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Mass. College Hockey: UML Tops Notre Dame In Hockey East Semis, 4-0

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – The UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey team is headed back to the Hockey East Championship.

The River Hawks, who’ll compete for their second consecutive conference title tomorrow evening against either New Hampshire or Providence College, blanked Notre Dame, 4-0, in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday evening at the TD Garden.

“It was a great win,” said UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin, who guided the River Hawks to 24-10-4 overall record this season.

“I felt the guys were on cue this morning in the pregame skate and they certainly were. I thought we were sharp, our special teams capitalized and that’s always a big factor.”

Christian Folin provided the River Hawks with the lead for good in the opening session by firing home a pass from A.J. White from the nearside circle, which bounced of Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind’s skate and trickled into the Fighting Irish net at 10:13.

Derek Arnold doubled his team’s advantage roughly three minutes later when he raced down the nearside wing and rifled a shot past Steven Summerhays (18 saves), which provided the River Hawks with a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

“Notre Dame had a line rush and we were back-checking. Zack Kamrass made a great play standing up with a great stick, a poke check and I was coming back and picked up that puck from Zack and I just went off to the races,” Arnold said of his first period goal, which was his 11th tally of the season. “I saw little daylight, so I went with it.”

UML added to its total by potting two more goals in the second period. Evan Campbell netted a rebound in front of the Notre Dame cage before Kamrass blasted an attempt from the nearside circle. Both goals were power play strikes.

“I thought we capitalized on our chances,” Bazin said. “It’s always important to do that against good competition and in (the) playoffs you don’t get that many opportunities, so when you can capitalize on two power plays and start with a lead that helps.”

According to the Hockey East website, UMass Lowell has registered 31 power play goals on 148 attempts this year, while Notre Dame has stopped 144 of 171 attempts. The Fighting Irish had one power play in this evening’s contest, but was unable to push the puck past UML’s Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 35 shots and earned his 11th career shutout.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s definitely a milestone in my life and I am very thankful for the opportunity that Lowell’s give me and I don’t think I would be setting any records if it wasn’t for the team I have in front of me too,” said Hellebuyck. “It’s not just me it’s them too.”

With tonight’s setback, Notre Dame falls to 23-14-2 overall. The Fighting Irish are now 0-3 this season against the River Hawks, as they dropped back-to-back contests in Lowell in November.

Notre Dame will most likely continue its 2013-14 campaign next weekend, but won’t know its next foe until the NCAA Division 1 bracket is released on Sunday, March 23.

“It’s not easy getting (to the semifinals),” said Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson. “You have to take advantage of it when you do.

“Getting to the Boston (TD) Garden, it should be everything and that’s what we all should be striving for and having a chance to win in this environment…so when you get here you have to enjoy the experience and take advantage of it.”

UMass Lowell will look to even its conference championship mark at 2-2 tomorrow with a win. They hadn’t won a Hockey East crown until they defeated Jack Parker’s Boston University Terriers last March, 1-0.

“The first time’s hard, but the second time is even harder,” said Arnold, who netted the game-winner last year against the Terriers. “We put ourselves in a position to go after another championship and we’re going to prepare properly tonight and tomorrow and go for that.”

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.