UMBC senior forward Kadeem Dacres scored with 4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers edged visiting Albany, 2-1, in the America East Conference men's soccer semifinals. The Retrievers, ranked No. 6 nationally, advance to their third title game in the past four years. UMBC (15-1-2) will host third-seeded Hartford (14-3-3), which advanced on penalty kicks past host New Hampshire, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Retriever Soccer Park. Fifth-seeded Albany, which had routed No. 4 Vermont, 5-1, in the quarterfinals, finished the season 6-11-4. The Great Danes tied Thursday's game with 21 seconds left when defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from 5 yards out in a scramble in front of the goal. UMBC sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (McDonogh) scored the game's first goal with 31 minutes remaining in the game.
More men: La Salle midfielder Jason Plumhoff (River Hill) was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Plumhoff finished the regular season with the conference lead in points (29) and goals (10) and tied for the league lead in assists (nine). He also added four game-winners, tied for the most in the conference. ... Salisbury's Gerry DiBartolo was named the CAC Coach of the Year, and junior Tanner East, senior Larry Cornish, junior Stephen Poorman, junior Logan Becker and sophomore Drew Staedeli (Mount Hebron) were named to the first team. York senior Aaron Beale (Archbishop Curley) and Frostburg State seniors Chris Jones and Pablo Torrano were named to the first team. York seniors Chris Weaver (Archbishop Curley) and Daniel Baxter (Calvert Hall); St. Mary's freshman Nick Tait; Wesley sophomore Aluwatobi Sowande (Meade); and Salisbury junior Kyle Westbrook were named to the second team. ... Loyola senior Stephen Dooley and junior Joseph Cahalan, as well as Navy senior Dave Arnold, were named to the Patriot League All-Academic team.
Women: Freshman Alexis Siejack scored in the 12th minute to lead top-seeded and host Stevenson to a 1-0 victory over eighth-seeded Alvernia (11-8-2) in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South championship. Siejack's team-leading 15th goal of the season came off a cross by senior Catherine Madden. Alicia Greene The Mustangs (14-8-1) will host Grove City in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Saturday. ... Johns Hopkins junior forward Hannah Kronick was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. Kronick led the conference in points (47), goals (19) and assists (nine) to lead the Blue Jays to their ninth conference title. Joining Kronick on the All-Centennial first team are senior forward Kelly Baker, junior defender Emily Nagourney and freshman midfielder Ana Bengoechea, who was also named the Rookie of the Year. Senior forward Christina Convey, freshman midfielder Meg Van de Loo, senior midfielder Pamela Vranis and freshman defender Adrienne Johnson were named to the second team. ... McDaniel senior forward Julia Pope (North Carroll) and senior defender Sam Wilson were named to the Centennial second team, while freshman forward Nicole Hill made honorable mention. Wilson also was selected as the inaugural Scholar-Athlete, and Sandy Lagana was named Coach of the Year. ... York junior Clare Chatham (Mount Hebron), Salisbury sophomores Samantha Beck and Tabitha Brown, St. Mary's senior Yvonne Latour , and Frostburg State senior Adria Graham and junior Quincy Hegeman were named to the Capital Athletic Conference first team. Bobcats senior Courtney Mack , junior Stephanie Fazenbaker and sophomore Brooke Longo (Catholic); Salisbury freshmen Lindsey Andonian and Jenny Gavigan (Westminster); St. Mary's senior Kelsey Wirtz (Hereford), sophomore Gillian Sawyer (Wilde Lake) and freshman Claire Kostelnik; and York sophomore Jamie Sokolis (Perry Hall) were named to the second team. ... McDaniel fell to Arcadia, 3-1, in the first round of the ECAC South tournament. ... Johns Hopkins remained No. 6 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll after capturing the Centennial title last weekend. For the sixth consecutive season, the Blue Jays will host an NCAA regional at Homewood Field.
Navy alum Edwards to enter Maryland's Wrestling Hall
Frank Edwards, a 2004 Naval Academy graduate, is among seven wrestlers or former head coaches who will be inducted into the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Edwards, who will earn the organization's Outstanding American award, is a 2000 Sherwood graduate who won three state titles. He was 51-18 at Navy, including a seventh-place finish at the NCAA championship at 165 pounds his junior season. After graduating, Edwards joined the Marine Corps, for which he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A ground intelligence officer and team commander in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, he attained the rank of captain. The following men will receive lifetime service awards: Eddie Bailey, coach at Mardela and longtime referee; Bill Hyson, coach at Francis Scott Key for 34 years; Ron Jackson, coach of the McKim junior league team since the 1980s; Dean Johnson, director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association dual-meet championships for 15 years; Kevin Kearns, former Maryland captain and former Dulaney and Johns Hopkins coach; and Keith Watson, a longtime coach at Bel Air and John Carroll.
Men's college cross country: Howard Community College freshman Gary Smolyak (Atholton) became the first individual in school history to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championship last Saturday in Northfield, Mass. He finished the 8K race in 27 minutes, 48 seconds.
College field hockey: Maryland will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex this weekend. The top-ranked Terps will play No. 18 American at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in a first-round matchup. No. 8 Princeton will play No. 9 Penn State at 2 p.m. The winners advance to Sunday's 2 p.m. second-round game.