CANTON, N.Y. — St. Lawrence University scored four second-half goals to defeat Thomas College 5-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer championships Saturday. Sophomore Dan Hunt scored three goals, including a penalty kick, to lead the Saints (16-2-2) to a second-round game today against Wheaton College. Thomas finishes its season at 12-8-1.

The Saints dominated possession in the first half and had 13 shots but led just 1-0 on a goal by Hunt. The Terriers came out strong in the second half and tied the game when Maranacook graduate Dakota Duplissie headed a ball to Michael Hand who beat Saints keeper Aaron Costello for his 13th goal of the season. St. Lawrence responded with four goals, two by Hunt and one each from Andrew Bednarsky and Rob Brandell. The Saints held a 26-3 advantage in shots and 9-0 edge in corners. Costello finished with one save while Thomas goalkeeper Mikkail Crockwell made four. The Terriers qualified for the tournament by winning their second North Atlantic Conference title in a row this year after they were seeded fourth.

Cross country

Lawrence graduate Erzsebet Nagy finished fifth overall to help Middlebury College to a second-place finish at the Division III New England Cross Country championships held at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Williams won both the men’s and women’s titles. Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College finished first in the 50 team men’s event while Kaleigh Kenny of Williams was the women’s winner. The Colby men finished sixth while the women were seventh. The men were led by David Chelimo (15th), Silas Eastman (19) and Jeff Hale (26) while Alanna McDonough (14), Catherine McClure (23) and Katherine Connolly (27) led the Colby women,

Cony grad Morgan Beede led the Southern Maine women with a 75th place finish while her brother Briar Beede finished 78th for the USM men. Nick Kopf placed 164th for the Thomas men while Austin Gatcomb was 165th for the UMaine-Farmington men. Kaitlin Flanders led the UMF women in 174th place. Erskine graduate Sam Seekins finished 28th for Bowdoin.

Women’s basketball

USM 86, UMF 57: Erin McNamara scored 24 points to lead the Huskies in the championship game of the Dunkin’ Donuts UMaine-Farmington Tip-Off Tournament. Taylor Flood scored 15 for USM (2-0) while tournament MVP Mariah Callender added 10. Lindsay Ranquist led UMF (1-1) with 19 points.

Colby 70, Brandeis 67: Waterville graduate Jen Nale scored a team-high 16 points to lead the Mules (2-0) to a win at the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament in Waltham, Mass. Nale was named tournament MVP. Desi Smith added 15 points for Colby and Caitlyn Nolan scored 12. Cony graduate Mia Diplock added 11 points and four assists while Gabe Donahue grabbed 10 rebounds.

Maine 75, Bryant 65: Ashleigh Roberts and Sigi Koizar scored 16 points each to lead the Black Bears to the non-conference win in Bangor. Sophie Weckstrom added 14 points for Maine (2-0) while Courtney Schissler scored 23 points for Bryant (1-2).

UMaine Fort Kent 76, Thomas 47: Samantha Carapelluc led a balanced attack with 14 points as the Bengals downed the Terriers at the Star City Classic in Presque Isle. Emily Bard added 11 points for Fort Kent (1-0) while Emilee Reynolds led Thomas with 19 points and Gardiner graduate Katie McAllister added 12 points.

Men’s basketball

RIC 76, Thomas 67: Victor Smith scored 18 points to lead Rhode Island College to the win at the Babson Invitational in Babson Park, Mass. Skowhegan grad Levi Barnes led the Terriers with 19 points while teammate Marquis Pollard scored 12 points and hauled in 12 rebonds. Stanley Greene added 11 points for Thomas (0-2) and Winslow grad Justin Murray scored 10.

UMass Dartmouth 79, Colby 74: Colby’s Chris Hudnut scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to offset the balanced scoring of UMass Dartmouth in the Hampton Inn Classic championship game in North Dartmouth, Mass. Luke Westerman added 13 points for the Mules while teammate Patrick Stewart scored 11.

Women’s hockey

Vermont 4, Maine 1: Amanda Pelkey scored two goals to lead Vermont to the win in Orono. Audra Richards scored for the Black Bears. Meghann Treacy made 27 saves in goal for Maine (0-8-3) while Roxanne Douville made 14 for Vermont (4-6-2).

Middlebury 4, Colby 0: Hannah Bielawski scored a goal and added two assist to lead the Panthers to the New England Small College Athletic Conference win in Waterville. Annabelle Jones made 22 saves in goal for Middlebury (2-0-0) while Brianne Wheeler made 38 saves for Colby (0-2)-0.

Also Saturday: Maranacook grad Kyle Boucher scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds for Maine Maritime Academy in a loss to Fisher College . . . Valley graduate Carrington Miller scored eight points for Central Maine Community College in a win over St. Joe’s of Vermont . . . Kents Hill sophomore Anne McKee of Hallowell finished third in the New England Prep School coaches cross country championships in Southborough, Mass.

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