ORONO – The University of Maine women’s soccer team opened its season Friday with a 2-1 loss to Bryant in a nonconference game.

Jordan Pellerin scored for the Black Bears in the third minute.

Maine will play again at 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at home against The Citadel.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo said he’s stepping down after 15 years, a tenure in which he stabilized the program in the aftermath of a gambling scandal, led it into a new conference and collected four NCAA men’s hockey championships.

DeFilippo said he had been discussing retirement with his wife, Anne, and came to the conclusion after he was diagnosed recently with a treatable form of cancer.

DeFilippo took over the BC athletic department in 1997 after 13 football players were suspended for betting on games — then the biggest gambling scandal in NCAA history. He presided over Boston College’s switch from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, a move that led to hard feelings among his colleagues in the school’s longtime league.

But the school also had its successes: BC won four hockey titles and 11 national team and individual sailing championships during DeFilippo’s tenure, and had 12 consecutive winning seasons in football, a streak that was snapped last year.

Boston College has also annually ranked near the top of the NCAA graduation rates for athletes.

DeFilippo will step down Sept. 30, and senior associate athletics director John Kane will serve as interim AD until a permanent successor is hired. DeFilippo said he plans to take a short sabbatical and then teach courses in sports management while working as a consultant.

CLEMSON: Clemson reported 10 NCAA secondary violations, including two that involved female athletes who received prize money for outside competitions while enrolled in school.

Clemson said an athlete had to give $10,803 in winnings to charity to have her eligibility restored. The other athlete paid $975 in winnings to charity.

Both were among four Level 1 violations, the more serious NCAA category, the athletic department found from October 2011 through July. No athletes, sports or coaches were identified by Clemson.

Two violations involved Clemson athletes and the social media site Twitter. Clemson said two current athletes Tweeted about prospects before they had signed to play for the Tigers. The tweets were deleted and the athletes were given reviews on NCAA rules.