MEDFORD, Mass. – Tamara Brown scored from Melissa Burke in the 21st minute as Tufts handed Bowdoin its first field hockey loss of the season, winning 1-0 Friday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game.

The Polar Bears, ranked fourth in NCAA Division III, and the fifth-ranked Jumbos both finished the regular season 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the conference, with Tufts clinching the top seed for the playoffs.

Emily Neilson stopped four shots for Bowdoin.


BATES 2, COLBY 1: Sema Kazarian got the tying goal in the 43rd minute and scored the winner just over four minutes later to lift the Bobcats (5-9, 2-7 NESCAC) over the Mules (6-8, 1-8) at Lewiston.

Colby took the lead in the fifth minute on a goal by Heather Quadir, her team-high fifth of the season.

Katie McEnroe had 13 saves for Bates and Liz Fontaine stopped seven shots for the Mules.


COLBY 4, BATES 3: Marissa Simmons scored on an assist from Kate Pistel in the second overtime to lift the Mules (5-6-3, 1-5-3 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (6-7-1, 2-6-1) at Waterville.

Simmons and Samantha Merriweather each had two goals as the Mules rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit.

Jaimie Cappucci and Tina Tobin scored for the Bobcats, who also got an own goal.


TUFTS 1, BOWDOIN 0: Jamie Love-Nichols scored at 3:49 of the second half as the Jumbos (8-2-3, 6-1-2 NESCAC) edged the Polar Bears (6-6-2, 3-5-1) at Somerville, Mass.

Phoebe Hanley made two saves for Tufts, which wrapped up the top seed in the conference. Kat Flaherty made three saves for Bowdoin, which finished seventh.


BOWDOIN 1, TUFTS 0: Nick Powell’s goal on an assist by Eddie Jones at 9:30 of the second half gave the Polar Bears (11-2-6, 6-1-2 NESCAC) a victory over the Jumbos (5-7-2, 3-4-2) at Somerville, Mass.

It was the 10th straight win for the Polar Bears, who clinched the top seed in the conference tournament.


COLBY 3, BATES 2: Nate Tolman scored on a breakaway in the eighth minute of overtime to lift the Mules (7-6-1, 4-5 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (5-8-1, 2-6-1) at Lewiston.

Peter Randall and Nick Aubin scored to help Colby take a 2-1 lead.

Patrick Jackson scored twice for Bates, including the tying goal with less than 20 minutes remaining.


PRESEASON TOP 25: Connecticut was a near-unanimous pick atop the AP poll, receiving 39 of 40 first-place votes from a national media panel. It’s the eighth time in school history UConn has held the top preseason ranking.

Baylor received the other first-place vote and was second, with Stanford, Tennessee and Xavier rounding out the first five.


MICHIGAN STATE: Defensive back Chris L. Rucker traveled with the team to Iowa for today’s game against the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes, but the school hasn’t announced whether he will play.

Rucker was reinstated to the team Thursday after missing two games and serving eight days in jail for a probation violation following what was initially a drunken driving charge. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving.