February 11, 2013

Maine Colleges: McNamara's OT buzzer-beater lifts USM

From staff reports

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Erin McNamara scored on a driving layup as time expired in overtime to lift the University of Southern Maine (22-1, 11-1 Little East) to a 56-54 win over Rhode Island College (13-10, 6-6).

Jordan Grant led the Huskies with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rebecca Knight added 15 points and 10 boards.

BOWDOIN 72, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 59: Kaitlin Donahoe scored 20 points, Sarah Binkhorst added 19, and the Polar Bears (13-10, 4-6) clinched a NESCAC tournament berth with a win over the Camels (9-13, 3-6) at New London, Conn.

WESLEYAN 46, COLBY 42: Diana Manduca had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals for the Mules (8-15, 1-8 NESCAC) as they fell to the Cardinals (11-10, 4-6) at Middletown, Conn.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

BOWDOIN 60, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 56: Maximilian Staiger scored 18 points for the Polar Bears (14-9, 5-5 NESCAC), who scored six straight points to break a 54-54 tie and held off the Camels (7-15, 0-9) at New London, Conn., to clinch the fifth seed in the conference tournament.

WESLEYAN 73, COLBY 47: Sasha Brown scored 20 points to pace the Cardinals (12-12, 4-6 NESCAC) against the Mules (6-16, 2-7) at Middletown, Conn.

Chris Hudnut led Colby with 13 points.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 64, USM 46: Conor Sullivan led the Huskies (13-10, 7-5 Little East) with 10 points as they fell to the Anchormen (20-3, 11-1) at Providence, R.I.

MEN'S HOCKEY

BOWDOIN 3, WESLEYAN 3: Robert Toczylowski scored the equalizer for the Polar Bears (17-2-2, 11-2-2 NESCAC) at 1:51 of the third period -- just over a minute after the Cardinals (9-8-4, 5-6-4) took their first lead -- in a tie at Middletown, Conn.

Connor Quinn and Ollie Koo also scored for Bowdoin.

TRINITY 7, COLBY 2: Jackson Brewer had three goals to help the Bantams (12-5-3, 9-3-3 NESCAC) beat the Mules (4-14-3, 2-11-2) at Hartford, Conn.

Cory McGrath and Jack Bartlett scored for Colby.

USM 6, UMASS-BOSTON 3: Troy Thibodeau scored two goals as the Huskies (7-15, 4-11 ECAC East) downed the Beacons (16-4-2, 9-4-2) at Gorham.

BABSON 6, UNE 4: Adam Laite had goal and an assist for the Nor'easters (6-14-1, 4-11 ECAC East), who overcame a 4-0 deficit before falling to the Beavers (12-6-4, 8-5-2) at Biddeford.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

COLBY 3, WESLEYAN 0: Brianne Wheeler stopped 27 shots and Maddie Dewhirst, Jackie Tavella and Megan Fortier scored for the Mules (10-12, 4-10 NESCAC), who clinched a conference tournament berth with a win over the Cardinals (6-15, 2-12) at Waterville.

VERMONT 4, MAINE 1: Brittany Zuback and Emily Walsh combined for two goals and three assists as the Catamounts (8-17-3, 6-8-3 Hockey East) scored four times in the third period to rally past Maine (5-20-3, 2-13-2) at Burlington, Vt. Hailey Browne scored for Maine.

CASTLETON 1, USM 1: Julia Pearl scored midway through the first period and Liz Bergstrom made 22 saves for the Huskies (5-11-6, 4-7-4 ECAC) in a tie at Gorham.

Rachel Bombardier tied it for the Spartans (9-9-4, 6-5-4) with 1:17 left in the second.

SOFTBALL

MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 9, MAINE 3: Kristen Koslosky and Nikki Byron each had two hits for the Black Bears (1-3) in a loss to the Kangaroos (3-1) at Spartanburg, S.C.

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