Blast held in check, 4-2, in first clash with Wave

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

In their first matchup of the sea­son against the Mil­wau­kee Wave, the vis­it­ing Bal­ti­more Blast were handed a 4-2 de­feat. Both teams im­ple­mented a de­fen­sive style. The Blast were led by Sylla Sal­i­fou, Ty Shipalane and Sam Guernsey with one point apiece. Max Fer­di­nand com­piled three as­sists to lead the Wave. Wil­liam Vanzela had 10 saves in the los­ing ef­fort, while Josh Le­mos com­piled 11 saves for the Wave. The Blast fall to 7-4 and will face Utica City FC at Tow­son Univer­sity’s SECU Arena on Fri­day at 7:30 p.m.. The Wave im­proved to 10-2 and will face the Florida Trop­ics at home next week­end.

United’s Rooney in­jured in first pre­sea­son out­ing

D.C. United’s first com­pet­i­tive oc­ca­sion of pre­sea­son — and that’s a stretch, given the young op­po­nent, mass sub­sti­tu­tions and low-key na­ture — turned into some­thing a bit more event­ful than an­tic­i­pated Satur­day morn­ing. Cap­tain Wayne Rooney was sup­posed to play 45 min­utes but left af­ter 18 be­cause of a shin in­jury, later deemed mi­nor by the English su­per­star and his mildly con­cerned coach. Two days af­ter he thought he was join­ing Paris Saint-Ger­main, Ar­gen­tine play­maker Lu­ciano Acosta ac­com­pa­nied the team to Joe DiMag­gio Sports Com­plex but did not play — a mo­ment of pause for a player who didn’t re­turn from France un­til late Fri­day night. Mean­while, two rook­ies made good first im­pres­sions, Ar­gentina’s Lu­cas Ro­driguez and Leonardo Jara made their de­buts and United claimed a 1-0 vic­tory over sec­ond-divi­sion Beth­le­hem Steel at Joe DiMag­gio Sports Com­plex. Rooney, the cen­ter­piece of United’s re­nais­sance last sea­son, was in­jured in the 10th minute on a slid­ing col­li­sion with the goal­keeper. He re­ceived treat­ment on the field and on the side­line, re-en­tered the match four min­utes later but then re­moved him­self. For the rest of the af­ter­noon, he sat on the bench with his right leg el­e­vated and his lower shin wrapped in ice. “I’ve got a few of them be­fore,” said Rooney, 33, the all-time lead­ing scorer for Manch­ester United and the English na­tional team. “It took longer than I thought to ease down, so no point in tak­ing any chances. I’m not too con­cerned.”

St. Paul’s grad­u­ate Ward shoots Sal­is­bury to vic­tory

The Sal­is­bury men's bas­ket­ball team picked up an 87-80 Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence vic­tory at Penn State-Harrisburg on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The Sea Gulls (16-5, 6-4 CAC) rode their hot 3-point shoot­ing to a pair of CAC wins in the past week and kept that streak go­ing on Satur­day, mak­ing more than 44 per­cent of their tries from long range. Mike Ward (St. Paul’s) scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-11 shoot­ing from the floor, while Blair Davis (City) scored 23, go­ing 11-of-12 from the free throw line, and dished out seven as­sists. Sal­is­bury shot 53.7 per­cent from the floor, the team's best mark since De­cem­ber 29 . ... Mark Ter­rell scored 20 points to lead Steven­son in an 81-57 vic­tory over Ly­coming.

Kyaja Williams had 20 points and nine re­bounds to lead Bowie State (17-4) over El­iz­a­beth City State, 70-53 . ... Sal­is­bury (15-6) de­feated Penn State-Harrisburg, 65-42, on the road. Kaylee Ot­lowski scored 10 points and had 13 re­bounds and Rachel Ryan scored 10 points while adding 10 boards . ... Car­o­line Ward led McDaniel with 12 points off the bench in a 63-36 loss to Muh­len­berg . ... Brid­get McLaugh­lin led Wash­ing­ton Col­lege with 14 points in a 66-61 over­time loss to Frankin & Mar­shall . ... Johns Hop­kins outscored Bryn Mawr 20-8 in the sec­ond quar­ter and rolled to a 64-37 vic­tory.

Johns Hop­kins showed off its depth and ver­sa­til­ity in the NYC Divi­sion III In­vi­ta­tional as the Blue Jays scored in al­most ev­ery event group on Fri­day as the Blue Jays won the event with 98.5 points. Alex Do­ran won the mile by just over two sec­onds as he crossed the fin­ish line in 4:16.70. The time is the sev­enth-fastest in pro­gram his­tory and cut al­most 24 sec­onds off his pre­vi­ous best time. Matthew Su took first in the long jump with a leap of 7 me­ters. Third-ranked Johns Hop­kins won the NYC Divi­sion III In­vi­ta­tional as the Blue Jays’ 124 points outscored sec­ond-place Mes­siah (68) Therese Ol­shan­ski won the mile run with a time of 4:58.10, break­ing the meet record for the event . ... The Navy men’s and women’s teams were edged by ri­val Army West Point in the an­nual Army-Navy In­door Star Meet. The women’s team fell, 89.5-88.5, while the men’s team lost, 100-81.

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