UMass-Lowell wins East Regional
No. 19 Stonehill places second to clinch other NCAA berth
BOSTON -- Senior Greg Wilson placed fifth overall and led No. 25 Massachusetts-Lowell to its sixth consecutive NCAA East Region championship on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Park.
UMass Lowell, despite missing two of its top runners in seniors Jeff Veiga and Eric McDonald, scored 71 points and had five of its runners among the top 21 individual finishers.
The River Hawks edged Stonehill, which finished runner-up with 77 points, while Bentley took third with 96 points. Adelphi (109) placed fourth and American International (157) fifth.
Completing the top 10 were Southern Connecticut (188), Felician (203), C.W. Post (246), Philadelphia (273) and Molloy (275).
UMass Lowell and Stonehill advance to the NCAA Championships as do individual champion Glarius Rop of American International, runner-up Andrew Coelho of Adelphi and AIC's James Mee, who placed fourth.
UMass Lowell placed six runners on the NCAA All-East Region Team, which is comprised of the top 25 finishers. Wilson ran the 10K course in 31:44.4 while senior Danny Wang placed 10th in 32:05.4 to earn All-East Region honors for the second consecutive year.
Sophomore Max O'Brien finished 17th in 32:24.5 and was among four River Hawks to earn All-East Region status for the first time. Freshman Matt Cioe placed 18th in 32:27.7 while sophomore Chris Estrella took 21st in 32:40.3 to cap the scoring effort.
Freshman Brendan Adams, the Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year, placed 25th in 32:45.5 while sophomore Ben Pare placed 48th in 33:46.2.