No. 2 Northwestern women fall to No. 5 Florida in lacrosse

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No. 2 Northwestern women fall to No. 5 Florida in lacrosse

Erin Fitzgerald scored a season-high four goals, but an early 5-1 deficit turned out to be too much for No. 2 Northwestern to overcome as the Wildcats (12-1, 2-1 American Lacrosse Conference) dropped a 13-11 decision to fifth-ranked Florida (13-1, 4-0) on Thursday night in Gainesville. Kitty Cullen led the Gators with six goals, including three of the team's four in the second half. Senior Shannon Smith added a hat trick for Northwestern, which trailed by five at halftime before pulling to within 12-11 on a goal by Smith with less than seven minutes to go. But the Wildcats were kept in check the rest of the game as Florida held on for the win. "Florida is a very talented, determined and well-coached team and they did what they needed to to win tonight," said Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. "When you're as determined as they were you always have a chance to win." Northwestern had won 38 straight regular-season ALC games.

State women's lacrosse: Taylor Cassett (Liberty) scored five goals, but visiting Frostburg State (4-12) fell, 16-13, to Shepherd (7-7). Cassett brought Frostburg within 14-13 on a free-position goal with 4:15 left, but the Rams scored twice in the final 1:38 to preserve their lead.

National men's lacrosse: Billy Bitter had a hat trick and host No. 6 North Carolina (8-4) won a commanding 15-5 decision over Presbyterian (2-9). North Carolina led 11-3 at the half.

State men's lacrosse: Dennis Rosson (Severn) scored four goals and visiting St. Mary's (5-8, 4-4 Capital Athletic Conference) won, 16-3, over Hood (7-7, 3-5). St. Mary's outshot Hood, 42-16.

State softball: Jenna Zimmerman's walk-off single in the eighth inning lifted Mount St. Mary's to a doubleheader sweep of UMBC. The Mount won, 5-4 and 6-5.

NBA: Washington Wizards guard John Wall was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April after he averaged 19.4 points, six assists and three steals.

Boxing: Russell "The Hammer" Shiflett of Baltimore will fight Willie Chisolm of Gainesville, Fla., in a scheduled six-round cruiserweight match tonight at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville. Co-featured on the nine-bout United Boxers Event card is a battle between welterweight Emmanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor of Edgewood and Chicago-based Guadalupe Diaz. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bell at 8 p.m. For information, go to

Wrestling: Coach Mike Krause and the Nxt Lvl Wrestling Academy is holding a youth camp July 14-15 at Aberdeen High. For information call Don Ewing at 410-808-1116.

—From Sun staff and news services

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