Division I field hockey
Maryland loses title game to N. Carolina in final seconds
Top-seeded Maryland lost the NCAA title game to third-seeded North Carolina, 3-2, on Danielle Forword's goal off a penalty corner with 11.7 seconds to play Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Tar Heels (20-2) earned their sixth NCAA championship and second in the past three years. Maryland (23-1), the defending champion, had beaten Carolina, 4-1, in Chapel Hill. The Terps led in shots 8-1 in a scoreless first half and got on the board seven minutes into the second half on a breakaway goal by Nicole Muracco. They led for the next 18 minutes until Forword tied it after Maryland's Alexis Pappas received a yellow card. Less than two minutes later, the Terps regained the lead when Megan Frazer scored on a penalty corner rebound. North Carolina coach Karen Shelton pulled goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer in favor of an additional field player, and the gamble paid off three minutes later when Illse Davids took a pass from Katelyn Falgowski and fired a reverse shot from the left-center of the circle past charging goalie Alison Grater. The winning goal, Forword's 17th of the season, was assisted by Falgowski and Caitlin Van Sickle on North Carolina's seventh penalty corner of the day. "We're disappointed, certainly, in not winning the national championship," Maryland coach Missy Meharg said. "We want to give a lot of credit to a very disciplined Carolina team."
Division III field hockey
Salisbury beats Messiah, 1-0, wins 4th title in past 7 years
Caitlin Walker (Fallston) scored the only goal to lead second-ranked Salisbury (20-1) to a 1-0 victory over top-ranked Messiah (22-1) in the NCAA Division III championship game in South Hadley, Mass. The goal came 3:33 into the match off a penalty corner. Michelle Rowe (Elkton) passed the ball at the top of the circle to Tara McGovern, who found Walker on the left side of the goal, and she was able to put home the eventual game-winner. McGovern, Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, also assisted on the only goal in the semifinal victory over Tufts. The Sea Gulls won their fourth national championship in the past seven years and defeated the defending national champion Falcons, who had won 3-2 in overtime when the teams met in the regular season on Sept. 19.
Herrick's goal with 4:05 left puts Terps into round of 16
The Maryland men captured their eighth-straight Sweet 16 berth by beating No. 7 seed Penn State, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. Jason Herrick scored the game-winner with 4:05 remaining to lift the Terps against a Nittany Lions squad that was undefeated at home in 2009. Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when Billy Cortes received a cross from Drew Yates, took two dribbles and blasted the ball past the goalie. Penn State tied the game in the 48th minute when Brian Forgue converted Andres Casais' free kick. Herrick's seventh game-winner of the year came on a header that was assisted by Cortes. "I'm just real proud of the character and championship fiber that our team showed today," said Terps coach Sasho Cirvoski, who earned his 250th career win. "I think we had to do that to win and they found a way to get it done." Maryland will play 10th-seeded Harvard on Sunday in Cambridge, Mass.
Women: : Johns Hopkins fell to top-seeded Messiah, 3-1, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. Messiah scored in the eighth, 28th and 56th minutes before Allie Zazzali put the Blue Jays on the board, also in the 56th minute. Johns Hopkins finished its season 19-4-0.
Men's college basketball
Griffin's 51 points help St. Mary's to 'Pride' crown
Senior guard Camontae Griffin (Dunbar) scored a tournament-record 51 points in leading St. Mary's (3-0) to its second consecutive Pride of Maryland title with an 89-77 triumph over Hood (2-1) at Goucher. Repeating as Most Valuable Player, Griffin set tournament records for most points in a tournament (78), most points in a game (51) and most points in a half (24), as well as establishing tournament records for most free throws made in a game (19) and most free throws attempted in a game (21).
Division I: : Joe Wolfinger scored 17 points to lead The Citadel to an 88-62 victory over UMES in the final round of the Hispanic College Fund Challenge in Springfield, Mo. Neal Pitt scored 17 for the Hawks. James Cotton and Kevin White each had 10.
-From Sun staff and news services