Sep. 17—MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan scored the first three touchdowns of the second half to pull away from Bates College and notch a 41-10 win in both football teams' NESCAC season opener on Saturday.
The game was the debut of new Bates coach Matt Coyne, who played at coached at Wesleyan.
The Cardinals took a 13-3 lead into halftime. David Estevez threw a pair of TDs in the third quarter and Ashton Scott threw one early in the fourth to push the lead to 34-3.
The Bobcats (0-1) scored their first touchdown of the season on a 28-yard pass from Liam Foley to Jackson Hayes with 5:43 left in the game.
Foley finished with 146 yards on 10-of-21 passing with an interception. Half of Foley's passing yards came on a 73-yard completion to Mohamed Diawara, who caught two passes for 80 yards. Hayes finished with two receptions for 39 yards. Senior Reza Badiee, who switched from defense to running back, was a bright spot for Bates, rushing for 88 yards on 23 carries.
Tony Hooks led the Bobcats' defense with 11 tackles, including 3.5 for loss.
For the Cardinals (1-0), Estevez completed 15 for 20 for 181 yards and three TDs, and Scott was 6 of 13 for 11 yards.
Matt Hersch scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter to give the Mules the lead in their season-opening win over the Ephs in Waterville.
The Mules took a 14-0 lead on a pair of two touchdown passes by Hersch, the first for 19 yards to Isaac Anderson and the second 5 yards to Brendan Sawyer. Jack Dickinson scored on runs of 2 and 7 yards in the second quarter as Williams rallied to tie it.
Lowell Carr added a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Mules.
Andrew Boel completed 17 of 20 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, and the Polar Bears beat the Continentals in their season opener in Brunswick.
Jed Hoggard caught three passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Bowdoin, which jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half. Andre Eden rushed 23 times for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Polar Bears. Boel also rushed four times for 14 yards and a touchdown, while Tim Cronin added a rushing touchdown and Colton Fahey a receiving touchdown.
Aric Belanger's two goals paced the Beavers (1-2-1, 1-1 NAC) past the Owls (1-2-1, 1-1) in Farmington.
Cade McHugh and former Lewiston High School standout Yusuf Mohamed also scored for UMaine-Farmington. Belanger, McHugh, Brady Stockwell and Cassidy Pound had assists. Lisbon High School graduate Jonah Sautter made four saves in net for UMF.
Matthew Bayonne scored Presque Isle's goal.
Connor Huleatt and Mohamed Keussom scored as the Ephs (2-0-2, 1-0 NESCAC) beat the Bobcats (3-2, 0-2) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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Anna Lindeis scored in overtime off an assist from Kami Lambert as the Bobcats (4-1, 2-0 NESCAC) beat the No. 8 Ephs (3-1, 1-0) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Grace Biddle and Kaili Jacobsen combined for seven saves for Bates.
Former Lewiston High School standout Abigail Chartier had a goal and an assist in the Huskies' (3-3, 2-0 LEC) win over the Wolves (2-4, 0-2) in Gorham.
Chartier was one of five University of Southern Maine players to score. Winthrop's Eleanor Folsom made 10 saves in her first collegiate start in goal for USM.
The Ephs (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) scored two second-half goals to beat the Bobcats (2-2, 0-2) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Tess Belnap and Sam Phan scored for Williams. Samantha Bunar had 10 saves for Bates.
Monmouth Academy graduate Audrey Fletcher scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Beavers (2-4, 1-1 NAC) in their win over the Owls (1-2-2, 0-2) in Farmington.
Grace Mahmood and Kiley Meader scored within a 1-minute, 37-second span late in the first half to put UMaine-Farmington up 2-0. Fletcher added an unassisted goal in the second half. Former Oak Hill standout Paige Gonya had 15 saves in goal.
Alexis Ireland scored for Presque Isle. Camryn Ala had the assist.