Potosina looks to stay hot in today's $75K Media Stakes at Laurel Park

Navy women rout Mount St. Mary's, 14-4, in lacrosse season opener

February 12, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Potosina looks to stay hot in today's $75K Media Stakes

Hard-luck filly Potosina turned things around in last month's Nellie Morse Stakes, and trainer Mark Shuman hopes to extend her good fortune with a victory in today's $75,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park. Twice disqualified from two good efforts in stakes, the Cactus Ridge offspring rallied from last to win the Nellie Morse under leading rider Sheldon Russell. She will get an extra furlong to complete her rally as today's event is nine furlongs on the main track. Potosina is listed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite. "She came out of the race great and has been training forward," Shuman said. "We thought about running in the [Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap next Saturday], but common sense hit me in the head. This is a better spot for her. I hope she can put two good races back-to-back, and then the next time folks might be afraid of us." Six other fillies and mares will line up against Potosina. Second choice is Blessed Soul (7-2), who has been off the board just once in nine lifetime starts. The daughter of Perfect Soul (IRE) was claimed by Damon Dilodovico for $25,000 in September and is 2-for-5 since, including a victory Jan. 21 where she ran a career-best 84 Beyer Speed Figure. Erick Rodriguez retains the mount. Before the race, the Maryland Racing Media Association will honor Shared Account as the 2010 Maryland-based Horse of the Year. Trained by Graham Motion at the Fair Hill Training Center, the daughter of Pleasantly Perfect won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Grade 1) at odds of 46-1. She also captured the Grade 3 All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs and earned $1,289,800.

Women's college lacrosse

Navy routs Mount St. Mary's, 14-4, in season opener

The host Navy women's lacrosse team went on a 9-1 run in the first half and won, 14-4, over Mount St. Mary's in the season opener for both teams Friday. Aimee Gennaro had four goals for the Mids, and Nicole Price (North Harford) and Esther Rufolo (Chapelgate Christian Academy) each had two for the Mount. Kathy Young started an 8-0 run in the first half with an unassisted goal at 1:07. Navy averaged a goal a minute and led 5-0 at the five-minute mark. Price put the Mount on the board at the 28:28 mark of the first half for a 9-1 score.

More women's college lacrosse: After giving up the opening goal, host UMBC went on a 11-0 run and beat George Mason, 19-7. Emily Coady scored two of her three goals to start the run. Erika Braerman finished with a game-high five goals for the Retrievers (1-0). Caitlin Formato had a hat trick for the Patriots (0-1).

Honors: James Madison redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow (John Carroll) was selected the preseason women's lacrosse co-Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association by the league's head lacrosse coaches. The Dukes attacker shared the honor with William and Mary senior midfielder Grace Golden. Ancarrow and junior midfielder Caitlin McHugh (Mercy) were voted to the preseason All-CAA Team. … Towson senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston) junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial), sophomore defender Alexa Demski (Loch Raven) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron were named to the preseason All-CAA Team. The Tigers were one of two teams to have four players named to the team along with defending CAA champion James Madison.

More colleges

Terps women's game free for breast cancer survivors

The Maryland women's basketball team will celebrate its annual WBCA PinkZone Game in honor of breast cancer research when the No. 11 Terps and the Cavaliers play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Comcast Center. Survivors of breast cancer can enter the game for free by e-mailing isurvived@umd.edu. The Terps welcome Get Inspired Events, which has coordinated a "pink-glove" halftime dance to raise breast cancer awareness with the distribution of 50,000 pink gloves and collected more than $18,000 for breast cancer charities. For more information, visit getinspiredevents.us. At halftime, Maryland will recognize its legendary 1978 team, which went to the program's first Final Four and won the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference title. For tickets, go to umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

Men's basketball: Towson's game against UNC-Wilmington at 2 p.m. today will feature a gathering of mascots from area teams, including the Ravens' Poe, the Oriole Bird, Louie from the Bowie Baysox, Woolie from the Hagerstown Suns, Keyote from the Frederick Keys, Screech from the Washington Nationals, G-Wiz from the Washington Wizards and Talon from D.C. United.

Women's gymnastics: Towson junior Kacy Catanzaro was selected as Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Specialist of the Week. She competed on the uneven bars and balance beam.

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