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No. 19 Liberty downs No. 13 ODU in Big East field hockey tourney final in Norfolk, keeps Monarchs out of NCAA Tournament – Daily Press

COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY

No. 19 Liberty defeated No. 13 Old Dominion 3-1 Sunday for the Big East Tournament championship at the Monarchs’ L.R. Hill Sports Complex.

Liberty (12-7) gained an automatic bid to the 18-team NCAA bracket, and the Monarchs (15-3) — who saw their 10-game winning streak end — came up short of the eight at-large berths awarded on the selection show Sunday night.

Daniella Rhodes gave the Flames — last year’s NCAA runners-up — a 1-0 lead just 94 seconds into the nationally televised game on FS1. In the fourth quarter, Sanci Molkenboer pulled ODU even in the 51st minute off a Frederique Zandbergen assist.

But in the 54th minute, Bethany Dykema — who grew up in Newport News — put Liberty ahead 2-1 off a Jodie Conolly assist. With ODU pressing forward, Martu Cian clinched the victory via a goal with 19 seconds remaining.

The Monarchs outshot the Flames 12-8, and ODU’s Cam MacGillivray made two saves.

Molkenboer, Zandbergen and Delphine Le Jeune were the Monarchs named to the all-tournament team.

As expected, ACC Tournament runner-up Virginia received an NCAA at-large berth. The fifth-ranked Cavaliers (13-7), making their 26th NCAA appearance, were slotted in the round of 16 against No. 9 Iowa (11-7), which will be making its 27th.

UVA and the Hawkeyes will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday on Northwestern’s field in Evanston, Illinois. The Virginia-Iowa winner will stay in Evanston for a Sunday quarterfinal, which will be against Northwestern if the second-seeded Wildcats win their Friday game.

Liberty (12-7) was assigned to play at third-seeded Maryland (17-3) in the round of 16.

Back Abbigail Starnes, an Oscar Smith High graduate, is the only Hampton Roads player on UVA roster. She has played a total of six minutes in three games.

Cox High graduate Leah Crouse has 10 goals and five assists in 19 games for the Terrapins. Maryland’s Sam Zywna, also from Cox, has a goal and an assist in 96 minutes over seven games.

Christopher Newport (14-5) received an at-large berth in the 26-team NCAA Division III championship tournament and a first-round home game at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Philadelphia-area opponent Cabrini (14-4).

The 17th-ranked Captains, who lost in the regular season and in the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference Tournament final to national No. 1 Salisbury (17-0), will try to advance to a round-of-16 game at No. 3 Rowan (19-1) in Glassboro, New Jersey — the site of the national semifinals and final, regardless of who is playing.

The Captains will make their 11th tournament appearance.

Also qualifying was Old Dominion Athletic Conference tourney champ Washington and Lee. The 16th-ranked Generals will face Ohio Wesleyan.

COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

Bryant & Stratton got off to a 2-0 start with a pair of victories in Dundalk, Maryland, defeating

Cecil College 73-71 Saturday and the College of Southern Maryland 91-82.

Against Cecil, three players scored in double figures for the Bobcats — starter Josiah Dow, who had 16 points and reserves Cam’Ron Jones-Hood with 15 and Zaire Rogers with 12, respectively. Dow had 10 rebounds and Rogers grabbed eight.

Bryant & Stratton won its opener despite just hitting 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range and survived 30 turnovers. The Bobcats were more effective on offense Sunday.

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COLLEGE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Delaware earned a two-match sweep of William & Mary at Kaplan Arena, handling the Tribe 3-2 for the second day in a row. Sunday’s score was 25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-7, spoiling W&M’s Senior Day.

Lani Mason had 30 kills and 10 digs for the Blue Hens (14-10, 10-6 Colonial Athletic Association), and teammate Ezgi Basaranlar had 50 assists, nine digs and five blocks.

For W&M (11-11, 6-8), Taylor Burrell had 21 kills and Eleanor Stothoff had 20. Amy Schwem had 38 assists and 14 digs, and Emma Minnick added 26 assists and 12 digs.

North Carolina Central rallied past Norfolk State 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12) Sunday in Durham.

The Spartans (7-15, 7-5 MEAC) lost despite Shonte Seale’s 17 kills, Sydney McCree’s 41 assists and 11 digs, Carla Hernandez’s 13 kills and 11 digs and Nicole Rodriguez’s 23 digs.

Kamren Harper had 16 kills and 18 digs for the Eagles (6-18, 5-8), and Vanila Pulu-Suliafu had 48 assists, eight digs and four kills.


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