Maryland men claim third straight Big Ten tournament title, 2-1
Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 3 seed Wisconsin, 2-1, in the Big Ten men’s soccer championship game Sunday in Westfield, Ind., to win its fifth straight conference tournament crown, including Atlantic Coast Conference titles in 2012 and 2013. Sophomores DJ Reeves and Sebastian Elney scored as the Terps (18-0-2) moved their winning streak to 15 games, the longest in program history. Sunday’s title was the third consecutive for Maryland since it joined the Big Ten in 2014, the longest streak for a Big Ten team since Indiana won six in a row from 1994 to 1999. Reeves, who made his first career start Sunday, scored 1:24 into the game on an assist from Suli Dainkeh. Wisconsin tied the game10 minutes later, but Elney scored the go-ahead goal with time waning in the first half. Jorge Calix’s corner kick provided the assist on a header from 6 yards for a 2-1 lead in the 43rd minute. Senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) made seven saves. Senior defender Alex Crognale and sophomore forward Gordon Wild were named Big Ten tournament Defensive and Offensive Most Valuable Player, respectively, and joined Niedermeier on the All-Tournament team. The NCAA tournament bracket will be announced today at 1 p.m. WOMEN: Johns Hopkins earned a 4-0 win over visiting Christopher Newport (17-3-1) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Senior Meg Van de Loo scored two goals and had two assists to break the Hopkins’ single-season records for goals and points. The Blue Jays (172-2) will face Williams (17-0-2) in the third round Saturday. … Kristen Gibson scored two goals in a 2:38 span in the second half to lead host McDaniel (18-2-1) to a 3-1 win over Connecticut College (106-2) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Green Terror play Brandeis (143-4) in the third round Saturday. Jules Singer into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead. Salisbury will face Tufts (18-2), a 1-0 winner over Skidmore, on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner of that semifinal will play the winner of other semifinal between Messiah and Babson on Sunday for the national championship.