Virginia takes ACC opener with first win at Duke in a decade
Brian Span scored in the second minute and Spencer LaCivita made a clutch save on a penalty kick in the final minutes as No. 12 Virginia held on to post a 1-0 win at No. 25 Duke Friday in its ACC opener.

With the victory, UVa earned its first win at Duke since Oct. 20, 2001.

Virginia made Span's early goal hold up with a bend-but-don't-break effort. Duke out-shot Virginia 13-5 in the second half, but LaCivita came up with a pair of saves in the final three minutes to thwart the rally attempt. Duke out-shot UVa 19-12 in the contest. The physical game also featured 34 fouls, with 24 assessed to the Cavaliers.

UVa struck quickly, scoring just 1:49 into the game. After Chris Somerville made a nifty turn to break loose from the Duke defense, he passed to Will Bates, who raced past the defense down the left flank and then crossed the ball across the box to a streaking Span, who tapped it home to the near corner from five yards out. The goal was Span's second this season, while Bates racked up his team-leading third assist of 2011.

Twer catches game-winner with no time on clock, ties school TD receptions record
Sophomore Aden Twer hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kody Smith as time expired, handing Gettysburg a 40-34 against Ursinus in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams Saturday.

Ursinus at Gettysburg
First Downs 21 19
Rushing Offense 124 170
Passing Offense 183 291

Gettysburg led 34-10 midway through the third quarter before Ursinus rallied with 24 unanswered points, scoring three touchdowns and converting the two-point conversion on all three. Chris Curran scored a 1-yard touchdown run – his second of the game – with 47 seconds left before the quarterback ran in the conversion himself to set up a wild finish.

Twer had five catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns of 81, 43 and 32 yards. His three TDs tied the school record while also giving Gettysburg the win. He was set up by Smith, who threw for career highs with 291 yards and four scores on 13 of 22 passing.

The two teams continued their history of shootouts after Ursinus won 49-39 last season and 55-50 in 2009.

Alubja nets historic 200th goal as NJCU opens season in record fashion
New Jersey City went 19 years before winning its first road overtime game on Sept. 4. Then, the Gothic Knights won back-to-back OT road thrillers in just four days.


Senior striker Jennifer Alubja netted her 70th career goal off a give-and-go from Julia Caseres as NJCU improved to 4-0 to open the season. The goal was the 200th point of Caseres' career and came as freshman goalkeeper Brittany Hoffman shattered the 16-year-old school record for consecutive scoreless minutes.

The four consecutive wins to opne the season is the first since opening 2008 at 6-0 and was the first time NJCU had three consecutive shutouts in program history. The Gothic Knights outshot Neumann 15-6 and had a 7-3 edge in corners.

Caseres became just the 32nd player in Division III history to achieve 200 career points. Already the all-time leading scorer among men or women in conference history, she contributed her third assist of the season and 26th in three seasons at NJCU, tying the program's career assists mark established by current assistant coach Katie Feehan (2004-07). Caseres now has 83 goals, 34 assists and 200 points in 68 career games at NJCU (2009-11) and Rutgers-Newark (2008).

Angelo State staged a comeback by posting 28 points in the final quarter topple Chadron State 49-42.
Angelo State Athletics

Late fourth-quarter rally helps Angelo State come back from 28 down to win
Angelo State scored 28 unaswered points in the fourth quarter to erase a three-touchdown deficit in a 49-42 win against Chadron State on Saturday.

Trailing 42-21 with 14:54 remaining, the Rams began the comeback as D.J. Clough stripped Eagles running back Dominic Morris and ran it back for a touchdown. Clough’s score made it 42-28 with just under 12 minutes left.

Angelo State quarterback Blake Hamblin led the Rams the rest of the way, as the sophomore threw for 176 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 24 for 37 passing with 271 yards and four touchdowns.

“Blake is getting better and better every week,” ASU head coach Will Wagner said. “He started out kind of shaky not setting his feet, but he just really shined in the fourth quarter. He spread the ball around and made plays for our team. Blake took ownership of this team in the fourth quarter and did a great job.”

After back-to-back touchdowns to Nate Bayless and Antwon Williams, ASU trailed by seven with 4:34 left. The Rams defense then forced a three-and-out and put the ball back in the right hand of Hamblin with 2:12 to play. He then orchestrated an 11-play, 94-yard drive capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out C.J. Akins.

All-American Carico leads Miami (Fla.) to first win vs. top-25 team since 2002
Lane Carico registered 19 kills and 16 digs to Miami (Fla.) to a 3-1 upset victory against 18th-ranked Oklahoma in the championship match of the Hurricane Invitational on Saturday. Miami (9-0) defeated the Sooners in four sets 17-25, 25-17, 26-24 and 25-19 for its first victory against a ranked opponent since upsetting 15th-ranked Wisconsin on Dec. 7, 2002 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

En route to being named Tournament MVP, All-America outside hitter Lane Carico was the impact player in the match with her fifth double-double of the year. She produced 19 kills and 16 digs. 

However, it was the UM defense that highlighted the night. The Hurricanes out-dug the Sooners 90-78 and registered 72 kills against OU’s 55.


No. 6 Creighton continues impressive home-opening streak
Sixth-ranked Creighton extended its unbeaten streak in home openers to 16 (12-0-4) with a 3-0 victory against Drexel in front of 5,425 fans at Morrison Stadium. Creighton received goals from Andrew Ribeiro, Greg Jordan and Bruno Castro in the regular-season home debut of first-year coach Elmar Bolowich.

Creighton opened with its third shutout in as many games. The Jays outshot the Drexel 15-2 with senior goalkeeper Brian Holt making two stops to extend his school and Valley record with his 29th career shutout.

Ribeiro scored in the 43rd minute to put the Bluejays ahead for good. The junior's fourth career goal proved to be his first-game winner as his blast from long distance deflected high off of a Drexel defender, eluding Dragon goalkeeper Pentti Pussinen on the way down and into the net. The 2010 Missouri Valley Conference assist leader Dion Acoff, making his 2011 debut, was credited with an assist on the Ribeiro score.

McFayden makes first collegiate goal a game-winner
Sophomore Tyler McFayden’s first career goal was an important one, as it gave the Davidson field hockey team a 2-1 double-overtime victory against William & Mary on Saturday. McFayden broke free down the left side of the field in 7 on 7 play and scored on the charging goalkeeper at 91:30, halfway through the second overtime period.

The score was knotted at 1-1 after William & Mary tallied a goal in the second half when Leah Zamesnik tipped a shot by Christine Johnson off a corner in the 42nd minute. Gray Robinson had given Davidson a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute off a penalty corner. Finley Amato’s initial shot was blocked, but Robinson found the rebound and fired from 10 yards out for the goal.

Shots were nearly even during the first half with William & Mary holding a 10-9 advantage, but the Tribe held a 7-3 lead in the second half. Davidson holding a 4-3 shot advantage.


Three-goal rally lifts Lynchburg by No. 5 Lebanon Valley
No. 13 Lynchburg scored three unanswered goals in the second half to get past No. 5 Lebanon Valley 4-1 in its home opener on Saturday. The Dutchmen were held to nine shots, and were unable to hold back the Hornets after Cate Cusack's goal from Caitlin Vasey equalized the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

Kelli Williams scored Lynchburg's final two goals. Kristina Morris scored the go-ahead after Katie Kline started things with the first half's lone score.

Lynchburg held a 26-9 advantage on shots and led 12-4 on corners. Christine Poletti made 11 saves, while counterpart Tiffany Frye stopped two to earn the win.

Smalley posts game-winner for Millikins after Central stages rally
Millikin defeated previously unbeaten Central College 3-2 at the Millikin Soccer Field on Saturday. The Big Blue jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second half behind goals from Kelsey Cosley and Emily Allen.

Central answered right back with two goals within one minute of each other to tie the game in the 56th minute and set up an exciting finish.

Chelsea Smalley put home the game-winner for Millikin as she scored in the 70th minute. The tally came off assists from Jess Hoefert and Nikki Smith.

All information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.