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Bulletin Board: UMass lax falls hard

Albany scored seven times in the first quarter and the UMass defense was never able to close the floodgates in a 25-10 men’s lacrosse loss Saturday afternoon at Garber Field in Amherst.

Lyle Thompson led No. 18 Albany with 11 points on four goals and seven assists, and Blaze Riorden made 18 saves in goal for the win.

Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen scored two goals apiece for the No. 9 Minutemen.

UMass gets right back to work Tuesday at 3 at Garber Field against Providence.

UMass women win

Sam Rush scored five times to move into fifth place all-time at UMass as the No. 10 Minutewomen doubled up New Hampshire, 12-6, in women’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Rush now has 128 goals for UMass, which won its 29th consecutive home game, the third-longest ever home-winning streak in NCAA history.

Erika Eipp added a goal and four assists for UMass, which led 7-2 at halftime. The Minutewomen outshot the Wildcats, 36-10, in the game.

UMass returns to action Friday when Colorado pays its first-ever visit to McGuirk Stadium for a 4 p.m. start.

UMass baseball loses

The UMass baseball team scored six times in the ninth inning, but its rally fell short in a 9-8 loss at Davidson Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field in Davidson, N.C.

The Minutemen (1-8) trailed 7-0 after six innings and 9-2 after eight, but sent 11 batters to the plate and used a two-run single from Paul Yanakopulos, John Jennings’ RBI double, Dylan Begin’s two-run single and a run-scoring double from Nik Campero to close the gap to one before the Wildcats (6-6) got the final out to hold on for the win.

Yanakopulos was 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBI. Campero was 2-for-4 and Sanford finished 2-for-5 for UMass.

Aaron Plunkett started and took the loss (0-2). He allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over five innings.

UMass returns to action on Saturday against Army in a doubleheader beginning at noon in Tampa, Fla.

Youth hockey

Chompers win title

Aidan Roche scored three times Saturday and the Franklin County Hockey Association Collura Chompers won the Greater Springfield League Squirt South Division championship with a 6-3 victory over Holy Name Black in the title game at the Olympia in West Springfield.

Hunter Haughey and Kyle Barnes each finished with one goal and one assist for the Chompers, while Chloe Cutting tallied a pair of helpers. Dylan Mahar added a goal in the win, and Sam Knight picked up an assist. Lila Roche and Hannah Roche each played well for the Chompers, and Trevor Parkinson backstopped the title with 12 saves on 15 shots.

In semifinal action, Barnes scored twice as the Chompers dumped Brattleboro, 4-1.

Hunter Haughey and Aidan Roche each had one goal for the winners. Cutting picked up two assists, while Cooper Barton and Heather French each collected one helper. Parkinson finished with seven saves. Jillian Hopkins and Mahar each played well defensively.

Chompers win title

FCHA Dillon Chevrolet finished third in the GSL Pee Wee Division Saturday at the West Springfield Olympia.

FCHA downed Nonotuck Knights, 4-2, in the third-place game Saturday afternoon.

Mackenna Whiteman, Skyler Dodge, Jacob Smith and Maggie Roche all scored for the locals, while Tucker Malinowski had two assists and Cameron Rice one.

Riley Drew had 22 saves in net.

Dillon fell to unbeaten Westfield, 7-1, in the semifinals Saturday morning.

Dodge scored the only goal, assisted by Adam Savoy. Riley Drew kicked out 40 of the 47 shots he faced.


Bluefish season finale

The Montague Bluefish finished third as a team and five swimmers earned top-four finishes during their season-ending meet at the Saturday at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon.

Olivia Whittier was the top overall swimmer in the girls’ ages 9 and 10 division, sweeping the 50-yard breaststroke (40.08), 50 freestyle (31.87) and 100 individual medley (1:18.38).

Rylie Hager placed second overall in the girls’ age 13 and 14 division. She broke a 16-year-old team record in winning the 100 backstroke (1:09.38), while taking second in the 50 free (27.65) and 100 free (1:00.15).

Cameron Bradley took third overall in boys’ 11-12, with a second in the 50 fly (31.27) and thirds in the 50 back (37.30) and 100 IM (1:19.64).

Henry Stephenson-Ryan (boys 8 and under) recorded a fourth overall, finishing third in the 25 breast and fourth in the 25 free and 100 IM, and Riley Porter (boys 11 and 12) also placed fourth, as he took second in the 50 breast, fourth in the 100 free and sixth in the 100 IM.

Individuals were awarded certificates (and points toward their team total) for placing in the top six of each event.

In girls’ 8 and under, Hazel Reeder finished second in the 100 IM and fifth in the 25 fly, Ainslee Flynn came in fourth in the 100 IM, Lucia Doulette was fifth in the 25 breast and sixth in the 25 free, Sadie Rowan took sixth 25 fly and Taryn McDonough had a sixth in the 25 breast.

In girls’ 9 and 10, Charlotte Doulette record a second in the 50 back and third in the 100 free, Catherine Bezio placed fourth in the 50 breast, Justice Alexander was fifth in the 50 fly and 100 free, Veda Ruth Harvey-Ahmai claimed a fifth in the 50 breast and sixth in the 100 IM, and Jillian Scott wound up sixth in the 50 breast. In boys 9 and 10, Rowan McKeon was fifth in the 50 back and sixth in the 50 free and 100 free.

Jade Tyler led the girls’ 11 and 12 group with a second in the 100 IM, third in the 50 back and fifth in the 50 fly. Ella Potee took fourth in the 50 breast, Lucy Brock recorded a fifth in the 50 back and sixth in the 50 breast, Karlie Porter had a fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free, Lily Van Baaren placed fifth in the 50 breast and Karissa Olson was sixth in the 100 free.

In boys’ 11 and 12, Jiro Roma finished fifth in the 50 breast and Mosiayah Harvey-Ahmai was fifth in the 100 free. Nicky Dragicevich (boys’ 13 and 14) placed sixth in the 100 breast and 100 free, Chloe Nunn (girls’ 15 and over) was fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breast, Lizz Saulnier (girls’ 15 and over) took fifth in the 100 back and sixth in the 100 breast, and Jay Fritz (boys’ 15 and over) claimed a second in the 100 back and a third in the 100 free.


Frontier blanks Hamp

Jessica Wrisley notched three goals and two assists and Jalen Sullivan added a goal and two helpers to lead the Frontier FireCrackers to an 8-0 whitewash of the Northampton She-Devils in a Girls’ Under-12 Indoor Soccer League game Sunday at Allsport Arena in Northampton.

Samantha Meunier, Tori Hamilton-Speth, Kate Hickey and Cassidy Bardwell also scored for the FireCrackers, while Kathryn Hioe chipped in one assist.

Natalie Denkiewicz and Lily Spencer shared the shutout in goal.

Youth basketball

Frontier eliminated

The Frontier Red Hawks were eliminated by St. Thomas, 19-14, in the girls’ grades 5 and 6 Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League playoffs on Saturday in Longmeadow.

Olivia Deane led the Hawks with 4 points, Marie Diemand added 3 points, Jess Wrisley, Tori Speth and Hunter Keller all had 2 points and Amelia Sobieski contributed 1 point.

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