STANDISH – Rachelle Messuri scored in the 37th minute Wednesday as second-seeded St. Joseph’s edged third-seeded New England College 1-0 in a North Atlantic Conference field hockey semifinal.

Messuri recovered a rebound following a scramble and lifted it into the top right corner.

Meaghan Johnson stopped five shots for the Monks (13-5, 9-1 NAC). Mary Roux made seven saves for the Pilgrims (11-9, 7-3).

The Monks will host fifth-seeded Husson at 1 p.m. Saturday for the championship.

KEENE STATE 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Elizabeth Coffin had four goals as the top-seeded Owls (17-4) routed the eight-ranked Huskies (8-12) in a Little East Conference quarterfinal at Keene, N.H.

Alexandra Billert scored 2:09 in the game, then Coffin started a three-goal flurry, scoring in the 18th, 28th and 29th minutes.

Coffin got her 20th goal 1:31 into the second half.


OHIO STATE: Fourth-string tailback Jaamal Berry was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after police say he punched a man in the face and then bragged about it.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show the 20-year-old Berry was charged in the alleged Oct. 21 attack shortly before 2:30 a.m. in downtown Columbus.

A police report shows a 21-year-old man says Berry punched him with a closed fist after an argument and that a witness was hit as he tried to break up the fight. Another witness says Berry bragged about what he had done. There were no serious injuries.

Arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 1.

GEORGIA: Failed drug tests administered last week were the reason leading rusher Isaiah Crowell and two other tailbacks were suspended for Saturday’s game against New Mexico State, according to The Associated Press.

WEST VIRGINIA: A spokesman for the Big 12 says West Virginia’s membership in the conference isn’t conditional on the university getting an early release from the Big East after all.

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas had said at a welcome reception Tuesday in Morgantown that a 10th member was needed for next season to fulfill the conference’s television commitments.

On Wednesday, Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda released a statement saying the Mountaineers’ membership “is not contingent upon (them) joining the Conference for the 2012-13 season.” He did not elaborate.

The Big East has said it plans to keep West Virginia from leaving for 27 months under the league’s bylaws. West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East on Monday, seeking to declare the bylaws invalid.

WASHINGTON: After more than nine decades of hosting Husky football, NFL games, presidential speeches and commencement addresses, Husky Stadium is shutting down — for a while anyway.

The waterfront stadium with a setting nearly impossible to match in all of college football will host its final game, a showdown between Washington and No. 6 Oregon on Saturday before it’s closed for a $250 million renovation.

TEXAS: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Jones is transferring after two seasons with the program.

The school said it has given Jones an unconditional release from his scholarship. It’s not known where he will go.

Jones was a two-time all-state selection as wide receiver and kick returner at Daingerfield (Texas) High School. He helped Daingerfield to consecutive Class 2A Division II titles and a 30-2 record in 2008-09.

In two seasons at Daingerfield, he had 64 catches for 1,475 yards and 17 touchdowns.