MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Cathleen Smith scored with just under two minutes left to give top-ranked and defending national champion Bowdoin a 1-0 season-opening victory over Wesleyan in a college field hockey game Saturday afternoon.

Katie Herter sent an elevated pass from outside the circle to Smith by the right post. Smith deflected the ball over the left shoulder of Wesleyan goalkeeper Tori Redding with 1:53 remaining.

CONN. COLLEGE 3, COLBY 2: Laura Sanderson’s shot off a penalty corner, from a wild scramble in front of the net, went in with no time left to give the Camels (2-0) a NESCAC win over Colby (0-1) in Waterville.

Courtney Erskine and Sarah Falk scored for Colby.

BATES 1, WILLIAMS 0: Michelle Brady scored from Bridget Meedzan with 4:07 left to give the Bobcats a win over the Ephs in a season-opening NESCAC game at Lewiston.

Freshman Becca Otley of Cumberland made 13 saves for the Bobcats.

USM 5, EASTERN CONN. 0: Whitney McDaniel scored a pair of goals to lead the Huskies (2-3) past the Warriors (0-4) in a Little East match in Mansfield, Conn.

ST. JOSEPH’S 2, KEAN 1: Tara Cowin scored on an assist from Peyton Dostie 3:03 into overtime to lift the Monks (2-0) over the Cougars (1-2) at Standish.

UNE 4, HUSSON 2: Casey Clark, Bree Tupper and Emily Koehler each scored goals in the final 17 minutes as the Nor’easters (5-0) pulled away from the Eagles (2-1) at Bangor.

MAINE 8, ST. LOUIS 0: Kelly Newton scored two goals and assisted on three others to lead the Black Bears (5-1) past the Billikens (1-4) in Burlington, Vt.


WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Brett Eisenhart and Haley Cook scored first-half goals as Williams, ranked fifth nationally, beat the Bobcats during a NESCAC season opener in Lewiston.

ST. JOSEPH’S 1, NORWICH 1: Danielle Daigle scored the lone goal for the Monks (1-1-1, 0-0-1) as they played to a draw against the Cadets (2-0-1, 0-0-1) in a GNAC game at Standish.

St. Joseph’s keeper Jacqueline Lorenzen had six saves.

WESLEYAN 2, BOWDOIN 1: Laura Kurash netted a goal with 2:03 gone in overtime to give the Cardinals (1-0) a victory over the Polar Bears (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Middletown, Conn.

Ellery Gould scored her third goal of the season, moving within three of tying the Bowdoin career scoring record.

Louise Johnson made six saves for the Polar Bears.

UNE 7, CURRY 1: Katie Caron tallied two goals and two assists to help the Nor’easters (3-0, 1-0 CCC) beat the Colonels (1-3, 0-1) at Biddeford.

Both of Caron’s assists went to Lauren Blaisdell, who scored the first two UNE goals.

UNE outshot Curry, 30-8.

USM 3, FRAMINGHAM STATE 0: Cathy Wise scored two goals and also had an assist, and Kat Rothe made six saves as the Huskies (1-3) downed the Rams (1-2) at Falmouth.

Jessica Gassman also scored a goal for the Huskies, who were outshot, 14-10.


ST. JOSEPH’S 2, NORWICH 1: Ali Hersi scored from the top of the box at 74:03 to give the Monks (2-1, 1-0 GNAC) a win over the Cadets (1-4, 0-1) at Standish.

Zach Johnson put St. Joseph’s on the board first off a throw-in from Mike Sanfilippo.

SMCC 12, UMAINE-AUGUSTA 0: Blais Whitney, Wadhah Al-Shammari and Taylor Stetson each scored twice as the Seawolves (1-2) won in Augusta.

CONN. COLLEGE 2, COLBY 0: Kevin O’Brien scored both goals for the Camels in a mutual opener in Waterville.

WILLIAMS 3, BATES 0: User Kushaina scored a pair of goals as the Ephs beat the Bobcats in an opener at Lewiston.

Patrick Ebobisse squeezed in a goal for Williams between Kushaina’s goals.

UNE 4, CURRY 0: Kiel Hiller scored twice in the first half to lead the Nor’easters (2-3, 1-0) past the Colonels (2-3, 0-1) in a Commonwealth Coast game at Biddeford.

WESLEYAN 3, BOWDOIN 2: Evan Hazlett scored 1:25 into overtime to lift the Cardinals over the Polar Bears in an opener at Middletown, Conn.

WORCESTER STATE 2, USM 0: Alex Wolfel and Ben Gerhardt each scored second- half goals to lead the Lancers (1-2) past the Huskies (0-4) at Falmouth.


SMCC SWEEPS NEW HAMPSHIRE: Michael Crowley had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Seawolves (3-0) to a 6-5, nine-inning win over the UNH club team in the second game of a doubleheader at South Portland.

SMCC won the first game, 6-4.