College – Press Herald Sun, 28 May 2017 01:12:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saturday’s college roundup: Maine baseball beats top seed to stay alive Sun, 28 May 2017 00:33:15 +0000 LOWELL, Mass. — Cody Pasic hit a three-run double in the ninth inning as the University of Maine baseball team scored four times and beat No. 1 Binghamton 8-3 in an elimination game in the America East tournament Saturday.

Maine improved to 24-28 and played a second elimination game later Saturday against No. 4 Albany.

The winner will play No. 2 University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the championship portion of the tournament Sunday. Binghamton ends the season 30-13.

Maine took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Christopher Bec. Binghamton answered with two in the fifth.

Hernen Sardinas started Maine’s rally in the ninth with an RBI single and Tyler Schwanz had an RBI single in the first.

Connor Johnson pitched a scoreless 11/3 innings of relief to earn the win and Cody Laweryson earned the save with 32/3 scoreless innings.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates captured its second Division III women’s title in three years, finishing second in the first varsity eight race and first in the second varsity eight race for a one-point win over Williams at West Windsor, New Jersey.

Bates scored 12 points for its victory in the second varsity eight race, as the team of Alex Salazar, Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Phoebe Long, Jessica Vocaturo, Julia Mason, Grace Jurkovich and coxswain Abigail Bierman won with a time of 6 minutes, 48.332 seconds.

Williams won the first varsity eight race by two seconds in 6:35.379, but the Bates team of Laura Rand, Emma Wheeler, Grace Murnaghan, Olivia Stockly, Hannah Fitts, Lena Rintell, Rosemary Kyne, Molly Pritz and coxswain Katherine Traquina earned 27 points with their second-place finish.

Stockly is from Waynflete High.

Williams got 30 points for its victory, but only eight for his third-place finish in the second varsity eight race.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jessica Wilson of Cumberland earned All-America status in two events, and three of her Bates teammates also earned All-America honors at the Division III meet in Geneva, Ohio.

Wilson, now a five-time All-American, finished fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.33, then returned to the track and placed seventh in the 5,000, finishing in 17:13.32. Sally Ceesay finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 40-9.5.

Allison Hill of Brunswick became a three-time All-American, placing third in the 100 hurdles in 14.11, and Ayden Eickhoff was eighth in the 800 in 2:12.32.

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Sports Digest: UMaine promotes Michaud to full-time hockey assistant coach Sat, 27 May 2017 03:08:04 +0000 COLLEGES

UMaine promotes Michaud to full-time assistant coach

Alfie Michaud has been promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position with the Maine men’s hockey team.

Michaud, a goalie on the Black Bears’ national championship squad in 1999, was a volunteer goaltending coach this past season.

BASEBALL: Sophomore infielder and relief pitcher Jake Dexter of Southern Maine was named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America second team.

Dexter made the team as a utility player. He had a .356 average, 36 runs scored, one home run and 25 RBI. He also made 26 relief appearances, going 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA and a school-record 12 saves.


BELMONT STAKES: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes after finishing eighth in the Preakness.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30.


WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun for the second time in three days, 82-68 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Minnesota (5-0) has won 22 straight games in May since 2012.

 Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points against her former team as the Washington Mystics beat the visiting Chicago Sky, 88-79.


LYON OPEN: Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia to reach his first clay-court final.

Tsonga hit 14 aces and saved eight of 10 break points to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Frenchman will face third-seeded Tomas Berdych, who beat top-seeded Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

GENEVA OPEN: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the final by beating unseeded Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6.

The top-seeded Wawrinka will face qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany, who upset second-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.


NASCAR: Stewart-Haas Racing and Nature’s Bakery have agreed to settle a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit the team filed in a dispute with Danica Patrick’s former sponsor.

The team said the Nevada-based snack company agreed to serve as the primary sponsor for four Cup Series races. They will be split between Patrick and teammate Clint Bowyer.


NFL: A lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim, a federal judge said.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed the lawsuit by a former 49ers cheerleader. The suit sought class action status on behalf of all NFL cheerleaders.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two stages to go, setting up what could be a tense finale in Milan on Sunday.

Dumoulin couldn’t keep up with his main rivals in the final uphill finish of the three-week race and trails Quintana, the 2014 winner from Colombia, by 38 seconds.

Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali is third overall, 43 seconds behind Quintana.

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Friday’s college roundup: Maine stays alive in America East baseball Sat, 27 May 2017 02:41:21 +0000 LOWELL, Mass. — Nick Silva and Jeff Gelinas combined on a three-hitter and Maine stayed alive in the America East baseball tournament with a 3-0 win Friday against Stony Brook.

Silva (2-2) allowed a leadoff double to Toby Handley, then held Stony Brook (26-26) without another hit until he gave a double and a single with two outs in the ninth. Gelinas struck out the final batter to earn his seventh save of the season.

Silva fanned 10 and walked six.

Maine (23-28) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a bases-loaded single by Jonathan Bennett. In the seventh, Jeremy Pena was hit by a pitch, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on an error.

Maine plays another elimination game Saturday against top-seeded Binghamton. The Black Bears need two wins Saturday and two Sunday to win the championship.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Yarmouth’s Emma Egan, a freshman at Williams, won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 91/4 inches at the Division III championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Allison Hill of Brunswick won her 100-meter hurdles heat with a time of 14.20 seconds, advancing to Saturday’s final. Her Bates teammate, Ayden Eickhoff, qualified for the 800 final by finishing second her heat at 2:10.78.

 Isaiah Harris of Lewiston qualified for the Division I championships by posting the fastest qualifying time at the East regional in Lexington, Kentucky.

Harris, a Penn State sophomore, finished in 1:45.92, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field. He’ll compete in the national championships June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates went wire-to-wire to win its first varsity eight and second varsity eight heats in West Windsor, New Jersey, putting the Bobcats in position to win their second NCAA Division III title in three years.

The Bobcats’ first varsity eight – Laura Rand, Emma Wheeler, Grace Murnaghan, Olivia Stockly, Hannah Fitts, Lena Rintell, Rosemary Kyne, Molly Pritz and coxswain Katherine Traquina – completed the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 35.534 seconds. Defending champion Wellesley was second in 6:37.704.

The second varsity eight – Alex Salazar, Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Phoebe Long, Jessica Vocaturo, Julia Mason, Grace Jurkovich and coxswain Abigail Bierman – won its heat by more than 10 seconds with a time of 6:53.083.

Both crews will race in the grand finals Saturday.

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UMaine using NCAA money to add mental-health program for athletes Sat, 27 May 2017 00:52:04 +0000 The University of Maine will use a $640,038 disbursement from the NCAA to add a mental health program to its athletic department.

“We want to prioritize mental health care for our student-athletes,” said Lynn Coutts, a senior associate athletic director who is overseeing the implementation of the program.

This spring, the NCAA distributed a total of $200 million to nearly 350 Division I schools for the purpose of providing better support to student-athletes. The NCAA stipulated that the money has to be used on new programs or to enhance existing programs, meaning it could not be used to simply buy more equipment, hire more coaches, offer more scholarships or increase salaries.

“They gave us some flexibility,” said Karlton Creech, the athletic director at UMaine. “But we also needed to show some responsibility.”

The one-time disbursement went to schools that were active members of Division I in the 2015-16 school year, which is when the NCAA announced it was going to distribute the funds. The amount each school received was based on the number of athletic scholarships each school provided in the 2013-14 school year, multiplied by $3,291 (that value was reached by dividing the $200 million by 60,768.28 – the number of grants given by Division I schools that year).

Nine schools received more than $1 million, led by Ohio State, which received $1,329,575 based on 403.98 scholarships. Maine’s share, based on 194.47 scholarships, amounts to about 18 percent of the school’s $3,525,257 athletic budget.

“It will allow us to make some improvements we otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” said Creech. “Like a lot of schools at our level, there are plenty of opportunities where we can get better.”

From the beginning, Maine focused on a mental health component. “We ask these student-athletes to put a lot of time and effort into academics, sports performance, the physical part,” said Coutts. “It’s time we put a priority on the mental part of it. It’s the healthy body, healthy mind approach.”

School officials met with a newly-formed athlete group called the Elite 13 – representing the school’s athletic programs – throughout the year to discuss the direction of the athletic department. “Their input was invaluable,” said Creech. “They were very helpful, willing to talk, and helped steer us.”

Cailey Hutchinson, who just finished her sophomore season on the women’s hockey team and was a member of the Elite 13, said mental health was a subject the students stressed.

“Mental health often goes unnoticed. There were not as many outlets as we’d like,” said Hutchinson. “We have our coaches (to talk to), but a lot of times athletes don’t want to talk with coaches because then they seem vulnerable. (The coach’s) decisions make us happy or upset, if we play or not.

“So we want to get a sports psychologist on campus, maybe one for each sports team or a few for the entire department. It would be beneficial. It’s just an extra outlet for the athletes to have if they need someone to talk to.”

Jeffrey DeVaugh, a junior defensive back on the football team and also a member of the Elite 13, said many times an athlete isn’t comfortable talking to his coaches or teammates about a personal issue. “It would be a great thing to be able to get things off your mind,” he said. “School work, personal things, a lot can happen to affect you on the field. If a counselor is there, he can catch it early before it becomes bigger. It doesn’t have to be sports-related. A lot of things we go through aren’t sports-related.”

Maine officials hope to have the program in place by the fall. Coutts said the program will include more than just counseling for the students. She wants to educate coaches and support staff – “Anyone who has contact with our student-athletes” she said – in recognizing possible mental health issues among the athletes.

“We all need to know what to look for, how to direct people,” said Coutts. “We’re going to try to take a holistic look at the whole department. There’ll be some training, some chalk talk. It’s not just counseling kids who need it right now, but (learning) things you can do to try to prevent things from coming up.”

Coutts is working with Ryan Taylor, the school’s head athletic trainer, and Doug Johnson, the director of the UMaine Counseling Center, to come up with the appropriate program, which will include collaboration from both psychologists and psychiatrists.

“We’re trying to find a good fit,” she said. “We’re meeting with a lot of people, trying to put together a structure with layers.”

This would not just be a sports performance psychologist, but someone to counsel the athletes on how to deal with everyday life and its stresses.

“It’s not really performance-based, as sports go, but as people,” said Coutts. “How do we deal with anxiety? What’s going on in your life? There has to be a trust built. I think we have to become more cognizant of what’s going on in their lives.

“We talk about how much time we spend training and practicing and in study hall. Unless you live it, it’s hard to describe that to people. We’re going to do what we can to try to build people from the inside.

“Our coaches really know X’s and O’s, and I think we’re going to try to focus on how can we help you as people? That’s what that distribution is more for.”

The NCAA Division I Board of Governors approved the one-time distribution of $200 million a year ago, using funds liquidated from an NCAA quasi-endowment. Each school was required to submit a plan for spending its share, with some very specific guidelines. While Creech saw it as a very positive step, others see it differently.

Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University in Philadelphia, viewed the distribution as a way to put the NCAA in a better light and to “relieve the pressure (brought on by) the ongoing number of athletes’ complaints that have challenged NCAA rules.”

The NCAA has faced several legal challenges in recent years, from athletes at Northwestern University attempting to unionize to several anti-trust class action suits, the most well-known brought on by Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player who challenged the NCAA’s authority to use the images of former and current NCAA players for commercial purposes (such as promoting the NCAA basketball tournament). A District Court judge ruled in favor of O’Bannon, but the NCAA appealed the ruling, which was partly reversed. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

In February, the NCAA agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over scholarship maximums. However, the NCAA stated in a press release that it would “continue to vigorously oppose the remaining portion of the lawsuit seeking pay for play.”

Staurowsky has written papers and books about the plight of college athletes and the pressures they face. While she applauds the efforts of Maine and other schools, she said more needs to be done at a national level.

“No school is going to give that money away; no school is going to not accept it,” she said. “They’re going to do something, hopefully, really good with it, but at the same time it doesn’t address central issues.”

She added that real progress won’t be made until the NCAA recognizes “the pressures on (student-athletes) that are different from other students” and reforms the current system.

Scholarship athletes are expected to not only attend classes, but train year-round, practice, play games at home and on the road.

“Year in and year out, the athletic community continues to be very invested in insisting that college athletes have to be full-time students,” she said. “Given the time demands that are placed on them and the rigors of their sport, it really is a full-time job. It seems to me that there might be room for more creative problem-solving.”

She said Maine’s focus on mental-health issues was appropriate, given the stress and anxiety that student-athletes face.

Creech said university officials recognize those problems on a daily basis. “Division I athletes are being put out of their comfort zone in every area of life to become better,” he said.

This distribution of funds will go a long way toward making their lives better, he said, not just at Maine but after they leave.

“It’s an important step, one we’re thrilled to be able to (make) happen,” said Creech.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Waynflete graduate on verge of national title in college rowing Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Olivia Stockly, a Waynflete High graduate from Cumberland and a Bates College junior, was born to row.

“My mom rowed throughout high school and college,” Stockly said. “And then she became the coach (at Waynflete). Then my brother, who is a couple years older than me, joined the team and everything sort of fell in line, and I started to row and ended up falling in love with the sport.”

Stockly’s sister, Savannah, also attends Bates, and is one of the main reasons Stockly will be in the women’s varsity eight boat in the NCAA Division III championships Friday in Mercer, New Jersey.

Though the Stockly sisters won’t row together due to an injury Savannah suffered, Olivia is grateful for her sister’s role in influencing her to join the Bates program. Savannah will graduate Sunday.

“She’d love to be out here just as much as I love being out here,” Stockly said. “She certainly encouraged me to come to Bates, so I definitely thank her for that.”


With Stockly – a first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference choice – the Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III. It’s easy to see why.

In the first competition at Bates’ new boathouse on the Androscoggin River on April 23, the 21st Presidents Cup, the women’s team won all six races. The varsity eight finished 23 seconds ahead of its closest competitor.

At the Bates Invitational a week later, the varsity eight beat second-place New Hampshire by 29.8 seconds, traveling 2,000 meters in 7 minutes, 14.8 seconds.

Given her family background, Stockly has more experience than most of her teammates. Yet she wasn’t always a rower. Stockly played soccer and softball before transitioning to crew, which proceeded to “dominate my entire life, in the best way possible.”

At Waynflete – one of a handful of high school club teams in Maine – Stockly grew attached to the sport, enjoying the family dynamic the most.

“What I love the most about rowing is when you’re in a boat, you become so dependent on everyone else and it becomes just like a family,” Stockly said. “I think everyone relies on each other to go the fastest you can, and that’s what attracted me the most to it.”

Stockly’s mother, C.C. Stockly, is still the Waynflete coach and president of the Yarmouth Rowing Club. Even if she’s no longer her coach in an official capacity, Stockly rows recreationally with her mother and the rest of her family during the summer to stay fit.

With the exception of the summer, when athletes mostly train on their own, rowing is a year-round sport at Bates. The team rows in a couple longer regattas in the fall, including the Head of the Charles in October. In November, Peter Steenstra, the NESCAC coach of the year, steps out due to conference regulations, but the team unofficially continues to train throughout the winter, with captains organizing indoor practices.

Preparation for the major races begins in earnest in February.

To qualify for the national championships, Bates had to overcome a serious challenge from Williams in the May 12 grand final of the national invitational championships.

The Bobcats won by a mere .401 seconds and took home their third NESCAC title in four years.

“It was a really fun regatta but it was also pretty intimidating to be so close,” Stockly said.

“So I think we’re going in with confidence but not being too cocky about where we’re ranked.”

Still, Bates has plenty of reasons to be feel good about its chances.

The women’s team, making its 11th consecutive appearance at the nationals, won the title in 2015 thanks to a victory by the second varsity eights and a second-place showing by the varsity eights.

The Bobcats were the runners-up at last year’s championships.

“We have so much history that we’re building on. … I think that we all love the program so much and will follow Coach Steenstra’s footsteps as much as we can,” Stockly said. “He has so much love for the sport that we are willing to push through all the pain and the grit to get to the position that we’re in.”

]]> 0 Stockly, fourth from the right, was drawn to rowing through her family – her mother is the Waynflete coach, and her older brother and sister competed. Her sister, Savannah, is a Bates College teammate, but is injured and won't row in the NCAA Division III finals Friday.Fri, 26 May 2017 00:15:27 +0000
Men’s lacrosse: South Portland’s Hellier turns a tryout into title game start Thu, 25 May 2017 00:59:12 +0000 NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — When Edward “T-Moe” Hellier arrived at Merrimack College last fall as a sophomore transfer student, he wondered if his days of playing lacrosse might be over.

Eight months later, Hellier, a 2015 South Portland High grad, is preparing for the biggest game of his life.

Nudged into trying out for the men’s lacrosse team by a new roommate, Hellier has gone from fourth-string walk-on in the fall to starting goalie for Merrimack, which will face No. 1 Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina, in Sunday’s 2 p.m., NCAA Division II national championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

“It’s something every kid dreams about when you’re playing lacrosse, playing for a national championship,” Hellier said Wednesday. “I mean, I had no idea I’d be starting in a championship game when I came here. I was just hoping to make the team at first.”

Hellier keyed South Portland’s 2014 Class A title team as a junior and was named the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year as a senior.

As a freshman at Goucher College, a Division III team in Towson, Maryland, Hellier played in 10 games with one start. The lacrosse was fine but Hellier said the school and locale turned out to be a poor fit.

“Baltimore’s got a different vibe than New England. I’ve been in New England my whole life. The change of pace wasn’t for me,” Hellier said.

Merrimack Coach Mike Morgan said he heard about Hellier in an email from South Portland Coach Tom Fiorini.

“We were down to two goalies and I was like, great, if he’s a living, breathing goalie, I’ll take him. Literally, that’s what we thought. We just needed depth,” Morgan said.

Morgan wasn’t wowed immediately but saw enough in a tryout to keep Hellier in the fall. Gradually, Hellier’s calm demeanor, stick skills and ball-stopping ability became more evident. The day before the opener, Hellier was told he’d start.

Hellier started 17 of Merrimack’s 18 games and despite a midseason Achilles injury, posted a 7.88 goals-against average and a .559 save percentage. In the NCAA playoffs, Hellier made 12 saves in a 10-5 win against LeMoyne, which had won seven straight games against Merrimack, then had nine saves in a 17-9 rout of Adelphi in the semifinals.

“It’s just wild, really, how a kid, a walk-on from Maine, is now playing in the national championship game as your goalie,” said Morgan. “We just gave him an opportunity and he ran with it.”

Merrimack, ranked fourth in Division II, is 15-3 and making its first title-game appearance after semifinal losses the past two seasons. Limestone is 20-1 and playing in its fourth straight NCAA championship game, winning titles in 2014 and 2015.

Merrimack handed Limestone its only loss, 18-13, at a neutral site in Gambrills, Maryland, on April 23, coming back from a 5-1 first-quarter deficit.

“We hung T-Moe out to dry early in that game. Some of those goals they scored were right on top of him,” Morgan said. “Then once the game tightened up, he played great in the third and fourth quarters, made a lot of key saves.”

Hellier has answered to T-Moe his whole life. His father Edward, a beloved youth coach in South Portland who died in 2013, was known as Ted. Susan and Ted Hellier planned on calling their son Teddy Marley, but older sister Eliza mispronounced it as Teddy Moe. Soon it was simply T-Moe.

“Everyone still calls me that. It’s not a name that goes away,” Hellier said.

Sunday’s full day of college lacrosse at Gillette Stadium includes the Division I women’s final at 11 a.m., and the men’s Division III final at 5 p.m.

This will be the fourth time Gillette has hosted to the men’s lacrosse championships (the Division I game is Monday). The Division II and III games have drawn as many as 24,317 combined fans in the past.

Merrimack’s biggest announced crowd this year was 712 for a Northeast-10 playoff game against Southern New Hampshire.

“Growing up, being a Pats fan my whole life, to step on the same field that (Tom) Brady plays on every Sunday is going to be awesome,” Hellier said.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Sports Digest: Bowdoin falls to Emory in Division III men’s tennis semifinals Wed, 24 May 2017 03:18:34 +0000 COLLEGES

Emory swept the singles competition and defeated defending champion Bowdoin 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III men’s tennis tournament at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Polar Bears (22-5) took two of the three doubles matches, with Gil Roddy and Justin Patel winning a 7-4 tiebreaker for a 9-8 victory in the No. 3 match.

The Eagles (21-4) took control in singles though, getting straight-set wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 before Jonathan Jemison’s late break against Bowdoin’s Grant Urken at No. 2 gave him a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win for the clincher.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Kansas player Josh Jackson must undergo anger management classes and apologize as part of a diversion agreement arising from a confrontation with a Kansas women’s basketball player.

Jackson was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after a December argument with McKenzie Calvert outside a Lawrence bar. He pleaded not guilty in April and his attorney said he would seek diversion for Jackson, who is expected to be a top pick in the NBA draft next month.


GENEVA OPEN: Second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan eased into the quarterfinals, beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Ranked No. 9, Nishikori took a wild card entry after a wrist injury affected his clay-court season and did not drop serve against Kukushkin.

NUREMBURG CUP: Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament in Germany with a right ankle injury, putting the Canadian’s participation in the French Open in doubt.

An MRT scan late Monday showed the 2014 champion had torn a ligament in training the previous week.

LYON OPEN: Fourth-seeded Nick Kyrgios was upset by qualifier Nicolas Kicker, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round in France, hampering the Australian’s French Open preparations.

STRASBOURG INTERNATIONAL: Fourth-seeded Carla Suarez-Navarro beat American Christina McHale 6-4, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals in France.

ROGERS CUP: Maria Sharapova was awarded a wild card for the Toronto event in August.

Since her return from a doping ban, the former No. 1 player has used wild cards to play three events on the WTA Tour. She was denied a wild card for the French Open.

Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale called her a “fan favorite,” noting she has completed her punishment.


WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to help the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun 80-78.


DOPING: A Russian anti-doping commission set up by President Vladimir Putin has called for new measures to claw back prize money from drug cheats and to restore trust in Russian athletes.

The commission, headed by 82-year-old former International Olympic Committee member Vitaly Smirnov, denies the Russian government played any role in covering up drug use. However, it says rules need to be tightened and admits some coaches have been motivated to use “any means” to push their athletes to victory.


WBA: The heavyweight title fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo is off after former champion Briggs tested positive for high levels of testosterone.

The fight was set for June 3 in Hollywood, Florida.

– From staff and news report

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USM falls one win short in NCAA baseball regional Sun, 21 May 2017 19:37:57 +0000 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Eric Hamilton had five hits and Oswego State took advantage of a shortage of rested Southern Maine pitchers to beat the Huskies 9-4 on Sunday in the championship game of the NCAA Division III New York Regional.

The Huskies, who needed to beat Oswego State twice Sunday to advance to their ninth Division III College World Series, won the first game 7-6 on Zach Quintal’s two-run homer in the ninth inning.

But USM (34-13) fell behind early in the second game, giving up two runs in the first inning and two in the second. The Lakers (32-9) broke the game open with four runs in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.

Oswego jumped on USM starter Tyler Leavitt in the first inning of Game 2. Leavitt (5-1), who pitched only 311/3 innings this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, was on the mound for 72/3 innings in a 10-1 win Friday over The College of New Jersey but was called on to start the championship game on one day’s rest.

He lasted a third of an inning, giving up three hits, a walk and two runs.

Wes Randall opened the game with a single to center. Hamilton, the regional MVP, drew a walk and Mike Dellicarri drove the ball through the right side for a 1-0 lead. John Barnes reached on a fielder’s choice, with Hamilton forced out at third, but Dellicarri stole third and scored on Zach Koller’s bunt single.

Gage Feeney came on in relief and escaped further damage in the first, but he surrendered RBI doubles to Alex Brown and Hamilton in the second inning.

USM pulled within 4-2 when Jake Dexter singled home Devin Warren in the bottom of the second and Quintal scored on a groundout in the third.

But Oswego struck for four runs in the fourth, aided by Randall’s two-run single.

Oswego relievers Brad Wroblewski and Reston Pettit limited the Huskies to two hits over the final five innings.

USM rallied from a 5-2 deficit in Sunday’s first game. The Huskies pulled even with a three-run seventh, which started with Warren’s inside the park home run past the diving center fielder. Andrew Olszak singled home Andrew Hillier, and Paul McDonough scored on a groundout.

The Lakers retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but McDonough led off the ninth with a walk before Quintal smacked his fourth home run of the season.

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College baseball: USM advances to regional final Sat, 20 May 2017 21:31:53 +0000 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tom Fortier and Matt Correale combined on a seven-hitter, and Southern Maine scored four runs in the seventh inning to earn a 4-0 win Saturday night over Ithaca and advance to the championship round of the New York Regional in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.

The Huskies (33-12) need two wins Sunday against Oswego State (31-8), which knocked USM into the losers’ bracket by rallying for a 6-4 win earlier Saturday.

Fortier allowed five hits in five innings but left with the game still 0-0. Correale gave up two hits over the last four innings.

USM broke through in the top of the seventh on a walk to Dylan Hapworth, a double by Kip Richard and a passed ball. Richard scored on a bunt single by Paul McDonough to make it 2-0, Devin Warren singled home another run, and Zach Quintal capped the outburst with a double.

Earlier, Oswego State earned its spot in the championship game as the last remaining undefeated team in the double-elimination tournament by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the eighth against Southern Maine.

Matt Bender, Paul McDonough and Devin Warren had two hits apiece for USM, which briefly took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth. Warren singled home Richard with the go-ahead run after Richard started the inning with a single.

MAINE 2, ALBANY 1: The Black Bears (21-27, 8-12 America East) allowed just four hits and defeated the Great Danes (24-24, 10-13) in their regular-season finale in Orono.

Brandon Vicens drove in a run with a bunt single and Hernen Sardinas hit an RBI groundout in the fourth inning for Maine.

Albany scored in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk.

Eddie Emerson (2-0) earned the win, striking out four in two innings of relief.

The two teams will meet again in the opening game of the America East tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Friday’s college roundup: USM stays unbeaten in Division III baseball regional Sat, 20 May 2017 02:35:02 +0000 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Southern Maine scored seven runs in the third inning Friday night and rolled to a 10-1 victory over The College of New Jersey in the New York Regional of the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.

Devin Warren hit a two-run triple to cap the Huskies’ big inning. Southern Maine tacked on three runs in the sixth, with Zach Quintal and Dylan Hapworth each contributing an RBI double.

Quintal and Matt Bender each scored two runs, and Hapworth finished with two RBI.

Tyler Leavitt (5-0) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 72/3 innings.

Gage Feeney struck out three and allowed one hit in the final 11/3 inning.

Southern Maine (32-11) has won its first two games of the regional after falling in the Little East Conference tournament.

The Huskies will play Oswego State at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the championship round.

TCNJ (32-12) faces Ithaca in an elimination game.

ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: Travis Collins singled home Connor Powers in the top of the 10th inning, sending Albany (24-23, 10-12 America East) to a 3-2 win that capped a doubleheader sweep of the Black Bears (20-27, 7-12) at Orono.

Maine fell just short in the first game, rallying for four runs in the ninth before losing 7-6.

The Great Danes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the late game before Maine tied it in the second when Jonathan Bennett raced home on Caleb Kerbs’ grounder to short.

Maine added a run in the third when Christopher Bec’s sacrifice fly scored Jeremy Pena.

Albany evened the game again in the sixth on an RBI single by Kyle Sacks.

Collins led Albany in the opener as he registered a double and a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Albany broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth, highlighted by Collins’ two-run triple.

The Great Danes added three runs in the seventh to widen the lead to 7-1 before Maine countered with one in the seventh and four more in the ninth.

Bennett and Hernen Sardinas hit RBI singles for Maine in the ninth, but the Black Bears left the tying run on second.

Maine and Albany conclude the regular season with a game in Orono at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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USM wins opener at NCAA baseball regionals Fri, 19 May 2017 02:13:31 +0000 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Andrew Olszak went 4 for 5 and singled home two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie, propelling Southern Maine to a 5-3 win Thursday over Castleton in its opening game at the NCAA Division III baseball regionals.

Andrew Hillier and Devin Warren singled to start the decisive rally. Zach Quintal walked to load the bases before Olszak singled up the middle.

USM (31-11) will play a winners’ bracket game at 6 p.m. on Friday against either Tufts or The College of New Jersey, who played late Thursday night.

Matt Correale (6-4) earned the win in relief of Dalton Rice, who pitched four innings before the game was delayed for nearly three hours in the top of the fifth inning by a thunderstorm. Jake Dexter struck out five in three perfect innings to earn his 12th save of the season.

After the rain delay, Castleton (34-9) took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single by Deagan Poland in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, USM loaded the bases, and Quintal scored on Matt Bender’s infield single to short.

USM finished with 14 hits, including two each by Hillier, Warren and Kip Richard. Hillier doubled home Paul McDonough in the seventh inning for the game’s final run after Castleton pushed across a run in the top of the seventh.

Both teams scored in the first inning. Zach Bahan singled home Poland to give Castleton a 1-0 lead, but the Huskies tied it when Dylan Hapworth’s single through the left side drove in Quintal.

Rice allowed three hits and two runs while striking out five in four-plus innings.

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USM brings deep, talented pitching staff to NCAA baseball tournament Thu, 18 May 2017 00:56:41 +0000 GORHAM — When the season began, Ed Flaherty looked at his University of Southern Maine baseball roster, with 13 sophomores and nine freshmen, and wasn’t sure what to expect.

Then the team went 7-4 on its annual Florida trip. “I was worried about going 2-9,” said Flaherty. “That’s when I realized we could be pretty good.”

The Huskies went 30-11 and got a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the 23rd time since 1987. USM will face Castleton University (34-8) in the first round of the New York Regional in Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Huskies were sent out of the New England Regional for just the second time in school history, Flaherty said. That the New York Regional features just six teams – instead of the eight in the New England Regional – may favor USM’s deep, talented pitching staff, which had a 3.97 ERA, second-best in the Little East Conference.

“With our top eight to nine guys, in a six-team tournament, we don’t have to go beyond that,” said Flaherty.

This looms as a tough tournament, with Oswego State (No. 7), Tufts (No. 13) and The College of New Jersey (No. 17) all ranked in the top 20 in’s national poll. USM is No. 21.

But Flaherty believes USM has the qualities needed to win.

“When you get to a tournament, you can’t count on your hitting a lot,” he said. “In my experience it comes down to pitching and defense, not making mistakes.”

USM’s defense was exceptional this year, with a .973 fielding percentage, best in the LEC with 41 errors in 41 games.

USM’s top two starters are sophomore Dalton Rice (6-1, 3.49 ERA, 71 strikeouts in 512/3 innings) and senior Tyler Leavitt (4-0, 4.24). Throw in sophomore Henry Curran (3-1, 4.39, 30 strikeouts in 262/3 innings) and senior starter/reliever Tom Fortier (3-1, 4.18, 46 strikeouts in 512/3 innings), and Flaherty is confident he has the staff to go deep into games.

Once there, the Huskies turn the ball over to sophomores Matt Correale (5-4, 2.79, two saves) and Jake Dexter (4-1, 1.91, 11 saves). “If we get into the sixth with the lead, we’re tough to beat,” said Flaherty. “There’s not too many better end games than that anywhere.”

Pitching will be very important in the opener. Castleton’s team ERA is 2.07, which led Division III. While the North Atlantic Conference, which Castleton won for the fourth consecutive year, isn’t considered as strong as the LEC, Flaherty said, “When you throw a team ERA of 2.07, it causes a concern.”

The Huskies are certainly confident.

“We definitely have the pitching staff to go deep into the tournament,” said Rice, who will start Thursday.

“We’ve just got to go in there and play our brand of baseball,” said Leavitt, who missed last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Fortier said having Leavitt back has been a huge plus, his “experience and focus” helping the younger pitchers

For all his uncertainty early in the season, Flaherty said his young players have developed into a well-balanced team.

“I like this team,” he said. “Whether it’s ready yet, we’ll see.”

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Cindy Blodgett promoted to associate head coach at BU Mon, 15 May 2017 21:30:41 +0000 Cindy Blodgett, the former Maine high school basketball star and University of Maine women’s basketball coach, was promoted Monday to associate head coach of the Boston University women’s basketball team.

“Obviously you’re always appreciative to be recognized for work that you’re doing,” said Blodgett. “We’re in the midst of trying to build something special at BU. It’s fun and a lot of hard work.”

Blodgett, 41, was hired three years ago as an assistant by Terriers head coach Katy Steding – a teammate on the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs in 2000.

“She comes to work every day and does a great job,” said Steding, who was also hired in 2014. “Cindy is a tremendous recruiter. She’s great strategically – we have really great discussions at all times about where we’re going with this offensive look or defensive system. She does a tremendous job with everything I ask.

“The bigger part of why she is so valuable is the kind of human being she is. She’s generous, she’s kind. She has a great sense of being a teacher and not just imparting information but getting people to perform at a very high level.”

She added, “Cindy builds great trusting relationships with the kids.”

Blodgett scored a state record 2,596 points in leading Lawrence High to four consecutive Class A state championships from 1991-94.

She then led UMaine to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances while scoring a program-record 3,005 points.

She began her coaching career as a BU assistant in 1999 and was hired as UMaine’s head coach in 2007. After going 24-94 in four years, she was dismissed.

In BU, Blodgett said she has found a place that shares many of her ideals. “If you’re in a position like I am now at BU, with an athletic director who has a clear vision, it’s a good place to be a part of,” she said.

And the promotion doesn’t necessarily mean she will start thinking about running her own program again.

“You never know around the corner what happens a year from now, five years from now,” said Blodgett. “I try to (stay in the) present. I believe in Katy and the players we’ve recruited and in the players we will recruit. Ultimately we want to get to the NCAA tournament and we’re making strides every day.”

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]]> 0 standout at Lawrence High and the University of Maine, Cindy Blodgett had a disappointing run as UMaine's coach, but has found a home as a coach at Boston University.Mon, 15 May 2017 20:31:44 +0000
Monday’s Maine college notebook: USM baseball gets NCAA bid, heads to N.Y. Regional Mon, 15 May 2017 15:55:51 +0000 The University of Southern Maine baseball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, but will be taking a long trip.

USM (30-11) is seeded second in the six-team, double-elimination New York Regional at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

The Huskies, the top-seeded team in the Little East Conference regular season, lost in the championship round of the LEC tournament on Saturday. USM is heading to the NCAAs for the first time since 2015 and the 23rd time overall under Coach Ed Flaherty.

The Huskies will play Castleton (Vermont) University in the first round at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The Spartans won the North Atlantic Conference championship for the fourth consecutive year and are 34-8.

Oswego State is the top seed in the New York Regional with a 28-8 record. Other teams in the regional include No. 3 College of New Jersey (31-11), No. 4 Tufts (30-8-1) and No. 6 Ithaca College (28-11).

St. Joseph’s College, which had a 31-8 record, did not receive an NCAA at-large bid. The Monks were the top seed in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference but lost their first two games in the conference tournament.

The winner of each of the NCAA’s eight regional tournaments will advance to the Division III College World Series, a double-elimination tournament held at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, May 26-31.


AAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Emily Durgin of Standish and the University of Connecticut set a meet record Friday while winning the 10,000 meters at the American Athletic Conference championships in Houston.

Durgin, a senior, surged ahead of Central Florida’s Anne-Marie Blaney on the final lap and won by 3 seconds with a time of 34 minutes, 28.06 seconds. She was chosen as the meet’s outstanding track performer, along with Tulane’s Jessica Duckett, the 100 hurdles champion.

Durgin helped the Huskies finish second in the overall standings, behind Cincinnati.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Albany beats UMaine for America East softball title Mon, 15 May 2017 03:03:56 +0000 VESTAL, N.Y. — Chelsea Henige hit a three-run home run and Albany beat the University of Maine 6-1 in the second game of the day to win the America East Conference softball championship on Sunday.

Maine (19-25) forced the second game by winning 2-0 Sunday morning. The Great Danes (27-16) earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Maine ends 19-25.


The Bowdoin earned a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals with a 5-4 win over Wesleyan in the regional final, in Brunswick.

The Polar Bears (16-5) advance to face Emory on May 22 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


MIDDLEBURY 10, COLBY 9: Jenna McNicholas scored the winning goal with 22 seconds left as the ninth-ranked Ephs (15-4) beat the third-ranked Mules (15-4) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Middlebury, Vermont.


BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris of Lewiston won the 800-meter final in 1:49.68.

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Saturday’s Maine colleges: Bowdoin men’s tennis reaches NCAA quarterfinals Sun, 14 May 2017 00:07:01 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin, the defending NCAA Division III men’s tennis champion, earned a return trip to the quarterfinals with a 5-0 win over Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Gil Roddy and Justin Patel both won at singles and doubles for Bowdoin (20-4), which advances to play Washington University (Mo.) in the quarterfinals May 22 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


BOWDOIN 5, Colby-Sawyer 0: The Polar Bears (15-5) advanced to the NCAA regional final with a win over the Chargers (17-6) in Brunswick.

Sasha Jovanovic and Samantha Stadler both won at doubles and singles for Bowdoin, which plays Wesleyan for a berth in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Sunday.


AMHERST 5, BATES 3: Yanni Thanopoulos had three RBI and hit a two-run single as the Mammoths (20-15) scored three times in the fourth inning and beat the Bobcats (16-18) in an elimination game in the NESCAC tournament in Waterville.

MAINE 8, UMASS-LOWELL 4: The Black Bears (20-24, 7-10 America East) went up 6-0 in the second inning and held on to defeat the River Hawks (22-25, 10-13) in Orono.

Lou Della Ferra had a two-run double and Tyler Schwanz a three-run homer in the second.


BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris of Lewiston won his 800- meter heat with a time of 1:48.71. Harris had the fifth-fastest time in qualifying. Moujtaba Mohammed of Nebraska had the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 1:48.09. The final in the 800 is Sunday.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Georgia freshman Kate Hall finished ninth in the 100-meter final with a time of 11.34 seconds. Aleia Hobbs of LSU won in a time of 11.12.

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Men’s lacrosse: Bates charges into NCAA quarterfinals Sat, 13 May 2017 23:12:12 +0000 LEWISTON — When freshman Evan Wolf scored Amherst’s fifth straight goal to tie the score at 8-8 with 10:54 left in the first half on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field, Bates College’s ambitions of an NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse championship looked to be in serious danger.

Then the Bobcats’ high-powered offense took control.

Bates ripped off a 16-1 run, led by senior Charlie Fay of Falmouth and freshman Matt Chlastawa. The two combined to score 17 goals, helping to turn a tense, competitive contest into a 26-14 win that sets up a quarterfinal matchup against another New England Small College Athletic Conference rival – Wesleyan. Wesleyan, which beat Tufts 17-8, will visit Bates on Wednesday.

Starting with a pinpoint shot by Chlastawa shot that bounced past Amherst goalie Cody Tranbarger to give Bates a 9-8 lead, the Bobcats (16-1) scored seven straight goals in a span of 5:01. Four of those goals came 55 seconds apart, as Sam Francis continued to win faceoffs for Bates after each goal.

“We have a lot of really good offensive players,” said Bates Coach Peter Lasagna, “so if we can get stops, if we can win faceoffs, our offense is going to deliver.”

After scoring eight goals, including a swift, instinctive backhand to put Bates up 19-9 with 11:30 left in the third quarter, Fay now has 72 on the season, extending his school record. He also added four assists, and his last goal gave him 160 for his career, two more than Shane Kokoruda’s previous school record.

Fay credited Chlastawa, who scored nine goals on only 15 shots and dished out four assists, for being a dependable attacking partner.

“He’s just out there finishing,” Fay said, “and he’s one of the best in the country at doing that. It’s exciting to have him on your team, and to know that when he’s open you can give him the ball and trust that he’ll score.”

Lasagna, who praised the consistent offensive production of senior leaders Fay, Kyle Weber, Andrew Melvin, Jake Walsh and Burke Smith, was shocked when informed that Chlastawa had scored a career-high nine goals.

“Wow, I had no idea! That’s very impressive,” Lasagna said. “He’s been doing good things all year, and he picked a nice day to have nine.”

Amherst (13-5) eventually managed another five-goal spurt in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to 24-14, but by that point the Bobcats knew they were headed to the quarterfinals. When told that his team would be playing Wesleyan (18-1), which has won 18 straight games since a season-opening 15-14 loss to Bates on March 5, Lasagna said he’s wary of the Cardinals.

“I think the two best teams in the NESCAC will be playing in Lewiston next week,” Lasagna said. “They’re really good, and they played very well against us last time. They must have played well today if they beat Tufts for the third time, so we will have our hands full.”

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College baseball: USM falls to UMass-Dartmouth in LEC tournament Sat, 13 May 2017 19:09:17 +0000 GORHAM — And now the wait.

The University of Southern Maine baseball team failed Saturday to win the Little East Conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Now the Huskies must wait to see if they will receive an at-large bid.

USM was unable to come up with the clutch hit in a 6-3 loss to UMass-Dartmouth, stranding 14 and going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position in the opening game of Saturday’s three-team championship round at Flaherty Field.

The Corsairs got strong pitching from Sean Callahan, throwing on two days’ rest, and big hits from Mitch Baker and Kenny Michael to hold off the Huskies.

UMass-Dartmouth (25-19) played UMass-Boston (32-10) for the league title and the automatic NCAA bid in the late game.

The Huskies should have a good shot at an at-large bid. They have a 30-11 record, are ranked first in New England (followed by UMass-Boston) and in the top 20 in two national polls.

Asked if his team’s record would be enough to get in, USM Coach Ed Flaherty said, “If it doesn’t, something’s wrong. You play for 41 games to get yourself in a position – this tournament’s tough to win – to get an at-large bid. We’re one of the best teams in the country, in my mind … I’m confident.”

The NCAA will announce its 56-team field early Monday morning – sometime after midnight.

Forty-one spots are automatic bids. Two are Pool B bids (independent schools or the winner of a league that doesn’t get an automatic bid) and 13 are at-large.

Flaherty said he may stay up Sunday night to find out. Then again … “maybe not. I’m at that age, whatever happens, happens,” he said.

Matt Bender, USM’s third baseman who had another two hits Saturday, is staying up.

“I’m not going to sleep Sunday night,” he said. “It’s going to be a long night. I’m going to be by my laptop. Especially as a senior, I want this team to move on.”

UMass-Dartmouth entered Saturday knowing it would need two wins to get into the NCAA tournament.

That’s why Callahan approached Coach Bob Prince – an All-America outfielder for Flaherty on USM’s 1991 national championship team – and told him he wanted the ball.

“Senior year, figured I had to leave it all out there,” said Callahan. “Just had to do my thing.”

Callahan pitched 71/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and three runs – two coming after he was relieved with the bases loaded in the eighth.

“He felt strong, as strong as you can be on two days’ rest,” said Prince.

“He certainly went out there and proved it.”

Callahan used his fastball and secondary pitches to keep the Huskies off-balance. He was at his best with runners on; he stranded 10, included the bases loaded in the fifth.

“We got hits,” said USM catcher Kip Richard. “They just didn’t fall when we needed them to.”

“He’s a senior, been around and can wiggle himself out of those situations,” Flaherty said of Callahan. “It was his competitiveness in those situations that was the difference.”

USM trailed 4-1 after Baker hit a high chopper over third base for two UMass-Dartmouth runs in the seventh. The Huskies scored twice in the top of the eighth – one coming in on a wild pitch, the other on a single by Andrew Olszak – to pull within 4-3. But Michael hit a two-run double to center in the bottom of the inning to regain the three-run lead.

Nate Tellier got his second save to close it out, stranding two final Huskies runners.

Prince thinks USM should get a bid.

“They certainly should,” he said. “I think both them and Boston are deserving of getting in. I think our conference is the strongest in New England.”

]]> 0 Bender of USM reacts after safely reaching base with a leadoff double in the fourth inning on Saturday against UMass-Dartmouth in the Little East Conference baseball tournament. Bender would come in to score in the inning, making the score 1-1, but the Corsairs prevailed, 6-3, to eliminate USM from the tournament. (Staff photo by Derek Davis/Staff Photographer)Sat, 13 May 2017 18:37:10 +0000
Friday’s college roundup: Maine advances to America East softball final Sat, 13 May 2017 00:23:57 +0000 VESTAL, N.Y. — Meghan Royle hit a tiebreaking home run in the third inning and second-seeded Maine held on for a 2-1 win over top-seeded Binghamton in an elimination game Friday at the America East softball tournament.

Royle also scored Maine’s first run on a first-inning double by Alyssa Derrick. Binghamton (22-25) tied it with a run in the bottom of the first.

The Black Bears (18-24) fell into the losers’ bracket when they lost 8-2 to fourth-seeded Albany earlier in the day, despite a two-run homer by Derrick.

Maine must beat Albany twice Saturday to win its second straight championship and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.


MAINE SWEEPS UMASS- LOWELL: Jeremy Pena homered on the first pitch in both games, then singled home the tying run and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning of Game 2 as the Black Bears (19-24, 6-10 America East) completed a sweep against the River Hawks (22-25, 10-12) in Orono, 7-5 and 5-4.

In Game 1, Brandon Vincens hit a two-run single in the seventh as Maine erased a 5-4 deficit. Caleb Kerbs and Cody Pasic also drove in two runs apiece, and Connor Johnson earn the win with three perfect innings in relief. Jeff Gelinas pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Pena got three of Maine’s six hits in Game 2 and scored three runs.

MIDDLEBURY 3, BATES 2: Sam Graf drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth as the Panthers (21-14) edged the Bobcats (16-17) in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament in Waterville.

Bates got a two-run single from Brendon Caravan in the first inning. The Bobcats will face Amherst in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday.


SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Georgia’s Kate Hall, of Casco, finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 21-103/4 and qualified for Saturday’s 100-meter final with a time of 11.30, at Columbia, South Carolina.

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USM stays alive in Little East baseball tournament Fri, 12 May 2017 20:54:31 +0000 GORHAM — Matt Bender had been scuffling at the plate at the end of the regular season for the University of Southern Maine baseball team. But as one of the four seniors, he knew he had to step up in the Little East Conference tournament.

And he has.

Bender went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs Friday, helping the Huskies stay alive in the tournament with a 5-3 victory over Eastern Connecticut at Flaherty Field.

Bender has six hits and six RBI in the Huskies’ three tournament games.

“I don’t want my career to end,” said Bender. “I feel these young guys, if I can get them going, fire this team up, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Andrew Hillier drove in the deciding run with a sixth-inning single. Matt Correale got the win with 22/3 innings of shutout relief, and Jake Dexter got a four-out save.

The victory lifted the Huskies (30-10) into the final day of the double-elimination tournament Saturday.

UMass-Boston and UMass-Dartmouth will finish a suspended game at 11 a.m. Assuming UMass-Boston wins – it leads 10-4 in the ninth – USM will meet UMass-Dartmouth at noon, with the winner to take on UMass-Boston for the title at 3:30 p.m.

“That was a battle,” said Huskies Coach Ed Flaherty of Friday’s victory. “Reminded me of the old Eastern-Southern Maine games, back in the day. They can swing the bats.”

The Huskies prevailed because of outstanding relief pitching – Tom Fortier, Correale and Dexter combined to throw 72/3 innings, allowing one run – and clutch hits by Bender and Hillier.

Bender’s hit came in a bizarre fifth inning. Eastern Connecticut (21-16) had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a home run by Alex Zachary.

The Huskies then put their first two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, a double by Hillier and hit batter by Zach Quintal. Both moved up on a sacrifice by Andrew Olszak. After a strikeout, Bender hit a slicing liner to right-center. Zachary dove for what appeared to be a diving, backhanded catch – “I thought he caught it,” said Bender – to end the inning.

But Flaherty questioned the catch – it appeared Zachary had reached out with his hand to pick the ball off the ground after he rolled – and, after conferring, the umpires reversed the ruling and put Bender on first with an RBI single.

Again Flaherty protested, saying the runner on second would have scored with two outs.

After another conference, the umpires agreed and Bender had a two-run single that tied the game.

“That was a pivotal play,” said Flaherty. “If we don’t get that hit, I think we’re in trouble. Bender’s come up big for us the last couple of days.”

“The umpires got it right in the fifth, as crazy as that was,” said Eastern Connecticut Coach Matt LaBranche. “I just think it was a difficult situation for the kids. But I thought we did a good job not letting that faze us and staying in there competing.

“I thought this was a little bit of a game that they had some balls that weren’t hit well and fell in, and we hit some hard that were caught. And we couldn’t get a two-out hit.”

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Thursday’s college roundup: USM avoids elimination Thu, 11 May 2017 22:04:06 +0000 GORHAM — Matt Bender hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning and Kip Richard had his first career home run as Southern Maine stayed alive in the Little East baseball tournament Thursday with an 8-4 victory against Rhode Island College.

USM will play another elimination game Friday against Eastern Connecticut. The exact time is not known because a game from Thursday that was suspended with a tie score in the eighth inning must be completed, then another full game will be played before USM plays.

USM must win one game Friday, then two Saturday to capture the tournament.

The top-seeded Huskies (29-10) trailed 2-0 after four innings but tied it in the fifth. Bender led off with a double and scored on consecutive groundouts, and Richard homered to make it 2-2.

After taking the lead in the sixth, USM added two runs in the seventh on an RBI triple by Andrew Olszak and a sacrifice fly by Zach Quintal.

Olszak finished 4 for 5 and Richard had three hits.

BATES, SUFFOLK SPLIT: Kyle Carter raced home on Dan Trulli’s fly to center, scoring the winning run as the Bobcats (16-16) ended their regular season with a 12-inning victory over Suffolk (26-14) in Lewiston in the second game of a doubleheader.

Carter was running for Brendon Canavan, who had singled. Carter went to second on a hit batter and to third on a wild pitch before ending it.

In the opener, Matt Brenner singled home two runs in a three-run first inning and singled home another run in a four-run fourth as Suffolk took a 7-0 lead en route to a 10-1 triumph.


MAINE 9, HARTFORD 1: Meghan Royle drove in five runs, capped by a game-ending, bases-loaded triple in the fifth, and the second-seeded Black Bears (17-23) won their winners’ bracket game in the America East tournament in Vestal, New York

Royle doubled home two runs in the fourth to give Maine a 4-1 lead, then scored on a single by Alyssa Derrick. Erica Leonard followed with an RBI single.

Leadoff hitter Rachel Carson went 2 for 2 with two walks and scored three runs. Felicia Lennon and Sarah Coyne each scored twice.

Erin Bogdanovich (6-10) allowed only one hit in 32/3 innings, though she issued four walks.

Sixth-seeded Hartford (4-44) scored in the fourth without a hit.

Maine will face fourth-seeded Albany at 11 a.m. Friday. The winner advances to Saturday’s final round; the loser plays an elimination game Friday afternoon.

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Sports Digest: UMaine signs basketball recruits Wed, 10 May 2017 00:20:01 +0000 COLLEGES

Three recruits set to join Maine men’s basketball

The University of Maine announced that three recruits have decided to join the men’s basketball team for next season.

The players are Celio Araujo a 5-foot-10 point guard from Brazil who played ay Sheridan (Kansas) Junior College; Duncan Douglas, a 6-6 forward from Lubbock, Texas, who played at Santa Monica (California) College; and Miks Antoms, a 6-8 forward wh played at Lee Academy.

Araujo and Duncan will join UMaine as juniors, and Antoms will be a freshman.

Maeve Carroll, a small forward from Oakton, Virginia, will join the Maine women’s basketball team next season.Carroll was a four-year starter and co-captain at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Dani Alves inspired Juventus of Turin to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second final in three years.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet Wednesday for the other second-leg match, with defending champion Real Madrid leading 3-0.

U.S. MEN: Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was picked for the American roster for the Under-20 World Cup along with Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem and Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Andris Dzerins scored his second goal of the game with a little more than one minute left as Latvia beat Italy 2-1 in Paris to remain atop Group A, ahead of Russia.

In the other match, Switzerland missed out on a third straight victory, losing 4-3 to France in a shootout. France forward Stephane Da Costa scored the only goal of the shootout with a neat backhand flick from an angle.


MADRID OPEN: Top-ranked Andy Murray made his debut at the event with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card Marius Copil of Romania in the second round.

Murray broke serve once in each set and didn’t concede any break opportunities to the 104th-ranked Copil.


BIKE WRECKED: Chris Froome, a three-time Tour de France winner, said his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.

The British rider posted a photo on Twitter of the damaged bike and wrote: “Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going!”

GIRO D’ITALIA: Slovenian rider Jan Polanc produced a remarkable ride after making an early breakaway to win stage four on the summit of Mount Etna in Sicily.


MEN’S HOCKEY: The NHL has a couple of months to reverse its decision and opt to participate in next year’s Olympics in South Korea.

The International Ice Hockey Federation president, Rene Fasel, said his organization was in contact with the National Hockey League Players’ Association two or three times per week, hoping to work out a solution that will bring the sport’s biggest stars to Pyeongchang.


NFL: The Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane, the Carolina assistant general manager, to fill their general manager vacancy.

– Staff and news service report

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Colby women’s lacrosse wins NESCAC title Mon, 08 May 2017 02:46:11 +0000 MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Kendall Smith scored two goals and Sasha Fritz had a goal and two assists as Colby ended the game with six straight goals on its way to a 13-9 win over Trinity in the New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse championship game Sunday.

Colby (15-3) clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Mules got a first-round bye and will face Middlebury or Plymouth State on Sunday in the second round.

The victory was the 13th straight for Colby, which won its third conference title.

Kiley Coffin scored her seventh goal of the game with 17:39 left to give the Bantams a 9-7 lead, then Gemma Bready started the Mules’ run with 14:49 left. Fritts scored just 56 seconds later to tie the game and Smith scored the winner with 13:15 remaining.

Emilie Klein scored four goals for Colby, while Smith had three goals and an assist.

Fritz added two goals and three assists.

Men’s lacrosse

Bates, which suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in the NESCAC semifinals, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Bobcats (14-1) will host Plattsburgh State (12-5) of the State University of New York Athletic Conference in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday. The winner advance to face Amherst or Springfield on Saturday.


SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE T.I. 2: Kyle Parmley pitched a complete game, holding the Lynx (7-17, 6-6 YSCC) without a hit until the fifth inning, and the SeaWolves (11-14-1, 7-4-1) repeated as Yankee Small College Conference champions, in South Portland.

Parmley gave up five singles, four of them in the seventh inning, when the Lynx got within a run on a two-run single by Mike Simard.

Carter Chabot had an RBI single, Caleb Chambers drove in a run with a groundout and Nathaniel Cyr drew a bases-loaded walk as the SeaWolves took a 3-0 lead in the third.

MAINE SPLITS WITH MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY: Tyler Schwanz and Hernen Sardinas combined for six hits, six RBI and three runs scored to lead the Black Bears (17-24, 4-10 America East) to a 10-7 victory over the Retrievers (18-19, 10-7) in the first game of a doubleheader in Orono.

A.J. Wright doubled home two runs and also scored as the Retrievers scored five times in the sixth inning to beat Maine 9-6 in the second game.

Maine, trailing 7-4 in the first game, took the lead with a four-run seventh capped by Schwanz’ RBI grounder. Sardinas added a two-run homer in the eighth. Schwanz also homered in the victory.

Jeremy Pena had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Black Bears in the second game. Caleb Krebs drove home two runs and scored once.


AMHERST 3, BOWDOIN 1: Andrea Sanders ripped a liner to the gap in right center for a three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Mammoths (27-9) a win over the Polar Bears (28-9) in a NESCAC tournament elimination game in Brunswick.

The Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Ali Miller scored on Caroline Rice’s single.

The Mammoths came back with three unearned runs in the sixth.

Amherst advanced to the afternoon championship game, only to lose to Williams, 9-1. The Ephs (31-10) earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Amherst (28-10) and Bowdoin remain in contention for at-large bids. The field will be announced Monday.

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Despite moments of ‘high-level play,’ nothing settled yet in UMaine QB battle Sun, 07 May 2017 00:32:59 +0000 Drew Belcher, Max Staver and Chris Ferguson each had their moments Saturday in the University of Maine’s 13th annual Jeff Cole spring scrimmage at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Staver, the graduate transfer with the big-time arm, threw two touchdown passes, and Belcher and Ferguson, each returning from last year, each threw one.

But the quarterback competition wasn’t settled during the final scrimmage – won by the defense 50-49 with a unique scoring system – of Maine’s spring football season.

“I think we’ve still got to go through the summer and August,” said Coach Joe Harasymiak. “And we’ll do that. It will be similar to last year where we named our starter (the graduated Dan Collins) after the second scrimmage. I think we need time to evaluate it further.”

It didn’t help that Maine was missing its three top wide receivers – Micah Wright (ankle), Jaleel Reed (thumb) and Earnest Edwards (thumb) – with injuries, preventing the quarterbacks from working with them.”

“All three of those guys have improved, there’s no doubt,” said offensive cordinator Liam Coen said of the quarterbacks. “It’s just there’s not going to be any decision right now. It’s going to go into training camp.

“Really, it’s not fair to evaluate the position right now, with the depth issues we have, especially at wide receiver. Continuity, chemistry, timing, none of that was able to be seen this spring.”

While each quarterback contender made some impressive throws, Coen said he didn’t think any of them stood out.

“There’s glimpses of high level of play,” said Coen, mentioning key plays by each. “It just needs to happen on a more consistent level for us to make a decision.”

The contenders realize that. Ferguson talked about going back and watching film, and seeing where he needs to improve and where he did well. Belcher spoke about “becoming more consistent and moving the chains better.” Staver, listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, spoke about going to Atlanta to try to improve his “mobility, flexibility and foot speed.”

They all know this position battle is going to be closely watched and they have to perform at their best.

“There’s always some sort of pressure to perform,” said Belcher, who has started nine games at Maine. “You can never take a day off to perform.”

Of the three contenders, Ferguson, finishing his freshman year, believes he faces the least pressure. But he still feels the pressure to perform. “You go out there and you want to be great, you want to make all the throws. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself. I’ve got to learn to just relax, smile and have fun.”

Staver, who transferred from Houston Baptist and has one year of eligibility remaining, said he doesn’t feel any pressure. But he also knows he has to make the most of his chance.

“I do have to get on my horse and do everything I can to win the job because this is my last year,” said Staver, who is pursuing a graduate degree in human development. “I didn’t come 38 hours from Houston to not do that.”

NOTES: Cornerback Najee Goode, the team’s best cover corner, suffered an injury to his right leg late in the scrimmage and limped to the locker room. Harasymiak said he didn’t know the extent of the injury but hoped it wasn’t as serious as it looked. “That would not be a good one,” he said. … Defensive tackle Charles Mitchell, finishing up his redshirt freshman season, had a good day even though a hamstring injury prevented him from participating. When the team handed out its spring awards, Mitchell not only received the most improved defensive player but also a full scholarship from Harasymiak. “I’m speechless right now,” said Mitchell, who was trying to contact his parents. “I can’t even believe it. I’ve just been keeping my head down and just focused all the way through. I’ve got to thank my teammates and coaches and academic advisors.” …Other awards given out were sophomore offensive lineman Cody Levy as most improved offensive player and freshman linebacker Jaron Grayer as most improved special teams player. Defensive tackle Skylar Bowman and running back Joe Fitzpatrick received strength and conditioning awards. … Running back Josh Mack, who led Maine with 744 rushing yards and six touchdowns last year, was suspended for a violation of team rules. He can return in the fall. Darian Davis-Ray was out with an injury and Fitzpatrick, who played at Cheverus High and is from North Yarmouth, had to sit out the second half of the scrimmage after taking a blow to the head. That left just Nigel Beckford at running back and he performed well, breaking through the interior line several times for big gains. … Three former Black Bears are participating in NFL tryout camps. Linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Dan Collins with the Buffalo Bills and long snapper Jeremy Salmon with the New Orleans Saints. Mulumba Tshimanga, who is from Montreal, is also expected to be selected in the Canadian Football League draft Sunday. He’s ranked second among eligible linebackers.

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s baseball upset in GNAC tournament Sun, 07 May 2017 00:20:50 +0000 LYNN, Mass. — Third-seeded Lasell scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and upset No. 1 St. Joseph’s 5-3 in an elimination game in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament Saturday.

St. Joseph’s (31-8) tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by Joey Murphy. Lasell (16-15) answered with a two-run single in the top of the ninth by Andre Marchesseault.

WILLIAMS SWEEPS BATES: Jack Cloud scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh as the Ephs (19-11) beat the Bobcats (15-15) 3-2 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at Williamstown, Massachusetts. The Ephs won the first game 2-1.

MIDDLEBURY 11, BOWDOIN 4: The Panthers (19-13) scored six runs in the fourth inning to beat the Polar Bears (15-18) in a nonconference game shortened to five innings by rain in Brunswick. Jack Wilhoite hit a two-run homer for Bowdoin.

AMHERST SWEEPS COLBY: The Mammoths (19-14) scored three times in the top of the seventh to beat the Mules (10-25-1) in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville. Amherst scored three runs in the eighth to win Game 2, 8-4.


BOWDOIN SPLITS: Ali Miller hit a three-run triple and the Polar Bears (28-9) beat Trinity (19-15) 9-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament elimination game in Waterville. Earlier in the day, Bowdoin lost the completion of Friday’s suspended game against Amherst, 9-0.

ST. JOSEPH’S ELIMINATED: The Monks scored three runs in the fourth inning to beat the Sharks (15-25) 6-3 in a GNAC elimination game. But in a later game, Megan Ferraro held the Monks to two hits as Albertus Magnus ousted St. Joseph’s (22-17) 8-0 in five innings at Brookline, Massachusetts.


COLBY 10, MIDDLEBURY 9: Sasha Fritts scored her second goal of the game with 2:18 left to give the No. 4 Mules (14-3) a win over the No. 1 Panthers (13-4) in a NESCAC semifinal in Middlebury, Vermont.

Colby advances to play No. 3 Trinity in the final at 1 p.m. Sunday at Middlebury.


MIDDLEBURY 14, BATES 13: A.J. Kucinski and J.P. Miller each scored three goals as the sixth-seeded Panthers (9-8) handed the top-ranked Bobcats (14-1) their first loss of the season in the NESCAC semifinals in Lewiston.

Charlie Fay had four goals and two assists for Bates, giving him 60 goals this year, which passes the single-season school record set by Mike D’Addrio in 2000.

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Friday’s college roundup: St. Joseph’s upset in GNAC women’s lacrosse tournament Sat, 06 May 2017 03:01:04 +0000 STANDISH — Mallory Cottam scored with 2:17 remaining to lift sixth-seeded Simmons College to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 St. Joseph’s on Friday night in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinal.

Cottam finished with four goals for the Sharks (8-11), who overcame a 10-7 deficit in the final 10 minutes, getting goals from Kasey Fries, Cottam and Giarrusso to tie the game.

Simmons advances to face top-seeded Johnson & Wales in the final on Sunday.

Elyse Caiazzo had five goals for the Monks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped and finish at 13-4.

Jackie Wilson added two goals for St. Joseph’s, while Kayla Kelly had a goal and two assists.


ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: The Great Danes survived a Maine rally in the seventh inning of Game 2 to take a 6-5 victory and complete a season-ending doubleheader sweep at Orono.

Elizabeth Snow hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to push Albany’s lead to 6-2 in the late game. In the bottom of the inning. Erika Leonard hit an RBI double and Maddie Moore had a two run single, but the Black Bears stranded two.

The Great Danes (23-15, 8-7 America East) took the first game 2-0 on first-inning RBI hits by Snow and Sarah Petzold and the pitching of Celeste Verdolivo, who held the Black Bears (16-23, 10-6) to two singles.

Erin Bogdanovich struck out 12 in a five-hitter for Maine.

Saturday’s scheduled game between the teams was cancelled because of forecast rain. The Black Bears will enter the conference tournament next week as the No. 2 seed.


BOWDOIN 8, AMHERST 4: The Polar Bears (15-17) scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated Amherst (17-14) in a nonconference game at Brunswick.

Sawyer Billings and Jack Wilhoite each hit an RBI single during the rally and Colby Lewis pitched two hitless innings of relief to earn the win.

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UMaine football team looking to make good impression in Portland scrimmage Fri, 05 May 2017 23:42:20 +0000 Spring football is the time of year to make big impressions. The University of Maine refers to it as “Building the Resume.”

The Black Bears are looking to make another kind of impression Saturday in their Jeff Cole Memorial spring scrimmage. The game will be played at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium – instead of Alfond Stadium in Orono – at 4 p.m.

“I say it all the time,” said Joe Harasymiak, the Black Bears’ second-year coach. “I know we’re way up there (in Orono), but we should be the state’s flagship institution. We’re the only Division I program in the state and football should be important. I know it’s important at the high school level, I see that all the time. I see it in the youth clinics we do. It’s growing in the state and it’s important to have a flagship team that everyone can follow.”

Maine will also play a Colonial Athletic Association game at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Nov. 4 against Delaware.

“It’s a city we need to get involved in,” said Harasymiak. “Obviously there’s a big Boston and Patriots following there, but it’s not like UMaine football can’t be talked about in the fall, too.”

It should be an entertaining scrimmage. The quarterback battle is in full swing again, featuring Drew Belcher, Chris Ferguson and Max Staver. They’ve all had moments during the five-week spring season. Staver, a transfer from Houston Baptist who also played at the University of Florida, and Belcher looked particularly good in the team’s second scrimmage, each throwing two touchdowns with no interceptions, and Harasymiak will carry the competition into training camp in August.

Other things to watch Saturday: wide receiver Jared Osumah, who has caught at least one touchdown pass in each scrimmage; the matchup of offensive left tackle Jamil Demby, a four-year starter, against defensive end Uchenna Egwuonwu, now wearing the coveted No. 9; the linebackers, with converted safeties Sinmisola Demuren and Spencer Carey (from Fairfield and Lawrence High) having made good impressions so far this spring; and the running backs, with Josh Mack, Nigel Beckford and Joe Fitzpatrick (from North Yarmouth and Cheverus High) running hard in all the scrimmages.

“It’s hard to say in the spring that you want to see the offense do this because if they do it, that means the defense didn’t do its job,” Harasymiak said of Saturday’s scrimmage. “Hopefully we’ll have a pretty even match-up.”

The Black Bears will be missing some key players because of injuries. Wide receivers Micah Wright (ankle), Jaleel Reed (thumb) and Earnest Edwards (thumb), cornerback Manny Patterson (ankle) and defensive tackle Charles Mitchell (hamstring) are out. Running back Darian Davis-Ray (foot) is questionable.

The scrimmage will include a unique scoring system: touchdowns will count for six points for either the offense or defense; a first down is worth one point; a three-and-out defensive series is worth one point for the defense; a run of 15 yards or more or a pass of 25 yards or more is worth three points for the offense; a negative play is worth three points for the defense.

Maine will hold an autograph session after the spring game and hand out its 2017 posters.

“I hope it’s a great day for the young kids in the area to come and check out Maine football,” said Harasymiak.

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Thursday’s Maine college roundup: USM wins regular-season league title Fri, 05 May 2017 03:06:20 +0000 GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine clinched the Little East Conference regular-season baseball championship Thursday by defeating UMass-Dartmouth 9-1 in the opener of a doubleheader at Flaherty Field.

The Corsairs recovered to take the second game, 4-3.

The championship meant that USM will host the six-team, double-elimination league tournament that starts Wednesday. The Huskies, 12-2 in the league with a 28-9 overall record, will meet the sixth seed in the tournament opener at noon.

In the first game Thursday, Dalton Rice struck out 11 and Zach Quintal hit a two-run homer for USM against UMass-Dartmouth (22-18, 9-5).

Jake Dexter and Andrew Oiszak each had three hits for Southern Maine.

Mac Curran singled in a run for the Corsairs.

In the second game, Mike Knell drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth for UMass-Dartmouth.

Paul McDonough had two hits for Southern Maine.

BATES 14, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 1: Will Sylvia hit a two-run homer in a five-run eighth inning as the Bobcats (15-13) downed the Beavers (5-29) at Farmington.

Leo Watson added two hits and drove in three runs. Bates scored four runs in each of the fourth and seven innings to take a 9-1 lead.

Robert Jones picked up the win, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out three in seven innings. Gage Cote hit a solo homer in the seventh for Farmington.


SUFFOLK 5, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Lindsay Pagano hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead the third-seeded Rams (27-15) over the second-seeded Monks (21-16) in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament at Standish.

Jennifer Murphy and Carla Tripp each had two hits for St. Joseph’s.

Delaney Sylvester had three hits for Suffolk.

Saint Joseph’s will play eighth-seeded Simmons in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at Providence, Rhode Island. If the Monks win, they will play Norwich or Albertus Magnus in another elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

Suffolk and Johnson & Wales are the remaining undefeated teams in the tournament.


BATES: Charlie Fay of Falmouth was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the year after leading the Bobcats to the No. 1 ranking in Division III.

Bates (14-0) will take on Middlebury (8-8) in the conference semifinals at noon Saturday at Lewiston.

Wesleyan and Tufts will meet in the second semifinal, with the winners playing Sunday for the title.

Fay, a senior, is three goals away from matching the school single-season record and 14 away from the career scoring high.

Fay also was a first-team, All-NESCAC selection for the third time. Senior Kyle Weber also was named to the first time and senior Scott Baber to the second team.


MAINE: The Black Bears signed Kira Barra, a 6-foot-3 forward.

Barra, a Dillingen, Germany, native, has competed in the European and German championships the past six years, and helped lead Germany to a first-place finish at the under-16 European championships in 2014.

Barra attended high school at Theo-Koch-Schile, Gruenberg in Gruenberg, Hesse, Germany.

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St. Joseph’s suffers loss in baseball tournament Fri, 05 May 2017 00:35:45 +0000 STANDISH — Brandon Budlong tossed a complete game as fourth-seeded Johnson & Wales defeated top-seeded St. Joseph’s College 6-3 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball tournament Thursday.

The Monks fell into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, and will play again Saturday – twice if it advances – at Nashua, New Hampshire.

Budlong allowed 10 hits but walked just one, striking out five.

Budlong, a sophomore left-hander, changed speeds effectively, keeping the Monks off balance for most of the game.

“I realized that (St. Joseph’s) put the pitching machine up close in practice, hitting fastballs as fast as possible, so I knew that’s what they were geared up for. That’s all they really know how to hit is a fastball, so I’ll throw my off-speed all day to them,” said Budlong.

Budlong allowed five hits and no runs through the first seven innings.

He was tested in the eighth and ninth but limited the damage in both innings.

“(Budlong) bore down. I told him it was his game and he deserved the opportunity to finish that game,” said Johnson & Wales Coach John LaRose.

Johnson & Wales (22-17) struck early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the first on a two-run homer by Dave Matthews. Leadoff man Rob Ballinger was hit by a pitch and one out later, Matthews homered over the wall in right-center.

“It’s big to come out here and start getting runs as soon as possible, especially against a good hitting team like (St. Joseph’s),” said Matthews.

The Wildcats made it 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Matthews, scoring Ballinger from second.

St. Joseph’s (31-7) ran itself out of an inning in the fifth. The Monks had runners on first and second with two outs and Max McCoomb at the plate.

A pitch in the dirt kicked away from catcher Edison Mercado and both runners tried to advance, but Mercado recovered the ball quickly and fired to third in plenty of time to get the runner and end the inning.

“We have to play a lot better than that to win a ballgame,” said St. Joseph’s Coach Will Sanborn.

Johnson & Wales responded in the sixth inning with a pair of runs thanks to shaky defense and a balk.

McCoomb got the Monks on the board with an RBI double, his second double of the game, in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-1.

St. Joseph’s added a run later in the inning on a fielder’s choice.

The Monks had a chance to tie the game in the ninth. With one run already in, they had runners on first and second with two outs and McCoomb at the plate. The runners advanced on a passed ball but McCoomb flied to right to end the game.

“I was just thinking, don’t give (McCoomb) anything to hit out of the ballpark,” said Budlong.

Joey Murphy led St. Joseph’s with three hits, including a double, and scored a run.

There are four teams remaining in the tournament, which now shifts to Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was a big win today. If everyone just does their job and we keep going how we’re going, I think we should be fine,” said Matthews.

“That was a big win but it was just the start, hopefully,” said LaRose.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s advances in tournament Thu, 04 May 2017 02:51:31 +0000 STANDISH — Jackie Wilson had five goals and two assists Wednesday to lead second-seeded St. Joseph’s College to a 17-6 victory against seventh-seeded Norwich in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse tournament.

St. Joseph’s (13-3), which opened a 10-3 halftime lead, will be home against sixth-seeded Simmons in the semifinals Friday.

Kayla Kelly had four goals and an assist, and Elize Caiazzo added three goals, an assist and four ground balls for St. Joseph’s against the Cadets (7-9).

Kathryn Albretsen led Norwich with three goals. Chapel Guarnieri added two.

Kaylin Mansir of the Monks and Lawson Hayes of Norwich had seven saves each.

ROGER WILLIAMS 18, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3: McKenna Everding scored six goals as the second-seeded Hawks (13-3) handled the third-seeded Nor’easters (10-9) in a Commonwealth Coast conference semifinal at Bristol, Rhode Island.

Kaelin Hogan had four goals and three assists for Roger Williams.

Jocelyn Davee, Korinee Bohunsky and Megan O’Grady scored for UNE.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 11, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 7: The second-seeded Golden Bears (8-9) took an 8-0 lead after one quarter and held off the third-seeded Nor’easters (14-5) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal at Springfield, Massachusetts.

UNE scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 8-4 at halftime but got no closer.

Tom Luttrell scored three goals for the Nor’easters, Andrew Curro had a goal and an assist, and Phillip Young, Pat Pohle and Dan Auger also scored.

Tim Breau paced Western New England with two goals and a pair of assists.


SOUTHERN MAINE 8, BATES 3: Kip Richard drove home three runs on two hits and also scored as the Huskies (27-8) defeated Bates (14-13) at Gorham.

Andrew Hillier had four hits and scored three times for USM. Dan Trulli led the Bobcats with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run.

Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then added two in the second when Richard doubled home Jake Dexter before scoring on Tom Budrewicz’s single. Richard then tripled home two runs to cap a three-run third to make it 6-0.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE TI 1: Nathan Huot was 2 for 3 with a solo home run and scored three runs as the Seawolves (9-14-1, 6-4-1 Yankee Small College) defeated the Lynx (6-15, 6-5) in five innings at Concord, New Hampshire.

Jakob Latini had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for SMCC, and Amos Herrin added a two-run homer.

Michael Kernan had a solo shot for the Lynx – the only hit surrended by Max Salevsky in the game.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: Southern Maine baseball tops Bowdoin, 8-7 Wed, 03 May 2017 02:35:10 +0000 GORHAM — Jake Dexter scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Kip Richard and 23rd-ranked Southern Maine overcame a four-run deficit to beat Bowdoin 8-7 Tuesday in a nonconference baseball game at Ed Flaherty Field.

Bowdoin (14-17) scored five runs in the top of the third to take a 7-3 lead. Evann Dumont-LaPointe hit a two-run home run, Joe Gentile followed with a two-run double and later scored on a throwing error.

Southern Maine (26-8) scored a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Devin Warren, then added two more in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.

Dylan Hapworth opened the bottom of the eighth with a single and advanced to third on Dexter’s single. Hapworth scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, then Richard lined out to center field to score Dexter.


KEENE STATE 18, SOUTHERN MAINE 10: The Owls (7-10, 4-2) posted an 11-2 advantage in the second half as they defeated the Huskies (7-10, 4-2) in the Little East Conference quarterfinals in Keene, New Hampshire.

Kelly Chadnick led Keene State with five goals, and Chelsea Lewis added three. Gabby Smith had two goals and six assists.

Allison Irish, Megan Violette and Ruth Nadeau each had two goals for Southern Maine.

Hala Van Nostrand had seven saves for USM; Alison Argiro had nine for Keene State.


EASTERN CONNECTICUT ST. 17, SOUTHERN MAINE 14: Matthew Rougeot scored eight goals and the Vikings (8-9) scored six unanswered goals to start the game to beat the Huskies (6-10) in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Nate Delgiudice scored five goals for the Huskies.

Harrison Urda added five goals for the Vikings, who led 16-11 late in the fourth quarter.

Goals from Paul Leonardo, Sam Fortin and Sam Hornblower cut the lead to 16-14 with 1:59 left for the Huskies, but the Vikings added another goal with under a minute left.


MAINE: Coach Amy Vachon announced that Parise Rossignol will rejoin the team after choosing to spend last season on the sideline.

Rossingol, who will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining, played in 27 games during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Rossingnol, a 5-8 guard, played for Van Buren High, where she scored 2,589 points in her four-year career.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse cruises to win Mon, 01 May 2017 01:52:20 +0000 Elyse Caiazzo scored four goals and the St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 17-1 win over the University of St. Joseph on Sunday at Deering High School.

The Monks improved to 12-3 overall, 8-1 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. They earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will play Norwich in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kayla Kelly and Jackie Wilson each added three goals for the Monks.

Charlotte Eberhardt scored for the Blue Jays (3-10, 0-9).


USM SWEPT BY UMASS- DARTMOUTH: Emily Colton hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Corsairs (20-17, 6-7 Little East) to a 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Brooke Cross had three hits in the first game for Southern Maine.

Maxine Vincent’s RBI single in the ninth gave UMass-Dartmouth a 4-3 win in the second game.

BRANDEIS SWEEPS COLBY: The Judges (13-16) scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning and beat the Mules (11-19) 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville.

Allison Hecht drove in four runs, while Madison Hunter and Keri Lehtonen each had three hits for Brandeis, which also won the second game, 5-2.

Katie McLaughlin had two hits and drove in a run in the second game for Colby.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: The Jumbos (19-14, 7-4 NESCAC East) scored three runs in the third inning and beat the Bobcats (10-17, 1-10) 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader in Medford, Massachusetts.

Kristin Pelletier pitched a strong game for Bates, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out one in six innings.

The Jumbos completed the sweep with a 14-1 win in five innings.

Maddie Inlow had two hits for Bates.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH ALBERTUS MAGNUS: Kaylee Burns drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as the Monks (20-14, 17-4 GNAC) beat the Falcons (26-12, 14-7) 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Monks trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but Jennifer Murphy drove in a run with a groundout to tie the game.

The Falcons won the second game, 6-0.

BINGHAMTON 10, MAINE 2: Kate Richard hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and the Bearcats (21-21, 11-2 America East) beat the Black Bears (16-21, 10-4) in Vestal, New York.


USM 4, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 1: Sam Stauble hit an RBI triple in the fifth inning, when the Huskies (25-8) scored three times in a win over the Golden Bears (21-5) in Gorham.

Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Dylan Hapworth.

Tyler Leavitt earned the win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out four in 61/3 innings.

STONY BROOK 12, MAINE 6: The Seawolves (20-21, 8-7 America East) scored seven times in the second inning on their way to a win over the Black Bears (15-23, 3-9) in Stony Brook, New York.

Tyler Schwanz had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs for Maine.

BATES SPLITS WITH PLYMOUTH STATE: Brendan Smith pitched a shutout, allowing three hits, to lead the Bobcats (13-12) to a 1-0 win over the Panthers (16-18) in the second game of a doubleheader in Lewiston.

Smith walked one and struck out five.

Jack Arend grounded out to first base to drive in Will Sylvia in the bottom of the second inning.

Plymouth State won the first game, 7-1.


LITTLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS: The University of Southern Maine women won their 18th consecutive Little East Conference championship on Saturday at the New England Alliance/LEC Championships meet at Westfield State University.

The Huskies won five events and posted 20 top-three results to tally 188 points and take the team title over runner-up Rhode Island College (113). Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross won the 10,000-meters in 42:13.53 and Jasmine Boyle won the 5,000 in 18:48.99. Boyle added a runner-up finish in the 1,500 (4:53.63).

Neka Dias, Liz O’Neal and Molly Gibeault also won individual titles. Dias won the 100 hurdles in 14.48, O’Neal won the 400 hurdles (1:03.53) and Gibeault won in the pole vault (11 feet, 73/4 inches).

The USM men also won the conference title, becoming just the second team to win the Little East cross country, indoor track and outdoor track championships in the same school year. The Huskies won their third straight outdoor title, finishing with 185 points. UMass-Dartmouth was second with 118.5.

The Huskies won seven events, including six individual titles. First-place finishers for USM were Ben Foster in the 10,000 (33:54), Jared Marshall in the 110 hurdles (14.93); Nick Harriman in the 5,000 (15:59.17); Ron Helderman in the pole vault (14-11); Connor Harris in the long jump (23-0); and Drew Gamage in the triple jump (47-7). The 1,600 relay team of Zach Miller, Trey Rogers, Jonathan Hendrickson and Marshall also won in 3:22.77.

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Special day at USM as baseball field named after Ed Flaherty Mon, 01 May 2017 00:45:01 +0000 GORHAM — Ed Flaherty sat, arms folded, with his family next to him on folding chairs in front of the pitcher’s mound at the University of Southern Maine’s baseball field. He listened as several speakers praised him. He watched as current and former players, including many from his 1997 NCAA Division III national championship team, lined the basepaths.

If Flaherty, in his 32nd season as head baseball coach at USM, was excited or even a little nervous, he didn’t show it.

“No, it was just a regular morning for him,” said Debbie Flaherty, his wife. “Really, what was most important to him is that he wants to win. He said this morning that this is a big game.”

The Huskies defeated Western New England 4-1 to improve to 25-8 on the season. But Sunday was a special day for other reasons. For the first time, the Huskies played on Ed Flaherty Field. The field was finally given a name as university officials honored their longtime coach.

“Wow,” said Flaherty, moments after the new name was unveiled on the left field scoreboard. “This is something I certainly didn’t expect.

“I am honored and humbled. And I feel a little weird about it. I’m still coaching these guys, and if I stay healthy I’ll continue coaching them for a little more.”

Flaherty thanked everyone who has helped him, from school administrators (Athletic Director Al Bean in particular) to trainers and groundskeepers, his assistant coaches (including long-time assistants Ed Boyce and Vinnie Degifico), his players and the fans. “I only feel a part of this,” he said. “This could be the Southern Maine baseball field.”


Those who know him best aren’t surprised at his low-key reaction.

Bean said Flaherty told him the honor was “nice, but not necessary.”

Bean felt otherwise. “I think what Ed has brought to this institution in terms of success of the baseball program and the quality of his teaching and coaching, both in his program and in the classes he conducts (Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals and Coaching Baseball), is just exceptional,” said Bean. “He’s had an enormously important impact on countless students in this institution.”

“He feels blessed and fortunate,” said his wife, Debbie.

“He loves these players and he loves his coaches. When he says that, it’s not just talk. He means it.”

His oldest son, Ryan, a utility player for the Baltimore Orioles, wasn’t at the ceremony because the Orioles were in New York playing the Yankees.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ryan in a phone interview last week. “He won’t admit it, but it’s pretty cool. I know I’m excited for him.

“Everywhere I have gone in baseball, people have known my dad. The further I have gone, the more I have realized what he has done for that program. This is a great honor.”

Flaherty, 63, was hired in 1985 as the women’s soccer and baseball coach.

He coached women’s soccer for seven years, and has transformed the’ baseball program into one of the best in Division III.

He has a record of 965-430-4, with two national championships (1991 and 1997) and eight regional titles. He has been named national coach of the year twice and New England coach of the year three times.


But his impact at USM has gone far beyond winning baseball games.

“USM has a lot of assets and a lot of good things going for us, a lot of things to take pride in,” said Glenn Cummings, USM’s president. “But today, with this ceremony, we’re acknowledging very formally that Ed Flaherty is one of the best assets and the best points of pride that any university could ever have.

“There is the impact he has had in terms of victory and the impact in terms of character and guidance and concern and deep appreciation for his athletes that he’s always maintained. When I talk to people that played for Ed Flaherty, they don’t actually talk too much about the victories, they talk about the influence that he has had in making them a man and making them the person that they wanted them to be and that he saw that they could be.”


Bob Prince, a three-time All-American and a member of the 1991 national championship team, is now the head coach at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, one of the Huskies’ top rivals. He spoke of the life lessons that Flaherty – a renowned storyteller – taught him and all the Huskies.

“Every story is wrapped around education, family, doing things the right way, respecting people,” said Prince. “Those are ingrained in this program and have been since 1985 plus. It’s evidenced from the kids who play for this program.”

Prince, in his sixth year at UMass-Dartmouth, said he often incorporates much of what he learned from Flaherty in his coaching. “One of the smartest things I did when I went to UMass-Dartmouth is I took one of his former players, Marc Ouimet, with me,” said Prince. “And I always talk to him, ‘What would Coach do right now?’ We have that conversation all the time. Just the way he runs his program … it’s always about respect, always about appreciating the moment you’re in, appreciating your opponents …. those things have certainly resonated with me and (I) really model our program after this one.”

Prince said naming the stadium after Flaherty simply means more stories will be told. Mentioning USM senior Paul McDonough, Prince said, “Fifty years from now, your kid’s kid is going to come in here and see Ed Flaherty Stadium and ask your son who Ed Flaherty is. He’s going to tell him and they’re going to start talking about those stories. And that’s going to be passed down years upon years.

“It’s almost like a great band that put out a great CD and it’s there for everybody to listen to the rest of their lives.”

Turning to Flaherty, Prince said, “This is your greatest hit.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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UMaine’s Pat Ricard ready for his NFL opportunity with Ravens Mon, 01 May 2017 00:37:50 +0000 Pat Ricard admitted he was disappointed that he didn’t get selected in the NFL draft. But he’s not going to complain.

Ricard, a University of Maine defensive lineman, agreed to a free-agent contract Saturday night with the Baltimore Ravens after the draft was completed. He will report to their upcoming rookie mini-camp.

“It would have been cool to say I was drafted,” Ricard said late Saturday night by phone from his home in Spencer, Massachusetts. “But at the end of the day, I signed with a team and I’m happy.

“I am so ready for this opportunity. There are so many other guys who don’t have it. I’m ready for it.”

Ricard, 22, was one of the Black Bears’ top players in the four years he played there, finishing his career with 208 tackles, 47.5 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks. He had an outstanding senior year, with 50 tackles, 15.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks.

He was a first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection and a third-team STATS FCS All-American.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Ricard had an impressive Pro Day at Maine in March, lifting 225 pounds a personal-best 33 times. His vertical jump was 33.5 inches and his best 40-dash time was 5.0 seconds.

Ricard, who graduated in December with a degree in economics, put on 15 pounds after his college career ended to make himself more attractive to NFL teams. He became stronger without losing any of his mobility and versatility. Projected as a down lineman, he can also play on the edge.

While he never visited the Ravens – Ricard had workouts with Washington, San Francisco, New England, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Buffalo – Ricard said he was in contact with them the last two weeks, either by text messages or phone calls. Then he got a phone call from Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh on Saturday.

“He told me they didn’t have a seventh-round pick to use on me, but that they were very interested,” said Ricard. “He told me they really liked what they saw.”

Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak said Baltimore scouted Ricard in the fall and kept in contact throughout the season. “It’s a great fit for Pat,” he said.

The Ravens, who lost veteran defensive lineman Guy Lawrence as a free agent to the Patriots, have openings on the defensive line. The Ravens also play a tough, physical style.

“That’s why I’m excited,” said Ricard. “They play the way I like to play. And the position I play is a position that’s a need for them.”

Ricard said his years at Maine prepared him for the next step in his football journey.

“Maine was my only Division I offer and I took it because I knew they believed in me,” he said. “I loved it there. They play so tough. That’s what they are.”

Harasymiak knows Ricard will carry that edge with him into the Ravens’ locker room.

“He’s a kid who isn’t afraid to work hard,” said Harasymiak. “He had a dream and a vision and it paid off.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Wearing No. 9 raises the bar for UMaine’s Uchenna Egwuonwu Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000 ORONO — There is no jersey number more cherished on the University of Maine football team than No. 9.

Since defensive end Matt King first asked to wear it in 2002, it has come to signify the toughest player on defense, someone who can be counted on to make the big play, to be a leader.

By tradition, the uniform number has been passed down from a senior to an underclassman ever since.

Darius Greene wore the No. 9 jersey last year after it was willed to him by linebacker Trevor Bates, now with the New England Patriots. In December, Greene presented No. 9 to defensive end Uchenna Egwuonwu, a redshirt junior from Union, New Jersey. Egwuonwu was humbled because he knows what it means to pull that jersey over his shoulder pads.

“It means I have some big shoes to fill,” Egwuonwu said last week. “It means I have to step up and accept my role in this defense. I’m now seen as a leader, not just on defense but on the team as a whole, and I have to portray that image on and off the field. It means I have to be even more accountable.”

The 6-foot-2, 263-pound Egwuonwu made the switch from defensive tackle to defensive end after the third game last fall, and by the end of the season was one of Maine’s top defensive linemen. He finished with 40 tackles (eighth on the team), 3.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.

“He’s a very hard worker,” said Greene, who graduated last December with a communications degree. “He’s a guy who gives constant effort. I’ve seen him progress, seen him improve every year since he’s been here. I see him going far with his talent and dedication.”

His coaches are eager to see how Egwuonwu handles the responsibilities. They have confidence in his ability. They know what he’s done to get to this point, going from a 299.8-pound redshirt freshman defensive tackle to a defensive end strong enough to take on blockers and mobile enough to rush the quarterback.

“He’s completely changed,” said defensive coordinator Corey Hetherman. “We’ve leaned him out and he’s much stronger. He’s moving better, he’s more flexible and less injury-prone than when he got here.”

And by that, Hetherman doesn’t mean just as a player.

“He’s no longer a guy who was a role player or a backup,” said Hetherman. “Last year, he stepped into that starting role and he had some veterans to learn from. Now we need him to be a guy who’s ready to go every day we’re on the field. Every drill, every little thing we’re doing, he’s got to make sure he’s on top of it, because that’s the guy that the younger guys are going to look at.”

Joe Harasymiak, in his second year as head coach, stressed that, “with that jersey, and everything that comes with it, he really needs to step up. He has no choice.”

Harasymiak noted that Maine’s defense is going to be young. “I think Darius saw someone who can carry it for the next two years,” he said.

Egwuonwu, 20, is eager to prove he deserves this.

“I don’t go about life expecting to receive things,” he said. “I feel everything has got to be earned. I’m grateful, but I feel this is the time that you earn the number, not when you get it.

“There’s a lot more responsibility, I know, and it’s crazy to think that I’m an upperclassman now, that I’m like … a teacher. Well, the teacher can’t decide to take plays off. He has to always be on everything, to see everything, to help the other players along. That’s what I’m working to accomplish.”

Maine was the only school to offer Egwuonwu a scholarship. He received a call from Harasymiak, then an assistant to Jack Cosgrove, in January 2014. “Me and my mom had a little celebration in our home,” he said.

Egwuonwu and his mother, Ifeoma, had just returned from visiting family in Nigeria, where his mother and father, Emmanuel, were born. His parents run a medical lab in eastern Nigeria, near the villages they were raised in, and visit often. Egwuonwu said his father spends much of his time there now. His parents also are involved with Hope Alive Africa Charities, Inc. Their connection to Nigeria is what prompted Egwuonwu to major in construction engineering technology.

“Even though I wasn’t born there, I want to go back and give to those communities,” he said. “Maybe I could get into something that would create jobs in the local villages, instead of just farm work, which is what my parents grew up doing. Maybe I can get them into something else, like construction.

“I have to finish my degree, but I want to be like my parents and go back and forth, to help. That’s what I want to do.”

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Maine colleges: Bates advances in men’s lacrosse tournament Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:31:05 +0000 LEWISTON — Charlie Fay and Kyle Weber each scored four first-half goals as top-seeded Bates beat No. 8 Connecticut College 11-8 in a New England Small College Conference men’s lacrosse quarterfinal Saturday.

Matt Chlastawa had four assists for Bates (14-0), which will host sixth-seeded Middlebury in the semifinals next Saturday.

Maxx Trostky had two goals for Connecticut College (7-9).

UNE 13, NICHOLS 10: Dan Auger had three goals and two assists as the third-seeded Nor’easters (13-4) beat the Bison (10-7) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal in Biddeford.

Tom Luttrell and Alex Zadworny each added two goals for UNE, which advances to play No. 2 Western New England College on Wednesday.

TUFTS 12, BOWDOIN 11: Frank Hattler, Michael Mattson and Zach Richman each scored three goals and the fifth-seeded Jumbos (12-4) beat the fourth-seeded Polar Bears (10-6) in the NESCAC quarterfinals in Brunswick.

Brett Kujala scored three goals for Bowdoin.

MOUNT IDA 14, ST. JOSEPH’S 9: Wyatt Sullivan had three goals and two assists as the Mustangs (13-4, 7-1 GNAC) downed the Monks (6-9, 3-5) in Newton, Massachusetts.

Michael Finn and Joe O’Reilly each had two goals and an assist for the Monks.


COLBY 8, WESLEYAN 7: Madeline Hatch scored 2:55 into overtime as the fourth-seeded Mules (13-3) defeated the fifth-seeded Cardinals (11-5) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Waterville.

Hatch finished with two goals and an assist for Colby, which advances to face No. 1 Middlebury. Lexie Petticone dished out three assists, and Sasha Fritts added a pair of goals.

HAMILTON 12, BOWDOIN 9: The second-seeded Continentals (12-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and beat the seventh-seeded Polar Bears (10-6) in a NESCAC quarterfinal in Clinton, New York.

UNE 13, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 6: Nichole Carvalho had three goals and three assists and the third-seeded Nor’easters (9-7) beat the sixth-seeded Golden Bears (6-11) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal in Biddeford.

Jocelyn Davee and Anna Stowell each added two goals for UNE, which moves on to face second-seeded Roger Williams on Wednesday.

ST. JOSEPH’S 15, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 2: The Monks (11-3, 7-1 GNAC) scored 13 straight goals in a win over the Falcons (4-9, 1-8) in Portland.

Elysse Caiazzo led St. Joseph’s with four goals and two assists.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 19, SOUTHERN MAINE 7: Destinee Carey had five goals to lead the Colonials (8-9, 3-3 Little East) over the Huskies (7-8, 1-5) at Danbury, Connecticut.

Lauren Lessard, Aliza Jordan and Allison Irish each scored two goals for Southern Maine.


COLBY SWEEPS TRINITY: The Mules (11-17, 4-8 NESCAC East) scored five runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 7-6 win over the Bantams (19-13, 8-4) in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville.

Wiley Holton, who won the first game in relief, pitched a two-hitter in the second game as Colby won, 4-0.

BINGHAMTON SWEEPS MAINE: Kate Richard homered twice in the first game and Crysti Eichner drove home a pair of runs in the nightcap as the Bearcats (20-21, 10-2 America East) snapped Maine’s seven-game winning streak with a 6-3, 5-1 sweep in Binghamton, New York.

Meghan Royle had a two-run double and Kristen Niland hit an RBI single in the first game for Maine (16-20, 10-3).

Rachel Carson had an RBI triple in the second game.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS BATES: Lauren O’Shea hit a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning and the Polar Bears (27-8, 9-3 NESCAC East) beat the Bobcats (10-16, 1-9) in the first game of a doubleheader in Brunswick, 8-1.

Bowdoin also won the second game, 5-1.

USM SWEEPS EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE: Courtney Davis singled home Taylor Lux in the seventh inning to give the Huskies (14-14, 6-5 Little East) a 4-3 win over the Warriors (11-22, 6-5) in Gorham.

Davis hit a three-run single as USM won the second game 11-3 in five innings.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS LASELL: Kylie McFadden and Kate Whitney combined to hold the Lasers (6-28, 2-18 GNAC) to three hits and no runs as the Monks (20-14, 16-4) opened a doubleheader with a 2-0 victory in Standish.

Caitlyn King and Katelyn Olsen continued the scoreless streak with a 6-0 victory in Game 2.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC SWEEPS CENTRAL MAINE CC: Kaylah Abdul drove in three runs to lead the SeaWolves (14-4, 8-1 YSCC) to an 8-4 win over the Mustangs (0-10, 0-10) in the first game of a doubleheader in South Portland.

SMCC completed the sweep with a 10-0 win in five innings.


STONY BROOK SWEEPS MAINE: Toby Handley walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Seawolves (19-21, 7-7 America East) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Black Bears (15-22, 3-8) with a 4-3 win in Stony Brook, New York.

Stony Brook also won the opener 6-3, scoring four runs in the sixth inning.

USM SWEEPS KEENE STATE: Zach Quintal had six hits, scored five times and drove in a pair of runs as the Huskies (24-8, 11-1 Little East) beat the Owls (13-20, 4-8) in a doubleheader in Gorham, 9-3 and 11-8.

Devin Warren was 2 for 4 with two RBI in the first game. Paul McDonough had three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI in the second game.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ANNA MARIA: Jameson Collins had three hits and two RBI as the Monks (30-6, 13-1 GNAC) completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-1 win against Anna Marie (7-31, 0-14) in Northborough, Massachusetts.

Scott Betts and Greg Emanuelson each hit a three-run homer, and Max McComb had a two-run homer in the first game, which the Monks won, 19-1.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: Nick Falkson’s two-run homer in the ninth gave the Jumbos (25-5-1, 9-3 NESCAC East) a 6-4 win over Bates (13-11, 7-5) in the second game of a doubleheader in Medford, Massachusetts.

Tufts won the opener, 9-1.

BOWDOIN, COLBY SPLIT: Jack Wilhoite doubled home two runs and scored on a fly ball to cap a five-run first inning for Bowdoin (14-16, 6-6 NESCAC East) on the way to a 12-3 victory over the Mules (10-22-1, 3-9) in Waterville.

Colby earned the split with a 10-4 win.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s wins two blowouts Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:29:13 +0000 STANDISH — Taylor Black drove in eight runs as the St. Joseph’s baseball team swept a doubleheader over Norwich University by scores of 16-0 and 13-0 Friday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond.

The Monks improved to 28-6 overall and 11-1 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The Cadets dropped to 12-21, 6-6.

Black hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in the opener, then added a grand slam and an RBI single in the second game.

Travis Godbout pitched the final six innings and allowed four hits and no walks while striking out six.

Black and Max McCoomb each went 4 for 4 and combined for seven RBI and five runs in the opener. The Monks scored nine runs in the third inning and finished with 16 hits.

Joey Murphy and Dennis Meehan each had three hits in the second game, when the Monks scored seven runs in the second inning and five in the third.

Meehan, Black and Chris Gerossie each hit RBI singles in the second inning. Meehan and Black homered in the third.

Matt Demma and Philip LeVangie combined on a four-hitter.

BOWDOIN 5, COLBY 4: The Polar Bears (13-15, 5-5 NESCAC East) scored five unearned runs with two outs in the fifth inning and held off the Mules (9-12-1, 2-8) in Brunswick.

Colby Joncas hit a two-run single, and Bowdoin scored its other runs on two errors.

Matt Garcia hit a three-run homer in the seventh for Colby.

Jack Wilhoite pitched the final two innings, striking out six, for his first save.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 2, CENTRAL MAINE C.C. 1: Nathan Huot pitched the final inning for the win and ended the game with single in the 11th inning as the Seawolves (8-13-1, 5-3-1 YSCC) edged the Mustangs (8-7-1, 4-7-1) at South Portland.

Caleb Chambers homered, and Max Salevsky scattered eight hits while striking out four over 10 innings for SMCC.

TUFTS 4, BATES 3: Freshman pinch hitter Ryan Day singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and the Jumbos (23-5-1, 7-3 NESCAC East) went on to defeat the Bobcats (13-9, 7-3) in Medford, Massachusetts.

Asher MacDonald had two hits and Connor Speed allowed six hits over eight innings while striking out three and walking two for Bates. Jack Arend hit a solo homer.


ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS MT. IDA: The Monks (11-8, 13-13 GNAC) got strong pitching from Kylie McFadden in the opener and from Kristal Smith and Caitlyn King in the second game of a doubleheader sweep against the Mustangs (17-11, 12-7) at Newton, Massachusetts.

The Monks won the opener 5-0 on a five-hitter by McFadden, who struck out three. Meghan Elliott had three hits, including an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in th seventh.

In Game 2, Smith allowed six hits over 51/3 innings before King closed it out for a 3-2 victory. Carla Tripp had two hits, and Smith hit an RBI single in the second inning. Katie Chadbourne scored on a wild pitch in the third and Burns scored the winning run on a double steal in the fifth.

BOWDOIN 3, BATES 0: Katie Hoadley tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks, Claire McCarthy had two hits and Marisa O’Toole homered as the Polar Bears (25-8, 7-3 NESCAC East) shut out the Bobcats (10-14, 1-7) in Lewiston.

O’Toole homered in the sixth inning. Bowdoin added to its lead in the seventh when Lauren Nguyen scored on an error and Jordan Gowdy singled home Samantha Valdivia.

Andrea Russo had two hits for Bates.

GORDON 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Melissa Sprague pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk for UNE, but the fifth-seeded Nor’easters (15-14) lost to the eighth-seeded Fighting Scots (15-20) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference play-in game at Biddeford.

USM, UMASS-BOSTON SPLIT: The Huskies (13-14, 5-5 Little East) won the opener 7-2, and the Beacons (22-9, 7-5) won the second game 8-7 at Gorham.

Mary Caron and Shelby Obert each had two hits for USM in the opener. The Huskies score four runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles by Obert, Allison Pillar and Amber Kelly and a sacrifice fly Brooke Cross.

Pillar had three hits and five RBI in the second game.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. SWEEPS CENTRAL MAINE C.C.: The Seawolves (13-4, 7-1 YSCC) took two five-inning games, 9-1 and 11-0, from the Mustangs (0-9, 0-9) in South Portland.

Sarah Guimond pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and drove in two runs in the opener.

Kayla Abdul had three hits with three runs scored in the second game, while Guimond, Emile Coffin and Kahli Philibotte each had two RBI. Kristen Mackenzie pitched a two-hitter with four strikeouts.

TRINITY 1, COLBY 0: Nicole Towner hit an RBI single in the first inning and Lindsay Golia pitched a four-hitter as Trinity (19-11, 8-2 NESCAC East) beat Colby (9-17, 2-8) in Waterville.


UMASS-BOSTON 14, SOUTHERN MAINE 9: Bryce Randall, Jeff Urmston, Paul Leonardo and Tristan Dundas scored two goals apiece for USM (6-9, 3-4 Little East) in a loss to the Beacons (8-7, 5-2) in Boston.


NESCAC: Bowdoin, Bates and Colby and the other seven football teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference will add a ninth game to their schedules, starting with the 2017 season.

Under the new format, the season will start a week earlier and each NESCAC team will play every other team in the conference, rather than missing one opponent each season.

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Thursday’s Maine college roundup: USM’s baseball winning streak ends Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:31:47 +0000 BOSTON — Josh Lopez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth, Nick Herzog added a three-run homer in the sixth, and UMass- Boston pulled away to a 9-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine on Thursday in a Little East Conference baseball game, snapping a 15-game winning streak for the Huskies.

It was also the first conference loss for USM (22-8, 9-1), which was ranked 21st in this week’s ABCA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

Lopez finished with three hits two RBI and a run scored, while Luke Nagle also had three hits with a run and an RBI for the Beacons (22-9, 7-3), who have won five straight since a 4-2 loss at USM on April 18.

Dylan Hapworth hit a fourth-inning home run and a single to account for two of the Huskies’ five hits.


MAINE 5, UMASS-LOWELL 4: Kristen Niland’s two-out single down the first-base line scored pinch runner Emily Gilmore in the eighth to give the Black Bears (16-18, 10-1 America East) an extra-inning victory against UMass-Lowell (18-19, 9-5) at Orono and extend their winning streak to seven games.

Meghan Royle set up the winning run with a two-out single off the third baseman’s glove before. She advanced to second and was replaced by Gilmore.

Niland and Rachel Carlson each had two hits and a run for Maine.

Tori Alcorn had three hits for the River Hawks.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS EMMANUEL: The Monks scored four runs in the fourth inning went on to a 6-1 victory over Emmanuel in the second game of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Standish.

St. Joseph’s 16-14, 12-4) took a 2-1 lead in the second when Kaylee Burns doubled home Kristal Smith and Mariah Harrison.

In the fourth, Burns drew a bases-loaded walk, Katie Chadbourne followed with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, and Carla Tripp hit a two-run single.

Smith picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out 10.

The Monks took the first game 2-1 in 10 innings.

The Saints (15-17, 12-8) scored in the top of the eighth on a Sarah Hoisl single up the middle, but St. Joseph’s tied it when Kristal Smith drove a double to right field to plate Melodie Bailey.

Meghan Elliott scored the winning run in the 10th on a throwing error with two outs.


ST. JOSEPH’S 12, EMMANUEL 8: Elyse Caiazzo scored two first-half goals as the Monks (9-3, 5-1 GNAC) opened a 6-3 halftime lead against the Saints (5-8, 4-3) at Boston.

Caiazzo finished with four goals and an assist. Kara Kelly had three goals for St. Joseph’s, and Samantha Medlin added two.

Savannah Lundwall had two goals and an assist for Emmanuel. Kylie Rice, Amanda Cook and Stephanie Warn each chipped in with two goals.


UNE: The University of New England hired Carly Gettler as its head coach, replacing Heather Davis, who was promoted to associate director of athletics.

Gettler spent the last two years as an assistant coach ast Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Virginia.

Before that, Gettler was the head coach at Husson from 2012-14.

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Wednesday’s Maine colleges: Bowdoin wins in men’s lacrosse Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:12:12 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Brett Kujala scored six goals Wednesday night to lead Bowdoin to a 19-15 victory against Tufts in a New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse regular-season finale.

The Polar Bears (10-5, 7-3) will meet Tufts (11-4, 6-4) again at home at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Kujala scored five goals in the second half, helping Bowdoin pull away after Tufts made it 10-10 with consecutive goals to start the third quarter.

Matthew Crowell added four goals for Bowdoin.

PLYMOUTH STATE 13, SOUTHERN MAINE 7: Nine players scored for the Panthers (8-6, 4-2 Little East) against the Huskies (6-8, 3-3) at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Paul Leonardo led the Huskies with five goals.

ST. JOSEPH’S 17, THOMAS 2: Michael Finn and Tyler Retalic each scored four goals for the Monks (5-8, 3-4 Great Northeast Athletic), who took a 10-0 lead and beat the Terriers (3-8, 2-5) at Portland.

Mark LaPierre added three goals, and Joe O’Reilly had two goals and five assists for the Monks, who led 15-1 at halftime. Colby Blondin scored both goals for Thomas.


COLBY 12, BATES 9: Kendall Smith scored six goals, including three straight to open the second half, as the sixth-ranked Mules (12-3, 8-2 NESCAC) beat Bates (7-8, 2-8) at Waterville.

TUFTS 13, BOWDOIN 12: Emily Games scored four goals and the Jumbos (10-5, 5-5 NESCAC) fended off a second-half rally by the Polar Bears (10-5, 5-5) at Medford, Massachusetts.

Allison Williams had seven goals for Bowdoin, which trailed 13-7 with 8:01 left.


HUSSON 6, BOWDOIN 5: Sam Huston hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Eagles (21-14) over the Polar Bears (12-15) at Bangor.

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Men’s lacrosse: All Charlie Fay does is score and win Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:43:36 +0000 LEWISTON — In high school, Charlie Fay was a scorer. He had 47 goals as a senior, leading Falmouth to the Class B boys’ lacrosse state championship, and in basketball led the Yachtsmen in points.

Now he’s a senior at Bates College, no longer playing basketball. But lacrosse? He’s still playing, still scoring, and yes, still winning.

With 52 goals, Fay is the leading scorer for the the Bobcats – the nation’s top-ranked Division III team.

Bates finished off a perfect regular season Wednesday, reaching 13-0 with a 24-10 victory against Colby. The Bobcats became the first New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse team to take a 10-0 conference record to the postseason.

On a rainy afternoon at Garcelon Field on the Bates campus, Fay led the Bobcats with six goals against an overmatched opponent.

Early in the fourth quarter, he was out of the game for good, resting on the sidelines and enjoying the rare opportunity to watch his teammates.

“It was a pretty exciting performance,” Fay said. “Great way to cap off an excellent season, and being able to get in those guys that are kind of the practice players is just awesome. That’s gratifying for us and it’s just great for team morale overall.”

Before Fay was subbed out, his talents were on full display late in the first period, when he received a pass from freshman attacker Matt Chlastawa, dodged a defender and flipped the ball behind his back, with one hand, into the goal.

According to Coach Peter Lasagna and Fay’s teammates, that kind of skill comes from Fay’s years of dedication to the sport.

“He’s put an awful lot of time into his game his entire life,” said Lasagna. “Whether it’s getting guys together on a Sunday to play indoors here or going down to Portland to play pickup with a bunch of angry old guys, he’s been doing this his whole life, and he really cares.”

Off the field, Fay is nothing like the intense, ultra-competitive goal machine you see on it.

Seniors Kyle Weber and Andrew Melvin note that the trash talk of practice shifts to a relaxed, friendly atmosphere once they set their sticks down.

As Fay explains it, he simply can’t stand losing.

“I’m pretty laid back normally,” Fay said, “but once something gets going where there’s a winner and loser, I just have a really tough time losing, and I think they all know that. Whether it be an argument or a lacrosse game or playing Settlers of Catan (a multiplayer board game), it gets heated just because we’re all so competitive and we all just like to win so much.”

Tactically, Lasagna and Fay point to several reasons for Bates’ success this season.

Along with continuing to push Bates to play at a faster pace, Lasagna made a major adjustment late last season, shifting Fay from midfielder to attack. Fay was an attacker at Falmouth, so the transition was smooth.

After scoring 12.60 goals per game last season, the Bobcats are averaging 17.15 this year.

“I think (attack) is a lot better for me because I’m really more of an offensive player, and I get to focus on playing offense, honing those skills, and I don’t have to worry about going back on defense and messing up my rhythm,” Fay said.

After Wednesday’s dominant performance, Bates will be home against Connecticut College in the conference quarterfinals at noon Saturday.

Bates beat the Camels 16-14 last Saturday and is wary of the threat they pose.

“In the NESCAC, any team can beat anybody on a given day,” said senior defender Fred Ulbrick. “If you don’t come into every game with 100 percent focus, any team can upset you. Especially being the No. 1 seed, we have a very big target on our back.”

Even when the season is over, Fay doesn’t plan to stop playing lacrosse – or scoring goals.

He hopes to be selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft, which takes place after the college season. But if he isn’t selected, he still wants to play in some capacity.

Even if he does play professionally, Fay realizes his future lies in business. He’s an economics major who plans to pursue a career in finance.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s rolls to baseball sweep Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:35:11 +0000 NASHUA, N.H. — Greg Emanuelson had three hits and four RBI as the St. Joseph’s College baseball team won the first game of a doubleheader against Rivier 16-9 on Sunday.

Noah McDaniel had three RBI and scored three runs to lift the Monks (26-6, 9-1 Great Northeast Athletic Conference) to an 18-0 win in the second game.

Joe Murphy, Taylor Black and Scott Betts each added two RBI in the first game. Black was 3 for 4 with three runs scored, and Brett Barbati had three hits and two RBI to help St. Joseph’s complete the sweep of the Raiders (3-25, 2-10).

BINGHAMTON 3, MAINE 2: Greg Satriale tripled home Pat Britt in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Bearcats (20-7, 9-0 America East) to a win over the Black Bears (14-20, 3-6) in Vestal, New York.

Cody Pasic homered in the third inning for Maine to tie the game at 1. Binghamton retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Black Bears tied it again in the top of the seventh when Hernen Sardinas scored on an error.

COLBY SPLITS WITH WILLIAMS: Tyler Mulberry capped a six-run sixth inning with a three-run double as the Mules (9-20) rallied for an 8-5 victory to salvage a split of a doubleheader with the Ephs (15-8) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Adam Dulsky’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave Williams a 1-0 win in the first game.

TRINITY SWEEPS BATES: Chris Speer pitched a two-hitter as the Bantams (15-13, 5-7 NESCAC East) recorded a 1-0 win in the second game to complete a doubleheader sweep against the Bobcats (12-8, 7-2) 1-0 in Lewiston.

The Bantams won the opener 6-2 after jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

BOWDOIN 3, TUFTS 2: Reliever Jack Wilhoite struck out Will Shackelford with the tying run on third base to end the game and give the visiting Polar Bears (12-14, 4-5 NESCAC East) a win (21-5-1, 6-3) in Medford, Massachusetts.

Casey Santos-Ocampo led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left and was sacrificed to third. Wilhoite entered the game and induced a pop-up to shortstop and the strikeout to earn his first career save.


COLBY 4, BATES 1: Wiley Holton pitched a shutout, allowing four hits, and also drove in a run as the Mules (9-16, 2-7 NESCAC East) beat the Bobcats (9-12, 1-6) in Waterville.

Colby jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Robin Spofford and a sacrifice fly by Carly Swartz. Bates got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Julia Treadwell.

Kathleen Mason singled home Paige Hartnett to push Colby’s lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning, and Hartnett scored on a triple by Holton in the fifth.

SOUTHERN MAINE SPLITS WITH RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE: Brooke Cross homered and Madison Greene tossed a three-hitter to lead the Huskies (12-13, 4-4 Little East) to a 10-2, five-inning win over Rhode Island College (7-17, 2-8) in the first game of a doubleheader in Gorham.

Emma Simmons hit a two-run single and Kelsey Burgess added an RBI double as RIC scored three times in the 10th inning for a 3-0 win in the second game.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND SWEEPS CURRY: Alexis Kapsambelis hit a two-run triple in the second inning as the Nor’easters (15-13, 10-8 Commonwealth Coast) jumped out to a four-run lead and beat the Colonels (15-19, 7-9) 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in Biddeford.

Kelsey Mansfield had three RBI and UNE won the second game, 6-1.

TUFTS SWEEPS BOWDOIN: Jamie Stevens’ two-run homer capped a seven-run fifth inning and the Jumbos (18-12, 6-4 NESCAC East) went on to an 8-1 win over the Polar Bears (24-8, 6-3) in the first game of a doubleheader in Brunswick.

Summer Horowitz and Christian Cain each had two RBI to give the Jumbos a 6-3 win in the second game.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS NORWICH: Meghan Elliott had five hits, scored four runs and drove in two as the Monks (14-14, 10-4 GNAC) swept a doubleheader against the Cadets (8-19-1, 8-10) 6-3 and 6-1 in Northfield, Vermont.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. SPLITS WITH DEAN: Kristen Mackenzie had four hits, four RBI and scored three runs to lead the SeaWolves (11-4) to a 10-6 win over the Bulldogs (11-11) in the first game of a doubleheader in South Portland.

The Bulldogs won the second game, 6-3.

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s edges Johnson & Wales in men’s lacrosse Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:58:12 +0000 Michael Finn scored the winning goal with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter as St. Joseph’s beat Johnson & Wales 11-10 in a men’s lacrosse game Saturday at Deering High School in Portland.

St. Joseph’s (5-8, 3-4 Great Northeast Athletic Conference) led 9-5 after three quarters, but the Wildcats (5-8, 3-4) went on a 5-1 run to tie the game at 10 with 3:45 left. Finn converted a pass from Dan Cunningham just over two minutes later to put the Monks back in front.

Cunningham scored four goals for St. Joseph’s, while Tyler Retalic had three.

BATES 16, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 14: Charlie Fay scored five goals and Clarke Jones added four as the Bobcats (12-0, 9-0 NESCAC) held on to beat the Camels (7-7, 3-6) in New London, Connecticut.

Bates, ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in NCAA Division III polls, trailed 8-6 at halftime but scored four straight goals at the end of the third quarter to take a 12-11 lead heading into the fourth.

Matt Chlastawa added three goals and three assists for the Bobcats.

KEENE STATE 20, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Hunter Arnold scored five goals and the Owls (10-3, 5-0 Little East) went on a 13-0 scoring run in the second half to beat the Huskies (6-7, 3-2) in Gorham.

Keegan Smith and Jake Schoenberg scored for Southern Maine.

UNE 10, ROGER WILLIAMS 7: Andrew Curro scored with 13:44 left to break a 6-6 tie as the Nor’easters (12-4, 5-2 Commonwealth Coast) beat the Hawks (8-7, 4-3) in Biddeford.

Alex Zadworny and Colin Morrow each added a goal to push the lead to 9-6 with 6:23 left.

Curro and Tom Luttrell each scored three goals, and Zadworny added two for the Nor’easters.

COLBY 13, MIDDLEBURY 10: Kevin Seiler scored all four of his goals in the first half and the Mules (3-10, 2-7 NESCAC) held on to beat the Panthers (3-6, 6-8) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Austin Sayre added three goals, while Colton Michel had two goals and three assists for Colby, which led 8-4 at halftime. The Mules led 11-5 through three quarters, but Middlebury opened the fourth by scoring four straight to cut the lead to 11-9 with 8:37 left.

BOWDOIN 15, ENDICOTT 9: Brett Kujala scored four goals and the Polar Bears (9-5) got the first four goals of the game in a win over the Seagulls (7-7) in Brunswick.

Tim Bulens, Nick Conway, Daniel Buckman and Matthew Crowell each added two goals for Bowdoin.


JOHNSON & WALES 18, ST. JOSEPHS 10: Lydia Knapp had four of her game-high five goals in the second half as the Wildcats (11-4, 7-0 GNAC) outscored the Monks (8-3, 5-1) 11-5 after halftime to pull away at Providence, Rhode Island.

Jackie Wilson paced the Monks with three goals and an assist. Kayla Kelly had two goals and an assist, while Elyse Caiazzo and Kara Kelly chipped in with two goals apiece.

BATES 12, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 9: The Bobcats (7-7, 2-7 NESCAC) scored four consecutive goals to build a 4-1 lead midway through the first half and held off the Camels (3-11, 0-9) at Lewiston.

Camille Belletete led all scorers with four goals for Bates, while Caroline Kerrigan, Sydney Howard and Sydney Cowles each added a pair of goals in the Bobcats’ balanced attack.

BOWDOIN 23, COLORADO COLLEGE 14: Kelsey Gallagher had five goals and three assists in the first half as Polar Bears (10-4) jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead and cruised past the Tigers (12-4) in Brunswick.

Gallagher finished with seven goals and three assists, while Allison Williams added three goals and an assist.

COLBY 9, MIDDLEBURY 6: The 10th-ranked Mules (11-3, 7-2 NESCAC) scored on their last four shots to rally and win their ninth straight game, beating the Panthers (11-3, 7-2) in Waterville.

Middlebury took a 6-5 lead 1:03 into the second half on a goal by Bea Eppler, with an assist from Hollis Perticone. Colby tied it a little more than five minutes later on a goal by Lexie Perticone.

The Mules held the Panthers scoreless down the stretch, and Sasha Fritts and Kelsey Bowen each scored on free-position shots. Emilie Klein added an unassisted goal.

KEENE STATE 16, SOUTHERN MAINE 6: The Owls (5-9, 3-1 Little East) scored the first six goals of the game and took a 9-3 halftime lead on their way to a win over the Huskies (7-6, 1-4) in Gorham.

Taylor Farland led Keene State with six goals and a two assists. Kelly Chadnick had five goals.

Sam Campobasso paced Southern Maine with two goals and two assists, while Lauren Lessard and Aliza Jordan each chipped in with a pair of goals.

ROGER WILLIAMS 11, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 7: The Hawks (11-3, 6-1 Commonwealth Coast) trailed 5-1 at halftime but scored the final eight goals to beat the Nor’easters (8-7, 5-2) in Biddeford.

Jocelyn Davee scored two goals, while Korinne Bohunsky and Olivia Carpenter each had one in the first half as UNE took a 5-0 lead.


SOUTHERN MAINE SWEEPS PLYMOUTH STATE: Paul McDonough scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Huskies (21-7, 8-0 Little East) extended their winning streak to 15 with an 8-6 win over the Panthers (12-12, 3-5) in the second game of a doubleheader in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Dylan Hapworth drove in two runs as Southern Maine won the first game, 6-3.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH SUFFOLK: Dennis Meehan scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth as the Monks (24-6, 7-1 GNAC) beat the Rams (18-9, 9-1) 4-2 in the first game in Standish.

Suffolk won the second game, 2-1.

WILLIAMS SWEEPS COLBY: Adam Regensburg hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Ephs (13-7, 4-5 NESCAC) to a 2-1 win over the Mules (8-18, 2-7) in the second game of a doubleheader in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Sean Hager got the win, striking out 10 while allowing a run on three hits in eight innings.

The Ephs also took the first game, 7-6 in eight innings.

TUFTS SWEEPS BOWDOIN: Pinch-hitter Jack Wilhoite hit into a game-ending double play in the top of the ninth as the Polar Bears (11-14, 3-5 NESCAC) fell short in the second game of a doubleheader against the Jumbos (21-4-1, 4-4), losing 6-5 in Medford, Massachusetts.

The Jumbos won the opening game 6-1, then took a 5-0 lead through four innings of the second game. Bowdoin got within 6-4 when Eric Hah drove in a run in the seventh. Tufts then made consecutive errors to put runners on first and third in the ninth and Mah drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Bowdoin couldn’t finish the rally, however.

In the first game, Mike McLaughlin gave Tufts a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run double.

BINGHAMTON SWEEPS MAINE: Eddie Posavec and Justin Yurchak each had two RBI and a run scored, while C.J. Krowiak scored twice and drove in one to lead the Bearcats (19-7, 8-0 America East) to 7-4 victory in the second game of a doubleheader in Binghamton, New York, and a sweep of Maine (14-19, 3-5).

Posavec hit a two-run homer and Binghamton scored four times in the fourth inning on its way to a 9-3 victory in the first game.

BATES 4, TRINITY 1: Connor Russell allowed one run on two hits over 72/3 innings as the Bobcats (12-6, 7-0 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (13-13, 3-7) in Lewiston.

Russell struck out one and walked two to pick up his second win of the season.

SMCC SPLITS WITH NHTI: Kyle Parmley pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking a pair as the SeaWolves (7-13-1, 4-3-1 YSCC) won the second game of a doubleheader against the Lynx (6-13, 6-4) in Concord, New Hampshire.

NHTI won the first game, 3-2, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Gavin McFarland.


MAINE 7, UM-BALTIMORE COUNTY 1: The Black Bears (14-18, 9-1 America East) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and cruised to a win over the Retrievers (13-23, 3-7) in Baltimore.

Alyssa Derrick went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored for Maine.

UNE SPLITS WITH GORDON: Sydney Helmbrecht was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI as the Nor’easters (13-13, 8-8 Commonwealth Coast) took an early lead and defeated the host Fighting Scots 5-1 in the first game of a doubleheader in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Megan Jenkerson hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and Gordon (13-19, 6-10) won the second game, 2-1.

BATES, COLBY SPLIT PAIR: Julie Treadwell had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs as the Bobcats (9-11, 1-5 NESCAC) opened an early lead and beat the Mules (8-16, 7-1) 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in Lewiston.

Robbin Spofford had two hits and two RBI to lift Colby to a 6-3 win in the second game.

BOWDOIN 4, TUFTS 3: Marisa O’Toole singled home Emily Griffin in the bottom of the sixth to lift the Polar Bears (24-6, 6-1 NESAC) to a win over the Jumbos (16-12, 4-4) in Brunswick.

SMCC SWEEPS NHTI: The SeaWolves (10-3, 5-1 YSCC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and beat the Lynx (3-6, 3-2) 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Concord, New Hampshire.

Elle Burbank went 2 for 4, driving in three runs as SMCC (10-3, 5-1 YSCC) hammered out 13 hits and rolled past the Lynx 14-1 in the second game.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH JOHNSON & WALES: Meghan Elliott hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and the Monks (12-4, 8-4 GNAC) went on to a 3-1 victory and a split of their doubleheader against Johnson & Wales (25-7, 17-1) in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Wildcats won the opener 8-2. Jennifer Murphy had three hits for the Monks, including an RBI single.

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Thursday’s college roundup: USM’s baseball win streak reaches 13 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:13:46 +0000 BABSON PARK, Mass. — Henry Curran and Jake Dexter combined on a four-hitter Thursday, leading the University of Southern Maine to its 13th straight baseball victory, 3-1 against Babson in a nonconference game at Govoni Field.

The Huskies (20-7) reached 20 victories for the 33rd consecutive season under Coach Ed Flaherty.

USM hasn’t lost since April 2, when it completed its only down period, dropping four out of five.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Sam Stauble scored on an error, then doubled their lead in the sixth when Dylan Hapworth scored on Dexter’s bunt single.

After Babson (13-13) scored in the bottom of the sixth, Southern Maine tacked on a run in the seventh when Andrew Hiller came home on a single to right-center by Zach Quintal.

COLBY 5, THOMAS 0: Andrew Della Volpe had a single and scored a run in the sixth inning, and added an RBI single in the seventh as the Mules (8-17) opened a 4-0 lead with two runs in each rally to beat visiting Thomas (3-25) at Waterville.

Noah Paredes tripled in the eighth inning and then scored on Ben Coleman’s sacrifice fly. Matt Treveloni had three hits for Colby. Coleman, Matt Garcia and Della Volpe each contributed two hits, a run and an RBI for the Mules.

UMASS-BOSTON 14, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Dan Montoni scored three runs and also drove home three runs as UMass-Boston (19-9) had 17 hits against the Monks (23-5) at Standish.

Montoni’s two-run homer gave the Beacons a 2-0 first-inning lead. UMass-Boston widened the lead to 11-0 before the Monks broke through for a run in the seventh on a Brett Barbati single that drove in Dawson Renaud.


SOUTHERN MAINE, HUSSON SPLIT: Brooke Cross scored three times and drove home a run, and Taylor Lux added three RBI to lead Southern Maine (11-12) to a 7-3 victory against the Eagles (19-9) in the first game at Waterville.

Brianna Bires’ third-inning single drove in Casey Heath to give Husson a 1-0 victory in the second game.

In the opener, Allison Pillar doubled home Cross and later scored on an error to give the Huskies a 2-0 second-inning lead.

Southern Maine added three in a fourth-inning rally capped by Lux’s two-run single. Husson pulled within 5-3 on Olivia Smith’s three-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but the Huskies countered with single runs in the sixth and seventh.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND SWEEPS WENTWORTH: Lauren Gerhard drove home three runs as the Nor’easters (12-12, 7-7 Commonwealth Coast) took an 8-3 victory in the second game to sweep Wentworth (2-21, 1-13) at Biddeford.

UNE won the opener 9-4 after overcoming an early 3-1 deficit with a four-run third capped by Kelsey Mansfield’s RBI single.

In the second game, UNE, leading 3-1, took firm control with a four-run fourth highlighted by Gerhard’s two-run single.

Avery Alberghini, Sydney Helmbrecht, Caroline Schoenbucher and Gerhard, the top of the Nor’easters’ order, went a combined 15 for 25 at the plate and factored in all but one of UNE’s 17 total runs.


COLBY 21, COLORADO COLLEGE 14: Kendall Smith and Sasha Fritts scored four goals each, and Lexi Perticone and Kelsey Bowen added three each to lead the Mules (11-3) against Colorado College (12-4) at Waterville.

Colby, ahead 13-9 at the break, scored six times over the opening 15 minutes of the second half to take a 19-9 lead.

Fritts notched the first two goals of the decisive surge, followed by goals from Gemma Bready, Maddie Hatch, Celeste Murtha and Perticone. Murtha finished with two goals. Emma Banks, Emilie Klein and Cassie Rodgers also scored for the Mules.

Annie DeFrino and Sadie Cole had three goals each for the Tigers.

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Wednesday’s college roundup: Monks win again in baseball Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:33:42 +0000 STANDISH — St. Joseph’s College scored three runs in the third inning Wednesday and went on to a 4-1 victory against Bates in a nonconference baseball game at Mahaney Diamond.

The Monks (23-4) took a 3-0 lead in the third on sacrifice flies by Jared Gagne and Jameson Collins, followed by an RBI double from Noah McDaniel. Collins added an RBI double in the fifth.

Ryan McCarthy singled in a run for the Bobcats.

Steven Albert recorded the win, allowing six hits and an earned run in three innings of relief. Josh Partridge picked up the save.

SOUTHERN MAINE 7, ENDICOTT 3: Zach Quintal broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI triple in the fifth inning as the Huskies (19-7) pulled away from the Seagulls (14-14) at Gorham.

Devin Warren gave USM a 1-0 lead in the second, doubling to left-center to score Dylan Hapworth. In the third, Hapworth hit a two-run single to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.

After Endicott scored three runs in the fifth to tie the game, Quintal tripled home Andrew Olszak, then scored on a passed ball to put USM ahead, 5-3.

Dalton Rice picked up the win, pitching 12/3 innings of shutout relief, striking out three.

MAINE 12, UM-FARMINGTON 2: Jonathan Bennett, Caleb Kerbs and Tyler Schwanz each recorded three RBI to lead the Black Bears (14-17) over the Beavers (2-15) at Orono.

The Black Bears scored six runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run triple by Schwanz, to increase their lead to 11-0. Jeremy Pena led Maine with three hits.

Maine used eight pitchers, with Justin Courtney picking up the win, allowing one hit in one inning.


BATES, UM-FARMINGTON SPLIT: Elizabeth Walker had two hits and scored three runs, including the go-ahead score in the fifth inning to lead UMaine-Farmington (6-6) to a 5-4 win over Bates (8-10) in the first game at Lewiston.

Maddie Inlow and Mimi Crowley each recorded two hits for Bates.

In the second game, Bates overcame an early 2-0 deficit by totaling eight runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings on the way to an 8-5 victory.


SOUTHERN MAINE 14, SALEM STATE 5: Paul Leonardo scored four goals and Keegan Smith had five assists for the Huskies (6-6, 3-1 Little East), who had six unanswered goals to start the second quarter and beat the Vikings (2-9, 0-4) at Gorham.

USM led 3-1 after the first quarter and increased it to 9-1 with 1:58 left in the half on a goal by John Bossi from Smith. It was 9-2 at halftime.

BOWDOIN 10, COLBY 8: Brett Kujala finished with five goals and the Polar Bears (8-5, 6-3 NESCAC) pulled away to beat the Mules (2-10, 1-7) at Waterville.

Kujala scored with no time left at the end of the third quarter to give Bowdoin a 7-6 lead, and opened the fourth with a score to extend the lead to two. James DeSisto followed up with a goal with 8:15 left and Daniel Buckman scored just over a minute later to give Bowdoin a 10-6 lead.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 23, GORDON 6: Alex Zadworny scored five goals for the Nor’easters (11-4, 4-2 Commonwealth Coast), who scored the first seven goals and beat the Fighting Scots (5-8, 1-5) at Wenham, Massachusetts.

UNE led 9-4 at halftime and used an 8-0 run in the third quarter to take a 17-4 lead going into the fourth.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 15, GORDON 13: Nichole Carvalho scored four goals, and Jocelyn Davee and Korinne Bohunsky each added three as the Nor’easters (8-6, 5-1 Commonwealth Coast) rallied past the Fighting Scots (8-6, 3-3) at Wenham, Massachusetts.

UNE trailed 3-2 with 18:10 remaining in the half but Bohunsky and Davee each scored twice during a six-goal spurt to give the Nor’easters an 8-3 lead. UNE led 9-5 at halftime.

ST. JOSEPH’S 5, LASELL 4: The Monks (8-2, 5-0 Great Northeast Athletic) rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win in overtime against the Lasers (7-5, 4-2) Portland.

Madison Beaulieu scored with 32 seconds remaining in overtime.

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Tuesday’s Maine college roundup: USM, St. Joseph’s win in baseball Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:41:43 +0000 GORHAM — Andrew Olszak drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run single in the second inning Tuesday and the University of Southern Maine went on to a 4-2 victory against UMass-Boston in a Little East Conference baseball game.

The Huskies (18-7, 7-0) scored three runs in the inning to take a 3-1 lead.

Tom Fortier picked up the win against the Beacons (17-9, 4-3), allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out seven in eight innings.

Dylan Hapworth and Jake Dexter each had a pair of hits for USM, which added a run in the eighth for a 4-1 lead.

ST. JOSEPH’S 11, ENDICOTT 1: Noah McDaniel singled home a run as part of a five-run third inning as the Monks (22-4) cruised past the Seagulls (14-13) at Standish.

The Monks led 5-1 after three innings and tacked on six in the fifth, including Dennis Meehan’s RBI double.

HUSSON 6, COLBY 4: Alex Chapman singled home Ryan Rebar in a three-run fifth inning and the Eagles (16-12) held off the Mules (7-17) at Waterville.

Rebar reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Logan Rogerson to break a 2-2 tie. Chapman’s RBI single gave Husson a 5-2 lead.

MAINE 11, THOMAS 3: Colin Ridley hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and the Black Bears (13-17) downed the Terriers (3-24) at Orono.

Ridley’s grand slam gave the Black Bears to 8-1 after four innings.


SOUTHERN MAINE, PLYMOUTH STATE SPLIT: Allison Pillar singled in the winning run in the ninth inning as the Huskies (10-11, 3-3 Little East) won the opener 2-1 over the Panthers (14-14, 4-4) at Gorham.

Pillar also singled home Brooke Cross to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the second.

The Panthers took the second game, 7-2.

BATES, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND SPLIT: Sydney Helmbrecht doubled home the winning run in the eighth inning to give the Nor’easters (10-12) a 4-3 win over the Bobcats (7-9) in the second game at Biddeford.

Bates led 3-2 going into the seventh but Sarah Lachapelle singled home Sydnee Bessler in the bottom of the inning for UNE. Andrea Russo had three hits and drove in a run for Bates, which won the first game, 3-1.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS ST. JOSEPH’S: Alison Rutz hit a two-run single as part of a four-run second inning as the Polar Bears (22-6) beat the Monks (9-12) 9-5 in the first game at Standish.

Bowdoin scored six run in the first and totaled 17 hits to win the second game, 11-0.

Ali Miller, Marisa O’Toole and Lauren O’Shea had three hits in the second game for Bowdoin.


BATES 19, TUFTS 18: Charlie Fay and Matt Chlastawa each scored six goals as the second-ranked Bobcats (11-0, 8-0 NESCAC) beat the third-ranked Jumbos (11-2, 6-2) at Medford, Massachusetts.

LASELL 13, ST. JOSEPH’S 4: Ryan Madden had five goals and four assists as the Lasers (9-3, 6-0 Great Northeast Athletic) beat the Monks (4-8, 2-4) at Portland.

Michael Finn and Matt Donell each scored two goals to lead the Monks. Brendan Barrett had two assists.


TUFTS 13, BATES 10: Emily Gaines scored six goals for the Jumbos (9-4, 4-4 NESCAC), who used five unanswered goals in the second half to get past the Bobcats (6-7, 1-7) at Lewiston.

Sydney Cowles scored three goals, and Allison Dewey and Camille Belletete each added two for Bates. Dewey made it 8-8 with her second goal of the game with 20:33 remaining, but Tufts then scored five straight.

PLYMOUTH STATE 15, SOUTHERN MAINE 5: Sam Sullivan scored seven goals as the Panthers (6-2, 3-0 Little East) pulled away from the Huskies (7-4, 1-3) at Gorham.

Sam Campobasso scored three goals for the Huskies.

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NCAA awards events to North Carolina Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:15:19 +0000 RALEIGH, N.C. — The NCAA awarded coveted men’s basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season – including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games – and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

The list of events included men’s basketball tournament opening-weekend games in Greensboro in 2020 and Raleigh in 2021, as well as a women’s basketball tournament regional in Greensboro in 2019. In addition, the College Cup Division I championship rounds for men’s soccer and women’s soccer will alternate years in Cary from 2018-21, and the Division I women’s field hockey championship will be held in Winston-Salem in 2019.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a compromise bill March 30 while saying it wasn’t a perfect solution. The compromise was reached days after the NCAA said the state was down to its final days to get something done about the law.

“I think it’s important for our economy, and it’s important for Tuesday before the NCAA announcement. “The NCAA also believes North Carolina has more work to do and we look forward to working with them. I think for sure they’ll bring some of their championships here. I think they value North Carolina and want to be here, and we’ll look forward to what they say.”

LGBT rights groups have said the compromise bill doesn’t go far enough, and criticized the NCAA’s decision to return to North Carolina.

“North Carolina’s new law does nothing to guarantee that LGBT people will be protected from discrimination,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project. “When the NCAA originally withdrew events from North Carolina, they did so because they claimed to care about ‘fairness and inclusion’ for college athletes and fans. It’s a shame to see that those concerns have already fallen by the wayside.”

The NCAA president, Mark Emmert, said at the Final Four that he was pleased the state had passed a new law despite “very difficult” politics. But the NCAA ultimately offered a lukewarm endorsement of the compromise measure days later, saying the new law met “minimal” requirements to allow NCAA back into consideration for future events.

It stated events already awarded to North Carolina for the 2017-18 sports season – including men’s basketball tournament games in Charlotte – would remain in place.

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Monday’s college roundup: St. Joseph’s men win on a walk-off home run Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:00:08 +0000 STANDISH — Jameson Collins hit a walk-off two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift St. Joseph’s to a 6-5 baseball win over Plymouth State in a nonconference game on Monday.

St. Joseph’s (21-4) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second inning as Ben Gravel hit a bases-clearing double and later scored on a Plymouth State error.

The Panthers (10-11) answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of bases-loaded walks, an infield double play and an RBI single from Ryan Boldwin.

Plymouth State took the lead in the eighth as Cam Ruziak scored on an Eric Leitch sacrifice fly.

Josh Partidge picked up the win for the Monks with four innings of relief, allowing one run on seven hits, fanning four and walking one.

BATES 9, FISHER 4: The Bobcats (11-5) scored six runs in the third inning to take control of the contest and held on to win their seventh straight game, their longest streak since 2011, as they defeated the visiting Falcons (24-18) in a nonconference game at Lewiston.

Ryan McCarthy got the scoring started for Bates with a solo homer in the bottom of the first and the Bobcats pulled away in the third as they scored a run on Brendon Canavan’s single and a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks, but the big hit of the inning was Asher MacDonald’s two-run single.

Bates added another run in the fourth to extend its lead to 8-0 before Fisher answered with four runs in the top of the seventh.

Jack Arend drove in three runs for Bates, and Canavan and Kyle Carter each added a pair of hits.

Rienaldo Moreta had a double and single for the Falcons.

BOWDOIN 11, THOMAS 4: The Polar Bears (11-12) sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and scored seven runs as they broke out early and easily handled the Terriers (2-23) in a nonconference game at Brunswick.

Sean Mullaney paced the offense for Bowdoin, going 3 for 3 and driving in three runs, Sawyer Billings was 2 for 3 with four RBI, and Bjorn Hansen and Evann Dumont-LaPoint each added a pair of hits.

Alex Curtis led the way for Thomas, going 2 for 3 with a home run,scoring twice.

COLBY 7, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 4: The Mules (7-16) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get past the Beavers (2-14) at Waterville.

With the score tied 4-4 in the eighth, Colby’s Ben Coleman lined a two-run double to left field, then scored on a wild pitch.

Coleman finished 2 for 5 for the Mules. George Schmidt added a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs and Andrew Sterup added a solo home run.

Mark Leahy led the way for UMaine-Farmington, going 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Riley Chickering and Derek Bowen each added a pair of hits.


Bates senior Jessica Wilson received Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, following her performance at Connecticut College’s Silfen Invitational on Friday.

Wilson, of Cumberland, shattered Bates’ team record in the 5,000-meter run and topped a field of 55 runners with her time of 16:57.09, which puts her at No. 6 in all of Division III. Wilson’s time easily broke the former team record of 17:26.66, set last year by junior Katherine Cook.


BATES, THOMAS SPLIT: Kirsten Pelletier scattered four hits as Bates shut out Thomas 2-0 in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader at Lewiston.

The Bobcats scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on a Maddie Inlow RBI single to left and added an insurance run in the third as Julia Panepinto scored on a wild pitch.

Pelletier struck out eight, walking one.

Thomas (4-16) rallied back to win the second game, 4-3.

Bates (6-8) grabbed an early lead with two runs in the first as Andrea Russo scored on an illegal pitch and Panepinto stole home. The Bobcats added a run in the third as Inlow scored Russon with a single to center.

The Terriers scored all four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Courtney Veilleux and a two-run double by Korrie Lauren.


KANSAS: Freshman guard Josh Jackson officially declared for the 2017 NBA draft on Monday in a move that was long expected for a player currently projected to be a top three pick.

The 6-foot-8 Detroit native, who averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds a game during the 2016-17 season for the 31-5 Jayhawks, has signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.

Signing with an agent means Jackson has eliminated any possibility of returning to school for a sophomore season.

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Maine faces its annual football question: Who’s the quarterback? Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000 ORONO — The trash-talking began even before the hitting. After two weeks of noncontact drills, the University of Maine football players were about to hit.

“It felt good to fly around with the team, just set the tone,” said cornerback Najee Goode. “The one thing I wanted to do was bring my intensity all day, let it rub off on the younger guys, so they can see how you’ve got to play it all the time. You can’t act like they’re your friends out there.”

The Black Bears brought their second week of spring practice to a close Saturday. Maine will practice three more weeks, ending with the annual Jeff Cole memorial spring game at 4 p.m. May 6 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

By that time the annual quarterback challenge will be in full swing. With Dan Collins graduated, Maine’s quarterback position is open again.

Junior Drew Belcher and freshman Chris Ferguson are joined by transfer grad student Max Staver, who began his career at Florida, and also played at Tyler Junior College and Houston Baptist.

The three pretty much evenly split the 51 snaps the Black Bears took Saturday, with Belcher stepping in with the first group, followed by Ferguson and Staver.

Liam Coen, Maine’s offensive coordinator, said not to read anything into that progression.

“We will evaluate after this scrimmage and probably adjust their reps off this scrimmage,” he said. “Next week might be similar rotations but different number of reps. All three have done nice things throughout the last two weeks.”

Staver, a 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, made the day’s most eye-opening throw – a touchdown pass to Jared Osumah that traveled about 60 yards in the air – and made some other good reads.

“He was impressive,” said Harasymiak. “And Drew and Chris were solid, too.”

“Max made some nice plays, which was good to see,” said Coen. “I’ve seen Chris and Drew compete in those situations. It was the first time seeing Max in this competitive situation and I think he took a step forward.”

Staver, 22, said he’s getting a better grasp of the offense each day – it’s similar in terminology and principles used at Florida. He also said playing full contact brings out his best.

“That’s when my adrenaline takes over,” he said. “I have my best periods in practice during team drills.”

Staver also is trying not to put any pressure on himself.

“Whenever there’s a transfer quarterback there’s always a little bit of awkwardness and I think we understand that,” said Staver. “I think we’re all just out here competing against ourselves, trying to be the best we can be, controlling what we can control. That’s all you can do.”

Belcher, who redshirted last season and has two years of eligibility remaining, has been through quarterback battles with Collins the last three years.

“When you get to this level of football you’re going to have to compete each and every spring; you’re going to have to compete each and every fall,” he said. “Someone’s trying to get your job so you’ve just got to bring it every day. It’s a good thing. It makes everyone sharp.”

They all know the quarterback competition will go deep into training camp. And they’re thriving on it.

“You’ve got to stay locked in every day,” said Ferguson. “Each one of us is trying to out-work the other to be the guy. At the end of the day it will be the guy who works the hardest and commands the huddle the best.”

NOTES: Receivers Micah Wright (ankle), Jaleel Reed (thumb surgery) and Earnest Edwards (thumb surgery) didn’t participate, and Marquise Adams stopped after some drills and had his right knee wrapped. Cornerback Manny Patterson had a walking boot on his right foot (ankle) and safety Jason Matovu was on crutches after suffering a right leg injury in practice. Safety Jeffrey DeVaughn wore the red no-contact jersey with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Hunter Smith, defensive end Michael Supp, and offensive linemen Sam Cooper and Dan Burrows were also out. All are expected to return during spring football or be ready for training camp … Junior defensive lineman Uchenna Egwuonwu is wearing the No. 9 jersey traditionally worn by the toughest player on defense. It’s handed down by the previous owner of the jersey, which was Darius Greene, who was given it by Trevor Bates of the New England Patriots. “He’s got some big shoes to fill,” said Harasymiak. “I’m looking forward to him stepping up the next two years.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Saturday’s Maine men’s roundup: Hapworth slugs USM baseball to sweep Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:35:20 +0000 GORHAM — Dylan Hapworth had four RBI in the first game and three home runs in the second game as the University of Southern Maine baseball team swept a baseball doubleheader Saturday against Rhode Island College, 13-6 and 12-4.

In the first game, Jake Dexter had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Huskies (17-7, 6-0 Little East) rallied from three runs down in the seventh to pick up the win.

Hapworth had four hits and four RBI in the second game.

Austin Berry hit a three-run homer in the second game for Rhode Island College (12-12, 1-5).

MAINE SWEEPS MANHATTAN: Jeremy Pena had seven RBI on six hits and scored three times as the Black Bears (12-17) swept Manhattan (9-23), 18-13 and 10-6, in Orono.

Caleb Kerbs added five RBI and three runs scored for Maine. Tyler Schwanz contributed three RBI and five runs, and Christopher Bec had four RBI and four runs.

The Black Bears set the tone early, taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the opener behind a two-run double by Hernen Sardinas.

Schwanz singled home Bec to break a 3-3 tie in the third inning of the second game and came around to score on Brandon Vicens’ base hit. Pena tripled home two runs in the fourth.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS TRINITY: Ben Suski’s homer to right-center in the bottom of the 12th lifted the Polar Bears (10-12, 3-3 NESCAC) to an 11-10 victory in the second game of a doubleheader and a sweep of Trinity (12-12, 3-6) in Brunswick.

Sawyer Billings scored three times and drove home a run on three hits to lead Bowdoin to an 8-4 victory in the first game.

Sean Mullaney and Connor Lee scored on Ejazz Jiu’s single as Bowdoin tied it in the ninth.

In the first game, Jack Wilhoite and Mullaney each had three hits, two runs and an RBI as the Polar Bears jumped out to an 8-0 lead.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ALBERTUS MAGNUS: Chris Gerossie hit a three-run homer as part of a eight-run fifth inning as the Monks (20-4, 6-0 GNAC) beat the Falcons (8-16, 3-5) 16-1 to complete a sweep of a doubleheader in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ben Gravel and Jacob White each drove in two runs in Game 2.

The Monks also took the first game, 8-4. Adam Twitchell went 2 for 5 and scored three runs.

COLBY SPLITS WITH TUFTS: Andrew Della Volpe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and eventually scored on an error as the Mules (6-16, 2-7 NESCAC) took advantage of miscues by Tufts (18-3-1, 4-2), breaking a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville.

Tufts, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III, won the second game, 12-3.

In the first game, Ryder Arsenault started the winning rally with a walk. Matt Garcia was hit by a pitch and Matt Mitchell reached on an error. Della Volpe was hit by a pitch to drive home the winning run before Garcia and Della Volpe scored on separate errors.

Men’s lacrosse

SOUTHERN MAINE 9, UMASS-DARTMOUTH 8: Keegan Smith scored with 32 seconds left in overtime to lift the Huskies (5-6, 2-1 Little East) over the Corsairs (3-8, 0-3) in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Smith led Southern Maine with four goals. Drew Shane scored with 2:48 left in regulation to tie it for the Huskies.

WILLIAM 16, COLBY 10: The Ephs (7-5, 4-4 NESCAC) led 11-4 at the half and defeated the Mules (2-9, 1-6) in Waterville.

Michael Fahey led Williams with five goals, while Kevin Stump added four. Colton Michel, C.J. Hassan and Don Vivian each scored twice for Colby.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 23, MAINE MARITIME 3: The Nor’easters (10-4) led 15-2 at halftime and cruised to a victory over the Mariners (2-8) in Biddeford.

Dan Auger scored just eight seconds into the match and added another goal five minutes into the first quarter to put UNE ahead 5-0.

Donovan Connor led the Nor’easters with four goals. Dean Samuelson scored twice for Maine Maritime.

ST. JOSEPH’S 18, ANNA MARIA 8: The Monks (4-7, 2-3 GNAC) outscored the Amcats (2-10, 0-4) 12-4 in the second half on their way to a victory in Portland.

Michael Finn led St. Joseph’s with seven goals, all in the second half. Dan Cunningham added three goals.

WESLEYAN 10, BOWDOIN 9: Harry Stanton scored with 8:16 remaining to lift the Cardinals (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (7-5, 5-3) in Brunswick.

Shawn Daly, Matthew Crowell and Daniel Buckman each scored twice for Bowdoin.

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Maine women’s college roundup: Black Bears win twice in softball Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:07:22 +0000 ORONO — Faythe Goins hit a walk-off single in the first game and Maddie Decker added a walk-off single in the second Saturday as the University of Maine swept Stony Brook in an America East softball doubleheader, 4-3 and 3-2.

In the opener, Irene Rivera put Stony Brook (9-20, 5-4) up 3-0 in the first inning with a three-run homer. Maine scored three runs in the fifth to tie it.

Rachel Carson led Maine (11-8, 6-1) with three hits.

In the second game, Alyssa Derrick led Maine with four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning.

Erin Bogdanovich (3-8) won the first game, allowing seven hits and striking out five. Molly Flowers (4-7) won the second game, allowing six hits with 10 strikeouts over eight innings.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS COLBY: Marissa O’Toole homered in the eighth inning for a 2-1 victory in the first game, and Caroline Rice drove home all three runs in a 3-0 win in the second as Bowdoin (20-6, 5-1 NESCAC) swept the Mules (7-15, 0-6) at Waterville.

In the opener, Emily Griffin scored on a fielder’s choice for the Polar Bears in the fourth before Colby tied it in the bottom of the inning.

Griffin pitched a four-hitter, including a perfect eighth after O’Toole’s one-out homer in the top of the inning put the Polar Bears ahead. Wiley Holton allowed six hits for Colby.

In the second game, Rice singled home Griffin in the first inning, tripled home Allison Rutz in the third and doubled home O’Toole in the fifth.

SOUTHERN MAINE SPLITS WITH WESTERN CONNECTICUT: The Huskies (9-9, 2-1 Little East) scored four runs in the seventh inning to beat the Colonials (10-13, 2-1) 8-4 in the first game at Danbury, Connecticut.

Brooke Cross led Southern Maine with three hits, including a two-run single to put the Huskies ahead, 6-4.

Alexis Brown (3-2) picked up the win, allowing an unearned run, walking one and striking out three in two innings of relief.

Western Connecticut won the second game 8-0 in five innings.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC SWEEPS COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH’S: SMCC (6-3) led 7-2 after four innings and held on to win 7-6 over the College of St. Joseph (1-9) in the first game at Rutland, Vermont, then capitalized on four errors to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the second game, 8-4.

In the opener, Kahli Philibotte had two hits for SMCC, incliding a two-run homer in the third inning.

In the second game, Elle Burbank led SMCC with three hits and scored two runs.

Kristin Mackenzie (2-1) won the first game and Sarah Guimond (4-2) captured the second.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH SUFFOLK: Melodie Bailey singled home Carla Tripp in the seventh inning to give the Monks (9-11, 5-3 Great Northeast Athletic) a 4-3 victory and a split with Suffolk (12-12, 4-4) at Standish.

In the opener, Jill Pulek had three hits, two RBI and a run to lead the Rams to a 4-0 win.

In the second game, the Monks took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jennifer Murphy singled home Libby Pomerleau and Mariah Harrison doubled home Joelle Casey. The teams traded runs in the sixth before Suffolk tied it in the top of the seventh.


WESLEYAN 14, BOWDOIN 7: Meredith Smith and Rachel Aronow each scored twice to push the Cardinals (9-4, 5-3 NESCAC) to a 6-1 halftime lead over Bowdoin (9-4, 5-4) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Smith added two early second-half goals as Wesleyan pulled away.

COLBY 15, WILLIAMS 12: Sasha Fritts scored seven goals and the Mules (10-3, 7-2 NESCAC) used a late run to defeat the Ephs (4-9, 1-8) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Trailing 11-10 with 14:40 remaining, Colby scored five consecutive goals over the next nine minutes. Colby converted on 15 of 17 shots on goal for the game.

ST. JOSEPH’S 13, SIMMONS 10: Elyse Caiazzo and Jackie Wilson each had four goals and an assist as St. Joseph’s (7-2, 4-0 Great Northeast Athletic) defeated the Sharks (5-8, 2-3) at Boston.

Kayla Kelly added two goals and an assist, and Kara Kelly had two assists and a goal for the Monks, with Samantha Medlin and Micary Verville also scoring. Elena Bragg and Kasey Fries scored three times each for Simmons.

SOUTHERN MAINE 17, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 3: The Huskies (7-4, 1-2 Little East) took a 5-0 lead after eight minutes and defeated the Anchormen (2-7, 0-2) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Aliza Jordan led USM with five goals and two assists. Lauren Lessard scored three times.

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