January 19, 2013

Amherst offense tames Bowdoin

- From staff reports

AMHERST, Mass. - Peter Kaasila scored 19 points and was one of six Amherst College players to hit double figures Friday in an 80-70 victory over Bowdoin in men's NESCAC action.

Ahead 38-31 at halftime, Amherst let the Polar Bears get within 53-50 on a 3-point jumper by Matt Mathias with 11:39 left. Amherst re-established its lead with back-to-back 3-pointers by Aaron Toomey and Connor Green.

Amherst improved to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC, while Bowdoin is 9-4 and 2-2.

Mathias scored 22 to lead the Polar Bears. Keegan Pieri scored 15 while Lucas Hausman added 12 off the bench.

BATES 75, CONN. COLLEGE 60: Graham Safford scored 17 points to help host Bates (7-10, 2-3 NESCAC) defeat Connecticut College (5-11, 0-5).

The Bobcats led 36-31 at halftime, then went on a 10-2 run early in the second half to pull away. Ed Bogdanovich capped the run with a layup to give Bates a 57-42 lead. Mark Brust had 15 points for Bates.

COLBY 74, TRINITY 63: Patrick Stewart's 18 points propelled the Mules (5-9, 2-2 NESCAC) past the Bantams (7-10, 1-3) at Hartford, Conn. Danny Chase added 10 points for Colby, which built a 43-15 halftime lead.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

VERMONT 0, MAINE 0: Brittany Ott made 26 saves for the Black Bears (3-17-2, 1-10-1 Hockey East) in a scoreless tie at Orono. Roxanne Douville stopped 30 shots for the Catamounts (6-12-3, 4-4-3).

COLBY 4, WILLIAMS 1: Goalie Brianne Wheeler made 20 of her 40 saves in the third period as Colby College (6-9, 2-7 NESCAC) held off Williams College (6-8, 3-4) at Waterville.

Megan Fortier finished with three assists for the Mules, who got goals from Katie Tang, Kathryn Shei, Meredith Reynolds and Lauren Guarente.

ST. ANSELM 4, USM 1: Courtney Winters scored twice for the Hawks (11-3-2, 7-1-2 ECAC East), who used three third-period goals to down the Huskies (4-7-4, 3-4-2) at Gorham. .

BOWDOIN 3, MIDDLEBURY 0: Kayla Lessard made 33 saves, Chelsea MacNeil had two assists and the Polar Bears (13-1-1, 7-0 NESCAC) used a goal in each period to down the Panthers (9-2-2, 6-1-2) at Brunswick.

Rachel Kennedy, Kim Tess-Wanat and Kayte Holtz provided the goals.

MEN'S HOCKEY

BOWDOIN 4, WILLIAMS 1: Tim Coffey and Ollie Koo scored 21 seconds apart midway through the second period, giving the Polar Bears (14-1-1, 9-1-1 NESCAC) a 3-1 lead over the Ephs (8-4-2, 6-2-1) at Williamstown, Mass.

John McGinnis and Harry Matheson also scored for Bowdoin. Goalie Steve Messina made 35 saves.

CASTLETON STATE 8, UNE 1: Josh Harris had four goals and an assist, and Justin Alonzo had five assists to lead the Spartans (10-5-2, 5-4-1 ECAC East) past the Nor'easters (5-10, 3-7) at Rutland, Vt.

MIDDLEBURY 5, COLBY 3: Chris Brown scored the winner 5:01 into the third period to lift the Panthers (6-7-2, 5-2-2 NESCAC) over the Mules (3-12-1, 1-9-1) at Middlebury, Vt.

Colby led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Robert McCormick and Tyler Lingel. Middlebury scored the next three before Michael Smigleski tied it at 3-3 in the second period.

SKIDMORE 8, USM 3: Tony Giacin had two goals and three assists for the Thoroughbreds (8-7-2, 5-4-1 ECAC East), who took a 6-0 lead over the Huskies (6-10, 3-7) at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

CONN. COLLEGE 70, BATES 61: Caitlin Cimino had 15 points as the Camels (7-9, 2-3 NESCAC) got past the Bobcats (8-8, 2-3) at Lewiston. Allie Beaulieu scored 21 with six assists for Bates, while Meredith Kelly, Taryn O'Connell and Molly Brown tallied 10 points each for Bates.

AMHERST 74, BOWDOIN 58: Jasmine Hardy sunk four 3-pointers in the second half to help host Amherst (16-0, 4-0) overcome Bowdoin (8-7, 1-3). The Lord Jeffs trailed 36-30 at intermission, but outscored the Polar Bears 44-22 in the second half.

TRINITY 58, COLBY 50: Taylor Murtaugh and Hannah Brickley both had 12 points for the host Bantams (11-5, 3-1 NESCAC) as they opened up an early insurmountable lead against the Mules (6-9, 1-3).

Jen Nale notched 11 points, while Diana Manduca and Desi Smith each had 10 points for Colby.

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