Hopkins named Centennial favorite
Johns Hopkins grabbed 17 first-place votes and earned 161 points to claim the top spot in the Centennial Conference preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The poll was announced at the league's annual media day in Lancaster, Pa. The Blue Jays top the preseason poll for the fifth consecutive year and the eighth time since 2004. Hopkins went on to win the Centennial title in six of the previous seven years in which it topped the preseason poll. With 17 first-place votes, the Blue Jays were one first-place vote shy of being a unanimous selection of eligible voters. Franklin & Marshall, which earned the three remaining first-place votes and totaled 139 points, is second in the poll, while Ursinus (122 points), Muhlenberg (120) and Gettysburg (98) round out the top five. The Bullets are followed by Susquehanna (86), Juniata (57), Dickinson (54), Moravian (39) and McDaniel (24). Johns Hopkins has won four straight Centennial titles and eight championships since 2002. The Blue Jays posted a 10-2 record, including an 8-1 mark in league play, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs a year ago.
Top NEC rookie Wiggins leaving Mount St. Mary's
Shivaughn Wiggins, the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year last season, has been given his release from Mount St.Mary's to transfer to another school. Melvin Gregory also will not returnto the Mount for the 2013-14 season. "We are working tirelessly to establish a strong and consistent culture on and off the floor," coach Jamion Christian said. "In our first season, we were able to make tremendous strides in these areas, and we are committed to doing so on a daily basis. Shivaughn had an unbelievable freshman year for us here at the Mount and was a big contributor to this past season's success. We will continue to wish him the best in any of his future endeavors." Wiggins averaged 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 2012-13. Gregory did not appear in a game for the Mountaineers in his freshman season.
Women: UMBC head coach Phil Stern completed his staff for the 2013-14 season with the additions of Rich Conover, Taryn Christian and Marisa Crane. Conover and Christian will join Carlee Cassidy as assistant coaches. Crane will be director of basketball operations. Conover spent the past four seasons as head coach of Division II Le Moyne. Christian, a Silver Spring native who played at Springbrook, was director of basketball operations at Towson last season. Crane, a three-year starter at Drexel through 2011-12, was an assistant at Division III Albright last season.
McDonogh's Sutley and St. Paul's Pollard commit
A pair of local boys players are among the latest rising sophomores to announce oral commitments to colleges. McDonogh midfielder Barrett Sutley has committed to Penn State. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Sutley played on the second midfield as a freshman on the nationally ranked Eagles. This summer, Sutley attended Jake Reed's Blue Chip camp and events with the Baltimore Crabs. He also considered Ohio State, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Maryland. St. Paul's attackman Joe Pollard has committed to Hopkins. The 6-foot, 185-pound left-hander plays club ball for the Baltimore Crabs and attended Adrenaline Black Card, National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association, Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip, Crab Feast, Under Armour Shootout and National High School Lacrosse Showcase. Pollard, who earned varsity letters in both football and lacrosse this year, also considered Penn State, Georgetown, Maryland and Towson. Two other rising sophomores committed: Attackman Andrew Packer of Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will attend Maryland, and attackman Ben Coakley of Hunterdon Central Regional High in Flemington, N.J., will attend Towson. Among oral commitments by rising juniors, defenseman Mike Wegner of Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo., will attend Loyola, McDonogh attackman-midfielder Bobby Austin will attend Loyola, goalie Ryan Kern of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., will attend Navy and Boys' Latin long-stick midfielder-defenseman Myles Cohen will attend Furman.