Sean Walsh of Tewksbury, guided the Southern New Hampshire Men's Hockey team to the NE-10 Conference Championship title this past Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 win over St. Anselm College played at the Sullivan Arena in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

The win closes out the season for SNHU with an overall record of 14-9-4.

Freshman Joe Fiorino (Willow Grove, Pa.) scored twice, including the eventual game winner in the second period, and junior goaltender Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) made 37 saves to lead the No. 2 seed Penmen to the victory over top-seeded Saint Anselm College.

This is the first title for SNHU since 2014. After falling to Saint Anselm in each of the previous two NE10 semifnals, the Penmen knock off their crosstown rivals for the second time in 12 NE10 postseason meetings. The 14 victories are the most for the program since it won 17 games in 2013-14.

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The Norwich University women's ice hockey team dominated from start to finish in a statement 6-0 victory in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship game on Saturday at Kreitzberg Arena.

Norwich (21-5-2, 15-0-1 NEHC) won its third straight NEHC Tournament title and ninth overall in front of a new women's hockey attendance-record crowd of 1,283 fans on Saturday.

Tewksbury resident Jess Piracini and Methuen resident Amanda Conway, a former standout on the Tewksbury/Methuen Co-Op high school team, are members of the championship team.

In the title victory, sophomore defenseman Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) tallied four assists and finished with a +5 plus-minus rating en route to being named the NEHC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Conway scored twice, while senior forward Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) tallied a goal and two assists to lead the offense in the victory.

Junior forward Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) notched two assists and became the 11th NU women's hockey player and fourth this season to reach the 100-career-points milestone.

Leading 4-0, Conway capped the scoring with her nation-leading 28th and 29th goals of the season with both of the assists on both goals coming from McGovern and Benoit. 

Conway, Rossini and Foley joined Benoit on the All-Tournament team. Castleton's Wills and Aimee Brand were also named to the team.

For the season, Conway has played in 27 games and has 29 goals and 12 assists for 41 points, which includes six game winners and six hat tricks.

Piracini has played in 23 games and has registered 4 goals, 9 assists for 13 points, as well as being a +8 on the ice.

Norwich now advances to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the 10th time in its 12-year history where it will look to defend its 2018 title. The Cadets played Williams College on March 6th with results not known as of presstime.

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Framingham State’s Emily Velozo of Tewksbury has been named the 2018-19 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women's Basketball All- MASCAC team.

Velozo had a breakout junior year earning second-team honors this winter. The junior started all 26 games for the Rams scoring 384 points was fifth best in the league. She shot an impressive 40-for-100 from long range and her 40% was ranked second in the conference. Velozo set a career high with 31 points on 13-of-23 from the field in a win over MCLA on February 16th.

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It was a closely contested quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Tournament as the Adelphi University men's basketball team took on Merrimack Sunday afternoon. In a game that featured nine lead changes, the Panthers came up just shy and fell by a score of 83-81.

As the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Division, Adelphi was led by freshman Ronnie Silva who posted 23 points on an impressive 5-6 shooting from behind the arc. He was joined by three of his teammates who also posted double-digit scoring; Oswald Parker III had 18 points, Nick Cambio, of Tewksbury, added 14 and Connor McGuinness did his part with 13. The Brown and Gold shot the ball exceptionally well, going 31-58 (.534) from the field and sinking 10-19 (.526) from three point land.

Adelphi will have to wait and see if they earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be Sunday, March 10.

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