Digest (Nov. 5): Two-time Big Ten men's soccer tournament defending champion Maryland loses quarterfinal

No. 23 Maryland (10-5-3, 5-1-2) was upset in the Big Ten men's soccer quarterfinals Sunday, losing, 2-1, at home to Wisconsin (9-4-4, 4-3-1). Sebastian Elney opened the scoring in the 28th minute for the Terps, the two-time defending tournament champions, but the Badgers got goals by Noah Leibold in the 51st and Mark Segbers in the 87th. Segbers scored on a cross from Chris Mueller. Maryland will learn its NCAA tournament fate next Monday.

Women's college soccer: Second seed Swarthmore (14-3-2) beat host and top seed Johns Hopkins (15-2-3) in penalty kicks, 3-1, to win the Centennial Conference championship Sunday after the teams tied 2-2 after 110 minutes. The Blue Jays tied the game on second-half goals by Thea Harvey-Brown in the 58th minute and Emily Maheras in the 62nd.


College field hockey: Maryland (13-6) earned its 29th NCAA tournament bid Sunday night. The Terps will take on Wake Forest (12-7) in the first round Saturday at 2 p.m. in Durham, N.C. Duke (16-3), the No. 2 overall seed, will play Stanford (13-7) or Miami (Ohio) (11-8) after those two teams compete in a play-in game Wednesday. The Duke matchup will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The winners of Saturday's first-round games will play Sunday afternoon in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Terps, who fell to Penn State (16-3), 3-2, in the Big Ten semifinals Friday, made the NCAA tournament for the 23rd straight year, the longest active streak in the nation. Maryland is 57-21 (.731) in the tournament. ... Salisbury received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III championship Sunday night. The Sea Gulls (12-4) will travel to Grantham, Pa., for a regional hosted by Messiah and take on either Trinity (Conn.) College or Gwynedd Mercy in the second round Saturday at 2 p.m.; those teams will meet in the first round Wednesday. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday at 1 p.m. ... Franklin & Marshall, ranked No. 13 in Division III, scored on a penalty stroke 5:20 into the game and added a goal 9:53 later, then held on to earn a 2-1 win over host Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference championship game. Claire Fox scored for the Blue Jays with 2:48 to play in the first half.

College football: Stevenson freshman kicker Ian Gould (Westminster) was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. ... Frostburg State freshman quarterback T.J. Peer was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Rookie of the Week.

Women's college volleyball: Host UMES (24-7, 10-0) used a 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-19, 25-15) over Coppin State (4-24, 4-7) to clinch its sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division title and first since 2012. The Hawks earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament Nov. 17-19 at home. ... Host and top seed Johns Hopkins (24-3) earned a 3-1 win (20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19) over second seed Swarthmore (21-7) in the Centennial Conference title match. The Blue Jays won their fifth tournament title.

Women's college tennis: Maryland juniors Arnelle Sullivan and Millie Stretton won the doubles championship at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Horse racing

El Areeb, 'Page' nominated; Ben's Cat to be honored

Multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb, a one-time leading Triple Crown contender unraced since being injured in late March, and claimer-turned-millionaire Page McKenney are among 154 horses nominated to six stakes worth $575,000 in purses to be run Saturday at Laurel Park. The stakes-filled program features a tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, a 26-time stakes winner of more than $2.6 million in purse earnings. M M G Stables' El Areeb is one of 23 nominees to the $100,000 City of Laurel for 3-year-olds at 7 furlongs. Page McKenney tops 28 horses nominated to the $100,000 Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up at 11/8 miles. Among other nominees for that race are trainer Graham Motion's Ascend, winner of the Manhattan on June 10 at Belmont Park, who kicked off his 5-year-old season with a victory in the Henry Clark April 27 at Laurel. Leading the way with 41 nominations is the $100,000 Safely Kept for 3-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs, led by multiple stakes winners Crabcakes and Shimmering Aspen. Stakes winners Barry Lee, second in the Futurity on Oct. 14 at Belmont Park is among 20 2-year-olds nominated to the $100,000 James F. Lewis III at 6 furlongs. Enchanted Star is among 29 nominees in the $100,000 Smart Halo for 2-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs. Rounding out the stakes is the $75,000 Geisha for Maryland-bred/sired fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 mile, which attracted 13 nominations led by Miss Nosy, a winner of three straight capped by the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap. Laurel will be giving away a poster and bobblehead in the likeness of Ben's Cat, whose ashes will be buried adjacent to the historic paddock. His Hall of Fame breeder, owner and trainer, King Leatherbury, and the five jockeys to ride him will also sign autographs after the third race.

Rosecroft Raceway: Keystone Velocity set a track record Sunday night in Fort Washington while winning the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace in 1 minute, 47.3 seconds. Defending champion All Bets Off was 11/2 lengths behind the winner in second, and Dealt A Winner was third. Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, shattered the previous track record of 1:48.2, set in 2007 by Nuclear Breeze and equaled in last year’s Potomac Pace by All Bets Off. Purchased by Allard, VIP Stable, Earl Hill Jr. and Kapildeo Singh in 2016 after being off the track for nearly two years because of an ownership dispute, Keystone Velocity won for the eighth time in 22 starts this year, adding to wins in the $529,000 finals of the Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. The gelding has earned $800,000 this year. Keystone Velocity returned $14.80. “I had the perfect trip,” Dube said. Indeed. While Breeders Crown winner Split The House shot to the front and set an opening fraction of :25.3, Dube paced fourth behind a :53.1 half before picking up the cover of Dealt A Winner down the backstretch. All Bets Off took the lead around the final turn while entering the stretch, but Dube guided Keystone Velocity to the outside and shot past the defending champion inside the final 50 yards. “Second over with those fractions,” Dube said. “My horse was really strong today and feeling good. He’s a nice horse and he likes that kind of trip. You can tell. At the end of the year to go [1:47.3], that’s a nice horse.” The Potomac, which had three of the top six aged earners this year and three of the first four finishers from last weekend’s Breeders Crown, was created just two years ago shortly after The Stronach Group, owners of Rosecroft, purchased the historic Standardbred track from Penn National Gaming. Earlier in the evening, Rocktavius made a bold move to take the lead past a :54.2 half to win the $20,000 Maryland Invitational for driver Matt Kakaley. It was the 4-year-old gelding’s second consecutive win and sixth in 20 starts this year.