Terps' Vellano named Defensive Lineman of the Week in ACC

At Junior Grand Prix, Mager shares bronze in ice dancing

October 11, 2011|Sports Digest

College football

Terps' Vellano named top D-lineman in ACC

Maryland's Joe Vellano was honored Monday as the Defensive Lineman of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference for his play in Saturday's 21-16 loss at No. 13 Georgia Tech. Vellano made a career-high 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops and a tackle for loss. Vellano became just the fifth defensive player in the nation to post 20 or more tackles this season and the sixth Maryland player — as well as the only defensive lineman — to reach the 20-tackle plateau since 1990.

More honors: Morgan State true freshman quarterback Seth Higgins was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the week. … Salisbury junior quarterback Dan Griffin (North Harford) was named the Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week.

Navy: As expected, fullback Alexander Teich returned to the team after being suspended for last week's game against Southern Mississippi for "leadership issues" in the aftermath of the team's 35-34 overtime loss to Air Force on Oct. 1.

Polls: After a 31-28 last-second victory over No. 14 Richmond, Towson moved up eight spots to No. 17 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com NCAA FCS College Football Weekly Poll. … Salisbury (5-0, 3-0 Empire 8) rose four spots to No. 18 in the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll. Johns Hopkins moved up one spot to No. 20.

Et cetera

At Junior Grand Prix, Mager shares bronze in ice dancing

U.S. ice dancing team Travis Mager of Fulton and Laura Bonacorsi took home the bronze medal at the International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event last week in Milan. Bonacorsi and Mager, who placed second at the Junior Grand Prix Australia earlier this year, performed their free dance to "Close to You" and received level fours on three of their elements. They earned 53.67 in the short dance and 75.96 in the free dance for a total of 129.63 points.

Women's college basketball: Maryland sophomore Alyssa Thomas and senior Lynetta Kizer were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top30 List. The award is given to the sport's most outstanding player.

Women's college volleyball: Saitaua Iosia was named MEAC Player of the Week for the second time in a row. … Coppin State freshman Ariel Richard was selected as MEAC Rookie of the Week.

Women's college soccer: Towson senior midfielder Courtney McKee was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. … Hood senior goalkeeper Kirsten Cacciola was honored as the Capital Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week. … Freshman Hannah Kronick was named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Men's college soccer: Mount St. Mary's Zoncher Dennis was named Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week. … Salisbury sophomore Trevor Sharpe was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week.

College field hockey: Salisbury senior Courtney Webster earned CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while senior teammate Anna Cooke was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Laurel Park: Gaby Little Girl upset a field of 10 fillies and mares in her debut Monday at odds of 83-1. The daughter of Hennessey stalked the pace in the 51/2-furlong test on the turf, then circled the field with jockey Malcolm Franklin on the turn from home and held off fast-closing Count On Hope and Lucky Holly. Trained by Roy Peacock and owned by Terry Overmier, Gaby Little Girl paid $168.60.

Bayhawks: The team announced that star faceoff specialist Alex Smith successfully underwent Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery.

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