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Digest: Donatelli's hat trick helps Blast put away Dallas, 8-4

Digest: Donatelli's hat trick helps Blast put away Dallas, 8-4

Tony Donatelli broke a 4-4 tie late in the third quarter and scored the game's next two goals in the fourth as the visiting Blast (5-2) pulled away for an 8-4 win over the Dallas Sidekicks (4-5) in the first game between the onetime rivals since 2004.

Donatelli broke the tie with three seconds left in the third period on a pass from Vini Dantas, then scored at 7:20 and 13:51 of the fourth, the latter against an extra attacker, to put the game away. He also had assists on two second-quarter goals.

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The Blast's Jonatas Melo and Andrew Hoxie each had two goals, and goalkeeper William Vanzela made five saves. Dallas' Jamie Lovegrove and VcMor Eligwe scored the only two goals of the first quarter before Hoxie got the Blast onto the scoreboard off an assist from Donatelli and Melo tied the score with his fifth goal of the season.

The Blast will return to action Dec. 29 at the Syracuse Silver Knights at 7 p.m.

Men's college basketball

Hot-shooting Michigan routs UMES, 98-49

Derrick Walton scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half, and Michigan rolled to another easy win Saturday, 98-49 over visiting UMES. The Wolverines (9-3) jumped out to a 19-2 lead, and Michigan was shooting well over 80 percent — both overall and from 3-point range — after a layup by Zak Irvin made the score 35-13 with 7:33 remaining in the half. "They shot lights out," Hawks coach Bobby Collins said. "That's a good team. When they're hitting like that, I think they're going to beat a lot of teams." The Wolverines eventually fell off that torrid pace, but Michigan was still able to set a season high in scoring for the second consecutive game. The Wolverines beat Central Arkansas, 97-53, on Tuesday night. Bakari Copeland led UMES (1-10) with 15 points. "Throughout that whole game, I kept telling the guys, 'Let's go win this possession,' as if it were the game-winning possession in our conference," Collins said. "We didn't get the stops that I wish we would have gotten." The Hawks were coming off a weeklong break after a loss at Central Florida on Dec. 10; they'll play again Monday at American, part of a stretch of four games in six days.

Laurel Park

Saturday's card canceled; racing to resume today

Winter conditions including snow, sleet and freezing rain forced the cancellation of Saturday's nine-race live program at Laurel Park. Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager Sal Sinatra said maintenance crews planned to work on the track through Saturday and that racing will resume today with a 12:30 p.m. post time.

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Stevenson DB Tennessee a finalist for Harris Award

Stevenson senior defensive back Austin Tennessee (Atholton) was named one of 81 finalists for the Cliff Harris Award, given annually to the top defensive football player at the Division II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics levels. The winner will be announced Saturday Dec. 24 and honored Jan. 19. Tennessee moved to safety from cornerback this season and made 57 tackles (44 solo) for the Mustangs. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with six and returned two for touchdowns. He also had eight pass breakups.

More football: Tennessee and Frostburg State senior defensive end William Sewell were named to the D3football.com All-America first team Friday. Salisbury senior guard Riley Cannon and Johns Hopkins senior center Chantz Anderson and senior safety Jack Toner were named to the third team. Frostburg State junior defensive tackle Niles Scott received honorable mention. … Salisbury assistant head coach for offense Ryan Fleetwood (Maryland) was inducted into the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Hall of Fame.

Women's gymnastics: Senior Sarah Faller and freshman Alecia Farina were selected as Maryland's Gymnasts to Watch by the Big Ten Conference.

Men's indoor track and field: Navy was picked in the Patriot League preseason poll to finish first in the nine-team league. The Midshipmen received 16 of 18 first-place votes.

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Women's indoor track and field: Navy was picked in the Patriot League preseason poll to finish sixth among the league's 10 teams. Loyola Maryland was picked for ninth.

Men's cross country: Navy senior Ryan Speir was named Patriot League Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was joined on the All-Patriot academic team by Navy senior Sam Williams.

Women's cross country: Navy sophomore Erin McDonnell made the All-Patriot academic team.

Men's water polo: Johns Hopkins senior Matt Fraser and sophomore Giorgio Cico were named to the All-America second team by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association. Hopkins junior John Wilson received honorable mention.

Junior colleges: Marcus Dentley (men's basketball) and Chaunte McDowell (women's basketball) were named Maryland JUCO November Student Athletes of the Month. Dentley (Northeast) plays for Anne Arundel Community College and McDowell for Garrett College.

Men's swimming: Senior captain Matt Walchuck was named St. Mary's Athlete of the Month for November.

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