Ex-UMBC standout Chase transfers to George Washington
Lauren Chase, the 2011-12 America East Rookie of the Year who announced her decision to leave UMBC after eight games this season, has transferred to George Washington and will be eligible to play after the fall 2013 semester. Chase, a 5-foot-5 point guard, averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 assists last season, leading the conference in assists, and she helped lead the Retrievers to the 2012 America East title game for just the second time in school history. This year Chase was averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 assists. Chase, a Bowie native, will be joined at George Washington by another transfer, her former Riverdale Baptist teammate Jonquel Jones, a 6-4 freshman forward from Clemson. Chase will have two years of eligibility remaining and Jones three.
Men's college lacrosse: Fourteen members of the defending national champion Loyola team led a youth clinic Thursday in Newtown, Conn., the town rocked by a mass shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The trip was the idea of freshman defenseman Jason Crane (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel). Players departed Maryland this morning and picked up teammates on the trip to Connecticut. Others who live in the New England region met the team in Newtown. Crane reached out to Jim Wallace, the coach training coordinator for the Newtown Lacrosse Association, and Wallace invited the Greyhounds to lead the clinic. "Obviously, we knew the town was hurting, and I found Jim's email address, and I asked if there was anything we could do," Crane said. "He said it would be great if we could do the clinic and talk to the kids."
For more on the clinic, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseblog
More men's college lacrosse: Stevenson is second and Salisbury is third in Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division III preseason rankings. SUNY Cortland is No. 1. Washington College is 15th.
Women's college lacrosse: Salisbury is ranked second in Lacrosse Magazine's NCAA Division III preseason rankings. Trinity is first.
—From Sun staff and news services
Major League Soccer: D.C. United is finalizing paperwork to acquire 20-year-old forward Rafael on a one-year loan from Brazilian club EC Bahia, which announced on Thursday that an agreement had been reached. United officials did not want to comment, but sources familiar with the talks said the deal is in the late stages and should be completed by next week. Rafael, a prospect in Bahia's system, is not the marquee striker United has been seeking in Latin America, but he would add front-line depth. United has also been attempting to extend the loan on another young Brazilian, central midfielder Raphael Augusto, 21, who arrived from Fluminense late last season and made two playoff appearances.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post