May 20, 2013
Spirit's 2-0 loss to Thorns is first shutout
Christine Sinclair scored in the 41st minute and Alex Morgan added a late goal as the Portland Thorns defeated the visiting Washington Spirit, 2-0, in a National Women's Soccer League match before an announced 12,474 at Jeld-Wen Field. The Spirit (1-3-3), which scored four times at Seattle on Thursday, suffered its first shutout. Chantel Jones made her first start in goal for Washington, replacing Ashlyn Harris (sore knee). The Thorns are 5-1-1. Washington coach Mike Jorden could only watch from home on this trip because of unscheduled back surgery two weeks ago. Assistant Kris Ward is leading the team this week. Jorden wasn't the only key member of the team missing Sunday, as U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was a late scratch after failing a late fitness test for a sore knee. Understudy Chantel Jones made her NWSL pro debut as a result, and was very solid despite the two goals allowed. The Spirit return home Monday and will resume training Tuesday at their Maryland SoccerPlex home in Boyds. They board a bus for Boston on Friday to meet the Breakers for third time in eight games Saturday night (7 p.m.), with the series locked at two 1-1 draws.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
College baseball: Mount St. Mary's (11-37, 6-26 NEC) lost, 7-5, to host Central Connecticut State (28-25, 16-16 ) in the final game of the season Sunday afternoon. Jay Knight broke the Mount's career stolen base record in the loss with his 40th. ... UMES senior Tre-von Johnson was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. The designated hitter batted .625 (5-for-8) for the Hawks in the two games, reaching base six times in nine plate appearances.
College softball: Because of inclement weather, top-ranked Salisbury will have to wait until this morning to play its fourth game of the Division III Championship. The Sea Gulls (41-3) will take on the University of Texas at Tyler (46-5) in an elimination game at 11 a.m. The Gulls advanced to their fourth contest with a 3-1 win over Montclair State on Sunday afternoon. ... Salisbury sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson and senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl (Long Reach) were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team Division III All-Americans. Salisbury was one of two schools with two selections. Johnson has 311 strikeouts and has allowed 16 earned runs in 175 innings. Gravdahl is batting .462 with 45 runs, 48 RBIs and 10 home runs. Frostburg State senior outfielder Taylor Vandegrift (Winters Mill) made the third team. ... Maryland freshman shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser was named to the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team.
Women's college volleyball: Katelyn Panzau has joined UMBC as the top assistant coach. Panzau comes from her alma mater, Missouri State, where she served as an assistant last year.
Charity softball: The fourth annual Lardarius Webb Celebrity Charity Softball Game will be held June 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen and will include such Ravens players as Lardarius Webb, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Torrey Smith. The offense will play against the defense. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. with batting practice at 3:30 p.m. and first pitch slated for 4:30p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Lardarius Webb Foundation in its mission to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth in the Greater Baltimore region. Tickets start at $14 and parking is free. Tickets can be purchased at the Ripken Stadium box office and at IronBirdsBaseball.com. For more information, call 410-297-9292.
—From Sun staff and news services
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