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Carthage’s Kempney helps lift SU into title game

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Syracuse attacker Kailah Kempney, a 2011 Carthage graduate, scored three goals to lead the nationally fifth-ranked Orange to a 19-6 victory over No. 18 Connecticut in the Big East women’s lacrosse semifinals on Thursday in Washington D.C.

Syracuse, which will play No. 8 Georgetown in today’s championship game at 1 p.m. in the same location, won its 10th straight and improved to 15-3 on the season.

Kempney ranks fourth on the team in points with 22 goals and seven assists.

FERRIS, TIERNAN AWAIT PAIRINGS

Carthage products Katie Ferris and Amy Tiernan helped 13th-ranked Massachusetts clinch a conference-record fifth straight Atlantic 10 championship with a 14-7 win over Duquesne on Tuesday.

Tiernan scored a goal in the title game and Ferris provided an assist. UMass is 17-2 this season and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The pairings will be released on Sunday.

DERONDA SETS CAREER HIGH

Northwestern’s Kat DeRonda, a 2010 Carthage graduate, scored a career-high three goals in a 10-8 victory over then-No. 9 Notre Dame on April 24. She has recorded six goals and an assist on the season.

AREA TRIO EXCELLING AT ALBANY

Nichole Eamer (General Brown, 2011) scored five goals in Albany’s regular season finale last Saturday to lock up the second seed in the America East Conference Tournament.

Eamer ranks third on the team in points with 32 goals and eight assists. Maureen Keggins (Watertown, 2011) ranks sixth with 19 points and five assists. Chelsea Boshart (Indian River, 2011) has played in eight games.

MEN’S LACROSSE

PIROLI, CAPONE’S SEASON ENDS

The season for Watertown High product Tom Capone and Carthage graduate Nick Piroli at Brown came to an end after an 8-7 triple overtime victory over Dartmouth on Monday.

Brown finished 8-6 and placed fifth in the Ivy League, just short of qualifying for the four-team conference tournament.

Piroli, a sophomore, finished the year with 14 goals and seven assists and started 10 of 14 games. Capone, a junior, scooped up 38 groundballs and registered a 44 percent success rate as the team’s faceoff specialist.

PREVOST ALL-CONFERENCE AGAIN

Le Moyne attackman Tyler Prevost, a 2009 Immaculate Heart Central graduate, was named to the Northeast 10 All Conference first team for the second straight season.

Prevost posted 16 goals and 31 assists in the regular season and scored a point in 22 straight games dating back to last year.

WINKLER NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK

Former General Brown player Ben Winkler received Empire 8 Conference player of the week honors after his performance for Utica College for the week of April 22.

Winkler, a senior, scored three goals in the Pioneers’ 10-5 loss to Hamilton College. Then, he scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against St. John Fisher last Saturday. It was the second of his two goals in the game and clinched Utica a spot in the conference tournament for the first time in program history.

Utica (9-7) fell to Nazareth College in the semifinals, 17-15, on Wednesday.

Winkler led Utica in goals (42) and points (52). His 125 career goals is good for second on the all-time Utica list. He passed former Immaculate Heart Central player Michael Bulger for second place during Utica’s loss to Nazareth.

SOFTBALL

MONROES PACING PIONEERS

Utica freshman Abby Monroe threw her first collegiate no-hitter on Friday and her sister Chelsea went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead the Pioneers to an 8-0 victory over Alfred in the opening round of the Empire 8 conference tournament.

Abby Monroe, a 2012 General Brown graduate, finished the regular season ranked second in the conference with 16 wins, fourth in earned-run average (2.02) and strikeouts (79).

Chelsea Monroe, who graduated from General Brown in 2010 and played two seasons at Jefferson Community College, is tied for 26th in the nation in Division III with 10 home runs.

She leads the team in slugging percentage (.790), ranks second in on-base percentage (.463) and is third in batting average (.395).

The Pioneers have won a program-record 31 games this season and have been ranked No. 1 in the Northeast in the last two NCAA regional rankings.

HOVEY TAKES HONORS

Erica Hovey, a 2009 General Brown graduate, was named to the second team of the All-North Eastern Athletic Conference second team Thursday.

The senior ace finished the regular season with a 13-6 record, 55 strikeouts and a 2.67 ERA in 115 innings pitched.

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