Digest (Feb. 2): Blast held in check, 4-2, in first clash with Wave

In their first matchup of the season against the Milwaukee Wave, the visiting Baltimore Blast were handed a 4-2 defeat. Both teams implemented a defensive style. The Blast were led by Sylla Salifou, Ty Shipalane and Sam Guernsey with one point apiece. Max Ferdinand compiled three assists to lead the Wave. William Vanzela had 10 saves in the losing effort, while Josh Lemos compiled 11 saves for the Wave. The Blast fall to 7-4 and will face Utica City FC at Towson University's SECU Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m.. The Wave improved to 10-2 and will face the Florida Tropics at home next weekend.

Major League Soccer


United's Rooney injuredin first preseason outing

D.C. United's first competitive occasion of preseason — and that's a stretch, given the young opponent, mass substitutions and low-key nature — turned into something a bit more eventful than anticipated Saturday morning. Captain Wayne Rooney was supposed to play 45 minutes but left after 18 because of a shin injury, later deemed minor by the English superstar and his mildly concerned coach. Two days after he thought he was joining Paris Saint-Germain, Argentine playmaker Luciano Acosta accompanied the team to Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex but did not play — a moment of pause for a player who didn't return from France until late Friday night. Meanwhile, two rookies made good first impressions, Argentina's Lucas Rodriguez and Leonardo Jara made their debuts and United claimed a 1-0 victory over second-division Bethlehem Steel at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex. Rooney, the centerpiece of United's renaissance last season, was injured in the 10th minute on a sliding collision with the goalkeeper. He received treatment on the field and on the sideline, re-entered the match four minutes later but then removed himself. For the rest of the afternoon, he sat on the bench with his right leg elevated and his lower shin wrapped in ice. "I've got a few of them before," said Rooney, 33, the all-time leading scorer for Manchester United and the English national team. "It took longer than I thought to ease down, so no point in taking any chances. I'm not too concerned." He said he hopes to play Thursday against FC Cincinnati in Bradenton, Fla.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post


St. Paul's graduate Wardshoots Salisbury to victory

The Salisbury men's basketball team picked up an 87-80 Capital Athletic Conference victory at Penn State -Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls (16-5, 6-4 CAC) rode their hot 3-point shooting to a pair of CAC wins in the past week and kept that streak going on Saturday, making more than 44 percent of their tries from long range. Mike Ward (St. Paul's) scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, while Blair Davis (City) scored 23, going 11-of-12 from the free throw line, and dished out seven assists. Salisbury shot 53.7 percent from the floor, the team's best mark since December 29. ... Mark Terrell scored 20 points to lead Stevenson in an 81-57 victory over Lycoming.

Women's basketball: Kyaja Williams had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Bowie State (17-4) over Elizabeth City State , 70-53. ... Salisbury (15-6) defeated Penn State-Harrisburg, 65-42, on the road. Kaylee Otlowski scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds and Rachel Ryan scored 10 points while adding 10 boards. ... Caroline Ward led McDaniel with 12 points off the bench in a 63-36 loss to Muhlenberg. ... Bridget McLaughlin led Washington College with 14 points in a 66-61 overtime loss to Frankin & Marshall. ... Johns Hopkins outscored Bryn Mawr 20-8 in the second quarter and rolled to a 64-37 victory.

Track & field: Johns Hopkins showed off its depth and versatility in the NYC Division III Invitational as the Blue Jays scored in almost every event group on Friday as the Blue Jays won the event with 98.5 points. Alex Doran won the mile by just over two seconds as he crossed the finish line in 4:16.70. The time is the seventh-fastest in program history and cut almost 24 seconds off his previous best time. Matthew Su took first in the long jump with a leap of 7 meters. Third-ranked Johns Hopkins won the NYC Division III Invitational as the Blue Jays' 124 points outscored second-place Messiah (68) Therese Olshanski won the mile run with a time of 4:58.10, breaking the meet record for the event. ... The Navy men's and women's teams were edged by rival Army West Point in the annual Army-Navy Indoor Star Meet. The women's team fell, 89.5-88.5, while the men's team lost, 100-81.

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