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Perfect ending for Yale eight; Northwestern 3 for 3

Christine Glandorf helped Yale's varsity eight win its first national title at the NCAA rowing championships as the Division 1 event concluded yesterday on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., but the former Boston Latin student wasn't the only woman with local ties celebrating.

Brown captured its fifth national team title behind strong efforts yesterday by Reading's Jeanette Saraidaridis, Weston's Sarah Brooks, North Eastham's Carly Traub, Chestnut Hill's Alexandra Hammer, and North Andover's Sarah Wu.

The Bulldogs captured their title and completed a perfect season in a gripping grand final, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:37.08, nearly two seconds in front of second-place Ohio State.

The Bears (58 points) are the second team to win the title without winning a race. Virginia was second with 54 points, Ohio State (52) third, Yale (51) fourth, and Southern California (48) fifth.

Saraidaridis, Brooks, and Traub rowed for Brown's second eight, which finished third. Hammer rowed and Wu was the coxswain for the Bears' varsity eight, which finished fourth, one place ahead of Virginia.

"We had our eye on [Virginia] the whole time," Brown's Rachel Dearborn, who was at the bow for the varsity eight, said on her school's website. "We knew they were the other team competing [for the championship]. But Ohio State, Yale, and [third-place] USC raced really hard and deserve congratulations."

Women's lacrosse
NCAA Division 1 final -- Kelly Amonte Hiller and Kristen Kjellman have their third straight national title. They needed a big game from a freshman to ensure it.

Coach Amonte Hiller, a former Thayer Academy star, got a goal and an assist from senior Kjellman, a former Westwood High star, and Hilary Bowen scored five times for top-seeded Northwestern, which became the second team in NCAA history to win three consecutive Division 1 women's lacrosse national championships with a 15-13 victory over second-seeded Virginia in Philadelphia.

Freshman Katrina Dowd scored three goals, and Aly Josephs and Meredith Frank, a sophomore form Westwood, added two goals each for Northwestern, which improved to 62-2 over the last three seasons.

The Wildcats (21-1) had to hold off the surging Cavaliers (19-4).

Northwestern built an 11-5 lead in the first half then saw it dwindle. Virginia got within 14-13 with 10:21 remaining on Megan O'Malley's third goal of the game. Dowd responded more than eight minutes later to put the game away for the Wildcats, who won their 12th consecutive NCAA tournament game.

The Wildcats joined Maryland as the only schools to win three straight titles. Maryland won seven in a row from 1995-01. Amonte Hiller played on Maryland's winning teams in 1995 and '96.

NCAA Division 1 -- Kate Sheaks's two-run home run helped DePaul oust Oklahoma, 7-2, in Norman, Okla. The Blue Demons will play Washington at the College World Series in Oklahoma City Thursday . . . In Tucson, Taryne Mowatt allowed one run on three hits as Arizona bounced Cal State Fullerton, 2-1. The Wildcats will play Baylor Thursday.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.