UMBC beats Wake in PKs, gets Terps next
The UMBC men's soccer team advanced past Wake Forest, 3-2, in penalty kicks on Thursday night in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the first round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament. The Retrievers (12-5-4) and Demon Deacons (10-7-2) played to a scoreless draw in regulation and two overtime periods before Michael Scott converted the game-winner in the fourth round. UMBC will face No. 4 Maryland on Sunday at 5 p.m. in College Park. The Retrievers outshot the Demon Deacons 11-8, with UMBC goalie Billy Heavner making two saves in regulation. The Retrievers' Key Banjo, a transfer from Towson, led all players with six shots. This was UMBC's fifth NCAA match in a row that has gone to penalty kicks; the Retrievers advanced in 2012 and 2014 in first-round games and were eliminated in 2010, 2012 and 2013 in second-round games.
Men's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland alumnus Joe Fletcher will receive the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, the highest accolade for a student-athlete. The award recognizes students who completed their eligibility in 2013-14 for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Fletcher will be recognized Jan. 16 at the NCAA Honors Celebration at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington. ... Cleveland State looks set to become the 70th men's Division I lacrosse team in the spring of 2016, according to a report Wednesday on Cleveland.com.
Women's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland seniors Hannah Schmitt, Sydney Thomas and Taryn VanThof have been named team captains. ... Former Washington College basketball coach Gail Wallach will become Alabama-Huntsville's first women's lacrosse coach.
College football: Quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named Impact Performer of the Week by ESPN.com for his performance in Navy's 52-19 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Women's college volleyball: UMES freshman Alana Polk was named honored as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals are telling teams that right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is available for a trade, USA Today reported. Zimmermann went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA this past season. He earned $7.5 million in 2014, but his salary rises to $16.5 million in 2015, the final year of his deal. ... The Nationals added four prospects, right-handed starter A.J. Cole, outfielder Brian Goodwin, infielder Wilmer Difo and left-handed reliever Matt Grace, to the 40-man roster.
NBA: The Washington Wizards have assigned guard Glen Rice to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Rice has appeared in five games this season for Washington, while averaging 2.2 points in 8.5 minutes per game.
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit signed Bristol Academy forward Natasha Harding.
Local soccer: The Bohemians Soccer Club, a Baltimore-based team in the Premier Development League, has forged a partnership with Pipeline Soccer Club, which has 40 youth teams, a men's team in the Maryland Majors League and academies, classes, and camps for young players.