Sophomore MF Jon Colton (West Springfield) scored in the 89th minute yesterday to lift American to a 3-2 upset of No. 7 Virginia Commonwealth in a men's soccer game at Reeves Field. The teams combined to score three goals in the final seven minutes.

Kevin Jeffery scored in the 84th minute to give the Rams (7-2-1, 2-1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) a 2-1 lead, but American's Adam Rosen blasted home a rebound to tie the game three minutes later. Nino Marcantonio (Churchill) had a first-half goal and two assists and GK Mike Gorsegner had six saves for American (4-5, 2-1). . . .

Carlos Garcia's 87th-minute goal was the difference as William & Mary defeated Virginia, 1-0, in Charlottesville . . .

UMBC improved to 10-0-1 with a 4-0 win over Howard in Baltimore.

PENALTIES: The Bowl Championship Series probably will discuss whether to make participants who run afoul of NCAA rules return money or forfeit championships, four of the series' directors said. The sentiment comes as 1998 BCS champion Tennessee is conducting an internal investigation into possible academic fraud in its football program.

If the players got the illicit help, only the BCS could take away Tennessee's national title or ask it to return money from postseason play, not the NCAA as for all other collegiate sports championships.

Inaction by the BCS would create a double standard, athletic officials said. While the NCAA made such squads as the 1995 UCLA softball team and the 1990 Syracuse lacrosse team forfeit championships, Division I-A football teams can't be stripped of titles.

Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Wieberg, Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, the Pac-10's Tom Hansen and the SEC's Roy Kramer said they expect this issue to be discussed sometime this year.