College Roundup: New England College wins first men's hoop regular-season title
February 18. 2018 12:29AM
The New England College men's basketball team made program history by defeating Lyndon State College, 114-83, on Saturday in Lyndonville, Vt.
The Pilgrims secured their first-ever North Atlantic Conference regular-season title and tied the program record for wins (19) in a season with the victory. New England College (19-6, 15-3 NAC) will receive a first-round bye and then make its first-ever appearance in the conference semifinals.
Ricky Leonard recorded a game-high 36 points and Calvin Cheek added a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists for the Pilgrims.
Zach Knowlton, a senior from Franconia, tallied six points and an assist for Lyndon State.
Dartmouth 66, Brown 63: In Hanover, freshman Chris Knight recorded a season-high 18 points, including eight of Dartmouth's final 10 points, to lift the Big Green (6-17, 2-8 Ivy) to the home win. Teammates Taylor Johnson and Miles Wright each chipped in 15 points.
SNHU 96, Franklin Pierce 66: In Manchester, the Penmen clinched a Northeast-10 Conference postseason berth behind a game-high 27-point output from senior Chris Walters. Ryogo Sumino and Eamonn Joyce both logged 19 points for SNHU 14-11, 10-10 NE-10). Doyin Fadojutimi led Franklin Pierce (14-11, 9-11 NE-10) in scoring with 22 points.
St. Michael's 76, St. Anselm 74 (OT): In Colchester, Vt., a pair of Levi Holmes III free throws with three seconds left in overtime were the difference. Tim Guers scored a game-high 25 points while Cody Ball, of Londonderry, and Chris Paul chipped in 13 points each for St. Anselm (19-7, 14-6 NE-10).
Rhode Island College 97, Plymouth State 91: In Plymouth, the Panthers (10-15, 2-12 LEC) could not secure the senior-day victory despite 31-point outputs from both Jaylen Leroy, a sophomore from Manchester, and Mike Osgood, a junior from Nashua.
Keene State 73, UMass Dartmouth 71: In Dartmouth, Mass., the Corsairs had the opportunity to tie the game at 72-72 with four seconds remaining but Brandon Williams missed the second of his two free throws. Ty Nichols scored a team-high 23 points for Keene State (17-8, 11-3 LEC) off the bench. Teammates Dizel Wright and James Anozie added 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Lasell 71, Rivier 69: In Newton, Mass., Lasell took the lead for good on a Scott Arsenault layup with 30 seconds remaining. Tristian Givens scored a team-high 16 points and Tarik Rivers added 13 more for Rivier (2-23, 1-15 GNAC).
SNHU 71, Franklin Pierce 61: In Manchester, SNHU (16-10, 12-8 Northeast-10) received double-digit scoring outputs from four players. The victory, paired with St. Anselm College's win at St. Michael's, locked the Penmen in as the No. 4 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division, earning the Penmen a first-round home playoff game against the Southwest's No. 5 seed on Friday.
Starters Jennifer Shelp and Olivia Conrad recorded 12 and 11 points for the Penmen. Teammates Molly Terry and Brianna Camara added 12 and 10 points off the bench. Mya Mosley recorded a team-high 20 points alongside four assists for Franklin Pierce (4-21, 1-19 Northeast-10).
St. Anselm 75, St. Michael's 72: In Colchester, Vt., St. Anselm held the Purple Knights scoreless over the final 3:56 and pulled ahead, 73-72, with 1:34 remaining on a Peyton Steinman layup. Steinman, a freshman, finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Shannon Ryan logged a game-high 29 points and Ali Glennon, a senior from Bedford, added 21 of her own for the Hawks (17-10, 13-7 NE-10). Casey Evans, a redshirt freshman from Londonderry, grabbed three rebounds off the bench for St. Michael's.
Dartmouth 77, Brown 60: In Providence, R.I., Kate Letkewicz recorded a game-high 28 points alongside eight rebounds for the Big Green (14-9, 6-4 Ivy). Teammate Emily Slagle chipped in 15 points.
Stony Brook 62, UNH 56: In Durham, Stony Brook went ahead, 44-43, on a Shania Johnson layup with 45 seconds left in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead. Brittni Lai (20), Olivia Healy (13) and Carlie Pogue (11) all finished with double-digit scoring outputs for UNH (17-11, 8-7 AEC).
Plymouth State 61, Rhode Island College 51: In Plymouth, the Panthers had a two-point lead after three quarters and outscored Rhode Island College, 20-12, in the final frame.
Cassidy Emerson, a junior from Concord, and Jess Conant recorded a team-high 17 and 16 points, respectively, for Plymouth State (7-18, 3-11 LEC).
The Panthers will enter the Little East Conference tournament as the No. 7 seed and travel to No. 2 seed UMass Boston on Tuesday for a first-round bout.
UMass Dartmouth 75, Keene State 48: In Dartmouth, Mass., Sandi Purcell, a senior from Hudson, and Emily McPadden both recorded a team-high 11 points for the Owls (6-19, 4-10 LEC). Teammates Hien Thach and Jasmin Mitchell each added eight points.
Lyndon State 67, New England College 47: In Lyndonville, Vt., Alissa Mitchell, a sophomore from Milton, registered six points and four assists for Lyndon State. Rene Hudson scored a game-high 23 points for the Pilgrims (14-11, 9-9 NAC).
Regis 69, Rivier 60: In Nashua, Regis took a 43-40 lead with 5:17 left in the third quarter and never looked back. Kaylee Kacavas logged a game-high 24 points alongside seven rebounds for Rivier (3-18, 2-14 GNAC). Lizzy Meehan, a sophomore from Nashua, added 11 points and five assists for the Raiders.
Dartmouth 3, St. Lawrence 1: In Hanover, Dartmouth earned the comeback win by scoring all three of its goals over the final 11:12 of the contest. Collin Rutherford scored both the game-tying and game-winning goal for the Big Green (12-13-2, 10-9-1 ECAC). His game-winning tall came with 58.3 seconds left in the third period. Teammate Quin Foreman added an empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left. Dartmouth netminder Devin Buffalo made 18 saves.
St. Michael's 6, Franklin Pierce 3: In South Burlington, Vt., the score was tied at 3-3 after two periods before St. Michael's erupted for three goals over the final 20 minutes. Niall Foster, a freshman from Newmarket, notched an assist for the Purple Knights. Alex Lester, Jonathan Haun and Matthew Toombs each scored and Austin Christopher made 35 saves for Franklin Pierce (7-19-1, 3-12-1 NE-10).
Plymouth State 7, Framingham State 1: In Framingham, Mass., Ryan Stevens recorded two goals and an assist for Plymouth State (18-4-2, 14-2-1 MASCAC). Chris Zuccaro, a senior from Hudson, also scored and Evan Morelli made 24 saves for the Panthers.
UMass Boston 5, New England College 3: In Boston, the the Beacons scored three times in the third period to earn the New England Hockey Conference quarterfinal win. Adam Zollner, Bryce Nielsen and Joe Osaka each scored for the Pilgrims (12-12-2, 7-11-1 NEHC). Kyle Shapiro made 29 saves for New England College.
Boston University 2, UNH 1: In Durham, Rebecca Leslie scored an even-strength goal in the first period and a power-play goal 9:44 into the third frame to build a 2-0 Terriers lead. Taylor Wenczkowski, a sophomore from Rochester, put UNH on the board with 2:33 left when she scored off assists from Carlee Turner and Carlee Toews. Ava Boutilier made 24 saves for the Wildcats (14-11-7, 9-8-5 Hockey East).
St. Lawrence 5, Dartmouth 0: In Canton, N.Y., No. 8 St. Lawrence scored twice in both the first and second periods and added another goal in the third frame. Junior Christine Honor made 26 saves for Dartmouth (5-19-3, 3-16-3 ECAC), giving her a program-record 818 stops this season.
Franklin Pierce 10, Post 1: In Winchendon, Mass., Franklin Pierce completed its weekend sweep of Post behind a career-high four-goal effort from freshman Marissa Massaro. Nicole Amato contributed two goals and four assists and Madison Murray made 11 saves for the Ravens (14-11-2).
Norwich 10, New England College 0: In Northfield, Vt., Samantha Benoit, a freshman from Bow, recorded a power-play goal and an assist for No. 1 Norwich en route to a New England Hockey Conference tournament quarterfinal victory. Jackie Clark made 33 saves for the Pilgrims (2-22-2, 1-12-1 NEHC).
Dartmouth 13, Canisius 12: In Hanover, senior captain Jack Korzelius scored the game-winning goal with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift the Big Green to the season-opening win. He finished with a team-high three goals. George Christopher and Alex Burnley, a freshman from Amherst, combined for six saves for Dartmouth.
UMass 17, Dartmouth 13: In Amherst, Mass., No. 18 UMass led, 8-7, at halftime and scored seven of the first nine goals in the second half. Junior Elizabeth Mastrio recorded a single-game career-high six goals and sophomore Kiera Vrindten made 11 saves for Dartmouth (0-1).
Harvard 14, UNH 5: In Cambridge, Mass., Anna Vogt, a junior from Stratham, had a hat trick while Catherine Sexton and Teagan Northrup each scored once for UNH (1-1). Kate Clancy and Amanda Gottlieb combined for seven saves for the Wildcats. Marley Jenkins, a junior from North Hampton, recorded three draw controls and two caused turnovers for Harvard.
Friday men's hockey
Merrimack 3, UNH 2: At North Andover, Mass., The Wildcats (10-16-6 overall, 5-12-5 in the league) led 2-0 on goals by Shane Eiserman and Liam Blackburn in the first 9:22 of the game.
Merrimack tied it on markers by Johnathan Kovacevic and Ryan Cook before the period ended. Cook's goal came with one second remaining.
Cole McBride scored the winner at 7:27 of the second period, on the power play.
Bedford's Mike Robinson, a freshman, stopped 31 shots in goal. Craig Pantano made 34 saves for the Warriors.
The Wildcats will now be forced to sweep next weekend's home-and-home series with Northeastern University to even have a shot at earning home ice for the first round of the Hockey East Tournament.
Dartmouth 3, Clarkson 2: In Hanover, Bob Gaudet recorded his 300th win as Dartmouth coach as the Big Green beat No. 7 Clarkson for a season sweep of the Golden Knights.
Charley Michalowski and Cam Strong scored goals in the first 3:16 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Shane Sellar also stayed red-hot with his ninth goal of the season, in the first period, and junior goalie Devin Buffalo stopped 33 shots.
The Big Green hosted St. Lawrence on Saturday at Thompson Arena.