College Sports Roundup: SNHU men's soccer waltzes to semifinals
Second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University received goals from five different players as it blanked No. 7 Southern Connecticut State University, 5-0, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 men's soccer championship Wednesday night at Larkin Field in Manchester.
The Penmen improved to 15-3 overall and advance to Friday's semifinals, where it will host third-seeded UMass Lowell, a 3-1 winner over Le Moyne Wednesday afternoon. The Penmen blanked the River Hawks 3-0 when the two teams met on Oct. 17.
At the 8:34 mark, Ruben Resendes intercepted an Owl pass in the backfield and passed it over to Jordan Branco, who dribbled in for his sixth goal of the season.
Just over a minute later, Branco sent a pass to Bedford's Sam Kelley, whose blast from 30 yards found the top left corner for his second goal of the year.
Chris Tsonis made it 3-0 with his 13th of the campaign, and Dominic Samuel and Joe Mahr closed out the Penmen scoring.
Keeper Dom DiMaggio turned aside six shots en route to his eighth shutout of the season.
Franklin Pierce 3, Bentley 0: At Waltham, Mass., the Ravens scored three second-half goals to advance to the NE-10 semifinal round. Ryan Ruffing's boot from the 12 put FPU on the scoreboard at 58:49, and Nico Mueller followed with a score on a left wing shot from 18 yards, six minutes later. Marc Santos closed the scoring with a tally from the right corner of the box in the 87th minute. FPU is 11-4-2.
Regis 1, Daniel Webster 0: At Weston, Mass., Steve Tavares scored off a pass from Cody Puglisi in the 86th minute to oust the Eagles in NECC quarterfinal play. DWC finished its season at 5-11-2.
Southern New Hampshire 2, New Haven 0: At Manchester, Lexxi Carroll and Ashley Jaskula provided the offense as third-seeded SNHU blanked No. 6 New Haven. The Penmen, who improved to 11-5-3 overall, will travel to Albany, N.Y., Friday to face second-seeded St. Rose in the conference semifinals. SNHU and St. Rose battled to a 1-1 tie during the regular season.
Merrimack 1, Franklin Pierce 0 (OT): At North Andover, Mass., Sarah Coakley's pass sent Katie Bresciani on a breakaway which resulted in the match's only goal at 97:51. Ravens keeper Katie Weldon of Manchester finished with five saves in the NE-10 quarterfinal. Pierce ended its season with a 9-7-2 record.
Plymouth State 5, Westfield State 1: At Plymouth, Olivia Colborn of Lancaster and Jackie Morin scored two goals each as the fourth-seeded Panthers eliminated fifth-seeded WSU in LEC quarterfinal action. Milan's Hilary Lemelin made five saves for PSU.
Rivier 3, Lasell 0: At Nashua, the top-seeded Raiders advanced to the GNAC semifinals with its 25-13, 25-22, 25-16 sweep. Nicole Peacock led the charge with14 kills off the bench.
Daniel Webster 3, Lesley 0: At Nashua, Chelsey Crawford, Jennifer Finneran of Barnstead and Brier Temple of Concord combined for 28 kills with just one error and Ally Hayden of Bedford added 27 assists for DWC in NECC quarterfinal play.
UNH: Field hockey standout Megan Bozek earned the America East Defensive Player of the Year award, and head coach Robin Balducci, Ross Gorham and Meg Shea were voted the Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year.
Joining Bozek on the All-Conference First Team are Emma Erler of New Hampton and Casey Pohlmeyer. Hannah Richard of Hopkinton and Kellie Joyce were second team selections, and Meg Flatley, Chandler Giese and Lynne Lehman were All-Rookie Team honorees. Erler was named to the All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year and Bozek received her second All-Academic award.
Franklin Pierce: Hannah Weagle is the Northeast-10 Conference women's soccer Rookie of the Year, and she also garnered a spot on the All-NE-10 second team and the league's All-Rookie Team. Aya Noguchi was named to the conference first team and Talita Pereira was placed on the second team.
Southern New Hampshire: Emily Mongeau and Kaleigh Roberege of Manchester were named to the NE-10 women's soccer All-Conference first team, while Daniela Abruzzese and Ashley jaskula were third team selections. Alyssa Balboni and Gabby Cappello were named to the conference's All-Rookie Team.
St. Anselm: Quarterback Andrew Murphy is the ECAC football Offensive Player of the Week...Kaitlin Oldfield of Epping was selected to the NE-10 All-Conference women's soccer second team.
Out of State
American International: Caroline Boyce of Canterbury is a member of the NE-10 All-Conference women's soccer first team.
NE-10 men's hockey: Defending champion St. Anselm heads the conference's annual coaches' preseason poll, while Franklin Pierce is picked fifth and Southern New Hampshire sixth.
ECAC Women's East hockey: St. Anselm is the third pick in the preseason coaches' poll. New England College is rated seventh and Plymouth State is 11th.