SNHU soccer teams win NE-10 titles
The Northeast-10 soccer championship title resides this year at Southern New Hampshire University, for both men and women.
In North Andover, Mass, a goal by Mohamed Toufik 4:17 into the second half guided the second-seeded Penmen to a 2-1 win over No. 1 seed Merrimack College for the NE-10 men's championship Sunday.
The Penmen improve to 17-3 overall, while the Warriors (14-3-2) saw a 13-game unbeaten streak snapped.
For SNHU, it marks their fourth NE-10 tournament title since joining the league in 2000, with the other coming in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Both SNHU and Merrimack are expected to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament that kicks off Thursday.
In Manchester, Ashley Jaskula scored midway through the first half and keeper Samantha Whittier posted her third straight shutout as third-seeded SNHU edged No. 8 seed Adelphi 1-0 in the finals of the NE-10 women's championship Sunday. The Penmen (13-5-3) earned an automatic bid to the 48-team NCAA field.
For Southern New Hampshire, it marks its first NE-10 tournament title since joining the league in 2000. SNHU will be making its third NCAA appearance and first since 2003. SNHU becomes just the third school to claim both NE-10 soccer crowns in the same year. Springfield College did it in 1989 while Franklin Pierce achieved the feat in 2006.
In the men's game Sunday, Keegan Campbell and Jordan Branco set-up Toufik, who scored the game-winner in the 50th minute for his seventh season goal. Sam Kelley of Bedford scored the first goal for the Penmen in the 25th minute.
Jaskula scored her ninth season goal to lead the women.
Albany 3, UNH 1: In Durham, UNH goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell recorded 11 saves for the 20th-ranked Wildcats, who were defeated by 21st-ranked Albany in the America East championship at Memorial Field.
UMass-Dartmouth 1, Keene State 0: In North Dartmouth, Mass., the third-seeded Owls couldn't stop UMass-Dartmouth (16-5) from winning its third Little East Conference title in the last four years.
UMass-Boston 3,Keene State 1: In Boston, Mass., the Beacons (17-11) capture their third consecutive Little East Conference title.
Stony Brook 3, UNH 1: In Stony Brook, N.Y., Morgan Thatcher recorded a team-high 13 kills for the Wildcats.
Women's ice hockey
St. Anselm 2, Manhattanville 2: In Manchester, Andi Foss scored her first goal of the season for the 2-0-1 Hawks.
Keene State: In Chestnut Hill, Mass., the men Owls lost (157-129) while the Owl women came up short (168-128) to Division I Boston College.
Junior Drew Ledwith of Keene won the 400 I.M. (4:06.08), the 200 back (1:57.88) and the 500 free (4:33.73). Ledwith broke the pool record in the 500 free (a mark that was set in 1991) and also made NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 400 IM and 500 free.
St. Anselm/SNHU: In Nashua, Kevin Morse of St. Anselm placed 79th overall in the NCAA East Regional hosted by UMass-Lowell. Morse finished the 10K run in 33:11.8. Junior Maddie Hayes of SNHU earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors. Hayes placed 19th overall with a 6K time of 22:30.