MANSFIELD, Conn. – The University of Southern Maine raced to a 7-1 lead and held off Eastern Connecticut State for a 15-14 victory Saturday in the championship game of the Little East Conference women’s lacrosse tournament.

Jessica Knight scored seven goals and Mary Vaughan added three for the fifth-seeded Huskies (11-9), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Knight and Vaughan combined for six goals in the first 14 minutes as USM built the six-goal lead.

The third-seeded Warriors (9-10) came back with five straight goals, but Southern Maine got goals from Shelby Chambers, Shelby Turcotte and Knight for a 10-7 halftime lead.

Eastern Connecticut didn’t get within one again until Ashley Del Vecchio scored with 6 seconds left.

COLBY 8, AMHERST 7: Casey Thomas scored with eight seconds left in overtime as the third-seeded Mules (13-3) advanced to the NESCAC championship game with a victory over the fourth-seeded Jeffs (11-5) at Hartford, Conn.

Kathleen Kramer had two goals for Colby.

BASEBALL

HARTFORD 7, MAINE 6: Jon Ricco led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double and scored on pinch-hitter Erik Figueredo’s sacrifice fly, lifting the Hawks (9-29, 3-12 America East) over the Black Bears (25-19, 9-6) at West Hartford, Conn.

Joe Mercurio homered for Maine.

BOWDOIN, WESLEYAN SUSPENDED: The Polar Bears held a 7-2 lead in the fourth inning when play was suspended because of rain in an elimination game in the NESCAC tournament at Waltham, Mass.

The game is scheduled to resume today.

SOFTBALL

WESLEYAN 12, BOWDOIN 6: Wesleyan (22-15-1) scored 10 runs in the first two innings and handed Bowdoin (31-11) its first loss in the double-elimination NESCAC tourney at Williamstown, Mass.

Clare Ronan was 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs for the Polar Bears, who play an elimination game at 9 this morning against Williams.

MEN’S LACROSSE

MIDDLEBURY 13, BOWDOIN 9: Pete Smith had two goals and three assists and David Hild scored three goals to lead the sixth-seeded Panthers (11-4) past the fourth-seeded Polar Bears (9-7) in a NESCAC semifinal at Medford, Mass.

Owen Smith, Keegan Mellhorn and Adam Tracy each scored twice for Bowdoin.