WENHAM, Mass. – Heather Tripp hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run sixth inning as St. Joseph’s College rallied for a 5-4 win over Rivier in the championship game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference softball tournament Sunday.

The second-seeded Monks (34-8) capitalized on two errors by the fifth-seeded Raiders (26-14) to score their first two runs. Tripp followed with her third home run of the season, enabling St. Joseph’s to finish the double-elimination tournament without a loss. The Monks earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Rae-Marie Copan was the winning pitcher, allowing one run and four hits in five innings after entering in the second inning. Maddie Kluna took over with one out in the seventh and struck out the final two batters with a runner on second base.

 

BOWDOIN 1, BATES 0: Melissa DellaTorre struck out six batters and walked one while throwing a three-hitter as the Polar Bears (22-18, 8-4 NESCAC East) edged the Bobcats (12-12, 4-8) at Brunswick.

Bowdoin got its run in the second inning when Gen Barlow singled, stole second and scored on a single by Casey Correa.

 

TUFTS 1, COLBY 0: Kim Miner hit an RBI single with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Jumbos (22-16, 9-3 NESCAC East) over the Mules (9-19, 1-11) at Medford, Mass.

Lindsay Peterson and Brianne Wheeler had two hits apiece for Colby.

BASEBALL

MAINE SWEEPS UMBC: Justin Leisenheimer hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the Black Bears (19-21, 9-5 America East) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Retrievers (6-30, 0-13) with a 3-2 victory after posting a 6-1 win in the opener at Orono.

Leisenheimer finished the day 4 for 5 with two home runs.

Tyler Patzalek homered in the first game, and Stephen Perakslis pitched a six-hitter.

 

COLBY SWEEPS UM-PRESQUE ISLE: Robb Arndt and Alec Finigan homered in the first game, and Mark Nelson pitched a shutout in the second game as the Mules (13-20) earned a pair wins over the Owls (7-29) at Waterville, 16-1 and 5-0.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

BOWDOIN 5, AMHERST 3: McKenna Teague scored three goals to lift the second-seeded Polar Bears (14-2) over the seventh-seeded Lord Jeffs (9-6) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Brunswick.

Tara Connolly made six saves for Bowdoin, which plays Colby in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Hartford, Conn.

 

COLBY 17, BATES 8: Lindsey McKenna scored a career-high six goals and Sarah Warnke earned her 50th career win as the third-seeded Mules (12-3) rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to beat the sixth-seeded Bobcats (9-7) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Waterville.

Bates was led by Joan O’Neill with four goals and Jenn Brallier with three.

MEN’S LACROSSE

BOWDOIN 14, AMHERST 9: Ben Chadwick finished with two goals and eight assists as the seventh-seeded Polar Bears (8-6) upset the second-ranked Lord Jeffs (13-2) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Amherst, Mass.

Billy Bergner and Patrick Lawlor each had three goals and an assist for Bowdoin, which advances to face top-seeded Tufts in the semifinals on Saturday.

 

MIDDLEBURY 10, COLBY 9: David Hild scored 18 seconds into the second overtime to lift the third-seeded Panthers (11-3) past the sixth-seeded Mules (9-7) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Middlebury, Vt.

John Jennings scored three goals and broke Colby’s single-season record with 43 goals.

 

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 10, SOUTHERN MAINE 9: Bryan Gowen scored with 1:35 left in the second overtime to lift the Colonials (9-6, 4-3 Little East) over the Huskies (5-10, 3-4) at Gorham.

Tim Bryant, Kyle Baker and Nate Prince each had two goals for USM, and Willie Joy added a goal and two assists.