College Sports Roundup: UNH's McDonnell garners another coaching honor
A day after being named the American Football Coaches Association 2012 Regional Coach of the Year, University of New Hampshire football coach Sean McDonnell has been recognized as the Division I FCS Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers.
McDonnell, who earns the award for the fourth time in his career, will be honored at the New England Football Writers Annual Awards and Captains Banquet on Thursday at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass.
The coach, in his 14th season, guided the Wildcats to a co-CAA championship for the second time (2005) with a 6-2 league record, and the 'Cats closed out the season with an 8-4 overall mark following Saturday's 23-7 loss at Wofford College in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Championship.
Tufts 79, Plymouth State 63: At Plymouth, Alex Burt of Dover led the home team with 13 points, while junior Mark MacGregor of Rochester added 11 points and five rebounds. Petey Skevas and Kevin Eisenberg of Moultonborough finished with nine points apiece, with Skevas contributing a team-high seven assists.
Southern New Hampshire 63, Stonehill 46: The Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team put together a second straight strong effort Tuesday night, knocking off nationally-ranked Stonehill College, 63-46, at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Air-tight defense and the perfect shooting of junior guard Mike Stys of Hookset (Central) helped stake the Penmen (5-2, 3-2 NE-10) to a 36-17 halftime lead.
SNHU held No. 23 Stonehill (3-3, 2-3) to 6-for-23 shooting from the field in the first half. Stys, a transfer from New Haven, had 13 points in the half, going 4-for-4 from the field, making all three of 3-point attempts, and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He finished with a game-high 19 points.
Redshirt freshman David Madol of Manchester (Trinity/Memorial) closed the half with a breakaway layup after one of Stonehill's 15 turnovers.
Rodney Sanders added 12 points for the Penmen, who were coming off Saturday's win over Bentley, while Madol finished with 11.
Becker 85, Daniel Webster 68: At Leicester, Mass., Daniel Webster was led by John Hickson, who had 20 points with three assists, making six three-pointers. Daris Cosby finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Elon 71, Dartmouth 49: At Elon, N.C., Connor Boehm was a bright spot for Dartmouth (2-4), recording his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while knocking down 6-of-9 field goal attempts. Malik Gill pitched in 11 points and Gabas Maldunas 10.
UMass-Lowell 91, St. Anselm 88: At Manchester, Mike McCahey's 18 points and seven rebounds weren't enough to overcome a UMass-Lowell team that saw three of its players score 22-plus points, led by Akeem Williams' 31. Roy Mabrey and Dino Mallois combined for 26 points, while John Nielsen and Chris Santo had 12 and 11 points off the bench, respectively.
Bentley 80, Franklin Pierce 52: At Waltham, Mass., Amanda Saab of Windham and Tiffany Johnson tossed in 10 points apiece to lead the Ravens, while junior guard Kate McDonald chipped in with nine.
Stonehill 67, SNHU 59: At Manchester, the Penmen (3-3, 2-3) couldn't sustain the momentum they built after halftime, as the Skyhawks (8-0, 5-0) rallied to remain one of only two unbeatens left in the NE-10. SNHU opened the second half with an 11-2 run to go up 35-34. Sophomore guard Ashley Gendron of Auburn (Manchester Memorial) temporarily gave the lead back to Stonehill, but Michelle DeRoma answered with two of her team-high 15 points.
The Penmen stayed ahead until there was under four minutes left when the Skyhawks closed out the game with a 14-6 run.
UMass-Lowell 73, St. Anselm 62: At Manchester, Dover's Curran Leighton scored a team-high 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Briana Jones and Tori Lehr added 10 points apiece for the Hawks. Amra Elezovic of Manchester chipped in 11 points in 25 minutes off the bench for Lowell, hitting all five of her field goal attempts.
Suffolk 60, Colby-Sawyer 58: At New London, Cailin Bullett scored a game-high 22 points and became the 13th Colby-Sawyer women's basketball player to reach 1000 career points. Needing 12 points to reach the milestone, Bullett accomplished the feat when she drained a deep three pointer with 1:19 on the clock in the first half. She added 10 more points in the second half to move into 12th on the all-time list with 1010 and passed Emma Pasquale '09 who scored 1005. The Rams were led by Jacqueline Vienneau of Salem with 21points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Rensselaer 83, Keene State 68: At Troy, N.Y., Siobhan Carnell scored a career high 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to help the Owls hold onto their 10-1 lead to open the game.
St. Anselm 5, Franklin Pierce 3: At Manchester, Johnny Daniels netted a pair for the Hawks, who improve to 5-2-1. Joe Tebano, Tucker Mullin, and Mike Richard also had two-point nights for St. Anselm. Defenseman Brendan McCarron had a goal and an assist for Franklin Pierce (4-4-0).
Assumption 3, Southern New Hampshire 3 (OT): At Worcester, Mass., the Penmen blew a two-goal, third-period lead. Mike Rotundi, Dane Caracino, and Joe Collins each scored for Southern New Hampshire.
Colby 4, Plymouth State 0: Plymouth State goaltender Ali Ponte stopped 62 shots in the game. Breanna Davis of Andover and Maddie Dewhirst of Hanover each had an assist for Colby.