Loyola men win MAAC soccer title


Sophomore midfielder Mike Barger scored his first goal of the season with 6:37 left in the second overtime to lift host Loyola over Fairfield, 1-0, for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer tournament championship yesterday.

The victory gave Loyola (18-2-1) its fifth consecutive title and extended its unbeaten streak to 11. Fairfield goalie Anthony Novello had a career-high 16 saves and shut down the Loyola offense until the second overtime.

Loyola goalkeeper Zach Thornton made four saves en route to his 16th shutout of the season.

Four Loyola players were named to the all-tournament team: Chris Sim, Mike Knopaski, Marc Harrison and Dave Briles.

* Dickinson 2, Salisbury State 1: Matt Thompson scored two second-half goals to lead host Dickinson over Salisbury State (11-7-1) in the ECAC South Region championship.

Thompson gave Dickinson a 1-0 lead with 21:08 left. Salisbury State's Eric Viggiano tied the score 12 seconds later. Thompson added the game-winner with 17:55 left in the game on a direct kick.

Dickinson (16-6) outshot Salisbury, 15-14. Dickinson's Todd Smedley made seven saves, one more than Salisbury's Scott Bowers. Salisbury set a school record with 43 goals in a season and finished as ECAC runner-up.

Field hockey

* North Carolina 2, Maryland 0: North Carolina's Stephanie Walsh scored the game-winner at the 51:49 mark of the second half and Jennifer Blizzard added an insurance goal 8:05 later, as the No. 4 Tar Heels shut out and upset No. 2 Maryland in the ACC tournament championship in Winston Salem, N.C.

North Carolina scored on a penalty corner and a penalty stroke. The Tar Heels lost to the Terps in last year's final. North Carolina (14-2-3) has won the ACC title 10 times. Maryland (18-3) outshot North Carolina, 13-5.

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