The United States lost a crucial match to New Zealand, 3-2, Saturday at Riverbank Arena, eliminating the Americans from the medal chase with one game remaining in pool play.
Katie O'Donnell (Maryland) and Claire Laubach scored for the United States, which desperately needed a win — and the three points in the standings that would come with it.
Instead, Clarissa Eshuis' goal with less than eight minutes remaining dashed the Americans' hopes. They pulled their goaltender and pulled out all the stops, but they could not score a second-half goal against New Zealand.
O'Donnell played 53 minutes, and fellow former Terp Keli Smith Puzo played 48.
The Americans are 1-3 with one game remaining Monday against South Africa. Even a win wouldn't be enough to catch pool leaders Australia and New Zealand, both 3-1. Germany and Argentina, who play later Saturday, are 2-1.
The top two teams in each pool qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games playing for gold and the losers for bronze.
The United States will be relegated to a placement game once pool play is complete.
—The Washington Post
Lea 11th in omnium
Easton native Bobby Lea sits in 11th place in the inaugural men's omnium heading into the second day of competition today.
The omnium is a six-event, two-day compendium of a variety of track cycling events. You earn your place, and the total of your place in each event gives you your score. The lowest score wins.
France's Bryan Coquard was in first place with 10 points after the first three events, followed by Italy's Elia Viviani with 13 and Australia's Glenn O'Shea with 14. New Zealand's Shane Archbold, a regular at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center the past few seasons, is in seventh place with 23 points.
Lea is 11th with 30 points. He finished in 13.559 seconds in the flying 250-meter time trial for 10th place, placed 12th in the 30-kilometer points race and was eighth in the elimination race.
The men's omnium competition concludes today.
—Allentown Morning Call
•Farrah Hall of Annapolis was 23rd in Race 7 and 27th in Race 8 in women's windsurfing during competition at Weymouth and Portland.
Hall, who attended Broadneck and St.Mary's College, is 22nd overall.
Racing continues today.
•Ekene Ibekwe (Maryland), Tony Skinn (Takoma Park) scored three points apiece as Nigeria (1-3) lost, 93-79, in men's basketball to Argentina (3-1) in pool play.
Each had an assist, and Ibekwe added a rebound.
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