BRUNSWICK — Juliana Fiore and Kara Finnerty scored in the final 13 minutes, and Bowdoin College pulled out a 3-1 victory over the University of New England in a field hockey game between defending conference champions Wednesday night.

Fiore scored the winner unassisted at 57:52, and Finnerty scored less than nine minutes later to give the Polar Bears, the 2015 NESCAC winners, a season-opening victory.

Elizabeth Bennewitz scored with assists from Fiore and Kimmy Ganong to give Bowdoin (1-0) a 1-0 lead 4:56 into the game,

Vonde Saunders evened it for the Nor’easters, last year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference champs, with an unassisted goal at 27:29.

Holly Smith stopped eight shots for UNE (2-1).

COLBY 6, THOMAS 1: McKayla Blanch and Merrill Read scored two goals apiece to lead the Mules (1-0) past the Terriers (2-2) in Waterville.

Read and Blanch each had a goal in the first 14 minutes of play to help Colby take a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Gabby Martell scored the Terriers’ goal 12 minutes into the second half.

Thomas goalie Abbie Charrier recorded 15 saves. Riley Whitmyer of Colby stopped two shots.


BOWDOIN 3, BABSON 0: The Polar Bears (1-0) scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half and they cruised to a victory over the Beavers (0-1-1) at Brunswick.

Nikki Wilson and Julia Patterson scored in the first half as Bowdoin. Abby Hammerl added a goal in the 71st minute.

Rachel Stout recorded eight saves in the shutout.

UNE 4, HUSSON 0: Edie Pallozzi had a goal and an assist as the Nor’easters (2-0) opened a 3-0 halftime lead and eased past the Eagles (1-2) in a non-conference match at Biddeford.

Taylor Littlefield opened the scoring when she put in her own rebound off the keeper in the fifth minute. Jessica Meader followed with a header off a feed from Pallozzi just 4:17 later.

Ashley Sherman rounded out the first-half scoring on a rebound at 39:59.

Pallozzi had the only score after intermission, taking a pass from Brionne Turcotte and tucking it in behind the keeper in the 55th minute.

Kayla Gordon stopped 15 shots for Husson, while Brielle Robinson had three saves for UNE.

ST. JOSEPH’S 3, THOMAS 1: The Monks (2-2) had a 34-3 shot advantage over the Terriers (0-3) in a dominating victory at Standish.

Desiree Parent and Emily Thornton each scored in the first half as the Monks took a 2-0 lead. Sarah Comtois made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute.

Kayla Bess scored for Thomas in the 58th.

Monks goalie Brooke Troup recorded two saves. Paige Leary of Thomas had 10 saves.

USM 4, UM-FARMINGTON 1: The University of Southern Maine (2-1) scored three goals in the first five minutes and easily handled the Beavers (0-2) in a non-conference match at Gorham.

Ally Little started the scoring just 47 seconds in. Jessica Preble scored at 2:39 and Analies Ross-Dyjak at 4:45.

Hadlee Yescott put UM-Farmington on the board at 35:43.

Dayna Staffiere scored off a feed from Ross-Dyjak in the 53rd minute to round out the scoring for the Huskies.

Taylor Canstra stopped 10 shots for Southern Maine.


BOWDOIN 3, UNE 0: Levi Morant scored off a pass from Matty McColl in the 39th minute to give the Polar Bears the lead and Bowdoin cruised to a season-opening win over the Nor’easters (1-1-1) at Brunswick.

Wilson MacMillan added a goal in the 68th minute and Moctar Niang converted from Jack Shultz in the 79th minute as Bowdoin pulled away.

Stevie Van Siclen made three saves for the shutout.

BATES 3, UM-FARMINGTON 0: Eric Opoku had a goal in each half as the Bobcats (1-0) beat the Beavers (0-2) in a nonconference match at Lewiston.

Opoku scored in the ninth minute off a feed from Peabo Knoth, then extended the lead with an unassisted goal in the 51st.

Nate Merchant added a goal in the 70th minute on Knoth’s second assist of the game.

Robbie Montanaro needed only one save for Bates.

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