Christine Nairn (Penn State University photo )
Women's college soccer
Nairn's overtime goal puts Penn State into NCAA title match
Senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) tapped in the game-winner just 1:12 into overtime to give Penn State a 2-1 win over Florida State on Friday night and a berth in the NCAA women's championship game today in San Diego against North Carolina.The Seminoles tied the game with 41 seconds remaining, but the Nittany Lions (21-3-2) ended it quickly in the 91st minute when senior captain Maddy Evans hit a long pass from the right wing into the box and Nairn touched it in from 6 yards out. The Tar Heels (15-5-3) defeated top-ranked Stanford, 1-0, in double overtime.
Eighttofasttocatch wins Jennings Handicap
Eighttofasttocatch displayed the controlling speed that had already earned him five stakes victories at Laurel Park when he defended his title in the $100,000 Jennings Handicap on Saturday. Sheldon Russell was at the controls as the Tim Keefe trainee completed the one-turn, one-mile distance in 1 minute, 36.86 seconds. Eighttofasttocatch was in command down the stretch, sailing under the finish line 5 1/2 lengths the better of post-time favorite Hello Lover.
Marylander Stakes: Whiskey Romeo bobbled at the start but quickly recovered, charged to the front and kept that advantage the rest of the way to win the $101,500 race for 2-year-olds. Racing seven furlongs for the first time after winning his first two starts, the son of Forestry covered the distance in 1:25.10, beating Amerigo Vespucci by 2 1/4 lengths. The winner paid $2.20 as the 1-9 betting favorite.
Rabil hosting Holiday Magic Gala on Thursday
Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil, a former All-American at Johns Hopkins, is hosting the second annual Paul Rabil Foundation Holiday Magic Gala on Thursday at Sammy's Trattoria in Baltimore. Entertainment will be provided by Maryland Live Casino, and all proceeds will go to the Paul Rabil Foundation, which specializes in benefiting children with learning disabilities. The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, is open to those age 21 and older. The gala is black-tie optional, and tickets are $125.
Varsity girls basketball: Zoe Zawisa scored 18 points and Grace Greene added 11 as Bryn Mawr defeated Garrison Forest, 56-17, in one of four games at the St. Timothy's Tip-Off. Emily Granruth scored 15 points to lead Wakefield (Va.) to a 39-33 win over Maryvale Prep, which got 10 apiece from Lauren Eckholm and Kalyn Crocetti. Villanova-bound Megan Quinn scored 23 points as Episcopal Academy (Pa.) rolled, 56-33, against Mount de Sales, which got 13 from Eve Lukowski. Keyanna Brown had 23 points as Williamsburg Christian (Va.) rallied for a 48-41 victory over Roland Park Country; Lindsey Edwards and Ryan Holder had 10 points each for the Reds.
Major League Soccer: District of Columbia officials have entered preliminary discussions with Pepco over the feasibility of building a soccer stadium for D.C. United where the utility's generation and substation facilities are located on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. Pepco's property constitutes a major portion of the footprint for a new stadium based on the plans that D.C. United officials began vetting with District officials in 2010. The utility decommissioned the generation units on the site in May, but its substation there remains operational.
—Jonathan O'Connell, The Washington Post
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers have signed Camontae Griffin (Dunbar/CCBC-Catonsville) to a contract. Griffin who was an All-Region performer at CCBC and St. Mary's, has played the past two seasons professionally in Colombia and Venezuela.
College field hockey: Salisbury senior midfielder Kristina Fusco (Fallston) and St. Mary's senior forward Lauriann Parker (Glenelg) were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team. St. Mary's senior midfielder Paige Decker (River Hill) made the second team.
—From Sun staff and news services