Digest: Sejdic lifts No. 1 Terps men's soccer over No. 22 West Virginia, 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Amar Sejdic scored in the 26th minute to give the No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over host No. 22 West Virginia (6-4-1) to stay unbeaten. It was the fifth goal of the year for Sejdic, as Maryland (10-0-2) is outscoring opponents by a 29-7 margin this season. Senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) made a career-high eight saves to notch a fifth-straight shutout. Jake Rozhansky had an assist for Maryland, which returns to Big Ten Conference play Friday to host Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

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Blast signs former Silver Knights defender Santana

The Blast has signed former Syracuse Silver Knights standout Nelson Santana to further bolster its defense.

The Blast has signed former Syracuse Silver Knights defender Nelson Santana. Santana played four seasons with the Silver Knights, earning all-league honors in each, before spending last season with the Ontario Fury. In 13 games with the Fury, he had three goals and 11 assists and blocked 10 shots. "We're excited to see what Nelson can bring. We're very familiar with his ability on the ball, his competitiveness, and his overall game as he was a rival with Syracuse for some time. Bottom line is Nelson is a quality, experienced player who we feel can step right in and help us compete for a championship again this season," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a news release. The Blast opens its 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League season on the road against the Harrisburg Heat on Nov. 5 before taking on the Milwaukee Wave in its home opener Nov. 11.


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Ex-Terp Toliver scores 19 to help Sparks win Game 1

With the score tied in Game 1 of the WNBA finals and 24.7 seconds to play Sunday, Sparks Coach Brian Agler didn’t call Alana Beard’s number. 

Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored 19 points and Alana Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Los Angeles Sparks to a 78-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Candace Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds in her Finals debut for the Sparks. League Most Valuable Player Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points for the Sparks in the opener of the best-of-five series. Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen scored 18 points for top-seeded Minnesota.

Softball: Former Maryland catcher Shannon Bustillos led her professional team, the Mannheim Tornados, to a Deutsche Softball Championship this past month. Bustillos batted .472 throughout the season with a .556 slugging percentage and .525 on base percentage with nine RBIs and six runs. In the deciding series, Bustillos went 6-for-12 and drove in three runs in the 8-3 victory in the winner take all game five and was named the Deutsche Softball League Most Valuable Player.

Women's basketball: Former Coppin State forward Janelle Lane (Woodlawn) has signed a contract overseas with Forssan Alku of the top Finnish league to begin her professional basketball career. Lane was named to the 2015-16 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference third team and received 2016 All-MEAC tournament team honors. She started 32 games for the Eagles and was Coppin State's second best scorer with 10.9 points and five rebounds per game.

Women's college lacrosse: Towson seniors Samantha Brookhart (Mount Hebron), Kelly McQuilkin (Atholton) and Alyssa Ferro were named captains for the 2017 season.

Women's college soccer: McDaniel junior Sarah McDonald was selected Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore Koya Sowells was picked MEAC Defensive Specialist of the Week.

Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior Samy Ramadane has been named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Minor league basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers will hold their first off-season minicamp Saturday as they prepare for the 2017 Central Basketball Association season. The minicamp will be held at Leadership through Athletics located at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road, Halethorpe, 21227 and is by invitation only. Interested players may contact shuckers@playcba.com for more information.

Junior tennis: A team from Baltimore will compete in the USTA Junior Team Tennis 14U National Championships on Thursday to Sunday in Cayce, S.C. The team is coached by Anne Askew and comprises Hadley Middleton (Ruxton), Jane Askew (Baltimore), Audrey Askew (Baltimore), Jordan Aparece (Baltimore), Logan Sampath (Baltimore), Nick Penniman (Baltimore) and Paige Sawyer (Towson).


Honors: The Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation will hold its 2016 induction banquet Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., at Michael's Eighth Avenue at 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $75 a person and $750 for a table of 10, and can be purchased at mdsahof.com or by check. Please make checks payable to the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame and mail to MDSAHOF, P.O. Box 664, Arnold, MD 21012. Inductees will be former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson, who was born in Silver Spring; Chester-born powerboater Wheeler Baker; former Maryland running back Louis Carter (Arundel); National Sailing Hall of Famer and announcer Gary Jobson, who is based in Annapolis; former soccer-player and four-sport athlete Laurie Schwoy (McDonogh); and former Johns Hopkins and Towson High lacrosse player Jack Thomas. Reporter Jim Henneman will receive the John F. Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner at 7, and awards from 8 to 10.

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