U.S. beats England, will face Canada in final of women's World Cup
The U.S. women's national team advanced to its ninth Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup final with a 21-8 semifinal victory over England on Friday in Oshawa, Ontario. Former UMBC coach Kelly Berger (Hammond) scored two goals for the Americans. The United States will seek a record seventh gold medal in today's 3p.m. final against Canada, which defeated Australia, 11-7. The Americans beat Canada, 13-2, in pool play Tuesday, limiting the host team to six shots and forcing 14 of its 26 turnovers. The U.S. team is 9-0 all time against Canada in World Cup play.
Varsity: Several high school players with local ties are among the nearly 200 selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the Champion All-American Showcase. The boys and girls tournaments will be held Sunday to Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the Champion ESPN Games. The girls showcase, with 80 players from 27 states, features a four-team round robin. Teams will compete in three pool-play games before the championship and consolation games Tuesday. The championship game will be shown live at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. The boys event, with 90 players representing 30states, also features a four-team round-robin format. Friday's championship game at 7 p.m. will air live on ESPNU. Among the girls players competing will be incoming Florida midfielder Mollie Stevens, a Queen Anne's County High graduate playing for Team Freedom; rising senior midfielder Shelby Scanlin, a Maryland recruit from Cardinal Gibbons High in Raleigh, N.C., who will play for Team Liberty; incoming Virginia Tech goalie Meagh Graham of Good Counsel, who also will compete for Team Liberty; rising senior midfielder Shannon Fitzgerald of Newton North High in Newton, Mass., a Johns Hopkins recruit who will compete for Team Spirit; and incoming Washington College attacker Allison Dudley of Francis Scott Key High, who also will play for Team Spirit. Among the boys players competing for Team Freedom are a pair of incoming Johns Hopkins attackmen — Jack Grass of Bronxville (N.Y.) High and John Crawley of Paul D. Schreiber High in Port Washington, N.Y.; incoming UMBC midfielder Max Maxwell of Hamburg (N.Y.) High; and incoming Stevenson midfielder Eben Wilde of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Playing for Team Liberty are a pair of incoming Loyola midfielders — Nick Desisto of Rivers School in Winter Street, Mass., and Graham Savio of Greenwich (Conn.) High. Another incoming Loyola player, defenseman Nathan Gorman of St. Augustine Prep in Richland, N.J., will compete for Team Pride. Playing for Team Spirit are incoming Mount St. Mary's midfielder Bo Belmer of Waukesha (Wis.) West High, incoming Towson attackman-midfielder Matt Leonard of Winston Churchill High in Potomac; incoming Johns Hopkins goalie Ryan Feit of Syosset (N.Y.) High; and incoming McDaniel goalie Gerrit Molloy of Walter Johnson High in Bethesda.
College men: Former Salisbury assistant coach Dave Dobbins, who recently ended his fourth year as an assistant on the Ohio State staff, has been promoted to associate head coach, the team announced. Dobbins works primarily with the offense and special teams, and oversees the team's community service and academic programs. Under Dobbins, the Buckeyes were fourth nationally in man-up offense in 2013, scoring on 46 percent of their chances. Dobbins joined the Buckeyes after six seasons (2004-2009) as an assistant coach with the Sea Gulls. The 2005 Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, he helped the Sea Gulls win four Division III national championships and finish as national runner-up once.
Capitals to open season at champs; divisions named
The Washington Capitals begin the 2013-14 regular season on the road against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1 before returning to Verizon Center to host the Calgary Flames on Oct. 3 for the home opener. This season is the first under the NHL's new realignment plan. In addition to releasing the full regular-season schedule, the league also named the new divisions. The league kept with its theme of geographically based names, opting for the Pacific and Central divisions in the Western Conference and the Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals are in the eight-team Metropolitan Division along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. Within the division, Washington will play the Flyers and Hurricanes five times each — with three games on the road against the former and three games at home against the latter — this year. The Capitals will play the other five division members four times each. Rival Pittsburgh comes to town Nov. 20 and March 10.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Katie Carrera, The Washington Post