UMBC men roll, 4-0, in America East final
Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading top-seeded and sixth-ranked UMBC to a 4-0 victory over visiting Hartford in the America East championship game Saturday night. The Retrievers (16-1-2), who lead the nation in winning percentage, earned America East's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past four years. This is the first time UMBC has captured both the league's regular-season and championship titles. UMBC will learn its seeding in the NCAA tournament during the selection show Monday at noon. Caringi scored in the 10th minute, Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley) 3:59 into the second half, Caringi again in the 57th minute and Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) in the 86th minute. Caringi, Ballo, Kadeem Dacres and Phil Saunders were named to the all-tournament team. Caringi was the tournament Most Valuable Player.
More men: No. 15 Salisbury (18-3) got goals from Stephen Poorman, Larry Cornish and Trevor Sharpe in a five-minute stretch of the first half and cruised to a 4-0 victory over visiting Greensboro on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Sea Gulls will play today at 1:30 p.m. at home against Messiah, a 9-1 winner against Centenary (N.J.).
Women: Host Johns Hopkins (19-1-1) scored four times in the first 15 minutes and rolled to a 6-0 victory over Brooklyn (15-4) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Blue Jays will face York (Pa.) today at 1:30 p.m. for a berth in the Sweet 16 next weekend.
JHU finishes football regular season unbeaten
Johns Hopkins, ranked No. 8 in Division III, finished its regular season 10-0 with a 52-21 road victory Saturday over McDaniel. The Blue Jays (10-0, 9-0 Centennial Conference) led 28-0 after the first quarter and capped their second unbeaten regular season in the past three years by routing the Green Terror (2-8, 2-7). Quarterback Robbie Matey scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on Hopkins' first drive. Daniel Wodicka caught a 5-yard touchdown pass, and freshman Jack Toner intercepted a pass and returned it for a score in the first quarter. Nick O'Melia caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Seth McFall to put the Green Terror on the scoreboard in the second quarter. The Blue Jays led 35-7 at halftime, and coach Jim Margraff pulled most of his starters after the first quarter. Nine Blue Jays ran the ball for 213 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries. Hopkins will learn its NCAA tournament draw tonight at 6.
Friday night: Salisbury (6-4, 5-2 Empire 8 Athletic Conference) led 21-14 late in the first half, but the Sea Gulls scored the next seven touchdowns for a 70-14 blowout of Frostburg State (1-9, 0-7) in the 15th Annual Regents Cup Game. Quarterback John Dunbar ran for 109 yards on 24 carries and four first-half touchdowns to give the Sea Gulls their 10th straight win against the Bobcats. Salisbury safety Greg Stanton had two interceptions, including one he returned 93 yards up the left sideline for a score in the first quarter.
Field hockey: Top-seeded and top-ranked Maryland (20-1) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 win over No. 18 American (15-6) in College Park. Junior Katie Gerzabek scored twice for the Terps, and sophomore Anna Dessoye added a goal and an assist. Maryland will play No. 8 Princeton (14-4) today at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to next weekend's national semifinals in Norfolk, Va.
Well-traveled Aja commits to play at East Carolina
After a circuitous journey, Kanu Aja, a 6-foot-9 power forward who "moved around a lot" in Baltimore and Howard counties, signed a letter of intent last week to play basketball at East Carolina. Aja, 21, who attended four high schools — two of which closed — in five years and since has spent time at City College of San Francisco, also considered offers from Hofstra, Marshall, Seton Hall and several other schools. "It feels like a big relief," he said. "I went through a lot to go through this process to find a school that really liked me, liked my game. Now I'll try to finish up [in San Francisco] and contribute to the program down there at ECU." Aja played locally at Mount St. Joseph, Towson Catholic, Cardinal Gibbons and Princeton Day Academy. "It was kind of hard to learn. I just had to basically get better on my own, use the experience to really concentrate on getting my game better."
Read more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Aja at baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
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