US Lacrosse Convention will be here in 2015-2017
US Lacrosse named the Baltimore Convention Center as the site of the US Lacrosse Convention in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The sport's national governing body annually hosts the largest professional development event and trade show in the world for lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators and fans, drawing 7,000 participants each January for a weekend of learning, networking and renewal to kick off the lacrosse season. Since US Lacrosse unified its men's and women's lacrosse conventions in 2002, Baltimore has hosted the US Lacrosse Convention in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011. For information about the 2014 convention Jan. 10-12 in Philadelphia, go to uslacrosse.org/2014convention.
Men's college honor: Towson redshirt freshman Ben McCarty (South Carroll) was named Cascade Rookie of the Week after scoring six goals in Towson's 11-8 victory over Drexel in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals and one against Penn State in the final.
Women's college honors: Middlebury senior attacker Ellen Halle (Hereford) was named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference first team. Middlebury junior attacker Liza Herzog (Friends) made the second team.
Tennessee's Gibson named SEC's top softball player
Tennessee senior infielder Lauren Gibson (Chesapeake-AA) was named Southeastern Conference Softball Player of the Year. Gibson, who also made first-team All-SEC and made the conference's all-defensive team, led the SEC in home runs (12), batting average (.448), slugging percentage (1.060), runs scored (26) and RBIs (65). She's a top-25 finalist for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
More college softball: North Carolina State sophomore Emily Weiman (Archbishop Spalding) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year. She leads the ACC and is fifth in the nation with 28 victories, and leads the conference in innings pitched (274) and appearances (47). Maryland shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser was named Freshman of the Year. She led the ACC in RBIs with 55 in the regular season, one short of the Maryland school record set by current assistant coach Amber Jackson in 2007. Weiman and Schmeiser made the All-ACC first team. ... UMBC sophomore catcher Taylor Hall was named to the All-America East first team. UMBC freshman utility player Danielle O'Neill (Southern) made the second team. ... Towson (29-27-1, 11-11) fell, 6-0, to host and top-seeded Hofstra (41-11, 19-2) in the opener of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Tigers will face third-seeded Delaware in an elimination game Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Women's college tennis: Navy senior Emani Decquir was named the Patriot League Player of the Year. She was joined on the first team by Mids junior Erin Snook. Navy junior Darien Sears made the second team.
Women's track and field: Salisbury senior thrower Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough) became the second student-athlete to be named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Athlete of the Year three times in a row, matching Mary Washington's Myra Simpson (1995-1997). Tavik collected first-team all-conference performances in shot put, hammer, javelin and discus at the CAC championships last weekend.
National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. was named to the NLL All-Pro second team. Grant, who also plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, ranked fifth in the NLL with 91 points, second with 43 goals, tied for first with 15 power-play goals and 10th with 48 assists. The 13-year NLL veteran was previously named to the All-Pro team from 2000 to 2003, 2005 to 2007 and in 2012.
—From Sun staff and news services