Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2001

UAF skaters fall to Ferris St.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Chris Kunitz scored two goals and had one assist, leading Ferris State to a 4-1 win over Alaska-Fairbanks Saturday night.

Phil Lewandowski and Rob Collins -- who also had an assist -- chipped in with one goal apiece for the Bulldogs (6-4-1, 4-4-1 CCHA). They beat Fairbanks 4-1 Friday night in the first game of the series.

The Nanooks' Ryan Lang scored the only goal at 9:16 in the third period.

Fairbanks (6-6-0, 2-6-0 CCHA) outshot the Bulldogs 24-13 in the first two periods, and Ferris narrowly outshot the Nanooks 9-8 in the third period.

John DeCaro was the winning goalie for Ferris, making 31 saves. Preston McKay had 18 saves for Fairbanks.

St. Cloud State tops UAA

ANCHORAGE -- St. Cloud State scored back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart early in the third period to beat Alaska Anchorage 4-2 Saturday night.

Freshmen Nate DiCasmirro scored at 3:28 and Matt Hendricks at 5:35 of the third period giving the Huskies a weekend sweep of the Seawolves.

Ryan LaMere also scored for St. Cloud at 2:32 of the first period while Mark Hartigan, who scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season, tallied short-handed at 7:26 of the second period.

The third-ranked Huskies remain atop the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a record of 9-1-0 and 11-1-0 overall.

Alaska Anchorage got goals from senior Mike Scott in the second period at 12:14 and junior Matt Shasby (:54) in the third period. The loss dropped the Seawolves to 1-4-1 in conference play and 2-6-2 overall.

Junior goaltender Jake Moreland had 27 saves in registering the win for the Huskies. The Seawolves' Chris King stopped 17 shots in the loss.

Hewitt wins tour finale to enhance his No. 1 spot

SYDNEY, Australia -- Lleyton Hewitt capped his breakthrough season by beating Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday for the Masters Cup title.

The 20-year-old Aussie, the youngest man to finish a year with the No. 1 ranking, didn't show any signs of a nagging hamstring injury as he won his sixth title of the year with a 1-hour, 55-minute rout of Grosjean.

''I feel confident at the moment,'' Hewitt said. ''It's been a dream two months. Since winning the U.S. Open, it's been getting better and better.''

He earned $1.52 million for winning the title at Sydney's SuperDome. The U.S. Open winner went into the Masters trailing defending champion Gustavo Kuerten by 48 points in the Champions Race, but overtook the Brazilian with a win over Patrick Rafter in his last round-robin match.

While Kuerten needed to beat Andre Agassi to win the Masters Cup at Portugal in the final, Hewitt already had the top-ranking assured entering the tournament.

After dropping his opening set against Grosjean in a round-robin match last Monday, Hewitt didn't lose another set as he beat Agassi, Rafter and then No. 4 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinal.

He was never in danger of losing the championship match, despite needing overnight treatment for his left hamstring, which he strained against Agassi and aggravated against Rafter.

''(It) was a lot worse yesterday than it was today,'' Hewitt said. ''I felt pretty good out there.''

Kuerten, winless in three round-robin matches at the Sydney SuperDome, didn't add to his 771 Champions Race points. The three-time French Open winner finished at No. 2 with six tournament titles in 2001. Agassi finished third with 704 points.

Before Hewitt, Jimmy Connors was the youngest to reach No. 1, at 22 in 1974 -- the year after computerized rankings were introduced.

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