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UMass men's lacrosse knocks off No. 4 North Carolina

Despite missing it’s national player of the year candidate, the University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team produced an early-season statement win on Saturday.

Trailing by three after three quarters, the No. 12 Minutemen scored four unanswered fourth quarter goals to upset No. 4 North Carolina, 12-11, at the Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State in Georgia.

Connor Mooney, who moved from midfield to attack to replace Will Manny, had three goals including the game-winner with 3:18 left to cap the comeback.

Freshman Zach Oliveri made 18 saves including four in the fourth quarter to seal the win for UMass (2-0).

“It was a good win, a good fight,” UMass coach Greg Cannella said. “We’ve had a couple of guys continue to step up. We got great defense down the stretch and great goaltending from Zach. There was no quit in our guys. They kept grinding it out and playing hard.”

Kyle Smith added three goals and an assist for UMass, which is at Harvard, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Manny will be out for the foreseeable future for the Minutemen after having surgery to repair a thumb injury last week. Cannella said he’s hoping Manny isn’t forced to take a medical redshirt causing him to miss the rest of the season.

“It’s pretty serious,” Cannella said. He had surgery on his thumb Thursday night. He’s going to be out for a while. I hope he gets a shot to play this season.”

Women’s lacrosse

UMass 21, Long Island 8 — Katie Ferris, Sam Rush and Tanner Guarino each scored three goals as the No. 14 Minutewomen (2-1) dominated at home Saturday.

Men’s hockey

UMass-Lowell 3, UMass 2 — Michael Pereira and Conor Sheary each had a goal and an assist as the Minutemen (10-15-2, 7-12-1 Hockey East) lost on the road Saturday.

Branden Gracel contributed two assists in the loss.

Amherst 5, Middlebury 3 — Johnny Van Siclen had two goals and an assist as the Lord Jeffs (15-6-3, 11-5-2 NESCAC) won at home Saturday.

Women’s hockey

Bowdoin 4-3, Amherst 0-1 — The Lord Jeffs (12-10-1, 10-5-1 NESCAC) managed just one goal in two against Polar Bear goaltender Kayla Lessard (53 saves) in their pair of losses over the weekend at home.

After a Saturday shutout, Amherst’s Emily Flom netted the team’s only goal of the weekend in Sunday’s loss.

Men’s basketball

Amherst 83, Colby 52 — Aaron Toomey scored 28 points on eight 3-pointers and had seven rebounds and six assists for the Lord Jeffs (23-2) in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals at home Saturday.

Willy Workman of Northampton added 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists for Amherst, which hosts Tufts in the conference semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Westfield State 81, Fitchburg State 67 — Grant Cooper of Northampton had 16 points and six assists as the Owls (21-4, 10-2 MASCAC) clinched their first outright conference title with a win at home Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Richmond 81, UMass 63 —Jasmine Harris scored 19 points, but the Minutewomen (3-21, 1-8 A-10) lost on the road Sunday.

Kim Pierre-Louis added 13 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Amherst 80, Trinity 34 — Bridget Crowley posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Jeffs (24-1) in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal win at home Saturday.

Megan Robertson added 22 points and seven rebounds for Amherst, which hosts the championship weekend beginning on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Bowdoin at 5:30.

Smith 65, Wellesley 53 — Paulina Solis scored 25 points as the Pioneers (22-3, 16-2 NEWMAC) won on the road Saturday.

Wheaton 64, Mount Holyoke 52 — Angelica Pascual scored a game-high 21 points, but MHC (5-18, 3-15 NEWMAC) lost its finale at home Saturday.

Fitchburg State 75, Westfield State 71 — Jenny Bell of Northampton had 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals, but the Owls (16-9, 8-4 MASCAC) lost their regular season finale at home Saturday.

Women’s swimming & diving

Amherst College freshman Emily Hyde’s outstanding weekend helped the Lord Jeffs to their first-ever NESCAC championship.

Hyde won two individual events, finished second in another and was part of two first-pace relay events in Brunswick, Maine.

Hyde broke a meet and pool record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.15) and set the program mark in a second-place finish in the 400 IM (4:24.19).

Softball

Michigan 13, UMass 2 — Teea Rogers’ two-run homer accounted for all the runs for the Minutewomen (0-3) at the FAU Classic in Boca Raton, Fla., Sunday.

Women’s indoor track

Amherst College’s Naomi Bates earned top-five finishes in 55-meter dash (fourth), 200 meters (fourth) and long jump (third) at the Division III New England Championships in Portland, Maine, Saturday.

The Lord Jeffs placed ninth out of 23 teams.

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