NH College Sports Roundup: SNHU advances to regional men's soccer final
Senior Christian Rodriguez, of Manchester, scored twice to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Wilmington on Saturday in a second-round NCAA Division II Tournament game at Larkin Field.
The Penmen, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improved to 19-1 with their 19th straight win. They will next face LIU Post, a 6-1 winner over Dowling, in the NCAA East Region final. The date and place of the game are to be determined.
Rodriguez, a Manchester Memorial High grad, scored the final two goals of the afternoon. His first was a low blast with 1:58 remaining in the first half. He added an insurance marker at the 73:28 mark when he intercepted a clearing pass and ripped home a shot from 25 yards that found the upper left corner.
Earlier, in the 37th minute of the contest, Brian Francolini had given SNHU a 1-0 lead with a shot from the right side.
Senior goalie Dom DiMaggio made three saves for the shutout.
SNHU 82, Holy Family 53: Sophomore Rodney Sanders registered 15 points and nine rebounds to lead SNHU past visiting Holy Family. The Penmen improved to 2-1,while the Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season and fell to 3-1 overall.
Sanders finished 7-for-17 from the floor and led three Penmen in double figures. Aleksandar Dobrovic totaled 12 points and eight rebounds, while Elijah Bonsignore contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
Westfield State 69, Plymouth State 60: Grant Cooper had team-highs of 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Westfield State past PSU in the Rick Martin/Holiday Inn Express Men's Basketball Classic.
Freshman guard Curtis Arsenault, of Berlin,scored a game-high 20 points for the Panthers.
Northeastern 70, UNH 50: Junior guard Ariel Gaston scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the losing cause for the visiting Wildcats (2-1). Senior guard Kelsey Hogan, of Nashua, scored nine points for UNH.
Duke 6, UNH 1: The fifth-ranked Blue Devils topped the 16th-ranked Wildcats in a first-round NCAA game on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Hopkinton's Hannah Richard scored the lone goal for UNH (15-7).
Quinnipiac 2, UNH 1: Freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes recorded a career-high 27 saves but the Wildcats were beaten at No. 7 Quinnipiac.
UNH's overall record dropped to 6-6-2 while QU, which entered the game with a 0-8-1 all-time record against New Hampshire, extended its unbeaten streak to seven games to improve to 10-1-3.
Arielle O'Neill scored UNH's goal.
Plymouth State 1, New England College 0: Freshman Shannon Hickey scored the only goal of the game late in the second period Saturday as PSU skated past NEC in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink. Senior goalie Ali Ponte made 34 saves for PSU to post her second career shutout.
NEC 2, Castleton State 1: Kyle Manlow converted a penalty shot in the third period, lifting the Pilgrims past the visiting Castleton State. NEC improved to 4-1-0 overall, 3-1-0 in the ECAC East.
Men's cross country
The Dartmouth men finished fifth and the UNH men took 12th in Friday's NCAA Division I Northeast Regional meet at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, N.Y. Dartmouth's Will Geoghegan placed fifth, in 30:22 over the 10K course, and John Bleday took eighth, in 30:26. The Wildcats' top finisher was John Prizzi (50th, 31:24). Former Manchester Central stars Zach Chabot (88th, 32:07) and Sam Gagnon (95th, 32:13) also fared well for the Wildcats.
Women's cross country
Abbey D'Agostino's amazing string of success continued on Friday in the Northeast Regional meet at Van Cortland Park. D'Agostino, a Dartmouth College senior, won the meet for a third straight time, in 19:48, 11 seconds faster than runnerup Emily Sisson of Providence College.
D'Agostino has yet to lose a race this fall. Her effort helped the Big Green to second place (84 points, behind Providence's 44) and a spot in next weekend's NCAA's at Indiana State. UNH took ninth, with 250 points.
Placing 24th was Heidi Caldwell of Hanover, a junior at Brown.