College Sports Roundup: SNHU sweeps UMass-Lowell nine
SNHU upped its record to 31-13 overall and 12-6 in the NE-10 Northeast Division. The River Hawks are now 26-18 and 7-9 in the division. Zach Goldstein led SNHU with a pair of hits in the opener, Al Stanton was 3-for-4 for the Penmen in the nightcap.
St. Anselm 13/0 Stonehill 6/2: At Easton, Mass., sophomore Joe Morin (Salem) drove in a career-high four runs as Saint Anselm prevailed in 10 innings in the first game of a doubleheader. The Hawks move to 17-26-1 on the season, including 12-14 in Northeast-10 play and 6-12 within the Northeast Division.
Franklin Pierce 4, Merrimack 1: At North Andover, Mass., a four-run top of the first and an 11-strikeout, five-hit complete game from junior right-hander Trevor Graham paved the way for Franklin Pierce. The Ravens improved to 28-13 (18-4 Northeast-10, 11-4 Northeast Division).
Graham, who has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last six starts, used 131 pitches to fire his first nine-inning complete game of the season and improve his record to 7-1.
USM 4/15, Keene State 1/1: At Gorham, Maine, No. 11-ranked Southern Maine snapped the Owls' seven-game winning streak. Keene State fell to 18-18 overall and 7-5 in the Little East. USM improved to 27-6 and 9-1. Senior Greg Bates of Salem had three of Keene State's six hits in the opener.
Junior Logan Carmen of Newfields picked up the first-game win for USM, improving his record to 8-0. He gave up one run on six hits while fanning five and walking four.
UMass-Boston 12/1, Plymouth State 0/0: At Boston, sophomore lefties Kyle Szatrowski and Patrick Austin tossed a pair of two-hit shutouts as the Panthers slipped to 17-18 overall and 3-9 in the Little East.
PSU managed four singles on the day, one each by Dave Hall and Dave Tammaro in the first game, and Brandon Cox (Nashua) and Dan Armstrong (Danville) in the second.
NEC 3/3, Husson 2/12: At Henniker, New England College moved its record to 6-21 overall and 5-17 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) with this doubleheader split. Manchester's Chris Wallace allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out five in NEC's 3-2 victory.
SNHU 4/7 UMass-Lowell 3/4: At Manchester, this doubleheader sweep allowed Southern New Hampshire to claim first place in the Northeast Division and earn the right to host the Northeast-10 Championship. The Penmen improved to 29-14 overall and 16-5 in the NE-10. The River Hawks are now 26-20, and 15-5 in the conference.
Ali Maloof earned her 16th win in the opener. She struck out 11 and allowed three runs on seven hits. Cara Daly hit a two-run home run to help SNHU's cause in the second contest. Kate Stanley hit two home runs for SNHU in the doubleheader.
Stonehill 7/2, St. Anselm 1/3: At Goffstown, sophomore Paige Cormier (Rochester) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked none to lead St. Anselm to a win in the nightcap and a split of the doubleheader. St. Anselm is 21-20 overall and 16-12 in the Northeast-10.
Junior Nicole Boucher had a pair of hits for the Hawks in the opener and got them going in the second game with a home run leading off the bottom of the first. Freshman Pattie Turner contributed an RBI single to put the Hawks back on top in the fifth inning.
Dartmouth 1/7, Harvard 4/1: At Hanover, Dartmouth (23-18 overall, 13-5 Ivy League) secured a doubleheader split with six-run victory in the nightcap. Dartmouth's Kristen Rumley struck out 13 in the opener, two shy of the program's single-game record. Morgan McCalmon collected three hits and struck out six in two innings of relief in the second contest.
Plymouth State 10/1, Western Connecticut 7/3: At Plymouth, the Panthers took over the opener with a nine-run fifth inning. Junior Sam Hebert of Manchester and senior Calli DeGrace of Plymouth had two-run singles in the fifth. PSU finished the regular season 24-15 overall and 9-5 in the Little East and moves on to the league tourey.
Junior Nora Galvin of Windham earned the victory for PSU, allowing just one earned run on four hits in six innings, striking out six.
Franklin Pierce 5/0, Merrimack 1/8: At North Andover, Mass., freshman Tricia Hansen allowed two hits and struck out eight to lead the Ravens to the win in the opener. Franklin Pierce is 9-29 overall and 6-22 in the Northeast-10 and Merrimack is 19-22-1 and 12-11-1.
Keene State 2/6 Eastern Conn. 1/10: At Mansfield, Conn., freshman Mariah Crisp (Greenland) scattered four hits and fanned seven to help Keene State split a doubleheader. The Owls, who completed the regular season with a 21-14 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the LEC, will be the fourth seed in the LEC tournament, which begins on Thursday.
UNH 6, UMBC 5: At Baltimore, sophomore Kayleigh Hinkle scored on a low shot with 33 seconds left to lift the Wildcats to a comeback win and clinch a spot in the America East playoffs. The Wildcats trailed 5-1 at halftime and led for the first time on Hinkle's goal.
UNH, 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the league, is the No. 3 for the tournament and plays No. 2 Albany, 11-4 and 5-1, in a semifinal at Stony Brook on Friday night at 7. No. 1 Stony Brook and No. 4 Vermont play in the other semifinal.
Keene State 16, Western Connecticut 7: At Danbury, Conn., freshman Kaitlin Nolan scored five goals and junior Eliza Witherbee added three to lead the Owls to their eighth win in their last nine games.
SNHU 20, AIC 11: At Springfield, Mass., Ellie Morin scored five goals and added three assists and the Penmen wrapped up the season with a 7-10 overall record and 6-6 mark in the Northeast-10. Morin finished with 48 goals and 18 assists for 66 points.
Ambra Maymon had goals and a pair of assists for Southern New Hampshire and Emily King and Alexa Allen each had three goals. Phoebe Clark (Concord) and Lindsay Bucknam (Bow) each scored twice and Jenna Crupi (Albany) and Lauryn Wheeler (Bow) each had a goal. Maria Ploof made nine saves for the win.
St. Anselm 18, So. Connecticut 6: At New Haven, Conn. on Friday night, sophomore Marissa Daly scored four goals and had an assist and the Hawks qualified for the Northeast-10 tournament for the first time since 2006. Sophomore goalie Allee Ramzi had eight saves. St. Anselm improved to 10-6 overall and 7-5 in the league and hit double figures in wins for the first time in program history.
No. 6 seed St. Anselm plays a first-round game at No. 3 Stonehill on Wednesday at 1.
UMass-Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6: At No. Dartmouth, Mass., the Corsairs outscored the Panthers 8-2 in the last 23 minutes to come from behind. PSU dropped to 8-4 and 4-3 in the Little East. The teams finished the season tied for third place in the LEC, but the Corsairs earned the third seed for the league tournament with the win.
SNHU 15, AIC 7: At Springfield, Mass., Southern New Hampshire clinched the No. 5 seed for the Northeast-10 Championship and will travel to fourth-seeded Saint Michael's for a first-round game on Friday.
Four players recorded multiple goals in the win for the Penmen. Rob Murray and Corey Allen each scored four goals. Cameron Joyce and John Cuozzo scored three apiece.
Franklin Pierce 12, Pace 10: At Pleasantville, N.Y., freshman Luke McDermott scored four goals and junior Bryan Bourque (Goffstown) added three to help the Ravens finish the season at 5-8 overall and 4-7 in the Northeast-10. Franklin Pierce scored five of the final six goals. Sophomore goalie Don Denman (Exeter) made 20 saves for the win.
Keene State 19, Western Conn. 5: At Danbury, Conn., Keene State finished the regular season unbeaten (7-0) in the Little East Conference. The Owls will be the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and receive a first-round bye.
Rivier 3, Juniata 0: At Rochester, N.Y, No. 15-ranked Rivier University started fast and took out No. 8 Juniata by scores of 28-26, 25-20, 25-23 in an NCAA Div. III quarterfinal match on Friday night. Rivier advanced to the semifinals and faced No. 1 Nazareth College on Saturday night.