Digest: Baltimore boys soccer team wins U-17 national title

Baltimore Celtic SC 2000 defeated FC Dallas 00 Premier, 2-1, to earn the under-17 boys title Sunday at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Herson Morales (North County) and Justin Gielen (DeMatha) each scored for Celtic. Ryan Miller (C. Milton Wright) earned the Golden Glove Award while Gielen earned the Golden Boot. Trailing 2-0, FC Dallas scored in the 73rd minute on a header by Marcos Puga off a corner kick. "We played really good for the game and credit to FC Dallas as they hung in there," Celtic head coach Barry Stitz said. "We bent a little but these boys are the best team in the country in their age group and they've shown it all year." Baltimore Celtic SC Christos finished third in the U-18 boys division after falling to eventual champion BRYC 99 Elite (Va.) in the semifinals Saturday. Meanwhile, Arundel Soccer Association Coyotes fell, 3-0, to 98 CR Academy (N.C.) in the U-19/20 girls national championship.

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U.S. women beat Canada, 11-8, to claim World Games lacrosse gold

The United States women's national lacrosse team defeated Canada, 11-8, in The World Games final in Wroclaw, Poland, to claim its second international title in 18 days. Alyssa Murray scored four goals and Brooke Griffin (Maryland, South River) added three for the U.S., which broke a tie at 6 with five unanswered goals in the second half and held Canada scoreless for more than 24 minutes to pull away. Canada rallied late, scoring twice in 90 seconds with a chance to pull within two goals. But goalie Gussie Johns and defender Megan Douty (Maryland) pressed Kaylin Morissette to the end line and caused Canada's 23rd turnover with 2:34 remaining. Douty secured the ground ball and the U.S. maintained possession for the rest of the game. The three-goal win was the slimmest margin of victory of the unbeaten trip for the U.S., which went 8-0 in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup and 4-0 in The World Games, an international multisport event featuring lacrosse for the first time. "We told them in the locker room, 'Regardless of what happens in the game, the sun is going to come up.' But if you win the game, you're going to be two-time world champions, and that will be the first time it's ever been done," U.S. coach Ricky Fried said. "I'm really proud of the effort they put into this team. It would've been really easy to win the gold medal in England, take a break and mentally check out, but they didn't do that." In the bronze-medal game, Australia avenged its World Cup loss to England, scoring the last two goals to defeat Great Britain, 10-8. Courtney Hobbs (Maryland) scored the go-ahead goal with 10:33 remaining.


Horse racing: Girvin unleashed a dramatic rally in deep stretch to beat McCraken by a nose for a 9-1 upset in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, finishing in 1 minute, 48.35 seconds in the 11/8-mile race to earn an automatic bid to the Breeders' Cup Classic. Maryland-based Irish War Cry, the morning-line favorite, finished third. ... Lael Stables' homebred Jehozacat kicked off her career with a 51/2-length victory in the featured eighth race at Laurel Park. Jehozacat ($7.80) ran 5 furlongs in 58.47 seconds over a fast main track. Jockey Alex Cintron rode back-to-back winners aboard Repeat Repeat ($6.80) in the third race and Truly Hot ($7.20) in the fourth.

WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored a career-high 30 points, Kristi Toliver (Maryland) added 19 and the Washington Mystics held on for a 77-70 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. Elena Delle Donne had 10 points and Krystal Thomas had 15 rebounds for Washington (14-9), which has won three in a row and four of its past five. Sancho Lyttle's jumper trimmed the Dream's deficit to 74-68 with 5:09 to play, but Atlanta (10-13) scored just two points, on 1-for-10 shooting, from there.

Major league soccer: Christian Ramirez scored his 11th goal of the season and expansion Minnesota United (6-12-4) earned a 4-0 victory over D.C. United (5-14-3) on Saturday night to end a five-game winless streak. United lost its sixth straight, the longest such streak since losing a franchise-record seven straight in 2013.

Golf: Billy Hurley III will host the inaugural Billy Hurley III and The Brave Golf Tournament this week in his hometown of Annapolis. The event, which takes place today and Tuesday at the Naval Academy Golf Course, will benefit active duty service members. Highlighting the tournament is the participation of 18 military golfers representing courses affiliated with the United States Navy.

—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Field hockey: The U.S. women's national team won the Hockey World League semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa. Former Terp Jill Witmer was the top goal scorer of the tournament with five in seven matches. In the final match, the Americans topped No. 7 Germany in a shootout to win the semifinal title. The U.S. next plays in the Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, August 5 against No. 30 Mexico at 7 p.m.