Sunday May 13, 2012

Staff and wire reports

AMHERST -- Colgate scored four times in the fourth quarter to knock No. 1 Massachusetts out of the NCAA tournament.

The Minutemen had the tournament’s six seed and were undefeated prior to Saturday’s loss. UMass led 10-9 entering the fourth and led 11-10 with 8:45 to go ona goal by Anthony Biscardi. Colgate would score the game’s final three goals however to advance to face Duke, a 12-9 winner over Syracuse.

Art Kell had three goals for Umass while Colin Fleming added two. Colgate got at least two goals from five different players.

Duke 12, Syracuse 9

DURHAM, N.C. -- Justin Turri had three goals and two assists to lead third-seeded Duke past Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.

Robert Rotanz finished with three goals -- two coming immediately after Syracuse pulled to 5-all early in the third period. They came during a flurry of four goals in a span of 4:19 that helped Duke pull away.

Duke (14-4) is chasing its sixth straight Final Four berth, and claimed its first NCAA tournament win over the Orange (9-8) in four tries. The Blue Devils advance to the quarterfinals next weekend in Philadelphia.

Loyola 17, Canisius 5

BALTIMORE -- Mike Sawyer scored five goals, and top-seeded Loyola never trailed in a win over Canisius in the opening round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament on Saturday.


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Eric Lusby added three goals, and Scott Ratliff scored twice for the Greyhounds (15-1), who will face the winner of Saturday night’s Denver-North Carolina game in next Saturday’s quarterfinals round at Navy.

Loyola, which won its first NCAA tournament game since 1998, pulled away from Canisius (6-8) with authority by scoring the first 13 goals of the second half. That turned a 4-3 halftime lead into a 17-3 advantage with 6:29 left in the game.

Women’s Lacrosse

Maryland 15, Massachusetts 12

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Brooke Griffin had three goals and three assists to lead third seed Maryland past Massachusetts 15-12 in the first round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament.

Kelly McPartland and Kristy Black also scored three goals for the Terrapins (18-3), who took an early 3-0 lead and never relinquished the advantage.

Maryland led 7-5 at halftime and increased the gap to 15-7 before coasting against UMass (19-2), the Atlantic 10 champions.

The Terrapins will next face the winner of Sunday’s game between sixth seed Loyola and Pennsylvania.

Tanner Guarino, Nina Scarcona and Jesse O’Donnell had three goals apiece for UMass.

Williams tennis advances

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams men’s tennis team defeated Drew 5-0 to advance into the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Ephs (16-2) swept all three doubles matches. Needing only two points in the singles matches to clinch the result, the Ephs’ Bryan Chow and Will Petrie dispatched their opponents in straight sets. The scenario was similar on the women’s side. The Ephwomen swept Elizabethtown, 6-0, with the doubles teams racking up three victories in three matches. On the singles side, Kara Shoemaker, Caroline Capute and Rebecca Curran each took their opponents in straight sets to clinch the win and move the Ephs (20-2) into the next round.

Williams baseball eliminated

HARTFORD -- The Ephs were beaten 2-1 by Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon, eliminating them from the NESCAC tournament. Trailing 1-0, Williams tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Ben Oliva. But an RBI double by Bowdoin’s Dave Findley put Bowdoin back on top for good.

Steve Marino was the hard-luck loser for the Ephs, who finish their season at 17-21. Marino allowed only two runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four.

Earlier in the day, Williams knocked off rival Amherst 9-3 to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. The Ephs jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and rode the three-hit pitching of Thomas Murphy for the win. Oliva, Marco Hernandez and Matt Kastner all had triples for the winners, while Luke Pierce smacked a double.