HENNIKER, N.H. — New England College scored the last six goals of the game Wednesday afternoon, pulling away for a 14-5 victory over Husson University of Bangor in the North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse semifinals.
Brian Gillis registered four goals and an assist to spark the second-seeded Chargers (10-6) into Saturday’s championship game at No. 1 Castleton State.
James Putney scored three goals, while Adam Shute tallied a goal and an assist for New England College. Matt Goyette and Pat Miles scored two goals each and Cody Kitson made 11 saves.
Mitch Heaps led No. 3 Husson (8-9) with three goals. Alex Ryan and Chris Pelletier netted a goal each, with Dustin Brett, Brandon Corbo and Chris DelGiudice providing assists. John Hooper III made 15 saves.
Castleton State 13, MMA 7
At Castleton, Vt., Zach Davidson racked up four goals and four assists to power the No. 1 Spartans past No. 4 Maine Maritime Academy of Castine and into the North Atlantic Conference title game.
Spencer Hunt scored three goals, Alex Green contributed two goals and two assists and Sam Bailey scored twice for Castleton State (14-3). Alex Denny and Phil Patterson added a goal each and Peter Latulippe piled up 21 saves.
Alex Hermes propelled the Mariners (6-9) with four goals and Nick Betti scored twice. Bronson Guimond scored one goal, Nick Snelling contributed three assists and Tim Grant and Michael Dedian added an assist each.
Erik Milles made 13 saves for MMA.
BEVERLY, Mass. — With a three-goal cushion late in the 1st half, second-seeded Endicott College closed with 11 of the game’s last 12 scores to defeat No. 6 University of New England, 19-6, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinal match played Wednesday afternoon (May 1) at Endicott Stadium.
The Gulls (11-7) advance to Saturday’s title game at No. 1 Western New England University (a 19-15 winner over No. 4 Curry College).
Big Blue concludes its 2013 campaign with a record of 7-10.
After eight minutes of scoreless action, Endicott struck four times in a span of 2:33 to assume a 4-0 lead. UNE received goals from junior Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) by the 15:20 mark to cut the deficit in half, but Katie Tierney and Kelly Tierney sent in shots just 16 seconds apart with just inside 13 minutes left in the opening frame to restore the four-goal margin.
Sophomore Nikki Smith (Shapleigh, Maine), junior Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), and senior Emily Lodge (Lyman, Maine) helped UNE stay within striking distance for most of the remainder of the period, trading scores with the Gulls until the difference was 8-5.
However, with 1:57 left before halftime, Kelly Tierney started a spurt of three goals that provided the hosts with an 11-5 lead at the break.
Aside from Tavella’s second goal of the day with a little more than 11 minutes gone in the 2nd half, the final 30 minutes were controlled by Endicott.
Kelly Tierney paced Endicott with six goals, while Katie Tierney and Caitlin Pratt chipped in with three apiece. Rachel Campos and Holly Davis combined for 13 draw controls for the Gulls, who held a 22-5 edge in the category. Shots were 44-12 in favor of the home team, requiring EC goalie Rachel Socolow to make five stops for the win.
For UNE, Currier tallied a game-best five ground balls, and sophomore Macki Hill (York Beach, Maine) tossed in a pair of assists. Between the pipes, first-year Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.) recorded 14 saves and established a new program single-season mark in the process, upping her total on the year to 211. Kendall had entered the day tied with Amy Williams from the 2005 season.
Newsome’s marker in the early-going was her 150th career point, good for fourth place in the Nor’easters’ records, passing Ruth Ness ’05.