POTSDAM - Owning a 28-9 overall record, the Clarkson University womens hockey team has been selected as one of the eight teams to participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Golden Knights will face off against the No. 3 seed Boston University Terriers at Walter Brown Arena in Boston on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the national quarterfinal round.
Guided by fifth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers, Clarkson is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Knights also played in the national tournament in 2010.
Winners of the one-game quarterfinal round will advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament to be play at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Semifinal games will take place on Friday, March 22 and the championship game will be played on Sunday, March 24.
Clarkson is 1-2-1 all-time against Boston University. The teams last played on October 21, 2011, battling to a 2-2 tie at Cheel Arena.
Tickets for the NCAA quarterfinal game at Boston University will be $6 for adults and $4 for students, children and senior citizens. For more information, contact the Agganis Arena Ticket Office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 617-353-4628.
SLU BASEBALL FALLS TO 1-3
Bryan Palermo went four for six with two runs scored, but St. Lawrence Universitys baseball team lost its third in a row in Florida on Monday as Salem State pulled out a 10-8 win.
The Saints, now 1-3, outhit Salem State 18-11, but the Vikings used a five run third inning to take a 7-3 lead, fell behind 8-7 when the Saints scored five in the sixth and seventh and then rallied with three in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Ben Jenkins took the loss in relief of Matt DellOlio for the Saints.
Carter Franz was two for four with two doubles, Khifer OConnor was two for five with two doubles and sophomore Chris Fernandez went three for four in his first start for the Saints.
The Saints are off Tuesday and will play Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday in Ft. Myers.
SLU LAXWOMEN NET WIN
The St. Lawrence University womens lacrosse team opened its spring break trip to West Palm Beach, FL in style on Monday, as 14 different Saints scored goals en route to a 20-9 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. Senior captain Brigid Hurley paved the way with four goals, while Holly Noyes, Blythe Crasto and Caroline Bailey each scored twice.
The Saints improve to 1-1 on the year after outscoring the Battling Bishops (1-3) 15-5 in the first half. The Scarlet and Brown also finished with a 31-22 advantage in shots and a 16-for-18 mark in clears. St. Lawrence goaltenders Adden Cunningham and Greta White combined for 11 saves to solidify the win.
Though Meredith Wholley scored for Ohio Wesleyan only :46 seconds into the game, the Saints would score nine of the next 10 goals to open up a 9-2 lead midway through the half. Hurley scored all four of her goals in that stretch, while Noyes added two and Michaela Maybee, Hannah Calvelli and Stephanie ORourke added one each to give their team separation.
Ohio Wesleyan would scatter three goals over the final 16:35, only to be outdone by six more St. Lawrence goals as the Saints went to intermissions up 15-5. Crasto and Bailey both scored their two tallies, while Chloe Knapp and Mackenzie Collins got on the scoresheet before halftime.
St. Lawrence would extend their lead to as many as 12 goals in the second half thanks to goals by Abigail Horan, Jill Carlton, Abigail Owens, Lanie Homet and Charlotte Reilly. The consistent offense was simply too much for Ohio Wesleyan, which fell by the 20-9 final.
Carly VanTassel had a pair of assists for the Saints, while Horan, Joey Kelley, Knapp and Owens each had one. Kelley also closed with a team-high four draw controls, while Noyes had a team-best four ground balls.
Cunningham picked up the win with four saves in the first half, while White made seven saves during the second half to ensure the victory. Daylin Stevens suffered the loss in net for Ohio Wesleyan after a three-save performance.
The Saints will be in action again on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in West Palm Beach against Keene State.
SUNY CANTON SOFTBALL SPLITS PAIR
Senior Tina DeLuca (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) struck out seven batters and junior Allie Gibson (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) hit a solo home run as the SUNY Canton softball team blanked SUNY Cobleskill 7-0 in game one of a doubleheader on Monday at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, N.Y. The Fighting Tigers responded with a 3-2 win in game two to earn the split.
In the opener, the Roos built a 2-0 lead after three innings and then posted four runs in the top of the fourth inning to give first-year head coach Jackie Klahold her first win at SUNY Canton. DeLuca allowed just two hits and didnt walk a batter in seven innings to record her first win of the year, and helped her cause with an RBI-double in the top of the first.
Gibson finished 2-for-3 and led off the top of the fourth with a solo blast making it 3-0 SUNY Canton. Sophomore Hallie Fenti (Hornell, N.Y.) followed with a double and moved to third on a single from sophomore Jessica Rhodes (Alpine, N.Y.). Freshman Sharon Cordero (Goshen, N.Y.) singled to bring Fenti home, and then senior Amanda Bitting (Stillwater, N.Y.) ripped a double that plated Rhodes and Fenti for a 6-0 advantage. The Roos posted one more run in the top of the seventh when sophomore Kaylin Switzer (Orwell, N.Y.) led off with a double and then came around to score off an RBI-single from freshman Ashley Merritt (Watertown, N.Y.).
In the second game, Fighting Tigers pitcher Erin Wadsworth was too much for the Roos as she fanned 15 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter. SUNY Canton jumped out to a 2-0 advantage at the top of the first scoring two unearned runs. Junior Nicole Mulieri (Afton, N.Y.) reached first after being hit by a pitch and advanced a base when DeLuca drew a walk. Both players scored off a passed ball and error by SUNY Cobleskills catcher.
The Fighting Tigers scored one run in the fourth and tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the fifth, and then in the bottom of the seventh, Kelsey DeZalia ripped an RBI-double to give Cobleskill the walk-off victory.
Gibson allowed just one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks in 6 1/3 innings on the mound.
The Roos hit the road for their next four games when they play a pair of doubleheaders on March 16 and 17 at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
SLUS PLIMPTON SETS RECORD
St. Lawrence University sophomore pitcher Kyle Plimpton set the program record for career strikeouts as the Saints earned a sweep on Monday evening in Clermont, FL. St. Lawrence, which improved to 4-2 on the season, topped Westfield St. in the first game 4-1 before downing Franciscan in five innings, 16-1.
Entering the day seven strikeouts shy of the career record, Plimpton set the new bar in the fourth inning against Westfield, passing the previous record-holder Rachel Duffanys mark of 194. The Williamsville, NY native earned her second win of the season, allowing four hits, no earned runs, and finishing with 11 strikeouts total.