College field hockey
No. 1 Terps clinch regular-season title
Top-ranked Maryland clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title Friday night with a 4-1 win over No. 5 Virginia in College Park. Sophomore Maxine Fluharty led the offense with two goals, while the Terps defense held the league's top scorer, Elly Buckley, scoreless. Maryland (16-1, 5-0) led 3-0 at halftime behind an early goal from senior Jill Witmer and Fluharty's two scores. Junior Welma Luus extended the lead over the Cavaliers (15-4, 3-3) to 4-1 with just under 18 minutes to play. With the win, the Terps clinched the top spot and the only first-round bye in the ACC tournament Nov. 7-10 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Hunt goes into Saturday for first time since 2004 return
Today will be the first day of Saturday hunting since Maryland's annual black bear hunt returned in 2004 after a 51-year absence. After a record-setting opening day of 41 bears Monday in Garrett and Allegany counties, the weather deteriorated, leading to fewer hunters and a decline in the bear harvest, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As of Friday night, 83 bears had been taken this week, short of the quota range of 95 to 130.
South River's Schimoler commits to UMBC
South River junior attackman-midfielder Gunnar Schimoler has committed orally to UMBC. The son of the late John Schimoler, who played on Syracuse's 1983 national championship team, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound recruit started as a sophomore for the Seahawks, helping them to the Class4A-3A state title. He is a nephew of the late Paul Schimoler, who was a four-time All-Ivy League and All-America goalie at Cornell and regarded as one of the all-time greats at the position.
More recruiting: Midfielder Brian Prigmore of Hockinson High in Brush Prairie, Wash., has committed to Navy. ... Midfielder-faceoff specialist Charlie Taylor of Calverton School in Huntingtown has committed to High Point. ... St. Paul's attackman Dawes Milchling has committed to Vermont. ... Sacred Heart announced that defenseman Cole Luthy (Loyola High) will join the team for the 2014 season. Luthy played four seasons of lacrosse for the Dons, helping the team win the MIAA state championship in 2013.
Spalding's Breitenbach to compete at Iowa State
Archbishop Spalding senior Logan Breitenbach, one of the top wrestlers in the state, has committed to wrestle at Iowa State. Breitenbach beat McDonogh's Toby Hague for the 152-pound Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship last season and finished 50-3 overall. Breitenbach placed fourth at National Preps to earn All-America status. He is 143-25 in his three varsity seasons. Breitenbach will be coached by Kevin Jackson, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist who coached Team USA in the 2008 games. The Cyclones have won eight national titles.
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NWSL's Spirit trade for Cuellar, Taylor and pick
The Washington Spirit have acquired the rights to forward Renae Cuellar, the discovery rights to Jodie Taylor and the No. 23 overall pick in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League college draft in a trade with Seattle Reign, the team announced Friday. In exchange, the Spirit sent to Seattle the rights to defender Nikki Marshall and defender Alina Garciamendez and the No. 17 overall selection in the 2014 draft. Cuellar, 23, scored five goals in 18 games this season.
Horse racing: Dance to Bristol put in her final work at the Bowie Training Center on Friday morning, eight days before the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Trained by Ollie Figgins III, she stopped the clock in 58.60 seconds, the fastest drill of the morning at the 5-furlong distance. Dance to Bristol has won seven of her nine starts this year, including three graded stakes races. ... Beginning today, Laurel Park's first post will shift to 12:35 p.m. for the rest of the calendar year.
Women's college volleyball: No. 14 North Carolina (19-1, 8-1 ACC) earned a 3-2 victory over visiting Maryland (11-10, 3-6). Terps junior Ashleigh Crutcher had 16 kills, senior Sarah Harper had 17 digs and freshman Whitney Craigo had 19 assists.
Women's college soccer: Host Mount St.Mary's (4-8-3, 2-3-1 Northeast Conference) lost, 5-0, to Saint Francis (9-7-1, 5-1-0).