Loyola U. alum Sawyer named Rookie of Week after debut
Former Loyola University standout Mike Sawyer scored a goal and assisted on two more in his professional debut for his hometown Charlotte Hounds on Friday at the Hamilton Nationals, earning Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week honors. His first assist came just over eight minutes into the second quarter as he fed Jovan Miller for the fifth goal in a 6-0 Charlotte run. He then scored his first professional goal 44 seconds into the fourth quarter, with the feed coming out of a familiar stick, that of fellow Loyola alumnus Eric Lusby (Severna Park). The Hounds would eventually lose in overtime, 16-15. Sawyer's three points are thus far tops among rookies.
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Cortland's 5-run rally ends Salisbury's title bid
After traveling through the elimination bracket in the NCAA Division III Championship, the top-ranked Salisbury softball team's journey to the national championship series was halted as SUNY Cortland rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a 7-6 victory over the Sea Gulls (42-4). Junior Briana Barca's two-run double capped a five-run rally for the Red Dragons (35-16), who will play seventh-ranked Tufts in the championship round next Monday. For Salisbury, Sarah Alpaugh went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Harley Hill was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Kathryn Larson gave up five hits but only one run over the first two innings. Rachel Johnson, who had pitched six innings earlier in the day in a 1-0 win over Texas-Tyler, gave up eight hits, three walks and six runs, five earned, in four-plus innings against the Red Dragons. Salisbury had broken a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Hill singled in a run, Hannah Mills walked to force in a run, Paige Knussman had an RBI single and Lindsay McCabe walked to bring in another run.
Maryland senior left-hander Jimmy Reed and sophomore Charlie White were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference baseball team, the league announced Monday. Reed, who finished 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA, and White, who led the ACC with 39 stolen bases and hit a team-high .350, were named to the second team. It is the second straight season Maryland has had a player named to the All-ACC team; Brett Harman earned the honor last season. Reed posted career highs in wins (six) and strikeouts (74), and ranked 10th in the ACC in ERA (2.33), while ranking eighth in strikeouts. He is one of six ACC pitchers to throw two or more complete games this season and one of six pitchers to throw a complete game shutout. White led the conference with 39 stolen bases, ranked fifth with 75 hits, finished eighth with a .350 batting average, and ranked 10th with a .449 on-base percentage. He became the first Terp to win an ACC Player of the Week honor since 2002. White's 39 stolen bases are the highest single-season total in school history, surpassing Larry Long (33, 1998). For his career, White has swiped 61 bases, one shy of the program record.
More Division I: Towson will open play in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park at noon. Making their second straight appearance in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Tigers (25-28, 14-13) will play No. 5 seed Northeastern (28-24, 12-15) for the fourth game in a row. Northeastern earned a berth in the tournament by beating the Tigers on the final day of the regular season, 6-3. ... Coppin State sophomore David Hamlett was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. Hamlett hit .400 during the Eagles' four games and led the team with seven RBIs. He added two doubles and two triples and had a slugging percentage of .800 during the tournament. Hamlett drove in four runs in the Eagles victory over Bethune-Cookman in CSU's tournament opener and then added two more RBI in a 7-3 win over North Carolina A&T.
Division III: Johns Hopkins seniors Ryan Zakszeski and Jeff Lynch, junior Tyler Goldstein and sophomore Justin Drechsel were named to the D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. Zakszeksi is the first Blue Jays player to earn first-team honors since the regional award began last season. ... McDaniel senior pitcher Zach Jones was chosen to the d3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team.
7 locals to make bid for spot on U-16 national hoops team
Seven local girls basketball players will try out for the under-16 national team this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. First-team All-Metro players Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen), Danielle Edwards (McDonogh), Taylor Murray (Annapolis Area Christian) and Dionna White (Milford Mill), as well as second-team selections Qalea Ismail (Patterson Mill) and Daja Logan (McDonogh), will take part in workouts that begin Thursday. McDonogh's Jameira Jones also will try out. Jones, a freshman forward-guard who led the Eagles to the state Class 3A championship, was among an original pool of 33 players invited to the tryouts, while the others earned their spots via open application. Twelve players will be selected for the U-16 team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun from June 19-23.
Triathlon: Cameron Dye, 29, of Boulder, Colo., won the men's division for the second consecutive year with an overall time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, 2 seconds in the Columbia Triathlon on Sunday at Centennial Park in Columbia. Nicky Samuels, 30, of New Zealand was the top female finisher, setting three course records, with an overall record time of 2:01:39, record bike time of 1:03:57 and record run time of 36:40. The women's overall record was previously held by Rebeccah Wassner of New York, who won the Columbia Triathlon in 2008 with a time of 2:04:49. Both Dye and Samuels took home a cash prize of $5,000. Nearly 2,000 endurance athletes and 40 world-class professionals ages 17 to 76 — representing 30 states and eight countries — participated in the race, which consisted of a 0.93-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run.
Women's college tennis: Third-ranked Williams defeated seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals Monday afternoon, in just the second meeting between the two programs. The Blue Jays (20-3) saw their school-record 16-match winning streak come to an end against the Ephs (21-4), who have won five straight and seven of the past 12 NCAA championships. Hopkins also set records for totals wins (20) and winning percentage (.869) this season.
College outdoor track and field: Salisbury will send five athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships, which begin Thursday. Senior Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough), sophomore Tyler Austin and freshman Luke Campbell will lead the group, as the trio will each compete in two events this week in La Crosse, Wis. Tavik, who has claimed four All-American awards in indoor and outdoor events, has one of the best throws this season in the shot put and also qualified in the javelin throw. Campbell will head to the national championships to run both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles and Austin will run the 100- and 200 dashes; he is the fourth-seeded athlete in the 100. Freshman Xavier Stinson (men's high jump) and junior Kara Tolson (women's 200-meter dash) round out the contingent. Campbell will be the first Sea Gull in action, running in the preliminary round of the 400 hurdles, beginning at 6:25 p.m.. The very next race on the track will be Tolson in the 200 meter prelims, followed by Austin in his 200 prelims. Stinson will compete in the high jump on Saturday, while Tavik will compete in both of her events on Sunday, along with Salisbury's track qualifiers who get into the finals of their events.
Women's college volleyball: Eric Hammond, who spent the past six years as the associate head coach at UMES, has been named an assistant coach at Towson, coach Don Metil announced. Hammond served as a volunteer assistant coach at UMES during the 2002 and 2006 seasons before being promoted to associate head coach when Metil was hired in 2007.
—From Sun staff and news services