Mary­land men claim third straight Big Ten tour­na­ment ti­tle, 2-1

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

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