ORONO – The University of Maine got goals from Holly Stewart and Danielle Aviani on the way to a 2-0 field hockey win over Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

Stewart opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a one-timer off a pass from Annabelle Hamilton.

Aviani added an insurance goal for the Black Bears (3-4) in the 64th minute with an assist from Marissa Shaw.

Maine keeper Natasha Ford stopped six shots from the Chippewas (2-4) to record her second shutout of the season.


DARTMOUTH 1, MAINE 0: Emma Bush broke a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute with an assist from Jackie Friedman and the Big Green (2-3-1) held on to beat the Black Bears (3-3-3) at Hanover, N.H.

Lauren Swant made two saves for Maine.


AP POLL: With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there was little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remained No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.

Alabama did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

No. 2 Oregon, which didn’t play, received the remaining four first-place votes.

No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989.

No. 25 Fresno State was the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State dropped out. 

MIAMI: Quarterback Stephen Morris is expected to play when the 15th-ranked Hurricanes visit winless South Florida on Saturday.

Morris was knocked out of Miami’s 77-7 win over Savannah State in the first quarter with a lower right leg injury. It was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, though Coach Al Golden said Sunday that it subsequently was diagnosed as a bone bruise.