Towson's West finishes third in Payton voting
Despite setting a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff single-game record Saturday, Towson junior running back Terrance West did not win the Walter Payton Award. Instead, that honor went to Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday night at The Sports Network's FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia. In fact, West, who rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns and outdueled Garropolo in the No. 7 seed Tigers' 49-39 upset of the No. 2 seed Panthers in a quarterfinal in Charleston, Ill., was not the runner-up. The Baltimore native and Northwestern graduate finished third in the voting with 370 points, which trailed Garoppolo's 576 points and Eastern Washington sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams' 446. Rob AmbroseA panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and reporters based their voting on the regular season and turned in their ballots before West's scintillating performance Saturday. Despite that, however, West had finished the regular season leading the FCS in rushing with 1,865 yards and 31 total touchdowns. Garropolo led the nation in passing yards (4,489) and touchdown passes (48), and Adams led the FCS in total offensive yards per game (379.2) and passing efficiency (185.7). But what makes the snub even more galling is that West and the Tigers (12-2) will play on, meeting Adams and the No. 3 seed Eagles (12-2) in a semifinal Saturday.
Men's college lacrosse
Jack Doyle to join brother Conor at Notre Dame
Former Harvard midfielder Jack Doyle is heading to South Bend, Ind., to play for the Fighting Irish in the 2014 season, Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said Friday. Inside Lacrosse's No. 2-ranked recruit in 2009, Doyle suffered a rash of injuries after arriving in Cambridge and playing in 12 games as a freshman in 2010. Last season, he appeared in one game for the Crimson. He'll join his brother Conor, a junior attackman who's put up 50 points in his first two seasons, on the Fighting Irish roster. While Doyle is pursuing a graduate degree and playing his fifth season this year without the need for an NCAA appeal, indications are that he may pursue an additional year of eligibility beyond 2014 because of his medical hardships. Some other notable transfers from this offseason: Hartford midfielder Jack Bobzien has transferred to Denver. Bobzien led the Hawks in assists (33) and points (48) during his freshman campaign. Brian Sherlock had an impressive fall with Loyola Maryland after transferring from North Carolina. In November, Brian Sullivan transferred to Cornell from North Carolina. Ohio State landed two big transfers who had strong freshman seasons in the ECAC in Denver's Gordie Koerber (Gilman) and Hobart's Luke Miller.
Towson: Junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello and senior attackman-midfielder Thomas DeNapoli, senior defenseman John Fennessy and senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson were named captains for the 2014 season.
Terps' Peters and Thomas earn ACC hoops honors
Maryland freshman guard Roddy Peters was Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the first time after averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in victories against Boston College and Florida Atlantic. The District Heights native scored a career-high 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the ACC opener against the Eagles and helped seal the victory with a three-point play to put the Terps ahead by nine points with 32 seconds remaining. Since being moved into the starting lineup, Peters has shot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line in the past two games. The freshman leads the Terps with 38 assists (3.5 per game), while averaging just 20.2 minutes per game.
More men's basketball: UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) was chosen as the America East Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time. Elliott had 16 points and six assists in 21 minutes in a 91-71 loss at Coppin State. ... McDaniel junior Andrew Merlo was named Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Week. ... Bowie State (6-5) shot a season-low 33 percent from the field and tied its season-high of 23 turnovers in losing, 72-71, to visiting Washington Adventist (9-5).