College field hockey
Maryland wins, 7-5, will face UNC for NCAA title Sunday
The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team advanced to its second consecutive NCAA national championship game Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C., with its 7-5 win over fourth-seeded Princeton. Maryland (23-0), which is seeking its seventh national title, will play No. 2 North Carolina at noon Sunday on the campus of Wake Forest; the game will be shown on CBS College Sports Network. The Tar Heels edged No. 3 Virginia, 3-2. Maryland's semifinal victory was one of the highest-scoring in NCAA tournament history. Junior Katie O'Donnell had a hat trick and three assists; her nine-point performance is the most by a player in an NCAA semifinal or final. Princeton tied the score at four with a little less than 20 minutes remaining, but Maryland's Megan Frazer, Ameliet Rischen and O'Donnell scored consecutive goals for a 7-4 lead.
Terps recruiting class ranked 15th and 19th best in nation
Maryland's 2010 men's basketball recruiting class of Ashton Pankey, Mychal Parker and Terrell Stoglin is ranked 15th in the nation by Rivals.com and 19th by ESPN.com. "All three players should have an immediate impact on our program," coach Gary Williams said. "They have the maturity and ability to play at a high level." Pankey, 6 feet 9, from Bronx, N.Y., is ranked 36th among power forwards by Scout.com. Parker, a 6-6 small forward from Crozet, Va., is ranked 13th among shooting guards by ESPN.com. Stoglin, 6-1, from Tucson, Ariz., is ESPN.com's 19th-ranked point guard.
Pride of Maryland Tournament: : Andrew Farber-Miller scored a game-high 14 points as host Johns Hopkins (1-0) opened its eighth straight season with a 75-73 win over Stevenson (0-2). ... Greg Palmer scored 12 points as Salisbury beat Goucher, 65-63. ... Brendan Straughn (12 points) and J'Air Brady (seven points) each went 1-for-2 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds as Hood (1-0) held on for a 58-55 victory over Washington (0-1). ... Alex Franz scored 14 points to lead visiting St. Mary's (0-1) to an 83-56 victory over McDaniel (0-1).
Women: : Loyola's Meredith Tolley (20 points) made six 3-pointers, but the Midshipmen went on an 8-0 run that spanned both halves to beat the Greyhounds, 67-57, in the Navy Classic. ... Corin Adams totaled 17 points as Morgan State (2-1) earned a 58-55 victory over host Seton Hall (2-1) at the Anaconda Sports "The Rock" SHU Classic.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 127-108 victory over the Washington Wizards. Rookie James Harden followed his 24-point performance by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points to set another career best. Caron Butler scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost seven of eight. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points, Antawn Jamison contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the season, and Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Wizards guard Mike Miller went to the locker room with his left arm dangling at his side after a first-quarter spill but returned midway through the second quarter.
Caps fall to Canadiens, 3-2, despite furious finish
Travis Moen and Tomas Plekanec scored in a three-minute span early in the second period, Michael Cammalleri added a goal in the third and the visiting Montreal Canadiens withstood a comeback to beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2. Brendan Morrison scored with 2:32 remaining to pull Washington within a goal. Then Maxim Lapierre was whistled for hooking with 1:52 to play, giving the Capitals a power play through the end of regulation. Washington pulled its goalie with a minute to play, a Canadiens player lost his stick and the Capitals held siege in the offensive zone. But the closest they got to tying the game came when Mike Green's drive hit the right post with less than 25 seconds left.
Women's college lacrosse: : George Mason signed five players to national letters of intent, including Ashley Wheeler, a midfielder from Century, and Sam Scruggs, an attacker from Chesapeake.
- From Sun staff and news services