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Glenelg midfielder Lutts signs with Monmouth
Kendall Lutts (Glenelg) has signed a national letter of intent to play for Monmouth starting in the 2014 season. Lutts has helped lead the Gladiators to a 24-5 record over the past two seasons. The midfielder, who plays club lacrosse with the Rebels, was an All-County honorable mention selection in 2012. Lutts also plays field hockey for the perennial state champion Gladiators. "Kendall has wonderful stick skills and reads the game well," coach Denise Wescott said. "She is an excellent student and will use her knowledge to raise our lacrosse IQ, making quick decisions on the field."
More women: Goalie Ashley Peacock has become the first lacrosse player at Elizabeth Seton High in Bladensburg to earn a Division I scholarship, signing to play for Louisville starting in 2014. Under coach Ashley Russell, Peacock, a two-year captain, has earned all-conference honors the past three seasons. As a junior, she won the Coaches Award. "Ashley is, without a doubt, one of the best keepers coming out of high school," Louisville coach Kellie Young said. "A Maryland native, she plays among the best lacrosse players in the country, game after game, which has prepared her for the collegiate level." ... Navy announced that senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo and defender-midfielder Emily Mellin (St. Mary's High) will serve as co-captains. DePompeo, an attacker, has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. She scored 92 points on 45 goals and 47 assists last season and tallied 99 points on 57 goals and 42 assists in 2011. Mellin was a full-time starter on Navy's defense in 2012 and also sees time on the midfield line. Last season Mellin tallied 30 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers, three goals and one assist.
Men: Group tickets for the Division I quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis are on sale at NCAA.com/tickets. The group ticket rate of $10 is available with a purchase of 15 or more tickets. Individual tickets, which are $20 and include both quarterfinal games, will go on sale in March. Indianapolis will serve as one of two host sites for the quarterfinals, along with Byrd Stadium in College Park.
Hampstead Ravens' Holland is named Coach of Year
Hampstead resident Tony Holland has been named the 2012 Youth Football Coach of the Year by Winning Youth Football of Lincoln, Neb. Holland is the coach of the Hampstead Ravens 10- to 12-year-old team. His team won the Maryland State Youth Football Championships and finished 14-0. Winning Youth Football is a national organization dedicated to improving youth football through educating and developing coaches.
Spirit releases new logo, adds season-ticket seating
The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League unveiled its new logo and announced an expansion of available season tickets seating in the VIP reserved sections of the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after selling out the previous seating. The team opens spring training March 11 and plans several exhibition matches leading up to the season opener the weekend of April 13.
D.C. United: The club has completed negotiations with RSC Anderlecht and sold 19-year-old Andy Najar to the reigning Belgium champion, both clubs announced. The fee was not disclosed, but a source with direct knowledge of the deal valued it at $3 million. Najar becomes Major League Soccer's first homegrown player to permanently move to a European team.
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Indoor: Forward Lucio Gonzaga, who recorded 10 points in two games as the Blast remained in second place in the standings, was named to the Major Indoor Soccer League Team of the Week. Teammates Mike Lookingland and Adauto Neto received honorable mention.
Bullet Catcher to debut at Laurel — this time on track