Digest: Coppin to get $300K grant from NCAA each of next 3 years

Terps' Mullins among 3 finalists for MAC Hermann Trophy; Mercy will host 6 other schools with same name for basketball tournament

December 13, 2012|Sports Digest

NCAA grant

Coppin to get $300K each of next 3 years

Coppin State is one of six institutions to receive an NCAA pilot program grant designed to assist limited-resource schools in developing and enhancing systems to increase student-athlete academic performance. Coppin State will receive $300,000 in grant money each year for the next three years beginning in January and is one of four institutions to receive the maximum grant amount. Institutions were able to request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. As part of the request, they are required to match grant dollars each year of the program with direct funds or in-kind contributions. In the first year the institution must commit a 25 percent match, 50 percent in the second year and 75 percent in the third year. "This is an incredible opportunity for Coppin State University," Coppin athletic director Derrick Ramsey said. "It's just a tremendous shot in the arm for the athletic department. Aside from the revenue generated through playing guarantee games, this is the largest infusion of financial support we have ever received. We have to be smart with it, we have to produce with it and we have to show results from it." Ramsey views the grant as an opportunity to elevate Coppin State to new heights in the academic arena. "Our goal is to graduate our student-athletes in 31/2 years and enroll them in graduate school for their final semester," he said. "We are going to work very hard. We are going to be more efficient and more thoughtful in our approach to making the most of this grant." California State-Northridge, Jackson State, Tennessee State, Morehead State and Norfolk State are the other institutions that will receive the grant.

Varsity girls basketball

Have Mercy: Magic will host 6 others with same name

Mercy is hosting a Christmas basketball tournament Dec. 27 to Dec. 29 that will be attended by six other Mercy high schools from across the United States. This year's tournament includes high schools from California, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. This will be the fourth time the tournament has been held; it began in 2005. Baltimore's Mercy will face the team from Omaha, Neb., at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 before taking on the team from Bay View Academy in Riverside, R.I., at 4:15 p.m. that day. On Dec. 29, Mercy will take on Maryvale Prep at 10 a.m.

College lacrosse

Dabrowski, Williams to join chapter of US Lacrosse Hall

Former Loyola women's lacrosse All-Americans Tricia Dabrowski of Timonium and Suzanne (Eyler) Williams of Street will be among the 10-member Class of 2013 set to be inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in January, the organization has announced. The duo helped lead the Greyhounds to a 75-21 record from 1999 to 2003, including a 24-2 mark in four years of Colonial Athletic Association play. The Greyhounds won two CAA regular-season and tournament titles with Dabrowski and Williams and advanced to five straight NCAA tournaments, including making three semifinal appearances. They will join Jennifer Breakey, Kara Carlin, Megan Clark, Mickey Jarboe, Bob Martino, Lorne Smith, John Taylor and Rick Wey as 2013 inductees.

Men: Two Severn graduates have been picked as Division III Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse. Tufts junior Beau Wood was named to the first team, while teammate Cole Bailey, a sophomore attackman, was selected as honorable mention.

Et cetera

Terps' Mullins among three finalists for MAC Hermann

Maryland junior forward Patrick Mullins, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 16 goals and 40 points, has been named a men's finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in college soccer. Mullins was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in goals (16) and points (40). He was tabbed ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after guiding the Terps to their second conference championship in the past three seasons. Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley and Creighton midfielder Jose Gomez are the other finalists. The award will be presented Jan. 11. Jason Garey is the Terps' lone Hermann winner (2005).

More men's college soccer: Salisbury senior midfielder Pat Callahan, Johns Hopkins sophomore midfielder Rob Heuler and Frostburg State senior forward Ryan Russell were chosen to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South All-Star Team.

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins junior midfielder-defender Christina Convey and sophomore forward Hannah Kronick were selected to the NCAA Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region team by the NSCAA. Kronick was named to the first team, while Convey earned second-team honors. ... Washington College announced its 2013 captains: junior midfielder-forward Heather Smith (Glen Burnie), junior midfielder Kathleen Maleski, sophomore midfielder-forward Suzanne Patinella (Maryvale Prep) and sophomore defender Taylor Matteson.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America team. Crutcher is the first Terp to earn honorable mention since Jade Brown in 2007. She started in all 32 matches for the Terps this season and led the team with 443 kills, the sixth-highest single-season total in school history.

Soccer: The Baltimore Bohemians of the USL Premier Development League will host their second round of tryouts Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at McDonogh. All players from the first round who were not selected are welcome to sign up for this round. The session will be run by coach Steve Nichols and his staff.

Golf: The Washington area's Web.com Tour event will undergo changes for 2013, moving back to its former spot May 30-June 2 at TPC Potomac Avenel Farms and being renamed the Mid-Atlantic Championship. Last year, it was played in October as the Neediest Kids Championship.

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