Bayhawks control fate after beating Rattlers, 13-11

Gilman senior Porchia commits to Pittsburgh

August 07, 2011|By Sports Digest

Major League Lacrosse

Bayhawks control fate after beating Rattlers

Defenseman Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury) scored two goals, including a 2-pointer, to spark a second-quarter surge that lifted the Chesapeake Bayhawks to a 13-11 victory over the host Rochester Rattlers on Saturday night. The Bayhawks trailed 3-2 when Hartzell and fellow defenseman Jake Deane fueled a decisive run. The Bayhawks, who ended a two-game losing streak, now control their own fate in terms of qualifying for the Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend. If the Bayhawks beat the Denver Outlaws next Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, they will clinch a chance to defend their MLL crown. Deane opened the second quarter by scoring on a hard crank shot off a fast break. Deane then assisted the first goal by Hartzell, who later in the period fired in a 2-point goal. Midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) scored a 2-pointer during the second quarter as the Bayhawks (6-5) outscored Rochester 7-2 to take command. Short-stick defensive midfielder Matt Abbott also scored a transition goal as the Bayhawks took a 9-5 lead at halftime.

Et cetera

Gilman senior Porchia commits to Pittsburgh

Devon Porchia has the speed and strength to create trouble as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. But one of the main reasons the Gilman senior was so heavily recruited — and committed to Pittsburgh on Friday — is his ability to also drop back in coverage. "I definitely feel like it is [important] to be able to drop back in coverage, because most of the soft spots [in a defense] are there," said Porchia, who also had offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Buffalo. "[Coaches] definitely brought that up a lot in talking to me." The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Porchia has started for Gilman since his sophomore year. He acknowledges being undersized for a college linebacker at this point, but he anticipates redshirting a year to get bigger and also adapt to the Panthers' defensive scheme. He said he was recruited to play a similar role to the one he now fills for the Greyhounds. "He plays our strong-side outside linebacker, and he has really good range," Gilman assistant coach Henry Russell said. "He's 6-2 and he has long arms, which allows him to rip blockers off him and then use his speed."

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MLS: D.C. United continued to drop points at home, settling for a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday night. The latest disappointment, however, came in unworldly fashion. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid, in his first appearance since receiving a U.S. national team invitation, was red-carded after just seven minutes. Despite playing short-handed, United (6-6-9) twice claimed the lead on goals by Dwayne De Rosario — and each time the last-place Canadian club answered. United coach Ben Olsen was ejected midway through the second half after Toronto scored while D.C. was making a substitution. United's winless streak in MLS home games is seven.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Little League: The 9-and 10-year-old Berlin All-Stars, representing Maryland as a state champion, saw their incredible ride come to an abrupt end Friday as the New York state champions from Massapequa routed them, 22-0, in the Mid-Atlantic championship. The game was shortened to four innings. Next Sunday, the town of Berlin will honor the team with a parade.

Motorcycle racing: Racing icon Gary Nixon died Friday at age 70 in a Baltimore hospital because of complications after a recent heart attack. An AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Nixon took back-to-back AMA Grand National titles in 1967 and 1968. Born Jan. 25, 1941, in Anadarko, Okla., Nixon was a pioneer on the international racing scene; he was denied becoming the first American to win a Motorcycle Grand Prix world title when a scoring error and subsequent international politics cost him the Formula 750 title in 1976. Nixon operated a hobby shop on York Road in Cockeysville after retiring from racing.

Women's college basketball: UMES announced the addition of four players for the 2011-12 season: forward Porsha Barr (Westlake), guard Jessica Long (Oxon Hill), freshman guard Shawnee Sweeney (Thomas Dale High in Colonial Heights, Va.) and center Alexis Udoji (Cardinal Spellman High in Randolph, Mass.).

College football: Wesley tackle James Buettner (Patapsco) was named to the second-team offense on the Division III Senior Classic Preseason All-America team.

College softball: UMBC received commitments for this school year from utility player Mary Hartman (Century).

College swimming: The Salisbury men's and women's teams have earned Scholar All-American status for the spring 2011 semester, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced.

College track and field: Frostburg State promoted Kendall Luy from graduate assistant to full-time assistant coach.

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