Bowdoin women win in PK's, advance in NCAA's

ITHACA, N.Y. (NEWS CENTER) - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team (11-3-4) earned a trip to the NCAA regional finals with a 5-3 edge in penalty kicks over Scranton (9-7-5) on Saturday.

The teams were knotted 0-0 after 110 minutes of competition in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted by Ithaca at Carp Wood Field. 24th-ranked Bowdoin will advance to play the host sixth-ranked Bombers at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Ithaca defeated UMass Boston, 5-1, in the other regional semifinal.

Making their 8th NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since 2007, thme Polar Bears were a perfect 5-for-5 in penalty kicks to seal the victory. It is the first time Bowdoin has advanced in the NCAA Tournament since 1999. It was the third consecutive game that the Polar Bears had decided in PK's.

The 13th Annual Coats & Toys for Kids Day: another grand success

On December 3, 2011, WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 celebrated their Annual Coats & Toys for Kids Day. This one-day "pep rally" took place in locations statewide: Sanford with Pat Callaghan and Bruce Glasier, Portland with Cindy Williams and Rob Caldwell, Auburn with Kelly LaBrecque and Brian Yocono, Augusta with Kathleen Shannon and Bill Green, Bangor with Chris Facchini and Steve McKay, and Brunswick, Bath, and Rockland stations stops of the Maine Eastern Railroad with Don Carrigan and Togus the STORM CENTER Cat.

WCSH 6 (Portland) and WLBZ 2 (Bangor) broadcast live programs in the morning and at noon, inviting viewers to donate new and gently-used coats and new toys. Maine people came through: more than 6000 coats and thousands of toys are now available to warm children and make merrier holidays for families. Coat and toy distribution will be made possible by The Salvation Army.

Bowdoin field hockey falls in NESCAC final, await NCAA fate

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont (NEWS CENTER) - The Middlebury College field hockey team won its second NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 shootout victory over Bowdoin Saturday on Kohn Field.

The top-ranked Panthers remain perfect on the season at 17-0 and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sixth-ranked Bowdoin falls to 14-3 on the year and is expected to get an at-large selection to the tournament when they are announced on Sunday evening.

Richmond girls win Class D title in PK's

HAMPDEN (NEWS CENTER) - The Richmond girls came into the Class D soccer final as two-time reigning state champs.  That experience ultimately was the difference as they outlasted state final debutants Washburn 2-1 on penalty kicks. 

It's Richmond's ninth state title in program history. 

Scarborough boys roll to Class A crown

HAMPDEN (NEWS CENTER) - A hat-trick from Dan Ornstein and another goal from Austin Downing sent Scarborough on their way to their ninth state championship 4-0 over Mt. Ararat.

Class A East: Lawrence remains unbeaten, coasts to final

FAIRFIELD (NEWS CENTER) - Top-seeded Lawrence (10-0) showed why they're the three-time reigning Eastern Maine Class A champs as they shutout Messalonskee (6-4), 27-0. 

The Bulldogs will host second-seeded Cony (8-2) in the regional final after the Rams knocked off Brunswick, 21-20. 

The Dragons (7-3) missed an extra point off the upright in the fourth quarter.

Downeaster makes first morning run from Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Passengers had to wait a little longer than expected to make the first morning run on the newly expanded Downeaster train service out of Brunswick.

The first daily train to Boston is scheduled to depart at 7:05 a.m.  But electrical problems delayed the train from reaching the station by more than an hour on Friday morning.

The technical glitch did not dampen the enthusiam of local leaders for the new service.  Brunswick Town Manager Gary Brown told NEWS CENTER'S Lee Nelson that he is hopeful the train will serve as a pipeline for tourists from the Boston area.