Digest: Terps' Thomas repeats as ACC Player of the Week

McDonogh alum Lauren Paul Norris to coach Israel lacrosse team at Women's World Cup

January 22, 2013|Sports Digest

College basketball

Terps' Thomas repeats as ACC Player of the Week

Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of the 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for the second straight week, third time this season and seventh in her career. Thomas averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the Terps' wins over North Carolina State and at Georgia Tech. Thomas played positions 1-4 for the Terps (15-3, 6-1 ACC) and averaged seven assists. Against the Yellow Jackets, the junior notched a season-high 28 points and scored eight straight in the second half during a 24-2 run. Against the Wolfpack, Thomas fought through early foul trouble and finished with 18 points, six assists, seven boards and a steal in 27 minutes. Thomas is the first player in the league to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors since teammate Tianna Hawkins did it last season.

Other women's honors: Coppin State senior Shawntae Payne was chosen as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Marymount senior guard Katelyn Fischer (Seton Keough) was picked as the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week.

Men's honors: Mount St. Mary's freshman guard Shivaughn Wiggins was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Wiggins averaged 16 points for the Mount last week, including a career-high 20 points in an overtime loss to Bryant. ... Marymount junior forward Reed Scott (Howard) was selected as the CAC Player of the Week.

Women's lacrosse

McDonogh alum Norris to coach Israel at World Cup

The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Lauren Paul Norris, a McDonogh alumna and four-time Jewish All-American at Franklin & Marshall, has been named coach of the Israel national lacrosse team that will compete in the 2013 Federal of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup. Norris served as coach at Franklin & Marshall from 2009 to 2012, leading the Diplomats to the 2009 NCAA Division III championship and Centennial Conference titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She was named Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association in 2009 after becoming the first coach ever to win a national championship in her first season. In four seasons at Franklin & Marshall, she led the team to a 68-10 record. Norris was dismissed in April after an investigation into a hazing complaint that also resulted in the suspension of a group of senior and junior players. Norris, who joined the coaching staff at High Point in 2012, played for Franklin & Marshall from 2000 to 2003 and was a two-time All-American, three-time first-team All-Metro Region player and a three-time All-Centennial Conference first-team pick. She was the first player in team history to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in her career. The 2013 FIL Women's World Cup, held at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto from July 10-20, marks the blue and white's first foray into the quadrennial world championship as well as Norris' debut as a coach on the world stage. The United States edged Australia, 8-7, to capture gold at the 2009 Women's World Cup in Prague. Israel will train July 4-8 in Ashkelon, Israel, before flying to Toronto on July9.

Et cetera

Capitals put Hillen on IR, recall Kundratek from AHL

The Capitals made a pair of roster moves Monday, placing defenseman Jack Hillen on injured reserve and recalling prospect Tomas Kundratek from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Hillen, who is formally listed as week-to-week, did not finish the season opener Saturday night in Tampa Bay after a check from the Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier sent him crashing hard into the end boards. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hillen went off favoring his left shoulder, which took the brunt of the impact. Coach Adam Oates said he could not offer a more detailed timeline for Hillen's recovery and would say only that the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury. Kundratek, 23, has recorded 26 points in 41 games with the Bears this season, including a team-high 13 goals, and was recently named to the AHL All-Star roster. But he also holds Hershey's worst plus-minus rating at minus-13. In other injury news, Oates said it's possible Brooks Laich could practice with the team Wednesday. Laich has been sidelined by a groin injury he originally suffered while playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

D.C. United: The club announced it has signed John Thorrington, a midfielder it selected in the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft in December. Thorrington, an eight-year MLS veteran, played in 19 games (14 starts) with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2012 and has appeared in four matches internationally with the U.S. men's national team. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Men's college golf: Mike Burke has been promoted to Navy associate head coach after helping lead the team to two Patriot League titles in the past five seasons.

Women's college gymnastics: After debuting in the GymInfo Top 25 last week, Maryland climbed three spots to No. 14 after scoring a 195.975 at Pittsburgh on Saturday — the 10th-highest score in program history. The Terps remain the top-rated team in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League and lead the conference on vault and beam. Maryland welcomes North Carolina at Comcast Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. for its home opener.

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