Blast adds ex-Loyola player, fills roster

Sports briefly

October 10, 1991

The Baltimore Blast completed its 16-man roster for this season yesterday by signing former Loyola College standout Doug Miller to a one-year contract. Miller, who will be a midfielder for the Blast after scoring 21 goals and contributing two assists as a forward for Loyola last season, takes the place vacated by third-year defender Angelo Panzetta, who was released Tuesday.

The Blast also said it had canceled Sunday's proposepreseason game against the Cleveland Crunch at Du Burns Arena because of transportation problems for the Crunch. In another move, coach Kenny Cooper said the team would not have a developmental roster this season, because it had used all its salary cap money ($550,000) on the 16-man roster.

An indoor and outdoor soccer complex is being proposed for a church camp on 30 acres south of Columbia. Erwin Gudelsky of Percontee Inc. in Silver Spring has contracted to acquire the site on the west side of U.S. 29 about 4,000 feet south of state Route 32 for $1.43 million from the Church of God, which has operated a campgrounds there for 30 years.

The soccer venture would feature two outdoor soccer fields and two indoor facilities. The proposal will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 15 before the Howard County Planning Board.

* A new rule designed to speed game action will ban passing back to the goalkeeper in the 1994 World Cup -- to be held in the United States -- soccer's international ruling body, FIFA, announced. Joao Havelange, president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, said the rule worked well at the under-17 world championships in Italy.

College soccer

Maryland's Jeff Roberts and Jeff Stroud scored less than four minutes apart in the first half to lift the Terrapins (2-5-3) to a 3-1 victory over Mount St. Mary's (3-8-1) in Emmitsburg.

Senior Joe Layfield (Calvert Hall) scored three goals, including two in the second half, to lead Towson State (8-2-1) to a 6-0 victory over visiting Bucknell (3-6).

* Brian Stott and Bobby Wagner scored a goal each to lead the University of Maryland Baltimore County (7-2-1) over visiting Delaware (2-9), 2-1.

* Mogbeyi Omatete and Scott Wilson each scored a goal, as host Johns Hopkins edged St. Mary's, 2-1.

Todd Knellinger and Franco Frisone each scored a goal, as Western Maryland (7-4) defeated Washington College, 2-0, at



The NCAA Council lowered the minimum score requirement on the ACT test for freshman eligibility from 18 to 17, to begin with the 1992-93 class. The NCAA said information from the American College Testing Service showed that the lower ACT score was a better match for the SAT minimum of 700.


The International Olympic Committee is considering dumping to seven sports from the program and replacing them with events such as golf, triathlon or even beach volleyball, Jacques Rogge, IOC member and chairman of the Association of European National Olympic committees, said.

A source who asked not to be identified said the most likely candidates to be dropped were synchronized swimming, diving, water polo, modern pentathlon, rowing, canoeing, fencing, sailing and show jumping.

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