Opening weekend

First, the MASCAC and ECAC Northeast opened the season nearly two weeks after their national counterparts. Then, there was little uniformity in the start of the season for each team.
In a three-day stretch of Friday through Sunday, two MASCAC teams and six ECAC Northeast teams opened the season, but Sunday afternoon brought one of the higher-profile nonconference matchups, as Curry College, ranked 15 in the preseason Division III men’s poll, lost 5-4 to No. 11 Neumann College Sunday in suburban Philadelphia.
The Colonels tied the game at 3-3 on a pair of goals less than three minutes into the second period on Greg Fosso’s tally at 2:16 and Steven Mohler’s power-play goal 41 seconds later.
But midway through the third, Neumann’s Cory Park broke a 4-4 tie with his second goal of the game.
The Colonels open their ECAC Northeast schedule at 2 p.m. Saturday at Salve Regina.
Also in the ECAC Northeast
Becker defeated Stonehill, 5-1, on Friday (Stonehill’s second loss to an ECAC Northeast opponent in three days, after Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Johnson and Wales), then lost to Suffolk 4-1 in the four-team Becker Ice Breaker Tournament in Marlborough, Mass., a nonconference game though an ECAC Northeast matchup.
Suffolk and Becker will meet two more times this season in conference play. Becker hosts the Rams at 1 p.m. January 28, while Suffolk hosts Becker in the regular-season finale for both teams February 18, with the time to be announced.
It might not necessarily be a game for all the marbles, but it will be for for some of them in an ECAC Northeast contest.
Suffolk (2-0) meanwhile, continues its nonconference and tournament slate on Friday as part of the Pepperidge Farm tournament Thursday and Friday in Worcester, Mass.. It will be another ECAC Northeast/MASCAC scramble, as Worcester State, Suffolk, Johnson and Wales, and Western New England make up the field.
Also in the MASCAC
In the MASCAC, Plymouth State defeated Southern New Hampshire, 6-0, in its season opener Saturday, outshooting New Hampshire 41-7, as Kyle Greco scored a goal and three assists in the win.
In a game on neutral ice — and in a bigger facility — Westfield State defeated Western New England 4-2 Friday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., a precursor to Adirondack’s 2-1 win over Springfield in an AHL contest.
After Western New England’s Alan Martin cut the lead to 3-2 less than three minutes into the third, the Owls had to concentrate on defense, not getting insurance until Billy Miller scored an empty-net goal with 42-seconds left in regulation.
Westfield State won despite being outshot 10-6 in the third period, which begs the question: Does quality trump quantity?
Other openers
Salem State faces Wentworth at 7 p.m. Monday  in the season opener for both teams.
Nichols opens its season against Westfield State at 8:10 p.m. at Levy Rink in Harrisville, R.I., about 20 miles from Nichols’s campus in Dudley, Mass.
Fitchburg State opens its season at 7 p.m. Tuesday against New England College.
Massachusetts-Dartmouth opens its season at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday at Becker.