Major League Lacrosse
Phipps, Brooks lift Bayhawks to OT win
Goalie Brian Phipps turned in his third straight strong performance as the Chesapeake Bayhawks came from behind to beat the host Hamilton Nationals, 12-11, in overtime. Phipps, a rookie out of Maryland, made 14 saves and has stopped a total of 51 shots in the past three games since taking over as the starting goalie. Midfielder Steven Brooks scored the winning goal with 2:10 elapsed in the extra session after taking a feed from linemate Justin Smith (Salisbury). Attackman Danny Glading had two goals and two assists for Chesapeake (5-3), which rallied from a pair of three-goal deficits during the game and broke a tie for third place in the Major League Lacrosse standings with Hamilton. Smith finished with a goal and two assists, and Brooks and attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) scored two goals apiece. Scott Rodgers made 19 saves for Hamilton (4-4), which got three goals from attackman Kevin Crowley.
Maryland pledge Nixon called 'a very tough kid'
At Pittsburgh Central Catholic last fall, quarterback Perry Hills teamed with wide receiver Anthony Nixon to form one of Pennsylvania's top pass-and-catch duos. In college, they could have a chance at replicating that success. Hills committed to Maryland last month, and Nixon followed suit by pledging to the Terps last Sunday. "They were early. They were his first offer," Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. "He liked it. He liked the coaching staff. He likes [defensive line coach Greg] Gattuso, and he likes [coach Randy] Edsall. They were always kind of his front-runner." Maryland, which made its offer to Nixon in March, reportedly beat out Pittsburgh and West Virginia for the three-star prospect's services. Rivals.com rates Nixon as the No. 38 player in Pennsylvania for the 2012 class. Nixon helped the Vikings to an 11-1 record last fall and an appearance in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League semifinals. Offensively, the future Terp caught 33 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns. Nixon's also a standout safety for Central Catholic. Totten isn't sure which position Nixon will play at Maryland. "He can play either. I can tell you that," Totten said. "He's a very tough kid." Nixon is Maryland's fourth commitment of the 2012 class from Pennsylvania, joining Hills, Council Rock South tight end P.J. Gallo and Bishop McDevitt linebacker Brock Dean. Totten thinks Nixon will do whatever it takes to make his mark at Maryland. "He's an excellent blocker, a great cover guy on kickoffs, and he makes tackles from the safety spot," Totten said. "He's an all-around football player."
Navy: Navy senior fullback and captain Alexander Teich is on the initial watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top running back. The field of 51 candidates will be reduced to 10 semifinalists Nov. 11, and the recipient will be named Dec. 8. Teich was Navy's second-leading ground gainer in 2010, rushing for 863 yards and five touchdowns on 147 carries. He also caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Midshipmen in all-purpose yards with 1,344.
McCoughtry back on track as Dream defeats Sky, 76-68
Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 24 points as the host Atlanta Dream ended a two-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over the Chicago Sky. McCoughtry, whose steal and ensuing layup with 6:56 left put Atlanta up 62-56, ended a four-game stretch in which she scored no more than 17points. She averaged 21.1 last year in helping the Dream win the Eastern Conference but started this season slowly with an injured knee.
Friday night: Guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) tied her career high with 25 points in helping the visiting Los Angeles Sparks rally past the Tulsa Shock, 79-74. Los Angeles trailed by as many as 18 and closed the game on a 17-3 run, including a 3-pointer by Toliver with 19.7 seconds left that made the score 78-74. … The Washington Mystics lost their fifth straight game for the first time since 2008, falling, 78-64, to the host Phoenix Mercury. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) finished with 17points and eight rebounds for the Mystics.
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