STANDISH — Taylor Owen singled home Lydia Goodnough in the bottom of the ninth inning as St. Joseph’s beat Rivier 4-3 Tuesday in the first round of the GNAC softball tournament.

Goodnough had three hits and Paige Connery had two hits for the Monks (18-16), who will play Johnson & Wales in New Haven, Connecticut, on Thursday in the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The Monks went ahead 3-1 with three runs in the fifth on an infield single by Ashley Emery and a two-run double by Rebecca Fleming before Rivier (13-25) rallied for runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie it.

Meredith Pence struck out nine, and allowed nine hits and two walks for the complete-game victory.


SOUTHERN MAINE 18, EASTERN CONNECTICUT 3: The fourth-seeded Huskies (11-6) opened with four straight goals on their way to a 5-1 lead after one quarter and pulled away, easily beating the fifth-seeded Warriors (8-8) in a Little East Conference quarterfinal at Gorham.


Rachel Shanks had six goals to pace Southern Maine. Kate Colvin scored four and Jillian Nichols added three.

The Huskies next face top-seeded Western Connecticut in a semi at 5 p.m. Thursday at Danbury, Connecticut.

ST. JOSEPH’S 12, EMMANUEL 7: Meagan Mourmouras and Bridget Collins had two goals apiece to power a 5-0 first quarter as the top-seeded Monks (19-0) defeated the fifth-seeded Saints (10-8) in a GNAC semifinal at Standish.

Both finished with four goals for St. Joseph’s, and Lydia Dexter added three goals and an assist.

Chandra Franca led Emmanuel with three goals.

The Monks will host third-seeded Johnson and Wales in a GNAC championship game on Saturday afternoon.



SOUTHERN MAINE 14, PLYMOUTH STATE 2: Jason Komulainen had three hits with seven RBI as the Huskies ((21-16) handled the Panthers (14-22) in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Komulainen hit an RBI double during a four-run third inning, a two-run double in the fourth and a grand slam in a six-run sixth. The Huskies scored their other two runs in the sixth on consecutive bases-loaded walks, and added a pair of runs in the seventh on back-to-back fielder’s choices.

Tom Vesosky had three hits and scored three runs for the Huskies.

Starter Clay Robbins (2-4) allowed two runs and four hits, walked none and struck out five. Lucas Francis pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and striking out one.

COLBY 5, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 0: Matthew Panker went 2 for 3 with a double to lead the Mules (21-11) over the Pilgrims (22-14) in a regular-season finale at Waterville.


Marcus Forrester and Cole Palmeri drove in two runs apiece for Colby.

Starter Michadel Ciaccio threw six shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out a pair.

BOWDOIN 10, ST. JOSEPH’S 5: Ben McKenzie lined an RBI double to left-center to drive in Chris Dirks and break a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth as the  Polar Bears (16-17) downed the Monks (28-12) in season finale at Standish.

McKenzie went 3 for 5 to lead Bowdoin, and Dirks, Bobby Pearl and Aidan Carey all had multiple-hit games.

Cliff Ward was 5 for 5,s coring three times to lead St. Joseph’s.



GEORGETOWN: Akok Akok is transferring to Georgetown from UConn, the latest in a series of additions and subtractions for Coach Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas after the worst men’s basketball season in Big East history.

The team went 6-25 last season, including 0-19 in conference play, and ended on a 21-game losing streak.

Ewing, who has led the Hoyas to one season above .500 during his five in the job, received a public show of support from Athletic Director Lee Reed on March 2.

Akok is a 6-foot-9 forward who was born in Egypt and moved to New Hampshire. He spent the past three years at UConn and averaged 3.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23 games last season, including seven starts.

Other transfers added to Georgetown’s roster ahead of next season include Brandon Murray from LSU, Jay Heath from Arizona State and Primo Spears from Duquesne.

Six Georgetown players have entered the NCAA transfer portal this spring: Don Carey, Collin Holloway, Kobe Clark, Timothy Ighoefe, Tyler Beard and Jalin Billingsley. Leading scorer Aminu Mohammed will test the NBA draft waters.

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