NEW LONDON, N.H. – Sixth-seeded Husson University women’s lacrosse upset No. 3 seed Colby-Sawyer College 12-11 Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the North Atlantic Conference Championship.
Caitlyn Stauffer (Brookfield, CT) put the Eagles on the board early, and the lead would exchange hands many times over the course of the game.
Laurel Bauer and Sara Berry scored back to back unassisted goals for Colby-Sawyer to make it 2-1 Chargers.
The Chargers would go on a 3 goal run to jump out on top 5-3 but Fallon and Emily Child (Mexico, ME) both scored to tie it up with a little over 8 minutes remaining in the first half.
Colby-Sawyers Bauer added her 2nd goal of the game, Husson’s Fallon added her 3rdand Kylie McDonnell added the last goal of the 1st half to make it 7-6 CSC heading into halftime.
Fallon sunk another free position shot to start a 3 goal streak for the Eagles. Charlotte Gerhardy (Denver, CO) and Stauffer both added unassisted goals to make it 9-7 Husson.
Ashley Reis added a goal for the Chargers to close the Husson lead to 9-8. Stauffer scored her 3rd goal of the afternoon making it 10-8 Eagles. Carly Baker connected with Maryalice Gurnee to close the gap to 10-9 Husson.
Fallon connected with Gerhardy to edge it to 11-9, but the Chargers answered back with 2 goals to tie up the game at 11-11 with 2:27 left in the game.
Fallon scored the game winner with 29 seconds remaining to guide the Eagles to victory; she ended the afternoon with 5 goals, and 1 assist.
Stauffer had 3 goals, on 4 shots, and 2 ground balls. Gerhardy had 2 goals, on 3 shots. Husson went a perfect 10-10 on clear attempts in the 2nd half.
Husson goalkeeper Chelsea Kondratowicz (Kingston, NY) played a strong game in net stopping 12 shots.
“We played so well as a team today. It was so exciting to see the ladies come together and play strong. This was a total team effort from attack to defense,” said Head Coach Jen Johnstone after the game, “I am so proud of the entire team for their focus, effort, and determination.”
Husson advances into the semifinals and will play this Saturday, April 27th at Castleton State College who earned the right to host the Tournament by winning the NAC Regular Season.
BABSON PARK, Mass. — Senior Chris Kucher (Westwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) had a big day at the plate going 2-for-3, including two solo home runs, three runs scored and three RBI as the Babson College Beavers grabbed an early lead, then hung on to defeat the #11 University of Southern Maine Huskies 7-6 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Govani Field.
The win was the fifth straight for the Beavers as they improved to 20-14 overall. The Huskies have now lost three straight and dropped to 25-6 overall.
Babson senior John Botelho (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) also went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Sophomore Sean MacPhee(Framingham, Mass./Belmont Hill) also homered for the Beavers. Sophomore southpaw Nick Malatos (Milton, Mass./Dexter School) went 7.1 innings giving up four runs on nine hits to earn his first win of the season and improve to 1-1. Sophomore Connor Allen (Madison, NJ/Madison) came on with one out in the eighth and pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Beavers to earn his third save of the season.
Junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Huskies. Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H.) hit a two-run homer, and classmate Anthony Pisani went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) added two hits, and junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) also homered. White and Chadwick are now tied for the team-lead in home runs with six.
Southern Maine sophomore right-hander Alex Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy), who went 2.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 1-1 on the season.
After Malatos sat the Huskies down in the top of the first, Babson plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take an early 3-0 lead. The inning was highlighted by back-to-back sacrifice flies by Kucher and senior Conor Kortmann (Manalapan, NJ/The Peddie School), and a solo home run by MacPhee.
The Beavers increased their lead to 6-0 scoring single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Kucher hit his first home run to right field in the third to increase the lead to 4-0. Botelho then drove in Collins on a single in the fourth for Babson’s fifth run. Kucher homered in the fifth to make it 6-0.
Malatos didn’t allow a Southern Maine runner to reach scoring position until the sixth when Pisani doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) to make it 6-1. The run snapped a string of 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Huskies.
Botelho added an insurance run for the Beavers with a home run to lead off the seventh, increasing the lead to 7-1.
The Huskies would cut the Babson lead to one, 7-6, with five runs on five hits in the eighth. With one out, White hit a two-run blast to right, and Chadwick followed with a solo homer to make it 7-4. After a Babson pitching change, Grady walked. After another Babson pitching change, senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) doubled moving Grady to third. Thibodeau drove in both runners with a single to center to make it 7-6.
The Huskies comeback was cut short, though, as Allen was able to sit them down in order in the ninth to get the save.
BOSTON – Senior Kelsey Souza (Braintree, Mass.) stroke a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to deliver a 3-2 win for the UMass Boston Beacons in the second game of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader to earn the sweep over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Wednesday afternoon at the UMB Softball Field in Boston. The Beacons took the first game from the Huskies 6-1.
With the sweep, UMass Boston improves to 13-23 overall and 4-8 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies fall to 7-31 overall and 2-10 in the conference with the loss.
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the fourth inning, Southern Maine leapt ahead of UMB grabbing a 2-1 lead following a two-run homerun to left-center field by senior Jessica Hayden (Madison, Maine). Hayden’s homerun, her second of the season, drove in seniorStefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle). Stockwell led off the inning with a single to center field.
The Beacons answered back in the home-half of the inning with an RBI from junior Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.) to score Souza. Souza knocked a one-out single up the middle and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt to set up the game-tying run.
After the fourth inning, both pitchers held their opponents scoreless, setting up the extra innings. The Huskies’ had a solid chance in the top of the eighth when Stockwell doubled to left field and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. But the Beacons’ sophomore pitcher Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) was able to get the final two out and retire the side to bring up the UMB bats in the bottom of the inning.
In the Beacons’ half of the eighth, senior Taryn Asta (Marshfield, Mass.) led off the inning with a single before Stockwell get the next two outs on a sacrifice bunt and a fly out. With two down, Souza collected her third hit of the game to plate the game-winner.
Zullo earned her sixth win of the season giving up two earned runs on six hits and a walk over eight innings. She had eight strikeouts. Stockwell took the loss despite a strong pitching effort. She allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in 7.2 innings. She had four strikeouts.
In the opener, senior Sue Killiea (Abington, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was 1-for-4 at the plate with a triple and two RBI to lead the Beacons to a 6-1 win. Despite collecting just four hits in the game, the Beacons were able to score six runs while taking advantage of five Huskies’ fielding errors.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, following a lead-off triple from Killiea and an RBI ground out from Asta, UMB took control of the game in the bottom of the second with three runs – all unearned – to take a 4-0 lead. The Huskies made three of their five errors in the costly inning.
UMB added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead USM 6-0, before the Huskies took one run back in the top of the fifth with an RBI single from sophomore Lindsey Somerset (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle). However, it was too little too late as UMB rolled to the win.
Freshman Emily Gray (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the win for the Beacons allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk. Senior Jessie Hutchins (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk.