Digest: Maryland claims third straight Big Ten men's soccer tournament title

From Sun staff and news services
Sunday's championship was Maryland's 33rd league title and its ninth tournament championship.

Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 3 seed Wisconsin, 2-1, in the Big Ten men's soccer championship game Sunday in Westfield, Ind., to win its fifth straight conference tournament crown, including Atlantic Coast Conference titles in 2012 and 2013.

Sophomores DJ Reeves and Sebastian Elney scored as the Terps (18-0-2) moved their winning streak to 15 games, the longest in program history. Sunday's title was the third consecutive for Maryland since it joined the Big Ten in 2014, the longest streak for a Big Ten team since Indiana won six in a row from 1994 to 1999.

Reeves, who made his first career start Sunday, scored 1:24 into the game on an assist from Suli Dainkeh. Wisconsin tied the game 10 minutes later, but Elney scored the go-ahead goal with time waning in the first half. Jorge Calix's corner kick provided the assist on a header from 6 yards for a 2-1 lead in the 43rd minute.

"This was another great team performance and once again we showed our resiliency," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We showed our championship fiber. This is an absolutely remarkable accomplishment. With all the success that I've had, I'm still at a loss for words for the fifth conference championship in five years. I credit my staff and my players for their resiliency and class and for bringing it every single day."

Sunday's championship was Maryland's 33rd league title and its ninth tournament championship. Senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) made seven saves. Senior defender Alex Crognale and sophomore forward Gordon Wild were named Big Ten tournament Defensive and Offensive Most Valuable Player, respectively, and joined Niedermeier on the All-Tournament team.

The NCAA tournament bracket will be announced today at 1 p.m.

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins earned a 4-0 win over visiting Christopher Newport (17-3-1) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Senior Meg Van de Loo scored two goals and had two assists to break the Hopkins' single-season records for goals and points. The Blue Jays (17-2-2) will face Williams (17-0-2) in the third round Saturday. … Kristen Gibson scored two goals in a 2:38 span in the second half to lead host McDaniel (18-2-1) to a 3-1 win over Connecticut College (10-6-2) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Green Terror play Brandeis (14-3-4) in the third round Saturday.

College field hockey

Terps fall to North Carolina, 3-0, in NCAA quarterfinals

The second-seeded Maryland field hockey team fell to visiting North Carolina, 3-0, in the NCAA quarterfinals. The unseeded Tar Heels (19-5) took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Ashley Hoffman scored off the first penalty corner for either team. Two minutes into the second half, Hoffman scored again for North Carolina to make it a two-goal lead with just over 32 minutes left. Maryland (18-5) pulled goalkeeper Sarah Bates with 6:42 to play in favor of an extra attacker, and a little over a minute later, the Tar Heels' Lauren Moyer got behind the Terps defense and scored into the empty net. Maryland took eight shots to North Carolina's 11 and had five penalty corners to four. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made two saves in 41 minutes and Bates also made two in 28 minutes

More: Freshman Arielle Johnston scored to lead Salisbury (18-1) to a 1-0 victory over visiting Ursinus (17-4) in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament to advance to the semifinals in Geneva, N.Y., the Sea Gulls' third trip in four years. The game was scoreless through the first half, but in the 45th minute, junior Natalie Wilkinson inserted the ball off one of Salisbury's 14 penalty corners and Johnston collected the pass and fired the ball past Ursinus goalkeeper Jules Singer into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead. The Bears had six corner opportunities, but were only able to put two shots on junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor. Salisbury will face Tufts (18-2), a 1-0 winner over Skidmore, on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner of that semifinal will play the winner of other semifinal between Messiah and Babson on Sunday for the national championship.

Et cetera

Stevenson to play at Wesley in D-III football tourney

The Stevenson football team will play its first NCAA Division III tournament game Saturday at noon when it travels to Dover, Del., to face Wesley (8-2). The Mustangs (9-1), in just their sixth season as a varsity program, earned the Middle Atlantic Conference's automatic berth after they clinched their first MAC title with a 28-10 win at Lycoming on Saturday. Wesley is making its 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance after winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference's automatic berth. Johns Hopkins (10-0), winner of the Centennial Conference's automatic bid, will host Randolph-Macon (9-1) in the first round Saturday at Homewood Field at noon.

More college football: McDaniel sophomore Anthony Crawley (City) was named the Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. … Johns Hopkins senior quarterback Jonathan Germano was picked CC Offensive Player of the Week. … Frostburg State sophomore quarterback Connor Cox (South River) was selected Offensive Player of the Week and freshman linebacker Monte Jones (St. Mary's) Defensive Rookie of the Week by the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Men's college basketball: Salisbury was picked to finish second, St. Mary's fourth and Frostburg State 10th in the Capital Athletic Conference preseason poll of coaches. Christopher Newport was the unanimous preseason favorite in the 10-team league.

Women's college basketball: Johns Hopkins was picked to finish sixth in the Centennial Conference preseason poll. Muhlenberg was selected to repeat as league champion in 2017, but the Blue Jays received a first-place vote.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland served 13 aces as the Terps (11-17, 3-13 Big Ten) earned a sweep, 25-16, 27-25, 25-21, of visiting Rutgers (4-25, 0-16). Sophomore outside hitter Liz Twilley tied for the match lead with 12 kills. … Towson will be the fifth seed for the Colonial Athletic Association championship, which will be held Nov. 18-20 on the campus of North Carolina-Wilmington. The Tigers (23-8) will face Hofstra (20-9) in the first round Friday at 4 p.m.

Sailing: Annapolis Yacht Club is the fifth best private club in the United States, according to rankings compiled by Platinum Clubs of America for 2016-2018. More than 3,000 general managers, owners and presidents from private clubs around the United States voted in the biennial rankings.

Golf: The Timbers at Troy course in Elkridge will be renovated during the next three to six months, the Howard County Parks and Recreation Department and KemperSports announced. Changes include restoration of bunkers with a Better Billy Bunker System, a new irrigation system, and repairs and improvements to cart paths.

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