The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » College Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maine vs. Bryant college football preview Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:01:53 +0000 WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.


ALL-TIME SERIES: Maine leads, 3-1

LAST MEETING: Won by Bryant, 13-10 on Sept. 13, 2014

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: The Black Bears have shown signs of opening up the offense, but are still only averaging 14.7 points per game. They want to establish the running game and have leaned on Darian Davis-Ray (124 yards) in the last two games. But look for quarterback Dan Collins to take shots downfield with Micah Wright and Jaleel Reed, who returns after a one-game suspension.

WHEN BRYANT HAS THE BALL: The Bulldogs have some nice balance, using a power running game (122.3 yards per game) to set up their passing game (288.7). Look for some rollouts and screens to negate any pass rush Maine might have. Quarterback Dalton Easton has thrown for 1,138 yards (fifth in the nation) and 10 touchdowns. Hunter Taute has three rushing touchdowns.

KEY STAT: Minus-5. That’s Bryant’s turnover ratio. The Bulldogs have thrown seven interceptions and have lost two fumbles.

OUTLOOK: This could be a very physical game, with both offenses looking to run the ball first to set up explosive plays in the passing game. Maine’s defensive ends and linebackers will be tested, but the secondary can’t sleep on Easton, who is nearing Bryant’s all-time passing record. Maine’s Collins threw three interceptions last week and has to be careful against Bryant’s secondary, which starts four seniors. But look for him to test the Bulldogs with Wright and Reed deep and Jared Osumah underneath.

OF NOTE: Maine has lost seven consecutive games dating back to Oct. 24, 2015. Bryant has never won a game in Orono. Bryant head coach Marty Fine has 99 career victories, including 77 at Bryant. Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak is looking for his first career win.

THEY SAID IT: “We need to take the next step. Even though we might be up at the half or into the fourth quarter, that doesn’t mean we won the game. We need to learn to perform our best in the fourth quarter.” – Maine sophomore linebacker Sterling Sheffield, on protecting fourth-quarter leads.

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UMaine linebacker wound up in the right spot Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 ORONO — To say that Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga took an unusual route to both the University of Maine and his favorite sport would be an understatement.

He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and then lived in Belgium as a very young child. His family moved to Canada when he was 5, settling near Montreal.

There, like any Canadian kid, Mulumba Tshimanga played hockey.

“I was a defenseman, I was pretty good,” he said with a chuckle. “Yeah, I was pretty good.”

At 16, he was persuaded by his friends to give football a try. Good thing for the Black Bears. Mulumba Tshimanga, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior middle linebacker, enters Saturday’s game against Bryant University as Maine’s leading tackler, with 36 tackles in three games. He had a season-high 14 in a 31-20 loss to James Madison last week.

“Christophe is a different beast,” said sophomore rover linebacker Sterling Sheffield, who is second on the team with 22 tackles. “Mentally, but especially physically.”

And Mulumba Tshimanga is still learning. Now 23, he has been playing football for only seven years.

As a freshman, he was the Colonial Athletic Association and ECAC defensive rookie of the year, finishing with a team-high 118 tackles. The next year, he was an all-CAA first-team selection, again leading Maine with 95 tackles. Last season, injuries limited him to just eight games. He made 37 tackles with an interception.

Corey Hetherman, Maine’s defensive coordinator, said Mulumba Tshimanga can get better.

“He understands formations. He understands leverage,” Hetherman said. “And then his natural instincts take over. And he’s got that nose for the football.”

Hetherman said there is another reason Mulumba Tshimanga is so good – he knows how to use his hands. (Sheffield said they are “the biggest on the team. His forearms too.”)

“When guys get to him, he’s so physical, so violent, with his hands that he sheds blockers with ease,” said Hetherman. “Whereas a lot of younger linebackers, when guys get up on them, they struggle to get off, or they just try to go make the play rather than shedding the block. He’s so good at using his hands and defeating the block. That’s where he excels.”

Mulumba Tshimanga said football has come easily to him.

“It’s all based on being athletic,” he said. “And there’s the mental part. If you’re athletic enough and know how to move well and are mentally tough, I think that helps.”

In addition to hockey, Mulumba Tshimanga played soccer and tennis growing up. But he was no stranger to football.

“When I came to Canada, I was pretty young, but I started watching the CFL, the Montreal Alouettes,” he said. “That’s what my family did. We were watching hockey, every other sport that was on television. So I was watching the CFL when I was 6 or 7 and thought I knew everything about football.”

His friends kept telling him he would be a perfect linebacker. So when he finally tried out, and his coach asked what position he wanted to try, it was linebacker.

He played hockey for one more year, then gave it up when he saw how good he was at football.

“I loved hitting people,” he said. “Hockey was the same, but football was more physical.”

After high school, Mulumba Tshimanga attended the Kent School in Connecticut. That’s where Joe Harasymiak, now Maine’s first-year head coach, discovered him while working as an assistant coach under Jack Cosgrove.

“He was my first signed recruit,” he said. “He was a physically bigger kid who could run. And you could tell from meeting him that he had a passion for football.”

Maine was the only school that offered him a scholarship. But Mulumba Tshimanga didn’t need much convincing to come to Orono.

“I felt home, to be honest,” he said of his visit. “I was like, this is where I want to be. I didn’t have to wait on any other offers.”

Hetherman said Mulumba Tshimanga is a much better player this year because of better conditioning.

“He was a little heavier last year. He did a good job of eating right and taking care of his body,” Hetherman said. “He’s faster. He covers more ground. You can see it on film. He’s a different player.”

Mulumba Tshimanga has become a mentor to younger linebackers like Sheffield, whom he calls “a little brother.” The two spent the summer in Orono, watching film and pushing each other physically.

“It helped tremendously,” said Sheffield. “I wish he had a couple more years with me, with the team.”

But Mulumba Tshimanga has big goals. He wants to play professionally and it doesn’t matter if it’s in the NFL or CFL. “Wherever I can play, I’ll play,” he said.

He still loves hockey, rooting for the Montreal Canadiens – he was devastated by the team’s trade of P.K. Subban – and sometimes skating at Alfond Arena.

For now, he hopes to help the 0-3 Black Bears get on track.

“I think we can turn it around,” he said. “We have a lot of potential. Even though the results haven’t been there, we know how good we can be. It’s the little things. And we have to finish the game.”

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Thursday’s college roundup: Houston gains redemption in 42-14 win over UConn Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:38:52 +0000 HOUSTON — Greg Ward Jr. threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in just more than three quarters to help sixth-ranked Houston beat Connecticut 42-14 on Thursday night.

The victory was a bit of redemption for the Cougars, whose only loss last season came in a 20-17 defeat by the Huskies when Houston was 10-0.

Ward didn’t start that game because of an ankle injury, and there was a scary moment early in the second quarter Thursday when he took a hard hit in the midsection by Junior Joseph on a flea-flicker and had to leave the game.

But he missed just one play before returning and showed no ill effects from the blow, leading the Cougars (5-0, 2-0 American) on three more touchdown drives in the half to leave Houston up 28-7 at halftime.

Ward and Joseph got in each other’s faces after another hit by the linebacker on a touchdown throw by Ward later in the second quarter, and it earned Joseph an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Ward had touchdown runs of 30 and 10 yards and threw scoring passes of 3, 15 and 4 yards. He was replaced by Kyle Postma with 12 minutes remaining.

Noel Thomas had a career-high 135 yards receiving and a touchdown for Connecticut (2-3, 0-2), and Bryant Shirreffs threw for 239 yards and ran for a TD.

ALABAMA: Redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has left the program and withdrawn from school.

The former five-star recruit from Corona, California, started the opener against Southern California for No. 1 Alabama.

Since then, freshman Jalen Hurts has claimed the starting job. Coach Nick Saban had said that Barnett met with him before practice Wednesday with concerns about playing time.

Saban said Tide coaches “are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama.”

Alabama plays Kentucky on Saturday with Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell behind Jalen Hurts at quarterback.

Barnett played in three games, completing 11 of 19 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.


MAINE 1, UMASS-LOWELL 0: Kendra Ridley placed a header into the top left corner off a corner kick from Vivien Beil at the 10:55 mark for the only goal of the contest as the Black Bears (6-3, 2-0 America East) got past the River Hawks (3-5-2, 1-1) at Lowell, Massachusetts.

UMass-Lowell had the advantage in shots, outshooting Maine 14-9.

Samantha Cobotic turned aside five shots for Maine, while Julia Schneider had three saves for the River Hawks.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin, Babson battle to 1-1 OT tie in men’s soccer Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:23:22 +0000 BABSON PARK, Mass. — Matt Dias Costa tied the game in the 73rd minute with an unassisted goal as Bowdoin had to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Babson at Hartwell Rogers Field in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

After a scoreless first half, Adam Villari gave Babson (4-4-2) a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute with an unassisted goal.

The best chance for Bowdoin (4-2-2) to break the 1-1 tie came in the 95th minute in the first overtime as a shot attempt by Jack Schultz was blocked by Babson keeper James Takami.

Stevie Van Siclen made five saves for Bowdoin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 1, MOUNT IDA 0: Ryan Buonaiuto set up Austin Bell for the go-ahead score in the 40th minute and the Monks (7-1-2, 3-0 GNAC) held on to beat the Mustangs (4-3-3, 1-0-2) at Alumni Field in Newton, Massachusetts.

Blake Mullen made four saves to preserve the shutout.

SOUTHERN MAINE 1, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 0: Christopher Pepin and Kyle Curley set up Justin Pierce who converted the pass for the only score of the contest with 6:44 to play as the Huskies (2-5-3) edged the host Beavers (2-7) in a nonconference match at Farmington.

USM’s Simon Hulbert and UMF’s Ronie Morales each made a pair of saves.

CLARK 2, UNE 0: Demetri Boumis scored on a feed from Trevor Sheridan at the 60:11 mark to break a scoreless tie as the Cougars (8-0) shut out the Nor’easters (1-4-4) in a nonconference game at Worcester, Massachusetts.


BOWDOIN 3, WELLESLEY 0: The Polar Bears (7-1) scored a pair of goals in the second half to pull away over the Blue (5-3) in a nonconference match at Brunswick.

Kimmy Ganong scored on a feed from Juliana Fiore in the 17th minute to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead heading to halftime.

Mettler Growney widened the Polar Bear lead with an unassisted goal 2:29 into the second half.

Kara Finnerty rounded out the scoring with assists from Tala Glass and Elizabeth Bennewitz in the 66th minute.

HUSSON 1, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Lauren Russell scored an unassisted goal for the game-winner on a scramble in front of the cage 3:05 into overtime as the Eagles (3-3) outlasted the Monks (3-5) in a nonconference game at Standish.

Kaitlin Dollff stopped all eight shots she faced for the Eagles to record the shutout, while Megan Baker recorded six saves for the Monks.

UNE 4, GORDON 0: Nicole Matarozzo scored two goals to lead the Nor’easters (8-1, 4-0 CCC) past the Bison (3-6, 0-4) at Wenham, Massachusetts.

Matarozzo gave UNE a 1-0 lead 14:28 into the first half, firing a shot to the left side of the net. Becky Zakorchemny scored less than 10 minutes later off a setup from Hannah Buckley to give UNE a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Matarozzo added her second goal early in the second half off a pass from Abbey Rouillard. Brooke Marshall completed the scoring with a goal off a feed from Marge Gardiner on a penalty corner.

KEENE STATE 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Kendal Brown scored 11 minutes into the game and the Owls (8-3, 5-0 LEC) went on to beat the Huskies (4-6, 3-3) at the Owl Athletic Complex in Keene, New Hampshire.

The Owls led 1-0 at halftime and extended their lead on an unassisted goal from Julia Babbitt in the 35th minute. Brown put in her second goal off an assist by Marita Brothers for a 3-0 lead.

Sami Smith added the last goal for Keene State, getting an assist from Jensyn Dandeneau.

Amanda Kasbohm made nine saves for the Huskies.


ST. JOSEPH’S 4, MOUNT IDA 0: Lauren Stiles set up Colleen Sheehan for a score late in the first half, and the Monks (6-4-1, 3-0-1 GNAC) went on to beat the Mustangs (3-6-0, 1-3-0) at Westerlea Way Field in Standish.

The Monks led 1-0 at halftime and extended the lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute on an unassisted goal from Stiles.

Sheehan put in her second goal of the game five minutes later off a pass from Hannah Butler. Haley DaGraca completed the scoring for the Monks, scoring off a pass from Sarah Comtois.

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UMaine picked to finish last in Hockey East Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:33:17 +0000 BOSTON — Hockey East coaches picked the University of Maine to finish in last place this season, according to a poll released Tuesday during the league’s annual media day at TD Garden.

“It is what it is,” Maine Coach Red Gendron said with a shrug. “I really don’t care.”

Maine, once a perennial NCAA playoff team, has been rebuilding under Gendron, now in his fourth year. The Black Bears finished 11th among the 12 Hockey East teams last season, with a 5-15 conference mark (8-24-6 overall).

Boston University was predicted to finish first, followed by Northeastern and Notre Dame in a tie for second. UMass-Lowell was picked fourth.

“I don’t think coaches like polls. They think they’re either too high or too low,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna.

While being picked last is humbling, being chosen for the top can be heady. BU received 10 of 12 first-place votes.

“No matter what people say, you still have to go out and play hockey.” said Terriers Coach David Quinn. “At the first the team meeting, I said, ‘I’m sick and tired of hearing how good we’re going to be.'”

Gendron is not hearing those things. But he believes his team will bounce back from one of the worst seasons in Maine history.

“We look pretty good,” he said. “We have a lot of freshmen, but we have talented freshmen.”

Among the 10 first-year players Gendron recruited are three NHL draft picks – forwards Chase Pearson and Patrick Shea, and defenseman Patrick Holway.

Maine’s senior captains are forwards Cam Brown and Blaine Byron and defenseman Eric Schurhamer.

Maine lost four of the top six scorers from last year’s team. Byron led the team in scoring with 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists). Brown was third with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists)

“I really love the players we have coming back,” Gendron said.

Among the returning players are the goalie tandem of senior Matt Morris and sophomore Rob McGovern. Gendron said freshman Stephen Mundinger, who is 6-foot-8, will compete for playing time.

The Black Bears play an exhibition game at 4 p.m. Sunday at Alfond Arena, against St. Francis Xavier of Nova Scotia. Maine opens its regular season the following weekend, Oct. 7-8 at home, against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Both games are at 7 p.m.

Maine will play three games at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland – Nov. 4 (Boston College), Nov. 26 (Brown) and Feb. 10 (Notre Dame). Maine also will play at Fenway Park Jan. 14, against Connecticut.

In the Hockey East poll, the order of voting after the top four teams were: Providence, Boston College, Connecticut, Vermont, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

Notre Dame is in its final season in the league. The Fighting Irish, who joined Hockey East in 2013 as the only school not based in New England, will join the Big Ten Conference – for hockey only – next year.

Hockey East has not announced which school – if any – will replace Notre Dame. Among the schools speculated as possible replacements are Quinnipiac and Holy Cross.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine shuts out Vermont in women’s soccer Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:50:40 +0000 ORONO — Genaya Loftis scored 7:50 into the game and Maine held on for a 1-0 win over Vermont in an America East women’s soccer opener Sunday.

Samantha Cobotic made 10 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears (5-3), who were outshot 19-12 by the Catamounts (5-4-1).

Loftis knocked in a loose ball after the Vermont keeper misplayed a shot by Vivien Beil.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Alison Lu and Kristi Kirshe each collected a goal and an assist to lead the Ephs (6-0-1, 4-0-1 NESCAC) – the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III – to a win over the Bobcats (2-5-1, 0-4-1) in Lewiston.

Williams took the lead on Lu’s goal in the 34th minute. Kirshe scored in the second half with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Sarah McCarthy finished with six saves for the Bobcats, who were outshot 17-7.


BOWDOIN 6, HUSSON 1: Moctar Niang scored twice during a six-goal first half for the Polar Bears (4-2-1) against the Eagles (2-4-2) in Brunswick.

Jai Kawale, Ethan Ellsworth, Jason Oliver and Ely Spencer added a goal apiece. Bowdoin outshot the Eagles 27-4.

Husson’s goal was scored by Jimmy Fitzpatrick 12 minutes into the second half.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Malcolm Moutenot and Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored as the Ephs (6-1-1, 3-1 NESCAC) downed the Bobcats (3-3-2, 2-2) in Lewiston.

Robbie Montanaro made eight saves for the Bobcats.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 3, COLBY 1: Christian Murphy scored just 35 seconds into the game and Pat Devlin added a goal in each half to lead the Camels (5-2, 2-2 NESCAC) to a win over the Mules (2-4-1, 1-2-1) in New London, Connecticut.

Colby’s goal was scored by David Howarth on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.


HARVARD 3, MAINE 1: Marissa Balleza scored the eventual winning goal three minutes into the second half and also had an assist to lead the Crimson (4-4) past the 19th-ranked Black Bears (7-3) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Danielle Aviani scored for Maine off an assist from Sydney Veljacic with two minutes remaining.

Emma Cochran made five saves for the Black Bears.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 1: Rachel Brissette tipped in a shot by Alex Bennett off a penalty corner six minutes into overtime as the Ephs (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC) edged the Bobcats (4-3, 2-3) in Lewiston.

After falling behind in the 11th minute, the Bobcats tied the game in the 53rd minute when Alexandra Leahy scored off an assist from Shelbie McCormack following a penalty corner.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 2, COLBY 1: Jamie Navoni scored her second goal of the game with two minutes left in overtime to lift the Camels (1-5, 1-2 NESCAC) over the Mules (2-5, 1-4) in New London, Connecticut.

The game was scoreless until the 55th minute, when Navoni gave the Camels a 1-0 lead.

Colby tied the game when Kallie Hutchinson scored off an assist from McKayla Blanch with 10:32 left in regulation.

Emily Buckman finished with nine saves for the Mules, including three in overtime.


MAINE 2, RENSSELAER 0: Kara Washer and Tereza Vanisova scored as the Black Bears (1-1) earned a split of their season-opening series against the Engineers (1-1) in Orono.

Washer, a freshman from Ontario, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 22 seconds into the second period, assisted by Vanisova and Vendula Pribylova, both freshmen from the Czech Republic.

Pribylova also assisted on Vanisova’s goal 9:41 into the third period.

Mariah Fujimagari made 20 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears, who outshot the Engineers 31-20.

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College football notebook: LSU fires Miles as coach after 2-2 start Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:42:00 +0000 LSU fired Coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Sunday, and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach.

The moves came less than 24 hours after Miles briefly watched his players celebrate what they thought was a last-second winning touchdown pass at Auburn, only to walk off the field with a loss after officials determined on video replay that time had expired before the ball was snapped.

It was the latest of several frantic finishes in which the clock management of a Miles-coached offense had come under intense scrutiny. It will go down as the last.

“Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a written statement. “However, it’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made.

“We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week. We have great confidence that Coach Orgeron will do just that.”

Miles’ firing, reported first by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, came hours after LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which was ranked 18th last week, dropped out of the Top 25 in the latest AP Poll released Sunday afternoon.

Miles, who was in his 12th season, went 114-34 at LSU, the second-most victories in school history behind Charles McClendon’s 137 victories from 1962 to 1979.

Cameron, an old friend of Miles from when they were both assistants at Michigan in the 1980s, joined LSU in 2013. His offense was largely effective when his quarterback was Zach Mettenberger, a tall, strong-armed pro-style pocket passer. Production was far less consistent – and the passing game was often anemic – during the past two seasons.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke dropped the Fighting Irish – who started the season ranked No. 10 – to 1-3.

Greg Hudson, a former Irish linebacker under Lou Holtz who was hired as a defensive analyst over the summer, was named VanGorder’s replacement.

TOP 25: Wisconsin moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll and LSU became the second preseason top-10 team to drop out of the rankings in the first month of the season.

There were few changes in the Top 25 as the only four ranked teams that lost did so to other ranked teams.

The top teams held their spots, led by No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide received 50 first-place votes. No. 2 Ohio State was followed by Louisville, Michigan, Clemson, Houston and Stanford.

Wisconsin moved up three spot after dominating Michigan State 30-6. Texas A&M moved up a spot to No. 9.

LSU (2-2), which started the season No. 5, joined Notre Dame as preseason top-10 teams to fall out of the poll.

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Southern Maine field hockey rallies in second half Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:48:29 +0000 DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Tayla Smedberg scored two goals in the second half as the University of Southern Maine rallied to a 2-1 win over UMass-Dartmouth in a college field hockey game on Saturday.

Mary Brown scored unassisted in the first half to give UMass-Dartmouth (2-7, 1-4 Little East Conference) a 1-0 lead. Smedberg scored unassisted to tie it at 52:17 from Michaela Demers at 63:10 of the second half. Amanda Kasbohm had 11 saves for USM (4-5, 3-2).

MAINE 4, NORTHEASTERN 3: Sydney Veljacic scored the game-winning goal 42 seconds into overtime as the 19th-ranked Black Bears (7-2) beat the Huskies (4-4) in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Northeastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game with a goal from Jamie Bartucca.

Samantha Wagg scored three minutes later to tie it for Maine, but Northeastern took the lead back a minute later on a penalty stroke.

Lydia Gavner scored to tie it again.

Jamie Bartucca gave Northeastern a 3-2 lead 14 minutes into the second half, but Madison Cummings scored five minutes later to force overtime.

MIDDLEBURY 3, BOWDOIN 2: Annie Leonard scored two goals to lead the Panthers (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (5-1, 4-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Susanna Baker also scored for Middlebury, which took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Kimmy Ganong scored in both halves for Bowdoin.

Clara Belitz had three saves for the Polar Bears.

BATES 3, WESLEYAN 0: Jessie Moriarty scored a pair of first-half goals as the Bobcats (4-2, 2-2 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (1-5, 0-2) at Campus Avenue Field in Lewiston.

Alexa Jurgeleit added a goal, while Taylor Lough and Shelbie McCormack each had an assist for the Bobcats. Alyssa Souza made three saves.

UNE 3, SALVE REGINA 0: Kersey Boulay, Nicole Matarozzo and Marge Gardiner each scored as the Nor’easters (7-1) beat the Hawks (5-3) in Middletown, Rhode Island.

TRINITY 5, COLBY 1: Kelcie Finn had two goals and an assist to lead the Bantams (5-1, 2-1) past the Mules (2-4, 1-3) in a NESCAC game at Hartford, Connecticut.

Kallie Hutchinson scored the lone goal for Colby off an assist from Hannah Hearn to cut the deficit to 3-1 with 9:25 left in the first half.

Chandler Solimine, Alison Slowe and Nicole Quinlan also scored for Trinity.

KEAN 4, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Four different players scored as the Cougars (8-0) shut out the Monks (3-4, 2-1 GNAC) in Portland.

Megan Baker made six saves for the Monks.


UNE 3, EASTERN NAZARENE 0: Katie Beaudoin came off the bench to score three goals in the second half as the Nor’easters (6-1, 3-0 CCC) beat the Lions (2-6, 0-3) in Biddeford.

Edie Pallozzi, Taylor Littlefield and Anna Michaud each had an assist for UNE.

KEENE ST. 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Tori Laires and Patricia Norton each scored two goals as the Owls (6-2, 2-0 LEC) cruised to a win over the Huskies (3-5, 0-2) at Hannaford Field in Gorham.

Taylor Farland, Katie Silegy and Morgan Kathan also scored for the Owls.

Olivia Mull scored for Southern Maine.

Taylor Canastra made 15 saves for the Huskies.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, SIMMONS 0: Haley DaGraca scored an unassisted goal in the 16th minute and the Monks (5-4-1, 1-2-0 GNAC) went on to beat the Sharks (2-5-1, 1-2-0) in Standish. Lauren Stiles also scored for St. Joseph’s.

TRINITY 3, COLBY 1: Taylor Kirchgessner had a goal and an assist as the Bantams (3-1-2) beat the Mules (2-3) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Laura Nee and Sarah Connors also scored for Trinity. Emily Martin had a goal for Colby.

WESLEYAN 2, BATES 2: Olivia Amdur and Hannah Behringer scored in the second half as the Bobcats (2-4-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC) rallied to earn a tie with the Cardinals (2-2-2, 0-1-2) in Lewiston.

Nicole Brodkowitz and Sarah Sylla scored to give Wesleyan a 2-0 lead.

BOWDOIN 1, MIDDLEBURY 0: Anna Mellman scored in the 44th minute off a pass from Claire Dardinski as the Polar Bears (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC) beat the Panthers (4-2, 1-2) in Middlebury, Vermont.

UNITY 2, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 1: Devon Funt converted a penalty kick in the second half to lift the Rams (3-1-1) to a win over the Seawolves (3-4) in Unity.

Hannah Fields scored in the first half for the Seawolves. Zoe Picanso tied it.


BATES 2, WESLEYAN 0: Luke McNabb and Matt DiVite each scored in the first half as the Bobcats (3-2-2, 1-2-1 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (3-2-1, 0-2-0) in Lewiston.

Drew Parsons and Justin Yacovino each had an assist.

KEENE ST. 8, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Promise Kpee scored three first half goals as the Owls (5-2, 1-1 LEC) routed the Huskies (0-5-3, 0-2) in Keene, New Hampshire.

MIDDLEBURY 2, BOWDOIN 1: Kirk Horton scored in overtime to lead the Panthers (4-0-1, 2-0-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (3-2-1, 1-2-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Adam Glaser gave Middlebury a 1-0 lead. Jason Oliver tied the game for Bowdoin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, EMMANUEL 0: Cody Elliott and Trevor Lopes each scored in the first half as the Monks (6-1-2, 2-0-0 GNAC) beat the Saints (3-4-1, 0-1-1) in Standish.

EASTERN NAZARENE 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1: Elly Buford scored twice in the second half as the Lions (5-3-1, 1-1 CCC beat the Nor’easters (1-4-4, 0-2-1) in Biddeford. Ryan Stephens scored for UNE.

COLBY 2, TRINITY 1: Grady Jendzejec scored with 37 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Mules (2-3-1, 1-1-1) to a NESCAC win over the Bantams (2-4, 0-4) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Aidan Black also scored for Colby.


RENSSELAER 3 MAINE 1: Makenna Thomas scored midway through the second period to give the Engineers the lead in a victory over the Black Bears in the season opener for both teams in Orono.

Kara Washer scored for Maine. Laura Horwood and Hannah Behounek added goals for RPI.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 34, DARTMOUTH (B SQUAD) 31: Kassidy Towne scored on a try on the last play of the game to lift the Nor’easters (2-1) to a win over the Big Green at Hanover, New Hampshire.

BOWDOIN 57, MOLLOY 17: Paige Pfannensteil scored five tries for the Polar Bears (1-0) as they cruised to a win over the Lions (2-2) at Rockville Center, New York.

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Top 25 roundup: Wisconsin handles Michigan State Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:46:42 +0000 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Leo Musso returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter Saturday and No. 11 Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans, 30-6.

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Wisconsin, outplaying fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor, his Michigan State counterpart. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) were the better team in the first half, then outscored the Spartans 17-0 in the third quarter.

Michigan State (2-1, 0-1) was down 13-6 early in the third and had the ball in Wisconsin territory when L.J. Scott’s fumble bounced to Musso in the secondary. O’Connor was the only player with a decent shot at him on the return, and Musso spun past the quarterback and went all the way to the end zone.

O’Connor finished 18 of 38 for 224 yards with three interceptions.

Corey Clement ran for two touchdowns for Wisconsin.

(1) ALABAMA 48, KENT STATE 0: Jalen Hurts ran and passed for a touchdown, and tailback sub Joshua Jacobs scored his first two career touchdowns as Alabama (4-0) defeated Kent State (1-3) at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide dominated Coach Nick Saban’s alma mater from the start while scoring on a kickoff return and even a short touchdown throw to freshman linebacker Mack Wilson. The bad news for Alabama was starting tailback Damien Harris went down on the opening drive with an apparent right ankle injury and didn’t return.

Harris was hardly needed in this game, when No. 2 quarterback Blake Barnett played much of the way and the emerging freshman Jacobs ran for 97 yards. It amounted to a respite for the Tide after a bruising 48-43 comeback win over Mississippi.

Hurts was 16-of-24 passing for 164 yards and ran for 54 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to cap the opening drive. He found Wilson for a 1-yard third-quarter score.

(4) MICHIGAN 49, PENN STATE 10: De’Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Karan Higdon ran for two scores as Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) routed Penn State (2-2, 0-1) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

(23) MISSISSIPPI 45, (12) GEORGIA 14: Chad Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Mississippi (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern) over Georgia (3-1, 1-1) at Oxford, Mississippi.

The Rebels dominated every phase of the game, building a lead of 31-0 by halftime and 45-0 by midway through the third quarter.

Ole Miss broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996.

(13) FLORIDA STATE 55, SOUTH FLORIDA 35: Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State (3-1) rebounded from the most lopsided loss in school history by beating South Florida (3-1) at Tampa, Florida.

Cook scored on a 75-yard run on the Seminoles’ first play from scrimmage, an immediate response to South Florida starting the game with Quinton Flowers and Rodney Adams teaming on an 84-yard catch-and-run for a quick 7-0 lead. Cook’s rushing total on 28 carries topped his previous best of 266 yards against South Florida last year.

Florida State bounced back from being trounced 63-20 by Louisville, a road shellacking that dropped the Seminoles 11 spots in the AP Top 25 from No. 2.

(14) TENNESSEE 38, (19) FLORIDA 28: Joshua Dobbs accounted for five second-half touchdowns and Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern) erased a 21-point deficit to beat Florida (3-1, 1-1) at Knoxville, Tennessee, and end their 11-game losing streak in the annual series.

This marks the first time Tennessee has beaten Florida since a 30-28 victory in 2004. The Volunteers had lost to Florida by a single point each of the last two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games.

This time Tennessee delivered the comeback by scoring 38 consecutive points.

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College football: Duke adds to Notre Dame’s disappointing season Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:39:50 +0000 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A.J. Reed kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:24 left Saturday as Duke rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat Notre Dame, 38-35.

Reed had missed all three of his field-goal attempts this season before kicking the winner for the Blue Devils (2-2) against the Fighting Irish (1-3).

SYRACUSE 31, CONNECTICUT 24: Amba Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse (2-2) beat UConn (2-2) at East Hartford, Connecticut.

CORNELL 27, YALE 13: Dalton Banks passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cornell (2-0) over Yale (0-2) at Ithaca, New York.

HARVARD 32, BROWN 22: Joseph Viviano III and Semar Smith ran for two touchdowns apiece as Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy)beat Brown (1-1, 0-1) at Providence, Rhode Island.

BOSTON COLLEGE 42, WAGNER 10: Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two on the ground as Boston College (2-2) defeated visiting Wagner (2-1).

DARTMOUTH 35, HOLY CROSS 10: Jack Heneghan passed for 240 yards and one touchdown for Dartmouth (2-0) against Holy Cross (1-3) at Worcester, Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 39, RHODE ISLAND 17: Trevor Knight threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) beat Rhode Island (0-4, 0-2) at Kingston, Rhode Island.

LEHIGH 42, PRINCETON 28: Nick Shafnisky was 29 of 36 for 461 yards and four touchdowns as Lehigh (2-2) beat Princeton (1-1) at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 47, MASSACHUSETTS 35: Aeris Williams ran for a 16-yard touchdown and Jamoral Graham returned an interception 38 yards for a score on the next play to help Mississippi State (2-2) rally past Massachusetts (1-3) at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Maine college foootball roundup: Colby wins on late field goal Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:16:35 +0000 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — John Baron kicked a 19-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Colby a 9-7 win over Williams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference football season opener Saturday.

Colby opened the scoring in the first quarter after recovering a fumbled punt. Seven plays later, Jabari Hurdle-Price plunged in from the 3, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed.

The Mules maintained their lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Williams drove 51 yards in 10 plays, capped by Jansen Durham’s 7-yard pass to John Dillon with 1:46 remaining.

The Mules returned the kickoff to their 44, and Jack O’Brien had five completions on the final drive. Hurdle-Price set up the field goal with a 7-yard gain to the 2.

Hurdle-Price finished with 87 yards on 23 carries. O’Brien was 9 of 19 for 102 yards.

MIDDLEBURY 40, BOWDOIN 3: Andrew Sisti kicked a 33-yard field goal to cap Bowdoin’s opening drive, but the Polar Bears (0-1) were held scoreless the rest of the way in a NESCAC loss to the Panthers (1-0) at Middlebury, Vermont.

Middlebury scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions as it built a 34-3 halftime lead.

Panthers quarterback Jared Lebowitz was 27 of 43 for 386 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to James Burke.

Bowdoin’s Nate Richam gained 63 yards on 14 carries, while Tim Drakely was 15 of 30 passing for 126 yards.

TRINITY 38, BATES 7: Sonny Puzzo connected with Darrien Myers for three touchdowns and Trinity (1-0) easily erased an early deficit against the Bobcats (0-1) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sandy Plashkes ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give Bates a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Plashkes gained 54 yards on 15 carries, and Peter Boyer rushed for 60 yards.

HUSSON 35, ALFRED STATE 0: John Smith rushed for 153 yards and Obie Christmas had a pair of touchdown runs to lead the Eagles (2-1) past the Pioneers (0-4) in Bangor.

Husson limited Alfred State to four first downs and 43 yards.

Cory Brandon completed 17 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for one score. Robenson Saintard and Deon Wiggins each caught a touchdown pass.

MIT 30, MAINE MARITIME 13: Eddy Garcia-Montes had eight receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown and Tucker Cheyne kicked three field goals for the Engineers (1-3) in a win over the Mariners (1-2) at Castine.

Maine Maritime jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 16-yard pass from Corey Creeger to Jordan Susi less than six minutes into the game, but MIT tied it 45 seconds later on a 47-yard touchdown run by John Robertson.

The Mariners regained the lead on a 79-yard run by Jacob Doolan early the second quarter. The extra point failed, however, and MIT took the lead for good when Garcia-Montes caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with 6:24 left in the first half.

Doolan finished with 107 yards rushing on 11 carries.

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UMaine notebook: Receiver’s return proves bittersweet Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:42:04 +0000 ORONO — Micah Wright returned to the University of Maine’s offensive lineup Saturday and made an immediate impact.

The sophomore wide receiver caught three passes for 84 yards, displaying the playmaking ability that made him a second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year.

But Wright was not in the mood to celebrate afterward. Maine lost another fourth-quarter lead to fall to James Madison 31-20 at Alfond Stadium.

“It felt great,” said Wright of his return to the field. “But this feeling surpasses the feeling of being out there by a lot. We didn’t get the win. We didn’t execute in the second half.”

Wright missed the first two games of the season, serving a suspension for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct for an incident last May.

His return was timely because Maine was missing leading wide receiver Jaleel Reed, who was suspended for one game for a violation of team rules. Reed had nine catches in the first two games. He will return this week against Bryant.

Wright was held without a catch for much of the first half, then snagged a 40-yarder from Dan Collins late in the quarter to set up a Maine touchdown.

He later caught a 32-yard pass to set up Maine’s last touchdown, a 3-yard run by Darian Davis-Ray.

MAINE HAD no turnovers in its first two games and none in a first half Saturday that ended with the Black Bears ahead of James Madison, 13-10. But Collins threw three interceptions in the second half, two leading to touchdowns.

“Three turnovers, you can’t beat a team like that,” said Coach Joe Harasymiak. “You can’t beat anyone really like that, with three turnovers.”

MAINE’S DEFENSE did something no one else – including FBS school North Carolina – had done this year: prevent James Madison from finishing a first-quarter drive with points.

The Duke’s first series Saturday was an impressive drive that was capped by a 3-yard run by Khalid Abdullah.

Then Maine held on the second drive keyed by a strong play by defensive tackle Darius Greene on third-and-12 – stopping wide receiver John Miller for no gain on a bubble screen to the right.

THE ANNOUNCED attendance was 8,786 on a beautiful fall afternoon on Maine’s campus.

It was the largest crowd since Sept. 11, 2004, when 10,048 fans watched Maine beat Northern Colorado, 38-0.

“The atmosphere around here was tremendous,” said Harasymiak. “I haven’t seen a game around here like that in a while.”

He hopes the fans will return.

“They saw what type of team we have,” he said.

JAMES MADISON’S defense didn’t have a sack in its first three games. It had four against Maine, including three straight sacks for minus-21 yards on Maine’s final offensive series with James Madison protecting a 30-21 lead.

“The main focus was to just get them off the field,” said James Madison defensive tackle Simeyon Robinson. “The game was getting down to the wire. The defense came together and was determined to get them off the field. I did everything in my power to do that. And that’s what happened.”

Robinson had one of those three sacks, a big one for a loss of 16 yards that forced Maine to go for it on fourth-and-36.

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James Madison rallies past Maine in fourth quarter, 31-20 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:14:09 +0000 ORONO — Close, yet again.

The University of Maine football team again displayed spunk, spirit and flashes of brilliance. The Black Bears also lost. Again.

Nationally-ranked James Madison used a powerful running game and three second-half interceptions Saturday to rally past Maine 31-20 at Alfond Stadium. Two of the interceptions led to long touchdown runs by the Dukes, who ran for 221 of their 293 yards in the second half.

“We’re a team that’s struggling to make plays in the second half,” said Joe Harasymiak, Maine’s first-year coach. “It is what it is. We’ve got to continue to put ourselves there. I don’t know if there’s a special formula for that. We’ve just got to keep grinding away.

“I know the guys will. We’ve just got to continue to try to execute in critical situations.”

The loss dropped Maine to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and was its seventh straight loss. Maine also held a fourth-quarter lead in a season-opening 24-21 loss at Connecticut.

James Madison, ranked in the top 11 in all three national polls, improved to 3-1, 1-0.

Mike Houston, the Dukes’ first-year coach, said the interceptions “were probably the difference in the game.” The Black Bears had been slowing James Madison’s offense and moving the ball consistently themselves.

“Everyone knows in this conference there are no easy wins, especially on the road,” said Houston. “So to come in here and get the win is a significant achievement for our team. I expected the game to be the way it was. We talked about it, the type of team Maine has.

“I think they played really hard and had a great scheme defensively against us today. We really had a lot of adversity there all the way through the first half and maybe started to get the momentum to swing our way in the second half with the pick and the touchdown.”

Maine led 13-10 at the half, its defense stifling the Dukes’ high-powered offense throughout, and appeared ready to increase the lead after DeAndre Scott returned the second-half kick-off 61 yards to the James Madison 38.

But on first down, Dan Collins threw an interception to Jordan Brown at the 8. Three plays later, Khalid Abdullah – who rushed for a career-high 172 yards – broke loose and was untouched on an 85-yard touchdown run.

The Black Bears, as they did in the first half after James Madison scored on its opening drive, regrouped and took a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter after Darian Davis-Ray scored on a 3-yard run. Then the Dukes took control.

On the fourth play of the fourth quarter, James Madison took advantage of miscommunication in the Maine secondary to go ahead 24-20 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Schor to John Miller, who ran a slant pattern from the right and was uncovered.

With 9:53 left, Raven Greene made James Madison’s third interception of the half, a leaping one-handed snag of a long pass to Jared Osumah down the right sideline.

On the next play, Cardon Johnson ran 52 yards untouched up the middle for a touchdown that made it 31-20 with 9:44 left. Johnson ran for 110 yards.

“I think every time we get on the field we want to try to outdo ourselves and outdo what we did the week before,” said Abdullah. “There’s always a competition between us and that’s what pushes us to excel and be great at what we do, which is running the ball.”

Maine had one last chance, driving to the James Madison 34. But an illegal motion penalty, a 2-yard loss on a run and three consecutive sacks for a total of 21 yards ended it.

Collins completed 8 of 11 passes in the first half but only 5 of 11 for 61 yards in the second.

“We’ve got to have a short memory,” he said. “I’m tired of losing. We’ve got to go out and get a win.”

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Maine vs. James Madison football preview Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

KICKOFF: Noon Saturday

ALL-TIME SERIES: James Madison leads, 11-5

LAST MEETING: Nov. 3, 2012, won by James Madison, 31-7

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: Wide receiver Micah Wright returns from his two-game suspension to give the passing game a jolt. But the Black Bears will look to control the clock with their running game and then take some shots down field. Quarterback Dan Collins needs to be on target.

WHEN JAMES MADISON HAS THE BALL: The Dukes will run the ball until they’re stopped. They average 339.7 rushing yards, second in the nation, led by Cardon Johnson (297 yards total) and Khalid Abdullah (272). Each has scored four touchdowns. Quarterback Bryan Schor doesn’t make many mistakes in the passing game.

KEY STAT: 69. That’s the yardage James Madison is averaging on its three punt returns this year. All have been returned for touchdowns.

OUTLOOK: Maine had a week off to prepare for the Dukes and is as healthy as it’s been in a while. The Black Bears need to continue a mistake-free offense (no turnovers yet) and be effective on third-down plays, both offensively and defensively. The Dukes average 54.7 points. The best way to beat that offense is to keep it off the field.

OF NOTE: This is Maine’s home opener and Colonial Athletic Association opener. Maine has won such games each of the last three years.

THEY SAID IT: “A win would be nice, for sure. In camp, our offense played well in the second scrimmage. Our defense has been known to play well. It’s now, when are we going to put an effort together where we can come out on the winning side? So we can experience that, too.” – Joe Harasymiak, Maine coach, on his team’s six-game losing skid.

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Sports Digest: St. Joseph’s earns 2-1 field hockey win in OT Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:04:03 +0000 COLLEGES

St. Joseph’s earns a 2-1 field hockey win in OT

Libby Pomerleau scored her second goal of the game 4:24 into overtime, giving St. Joseph’s College a 2-1 field hockey victory over Lasell at Standish on Friday.

Pomerleau put the Monks (3-3, 2-1 GNAC) on the board in the 15th minute when she converted a cross from Kelsey Dumond.

The Lasers (6-3, 1-1) tied it with 16 seconds left in the first half on a goal by Erica Connors.


EUROPEAN OPEN: Frenchman Alexander Levy set a course record and opened a six-shot lead before fading light shortened the second round at Bad Griesbach, Germany.

Levy will have to complete his round on the ninth hole on Saturday. Half the field will go out early Saturday for the second round, before the third round can start. Morning fog has delayed start of play on both days so far.

RYDER CUP: Team captain Davis Love III feels good about the American team, saying on a radio show that “we’re a great team. This is the best golf team maybe ever.”

The 1981 Ryder Cup team that beat Europe 181/2 to 91/2 is regarded as the best in U.S. history, with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin and Johnny Miller.

Love’s confidence faces a stern test, however, as Europe is going for its fourth straight victory next week at Hazeltine in Minnesota.


ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka took a step closer to a second straight title as he advanced to the semifinals in Russia.

The top-seeded Swiss took about an hour to dismiss Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-2.

Third-seeded Tomas Berdych also reached the semifinals by beating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-4, 6-3.

PAN PACIFIC OPEN: Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Rio Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig to set up a semifinal showdown with Caroline Wozniacki in Tokyo.

Wozniacki appeared back near her best after a succession of ankle, knee and bicep injuries, beating Polish qualifier Magda Linette 6-4, 6-3.

GUANGZHOU OPEN: Defending champion Jelena Jankovic will have another shot at the title after defeating Ana Konjuh of Croatia 7-5, 7-6 (7) in China.

The second-seeded Serb has not lost a set this week.


CANADA: Sidney Crosby and five former Canadian hockey greats are being honored with their own postage stamps.

Canada Post unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The series also features Hall of Famers Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman.

 Gordie Howe’s family is ready to celebrate his life in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The city declared Sunday as Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day, and events are planned to honor the hockey great who died in June at age 88.

Howe spent 26 seasons in the National Hockey League and six in the World Hockey Association. He is still No. 2 on the NHL’s goals list behind Wayne Gretzky.


DIVERSITY: The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of “scorecards” the USOC has compiled over the past three years.

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College football roundup: Clemson dominates Jackets in 26-7 win Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:18:41 +0000 ATLANTA — Deshaun Watson and No. 5 Clemson finally turned in the performance everyone was expecting, totally dominating Georgia Tech in the first half on the way to a 26-7 victory Thursday night.

After sluggish wins over Auburn and Troy, and a practice-like rout of FCS school South Carolina State that meant nothing, the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won at Georgia Tech for the first time since 2003 to set up a huge showdown with No. 3 Louisville.

Watson was 32 of 48 for 304 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and a 9-yarder to Jordan Leggett with just 4 seconds left before halftime to complete a stunningly lopsided showing that wasn’t entirely reflected in the 23-0 lead. Wayne Gallman added a 1-yard TD run.

Clemson finished with a 442-124 lead in total yards.

Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-1) didn’t get into positive yards until early in the second quarter and the halftime stats were almost comical: Clemson held a 347-22 lead in yards, was up 19-3 in first downs, and ran 56 plays to only 21 for the home team.

The Yellow Jackets picked up one first down on a debatable pass interference penalty, another on a meaningless 14-yard run at the end of half. Clemson looked as though it was playing a lower-division school for the second week in a row, not its ACC opener.

This was a virtual repeat of last year’s meeting at Clemson, where the Tigers raced to a 33-10 halftime lead on the way to a 43-24 victory.

Clemson backed off over the final two quarters, and Georgia Tech managed to avoid its first home shutout since 1957 when Dedrick Mills scored on a 2-yard run with 13:21 remaining.

Even when Georgia Tech came up with a big play, it wound up costing points. Lance Austin intercepted a pass in the end zone and tried to bring it out – only to be whacked inadvertently by teammate Corey Griffin, knocking the ball loose.

Austin fell on it in the end zone, but that was a safety for Clemson. It was a far cry from a prime-time game last season, when the defensive back returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give Georgia Tech a stunning victory of Florida State.

FLORIDA STATE: Defensive end Josh Sweat will be out at least 1-2 weeks after undergoing a minor knee surgery in his left knee, Coach Jimbo Fisher said after practice.

Sweat’s procedure removed a slight tear of his meniscus, Fisher said. “He tried to go for a day or two, and it swelled (again),” Fisher said of Sweat.

INDIANA: Freshman running back Kiante Enis was kicked off the team Thursday, less than 24 hours after being charged with two counts of felony child molestation for allegedly having an improper relationship with a child under 13.

The athletic department issued a one-sentence statement, announcing the dismissal would take effect immediately.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department said the charges were filed Wednesday. Each is punishable by up to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The department said Enis admitted to at least two consensual sexual encounters.

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UMaine football finally returns home, but the task isn’t much easier Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:54:21 +0000 ORONO — The good news for the University of Maine football team is that the Black Bears are not playing a Football Bowl Subdivision team this week, as they did in their opening two losses.

That doesn’t mean the task will be any easier for Maine in its home opener.

James Madison University (2-1) brings its high-powered offense to Alfond Stadium at noon Saturday. The Dukes – ranked 11th in two FCS national polls, seventh in another – are averaging 54.7 points per game (yes, you read that right) and 539.7 yards of total offense.

And the Dukes are doing it the old-fashioned way. In an era of aerial offense, James Madison pounds the ball, rushing for 339.7 yards per game, second-best in the nation.

“We have to come out physical and tough,” said senior defensive tackle Darius Greene. “They’re going to punch us in the mouth. We have to punch back.”

With a bye last week, the Black Bears have had time to heal any injuries and regroup mentally after two difficult losses.

“It felt good, get your body back to being in tip-top shape and getting your mental game back to where you’re supposed to be,” said quarterback Dan Collins. “I think those first two games taught us a lot about who we were and who we can be.”

Maine has now lost six consecutive games, dating to last Oct. 24. Senior defensive end Pat Ricard said some doubts started to creep into the minds of younger players after a 45-3 loss two weeks ago to a talented Toledo team. “I think our coaches did a good job re-establishing our will to win,” he said. “We’re going to be good. Some of the younger players were down, but the energy is coming back.”

James Madison scored on its first seven drives in its opening 80-7 win over Morehead State, its first five drives in a 56-21 win over Central Connecticut, and its first three drives in last week’s 56-28 loss to North Carolina – a game in which JMU led 21-14 in the second quarter.

And the Dukes can score in many ways – they’ve returned only three punts this year, each for a touchdown.

“It’s a well-coached team that does well in all phases,” said Joe Harasymiak, Maine’s first-year head coach. “They grab your attention on film. They have our attention.”

The Dukes have a strong defensive unit too. They are giving up only 99 yards rushing per game, second in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Maine’s task is to control the ball with a balanced offense, which means the Black Bears need to run the ball effectively. But Maine is also getting an octane boost to its offense.

Sophomore wide receiver Micah Wright, last year’s leading receiver and a second-team all-CAA selection), returns after serving a two-game suspension.

“He adds that highlight-reel guy,” said Harasymiak. “He’s a take-the-top-off the defense guy, our big-play receiver. He proved that last year.”

Wright caught 61 passes last year, with five going for touchdowns. He averaged 13.4 yards per catch.

“He’s a very explosive receiver,” said Collins. “He’s more of a lead-by-example type of guy. When guys get around him, they start to match his ability. He’s a great tool for us.”

He’s exactly the type of player – someone who can make a 1-on-1 play downfield – the Black Bears need if they’re going to fulfill the vision of new offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

“We want to be a team that will run the ball to control the clock,” said Harasymiak. “And be explosive in the passing game.”

At times this year, they’ve shown the ability to do both, passing well in a close loss to Connecticut and running well in the loss to Toledo. But to beat James Madison, said Harasymiak, “We just need to put the whole thing together.”

Coen said if you look at James Madison’s past, the teams that do well against them keep the score down and control the clock. Four backs – Darius Davis-Ray, Zaire Williams, Nigel Beckford and Josh Mack – will continue to share the running load for Maine, at least until one steps up.

“No one has really taken over the job,” said Coen. “They’re all good backs. And I trust them. Now they need to make some plays on Saturday.”

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s clips Southern Maine in women’s soccer Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:22:25 +0000 GORHAM — Haley DaGraca scored in the 22nd minute, Brooke Troup made eight saves, and St. Joseph’s College outlasted the University of Southern Maine in a nonconference women’s soccer match on Wednesday.

DaGraca sent a header to the far post off a corner kick from Emily DeLuca to give the Monks (4-4-1) the advantage.

Troup capped her shutout effort with a diving stop on USM’s Adela Kalilwa.

Taylor Canastra made seven saves for the Huskies (3-4).

SMCC 10, CMCC 1: Hannah Fields had four goals and an assist as Southern Maine CC (3-3, 1-1 Yankee Small College) rolled past Central Maine CC (1-5, 1-3) at South Portland.

Samantha Munson added three goals for the Seawolves, Madelyn Wade had a goal and an assist, and Madison Simms and Taylor Currier also scored.

Megan Duval scored for the Mustangs.


ST. JOSEPH’S 6, UM-FARMINGTON 0: Daniel Fox had a goal and an assist, and the Monks (5-1-2) received goals from six scorers in downing the Beavers (2-3) at Farmington.

Nicholas Borowski, Mitchell Duncan and Kartikeya Swarup scored to give the Monks a 3-0 halftime lead.

Dalton Gaumer, Cody Elliott and Fox each found the back of the net in the second half.

Brett Mattos and Jesse Ramirez chipped in assists.

Ronie Morales stopped 14 shots for UMaine-Farmington.

SMCC 2, CMCC 0: Kolin Wyman scored in the 31st minute to give the Seawolves (3-2-1, 1-1 YSCC) the lead in a win over the Mustangs (1-3, 1-3) at South Portland.

Hughes Bakunda added a goal in the 67th minute.

Austin Wing stopped 10 shots for CMCC. Patrick Duddy made four saves for the Seawolves.


BATES 6, THOMAS 0: Taylor Lough scored a pair of goals and assisted on two more as Bates (3-2) rolled past the Terriers (2-5) at Waterville.

Lough fed Jessie Moriarty for a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game, and then scored from Adah Lindquist four minutes later. Goals by Caroline O’Reilly and Lough followed before Lindquist converted a Lough assist at 30:35 to set up a 5-0 halftime lead.

Emma Patterson added a second-half goal for the Bobcats.

Adelae Durand and Alyssa Souza each made a save in the shutout.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: UNE field hockey beats Endicott, 4-1 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:18:07 +0000 BIDDEFORD — The University of New England scored a pair of quick goals early in the second half to pull away for a 4-1 field hockey win over Endicott in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game Tuesday at Biddeford.

Nicole Matarozzo gave UNE (6-1, 2-0 CCC) the early lead with an off-balance shot into the left corner off a feed from Vonde Saunders 9:34 into the game.

Nicki Thurston answered for Endicott (3-3, 2-1) as the teams went to intermission at 1-1.

In the second half, Marge Gardiner gave the Nor’easters the lead off an assist from Kersey Boulay and Vonde Saunder added an unassisted goal 38 seconds later.

Hannah Buckley rounded out the scoring with an unassisted goal.

Cheka Ventura stopped six shots for the Gulls and Holly Smith stopped two for UNE.

ST. JOSEPH’S 4, SPRINGFIELD 2: Libby Pomerleau teamed up with Kelsey Dumond for the second time in the game, this time with 9:29 left in regulation, to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Monks (2-3) past the Pride (3-3) in a nonconference match at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pomerleau gave St. Joseph’s the early lead as she took advantage of a turnover caused by Dumond, who set her up all alone in front of the keeper. Samantha Silva extended the lead at 22:32, getting assists from Pomerleau and Kara Kelly for a 2-0 St. Joseph’s lead at the half.

Maddy Beaulier added a second-half goal for the Monks.

BOWDOIN 6, COLBY 1: Kimmy Ganong scored two second-half goals and Elizabeth Bennewitz had two assists as the Polar Bears cruised to a win at Waterville.

Johna Cook gave Bowdoin a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game off a feed from Rachel Mann, but Colby responded five minutes later with an unassisted goal from Kallie Hutchinson. Emily McColgan scored late in the first half to give Bowdoin a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Bowdoin ran away with the game on four second-half goals. Ganong scored the first two off feeds from Bennewitz, and Juliana Fiore and Mettler Growney each added unassisted goals.

PLYMOUTH ST. 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Nicole Burgess scored an unassisted goal three minutes into the game and the Panthers (4-2, 3-1 ECAC) held on to beat the Huskies (3-5, 2-2 LEC) at Gorham.

Lindsay Jackson scored USM’s goal off a deflection in the 68th minute, and Amanda Kasbohm made 10 saves for the Huskies.


BATES 1, BOWDOIN 1: Nate Merchant scored an unassisted goal with 4:03 left to play in regulation as the Bobcats (2-2-2, 0-2-1 NESCAC) came back to salvage a draw with the Polar Bears (3-1-1, 1-1-1) in a New England Small College Athletic Conference match at Brunswick.

Levi Morant scored on a feed from Ethan Ellsworth for Bowdoin in the 80th minute after the teams had played a tightly-contested game.

Robbie Montanaro stopped seven shots for Bates, and Stevie Van Siclen had five saves for the Polar Bears.


FLORIDA STATE: Quarterback Malik Henry returned to the team. Henry was suspended by Coach Jimbo Fisher on Aug. 20 for a violation of team rules. Fisher has refused to say why he suspended Henry.

The freshman is a highly touted part of the 2016 recruiting class that’s ranked among the nation’s best.

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UMaine’s Collins and Reed share a drive to succeed Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:18:12 +0000 ORONO — There are times when all Dan Collins and Jaleel Reed have to do is look at each other and they’ll know what’s about to happen.

The two University of Maine’s football players – Collins the senior quarterback, Reed a junior wide receiver – have a connection that goes far beyond the football field, one that also feeds their success on the field. As the Black Bears prepare to play James Madison in their home opener Saturday, Reed is the team’s top receiver with nine catches for 180 yards and a touchdown.

“We’re beyond teammates,” said Reed. “We’re great friends.”

“I see him every day,” said Collins. “If it’s not at football, we see each other outside.”

That bond has been nurtured over the last three years during long car rides between Orono and their hometowns near Philadelphia. At times they share the ride with junior defensive back Najee Goode.

On a good day the drive lasts about eight hours. On a bad one? “We’ve had some 10-hour drives,” said Reed, who grew up in Philadelphia but now lives in suburban East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

Collins, who lives in Williamstown, New Jersey, has the route mapped out in his mind: “(Interstate-)95 to 495 to 90 to 84 to 91 to 95 to the Tappan Zee (Bridge), over 287 then down the (Garden State) Parkway to the (New Jersey) Turnpike, get off at the Atlantic City Expressway. That’s where I drop him off. Then it’s 20, 25 minutes home for me.”

“We’ve built a lot in those drives, as crazy as it seems, in terms of our mentality,” said Reed. “At times we talk about football for a half-hour, an hour, and then we’ll sit in silence. And we know we’re thinking about the same thing. So it’s good. When we go on the field, we’re locked in on each other. We know we’re probably on the same page.”

And while the conversation usually revolves around football, they also talk about – and listen to – music (a lot of rap and hip hop), movies, life goals, campus life and more.

“It’s always a lot of fun,” said Collins. “We talk about our goals, what we’re going to do at home, sometimes we talk about getting together while we’re at home … And last time we drove home, all we talked about was how we couldn’t wait to get back here.”

The drives began in Reed’s freshman year, in 2013, after he flew up to Bangor the first time.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fly up here every time,” he said. “So I asked around. Danny said he had a car and I was welcome to join him.”

They often talk about upcoming games. “When we came up last time it was all about (Maine’s first opponent) UConn,” he said. “It was UConn, UConn, UConn. I kept saying, ‘I can’t wait for you to throw me a touchdown at UConn.’ And then (he) did.”

Collins hooked up with Reed for a 40-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the 24-21 loss in the opener.

“Coach (Joe) Harasymiak is always saying, ‘Visualize the plays you want to make before you go out and then make them,’ ” said Collins. “A lot of us have bought into that. There wasn’t a big play (in the UConn game) that I wasn’t all week visualizing and telling myself it was going to happen, especially that throw to Jaleel.”

Reed believes their relationship has allowed them to challenge each other.

“We get at each other all the time,” he said. “I might be wide open in a crucial situation and I let him know. And he’ll say, ‘OK, Jaleel. You’re taking too long (in your route). You’ve got to speed it up.’ And I say, ‘OK, I got you.’ There’s never an argument. We demand it of each other.”

“I just think we have the same type of mentality, a love of the game and football,” said Collins. “We care so much about going out there on Saturdays and making Maine proud, and playing like a Black Bear.”

Harasymiak said their time together has helped them develop as players and people. “I think any time you build a connection, it makes you feel more confident in that person,” he said. “And I’m sure some of that is carrying over from those long drives and the relationship they have off the field.”

It’s not surprising that two players spend so much time together away from football. They and other teammates will watch football – pro or other college games – together and go out to eat together, often to Bangor.

“Sometimes we’ll go out to Bar Harbor,” said Collins. “Sometimes, if we can, we’ll go down to Portland.”

And they are constantly playing video games at Reed’s home in Old Town, especially FIFA, the EA Sports soccer game that allows you to select teams from around the globe. Reed often plays as Real Madrid, the soccer powerhouse from Spain. Collins usually selects Bayern Munich out of Germany.

“He’s probably going to say he wins all the time,” said Collins. “He says he’s unbeatable. He’s not. I’ve beaten him a couple of times.”

The one place they don’t spend time together is in class. Collins is a kineseology and physical education major. Reed is a finance major.

The drives will end after this year when Collins graduates. Reed will have to find someone else to pass the time – and miles – with. But he also knows his relationship with Collins will never end.

“When this is all said and done, we’re still going to be friends,” said Reed. “We have that kind of relationship. It’s never a dull moment with Dan.”


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Sports Digest: USM, UNE play to 1-1 tie in men’s soccer Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:29:56 +0000 COLLEGES

Huskies, Nor’easters play to 1-1 tie in men’s soccer

Hany Ramadan scored in the 48th minute to tie the game for the University of Southern Maine in its 1-1 double-overtime tie with the University of New England in a men’s soccer game in Biddeford on Monday.

Lee Esposito scored on a pass from Jose Escamilla to put the Nor’easters (1-2-4) up 1-0 in the fourth minute.

The Huskies (0-4-3) responded in the second half, as Ramadan scored on an empty net after a defensive mistake.

Huskies goalie Simon Hulbert recorded seven saves. Tom Benoit stopped eight shots for the Nor’easters.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Devon Wolfenden scored with 33 seconds remaining in the first half to lead UNE to a 2-1 win over Bates in Biddeford.

The Bobcats (2-4, 0-3 NESCAC) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Riley Turcotte in the 14th minute. The Nor’easters (5-1, 2-0 CCC) tied the match in the 37th minute as Anna Michaud scored on a pass from Brionne Turcotte.

Wolfenden’s goal was assisted by Ashley Sherman.

Bobcats goalie Sarah McCarthy recorded three saves. Brielle Robinson stopped six shots for the Nor’easters.


NBA: Milwaukee agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA in a deal reportedly worth $100 million over four years.

The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, his third in the NBA.

• The New York Knicks re-signed veteran forward Lou Amundson.

The 6-foot-9 Amundson has played for 10 teams. He appeared in 70 games over the last two seasons with New York. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds over seven minutes a game last season.

 The lowly Philadelphia 76ers are set to open their practice facility this week in Camden, New Jersey – likely to be recognized as the top-tier standard for the NBA. It comes with two regulation-size basketball courts, a 2,800-square-foot locker room, corporate sponsorship and a chef plucked from one of Philly’s top restaurants.

The Sixers believe the state-of-the art equipment and sports science stations could help lure free agents who might need a final incentive to sign with the worst team in the NBA.


U.S. MEN: The United States will play its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Nov. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, for the fifth straight time.

The decision comes after four consecutive 2-0 home wins at Columbus in qualifiers against Mexico.

Seeking its eighth straight World Cup berth, the U.S. opens the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region at home, then plays four days later at Costa Rica.


RIO 2016: Fifteen of the 558 athletes in the U.S. delegation at the Rio Olympics – or slightly less than 3 percent – had therapeutic-use exemptions in force during the games.

The exemptions, known as TUEs, came under increased scrutiny last week after Russian hackers broke into the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency and posted confidential medical information online from some athletes.

TUEs let athletes use otherwise-banned substances to treat long-standing medical conditions, such as attention-deficit disorder and asthma.

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College football notebook: There’s plenty of work ahead for Alabama Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:57:58 +0000 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama Coach Nick Saban couldn’t find much fault in the Crimson Tide’s physical effort, heart and fight.

The missed blocks, costly busted coverage and onside kick allowed are entirely different matters. The top-ranked Tide survived those miscues and a scoop-and-score fumble in a come-from-way-behind 48-43 victory Saturday over No. 23 Mississippi.

It wasn’t always pretty.

“You don’t ever want to beat yourself and when you do things like that, you give yourself an opportunity to beat yourself,” Saban said Monday. “It’s one thing to get beat physically. Can’t cover them. Can’t block them up front. That’s different and that may happen someday. But all this other stuff, you beat yourself. That’s what we’ve got to get fixed.”

The Tide has gone 365 days as of Monday since losing. And even that required five turnovers last season against Ole Miss.

The silver lining to the victory is Alabama found a way to rally from a 24-3 first-half deficit. The downside is the Tide was down that far in the first place, then allowed two touchdowns in the final 2:59 after getting ahead by 18 points in the fourth quarter.

That included an onside kick when the Tide missed a block and Calvin Ridley misjudged the ball, which went over his head. Saban’s praise of the performance included “buts.”

“But when you look at things, the devil is kind of in the details,” Saban said. “We could have really lost the game based on mental mistakes, mental errors, lack of execution at times that led to really bad plays for our team. Our focus needs to be on getting these things corrected but having the ability to focus on sort of each and every play.”

THESE ARE not proud times for the Big 12. The league has been a disappointment, going 15-11 against nonconference opponents over the first three weeks.

The .577 winning percentage ranks last among the Power 5 conferences and sixth among all FBS conference. The 15 wins are eighth among the 10 leagues.

The Big Ten leads the way at 79 percent, followed by the Southeastern Conference, the Pac 12, American and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

CLEMSON: Prosecutors said two men were fined $200 each after pleading guilty to lying to police about the person who chipped a large piece off the prized Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s football stadium.

It’s a tradition for Clemson players to touch the rock before taking the field.

FLORIDA: The Gators will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio as it begins a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games.

Coach Jim McElwain ruled Del Rio out because of a knee injury, saying Del Rio won’t play at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0) on Saturday and could miss more time. McElwain declined to provide specifics about Del Rio’s injury.

WAKE FOREST: Quarterback Kendall Hinton will miss 2 to 4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly is getting frustrated at explaining why his defense is struggling.

“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade them. They’re not getting cut. We recruited them … I told our staff, ‘Those are our guys, so we’ve got to get them better.’ We’ve got to put them in better position to make plays,” Kelly said.

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Women’s rugby on the way up at UNE Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 BIDDEFORD — University of New England women’s rugby players Kassidy Towne and Emily Richard balanced bags of ice on their heads after Saturday afternoon’s home opener against Harvard University.

“Give it another day,” Towne said, “and we’ll look like bruised bananas.”

Harvard shut out the Nor’easters, 54-0, but Towne and Richard seemed in good spirits. After all, it was just UNE’s second match of its inaugural season as an NCAA Division III varsity program.

“Realistically speaking, Harvard brings a lot more size and experience,” said UNE Coach Ashley Potvin-Fulford of the Division I Crimson. “I think having a big crowd out here today and showing them that women play contact sports is just really huge for the game.”

A mixture of excitement and confusion surrounded what UNE Athletic Director Jack McDonald called a “historic event.” President Danielle Ripich presided over the ceremonial scrum, tossing the ball into a circle of Crimson and Nor’easters players to kick off the match.

Of some 420 spectators packed along the sidelines of Barbara J. Hazard Field, one little girl clad in a UNE rugby shirt, checkered leggings and pink cowboy boots studied a “Rugby for Rookies” guide, which was printed on the back of the programs. It listed basic terms, positions and rules of the sport.

The girl watched players close in around the ball to form a “ruck” – at which point they could only use their feet. The swarm moved across the field – or “pitch” – leaving players on the ground in its wake, until the ball popped out.

“Mama,” the girl eventually said, dropping her pamphlet to her lap in defeat. “I have no idea what’s going on.”


She wasn’t alone. While rugby remains a relatively unfamiliar sport to many, the number of rugby players in the United States doubled between 2008 and 2013 to 1.2 million, according to data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association – making it America’s fastest-growing sport.

Rugby’s surge in popularity coincides with the 2009 announcement that it would be added to the 2016 Olympic Games. Since then, NBC has broadcast the annual Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament, along with its coverage of rugby at the Rio Olympics.

“It’s becoming more of a regular thing to turn on television or pull up a newspaper or magazine article about a rugby player or team,” Potvin-Fulford said. “That’s leading more schools to turn to women’s rugby when they’re looking to bring up a new varsity sport.”

Five years ago, there were only five college varsity women’s rugby teams. Today, the National Collegiate Women’s Varsity Rugby Association – the governing body of collegiate varsity women’s rugby – has 20 competing members across the nation, including two from Maine: UNE and Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

A club team since 2012, the Nor’easters won a New England Rugby Football Union title and placed third in the Northeast Region of the National Small College Rugby Organization championship last season. They notched a 36-8 record over four years.

UNE’s decision to introduce women’s rugby as a varsity program follows a plan put in place to add football, which will play a sub-varsity schedule in 2017 before its first varsity season in 2018. Title IX requires schools to provide equal opportunities for each gender in activities.

“Bowdoin and UNE brought in a heavy contact sport for the men, and I guess it’s only real counterpart for women is rugby,” Potvin said. “We’re thankful for Title IX because, without football, we wouldn’t really be able to move up to the varsity level.”

UNE opened the season last weekend with a 63-10 victory at Molloy University in New York, the first of seven matches on its schedule.


Although Maine does not offer girls’ rugby at the youth or high school levels, about a third of UNE’s 32-woman roster come from the state. Like all but one of those players, Richard, from Arundel, was a “crossover” athlete who transitioned from soccer to rugby when she got to college.

“Almost all of us didn’t know anything about rugby coming in,” Richard said. “In my first game, I was like, ‘Uhh … Where do I go?'”

“I was like a chicken with my head cut off for the first half of my first season,” added Towne, a junior “8-man” from Fairfield. Now, Richard and Towne take pleasure in educating others about the sport. They said the most common misconception they hear is the assumption that women play rugby with a different set of rules than men.

“I had one person ask me if rugby was physical for women,” said Richard, adjusting her icepack. “They were surprised that we didn’t wear pads or helmets.”

Rugby is the only team contact sport worldwide where the rules for men and women are identical. A match is 80 minutes long with 40-minute halves. Both UNE and Harvard had 15 players on the field – unlike in the Olympics, which played 7-on-7.

While Towne and Richard said they wear their bruises proudly, they sometimes suffer more serious injuries. Towne tore a knee ligament playing rugby eight months ago.

“I hear people say rugby is basically football without pads – that’s kind of accurate,” Towne said. “But it’s still completely different. We pass backwards, and we don’t crash into each other head-first.”

Without equipment, players are more discouraged from reckless hits. They often tackle opponents low by leading with their shoulder. When knocked down beneath the stampede chasing the ball, players are taught to cover their head with their arms.

The ball must be carried over the goal line and touched to the ground for a score, or a “try,” which is worth five points. Teams can also score on conversion kicks (two points), penalty goals (three points) and dropped goals (three points).

“There is a place for every body type on the rugby pitch,” Potvin-Fulford said. “A rugby team’s bigger, stronger players will run through people in the forward pack, and our smaller, faster players will run around people as a back. It creates a really beautiful dynamic and team-oriented game.”


Like Richard and Towne, Potvin-Fulford said the physical nature of the sport drew her to rugby.

“I was always one of those players in ice hockey that would be in the penalty box for body checking, or the soccer player that was getting called for a charge,” said Potvin-Fulford, a Biddeford High graduate who now coaches the Biddeford girls’ hockey team. “I think this whole idea of finally being able to not get called for a penalty for physical play was really appealing for me.”

Potvin-Fulford, who graduated from Norwich University in Vermont in 2011, said she has seen attitudes surrounding female athletes shift since she played club hockey in high school. She recalled knocking on doors for bottle drives and constantly fielding the question, “Girls play ice hockey?”

“To see that evolution of girls’ ice hockey and now to be a part of the evolution of women’s rugby is really cool,” Potvin-Fulford said. “It’s becoming a general acceptance that not all girls want to do what I guess they’ve been expected to do from such a young age.”


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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin stays unbeaten in field hockey Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:29:17 +0000 MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Kara Finnerty scored two of Bowdoin’s four first-half goals, and the Polar Bears cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wesleyan in a NESCAC field hockey game on Saturday.

It was the third straight shutout for Bowdoin (4-0, 3-0), which did not allow a shot on goal, with Clara Belitz and Lizz Rill splitting time in the cage.

Elizabeth Bennewitz and Kimmy Ganong also scored for the Polar Bears.

The Cardinals fell to 1-3, 0-1.

COLBY 2, WILLIAMS 1: Kallie Hutchinson and Tori Brown scored in the second half, and the Mules (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) held on to beat the 23rd-ranked Ephs (2-2, 1-1) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Hutchinson gave Colby a 1-0 lead with 13:48 remaining on a penalty corner taken by Anna Rudinski.

Brown added her first collegiate goal three minutes later.

Hannah Goodrick converted a penalty stroke for Williams with 2:23 remaining.

TUFTS 2, BATES 0: Shannon Yogerst scored midway through the first half and the 12th-ranked Jumbos (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) held on to beat the Bobcats (2-2, 1-2) at Medford, Massachusetts.

Annie Artz completed the scoring with 9:14 left.

Adelae Durand and Alyssa Souza combined for 11 saves for the Bobcats.

UNE 7, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 0: Nicole Matarozzo scored 38 seconds into the game and added another goal and an assist as the University of New England (5-1, 1-0 Commonwealth Coast) cruised past the Golden Bears (2-3, 1-1) at Biddeford.

Kersey Boulay added a pair of goals, and Alex Staples, Vonde Saunders and Bridget Cavanaugh also scored.

WESTFIELD STATE 1, USM 0: Holly Brouillette scored off a pass from Megan Evans early in the first half and the Owls (6-1, 2-1 Little East) beat Southern Maine (3-4, 2-1) at Gorham.

Brouillette scored in the seventh minute, hitting the ball into the right side of the cage.

JOHNSON & WALES 2, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: The Wildcats (3-3, 2-0 GNAC) took a 2-0 second-half lead and held off the Monks (1-3, 1-1) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Giovanna Ciavardoni redirected a Shaina Thompson shot in the 46th minute, and Johnson & Wales increased its lead 10 minutes later on an own goal as a shot deflected off Kara Kelly.

Libby Pomerleau scored for the Monks 31/2 minutes later, putting in her own rebound.


MAINE MARITIME 42, MASS. MARITIME 35: Jacob Doolan scored on a 9-yard scamper with 19 seconds left, and the Mariners (1-1) edged Massachusetts Maritime (1-1) at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, to win the 44th annual Admiral’s Cup.

The Buccaneers rallied from a 21-0 deficit and took a 35-34 lead early in the fourth quarter on Chris Haggerty’s 5-yard run and Ryan Quinn’s extra point.

Corey Creeger produced five touchdowns for Maine Maritime, rushing for 64 yards and three scores while going 6 of 10 passing for 144 yards and two TDs. Doolan finished with 154 yards on 21 carries.


UNE 3, SALVE REGINA 0: Katie Beaudoin and Taylor Littlefield scored first-half goals, Taylor Usko added one in the second and the Nor’easters (4-1, 2-0 CCC) beat the Seahawks (4-3, 1-1) at Biddeford.

Brielle Robinson made three saves for the shutout.

ST. JOSEPH’S 6, RIVIER 2: Haley DaGraca scored three goals to lead the Monks (3-3-1, 1-0-1 GNAC) past the Raiders (1-3-1, 0-2) at Nashua, New Hampshire.

Sarah Comtois added two goals and Hailey Tarr also scored for the Monks, who led 5-0 at halftime.

BOWDOIN 3, WESLEYAN 1: Nikki Wilson broke a scoreless tie with 10 minutes left in the first half and the Polar Bears (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC) went on to beat the Cardinals (2-2, 0-1) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Bowdoin extended its lead with a goal from Talia Missan in the 66th minute. The Cardinals scored less than three minutes later, but a goal from Morgen Gallagher in the 75th minute put the game out of reach.

Rachel Stout made five saves for Bowdoin.

WILLIAMS 1, COLBY 0: Sarah Kelly scored in the 64th minute to lead the Ephs (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) over the Mules (2-2, 0-2) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Kelly ripped a 25-yard shot that went off the lower part of the crossbar and over the line.

Samantha Rizzo made six saves for Colby, which was outshot 20-3.

TUFTS 5, BATES 2: The Jumbos (3-0-1, 2-0 NESCAC) scored three times in the first half held on to beat the Bobcats (2-3-0, 0-3) at Somerville, Massachusetts.

Alex Kronson, Lexie Miller and Margaret Zahrah scored in a 10-minute span to give Tufts a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Bates never got closer despite second-half goals from Olivia Amdur and Brigid Quinn.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 2, USM 1: Eleni Grammas scored her second goal of the game in the 73rd minute to lead the Anchormen (2-3, 1-0 LEC) over the Huskies (3-3, 0-1) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Jessica Preble scored for Southern Maine early in the second half.


BOWDOIN 1, WESLEYAN 0: Moctar Niang scored in the 16th minute off a pass from Ethan Ellsworth and the Polar Bears (3-1, 1-1 NESCAC) held on to beat the Cardinals (2-1-1, 0-1) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Stevie Van Siclen made four saves for the shutout.

WILLIAMS 2, COLBY 1: Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored with 12:53 remaining to lift the Ephs (3-0-1, 2-0 NESCAC) past the Mules (1-2-1, 0-1-1) at Williamstown, Massachusetts

Damian Glass of Williams broke a scoreless tie with two minutes left in the first half.

Colby responded with a goal from Jansen Aoyama early in the second half.

TUFTS 3, BATES 0: Gaston Becherano scored two goals to lead the Jumbos (1-2-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (2-2-1, 0-1) at Medford, Massachusetts.

Becherano opened the scoring eight minutes in, then extended the lead late in the second half off a pass from Dexter Eichorst, who scored four minutes later.

Robbie Montanaro made 11 saves for Bates.

UNE 0, SALVE REGINA 0: Elijah Everett stopped four shots for the Nor’easters (1-2-3, 0-1-1 CCC) as they played to a draw against the Seahawks (0-5-1, 0-1-1) in Biddeford.

Michael Payan had two saves for Salve Regina.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 3, USM 1: Komla Dogbey had two goals and an assist as the Anchormen (4-2) beat the Huskies (0-4-2) in a Little East Conference opener at Gorham.

Charlie Mull scored for Southern Maine in the 65th minute.

ST. JOSEPH’S 1, RIVIER 0: JoJo Strobino scored with 10:12 remaining to lift the Monks (4-1-2, 1-0 GNAC) over the Raiders (2-3, 0-2) in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Brett Matos assisted on Strobino’s goal. Blake Mullen stopped one shot for the shutout.

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Wednesday’s Maine colleges: USM triumphs in women’s soccer Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:06:30 +0000 GORHAM — Sarah Michaud scored in the 65th minute Wednesday as the University of Southern Maine beat Salem State 2-1 in a nonconference women’s soccer game.

Analies Ross-Dyjak scored with six seconds left in the half to give the Huskies (3-2) a 1-0 lead. Allison Celia of Salem State (0-5) tied it in the 60th minute.

Michaud’s goal was assisted by Adela Kalilwa.

Amanda Backe recorded six saves for USM. Taylor Canastra had two for the Vikings.

COLBY 3, THOMAS 0: Laura Arnold, Katherine Senechal and Jillian Fleischer scored for Colby (2-1) against visiting Thomas (0-5) at Waterville.

Sam Rizzo made two saves to record the shutout. Paige Leary had 12 saves for the Terriers.


UMAINE-FARMINGTON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Carly Raymond scored two goals to lead the Beavers (4-0) past the Huskies (3-3) at Farmington.

The Beavers took a 3-0 lead into halftime on goals by Raymond, Emmah Spahr and Nickyia Lovejoy.

Raymond scored her second goal in the 47th minute from Andrea Stemm.

BOWDOIN 3, BATES 0: Kimmy Ganong scored twice for Bowdoin (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC), the top-ranked team in the country, in a win over the Bobcats (1-1, 1-1) at Brunswick.

Clara Belitz of Bowdoin had two saves. Alyssa Souza finished with three for Bates.

GORDON 1, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Emily Allcroft’s goal less than four minutes before the half stood up as Gordon (3-2) slipped past the Monks (1-2) in a game at Portland.

Sabrina Jandreau assisted on the goal.


BATES 1, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1: Matt DiVite scored for Bates (2-1-1) and Dan Good for the Nor’easters (1-2-2) at Biddeford.

Good scored the first goal, heading home a cross from the right corner by Callum Heaslewood after 20:32. Dexter Doucet also assisted on the goal.

DiVite tied it on a header with four minutes left in regulation. Eric Opoku and Justin Vacovino assisted.

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Commentary: ACC dragged its feet before reacting to state law supporting discrimination Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:25:48 +0000 The words and message were clear. John Swofford, the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, left no doubt about the ACC’s responsibility and mandate.

“Discrimination is a public concern,” Swofford said. “What our conference has to do is not become overly reactionary, but do what is right and just, and what we’re supposed to be doing as educational institutions.”

Swofford said that in 1983, while serving as North Carolina athletic director, the ACC debated whether to move its golf tournament from Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, which refused to admit black members. The chancellors of North Carolina and N.C. State eventually forced a recalcitrant ACC to move the tournament.

On Wednesday, three decades later, the ACC moved all 10 of its neutral-site championships out of North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Why did it take months for Swofford to demonstrate the same courage and sense of justice as ACC commissioner?

Why was the ACC for so long, by any standard, overly reactionary when it came to House Bill 2?

It took the NCAA’s decision Monday night to pull seven different championships from North Carolina in 2016-17, including the first and second rounds of the men’s basketball tournament in Greensboro, to provoke Swofford into abandoning a curiously tepid approach to HB2. Even then, it took almost four hours after the NCAA’s announcement for Swofford to reveal his change of heart.

“On a personal note,” Swofford’s statement read, “it’s time for this bill to be repealed as it’s counter to basic human rights.”

Even after the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because it felt HB2 created an environment hostile to the LGBT community, the ACC remained passive – just as it was in 1983 before enlightenment was forced upon it, ironically enough by Swofford and others, when it hired a law firm to verify it wasn’t breaking any laws holding the tournament at Northgreen.

“It’s strictly a moral issue whether to play or not,” ACC spokesman Skeeter Francis said at the time, defending the decision to play at Northgreen, as if that was grounds for inaction.

The ACC was in the middle of a seven-year deal with Northgreen, which had become a stable host for a tournament that had long struggled to gain a foothold. Perhaps that’s why the ACC was so willing to overlook Northgreen’s discriminatory membership policies.

A neighborhood resident, Steven Rogers, a black man who lived near the club’s second fairway, objected to the ACC holding a tournament at a club that would not admit him and restricted the use of club facilities by black guests. Rogers set up signs in his yard that read “rACCist” and “Black Wolfpack can’t be members of racist Northgreen.”

The chancellors at N.C. State and North Carolina, Bruce Poulton and Christopher Fordham, pushed the ACC to move the tournament when Commissioner Bob James initially would not, sending James a confidential letter that implied the two universities would boycott the tournament if it was not moved. A month later the ACC reversed course and moved the tournament to Pinehurst No. 2.

After Northgreen changed its membership policies, the ACC went back for a six-year run starting in 1989. The protest presaged controversies that would come crashing down on professional golf in the early 1990s, and Northgreen would likely later have been swept along by history, but the ACC accelerated the pace of change.

The NBA and NCAA, in the case of HB2, were unwilling to await the sweep of history.

There’s no question it’s easier to move one golf tournament many months in advance than it is to move the 10 neutral-site championships the ACC had scheduled for North Carolina in 2016-17. And there’s no question this isn’t solely up to Swofford, who has 15 school presidents and chancellors to wrangle at a group meeting this week at Clemson.

There’s also no question it’s feasible and that Swofford can bend those presidents and chancellors to his will with ease if he desires.

Because, and this is important, there was another word in Swofford’s statement in 1983. The first word. “Racial” – “Racial discrimination is a public concern,” is what he actually said.

It remains incumbent upon Swofford to prove that in his world, and for the ACC today, all forms of discrimination are a public concern.

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Tuesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin cruises past USM in men’s soccer Wed, 14 Sep 2016 03:22:52 +0000 GORHAM — Matt Dias Costa scored a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes to start Bowdoin on its way to a 5-0 win over Southern Maine in a men’s soccer match Tuesday.

Sam Ward scored in the 13th minute to extend the lead to 3-0, and Ethan Ellsworth and Matty McColl added second-half goals.

Ward and Ellsworth also had one assist apiece, while Levi Morant collected two assists.

Noah Safian and Stevie Van Siclen combined to make one save for Bowdoin (2-1), which outshot the Huskies (0-3-2) by a 21-4 margin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, LYNDON STATE 1: Quaadir Palmer’s goal with 18:22 remaining gave the Monks (3-1-2) a 2-0 lead, and they held on to edge the Hornets (2-1) at Standish.

St. Joseph’s opened the scoring 31:44 into the game when Nicholas Borowski scored off a throw-in from Jackson Taylor.

After Palmer padded the lead, the Hornets cut the deficit to 2-1 with 4:31 remaining.

Blake Mullen made two saves for the Monks, who outshot the Hornets 26-7.

COLBY 1, THOMAS 0: Jacob Tower scored in the 79th minute to lift the Mules (1-1-1) over the Terriers (0-2-1) in Waterville.

Avery Gibson made six saves for the Mules, while Jonathan Dutka of Thomas stopped three shots.


BOWDOIN 3, BATES 0: The Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) scored a pair of second-half goals to pull away from the Bobcats (2-2, 0-2) at Brunswick.

Sophia Lemmer scored with an assist from Morgen Gallagher 10:34 into the game.

Evan Fencik extended the lead with an assist from Lauren McLaughlin in the 71st minute, and Anna Mellman scored an unassisted goal in the 86th minute.

Rachel Stout made three saves for Bowdoin. Sarah McCarthy stopped nine shots for Bates.

WHEATON 1, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Meagan Healy converted a penalty kick at 30:14 of the first half, and the Lyons (5-0) edged the Nor’easters (3-1) in Biddeford.

UNE nearly tied it late in the contest, but Edie Pallozzi’s header off a corner kick from Jessica Maywalt was just wide of the net.

Leann Wolf stopped seven shots for Wheaton. Brielle Robinson made three saves for the Nor’easters.

UMAINE-FARMINGTON 6, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Six players scored and the Beavers (2-3) used a five-goal outburst in the second half to beat the Monks (2-4-1) in Farmington.

Kailyn Hill opened the scoring with a header in the sixth minute, converting a corner kick by Katie Clark.

The Monks responded with an unassisted goal from Haley DeGraca late in the first half, but UMF dominated the second half.

Lydia Roy put UMF ahead for good off a pass from Hadlee Yescott in the 49th minute. Sophie Manning made it 3-1 just five minutes later, knocking in a rebound off the post for her first goal of the season.

Two of UMF’s last three goals came on corner kicks, as Bridget Humphrey set up goals by Kaiti Kenney and Ashley Gleason, who scored off her own rebound. Yescott picked up the fifth goal after Kenney broke up a clearing attempt and deflected the ball straight to Yescott.

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Tuesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin cruises past USM in men’s soccer Wed, 14 Sep 2016 03:01:49 +0000 GORHAM — Matt Dias Costa scored a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes to start Bowdoin on its way to a 5-0 win over Southern Maine in a men’s soccer match Tuesday.

Sam Ward scored in the 13th minute to extend the lead to 3-0, and Ethan Ellsworth and Matty McColl added second-half goals.

Ward and Ellsworth also had one assist apiece, while Levi Morant collected two assists.

Noah Safian and Stevie Van Siclen combined to make one save for Bowdoin (2-1), which outshot the Huskies (0-3-2) by a 21-4 margin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, LYNDON STATE 1: Quaadir Palmer’s goal with 18:22 remaining gave the Monks (3-1-2) a 2-0 lead, and they held on to edge the Hornets (2-1) at Standish.

St. Joseph’s opened the scoring 31:44 into the game when Nicholas Borowski scored off a throw-in from Jackson Taylor.

After Palmer padded the lead, the Hornets cut the deficit to 2-1 with 4:31 remaining.

Blake Mullen made two saves for the Monks, who outshot the Hornets 26-7.

COLBY 1, THOMAS 0: Jacob Tower scored in the 79th minute to lift the Mules (1-1-1) over the Terriers (0-2-1) in Waterville.

Avery Gibson made six saves for the Mules, while Jonathan Dutka of Thomas stopped three shots.


BOWDOIN 3, BATES 0: The Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) scored a pair of second-half goals to pull away from the Bobcats (2-2, 0-2) at Brunswick.

Sophia Lemmer scored with an assist from Morgen Gallagher 10:34 into the game.

Evan Fencik extended the lead with an assist from Lauren McLaughlin in the 71st minute, and Anna Mellman scored an unassisted goal in the 86th minute.

Rachel Stout made three saves for Bowdoin. Sarah McCarthy stopped nine shots for Bates.

WHEATON 1, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Meagan Healy converted a penalty kick at 30:14 of the first half, and the Lyons (5-0) edged the Nor’easters (3-1) in Biddeford.

UNE nearly tied it late in the contest, but Edie Pallozzi’s header off a corner kick from Jessica Maywalt was just wide of the net.

Leann Wolf stopped seven shots for Wheaton. Brielle Robinson made three saves for the Nor’easters.

UMAINE-FARMINGTON 6, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Six players scored and the Beavers (2-3) used a five-goal outburst in the second half to beat the Monks (2-4-1) in Farmington.

Kailyn Hill opened the scoring with a header in the sixth minute, converting a corner kick by Katie Clark.

The Monks responded with an unassisted goal from Haley DeGraca late in the first half, but UMF dominated the second half.

Lydia Roy put UMF ahead for good off a pass from Hadlee Yescott in the 49th minute. Sophie Manning made it 3-1 just five minutes later, knocking in a rebound off the post for her first goal of the season.

Two of UMF’s last three goals came on corner kicks, as Bridget Humphrey set up goals by Kaiti Kenney and Ashley Gleason, who scored off her own rebound. Yescott picked up the fifth goal after Kenney broke up a clearing attempt and deflected the ball straight to Yescott.

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Maine college roundup: Quick goals in second half lift Bates men’s soccer Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:41:58 +0000 LEWISTON — Drew Parsons and Luke McNabb scored less than a minute apart early in the second half as the Bates men’s soccer team rallied past Newbury for a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Newbury (4-1-1) opened the scoring with one second remaining in the first half. Parsons scored the equalizer off an assist from Eric Opoku 7:05 into the second half and McNabb added the go-ahead goal 34 seconds later.

Robbie Montanaro made four saves for the Bobcats, who outshot Newbury 27-13.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 0, CCRI 0: Patrick Duddy finished with nine saves for the Seawolves (2-0-1) as they played to a scoreless draw against the Knights (0-3-2) at South Portland.

Christian Ellerbe and Jordan Lopez combined to make 10 saves for the Knights.


SOUTHERN MAINE 1, MANHATTANVILLE 0: Tayla Smedberg redirected a tipped ball from Samantha Crosman out of the air and past the keeper in the 66th minute to lift the Huskies (3-2) to a win over the Valiants (2-2) in Gorham.

Amanda Kasbohm finished with five saves for the Huskies.


RHODE ISLAND 2, MAINE 0: Taylor Ross scored a pair of goals in the final 20 minutes of the second half as the Rams (2-3-2) pulled away from the Black Bears (4-3) for a win at Kingston, Rhode Island.

Annalena Kriebisch finished with eight saves for the Black Bears, who were outshot 20-4.

BATES 8, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Riley Turcotte scored a pair of goals and Hannah Graves added a goal and two assists for the Bobcats (2-1) as they scored five second-half goals to beat the Huskies (2-2) at Lewiston.

Sarah DiPillo and Ana Urbina chipped in a goal and an assist apiece for the Bobcats, while Hannah Behringer, Oliva Amdur and Brigid Quinn each had a goal.

COLBY 1, HUSSON 0: Laura Arnold scored with 1:45 left in the second overtime period to lift the Mules (1-1) to a win over the Eagles (1-3) at Bangor.

Sam Rizzo made seven saves for the Mules and Husson’s Kayla Gordon finished with eight saves.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 6, CENTRAL MAINE CC 2: Hannah Fields and Madelyn Wade scored two goals apiece for the Seawolves (3-1, 1-1) as they scored five goals during a seven minute stretch late in the second half to break open a 1-1 tie against the Mustangs (0-5, 0-2) in a Yankee Small College Conference game at South Portland.

Fields also collected a pair of assists for the Seawolves and Samantha Munson and Madison Simms scored one goal apiece.

Megan Duval scored both goals for the Mustangs.

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College football roundup: New Hampshire ushers in new stadium with win Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:11:48 +0000 DURHAM, N.H. — Dalton Crossan rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, and New Hampshire won its first game in its new stadium, beating Holy Cross 39-28 on Saturday night.

Trevor Knight’s 62-yard pass to Rory Donovan with 1:17 left in the third quarter gave the Wildcats (1-1) their first lead at 32-28. New Hampshire was deep in Holy Cross territory in the fourth quarter without scoring before Casey DeAndrade returned an interception 28 yards with 2:25 remaining.

Peter Pujals hit 42 of 64 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns for Holy Cross (1-1).

ALBANY 35, RHODE ISLAND 7: Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks ran for three touchdowns as the Great Danes (2-0, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) cruised past the Rams (0-2, 0-1) in Kingston, Rhode Island.

James Madison 56, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 21: Bryan Schor threw three touchdown passes as the Dukes (2-0) rolled over the Blue Devils (0-2) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Schor was 16-of-20 passing for 190 yards. Cardon Johnson ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Khalid Abdullah, who surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards, caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and ran for another score in the second to help give the Dukes a 35-7 advantage at halftime.

Rashard Davis scored on a 75-yard punt return to make it 42-7 in the third quarter.

TEMPLE 38, STONY BROOK 0: Phillip Walker threw three touchdown passes, two to Keith Kirkwood, and the Owls (1-1) crushed the Seawolves (1-1) in Philadelphia.

Temple (1-1) last blanked an opponent on Sept. 20, 2014, beating Delaware State, 59-0.

RUTGERS 52, HOWARD 14: Janarion Grant scored three touchdowns and the Scarlet Knights (1-1) overcame an early scare against the Bison (0-2), giving Coach Chris Ash his first win, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Grant resurrected Rutgers from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit with an 84-yard kickoff return, and he was in the center of a 21-point third quarter with touchdown runs of 58 and 21 yards.

ARMY 31, RICE 14: Andy Davidson rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns, the Army defense created two turnovers, and the Black Knights (2-0) beat the Owls (0-2) in West Point, New York.

It had been 70 games since Army (2-0) won two straight, and it’s the first time the Black Knights have started a season with two straight wins since 1996.

NAVY 28, CONNECTICUT 24: Will Worth scored two touchdowns in his debut as Navy’s starting quarterback, and the Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) survived a hectic finish after blowing a 21-point lead against the Huskies (1-1, 0-1) in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Top 25 football: Cowboys fall on wild TD Sun, 11 Sep 2016 03:09:24 +0000 STILLWATER, Okla. — A mistake by the officials that extended the game allowed Central Michigan to score the winning touchdown on a desperation pass and lateral for an astonishing 30-27 upset of No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Oklahoma State tried to kill the final four seconds by throwing the ball away on fourth down, but the Cowboys were penalized for intentional grounding, which is a loss-of-down penalty. Officials ruled that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, forgetting that there’s an exception to the rule if the penalty involves a loss of down.

Corey Willis scored the winning touchdown after grabbing a lateral from Jesse Kroll at the 12. Cooper Rush lofted a pass to Kroll just inside the 10, and Kroll pitched it back to Willis, who cut across the field and barely reached the end zone while being dragged down.

(1) ALABAMA 38, WESTERN KENTUCKY 10: Freshman Jalen Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start to lead the Crimson Tide (2-0) to a victory over the Hilltoppers (1-1) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

(2) CLEMSON 30, TROY 24: Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and the Tigers (2-0) held off the pesky Trojans (1-1) in Clemson, South Carolina.

(3) FLORIDA STATE 52, CHARLESTON 8: Deondre Francois threw for three touchdowns and Dalvin Cook ran for two more as the Seminoles (2-0) cruised to a victory over the Buccaneers (1-2) in Tallahassee, Florida.

(4) OHIO STATE 48, TULSA 3: Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore returned interceptions for touchdowns late in the first half, and the Buckeyes (2-0) overcame a sluggish offensive start, a lightning delay and a driving rainstorm to beat visiting Tulsa (1-1).

(5) MICHIGAN 51, CENTRAL FLORIDA 14: Wilton Speight threw two of his four touchdown passes to Jake Butt, helping the Wolverines (2-0) rout the Knights (1-1) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(6) HOUSTON 42, LAMAR 0: The sixth-ranked Cougars (2-0) easily overcame the absence of injured quarterback Greg Ward Jr. as well as a 31/2-hour lightning delay for a victory over the Cardinals (0-2) in Houston.

(8) WASHINGTON 59, IDAHO 14: Jake Browning matched the school record with five touchdown passes – two each to Dante Pettis and John Ross – and the Huskies (2-0) rolled past the Vandals (1-1) in Seattle.

(9) GEORGIA 26, NICHOLLS STATE 24: The Bulldogs (2-0) scored two touchdowns in a span of about two minutes after Nicholls State (0-1) took a third-quarter lead and escaped with an uninspiring win in Athens, Georgia.

(10) WISCONSIN 54, AKRON 10: Corey Clement ran for two scores, Jazz Peavy had two touchdown catches and the Badgers (2-0) stuffed Akron’s spread offense in a win over the Zips (1-1) in Madison, Wisconsin.

(11) TEXAS 41, UTEP 7: Freshman quarterback Shane Buechele passed for 244 yards and four touchdowns, and the Longhorns (2-0) backed up their first national ranking since 2013 with a victory over the Miners (1-1) in Austin, Texas.

(14) OKLAHOMA 59, LOUISIANA-MONROE 17: Baker Mayfield passed for 244 yards and three TDs in the first half as the Sooners (1-1) beat the Warhawks (1-1) at Norman, Oklahoma.

ARKANSAS 41, (15) TCU 38: Dan Skipper blocked a 28-yard field-goal try with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, and Austin Allen ran 5 yards for the winning score in the second overtime as the Razorbacks (2-0) pulled out a victory over the Horned Frogs (1-1) in Fort Worth, Texas.

(16) IOWA 42, IOWA STATE 3: C.J. Beathard threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and the Hawkeyes (2-0) earned their biggest win over the rival Cyclones (0-2) in 18 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz.

(18) NOTRE DAME 39, NEVADA 10: DeShone Kizer threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Notre Dame’s defense rebounded from a disappointing performance a week ago to help the Fighting Irish (1-1) beat the Wolf Pack (1-1) in South Bend, Indiana.

(19) MISSISSIPPI 38, WOFFORD 13: Chad Kelly threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns to help the Rebels (1-1) rout the Terriers (1-1) in Oxford, Mississippi.

(20) Texas A&M 67, PRAIRIE VIEW 0: Trevor Knight threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Aggies (2-0) to a rout of the Panthers (1-1) in College Station, Texas.

(23) BAYLOR 40, SMU 13: Seth Russell threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Bears (1-1) recovered from a slow start to rout the Mustangs (1-1) in Waco, Texas.

(25) MIAMI 38, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 10: Mark Walton rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns, and the Hurricanes (2-0) shook off a slow start to beat the visiting Owls (1-1).

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College football: Toledo rolls past UMaine, 45-3 Sun, 11 Sep 2016 02:18:33 +0000 TOLEDO, Ohio — The University of Toledo used big plays and a big-time offense Saturday night to hand Maine a 45-3 loss in a nonconference football game.

Toledo, from the Mid-American Conference, scored on touchdown passes of 85, 21, 64 and 89 yards, and returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score.

The Rockets scored 21 unanswered third-quarter points.

“We didn’t execute very well but credit goes to them,” said Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak. “They did a great job. To keep up with a team like that you have to play mistake-free and we didn’t do that.”

The Rockets (2-0) compiled 516 yards, dominated special teams and appear poised to make a run at the league title. Another bowl bid seems likely for Toledo, which has been to five bowls since 2010.

Maine’s loss was a far cry from its opener, a 24-21 setback at Connecticut. This time Maine had trouble putting together drives and failed to capitalize on the Rockets’ few mistakes.

“They have a very challenging offense and we knew that coming in,” Harasymiak said. “After playing UConn in week one, we knew this would be totally different.”

Maine’s highlight was its opening drive that resulted in a Patrick Leonard field goal. Maine never threatened again.

Dan Collins of the Black Bears completed 9 of 25 passes for 65 yards and Dari Davis-Ray ran for 67 yards. Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga had 10 tackles, Jeremy Salmon recovered a fumble and Sterling Sheffield had an interception.

Maine had 170 yards rushing and 235 total yards.

Logan Woodside completed just 13 passes for Toledo but they went for 329 yards and four touchdowns, the longest an 89-yard strike to Jon’Vea Johnson late in the third quarter.

“They have some great wideouts on the outside and had some one-on-one matchups that we didn’t win,” Harasymiak said.

Cody Thompson caught a 64-yard touchdown pass and Ronnie Jones returned a blocked punt 27 yards for other scores.

Toledo took a 17-3 lead into halftime, mainly on two long touchdowns.

Corey Jones caught an 85-yard TD pass from Woodside on Toledo’s first drive and Thompson’s catch came on Toledo’s last drive of the half.

Maine’s opening drive, which came in a pouring rain, was its best. After marching 68 yards in 15 plays, Leonard was good on a 29-yard field goal. The drive was kept alive several times by Collins, with pinpoint passes or, in one case, a nifty 16-yard scramble. He also recovered a fumble to keep the seven-minute drive going.

“We came out and ran the ball pretty well,” Harasymiak said. “We executed well, made no mistakes and were solid. As the game went on, I think Toledo’s athleticism showed up a little bit more, especially up front.”

Collins said Maine did itself in after the opening drive.

“We came out with a lot of energy,” he said. “We ran the ball well and did well on first down. Most of the stuff after that, in the second quarter, we had way too many issues, penalties and not being disciplined. We did it to ourselves.”

Maine’s best opportunity to score again came when it recovered a fumble and had a first down at Toledo’s 35, but couldn’t get closer.

James DeMartini of Maine punted 11 times, averaging 40 yards, putting one inside the Toledo 2.

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Maine college roundup: Bates hangs on to beat Hamilton in field hockey Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:15:39 +0000 LEWISTON — Bates scored consecutive goals in the second half to take a two-goal lead and held on to beat Hamilton 4-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference field hockey game Saturday.

Tatiana Bradley scored from Sarah Stinebaugh at 6:13 to give Hamilton (0-2, 0-1) the early lead before Bates (2-0, 1-0) answered. Isabel Garcia-Moreno scored with an assist from Hannah McLane at 13:12. McLane then gave the Bobcats the lead 4:24 later with an assist from Alexandra Leahy.

Eva Rosencrans scored for the Continentals with 11:43 left in the first to tie the game at 2-2.

Grace Fitzgerald gave Bates the lead back with an assist from Emma Patterson 7:11 into the second half. Jessie Moriarity scored an insurance goal 17 minutes later. Rosencrans scored to bring Hamilton within one late in the second half.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, MIT 0: Kersey Boulay scored a pair of goals and Holly Smith made seven saves to record the shutout as the Nor’easters (3-1) beat the Engineers (3-1) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

SOUTHERN MAINE 2, EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 1: Krystyn Keating and Tayla Smedberg both scored as the Huskies (2-2, 2-0) beat the Warriors (2-2, 1-1) in a Little East Conference game in Gorham.

Amanda Kasbohm made six saves to earn the win for Southern Maine.

MAINE 6, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS 0: Casey Crowley had three second-half goals as the Black Bears (5-1, 1-0 America East) rolled by the Aggies (1-4, 0-1) in an America East game in Boston.

Samantha Wagg had a goal and a pair of assists, Libby Riedl added a goal and an assist, and Madison Cummings chipped in a goal for Maine.

TUFTS 6, COLBY 2: The Jumbos (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) scored three goals in the span of 4:11 in the first half and cruised past the Mules (1-1, 0-1) in a NESCAC game in Waterville.

Kallie Hutchinson and Merrill Read scored for Colby.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, ANNA MARIA 1: Libby Pomerleau scored 4:45 into overtime to lift the Monks (2-1, 2-0) to a GNAC win over the Amcats (1-3, 0-1) in Paxton, Massachusetts.

Kelsey Dumond scored in the first half for St. Joseph’s.

BOWDOIN 3, AMHERST 0: Kimmy Ganong and Johna Cook each scored in the first half as the Polar Bears (2-0, 1-0) beat the Purple and White (1-1, 0-1) in a NESCAC game in Brunswick.

Elizabeth Bennewitz also scored for Bowdoin.


AMHERST 2, BOWDOIN 1: Hannah Guzzi scored 8:41 into overtime to lift the Purple and White (2-0, 1-0) to a NESCAC win over the Polar Bears (1-1, 0-1) in Brunswick.

Emma Bean scored in the first half for Bowdoin.

ALBERTUS MAGNUS 0, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Brooke Troup finished with seven saves and the Monks (2-2-1, 0-0-1) played to a scoreless tie against the Falcons (1-2-1, 0-0-1) in a GNAC game at Standish.

TUFTS 1, COLBY 0: Emma Ranalli scored on a penalty kick as the Jumbos (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) beat the Mules (0-1, 0-1) in Waterville.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 0: Jessica Meader and Devon Wolfenden each scored goals in the first half to lead the Nor’easters (3-0, 1-0) to a Commonwealth Coast Conference win over the Golden Bears (2-3, 0-1) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Katie Beaudoin added a goal for the Nor’easters.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 68, MOLLOY 10: The Nor’esters beat the Lions in UNE’s first intercollegiate match, at Seaford, New York.

Lara Murnik led UNE with four tries, three in the second half.

Kassidy Towne added two tries and a pair of conversions.


AMHERST 1, BOWDOIN 0: Weller Hlinomaz scored early in the second half as the Purple and White (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) edged the Polar Bears in a NESCAC opener at Brunswick.

Stevie Van Siclen stopped nine shots for Bowdoin (1-1, 0-1).

HAMILTON 1, BATES 0: Mike Lubelczyk scored at 3:42 of the first half as the Continentals (1-1, 1-0 NASCAC) beat the Bobcats (1-1, 0-1) in a NESCAC game in Lewiston.

TUFTS 1, COLBY 1: Jacob Tower scored the equalizer for the Mules (0-1-1, 0-0-1) four minutes after the Jumbos (0-1-1, 0-0-1) had taken the lead early in the first half as the teams played to a draw in a NESCAC game in Waterville.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Logan Pingree scored a pair of goals to lead the Golden Bears (1-3, 1-0) to a CCC win over the Nor’easters (1-2-1, 0-1) in Springfield, Massachusetts.

ST. JOSEPH’S 1, HUSSON 0: Brett Mattos scored 10:40 into the second half as the Monks (2-1-2) beat the Eagles (0-3-1) in Bangor.

Blake Mullen finished with four saves for the Monks. Cody Gross made 12 saves for Husson.

SOUTHERN MAINE 2, CASTLETON 2: Hany Ramadan and Charlie Mull scored 24 seconds apart early in the second half for the Huskies (0-2-2) as they played to a tie against the Spartans (0-2-2) in Bangor.

Mull and Simon Hulbert combined to make 14 saves for the Huskies.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine rebounds to beat Bryant in women’s soccer Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:48:29 +0000 SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Anetra Byfield and Kaitlyn Ball scored to back a four-save effort by Annalena Kriebisch, and the University of Maine snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-0 victory over Bryant University in a women’s soccer game Friday afternoon.

Byfield ended a 218-minute goal-less drought for the Black Bears (4-2), scoring in the sixth minute off a long cross from Shannon Armitage.

Ball added a goal in the 69th minute when she got separation from two defenders.

Kriebish recorded her third shutout of the season as Maine dropped Bryant to 3-4.


BOSTON UNIVERSITY 2, MAINE 1: Hester van der Laan and Ally Hammel scored second-half goals, and the Terriers held on to stay unbeaten while handing the Black Bears their first loss of the season in a nonconference game at Boston.

Van der Laan’s 51st-minute goal put Boston University (5-0) on top, and Hammel extended the lead with just 2:25 to play before Samantha Waag answered for Maine (4-1) less than a minute later.

Libby Reidl and Ella Mosky assisted on Waag’s goal.

Cammy Jensen stopped three shots for the Terriers, who held Maine to eight shot attempts.


ST. JOSEPH’S 1, CASTLETON 1: The Monks and Spartans traded final-minute goals and settled for a tie in the first game of the Adidas Challenge Cup at Bangor, Maine.

Seth Wilmott scored for Castleton State (0-2-1) with 45 seconds remaining in regulation, only to see Dalton Gaumer answer with an unassisted goal with just 15 seconds left for St. Joseph’s (1-1-2).

Aaron Parker stopped nine shots for the Spartans, while Blake Mullen had a pair of saves for the Monks.

USM 1, HUSSON 1: Nick Whitehead scored in the 80th minute to give the host Eagles (0-2-1) a tie with Southern Maine (0-2-1) in the second game of the Adidas Challenge Cup.

Christopher Pepin gave the Huskies the lead at 56:27, scoring on a feed from Qutaiba Hassoon.

Cody Gross had 10 saves for Husson; Simon Hulbert stopped 12 shots for the Huskies

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Maine at Toledo football preview Fri, 09 Sep 2016 23:55:22 +0000 WHERE: The Glass Bowl

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Saturday


ALL-TIME SERIES: First meeting

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: Dan Collins threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns last week vs. UConn, but Maine rushed for only 40 yards. The Black Bears will need better balance against Toledo’s defense, which is athletic, fast and aggressive. If Maine can run the ball effectively, it opens up the play-action passing game.

WHEN TOLEDO HAS THE BALL: The Rockets have a versatile up-tempo attack, led by QB Logan Woodside (371 passing yards, three TDs last week vs. Arkansas St.) and running back Kareem Hunt (3,548 career rushing yards). Woodside got great protection last week – no sacks – and was able to find playmakers like Cody Thompson and Corey Jones, who also excels as a return man.

KEY MATCHUP: Maine’s defense has to limit Toledo’s third-down conversions. The Rockets converted 12 of 17 third-down plays last week – an amazing 71 percent – while Maine allowed UConn to convert 8 of 15. Conversely, Maine’s offense has to do better than its 4-for-11 third-down conversion rate last week. Toledo’s defense allowed just 3 of 16 conversions.

KEY STAT: 0. Sacks allowed by both teams last week.

OUTLOOK: Toledo presents a more dynamic offense than UConn. If Maine’s going to win, the Black Bears will have to control the clock with their running game and keep the Rockets’ offense off the field. Defensively, Maine has to tackle better than it did last week and not allow the extra yards that keep drives going.

OF NOTE: Maine will have the services of running back Zaire Williams after the NCAA pronounced him academically eligible this week. Williams, a junior transfer from Temple, had to sit out last week’s game. He was No. 2 on the depth chart during preseason. Maine will also get punter James DeMartini back. He was suspended for last week’s game. And the Black Bears could get left tackle Jamil Demby back. He suffered a knee injury in August but returned to practice this week.

THEY SAID IT: “You know they’re good players. They went 10-2 last year. They beat Arkansas State. That’s the challenge for us. We have to play with no fear. They’re going to punch us. We’ve got to throw back and make it a 12-round fight.” – Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak

— Mike Lowe

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Maine secondary facing big challenge in Week 2 at Toledo Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 ORONO — The accolades have been plenty for the University of Maine’s football team following its 24-21 loss to Connecticut last week. The Black Bears even received votes in the Stats FCS Top 25 poll.

That said, first-year coach Joe Harasymiak reminded his players in their meeting Saturday of one key fact: “We lost.”

The confident Black Bears hope to change that this week, but it won’t be easy. Maine goes back on the road to play Toledo, another Football Bowl Subdivision team, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rockets, who went 10-2 last year, opened with an impressive 31-10 win at Arkansas State last week.

“The attack style of Toledo will be very different,” said Harasymiak. “Connecticut was a big, physical two-back team. This team is physical but it’s a different kind. It’s a spread offense. It’s a tempo offense. They’re going to go every 15 seconds so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

The Rockets are led by junior quarterback Logan Woodside, the Mid-American Conference West Division offensive player of the week after throwing for 371 yards and three touchdowns (with no interceptions) while completing 23 of 31 passes.

He will test a secondary that held UConn to 162 passing yards.

“We see this as another opportunity to display how good we can be,” said Maine cornerback Najee Goode. “There’s a high level of excitement to go out and try to put up another good effort. To do better, actually.”

The Rockets have talented receivers in Cody Thompson (five catches, 174 yards, one touchdown last week) and Corey Jones (six catches, 54 yards). Jones, a senior averaging over 10 yards a catch in his career, is also a dynamic kick returner.

Toledo also has a strong tandem at running back in 6-foot, 225-pound Kareem Hunt (78 yards, one touchdown) and 5-7, 178-pound Damion Jones-Moore (81 yards).

“This week there are two receivers who are really good,” said Maine safety Jason Matovu. “Last week I feel there was just one. This week we’ve got a whole lot of people we’ve got to focus on.”

Goode (5-10, 170 pounds) out of Philadelphia, and Matovu (6-1, 195 pounds) out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, have emerged as leaders in the Black Bears’ secondary.

Matovu had eight tackles, one for a loss, and broke up a pass last week. Goode had four tackles, including a sack and forced fumble that he returned 74 yards for a touchdown that gave Maine a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Goode had missed a tackle on a similar blitz – though from the other side – about five plays earlier.

“I really wanted to hit him that time,” said Goode. “It was like, ‘I’m going to get you this time, you’re not going to get me again.’ It was a good situation. They were almost in position to kick a field goal so I was just worried about getting a sack. The sack would have knocked them back a little bit, made it harder to kick the field goal. After that, it was all instinct from there.”

Harasymiak said that play illustrated how far Goode – who started eight games last year and has the most experience of anyone in the secondary – has come. A year ago, the coach said, Goode “wasn’t making that play.

“Najee’s a kid who has just been extremely motivated to be the best that he can. He probably watches more film than anyone on defense, him and (Christophe) Mulumba (Tshimanga). Najee is in there constantly. He’s just an extremely talented kid who wants to win.”

The UConn game also showed how far the secondary has to go. Matovu, for example, dropped an interception, a play that still bothers him. “If it touches your hands you’ve got to catch it,” he said. “It’s kind of frustrating. I’m not going to lie.”

Harasymiak said Matovu is “probably at that level where he’s got to get over the hump and make a big play for us.”

The two defensive backs said they’ll be ready for Toledo.

“I feel we go against pretty good receivers every day (in practice),” Goode said. “That’s helping us prepare right there, plus film.”

Ah yes, film work. Goode said he watches film throughout the day – before breakfast, after breakfast, after practice.

“You see a lot of little things, tendencies,” he said. “I like to watch film. It’s kind of relaxing. I’m a movie guy so maybe that’s what it is.”

“You can look at a wide receiver’s splits and kind of get a feel of what route he’s going to run just based on where he lines up on the field,” said Matovu. “It gives me a step ahead, puts me in position. You see his tendencies, the way he blocks, is he physical, the things he does at the top of his route.”

Matovu said the defensive backs are looking forward to the challenge.

“We’re feeling good,” he said. “But we’re not satisfied. We want to keep getting better.”


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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin tops UNE in field hockey Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:57:54 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Juliana Fiore and Kara Finnerty scored in the final 13 minutes, and Bowdoin College pulled out a 3-1 victory over the University of New England in a field hockey game between defending conference champions Wednesday night.

Fiore scored the winner unassisted at 57:52, and Finnerty scored less than nine minutes later to give the Polar Bears, the 2015 NESCAC winners, a season-opening victory.

Elizabeth Bennewitz scored with assists from Fiore and Kimmy Ganong to give Bowdoin (1-0) a 1-0 lead 4:56 into the game,

Vonde Saunders evened it for the Nor’easters, last year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference champs, with an unassisted goal at 27:29.

Holly Smith stopped eight shots for UNE (2-1).

COLBY 6, THOMAS 1: McKayla Blanch and Merrill Read scored two goals apiece to lead the Mules (1-0) past the Terriers (2-2) in Waterville.

Read and Blanch each had a goal in the first 14 minutes of play to help Colby take a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Gabby Martell scored the Terriers’ goal 12 minutes into the second half.

Thomas goalie Abbie Charrier recorded 15 saves. Riley Whitmyer of Colby stopped two shots.


BOWDOIN 3, BABSON 0: The Polar Bears (1-0) scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half and they cruised to a victory over the Beavers (0-1-1) at Brunswick.

Nikki Wilson and Julia Patterson scored in the first half as Bowdoin. Abby Hammerl added a goal in the 71st minute.

Rachel Stout recorded eight saves in the shutout.

UNE 4, HUSSON 0: Edie Pallozzi had a goal and an assist as the Nor’easters (2-0) opened a 3-0 halftime lead and eased past the Eagles (1-2) in a non-conference match at Biddeford.

Taylor Littlefield opened the scoring when she put in her own rebound off the keeper in the fifth minute. Jessica Meader followed with a header off a feed from Pallozzi just 4:17 later.

Ashley Sherman rounded out the first-half scoring on a rebound at 39:59.

Pallozzi had the only score after intermission, taking a pass from Brionne Turcotte and tucking it in behind the keeper in the 55th minute.

Kayla Gordon stopped 15 shots for Husson, while Brielle Robinson had three saves for UNE.

ST. JOSEPH’S 3, THOMAS 1: The Monks (2-2) had a 34-3 shot advantage over the Terriers (0-3) in a dominating victory at Standish.

Desiree Parent and Emily Thornton each scored in the first half as the Monks took a 2-0 lead. Sarah Comtois made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute.

Kayla Bess scored for Thomas in the 58th.

Monks goalie Brooke Troup recorded two saves. Paige Leary of Thomas had 10 saves.

USM 4, UM-FARMINGTON 1: The University of Southern Maine (2-1) scored three goals in the first five minutes and easily handled the Beavers (0-2) in a non-conference match at Gorham.

Ally Little started the scoring just 47 seconds in. Jessica Preble scored at 2:39 and Analies Ross-Dyjak at 4:45.

Hadlee Yescott put UM-Farmington on the board at 35:43.

Dayna Staffiere scored off a feed from Ross-Dyjak in the 53rd minute to round out the scoring for the Huskies.

Taylor Canstra stopped 10 shots for Southern Maine.


BOWDOIN 3, UNE 0: Levi Morant scored off a pass from Matty McColl in the 39th minute to give the Polar Bears the lead and Bowdoin cruised to a season-opening win over the Nor’easters (1-1-1) at Brunswick.

Wilson MacMillan added a goal in the 68th minute and Moctar Niang converted from Jack Shultz in the 79th minute as Bowdoin pulled away.

Stevie Van Siclen made three saves for the shutout.

BATES 3, UM-FARMINGTON 0: Eric Opoku had a goal in each half as the Bobcats (1-0) beat the Beavers (0-2) in a nonconference match at Lewiston.

Opoku scored in the ninth minute off a feed from Peabo Knoth, then extended the lead with an unassisted goal in the 51st.

Nate Merchant added a goal in the 70th minute on Knoth’s second assist of the game.

Robbie Montanaro needed only one save for Bates.

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Sports Digest: Bates dominates for 4-0 field hockey win Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:43:28 +0000 COLLEGES

Bates field hockey dominates in victory

Bates controlled play on both offense and defense, outshooting Worcester State 32-1 and holding them to a single penalty corner, and cruised to a 4-0 win in a non-conference game in Lewiston.

Jessie Moriarty got the Bobcats started with a goal 5:10 into the first half on a feed from Adah Lindquist and Sydney Beres added an unassisted goal with 15:38 to play in the half as Bates (1-0) took a 2-0 lead at intermission.

Isabel Garcia-Moreno and Alexandra Leahy both scored unassisted in the second half.

MEN’S SOCCER: Jackson Taylor put in the game-winner with 4.7 seconds to play as St. Joseph’s (2-1-1) edged Colby 1-0 in a non-conference game at Waterville.

Avery Gibson had three saves for Colby (0-2) while Blake Mullen had a single save for the Monks.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Olivia Amdur opened the scoring in the 54th minute and Riley Turcotte added a goal 23 minutes later to lift Bates (1-0) to a 2-0 victory over Maine Maritime (1-1-1) at Lewiston.

Sarah McCarthy made one save to record the shutout for the Bobcats, who outshot the Mariners 17-5.

Maine Maritime keeper Maggie McConkey finished with five saves.


U.S. MEN: Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span in the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 at Jacksonville, Florida, to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Christian Pulisic made his first U.S. start after seven appearances as a substitute, and at 17 years, 353 days became the youngest American to start a qualifier. Landon Donovan had set the mark of 18 years, 184 days against Honduras in 2001.

U.S. WOMEN: Coach Jill Ellis has emphasized that Hope Solo’s suspension stemmed from a “sum total of actions” and not just the “bunch of cowards” comments the goalkeeper made about Sweden during the Olympics.

Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated following the team’s exit from the Rio Games.

WORLD CUP: European champion Portugal failed to overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and lost 2-0 to Switzerland in a qualifying match at Geneva.

 After a disappointing exit from the European Championship, Belgium began its bid to qualify under new coach Roberto Martinez with a 3-0 victory over host Cyprus.

 A little-known goalkeeper, Andrei Gorbunov, had an inspired night as Belarus held European Championship finalist France to a 0-0 draw at Paris.


RIO: With the Rio Paralympics set to begin Wednesday, organizers say ticket sales have jumped from around 200,000 to 1.6 million, and a spirit of optimism now pervades the cash-strapped event.

Organizers are selling about 40,000 tickets per day and expect to overtake Beijing’s sale of 1.7 million tickets total, making Rio the second best-attended Paralympics behind London 2012.


INDYCAR: Will Power was cleared to race for the IndyCar championship in two weeks after a crash over the weekend at Watkins Glen left him with concussion-like symptoms.

Power trails leader Simon Pagenaud by 43 points with only the finale at Sonoma on Sept. 18 remaining.

– Staff and news service report

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Sports Digest: Maine field hockey beats Dartmouth, stays unbeaten Tue, 06 Sep 2016 03:36:27 +0000 COLLEGES

Madison Cummings scored two of her three goals in the second half as the University of Maine scored five times in the second half to pull away for a 7-3 win over Dartmouth at Orono on Monday.

Casey Crowley added one goal and four assists and Lydia Gavner, Adriana Martineau and Ella Mosky each scored once, with Gavner also recording an assist.

The Black Bears, now 4-0 this season, went into halftime tied at 2-2.

MEN’S SOCCER: Bronson Kieltyka had a goal and an assist for Southern Maine Community College (2-0, 2-0) as six players scored for the Seawolves in a 6-1 victory over Vermont Tech (0-2, 0-1) in a Yankee Small College Conference game in South Portland.

Harrison Charwat, Brandon Ford, Jamal Durrani, Denver Grant and Gradi Lapika all added goals for the Seawolves, who led 2-0 at halftime.


U.S. MEN: Christian Pulisic got his share of congratulatory messages after scoring two goals and assisting on another in the United States’ 6-0 victory at St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifier last week.

Pulisic’s performance raised expectations and hype surrounding the 17-year-old midfielder who some think could be America’s next soccer star.

For now, though, Pulisic is likely to remain the U.S. squad’s super sub.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear Monday he intends to bring the talented teenager along slowly and is not likely to start him Tuesday against Trinidad and Tobago, the Americans’ finale in the semifinal round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

Klinsmann, however, will make at least three changes to his starting 11. He’s already announced Tim Howard will replace Brad Guzan in goal, and defenders DeAndre Yedlin (yellow card accumulation) and Matt Besler (family leave) are unavailable.

Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Michael Orozco are both returning from suspension and could play.


SPANISH VUELTA: Nairo Quintana of Colombia comfortably held on to his lead as Jean-Pierre Drucker of Luxembourg sprinted to win Monday’s flat stage at Peniscola, Spain.

Quintana maintained his advantage of 3 minutes, 37 seconds over Britain’s Chris Froome at the end of the 97-mile run from Alcaniz to Peniscola.

Esteban Chaves of Colombia remained third overall, 20 seconds back, followed closely by Spaniard Alberto Contador.


EUROPE: European 200-meter champion Bruno Hortelano has seriously injured his right hand in a car accident.

Doctors in Madrid say Hortelano, who ran in the 200 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, was hospitalized Monday morning after the car he was in collided with a truck on a highway in Spain.


RUSSIA: A German court has rejected a bid from 10 Russian athletes for an injunction allowing them to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The entire Russian Paralympic team has been barred from the games as punishment for a state-backed doping program.

Last month the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Paralympic Committee’s decision.

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On Football: No upset, but much to build on for UMaine Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 As far as first impressions go, Joe Harasymiak and his University of Maine football team made a pretty good one Thursday night.

Yes, the Black Bears lost their season opener at Connecticut, 24-21, when Bobby Puyol kicked a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.

But Maine’s performance left everyone impressed.

“Credit to Maine and Coach Harasymiak,” said Connecticut Coach Bob Diaco. “Maine is a hard-nosed bunch, just like their coach. They play great defense and have for a long time, and that has bled into that team.”

The last time these schools played, in 2007, UConn won 38-0. That the Black Bears had a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter this time – against a Football Bowl Subdivision program – showed how much belief they have in each other.

This was a game Maine could have, maybe should have, won. When the Black Bears tied the game with 1 second left in the third quarter on a stunning 40-yard pass from Dan Collins to Jaleel Reed, the air was sucked out of Rentschler Field.

And it became eerily silent six minutes later when cornerback Najee Goode sacked Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, forced a fumble and then scooped it up for a 74-yard touchdown return. With 9:56 remaining, the Black Bears led 21-14.

But they couldn’t hold on. Maine was hurt by missed field goals (two, including one that was partially blocked with 1:48 remaining), missed offensive plays (a couple passes on the final drive, in particular), missed tackles (UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs ducked and juked his way to 114 of UConn’s 231 rushing yards) and penalties (a 15-yard sidelines infraction on Goode’s touchdown return that was enforced on the ensuing kickoff, which led to great field position for UConn).

On Friday, Harasymiak said, “All those things are correctable.”

And, he continued, “If we want to be where we want to be in the (Colonial Athletic Association) we’ve got to win games like that.”

So what did we learn Thursday?

Maine’s offense can strike quickly. Collins completed 19 of 33 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He made some remarkable throws, none better than his 18-yard completion to breakout receiver Jaleel Reed on third-and-13 on Maine’s final drive. Maine’s passing game can only get better when Micah Wright, who has to sit out one more game, returns.

Maine needs better balance on offense. The Black Bears rushed for only 54 yards, 30 by freshman Josh Mack. Part of that was because UConn’s defense, especially its front seven, is strong against the run. Maine’s offense should improve once running back Zaire Williams, a transfer from Temple, is cleared academically by the NCAA, and when left tackle Jamil Demby, who missed the first game because of a knee injury, returns. Both could be back Saturday at Toledo.

The running game needs to improve to help keep the defense off the field. Connecticut had possession for 36 minutes, 16 seconds, including 10:01 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Maine needs better tackling. The Black Bears had Shirreffs in their sights throughout the game, only to have him spin away from an onrushing tackler and pick up big yardage with a scramble. “It happened in the red zone, it happened on third down,” said Harasymiak. “We’ve got to tackle better than we did.”

Special teams need to improve. The Black Bears missed two field goals – continuing a problem that goes back to last year when they missed 7 of 18 – but that wasn’t the only issue. Connecticut began four drives at its 46, 49, 43 (which led to a touchdown) and 46 (which led to the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter), and two more at the 35 and 30 (which led to the winning field goal). Maine’s best starting field position was its 27. Four other drives started inside the 20.

Maine needs to finish what it starts. The Black Bears were in position to win in the fourth quarter, just as they were several times in 2015, when they finished with a 3-8 record.

“After watching the film, the disappointment is that we should have won,” said Harasymiak. “We executed at a high level for most of the game.

“I feel if we had made one or two more plays, we would have had it. And we’re not disappointed in the guys, we’re disappointed in the fact that we were there.”

Harasymiak, at 30 the youngest NCAA Division I football coach, led the Black Bears out of the tunnel and onto the field Thursday night. He called it one of the “cooler moments in my life” and that it was when it really hit him that he was a head coach.

“There were some chills,” he said. “That was an eye-opener for me.”

Maine’s performance was an eye-opener as well. It showed that the Black Bears might be better than anyone thought. And it also showed just how far they still have to go.


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Georgia Tech edges Boston College in Ireland Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:58:31 +0000 DUBLIN — Freshman Dedrick Mills’ 4-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining lifted Georgia Tech to a 17-14 win over Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener Saturday.

Justin Thomas threw two key completions on the go-ahead drive. The senior passed to Qua Searcy for 22 yards on a fourth-and-19 play and found Ricky Jeune for 26 yards on third down.

Georgia Tech won its first game played outside of the United States in the 124-year history of the program. Mills led the Yellow Jackets with 68 yards rushing, as Boston College held Georgia Tech’s spread-option attack to 240 yards, including 121 yards rushing.

It was a crushing loss for Boston College, which was winless in conference games in 2015 and has lost nine straight overall. The Eagles took a 14-7 lead on quarterback Patrick Towles’ 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

PITTSBURGH 28, VILLANOVA 7: James Conner caught one touchdown and ran for another in his return from a battle with cancer to lead host Pittsburgh over Villanova.

JAMES MADISON 80, MOREHEAD STATE 7: Bryan Schor and Taylor Woods each rushed for three touchdowns, and James Madison rolled at Harrisonburg, Virginia, in Coach Mike Houston’s debut.

RICHMOND 37, VIRGINIA 20: Kyle Lauletta threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns and Richmond manhandled host Virginia in Bronco Mendenhall’s debut as Virginia coach.

GARDNER-WEBB 31, ELON 6: Khalil Lewis rushed for three second-half scores as Gardner-Webb pulled away from host Elon.

KANSAS 55, RHODE ISLAND 6: Montell Cozart threw three touchdown passes, Ryan Willis tossed two more and host Kansas gave second-year coach David Beaty his first victory.

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Top 25 football: Oklahoma, LSU stunned Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:42:17 +0000 HOUSTON — Brandon Wilson went end line to end zone to score a touchdown with an Oklahoma missed field goal and No. 15 Houston beat the third-ranked Sooners 33-23 Saturday, looking every bit ready to compete in the Big 12.

Regardless of whether Houston (1-0) ends up in the Big 12 if the conference expands, Coach Tom Herman’s Cougars made an opening statement that could have season-long ramifications on the College Football Playoff.

Elusive quarterback Greg Ward Jr. passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns for Houston. Wilson, though, provided the key play in the biggest regular-season nonconference game the Cougars have played in 25 years.

When Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert’s 54-yard field goal attempt came up just short, Wilson reached up to catch the ball while barely keeping his feet in bounds. Reminiscent of Auburn’s Kick Six against Alabama in 2013, Wilson came flying out of the end zone, hit the sideline and hurdled a fallen teammate to score what went into the books as a 100-yard return.

“I thought I stepped out, but I didn’t,” Wilson said. “I just saw the green grass and I scored.”

Wilson’s dash made it 26-17 Cougars with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

“I was just looking for flags,” Herman said. “It looked too good to be true.”

Oklahoma called a timeout before trying the kick, which Herman said allowed Houston to set up for the return the Cougars practice about once a week.

“You know you have to cover it, but the personnel on the field isn’t the best cover guys because the best cover guys wouldn’t be able to protect the field goal. So you’re in a little bit of a dilemma,” Sooners Coach Bob Stoops said. “I don’t really second-guess. I’ve seen Austin make that quite a few times.”

Baker Mayfield threw for 323 yards and two scores for defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma (0-1).

(1) ALABAMA 52, (20) USC 6: Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to ArDarius Stewart and ran for two more scores, and the Crimson Tide opened defense of their national championship with a win at Arlington, Texas.

WISCONSIN 16, (5) LSU 14: Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3:47 left, and Wisconsin staved off LSU’s desperate last-ditch drive to win at Green Bay, Wisconsin.

LSU’s frustration was on full display at the end of the game, when offensive lineman Josh Boutte was ejected for a flagrant foul after a blind-side hit on Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon after the safety sealed the victory with an interception with 57 seconds left.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette ran for 138 yards on 23 carries, but limped off on his final carry for LSU with less than 2 minutes left.

(6) OHIO STATE 77, BOWLING GREEN 10: J.T. Barrett threw six touchdown passes and the Buckeyes rolled up a school-record 776 yards at home.

Eight players scored touchdowns on offense as Ohio State (1-0) overpowered the Falcons in front of a crowd of 107,193 at sunny Ohio Stadium.

Barrett also set a school record with seven touchdowns overall – six passing, one running.

(7) MICHIGAN 63, HAWAII 3: Wilton Speight threw three touchdown passes in the first half and host Michigan went on to rout Hawaii for its most lopsided victory since 1975.

The Wolverines (1-0) did not reveal who would start at quarterback until the game began. It looked like the right decision was made, leading to Michigan’s most decisive win since beating Northwestern by 69 points four decades ago.

(13) TCU 59, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 41: Kenny Hill accounted for five touchdowns after a shaky start in his TCU debut, KaVontae Turpin returned a punt 81 yards for a score and the Horned Frogs pulled away late at Fort Worth, Texas.

(14) WASHINGTON 48, RUTGERS 13: Jake Browning threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, John Ross caught two scoring passes and returned a kickoff for another touchdown in his first game since the end of the 2014 season to help Washington win in Seattle.

The Huskies raced to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and were never threatened by the rebuilding Scarlet Knights, in their first game under new coach Chris Ash.

TEXAS A&M 31, (16) UCLA 24: Graduate transfer Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores, including one in overtime, to lead Texas A&M past UCLA at College Station, Texas, in his debut with the Aggies.

The Aggies had a fourth-and-1 from the 1 in overtime when Knight waltzed into the end zone untouched for the score. Texas A&M sealed the victory when Justin Evans knocked down Josh Rosen’s pass at the goal line on fourth down.

UCLA overcame a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game on a 62-yard pass by Rosen and a 2-point conversion with 2:39 left.

(17) IOWA 45, MIAMI (OHIO) 21: Akrum Wadley ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, LeShun Daniels added 83 yards rushing and two scores, and Iowa beat Miami (Ohio) at home.

C.J. Beathard was 13 of 20 passing for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes.

(18) GEORGIA 33, (22) NORTH CAROLINA 24: Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards in his return from a gruesome knee injury, including a 55-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that clinched the Bulldogs’ win over North Carolina at Atlanta in Kirby Smart’s debut as Georgia’s coach.

Chubb scored a pair of touchdowns for the Bulldogs, sending the largely red-clad crowd into delirium when he broke loose down the right sideline with 3:34 remaining and the Bulldogs clinging to a two-point lead over the Tar Heels.

(21) OKLAHOMA STATE 61, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 7: Jhajuan Seales caught two touchdown passes, helping Oklahoma State rout visiting Southeastern Louisiana.

Barry J. Sanders had 76 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown. Sanders, whose father, Barry, won the Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma State in 1988, is a graduate transfer from Stanford. The younger Sanders scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.

(24) OREGON 53, UC DAVIS 28: Dakota Prukop made his debut for Oregon, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns, and the host Ducks overcame a rocky start to defeat UC Davis.

Royce Freeman rushed for 87 yards and two scores for the Ducks, who have won five straight season openers.

(25) FLORIDA 24, UMASS 7: Luke Del Rio threw two touchdown passes in his first career start, and host Florida did just enough to extend the nation’s longest winning streak in season openers to 27.

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Saturday’s Maine colleges: UNE triumphs in field hockey Sun, 04 Sep 2016 00:39:06 +0000 KEENE, N.H. — Four players scored one goal Saturday as the University of New England earned a 4-2 victory against Keene State in a nonconference field hockey game at the Owl Athletic Complex.

Marge Gardiner and Kersey Boulay had UNE (2-0) a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Nicole Matarozzo made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the second half. Hannah Buckley then converted a pass from Matarozzo to make it 4-0 against the Owls (1-1).

SPRINGFIELD 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Maggie Kennedy and Taylor Conley scored, and the Pride (2-0) held off the Huskies (0-3) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Amanda Kasbohm stopped eight shots for the Huskies, who had four shots on goal.

WELLESLEY 4, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Courtney Peterson scored two goals to lead ninth-ranked Wellesley in an opener at Portland.

The Monks played to a 0-0 tie at halftime, but Wellesley then broke the game open after scoring its first goal in the 42nd minute.

Megan Baker stopped three shots and Kara Kelly had two shots on goal for St. Joseph’s.


ALFRED 35, HUSSON 28: John Smith rushed for 153 yards for Husson, but Alfred scored two consecutive touchdowns early in the fourth quarter and won at Alfred, New York.

Husson trailed 21-14 at halftime, but a 61-yard run by Smith set up a 2-yard touchdown run for Obie Christmas to make it 21-21.

Alfred extended its lead to 35-21 on consecutive scoring possesions before Husson got within a score on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cory Brandon to Deon Wiggins. Brandon threw for 181 yards.

MARITIME (N.Y.) 35, MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 28: Corey Creeger rushed for three touchdowns and threw for 123 yards for Maine Maritime, but Severino Torelli scored on a 2-yard rush in overtime for the Privateers in an opener at Castine.

The Mariners took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter on a four-play, 22-yard scoring drive on a 2-yard run by James Ferrar.

Maine Maritime stopped the Privateers on the next posession, sparking a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive resulting in a 2-yard run from Creeger. The Privateers responded with scoring drives on their next two possessions to make it 28-28 with 38 seconds left in regulation.


COAST GUARD 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Five players scored as the Bears (2-0) cruised past the Huskies (0-2) at in Gorham.

Coast Guard had 27 shots with 15 on goal. The Huskies took four shots with none on goal.


MASSACHUSETTS 1, MAINE 0: Gabriela Kenyon scored after 22 minutes to lead UMass (2-2) over the Black Bears (3-2) at Amherst, Massachusetts.

Kenyon’s goal came from Salma Anastasion. The Black Bears had eight shots on goal, seven in the second half. Annelena Kriebisch had three saves for Maine.

ELMS 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Kathleen Tuechler and Brie Voight scored a goal to lead the Blazers (3-0) over the Huskies (1-2) at Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Tuechler gave Elms a 1-0 lead after 10 minutes from Jackie Soucia. Voight made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal late in the first half. Taylor Canastra made five saves and Analies Ross-Dyjak had two shots on goal for USM.


SOUTHERN MAINE SPLITS: In its first match at the Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Massachusetts, USM fell 3-1 to Endicott (23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 27-25). In the second match, the Huskies defeated Smith 3-1, (26-24, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21).

Megan Nilson led the Huskies with 26 assists.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UNE handles Husson in field hockey Fri, 02 Sep 2016 03:38:45 +0000 BIDDEFORD — The University of New England scored four consecutive goals in the second half Thursday night to pull away to a 7-3 victory over Husson in a season-opening field hockey game.

Nicole Matarozzo and Marge Gardner each had a goal and an assist for the Nor’easters as the defending Commonwealth Coast Conference champions received goals from seven players.

THOMAS 2, USM 1: Kianna Pushard scored off a feed from Tiffany Weeks to give the Terriers the lead for good 11:39 into the second half of an opener against Southern Maine at Gorham.

Samantha Crosman set up Kaylie Andrews for a goal at 25:51 of the first half to give Southern Maine a 1-0 lead, but Pushard scored unassisted just 3:09 later.


ST. JOSEPH’S 1, THOMAS 1: London Steele-Jackson scored the tying goal in the 62nd minute for Thomas in an opener at Waterville.

Cody Elliott scored for St. Joseph’s on a feed from Brett Mattos in the 54th minute.


USM 5, THOMAS 0: Hana McNally had a goal and an assist in the second half as the Huskies used scored four goals to pull away from the Terriers in an opener at Waterville.

Adela Kilalwa scored with 11:44 left in the first half.

Jessica Preble, Alexa Cicolini and Ally Little added second-half goals.

UNE 6, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Edie Pallozzi and Taylor Littlefield scored two goals apiece and the Nor’easters rolled past the Monks in an opener at Standish.

Rachel Guimon and Ashley Shermon also score for UNE, which led 4-0 at halftime.


(9) TENNESSEE 20, APPALACHIAN STATE 13: Jalen Hurd recovered quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ overtime fumble in the end zone and Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to escape with a season-opening victory.

Tennessee faced third-and-goal from the 2 when Dobbs ran to his right and lost control of the ball as he tried to stretch his arms across the goal line. Hurd won the scramble for the loose ball in the end zone to give the Volunteers their only lead of the night.

(19) LOUISVILLE 70, CHARLOTTE 14: Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime to help Louisville dismantle Charlotte in an opener in Kentucky.

Jackson broke Chris Redman’s 1998 record for combined rushing and passing TDs and tied Redman’s mark for passing TDs. He didn’t take a snap in the second half.

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UMaine comes close, but loses football opener to UConn in final seconds, 24-21 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:28:13 +0000 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Maine came to Rentschler Field looking for respect Thursday night. The Black Bears got it, no doubt, but left wishing for more.

The University of Connecticut turned back Maine 24-21 in an opening-night thriller when Bobby Puyol kicked a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining to complete a fourth-quarter rally.

The underdog Black Bears, who play in the lower level of Division I football (Football Championship Subdivision, while UConn plays in the Football Bowl Subdivision), led by seven points with just under 10 minutes left.

Speaking of his players, Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak said, “They showed just about everything they had out there tonight.”

This was Harasymiak’s debut as Maine’s head coach, the first person other than Jack Cosgrove to lead the Black Bears onto the field in 23 years. He knew his players would push the Huskies to the end.

“Obviously you don’t like losing,” he said. “We don’t schedule these games to collect a paycheck, we schedule them to win. I think that was our mindset coming in … This is the first step, the first bullet point on our resume. I think it’s a pretty good one.

“We’ll look at the film and be upset with ourselves over some things, like always. But I think, with us, we’re trying to earn respect and we took a step in that direction today.”

Maine, 2-14 against FBS teams, missed two field goals, the second a 47-yard attempt by Patrick Leonard that was blocked by Mikal Myers with 1:48 left.

The Huskies then took over at their 30 and casually moved down for the winning points. Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs got the drive going with a couple scrambles – he led the Huskies with 114 rushing yards, most on scrambles as he avoided Maine’s rush – and then made a couple big completions, the last an 18-yarder to Brian Lemelle to Maine’s 19.

Two plays later, Puyol kicked the winning field goal.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose,” said cornerback Najee Goode, who gave Maine its final lead with a spectacular play in the fourth quarter. “One thing I like is that we came together as a team today. We gave it our all.”

It was 14-14 early in the fourth quarter when Goode made his play. The Huskies had a first down at Maine’s 14 when Goode blitzed from the left – Shirreffs’ blind side. He hit him squarely in the back and Shirreffs fumbled. The ball bounced right up to Goode, who took it 74 yards for the touchdown. Leonard’s PAT kick made it 21-14 with 9:56 left.

The Huskies came back to tie it on a 2-yard run by Arkeel Newsome with 6:36 remaining. Then Maine took over.

“I told them the goal was to grind it out and kick a field goal to win it,” said Harasymiak.

Quarterback Dan Collins (19 of 33, 269 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) made a couple huge completions to Jaleel Reed (eight catches, 169 yards and a spectacular 40-yard touchdown catch) to keep the drive going.

Maine had a first down at the 30 but then stalled.

A first-down run by Josh Mack went for no gain. Collins just missed Marquise Adams inside the 10. Then he missed Jared Osumah.

“I just missed some throws,” said Collins.

That brought in Leonard, who had missed a 37-yarder earlier. This time his kick was tipped by Myers to end that threat.”

“We knew that we were the underdog,” said Reed, “but one thing about Maine is that we’re tough. We’re always going to fight back.”

“We just didn’t finish,” said Collins. “That’s something we talk about, preach about, all the time.”

Maine led 7-0 after one quarter on a 20-yard pass from Collins to Mack. The Huskies tied it on a 1-yard run by Ron Johnson in the second quarter, then took the lead on a 21-yard run by Johnson in the third.

Maine immediately responded and Collins hit Reed for a 40-yard touchdown, a perfectly thrown ball to Reed down the right seam.

“We’ve just got to keep working,” said Collins. “We’ve got a big game coming up next week. We’ll see the film, figure out our mistakes, correct them, go back to work and try to beat Toledo.”

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UMaine notebook: UMaine running back forced to sit out season opener at UConn Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:05:33 +0000 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Maine lost another offensive weapon for its opener Thursday night at the University of Connecticut even before the team reached Rentschler Field.

Late Wednesday, first-year head coach Joe Harasymiak and the Black Bears were informed that running back Zaire Williams, second on the depth chart behind starter Nigel Beckford, was ineligible for the game. Williams transferred to Maine from Temple University and has yet to be academically cleared to play by the NCAA.

He is expected to be able to play next week, when the Black Bears play at Toledo.

With Williams not playing, freshman Josh Mack moved into the No. 2 slot. And Mack, from Rochester, New York, made an immediate impression.

Mack got in on Maine’s third series and scored the Black Bears’ first touchdown of the season. Maine drove 95 yards in seven plays on the drive, with Mack scoring on a 20-yard swing pass to the left by quarterback Dan Collins. Mack was wide open when he caught the ball, then dove into the end zone as he was being tackled.

He had two carries for 12 yards on the drive and was Maine’s leading rusher at the half.

MAINE WAS already without Micah Wright, its leading receiver last year. Wright was suspended for two games for a violation of the university’s student-athlete code last May when he was arrested for disorderly conduct at an off-campus party.

James DeMartini, last year’s punter, was also not available. He was suspended one game for a violation of the university’s student-athlete code for an incident last spring.

ZORDAN HOLMAN, the former Cheverus High star from Portland, saw action for the Huskies during the first half on special teams. Holman, now 6-foot-5, 256 pounds, is a red-shirt freshman for Connecticut.

CONNECTICUT QUARTERBACK Bryant Shirreffs scored an apparent touchdown on a scramble early in the second quarter. But the play was blown dead at the 1-yard line because Shirreffs’ helmet went flying off when he was hit by Maine cornerback Najee Goode. Shirreffs also had to sit out a play after losing his helmet, but the Huskies scored anyway on a fourth-down, 1-yard run by Ron Johnson.

Shirreffs was the leading rusher in the first half, with 56 yards – most on scrambles out of the pocket.

LIAM COEN, Maine’s new offensive coordinator, was walking through the press box before the game, looking for his perch to oversee the field.

“Nervous?” he was asked.

“Excited,” he replied. “And a little anxious, too.”

Coen has injected a new look into Maine’s offense, with multiple formations and personnel groupings.

“We want to be able to be multiple, and by multiple I mean multiple formations, personnel groupings, tempos,” he said. “We want to attack the defense in every way, shape and form possible so that they can’t get a bead on what we’re trying to do.”

The Black Bears had a couple of impressive drives in the first half, which ended in a 7-7 tie. Maine outgained Connecticut 164-141 in the first half and Collins was 9 of 13 for 140 yards. His favorite target was junior wide receiver Jaleel Reed, who caught five passes for 105 yards in the first half.

Interestingly, Collins and Reed live about 20 minutes apart – Collins in Williamstown, New Jersey, and Reed in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania – and often drive to and from Orono together.

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FSU player’s kindness makes a big impression Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:08:54 +0000 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Thanks to a college football player’s small gesture of kindness, it could be a long time before a mother will have to worry again about her autistic son eating lunch alone.

Tears streamed down the face of Leah Paske when she saw the photo of Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph sharing a cafeteria table with her sixth-grader. Then she shared her gratitude on Facebook, and the story took off.

By Wednesday, Bo Paske had no shortage of lunch companions. Rudolph was among several FSU players visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee on Tuesday when he saw Bo sitting alone in the cafeteria. He grabbed a slice of pizza and asked if he could join him.

The child said, “Sure, why not,” Rudolph recalled after practice that day.

“We just had a great conversation. He started off, telling me his name was Bo, telling me how much he loves Florida State. We went from there,” said the West Palm Beach, Florida, native, now beginning his junior season.

“I just wanted to go say hi to the kid, because I saw him eating alone. I didn’t even know anybody took a photo of it,” Rudolph explained in an email. “I’m glad it can bring awareness to helping others.”

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A new football era begins at UMaine Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:48:27 +0000 ORONO — The start of any football season is approached with excitement. At the University of Maine, there is the added anticipation of a new coaching staff, led by Joe Harasymiak, and a new offense.

Maine, coming off a 3-8 season, opens its schedule against Connecticut at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

“There’s a belief that we can win,” said Harasymiak, who replaced longtime coach Jack Cosgrove. “Not just in this game but overall. That was the No. 1 goal of mine throughout the winter and the spring – to bring that belief back to this program because we had two rough years.”

The Black Bears won’t have it easy. They open with road games against Football Bowl Subdivision schools – Connecticut and Toledo – then, after a bye week, play perennial Colonial Athletic Association power James Madison at home.

FBS schools play at a higher Division I level than Maine, which is a Football Championship Subdivision school. FBS schools provide more scholarships (85 full scholarships to 63 for FCS schools), have larger rosters and often larger players than FCS teams. FBS schools also tend to fill out their schedules with games against FCS teams, providing the smaller schools with a guaranteed payday worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Last year, for instance, Connecticut opened against Villanova, like Maine a member of the CAA, with a 20-15 win. The Huskies finished 6-7 last year, their final game a 16-10 loss to Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

The Huskies return 10 starters on offense, including their quarterback (Bryant Shirreffs with 2,078 yards and nine touchdowns last season), leading rusher (Arkeel Newsome with 852 yards and six touchdowns) and top five leading receivers. UConn also returns six starters on defense.

Like Maine, the Huskies thrive on their defensive pressure – allowing just 19.5 points a game with a plus-9 turnover ratio a year ago – and looks to revive an often sleepy offense – 17.2 points and 310.3 yards per game a year ago (compared to 14.9 points and 321.7 yards per game for the Black Bears).

“They have a really good defense,” said Lian Coen, Maine’s new offensive coordinator. “Their front seven is really stout. They’re big, strong and physical.”

Coen came to Maine from the University of Massachusetts, an FBS program that Maine defeated 24-14 in 2013, the last season the Black Bears had a winning record.

The players say they’re ready for the challenge of playing FBS teams.

“We compete against the best so we have to play our best,” said Najee Goode, Maine’s junior cornerback. “I’ve got a lot of friends who play at that level so I like to see how I can compete against those guys.”

Pat Ricard, Maine’s outstanding senior tackle, said he was recruited by Connecticut as a walk-on, meaning as a non-scholarship player. Other Black Bear players received similar offers from FBS schools.

“There’s a chip on our shoulders,” said Ricard. “Some of us feel we can play there.”

Maine is 2-13 in games against FBS schools, including a 9-7 victory against Mississippi State in 2004 that’s still celebrated in these parts.

The Black Bears have played several other FBS teams tough, only to falter in the fourth quarter when the depth of FBS schools and the size of their players really kick in.

“It’s the second half where we start to get worn down physically. Our guys aren’t used to that size,” Harasymiak said.

He admits that it’s tough to play FBS teams in back-to-back weeks.

“Two is a challenge, no doubt,” Harasymiak said. “But I don’t look at this in a negative way because our guys love to play those games. And the coaches love playing them too.

“We want to see how we stack up against the FBS schools.”

There’s another reason the Black Bears play FBS schools – money. Maine will receive $325,000 from Connecticut and $375,000 from Toledo. That money goes into the general operating budget for the school’s athletic department.

“Those games are important for us,” said Karlton Creech, the athletic director at UMaine. “It’s a financial reality for us and most FCS schools that we need them to generate revenue.

“At Maine, as in many schools our size, none of our programs generate net positive revenue. It’s not like the larger schools where football and basketball can pay for everything else.”

Maine does not have FBS games scheduled beyond this year, though Creech said the school has been negotiating with a few schools. “We’re just not to the point where we can talk about it yet,” he said. “I think you’ll see similar level games, against mid-level FBS opponents.”

He added that he would rather play two games against mid-level FBS opponents than one against a school from a power-five conference, such as the Big Ten or SEC.

“We want to be careful about our scheduling,” said Creech. “We want to do everything we can to at least have a competitive game.

“We’re not interested in playing the highest-level FBS schools, where you can risk injury.”

That’s what Harasymiak is hoping for in his coaching debut, that the Black Bears can be competitive.

“Our goal is to earn some respect and to be in the game in the fourth quarter.”

Ricard said the Black Bears will be ready. They see these games as a chance to jump-start a successful season.

“If we play well versus the FBS schools, there’s no way we won’t play well against the schools in our conference,” he said. “So I think it’s a good indicator and will give us a good identity of who we are and what we need to work on. We’ll find out a lot in these first two games.”

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Alabama narrows starting quarterback search Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:25:34 +0000 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s quarterback competition is down to two candidates for the opener.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide will start junior Cooper Bateman or redshirt freshman Blake Barnett on Saturday night against No. 20 Southern California in Arlington, Texas.

“Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett are probably the two guys that we’re getting ready to play in this game, and that’s the way it’s going to be for right now,” Coach Nick Saban said Monday.

Chances are, fans will have to tune in Saturday to see who’s going to start and if both will play. It’s hardly a new thing for the defending national champion.

Alabama has carried over battles into two straight seasons – at least publicly – and has been to the playoffs both times with one-year starters Blake Sims and Jake Coker.

Freshman Jalen Hurts and sophomore David Cornwell also had vied for the No. 1 spot. Bateman is the only one of the four to make it into a college game, starting the Tide’s only loss last season against Mississippi. Sims never relinquished the job.

The 6-foot-5 Barnett arrived as perhaps the most highly rated quarterback prospect Alabama has signed under Saban and has beefed up to 211 pounds since his arrival.

Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have gone with the most experienced candidate the past two years, with strong results. Barnett has been through two spring practices after arriving as one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects.

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UMaine’s top receiver suspended for first two games Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:44:44 +0000 ORONO — The University of Maine football team will be without its top wide receiver for the first two games of the season.

Micah Wright, a sophomore from Newark, New York, has been suspended for a violation of the school’s student-athlete code of conduct. Wright was arrested for disorderly conduct in May by Orono police while attending an off-campus party.

At the time the university “interimly suspended” Wright from the team. The University of Maine Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life made the two-game suspension official Monday.

Wright led the Black Bears with 61 catches for 818 yards and five touchdowns last year. He was a second-team selection on the Colonial Athletic Association’s all-conference squad.

Wright will miss Maine’s opening game Thursday at Connecticut and the Sept. 10 game at Toledo. Both games are against FBS opponents, the division higher than FCS Maine.

“Obviously when you lose someone like that, yeah, it’s going to hurt,” said Joe Harasymiak, the Black Bears’ rookie head coach. “But I think the group (of wide receivers) that we have, and the opportunity that some of those guys are probably going to get now, it’s probably going to be a good thing … I’m excited to see some of those other guys now develop and grow. Once we have him back, it will hopefully only benefit us.”

Wright is still able to practice with the team and has been playing on the scout team simulating UConn wide receiver Noel Thomas, who caught 45 passes last year.

“He knows that he screwed up,” said Harasymiak. “You can’t be a Division I football player and do that kind of stuff.

“I think Micah has handled it the best way you can.”

Dan Collins, Maine’s starting quarterback, said other receivers will have to step up in Wright’s absence.

“It’s next guy in,” said Collins. “Everyone will tell you that, whether it’s Saturday or Sunday. There’s another guy behind him that wants to play as much as he does. We’ll be right there.”

Maine also will be without punter James DeMartini for the UConn game. He also has been suspended one game for a violation of the university’s student-athlete code of conduct last spring. DeMartini, a senior from Haddon Heights, New Jersey, is eligible to return for the Toledo game. He averaged 40.7 yards per punt last year and placed 20 of his 57 punts inside the 20-yard line.

He will be replaced by Derek Deoul, a redshirt freshman from Washingtonville, New York.


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