Maryland completed its first three-game Atlantic Coast Conference sweep since May 2009 as it downed visiting No. 11 North Carolina State, 5-2, on Sunday. Five Terps scored, and pitchers Tayler Stiles and Bobby Ruse (C. Milton Wright) combined to allow one run on six hits in 62/3 2/3 innings. Maryland (16-6, 5-4 ACC) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off runs by shortstop Blake Schmit and left fielder Kyle Convissar (Severna Park), and the Wolfpack (14-8, 3-6) never caught up. "I was happy to see us play more consistently this weekend with our offensive approach, and our at-bats were tougher throughout the weekend," coach John Szefc said. "We've been pitching pretty consistently for a long time and playing pretty good defense."
Johns Hopkins women take third in D-III finals
Johns Hopkins parlayed seven individual women's titles into a program-best third-place finish at the Division III championship Saturday night in Indianapolis. Emory claimed its fifth straight title with 595.5 points, while Kenyon (456.5) took second. The Blue Jays finished with 387, and completed their sweep of the relay titles by winning the 400 freestyle relay in the final event of the championship. Hopkins is the first team to sweep all five relay titles since Kenyon, in 2004. The Blue Jays also won the 50 and 200 free individual titles. Hopkins' George Kennedy was named the Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, and junior Ana Bogdanovski was named the Women's Swimmer of the Year. Jenner McLeod Sarah RinsmaKylie Ternes, Sammi Fox Taylor Kitayama Bogdanovski and senior Taylor Kitayama earned first-team All-America honors, and senior Sarah Rinsma and junior Sammi Fox won individual honorable-mention All-America honors.
Men: Johns Hopkins earned its second straight fourth-place finish at the Division III championship. Kenyon won its second straight championship, finishing with 480 points. Denison took second with 472, while Emory finished third with 246.5, just ahead of Hopkins' 245. Freshman Andrew Greenhalgh, senior Anthony Lordi and junior Dylan Davis earned first-team All-America honors. Scott ArmstrongAnthony Lordi Dylan Davis Senior Will Kimball (St. Paul's), freshman Evan Holder, junior Greg Kogut (Glen Burnie) and Lordi won honorable-mention All-America honors.
MORE: Fortune magazine named Johns Hopkins' Kennedy, also the men's coach, one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. He is No. 36 on the list, which includes Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, Gabrielle Giffords and coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Gregg Popovich and Dawn Staley.
Women's college lacrosse
Duquesne buries Mount, 18-5, with impressive run
Mount St. Mary's (1-7) kept close for the first 20 minutes, but host Duquesne (7-1) went on an 11-0 run spanning 25:28 to take a 17-3 lead late in the second half and win, 18-5. Attacker Erin Seipp (Notre Dame Prep) led the Mountaineers with three goals, the second of which cut the Mount's deficit to 6-3 minutes before the Dukes began their big streak. Duquesne outshot Mount St. Mary's 34-19, though the Mount had a 13-11 edge in draw controls. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Steph Rurkowski made nine saves in the loss.
Division III: Franklin & Marshall fought its way back from a 5-3 halftime deficit to tie the game at eight with 7:19 to play, but attacker Shannon Carta (South River) put host Salisbury ahead with 2:05 left to deal the Diplomats their first loss of the season, 9-8. The Sea Gulls (8-0), ranked No. 1 in Division III, opened with a 3-0 run and outshot Franklin & Marshall 14-7 in the first half. Attacker Shelby Nemecek (Liberty) had a hat trick in the first half and added another goal in the second to lead Salisbury past the fourth-ranked Diplomats (6-1). Bethany Baer Kate Haker
Polo: The Maryland Polo Club won the U.S. Polo Association Girls' National Interscholastic Championship on March 9 in Storrs, Conn., defeating Central Coast Polo Club in the final, 34-8. Maryland's Marissa Wells (Hereford) and Maddie Grant (Bryn Mawr) were named All-Stars of the four-day event. The team also included Abbie Grant (Bryn Mawr) and Stephanie Schultz, who is home-schooled.
Nationals: Right-hander Chris Young, ostensibly in the competition for the Washington Nationals' fifth starter spot, can opt out of his minor league contract if Washington does not add him to the 25-man roster by Thursday, a person familiar with the contract said. Young, 33, has bounced back this spring after an injury-riddled 2013, which he spent either with Triple-A Syracuse or on the disabled list. The Nationals have mentioned Young alongside Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan as candidates for their final rotation spot. Barring an injury, though, it appears that Washington has winnowed the choice to either Roark or Jordan.
— Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
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Journalism: The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will host a talk by Jimmy Roberts, Lou Ferrara and Theresa Moore on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Eaton Theater of Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus. Roberts, a 1979 graduate and sports commentator for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel; Ferrara, a 1982 graduate and Associated Press vice president and managing editor; and Moore, president and founder of T-Time Productions and a film documentarian, will talk about their paths to success and answer questions from the audience.