Frozen Four: BU, Providence Advance To NCAA D1 Championship

Boston University's Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals on Thursday evening, while registering one assist as the Terriers defeated North Dakota, 5-3. (Photo Credit: CBS Sports)
Boston University’s Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals on Thursday evening, while registering one assist as the Terriers defeated North Dakota, 5-3. (Photo Credit: CBS Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of Hockey East teams will compete on Causeway Street on Saturday evening at the TD Garden as Boston University and Providence College earned Frozen Four semifinal victories on Thursday evening.

The Friars, who competed in the first semifinal match, defeated Nebraska-Omaha (4-1), while the Terriers skated past North Dakota (5-3).

BU’s Jack Eichel clinched the victory for the Terriers late in the third period when he sailed a shot into an open North Dakota net from behind the face-off circle, which halted a late rally.

Eichel opened the scoring for the Terriers, netting a back-handed shot off a rebound before Brandon Hickey doubled the Red and White’s advantage with a strike at 19:12 in the first period.

North Dakota sliced the deficit 44 seconds into the second frame when Luke Johnson slipped the puck past Matt O’Connor, but the Terriers responded with back-to-back tallies from A.J. Greer and Doyle Somerby that provided BU with a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of hockey.

Troy Stecher and Connor Gaarder closed the gap for North Dakota at 12:10 and 16:17, respectively, in the third period, but that would be the closest they would get to the Hockey East champions. O’Connor deflected 33-of-36 shots, while North Dakota’s Zane McIntyre turned away 23-of-27 attempts.

Providence’s Nick Saracino led the Friars with three-points (one goal and two assists) and set-up the game’s first and second tallies, which were recorded by Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski. Saracino eventually located the back of the net in the third period, capping the Friars’ offensive outburst at 19:23.

Jon Gillies picked up his 23rd victory between the pipes, deflecting 25 shots, including nine attempts in the opening frame. Omaha’s Ryan Massa dipped to 14-8-6 and recorded a game-high 44 stops. Massa’s 14 wins were the most the senior goaltender has recorded with the Mavericks.

Omaha’s Jake Guentzel recorded the Mavericks’ lone goal of the contest – his 14th of the season – at 10:46 in the third period. The loss ended Omaha’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance run.

Lowell Spinners Host Mahoning Valley This Afternoon At Fenway Park

By NoontimeSports.com 

Looking for a way to cap the weekend? Then head over to Fenway Park this afternoon as the historic ballpark hosts the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox’ Class A Affiliate, who’ll host the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at 3:30 p.m.

According to the Spinners’ website, this will be the ninth time Lowell will be participating in the annual “Futures at Fenway.” The Scrappers, who have also competed in this yearly ritual, will be making their sixth appearance in this particular game.

Admission is $15, which includes the game, as well as post-game screening of “Field of Dreams.” Fans are also welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark, too.

For more information on the Lowell Spinners, hop here!

NEWMAC Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championship Videos

By Matt Noonan 

Earlier this week, the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) held its men’s and women’s cross country championships at Franklin Park in Boston. MIT won both races as the men’s team captured their 16th conference crown, while the women’s team won its seventh consecutive championship.

Below are highlights from each race courtesy of the NEWMAC and its YouTube channel.

Men’s Race: 

 

Women’s Race: 

 

Mass. College Lax: Domingos Joins BU Men’s Lax Staff

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about former Colby College men’s lacrosse coach, Justin Domingos, who has been named an assistant for the Terriers men lacrosse team:

BOSTON – Justin Domingos has been named an assistant coach for the Boston University men’s lacrosse program, head coach Ryan Polley announced on Thursday.

Domingos will be the Terriers’ defensive coordinator, joining Polley and offensive coordinator Drew Kelleher to complete the program’s coaching staff. He arrives at BU after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Colby College, where he posted a 24-21 overall record and led the Mules to the NESCAC playoffs in each of his first two years at the helm. His defense allowed fewer than eight goals per game in those two seasons, including a conference-best 7.44 goals per game in 2011. Domingos also coached the first Mule to be named a First Team All-American and USILA positional player of the year.

“I’m thrilled to bring Justin aboard,” Polley said. “He has the perfect background to complement Coach Kelleher and myself both on and off the field. As a well-respected coach within the lacrosse community, he will help us attract highest the highest caliber of student-athletes to Boston and help mentor them into outstanding young men.”

Prior to his time at Colby, Domingos spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Gettysburg. He was the defensive coordinator and worked with the face-off men when the Bullets made a national title game appearance in 2009. It was his second stint as an assistant coach at Gettysburg, as he was the offensive coordinator when it advanced to the 2002 national title game.

As a student-athlete at Gettysburg, Domingos served as a team captain for both the football and lacrosse teams during his senior year. In lacrosse, Domingos was a two-year starter as a defenseman and helped the Bullets to a 44-28 record. He was a member of Gettysburg’s 1998 and 1999 Centennial Conference championship teams.

“Justin has been a winner as both a player and a coach and I expect him to instill the work ethic in our players that it takes to be successful at the highest level of Division I lacrosse,” Polley added. “Under his leadership, Justin’s defensive units at both Colby and Gettysburg emerged as top defenses in their respective conferences and I have no doubt he will bring the same result to BU.”

BU will begin varsity play in the 2013-14 season as a member of the nine-team Patriot League.

Boston Marathon Runners Plan To Return Next Year

By Richard Murray 

BOSTON, MA – Literally two days after Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, Amanda Whitten, who hails from California, has already begun thinking about next year’s race.

“Next year we will have people run in honor of (Monday’s victims) and show that marathons have always been about a celebration of the human spirit, people coming together, and supporting each other,” said Whitten, who has run the 26.2 mile race three times.

“This will definitely not (prevent me from returning) because that would be letting them win, but I am just sad for all those people and spectators.”

Excluding Whitten, other runners have spent the past few days contemplating about next year’s race, but most seem determined to return to Boston next April.

“I never thought I would end up doing the Boston Marathon again, but (with the race) ending on such a negative note it has been on my mind,” said Lisa Turner, a marathon runner from Milwaukee. “I would hate for it to be the last one.”

Jonathan Thomas, who traveled to Boston from Baton Rouge, looks forward to running his second race next year and being apart of the state’s Patriots Day celebration.

“I was already planning on coming back again next year, but what happened is not going to stop me from returning,” Thomas said. “This was my first time coming here to Boston, and I won’t let (what happened) ruin this race.”

With more photos and videos of the bombings being released to the police, as well as being shown on television and across the web, some runners are considering the “what-if” question, especially Turner, who finished 15 minutes prior to the first explosion.

“I have gone over it 100 times in my head, what if that was me (at the blast, but) I haven’t put my medal on yet because I just can’t bring myself to do it,” Turner said.  “You feel like you want to celebrate, but there is just (too) much negativity.”

Reports confirmed yesterday that the Boston Marathon’s would occur next year, which is something Whiten was happy to hear.

“That would be letting them win,” Whitten said had the committee postponed the race.

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