CASTLETON, Vt. – Fourth-seeded Becker College raced to an early 14-2 lead Saturday en route to a 60-41 victory over Maine Maritime Academy of Castine for its first North Atlantic Conference crown.
Kristin Karat tossed in 21 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace Becker, which limited No. 2 Maine Maritime Academy of Castine to 23 percent shooting from the field.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Beth Pion tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Hawks.
Freshman Amethyst Cousins sparked the Mariners with 13 points and 17 rebounds and was named to the all-tourney team along with Megan Franklin, who had five points, five rebounds and five assists.
Jenny Rollins of Husson College in Bangor also earned all-tournament honors.
Becker (18-10) 60
Pinak 2-2-6, Evans 1-3-5, Pion 6-6-18, Fiske 2-0-6, Karat 6-7-21, Massey, Tibbetts, Buccico, Millette, Faunce 1-2-4,Lawrence
Maine Maritime Acad. (20-9) 41
Cousins 5-3-13, Franklin 2-1-5, Leeman 1-0-3, Eiane 1-1-3, Hunt 1-0-2, Provencher, Hutchinson 0-1-1, Pushard 0-1-1, Barker 2-0-4, Tilton, Cote 2-0-5, Welch 2-0-4, Fredrickson, Stahl
3-pt. goals: Fiske 2, Karat 2; Leeman, Cote
Halftime: Becker 26-19
Eastern Conn. 65, USM 60 (OT)
At Gorham, Nicky Morey poured in 21 points as Eastern Connecticut State University topped University of Southern Maine 65-60 in overtime in the Little East Conference Championship on Saturday.
ECSU earns the LEC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament, while Southern Maine (25-3) earned an at-large berth.
Jessica Moriarty and Ashley McFetridge posted 15 and 14 points, respectively, for ECSU.
Stacey Kent and Angela Santa Fe tallied 13 points apiece while Becky Dixon added 11 for Southern Maine.
Eastern Conn. (24-4) 65
Paradis 1-1-4, Moriarty 5-3-15, Morey 5-11-21, McFetridge 6-2-14, Smith 2-2-7, Shaw, Amato, Durette 1-2-4
Southern Maine (25-3) 60
Paradis 1-4-7, Ross 1-0-3, Kent 4-4-13, Santa Fe 5-3-13, Kynoch 3-2-8, DeMillo 1-0-3, Danieli 1-0-2, Dixon 4-2-11
3-pt. goals: Paradis, Moriarty 2, Smith; Paradis, Ross, Kent, DeMillo, Dixon
Amherst 71, Bowdoin 47
At Amherst, Mass., Shaina Pollack scored 18 points Saturday as Amherst snapped the Polar Bears’ 21-game NESCAC Tournament winning streak in the conference semifinal.
Stefanie Reiff chipped in 16 points for the Lord Jeffs.
Alexa Kaubris and Jill Anelauskas tallied nine points apiece for Bowdoin, which has earned an NCAA at-large bid.
Bowdoin (18-8) 47
Noucas 2-0-5, Hynes 1-1-3, Bergeron 1-3-6, Kaubris 3-2-9, Sweeney 2-3-7, Anelauskas 2-5-9, Weiss 1-0-2, Cote, Leahy 3-0-6
Amherst (24-2) 71
Daigneault 3-2-8, Pollack 4-8-18, Harik 2-0-4, Reiff 8-0-16, Roesch 4-0-9, Brossy 1-0-2, Ludwig, Dunleavy, Swensen, O’Loughlin, Otieno 0-4-4, Long 0-2-2, Leyman 4-0-8
3-pt. goals: Noucas, Bergeron, Kaubris; Pollack 2, Roesch
Halftime: Amherst 35-24
Trinity wins Championship
At Amherst, Mass., Patrick Hasiuk connected for a game-high 19 points Sunday as Trinity College defeated Bowdoin College of Brunswick 74-55 in the NESCAC title game.
Bowdoin defeated Amherst 65-64 in Saturday’s semifinal.
In the semifinal, Kyle Jackson led four Bowdoin scorers in double figures with 18 points. Mark Phillips scored 14 points while Jordan Fliegel posted 12 and Andrew Hippert had 11 for the Polar Bears.
In the championship, Robert Taylor netted 13 points to pace Trinity.
Hippert paced the Polar Bears with 15 points while Fliegel added 13.
(Saturday’s Semifinal Game)
Bowdoin (21-5) 65
Sargeantson 1-2-4, Hauser 1-0-2, Hippert 5-0-11, Jackson 7-0-18, Fliegel 6-0-12, DeFeo 1-0-2, Reid-Sturgis, Lane 1-0-2, Phillips 5-4-14
Amherst (23-3) 64
Olson 3-4-12, Baskauskas 6-3-16, Walters 1-0-2, Hopkins 3-1-7, Jones 4-1-10, Wheeler 4-0-12, Goldsmith 2-1-5
3-pt. goals: Hippert, Jackson 4; Olson 2, Baskauskas, Jones, Wheeler 4
Halftime: Bowdoin 36-30
(Sunday’s Championship Game)
Bowdoin (21-6) 55
Sargeantson, Hauser 2-0-5, Hippert 6-2-15, Jackson 3-0-7, Fliegel 5-3-13, DeFeo 1-0-2, Reid-Sturgis 2-0-4, Hebert, Lane 1-0-2, Schulkins, Phillips 2-3-7
Trinity (21-6) 74
Hasiuk 5-5-19, Taylor 6-1-13, Westbrooks 0-1-1, Rowe 3-6-12, Martin 2-7-11, Simms, Fels 2-1-6, MacDougall 1-0-2, Dunn 1-2-4, Ford 2-1-6
3-pt. goals: Hauser, Hippert, Jackson; Hasiuk 4, Fels, Ford
Halftime: Trinity 25-21
Maine loses two
At Orono, the Black Bears fell to Vermont 5-1 on Saturday and 6-1 on Sunday.
On Saturday, five different players scored for Vermont.
Chelsea Furlani, Brittany Nelson, Sarah Smiddy, Chelsea Furlani and Kate Lesniak scored for the Catamounts. Kristen Olychuck had 20 saves on 21 shots.
Pam Patterson scored with Jordan Colliton and Kim Meagher getting assists for the Bears. Genevive Turgeon stopped 29 of 34 shots.
On Sunday, Furlani scored a goal and assisted on three to give Vermont the sweep.
Brittany Nelson had a goal and assist, Melanie Greene two goals and Morrison one for 8-25-1 Vermont. Olychuck made 18 saves on 19 shots.
Vanessa Vani scored the goal for Maine (4-27-3) on a Robyn Law assist. Turgeon stopped 18 of 22 shots while Sarah Bishop stopped all five she faced.
Saint Joseph’s, WPI split
At Venice, Fla., Pat Moran had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs to lead Saint Joseph’s College of Standish by Worcester Polytechnic Institute 10-7 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
WPI won the first game 3-0.
In the first game, Mark Dignum led the Engineers with a hit and an RBI.
Wade Oliver, Brian Schools and Luke Enman each posted a hit for Saint Joseph’s.
In the second game, Ben Grant-Roy, Travis Adams and Ricky Sarmento each had two hits for the Monks. Grant-Roy tallied three RBIs while Adams had two.
WPI was led by Scott McNee with two hits and four RBIs.
Saint Joseph’s 000 000 0 – 0
WPI 001 002 x – 3
WPI 300 002 2 – 7
Saint Joseph’s 110 512 x- 10
Maine drops three contests
At Deland, Fla., the University of Maine concluded play in the Stetson Invitational on Sunday by dropping a 9-1 decision to Western Michigan.
On Saturday, Stetson beat Maine 12-1 and Western Michigan edged the Black Bears 2-1 in 11 innings.
In Saturday’s first game, Amanda Bailey led Stetson with three hits and an RBI.
Whitney Spangler paced Maine with two hits. Kali Burnham drove in the only run for the Black Bears.
In the second game, Molly Mroczek’s pinch-hit single scored Brittney Reist (placed on second) with one out in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Broncos to victory.
Kyla Sullivan scattered six hits, striking out 11, in going the distance.
Spangler (RBI) and Jordan McLain each singled twice for Maine behind loser Jenna Balent, who spread out 12 hits.
In Sunday’s game, Lexi Jager had three hits to lead 6-4 Western Michigan.
Ashley Waters led Maine with a home run and a single while Terren Hall added a double for the 0-10 Black Bears.
Bates drops four games
At Virginia Beach, Va., Bates College of Lewiston dropped two games Friday and lost two Saturday in the Beach Blast Tournament.
On Friday, the Bobcats lost to Averett University 4-3 in 9 innings and were defeated 10-1 by Kean University. On Saturday, Bates lost to David & Elkins 7-2 and dropped a 9-5 decision to Peace College.
In Friday’s first game, Stacia Saniuk doubled and singled while Liz Stahler added two singles for Bates. First-year starting pitcher Sarah Cullen threw four scoreless innings.
In Friday’s second game, Alex Bethel had the only hit and scored the only run for the Bobcats.
In Saturday’s first game, Bates plated both of its runs in the fifth inning when Stahler and Val Beckwith each had hits and scored.
In Saturday’s second game, Alex Bethel, Saniuk, Jill Cappucci and Leah Citrin each had a hit and scored a run for the Bobcats.