Digest: Navy's Kiernan earns Patriot defensive honor in lacrosse

Salisbury men picked No. 1 in USILA preseason coaches' poll

February 12, 2013|Sports Digest

Division I men's lacrosse

Navy's Kiernan earns Patriot League honor

Navy junior long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan received Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday, two days after helping lead the Midshipmen to a 20-7 season-opening victory over VMI. Kiernan anchored a defensive effort that held the Keydets to just one goal over the first 30 minutes as Navy jumped out to an 11-1 lead at the half. The Midshipmen held the Keydets off the scoreboard for the first 14 minutes of the game and then over a 23-minute span that stretched across the first three quarters. As one of the nation's top long poles, Kiernan marked the Keydets' top returning scorer, senior Russell East, holding him scoreless while on the field. This is the third time Kiernan has been named Defensive Player of the Week during his career after twice being honored a year ago.

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Salisbury men picked No. 1 in USILA preseason poll

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its preseason coaches' poll, and Salisbury is ranked No. 1. The two-time defending national champion Sea Gulls received 12 of 17 first-place votes. The team that Salisbury defeated in the 2012 national championship game, SUNY Cortland, received four first-place votes to grab the No. 2 ranking. The rest of the top five includes No. 3 Stevenson (one first-place vote), No. 4 Tufts and No. 5 Cabrini. Washington College (No. 15) was the only other Maryland team ranked.

National Lacrosse League: John Grant Jr. was held scoreless for the first time this season as the visiting Colorado Mammoth lost to the Washington Stealth, 12-6, on Saturday night before an announced 3,683 at Comcast Arena at Everett. Grant, a forward who also plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, entered the night as the NLL's leader in goals with 17 but was passed by the Stealth's Rhys Duch, who scored a game-high three times to push his season total to 18. Grant finished with only an assist despite taking a game-high 15 shots, and forward Gavin Prout (Loyola College) was limited to a pair of assists in the loss. The Stealth (4-3) led at the half 8-3. The Mammoth fell to 2-3. ... Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) finished with a goal and two assists, and the visiting Rochester Knighthawks (3-3) cruised past the Buffalo Bandits, 15-7, before an announced 14,833 at First Niagara Center on Saturday. A day after a 20-10 road win over the Philadelphia Wings, Rochester held the Bandits (3-3) scoreless in the first quarter and led 7-2 at the half.

College basketball

Towson's Hairston is CAA's top rookie for third time

Towson freshman Jerome Hairston was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday. It marks the third time this season the guard has won the award. Hairston averaged a team-high 17.3 points to lead the Tigers (14-12, 9-4 CAA) to a 3-0 week with wins over UNC Wilmington, Delaware and Georgia State.

Division I women: Towson freshman guard Dominique Johnson was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Division III men: Penn State Altoona senior guard Durant Harvin (Franklin) was honored as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's Player of the Week after two victories that kept his team in the running for the sixth and final seed in the AMCC tournament. Harvin averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the field and 66 percent from 3-point range. ... Frostburg State senior guard Christian Jackson and Salisbury senior guard Travon Vann were selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Players of the Week.

Division III women: Johns Hopkins senior forward Alex Vassila was chosen as the Centennial Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive time. It is Vassila's third conference honor this season and fourth of her career.

Sellout: Navy announced that Saturday's doubleheader with Army at Alumni Hall is sold out.

Junior college: The Maryland JUCO Conference has released its tournament seedings. The Baltimore City Community College men's team will be the top seed on the men's side, while the women will be the seventh seed. Both teams will play their first-round games today at the BCCC Physical Education Center. The women start at 5p.m., with the No. 10 Prince George's Community College (7-17, 2-9 MD JUCO) facing the Panthers (10-15, 5-6). The teams met Jan. 7 when PGCC posted a 59-56 win at the P.E. Center. The BCCC men (18-8 overall, 14-1 MD JUCO) will host No. 16 Montgomery College (1-25, 1-14) at 7 p.m. The Panthers defeated Montgomery, 113-92, on Jan. 26. The final three rounds of both tournaments will be played at Harford Community College from Friday to Sunday.

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