LaMonica hired as Towson women's lacrosse coach

August 07, 2010|By Sports Digest

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LaMonica hired as Towson women's lacrosse coach

Former Maryland All-American and Mount St. Mary's coach Sonia LaMonica was named Towson University's women's lacrosse coach Friday, taking over a program that has made huge strides in recent years. LaMonica spent two years as a Tigers assistant before taking her first head-coaching job last season at the Mount, which she guided to an 8-9 season and the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals. "I am charged with excitement and energy for this next chapter in my coaching career and look so very forward to reuniting with the student-athletes and staff at this outstanding institution and continuing the growth this program has experienced over the last few years," she said in a news release. The Tigers cracked the Top 10 for the first time last season, rising as high as No. 7 and finishing the season at No. 11. Towson won three Colonial Athletic Association championships and made four appearances in the NCAA tournament during the seven-year tenure of Missy Doherty, who left Towson last month to take over Penn State's program.

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Women's soccer: Maryland was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. The Terps finished sixth in the league last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina. The Tar Heels were picked to win the league, receiving five of 11 first-place votes.

Men's basketball: Mount St. Mary's announced the hiring of assistants Ahmad Dorsett and Mike Farrelly. Dorsett served as the top assistant at Bowie State last season, helping lead the Bulldogs to a shared Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association division title. Farrelly spent the past three years as the director of Hoop Group Elite, which bills itself as the nation's largest basketball-instruction organization. He previously served as an assistant at Wilkes University.

Et cetera

Mystics denied 4th straight win, fall to New York, 85-77

Spurred by a 24-7 second-quarter run, the New York Liberty defeated Washington, 85-77, halting the Mystics' three-game winning streak and denying them a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conferenceof the WNBA. Monique Curry and Matee Ajavon combined for 43 points for Washington, but no other player had more than seven points. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had four points and five rebounds.

Tennis: Unseeded Xavier Malisse upset Wimbledon runner-up and top seed Tomas Berdych in the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic quarterfinals in Washington, winning, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Laurel Park: Apprentice jockey Forest Boyce (Maryland Institute College of Art) won two races on Friday's twilight card, raising her number of wins during the first three days of the mini-meet to a rider-best four. Boyce won atop Katrinarita ($12.60) in the opening race and then with Cagey Act ($13) in the third event.

Youth baseball: Two Maryland teams are set to play in the Cal Ripken World Series at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen. Teams representing Charles County and Emmerton will be among 14 others from around the country and globe that will participate in the annual tournament, which starts Friday.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired defender Jed Zayner from Columbus for a 2012 second-round draft pick.

—From Sun staff and news services

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