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Weekend college recaps: Frank Vatrano powers UMass offense in 5-2 exhibition win over US Under-18 team



Thursday, January 16, 2014
The University of Massachusetts hockey team got a taste Sunday of what Frank Vatrano could bring to the offense.

Vatrano, who is ineligible to compete for the Minutemen until the postseason after transferring from Boston College, had a goal and an assist as UMass beat the US Under-18 national team 5-2 in an exhibition at the Mullins Center.

Mike Busillo, Conor Sheary, Troy Power and Branden Gracel also scored.

Women’s basketball

LA Salle 78, UMass 41 — Kim Pierre-Louis had 19 points and seven rebounds but the Minutewomen (3-14, 0-3 Atlantic 10) fell at home Saturday.

Smith College 59, Coast Guard 48 — Sydney Parkmond had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Paulina Solis had 13 points and Rosa Drummond 12 as the Pioneers (5-7, 5-4 NEWMAC) won on the road Saturday.

Emerson 52, Mount Holyoke 48 — Amber Legare had 18 points and Kate Karraker added 13 but the Lyons (4-8, 1-6 NEWMAC) fell on the road Saturday.

Nicole DeMarchena (Amherst) had 11 rebounds in the loss.

Men’s basketball

Bridgewater State 79, Westfield State 71 — Dan Johnson (Belchertown) had 20 points, including 17 in the first half, and Grant Cooper (Northampton) had 14 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals but the Owls (8-5, 1-1 MASCAC) fell on the road Saturday.

Bowdoin 4, Amherst 2 — Mike Rowbotham had two assists but the Lord Jeffs (7-5-0, 5-3-0 NESCAC) fell on the road Saturday.

Women’s hockey

Amherst 2, Colby 1 — Caitlyn Ryan and Tori Salmon each scored as the 10th-ranked Lord Jeffs (8-2-2, 5-0-1 NESCAC) won at home Saturday.

Men’s swimming

Amherst 127, Williston 115 — Connor Sholtis won the 200 free and the 100 free, while Colin White won the 1-meter and 3-meter dive as the Lord Jeffs (5-0) won at home Saturday.

Women’s swimming

Williston 189, Amherst 104 — Emily Hyde won the 100 and 200 breaststroke but the Lord Jeffs (4-1) fell at home Saturday.

Mount Holyoke 158, Simmons 128 — The Lyons (5-2) had nine first-place finishes en route to the win in Boston Saturday.

Katie Tyler (Hadley) won the 50 butterfly and placed second in the 100 free and 50 free for Mount Holyoke.