By JOHN BOSCHINI
It was a weekend of draws near the top of the rankings this weekend in NCAA action. Here is a rundown of the weekened's top matches:
#5 Maryland 1, #9 Boston College 1
A second-half equalizer from Billy Cortes rescued a 1-1 tie for the Maryland Terrapins in their ACC opener against Boston College.
BC took an early lead when a Maryland defender was whistled for a handball in the box in the 19th minute. Conor Fitzpatrick stepped up and slotted the spot kick past Zac MacMath. The game remained that way until the hour mark when Cortes directed Doug Rodkey's cross into the Eagles' net.
Boston College had several opportunities to claim victory in the sudden-death overtime period. Charlie Rugg's 95th minute shot ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar but the ball was just short of going over the line.
#2 Virginia 2, #8 Duke 2
The Virginia Cavaliers battled to a 1-1 draw with the Duke Blue Devils in both teams' ACC opener.
Rob Dolot gave Duke the lead in the 23rd minute when Jonathan Aguirre's shot was spilled by Diego Restrepo and Dolot put home a rebound from four yards out. An equalizer didn't come for the Cavaliers until the 71st minute when Jimmy Simpson scored. Sean Hiller appeared to have given Virginia a late winner with a goal in the 86th minute but Ryan Finley tied the game up two minutes later.
Neither squad could muster a winner in overtime and the match ended in a draw.
#6 Harvard 1, #10 Connecticut 1
Both Harvard and Connecticut kept their undefeated seasons intact after a 1-1 draw in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Morrone Stadium in Connecticut.
Zack Wolfenzon gave the visitors an early lead with a shot from the top of the box. It was Wolfenzon's first goal of the season. Stephane Diop equalized for the Huskies just before halftime. UConn outshot Harvard 25-6 on the night but couldn't find a winner.
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#7 Monmouth 2, St. Peter's 1: Ryan Kinne and Jacob Rubinstein scored while Bryan Meredith saved a penalty kick as Monmouth defeated their in-state rivals.
#14 UC-Irvine 2, Oakland 0: Goals by Corey Attaway and Amani Walker gave Irvine the comfortable win. Andrew Fontein earned his fourth-straight shutout.
Cal Poly 1, #18 Indiana 0: A late goal from Chris Bernardi gave Cal Poly the upset. Indiana got 16 shots off but couldn't beat Cal Poly goalkeeper Patrick McLain.
#11 Ohio State 1, Binghamton 0: A Konrad Warzycha penalty kick gave the Buckeyes a narrow win. It was the third converted PK in two games for Warzycha.
#16 Portland 3, Denver 3 (2OT): Denver came from behind three times in the second half to force a high-scoring draw with Portland.
St. Mary's 2, #19 California 1 (2OT): California lost a thriller in double overtime courtesy of a 102nd minute goal by Trevor Newquist.
#13 Louisville 2, Fordham 0: J.T. Murray and Nick DeLeon both scored in Louisville's home opener.
#4 North Carolina 1, North Carolina State 0: A lone goal from Eddie Ababio gave the Tarheels the victory over their fierce, in-state rivals.
#12 Wake Forest 2, Clemson 1: Wake Forest steadied themselves after a rocky start to the season with a victory over Clemson. Anthony Arena broke a 1-1 tie with a game-winning goal just before the hour mark.
Notre Dame 2, #22 Drake: 0: A brace by Steven Perry, coupled with an unflinching Irish defense, was enough to down Drake.
Bucknell 2, #15 Penn State 1: The Nittany Lions scored just two minutes into the game but goals from Ryan Sappington and Brendan Burgdorf gave Bucknell the comeback win.
#25 St. John's 5, Fairleigh Dickinson 0: More than 2,000 fans, the third-largest in St. John's history, witnessed a 5-0 thrashing on Friday night. Connor Lade, Sverre Wegge Gundhus, and Walter Hines all scored a goal while Tadeu Terra put home a brace.
#3 Tulsa 4, Western Illinois 0: The Golden Hurricanes celebrated their #3 ranking with a 4-0 victory over Western Illinois. A double by Neil Austin was supported by goals from Ashley McInnes and Zach Nulisch.
New Mexico 3, #20 Georgetown 1: New Mexico continued their hot start with a win over the Hoyas. Levi Rossi, Lance Rozeboom and Ryan Farquharson all got on the scoresheet for New Mexico.
#21 UC Santa Barbara 2, Davidson 2 (2OT): A 70th-minute goal from Greg Macnamara gave visiting Davidson a draw and kept UC Santa Barbara from recording their first win of the season.
#1 Akron 2, Bowling Green 0: Top-ranked Akron won their MAC opener with a comfortable victory over Bowling Green. Second-half goals from Kofi Sarkodie and Darren Mattocks were enough for the Zips.
#24 Creighton 2, DePaul 0: A Greg Jordan double was enough for Ceighton. The recent success of the Bluejays seems to have gotten the attention of the Creighton student body, 2,603 of whom were in attendance.
#18 Indiana 2, #22 Drake 0: The Hoosiers downed a struggling Drake side with goals from Andy Adlard and Nikita Kotlov. It was the first shutout of the year for Indiana who improve their record to 2-2.
#11 Ohio State 2, Bucknell 1: Konrad Warzycha continued his hot start with a goal and Austin McAnena added a goal of his own.
#13 Louisville 5, Appalachian State 0: Austin Berry, Colin Rolfe, Dylan Mares, Paolo DelPiccolo and Nick DeLeon all scored as Louisville embarrassed their Southern Conference opponents.
#7 Monmouth 3, American University 1: Erkko Puaren scored a brace and Chase Barbieri added a third as Monmouth improved to 4-0-0 on the season
Denver 3, #20 Georgetown 1: Georgetown's disappointing weekend was completed with a defeat to Denver. Michael Perry, Blake Shannon and Josh Wren scored for Denver
#14 UC Irvine 5, Air Force 0: A Spencer Thompson hat trick led the way in UC Irvine's thrashing of Air Force. Zlatan Kuckovic and Brett Berman also added goals.
#15 Penn State 4, Binghamton 3: Doubles from Jordan Tyler and Corey Hertzog gave the Nittany Lions a shootout victory. Hertzog's game winner came from a gorgeous chip from well outside the box with only six minutes left.
#23 Michigan State 4, Niagara 1: Two goals and an assist from Spencer Thompson gave the Spartans a convincing victory over Niagara.
#16 Portland 2, New Mexico 1: An 89th minute goal by Ryan Kawulok gave Portland a thrilling victory over a New Mexico team who had started off their season undefeated through three games.
#3 Tulsa 1, SIU Edwardsville 0: Tulsa remained unbeaten on the year thanks to a goal from Ashley McInnes.
#19 California 3, UNLV 0: California rebounded from their overtime loss to dispatch UNLV. Davis Paul got a brace and John Fitzpatrick got his first goal of the season.
#17 UCLA 2, Davidson 0: The Bruins are back to their winning ways thanks to two second-half goals from freshman Kelyn Rowe.
#25 St. John's 2, Boston University 1: Tadeu Terra's 53rd minute goal was enough to see St. John's to victory. Rafael Diaz made a career-high nine saves and added an assist.
San Diego State 1, Air Force 0
Evansville 9, Alabama A&M 0
American University 2, Princeton 1
Appalachian State 0, Cincinnati 0 (2OT)
Pittsburgh 1, Army 0
Boston University 3, Seton Hall 1
Buffalo 1, Canisius 0
Belmont 5, Centenary LA 2
UNC-Wilmington 1, Central Florida 0
UAB 2, Charlotte 1 (OT)
Northwestern 4, Cleveland State 0
Colgate 2, Siena 1 (OT)
Columbia 2, Hartwick 2 (2OT)
Delaware 2, Rutgers 2
ETSU 2, Bradley 1
Marquette 2, FGCU 0
High Point 1, Georgia Southern 0
Pennsylvania 2, George Mason 1 (OT)
Gonzaga 2, Seattle 1
Hofstra 1, Yale 0
Butler 5, Houston Baptist 1
Coastal Carolina 3, Howard 0
Indianapolis 2, Central Arkansas 1
Jacksonville 2, UNC Greensboro 1
Lafayette 1, Villanova 1 (2OT)
LMU 1, Kentucky 0 (OT)
Winthrop 3, Long Island 0
Liberty 1, Marshall 1 (2OT)
Mercer 3, Radford 0
Michigan 2, UIC 0
Western Michigan 5, Niagara 2
Syracuse 1, Northeastern 0 (OT)
Oregon State 2, Northern Illinois 1
Vermont 4, Presbyterian 0
Old Dominion 2, Rhode Island 0
San Jose State 1, Cal State Fullerton 0
SMU 1, SIU Edwardsville 0
Brown 1, South Carolina 0
St. Francis 0, VMI 0 (2OT)
Holy Cross 3, Stony Brook 0
Sacramento State 2, UC Davis 1
Michigan 2, UIC 0
Missouri State 1, UW Green Bay 0
Valpo 1, Santa Clara 0
South Florida 2, Virginia Tech 0
CS Northridge 0, Washington 0 (2OT)
West Virginia 2, William & Mary 1
FIU 2, Wisconsin 1
Wofford 0, VCU 0
CSU Bakersfield 2, San Francisco 0
Mount St. Mary's 4, George Washington 3
Charlotte 4, Memphis 0
UAB 4, North Florida 1
Loyola (MD) 2, Quinnipiac 1
Sacred Heart 2, Adelphi 1
Fairfield 0, UMass 0 (2OT)
Wright State 1, Xavier 0
Loyola (IL) 1, UMKC 1
Duquesne 3, Army 1
Bradley 7, Alabama A&M 1
Butler 3, LMU 1
Notre Dame 5, Cal Poly 1
Columbia 2, Syracuse 0
Evansville 2, ETSU 0
Seton Hall 3, FDU 0
FGCU 0, Valpo 0 (2OT)
Cincinnati 1, Fordham 0
Belmont 2, Gardner Webb 1
Georgia Southern 1, Radford 1 (2OT)
GMU 2, Villanova 0
VCU 3, Howard 0
Western Michigan 4, IPFW 2
Missouri State 3, IUPUI 0
Pennsylvania 2, Lafayette 1 (OT)
Towson 2, Lehigh 1
Butler 3, LMU 1
JMU 3, Longwood 0
Mercer 2, High Point 2 (2OT)
Michigan 2, Seattle (2OT)
UNC Greensboro 2, Richmond 0
Buffalo 3, Robert Morris 2
San Jose 3, CS Northridge 1
Santa Clara 2, Marquette 0
Liberty 3, St. Francis (NY) 1
St. Bonaventure 1, St. Francis (PA) 0
Stony Brook 1, Dartmouth 0
Columbia 2, Syracuse 0
Gonzaga 1, UIC 0
Washington 3, CS Fullerton 1
West Virginia 2, Old Dominion 1
William & Mary 4, Rhode Island 0
UNC Wilmington 1, Winthrop 0
FAU 2, Wisconsin 1
Coastal Carolina 1, Wofford 0 (OT)