METROPOLITAN RIVETERS CLAIM THEIR FIRST ISOBEL CUP
Metropolitan Riveters 1, Buffalo Beauts 0
On their second shot of the game, the Metropolitan Riveters scored the only goal from Alexa Gruschow who put the puck in from a difficult angle after her first shot was blocked. After that it was a tense battle which saw both goaltenders turn away shots. The Riveters’ Katie Fitzgerald made 28 saves and shut down the Buffalo Beauts late in the game for a 1-0 win.
Guschow was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The Riveters finished the regular season with a record of 13-3-0 then easily dispatched of the Connecticut Whale 5-0 in the semifinals for their first appearance in the Isobel Cup final and dethroned the defending champs.
BALTIMORE BLAST WIN YET ANOTHER MASL TITLE
Baltimore Blast 4, Monterrey Flash 3
The Blast opened with a strong first half in front of a hostile crowd of 8,220 with goals from Vini Dantas, Andrew Hoxie and Daniel Peruzzi to a 3-0 lead at halftime. After a goal from Monterrey’s Edgar Gonzalez, Juan Pereria scored for Baltimore to extend their lead back to a 3-goal difference at 4-1. The Flash stormed back with two goals but the Blast defense was able to hold off the Monterrey rally to secure their third straight Ron Newman Cup title.
The Baltimore Blast have now won their 10th indoor title in team history. The Blast have been in the finals in 13 of the past 16 seasons.
Goalkeeper William Vanzela was playing in only his second game after returning from injury and finished the night with eight saves and strong down the stretch to help the Blast protect their one-goal lead. Vanzela needed only to make one last save in the final two minutes as the Flash brought on the extra attacker.
Trailing 6-3 in the third quarter of Game Two of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) championship and already trailing the series 1-0 playing on Soles de Sonora’s home turf, the Blast made an amazing comeback when Adriano Dos Santos tied the game with 11 seconds left. Juan Pereira scored the game-winning goal in overtime, 9-8, to tie the series.
The teams then played the series-deciding 15-minute mini-game where Vini Dantas clinched the winner in front of over 8,000 fans at El Centro de Usos Multiples in Mexico.
Goalkeeper William Vanzela was tough for the Blast in both games and made a huge save in the mini-game on a shot from Sole de Sonora’s Gustavo Rosales with 1:08 left.
With their second consecutive MASL title, the Blast have now won nine championships in franchise history. After losing to Harrisburg at home in the first game of the playoffs, they went to Harrisburg and rallied from a 3-0 deficit in Game Two before winning in a mini-game. Against the Milwaukee Wave in the Eastern Conference final, the Blast also won in a mini-game to advance to the Ron Newman Cup final.
Baltimore Blast Championships:
1984: Defeated St. Louis Steamers, 4 games to 1.
2003: Defeated Milwaukee Wave 2 games to 1
2004: Defeated Milwaukee Wave 3 games to 0
2006: Defeated St. Louis Steamers 2 games to 1
2008: Defeated Monterrey La Raza 14-11 (One-game final)
The Baltimore Blast return to the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) finals after edging out the Milwaukee Wave 2-1 in a series-deciding mini game. The Blast won the first game of the series in Baltimore 8-7 in overtime on Saturday. The Wave returned home and took control early with a 3-0 lead in the first quarter enroute to an 8-4 win to even the series. In the mini game, Andrew Hoxie scored his fourth goal of the postseason to put the Blast up 1-0. Milwaukee’s Marcio Leite scored late in the mini game to tie it up a 1-1. Tony Donatelli scored the series winner with less than two minutes left. The Blast will now await the winner between Soles de Sonora-San Diego. Soles de Sonora leads the series 1-0.
The top three chess players in the world – Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana – have helped their teams to advance to PRO Chess League championship weekend. The Norway Gnomes, Montreal ChessBrahs, St. Louis Arch Bishops, and Stockholm Snowballs this weekend. The semifinal matches will be played on Saturday at 10 am PST and 1 am PST. The finals will be played on Sunday at 10 am PST).
The Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) released their preseason top ten teams. The defending champions, Oklahoma Thunder, have the top spot followed by – Nashville (TN) Storm, Memphis (TN) Blast, Georgia Crush, Missouri Valley Pitbulls, Marvel City Tigers, Crescent City Kings, Lee County Ticats, East Alabama Predators, and Georgia Knights. The 2017 season kicks off on May 13th.
A new arena/indoor football league kicked off last weekend. The National Arena League (NAL) with the defending champions of last year’s American Indoor Football (AIF) Columbus (GA) Lions facing the Jacksonville Sharks from the Arena Football League (AFL) in the first week of action. The Sharks handed the Lions their first loss since 2015. Quarterback tommy Grady finished with 19 completions for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Sharks. Will Dukes had seven receptions for 56 yards and Mo Williams had six for 77 yards and two touchdowns. In other games from the league:
High Country (NC) 62, Albany (GA) 29
Lehigh Valley (PA) 66, Dayton (OH) 25
Monterrey (Mexico) 55, Corpus Christi (TX) 12
Leonard Gates is the top ranked player in the American Darts Organization (ADO) with 398 points followed by Larry Butler who has 368 points. Gates’ last tournament win was the Port City Open in February where he placed first in Mens 01 and Men’s Cricket events. The ADO’s next tournament is the 31st Virginia Beach Classic this weekend. Top prize is $37,580.
Indoor Lacrosse: The Georgia Swarm and Toronto Rock have started the National Lacrosse League (NLL) season undefeated. They are both 2-0 and tied atop the Eastern Division. The NLL opened the 2017 season with the same nine teams from last year. The Saskatchewan Rush are the defending champions.
The NLL is an indoor version of lacrosse which is played on the same dimensions as a hockey rink.
Each team plays an 18-game schedule through April. The top three teams in each division will make the playoffs.
Rhys Duch of the Vancouver Stealth leads the league with 10 goals.
Indoor Soccer: The Sonora Soles of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) leads the league with a 9-1 record which is the best among the league’s 17 teams. The other division leaders: Tacoma (Pacific), Cedar Rapids (Central) and Baltimore (Eastern).
Franck Tayou of Sonora leads the league with 36 goals.
Women’s Hockey: The Boston Pride are the only undefeated team in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) at this point. They have a 9-0-0 record. Alex Carpenter (Boston), Brianna Decker (Boston), Kelly Babstock (Connecticut) and Corinne Buie (Buffalo) are all tied with the league lead in goals with six.