Three Maryland teams ranked in top 20 of men's Division I preseason poll
Maryland, Loyola and John Hopkins were voted among the top 20 teams in the Warrior Division I Men's Media Poll released Monday. With 15 of 19 first-place votes, defending national champion Duke topped the poll, which had the Terps at No.6, the Greyhounds No. 16 and the Blue Jays No. 20. Maryland and Loyola are both coming off first-round exits in the 2013 NCAA tournament, while Hopkins finished 9-5 last season and did not make the postseason. Loyola is two spots behind fellow Patriot League member Bucknell (No.14), and Maryland trails No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Syracuse, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 5 Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Unranked Towson, which lost to Ohio State in the the first round of last year's NCAA tournament, also received votes in the poll.
Women: Maryland was ranked No. 2 behind defending national champion North Carolina in the Inside Lacrosse preseason Brine Media Poll released Monday. In last year's national championship, the Tar Heels edged the Terps, 13-12, in triple overtime, the longest game in women's tournament history. It was North Carolina's first national championship and the Terps' first loss of the season. Five ACC teams (North Carolina, Maryland, Syracuse, Duke and Virginia) were ranked in the top 10. Loyola (No. 10), Navy (No. 12) and Towson (No. 19) were also ranked. All three teams made the 2013 NCAA tournament, and the Greyhounds and Midshipmen advanced to the second round. Unranked Johns Hopkins also received votes in the poll.
—Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun
College women's basketball
Towson's McTiller named CAA Player of the Week
Towson senior guard Tanisha McTiller was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for the second time this season. McTiller averaged 26 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last week. She started her week with a game-high 24 points in a road victory over College of Charleston on Thursday. In Sunday's game at William & Mary, she tallied a season-high 28 points. McTiller finished with 13 field goals and shot 52 percent from the floor against the Tribe.
More: UMBC freshman forward Sara Tarbert was named America East Rookie of the Week, the Retrievers' third in a row. Tarbert shot 58.3 percent from the field as she averaged 18 points game, six rebounds, one steal and one assist per game on the week. She hit 10 of 15 shots at Stony Brook on Jan. 20 and finished with a season-high 26 points while adding two assists, two steals and one block. On Saturday, Tarbert had her third consecutive double-digit performance, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds against Hartford.
UMBC men's soccer coach Caringi signs contract extension through 2018
College Soccer: UMBC men's soccer coach Pete Caringi has signed a contract extension through the 2018 season. The Retrievers won the American East Conference and gained a first-round bye last season in the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Connecticut in a penalty-kick shootout. UMBC was ranked in the top 10 in polls throughout the season and finished with an RPI ranking of No. 8. Caringi earned the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Senior College Men's Northeast Regional Coach of the Year honor after the season. He has compiled a 246-144-54 record in 23 seasons at UMBC. He also coached at Community College of Baltimore County-Essex for 10 years. "I am excited about staying at UMBC for another five years," Caringi said in a release.
Ravens: WBIG announced that it has been named the official broadcast home of the Ravens in Washington. Beginning in 2014, listeners will hear all regular-season Ravens games on BIG 100.3Dick Cass Torrey Smith Skyy.
College Swimming: Widener senior Laura Harris (Dulaney) was named Middle Atlantic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week. Harris posted three victories last week in Widener's 106-97 conference loss at Elizabethtown. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:01.59 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:13.78 after helping the 400-yard medley relay to victory in 4:18.91.