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Digest: Stevenson women win another conference volleyball crown

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Top-seeded Stevenson (26-7) won its fifth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth women's volleyball championship by earning a 3-2 victory (24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 15-9) over second-seeded Messiah (26-8).

The Mustangs have not lost a conference regular-season or postseason match in five seasons. Junior middle hitter Annika Schwartz, the tournament Most Valuable Player, finished the match with 13 kills, 15 digs, six blocks and three service aces.

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Stevenson earned an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III championship; the field will be announced Monday at 12:30 p.m.

The Blazers (11-8) got a stellar game from All-Metro outside hitter Brooke Newell to upset No. 3 St. Paul's (15-2), 20-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-13, to capture the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship before a large crowd at Roland Park on Saturday.

More women's college volleyball: Top-seeded host Johns Hopkins (18-8, 10-0) earned a 23-25, 25-12, 25-9, 25-18 victory over No. 4 Muhlenberg (20-11, 7-3) in the Centennial Conference semifinals and will faced No. 2 Swarthmore in the championship match today at 1 p.m. at Goldfarb Gym.

Girls varsity soccer: Carrie Davis scored the game-winner with less than two minutes left in the game as Park beat St. Vincent Pallotti, 2-1, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship at Anne Arundel Community College.

Michelle Pais scored the first goal for the Bruins (14-2) on an assist from Bella Palumib. The Panthers finished 14-4.

Women's college soccer: North Carolina forward Bridgette Andrzejewski (McDonogh) was named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and made the All-ACC first team. Andrzejewski assisted on the winning goal in the 86th minute Friday as the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (13-3-3) earned a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Notre Dame (13-3-4) in the ACC semifinals to earn a berth in today's title game against sixth-seeded Florida State (13-3-3) in Charleston, S.C.

— Boston University (9-10-1) scored in the 80th and 82nd minutes to earn a 2-1 victory over Navy (9-11-2) in a Patriot League semifinal Friday night in Lewisburg, Pa. Ash Fairow scored for the Mids in the 65th minute.

The Blast shrugged off a first-half push from the Heat and poured it on, scoring eight straight goals on their way to an 11-6 win over the Heat at Harrisburg Farm Show Arena on Saturday night.

— Towson senior midfielder Marissa Green and redshirt junior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association third team. The all-rookie team included Towson midfielder Justine Stoner and College of Charleston midfielder Rachel Kim (Long Reach).

Kristen Upton scored 1:36 into the game to help top-seeded host McDaniel (16-1-1) advance to the Centennial Conference championship game with a 3-1 victory over fifth-seeded Gettysburg (8-8-2). Nicole Hill scored the Green Terror's second goal, and the third was an own goal. McDaniel will host second-seeded and 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins today in search of its first conference title. The Blue Jays defeated Swarthmore, 3-1, in the other semifinal on goals by Emily Maheras, Bailey Monaco and Meg Van de Loo and will go for their 13th championship. Van de Loo scored in her 13th straight match. The final will be at 1 p.m. today in Westminster.

— Stevenson freshman defender Alayna Roesener was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth first team. Stevenson senior forward Alexis Siejack (Catholic), senior midfielder Jordan Porretto and junior defender Brittney Celano (Institute of Notre Dame) made the second team.

Men's college soccer: Nicki Wieners scored on a rebound in the 74th minute as host Boston University (8-6-2, 4-3-2) earned a 1-0 win over Navy (5-9-4, 1-6-2) on Friday to clinch a berth in the Patriot League tournament. The Mids' season ended with its 15th straight game that resulted in a tie or a one-goal differential.

Russell Nicholson scored with 4:20 remaining in overtime to lift top-seeded Haverford (12-3-3), ranked No. 17 in Division III, to a 2-1 win over visiting Washington College (10-7-2) in a Centennial Conference semifinal Saturday. The Shoremen concluded their most successful season since 2000. The Fords will play today at 1 p.m. against second-seeded and No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, which prevailed, 4-3, in a shootout with third-seeded Johns Hopkins after 110 scoreless minutes.

— Hood senior forward Drew Demichand and senior midfielder Juliano Pillari were named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth first team. Hood freshman forward Clay Smith made the second team and was named Rookie of the Year. Lycoming junior defender Kyle Thomas (C. Milton Wright) also made the second team.

Women's college basketball: Stevenson senior forward Sara Tarbert was named to the D3hoops.com preseason All-America second team. Marymount junior forward Nicole Viscuso (Hereford) received honorable mention.

Men's college basketball: Senior Will Miller hit seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points in leading host Mount St. Mary's to an 89-65 win over Division III Hood in an exhibition game.

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Men's cross country: York junior Grant Dell (North Carroll) was named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team. Salisbury senior Connor Hesselbirg made the second team.

Short-track speedskating: Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) finished the first 500-meter heat at ISU World Cup Calgary in 41.569 seconds but did not advance.

Lacrosse: John O'Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Changing the Game Project, will be the keynote speaker at the US Lacrosse Convention on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Baltimore Convention Center. O'Sullivan, a former college and pro soccer player and a former coach, established the project in 2012 to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations put more "play" in playing sports. LaxCon runs Jan. 20 to Jan. 22. For more information or to register, go to uslacrosse.org/laxcon.

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