NORTH ANDOVER -- Senior captain Lindsay Werner of Groton became the 21st player in Merrimack College women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points on Saturday, scoring a game-high 21 as the Warriors blitzed visiting Saint Anselm, 74-55.

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The Warriors' shooting guard scored 11 first-quarter points, hitting the 1,000-point plateau at the 5:24 mark of the first quarter. She finished the day shooting 8-of-13, making five of the Warriors' nine 3-pointers on the day. Merrimack has a five-game winning streak.

LOWELL -- Sophomore attackman Harry Morrill scored 3 goals to lead the UMass Lowell men's lacrosse team to a 12-10 season-opening victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday at the Cushing Field Complex.

Senior Cory Highfield sealed the win for the River Hawks with four minutes left for his second tally of the game. Sophomore Kyle LaForge (Tyngsboro) scored for UML and sophomore Hunter Braun stopped six shots in net.

LOWELL -- Despite a strong third quarter the UMass Lowell women's basketball team could not keep pace with Stony Brook and suffered its seventh straight loss, 64-47, at the Costello Athletic Center.

Brianna Rudolph and Ren'Cia Rolling both finished within one point of matching their career highs, as Rudolph shot 9-of-14 from the field to finish with 24 points and Rolling connected on four three-pointers en route to an 18-point performance.


The graduate student also grabbed 10 rebound

Lowell cut its deficit to 46-42 late in the third quarter but could not maintain its momentum.

NASHUA -- The Rivier University women's basketball team suffered a final-second loss to Simmons University, 76-75, despite an outstanding performance by Dracut's Kaylee Kacavas.

Kacavas, one of three Rivier seniors honored before the game, went 14-of-24 from the floor along with 12-for-16 from the line for a game-high 42 points while also dishing out seven assists.

She is a team captain.

Fellow seniors Megan Hamel (13 rebounds) and Elizabeth Meehan of Nashua (11 assists) also contributed for Rivier.

BOSTON -- Westfield State senior sprinter Lexi Popp of Westford lowered her school-record time in the indoor 400 meters, running a 56.70 in the event at the Dave Hemery Invitational meet at Boston University.

Popp's time is the third-fastest in NCAA Division III this season, and brings her closer to qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championship meet in March.