Terps field hockey teams opens at No. 1 but is picked 2nd in ACC

Terps' freshmen class ranked best by Inside Lacrosse

August 24, 2011|By Sports Digest

College field hockey

Terps open at No. 1 but are picked 2nd in ACC

Three members of the 2010 NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference champion Maryland field hockey team were named to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday. Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble and Jill Witmer were all voted to the team by the league's six head coaches. Maryland will open the season No. 1 in the 2011 Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Preseason Poll. The Terps have been the preseason No. 1 team in two of the past three years. The top-ranked Terrapins will face 12 of the preseason top-20 teams and will open this season with No. 19 Boston University on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Philadelphia. The Terrapins, who have won the past three ACC titles, were picked to finish second in the conference. They received 22 points and two first place votes. Last year's ACC and NCAA runner-up, North Carolina, received four first-place votes and 24 overall points.

Division III: Salisbury will open the season No. 4 in the country, according to the Kookaburra/NFHC Division III Preseason Poll.


Survey: Participation still rising in Md. and nation

The latest participation survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations shows growth at the state level as well as the national level in the number of high school students participating in interscholastic athletics during the last school year — although their favorite sports haven't changed much. Football remains the most popular sport for boys nationwide and in Maryland. For girls, track and field is the most popular sport across the country, with soccer most popular in Maryland, according to the annual NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey. In order of popularity nationally — by total participants — only one sport among the top 10 changed. Girls lacrosse cracked the top 10, overtaking golf for the 10th spot. In Maryland, lacrosse ranks No.2 for boys and No.3 for girls. The survey counted 4,494,406 boys playing high school sports during the 2010-11 school year and 3,173,549 girls. That number increased nearly 40,000 from the previous year. This is the 22nd straight year that participation numbers have risen. Among NFHS members, 55.5 percent of high school students play sports. Nationwide, 11-player football was the top sport for boys, with 1,108,441 participants, followed by track and field, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, cross country, tennis, golf and swimming and diving. For girls, track and field ranked first, with 475,265 participants, followed by basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, competitive spirit squads and lacrosse.

Katherine Dunn

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Terps' freshmen ranked best by Inside Lacrosse

Maryland was ranked No. 1 in Inside Lacrosse magazine's Top 20 Men's Division I incoming freshman classes for 2011. North Carolina, Harvard, Virginia and Johns Hopkins rounded out the top five. Among other area teams, Navy was chosen 13th and Towson came in 15th.

Timonium Race Course: The sold-out appearance of Disney star Selena Gomez has prompted Timonium officials to push back post time on Friday's opening day at the Maryland State Fair. First post is at noon. Racing starts at 1 p.m. on the other six days of the meeting — Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 2-5. Timonium, a 5/8-mile oval, will stage nine races on opening day. Friday marks the first day of live racing in Maryland since the Preakness on May 21. Historic Laurel Park follows on Sept. 9 and celebrates its 100th season. Trainers will again compete for shares of a $10,000 bonus. Points are awarded for each starter and conferred on a sliding scale for 1-2-3 finishers. Admission to the racetrack is free with admission to the fair.

Men's soccer: UMBC coach Pete Caringi Jr. has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 academic year. … Navy was voted sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll. … Loyola was picked to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll, while junior Gerwyn Jones and sophomore Jamie Libby were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.

College softball: Professional player Kelly Kretschman has joined Maryland as a volunteer assistant coach. Now in her seventh season as a power hitter in the National Pro Fastpitch league, Kretschman will work with the Terrapins' offense.

UMES: Javier Olivas will rejoin the cross country and track and field coaching staff in his first year as an assistant coach. He spent two years as a graduate assistant at UMES and worked last season as a member of UC Santa Barbara's track and field staff.

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