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College soccer

West Virginia strikes quickly, eliminates Loyola women

West Virginia (10-6-6) scored on a header by Carolyn Blank 1:29 into the game and handed Loyola (15-5-3) a 2-0 defeat in the first round of the NCAA College Cup on a windy Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C. Bry McCarthy added to the Mountaineers' lead at 36:35 of the first half. The Greyhounds were outshot 13-1 playing against the wind in the half and 19-4 overall. Loyola's Danielle Ippolito stopped a career-high five shots. ... Fourth seed Maryland (13-5-2) advanced to the second round with a 4-0 rout of visiting Monmouth (15-5-1). The Terps, who outshot the Hawks 23-5, took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Mallory Baker put in the rebound of her penalty kick after Jasmyne Spencer was pulled down in the box. Maryland will play Washington State or Villanova in the second round Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Men: : Wade McHugh scored two goals and Danny Ankrah had his third game-winner of the season, as Loyola defeated host Fairfield, 3-0, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals. The Greyhounds (10-7-3), who are seeded second, will play No. 4 seed Niagara in the championship game Sunday at noon at Fairfield. It will be broadcast on ESPNU.

More colleges

Virginia's Ryan wins 700th with 68-57 victory at UMBC

Virginia women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan earned her 700th career victory, getting 15 second-half points from Monica Wright in a 68-57 win over host UMBC. Ryan, in her 33rd season at Virginia, is the seventh active Division I women's coach to reach the 700. She joins Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Montana's Robin Selvig and Georgia's Andy Landers. After the game, UMBC coach Phil Stern announced the milestone to the crowd and presented Ryan with the game ball. Michelle Kurowski scored 21 for UMBC, which shot 4-for-24 from the field in the second half and fell to 0-16 all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game was tied at 34 at halftime.

Volleyball: : Salisbury won an NCAA Division III tournament second-round match, topping SUNY New Paltz, 25-19, 17-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11. The Sea Gulls (32-4) will play Christopher Newport tonight. Libero Gabby Long (Bel Air) had a career-best 46 digs.


No Ovechkin? No problem; Washington wins 4th in row

Brian Pothier scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the host Washington Capitals won their fourth in a row without two-time reigning NHL Most Valuable Player Alex Ovechkin, beating the Minnesota Wild, 3-1. The NHL's highest scoring team was nearly thwarted by a backup goalie who more than doubled his save total for the entire season, but Pothier's wrister from the left circle two minutes into the final period hit just inside the far post to beat Josh Harding. Ovechkin has missed five games because of an upper-body injury but is expected back any day - perhaps as early as tonight at New Jersey.

Et cetera

Phelps, Biedermann to meet with much less at stake

Paul Biedermann beat Olympic star Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome in August and the two will contest the same event this weekend at a World Cup meet in Berlin, but the Baltimore resident isn't making a big deal of the rematch. "I'll be the first to admit I'm not in a great shape," said Phelps, who returned to racing this week after a long layoff. "I'll race as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens." Biedermann, a German, is coming off a torn muscle fiber in his left thigh.

Laurel Park: : In his first start since a 12th-place finish behind Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, Tone It Down won the seventh race at Laurel Park, a $32,000 allowance test. Under Abel Castellano, the son of Medaglia d'Oro rallied down the lane on the sloppy main track to win by 1 1/4 lengths and pay $11.60. He covered the seven furlongs in 1 minute, 25.83 seconds. Our Second Slew finished second.

Tone It Down has won three of seven starts during his 3-year-old campaign.

- From Sun staff and news services

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