Kassel lifts Maryland men over North Carolina 1-0 in ACC soccer final

Matt Kassel's penalty-kick goal and a strong defensive effort gave Maryland (17-2-1) a 1-0 victory over North Carolina and its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship Sunday in Cary, N.C.

Zac MacMath was named tournament Most Valuable Player after making six saves to preserve the Terps' 13th shutout this season. Fellow Terps Kassel, Casey Townsend and Jason Herrick also made the All-Tournament team.

Kassel scored his eighth goal of the year and second against the Tar Heels when his penalty kick beat Scott Goodwin in the 14th minute. The junior from Bridgewater, N.J., set up the PK when his shot bounced off Enzo Martinez's hand.

A red card was issued to Tar Heels midfielder Michael Farfan in the 35th minute after a collision with John Stertzer. Despite playing a man down, North Carolina (16-3-1) continued to apply pressure up top. Maryland's Alex Lee saved an open-net shot by Martin Murphy five minutes into the second half. A few slick moves by Murphy brought MacMath out of the box and a heady Terrapins defense crashed the box with Lee ultimately making the team save.

MacMath earned his Maryland program-record 13th shutout of the year, topping the mark of 12 that he set in the 2008 season when the Terps previously won the ACC title. Maryland has won 13 consecutive matches dating to a loss to North Carolina on Sept. 24 in Chapel Hill.

"We are absolutely delighted to be standing here as the ACC champions," coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We knew this was going to be a tough game from the beginning. We have tremendous respect for Carolina. Championship games take strange courses sometimes. I thought our defensive effort was of championship quality and that's what you have to have to win this type of games."

Maryland will find out its seeding in the NCAA tournament at 4:30 p.m. today. The complete tournament bracket will be announced live on ESPNU.

Stevenson 3, Grove City 1: Senior Tyler King (Calvert Hall) scored two goals as Stevenson (13-5-3) won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South championship with a 3-1 victory over Grove City (14-5-2). King had three goals and one assist in the tournament in earning Most Outstanding Player honors.

Sophomore Ansger Otto had three goals and five assists, including an assist on all three of Stevenson's goals Sunday.

Johns Hopkins 2, Christopher Newport 1: Senior co-captain Kevin Hueber bent a free kick inside the upper right post in the 102nd minute to lift the Blue Jays (15-3-4) over host and fourth-ranked Christopher Newport (20-2-1) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.

The Blue Jays advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year and ninth time in program history. The Captains had won 23 straight home games.

Junior Sean Duggan gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute; Christopher Newport tied it in the 64th minute.

Loyola: Senior midfielders Mike Deasel (Loyola High) and Wade McHugh (McDonogh) were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Tournament team.

The players earn the honor for the second consecutive year. The Greyhounds (9-7-2, 5-3-1) fell in a MAAC semifinal Friday night to Saint Peter's, 2-1, in double overtime. The Peacocks defeated Iona, 2-1, in the final Sunday.


Maryland's season ended on penalty kicks against Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Ludwig Field.

The Hoyas (14-6-2) stopped the first two penalty kicks and eliminated the Terps (18-2-3) in the shootout, 3-2. The teams were tied at 1-1 through 110 minutes.

"I'm proud of our effort and fight today, especially considering the flu bug that hit our team last night," Maryland coach Brian Pensky said. "Unfortunately we weren't ourselves today, but, as always, our effort and determination cannot be questioned.

"This is tough to take right now. We all feel so horribly for our kids. As I told them afterwards, our strength has always been in our group. For the second consecutive Sunday we are eliminated on penalty kicks, which are very individual."

The Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute on a bizarre turn of events. Georgetown's Christina O'Tousa ripped a shot off the crossbar and the ball bounced down inside the Maryland 6-yard box. The ball bounced up and off a Maryland defender before Camille Trujillo chested it back toward the goal. Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun tried to recover and get to the ball, but it made it through, spun off the left post and trickled over the line for the goal.

Maryland got the equalizer in the 65th minute. Senior Caitlin McDowell played a long ball from the back over the top of the defense. Georgetown keeper Jackie Desjardin tried to come off her line to intercept the ball, but couldn't get to it and was caught out of the net by Maryland junior Sade Ayinde, who took one touch and fired the ball over Desjardin's head and into the goal from nearly 30 yards out.

In the shootout, Desjardin stopped the first two Maryland attempts, putting the Terps in the hole. But Balogun, who made six saves during the match, stopped the Hoyas' second attempt to give Maryland a chance. Juniors Lydia Hastings and Mallory Baker stepped up and made their attempts to pull the Terps to within a one at 3-2, but Maryland's last PK hit off the right post, ending the shootout and sending the Hoyas into the Sweet 16.

The match ended the Maryland careers for McDowell and four other seniors: Molly Dreska, Colleen Deegan, Erika Theisen and Olivia Onyeador. During the past four years Maryland has compiled a 45-27-9 record, winning 18 this season, tied for the second most in program history.

Johns Hopkins 2, Hamilton 0: Junior Erica Suter (River Hill) scored in the 50th minute from the top of the box and senior Allie Zazzali added a goal in the 69th minute on a header, as the Blue Jays (18-3-1) earned a 2-0 win over visiting Hamilton (10-4-3) and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

Hopkins will play 11th-ranked TCNJ next weekend.

Marywood 4, Frostburg State 1, penalty kicks: The Host Bobcats (17-4-1) ended their season with a loss to the sixth-seeded Pacers after the teams played 110scoreless minutes in the ECAC South Regional championship.

Marywood connected on all four of its shootout attempts; Frostburg hit on one of three, with junior midfielder Cassie Donahue scoring in the second round.

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