No. 1 Montclair State 5, Misericordia 0

DALLAS, Pa. -- Senior midfielder Jennifer Tafro had a goal and assists while freshman Arielle Galgano added two goals as Montclair State recorded its fourth shutout of the season in a 5-0 win at Misericordia on Saturday.

Senior midfielder Allison Jillions had two assists for the Red Hawks, who outshot the Cougars (1-5), 32-4 in the game in winning for the fifth time in seven all-time meetings with Misericordia.

Scoreless through much of the first half, Montclair State scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the opening period. Galgano netted the first goals with a backhand shot off a feed from Jillions at 26:50. Tafro scored four minutes later on an unassisted tally giving MSU a 2-0 lead at the break.

Galgano quickly extended the lead to 3-0 4:37 into the second with her second goal of the game and Tafro set up freshman Gianna Moglino at the 44:58 mark to put Montclair State in front 4-0.

Tafro got the final goal 1:58 later blasting in a shot from the top of the circle from Jillions. The five-point game by Tafro gave her 83 points for her career tying her with Jen Soss (2003-06) for fourth on the all-time MSU list. She also tied Kristen Swartz (2003-06) for seventh on the goals list with 32.

Rebecca Brattole made one save for MSU, which had 17 penalty corners in the game compared to just two for Misericordia.

No. 2 Tufts 3, Colby 0

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Tufts earned a 3-0 victory against Colby on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. Dakota Sikes-Keilp tallied a goal and assist to lead the Jumbos.

Senior Emily Cannon got the scoring started for the Jumbos 21:41 into the game as she fired a shot off a corner from Sikes-Keilp. The Jumbos would take a 2-0 lead into the half when Chelsea Yogerst connected on a pass from sophomore Rachel Terveer.

Sikes-Keilp scored the lone goal of the second half on a reverse chip at the stroke mark from sophomore Allison Rolfe to give the Jumbos a 3-0 lead.

The Mules' best opportunity of the day came late in the second half when McKayla Blanch had a break-away, but Tufts junior Colleen Golja preserved the shutout with a defensive save. Tufts dominated possesion of the game holding a 38-9 advantage in shots and earned 29 corners on the day. Colby's sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Evans made 18 saves in the loss.

Tufts improved to 3-0 overall, and 2-0 in NESCAC. Junior goalkeeper Brianna Keenan earned the shutout making seven saves.

No. 3 Middlebury 5, Connecticut College 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury won its home opener as the Panthers (2-0, 2-0) earned a 5-1 win against Connecticut College (1-1, 0-1) on Kohn Field.

The Panthers struck just 19 seconds into the game when Pam Schulman scored the first of her career, carrying the ball toward goal after intercepting a pass. Schulman, a freshman, struck again at the 5:54 mark after a penalty corner, finishing off a goal after a rebound.

Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at 24:00 as Katherine Theiss lifted a shot over the keeper after taking a feed from Alex Kuzma. Conn. College broke onto the board 2:20 later when Jillian Dahrooge finished on a penalty corner rebound after a shot from Maggie Schroeder had been saved. Middlebury scored on a penalty corner of its own as time expired in the first half, sending it into the intermission with a 4-1 advantage. Olivia Jurkowitz made a quick feed to Theiss after a rebound for the tally.

The only goal of the second half came at the 58:30 mark when Theiss notched a hat-trick with an assist from Catherine Fowler. The Camels had another chance to score with 2:21 remaining, but a penalty stroke went wide.

Emily Knapp finished the game with four saves to earn the win, while Becca Napolitano made 15 stops for the Camels. The Panthers held a 23-7 shots advantage in the contest.

No. 11 Amherst 4, No. 4 Bowdoin 2

AMHERST, Mass. -- Netting three goals in the a span of 12:01 in the second half, Amherst earned a hard-fought, 4-2  upset win against No. 4 Bowdoin (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) on Gooding Field.

Annika Nygren accounted for two of the Jeff (1-2, 1-1 NESCAC) scores, including the go-ahead goal with less than 18 minutes to go in regulation. Katie Paolano added a goal and an assist as Amherst snapped a five-game losing streak to the Polar Bears, picking up its first victory against its northern rivals since the 2009 season opener.

The Jeffs broke through at 11:31 on Nygren’s second tally of 2013. Coming away with the ball on the ride side, Paolano fed Nygren, who ripped a low shot into the left side of the cage to put the home team on top.

Entering the 50th minute of play, Amherst trailed 2-0 after Bowdoin goals by Emily Simonton and Katie Riley. But Paolano took a long pass from Mary Margaret Stoll and tipped it into the goal to tie the game. Then two minutes later, Nygren scored the game-winning goal.

Alex Philie scored at the 62:24 mark to close the scoring. Rachel Tannenbaum had 14 saves for the Jeffs.

No. 5 Salisbury 3, No. 7 Messiah 0

SALISBURY, Md. --Salisbury used strong defense and its depth to earn a key early season victory on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, taking down No. 7 Messiah 3-0.

The battle of top-10 teams, programs which have met twice in the national championship game, was all one would expect with possession and statistics even throughout the first half, but it was the Sea Gulls who broke through with the only score of the half. Summer Washburn had the ball on the left wing, just inside the circle, and time to wind up. She ripped a shot which deflected off a Messiah defender's stick and into the top-right corner of the cage for the 1-0 lead.

The Sea Gull defense has opened the season with a team goals-against average of just 0.25, allowing only one goal in 280 minutes of play.

In the second half, Salisbury's depth came through as head coach Dawn Chamberlin routinely sent in three and four substitutes at a time, keeping her players fresh. The changes resulted in Messiah (3-1) struggling to get the ball cleanly through the midfield and into the Salisbury defense for sustained periods of time.

Clewer saw just four Falcon shots in the second half, turning each away for six saves in the game, to collect her first 70-minute shutout in the cage this season.

Freshman Yumi Kim got the Sea Gulls an insurance goal in the 58th minute, taking a Washburn feed on the left side and ripping a shot, through traffic, into the right side of the goal for a 2-0 Salisbury advantage.

Senior Emily Voshell capped off the win tipping home a feed from senior Stacey Lamboni with four minutes to play, pushing the score to 3-0.

No. 6 Mary Washington 4, Eastern Mennonite 0

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Mary Washington used goals from four different players in blanking Eastern Mennonite 4-0 on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va. UMW improves to 6-0 on the season.

Junior Christine Downie started the scoring with 25 minutes remaining in the first half, with her shot coming from a scramble in front of goal. The Eagles upped the lead to 2-0 by halftime, as Carlee Budd scored unassisted midway through the half.

In the second, freshman Christine Loehr scored on an assist from senior Caitlin Baker with three minutes left, and Baker capped the scoring in the final minute.

No. 9 Christopher Newport 3, Washington & Lee 1

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Kelsey Clark scored a pair of goals in the first half before Belle Tunstall and Lauren Cheatham combined for some fireworks in the second as Christopher Newport rolled to its fifth consecutive win with a 3-1 victory against Washington & Lee on a breezy Saturday afternoon at Captains Turf Field.

In the third minute, after the Captains brought the ball into the W&L zone, Clark took control of a roller on the near side of the circle. With no defenders in front of her, Clark wound up and unloaded a hard shot right past the Generals' goalie to give the hosts a quick 1-0 advantage.

With just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Clark found space in front of the cage and unloaded another one-timer than spiraled through the W&L defense for her second goal of the contest.

W&L got back into the game at the 26th minute when Maggie Walker slung a pass back to Lindsey Purpura, who found just enough space to sneak a shot into the cage.

The game stayed that way until the 49th minute. With Tunstall flanked out on the far side, Cheatham dished a quick pass out to Tunstall. After securing the ball, Tunstall ripped a dart through the goalie for a 3-1 lead.

No. 10 William Smith 3, Oneonta State 2

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- William Smith earned its first road win of the season to remain undefeated, besting Oneonta State 3-2 on Saturday. The Herons got goals from three different players to run their record to 4-0.

William Smith carried the play early in the match, putting the first goal of the match on the board in the 13th minute. Senior Melanie O'Connor briefly took the team scoring lead, finishing a scramble in front of the Red Dragons' cage for her fourth goal of the year. In the 20th minute, senior Julia Simmons buried a feed from sophomore Cory Connolly to record her fourth goal of the season and give the Herons a 2-0 lead.

Oneonta halved its deficit before halftime when Kelcy Forbragd banked a shot in off the goal post.

Through 35 minutes, William Smith owned an 11-3 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.

The Herons got some breathing room in the 48th minute when senior Amy David registered her first goal of the season. The insurance goal proved necessary when Ashley Morgan set up Sierra Earle on a penalty corner in the 63rd minute. The Red Dragons (4-2) were unable to generate another shot in the final seven minutes.

William Smith finished the match, outshooting Oneonta 16-6 and enjoying a 12-8 advantage on penalty corners. First-year goalie Amy Feda picked up the win with two saves. Oneonta's Tess Tracy finished with 10 saves.