Men's college lacrosse
Loyola atop preseason polls for first time
The Loyola men's lacrosse team received its first-ever preseason No. 1 ranking in the coaches' and Inside Lacrosse media polls Monday, a day after the Greyhounds opened their exhibition schedule with a 17-13 loss to the U.S. national team. Loyola received 10 of 12 first-place votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches poll and 21 of 25 top votes in the Inside Lacrosse media rankings. Maryland is ranked second in both polls. Loyola topped the Terps, 9-3, to win the program's first NCAA title last season. The Greyhounds finished 2012 with an 18-1 record, tying the NCAA Division I mark for most wins in a season. The team returns eight starters and 35 letter-winners. In the coaches' poll, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins are tied for third place, while Duke rounds out the top five. The same five teams occupy the top five in the media version, with Notre Dame checking in at third, Duke fourth and Hopkins fifth. Three of the Greyhounds' other opponents received votes in at least one of the polls: Delaware, Georgetown and Towson. The Greyhounds have previously been ranked as high as second in the USILA coaches poll (1990, 1991 and 1992).
Terps' Pavlech named ACC Rookie of the Week
Freshman point guard Chloe Pavlech of the 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was voted Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week. She was key in the Terps' 85-59 rout of No. 11 North Carolina on Thursday with 18 points, including two 3s. Pavlech is No. 3 in the ACC in assist-turnover ratio and averages 3.9 assists per game.
More Division I women: UMES freshman forward Ashleigh Claybrooks was chosen as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
Division I men: Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole earned his third MEAC Rookie of the Week award of the season.
Division II men: Bowie State junior guard Ray Gatling was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Week.
Division III men: St. Mary's senior Devin Spencer (Towson Catholic) was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Spencer becomes the fourth Seahawk to earn the honor this season.
Bohemians to play home games at Loyola next season
The Baltimore Bohemians announced that they will move to Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex for the 2013 season. Ridley opened in 2010 and features a 6,000-seat grandstand, video scoreboard, press and VIP boxes, and top-notch locker rooms and training facilities. Bohs coach Steve Nichols is an alumnus of Loyola, having won All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors two years in a row. The Bohemians will play a 14-game Premier Development League schedule, with seven at home. All 10 teams from the Mid-Atlantic Division are returning for the 2013 season except the Brooklyn Knights. The Knights' spot is being taken over by another New York City-based team, F.A. Euro. Season tickets will go on sale at a later date.
D.C. United: Wing Nick DeLeon declined when the Trinidadian federation unexpectedly invited him to camp late last week ahead of a Feb. 6 friendly against Peru. For now, his mind is set on someday playing for the U.S. squad. "I grew up here, and it's always been my dream to play here," DeLeon, 22, said. "It felt pretty good to get invited, to be honest. It's a big honor. But I don't think it's the right time." Accepting the invitation would not have locked him into Trinidad duty. Under FIFA rules, a player with dual nationality who has not played in an official FIFA event may switch allegiances once.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
United front office: The club introduced new executive management ahead of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. Michael Williamson will serve as chief operating officer/chief financial officer, overseeing business operations. Doug Hicks assumes duties as chief marketing officer and will lead all communications, promotional and branding initiatives. Longtime corporate partnership executive Mike Schoenbrun has agreed to join the leadership team as vice president of business development and partnerships.
Calvert Hall grad Holder chosen to All-America team
Towson freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall) has been named to the College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. Holder appeared in all 11 games for the Tigers and started twice. In addition to helping Towson average 229 rushing yards per game with his blocking, he proved to be a very effective receiver out of the backfield, catching six passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.
St Mary's High names boys soccer, football coaches