Tony Donatelli scored twice, but the visiting Blast (8-4) lost, 5-3, on Friday night in their first-ever matchup with the Cedar Rapids Rampage (9-4).
The Blast, who had won four of their previous five Major Arena Soccer League games, fell behind 3-0 4:39 into the second quarter. They drew within 3-2 on Donatelli's goals late in the second quarter and early in the third but never led.
Jonathan Greenfield put the Rampage ahead 4-2 with a power-play goal 10:27 into the fourth quarter, and Derek Huffman extended the lead 29 seconds later.
Andrew Hoxie completed the scoring with eight seconds remaining for the Blast, who had a 22-11 advantage in shots.
The Rampage ended a two-game slide that was preceded by seven consecutive victories.
The Blast will visit the Milwaukee Wave (7-5) tonight at 7:05.
Eastern Tech football coach Mesaros resigns
Facing hip replacement surgery at the end of the school year, Marc Mesaros has resigned as Eastern Tech football coach after 14 years. Mesaros, who led the Mavericks to the Class 2A state championship in 2009, said he would not be ready to coach in the fall after having the hip replaced just a few months earlier. Mesaros, 48, leaves with a 120-44 record — 18th best among active coaches in Maryland last fall. Bill Brinegar, a former Maverick who played for Mesaros, will be the new coach. He's been on the staff for seven years. Brinegar inherits a team that finished 4-6 and did not make the playoffs after taking a big hit from graduation. In 2015, they were 10-0 during the regular season before falling in the regional playoff opener.
— Katherine Dunn
Ravens: The NFL finalized the date of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, announcing that the 2017 regular-season matchup will take place in Week 3 on Sept. 24. Kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
— Edward Lee
NFL: The Jaguars have hired former Maryland assistant Keenan McCardell as receivers coach. ... The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (Maryland) $24,309 of his helmet-to-helmet hit on the Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Conley in the fourth quarter Sunday. ... John Pagano, the recently fired defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles-bound Chargers, spoke with Washington Redskins officials Wednesday, bringing the number of candidates who have interviewed for defensive coordinator to at least six, The Washington Post reported.
Baseball: The Oakland Athletics agreed to a minor league contract with former Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza.
Media: Andy Pollin, the dean of Washington sports radio, said Thursday that his ESPN 980 contract won't be renewed, ending his run there a few weeks short of his 25th-year anniversary. Pollin and his longtime friend and radio partner Steve Czaban had reunited as "The Sports Reporters" in May of last year, doing a three-hour afternoon drive program. But his contract was set to expire in February, and he never got any indication that the Daniel Snyder-owned outlet was interested in a new deal. Pollin said he was told after Thursday's show that it would be his last, keeping him from saying a final goodbye on the air.
— Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post
College football: Two rising seniors, slot back Darryl Bonner and outside linebacker D.J. Palmore, were elected captains by their teammates.
Women's college basketball: Sianni Martin scored 16 points and host Towson (10-7-3-3 Colonial Athletic Associaiton) won, 64-60, against William & Mary. Raven Bankston (13 points) made two free throws with 38 seconds left in the third quarter for a 46-44 Towson lead. The Tigers never trailed again.
Women's college lacrosse: Towson junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano was named Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year. Montalbano was joined on the All-CAA preseason team by sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte, junior midfielder Emily Gillingham, junior defender Tianna Wallpher (Mount Hebron) and sophomore goalkeeper Angie Benson. The Tigers, who have won four of the past five CAA titles, were picked to finish first in the preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches.