Terps' Mullins wins Hermann; Nairn 2nd in women's vote
Maryland junior forward Patrick Mullins won the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, given to the best male player in NCAA Division I soccer, on Friday night. Mullins led the Terps with 17 goals and 10 assists. He scored seven game-winners to lead Maryland to a 20-1-3 record and a College Cup berth. Mullins is the second Terp to win the award, joining fellow New Orleans resident Jason Garey (2005). The first runner-up was Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley, followed by Creighton senior midfielder Jose Gomez. North Carolina junior midfielder Crystal Dunn won the women's award; Penn State senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was the first runner-up, followed by Virginia senior midfielder Caroline Miller (Walter Johnson).
Blast upset by Soul, 13-8, plays at Milwaukee today
The Chicago Soul broke an 8-8 tie late in the fourth quarter and upset the visiting Blast, 13-8, on Friday night. Carlos Farias scored a 3-point goal at 12:49 to put Chicago up, then Matt Stewart put the game away at 14:51. Pat Healey had tied the score at 8 at 7:28 of the quarter. The Blast's only lead came when Adauto Neto, playing in his 100th game for the team, put Baltimore up 2-0 in the second quarter. The Blast (12-3) will play today at 5 p.m. at Milwaukee (10-2) in a showdown for first place. Chicago improved to 6-9.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United has signed 16-year-old academy forward Michael Seaton of Hyattsville to a homegrown contract, multiple sources told The Washington Post. Seaton played for the Freestate Soccer Alliance — a Bowie-based youth program that last month forged a partnership with United — and D.C.'s under-16 academy squad. In 2011-12, he was the team's leading scorer in the U.S. Soccer Federation's Development Academy regular season.
National Women's Soccer League: U.S. national team veterans Ali Krieger and Lori Lindsey will play for the Washington Spirit in the new league, the Post reported. The Spirit will play home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County beginning in April. In allocating 55 players to the eight clubs, the NWSL assigned five others to the Spirit: U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, 27, who has been playing for Duisburg in Germany; defender Robyn Gayle, 27, and midfielder Diana Matheson, 28, from the Canadian national team; and defender Alina Garciamendez, 21, and forward Teresa Worbis, 29, from Mexico's national team.
Newcomer Syracuse to visit College Park in football
Maryland and Syracuse will meet in football in College Park next season, the Atlantic Coast Conference said in releasing matchups for 2013. Dates for the conference schedule won't be available until early next month. Next season will be Syracuse's first in the ACC. Maryland is leaving for the Big Ten in 2014. In nonconference matchups, the Terps will play Florida International on Aug. 31 at home, Old Dominion on Sept. 7 at home, Connecticut on Sept. 14 on the road and West Virginia on Sept. 21 at M&T Bank Stadium. In addition to facing Syracuse, Maryland will have conference home games against Boston College, Clemson and Virginia, and will play ACC foes Florida State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest on the road.
Men's lacrosse: A mini-tournament featuring Division III national powers Cortland, Tufts, Lynchburg and Stevenson is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of March 15, 2014, in Owings Mills, Lacrosse Magazine reported on its website. During the event, each team would play two predetermined contests. In a related note, the magazine reported that games between nonregional opponents will be considered among primary criteria for NCAA Division III selection committees — including men's lacrosse — starting in 2014. The current format calls for results against in-region opponents to be examined first by the committee, with nonregional games only a secondary consideration.
Bold Affair favored in Laurel's What A Summer
Eight fillies and mares, including 6-5 favorite Bold Affair, are entered in today's $125,000 What A Summer Stakes, a six-furlong race at Laurel Park. Bold Affair, trained by Howard Wolfendale, won five stakes in 2012 (Conniver, Primonetta, Skipat, Maryland Million Distaff and Geisha) but ended the year with a third-place finish as odds-on favorite in the one-mile Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes on Dec. 22. Abel Castellano will be back aboard the daughter of Two Punch. "I am happy with the outside draw. She just doesn't seem to do her best running when bottled up inside," Wolfendale said. "This race is coming back a little quicker than I would like. I would have rather trained her right up to the Barbara Fritchie [Grade 2 sprint on Feb. 16], but this looks like a good spot and she is shortening up. She is so big, with a nice long stride and does things so easily."