Penn State sophomore forward Connor Maloney started his second season in State College on a high note with a pair of game-winners to give the Nittany Lions a perfect 2-0 start.
The first winner came Friday night when the Harrisburg native got behind the Oakland backline and finished off a perfectly weighted ball from Mark Wadid in the 52nd minute. Two nights later Maloney was the hero again, delivering on another assist from Wadid to bury the eventual game-winner over St. John's in the 48th minute. He topped his 2013 goal output with another goal in the 90th minute to give the blue and white a 3-0 victory.
Maloney wasn't the only sophomore with Union Academy experience who scored more goals opening weekend than all of last season. George Mason sophomore forward Colton Amidon scored a hat trick off the bench for the Patriots, delivering goals in the 75th, 78th and 81st minutes in a 7-0 drubbing of Howard in the D.C. College Cup. George Mason won the cup on Sunday with a 1-0 win over American in a much quieter game for Amidon off the bench.
Shane Campbell, a junior transfer from Penn State, started at left back in his first game for Louisville in a historic first-ever match at the new $20 million Lynn Stadium. Campbell helped hold the visiting Maryland Terrapins to a clean sheet that was nearly erased by Alex Shinsky, who had a close range effort saved by Louisville keeper Joachim Ball. Zack Steffen did his part to keep the Terps in the game with a pair of saves, the first a diving stop on a Ricardo Velazco shot in the ninth minute. A Cardinal record 7,047 turned out for the stadium opener and the game was broadcast on ESPN3.
Virginia forward Darius Madison was out of the lineup for the Hoos' opening night overtime win against Old Dominion.
Michigan State defender Andrew Herr picked up his first point in a 3-0 win for the Spartans over Florida International University on Sunday, his second game of the season playing at right back. The Spartans won their Friday night opener 1-0 over SMU. You can see Herr's contribution to Michigan State's third goal on Sunday beginning in the 3:19 mark of the video below.
North Carolina sophomore Colton Storm started at left back for the Tar Heels as they split their first two games against Pac-12 opponents with a 3-1 win over California and a 1-0 loss to UCLA.
ACC newcomer Noah Snyder made his debut on Sunday, playing seven minutes off the bench for the Blue Devils in a 8-2 win over Stetson.
Doyle Tuvveson was the only other freshman to make his debut in a start for Lehigh in their 2-1 win over Manhattan. Tuvveson drew a penalty in the box that led to Lehigh's first goal in the game and had a shot on goal.
Georgetown right back Keegan Rosenberry helped hold the defending national champions Notre Dame scoreless on Sunday after the Hoyas settled for a 1-1 draw with Indiana on Friday night. Brett Campbell and Melvin Snoh came off the bench in both games for Georgetown.
Indiana defender Billy McConnell was a substitute and received a yellow card in both of the Hoosiers games, a 1-1 tie with Georgetown and a 1-0 win over Marquette.
Duquesne goalkeeper Sam Frymier recorded his 12th career shutout in the Dukes 0-0 draw with Marshall on Friday and made six saves in a 4-2 win over St. Francis PA on Sunday. James Madison goalkeeper Kyle Morton made four saves in each of the Dukes opening weekend losses (2-0 to Vermont, 3-1 to Albany).