Sports Digest (Oct. 28): Damascus sets state mark for consecutive football victories

Varsity football

Damascus beat Seneca Valley, 21-6, on Friday night, earning its 51st consecutive football victory, passing Urbana (1998-2001) for the state's longest winning streak and adding to the country's longest active winning streak. The Swarmin' Hornets (9-0 overall, 6-0 Montgomery County Class 3A-2A) have won three straight state championships and will probably will face Liberty or Oakdale, both of which are undefeated, in the Class 2A West final next month.

— Kyle Melnick, The Washington Post

Laurel Park

Chalon puts in final breeze for Breeders' Cup

Lael Stables' Chalon, a Laurel Park stakes winner in her 4-year-old debut this spring, breezed Saturday morning ahead of her next engagement in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday. Chalon went 5 furlongs in 1 minute, 1.80 seconds over the all-weather track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, where the multiple stakes-winning daughter of Grade 1 winner Dialed In is based with trainer Arnaud Delacour . It was the second work for Chalon since being beaten a head when second in the 6-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America on Oct. 6 at Keeneland. She breezed a half-mile in 48.80 seconds Oct. 20 over Fair Hill's dirt surface. "We had to give her some time off in the middle of the summer because she got hurt," Delacour said. "It was nothing major but she needed time. I think that she's peaking now, and that's how you want to go to something like the Breeders' Cup." Chalon has been worse than third just twice in 12 lifetime starts, with three stakes wins and $487,295 in purse earnings.

Colleges

Mount St. Mary's men win NEC cross country title

The Mount St. Mary's men's cross country team captured its first Northeast Conference title in 20 years by winning the conference championships at Bryant in Smithfield, R.I. Four Mount runners earned All-NEC honors, the first time that has happened since 2008. Nicolas Fransham finished second and earned All-NEC honors for the third straight season. Joining Fransham in the top 10 were Will Merritt, Isaac Kole and Benjamin Finnigan, who finished seventh through ninth, respectively. Mitchel Wileczek rounded out the Mount's top five, finishing 18th overall.

Women's cross country: Mount St. Mary's finished fourth in the NEC championships at Bryant with a pair of top-five performances. ... Led by junior Tatiana Ogundeko's 18th-place time of 20:28.02, Coppin State finished ninth out of 11 teams at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in Smyrna, Del.

Men's soccer: Nico Brown scored for Loyola Maryland in a 1-0 win over Lehigh on the Greyhounds' homecoming weekend and senior day at Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola moved to 6-1-1 in the Patriot League and clinched a top-two seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Greyhounds (11-3-1) got off to a quick start when Brian Saramago sent a cross to Brown in the small box. Brown was able to fend off a defender to get it past the goalkeeper to convert for his fifth goal of the season in the eighth minute. ... Host Hood knocked off No. 24 Lycoming in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth match for the first win over a Division III nationally ranked opponent in program history. ... ... Johns Hopkins (13-3-1, 7-2-0 Centennial Conference) twice rallied from a one-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over Dickinson (10-5-2, 5-3-1) in both teams' regular-season finale. ... Riccardo Rota's 87th-minute goal propelled Robert Morris (5-10-1 overall, 3-4 Northeast Conference)to a 2-1 victory over host Mount St. Mary's (2-9-4, 1-4-2) on Friday night.

Women's soccer: Maryland redshirt senior goalkeeper Rachel Egyed was named to the All-Big Ten third team. ... Host Washington College secured its first winning season at 8-6-1 by defeating visiting Muhlenberg for the first time, 2-0, in the Centennial Conference. ... Hood earned a 3-1 win over visiting Lycoming to close out the season.

Men's basketball: Washington College named Cody Joyce (UMBC) assistant coach for player development.

Wrestling: Johns Hopkins was predicted in the Centennial Conference preseason poll to finish fifth. McDaniel was picked for last place in the eight-team league.

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