LEWISTON — Emma Stevens scored less than three minutes into action and the Bowdoin College field hockey team held on for a 1-0 conference win at Bates on Wednesday evening.

The Polar Bears improved to 3-0 (2-0 NESCAC), while the Bobcats dropped to 1-1 (1-1 NESCAC). The win is Bowdoin’s 34th consecutive victory over Bates.

On Bowdoin’s first corner of the game, Peyton Jackson blasted a shot from the circle that was deflected into net by Stevens at 2:22.

The Polar Bears did not allow a Bates shot in the opening 30 minutes of action. The Bobcats came out firing in the second half of play, highlighted by six penalty corners in the third quarter and as many shots. Maddie Ferrucci made a stack save at her right post to deny an equalizer in the final minute, but the Bobcats earned a corner in the last 15 seconds of the game. Bowdoin locked down on defense and swept the ball out of the circle and down the field to secure the win.

Ferrucci earned the shutout with three saves. Ellie Bauer made four stops in the first half of action, with Grace Biddle playing the second 30 minutes for Bates. 

The Polar Bears host top-ranked Middlebury on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Lake Region 1, Freeport 0

Abby Elsaesser’s first-half goal stood up as the Lakers (3-0) defeated the Falcons (2-1-1) in Freeport in Western Maine Conference play.

Elsaesser finished a feed from Kaitlyn Plummer with 12:25 left in the first half.

Freeport had a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners and received five saves from Piper Sherbert. Kelsey Gerry stopped five shots for Lake Region.

Freeport visits rival York on Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

Girls soccer

BATH — Kenya Williams had two goals to rally Lincoln Academy to a 2-1 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference win over Morse at McMann Field. 

The Eagles (2-0) also received a goal from Madi Bradbury. 

Morse (0-2) returns to action at Leavitt on Friday at 4 p.m. 

Girls volleyball

YARMOUTH — Maggie Murray had 10 kills and Sophie Dickson recorded 14 assists to power Yarmouth to a 3-0 win over Brunswick/Mt. Ararat, which dropped its first match (1-1) and returns to action at home on Friday against Marshwood (6:30 p.m.).

The Clippers (2-1) recorded set scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-16 en route to the victory. 

Kassidy Dixon paced the Dragons with eight digs, with Lauren Whitlock adding nine assists, three digs and two aces. Naomi Martin chipped in four digs and three kills. 

Boys soccer

WISCASSET — Wiscasset rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits for a 3-3 Mountain Valley Conference deadlock with Carrabec in the season-opener for the Wolverines. 

Wiscasset (0-0-1), which heads to Dirigo on Friday at 4 p.m., fell behind 1-0 on Beau Mergist scored for the Cobras. 

Luke Carey scored his first of two goals to open the second half for a 2-0 Carrabec lead, but Wiscasset drew within a goal when Jordan Espeut slipped a shot into the cage. 

Carey converted a penalty kick to restore a two-goal Carrabec lead. Once again Espeut brought the Wolverines within one, and Wiscasset tied the game on an own goal with 20 seconds left in regulation. 

Lincoln 2, Morse 1

At Bath, Jack Duncan scored the winning goal with 11:32 remaining in the first half to lift the Eagles. 

Lincoln Academy claimed a 1-0 lead when Levi Farrin scored 2:18 into the game.

Morse, 0-2 and slated to host Leavitt on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., tied the game when Alden Harkins slipped a shot into the cage off a corner kick.

One minute later, Duncan gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage.   

Tiger Cummings had 14 saves for Lincoln Academy, while Brenton Cahill turned aside nine shots for the Shipbuilders. 

Football news

DIXFIELD — Just one week into the regular season, Dirigo has decided to cancel the rest of its varsity football season.

The Dixfield school announced the decision Wednesday night in a statement posted on the RSU 56 website. The Cougars were scheduled to host Spruce Mountain on Friday night. Last Friday, they lost their season opener at Lake Region, 34-13.

“RSU 56 has decided to disband the varsity football team for the remainder of the 2019 season,” the statement reads. “This decision came after the athletic director, superintendent of schools and board chair heard from the football coaches that the current roster poses safety risks for our students.”

Dirigo will petition the Maine Principals’ Association to play eight-man football in 2020.

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