Blast tops Lancers, 25-23, in MASL regular-season finale

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The Blast scored 25 points Sunday ... and beat Rochester by just two. Next up: the playoffs.

The Blast held off the host Rochester Lancers, 25-23, in a back-and-forth regular-season finale Sunday. The Lancers scored just 33 seconds into the game, setting the tone for a Major Arena Soccer League match full of goals. The Blast (18-2) led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter and 12-11 at halftime, but trailed 17-16 entering the final quarter. After Pat Healey gave the Blast a 19-17 lead with a power-play goal, Juan Pereria extended the margin with another score. The Lancers answered with three straight goals, giving them a 23-21 lead. Again, the Blast responded, with Vini Dantas tying the game before leading scorer Lucas Roque scored his fifth goal of the game and eventual game-winner. Phil SaundersThe Blast will return home on March 11 for its playoff opener, in which it will face either the Lancers or Syracuse Silver Knights.

Track and field

Centrowitz wins men's mile at U.S. indoor championships

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) capped a successful indoor campaign with a victory in the men's mile at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Centrowitz took the lead with 400 meters to go and finished in 4 minutes, 1.40 seconds, beating out Ben Blankenship (4:02.14) and Pat Casey (4:02.85).

College lacrosse

No. 3 Syracuse men cruise to 15-9 win vs. No. 5 Virginia

The No. 3 Syracuse men won their third consecutive game against a ranked opponent, beating No.5 Virginia (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at home, 15-9. The Orange (4-0, 1-0) held the Cavaliers scoreless for the first 26:21 of the game and led 8-1 at halftime en route to an easy win in the conference opener for both teams. Junior attackman Kevin Rice led the Orange with a season-high seven points on three goals and four assists.

More Division I Men: Freshman attackman Justin Guterding scored six goals and senior faceoff specialist Jack Rowe won 18 of 20 draws as No. 6 Duke defeated visiting Providence, 20-8. The Blue Devils (5-1) jumped on the Friars (2-2) early by scoring four goals in the first four minutes of the game and taking a 13-2 lead at halftime.

Women: Senior midfielder Katie Trees recorded a career-high seven points and No. 4 Duke held visiting No. 12 Notre Dame scoreless for nearly 16 minutes at the start of a 17-3 victory. Led by senior Kerrin Maurer in the circle, the Blue Devils had a 16-6 advantage in draw controls as they improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in ACC play, the program's best start since 2006. The Fighting Irish fell to 3-2, 0-1. … Nine Ohio State players scored and the No. 8 Buckeyes dominated defensively in a 15-2 win over visiting Niagara. The result moved Ohio State to 5-1 and Niagara to 1-2.

Et cetera

UMBC routs Binghamton, 73-50, in women's hoops

The UMBC women's basketball team had three players score in double figures and got 36 points from its reserves on Senior Day in a 73-50 win over visiting Binghamton. The Retrievers held the Bearcats (4-25, 2-14 America East Conference) to 25 percent shooting from the field in the first half as they built a nine-point halftime lead, but a 20-3 run in the second half proved to be the difference as UMBC (10-18, 5-10) coasted to victory.

More women's basketball: A second-half rally fell just short for Towson in a 50-45 loss to host Drexel (19-9, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association). The Tigers were paced by redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen, who had 19 points. Towson (10-19, 6-11) had the ball with a chance to tie the score late but turned it over with seven seconds left.

Horse racing: Laurel Park canceled its live program Sunday because of snow and freezing rain. It will remain open for simulcast wagering, and live racing resumes Thursday, with a 12:30p.m. post time for the first race.

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