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Quick-starting Blast blows by Lancers, 19-8, for eighth straight win

The Baltimore Blast won its eighth straight game Saturday, and it wasn't close.

With a 19-8 victory Saturday over the host Rochester Lancers, the Blast extended its winning streak in Major Arena Soccer League play to eight games. The game got off to a slow start, with both teams applying defensive pressure. The Blast (8-0) took an early lead when forward Adauto Neto scored the first goal of the game 2:48 into the first quarter off an assist from defender Pat Healey (Towson, Calvert Hall). Less than three minutes later, forward Tony Donatelli scored his sixth goal of the year to put the Blast up by four. Both teams picked up the pace in the second quarter. At the 3:25 mark, forward Lucas Roque beat the Lancers goalkeeper on a breakaway for his team-leading 13th goal of the year. The lead grew after midfielder Max Ferdinand found the back of the net off an assist from Roque. After halftime, the Lancers finally got on the board, but the Blast answered when midfielder Lucio Gonzaga placed a ball perfectly into the corner of the net for a three-point goal. Moments later, Roque scored his second goal of the game and pushed the Blast's lead to 11. Forward Levin Houpeau scored a short-handed goal, Roque completed his hat trick with his third goal of the game, and Donatelli converted on a power play to seal the victory. Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela had 16 saves.

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Ghost Bay wins Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel

The field parted and owner Howard M. Bender's Ghost Bay charged through, galloping to victory in the 7-furlong $125,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. Soon after the start, Ghost Bay was shuffled to last in the field of 11 2-year olds. Jockey Forest Boyce chose to save ground with the son of Ghostzapper, then angled him off the rail as the field raced around the far turn. At the top of the stretch, they angled back in and were lucky enough to find a hole in the wall of horses that had stacked up before them. Ghost Bay charged through and reached the finish line in 1 minute, 24.73 seconds, 41/2 lengths ahead of Gin Fuzz, with Sunrise Sunset taking third. Ghost Bay had been winless in two starts entering the Juvenile Futurity, having finished third in two maiden tries at Laurel this fall. Boyce returned to Maryland this afternoon to keep the mount on the Larry Murray-trained horse. "I'm so happy Mr. Murray gave me the opportunity to ride this horse again," Boyce said. "I really didn't want to lose this mount. The way he ran today, he's so professional. When I asked him to go for it, he never hesitated. He will do anything you ask of him. He reminds me of some of the really good horses I've been on in my career with his professionalism."

College football: Navy senior guard Jake Zuzek, senior punter Pablo Beltran, junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds, junior guard E.K. Binns and junior defensive end Will Anthony were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Football Bowl Subdivision All-Star team. Navy's five players were tied with Wisconsin for the most of any school. Junior kicker Brad Craddock was Maryland's lone representative on the team.

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