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St. Lawrence advances to ECAC semifinal

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HAMDEN, Conn. — The defending ECAC Hockey champion St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team produced its second shutout of the weekend, eliminating Quinnipiac 2-0 in the final game of the quarterfinal series Sunday.

The Saints (19-13-5 overall) and seeded fifth in the tournament moves on to play at top-seeded Cornell next weekend in a semifinal game at Ithaca. Clarkson faces Harvard in the other semifinal game at Cornell.

Sophomore goalie Carmen MacDonald made 34 saves en route to her second shutout in the series. Brooke Fernandez and Kelly Sabatine each scored for the Saints.

Fernandez’s goal on a power-play shot 12 minutes, 34 seconds into the first period tied former Saints player Annie Guay for the most goals by a defenseman in program history. Michelle Ng supplied the assist.

Sabatine followed with a goal just 5:53 later, scoring her 18th of the year when she one-timed a long rebound past Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti for a two-goal Saints lead. Fernandez and Kayla Sullivan received assists.

“I think both teams knew the first goal was going to be important tonight,” said SLU coach Chris Wells. “To get a second one at the end of the first was a big boost, too.”

Fourth-seeded Quinnipiac (20-12-4) responded in the second period with a 15-4 advantage in shots and outshot St. Lawrence 34-21 overall. MacDonald staved off the Bobcats during a Quinnipiac 5-on-3 in the second, denying both Erica Uden Johanssen and Kelly Babstock on scoring chances.

The Bobcats nearly scored with a little more than three minutes left in the third as the puck crossed the goal line during a scrum in front of the net. But the referee waived off the goal, stating that it was kicked in and instant replay confirmed the call.

“We hung on through the second and were able to weather the storm,” Wells said. “We had plenty of good bounces go our way in the third and great efforts all around to preserve the win.”

Quinnipiac pulled Vigilanti in the final 1:15 for the extra attacker but failed to score. The Bobcats were 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

SQUASH

KHALIFA WINS NATIONAL TITLE

Amr Khaled Khalifa won the Collegiate Squash Association individual national championship for the Saints’ first-ever men’s squash title with a sweep over top-seed Todd Harrity of Princeton 11-4, 11-6, 12-1.

Khalifa, a freshman, finished his debut season with the Saints with an unblemished 15-0 record.

TENNIS

ST. LAWRENCE 9, ST. MICHAEL’S 0

The Saints’ Robert Schmitz dropped a total of only three games in singles and doubles match as he led the team to a sweep of the Purple Knights in Canton.

Schmitz beat Billy Wood 6-2, 6-3 and teamed with John Megas to sweep Chris Moskal and Sam Laves 8-0 in doubles play.

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