Digest (Feb. 24): Blast take down Eastern Division-leading Utica City, 6-2

Digest (Feb. 24): Blast take down Eastern Division-leading Utica City, 6-2
The Blast beat Utica City FC on Sunday at SECU Arena. (SABINA MORAN /)

Tony Donatelli and Jonatas Melo each scored two goals and the host Blast earned their second win over Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division-leading Utica City FC on Sunday in front of an announced 3,321 at Towson University’s SECU Arena. William Vanzela recorded sixteen saves for the Blast, who improved to 10-6. Utica City, which had its four-game winning streak ended, fell to 12-5. The Blast travel to Canada to take on the Mississauga MetroStars on Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

College lacrosse

Salisbury women beat Catholic in OT, 13-12


The No. 4 Salisbury women’s lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to earn a 13-12 overtime victory against No. 15 Catholic (0-1). Elaine Draper scored the game-winner with just 1:05 remaining in overtime on an assist from Gianna Demato. Emma Skoglund led the Sea Gulls (2-0) with four goals and Skye Graham (C. Milton Wright) made 11 saves.

Nation women: Bea Behrins scored three goals to help host No. 16 Denver (4-0) secure an 11-7 win over No. 4 Stony Brook (1-1).

» Megan Carney’s goal with 25 seconds to play forced overtime and Emily Hawryschuk scored the game-winner in the extra session to propel No. 5 Northwestern (3-1) to a 15-14 road win over No. 7 Syracuse (4-1).

» Lilly Grass scored two goals to help visiting Michigan (5-0) earn an 8-6 win over No. 13 Colorado (1-3).

» Kerrigan Miller scored five goals to push No. 18 Southern California (2-0) to a 15-10 victory over visiting Jacksonville (1-2).

» Thirteen players scored and No. 20 Notre Dame didn’t allow a shot on goal in a 27-0 victory over visiting Kent State (0-4). The 27 goals and 27-goal margin of victory are both single-game records for the Fighting Irish (5-0).

Nation men: No. 4 Cornell (2-0) scored the final seven goals of the game to complete a 14-9 comeback win over visiting Lehigh (1-3).

» Jacob Buttermore had two goals and an assist to help host No. 17 Syracuse (2-1) secure a 10-8 win over No. 13 Army West Point (3-1).

» No. 16 Denver used a 12-5 second half to pull away for a 16-8 win over Cleveland State at the Faceoff Classic in Denver.

Et cetera

Gomez rides three straight winners at Laurel Park

Joseph Besecker’s Mr. Brix swept to the lead on the far turn and powered through the stretch to earn a 2 ½-length win in Sunday’s featured third race at Laurel Park. It was the second of three straight wins on the day for jockey Kevin Gomez and first victory in five starts for Mr. Brix since being claimed for $50,000 last fall by Claudio Gonzalez, Maryland’s leading trainer in 2017 and 2018. The winning time in the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for 4-year-olds and up was 1:15.40 over a sloppy, sealed main track, just .33 off the 6 ½-furlong track record set by Correjon Feb. 3. In Sunday’s co-feature, August Dawn Farm’s Majestic Won ($4.40) registered her third victory in four starts in Race 4, a $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for females 4 and older, running 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.61 for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. Marla Salzman’s Sip of Sunshine ($14.20) returned to the winner’s circle in Race 7, a $42,000 optional claiming allowance for 3-year-old fillies, rallying up the rail to win in 1:04.96 for 5 ½ furlongs. In addition to Mr. Brix, Gomez also won Race 2 on I’mthetapitnow ($5.20) and Race 4 with Spooky Tooth ($9).

Women’s college basketball: Nukiya Mayo scored 18 points to lift visiting Towson (17-9, 11-4 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 59-50 win over Elon (8-17, 3-11), the Tigers’ fourth straight.

College baseball: Freshman Maxwell Costes (Gilman) had two hits and four RBIs to help lead Maryland past Maine, 9-6. Sophomore Michael Pineiro had three hits, including a three-run home run, for the Terps (4-2), who secured a series sweep over the Black Bears (0-7). ... Towson (1-5) scored a combined four runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but fell short in an 11-5 defeat at Kennesaw State (4-2) in the rubber game of the weekend series. ... Matt Codispoti hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to lift Albany (1-2) to a 4-0 victory over host Coppin State (5-2), ending the Eagles’ three-game winning streak. ... Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Lehigh (2-4). The Mount fell in the opening game, 10-5, before falling in Game 2, 9-4.