Dacres' late goal caps rally as No. 8 UMBC men edge Vermont, 2-1
Senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres headed home the game-winning goal with 12 seconds to play as visiting UMBC rallied for a 2-1 soccer victory at Vermont. The eighth-ranked Retrievers won in Burlington for the first time since 2004 and improved to 11-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in America East play. The Catamounts (7-3-3, 1-2-0) lost for the first time at home (5-1-1) in 2013. UMBC drew a foul 30 yards from the goal with 25 seconds remaining in the half. Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) took the kick and sent a low drive deep into the box. Dacres just got in front of goalkeeper Conor Leland and skimmed the ball off his head and into the net. The goal was Dacres' sixth of the season. Vermont opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, and UMBC tied it in the 59th on a 7-yard volley by Retrievers junior defender Jordan Becker.
More men's soccer: Visiting Navy (7-3-2, 4-0-0 Patriot League) scored two goals in the final 5 minutes and earned a sixth straight shutout victory with a 2-0 win against Lafayette (3-3-6, 1-3-0).
Women's soccer: Junior Hannah Kronick scored her 12th goal of the season and freshman Meg Van de Loo added two to help visiting Johns Hopkins (11-1-1, 4-0-1 Centennial Conference), ranked sixth in Division III, to a 4-1 victory over Dickinson (5-6-2, 1-2-2). Kronick's goal 8 minutes into the first half tied the school record of 55 goals set by 2012 graduate Erica Suter (River Hill). Kronick assisted on Van de Loo's first goal. ... Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors excellence in the the community, the classroom, character and competition.
Men's lacrosse: Washington College named seniors Jim Cusick (Calvert Hall), Ted DiSalvo, Casey McKnight and Hunter Nowicki (Franklin) captains for the 2014 season. ... Maryland will host the third annual Forever Young Walk/Run For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness & Research at 9 a.m. Saturday at the west gate of Byrd Stadium. The walk-run is held in memory of Maria Young, mother of former Terps All-American Ryan Young. Maria Young died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Maryland's alumni game will begin at 1 p.m. at Byrd.
Women's cross country: Johns Hopkins was voted No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll for the seventh straight week.
Men's swimming: UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein was named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Male Swimmer of the Week.
Claire Smith wins Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award
Claire Smith has been named the first winner of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The award is given to a sports journalist who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports. Claire Smith, a news editor at ESPN since 2007, has worked as a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years at news organizations that include The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Bulletin and Hartford Courant. She will receive the award during a Nov. 5 luncheon at the University of Maryland. Comcast SportsNet anchor Chick Hernandez will be presented with a "Distinguished Terrapin" award. That night, the eighth annual Shirley Povich Symposium will discuss Maryland's entry into the Big Ten in 2014. The Lacy-Smith Award was created to honor two African-American sports writers. Lacy, who died in 2003 at the age of 99, spent six decades working for the Afro-American newspapers in Baltimore and Washington.
O's open spring schedule Feb. 28 in Port Charlotte
Baseball: The Orioles released their Grapefruit League schedule, which begins Feb. 28 with a 1:05 p.m. game in Port Charlotte, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays. The home opener at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota will be March 1 at 1:05 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles will play 15 home games, including three each against the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. For ticket information, call 941-893-6300. Single-game tickets will go on sale Jan. 25.
Varsity football: Douglass' Elwood Townsend, whose Ducks are off to a 6-0 start, has been named the Ravens' High School Coach of the Week. With Friday's 16-12 win over Patterson, the Ducks ensured back-to-back winning season for the first time in more than 10 years. For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters. ... The St. Mary's-John Carroll game Friday at 7 p.m. can be viewed at highschoolcube.com. The game will be broadcast at herbfm.com.
NFL: Former Ravens player O.J. Brigance will host an author appearance and book signing event Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Greetings & Readings in Hunt Valley to celebrate the release of his book, "Strength of a Champion: Finding Faith and Fortitude Through Adversity." Brigance, the co-founder of the Brigance Brigade Foundation and the Ravens' senior adviser to player development, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), a motor neuron disease that prevents him from signing. His wife, Chanda, will stamp each copy of the new book.
Tennis: The Mid-Atlantic Advanced team from Lutherville will compete in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis 18U National Championships on Oct. 25-27 in in Cayce, S.C. The team features Melissa Barall, Victoria Kogan, Alissa Li, Mark Mao, Martha Peterson, Ian Siew, Matthew Sklar and Andrew Tsai.
NBA: The Washington Wizards waived center D'Or Fischer, reducing their roster to 18 players.