LOWELL, Massachusetts — The University of Maine softball team improved to 15-15 overall and 4-2 in the America East with a three-game sweep of the University of Massachusetts Lowell over the weekend.

On Saturday, EmJ Fogel led the Maine offense, starting the day with six straight hits and ending 6-for-8 with two doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs, to spark the twinbill sweep over the River Hawks, 7-0 and 5-4 in eight innings.

Maine capped the series sweep with a 6-3 victory on Sunday. The Bears are now 15-15 overall and 4-2 in the league and Lowell is 10-21 and 0-6.

Maine matched a season-high with 14 hits in game one on Saturday, including a 4-for-4 showing from Fogel, leading to a 7-0 victory. Fogel scored two runs in the victory while Nikki Byron added three hits and an RBI and Jessica Burk drove in a pair.

Alexis Bogdanovich was again impressive in the circle, tossing her fifth shutout of the season and surrendering just one hit while fanning 13 to pick up her eighth win. Bogdanovich carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth until Alisha Welch singled for UMass Lowell’s lone hit.

In the second game, Maine prevailed in the eighth when Chloe Douglass scored when Faythe Goins reached on an error.

Fogel and Felicia Lennon each went 2-for-4, driving in two runs and one run, respectively. Rachel Harvey added a 2-for-3 showing with an RBI.

Annie Kennedy picked up the win in relief, going three innings while giving up one run on three hits.

Lennon sparked the Black Bears in Sunday’s game with a 3-for-4 effort with a home run. Nikki Byron added two hits and two RBIs.

Bogdanovich (9-4) picked up another win she scattered six hits and three runs while striking out eight. Her sister, Erin Bogdanovich, came on to earn the save with three shutout innings.

Husson, Thomas split

At Smith Field in Waterville on Saturday, Husson’s Kayla Merrill held Thomas to five hits to give the Eagles a 4-1 win in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Thomas won the second game 5-3.

Merrill didn’t walk a batter and struck out six and helped herself out with a home run. Haley Spiers added two singles and Deb Colpitts drove in a run for the Eagles (10-8, 1-1).

Alyssa Eugley doubled and singled for Thomas (1-14, 1-1) and Jordan Agger-Barnes drove in a run.

In the second game, the Terriers earned their first win of the season thanks to Faith Robinson’s pitching effort as she scattered four hits and three runs. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out one.

Korrie Laren launched a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Terriers the winning margin. Eugley added three hits, Sonja Morse had two and T.M. Johnson drove in two runs.

Shannon Graves, Briann Bires, and Nicole Andrade each had a hit and an RBI for Husson.

Lyndon sweeps UMF

At Henniker, New Hampshire, Katie Davis threw a five-inning three-hitter to lead Lyndon to an 8-0 victory over the University of Maine-Farmington Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Lyndon (5-7, 2-0) beat UMF (1-7, 0-2) in the second game for a sweep.

Davis didn’t walk a batter and struck out two in the first game. Taylor Young and Mindy Carl each hit homers to spark the offense.

UMF had three singles.

In the second game, Jillian Emery and Brooke Dolloff each homered to lead Lyndon by UMF.

Hannah Lust singled and drove in two runs for UMF.

Husson sweeps USM

At Bangor on Sunday, Husson (12-8) combined for 21 hits over two games to earn a non-conference sweep over the University of Southern Maine Huskies (15-11) 7-5 and 6-3.

In the first game, Husson used a five-run fifth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and then held off a seventh-inning USM rally. Husson junior Sami Schultz drove in four runs, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a home run.

Husson senior Kayla Merrill (6-3) allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out four.

In the second game, Husson again used a big-run inning late in the game to win.

Merrill and sophomore Casey Lopes each had two RBIs for the Eagles, who finished with 11 hits. Husson sophomore Alannah Healy earned the win in the circle allowing three unearned runs on four hits and a walk.


Castleton sweeps Husson

At the Winkin Complex in Bangor on Saturday, Steven Jurkiewicz scattered seven hits over seven innings to lead Castleton State to a 6-1 win over Husson in the first game of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

Castleton won the second game 4-3.

Jurkiewicz (3-0) walked only one and struck out six for the Spartans, who received a 4-for-4 game from Tyler Lord which included a double and RBI.

J.T. Whitten had two hits for Husson and drove in a run.

In the second game, the Spartans took an early lead and held off the Eagles, who scored three seventh-inning runs.

Lord, Jimmy Buckley and Taylor Vile each drove in a run for the Spartans.

Brandon Grabowski pitched five scoreless and hitless innings of relief for the Eagles, who scored their three runs thanks to two errors and a passed ball.

UMF sweeps Lyndon St.

At Alfond Athletic Field in Kents Hill on Sunday, the University of Maine-Farmington improved to 10-4 overall and 3-4 in the NAC with a 16-3 and 4-0 sweep of Lyndon State.

Jimmie Neal hit a two-run home run in UMF’s 13-hit attack in the first game. Sean Cabaniss, Dustin McCrossin, Tom Grady and Jordan Croteau each added two hits with Cabaniss driving in three runs. McCrossin and Grady added two RBIs.

Kyle Peterson pitched a four-hit shutout to spark UMF in the second game. He walked only one and struck out six.

Mark Leahy doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the offense.

Women’s Lacrosse

MMA splits weekend

At Castine on Saturday, Grace Johnson, Brandi Whittemore, Brianna MacKay and Maddy DaCosta each scored three goals to lead Castleton (11-2, 6-0) over Maine Maritime Academy 20-6.

Meghan Els made six saves for Castleton and Ashlee Knight had eight for MMA.

Rachael Redles paced MMA with three goals.

On Sunday, MMA picked up its first home win of the season with an 11-9 victory over Johnson State.

MMA took a 7-3 halftime lead and then held off Johnson State. Ally Fuehrer paced the Mariners (2-8, 2-4) with five goals and Taylor O’Malley added three. Knight had five saves.

Samantha Jankowski made 16 saves for Johnson State (2-8, 1-5).

Husson 18, NEC 12

At Bangor on Saturday, Michaela Bicknell scored six goals and had an assist to lead the Husson by New England College 18-12.

Alissa Fallon had four goals and four assists for the Eagles(5-5, 4-2). Amanda Deshaies added three goals and Abi Staab had two. Abby Greenleaf made eight saves and Jess Poulin had four.

Allison Granata scored six goals for NEC (3-10, 2-3) and Mackenzie Meegan made 24 saves.

UMF 17, Johnson St. 4

At Waterville on Saturday, Carly Raymond and Jaclyn Langevin each scored four goals apiece as the University of Maine at Farmington (3-6, 2-3) rolled past Johnson State.

UMF celebrated Senior Night on Saturday and senior Maddi Kadnar had a stellar performance with two first-half goals and three assists. Kadnar notched her first score of the day with 19:05 left and a free position shot.

Patty Smith picked up the win for UMF with 13 saves.

Men’s Lacrosse

Castleton 10, MMA 8

At Castine on Saturday, Castleton State took an 8-4 lead after three quarters and then held off the Mariners.

MMA rebounded with a 17-2 win over Johnson State on Sunday.

On Saturday, Taylor Swarter recorded four shots and three assists to lead the Spartans (7-5, 5-0). Sam Polas made eight saves.

Nicholas Betti and Peter Moore each scored three goals to lead MMA. James Wilgus made 11 saves.

On Sunday, Bronson Guimond scored five goals while Dean Samuelson and Betti each added four to help MMA (5-6, 5-1) roll to the victory. Wilgus had five saves and Jacob Rondeau had one.

Jay Palmisano made 29 saves for Johnson State (3-5, 2-4).

Johnson St. 11, UMF 6

At Waterville on Saturday, Andrew Neddo scored five goals and Alan Bickings added three to lead Johnson State (3-6, 2-3) by the University of Maine-Farmington (0-11, 0-6.

Cameron McAllister sparked UMF with three goals and two assists.

NEC 16, Husson 10

At Boucher Field in Bangor, New England College took a 9-3 lead after two quarters and then played the Eagles evenly for the next two to earn the win.

Skyler Saunders sparked NEC (6-6, 6-0) with four goals and Chris Galluzzo made 15 saves.

Zack Glazier sparked Husson (4-6, 3-3) with three goals and two assists while Brandon Corbo added three goals and an assist. Tom Lepage made 18 saves.