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Digest (March 21): Blast hosting pair of weekend games, trying to clinch division

The Blast , who already clinched a playoff spot with last Sunday's 8-2 victory versus the Harrisburg Heat, will look to take first place from division rival Utica City FC when they host two games this weekend at Towson University 's SECU Arena. The Blast (13-6) host the Orland Seawolves (8-10) tonight at 7:30 p.m. and host the Mississauga Metrostars (4-15) on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Blast are tied with Utica in the Eastern Division. Blast midfielder Jonatas Melo leads the team in assists (16) and points (33), and has 12 points in his last four games. Vini Dantas missed last week's game versus Harrisburg, but still leads the team in goals (20) and ranks second in points (28). Forward Andrew Hoxie caught fire last weekend as he recorded a first half hat-trick versus the Heat, his first hat trick of the season. Midfielder Tony Donatelli ranks third on the team in points with twenty, tallying ten goals and ten assists on the season. This marks the fifth consecutive season where Donatelli has posted at least ten goals and ten assists. Defender Adriano Dos Santos is coming off a Team of the Week performance, where he scored three goals and an assist en route to a playoff clinching victory. William Vanzela continues to be one of the best goalkeepers in the MASL with a 4.42 goals against average and a .732 save percentage, which both rank fourth in the MASL. At home this season, the Blast are 8-2, only falling to Utica City FC and the Milwaukee Wave . The Blast will be without Lucas Roque and Daniel Peruzzi as they recover from their knee injuries.

Women's national team: Washington Spirit midfielders Rose Lavelle and Andi Sullivan and forward Mallory Pugh have been named to Jill Ellis' 24-player U.S. Women's National Team roster for the 2019 April friendlies. The two friendlies take place against Australia on April 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (9 p.m. on FS1) and against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles (9 p.m. on ESPN2).

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Colleges

Hereford grad Katchmarpowers St. Mary's to victory

Caitlin Katchmar (Hereford) recorded her 101st career point in St. Mary's 20-9 victory over visiting Randolph-Macon on Wednesday. Katchmar had a team-best eight points in the game for the Seahawks.

Women's basketball: Junior Kaila Charles of the No. 9-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (28-4) is a region finalist for WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America honors. Charles is one of 52 of the top players in the country named a regional finalist. Last week, Charles was named one of five finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Cheryl Miller Award, an honor for the nation's top small forward. Charles led the Terrapins to their fourth Big Ten regular season title in five years. For the second straight season, she led Maryland, and was No. 4 in the Big Ten, in scoring with 16.9 points per game.

Baseball: Robby Faris went 4-for-4 as Johns Hopkins defeated Saint Michael's, 11-6, in Fort Myers, Fla.

Horse racing

Trainer Wolfendale dies; jackpot $100,000 at Laurel

William H. 'Wolf' Wolfendale III, a winner of nearly 1,700 races in a training career that dated to the mid-1960s and was spent primarily in Maryland, died Monday at his home. He was 74. Best known and well-respected for his magnanimous nature and his work with cheaper claiming horses, Wolfendale was a stakes-winning trainer who also ran a small farm and found work as a jockey agent, groom and horse van driver in later years. The 3-year-old gelding Uncle Paul, Wolfendale's most recent starter, ran sixth in a maiden claimer March 1 at Laurel, just the trainer's third race of 2019. Wolfendale earned the 1,670th and last victory of his career with El Grillo in a 7-furlong claiming event March 16, 2018 at Laurel. He also had 1,777 seconds and 1,627 thirds and more than $6.8 million in purse earnings from 11,926 career starts.

Horse racing: The Stronach 5 will feature a $100,000 guaranteed pool and an industry-low 12-percent takeout when it kicks off Friday with Laurel Park 's 8th race at 4:43p.m. The national Pick 5 will feature two races each from Laurel and Gulfstream and one from Golden Gate Fields. The fourth leg of the sequence, Gulfstream's 10th race, will be contested at a mile on the turf. Free Stronach 5 past performances are available at laurelpark.com.

Et Cetera

Carroll County native Mahrhired for USA Hockey role

Finksburg native Beth Mahr has been named manager of disabled hockey for USA Hockey. Mahr comes to USA Hockey after three years as manager of diversity and inclusion and sport science at US Lacrosse in Sparks, where she played a lead role in onboarding wheelchair lacrosse into the US Lacrosse portfolio. Among her other varied duties, Mahr also produced content related to diversity and inclusion and sport science for the communication channels within US Lacrosse; was involved with the organization's events team in staging national tournaments and the US Lacrosse convention; and planned and executed the biennial U.S. Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium. Mahr earned a sports marketing degree from Duquesne in 2014 and served as a training site and community partnerships intern at the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., the last six months of 2015. Mahr will begin her duties with USA Hockey on March 27.

From Sun staff and news services

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