UMBC earns conference tournament spot

Westervelt sparks 6-0 run in 10-4 win over Vermont


College Lacrosse


UMBC freshman Drew Westervelt delivered three of his game-high four goals when it counted the most yesterday, sending the Retrievers to a 10-4 victory over Vermont and earning them a spot in this week's America East men's lacrosse tournament.

Westervelt (John Carroll) sparked a 6-0 second-half run that finished the host Catamounts (6-9, 2-4). Brendan Mundorf had three goals and two assists for the Retrievers (6-7, 4-2), who needed to win to extend their season.

UMBC, seeded second, will play host to Albany on Wednesday in the semifinals. Binghamton will play host to Stony Brook in the other semifinal, with the title game Saturday.

Loyola 12, Yale 8: The host Greyhounds (4-7) were shut out in the first quarter for the second week in a row, but they rebounded with a seven-goal burst in the second quarter.

Stephen Brundage scored three goals, and Matt Cassalia and Jordan Rabidou each added two to help Loyola end a four-game losing streak. Yale, which lost the lead with 11:01 to play in the second quarter, fell to 6-8.

McDaniel 13, Muhlenberg 11: The Green Terror's win over the host Mules (5-9, 0-8), coupled with Gettysburg's win over Franklin & Marshall, put McDaniel (8-7, 5-3) in Friday's Centennial Conference semifinals at Washington College.

Mount St. Mary's 16, St. Joseph's 12: Jason Werner scored a career-high seven goals and added two assists for the visiting Mountaineers (5-8, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), but they won't make the league tournament.

National men

No. 4 Syracuse 17, Massachusetts 10: Michael Powell's six goals and one assist led the Orangemen (10-2) at home.

No. 5 Georgetown 7, No. 11 Rutgers 6: Nick Miaritis scored the game-winner with 15 seconds left, beating Rutgers goalie Greg Havalchak with an 18-yard bounce shot to give the visiting Hoyas (10-2, 3-0) the Eastern College Athletic Conference regular-season title. The Scarlet Knights are 8-4, 1-1.

No. 6 Ohio State 10, Fairfield 7: The Buckeyes (12-2, 5-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 11 games and clinched the Great Western Lacrosse League title outright. Fairfield finished 5-9, 1-4.

No. 8 Princeton 10, Dartmouth 8: The visiting Tigers (8-3, 4-1) avenged last year's loss to the Big Green (7-5, 2-3), getting the go-ahead goal from Ryan Boyle late in the third and holding on to stay in contention for a share of the Ivy League's regular-season title.

No. 9 Cornell 10, No. 14 Brown 9: The host Big Red (8-3, 5-1) survived a 7-1 second-half run from the Bears (9-4, 2-2) to clinch a share of the Ivy League title. Cornell gets the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament because it beat Princeton in the regular season.

State women

No. 17 William & Mary 14, No. 16 Towson 12: The third-seeded Tribe (10-7) scored six consecutive goals midway through the second half and held off the second-seeded Tigers (14-4) in Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinals in Harrisonburg, Va.

Towson set a school record for wins, a year after going 1-6 in the league and 7-9 overall. William & Mary will face James Madison - an 18-13 winner over George Mason - in the championship game today, the victor earning an NCAA tournament bid.

New Hampshire 18, UMBC 10: Katie Leland (six goals, two assists) powered the Wildcats (13-4, 6-0 America East) past the Retrievers (5-10, 4-2) and extended their program-record winning streak to 12 games.

Top-seeded New Hampshire will play host to the conference tournament. Third-seeded UMBC, which had three goals from Kelly Fiorani and two from Kate Worthington, will face Boston University in a Thursday semifinal.

No. 18 Penn State 12, No. 9 Johns Hopkins 9: The visiting Blue Jays (12-4, 4-2 American Lacrosse Conference) lost to the Nittany Lions (6-10, 3-3) for the third straight season.

Franklin & Marshall 15, McDaniel 8: In Gettysburg, Pa., Alexis O'Meara scored a game-high five goals and the Diplomats (10-7) spoiled the first trip to the Centennial Conference tournament semifinals for the Green Terror (12-3).

St. Mary's 13, Frostburg State 6: The visiting Seahawks (12-4) had a 33-18 advantage in shots over the Bobcats (10-5).

Salisbury 16, Rowan 6: Linda Ackermann's five goals powered the host Sea Gulls (14-2) to their ninth straight win. The Profs are 8-6.

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