Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D2 Roundup


Here are the results and game summaries from the various Division 2 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

St. Michael’s 69, Bentley 66: Jasper Grassa recorded five points during the final 11 seconds, including three free throws, but it wasn’t enough to force overtime as the Purple Knights fended off a late Falcons rally en route to their 17th win of the year, 12th in Northeast-10 Conference play. Grassa led Bentley with 13 points, as well as registered six rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Tyler McFarland netted 12 points.

Assumption 68, Merrimack 63: The Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors in Worcester. Asssumption’s Jimmy Zenevitch finished with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, one steal and one block. JT Strickland paced Merrimack with 19 points.

So. New Hampshire 73, Stonehill 49: Ryan Logan and Josh Heyliger each netted nine points, while Pierce Cumpstone scored seven points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks top the Penmen.

Women’s Basketball

Stonehill 79, Southern New Hampshire 58: Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier combined for 30 points, while Asia Ewing added 15 points off the bench as the Skyhawks defeated the Penmen in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dixon finished the contest with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 1 Bentley 84, St. Michael’s 52: Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista combined for 30 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists as the Falcons defeated the Purple Knights and improved to 23-0.

Assumption 67, Merrimack 56: Assumption’s Caitlin Ackerman stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Greyhounds defeated the Warriors in Worcester. Aria Johnson led Merrimack with 12 points.

Mass. College Hoops: NCAA D2 Women’s East Regional Quarterfinals Roundup

Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College's first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)

Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College’s first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)


The first day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region quarterfinals are in the books and below are the game summaries.

Stonehill College 78, Franklin Pierce 66 – Trailing the Ravens by eight at the break, the Skyhawks rallied by scoring 51 second half points to earn a first round victory. Mary Louise Dixon netted a game-best 32 points, as well as pulled down 12 boards. Asia Ewing added 19 points, while Abbey Lalime registered nine points off the bench. Stonehill will return to the hardwood tomorrow for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off against Dowling, who defeated NYIT.

Bentley University 68, LIU Post 57 – Lauren Battista netted a game-high 27 points, Jacqui Brugliera added 10 points as the Falcons defeated the Pioneers. With the win Bentley will face Holy Family following Dowling-Stonehill at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Family 68, Assumption College 62 – Katy Howard netted a team-best 17 points, Gabrielle Gibson registered 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the Hounds defeat the Tigers. Assumption concludes its season with a 22-7 mark.

Mass. College Sports: Tuesday Night Roundup

UMass Lowell's Bianca Simmons netted a career-best 45 points on Tuesday against Bentley. (Photo Credit: UMass Lowell Athletics)

UMass Lowell’s Bianca Simmons netted a career-best 45 points on Tuesday against Bentley. (Photo Credit: UMass Lowell Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Another night of college basketball and hockey is in the books and below are the highlights.

Men’s Basketball:

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.

Women’s Basketball:

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.

Mass. College Hoops: No. 14 Stonehill Hands No. 1 Bentley First Setback


Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s basketball game against Stonehill College. The No. 14 Skyhawks handed the No. 1 Falcons their first setback of the season and below is the recap:

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Stonehill College, ranked 14th in Division II, made eight of its first nine three-pointers to take control and held on to upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bentley University, 73-66, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball before a full house at Merkert Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

Bentley, which had previously wrapped up the NE-10 regular season title, saw its East Region winning streak halted at 37 and dropped to 24-1 overall, 20-1 in the conference. Stonehill, which entered the game locked into the second seed in the upcoming conference playoffs, improved to 22-3 overall and 18-3 NE-10.

A quartet of Skyhawks accounted for 61 of Stonehill’s points, with sophomore guard Amy Pelletier (Beverly) leading the way with 17. She made five of six overall, with three treys, and helped lock up the win with four free throws in the final 50 seconds.

Senior guard Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley) followed with 16, and Stonehill also received 14 points from forwards Asia Ewing (Westford) and Tori Faieta (Lynn).

Junior All-America forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and senior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) each scored 16 for Bentley, and had eight and nine rebounds, respectively. Battista’s 16 boosted her career total to 1,389, surpassing Kim Penwell ’93 for the most ever by a Falcon prior to her senior year, and Finn moved to within 34 of 1,000.

Hot shooting by Stonehill, especially from downtown where the Skyhawks were seven of eight, produced a lead as big as 16 for the home team in the first half, 39-23 with 2:31 to play. Bentley cut it down to 11 at the break after forcing four turnovers in the final two minutes and scoring the last five points, including four from junior guard Christiana Bakolas (Manchester, N.H./Central HS). She made a pair of free throws, came up with a backcourt steal and laid it in for four points in only five seconds.

The bench carried the Falcon offense in the first half, providing 15 of the 28 points on six of 12 shooting, with a pair of threes. The starting five had its problems, combining for only three baskets in 15 attempts and a total of 13 points.

The backcourt of Dixon and Pelletier led Stonehill during the first 20, combining for 20 points without a turnover. Pelletier scored 11 without missing a shot, connecting three times from outside the arc. Dixon made both her threes during a nine-point half.

A 13-5 Stonehill run to start the second half pushed the Bentley deficit to a season-high 19, 52-33 with 14:21 left. Ewing had five during that stretch and both Dixon and Faieta scored four.

The lead remained in doubles until a 9-0 Falcon spurt, which included four by Finn, reduced the spread to nine, 59-50 with 8:45 left.

The two teams traded baskets over the next five minutes with Bentley entering the final 3:30 down a dozen, 68-56. Two free throws by Bentley junior forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS), an eight-footer from Battista and a top-of-the-key three from senior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich/Worcester Academy)reduced the deficit to six, 68-62, with 1:34 remaining.

Following a defensive stop, Bentley had a chance to make it a four-point game.  But a missed lay-up was followed by two Pelletier free throws with 48.2 seconds, Stonehill’s first points in over three minutes. Two free throws by Finn were matched by Pelletier, and Battista made it a six-point game again with a lay-up with 19.8 seconds.

Dixon was quickly fouled and she missed the front end of a one-and-one with 17.1 on the clock. However, she tracked down the rebound and that was essentially the ball game.

Brugliera and Crowell were the only Falcons other than Battista and Finn to score more than five, finishing with nine and seven, respectively.

Stonehill outshot the Falcons 47-35 percent and had an 8-3 advantage in threes as Bentley connected on just 3 of 24 from downtown. The Falcons finished with a 15-5 edge in second chance points, but lost for the first time in 69 games when winning the rebound battle (44-34).

Bentley will finish the regular season at home Tuesday night against UMass-Lowell and will host a Northeast-10 quarterfinal playoff game next Sunday afternoon.

Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 22-24)


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Men’s Basketball:

Boston University at UMBC (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.) – The Terriers won’t be dancing in March or April, but as of lately they’ve been on a roll. BU enters the game on a five-game winning streak and will look to earn a season sweep against UMBC.

Last time these two squads tangled, Dom Morris filled the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal, which helped the locals tackle the Maryland institution.

The Retrievers haven’t appeared in the win column since defeating Maine on February 2, so it’ll be interesting to see how this dogfight concludes.

MIT vs. Springfield College (Saturday, 3:00 p.m. @ WPI) – The third time is the charm, right?

The rematch of last year’s NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) championship is expected to be an epic battle. The winner of this game will face-off against the winner of Babson College-WPI on Sunday in the conference championship, so strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.

MIT enters the game on an eight-game winning streak, while Springfield College concluded their regular season slate with three consecutive victories.

Springfield’s Alex Berthiaume netted 20 points or more in both meetings, so MIT will need to keep an eye on him. However, the Engineers received some much needed help from Will Tashman in their last meeting, as the senior recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Both squads handed the top-seeded Engineers of WPI a loss during the final week of the regular season, and will certainly pose challenges for Chris Bartley’s crew.

Middlebury College vs. Williams College (Saturday, 3:00 p.m. @ Amherst College) – The NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) will feature two great semifinal matchups on Saturday, but this is certainly a big one.

The Ephs edged the Panthers in their last meeting, 64-63 in Williamstown, thanks to a Daniel Wohl’s layup with 31 ticks remaining. The Ephs won the battle of the boards, but surrendered the ball 13 times, which allowed the Panthers to convert an additional 18 points.

After sustaining their first setback of the season, Middlebury recovered by winning six of their final seven contests. With a win, the Panthers would appear in the conference championship tilt for the fifth consecutive time. Last year, they lost to Amherst College, but defeated Williams the previous year.

Women’s Basketball:

Bentley University at Stonehill College (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) – The first meeting resulted in a win for the Falcons, so can the Skyhawks even the season series with a victory on their court?

Stonehill enters the contest on a four-game winning streak. They’ve averaged 82.5 points in their last four matches, thanks to offensive production from Mary Louise Dixon, Asia Ewing and Tori Faieta.

Bentley recently took over the number one position in the USA Today Sports poll, as well as earned their third consecutive Northeast-10 regular season crown with its 24th consecutive win on Wednesday against Franklin Pierce. Lauren Battista finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacqui Brugliera netted 13 points in the win.  

Last time these two squads met, the Falcons constructed a 49-11 lead and never looked back. Batista, Courtney Finn and Christiana Bakolas each recorded 10 points or more in the win, while Faieta led the visitors with a game-best 14 points.

Amherst College vs. Bowdoin College (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.) – The Polar Bears shocked New England last weekend by defeating Tufts University in Medford. Can they continue their momentum against the Lord Jeffs?

Bowdoin led Amherst at the break during their first meeting, but couldn’t fend off a second half charge, as the Lord Jeffs’ 44 points secured the win. Amherst’s Marcia Voigt led all scorers with 17 points, while Bowdoin’s Selena Lorrey scored 15 points off the bench. The Polar Bears bench provided 21 points compared to the Lord Jeffs 10, so it’ll be interesting to see if the non-starters can impact this game.

Against the Jumbos, the Polar Bears held their opponent to 22 of 67 from the field, as well as outrebounded them, 38-35.

Bowdoin topped Amherst in the 2009 conference championship, but ever since the Lord Jeffs have won and two victories this weekend will make it a four-peat for the hosts.