Navy and Arizona State will meet for the first time at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, it was announced Sunday. The game will begin at 4 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2. The Sun Devils finished the regular season 7-5 with a 5-4 record in the Pacific-12. "Based on our visit in 2004, we have seen firsthand that the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is a magnificent overall environment and event," said Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "The city of San Francisco, the stadium, the hospitality from the community, the bowl administration and the beauty of Northern California present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy. The Academy is sincerely grateful to Gary Cavalli and his staff for inviting us back and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the West Coast and an inspiring matchup against a great Arizona State team." Tickets are on sale at navysports.com and can also be purchased starting at 9 this morning by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall box office. Ticket prices are $25 (Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Corner), $50 (Upper Level Sideline and Lower Level End Zone and Corner), $60 (Lower Level Sideline and Sideline Bleacher behind the team bench) and $75 (Club). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy tickets through the Navy ticket office.
Ugly first half dooms UMBC women in loss at Princeton
The UMBC women's basketball team scored only eight points and shot 2-for-20 from the field in the first half in a 93-46 loss to host Princeton on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers (5-2) scored the first 22 points of the game and held a 51-8 lead at halftime. The Retrievers (3-5) tried to take advantage of the Tigers' dwindling momentum in the second half, scoring 38 points and making 11 of their 26 shots from the field, but they were outscored by four points. Though five Tigers scored more than 10 points, their highest scorer, Kate Miller, had only 13, while Brittany Crowell of the Retrievers was her team's highest scorer with 15 points. UMBC's eight points in the opening half were the fewest in Retrievers history. The previous low was 10 points against James Madison on Dec. 3, 1977.
Division III men: Virginia Wesleyan's Chris Teasley scored his 1,000th point in an 85-64 win over visiting Frostburg State. The senior scored 21 points in his team's fifth straight victory, four behind leader DJ Woodmore. Senior Christian Smith was the Bobcats' highest scorer with a season-best 37 points. The game marked the first time the Marlins (5-0) and Bobcats (3-4) had faced each other.
Bradman, Grant win Laxies
Midfielder Sam Bradman, who led Salisbury to its second consecutive national championship last spring, won the Laxie Award for Division III Player of the Year from Inside Lacrosse. The Chesapeake Bayhawks' John Grant Jr., who also plays forward for the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, picked up the Laxie for NLL Player of the Year. Grant shattered the single-season points record previously held by John Tavares with 50 goals and 66 assists on his way to winning league Most Valuable Player honors. Grant also broke Colorado's single-season points record, besting the 96 points put up by former Maryland women's assistant coach Gary Gait in 2003, and recorded the 1,000th point and 500th goal of his career.
Nairn, Penn State lose to UNC in College Cup final
The Penn State women's soccer team lost the College Cup final, 4-1, to North Carolina Sunday afternoon at San Diego's Torero Stadium. After the Tar Heels opened the scoring just over a minute into the game, senior Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) gathered the ball in the middle of the field and played a ball up the left wing to Taylor Schram, who tied the score. North Carolina scored three times in the second half, twice on corners, for the win. Nairn was named to the All-Tournament team.
Varsity girls basketball: Kristen McLaughlin (16) and Kelsie Bacon (14) combined for 30 points as host St. Timothy's defeated Glenelg Country, 61-30, to open the second day of the St.Timothy's Tip-Off Tournament. In other tournament action, Sydney Tommins scored 24 points to lead Notre Dame Prep to a 51-48 win over MATHS.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Metropolitan All-Stars, 120-111, on Saturday night. Terry Hosley (Parkville, Maryland Bible) set a franchise record for the American Professional Basketball League team in the loss by scoring 56 points. The previous record of 43 was held by Adrian Bowie (Maryland). Gus Chase (St. Frances) and Rocky Coleman (Walbrook, Towson) were the other leading scorers for the Shuckers (2-1). The Metropolitan All-Stars improved to 4-1. The Shuckers return home next Saturday December 8th at 7 p.m. to host the North Jersey Pros (1-1).
Men's college swimming: Johns Hopkins added seven more pool records as well as three NCAA automatic qualifying times en route to winning the Gettysburg Final Fall Fast Festival Saturday night. The Blue Jays totaled 1129.5 points over the three-session event to take the top prize. Host Gettysburg finished second with 758 points, followed by Mary Washington (704.5) and Dickinson (427).
Women's college swimming: Johns Hopkins broke three school records and four Gettysburg pool records en route to winning its second straight Final Fall Fast Festival title Saturday night. The Blue Jays accumulated 1,263 points over two days to win the invitational. Mary Washington placed second (740 points), followed by Gettysburg (648) and Dickinson (420).
—From Sun staff and news services