Digest: Messersmith is Centennial Conference's 2013 Woman of the Year

June 14, 2013|Sports Digest

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Messersmith is Centennial's 2013 Woman of the Year

Paige Messersmith (Dulaney), a recent graduate who played on McDaniel's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams, was selected as the Centennial Conference's winner of the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award in a balloting of the conference administrators, it was announced Thursday. The Woman of the Year is selected based on athletic excellence, academic achievement, and service and leadership.Messersmith was a four-year letter winner for the Green Terror field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. In field hockey, she ranks fourth all-time with 66 points and in the top 10 for both goals and assists. This past fall, she established a single-season program record for goals (18) and points (45). In lacrosse, she is the conference record holder for draw controls with 300 in her career. She is a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-region nod. She was named a second-team All-American last week. She led the field hockey team to the ECAC tournament in each of the last two seasons and to the ECAC championship game this spring in women's lacrosse. Messersmith has earned dean's list honors, both NFHCA and IWLCA National Academic Squad recognition and Centennial Conference academic honor roll accolades. She volunteers her time in youth clinics for both sports while also serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Apple Conference for Alcohol Awareness. she graduated with a 3.62 GPA in exercise science and plans to work toward her master's degree in nutrition/public health and business in the fall.

College baseball: Towson junior designated hitter Kurt Wertz was named an All-America third-team selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Wertz played in 57games, batting .338 with 13 home runs, 65 RBIs and 43 runs in helping the Tigers to their first Colonial Athletic Association championship. ... The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that 10 UMES players have been recognized on the league's All-Academic team: catcher Dustin Aigner, pitcher Jordan Bone, outfielder Stephen Bull, infielder Nick Cooper, infielder Thomas Gray, outfielder Tim Gray, infielder-outfielder Joshua James, catcher Brandon Schott, catcher Zach Townsend and pitcher Tyler Witte (Winters Mill).

College football: Johns Hopkins announced its 27-member freshman class, including Westminster strong safety Dan Johnson.

College administration: Longtime Mary Washington coach and athletic administrator Dana Hall (Frostburg State) has been promoted to the full-time administrative role of senior associate director of athletics.

Navy: Greg Morgenthaler, the assistant athletic director for equipment operations, was named the 2013 winner of the Glenn Sharp Award, which is given to the year's best equipment manager by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association of America. Morgenthaler is entering his 11th season at Navy.

Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit's road match against the Seattle Reign and Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) on July 14 at 8:30p.m. will be the first televised on Fox Soccer under Fox Sports Media Group's new nine-game deal with the National Women's Soccer League released Thursday. Fox also will televise the 7p.m. match between the teams Aug.10 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown.

Men's soccer: D.C. United will host the New England Revolution in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match will take place at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown on June 26 at 7 p.m. United advanced by defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-1, on Wednesday night on a hat trick by Dwayne De Rosario. New England beat its fourth-round opponent, the New York Red Bulls, 4-2. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $10 for D.C. United ticket-plan holders with an ID card. Youth ages 16 and under will be able to enter for free with a purchase of an adult ticket (must be one-for-one).

Women's tennis: Kelsey Laurente of Miramar, Fla., the only qualifier left in the ResortQuest Pro Women's Open at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del., reached the quarterfinals by defeating eighth seed Katerina Stewart of Miami, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3).

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