FPU men’s basketball, men’s hockey grab wins

Friday, November 23, 2018 11:41AM
Men’s basketball

The Franklin Pierce University men’s basketball junior guard Doyin Fadojutimi exploded for a career-high 33 points as the Ravens collected their first Northeast-10 Conference win of the season defeating Saint Michael’s College 99-92 Tuesday evening. The win, the second in a row for the Ravens, moves them to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in NE-10 play.

Franklin Pierce has now won the last seven meetings against their conference rivals with the Crimson and Grey’s last setback at the hands of the Purple Knights coming on Feb. 4, 2015.

Fadojutimi was a factor on offense and defense for FPU. His 33 markers were a game-high as the team captain shot 11-of-17 from the hardwood, including 5-of-6 beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 at the line. On the defensive side, Fadojutimi recorded a personal-best four blocks and one steal.

Joining Fadojutimi in double-digits were three other Ravens. Fellow starters, sophomore guard Sean Fasoyiro and junior guard Falu Seck tallied 12 and 11 points respectively. Fasoyiro snagged six boards and came up with two steals and two blocks. Graduate forward Jeremy Arthur produced 11 points.

Fellow Raven starters sophomore guard Sam van Oostrum handed out six-plus assists for the third time this year and graduate forward Lolami Lola-Charles stuffed the stat sheet with six points, a game-best eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

The Ravens took their first lead 8-5, just two minutes into the game following back-to-back steals from van Oostrum and Fasoyiro. The steals were part of a stretch of eight consecutive points by FPU which was capped off by a Fadojutimi runner to extend the Raven edge to seven 12-5 at the 17:02 mark.

Fasoyiro gave the Ravens their first double-digit lead of the game, 33-23 at the 9:15 mark. St. Michael’s would pull up within five late in the first half, but Ravens would regain control to take a 45-37 lead at the intermission.

The Purple Knights cut the Franklin Pierce lead to four with 13:34 to play, but the Ravens would respond to increase the lead to 13 with less than five minutes to play.

St. Michael’s made one last run to once again pull within four, before Fadojutimi answered with a three from the left wing moving the Ravens ahead 90-83. He iced the game at the 1:04 mark using a layup off a van Oostrum feed giving the Ravens a nine-point advantage.

The Ravens return to action after the Thanksgiving break for their home opener on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against NE-10 opponent Bentley University.

Men’s hockey

Freshman goaltender Kyle Martin picked up his first collegiate victory in style on Tuesday night for the Franklin Pierce University men’s ice hockey team. Martin turned aside 40 of 42 shots in his first career start, including a 16-save second period, as the Ravens held on for a 3-2 victory over visiting Framingham State in non-conference play.

With the win, the Ravens improve to 4-3-0.

After a scoreless first period, Franklin Pierce found the net three times in the middle stanza, which would prove to be enough to seal the deal. First, junior forward Matthew Toombs finished off a breakaway by picking the top-left corner, over the blocker shoulder of Framingham State junior goaltender Greg Harney, at the 3:15 mark. Junior forward Shepheard Stahel and freshman forward Danny O’Connell picked up the assists.

The Ravens needed just 2:01 to double the lead to 2-0. It came about after a 2-on-1 in the offensive end, with freshman forward Sean Crowley setting up junior defenseman Mark Indelicato. Harney came up with the save on Indelicato, but the trailer on the play, freshman forward Anthony Nikolopoulos was able to bang home the rebound.

Junior forward Alex Lester finished off the second-period scoring at the 14:42 mark, with his first goal of the year.

Framingham State nearly turned the tables in the third period, as the Rams struck twice in the opening seven minutes of the frame.

Framingham State would put seven more shots on goal over the remaining 13:15 of the period, but could get no closer.

The Ravens return to the ice on Saturday and Sunday, when they travel to Becker for the Steve Hoar Invitational at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Franklin Pierce will open play on Saturday at 12:40 p.m. against Stonehill, while host Becker will face Fitchburg State at 3:40 p.m. The two winners will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, following the 1 p.m. consolation game.

Women’s basketball

The Franklin Pierce University women’s basketball team suffered another close defeat in the early stages of their season losing a 64-54 contest to Northeast-10 Conference opponent Saint Michael’s College Tuesday evening. The Ravens fall to 1-4 overall, and 0-2 in NE-10.

FPU junior guard and team captain Mya Mosley carried the load for the Ravens on offense scoring a team-high 17 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting to go along with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal. Sophomore guard Hannah Everidge joined Mosley in double figures with 11 points and two steals. Freshman Izzy Lipinski was dominant on the boards collecting a game-high 10 rebounds with five coming on the offensive end.

Saint Michael’s used a post presence to upend the Crimson and Grey scoring 38 points to the Ravens 20 in the paint.

A sophomore forward Freya Cooney feed to Everidge for a three-ball gave the Ravens the early 3-2 edge over the Purple Knights. The Ravens missed their next couple of shot attempts beyond the arc and down low, while St. Michael’s would produce the next six points for an 8-3 lead.

The Purple Knights advantage grew to six, 12-6 and expanded to a 17-8 lead at the first quarter intermission.

Down 38-27 at the half, seven consecutive points for FPU to start the third quarter including a sophomore forward Claudia Tucci scoop from the right block, good perimeter ball movement leading to an Everidge three-pointer and a Tucci baseline jumper cut the Raven deficit to four, 38-34. Mosley connected on a long range spot up to make it a one-point game, 44-43 with 4:24 remaining.

Freshman guard Lisa Sulejmani gave the Ravens the brief advantage, 45-44 hanging in the air while absorbing contact at the free throw line for two. The Purple Knights built the margin to five, 50-45 as the third quarter dwindled down.

Mosley began the fourth and final quarter with a step back unchallenged three-pointer to take it to a two-point contest 50-48. Down 55-52 at the 6:37 mark, a 9-0 run increased the Purple Knight edge to eight, 64-52 with 3:17 to play. The Ravens could only muster one more bucket over the remaining portion of the duel.

The Ravens return to the friendly confines of The Fieldhouse next week for a tough two conference game week versus No. 7/8 nationally-ranked Bentley University and No. 22 ranked Stonehill College. FPU welcomes Bentley to campus Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.