Top-seeded Maryland picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to defeat No. 2 seed North Carolina, 2-1, for its third Atlantic Coast Conference title in five seasons in front of an announced 9,341 Sunday afternoon at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. The Terps (17-1-2), ranked No. 2 in the nation, won their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012). In the 11th minute, Edwards grabbed a corner kick from Dan Metzger and muscled his way to a goal to the lower left from 2 yards. It was the first goal North Carolina (15-3-2), ranked third nationally, had surrendered since Tshuma tallied the game-winner in overtime Oct. 19 in College Park. Tshuma put the Terps on top 2-0 in the 62nd minute with an angled strike from the near sideline off a throw-in from Mikey Ambrose. It was the rookie's eighth goal in 2012. Forward Rob Lovejoy scored for the Tar Heels with 4:32 remaining. "I'll cherish this one forever, and I think our alumni and fans will as well," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Today we played a great game, our best game of the year. I thought today we were very sharp in all phases of the game and deserved the victory against one of the great teams in college soccer and certainly the best defensive team we've seen in the nation." ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards. Maryland will find out its NCAA tournament seeding at 5:30 p.m. today when the bracket is announced on NCAA.com.
Men's honors: Frostburg State senior forward Ryan Russell was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. Others on the All-CAC first team included Wesley senior forward Joshua Chelleh (Long Reach), Salisbury sophomore forward Matt Green, Frostburg State senior midfielder Shawn Baker, Salisbury senior midfielder Pat Callahan, York junior defender Aaron Beale (Archbishop Curley), Salisbury junior defender Chase Humphrey and Frostburg State junior defender Chris Jones. The second team included St. Mary's senior forward Frank VanGessel, Salisbury senior midfielder Jimmy Mundy (Centennial), St. Mary's senior midfielder Ryan Plaisanceand Salisbury junior defender Larry Cornish. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore midfielder Rob Heuler was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team. The second team included Hopkins sophomore goalkeeper Nick Cerrone, McDaniel sophomore forward Shane McCracken (Liberty) and Washington College senior defender Justin Geho (Cardinal Gibbons). Hopkins freshman defender Andrew Park made honorable mention.
Women's: Johns Hopkins (17-4-1) used three set-piece goals for a 4-2 win over visiting Rowan (13-4-1) in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The win propelled the Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive Sweet 16, where they will take on Lynchburg. Game information will be announced later. ... Frostburg State junior forward Adria Graham was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year. In addition to Graham, the All-CAC first team included Frostburg sophomore forward Stephanie Fazenbaker, Salisbury senior forward Sarah Pfundstein (South River), Salisburgy senior midfielder Casey Hafford (Loch Raven), St. Mary's junior midfielder Yvonne Latour, Frostburg junior midfielder Courtney Mack, Salisbury senior midfielder Erin Mooney, Frostburg senior defender Erin Proctor, Salisbury senior defender Bonnie Sandone and Salisbury sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Conrad. The second team included St. Mary's senior forward Tori Eskay, St. Mary's sophomore forward Liz Mosher, Frostburg freshman midfielder Brooke Longo (Catholic), Salisbury freshman defender Tabitha Brown, Frostburg senior defender Liz Seligman. The Bobcats' Brian Parker was named Coach of the Year.
Frazer lifts No. 6 UM into NCAA field hockey semis
Senior Megan Frazer scored with 2:10 left to send No. 6 Maryland to its fifth straight NCAA semifinals with a 2-1 win at No. 4 Connecticut. The Terps (18-5) earned a spot in their 15th final four under coach Missy Meharg. "UConn is a tremendously well-coached team and they're highly technical in terms of their individual players," Meharg said. "I thought we sat back in first half and tried to figure out what they were going to be like. The quality of the match picked up in the second half, and it was an advantage for us. Megan Frazer is just a winner. She's done it since her freshman year. I'm just so proud of the Maryland women for finding a way to win and get back to the final four." Chloe Hunnable put the Huskies (19-3) on the board first off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the game. With just under 12 minutes left in the first, junior Jill Witmer brought it into the circle and passed to freshman Alyssa Parker, who popped the tying goal over goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield's head. With the Terps a player up after a late yellow card, Frazer took it all the way down the field and cracked a hard backhand shot from the left elbow of the circle to put Maryland up 2-1. The Terps will take on No. 2 Princeton at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Old Dominion. The game will be streamed live at NCAA.com.
Football: The ACC announced that Maryland's game against visiting Florida State on Saturday will begin at noon and be televised on ESPNU. ... Johns Hopkins will host Washington & Jefferson in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs at noon Saturday. Ticket information will be announced today. Salisbury will host Rowan in a first-round game that day at noon.
Major League Soccer
Dynamo rallies past D.C., 3-1, in East final opener
The Houston Dynamo took a big step toward the MLS Cup final with a 3-1 comeback win in the home leg of its Eastern Conference Championship against D.C. United on Sunday. Rookie Nick DeLeon scored in the 27th minute for United, but Houston got goals in the second half from Oscar Boniek-Garcia, Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie. The second leg will be played next Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington. In the first leg of the Western Conference final, Irish striker Robbie Keane struck twice for the host Los Angeles Galaxy, which beat the Seattle Sounders, 3-0.
—From Sun staff and news services