Terps men win, 2-0, over BC, advance to ACC semi vs. Clemson
Junior Mikias Eticha's second-half goal proved to be the difference as the top-seeded Maryland men's soccer team defeated visiting Boston College, 2-0, in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night. In the 52nd minute, he took a shot from 25 yards that found the upper-left corner for his first goal of the season. Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh added an insurance goal late in the second half against the Eagles (7-9-2), his third score of the season. The Terps (11-3-5) finished with 20 shots against goalkeeper Alex Kapp. Maryland will stay close to home for its ACC semifinal matchup with Clemson; the teams are set to play at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds on Friday at 5:30p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3.com.
More men's soccer: Navy senior Joseph Greenspan was named Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week and also earned a spot on the national teams of the week by both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News. Also, Midshipmen senior Gavin Snyder was chosen as the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week. Navy (13-3-2) moved up to No. 21 in the Top Drawer Soccer national poll, and the Mids appear for the first time in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll at No.30. ... Loyola Maryland coach Mark Mettrick will not have his contract renewed after 14 seasons with the Greyhounds.
MLL's Bayhawks reacquire ex-UMBC star Poillon in deal
Midfielder Peet Poillon (UMBC, Howard Community College) is rejoining the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse after a trade with the Charlotte Hounds. In exchange for Poillon, Charlotte will receive Chesapeake's second-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2014 collegiate draft. "Charlotte was a fantastic experience, a first-class organization and group of guys," Poillon said. "However, this trade is special for me. Returning to the team that gave me my first shot in this league, and again playing with a group of teammates and coaches I once won a championship with, is an opportunity I am thrilled about." The trade occurred before the deadline for teams to announce their 23-man protected lists. The Pennsylvania native has 98 goals and 37 assists for 146 points in his six-year career.
More lacrosse: US Lacrosse announced the teams scheduled to participate in the Champion Challenge, an event Jan. 24-26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event will feature the world champion U.S. men's and women's national teams, and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3. The defending world champion U.S. men's national team will play a Blue-White scrimmage, pitting 51 of the nation's premier players against one another in a matchup for 23 spots on the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship roster. The final roster is expected to be announced in February. After defending its FIL World Cup title this summer in Oshawa, Ontario, the U.S. women's national team will play defending NCAA champion North Carolina, as well as NCAA runner-up Maryland over the weekend. ... The Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse game benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, announced plans to host the event in Baltimore and Long Island, N.Y., this year. The event, which began in Baltimore in 2012, has raised more than $250,000 for wounded U.S. military personnel and is a community-oriented and volunteer-led event. McDonogh will again host the event June19-20. The Field of Dreams site in Massapequa will host the event in Long Island on July 24-25. All proceeds benefit veterans charities.
MISL's Blast signs Yates to complete 20-man roster
The Blast signed midfielder Drew Yates from Severna Park. Yates is the final player signed by the Major Indoor Soccer League team, completing its roster at 20. Yates attended Archbishop Curley and DeMatha. In 2006, he was named Washington Post Player of the Year and Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.
Horse racing: Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will have 146 days of racing in 2014, including the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, on May 17. The Maryland Racing Commission approved the agreement between the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The winter meeting will begin Jan. 1 at Laurel Park, and the spring meeting will begin April 3 at Pimlico. This year's racing season ends Dec. 31.