Bulletin Board: UMass lax whacks Brown, 15-2

The 13th-ranked UMass men’s lacrosse team allowed the least amount of goals in a single game in nearly 13 years on Saturday en route to a 15-2 victory over Brown at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I.

The two goals allowed were the fewest against the Minutemen since UMass defeated Boston College, 23-3, on March 21, 2001.

Eleven players recorded at least one point in the victory. Nick Mariano led all scorers with five goals and one assist, and through four games the freshman leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and one assist.

The Minutemen remained unbeaten on the season at 4-0, the 12th time the program has started a season with four straight victories, and third time in the past four seasons.

Jeff George added one goal and three assists for the Minutemen, while Sean Cleary and Grant Whiteway each had two goals and one helper.

UMass led 4-1 after the first quarter and went on to score 11 straight goals into the fourth quarter to take a 15-1 lead. UMass outshot Brown, 39-28, including a 25-13 edge in shots on goal. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for UMass before being replaced by Reed Goodhue, who stopped one shot.

UMass returns to Garber Field in Amherst on Saturday for a showdown against 17th-ranked Albany at 1.

UMass women win

Sam Rush scored four times and Erika Eipp added a hat trick Saturday to lead 10th-ranked UMass to a 19-6 women’s lacrosse victory over Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y.

The Minutewomen (5-0) finished with goals from 12 different scorers. Rush added two assists on the day, giving her a team-high six points. The four goals moved her into seventh place all-time at UMass with 123 goals. Eipp, who scored four times in a win over Boston University earlier in the week, added one assist, giving her a four-point day.

UMass outshot Iona 39-11 and held a 12-4 lead at halftime.

UMass hosts New Hampshire on Saturday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium at 3.

Hockey to face UVM

The UMass hockey team finished the regular season in 10th place of 11 Hockey East teams and will travel to Burlington, Vt., Friday for a 7:05 p.m. game against seventh-seeded Vermont in the first round of the Hockey East tournament at Gutterson Field House.

Friday’s game will be televised by NESN.

The Minutemen (8-21-4, 4-13-3 Hockey East), who were idle on the final weekend of the regular season, dropped a pair of games to Vermont (18-12-3, 10-10-0 HE) in November.

Friday’s winner advances to the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals against No. 2 seed UMass-Lowell, beginning March 14.


NMH girls fall

Phillips Exeter Academy used tenacious defensive pressure to force Northfield Mount Hermon School into numerous turnovers over the weekend and rode the defense to a 59-40 victory over the Hoggers in the Northeast 8 Championship girls’ basketball tournament in Exeter, N.H.

Exeter, the No. 3-ranked team in New England Class A basketball, held the Hoggers to their lowest first-half output of the season and led 29-13 going into the break. NMH flirted with cutting the lead back down to single digits numerous times in the second half, but Exeter’s defense and hot outside shooting was too much for NMH to overcome.

NMH’s Jackie Dallier finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her final game as a Hogger, while Vanessa Udoji finished the game with 14 points. Ruthann Zientek capped off her four-year run with an 8-point performance, giving her 1,011 points in her career at the school. Opaul Morris, another member of the 1,000-point club this season, finished with four assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Zientek and Udoji were each selected to play in the 2013-14 New England Class A Basketball All-Star game, marking the fourth year Zientek played in the game. Udoji, a sophomore, finished the season with over 400 points and averaged over 16 points per game.


Pioneer wins title

Bryce Dobosz scored 18 points on Saturday and Pioneer won the Green Division championship with a 61-52 victory over Easthampton in grades 7 & 8 Suburban League basketball play in Northfield.

Michael Menard drained four 3-pointers on the day and finished with 16 points in the victory.

Frontier CYO wins

Tori Speth scored 6 points on Saturday and Frontier defeated SOY, 10-3, in a Catholic Youth Organization grades 5 & 6 girls’ basketball playoff game in Holyoke.

Amelia Sobieski and Mandy Fuller each added 2 points in the win. Lily Spencer and Marie Diemand also placed well for Frontier, which advanced in the playoffs and will play on Saturday.


Bantams split

Mason Whiteman scored twice on Sunday to lift Franklin County Hockey Association Gilmore & Farrell Insurance Warriors to a 3-1 win over Pioneer Valley Lightning in a Greater Springfield League Bantam Division hockey game at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Miles Hiler added the third goal in the win. Alec Jordan and Bryce Jordan each had one assist for FCHA, while Dalton Rice and Finnegan O’Connor combined to stop 21 shots.

• On Saturday, Ethan LaFleur and Cassidhe Wozniak each scored once but Gilmore & Farrell suffered a 4-2 loss to the Holy Name Stars at the Olympia in West Springfield.

Emma Wesoloski tallied an assist in the loss. Rice and O’Connor combined to make 19 saves.

Dillon’s wins

Kyle Devlin’s goal proved to be the difference on Sunday as FCHA Dillon Chevrolet defeated Springfield, 4-3, in a GSL Peewee Division hockey game in Greenfield.

Jacob Smith, Adam Savoy and Maggie Roche each added one goal in the win, while Smith and Kaeden Socquet each picked up an assist. Riley Drew finished with 19 saves in the win.

Dillon’s will begin play in the postseason on Saturday.

Chompers bite Ludlow

Chloe Cutting scored twice on Sunday as the FCHA Collura Chompers knocked off Ludlow Gold, 5-3, in a GSL Squirt B Division hockey game at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke.

Sam Knight, Kyle Barnes and Hunter Haughey each registered a goal in the win, while Haughey, Barnes and Dylan Mahar had one assist apiece.

Jillian Hopkins and Aidan Roche each played well defensively in front of goalie Trevor Parkinson, who finished with 12 saves in the victory.

Indoor soccer

Monkeys edge Devils

Rohan Edwards continued his torrid scoring for the FC Frontier Evil Monkeys, potting three goals and adding one assist in a 7-6 victory over the Northampton Blue Devils in Under-11 division boys’ indoor soccer play at AllSport in Northampton over the weekend.

Jake Hanieski finished with two goals in the win and Brady Burch added one goal and one assist. Dylan Robinson netted a goal, while Cameron Wrisley and Payton Sladeski each tallied a helper. Luke Hrinda played well defensively, and Jesse Johansmeyer finished with 30 saves in net.

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