Terps' O'Donnell wins Honda Award for field hockey
Maryland senior Katie O'Donnell won the 2011 Honda Sports Award in field hockey on Thursday, designating her as the nation's top college female athlete in that sport. The honor, which O'Donnell also received the previous year, was based on national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. A Maryland athlete has won the field hockey award in five of the past six years and six of the past 10. O'Donnell led the Terps to their seventh national championship this fall and ninth Atlantic Coast Conference crown. She was named the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division I National Player of the Year and was also named National Player of the Year and Offensive Most Valuable Player by womensfieldhockey.com. Earlier this fall, O'Donnell was named the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year. She led the nation in points this year (99) and assists (34), making her the first player to break the 100 career assist and the 300 career point marks.
Men's college soccer: Major League Soccer has invited Loyola senior forward Phil Bannister to its player combine Jan. 7-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. … The National Soccer Coaches Association of American named Navy sophomore Michael Rakoczy to the Division I All-Mid-Atlantic second team. Midshipmen freshman Martin Sanchez made the third team. … Stevenson sophomore Ansger Otto and Salisbury senior Justin Lambert made the NSCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region first team. York junior Mike Gill (Calvert Hall) made the second team, and Salisbury senior Michael Napolitano (Mount Hebron) was on the third team.
Women's college soccer: West Chester senior sweeper Cindi Nickles (Eastern Tech) made the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America third team. … Johns Hopkins senior Jenn Paulucci and junior Erica Suter (River Hill) were selected to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic team; senior Jessica Hnatiuk (John Carroll) made the second team. … St. Mary's sophomore Tori Eskay of St. Mary's (Md.) made the NSCAA Division III All-South Atlantic second team. The third team included Stevenson sophomore Taylor Zimmerman (John Carroll), Stevenson senior Allison Humphries (John Carroll), Frostburg State senior Heather Fleishell and Frostburg State sophomore Amanda Wharton.
College football: Johns Hopkins junior center Ed Rodger made the d3football.com All-South first team. Hopkins junior wide receiver Sam Wernick, junior linebacker Ryan Piatek and senior place kicker Alex Lachman made the second team along with McDaniel senior cornerback Chris Kolb (Francis Scott Key) and Wesley junior offensive tackle James Buettner (Patapsco). The third team included Wesley junior quarterback Justin Sottilare (Oakland Mills).
Women's college cross country: Towson junior Katie Ogden and James Madison sophomore Katie Harman (River Hill) made the All-Colonial Athletic Association team.
Men's college basketball: Trian Iliadis scored 14 points and host Old Dominion beat UMES, 81-39. The Monarchs (7-2) outscored the Hawks (2-6) by 34-18 in the first half. Dishawn Bradshaw (St. Frances) and Lyvann Obame Obame had eight points for UMES.
NBA: Michael Adams, Bob Dandridge, Kevin Grevey, Jack Marin and Kevin Porter will be among the members of the Washington Bullets/Wizards Alumni Association who will be recognized at halftime of tonight's game against the New York Knicks. The group will sign autographs from 6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
—From Sun staff and news services