BRUNSWICK – Steve Messina made 23 saves as Bowdoin defeated Williams 3-2 Friday night in a New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s hockey game between teams ranked in the top 10 in the USCHO Division III coaches’ poll.

Daniel Weiniger had a goal and an assist for the fifth-ranked Polar Bears (13-3, 9-3 NESCAC). Jeff Fanning and Jordan Lalor each had a goal and Kyle Shearer-Hardy added two assists.

The ninth-ranked Ephs (10-4-2, 7-3-1) converted on just one of eight power plays.

MIDDLEBURY 4, COLBY 1: Charlie Strauss had two goals to lead the Panthers (6-9-1) over the White Mules (7-5-3) at Waterville.

Michael Smigelski scored for Colby and James Lemonias made 23 saves.

HAMILTON 3, USM 1: Joe Buicko had a goal and an assist as the Continentals (9-6-2) beat the Huskies (4-10-3) at Gorham.

Craig Perham scored for Southern Maine with assists from Paul Conter and Dan Rautenberg.


BOWDOIN 62, TRINITY 51: Kaitlin Donahoe scored 17 points as Bowdoin (15-3, 2-2 NESCAC) snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Bantams (12-6, 2-2) at Hartford, Conn.

Jill Henrikson and Katie Bergeron added 10 apiece for the Polar Bears.

Donahoe hit a 3-pointer with nine minutes remaining to give Bowdoin a 43-42 lead. Alexa Barry scored six points and Donahoe added five in an 11-0 run later in the half as the Polar Bears extended their lead to 58-45 with less than two minutes to play.

AMHERST 82, COLBY 60: Jill Vaughan had 18 points and 10 for Colby (13-4, 2-2 NESCAC) in a loss to second-ranked Amherst (18-1, 4-0) at Amherst, Mass.

Karlyn Adler had 10 points and three assists for Colby. Jayde Bennett had nine points and Rachael Mack finished with eight.

BATES 69, WESLEYAN 49: Taryn O’Connell scored 11 of her 13 points during the second half as the Bobcats (15-5, 3-2 NESCAC) pulled away after a one-point halftime deficit to beat Wesleyan (6-11, 0-5) at Lewiston.

Christine McCall and Meredith Kelly added 11 apiece for Bates, which started the second half with a 13-2 run.

(14) MARYLAND 75, WAKE FOREST 44: Alyssa Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland (17-3, 4-2 ACC) routed visiting Wake Forest (10-112, 1-5).

(15) NORTH CAROLINA 64, VIRGINIA 52: She’la White had 14 points, Laura Broomfield added 13 points and 10 rebounds and North Carolina (18-3, 4-2 ACC) beat Virginia (12-10, 1-5) at Chapel Hill, N.C.


AMHERST 82, COLBY 49: Aaron Toomey scored 18 points and the Jeffs (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC) rolled to a 43-18 advantage in the second half to pull away from the Mules (9-9, 1-3) at Waterville.

Christian Van Loenen scored 18 points for Colby. Kyle Donovan added 12.

BATES 70, WESLEYAN 59: Brian Ellis scored 19 points and John Squires added 12 points and nine rebounds as the Bobcats (11-9, 2-3 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (9-10, 1-4) and former coach Joe Reilly at Lewiston.

Reilly coached the Bobcats from 1997 to 2008.

Alex Gallant and Nick Schmiemann each added 12 points for Bates, which used an 11-4 run in the first 3:24 of the second half to take a 35-26 lead.

BOWDOIN 77, TRINITY 74: Ryan O’Connell hit the last of his seven 3-pointers to give the Polar Bears (12-4, 2-2 NESCAC) the lead for good in an overtime win over Trinity (10-9, 1-3) at Hartford, Conn.

O’Connell finished with 27 points for the Polar Bears, who hit six free throws in OT. Will Hanley added 21 points and six rebounds and Justin Nowell added eight points.


CONN. COLLEGE 4, USM 2: Courtney Dumont of Lewiston scored twice to help the Camels (9-8) beat the Huskies (4-12-1) at New London, Conn.

The Camels took a 3-1 lead in the second on a short-handed goal by Abby Hine and a power-play goal by Dumont.

Joanna Gaube pulled Southern Maine within one on a power-play goal with 2:02 to play, but Brigid O’Gorman scored an empty-netter with 43 seconds left.

AMHERST 3, COLBY 2: Emily Vitale had a goal and an assist and the Jeffs (11-4-2) held off the Mules (7-11) at Amherst, Mass.

Meryl Poulin and Marissa Simmons scored for Colby.


WISCONSIN: Coach Bret Bielema got a contract extension through Jan. 31, 2016 after leading the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl since 2000. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bielema has led the Badgers to an overall 49-16 record and a bowl game in each of his five seasons. The Badgers finished last season 11-2 and won a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1999. 

OHIO STATE: Stan Drayton was hired as wide receivers coach to replace Darrell Hazell, who took the head-coaching job at Kent State. Drayton was Florida’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator last season.