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St. Anselm softball team's run ends in NCAA finals

Staff report
May 29. 2018 4:01AM

The St. Anselm College softball team’s best-ever season ended on Monday in the NCAA Division II Championship best-of-three finals. The second-seeded Hawks were swept by No. 8 Southern Indiana, 4-0 and 8-3 in Salem, Va.

The Hawks, who posted a 44-13-1 record to finish as national runners-up, were limited to three singles by Jennifer Leonhardt (five innings) and Haylee Smith (two innings) in the first game on Monday. Southern Indiana’s key blow was a three-run homer by Caitlyn Bradley in the third inning.

Leonhardt went the distance in the second game, limiting the Hawks to four hits. Meanwhile, Southern Indiana scored seven runs in the second inning, which proved to be more than enough for the win.

Salem’s Amanda Bickford cracked a double and single for two RBIs for the Hawks.

Keating helps Yale to title

Windham’s Christopher Keating grabbed five ground balls in Yale’s 13-11 victory over Duke in Monday’s NCAA Division I lacrosse championship at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The title was the first for the Bulldogs, who led the entire game and finished 17-3.

Locals lift Merrimack in Division II

Pinkerton Academy product Bailey Walsh scored a pair of goals, Bishop Guertin grad Blake Boudreau grabbed eight ground balls and Londonderry’s Eric Cobun had seven ground balls, leading the Merrimack College lacrosse team to a 23-6 rout of St. Leo in Sunday’s NCAA Division II lacrosse championship at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The crown was the first-ever for the Warriors (18-1), who reached the final last season.