Caleb Manuel of Topsham qualified for the NCAA Division I golf championship Wednesday by winning a playoff after he tied for the individual title at the Big East championship in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Manuel, a sophomore at UConn, closed with a 1-under 71 for a three-day score of 11-under 205. He took a six-stroke lead into the final round but wound up in a tie for first with Seton Hall’s Gregor Tait, who shot a 65.

Manuel opened with a 68 on Monday, then shot a 66 on Tuesday.

UConn finished third in the team competition behind Seton Hall and Marquette.

The NCAA championship is scheduled for May 27 through June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.



MAINE 7, MERRIMACK 5: Quinn McDaniel went 3 for 5 and hit an RBI single during a six-run fifth inning that carried the Black Bears (20-14) past the Warriors (10-25-1) in North Andover, Massachusetts, for their 10th straight victory.

Maine was aided by five walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches during its big inning. Ryan Turenne, Connor Goodman and Jake Marquez drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to give the Black Bears a 7-0 lead.

Nine Maine pitchers combined on a seven-hitter, though they issued a total of 11 walks.


COLBY 22, BATES 8: Jack Goller and Jack Rickards each had four goals and one assist as the Mules (5-7, 2-7 NESCAC) topped the Bobcats (1-11, 1-8) in Waterville.

Max Solmssen chipped in three goals and an assist for Colby. Bret Miller had three goals and Rafa Bru and Noah Froio both scored twice. Will Rickards made 12 saves.


Oliver Allen, Jake Johnson and Will Masterson all scored two goals for Bates. Garrett Fitzsimmons and Spencer Wood combined for 16 saves.

TUFTS 23, BOWDOIN 15: Mac Bredahl had three of his four goals in the first half as the Jumbos (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) flew to a 13-7 halftime lead and dealt the Polar Bears (14-1, 9-1) their first defeat of the season in a finale at Malden, Massachusetts.

Camden Kelleher, Tommy Swank and Jack Boyden each added four goals for Tufts, which received goals from 10 players.

Donal Mullane had five goals and four assists for Bowdoin, Jason Lach tossed in four goals and Patrick Fitzgerald and Will Byrne added two apiece.

CURRY 15, U. OF NEW ENGLAND 6: Tim Sullivan scored eight goals to lift the Colonels (4-11, 1-6 CCC) over the Nor’easters (5-11, 1-6) in Milton, Massachusetts.

Stephen Stackhouse added a goal and two assists for Curry. Sawyer Allen had one goal and one assist and Evan Falandys made 13 saves.


Ryan Hazard’s two goals and one assist led UNE. Andrew Lawrence turned in a goal and three assists. Matt Deyette made 18 saves.


SOUTHERN MAINE 21, R.I. COLLEGE 4: Rachel Shanks had six goals and four assists, leading the Huskies (10-5, 4-2 LEC) to a win over the Anchorwomen (1-9, 0-6) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jennifer Darasz added four goals for USM. Kate Colvin had three goals and one assist and Kiaya Gatchell and Jillian Nichols had two goals and one assist. Lydia Laslavic and Cece Racine combined for 10 saves.

Maddie Kross led RIC with two goals. Shannon O’Connell made 12 saves.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 14, CURRY 12: Morgan Mast scored an unassisted goal with 30 seconds to play in the third quarter to break an 11-11 tie, giving the Nor’easters (3-11, 2-5 Commonwealth Coast) the lead for good as they outlasted the Colonels (2-12, 1-6) in their regular-season finale at Milton, Massachusetts.


Anna Stowell had five goals for UNE, Morgan White had two goals and an assist and seven other players scored.

Sharon Doherty led Curry with four goals, Grayson Goolgasian added three and Maggie Murray chipped in with a pair of goals.

COLBY 18, BATES 5: Annie Eddy powered the Mules (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) with eight goals as they flew out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and handled the host Bobcats (3-10, 1-9) in Lewiston.

Gianna Bruno tossed in five goals and dished out three assists for Colby, and Grace Toner added three goals and a pair of assists.

Dana Swartz had three goals for Bates, and Kate Loughlin chipped in a pair.

TUFTS 11, BOWDOIN 10: Caroline Conaghan finished with five goals, including the go-ahead goal with 2:53 remaining, to help the Jumbos (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC) down the Polar Bears (9-5, 4-5) in Brunswick.


Margie Carden had four goals for Tufts and Ella Lesperance scored twice. Molly Laliberty made nine saves.

Annabelle Gersch led Bowdoin with four goals. Fiona Bundy and Sophia Schaefer both added two goals. Sophia Rutman stopped 13 shots.


UMAINE SPLITS WITH UMASS LOWELL: The Black Bears (8-32, 4-9 America East) used a six-run top of the sixth, paced by a two-run double from Keely Clark, to take Game 1, 9-4, from the River Hawks (23-15, 7-4) at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Gaby Papushka and Grace McGouldrick had two hits apiece for Maine and both drove in two runs.

Emily Reid went the distance for the Black Bears, allowing four earned runs and striking out four.


The River Hawks scored nine runs in the bottom of the first and took Game 2, 13-7.


SYRACUSE: High-scoring Buffalo guard Dyaisha Fair has transferred to Syracuse, the Orange announced.

A native of Rochester, New York, Fair averaged 23.1 points over the past three seasons for the Bulls of the Mid-American Conference. She finished her junior year fourth in the nation in points per game (23.4).

The move reunites Fair with Syracuse Coach Felisha Legette-Jack, who coached the Bulls for a decade before leaving a month ago to return to her alma mater.

YALE: Dalila Eshe, who helped lead the Princeton women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament as an assistant coach, has been named head coach at Yale.


The former Florida star takes over the program from Allison Guth, who left after six seasons to become coach at Loyola Chicago.


FLORIDA: Florida fired Coach Tony Amato on, changing direction less than one year after giving him a six-year contract to replace beloved program architect Becky Burleigh.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Amato was fired without cause, leaving the Gators on the hook for the remaining five years of a contract that paid him about $225,000 annually. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has confirmed what led to Amato’s dismissal.

Athletic Director Scott Stricklin blamed “a disconnect” between Amato and his athletes as the reason for his dismissal.

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