STANDISH — Cody Elliott needed 12 minutes to score the first goal and top-seeded St. Joseph’s went on to a 6-0 victory against fifth-seeded Regis in the semifinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament Wednesday.

St. Joseph’s (17-0-1) broke an NCAA record for all levels with its 18th consecutive shutout. The Monks will be home against third-seeded Norwich (11-3-5) in the league final at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Norwich tied the Monks early in the season.

The score remained 1-0 until St. Joseph’s began a scoring flurry starting with Brett Mattos’ bicycle-kick goal 17 minutes into the second half. Ryan Buonaiuto, Jesse Ramirez and Noah Elmore followed over the next 13 minutes, with Elmore making it 6-0 with 9:21 left.

Blake Mullen stopped the only shot the Pride (10-8-1) took on goal. Jess Bonilla recorded seven saves against the Monks.


ST. JOSEPH’S 5, SIMMONS 0: Libby Pomerleau had two goals and an assist as the second-seeded Monks (14-5) beat third-seeded Simmons (12-7) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinal at Standish.

St. Joseph’s will be at top-seeded Lasell (6-3) in the final at noon Saturday at Winthrop, Massachusetts.

The Monks opened the scoring at 14:23 when Pomerleau scored on a deflection off Arianna Kahler’s shot. Pomerleau doubled the advantage 1:29 later on another tipped Kahler shot. Kara Kelly scored off a right-to-left pass in the goalmouth from Kayla Kelly to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Hayley Winslow and Kayla Kelly added second-half goals.

Megan Baker of St. Joseph’s had one save. Lucy McNamara finished with 16 for the Sharks.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 1: Kendra MacDonald, with her back to the net, sniped a shot between the goalie and the post 6:47 into overtime, lifting the top-ranked Nor’easters (16-4) over the fourth-seeded Golden Bears (9-10) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal at Biddeford.

UNE will be home against second-seeded Endicott (17-3) in the final at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Michelle Carlson gave Western New England a 1-0 lead after 43 seconds. Goalie Grace Trupe made it stand up until Olivia Madore scored with three minutes left in regulation.

Trupe finished with 18 saves. Liz Sargent had five for UNE.


SOUTHERN MAINE CC 71, BEN FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 43: Jacobee Burpee had 14 points, Anderson Kavutse added 13 and reserve Gregory Trinidad finished with 17 as the SeaWolves (4-0) won at South Portland.

Tyeclif Blake scored 23 points for the Chargers (0-1).

AP POLL: Duke was voted No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll for the second straight season and ninth time as a program, matching North Carolina for most all-time.

The Blue Devils received 33 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one. Kentucky rounded out the top 5, followed by Villanova, Wichita State and Florida. Defending national champion North Carolina is No. 9 and USC rounds out the top 10.

No. 19 Northwestern is in the preseason poll for the first time.


NATIONAL FINAL: The College Football Playoff championship game will be held in Miami Gardens, Florida, Indianapolis, Inglewood, California, and Houston from 2021 through 2024.

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will host the 2021 title game after the 2020 season. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be the first cold-weather site for the championship in 2022.