WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas was able to come away with a sweep over Lyndon State (5-4, 7-4) on Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball doubleheader. With the wins the Terriers improve to 3-11, while Lyndon drops to 0-10.
In the first game, The Terriers were able to capitalize on a big first inning, where they batted through the lineup plating home five runs, which ended up being all they needed in a 5-4 win.
Jeffrey Richardson (Rochester, N.H.) doubled to right center, scoring Brett Sommers (Palm Bay, Fla.) from second, then Richardson would cross the plate on a double steal. Tim Locke (Waterville, Maine) would then drive in Derek Kane (Natick, Mass.) on a fielder’s choice. Zack Groat (West Bath, Maine) and Tim Bradford (Richmond, Maine) would count for the other two RBI in the big first inning for the Terriers.
After surrendering just two hits in the first inning, starter Jake Chamblee (South Berwick, Maine) surrendered the first Hornet run in the top of the third as Tyler Pelletier (St. Albans, Vt.) singled to right to score Kyle Whitworth (Brattleboro, Vt.) from second.
Lyndon would add to its score in the bottom of the fifth as Robert Trucott (Sheffield, Vt.) would drive in two on a bases loaded single to center. A double to left field by Michael Cartularo (Lyndonville, Vt.) would score another, as the Hornets would decrease the deficit to just one.
Lyndon would be unable to cut the deficit, as Isiah Flemming (Fairfield, Maine) held the opponents hitless in two innings of relief, striking out two and recording his first collegiate save.
Chamblee was credited with the win, pitching five innings, striking out three, while giving up four earned runs.
Isaac Earle (Vernon, Vt.) was charged with the loss for Lyndon State pitching a complete game. Despite giving up five earned runs in the first, was able to get in the groove holding the Terriers to just two hits over the next five innings.
In Game 2, Thomas continued its hot bats in the second game, plating home seven runs to secure the sweep of the doubleheader 7-4.
Lyndon State got on the board first as Dylan Newton (St. Albans, Vt.) singled to left field to drive in Whitworth in the first inning. The Terriers would respond however with two runs of their own in the bottom half, as Thomas Cameron (Jackson, Maine) and Terell Boudreau (Nashua, N.H.) each drove in runs on singles to left field.
Thomas would cushion their lead with three runs in the second, with Kane picking up two RBI on a double to right center. A single by Cameron to right would plate home Kane for another run.
The Hornets would shrink their lead by picking up a run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth, but was not able to come from behind and get the victory.
Eric Sucy (Belgrade, Maine) picked up his first win of the season, going 5.2 innings, while striking out three. Cody Vigue (Skowhegan, Maine) picked up the save, tossing a hitless seventh inning.
Mason Brewer (Wiscassett, Maine) pitched five innings for the away side, striking out four in the loss. Brandon Flood (South Ryegate, Vt.) held Thomas hitless in one inning of relief.
BOSTON — The University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball team managed only a combined 2 hits against Fisher College pitching as they dropped a doubleheader in Boston, MA on Saturday, 3-0 and 4-0.
With the wins, the Falcons are now 20-12 on the season and remain perfect at home (8-0). The Owls are 4-15. The two teams will square off again in another doubleheader on Sunday with start times scheduled for 12pm and 2pm.
In the first game, Carlos Villoria singled to lead off the top of the 4th inning for the Owls, the only hit they could muster against starter Christopher O’Hare and three Falcons’ relievers. O’Hare earned the win by pitching 4 innings of the 7 inning contest, allowing only Villoria’s hit, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Fisher scored their runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings on a pair of RBI groundouts and a double steal. After that, three Falcon relievers pitched three innings of hitless relief to preserve the victory.
Jake Fillebrown pitched well in the loss. The senior right-hander tossed 5 innings, gave up 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), and struck out one. Lucas Molloy came on and pitched a clean inning of relief in the 6th.
In the second game, it was pitcher’s dual between the Falcons’ John Tangerlini and the Owls’ Andrew Bartlett. Through the first 5 innings, both hurlers had only given up one hit each. After Tangerlini handled Presque Isle in the top of the 6th, Fisher finally got to Bartlett in the bottom half.
After a single, an error, and walk loaded the bases with nobody out, Yuliano Rodriguez landed the big blow of the game in the form of a bases clearing triple. He would come around to score one batter later on a wild pitch.
UMPI managed to load the bases with two outs in the top of the 7th but were unable to push any runs across.
Tangerlini pitched a complete game, one-hitter, walking 3 and struck out 5. Bartlett also threw a complete game, gave up only 3 hits in the loss, and struck out 3.
CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton State pitcher Connor Johnson pitched a no-hitter to lead the Spartans to a 5-1 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in game one of the two teams’ second North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Spartan Field.
UMaine-Farmington’s bats got going in game two of the twinbill, but the Beavers still dropped a 6-1 decision to the host Spartans.
UMaine-Farmington fell to 2-8 overall with the losses, 1-5 in NAC play. Castleton improved to 10-5 overall, 7-1 in the NAC.
Johnson struck out just two UMF batters in game one, inducing 14 ground outs by the Beavers and four fly outs.
Farmington scored its only run in the bottom of the second, initially giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) drew a lead-off walk, advanced to third on Ethan Jean’s (Jackson, Maine/Mt. View) grounder to second that was mishandled by Castleton, and scored on Grayson Beressi’s (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) double-play grounder back up the middle.
Castleton took the lead with a four-run uprising in the third on two hits and two Farmington errors. The Spartans tacked on a single run in the sixth on Connor Hoagl’s RBI single down the left field line.
UMF starter Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) took the loss after yielding four runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks while striking out three Spartan batters over four innings of work. Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) scattered three hits and allowed one run over his three innings on the mound.
In game two, Farmington’s Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) went 3-for-3 at the plate and the Beavers collected seven hits altogether, but UMF again fell victim to a big inning by Castleton.
The Spartans blew open a one-run game with a four-run fifth inning, keyed by Matt McNamee’s one-out, two-run double to left field. Castleton’s first run crossed on a passed ball earlier in the frame, and Allen White singled home McNamee later in the inning. Macyn Clifford batted into a 6-4-3 double play to get the Beavers out of the inning.
Farmington got a base runner to third in the bottom of the fifth, but a double play ended the Beavers’ scoring opportunity. UMF finally got a run on the board in the sixth, when Grady reach on a one-out double, and scored on McCrossin’s double down the right field line. However McCrossin was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double into a triple, and Jean grounded out to short on the next at bat to end the inning.
Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) got the start for Farmington and lasted five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks and was charged with the loss. Castleton starter Matt Ravey scattered seven UMF hits and struck out two while allowing no walks in the win.
NASHUA, N.H. — In their 2013 home opener, the Rivier University Baseball team outpitched the University of Maine – Presque Isle Owls tonight as they won 2-1 in front of about 100 people inside of Historic Holman Stadium.
Rivier improves to 4-14 while UMPI falls to 4-13.
The Owls receive a terrific pitching performance from Adam Geel (Fr./Calais, ME). The freshman right-hander tossed 7.2 innings allowing just two earned runs while striking out six.
Geel’s performance was bested however by Raider starter Nicholas Pica (Hampstead, NH). Pica was very effective allowing four hits while striking out six over his six innings of work. Teammate Edward Soucie (South Ryegate, VT) and sophomore Lucas Palma (Bristol, CT) each tossed scoreless frames as they earned holds before sophomore Jesse Turcotte (Tyngsboro, MA) ran into some trouble in the 9th.
Down to their last two outs and in a 2-0 hole, the Owls rallied. With one down, Alex Csiernik (Jr./Hamilton, Ontario) drew his team leading 10th walk of the season. Andrew Carter (So./Carlo, NB) followed with a single to put runners on 1st and 3rd. A Justin Bergeron (Jr./Tiverton, RI) RBI sacrifice fly cut the deficit in half, 2-1. Finally Turcotte was able to end the rally and notch the save by inducing a game-ending groundout.
HARTFORD, Conn. —- A day after nearly beating Trinity College on Friday, the Colby College baseball team ran into some tough pitching Saturday in falling 8-1 and 10-0 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference East doubleheader.
Colby falls to 7-7 overall and 0-3 in NESCAC East play, while Trinity moves to 14-8 overall and 5-1 in the league.
Peter Burrows tossed a complete game in the the opener, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Colby first-year pitcher Soren Hanson threw four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth inning.
Trinity scored five times in the fifth after Bryan Ginsberg led off with a pinch-hit single and was later brought in by an RBI single by Alex Almeida, who later scored on a stolen base and a throwing error. Joe Papa had an RBI double, Evan Sternberg hit a sacrifice fly, and Scott Cullinane had an RBI single.
Colby scored its run in the top of the sixth inning when Nathan Ellis singled home Luke Duncklee, who had doubled with one out. The Mules had a chance for more with runners on second and third with one out, but Burrows had two straight strikeouts. Ellis raised his team-leading batting average to .531.
Trinity added insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Rueger and a double-play ball with the bases loaded that scored Almeida. Hanson went five innings and allowed seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks, while Ellis paced the Mule offense with three hits in as many at-bats.
John Meuchner yielded just one hit and walked one with three strikeouts over eight innings in the nightcap. Trinity jumped on top early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by Papa, who added an RBI single in the third inning.
MANSFIELD, Conn. — For the first time in its storied history, the University of Southern Maine baseball team has swept Eastern Connecticut State University on the road. The Huskies downed the Warriors by scores of 7-5 and 14-4 in Little East Conference action on Saturday at Eastern Stadium.
The doubleheader sweep extends the Huskies’ winning streak to nine games and lifts their overall record to 15-3. The Huskies are 2-0 in conference play. The Warriors have dropped three games to slip to 13-8-1 overall and 1-3 in LEC play.
USM and EC began playing each other in 1972, and in 16 previous trips to Connecticut, USM had never managed more the split.
The Huskies rallied from a two-run deficit with a single run in the sixth and three more in the seventh en route to the 7-5 win. Junior left-hander Logan Carman (Newfield, N.H./Laurel Springs) picked up his fifth win of the season going seven innings. Carman surrendered five runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) pitched the final two innings to earn his second save of the season.
Down 4-2, the Huskies picked up a single unearned run in the sixth when junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) reached on an error and scored on an RBI double from junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine).
The Huskies took a 6-4 lead in seventh on an RBI sacrifice fly from senior Tucker White(Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) and back-to-back RBI doubles from senior Nick Grady(Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) and Bernard.
Bernard became the 14th player in USM history to have three doubles in a game. Grady had two doubles, and Chadwick had a pair of safeties and scored three times.
Eastern had taken a 3-1 lead against Carman in the second inning scoring three unearned runs on a two-out error and an RBI single from sophomore Joe Perez (North Branford, Conn.).
Senior Evan Chamberlain (Amston, Conn.) started on the mound and went 6.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He was tagged with his first loss of the season after four wins.
In the nightcap, the Huskies pounded out 17 hits against six ECSU hurlers to take a 14-4 win. Rookie Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) led the hit parade with four hits, including a record-tying three doubles. Junior Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) had three hits and three RBI. Chadwick, White, Grady and Bernard had two hits apiece.
Richards came back to pitch 3.2 innings of shutout relief to earn his first win of the season. Richards surrendered only one hit and struck out two.
USM took a 7-0 lead with three runs in the second, one in the third, and three more in the fourth. USM’s first two runs in the second scored on an infield error and the third came home on Dexter’s sacrifice fly. Verrier drove in the lone run in the third with a single.
In the fourth, Chadwick had a two-run double, and Bernard knocked in the third run with a single.
Eastern got three back in its half of the fourth, but USM iced the decision with four runs in the sixth. Bernard had another RBI single to ignite the uprising, Verrier followed with a two-run double, and later scored on a single by sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.).
The Huskies added a single run in the seventh on White’s RBI triple, and two in the ninth on Grady’s two-run single.
Senior Mike Riemer (Ellington, Conn.) and rookie Pete Gonski (East Lyme, Conn.) each had two hits for the Warriors. Starting pitcher, senior Tom Darby (Middletown, R.I.), was saddled with his first loss against three wins.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Behind stellar pitching performances from Henry Van Zant and Christian Martin, the Bowdoin College baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Bates on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears took game one, 6-2, before earning a 10-1 win in the nightcap. Bowdoin improves 12-9 (4-2 NESCAC) with the wins while Bates drops to 8-8 (2-4 NESCAC).
Van Zant tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing no earned runs and striking out five while permitting just four hits in the victory. Bowdoin carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth when an RBI ground out by Kevin Davis plated Griff Tewksbury to tie the score. Bowdoin replied in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single by Luke Regan to take the lead for good. Bowdoin added two insurance runs in the sixth to seal the win. Brad Reynolds had a solid start for Bates, going four innings and permitting one earned run before giving way to Michael Spinner, who took the loss by allowing three earned runs in 1.2 frames of relief.
Regan went 2-3 with three RBI in the opener to lead the Bowdoin offense. Ryan Sonberg went 2-4 with a run scored for Bates.
Bowdoin scored four times in the first three innings of game two to take an early advantage. After a first inning RBI groundout by Duncan Taylor, John Lefeber laced a two-run single in the second and Regan knocked home another RBI on a fielder’s choice in the third. That proved to be all Martin would need, as the southpaw allowed just four hits and struck out 10 over seven innings of work. Bates scored their lone run in the top of the fifth when Sonberg delivered a run-scoring single. But Bowdoin replied with a five-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Tim McGarry, to put the contest out of reach.
Dean Bonneau took the loss for Bates by permitting four earned runs over the first three innings. McGarry went 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Oliver Van Zant went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the Polar Bears stole seven bases in the victory.
POULTNEY, Vt. — Husson University of Bangor amassed 33 hits and scored 49 runs Sunday in earning a North Atlantic Conference softball sweep of Green Mountain College.
Husson (12-8, 6-0 NAC) won the first game 31-0 and took the nightcap 18-2, both in five innings.
In Game 1, Sami Schultz plated four runs with a home run and a double to pace a 20-hit attack. Heidi Shaw singled three times with two RBIs, while Kayla Merrill (home run, single) and Lona Sargent (doubled, single) logged three RBIs each.
Melissa Souza had a double and four RBIs while Aimee Mortensen stroked a solo homer to support Emily Stapes and Amanda Ryan, who combined on a two-hitter.
Kristin Belessis and Amber Heath singled for Green Mountain (0-14, 0-6 NAC).
In Game 2, Lyndsey Merrill doubled twice, singled and knocked in three runs for Husson. Winning pitcher Kayla Merrill doubled and singled with three RBIs, Breanna Martin doubled and singled (two RBIs) and Mallory Conary singled plated three runs.
Casey McGill tripled with two RBIs to lead the hosts.
On Saturday, in Castleton, Vt., Husson took two NAC games from Castleton State, 9-0 in 5 innings and 6-3.
In Game 1, Schultz knocked in five runs for the Eagles with a two-run homer and two singles. Courtney Hill posted three hits while Deb Colpitts and Moretensen doubled to support winning pitcher Becca McCarty (6 strikeouts).
Emily Sweeney took the loss for the Spartans.
In Game 2, Mortensen led the Eagles with a double, two singles and four RBIs.
Kayla Merrill and Colpitts each added two hits behind Colpitts, who allowed four hits with four strikeouts in five innings.
CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton pitcher Taylor Lively struckout 22 batters in two games to lift the Spartans to a pair of win over Maine Maritime in a North Atlantic Conference softball double-header Sunday. Castleton won 8-0 and 8-1 and improved 6-14 overall, 4-2 NAC while the Mariners dropped to 7-10, 3-3.
Tori Fearon led the way for the Spartans, going 6-for-8 on the day with a double and two RBI. Jessica Babcock went 3-for-4 with four RBI in game one, while Chelsea Crehan and Stephanie Sylvester each went 3-for-4 in game two.
In game one, Lively began her outing by striking out seven of the first nine batters she faced. The Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the third. After Kristy Pinkham walked, Melissa Halloran and Babcock knocked back-to-back singles to bring Pinkham home for the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Castleton busted the game open, scoring five runs to take a 6-0 lead. Fearon led off with a single, followed by an error that allowed Sylvester to reach base. The next batter, Kristi Lawless, drove home Fearon with a single to left. Two batters later, Pinkham reached on a bunt single. Halloran drove in two with a bases loaded single to right, and Babcock followed with a two-run triple to the gap in right-center, putting the Spartans up 6-0.
Lively continued to dominate the Mariners until her counterpart, Abby Yeo stepped to the plate for Maine Maritime in the top of the sixth. Yeo ripped a triple down the left field line, but was left stranded as Lively forced Sabrina Keach to pop out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Babcock drove in her fourth run on an RBI-single, and Fearon followed with a double to put the Spartan up 8-0 and end the game. Taylor Lively finished the game with eleven strikeouts, allowing just two hits for the win. Yeo took the loss allowing six earned runs on 12 hits.
In game two, Maine Maritime came out looking to even the series. In the first, the Mariners put their leadoff man, Andi Flannery on base and moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt and a single by Sabrina Keach. Lively crossed up her catcher, Stephanie Sylvester, on a pitch that ricocheted off the catcher’s facemask and to the backstop, allowing Flannery to score and advancing Keach to second. Lively ended the Mariners’ scoring threat by striking out Kelsie Hilton for the third out.
Castleton threatened to break the second game open the bottom of the second inning. Starting pitcher Erica Taylor gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with Spartans. Caylee Fleury stepped to the plate with one out and drew a walk to bring in Sylvester. The home team had two more cracks at bringing home more runs, but couldn’t convert, leaving the game tied 1-1.
After Taylor Lively struck out the side in the top of the third, the Spartans loaded the bases again in the bottom of the inning. Chelsea Grady stepped to the plate with the bases full and launched a single just under the glove of the first baseman and into right field, scoring two Spartans. Kristy Pinkham followed with a safety squeeze bunt that brought home a run to extend the Spartan lead to 4-1.
Castleton tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, and another in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-1, as Lively continued to handcuff the Mariners lineup. The senior hurler finished with 11 strikeouts, allowing an unearned run on two hits to earn her second win of the day.
POULTNEY, Vt. – Maine Maritime swept Green Mountain in a pair of five-inning North Atlantic Conference softball games Saturday. The Mariners won the first game 10-2 and the nightcap 17-1. Maine Maritime, winners of four straight, improved to 7-8 overall, 3-1 NAC while the Eagles fell to 0-12, 0-4.
In the opening game, Mariners’ starting pitcher Erica Taylor held the Eagle bats hitless for three innings and received great run support. Cindy Schultz enjoyed a 3-for-4 day at the plate scoring a pair of runs at the top of the order while Haley Rae recorded the only extra base hit for the Mariners as her double drove in two. Sabrina Keachdrove in one run on two hits and Leah Jackson plated two batters on one hit.
The Eagles’ first baseman, Hayley Provost drove in Kris Belessis for the home side with an RBI double in the fourth. After Provost moved to third on a fielding error, shortstop Chelsea Paul followed with an RBI groundout.
Taylor, who improved to 2-5, and reliever Abby Yeo combined for five innings of one-hit ball allowing just one earned run while striking out nine.
In the nightcap, the Mariners struck for 10 runs in the first inning off of the Eagles’ Provost and never looked back adding seven more over the following four frames. Andi Flannery doubled as part of her 4-of-5 day at the dish, scoring two runs. Jones bested her teammate by belting two doubles to drive in three runs while scoring two herself. Rae tripled and singled in four trips to the plate while the big blow of the day was by Taylor who launched a three-run home run as part of her six RBI performance.
Provost and Paul both went 2-for-3 for the Eagles with Provost again driving in Belessis for the only RBI for the home side. Paul even showed off her prowess as a pitcher as she entered the circle for the Eagles in the last two innings and hurled two shutout frames.
Yeo picked up the win in the nightcap throwing a complete game while striking out nine to move her record to 5-3. Provost took the loss for the Eagles lowering her record to 0-5.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior Macayla Kirylo hit a pair of home runs and senior starting pitcher Tia Nelson recorded a pair of victories, 6-5 and 10-1 (5 innings), to help lead Pine Manor to a sweep of a Saturday afternoon softball doubleheader over the University of Maine-Presque Isle Owls. The pair of wins improves the Gators’ overall record to 4-6 on the season, while the Owls drop to 2-12.
In game one, the Gators grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a pair of hits and a UMPI error that helped PMC earn a 3-0 advantage. Freshman Sybil Lynch reached base to lead off the inning after being hit by a pitch. Classmate Vanessa Soto then followed with a single to centerfield to advance Lynch to second before Kirylo worked a walk to load the bases with no one out.
Two of the three runners would then find their way home by the end of the inning. Nelson earned a fielder’s choice-RBI, grounding a ball to short that scored Lynch, before Chardonai Rose reached base on an error by the pitcher while also driving in another run. With one away, Kaylyn Delgado delivered a base hit to left field to score Nelson before UMPI retired the next two batters to limit the damage to 3-0.
In the top of the third, the Owls put together their own three-run inning to tie the score. Centerfielder Ashley Laking reached base on an error to start of the inning, before right fielder Jessica Campbell delivered a triple down the right field line to score Laking and leave herself in scoring position. However, a heads up play from Nelson on a comebacker to the pitchers circle would cut down Campbell while allowing Kellie Peers to reach first on a fielder’s choice.
Taylor Cochran then reached base thanks to a single before both runners advanced to scoring position on a ground out to second base. With two away in the inning, UMPI freshman Megan Hannigan drove in a pair of runs with a two-RBI single to right-centerfield to tie the score at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Gators picked up two quick outs, but then got two runs back- the first coming on Kirylo’s first home run of the day, a line drive over the centerfield wall. Nelson then followed with a single to right field before heading home on an RBI-double from Rose.
Presque Isle manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning to stay within striking distance, as Hannigan scored on an RBI single from Brittany Leutjen (Hampden, ME) to make the score 5-4.
In the bottom of the inning, the Gators took advantage of a leadoff triple from Delgado, as Betzy Maysonet picked up an RBI on a groundout to give PMC a 6-4 advantage heading into the seventh inning.
Trailing 6-4 in the top of the seventh inning, the Owls were only able to manage one run as Peers made her way around to score after reaching base on a single to left. However, with Cochran standing on second, Hannigan struck out to end the threat and give PMC the hard-fought 6-5 victory.
Game two was much different than the back-and-forth battle in game one. Pine Manor once again jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but the Gators didn’t relent for the remainder of the contest, scoring four runs in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to end the game in five innings with a 10-1 victory.
Kirylo recorded her second home run of the day with a solo shot in the third inning, while Nelson went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored to power the Gators.
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College softball beat the visiting University of Maine at Farmington Beavers twice Saturday afternoon, winning game one by a narrow 8-7 margin and taking game 2, 4-1, at Old Concord Road Field.
With the two wins the Pilgrims improve to 3-11 on the season and 3-1 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play. With the loss the Beavers are now 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the NAC.
NEC would take the early lead in game one plating three runs in the home half of the first inning. Thanks to a leadoff walk and a pair of Beaver errors, the Pilgrims scored twice followed by a Jessica Kiehl single that plated Alyssa Krause.
UMaine-Farmington would battle back in the third inning as the Beavers would come up with four runs on four hits, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine/Mt. Blue) and a one-run double by Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon).
The Pilgrims regained the lead in the fourth inning on Taylor Belsito’s two-run double, and Belsito eventually came around to score on a Rebecca Allen ground out to put NEC up 6-4.
The Beavers got a run back in the fifth when Bartlett doubled home Michelle Cote (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), who reached on an error earlier in the inning. The Pilgrims plated two more runs in the home half of the fifth, building their lead back up to 8-6.
The Beavers made a final surge in the seventh, scoring one run when Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) reached on an error, advanced to second on a Bartlett walk, and scored on Barry’s sac fly to center field. That left pinch runner Dayle Jordan (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic) on second as the tying run, but the next two UMF batters popped up and flied out to center to end the game.
UMF starter Emma Vaillancourt (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) went the distance for the Beavers, fanning seven Pilgrim batters but allowing eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits and four walks in the loss. Olivia Stanley pitched the complete game victory, and allowed just one earned run on nine hits and one walk.
Bartlett led the Beavers at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort with three RBI, while Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony), Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy), and Devin Fitzgerald (Casco, Maine/Lake Region) each had two hits.
In game two, Farmington opened the scoring in the top half of the second inning as Bartlett led the inning with a single and came around to score on a two-out single by Lauren Perkins (East Hanover, N.J./Whippany Park).
NEC responded with two runs in the home half of the frame on RBI singles by Brittany Distante and Maranda Johnson would each single in runs.
Neither team would muster a run over the next three innings, before the Pilgrims would give themselves some breathing room with two insurance runs in the sixth inning. That would be all NEC pitcher Elizabeth Harrigan would need, as she scattered five hits and struck out 11 Beavers en route to the complete game victory.
Farmington’s Shelby Bryant (South Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley) and Bryant each recorded two hits in game two. Soule got the start in the circle for the Beavers in game two, allowing just four hits and four runs, two earned, over six innings of work, while notching six strikeouts against just three walks.
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Stephanie Johnson and Kelly Paterson each drove in three runs and Arielle Cooper hit her ninth home run of the season as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team stretched its winning streak to ten with 9-3, 10-0 Little East Conference victories over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field. The second game was stopped after Southern Maine batted in the top of the fifth due to the eight-run rule.
Christine Akcer (3-0) and Shannon Martin combined on a six-hitter in the first game and the Warriors scored six unearned runs on two Southern Maine (1-17, 0-4 LEC) errors to wipe out the Huskies’ early 3-0 advantage.
Trailing 3-1, Eastern (13-5, 4-0 LEC) scored three unearned in the second after there were two out and none on, two coming in when a fly ball was dropped in the outfield. Leading 4-3, the Warriors pulled away with five runs in the fifth (three of them unearned) on a a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Johnson and a two-run single by pinch hitter Alyssa Dumphy.
Cooper, the program’s all-time leader, belted her 33rd career homer leading off the first inning of the opener after the Huskies had scored three times in the top of the first on two hits, a walk and two Eastern errors. Lindsay Somerset (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) plated two with a two-out single down the left field line after Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had made it 1-0 with a run-scoring single. Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) finished with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
The Warriors scored all of their runs in the second game on just six hits, as they were aided by eight walks and three Southern Maine errors. In a six-run fourth, which sealed the win, Paterson had a two-out, bases-clearing double down the left field line.
Erin Miller (4-1) and Emily Komornik combined on the second-game shutout, the third for Eastern this year and second in three games. Miller allowed three hits over the first four innings.
Cooper, batting .621 this season, reached base six times in the doubleheader on walks, and scored five runs. She was walked four times in the nightcap, one shy of the Eastern record.
USM’s Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) was the lone repeat-hitter for the Huskies finishing the game 2-for-2. Duross and Cara Radino (Franklin, N.J./Walkill Regional) each had hits.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Sophomore Gabrielle LaRoche (Deerfield, N.H.) singled up the middle to score junior Amanda Vaudreuil (Windham, N.H.) from second base to seal a 4-3, 8-inning win over Curry College in game two of a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) softball doubleheader played Saturday afternoon (Apr. 6) at Claude Dubois Field. The Nor’easters also took the opener in five innings by a score of 12-4.
The Nor’easters (11-7, 5-3 CCC) have now taken the last five meetings against the Colonels, who fall back to 11-9 overall (4-4 CCC).
Things were tied 2-2 through three innings of game two, and remained that way at the end of regulation. In the top of the 8th, Curry took advantage of a two-out infield error by UNE to move ahead on the scoreboard (3-2) — its first lead of the day.
But Big Blue answered quickly in the bottom of the frame, as Vaudreuil drove a single up the middle to send first-year Amanda Vallante (Dracut, Mass.) around to score from being place on second. After a pop out to the pitcher, LaRoche came through with the game-winning hit.
Vaudreuil and Vallante went for three and two hits, respectively. Seniors Megan Gauger (South Paris, Maine) and Erin Grover (Biddeford, Maine) each had a hit and run scored in support for UNE, while first-year pitcher Abby Lambert (Brockton, Mass.) struck out five against one walk and six hits as she improved to 4-3.
The Nor’easters went up 2-0 in the 2nd when Grover tripled to right-center, scoring Gauger. Lambert helped herself out on the next play with an RBI-ground out.
Curry responded in the top of the 3rd with a pair of runs. With two down, junior Heather Carrier (Scarborough, Maine) singled to left, and sophomore Ariel LaRosa (Saugus, Mass.) followed with a double to left-center. LaRosa scored on the play as well, as an attempt to keep her at second skipped off into the outfield.
Junior Megan Flaherty (Medway, Mass.) had two hits for the Colonels. Sophomore Taylor Ahearn (Salem, Mass.) took the loss (5-4) in the circle, despite fanning seven.
In game one, UNE scored early and often to gain control of the contest, plating seven runs in the 2nd and five more in the 3rd to built a 12-1 cushion.
Junior Allie Frazier (Tewksbury, Mass.) connected for three hits to lead the attack, and Grover added two more. Sophomore Adrienne Chase (Holden, Mass.) had three runs batted in, while Vaudreuil and LaRoche each knocked in a pair. Frazier, first-year Jess Lemos (Chelmsford, Mass.), Vaudreuil, and senior Casey Brigham (New London, Conn.) came around to plate two runs apiece.
A two-out single up the middle by LaRoche in the 2nd capped Big Blue’s scoring in the stanza. The Nor’easters did their damage in bunches in the last half of the 3rd, behind a two-RBI single to center by Vaudreuil and a two-RBI triple down the line in right by Chase.
Curry scored with an RBI-single from LaRosa in the 3rd, an RBI-single by sophomore Abby Macomber (Milton, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly from Carrier in the 4th, and an RBI-single by junior Kaitlyn Maderios (East Bridgewater, Mass.) in the 5th.
The Colonels threatened to extend the game a bit longer in the 5th, with two hits after Maderios to load the bases with just one out. However, UNE preserved the eight-run lead by getting a force-out at home plate, and then a line-out to left field.
First-year Lauren Doneski (Waltham, Mass.) improved her personal mark to 5-1 with the 5-inning win, while registering two strike outs.
For Curry, junior Jen Lundstrom (Rehoboth, Mass.) was tagged with the loss (4-4) in just two innings of work. First-year Melissa Donaghue (Malden, Mass.) finshed off the last-two at-bats against the Nor’easter lineup.
Both squads are back in action on Sunday (12 p.m.). UNE heads to Endicott College for a CCC twinbill, while the Colonels return home to face Salve Regina in a league doubleheader.
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (17-5, 9-3 GNAC) won both ends of a GNAC doubleheader with Emmanuel College (8-16, 3-9 GNAC) at a blustery Richard W. Bailey Field on Saturday afternoon. The Monks kicked off the twinbill with a 14-6 mercy-rule triumph and capped the sweep with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap.
The Monks’ prospects looked bleak in the opener, as the visiting-Saints scored four runs in the top of the first off Saint Joseph’s junior pitcher Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus). Sophomore first baseman Alexandra Bressette (North Easton, Mass.) provided most of the visitors’ punch with a three-run homer down the left field line in the first frame.
The hosts plated three in the bottom of the first and countered an Emmanuel second-inning run with two of their own to knot the conference tilt at five-all heading into the third. Finally, in the bottom of the fourth senior catcher Heather Tripp (Lovell, Maine) knocked home a pair with a double to left-center, scoring Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) and Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.), to provide the Royal Blue with their first lead of the day. Freshman first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) knocked in Tripp with an RBI single two batters later to lift the hosts to an 8-5 advantage.
Saint Joseph’s went on to score four, including a pair on a Shufelt base knock, in the fifth and applied the mercy-rule with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Moore plated Connie Grovo (Limington, Maine) with a single to end the game with two out in the latter half of the sixth.
For Saint Joseph’s, Moore went 4-4 with three runs, two RBI and a stolen base, Shufelt was 3-5 with three runs, a double, three RBI and two steals, senior left fielder Danielle Leavitt (Spruce Head, Maine) went 3-4 with a run, two doubles and an RBI and Grovo added three hits, two runs, a two-bagger and an RBI in the victory. Mayhew also went 3-4 and knocked in a pair and Tripp drove in three runs on the afternoon.
Bressette was the only repeat-hitter for Emmanuel and went 3-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI in the losing effort.
The Monks picked up right where they left off in the closing contest, scoring a run in the first and three in the second to stake a 4-0 cushion out of the gates. Moore plated Grovo – who doubled to left – with a groundout in the first and sophomore third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine), Grovo and Moore all rapped RBI singles in the second to account for the four-run advantage.
Saint Joseph’s proceeded to claim an 8-0 lead with four runs off two hits and a pair of Emmanuel errors in the bottom of the fourth. Shufelt and Moore scored on an infield miscue off the bat of Tripp, Kirin Schrum (Littleton, N.H.), who pinch-ran for Tripp, scrambled home on a wild pitch, and Hendrix crossed the plate for the Monks’ eighth run on another misplayed ball in the infield.
For Saint Joseph’s, Grovo went 2-3 with two runs, a double and an RBI and Moore was 2-4 with a run, two RBI and a stolen base in the sweep-capper. Hendrix worked three walks while Shufelt and Jordan both swiped a bag in the triumph.
In the circle, senior starter Kayla Vannah (Waldoboro, Maine) was perfect through 2.2 innings and picked up the win after allowing three hits and a walk with six K’s in four innings. Jordan allowed a run off three hits and two free passes with a strikeout in two frames of relief while freshman Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) allowed one baserunner – via hit by pitch – in an otherwise clean seventh.
LYNDON, Vt. — Maine Maritime routed Lyndon State 19-3 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse game Sunday. The Mariners, winners of three straight, improved to 3-6 overall, 3-1 NAC while the Hornets fell to 0-5, 0-3.
Nicolas Betti netted a game-high five goals for MMA and dished out an assists. Bronson Guimond scored four times while Alex Hermes and Cameron Wyman added three. Nick Snelling, Evan Carter, Wade Severance and Jack Tragert each scored once.
The Mariners opened the game with a 7-0 lead and led 10-1 at halftime. MMA tacked on three in the third and six in the fourth quarter.
CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton State men’s lacrosse team scored 13 times in the opening 15 minutes on its way to a 24-3 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington, Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Before the contest the Spartans honored their senior class and the newest member of that group, transfer Spencer Hunt, had a day to remember. He dished off one assist and scored six goals, the final of which got him to 100 for his career. Hunt scored 81 goals in two seasons as a member of St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Castleton dominated play, allowing just 20 shots while taking 57 and picking up 78 ground balls compared to just 35 for the Beavers. The Spartans improved to 7-3 and 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference with the victory. UMF, meanwhile, dropped to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Zach Davidson scored seven times and dished off two assists for nine total points. Freshman Zach Devoid controlled the face-off circle, winning 15-of-21, and also picking up a career-high 17 ground balls.
The Spartans scored four times in the opening three and a half minutes to set the tone. Alex Green added back-to-back goals at 9:21 and 8:50 to make it 6-0. Castleton kept rolling and put up 13 goals in the first quarter, the final of which came from Davidson with one second on the clock off a beautiful half-field pass by defenseman David Barrett.
Matt Nota scored 1:40 into the second quarter for the 14-0 advantage, though Michael Keim (Veazie, Maine/John Bapst) gave the Beavers their first goal at 11:40. Castleton scored three more times while UMF’s TC Peters (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) added another for the 17-2 halftime advantage.
The Beavers’ Jake Linkletter (Athens, Maine/Madison) opened the scoring in the third, but Davidson scored three straight to make it a 20-3 contest. Hunt’s 100th came at 6:01 left in the third and Paul Saulsbury gave the Spartans a 22-3 lead going into the fourth. Andrew Nevins and Taylor Swarter concluded the scoring for Castleton in the final quarter.
Peter Latulippe got the start in net and didn’t allow a goal in 15 minutes of action without making a save. Eric Horsfield played the final 45 minutes and gave up three goals while making eight saves. Ben Altmaier (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) took the loss for UMF, allowing 24 goals but making 21 stops in net.
POULTNEY, Vt. – Thomas’ Sean Machin scored four goals while teammates Jordan Marino and Parker Chute each potted three to lead the Terriers to a 12-4 North Atlantic Conference victory over Green Mountain College on Sunday afternoon at a blustery Eagles Game Field.
Green Mountain bucked its trend of slow starts by scoring the first goal of the game at 14:36 of the first quarter. As the Eagles swung the ball around the exterior, Toliver DiMasi found a large hole in the defense and cut towards the net and beat Terriers’ goalie Jesse Morkeski.
The lead was short lived, however, as Thomas reeled off three-straight markers, two from Machin and one from Chute, to take a 3-2 lead into the start of the second quarter.
Thomas (2-5, 1-2 NAC) dominated the second quarter of play in part because of the fact the team took advantage of the man-up opportunities, scoring twice with an extra man. Gunnar Shelton and Marino scored two even strength goals before Chute and Sheldon Jones netted two man-up tallies to give the Terrier’s a commanding 7-2 lead.
Green Mountain (0-7, 0-3 NAC) did not let up as the half wound to a close, however, as Nate Laymon converted a nice pass from Dakota Keller as time expired in the half.
GMC closed the gap to 7-4 in the third quarter when it scored on a man-down possession. Charlie Petrick scored on cut down the middle from a Laymon feed. Thomas would respond later in the quarter with Marino’s second goal of the game to take an 8-4 lead into the final stanza.
The Terriers erased any hope of a comeback by the Eagles as they scored the final four goals of the game to clinch the team’s first conference victory. Machin scored his third and fourth goals, while Chute and Marino each netted their third.
HARTFORD, Conn. —- The Colby College men’s lacrosse team rallied for four goals in the final quarter, but it was not enough Sunday in an 11-8 loss to Trinity College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
The Mules fall to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play, while Trinity moves to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Rob Nogueras and classmate Matt Cohen scored three times each to lead Trinity. Ian Deveau had two goals and one assist, while teammate John Jennings added one goal and two assists for Colby.
Trinity junior midfielder Terence Olsen scored the lone goal of the first eight minutes before Deveau equalized at the 6:38 mark of the first quarter. Bantam junior Chase Growney netted back-to-back goals 48 seconds apart over the next minute to give Trinity the lead for good after the first quarter.
Derek Youngman scored for the Mules 3:53 into the second quarter, but Trinity answered with a 6-0 run over the next 22 minutes — including two goals apiece by Cohen and Nogueras.
Colby cut the deficit to 9-4 after late third quarter goals by Youngman and first-year Jack Bratches, who scored his first collegiate goal. Nogueras closed the third quarter with a goal. Cohen opened the fourth quarter with another goal for an 11-4 lead. John Alex Rutan, Deveau, Chip Grossman, and Jennings scored four straight goals for Colby to tighten up the game.
Tyler Will stopped 13 shots in net for Colby and Trinity keeper Makar Zaverucha had 12 saves. Peter Willauer had a game-high eight ground balls for the Mules and Ian Boldt had five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Max Eberhart was 11-for-20 in face-offs for Colby.
POULTNEY, Vt. — Brandon Melville (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) and Sean Berce (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) led University of Maine at Farmington to a 12-1 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory over Green Mountain College Saturday afternoon at Eagles Game Field. With the win the Beavers improve to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Eagles’ record falls to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in NAC action.
The first goal of the game came from Melville at the seven-minute mark on a feed from Mike Foley (Byfield, Mass./Triton Regional). That goal began a seven-goal run for the Beavers. In that time, Jake Linkletter (Athens, Maine/Madison), Cameron McAllister (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy), and Foley all scored once for Farmington while Berce potted two goals for the Beavers.
Toliver DiMasi broke up the UMF scoring with a goal of his own in the second half from Nate Laymon. Dimasi’s goal would be the lone marker the Eagles manufactured on the afternoon.
After DiMasi’s goal, Melville responded with a goal just over five minutes later that signaled the final goal of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter opened up with a long period in which neither team scored. UMF’s Linkletter ended the scoreless drought when he finished another Berce pass at the nine-minute mark. Melville, Zack Rowland (Fryeburg, Maine/Fryeburg Academy), and Josh Smith (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) all scored in the fourth quarter as well for the Beavers who scored all four goals while on the man advantage.
Melville led the Beaver attack with four goals an assist and five ground balls on the day. Berce also made a large contribution with two goals and four assists. TC Peters (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) also had three assists for the Beavers while Smith and Linkletter each notched an assist. Smith was also a force in the midfield as he led all players with 10 ground balls in the win.
The Eagles’ goal and assist from DiMasi and Laymon was supported in the midfield by Dakota Keller who tallied a team-high eight ground balls.
UMF goalie Ben Altmaier (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) made 16 saves in net for his second win of the year while Luke Carey was saddled with his sixth loss despite turning away 19 shots for the Eagles.
JOHNSON, Vt. — Maine Maritime won its second-straight game with a 19-9 win over Johnson State in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse game Saturday. The Mariners improved to 2-6 overall, 2-1 NAC while the Badgers fell to 0-4, 0-3.
Nicolas Betti paced Maine Maritime with six goals and Alex Hermes added four. Nick Snelling netted three shots while Tom Houle, Bronson Guimond and Jason Smith each scored twice. Betti also had a game-high four assists, Houle dished out three helpers and Snelling two.
Alan Bickings led Johnson with three scores.
Andrew Neddo gave the Badgers an early 1-0 lead before Hermes and Guimond scored back-to-back to put the Mariners ahead 2-1 with 3:17 left in the opening quarter. JSC answered with consecutive scores from Bickings and Taner Cross to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bickings made it 4-2 early in the second before a Houle score made it a one point game with 11:51 before the break. Hermes followed with three-straight scores, and Guimond one, to put Maine Maritime ahead 7-4 at halftime.
The Badgers opened the third with three consecutive scores to even the game at 7-7 with 7:53 left in the quarter. The Mariners responded with four unanswered goals to take the lead for good, 11-7. Betti and Snelling each had two scores in the run for MMA.
JSC got as close as three, 12-9, in the fourth before the Mariners closed out the game with seven straight goals. Betti and Smith highlighted the run with two scores each.
Erik Milles picked up the win for Maine Maritime with 10 saves while Johnson’s Zach Jerome took the loss despite 12 saves.
The Mariners return to the field Sunday in a 12 p.m. NAC game at Lyndon State.
LYNDON, Vt. — The Husson University men’s lacrosse team picked up a North Atlantic Conference win on the road, beating Lyndon State College 22-4 on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles now stand at 3-6 overall and are undefeated in the NAC at 2-0. The Hornets fall to 0-3 (0-2 NAC) with the loss. Husson will face NAC opponent Johnson State at 10 AM on Sunday, April 7.
BEVERLY, Mass. — Sam DiBella and Krista Fales accounted for 11 hits and five runs batted in to lead the Endicott College softball team to an 8-0, 10-8 sweep of the University of New England in a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader on a blustery Sunday (April 7) afternoon at the Gulls Softball Complex.
The two victories make it four in a row for the Gulls (4-10, 4-0 CCC), who have recovered from an 0-10 start to the season. UNE now stands at 11-9 overall, 5-5 in CCC action.
The bats of DiBella and Fales and the arm of Nell O’Connor were the storyline in game one. DiBella had a three-run home run for one of her three hits, while Fales went 4-for-4 at the plate. O’Connor allowed just three UNE batters to reach base, allowing three hits and no walks. She struck out five to even her record at 2-2.
Endicott struck early with two runs in the home half of the first. The Gulls would push their advantage to 6-0 with a four-run third frame. DiBella’s homer to center field was the key blow in the inning. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth on the eight-run rule when a pair of runs came home on a passed ball and an error.
Adrienne Chase, Amanda Vallante and Jess Lemos had the Nor’easters’ three hits. Rookie Chelsea Damon (2-4) was charged with the loss, surrendering nine hits and six earned runs in three innings. Abby Lambert worked the final 2.2 innings and allowed zero earned runs.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair.
The Nor’easters jumped out in the top in the first, scoring a pair of runs on Chase’s homer to center field.
Endicott recovered with five runs in the home half of the second to take a 5-2 advantage. Kelley Michael blasted a two-run home run, DiBella lifted one out of the park to left-center, Jesse Bilafer provided a run-scoring triple, and Fales plated a run on a groundout.
Big Blue exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 6-5 lead. Vallante produced a pair of runs with a bases-loaded double and would later score when Amanda Vaudreuil knocked her and Allie Frazier home on a two-bagger to left.
The Gulls responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Byrne Katz and Michael each had two-RBI singles to account for Endicott’s four runs.
Endicott grabbed another run in the fifth before UNE scored a pair of runs in the seventh on Chase’s second long-ball of the game.
Meg Donegan (1-2) came on in relief of starter Cam Sprague to record the victory. O’Connor worked a perfect seventh inning to get a save.
For UNE, Lauren Doneski (5-2) went the initial 3.2 innings, giving up five earned runs. Lambert allowed a run over the final 2.1 innings.
Chase finished with three hits, while Vallante and Vaudreuil contributed two each.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. —- After the Colby College men’s lacrosse team took an 11-7 lead with 10:54 to play, Wesleyan University scored six of the next seven goals to pull out a stunning 13-12 victory over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.
The Mules drop to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference, while the Cardinals move to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in league play. Colby will play at Trinity College on Sunday at 1 p.m. in another league game.
The Cardinals scored three straight goals to cut Colby’s margin to 11-10 with 4:48 to play. The Mules pushed the lead up to two goals when All-American Ian Deveau tallied unassisted with 4:29 left. Wesleyan scored three goals in a row in the final 2:41 to take the win away from Colby. Quentin DellaFera scored the game-winning goal with just one second to play.
John Jennings finished with a game-high five goals and added an assist to earn a point on half of Colby’s goals. Deveau added two goals, James Wyse had one goal and two assists, and Garth Franklin scored once and added one assist. John Alex Rutan, Peter Willauer, and Derek Youngman also scored for the Mules.
David Murphy led Wesleyan with three goals and one assist, while Graham Macnab added two goals and two assists.
The game was tied at 3-3 when Rutan scored with just nine seconds remaining in the first quarter from Franklin to give Colby the lead. The Mules extended the lead to 6-3 on goals by Youngman and Jennings. Wesleyan fought back to make it 6-5 on scores from Murphy and Aidan Daniell. Willauer, who had a game-high six ground balls in the contest, put Colby up 7-5 at halftime when he scored with 1:03 to play.
Wesleyan cut the margin to one goal at 8-7 after three quarters when Matt Prezioso scored with 1:40 to play. Wyse had the lone Colby goal in the period off a pass from Greg McKillop.
The first 4:06 of the fourth quarter could not have gone better for the Mules. Jennings scored unassisted just 59 seconds into the quarter and then tallied again with 11:53 left from Wyse. Deveau made it 11-7 with his unassisted goal with 10:54 to play.
Tyler Will earned the start for Colby and made 14 saves in net, while two Wesleyan keepers (Mark Simmons, JD Dieterich) combined for six saves.
Max Eberhart was 10-for-16 on face-off attempts for the Mules. Kenny Jacobson and Bjorn Knutson each had three ground balls.
GORHAM, Maine — Juniors Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams) combined to score five goals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs men’s lacrosse team edged the University of Southern Maine Huskies 9-8 in a Little East Conference matchup at Hannaford Field Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play as they sit atop the LEC standings. The Huskies drop to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
MacPherson tallied a hat trick, including a goal assisted by Lawless that tied the score, 6-6, with 13:26 remaining in the third quarter. Lawless scored two goals and dished out another assist for a game-high four points to help put the Corsairs back on the winning track after losing their first game of the year to Connecticut College on Tuesday.
Junior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.), sophomore Dennis Healey (Hanover, Mass.), and freshmen Alex Lucas (Brookfield, Mass./Tantasqua) and Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) also scored goals for UMass Dartmouth. Junior Steve Tarpey (Worcester, Mass/Shrewsbury) picked up a game-high seven groundballs for the Corsairs.
Senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) led Southern Maine with three goals on the day. Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) had two goals, and seniors Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Mike Orlando (Hanover, Mass.), and sophomore Dan St. Peter (Windham, Maine), scored one goal apiece for the Huskies. Senior Chris Roop(Gorham, Maine) had four groundballs for Southern Maine.
UMD junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned the win making 15 saves. Thayer improves to 7-1 on the year. USM senior Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who stopped eight UMass Dartmouth shots, was tagged with the loss and drops to 4-4 on the season.
After the teams traded goals in the opening three minutes, UMass Dartmouth got goals from Prozinski at 11:23 and MacPherson at 6:42 to take a 3-1 lead.
The Huskies then scored four unanswered goals in the following 4:21 to take a 5-3 into the second period. White, Orlando, Baker and St. Peter scored goals during the run.
UMass Dartmouth fought back and scored the only two goals of the second period to tie the score, 5-5, heading into the half. Lawless took a pass from Prozinski and scored a man-up goal to cut the Southern Maine lead to 5-4 at 10:23, and Lucas tied it up at five on an unassisted goal with 5:52 remaining in the period.
The Huskies wasted no time regaining the lead as White scored his second goal of the game, a man-up goal 28 seconds into the third period off an assist from senior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). The Corsairs answered just over a minute later when MacPherson scored his goal to tie the score, 6-6. Healy and Niden then rattled off goals at 7:54 and 4:16 to increase the Corsairs lead to 8-6.
White scored a big goal for the Huskies to cut the Corsairs’ lead to 8-7 with 1:33 remaining in the third period, but MacPherson completed his hat trick 2:36 into the fourth to put UMD up two again, 9-7.
Baker scored an unassisted goal with 3:11 remaining in the game to pull the Huskies within one again. The Huskies had a couple chances late with St. Peter hitting the left post in the final minute.
DUDLEY, Mass. — Nick Gross scored twice to lead a balanced University of New England attack, as the Nor’easters improved to 8-3 on the season with a 10-6 win over Nichols College in Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday (April 6) afternoon at Vendetti Field.
The Nor’easters (2-1 CCC), who are off to the best start in the history of the program, have now won five straight over the Bison. Nichols dropped to 3-7 overall, 0-4 in CCC matches.
UNE, which received goals from nine different players, trailed 1-0 less than three minutes into the match before stringing together four goals. Tyler Thomas tied the game at 1, then Dan O’Gorman followed with 6:43 remaining in the quarter to give the Nor’easters the lead for good. A man-down goal by Geoff Bruno late in the first and a marker by Christopher Garber early in the second gave Big Blue a 4-1 lead.
Nichols would score the final two goals of the second quarter to pull within one (4-3) heading into intermission.
Sam Cloutier and Gross scored less than two minutes apart in the third period to push the Nor’easters’ advantage to 6-3.
Both teams were able to get their respective offenses cranked up in the final frame. After a Litchfield tally got Nichols to within two at 6-4, Big Blue pulled away with four consecutive goals. Gross, Pat Wolfe, Fritz Kleinhempel and Mike Allan found the cage for UNE to give the visitors a 10-4 cushion.
Nichols scored twice in the final two minutes. Litchfield finished with three goals to lead Nichols.
O’Gorman and Thomas each had a pair of assists for UNE to produce three-point afternoons for the Nor’easters. Jay Letendre had eight saves to record the win in goal, while O’Gorman was 8-for-9 on face-offs and was credited with nine ground balls. UNE also received strong performances from Steven Hughes (7 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers) and Andrew Kelly (6 ground balls).
Bison goalkeeper Seth Drouin had a busy afternoon between the pipes, totaling 18 stops.
Cohen Last Second Goal Gives Trinity Men’s Lacrosse Win over Bowdoin
HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal with four seconds on clock, to give Trinity a key 10-9 win over the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity improves to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the league and Bowdoin drops to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Trinity led 9-5 with 6:46 showing on the clock, but consecutive goals by the Polar Bears brought Bowdoin within two. With the score at 9-7 in favor of Trinity, Bowdoin junior Franklin Reis (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored with 3:09 remaining, and struck again with his third goal of the game with just 1:09 showing on the clock, knotting the game at 9-9.
As the clock ticked down, Cohen handled the ball in front of the Bowdoin cage, and worked his way to the far left side of the net before rifling off a shot that squeezed its way into the goal, for what would be the game-winning score with four seconds remaining. At the sound of the final whistle, Trinity celebrated their first league win of the season on field.
It was a tightly contested battle throughout. Trinity and Bowdoin went back-and-forth in the first period, and were tied 3-3 after the opening stanza. Reis started the second with a goal, giving the Polar Bears a 4-3 lead, but the Bantams went on a 4-0 scoring run to create some separation in the second and third quarters. Bowdoin scored late in the third, before Trinity opened the fourth with back-to-back goals to take a 9-5 lead. Bowdoin gave the home crowd a scare with four straight goals to tie the game, before Cohen extinguished the Polar Bear momentum with his late goal.
Sophomore goalie Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) made 19 saves to earn his first career collegiate victory in net for Trinity, while Bowdoin senior Christopher Williamson (Winnetka, Ill.) made 18 saves in goal for the Polar Bears.
CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton State women’s lacrosse team jumped out to a seven-goal lead in the first 15 minutes of play and never looked back, defeating the University of Maine at Farmington, 20-6, on Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Brandi Whittemore led Castleton with four goals and four assists. Amanda Flodstrom also had an eight-point outing, notching five goals and three assists. Jessica Taplin and Kate Auer both had four goals as well, as the Spartans outshot the Beavers 38-15 on the day.
The Spartans got on the board with a goal just 5:38 into the match. Amanda Flodstrom converted a free position shot to put Castleton up 1-0. The home team scored six more times in the first 15 minutes of the contest to take a 7-0 lead.
The Beavers would not go away though, answering with a 3-0 run keyed by Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley). Allen notched consecutive goals with 13:56 and 10:43 remaining in the first half, and was followed by a Molly Carbin (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) score with 10:07 remaining to cut the Spartan lead to 7-3. The Spartans wouldn’t let the Beavers any closer, finishing the half on a 4-2 run that made the halftime score 11-5.
Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) notched a goal for the Beavers in the waning seconds of the first half, with Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) recording the assist.
In the second half, Flodstrom opened the scoring with two goals in the first five minutes of play. Whittemore and Taplin each netted goals as part of a 6-0 run to open the half. Castleton held the Beavers scoreless for the first 18:27 of the second half before surrendering a goal that made the score 17-6.
The Spartans finished the game on a 3-0 run with goals scored by Maddy DaCosta, Whittemore, and Bri MacKay, to go up 20-6.
Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) saved 10 shots for the Beavers in the losing effort, while Lily Derbyshire, Kelsey McDonald, and Meghan Els combined to make five saves for the Spartans. Charlotte Farrell finished with a team-high seven ground balls and a game-best four caused turnovers. Flodstrom, Whittemore, and Samantha Bonasera each forced three turnovers for Castleton.
BANGOR, Maine — In a rescheduled non-conference game, Husson women’s lacrosse fell to the University of Southern Maine 20-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles stand at 3-5 (1-1 NAC), while the Huskies advance to 7-3 on the season.
USM jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first half, with goals from Jacki Kelly, Nicole LaPlante, and Samantha Purcell. Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, ME) responded with a score for Husson at 3-1, but that would be all the points for the Eagles in the first half. The Huskies went on a 8-0 run to enter halftime with a comfortable 11-1 lead.
Anh Nguyen made it 12-1 at the beginning of the second half before Fallon struck again for the Eagles. The Huskies were on a roll, though, and responded to Fallon’s goal with eight more of their own. Caitlyn Stauffer(Brookfield, CT) put one more on the board for Husson with a minute left in the contest, but it was too little too late for the Eagles.
Purcell and Kelly both finished with 3 goals apiece for the Huskies. Nguyen, LaPlante, Jenna Cyr, Lauren Santo, Rosie Forster, and Shauna Robert all finished with two goals each. Kim Vogel and Caley Presby split time in goal for USM, facing five shots. Chelsea Kondratowicz (Kingston, NY) faced 25 shots and made 5 saves for Husson.
USM picked up 5 ground balls to Husson’s 4 and outnumbered the Eagles in draw controls 10-5. The Huskies outshot Husson 32-10.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse team had eight players score two or more goals en route to a 20-3 victory over the Husson University Eagles in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at Boucher Field.
The win improves the Huskies overall record to 7-3. The Eagles dipped to 3-5. The game was originally scheduled for March 19, but was rescheduled to Sunday due to a snowstorm.
Junior Jacki Kelly and senior Samantha Purcell led the Huskies scoring parade with three goals apiece. Senior Lauren Santo, juniors Rosie Forster and Jenna Cyr, sophomore Nicole LaPlante and rookies Anh Nguyen and Shauna Robert each had two goals.
Junior Kim Vogel and freshman Caley Presby split the goaltending chores for USM with each playing a half. Vogel had two saves in the opening half while Presby did not record a save in the second.
Freshman Alissa Fallon had two goals for the Eagles. Junior Caitlyn Stauffer had the other Husson marker. Senior Chelsea Kondratowicz made five saves.
Southern Maine took an early 3-0 lead on goals by Kelly, LaPlante and Purcell. Fallon would get Husson on the board shortly after Purcell’s marker, but USM would run off eight consecutive goals to take an 11-1 advantage into the halftime break.
Nguyen and Fallon traded goals in the opening four minutes of the second half before USM added another run of eight goals to increase the margin to 20-2.
ANDOVER, N.H. —The Colby-Sawyer College women’s lacrosse team’s comeback attempt fell short as Thomas College held off the last-second surge by the Chargers Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference play.
The Chargers (3-7, 1-1) overcame a four goal deficit to tie the game with :46 seconds remaining, but the Terriers (6-4, 1-1) responded with a quick attack to regain the lead with :24 on the clock. Colby-Sawyer had control through the final :24 and produced a pair of scoring chances, but Thomas’ goaltender Brittany Fox (Lovell, Maine) made a game-winning save as time expired.
The match began with with Thomas jumping out to an early lead as Ceara DiBiase (Westbrook, Maine) scored her first of five goals on the day.
The Chargers would respond in the 17th minute as Caitlyn Whearty knotted the game at one apiece on a feed from Sara Berry. Berry would push Colby-Sawyer ahead 2-1 three minutes later as she netted her first of the day on a Alyssia Janak pass.
Thomas would control the remainder of the first half as Ceara DiBiase and Jennifer Day (Gardiner, Maine) would find the net five times. DiBiase scored three goals in the final seven minutes and Day would add two and an assist to give the Terriers a 6-2 lead at the half.
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Trinity College, the defending national champions and top-ranked in the country this year, scored the final four goals of the game to break a 4-4 tie and go on to an 8-4 victory over sixth-ranked Colby College on Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.
Trinity moves to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and pushed its winning streak to 17 straight games. The Mules fell to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Colby fell for just the second time in three years at Bill Alfond Field and has an 18-2 record over that time.
Both teams had suffocating defenses in the opening half, forcing a number of turnovers and failed clears. Trinity held the Mules to just eight shots in the game, while scoring on eight of its 22 shots. The Bantams also had a big edge in draw controls at 10-4.
Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) had two goals, one assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers for Trinity. Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) also had two goals for the Bantams. Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) added one goal and one assist, while Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) finished with one goal, three caused turnovers, and three draw controls. Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) also had a fine game with one assist, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.
Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) led Colby with one goal, one assist, two caused turnovers, two ground balls, and one draw control. Sara Miller (Andover, Mass.), Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.), and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) also tallied for the Mules.
Both teams came ready to play in the opening half and the Mules had two early leads. Eddy scored unassisted with 23:51 to play for a 1-0 lead and that margin stayed that way for the opening 15 minutes of the game. Hildrebrand scored from Hayes with 14:32 left to tie the game at 1-1, but the Mules went ahead again with 10:20 to play when Griffin scored off a pass from Pistel.
The Bantams scored three unanswered goals to go up 4-2. Cox scored from Hildebrand to tie the game at two, Duncan scored unassisted with 3:09 to play, and Cox put in a free-position shot with 1:29 to go. Colby made it a 4-3 deficit at halftime when Miller took a feed from Eddy for the goal with 10 seconds to intermission.
The Mules tied the game at 4-4 when McKenna scored on a free-position shot with 24:09 to go.
Kusiak scored the game-winning goal on a nice individual effort, scoring on a tough angle and with a side-swipe shot with 21:27 left. The Mules were hurt even further when McKenna was forced out of the game with her second yellow card just 12 seconds later in the battle for the draw control.
Kusiak made it 6-4 on another nice burst to the goal with 12:40 to go. Leonhard scored just 47 seconds later when she took a pass on the move from Duncan and rifled in a shot. The Bantams then won the draw control and Duncan scored from Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) just 18 seconds after the seventh goal.
Trinity goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made one save, a fine stop in the opening half. Colby goalie Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) had eight saves, many of them coming on difficult stops. Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) both had two caused turnovers for the Mules.
POULTNEY, Vt. – Husson women’s lacrosse received four-goal outbursts from Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, ME) and Haley Huntington (West Gardiner, ME) as the visitors notched a 9-8 North Atlantic Conference victory over Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Game Field.
The first half witnessed an outpouring of offense for both teams as 12 of the 17 goals came in the opening stanza. Green Mountain’s Corinne Colpitts opened the scoring early for the home side as she scored a minute into the game. Husson would even up the score and then take a 2-1 lead with goals from Huntington and Fallon.
The game would continue in a cat and mouse fashion as GMC would tie the game just to see Husson pull ahead by one. That would continue until late in the first half when GMC’s Johanna Douglas notched her second goal of the game to knot the score at 6-6 heading into halftime.
Each team was much more cautious to open the second half, but Husson streaked ahead 9-6 with three-straight goals from Fallon (1) and Hutington (2) within the first 10 minutes of play. Green Mountain again tried to play catch up and Douglas would bring the hosts to within one goal after netting her third and fourth goals of the game, her fourth with 12:18 left to play.
Finding that last equalizer, however, proved to be difficult as Husson clamped down on defense and goalie Chelsea Kondratowicz (Kingston, NY) made a couple of point-blank saves to keep Husson on top.
Leading Husson offensively was Huntington and Fallon, with the latter also adding an assist. The other goal scorer for the visitors was Charlotte Gerhardy (Denver, CO). Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, VT) provided some energy in the midfield adding two assists to her three draw controls. Also patrolling the midfield for Husson was Emily Child(Mexico, ME) who notched a team-high five ground balls.
Green Mountain’s offense was buoyed by Douglas’ four goals and assist, but also received game-highs in ground balls and draw controls from the junior with six and eight, respectively. Colpitts tallied three goals for the home side, while Astor rounded out the scoring for GMC and added an assist. Kaitlyn Lawrence wreaked havoc on the opposition by breaking up many scoring opportunities and collecting five ground balls.
Kondratowicz stopped seven shots to earn her third win of the season for Husson, while GMC’s Virginia Anderson made nine saves in a losing effort.
Green Mountain (2-5; 0-2 NAC) will next take on Castleton at home on Wednesday, April 10th while Husson (3-4; 1-1 NAC) returns home to host Southern Maine tomorrow in a game that was rescheduled from earlier in the year.
ANDOVER, N.H. — The Colby-Sawyer women’s lacrosse team opened North Atlantic Conference play with a 13-8 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, Saturday at Proctor Academy.
The Chargers (3-6, 1-0 NAC) and Beavers (2-5, 0-1 NAC) played 11 scoreless minutes in the first half before Colby-Sawyer jumped out to a three-goal lead. Sophomore Carly Baker broke the scoreless tie at the 18:29 mark on a pass from freshman Maryalice Gurnee. Freshman Caitlyn Whearty extended the Charger lead with an unassisted goal a minute later and sophomore Nicole Danehy netted Colby-Sawyer’s third goal from 15 feet out on a feed from senior Laurel Bauer.
Farmington found the scoreboard as Molly Carbin (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) used a Lyndsey Grundy (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) pass to beat the Chargers’ goaltender and cut the lead to 3-1.
Baker and Danehy would respond by each adding their second goals of the game pushing the Colby-Sawyer lead to 5-1.
After a Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) gave the Beavers their second goal, the Chargers scored four goals in the final two minutes of the first half. Junior Adrienne Bender netted her second goal on the season on a feed from Whearty at the two-minute mark. A minute later Whearty would score her second goal of the day on a pass from Baker. Senior Ashley Reis took advantage of a free-position attempt with 00:27 reaming to net her first goal of the game and freshman Sara Berry utilized a quick draw control by Reis to score with :16 remaining and giving the Chargers a 9-2 lead at the half.
The Beavers began the second half by controlling the game in the Chargers’ zone. Freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) sparked Farmington as she scored an unassisted goal and thirty seconds later fed Miranda Levesque (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) to cut the lead to 9-4.
Whearty added her third goal of the game and Sara Berry found the net for the second time to push the lead back to seven.
Twelve minutes would pass before Farmington added their fifth goal of the match as Maddi Kadnar (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) used her speed to net a fast break goal.
Adrienne Bender netted her second goal of the game on a pass from Reis to give the Chargers a 12-5 lead with 7:26 remaining.
The Beavers would net three goals in the next two minutes to cut the lead to 12-8. Carlin, Balboni and Kadnar each adding their second goals of the game
The Chargers would put the game out of reach with three minutes to play as Sara Berry utilized a free-position attempt to score her third goal of the game and give Colby-Sawyer a 13-8 lead. The Chargers would play keep away for the remaining three minutes for the 13-8 win.
Colby-Sawyer’s offense saw three goals each from Whearty and Berry. Whearty also added two assists and a team high four draw controls.
Farmington’s offense was lead by Kadnar, Balboni and Carbin who each netted a pair of goals. Carbin had a match high five draw controls and Balboni had a team high four groundballs.
Charger goalie Jodi Dumayne saved eight shots in the win while her counterpart Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, Maine/Freeport) stopped six shots in the loss.
The Chargers return to Proctor Academy Sunday to face Thomas College for a noon tilt. The Beavers will travel to Castleton State College Sunday for a noon start.
WATERVILLE, Maine —- The sixth-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team will head into Sunday’s home game with top-ranked Trinity College unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference after a 12-3 victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Colby is 18-1 over the past three years at Bill Alfond Field and will get a huge test against No. 1 Trinity (8-0 overall, 5-0 NESCAC) at noon Sunday. The Bantams took a 13-5 win at Bowdoin College on Saturday.
Colby All-American attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had three goals and one assist, while All-American midfielder Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and first-year Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) both had two goals and one assist. Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) had a big day with one goal, two assists, a game-high five draw controls, and two ground balls. Sara Miller (Andover, Mass.) also had two goals for the Mules, while Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) dished a game-high three assists. Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Abby Hooper (Nahant, Mass.) had the Mules’ other goals.
Wesleyan (3-7 overall, 0-6 NESCAC) scored all three of its goals on free-position shots. Kayla Ellman (Montclair, N.J.), Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.), and Abby D’Angelo (Weston, Mass.) had the scores for the Cardinals.
The two teams combined for 22 turnovers in a sloppy opening half. Wesleyan did a solid job of passing in Colby’s end and took plenty of minutes off the clock. The Cardinals only trailed 3-2 after Berger ripped in her free-position score with 10:37 to play.
Eddy scored on a free-position shot with 8:13 remaining and Miller scored off an assist from Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) with just 13 seconds left to halftime to give Colby a 5-2 lead at the break.
The Mules scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to pull away. Mintz tallied from McKenna with 26:55 to go for a 6-2 margin, while Pistel added her second goal from in front off a nice centering pass from Eddy with 24:27 remaining. Miller scored with 17:55 to play from Swaffield, who then scored two straight goals in a span of 19 seconds (10:20, 10:01 left). McKenna scored her third of the game from Pistel with 7:30 to play and Hooper scored Colby’s final goal just 28 seconds later from Griffin.
Wesleyan closed out the scoring when Ellman tallied with just 1:39 to play.
Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made four saves for Colby in 51:30 and Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) made three stops in the final 8:30. All-American defender Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) and first-year Brittany Chin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each had three caused turnovers. Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) added two caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. Burt also had one caused turnover and two ground balls.
Wesleyan first-year goalie Nina Labovich (Alexandria, Va.) made nine saves and scooped four ground balls. Lydia Kring (Philadelphia, Pa.) added two draw controls and two ground balls, while Berger and Emily Gretsky (Westfield, N.J.) both had three ground balls.
The Mules had a 31-14 shot advantage, but the Cardinals did go 3-for-6 on free-position shots.
PORTLAND, Maine – Lasell College (9-2, 6-0 GNAC) topped Saint Joseph’s (7-5, 3-2 GNAC), 18-12, in GNAC women’s lacrosse action at Deering Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Lasell came out of the gates strong and held an 11-1 lead before freshman midfielder Mary Leasure (South Portland, Maine/McAuley) closed the first half with a goal off an Anneka Adame (San Diego, Calif.) feed. The Monks came out with renewed vigor in the second stanza and outscored the Lasers 10-7 in the closing half, but the comeback bid fell short against the current top team in the conference.
For the Monks, junior Cassie Diplock (Augusta, Maine) netted five goals and corralled a team-high five ground balls and Adame produced a goal and an assist with a game-high seven draw controls in the loss. Junior Krystal Walsh (Springvale, Maine) scored twice while Leasure and Macy Pagurko (Augusta, Maine) added a goal and an assist apiece and Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) and Kirstin McCombs (Lewiston, Maine) contributed a goal each for the hosts.
Junior keeper Haley Nason (Saco, Maine) faced 38 total shots and recorded 14 saves in the conference setback.
For the Lasers, Britney Wuorio (Bolton, Mass.) tallied six goals and three assists, Ashley Slattery (Weymouth, Maine) posted four goals and five assists and Rebecca Stanton (Agawam, Mass.) contributed three goals and a helper. Slattery added five ground balls and five draw controls and Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham, Mass.) chipped in with six draw controls on the afternoon.
Lasell netminder Sammy Long (Staten Island, N.Y.) faced 24 shots and made six saves for the visitors.
PORTLAND, Maine – Lasell College (5-5, 4-1 GNAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s College (5-7, 4-1 GNAC), 13-6, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s lacrosse contest at Deering Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s held a 3-2 lead after freshman Jake O’Brien (Andover, Mass.) scored off an Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but Lasell reeled off four-consecutive tallies, including a pair by Robbie Palazzo (Redding, Conn.), and carried a 6-4 edge into intermission.
Lasell sophomore Dylan Fernandes (Billerica, Mass.) and Saint Joseph’s junior Jake Ricciardi (Sharon, Mass.) traded man-up markers in the opening five minutes of the third stanza as the Monks maintained a two-goal deficit. The margin was short-lived however, as Palazzo proceeded to net three unanswered scores in a 1:05 span to put the game out of reach for the hosts.
For the Monks, junior Andrew Hamill (Wolfeboro, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist, Ricciardi potted a pair of markers, Watts dealt a pair of assists and O’Brien and Dalton Eldridge (South Gardiner, Maine) notched a goal apiece in the losing effort.
Watts added a team-high six ground balls and sophomore Brandon Boutin (Hackettstown, N.J.) collected five ground balls for the Monks. Senior goalkeeper Christopher Driscoll (Saco, Maine) faced a total of 52 shots and made 14 saves in net.
For the Lasers, Palazzo scored seven goals, including four of the man-up variety while Fernandes added two goals and two assists and Andy Puopolo (Duxbury, Mass.) recorded a goal and three assists with a game-high seven ground balls in the victory.
David Walen (Longmeadow, Mass.) faced 32 shots overall and made 12 saves in goal for the Lasers.
DUDLEY, Mass. — Hannah Tavella and Gina Newsome combined for eight second-half goals to help the University of New England pull away and take a 16-12 Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s lacrosse victory over Nichols College on Saturday (April 6) afternoon at Vendetti Field.
With the win, the Nor’easters improve to 4-6 overall, 2-1 in conference play. The Bison stand at 3-8, 1-3 in CCC matches. UNE has won six consecutive games with Nichols and is 13-1 in the all-time series.
Tavella finished with five goals and Newsome four, while Nikki Smith scored three times. Hannah Warren chipped in three points with a goal and two assists.
Erica Antonison, Grace Murphy and Sam MacMillan scored three goals apiece for the Bison. Alexa Smith added a pair of markers.
Trailing 5-1 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening half, the Nor’easters exploded for five unanswered goals over the final 6:40 of the frame to take a 6-5 lead into halftime. Warren started the charge, then Smith notched three straight goals. Tavella would score with 17 seconds left to put UNE on top.
Nichols scored three of the first four goals of the second period to establish an 8-7 lead before the Nor’easters reeled off an eight-goal spurt to grab control of the match. Newsome scored all four of her goals for the day and Tavella added three to fuel the charge.
Down 15-8 with less than four minutes on the clock, the Bison rallied late with four goals, but Tavella notched one more in the final minute to ice the game.
Courtney Kendall made 12 saves for the Nor’easters, while AnneMarie Fanna registered six for Nichols.
Kendall and Johanna Currier led Big Blue with four ground balls apiece. Jessica Deedon and Nicolle Steel each had four draw controls, while Cassidy Ruocco controlled three draws and had three ground balls.