U-19 men's lacrosse
U.S. beats Canada; gold streak intact
The U.S. under-19 men's national team captured the Federation of International Lacrosse world championship Saturday, beating Canada, 10-8, in Turku, Finland. The win avenged a loss to the Canadians during pool play. The United States kept alive its streak of winning every gold medal since sanctioned U-19 international play began in 1988. Canada finished in second place for the fifth time in tournament history; the Iroquois Nationals placed third after an 18-1 win over England earlier Saturday. Team USA dominated on faceoffs, winning 17 of 22 — Charlie Raffa (Maryland) had 10 and Tyler Barbarich seven. Matt Kavanagh scored two goals and added two assists; he was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Attackman and made the All-World team, as did two of his teammates: Gilman alum Ryan Tucker (Virginia) and defenseman Stephen Jahelka. The U.S. team also included Calvert Hall midfielder Stephen Kelly and Cardinals alum Robby Zoppo (Towson), Ryan TuckerJohns Hopkins defenseman Rob Enright and Towson attackman Joey Leonard.
Major League Lacrosse
Bayhawks beat Machine, clinch playoff berth
After a hotly contested opening half, the Chesapeake Bayhawks took advantage of a 2-point goal by Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) just three minutes into the third quarter to propel them to an 11-7 victory over the host Ohio Machine. With the win, Chesapeake became the first team to clinch a playoff spot. The teams went into the locker room tied at 4, but Rubeor set the tone for a big second half for the Bayhawks (9-2), who extended their first-place lead to a full game over the Denver Outlaws. Rubeor's goal came off a turnover by former Bayhawk Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury). A few minutes later, Chesapeake's Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) extended the Bayhawks' lead to 7-4 with a goal from in tight. The advantage grew by way of a goal by midfielder Michael Kimmel (Loyola High, Johns Hopkins) and the Bayhawks were in control 8-4 entering the final quarter. Chesapeake goalie Kip Turner (Severn) held the Machine scoreless in the third quarter en route to 15 saves. In the fourth quarter, the Bayhawks' Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) set the MLL record for 2-point goals in a single season (12).
Berlin cruises, 8-2, earns Maryland championship
Berlin, from District 8, scored twice in the first inning and five times in the third and rolled to an 8-2 victory over Brunswick, from District 2, to win the Maryland Little League baseball championship for 10- and 11-year-olds Friday in Hurlock. Winning pitcher Hayden Snelsire allowed four hits and two runs in four innings; at the plate, he had two hits and three RBIs. Matt Kinsey drove in two runs, and Billy Wheatley and Kevin Beck each scored twice. In their four games, Kinsey led the team with seven RBIs, and Tristan McDonough and Snelsire had five each. Snelsire scored a team-high eight runs. The same Berlin team won last year's 9-10 title and reached the East Region semifinal.
'True Baltimore MMA legend' Pendergarst dies
Veteran mixed martial artist and Baltimore native Sherman "The Tank" Pendergarst died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 45. Pendergarst had a career record of 11-18, including matches against some of the top fighters in the world, such as Shane Carwin, Antoni Hardonk, Aaron Brink, Justin Eilers, Carmelo Marrero, Tim Hague, Abe Wagner, Joey Beltran, Houston Alexander and Razak Al-Hassan. Pendergarst's friend David Paul Wilson described him as a "true Baltimore MMA legend" and "a man who never turned down a fight nor walked away from a challenge."
—For Kevin Richardson's full blog post on Pendergarst, go to baltimoresun.com/mmablog
Major League Soccer: Chris Birchall helped the Columbus Crew (7-7-4) end a two-game losing streak, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over visiting D.C. United (10-7-3). Birchall scored early in the second half after a through ball from Jairo Arrieta.
NHL: After four years in the Washington Capitals organization, center Keith Aucoin is moving on. Aucoin, an unrestricted free agent this summer, has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the American Hockey League level. Aucoin, 33, has spent the bulk of his professional career in the AHL but earned a spot on the Capitals' fourth line under coach Dale Hunter late in 2011-12.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
World TeamTennis: The host Washington Kastles (8-0) extended their record-setting winning streak to 24 matches over two seasons with a 24-13 victory over the Orange County Breakers (3-5) on Friday night. The men's doubles team of Bobby Reynolds and Leander Paes and the mixed doubles pair of Paes and Anastasia Rodionova each improved to 7-1. Edina Gallovits-Hall won her Kastles debut in women's doubles with Rodionova, 5-4.
Fishing: Aiming to move into the top 40 anglers in Division 21 and earn an invitation to the Bassmaster Weekend Series Regional event later this year, GEICO pro Teddy Carr caught four fish weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday in the rain at the Bassmaster event at Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River. "I did what I set out to do, so I'm reasonably happy," he said.
—From Sun staff and news services