Roundup: Two-time state champ Eagles fall to 0-2 with loss to Franklin (Md.)

The two-time defending Division I state champion Smyrna High football team dropped its second straight game to open the season as the Eagles fell 38-28 to Franklin, Md. on Friday night.

Will Knight scored three rushing touchdowns to lead Smyrna. Knight’s longest touchdown came from 73 yards out.

Keshaun Tolbert provided the other score for Smyrna with a 75-yard kickoff return.

Franklin led 14-8 at halftime and scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Polytech 39, Indian River 21: The Panthers earned their first win of the season with a win at Indian River.

Suitland, Md. 40, Cape Henlopen 0: The Vikings were shut out in an out-of-state contest.

Salesianum 36, Sussex Tech 10: The Sals scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from the Ravens.

Shihiem Williams had the lone touchdown for Sussex Tech on a 12-yard run.

Volleyball

Delmarva Christian 3, Caravel 2: The Royals won a five-set thriller over Caravel behind Gabrielle Book and Hannah Picconi who recorded seven kills each.

Set scores were 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 11-25 and 15-6. Camryn Breasure added six kills for Delmarva Christian.

St. Mark’s 3, Smyrna 0: The Eagles fell 25-13, 25-11 and 25-12 on Friday.

Field hockey

Sussex Tech 8, Worcester Prep, Md. 1: Kira Short led Sussex Tech with a pair of goals and an assist for the out-of-state victory.

St. Peter & Paul 10, Delmarva Christian 0: The Royals fell in a shutout on Friday.

Women’s soccer

Delaware 1, La Salle 0: The Blue Hens scored a golden goal two minutes into overtime when Jillian Vassallo drilled a rising shot from 16-yards out into the right-hand side of the net. The goal was her team-leading fifth point of the season.

Delaware (3-3-2) honored eight seniors before the game, as Michelle Burnett, Ari Fryer, Andrea Gunderson, Nicole Liotta, Kailyn Rekos, Krista Trinidad, Gina Tricocci and Abby Thomas all received recognition during the ceremony.

Rekos recorded two saves to preserve the shutout for the Blue Hens. In total Delaware outshot La Salle (5-2-1) 9-6.

College volleyball

Hens split a pair of five-setters: Delaware volleyball team picked up its first win of the season with a five-set victory over UMBC before falling to George Washington in five set.

UD head coach Sara Matthews earned her first career victory with the 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-10 triumph over the Retrievers (5-6) during the afternoon match. The Colonials (4-8) then edged the Blue Hens (1-8) 25-20, 26-24, 25-11, 21-25, 17-15 during the final match of the day.

Blue Hen sophomore Maria Bellinger produced a pair of tremendous performances on Friday, becoming just the second player in school history to record at least 25 kills in consecutive matches. Bellinger became the eighth player in Blue Hen history to post a 20-kill/20-dig match against UMBC with 25 kills and a career-high 20 digs, as she hit .340 on the afternoon.

She then set her career-high in kills for the second consecutive match by blasting 28 versus George Washington, tied for the sixth most in UD history.

Brooke Robertson also recorded a double-double with career-highs of 11 kills and 11 digs in the win over the Retrievers, while Baily Pearlman was the third Blue Hen to reach double figure kills with 11 of her own. Abby Skryd notched a double-double with 35 assists and a career-best 10 digs, while Courtnie Roberts handed out 21 assists and Maddie Judge made a match-high 22 digs.

Hornets drop a pair: The Delaware State volleyball team was one set away from its first victory of the season, but couldn’t hold on in a 3-2 loss to North Carolina-Ashville at the 2017 Henson’s Hawk Invitational at Maryland-Eastern Shore.

The Hornets also dropped a tournament contest to host MDES 3-1 later in the day.

Sabina Szmajduch led the Hornets with a season-high 19 kills against North Carolina-Ashville, while DSU’s Gabriella Enriquez led all players with 34 assists, her best this season.

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