Regis blanks Bay Path, Lesley upsets Becker to set stage for Sunday's NECC Championship
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Top seed Regis College advance to their fourth straight New England Collegiate Conference Championship game by sweeping #4 Bay Path University 9-0. The Pride will face #3 Lesley University after they upset #2 Becker College 5-4 in NECC Semifinals action on Saturday.
Regis swept doubles play with the no. 3 doubles duo of Jewel Medeiros/Sara Kanarkiewicz sweeping the pair of Yismel Rosario/Kimberly Drahushuk 8-0 to earn the first point of the match for the Pride. Junior Emily Rice and her partner Katasha Jarvis earned an 8-2 win at no. 2 doubles against opponents Brittany Schafer/Edna Aboagye. At the no. 1 doubles position, after being tied up at 2-2, teammates Jessie Lord and Erica Murphy rallied back to outscore seniors Brittany Walsh/Taylor Wood 6-2 to take an 8-4 win. Giving the Pride a 3-0 advantage headed into singles play.
In singles action, Regis delivered two shutouts with Jewel Medeiros defeating Brittany Schafer 6-0, 6-0 at no. 5 singles and sophomore Amy DiPace earning the 6-0, 6-0 sweep at no. 6 singles.
Murphy, Rice and Jarvis also defeated their opponents in singles play. The matchup of the afternoon came at no. 1 singles with Jessie Lord squaring off against Brittany Walsh. Lord took the first game by a 6-4 score, but Walsh kept the pressure on the junior captain as she held a 3-2 lead on Lord at one point in the second game. Lord regained her composure and took over the match as she came back and beat Walsh 6-4 in the second contest.
Lesley University earns their ticket after an upset against Becker College. The two previous matches were decided by one point with Becker taking the upper hand in both.
The Hawks took the early lead as they won two of the three doubles matches. At number three, the tandem of freshman Jessica Leger and senior Kerry Saltvick cruised to an 8-3 decision against Hannah Levensailor and Courtney Goggin.
Becker got a service break at number two that was the difference in the match as sophomore Jacqueline Andrade and freshman Emily Wodell topped Frances De Leon and Diana Watson, 8-6. The Lynx lone win came at number one where Caroline Kiddie and Theresa Pereira beat Jennifer Lord and Livia Smith, 8-2.
With a spot in the finals on the line, the singles matches were tightly contested as four of the six went to three sets. Smith put Becker's third point on the board when she beat Pereira, 7-6, 6-0 at number three. Lesley got its second point at number one as Kiddie beat Lord, 6-2-6-1.
Sophomore Dana Mahan put Becker within a point from victory when she won her number five match, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3 over Rosie Heller. Lesley's De Leon beat Andrade at number two 7-5, 6-2, 2-6 and Watson topped Leger 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at number four. The final point came at number six where the Lynx Goggin beat Wodell 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
#1 Regis returns to the courts to face #3 Lesley tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the NECC Championship.
Match information provided by Regis and Lesley Athletics Communications