Mass. College Lax: Tuesday Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

It was another busy day in the lacrosse world, so let’s get caught up with a few afternoon scores and outcomes.

Men’s Lacrosse

Williams 15, Tufts 8: Leading 8-5 at intermission, the Ephs used a 7-3 run, including five consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to defeat the Jumbos. Steven Kiesel paced Williams with four tallies, while Dan Whittam recorded a season-best 17 stops. Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut and Peter Bowers each netted two goals in the setback. The win snaps Williams’ two-game skid and improves their overall mark to 6-3, while Tufts falls to 7-2. Both teams are 4-1 in NESCAC play.

Endicott 13, Wentworth 2: The Gulls raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Leopards in Beverley. Endicott’s Harrison Cotter led all scorers with five points (four goals, one assist), while Wentworth received its two strikes from Alec Paradis.

Gordon 8, Curry 7: Trailing 7-5 heading into the final frame, the Fighting Scots rallied with three consecutive tallies to to defeat the Colonels in Wenham. Roger Evans paced Gordon with a hat trick, while Matt Dantona finished with two goals and three helpers. Curry’s Connor Arnold concluded the contest with a hat trick.

WNE 16, Nichols 4: Sean Lawton recorded a game-best five tallies as the Golden Bears defeated the Bison and extended its current winning streak to three games. Adam Knapton registered three goals and four assists in the win, while Nichols’ Tyler Sikich netted a hat trick in the setback.

Women’s Lacrosse

Endicott 23, Wentworth 8: Emily Whitney recorded six points (four goals, two assists), while Meghan LennonSofia Filippi, and Katie Tierney each netted hat tricks as the Gulls soared past the Leopards in Beverley. Brandie Holland led Wentworth with two strikes.

Gordon 11, Curry 10: Leading 6-5 at intermission, the Fighting Scots netted three straight goals to commence the second half, which helped Gordon push ahead for good. Curry did trim the deficit with five second half tallies, but it was Abby Illian and Bailey Grinnell that secured the win for Gordon as each player recorded a goal late in the session. Grinnell and Anna Blomberg each recorded hat tricks in the win, while Curry’s Haley Carey and Alli Schoff recorded hat tricks.

WNE 20, Nichols 8: Kaitlynn Stevens and Kelsey Sherman each netted five goals as the Golden Bears defeated the Bison in Springfield. Alyssa Bufis paced Nichols with a hat trick. Western New England extended its current winning streak to 10 and is now 10-0 for the first-time in program history.

Mass. College Hockey: Murphy Lifts Nichols Past UNE, 2-1


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the women’s hockey team, which received a go-ahead goal from Grace Murphy to seal a 2-1 win over University of New England:

HARRISVILLE, R.I. –Junior Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) scored her team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season goal to lift the Nichols College women’s ice hockey team a 2-1 win over the University of New England in non-conference action Tuesday night at Levy Rink.

Junior Tori Gianformaggio (Huntington Beach, Calif.) recorded 26 saves to earn her second win of the season as the Bison moved to 3-8-0 on the season and 2-0-0 all-time against UNE. Juniors Talia Hohmann (Marian, Calif.) and Amber Aaskov (Falmouth, Mass.) picked up assists on Murphy’s marker 6:13 into the first period while classmate Bridget Griffin (North Billerica, Mass.) assisted on her second tally, which held up as the game-winner.

Freshman Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.) potted her fifth goal of the season late in the third period for the Nor’easters (5-5-3), who received 25 saves from freshman goalie Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Mich.).

“This was a big win for us,” said Nichols first-year Bison head coach Wil Brown. “It was good to be home in our familiar surroundings, in our locker room. We put forth a solid effort both physically and mentally, and when we do that, we can compete with anyone.”

On the first Nichols goal, Aaskov slid the puck over the Hohmann, who let go of a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Helmbrecht. Murphy pounced on the rebound and poked it into the net. The period closed with UNE holding a 9-6 edge in shots.

Nichols had a pair of solid scoring chances in the second period, but could not pad its lead. Junior Alyssa Bufis (Linden, N.J.) took a pass form the right side and one-timed a shot from in close that Helmbrecht got a pad on. Seven minutes later, Murphy toe-dragged around a defender and walked in alone on Helmbrecht, but her shot targeted for the top right corner was snared by Helmbrecht’s glove.

In the third, Murphy made good on her second breakaway opportunity of the night. The dangle she put on the UNE defenseman was identical to the one she pulled out in the second period, but this time, Murphy went five-hole to beat Helmbrecht 9:11 into the period.

“She pulled out that toe drag in practice yesterday, and she got all of the shot in the second period,” said Brown. “Their goalie made a great glove save on the first one. On the second one, she pulled it back and went five-hole. Changing up the shot the second time around always makes a difference. It was another great play from one of the great players in our conference.”

The Nor’easters finally solved Gianformaggio with 4:16 remaining in regulation to cut their deficit in half. Freshman Gabriella Moscat (Wakefield, Mass.) fired of a shot from the top of the circle that Gianformaggio stopped through a screen, but Crugnale collected the rebound and got off a shot that bounced over Gianformaggio and just over the goal line.

Each team finished the contest with 27 shots. UNE went 0-for-5 with the extra attacker while the Bison were 0-for-3.

The Bison return to action on January 18 when they host Holy Cross at 7:40 p.m. UNE plays at Castleton Friday at 4 p.m. in the Rutland Herald Invitational.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)


Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.

Mass. College Lax: Nichols Earns First Win Against Mass. Maritime


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game, which saw Nichols College earn its first victory of the season:

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Sophomores Alyssa Bufis (Linden, N.J.) and Erica Antonison (Albertson, N.Y.) each netted four goals and an assist for five points to lead Nichols to a 13-8 non-league college women’s lacrosse victory over Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.

The visiting Bison (1-3) received a hat trick from Bufis in the first 9:52 of action to take an early 4-1 lead, but the host Buccaneers (0-3) notched four unanswered tallies over the next 15-plus minutes to take a 5-4 edge on senior Kim Courcy’s (Warwick, R.I.) marker with 4:51 remaining in the half.  Antonison gave Nichols a 6-5 advantage at the break with a pair of goals that came 37 seconds apart late in the opening half, and she added two more tallies to cap a four-goal run that gave the visitors a 9-5 cushion with 21:45 to play in the contest.  Courcy and freshman Molly Smith (Westwood, Mass.) netted markers in a 4:53 span that cut Massachusetts Maritime’s deficit back to 9-7, but the Bison used another four-goal run, including a pair of tallies off the stick of sophomore Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) in an eight minute stretch, to seal their triumph.

Murphy finished with a hat trick and an assist for four points in the win for Nichols, which also received a pair of tallies from sophomore Sam MacMillan (Bridgewater, Mass.) as well as single assists off the sticks of seniors Shayna Ramalho (Monroe, Conn.) and Erica Silvia (Middletown, R.I.).  Courcy finished with a hat trick in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received a pair of goals from Smith to go with a marker and two assists from freshman Shavonne Boyle (Doylestown, Pa.). Senior Shelagh Hogan (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist as well for the Buccaneers, who also received a tally from freshman Janine Prokscha (Washington, Conn.) and a helper from sophomore Jillian Petrarca (Manutuck, R.I.).

Freshman AnneMarie Fana (Lawrence, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate victory with three saves in goal for Nichols, while sophomore Deb Langley (Abington, Mass.) made 14 stops in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime as the Bison outshot the Buccaneers by a 39-16 margin for the contest.

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Regis in a non-league outing on Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Nichols heads to Dallas, Pa. on Friday afternoon to take on Misericordia in a non-league match beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Britney Wuorio Leads Lasell Past Nichols, 15-6


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the Bison’s women’s lacrosse game against Lasell College:

DUDLEY, Mass.  – The Nichols College women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Lasell College 15-6 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at a rainy Vendetti Field.

Nichols (0-2) was led by sophomore Erica Antonison (Albertson, N.Y.) with four goals while classmate Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) pitched in with two goals and five draw controls. Sophomore Alyssa Bufis (Linden, N.J.) collected four ground balls and classmate Stephanie Mathewson (Simsbury, Conn.) came up with three.

Junior Britney Wuorio (Bolton, Mass.) paced all student-athletes with eight goals and a pair of helpers for a 10 point afternoon. Senior Ashley Slattery (Weymouth, Mass.) found the back of the net five times and had an assist on three others. Sophomore Caitlyn Brecher (Cheshire, Conn.) scored twice and senior Rebecca Stanton (Agawam, Mass.) recorded an assist for the Lasers (2-1). Slattery also filled the stat sheet with five ground balls, two draw controls and a trio of caused turnovers.

As a team, Lasell converted five free position shots and corralled 10 draw controls to go along with nine ground balls and 31 shots. Nichols potted a pair of free position shots while besting the visitors with 14 draw controls. The Bison also came up with six ground balls and took 20 shots on the afternoon.

Wuorio and Slattery combined to stake a 3-0 lead for the visitors with just under five minutes expired on the game clock. Murphy and Antonison each produced a goal to make it a one-goal outing midway through the first half before the duo struck three more times to race out to a four-goal advantage. Antonison used her second goal of the game to bring the contest within three once more before a pair of unanswered tallies each by Slattery and Wuorio. Boucher scored her first goal to increase the Lasell lead to 11-3.  Antonison then capped the first half scoring with a Bison goal as 30 seconds remained in the frame.

Lasell outscored the Bison 4-2 in the first 15 minutes of the second half as Slattery topped off the scoring with 11:40 left in the game.

Laser rookie netminder Sammy Long (Staten Island, N.Y.) turned away six shots in the victory (2-1) as sophomore Michaela Doughty (Scituate, Mass.) was called upon to make one stop in a brief relief appearance. Bison first-year AnneMarie Fana (Lawrence, Mass.) suffered the defeat despite a game-high eight saves and falls to 0-2.

Nichols is off until Monday when the team travels to Emmanuel for a 7:00 p.m. game. Lasell travels to MIT for a 7:00 p.m. matchup on Thursday.