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Hild, Panthers oust Engineers

David Hild got Middlebury off to a hot start, scoring four of the Panthers’ first seven goals in a 1

David Hild got Middlebury off to a hot start, scoring four of the Panthers’ first seven goals in a 16-8 win over Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Div­ision III tournament.

The 13th-seeded Panthers (13-5) got five goals and an assist from Hild, and three goals from Tim

Cahill. Goalie Ryan Deane stopped 11 shots for the win. Middlebury will advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinal against the winner of a game between Tufts and Endicott.

RPI (14-3), seeded 12th, was led by Nick Billy with two goals and an assist.

Middlbury 3 6 5 2 — 16

RPI 2 2 2 2 —  8

Middlebury scoring: David Hild 5-1, Tim Cahill 3-0, Andrew Conner 2-2, Russell Banker 2-1, Pete Smith 1-0, Erich Pfeffer 1-1, Chris Teves 1-0, Matt Virtue 1-0, Zach Dayno 0-1, Bart Witmer 0-1. RPI scoring: Nick Billy 2-1, Paul Cerone 1-1, Wes Rudy 1-0, Andrew Miller 1-0, Paul DiLandro 1-0, Eric Valero 1-0, Andrew Liptak 1-0, Bryant Johnson 0-1.

Goalies: Middlebury, Ryan Deane, 11 saves; Charles Ward, 1 save. RPI, James Manchester, 13 saves.


Union 4, Elmira 1

Union 8, St. John Fisher 3

SCHENECTADY — Union hurler Tiffany Ippoliti struck out eight in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Division III championship tournament, then earned the save in the semifinals with three K’s in two innings.

With the quarterfinal game against Elmira tied, 1-1, Union’s Lauren Hoffman’s two-run single in the fifth inning ended up being the difference in the game. Hoffman came in to score on a passed ball to provide the final margin.

In the semis against St. John Fisher, starter Ginni Sack struck out five through five innings and allowed just one earned run. Ashley Kovack went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.

The 31-8 Dutchwomen will play at noon today against the winner of a 10 a.m. game between Elmira and St. John Fisher. A Union win will finish the tournament, while a loss would force a second game at 2 p.m.

Elmira 100 000 0 — 1 6 1

Union 010 030 x — 4 6 0

C. Fontinell, S. Fontinell (5) and Pruess; Ippoliti and Cervini

St. John Fisher 200 001 0 — 3 6 1

Union 210 014 x — 8 17 2

Stefanon, Robarge (6) and Merchant; Sack, Ippoliti (6) and Cervini.

Seeley resigns

ALBANY — James Seeley resigned as College of Saint Rose softball coach Saturday after a two-year stint.

The Golden Knights went 20-38 in the Northeast-10 and 26-52 overall in Seeley’s two seasons.



ROCHESTER — Skidmore knocked off top-seeded Rochester to advance to today’s Liberty League championship game.

Spencer Marcus threw eight innings, allowing three runs, and Zack Rudman booked his seventh save. Rudman also was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Brian Lowry also drove in two runs.

The 20-13 Thoroughbreds will face Clarkson today at 11 a.m.

Skidmore 000 100 320 — 6 9 5

Rochester 000 001 202 — 5 9 2

Marcus, Rudman (9) and Pisani; Kowal, Cacciola (7), Guzski (8), King (9) and Storme.


LOUDONVILLE — Siena jumped out ahead of Fairfield early, building a 10-0 lead after three innings.

The 12-9, 26-25 Saints got home runs from Anthony Giansanti, Dan Paolini and Kevin Quaranto, all in the first inning before an out was recorded. Giansanti and Paolini both finished with three RBI, as did Larry Balkwill.

Fairfield 000 400 310 — 8 10 4

Siena 451 000 50x — 15 13 3

Fico, Robertson (3), Bordonaro (7), Urb­anovich (8) and Bennett, Garamella (8); Brantley, Sohl (8) and Balkwill.


ORONO, Maine — Mike Tirri’s three hits and three RBI helped the University at Albany to a win in the second half of its double-header split.

The 9-11, 10-35 Great Danes built an 8-0 lead through 21⁄2 innings.

Maine (12-7, 29-20) got a two-run home run from Joe Mercurio in the nightcap.

UAlbany 030 001 1 — 5 11 2

Maine 320 301 x — 9 12 2

Kraham, Gauthier (5) and Keppler; Gibbs, Perakslis (4), Latta (7) and Mercurio.

UAlbany 044 103 000 — 12 14 0

Maine 001 102 001 — 5 10 3

White, Lutton (6) and Keppler; Bilodeau, Miller, Lugbauer, deVries and Patzalek.



MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury swept Skidmore to advance to the NCAA Regional finals.

The top-ranked Panthers improved to 19-2, while the Thoroughbreds finished the season 10-11.

After sweeping doubles, Middlebury needed just two wins in six singles matches. The Panthers’ Andrew Thomson and Eliot Jia won at fourth and fifth singles to end the match. Middlebury led in each of the other four singles matches.

Doubles: Thomson-Lee (M) def. Cheng-Cabrera, 8-2; Jia-Olson (M) def. Granger-

Bevan, 8-2; Mason-Peters (M) def. Fromson-Hogan, 8-1. Singles: Peters (M) led Granger, 6-1, 4-0; Lee (M) led Cheng, 6-1, 2-1; Olson (M) led Cabrera, 6-0, 5-0; Thomson (M) def. Fromson, 6-1, 6-0; Jia (M) def. Bevan, 6-0, 6-0; Parower (M) led Hogan, 6-1, 5-0.

Track & field

UAlbany records fall

PRINCETON, N.J. — Wilfredo de Jesus Elias and Laura Cummings both broke University at Albany school records.

At the 134th annual IC4A Championship, de Jesus Elias broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 201 feet, 11 inches, eclipsing the former mark of 200-3. He finished second in the event.

At the 27th annual ECAC Championship, Cummings broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10th-place time of 10:29.27. The old mark was 10:33.60.

Great Danes who qualified for the finals included Tyler Fogarty (Shenendehowa) in the men’s 1,500 in 3:48.62, Fey Adaramola in the women’s 100 and 200 with times of 11.93 and 23.94, and Christen Griffen in the women’s 100 high hurdles (14.27 prelims, 14.25 semis).

The men’s 3,200-meter relay team of Aaron Lozier (Columbia), Paul Lagno, Sean Halpin and Nick Santos (Colonie) qualified for the finals with a time of 7:30.77.

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