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No. 7 UMBC, Saunders shut out UMass Lowell, 2-0, in men's soccer

UMBC, Navy men, JHU men and women win cross country conference titles

Sports Digest

November 3, 2013

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College soccer

No. 7 UMBC, Saunders shut out UMass Lowell, 2-0

Seventh-ranked UMBC got goals in the 23rd minute from sophomore forward Michael Scott and in the 35th minute from junior defender Marquez Fernandez (McDonogh), and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall) made four saves as the visiting Retrievers earned a 2-0 victory at UMass Lowell. UMBC, which leads the nation in winning percentage, extended its unbeaten streak to six and improved to 13-1-2 overall and 4-0-2 in America East play. The Riverhawks, who were coming off a win and a tie in their previous two league outings, slipped to 3-13-1 and 1-4-1 in their first Division I season. The Retrievers would clinch the America East regular-season title with a victory over Stony Brook at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday. UMBC has already secured a first-round bye and will host an America East tournament semifinal Nov. 13. Scott was making his first career start in place of the America East's leading scorer, senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall), who was out after suffering a concussion. The Retrievers' second-leading goal-scorer, senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres, did not compete because of an accumulation of five yellow cards.

More men: Martin Sanchez and Derek Vogel scored as host Navy (12-3-2, 8-0) earned a 2-0 victory over Loyola (6-8-2, 1-6-1), clinching its first Patriot League regular-season title since 1991. The Midshipmen will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament; Army also will get a first-round bye.

Women: Eighth-seeded Maryland (10-9) will face top-seeded Virginia (19-0) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament today at 1 p.m. in Charlottesville. ... Top-seeded UMBC (11-5-2, 6-2) will host fourth-seeded Hartford (11-5-3, 5-3) today at 1 p.m. in the America East semifinals. The Retrievers are seeking their first conference title. ... Sydney Teng, Pamela Vranis and Kelly Baker scored as Johns Hopkins (16-1-1, 9-0-1 Centennial), No. 7 in Division III, won its final regular-season match of the year, 3-0, over host Franklin & Marshall (5-9-3, 3-5-2). The Blue Jays will host the winner of the conference tournament play-in game between McDaniel and Muhlenberg on Wednesday.

College cross country

UMBC, Navy men, JHU men and women win conference titles

The UMBC men's cross country team won its first America East championship since 2005 on Saturday morning in Vestal, N.Y. Sophomore Hassan Omar led the way for the Retrievers for the third time this season, earning a third-place finish and a spot on the all-conference squad by crossing the line with a time of 25 minutes, 7.32 seconds. Senior Andrew Smith joined Omar on the all-conference team by placing 10th for UMBC with an 8K time of 25:20.35. UMBC (58 points) edged host Binghamton by seven points.

More men: Navy captured its fifth Patriot League championship, all in the past six years, in Easton, Pa., with 61 points, edging Lehigh (63). Sean Rynning paced the Midshipmen with an eighth-place time of 25:31.50. Sam Peckham (25:35.70), Zach Hebda (25:38.76) and Kyle Davis (25:40.68) took ninth, 12th and 13th place, respectively. Justin Maguire rounded out Navy's fifth and final scoring runner with a 19th-place time of 25:54.37. The Mids' Al Cantello was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. ... Johns Hopkins won its first conference title in half a century, winning the Centennial championship meet with 34 points. The Blue Jays, ranked 32nd, had five runners finish in the top 10, and outran No. 8 Dickinson (39) and No. 12 Haverford (61) in Westminster. Hopkins' previous title was in the Mason Dixon Conference. Max Robinson was the top Blue Jay for the sixth time this season, running near the front of the pack the entire race and finishing third with a time of 26:01. Schaffer Ochstein (26:03) finished fifth, Austin Stecklair (26:16) seventh and Julian Salianai (26:19) ninth.

Women: Senior Holly Clarke won her first individual title of the season to lead Hopkins to its sixth straight Centennial Conference championship in Westminster. The Blue Jays finished with five of the top six runners recording 17 points and earning the team title. Hopkins had the top three runners at the meet, with Clarke winning the title (22:22), junior Frances Loeb taking second (22:29) and sophomore Hannah Oneda (Winters Mill) finishing third (22:30). Sophia Meehan was fifth (23:05) and Annie Monagle was sixth (23:08). ... Senior Cody Mezebish (South Carroll) took 15th individually and UMBC earned its best finish at the America East championships in Vestal by placing fifth. Mezebish finished in 18:25.33, less than a minute behind race winner Olivia Burne (17:30.14) of Stony Brook. Sophomore Nicole Dawson (Hammond) was the next Retriever across the line, finishing in 30th in 19:12.34. ... Junior Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) became the fourth Towson runner ever to earn all-conference honors when she finished eighth overall at the Colonial Athletic Association championships at Oregon Ridge Park. The Tigers placed sixth in the eight-team field with 155 points. Tauber finished in 22:16.09.

College field hockey

No. 1 Maryland routs No. 7 Duke, 5-1; ACC tourney next

Top-ranked Maryland (18-1, 6-0 ACC) rolled to a 5-1 field hockey win at No. 7 Duke (13-5, 3-3) to finish the regular season. Sophomore Anna Dessoye scored twice in the first half to help the Terps to a 3-0 lead at the break. Maryland set a school record for conference wins in a year and tied its record of 18 regular-season wins, set in 2009. Maryland will play fourth-seeded Duke or fifth-seeded Virginia on Friday at 1 p.m.

Et cetera

Thomas' 20 lead No. 8 Terps women in last exhibition

The Maryland women's basketball team, which is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason poll, used a strong run that bridged the halves to beat visiting Holy Family, 99-44, on Saturday in its final exhibition match. Senior Alyssa Thomas led Maryland with 20 points on 9-for-10 from the field to go with 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists. Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points and five rebounds, and fellow freshman Lexie Brown scored 10. Maryland will open the season Friday at South Florida with a 7 p.m. game in Tampa, Fla. The Terps will play their home opener next Sunday at 2 p.m. against Loyola.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United announced that the club has declined its option on Syamsir Alam.