Digest: Salisbury stifles Catholic, heads to women's lax national semis

Navy's Palacio breaks own record in 800 meters

May 14, 2012|Sports Digest

D-III women's college lacrosse

Sea Gulls stifle Catholic, head to national semis

The Salisbury women's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the eighth time in program history Sunday afternoon with a 13-6 win over visiting Catholic (16-6). "We had a slower start today, but we played the way we're capable of playing. … We played Salisbury lacrosse," Salisbury coach Jim Nestor said. "Our defense did a great job today." The Cardinals, who had averaged 15.90 goals per game (20th in the nation), scored their fewest goals of the season. Junior Katie Bollhorst (St. Mary's) led Salisbury (21-0) with a game-high seven points (four goals and three assists). With 12 points in the past two days, the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year moved into a tie for fourth with Jen Mezzadra on the program's single-season points list with 117. In a national semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Montclair State, the Sea Gulls will face Middlebury (15-4), which knocked defending champion Gettysburg (19-2) out of the NCAA tournament with a 15-9 victory in the regional championships. Senior Hannah Church (Mount de Sales) led host Gettysburg with two goals and two assists.

More results: Senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) scored a game-high four goals and added one assist to lead host SUNY Cortland to a 9-7 win over the College of New Jersey (16-4) in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. The Red Dragons (20-1) tied a school record with their 19th consecutive victory. SUNY Cortland advances to a national semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday, when it will play Trinity (Conn.), which held visiting Colby to just eight shots in a 7-5 win. Trinity (19-1) sets a program record for wins and advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the first time.

College track and field

Navy's Palacio breaks own record in 800 meters

The Navy women's track and field team tied for 24th place with 13 team points at the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championship at Princeton over the weekend. Senior Jess Palacio broke her own school record in the 800-meter run, placing fourth in 2 minutes, 5.22 seconds to earn All-East Region honors. According to the pre-weekend rankings, Palacio's 800 time is the 13th-best in the East Region. Palacio is also ranked 36th in the 1,500 run and will likely be able to qualify for the East Regional Championship in either event. Sophomore Alix Membreno earned All-East honors for the second straight year, placing third in the javelin. Junior Melanie Sluzewicz also earned ECAC All-East honors by placing seventh in the heptathlon.

Men: Coppin State's Jibri Victorian placed second in the 400-meter hurdle finals at the IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sunday at Princeton. Victorian was edged at the line by Zach Ray of Maryland for the 400-meter title; Ray finished in 50.84 seconds, and Victorian crossed the line in 50.85. The Eagles' 1,600-meter relay team finished fifth in the finals as the team of Teo Bennett, Rayon Lawrence, L'Zerek Chapman and Victorian finished in 3:11.27.

Et cetera

Harford CC wins 1st-ever Region XX baseball title

The top-seeded Harford Community College baseball team rebounded after a 4-3 loss in Game 1 to take Game 2 behind Brandon Franke's career-best pitching performance in an 8-1 winner-take-all victory against No. 4 Potomac State that gave the Fighting Owls their first National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX championship. After allowing a run on a pair of first-inning singles, the sophomore left-hander held the Catamounts hitless for the final eight innings. Harford CC now travels to Spartanburg, S.C., for a best-of-three District Championship Series at Spartanburg Methodist on Saturday and Sunday. The winner of that series will qualify for the NJCAA Division I National Championship.

More college baseball: Junior third baseman Austin Nyman had four hits as Hofstra (31-19, 18-9 Colonial Athletic Association) rallied to hand host Towson (23-29, 12-15) an 11-6 loss in the third and deciding game of their three-game weekend series. Towson enters the final weekend of the regular season tied for sixth place in the CAA with Georgia State (12-15, 22-30). The top six teams make the tournament. While the Tigers host James Madison on the final weekend of the regular season, Georgia State will play at Old Dominion. Towson needs to win one more game than Georgia State to earn a tournament berth.

College softball: McDaniel (30-13) faced a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning when Amy Baumgartner capped a 10-pitch at bat with a grand slam down the right-field line for a 4-2 win over Salisbury (37-7) at the NCAA Division III softball regionals at Christopher Newport. Green Terror pitcher Caroline Brehm struck out 12 to give her 368 for the season and move her into eighth place in Division III single-season history.

Women's college tennis: Johns Hopkins cruised to a 5-0 win over Vassar (16-6) in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Mary Washington to move to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Blue Jays (18-5) will face Chicago next Monday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

D.C. United Women: United Women fell, 1-0, to the Boston Breakers in their final preseason exhibition match Saturday before an announced 1,022 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, a week before starting official W-League play against the Virginia Beach Piranhas at the SoccerPlex. Kyah Simon Jessica LusciniskiUnited Women goalkeeper Didi Haracic (Loyola University) made seven saves on eight shots.

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