College Roundup: Johnson, UMF take out Lyndon

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Men’s basketball

UMF 74, Lyndon 59

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Ben Johnson had 26 points, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots as the University of Maine at Farmington defeated Lyndon 74-59 Saturday. The loss was the first for the Hornets in North Atlantic Conference play this season.

Andrew Dickey had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Beavers (8-3, 4-2) while Yusuf Iman and Nick Hilton added 14 and 10 points respectively. Sam Leal had a team-high five assists in the victory.

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Devyn Baranauskas collected 22 points and three assists for Lyndon (5-4, 4-1) and George Carle had 13 points and five rebounds. Jose Fortunato chipped in six assists and six rebounds.

St. Joe’s 75, Norwich 64

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Josh Cabrera of the Norwich men’s basketball team scored a season-high 28 points, but it would not be enough as the Cadets fell 75-64 to the Monks of Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday afternoon.

Cabrera connected for 18 of his 28 points in the first half.

St. Joe’s Matthew Medeiros connected on a three-pointer with one second left on the clock to extend the Monks’ lead to 39-31 entering halftime.

The Monks would not relinquish the lead in the second half and led by as much as 15 late.

Medeiros and Nicholas Jobin both chipped in 21 points for St. Joe’s (7-3). Steve Simonds added 17.

USM 90, Keene State 83

KEENE, N.H. – Senior Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, Maine) scored a season-best 21 points in his first start of the season to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 90-83 win over the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.

The win is the second straight for the Huskies, who improve to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the Little East Conference. The win over Keene State is the first for the Huskies in their last nine tries and marks the first time since 1979 that USM defeated the Owls on their home court. The Huskies are also 3-0 to start LEC play for the first time since the 1998-1999 season.

Bergeron knocked down five three-pointers and was 6-for-12 from the field overall en route to his game-high total. He added a team-high seven rebounds and had two blocked shots. Junior guard Conor Sullivan added 19 points, five assists and three steals, while senior guard Alex Kee had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior forward James Odneal tossed in 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting as four USM players reached double-digits in scoring.

Senior forward Eric Fazio led Keene with 19 points. Senior guard Ryan Martin and Rashad Wright each had 17 points, while Wright had a game-high 13 boards. 

Williams 80, Bates 69

LEWISTON — Taylor Epley scored 30 points and Michael Mayer added 22 as No. 21 Williams defeated the Bates men’s basketball team 80-69 on Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium.

Bates played tough in a losing effort for the second time in as many days against a nationally ranked opponent, following Friday night’s 59-56 setback to No. 2 Middlebury. The Bobcats outrebounded the Ephs 38-33, committed only 10 turnovers to Williams’ 13 and shot well from beyond the arc at 39.1 percent (9-of-23).

First-year forward Mike Boornazian made his second career start and led Bates with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Graham Safford added 17 points and a career-high seven assists, while Luke Matarazzo and Ed Bogdanovich added 13 and 12 points apiece.

Daniel Wohl scored 11 points with a team-high eight rebounds for Williams (12-1). James Klemm also netted 11 points, and Nate Robertson doled out five assists.

Roger Williams 63, UNE 45

BIDDEFORD — Roger Williams University held the University of New England scoreless for more than six minutes to begin the second period, erasing a six-point halftime deficit on the way to a 63-45 Commonwealth Coast Conference  men’s basketball victory Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks improve to 5-6 overall and even their record in league play at 2-2 with the win. The Nor’easters slip back to 1-9 on the year (0-3 CCC).

Sophomore Joseph Henry led all scorers with 15 points — including 12 in the final 20 minutes — and picked up three steals in the contest. Senior James LeCardi chipped in with 11 points and four steals, while classmate Mike Igoe came off the Hawks’ bench to register 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Igoe made all six of his field goals tries, and, as a team, RWU connected at a 49-percent clip (24-for-49) from the floor on the day.

Big Blue junior Charles Fenner III paced the hosts with 11 points and four steals. Sophomore Jake Abel added eight points, while junior Joshua Butler  and first-year Jesse Dykstra  combined for 13 points and 20 boards. Butler also had three rejections in the game, and the Nor’easters out-rebounded their opponent by a 38-31 margin.

Women’s basketball

USM 76, Keene State 57

KEENE, N.H.  – Senior guard Nicole Garland scored a season-high 21 points and knocked down five 3-pointers to lead five players in double figures as the 15th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Keene State College Owls, 76-57, in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.

The win is the 13th consecutive for the Huskies who remain undefeated at 13-0 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference.  With their 13-0 start, the Huskies match their best start since the 1991-1992 season.  The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Owls, who fall to 5-7 overall and remain winless in the LEC at 0-3.

Garland was 5-11 from three-point range for the Huskies who shot 45.0 percent (9-for-20) from beyond the arc for the game.  Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Haley Jordan tossed in 14 points, two assists and three steals off of the bench for USM on a 4-for-8 effort from the floor.  Junior guard Erin McNamara added 12 points, while senior forward Jordan Grant had her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Christan Wojtas paced the Owls with 17 points and five rebounds, including three 3-pointers. Senior guard Siobhan Carnell added 15 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Garland scored 20 of her 21 points in the first half as the Huskies held a slim 36-34 lead at the break.

St. Joe’s 71, Norwich 48

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Lindsay Moore scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half Saturday and added 12 rebounds, sparking Saint Joseph’s College to a 71-48 women’s basketball victory over Norwich.

Seven different players scored for St. Joseph’s (7-5) in the first half, capped by a Moore layup at the buzzer for a 40-24 lead.

Mackenzie Dufour and Danyelle Shufelt contributed 10 points apiece for the Monks. Jessalyn Sweeney had a team-high 14 points in addition to six rebounds and five steals for the Cadets (5-7).

UMF 65, Lyndon 57

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The University of Maine at Farmington women’s basketball team had four players score in double figures as it recorded a 65-57 victory over Lyndon Saturday in North Atlantic Conference play.

Kenni Norton led the way with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort and teammate Lindsay Ranquist added 11 points and two blocked shots. Elizabeth Ferry had 11 points for UMF (2-8, 2-3) and two blocks while Holly Oliver contributed 10 points and five steals.

Donna Lawson had 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Hornets (4-5, 2-3) and Aimee Thompson tallied eight points to go along with six rebounds.

NEC 67, MMA 40

HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College stayed unbeaten in the North Atlantic Conference with a 67-40 women’s basketball win over Maine Maritime. The Pilgrims improved to 10-2 overall (6-0 NAC) while the Mariners dropped to 3-6, 2-3.

Hanna Lyons led Maine Maritime with 11 points. Mary Badeen added 10. Leading the way for NEC was Stephanie Parkerwho led all scorers finishing with 18 point on 6-of-7 shooting, including five 3-pointers. Kate Levy chipped in 11 points and Markey Flewelling finished with 10 points for the Pilgrims.

UNE 74, Roger Williams 53

BIDDEFORD —  The University of New England Nor’easters pulled away with a 25-4 run down the stretch to defeat Roger Williams University, 74-53, in Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball action Saturday.

Sophomore forward Kelly Coleman scored a career-best 23 points, including 17 after halftime, to lead the Nor’easters (6-4, 3-0 CCC). She also grabbed 11 rebounds and added five steals. First-year guard Sadie DiPierro came off the bench to net 13 points, while classmate Lauren Haydenadded 10 points, seven boards, five assists and five steals.

Roger Williams (5-6, 1-3) was led by senior forward Alexandria Lanieri with 14 points, 14 boards and three blocked shots. Junior Ari Renwick contributed 13 points and four steals, and junior Kaitlyn Bovee added 11 points.

UMBC 54, Maine 50

BALTIMORE —  Despite a strong second half comeback effort, the University of Maine women’s basketball team (1-13, 0-1 America East) dropped its America East opener to UMBC (5-10, 1-1 AE) by a score of 54-50 on Saturday afternoon at RAC Arena.

Courtney Anderson of Greene led Maine with a career-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers. Corinne Wellington added six points with a career-high 15 rebounds.

Bria White led the Retrievers with 15 points.

Williams 71, Bates 36

LEWISTON —  Williams College senior Grace Rehnquist poured in a career-high 32 points off the bench, including 22 in the first half, and the Ephs held Bates to season lows in points and shooting for a 71-36 NESCAC women’s basketball victory on Saturday.

Williams (10-2, 1-1 NESCAC) rebounded from its conference-play-opening loss at Tufts on Friday, while handing Bates (5-7, 0-2 NESCAC) its second loss in as many days.

Rehnquist made 12-of-20 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. By halftime she had already scored the most points by a Williams player this season. Jennie Harding was the only other Eph in double figures with 13 points. Claire Baecher grabbed 13 rebounds and Danny Rainer made an enormous contribution with nine assists and seven rebounds.

Bates senior Allie Beaulieu led the Bobcats in scoring (10), rebounding (8) and assists (4). Bates made just 13 of 49 shots from the field in the game.

Women’s hockey

Bowdoin 3, Conn. College 0

BRUNSWICK —  Kayla Lessard posted her second shutout in as many days as the Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Connecticut College, 3-0, Saturday at Watson Arena.

Lessard made 23 saves as Bowdoin extended its unbeaten streak to nine games and improved to 8-1-1 (4-0-0 NESCAC). The Camels fall to 4-5-1 (1-4-1 NESCAC) with the loss.

Men’s hockey

Bowdoin 6, Hamilton 2

CLINTON, N.Y. — The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team scored four goals in the third period to pull away from Hamilton, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon.

Six different players scored for the sixth-ranked Polar Bears (11-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 NESCAC), who won their 10th straight game and improved to 8-0 away from home. The Polar Bears are 6-0-2 in their last eight meetings with the Continentals and are one of just two remaining unbeaten teams in Division III men’s ice hockey.

Harry Matheson led the Bowdoin offense with a goal and two assists, and Colin Downey chipped in one goal and one assist. Matheson leads the team with 12 assists and is tied for first in the NESCAC with 17 points. Ryan Collier, Robert Toczylowski, Dylan Shamburger and Ollie Koo added one goal each. Max Fenkell received the start in goal and made 22 saves.

Amherst 3, Colby 0

AMHERST, Mass. —  The Colby College men’s hockey team gave up an early goal in the opening period and allowed two goals in the final 30 seconds of the opening two periods in a 3-0 loss at Amherst College on Saturday in NESCAC play.

Mike Moher and Conor Brown tallied a goal and an assist each to lead the Lord Jeffs. The two forwards struck goals during the first period, with Johnny Van Siclen registering assists on each. Andrew Kurlandski sent in the final Amherst tally late in the second on an assist from Mike Rowbotham as the Lord Jeffs improved to 5-3 on the conference season (8-4-1 overall) and the Mules fell to 1-7 (3-9 overall).

Salem State 5, USM 3

SALEM, Mass. —  The Salem State University Vikings returned to Rockett Arena on Saturday afternoon and earned a hard-fought, 5-3 decision over the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine (5-7-0).

The game was even until the Vikings (6-4-1) pulled away scoring three times in the third period to win for the fourth time out of their past five contests. The Huskies dropped their fifth decision in their last six outings.

The Huskies struck first when junior Troy Thibodeau’s shot clinked off the post and into the net just over four minutes into the game. Junior Angelo Vrachnas and freshman Alex Pompeo were credited with the assists.

Salem State responded late in the period when the Vikings countered with a wrap-around goal by sophomore Kristofer Faric  from an assist by junior Mark Macdonald.

Salem State made it a 2-1 score in the second period when junior Kyle Phelan tipped rookie Andrew Bucci’s shot into the top of the net. However, the Huskies tied the game with rookie Garret White’s goal with another assist from Pompeo to tie the game at 2-2 before the intermission.

Salem State pulled away in the third period with three straight scores to build a 5-2 lead. The Vikings took the lead for good just 1:03 into the period when sophomore Chad Goodwin chipped in the rebound of freshman Andrew Bettencourt’s shot. The Vikings added another goal at the 8:58 mark when senior Matt Kenline’s wrist shot hit the back of the net. Macdonald and freshman Stephen McManus were credited with the assists. Seventy seconds later, Goodwin notched his second goal of the period.

Southern Maine freshman Daniel Matteson scored an unassisted power-play goal with 5:02 to play for the 5-3 final.

Salem State junior Ryan Sutliffe stopped 31 shots to earn the win while Southern Maine freshman Patrick Farrington had 23 saves in defeat.

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