Streaking Rubeor scores 4 as Bayhawks rout Machine, 14-5
Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) had another big game as the Chesapeake Bayhawks manhandled the Ohio Machine, 14-5, in a game shortened to three quarters Saturday night because of lightning around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Rubeor, who scored seven goals in a win over the New York Lizards last weekend, scored four goals and assisted another against the Machine. He now has at least one point in 32 consecutive games, and was named Player of the Game for the second straight time Saturday.
"The last two weeks, things have been going my way. I'm not doing anything differently than I normally do, I've just been fortunate to end up on the back end of plays and the shots are falling for me," Rubeor said.
Attackman John Grant Jr. joined the starting lineup for the first time this season and his presence seemed to make the offense run smoother. Grant only had one assist, but the attention he drew behind the net created good looks for others.
"John Grant is still the best attackman in the league and he does make a difference on offense. Defenses tend to shade to Junior, and whenever he dodges from behind they slide to him," Rubeor said.
Second-year midfielder Matt Mackrides added his second hat trick of the season while attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) also had three goals for Chesapeake, which improved its record to 3-0 and remained tied atop the Major League Lacrosse standings with the Denver Outlaws.
One of the offensive players Cottle wanted to get going was midfielder Steven Brooks, who was scoreless on 1-for-9 shooting through two games. Brooks made an impact early by scoring consecutive goals less than four minutes apart in the first quarter. Brooks beat a defender and waltzed in one-on-one with the keeper for an unassisted goal then took a feed and scored from six yards in front of the cage to give Chesapeake a 3-0 lead.
"We just wanted Steven to be aggressive. Steven is a really good player and we know we're going to get goals from him. I think scoring a couple tonight gave Steven a lift, and in turn gave the team a lift," Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said.
Veteran midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) had three assists. It marked the 80th game in a Bayhawks' uniform for Dixon, setting a franchise record previously held by Tom Marachek.
Midfielder Jim Connolly scored a power play to put Ohio on the board, but Chesapeake responded with seven straight goals to turn the game into a rout. Lightning delayed the game by a half-hour in the first half, which ended with the Bayhawks holding a commanding 11-2 lead.
Both teams scored three goals in the third quarter before the game was shortened because a second thunderstorm that included lightning.
Adam Rand captured 13 of 21 faceoffs for Chesapeake, which also won the ground ball battle (23-21). Goalkeeper Kip Turner (Severn) made 11 saves for the Bayhawks, who put 24 of their 32 shots on cage.
"I thought defensively and offensively, it was probably the best we've played on both sides this season. Overall, I thought we played pretty well," Cottle said. "I thought we handled the ball better and shot the ball better on offense. Defensively, our guys are tough and make teams earn their goals. I thought Kip played well and bailed us out a few times with great saves."
Park, Indian Creek win IAAM girls lacrosse titles
Junior midfielder Sara Lessans scored six goals and added an assist to lead Park past Friends, 15-12, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg. Senior midfielder Rachel Hettelman had four goals and an assist for the top-seeded Bruins (13-2), who earned a conference-best fifth title for coach Robin Cardin Lowe. Sophomore midfielders Sabina Diaz-Rimal (three goals) and Natalie Rudin (two goals) also scored for Park. Junior midfielder Abby Corkum and sophomore midfielder Rachel Kehoe scored five goals each for the Quakers (11-4).
—Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group
IAAM C Conference lacrosse: Indian Creek won its first IAAM title with a 9-6 victory over defending champion Chapelgate. Abbi O'Neal led the Eagles (18-4) with four goals, while Margot White added two and goalie Delaney Kerns made 12 saves. Emma Rufalo scored five goals for Chapelgate (12-5).
IAAM A Conference lacrosse: The A Conference championship between No. 1 McDonogh (21-0) and No. 4 St. Paul's (13-4) was postponed because storms delayed the earlier B Conference final for too long and Gerstell Academy does not have lights. The Eagles will go for their fifth straight championship and their 91st straight win Monday at 4 p.m. at Notre Dame Prep. The Gators are looking for their first title since 2006.
Football: Corey Johnson, who coached Patterson for six years, will be named to replace Dante Jones as Edmondson's football coach Monday. Johnson confirmed Saturday that he will take over a Red Storm program that has been one of Baltimore City's most competitive football teams under Jones, who is moving on to coach in Delaware.
Boys tennis: Mount St. Joseph defended its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship Friday at UMBC by defeating Gilman, 4-1. The Gaels have won 25 straight matches dating to 2012.
Gravdahl's grand slam lifts Salisbury in softball, 7-3
Salisbury senior Michelle Gravdahl (Long Reach) hit a grand slam Saturday morning in the top of the eighth inning on the first pitch she saw after the game resumed following a suspension Friday night due to rain. Her blow gave the Sea Gulls a 7-3 lead, the final margin, in a victory over Christopher Newport in the Salem (Va.) Regional of the NCAA Division III tournament. The homer, which helped keep Salisbury undefeated in the double-elimination tournament, was Gravdahl's 10th of the season and second of the game. Rachel Johnson Tom Stitcher ... Washington College's most successful season ended in the Ithaca (N.Y.) Region of the NCAA Division III tournament as the seventh-seeded Shorewomen (27-19) fell, 4-1, to top seed St. John Fisher (34-13) in an elimination game. ... Emily Weiman (Archbishop Spalding) threw a four-hitter as North Carolina State won its second Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship and first since 2006 with a 1-0 victory over Florida State in Tallahassee. ... ... Coppin State junior Heather Josker was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and freshman Alyssa Barker was named the Pitcher of the Week.
Baseball: Junior Mac Gill and freshman Mike Gomez threw back-to-back complete games as host UMBC swept its doubleheader against America East rival Hartford. The Retrievers (16-27, 8-18) took the opener over the Hawks (15-33, 11-15) behind Gill's fourth consecutive complete game and its won the second game, 7-4, as Gomez went the distance for the first time in his career. UMBC has won a season-best four straight games. ... Coppin State freshman pitcher Will Grebenstein (Meade) was named MEAC Rookie of the Week.
Men's tennis: Ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins (20-2) won its school-record 16th straight match with a 5-1 victory over Vassar (10-13) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Middlebury, Vt. The Blue Jays reached 20 wins for the second time in program history. Hopkins will face the winner of the Middlebury-Drew match in the regional final today at noon today.
Women's tennis: Seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins (19-2) earned a 5-0 victory against Scranton (10-8) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays have won 15 straight matches and will face the winner of Carnegie Mellon-Mary Washington in the regional final at noon today.
Club rugby: Salisbury beat rival Towson, 23-10, in the semifinals of the Division II national club championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Salisbury will face Minnesota-Duluth in the title game today. Minnesota-Duluth was a 59-15 winner over Indiana (Pa.).
Callaway wins Maryland Half Marathon in 1:19:29.7
Adam Callaway, 31, of Baltimore County won the Maryland Half Marathon in Maple Lawn, finishing in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 29.7 seconds. Callaway was the top finisher in 2011. Adam Bosley, 23, of Bel Air was second in 1:22:25.6, followed by Matthew Klaschus, 26, of Street, 1:23:24.8; Tim Unrath, 31, of Baltimore, 1:23:35.7; Curt Forst, 26, of Baltimore, 1:23:56.1; Nicholas Grossi, 32, of Columbia, 1:24:04.6; Brian Hayes, 38, of Bolling Air Force, 1:24:34.5; Keith Levasseur, 34, of Columbia, 1:25:09.8; Mitch Feldman, 32, of Columbia, 1:25:12.7; and Ashish Rathee, 37, of Ellicott City, 1:26:47.4. Caroline Bauer, 29, of Columbia was the women's winner in 1:32:30.3, trailed by Erika Stasakova, 23, of Bel Air, 1:36:49.2; and Jenna McMakin, 26, of Woodbine, 1:37:40.1.
National Lacrosse League: The Rochester Knighthawks became the first NLL team in a decade to hoist the Champion's Cup in back-to-back years by earning an 11-10 road win over the Washington Stealth. Cody Jamieson was named the game's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.
—From Sun staff and news services