Blast starts fast, beats Silver Knights, 12-4

Another game, another victory for the undefeated Blast.

Pro soccer

Blast starts fast, beats Silver Knights, 12-4

The visiting Blast scored five goals in the first quarter and used a strong defensive effort to beat the Syracuse Silver Knights, 12-4, on Friday night and remain undefeated in the Major Arena Soccer League. The Blast (7-0) blocked 13 shots, including five by Pat Healey and four by Tony Donatelli. William Vanzela made 16 saves. Lucas Roque, Lucio Gonzaga, Tony Donatelli, Vini Dantas, Jonatas Melo and Levi Houpeau scored goals. Syracuse fell to 2-4.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United's home opener for its 20th season will be against the Montreal Impact on March 7 at 3 p.m. The remaining schedule will be announced later.

Colleges

UMES men fall to ODU; Gappert-Phelps honored

Jonathan Arledge and Aaron Bacote scored 12 points apiece as Old Dominion took advantage of visiting UMES' dry spells for a 60-43 victory Friday. The Hawks (5-8) scored only one basket in the final four minutes of the first half as the Monarchs (9-1) took a 31-26 lead at the break. In the second half, UMES went 10:26 without scoring a basket. Mike Myers led the Hawks with 13 points.

Women's lacrosse: Jenn Gappert-Phelps (Broadneck), who played at Anne Arundel Community College in 2004 and 2005 and now is an assistant coach for the team, will be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Lacrosse Hall of Fame next spring. Then known as Jenn Gappert, she played for two NJCAA runners-up, earning first-team All-America honors both years.

Field hockey: Salisbury's Dawn Chamberlin was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Et cetera

Laurel moving post time; NBAC receives recognition

Laurel Park will move its first post from 12:35 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., effective Jan. 1. "It was done to get away from Gulfstream, which starts at 12:35," Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra said. "It was hard for our mutuel department to avoid being a minute or two away from them. I would prefer to be five to eight minutes away to help increase our handle." Sinatra also has adjusted the betting menu, adding superfectas, rolling doubles and Pick 3s and a third Pick 4, which will begin with Race 4 each day. Laurel still will have two other Pick 4s (races 2-3-4-5 and 6-7-8-9). "This is being done to enhance our wagering menu and allow patrons to bet their favorite exotics in every race," he said. "The extra Pick 4 will help a player who gets knocked out of the early Pick 4 but has done the handicapping to continue on and not have to wait for the late Pick4."

More Laurel: With four live racing days left this year, Kieron Magee holds a six-win lead over Claudio Gonzalez after both conditioners saddled winners on Friday's nine-race card. Gonzalez, who leads the fall standings with 27 winners, took the second race with Romp City ($4.20). Magee took the eighth race with River Rush ($12.40), his 54th score at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course this year. Gonzalez is second with 48. Mike Trombetta (46), Hugh McMahon (43) and Jamie Ness (42) round out the top five. Victor Carrasco is going to finish second in the jockey standings behind Trevor McCarthy but on Friday the reigning Eclipse Award winning apprentice rode three winners on the card — Romp City ($4.20-race 2), Moon Eclipse ($24.40-race 3) and Cutty Shark ($3.80-race 7). Carrasco increased his win total at the major Maryland tracks to 123, 44 behind McCarthy.

Swimming: North Baltimore Aquatic Club finished sixth in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, which recognizes the organization's highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. In its 14th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. Nation's Capital Swim Club finished first.

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