Digest: Alpha, Golden Ticket in Travers dead heat

Loyola, UMBC earn draws in men's soccer openers

August 26, 2012|Sports Digest

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Alpha, Golden Ticket in Travers dead heat

In an electrifying finish, favored Alpha came back to hit the wire alongside 33-1 shot Golden Ticket on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., resulting in the first dead heat in the Grade I, $1 million Travers since 1874. Seemingly beaten as Golden Ticket began edging away inside the eighth pole, Alpha dug in through the final yards and, with his last lunge, hit the finish line in tandem with Golden Ticket. Alpha and Golden Ticket completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 2.74 seconds in the first dead heat in the "Mid-Summer Derby" since 1874, when Attila and Acrobat finished in a tie, with Attila winning a run-off to be awarded the official victory.


Loyola, UMBC earn draws in men's soccer openers

The Loyola men's soccer team began its season with a scoreless tie against host Saint Francis (Pa.). The Greyhounds had an opportunity to score in the final minute when junior Diego McQuestion (Gilman) drew a foul just outside the box. Sophomore Connor Thompson's free kick bounced off the crossbar though, and the Red Flash were able to clear the ball. Loyola senior Gerwyn Jones hit the post in the 74th minute, and a header by senior Gary Weisbaum (Pikesville) on a cross from freshman Dominic Marshall went just over the crossbar in the first overtime period. Greyhounds junior Thurman Van Riper played all 110 minutes and earned his first career shutout with three saves. Loyola outshot the Red Flash 15-10 and held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall) tied a career high with seven saves, as the host Retrievers battled Radford to a scoreless draw in the opener for both teams. Saunders, who had not played for UMBC since Sept. 26, 2010, made three saves in each half and one in the first overtime period to record his eighth career shutout. The Highlanders outshot UMBC 16-7 overall, but the Retrievers earned six corner-kick opportunities to four for the visitors. ... Chris Harmon and Jordan LeBlanc each had two goals, one assist and No. 13 Old Dominion scored twice in the game's last 12 minutes to hand visiting Navy a 4-0 setback in the season opener for both teams.

Women's soccer: UMBC freshman defender Alexa Quaranta (Perry Hall) scored her first college goal to tie the game at 1 at 51:06, but the Retrievers (0-2-1) lost, 2-1, to visiting American (1-2-1). Quaranta scored after a long pass from senior forward Rachel McKee (Mount Hebron). Jasmine Mohandesi broke the tie for the Eagles at 78:54. ... Junior forward Paloma Perez and freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson each had five points to lead host Navy (2-1) to a 6-0 win over USC Upstate (1-2) on Friday night. Navy opened the game with three goals in the first 15 minutes and added a fourth before the first half was complete. Navy then added two goals in the second half to secure its largest margin of victory since defeating Delaware State by the same score on Oct. 3, 2010. Navy held a 26-5 advantage in overall shots and a 15-3 edge in shots on goal.

Field hockey: Katie Gerzabek scored early in the second half to help reigning national champion Maryland hold off No. 16 California on Friday night in Berkeley for a 2-1 win in its season opener. Junior Jill Witmer scored the top-ranked Terps' first goal in the fourth minute when senior Megan Frazer passed it to her in front of the goal for a shot to the left corner. Cal's Lara Kruggel tied it in the 28th minute. Lauren Spellman set her up on a penalty corner for the score. Coming out of halftime, the Terrapins earned a penalty corner in the first minute of the second half. Gerzabek's score off a corner, set up by senior Janessa Pope and sophomore Maxine Fluharty, put them in front with 33:52 to go. Maryland outshot the Bears 11-9, and the corners were tied at six apiece. Junior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter had three saves in her complete game in the cage. Cal's Joelle van Hoorn had seven in her 66 minutes; she was pulled with four minutes remaining in the game. ... Johns Hopkins was selected to finish fourth in the Centennial Conference. Washington College was picked for fifth and McDaniel ninth.

Women's lacrosse: The Towson women will hold their annual Fall Brawl five-on-five tournament Oct. 14 at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 9 a.m. Participants can register as part of a team or as individuals and be placed on a team at the tournament. The cost is $45 per person, and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the tournament. For more information, contact assistant coach Katie Doolittle at 410-704-3579 or at kdoolittle@towson.edu.

Et cetera

D.C. United falls, 3-0; Mystics routed Friday

The host Montreal Impact (12-13-3) won its fifth straight Major League Soccer match with a 3-0 victory over D.C. United (12-9-4). Patrice Bernier set up Marco Di Vaio for a goal in the opening period, then scored two goals in the second half.

WNBA: Armintie Price scored 19 points and led the Atlanta Dream to an 81-69 win over the host Washington Mystics on Friday night. Lindsey Harding and Tiffany Hayes added 16 points each for the Dream. Matee Ajavon paced the Mystics (5-18) with 20 points, and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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