BOSTON – Boston University announced it will leave the America East Conference and join the Patriot League for the 2013-14 academic year.

The move involves men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving, softball, field hockey, golf and rowing.

The five-time NCAA champion hockey team will remain in Hockey East.

The departure will leave America East with eight schools: Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, Maryland-Baltimore County, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont.


COLBY: Blaise MacDonald was named head coach, replacing interim head coach Stan Moore.

MacDonald, an assistant at the University of Massachusetts last season, headed Division I programs at UMass-Lowell and Niagara, and was an assistant on Boston University’s 1995 national championship team.

MacDonald was College Hockey America’s Coach of the Year in 1999-2000, when Niagara finished 30-8-4. He coach UMass-Lowell for 10 years starting in 2001.


WASHINGTON AND LEE: Christine Clancy of Yarmouth was named head coach at Washington and Lee, a Division III program in Lexington, Va.

Clancy was an assistant under former Southern Maine standout Mandy King last season when the Generals finished 14-13. King was recently named head coach at Kean University of Union, N.J.

Clancy, a 2006 Brandeis graduate, was an assistant at Colby for two seasons prior to being named interim head coach for the 2010-11 season, when the Mules finished 22-6 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.


UCLA 9, STONY BROOK 1: Adam Plutko turned in a third straight strong start and UCLA jumped on College World Series newcomer Stony Brook for five runs in the first inning on its way to a victory at Omaha, Neb.

The Bruins (48-14) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first against Tyler Johnson (12-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in 21/3 innings — his shortest outing of the year. Jeff Gelalich’s bases-loaded single opened the scoring, and Kevin Williams’ two-run double off Jasvir Rakkar in the third made it 7-1.

Pat Cantwell’s homer accounted for Stony Brook’s only run off Plutko (12-3), who allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings.

Plutko has given up three runs and 14 hits in 23 postseason innings.

Stony Brook (52-14), which upset LSU in the super regionals, are the first team from the Northeast to play at the CWS since Maine in 1986.

HOWSER TROPHY: Florida catcher Mike Zunino was named winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year.

Zunino, a two-time All-American, was the No. 3 overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in this year’s draft. He’s batting .322 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI heading into the College World Series.