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UMBC men roll, 4-0, in America East soccer final

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1:52 AM EST, November 17, 2013

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College soccer

UMBC men roll, 4-0, in America East final

Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading top-seeded and sixth-ranked UMBC to a 4-0 victory over visiting Hartford in the America East championship game Saturday night. The Retrievers (16-1-2), who lead the nation in winning percentage, earned America East's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past four years. This is the first time UMBC has captured both the league's regular-season and championship titles. UMBC will learn its seeding in the NCAA tournament during the selection show Monday at noon. Caringi scored in the 10th minute, Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley) 3:59 into the second half, Caringi again in the 57th minute and Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) in the 86th minute. Caringi, Ballo, Kadeem Dacres and Phil Saunders were named to the all-tournament team. Caringi was the tournament Most Valuable Player.

More men: No. 15 Salisbury (18-3) got goals from Stephen Poorman, Larry Cornish and Trevor Sharpe in a five-minute stretch of the first half and cruised to a 4-0 victory over visiting Greensboro on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Sea Gulls will play today at 1:30 p.m. at home against Messiah, a 9-1 winner against Centenary (N.J.).

Women: Host Johns Hopkins (19-1-1) scored four times in the first 15 minutes and rolled to a 6-0 victory over Brooklyn (15-4) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Blue Jays will face York (Pa.) today at 1:30 p.m. for a berth in the Sweet 16 next weekend.

More colleges

JHU finishes football regular season unbeaten

Johns Hopkins, ranked No. 8 in Division III, finished its regular season 10-0 with a 52-21 road victory Saturday over McDaniel. The Blue Jays (10-0, 9-0 Centennial Conference) led 28-0 after the first quarter and capped their second unbeaten regular season in the past three years by routing the Green Terror (2-8, 2-7). Quarterback Robbie Matey scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on Hopkins' first drive. Daniel Wodicka caught a 5-yard touchdown pass, and freshman Jack Toner intercepted a pass and returned it for a score in the first quarter. Nick O'Melia caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Seth McFall to put the Green Terror on the scoreboard in the second quarter. The Blue Jays led 35-7 at halftime, and coach Jim Margraff pulled most of his starters after the first quarter. Nine Blue Jays ran the ball for 213 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries. Hopkins will learn its NCAA tournament draw tonight at 6.

Friday night: Salisbury (6-4, 5-2 Empire 8 Athletic Conference) led 21-14 late in the first half, but the Sea Gulls scored the next seven touchdowns for a 70-14 blowout of Frostburg State (1-9, 0-7) in the 15th Annual Regents Cup Game. Quarterback John Dunbar ran for 109 yards on 24 carries and four first-half touchdowns to give the Sea Gulls their 10th straight win against the Bobcats. Salisbury safety Greg Stanton had two interceptions, including one he returned 93 yards up the left sideline for a score in the first quarter.

Field hockey: Top-seeded and top-ranked Maryland (20-1) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 win over No. 18 American (15-6) in College Park. Junior Katie Gerzabek scored twice for the Terps, and sophomore Anna Dessoye added a goal and an assist. Maryland will play No. 8 Princeton (14-4) today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to next weekend's national semifinals in Norfolk, Va.

Basketball recruiting

Well-traveled Aja commits to play at East Carolina

After a circuitous journey, Kanu Aja, a 6-foot-9 power forward who "moved around a lot" in Baltimore and Howard counties, signed a letter of intent last week to play basketball at East Carolina. Aja, 21, who attended four high schools — two of which closed — in five years and since has spent time at City College of San Francisco, also considered offers from Hofstra, Marshall, Seton Hall and several other schools. "It feels like a big relief," he said. "I went through a lot to go through this process to find a school that really liked me, liked my game. Now I'll try to finish up [in San Francisco] and contribute to the program down there at ECU." Aja played locally at Mount St. Joseph, Towson Catholic, Cardinal Gibbons and Princeton Day Academy. "It was kind of hard to learn. I just had to basically get better on my own, use the experience to really concentrate on getting my game better."

Read more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Aja at baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.

Major Indoor Soccer League

Blast opens season with 19-8 win at Rochester

The Blast opened its season in Rochester with a 19-8 victory Saturday night over the Lancers. Marco Mangione led the Blast with three goals and seven points. After being held scoreless through the first quarter and much of the second, the Blast exploded for five goals in the final five minutes of the half for a 10-4 lead. With the Blast trailing 2-0 on a goal by Rochester's Elliot Fauske, Mangione scored at the10:31 mark of the second quarter. That goal was quickly followed by scores from Freddy Moojen, Lucas Roque, Pat Healey and Adauto Neto as the Blast took a 10-4 halftime lead. Mangione added two more goals in the second half, including a 3-pointer. The Blast got other second-half goals from Mike Deasel and Adriano Dos Santos. Pat Healey led the Blast with two assists. Andrew Hoxie scored two goals for the Lancers. Blast goalie William Vanzela made 13 saves.

Et cetera

Eighttofasttocatch wins Jennings for 3rd year in row

Eighttofasttocatch bounded to the lead a few strides out of the gate and was in control the rest of the way in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap for registered Maryland-breds at Laurel Park. It is the third year in a row the horse trained by Tim Keefe won the Jennings, matching Little Bold John (1987-1989) for that honor. Forest Boyce was in the irons as the son of Not For Love completed the mile distance in 1 minute, 36.76 seconds and won by six lengths. It was the ninth career stakes win for the 7-year old. He won the Maryland Million Classic in his previous start and in April captured the Henry S Clark Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. On Saturday, he paid $3.60. Wild Louis took second, and Concealed Identity was third. In 6-furlong stakes at Laurel, Bacopa Breeze broke quickly and held on in the $100,000 Smart Halo for 2-year old fillies, finishing in 1:12.34; Service For Ten backed off the speed, then went into overdrive in the turn and won the $100,000 Dave's Friend, clocking a 1:10.32; and Jessethemarine rallied from the back to win the James F. Lewis III Stakes at odds of better than 35-1, finishing in 1:10.66.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers started their season 3-0 for the first time in the franchise's three seasons as they rolled to a 131-122 American Professional Basketball League victory over the Maryland Bay Raiders (0-2). Gus Chase scored 23 points.