STANDISH – Kacey Abbriano had five goals and two assists Thursday to lead undefeated Norwich to a 13-8 victory against St. Joseph’s in a Great Northern Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse game.

Abbriano scored three times as the Cadets (9-0, 7-0) broke away from a 1-1 tie with five straight goals on the way to a 10-6 halftime lead.

Norwich opened the second half with a three-goal spurt, capped by another Abbriano goal, to take a 13-6 lead with 18:25 remaining.

Danielle Del Dotto finished with three goals, and Grace Fitzpatrick of Falmouth had two for Norwich.

Anneka Adame scored three goals to lead the Monks (8-5, 5-4). Cassie Diplock added two goals and two assists, Megan Cutter scored two goals, and Amelia Santos had a goal and two assists.

SOFTBALL

COLBY 8, THOMAS 0: Katie Graichen rapped two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs to lift the Mules (8-16) to a five-inning win over the visiting Terriers (12-21-1) at Waterville.

Lauren Becker threw a two-hitter and also had two hits, a run and an RBI.

The Mules took a 3-0 lead in the first when Becker doubled home Meaghan Lewia before scoring on Graichen’s single. Graichen eventually scored on a groundout.

Graichen hit a two-run single as Colby added three runs in the second.

The Mules tacked on a run in the third before ending it when Graichen scored on Brianne Wheeler’s single in the fourth.

Sara Moynihan had both hits for Thomas.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

CONNECTICUT: The NCAA defended its standard for academic performance that led to Connecticut being banned from next year’s postseason.

An NCAA spokesman said colleges have known about the standard and penalties since 2006.

He said every other team at UConn and around the Northeast met the standard, so the real issue is the academic performance of UConn’s men’s basketball team.

PITTSBURGH: Point guard Tray Woodall and forward J.J. Moore will undergo surgery today.

Woodall will have surgery to repair a sports hernia. Moore will have surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

FLORIDA: Erving Walker, who just completed his senior season and ranks first in school history in assists, pleaded no contest to a petty theft charge of stealing a $3 taco.

Judge Walter M. Green withheld adjudication and fined Walker $301. If Walker pays the fine by Sept. 27, his record will be cleared.

WISCONSIN: The university decided to allow freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff to seek a transfer to any school he chooses outside the Big Ten, hoping to defuse a situation that has drawn national criticism.

The school said Uthoff asked for permission to contact 16 other schools and the Badgers rejected four of them. Uthoff appealed over three of those schools and met with Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and associate AD Justin Doherty.

FOOTBALL

OREGON: Coach Chip Kelly said he believes a media report estimating that between 40 percent and 60 percent of his players use marijuana is inaccurate.

Kelly addressed the story in ESPN The Magazine. The report is based on interviews with 19 current or former Oregon players and officials, and it accompanies a larger piece that looks at marijuana use among college football players nationwide.

PENN STATE: The university said it provided more than $5.5 million in payments and benefits to settle Joe Paterno’s employment contract.

A school spokesman said the university and Paterno’s estate finalized the remaining payments. Paterno died of lung cancer in January.

BOISE STATE: The Idaho State Board of Education signed off on a five-year, $11.7 million deal for Coach Chris Petersen.

Petersen’s new package includes a bump in base pay each of the five years plus a series of incentives.