Terps' Meharg Coach of the Year a ninth time

Terps' Townsend drafted fifth overall by Chivas USA

January 14, 2012|Sports Digest

College field hockey

Meharg Coach of the Year a ninth time

Missy Meharg of national-champion Maryland,was named Division I Coach of the Year for an unprecedented ninth time by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Meharg, in her 24th season at the helm of the Terps, led them to a 19-4 record in 2011 and their eighth national championship. Maryland entered the NCAA tournament unseeded and beat the first-, second- and third-seeded teams for their second straight title. The Terrapins won their fifth NCAA title in seven years in November when they rallied late in regulation and defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 3-2, in double overtime in Louisville, Ky. The Terps trailed by two with less than four minutes remaining when Meharg pulled the goalkeeper for an extra field player. Freshman Katie Gerzabek scored seconds later to pull Maryland within one, then senior Jemma Buckley sent the game into overtime with a goal off a penalty corner with the clock at zero. Meharg subbed in sophomore Jill Witmer in the 82nd minute, who took off down the field and scored for the win.

Major League Soccer

Terps' Townsend drafted fifth overall by Chivas USA

Chivas USA selected Maryland forward Casey Townsend with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft. Townsend is the fourth Maryland player in three seasons to be a top-10 selection in the draft. Townsend started all four seasons at Maryland and ended his career tied for third in Maryland scoring (43 goals) all time. His team-leading 17 goals in 2011 were tied for the sixth most in a single season. Chivas USA ended last season 8-14-12 (36 points) and eighth in the Western Conference.

More draft: D.C. United selected Louisville midfielder Nick DeLeon with the seventh overall pick. DeLeon, a native of Phoenix, recorded 14 goals and nine assists over 46 matches the past two seasons after transferring from Nevada-Las Vegas. His father, LeRoy, played for the Washington Diplomats among other North American Soccer League teams.

Maryland football

Bradford officially out as defensive coordinator

Maryland has completed a negotiated buyout of defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's contract — clearing the way for the school to hire a replacement. The Baltimore Sun reported Dec.22 that Bradford — whose defense ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, surrendering an average of 34.2 points and 457.2 yards per game — was likely out. The school has reached a buyout agreement with Bradford. The terms are not public. (For more of Jeff Barker's blog post on Bradford, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsblog.)

Et cetera

Showalter to speak at Maryland Leadoff Banquet

Orioles manager Buck Showalter will headline the Maryland Baseball Leadoff Banquet next Saturday at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center in College Park. A variety of ticket options are available and can be found at umterps.com. The event will begin at 6p.m. with a VIP reception that offers the chance to meet and greet former and current major leaguers, as well as Maryland players and coaches. Dinner will be served at 7p.m. with the program to follow at 8p.m., including a Q&A session with Showalter. Maryland returns all eight positional starters and eight of its top 10 pitchers in ERA from a year ago. The Terps open the season Feb. 17 at UCLA.

Horse racing: Sheldon Russell rode the winners of the first three races on Friday's card to take over the top spot in the Laurel Park winter rider standings. Russell visited the winners' circle with Elegant Peace ($3-first), Silver Slugger ($7.40-second) and Domestic Rose ($4.40-third). He has seven first-place finishes after seven live racing days, two more than Julian Pimentel, Erick Rodriguez and Xavier Perez. Russell, 24, will be honored by the Maryland Jockey Club before today's fifth race for winning the 2011 riding title at the major Maryland tracks.

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