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Clarkson grabs 2nd seed for women’s conference playoffs

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BOSTON — Carly Mercer continued to torment Harvard as the Clarkson University women’s hockey team defeated the Crimson 3-1 to wrap up second place in the ECAC Hockey standings and clinch a home berth for the opening round of the playoffs next weekend.

The Golden Knights (26-8 overall, 18-4 ECAC), which sent Harvard to its first loss at home this season, will face seventh-seeded Rensselaer in the playoff opener at Cheel Arena.

Clarkson swept the season series against Harvard, getting goals from Mercer, Vanessa Gagnon and Jamie Lee Rattray. Erica Howe made 39 saves for the Golden Knights.

Mercer, a junior, scored her fourth goal of the year against the Crimson, putting Clarkson ahead 1-0 12 minutes, 58 seconds into the first period. Clarkson went up 2-0 after Danielle Skirrow stole the puck from behind the Harvard net and found Gagnon as the buzzer sounded ending the first period.

Rattray’s goal in the third period was her 19th of the year, setting a single-season Clarkson record for points with 45.

Harvard (20-5-3, 16-3-2) received a goal from Miye D’Oench.

DARTMOUTH 7, ST. LAWRENCE 2

Sasha Nanji scored a pair of goals as Dartmouth knocked St. Lawrence from home-ice contention with a victory in Hanover, N.H.

St. Lawrence (17-12-4, 12-6-3) will travel to face Quinnipiac in the first-round, best-of-three playoff series next weekend.

Dartmouth (16-8-5, 11-7-4), which plays Harvard in its first-round series, jumped out to a 5-0 lead on SLU, scoring twice in the first period and three times in the second. Dartmouth went 4-for-7 in the power play. Karlee Odland added two goals for the Big Green, and Laura Stacey, Reagan Fisher and Morgan Illikainen added goals.

Kelly Sabatine and Amanda Boulier scored for the Saints.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ST. LAWRENCE 51, WILLIAM SMITH 48

Kelly Legg scored 18 points, was named the tournament MVP and helped St. Lawrence defeat William Smith in Canton for the Liberty League title and its first NCAA Division III tournament berth in four years.

SLU (19-8) will find out its NCAA opponent and destination on Monday.

Allison Cady, who joined Legg on the all-tournament team, added 14 points for the Saints, who outlasted the Herons (17-10) in a game that experienced 12 lead changes and eight ties.

Kara McDuffee, who finished with six points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals, supplied four free throws in the final seconds to keep the Saints ahead.

Sydna Salvatore scored 26 points for William Smith. Sasha Borenstein added 10 points.

TRACK AND FIELD

SLU WOMEN TAKE 2ND

St. Lawrence won four individual championships and added a relay victory to take second place behind Ithaca College in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference indoor championships in Ithaca.

The first-place Bombers finished with 242 points. The Saints followed with 192 in the 12-team field.

Divya Biswal set a school and facility record in the triple jump, taking the event with a 12.04-meter distance, shattering a record for a third straight meet. SLU sophomore Carly Stine broke an 11-year-old school mark in the 500 meters, also breaking a facility record by winning in 1:17.17. Teammate Ella Martin set a facility mark in the 3000 meters in 10:19.86 to win the race. Senior Jess Marini captured the 800.

The Saints 1,600 relay of Marini, Anna Pond, Hannah Kinsey and Stine edged Rochester by .73 seconds for the victory.

SCOTT PACES MEN

Mike Scott recorded the lone championship for St. Lawrence as the Saints placed fourth in the NYS Collegiate Track Conference indoor finals in Ithaca.

Scott captured the high jump for the Saints, who registered 117.5 points.

Host Ithaca won the team event with 139.5 points, followed by Rensselaer and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

SWIMMING

Taylor wins conference title

Alexander Taylor repeated as SUNYAC champion in the 200 breaststroke in a conference record time of 2:05.48 as the Bears set five school records on the final day of the championships in Buffalo.

Potsdam’s men finished fifth with 267 points. The Potsdam women were eighth with 137 points.

Both the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle relays set school records.

SKIING

SCOTT, DURHAM QUALIFY

St. Lawrence men’s skier Graham Scott and women’s skier Ashley-Kate Durham each qualified for the NCAA Division III meet after the two alpine teams’ NCAA regional performance in Lewiston, Maine. Durham is making her fourth appearance in the NCAAs and Scott his second.

Both the Saints men’s and women’s teams finished ninth in the slalom Saturday at Sunday River. Durham topped all Saints skiers with a 15th place finish for the women. Nick Stenicka led the SLU men, placing 26th.

MENG MAKES NCAAS

St. Lawrence sophomore Austin Meng placed 11th in the 15-kilometer freestyle at the NCAA regionals in Lewiston, Maine, and qualified for the NCAA Nordic championships March 6-9 at Middlebury College.

Meng’s finish helped the Saints to a sixth-place finish in the regional event.

For the women, Kelsey Nichols led the Saints with a 19th-place showing in the 10K freestyle, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA championships.

CLARKSON PLACES FIRST

Junior Christian Perryman finished third in the slalom for Clarkson, which captured the USCSA Eastern Regionals at Mount Abram in Greenwood, Maine.

The Clarkson men won with an aggregate time of 5:05.10. The Clarkson women finished fifth.

SQUASH

ST. LAWRENCE 5, CORNELL 4

St. Lawrence recorded its first victory over Cornell in program history, upsetting the fifth-seeded Big Red in the College Squash Association Championship in New Haven, Conn.

The eighth-seeded Saints (11-5) move on to the consolation finals.

BASEBALL

HILLSDALE 6-13, SUNY CANTON 5-7

SUNY Canton opened its season with a pair of losses in a doubleheader against Hillsdale College in Lakeland, Fla.

Theresa’s Gerardo Torres hit a two-run triple for Canton in the team’s 6-5 opening loss.

Eddie Morel hit a pair of doubles for the Kangaroos and drove in two runs in a 13-7 defeat in the second game.

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