Top-ranked Maryland wins ACC field hockey semifinal in OT

Caringi III repeats as top striker in America East

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Top-ranked Maryland wins ACC semi in OT

Junior Maxine Fluharty scored in overtime to lead top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland to the Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey championship game with a 3-2 win over No. 8 and fourth-seeded Duke on Friday in Newton, Mass. Maryland (19-1, 6-0) led 2-0 at halftime, but Duke (14-6, 3-3) scored twice in the second half to tie the game with a little more than three minutes to play. Fluharty scored the game-winner 3:52 into overtime off a penalty corner. The Terps will make their 24th appearance in Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game and will face third-seeded North Carolina (16-4), which earned a 1-0 victory over second-seeded Syracuse (16-3). Maryland has won nine ACC titles, all under current coach Missy Meharg, and most recently, three straight in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Caringi III repeats as top striker in America East

America East Conference regular-season champion UMBC captured four of the conference's major awards: senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) is Striker of the Year, senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres is Midfielder of the Year, junior fullback Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley) is Defender of the Year, and Pete Caringi Jr. and his staff are Coaching Staff of the Year. All voting was done by the league's eight head coaches. Caringi, III, Dacres, Ballo and junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) made All-America East first team. Senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall) and junior fullback Marquez Fernandez (McDonogh) made the second team, and junior midfielder Michael DiCesare earned academic honors. Caringi III was a unanimous selection as Striker of the Year and is the first repeat winner in the 12-year history of the award. Dacres also was a unanimous pick.

Women's soccer: Senior Kelly Baker scored her first career hat trick and added an assist to lead top-seeded Johns Hopkins (17-1-1) to an 8-0 victory over visiting Muhlenberg (7-11-2) in the Centennial Conference semifinals. Her seven points broke the tournament record for points in a game. Junior Hannah Kronick had her fourth multi-goal game of the season and added an assist, and junior Sydney Teng scored twice in the first half. Hopkins advanced to the championship game for 10th straight season andwill face second-seeded Haverford or third-seeded Gettysburg today at 5:30 p.m. ... Towson senior Emily Banes and junior Katie Ponce were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team. Junior Erin Quinn (South Carroll) made the third team, and freshman Nat Pinkney made the rookie squad. Junior Sofia Read made the academic team. ... Mount St. Mary's senior Jackie Corley was selected to the All-Northeast Conference second team.

Men's lacrosse: The Johns Hopkins-Michigan game, originally scheduled for Feb. 22 at Michigan, will now be played at Homewood Field at noon. The game cannot be played at Michigan Stadium as originally agreed upon, and a decision to move the game to Homewood Field was made by Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala and Michigan coach John Paul.

Women's lacrosse: Division II Pace has announced the hiring of former Salisbury men's assistant Michael Spinner as its first-ever head coach. Spinner was a goalie for the Pace men's team from 1996 to 1999 and has more than a decade of experience coaching women's lacrosse. He is now tasked with fielding the first women's team at Pace for the spring 2015 season. In August 2000, he joined the Sea Gulls men's staff for a season, also serving as head coach of the women's club team. Spinner helped guide the Sea Gulls to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals while serving as goalie coach, a defensive coach and recruiting coordinator. From 2009 to 2010, he was athletic director at Notre Dame Maryland.

Women's volleyball: Host Maryland (12-13, 4-9 ACC) lost, 27-25, 25-19, 25-20, to No. 15 Duke (21-3, 12-1), despite 10 kills and two assisted blocks by Adreené Elliott.

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Breeder-owner William Harris dies at 90

Noted breeder-owner William R. Harris died Friday at his home in Mineral, Va., according to trainer Chris Grove. He was 90 years old. Harris bred and owned multiple stakes winners Sweet Goodbye ($692,772), Five Steps ($413,746) and Deer Run ($408,530). "He was always the biggest client in the barn," Grove said. "In our heyday, he owned 22 or 23 horses in our 50-stall barn at Bowie, so he got a lot of my attention. He was really like a grandfather to me. ... I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Harris. He stuck with me through the good times and bad." Deer Run finished second in the 2002 Frank J. De Francis Dash at Laurel Park. Sassy Hound, a horse bred by Harris, finished third in that same race. Sweet Goodbye won eight stakes races during her 23-race career, with her biggest victory in the 2010 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel. "He was a big supporter of Maryland racing from Virginia," Grove said. "He was the biggest client at Murmur Farm [in Harford County], and was really excited when they got Louis Quatorze. He did a lot of homework and was able to win with homebreds."

Laurel Park: After nearly eight weeks of the fall meeting, three trainers have separated themselves from the pack. Hugh McMahon tops the standings with 18 victories, two more than Jamie Ness, with Mike Trombetta three back. McMahon, who topped the Laurel Park winter meet standings earlier this year, visited the winners' circle with Prospero ($12.60) in Friday's eight-race feature, a $42,000 allowance. Ness captured Friday's second race with Three Bagger ($4.80), moving to within five of 2,000 for his career. Trombetta has saddled 11 winners in the past 14 live-racing cards. Jerry Robb ranks fourth, winning 10 races from just 19 starters.

Gymnastics: The U.S. team of Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind., and Deana Parris of Burtonsville and Fairland Gymnastics finished 16th in the women's synchronized trampoline qualification round at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

NHL: The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension. He will earn $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 through the 2015-16 season. Chimera, 34, has five goals, six assists and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season.

 

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