CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime won a pair of North Atlantic Conference softball games against Johnson State Saturday. The Mariners won the first game 12-4 and took the second 10-1, both in five innings. Maine Maritime improved to 10-11 overall, 6-4 NAC while the JSC fell to 5-9, 3-5.
The Badgers exploded for four run in the first inning of game one. Singles by Andrea Williams and Samantha Pothier both plated runs while Emily Comins and Emily Himberg drew bases loaded walks to give Johnson State the early lead.
The lead didn’t last long.
Maine Maritime answered with 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning. A Cindy Schultz sacrifice scored Andi Flannery before Leah Jackson launched a three-run homer to left field to even the game at 4-4. Abby Yeo‘s double scored Erica Taylor, Flannery’s triple plated both Yeo and Kelsie Hilton and a Sabrina Keach double scored Schultz and Flannery. Taylor and Hilton both added RBI singles to give MMA an 11-4 lead.
Neither team scored in the next four frames before Jackson ended the game with a walk-off solo shot to centerfield.
Keach paced the MMA offense with three hits and 2 RBI while Flannery, Jackson and Yeo each had two hits. Jackson had a game-high 4 RBI. Five JSC players recorded one hit.
Yeo improved to 6-6 from the rubber while Meagan Russ dropped to 0-5.
The Mariners tacked on five runs in the first two innings of game two to take an early 5-0 lead. An error plated Keach and Flannery in the first before Hayley Rae’s triple in the second scored Autumn Jones and Yeo. Rae later scored on a passed ball.
The Badgers scored their lone run on a Samantha Pothier sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Maine Maritime added five runs in the fifth. Keach scored Rae with a single before a Taylor double brought home Keach and Schultz. Jackson scored on a passed ball and Rae stroke an RBI single to score Cassandra LaFontaine.
Taylor improved to 4-5 with the win, scattering five hits, striking out three and walking two, in five innings of work. Andrea Williams took the loss and fell to 4-2.
The Mariners return to the field hosting Lyndon State Sunday at 10 a.m.
Husson sweeps Lyndon State
BANGOR, Maine — Husson softball earned two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) wins against Lyndon State College on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles stand at 15-8-1 on the season and at a perfect 8-0 atop the NAC. Lyndon drops to 6-14 (2-4 NAC).
Game 1: Husson 4, Lyndon State 0
Game 1 was close for the first two innings until Sami Schultz (Hermon, ME) hit one to right center in the bottom of the third, sending Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) and Heidi Shaw (Manchester, ME) home.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs when Melissa Souza (East Bridgewater, MA) hit a double and Schultz hit a single to the left side. Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME) stepped up next to hit a triple to right center and an RBI on Souza’s score. Mortensen closed out the inning by scoring on a wild pitch.
Lyndon State had a hard time getting anything past the Eagles fielders in the first game of the day, as Husson got a 1-2-3 out in both the top of the 6th and the top of the 7th. Jen Lynch (Portland, ME) registered the lone hit for the Hornets.
Eagles pitcher Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) got the win pitching a complete seven innings and giving up only one hit. Hornets pitcher Katie Davis (North Haverhill, NH) gave up 12 hits in the loss.
In game two, Husson started off at a sprint with Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) getting to first off a ball error at third. Then, Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME) hit a single down the right field line and followed it up by stealing second. Shultz showed up and hit a double down the right field line to advance both Sargent and Colpitts home for 2 runs.
In the bottom of the second, Shaw hit a double to right center and Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) hit a single to left, sending Shaw home and adding one more Eagles run to the board.
Lyndon responded in the top of the third when Jillian Emery (Johnson, VT) batted a double to right field and advanced the two runners, Lynch and Jenna Carpenter (Barnet, VT), home.
Husson bit back in the bottom of the fourth when Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) got on first and Souza advanced her to second. Sargent advanced to first on a fielding error and then stole second. K. Merrill hit a double to right center which sent Sargent and Spiers across home. Colpitts closed out the inning by knocking a triple down the right field line, sendng Merrill home and making it 6-2 in favor of Husson.
In the bottom of the fifth Spiers hit a home run, which sent Mortensen home, and Shaw and Souza also scored. Their runs brought the score to 10-2 and ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) pitched for the win, allowing just one earned run. Meghan Gadapee (Littleton, NH) picked up the loss. Spiers, Sargent, and Shaw each scored two runs for Husson in the win, and K. Merrill had five RBIs.
Binghamton sweeps Maine
At Vestal, N.Y., the Bearcats posted an 8-0 decision over the Black Bears on Sunday to sweep the three-game series.
Binghamton broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the second powered by a three-run homer from Caytlin Friis, a two RBI double from Tiffany McIntosh.
On Saturday, Taylor Chaffee’s grand slam highlighted an eight-run second inning that carried the Bearcats to an 11-2 victory over the Black Bears in the first game of a doubleheader, then Binghamton shut out UMaine 5-0 in the second game.
In Sunday’s game, The University of Maine softball squad (6-32, 2-7 America East) dropped an 8-0 decision in six innings in the finale of the weekend series at Binghamton (18-11, 8-1 AE). Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) and Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) each recorded a hit for the Black Bears.
The Bearcats added a single run in the bottom of the sixth to give them an eight run lead, ending the game with the run rule limit.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up the loss for Maine after going 1 1/3 innings in the circle while giving up five runs, two earned, on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) tossed 2/3 of an inning while giving up two runs on four hits. Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) went 3 2/3 innings in the circle, giving up one run on three hits while fanning four.
In Saturday’s opener, Chaffee also doubled for Binghamton, which also got a home run, two singles and three RBIs from Jessica Bump and a two-run homer from Lisa Cadogan.
Demi Lane allowed four hits and struck out eight.
For UMaine, Jean Stevens drilled a two-run home run to support starter Hill, who lasted only 1 2/3 innings.
In the second game, Rhoda Marstaller pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Bearcats. She struck out six and walked three.
Friis cranked a three-run home run in the sixth to extend a 1-0 lead for the hosts, who also got a run-scoring single from Bump and an RBI single from Jessica Phillips.
Five players posted singles for UMaine to support losing pitcher Spoehr, who surrendered seven hits and walked six in five innings.
UMF sweeps Green Mountain
WATERVILLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington softball team pounded out 29 runs on 25 hits in a doubleheader sweep of North Atlantic Conference foe Green Mountain College, Saturday afternoon at Prescott Field. The Beavers took the first game, 16-0 in five innings, and completed the day with a 13-4 five-inning win in game two.
UMaine-Farmington (7-6, 5-5 NAC) starter Emma Vaillancourt (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) fanned five Green Mountain batters while pitching a five-inning no-hitter against the Eagles to improve to 2-5. Vaillancourt faced 16 batters, losing the perfect game bid by issuing a walk to GMC’s Amber Heath with two outs in the top of the fifth.
Offensively, the Beavers posted eight runs in the first inning of game one, with two-run singles by Hannah Lust (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) and Jillian Withee (Salem Township, Maine/Mt. Abram) and a three-run triple off the bat of Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon).
UMF added a single run in the second and put up seven runs in the third to complete their scoring. Freshman Meryl Bond (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) belted a two-run double to left center, and Barry stroke a double into left center for two more runs.
Barry hit three-quarters of the cycle with a single, a double, and a triple in her four at bats, and finished with five runs batted in and two runs scored. Bond, Lust, and Haley Berry (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) each had two hits and three RBI.
Heather yielded 16 earned runs on 11 hits and nine walks over her four innings in the circle for Green Mountain, striking out one Beaver batter.
In game two, Farmington plated eight runs in the first inning on six hits and two Green Mountain errors. Junior Amy Jones (Augusta, Maine/Cony) doubled twice in the first, including a two-run shot into left field. Emily Soule (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) and Kaitlyn Bartlett (Chesterville, Maine/Mt. Blue) each crushed triples in the first inning.
Bartlett slammed a solo home run to left center field to open the Farmington second, as the Beavers scored three more runs on four hits. Dayle Jordan (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic) pushed UMF’s second run across on a sac fly to center, and Devin Fitzgerald (Casco, Maine/Lake Region) doubled through the right side for the Beavers’ third run of the frame.
Green Mountain posted single runs in the first and third, with Hayley Provost lacing a single into right center for the RBI in the third. The Eagles put up two unearned runs in the top of the fifth, thanks largely to two Farmington errors.
Farmington starter Anna Piggott (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) tossed the five-inning complete game win, allowing just one earned run on three hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Green Mountain’s Chelsea Paul surrendered 13 runs, 10 earned, on 14 hits and two walks over her four complete innings in the circle, and took the loss.
Castleton sweeps Thomas
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Terriers were unable to come away with a win in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) softball doubleheader against Castleton on Saturday afternoon. The first contest was 6-0 in the visitors’ favor, while in the final, Castleton held on for a 1-0 victory. Thomas falls to 4-21, 3-9 NAC, while the visiting Spartans improve to 10-16, 7-3 NAC.
Castleton was able to crack the score in the first inning, as Tori Fearon drove in one on a two out double to center. The Spartans would also score one run in both the third and fourth innings to add to their lead. Two runs in the fifth, and another run in the seventh would seal the victory for the visiting squad.
McKayla Gastia (Milford, Mass.) was the lone Terrier to get multiple hits in the game, while Lauren Hachey (Oakland, Maine) and Phyllicia Jordan (Waltham, Maine) accounted for the other hits in the losing effort.
Faith Robinson (Auburn, N.H.) suffered the loss, yielding six earned runs, while striking out three.
Fearon’s sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Brittany Brayman was all that was needed in a 1-0 win for Castleton, in a game that was dominated by both starters.
Both teams’ greatest opportunities to score came in the fifth inning. In the top half, Castleton had a runner on third with one out, while Caylee Fleur looked to easily drive in the run, it was later deemed that Stephanie Sylvester left early from third for the final out. While in the bottom half, Thomas left two runners in scoring position, but Emily Sweeney was able to get Hachey to pop up to the short stop.
Sweeney picked up the victory for the away side, pitching six inning with two strikeouts.
Robinson was charged with the loss despite tossing seven innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out two.
W. Connecticut, USM split
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Jessica Hayden (Madison, Maine) crushed a bases clearing double in the bottom of the fifth inning to bolster a strong pitching performance from senior Jesse Hutchins (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) as the University of Southern Maine Huskies salvaged a split against the Western Connecticut State University Colonials in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Towers Field in Gorham, Maine. Western Connecticut rallied for a nine-inning 8-7 win in the opener, while the Huskies picked up the 3-0 shutout victory in the second game.
With the split, Southern Maine picked up its first Little East Conference victory of the season to improve to 1-3 and 3-21 overall. Western Connecticut is now 9-15 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies’ 3-0 win in the second game is the first win for USM over the Colonials since a 6-5 win in 2011 and just the 14th victory overall in the 51-game series.
With the score knotted up at 0-0 in the midst of a pitcher’s duel, Hayden cranked out her second double of the game with the bases loaded to put the Huskies’ ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Hayden’s double was just inches short of being a grand slam as it hit off of the top of the fence and bounced back into Towers Field.
Needing just six out to secure its first victory in four games, Hutchins retired the Colonials in order in the top of the sixth. The Colonials threatened to rally for the second straight game in the top of the seventh. Hutchins put the first two Colonial batters on base with a hit-by-pitch and a walk, before getting her first out of the inning striking out freshman pinch hitter Alexandra Sabith (Meriden, Conn./Maloney). A single from senior Ashlie Morris (Wolcott, Conn.) loaded the bases for the Colonials, before Hutchins got sophomore Nina Wojkiewicz (Griswold, Conn.) to line out to the shortstop. Hutchins recorded the final out with her eighth strikeout of the game to earn the win.
Hutchins picked up her first win of the season scattering four hits and three walks over seven innings. Freshman Emily Cintorino (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) pitched well in the loss. Cintorino allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over six innings.
In the opener, Western Connecticut rallied from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the Huskies. Down by four runs, Western Connecticut plated three runs (two earned) in the top of the fifth to pull to within a run of USM 6-5. Wojkiewicz had a RBI double to left field in the inning as the Colonials capitalized on two hits and a pair of Huskies’ errors.
The Colonials scored the game-tying run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from freshman Michaela Roche (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and then got a 1-2-3 inning from Sabith including a pair of strikeouts to force extra innings.
After a scoreless eighth, Western Connecticut got two runs in the top of the ninth to grab an 8-6 lead. The Colonials used two hits, an RBI ground out from Roche and a Huskies’ error in the top half of the inning. In the bottom half, the Huskies’ took back a run on an RBI single from sophomore Kristen Duross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), but Western Connecticut bounced back with the final two outs of the inning to seal the win.
Sabith earned the win for the Colonials scattering five hits and four walks over six innings with nine strikeouts. All three runs against her were unearned. USM’s Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) took the loss allowing four earned runs on nine hits and six walks in nine innings. She struck out six.
Hayden led the way for the Huskies with three RBI and two runs scored on a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Senior Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) added two RBI.
Southern Maine returns to action Sunday (12:00 p.m.) hosting UMaine Presque Isle in a non-conference doubleheader. Western Connecticut hosts Keene State in an LEC doubleheader on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
St. Joseph’s earns sweep
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (21-5, 13-3 GNAC) claimed a pair of mercy-rule victories versus Anna Maria College (2-22, 1-12 GNAC) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball action at Richard W. Bailey Field on Saturday afternoon. In the opener, the Monks recorded an 11-0 win in five innings and completed the sweep with a 9-1 victory in six frames in the nightcap.
Saint Joseph’s clicked on all cylinders in the sweep as the Royal Blue rapped 29 total hits – including a program single-game-record nine doubles in the closing contest – in a 20-run offensive outburst. Outstanding pitching was also on display, as senior Kayla Vannah (Waldoboro, Maine) and freshman Erica Boulanger (Somersworth, N.H.) combined to toss a five-inning no-hitter in the first game and junior Rae-Marie Copan (Newton, Mass.) was perfect through three in the latter contest.
The Saint Joseph’s pitching staff held the AMCATS hitless until the fifth inning of the second game, when freshman catcher Samantha Miller (Dudley, Mass.) led off with a single to center off sophomore reliever Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine). Anna Maria proceeded to score their only run of the day later that inning when Miller sprinted home on a Britney Williams (North Chelmsford, Mass.) infield single.
Senior center fielder Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) made history with a single in her first at bat in the second game, as the base knock counted for the 200th hit of her outstanding career. She is just the second player in program history to reach the landmark total and joins former teammate Emily Leverone ’12, who notched 258 career hits over four collegiate seasons, in the exclusive club.
Senior catcher Heather Tripp (Lovell, Maine) paced the SJC offense by going 5-7 with two runs, three doubles, a triple and four RBI in the two contests while junior shortstop Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) was 5-7 with four runs, two doubles, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases in the pair of victories. Shufelt went 4-7 with three runs, an RBI and three steals while junior left fielder Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) was 4-6 with two runs, two doubles and a pair of RBI on the afternoon.
In the circle, Vannah earned the winning decision in the opener after tossing three innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Boulanger fanned a pair in two no-hit frames to cap the truncated no-hitter. Copan struck out four in three perfect games to collect the win and improve to 7-1 on the season and Jordan surrendered a run off three hits and a walk with one K in three innings of mop-up duty.
For the AMCATS, sophomore hurler Nichole Lowe (Saugus, Mass.) took the loss in the opener after yielding seven runs (five earned) off eight hits with two punch-outs in 2.1 innings and freshman Angela Vousboukis (Swampscott, Mass.) allowed four unearned runs off five hits and a free pass in 1.2 innings of relief. Vousboukis suffered the loss in the nightcap after giving up nine runs off 16 hits and three walks in five-plus frames.
Husson wins 1 vs. Castleton
BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University baseball team split with Castleton State College on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans took the first game by a score of 7-4 while the Eagles held on for a 4-2 win in the second game.
On Saturday, the Spartans scored three times in the top of the 11th inning of the nightcap en route to a 5-3 North Atlantic Conference victory and a sweep of the Eagles. Castleton State won the opener 6-2 in eight innings.
In Sunday’s opener, the Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Macyn Clifford singled down the left field line. Clifford advanced to second on a groundout to the pitcher. The following two pitches proved to be crucial as Clifford advanced to third and then home on wild pitches for the first run of the game. Ryan Zielinski picked up two RBI on a single through the left side that scored Cameron Curler from third and Mat Pause from second.
Husson saw a pitching change in the top of the third as Joe Dvilinsky relieved Dennis O’Neil on the mound. Dvilinsky sat down the side; forcing a fly out, a pop out, and a ground out.
The Eagles pushed two across in the bottom of the frame. Andrew Curran led off the inning with a single up the middle. Cody McInnis followed that at bat with a single of his own down the right field line and with Curran off on the pitch, he was able to reach third safely. With runners on the corners, Dylan Foster brought Curran across the dish and advanced McInnis to second with a ground ball to the shortstop, Foster was out on the play. Shawn Smith notched an RBI with a roped single up the middle that brought McInnis around from second.
The next two innings went scoreless before Castleton added four more in the top of the sixth. Cameron Curler singled through the left side scoring Macyn Clifford. Tyler Lord singled through the left side which scored Allen White. With the bases loaded, Ryan Zielinsky hit a slow roller to the third baseman, Curler was out at the plate. A throw to first by the catcher sailed over J.T Whitten’s head which allowed Matt Pause to score from third, Tyler Lord to score from second, and Zielinsky was safe at third.
Dylan Foster singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. The speedy foster would be successful in his steal attempts of second and third. With Foster standing on third, J.T. Whitten picked up an RBI with a deep single to shortstop.
Andrew Curran singled down the left field line to start the inning. Cody McInnis would follow his lead as he hit a single in the same exact spot as Curran did in his previous at bat. Pat Thibodeau reached first on a fielder’s choice, McInnis was out at second and Curran reached third safely. Dylan Foster would also reach on a fielder’s choice on an almost identical ground ball as Thibodeau’s, Thibodeau would be called out at second and Curran scored.
The Eagles tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh as they picked up one run on three hits and left two men on base.
The Eagles had five different pitchers on the mound in game one. Dennis O’Neil went 2.0 innings, allowing three runs and three hits while also walking three batters. Joe Dvilinsky came in for 3.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with one strike out and two walked batters. Casey Estes faced three batters, earning two strikeouts. Jeremy Beers faced two batters while Seth Freudenberger faced three batters, earning two strikeouts.
In game two, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Joe Borowski RBI after a ground ball to the second baseman that scored Ryan Zielinsky from third.
The Eagles responded with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Bishop started off the inning with a single to shortstop. Brandon Gendreau reached first after he was hit by the pitch which allowed Bishop to move over to second. Ben McLain followed with a single down the right field line to load the bases. With one out, Cody McInnis singled up the middle which scored Gendreau from third. With the bases still loaded, Pat Thibodeau came up with a bases clearing triple to left center field, scoring McInnis, Nick Moore, and McLain.
Both teams went through four scoreless innings before the Spartans added a run in the top of seventh inning. Dan Errico drove in Joe Borowski from third with a ground ball out, Errico out at first base.
Dan Whitney got the start for the Eagles on the mound. Whitney went 7.0 innings with a total of 80 pitches thrown, allowing one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts. Whitney sees his record improve to 2-0 on the season.
In Saturday’s second game, Matt McNamee singled, then pinch runner Brian Martin advance on a bunt, took third on Nate Swahn’s single and scored on a wild pitch to provide the eventual game-winner in the 11th.
Swahn and McNamee each added another single, while Tyler Lord logged a double and two singles (RBI) for the Spartans. Reliever Matt Ravey gave up one hit and no runs in two innings to earn the win.
J.T. Whitten paced Husson (12-13, 7-3 NAC) with a single and two RBIs. Ben McLain doubled and Shawn Smith took the loss in relief of Brandon Reilly.
In the opener, Connor Hoagland’s RBI single sparked a four-run eighth inning that lifted the Spartans to victory.
Macyn Clifford provided a two-run single in the inning for Castleton State to back Conner Johnson, who allowed seven hits and two runs through seven innings. Ravey worked a perfect eighth for the save.
Hoagland had another RBI single for the winners, who received a double, single and RBI from Tyler Lord and two singles and an RBI from Ryan Zielinski.
Pat Thibodeau and Cody McInnis each singled twice to lead Husson and Dylan Foster stroked a double with an RBI. Reliever Kyle McLain took the loss in relief of Pat McEwen, who gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings.
Bowdoin 7, Colby 0
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Senior Oliver Van Zant threw the fifth no-hitter in Bowdoin’s 146-year baseball history on Saturday in a 7-0 victory over Colby.
The school’s career strikeout leader, Van Zant allowed just two Mules to reach base – both on clear errors – and struck out 11 batters to earn the victory. It is the just the second nine-inning no-hitter in Bowdoin history, joining Leland Means ’12 no-hit effort against Bates in 1911.
He also joins Paul Clifford ’54 (six innings vs. Maine in 1952), Pat Ryan ’96 (seven innings vs. Colby in 1993) and Ricky Leclerc ’06 (rain-shortened six innings vs. Williams in 2005) as the Polar Bears to have thrown no-no’s.
Winners of five straight games, Bowdoin improves to 14-9 (5-2 NESCAC) with the win while the Mules fall to 7-9 (0-4 NESCAC). The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday in Waterville beginning at noon.
Colby had a runner reach in the fifth when Luke Duncklee’s grounder to short was fielded cleanly by Aaron Rosen, but his in-time throw pulled Luke Regan off the bag at first base. He was immediately erased on a double-play by Nathan Ellis. In the sixth inning, Ben Crocker got to first base when a high chopper fielded by Van Zant was thrown high of the first base bag, accounting for Bowdoin’s second error of the afternoon.
That would be all that Colby could muster as the senior from Westport, Connecticut, got stronger as the game wore on. Van Zant struck out five of the final six batters he faced, including striking out the side in the ninth.
Bowdoin got all the offense it would need in the second inning when Dan Findley doubled down the right field line to bring home Luke Regan. Sam Canales then hit a grounder to first that scored Rosen to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. The Polar Bears put the game out of reach with a four-run fourth inning, keyed by a bases-clearing double from John Lefeber.
Dan Findley went 2-4 with two RBI to lead Bowdoin. Rosen reached base twice and scored both times. Duncan Taylor caught all nine innings behind the plate for the Polar Bears and also collected a hit and a run.
USM Sweeps R.I. College
GORHAM, Maine — Behind strong starting pitching performances from junior southpawLogan Carman (Newfields, N.H./Laurel Springs) and senior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), the nationally ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team swept the Rhode Island College Anchormen 11-3 and 6-1 in a Little East Conference doubleheader at USM Baseball Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies have now won 14 straight, and improve to 20-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Anchormen have lost six straight and drop to 6-21 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Carman pitched a complete game in the opener giving up three runs on nine hits while striking out four and not surrendering a walk. Carman improves to 6-0. Yates went eight solid innings giving up one run on five hits with striking out five to earn his third win of the season against no losses.
RIC senior right-hander Chris Mann (West Warwick, R.I.), who was touched with six runs — five earned — on seven hits while striking out four, was tagged with the loss in game one and drops to 2-2 on the season. Senior right-hander David Hoey (Lincoln, R.I.) went seven innings giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four to take the loss in game two. Hoey drops to 1-3.
Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H.) led Southern Maine at the plate going 4-for-8 on the day with an RBI, three runs scored, and five stolen bases. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) was 3-for-8 with four runs scored and an RBI, and sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) was 4-for-4 in the second game with five RBI, a run scored and the Huskies’ lone home run on the day.
RIC senior Zach Hubbard (Kissimmee, FL/Osceola) led the Anchormen going a 4-for-8 in the two games. Freshman Matt Foley (Seekonk, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in game one, and sophomore Mario Albunia (Jersey City, N.J./Hudson Catholic) went 1-for-3 and scored the Anchormen’s lone run in game two.
In game one, the Anchormen took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Foley and an RBI single from Ortega. The Huskies quickly answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Forest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) started the inning with a single and scored the Huskies’ first run on a triple by White. White’s triple was his sixth of the season, and extends his USM career-leading mark to 24. Junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) then walked, and White scored on a successfully executed double steal with Bernard. Bernard advanced to third and scored, both on wild pitches, to tie the score 3-3.
Southern Maine added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by freshman Sam Dexter(Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee), and added two runs in the fifth before blowing the game open with a four-run seventh inning.
The four-run seventh was highlighted by a two-run double from Dexter and an RBI single from Chadwick. The Huskies added an insurance run in the in the eighth when Grady singled and later scored on an RBI double by Bernard to take the 11-3 lead. Grady’s single extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
After RIC scored its three runs in the first, Carman didn’t allow a runner past second until the eighth, and escaped the fifth with a 1-6-3 double play after an error.
In game two, Glauser had two singles and a triple in addition to his homer as he led Southern Maine at the plate.
After two scoreless innings, RIC took a 1-0 lead in the third. Albunia singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a single through the right side off the bat of Hubbard. Senior Kevin Carey (Wakefield, R.I./South Kingstown) then hit a grounder to first that made Chadwick range to his right and make the play unassisted, allowing Albunia to score from third.
Glauser tied the score, 1-1, in the fifth with a solo home run to left off Hoey. Grady brought Chadwick around on an RBI single in the sixth, and two batters later, Glauser drove in two more runs on a single to left. Grady’s single extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Glauser hit a two-run triple in the eighth to increase the Southern Maine lead to 6-1.
After the Anchormen scored in the third, Yates did not face more than four batters in an inning. Yates was relieved by sophomore right-hander Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine), who sat the Anchormen down in order in the ninth.
Colby-Sawyer 20, Husson 12
BANGOR, Maine — The Colby-Sawyer Chargers (5-7, 3-1 NAC) were too much for the Husson Eagles (3-7, 1-3 NAC) to handle at Boucher Field on Saturday afternoon. Ashley Reis (Stowe, VT) scored five goals for Colby-Sawyer en route to a 20-12 North Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse victory.
The game started off pretty evenly between the teams, as the Chargers went up 2-0 with goals from Laurel Bauer (Bradford, NH) and Sara Berry (Bowdoinham, ME). Husson’s Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, VT) responded with a goal off an assist from Caitlyn Stauffer (Brookfield, CT). The Chargers got two more with goals from Bauer and Reis, and Husson responded again with another Bicknell goal to make it 4-2. The Eagles kept it close until 6-4 when Colby-Sawyer went on a 3-1 run and saw goals from Caitlyn Whearty (Hampstead, NH), Reis, and Bauer. Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, ME) scored one for Husson to bring it to 9-5 at the half.
The Chargers went up 15-7 in the second half before Emily Child (Mexico, ME) responded with a man-up goal and Nicole Connolly (Manchester, NH) scored another in the next minute. Fallon and Stauffer scored two more in response to Carly Baker’s (Beverly, MA) goal for the Chargers to bring it to 16-11. Colby-Sawyer took control to earn the win with goals from Whearty, Reis, and two from Kylie McDonnell (Quechee, VT).
Husson coach Jen Johnstone said of the team’s performance, “we fought hard and kept pace with a very strong program today. We really stepped up in the second half, improved our draw controls, and showed how strong we can be in transition.”
Bauer recorded four goals and an assist on the day for the Chargers, and Berry and Whearty both tallied three goals. Fallon was the high-scorer for the Eagles with three goals and an assist, while Bicknell added two goals and an assist of her own.
Husson’s goalkeeper Chelsea Kondratowicz (Kingston, NY) made 13 saves on 33 shots for Husson. Karley Hamilton (Bradford, VT) recorded 11 saves on 15 shots for Colby-Sawyer, and Jodi Dumayne (Claremont, NH) made one save.
Colby 11, Williams 9
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —- Lindsay McCabe and Alex Mintz both scored overtime goals to help the sixth-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team get out of Williamstown with an 11-9 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.
Colby is 9-1 overall and 6-1 in league play heading into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at Bowdoin College.
Katharine Eddy finished with two goals and two assists, while Katie Griffin added three goals for the Mules. Lindsey McKenna and Mintz also had two goals apiece, while Hilary Barr had one score.
Williams (7-5 overall, 2-5 NESCAC) scored the final two goals of regulation to tie the game at 9-9. Sam Weinstein scored unassisted with 4:29 to play and teammate Natalie Gill added the tying score with 3:02 remaining.
McCabe made her first goal of the season a big one on a free-position shot in overtime and Mintz tallied with 31 seconds to play for an insurance goal.
Williams stayed with Colby for the opening 17 minutes of play. Bridget Malicki gave Williams a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the game. McKenna scored back-to-back goals with 20:33 and 15:06 to play, but Nancy Palmer tied the game at 2-2 with 13:01 remaining.
Griffin put on a show over the next eight minutes, scoring three straight goals to put the Mules up 5-2. She had the first on a free-position shot, scored unassisted with 9:21 to play, and then took a feed from Eddy for her third goal with 5:15 left. The Ephs did make it a 5-3 game at halftime when Gill scored with 4:17 to the break.
Williams stunned the Mules in the first 5:28 of the second half, scoring three straight goals to take a 6-5 lead. Malicki had one goal and Gallo scored twice, with two of the three scores on free-position shots.
Mintz tied the contest at 6-6 with an unassisted goal with 19:25 left, but Gill gave the Ephs their last lead at 7-6 with 13:48 to go. Eddy scored two straight goals to give Colby the lead back at 8-7 and Barr tallied with 5:12 to play for a 9-7 margin.
Michelle Burt stopped 10 shots in net for Colby and added three caused turnovers and two ground balls. McKenna added three draw controls, Abby Hatch and Kate Pistel both had two draw controls and two ground balls.
Husson 22, Green Mountain 0
BANGOR, Maine – Husson men’s lacrosse saw 10 different players score goals and a collective effort in net by all 3 goalkeepers to shut out North Atlantic Conference foe GMC 22-0 Sunday at Boucher Field.
Husson scored 8 goals in the first quarter to set a high bar for GMC to overcome.
Senior Mitch Heaps (York, PA) scored 5 goals with 1 assist to lead the Husson Eagles to victory. Chris DelGiudice (Oakland, ME) scored 4 times with 1 assist, Jack White (Marston Mills, MA) grabbed 3 goals 1 assist. Both Brandon Corbo (Merrimack, NH) and Dillon Shaw (Augusta, ME) had 2 goals, 3 assists, and Aaron Weinstein (Concord, NH) had 2 goals.
Carey Kells (Allentown, NJ), Chris Pelletier (Rome, ME), Vinny Visconti (North Andover, ME), and James Seager(Gilford, NH) all had 1 goal on the afternoon.
Goalkeeper Eric Lund (Mansfield, MA) saw the most time in net for Husson, facing two shots, making both saves. Luke Carey played in net for the GMC Eagles making 13 saves on the day.
“After a tough game yesterday, it was good to play again quickly and move forward. We had a full team effort today with everyone contributing,” said Head Coach Sean Murphy, “The Green Mountain team played extremely hard the entire game, despite a very small roster, and certainly deserve credit.”
Prior to the game the seniors were recognized for Husson; #5 Mitchell Heaps, #9 Alex Ryan, #16 John Hooper III, #18 Chris Pelletier, and #19 Matt Tabler.
Senior John Hooper III has become the leading goalkeeper in program history, surpassing 450 saves this past week.
With this victory the Eagles improve to 5-7, 4-1 on the season and will next host NAC opponent Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday, April 17th at Boucher Field, game time set at 7:00 PM.
Maine Maritime 21, Green Mountain 1
CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime won its fourth-straight game with a 21-1 win over Green Mountain in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse game Saturday. The Mariners improved to 4-6 overall, 4-1 NAC while the Eagles fell to 1-8, 0-4.
Maine Maritime led 11-0 midway through the second quarter on three goals from Nick Betti and A.J. Larrabee, two by Bronson Guimond and one each from Alex Hermes, Nick Snelling and Gabe Giguere. Guimond assisted on four scores and Hermes on one in the first quarter and a half.
Green Mountain got on the board when Charlie Petrick found Dakota Keller before Betti hooked up with Guimond just before the half to give the Mariners a 12-1 halftime lead.
Cameron Wyman scored twice in the third and Snelling, Giguere and Guimond struck once for Maine Maritime. Betti assisted on two of the scores and Wade Severance and Snelling assisted on one each. Wyman, Larrabee, Giguere and Guimond all scored in the fourth on assists from Betti, Snelling (twice) and Wyman.
Jack Tragert (14 of 17), Hermes (6 of 8) and Tim Grant (1 of 1) combined for 21 of 26 wins from the X for the Mariners. Gavin Cote picked up the win in goal with one save while Luke Carey took the loss.
The Mariners return to action Sunday hosting Castleton at 3 p.m.
Castleton State 15, Husson 3
BANGOR, Maine — Husson men’s lacrosse fell to North Atlantic Conference opponent Castleton State College Saturday afternoon, 15-3 at Boucher Field.
The two top ranked NAC teams battled in what turned out to be an extremely physical game.
The Spartans scored 2 goals within the first 10 minutes, making their statement early. Mitch Heaps (York, PA) struck first for the Eagles when a pass from Dillon Shaw (Augusta, ME) found Heaps for the score.
All eleven of the next goals were scored by the Spartans who created a hefty deficit for Husson.
Shaw took the ball all the way on to the net to make it 13-2 Castleton, but with less than 10 seconds remaining in the half Taylor Swarter found the back of the net for the Spartans once again.
Defensively the Eagles played much better the 2nd half of the game only allowing 1 goal in the final 30 minutes. That goal came from Alex Denny with 8:10 remaining in the 3rd.
Shaw connected with Heaps once again, to set the final score at 15-3. Husson offensively was the strongest in the 4th quarter with 15 shots, and 6 man up opportunities.
“Castleton is a very good team and it’s hard to get any momentum, against a strong opponent, with a lot of mistakes. We didn’t rise to the challenge today but we’ve made a lot of progress this year and this is a great motivator as everyone realizes how much further we have to go to compete with the top team in the NAC,” Said Head Coach Sean Murphy, “We have a short turn around for another conference game tomorrow but it’s a great chance to take the next step.”
For the Eagles, John Hooper III (Wakefield, RI) had 19 saves in a little less than 52 minutes in net. Eric Lund(Mansfield, MA) played a little over 8 minutes, making 1 save.
Tomorrow the 4-7 (3-1) Eagles will host the Eagles of Green Mountain College for a 11:00AM game time. Prior to the start of the game a brief ceremony will take place to honor this year’s seniors.
N.E. College 27, UMaine-Farmington 4
WATERVILLE, Maine – New England College senior Brian Gillis and freshman Koda-Wataka Robinson each scored five goals to lead the Pilgrims to a 27-4 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse matchup Saturday evening at Thomas College’s Red Field.
New England College (5-6, 3-1 NAC) scored its first goal 43 seconds into the contest, and had a 9-0 lead before the four-minute mark of the opening quarter.
UMaine-Farmington (2-5, 2-3 NAC) finally got on the scoreboard with 1:52 remaining in the frame, when junior TC Peters (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) found the back of the net off a feed from Zack Rowland (Fryeburg, Maine/Fryeburg Academy).
The Pilgrims extended their lead to 17-2 at the half, with a 32-3 advantage in shots on goals. NEC also had a 63-21 advantage in groundballs, and won 26 of the game’s 32 faceoffs. Eleven different players recorded goals for the Pilgrims.
The Beavers received additional scoring from junior Mike Foley (Byfield, Mass./Triton Regional), Jake Linkletter (Athens, Maine/Madison), and Sean Berce (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little).
Thomas 8, Johnson State 7
WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas (3-6, 2-2 NAC) was able to hold on for an 8-7 victory over Johnson State (0-7, 0-5 NAC) in a back and forth North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon. Junior Gunnar Shelton (Eugene, Ore.) had three goals and one assist in the win.
The Badgers were able to get on the board first, as Tanner Cross (East Montpelier, Vt.) scored at the 10:10 mark in the opening quarter. Thomas would respond less than a minute later however, with Parker Chute (Exeter, N.H.) scoring one of his two goals off a feed from Jordan Marino (Londonderry, N.H.). Both teams would exchange goals finishing the first 3-2 in the visiting side’s favor.
The second quarter would start off with another Johnson tally, as Cross would find Alan Bickings (Waterville, Vt.) to push the lead to two goals. The Terriers would find the back of the twine at 6:55 from Sean Machin (Brunswick, Maine), but the one goal deficit would only last 12 seconds as Matt Dekens (Johnson, Vt.) put the Badgers up by two for the second time of the game. Marino would give Thomas another marker at 5:24 off a pass from Shelton finishing the half down 5-4.
Chute would get his second goal of the game right at the start of the second half to bring the score to five all. At 8:40 Johnson got a goal from Jacob Eustis on a man up advantage, taking the slim lead briefly before Shelton would strike again for the Terriers. A man up goal from Shelton would give Thomas their first lead of the game at 3:19 in the third quarter. The teams would go into the final quarter tied at seven as Dekens tallied another Johnson goal with 16 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The final quarter would be a strong defensive battle, as the only goal came at the 11:39 mark when Shelton broke the tie, assisted by Machin. The tally would hold up as the game-winner, as senior keeper Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) made 10 of his 19 saves in the fourth shutting down the Badgers attack.
Marino would finish with one goal and three assists, while Chute had two tallies in the win.
Zach Jermone (Waterford, Conn.) was registered with the loss for Johnson State, making 11 saves on 19 shots. Dekens and Cross would both have a team-high two goals in the losing effort.
Johnson held a 44-30 advantage in groundballs, while controlling the faceoff circle winning 14-17. Thomas was 3-5 during man up opportunities on the day, while its counterpart was 1-7.
The Terriers will have little time to recoup as they return to the turf tomorrow hosting conference foe New England College at noon.
Williams 11, Colby 8
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Williams College goalie Dan Whittam (Allendale, N.J.) made 17 saves and Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, Del.) had three goals and one assist as the Ephs took an 11-8 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference lacrosse on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Williams moved to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in conference play, while the Mules fell to 5-7 overall and 1-6 in the league.
Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, Minn.) finished with two goals, while Conor Roddy (Medfield, Mass.) and Colton Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) both had one goal and one assist. Will Stewart (South Salem, N.Y.), Tucker Dayton (San Francisco, Calif.), Mericos Rhodes (Seattle, Wash.), and Khary Dennis (Burlington, N.J.) also tallied for Williams.
Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) had two goals and four assists, while Chip Grossman (Charlottesville, Va.) had three goals to pace the Mules. John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) had a pair of goals, Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) dished three assists, and Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.) had one goal.
Colby took two leads in the opening quarter at 1-0 when Grossman scored off an assist from McKillop, who later tallied on a man-up score from Deveau for a 2-1 lead. Dennis scored the first goal for the Ephs and Kiesel added an unassisted goal with 1:11 left in the quarter when his pass was deflected in the goal by a Colby defender.
The two teams combined for nine goals in a wild and long second quarter. The Mules took their third lead of the game when McKillop and Grossman had back-to-back goals. The Ephs, though, tied the game at 4-4 on scores by Drayton and Growney. Colby went up for the fourth and last time in the game when Jennings scored with 7:44 to play for a 5-4 lead.
Williams took the momentum right back just nine seconds later after winning the face-off. Dedominicis tied the game at 5-5 to help the Ephs go on a 5-1 scoring run to take control. Rhodes tallied unassisted with 4:28 to play and Stewart scored just 20 seconds later to put Williams up 7-5. Colby made it a 7-6 game at halftime when Youngman tallied from McKillop with 2:11 to the break.
Dedominicis scored the first two goals of the second half with 11:35 and 8:05 to play to put Williams up 9-6. Jennings scored from Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) with just 29 seconds to play in the third quarter to get Colby to within two goals, but Kiesel scored a key goal with just 1.5 seconds to play for a 10-7 Williams lead after three.
Roddy scored in a man-up situation for Williams just 1:17 into the fourth quarter for an 11-7 margin. Grossman scored the final goal of the game with 1:41 to play.
Dayton had five ground balls for the Ephs, while Stephen Upton (Alexandria, Va.) and Ryan Hamilton (Ridgewood, N.J.) both had four. Zander Masucci (Far Hills, N.J.) and Mack Von Mehren (Bronxville, N.Y.) each had two caused turnovers.
Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) and goalie Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) each had four ground balls and one caused turnover for Colby. Will also finished with eight saves.