AMHERST, Mass. — Alyssa DiMaio scored on a penalty corner 2:15 into overtime to lift fourth-seeded Middlebury to a 5-4 win over third-seeded Bowdoin in the New England Small College Athletic Conference field hockey championship game Sunday.
Despite the loss, Bowdoin (14-3) will go to the NCAA Division III tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, getting an at-large bid in the 24-team field announced Sunday night. The three-time national champions received a first-round bye and will travel to Montclair, N.J., for a second-round game Saturday against William Smith or New Paltz State.
Bowdoin and Middlebury (15-2) were meeting in the NESCAC final for the third year in a row. Bridget Instrum scored four goals for Middlebury, including two less than two minutes apart to tie the game with 8:19 left in regulation.
Bowdoin raced out to an early lead on goals by Rachel Kennedy and Emily Simonton in the first 6:16 of regulation.
After Middlebury rallied to tie the game, the Polar Bears regained the lead when Katie Riley scored with 1:10 left in the first half.
Bowdoin made it 4-2 on a goal by Colleen Finnerty seven minutes into the second half.
UMASS 2, RICHMOND 1: Senior defender Hannah Prince of Gorham scored off a penalty corner for the game’s first goal as the Minutemen (18-4) beat the Spiders at Amherst, Mass., to win their second straight Atlantic-10 championship.
It was the seventh goal of the season for Prince, who was named to the all-tournament team. UMass earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament and will play Virginia in a first-round game Saturday at Durham, N.C.
(1) KENTUCKY 93, NORTHERN KENTUCKY 63: Freshman forward Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (2-0) to a win at Lexington, Ky.
(21) NOTRE DAME 80, STETSON 49: Jerian Grant and Garrick Sherman each scored 15 points as the Irish (2-0) won at South Bend, Ind.
(2) DUKE 70, (9) CALIFORNIA 58: Two-time All-America guard Chelsea Gray showed no ill effects in her return from a knee injury, scoring 22 points for the Blue Devils in a season-opening win at Berkeley, Calif.
Tricia Liston had 15 points and Richa Jackson 13 for Duke, which opened the season against a ranked opponent for the first time in school history.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 4, MAINE 2: Kaleigh Fratkin scored the eventual winning goal 11:51 into the third period and the Terriers (9-1-1, 6-0 Hockey East) held on for a win over the Black Bears (0-7-3, 0-3-3) at Boston.
Maine cut a 2-0 deficit in half when Kelly McDonald scored 3:28 into the second period on assists from Kayla Kaluzny and Missy Denk.
After Fratkin’s goal gave the Terriers a 3-1 lead, Emilie Brigham scored for the Black Bears with 5:28 left.
Mariah Fujimagari finished with 31 saves for Maine.
WILLIAMS 3, BOWDOIN 0: Tori Jasuta finished with 20 kills and 13 digs as the top-seeded Ephs (25-4) beat the second-seeded Polar Bears (23-7) in straight sets at Williamstown, Mass., to win the NESCAC championship and clinch an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Christy Jewett collected nine kills and three aces for the Polar Bears, who hope to receive an NCAA at-large bid when the field is announced at 11 a.m. Monday.
BCS: Florida State took firm hold of second place in the BCS standings behind top-ranked Alabama and grabbed the inside track to the national championship game.
The Seminoles were second last week, but seemed likely to get passed by Oregon if the Ducks could have remained unbeaten. Stanford, however, handed Oregon its first loss of the season Thursday night.
Ohio State moved up to third place, followed by Stanford and Baylor. But Florida State and Alabama appear headed for a championship game matchup if they can avoid being upset.