By Matt Noonan
Another night of college basketball and hockey is in the books and below are the highlights.
Assumption College 68, AIC 63 – Ricky Hudson’s 20 points couldn’t propel the Yellow Jackets past the Hounds as Assumption concluded their regular slate with a five-point victory. Assumption’s Tim Beinert filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block. The Hounds earned the second seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference playoffs and will play the winner of Adelphi-Saint Rose on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Bentley 81, UMass Lowell 70 – Tyler McFarland recorded a double-double with a game-best 29 points and 14 rebounds, which helped the Falcons soar past the River Hawks. UMass Lowell’s Chad Holley finished the contest with 18 points, while Antonio Bivins recorded 13 points and 11 boards. UMass Lowell will return to the hardwood on Friday, March 1 when they host Le Moyne in the first round of the NE-10 tournament.
Merrimack College 69, Franklin Pierce 62 – JT Strickland and Mike Clifford combined for 38 points, while Troy Hammel added nine points off the bench for the Warriors.
St. A’s 70, Stonehill College 52 – Sam Markle netted a team-high 13 points, Adam Fazzini registered 12 points and Jack Cole added 10 points and eight boards, but that wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks defeat the Hawks. With the win, St. A’s improves to 22-4 overall, 18-4 in NE-10 play. The Hawks earned the number one seed in the NE-10 playoffs and will host the winner of Le Moyne vs. UMass Lowell on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Bentley University 100, UMass Lowell 70 – Bianca Simmons netted a career-best 45 points, but that wasn’t enough as the Falcons defeated the River Hawks in Waltham and finished their third consecutive season with 25 wins. Bentley’s Courtney Finn finished with a team-high 21 points, while Kelsey Roberson and Lauren Battista each netted 18 points. The Falcons, who’re the NE-10’s top seed in the conference tournament, will return to the hardwood Sunday when they host the winner of Adelphi-AIC at 3:00 p.m., while UMass Lowell will host Franklin Pierce at the same time.
Stonehill College 57, St. A’s 47 – Asia Ewing netted a team-best 14 points, while Tori Faieta and Mary Louise Dixon each netted 12 points as the Skyhawks defeated the Hawks in New Hampshire. Stonehill will return to the court on Sunday as the number two seed and host the winner of Merrimack-Pace at 3:00 p.m.
Merrimack College 70, Franklin Pierce 50 – Kelly Schatzlein scored a team-best 16 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to help the Warriors defeat the Ravens in North Andover. Merrimack earned the 10th seed in the NE-10 tournament and will travel to Pace on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Boston University 5, Merrimack College 2 – Matt Nieto notched two goals and recorded one assist as the Terriers defeated the Warriors in Boston.
UMass Lowell 4, Boston College 2 – Christian Folin and Riley Wetmore each score recorded one strike in the final stanza, which lifted the River Hawks past the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. The win marked UML’s fifth consecutive victory.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Harvard 3, Yale 1 – Mary Parker’s shorthanded goal at 18:28 in the third secured the win for the Crimson, as well as claim a share of the Ivy League crown for the first time since 2009.