ORONO – Stephanie Gardiner and Zoe Adkins each scored a pair of goals Wednesday to lead the University of Maine to a 7-3 field hockey win over Dartmouth.

The Black Bears (4-1) built a 4-3 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half against the Big Green (2-1) in a nonconference game.

Courtney Glynn gave the Black Bears the lead 7:42 into the game and Gardiner added both of her goals in the next two minutes to give Maine a 3-0 advantage.

Adkins got the winner with 12:29 left in the first half, and added her second goal and one assist in the second half.

Holly Stewart and Molly Arute also added second-half goals for the Black Bears.

MEN’S SOCCER

BRIDGTON ACADEMY 3, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 1: Providence Mbabazi scored and Corey Grigas made 12 saves in a losing effort for the Seawolves at Bridgton. 

UNE 4, USM 0: Steve Contestabile scored twice and Kiel Hiller had a goal and an assist as the Nor’easters (1-3) blanked the Huskies (0-3) at Portland.

Riley Goodrich opened the scoring for UNE in the 20th minute.

FOOTBALL

MIAMI: The latest quarterback competition ended before it started.

Jacory Harris will start when the Hurricanes play No. 15 Ohio State on Sept. 17, a decision that’s not a surprise — but came with surprising timing. Miami announced the choice Wednesday, just one day after Coach Al Golden said the competition between Harris and Stephen Morris for the first-string job would continue through at least the weekend.

“We’ll allow those guys to compete here (today), Friday, Saturday, then figure it out,” Golden said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, that plan was scrapped.

The decision was announced by email shortly after noon, almost simultaneously with Golden’s appearance on the weekly ACC coaches’ call. Golden did not reveal why his timetable for choosing a quarterback changed so abruptly, and university officials said players are not available for comment until today.

Morris was the starter in Miami’s 32-24 loss at Maryland on Monday night. 

BIG 12: Texas A&M sees no future in the Big 12. For now the Aggies aren’t going anywhere.

“We are being held hostage right now,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin told The Associated Press. “Essentially, we’re being told that you must stay here against your will and we think that really flies in the face of what makes us Americans for example and makes us free people.”

The angry statement came in a whirlwind day. The Southeastern Conference kicked things off by saying it would be willing to make the Aggies the league’s 13th member, but only if legal issues could be cleared up.

What followed was a lot of finger-pointing.

Texas A&M accused Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe of going back on his word and suggested that one of its fellow league schools was deliberately slowing its departure to the SEC.

Loftin pointed to two different statements from Beebe within the past week.

The first was a letter sent Sept. 2 to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive that said the Big 12 “and its members” had agreed to waive the right for legal action against the SEC over the Aggies’ move. Loftin then shared with the AP a copy of a Sept. 6 email sent by Beebe to Slive that said the legal waivers from each school were actually far from being secure.

“You have notified me that the SEC is willing to accept the application of Texas A&M to become a member of the SEC, provided that the Big 12 member institutions individually waive any legal actions against the SEC for its decision,” Beebe wrote.

“I recognize that this issue has been raised due to Baylor University’s indication that its governing board has not waived the university’s rights,” Beebe added. “As you know, the attached letter waived the right of the Big 12 Conference Inc. to take legal action against the SEC. Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton, chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors, has told me that he informed Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin that such action by the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors was not binding on the individual institutions’ governing boards.”