First loss is last for UMass
No. 1 Minutemen bow in lacrosse
The first loss of the season for Massachusetts was also its last, as the top-ranked Minutemen lacrosse team dropped a 13-11 decision to No. 9 Colgate in the opening round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament at Amherst.
UMass (15-1), seeded sixth, never trailed through the first three quarters, but Colgate outscored the Minutemen, 4-1, in the fourth.
Art Kell paced UMass with three goals, Colin Fleming had two goals and an assist, and four other players had a goal and an assist. Tim McCormack made 13 saves.
Peter Baum, the nation’s leading scorer going into the game, scored twice, Conor Murphy, making his first career start in net, stopped 15 shots, and Patrick Campbell tied the game at 10 for the Raiders (14-3) with his first goal of the season.
Div. 3 second round - Sean Kirwan scored four goals to lead a balanced offense and fourth-ranked Tufts (16-2) advanced with a 17-8 win over No. 17 Trinity in Medford . . . In Rochester, N.Y., Kyle Aquin’s four goals ignited a strong second-half performance by No. 7 Rochester Institute of Technology, which beat 15th-ranked Western New England, 15-9 . . . Chris Williamson made 10 saves, but it wasn’t enough to keep No. 11 Bowdoin (14-6) from falling to No. 14 Union in Schenectady, N.Y.
Div. 1 first round - Brooke Griffin had three goals and three assists to lead fourth-ranked Maryland past sixth-ranked UMass, 15-12, at College Park, Md. Tanner Guarino, Nina Scarcona, and Jesse O’Donnell had three goals apiece for UMass (19-2), the Atlantic 10 champion. A goal by Scarcona got UMass to 10-7 before Kelly McPartland scored with 17:41 left to spark a five-goal run by the Terrapins (18-3).
Div. 3 second round - Alex Spark scored five goals, and the fourth-ranked College of New Jersey ended No. 7 Amherst’s season, 8-7, in Cortland, N.Y. . . . At Hartford, fifth-ranked Trinity (18-1) coasted by Buffalo State, 17-6, behind Shea Kusiak’s two goals and three assists . . . Kate Pistel had four goals to lead eighth-ranked Colby (15-2) past No. 10 Messiah, 16-5, at Hartford . . . Sixth-ranked Middlebury (14-4) got three goals apiece from Emma Kramer and Margaret Souther in a 12-5 win over Montclair State in Gettysburg, Pa.
Div. 1 first round - Freshman Denis Nguyen won the clinching match after a late medical forfeit, and No. 23 Harvard remained undefeated in 11 meetings with Virginia Tech with a 4-2 win in Gainesville, Fla. . . . In Los Angeles, Fairfield lost, 4-0, to three-time defending champion and top-ranked Southern Cal.
Div. 3 second round - Top-ranked Amherst dominated visiting Nichols, 5-0, for its 15th straight win.
Div. 2 East super regional - Southern Connecticut swept a doubleheader against Molloy to advance to the College World Series. Jayme Larson pitched the Owls (42-11) to wins of 3-2 and 9-2. Alyssa Downs homered in the second game to become the school’s single-season RBI leader with 61.
Div. 3 regionals - Host Amherst (36-5) dropped a 5-2 final to Plattsburgh State in the morning, but later staved off elimination in a 2-1 win over Keuka. Arielle Doering won the second game with two innings of no-hit ball and four strikeouts . . . The University of New England fell to Cortland State, 1-0, dropping the Big Blue (27-14) from the double-elimination tournament . . . Molly Rathbun collected 27 strikeouts over two games as second-ranked Eastern Connecticut (43-2) beat the University of Rochester, 6-1, and Ithaca, 6-0, at Mansfield, Conn. . . . Allyson Fournier pitched Tufts (39-5) to a 3-0 victory over Coast Guard.