Digest: Blast get going in second half, top Tropics, 5-1


After a scoreless first half, Andrew Hoxie scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play in the third quarter and the visiting Blast added four fourth-quarter goals to beat the Tropics, 5-1, in the Major Arena Soccer League on Saturday night.

Juan Pereira put the Blast up 2-0 early in the fourth, then Jonatas Melo followed seconds later and Vini Dantas scored his team-leading sixth goal for a 4-0 lead before Florida's Ricardo Diegues ended William Vanzela's shutout bid.


It took a good chunk of time — three-plus quarters — for the Blast to shake off the expansion Florida Tropics on Friday night. But once they did, it looked like typical Blast soccer.

The Blast's Tony Donatelli completed the scoring with his fourth goal of the season; he finished the game with two assists. Vanzela made 11 saves. Adriano Dos Santos and Jonatas Melo each blocked three shots for the Blast, who will host the Tropics on Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

Varsity basketball


McLean helps Roland Park to upset of Ossining in Virginia

Freshman Mir McLean had 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 10 Roland Park to a 70-60 upset over Ossining (N.Y.) in its season opener at the Art Turner Memorial Tournament at Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax, Va. The Pride, led by Connecticut recruit Andra Espinoza-Hunter with a game-high 41 points, are ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today.

Boys: No. 6 Calvert Hall (1-2) earned a 54-52 victory over Good Counsel (0-3) to claim seventh place in the Sleepy Thompson Invitational at Virginia Academy in Ashburn. Each of the Cardinals' first three games, all played at Virginia Academy, has been decided by two points or fewer; they opened with a 73-72 loss to the host Patriots and fell to Episcopal (Va.), 62-61, in the consolation round Friday. ... Loyola Blakefield (1-1) rolled to an 85-42 win against Cristo Rey Jesuit (1-3), outscoring the visiting Hornets 42-16 in the second half. Ten players scored for the Dons. Seniors Kenny Lewis and Omari Watson led the way with 20 and 14 points, respectively. Dubem Nnake added 11, Cam Shaw nine and Cortland Nelson eight.

Et cetera

Tarbert's 49 points carry Stevenson women to victory

Senior Sara Tarbert scored a school-record 49 points to lead Stevenson (4-2, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) to an 87-78 women's basketball victory over Widener (2-4, 0-2) on Saturday in Chester, Pa. Tarbert set the previous record of 41 in a win at Virginia Wesleyan last season. She finished 21-30 from the field, including 2-for-4 on 3-point attempts and 5-for-7 on free throws. Tarbert, who scored the Mustangs' first 16 points, added 16 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Her 49 points are the most by a woman in any of the NCAA's three divisions this season.

Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead host Loyola Maryland to a 64-57 win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.

Men's college basketball: Sophomore Nico Clareth (Calvert Hall) scored a career-high 33 points and coach Jimmy Patsos, a former coach at Loyola Maryland, earned his 200th career victory as host Siena (3-5, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) earned an 80-73 win over Fairfield (5-2, 1-1). Clareth's 33 points were the most by a Siena player since Edwin Ubiles scored 37 in February 2008. Clareth hit seven 3-pointers and finished 12-for-25 from the field.

College football: Concordia senior defensive lineman Hunter Cox (Meade) was named to the Academic All-America College Division first team.

Men's college water polo: Johns Hopkins sophomore Giorgio Cico was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference East region first team. Senior Matt Fraser made the second team.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland freshman outside hitter Gia Milana received All-Big Ten honorable mention and made the freshman team. ... Salisbury senior Katie Stouffer was named ECAC Division III South Offensive Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by Johns Hopkins junior Elizabeth Wuerstle and Stevenson junior Annika Schwartz. Stevenson junior Deanna Bradbury made the second team. Hopkins' Tim Cole was named Coach of the Year.

College track and field: The Johns Hopkins men's and women's indoor teams were each selected to finish first in the Centennial Conference preseason poll.

Stan Salter's betting tips and best bets for Sunday's racing at Laurel Park.

Horse racing: Maryland trainer Lacey Gaudet, who is based at Laurel Park, saddled Farfellow Farm's Marabea to victory in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Tiara at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Marabea, ridden by Jose Lezcano, was a neck winner over Lobelia in the field of 14 fillies and mares.


NHL: Brian Boyle scored in the fourth round of the shootout and the host Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, to end a four-game losing streak. Tampa Bay won the shootout when Boyle put a shot between Braden Holtby's pads. Brayden Point also scored in the tiebreaker for the Lightning, and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington. Tampa Bay got a regulation goal from Nikita Kucherov. Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots. Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals, who have lost three in a row. Holtby made 32 saves and fell to 7-2-1 against the Lightning.

NFL: The Detroit Lions released former Ravens running back Justin Forsett. Forsett joined the Lions when Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington were injured in October, but he was a healthy scratch in each of the past four games.

Baseball: The Arizona Diamondbacks named former Orioles catcher Tim Laker their assistant hitting coach. Laker, 47, spent 2016 as hitting coach for the Akron RubberDucks, a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. His previous five seasons were spent in the Chicago White Sox organization.

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