Salisbury, Stevenson men get byes for 1st round of NCAA D-III tourney

Mount St. Mary's men beat Quinnipiac, 14-9, to win 1st Northeast Conference tournament

May 09, 2011|By Sports Digest

College lacrosse

Salisbury, Stevenson get byes for 1st round of NCAA tourney

No. 1 Salisbury and No. 3 Stevenson each received a first-round bye in the Division III men's lacrosse tournament pairings, which were announced Sunday night. The Sea Gulls will host a second-round contest Saturday against the winner of Wednesday's first-round match between Springfield and Endicott. The Mustangs, making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, will host the winner of Wednesday's game bewteen Cabrini and Widener. The times of Saturday's games have yet to be determined.

More state men: Senior goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 14 saves to earn Most Valuable Player honors and Andrew Scalley tied a career high with five goals as host and top seed Mount St. Mary's defeated second-seeded Quinnipiac (7-7), 14-9, to win the inaugural Northeast Conference tournament championship. Trailing 6-4 midway through the second quarter, the Mount (9-6) rattled off four consecutive goals to take an 8-6 lead at the half. Brett Schmidt scored twice and assisted on a pair of goals by Scalley in the run. It is the Mount's second consecutive conference title. Last year, the Mountaineers won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in their final season in the league. The Bobcats (7-7) cut the Mount lead to 10-9 with 8:31 left in the game, but Scalley answered just 11 seconds later when he scooped up a loose ball and beat Quinnipiac goalkeeper Kevin Benzing to push the lead back to two. Brett Schmidt added three goals and three assists in the win, while twin brother Bryant Schmidt had a hat trick. Scalley, Brett Schmidt and Cody Lehrer earned All-Tournament Team honors along with DiBartolo. … Sophomore midfielder Travis Crane (Eastern Tech) led all scorers with five goals, including three in the first quarter, and host CCBC Essex defeated Howard Community College, 16-7, in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX championship. The Knights took a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and never trailed, building a 9-3 advantage by halftime. With the victory, the Knights advance to the two-day NJCAA national tournament in Herkimer, N.Y., starting Saturday. Crane was named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team as the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Knights sophomore defenseman Neil Willis was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Also selected to the All-Tournament Team were midfielders Brandon Kendrick (Mount St. Joseph), who had two goals and three assists, and Brent Hiken (Pikesville); attackman Luke Phipps (John Carroll), who finished with two goals and one assist; and goalie Eric Biller (Westminster).

National men: Host Cornell scored four goals in a row, including three man-up tallies, from late in the second quarter to the 13:02 mark of the third to pull ahead 6-2 and never looked back in a 15-6 victory over Harvard in the Ivy League men's lacrosse championship game. Cornell's Steve Mock finished with a game-high five goals, and Rob Pannell, JJ Gilbane, David Lau and Jack Dudley (Boys' Latin) each scored twice.

National women: Princeton scored the first five goals of the game but had to rally in the second half to defeat Harvard, 12-10, in the Ivy League final at the University of Pennsylvania. Jaci Gassaway (Severna Park), the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, sealed the win with her third goal on the day with six seconds left. Charlotte Davis and Lizzy Drumm also had hat tricks for the Tigers.

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Dawson sets Towson mark, wins PGA minority tourney

Towson junior Airielle Dawson of Mitchellville grabbed an early lead and never let go, shooting a career-best final-round 72 to take women's medalist honors at the 25th annual PGA of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championships on the Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "Basically, she creamed them," Tigers coach Kate Stepanek said of Dawson's finishing round, which set a Towson program record. "This is the golf I know she knows how to play. Last year she was comfortable out there and that helped a lot this year." The PGA offered Dawson a waiver-fee exemption into the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School, which she plans to accept.

College softball: Junior Vangie Galindo got a hit in the first inning to break Maryland's single-season hits record of 70, and the Terps (38-16, 12-7 Atlantic Coat Conference) wrapped up the regular season with a 5-0 win over visiting North Carolina. Maryland earned the No. 3 seed for the ACC tournament, hosted by top-seeded Georgia Tech; the Terps will play the Tar Heels at noon Friday.

College baseball: North Carolina freshman third baseman Colin Moran went 4-for-5 with a home run and the 18th-ranked Tar Heels completed a weekend sweep of Maryland (20-32, 5-22) by rallying for an 8-4 victory. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, North Carolina (37-10, 16-8) scored four runs — three of them unearned — during a two-out rally.

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