Major Indoor Soccer League
Neto's goal lifts Blast over Syracuse in OT
In the first of two games against the Syracuse Silver Knights in less than 24 hours, the visiting Blast needed overtime to earn a 10-8 win in the Major Indoor Soccer League on Friday night. Adauto Neto scored the winner seven minutes into the extra quarter to improve the Blast's record to 16-5 with five games left in the regular season. The Blast scored three straight first-half goals for an 8-2 halftime lead before allowing the Knights to score the last three goals of regulation to tie the game at 8 and force overtime.
Women's college lacrosse
No. 4 Maryland defeats Japan in exhibition
Senior Alex Aust led all scorers with five goals as No. 4 Maryland topped Japan, 19-8, in an exhibition Friday. Ten Terps scored in the game, including freshman Halle Majorana, who scored four goals, and classmate Taylor Cummings (Maryland), who scored two and added three draw controls. Fresh off a stint with the U.S. national team, sophomore Kelly McPartland was the Terps' top distributor, posting four assists in the squad's season debut. Maryland officially begins its season at Richmond next Saturday.
Maryland loses tight match against No. 11 Virginia
Geoffrey Alexander recorded his eighth pin of the season and Shane Gentry knocked off No. 8 Matt Snyder, but the Terps came up just short, as No. 11 Virginia defeated Maryland, 21-19, Friday night at Comcast Pavilion. The Terps (10-7, 1-2 ACC) and Cavaliers split 10 matches, but again the bonus points went in favor of the visitors. Of the Cavaliers' five wins, three earned the bonus points.
UMBC men's lacrosse picked 2nd in America East
Albany is the America East men's lacrosse preseason favorite, as decided in a vote by the conference's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Along with the Great Danes, UMBC and reigning league champion Stony Brook received first-place votes. The Great Danes, who reached the conference's championship game for the ninth time in 11 years last season, received three first-place votes and 22 points. Stony Brook (two first-place votes) and UMBC (one first-place vote) are tied for second with 20 points apiece. Hartford is fourth (13 points), followed by Binghamton (10) and Vermont (5).
Softball: Maryland has been picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina, which won the regular-season championship last year, was chosen as the favorite, while Florida State was picked second and Georgia Tech was picked third.
Swimming and diving: UMBC swept all four of the America East Performer of the Week awards for the second time in three weeks. Sophomore Lauri Kaei and senior Claire Barron took home the swimming awards, while senior Andrew Eckhoff and sophomore Katie Bean earned the diving honors.
Indoor track and field: Mount St. Mary's senior Chantel Lipkins earned Northeast Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors, while freshman Genamarie McCant was tabbed the NEC Rookie of the Week. ... Salisbury freshmen Luke Campbell and Xavier Stinson combined to sweep the men's awards, with Campbell winning the track honor and Stinson the field honor, while senior Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough) earned the seventh Athlete of the Week award of her career.
Softball: Bowie State sophomore Cassandra Clayborne has been named to the All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association preseason team.
United retains Olsen;
Bombers rally to win
D.C. United exercised coach Ben Olsen's 2014 contract option Thursday, rewarding the former player for last year's success and putting him on course to become the longest-serving head coach in club history. In his second full season last year, Olsen guided United to the third-highest point total in the 19-team Major League Soccer, its first playoff appearance in five years and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals. After briefly serving as the team's interim boss, Olsen was upgraded to the full-time position starting in 2011 and given a three-year contract with a one-year option. Instead of letting the issue linger through this season, United decided to commit to him through next year.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Indoor lacrosse: Forward Matt Hickman (Salisbury) scored six goals to earn Player of the Game honors and forward Andrew Wasik added four goals as the Bombers rallied to defeat the Kentucky Stickhorses, 17-13, at Freedom Hall in Louisville. With the win, the Bombers (3-1) moved into a tie with the Boston Rockhoppers for first place in the North American Lacrosse League. Baltimore trailed 3-0 in the first quarter before going on a 6-0 run, including four goals by Hickman, one by Wasik and one by forward Ben Rubeor (Loyola High, Chesapeake Bayhawks). The Bombers led 7-5 at the half and 12-9 after three quarters. Baltimore held a 59-51 advantage in shots over the Stickhorses (1-3), who will host a rematch Sunday at 1 p.m.
Wizards: Guard Bradley Beal was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January. Beal led all rookies in 3-point field goal percentage (.508) while leading Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (15.1 ppg) and 3-pointers made (32). Beal is the second player in franchise history to win this award more than once (John Wall, January, February, March, April 2010).
Mystics: Mike Thibault Free-agent guard Ivory Latta has signed with the team. A five-year WNBA veteran, Latta has spent the past three seasons with the Tulsa Shock. Last season, she set career highs in field-goal percentage (.430), points (14.3) and rebounds (2.2) per game.
—From Sun staff and news services