Bulletin Board: UMass falls to Huskies, 5-4
UMass scored three unanswered goals in the third period, two shorthanded, but its comeback bid fell just short, as the Minutemen fell to No. 12 Northeastern, 5-4, Saturday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.
Zack LaRue, Ben Gallacher, Kevin Roy, and Ryan Belonger were the goal scorers for the Minutemen (8-19-4 overall, 4-11-3 Hockey East).
UMass returns to the ice at No. 9 Providence Friday at 7 p.m.
Northfield Mount Hermon avoided a major upset loss Saturday in an overtime girls’ basketball thriller at Deerfield Academy, escaping with a 63-59 victory.
NMH found itself in the unfamiliar position of facing a halftime deficit (34-30) and had to regroup at the break. The Hoggers took control early but blew a 6-point lead with less than two minutes to go in the contest, and DA’s Becca Harrington (22 points) buried a 3-ball in the final seconds to force the extra frame.
NMH’s Vanessa Udoji (19 points, 13 boards, 5 assists) took control in the OT, scoring the first 4 points, and the Hoggers never relinquished the lead.
Ruthann Zientek finished 12 for 14 from the line and with 16 points for NMH.
Libby Murray contributed 12 points for DA.
•In other action, Stoneleigh-Burnham School defeated Dublin School, 41-17, in the girls’ basketball championship game of the River Valley Athletic League over the weekend in Greenfield.
The Owls finished the season 20-1.
• On Friday, Vanessa Udoji scored a career-high 26 points to lead NMH to a 75-42 win over Phillips Andover Academy at Forslund Gym in Gill.
Ruthann Zientek buried four 3-pointers en route to 17 points for NMH, which imprved to 14-6 on the season.
Choate Rosemary Hall won its ninth straight game with a 3-2 victory over NMH in a boys’ prep hockey game Sunday afternoon in Wallingford, Conn.
Choate scored 43 seconds into the third period to tie the score at 2-2, and then potted the game-winning goal 6 minutes, 29 seconds in.
Corey Moriarty and Peter-Owen Hayward each scored for NMH, which moved to 6-2-1 in its past nine games and is 19-8-2 on the season. Conor O’Brien made 27 saves.
NMH hosts Phillips Andover Academy Wednesday.
• On Saturday, NMH came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Loomis-Chaffee School, 5-3, at McCollum Arena in Gill.
Brandon Palacio scored twice for the Hoggers (19-7-2, 16-7-1 NEPSAC), while Matt Greenwood, Jamie Dorsey, and Will Pappas netted one goal apiece. Kyle Redmond played a solid game in goal, stopping 36 of 39 shots.
NMH’s Aidan Conroy won his second consecutive New England Prep School Athletic Conference wrestling title Saturday at the Brooks School in North Andover.
Conroy defeated Quinn Abrams of St. Paul’s School, 5-2, in the title match at 145 pounds. Teammate Alex Bloom placed fourth at 160 pounds, and Jake Wilson came in seventh at 182. NMH came in 14th as a team. All three wrestlers will compete in the Prep National Tournament at Lehigh University this weekend.
Frontier U13’s win
The Frontier Red Hawks beat the Cold Spring Soccer Club, 4-2, in U13 girls’ indoor soccer action over the weekend.
Natalie Denkiewicz led Frontier with two goals, and Caitlyn Devine and Jessica Wrisley each added 1. Marisela Ackerman was excellent in goal, recording 25 saves. Hannah Kantor and Jenna Martin both played stellar defense for the Hawks.
Natalie Denkiewicz recorded a hat trick over the weekend and the Frontier FireCrackers opened the third session of the Under-12 girls’ indoor soccer season with a 6-2 win over the Winter Warriors from Huntington at Allsport Arena in Northampton.
Alexa Kassis, Lily Spencer and Tori Hamilton-Speth each added one goal in the win, including Kassis and Hamilton-Speth, who scored on direct kicks. Kate Hickey and Samantha Meunier each picked up one assist, while Denkiewicz and Jessica Wrisley played well in goal.
EDGE beats Turners
Bryce Dobosz led the way with 19 points, Justin Hubbard added 14, and Kyle Wheeler tossed in 11, as the EDGE knocked off Turners Falls in seventh/eighth grade Suburban League basketball Saturday in Northfield.
Montague Gray second
Montague Gray finished second at the Vernon (Vt.) Invitational grades 5 & 6 basketball tournament over the weekend.
Montague competed against eight other teams and finished 6-1 overall, losing to Vernon in the title game. The Erving Eagles placed third in the tournament. Bailey Young led the team in scoring with 85 points in seven games, while Jake Dodge scored 69 poitns, Gram Pezzati scored 35 points, and Jake Sak added 49 points.
Gabriel LaRoche, Vinnie Carme, Brody Baird, Brody Trott and Christian LaRoche each played well in the tournament.
Turners boys busy
The Turners Falls fifth- and sixth-grade Suburban League boys’ basketball enjoyed a busy and successful weekend, playing three games and winning them all Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, Jonathan Fritz threw in 10 points and Jacob Sak added 9 to help the team beat The Edge, 53-15, at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.
On Saturday at Turners Falls High School, Turners beat Gateway twice, winning the first game 61-20 behind 14 points from Anthony Peterson and 13 from Jaden Whiting, then beat the Gators again, this time 55-19, with Marcus Sanders scoring 14 points and Ryan Bergmann added 9.
Jobst paces Worcester
Former Mahar regional school standout Dane Jobst put up his 15th double/double of the year, putting in 11 points and grabbing 13 boards as Worcester State University beat Westfield State University, 62-58, Saturday at the Kneller Athletic Center on the campus of Clark University in Worcester.
Deerfield’s Julia Pielock posted a time of 23.54 seconds to win the 50-yard freestyle during the NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at Williams College in Williamstown.
The senior All-American won the event for the second year in a row and qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Pielock also helped the 800-yard freestyle relay team to fourth-place with a time of 7:42.03, which also qualified the team for the NCAAs.
Jacob Smith scored one goal and added one assist on Sunday to lead Franklin County Hockey Association to a 5-1 win over Springfield in a Greater Springfield League Peewee Division hockey game at Cyr Arena in Springfield.
Mike McGoldrick, Cameron Rice, Adam Savoy and Jude Lindale each scored once in the win, Kyle Devlin picked up two assists, and Maggie Roche added one helper. Riley Drew earned the win in goal with 26 saves.
• On Saturday, Drew stopped 41 shots but FCHA dropped a 5-0 decision to the Westfield Jr. Bombers at Amelia Park Arena in Westfield.
Rapid Fire 3-on-3 sign-ups
Collins-Moylan Arena will hold on-site registration for the upcoming Greenfield Rapid Fire 3-on-3 Hockey League on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost for the season is $99 per player, and all Mite-Bantam players are eligible. The league runs from March 3 to April 6.
Limited spots are available at each level. Register at the rink or on-line by visiting www.fmcicesports.com. For more information, contact league director Mike Mastrototaro at 772-6891 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FC Babe Ruth registrations
Franklin County Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle will hold registrations for the upcoming season tonight at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Registrations will also take place at Greenfield Middle School on March 4 through 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Early registration fee for Babe Ruth is $85.
Questions can be directed to Gabe Mousseau at 695-3471 or Joe Mignault at 774-3876.