Mass. College Hockey: BC Tops UML, Advances To 2014 Frozen Four

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team netted a pair of goals in the final frame, which helped the Eagles defeat UMass Lowell, 4-3, on Sunday in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final at the DCU Center in Worcester.

With the win, BC advances to the Frozen Four and will face-off against Union College, which captured the East Region with a 3-1 win over Providence College last night.

Trailing 3-2 in the third period, BC rallied with back-to-back strikes from Ryan Fitzgerald and Ian McCoshen to secure a one-goal lead. The River Hawks tried to net the equalizer, but the Eagles’ defense, along with goaltender Thatcher Demko shut the door on their opponent’s attempts. Demko turned away 29 of 32 shots, while UML’s backstop, Connor Hellebuyck, finished with 25 stops.

Both teams swapped goals in the first and second period before UML earned its first and only lead in the third with an Evan Campbell unassisted tally.

Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold also scored goals from BC, while UML’s Michael Kapla and Josh Holmstrom each located the back of the Eagles cage.

UML converted on one of three power plays, as well as outshot the Eagles, 32-29.

BC (28-7-4) will return to the ice on Thursday, April 10 when they take on the Dutchmen, while UML concludes its season 26-11-4).

Mass. College Lax: Rosen Leads Mount Ida Past Albertus Magnus, 16-8

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Mount Ida College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Albertus Magnus:

NEWTON, Mass. – After suffering their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) loss of the year their last time out, Mount Ida College rebounded by using an 11-1 run to defeat Albertus Magnus 16-8 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Mount Ida improved to 6-4 (4-1 GNAC) and claimed the first victory in the history of the two programs, as Albertus is in its first year of varsity men’s lacrosse.

Trailing 1-0 with 12:49 left in the first quarter, the Mustangs ripped off six straight goals to seize control of the game, and then outscored the Falcons 5-0 in the second stanza.

Senior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) had a monster day for the home team, tallying a hat trick while also serving up five assists in the victory.

Senior Zach Davis (Old Saybrook, Conn.) also notched a hat trick, while Albertus was led by three goals apiece by Mike Choiniere (Bethany, Conn.) and Greg Buck (Berlin, Conn.).

Mount Ida forced 30 turnovers out of the Flacons, and were led defensively by senior Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, Conn.), who caused six turnovers and grabbed six ground balls.

Buck took a feed from Choiniere to put Albertus on the board just over a minute into the game, but then six different Mustangs found the back of the net, including freshman Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.), who had four assists in the game, and Rosen, who opened the scoring at the 12:49 mark and then assisted on goals by freshmen Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) and Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.).

Coehlo then turned provider to Davis at the 6:00 minute mark, and scored himself from Hardy after Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) had scored his first of two goals on the day.

By the time Albertus Magnus freshman Austin Burns (Bethany, Conn.) scored at the end of the first period, the Mustangs had a 6-2 edge.

Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.) and Sean Royce (South Windsor, Conn.) got themselves on the score-sheet to open the second quarter, and Royce would add another goal late in the game to boost his tally to six on the year.

Davis, Berry and Rosen netted again before halftime, which showed 11-2 in favor of the Mustangs. J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) scored his eighth goal of the year in the third quarter, where Rosen and Davis each marked again as well.

Choiniere opened the third quarter with an unassisted tally and would go on to score a pair of man-up goals for the Falcons in the fourth quarter, but it was too late to change the outcome of the game. Both teams found success with the extra attacker, with the visitors going 5-10, and Mount Ida scoring on both of their attempts.

Freshman Erik Berman (Montclair, N.J.) went 11-18 on face-offs and grabbed six ground balls, helping Mount Ida to a 39-25 edge in that department. Face-off man Justin Bennet (Fairfield, Conn.) won 13 of the 27 draws he took, grabbed six ground balls himself, and also dished out three assists for the Falcons (2-4, 1-3 GNAC).

Senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) made one stop and allowed just two goals for Mount Ida to earn the victory, while Tyler McElreath (Upton, Mass.) made six stops in the fourth quarter and Anthony Genualdo (Peabody, Mass.) made one save himself in a period of work.

Freshman Brandon Scicchitano (Norwalk, Conn.) stopped 13 shots while dropping to 1-4 on the season in goal for Albertus Magnus, who were outshot 48-35.

Mount Ida went 13-18 on clear attempts, while the Falcons managed 14 successful clears on 24 tries.

Mount Ida steps away from GNAC action on Wednesday night when they welcome Mitchell to town for a 6:30 pm game under the lights at Alumni Field.

Albertus Magnus hits the road in just two days’ time, as they have a date with Becker on Monday night at 7:00 pm.

Mass. College Lax: Assumption Pulls Away For 13-8 Victory Over Saint Michael’s

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College athletic communications office, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contests against Saint Michael’s:

Worcester, Mass. (March 29) — Led by a five-goal effort by junior Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa), the Assumption College men’s lacrosse defeated visiting Saint Michael’s College by a 13-8 final in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Multi-Sport Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Assumption jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, started by an unassisted goal by senior captain Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) just 2:22 into the game. Juniors Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) tallied two goals within a span of just 49 seconds before the Purple Knights cut the lead down to 3-2 with a pair of tallies just 30 seconds apart. Junior Matt Dromeshauser got the visitors on the board at the 4:53 mark, followed by a goal from senior Asa Sargent as both goals were assisted on by senior Evan Antolino. Smith and St. Mike’s senior Cooper Quenneville traded goals over the remainder of the period as the Hounds held a 4-3 edge after one quarter.

The Hounds seized control in the second behind two goals from Smith and two assists from Curran for an 8-4 halftime lead. Shots in the first half were even at 20-20, but the Hounds were much more accurate as the hosts held a 16-9 edge in shots on goal. Assumption held a 9-5 edge in first-half faceoffs, as well as a 21-18 advantage in ground balls. Both teams were perfect in their clear attempts, led by Assumption converting a perfect 8-for-8 in the half.

In a penalty-ridden second half that saw five combined man-up goals between the two teams, Assumption led by as many as six goals on two occasions as the Hounds pulled away for the win. The first six-goal lead came just 2:36 into the third quarter as Smith and Curran opened up the half with man-up scores for a 10-4 advantage. Antolino and Sargent answered with a pair of Purple Knight goals in a span of 39 seconds to make it a 10-6 game with 10:57 left in the period, but junior Tim Casey (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) ended that run with his fifth goal of the year with 7:27 on the clock.

Assumption took the 11-6 lead into the final quarter, which started with the fifth goal of the day Smith as he scored man-up for the 12-6 lead. Saint Michael’s answered with man-up goals from Antolino and senior Tim McDonald, before Martina closed out the scoring at 5:28 with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick and the 13-8 victory.

Junior goalie Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) had eight saves in the win for Assumption, while senior Andrew Landers turned aside 14 shots while taking the loss.

With Smith’s five-goal outing, he now sits at 99 points for his career as he is on the verge of becoming the fifth 100-point scorer in Assumption history. He also has 90 career goals, which is just one shy of tying the Assumption all-time career goal mark that is held by Justin Cecil ’96. Curran ended the game with four points on two goals and two assists, along with one goal and two assists from Casey

For the Purple Knights, Antolino had two goals and two assists to go along with two goals and one assist by Sargent.

For the game, Assumption had a 14-10 edge in faceoffs behind a great effort by sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon). Ground balls ended up 35-24 in favor of the Hounds, led by five in the game by Guarino. Each team was unsuccessful on just one clear attempt in the contest, led by an 18-for-19 effort by Assumption as the Hounds also forced 19 Purple Knight turnovers.

With the win, the Hounds improve to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast-10, while the Purple Knights drop to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Assumption is back in action on Saturday, April 5th as the Hounds travel to American International College for a 4 p.m. start.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a variety of contests this afternoon and below are the scores and outcomes.

Men’s Lacrosse

Endicott 26, Nichols 8: Mitchell Tapley paced the Gulls with four tallies, while Kyle Webber netted a hat trick. Anthony Verville led the Bison with four goals.

Tufts 21, Conn. College 13: Chris Schoenhut led the Jumbos with seven tallies, while Cole Bailey recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) as Tufts defeated the Camels and improved to 7-1.

Springfield 13, Wheaton 5: Bryce Serriello paced the Pride with four goals, while Dom Roberto, Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan each recorded two tallies as Springfield defeated the Lyons in its NEWMAC opener. Barrett Jenness led Wheaton with a hat trick.

Middlebury 8, Amherst 7: Jack Rautiola’s final goal, his third of the contest, provided the Panthers with the lead for good as Middlebury defeated the Lord Jeffs in Vermont. Amherst’s Kane Haffey and Devin Acton combined for five points.

Mitchell 11, Regis 10: The Pride’s five-game winning streak concluded in Connecticut as Regis’ comeback fell short following back-to-back man-up goals from Peter Leighton and Chris Campbell. Leighton led the Pride with four goals, while Billy Stewart netted a hat trick.

Rivier 6, Becker 5: Tom Johnson‘s lone goal with 3:50 remaining the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Raiders defeated the Hawks in Leicester. Myles White and John DeAngelis each netted two goals for Becker.

Women’s Lacrosse

Maryland 10, Boston College 9: Erin Collins‘ second goal of the contest provided the Terps with the lead for good as Maryland edged the Eagles at College Park. Sarah Mannelly paced the Eagles with four points (three goals, one assist), while Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix each netted two goals.

Adelphi 10, Stonehill 4: The Panthers raced out to 6-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and earned its ninth consecutive win. Stonehill, which is 4-4 overall and 3-2 in NE-10 play, received goals from Rebecca MathesonKelsey Shannahan and Mikayla Couch.

Amherst 11, Middlebury 10: Elizabeth Ludlow‘s goal with 3:35 remaining in the second half lifted the Jeffs past the Panthers in Amherst. Mia HaughtonDevin O’ConnorKrista Zsitvay and Meghan Mills each netted two goals in the win.

Endicott 17, Nichols 3: Callie Murphy recorded three goals and three assists, while Ryan Socolow picked up her seventh win between the pipes as the Gulls defeated the Bison in Dudley. Nichols’ Alexa Smith record two goals.

Springfield 17, MIT 4: Connie Nielsen netted a team-high four, while Michelle DorseyEmily RodgersEmily Fowler and Kelly Gallo each recorded hat tricks as the Pride defeated the Engineers in Springfield. Isabella DiDio paced MIT with two tallies.

Tufts 11, Conn. College 9: Gabby Horner and Caroline Ross combined for seven goals, while Rachel Gallimore turned away five shots as the Jumbos defeated the Camels in Connecticut.

Mass. College Lax: Tenney Records A Hat Trick In BU Setback To Navy

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University athletic communication office, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Navy:

BOSTON – Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney notched a hat trick and freshman Christian Carson-Banister made 12 saves, but the Boston University men’s lacrosse team dropped a 13-7 decision at Navy on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

Three Terriers combined to provide the BU (1-8, 1-4 PL) goals, as Tenney tallied three while freshmen Ryan Johnston and Cal Dearth each scored a pair. Dearth also added two assists for a four-point afternoon. Freshman Sam Talkow won 11 faceoffs and collected the first two assists of his collegiate career to go along with a game-high eight ground balls. Sophomore Sammy Davis also had an assist, as did freshmen Adam Schaal and Craig Zebrowski.

Navy (4-5, 3-3 PL) outshot BU, 12-2, in the opening quarter but Johnston opened the scoring with 6:05 to play off a feed from Dearth during the first extra-man opportunity of the contest. After Navy scored to tie the game, 1-1, the Terriers regained the lead just seven seconds later with 2:45 remaining in the quarter. Talkow cleanly won a faceoff, raced into the box and quickly dished to Tenney, who fired a shot past John Connors. The Mids scored with eight seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game before getting their first lead of the game, 3-2, 3:20 into the second stanza.

Dearth leveled the score at 3-3 with 7:31 to play in the first half. Schaal was behind the Navy net and sent a pass to Dearth at the top of the box. He fired a shot past Connors for his fifth goal of the year. Carson-Banister then came up with perhaps his best save of the game when he stoned Gabe Voumard from point-blank range while the Terriers were a man-down.

The Mids scored four straight goals to end the quarter and take a 7-3 lead into halftime. Johnston began the third quarter with his team-best 11th goal of the season to make it a 7-4 game. Navy thought it would take a 9-4 lead into the final 15 minutes after scoring with eight seconds left in the third quarter, but Talkow won the ensuing draw and, like in the first quarter, quickly found Tenney for a goal with just three ticks left on the clock.

The Terriers began a comeback attempt with two straight goals to open the fourth quarter. Tenney tallied his 10th marker of the season just 33 seconds in before Zebrowski found Dearth with 10:57 to play to cut the Navy lead to 9-7. That was as close as the Terriers got, however, as the Mids added four more goals to seal the victory.

The teams were nearly even in faceoffs and ground balls, with the Terriers winning 11 of 23 draws and collecting 22 ground balls to Navy’s 24. Freshman Cam Pincus secured a career-high five ground balls while classmate Greg Wozniak secured three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

BU will host Army in the Terriers’ final Patriot League game at Nickerson Field this season. Game time is set for 12 p.m.