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Bulletin Board: Local skaters strike gold

Five figure skaters from the Western Massachusetts Figure Skating Club and FMC Ice Sports Team Greenfield medaled at the 2014 ISCC (International Skating Center of Connecticut) Basics and Beyond competition on Saturday in Simsbury, Conn.

Mia Snedeker of Gill recorded gold medals in the Freeskate 1 Program and Freeskate 1 Compulsory Moves, Shannon Terry-Nugent of Greenfield also took gold in two events — the Basic Program and Basic 2 Elements, while Dee McWilliams of Haldey garnered gold medals in the Adult Bronze Showcase and Adult Bronze Freestyle.

Maggie Provencal claimed a gold medal in Basic 4 Elements and a silver medal in Basic 4 Program, and Kathy Roberts-Snedeker of Gill grabbed a silver medal in Adult Bronze Freestyle.

Several WMFSC and FMCIST members will compete in the 2014 ISI World Championships from July 28 through Aug. 1 in Marlborough.

Road racing

St. Patrick’s 10k

Five area runners placed in the overall top 100 of Saturday’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race.

Ben Whitbeck of Greenfield was 38th overall in the massive field of 5,934 runners and 33rd in the age 2-39 category as he covered the 10-kilometer course in 35 minutes, 53 seconds.

Michael Townsley of Bernardston placed was 72nd overall and eighth in the age 40-49 category, finishing in 38:16. Rich Larsen of Shelburne recorded a time of 38:36 to finish was 80th overall and second in the age 60-99 category, Charles Cohn of Shelburne was 98th overall and 78th in the 2-39 category in 39:24, and Mark Hewitt of South Deerfield was 100th overall and 79th in the 2-39 category (39:36).


FireCrackers win

The Frontier FireCrackers beat Granby, 10-5, in an Under-12 Indoor Soccer League game Sunday at Allsport Arena in Northampton.

The FireCrackers beat Granby, 10-5, on the strength of three goals apiece from Lily Spencer and Jessica Wrisley, while Natalie Denkiewicz added two goals and three assists.

Samantha Meunier collected a goal and two assists, Alexa Kassis had a goal and an assist, and Claudia Rajballie chipped in an assist.

Spencer and Wrisley split time in goal.

Frontier loses

The Frontier Redhawks dropped a 3-2 decision to Northampton Blue Devils in Under-13 Indoor Soccer League play Sunday at Allsport Arena.

Wrisley scored both goals, assisted by Denkiewicz.

Marisella Ackerman played a strong game in goal for the locals.

Officials courses

The Connecticut Valley Soccer Officials Association will conduct an instructional course for candidates for membership during April and May.

Classes will meet on five Thursday evenings between April 3 and May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All classes will convene at Deerfield Elementary School on Pleasant Street in South Deerfield. Cost of the course is $50.

Members of the CVSOA officiate scholastic soccer matches during the fall. Members must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information, contact Artie Burke at 863-2452 or email to AEBurke11@verizon.net.


UMass men beat Hartford

UMass broke a 5-5 tie by scoring six unanswered goals to pull away form a 12-6 non-conference men’s lacrosse victory over Hartford on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field in Amherst.

The 11th-ranked Minutmen (7-2) scored three time in the final 3:18 of the third quarter and three more in the first 6:25 of fourth quarter to grab a commanding 11-5 lead.

Connor Mooney paced the UMass offense with two goals and four assists, while Nick Mariano added three goals and one helper. Grant Whiteway fired home a pair or tallies, while Ryan Curley and Vincent Travaglini each collected a goal and an assist.

Kevin O’Shea led the Hawks with three goals and an assist.

UMass held a 38-28 edge in shots, 30-22 in groundballs, and won 14 of 21 faceoffs. The Minutemen were a perfect 12-for-12 on clear attempts, while Hartford finished 14-for-15.

Zach Oliveri made 7 saves in 57:48 of playing time to earn the win. Reed Goodhue finished up and did not face a shot.

UMass is off until April 5 at noon, when it hosts Towson (Md.) in a Colonial Athletic Association contest.

Women’s Lax wins, now 9-0

Sam Rush scored four times to lead the ninth-ranked UMass women’s lacrosse team to a 14-6 win over Southern California in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

The Minutewomen (9-0) won their 31st consecutive home game — the third-longest streak in NCAA history.

Courtney McGrath added a pair of goals, while goalie Rachel Vallarelli was strong in cage with eight saves for UMass, which outshot the Trojans 22-15 and forced USC into 22 turnovers while committing just 13.

UMass will put its home winning at streak on the line on Tuesday night at 7 when longtime power and No. 7-ranked Northwestern visits McGuirk Stadium. Admission is free.


Minutemen drop finale

Shawn O’Neill pitched six innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts to lead La Salle over UMass, 3-0, in the finale of their Atlantic 10 series on Sunday at Hank DeVincent Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

Adam Cherry pitched two hitless innings, walked one an struck out two to collect the save.

UMass was limited to three hits on the day, from Nick Sanford, Kyle Adie and Paul Yanakopulos.

Aaron Plunkett allowed three runs (one earned), eight hits and four walks, while striking out three over the first 7 1-3 innings for the Minutemen.

UMass (3-13, 2-1 A-10) is scheduled to host Holy Cross on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, senior Kellen Pagel’s first career home run, a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth, helped lift UMass to an 8-6 win.

Dylan Morris (two RBI), John Jennings and Dylan Begin all had two hits for the Minutemen, while Brandon Walsh allowed one run, two hits and two walks while striking out three in 3 1-3 innings of relief to earn the win. DJ Jauss pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

On Friday, UMass erased a 5-1 deficit en route to a 10-inning, 7-6 win.

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