the second game, USM blew open a 1-0 lead with seven run in the bottom of the third inning to cruise to a 9-0 win over the Corsairs. The Huskies had five of their seven hits in the inning and took advantage of a Corsairs’ error, five wild pitches and a passed ball. Sophomore Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), Hutchins and senior Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each had RBIs in the inning.

Stockwell earned the shut out win for USM. She scattered five hits over five innings and did not yield a walk. She had six strikeouts. Freshman Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, R.I.) took the loss allowing seven runs (two earned) in 2.2 innings pitched. She gave up four hits and had four walks with a strikeout.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Husson 11, Thomas 2

At Boucher Field in Bangor on Saturday, the Eagles rode the four-goal, two-assist performance of Mitch Heaps to a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal win over the Terriers.

Brandon Corbo posted three goals and two assists, Dillon Shaw a goal and an assist and Nolan Brown one goal and one assist for Husson University (8-8). Vinny Visconti and Chris Pelletier each added a goal and John Hooper III made seven saves.

Sean Machin and Parker Chute were the goal-scorers for Thomas College of Waterville (4-10). Jesse Morkeski came up with 16 saves.

MMA 15, UM-Farmington 4

At Castine on Saturday, the Mariners got five goals from Nick Betti to beat the Beavers and reach the North Atlantic Conference semfinals.

Alex Hermes had four goals and an assist for 6-8 Maine Maritime Academy, while Bronson Guimond scored three goals. Nick Snelling posted a goal and two assists and Cameron Wyman had 1 & 1. Erik Milles, James Wilgus and Oscar Adams combined to make seven saves.

The Beavers (4-7) wre led by two goals from Mike Foley and a goal each from T.C. Peters and Jake Linkletter. Ben Altmaier made 17 saves.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Castleton 21, Thomas 12

At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans won their second straight North Atlantic Conference crown by beating the Terriers.

Amanda Flodstrom compiled five goals and six assists for 9-7 Castleton State, while Sarah Clark scored four times. Jessica Taplin provided two goals and an assist, with Mariah Lesure, Blake Wardwell and Brandi Whittemore added two goals apiece.

Kelsey McDonald made only six saves.

Brittany Premo led Thomas (11-5) with four goals, Jennifer Day tallied three goals and an assist and Ceara Dibiase scored three times. Erin Nelligan added a goal and an assist and Katie Mailman scored once to back Brittany Fox, who made 11 saves.

Thomas 20, Husson 12

At Castleton, Vt., on Saturday, the Terriers advanced to the title game with a victory over the Eagles.

Ceara Dibiase scored five goals and Jillian Lambert netted four for Thomas, while Brittany Premo posted three goals and an assist. Jennifer Day logged two goals and two assists, Erin Nelligan had a goal and an assist and Miranda Tinsman scored twice.

Brittany Fox made 10 saves.

Haley Huntington sparked Husson University of Bangor (4-10) with four goals, Caitlyn Stauffer scored three and Alissa Fallon contributed two goals and three assists. Amanda Mora scored two goal and Theresa Butler added one to support Chelsea Kondratowicz, who made 14 stops.

Colby 11, Amherst 3

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made 12 saves and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) scored at least 40 goals for the third time in three years to lead the fourth-seeded Colby College women’s lacrosse team to an 11-3 win over fifth-seeded Amherst College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Colby improves to 12-3 overall and will play in a league semifinal game against second-seeded Middlebury College next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity College. The top-seeded Bantams will take on sixth-seeded Hamilton College in the other semifinal at noon. Amherst, ranked 12th nationally, ends the season at 9-6.

Burt, a junior, may have played the best game of her career after stopping six shots in each half. She had a number of difficult stops in the second half. Burt also finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

McKenna, with 40 goals and four assists this season, scored all four of her goals in the second half to break the contest open. She had 43 goals in her first year at Colby and scored 45 a year ago. McKenna has 128 goals and 16 assists for 144 career points in her junior year.

Both teams came ready to play in a first half dominated by the defenses. Burt ended up being the difference, stopping six shots as the Mules took a 3-1 lead at the break. Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) scored on a blast from the right side of the goal with 23:06 left to put the Mules up 1-0. Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) took a feed from Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) and scored on a low shot with 21:12 to play for a 2-0 Mule lead.

Amherst cut the lead in half with 15:31 to go on Caroline Holliday’s (Newark, Del.) catch-and-shoot off a nice pass from Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, N.Y.). Petesch scored her second goal of the game from Eddy with 11:54 to play for the 3-1 margin.

Colby, which went 0-for-2 on free-position shots in the first half, made four of its five free-position shots in the final 30 minutes. The Mules scored four straight goals in the first 7:17 of the second half to take command. Eddy scored her second goal of the contest on a free-position shot just 1:43 into the half. After an unassisted goal by Abby Hatch with 25:21 remaining, McKenna scored back-to-back free-position goals with 23:49 and 22:43 to play.

Ludlow gave Amherst some life after the Lord Jeffs won the draw control after McKenna’s second goal. She took a feed from Krista Zsitavay (New Vernon, N.J.) and scored just 21 seconds later to make it 7-2.

The Mules, ranked eighth nationally, once again scored four straight goals to pull away for an 11-2 lead. Hatch had her second goal with 17:29 left from Eddy, McKenna scored on her third free-position shot, McKenna got her fourth of the game from Hatch, and Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) took a feed from Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) for the Mules’ final score.

The Jeffs closed out the scoring when Hillary Densen (Summit, N.J.) converted on a free-position goal with 3:46 to play.

Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) led Colby’s defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Kirsten Karis had a game-high five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Mia Haughton (Princeton, N.J.) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead Amherst. Alex Philie (East Sandwich, Mass.) added two caused turnovers, two draw controls, and two ground balls. Zsitvay had a game-high four draw controls.

Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn.) made seven saves in 50:21 of action in goal for Amherst. Katelyn Salerno (West Windsor, N.J.) played 9:39 and had no stops.

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