UMBC women's basketball
Stern reverses course, will stay on as coach
UMBC women's basketball coach Phil Stern, who briefly accepted a position as associate head coach at Seton Hall under new head coach Anthony Bozzella, will remain with the program, Retrievers athletic director Charles Brown announced Monday. "I regret the way this decision transpired. While the position at Seton Hall presented a new challenge, this process once again reminded me of what a vibrant and supportive community UMBC is," Stern said. "I am deeply committed to the amazing student-athletes I have the privilege to coach here and am more excited than ever about the future of our program at UMBC." Stern, who took the program to its second-highest seed ever in the America East tournament in 2012-13, will return for his 12th season.
Towson football to open season at UConn on Aug. 29
The Towson football team will open its 2013 schedule on the road with games at Connecticut (Aug.29) and Holy Cross (Sept. 7) before its home opener Sept. 14 against Delaware State, the Colonial Athletic Association annnounced. Before beginning conference play, the Tigers will go back on the road for their first-ever meetings with North Carolina Central (Sept. 21) and Stony Brook (Sept. 28).
Indoor soccer: The Baltimore Blast is hosting advanced academy training for players ages 5 to 18 in the Baltimore area. The sessions will be held at Northeast Regional Recreation Center in Parkville and will begin on April 29 at 6p.m. The training will be held for six Mondays at a cost of $95, which includes the training and an official Blast academy shirt. For more information, contact Mike Conway at 410-558-4292.
Capitals: Washington captain Alex Ovechkin was honored as the NHL's "First Star" for the week. Ovechkin led the NHL with seven goals and tied for the league lead with nine points in four games. He also paced all players with four power-play points, including two goals, raising his season totals to an NHL-best 14 power-play goals and 21 power-play points.
College baseball: York senior third baseman Justin Cohen (Old Mill) was named CAC Player of the Week, and St. Mary's senior pitcher Wick Eisenberg (Friends) was selected as the Pitcher of the Week. ... Washington College freshman outfielder Bryan Baquer was chosen as the Centennial Conference Player of the Week.
College softball: Salisbury senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl and Caitlin Lovend from Frostburg State were named CAC Co-Players of Week. Meanwhile, Sea Gulls sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson's performance in the circle earned her fifth CAC Pitcher of the Week award. ... Washington College junior catcher Kylie Nottingham was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week.
Men's college golf: Navy was selected as the favorite to win the Patriot League championship in a preseason poll of the league's coaches and sports information directors. The championship, a two-day, 54-hole tournament, is slated to be played April 27-28 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA tournament.
—From Sun staff and news services