Salisbury football falls to Muhlenberg, 24-8, in NCAA D-III quarterfinals

Muhlenberg linebacker Spencer Kirin celebrates after combining with Ryan Curtiss (11) to tackle Salisbury's Octavion Wilson on a kickoff return.
Muhlenberg linebacker Spencer Kirin celebrates after combining with Ryan Curtiss (11) to tackle Salisbury's Octavion Wilson on a kickoff return. (Contributed photo / Contributed photo)

The Salisbury football team was held to a season-low scoring output in a 24-8 loss to visiting Muhlenberg (13-0) on Saturday in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The Sea Gulls, who entered the game with the nation’s third best scoring offense at 51.1 points per game, didn’t score until 6:29 left in the game on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jack Lanham. Salisbury was held to 176 yards of total offense. The champions of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the Sea Gulls finished the season with an 11-1 record and 7-0 league mark and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. Muhlenberg, which had 370 total yards, will face North Central (Illinois) in the semifinals.

Major Arena Soccer League: The Blast defeated the visiting Orlando Seawolves, 14-5, in front of an announced crowd of 3,745 at SECU Arena. Vini Dantas led the way with five goals and added an assist for the Blast, who host Utica City on Dec. 14.


Horse racing: Joseph Besecker’s Laddie Liam broke running and never looked back, turning away a bid by Stone Courageous in the stretch and continuing on for a 4 ½-length triumph in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Laurel Park. The Futurity for 2-year-olds and $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, each at seven furlongs, were among four stakes restricted to Maryland-bred/sired horses worth $350,000 in purses on a nine-race Maryland Spectacular Day program.

>> Maxis Stable, Albert Frasetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables and Magic City Stables’ Hello Beautiful, stretched out another furlong after her first career stakes triumph, proved the distance to be no obstacle with an 11 ¾-length romp in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship. Ridden by Sheldon Russell for his wife, trainer Brittany Russell, Hello Beautiful ($5) crossed the wire in 1:22.43 as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight.

>> Linda Zang’s multiple stakes-winning homebred Lewisfield, wheeled back 10 days after a troubled trip at Penn National, returned to his winning ways over his favorite track with a front-running score in Saturday’s $75,000 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial. Ridden by Horacio Karamanos for Charles Town-based trainer Jeff Runco, Lewisfield ($11) earned his eighth career win, seven of them coming in 14 tries over Laurel’s main track. Lewisfield completed the distance in 1:09.97.

>>No Guts No Glory Farm’s Anna’s Bandit, trapped down on the rail at the head of the lane, slipped through a seam between horses in mid-stretch and sprinted clear to her sixth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Politely. It was the 16th career victory and 10th in a stakes for 5-year-old Anna’s Bandit ($3), pushing her over $700,000 in lifetime earnings from 32 starts. The winning time for 6 furlongs was 1:10.38.

College wrestling: Navy (3-2) held off Maryland, 21-12, on Friday night at Alumni Hall. Navy held a 15-4 advantage through the first six matches before the Terps (1-2) won three in a row to cut the Mids’ lead to three, 15-12. Rookie heavyweight John Birchmeier salted away the victory for the Mids in the final bout of the night by pinning redshirt freshman Parker Robinson 14 seconds into the second period (3:14). ... Johns Hopkins placed ninth in the 15-team New Standard Corporation Invitational at York College. Junior Dominick Reyes (165) led the way for Blue Jays with a runner-up finish.

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