VESTAL, N.Y. — Fifth-seeded Hartford limited No. 1 Maine to 31 percent shooting from the field to pull off a 65-54 upset in the America East tournament semifinals on Sunday.

The Black Bears shot 8-for-33, including 3-for-16 from 3-point range, to trail 32-22 at halftime. They cut the lead to two, 49-47, on a Sophie Weckstrom 3-pointer with 7:09 left to play. Hartford answered with a 7-0 run and kept Maine at arms length the rest of the way.

Weckstrom led Maine (23-8) with 13 points, while Sigi Kolzar added 12 points and nine rebounds. Liz Wood finished with 11 rebounds but did not score, shooting 0-for-9.

Cherelle Moore led the Hawks (16-16) with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Amber Bepko added 14 points.

While the loss dashed its hopes of an NCAA tournament berth, Maine will play in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, securing a bid with its America East regular season title.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

COLBY 16, HUSSON 0: Sasha Fritts, Kendall Smith and Sara Miller scored three girls apiece to lead the Mules to the shutout win over the Eagles at Bill Alfond Field.

Both Fritts and Smith scored their first collegiate goals. Dana Swaffield added two goals for Colby (2-1), while Cassie Rogers dished out three assists. The Mules outshot the Eagles, 33-2.

BASEBALL

FLORIDA 5, MAINE 3: Florida, ranked No. 2 in the nation, took a 4-0 lead after four innings but had to hold on to beat Maine in Gainesville, Fla.

Maine rallied to pull within one run, 4-3, in the seventh ining on Brett Geary’s solo home run and Brett Chappell’ RBI double, but Florida (14-2) added an insurance run in the eighth and Taylor Lewis pitched a scoreless ninth to end it.

Brendan Geary went 2-for-4 for the Black Bears (4-12). Jake Marks started and lasted 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Jeff Gelinas and Connor Johnson combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to help Maine get back into the game.

SOFTBALL

MAINE WINS TWO

Led by two home runs and six RBI by Jessica Burk, Maine picked up two wins in Clearwater, Fla., knocking off Wagner, 10-2, and Georgetown, 8-4.

Burk belted a grand slam in the Wagner win, then followed that up with a solo blast against Georgetown. Nikki Byron added a solo homer in the second game for Maine (8-8).

Molly Flowers picked up the win against Wagner by giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three in five innings. Erin Bogdanovich earned the win against Georgetown after giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.


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