NEWTON, Mass. — The St. Joseph’s College softball team got strong pitching in the opener and forced the mercy rule in the second game, sweeping Lasell 3-0 and 13-3 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.

The Monks improved to 7-3, 2-0 GNAC, while the Lasers dropped to 0-12, 0-2.

In the opener, Maddie Kluna scattered three hits over the first four innings, then no-hit the Lasers the rest of the way. Kluna struck out eight and walked none.

Connie Grovo and Theresa Hendrix singled in a run during a three-run fifth.

The Monks scored all their runs over the final three innings to win the second game in six innings.

Kluna hit a two-run double during a six-run fourth and Hendrix hit a two-run homer in the three-run fifth and a two-run triple in the sixth when the Monks tacked on four more.


SOUTHERN MAINE 20, HUSSON 6: Rosie Forster had four goals and the Huskies (3-3) pulled away with a 6-0 run to begin the second half against the Eagles (1-4) at Gorham.

Shelby Turcotte added three goals and Samantha Purcell, Lauren Santo, Jess Gassman, Jacki Kelly and Jenna Cyr finished with two goals apiece.

The Huskies ended the first half with a 4-1 run for a 10-4 lead. Six players scored in the first 14 minutes of the second half for a 16-4 lead.

Purcell also had two assists and Kim Vogel stopped five shots for Southern Maine.

Amanda Mora and Haley Huntington had two goals for the Eagles.

The Huskies dominated shots (35-14), ground balls (31-17) and had 10 fewer turnovers.


BATES 14, ENDICOTT 6: Joan O’Neill and SooHee Yoon had three goals and the Bobcats (3-3) dominated the second half for the win against the Gulls (3-2) at Lewiston.

Leading 4-3 at halftime, the Bobcats scored three straight goals before Endicott got two back. Bates put it out of reach by scoring the next six goals for a 13-5 lead.

Kathy Yannopoulos and Emma Getsinger had two goals for the Bobcats, who outshot the Gulls 26-10.


LASELL 18, ST. JOSEPH’S 5: The Lasers (4-1, 1-0 GNAC) used a first-half rally and seven-goal second half to beat the Monks (2-1, 1-1) at Newton, Mass.

The Monks fell behind 2-0 in the first 3½ minutes, but tied it on goals by Cassie Diplock at 6:08 and Amelia Santos at 9:44.

Lasell then reeled off seven straight and two more before halftime for an 11-5 lead.

Diplock scored twice and Megan Cutter also scored before the break.


COLBY 11, HAMILTON 9: Lindsay McKenna scored three goals, including the winner with nine minutes left, as the Mules (5-0, 2-0 NESCAC) downed the Continentals (2-3, 1-2) at Clermont, Fla.

McKenna has 12 goals and two assists this season while Katharine Eddy had a goal and three assists for 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists.

Kate Pistel, who had two goals, added an insurance goal with 7:12 left and the Mules possessed the ball for the majority of the final minutes.

Lane McVey, Lucy Gerrity, Alex Mintz, Sarah Lux and Claire Donegan also scored.


SALEM STATE 11, ST. JOSEPH’S 4: Nate Arminio had four goals and the Vikings (3-4) shut out the Monks (1-5) in the first half at Salem, Mass.

Ryan Gendreau had two goals in the first half when the Vikings built a 6-0 lead.

The Monks had a decent second half, scoring a pair of goals in each quarter.

Andrew Sullivan broke the scoring drought 3:11 into the third quarter and Paul Dolewa scored with 3:42 left in the period.

John Horgan and Kody Peckham each had a goal in the fourth period.

Christopher Driscoll made 12 saves for the Monks.


WESTERN CONN. 16, COLBY 9: Austin Howard went 3 for 4 with three RBI to lead the Colonials (5-5) over the Mules (3-4) at Fort Myers, Fla.