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Local colleges: SLU women’s basketball loses to Vassar in Liberty League final

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CANTON — Tournament MVP Allyson Pemberton scored a career-high 24 points to lead second-seeded Vassar College over top-seeded St. Lawrence 64-60 in the Liberty League women’s basketball championship game Saturday at Burkman Gym.

Vassar’s victory extends the streak of top seeds not winning the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid to eight years. The Brewers (22-5) will learn their NCAA opponent on Monday.

St. Lawrence (19-8) held a 33-29 halftime lead, but went just 3-for-14 from the field with three turnovers during a nine-minute stretch in the second half to allow Vassar to pull ahead.

“I thought we played really well today, but we didn’t shoot the ball well at all,’’ St. Lawrence coach Dan Roiger said. “We had a lot of good looks at the basket, but it just wasn’t our day.’’

All-tournament pick Kara McDuffee scored 16 points for the Saints, who shot just 32 percent from the floor and were 3-for-10 on 3-pointers. Allison Cady, also on the all-tournament team, added 15 points, while Kelly Legg grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds and scored 14 points.

League Player of the Year Cyndi Matsuoka added 13 points for Vassar.

FULTON-MONTGOMERY CC 75, JEFFERSON CC 72

The third-seeded Cannoneers saw their season come to an end with a tough Region 3 semifinal loss to the No. 2 Hawks at Onondaga CC in Syracuse.

Kassandra Flowers finished with 20 points and Sherice Gayle added 18 for Fulton-Montgomery CC (21-4), which takes on top-seeded Onondaga for the title today.

Jasmine Canady led the Cannoneers (20-7) with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Alyssa Crosby netted 20 points, while Amanda Roberts scored 15 points.

MEN’S LACROSSE

St. LAWRENCE 15, BABSON 4

Junior Tommie Hovey scored a career-high four goals as the Saints kicked off their season with an impressive win at New Haven, Conn.

Jeremy Vautour added two goals and two assists for the Saints, while Nick Ford earned his first collegiate win with 10 saves in goal.

SLU led 4-1 after one quarter and 7-2 at halftime. Charlie Jennings, Alonzo Holcombe and Conor Healey also each scored twice for SLU.

SUNY PoTSDAM 8, SKIDMORE 7 (2 ot)

Junior midfielder Jon Woodworth of Carthage scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist as the Bears scored five unanswered goals and shut out Skidmore in the second half en route to a nonleague win in their season opener at Saratoga Springs.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Ed Doherty of Potsdam scored the only goal of the third quarter.

Derek Frost, who led Potsdam with three goals, made it a two-goal game early in the fourth quarter, and Woodworth scored his first goal to trim the deficit to 7-6.

With just over a minute left in regulation, Potsdam called timeout and Frost tied the score with seconds left with the Bears on a man-advantage.

Neither team scored in the first overtime. In the second overtime, Woodworth ended the game with 2:38 left with a shot from inside the circle.

Goalie Ryan Duffy made 14 saves for Potsdam.

TRACK & FIELD

SAINTS SWEEP TITLES

Both the St. Lawrence men’s and women’s indoor teams earned New York State Collegiate Conference team championships at Newell Field House in Canton, the first time in school history the school completed the sweep.

The SLU men edged Rensselaer by two points, 150-148. Sophomore Harrison Sloan’s dive across the finish line in the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, helped the Saints grab second place and hold off the Engineers. It was SLU’s first men’s title since 2011.

Sloan also won the 800 in 1:55.27 with teammate Spencer Patterson taking second. Patterson also anchored the winning 3,200 relay. Scott Smolensky had the other Saint win, taking the mile in 4:25.53.

The SLU women earned 201.5 points to end a string of five straight titles by Ithaca College. It was SLU’s first women’s crown in 17 years.

Senior Amy Cymerman won two events for SLU, taking the mile and the 3,000 in a field house-record of 9:54.08.

Divya Biswal won the triple jump in a field house-record 11.70, took the hurdles and finished second in the long jump.

Other Saint champions included Marisa Turner (400), Carly Stine (500), Hannah Kinsey (200) and the 1,600 relay team of Turner, Stine, Kinsey and Keture Mason.

SQUASH

SLU’S KHALIFA MAKES FINAL

St. Lawrence’s Amr Khalifa won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches to make a second straight College Squash Association individual national championship final in Philadelphia.

Khalifa beat Rochester’s Mario Yanez in the quarterfinals and then beat Ramit Tandon of Columbia in the semifinals. Khalifa will face Ali Farag of Harvard at 1 p.m. today.

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