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Digest: Blast lose playoff opener at home to Heat, 5-4

The Blast dug themselves a 4-0 first-quarter hole in Game 1 of the Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division finals Saturday night and lost, 5-4, to the visiting Harrisburg Heat.

The defending champion Blast will travel to Harrisburg for Game 2 of the best-of-three series and the potential mini-game Tuesday. Kickoff will be at 7:35 p.m.

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After Harrisburg got goals from Tom Mellor, Leandro Alves Duarte, Dominic Francis and Elmo Neto, Tony Donatelli put the Blast on the board 5:15 into the second quarter and Geaton Caltabiano made it 4-2 5:00 into the third.

Mellor extended the Heat's lead to 5-2 5:46 later before the Blast closed out the scoring on Juan Pereira's goal with 43 seconds left in the third period and Vini Dantas' 6:35 into the fourth.

The Blast outshot the Heat 10-2 in the final quarter but couldn't get the equalizer. "It was a disappointing result," Donatelli said. "We came out flat and got behind early. We tried to battle back but unfortunately we lost the first game. We are confident we can go up to Harrisburg and win both games."

Et cetera

Mt. St. Joe drops Alhambra final; Mt. Carmel is third

No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph (37-4) lost to Gonzaga (D.C.), 82-70, in the championship of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland Saturday night. No. 5 Mount Carmel (30-11) claimed third place with a 67-65 victory over St. Maria Goretti (29-9).

Varsity boys lacrosse: Jacob Kelly had two goals and five assists to lead Calvert Hall (1-0) to a 12-6 victory over Lambert (Ga.) in the King of the Spring tournament at Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, N.C. The Longhorns fell to 0-1.

Varsity track and field: Will Henderson of Poly won the long jump at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Meet in New York. Henderson won in the championship division with a jump of 24 feet, 8.5 inches on his next-to-last attempt. The senior won the high jump and 55-meter hurdles in the Class 3A division of the recent state meet. The public schools don't do the long jump in their indoor title meets. Henderson will compete today in the 60 dash and the 60 hurdles.

—Jeff Seidel, For The Baltimore Sun

Ben's Cat shown on May 1, 2016.
Ben's Cat shown on May 1, 2016. (Maryland Jockey Club)

Laurel Park: Grade 3-winning multimillionaire gelding Ben's Cat began working toward his 11-year-old debut with a 3-furlong breeze Saturday at Laurel Park. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat was clocked in 37.40 seconds over a fast main track in the first timed work since returning late last month from his annual winter vacation. ... The 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager was solved by one bettor for a jackpot payoff of $9,364.70 to wrap up Saturday's nine-race program. Five of six horses were live to take down the jackpot entering the finale, a 6-furlong maiden claiming event won by 1-2 favorite Enduring Warrior ($3) to complete the winning sequence of 7-7-2-4-2-4. The Rainbow 6 begins anew today spanning races 4-9. Post time moves to 1:10 p.m. for the opener, which will feature a $1 Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,229.29. Enduring Warrior was the second win of the day for jockey Horacio Karamanos, who also finished first with Drive At Nite ($9.60) in the seventh race.

Men's college basketball: Patrick Cole had 21 points, including three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and six assists, Kyle Benton added 12 points with eight rebounds and top-seeded North Carolina Central (24-8) won, 74-49, over UMES (14-20) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semifinal Friday night in Norfolk, Va. Bakari Copeland was the only Hawk in double figures with 15 points. UMES won two games at the conference tournament, a first since 1974.

College baseball: Junior Brian Shaffer (North Harford) tied a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed just one run in seven innings in earning a 7-1 win for Maryland (7-5) over visiting Bryant on Friday. Shaffer lowered his ERA to 2.19. Sophomore left-hander Andrew Miller pitched the last two innings, striking out five. Terps junior Will Watson had two hits and three RBIs. Maryland has won six straight games, its longest streak since taking 10 in a row March 8-22, 2015. Saturday's game against Bryant was postponed because of inclement weather and will be played today as part of a doubleheader beginning at noon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Men's college lacrosse: Freshmen Casey Rose and Kieran Mullins each had a hat trick and Max Edelmann (CCBC-Essex) made eight saves as No. 8 Rutgers (6-0) won, 17-4, over No. 14 Stony Brook (4-1) on Friday. The Scarlet Knights scored the game's first six goals.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit signed forwards Cali Farquharson, Lindsay Agnew and Cheyna Williams; defenders Estelle Johnson and Alyssa Kleiner; and midfielders Joanna Lohman, Meggie Dougherty Howard and Kristie Mewis.

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