Varsity boys basketball
No. 4 St. Frances tops No. 8 Calvert Hall, 74-69
Sophomore guard Khalil Richards scored 20 points to lead No. 4 St. Frances to a 74-69 home win over No. 8 Calvert Hall on Sunday. The Panthers, who were upset, 51-50, by Mount Carmel on Friday, improve to 16-5 overall, and take over first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference (7-1) and Baltimore Catholic League (5-1). For Calvert Hall (18-2), the loss ends a 12-game winning streak. The Cardinals are now 8-2 in the MIAA and 6-2 in the BCL. With senior standout forward Dwayne Morgan playing sparingly because of the flu, the Panthers received a strong team effort, with Daquan Bracey (19 points) and Will Robinson (15 points and 11 rebounds) also playing key roles. "It was great team play. With Dwayne only playing two minutes, everybody else stepped up," St. Frances coach Nick Myles said. "Khalil had an excellent floor game, scoring rebounding and staying aggressive." St. Frances will travel to No. 7 Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, with the game time set for 7p.m.
Ranagan, Wings lose, 12-11, to Bandits on Tavares' OT goal
Defender John Ranagan (Johns Hopkins) had an unassisted goal, but the host Philadelphia Wings lost their home opener, 12-11, to the Buffalo Bandits (2-1) when 45-year-old John Tavares scored 55 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon before an announced 7,365 at Wells Fargo Center. The Wings (1-2) trailed 10-5 late in the third quarter but, aided by Ranagan's goal, rallied to tie the score with 4:01 left. Tavares, who is in his National Lacrosse League-record 23rd season and is the league's all-time leader in goals and points, had a game-high five goals as well as two assists.
More NLL: Joe Walters (Maryland) had a short-handed goal and two assists, and the two-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Wings, 13-9, before an announced 6,488 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday night. The Knighthawks (2-0) weathered a second-half rally by the Wings after holding a 9-3 halftime lead. Rochester scored eight straight goals spanning the first, second and third quarters, including a 6-0 edge in the second quarter. Philadelphia then went on a 6-0 run to pull within 10-9 with just under 8:30 to go in the game, but the Wings didn't score again. ... Scott Jones (UMBC) scored a goal, but the visiting Minnesota Swarm (0-2) lost to the Vancouver Stealth, 8-5, on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia. The Swarm outshot the Stealth (1-1) by a 50-33 margin. ... Forward Drew Westervelt (John Carroll, UMBC) scored a team-high three goals, but the host Edmonton Rush rode a six-goal first quarter to a 17-6 win over the Colorado Mammoth before an announced 7,950 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday. Westervelt added an assist for the Mammoth (1-3), which trailed 9-2 at halftime and lost its second game in as many nights. The contest was the home opener for the Rush (2-0). Former Denver All-American Mark Matthews, the NLL's Rookie of the Year in 2013, paced the Edmonton attack and tied a team record that he shares with nine points; he scored five goals, three of which came on the power play. On Friday, Westervelt finished with two goals and three assists, but the Mammoth lost, 13-11, to the Calgary Roughnecks before an announced 11,232 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Dane Dobbie and Jeff Shattler both scored four goals for the Roughnecks (1-1) in their home opener; the key was a 5-0 run in the second quarter that gave Calgary a 9-5 lead. Westervelt had one word for his team's performance: "disappointed." "We just need to keep our flow moving forward and stay positive, and keep doing what's working for us. I thought we kind of got off track a bit, and were too slow to get going again."
College men: The Southern Conference will assume stewardship of men's lacrosse from the Atlantic Sun for the 2015 season. The Atlantic Sun will continue to sponsor women's lacrosse, with programs in both conferences having automatic access to participation opportunities in either sport. The Atlantic Sun debuts as a men's conference this season with six members — Furman, High Point, Jacksonville, Mercer, Richmond and Virginia Military Institute — competing for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Bellarmine, now a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, will join the Southern Conference in 2015.
Johnson's 3 at buzzer lifts Towson women to victory
A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from sophomore guard Dominique Johnson gave the Towson women's basketball team a 66-65 win over visiting Northeastern. The Tigers' fourth straight win pulled them to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Huskies fell to 7-8, 1-1. The game featured 10 lead changes and a dramatic final 47 seconds. The Huskies were up 59-53, but the Tigers cut the deficit to 65-63 with six seconds on the clock. Towson senior forward Nyree Williams snagged the rebound off a missed free throw, and Johnson took it down the court for the game-winning score. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller tallied a season-high 27 points and passed Ruth Anne Holter (1,264 points) for fourth place on the career scoring list at Towson.
—From Sun staff and news services