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Syracuse hammers 'Nova

Bob Eilers scored four goals as Syracuse routed Villanova, 15-6, Thursday night in a Big East men's lacrosse semifinal at the Wildcats' Goodreau Field.

Bob Eilers scored four goals as Syracuse routed Villanova, 15-6, Thursday night in a Big East men's lacrosse semifinal at the Wildcats' Goodreau Field.

Jack Rice score twice for Villanova (8-7).

Kieran McArdle had three goals in the first game to lead St. John's (8-6) past Notre Dame, 8-7. Wes Hopkins (La Salle) had three goals for the Irish (11-2).

St. John's will take on Syracuse (8-7) at noon Sunday for the conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Villanova senior Kevin Cunningham was named the Big East attack player of the year and Rutgers senior Will Mangan was selected the conference midfielder of the year.

Cunningham led the Wildcats this season with 41 points. He recorded 20 goals and dished out a team-high 21 assists. Mangan led the league in shots per game (7.47) and was second in goals per game (2.00).

Villanova's Matt Bell, Chris Creighton (Malvern Prep) Rice and Cunningham all were selected to the Big East's first team.

Matt Soldano had four goals and Matt Wagner added three as Eastern (12-4) took a 15-6 win over visiting FDU-Florham (9-7) in the Freedom Conference final.

The Eagles will host Widener at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first Middle Atlantic Conference championship game, and the league's automatic NCAA bid.

The Pride (9-7) scored the game's last seven goals to win the Commonwealth Conference title, 7-5 over Albright (16-3) in Reading. Robert Clemens (Sun Valley) had two goals.

GOLF: For Scott Williams, the final round of the Ivy League men's golf championship started out looking like his last as a Penn player, given that the Quakers were 16 shots off the lead.

But as a long day turned into evening Sunday at Galloway National Golf Club in South Jersey, the round ended with Williams sinking a two-foot putt on the third hole of a two-team playoff to cap a comeback that gave the Quakers an automatic berth in the NCAA championships.

"It was cool being the only senior on the team and having that putt for the Ivy championship," Williams said. "It was something really special. I enjoyed making that putt for the team. It was a long day. The playoff took about an hour and a half. But we were all jumping for joy."

The Quakers, led by P.J. Fielding with a 1-under-par 70, shot 297 on the final day and pulled into a tie with Dartmouth, the 36-hole leader.

The playoff saw both five-man teams playing together. Incredibly, the top four scores for both teams on each of the first two holes matched, forcing a third extra hole.

The Quakers' Max Marsico birdied the hole to give his team the advantage. After watching his eight-foot birdie try slide past the hole, Williams made the comebacker to clinch the title for Penn.

The par gave Penn its first Ivy title since 2007 and sent the Quakers to the NCAA regionals beginning May 17.

BASEBALL: Kutztown's Matt Albaugh stroked a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning as the Bears rallied to defeat West Chester, 4-2, in the second round of the PSAC tournament at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa.

West Chester (34-10) drops into the loser's bracket and will play Slippery Rock in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m. Friday.