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Serino leaves Merrimack College

Serino leaves Merrimack College
Merrimack College has begun a nationwide search for a hockey coach and athletic director after the resignation of Chris Serino. In what he called a ''no brainer" and ''a good move for my family," Serino left to accept similar positions at Malden Catholic High.

Serino has coached Merrimack hockey for the past seven years and served as interim athletic director since 2002. Although it made the Hockey East playoffs six times in his seven-year tenure, Merrimack never had a winning season or won a playoff game. The Warriors were a dismal 1-22-1 in Hockey East and 8-26-2 overall. Serino's career record at Merrimack was 78-149-27. After the season ended, there were published Internet reports that the players unanimously voted to demand his resignation, yet no player ever publicly confirmed such action took place.

In a statement released by Merrimack, president Richard J. Santagati said, ''Chris Serino has made many strong and significant contributions to Merrimack College and its hockey program. We have been fortunate to have him as a member of the Merrimack community for the past seven years. We wish him all the luck in the world as he moves on to this new endeavor."

Odds 'n' ends
Twenty-two of the finest football student-athletes in Eastern Massachusetts will be honored tomorrow at the National Football Foundations Awards Dinner in Randolph. Among them are brothers Larry and Robert Abare of Acton-Boxborough, both of whom are headed to Yale; Concord-Carlisle's Sean DeBruzzi, Air Force Academy; Andover's Matt Hennessy, Tufts; Chelmsford's Michael Lubrano, Wesleyan; Lexington's Jesse Spartichino, Brown; and Dracut's Matthew Thomas, Harvard. They were chosen by a panel of school administrators, coaches, and media.

North Reading right-hander Ryan Dooley allowed a single to the leadoff hitter and then held Pentucket hitless the rest of the way in an overpowering 8-0 win. Dooley struck out 14 in helping coach Frank Carey notch his 575th career win.

Lawrence native Tony Sarkis has been named the head football coach at Greater Lawrence Tech, replacing Steve Berard, who was 13-40 over the past five seasons, including a 0-10 slate last year. Sarkis was elevated to the head job after coaching the freshman team to a 7-0 record last fall.

Eliza Jacobellis of Concord-Carlisle hit for the cycle and drove in six runs in a Dual County League win over Weston.

The latest Globe Top 20 baseball poll had Andover (8-1) ranked No. 3, up from No. 13 in the preseason poll. Arlington (6-1) went from unranked to No. 11 and North Reading (7-1) stayed at No. 15.

Brooks beat Pingree, 16-5, in a lacrosse mismatch that featured a school-record 10 points, including Tyler Moore's 100th career goal.

Campus corner
Stonehill's women's tennis team earned a berth in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament being played this weekend in Kutztown, Pa. Stonehill went into the tournament at 13-2, and several players, including freshman Daniella Granato of Concord, were named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference first team in singles and doubles. Granato was 13-0 at number six singles and 13-2 with junior Ashley Todd of Weymouth in doubles. Junior Jennifer Arcabascio of Salem, N.H., was a second-team pick in singles.

Congrats to University of Massachusetts at Lowell baseball coach Ken Harring, who chalked up career win No. 100. Coincidentally, the milestone win came at the expense of St. Anselm, the team Harring coached for four years before coming to UMass-Lowell.

Bentley's softball team played Southern Connecticut on Senior Day, and seniors Lisa Lukiewski of Westford and Lisa Tisbert of Andover helped make it a smashing success. The pair combined for five hits and a pair of runs batted in as Bentley beat Southern Connecticut twice, 3-2 and 2-0, for its first doubleheader sweep of the season.

Bentley senior golf captain Kurt Flionis of Woburn was playing in the NCAA Division 2 Northeast Regionals at Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, N.J., late last week. At stake was a slot in the NCAA Championships in Savannah, Ga., later this month. Flionis was Bentley's top golfer this season with an 80.3 stroke average.

Chips and putts
Two holes-in-one at Hickory Hill in Methuen recently. Rick Kirkman of Methuen aced the 150-yard 13th with an 8-iron and Ron Bedard of Windham, N.H., holed out on the 162-yard 8th with a 7-iron. It was the first for both.

Still some openings in the Lazarus House Tournament tomorrow at Andover Country Club. Former Bruins star Ray Bourque is in the field. Call Lana Schofield at 978-689-8575 for details.

Merrimack Golf Club in Methuen hosts the first Rick Rainville Tournament tomorrow. It honors the memory of the former Greater Lawrence assistant football coach. Call Jimmy Flynn at 978-352-8050 for more information.

Lock Monsters in division finals
The Lowell Lock Monsters are still alive in their bid for the coveted American Hockey League Calder Cup after eliminating the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-0, behind the 40-save shutout effort of goalie Cam Ward and two goals from Chuck Kobasew, who also assisted on a goal by Allan Rourke.

The Lock Monsters won the best-of-seven series in six games and now play Providence, which closed out Manchester, in the Atlantic Division best-of-seven final.

Lowell caught a break in this series. Because of scheduling conflicts at both the Tsongas Arena and Dunkin' Donuts Center, where Providence plays, the Lock Monsters will play the first three games of the series at Tsongas before heading down Interstate 95.

Games one and two were to have been played Friday and last night and game three is scheduled for Wednesday. Game four is Friday and games five and six, if necessary, Saturday and May 16. Those three games are scheduled at Providence. Game 7, if necessary, will be at Tsongas Arena May 17. All games begin at 7 p.m.

The winner of the series earns a berth in the Eastern Conference final against either Philadelphia or Wilkes/Barre-Scranton.

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