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Bulletin board: Towson laxmen beat UMass, 6-5

Greg Cuccinello and Joe Seider each scored twice to lead Towson to a 6-5 upset victory Saturday over 11th-ranked UMass in a men’s lacrosse game at Garber Field in Amherst.

UMass (7-3 overall, 1-1 CAA) netminder Zach Oliveri did his best to keep the game close with a 13-save performance.

Grant Whiteway put UMass up 1-0 early in the first quarter but Towson scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead entering the second. UMass began chipping away at the lead in the second quarter on a Nick Mariano goal, but Towson never let the Minutemen tie the game, as a goal by Ben McCarty pushed the lead back to two goals at 4-2. Mariano scored his second of the day to pull UMass to within one for a second time in the frame, but again Towson was the next team to strike, on a Seider goal. Ryan Izzo scored for UMass 48 seconds before halftime to make it a one-goal game (5-4) at the break.

Towson again went up by two goals in the third quarter and UMass was able to score just once in the second half, including coming up empty in the fourth quarter.

UMass travels to Philadelphia on Saturday to take on Drexel at 4.

UMass women win

Katie Ferris finished with four goals and three assists Sunday afternoon as UMass improved to 11-1 with a 18-2 thumping of St. Joseph’s University in a women’s lacrosse game at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Ferris’ third helper on the day gave her 107 career assists and helped her break the UMass record, which was the oldest remaining record in the program’s history, previously held by Cari Nickerson Lovejoy, who had 106 from 1977-80. Ferris also has 193 goals, giving her 300 career points, and making her one of just two active players in the NCAA with 300 points. Syracuse’s Alyssa Murray is the other with 301 points.

UMass heads to George Washington on Friday before returning to action on Sunday at home against George Mason, which will also serve as Senior Day for UMass.

Preps

Baseball

Matt Creonte and Sam Kasten combined to strikeout nine and walk only one in 82/3 innings of work but Phillips Exeter Academy scored once in the bottom of the ninth inning to snap a tie and take a 3-2 win over Northfield Mount Hermon School in the season-opening baseball game for the Hoggers Saturday in Exeter, N.H.

Creonte and Kasten allowed just one earned run on the day and were helped out by outfielders Gabe Bitzer, Nick Seretta and Nate Dorfman, who each made strong defensive plays.

NMH plays its home opener Wednesday at 3:45 against Choate Rosemary Hall.

Softball

Maddie Spencer-Orrell struck out twelve in a four-hitter over a seven innings Saturday to help NMH to a season-opening, 8-3, victory over Taft School in a prep softball game in Watertown, Conn.

Makayla Pydych went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in the win, while Lauren Downes went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Yona Kimball-Smith doubled and scored a run, while Maura Joyce hit a two-run double to score Zoe Licata — who had doubled — and Shannon Duffy.

NMH heads to the Winchendon School on Wednesday.

Lacrosse

Alex Bloom scored twice Saturday but NMH dropped a 10-4 boys’ prep lacrosse decision to Avon Old Farms School in Gill.

Luke Leyden and Evan Carey each scored once in the game. David Winsor made 15 saves.

• In girls’ action, Taft School defeated NMH, 13-6, Saturday in Watertown, Conn.

Youth baseball

Tee-ball sign-ups

Registration is now open for the Greenfield Recreation Department Tee-Ball program.

The program, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 7, takes place at Green River Park and Greenfield Middle School on Saturdays from May 3 through June 7 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Registrations are being taken at the Greenfield Town Hall Citizen Service Center or The Recreation Department at the Greenfield Youth Center on Sanderson Street.

Registration fee is $30 per child for Greenfield residents and $35 for nonresidents. Volunteer coaches are needed.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Rec Department at 772-1553.

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