Spirit's Krieger suffers head injury in season-opening loss

Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris top watches as defender Ali Krieger is given medical attention after she suffered a head injury during the first half of an NWSL game Friday, April 10 in Houston. Krieger left the game.
Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris top watches as defender Ali Krieger is given medical attention after she suffered a head injury during the first half of an NWSL game Friday, April 10 in Houston. Krieger left the game. (Thomas B. Shea / Associated Press)

Washington Spirit captain Ali Krieger, a probable U.S. national team starter at the Women's World Cup this summer, was taken off the field on a stretcher Friday night in Houston after suffering a head injury. Krieger, a Northern Virginia native and one of American soccer's most experienced defenders, was treated on the field for about seven minutes and transported to a hospital for testing. A scan and X-ray came back clear, according to her father, Ken, a longtime youth coach in the D.C. area. "The team trainer will keep a close eye on her," said the elder Krieger, who believes she suffered a concussion. He was awaiting an official diagnosis. She was expected to leave the hospital later Friday night and return to the team hotel. Concussion protocols set by the National Women's Soccer League and U.S. Soccer Federation were being followed, the Spirit said in a written statement. The initial diagnosis was a "mild concussion," the team added. "She is doing OK," coach Mark Parsons said. "It wasn't pretty. She was in a bad way. We were all a bit worried." Krieger, 30, was injured in the 17th minute of the National Women's Soccer League's season opener, a 2-0 victory by the the Houston Dash over the Spirit at BBVA Compass Stadium. On a Houston cross into the penalty area, Krieger rose for a header. Houston's Jessica McDonald also attempted to head the ball and appeared to make contact with the side of Krieger's head. Krieger lay flat on her stomach as players waved for assistance. The medical staff placed a brace on her neck and used a spine board before fastening her onto a stretcher. Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, a U.S. teammate, was at her side for almost the entire time. As she was wheeled off the field, Krieger waved to the applauding crowd of 6,012 and spoke with Harris. Krieger, The Washington Post's All-Met player of the year at Prince William County's Forest Park in spring 2003, suffered a concussion in August 2013 while playing for the Spirit and was sidelined for a few weeks. The latest injury comes less than two months before the World Cup in Canada. Krieger, a right back, started all six matches at the 2011 tournament in Germany and converted the winning penalty kick during a quarterfinal tiebreaker against Brazil. Last weekend, she played 83 minutes in a 4-0 friendly victory over New Zealand in St. Louis. The Spirit's home opener is next Saturday night against defending champion Kansas City at Maryland SoccerPlex. Krieger, Harris and Crystal Dunn are tentatively scheduled to rejoin the national team in early May for the start of World Cup training camp. The Americans, ranked No. 2 in the world behind Germany, will play tuneup matches at home against Ireland, Mexico and South Korea before opening Group D play against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg. Carli Lloyd scored in first-half stoppage time for Houston, and Kealia Ohai added a second-half goal.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post


Men's college lacrosse

Eastwood's 10 goals propel No. 14 Stony Brook


Brody Eastwood tied a school record with 10 goals to power No. 14 Stony Brook (10-2, 3-1 America East) to a 20-5 victory over host UMass-Lowell (1-10, 0-5). The Seawolves have won five straight games.

Suspension: The Big Ten Conference said Friday that it has suspended Penn State junior James Burke for one game for kicking Maryland sophomore Dylan Maltz in last Saturday's game. Burke, a long-stick midfielder who has one goal, one assist, 26 ground balls and seven caused turnovers this season, will not play in today's game at Johns Hopkins.

Edward Lee

Women's college lacrosse

Seipp leads Mt. St. Mary's past Saint Francis, 14-10

Erin Seipp (Notre Dame Prep) paced seven scorers with four goals as Mount St. Mary's (2-9, 1-1 Northeast Conference) won, 14-10, over host Saint Francis (Pa.). The Mount outscored the Red Flash (3-8, 0-2) by 9-6 in the second half.

More state: Andi Raymond had four goals and an assist to power host Towson (7-5, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 15-6 win over Drexel (3-10, 0-3). The Tigers led 7-1 at halftime. ... Stefi Perry had three goals and an assist to lead host Goucher (10-4) to a 13-7 win over Southwestern Texas (6-7). ... Megan Wallenhorst (Centennial) had a career-high nine points (four goals, five assists) to lead host Salisbury (11-2 7-0 Capital Athletic Conference) to a 13-3 victory over St. Mary's (11-3, 5-1). The Sea Gulls are the only CAC team without a league loss, and they clinched the top seed in the conference tournament with the win.

Nation: Kara Mupo scored four goals to lead No. 5 Northwestern (9-3, 2-1 Big Ten) to an 18-6 victory over host Rutgers (1-13, 0-3). Northwestern broke a 2-2 score with a 10-0 run. ... Stephanie Finley had four goals and four assists to power No. 19 James Madison (10-4, 2-1 CAA) to a 22-6 victory over visiting Elon (7-6, 0-3). The Dukes opened with a 13-0 run and were never threatened.

Et cetera

Ravens get visit from Boise State running back Ajayi

Boise State running back Jay Ajayi visited the Ravens last week, according to league sources. Ajayi, who has drawn second-round projections from draft analysts, participated in the Dallas Cowboys' local prospect day Friday. The 6-foot, 221-pound All-American rushed for 1,823 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and had 2,358 all-purpose yards. He led the NCAA with 397 touches, including 347 carries last season.

Aaron Wilson


College baseball: Designated hitter Chris Henze went 4-for-4 and center fielder Richie Blosser drove in a career-high five runs in leading visiting Towson (8-22-1, 3-7 CAA) to a 13-8 victory over Hofstra (10-18, 2-8 CAA).

College softball: Junior Emily Soller (John Carroll) hit two grand slams in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader to help Stevenson to a Commonwealth Conference sweep of visiting Alvernia, 12-3 and 16-6, on Thursday. Soller is the second player in Division III history with two grand slams in one inning and the first since 1997. She's the sixth player and first since 2013 to hit two grand slams in a game. Entering this season, just seven players in all three divisions had hit two grand slams in an inning.

Baseball: The Tampa Bay Rays signed former Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla to a minor league contract. ... The Washington Nationals sent outfielder Jayson Werth to High-A Potomac for a rehabilitation assignment.

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