The Loyola men's lacrosse program will host nearly 50 players and family members from Newtown (Conn.) Youth Lacrosse on Saturday when the No. 8 Greyhounds host No. 1 Denver in their regular-season home finale at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.
On Jan. 3, freshman long-stick midfielder Jason Crane (Chesapeake-AA) led a group of 14 Loyola players to the Connecticut town that was touched by tragedy just one month prior when a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 26 people.
Loyola players put on a youth lacrosse clinic in Newtown that was attended by more than 100 players. The team has stayed in communication with those players, and many will travel with their families to Baltimore on Saturday. The players and families from Newtown will receive a tour of the Ridley Athletic Complex and be on the field with the teams before the opening faceoff. After the game, they will get to participate in a “throw-around” with Loyola players on the field and attend a postgame reception with players and their families.
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In addition to the game-day experience, Visit Baltimore, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Under Armour and other local businesses have come together to provide the group with several activities while they are in town. Tickets to Saturday's game are available at loyolagreyhounds.com/tickets.
MCLA teams coming to area this weekend
The Clemson, Michigan State, UConn, and Virginia Tech Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I club teams to will come to Bel Air on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to play four games at Patterson Mill and C. Milton Wright. The college games will be bookended by high school junior varsity and varsity games, as well as youth league games.
In this week's MCLA poll, three of the teams are ranked in the top 30 in the nation — Michigan State at No. 13 (8-2), UConn No. 17 (4-0) and Virginia Tech No. 23 (9-6).
Clemson is coached by Buff Grubb, former Harford County resident and brother of North Harford coach John Grubb. Former All-County defenseman Brian Murphy, a graduate of C. Milton Wright, will play on Saturday and Sunday at his alma mater as a senior on the Tigers team.
Tickets are $2 per person per day and can be purchased at the gate. Children under 10 are free.
Schwarzmann led Maryland with five goals in a 14-13 victory over No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the ACC regular-season championship. Schwarzmann was efficient on offense, hitting five of six shots on the day. Schwarzmann has had a hat trick in three straight games and has scored in every contest this season. It is the seventh career weekly award for Schwarzmann, who has five offensive honors and two defensive honors.
Freshman Alice Mercer was also named WomensLax.com's Rookie of the Week after a breakout defensive performance against the Tar Heels.
More women: Ohio State junior defender Tayler Kuzma (C. Milton Wright) earned American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after holding the NCAA's third-leading goal scorer, Salisbury native Carly Linthicum of Vanderbilt, without a point for the first game this season in a 19-4 Buckeyes win Sunday. ... Salisbury (11-0) remained No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Top 20. Washington College (9-1) rose two spots to No. 18, its highest ranking in more than a dozen years.
Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks announced that former Maryland All-American and Maryland Lacrosse Club star John Lamon has rejoined the team as an assistant coach. Lamon was hired in 2010 as director of corporate sales but took the past year off. In 1986, Lamon was a member of the world champion U.S. team. His pro career was spent with the Washington Wave's indoor team from 1985 to 1988, and he was named Most Valuable Player in 1988. Also, the Bayhawks acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2014 supplemental draft from the Charlotte Hounds for attackmen David Madeira and Tony Mendes; added midfielders Lantz Carter (Salisbury), Taylor Capardsa and Brekan Kohlitz from the player pool, and waived midfielder Peter Mezzanotte.
Girls: Unbeaten McDonogh, winner of 80 consecutive games, received eight first-place votes to remain the No. 1-ranked team in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school national Top 25 poll. Other local teams in the poll are: No. 7 C. Milton Wright (5-0); No. 9 Bryn Mawr (4-2), No. 12 Maryvale Prep (5-1), No. 13 St. Paul's (5-2), No. 15 Century (5-1) and No. 17 Mount Hebron (4-1).