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Colleges: Harvard hockey falls to Yale

Cleanthony Early (17 points) helped Wichita State move to 32-0 and advance to the Missouri Valley semifinals.

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Cleanthony Early (17 points) helped Wichita State move to 32-0 and advance to the Missouri Valley semifinals.

It has been an arduous season for the Harvard men’s hockey team.

The Crimson’s performance during the season has fluctuated wildly.

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They won three straight in early February but followed that with a 1-3-1 stretch to end the season.

When the Crimson began their ECAC first-round series with 16th-ranked Yale on Friday night, it was a spitting image of their season’s woes.

After killing off a penalty at the start of the game, Harvard turned around and allowed two goals just 2:08 apart later in the first period en route to a 4-0 loss at Ingalls Rink in New Haven.

Jimmy Vesey was assessed a hitting from behind minor just 10 seconds into the game, but the Crimson were up to the challenge and stifled the Bulldogs’ power play.

Harvard (10-16-4) earned its own power-play opportunity at 5:18 of the first but were unable to capitalize.

That is when the game unraveled for Harvard.

Just 29 seconds after the power play ended, Jesse Root scored on a breakaway to put the Bulldogs up, 1-0.

After the Crimson killed off a penalty they were assessed on the breakaway, Yale (16-9-5) struck again.

Just eight seconds after the power play ended, Gus Young scored off an assist from Cody Learned.

Learned added a shorthanded tally in the second, and Carson Cooper scored in the third to round out the offensive.

Alex Lyon made 24 saves for the Bulldogs, who lead the best-of-three series, 1-0. Game 2 is Saturday night in New Haven.

In other ECAC first-round action: Ryan Haggerty scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, propelling Rensselaer (15-14-6) past visiting Dartmouth, 4-1.

Charles Grant made 33 saves for the Big Green (8-18-4), who trail in the series, 1-0.

Eric Sweetman's goal 1:27 into the second overtime lifted St. Lawrence (14-17-4) past visiting Brown, 3-2.

Nick Lappin scored with less than a minute remaining in the third period for the Bears, who trail in the series, 1-0. Tyler Steel stopped 43 shots for Brown (11-16-3).

Atlantic Hockey first round — Kyle Gibbons had a goal and an assist and host Canisius (13-19-3) earned a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart (12-23-0) in the first game of a best-of-three series . . . Brad McGowan’s goal at 13:23 of overtime sent RIT (12-18-5) to a 3-2 win over Holy Cross (12-20-3) in Worcester. The Crusaders trail in the series, 1-0 . . . Dan Kolenda’s goal 4:43 into the second overtime gave host Niagara (12-18-5) a 1-0 win over American International (10-24-1). The Yellow Jackets trail in the series, 1-0.

Women’s basketball

Harvard 69, Yale 65 — Temi Fagbenle had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the host Crimson (20-7, 10-3) edged the Bulldogs (12-15, 6-7), giving coach Kathy Delany-Smith her 515th victory, the most in Ivy League history. Delany-Smith passed legendary Princton men’s coach Pete Carril.

Brown 46, Dartmouth 43 — Sophie Bikofsky had 15 points as the visiting Bears (10-18, 4-9 Ivy) eked out a victory over the Big Green (5-22, 2-11).

America East quarterfinals — Corinne Coia had 21 points and New Hampshire scored 52 points in the second half, the fourth most in a half in tournament history, en route to an 85-79 victory over Vermont in Albany, N.Y. The Wildcats (19-11) face Stony Brook on Sunday . . . Amber Bepko had 16 points as Hartford earned a 63-62 overtime victory over Maine (16-14). The Hawks (13-17) face Albany on Sunday.

Metro Atlantic Athletic quarterfinals — Brittany McQuain (13 points, 12 rebounds) powered Quinnipiac to a 72-61 win over Canisius (13-17) in Springfield. The Bobcats (20-11) face Iona on Sunday . . . Alexys Vazquez (11 points) nailed three 3-pointers, setting the program record for 3-pointers in a season with 85, but Fairfield (20-10) fell to Rider, 63-56. The Broncs face Marist on Sunday.

ACC quarterfinals — Jewell Loyd scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame past Florida State, 83-57, in Greensboro, N.C. Notre Dame (30-0) will face N.C. State on Saturday . . . No. 10 Duke claimed its 37th straight victory over Georgia Tech, an 82-52 rout powered by Tricia Liston’s 15 points. She also made her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the Blue Devils (26-5), who face North Carolina on Saturday. . . Diamond DeShields had 22 points to help No. 13 North Carolina (24-8) beat No. 8 Maryland, 73-70.

Pac-12 quarterfinals — Chiney Ogwumike scored 19 points, leading fourth-ranked Stanford past pesky Colorado, 69-54, in Seattle. The Cardinal (29-2) will face either USC or Arizona State Saturday night.

SEC quarterfinals — Alaina Coates had 13 points as fifth-ranked South Carolina took an easy 67-48 victory over Georgia in Duluth, Ga. The Gamecocks (27-3) will face Kentucky . . . Isabelle Harrison scored 21 points and No. 6 Tennessee used a late 19-0 run to beat LSU, 77-65. The Lady Vols (25-5) will face Texas A&M.

NCAA Div. 3 first round — Hayley Kanner had 16 points and 11 rebounds and host Tufts defeated St. Joseph’s (Maine), 66-43, for its school-record 27th win of the season. The Jumbos face the University of New England Saturday . . . Marley Giddins had 20 points and 11 boards, powering Amherst to a 63-49 win over Springfield in Oneonta, N.Y. The Jeffs (25-3) face Hartwick on Saturday.

Men’s basketball

Wichita State 80, Evansville 58 — Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 17 points each as the second-ranked Shockers stayed unbeaten with a romp over the Purple Aces (14-19) in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament in St. Louis.

Wichita State (32-0) set a tournament record with 11 blocked shots and will face Missouri State in the semifinals on Saturday.

Dartmouth 75, Brown 68 — Tyler Melville scored 23 points as the Big Green (11-16, 4-9 Ivy League) upset the Bears in Providence. Sean McGonagill led Brown (15-12, 7-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds

NCAA Div. 3 first round — Michael Mayer had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists, leading host Williams past Mitchell, 81-66. The Ephs (24-4) host Gordon on Saturday . . . Domenick Mastascusa had 19 points for WPI (22-5) but Albertus Magnus (27-2) used a late 11-2 run to defeat the Engineers, 68-66, in Purchase, N.Y. Albertus Magnus faces Purchase on Saturday.

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