No. 1 Terps lose, 3-2, to No. 5 Duke in NCAA field hockey semifinal
The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team fell behind early and couldn't convert shots in the second half as it fell to No. 5 Duke, 3-2, in the NCAA semifinals Friday at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The Terps (22-2) trailed 3-2 at the break and despite outshooting the Blue Devils 11-2 in the second half, they couldn't convert. Lauren Blazing made eight saves for Duke (17-6) in the second half. "Of course, we're exceedingly disappointed to not be in a position to play for the national championship," coach Missy Meharg said. "That's a very, very much improved Duke team that came out with a lot of energy, a lot of conviction that executed quickly. We had a lot, just a little bit too late." Overall, Maryland outshot Duke 19-10 and had six penalty corners to the Blue Devils' four.
More field hockey: No. 3 Salisbury (19-4) battled from behind twice to earn a 3-2 overtime win over No. 7 Skidmore College in the Division III semifinals in Virginia Beach, Va. The Sea Gulls (17-3) will make their sixth national championship appearance, taking on Bowdoin on Sunday. The Polar Bears beat Christopher Newport, 4-1, to advance. Yumi Kim (Meade) scored the game-winner on a penalty stroke after being taken down from behind. ... Salisbury senior Haley Quillen was given the Elite 89 Award for the Division III championship. She earned the award for having the highest GPA, 3.932, of any player on the four teams in the semifinals. … Gettysburg sophomore Alex Calder (Dulaney) was named to the Centennial Conference fall academic honor roll.
Football: The Military Bowl will begin Dec. 27 in Annapolis with a free parade, led by the Budweiser Clydesdales. The parade will begin at City Dock at 11 a.m. and finish next to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. A free tailgate party will begin at 11 a.m. in the stadium's west or "Blue" parking lot. Food and beverages will be sold. The Military Bowl starts at 2:30p.m. and pits teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA. The matchup will be announced Dec.8.
Women's soccer: Johns Hopkins junior Hannah Kronick was named a third-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America selection.
Water polo: Johns Hopkins freshman Matt Fraser was selected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association All-South second team.
Bayhawks will open MLL season April 26 at Boston
The two-time defending Major League Lacrosse champion Chesapeake Bayhawks will open their 2014 schedule with a road game against Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and the Boston Cannons on April 26. The Bayhawks return for their sixth summer at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis for their home opener on May 3 against Rookie of the Year Rob Pannell and the New York Lizards. The regular season will again be 14 games — seven home and seven away. Dave Cottle In a format change, the semifinals will be played the weekend of Aug. 16 at the home stadiums of the two higher seeds. The championship will be Aug. 23 at a location to be announced.
For the Bayhawks' schedule and a blog post about it, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseinsider.
Women's lacrosse: Navy's Cindy Timchal won the Diane Geppi-Aikens Award and Maryland's Lauri Kenis and LIU Post's Alyssa Kildare (Johns Hopkins) won the Outstanding Assistant award for Division I and D-II, respectively, at the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association convention Thursday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Salisbury's Jim Nestor was the D-III Coach of the Year and the Chesapeake Region winner.
Nationals: Tony Beasley, who has managed Triple-A Syracuse for the past two seasons, said he won't return in that capacity next season and will instead become a minor league field coordinator, the position left vacant after Bobby Henley's promotion to Nationals third base coach. Beasley, 46, a former Orioles minor leaguer, posted a 136-152 in his two seasons at the helm of the Nationals' highest minor league team, including a 66-78 record in 2013. Syracuse pitching coach Greg Booker won't return to the Nationals, and hitting coach Troy Gingrich will shift to minor league hitting coordinator.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
Sports and education: Former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr., and Bill Ripken will speak at the inaugural Sports & Education Expo on Dec. 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Earlier that day, the Ripkens will provide a two-hour clinic for about 1,000 coaches. The Sports & Education Expo, in its first year, will provide sports, education and health and wellness resources to everyone involved in or interested in the youth sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, football, tennis and rowing, as well as special-needs sports. For more information, call 800-825-1575, go to sportseducationexpo.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.