NCAA might change process of picking men's lacrosse championship weekend locations
The NCAA plans to re-evaluate the men's lacrosse championship weekend after the 2014 event in Baltimore and consider changing expectations and the bid process starting in 2017. Anthony Holman, the NCAA's associate director of championships and alliances and the championship administrator for Division I men's lacrosse, said Wednesday night that the NCAA championships committee didn't lack faith in Chicago and Foxborough, Mass., (the two finalists that lost out to Philadelphia for the 2015 and 2016 events) or Tampa, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla., (the two other bidders), but that timing pushed them toward going with the familiar Lincoln Financial Field for the short term and using the next year to do more research into what makes sense for future championships. The NCAA had originally said it would announce postseason sites for 2015 to 2018 on Wednesday, but it only named Philadelphia as host for 2015 and 2016. Holman said the focus of the NCAA's re-evaluation would be the events after 2016 but changes could occur for the two Philadelphia final fours. Holman will discuss revamping the bid process when the committee meets this weekend in Baltimore at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention.
More men's college lacrosse: Anthony Gilardi, in his third season at Towson as the offensive coordinator, has been promoted to associate head coach. Under Gilardi's guidance, Thomas DeNapoli earned All-America honors after finishing this season with 60 points (41 goals, 19assists). As a team, Towson scored 10 or more goals six times, including in four straight games. In 2013, Towson won its fourth CAA tournament title and first since 2005. The Tigers also made their 11th NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2007. … Maryland leads state teams with four Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America selections, while Loyola Maryland and Johns Hopkins have three each, Navy has two and Towson has one. The first-team selections are Pat Kiernan (Navy), Joe Fletcher (Loyola Maryland) and Mike Ehrhardt (Maryland); the second-team selections are Justin Ward (Loyola Maryland), Michael Pellegrino (Johns Hopkins) and Goran Murray and Niko Amato (Maryland). The third-team selections are Thomas DeNapoli (Towson), Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland), Rob Guida (Johns Hopkins) and Pat Kiernan (Navy). Honorable mention selections are Wells Stanwick (Johns Hopkins), Pat Young (UMBC) and Pat Laconi (Loyola Maryland).
College baseball: UMBC seniors Brandon Coluccio and Rob McCabe have been named captains for the 2014 season.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United selected defenders Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin in Stage 1 of the re-entry draft. Boswell started 32games with the Houston Dynamo in 2013 and earned 2006 MLS Defender of the Year while with D.C. United, as well as MLS All-Star and Best XI selections that year. Franklin played 33 games (29 starts) with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2013, netting one goal and four assists. The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year helped the Galaxy to two Supporters' Shields (2010, 2011) and two MLS Cup Championships (2011, 2012).
Baseball: The Washington Nationals didn't make a selection in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft because their major league roster was full, but lost a prospect. With the second pick, the Chicago White Sox selected Adrian Nieto, a 24-year-old switch-hitting catcher who hit .285 with a .821 OPS at Single-A Potomac last season.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
Varsity volleyball: Howard's Sydney Biniak was selected as the Gatorade Maryland Volleyball Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic abilityand high standards of academics and character.The 6-foot senior outside hitter led the Lions (21-2) to the Class4A regional final on a .308 hitting percentage and .485 kill percentage. Biniak has signed a letter of intent to play for Maryland beginning fall 2014.