Ft. MYERS, Fla. — Senior second basemen Andy Lang banged out five hits and drove in a pair of runs as the University of Southern Maine Huskies opened their 2003 season by sweeping a doubleheader from the St. Norbert’s College Knights, 2-1 and 9-4, Thursday evening.

The Huskies received outstanding pitching in both games.

Sophomore right-hander Marc Cahill picked up the win in his USM debut in Game 1, going 6.1 innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out seven. The only run he allowed was unearned. Senior Ryan Adams came on in the seventh inning to get the final two outs for the save.

In the nightcap, junior left-hander Jason Thibodeau went the first 5.0 innings, giving up two hits, no earned runs and three walks while fanning four. Freshmen Sam Handy and Tip Fairchild of Monmouth each pitched an inning in relief.

Women’s lacrosse

Weslyan 15, Bates 9

LEWISTON — The Wesleyan University Cardinals scored five goals to open the second half en route to 15-9 victory over Bates College in a NESCAC women’s lacrosse game Thursday afternoon at AstroTurf Field.

Rebecca Vogel and Martina McPherson each scored five goals to lead Wesleyan (2-1). Vanessa Jones of Cumberland tallied three goals and three assists while Meriel Darzen recorded seven saves on 16 shots.

Bates’ Stacy Counter, Carrie Smith and Katie Carroll each scored twice.

Colby 25, UNE 1

BIDDEFORD The 17th-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team scored 18 goals in the first half on the way to a 25-1 victory over University of New England in a non-conference game Thursday.

Sophomore attacker Julia Benedict and first-year attacker Elizabeth Ghilardi both had four goals for the Mules (1-1).

Sophomore midfielder Emma Miller and first-year midfielder Katie Roberts each had three goals.

Colby scored nine goals in the first 9:52 of the contest and Ghilardi had all of her goals in the opening half. Ally King, Priscilla Catir of Gray and Lauren Gremelspacher all scored twice for the Mules.

UMF’s Magnusson named

Freshman of Year

STANDISH — The MCBCWA announced its 2002-2003 men’s basketball awards Thursday.

Saint Joseph’s College coach Rick Simonds captured Coach of the Year honors, while Randy Fletcher of Husson College was selected Player of the Year. Freshmen of the Year honors went to Travis Magnusson of University Maine at Farmington.

Rick Simonds led Saint Joseph’s College to a 20-4 overall record and an appearance into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Husson senior led the Braves to a 23-6 overall record, 15-1 in conference play and averaged 16.6 points per game, while shooting 60.1 percent from the floor, and grabbed 9 rebounds per game.

UMF’s Magnusson, a guard from Thomaston, averaged 16.3 points, handed out 6.5 assists, and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per contest. He led the Beavers in scoring and assists.

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