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Digest: Pereira's goal lifts Blast over Comets in OT, 4-3, in first game of Eastern Conference finals

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It took just six seconds into extra time for the Blast to head back to Baltimore with a 1-0 series lead.

Juan Pereira scored six seconds into overtime to lift the Blast to a 4-3 victory over the host Missouri Comets on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Conference finals. With the Blast trailing 3-1 with 3:44 left in regulation, Lucas Roque scored to cut the deficit to one and Adriano Dos Santos tied the game with 2:02 left to force overtime. Missouri scored 1:57 into the game for a 1-0 lead, but Levi Houapeu (UMBC) answered nine seconds later for the Blast. The Comets scored a power-play goal in the second quarter for a 2-1 halftime lead and extended the lead to 3-1 in the third quarter. Pat Healey (Towson University, Calvert Hall) assisted on the game-winning goal and had three blocks, and William Vanzela finished with 10 saves for the Blast, which will host Game 2 on Tuesday. If the series is tied after two games, the teams will play a minigame immediately following Game 2 to determine which one advances.

Women's college basketball: Maryland junior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was named one of 15 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I player by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association. The WBCA will announce the winner during the WBCA Convention early next month in 3-5 in Indianapolis. … Stevenson junior forward Sara Tarbert was named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South first team. McDaniel senior guard Lindsey Nichols made the second team. Tarbert also made the All-America third team.

Men's college lacrosse: Hood junior goalie John Hoffman was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college lacrosse: Kylie Ohlmiller had five goals to lead No. 12 Stony Brook (5-3) to a 16-6 win over visiting Jacksonville (4-4) on Thursday. … Hollie Larrimore, Brady Heher and Olivia Monteiro each scored three goals but host Stevenson (2-6) was outscored 8-3 in the second half and fell, 11-10, to Tufts, ranked No. 14 in Division III. The Jumbos (3-3) finished the game on a 4-0 run.

College softball: Hood sophomore outfielder-infielder Kristy Erfurdt was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week. ... McDaniel freshman Fiona Johnson was named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Women's college bowling: UMES senior Thashaina Seraus was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Week.

College baseball: The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Washington College freshman Aaron Barclay (Archbishop Spalding) NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week.

College football: Towson will host its annual Pro Day on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

College honor: Maryland senior basketball guard Varun Ram (River Hill) and UMBC senior soccer forward Sunita Mengers are semifinalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

Field hockey: Johns Hopkins head coach Megan Fraser and assistant Dave Peel will represent the United States at the International Hockey Federation World Cup at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra, Australia, from Tuesday to April 6. Fraser has been named to the USA Masters World Cup women's over-40 team, and Peel has been named to the men's over-40 team.

Baseball: The Minnesota Twins reassigned former Orioles minor league infielder Buck Britton to minor league camp.

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