Life is good again for Navy junior soccer forward Stacy Finley.
She is the toast of the town in Annapolis this week after scoring the game-winning goal on a header against an always-strong Saint Louis University Sunday.
Finley's goal came in the championship game of the Toys For Tots Military Academies Classic in St. Louis, gave the Mids a 4-0 start for only the second time in the 10-year history of the women's soccer program and earned Finley the tournament Most Valuable Player award.
There were major disappointments for Finley in her first two seasons at Navy, even though she is fourth in goals scored (22) and tied for sixth in points (52) on the all-time academy women's charts.
She was also the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year last season as the Mids won the regular-season league title.
But Navy started poorly in her freshman season (1-7 record) and ended her sophomore year poorly (loss to Bucknell in the Patriot League playoffs).
"I think we kind of choked in the playoffs last year," said Finley. "We had beaten Bucknell in the regular season and maybe we took a little too much for granted. Things should be different this year because we're really working on the mental aspects of the game."
Navy coach Carin Gabarra said, "Stacy is maintaining the level of play we need to stay successful. She has a point in each of our four wins this year. St. Louis had one of the best goalkeepers we will see in many years, and Stacy's goal was spectacular. We are expecting her to reach a new level this year."
Cressor No. 1 in scoring
Senior Jill Cressor reached a cherished milestone Tuesday in her Salisbury field hockey career, scoring her 65th goal in a 4-1 victory over Christopher Newport to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the school's storied field hockey program.
Cressor sits atop an impressive list of players that has helped the Sea Gulls advance to the NCAA Division III final four five times and win a national championship in 1986.
Salisbury (1-0) is ranked No. 6 in Division III this week as the beat goes on for Sea Gulls coach Dawn Chamberlain, who now has a 205-74-8 record in 15-plus years at the school.
McDaniel (3-0) is No. 11 this week, and Johns Hopkins (2-0) is No. 14.
Quick start at Bowie
Sophomore linebacker Atcheson Conway and the Bowie State football team are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1988, reversing last season's 0-2 start en route to a 7-3 season.
Conway made the play of the game in a 7-6 victory Saturday over Johnson C. Smith, stripping the ball from the Bulls on a third-and-goal play at the 1-yard line with 10 minutes left in the first half and returning it 20 yards to get Bowie out of a major hole.
Conway finished the game with 10 tackles, including three for losses of five yards. He was chosen the Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationDefensive Lineman of the Week.
Terps volleyball on roll
Maryland's unbeaten volleyball team surged to its seventh straight match win this season with a 3-1 decision over Georgetown Tuesday night, giving the Terps their second-best start ever in NCAA Division I.
Maryland was led by career-highs in kills from Lynnsy Jones (21) and Sarah Treadwell (17) and 53 assists by Lindsay Davey. The best start ever by the Terps?
They began 25-0 in 1997 - a perfect regular season.
Truncellito in gear
Loyola sophomore Jackie Truncellito has finished first in both cross country meets the Greyhounds have competed in this season, winning the Salisbury Seagull Opener two weeks ago by 14 seconds and coming back Saturday to take the Shepherd Invitational by four seconds.
Loyola captured the team championship at the Shepherd meet, but finished second to Moravian in Salisbury.
Johns Hopkins' water polo team, ranked second nationally in Division III, recorded a 3-1 record at the Navy Open in Annapolis last weekend, with junior Geoff McCann scoring a team-high 11 goals and sophomore Brian Mead contributing nine goals. Hopkins defeated the Navy B team, 12-7; Salem International, 16-5, and Slippery Rock, 14-3. But the Blue Jays lost, 12-6, to St. Francis (N.Y.), which is ranked No. 18 in Division I. ... McDaniel's John Plevyak became the winningest men's soccer coach in school history Aug. 30 with a victory over Bridgewater, surpassing Homer Earl, who won 61 games from 1964-1978. The Green Terror is 2-1-1 this season, raising Plevyak's victory total to 63.