Digest: Christian returns to Mount as men's basketball coach

Loyola's Sawyer and Runkel, Navy's Jones receive men's lacrosse honors

March 27, 2012|Sports Digest

Men's college basketball

Christian returns to Mount as coach

Mount St. Mary's has named Jamion Christian as its new men's basketball coach. A 2004 graduate of the Mount, Christian will be formally introduced today at a press conference on campus. "I am both thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Mount," Christian said. "I look forward to bringing energy and enthusiasm back to our historic program one passionate day at a time. I am so excited to work with our players currently here and with our incoming freshmen. I truly believe they are not only talented, but have proven to have tremendous character by how they respond to adversity. I believe in our leadership, our campus and our community to help us return our program to prominence in the NEC." Christian, 29, was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth this season, helping guide the Rams to the third round of the NCAA tournament. As a player, he was a three-year captain at the Mount, scoring 581 points in 90 career games and 56 starts.

Towson: Forwards Erique Gumbs and Deon Jones will not return to the team, coach Pat Skerry announced. Gumbs will be unable to compete because of a complication of Marfan syndrome, a condition in which the body's connective tissue is abnormal, but the redshirt sophomore will remain enrolled at Towson. Jones has been granted permission to seek a transfer.

College lacrosse

Loyola's Sawyer and Runkel, Navy's Jones receive honors

Loyola junior Mike Sawyer and sophomore Jack Runkel were named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lacrosse League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after the Greyhounds went 2-0 with wins over then-No. 20 Georgetown and UMBC last week.

Other Division I men's honor: For the second time this season, Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Severna Park) was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.

Division III men: Salisbury senior attackman Matt Cannone was named Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. Cannone contributed to 19 of 43 goals on the week for the Sea Gulls (10-0, 2-0 CAC), who defeated York (Pa.), 22-3, and Frostburg State, 21-2. Also, the Sea Gulls remained at No. 1 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III coaches poll, receiving all the first-place votes for the fifth straight week. ... Washington College junior attackman Bennett Cord was chosen as the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week. ... Stevenson junior Kyle Holecheck (Loyola) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week. ... For the first time in the 21 years the institution has fielded a team, Goucher is ranked in the Top 20 of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III coaches poll. The Gophers, who improved to 9-1 with Saturday's 18-8 win over Drew, sit at No. 19. Stevenson moved up three spots to No. 7.

Women: Loyola freshman Annie Thomas (John Carroll) was named the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week. ... UMBC freshman goalkeeper Anna Barnett was chosen as the America East Defender of the Week. ... Towson sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle (North Harford) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... Georgetown junior midfielder Sophia Thomas of Lutherville was chosen as the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week. ... Bucknell freshman midfielder Arriana Sajjad (McDonogh) was chosen as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. ... Salisbury junior attacker Katie Bollhorst (St. Mary's) was selected as the CAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. ... St. Mary's senior goalie Colleen Simpson (Broadneck) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week.

More colleges

Navy's Byrne named Patriot Track Athlete of Week

Navy distance runner Brigid Byrne was selected as the Patriot League's first Track Athlete of the Week of the outdoor season. Byrne won the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational at Ingram Field on Saturday and helped the Navy women's outdoor track and field squad (6-0) top a seven-team field in its only home meet of the outdoor season.

Women's gymnastics: Ursinus sophomore Monica Durham (Catonsville) was named the national champion on the vault at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships at Brockport last weekend. Durham won the vault during the second day of competition, finishing with a 9.6000. She had qualified for the finals with a 9.550 on Friday.

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