Goucher's Butler scores 30, saves 62-60 victory with block
Latifah Butler (Annapolis) had game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds and blocked the potential game-tying shot at the buzzer to preserve the win as Goucher (4-5) beat Adrian, 62-60, at the Las Vegas Hoopla. Butler is the first women's player at Goucher to score 30 points since Shadae Swan (St. Frances) in 2007.
More women's basketball: Stephanie Straka scored 15 of her career-high 25 points in the second half as Frostburg State (4-6) won, 67-59, against Lebanon Valley (8-2). The Bobcats held the Dutchmen scoreless over the final 3:40. ... UMBC sophomore point guard Lauren Chase has left the program and will withdraw from the university at the end of the fall semester. Chase, who is from Bowie and attended Riverdale Baptist, averaged 9.4 points and 4.5 assists in 36 games with the Retrievers.
Men's basketball: Goucher (3-8) fell behind by 27 points by halftime and suffered its second loss at the Puerto Rico Christmas Tournament in San Juan, falling 69-48 to Albright (10-1). Richard Harris had 13 points for the Gophers. ... Senior guard Justin McCoy (Mount St. Joseph) hit a 3-point bank shot at the overtime buzzer to give Barry (5-3) a 69-67 win over St. Martin's (4-6) in the Lynn Courtyard by Marriott Holiday Classic on Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. "Santa was good to me," said McCoy, a Columbia native. "I just threw it up." McCoy had sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 0.5 of a second left. "That speaks to the talent Justin is," Barry assistant coach Ryan Saunders said. "That was a game we should've lost twice." McCoy finished with 13 points and three assists.
Men's lacrosse: Defending national champion Loyola is the favorite to repeat as Eastern College Athletic Conference champ in its final season in the conference, according to Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. Behind the Greyhounds, the coaches' poll has Denver second and Fairfield third. Loyola will play in the Patriot League starting in the 2014 season. Six Greyhounds made the 13-member coaches' Preseason All-ECAC team: senior attackman Mike Sawyer, senior midfielder Davis Butts, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins, senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, junior defenseman Joe Fletcher and senior defenseman Reid Acton.
Gilman defensive tackle Poggi makes All-USA team
Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi is one of only 24 high school players nationwide to be named to USA Today's All-USA Football Team. Poggi, one of The Baltimore Sun's Co-Defensive Players of the Year, Biff Poggi drew at least double-team coverage in every game as the No. 1 Greyhounds went 9-2 and won their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. At 6 feet 4, 258 pounds, he finished the season with 141/2 sacks, 87 tackles (31 for loss), 31 pressures and three forced fumbles. Poggi is headed to Michigan.
9-0 Blast nears franchise mark for best start
With a 9-0 record going into tonight's 8:30 road game against the Chicago Soul, the Blast will be looking for a piece of history with a chance to tie the franchise mark for best start to a season. The 1993-94 Spirit — as the team was then named — opened its season at 10-0, the best in the 33 years of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore. The Blast, which is 3-0 on the road and 31/2 games in front of second-place Milwaukee (4-2) in the Major Indoor Soccer League, has two home wins against the last-place Soul. With a win tonight, the Blast would have an opportunity to break the record Saturday when it travels to Milwaukee for a 7p.m. start. Both games can be seen on mislnation.com.