Parker's hat trick helps Terps rally in field hockey Friday
Fourth-ranked Maryland (6-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored seven straight goals to rally from a three-goal deficit late in the first half and earn a 7-4 field hockey win over No. 18 Boston College (4-3, 0-1) on Friday night in College Park. Terps freshman Alyssa Parker (Glenelg) scored her first career goal and hat trick. Maryland honored Missy Meharg before the game for her 25th season as the Terps' coach; she has won seven national titles, won nine ACC championships, appeared in 14 final fours and won nine National Coach of the Year honors. Maryland outshot Boston College 16-10. The teams had six penalty corners each.
Men's soccer: George Mason (6-0-0), which received the third-most votes outside of the top 25 in the latest NSCAA poll, hung on for a 2-1 victory against visiting UMBC (2-2-2). Senior midfielder Milo Kapor converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute for the Retrievers. ... Lafayette (2-4-1) earned a 2-0 victory over host Mount St. Mary's.
Women's soccer: Freshman Lizzy Rullan scored the game-winning goal on a back heel in the 72nd minute as Navy (8-1) rallied Friday night for its eighth straight victory, 3-2, over visiting James Madison (2-5). Sophomore forward Caprice Kelty (Arundel) had tied the game by converting a rebound two minutes earlier. … Zach Patterson's goal 74:32 into the game broke a scoreless tie and helped Cincinnati (2-4-1) to a 1-0 home victory over Towson (2-4) on Friday night. The goal was set up by a pass from Mike Brizzi. … Senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet made a pair of key saves as UMBC (1-6-2) earned a 0-0 tie with host Virginia Commonwealth (3-2-3) on Friday night. … Visiting Towson (0-7-1) allowed four second-half goals and was routed, 5-0, by host West Virginia (3-3-3) on Friday night.
Men's basketball: Loyola will open its 2012-13 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with a home game Dec. 5 against Niagara, three days before the Greyhounds, defending conference champions, take on St. Peter's in a doubleheader opener at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Duke will face Temple in the nightcap.
Wrestling: Maryland was picked No.15 in WIN Magazine's preseason tournament power index. Five Terps appeared in the weight-class rankings, led by two-time All-American Josh Asper (Hereford), who is ranked fourth nationally at 165 pounds.
Venus puts Kastles into WTT finals vs. Sacramento
The defending-champion Washington Kastles defeated the New York Sportimes, 19-15, in the World TeamTennis Eastern Conference finals in Charleston, S.C., propelling the team into today's championship match for the second consecutive year and extending the team's league-record winning streak to 31 matches. With the match tied and one set remaining, four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams blasted her way past Ashley Harkleroad, 5-1, in women's singles to clinch a spot for the Kastles in the finals for the third time in four years. Washington will face the Western Conference champion Sacramento Capitals, who defeated the Orange County Breakers, 25-15, on Friday.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United rallied past visiting New England, 2-1, vaulting itself into a playoff position and eliminating the Revolution. Chris Pontius and substitute Lewis Neal scored for United. D.C. is two points ahead of the Columbus Crew for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
WNBA: Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored a game-high 26 points to go with eight assists as the Atlanta Dream defeated the host Washington Mystics, 82-74, in the WNBA on Friday night. She had 12 of Atlanta's 28 fourth-quarter points in the come-from-behind victory. … Kristi Toliver (Maryland) had 18 points as the host Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Connecticut Sun, 93-82.
Baseball: The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation appointed Randy Acosta senior director of development. Acosta served as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County.
TV: Kelli Johnson, the longtime Orioles, Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals reporter for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, is leaving the D.C. market and joining Comcast SportsNet Houston, which will launch Oct. 1.
—From Sun staff and news services