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Weekend college recaps: No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse edges Richmond for 34th straight conference win

Staff reports
Sunday, April 20, 2014
(Published in print: Monday, April 21, 2014)

Rachel Vallarelli stopped a shot with 1.6 seconds left as the 11th-ranked University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team beat Richmond 9-8 on the road Saturday.

Sam Rush had three goals, including the game winner with 3:27 left for the Minutewomen (14-1, 5-0 Atlantic 10).

Melissa Carelli and Erika Eipp each had two goals for UMass, which has won 34 straight, including 26 in the regular season, against conference opponents.

Amherst 13, Williams 6 — Priscilla Tyler had five goals and Krista Zsitvay added three as the Lord Jeffs (14-0, 9-0 NESCAC) stayed perfect Saturday.

Wheaton 14, Smith College 7 — Jessica Lillquist and Rachel Silveria each had three goals as the Pioneers (2-14, 0-7 NEWMAC) closed their season on the road Saturday.

MIT 22, Mount Holyoke 19 — Kirsten Kilburn had eight goals and Julia Bell added six goals and two assists but the Lyons (8-7, 3-4 NEWMAC) fell short on the road Saturday.

Baseball

Amherst College 11, Middlebury 3 — Yanni Thanopoulos (4 for 5, three RBIs) and Taiki Kasuga (3 for 4, three RBIs) carried the Lord Jeffs (21-5, 7-1 NESCAC) on the road Saturday.

George Washington 5, UMass 4; George Washington 3, UMass 2 — Nick Sanford (run, RBI) went 3 for 5 but the Minutemen (8-22, 6-9 Atlantic 10) fell 5-4 on the road Sunday. Nik Campero went 4 for 4 in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.

Softball

Fordham 7, UMass 2; Fordham 6, UMass 2 — Freshman Jena Cozza was 5 for 9 with three RBIs and a two-run home run but the Minutewomen (11-18, 5-5 Atlantic 10) dropped the doubleheader on the road Saturday.

Smith College 2, Coast Guard 0; Coast Guard 8, Smith College 0 (5) — Gina Martucci went 3 for 3 and Brittney Blokker went 2 for 4 in the win, while Joanna Giordano had two hits in the loss as the Pioneers (15-11, 8-10 NEWMAC) split on the road Saturday.

Men’s Lacrosse

Clark 16, Mass Maritime 6 — Nick Johnson (Amherst) had one goal and four assists for the Cougars (7-5, 2-2 NEWMAC) Saturday. Johnson’s 46 points this season are tied for the ninth most in a single season in school history.

Men’s Track

Holy Cross Invitational — UMass’ Stephen Bigelow won the 110-meter high hurdles with the second fastest time (14.37 seconds) in school history as the Minutemen placed third Saturday.

Little III Championships — Matt Melton won the 400, was second in the 200 and third in the high jump, while Jamie Sanfel won the 400 hurdles and was second in the 110 hurdles as Amherst College placed second Saturday.

Women’s Track

Holy Cross Invitational — UMass’ Christine Davis was third in the steeplechase, but her 11:26.66 was the fourth fastest time in school history as the Minutewomen placed second Saturday.

Brianna Tabin (South Hadley) was second in the 100 (11.87) and second in the 200 (25.72) for first-place Holy Cross.

Little III Championships — Naomi Bates won the 200, the long jump and triple jump to pace Amherst College to a third-place finish Saturday.

Springfield College Invitational — Maya Rittmanic placed second in the long jump (5.43 meters) to pace Smith College Saturday.

Aloha Relays — Amber Legare set a school record with 3,594 points in the heptathlon and Kristina Weld broke the 1996 school mark in the hammer for Mount Holyoke Saturday in Brunswick, Maine.

Men’s Tennis

Amherst 5, Williams 4; Amherst 9, Hamilton0; Amherst 9, Wesleyan 0 — The third-ranked Lord Jeffs (29-2, 8-0 NESCAC) extended their win streak to 17 matches with the weekend sweep at home.

Women’s Tennis

Amherst 9, Wesleyan 0; Amherst 8, Hamilton 1; Amherst 7, Williams 2 — The fourth-ranked Lord Jeffs (15-3, 7-0 NESCAC) swept at home, including a win over the top-ranked Ephs Saturday.

Mount Holyoke 5, Roger Williams 4 — The Lyons (11-9) finished the season with a victory at home Saturday.

UMass 6, Rhode Island 1 — The Minutewomen (11-8, 3-1 Atlantic 10) closed its regular season with the win at home Saturday.

Roger Williams 9, Smith College 0 — The Pioneers saw their season come to end Saturday with the loss at home.

Women’s Golf

Jack Leaman Invitational — Amherst’s Jamie Gracie shot a 12-over 158 to tie for fourth as the Lord Jeffs placed fourth at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley over the weekend.

Mount Holyoke placed sixth as Madi Mendiola (161) finished 10th.

Women’s Rowing

UMass def. MIT & Bates — The Minutewomen won the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 races on the Charles River Saturday.

NEWMAC Championships — Smith College tied for second in the NEWMAC championship and Florence Jope Smith Cup on Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.

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