Salisbury, Tufts softball to play for Division III title today

May 27, 2014|Sports Digest

After splitting the first two games of a best-of-three series for the Division III national championship Sunday, Salisbury and defending national champion Tufts will face off in a decisive third game at noon today in Tyler, Texas. The Sea Gulls (44-4) won the opener, 2-1, behind sophomore designated player Paige Knussman's 3-for-3 day at the plate, including a home run and a double. In the day's second meeting, neither team scored until the 14th inning, when the Jumbos (46-4) exploded for six runs in an eventual 6-0 win. Tufts outhit Salisbury 13-5 in the must-win game.

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Spalding's Nairn leads Spirit to win at SoccerPlex

Christine Nairn (Spalding) scored a tiebreaking goal from 30 yards in stoppage time as the Washington Spirit defeated the Houston Dash, 3-2, in National Women's Soccer League action before an announced 2,865 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. The Spirit (4-4-1) surpassed last year's victory total and moved into fifth place in the nine-team league. Diana Matheson scored her fifth goal of the season to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but Nina Burger equalized in the 12th for the expansion Dash (1-7-1). Jodie Taylor's third goal over three games restored the Spirit's lead in the 38th minute, but Osinachi Ohale's header in the 77th tied it again. Five minutes later, Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod stopped Matheson's penalty kick. The Spirit's Lori Lindsey hit the crossbar in the first minute of stoppage time. As the second of three added minutes was about to expire, Nairn smashed a left-footed shot from well beyond the penalty area to the top far corner for her second goal of the season.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Horse racing: Lively Times led from start to finish in the seventh race at Pimlico Race Course and rewarded owner Dylan Smith with her first victory as a licensed trainer. Smith, 25, is a former assistant to trainer Richard "Dickie" Small, who died in April at age 68. Small bred and previously owned Lively Times. "Dickie would be very happy," Smith said. "He actually left her to me, so I am really excited to win with her. It would have meant a lot to him." Lively Times covered the five-furlong distance in 58.68 seconds over the firm turf. She won by a neck over a hard-charging Sweet Soliloquy and paid $8.80. Horacio Karamanos rode Lively Times and two other winners on the 10-race card, also visiting the winners' circle with Mo Didn't Know and Petit Trianon.

Lacrosse: The Baltimore Hawks are looking for midfielders and attackmen who graduate in the Class of 2015 to play on their summer club team. Interested players should contact Tim Puls at 443-352-4298 or email for more information. … The registration deadline for the 20th Annual Lax Max Youth Lacrosse Tournament in Westminster is today. The event, scheduled for June 6-8, is open school, recreation, travel and club-affiliated teams throughout the mid-Atlantic region. There will be boys and girls competition in the Under 9, 11, 13, 15 & 17 & 19 age groupings. Lax Max features round-robin competition, guaranteeing all teams a minimum of three games; with additional playoff and championship games where applicable. Registration, rules and lodging information are available at For more information, email

Boys soccer: The Greater Severna Park Athletic Association will conduct travel tryouts for the Under-9 Avalanche (birthdates from Aug. 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006) and Under-11 SP Heat (Aug. 1, 2003-July 31, 2004) on June 11 and 12 at Oak Hill Elementary School. Times are 5 p.m. to 6:30 for U-9 and 7 p.m. to 8:30 for U-11. Both teams are coached by Broadneck varsity coach Sean Tettemer. Contact for more information.

Glenn Graham

Varsity: Led by North Harford coach Tim Larrimore, the North took the first annual Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference baseball all-star game with a win over the South, coached by Havre de Grace's Chad Blevins. Teams were divided by where they finished in the two divisions this season, while coaches were selected by the winners of the Susquehanna and Chesapeake divisions. The game, held at Aberdeen High, drew approximately 200 to 250 fans.

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