Blast loses 2nd in row, 15-10, falls into tie for first place

Regular-season women's basketball champion UMBC loses in semifinal

March 07, 2011|By Sports Digest

Major Indoor Soccer League

Blast loses 2nd in row, 15-10, falls into tie for first place

Forward Marco Terminesi scored three goals in a 10-minute span of the third quarter and helped the Milwaukee Wave defeat the visiting Blast, 15-10, Sunday and move into a tie for first place with Baltimore in the Major Indoor Soccer League with one game left in the regular season. If the Blast (14-5) wins Sunday at home against the Missouri Comets, or if the Blast loses and the Wave falls to the Omaha Vipers on Sunday, the Blast will claim the regular-season title and host the championship game March25. If Milwaukee wins and the Blast loses, the Wave will host the title game and the Blast will play in the semifinals. Milwaukee took a 6-0 lead Sunday on first-quarter goals by Greg Howes, Giuliano Oliviero and Marcio Leite. After the Blast killed two second-quarter power plays, Max Ferdinand scored at the 9:31 mark to cut the deficit to 6-2. Machel Millwood added a goal in the 14th minute to put the Blast within 6-4. Terminesi, the second-leading scorer in the MISL, extended Milwaukee's lead in the third quarter with his three goals, including two 1:06 apart — at 2:48 and 3:54. Adauto Neto scored the Blast's only third-quarter goal. Millwood scored early and late in the final quarter, but Evan McNeley's 3-point goal against the Blast's sixth-attacker offense sealed the Wave's victory. The Blast entered the weekend with a two-game lead but lost Friday night to the Chicago Riot, 10-9 in overtime.

Women's college basketball

Regular-season-champion UMBC loses in semifinal

Top-seeded UMBC (20-11) fell behind early and lost, 66-48, in the America East semifinals to host and fourth seed Hartford (16-15). The Retrievers, who had won seven straight games, were shooting for their second conference crown. As regular-season champions, UMBC earned an automatic bid into the Women's National Invitation Tournament; the Retrievers will learn their first-round opponent March 14. After Hartford took a 15-2 lead 8:15 into the game, the Retrievers used a pair of 3-pointers by senior forward Meghan Colabella and junior forward Erin Brown to score 10 of the game's next 13 points to pull back within six with seven minutes to go in the half. However, a 3-pointer by Hartford guard Mary Silvia sparked a 13-2 run that put the Hawks on top 31-14. Brown finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Michelle Kurowski was the only other Retriever in double figures with 12 points. Hartford was led by guard Daphne Elliott, who had 13points and nine rebounds.

Men's college basketball

Seventh-seeded Terps to play N.C. State at 7 p.m. Thursday

The Maryland men's basketball team has drawn the seventh seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and will face North Carolina State at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The game will be televised by ESPN2. The Terps, who have lost three straight games entering the tournament, likely would need to win out to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. The winner of the ACC tournament receives an automatic berth in the NCAAs. Should Maryland defeat N.C. State, its next opponent would be second seed Duke, a team that beat the Terps twice in the regular season, including by 18 points in College Park on Feb. 2. The Blue Devils — along with top seed North Carolina, third seed Florida State and No. 4 seed Clemson — earned a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. Duke plays the winner of Maryland vs. N.C. State at 7 p.m. Friday.

Division II: Bowie State (22-5) received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs were seeded third in the Atlantic Region and will face Mansfield (18-9), the sixth seed, Saturday on the campus of West Liberty (W.Va.) at a time to be determined.

More colleges

Led by Letts, Maryland takes ACC wrestling tournament

Fifteenth-ranked senior captain Mike Letts was named Most Outstanding Wrestler as Maryland won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va. Letts earned a 4-2 victory over No. 4 Chris Henrich in the 174-pound title bout. The Terps, who were 4-1 in conference during the regular season, earned their third ACC championship in the past four years and conference-best 23rd overall. Maryland finished with 94.5 points, a dozen ahead of Virginia Tech, which won the regular season with a 5-0 mark. The Terps' other champions were No. 16 senior Jon Kohler (Mount St. Joseph), who decisioned North Carolina State's Darrius Little, 3-1, in sudden-victory overtime at 141; No. 4 sophomore Josh Asper (Hereford), who decisioned No. 20 Pete Yates of Virginia Tech, 9-3, at 165; junior Corey Peltier, who decisioned Duke's Diego Bencomo, 3-1, at 184; and freshman Spencer Myers, who decisioned Virginia Tech's David Marone, 3-2, at heavyweight.

More wrestling: Three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion Dan Hicks of Navy was one of four wrestlers inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame on Sunday night in Lewisburg, Pa. Hicks, who graduated in 1995, is the only four-time heavyweight finalist in the conference's 107 years. … Navy finished sixth out of 13 teams at this year's EIWA championships in Lewisburg.

Women's indoor track and field: Loyola's distance-medley relay team broke the school record en route to a 16th-place finish at the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in Boston. Jackie D'Antonio, Emily Doucette, Alyssa Doyle (Seton Keough), Kristina Krupa finished in 11 minutes, 59.68 seconds.

Men's indoor track and field: Johns Hopkins senior Brandon Hahn broke the indoor school record in the mile with a time of 4:19.20 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet on Saturday in New York.

—From Sun staff and news services

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