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College notebook: Bach back in NCAA tourney

Lebanon Valley College sophomore Caitlin Bach is set for her second appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.

The North Carroll graduate and two-time Times Girls Basketball Player of the Year is averaging 10.1 points per game and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game coming off the bench for the 24-3 Dutchmen. She is shooting 47 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the foul line.

Bach played a key role in leading LVC to the Commonwealth Conference championship. She had eight points and nine rebounds in a 69-47 semifinal win over Elizabethtown and then had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards in an 80-71 win over Widener that avenged a Valentine's Day loss.

Bach, the all-time leading scorer in Carroll County history, helped Lebanon Valley reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA tourney last year as a freshman.

TOP TERP: Helped by two fine starts from Westminster High graduate Brett Harman, the Maryland baseball team is off to its best start since 1987 and is ranked in two different polls.

The 5-1 Terrapins are rated No. 20 in the Perfect Game USA Top 50, and No. 27 in the Collegiate Baseball News Top 30. It's the program's first appearance in the Perfect Game poll and its first inclusion since at least 1980 in the Collegiate Baseball News poll.

The pitching staff hasn't allowed an earned run in the last 28 innings, going the entire weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic without allowing one. At 1.24, the Terps have the lowest team ERA in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Harman had made two starts, pitching five innings in each, and has yet to allow an earned run. He gave up two hits and no runs while striking out eight to beat UCLA on Feb. 19 and yielded five hits and one unearned run, fanning four, in a no-decision against East Carolina on Feb. 26.

MOUNT'S BEST: Junior Courtney Griffith (Westminster) was at the center of Mount St. Mary's best-ever showing at the Northeast Conference swimming and diving championships last week.

One year after becoming the first Mountaineers swimmer to get on the podium and earn All-NEC honors, Griffith had three top-three finishes at the conference meet.

On Thursday, she placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and anchored the second-place 200 freestyle relay. On Friday, Griffith followed by finishing third in the 100 butterfly behind teammate Erin Regan. Griffith had set a program record in the event with the top time in the preliminaries.

With three of MSM's six top-three finishes, Griffith helped the team set a school record for most points at the NEC swimming championships.

IRISH HONOR: Notre Dame women's lacrosse standout Margaret Smith, a Westminster native who graduated from McDonogh, earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her performance against Duquesne on Saturday.

Smith had a standout game against the Dukes, tallying three goals on four shots and adding three ground balls and five draw controls.

While on defense, she caused two turnovers while helping the Irish limit Duquesne to seven goals, including just one in the second half.

The Fighting Irish are 2-0 and ranked 15th in the nation.

IRISH HONOR II: The Notre Dame women's basketball senior class that includes Westminster resident and tri-captain Brittany Mallory has led the Irish to 110 wins in the past four seasons, the most by any senior class in the program's 35-year history.

Third-ranked Notre Dame had a big win on Monday, beating No. 4 Connecticut 72-59. Mallory scored six points in that one. She's averaging 5.9 points and 2.4 assists in 30 games, all starts.

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