MEDFORD, Mass. – Ingrid Oelschlager scored a pair of goals and Elizabeth Clegg collected two assists Sunday as the second-ranked Bowdoin field hockey team clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Tufts (15-2) in the NESCAC championship game.

Emily Nielson made five saves for the Polar Bears (16-1), who outshot the Jumbos 16-8, including 9-2 in the first half.


MIDDLEBURY 0, BOWDOIN 0: After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer the third-seeded Panthers (13-3-1) held a 4-3 advantage over the top-ranked Polar Bears (13-1-3) in penalty kicks to win the NESCAC championship at Brunswick.

Bowdoin led 1-0 after the first round. The teams traded goals in the second and third rounds before Middlebury evened the shootout after a goal and a save by Tim Cahill in the fourth round.

In the fifth and final round, Jon Portman scored inside the left post to give the Panthers the 4-3 advantage. Bowdoin’s ensuing penalty shot missed wide left to give Middlebury the win.

Middlebury clinched an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament while Bowdoin is likely to receive an at-large bid when the selections are announced today.

Bowdoin keeper Dan Hicks finished with four saves.

UM-FORT KENT 2, BRIARCLIFFE 0: Andre Anderson and Jermaine West each scored goals as the Bengals (19-0) edged Briarcliffe (11-2) to win their first USCAA national championship at South Burlington, Vt.


UM-FORT KENT 4, FLORIDA COLLEGE 1: Theresa Biggs and Whitney Sinclair scored two goals apiece as the Bengals (17-2) downed Florida College (13-5) to win the USCAA national title at South Burlington, Vt.


PROVIDENCE 3, MAINE 1: Alyse Ruff and Corinne Buie had one goal and one assist apiece to lead the Friars (8-3-1, 1-1-1) as they built a 2-0 lead entering the third period and held on for a win over the Black Bears (4-6, 0-2) in a Hockey East game at Providence, R.I.

Maine cut the deficit to 2-1 when Brittany Dougherty scored on assists from Ashley Norum and Danielle Ward seven minutes into the third period. The Friars scored just 11 seconds later to push the lead back to two goals.

Brittany Ott made 30 saves for the Black Bears.


BCS: TCU’s best chance to catch Oregon and Auburn in the Bowl Championship Series standings came and went, and the Horned Frogs are still chasing the top two.

TCU closed the gap on the first-place Ducks and second-place Tigers, and widened its advantage on fourth-place Boise State on Sunday, a day after a resounding 47-7 win at Utah (8-1).

The Horned Frogs’ BCS average is .9259 after coming in third in both the Harris and coaches’ polls and second in the computer ratings.

Oregon (.9638) is first in both polls and third in the computers. Auburn (.9611) is second in the polls and first in the computers.

LSU moved up to fifth overall after beating Alabama 24-21.

Looking ahead, TCU (10-0) appears to have virtually no chance of moving up unless at least one of the top two teams loses.