97-1 shot wins third race in three-way photo finish
Wesley Ho and Helvi didn't see the lead until the very last jump, but when the photo was made official, the Lori Testerman-trained runner had lit up the odds board in Pimlico Race Course's third race on the Sunday card at odds of 97-1, winning a three-way blanket finish over Patrol Leader and Night Trooper. A field of 10 $5,000 claimers contested the six-furlong event. Helvi was listed at 30-1 on the program, with just two victories in 26starts, and started from the outside post. Night Trooper, with Forest Boyce, sprinted clear at the top of the stretch and appeared en route to victory, but the son of Yarrow Brae weakened. Helvi was four back as they turned for home but closed steadily and was up in time, beating Patrol Leader and Mario Pino, who rallied late between his two rivals, by a head. Night Trooper finished a nose farther back. Helvi's win price was $196.20. The Read the Footnotes offspring helped complete a $1,145.60 exacta and a $5,847.80 trifecta. The $.10 superfecta, which was introduced at the beginning of the Pimlico spring meeting, returned $5,091.12.
Senior Grace Gavin (St. Paul's) became the third Loyola women's player to reach 200 career goals when she scored 76 seconds into a 16-6 Big East Conference victory at Villanova. She trails only Janet Eisenhut '83 (223) and Stacey Morlang '02 (221) in the Greyhounds record book. Freshman Marlee Paton led Loyola with four goals. The Greyhounds improved their record to 12-0 and 4-0; the Wildcats fell to 4-6 and 0-3.
More women: Senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston) matched her season high with four goals as Towson (6-6, 2-1) earned its fifth win in the past seven games, an 18-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Hofstra (4-7, 0-2). Dunn had two of her goals in the second half as the Tigers outscored Hofstra 9-0 after intermission. … Salisbury (13-2), No. 2 in Division III, lost, 11-6, in a home showdown with No. 1 College of New Jersey (12-0). The defeat was the most lopsided suffered by the Sea Gulls since a 14-9 setback in 2004, also to TCNJ, in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Lions goalie Mary Waller (C. Milton Wright) finished with a career-best 16 saves.
Men: Rory Averett had eight goals and two assists to lead Goucher (8-4, 2-0 Landmark Conference) to a 19-13 victory over the visiting U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (4-8, 0-2). Zach Gray had four goals for the Mariners, boosting his total for the season to 45.
Maryland broke a tie at 6 in the top of the ninth inning when Alfredo Rodriguez doubled down the left-field line and scored on Michael Montville's single to right field as the Terps (15-17, 3-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a 7-6 victory at Clemson (18-13, 6-9). Korey Wacker worked out of trouble in the bottom half of the inning by striking out Clemson's Brad Miller, who was 10-for-13 in the series, and retiring Spencer Kieboom on a fielder's choice with two men on to preserve the win.
More baseball: Freshman Hunter Bennett had two hits and drove in two runs to lead visiting Towson (13-18-1, 7-8) to a 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Old Dominion (17-17, 9-6). … Visiting Binghamton (10-15, 3-0 America East) scored two runs in the ninth inning to earn a 5-4 victory over UMBC (4-20, 0-3).
Softball: Freshman Candice Beards hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 10th as host Maryland (27-12, 5-3 ACC) emerged with a 4-3 victory over Boston College (10-22). … UMBC (19-14, 4-5 America East) rallied from a three-run deficit to send the game into extra innings, but a walk-off home run by Boston University first baseman Chelsea Kehr in the eighth gave the host Terriers (20-12, 6-3) a 5-3 victory. … Allison Lanouette's home run provided all the scoring as UNC Wilmington won, 1-0, against visiting Towson (15-19, 4-5 CAA). Andrea Stevenson had a pair of hits for the Tigers. … Senior Charma Robinson hit a two-run walk-off home run in the eighth inning, leading Coppin State (8-10, 2-3) to a 5-3 victory in the opener of a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader against Howard. The Bison won the nightcap, 3-1.
Hoff sets pool record in winning 800 free in Michigan
Katie Hoff of Towson set a pool record and won the women's 800-meter freestyle at the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix in Ann Arbor. Hoff finished in 8 minutes, 35.51seconds. Brazil's Andreina Pinto was second in 8:37.44. Michael Phelps of Baltimore was second in the men's 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. In the freestyle, he finished in 49.48seconds; Cesar Cielo of Brazil won in 49.12. Phelps led the 200 IM going into the final meters but couldn't hold off Tunisia's Ous Mellouli, who set a pool record of 1:59.42; Phelps finished in 1:59.63.
Varsity: Matt Jablonski, The Baltimore Sun's Performer of the Year in cross country and indoor track, finished second in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational in Southern California on Saturday night. Amaar Moussa of Arcadia High won in 8:49.59 while Jablonski, of Loyola High, took second in 8:50.80.
—From Sun staff and news services