Local colleges: Naysha Trent leads Suffolk CC to Region XV semifinal win

Riverhead's Naysha Trent takes a steal in for

Riverhead's Naysha Trent takes a steal in for two points against Whitman on Dec. 4, 2012. (Credit: George A. Faella)

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Naysha Trent had 25 points and six rebounds as second-seeded Suffolk CC topped Rockland CC, 56-42, Saturday in a Region XV women's basketball tournament semifinal.

Marta Czaplak added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Megan O'Connell chipped in 10 points for Suffolk (17-6). O'Connell and Czaplak each scored six points during the second half when Suffolk had a 25-13 edge. Suffolk hosts top-seeded and eighth-ranked Sullivan CC in a final Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

DePaul 80, St. John's 65: Aliyyah Handford scored a team-high 14 points and seniors Eugeneia McPherson and Keylantra Langley had 13 points and 12 points, respectively, in the loss for St. John's (19-9, 12-5 Big East) on senior day. Brittany Hrynko scored 21 points for DePaul (23-6, 14-3).

NYIT 73, Molloy 64: Demitra Apergis had 16 points and six assists, Alex Venuto chipped in 14 points and Shannon Duer had 13 points for NYIT (17-9, 13-7) in its East Coast Conference regular-season finale. Kelly Guerriero had 18 points and Nicole Arnone finished with eight points and 16 rebounds for Molloy (14-13, 11-9).

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Molloy 72, NYIT 66: John Petrucelli had 20 points, six assists and seven rebounds and Matt McLeod finished with 15 points and nine boards to lift Molloy (16-12, 13-7) in its ECC regular-season finale. Markus Moore had 23 points and 13 rebounds for NYIT (10-16, 8-12).

MEN'S LACROSSE

St. John's 14, Siena 9: Kieran McArdle had two goals and three assists, which included career point No. 200 for St. John's (2-1) in a non-conference game. McArdle's milestone came on an assist to Ryan Fitzgerald with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. Stefan Diachenko added three goals and an assist in the win. Siena falls to 2-2.

LIU Post 14, Mercy 7: Matty Beccaris had five goals and three assists and Ryan Slane chipped in three goals and three assists for No. 4 Post (2-0, 1-0 ECC). Mercy is 2-0, 0-1.

Dowling 15, Molloy 7: Chris Stemke and Matt Crough led Dowling (2-0, 1-0 ECC) with three goals each. Billy Richardson had two scores and six assists in the win.

NYIT 12, St. Michael's 4: Cody Triola had four goals and Shawn Murphy chipped in with three scores and an assist for NYIT (2-2) in a non-conference game. St. Michael's is 0-1.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Hofstra 17, Central Connecticut State 5: Brittain Altomare finished with four goals and two assists and Alexandra Mezzanotte, Erika Neumen, Tiana Parrella and Sam Lenox all scored a pair of goals for Hofstra (3-2) in a non-conference game. CCSU is 1-2.

LIU Post 14, Bloomsburg 7: Samantha Losco had three goals and Jackie Sileo and Katie Rotan had two scores each for Post (1-0), which is ranked No. 1 in Division II. It was the 100th career win for Post coach Meghan McNamara, who is four short of the program's all-time wins mark. Bloomsburg is 0-1.

Dowling 19, Wilmington 6: Jackie Andersen had five goals and three assists and Samantha Stavish finished with four goals and an assist to lift Dowling (1-0) in a non-conference game. Wilmington is 0-1.

Molloy 10, Mercy 8: Cooper Sesselman had three goals, Candice Noakes added two goals and an assist, and Casey Naab scored twice for visiting Molloy (1-0, 1-0 ECC). Mercy is 1-1, 0-1.

Ramapo 11, SUNY-Old Westbury 5: Courtney Gallagher had two goals, and Sara Bey, Nicole Giambrone and Meaghan Haber each scored one in a non-conference game for SUNY-Old Westbury (0-1). Ramapo is 0-1.

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