College roundup, baseball: USM 13, W. Connecticut 2

Posted May 08, 2013, at 4:58 p.m.
Last modified May 08, 2013, at 9:43 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two RBI as the top-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the sixth-seeded Western Connecticut State University Colonials 13-2 in the opening game of the 2013 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament being played at the USM Baseball Stadium.

White had a pair of singles and his eighth home run to pace the Huskies’ 17-hit attack against three Colonial hurlers. Senior Nick Grady(Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) also had three hits. Every member of the Huskies’ starting lineup had at least one hit.

Junior southpaw Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs [Calif.]) went seven innings to earn his 10th win of the season. Carman allowed fi8ve hits and three walks while striking out three. FreshmenSean Murphy (Westbrook, Maine) and Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Senior Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, Conn.) accounted for the Colonials first run of the game with his eighth home run of the season. Junior Austin Howard (Bristol, Conn.) was the only Colonial with two hits and scored the second run on an RBI single by sophomore James Russell (Darien, Conn.).

Sophomore right-hander C.J. Sousa (Danbury, Conn.) went the opening five innings on the hill giving up eight runs on 11 hits and five walks while striking out three. Sousa is now 1-3 on the season.

Bierfeldt gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead with a solo two-out homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. White scored the equalizer when he singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a triple from Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine).

USM took the lead for good with three runs in the second inning. Junior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) plated the first run with a double. After a walk to junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), a botched pickoff attempt moved both runners up 90 feet. Carey would score on a single by junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton), and Verrier scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).

Thibodeau scored a run in the fourth on first of two doubles for Dexter. USM added a single run in the fifth when White came home on a single by junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine). USM added three more runs in the sixth, including two on White’s home run to left center.

Russell’s RBI single in the seventh made it 9-2. The Huskies tacked on four insurance runs in their half of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Chadwick and a two-run single by Grady.

Southern Maine, 34-7 on the season and ranked ninth in the nation in the latest ABCA Division III poll, will move into Game Five of the tournament against the loser of the Keene State College-University of Massachusetts Boston game. Western Connecticut, 17-23 overall, will play the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in an elimination game (Game Four) of the six-team, double-elimination tournament.

Women’s Lacrosse

Colby 19, Lasell 3

WATERVILLE, Maine —- The seventh-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team made it six wins in six games in opening round contests after a 19-3 victory over Lasell College in the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

Colby will head back to Trinity College for the second weekend in a row and will play 10th-ranked College of New Jersey in a second round game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Lasell ends its season at 15-4 after making the national tournament for the first time.

The Mules, who led 12-1 at halftime over the Lasers, have a combined scoring margin of 113-25 in their six first-round NCAA wins.

Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished with two goals and six assists for Colby, which had a 43-8 shot advantage and an 18-6 margin in draw controls. Colby All-Americans Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) both had three goals, while Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) and Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) each had two goals and one assist. Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.) added one goal and two assists.

Ashley Slattery (Weymouth, Mass.) led Lasell with two goals, while Britney Wuorio (Bolton, Mass.) added one goal to finish with 84 for the season.

Colby came out strong and led 6-0 after 9:55 of play, winning draw controls to keep possession during that time. Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.), who had one goal and one assist, scored first just 45 seconds into play from Barr. McKenna and Griffin scored the next two goals for the Mules, both on assists from Mintz. Griffin scored both of her goals in a span of 46 seconds, with the second going unassisted with 26:03 to play for a 4-0 margin. Abby Hooper (Nahant, Mass.) and Pistel both had unassisted goals for the 6-0 margin.

McKenna scored her second of the game from Mintz with 17:04 to play and then Mintz scored two straight goals. The first came off a pass from Swaffield with 13:50 to go and Mintz converted on a free-position shot with 12:59 remaining. Swaffield tallied from Hooper for a 10-0 margin with 11:35 to play and Pistel followed with a goal on a free-position shot with 10:05 to play for an 11-0 margin.

Slattery gave Lasell its first goal with 10:05 left to intermission, but Barr tallied from Griffin with 5:35 remaining for the final goal of the half.

The teams traded goals to start the second half. Grace McVey (Bronxville, N.Y.) tallied for Colby from Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine), while the Lasers made it 13-2 on Slattery’s second score.

Swaffield scored her second goal off a pass from Pistel with 20:13 left and then Mintz assisted on the next three Colby goals. Pistel scored with 18:14 to play, McKenna made it 16-2 with 15:48 left, and Catharine Kahl (Alexandria, Va.) scored with 7:48 to play.

Colby defenders Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) and Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) received a chance to play on offense and both converted. Hoopes scored from Petesch with 4:42 left. After a Lasell goal by Wuorio with 2:44 remaining, Mooney tallied with just five seconds left from Barr.

All-American Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) had four draw controls to lead the Mules. McKenna, Swaffield, and Barr all had three draw controls. Mooney and Griffin each had two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Slattery had two caused turnovers, three ground balls, and one draw control for Lasell. Rebecca Stanton (Agawam, Mass.) tied Karis for a game-high with four draw controls.

Colby’s Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) had three saves in 22:40 of action, Claire Dickson stopped one shot in 20:03, and Sarah Evans made one save in 17:17.

Sammy Long (Staten Island, N.Y.) stopped seven shots for Lasell.

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