The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse announced that assistant coach John Tucker (Johns Hopkins) will take over head coaching duties from Steve Duffy for the remaining eight games of the season.
Tucker is a former Chesapeake Bayhawks and Baltimore Thunder head coach and has coached at Gilman, Loyola and Severn at the varsity level. At 1-5, the Cannons are off to their worst start since 2002; they have made at least the semifinals in all but two of the past 12 seasons. Duffy had been Cannons coach since November 2011.
Honors: After scoring a career-high eights goals in a 21-8 win over the New York Lizards, Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) earned Warrior Offensive Player of the Week honors. The attackman buried half of his goals in the first quarter, then added four more and one helper in the second half. His nine points doubled his previous four-game output, bringing his season total to 18 points. Westervelt finished 8-for-13 shooting on the night (.615). Cascade Rookie of the Week honors went to Denver Outlaws attack Eric Law. The Salisbury transfer made his MLL debut Saturday after his graduation from the University of Denver earlier in the day. The Colorado native scored on all four of his shots to help Denver rout the previously unbeaten Hamilton Nationals, 22-9.
Endorsement deals: Warrior Sports announced the signing of Nationals midfielder Josh Hawkins and Charlotte Hounds attackman Mike Sawyer, who are both Loyola University graduates, to two-year endorsement contracts.
Pearce Yetman goes from Shorewomen to Wesley
Washington College senior assistant coach Heidi Pearce Yetman has been named the new women's head coach at Wesley. Pearce Yetman, a former star midfielder at Johns Hopkins, replaces Debbie Windett, who had been with the Wolverines since 2010 and has the most victories (28) in program history.
A native of Chestertown, Pearce Yetman comes to Wesley after spending the past three seasons as the recruiting and defensive coordinator for the Shorewomen. During her tenure, Washington College endured its winningest three-year run in program history (34-17), earned its first national ranking in more than a decade in 2013, advanced to its first-ever Centennial Conference championship game (2012) and had nine players earn all-conference honors.
At Johns Hopkins (2001-2004), Pearce Yetman was a two-time All-American and three-time All-American Lacrosse Conference selection. The Blue Jays' career record holder for ground balls, Pearce Yetman was also nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the top women's player in the nation.
More college women: Furman announced the hiring of Amber Falcone (Winters Mill) as an assistant coach. Falcone has spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Vanderbilt, where she coached three All-Americans and two U.S. women's national team players. A former All-World Team selection, Falcone will compete with Team USA at the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in Oshawa, Canada, from July 10-20.
College men: Former Cornell assistant Paul Richards (Loyola University) will join coach Dan Chemotti's staff at Richmond for the Spiders' inaugural season, Chemotti confirmed, filling out the staff after he hired former Loyola director of operations Steve Layne last month. Richards was named a Cornell assistant last September and helped guide the nation's second-best scoring offense as the Big Red put up 14.56 goals per game.
More college men: Virginia senior midfielder Chris LaPierre has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA and will return to the team in 2014, the team announced via Twitter. LaPierre was sidelined for all but three games this season because of a sprained knee ligament. ... Baltimore native Jason Dotterweich II (Towson University, Eastern Tech) has signed a letter of intent to play men's lacrosse at Missouri Valley College in the team's inaugural season next spring. Missouri Valley is coached by Kevin Totaro, a Harford Tech grad who had a successful playing career at Harford Community College and Shenandoah. Missouri Valley will be a future member of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.