ORONO — The University of Maine scored three unanswered in the third period to rally for a 4-2 win over Merrimack in a women’s hockey game at Alfond Arena.

Jennifer Costa tied the game 1:38 into the third period for the Black Bears (9-13-1, 7-8-1 Hockey East). Celine Tedebny followed with her second goal of the game less than two minutes later to give Maine the lead before Courtney Colarullo added an insurance goal with 3:45 left.

Loryn Porter made 24 saves for the Black Bears. Emma Gorski had 20 saves for the Warriors (5-17-1, 4-13-1).

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, CURRY 2: Carolyn Curley scored two goals to lift the Nor’easters (4-9-1, 4-5-1 Commonwealth Coast) over the Colonels (3-12, 1-8) in Biddeford.

Bella Crugnale and Meghan Hamilton also scored for UNE. Delanie Corcoran stopped 23 shots.

Rowan Nasty and Ali Olorenshaw each had a goal for Curry, while Anna Langton made 40 saves.


SOUTHERN MAINE 2, JOHNSON & WALES 0: Madison Chagnon and Ally Stymiest each scored to lead the Huskies (10-7-0, 7-4-0 LEC) past the Wildcats (7-7-1, 4-4-0) in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Haley McKim made 25 saves for USM in the shutout. Anna Maulson recorded 23 saves for Johnson & Wales.

MIDDLEBURY 3, COLBY 2: The Panthers (12-0-0, 7-0-0 NESCAC) got power-play goals from Cat Appleyard, Madie Leidt and Kylie Quinlan to down the Mules (8-2-0, 4-2-0) in Waterville.

Jillian Mazzocca and Meg Rittenhouse scored for Colby. Nina Prunster turned away 46 shots.

BOWDOIN 2, WILLIAMS 0: Izzi Stoddard and Julia Surgenor each scored as the Polar Bears (9-5-0, 4-5-0 NESCAC) blanked the Ephs (8-5-0, 4-5-0) in Brunswick.

Bowdoin’s Chloe Hieting recorded 21 saves to earn the shutout. Dani Marquez had 39 saves for Williams.



SOUTHERN MAINE CC 92, GREAT BAY CC 9: Kyla Greenleaf and Maddy York scored 18 points each as the SeaWolves (13-2, 8-1 YSCC) cruised past the Herons (1-10, 0-9) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Allexius Theberge added 14 points and Tara Flanders scored nine.


COLBY 2, WILLIAMS 1: Michael Morrissey scored with 1:40 left in regulation to give the Mules (8-3-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) a win over the Ephs (7-6-0, 7-3-0) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Jack Sullivan scored for Colby and assisted on Morrissey’s go-ahead goal. Andy Beran made 31 saves.


Connor Tobin scored for Williams in the first period. Evan Ruschil made 24 saves.


PITTSBURGH: The Panthers hired Frank Cignetti as the team’s offensive coordinator, more than 30 years after he began his coaching career at the school as a graduate assistant and a decade removed from a brief stint as offensive coordinator under former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt.

The school made the announcement on Friday. Cignetti, 56, replaces Mark Whipple, who left to take the same position at Nebraska.

The well-traveled Cignetti broke into coaching at Pitt in 1989. He’s spent the last 32 years in coaching at both the college and professional levels. Cignetti has worked for six different NFL teams and six Football Bowl Division programs. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Boston College in 2020 and 2021.

LSU: New Coach Brian Kelly has completed the addition of eight transfer players to the Tigers’ 2022 roster, including defensive backs Greg Brooks and Joe Foucha, who both started at Arkansas. The transfers also include two starters from Louisiana-Lafayette’s Sun Belt Conference championship team: defensive back Mekhi Garner and receiver Kyren Lacy.


Tre’mond Shorts, a four-year starter at East Tennessee State and an FCS All-American, joins LSU’s offensive line as a graduate transfer. Former Virginia linebacker West Weeks, Notre Dame punter Jay Bramblett and East Carolina long snapper Slade Roy round out the recently completed additions from the transfer portal.


CREIGHTON: Coach Greg McDermott tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be with the Bluejays when they play DePaul on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. The school’s athletic department made the announcement Friday. A spokesman said McDermott, who has had two vaccinations and a booster shot, is experiencing mild symptoms.

The Bluejays (11-5, 3-2) have had three Big East games postponed because of COVID-19 issues in the opponent’s program. Two have been rescheduled for February.

McDermott, 57, missed Monday’s practice and part of Tuesday’s for what was described as a “minor medical procedure.” He was on the bench of the Bluejays’ 87-64 home win over St. John’s on Wednesday.

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