HARTFORD, Conn. — John McGinnis scored 38 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Bowdoin men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over Amherst in the NESCAC title game on Sunday afternoon.

The fifth-seeded Polar Bears are the first NESCAC champions to repeat since Middlebury in 2008. Bowdoin (17-8-2) also gained an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Danny Palumbo and Kyle Lockwood also scored for Bowdoin. Max Fenkell made 38 saves.

Elliot Bostrom and Brian Safstrom scored for Amherst (16-8-3).


WILLIAMS 4, BOWDOIN 1: Hannah Beattie scored 34 seconds into the game as the Ephs (15-9-3) won their first NESCAC title.


Ariana Bourque scored the lone goal for Bowdoin (13-11-3).


MAINE 5, SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 4: Steven Adam lined a two-run single in the top of the eighth to lead the Black Bears (4-10) over the Jackrabbits (8-6) at the Snowbird Invitational in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Maine entered the inning trailing 4-1. An RBI double by Brian Doran and an error brought the Black Bears to within one, setting up the go-ahead hit.

Logan Fullmer earned the win with 22/3 innings of scoreless relief. Charlie Butler got the save.

USM 8, OLD WESTBURY 2: Chris Bernard did double duty to lead the Huskies over the Panthers (0-8) in Southern Maine’s season opener at Yaphank, N.Y.


Bernard got the start, going four innings and striking out five. At the plate, he went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI. Shyler Scates pitched three shutout innings to get the win.

USM 14, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 1: The Huskies scored four runs in the first inning and cruised past the Golden Bears (0-1) for their second win.

Paul McDonough was 3 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored, and Nick DiBiase and Troy Thibodeau both were 3 for 3 with two runs.

Tyler Leavitt went five innings, striking out six for his first win.

WHEATON SWEEPS ST. JOSEPH’S: Tyler Contillo hit a three-run double in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Lyons (4-0) to a 5-2 win over the Monks (4-2) in the opener of a doubleheader at Auburndale, Fla.

In the late game, Michael Bruemmel threw five perfect innings as Wheaton won 3-1.

Alex Valenti went six innings for St. Joseph’s, allowing two earned runs while fanning six.


MAINE 4, SETON HALL 1: Hannah Hill threw a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out seven, to lead the Black Bears (4-5) over the Pirates (4-16) at Clearwater, Fla.

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