Digest: Edsall criticizes Maryland defense leading into 2nd scrimmage

Virginia's Stanwick is ACC Player of Week for record 3rd time this season

April 11, 2012|Sports Digest

Maryland football

Edsall criticizes defense leading into 2nd scrimmage

Maryland coach Randy Edsall was not pleased with his team's defense during Tuesday's practice, its first since holding its first of three scrimmages Saturday. "The defense stunk today," Edsall said. "They just absolutely stunk. Now you get a chance to go and tell them they need to come out here with the right mindset all the time." Maryland has just five spring sessions left. With play installation complete on offense and defense, the Terps are looking at fine-tuning over the last two weeks of the spring. After 40 minutes of individual drills to open practice, they concentrated on third-down situations, with the offense making a number of big plays. C.J. Brown hit on a pair of long throws at the start of the third-down periods, connecting with Matt Furstenburg on a 25-yard gain and then Marcus Leak on a 55-yard touchdown. The Terps have lost Joe Vellano (foot) and Darin Drakeford (academics) for the rest of spring practice in recent days, but Edsall is not concerned with the regular season nearly five months away. "I don't worry about that so much," Edsall said. "You're not looking to have your final product by April 21, so I'm thankful that it gives some other guys reps and that those guys aren't seriously injured." The Terps will practice again Thursday and hold their second scrimmage Saturday. Justus Pickett had some nice plays during practice. He scored on both of the offense's attempts in the goal-line period and had a nifty 40-yard catch-and-run in the first third-down period. Pickett is in battle with redshirt freshman Brandon Ross for the No. 1 tailback spot. "That's been a good battle," Edsall said. "They've been switching off with the [first team]. Brandon is running real tough and Justus has been running very strong — I thought he really hit some things out there in the short-yardage today and was a little bit more powerful today. They know that they're competing and they're competing for repetitions and that's good. That's what you want. You want to have that kind of competition at every position."

College lacrosse

Virginia's Stanwick is ACC Player of Week for 3rd time

Virginia senior attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola High) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, as announced by the league office. Stanwick is the first player in ACC men's lacrosse history to be Player of the Week three times in one season since the award's inception in 1986. Stanwick led the Cavaliers with three goals and four assists in a 15-10 conference victory at No. 4 North Carolina. The Baltimore native had two goals and two assists during a 6-0 run to break a tie at 4. It was the fourth time this season he has had seven points in a game. He is averaging 4.91 points, third-most in the nation.

Women's honor: Alayna Markwordt (Glenelg), a senior attacker on No. 9 Ohio State, was named Offensive Player of the Week by the American Lacrosse Conference. She had a season-high 10 points, one off a career high, with five goals and five assists in the Buckeyes' 13-11 win Sunday at then-No. 16 Vanderbilt.

Women's poll: For the second week in a row, Salisbury (12-0) sits atop the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Top 20 poll.

Men's poll: Salisbury (13-0) received 13 of 14 first-place votes to remain the No. 1 team in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III coaches poll. The Sea Gulls are one of two unbeaten teams left in the poll. The other undefeated team is SUNY Cortland, which earned the other first-place vote.

Et cetera

Towson U. group to host Chinese hoops tournament

The Towson University Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host teams from 20 universities Saturday during the annual North East Chinese Basketball Charity Tournament. Admission is free. Part of the proceeds will go to charity causes in China. Funds raised during the 2009 and 2011 events were donated to earthquake-stricken regions of Sichuan and YuShu, respectively. Parts of this year's registration will be used to help pay for underprivileged students' education in China.

College softball: Salisbury, ranked No. 20 in Division III, captured the top seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a doubleheader sweep against visiting Wesley on Tuesday, The Sea Gulls won both games in five innings, 15-0 and 8-0. Senior pitcher Erika Brittingham pitched her fourth no-hitter of the season in the first game, striking out nine; a second-inning walk kept her from the perfect game.

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