Digest: Ovechkin ends goal drought, Capitals beat Wild to end skid

Alex Ovechkin ended the longest goal-scoring drought of his career as the host Washington Capitals held on to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, Tuesday night and halt a season-worst four-game losing streak.

Ovechkin hadn't scored in 10 games or had an even-strength goal in 18 before firing a one-timer by league save percentage leader Devan Dubnyk in the second period. Ovechkin's 28th goal of the season came one second after a power play expired.


Nate Schmidt, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jay Beagle also scored for the NHL-leading Capitals, who recaptured sole possession of first in the Metropolitan Division.

Goaltender Braden Holtby put on a show, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced as the Capitals won for the first time since March 4 and moved two points up on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Minnesota lost for the fifth time in seven games despite goals from Matt Dumba and Eric Staal and 36 saves by Dubnyk.

Curley junior soccer star Nick Richardson, a two-time All-Metro defender, has made a commitment to play at Maryland.

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Curley's Richardson to play soccer for Terps

Archbishop Curley soccer star Nick Richardson, a two-time All-Metro first-team selection, has commited to play at Maryland. The junior defender is a three-year starter who has led the Friars to two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship games. After his junior season, Richardson was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and, last month, was invited to the under-17 U.S. Men's National Team training camp in Bradenton, Fla.

— Glenn Graham

The Maryland football team has its first commit in the Class of 2018, and not for the first time, either.

College football: Maryland has its first commit in the Class of 2018, and not for the first time, either. Three-star defensive end-linebacker prospect Durell Nchami announced his pledge Monday night in a message on Twitter with the "DMV2UMD" hashtag, the rallying cry for coach DJ Durkin's push to keep the state's top talent. The Terps offered the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Paint Branch standout first, in January, before Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia, among others, followed suit. According to the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, he is the No.54 weak-side defensive end recruit nationally and the No. 20 overall prospect in Maryland. Nchami is technically the second player to commit to the Terps in this cycle. Eriq Gilyard, a three-star linebacker at Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.), jumped on board in November but decommitted in early January.


—Jonas Shaffer

Men's college basketball: Loyola Maryland (15-16) will play at George Mason (20-13) tonight at 7 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. The winner will play Monday in the quarterfinals against the winner of tonight's Hampton-Coastal Carolina game. ... UMBC (18-12) host Fairfield (16-14) tonight at 7 in the first round of the College Insider Tournament. It's the Retrievers' first home postseason game since the 2008 America East championship contest. The winner will play a second-round game anytime Friday through Monday against a yet-to-be determined opponent.

Women's college basketball: Navy (23-9) will play at George Washington (20-9) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the WNIT. The winner will face Rider or Virginia Tech at an undetermined date and site Saturday through Tuesday . ... UMBC (15-15) will host Brown (16-12) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Women's Basketball Invitational, with the winner playing Charleston Southern or UNC Greensboro on Saturday or Sunday. ... Goucher junior guard-forward Briana Bull (Owings Mills) was named Landmark Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Landmark first team. Stevenson senior forward Sara Tarbert was named the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year and an All-Region first-team selection. Tarbert also was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Player of the Year and made the All-Star first team. Frostburg State sophomore guard Victoria Diggs (Oakland Mills) was named ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Year. Salisbury senior guard Lauren Rothfeld received honorable mention.

Men's college lacrosse: After postponing the game by a day because of snow, No. 11 Towson (4-1) will host No. 17 Ohio State (7-0) today at noon as part of a doubleheader, with the No. 20 Tigers women (4-3) hosting No. 10 Notre Dame (8-2) at 4 p.m. Admission to both games will be free. Anyone who purchased a ticket for Tuesday's game can transfer the ticket to another home game later this season by calling 855-TU-Tiger.

Women's college lacrosse: Lindsey Ronbeck scored six goals to lead No. 3 Florida (6-1) to a 19-12 victory over No. 6 Syracuse (7-2). The host Gators went up 4-1 with 21:48 left in the first half and led by no fewer than three goals thereafter. ... Molly Hendrick scored four goals to lead No. 2 North Carolina (7-1) to a 15-5 win over No. 14 Elon (6-2).

Women's indoor college track and field: Johns Hopkins sophomore runner Felicia Koerner was named the Centennial Conference Outstanding Track Performer of the Year.


Men's college track and field: Salisbury sophomore javelin thrower Michael Millemann was named Capital Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

College tennis: The Goucher men were picked in the Landmark Conference preseason poll of coaches to finish first in the eight-team league. The Gophers received six first-place votes and 66 points. Juniata was second with two first-place votes and 60 points. The Goucher women were picked for last place, with Elizabethtown first. ... St. Mary's junior Savannah Bergen was named CAC Women's Player of the Week.

College softball: Swarthmore junior Emily Bowman (Centennial) was named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week. ... CCBC-Catonsville (2-0) moved into the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Top 25 at No. 19.

College administration: Johns Hopkins senior associate director of athletics/director of development Grant Kelly has been selected as the College Division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. Kelly, who has worked for the athletic department since 2006 and lives in Lutherville, has overseen the Blue Jays Unlimited fundraising office since 2013.