July 07, 2009|By From Sun staff reports


Giro named UMBC women's lacrosse assistant coach

UMBC women's lacrosse coach Kelly Berger announced that Tony Giro, who spent last season as a volunteer on the Retrievers' staff, has been named assistant coach and defensive coordinator. "I'm excited about having Tony on staff," Berger said. "I feel he has many different contributions to make to this program, and I know he has the drive to make UMBC what it needs to be." Last season, Giro assisted primarily on the defensive end, developing game plans and schemes for practices and games. UMBC's backfield led the America East and ranked 12th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (10.9) and second in the conference in scoring defense with a 9.88 goals-against average, nearly a three-goal improvement from 2008. "I'm honored that Kelly has brought me back to be a part of UMBC women's lacrosse," Giro said. "We're looking forward to making this program a point of pride for the university and the community." Giro has also served as the coach for one of the premier club lacrosse programs in the country, Maryland and D.C. 2010 Black, since 2004, leading the squad to four straight Galaxy National Championship games, with titles in each of the past two seasons. Before joining UMBC, Giro was part of the coaching staff that led the Mount Hebron High girls lacrosse team to four consecutive state championships and a No. 1 national ranking from 2003 to 2006.

Swimming: : The Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America selected the Maryland men's and women's, Salisbury men's and women's, and St. Mary's women's swimming teams as Scholar All-American Teams. Terrapins sophomore Annie Fittin was also named a Scholar All-American, announced by the organization Wednesday. Scholar All-Americans are selected on the basis of their performance in the pool and classroom. To be selected to the All-American team, swimmers must qualify for the NCAA championship meet and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher. To be tabbed as Scholar-Athlete Team, squads must register a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Maryland men's squad had 3.15 team grade-point average, and the women had a 3.13 team GPA. The Salisbury men had a 3.08 team GPA, and the women had a 3.28. The St. Mary's women had 3.39 team GPA. Maryland's Fittin finished 41st in the 100-yard backstroke (54.14 seconds) at this year's NCAA swimming and diving championships in College Station, Texas.

Harford Community College: : The baseball and women's soccer teams will hold tryouts for the 2009-10 season beginning in August. Tryouts for women's soccer will be held Aug. 10-14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.., while baseball tryouts will be held Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. All potential baseball players, including those returning from the 2008-09 squad, will be required to attend the tryout session and must bring baseball pants, a hat and a glove.


Forward Mosby returns to Mystics; Humphrey released

Washington Mystics general manager Angela Taylor announced the return of Bernice Mosby to the team. A 6-foot-1 forward from Baylor University, Mosby was selected sixth overall in the 2007 WNBA draft and spent the offseason playing in France. She has averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds for her career. Washington also released Tasha Humphrey. She played in nine games this season and averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds.

Major League Lacrosse

Bayhawks' Garrity named Defensive Player of the Week

Washington Bayhawks Goalie Chris Garrity was named MLL Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday night against the Long Island Lizards. Washington relied on Garrity, of Annapolis, to keep its playoff hopes alive. Saving 13 of 20 shots, the veteran goalie held the Lizards to a season-low seven goals. He has played five games this season and has a .533 save percentage. The award marks the third time in Garrity's career that he has earned weekly honors. This is the second consecutive week a Bayhawks player has been recognized. Last week Danny Glading was named Rookie of the Week for his two-goal, three-assist performance against the Chicago Machine.

- From Sun staff reports

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