HARTFORD, Conn. — Megan O’Connor and Taylor Wilson combined for seven goals as Bowdoin beat Middlebury 14-8 on Saturday to advance to the New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse championship game.

Bowdoin (15-2) will play Trinity for the conference title at noon Sunday. The Polar Bears are in the conference final for the first time since 1987.

Bowdoin never trailed and scored five straight goals in the second half to pull away.

Emma Beecher, Lindsay Picard and Clare McLaughlin each had a pair of goals for the Polar Bears. Isabel Sippel stopped 11 shots.


AMHERST 10, BATES 8: Chris Albanese scored four goals as the Lord Jeffs (16-1) beat Bates (10-5) in a NESCAC semifinals at Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Jack Allard scored four goals for Bates, while Conor Henrie added two goals and Charlie Hildebrand had a goal and an assist.

Joe Faria made 20 saves for the Bobcats.


BATES SWEEPS TRINITY: Will Levangie pitched a three-hit shutout, walking only one while striking out nine, and the Bobcats (15-17, 7-5 NESCAC East) clinched a spot in the NESCAC playoffs but sweeping the Bantams by defeated the Bantams (14-19, 4-8) at Lewiston, 3-2 and 3-0.

In the first game, Rockwell Jackson had a two-out single to drive in Jake Shapiro in the ninth inning. Sam Berry was 3 for 5 with an RBI.

In Game 2, Bates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Nate Pajka.

MAINE SPLITS WITH NYIT: Scott Heath went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, five RBI and three runs scored and got the complete-game victory for the Black Bears (19-23) in a 6-2 win over New York Institute of Technology (13-24) in Old Westbury, New York.

Scott Adam went 2 for 2 for Maine with three runs scored.

Four players homered for NYIT in a 10-5 win in the second game.

NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 2, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 1: Tyler Thorgerson pitched a complete game and allowed six hits as the third-seeded Lynx (12-1) eliminated the second-seeded Seawolves (16-14) in the semifinals of the Yankee Small College Conference playoffs in South Portland.

Justin Ciszewski had two singles for Southern Maine CC.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS MIDDLEBURY: The Polar Bears (16-18) took a shut out into the seventh inning of both games to earn a doubleheader sweep against the Panthers (4-22) with 3-2 and 8-2 wins in Brunswick.

The Polar Bears have one game remaining but will finish third in the NESCAC East Division and will miss the playoffs.

Chad Martin drove in two runs with a triple to right field in the first inning of the first game. Erik Jacobsen pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out five to earn the win.

In the second game, Aaron Rosen hit a two-run home run in the third inning and Sam Canales added a two-run single in the fifth for Bowdoin. Harry Ridge struck out five and allowed two hits to earn the win.

COLBY, SOUTHERN MAINE SPLIT: The Mules earned their 20th win of the season with an 11-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader, but the Huskies (26-12) won the second game 6-2 in Waterville.

Colby (20-12) scored five runs in the first inning of the first game. Tommy Forese hit a three-run home run, Tim Corey had an RBI double and Ryder Arsenault smacked an RBI single.

In the second game, Devin Warren had two hits and drove in two runs to lift the Huskies. Andrew Richards struck out seven, walked three and allowed seven hits in a complete game.


MIDDLEBURY 2, BOWDOIN 0: The Panthers eliminated the Polar Bears for the second straight season in the NESCAC tournament at Medford, Massachusetts.

Bowdoin (27-15) left nine runners on base, four of those in scoring position.

Adriane Krul and Claire McCarthy each had a pair of singles for Bowdoin.

Allison Quigley pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win for Middlebury (20-10).

BINGHAMTON 5, MAINE 4: Stephanie Bielec drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Bearcats (20-18, 10-6 America East) past the Black Bears (22-20, 10-7) in Binghamton, New York.

Jessica Burk and Felicia Lennon each had a home run and an RBI double for the Black Bears, who will face Stony Brook on the opening day of the America East tournament, which starts Thursday.

ST. JOSEPH (VT.) 6, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 0: Maggie Miller threw a perfect game as the Saints (11-20) eliminated the Seawolves (11-13) in the first game of the Yankee Small College Conference semifinals at Concord, New Hampshire.

St. Joseph scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and stretched its lead with two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.

ENDICOTT 4, UNE 0: The third-ranked Gulls (18-18) eliminated No. 6 Nor’easters (20-20) from the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Emily Hoffman had two hits for Endicott, including a solo home run in the bottom of the second.

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