HENNIKER, N.H. – The University of New England won the first conference field hockey championship in school history, beating top-seeded New England College 3-0 Saturday in The Commonwealth Coast Conference final to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Casey Clark scored in the 26th minute for the third-seeded Nor’easters (13-6), and Michaela Franey and Michelle Oswald added second-half goals.

Ayla Nelson had two saves for her fourth shutout as UNE had a 27-5 advantage in shots against the Pilgrims (11-10).

HUSSON 2, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Courtney Allen scored off a short pass from Jillian Morin in front of the net as the second-seeded Eagles (10-5) beat the top-seeded Monks (13-6) at Standish for their second consecutive North Atlantic Conference championship.

Skye Ellis opened the scoring for Husson 7 minutes into the game when she was set up by Sabrina Vaillancourt.

Kayla Nowell converted a penalty corner 40 minutes later, with assists from Renee Leach and Courtney Rague.

Meaghan Johnson made 11 saves for the Monks.

BOWDOIN 3, AMHERST 2: Katie Herter scored 5:33 into overtime to lift the second-seeded Polar Bears (15-1) to a victory over the fourth-seeded Jeffs (12-4) in a NESCAC semifinal at Medford, Mass.

Herter and Cathleen Smith scored to give the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead early in the second half.

Bowdoin goalie Emily Neilson had three saves.


BOWDOIN 2, WESLEYAN 1: Call Nichols sent a penalty shot into the top-right corner of the goal to give the Polar Bears (14-1-2) a win over the Cardinals (8-8) in a NESCAC semifinal at Brunswick.

Bowdoin tied the game on a shot by Michael Gale that deflected in off a defender.

Dan Hicks made two saves for the Polar Bears.


AMHERST 4, BATES 1: Kathryn Nathan scored two goals as the Jeffs (8-6-2) raced to a 2-0 halftime lead and held off the Bobcats (6-8-2) in a NESCAC semifinal at Amherst, Mass.

Tina Tobin scored from Alix Vandeventer with 39 minutes left.


UCONN 3, MAINE 1: Casey Knajdek, Jocelyn Slattery and Taylor Gross scored as the Huskies (2-7-1, 1-2-1 Hockey East) took a 3-0 lead and beat Maine (4-5, 0-1) at Storrs, Conn.

Jennie Gallo scored her eighth goal of the season 12:22 into the third period, with assists from Myriam Croussette and Melissa Gagnon.


USM 5, PLYMOUTH STATE 2: Katie Paradis had a goal and two assists to lead the Huskies to a win in a season opener at Gorham.

Lauren Whiting added a goal and an assist.