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NJ/NY Gotham FC Defeats Orlando Pride 1-0 to Open Challenge Cup

NJ/NY Gotham FC (1-0-0, 3 pts) earned their first win in a hard-fought battle against Orlando Pride (0-1-1, 1 pt) to open their National Women’s Soccer League 2021 Challenge Cup campaign on Wednesday night at Exploria Stadium. 
The first half saw an early handball in the box that awarded Gotham FC a penalty kick and an opportunity to jump out to a quick lead. Forward Naho Kawasumi stepped to the spot, but was unable to convert as Ashlyn Harris made the save on a correct guess. 
Both teams continued to battle back and forth, but Gotham FC’s back line, anchored by centerback Gina Lewandowski, was able to withstand Orlando’s mounting offensive pressure. Paige Monaghan scored the match’s only goal in the 79th minute when she slotted the ball into the net on a cross into the box from Ifeoma Onumonu. Throughout both halves, Gotham FC goalkeeper DiDi Haracic was continually called upon and recorded seven saves on the night en route to a clean sheet, earning her the Saker Shoprite Player of the Match.
Gotham FC returns to the pitch in their Challenge Cup home opener presented by Avaya against North Carolina Courage (1-0-0, 3 pts) on Tuesday, April 20. The game is set to kick off at 6:00 p.m ET.
Gotham FC Head Coach Freya Coombe:
“I think it was pretty much as we expected. We expected Orlando to be pretty direct with their approach within the game and we knew they had key personnel and how they were looking to catch us behind our back line. I was really pleased with our ability of our centerbacks, Gina Lewandoski and Mandy Freeman, to be able to deal with it, combining with DiDi to be able to continue to build so I was really pleased with that element.”
Scoring Recap:
79’ Paige Monaghan (Ifeoma Onumonu) – NJY 1, ORL – 0
The first goal of night came late in the second half. Ifeoma Onumonu sent a well-paced cross from the right side into the box to an advancing Paige Monaghan who was able to slot it under the outstretched arms of Ashlyn Harris into the net.

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Mets Bats Breakout in Big Way in 5-1 victory over Phillies

The New York Mets offensive lineup has been hoping to get that big hit, the ones that would drive in those vital runs that can help win the ballgames. The team had gotten just that in their 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The scoring for the Mets started early as in the Bottom of the First, as Dominic Smith had an RBI single that plated the first run. The team played small ball and got the second run on an RBI groundout by Pete Alonso, for the early 2-0 lead.

Philadelphia quickly responded thanks to a Jean Segura home in the Top of the Fifth, that cut into the Mets lead. Things got stalemated for a while until the Bottom of the Seventh when Alonso lifted an RBI Sac Fly that made the score 3-1.

In the Bottom of the Eighth New York Increased their lead thanks to a cannon of a homer by James McCann. From there the Mets bullpen stepped up and was able to shut down the Philadelphia offense.

On the mound for New York David Peterson looked great, mixing his pitches, and sitting down 10 batters in six innings of work to improve his overall record to 1-1. Aaron Loup and Edwin Diaz both struck out two batters each to help keep the Phillies off the board.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Mets Post-Game Press Conference as Manager Luis Rojas and Pitcher David Peterson shares these thoughts:

The Mets and Phillies conclude their series at Citi Field with a game on Thursday (today) with first pitch scheduled for 12:10 p.m. On the mound for New York will be righty Jacob deGrom, who has been pitching tremendously on the mound. DeGrom will be taking on Philadelphia righty Zach Eflin, who has a 3-4 record with a 5.21 ERA in 11 career games against New York.

Fans interested in watching the game can do so by checking out the SNY network.

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Sean Johnson Named New York City FC Captain

Sean Johnson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

New York City FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Sean Johnson as Club captain.

The 31-year-old was acquired by the Club in 2017 and has since made 116 regular season appearances for NYCFC in MLS.

“My first reaction honestly, I’m humbled and honored,” Johnson told the club’s official website. “It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe. This Club means everything to me. From the first time I came here in 2017, the Club welcomed me with open arms, the front office, the players, the fans. It’s felt like family since I’ve been here.”

“For me now, going on into year five, being a veteran leader of this group, I understand what it means to play for this Club. I think it’s making sure that there’s a certain standard that’s upheld. We want every player that comes in to realize what it means to put a jersey on for this Club, and I’ll do everything that I can to make sure that happens.”

The U.S. international has shown himself to be one of the best shot-stoppers in the league, and Ronny Deila believes his decision to appoint Johnson as captain reflects the culture he is trying to establish at the Club.

“First of all, he is a fantastic role model,” Deila said. “Attitude-wise, he is everything that we want, and he is very intelligent. He knows how to get a group together and is a leader by nature. He is also an important player for us on the pitch as well.”

“We are starting to get a lot of good leaders now, and Sean is in charge of them, and that’s going be very good for the team. I’ve been talking a lot about togetherness and bonding more outside the pitch.

“What you do outside the pitch, you will take with you into the pitch as well. That’s the way we’ve worked together on the pitch now with defensive structure, hard work, helping each other, supporting each other. That’s the foundation of having a good culture.”

Johnson will begin his captaincy this Saturday when the team opens their 2021 MLS campaign with a trip to D.C. United at Audi Field.

Watch New York City FC kick off their 2021 season away at D.C. United from Audi Field this coming Saturday, April 17 at 8:00PM ET on the YES Network.

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Preview: Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres

It will be an exciting night for the Washington Capitals as they will play host to the Buffalo Sabres in NHL action on Thursday night.

The excitement for the team will be the celebration of center Nicklas Backstrom who will be playing in his 1,000th career game against the Sabres. To honor Backstrom, the team will be wearing #19 warmup jerseys.

The team will thanks to the MSE Foundation will then auction off those jersey’s, with the proceeds going to the Kids Power, Inc. Fund, which is a company that inspires youth, along with the Capitals Impact Fund.

In achieving the milestone, Backstrom will become the second player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the Capitals, as he joins teammate Alex Ovechkin in reaching the milestone.

Ovechkin leads the charge for the team on offense, as the Capitals Captain is on a four-game point streak, as well as a two-game assist streak. Some of the other players to watch for on the Capitals include T.J. Oshie, who is on a four-game point streak, to go along with a four-game assist streak. Lars Eller who is on a three-game point streak and Dmitry Orlov, who is on a two-game point streak.

Impressing in his debut with the team in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers was Anthony Mantha, who recorded a goal and an assist. Mantha became the 49th player in franchise history to score in his debut game, and the first since Nic Dowd on October 3, 2018 against the Boston Bruins.

In that game against the Flyers, the Caps were able to skate to a huge 6-1 victory, the team has been playing well as they have been able to combine for 14 goals over the last two games.

When it comes time for playing the Sabres this will be the eighth and final meeting between these two teams. In the last meeting the Caps were able to skate to a 4-3 victory in Buffalo in April. This will be the 171st game all-time between these two teams.

Leading the way for the Sabres is Rasmus Dahlin, who has six points in the last six games. When it comes time for playing the Capitals Victor Olofsson has always played well, as he has recorded five points in seven games, in addition Rasmus Ristolainen has five points.

The game between the Capitals and Sabres is set for 7:00 p.m. with fans wanting to catch the action can do so by checking out the NBC Network.

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Official Washington Capitals Website | NHL.com

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The Orioles-Mariners game on Wenesday Postponed due to Rain

The scheduled game between the Orioles and Seattle Mariners that was supposed to be played on Wednesday night, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Thursday, April 15.

Both games of tomorrow’s doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, will be seven innings. The first game will begin at 12:35 p.m. ET, followed by game two approximately 45 minutes after the first game concludes.

Fans holding tickets for the originally scheduled 1:05 p.m. game tomorrow should use those tickets for both games of the doubleheader. Gates will open one hour before first pitch at 11:35 a.m.

Both games of the doubleheader will be broadcast on MASN and on the Orioles Radio Network, including the flagship station 105.7 The Fan.

Tickets for tonight’s postponed game will not be automatically honored for tomorrow’s doubleheader. Birdland Members with game tickets and parking passes to tonight’s postponed game may exchange the value of their tickets and parking pass to any future 2021 regular season Orioles home game once those tickets become available, including tomorrow’s doubleheader, based on ticket availability.

Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable.

Fans who purchased tickets on StubHub for tonight’s game will need to contact StubHub regarding their policy for postponed events.

Additional information will be communicated via email to all original ticket purchasers, including fans who purchased via Ticketmaster or on Orioles.com.

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No. 1 Seed St. Francis Brooklyn Set to Host No. 2 Seed LIU in 2020-21 NEC Men’s Soccer Championship Game on Friday

The No. 1 seed St. Francis College Brooklyn (5-1-1, 5-1-1 NEC) is set to host the No. 2 seed LIU (3-1-3, 3-1-3 NEC) in the 2020-21 Northeast Conference (NEC) men’s soccer Championship game on Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m. The game will be played on the Terriers’ home field at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 in Brooklyn Heights, NY and will broadcast on NECFrontRow.com.


The Terriers are set to go head-to-head with long-time rival LIU in the 2020-21 NEC Championship game. It is just the second time in history that St. Francis and LIU will meet in the NEC Championship game. The last time St. Francis and LIU met in the NEC Championship final was in 2017 when the Terriers downed the then Blackbirds, 5-0, on November 12, 2017, at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5.


St. Francis is (8-0) all-time in NEC Championship games. The Terriers and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights have both claimed eight NEC Championship titles, which are tied for the most in conference history. St. Francis has won four out of the last seven NEC Championships (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).

1991 – defeated Monmouth, 1-0

1995 – defeated Monmouth, 2-0

1996 – defeated Robert Morris, 2-1

1998 – defeated Central Connecticut State, 2-0

2013 – defeated Bryant, 3-2 (OT)

2014 – defeated Saint Francis (PA), 2-1 (OT)

2016 – defeated Saint Francis (PA), 1-0 (2OT)

2017 – defeated LIU, 5-0

The Terriers have outscored their opponents, 18-4, in their eight NEC Championship game victories.


The Terriers have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances over the course of their history with the last one coming in 2017. St. Francis has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.


St. Francis claimed its sixth NEC Regular Season Championship in program history and first since 2017, when it defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1, on Monday, April 5. The Terriers have captured three NEC Regular Season Championships during Coach Giovatto’s tenure (2016, 2017, Spring 2021).


The Terriers are (3-0-1) at Brooklyn Bridge Park this season and (42-11-6) since they began playing their home games there in 2013. Their all-time NEC postseason record at Brooklyn Bridge Park is (4-0) and have outscored opponents 10-0 in those games. The Terriers are (2-0) in NEC Championship games at Brooklyn Bridge Park (defeated LIU, 5-0, in 2017 & defeated SFU, 1-0, in double overtime in 2016).


Terriers’ Head Coach Tom Giovatto has collected 125 wins during his 14 years at St. Francis. He is just two wins shy of tying Sam Carrington for the second-most victories in program history. Giovatto has recorded an (8-2) record in NEC postseason play and is (4-0) in NEC Championship games.


After falling to Merrimack, 2-1, in double overtime to open the season on Monday, March 1, the Terriers have gone undefeated over their last six games. St. Francis rattled off five consecutive wins before it played LIU to a scoreless draw on Monday, April 12. The five-game winning streak marked St. Francis’ longest winning streak since they won six-straight contests from October 20-November 12, 2017.


The Terriers rank 27th in the nation in save percentage (81.5%), 22nd in team goals against average (0.679), and 20th in won-lost-tied percentage (.786). St. Francis leads the NEC in assists per game (1.7), total assists (12), shots per game (12.9), and won-lost-tied percentage. The Terriers are second in the conference in goal differential (+4), points per game (4.3), save percentage, shots on goal per game (5.1), shutout percentage (42.9%), team goals against average, and total points (30).


Due to St. Francis College guidelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic spectators are not permitted to attend St. Francis home events until further notice.


The 2020-21 NEC Men’s Soccer Championship game is set to broadcast on NECFrontRow.com. Dave Popkin (play-by-play) and TJ Kostecky (analyst) have the call. 

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Adds Danielle Patterson to Roster

St. John’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joe Tartamella announced the addition of graduate student Danielle Patterson, who has committed to the Red Storm program for the 2021-22 season.

Patterson, a highly touted recruit out of The Mary Louis Academy in 2017, spent the last two years at Indiana University and will have two seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining. In her most recent season with the Hoosiers, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native saw action in 15 games.

Patterson put forth her best offensive output of her redshirt junior season against Eastern Kentucky. In that game, Patterson chipped in 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, including a 2-of-3 mark from 3-point range.

Prior to her time at Indiana, Patterson had played two seasons at Notre Dame and was part of back-to-back National Championship appearances, including the program’s second NCAA Women’s Basketball Title in 2018. During her time at Notre Dame, Patterson appeared in 66 games, averaging 11.2 minutes per contest.

Patterson was a 2017 McDonald’s All-American, as well as a 2017 Jordan Brand Classic All-American. She also ranked as the No. 5 small forward in the country for the 2017 class by ESPN HoopGurlz.

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