UM women's soccer coach Pensky leaves for job at Tennessee
Brian Pensky, the 2010 Soccer America National Coach of the Year, has left his job as women's soccer coach at Maryland to become women's coach at Tennessee. Pensky coached the Terps women from 2005 to 2011, posting a 67-52-20 overall record, including the most successful three-year run in program history: 44-14-9 over the past three seasons, including Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2011. Before guiding the women's team, Pensky served as a Maryland men's assistant, helping the Terps to College Cup berths from 2002 to 2004. In 2001, Pensky was a women's assistant at Loyola, helping the Greyhounds win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Men's college basketball: Baltimore City Community College sophomore forward Carlos Smith (Forest Park) was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Week after averaging 34 points and 11 rebounds in two victories.
College baseball: Towson junior catcher Andrew Parker (Cardinal Gibbons) was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association preseason team.
Men's college lacrosse: Senior attackman Eric Smith (Boys' Latin) and senior long-stick midfielder Taylor Burns (Severn) were named two of Delaware's five captains.
Women's college lacrosse: Delaware assistant coach Kristen Carr (Mercy) is competing with the U.S. women's national senior team at the Champion Challenge this weekend in Orlando, Fla.
College track and field: UMES junior sprinter-hurdler Andre Walsh and senior thrower Vanessa Henry were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's and women's Athlete of the Week, respectively.
Men's college swimming: Nick Schmidt won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle for visiting Johns Hopkins in its fifth straight victory, 148-127 over Towson (3-7, 1-3 Colonial Athletic Association).
Women's college swimming: Kaitlin Burke (Loch Raven) won the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events, helping Towson (9-1, 4-0 CAA) to a 172-117 home victory against Johns Hopkins.
Laurel Park: Today's $100,000 Dancing Count Stakes is the track's first added-money test of the new year. The six-furlong race for 3-year-olds has attracted seven runners. Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker Frank Carulli made maiden winner Beggarthyneighbor the 5-2 morning-line choice. The Kentucky-bred son of Half Ours, who is stabled with Chad Brown in New York, beat maidens on New Year's Day at Aqueduct in his third lifetime start. Malcolm Franklin picks up the mount. Dale Capuano will saddle Costas Fiftieth (3-1), who trains at Laurel but has never started there. The speedy Soto offspring is 2-for-7, with victories at Penn National and Monmouth Park. Erick Rodriguez is his regular jockey.
Roller Derby: The Charm City Roller Girls will begin their seventh season tonight with a doubleheader at Clarence "Du" Burns Arena in Canton. In the first bout, the Night Terrors, coming off their third Donaghy Cup Championship victory, take on the Junkyard Dolls. In the second match, the Mobtown Mods, who finished in second place last season, face the Speed Regime. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first whistle at 6:30 p.m. and the second bout starting about 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $15 or at missiontix.com. Go to charmcityrollergirl.com for more information.
—From Sun staff and news services