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Notre Dame tops New Hampshire

Notre Dame advanced to the Frozen Four by beating University of New Hampshire, 2-1, in the NCAA men's hockey Northeast regional final Sunday night at the Verizon Center in Manchester, N.H.

Stephen Johns and Billy Maday scored for the Irish, who last reached the Frozen Four in 2008 when they lost in the final to Boston College. Notre Dame will face Minnesota-Duluth at 5 p.m. April 7 in the semifinals at XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. North Dakota also advanced by beating Denver, 6-1, in the Midwest regional and will face Michigan in the other national semifinal.

East Amherst native Phil DeSimone didn't record a point in his final game with the Wildcats, but the Washington Capitals prospect was on the ice when Mike Sislo scored with 6:23 left to trim the Irish's lead to 2-1. The center also won 16 of 24 faceoffs.

Notre Dame goalie Mike Johnson finished with 37 saves, while UNH counterpart Matt DiGirolamo stopped 36.

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Canisius lax team tops Duquesne

Canisius College's women's lacrosse team matched its school record by winning a fifth straight game, 8-7, over Duquesne at the Demske Complex. It was the first win ever over the Dukes for a Golden Griffins team in the sport.

The Griffs, who will take a 6-3 record into the start of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, were led by senior Allison Daley, who recorded a season best 15 saves. She stopped 11 of 14 shots in the first half while the Griffs were building a 4-3 lead.

Taylor Gray and Megan Oosting each had four-point games for Canisius. Gray registered her third hat trick of the season while Oosting contributed a career-best three assists. Brianne Laffey, Carly Quinn, Theresa Walton and Kate Gosson had single tallies for the Griffs.

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*Mardy Fish might leave Key Biscayne, Fla., as the top-ranked American in men's tennis, a prospect that leaves him unconvinced. "I wouldn't be the No. 1 American really," said Fish, who beat No. 17 seed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday. Fish is ranked a career-best 15th, and if he wins two more rounds he'll overtake longtime friend Andy Roddick in the next rankings. Roddick lost his opening match Saturday and is expected to drop from eighth to about 15th.

*Tennessee hired Missouri State's Cuonzo Martin on Sunday to take over a Volunteers program facing punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations. Martin, 39, replaces the popular Bruce Pearl, who was fired March 21, a month after being charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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