Stevenson men receive Ciccarone Award
After winning the school's first national championship, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team has been selected to receive the Henry Ciccarone Memorial Award by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis as the organization's Collegiate Team of the Year. "For the past 40 years or so, the Touchdown Club has chosen one college lacrosse team in Maryland to receive this award," president Justin Mullen said. "There was no debate this year as Stevenson's outstanding 2013 season that culminated in the school's first Division III national championship clearly stood out above the rest." The Mustangs finished with a school-record 22 wins and defeated Rochester Institute of Technology, 16-14, in the national championship May 26. With 11 All-Americans, the Mustangs also went unbeaten in their first season in the Commonwealth Conference.
More college men: Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala announced the addition of Ohio State and Villanova to the Blue Jays' 2014 schedule. Both games will take place at Homewood Field. The addition of the Buckeyes and Wildcats will end the scheduling agreements Johns Hopkins has with Siena and Army. Tentatively, the Blue Jays will open the season against Ohio State and play Villanova in a midweek game late in the season. Hopkins' complete schedule, with game dates and times, should be available in October. ... Braden Atkinson, a rising sophomore midfielder at Calvert Hall, has verbally committed to Hopkins.
International: The Federation of International Lacrosse has informed its members that a postal ballot has paved the way for the Iroquois national team to rejoin the world championships in 2014. The Iroquois did not participate in the 2010 games because of a passport issue. According to an email, the ballot rejected Bylaw 11.1, which determines that the world championship field is set by the previous tournament's outcome. The General Assembly vote from full member nations means the FIL will now have to redraft its criteria for seeding the championship field.
College women: C.J. Durham (UMBC) has been hired as the first coach of the Hanover College program. Durham spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Stevenson. She will recruit the first squad for the Panthers, who are set to begin competition in spring 2015. ... Fresh off its inaugural season, Stetson announced the addition of Erin Busch (Annapolis), Lindsay Summers (Fallston) and Sam Maguire (John Carroll) for the 2014 season. ... Elizabethtown defender Alexis Morris (North Harford) was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-American in the at-large category. She is the program's first Academic All-America selection.
Division II college: Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., announced the launch of men's and women's programs. Starting in 2013-14, Davis & Elkins will compete as a club-level team in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which includes colleges from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Davis & Elkins president G.T. "Buck" Smith said lacrosse was selected because athletes who play it tend to be serious about their studies as well as the sport.By the 2014-15 season, a coaching staff will be hired and the program will be promoted to varsity status, allowing coaches to begin the process of recruiting athletes.
—From Sun staff and news services