Men's college lacrosse
Hopkins weighing conference options
Johns Hopkins is considering whether to abandon its long-lasting independence in men's lacrosse. In an interview earlier this month with Inside Lacrosse, coach Dave Pietramala said that while his program hasn't joined a league or been offered an invitation to join one and no decision is imminent, "we have been approached by several, and like anything else, you do your due diligence. You research the pros and cons of things." Pietramala wouldn't confirm whether a prospective Big Ten men's lacrosse conference is one that's approached the Blue Jays, but multiple sources have said that the Big Ten, the Big East (or a representative of the future Big East) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference are among those interested in Hopkins. Heather Lyke, an associate athletic director at Ohio State, a member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Committee and a driving factor in the future of lacrosse in the Big Ten, said 10 days ago, in advance of the Big Ten Sports Management Committee meetings in Chicago, that nothing had been offered or even discussed with any certainty. Lyke mentioned that all options for all sports would be considered, and any decisions coming out of the meetings would likely be made early to mid-February.
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Syracuse transfer Galasso out for season with broken foot
A Syracuse spokesman confirmed that transfer attackman Nicky Galasso is out for the 2013 season after suffering a lower-body injury in practice last week that will require surgery. Multiple sources said Galasso has broken a bone in the foot opposite the one that hampered him for much of last season with North Carolina, an injury that contributed to his decision to transfer. Galasso — Inside Lacrosse's No. 1 recruit in 2010 — was the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and a third-team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Assocation All-American in 2011. He led UNC in scoring with 56 points that season including 24 goals and a UNC freshman-record 32 assists.
Navy: Navy's home game Feb. 15 against Detroit has been moved to 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast at NavySports.com.
Inside Lacrosse contributed to these reports.
Major League Lacrosse
Bayhawks, Rattlers to play in St. Petersburg April 27
Major League Lacrosse announced that the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Rochester Rattlers will play a regular-season game at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. MLL, which staged a successful All-Star Game in Boca Raton last season, returns to the Sunshine State for the second time as it contemplates future expansion. The game will serve as the Rattlers' home opener. Al Lang Stadium was a past spring training home to the Orioles, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. It is now the home of the North American Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tampa equipment retailer Lacrosse Xtreme will organize a youth tournament as well as other events. Tickets for the game will go on sale Saturday at MLLTampaBay.com, LacrosseXtremefl.com, tampalacrosse.com and extremetix.com.
Seven local players picked to U.S. team for World Cup
Seven players who attended local high schools were named to the 18-player U.S. women's national team set to compete in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup July 11-20 in Oshawa, Ontario. The players are midfielders Kelly Berger (Hammond), Ally Carey (John Carroll), Caitlyn McFadden (Maryland, Notre Dame Prep) and Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland, Century); defenders Kristen Carr (Mercy) and Amber Falcone (Winters Mill); and goalie Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep). (For the full roster, see Scoreboard.) The team will look to defend its 2009 gold medal and earn its seventh overall world title. Team USA will reconvene for an exhibition against Team Canada at the 2013 US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament from May 24-26 at Lehigh. After training camps in Baltimore (June 26-July 2) and Buffalo, N.Y. (July 5-7), the team will travel to Oshawa.
College: Junior Margaret Smith (McDonogh) was named a co-captain of Notre Dame.
Former Oriole, National Nick Johnson retires
Former Orioles and Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson has decided to retire from baseball. Johnson, 34, left the Orioles in late June because of a wrist injury that had plagued him in his career, and he never returned. Johnson was attempting to come back from injury after not playing at all in the majors in 2011. Johnson went hitless in his first 29 at-bats as an Oriole, a club record for position players. Johnson played the majority of his 10-season career with the New York Yankees and the Nationals/Montreal Expos. He was a career .268 hitter with a .399 on-base percentage.
—Eduardo A. Encina
Men's college basketball: DeSean Antoine (24 points) hit a 3-pointer from well behind the arc with three seconds left to lift host Frostburg State (8-12) to an 87-84 victory over Southern Virginia (11-4). Frostburg State led by 10 in the second half before Southern Virginia rallied.
Women's college basketball: Alex Vassila scored a game-high 19 points and visiting Johns Hopkins (11-9, 9-6 Centennial Conference) held Bryn Mawr (1-17, 0-14) to 14 points in the first half. Hopkins won, 72-37. ... Rachel Rybak (Franklin) scored 16 points, but visiting McDaniel (8-10, 5-8 Centeninal Conference) fell, 63-51, to Ursinus (8-10, 5-8). The Bears never trailed.
—From Sun staff and news services