BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont scored twice in the first period and twice in the second period to beat the University of Maine men’s hockey team 5-1 and win the Hockey East tournament first-round series 2-0.

The Black Bears end their season 11-21-4, 5-16-2 in Hockey East. Vermont improves to 20-11-5, 11-8-4 in the conference, and advances to play Boston College in the quarterfinals.

Brendan Bradley and Rob Hamilton scored in the first period as the Catamounts took a 2-0 lead. Rob Michel scored from Maine early in the second, but Vermont responded with goals by Mario Puskarich and Craig Puffer.

Matt Alavro scored an empty netter in the third to finish the scoring.

Matt Morris and Rob McGovern combined for 24 saves for Maine.

Stefanos Lekkas had 36 saves for Vermont.

ENDICOTT 5, UNE 4: Cam Bleck scored with nine seconds left as the Gulls (23-3-2) beat the Nor’easters (15-10-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament championship game in Beverly, Massachusetts.

UNE tied it with 8:08 left in the third period when Dylan Bengston scored from Armand Uomoleale and Danny Antonoff. Endicott had taken a 4-3 lead on a goal by Bleck early in the third period.

Brendan Shane, Joseph Slovak and Jack Musil also scored for Endicott, which earns a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament with the win.

Ryan Bloom, Tucker Ross and Antonoff each had a goal for UNE. Payton Porter had 44 saves for the Nor’easters.


Central Maine COmmunity COLLEGE 74, PENN STATE-LEHIGH VALLEY 57: Jenny Schlim scored 20 points while Brooke Reynolds had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Mustangs to a win over Penn State University-Lehigh Valley in the USCAA Division II national championship game in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania.

Eraleena Gethers-Hairston added eight points and 11 rebounds for CMCC, which finished 33-1. The Mustangs advanced to the national title game by beating Penn State-Fayette 79-69 in the first round and Southern Maine CC 62-46 in the semifinals.

Hannah Bankes and Andrea Watkins both scored 17 points for Penn State-Lehigh Valley.

TUFTS 64, HUSSON 44: Jac Knapp scored eight points in the third quarter as the Jumbos (27-4) outscored the Eagles (23-5) 21-4 and stretched a 10-point halftime lead to 27 on their way to a victory at Medford, Massachusetts, in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Tufts advances to a sweet sixteen matchup against Scranton on March 10.

Knapp led Tufts with 13 points while Michaela North had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Daria Morales had 15 points for Husson. Kenzie Worcester added 12.

(1) UCONN 105, TULSA 57: Napheesa Collier scored 24 points to lead the Huskies (30-0) in a rout of the Golden Hurricanes (10-21) in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 19 points for the Huskies, who extended their NCAA-record winning streak to 105 games.

(2) BAYLOR 95, TEXAS TECH 63: Alexis Prince scored 22 points to help the Lady Bears (29-2) coast to a victory over the Red Raiders (14-17) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.

(3) NOTRE DAME 84, (14) LOUISVILLE 73: Marina Mabrey scored 26 points to help the Fighting Irish (29-3) beat the Cardinals (27-7) in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Conway, South Carolina.


(1) KANSAS 90, OKLAHOMA STATE 85: Frank Mason scored 27 points to help the Jayhawks (28-3, 16-2 Big 12) hold off the Cowboys (20-11, 9-9) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(2) VILLANOVA 81, GEORGETOWN 55: Josh Hart scored 21 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers with 7 minutes left that put the game out of reach, as the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3 Big East) pulled away to beat the Hoyas (14-17, 5-13) in Washington.


MAINE 6, ST. BONAVENTURE 5: Hernen Sardinas’ sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the 10th inning plated Christopher Bec with the winning run, and the Black Bears (4-4) rallied from a three-run, eighth-inning deficit to defeat the Bonnies (1-3) in Delray Beach, Florida.

Bec hit a one-out single and stole second before Jonathan Bennett was intentionally walked and Brandon Vicens hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Bec tagged up on Sardinas’ fly out and slid under a high throw to the plate to end the game.

Bec also had an RBI double in the eighth and Bennett had a tying single to left.


MAINE 4, GRAND CANYON 0: Alyssa Derrick hit a two-run single in the top of the first and the Black Bears (1-1) went on to defeat the Lopes (18-2) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Derrick added a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Maddie Decker finished with three hits, including an RBI single in the seventh.

Molly Flowers (1-0) pitched five shutout innings, and Erin Bogdanovich earned the save.

CREIGHTON 5, MAINE 2: Jayci McGill and Anna O’Gorman each had two-run singles as the Blue Jays (5-11) scored all five of their runs in the second inning against the Black Bears (1-2) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rachel Harvey and Maddie Decker each drove in a run for Maine.


MIDDLEBURY 4, BOWDOIN 1: The top-seeded Panthers (18-6-2) easily defeated the Polar Bears (13-10-4) in the NESCAC semifinals in Middlebury, Vermont.

Allie Aiello and Maddie Winslow scored in the second to give Middlebury a 2-0 lead. Julie Dachille scored for Bowdoin late in the second, but Middlebury added two goals in the third.