Rick Comley, who has spent the past 26 seasons as Northern Michigan's coach, was hired to coach the Spartans. "I'm very excited about having the opportunity to lead one of the best hockey programs in the country," Comley said. Ron Mason, who coached his last game for the Spartans on Friday and is the winningest coach in college hockey, becomes the school's athletic director July 1.
DURHAM, N.H. _ A fortuitous bounce gave Tricia Guest the winning goal and Minnesota-Duluth the national championship.
Guest scored with 4:56 left as Minnesota-Duluth beat Brown 3-2 to win its second straight NCAA women's hockey title.
With the Brown defense trying to clear the puck, it bounced off an official's skate and right in front of Guest, charging in from the blue line.
"I took a low, hard shot on net and last I remember the puck was in the back of the net," said Guest, a sophomore who moved from defense to forward this season.
The goal was Guest's 12th of the season and went between the legs of a defenseman and between the pads of goalie Pam Dreyer.
Bulldogs goalie Patricia Sautter withstood a Brown attack in the final period as the Bears outshot Minnesota-Duluth 16-6 but came up short.
"We had a little chat between the second and third periods," Minnesota-Duluth coach Shannon Miller said of Sautter.
It was about "being like Superman, being the best you can be," Miller said.
For Brown, which has one of the oldest women's hockey programs in the country, it was another difficult loss. The Bears (25-8-2) lost in the final two other times before it was an NCAA event.
Kristy Zamora, who tied the score at 2 in the second period, was named tournament MVP for Minnesota-Duluth (24-6-4), a third-year program that lost one senior off last season's team and has eight Europeans on this season's squad.
NORTH CAROLINA 9, FSU 1: The host Tar Heels completed their first ever three-game sweep of the Seminoles. UNC (15-8, 6-0 ACC) has won nine straight. The Seminoles (26-8), ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, dropped to 2-4 in the ACC.
MEMPHIS 6, USF 3: The host Tigers captured the rubber game of the weekend series after the Bulls (13-11, 3-3 C-USA) stranded eight baserunners in the first five innings. Jon Uhl (3-3) took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs, three earned.
MIAMI 8, UCLA 2: The Hurricanes (14-11) clinched the three-game series against the visiting Bruins (13-15). Starter T.J. Prunty (4-0) remained unbeaten, giving up four hits, no runs and striking out five in seven innings. Kevin Howard extended his hitting streak to 20 games, fourth longest in UM history.
SOUTH CAROLINA 6, FLORIDA 4: The host Gamecocks built a 5-2 lead and held on against the Gators (21-5, 4-2 SEC). UF's Mark Kiger tied a career high with four hits and teammate Ryan Shealy hit his ninth home run, the 25th of his career.
USF 4, SOUTHERN MISS 1: Pitcher Corin Tassio won her sixth straight game, leading the host Bulls (19-21-1, 5-3 C-USA), who won two of three in the weekend series. Ginny Georgantas homered for USF, the 12th of her career.
FLORIDA 3, WISCONSIN 2: Junior Jenn Mossadeghi went 3-for-3 with an RBI and sophomore Amanda Moore pitched a four-hitter as UF (19-21) won its Gator Invitational.
TROY ST. 4, FSU 2: Junior Brandi Stuart's fourth home run in six games was not enough to lift the Seminoles (31-13) at the Buzz Classic in Atlanta. The Seminoles committed six errors leading to four unearned runs.
WAKE FOREST 6, FSU 1: The visiting Seminoles women extended their seven-year losing streak to the Demon Deacons. Freshman Meredith Fish was FSU's lone winner in No. 6 singles.
UF WOMEN TRIUMPH: Florida junior Jeanne Cho of Bradenton shot 73 to win the individual title and junior Brittany Straza's 69 helped lead the Gators to victory at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. Florida won by shooting 879, beating Auburn by one stroke. Cho's birdie on 18 clinched the win, but Amanda Dick of Clearwater, who made par on 18, and Straza, who birdied her last two holes, set the stage for Cho's putt.
UF MEN FINISH 4TH: Florida moved up from seventh to finish fourth at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. UF finished 8-over 872, six strokes behind winner Augusta State.