BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland came up short in trying to win its first NCAA field hockey title in seven years on Nov. 18.
North Carolina scored twice in the first half, and that proved to be enough, as the Tar Heels defeated Maryland 2-0 in the national title game at Louisville’s Trager Stadium.
The Terrapins were trying for a ninth NCAA championship after winning the crown in 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Overall, the Lady Terps is 8-5 in the championship round.
Those two first-half goals put Maryland in a hole that was too deep to climb out of. The Terrapins played a strong second half, out-shooting North Carolina 9-3, but they could not score. The loss gave Maryland a final record of 22-3 this season.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Head Coach Missy Meharg said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our performances. We learned some things in the first half and made great adjustments in the second half.”
North Carolina scored the first goal in the 21st minute when Megan DuVernois tipped in a teammate’s shot. The Tar Heels made it 2-0 on an Erin Matson scored 10 minutes after that. They had a good chance to expand the lead early in the second half thanks to a penalty stroke but Maryland goalie Noelle Frost stopped it.
The Terrapins now have been in 24 consecutive NCAA tournaments. That is the nation’s longest active streak. Meharg just finished her 31st season as the Maryland coach, and the team is 565-138-9 under her. She also had a 59-22 record in NCAA tournament games for a winning percentage of .728, the best among active Division I coaches.
Navy Football Snaps Losing Skid
The Navy losing streak is finally over. The Midshipmen’s offense found its way again and pulled out a 37-29 victory over Tulsa at home on Nov. 17 in an American Athletic Conference game.
Quarterback Zach Abey led the way with 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns, which helped Navy stop a seven-game losing streak. The Midshipmen improved to 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the AAC.
Navy got the ground game that has struggled throughout this season. The Midshipmen finished with 389 yards rushing against Tulsa (2-9, 1-6), which now has dropped nine losses in the last 10 games. Running back Malcolm Perry finished with 76 yards and got over the 1,000-yard mark for a second consecutive season.
Up next is a road game versus Tulane in New Orleans on Nov. 25. Then comes a week break before the annual battle with Army, which will take place on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. Army has won the last two games of the annual match-up.
PGCC Men’s Basketball Improve To 5-1
Tunde Scrivner led Prince George’s Community College to a 78-67 victory over CCBC Dundalk on Nov. 20 as the Owls improved to 5-1 in the early part of this season.
Scrivner, a freshman, finished with 18 points and has scored in double figures in each game so far. He has scored at least 15 points in four of the six games so far this year. Sophomore Alex Morales helped with 17 points and also has scored in double figures in each game. He leads the Owls with 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Freshman Miles Weaver added 13 points while sophomore Jalen Robinson had 11. Classmate Dexter Turner handed out 10 assists in the win, averaging 7.7 points and 7.5 assists through the first six games.