Digest: Navy's Wetzel chosen as FBS Independent Player of the Week

5 Terps named Preseason All-ACC by Inside Lacrosse; Wash. College coach Shirk to speak at US Lacrosse convention; Loyola, UMBC players All-Region in men's soccer

December 11, 2012|Sports Digest

College football

Navy LB Wetzel chosen as FBS Independent Player of the Week

Navy senior linebacker Keegan Wetzel was named Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week for games played Nov. 24 to Dec. 8. Wetzel set a career high with 11 tackles Saturday, including 1.5 tackles for loss, helping the Midshipmen to a 17-13 win over Army at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to clinch the Commander in Chief's Trophy. Wetzel's third-quarter sack was his seventh of the season, good for fourth place on Navy's single-season list. His 15 tackles for loss are one shy of fifth place on the Navy single-season list.

Men's college lacrosse

5 Terps named Preseason All-ACC; Shirk to speak

National men's lacrosse runner-up Maryland had a conference-high five players picked to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. The Terps selections were midfielder John Haus, short-stick defensive midfielder Landon Carr, long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt, defenseman Goran Murray and goalie Niko Amato. North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) and faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan (Boys' Latin) were two other players with Baltimore-area ties chosen to the team. The Terps and Duke split the coaches' vote for the top team heading into the 2013 season, with Virginia and North Carolina tied for third.

Recruiting: Defenseman Foster Huggins of Episcopal Dallas (Texas) has orally committed to Loyola. A member of Coast 2 Coast and Tri-State, he attended King of the Hill, Tri-State, Princeton Team Camp, New England Storm Invitational and FLG in 3D, earning All-Star appearances at Philly Showcase and the UNC Team Camp. As a freshman, he lettered in football and wrestling as well. Huggins also considered Dartmouth, Marquette, Air Force and Rutgers. ... Attackman Jarrett Toy of Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Wash., orally committed to Mount St. Mary's. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound attackman is a member of the West Coast Starz and Seattle Starz, attending NSCLA, Terrapin Fall Classic, UNC Team Camp, Adrenaline Shootout, Philly Showcase and Denver Team Camp, where he was an All-Star. Toy also considered Richmond, St. Joseph's, Sacred Heart, Amherst, Boston University and Robert Morris. ... Defenseman Sammy Bamigboye of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., orally committed to Johns Hopkins. A member of No Excuse Lacrosse, he attended Gait Cup, UPLax and FLG in 3D. Bamigboye has been playing lacrosse for only four years.

Inside Lacrosse

Speaker: US Lacrosse has named Washington College men's coach Jeff Shirk as a speaker at the US Lacrosse national convention, which will be held Jan. 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Shirk (Maryland) will host "Best Practices for Playing Fast" for boys lacrosse coaches at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12. Shirk will enter his third season at Washington College in 2013, having taken the Shoremen to the 2012 Centennial Conference regular-season championship and their first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2008. He was named the conference's Coach of the Year. Last week, US Lacrosse named Stevenson men's lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls, as well as Maryland women's coach Cathy Reese, as speakers at the convention.

Et cetera

Loyola, UMBC players All-Region in men's soccer

Four Loyola players and two UMBC players were named to the NCAA Division I All-North Atlantic Region teams, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association. Senior Gerwyn Jones was tabbed a first-team honoree, while sophomore Connor Thompson and freshman Larry Ndjock were on the second team, and junior Stephen Dooley was a member of the third team. From the Retrievers, senior midfielder Milo Kapor and junior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) were both selected to the second team, and senior fullback Liam Paddock earned third-team honors. The Retrievers' three selections match the school's most regional honors at the Division I level.

Women's college basketball: Maryland freshman forward Tierney Pfirman was voted Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week. She averaged 10 points and three rebounds for the Terps, who went 2-1 during the week. ... UMES freshman forward Ashleigh Claybrooks was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. ... Coppin State senior Leola Spotwood was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Men's college basketball: Fourth-year Bowie State coach Darrell Brooks has been given a contract extension that will keep him with the Bulldogs through June 2017.

Pro soccer: The new women's team playing in the Washington region will announce its team name and other details this afternoon. The squad, formally operated as an amateur club under the name D.C. United Women, was recently announced by U.S. Soccer as one of eight founding franchises in a new U.S. Soccer Federation-managed first-division league.

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