The Blast won its fifth straight game Sunday, routing the host Missouri Comets, 18-4, to remain a half-game behind the Milwaukee Wave in the Major Indoor Soccer League standings. The Blast (13-3) scored first with a 3-point power-play goal by Lucio Gonzaga. Mike Lookingland (Loyola High) scored the first goal of the second quarter on an assist by Pat Healey. Less than five minutes later, Tony Donatelli assisted a goal by Max Ferdinand, and the Blast went into halftime with a 7-0 lead. The Comets (9-6) struck first in the second half, getting their first goal off of a power play to make the score 7-2. Lookingland then scored his second goal of the game off of a penalty kick, and his third off a restart to complete the hat trick.
No. 4 Salisbury men open season with dominant win
No. 4 Salisbury opened its men's lacrosse season with a 14-3 win over host Greensboro College (0-1). The Sea Gulls (1-0) were led by senior midfielder Donovan Lange (Northeast), who had an assist and three goals in his first game with the team. Senior attackman Rhett DePol (St. Mary's) and senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick (Mount St. Joseph) each added two goals. Salisbury opened the game with six straight goals.
Division I men: No. 2 North Carolina started off its season with a 19-3 win over host Furman (0-1). The Tar Heels (1-0) were led by three goals from Joey Sankey and two each from Spencer Parks (St. Paul's School), Brent Armstrong and T.J. Kemp.
Division I women: No. 4 Northwestern defeated No. 8 Virginia, 13-12, in a tightly contested season opener for both teams. Senior midfielder Kate Macdonald scored with 17 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats (1-0) the victory at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Macdonald finished with three goals, while Alyssa Leonard, Kaleigh Craig and Kara Mupo all added two. Northwestern goalkeeper Bridget Bianco recorded 14 saves, one shy of the school record. Liza Blue (Garrison Forest) had a game-high four goals for the Cavaliers (0-1). Courtney Swan
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James Madison ends Towson's streak, 82-40
Towson's two-game winning streak ended with an 82-40 loss to host James Madison (19-4, 9-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Senior guard Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers (11-12, 5-5) with 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting. Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen added 11 points, six rebounds and an assist. Junior forward Toia Giggetts scored a career-high 26 points for the Dukes, who started the game on a 21-0 run. Turnovers plagued Towson, which committed 22 to James Madison's seven.
Winless Maryland softball falls again, 1-0, in tourney
The Maryland softball team remains winless this season after a 1-0 loss to Jacksonville at the Felsberg Memorial Tournament in Miami, Fla. Junior pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser (Northern) struck out seven and allowed only two Dolphins (3-2) hits in over four innings of work, including a leadoff home run by sophomore pitcher Victoria Brown, but the Terps (0-5) finished with just two hits.
More Division I softball: Towson's offense exploded for an 18-6 victory over North Carolina Central (0-4), but the Tigers (3-1) lost to USC Upstate, 7-1, in their final game of the USC Upstate Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. Junior Missy McCormick went 4-for-4 against North Carolina Central with a home run and tied a school record with six RBIs. The 18 runs scored by Towson were the most in a single game since 2009.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed Spanish defender Christian Fernandez Salas, who spent last season with Union Deportiva Almeria of the Spanish La Liga. He spent two seasons with Almeria, appearing in 36 games and recording six goals.