Friday’s college roundup: Black Bears surge late for 4-2 win

ORONO – The University of Maine scored three unanswered third period goals to rally to a 4-2 win over Merrimack in a women’s hockey game at Alfond Arena.

Jennifer Costa tied the game 1:38 into the third period for the Black Bears (9-13-1, 7-8-1 Hockey East). Celine Tedebny followed with her second goal of the game less than two minutes later to give Maine the lead before Courtney Colarullo added an insurance goal with 3:45 left.

Loryn Porter made 24 saves for the Black Bears. Emma Gorski made 20 saves for the Warriors (5-17-1, 4-13-1).

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, CURRY 2: Carolyn Curley scored twice to lift the Nor’easters (4-9-1, 4-5-1 Commonwealth Coast) against the Colonels (3-12, 1-8) in Biddeford.

Bella Crugnale and Meghan Hamilton also scored for UNE. Delanie Corcoran stopped 23 shots.

Rowan Nasty and Ali Olorenshaw each had a goal for Curry, while Anna Langton made 40 saves.


SOUTH OF MAINE CC 92, GRANDE BAIE CC 9: Kyla Greenleaf and Maddy York scored 18 points each as the SeaWolves (13-2, 8-1 YSCC) edged past the Herons (1-10, 0-9) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Allexius Theberge added 14 points and Tara Flanders scored nine.


PITTSBURGH: The Panthers have hired Frank Cignetti as the team’s offensive coordinator, more than 30 years after beginning his coaching career at school as a graduate assistant and a decade removed from a brief stint as offensive coordinator under former Pitt trainer Dave Wannstedt.

The school made the announcement on Friday. Cignetti, 56, replaces Mark Whipple, who left to take up the same position in Nebraska.

The widely traveled Cignetti broke into coaching with Pitt in 1989. He has spent the past 32 years coaching at the college and professional levels. Cignetti has worked for six different NFL teams and six Football Bowl Division programs. He most recently served as offensive coordinator at Boston College in 2020 and 2021.

USL: New coach Brian Kelly has completed adding eight transfer players to the Tigers roster in 2022, including defensive backs Greg Brooks and Joe Foucha, who both started at Arkansas. The transfers also include two starters from the Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt Conference championship team: defensive back Mekhi Garner and wide receiver Kyren Lacy.

Tre’mond Shorts, a four-year starter at East Tennessee State and an FCS All-American, joins LSU’s offensive line as a grad transfer. Rounding out the transfer portal’s recently completed additions are former Virginia linebacker West Weeks, Notre Dame punter Jay Bramblett and East Carolina long snapper Slade Roy.


CREIGHTON: Coach Greg McDermott has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be with the Bluejays when they face DePaul on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. The school’s athletic department made the announcement on Friday. A spokesperson said McDermott, who received two shots and a booster, has mild symptoms.

The Bluejays (11-5, 3-2) had three Big East games postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the opponent’s schedule. Two were postponed to February.

McDermott, 57, missed practice on Monday and part of Tuesday for what was described as a “minor medical procedure”. He was on the sidelines in the Bluejays’ 87-64 home win over St. John’s on Wednesday.

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