Digest: D.C. United can end 5-year playoff drought Saturday

US Lacrosse issues statement calling for reform of college recruiting process

October 20, 2012|Sports Digest

Soccer

D.C. United can end 5-year playoff drought tonight

By defeating or tying the Columbus Crew tonight at RFK Stadium, D.C. United would end a five-year Major League Soccer playoff drought. Even with a loss, United would clinch if the Houston Dynamo falls to the Philadelphia Union. A Dynamo tie wouldn't seal the deal for United but would ease some of the pressure entering the finale. What United would like to avoid is a decisive game on the last weekend. The squad closes next Saturday Oct. 27 at playoff-bound Chicago, while New York, Houston and Columbus face noncontending teams. Because the Eastern Conference is so tightly packed, United is in the unusual position of looking both behind and ahead in the standings: Although it lacks playoff security, United has a realistic chance of finishing second. (First place remains unsettled as well, but barring a slip-up, Sporting Kansas City will claim the top seed.) Beyond the postseason berth, United's goal is to finish in the top three and avoid a first-round game between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds a few days after the regular season ends. The winner of that playoff would then have to play again three days later — and yet again four days after that — against a well-rested opponent in a two-leg conference semifinal series.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

College men: Sophomore midfielder Stephen Ho scored his first career goal in the 73rd minute, and visiting UMBC (9-4-1, 3-2-0 America East) earned a 1-0 win over defending conference champion Stony Brook (8-4-4, 2-2-1). ... Freshman Larry Ndjock scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half to lead visiting Loyola (9-5-1, 4-1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to a 3-1 win over Iona (5-9-0, 3-1-0). ... Host Central Connecticut State (5-6-2, 4-1-1 Northeast Conference) rolled to a 4-1 win over Mount St. Mary's (3-10-0, 1-5-0). Jimmy Ockford scored for the Mount.

College women: Sophomore Jade Seabrook's header in the 72nd minute gave visiting Navy a 1-0 win over Army (6-10, 1-4 Patriot League) in the Star Game. The Midshipmen (16-1-1, 4-0-1) clinched a berth in the league tournament and extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games. ... Sophomore Taylor Knier and junior Emily Banes had goals, but host Towson (1-14-1, 1-7 Colonial Athletic Association) fell, 5-2, to UNC-Wilmington (10-6-1, 5-3).

Et cetera

US Lacrosse calls for reform of college recruiting process

In the face of increased recruitment of underclassmen in recent years, US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, has issued a statement criticizing the process and calling for reform, including an age limit for recruits. The statement, developed with members of the coaching community, said the current recruiting climate "has encouraged an increasing number of young student-athletes to forgo a well-rounded high school experience based on unrealistic expectations and misperceptions about playing college lacrosse." As a result, this process threatens "the well-being of student-athletes with incidents of injury and burnout. This intense recruiting culture also has eroded the work-life balance of coaches and parents. ... US Lacrosse also encourages men's and women's collegiate lacrosse coaches to exert their considerable influence to lead reform of the NCAA recruiting calendar, limit the age at which student-athletes begin the recruiting process and agree not to attend or participate in recruiting events that infringe on the academic calendar of student-athletes."

Men's college lacrosse: Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola High) is a repeat winner of the Allen Voshell Award for team Most Valuable Player.

IndyCar: Founder Tony George resigned from the board of directors of Hulman & Co., which governs the series, because of the possibility of a conflict of interest after he tried to reacquire IndyCar. George served as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1990 to 2004 and as its CEO from 1990 to 2009. He was IndyCar CEO from 1994 to 2009.

Men's golf: Bob Bramson of Crofton Country Club was the low gross champion at the Free State Seniors Championship tournament Monday Oct. 15 at Chartwell Country Club with a 76. Bob Rehman of the University of Maryland Golf Club was low net champion with a 72.

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