NCAA baseball: UMass Lowell lets one slip to Albany

LOWELL – The UMass Lowell River Hawks baseball team made too many mental mistakes and dropped the rubber match of their weekend series with the Albany Great Danes, 4-2, Sunday at LeLacheur Park.

With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth, the Great Danes (15-20, 4-7 America East) capitalized on a walk, a hit batter and an error by the River Hawks to score three runs with the aid of just one hit. Karson Canaday (1-for-2, two walks, two runs scored) scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and Kyle Sacks drove in the eventual winning on a ground out despite going 0-for-5 on the day. Evan Harata (2-for-3) drove in the fourth Albany run with a two-out RBI single.

The River Hawks (17-18, 5-9 America East) got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by freshman Steve Passatempo, extending his team-leading total to 33. They set themselves up for a win in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second and one out, but Ben Prada popped out to short, and then the crazy finish came on the next batter.

Ian Storm hit a single to right, and River Hawks head coach Ken Harring tried to hold up pinch runner Tyler Noe at third, but he ran through the stop sign and got caught in a pickle that resulted in a 9-2-6-2-5 put out to give the Great Danes the win.

“It was one of those games where it was an accumulation of our mistakes and them putting us in that position in the ninth inning,” Harring said. “To beat teams like this in conference play you have to make routine plays, and we just didn’t make them today.”

Marcus Failing earned the win for Albany. He went six innings and allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out three and allowing one run on 76 pitches, 50 for strikes.

The River Hawks opened the scoring in the bottom of the seventh without the aid of a hit. Ian Strom drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a couple of ground balls, then stole home while Albany starter Marcus Failing was into his windup.

The River Hawks bullpen did its part to keep the game close. Nick Rand, Cam Lanzilli and Brendan long combined to work four scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing just two hits.

Nick Kuzia took the loss for the River Hawks. In five innings of work he allowed all four Albany runs (two earned), allowed six hits and walked two batters while striking out three on 77 pitches, 49 for strikes.



MIAA & NEPSAC scoreboard – 4/11/2016

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Baseball

Ashland 13, Medway 0
Attleboro 6, Milford 1
Austin Prep 14, Bishop Fenwick 3
Belmont 11, Concord-Carlisle 2
Dover-Sherborn 11, Norton 5
Hanover 9, North Quincy 4
Medfield 7, Hopkinton 3
Middleboro 16, Scituate 5 (6 innings)
Nipmuc 14, Douglas 2
North Middlesex 5, Fitchburg 0
Shepherd Hill 5, Westboro 4
Silver Lake 8, Duxbury 1
Walpole 1, Wellesley 0

Softball

Bellingham 7, Westwood 5
Billerica 10, Methuen 1
Central Catholic 4, Chelmsford 0
Medfield 3, Hopkinton 0
Norton 14, Dover-Sherborn 0
Plymouth South 8, Pembroke 6
Walpole 9, Wellesley 3
Westford 14, Bedford 0

Boys’ lacrosse

Abington 10, Whitman-Hanson 5
Canton 5, Scituate 1
Monty Tech 13, AMSA 12 (OT)
St. Bernard’s 20, Hudson 6
Wayland 8, Holliston 6

Girls’ lacrosse

Marblehead 9, Masconomet 8 (OT)
Wachusett 11, North Middlesex 7

Boys’ tennis

Belchertown 5, West Springfield 0
Tyngsboro 5, Gardner 0

Girls’ tennis

Austin Prep 5, Pope John 0
Chelmsford 5, Billerica 0
Marlboro 3, North Middlesex 2
Minnechaug 5, Tantasqua 0
West Springfield 4, Chicopee Comp 1



MIAA & NEPSAC scoreboard – 4/5/2016

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Boys’ lacrosse

Martha’s Vineyard 9, Bishop Stang 4
Wachusett 13, North Middlesex 8

Girls’ lacrosse

Westwood 14, Bellingham 2

Boys’ volleyball

Chicopee 3, Belchertown 1
Framingham 3, Needham 2
Greater Lowell 3, Monty Tech 2
Haverhill 3, Somerville 0
Lexington 3, North Andover 0
Marlboro 3, Fitchburg 0
Newton South 3, Westford 0
Nipmuc 3, Blackstone Valley Tech 0
West Springfield 3, Ludlow 0

Girls’ tennis

St. Mary’s-Lynn 4, Marian 1



Girls’ hoops: Revere upsets Lowell with dominating second quarter

HAVERHILL – The no. 1 seed Lowell Red Raiders got off to a fast start in Tuesday’s MIAA Division 1 North girls’ basketball semifinal at Whittier Tech.

But the no. 4 seed Revere Patriots didn’t just throw a counterpunch in the second quarter – they threw a haymaker that the Red Raiders never fully recovered from, leading to a 60-51 upset victory.

The Red Raiders started the game on a 12-2 run, but the Revere offense came back strong thanks to seven first-quarter points from Pamela Gonzalez (17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals). A layup at the buzzer by Meaghan Gotham (12 points, 10 rebounds) made the score 17-15 after one.

In the second quarter, the Patriots put the hammer down. Three three-pointers from Ally Hinojosa (12 points, four rebounds) and a near-double-double in the quarter alone from Gonzalez, including another layup at the halftime buzzer, led to Revere outscoring the Red Raiders 22-6 to take a 37-23 halftime lead.

“I think the one bad quarter definitely put us in a hole,” Lowell head coach Brian Myers said. “The girls fought hard. We’re not used to giving up 22 points in a quarter. I knew if (Revere) got into the 60s we were going to have a tough time winning, and they got into the 60s. We had to keep them in the high 40s. We played good defense for two and a half, three quarters, and then we let one get away in that second quarter.”

The Red Raiders were not done, however. Shyan Mwai (26 points, four steals, three rebounds) put the team on her back with nine points in the third, and the rest of the team fed off of that energy, with Brittany Mota (six points, six blocks, four rebounds, three assists, three steals) knocking down two threes and the rest of the team driving to the lane and getting the Patriots in foul trouble. They cut the deficit to 47-40 going into the final frame.

“You could tell she didn’t want to lose,” Myers said. “None of them did, but Shyan took it upon herself to try to get us back into that game and get us over that hump. That’s her, she’s aggressive.”

Mwai continued her hot streak with nine more points in the fourth quarter and got the Red Raiders (21-3) within three after being down by as many 17 in the second half, but the rest of the Lowell offense went cold, and Revere (20-5) used their possessions to work the clock and drive to the lane to seal the deal. The Red Raiders as a whole tried to shoot themselves back into it, but finished the night 4-for-28 from deep.

“We were there,” Myers said. “We had our chances. We cut it to three and we had our chances, but (Revere) outworked us. The offensive rebounds hurt us. They were balanced, they had a little more depth than us.”

It was not the ideal way for someone as accomplished as Lexi Schecter to end her high school career, but she still gave it her all with another double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals).

“She’s had a brilliant career, one of the best in Lowell High history,” Myers lauded. “She’s got a ton of records. She’ll be in the hall of fame. I’ve been here for four years, I’ve had her for four years, and her best basketball is yet to come.”