Sports Digest: Capra scores upset in first dual singles match

October 08, 2011|Sports Digest


Capra scores upset in first dual singles match

In the first dual singles match of her college career Friday, Duke freshman Beatrice Capra earned an upset victory in the first round of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Capra, an Ellicott City native, defeated Stanford's Nicole Gibbs, 5-6, 6-4, 6-2. Gibbs was a 2011 NCAA semifinalist and is ranked No. 7 in the nation. Capra will take on Southern California's Danielle Lao in the round of 16 beginning today. Capra and fellow freshman Ester Goldfeld started Friday with an 8-6 doubles qualifying win over Georgia's fourth-seeded Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring. Capra's and Goldfeld's five-match winning streak, which began in the prequalifying rounds last Saturday, ended with a 8-5 quarterfinal loss to UCLA's fifth-seeded Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez.

Football: Bucknell junior punter Ryan Gutowski (Calvert Hall) was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. He punted seven times last Saturday for a 38.3-yard average, including five times in the second half for a 48-yard average. … Host Fairmont State (5-1) took a 29-point halftime lead and cruised to a 49-20 nonconference victory Thursday over Bowie State (3-3). Bulldogs senior quarterback Andrew Johnson completed 21 of 35 passes for one touchdown and a season-high 200 yards, but he was intercepted twice and sacked four times.

Field hockey: Host Washington College rolled to its sixth consecutive victory, scoring four first-half goals in a 5-1 win over Muhlenberg. The winning streak is the longest for the Shorewomen (7-4, 4-1 Centennial Conference) since they won eight straight in 2008. Hilary Manion led Washington College with two goals, and Gussie Reilly, Emily Trees and Gabby Tarbert (C. Milton Wright) also scored goals.

Et cetera

Laurel Futurity comes back to Laurel Park today

The Laurel Futurity returns to Laurel Park after a three-year hiatus as the feature offering today. Nine 2-year-olds, including an entry of stakes winner Lemon Juice and Oil Rig, are entered to race six furlongs on the turf. The entry of Lemon Juice and Oil Rig, who have combined to finish in the money in 10 consecutive races, is listed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Seeking Romance (5-2), Sportswriter (3-1), Just Sayin (15-1), Freshy Francesco (6-1), Play Eighteen (12-1), Magical Season (20-1) and Distinctly Donovan (20-1) complete the field. … Laurel Park will add Tuesday to its live racing schedule next week for the remainder of the fall meeting. The addition means live racing will take place at the track Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 17, with the exception of next week, when Wednesday's racing will be replaced by a nine-race card Monday.

Golf: Maryland, the team leader for each of the first two rounds of the USGA's State Team championship at The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga., was overtaken on the final day and finished fourth with a total of 451. Elyse Smidinger, a 17-year-old Arundel High senior, dazzled the field with a first-round-leading 4-under-par 68 that included nine birdies, eight of them in succession, then shot 72 the second day, and slipped back with 79 in the final round. Her 54-hole total of 219 placed her third in the field. With two scores out of three to count, Smidinger was trailed by teammates Andrea Kraus of Baltimore, 78-83-76—237, and Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, 75-81-86—242. Georgia, led by individual winner Rachel Dai, 14, at 214, won with 448, followed by Texas and Tennessee at 450.

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