No. 1 Maryland women win, 8-5, reach ACC title game

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No. 1 Maryland women win, 8-5, reach ACC title game

Sarah Mollison had a hat trick and top-ranked Maryland (16-0) won, 8-5, over No. 12 Boston College (11-6) in an Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal Friday in Cary, N.C. Captain Laura Merrifield added two goals and a key interception late in the second half to secure the Terps' 26th consecutive win. The Eagles controlled possession for 45 minutes and forced a slower-paced game. The Terps will face No. 6 North Carolina in Sunday's championship at 1 p.m. Becky Lynch and Laura Zimmerman each scored four goals to power the Tar Heels (12-4) to a 17-8 win over No. 4 Duke (13-3).

More Division I women: Ashley Waldron scored four goals to lead host Towson (9-6, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to an 11-5 win over Old Dominion (4-9, 3-2).

Division III women: Host Salisbury (16-2) broke a 1-1 tie with a 3-0 run and captured the Capital Athletic Conference championship with an 18-6 win over Mary Washington (13-7). Alyssa Fowler (Arundel) led the Sea Gulls with four goals.

Division I men: A 7-1 second-quarter run helped host No. 6 Duke (11-4) to a 19-10 win over No.9 Virginia (8-5) in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. Jordan Wolf and David Lawson had four goals each for the Blue Devils, who advance to face No. 8 Maryland (9-3) in Sunday's championship at 3:30p.m.

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Greiner pitches Salisbury to upset of Christopher Newport

Senior right-hander Chris Greiner (Mount St.Joseph) pitched host Salisbury (22-11) to a 3-2 upset victory against Christopher Newport (37-5), ranked No. 1 in Division III. Greiner (7-2) gave up three hits and one unearned run in eight innings, striking out 10. Senior Drew Baldwin earned his fifth save.

More baseball: Virginia Tech left-hander Joe Mantiply struck out nine and allowed two runs to outduel Maryland's David Carroll, who struck out eight but allowed four runs, as the Hokies (21-19, 5-14) earned a 7-2 ACC victory over the host Terps (17-23, 4-15). … Host UMBC (5-25, 0-8) lost, 6-3 and 11-0, to America East rival Stony Brook (25-9, 8-1). Sophomore starter Mike Mitchell took the loss in the first game despite not allowing an earned run in four innings. … Host Mount St. Mary's (12-24,6-18) lost both games of a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Sacred Heart (21-18, 13-7 NEC), falling, 7-0 and 10-8. In the opener, the Pioneers' M.J. Schifano faced the minimum 21 batters while tossing a two-hit shutout. … Bryan Chaikowsky was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs and Jacob Foreman (2-7) pitched eight strong innings as host UMES (6-31, 4-8) emerged with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Florida A&M (14-29, 3-7).

Softball: Salisbury junior pitcher Erika Brittingham was named the CAC Player of the Year. Teammate Harley Hill and Frostburg State's Caitlin Lovend (Reservoir), a pair of freshman first basemen, were selected as the Co-Rookies of the Year, while Salisbury's Margie Knight was tapped by her peers as the CAC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year and 10th time in her career.

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Hyson strikes out 17 in no-hitter for Chesapeake-AA

Top-ranked Chesapeake-AA (11-0) scored three runs in the first inning and Megan Hyson struck out 17 in a 7-0 softball no-hitter over host Glenelg on Thursday.

Action sports: The Gatorade Free Flow Tour will return to Baltimore on May 22 at the Charm City skate park. The tour offers amateurs the opportunity to gain contest experience as they seek a potential professional career. To register, go to Competitions are open to male and female amateurs 21 and younger. There is a $15 entry fee, and all participants under 18 must take a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver.

Horse racing: Daveron was made the 9-5 favorite for today's $75,000 Dahlia Stakes, which is scheduled for one mile over the turf at Pimlico Race Course. First post for the 11-race card is 1:10p.m. Nine of the 11 Dahlia entries, including Daveron, will be making their first start of the year on the grass. Graham Motion trains the German-bred, who won two races in New York last year. The 6-year-old mare came into the Motion barn in late summer and won Belmont Park's Scoot Stakes, followed by a runner-up finish in the Grade III Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. Eddie Castro was aboard both times and retains the mount. "I gave her the winter off and this is a good starting point for her to get ready for the summer," said Motion, who has conditioned two of the last five winners of this race: Sweet Talker (2006) and Lady Digby (2008). "Her effort in the Long Island was a good one but we felt that was further than she wants to go. This filly tends to be sharp so I think the mile distance will be perfect to start her back." Mike Trombetta will saddle two runners, Ansong (9-2) and Baltimore Belle (8-1).

Gymnastics: Alexandra Zimmermann, a Roland Park Country School junior who competes for Skyline Gymnastics in York, Pa., has qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals on May 12-15 in Long Beach, Calif. She won the bronze medal in the balance beam and was fourth in the floor exercise and seventh overall in her age group at the Region VII Championship last weekend in Allentown, Pa.

Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks have introduced a program that allows season tickets to be donated in fans' and businesses' names for use by military veterans, wounded warriors and underprivileged children. For information, call 866-99-HAWKS (42957). Also, the Bayhawks have partnered with the Parole Rotary Club to host the Naptown barBAYq on May 13 and 14 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The event will kick off the home opener, and proceeds will benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center for Pediatric Oncology. Money will be raised through food and beverage purchases within the barBAYq festival and through home-opener ticket sales using the member code BHJHUPO11. For more information, go to

—From Sun staff and news services

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