AMHERST, Mass. – Chris Capraro scored a goal and assisted on two others, and goalie Jon Quick stopped 35 shots as Massachusetts elimianted Maine from the Hockey East tournament with a 5-2 victory.

The Minutemen, who advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the third time in history, face No. 1 seed New Hampshire next Friday.

Massachusetts (20-11-5) scored twice in the first and second periods to take control with a 4-1 lead. Capraro opened the scoring at 8:21 with his ninth of the season, setup by Matt Burto and Mike Kostka. Cory Quirk then gave the Minutemen at 2-0 lead seven minutes later at 15:27.

Freshman blueliner Justin Braun and Capraro earned assists on the Quirk tally.

In the second period, Burto and Matt Anderson gave UMass a 4-1 lead with goals at 4:45 and 12:54 respectively. Junior assistant captain P.J. Fenton added an empty net goal with 1:19 remaining.

Teddy Purcell and Billy Ryan scored for Maine (21-14-2). Maine goalie Dave Wilson stopped 23 shots.


No. Illnois 17, Maine 1

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Jesse Seykora doubled home the first run and crossed the plate when Danny Reed singled to right field in the top of the fourth inning for all the scoring Northern Illinois needed as the Huskies defeated Maine, 17-1, in baseball action Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies (3-4) added to their lead in the top of the seventh inning when Seykora hit a two-run homer to left field.

The Black Bears (4-4) got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning. Joel Barrett singled up the middle and Kevin McAvoy followed with a double to right center. Barrett scored when Mark Ostrander reached on a fielders choice.

Men’s lacrosse

Bates 13, Wheaton 7

NORTON, Mass. – Senior co-captain Amadi Cisse scored a hat trick as Bates cruised to a 13-7 victory over Wheaton College in men’s lacrosse action Saturday.

The Bobcats (1-0) took a 4-0 lead after one quarter, as junior Justin Simon scored the team’s first goal of the season on an assist from sophomore Nathan Kellogg, followed by unassisted goals from sophomore John Adams, junior Mike Medeiros and junior Brent Morin.

The Lyons struggled to a 9-2 halftime deficit, but after an own goal halfway through the fourth quarter to put Bates up 13-2, went on a five goal run to finish the game.

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