Salisbury puts away Messiah in shootout


Salisbury goalkeeper Jason Cranford denied Messiah's Brandon Fisher on the eighth attempt in a shootout as the host Sea Gulls defeated the defending Division III men's national champions, 7-6, in the deciding series yesterday after both teams failed to score through regulation and two overtimes.

The Sea Gulls (16-2-3) will meet the winner of today's game between Drew and Stevens Institute in the division quarterfinals.

Messiah's bid to repeat as national champion and its 13-game winning streak both ended. The Falcons dropped to 18-2-3.

Tim Lane scored on Salisbury's eighth shootout attempt before Cranford's save ended it. The Sea Gulls extended their own winning streak to 13.

Johns Hopkins 2, Wesley 0: Playing at home, the top-seeded Blue Jays scored twice in the first half and goalkeeper Gary Kane Jr. made three saves as they put together their 10th shutout for the win in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic semifinals.

Junior forward Doug Pollack scored in the 27th minute and sophomore midfielder Manbaj Gill in the 43rd.

Johns Hopkins (17-3-1) will play McDaniel in the final today at 1 p.m. Hopkins has beaten McDaniel twice this season.

McDaniel 2, Pitt-Greensburg 1: The Green Terror, playing at Johns Hopkins, rallied from a goal down to advance to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic final.

Matthew Doyle scored his ninth goal of the year with less than a minute to go in the first half to tie it, and Thomas Kane got the game-winner 5:36 into the second half.

At 15-7-1, McDaniel set a school record for wins.

Women's soccer

Scranton 1, Frostburg State 0: Scranton remained undefeated and won its NCAA Mid-Atlantic semifinal with the shutout over Frostburg State at Muhlenberg College. Alicia Sodano connected in the first minute of the second half to give Scranton its only goal and the Royals (21-0-1) recorded their 20th shutout of the season. Frostburg State finished 16-5.

Field hockey

Maryland 2, California 0: The third-ranked and host Terrapins (19-3) won their ninth straight NCAA tournament first-round match behind goals from freshman Paula Infante and junior Anja Boettcher.

Maryland did not allow a shot on goal until the 44th minute and outshot No. 20 California (13-4), 19-3.

The Terrapins will play their second-round match at 2 p.m. today against Penn State, a 3-1 winner over Princeton.

College of New Jersey 4, Johns Hopkins 0: Four players scored to lead a balanced attack as the Lions, ranked third in Division III, beat the Blue Jays.

Christie Shore, Kim Feeley, Colleen Stamler and Blair Abler scored for the Lions (16-2), who will play Skidmore today for the region title.

The College of New Jersey outshot the Blue Jays, 19-4. Senior midfielder Ashlee Duncan was the only player to record a shot for the Blue Jays (12-9).

Salisbury 4, Messiah 1: The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 2 in Division III, scored twice in the first four minutes and four times in the first half to win their region final over visiting Messiah.

Salisbury moved on to the national semifinals for the second straight year and third time in four years.

Junior Melissa Webster gave the Sea Gulls a 1-0 lead, scoring 2:07 into the game. Sophomore Brittany Elliott made it 2-0 just 91 seconds later. Lindsey Elliott and Megan Powell scored the other goals for Salisbury.

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