Knighthawks deal ex-Jay Rabil to Wings
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League on Friday acquired former Johns Hopkins All-American Paul Rabil from the Rochester Knighthawks as part of a blockbuster six-player trade that sends Wings forward Dan Dawson and defenseman Paul Dawson to the Knighthawks. For Rabil, the trade is the third in less than a year. In August, the Edmonton Rush dealt Rabil to the Knighthawks after Rabil refused to play for Edmonton and declared his desire to be with an Eastern team. Rabil had been traded to the Rush during the 2012 season by the Everett, Wash.-based Washington Stealth, which drafted him second overall in 2008. In four seasons in the NLL, Rabil has 44 goals, 79 assists and 324 loose balls in 52 games, earning All-Star honors all four years. The 26-year-old Gaithersburg native helped lead the Stealth to the 2010 league title and is one of three players to have won crowns in the NLL, Major League Lacrosse, the Federation of International Lacrosse world championships and NCAA Division I. As part of the transaction, the Wings also acquire Knighthawks transitional players Jordan Hall, Joel White and Rob Campbell, while Rochester receives the Wings first-round draft pick in 2016.
MLL: The Long Island Lizards announced that they are changing their name to the New York Lizards and will have new logos. The change comes on the heels of the Lizards' extending their regional footprint to include New York City, Westchester County, New Jersey and southern Connecticut. In addition, the Lizards plan to take some of their home games into New York City as well as expanding their youth camp and clinic plans.
Men's college lacrosse
Gilman grad Hutchins to miss '13 season at UNC
North Carolina junior midfielder Duncan Hutchins will miss the 2013 season as he will be undergoing back surgery and will redshirt, the team announced. Hutchins, a Baltimore native and Gilman grad who has played on the Tar Heels' first- and second-team midfield units the past two years, has been troubled by back problems since his arrival at North Carolina. In consultation with doctors, he decided to undergo surgery next month and will miss the spring semester during his recovery. He will return to school in the summer, and it is expected he will make a full recovery and be ready to compete with the Tar Heels in 2014 and 2015.
Conferences: Monmouth and Quinnipiac announced that they will leave the Northeast Conference for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference beginning July 1. The departures leave the NEC with four schools that play men's lacrosse — Bryant, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart. To gain an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, a conference needs a minimum of six members. Next season will mark the first in which the NEC has an automatic qualifier for men's lacrosse, and it could be the last unless the conference can find other schools willing to leap into the recent realignment trend. The additions give the MAAC nine men's lacrosse members for 2014, with six full members — Canisius, Manhattan, Marist, Siena, Monmouth and Quinnipiac — and three associates — Detroit, Jacksonville and Virginia Military Institute.
Honors: As part of its Face-Off Yearbook, Inside Lacrosse selected three Mount St. Mary's players to the Preseason All-Northeast Conference team: junior attackman Andrew Scalley (Archbishop Spalding), senior midfielder Bryant Schmidt (St. Mary's) and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Robert Owen (McDonogh). In its coaches' poll, the magazine ranked the Mount second in the conference behind defending conference tournament champion Bryant.
Army-Navy TV rating is 12th-best of season
The Army-Navy football game drew a 4.1 television rating on CBS last Saturday, which is the highest rating the game has received since 2009 and made it the 12th-highest-rated regular-season game this year. It was the sixth-highest-rated game on CBS this year. The SEC championship game between Alabama and Georgia on CBS was the highest-rated game of the year, drawing a 9.8.
More football: Navy freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. ... Salisbury senior center Brian Mansfield and sophomore punter Kyle Hamby (Good Counsel) were named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III North Football All-Stars.
Men's soccer: Loyola junior Stephen Dooley was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America University Division Scholar All-America honorable mention.
Women's soccer: Navy junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was selected to the NSCAA University Division Scholar All-America first team. Loyola senior Nichole Schiro made the third team. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore Hannah Kronick was named to the D3soccer.com Women's All-America third team.
Women's volleyball: St. Mary's coach Morris Davis is resigning to spend more time with his family. Davis posted a nine-year record of 173-113.
Golf: UMES awarded seven degrees to its charter class in the golf management program accredited by the PGA of America. The recipients were Lewis Schnauble III of Westminster, Devan Scott of Delmar, Zachary Allen of Baltimore, Brian Anderson of Westminster, Richard Dailey of Salisbury, Mark Simshauser of Chance and Brett Emrick of Scio, N.J.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Fogg contributed to the lacrosse items.