April 25, 2018
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Doumbia lifts UM-Farmington past USM

GORHAM, Maine — Kafou Doumbia scored in the 83rd minute to cap a run of three unanswered goals by the University of Maine-Farmington in a span of 23 minutes to give the Beavers a 4-3 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a men’s soccer match Wednesday at Hannaford Field.

With the Huskes (0-10-1) leading 3-1, Doumbia also set up a Ryan Fairbanks goal 15:31 into the second half. Dahir MUktar then scored 11 minutes later to tie it for the 2-4-1 Beavers.

Ibrahim Achekh scored the other goal for UMF, while Ronie Morales made four saves.

Michael Daniel paced USM with a goal and an assist, while Caleb Leino and Nat LeBlanc added a goal each. Adam Verreault made four saves.

Colby 2, Thomas 1

At Waterville, Nate Tolman made his first goal of the season a big one, lifting Colby College to victory over crosstown rival Thomas College.

Keith Chernin provided the assist for the Mules (3-4), who took a 1-0 lead on an own goal late in the first half. Cody Funkhouser made eight saves.

Thomas (4-4-1) equalized when Paul Rechichi converted a Joshua Phelps pass with 16 seconds remaining in the half, but the Terriers didn’t score again. Mikkail Crockwell posted 10 saves.

Field Hockey

Colby 5, Husson 0

At Bangor, Megan Fortier scored two goals to power Colby College of Waterville past Husson University.

Natilie Fischer, Mckayla Blanch and Erika Johnson tallied a goal apiece for the Mules (5-2), while Misha Strage added an assist. Sarah Evans and Michelle Burt combined to make nine saves.

Maicee Gustin registered 21 saves for the Eagles (6-3).


Gamecocks’ Shaw to start Saturday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s like he takes getting hurt personally.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will start against Kentucky on Saturday, despite leaving last week’s game after one series because of a shoulder injury. Coach Steve Spurrier said he feared the quarterback might be lost for the year, but Shaw, as he’s had a habit of doing, has quickly recovered and is ready to play.

“Connor’s starting. Connor’s fine,” Spurrier said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s 100 percent, he’s ready to go. I guess it’s sort of a flukish thing. When he came off the field, I thought he was out for the season, the way he was in pain. Somehow or another, it popped out a little, it went right back in, doctors say really no problem. He’s fine.”

The injury looked bad on the field, and Shaw spent the rest of the game with his arm in a sling and a towel over his head. Spurrier said afterward that the trainers were telling him it was a sprain and that Shaw was out for 2-3 weeks. He said on Sunday that backup Dylan Thompson was starting against the Wildcats, and Shaw would maybe be able to play next week at Arkansas.

But Shaw practiced on Monday and was showing no sign of injury. He did well on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.

Just like last year, when Shaw played through the pain of a fractured shoulder and a bad foot to lead the Gamecocks to an 11-2 season, he’s overcoming anything thrown at him.

“I’ve seen him too many times in all the stuff last year,” quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said on Wednesday. “He’s definitely a tough kid. He’s a little bit of a throwback. You wish everybody had a little bit of that in there.”

Spurrier said Thompson will play, and might get into the game around the third or fourth series.

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