Changes aimed at cutting violent hits in boys lacrosse
US Lacrosse announced Friday that violent collisions and sportsmanship have been added to its points of emphasis for the 2014 boys lacrosse rules. The revisions, made in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations, place additional emphasis on body checks that target a defenseless player and on checks to the head or neck by increasing the penalty time to a two- or three-minute nonreleasable foul. Other changes include the elimination of substitution horns, an expanded substitution and table area — following suit after an NCAA rule change from last season — and an emphasis on using three officials to control games. "US Lacrosse and the NFHS continue to focus on player safety as one of the main objectives for the responsible growth of the sport," said Stephen Berger (Washington College, Mount St. Joseph), USLacrosse men's game director. The NFHS rules and the US Lacrosse rules revisions share multiple points of emphasis for the 2013-14 season, with a special focus on eliminating slashing. The 2014 NFHS and US Lacrosse boys rules are in effect for competition this fall.
More youth: The Brine National Lacrosse Classic will be held from June 30 to July 3 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. The venue has hosted the tournament since 2006, when it debuted to offer select players a higher level of play as well as exposure to NCAA coaches from every division. Regional tryouts will be held in key markets across the country. Registration is now open, with the first tryout scheduled for Dec.8 at Cedar Creek in Seaford, N.Y. For details on registration, visit nationallacrosseclassic.com.
National: Lehigh men's head coach and U.S. assistant Kevin Cassese is helping coach the U.S. team at the Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series today at Episcopal High in Alexandria, Va. USA White will face Towson at noon, while USA Blue will play Loyola at 2 p.m. The two U.S. squads will then play each other at 4 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. For tickets, go to http://playforparkinsons.eventbrite.com/.
Hillen expected to miss months with left leg injury
After suffering an apparent injury to his left leg in Thursday's home opener against the Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen was to undergo surgery Friday, coach Adam Oates said. Oates doesn't believe Hillen's injury is career-threatening, but he did say he expects the 27-year-old to miss months. The exact nature of Hillen's injury is unknown. The Capitals, who went on to win the game in a shootout, 5-4, would describe his condition only as a lower-body injury. Oates said he wouldn't go so far as to say it is a season-threatening injury. Lance Bouma For a replacement, Oates said he hasn't decided whether to play waiver-wire pickup Alexander Urbom or to put in Steve Oleksy, who sat out the first two contests as a healthy scratch, tonight in Dallas.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Boston finishes fifth in ARCA finale, eyes ROY award
Justin Boston of Baltimore County finished fifth in the ARCA Racing Series' Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway and ended the season with the most points in the Scott Rookie Challenge standings for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced at the postseason awards banquet in December. Frank Kimmel won the race, his series-record 80th victory; the 150-mile race was shortened by 34 laps because of threatening weather.
Women's basketball: Former Maryland basketball player Myra Waters will be honored this weekend by the African American Legacy Project as part of its annual Legends Weekend event in Toledo, Ohio. Waters, who is No.14 on the Terps' all-time scoring list and seventh in rebounding, earned her Ph.D from Maryland in counseling psychology and is the director of the Counseling Center at the University of Baltimore.
Men's college soccer: Freshman Michael Sauers' first career goal in the sixth minute helped host No. 8 Maryland defeat Boston College, 2-1. The Terps (5-2-3, 4-0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored again in the 30th minute and held off a late rally from the Eagles (4-3-2, 2-2-1).
Major League Soccer: Three days after winning the U.S. Open Cup, host D.C. United (3-22-6) suffered a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Fire (12-12-7). United will need to win two of its final three games to avoid setting the league record for fewest victories (four). Jeff Larentowicz scored in the 24th minute and Bakary Soumare struck in the 26th for the Fire, increasing the number of goals conceded by United in the first 30 minutes of matches to 21 (out of 54 goals allowed overall).
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Laurel Park: Steve and & Debbie Jackson's Deco Rocks won Friday's $47,000 allowance feature at Laurel Park at odds of 67-1 after completing the 51/2 furlong in 1 minute, 3.42 seconds. The daughter of Rockport Harbor was ridden by apprentice Victor Carrasco and topped a $788 exacta and $1,880.60 trifecta for trainer Flint Stites. She was dismissed in the wagering Friday after a last-place finish at Charles Town, W.Va., in the Potomac Handicap.
LPGA: Tickets, volunteer and sponsor opportunities are available for the Ladies Professional Golf Association International Crown. The tournament, to be played July 22-27 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, will feature the top four ranked players from eight countries.
—From Sun staff and news services